This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Famous Birthdays

188- Caracalla -Roman emperor (d. 217)

1492- Ambrosius Blarer -German-Swiss theologian and reformer (d. 1564)

1572- William Strachey -English author (d. 1621)

1593- Edward Nicholas -English politician (d. 1669)

1640- Gaspar Sanz -Spanish guitarist, composer, and priest (d. 1710)

1646- Antoine Galland -French orientalist and archaeologist (d. 1715)

1648- Grinling Gibbons -Dutch-English sculptor (d. 1721)

1676- Giuseppe Maria Orlandini -Italian composer (d. 1760)

1688- Joseph-Nicolas Delisle -French astronomer (d. 1768)

1718- Benjamin Kennicott -English theologian and scholar (d. 1783)

1752- Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli -Italian composer (d. 1837)

1760- Juan Manuel Olivares -Venezuelan composer (d. 1797)

1762- Stephen Storace -English actor and composer (d. 1796)

1772- Nachman of Breslov -(d. 1810)

1780- Edward Hicks -American painter and minister (d. 1849)

1785- Bettina von Arnim -German author (d. 1859)

1792- Thaddeus Stevens -American lawyer and politician (d. 1868)

1802- Dorothea Dix -American activist (d. 1887)

1818- Thomas Mayne Reid -Irish-American author (d. 1883)

1819- Maria II of Portugal -(d. 1853)

1821- Linus Yale, Jr. -American engineer and businessman (d. 1868)

1826- Zénobe Gramme -Belgian engineer, invented the Gramme machine (d. 1901)

1835- John Hughlings Jackson -English neurologist (d. 1911)

1842- Édouard Lucas -French mathematician (d. 1891)

1843- William Henry Jackson -American painter and photographer (d. 1942)

1846- Comte de Lautréamont -Uruguayan-French poet (d. 1870)

1853- Tad Lincoln -American son of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1871)

1858- Remy de Gourmont -French author, poet, and critic (d. 1915)

1869- Mary Colter -American architect, designed the Desert View Watchtower (d. 1958)

1875- Pierre Monteux -French conductor (d. 1964)

1876- Maurice de Vlaminck -French painter (d. 1958)

1879- Gustav Goßler -German rower (d. 1940)

1884- James Alberione -Italian priest, founded the Society of St. Paul (d. 1971)

1884- Isoroku Yamamoto -Japanese admiral (d. 1943)

1886- Frank Luther Mott -American historian and journalist (d. 1964)

1888- Tris Speaker -American baseball player and manager (d. 1958)

1888- Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr. -Polish historian and educator (d. 1975)

1889- Makhanlal Chaturvedi -Indian journalist, poet, and playwright (d. 1968)

1895- Arthur Murray -American dancer and educator (d. 1991)

1896- Robert E. Sherwood -American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1955)

1897- Pierre Fresnay -French actor (d. 1975)

1897- Dina Manfredini -Italian-American super-centenarian (d. 2012)

1898- Agnes Ayres -American actress (d. 1940)

1899- Hillel Oppenheimer -German-Israeli botanist (d. 1971)

1902- Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin -French journalist and author (d. 1969)

1902- Stanley G. Weinbaum -American author (d. 1935)

1905- Eugène Bozza -French composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1905- Erika Nõva -Estonian architect (d. 1987)

1906- Bea Benaderet -American actress (d. 1968)

1906- John Cameron Swayze -American journalist (d. 1995)

1907- Robert Askin -Australian politician, 32nd Premier of New South Wales (d. 1981)

1910- Dang Van Ngu -Vietnamese physician (d. 1967)

1911- Max Dupain -Australian photographer (d. 1992)

1913- Rosemary Lane (actress)|Rosemary Lane -American actress and singer (d. 1974)

1913- Frances Langford -American actress and singer (d. 2005)

1913- Jules Léger -Canadian politician, 21st Governor General of Canada (d. 1980)

1913- Muddy Waters -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)

1914- Richard Coogan -American actor (d. 2014)

1914- Marguerite Duras -French author, screenwriter, and director (d. 1996)

1915- Louis Archambault -Canadian sculptor (d. 2003)

1916- Nikola Ljubičić -Serbian general and politician, 10th List of Presidents of Serbia|President of Serbia (d. 2005)

1916- Mickey Owen -American baseball player and coach (d. 2005)

1916- David White (actor)|David White -American actor (d. 1990)

1918- George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe -English soldier and politician (d. 2007)

1920- Orunamamu -American-Canadian author and educator (d. 2014)

1920- Ignatius IV of Antioch -(d. 2012)

1920- Éric Rohmer -French director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1921- Elizabeth Wilson -American actress

1922- Elmer Bernstein -American composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1923- Peter Vaughan -English actor

1924- Gil Hodges -American baseball player and manager (d. 1972)

1925- Gene Reynolds -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1925- Claude Wagner -Canadian judge and politician (d. 1979)

1925- Emmett Williams -American poet (d. 2007)

1926- Mildred Fay Jefferson -American physician and activist (d. 2010)

1926- Ronnie Masterson -Irish actress (d. 2014)

1927- Joe Orlando -Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1998)

1928- Maya Angelou -American author, poet, and actress (d. 2014)

1928- Estelle Harris -American actress

1928- Jimmy Logan -Scottish actor, director, and producer (d. 2001)

1928- Monty Norman -English singer-songwriter and producer

1931- James Dickens -English politician (d. 2013)

1931- Bobby Ray Inman -American admiral

1931- Catherine Tizard -New Zealand politician, 16th List of Governors-General of New Zealand|Governor-General of New Zealand

1932- Clive Davis -American record producer, founded Arista Records and J Records

1932- Richard Lugar -American politician, 44th List of mayors of Indianapolis|Mayor of Indianapolis

1932- Anthony Perkins -American actor (d. 1992)

1932- Johanna Reiss -Dutch-American author

1932- Andrei Tarkovsky -Russian director and producer (d. 1986)

1933- Bill France, Jr. -American businessman (d. 2007)

1934- Helen Hanft -American actress (d. 2013)

1934- Kronid Lyubarsky -Russian journalist and activist (d. 1996)

1935- Geoff Braybrooke -English-New Zealand politician (d. 2013)

1935- Kenneth Mars -American actor (d. 2011)

1935- Trevor Griffiths -English playwright

1938- A. Bartlett Giamatti -American academic (d. 1989)

1939- JoAnne Carner -American golfer

1939- Major Lance -American singer (d. 1994)

1939- Hugh Masekela -South African singer-songwriter and trumpet player

1939- Ernie Terrell -American boxer and singer

1940- Richard Attwood -English race car driver

1940- Sharon Sheeley -American singer-songwriter (d. 2002)

1942- Jim Fregosi -American baseball player and manager (d. 2014)

1942- Kitty Kelley -American journalist and author

1942- Elizabeth Levy -American author

1944- Magda Aelvoet -Belgian politician

1944- Mary Kenny -Irish journalist, author, and playwright

1944- Craig T. Nelson -American actor

1945- Daniel Cohn-Bendit -French-German politician

1945- Caroline McWilliams -American actress (d. 2010)

1945- Konrad von Finckenstein -German-Canadian businessman

1946- Colin Coates -Australian speed skater

1946- Dave Hill -English guitarist (Slade)

1946- Katsuaki Satō -Japanese martial artist

1946- György Spiró -Hungarian author and playwright

1947- Wiranto -Indonesian general

1947- Ray Fosse -American baseball player and sportscaster

1947- Luke Halpin -American actor

1948- Michael Blassie -American lieutenant (d. 1972)

1948- Abdullah Öcalan -Turkish activist

1948- Berry Oakley -American bass player (The Allman Brothers Band) (d. 1972)

1948- Werner Roth (soccer)|Werner Roth -Serbian-American soccer player and actor

1948- Dan Simmons -American author

1948- Derek Thompson (actor)|Derek Thompson -Irish actor

1948- Pick Withers -English drummer (Dire Straits and Magna Carta (band)|Magna Carta)

1949- Junior Braithwaite -Jamaican-American singer (Bob Marley and the Wailers) (d. 1999)

1949- Shing-Tung Yau -Chinese-American mathematician

1950- Christine Lahti -American actress and director

1951- James Cuno -American historian and curator

1951- John Hannah (American football)|John Hannah -American football player and coach

1951- Hun Sen -Cambodian politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Cambodia

1952- Rosemarie Ackermann -German high jumper

1952- Pat Burns -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2010)

1952- Gregg Hansford -Australian motorcycle racer (d. 1995)

1952- Cherie Lunghi -English actress

1952- Karen Magnussen -Canadian figure skater

1952- Gary Moore -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Thin Lizzy, Skid Row (Irish band)|Skid Row, and Colosseum II) (d. 2011)

1952- Villy Søvndal -Danish politician, List of Danish foreign ministers|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Denmark

1953- Robert Bertrand -Canadian politician

1953- Henry Fotheringham -South African cricketer

1953- Simcha Jacobovici -Canadian director, producer, journalist, and author

1953- Sammy Wilson -Irish politician, 31st Lord Mayor of Belfast

1953- Chen Yi (composer)|Chen Yi -Chinese violinist and composer

1954- Julie Carmen -American actress, dancer, and psychotherapist

1955- Casey Biggs -American actor

1956- Evelyn Hart -Canadian ballerina

1956- Tom Herr -American baseball player and manager

1956- David E. Kelley -American screenwriter and producer

1957- Kelso (horse)|Kelso -American race horse (d. 1983)

1957- Aki Kaurismäki -Finnish director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Graeme Kelling -Scottish guitarist (Deacon Blue) (d. 2004)

1957- Nobuyoshi Kuwano -Japanese singer and trumpet player (Rats & Star)

1958- Cazuza -Brazilian singer-songwriter (Barão Vermelho) (d. 1990)

1958- Mary-Margaret Humes -American actress

1958- Peter Baltes -German bass player (Accept (band)|Accept)

1959- Phil Morris (actor)|Phil Morris -American actor

1960- Jane Eaglen -English soprano

1960- Scott Miller (California musician)|Scott Miller -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Game Theory (band)|Game Theory and The Loud Family) (d. 2013)

1960- Hugo Weaving -Nigerian-Australian actor

1961- Tom Byron -American porn actor and director

1961- Hildi Santo-Tomas -American interior decorator

1962- Craig Adams (musician)|Craig Adams -English bass player and songwriter (The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission (band)|The Mission, The Alarm, Spear of Destiny (band)|Spear of Destiny, and Theatre of Hate)

1962- Kailasho Devi -Indian social worker and politician

1962- Ava Fabian -American model and actress

1962- Marco Giovannetti -Italian cyclist

1962- Anita Renfroe -American comedian

1963- A. Michael Baldwin -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Jack Del Rio -American football player and coach

1963- Dale Hawerchuk -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1963- Jane McDonald -English singer and actress

1963- Graham Norton -Irish actor and talk show host

1964- Branco (footballer)|Branco -Brazilian footballer and coach

1964- Dr. Chud -American drummer and singer (Misfits (band)|Misfits, Graves (band)|Graves, Kryst the Conqueror, and Dr. Chud's X-Ward)

1964- Anthony Clark (actor)|Anthony Clark -American actor

1964- David Cross -American comedian and actor

1964- Laurie Hibberd -Canadian journalist

1964- Riduan Isamuddin -Indonesian terrorist

1964- Robbie Rist -American actor and singer

1965- Vinny Burns -English guitarist and producer (Dare (band)|Dare, Ten (band)|Ten, and Ultravox)

1965- Robert Downey, Jr. -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Sean Wilson (actor)|Sean Wilson -English actor

1966- Nancy McKeon -American actor

1966- Mike Starr (musician)|Mike Starr -American bass player (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun, and Days of the New) (d. 2011)

1966- Christos Tsekos (basketball)|Christos Tsekos -Greek basketball player

1967- George Mavrotas -Greek water polo player

1968- Jesús Rollán -Spanish water polo player (d. 2006)

1969- Karren Brady -English journalist and author

1970- Georgios Amanatidis -Greek footballer

1970- Greg Garcia (producer)|Greg Garcia -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Anthony Green (actor)|Anthony Green -English actor

1970- Barry Pepper -Canadian actor

1971- Yanic Perreault -Canadian ice hockey player

1971- Tatia Rosenthal -Israeli-American animator and director

1971- Josh Todd -American singer-songwriter and actor (Buckcherry)

1971- Malik Yusef -American actor, producer, and poet

1971- John Zandig -American wrestler and promoter

1972- Lisa Ray -Canadian model and actress

1972- Jill Scott -American singer-songwriter and actress

1972- Xenia Seeberg -German actress

1972- Magnus Sveningsson -Swedish bass player (The Cardigans)

1973- Chris Banks (American football)|Chris Banks -American football player (d. 2014)

1973- David Blaine -American magician

1973- Loris Capirossi -Italian motorcycle racer

1973- Peter Hoekstra (footballer)|Peter Hoekstra -Dutch footballer

1973- Chris McCormack (triathlete)|Chris McCormack -Australian triathlete

1974- Dave Mirra -American BMX rider

1975- Delphine Arnault -French businesswoman

1975- Thobias Fredriksson -Swedish skier

1975- Joyce Giraud -Puerto Rican model and actress

1975- Roy Padrick -American journalist and actor

1975- Pamela Ribon -American actress, screenwriter, and author

1975- Miranda Lee Richards -American singer-songwriter

1975- Scott Rolen -American baseball player

1975- Kevin Weekes -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1976- Sébastien Enjolras -French race car driver (d. 1997)

1976- Emerson Ferreira da Rosa -Brazilian footballer

1976- James Roday -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1977- Stephan Bonnar -American mixed martial artist

1977- Keith Bulluck -American football player

1977- Adam Dutkiewicz -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Killswitch Engage, Aftershock (band)|Aftershock, and Times of Grace)

1977- Stephen Mulhern -English magician and television host

1977- Omarr Smith -American football player

1978- Lemar -English singer-songwriter and producer

1978- Jason Ellison -American baseball player

1978- Alan Mahon -Irish footballer

1978- Sam Moran -Australian singer, guitarist, and actor (The Wiggles)

1978- Irene Skliva -Greek model, Miss World 1996

1978- Aska Yang -Taiwanese singer

1979- Heath Ledger -Australian actor and director (d. 2008)

1979- Roberto Luongo -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Natasha Lyonne -American actress

1979- Andy McKee -American guitarist

1979- Jessica Napier -New Zealand-Australian actress

1980- Johnny Borrell -English singer-songwriter and guitarist Razorlight and The Libertines)

1980- Trevor Moore -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Eric Steinbach -American football player

1980- Björn Wirdheim -Swedish race car driver

1981- Currensy -American rapper (504 Boyz)

1981- Eduardo Luís Carloto -Brazilian footballer

1981- Casey Daigle -American baseball player

1981- Ned Vizzini -American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1982- Justin Cook -American voice actor

1982- Magnus Lindgren (chef)|Magnus Lindgren -Swedish chef (d. 2012)

1982- Kett Turton -American-Canadian actor

1983- Evgeny Artyukhin -Russian ice hockey player

1983- Davide Lufrano Chaves -Italian-English guitarist (Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos) (d. 2013)

1983- Fabian Geiser -Swiss footballer

1983- Ben Gordon (basketball)|Ben Gordon -American basketball player

1983- Doug Lynch (ice hockey)|Doug Lynch -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Natalie Pike -Scottish-English model

1983- Amanda Righetti -American actress and producer

1983- Angelle Tymon -American journalist and game show host

1984- Sean May -American professional basketball player

1984- Arkady Vyatchanin -Russian swimmer

1985- Rudy Fernández (basketball)|Rudy Fernández -Spanish basketball player

1985- Ricardo Vilar -Brazilian footballer

1986- Eunhyuk -South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer (Super Junior, Younique Unit, and Donghae & Eunhyuk)

1986- Cameron Barker -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Aiden McGeady -Irish footballer

1986- Alexander Tettey -Norwegian footballer

1987- Devon Anderson -English actor

1987- Sarah Gadon -Canadian actress

1987- Sami Khedira -German footballer

1987- McDonald Mariga -Kenyan footballer

1987- Cameron Maybin -American baseball player

1987- Lauri Pedaja -Estonian actor

1987- Markos Vellidis -Greek footballer

1988- Frank Fielding -English footballer

1989- Vurnon Anita -Dutch footballer

1989- Steven Finn (cricketer)|Steven Finn -English cricketer

1989- Chris Herd -Australian footballer

1989- Spencer Scott -American model

1991- Jamie Lynn Spears -American actress and singer

1992- Lucy May Barker -English actress and singer

1992- Christina Metaxa -Cypriot singer-songwriter

1992- Alexa Nikolas -American actress

1993- Samir Carruthers -Irish footballer

1994- Risako Sugaya -Japanese singer and actress (Berryz Kobo, Guardians 4, and v-u-den)

1996- Austin Mahone -American singer-songwriter

2012- Grumpy Cat -American cat