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Day History: August-23

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Famous Birthdays


1486- Sigismund von Herberstein -Slovenian historian and diplomat (d. 1566)

1524- François Hotman -French lawyer (d. 1590)

1623- Stanisław Lubieniecki -Polish astronomer, theologian, and historian (d. 1675)

1724- Abraham Yates, Jr. -American lawyer and civil servant (d. 1796)

1741- Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse -French admiral and explorer (d. 1788)

1754- Louis XVI of France -(d. 1793)

1757- Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann -German actress (d. 1775)

1769- Georges Cuvier -French biologist and academic (d. 1832)

1783- William Tierney Clark -English engineer, designed the Hammersmith Bridge (d. 1852)

1785- Oliver Hazard Perry -American commander (d. 1819)

1805- Anton von Schmerling -Austrian politician (d. 1893)

1814- James Roosevelt Bayley -American archbishop (d. 1877)

1829- Moritz Cantor -German mathematician and historian (d. 1920)

1836- Marie Henriette of Austria -(d. 1902)

1843- William Southam -Canadian publisher (d. 1932)

1846- Alexander Milne Calder -Scottish-American sculptor (d. 1923)

1847- Sarah Frances Whiting -American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)

1849- William Ernest Henley -English poet and critic (d. 1903)

1852- Clímaco Calderón -Colombian lawyer and politician, 15th President of Colombia (d. 1913)

1852- Arnold Toynbee -English economist and historian (d. 1883)

1854- Moritz Moszkowski -Polish-German pianist and composer (d. 1925)

1864- Eleftherios Venizelos -Greek politician, 93rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)

1867- Edgar de Wahl -Ukrainian-Estonian linguist and educator (d. 1948)

1868- Edgar Lee Masters -American author (d. 1950)

1872- Tanguturi Prakasam -Indian lawyer and politician (d. 1957)

1875- William Eccles -English physicist and engineer (d. 1966)

1875- Eugene Lanceray -Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1946)

1877- István Medgyaszay -Hungarian architect and academic (d. 1959)

1880- Alexander Grin -Russian author (d. 1932)

1883- Jonathan M. Wainwright (general)|Jonathan M. Wainwright -American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1953)

1884- Will Cuppy -American author and critic (d. 1949)

1884- Ogden L. Mills -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 50th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)

1890- Harry Frank Guggenheim -American businessman and publisher, co-founded ''Newsday'' (d. 1971)

1897- Henry F. Pringle -American historian and journalist (d. 1958)

1900- Ernst Krenek -Austrian-American composer and educator (d. 1991)

1900- Malvina Reynolds -American singer-songwriter and activist (d. 1978)

1901- Guy Bush -American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

1901- John Sherman Cooper -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 2nd United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 1991)

1903- William Primrose -Scottish viola player and educator (d. 1982)

1905- Ernie Bushmiller -American cartoonist (d. 1982)

1905- Constant Lambert -English composer and conductor (d. 1951)

1908- Hannah Frank -Scottish sculptor (d. 2008)

1909- Syd Buller -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1970)

1909- Leila Danette -American actress (d. 2012)

1910- Lonny Frey -American baseball player (d. 2009)

1910- Giuseppe Meazza -Italian footballer and manager (d. 1979)

1911- Birger Ruud -Norwegian ski-jumper (d. 1998)

1912- Gene Kelly -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1996)

1917- Tex Williams -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

1919- Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin -Azerbaijani mathematician and theorist (d. 1984)

1921- Kenneth Arrow -American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1921- Sam Cook -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1996)

1922- Nazik Al-Malaika -Iraqi poet and academic (d. 2007)

1922- Jean Darling -American actress and singer

1922- Pierre Gauvreau -Canadian painter (d. 2011)

1922- George Kell -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)

1923- Edgar F. Codd -English-American computer scientist (d. 2003)

1924- Ephraim Kishon -Israeli author, screenwriter, and director (d. 2005)

1924- Robert Solow -American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1925- Robert Mulligan -American director and producer (d. 2008)

1926- Clifford Geertz -American anthropologist and academic (d. 2006)

1926- Gyula Hernádi -Hungarian author and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1927- Dick Bruna -Dutch author and illustrator

1927- Martial Solal -Algerian-French pianist and composer

1928- Marian Seldes -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1929- Vladimir Beekman -Estonian poet and translator (d. 2009)

1929- Zoltán Czibor -Hungarian footballer (d. 1997)

1929- Vera Miles -American model and actress, Miss Kansas|Miss Kansas 1948

1930- Michel Rocard -French politician, 160th Prime Minister of France

1931- Barbara Eden -American actress and singer

1931- Hamilton O. Smith -American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- Houari Boumediene -Algerian colonel and politician, 2nd President of Algeria (d. 1978)

1932- Enos Nkala -Zimbabwean politician, Ministry of Defence (Zimbabwe)|Minister of Defence for Zimbabwe (d. 2013)

1932- Mark Russell -American comedian, singer, and pianist

1933- Robert Curl -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Pete Wilson -American commander and politician, 36th Governor of California

1934- Sonny Jurgensen -American football player and sportscaster

1935- Roy Strong -English historian, curator, and author

1936- Henry Lee Lucas -American serial killer (d. 2001)

1938- Giacomo Bini -Italian priest and missionary (d. 2014)

1938- Roger Greenaway -English singer-songwriter and producer (The Kestrels, Brotherhood of Man, and The Pipkins)

1940- Richard Sanders (actor)|Richard Sanders -American actor and screenwriter

1941- Jim Ford -American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1941- Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve -Irish philosopher, academic, and politician

1942- Letta Mbulu -South African-American singer

1943- Dale Campbell-Savours, Baron Campbell-Savours -English politician

1943- Nelson DeMille -American author

1943- Peter Lilley -English politician, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

1943- Pino Presti -Italian bass player, composer, and producer

1944- Antonia Novello -Puerto Rican-American physician and admiral, 14th Surgeon General of the United States

1944- Saira Banu -Indian actress

1945- Rita Pavone -Italian singer and actress

1945- Bob Peck -English actor (d. 1999)

1945- Rayfield Wright -American football player and coach

1946- Keith Moon -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Who and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 1978)

1947- Rex Allen, Jr. -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947- David Robb -English-Scottish actor

1947- Willy Russell -English playwright and composer

1947- Terje Rypdal -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (The Vanguards)

1948- Atef Bseiso -Palestinian intelligence officer (d. 1992)

1948- Andrei Pleșu -Romanian journalist and politician, 95th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania)|Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1948- Rudy Ruettiger -American football player

1948- Lev Zeleny -Russian physicist

1949- William Lane Craig -American apologist and theologian

1949- Geoff Capes -English shot putter and strongman

1949- Vicky Leandros -Greek singer and politician

1949- Shelley Long -American actress and producer

1949- Rick Springfield -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Zoot (band)|Zoot)

1950- Alan Tam -Hong Kong singer and actor (The Wynners)

1951- Allan Bristow -American basketball player and coach

1951- Jimi Jamison -American singer-songwriter (Survivor (band)|Survivor) (d. 2014)

1951- Akhmad Kadyrov -Chechen politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic (d. 2004)

1952- Santillana (footballer)|Santillana -Spanish footballer

1952- Georgios Paraschos -Greek footballer and manager

1953- Bobby G -English singer (Bucks Fizz (band)|Bucks Fizz)

1953- John Rocha -Hong Kong-Irish fashion designer

1953- Ernst Savkovic -German footballer

1954- Charles Busch -American actor and screenwriter

1956- Andreas Floer -German mathematician and academic (d. 1991)

1956- Valgerd Svarstad Haugland -Norwegian politician, Minister of Culture (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Culture

1956- Robert L. Manahan -American actor (d. 2000)

1956- Hans-Jürgen Salewski -German footballer

1956- Skipp Sudduth -American actor

1957- Tasos Mitropoulos -Greek footballer and politician

1958- Julio Franco -Dominican baseball player and manager

1958- Joanna Storm -American porn actress

1959- Edwyn Collins -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orange Juice (band)|Orange Juice)

1959- George Kalovelonis -Greek tennis player

1960- Rodney Greenblat -American graphic designer

1960- Gary Hoey -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Heavy Bones)

1960- Chris Potter (actor)|Chris Potter -Canadian actor, singer, and director

1961- Dean DeLeo -American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots, Talk Show (band)|Talk Show, and Army of Anyone)

1961- Alexandre Desplat -French composer and conductor

1961- Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf -Iranian commander and politician, 54th Mayor of Tehran

1961- Gary Mabbutt -English footballer

1962- Martin Cauchon -Canadian lawyer and politician, 46th Minister of Justice (Canada)|Minister of Justice for Canada

1962- Shaun Ryder -English singer-songwriter and actor (Happy Mondays and Black Grape)

1963- Park Chan-wook -South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Hans-Henning Fastrich -German field hockey player

1963- Richard Illingworth -English cricketer and umpire

1963- Kenny Wallace -American race car driver

1964- Johan Bruyneel -Belgian cyclist

1964- Kong Hee -Singaporean pastor, founded the City Harvest Church

1964- Yoshikazu Taru -Japanese wrestler

1964- Wendy Pepper -American fashion designer

1965- Roger Avary -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Charley Boorman -English actor and producer

1966- Rik Smits -Dutch-American basketball player

1967- Ant (comedian)|Ant -American comedian and actor

1967- Jim Murphy -Scottish politician, Minister of State for Europe

1967- Richard Petrie -New Zealand cricketer

1968- Laura Claycomb -American soprano

1968- Chris DiMarco -American golfer

1969- Geneviève Brouillette -Canadian actress

1969- Jack Lopresti -English politician

1969- Jeremy Schaap -American journalist and author

1969- Keith Tyson -English painter and illustrator

1970- KK (singer)|KK -Indian singer-songwriter

1970- Lawrence Frank -American basketball player and coach

1970- Brad Mehldau -American pianist and composer

1970- Jay Mohr -American actor

1970- River Phoenix -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1970- Philip Mackenzie -British Conductor

1970- Lee Sung-jae -South Korean actor

1971- Demetrio Albertini -Italian footballer

1971- Bone Crusher (rapper)|Bone Crusher -American rapper

1971- Tim Gutberlet -German footballer

1972- Erika Bella -Hungarian porn actress

1972- Mark Butcher -English cricketer and singer

1972- Raul Casanova -Puerto Rican baseball player

1972- Martin Grainger -English footballer and manager

1972- Manuel Vidrio -Mexican footballer, coach, and manager

1973- Casey Blake -American baseball player

1973- Kerry Walmsley -New Zealand cricketer

1974- Mark Bellhorn -American baseball player

1974- Christian Beranek -American actor, producer, and author

1974- Benjamin Limo -Kenyan runner

1974- Konstantin Novoselov -Russian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1974- Ray Park -Scottish actor and martial artist

1974- Shifty Shellshock -American singer-songwriter and actor (Crazy Town)

1975- Eliza Carthy -English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Blue Murder (folk)|Blue Murder)

1975- Sean Marks -New Zealand-American basketball player and manager

1976- Scott Caan -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1976- Pat Garrity -American basketball player

1977- Jelena Rozga -Croatian singer (Magazin)

1977- Douglas Sequeira -Costa Rican footballer

1978- Kobe Bryant -American basketball player

1978- Julian Casablancas -American singer-songwriter (The Strokes and Julian Casablancas + The Voidz)

1978- Andrew Rannells -American actor and singer

1978- Randal Tye Thomas -American journalist and politician (d. 2014)

1979- Jessica Bibby -Australian basketball player

1979- Saskia Clark -English sailor

1979- Ritchie Neville -English singer and actor (Five (band)|Five)

1979- Edgar Sosa (boxer)|Edgar Sosa -Mexican boxer

1979- Zuzana Váleková -Slovak tennis player

1980- Diamondog -Angolan rapper and journalist

1980- Denny Bautista -Dominican baseball player

1980- Rex Grossman -American football player

1980- Nenad Vučković (handballer)|Nenad Vučković -Serbian handball player

1981- Carlos Cuéllar -Spanish footballer

1981- Stephan Loboué -Ivorian footballer

1981- Ozzy Lusth -Mexican reality show contestant on ''Survivor: Cook Islands''

1981- Carmen Luvana -American porn actress

1982- YTCracker -American rapper and DJ

1982- Natalie Coughlin -American swimmer

1982- Scott Palguta -American soccer player

1982- Cristian Tudor -Romanian footballer (d. 2012)

1982- Trevor Wright -American actor

1983- J. C. Bailey -American wrestler (d. 2010)

1983- James Collins (footballer, born 1983)|James Collins -Welsh footballer

1983- Ruta Gedmintas -English actress

1983- Annie Ilonzeh -American actress

1983- Sun Mingming -Chinese basketball player

1983- Tony Moll -American football player

1983- Bruno Spengler -Canadian race car driver

1983- Marianne Steinbrecher -German-Brazilian volleyball player

1984- Kristy Bruce -English actress

1984- Glen Johnson (English footballer)|Glen Johnson -English footballer

1986- Sky Blu (rapper)|Sky Blu -American rapper and producer (LMFAO)

1986- Neil Cicierega -American comedian, actor, singer, and director

1986- Kim Feenstra -Dutch model

1986- Khosi Mokhesi -Lesotho swimmer

1986- Brett Morris -Australian rugby player

1986- Vic Wild -American-Russian snowboarder

1987- Nikki Gil -Filipino actress and singer

1988- Olga Govortsova -Belarusian tennis player

1988- Carl Hagelin -Swedish ice hockey player

1988- Jeremy Lin -American basketball player

1988- Kim Matula -American actress

1989- Breanna Conrad -American fashion designer

1989- Lianne La Havas -English singer-songwriter

1989- Heiko Schwarz -German footballer

1990- Wesley Singerman -American voice actor

1995- Eliza Pineda -Filipino actress and singer

1996- Cesar Flores -Canadian actor

1996- David Gore -American actor

2001- Zaijian Jaranilla -Filipino actor