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Day History: August-11

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Famous Birthdays


1467- Mary of York -(d. 1482)

1648- Jeremiah Shepard -American minister (d. 1720)

1667- Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici -Italian wife of Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (d. 1743)

1673- Richard Mead -English physician and astrologer (d. 1754)

1718- Frederick Haldimand -Swiss-English general and politician, 22nd Governor of Quebec (d. 1791)

1722- Richard Brocklesby -English physician (d. 1797)

1748- Joseph Schuster (composer)|Joseph Schuster -German composer (d. 1812)

1778- Friedrich Ludwig Jahn -Prussian gymnast, educator, and politician (d. 1852)

1794- James B. Longacre -American engraver (d. 1869)

1807- David Rice Atchison -American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1886)

1808- William W. Chapman -American lawyer and politician (d. 1892)

1825- István Türr -Hungarian soldier, architect, and engineer, co-designed the Corinth Canal (d. 1908)

1833- Robert G. Ingersoll -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 1899)

1833- Kido Takayoshi -Japanese politician (d. 1877)

1836- Warren Brown (politician)|Warren Brown -American historian and politician (d. 1919)

1837- Marie François Sadi Carnot -French politician, 4th President of the French Republic (d. 1894)

1855- John Hodges -Australian cricketer (d. 1933)

1858- Christiaan Eijkman -Dutch physician and academic, Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1930)

1860- Ottó Bláthy -Hungarian engineer and chess player (d. 1939)

1869- Hale Holden -American businessman (d. 1940)

1870- Tom Richardson -English cricketer (d. 1912)

1875- Daniel Soubeyran -French rower (d. 1959)

1877- Adolph M. Christianson -American judge (d. 1954)

1878- Oliver W. F. Lodge -English poet and author (d. 1955)

1881- Aleksander Aberg -Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)

1884- Hermann Wlach -Austrian actor (d. 1962)

1885- Stephen Butterworth -English physicist (d. 1958)

1891- Stancho Belkovski -Bulgarian architect and educator (d. 1962)

1892- Hugh MacDiarmid -Scottish poet and linguist (d. 1978)

1892- Eiji Yoshikawa -Japanese author (d. 1962)

1897- Enid Blyton -English author, poet, and educator (d. 1968)

1897- Louise Bogan -American poet and critic (d. 1970)

1898- Peter Mohr Dam -Faroese educator and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 1968)

1900- Philip Phillips (archaeologist)|Philip Phillips -American archaeologist and scholar (d. 1994)

1902- Alfredo Binda -Italian cyclist (d. 1986)

1902- Lloyd Nolan -American actor and singer (d. 1985)

1905- Erwin Chargaff -Austrian-American biochemist and academic (d. 2002)

1905- Ernst Jaakson -Estonian diplomat (d. 1998)

1907- Ted a'Beckett -Australian cricketer (d. 1989)

1908- Don Freeman -American author and illustrator (d. 1978)

1908- Torgny T:son Segerstedt -Swedish sociologist and philosopher (d. 1999)

1909- Yūji Koseki -Japanese composer (d. 1989)

1909- Uku Masing -Estonian philosopher and theologian (d. 1985)

1912- Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs -German astronomer and academic (d. 1954)

1912- Raphael Blau -American screenwriter (d. 1996)

1912- Thanom Kittikachorn -Thai field marshal and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2004)

1913- Paul Dupuis -Canadian actor (d. 1976)

1913- Bob Scheffing -American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

1913- Angus Wilson -English author and academic (d. 1991)

1915- Morris Weiss -American author and illustrator (d. 2014)

1916- Johnny Claes -Belgian race car driver (d. 1956)

1919- Ginette Neveu -French violinist (d. 1949)

1919- Luis Olmo -Puerto Rican baseball player

1920- Chuck Rayner -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2002)

1921- Alex Haley -American historian and author (d. 1992)

1922- John "Mule" Miles -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1923- Stan Chambers -American journalist

1925- Floyd Curry -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)

1925- Arlene Dahl -American actress and singer

1925- Mike Douglas -American singer and talk show host (d. 2006)

1926- Aaron Klug -Lithuanian-English chemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1926- Claus von Bülow -Danish-English lawyer

1927- Raymond Leppard -English harpsichord player and conductor

1927- Stuart Rosenberg -American director and producer (d. 2007)

1930- Paul Soles -Canadian actor and producer

1932- Fernando Arrabal -Spanish actor, director, and playwright

1932- Izzy Asper -Canadian lawyer, businessman, and politician, founded Canwest (d. 2003)

1932- Geoffrey Cass -English businessman

1932- Peter Eisenman -American architect, designed the City of Culture of Galicia

1932- John Gorrie (director)|John Gorrie -English director and screenwriter

1933- Jerry Falwell -American minister and evangelist (d. 2007)

1933- Jerzy Grotowski -Polish director and producer (d. 1999)

1933- Tamás Vásáry -Hungarian pianist and conductor

1934- Bob Hepple -South African lawyer and academic

1936- Andre Dubus -American author (d. 1999)

1936- Jonathan Spence -English-American historian and academic

1937- Anna Massey -English actress (d. 2011)

1937- Patrick Joseph McGovern -American businessman, founded IDG (d. 2014)

1939- Ronnie Dawson (musician)|Ronnie Dawson -American singer and guitarist (d. 2003)

1940- Lennie Pond -American race car driver

1941- Alla Kushnir -Russian–Israeli chess player (d. 2013)

1942- Mike Hugg -English drummer and keyboard player (Manfred Mann and The Manfreds)

1943- Abigail Folger -American heiress and activist (d. 1969)

1943- Jim Kale -Canadian bass player (The Guess Who)

1943- Pervez Musharraf -Pakistani general and politician, 10th President of Pakistan

1943- Denis Payton -English saxophonist (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2006)

1944- Hans Knudsen -Danish canoe racer

1944- Martin Linton -Swedish-English politician

1944- Ian McDiarmid -Scottish actor and director

1944- Frederick W. Smith -American businessman, founded FedEx

1946- John Conlee -American singer

1946- Marilyn vos Savant -American journalist and author

1947- Theo de Jong -Dutch footballer, coach, and manager

1947- Georgios Karatzaferis -Greek politician

1948- Don Boyd -Scottish director, producer, and screenwriter

1948- Jan Palach -Czech activist (d. 1969)

1949- Eric Carmen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Raspberries (band)|Raspberries)

1949- Tim Hutchinson -American lawyer and politician

1950- Elya Baskin -Latvian-American actor

1950- Erik Brann -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Iron Butterfly) (d. 2003)

1950- Gennadiy Nikonov -Russian engineer, designed the AN-94|AN-94 rifle (d. 2003)

1950- Steve Wozniak -American computer scientist and programmer, co-founded Apple Inc.

1951- Vincent Bilodeau -Canadian actor

1952- Reid Blackburn -American photographer (d. 1980)

1952- Manfred Krüger -German footballer

1952- Bob Mothersbaugh -American singer, guitarist, and producer (Devo)

1953- Hulk Hogan -American wrestler and actor

1953- Wijda Mazereeuw -Dutch swimmer

1954- Vance Heafner -American golfer (d. 2012)

1954- Joe Jackson (musician)|Joe Jackson -English singer-songwriter

1954- M. V. Narasimha Rao -Indian cricketer and coach

1954- Tarmo Rüütli -Estonian footballer, coach, and manager

1954- Yashpal Sharma -Indian cricketer and umpire

1955- Marc Bureau (politician)|Marc Bureau -Canadian politician, 16th Mayor of Gatineau

1955- Sylvia Hermon -Irish academic and politician

1956- Pierre-Louis Lions -French mathematician and academic

1957- Ian Stuart Donaldson -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Skrewdriver) (d. 1993)

1958- Jah Wobble -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Public Image Ltd and The Damage Manual)

1959- Gustavo Cerati -Argentinian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soda Stereo) (d. 2014)

1959- Yoshiaki Murakami -Japanese businessman

1959- Taraki Sivaram -Sri Lankan journalist and author (d. 2005)

1959- Richard Scudamore -English businessman

1959- László Szlávics, Jr. -Hungarian sculptor

1961- David Brooks (journalist)|David Brooks -American journalist and author

1961- Craig Ehlo -American basketball player and coach

1961- Jukka Tapanimäki -Finnish game programmer (d. 2000)

1962- Brian Azzarello -American author

1962- Charles Cecil -English video game designer and co-founded Revolution Software

1962- Uvais Karnain -Sri Lankan cricketer

1962- John Micklethwait -English journalist

1962- Rob Minkoff -American director and producer

1962- Ennis Whatley -American basketball player

1963- Hiromi Makihara -Japanese baseball player

1964- Jim Lee -South Korean-American author and illustrator

1964- Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964- Nikki Randall (pornographic actress)|Nikki Randall -American porn actress

1965- Marc Bergevin -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1965- Embeth Davidtz -American actress

1965- Viola Davis -American actress

1965- Duane Martin -American actor and producer

1965- Shinji Mikami -Japanese video game designer, created ''Resident Evil''

1966- Nigel Martyn -English footballer and coach

1966- Juan María Solare -Argentinian pianist and composer

1967- Enrique Bunbury -Spanish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Héroes del Silencio)

1967- Collin Chou -Taiwanese actor and martial artist

1967- Eric Maleson -Brazilian bobsled racer, founded the Brazilian Ice Sports Federation

1967- Joe Rogan -American comedian, actor, and television host

1968- Anna Gunn -American actress

1968- Noordin Mohammad Top -Malaysian terrorist (d. 2009)

1969- Ashley Jensen -Scottish actress

1969- Toomas Kivisild -Estonian geneticist

1969- Ago Markvardt -Estonian skier

1970- Dirk Hannemann -German footballer and manager

1970- Ali Shaheed Muhammad -American rapper and producer (A Tribe Called Quest, The Ummah, and Lucy Pearl)

1970- Teresa Pavlinek -Canadian actress, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Alejandra Barros -Mexican actress

1971- Julie Clarke -American model and actress

1971- Tommy Mooney -English footballer

1972- Jonathon Prandi -American model and actor

1973- Nigel Harman -English actor

1973- Carolyn Murphy -American model and actress

1974- Marie-France Dubreuil -Canadian figure skater

1974- Anju Jain -Indian cricketer and coach

1974- Kira Kener -American porn actress

1974- Hadiqa Kiani -Pakistani singer-songwriter and model

1974- Chris Messina -American actor

1974- Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. -American singer

1974- Audrey Mestre -French biologist and diver (d. 2002)

1975- Davey von Bohlen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cap'n Jazz, The Promise Ring, Maritime (band)|Maritime, and Vermont (band)|Vermont)

1976- Iván Córdoba -Colombian footballer and manager

1976- Bubba Crosby -American baseball player

1976- Will Friedle -American actor

1976- Ben Gibbard -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Death Cab for Cutie, The Postal Service, and ¡All-Time Quarterback!)

1976- Jhong Hilario -Filipino actor and dancer

1976- Tõnis Kalde -Estonian footballer

1976- Erick Lindgren -American poker player

1976- Ľubomír Višňovský -Slovak ice hockey player

1977- Gemma Hayes -Irish singer-songwriter

1977- Dênio Martins -Brazilian footballer

1978- Spyros Gogolos -Greek footballer

1978- Hannes Kaasik -Estonian footballer and referee

1978- Chris Kelly (rapper)|Chris Kelly -American rapper (Kris Kross) (d. 2013)

1978- Charlotte Leslie -English politician

1978- Amber Mariano -American television personality, winner of ''Survivor: All-Stars''

1978- Jermain Taylor -American boxer

1979- Walter Ayoví -Ecuadorian footballer

1979- Aggeliki Daliani -Greek actress

1980- Daniel Lloyd (cyclist)|Daniel Lloyd -English cyclist

1980- Lee Suggs -American football player

1981- Fiona Sit -Hong Kong singer and actress

1981- Sandi Thom -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Alan Halsall -English actor

1982- Wilko Risser -Namibian footballer

1983- Pavel 183 -Russian painter (d. 2013)

1983- Chris Hemsworth -Australian actor

1984- Melky Cabrera -Dominican baseball player

1984- Lucas di Grassi -Brazilian race car driver

1984- Kaire Palmaru -Estonian footballer

1984- Katie Rees -American model, Miss Nevada USA|Miss Nevada USA 2007

1985- J-Boog -American rapper, producer, and actor (B2K)

1985- Asher Roth -American rapper

1985- Jacqueline Fernandez -Sri Lankan model and actress

1986- Mokhtar Benmoussa -Algerian footballer

1986- Kaori Fukuhara -Japanese voice actress

1986- Richard Keogh -English-Irish footballer

1986- Pablo Sandoval -Venezuelan baseball player

1987- Maris Mägi -Estonian sprinter

1987- Dany N'Guessan -French footballer

1987- Drew Storen -American baseball player

1988- Patty Mills -Australian basketball player

1989- Gui Gui -Taiwanese singer and actress (Hey Girl (group)|Hey Girl)

1989- Sebastian Huke -German footballer

1989- Rebekah Kim -South Korean singer, dancer, model and rapper (After School (band)|After School)

1990- Lenka Juríková -Slovak tennis player

1991- Cristian Tello -Spanish footballer

1993- Gita Gutawa -Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress

1993- Sean McGinty -English-Irish footballer

1993- Alyson Stoner -American actress, singer, and dancer

1994- Rand Saad -Iraqi archer

1994- Storm Sanders -Australian tennis player