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Day History: August-19

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Famous Birthdays


232- Marcus Aurelius Probus -Roman emperor (d. 282)

1342- Catherine of Bohemia -(d. 1395)

1398- Íñigo López de Mendoza, 1st Marquis of Santillana -Spanish poet and politician (d. 1458)

1557- Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg -(d. 1608)

1570- Salamone Rossi -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1630)

1590- Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire (d. 1649)

1596- Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia -(d. 1662)

1621- Gerbrand van den Eeckhout -Dutch painter (d. 1674)

1646- John Flamsteed -English astronomer and academic (d. 1719)

1686- Eustace Budgell -English journalist and politician (d. 1737)

1689- Samuel Richardson -English author (d. 1761)

1711- Edward Boscawen -English admiral and politician (d. 1761)

1719- Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec -French soldier and diplomat (d. 1791)

1743- Madame du Barry -French mistress of Louis XV of France (d. 1793)

1777- Francis I of the Two Sicilies -(d. 1830)

1819- Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt -Luxembourger-Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1894)

1835- Tom Wills -Australian cricketer and umpire, co-founded Australian rules football (d. 1880)

1843- C. I. Scofield -American minister and theologian (d. 1921)

1846- Luis Martín -Spanish religious leader, 24th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1906)

1848- Gustave Caillebotte -French painter (d. 1894)

1849- Joaquim Nabuco -Brazilian politician (d. 1910)

1853- Aleksei Brusilov -Russian general (d. 1926)

1870- Bernard Baruch -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1965)

1871- Wright brothers|Orville Wright -American pilot, inventor, and businessman, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1948)

1873- Fred Stone -American actor and producer (d. 1959)

1875- Mirko and Stjepan Seljan|Stjepan Seljan -Croatian explorer (d. 1936)

1876- Oscar De Somville -Belgian rower (d. 1938)

1878- Manuel L. Quezon -Filipino politician, 2nd President of the Philippines (d. 1944)

1881- George Enescu -Romanian violinist, pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1955)

1883- Coco Chanel -French fashion designer, founded the Chanel|Chanel Company (d. 1971)

1883- Elsie Ferguson -American actress (d. 1961)

1883- José Mendes Cabeçadas -Portuguese admiral and politician, 9th President of Portugal (d. 1965)

1887- S. Satyamurti -Indian lawyer and politician (d. 1943)

1889- Arthur Waley -English orientalist and sinologist (d. 1966)

1895- C. Suntharalingam -Sri Lankan lawyer, academic, and politician (d. 1985)

1899- Charlie Hall (actor)|Charlie Hall -English-American actor (d. 1959)

1899- Colleen Moore -American actress (d. 1988)

1900- Olga Baclanova -Russian-Swiss actress (d. 1974)

1900- Gontran de Poncins -French author and adventurer (d. 1962)

1900- Gilbert Ryle -English philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1976)

1902- Ogden Nash -American poet and author (d. 1971)

1902- J. B. L. Reyes -Filipino lawyer and jurist (d. 1994)

1903- James Gould Cozzens -American author (d. 1978)

1903- Lewis Sargent -American actor (d. 1970)

1904- Maurice Wilks -English engineer and businessman (d. 1963)

1906- Philo Farnsworth -American inventor, invented the Fusor (d. 1971)

1907- Hazari Prasad Dwivedi -Indian historian, author, and scholar (d. 1979)

1907- Archie League -American air traffic controller (d. 1986)

1907- Thruston Ballard Morton -American politician (d. 1982)

1911- Anna Terruwe -Dutch psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)

1912- Austin Dobson -English race car driver (d. 1963)

1913- John Argyris -Greek engineer and academic (d. 2004)

1913- Peter Kemp (writer)|Peter Kemp -Indian-English soldier and author (d. 1993)

1913- Richard Simmons (actor)|Richard Simmons -American actor (d. 2003)

1914- Lajos Baróti -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2005)

1914- Fumio Hayasaka -Japanese composer (d. 1955)

1915- Ring Lardner, Jr. -American journalist and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1915- Alfred Rouleau -Canadian businessman (d. 1985)

1916- Dennis Poore -English race car driver and businessman (d. 1987)

1918- Jimmy Rowles -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1996)

1919- Malcolm Forbes -American publisher (d. 1990)

1921- Gene Roddenberry -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)

1924- Willard Boyle -Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1925- Claude Gauvreau -Canadian poet and playwright (d. 1971)

1926- Annie Palmen -Dutch singer (d. 2000)

1926- Arthur Rock -American businessman

1926- Angus Scrimm -American actor

1927- L. Q. Jones -American actor and director

1928- Norman Brooks (singer)|Norman Brooks -Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)

1928- Bernard Levin -English journalist, author, and broadcaster (d. 2004)

1928- Walter Massey (actor)|Walter Massey -Canadian actor (d. 2014)

1929- Ion N. Petrovici -Romanian-German neurologist and academic

1930- David G. Compton -English author

1930- Frank McCourt -American author and educator (d. 2009)

1931- Bill Shoemaker -American jockey (d. 2003)

1932- Thomas P. Salmon -American lawyer and politician, 75th Governor of Vermont

1933- David Hopwood -English microbiologist and geneticist

1933- Debra Paget -American actress and singer

1934- David Durenberger -American politician

1934- Renée Richards -American tennis player and ophthalmologist

1935- Zahir Raihan -Bangladeshi author and director

1935- Bobby Richardson -American baseball player and coach

1937- Richard Ingrams -English journalist, founded ''The Oldie''

1937- William Motzing -American composer and conductor (d. 2014)

1938- Joe Frank -American radio host

1938- Diana Muldaur -American actress

1939- Ginger Baker -English drummer and songwriter (Cream (band)|Cream, Blind Faith, Blues Incorporated, and Atomic Rooster)

1940- Johnny Nash -American singer-songwriter and actor

1940- Jill St. John -American actress

1941- Mihalis Papagiannakis -Greek educator and politician (d. 2009)

1942- Fred Thompson -American actor, lawyer, and politician

1943- Billy J. Kramer -English singer

1944- Jack Canfield -American author

1944- Buzz Kilman -American radio host

1944- Bodil Malmsten -Swedish author and poet

1944- Eddy Raven -American singer-songwriter

1944- Charles Wang -Chinese-American businessman and philanthropist; co-founder, CA Technologies

1945- Sandro de América -Argentinian singer and actor (d. 2010)

1945- Ian Gillan -English singer-songwriter

1946- Charles Bolden -American general and astronaut

1946- Bill Clinton -American politician, 42nd President of the United States

1946- Christopher Malcolm -Scottish-English actor and singer (d. 2014)

1946- Beat Raaflaub -Swiss conductor

1946- Dawn Steel -American film producer (d. 1997)

1947- Dave Dutton -English actor and screenwriter

1947- Terry Hoeppner -American football player and coach (d. 2007)

1947- Gerard Schwarz -American conductor

1948- Jim Carter (actor)|Jim Carter -English actor

1948- Tipper Gore -American author and photographer, co-founded the Parents Music Resource Center

1948- Gerald McRaney -American actor, director, and producer

1948- Tom Mullica -American magician

1948- Christy O'Connor Jnr -Irish golfer

1949- Michael Nazir-Ali -Pakistani-English bishop

1950- Graeme Beard -Australian cricketer

1950- Jennie Bond -English journalist

1950- Sudha Murthy -Indian social worker and author

1951- John Deacon -English bass player and songwriter (Queen (band)|Queen)

1951- Lillian Müller -Norwegian model and actress

1951- Gustavo Santaolalla -Argentinian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Bajofondo)

1952- Jonathan Frakes -American actor and director

1953- Mary Matalin -American political consultant

1953- Nanni Moretti -Italian actor, director, and producer

1953- Lynwood Slim -American singer and harmonica player (d. 2014)

1954- Oscar Larrauri -Argentinian race car driver

1955- Peter Gallagher -American actor and singer

1955- Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal -Dominican-English lawyer and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales

1955- Ned Yost -American baseball player and manager

1956- Adam Arkin -American actor, director, and producer

1956- José Rubén Zamora -Guatemalan journalist, founded ''Siglo Veintiuno'' and ''El Periódico (Guatemala)|El Periódico''

1957- Paul-Jan Bakker -Dutch cricketer

1957- Martin Donovan -American actor

1957- Ian Gould -English cricketer and umpire

1957- Li-Young Lee -Indonesian-American poet and author

1957- Christine Soetewey -Belgian high jumper

1957- Gerda Verburg -Dutch union leader and politician

1958- Gordon Brand, Jnr -Scottish golfer

1958- Gary Gaetti -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1958- Anthony Muñoz -American football player, sportscaster, and actor

1958- Brendan Nelson -Australian physician and politician, 47th Minister for Defence (Australia)|Minister for Defence for Australia

1958- Darryl Sutter -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1959- Susan Cummings (heiress)|Susan Cummings -Monegasque-American murderer

1959- Ricky Pierce -American basketball player

1960- Morten Andersen -American football player

1960- Ron Darling -American baseball player and sportscaster

1961- Cor Bakker -Dutch pianist

1961- Jonathan Coe -English author and academic

1962- Valérie Kaprisky -French actress

1962- Raimonds Vilde -Latvian volleyball player and coach

1962- Toll Yagami -Japanese drummer (Buck-Tick)

1963- John Stamos -American actor, singer, and producer

1963- Joey Tempest -Swedish singer-songwriter (Europe (band)|Europe)

1965- Maria de Medeiros -Portuguese actress, singer, and director

1965- Kevin Dillon -American actor

1965- Kyra Sedgwick -American actress and producer

1966- Lilian Garcia -Spanish-American ring announcer and singer

1966- Lee Ann Womack -American singer-songwriter

1966- Wilco Zeelenberg -Dutch motorcycle racer

1967- Khandro Rinpoche -Indian spiritual leader

1968- Nikolaos Kaklamanakis -Greek windsurfer

1968- Mark McGuinn -American singer-songwriter

1969- Nate Dogg -American rapper and actor (213 (group)|213) (d. 2011)

1969- Kirk Herbstreit -American sportscaster

1969- Paula Jai Parker -American actress

1969- Matthew Perry -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Emigdio Preciado, Jr. -American criminal

1969- Kazuyoshi Tatsunami -Japanese baseball player

1969- Patrick Van Horn -American actor

1969- Clay Walker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970- Fat Joe -American rapper and actor (Terror Squad (group)|Terror Squad and Diggin' in the Crates Crew)

1970- Jeff Tam -American baseball player

1971- Mary Joe Fernández -Dominican-American tennis player and coach

1971- João Vieira Pinto -Portuguese footballer

1972- Roberto Abbondanzieri -Argentinian footballer and manager

1972- Sammi Cheng -Hong Kong singer and actress

1972- Elizabeth Wolfgramm -American singer (The Jets (band)|The Jets)

1972- Chihiro Yonekura -Japanese singer-songwriter

1972- Jamie Zubairi -English actor

1973- Carl Bulfin -New Zealand cricketer

1973- Clayton Counts -American DJ and composer (Bull of Heaven)

1973- Marco Materazzi -Italian footballer

1974- Zubayr Al-Rimi -Saudi Arabian terrorist (d. 2003)

1974- Tim Kasher -American singer-songwriter (Cursive (band)|Cursive, The Good Life (band)|The Good Life, Slowdown Virginia, and Commander Venus)

1974- Anja Knippel -German runner

1975- Chynna Clugston -American illustrator

1975- Tracie Thoms -American actress and singer

1976- Stephan Schmidt (footballer)|Stephan Schmidt -German footballer and manager

1977- Callum Blue -English actor

1977- Iban Mayo -Spanish cyclist

1977- Takahiro Yamada (musician)|Takahiro Yamada -Japanese singer-songwriter and bass player (Asian Kung-Fu Generation)

1978- Chris Capuano -American baseball player

1979- Dave Douglas (drummer)|Dave Douglas -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Relient K and Ace Troubleshooter)

1979- Oumar Kondé -Swiss footballer

1980- Houcine Camara -French singer

1980- Darius Campbell -Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1980- Jun Jin -South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1980- Russell Kane -English comedian and actor

1980- Paul Parry -Welsh footballer

1980- Michael Todd (musician)|Michael Todd -American bass player (Coheed and Cambria)

1981- Nick Kennedy -English rugby player

1981- Percy Watson -American football player and wrestler

1982- Erika Christensen -American actress

1982- Willy Denzey -French singer

1982- J. J. Hardy -American baseball player

1982- Kevin Rans -Belgian pole vaulter

1983- Mike Conway -English race car driver

1983- Missy Higgins -Australian singer-songwriter and actress

1983- John McCargo -American football player

1983- Reeva Steenkamp -South African model (d. 2013)

1983- Tammin Sursok -South African-Australian actress and singer

1984- Micah Alberti -American actor

1984- Simon Bird -English actor and screenwriter

1984- Alessandro Matri -Italian footballer

1984- Ryan Taylor (footballer, born 1984)|Ryan Taylor -English footballer

1985- J. Evan Bonifant -American actor

1985- Lindsey Jacobellis -American snowboarder

1986- Sotiris Balafas -Greek footballer

1986- Saori Kimura -Japanese volleyball player

1986- Rúben Micael -Portuguese footballer

1986- Christina Perri -American singer-songwriter

1987- Nick Driebergen -Dutch swimmer

1987- Nico Hülkenberg -German race car driver

1987- Anaïs Lameche -French-Swedish singer (Play (group)|Play)

1987- Richard Stearman -English footballer

1988- Hoodie Allen -American rapper

1988- Kirk Cousins -American football player

1988- Travis Tedford -American actor

1988- Veronica Roth -American novelist and short story writer

1989- Romeo Miller -American rapper, actor, and basketball player

1990- Kristel Viigipuu -Estonian biathlete

1991- Nathan Lopez -Filipino actor

1994- Nafissatou Thiam -Belgian pentathlete

1996- Hsu Ching-wen -Taiwanese tennis player

1997- Joseph Castanon -American actor and singer

1998- Ella Guevara -Filipino actress

1999- Tristan Lake Leabu -American actor