This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Famous Birthdays

100 BC- Julius Caesar -Roman general (d. 44 BC)

1394- Ashikaga Yoshinori -Japanese shogun (d. 1441)

1468- Juan del Encina -Spanish poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1530)

1596- Michael I of Russia -(d. 1645)

1675- Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1742)

1730- Josiah Wedgwood -English potter, founded the Wedgwood|Wedgwood Company (d. 1795)

1803- Peter Chanel -French priest and saint (d. 1841)

1807- Thomas Hawksley -English engineer and academic (d. 1893)

1813- Claude Bernard -French physiologist and academic (d. 1878)

1817- Henry David Thoreau -American philosopher and author (d. 1862)

1824- Eugène Boudin -French painter (d. 1898)

1828- Nikolay Chernyshevsky -Russian philosopher and critic (d. 1889)

1849- William Osler -Canadian physician and author (d. 1919)

1850- Otto Schoetensack -German anthropologist and academic (d. 1912)

1852- Hipólito Yrigoyen -Argentinian politician, 19th President of Argentina (d. 1933)

1854- George Eastman -American businessman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)

1855- Ned Hanlan -Canadian rower (d. 1908)

1861- Anton Arensky -Russian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1906)

1863- Albert Calmette -French physician, bacteriologist, and immunologist (d. 1933)

1863- Paul Drude -German physicist and academic (d. 1906)

1868- Stefan George -German poet (d. 1933)

1868- Karl Röderer -Swiss target shooter (d. 1928)

1870- Louis II, Prince of Monaco -(d. 1949)

1872- Emil Hácha -Czech lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1945)

1876- Max Jacob -French poet, painter, and critic (d. 1944)

1878- Peeter Põld -Estonian scientist and politician, 1st Estonian Minister of Education (d. 1930)

1880- Tod Browning -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1962)

1884- Louis B. Mayer -Belarusian-American film producer (d. 1957)

1884- Amedeo Modigliani -Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1920)

1886- Jean Hersholt -Danish-American actor and director (d. 1956)

1892- Bruno Schulz -Ukrainian-Polish author and painter (d. 1942)

1895- Kirsten Flagstad -Norwegian soprano (d. 1962)

1895- Buckminster Fuller -American architect, engineer, and author, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)

1895- Oscar Hammerstein II -American director, producer, and composer (d. 1960)

1900- Chhabi Biswas -Indian actor and director (d. 1962)

1902- Günther Anders -German philosopher and journalist (d. 1992)

1904- Pablo Neruda -Chilean poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1906- Pietro Tordi -Italian actor (d. 1990)

1908- Milton Berle -American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 2002)

1908- Alain Cuny -French actor (d. 1994)

1908- Paul Runyan -American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2002)

1909- Joe DeRita -American actor (d. 1993)

1909- Fritz Leonhardt -German engineer, designed Fernsehturm Stuttgart (d. 1999)

1909- Herbert Zim -American naturalist, author, and educator (d. 1994)

1911- Evald Mikson -Estonian footballer (d. 1993)

1913- Willis Lamb -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1914- Mohammad Moin -Iranian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1971)

1916- Robert E. Gilka -American photographer and journalist (d. 2013)

1916- Lyudmila Pavlichenko -Ukrainian-Russian soldier and sniper (d. 1974)

1917- Andrew Wyeth -American painter (d. 2009)

1918- Mary Glen-Haig -English fencer

1919- Lenny Mancini -American boxer (d. 2003)

1919- George Weissman -American businessman (d. 2009)

1920- Keith Andes -American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1920- Pierre Berton -Canadian journalist and author (d. 2004)

1920- Randolph Quirk -Manx linguist and academic

1920- Beah Richards -American actress and playwright (d. 2000)

1921- Bram Bogart -Dutch born Belgian painter (d. 2012)

1921- Bob Fillion -Canadian ice hockey player

1922- Mark Hatfield -American soldier and politician, 29th Governor of Oregon (d. 2011)

1923- René Favaloro -Argentine surgeon and cardiologist (d. 2000)

1924- Fedon Matheou -Greek basketball player and coach (d. 2011)

1925- Albert Lance -Australian-French tenor (d. 2013)

1925- Roger Smith (executive)|Roger Smith -American businessman (d. 2007)

1927- Françoys Bernier -Canadian pianist, conductor, and educator (d. 1993)

1927- Conte Candoli -American trumpet player (d. 2001)

1927- Jack Harshman -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1927- Harley Hotchkiss -Canadian businessman (d. 2011)

1927- Frank Windsor -English actor

1928- Alastair Burnet -English journalist (d. 2012)

1928- Elias James Corey -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1928- Imero Fiorentino -American lighting designer (d. 2013)

1928- Jo Myong-rok -North Korean marshal (d. 2010)

1928- Pixie Williams -New Zealand singer (d. 2013)

1930- Alberto Lionello -Italian actor (d. 1994)

1930- Gordon Pinsent -Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1930- Irene Sutcliffe -English actress

1931- Eric Ives -English historian and academic (d. 2012)

1931- Geeto Mongol -Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2013)

1932- Otis Davis -American sprinter

1932- Monte Hellman -American director, producer, and editor

1933- Victor Poor -American engineer, developed the Datapoint 2200 (d. 2012)

1933- Donald E. Westlake -American author and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1934- Van Cliburn -American pianist (d. 2013)

1935- Roy Barraclough -English actor

1936- Meta Ramsay, Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale -Scottish intelligence officer and politician

1937- Bill Cosby -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Mickey Edwards -American lawyer and politician

1937- Lionel Jospin -French politician, 165th Prime Minister of France

1937- Michel Louvain -Canadian singer

1937- Robert McFarlane -American colonel and diplomat, 13th United States National Security Advisor

1937- Guy Woolfenden -English composer and conductor

1938- Jaishankar -Indian actor (d. 2000)

1938- Ron Fairly -American baseball player and sportscaster

1938- Wieger Mensonides -Dutch swimmer

1939- Phillip Adams -Australian journalist

1941- Benny Parsons -American race car driver (d. 2007)

1941- Joseph Whipp -American actor

1942- Roy Palmer (cricketer)|Roy Palmer -English cricketer and umpire

1942- Billy Smith (rugby league)|Billy Smith -Australian rugby player

1942- Tam White -Scottish singer and actor (d. 2010)

1943- Jean-Pierre Kingsley -Canadian civil servant

1943- Christine McVie -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack)

1943- Walter Murch -American film editor and sound designer

1943- Paul Silas -American basketball player and coach

1944- Simon Blackburn -English philosopher and academic

1944- Delia Ephron -American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1944- Kent Finell -Swedish radio host (d. 2013)

1944- Denise Nicholas -American actress, screenwriter, and activist

1945- Leopoldo Mastelloni -Italian actor, singer, and director

1946- Gareth Edwards -Welsh rugby player and sportscaster

1947- Robert Fisk -English journalist and historian

1947- Wilko Johnson -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Dr. Feelgood (band)|Dr Feelgood and The Blockheads)

1947- Richard C. McCarty -American psychologist and academic

1948- Susan Blu -American voice actress and director

1948- Ben Burtt -American director, screenwriter, and sound designer

1948- Walter Egan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948- Richard Simmons -American fitness trainer and actor

1948- Jay Thomas -American actor

1949- Simon Fox -English drummer (Be-Bop Deluxe and The Pretty Things)

1949- Rick Hendrick -American businessman, founded Hendrick Motorsports

1950- Eric Carr -American drummer and songwriter (Kiss (band)|Kiss) (d. 1991)

1950- Gilles Meloche -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951- Joan Bauer (novelist)|Joan Bauer -American author

1951- Brian Grazer -American screenwriter and producer, founded Imagine Entertainment

1951- Cheryl Ladd -American actress and singer

1951- Piotr Pustelnik -Polish mountaineer

1951- Sylvia Sass -Hungarian soprano

1951- Jamey Sheridan -American actor and producer

1952- Voja Antonić -Serbian computer scientist and journalist, designed the Galaksija (computer)|Galaksija computer

1952- Irina Bokova -Bulgarian politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bulgaria)|Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1952- Philip Taylor Kramer -American bass player (Iron Butterfly) (d. 1995)

1952- Liz Mitchell -Jamaican singer (Boney M.)

1953- John Ausonius -Swedish murderer

1954- Eric Adams (musician)|Eric Adams -American singer-songwriter (Manowar)

1954- Robert Carl -American pianist and composer

1954- Wolfgang Dremmler -German footballer and coach

1954- Sulakshana Pandit -Indian actress and singer

1955- Timothy Garton Ash -English historian and author

1955- Jimmy LaFave -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1955- Bambi Woods -American porn actress

1956- Tony Galvin -English footballer

1956- Mel Harris -American actress

1956- Sandi Patty -American singer

1956- Mario Soto (baseball)|Mario Soto -Dominican baseball player

1957- Rick Husband -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1957- Dave Semenko -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1957- Taso N. Stavrakis -American actor and stuntman

1958- J. D. Hayworth -American radio host and politician

1958- Tonya Lee Williams -English-Canadian actress and producer

1959- David Brown (meteorologist)|David Brown -Australian meteorologist

1959- Charlie Murphy -American actor and screenwriter

1959- Karl J. Friston -English psychiatrist and neuroscientist

1960- Corynne Charby -French model, actress, and singer

1961- Heikko Glöde -German footballer and manager

1962- Julio César Chávez, Sr. -Mexican boxer

1962- Dan Murphy (musician)|Dan Murphy -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soul Asylum and Golden Smog)

1962- Joanna Shields -American-English businesswoman

1962- Dean Wilkins -English footballer and manager

1962- Katie Puckrik -American television presenter and newspaper columnist

1964- Tim Gane -English guitarist (Stereolab and McCarthy (band)|McCarthy)

1964- Gaby Roslin -English television host and actress

1965- Sanjay Manjrekar -Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1965- Robin Wilson (musician)|Robin Wilson -American singer and guitarist (Gin Blossoms and Gas Giants (band)|Gas Giants)

1966- Taiji (musician)|Taiji -Japanese bass player and songwriter (Loudness (band)|Loudness and X Japan) (d. 2011)

1966- Jeff Bucknum -American race car driver

1966- Annabel Croft -English tennis player and sportscaster

1966- Tamsin Greig -English actress

1966- Ana Torrent -Spanish actress

1966- Misato Watanabe -Japanese singer

1967- Richard Herring -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1967- George Freeman (politician)|George Freeman -English politician

1967- John Petrucci -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Explorers Club (band)|Explorers Club)

1967- Bruny Surin -Canadian sprinter

1968- Catherine Plewinski -French swimmer

1968- Lady Saw -Jamaican singer

1969- Lisa Nicole Carson -American actress

1969- Chantal Jouanno -French politician

1969- Alan Mullally -England cricketer

1969- Anne-Sophie Pic -French chef

1969- Jesse Pintado -Mexican-American guitarist (Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Lock Up (UK band)|Lock Up) (d. 2006)

1970- Aure Atika -Portuguese-French actress

1970- Lee Byung-hun -South Korean actor

1970- Juba Kalamka -American rapper (Deep Dickollective)

1971- Andriy Kovalenco -Ukrainian-Spanish rugby player

1971- Loni Love -American comedian, actress, and author

1971- Kristi Yamaguchi -American figure skater

1972- Travis Best -American basketball player

1972- Brett Reed -American drummer (Rancid (band)|Rancid and Devils Brigade)

1972- Jake Wood -English actor

1973- Christian Vieri -Italian footballer

1974- Sharon den Adel -Dutch singer-songwriter (Within Temptation)

1974- Stelios Giannakopoulos -Greek footballer and manager

1974- Gregory Helms -American wrestler

1975- Cheyenne Jackson -American actor and singer

1975- Kai Greene -American bodybuilder

1976- Dan Boyle (ice hockey)|Dan Boyle -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Anna Friel -English actress

1976- Tracie Spencer -American singer-songwriter and actress

1977- Neil Harris (footballer, born 1977)|Neil Harris -English footballer and manager

1977- Steve Howey (actor)|Steve Howey -American actor

1977- Brock Lesnar -American mixed martial artist and wrestler

1977- Francesca Lubiani -Italian tennis player

1978- Claire Chitham -New Zealand actress

1978- Topher Grace -American actor and screenwriter

1978- Michelle Rodriguez -American actress

1979- Nikos Barlos -Greek basketball player

1980- Irina Embrich -Estonian fencer

1980- Johanna Klum -German singer

1980- Katherine Legge -English race car driver

1980- Tom Price (actor)|Tom Price -Welsh actor

1981- Adrienne Camp -South African singer-songwriter (The Benjamin Gate)

1981- Pradeepan Raveendran -Sri Lankan director, producer, and screenwriter

1982- Antonio Cassano -Italian footballer

1982- Tara Kirk -American swimmer

1983- Megumi Kawamura -Japanese volleyball player

1984- Gareth Gates -English singer-songwriter and actor (5th Story)

1984- El Generico -Canadian wrestler

1984- Jonathan Lewis (American football)|Jonathan Lewis -American football player

1984- Natalie Martinez -American actress

1984- Michael McGovern -Irish footballer

1984- Yoshino Nanjō -Japanese voice actress and singer (fripSide)

1985- Paulo Vitor Barreto -Brazilian footballer

1985- Gianluca Curci -Italian footballer

1985- Luiz Ejlli -Albanian singer

1985- Kevin Lacombe -Canadian cyclist

1985- Natasha Poly -Russian model

1986- Didier Digard -French footballer

1986- Hannaliis Jaadla -Estonian footballer

1986- JP Pietersen -South African rugby player

1988- LeSean McCoy -American football player

1988- Melissa O'Neil -Canadian singer and actress

1988- Inbee Park -South Korean golfer

1988- Risa Taneda -Japanese voice actress

1989- Nick Palmieri -American ice hockey player

1989- Phoebe Tonkin -Australian actress and model

1990- Bebé -Portuguese footballer

1991- Erik Per Sullivan -American actor

1991- Dexter Roberts -American singer

1991- James Rodríguez -Colombian footballer

1992- Eoghan Quigg -Irish singer and actor

1995- Luke Shaw -English footballer

1995- Jordyn Wieber -American gymnast

1996- Jordan Romero -American mountaineer

1997- Malala Yousafzai -Pakistani activist, Nobel Prize in Peace|Nobel Prize laureate