This Day in History

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Day History: April-26

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Famous Birthdays

121- Marcus Aurelius -Roman emperor (d. 180)

1538- Gian Paolo Lomazzo -Italian painter (d. 1600)

1564- William Shakespeare -English poet, playwright and actor (d. 1616)

1575- Marie de' Medici -Italian wife of Henry IV of France (d. 1642)

1648- Peter II of Portugal -(d. 1706)

1697- Adam Falckenhagen -German lute player and composer (d. 1754)

1710- Thomas Reid -Scottish philosopher and academic (d. 1796)

1718- Esek Hopkins -American commander (d. 1802)

1774- Christian Leopold von Buch -German geologist and paleontologist (d. 1853)

1782- Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily -(d. 1866)

1785- John James Audubon -French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851)

1787- Ludwig Uhland -German poet, philologist, and historian (d. 1862)

1798- Eugène Delacroix -French painter (d. 1863)

1801- Ambrose Dudley Mann -American politician, 1st United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1889)

1804- Charles Goodyear (politician)|Charles Goodyear -American politician (d. 1876)

1822- Frederick Law Olmsted -American journalist and designer, co-designed Central Park (d. 1903)

1826- George Hull Ward -American general (d. 1863)

1826- Ambrose R. Wright -American general and politician (d. 1872)

1834- Charles Farrar Browne -American author (d. 1867)

1856- Joseph Ward -New Zealand politician, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)

1862- Edmund C. Tarbell -American painter (d. 1938)

1876- Ernst Felle -German rower (d. 1959)

1878- Rafael Guízar Valencia -Mexican bishop and saint (d. 1938)

1879- Owen Willans Richardson -English physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

1886- Ma Rainey -American singer (d. 1939)

1886- Ğabdulla Tuqay -Russian poet (d. 1913)

1889- Anita Loos -American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1889- Ludwig Wittgenstein -Austrian-English philosopher (d. 1951)

1894- Rudolf Hess -Egyptian-German politician (d. 1987)

1896- Ruut Tarmo -Estonian actor and director (d. 1967)

1896- Ernst Udet -German colonel and pilot (d. 1941)

1897- Eddie Eagan -American boxer and bobsledder (d. 1967)

1897- Douglas Sirk -German-American director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1898- Vicente Aleixandre -Spanish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1898- John Grierson -Scottish director and producer (d. 1972)

1900- Charles Francis Richter -American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985)

1900- Hack Wilson -American baseball player (d. 1948)

1904- Paul-Émile Léger -Canadian cardinal (d. 1991)

1910- Tomoyuki Tanaka -Japanese screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1911- Marianne Hoppe -German actress (d. 2002)

1912- A. E. van Vogt -Canadian-American author (d. 2000)

1914- Charlie Chester -English radio and television host (d. 1997)

1914- Bernard Malamud -American author (d. 1986)

1914- James Rouse -American real estate developer, founded The Rouse Company (d. 1996)

1916- Morris West -Australian author and playwright (d. 1999)

1916- Vic Perrin -American actor (d. 1989)

1916- George Tuska -American illustrator (d. 2009)

1916- Ken Wallis -English pilot and commander (d. 2013)

1917- Sal Maglie -American baseball player (d. 1992)

1917- I. M. Pei -Chinese-American architect, designed the National Gallery of Art and Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong)|Bank of China Tower

1917- Virgil Trucks -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1918- Fanny Blankers-Koen -Dutch runner (d. 2004)

1918- Stafford Repp -American actor (d. 1974)

1921- Jimmy Giuffre -American clarinet player, and saxophonist, and composer (d. 2008)

1922- J. C. Holt -British historian and academic (d. 2014)

1922- Jeanne Sauvé -Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Governor General of Canada (d. 1993)

1922- Margaret Scott (dancer)|Margaret Scott -South African-Australian ballerina and choreographer

1924- Browning Ross -American runner (d. 1998)

1925- Gerard Cafesjian -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1925- Jørgen Ingmann -Danish singer (Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann)

1926- David Coleman -English sportscaster (d. 2013)

1926- J. B. Hutto -American singer and guitarist (d. 1983)

1926- Michael Mathias Prechtl -German illustrator (d. 2003)

1927- Jack Douglas (actor)|Jack Douglas -English actor (d. 2008)

1929- Richard Mitchell -American author and educator (d. 2002)

1930- Roger Moens -Belgian runner

1931- Bernie Brillstein -American talent agent and producer (d. 2008)

1932- Israr Ahmed -Indian-Pakistani theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 2010)

1932- Frank D'Rone -American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)

1932- Francis Lai -French accordion player and composer

1932- Michael Smith (chemist)|Michael Smith -English-Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1933- Carol Burnett -American actress and singer

1933- Aleksandr Chuchelov -Estonian sailor

1933- Filiberto Ojeda Ríos -Puerto Rican general (d. 2005)

1933- Arno Allan Penzias -German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1935- Patricia Reilly Giff -American author and educator

1937- Jean-Pierre Beltoise -French motorcycle racer and race car driver

1938- Duane Eddy -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1938- Willie Wood (bowler)|Willie Wood -Scottish bowler

1940- Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari -Indian cleric and politician (d. 2014)

1940- Giorgio Moroder -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1940- Cliff Watson -English rugby player

1941- Claudine Auger -French model and actress

1941- Claudine Clark -American singer-songwriter

1941- Robin Jacob (judge)|Robin Jacob -English judge and academic

1941- John Mitchell (composer)|John Mitchell -American composer

1942- Svyatoslav Belza -Russian journalist, author, and critic (d. 2014)

1942- Sharon Carstairs -Canadian politician

1942- Michael Kergin -Canadian diplomat

1942- Bobby Rydell -American singer and actor

1942- Jadwiga Staniszkis -Polish sociologist

1943- Gary Wright -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Spooky Tooth)

1943- Peter Zumthor -Swiss architect, designed the Therme Vals

1944- Richard Bradshaw (conductor)|Richard Bradshaw -English conductor (d. 2007)

1944- Roger Coulam -English keyboard player (Blue Mink)

1944- Amien Rais -Indonesian politician

1945- Howard Davies (director)|Howard Davies -English director and producer

1945- Dick Johnson (racing driver)|Dick Johnson -Australian race car driver

1945- Sylvain Simard -Canadian academic and politician

1946- Ralph Coates -English footballer (d. 2010)

1946- Marilyn Nelson -American poet and author

1947- Warren Clarke -English actor, director, and producer

1949- Carlos Bianchi -Argentinian footballer and manager

1949- Jerry Blackwell -American wrestler (d. 1995)

1949- Dominic Sena -American director and screenwriter

1951- John Battle (politician)|John Battle -English politician

1952- Spice Williams-Crosby -American actress

1953- Nancy Lenehan -American actress

1953- David Reddaway -Canadian-English diplomat

1953- Linda Thompson (attorney)|Linda Thompson -American lawyer

1954- Tatyana Fomina -Estonian chess player

1954- Alan Hinkes -English mountaineer and explorer

1955- Kurt Bodewig -German politician

1955- Mike Scott (baseball)|Mike Scott -American baseball player

1956- Koo Stark -American actress

1957- Michel Barrette -Canadian comedian and actor

1957- Diane Hébert -Canadian medical patient (d. 2008)

1957- Edwina Hart -Welsh politician

1958- John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute -Scottish race car driver

1958- Giancarlo Esposito -American actor, director, and producer

1958- Jeffrey Guterman -American psychotherapist, author, and educator

1958- Georgios Kostikos -Greek footballer, coach, and manager

1959- John Corabi -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mötley Crüe, Angora (band)|Angora, The Scream (band)|The Scream, Union (band)|Union, and Brides of Destruction)

1959- Thanasis Papakonstantinou -Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player

1960- Steve Lombardozzi -American baseball player and coach

1960- Roger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer)|Roger Taylor -English drummer (Duran Duran and Arcadia (band)|Arcadia)

1961- Joan Chen -Chinese actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Chris Mars -American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (The Replacements (band)|The Replacements and Golden Smog)

1962- Colin Anderson -English footballer

1962- Michael Damian -American actor, singer and producer

1962- Debra Wilson -American actress

1963- Jet Li -Chinese-Singaporean martial artist, actor, and producer

1963- Colin Scotts -Australian-American football player

1963- Mark Serwotka -British General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)

1964- Rebecka Törnqvist -Swedish singer

1965- Susannah Harker -English actress

1965- Kevin James (actor)|Kevin James -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Kane (wrestler)|Kane -Spanish-American wrestler and actor

1967- Marianne Jean-Baptiste -English actress and singer

1967- Tõnu Tõniste -Estonian sailor

1967- Toomas Tõniste -Estonian sailor and politician

1969- Teresa Lewis -American murderer (d. 2010)

1970- Dean Austin -English footballer and manager

1970- Melania Trump -Slovenian-American model and jewelry designer

1970- Tionne Watkins -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (TLC (group)|TLC)

1971- Jay DeMarcus -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Rascal Flatts and East to West)

1972- Kiko (footballer)|Kiko -Spanish footballer

1972- Jason Bargwanna -Australian race car driver

1972- Natrone Means -American football player and coach

1972- Avi Nimni -Israeli footballer and manager

1973- Geoff Blum -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973- Jules Naudet -French-American director and producer

1973- Chris Perry (footballer)|Chris Perry -English footballer

1973- Óscar García Junyent -Spanish footballer and coach

1974- Shondrella Avery -American actress

1974- Ivana Miličević -Bosnian-American actress

1974- Adil Ray -English actor and radio host

1975- Joey Jordison -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot and Murderdolls)

1975- Nerina Pallot -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- India Summer -American porn actress and model

1976- Luigi Panarelli -Italian footballer

1976- Václav Varaďa -Czech ice hockey player

1977- Jason Earles -American actor

1977- Kosuke Fukudome -Japanese baseball player

1977- Roxana Saberi -American journalist

1977- Tom Welling -American actor, director, and producer

1978- Avant -American singer-songwriter

1978- Joe Crede -American baseball player

1978- Stana Katic -Canadian actress

1978- Tyler Labine -Canadian actor

1978- Peter Madsen -Danish footballer

1979- Ariane Moffatt -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Janne Wirman -Finnish keyboard player (Children of Bodom, Warmen, and Masterplan (band)|Masterplan)

1980- Jordana Brewster -Panamanian-American actress

1980- Marlon King -English footballer

1980- Anna Mucha -Polish actress

1980- Channing Tatum -American actor and producer

1980- Marnette Patterson -American actress

1981- Matthieu Delpierre -French footballer

1981- Ms. Dynamite -English rapper and producer

1981- Caro Emerald -Dutch singer

1981- Sandra Schmitt -German skier (d. 2000)

1982- Brock Gillespie -American basketball player

1982- Joanne Gobure -Nauruan poet

1982- Jon Lee (singer)|Jon Lee -English singer and actor (S Club)

1982- Cooper Wallace -American football player

1982- Novlene Williams-Mills -Jamaican sprinter

1983- José María López -Argentine race car driver

1983- Jessica Lynch -American soldier and educator

1985- Nam Gyu-ri -South Korean singer and actress (SeeYa)

1985- John Isner -American tennis player

1985- Andrea Koch Benvenuto -Chilean tennis player

1986- Lior Refaelov -Israeli footballer

1986- Yuliya Zaripova -Russian runner

1987- Jorge Andújar Moreno -Spanish footballer

1987- Jessica Lee Rose -American-New Zealand actress

1988- Kimber James -American porn actress

1988- Hazel Ann Mendoza -Spanish-Filipino actress

1988- Manuel Viniegra -Mexican footballer

1989- Daesung -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (Big Bang (South Korean band)|Big Bang)

1990- Jonathan dos Santos -Mexican footballer

1990- Karty -Indian actor and dancer

1990- See More Business -Irish race horse (d. 2014)

1990- Nevin Spence -Irish rugby player (d. 2012)

1990- Kim Yu-mi (Miss Korea)|Kim Yu-mi -South Korean model, Miss Korea|Miss Korea 2012

1991- Shahira Barry -Irish model

1991- Ignacio Lores Varela -Uruguayan footballer

1992- Danielle Hope -English actress and singer

1994- Daniil Kvyat -Russian race car driver

1995- Daniel Padilla -Filipino actor and singer