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Day History: August-25

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Famous Birthdays


1530- Ivan the Terrible -Russian ruler (d. 1584)

1561- Philippe van Lansberge -Dutch astronomer and mathematician (d. 1632)

1624- François de la Chaise -French priest (d. 1709)

1662- John Leverett the Younger -American lawyer, academic, and politician (d. 1724)

1707- Louis I of Spain -(d. 1724)

1719- Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo -French painter (d. 1795)

1724- George Stubbs -English painter (d. 1806)

1741- Karl Friedrich Bahrdt -German theologian and author (d. 1792)

1744- Johann Gottfried Herder -German poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 1803)

1758- Franz Teyber -Austrian organist and composer (d. 1810)

1767- Louis Antoine de Saint-Just -French soldier and politician (d. 1794)

1776- Thomas Bladen Capel -English admiral (d. 1853)

1786- Ludwig I of Bavaria -(d. 1868)

1796- James Lick -American carpenter and piano builder (d. 1876)

1802- Nikolaus Lenau -Romanian-Austrian poet (d. 1850)

1803- Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias -(d. 1880)

1817- Marie-Eugénie de Jésus -French nun and saint, founded the Religious of the Assumption (d. 1898)

1829- Carlo Acton -Italian pianist and composer (d. 1909)

1836- Bret Harte -American author and poet (d. 1902)

1840- George C. Magoun -American businessman (d. 1893)

1841- Emil Theodor Kocher -Swiss physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)

1845- Ludwig II of Bavaria -(d. 1886)

1850- Charles Richet -French physiologist and occultist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1935)

1867- James W. Gerard -American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Germany (d. 1951)

1869- Tom Kiely -Irish decathlete (d. 1951)

1882- Seán T. O'Kelly -Irish politician, 2nd President of Ireland (d. 1966)

1891- David Shimoni -Belarusian-Israeli poet and translator (d. 1956)

1893- Henry Trendley Dean -American dentist (d. 1962)

1898- Helmut Hasse -German mathematician and academic (d. 1975)

1898- Arthur Wood (cricketer, born 1898)|Arthur Wood -English cricketer (d. 1973)

1899- Paul Herman Buck -American historian and author (d. 1978)

1900- Hans Adolf Krebs -German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

1902- Stefan Wolpe -German-American composer and educator (d. 1972)

1903- Arpad Elo -Hungarian-American chess player, created the Elo rating system (d. 1992)

1905- Mary Faustina Kowalska -Polish nun, mystic, and saint (d. 1938)

1906- Jim Smith (cricketer)|Jim Smith -English cricketer (d. 1979)

1909- Michael Rennie -English actor and producer (d. 1971)

1910- George Cisar (baseball)|George Cisar -American baseball player (d. 2010)

1910- Ruby Keeler -Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1993)

1910- Dorothea Tanning -American painter, sculptor, and poet (d. 2012)

1911- Vo Nguyen Giap -Vietnamese general and politician, 3rd Minister of Defence (Vietnam)|Minister of Defence for Vietnam (d. 2013)

1912- Erich Honecker -German politician (d. 1994)

1913- Don DeFore -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1913- Walt Kelly -American illustrator and animator (d. 1973)

1915- Walter Trampler -American viola player and educator (d. 1997)

1916- Van Johnson -American actor and singer (d. 2008)

1916- Frederick Chapman Robbins -American pediatrician and virologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1916- Saburō Sakai -Japanese lieutenant and pilot (d. 2000)

1917- Mel Ferrer -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)

1917- Lisbeth Movin -Danish actress and director (d. 2011)

1917- Lou van Burg -Dutch-German singer and game show host (d. 1986)

1918- Leonard Bernstein -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1918- Richard Greene -English actor (d. 1985)

1919- William P. Foster -American bandleader and educator (d. 2010)

1919- George Wallace -American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 45th Governor of Alabama (d. 1998)

1921- Monty Hall -Canadian-American actor, singer, and game show host

1921- Bryce Mackasey -Canadian politician (d. 1999)

1923- Álvaro Mutis -Colombian-Mexican author and poet (d. 2013)

1924- Zsuzsa Körmöczy -Hungarian tennis player (d. 2006)

1921- Brian Moore (novelist)|Brian Moore -Irish-Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1923- Allyre Sirois -Canadian judge (d. 2012)

1925- Thea Astley -Australian author (d. 2004)

1925- Stepas Butautas -Lithuanian basketball player (d. 2001)

1927- Althea Gibson -American tennis player and golfer (d. 2003)

1928- John "Kayo" Dottley -American football player

1928- Darrell Johnson -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2004)

1928- Karl Korte -American composer

1928- Herbert Kroemer -German-American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1930- Bruce Allpress -New Zealand actor

1930- Sean Connery -Scottish actor and producer

1930- György Enyedi (geographer)|György Enyedi -Hungarian economist and geographer (d. 2012)

1930- Graham Jarvis -Canadian-American actor (d. 2003)

1930- Crispin Tickell -English academic and diplomat

1931- Hal Fishman -American journalist and actor (d. 2007)

1931- Peter Gilmore -German-English actor (d. 2013)

1931- Regis Philbin -American actor, singer, and television host

1933- Patrick F. McManus -American journalist and author

1933- Wayne Shorter -American saxophonist and composer (Miles Davis Quintet and Weather Report)

1933- Tom Skerritt -American actor and director

1933- István Gaál -Hungarian director and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1934- Lise Bacon -Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec

1934- Eddie Ilarde -Filipino television host and politician

1935- Charles Wright (poet)|Charles Wright -American poet and academic

1937- Virginia Euwer Wolff -American author

1938- David Canary -American actor

1938- Frederick Forsyth -English author

1939- John Badham -English-American actor, director, and producer

1939- John Bardon -English actor (d. 2014)

1940- José van Dam -Belgian opera singer

1941- Marshall Brickman -Brazilian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1941- Mario Corso -Italian footballer and coach

1942- Nathan Deal -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 82nd Governor of Georgia

1942- Howard Jacobson -English journalist and author

1944- Conrad Black -Canadian historian and author

1944- Jacques Demers -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and politician

1944- Anthony Heald -American actor

1944- Andrew Longmore -English lawyer and judge

1945- Daniel Hulet -Belgian cartoonist (d. 2011)

1945- Hannah Louise Shearer -American screenwriter and producer

1946- Rollie Fingers -American baseball player

1946- Charles Ghigna -American poet and author

1946- Charlie Sanders -American football player and sportscaster

1947- Michael Kaluta -American author and illustrator

1948- Ledward Kaapana -American singer and guitarist

1948- Nicholas A. Peppas -Greek chemist and biologist

1949- Martin Amis -English author

1949- Rijkman Groenink -Dutch banker

1949- Fariborz Lachini -Iranian-Canadian composer and producer

1949- John Savage (actor)|John Savage -American actor and producer

1949- Gene Simmons -Israeli-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor, (Kiss (band)|Kiss and Wicked Lester)

1950- Nugzar Bagration-Gruzinsky -Georgian son of Petre Gruzinsky

1950- Charles Fambrough -American bassist, composer, and producer (d. 2011)

1951- Rob Halford -English singer-songwriter (Judas Priest, 2wo, Halford (band)|Halford, and Fight (band)|Fight)

1951- Bill Handel -Brazilian-American lawyer and radio host

1952- Ann Abraham -English public servant

1952- Geoff Downes -English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (The Buggles, Yes (band)|Yes, and Asia (band)|Asia)

1952- Duleep Mendis -Sri Lankan cricketer

1952- Vijayakanth -Indian actor and politician

1954- Elvis Costello -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1954- Jim Wallace, Baron Wallace of Tankerness -Scottish politician, First Minister of Scotland

1955- John McGeoch -Scottish guitarist (Magazine (band)|Magazine, Visage, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd, and The Armoury Show) (d. 2004)

1955- Gerd Müller (politician)|Gerd Müller -German politician

1956- Takeshi Okada -Japanese footballer, coach, and manager

1956- Henri Toivonen -Finnish race car driver (d. 1986)

1957- Sikander Bakht (cricketer)|Sikander Bakht -Pakistani cricketer and sportscaster

1957- Simon McBurney -English actor and director

1957- Frank Serratore -American ice hockey player and coach

1958- Tim Burton -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1958- Sterling Harwood -American lawyer, author, and academic

1958- Christian LeBlanc -American actor

1959- Ian Falconer -American author and illustrator

1959- Steve Levy (politician)|Steve Levy -American politician

1959- Lane Smith (illustrator)|Lane Smith -American author and illustrator

1959- Ruth Ann Swenson -American soprano

1960- Ashley Crow -American actress

1960- Georg Zellhofer -Austrian footballer and manager

1961- Billy Ray Cyrus -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1962- Māris Bružiks -Latvian triple jumper

1962- Vivian Campbell -Irish guitarist and songwriter (Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dio (band)|Dio, Thin Lizzy, and Sweet Savage)

1962- Shahid Mahboob -Pakistani cricketer

1962- David Packer -American actor

1962- Michael Zorc -German footballer and manager

1963- Miro Cerar -Slovenian lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Slovenia

1963- Shock G -American rapper (Digital Underground)

1963- Tiina Intelmann -Estonian diplomat

1963- Christine McGlade -Canadian actress and producer

1964- Maxim Kontsevich -Russian-American mathematician and academic

1964- Vasilios Kotronias -Greek chess player

1964- Marti Noxon -American screenwriter and producer

1964- Blair Underwood -American actor, director, and producer

1964- Joanne Whalley -English actress

1965- Cornelius Bennett -American football player

1965- Sanjeev Sharma -Indian cricketer and coach

1965- Mia Zapata -American singer-songwriter (The Gits) (d. 1993)

1966- Albert Belle -American baseball player

1966- Robert Maschio -American actor

1966- Tracy-Ann Oberman -English actress and screenwriter

1966- Derek Sherinian -American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Planet X (band)|Planet X, Dream Theater, and Black Country Communion)

1967- Tom Hollander -English actor, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Jeff Tweedy -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wilco, Loose Fur, and Uncle Tupelo)

1967- Nobuyuki Hiyama -Japanese voice actor

1968- Rafet El Roman -Turkish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968- Yuri Mitsui -Japanese actress, model, and race car driver

1968- Stuart Murdoch (musician)|Stuart Murdoch -Scottish singer-songwriter (Belle & Sebastian)

1968- Spider One -American singer-songwriter and producer (Powerman 5000)

1968- Rachael Ray -American chef, author, and television host

1968- Takeshi Ueda -Japanese singer-songwriter and bass player (The Mad Capsule Markets)

1969- Cameron Mathison -Canadian actor

1969- Vivek Razdan -Indian cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

1969- Rachel Shelley -English actress

1969- Steve Staley -American voice actor and singer

1969- John Witt -American baseball player and actor

1970- Doug Glanville -American baseball player and sportscaster

1970- Debbie Graham -American tennis player

1970- Robert Horry -American basketball player and sportscaster

1970- Jo Dee Messina -American singer-songwriter

1970- Claudia Schiffer -German model and fashion designer

1970- Helena Seger -Swedish model and actress

1971- Crash Holly|Mike Lockwood -American wrestler (d. 2003)

1972- Marvin Harrison -American football player

1972- Bryan Stoltenberg -American football player (d. 2013)

1973- Fatih Akın -German director, producer, and screenwriter

1974- Eric Millegan -American actor

1974- Pablo Ozuna -Dominican baseball player

1975- Petria Thomas -Australian swimmer

1976- Jensen Atwood -American actor

1976- Damon Jones -American basketball player

1976- Javed Qadeer -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1976- Alexander Skarsgård -Swedish-American actor

1977- Masumi Asano -Japanese voice actress

1977- Sophie Cadieux -Canadian actress

1977- Diego Corrales -American boxer (d. 2007)

1977- Andy McDonald (ice hockey)|Andy McDonald -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Ramil Safarov -Azerbaijani murderer

1977- Jonathan Togo -American actor

1978- Kel Mitchell -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Robert Mohr (rugby)|Robert Mohr -German rugby player

1979- Marlon Harewood -English footballer

1979- Deanna Nolan -American basketball player

1980- Neal Musser -American baseball player

1981- Rachel Bilson -American actress

1981- Jan-Berrie Burger -Namibian cricketer

1981- Jean-Julien Rojer -Curaçaoan-Dutch tennis player

1981- Clare Oliver -Australian activist (d. 2007)

1981- Camille Pin -French tennis player

1983- James Rossiter -English race car driver

1984- Florian Mohr -German footballer

1985- Hendra Setiawan -Indonesian badminton player

1986- Rona Nishliu -Kosovo-Albanian singer-songwriter

1987- Stacey Farber -Canadian actress

1987- Velimir Jovanović -Serbian footballer

1987- Blake Lively -American actress

1987- Amy Macdonald -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1987- Logan Morrison -American baseball player

1987- Whitney Stevens -Panamanian-American porn actress

1987- Luka Šulić -Slovenian-Croatian cellist (2Cellos)

1987- Justin Upton -American baseball player

1987- James Wesolowski -Australian footballer

1987- Liu Yifei -Chinese-American actress and singer

1988- Alexandra Burke -English singer-songwriter

1988- Angela Park -Brazilian-American golfer

1988- Ray Quinn -English actor, singer, and dancer

1989- Keegan Joyce -Australian actor

1989- Amber Le Bon -English model

1989- Hiram Mier -Mexican footballer

1992- Miyabi Natsuyaki -Japanese singer and actress (Berryz Kobo, Aa!, and Buono!)

1992- Alex Roots -English singer

1994- Josh Flitter -American actor

1997- Holly Gibbs -English actor

1998- Abraham Mateo -Spanish singer and actor

1998- China Anne McClain -American actress and singer (McClain (group)|McClain)