This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1529- Michael Neander -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1581)

1593- George Herbert -Welsh-English priest and poet (d. 1633)

1639- Alessandro Stradella -Italian composer (d. 1682)

1643- Charles V, Duke of Lorraine -(d. 1690)

1682- Valentin Rathgeber -German organist and composer (d. 1750)

1693- George Edwards (naturalist)|George Edwards -English ornithologist (d. 1773)

1715- William Watson (scientist)|William Watson -English physician, physicist, and botanist (d. 1787)

1764- John Abernethy (surgeon)|John Abernethy -English surgeon (d. 1831)

1769- Christian Günther von Bernstorff -Danish-Prussian politician and diplomat (d. 1835)

1770- Theodoros Kolokotronis -Greek general (d. 1843)

1781- Swaminarayan -Indian religious leader (d. 1830)

1782- Alexander Macomb (general)|Alexander Macomb -American general (d. 1841)

1798- Charles Wilkes -American admiral, geographer, and explorer (d.1877)

1783- Washington Irving -American historian and author (d. 1859)

1806- Ivan Kireyevsky -Russian philosopher and critic (d. 1856)

1807- Jane Digby -English wife of Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough (d. 1881)

1814- Lorenzo Snow -American religious leader, 5th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1901)

1821- Thomas Pelham Dale -English clergyman (d. 1892)

1822- Edward Everett Hale -American clergyman, historian, and author (d. 1909)

1823- George Derby -American lieutenant (d. 1861)

1823- William M. Tweed -American politician (d. 1878)

1826- Cyrus K. Holliday -American businessman (d. 1900)

1837- John Burroughs -American botanist (d. 1921)

1842- Ulric Dahlgren -American colonel (d. 1864)

1848- Arturo Prat -Chilean lawyer and captain (d. 1879)

1858- Jacob Gaudaur -Canadian rower (d. 1937)

1860- Frederik van Eeden -Dutch psychiatrist and author (d. 1932)

1864- Emil Kellenberger -Swiss target shooter (d. 1943)

1876- Margaret Anglin -Canadian actress, director, and producer (d. 1958)

1876- Tomáš Baťa -Czech businessman, founded Bata Shoes (d. 1932)

1880- Otto Weininger -Austrian philosopher and author (d. 1903)

1881- Alcide De Gasperi -Italian politician, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1954)

1882- Philippe Desranleau -Canadian archbishop (d. 1952)

1883- Ikki Kita -Japanese philosopher and author (d. 1937)

1885- Allan Dwan -Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1885- Bud Fisher -American cartoonist (d. 1954)

1885- Marie-Victorin Kirouac -Canadian botanist (d. 1944)

1885- St John Philby -English colonial (d.1960)

1886- Dooley Wilson -American actor and singer (d. 1953)

1887- Ōtori Tanigorō -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 24th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1956)

1887- Nishizō Tsukahara -Japanese admiral (d. 1966)

1888- Neville Cardus -English author and critic (d. 1975)

1888- Thomas C. Kinkaid -American admiral (d. 1972)

1889- Grigoraş Dinicu -Romanian violinist and composer (d. 1949)

1893- Leslie Howard (actor)|Leslie Howard -English actor, director, and producer (d. 1943)

1893- Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk -(d. 1945)

1895- Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco -Italian-American composer (d. 1968)

1895- Zez Confrey -American pianist and composer (d. 1971)

1897- Thrasyvoulos Tsakalotos -Greek lieutenant (d. 1989)

1898- George Jessel (actor)|George Jessel -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1981)

1898- Henry Luce -American publisher, co-founded ''Time (magazine)|Time Magazine'' (d. 1967)

1899- David Jack -English footballer and manager (d. 1958)

1899- Maria Redaelli -Italian super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1900- Camille Chamoun -Lebanese politician, 7th President of Lebanon (d. 1987)

1900- Albert Walsh -Canadian politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador|Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1958)

1904- Sally Rand -American actress and dancer (d. 1979)

1904- Russel Wright -American designer (d. 1976)

1905- Robert Sink -American general (d. 1965)

1907- Iron Eyes Cody -American actor (d. 1999)

1911- Nanette Bordeaux -Canadian-American actress (d. 1956)

1911- Michael Woodruff -English-Scottish surgeon and academic (d. 2001)

1911- Stanisława Walasiewicz -Polish runner (d. 1980)

1912- Dorothy Eden -New Zealand-English author (d. 1982)

1912- Grigoris Lambrakis -Greek physician and politician (d. 1963)

1913- Per Borten -Norwegian politician, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (d. 2005)

1914- Ray Getliffe -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1914- Sam Manekshaw -Indian field marshal (d. 2008)

1915- Piet de Jong -Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

1915- İhsan Doğramacı -Turkish physician and academic (d. 2010)

1916- Herb Caen -American journalist (d. 1997)

1916- Louis Guglielmi -Catalan composer (d. 1991)

1918- Mary Anderson (actress, born 1918)|Mary Anderson -American actress (d. 2014)

1918- Louis Applebaum -Canadian composer and conductor (d. 2000)

1919- Clairette Oddera -French-Canadian actress and singer (d. 2008)

1920- John Demjanjuk -Ukrainian-American criminal (d. 2012)

1920- Stan Freeman -American composer and conductor (d. 2001)

1920- Yoshibayama Junnosuke -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 43rd Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1977)

1921- Robert Karvelas -American actor (d. 1991)

1921- Darío Moreno -Turkish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1968)

1921- Jan Sterling -American actress (d. 2004)

1922- Doris Day -American actress and singer

1923- Daniel Hoffman -American poet and academic (d. 2013)

1924- Marlon Brando -American actor (d. 2004)

1924- Peter Hawkins -English actor (d. 2006)

1924- Roza Shanina -Russian sergeant and sniper (d. 1945)

1925- Tony Benn -English pilot and politician, Postmaster General of the United Kingdom (d. 2014)

1926- Timothy Bateson -English actor (d. 2009)

1926- Alex Grammas -American baseball player, manager, and coach

1926- Gus Grissom -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1967)

1927- Wesley A. Brown -American general and engineer (d. 2012)

1928- Don Gibson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

1928- Kevin Hagen -American actor (d. 2005)

1928- Emmett Johns -Canadian priest, founded Dans la Rue

1928- Jennifer Paterson -English chef and actress (d. 1999)

1929- Fazlur Khan -Bangladeshi engineer and architect, co-designed the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center (d. 1982)

1929- Lee Leonard -American television host

1929- Poul Schlüter -Danish politician, 37th Prime Minister of Denmark

1930- Lawton Chiles -American politician, 41st Governor of Florida (d. 1998)

1930- Helmut Kohl -German politician, Chancellor of Germany (Federal Republic)|Chancellor of Germany

1930- Wally Moon -American baseball player and coach

1931- David Swift (actor)|David Swift -English actor

1933- Bob Dornan -American politician

1934- Jane Goodall -English primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist

1934- Jim Parker (American football)|Jim Parker -American football player (d. 2005)

1936- Scott LaFaro -American bassist (d. 1961)

1936- Jimmy McGriff -American organist (d. 2008)

1936- Harold Vick -American saxophonist and flute player (d. 1987)

1938- Jeff Barry -American singer-songwriter, and producer

1939- François de Roubaix -French composer (d. 1975)

1939- Hawk Taylor -American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1939- Paul Craig Roberts -American economist

1941- Jan and Dean|Jan Berry -American singer-songwriter (Jan and Dean) (d. 2004)

1941- Carl Boenish -American BASE jumping|BASE jumper and cinematographer (d. 1984)

1941- Eric Braeden -German-American actor

1941- Philippé Wynne -American singer (The Spinners (U.S. band)|The Spinners) (d. 1984)

1942- Marsha Mason -American actress and director

1942- Wayne Newton -American singer and actor

1942- Marek Perepeczko -Polish actor (d. 2005)

1942- Billy Joe Royal -American singer

1943- Mario Lavista -Mexican composer

1943- Jonathan Lynn -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1943- Richard Manuel -Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist (The Band and The Revols) (d. 1986)

1943- Doreen Tracey -English singer and actress

1944- Tony Orlando -American singer and actor (Tony Orlando and Dawn)

1945- Doon Arbus -American author and journalist

1945- Bernie Parent -Canadian ice hockey player

1945- Catherine Spaak -French actress and singer

1946- Dee Murray -English bass player (Procol Harum, The Mirage (band)|The Mirage, and Spencer Davis Group) (d. 1992)

1946- Marisa Paredes -Spanish actress

1946- Hanna Suchocka -Polish politician, 5th Prime Minister of Poland

1946- John Virgo -English snooker player and sportscaster

1947- Anders Eliasson -Swedish composer (d. 2013)

1947- Pat Proft -American actor and screenwriter

1948- Arlette Cousture -Canadian author

1948- Jaap de Hoop Scheffer -Dutch politician, 11th Secretary General of NATO

1948- Carlos Salinas de Gortari -Mexican economist and politician, 53rd President of Mexico

1949- Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck -German footballer

1949- A. C. Grayling -Zambian-English philosopher and academic

1949- Richard Thompson (musician)|Richard Thompson -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fairport Convention and French Frith Kaiser Thompson)

1949- Lyle Alzado -American football player (d. 1992)

1950- Indrajit Coomaraswamy -Sri Lankan economist

1950- Sally Thomsett -English actress

1950- Ray Lucia -American author and television host

1951- Brendan Barber -English union leader

1951- Danny Padilla -American bodybuilder

1951- Mitch Woods -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1952- Mike Moore (U.S. politician)|Mike Moore -American lawyer and politician

1953- Sandra Boynton -American author and illustrator

1953- Wakanohana Kanji II -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 56th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1953- Craig Taubman -American singer-songwriter and producer

1954- Elisabetta Brusa -Italian composer

1954- K. Krishnasamy -Indian physician and politician

1955- Hariharan (singer)|Hariharan -Indian singer (Colonial Cousins)

1955- John Mooney (musician)|John Mooney -American singer and bass player

1956- Miguel Bosé -Spanish-Italian singer and actor

1956- Ray Combs -American actor and game show host (d. 1996)

1956- Kalle Kulbok -Estonian politician

1956- Boris Miljković -Serbian director and producer

1956- Tessa Souter -English-American singer-songwriter

1957- Julia Hills -English actress

1957- Michalis Rakintzis -Greek singer-songwriter

1958- Alec Baldwin -American actor and producer

1958- Francesca Woodman -American photographer (d. 1981)

1959- David Hyde Pierce -American actor

1960- Arjen Anthony Lucassen -Dutch singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (Ayreon, Star One, Ambeon, and Guilt Machine)

1960- Marie Denise Pelletier -Canadian singer

1960- Lesley Sharp -English actress

1961- Eddie Murphy -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1962- Dave Miley -American baseball player and manager

1962- Mike Ness -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Social Distortion)

1962- Jaya Prada -Indian actress and politician

1962- Jennifer Rubin (actress)|Jennifer Rubin -American actress

1963- Criss Oliva -American guitarist and songwriter (Savatage) (d. 1993)

1963- Tsuyoshi Sekito -Japanese guitarist and songwriter (The Black Mages)

1964- Nigel Farage -English politician

1964- Bjarne Riis -Danish cyclist

1964- Claire Perry -English banker and politician

1964- Andy Robinson -English rugby player and coach

1965- Julie Anne Haddock -American actress

1965- Nazia Hassan -Pakistani singer (d. 2000)

1966- John de Vries -Australian race car driver

1966- Lambis Livieratos -Greek singer

1966- Michael Mittermeier -German comedian and actor

1966- Miina Tominaga -Japanese voice actress

1967- Cat Cora -American chef

1967- Pervis Ellison -American basketball player

1967- Brent Gilchrist -Canadian ice hockey player

1967- Cristi Puiu -Romanian director and screenwriter

1967- Mark Skaife -Australian race car driver

1968- Sebastian Bach -Canadian singer-songwriter and actor (Skid Row (American band)|Skid Row, Winter Rose, and Damnocracy)

1968- Charlotte Coleman -English actress (d. 2001)

1968- Jamie Hewlett -English illustrator

1969- Rodney Hampton -American football player

1969- Peter Matera -Australian football player

1969- Lance Storm -Canadian wrestler

1971- Vitālijs Astafjevs -Latvian footballer and manager

1971- Emmanuel Collard -French race car driver

1971- Picabo Street -American skier

1972- Jennie Garth -American actress and director

1972- Catherine McCormack -English actress

1972- Sandrine Testud -French tennis player

1973- Jamie Bamber -English actor

1973- Prabhu Deva -Indian actor, director, and choreographer

1973- Matthew Ferguson -Canadian actor

1973- Kelly Price -American singer-songwriter

1973- Adam Scott (actor)|Adam Scott -American actor, director, and producer

1974- Marcus Brown -American basketball player

1974- Mounir el-Motassadeq -Moroccan terrorist

1974- Drew Shirley -American guitarist and songwriter (Switchfoot and All Together Separate)

1974- Lee Williams (actor)|Lee Williams -Welsh actor and model

1975- Shawn Bates -American ice hockey player

1975- Michael Olowokandi -Nigerian-American basketball player

1975- Aries Spears -American comedian and actor

1975- Yoshinobu Takahashi -Japanese baseball player

1975- Koji Uehara -Japanese baseball player

1976- Park Si-hoo -South Korean actor

1977- Véronique De Kock -Belgian model, Miss Belgium|Miss Belgium 1995

1977- Hussein Fatal -American rapper (Outlawz)

1977- Alice Lowe -English actress and screenwriter

1977- Birgit Minichmayr -Austrian actress and singer

1977- Chael Sonnen -American mixed martial artist

1978- Matthew Goode -English actor

1978- Tommy Haas -German tennis player

1978- John Smit -South African rugby player

1979- Grégoire (musician)|Grégoire -French singer-songwriter

1979- Simon Black -Australian footballer

1981- Aaron Bertram -American trumpet player (Suburban Legends)

1981- DeShawn Stevenson -American basketball player

1982- Fler -German rapper

1982- Jared Allen -American football player

1982- Sofia Boutella -Algerian-American actress and dancer

1982- Jesse Csincsak -American snowboarder

1982- Iain Fyfe -Australian footballer

1982- Kasumi Nakane -Japanese model and actress

1982- Cobie Smulders -Canadian actress

1983- Chalice (singer)|Chalice -Estonian singer

1983- Errol Barnett -English journalist

1983- Ben Foster (footballer)|Ben Foster -English footballer

1983- Stephen Weiss -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Jonathan Blondel -Belgian footballer

1984- Maxi López -Argentinian footballer

1985- Jari-Matti Latvala -Finnish race car driver

1985- Leona Lewis -English singer-songwriter

1986- Amanda Bynes -American actress

1986- Stephanie Cox -American soccer player

1986- Jerry Messing -American actor

1986- Coleen Rooney -English television host

1986- Sergio Sánchez Ortega -Spanish footballer

1987- Jay Bruce -American baseball player

1987- Park Jung-min -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (SS501)

1987- Jason Kipnis -American baseball player

1987- Julie Sokolow -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1987- Benjamin Stone (actor)|Benjamin Stone -English actor

1987- Sal Zizzo -American soccer player

1988- Kam Chancellor -American football player

1988- Brandon Graham -American football player

1988- Peter Hartley (footballer)|Peter Hartley -English footballer

1988- Tim Krul -Dutch footballer

1989- Romain Alessandrini -French footballer

1989- Matija Duh -Slovenian motorcycle racer

1989- Israel Folau -Australian footballer

1989- Thisara Perera -Sri Lankan cricketer

1990- Karim Ansarifard -Iranian footballer

1990- Madison Brengle -American tennis player

1990- Sotiris Ninis -Greek footballer

1991- Stanislav Engovatov -Russian footballer

1991- Hayley Kiyoko -American actress, singer, and dancer

1992- Simone Benedetti -Italian footballer

1993- Pape Moussa Konaté -Senegalese footballer

1996- Jackson Bond -American actor

1996- Mayo Hibi -Japanese tennis player

1998- Paris Jackson (actress)|Paris Jackson -American actress

2001- Sophie Delezio -Australian medical patient