This Day in History

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Day History: August-7

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Famous Birthdays


317- Constantius II -Roman emperor (d. 361)

1282- Elizabeth of Rhuddlan -(d. 1316)

1533- Alonso de Ercilla -Spanish soldier and poet (d. 1595)

1560- Elizabeth Báthory -Hungarian serial killer (d. 1614)

1571- Thomas Lupo the elder|Thomas Lupo -English viol player and composer (d. 1627)

1574- Robert Dudley (explorer)|Robert Dudley -English explorer and cartographer (d. 1649)

1598- Georg Stiernhielm -Swedish poet and linguist (d. 1672)

1726- James Bowdoin -American politician, 2nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1790)

1734- Duchess Maria Anna Josepha of Bavaria -(d. 1776)

1742- Nathanael Greene -American general (d. 1786)

1751- Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange -(d. 1820)

1779- Louis de Freycinet -French explorer (d. 1842)

1779- Carl Ritter -German geographer and academic (d. 1859)

1783- Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom -(d. 1810)

1844- Auguste Michel-Lévy -French geologist and author (d. 1911)

1860- Alan Leo -English astrologer and author (d. 1917)

1862- Victoria of Baden -(d. 1931)

1867- Emil Nolde -German painter (d. 1956)

1868- Ladislaus Bortkiewicz -Russian-German economist and statistician (d. 1931)

1876- Mata Hari -Dutch dancer and spy (d. 1917)

1877- Ulrich Salchow -Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)

1879- Johannes Kotze -South African cricketer (d. 1931)

1884- Billie Burke -American actress and singer (d. 1970)

1887- Anna Elisabet Weirauch -German author (d. 1970)

1890- Elizabeth Gurley Flynn -American activist (d. 1964)

1901- Ann Harding -American actress and singer (d. 1981)

1903- Louis Leakey -Kenyan-English palaeontologist and archaeologist (d. 1972)

1904- Ralph Bunche -American political scientist, academic, and diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1907- Albert Kotin -Belarusian-American painter (d. 1980)

1909- Dorothy Walton -Canadian badminton player (d. 1981)

1910- Freddie Slack -American pianist and bandleader (d. 1965)

1911- István Bibó -Hungarian lawyer and politician (d. 1979)

1911- Nicholas Ray -American director and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1913- George Van Eps -American guitarist (d. 1998)

1916- Kermit Love -American puppeteer, costume designer, and actor (d. 2008)

1917- Budd Lynch -Canadian-American sportscaster (d. 2012)

1918- Poni Adams -American actress (d. 2014)

1918- C. Buddingh' -Dutch poet and translator (d. 1985)

1918- Gordon Zahn -American sociologist and author (d. 2007)

1921- Manitas de Plata -French guitarist

1924- Kenneth Kendall -Indian-English journalist (d. 2012)

1925- Felice and Boudleaux Bryant|Felice Bryant -American songwriter (d. 2003)

1925- M. S. Swaminathan -Indian geneticist and academic

1926- Stan Freberg -American puppeteer, voice actor, and singer

1926- Géza Kádas -Hungarian swimmer (d. 1979)

1927- Edwin Edwards -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 50th Governor of Louisiana

1927- Art Houtteman -American baseball player (d. 2003)

1927- Carl Switzer -American actor and singer (d. 1959)

1928- Betsy Byars -American author

1928- Owen Luder -English architect, designed Tricorn Centre and Trinity Square, Gateshead|Trinity Square

1928- Romeo Muller -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1928- James Randi -Canadian-American magician

1928- Herb Reed -American singer (The Platters) (d. 2012)

1929- Don Larsen -American baseball player

1930- Togrul Narimanbekov -Azerbaijani-French painter (d. 2013)

1930- Veljo Tormis -Estonian composer

1931- Charles E. Rice -American scholar and author

1932- Abebe Bikila -Ethiopian runner (d. 1973)

1932- Edward Hardwicke -English actor (d. 2011)

1932- Rien Poortvliet -Dutch painter and illustrator (d. 1995)

1932- Maurice Rabb, Jr. -American ophthalmologist and academic (d. 2005)

1933- Eddie Firmani -South African footballer and manager

1933- Elinor Ostrom -American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1933- Jerry Pournelle -American author and journalist

1934- Sándor Simó -Hungarian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1935- Rahsaan Roland Kirk -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1977)

1937- Zoltán Berczik -Hungarian table tennis player (d. 2011)

1937- Don Wilson (cricketer)|Don Wilson -English cricketer and coach (d. 2012)

1939- Anjanette Comer -American actress

1939- Verna Bloom -American actress

1940- Jean-Luc Dehaene -French-Belgian politician, 63rd Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 2014)

1941- Matthew Evans, Baron Evans of Temple Guiting -English politician

1942- Tobin Bell -American actor

1942- Garrison Keillor -American author and radio host

1942- Carlos Monzón -Argentinian boxer (d. 1995)

1942- Richard Sykes (biochemist)|Richard Sykes -English biochemist and academic

1942- B. J. Thomas -American singer and actor

1942- Caetano Veloso -Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943- Mohammed Badie -Egyptian religious leader

1943- Lana Cantrell -Australian-American singer and lawyer

1943- Alain Corneau -French director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1944- John Glover (actor)|John Glover -American actor

1944- Robert Mueller -American soldier and lawyer, 6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1944- David Rasche -American actor

1945- Kenny Ireland -Scottish actor and director (d. 2014)

1945- Alan Page -American football player and jurist

1946- Ed Seykota -American businessman

1947- Suthivelu -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1947- Franciscus Henri -Dutch-Australian singer-songwriter

1947- Sofia Rotaru -Ukrainian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1948- Marty Appel -American businessman and author

1948- Greg Chappell -Australian cricketer and coach

1948- Antonis Vardis -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1949- Walid Jumblatt -Lebanese politician

1949- Matthew Parris -South African-English journalist and politician

1950- Alan Keyes -American politician and diplomat, 16th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs

1950- S. Thandayuthapani -Sri Lankan educator and politician

1951- Joachim Thiel -German footballer

1952- Kees Kist -Dutch footballer

1952- Alexei Sayle -English comedian, actor, and author

1953- Anne Fadiman -American journalist and author

1954- Jonathan Pollard -American spy

1954- Alan Reid (politician)|Alan Reid -Scottish politician

1954- Suresh Wadkar -Indian singer

1955- Diane Downs -American murderer

1955- Wayne Knight -American actor

1955- Greg Nickels -American politician, 51st Mayor of Seattle

1955- Blas Giraldo Reyes Rodríguez -Cuban librarian

1955- Vladimir Sorokin -Russian author and playwright

1955- Gregoris Valtinos -Greek actor and director

1956- Sharon Isbin -American guitarist

1957- Caroline Aaron -American actress

1957- Daire Brehan -Irish journalist, lawyer, and actress (d. 2012)

1957- Alexander Dityatin -Russian gymnast

1958- Russell Baze -Canadian-American jockey

1958- Bruce Dickinson -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Iron Maiden and Samson (band)|Samson)

1958- Alberto Salazar -Cuban-American runner

1959- Koenraad Elst -Belgian orientalist and author

1959- Ali Shah -Zimbabwean cricketer

1960- David Duchovny -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Jacquie O'Sullivan -English singer-songwriter (Bananarama and Shillelagh Sisters)

1961- Brian Conley -English actor and singer

1961- Yelena Davydova -Russian gymnast

1961- Walter Swinburn -English jockey and trainer

1961- Maggie Wheeler -American actress

1962- Alison Brown -American banjo player, songwriter, and producer (Northern Lights (bluegrass band)|Northern Lights)

1962- Bruno Pelletier -Canadian singer

1962- Alain Robert -French rock climber

1963- Nick Gillespie -American journalist and author

1963- Hiroaki Hirata -Japanese voice actor

1963- Patrick Bouvier Kennedy -American son of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

1963- Harold Perrineau -American actor

1963- Marcus Roberts -American pianist and educator

1964- John Birmingham -English-Australian journalist and author

1964- Peter Niven -Scottish jockey

1964- Michael Weishan -American television host

1966- David Cairns (politician)|David Cairns -Scottish politician, Minister of State for Scotland (d. 2011)

1966- Shobna Gulati -English actress

1966- Kristin Hersh -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave)

1966- Jimmy Wales -American businessman, co-founded Wikipedia

1967- Jason Grimsley -American baseball player

1968- Francesca Gregorini -Italian-American director and screenwriter

1968- Lynn Strait -American singer-songwriter (Snot (band)|Snot) (d. 1998)

1969- Paul Lambert -Scottish footballer and manager

1970- Eric Namesnik -American swimmer (d. 2006)

1971- Dominic Cork -England cricketer and sportscaster

1971- Sydney Penny -American actress

1971- Rachel York -American actress and singer

1972- Brad Patton -Australian-Dutch porn actor

1972- Greg Serano -American actor

1973- Mikhail Gorsheniov -Russian singer-songwriter (Korol i Shut) (d. 2013)

1973- Danny Graves -Vietnamese-American baseball player

1973- Zane Lowe -New Zealand radio and television host

1973- Kevin Muscat -English-Australian footballer, coach, and manager

1974- Chico Benymon -American actor

1974- Michael Shannon -American actor

1975- Gaahl -Norwegian singer-songwriter (God Seed, Gaahlskagg, Wardruna, and Trelldom)

1975- Koray Candemir -Turkish singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Kargo)

1975- David Hicks -Australian alleged terrorist

1975- Hans Matheson -Scottish actor

1975- Edgar Rentería -Colombian baseball player

1975- Vanessa Stacey -New Zealand actress

1975- Charlize Theron -South African-American actress and producer

1976- Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos -Greek footballer and manager

1976- Shane Lechler -American football player

1977- Charlotte Ronson -English-American fashion designer

1977- Samantha Ronson -English singer-songwriter and DJ

1978- Alexandre Aja -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Jamey Jasta -American singer-songwriter (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, and Icepick (band)|Icepick)

1978- Cirroc Lofton -American actor

1978- Mark McCammon -English-Barbadian footballer

1978- Vanness Wu -American-Taiwanese singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (F4 (band)|F4 and Kangta & Vanness)

1978- Shirley Yeung -Hong Kong actress and singer

1979- Eric Johnson (actor)|Eric Johnson -American actor

1979- Jason Ruta -Canadian actor

1979- Nicole Tubiola -American actress

1979- Birgit Zotz -Austrian anthropologist and author

1980- Carsten Busch -German footballer

1980- Aurélie Claudel -French model and actress

1980- Tácio Caetano Cruz Queiroz -Brazilian footballer

1980- Seiichiro Maki -Japanese footballer

1981- David Testo -American soccer player

1981- Randy Wayne -American actor and producer

1982- Ángeles Balbiani -Argentinian actress

1982- Abbie Cornish -Australian actress

1982- Edwin Dewees -American mixed martial artist

1982- Juan Martín Hernández -Argentinian rugby player

1982- Marquise Hill -American football player (d. 2007)

1982- Yana Klochkova -Ukrainian swimmer

1982- Jasmin Mäntylä -Finnish model and singer

1982- Brit Marling -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1982- Marco Melandri -Italian motorcycle racer

1982- Vassilis Spanoulis -Greek basketball player

1982- Martin Vučić -Macedonian singer and drummer

1983- Christian Chávez -Mexican singer-songwriter and actor (RBD)

1983- Andriy Hryvko -Ukrainian cyclist

1983- Tina O'Brien -English actress

1984- Stratos Perperoglou -Greek basketball player

1984- Tooba Siddiqui -Pakistani model and actress

1984- Yun Hyon-seok -South Korean poet and author (d. 2003)

1986- Paul Biedermann -German swimmer

1986- Valter Birsa -Slovenian footballer

1986- Juan de la Rosa -Mexican boxer

1986- Altair Jarabo -Mexican model and actress

1987- Sidney Crosby -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Mustapha Dumbuya -Sierra Leonean footballer

1987- Ryan Lavarnway -American baseball player

1987- Mimi Paley -American actress

1987- Rouven Sattelmaier -German footballer

1988- Anikka Albrite -American porn actress

1988- Liz Cochran -American model, Miss Alabama|Miss Alabama 2009

1988- Melody Oliveria -American blogger

1988- Erik Pieters -Dutch footballer

1988- Beanie Wells -American football player

1989- DeMar DeRozan -American basketball player

1990- Helen Flanagan -English actress

1991- Luis Salom -Spanish motorcycle racer

1991- Mitchell te Vrede -Dutch footballer

1991- Mike Trout -American baseball player

1993- Zaur Sizo -Russian footballer

1993- Karol Zalewski -Polish sprinter

1996- Tessa Allen -American actress

1996- Liam James -Canadian actor