This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1483- Raphael -Italian painter and architect (d. 1520)

1632- Maria Leopoldine of Austria -(d. 1649)

1651- André Dacier -French scholar (d. 1722)

1660- Johann Kuhnau -German organist and composer (d. 1722)

1664- Arvid Horn -Swedish soldier and politician (d. 1742)

1671- Jean-Baptiste Rousseau -French poet (d. 1741)

1672- André Cardinal Destouches -French composer (d. 1749)

1706- Louis de Cahusac -French playwright (d. 1759)

1708- Georg Reutter II -Austrian composer (d. 1772)

1725- Pasquale Paoli -French politician (d. 1807)

1726- Gerard Majella -Italian saint (d. 1755)

1741- Nicolas Chamfort -French author and playwright (d. 1794)

1766- Wilhelm von Kobell -German painter (d. 1853)

1773- James Mill -Scottish historian, economist, and philosopher (d. 1836)

1810- Philip Henry Gosse -English biologist (d. 1888)

1812- Alexander Herzen -Russian philosopher and author (d. 1870)

1815- Robert Volkmann -German composer (d. 1883)

1818- Aasmund Olavsson Vinje -Norwegian journalist and poet (d. 1870)

1820- Nadar (photographer)|Nadar -French photographer, journalist, and author (d. 1910)

1823- Joseph Medill -Canadian-American publisher and politician, 26th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1899)

1826- Gustave Moreau -French painter (d. 1898)

1841- Karl Binding -German jurist and author (d. 1920)

1851- Guillaume Bigourdan -French astronomer (d. 1932)

1855- Charles Huot -Canadian painter and illustrator (d. 1930)

1860- René Lalique -French sculptor (d. 1945)

1861- Stanislas de Guaita -French poet (d. 1897)

1864- William Bate Hardy -English biochemist (d. 1934)

1866- Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau -Canadian cardinal (d. 1931)

1869- Levon Shant -Armenian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1951)

1878- Erich Mühsam -German author, poet, and playwright (d. 1934)

1881- Karl Staaf -Swedish pole vaulter and hammer thrower (d. 1953)

1884- Walter Huston -Canadian-American actor (d. 1950)

1884- J. G. Parry-Thomas -Welsh race car driver and engineer (d. 1927)

1886- Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople -(d. 1972)

1886- Walter Dandy -American neurosurgeon (d. 1946)

1886- Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII -Indian ruler (d. 1967)

1888- Hans Richter (artist)|Hans Richter -Swiss painter, illustrator, and director (d. 1976)

1888- Gerhard Ritter -German historian (d. 1967)

1890- Anthony Fokker -Dutch engineer and businessman, founded Fokker|Fokker Aircraft Manufacturer (d. 1939)

1892- Donald Wills Douglas, Sr. -American businessman, founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (d. 1981)

1892- Lowell Thomas -American journalist (d. 1981)

1894- Gertrude Baines -American super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1895- Dudley Nichols -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1960)

1898- Jeanne Hébuterne -French painter (d. 1920)

1900- Leo Robin -American composer and songwriter (d. 1984)

1901- Pier Giorgio Frassati -Italian activist (d. 1925)

1902- Julien Torma -French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1933)

1903- Mickey Cochrane -American baseball player and manager (d. 1962)

1903- Harold Eugene Edgerton -American engineer and academic (d. 1990)

1904- Kurt Georg Kiesinger -German politician, 3rd Chancellor of Germany (d. 1988)

1908- Marcel-Marie Desmarais -Canadian preacher, author, and broadcaster (d. 1994)

1909- William M. Branham -American minister (d. 1965)

1909- Hermann Lang -German race car driver (d. 1987)

1911- Feodor Felix Konrad Lynen -German biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)

1913- Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune -North Korean-American geographer (d. 1993)

1915- Tadeusz Kantor -Polish director, painter, and set designer (d. 1990)

1916- Phil Leeds -American actor (d. 1998)

1916- Vincent Ellis McKelvey -American geologist (d. 1987)

1917- Leonora Carrington -English-Mexican painter and author (d. 2011)

1918- Alfredo Ovando Candía -Bolivian general and politician, 56th President of Bolivia (d. 1982)

1918- Big Walter Horton -American harmonica player (d. 1981)

1919- Georgios Mylonas -Greek politician (d. 1998)

1920- Jack Cover -American pilot and physicist, invented the Taser|Taser gun (d. 2009)

1920- Edmond H. Fischer -Chinese-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1926- Sergio Franchi -Italian-American singer and actor (d. 1990)

1926- Gil Kane -Latvian-American author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1926- Ian Paisley -Irish minister and politician, 2nd First Minister of Northern Ireland (d. 2014)

1927- Gerry Mulligan -American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1996)

1928- James Watson -American biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Willis Hall -English playwright and author (d. 2005)

1929- Joi Lansing -American model, actress, and singer (d. 1972)

1929- André Previn -German-American pianist, composer, and conductor

1931- Ram Dass -American author and educator

1931- Ivan Dixon -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)

1931- Suchitra Sen -Indian actress (d. 2014)

1932- Connie Broden -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1932- Helmut Griem -German actor and director (d. 2004)

1933- Roy Goode -English lawyer and academic

1933- Tom C. Korologos -American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Belgium

1933- Eduardo Malapit -American politician, Mayor of Kauai (d. 2007)

1933- Dudley Sutton -English actor

1934- Enrique Álvarez Félix -Mexican actor (d. 1996)

1934- Anton Geesink -Dutch martial artist (d. 2010)

1934- Guy Peellaert -Belgian painter, illustrator, and photographer (d. 2008)

1935- Douglas Hill -Canadian author (d. 2007)

1936- Helen Berman -Dutch-Israeli painter and illustrator

1936- Jean-Pierre Changeux -French biologist

1937- Merle Haggard -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Strangers (American band)|The Strangers and The Buckaroos)

1937- Terrence Hardiman -English actor

1937- Peter Maivia -Samoan-American wrestler (d. 1982)

1937- Billy Dee Williams -American actor and singer

1938- Paul Daniels -English magician

1938- Roy Thinnes -American actor

1939- André Ouellet -Canadian politician, 1st Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada

1939- John Sculley -American businessman

1940- Homero Aridjis -Mexican journalist, author, and poet

1940- Pedro Armendáriz, Jr. -Mexican-American actor (d. 2011)

1941- Christopher Allsopp -English economist

1941- Phil Austin -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1941- Hans W. Geißendörfer -German director and producer

1941- Don Prudhomme -American race car driver

1941- Gheorghe Zamfir -Romanian flute player and composer

1942- Barry Levinson -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1943- Max Clifford -English journalist and publicist

1943- Roger Cook (journalist)|Roger Cook -New Zealand-English journalist and academic

1943- Mitchell Melton -American politician (d. 2013)

1944- Anita Pallenberg -Italian-English model, actress, and fashion designer

1944- Felicity Palmer -English soprano and educator

1945- Rodney Bickerstaffe -English union leader

1945- Neal Boortz -American radio host and author

1945- Peter Hill (journalist)|Peter Hill -English journalist

1946- Paul Beresford -New Zealand-English dentist and politician

1947- John Ratzenberger -American actor

1947- André Weinfeld -French-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1947- Mike Worboys -English mathematician and computer scientist

1948- Patrika Darbo -American actress

1949- Alyson Bailes -English-Irish academic and diplomat

1949- Patrick Hernandez -French singer-songwriter

1949- Horst Ludwig Störmer -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1950- Cleo Odzer -American author (d. 2001)

1951- Bert Blyleven -Dutch-American baseball player and sportscaster

1951- Jean-Marc Boivin -French skier, mountaineer, and pilot (d. 1990)

1951- Pascal Rogé -French pianist

1952- Udo Dirkschneider -German singer-songwriter (Accept (band)|Accept and U.D.O.)

1952- Marilu Henner -American actress, producer, and author

1952- Michel Larocque (ice hockey b. 1952)|Michel Larocque -Canadian ice hockey player and manager (d. 1992)

1953- Patrick Doyle -Scottish actor and composer

1953- Christopher Franke -German-American drummer and songwriter (Tangerine Dream and Agitation Free)

1955- Rob Epstein -American director and producer

1955- Keith Hunter Jesperson -Canadian-American serial killer

1955- Cathy Jones -Canadian comedian and actor

1955- Blind Mississippi Morris -American singer and harmonica player

1955- Michael Rooker -American actor

1956- Michele Bachmann -American politician

1956- Normand Corbeil -Canadian composer (d. 2013)

1956- Lee Scott (politician)|Lee Scott -English politician

1956- Sebastian Spreng -Argentinian-American painter and journalist

1956- Dilip Vengsarkar -Indian cricketer

1957- Jaroslava Maxová -Czech soprano

1957- Paolo A. Nespoli -Italian soldier, engineer, and astronaut

1958- Graeme Base -Australian author and illustrator

1959- Gail Shea -Canadian politician

1960- Batem -Congolese-Belgian illustrator

1960- Adriana Altaras -Croatian-German actress and director

1960- Warren Haynes -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and The Dead (band)|The Dead)

1960- John Pizzarelli -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961- Rory Bremner -Scottish actor and screenwriter

1961- Peter Jackson (footballer born 1961)|Peter Jackson -English footballer and manager

1962- Iris Häussler -German sculptor

1962- Marco Schällibaum -Swiss footballer, coach, and manager

1963- Rafael Correa -Ecuadorian politician, 54th President of Ecuador

1964- Phil Gayle -English journalist

1965- Black Francis -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pixies and Grand Duchy (band)|Grand Duchy)

1965- Sterling Sharpe -American football player

1965- Lieve Slegers -Belgian runner

1966- Vince Flynn -American author (d. 2013)

1966- Young Man Kang -South Korean-American director and producer

1967- Julian Anderson -English composer and educator

1967- Kathleen Barr -Canadian voice actress

1967- Tanya Byron -English psychologist and academic

1967- Jonathan Firth -English actor

1967- Mika Koivuniemi -Finnish-American bowler

1968- Affonso Giaffone -Brazilian race car driver

1969- Bret Boone -American baseball player and manager

1969- Jack Canfora -American actor, singer, and playwright

1969- Bison Dele -American basketball player (d. 2002)

1969- Ari Meyers -Puerto Rican-American actress

1969- Philipp Peter -Austrian race car driver

1969- Paul Rudd -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Louie Spence -English dancer and choreographer

1969- Spencer Wells -American geneticist and anthropologist

1970- Olaf Kölzig -South African-German ice hockey player and coach

1970- Roy Mayorga -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Stone Sour, Soulfly, Amebix, Black President (band)|Black President, and Nausea (band)|Nausea)

1970- Huang Xiaomin -Chinese swimmer

1971- Lou Merloni -American baseball player and radio host

1971- Sanjay Suri -Indian actor and producer

1972- Scott Martin Brooks -American actor

1972- Chad Eaton -American football player and coach

1972- Jason Hervey -American actor and producer

1972- Ami James -Israeli-American tattoo artist

1972- Anders Thomas Jensen -Danish director and screenwriter

1972- Dickey Simpkins -American basketball player

1972- Jo Van Daele -Belgian discus thrower

1973- Donnie Edwards -American football player

1973- Randall Godfrey -American football player

1973- Lori Heuring -American actress

1973- Joe Machine -English painter and poet

1973- Rie Miyazawa -Japanese model and actress

1973- Sun Wen (footballer)|Sun Wen -Chinese footballer

1974- Camilla Dallerup -Danish-English dancer and model

1974- Flash Flanagan -American wrestler

1974- Érica García -Argentinian-American singer-songwriter and actress (Fool's Gold (band)|Fool's Gold)

1974- Robert Kovač -Croatian footballer and coach

1974- Jeff Tymoschuk -Canadian composer

1974- Gina Yashere -English comedian and actor

1975- Zach Braff -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1975- Hal Gill -American ice hockey player

1975- Sonia Lopes -Cape Verdean runner

1975- Joel West -American actor

1976- Candace Cameron Bure -American actress and producer

1976- James Fox (singer)|James Fox -Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1976- Chris Hoke -American football player

1976- Georg Hólm -Icelandic bass player (Sigur Rós)

1976- Hirotada Ototake -Japanese author and educator

1977- Ville Nieminen -Finnish ice hockey player

1977- Andy Phillips -American baseball player and coach

1977- Teddy Sears -American actor

1978- Tim Hasselbeck -American football player and sportscaster

1978- Myleene Klass -English singer, pianist, and model (Hear'Say)

1978- Martin Mendez -Uruguayan bass player and songwriter (Opeth)

1978- Blaine Neal -American baseball player

1978- Igor Semshov -Russian footballer

1978- Kendra Todd -American real estate agent and author

1979- Sam Atwell -Australian actor

1979- Eilen Jewell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Christine Smith (model)|Christine Smith -American model and actress

1979- Lord Frederick Windsor -English journalist and financier

1980- Matthew Carey -American actor

1980- Tommi Evilä -Finnish long jumper

1980- Tanja Poutiainen -Finnish skier

1981- Eliza Coupe -American actress

1981- Robert Earnshaw -Zambian-Welsh footballer

1981- Jeff Faine -American football player

1981- Kari Jobe -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gateway Worship)

1981- Anastassia Morkovkina -Estonian footballer

1981- Alex Suarez -American bass player (Cobra Starship and This Is Ivy League)

1982- Alana Austin -American actress

1982- Sofia Boutella -Algerian-American dancer and actress

1982- Michael Guy Chislett -Australian-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Academy Is... and Hillsong United (band)|Hillsong United)

1982- Herculez Gomez -American soccer player

1982- Ilan Hall -American chef

1982- Bret Harrison -American actor and singer

1982- Travis Moen -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Miguel Ángel Silvestre -Spanish actor

1982- Euclides Varela -Cape Verdean runner

1983- Diora Baird -American model and actress

1983- Mehdi Ballouchy -Moroccan footballer

1983- Jerome Kaino -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Mitsuru Nagata -Japanese footballer

1983- Remi Nicole -English singer-songwriter and actress

1983- Jekaterina Patjuk -Estonian runner

1983- Jade Seah -Singaporean model and actress

1983- Bobbi Starr -American porn actress

1983- James Wade -English darts player

1983- Katie Weatherston -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Max Bemis -American singer-songwriter (Say Anything (band)|Say Anything, Two Tongues, and Max Bemis and the Painful Splits)

1984- Michaël Ciani -French footballer

1984- Siboniso Gaxa -South African footballer

1985- Clarke MacArthur -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Ali Mukaddam -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1985- Frank Ongfiang -Cameroonian footballer

1985- Sinqua Walls -American basketball player and actor

1986- Nikolas Asprogenis -Cypriot footballer

1986- Aaron Curry (American football)|Aaron Curry -American football player

1986- Ryota Moriwaki -Japanese footballer

1986- Tara Osseck -American model, Miss Missouri|Miss Missouri 2009

1987- Benjamin Corgnet -French footballer

1987- Heidi Mount -American model

1987- Juan Adriel Ochoa -Mexican footballer

1987- Levi Porter -English footballer

1987- Hilary Rhoda -American model

1988- Jucilei -Brazilian footballer

1988- Leigh Adams (footballer)|Leigh Adams -Australian footballer

1988- Mike Bailey (actor)|Mike Bailey -English actor and singer

1988- Melisa Cantiveros -Filipino actress

1988- Daniele Gasparetto -Italian footballer

1988- Carlton Mitchell -American football player

1988- Fabrice Muamba -Congolese-English footballer

1988- Ivonne Orsini -Puerto Rician model, Miss World Puerto Rico 2008

1989- Katie Griffiths -English actress

1989- Renārs Rode -Latvian footballer

1989- Rigard van Klooster -Dutch cyclist and speed skater

1990- Charlie McDermott -American actor

1990- Andrei Veis -Estonian footballer

1994- Adrián Alonso -Mexican actor

1995- Darya Lebesheva -Belarusian tennis player

1995- Ryutaro Morimoto -Japanese actor and singer (Hey! Say! JUMP)

1998- Peyton List (actress born 1998)|Peyton List -American actress

1998- Spencer List -American actor

1999- Kwesi Boakye -American actor

2000- CJ Adams -American actor