This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1454- Poliziano -Italian poet and scholar (d. 1494)

1602- Cardinal Mazarin -Italian-French politician, 2nd List of Prime Ministers of France|Chief Minister of the French Monarch (d. 1661)

1608- George Goring, Lord Goring -English general (d. 1657)

1610- Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(d. 1670)

1634- Pasquier Quesnel -French theologian (d. 1719)

1671- Jacques d'Allonville -French astronomer and mathematician (d. 1732)

1675- Claude Alexandre de Bonneval -French general (d. 1747)

1676- Caspar Abel -German historian, poet, and theologian (d. 1763)

1696- William Oldys -English historian and author (d. 1761)

1721- John Douglas (bishop of Salisbury)|John Douglas -Scottish bishop (d. 1807)

1743- Gavrila Derzhavin -Russian poet and politician (d. 1816)

1755- Michel de Beaupuy -French general (d. 1796)

1785- Mordecai Manuel Noah -American journalist and diplomat (d. 1851)

1801- Johannes Peter Müller -German physiologist and anatomist (d. 1858)

1816- Arthur de Gobineau -French author (d. 1882)

1829- Edward Benson (bishop)|Edward Benson -English archbishop (d. 1896)

1859- Willy Hess (violinist)|Willy Hess -German violinist and educator (d. 1928)

1860- Owen Wister -American lawyer and author (d. 1938)

1862- Gustav Klimt -Austrian painter and graphic artist (d. 1918)

1865- Arthur Capper -American journalist and politician, 20th Governor of Kansas (d. 1951)

1868- Gertrude Bell -English archaeologist and spy (d. 1926)

1872- Albert Marque -French sculptor and doll maker (d. 1939)

1882- Teddy Billington -American cyclist (d. 1966)

1885- Sisavang Vong -Laos king (d. 1959)

1888- Scipio Slataper -Italian author and critic (d. 1915)

1889- Ante Pavelić -Croatian politician, 1st Foreign Minister of the Independent State of Croatia (d. 1959)

1893- Clarence J. Brown -American publisher and politician, 36th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (d. 1965)

1893- Garimella Satyanarayana -Indian poet (d. 1952)

1894- Dave Fleischer -American animator, director, and producer (d. 1979)

1896- Buenaventura Durruti -Spanish soldier and anarchist (d. 1936)

1898- Happy Chandler -American lawyer and politician, 49th Governor of Kentucky (d. 1991)

1901- Gerald Finzi -English composer (d. 1956)

1901- George Tobias -American actor and singer (d. 1980)

1903- Irving Stone -American author (d. 1989)

1906- Tom Carvel -Greek-American businessman, founded Carvel (restaurant)|Carvel (d. 1990)

1906- William H. Tunner -American general (d. 1983)

1910- William Hanna -American animator, director, producer, and actor, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (d. 2001)

1911- Pavel Prudnikau -Belarusian poet and author (d. 2000)

1911- Terry-Thomas -English actor and singer (d. 1990)

1912- Northrop Frye -Canadian philosopher and critic (d. 1991)

1912- Woody Guthrie -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Almanac Singers) (d. 1967)

1913- Gerald Ford -American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (d. 2006)

1917- George Bookasta -American actor and director (d. 2014)

1918- Ingmar Bergman -Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1918- Arthur Laurents -American director, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 2011)

1919- Lino Ventura -Italian-French actor (d. 1987)

1920- Shankarrao Chavan -Indian politician, Minister of Finance (India)|Minister of Finance for India (d. 2004)

1921- Sixto Durán Ballén -American-Ecuadorian politician, 48th President of Ecuador

1921- Leon Garfield -English author (d. 1996)

1921- Armand Gaudreault -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1921- Geoffrey Wilkinson -English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1922- Robert Creamer -American journalist (d. 2012)

1922- Robin Olds -American general and pilot (d. 2007)

1922- Elfriede Rinkel -German SS officer

1923- Dale Robertson -American actor and singer (d. 2013)

1923- Willie Steele -American long jumper (d. 1989)

1923- Robert Zildjian -American businessman, founded Sabian (d. 2013)

1924- David Evans (RAF officer)|David Evans -Canadian-English air marshal

1924- Warren Giese -American football player, coach, and politician (d. 2013)

1925- Sheila Guyse -American actress and singer (d. 2013)

1926- Wallace Jones -American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)

1926- Harry Dean Stanton -American actor and singer

1927- John Chancellor -American journalist (d. 1996)

1927- Mike Esposito (comics)|Mike Esposito -American author and illustrator (d. 2010)

1927- Peggy Parish -American author (d. 1988)

1928- Nancy Olson -American actress

1930- Polly Bergen -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1931- Jacqueline de Ribes -French fashion designer

1931- E. V. Thompson -English police officer and author (d. 2012)

1932- Rosey Grier -American football player and actor

1932- Patrick Hine -English air marshal

1932- Princess Margarita of Baden -(d. 2013)

1933- Robert Bourassa -Canadian lawyer and politician, 22nd Premier of Quebec (d. 1996)

1936- Pema Chödrön -American nun and author

1936- Robert F. Overmyer -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1996)

1937- Yoshirō Mori -Japanese politician, 55th Prime Minister of Japan

1938- Jerry Rubin -American activist, author, and businessman (d. 1994)

1938- Tommy Vig -Hungarian vibraphone player, drummer, and composer

1939- Karel Gott -Czech singer-songwriter and actor

1939- Sid Haig -American actor

1939- George Edgar Slusser -American scholar and author

1940- Susan Howatch -English author

1941- Maulana Karenga -American philosopher, author, and activist, created Kwanzaa

1941- Andreas Khol -German-Austrian politician

1942- Ken Hutcherson -American football player (d. 2013)

1942- Javier Solana -Spanish physicist and politician, List of Foreign Ministers of Spain|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain

1943- Christopher Priest (novelist)|Christopher Priest -English author

1944- Billy McCool -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1945- Jim Gordon (musician)|Jim Gordon -American drummer and songwriter (Traffic (band)|Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, and Souther–Hillman–Furay Band)

1946- Sue Lawley -English journalist

1946- Manuel V. Pangilinan -Filipino businessman

1946- Vincent Pastore -American actor

1946- John Wood (Australian actor)|John Wood -Australian actor and screenwriter

1947- Claudia Kennedy -American general

1947- Navin Ramgoolam -Mauritius politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Mauritius

1948- Eliza Manningham-Buller, Baroness Manningham-Buller -English intelligence officer

1948- Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu -Zulu king

1948- Earl Williams (1970s catcher)|Earl Williams -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1949- Tommy Mottola -American businessman

1950- Bruce Oldfield -English fashion designer

1951- Erich Hallhuber -German actor (d. 2003)

1951- Michael Adrian Richards -English oncologist

1952- Bob Casale -American guitarist, keyboard player, and producer (Devo) (d. 2014)

1952- Franklin Graham -American evangelist and missionary

1952- Eric Laneuville -American actor, director, and producer

1952- Joel Silver -American actor and producer, co-founded Dark Castle Entertainment

1953- Jonathan Baume -English civil servant

1953- Bebe Buell -American model and singer

1953- Martha Coakley -American lawyer and politician, 58th Attorney General of Massachusetts

1953- Gwyneth Williams -English broadcaster

1955- L. Brent Bozell III -American journalist and activist, founded the Media Research Center

1956- Julio Chávez -Argentinian actor

1958- Mircea Geoană -Romanian politician and diplomat, 97th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Romania

1958- Robert Jensen -American journalist and educator

1958- Joe Keenan (writer)|Joe Keenan -American screenwriter, producer, and author

1960- Anna Bligh -Australian politician, 37th Premier of Queensland

1960- Kyle Gass -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Tenacious D and Trainwreck (band)|Trainwreck)

1960- Angélique Kidjo -Beninese singer-songwriter and activist

1960- Jane Lynch -American actress and singer

1960- Mike McPhee -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Jackie Earle Haley -American actor

1962- Vanessa Lawrence -English geographer

1962- Jeff Olson (musician)|Jeff Olson -American drummer, songwriter, and radio host (Trouble (band)|Trouble, Retro Grave, and The Skull (band)|The Skull)

1962- Antonio Díaz Sánchez -Cuban activist

1963- Aja (pornographic actress)|Aja -American porn actress and director

1963- Jacques Lacombe -Canadian organist and conductor

1963- Phil Rosenthal -American journalist

1964- Matt Pritchett -English cartoonist

1965- Urmas Kruuse -Estonian politician

1966- Juliet Cesario -American actress

1966- Owen Coyle -Scottish-Irish footballer and manager

1966- Tanya Donelly -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Throwing Muses, Belly (band)|Belly, and The Breeders)

1966- Matthew Fox -American actor

1966- Matt Hume -American mixed martial artist and trainer

1966- Ellen Reid -Canadian singer and pianist (Crash Test Dummies)

1966- Brian Selznick -American author and illustrator

1967- Marios Constantinou -Cypriot footballer and manager

1967- Jeff Jarrett -American wrestler and promoter, co-founded Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

1967- Patrick J. Kennedy -American politician

1967- Robin Ventura -American baseball player and manager

1968- Michael Palmer (politician)|Michael Palmer -Singaporean lawyer and politician, 8th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore

1969- José Hernández (baseball)|José Hernández -Puerto Rican baseball player

1969- Kazushi Sakuraba -Japanese mixed martial artist and wrestler

1969- Sven Sester -Estonian politician

1969- Craig Ricci Shaynak -American actor and producer

1970- Thomas Lauderdale -American pianist (Pink Martini)

1970- Nina Siemaszko -American actress

1971- Mark LoMonaco -American wrestler

1971- Nick McCabe -English guitarist (The Verve and Black Submarine)

1971- Ross Rebagliati -Canadian snowboarder

1971- Madhu Sapre -Indian model and actress, I Am She – Miss Universe India|Miss India 1992

1971- Joey Styles -American sportscaster

1971- Marie-Chantal Toupin -Canadian singer

1971- Howard Webb -English footballer and referee

1972- Deborah Mailman -Australian actress

1973- Tani Fuga -Samoan rugby player

1973- Paul Methric -American rapper and producer (Twiztid, Dark Lotus, and Psychopathic Rydas)

1973- Halil Mutlu -Turkish weightlifter

1973- Candela Peña -Spanish actress

1973- Adam Quinn -American bagpipes player and composer (Lucid Druid)

1974- Erick Dampier -American basketball player

1974- David Mitchell (comedian)|David Mitchell -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974- Pavlina Nola -Bulgarian tennis player

1975- Taboo (rapper)|Taboo -American rapper and actor (The Black Eyed Peas)

1975- Tim Hudson -American baseball player

1975- Jamey Johnson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Monique Covét -Hungarian porn actress and model

1976- Ranj Dhaliwal -Canadian author

1976- Geraint Jones -Papua New Guinean-English cricketer

1976- Kirsten Sheridan -Irish director and screenwriter

1978- Mattias Ekström -Swedish race car driver

1978- Caroline Lesley -Canadian-American actress

1978- Kristy Wright -Australian actress

1979- Bernie Castro -Dominican baseball player

1979- Scott Porter -American actor and singer

1979- Axel Teichmann -German skier

1980- Chad Faust -Canadian-American actor, singer, director, and producer

1980- Jed Madela -Filipino singer-songwriter

1980- George Smith (rugby union)|George Smith -Australian rugby player

1981- Milow -Belgian singer-songwriter

1981- Trevor Fehrman -American actor

1981- Robbie Maddison -Australian motorcycle racer

1981- Lee Mead -English actor and singer

1982- Dmitry Chaplin -Russian-American dancer and choreographer

1982- Achille Coser -Italian footballer

1982- Ebuka Obi-Uchendu -Nigerian lawyer

1983- Igor Andreev -Russian tennis player

1983- Drew Cheetwood -American actor

1983- Wesley Dening -Australian television host and producer

1983- Thomas Howard (American football)|Thomas Howard -American football player (d. 2013)

1983- Tito Muñoz -American conductor

1984- Nilmar -Brazilian footballer

1984- Renaldo Balkman -American basketball player

1984- Erica Blasberg -American golfer (d. 2010)

1984- Lenka Dlhopolcová -Slovak tennis player

1984- Mounir El Hamdaoui -Moroccan footballer

1984- Samir Handanović -Slovenian footballer

1984- Fleur Saville -New Zealand actress

1985- Tuna (singer)|Tuna -Albanian-Macedonian singer

1985- Billy Celeski -Australian footballer

1985- Lee Kwang-soo -South Korean actor

1985- Darrelle Revis -American football player

1986- Alexander Gerndt -Swedish footballer

1986- Dan Smith (Bastille)|Dan Smith -English singer-songwriter (Bastille (band)|Bastille)

1987- Aqeel Ahmed -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1987- Sara Canning -Canadian actress

1987- Margus Hunt -Estonian American football player, discus thrower and shot putter

1987- Adam Johnson (footballer)|Adam Johnson -English footballer

1987- Dan Reynolds (musician)|Dan Reynolds -American singer-songwriter (Imagine Dragons and Egyptian (band)|Egyptian)

1987- Sean Smith (cornerback)|Sean Smith -American football player

1987- Ryan Sweeting -Bahamian-American tennis player

1988- Conor McGregor -Irish mixed martial artist

1988- James Vaughan (footballer, born 1988)|James Vaughan -English footballer

1989- Sean Flynn (actor)|Sean Flynn -American actor

1991- Shabazz Napier -American basketball player

1993- Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė -Lithuanian triple jumper

1995- Kim Hyo-joo -South Korean golfer

1999- Camryn -American singer and actress

1999- Dawson Dunbar -Canadian actor