This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1501- Isabella of Austria -(d. 1526)

1504- Heinrich Bullinger -Swiss pastor and reformer (d. 1575)

1552- Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1612)

1634- Johannes Camphuys -Dutch politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1695)

1659- Hyacinthe Rigaud -French painter (d. 1743)

1670- Giovanni Bononcini -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1747)

1718- Saverio Bettinelli -Italian poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1808)

1720- Gilbert White -English ornithologist and ecologist (d. 1793)

1724- Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria -(d. 1780)

1797- Immanuel Hermann Fichte -German philosopher and academic (d. 1879)

1811- William Makepeace Thackeray -English author and poet (d. 1863)

1818- Louis Gerhard De Geer -Swedish politician, 1st Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1896)

1821- Pauline Viardot -French soprano and composer (d. 1910)

1837- Vasil Levski -Bulgarian priest and activist (d. 1873)

1845- Tristan Corbière -French poet (d. 1875)

1848- W. G. Grace -English cricketer (d. 1915)

1850- Rose Hartwick Thorpe -American poet (d. 1939)

1852- Anthony Sweijs -Dutch target shooter (d. 1937)

1853- Hendrik Lorentz -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1862- Nikolai Yudenich -Russian general (d. 1933)

1864- Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1937)

1867- Margaret Brown -American philanthropist and activist (d. 1932)

1871- Sada Yacco -Japanese actress and dancer (d. 1946)

1879- Adolf Spinnler -Swiss gymnast (d. 1951)

1881- Larry McLean -Canadian-American baseball player (d. 1921)

1884- Alberto di Jorio -Italian cardinal (d. 1979)

1886- Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr. -American general (d. 1945)

1887- Vidkun Quisling -Norwegian soldier and politician, List of heads of government of Norway|Minister President of Norway (d. 1945)

1889- Kōichi Kido -Japanese politician, 13th Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan (d. 1977)

1890- Frank Forde -Australian politician, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1983)

1892- Arthur Friedenreich -Brazilian footballer (d. 1969)

1895- Machine Gun Kelly -American gangster (d. 1954)

1895- Olga Spessivtseva -Russian-American ballerina (d. 1991)

1897- Ernest Eldridge -English race car driver (d. 1935)

1898- John Stuart (actor)|John Stuart -Scottish-English actor (d. 1979)

1899- Ernst Scheller -German politician, Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)

1900- Nathalie Sarraute -French lawyer and author (d. 1999)

1902- Jessamyn West (writer)|Jessamyn West -American author (d. 1984)

1903- Chill Wills -American actor and singer (d. 1978)

1906- S. I. Hayakawa -Canadian-American educator and politician (d. 1992)

1906- Clifford Odets -American director, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1963)

1908- Peace Pilgrim -American mystic and activist (d. 1981)

1908- Lupe Vélez -Mexican-American actress and dancer (d. 1944)

1909- Bishnu Dey -Indian poet, critic, and academic (d. 1982)

1909- Andrei Gromyko -Russian economist and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Soviet Union (d. 1989)

1909- Mohammed Daoud Khan -Afghan politician, 1st President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)

1909- Harriet Nelson -American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1910- Diptendu Pramanick -Indian businessman (d. 1989)

1911- Hume Cronyn -Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1912- Max Rousié -French rugby player (d. 1950)

1913- Red Skelton -American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1913- Marvin Miller (actor)|Marvin Miller -American actor (d. 1985)

1914- Gino Bartali -Italian cyclist (d. 2000)

1916- Johnny Hopp -American baseball player and coach (d. 2003)

1917- Henri Salvador -French singer (d. 2008)

1917- Paul Streeten -Austrian-American economist and academic

1918- Nelson Mandela -South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1920- Eric Brandon -English race car driver (d. 1982)

1921- Peter Austin -English brewer, founded Ringwood Brewery (d. 2014)

1921- Aaron T. Beck -American psychiatrist and educator

1921- John Glenn -American colonel, astronaut, and politician

1921- Richard Leacock -English-French director and producer (d. 2011)

1922- Thomas Kuhn -American physicist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1996)

1923- Jerome H. Lemelson -American engineer (d. 1997)

1923- Michael Medwin -English actor and producer

1924- Will D. Campbell -American minister, author, and activist (d. 2013)

1924- Inge Sørensen -Danish swimmer (d. 2011)

1925- Hubert Doggart -English cricketer

1925- Shirley Strickland -Australian runner (d. 2004)

1925- Friedrich Zimmermann -German lawyer and politician, Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)|German Federal Minister of the Interior (d. 2012)

1926- Margaret Laurence -Canadian author (d. 1987)

1926- Robert Sloman -English actor and journalist (d. 2005)

1927- Don Bagley -American bassist (d. 2012)

1927- Kurt Masur -Polish-German conductor and educator

1928- Andrea Gallo -Italian priest (d. 2013)

1928- Billy Harrell -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1928- Franca Rame -Italian actress and playwright (d. 2013)

1929- Dick Button -American figure skater and actor

1929- Screamin' Jay Hawkins -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2000)

1930- Burt Kwouk -English actor

1932- Robert Ellis Miller -American director and screenwriter

1932- Yevgeny Yevtushenko -Russian poet and playwright

1933- Syd Mead -American set designer

1933- Jean Yanne -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1934- Edward Bond -English director, playwright, and screenwriter

1934- Darlene Conley -American actress (d. 2007)

1934- Roger Reynolds -American composer and educator

1935- Tenley Albright -American figure skater

1935- Jayendra Saraswathi -Indian guru, 69th Shankaracharya

1936- Ted Harris (ice hockey)|Ted Harris -Canadian ice hockey player

1937- Roald Hoffmann -Polish chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1937- Hunter S. Thompson -American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1938- Ian Stewart (musician)|Ian Stewart -Scottish keyboard player (The Rolling Stones and Rocket 88 (band)|Rocket 88) (d. 1985)

1938- Paul Verhoeven -Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter

1939- Brian Auger -English keyboard player (Brian Auger and the Trinity, CAB (band)|CAB, and The Steampacket)

1939- Dion DiMucci -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dion and the Belmonts)

1939- Edward Gramlich -American economist and educator (d. 2007)

1939- Jerry Moore -American football player and coach

1940- James Brolin -American actor, director, and producer

1940- Joe Torre -American baseball player and manager

1941- Frank Farian -German songwriter and producer

1941- Lonnie Mack -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941- Martha Reeves -American singer, actress, and politician (Martha and the Vandellas and The Fascinations)

1942- Adolf Ogi -Swiss politician, 84th President of the Swiss Confederation

1942- Bobby Susser -American songwriter and producer

1942- Giacinto Facchetti -Italian footballer (d. 2006)

1943- Joseph J. Ellis -American historian and author

1944- David Hemery -English hurdler

1945- Pat Doherty -Irish politician

1946- Leo Madder -Belgian actor and director

1946- Doug McFarland -American academic and politician

1946- John Naughton -Scottish-Irish journalist and academic

1947- Steve Forbes -American publisher and politician

1947- Steve Mahoney -Canadian politician

1948- Carlos Colón, Sr. -Puerto Rican wrestler

1948- Hartmut Michel -German biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1949- Dennis Lillee -Australian cricketer

1949- Sarah Squire -English academic and diplomat

1950- Jerome Barkum -American football player

1950- Richard Branson -English businessman, founded Virgin Group

1950- Kostas Eleftherakis -Greek footballer

1950- Glenn Hughes (Village People)|Glenn Hughes -American singer, dancer, and actor (Village People) (d. 2001)

1950- Jack Layton -Canadian politician (d. 2011)

1950- Mark Udall -American educator and politician

1951- Elio Di Rupo -Belgian politician, 68th Prime Minister of Belgium

1951- Margo Martindale -American actress

1953- Warren Wiebe -American singer (d. 1998)

1954- Peter Crane -English-American botanist and academic

1954- Ricky Skaggs -American singer-songwriter, mandolin player, and producer (New South (band)|New South)

1954- Tiit Trummal -Estonian architect

1955- Terry Chambers -English drummer (XTC and Dragon (band)|Dragon)

1955- Bernd Fasching -Austrian painter and sculptor

1956- Razor Shines -American baseball player, manager, and coach

1957- Nick Faldo -English golfer and sportscaster

1957- Keith Levene -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Public Image Ltd, The Flowers of Romance (band)|The Flowers of Romance, and The Clash)

1958- Chris Ruane -Welsh politician

1959- Jonathan Dove -English composer

1960- Simon Heffer -English journalist and author

1960- Anne-Marie Johnson -American actress

1961- M.J. Alexander -American author and photographer

1961- Elizabeth McGovern -American actress

1961- Alan Pardew -English footballer and manager

1961- Pasi Rautiainen -Finnish footballer, coach, and manager

1961- Krustyo Lafazanov -Bulgarian actor

1962- Lee Arenberg -American actor

1962- Jensen Buchanan -American actress

1962- Jack Irons -American drummer (Spinnerette, What Is This?, The Wallflowers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Eleven (band)|Eleven)

1962- Shaun Micallef -Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Marc Girardelli -Austrian skier

1963- Mike Greenwell -American baseball player and race car driver

1963- Al Snow -American wrestler and actor

1963- Martín Torrijos -Panamanian economist and politician, 35th President of Panama

1964- Wendy Williams -American talk show host, actress, and author

1965- Jim Bob Duggar -American real estate agent and politician

1965- Vesselina Kasarova -Bulgarian soprano

1965- Steve Webb -English politician

1966- Lori Alan -American actress

1966- Dan O'Brien -American decathlete

1967- Vin Diesel -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Grant Bowler -New Zealand-Australian actor

1968- Alex Désert -Haitian-American actor and singer (Hepcat (band)|Hepcat)

1969- Elizabeth Gilbert -American author

1969- The Great Sasuke -Japanese wrestler and politician

1970- Cheryl Casone -American journalist

1971- Penny Hardaway -American basketball player

1971- Sarah McLeod -New Zealand actress

1971- Sukhwinder Singh -Indian singer-songwriter and actor

1973- Jasse Jalonen -Finnish footballer

1974- Alan Morrison (poet)|Alan Morrison -English poet

1975- M.I.A. (rapper)|M.I.A. -English rapper and producer

1975- Torii Hunter -American baseball player

1975- Daron Malakian -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (System of a Down and Scars on Broadway)

1976- Valerie Cruz -American actress

1976- Elsa Pataky -Spanish-American actress

1977- Dylan Lane -American game show host

1977- Alexander Morozevich -Russian chess player

1977- Kelly Reilly -English actress

1977- Alfian Sa'at -Singaporean poet and playwright

1978- Adabel Guerrero -Argentinian actress, singer, and dancer

1978- Shane Horgan -Irish rugby player and sportscaster

1978- Annie Mac -Irish radio and television host

1978- Eddie Matos (actor)|Eddie Matos -Puerto Rican-American actor

1978- Verónica Romeo -Spanish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1978- Ben Sheets -American baseball player

1978- Mélissa Theuriau -French journalist

1978- Joo Sang-wook -South Korean actor

1979- Adam Birch -American wrestler

1979- Deion Branch -American football player

1979- Jared Hess -American director and screenwriter

1979- Jason Weaver -American actor and singer

1980- Kristen Bell -American actress, singer, and producer

1980- Ryōko Hirosue -Japanese actress and singer

1981- Dennis Seidenberg -German ice hockey player

1982- Ryan Cabrera -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Priyanka Chopra -Indian model, actress, and singer, Miss World 2000

1982- Dominika Luzarová -Czech tennis player

1983- Carlos Diogo -Uruguayan footballer

1983- Aaron Gillespie -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Underoath and The Almost)

1983- Mikk Pahapill -Estonian decathlete

1983- Jan Schlaudraff -German footballer

1984- Allen Craig -American baseball player

1984- Lee Barnard -English footballer

1985- Hopsin -American rapper, producer, and actor

1985- Chace Crawford -American actor

1985- Panagiotis Lagos -Greek footballer

1986- Deniss Karpak -Estonian sailor

1986- Natalia Mikhailova -Russian ice dancer

1988- Änis Ben-Hatira -German-Tunisian footballer

1988- Sofia Kvatsabaia -Georgian tennis player

1988- César Villaluz -Mexican footballer

1989- Jamie Benn -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Sebastian Mielitz -German footballer

1989- Yohan Mollo -French footballer

1991- Karina Pasian -American singer and pianist

1991- Eugenio Suárez -Venezuelan baseball player

1993- Lee Taemin -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Shinee)