This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1487- Ismail I -of Iran (d. 1524)

1674- Isaac Watts -English hymnwriter and theologian (d. 1748)

1698- Pierre Louis Maupertuis -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1759)

1714- Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten -German philosopher and academic (d. 1762)

1744- Elbridge Gerry -American politician, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814)

1745- Peter Ludwig von der Pahlen -Russian general (d. 1826)

1763- John Jacob Astor -German-American businessman (d. 1848)

1774- John Wilbur (Quaker minister)|John Wilbur -American minister and theologian (d. 1856)

1797- Hippolyte Delaroche -French painter (d. 1856)

1823- Leander Clark -American businessman and politician (d. 1910)

1831- Xianfeng Emperor -of China (d. 1861)

1837- Joseph-Alfred Mousseau -Canadian politician, 6th Premier of Quebec (d. 1886)

1839- Ephraim Shay -American engineer, invented the Shay locomotive (d. 1916)

1845- Hugo Treffner -Estonian academic (d. 1912)

1853- Alexius Meinong -Ukrainian-Austrian philosopher and academic (d. 1920)

1868- Henri Nathansen -Danish playwright and director (d. 1944)

1870- Charles Davidson Dunbar -Scottish bagpipe player (d. 1939)

1871- Lyonel Feininger -German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1956)

1879- Jack Laviolette -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 1960)

1882- James Somerville -English admiral (d. 1949)

1888- Shmuel Yosef Agnon -Ukrainian-Israeli author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1889- Erle Stanley Gardner -American lawyer and author (d. 1970)

1894- Georges Lemaître -Belgian priest, astronomer, and cosmologist (d. 1966)

1898- Berenice Abbott -American photographer (d. 1991)

1898- Osmond Borradaile -Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)

1898- George Robert Vincent -American historian (d. 1985)

1899- James Cagney -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1986)

1900- Marcel Dalio -French actor (d. 1983)

1901- Patrick Smith (politician)|Patrick Smith -Irish politician (d. 1982)

1901- Luigi Chinetti -Italian-American race car driver (d. 1994)

1901- Bruno Jasieński -Polish poet (d. 1938)

1902- Arnold Pihlak -Estonian footballer (d. 1985)

1902- Christina Stead -Australian author (d. 1983)

1910- James Coyne -Canadian banker, 2nd Governor of the Bank of Canada (d. 2012)

1910- Barbara O'Neil -American actress (d. 1980)

1910- Frank Olson -American chemist and microbiologist (d. 1953)

1911- Ted Anderson -English footballer (d. 1979)

1911- Lionel Ferbos -American trumpet player (d. 2014)

1911- Heinz Lehmann -German-Canadian psychiatrist and academic (d. 1999)

1912- Erwin Bauer -German race car driver (d. 1958)

1912- Art Linkletter -Canadian-American radio and television host (d. 2010)

1913- Bertrand Goldberg -American architect, designed the Marina City|Marina City Building (d. 1997)

1913- Marc Swayze -American author and illustrator (d. 2012)

1914- Eleanor Steber -American soprano (d. 1990)

1915- Fred Ball -American actor (d. 2007)

1917- Bijon Bhattacharya -Indian actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1917- Lou Boudreau -American baseball player and manager (d. 2001)

1917- Phyllis Diller -American comedian, actress, and singer (d. 2012)

1917- Kenan Evren -Turkish general and politician, 7th President of Turkey

1917- Christiane Rochefort -French author (d. 1998)

1918- Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio -Guatemalan politician, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)

1918- Red Sovine -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1980)

1920- Gordon Gould -American physicist, invented the laser (d. 2005)

1920- Juan Antonio Samaranch -Spanish businessman, 7th President of the International Olympic Committee (d. 2010)

1920- Kenneth Wolstenholme -English sportscaster (d. 2002)

1921- George Barnes (musician)|George Barnes -American guitarist, producer, and songwriter (The Three Suns) (d. 1977)

1921- Louis Lachenal -French mountaineer (d. 1955)

1921- Mary Osborne -American guitarist (d. 1992)

1921- Robert V. Remini -American historian and author (d. 2013)

1921- Toni Stone -American baseball player (d. 1996)

1921- František Zvarík -Slovakian actor (d. 2008)

1923- John Cooper (car maker)|John Cooper -English car designer, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (d. 2000)

1924- Olive Ann Burns -American author (d. 1990)

1924- Garde Gardom -Canadian lawyer and politician, 26th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (d. 2013)

1925- Jimmy Scott -American singer and actor (d. 2014)

1926- Édouard Carpentier -French-Canadian wrestler (d. 2010)

1927- Trixie Gardner, Baroness Gardner of Parkes -Australian-English dentist and politician

1927- Kenneth Stowe -English civil servant

1928- Vince Guaraldi -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976)

1928- Joe Morello -American drummer (d. 2011)

1929- Sergei K. Godunov -Russian mathematician and academic

1932- Quino -Spanish-Argentinian cartoonist

1932- Johnny Kerr -American basketball player and coach (d. 2009)

1932- Wojciech Kilar -Polish composer (d. 2013)

1932- Karla Kuskin -American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

1932- Hal Riney -American businessman, founded Publicis & Hal Riney (d. 2008)

1933- Keiko Awaji -Japanese actress (d. 2014)

1933- Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici -Maltese politician, 9th Prime Minister of Malta

1933- Tony Pithey -Zimbabwean-South African cricketer (d. 2006)

1935- Diahann Carroll -American actress and singer

1935- Peter Schickele -American composer and educator

1935- Donald Sutherland -Canadian actor

1938- Hermann Huppen -Belgian author and illustrator

1939- Andrée Champagne -Canadian actress and politician

1939- Spencer Davis -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Spencer Davis Group)

1939- Ali Khamenei -Iranian politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran

1940- Tim Brooke-Taylor -English actor and screenwriter

1941- Daryle Lamonica -American football player

1941- Bob Taylor (cricketer)|Bob Taylor -English cricketer

1941- Achim Warmbold -German race car driver

1942- Gale Garnett -New Zealand-Canadian singer and actress

1942- Connie Hawkins -American basketball player

1942- Don Kessinger -American baseball player and manager

1942- Peter Sissons -English journalist

1943- LaVyrle Spencer -American author

1944- Mark Burgess (cricketer)|Mark Burgess -New Zealand cricketer and footballer

1944- Craig Sams -American-English banker and businessman

1944- Catherine Schell -Hungarian-English actress

1944- Carlos Alberto Torres -Brazilian footballer and manager

1945- John Patten, Baron Patten -English politician, Secretary of State for Education

1946- Alun Armstrong -English actor

1947- Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St Johns -English politician

1947- Robert Begerau -German footballer and manager

1947- Wolfgang Flür -German drummer (Kraftwerk and Dyko)

1948- Ron Asheton -American guitarist, songwriter, and actor (The Stooges, Destroy All Monsters (band)|Destroy All Monsters, The New Order (band)|The New Order, and New Race) (d. 2009)

1948- Luc Bondy -Swiss director and producer

1949- Geezer Butler -English bass player and songwriter (Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler Band, GZR, and Heaven & Hell (band)|Heaven & Hell)

1949- Wayne Sleep -English actor, dancer, and choreographer

1949- Charley Steiner -American sportscaster

1950- Derek de Lint -Dutch actor

1950- Damon Harris -American singer (The Temptations) (d. 2013)

1950- Phoebe Snow -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sisters of Glory) (d. 2011)

1950- P. J. Soles -German-American actress

1951- Lucie Arnaz -American actress, singer, and dancer

1951- Mark Bowden -American author

1951- Andrew Robathan -English soldier and politician

1952- David Hasselhoff -American actor, singer, and producer

1952- Nicolette Larson -American singer (d. 1997)

1952- Robert R. McCammon -American author

1954- Angela Merkel -German politician, 8th Chancellor of Germany (Federal Republic of Germany)|Chancellor of Germany

1954- J. Michael Straczynski -American journalist and author

1955- Christopher Chappell -Canadian cricketer

1955- Sylvie Léonard -Canadian actress

1955- Paul Stamets -American mycologist and author

1956- Julie Bishop -Australian lawyer and politician, 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia)|Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

1956- Robert Romanus -American actor

1956- Bryan Trottier -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1958- Wong Kar-wai -Chinese director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Fern Britton -English television host

1958- Thérèse Rein -Australian businesswoman, founded Ingeus

1959- Pola Uddin, Baroness Uddin -Bangladeshi-English politician

1960- Kim Barnett -English cricketer and coach

1960- Mark Burnett -English-American screenwriter and producer

1960- Nancy Giles -American journalist and actress

1960- Robin Shou -Hong Kong actor and martial artist

1960- Dawn Upshaw -American soprano

1960- Jan Wouters -Dutch footballer and manager

1961- Guru (rapper)|Guru -American rapper, producer, and actor (Gang Starr) (d. 2010)

1961- Jeremy Hardy -English comedian and actor

1961- Roy Pienaar -South African cricketer

1961- Jonathan Potts -Canadian actor

1962- Bill Sage -American actor

1963- Regina Belle -American singer-songwriter and producer

1963- Matti Nykänen -Finnish ski jumper

1963- John Ventimiglia -American actor

1964- Heather Langenkamp -American actress, producer and director

1964- Rosemary Thomas -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Belarus|British Ambassador to Belarus

1965- Craig Morgan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965- Santiago Segura -Spanish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Alex Winter -English-American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966- Lou Barlow -American guitarist and songwriter (Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion)

1966- Sten Tolgfors -Swedish politician, 30th Minister for Defence (Sweden)|Minister of Defence for Sweden

1967- Susan Ashton -American singer

1968- Beth Littleford -American comedian and actress

1968- Andre Royo -American actor

1968- Bitty Schram -American actress

1969- F. Gary Gray -American actor and director

1969- Scott Johnson (cartoonist)|Scott Johnson -American cartoonist

1969- Jaan Kirsipuu -Estonian cyclist

1971- Calbert Cheaney -American basketball player and coach

1971- Cory Doctorow -Canadian author and activist

1971- Nico Mattan -Belgian cyclist

1971- Aarne Ruben -Estonian author

1971- Wilma van Hofwegen -Dutch swimmer

1972- Elizabeth Cook -American singer and guitarist

1972- Donny Marshall -American basketball player and sportscaster

1972- Jason Rullo -American drummer (Symphony X and Redemption (band)|Redemption)

1972- Jaap Stam -Dutch footballer and manager

1972- Eric Williams (basketball, born 1972)|Eric Williams -American basketball player

1973- Tony Dovolani -Albanian-American dancer and actor

1973- Eric Moulds -American football player

1973- Liam Kyle Sullivan -American comedian and actor

1974- Laura Macdonald -Scottish saxophonist and composer

1975- Darude -Finnish DJ and producer

1975- Harlette -Australian-English fashion designer

1975- Andre Adams -New Zealand cricketer

1975- Elena Anaya -Spanish actress

1975- Cécile de France -Belgian actress

1975- Carey Hart -American motorcycle racer

1975- Paul Hinojos -American guitarist and songwriter (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, and Sparta (band)|Sparta)

1975- Konnie Huq -English television host

1975- Terence Tao -Australian-American mathematician and academic

1976- Luke Bryan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Gino D'Acampo -Italian chef and author

1976- Dagmara Dominczyk -Polish-American actress

1976- Matt Holmes -Australian actor

1976- Eric Winter -American actor

1977- Leif Hoste -Belgian cyclist

1977- Lehmber Hussainpuri -Indian singer

1977- Marc Savard -Canadian ice hockey player

1978- Ricardo Arona -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1978- Panda Bear (musician)|Panda Bear -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Animal Collective and Jane (American band)|Jane)

1978- Jason Jennings -American baseball player

1978- Mike Knox -American wrestler

1978- Trevor McNevan -Canadian singer-songwriter (Thousand Foot Krutch and FM Static)

1978- Émilie Simon -French singer-songwriter

1978- Katharine Towne -American actress

1979- Mike Vogel -American actor

1980- Javier Camuñas -Spanish footballer

1980- Ryan Miller -American ice hockey player

1981- Hely Ollarves -Venezuelan runner

1981- Elpida Romantzi -Greek archer

1981- Raigo Toompuu -Estonian shot putter

1982- Omari Banks -Anguillan cricketer

1982- Natasha Hamilton -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Atomic Kitten)

1982- René Herms -German runner (d. 2009)

1983- Jessi Cruickshank -Canadian television host

1983- Ryan Guettler -Australian motocross racer

1983- Sarah Jones (screen actress)|Sarah Jones -American actress

1983- Adam Lind -American baseball player

1984- David Katoatau -I-Kiribati weightlifter

1984- Asami Kimura -Japanese singer (Country Musume)

1984- Samyr Laine -Haitian triple jumper

1984- Sotiris Leontiou -Greek footballer

1985- Tom Fletcher -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (McFly and McBusted)

1985- Loui Eriksson -Swedish ice hockey player

1985- Neil McGregor -Scottish footballer

1986- Dana (South Korean singer)|Dana -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (The Grace (band)|The Grace)

1986- Brando Eaton -American actor

1986- DeAngelo Smith -American football player

1986- Lacey Von Erich -American wrestler

1987- Jeremih -American singer-songwriter and producer

1987- Darius Boyd -Australian rugby player

1987- Jan Charouz -Czech race car driver

1988- Summer Bishil -American actress

1988- Guo Yue (table tennis)|Guo Yue -Chinese table tennis player

1991- Mann (rapper)|Mann -American rapper

1992- Taavi Rand -Estonian ice dancer

2000- Maria Aragon -Canadian singer

2000- Nico Liersch -German TV and film teen actor