This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


810- Muhammad al-Bukhari -Persian scholar (d. 870)

1670- Richard Leveridge -English singer-songwriter (d. 1758)

1688- Giuseppe Castiglione (Jesuit)|Giuseppe Castiglione -Italian missionary and painter (d. 1766)

1744- Heinrich Christian Boie -German author and poet (d. 1806)

1759- Marianna Auenbrugger -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1782)

1759- Seraphim of Sarov -Russian monk and saint (d. 1833)

1771- Thomas Talbot (Upper Canada)|Thomas Talbot -Irish-Canadian colonel and politician (d. 1853)

1789- John Martin (painter)|John Martin -English painter, engraver, and illustrator (d. 1854)

1800- Juan José Flores -Venezuelan general and politician, 1st President of Ecuador (d. 1864)

1814- Samuel Colt -American businessman, founded the Colt's Manufacturing Company (d. 1862)

1819- Gottfried Keller -Swiss author, poet, and playwright (d. 1890)

1822- Princess Augusta of Cambridge -(d. 1916)

1827- Mangal Pandey -Indian soldier (d. 1857)

1834- Edgar Degas -French painter (d. 1917)

1849- Ferdinand Brunetière -French scholar and critic (d. 1906)

1860- Lizzie Borden -American accused murderer (d. 1927)

1865- Georges Friedel -French mineralogist and crystallographer (d.1933)

1865- Charles Horace Mayo -American surgeon, founded the Mayo Clinic (d. 1939)

1868- Florence Foster Jenkins -American soprano (d. 1945)

1869- Xenophon Stratigos -Greek general (d. 1927)

1871- Lars Jørgen Madsen -Danish target shooter (d. 1925)

1876- John Gunn (cricketer)|John Gunn -England cricketer (d. 1963)

1876- Joseph Fielding Smith -American religious leader, 10th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1972)

1877- Arthur Fielder -English cricketer (d. 1949)

1881- Friedrich Dessauer -German physicist and philosopher (d. 1963)

1883- Max Fleischer -Austrian-American animator and producer (d. 1972)

1886- Michael Fekete -Hungarian-Israeli mathematician (d. 1957)

1888- Enno Lolling -German physician (d. 1945)

1892- Dick Irvin -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1957)

1893- Vladimir Mayakovsky -Russian actor, playwright, and poet (d. 1930)

1894- Aleksandr Khinchin -Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1959)

1894- Khawaja Nazimuddin -Bangladeshi-Pakistani politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 1965)

1895- Xu Beihong -Chinese painter (d. 1953)

1896- A. J. Cronin -Scottish-Swiss physician and author (d. 1981)

1896- Bob Meusel -American baseball player and sailor (d. 1977)

1898- Herbert Marcuse -German-American sociologist and philosopher (d. 1979)

1899- Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay -Indian physician, author, poet, and playwright (d. 1979)

1902- Samudrala Raghavacharya -Indian singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1968)

1904- Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith -American lawyer (d. 1985)

1907- Isabel Jewell -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1909- Balamani Amma -Indian poet and author (d. 2004)

1912- Norman Carr -English environmentalist (d. 1997)

1914- Marius Russo -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1916- Phil Cavarretta -American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1916- Eve Merriam -American poet and playwright (d. 1992)

1917- William Scranton -American captain and politician, 13th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2013)

1919- Dallas McKennon -American voice actor (d. 2009)

1919- Patricia Medina -English-American actress (d. 2012)

1919- Miltos Sachtouris -Greek poet (d. 2005)

1920- Robert Mann -American violinist, composer, and conductor (Juilliard String Quartet)

1920- Aldo Protti -Italian opera singer (d. 1995)

1921- Harold Camping -American evangelist, author, radio host (d. 2013)

1921- Rosalyn Sussman Yalow -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1922- George McGovern -American lieutenant, historian, and politician (d. 2012)

1923- Joseph Hansen (writer)|Joseph Hansen -American author and poet (d. 2004)

1923- William A. Rusher -American lawyer and journalist (d. 2011)

1924- Stanley K. Hathaway -American politician, 40th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 2005)

1924- Pat Hingle -American actor (d. 2009)

1924- Arthur Rankin, Jr. -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1925- Sue Thompson -American singer

1926- Helen Gallagher -American actress, singer, and dancer

1930- Darko Suvin -Croatian-Canadian critic and academic

1932- Buster Benton -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1932- Jan Lindblad -Swedish biologist and photographer (d. 1987)

1934- Francisco de Sá Carneiro -Portuguese politician, 111th Prime Minister of Portugal (d. 1980)

1935- Vasily Livanov -Russian actor and screenwriter

1936- Herbert Laming, Baron Laming -English social worker and politician

1937- George Hamilton IV -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1938- Nicholas Bethell, 4th Baron Bethell -English historian and politician (d. 2007)

1938- Richard Jordan -American actor (d. 1993)

1938- Jayant Narlikar -Indian astrophysicist and astronomer

1938- Tom Raworth -English poet and academic

1938- Mary-Kay Wilmers -American-English journalist

1940- Dennis Cole -American actor (d. 2009)

1941- Vikki Carr -American singer and actress

1941- Carole Jordan -English astronomer and academic

1941- Neelie Kroes -Dutch politician

1943- Han Sai Por -Singaporean sculptor

1944- Tim McIntire -American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1944- Andres Vooremaa -Estonian chess player

1945- Paule Baillargeon -Canadian actress, director, and screenwriter

1945- George Dzundza -German-American actor

1946- Stephen Coonts -American lawyer and author

1946- Alan Gorrie -Scottish singer and bass player (Average White Band and Forever More (band)|Forever More)

1946- Ilie Năstase -Romanian tennis player

1947- André Forcier -Canadian director and screenwriter

1947- Hans-Jürgen Kreische -German footballer and manager

1947- Bernie Leadon -American guitarist and songwriter (Eagles (band)|The Eagles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Run C&W, and Hearts & Flowers)

1947- Brian May -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Queen (band)|Queen and Smile (band)|Smile)

1948- Beverly Archer -American actress and screenwriter

1948- Keith Godchaux -American keyboard player and songwriter (Grateful Dead and Heart of Gold Band) (d. 1980)

1949- Ivar Kants -Australian actor

1950- Per-Kristian Foss -Norwegian politician, Minister of Finance (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Finance

1950- Freddy Moore -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950- Adrian Noble -English director and screenwriter

1951- Abel Ferrara -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1951- Reza Kianian -Iranian actor

1951- Jayson Stark -American journalist

1952- Allen Collins -American guitarist and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band, and Allen Collins Band) (d. 1990)

1952- Robert A. Ficano -American politician

1952- Nancy Folbre -American economist and academic

1952- John Griesheimer -American politician

1952- Dominic Muldowney -English composer

1954- Alvan Adams -American basketball player

1954- Mark O'Donnell -American playwright (d. 2012)

1954- Steve O'Donnell (writer)|Steve O'Donnell -American screenwriter and producer

1954- Srđa Trifković -Serbian-American journalist and historian

1955- Roger Binny -Indian cricketer

1955- Dalton McGuinty -Canadian politician, 24th Premier of Ontario

1956- K. A. Applegate -American author

1956- Mark Crispin -American computer scientist, designed the IMAP (d. 2012)

1956- Joe Mohen -American businessman

1956- Nikki Sudden -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jacobites (band)|Jacobites and Swell Maps) (d. 2006)

1956- Yoshiaki Yatsu -Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

1958- Brad Drewett -Australian tennis player and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1958- Robert Gibson (wrestler)|Robert Gibson -American wrestler

1958- David Robertson (conductor)|David Robertson -American conductor

1959- Juan J. Campanella -Argentinian director, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Atom Egoyan -Egyptian-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Terrie Hall -American activist (d. 2013)

1960- Kevin Haskins -English-American drummer and songwriter (Bauhaus (band)|Bauhaus, Love and Rockets (band)|Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail)

1960- Steve Viksten -American voice actor and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1961- Harsha Bhogle -Indian journalist and author

1961- Maria Filatova -Russian gymnast

1961- Lisa Lampanelli -American comedian, actress, and author

1961- Benoît Mariage -Belgian director and screenwriter

1961- Hideo Nakata -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Campbell Scott -American actor, director, and producer

1962- Anthony Edwards -American actor and director

1963- Garth Nix -Australian author

1964- André A. Jackson -French businessman

1964- Masahiko Kondō -Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and race car driver

1964- Mark Wigglesworth -English conductor

1965- Evelyn Glennie -Scottish drummer

1965- Stuart Scott -American sportscaster

1965- Claus-Dieter Wollitz -German footballer and manager

1966- Nancy Carell -American actress

1966- David Segui -American baseball player

1967- Yael Abecassis -Israeli actress and model

1967- Muriel Degauque -Belgian terrorist (d. 2005)

1967- Stuart Howe -Canadian tenor

1967- Jean-François Mercier -Canadian comedian, screenwriter, and television host

1968- Robb Flynn -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Machine Head (band)|Machine Head, Vio-lence, and Forbidden (band)|Forbidden)

1968- Pavel Kuka -Czech footballer and manager

1968- Jim Norton (American comedian)|Jim Norton -American comedian, actor, and author

1969- Matthew Libatique -American cinematographer

1970- Bill Chen -American poker player and software designer

1970- Nicola Sturgeon -Scottish politician, Deputy First Minister of Scotland

1971- Russell Allen -American singer-songwriter (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Allen-Lande, and Star One)

1971- Urs Bühler -Swiss tenor (Il Divo)

1971- Rene Busch -Estonian tennis player and coach

1971- Vitali Klitschko -Ukrainian boxer

1971- Michael Modest -American wrestler

1972- Naohito Fujiki -Japanese actor and singer

1972- David Lammy -English politician

1972- Ebbe Sand -Danish footballer

1973- Martin Powell -English keyboard player and songwriter (Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Cryptal Darkness, and Anathema (band)|Anathema)

1973- Saïd Taghmaoui -French actor and screenwriter

1973- Scott Walker (ice hockey)|Scott Walker -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1974- Rey Bucanero -Mexican wrestler

1974- Francisco Copado -German footballer

1974- Malcolm O'Kelly -English-Irish rugby player

1974- Josée Piché -Canadian ice dancer

1974- Preston Wilson -American baseball player and sportscaster

1975- Luca Castellazzi -Italian footballer

1975- Wax Tailor -French DJ and producer

1976- Ellie Crisell -English journalist

1976- Benedict Cumberbatch -English actor

1976- Gonzalo de los Santos -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1976- Angela Griffin -English actress

1976- Vinessa Shaw -American actress

1977- Jean-Sébastien Aubin -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Tony Mamaluke -American wrestler

1977- Haitham Mustafa -Sudanese footballer

1977- Ed Smith (cricketer)|Ed Smith -English cricketer and journalist

1979- Rick Ankiel -American baseball player

1979- Josué Anunciado de Oliveira -Brazilian footballer

1979- Dilhara Fernando -Sri Lankan cricketer

1979- Luke Young (footballer born 1979)|Luke Young -English footballer

1980- Michelle Heaton -English singer and actress (Liberty X)

1980- Xavier Malisse -Belgian tennis player

1980- Giorgio Mondini -Italian race car driver

1980- Mark Webber (actor)|Mark Webber -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1981- Nenê (footballer born 1981)|Nenê -Brazilian footballer

1981- David Bernard (cricketer)|David Bernard -Jamaican cricketer

1981- Mark Gasnier -Australian rugby player

1981- Jimmy Gobble -American baseball player

1981- Didz Hammond -English singer and bass player (Dirty Pretty Things (band)|Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)

1981- Nikki Osborne -Australian actress

1981- Malvika Subba -Miss Nepal Miss Nepal 2002|2002 winner & Nepali Actress

1982- Christopher Bear -American drummer (Grizzly Bear (band)|Grizzly Bear)

1982- Phil Coke -American baseball player

1982- Jared Padalecki -American actor

1982- Stuart Parnaby -English footballer

1982- Jess Vanstrattan -Australian footballer

1983- Helen Skelton -English television host

1983- Craig Vye -English actor

1984- Alessandra De Rossi -English-Filipino actress

1984- Kaitlin Doubleday -American actress

1984- Lasse Gjertsen -Norwegian animator and director

1984- Andrea Libman -Canadian actress and singer

1984- Diana Mocanu -Romanian swimmer

1984- Adam Morrison -American basketball player

1984- Ryan O'Byrne -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Lewis Price -Welsh footballer

1985- LaMarcus Aldridge -American basketball player

1985- Zhou Haibin -Chinese footballer

1985- Marina Kuzina -Russian basketball player

1986- Leandro Greco -Italian footballer

1986- Deance Wyatt -American actor and dancer

1987- Jon Jones -American mixed martial artist

1987- Marc Murphy -Australian footballer

1987- Louie Torrellas -American comedian and actor

1988- Shane Dawson -American comedian and actor

1988- Jakub Kovář -Czech ice hockey player

1988- Cherami Leigh -American actress

1988- Joe Tracini -English actor and singer

1990- Steven Anthony Lawrence -American actor

1992- Jake Nicholson -English footballer

1996- Oh Ha-young -South Korean singer and dancer (A Pink)

1997- Ohga Tanaka -Japanese actor