This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1506- Francis Xavier -Spanish missionary and saint, co-founded the Society of Jesus (d. 1552)

1539- Tobias Stimmer -Swiss painter and illustrator (d. 1584)

1613- Gerrit Dou -Dutch painter (d. 1675)

1644- François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi -French general (d. 1730)

1648- John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1721)

1652- Pope Clement XII -(d. 1740)

1713- Nicola Sala -Italian composer and theorist (d. 1801)

1718- Hugh Blair -Scottish minister and author (d. 1800)

1727- Michel Adanson -French botanist (d. 1806)

1763- Domenico Dragonetti -Italian bassist and composer (d. 1846)

1770- William Wordsworth -English poet (d. 1850)

1772- Charles Fourier -French philosopher (d. 1837)

1780- William Ellery Channing -American preacher and theologian (d. 1842)

1803- James Curtiss -American politician, 11th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)

1803- Flora Tristan -French author (d. 1844)

1848- Randall Davidson -Scottish archbishop (d. 1930)

1853- Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany -(d. 1884)

1859- Walter Camp -American football player and coach (d. 1925)

1860- Will Keith Kellogg -American businessman, founded the Kellogg Company (d. 1951)

1867- Holger Pedersen (linguist)|Holger Pedersen -Danish linguist (d. 1953)

1870- Gustav Landauer -German activist (d. 1919)

1871- Epifanio de los Santos -Filipino jurist, historian, and scholar (d. 1927)

1873- John McGraw -American baseball player and manager (d. 1934)

1876- Fay Moulton -American sprinter, football player, coach, and lawyer (d. 1945)

1882- Kurt von Schleicher -German general and politician, 23rd Chancellor of Germany (d. 1934)

1883- Gino Severini -Italian painter (d. 1966)

1884- Clement Smoot -American golfer (d. 1963)

1886- Ed Lafitte -American baseball player (d. 1971)

1887- Joseph Stadler -American jumper (d. 1950)

1889- Gabriela Mistral -Chilean poet and educator, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)

1890- Paul Berth -Danish footballer (d. 1969)

1890- Marjory Stoneman Douglas -American journalist and activist (d. 1998)

1891- Ole Kirk Christiansen -Danish businessman, founded the Lego Group (d. 1958)

1893- Allen Dulles -American lawyer and diplomat, 5th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1969)

1895- Margarete Schön -German actress (d. 1985)

1896- Frits Peutz -Dutch architect, designed the Glaspaleis (d. 1974)

1897- Erich Löwenhardt -Polish-German pilot (d. 1918)

1897- Walter Winchell -American journalist and broadcaster (d. 1972)

1899- Robert Casadesus -French pianist and composer (d. 1972)

1902- Eduard Ellman-Eelma -Estonian footballer (d. 1941)

1903- M. Balasundaram -Ceylon Tamil politician (d. 1965)

1903- Edwin T. Layton -American admiral (d. 1984)

1908- Percy Faith -Canadian composer, conductor, and bandleader (d. 1976)

1909- Robert Charroux -French author (d. 1978)

1911- Hervé Bazin -French author (d. 1996)

1913- Louise Currie -American actress (d. 2013)

1913- Charles Vanik -American politician (d. 2007)

1914- Ralph Flanagan -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1995)

1915- Stanley Adams (actor)|Stanley Adams -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1915- Billie Holiday -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1959)

1915- Henry Kuttner -American author (d. 1958)

1916- Anthony Caruso (actor)|Anthony Caruso -American actor (d. 2003)

1917- R. G. Armstrong -American actor and playwright (d. 2012)

1918- Bobby Doerr -American baseball player and coach

1919- Roger Lemelin -Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1919- Edoardo Mangiarotti -Italian fencer (d. 2012)

1920- Ravi Shankar -Indian-American sitar player and composer (d. 2012)

1922- Mongo Santamaría -Cuban-American drummer (d. 2003)

1924- Johannes Mario Simmel -Austrian-English author and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1925- Chaturanan Mishra -Indian politician (d. 2011)

1925- Jan van Roessel -Dutch footballer (d. 2011)

1926- Prem Nazir -Indian actor (d. 1989)

1927- Babatunde Olatunji -Nigerian-American drummer, educator, and activist (d. 2003)

1928- James Garner -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2014)

1928- Alan J. Pakula -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1928- James White (author)|James White -Irish author (d. 1999)

1929- Bob Denard -French soldier (d. 2007)

1929- Joe Gallo -American gangster (d. 1972)

1930- Jane Priestman -English interior designer

1930- Yves Rocher -French businessman, founded the Yves Rocher (company)|Yves Rocher Company (d. 2009)

1930- Andrew Sachs -German-English actor

1931- Donald Barthelme -American journalist and author (d. 1989)

1931- Daniel Ellsberg -American theorist and author

1932- Cal Smith -American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)

1933- Wayne Rogers -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1934- Ian Richardson -Scottish actor (d. 2007)

1935- Bobby Bare -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1935- Hodding Carter III -American journalist and politician

1937- Cynthia Lynn -Latvian-American actress (d. 2014)

1938- Jerry Brown -American politician, 34th Governor of California

1938- Spencer Dryden -American drummer (Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs, and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy) (d. 2005)

1938- Freddie Hubbard -American trumpet player and composer (d. 2008)

1938- Iris Johansen -American author

1939- Francis Ford Coppola -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1939- David Frost -English journalist and game show host (d. 2013)

1939- Gary Kellgren -American record producer, co-founded Record Plant (d. 1977)

1939- Brett Whiteley -Australian avant-garde artist (d. 1992)

1939- Vaçe Zela -Albanian-Swiss singer and guitarist (d. 2014)

1940- Marju Lauristin -Estonian politician, 1st Estonian Minister of Social Affairs

1941- James Di Pasquale -American composer

1941- Peter Fluck -English puppet maker and illustrator

1941- Cornelia Frances -English-Australian actress

1941- Gorden Kaye -English actor

1941- Tord Magnuson -Swedish businessman

1941- Danny Wells -Canadian-American actor (d. 2013)

1942- Jeetendra -Indian actor and producer

1942- Nam Gi-nam -South Korean director and screenwriter

1943- Mick Abrahams -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jethro Tull (band)|Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig)

1943- Dennis Amiss -English cricketer

1944- Julia Phillips -American film producer and author (d. 2002)

1944- Gerhard Schröder -German politician, 7th List of Chancellors of Germany|Chancellor of Germany

1944- Bill Stoneman -American baseball player and manager

1945- Megas -Icelandic singer-songwriter

1945- Gerry Cottle -English circus owner

1945- Martyn Lewis -Welsh journalist

1945- Joël Robuchon -French chef and author

1945- Werner Schroeter -German director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1945- Hans van Hemert -Dutch songwriter and producer

1946- Zaid Abdul-Aziz -American basketball player

1946- Colette Besson -French runner (d. 2005)

1946- Herménégilde Chiasson -Canadian politician, 29th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick

1946- Stan Winston -American special effects artist and makeup artist (d. 2008)

1946- Danny Goldman -American actor and casting director

1947- Patricia Bennett -American singer (The Chiffons)

1947- Florian Schneider -German singer and drummer (Kraftwerk and Organisation (band)|Organisation)

1947- Eliseo Soriano -Filipino minister

1947- Michèle Torr -French singer and author

1948- Carol Douglas -American singer

1949- Luca Cumani -Italian horse trainer

1949- Mitch Daniels -American academic and politician, 49th Governor of Indiana

1949- John Oates -American singer-songwriter guitarist, and producer (Hall & Oates)

1950- Brian J. Doyle -American press secretary

1951- Janis Ian -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Clarke Peters -American actor and singer

1952- Gilles Valiquette -Canadian actor, singer, and producer

1954- Jackie Chan -Hong Kong actor, martial artist, director, producer, and screenwriter

1954- Tony Dorsett -American football player

1955- Gregg Jarrett -American lawyer and journalist

1955- Werner Stocker (actor)|Werner Stocker -German actor (d. 1993)

1956- Annika Billström -Swedish politician, 16th List of mayors of Stockholm|Mayor of Stockholm

1956- Christopher Darden -American lawyer

1957- Kim Kap-soo -South Korean actor

1958- Brian Haner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958- Hindrek Kesler -Estonian architect

1960- Buster Douglas -American boxer

1960- Sandy Powell (costume designer)|Sandy Powell -English costume designer

1961- Thurl Bailey -American basketball player and actor

1961- Pascal Olmeta -French footballer

1961- Brigitte van der Burg -Tanzanian-Dutch geographer and politician

1962- Jon Cruddas -English politician

1962- Andrew Hampsten -American cyclist

1962- Hugh O'Connor -Italian-American actor (d. 1995)

1963- Jaime de Marichalar -Spanish husband of Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo

1963- Nick Herbert -English politician, Minister for Policing

1963- Paul Michael Robinson -American model, actor, and photographer

1964- Jace Alexander -American actor and director

1964- Russell Crowe -New Zealand-Australian actor, singer, and producer (30 Odd Foot of Grunts)

1964- Steve Graves -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Bill Bellamy -American comedian and actor

1965- Nenad Vučinić -Serbian-New Zealand basketball player and coach

1965- Alison Lapper -English painter and photographer

1966- Gary Wilkinson -English snooker player

1967- Artemis Gounaki -Greek-German singer-songwriter

1967- Simone Schilder -Dutch tennis player

1968- Duncan Armstrong -Australian swimmer

1968- Jennifer Lynch -American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Ricky Watters -American football player

1970- Leif Ove Andsnes -Norwegian pianist

1971- Guillaume Depardieu -French actor (d. 2008)

1971- Victor Kraatz -German-Canadian figure skater

1971- Jennifer Schwalbach Smith -American journalist and actress

1973- Marco Delvecchio -Italian footballer

1973- Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert -Dutch politician, List of Ministers of Defence of the Netherlands|Dutch Minister of Defence

1973- Carole Montillet -French skier

1973- Ève Salvail -Canadian model and actress

1973- Brett Tomko -American baseball player

1974- Nathan Baesel -American actor

1974- Tygo Gernandt -Dutch actor

1975- Karin Dreijer Andersson -Swedish singer-songwriter and producer (The Knife and Honey Is Cool)

1975- Ronde Barber -American football player

1975- Tiki Barber -American football player and journalist

1975- Ronnie Belliard -American baseball player

1975- John Cooper (musician)|John Cooper -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1975- Jeremy Taggart -Canadian drummer and songwriter (Our Lady Peace)

1976- Kevin Alejandro -American actor

1976- Jessica Lee -English politician

1976- Barbara Jane Reams -American actress

1978- Jo Appleby -English soprano (Amici Forever)

1978- Duncan James -English singer-songwriter and actor (Blue (English band)|Blue)

1978- Lilia Osterloh -American tennis player

1979- Adrián Beltré -Dominican-American baseball player

1979- Patrick Crayton -American football player

1979- Pascal Dupuis -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Robert Jozinović -Australian actor

1979- Anika Knudsen -American model

1979- Danny Sandoval -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1979- Zbych Trofimiuk -Polish-Australian actor

1980- Ourasi -French race horse (d. 2013)

1980- Dragan Bogavac -Montenegrin footballer

1980- David Otunga -American wrestler, actor, and lawyer

1981- Sharka Blue -Czech porn actress

1981- Alex Lanipekun -English actor

1981- Vanessa Olivarez -American singer-songwriter, and actress

1981- Suzann Pettersen -Norwegian golfer

1981- Kelli Young -English singer (Liberty X)

1982- Silvana Arias -Peruvian actress

1982- Sonjay Dutt -American wrestler

1982- Soledad Fandiño -Argentinian actress

1983- Kyle Labine -Canadian actor

1983- Rhandzu Mthombeni -South African sportscaster

1983- Franck Ribéry -French footballer

1983- Jon Stead -English footballer

1983- Jakub Smrž -Czech motorcycle rider

1983- Janar Talts -Estonian basketball player

1984- Norman D. Golden II -American actor

1985- KC Concepcion -Filipino actress and singer

1985- Ariela Massotti -Brazilian actress

1986- Brooke Brodack -American comedian

1987- Martín Cáceres -Uruguayan footballer

1987- Jack Duarte -Mexican actor, singer, and guitarist (Eme 15)

1987- Jaimee Kaire-Gataulu -New Zealand actress

1987- Jack Johnson (actor)|Jack Johnson -American actor

1987- Alexis Love -American porn actress and model

1987- April O'Neil (pornographic actress)|April O'Neil -American porn actress

1987- Eelco Sintnicolaas -Dutch decathlete

1988- Antonio Piccolo -Italian footballer

1988- Ed Speleers -English actor and producer

1988- Sarah Walker (Australian actress)|Sarah Walker -Australian actress

1989- Alexa Demara -American model and actress

1989- Franco Di Santo -Argentinian footballer

1990- Anna Bogomazova -Russian-American kick-boxer and wrestler

1990- Sorana Cîrstea -Romanian tennis player

1990- Trent Cotchin -Australian footballer

1991- Tom Hill (Australian footballer)|Tom Hill -Australian footballer

1991- Luka Milivojević -Serbian footballer

1992- Andreea Acatrinei -Romanian gymnast

1992- Alexis Jordan -American singer and actress

1992- Guilherme Negueba -Brazilian footballer

1993- Irina Shtork -Estonian ice dancer

1994- Johanna Allik -Estonian figure skater

1997- Rafaela Gómez -Ecuadorian tennis player