This Day in History

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

Famous Birthdays

1320- Peter I of Portugal -(d. 1367)

1533- Claudio Merulo -Italian organist and composer (d. 1604)

1541- Michele Mercati -Italian physician (d. 1593)

1605- Philip IV of Spain -(d. 1665)

1641- Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney -French-English general and politician, Secretary of State for the Northern Department (d. 1704)

1692- Giuseppe Tartini -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1770)

1726- Lewis Morris -American judge and politician (d. 1798)

1732- David Rittenhouse -American astronomer and mathematician (d. 1796)

1761- William Joseph Chaminade -French priest, founded the Society of Mary (Marianists)|Society of Mary (d. 1850)

1770- John Thomas Campbell -Irish-Australian politician (d. 1830)

1798- Dionysios Solomos -Greek poet (d. 1857)

1818- Christian IX of Denmark -(d. 1906)

1818- August Wilhelm von Hofmann -German chemist (d. 1892)

1826- Pancha Carrasco -Costa Rican soldier (d. 1890)

1827- Ramón Emeterio Betances -Puerto Rican ophthalmologist and politician (d. 1898)

1842- Elizabeth Bacon Custer -American author (d. 1933)

1859- Edmund Husserl -Austrian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1938)

1864- Carlos Deltour -French rower (d. 1920)

1869- Harvey Williams Cushing -American surgeon (d. 1939)

1870- John Paine (sport shooter)|John Paine -American target shooter (d. 1951)

1871- Clarence Hudson White -American photographer (d. 1925)

1874- Manuel Díaz (fencer)|Manuel Díaz -Cuban fencer (d. 1929)

1874- Stanisław Taczak -Polish general (d. 1960)

1875- Albert I of Belgium -(d. 1934)

1883- R. P. Keigwin -English cricketer and academic (d. 1972)

1883- Julius Seljamaa -Estonian journalist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (d. 1936)

1885- Dimitrios Levidis -Greek-French composer (d. 1951)

1886- Margaret Ayer Barnes -American author and playwright (d. 1967)

1888- Dennis Chavez -American politician (d. 1964)

1889- Adrian Boult -English conductor (d. 1983)

1892- Richard Neutra -Austrian-American architect, designed the Los Angeles County Hall of Records (d. 1970)

1892- Mary Pickford -Canadian-American actress, co-founded United Artists (d. 1979)

1896- Yip Harburg -American composer (d. 1981)

1902- Andrew Irvine (mountaineer)|Andrew Irvine -English mountaineer (d. 1924)

1902- Maria Maksakova, Sr. -Russian soprano (d. 1974)

1904- John Hicks -English economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1904- Hirsch Jacobs -American horse trainer (d. 1970)

1905- Helen Joseph -English-South African activist (d. 1992)

1905- Erwin Keller -German field hockey player (d. 1971)

1906- Raoul Jobin -Canadian tenor (d. 1974)

1908- Hugo Fregonese -Argentinian director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1909- John Fante -American author (d. 1983)

1910- George Musso -American football player (d. 2000)

1911- Melvin Calvin -American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1911- Emil Cioran -Romanian philosopher (d. 1995)

1912- Alois Brunner -Austrian-German SS officer

1912- Sonja Henie -Norwegian figure skater and actress (d. 1969)

1914- María Félix -Mexican actress (d. 2002)

1917- Hubertus Ernst -Dutch bishop

1917- Grigori Kuzmin -Russian-Estonian astronomer (d. 1988)

1918- Betty Ford -American wife of Gerald R. Ford, 40th First Lady of the United States (d. 2011)

1918- Glendon Swarthout -American author (d. 1992)

1919- Ian Smith -Zimbabwean politician, 1st Prime Minister of Rhodesia (d. 2007)

1920- Carmen McRae -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (d. 1994)

1921- Franco Corelli -Italian tenor (d. 2003)

1921- Jan Novák (composer)|Jan Novák -Czech composer (d. 1984)

1921- Herman van Raalte -Dutch footballer (d. 2013)

1923- George Fisher (cartoonist)|George Fisher -American cartoonist (d. 2003)

1923- Edward Mulhare -Irish-American actor (d. 1997)

1924- Frédéric Back -German-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1924- Anthony Farrar-Hockley -English general and historian (d. 2006)

1926- Henry N. Cobb -American architect, co-founded Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

1926- Shecky Greene -American actor

1926- Shirley Mills -American actress (d. 2010)

1926- Jürgen Moltmann -German theologian and academic

1927- Tilly Armstrong -English author (d. 2010)

1927- Ollie Mitchell -American trumpet player (The Wrecking Crew (music)|The Wrecking Crew) (d. 2013)

1928- Leah Rabin -German-Israeli wife of Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)

1928- Monty Sunshine -English clarinet player (d. 2010)

1929- Walter Berry (bass-baritone)|Walter Berry -Austrian opera singer (d. 2000)

1929- Jacques Brel -Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1978)

1929- Renzo De Felice -Italian historian (d. 1996)

1930- Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma -(d. 2010)

1931- John Gavin -American actor and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Mexico

1932- Iskandar of Johor -(d. 2010)

1933- Fred Ebb -American composer (d. 2004)

1934- Kisho Kurokawa -Japanese architect, designed the Nakagin Capsule Tower and Singapore Flyer (d. 2007)

1935- Oscar Zeta Acosta -American lawyer and politician (d. 1974)

1935- Albert Bustamante -American politician

1937- Seymour Hersh -American journalist and author

1938- Kofi Annan -Ghanaian diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations

1938- John Hamm -Canadian physician and politician, 25th Premier of Nova Scotia

1939- Manolis Angelopoulos -Greek singer (d. 1989)

1939- John Arbuthnott (microbiologist)|John Arbuthnott -Scottish microbiologist and academic

1939- Mary Leona Gage -American model and actress, Miss USA 1957 (d. 2010)

1939- Trina Schart Hyman -American author and illustrator (d. 2004)

1940- John Havlicek -American basketball player

1941- Darlene Gillespie -Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer

1941- Vivienne Westwood -English fashion designer

1942- Roger Chapman -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Family (band)|Family and Streetwalkers)

1942- Douglas Trumbull -American director, producer, and special effects artist

1943- Tony Banks, Baron Stratford -Irish politician (d. 2006)

1943- Michael Bennett -American dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 1987)

1943- Miller Farr -American football player

1943- James Herbert -English author and illustrator (d. 2013)

1943- Jack O'Halloran -American boxer and actor

1943- Chris Orr -English painter and illustrator

1944- Hywel Bennett -Welsh actor

1944- Odd Nerdrum -Norwegian painter

1944- Deke Richards -American songwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1944- Joey D. Vieira -American actor

1945- Derrick Walker -Scottish businessman

1946- Catfish Hunter -American baseball player (d. 1999)

1946- Stuart Pankin -American actor

1946- Tim Thomerson -American actor

1947- Tom DeLay -American politician

1947- Steve Howe (guitarist)|Steve Howe -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Yes (band)|Yes, Asia, Tomorrow (band)|Tomorrow, GTR (band)|GTR, and Bodast)

1947- Robert Kiyosaki -American businessman, co-founded Cashflow Technologies

1947- Pascal Lamy -French businessman and politician

1947- Larry Norman -American singer-songwriter, and producer (People!) (d. 2008)

1948- Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone -Scottish academic and politician

1949- K. C. Kamalasabayson -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 39th Attorney General of Sri Lanka (d. 2007)

1949- John Madden (director)|John Madden -English director and producer

1949- Joe Royle -English footballer and manager

1949- Brenda Russell -American-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1949- John Scott (sociologist)|John Scott -British sociologist

1950- Grzegorz Lato -Polish footballer and coach

1951- Gerd Andres -German politician

1951- Geir Haarde -Icelandic politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Iceland

1951- Mel Schacher -American bass player (Question Mark & the Mysterians and Grand Funk Railroad)

1954- Lalla Amina of Morocco -(d. 2012)

1954- Gary Carter -American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1954- G. V. Loganathan -Indian-American engineer and educator (d. 2007)

1955- Ricky Bell (running back)|Ricky Bell -American football player (d. 1984)

1955- Gerrie Coetzee -South African boxer

1955- Kane Hodder -American actor and stuntman

1955- Ron Johnson (U.S. politician)|Ron Johnson -American politician

1955- Barbara Kingsolver -American author and poet

1955- David Wu -Taiwanese-American lawyer and politician

1956- Christine Boisson -French actress

1956- Roman Dragoun -Czech singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Progres 2)

1956- Jim Piddock -English actor, screenwriter, and producer

1956- Justin Sullivan -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (New Model Army (band)|New Model Army)

1957- Anthony Michaels-Moore -English opera singer

1957- Fred Smerlas -American football player

1958- Detlef Bruckhoff -German footballer

1958- Maarten Ducrot -Dutch cyclist and journalist

1960- Daniël Dekker -Dutch radio host

1960- John Schneider (screen actor)|John Schneider -American actor, singer, director, and producer

1961- Élise Guilbault -Canadian actress

1961- Richard Hatch (Survivor contestant)|Richard Hatch -American reality contestant, winner of ''Survivor: Borneo''

1961- Brian McDermott (footballer)|Brian McDermott -English footballer and manager

1962- Evan Davis -English journalist and economist

1962- Paddy Lowe -English engineer

1962- Izzy Stradlin -American guitarist and songwriter (Guns N' Roses and Hollywood Rose)

1963- Julian Lennon -English singer-songwriter, actor, and photographer

1963- Terry Porter -American basketball player and coach

1963- Donita Sparks -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (L7 (band)|L7)

1963- Alec Stewart -English cricketer

1963- Seth Tobias -American businessman (d. 2007)

1964- Biz Markie -American rapper, producer, and actor (Juice Crew)

1964- John McGinlay -Scottish footballer and manager

1965- Steven Blaney -Canadian politician

1965- Michael Jones (rugby union)|Michael Jones -New Zealand rugby player and coach

1966- Mazinho -Brazilian footballer, coach, and manager

1966- Iveta Bartošová -Czech singer and actress (d. 2014)

1966- Mark Blundell -English race car driver

1966- Charlotte Dawson -New Zealand-Australian television host (d. 2014)

1966- Dalton Grant -English high jumper

1966- Bobby Ologun -Nigerian-Japanese mixed martial artist

1966- Harri Rovanperä -Finnish race car driver

1966- Evripidis Stylianidis -Greek politician

1966- Robin Wright -American actress

1967- Arwyn Davies -Welsh actor

1968- Patricia Arquette -American actress and director

1968- Patricia Girard -French runner and hurdler

1968- Tracy Grammer -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer)

1972- Paul Gray (American musician)|Paul Gray -American bass player and songwriter (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot and Unida) (d. 2010)

1972- Sergei Magnitsky -Russian accountant (d. 2009)

1972- Sung Kang -American actor

1973- Khaled Badra -Tunisian footballer

1973- Emma Caulfield -American actress

1973- Alex Gonzalez (shortstop, born 1973)|Alex Gonzalez -American baseball player and manager

1974- Holger Hott -Norwegian orienteering competitor

1974- Nnedi Okorafor -Nigerian-American author and educator

1974- Chino XL -American rapper and actor

1975- Anouk (singer)|Anouk -Dutch singer

1975- Francesco Flachi -Italian footballer

1975- Timo Pérez -Dominican-American baseball player

1977- Mehran Ghassemi -Iranian journalist (d. 2008)

1977- Mark Spencer (computer engineer)|Mark Spencer -American computer programmer

1978- Ana de la Reguera -Mexican actress

1978- Bernt Haas -Austrian-Swiss footballer

1978- Rachel Roberts (model)|Rachel Roberts -Canadian model and actress

1978- Jocelyn Robichaud -Canadian tennis player and coach

1979- Raven (drag queen)|Raven -American drag queen performer

1979- Jeremy Guthrie -American baseball player

1979- Tom Kurzanski -American illustrator

1979- Alexi Laiho -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Impaled Nazarene, and Kylähullut)

1979- Pablo Portillo -Mexican singer and actor (MDO (band)|MDO)

1980- Ben Freeman -English actor

1980- Manuel Ortega (singer)|Manuel Ortega -Austrian singer

1980- Katee Sackhoff -American actress

1980- Justin Smith (American actor)|Justin Smith -American actor

1981- Frédérick Bousquet -French swimmer

1981- Brian Burres -American baseball player

1981- Taylor Kitsch -Canadian model and actor

1981- Ofer Shechter -Israeli actor

1981- Lito Sheppard -American football player

1982- Adrian Bellani -American actor

1982- Keegan DeWitt -American singer-songwriter and actor (Wild Cub)

1983- Allu Arjun -Indian actor

1983- Natalia (Greek singer)|Natalia -Greek singer

1983- Eric Patterson -American baseball player

1984- Ezra Koenig -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors)

1984- Júlia Liptáková -Czech model

1984- Taran Noah Smith -American actor

1984- Kirsten Storms -American actress

1985- Patrick Schliwa -German rugby player

1986- Igor Akinfeev -Russian footballer

1986- Félix Hernández -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1986- Bridget Kelly -American singer-songwriter

1986- Osvaldo Martínez -Paraguayan footballer

1986- Erika Sawajiri -Japanese actress and singer

1987- Tony Black (actor)|Tony Black -American actor

1987- Royston Drenthe -Dutch footballer

1987- Jeremy Hellickson -American baseball player

1988- Jenni Asserholt -Swedish ice hockey player

1988- Stephanie Cayo -Peruvian actress and singer

1988- Rachael Finch -Australian beauty pageant titleholder and television reporter

1988- Kim Myung-sung -South Korean baseball player

1989- Alex Day -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chameleon Circuit (band)|Chameleon Circuit)

1989- Alexander DeLeon -American singer-songwriter (The Cab)

1989- Hitomi Takahashi (singer)|Hitomi Takahashi -Japanese singer

1989- Gabriella Wilde -English actress

1990- Kim Jonghyun -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Shinee and SM the Ballad)

1991- Melanie Ríos -Colombian porn actress and model

1991- Minami Takahashi -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and no3b)

1992- Shelby Young -American actress

1999- CiCi Bellis -American tennis player

1999- Ty Panitz -American actor

2002- Skai Jackson -American actress