This Day in History

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Day History: August-5

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Famous Birthdays

1301- Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent -English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1330)

1397- Guillaume Dufay -Belgian-Italian composer and theorist (d. 1474)

1461- Alexander Jagiellon -Polish king (d. 1506)

1540- Joseph Justus Scaliger -French philologist and historian (d. 1609)

1623- Antonio Cesti -Italian organist and composer (d. 1669)

1641- John Hathorne -American merchant and jurist (d. 1717)

1662- James Anderson (lawyer)|James Anderson -Scottish lawyer and historian (d. 1728)

1694- Leonardo Leo -Italian composer (d. 1744)

1749- Thomas Lynch, Jr. -American politician (d. 1779)

1797- Friedrich August Kummer -German cellist and composer (d. 1879)

1802- Niels Henrik Abel -Norwegian mathematician and theorist (d. 1829)

1811- Ambroise Thomas -French composer (d. 1896)

1813- Ivar Aasen -Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)

1815- Edward John Eyre -English explorer and politician, List of Governors of Jamaica|Governor of Jamaica (d. 1901)

1827- Deodoro da Fonseca -Brazilian politician, 1st President of Brazil (d. 1892)

1828- Louise of the Netherlands -(d. 1871)

1833- Carola of Vasa -(d. 1907)

1843- James Scott Skinner -Scottish violinist and composer (d. 1927)

1844- Ilya Repin -Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1930)

1850- Guy de Maupassant -French author and poet (d. 1893)

1862- Joseph Merrick -English man with severe deformities (d. 1890)

1866- Carl Harries -German chemist and academic (d. 1923)

1866- Harry Trott -Australian cricketer (d. 1917)

1868- Oskar Merikanto -Finnish pianist and composer (d. 1924)

1872- Oswaldo Cruz -Brazilian physician, bacteriologist, and epidemiologist, founded the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (d. 1917)

1874- Wesley Clair Mitchell -American economist and academic (d. 1948)

1876- Mary Ritter Beard -American historian and activist (d. 1958)

1877- Tom Thomson -Canadian painter (d. 1917)

1879- Wladimir Aïtoff -French rugby player (d. 1963)

1880- Gertrude Rush -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1962)

1880- Ruth Sawyer -American author and educator (d. 1970)

1887- Reginald Owen -English-American actor and singer (d. 1972)

1888- Victor Francen -Belgian-French actor (d. 1977)

1889- Conrad Aiken -American author and poet (d. 1973)

1890- Naum Gabo -Russian-American sculptor (d. 1977)

1890- Erich Kleiber -Austrian conductor and director (d. 1956)

1897- Aksel Larsen -Danish politician (d. 1972)

1901- Claude Autant-Lara -French director, screenwriter, and politician (d. 2000)

1904- Kenneth V. Thimann -English-American botanist and microbiologist (d. 1997)

1906- Joan Hickson -English actress (d. 1998)

1906- John Huston -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1906- Wassily Leontief -German-American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1908- Harold Holt -Australian politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)

1910- Bruno Coquatrix -French songwriter and manager (d. 1979)

1910- Herminio Masantonio -Argentinian footballer (d. 1956)

1911- Robert Taylor (actor)|Robert Taylor -American actor and singer (d. 1969)

1912- Abbé Pierre -French priest and humanitarian (d. 2007)

1914- Parley Baer -American actor (d. 2002)

1914- David Brian -American actor and dancer (d. 1993)

1914- Stjepan Šulek -Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1986)

1916- Peter Viereck -American poet and academic (d. 2006)

1918- Tom Drake -American actor and singer (d. 1982)

1918- Betty Oliphant -English-Canadian ballerina, co-founded the Canada's National Ballet School (d. 2004)

1920- Selma Diamond -Canadian-American actress and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1922- L. Tom Perry -American religious leader

1922- Frank Stranahan -American golfer (d. 2013)

1923- Devan Nair -Singaporean politician, 3rd President of Singapore (d. 2005)

1926- Betsy Jolas -French composer

1927- Gunnar Bucht -Swedish composer and musicologist

1927- John H. Moore II -American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1929- Ottó Boros -Hungarian water polo player (d. 1988)

1929- Don Matheson -American actor (d. 2014)

1930- Neil Armstrong -American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2012)

1930- Richie Ginther -American race car driver (d. 1989)

1930- Michal Kováč -Slovakian politician, 1st President of Slovakia

1931- Tom Hafey -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2014)

1932- Tera de Marez Oyens -Dutch pianist and composer (d. 1996)

1932- Vladimir Fedoseyev -Russian conductor

1933- Jeffry Wickham -English actor (d. 2014)

1934- Karl Johan Åström -Swedish engineer and theorist

1934- Wendell Berry -American author, poet, and farmer

1934- Gay Byrne -Irish radio and television host

1934- Vern Gosdin -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1935- Michael Ballhaus -German cinematographer and director

1935- Peter Inge, Baron Inge -English field marshal

1935- John Saxon (actor)|John Saxon -American actor

1936- Nikolai Baturin -Estonian author and playwright

1937- Herb Brooks -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

1937- Carla Lane -English screenwriter and producer

1937- Brian G. Marsden -English-American astronomer and academic (d. 2010)

1939- Roger Clark -English race car driver (d. 1998)

1940- Roman Gabriel -American football player, coach, and actor

1940- Rick Huxley -English bass player (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2013)

1941- Bob Clark -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1941- Leonid Kizim -Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2010)

1941- Airto Moreira -Brazilian-American drummer and composer (Return to Forever)

1942- Joe Boyd -American record producer, founded Hannibal Records

1943- Nelson Briles -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2005)

1943- Sammi Smith -American singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1944- Christopher Gunning -English composer

1945- Loni Anderson -American actress

1945- Csaba Giczy -Hungarian canoe racer

1945- John Monks -English union leader and politician

1946- Bruce Coslet -American football player and coach

1946- Ron Silliman -American poet and blogger

1946- Erika Slezak -American actress

1946- Xavier Trias -Spanish pediatrician and politician, 118th Mayor of Barcelona

1946- Rick van der Linden -Dutch keyboard player and songwriter (Ekseption and Trace (band)|Trace) (d. 2006)

1947- Angry Anderson -Australian singer-songwriter and actor (Rose Tattoo, The Party Boys, and Buster Brown (Australian band)|Buster Brown)

1947- Bernie Carbo -American baseball player and hairdresser

1947- Rick Derringer -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The McCoys)

1947- Greg Leskiw -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (The Guess Who)

1948- Ray Clemence -English footballer and manager

1948- Barbara Flynn -English actress

1948- Carole Laure -Canadian actress and singer

1950- Luiz Gushiken -Brazilian union leader and politician (d. 2013)

1950- Mahendra Karma -Indian politician (d. 2013)

1950- Goldie Rogers -Canadian wrestler (d. 2012)

1951- John Jarratt -Australian actor

1951- Samantha Sang -Australian singer

1952- Tamás Faragó -Hungarian water polo player

1952- Louis Walsh -Irish talent manager

1953- Rick Mahler -American baseball player and coach (d. 2005)

1955- Martin Narey -English civil servant

1955- Eddie Ojeda -American guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister)

1956- Christopher Chessun -English bishop

1956- Jerry Ciccoritti -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Maureen McCormick -American actress and singer

1957- David Gill (executive)|David Gill -English businessman

1957- Faith Prince -American actress

1957- Clayton Rohner -American actor

1959- Pete Burns -English singer-songwriter (Dead or Alive (band)|Dead or Alive)

1959- Pat Smear -American guitarist (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Germs (band)|Germs, and Adolescents (band)|Adolescents)

1960- David Baldacci -American lawyer and author

1960- Vivian Kubrick -American-English actress and composer

1960- Seth Swirsky -American singer-songwriter

1961- Roly Keating -English businessman

1961- Tawny Kitaen -American actress

1961- Janet McTeer -English actress

1961- Mark O'Connor -American violinist and composer

1961- Athula Samarasekera -Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

1961- Tim Wilson (comedian)|Tim Wilson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1962- Richard de Groen -New Zealand cricketer

1962- Patrick Ewing -Jamaican-American basketball player and coach

1962- Otis Thorpe -American basketball player

1963- Steve Lee (singer)|Steve Lee -Swiss singer-songwriter (Gotthard (band)|Gotthard) (d. 2010)

1964- Rory Morrison -English journalist (d. 2013)

1964- Adam Yauch -American rapper and director (Beastie Boys) (d. 2012)

1965- Jeff Coffin -American saxophonist and composer (Dave Matthews Band and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones)

1965- Motoi Sakuraba -Japanese keyboard player and composer

1965- Scott William Winters -American actor

1966- Jennifer Finch -American singer, bass player, and photographer (L7 (band)|L7 and The Shocker (band)|The Shocker)

1966- Jonathan Silverman -American actor

1967- Matthew Caws -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nada Surf)

1967- Thomas Lang -Austrian drummer and producer (stOrk and Vienna Art Orchestra)

1968- Terri Clark -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968- Stephanie Flanders -English journalist and blogger

1968- Funkmaster Flex -American rapper, producer, and radio host

1968- Kendo Kashin -Japanese wrestler

1968- Marine Le Pen -French lawyer and politician

1968- Oleh Luzhnyi -Ukrainian footballer and manager

1968- Colin McRae -Scottish race car driver (d. 2007)

1968- John Olerud -American baseball player

1969- Vasbert Drakes -Barbadian cricketer

1969- Jackie Doyle-Price -English politician

1969- Venkatesh Prasad -Indian cricketer and coach

1969- Robert Scott (rower)|Robert Scott -Australian rower

1969- Paola Volpato -Chilean actress

1970- James Gunn (filmmaker)|James Gunn -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Leonid Stadnyk -Ukrainian giant (d. 2014)

1971- DJ Ajax -Australian DJ and producer (d. 2013)

1971- Valdis Dombrovskis -Latvian politician, 11th Prime Minister of Latvia

1971- Jared Hasselhoff -American bass player and songwriter (Bloodhound Gang)

1972- Ikuto Hidaka -Japanese wrestler

1972- Aaqib Javed -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1972- Christian Olde Wolbers -Belgian-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Fear Factory, Beowülf, Arkaea, and Kush (band)|Kush)

1972- Theodore Whitmore -Jamaican footballer and manager

1973- Sanwar Hossain -Bangladeshi cricketer

1973- Justin Marshall -New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster

1973- Sean Sherk -American mixed martial artist

1974- Alvin Ceccoli -Australian footballer

1974- Julio César Enciso -Paraguayan footballer

1974- Olle Kullinger -Swedish footballer

1974- Antoine Sibierski -French footballer

1975- Kajol -Indian actress

1975- Antony Cotton -English actor

1975- Ami Foster -American actress

1975- Iddo Goldberg -Israeli-English actor

1975- Haim Goldenberg -Israeli-Canadian television host

1975- Dan Hipgrave -English guitarist and journalist (Toploader)

1975- Josep Jufré -Catalan cyclist

1975- Eicca Toppinen -Finnish cellist and composer (Apocalyptica)

1976- Jeff Friesen -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Marian Pahars -Latvian footballer and manager

1976- Kwon Sang-woo -South Korean actor

1976- Eugen Trică -Romanian footballer and manager

1977- Eric Hinske -American baseball player and coach

1977- Soraya Jiménez -Mexican weightlifter (d. 2013)

1977- Mark Mulder -American baseball player and sportscaster

1977- Michael Walsh (footballer born 1977)|Michael Walsh -English footballer

1978- Cosmin Bărcăuan -Romanian footballer and manager

1978- Carolina Duer -Argentine world champion boxer

1978- Rita Faltoyano -Hungarian porn actress{{cite web | url= | title=Rita Faltoyano XXX | accessdate=8 August 2014}}

1978- Kim Gevaert -Belgian sprinter

1978- Nektaria Karantzi -Greek singer

1979- David Healy (footballer)|David Healy -Irish footballer

1980- Wayne Bridge -English footballer

1980- Salvador Cabañas -Paraguayan footballer

1980- Jason Culina -Australian footballer

1980- Kaylani Lei -Singaporean porn actress{{cite web | url= | title=Kaylani Lei - Asian Nude Porn Star | accessdate=8 August 2014}}

1980- Vatsal Sheth -Indian actor

1980- Ali Umar -Maldivian footballer

1980- Sophie Winkleman -English actress

1981- David Clarke (ice hockey)|David Clarke -English ice hockey player

1981- Carl Crawford -American baseball player

1981- Maik Franz -German footballer

1981- Erik Guay -Canadian skier

1981- Alester Maregwede -Zimbabwean cricketer

1981- Rachel Scott -American murder victim, inspired the Rachel's Challenge (d. 1999)

1981- Shibasaki -Japanese singer and actress

1981- Cory Williams -American comedian and actor

1981- Jesse Williams (actor)|Jesse Williams -American actor

1982- Jamie Houston -English-German rugby player

1982- Lolo Jones -American hurdler

1982- Michele Pazienza -Italian footballer

1982- Tobias Regner -German singer-songwriter

1982- Pete Sell -American mixed martial artist

1982- Ryu Seung-Min -South Korean table tennis player

1983- Korey Hall -American football player

1983- Dawn Richard (singer)|Dawn Richard -American singer-songwriter and dancer (Danity Kane and Diddy – Dirty Money)

1985- Laurent Ciman -Belgian footballer

1985- Jake Hurwitz -American comedian and actor

1985- Salomon Kalou -Ivorian footballer

1985- Gil Vermouth -Israeli footballer

1985- Erkan Zengin -Swedish footballer

1986- Paula Creamer -American golfer

1987- Lexi Belle -American porn actress{{cite web | url= | title=Lexi Belle - Official Website | accessdate=8 August 2014}}

1987- Genelia D'Souza -Indian actress

1987- Xenia Tchoumitcheva -Swiss model and actress

1988- Princess Salwa Aga Khan -American model

1988- Michael Jamieson -Scottish-English swimmer

1988- Federica Pellegrini -Italian swimmer

1988- Kaimar Saag -Estonian footballer

1989- Ryan Bertrand -English footballer

1989- Mathieu Manset -French footballer

1989- Jessica Nigri -American model and actress

1991- Esteban Gutiérrez -Mexican race car driver

1991- Andreas Weimann -Austrian footballer

1993- Patrick McBrearty -Irish footballer

1993- Suzuka Ohgo -Japanese actress

1995- Pierre Højbjerg -Danish footballer

1997- Olivia Holt -American actress

1997- Adam Irigoyen -American actor, rapper, and dancer

1998- Kanon Suzuki -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)

2000- Maya Bond -Japanese-American singer-songwriter and drummer