This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1527- John Dee -English-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer (d. 1609)

1579- Arthur Dee -English physician and chemist (d. 1651)

1590- Pope Clement X -(d. 1676)

1607- Wenceslaus Hollar -Czech-English painter and illustrator (d. 1677)

1608- Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1657)

1745- Robert Calder -Scottish admiral (d. 1818)

1760- István Pauli -Hungarian-Slovene priest and poet (d. 1829)

1770- Alexander Balashov -Russian general and politician (d. 1837)

1776- Caroline of Baden -(d. 1841)

1793- John Clare -English poet (d. 1864)

1798- Alexandra Feodorovna (Charlotte of Prussia)|Alexandra Feodorovna -German-Russian wife of Nicholas I of Russia (d. 1860)

1821- Nathan Bedford Forrest -American general (d. 1877)

1831- Arthur Böttcher -German pathologist and anatomist (d. 1889)

1841- Otto Wagner -Austrian architect, designed the Austrian Postal Savings Bank and Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station (d. 1918)

1858- Stewart Culin -American ethnographer and author (d. 1929)

1859- Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield -English economist and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1947)

1864- John Jacob Astor IV -American colonel and businessman (d. 1912)

1876- William Michaels -American boxer (d. 1934)

1884- Yrjö Saarela -Finnish wrestler (d. 1951)

1889- Hjalmar Andersson -Swedish runner (d. 1971)

1889- Emma Asson -Estonian politician (d. 1965)

1889- Louise Mountbatten -German-Swedish wife of Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (d. 1965)

1892- Léo-Pol Morin -Canadian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1941)

1892- Jonni Myyrä -Finnish javelin thrower (d. 1955)

1892- Kesarbai Kerkar -Indian singer (d. 1977)

1894- Isaak Babel -Russian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1940)

1895- Sidney Blackmer -American actor and singer (d. 1973)

1896- Mordecai Ardon -Israeli painter (d. 1992)

1898- Julius Schreck -German commander (d. 1936)

1900- George Lewis (clarinetist)|George Lewis -American clarinet player and songwriter (d. 1969)

1901- Eric Portman -English actor (d. 1969)

1903- Kenneth Clark -English historian and author (d. 1983)

1905- Alfredo M. Santos -Filipino general (d. 1990)

1907- George Weller -American author, playwright, and journalist (d. 2002)

1910- Lien Gisolf -Dutch high jumper (d. 1993)

1910- Loren Pope -American journalist and author (d. 2008)

1913- Dave Garroway -American journalist and actor (d. 1982)

1913- Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller -Danish businessman (d. 2012)

1913- Kay Linaker -American actress and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1915- Kaoru Ishikawa -Japanese author and educator (d. 1989)

1918- Alberto Ascari -Italian race car driver (d. 1955)

1918- Marcia Brown -American author and illustrator

1920- William C. Friday -American academic (d. 2012)

1920- Bill Towers -English footballer (d. 2000)

1921- Git Gay -Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)

1921- Ernest Gold (composer)|Ernest Gold -Austrian-American composer (d. 1999)

1921- Friedrich Peter -Austrian politician (d. 2005)

1922- Leslie Brooks -American actress and singer (d. 2011)

1922- Louis R. Harlan -American historian and academic (d. 2010)

1922- Anker Jørgensen -Danish politician, 16th Prime Minister of Denmark

1922- Ken Mosdell -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)

1924- Carlo Bergonzi -Italian tenor and actor (d. 2014)

1924- Michel Constantin -French actor (d. 2003)

1924- Johnny Gilbert -American game show host and announcer

1926- Robert H. Justman -American director, producer, and production manager (d. 2008)

1927- Simone Veil -French lawyer and politician, 12th President of the European Parliament

1928- Tommaso Buscetta -Italian-American mobster (d. 2000)

1928- Bob Crane -American actor (d. 1978)

1928- Sven Davidson -Swedish tennis player (d. 2008)

1928- Leroy Vinnegar -American bassist (d. 1999)

1929- Sofia Muratova -Russian gymnast (d. 2006)

1930- Sam Greenlee -American author (d. 2014)

1930- Naomi Shemer -Israeli singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1930- Viktor Tsybulenko -Ukrainian javelin thrower (d. 2013)

1931- Frank Ramsey (basketball)|Frank Ramsey -American basketball player and coach

1931- F. Morgan Taylor, Jr. -American long jumper and businessman (d. 2010)

1932- Hubert Reeves -Canadian-French astrophysicist and author

1933- Patsy Byrne -English actress (d. 2014)

1933- David Storey -English author, playwright, and screenwriter

1934- Peter Gzowski -Canadian journalist and academic (d. 2002)

1934- Gordon Lee (footballer)|Gordon Lee -English footballer and manager

1934- Wole Soyinka -Nigerian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1934- Aleksei Yeliseyev -Russian engineer and astronaut

1935- Jack Kemp -American football player and politician, 9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (d. 2009)

1935- Earl Lovelace -Trinidadian journalist, author, and playwright

1935- Monique Vézina -Canadian politician

1935- Kurt Westergaard -Danish cartoonist

1936- Albert Ayler -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1970)

1937- Ghillean Prance -English botanist and ecologist

1938- Richard Rust -American actor (d. 1994)

1939- Prakash Mehra -Indian director and producer (d. 2009)

1939- Lambert Jackson Woodburne -South African admiral (d. 2013)

1940- Donald Lautrec -Canadian singer and actor

1940- Tom Lichtenberg -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1940- Patrick Stewart -English actor, director, and producer

1941- Robert Forster -American actor and producer

1941- Ehud Manor -Israeli songwriter (d. 2005)

1941- Jacques Perrin -French actor, director, and producer

1942- Harrison Ford -American actor and producer

1942- Roger McGuinn -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Byrds and Chad Mitchell Trio)

1943- Chris Serle -English journalist and actor

1944- Ernő Rubik -Hungarian game designer, architect, and educator, invented the Rubik's Cube

1944- Cyril Knowles -English footballer and manager (d. 1991)

1946- Cheech Marin -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1948- Catherine Breillat -French director and screenwriter

1948- Tony Kornheiser -American sportscaster

1948- Daphne Maxwell Reid -American actress

1949- Helena Fibingerová -Czech shot putter

1950- Rod Dixon -New Zealand runner

1950- George Nelson (astronaut)|George Nelson -American astronomer and astronaut

1950- Janet Rossant -English-Canadian biologist

1950- Ma Ying-jeou -Hong Kong-Taiwanese politician, 12th President of the Republic of China

1951- Rob Bishop -American educator and politician

1951- Didi Conn -American actress and singer

1953- Gil Birmingham -American actor

1953- Larry Gomes -Tobagan cricketer

1953- Mila Mulroney -Bosnian-Canadian wife of Brian Mulroney

1954- Sezen Aksu -Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1954- Rick Chartraw -Venezuelan-American ice hockey player

1954- Louise Mandrell -American singer

1954- David Thompson (basketball)|David Thompson -American basketball player

1955- Mark Mendoza -American bass player (Twisted Sister and The Dictators)

1956- Claude Giroux (wrestler)|Claude Giroux -Canadian wrestler

1956- Michael Spinks -American boxer

1956- Frank Dux -American martial artist and choreographer

1957- Thierry Boutsen -Belgian race car driver

1957- Lília Cabral -Brazilian actress

1957- Cameron Crowe -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Jane Hamilton -American author

1957- Phil Margera -American television personality

1959- Richard Leman -English field hockey player

1960- Robert Abraham (American football)|Robert Abraham -American football player

1960- Ian Hislop -Welsh-English journalist and screenwriter

1960- Curtis Rouse -American football player (d. 2013)

1961- Tahira Asif -Pakistani politician (d. 2014)

1961- Khalid Mahmood -Pakistani-English politician

1961- Stelios Manolas -Greek footballer and manager

1961- Tim Watson -Australian footballer, coach, and journalist

1962- Tom Kenny -American voice actor, singer, and screenwriter

1962- Rhonda Vincent -American singer-songwriter and mandolin player

1963- Neal Foulds -English snooker player and sportscaster

1963- Kenny Johnson -American actor

1963- Spud Webb -American basketball player

1964- Paul Thorn -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965- Lesli Kay -American actress

1965- Eileen Ivers -American fiddler (Cherish the Ladies)

1966- Gerald Levert -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (LeVert and LSG) (d. 2006)

1966- Natalia Luis-Bassa -Venezuelan-English conductor

1967- Dean Barnett -American journalist and blogger (d. 2008)

1967- Benny Benassi -Italian DJ and producer (Benassi Bros.)

1967- Richard Marles -Australian lawyer and politician

1968- Robert Gant -American actor

1969- Barney Greenway -English singer-songwriter (Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, and Benediction (band)|Benediction)

1969- Ken Jeong -American actor, producer, and physician

1969- Kakhi Kakhiashvili -Georgian-Greek weightlifter

1969- Oleg Serebrian -Moldovan politician

1970- Barry Pinches -English snooker player

1970- Andrei Tivontchik -German pole vaulter

1971- Craig Elliott -American illustrator

1971- Mark Neeld -Australian footballer and coach

1971- Jason Reece -American guitarist and drummer (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and A Roman Scandal (band)|A Roman Scandal)

1972- Sven Lõhmus -Estonian composer and producer

1972- Sean Waltman -American wrestler

1973- Mohamed Atiq Awayd Al Harbi -Saudi Arabian terrorist

1973- Ariel Zárate -Argentinian footballer

1974- Deborah Cox -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1974- Jarno Trulli -Italian race car driver

1975- Danni Boatwright -American model and sportscaster, Miss Kansas USA|Miss Kansas USA 1996

1975- Mariada Pieridi -Cypriot singer-songwriter

1976- Al Santos (actor)|Al Santos -American model, actor, and producer

1976- Sheldon Souray -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Chris Horn -American football player

1977- Ashley Scott -American actress

1978- Eva Jinek -American-Dutch journalist

1978- Ryan Ludwick -American baseball player

1978- Kate More -American porn actress

1978- Prodromos Nikolaidis -Greek basketball player

1979- Craig Bellamy -Welsh footballer

1979- Daniel Díaz -Argentinian footballer

1979- Jonathan Goulet -Canadian mixed martial artist

1979- Libuše Průšová -Czech tennis player

1979- Lucinda Ruh -Swiss figure skater

1979- Fernando Salazar -Mexican footballer

1980- Corey Clark -American singer

1980- Karolina Gruszka -Polish actress

1980- Becky O'Donohue -American model and actress

1980- Jessie O'Donohue -American model and actress

1980- Master Saleem -Indian singer

1981- Ágnes Kovács -Hungarian swimmer

1981- Fran Kranz -American actor

1981- Mirco Lorenzetto -Italian cyclist

1981- Ineta Radēviča -Latvian long jumper

1982- Brooke Ballentyne -American porn actress

1982- Aya Cash -American actress

1982- Chri$ Ca$h -American wrestler (d. 2005)

1982- Shin-Soo Choo -South Korean baseball player

1982- Simon Clist -English footballer

1982- Samia Ghadie -English actress

1982- Dominic Isaacs -South African footballer

1982- Nick Kenny (rugby league)|Nick Kenny -Australian rugby player

1982- Yadier Molina -Puerto Rican baseball player

1983- Kristof Beyens -Belgian sprinter

1983- Marco Pomante -Italian footballer

1983- Carmen Villalobos -Colombian actress and dancer

1983- Liu Xiang -Chinese hurdler

1984- Scott Gerbacia -American actor

1984- Ida Maria -Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1984- Urvashi Sharma -Indian actress and model

1985- Trell Kimmons -American sprinter

1985- Guillermo Ochoa -Mexican footballer

1986- Pierrick Lilliu -French singer-songwriter

1987- Neil Denis -Canadian actor

1988- Tulisa Contostavlos -English singer-songwriter and actress (N-Dubz)

1988- Marcos Paulo Gelmini Gomes -Brazilian-Italian footballer

1988- Colton Haynes -American actor and model

1988- Steven R. McQueen -American actor

1988- Raúl Spank -German high jumper

1989- Charis Giannopoulos -Greek basketball player

1989- Sayumi Michishige -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Ecomoni, v-u-den)

1990- Eduardo Salvio -Argentinian footballer

1990- Matt Weinberg -American actor

1991- Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha -Thai actress and model

1992- Dylan Patton -American actor

1992- Elise Matthysen -Belgian swimmer

1993- Daniel Bentley -English footballer

1993- Rena Nōnen -Japanese model and actress

1994- Ridge Canipe -American actor

1994- Hayley Erin -American actress

1996- Jena Irene -American singer-songwriter

1997- Leo Howard -American actor and martial artist