This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1170- Isabella of Hainault -(d. 1190)

1288- Emperor Go-Fushimi -of Japan (d. 1336)

1472- Bianca Maria Sforza -Italian wife of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1510)

1523- Blaise de Vigenère -French cryptographer and diplomat (d. 1596)

1588- Thomas Hobbes -English philosopher (d. 1679)

1595- John Wilson (composer)|John Wilson -English composer and educator (d. 1674)

1604- Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine -(d. 1675)

1622- Vincenzo Viviani -Italian mathematician (d. 1703)

1649- Elihu Yale -American-English merchant and philanthropist (d. 1721)

1692- Adrienne Lecouvreur -French actress (d. 1730)

1719- Axel von Fersen the Elder -Swedish field marshal and politician (d. 1794)

1727- Pasquale Anfossi -Italian composer (d. 1797)

1732- Jean-Honoré Fragonard -French painter (d. 1806)

1752- Sébastien Érard -French instrument maker (d. 1831)

1761- Sybil Ludington -heroine of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1839)

1769- Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet -English admiral (d. 1839)

1784- Louis Spohr -German violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1859)

1805- Samuel Forde -Irish painter (d. 1828)

1816- Samuel Freeman Miller -American physician, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1890)

1827- Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister -English surgeon (d. 1912)

1832- Jules Ferry -French politician, 44th Prime Minister of France (d. 1893)

1835- Carl Theodor Schulz -Norwegian gardener (d. 1914)

1837- Algernon Charles Swinburne -English poet, author, and playwright (d. 1909)

1839- Robert Smalls -American pilot and politician (d. 1915)

1840- Ghazaros Aghayan -Armenian historian and linguist (d. 1911)

1856- Booker T. Washington -American author and educator (d. 1915)

1857- Alexander of Battenberg -(d. 1893)

1858- Washington Atlee Burpee -Canadian businessman, founded Burpee Seeds (d. 1915)

1863- Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine -(d. 1950)

1869- Sergey Chaplygin -Russian physicist, mathematician, and engineer (d. 1942)

1869- Albert Roussel -French composer (d. 1937)

1871- Mirko Seljan -Croatian explorer (d. 1912)

1872- Samuel Cate Prescott -American biologist (d. 1962)

1875- Mistinguett -French actress and singer (d. 1956)

1878- Paul Weinstein (athlete)|Paul Weinstein -German high jumper (d. 1964)

1883- Walter Huston -Canadian-American actor (d. 1950)

1884- Ion Inculeț -Bessarabian politician (d. 1940)

1893- Clas Thunberg -Finnish speed skater (d. 1973)

1899- Alfred Blalock -American surgeon (d. 1964)

1899- Elsie Thompson -American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1900- Herbert Bayer -Austrian-American graphic designer (d. 1985)

1900- Roman Steinberg -Estonian wrestler (d. 1928)

1900- Spencer Tracy -American actor (d. 1967)

1901- Melvyn Douglas -American actor (d. 1981)

1904- Richard Eberhart -American poet (d. 2005)

1906- Lord Buckley -American actor and singer (d. 1960)

1908- Bette Davis -American actress (d. 1989)

1908- Ernestine Gilbreth Carey -American author (d. 2006)

1908- Jagjivan Ram -Indian politician, 4th Deputy Prime Minister of India (d. 1986)

1908- Herbert von Karajan -Austrian conductor (d. 1989)

1909- Albert R. Broccoli -American film producer, co-founded Eon Productions (d. 1996)

1912- Makar Honcharenko -Ukrainian footballer (d.1997)

1912- John Le Mesurier -English actor (d. 1983)

1912- István Örkény -Hungarian author (d. 1979)

1916- Albert Henry Ottenweller -American bishop (d. 2012)

1916- Gregory Peck -American actor (d. 2003)

1917- Robert Bloch -American author (d. 1994)

1920- Barend Biesheuvel -Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2001)

1920- Arthur Hailey -English-Canadian author (d. 2004)

1920- Rafiq Zakaria -Indian scholar and politician (d. 2005)

1922- Tom Finney -English footballer (d. 2014)

1922- Harry Freedman -Polish-Canadian horn player, composer, and educator (d. 2005)

1922- Christopher Hewett -English actor and director (d. 2001)

1922- Gale Storm -American actress and singer (d. 2009)

1923- Michael V. Gazzo -American actor and playwright (d. 1995)

1923- Nguyen Van Thieu -Vietnamese general and politician, 5th President of South Vietnam (d. 2001)

1926- Roger Corman -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1926- Süleyman Seba -Turkish footballer (d. 2014)

1928- Fernand Dansereau -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1928- Tony Williams (singer)|Tony Williams -American singer (The Platters) (d. 1992)

1929- Hugo Claus -Belgian author (d. 2008)

1929- Ivar Giaever -Norwegian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Nigel Hawthorne -English actor (d. 2001)

1929- Joe Meek -English songwriter and producer (d. 1967)

1930- Mary Costa -American actress and singer

1931- Jack Clement -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1932- Billy Bland -American singer-songwriter

1933- Larry Felser -American journalist (d. 2013)

1933- Frank Gorshin -American actor (d. 2005)

1933- Barbara Holland -American author (d. 2010)

1933- K. Kailasapathy -Sri Lankan journalist and academic (d. 1982)

1934- John Carey (critic)|John Carey -English author and critic

1934- Roman Herzog -German politician, 7th President of Germany

1934- Moise Safra -Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (d. 2014)

1934- Stanley Turrentine -American saxophonist and composer (d. 2000)

1935- Peter Grant (music manager)|Peter Grant -English talent manager (d. 1995)

1935- Donald Lynden-Bell -English astrophysicist and astronomer

1936- John Kelly (Sinn Féin politician)|John Kelly -Irish politician (d. 2007)

1937- Felicia Atkins -Australian model

1937- Joseph Lelyveld -American journalist and author

1937- Colin Powell -American general and politician, 65th United States Secretary of State

1938- Colin Bland -Zimbabwean-South African cricketer

1938- Nancy Holt -American sculptor and painter (d. 2014)

1938- Mal Colston -Australian politician

1939- Crispian St. Peters -English singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1939- Ronald White -American singer-songwriter (The Miracles) (d. 1995)

1940- Tommy Cash -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1940- Gilles Proulx -Canadian journalist, historian, and radio host

1941- Michael Moriarty -American-Canadian actor and singer

1941- Dave Swarbrick -English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Fairport Convention, Whippersnapper (band)|Whippersnapper, and Swarb's Lazarus)

1942- Allan Clarke (singer)|Allan Clarke -English singer-songwriter (The Hollies)

1942- Peter Greenaway -Welsh director and screenwriter

1943- Max Gail -American actor

1943- Jean-Louis Tauran -French cardinal

1944- Peter T. King -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1944- Pedro Rosselló -Puerto Rican physician and politician, 7th Governor of Puerto Rico

1945- Cem Karaca -Turkish singer and guitarist (d. 2004)

1945- Tommy Smith (footballer born 1945)|Tommy Smith -English footballer and manager

1946- Jane Asher -English actress

1946- Russell Davies -Welsh journalist and radio host

1946- Björn Granath -Swedish actor

1947- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo -Filipino politician, 14th President of the Philippines

1947- Virendra Sharma -Indian-English politician

1948- Les Binks -Irish drummer (Judas Priest, Lionheart (band)|Lionheart, Tytan (band)|Tytan, and Axis Point (band)|Axis Point)

1948- Dave Holland (drummer)|Dave Holland -English drummer (Judas Priest, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Finders Keepers (band)|Finders Keepers, and Trapeze (band)|Trapeze)

1949- John Berg (actor)|John Berg -American actor (d. 2007)

1949- Judith Resnik -American engineer and astronaut (d. 1986)

1950- Harpo (singer)|Harpo -Swedish singer

1950- Ann C. Crispin -American author (d. 2013)

1950- Agnetha Fältskog -Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (ABBA)

1950- Miki Manojlović -Serbian actor

1951- Dean Kamen -American inventor and businessman, founded Segway Inc.

1951- Dave McArtney -New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hello Sailor (band)|Hello Sailor) (d. 2013)

1951- Bernie Ward -American radio host

1952- Mitch Pileggi -American actor

1953- Frank Gaffney -American journalist and radio host

1953- Ian Swales -English politician

1954- Guy Bertrand (broadcaster)|Guy Bertrand -Canadian linguist and radio host

1954- Stan Ridgway -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wall of Voodoo and Drywall (musical project)|Drywall)

1954- Peter Case -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Nerves and The Plimsouls)

1955- Charlotte de Turckheim -French actress, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Anthony Horowitz -English author and screenwriter

1955- Janice Long -English radio host

1955- Akira Toriyama -Japanese illustrator

1956- Dwight Hicks -American football player and actor

1956- Suzi Leather -English civil servant

1956- Diamond Dallas Page -American wrestler and actor

1958- Johan Kriek -South African-American tennis player

1958- Lasantha Wickrematunge -Sri Lankan lawyer and journalist (d. 2009)

1959- Julius Drake -English pianist

1960- Asteris Koutoulas -Romanian-German record producer, manager, and author

1960- Greg Mathis -American judge and television host

1960- Larry McCray -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960- Ian Redford -Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1961- Jim LeRoy -American pilot (d. 2007)

1961- Lisa Zane -American actress and singer

1962- Charlie Adam (footballer born 1962)|Charlie Adam -Scottish footballer (d. 2012)

1962- Lana Clarkson -American actress (d. 2003)

1962- Gord Donnelly -Canadian ice hockey player

1962- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov -Kalmyk businessman and politician, 1st Head of Kalmykia|President of Kalmykia

1964- Steve Beaton -English darts player

1964- Princess Erika -French singer-songwriter and actress

1964- Marius Lăcătuș -Romanian footballer and coach

1964- Christopher Reid (entertainer)|Christopher Reid -American rapper and actor (Kid 'n Play)

1965- Cris Carpenter -American baseball player

1965- Aykut Kocaman -Turkish footballer and manager

1966- Mike McCready -American guitarist and songwriter (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Mad Season (band)|Mad Season, and The Rockfords)

1967- Gary Gait -Canadian lacrosse player and coach

1967- Anu Garg -Indian-American journalist and author

1967- Troy Gentry -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Montgomery Gentry)

1968- Gianna Amore -American model and actress

1968- Paula Cole -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1968- Stewart Lee -English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Ryan Birch -English martial artist (d. 2013)

1970- Soheil Ayari -French race car driver

1970- Thea Gill -Canadian actress

1970- Krishnan Guru-Murthy -English journalist

1970- Miho Hatori -Japanese singer-songwriter (Cibo Matto, Smokey & Miho, and Butter 08)

1971- Dong Abay -Filipino singer-songwriter (Yano)

1971- Krista Allen -American actress

1972- Tim Coronel -Dutch race car driver

1972- Tom Coronel -Dutch race car driver

1972- Pat Green -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1972- Paul Okon -Australian footballer and manager

1972- Waylon Payne -American singer-songwriter and actor

1972- Yasuhiro Takemoto -Japanese animator and director

1973- Tony Banks (American football)|Tony Banks -American football player and journalist

1973- Élodie Bouchez -French-American actress

1973- Jason Done -English actor

1973- Cho Sung-min -South Korean baseball player (d. 2013)

1973- Pharrell Williams -American rapper, producer, and fashion designer (N.E.R.D, The Neptunes, and All City Chess Club))

1974- Marcus Jones (British politician)|Marcus Jones -English politician

1974- Sahaj (musician)|Sahaj -American singer-songwriter and producer (Ra (U.S. band)|Ra)

1974- Uhm Tae-woong -South Korean actor

1975- Sarah Baldock -English organist and conductor

1975- John Hartson -Welsh footballer

1975- Juicy J -American rapper and producer (Three 6 Mafia)

1975- Caitlin Moran -English journalist, author, and critic

1975- Shammond Williams -American basketball player

1976- Aleksei Budõlin -Estonian martial artist

1976- Kim Collins -Nevisian sprinter

1976- Ryan Drese -American baseball player

1976- Ross Gload -American baseball player

1976- Simone Inzaghi -Italian footballer

1976- Fernando Morientes -Spanish footballer and coach

1976- Indrek Tobreluts -Estonian biathlete

1977- Stella Creasy -English psychologist and politician

1977- Chad Rogers -American real estate agent

1978- Robert Glasper -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1978- Stephen Jackson -American basketball player

1978- Franziska van Almsick -German swimmer

1979- Timo Hildebrand -German footballer

1979- Mitsuo Ogasawara -Japanese footballer

1979- Benji Radach -American mixed martial artist

1979- Dante Wesley -American football player

1980- Erik Audé -American actor, stuntman, and poker player

1980- Matt Bonner -American basketball player

1980- David Chocarro -Argentinian baseball player and actor

1980- Mary Katharine Ham -American journalist

1980- Lee Jae-won -South Korean actor and singer (H.O.T. and jtL)

1980- Joris Mathijsen -Dutch footballer

1981- Jorge de la Rosa -Mexican baseball player

1981- Stefan Ludik -Namibian cricketer, actor, and singer

1981- Michael A. Monsoor -American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)

1981- Tom Riley (actor)|Tom Riley -English actor

1982- Hayley Atwell -English actress

1982- Lacey Duvalle -American porn actress

1982- Thomas Hitzlsperger -German footballer

1982- Kelly Pavlik -American boxer

1982- Matt Pickens -American soccer player

1982- Alexandre Prémat -French race car driver

1983- Jorge Andrés Martínez -Uruguayan footballer

1984- Marshall Allman -American actor

1984- David Dillehunt -American director, producer, and composer

1984- Maartje Goderie -Dutch field hockey player

1984- Shin Min-a -South Korean model and actress

1984- Kisho Yano -Japanese footballer

1985- Daniel Congré -French footballer

1985- Kim Ji-hoo -South Korean model and actor (d. 2008)

1985- Lastings Milledge -American baseball player

1986- Charlotte (wrestler)|Charlotte -American wrestler

1986- Anna Sophia Berglund -American model and actress

1986- Jenny Hendrix -American porn actress and model

1987- Max Grün -German footballer

1987- Sergei Lepmets -Estonian footballer

1988- Jon Kwang-ik -North Korean footballer

1988- Christopher Papamichalopoulos -Cypriot skier

1988- Alex Valentini -Italian footballer

1990- Haruma Miura -Japanese actor and singer

1990- Sophia Papamichalopoulou -Cypriot skier

1992- Emmalyn Estrada -Canadian singer and dancer (G.R.L.)

1999- Sharlene San Pedro -Filipino actress, singer, and dancer