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Day History: April-21

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Famous Birthdays


1555- Ludovico Carracci -Italian painter (d. 1619)

1630- Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten -Dutch painter (d. 1700)

1642- Simon de la Loubère -French diplomat (d. 1729)

1651- Joseph Vaz -Indian priest and missionary (d. 1711)

1652- Michel Rolle -French mathematician (d. 1719)

1673- Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg -(d. 1742)

1713- Louis de Noailles -French marshal (d. 1793)

1730- Antonín Kammel -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1788)

1752- Pierre-Alexandre-Laurent Forfait -French engineer (d. 1807)

1752- Humphry Repton -English garden designer (d. 1818)

1767- Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg -(d. 1790)

1774- Jean-Baptiste Biot -French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1862)

1775- Alexander Anderson (illustrator)|Alexander Anderson -American illustrator (d. 1870)

1790- Manuel Blanco Encalada -Chilean admiral and politician, 1st President of Chile (d. 1876)

1810- John Putnam Chapin -American politician, 10th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1864)

1811- Alson Sherman -American politician, 8th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1903)

1814- Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts -English art collector and philanthropist (d. 1906)

1816- Charlotte Brontë -English author and poet (d. 1855)

1837- Fredrik Bajer -Danish politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)

1838- John Muir -Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)

1851- Charles Barrois -French geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1939)

1854- William Stang -German-American bishop (d. 1907)

1862- John Thayer (cricketer)|John Thayer -American cricketer (d. 1912)

1864- Max Weber -German economist and sociologist (d. 1920)

1870- Edwin Stanton Porter -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1941)

1871- Jaro Fürth -Austrian actor (d. 1945)

1874- Vincent Scotto -French composer (d. 1952)

1879- Kartini -Indonesian activist (d. 1904)

1882- Percy Williams Bridgman -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1885- Tatu Kolehmainen -Finnish runner (d. 1967)

1887- Joe McCarthy (manager)|Joe McCarthy -American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)

1889- Marcel Boussac -French entrepreneur (d. 1980)

1889- Paul Karrer -Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1889- Efrem Zimbalist -Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)

1898- Maurice Wilson -English soldier, pilot, and mountaineer (d. 1934)

1899- Randall Thompson -American composer (d. 1984)

1903- Issy Bonn -English actor and singer (d. 1977)

1903- Luis Saslavsky -Argentine film director (d. 1995)

1904- Odilo Globocnik -Italian-Austrian SS officer (d. 1945)

1905- Pat Brown -American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of California (d. 1996)

1906- Eugen Sacharias -German-Estonian architect (d. 2002)

1907- Wade Mainer -American singer and banjo player (d. 2011)

1911- Ivan Combe -American businessman, developed Clearasil (d. 2000)

1911- Leonard Warren -American opera singer (d. 1960)

1912- Marcel Camus -French director and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1913- Norman Parkinson -English photographer (d. 1990)

1914- Norman Panama -American director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1914- Angelo Savoldi -Italian-American wrestler and promoter, co-founded International World Class Championship Wrestling (d. 2013)

1915- Garrett Hardin -American ecologist (d. 2003)

1915- Anthony Quinn -Mexican-American actor and producer (d. 2001)

1916- Estella Diggs -American politician (d. 2013)

1916- Eldon Rathburn -Canadian composer (d. 2008)

1918- Eddy Christiani -Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

1919- Don Cornell -American singer and trumpet player (d. 2004)

1919- Roger Doucet -Canadian tenor (d. 1981)

1920- Edmund Adamkiewicz -German footballer (d. 1991)

1920- Ronald Magill -English actor (d. 2007)

1922- Nazim Al-Haqqani -Cypriot sufi leader (d. 2014)

1922- Alistair MacLean -Scottish-Swiss author and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1923- John Mortimer -English lawyer and author (d. 2009)

1924- Ira Louvin -American singer-songwriter and mandolin player (The Louvin Brothers) (d. 1965)

1925- Anthony Mason (judge)|Anthony Mason -Australian soldier and judge, 9th Chief Justice of Australia

1925- John Swinton (British Army officer)|John Swinton -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire

1926- Elizabeth II -of The United Kingdom

1926- Keith Davey -Canadian politician (d. 2011)

1926- Robin Ibbs -English banker

1926- Arthur Rowley -English footballer, cricketer, and manager (d. 2002)

1927- Robert Savoie -Canadian opera singer (d. 2007)

1928- Jack Evans (ice hockey)|Jack Evans -Welsh-Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1996)

1930- Hilda Hilst -Brazilian author, poet, and playwright (d. 2004)

1930- Silvana Mangano -Italian actress (d. 1989)

1930- Dieter Roth -Swiss artist (d. 1998)

1930- Jack Taylor (referee)|Jack Taylor -English footballer and referee (d. 2012)

1932- Slide Hampton -American trombonist and composer

1932- Elaine May -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1932- Angela Mortimer -English tennis player

1933- Edelmiro Amante -Filipino politician (d. 2013)

1933- Easley Blackwood, Jr. -American pianist, composer, and educator

1933- Ignatius Zakka I Iwas -Iraqi patriarch (d. 2014)

1935- Robin Dixon, 3rd Baron Glentoran -Irish bobsledder and politician

1935- Charles Grodin -American actor and talk show host

1935- Thomas Kean -American politician, 48th Governor of New Jersey

1936- James Dobson -American evangelist, psychologist, and author, founded Focus on the Family

1936- Reg Fleming -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2009)

1936- Avo Paistik -Estonian pastor, author, illustrator, and painter (d. 2013)

1939- John McCabe (composer)|John McCabe -English pianist and composer

1939- Sister Helen Prejean -American author and activist

1940- Jacques Caron -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1940- Souleymane Cissé -Malian film director

1942- Laine Kallas -Estonian runner and agronomist

1942- Pierre Lorrain -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

1943- Alan Fersht -English chemist and academic

1944- Paul Geremia -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944- Adrian Hurley -Australian basketball player and coach

1945- Ian Bruce (marketing)|Ian Bruce -English academic

1945- Diana Darvey -English actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2000)

1945- Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L'Isle -English soldier

1945- Ronnie Tober -Dutch-American singer

1945- Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan -Indian cricketer and umpire

1947- Barbara Park -American author

1947- Iggy Pop -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Stooges and The Trolls)

1947- John Weider -English bass player (Family (band)|Family, The Animals, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, and Stud (band)|Stud)

1948- Gary Condit -American politician

1948- Paul Davis (singer)|Paul Davis -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2008)

1948- Alan West, Baron West of Spithead -English admiral

1949- Patti LuPone -American actress and singer

1951- Tony Danza -American actor and producer

1951- Michael Freedman -American mathematician

1951- Bob Varsha -American sportscaster

1951- Steve Vickers (ice hockey)|Steve Vickers -Canadian ice hockey player

1952- Gerald Early -American author and academic

1952- Cheryl Gillan -Welsh politician, former Secretary of State for Wales

1953- Forrest (singer)|Forrest -American-Dutch singer (d. 2013)

1953- Mike Clasper -English businessman

1953- Guy Mongrain -Canadian journalist and game show host

1954- Ebiet G. Ade -Indonesian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954- James Morrison (actor)|James Morrison -American actor

1955- Doug Soetaert -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Peter Kosminsky -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Phillip Longman -German-American demographer

1956- Nina Temple -English activist

1957- Brutus Beefcake -American wrestler

1957- Hervé Le Tellier -French linguist and author

1957- Jesse Orosco -American baseball player

1957- Herbert Wetterauer -German painter, sculptor, and author

1958- Andie MacDowell -American actress

1958- Yoshito Usui -Japanese illustrator (d. 2009)

1958- Michael Zarnock -American author

1959- Tim Jacobus -American illustrator

1959- Arno Pijpers -Dutch footballer and coach

1959- Robert Smith (musician)|Robert Smith -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Glove)

1960- Michel Goulet -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Cathy Cavadini -American voice actress and singer

1961- Ronald Florijn -Dutch rower

1961- Carey Hayes -American screenwriter and producer

1961- Chad Hayes (writer)|Chad Hayes -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Neale Marmon -English-German footballer, coach, and manager

1961- David Servan-Schreiber -French physician, neuroscientist, and author (d. 2011)

1962- Les Lancaster -American baseball player and coach

1962- Craig Robinson (basketball)|Craig Robinson -American basketball player and coach

1962- Aavo Sarap -Estonian footballer and coach

1963- Ken Caminiti -American baseball player (d. 2004)

1963- Roy Dupuis -Canadian actor

1963- John Cameron Mitchell -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1964- Alex Baumann -Czech-Canadian swimmer

1964- Ludmila Engquist -Russian-Swedish hurdler

1965- Ed Belfour -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Karen Foster -American model and actress

1965- Gary Grant -American basketball player

1965- Thomas Helmer -German footballer

1965- Fiona Kelleghan -American academic and critic

1965- Teri Sue Wood -American illustrator

1968- Peter van Vossen -Dutch footballer and coach

1969- Robin Meade -American journalist

1969- Toby Stephens -English actor

1969- Jim Thornton -American television and radio announcer

1970- Jeff Anderson -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1970- Glen Hansard -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Frames and The Swell Season)

1970- Rob Riggle -American lieutenant and actor

1970- Nicole Sullivan -American actress

1971- Anwar al-Awlaki -American-Yemeni terrorist (d. 2011)

1971- Alexander Kravchenko -Russian poker player

1971- Martin Kuuskmann -Estonian bassoon player

1971- Eric Mabius -American actor

1971- Indrek Pertelson -Estonian martial artist

1971- Michael Turner (comics)|Michael Turner -American illustrator (d. 2008)

1972- Gwendal Peizerat -French ice dancer

1972- Severina Vučković -Croatian singer and actress

1973- Jonathan Nsenga -Belgian hurdler

1974- Maksim Gruznov -Estonian footballer

1974- Katsuyuki Konishi -Japanese voice actor

1976- Rommel Adducul -Filipino basketball player

1976- Abir Goswami -Indian actor (d. 2013)

1977- Doseone -American rapper and producer (Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, Themselves, Subtle (band)|Subtle, and 13 & God)

1977- Gyula Koi -Hungarian scholar and educator

1977- Jamie Salé -Canadian figure skater

1978- Jacob Burns (footballer)|Jacob Burns -Australian footballer

1978- Jukka Nevalainen -Finnish drummer (Nightwish and Sethian (band)|Sethian)

1978- Branden Steineckert -American musician (Rancid (band)|Rancid and The Used)

1979- Tobias Linderoth -French-Swedish footballer

1979- James McAvoy -Scottish actor

1980- Jeff Keppinger -American baseball player

1980- Hiro Shimono -Japanese voice actor

1980- Vincent Lecavalier -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Tony Romo -American football player

1981- Mads Junker -Danish footballer

1982- Khalif Barnes -American football player

1982- Brianne Davis -American model and actress

1982- Terrence J -American television host and actor

1982- Carnell Williams -American football player

1983- Paweł Brożek -Polish footballer

1983- Marco Donadel -Italian footballer

1983- Sebastian Ingrosso -Swedish DJ and producer (Swedish House Mafia)

1983- Tarvaris Jackson -American football player

1984- Shayna Fox -American voice actress

1986- Audra Cohen -American tennis player

1986- Alexander Edler -Swedish ice hockey player

1986- Tina Obrez -Slovenian tennis player

1986- Rodney Stuckey -American basketball player

1986- Mirko Valdifiori -Italian footballer

1987- Nadif Chowdhury -Bangladeshi cricketer

1987- Eric Devendorf -American basketball player

1987- Leroy George -Dutch footballer

1987- Anastasia Prikhodko -Ukrainian singer

1987- Lenira Santos -Cape Verdean sprinter

1988- Robbie Amell -Canadian actor

1988- Jencarlos Canela -American singer-songwriter and actor

1988- Pedro Mosquera -Spanish footballer

1988- Mia Permanto -Finnish singer and radio host (d. 2008)

1988- Adam Rooney -Irish fooballer

1988- Christoph Sanders -American actor

1989- Tatyana McFadden -Russian-American sprinter and skier

1989- Carlos Muñoz (Chilean footballer)|Carlos Muñoz -Chilean footballer

1992- Isco -Spanish footballer

1992- Rene Santos -Brazilian footballer

1994- Mitchell Weiser -German footballer

2002- Carl and Clarence Aguirre -Filipino-American conjoined twins