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Day History: August-22

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Famous Birthdays


1412- Frederick II, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1464)

1601- Georges de Scudéry -French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1667)

1624- Jean Regnault de Segrais -French author and poet (d. 1701)

1647- Denis Papin -French physicist and mathematician, developed pressure cooking (d. 1712)

1679- Pierre Guérin de Tencin -French cardinal (d. 1758)

1760- Pope Leo XII -(d. 1829)

1764- Charles Percier -French architect and interior designer (d. 1838)

1771- Henry Maudslay -English engineer (d. 1831)

1773- Aimé Bonpland -French botanist and explorer (d. 1858)

1778- James Kirke Paulding -American politician, 11th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1860)

1800- William S. Harney -American general (d. 1889)

1800- Samuel David Luzzatto -Italian poet and scholar (d. 1865)

1827- Ezra Butler Eddy -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1906)

1834- Samuel Pierpont Langley -American physicist and astronomer (d. 1906)

1836- Archibald Willard -American painter (d. 1918)

1845- William Lewis Douglas -American businessman and politician, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1924)

1848- Melville Elijah Stone -American publisher, founded the ''Chicago Daily News'' (d. 1929)

1854- Milan I of Serbia -(d. 1901)

1857- Ned Hanlon (baseball)|Ned Hanlon -American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)

1860- Paul Gottlieb Nipkow -German inventor, created the Nipkow disk (d. 1940)

1860- Alfred Ploetz -German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (d. 1940)

1860- Eleonore Reuss of Köstritz -(d. 1917)

1862- Claude Debussy -French composer (d. 1918)

1867- Maximilian Bircher-Benner -Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)

1873- Alexander Bogdanov -Russian physician and philosopher (d. 1928)

1874- Max Scheler -German philosopher and author (d. 1928)

1880- Gorch Fock (author)|Gorch Fock -German author and poet (d. 1916)

1880- George Herriman -American cartoonist (d. 1944)

1882- Raymonde de Laroche -French pilot (d. 1919)

1885- Thomas Cooke (footballer)|Thomas Cooke -American soccer player (d. 1964)

1887- Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk -German politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Germany)|Foreign Minister of Germany (d. 1977)

1890- Cecil Kellaway -South African-American actor and singer (d. 1973)

1891- Jacques Lipchitz -Lithuanian-Italian sculptor (d. 1973)

1893- Wilfred Kitching -English 7th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1977)

1893- Dorothy Parker -American poet and author (d. 1967)

1895- László Almásy -Hungarian captain, pilot, and explorer (d. 1951)

1895- Paul Comtois -Canadian politician, 21st Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1966)

1902- Thomas Pelly -American politician (d. 1973)

1902- Leni Riefenstahl -German actress and director (d. 2003)

1902- Edward Rowe Snow -American historian and author (d. 1982)

1903- Jerry Iger -American cartoonist, co-founded Eisner & Iger (d. 1990)

1904- Deng Xiaoping -Chinese politician, 1st Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1997)

1908- Henri Cartier-Bresson -French photographer and painter (d. 2004)

1908- Erwin Thiesies -German rugby player and coach (d. 1993)

1909- Julius J. Epstein -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2000)

1909- Mel Hein -American football player and coach (d. 1992)

1909- Lucille Ricksen -American actress (d. 1925)

1913- Leonard Pagliero -English businessman and pilot (d. 2008)

1913- Bruno Pontecorvo -Italian physicist and academic (d. 1993)

1914- Connie B. Gay -American businessman, co-founded the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (d. 1989)

1914- Jack Dunphy -American novelist and playwright (d. 1992)

1915- David Dellinger -American activist (d. 2004)

1915- James Hillier -Canadian-American scientist, co-designed the electron microscope (d. 2007)

1915- Hugh Paddick -English actor (d. 2000)

1915- Edward Szczepanik -Polish economist and politician, 15th Polish government-in-exile|Prime Minister of the Polish Republic in Exile (d. 2005)

1917- John Lee Hooker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)

1918- Mary McGrory -American journalist (d. 2004)

1920- Ray Bradbury -American author (d. 2012)

1920- Denton Cooley -American surgeon

1921- Sotiria Bellou -Greek singer (d. 1997)

1921- Dinos Dimopoulos -Greek director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1921- Tony Pawson (cricketer)|Tony Pawson -English cricketer, footballer, and journalist (d. 2012)

1922- Roberto Aizenberg -Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1996)

1922- Theoni V. Aldredge -Greek-American costume designer (d. 2011)

1922- Harishankar Parsai -Indian author (d. 1995)

1922- Micheline Presle -French actress

1925- Honor Blackman -English actress and singer

1925- James Kirkwood, Jr. -American playwright and author (d. 1989)

1925- Marc Bohan -French fashion designer

1928- Tinga Seisay -Sierra Leonean diplomat

1928- Karlheinz Stockhausen -German composer (d. 2007)

1929- Valery Alekseyev (anthropologist)|Valery Alekseyev -Russian anthropologist and author (d. 1991)

1929- Ulrich Wegener -German general and police officer

1930- Gylmar dos Santos Neves -Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)

1932- Gerald P. Carr -American engineer, colonel, and astronaut

1933- Sylva Koscina -Italian actress (d. 1994)

1934- Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. -American general (d. 2012)

1935- Annie Proulx -American journalist and author

1936- Chuck Brown -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)

1936- John Callaway (journalist)|John Callaway -American journalist (d. 2009)

1936- Dale Hawkins -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)

1936- Werner Stengel -German roller coaster designer and engineer, designed the Maverick (roller coaster)|maverick roller coaster

1937- Margaret Prosser, Baroness Prosser -English politician

1938- Jean Berkey -American politician (d. 2013)

1938- Paul Maguire -American football player and sportscaster

1939- Valerie Harper -American actress and singer

1939- George Reinholt -American actor

1939- Carl Yastrzemski -American baseball player

1940- Bill McCartney -American football player and coach, founded Promise Keepers

1941- Bill Parcells -American football player and coach

1942- Uğur Mumcu -Turkish journalist and author (d. 1993)

1943- Alun Michael -Welsh police officer and politician, 1st First Minister of Wales

1943- Masatoshi Shima -Japanese computer scientist, co-designed the Intel 4004

1944- Roger Cashmore -English physicist and academic

1944- Peter Hofmann -Czech-German tenor and actor (d. 2010)

1945- David Chase -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- Ron Dante -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Archies, The Cuff Links, and The Detergents)

1945- Erol Gelenbe -Turkish computer scientist and mathematician

1947- Donna Jean Godchaux -American singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead, Heart of Gold Band, and Jerry Garcia Band, and Donna Jean Godchaux Band)

1947- Cindy Williams -American actress, singer, and producer

1948- Eleonora Brown -Italian actress

1948- David Marks (musician)|David Marks -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beach Boys and Delaney & Bonnie)

1949- Doug Bair -American baseball player and coach

1949- Þórarinn Eldjárn -Icelandic author and poet

1949- Diana Nyad -American swimmer and author

1950- Ray Burris -American baseball player and coach

1950- Scooter Libby -American lawyer, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States

1951- Mary Allen -English journalist

1951- Chandra Prakash Mainali -Nepalese politician

1952- Peter Laughner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rocket from the Tombs and Pere Ubu) (d. 1977)

1953- Paul Ellering -American weightlifter, wrestler, and manager

1955- Chiranjeevi -Indian actor, producer, and politician

1955- Gordon Liu -Chinese martial artist and actor

1956- Paul Molitor -American baseball player and coach

1957- Steve Davis -English snooker player

1958- Colm Feore -American-Canadian actor

1958- Stevie Ray -American wrestler

1958- Vernon Reid -English-American guitarist and songwriter (Living Colour)

1959- Juan Croucier -Cuban-American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Ratt and Dokken)

1959- Pia Gjellerup -Danish politician, Finance Minister of Denmark

1959- Kidd Kraddick -American radio host (d. 2013)

1959- Annie Tempest -English cartoonist

1959- Mark Williams (actor)|Mark Williams -English actor and screenwriter

1960- Holger Gehrke -German footballer and manager

1961- Andrés Calamaro -Argentinian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Los Abuelos de la Nada and Los Rodríguez)

1961- Iain Coucher -English businessman

1961- Roland Orzabal -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tears for Fears and Graduate (band)|Graduate)

1961- Debbi Peterson -American singer and drummer (The Bangles and Kindred Spirit (band)|Kindred Spirit)

1963- Tori Amos -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (Y Kant Tori Read)

1963- Terry Catledge -American basketball player

1964- Tom Gibis -American voice actor

1964- Diane Setterfield -English author

1964- Mats Wilander -Swedish tennis player

1964- Andrew Wilson (actor)|Andrew Wilson -American actor and director

1965- Courtney Gains -American actor and producer

1965- Chen Liping -Singaporean actress

1966- Gza -American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)

1966- Eric Andolsek -American football player (d. 1992)

1966- Brooke Dillman -American actress

1966- Rob Witschge -Dutch footballer and manager

1967- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje -English actor

1967- Ty Burrell -American actor

1967- Alfred Gough -American screenwriter and producer

1967- Yukiko Okada -Japanese singer and actress (d. 1986)

1967- Layne Staley -American singer-songwriter (Alice in Chains, Class of '99, Mad Season (band)|Mad Season, and Sleze) (d. 2002)

1967- Bill Welke -American baseball player and umpire

1968- Casper Christensen -Danish comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1968- Paul Colman -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Newsboys and Paul Colman Trio)

1968- Aleksandr Mostovoi -Russian footballer

1968- Elisabeth Murdoch (businesswoman)|Elisabeth Murdoch -Australian businesswoman

1968- Horst Skoff -Austrian tennis player (d. 2008)

1970- George Canyon -Canadian singer, guitarist, and actor

1970- Charlie Connelly -English-Irish author and journalist

1970- Giada De Laurentiis -Italian-American chef and author

1970- Tímea Nagy -Hungarian fencer

1970- Shaun Steels -English drummer and bass player (My Dying Bride and Anathema (band)|Anathema)

1971- Richard Armitage (actor)|Richard Armitage -English actor

1971- Natalie Ceeney -English businesswoman

1971- Craig Finn -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller)

1971- Rick Yune -American actor and martial artist

1972- Okkert Brits -South African pole vaulter

1972- Paul Doucette -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (Matchbox Twenty, The Break and Repair Method, and Tabitha's Secret)

1972- Steve Kline (left-handed pitcher)|Steve Kline -American baseball player and coach

1972- Pontus Schultz -Swedish journalist (d. 2012)

1972- Max Wilson -Brazilian race car driver

1973- Sornram Teppitak -Thai actor

1973- Howie Dorough -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Backstreet Boys)

1973- Beenie Man -Jamaican rapper and producer

1973- Kristen Wiig -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Eurelijus Žukauskas -Lithuanian basketball player

1974- Agustín Pichot -Argentinian rugby player

1974- Lee Sheppard (cartoonist)|Lee Sheppard -Australian animator

1975- Clint Bolton -Australian footballer

1975- Davor Krznarić -Croatian footballer

1975- Sheree Murphy -English actress

1975- Rodrigo Santoro -Brazilian actor

1976- Marius Bezykornovas -Lithuanian footballer

1976- Bryn Davies (musician)|Bryn Davies -American bassist, cellist, and pianist

1976- Laurent Hernu -French decathlete

1976- Randy Wolf -American baseball player

1977- Jenna Leigh Green -American actress and singer

1977- Keren Cytter -Israeli author and director

1977- Heiðar Helguson -Icelandic footballer

1978- Robert Levon Been -American singer and guitarist (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)

1978- James Corden -English actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Ioannis Gagaloudis -Greek basketball player

1978- Ed Petrie -English comedian and actor

1978- Jeff Stinco -Canadian guitarist (Simple Plan)

1979- Brandon Adams -American actor

1979- Jennifer Finnigan -Canadian actress

1979- Matt Walters -American football player

1980- Roland Benschneider -German footballer

1980- Nicolas Macrozonaris -Canadian sprinter

1981- Alex Holmes -American football player

1981- Jang Hyun-Kyu -South Korean footballer (d. 2012)

1981- Takumi Saito -Japanese actor and singer

1982- Rodrigo Nehme -Mexican actor

1983- Theo Bos -Dutch cyclist

1983- Laura Breckenridge -American actress

1983- Justin Buchholz -American mixed martial artist

1983- Jahri Evans -American football player

1983- Dani Thompson -Australian-English model and actress

1984- Lee Camp (footballer)|Lee Camp -English footballer

1984- Missy Monroe -American porn actress

1984- Lawrence Quaye -Ghanaian-Qatari footballer

1985- Kether Donohue -American actress

1985- Luke Russert -American journalist

1986- Lacie Heart -American porn actress

1986- Erika Hebron -American model, Miss Missouri|Miss Missouri 2010

1986- Keiko Kitagawa -Japanese actress

1986- Janis Vahter -Estonian basketball player

1987- Leonardo Moracci -Italian footballer

1987- Karlie Simon -English porn actress

1988- Sarah Major -New Zealand actress

1989- Chariz Solomon -Filipino actress

1990- Syque Caesar -Bangladeshi gymnast

1990- Randall Cobb (American football)|Randall Cobb -American football player

1991- Federico Macheda -Italian footballer

1991- Brayden Schenn -Canadian ice hockey player

1994- Olli Maatta -Finnish ice hockey player

1999- Dakota Goyo -Canadian actor