This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1419- Emperor Go-Hanazono -of Japan (d. 1471)

1452- James III of Scotland -(d. 1488)

1509- John Calvin -French pastor and theologian (d. 1564)

1517- Odet de Coligny -French cardinal (d. 1571)

1592- Pierre d'Hozier -French genealogist and historian (d. 1660)

1614- Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey -Irish-English politician (d. 1686)

1625- Jean Herauld Gourville -French adventurer (d. 1703)

1638- David Teniers III -Flemish painter (d. 1685)

1666- John Ernest Grabe -German theologian and academic (d. 1711)

1682- Roger Cotes -English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1716)

1682- Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg -German missionary and linguist (d. 1719)

1723- William Blackstone -English jurist and politician (d. 1780)

1736- Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh -(d. 1807)

1792- George M. Dallas -American politician, 11th Vice President of the United States (d. 1864)

1802- Robert Chambers (publisher born 1802)|Robert Chambers -Scottish geologist and publisher, co-founded Chambers Harrap (d. 1871)

1804- Emma Smith -American religious leader (d. 1879)

1809- Friedrich August von Quenstedt -German geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1889)

1823- Louis-Napoléon Casault -Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician (d. 1908)

1830- Camille Pissarro -Danish-French painter (d. 1903)

1832- Alvan Graham Clark -American astronomer (d. 1897)

1835- Henryk Wieniawski -Polish violinist and composer (d. 1880)

1839- Adolphus Busch -German brewer, co-founded Anheuser-Busch (d. 1913)

1856- Nikola Tesla -Serbian-American physicist and engineer (d. 1943)

1864- Austin Chapman -Australian politician, 4th Minister for Defence (Australia)|Australian Minister for Defence (d. 1926)

1867- Prince Maximilian of Baden -(d. 1929)

1871- Marcel Proust -French author and critic (d. 1922)

1874- Sergey Konenkov -Russian sculptor (d. 1971)

1875- Mary McLeod Bethune -American educator and activist (d. 1955)

1883- Johannes Blaskowitz -German general (d. 1948)

1883- Hugo Raudsepp -Estonian playwright and politician (d. 1952)

1888- Giorgio de Chirico -Greek-Italian painter (d. 1978)

1888- Toyohiko Kagawa -Japanese evangelist, author, and activist (d. 1960)

1894- Jimmy McHugh -American composer (d. 1969)

1895- Carl Orff -German composer and educator (d. 1982)

1896- Thérèse Casgrain -Canadian politician (d. 1981)

1897- Jack Diamond (gangster)|Jack Diamond -American gangster (d. 1931)

1897- Karl Plagge -German general and engineer (d. 1957)

1898- Renée Björling -Swedish actress (d. 1975)

1899- John Gilbert (actor)|John Gilbert -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1936)

1899- Heiri Suter -Swiss cyclist (d. 1978)

1900- Mitchell Parish -Lithuanian-American songwriter (d. 1993)

1900- Sampson Sievers -Russian monk and mystic (d. 1979)

1902- Kurt Alder -German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)

1902- Nicolás Guillén -Cuban poet, journalist, and activist (d. 1989)

1903- Werner Best -German SS officer and jurist (d. 1989)

1903- John Wyndham -English author (d. 1969)

1904- Lili Damita -French-American actress (d. 1994)

1905- Mildred Benson -American journalist and author (d. 2002)

1905- Thomas Gomez -American actor (d. 1971)

1905- Wolfram Sievers -German physician (d. 1948)

1907- Blind Boy Fuller -American singer and guitarist (d. 1941)

1909- Donald Sinclair (hotel owner)|Donald Sinclair -English lieutenant and businessman (d. 1981)

1913- Salvador Espriu -Spanish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1985)

1913- Elizabeth Inglis -English-American actress (d. 2007)

1914- Joe Shuster -Canadian-American illustrator, co-created Superman (d. 1992)

1916- Judith Jasmin -Canadian journalist (d. 1972)

1917- Hugh Alexander (baseball)|Hugh Alexander -American baseball player and scout (d. 2000)

1917- Don Herbert -American television host and producer (d. 2007)

1917- Reg Smythe -English cartoonist (d. 1998)

1918- James Aldridge -Australian-English journalist and author

1919- Pierre Gamarra -French author, poet, and critic (d. 2009)

1920- David Brinkley -American journalist (d. 2003)

1920- Owen Chamberlain -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)

1921- Harvey Ball -American illustrator, created the Smiley (d. 2001)

1921- Jeff Donnell -American actress (d. 1988)

1921- Jake LaMotta -American boxer and actor

1921- Eunice Kennedy Shriver -American activist, co-founded the Special Olympics (d. 2009)

1922- Jean Kerr -American author and playwright (d. 2003)

1922- Herb McKenley -Jamaican sprinter (d. 2007)

1923- John Bradley (United States Navy)|John Bradley -American soldier (d. 1994)

1923- Suzanne Cloutier -Canadian actress (d. 2003)

1923- Earl Hamner, Jr. -American screenwriter and producer

1923- G. A. Kulkarni -Indian author and academic (d. 1987)

1924- Johnny Bach -American basketball player and coach

1924- Bobo Brazil -American wrestler (d. 1998)

1925- Mahathir Mohamad -4th Prime Minister of Malaysia

1926- Fred Gwynne -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1927- Grigory Barenblatt -Russian mathematician and academic

1927- David Dinkins -American soldier and politician, 106th Mayor of New York City

1928- Bernard Buffet -French painter (d. 1999)

1928- Alejandro de Tomaso -Argentinian-Italian race car driver and businessman, founded De Tomaso (d. 2003)

1928- Moshe Greenberg -American-Israeli rabbi and scholar (d. 2010)

1929- Winnie Ewing -Scottish lawyer and politician

1929- Moe Norman -Canadian golfer (d. 2004)

1930- Bruce Boa -Canadian-English actor (d. 2004)

1930- Susan Cummings (actress)|Susan Cummings -German-American actress.

1931- Nick Adams (actor)|Nick Adams -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1968)

1931- Jerry Herman -American composer and songwriter

1931- Julian May -American author

1931- Alice Munro -Canadian author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- Carlo Maria Abate -Italian race car driver

1933- Jan DeGaetani -American soprano (d. 1989)

1933- C.K. Yang -Taiwanese decathlete and pole vaulter (d. 2007)

1934- Jerry Nelson -American puppeteer and voice actor (d. 2012)

1935- Tura Satana -American actress and dancer (d. 2011)

1936- Tunne Kelam -Estonian politician

1937- Edwards Barham -American farmer and politician (d. 2014)

1938- Paul Andreu -French architect, designed the Osaka Maritime Museum and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (China)|National Grand Theater of China

1938- Lee Morgan -American trumpet player and composer (d. 1972)

1939- Phil Kelly (footballer born 1939)|Phil Kelly -Irish-English footballer (d. 2012)

1939- Ahmet Taner Kışlalı -Turkish political scientist, journalist, and educator (d. 1999)

1940- Meghnad Desai, Baron Desai -Indian-English economist and politician

1940- Helen Donath -American soprano and actress

1940- Tom Farmer -Scottish businessman

1940- Brian Priestley -English pianist and composer (National Youth Jazz Orchestra)

1941- Jake Eberts -Canadian film producer (d. 2012)

1941- David G. Hartwell -American anthologist and author

1941- Robert Pine -American actor and director

1941- Ian Whitcomb -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1942- Ronnie James Dio -American singer-songwriter and producer (Rainbow (British band)|Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio (band)|Dio, Heaven & Hell (band)|Heaven & Hell, and Elf (band)|Elf) (d. 2010)

1942- Pyotr Klimuk -Belarusian general, pilot, and astronaut

1942- Sixto Rodriguez -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943- Arthur Ashe -American tennis player and journalist (d. 1993)

1943- Rashid Sharafetdinov -Russian runner (d. 2012)

1944- K. S. Balachandran -Sri Lankan-Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1944- Norman Hammond -English archaeologist and academic

1945- Ron Glass -American actor

1945- Hal McRae -American baseball player and manager

1945- Peter Michalica -Slovak violinist

1945- John Motson -English sportscaster

1945- Jean-Marie Poiré -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- Virginia Wade -English tennis player and sportscaster

1946- Sue Lyon -American actress

1947- Arlo Guthrie -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1948- Ronnie Cutrone -American painter (d. 2013)

1948- Chico Resch -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1949- Anna Czerwińska -Polish mountaineer and author

1949- Sunil Gavaskar -Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1949- Greg Kihn -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Greg Kihn Band)

1949- Winston Rekert -Canadian actor and director (d. 2012)

1949- John Whitehead (singer)|John Whitehead -American singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead) (d. 2004)

1950- Tony Baldry -English colonel, lawyer, and politician

1950- Prokopis Pavlopoulos -Greek lawyer and politician, Ministry of the Interior (Greece)|Greek Minister for the Interior

1951- Judy Mallaber -English politician

1951- Phyllis Smith -American actress

1951- Cheryl Wheeler -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Kim Mitchell -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Max Webster)

1952- Ludmilla Tourischeva -Russian gymnast

1952- Peter van Heemst -Dutch politician

1953- Rik Emmett -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Triumph (band)|Triumph and Strung-Out Troubadours)

1953- Zoogz Rift -American guitarist and composer (d. 2011)

1954- Tommy Bowden -American football player and coach

1954- Andre Dawson -American baseball player

1954- Neil Tennant -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pet Shop Boys and Electronic (band)|Electronic)

1955- Nic Dakin -English educator and politician

1956- Tom McClintock -American politician

1957- Cindy Sheehan -American activist

1958- Béla Fleck -American banjo player and songwriter (Sparrow Quartet, New Grass Revival, Strength in Numbers (band)|Strength in Numbers, and Trio!)

1958- Fiona Shaw -Irish actress and director

1959- Ellen Kuras -American director and cinematographer

1959- Sandy West -American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Runaways) (d. 2006)

1960- Jeff Bergman -American voice actor

1960- Seth Godin -American theorist and author

1961- Jacky Cheung -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actor

1963- Richard Waites (actor)|Richard Waites -English actor

1964- Martin Laurendeau -Canadian tennis player and coach

1964- Urban Meyer -American football player and coach

1964- Wilfried Peeters -Belgian cyclist

1965- Alec Mapa -American actor

1965- Scott McCarron -American golfer

1965- Ken Mellons -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966- Gina Bellman -New Zealand-English actress

1966- Clive Efford -English politician

1966- Johnny Grunge -American wrestler (d. 2006)

1966- Christian Stangl -Austrian mountaineer

1967- Rebekah Del Rio -American singer-songwriter

1967- Tom Meents -American monster truck driver

1967- Silvetty Montilla -Brazilian drag queen performer

1967- Gillian Tett -English journalist and author

1967- John Yoo -South Korean-American lawyer, author, and educator

1968- Hassiba Boulmerka -Algerian runner

1968- Jonathan Gilbert -American actor

1969- Jamie Glover -English actor

1969- Gale Harold -American actor

1969- Alexandra Hedison -American actress

1969- Jonas Kaufmann -German tenor

1970- Lisa Coleman (actress)|Lisa Coleman -English actress

1970- Adam Hills -Australian comedian and actor

1970- Gary LeVox -American singer-songwriter (Rascal Flatts)

1970- Jason Orange -English singer-songwriter and dancer (Take That)

1970- John Simm -English actor

1970- Helen Sjöholm -Swedish singer and actress

1971- Adam Foote -Canadian ice hockey player

1971- Gregory Goodridge -Barbadian footballer and coach

1972- Urve Palo -Estonian politician

1972- Peter Serafinowicz -English actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Sofía Vergara -Colombian-American actress and producer

1972- Tilo Wolff -German-Swiss singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (Lacrimosa (band)|Lacrimosa)

1973- Annie Mumolo -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1974- Imelda May -Irish singer-songwriter

1975- Andrew Firestone -American businessman

1975- Brendan Gaughan -American race car driver

1975- Alain Nasreddine -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1975- Stefán Karl Stefánsson -Icelandic actor

1975- Richard Westbrook -English race car driver

1976- Edmílson (footballer born 1976)|Edmílson -Brazilian footballer

1976- Elijah Blue Allman -American singer and guitarist (Deadsy)

1976- Ludovic Giuly -French footballer

1976- Adrian Grenier -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Brendon Lade -Australian footballer and coach

1976- Lars Ricken -German footballer

1977- Moktar Ali Zubeyr -Somali militant leader (d. 2014)

1977- Schapelle Corby -Australian-Indonesian drug smuggler

1977- Chiwetel Ejiofor -English actor and singer

1977- Jesse Lacey -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brand New (band)|Brand New and Taking Back Sunday)

1977- Gwendoline Yeo -Singaporean-American actress

1979- Mvondo Atangana -Cameroon footballer

1980- Thomas Ian Nicholas -American actor, singer, and producer

1980- Alejandro Millán -Mexican singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Elfonía and Stream of Passion)

1980- Adam Petty -American race car driver (d. 2000)

1980- James Rolfe (filmmaker)|James Rolfe -American actor, director, and producer

1980- Jessica Simpson -American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer

1980- Han Eun-jung -South Korean actress

1981- Aleksandar Tunchev -Bulgarian footballer

1982- Alex Arrowsmith -American guitarist and producer (The Shaky Hands)

1982- Juliya Chernetsky -Ukrainian-American television host

1982- Sebastian Mila -Polish footballer

1983- Giuseppe De Feudis -Italian footballer

1983- Matthew Egan -Australian footballer

1983- Kim Heechul -South Korean singer and actor (Super Junior and Super Junior-T)

1983- Joelson José Inácio -Brazilian footballer

1983- Gemma Sanderson -Australian model

1984- María Julia Mantilla -Peruvian model, Miss World 2004

1984- Nikolaos Mitrou -Greek footballer

1984- Manjari Phadnis -Indian actress

1985- Park Chu-young -South Korean footballer

1985- B. J. Crombeen -American ice hockey player

1985- Mario Gómez -German footballer

1986- Simenona Martinez -American actress

1987- Brian Belo -English-Nigerian actor

1988- Antonio Brown (wide receiver, born 1988)|Antonio Brown -American football player

1988- Heather Hemmens -American actress

1990- Sung Joon -South Korean model and actor

1991- María Chacón -Mexican actress and singer (Play (Mexican band)|Play)

1991- Atsuko Maeda -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)

1992- Larissa Marolt -Austrian model and actress

1993- Carlon Jeffery -American actor

1998- Haley Pullos -American actress