This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1194- Clare of Assisi -Italian nun and saint (d. 1253)

1486- Andrea del Sarto -Italian painter (d. 1530)

1611- Cecilia Renata of Austria -(d. 1644)

1661- Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville -Canadian captain, explorer, and politician (d. 1706)

1714- Marc René, marquis de Montalembert -French engineer and author (d. 1800)

1722- Joseph Wilton -English sculptor (d. 1803)

1723- Joshua Reynolds -English painter (d. 1792)

1731- Samuel Huntington (statesman)|Samuel Huntington -American politician, 18th List of Governors of Connecticut|Governor of Connecticut (d. 1796)

1749- Cyrus Griffin -American politician, 16th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1810)

1796- Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot -French painter (d. 1875)

1821- Mary Baker Eddy -American religious leader and author, founded Christian Science (d. 1910)

1841- Nikolai von Glehn -Estonian-German architect and activist (d. 1923)

1858- Eugène Ysaÿe -Belgian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1931)

1862- Ida B. Wells -American journalist and activist (d. 1931)

1870- Lambert McKenna -Irish priest and scholar (d. 1956)

1871- John Maxwell (golfer)|John Maxwell -American golfer (d. 1906)

1872- Roald Amundsen -Norwegian explorer (d. 1928)

1875- Emil Voigt (gymnast)|Emil Voigt -American gymnast (d. 1961)

1880- Kathleen Norris -American author (d. 1966)

1883- Charles Sheeler -American photographer and painter (d. 1965)

1884- Anna Vyrubova -Russian author (d. 1964)

1887- Shoeless Joe Jackson -American baseball player and manager (d. 1951)

1888- Percy Kilbride -American actor (d. 1964)

1888- Frits Zernike -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1966)

1889- Arthur Bowie Chrisman -American author (d. 1953)

1889- Larry Semon -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1928)

1895- Wilfrid Hamel -Canadian politician, 35th List of mayors of Quebec City|Mayor of Quebec City (d. 1968)

1896- Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer -German biologist and eugenicist (d. 1969)

1896- Trygve Lie -Norwegian politician, 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (d. 1968)

1896- Evelyn Preer -American actress and singer (d. 1932)

1902- Alexander Luria -Russian psychologist and physician (d. 1977)

1902- Mary Philbin -American actress (d. 1993)

1903- Fritz Bauer -German judge (d. 1968)

1903- Carmen Lombardo -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1971)

1904- Goffredo Petrassi -Italian composer and conductor (d. 2003)

1906- Vincent Sherman -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1907- Frances Horwich -American educator and television host (d. 2001)

1907- Orville Redenbacher -American farmer and businessman, founded Orville Redenbacher's (d. 1995)

1907- Barbara Stanwyck -American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1910- Stan McCabe -Australian cricketer (d. 1968)

1910- Gordon Prange -American author (d. 1980)

1911- Ginger Rogers -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1995)

1911- Sonny Tufts -American actor (d. 1970)

1912- Milt Bocek -American baseball player (d. 2007)

1915- Barnard Hughes -American actor (d. 2006)

1918- Bayani Casimiro -Filipino dancer and actor (d. 1989)

1919- Hermine Braunsteiner -Austrian SS officer (d. 1999)

1919- Choi Kyu-hah -South Korean politician, 4th President of South Korea (d. 2006)

1920- Anatole Broyard -American author and critic (d. 1990)

1920- Anwar Hussain (cricketer)|Anwar Hussain -Pakistani cricketer (d. 2002)

1923- Chris Argyris -American psychologist, theorist, and academic (d. 2013)

1924- Bess Myerson -American model and actress, Miss America|Miss America 1945

1925- Frank Jobe -American surgeon (d. 2014)

1925- Cal Tjader -American vibraphone player and composer (d. 1982)

1926- Ivica Horvat -Croatian footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1926- Irwin Rose -American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1927- Pierre F. Côté -Canadian lawyer and civil servant (d. 2013)

1927- Shirley Hughes -English author and illustrator

1927- John Warr -English cricketer

1928- Anita Brookner -English historian and author

1928- Robert Sheckley -American author (d. 2005)

1928- Bella Davidovich -Azerbaijani-American pianist

1928- Dave Treen -American lawyer and politician, 51st List of Governors of Louisiana|Governor of Louisiana (d. 2009)

1928- Ticho Parly -Danish tenor (d. 1993)

1928- Andrzej Zawada -Polish mountaineer (d. 2000)

1929- Charles Ray Hatcher -American serial killer (d. 1984)

1929- Sheri S. Tepper -American author

1930- Guy Béart -Egyptian-French singer-songwriter

1930- Michael Bilirakis -American lawyer and politician

1932- John Chilton -English trumpet player and composer

1932- Max McGee -American football player and sportscaster (d. 2007)

1932- Dick Thornburgh -American lawyer and politician, 76th United States Attorney General

1934- Donald M. Payne -American politician (d. 2012)

1935- Carl Epting Mundy, Jr. -American general (d. 2014)

1936- Yasuo Fukuda -Japanese politician, 91st Prime Minister of Japan

1936- Buddy Merrill -American guitarist

1936- Jerry Norman -American sinologist and linguist (d. 2012)

1936- Mary Parkinson -English journalist

1936- Venkataraman Subramanya -Indian cricketer

1937- Richard Bryan -American lawyer and politician, 25th Governor of Nevada

1937- John Daly (producer)|John Daly -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1938- Cynthia Enloe -American author and academic

1938- Tony Jackson (bass player)|Tony Jackson -English singer and bass player (The Searchers (band)|The Searchers) (d. 2003)

1939- William Bell (singer)|William Bell -American singer-songwriter

1939- Denise LaSalle -American singer-songwriter and producer

1939- Shringar Nagaraj -Indian actor and producer (d. 2013)

1939- Corin Redgrave -English actor and activist (d. 2010)

1939- Mariele Ventre -Italian singer and conductor (d. 1995)

1941- Desmond Dekker -Jamaican singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1941- Mišo Kovač -Croatian singer

1941- Dag Solstad -Norwegian author and playwright

1941- Hans Wiegel -Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands

1941- Sir George Young, 6th Baronet -English politician, Secretary of State for Transport

1942- Margaret Court -Australian tennis player and minister

1942- Frank Field (politician)|Frank Field -English politician

1943- Reinaldo Arenas -Cuban-American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1990)

1943- Vernon Bogdanor -English political scientist and academic

1943- Martin Huba -Slovak actor and director

1943- Jimmy Johnson (American football coach)|Jimmy Johnson -American football player and coach

1944- Angharad Rees -English actress (d. 2012)

1945- Diana Warwick, Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe -English politician

1946- Louise Fréchette -Canadian civil servant and diplomat, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

1946- Toshio Furukawa -Japanese voice actor

1946- Barbara Lee -American politician

1946- Richard LeParmentier -American-English actor (d. 2013)

1946- Ron Yary -American football player

1947- Alexis Herman -American politician, 23rd United States Secretary of Labor

1947- Assata Shakur -American criminal and activist

1948- Rubén Blades -Panamanian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1948- Pierre Koffmann -French-English chef

1948- Lars Lagerbäck -Swedish footballer and manager

1948- Kevin McKenzie (cricketer)|Kevin McKenzie -South African cricketer

1948- Pinchas Zukerman -Israeli violinist and conductor

1950- Pierre Paradis -Canadian lawyer and politician

1950- Dennis Priestley -English darts player

1950- Frances Spalding -English historian and academic

1950- Tom Terrell (journalist)|Tom Terrell -American journalist and photographer (d. 2007)

1951- Jean-Luc Mongrain -Canadian journalist

1951- Lorraine Chase -English actress and model

1952- Stewart Copeland -American drummer (The Police, Animal Logic (band)|Animal Logic, Curved Air and Oysterhead)

1952- Richard Egielski -American author and illustrator

1952- Marc Esposito -French director and screenwriter

1952- Momir Karadžić -Serbian footballer

1952- Ken McEwan -South African cricketer

1952- Robert David Steele -American spy

1953- Douglas J. Feith -American lawyer and politician, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

1954- Jeanette Mott Oxford -American politician

1955- Zohar Argov -Israeli singer (d. 1987)

1955- Susan Wheeler -American poet and academic

1955- Annie Whitehead -English trombonist

1956- Jerry Doyle -American radio host and actor

1956- Tony Kushner -American playwright and screenwriter

1957- Faye Grant -American actress

1957- Alexandra Marinina -Russian author

1958- Michael Flatley -American dancer, choreographer, and actor

1958- Pierre Roland Renoir -Canadian painter

1958- Mike Rogers (Alabama politician)|Mike Rogers -American politician

1959- Gary Anderson (placekicker)|Gary Anderson -American football player

1959- James MacMillan -Scottish composer and conductor

1959- Doug Herzog -American businessman

1959- Zoran Jolevski -Macedonian diplomat, Macedonian Ambassador to the United States

1959- Jürgen Ligi -Estonian economist and politician, 25th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defence

1960- Terry Pendleton -American baseball player and coach

1962- Grigory Leps -Russian singer

1963- Phoebe Cates -American actress

1963- Norman Cook -English rapper, DJ, and producer (The Housemartins, Beats International, Freak Power, and Pizzaman (band)|Pizzaman)

1963- Srečko Katanec -Slovenian footballer and coach

1964- Phil Hellmuth -American poker player

1964- Miguel Indurain -Spanish cyclist

1964- Melissa Monet -American pornographic actress and film director

1965- Michel Desjoyeaux -French sailor

1965- Indrek Erm -Estonian architect

1965- Claude Lemieux -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Billy Mitchell (video game player)|Billy Mitchell -American gamer

1965- Tina Tyler -Canadian porn actress and director

1965- Sherri Stoner -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Jyrki Lumme -Finnish ice hockey player

1966- Mikhail Tatarinov -Russian ice hockey player

1966- Johnny Vaughan -English journalist and critic

1967- Will Ferrell -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Christophe Rocancourt -French criminal

1968- Henry Hate -American-English tattoo artist

1968- Dhanraj Pillay -Indian field hockey player and manager

1968- Barry Sanders -American football player

1968- Larry Sanger -American philosopher, co-founded Wikipedia and Citizendium

1969- Jules De Martino -English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Ting Tings)

1969- Kathryn Harby-Williams -Australian netball player

1969- Daryl Mitchell -American actor and producer

1969- Rain Pryor -American actress

1970- Raimonds Miglinieks -Latvian basketball player

1970- Apichatpong Weerasethakul -Thai director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Corey Feldman -American actor and singer

1971- Ed Kowalczyk -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Live (band)|Live)

1972- Ben Cahoon -American-Canadian football player and coach

1972- François Drolet -Canadian speed skater

1973- Stefano Garzelli -Italian cyclist

1973- Shaun Pollock -South African cricketer

1973- Graham Robertson -American director and producer

1973- Tim Ryan (politician)|Tim Ryan -American politician

1974- Jeremy Enigk -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft)

1974- Maret Maripuu -Estonian politician, Minister of Social Affairs of Estonia

1974- Ryan McCombs -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soil (band)|Soil and Drowning Pool)

1974- Chris Pontius -American actor and stuntman

1974- Wendell Sailor -Australian rugby player

1975- Ana Paula Arósio -Brazilian model and actress

1975- Bas Leinders -Belgian race car driver

1975- Jamie Oliver (musician)|Jamie Oliver -Welsh singer and keyboard player (Lostprophets and No Devotion)

1976- Tomasz Kuchar -Polish race car driver

1976- Bobby Lashley -American wrestler, mixed martial artist, and actor

1976- Carlos Humberto Paredes -Paraguayan footballer

1976- Anna Smashnova -Israeli tennis player

1976- Zak Smith -American artist and alternative porn star

1977- Bryan Budd -Irish soldier, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2006)

1979- Jayma Mays -American actress and singer

1979- Chris Mihm -American basketball player

1979- Douglas Murray (author)|Douglas Murray -Scottish journalist and author

1979- Mai Nakamura -Japanese swimmer

1979- Nathan Rogers -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Konstantin Skrylnikov -Russian footballer

1980- Jesse Jane -American porn actress and model

1980- Justine Joli -American porn actress and model

1980- Adam Scott (golfer)|Adam Scott -Australian golfer

1981- Giuseppe Di Masi -Italian footballer

1981- Zach Randolph -American basketball player

1981- Vicente Rodríguez -Spanish footballer

1982- André Greipel -German cyclist

1982- Michael Umaña -Costa Rican footballer

1983- Duncan Keith -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Katrina Kaif -Hong Kong-English actress

1984- Hayanari Shimoda -Japanese race car driver

1984- Attila Szabó (athlete)|Attila Szabó -Hungarian decathlete

1985- Yōko Hikasa -Japanese voice actress and singer

1985- Taryn Southern -American actress and singer

1985- Denis Tahirović -Croatian footballer

1986- Dustin Boyd -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Mousa Dembélé (footballer, born 1987)|Mousa Dembélé -Belgian footballer

1987- AnnaLynne McCord -American actress

1988- Sergio Busquets -Spanish footballer

1989- Gareth Bale -Welsh footballer

1989- Carlito Olivero -American singer-songwriter and actor (Menudo (band)|Menudo)

1989- Kim Woo-bin -South Korean actor and model

1990- Radka Bártová -Slovak figure skater

1990- James Maslow -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Big Time Rush (band)|Big Time Rush)

1990- Johann Zarco -French motorcycle racer

1991- Iiris -Estonian singer-songwriter and actress

1991- Andros Townsend -English footballer

1993- Billy Ward (boxer)|Billy Ward -Australian boxer (d. 2013)

1994- Mark Indelicato -American actor and singer