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Day History: August-13

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Famous Birthdays


1311- Alfonso XI of Castile -(d. 1350)

1584- Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk -English admiral and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland (d. 1640)

1625- Rasmus Bartholin -Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)

1662- Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1748)

1666- William Wotton -English linguist and scholar (d. 1727)

1700- Heinrich von Brühl -German politician (d. 1763)

1717- Louis François, Prince of Conti -(d. 1776)

1752- Maria Carolina of Austria -(d. 1814)

1764- Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers -French general (d. 1816)

1790- William Wentworth -Australian journalist, explorer, and politician (d. 1872)

1792- Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen -(d. 1849)

1803- Vladimir Odoyevsky -Russian philosopher and critic (d. 1869)

1814- Anders Jonas Ångström -Swedish physicist and astronomer (d. 1874)

1818- Lucy Stone -American activist (d. 1893)

1819- Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet -Irish-English mathematician and physicist (d. 1903)

1820- George Grove -English musicologist and historian (d. 1900)

1823- Goldwin Smith -English-Canadian historian and journalist (d. 1910)

1841- Johnny Mullagh -Australian cricketer (d. 1891)

1851- Felix Adler (professor)|Felix Adler -German-American religious leader and educator (d. 1933)

1857- Manuel de Escandón -Mexican polo player (d. 1940)

1860- Annie Oakley -American target shooter (d. 1926)

1866- Giovanni Agnelli -Italian businessman, founded Fiat|Fiat S.p.A (d. 1945)

1872- Richard Willstätter -German-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1942)

1877- William Brennaugh -Canadian lacrosse player (d. 1934)

1879- John Ireland (composer)|John Ireland -English composer and educator (d. 1962)

1884- Harry Dean (cricketer)|Harry Dean -English cricketer and coach (d. 1957)

1888- John Logie Baird -Scottish engineer, invented the History of television|television (d. 1946)

1888- Gleb W. Derujinsky -Russian-American sculptor (d. 1975)

1889- Camillien Houde -Canadian politician, 34th Mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)

1890- Ellen Osiier -Danish fencer (d. 1962)

1895- István Barta -Hungarian water polo player (d. 1948)

1895- Bert Lahr -American actor and singer (d. 1967)

1898- Jean Borotra -French tennis player (d. 1994)

1898- Regis Toomey -American actor (d. 1991)

1899- Alfred Hitchcock -English-American director and producer (d. 1980)

1899- Soledad Mexia -Mexican–American super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1902- Felix Wankel -German engineer (d. 1988)

1904- Buddy Rogers (actor)|Buddy Rogers -American actor and trombonist (d. 1999)

1906- Chuck Carroll -American football player and lawyer (d. 2003)

1906- Art Shires -American baseball player and boxer (d. 1967)

1907- Basil Spence -Scottish architect, designed the Coventry Cathedral (d. 1976)

1908- Gene Raymond -American actor, singer, and pilot (d. 1998)

1911- William Bernbach -American advertiser, co-founded DDB Worldwide (d. 1982)

1912- Claire Cribbs -American basketball player and coach (d. 1985)

1912- Ben Hogan -American golfer (d. 1997)

1912- Salvador Luria -Italian-American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1913- Makarios III -Greek archbishop and politician, 1st President of Cyprus (d. 1977)

1913- Fred Davis (snooker player)|Fred Davis -English snooker player (d. 1998)

1914- Luis Mariano -Spanish actor and singer (d. 1970)

1917- Sid Gordon -American baseball player (d. 1975)

1918- Noor Hassanali -Trinidadian-Tobagonian lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2006)

1918- Frederick Sanger -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1919- Rex Humbard -American evangelist and television host (d. 2007)

1919- George Shearing -English-American pianist (d. 2011)

1920- Neville Brand -American actor (d. 1992)

1921- Louis Frémaux -French conductor

1921- Jimmy McCracklin -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)

1922- Chuck Gilmur -American basketball player, coach, and educator (d. 2011)

1925- Benny Bailey -American trumpet player, songwriter, and producer (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band) (d. 2005)

1926- Fidel Castro -Cuban lawyer and politician, 15th President of Cuba

1928- John Tidmarsh -English journalist and radio host

1929- Pat Harrington, Jr. -American actor and screenwriter

1930- Wilfried Hilker -German footballer and referee

1930- Don Ho -American singer and ukulele player (d. 2007)

1930- Bernard Manning -English comedian (d. 2007)

1930- Wilmer Mizell -American baseball player and politician (d. 1999)

1930- Bob Wiesler -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1933- Joycelyn Elders -American admiral and physician, 15th Surgeon General of the United States

1933- Madhur Jaffrey -Indian actress and author

1935- Alex de Renzy -American director and producer (d. 2001)

1935- Mudcat Grant -American baseball player

1935- Rod Hull -English comedian and actor (d. 1999)

1936- Kostas Hatzis -Greek singer-songwriter

1938- Dave "Baby" Cortez -American pianist

1939- Ed Burton -American basketball player (d. 2012)

1940- Bill Musselman -American basketball player and coach (d. 2000)

1941- Erin Fleming -Canadian-American actress (d. 2003)

1941- Susan Jameson -English actress

1942- Sheila Armstrong (singer)|Sheila Armstrong -English soprano

1943- Fred Hill (American football)|Fred Hill -American football player

1943- Michael Willetts -English sergeant, George Cross recipient (d. 1971)

1944- Divina Galica -English skier and race car driver

1944- Kevin Tighe -American actor and director

1945- Lars Engqvist -Swedish politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

1945- Gary Gregor -American basketball player

1945- Robin Jackman -Indian-English cricketer and sportscaster

1947- Fred Stanley (baseball)|Fred Stanley -American baseball player and manager

1947- John Stocker (voice actor)|John Stocker -Canadian voice actor and director

1947- Margareta Winberg -Swedish politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

1947- Justus Thigpen -American basketball player

1948- Kathleen Battle -American soprano and actress

1948- Scott Powell -American singer (Sha Na Na)

1949- Jim Brunzell -American wrestler

1949- Bobby Clarke -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1949- Philippe Petit -French Tightrope walking|tightrope walker

1950- Rusty Gerhardt -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1951- Dan Fogelberg -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1951- Ric Parnell -English drummer and songwriter (Atomic Rooster and Nova (Italian band)|Nova)

1952- Dave Carter -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer) (d. 2002)

1952- Tom Davis (comedian)|Tom Davis -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1952- Marie Helvin -Japanese-American model

1952- Herb Ritts -American photographer (d. 2002)

1952- Hughie Thomasson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Outlaws (band)|Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2007)

1952- Gary Gibbs -American football player and coach

1953- Tom Cohen -American philosopher, theorist, and academic

1953- Thomas Pogge -German philosopher and academic

1953- Peter Wright -English historian and author

1954- Nico Assumpção -Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)

1955- Keith Ahlers -English race car driver

1955- Hideo Fukuyama -Japanese race car driver

1955- Paul Greengrass -English director and screenwriter

1955- Mulgrew Miller -American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1958- David Feherty -Irish golfer

1958- Feargal Sharkey -Irish singer (The Undertones)

1958- Randy Shughart -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

1959- Danny Bonaduce -American actor

1959- Martyn Brabbins -English conductor

1959- Michael Bradley (musician)|Michael Bradley -Irish bass player and radio host (The Undertones)

1959- Bruce French (cricketer)|Bruce French -English cricketer and coach

1959- Tom Niedenfuer -American baseball player

1960- Koji Kondo -Japanese composer

1960- Ivar Stukolkin -Estonian swimmer

1960- Phil Taylor (darts player)|Phil Taylor -English darts player

1961- Chad Brown (poker player)|Chad Brown -American poker player and actor (d. 2014)

1961- Sam Champion -American journalist

1961- Christos Christodoulou -Greek basketball player

1961- Dawnn Lewis -American actress and singer

1961- Stuart Maconie -English journalist and author

1961- Neil Mallender -English cricketer and umpire

1961- Tom Perrotta -American author

1961- Sunil Shetty -Indian actor and producer

1961- Tomasz Starzewski -English fashion designer

1961- Cary Stayner -American serial killer

1962- Thanos Kalliris -Greek singer-songwriter (Bang (band)|Bang)

1962- John Slattery -American actor and director

1963- Sridevi -Indian actress and singer

1963- Valerie Plame -American Central Intelligence Agency|CIA agent and author

1964- Jay Buhner -American baseball player

1964- Hank Cheyne -American actor

1964- Debi Mazar -American actress

1964- Tom Prince -American baseball player and manager

1965- Mark Lemke -American baseball player, coach, and radio host

1965- Hayato Matsuo -Japanese composer and conductor

1966- Shayne Corson -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Sean Hood -American screenwriter and set designer

1966- Scooter Barry -American basketball player

1967- Quinn Cummings -American actress

1967- Dave Jamerson -American basketball player

1967- Digna Ketelaar -Dutch tennis player

1968- Tal Bachman -Canadian singer-songwriter

1968- Todd Hendricks -American football player and coach

1968- Tony Jarrett -English sprinter and hurdler

1969- Midori Ito -Japanese figure skater

1970- Will Clarke (novelist)|Will Clarke -American author

1970- Spike Dudley -American wrestler

1970- Elvis Grbac -American football player

1970- Alan Shearer -English footballer and manager

1971- Moritz Bleibtreu -German actor

1971- Patrick Carpentier -Canadian race car driver

1971- Adam Housley -American journalist

1971- Heike Makatsch -German actress and singer

1971- Rolando Molina -Salvadoran-American actor

1971- David Monahan -American actor

1972- Hani Hanjour -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 77 (d. 2001)

1972- Kevin Plank -American businessman, founded Under Armour

1972- John Safran -Australian screenwriter and producer

1972- Michael Sinterniklaas -French-American actor, director, and screenwriter

1973- Brittany Andrews -American porn actress, director, and producer

1973- Molly Henneberg -American journalist

1973- Eric Medlen -American race car driver (d. 2007)

1974- Sam Endicott -American singer-songwriter (The Bravery)

1974- Scott MacRae -American baseball player

1974- Jarrod Washburn -American baseball player

1975- Shoaib Akhtar -Pakistani cricketer

1975- James Carpinello -American actor and producer

1975- Dušan Jelić -Serbian-Greek basketball player

1975- Joe Perry (snooker player)|Joe Perry -English snooker player

1975- Marty Turco -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1976- Geno Carlisle -American basketball player

1976- Grégory Fitoussi -French actor

1976- Jody Thompson -Canadian actress

1977- Michael Klim -Australian swimmer

1977- Damian O'Hare -Irish actor

1977- Kenyan Weaks -American basketball player and coach

1978- Dwight Smith (American football)|Dwight Smith -American football player

1979- Román Colón -Dominican baseball player

1979- Kathryn Fiore -American actress

1979- Corey Patterson -American baseball player

1979- Kasia Smutniak -Polish actress

1979- Taizō Sugimura -Japanese politician

1979- Jamie Travis -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Álex González (actor)|Álex González -Spanish actor

1980- Murtz Jaffer -Canadian journalist

1980- Panagiotis Markouizos -Greek figure skater

1981- Jonathon Dutton -Australian actor and director

1981- C. C. Swiney -American actor and screenwriter

1982- Shani Davis -American speed skater

1982- Kalenna Harper -American singer-songwriter (Diddy – Dirty Money)

1982- Gil Ofarim -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1982- Christopher Raeburn (designer)|Christopher Raeburn -English fashion designer

1983- Dallas Braden -American baseball player

1983- Ales Hemsky -Czech ice hockey player

1983- Stephen James King -Australian actor

1983- Christian Müller (footballer born 1983)|Christian Müller -German footballer

1983- Sebastian Stan -Romanian-American actor

1983- Elisha Yaffe -American actor and producer

1983- Ľubomír Michalík -Slovak footballer

1984- L'Aura -Italian singer-songwriter and pianist

1984- Alona Bondarenko -Ukrainian tennis player

1984- Niko Kranjčar -Croatian footballer

1984- Lidi Lisboa -Brazilian actress

1984- Boone Logan -American baseball player

1984- James Morrison (singer)|James Morrison -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Grega Bole -Slovenian cyclist

1985- Lacey Brown -American singer-songwriter

1985- Gerrit van Look -German rugby player and coach

1986- Yasuhisa Furuhara -Japanese actor

1986- Demetrious Johnson (fighter)|Demetrious Johnson -American mixed martial artist

1986- Daniil Steptšenko -Estonian biathlete

1987- Pepe Diokno -Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter

1988- Keith Benson -American basketball player

1988- Brandon Workman -American baseball player

1989- Justin Greene -American basketball player

1989- Israel Jiménez -Mexican footballer

1990- Shila Amzah -Malaysian singer-songwriter and actress

1990- Benjamin Stambouli -French footballer

1990- Sae Miyazawa -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and Diva (Japanese band)|Diva)

1990- DeMarcus Cousins -American basketball player

1991- Dave Days -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1991- Alexander Kačaniklić -Swedish footballer

1992- Lucas Moura -Brazilian footballer

1993- Dominika Stará -Slovak singer

1993- Yoon Bo-mi -South Korean singer, actor and MC (A Pink)

1996- Antonia Lottner -German tennis player

1998- Dalma Gálfi -Hungarian tennis player

2000- Piper Reese -American actress and blogger