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Day History: August-9

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Famous Birthdays


1201- Arnold Fitz Thedmar -English historian and merchant (d. 1274)

1537- Francesco Barozzi -Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1604)

1544- Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania -(d. 1606)

1603- Johannes Cocceius -German-Dutch theologian and academic (d. 1669)

1631- John Dryden -English poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1700)

1648- Johann Michael Bach -German composer (d. 1694)

1653- John Oldham (poet)|John Oldham -English poet and translator (d. 1683)

1669- Eudoxia Lopukhina -Russian wife of Peter the Great (d. 1731)

1674- František Maxmilián Kaňka -Czech architect, designed the Veltrusy Mansion (d. 1766)

1696- Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein -(d. 1772)

1722- Prince Augustus William of Prussia -(d. 1758)

1726- Francesco Cetti -Italian priest, zoologist, and mathematician (d. 1778)

1754- Pierre Charles L'Enfant -French-American architect and engineer, designed Washington, D.C. (d. 1825)

1757- Thomas Telford -Scottish architect and engineer, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (d. 1834)

1776- Amedeo Avogadro -Italian physicist and chemist (d. 1856)

1783- Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia -(d. 1801)

1788- Adoniram Judson -American missionary and lexicographer (d. 1850)

1797- Charles Robert Malden -English lieutenant and surveyor (d. 1855)

1805- Joseph Locke -English engineer and politician (d. 1860)

1845- André Bessette -Canadian saint (d. 1937)

1847- Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo -French-Italian wife of Amadeo I of Spain (d. 1876)

1867- Evelina Haverfield -Scottish nurse and activist (d. 1920)

1872- Archduke Joseph August of Austria -(d. 1962)

1874- Reynaldo Hahn -Venezuelan composer and conductor (d. 1947)

1874- Otto Steffen -American gymnast (d. 1957)

1875- Albert Ketèlbey -English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1959)

1896- Erich Hückel -German physicist and chemist (d. 1980)

1896- Jean Piaget -Swiss psychologist and philosopher (d. 1980)

1899- P. L. Travers -Australian-English author and actress (d. 1996)

1901- Charles Farrell -American actor and singer (d. 1990)

1902- Zino Francescatti -French violinist (d. 1991)

1902- Panteleimon Ponomarenko -Russian general and politician (d. 1984)

1909- V. K. Gokak -Indian scholar (d. 1992)

1909- Adam von Trott zu Solz -German lawyer and diplomat (d. 1944)

1911- William Alfred Fowler -American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Laureate (d. 1996)

1911- Eddie Futch -American boxing trainer (d. 2001)

1913- Wilbur Norman Christiansen -Australian astronomer and engineer (d. 2007)

1914- Ferenc Fricsay -Hungarian conductor (d. 1963)

1914- Tove Jansson -Finnish author (d. 2001)

1914- Joe Mercer -English footballer and manager (d. 1990)

1914- Martin Taras -American cartoonist (d. 1994)

1918- Kermit Beahan -American colonel (d. 1989)

1918- Giles Cooper -Irish soldier and playwright (d. 1966)

1918- Albert Seedman -American police officer (d. 2013)

1919- Joop den Uyl -Dutch journalist, economist, and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1987)

1919- Ralph Houk -American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1920- Enzo Biagi -Italian journalist and author (d. 2007)

1920- Francis Lynch -American politician (d. 1993)

1921- Ernest Angley -American evangelist and author

1921- J. James Exon -American soldier and politician, 33rd Governor of Nebraska (d. 2005)

1922- Philip Larkin -English poet and author (d. 1985)

1924- Mathews Mar Barnabas -Indian metropolitan (d. 2012)

1924- Frank Martínez (artist)|Frank Martínez -American painter (d. 2013)

1925- David A. Huffman -American computer scientist, developed Huffman coding (d. 1999)

1927- Daniel Keyes -American author (d. 2014)

1927- Robert Malpas -English engineer and businessman

1927- Marvin Minsky -American computer scientist and author

1927- Robert Shaw (British actor)|Robert Shaw -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1928- Bob Cousy -American basketball player and coach

1928- Camilla Wicks -American violinist and educator

1928- Dolores Wilson -American soprano and actress (d. 2010)

1929- Abdi İpekçi -Turkish journalist and activist (d. 1979)

1930- Milt Bolling -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1930- Jacques Parizeau -Canadian economist and politician, 26th Premier of Quebec

1931- Chuck Essegian -American baseball player and lawyer

1931- James Freeman Gilbert -American geophysicist and academic (d. 2014)

1931- Paula Kent Meehan -American businesswoman, co-founded Redken (d. 2014)

1931- Mário Zagallo -Brazilian footballer and coach

1932- Tam Dalyell -Scottish academic and politician

1932- John Gomery -Canadian jurist

1933- Tetsuko Kuroyanagi -Japanese actress, talk show host, and author

1935- Beverlee McKinsey -American actress (d. 2008)

1936- Julián Javier -American baseball player

1936- Patrick Tse -Chinese-Hong Kong actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1938- Leonid Kuchma -Ukrainian politician, 2nd President of Ukraine

1938- Rod Laver -Australian tennis player

1938- Otto Rehhagel -German footballer, coach, and manager

1939- Hércules Brito Ruas -Brazilian footballer

1939- Vincent Hanna -Irish journalist (d. 1997)

1939- The Mighty Hannibal -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2014)

1939- Billy Henderson (American singer)|Billy Henderson -American singer (The Spinners (American R&B group)|The Spinners) (d. 2007)

1939- Bulle Ogier -French actress

1939- Romano Prodi -Italian politician, 52nd Prime Minister of Italy

1939- Butch Warren -American bassist (d. 2013)

1941- Way Bandy -American make-up artist (d. 1986)

1941- Shirlee Busbee -American author

1942- Tommie Agee -American baseball player (d. 2001)

1942- Jack DeJohnette -American drummer, pianist, and composer

1942- David Steinberg -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1943- Ken Norton -American boxer and actor (d. 2013)

1944- Patrick Depailler -French race car driver (d. 1980)

1944- Sam Elliott -American actor

1944- Patricia McKissack -American author

1944- John Simpson (journalist)|John Simpson -English journalist and author

1945- Barbara Delinsky -American author

1945- Aleksandr Gorelik -Russian figure skater (d. 2012)

1945- Zurab Sakandelidze -Georgian basketball player (d. 2004)

1945- Posy Simmonds -English author and illustrator

1946- Jim Kiick -American football player

1947- Roy Hodgson -English footballer and manager

1947- Barbara Mason -American singer

1947- John Varley (author)|John Varley -American author

1948- Bill Campbell (baseball)|Bill Campbell -American baseball player

1949- Jonathan Kellerman -American psychologist and author

1949- Ted Simmons -American baseball player and coach

1951- James Naughtie -Scottish journalist and radio host

1951- Steve Swisher -American baseball player and manager

1952- Prateep Ungsongtham Hata -Thai politician

1953- Kay Stenshjemmet -Norwegian speed skater

1953- Jean Tirole -French economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1953- Roberta Tovey -English actress and singer

1954- Ray Jennings -South African cricketer and coach

1955- Peter Schmuck -American journalist

1955- John E. Sweeney -American lawyer and politician

1957- Melanie Griffith -American actress and producer

1958- Amanda Bearse -American actress and director

1958- James Lileks -American journalist

1958- Calie Pistorius -South African engineer and academic

1959- Kurtis Blow -American rapper and producer

1959- Stuart Hughes -Canadian actor

1959- Michael Kors -American fashion designer

1959- Toni Servillo -Italian actor and director

1961- Brad Gilbert -American tennis player

1961- John Key -New Zealand politician, 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand

1961- Amy Stiller -American actress

1962- Louis Lipps -American football player and radio host

1962- Kevin Mack -American football player

1962- John "Hot Rod" Williams -American basketball player

1963- Whitney Houston -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)

1963- Jay Leggett -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1964- Brett Hull -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1964- Hoda Kotb -American journalist

1965- Chin Kar-lok -Hong Kong actor

1966- Vinny Del Negro -American basketball player and coach

1967- Deion Sanders -American football and baseball player

1968- McG -American director and producer

1968- Gillian Anderson -American-English actress

1968- Eric Bana -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Sam Fogarino -American drummer (Interpol (band)|Interpol and Magnetic Morning)

1969- Smaragda Karydi -Greek actress

1969- Troy Percival -American baseball player and coach

1969- Estella Marie Thompson -American prostitute

1970- Rod Brind'Amour -Canadian ice hockey player

1970- Chris Cuomo -American journalist

1970- Thomas Lennon (actor)|Thomas Lennon -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Mack 10 -American rapper and actor (Westside Connection)

1971- James Kim -American technology expert (d. 2006)

1971- Mark Povinelli -American actor

1971- Davide Rebellin -Italian cyclist

1971- Nikki Ziering -American model and actress

1972- A-mei -Taiwanese singer

1972- Juanes -Colombian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ekhymosis)

1972- Ryan Bollman -American actor

1973- Filippo Inzaghi -Italian footballer

1973- Kevin McKidd -Scottish actor and director

1973- Gene Luen Yang -American author and illustrator

1973- Håvard Solbakken -Norwegian cross country skier

1974- Derek Fisher -American basketball player

1974- Stephen Fung -Hong Kong actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1974- Matt Morris (baseball)|Matt Morris -American baseball player

1974- Kirill Reznik -American lawyer and politician

1974- Nicola Stapleton -English actress and singer

1974- Raphaël Poirée -French biathlete

1975- Mahesh Babu -Indian actor

1975- Mike Lamb -American baseball player

1975- Robbie Middleby -Australian soccer player

1976- Nawaf al-Hazmi -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 77 (d. 2001)

1976- Jessica Capshaw -American actress

1976- Aled Haydn Jones -Welsh radio host and producer

1976- Rhona Mitra -English actress and singer

1976- Mark Priestley -Australian actor (d. 2008)

1976- Audrey Tautou -French actress

1977- Csaba Csordás -Hungarian footballer

1977- Jason Frasor -American baseball player

1977- Chamique Holdsclaw -American basketball player

1977- Adewale Ogunleye -American football player

1977- Ime Udoka -American basketball player and coach

1977- Mikaël Silvestre -French footballer

1978- Dorin Chirtoacă -Moldavian lawyer and politician, Mayor of Chișinău

1978- Daniela Denby-Ashe -English actress

1978- Ana Serradilla -Mexican actress

1979- Michael Kingma -Australian basketball player

1979- Lisa Nandy -English politician

1979- Tony Stewart (American football)|Tony Stewart -American football player

1980- Texas Battle -American actor

1980- Nuria Cabanillas -Canadian-Spanish gymnast

1980- Charlie David -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Rachel Kramer -Dutch singer

1980- Ryoo Seung-bum -South Korean actor and singer

1980- Dominic Tabuna -Nauruan politician

1981- Jarvis Hayes -American basketball player

1981- Li Jiawei -Singaporean table tennis player

1982- Joel Anthony -American basketball player

1982- Tyson Gay -American sprinter

1982- Yekaterina Samutsevich -Russian singer and activist (Pussy Riot)

1982- Kanstantsin Siutsou -Belorussian cyclist

1983- Ashley Johnson -American actress and singer

1983- Shane O'Brien (ice hockey)|Shane O'Brien -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Alicja Smietana -Polish-English violinist

1984- Paul Gallagher (footballer)|Paul Gallagher -Scottish footballer

1985- Luca Filippi -Italian race car driver

1985- Anna Kendrick -American actress and singer

1985- Hayley Peirsol -American swimmer

1985- JaMarcus Russell -American football player

1985- Chandler Williams -American football player (d. 2013)

1986- Michael Lerchl -German footballer

1986- Daniel Preussner -German rugby player

1986- Tyler "Telle" Smith -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Word Alive, In Fear and Faith, and Greeley Estates)

1986- Rafaela Zanella -Brazilian model, Miss Brasil|Miss Brazil 2006

1987- Marco Carmona -Mexican illustrator and animator

1987- Marek Niit -Estonian sprinter

1988- Anthony Castonzo -American football player

1988- Vasilios Koutsianikoulis -Greek footballer

1989- Lucy Dixon -English actress

1989- Jason Heyward -American baseball player

1989- Stefano Okaka -Italian footballer

1989- Brenton Thwaites -Australian actor

1990- Adelaide Kane -Australian actress

1990- Brice Roger -French skier

1990- Bill Skarsgård -Swedish actor

1991- Alice Barlow -English actress and singer

1991- Hansika Motwani -Indian actress

1991- Candela Vetrano -Argentinian actress and singer

1993- Rydel Lynch -American singer and actress (R5 (band)|R5)

2005- Caylee Anthony -American murder victim (d. 2008)