This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1273- Ewostatewos -Ethiopian monk and saint (d. 1352)

1353- Vladimir the Bold -Russian prince (d. 1410)

1471- Eskender -Ethiopian emperor (d. 1494)

1553- Archduke Ernest of Austria -(d. 1595)

1573- Inigo Jones -English architect, designed the Queen's House (d. 1652)

1613- Gu Yanwu -Chinese philologist and geographer (d. 1682)

1606- Rembrandt -Dutch painter and etcher (d. 1669)

1626- Christiane Sehested -Danish daughter of Christian IV of Denmark (d. 1670)

1626- Hedevig Ulfeldt -Danish daughter of Christian IV of Denmark (d. 1678)

1631- Jens Juel (diplomat)|Jens Juel -Danish politician and diplomat, Governor-general of Norway (d. 1700)

1638- Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1693)

1704- August Gottlieb Spangenberg -German bishop (d. 1792)

1737- Princess Louise of France (1737–1787)|Princess Louise of France -(d. 1787)

1779- Clement Clarke Moore -American author, poet, and educator (d. 1863)

1796- Thomas Bulfinch -American banker and author (d. 1867)

1799- Reuben Chapman -American lawyer and politician, 13th Governor of Alabama (d. 1882)

1800- Sidney Breese -American jurist and politician (d. 1878)

1808- Henry Edward Manning -English archbishop (d. 1892)

1812- James Hope-Scott -English lawyer (d. 1873)

1817- Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet -English engineer, designed the Forth Bridge (d. 1898)

1837- Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen -(d. 1859)

1848- Vilfredo Pareto -Italian economist and sociologist (d. 1923)

1850- Francesca S. Cabrini -Italian-American nun and saint (d. 1917)

1851- Eduardo Gutiérrez -Argentinian author (d. 1889)

1858- Emmeline Pankhurst -English activist (d. 1928)

1864- Marie Tempest -English actress and singer (d. 1942)

1865- Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe -Irish-English publisher, founded the ''Amalgamated Press'' (d. 1922)

1865- Wilhelm Wirtinger -Austrian mathematician (d. 1945)

1867- Jean-Baptiste Charcot -French physician and explorer (d. 1936)

1871- Kunikida Doppo -Japanese author (d. 1908)

1880- Enrique Mosca -Argentinian lawyer and politician (d. 1950)

1892- Walter Benjamin -German philosopher and critic (d. 1940)

1893- Enid Bennett -Australian actress (d. 1969)

1893- Dick Rauch -American football player and coach (d. 1970)

1894- Tadeusz Sendzimir -Polish-American engineer (d. 1989)

1899- Seán Lemass -Irish politician, 4th Taoiseach|Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1971)

1902- Jean Rey (politician)|Jean Rey -Belgian politician, 2nd President of the European Commission (d. 1983)

1903- Walter D. Edmonds -American author (d. 1998)

1903- K. Kamaraj -Indian politician (d. 1975)

1904- Rudolf Arnheim -German-American psychologist and author (d. 2007)

1904- Mogubai Kurdikar -Indian singer (d. 2001)

1905- Dorothy Fields -American songwriter (d. 1974)

1906- R. S. Mugali -Indian poet and academic (d. 1993)

1906- Rudolf Uhlenhaut -English-German engineer (d. 1989)

1909- Jean Hamburger -French physician and surgeon (d. 1992)

1910- Ken Lynch -American actor (d. 1990)

1911- Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton -English geographer and politician, Secretary of State for Air (d. 1994)

1913- Cowboy Copas -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)

1913- Hammond Innes -English journalist and author (d. 1998)

1913- Abraham Sutzkever -Russian poet (d. 2010)

1914- Akhtar Hameed Khan -Pakistani economist, scholar, and activist (d. 1999)

1914- Howard Vernon -Swiss actor (d. 1996)

1915- Albert Ghiorso -American chemist (d. 2010)

1917- Nur Muhammad Taraki -Afghan politician (d. 1979)

1918- Bertram Brockhouse -Canadian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1918- Doris Lussier -Canadian actor (d. 1993)

1918- Brenda Milner -English-Canadian neuropsychologist and academic

1918- Joan Roberts -American actress and singer (d. 2012)

1918- Nur Muhammad Taraki -Afghan journalist and politician (d. 1979)

1919- Fritz Langanke -German lieutenant (d. 2012)

1919- Iris Murdoch -Irish-English philosopher and author (d. 1999)

1921- Jack Beeson -American composer (d. 2010)

1920- D. V. Narasa Raju -Indian director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1921- Henri Colpi -Swiss-French director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1921- Robert Bruce Merrifield -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)

1922- Leon M. Lederman -American physicist and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1924- Jeremiah Denton -American admiral and politician (d. 2014)

1925- Taylor Hardwick -American architect, designed Haydon Burns Library and Friendship Fountain Park (d. 2014)

1926- Driss Chraïbi -Moroccan author (d. 2007)

1926- Leopoldo Galtieri -Argentinian general and politician, 44th List of heads of state of Argentina|President of Argentina (d. 2003)

1927- Gloria Pall -American model and actress (d. 2012)

1927- Joe Turkel -American actor

1927- Carmen Zapata -American actress (d. 2014)

1928- Carl Woese -American microbiologist and biophysicist (d. 2012)

1929- Charles Anthony (tenor)|Charles Anthony -American tenor (d. 2012)

1929- Francis Bebey -Cameroonian-French guitarist (d. 2001)

1930- Jacques Derrida -Algerian-French philosopher and academic (d. 2004)

1930- Richard Garneau -Canadian journalist and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1930- Stephen Smale -American mathematician and computer scientist

1931- Clive Cussler -American author

1931- Jacques-Yvan Morin -Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec

1932- Ed Litzenberger -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2010)

1932- Paulo Moura -Brazilian clarinet player and saxophonist (d. 2010)

1933- James Ball (economist)|James Ball -English economist and academic

1933- Julian Bream -English guitarist

1933- Guido Crepax -Italian author and illustrator (d. 2003)

1933- M. T. Vasudevan Nair -Indian author and screenwriter

1934- Harrison Birtwistle -English composer

1934- Risto Jarva -Finnish director and producer (d. 1977)

1935- Thilakan -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1935- Donn Clendenon -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1935- Alex Karras -American football player, wrestler, and actor (d. 2012)

1935- Ken Kercheval -American actor

1935- Campbell Lane -Canadian actor (d. 2014)

1936- George Voinovich -American lawyer and politician, 65th Governor of Ohio

1937- Prabhash Joshi -Indian journalist (d. 2009)

1938- Ernie Barnes -American football player, actor, and painter (d. 2009)

1938- Carmen Callil -Australian publisher, founded Virago Press

1938- Barry Goldwater, Jr. -American lawyer and politician

1939- Calixte Duguay -Canadian singer-songwriter

1939- Aníbal Cavaco Silva -Portuguese politician, 19th President of the Portuguese Republic

1940- Ronald Gene Simmons -American sergeant and murderer (d. 1990)

1940- Robert Winston -English surgeon, television presenter and politician

1941- Denis Héroux -Canadian director and producer

1942- Vivian Malone Jones -American activist (d. 2005)

1942- Mil Máscaras -Mexican wrestler and actor

1943- Jocelyn Bell Burnell -Irish astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic

1944- Millie Jackson -American singer-songwriter

1944- Jan-Michael Vincent -American actor

1945- Jürgen Möllemann -German politician, Vice-Chancellor of Germany (d. 2003)

1946- Hassanal Bolkiah -Bruneian sultan

1946- Linda Ronstadt -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Stone Poneys and Free Creek (band)|Free Creek)

1947- Peter Banks -English guitarist and songwriter (Yes (band)|Yes, The Syn, and Flash (band)|Flash) (d. 2013)

1947- Lydia Davis -American author

1947- Pridiyathorn Devakula -Thai economist and politician

1948- Dimosthenis Kourtovik -Greek anthropologist and critic

1948- Artimus Pyle -American drummer and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1949- Carl Bildt -Swedish politician, Prime Minister of Sweden

1949- Trevor Horn -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Buggles, Art of Noise, and Producers (band)|Producers)

1949- Richard Russo -American author

1950- Colin Barnett -Australian politician, 29th Premier of Western Australia

1950- Arianna Huffington -Greek-American journalist and author, founded ''The Huffington Post''

1951- Gregory Isaacs -Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1951- Jesse Ventura -American wrestler, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of Minnesota

1952- David Pack -frontman, vocalist and guitarist with the rock group Ambrosia

1952- Celia Imrie -English actress

1952- Terry O'Quinn -American actor

1952- Johnny Thunders -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers) (d. 1991)

1953- Jean-Bertrand Aristide -Haitian priest and politician, 49th President of Haiti

1953- Alicia Bridges -American singer-songwriter

1953- John Denham (politician)|John Denham -English politician

1953- Sultanah Haminah Hamidun -Queen of Malaysia

1954- Tarak Dhiab -Tunisian footballer and sportscaster

1954- Jeff Jarvis -American journalist and blogger

1954- Giorgos Kaminis -American-Greek lawyer and politician, 78th Mayor of Athens

1954- Mario Kempes -Argentinian footballer and manager

1955- Margaret Snowling -English psychologist and academic

1956- Ian Curtis -English singer-songwriter (Joy Division) (d. 1980)

1956- Barry Melrose -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster

1956- Marky Ramone -American drummer and songwriter (Ramones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and Misfits (band)|Misfits)

1956- Joe Satriani -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chickenfoot and The Greg Kihn Band)

1956- Wayne Taylor -South African race car driver

1958- Monica Grady -British space scientist

1958- Ardo Hansson -American-Estonian economist

1958- Gary Heale -English footballer and coach

1958- Mac Thornberry -American lawyer and politician

1959- Vincent Lindon -French actor

1960- Willie Aames -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1960- Kim Alexis -American model and actress

1960- Crispin Blunt -German-English captain and politician

1961- Lolita Davidovich -Canadian actress

1961- Jean-Christophe Grangé -French journalist and screenwriter

1961- Scott Ritter -American weapons inspector

1961- Forest Whitaker -American actor, director, and producer

1962- Steve Brown (darts player)|Steve Brown -American darts player

1962- Nikos Filippou -Greek basketball player and manager

1963- Brigitte Nielsen -Danish-American model, actress, and singer

1963- Steve Thomas (ice hockey)|Steve Thomas -English-Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1965- Alistair Carmichael -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1965- Eleftherios Fotiadis -Greek footballer

1965- David Miliband -English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

1966- Jason Bonham -English singer-songwriter and drummer (Bonham (band)|Bonham, Damnocracy, and Black Country Communion)

1966- Irène Jacob -French-Swiss actress

1967- Adam Savage -American actor and special effects designer

1967- Gareth Thomas (English politician)|Gareth Thomas -English politician

1968- Eddie Griffin -American comedian and actor

1968- Stan Kirsch -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1968- Shirley Robertson -Scottish sailor

1970- Chi Cheng (musician)|Chi Cheng -American bass player (Deftones) (d. 2013)

1970- Jim Rash -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Danijela Martinović -Croatian singer

1972- Yao Defen -Chinese giant (d. 2012)

1972- Scott Foley -American actor

1972- Beth Ostrosky Stern -American model and actress

1973- Buju Banton -Jamaican singer

1973- John Dolmayan -Lebanese-American drummer and songwriter (System of a Down and Scars on Broadway)

1973- Brian Austin Green -American actor and producer

1974- Marilita Lambropoulou -Greek actress

1974- Chris Taylor (comedian)|Chris Taylor -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1975- Cherry (wrestler)|Cherry -American wrestler and manager

1975- Heather Nedohin -Canadian curler

1975- Ben Pepper -Australian basketball player

1976- Steve Cunningham -American boxer

1976- Gabriel Iglesias -American comedian and actor

1976- Shuba Jay -Malaysian actress (d. 2014)

1976- Jim Jones (rapper)|Jim Jones -American rapper and actor (The Diplomats)

1976- Diane Kruger -German-American actress and model

1977- Faraz Anwar -Pakistani guitarist (Mizraab)

1977- Kitana Baker -American model and actress

1977- André Nel -South African cricketer

1977- Lana Parrilla -American actress

1977- John St. Clair -American football player

1977- Ray Toro -American guitarist and songwriter (My Chemical Romance)

1978- Miguel Olivo -Dominican baseball player

1979- Laura Benanti -American actress and singer

1979- Alexander Frei -Swiss footballer

1979- Renata Kučerová -Czech tennis player

1980- Reggie Abercrombie -American baseball player

1980- Jonathan Cheechoo -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Kelli Martin -American fashion designer

1980- Jasper Pääkkönen -Finnish actor and producer

1980- Rivo Vesik -Estonian volleyball player

1980- Mike Zambidis -Greek kick-boxer and martial artist

1981- Alou Diarra -French footballer

1981- Petros Klampanis -Greek bassist and composer

1981- Marius Stankevičius -Lithuanian footballer

1982- Alan Pérez -Spanish cyclist

1982- Neemia Tialata -New Zealand rugby player

1982- Aída Yéspica -Venezuelan model/actress

1983- Nelson Merlo -Brazilian race car driver

1983- Heath Slater -American wrestler

1984- Alex Boyd (photographer)|Alex Boyd -German-Scottish photographer

1984- Vice Cooler -American singer-songwriter (Hawnay Troof and XBXRX)

1984- Angelo Siniscalchi -Italian footballer

1984- Veronika Velez-Zuzulová -Slovak skier

1985- Chris Tiu -Filipino basketball player and television host

1985- Burak Yılmaz -Turkish footballer

1986- Tyler Kennedy -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Steven Jahn -German footballer

1989- Alisa Kleybanova -Russian tennis player

1989- Tristan Wilds -American actor and singer

1989- Anthony Randolph -American basketball player

1990- Zach Bogosian -American ice hockey player

1991- Derrick Favors -American basketball player

1992- Tobias Harris -American basketball player

1991- Yuki Kashiwagi -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and French Kiss (band)|French Kiss)

1992- Porter Robinson -American DJ and producer

1993- Håvard Nielsen -Norwegian footballer