This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


419- Valentinian III -Roman emperor (d. 455)

1363- Maria, Queen of Sicily -(d. 1401)

1489- Thomas Cranmer -English archbishop (d. 1556)

1492- Elizabeth Tudor (1492–1495)|Elizabeth Tudor -English daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1495)

1647- Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1730)

1665- Samuel Penhallow -English-American soldier and historian (d. 1726)

1667- Pietro Ottoboni (cardinal)|Pietro Ottoboni -Italian cardinal (d. 1740)

1698- Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena -(d. 1780)

1714- Christoph Willibald Gluck -German composer (d. 1787)

1724- Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock -German poet (d. 1803)

1750- Thomas Spence -English author (d. 1814)

1819- Charles-Louis Hanon -French pianist and composer (d. 1900)

1820- George Law Curry -American publisher and politician, and 5th List of Governors of Oregon|Governor of the Oregon Territory (d. 1878)

1821- Charles Tupper -Canadian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1915)

1849- Maria Theresa of Austria-Este (1849–1919)|Maria Theresa of Austria-Este -(d. 1919)

1855- Louis Maxson -American archer (d. 1916)

1862- William Henry Bragg -English physicist, chemist, and mathematician Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)

1865- Lily Braun -German author (d. 1916)

1869- Liane de Pougy -French dancer (d. 1950)

1876- Wilhelm Cuno -German politician, Chancellor of Germany (German Reich)|Chancellor of Germany (d. 1933)

1877- Hermann Hesse -German-Swiss author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1881- Royal Hurlburt Weller -American lawyer and politician (d. 1929)

1884- Alfons Maria Jakob -German neurologist (d. 1931)

1893- Ralph Hancock (landscape gardener)|Ralph Hancock -Welsh gardener and author (d. 1950)

1896- Lydia Mei -Estonian painter (d. 1965)

1900- Tyrone Guthrie -English actor and director (d. 1971)

1902- K. Kanapathypillai -Ceylon academic and author (d. 1968)

1902- Germaine Thyssens-Valentin -Dutch pianist (d. 1987)

1903- Alec Douglas-Home -English politician, 66th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)

1903- Olav V of Norway -(d. 1991)

1904- René Lacoste -French tennis player and businessman, created the polo shirt (d. 1996)

1906- Hans Bethe -German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)

1906- Séra Martin -French runner (d. 1993)

1906- Christos Tsaganeas -Romanian-Greek actor and cinematographer (d. 1976)

1908- Thurgood Marshall -American jurist, 32nd United States Solicitor General (d. 1993)

1911- Reg Parnell -English race car driver and manager (d. 1964)

1913- Max Beloff, Baron Beloff -English historian and academic (d. 1999)

1914- Frederick Fennell -American conductor and educator (d. 2004)

1914- Ethelreda Leopold -American actress (d. 1988)

1914- Mário Schenberg -Brazilian physicist and engineer (d. 1990)

1914- Erich Topp -German admiral (d. 2005)

1915- Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington -Italian-English soldier and politician

1916- Ken Curtis -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1916- Hans-Ulrich Rudel -German colonel and pilot (d. 1982)

1917- Murry Wilson -American songwriter, producer, and manager (d. 1973)

1918- Wim Boost -Dutch cartoonist (d. 2005)

1919- Jean Craighead George -American author (d. 2012)

1920- John Kneubuhl -Samoan-American historian, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 1992)

1920- Annette Kerr -Scottish-English actress (d. 2013)

1922- Pierre Cardin -Italian-French fashion designer

1923- Cyril M. Kornbluth -American author (d. 1958)

1923- Wisława Szymborska -Polish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1925- Medgar Evers -American soldier and activist (d. 1963)

1925- Patrice Lumumba -Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1961)

1925- Marvin Rainwater -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1926- Octavian Paler -Romanian journalist and politician (d. 2007)

1927- James Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern -Scottish lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1927- Brock Peters -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2005)

1928- Line Renaud -French actress and singer

1929- Abraham Avigdorov -Israeli soldier (d. 2012)

1929- John A. Cade -American politician (d. 1996)

1929- Daphne Hasenjager -South African sprinter

1929- Imelda Marcos -Filipino politician, 10th First Spouse of the Philippines|First Lady of the Philippines

1930- Ahmad Jamal -American pianist, composer, and educator

1930- Carlos Menem -Argentinian lawyer and politician, 50th President of Argentina

1932- Dave Thomas (American businessman)|Dave Thomas -American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy's (d. 2002)

1933- Peter Desbarats -Canadian journalist, author, and playwright

1933- Kenny Wharram -Canadian ice hockey player

1934- Tom Springfield -English singer-songwriter and producer (The Springfields)

1936- Omar Suleiman -Egyptian politician, 16th Vice President of Egypt (d. 2012)

1937- Polly Holliday -American actress

1937- Richard Petty -American race car driver

1938- David Owen -English physician and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

1939- Ferdinand Mount -English journalist and author

1939- Alexandros Panagoulis -Greek poet and politician (d. 1976)

1939- John H. Sununu -American engineer and politician, 14th White House Chief of Staff

1939- Paul Williams (The Temptations)|Paul Williams -American singer and choreographer (The Temptations) (d. 1973)

1940- Kenneth Clarke -English politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1941- Wendell Mottley -Trinidadian sprinter, economist, and politician

1941- Stéphane Venne -Canadian songwriter and composer

1942- John Eekelaar -South African-English lawyer and scholar

1942- Vicente Fox -Mexican businessman and politician, 35th President of Mexico

1942- George Simpson, Baron Simpson of Dunkeld -Scottish politician

1943- Ivi Eenmaa -Estonian politician, 36th Mayor of Tallinn

1943- Walter Godefroot -Belgian cyclist

1943- Larry Lake (musician)|Larry Lake -American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (d. 2013)

1946- Richard Axel -American neuroscientist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1946- Ricky Bruch -Swedish discus thrower (d. 2011)

1946- Ron Silver -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)

1947- Larry David -American actor, screenwriter, and producer

1947- Luci Baines Johnson -American daughter of Lyndon B. Johnson

1947- Stephen Stucker -American actor (d. 1986)

1947- Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton -English politician, Minister for International Security Strategy

1948- Mutula Kilonzo -Kenyan lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1948- Gene McFadden -American singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead) (d. 2006)

1948- Saul Rubinek -Canadian actor and director

1949- Roy Bittan -American keyboard player and songwriter (E Street Band)

1949- Greg Brown (folk musician)|Greg Brown -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949- Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu -French actor (d. 2010)

1949- Robert Paquette -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949- Hanno Pöschl -Austrian actor

1949- Nancy Stephens -American actress and producer

1950- Lynne Brindley -English librarian and academic

1950- Jon Trickett -English politician

1951- Elisabeth Brooks -Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 1997)

1951- Jack Gantos -American author

1951- Michele Santoro -Italian journalist

1952- Johnny Colla -American guitarist and songwriter (Huey Lewis and the News)

1953- Sharifah Aini -Malaysian singer (d. 2014)

1953- Tony Armas -Venezuelan baseball player and coach

1953- Jean-Claude Borelly -French trumpet player and composer

1953- Brian Clarke (artist)|Brian Clarke -English painter and stained glass designer

1953- Mark Hart -American guitarist and keyboard player (Crowded House and Supertramp)

1954- Pete Briquette -Irish bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Boomtown Rats)

1954- Chris Huhne -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

1954- Wendy Schaal -American actress

1955- Kim Carr -Australian educator and politician, 31st Minister for Human Services (Australia)|Australian Minister for Human Services

1955- Andrew Divoff -Venezuelan-American actor and producer

1955- Kevin Michael Grace -Canadian journalist

1956- Jerry Hall -American model and actress

1957- Bret Hart -Canadian wrestler and actor

1957- Jüri Raidla -Estonian lawyer and politician, Ministry of Justice (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Justice

1957- Purvis Short -American basketball player

1957- Mike Weatherley -English politician

1958- Thomas Bickerton -American bishop

1958- Đặng Thái Sơn -Vietnamese-Canadian pianist

1960- Terry Rossio -American screenwriter and producer

1960- Maria Lourdes Sereno -Filipino lawyer and jurist, 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

1961- Clark Kellogg -American basketball player and sportscaster

1961- Samy Naceri -French actor

1963- Mark Kermode -English bassist and critic (The Dodge Brothers)

1964- Doug Benson -American comedian, actor, and producer

1964- Stéphan Bureau -Canadian journalist and producer

1964- Jose Canseco -Cuban-American baseball player and mixed martial artist

1964- Ozzie Canseco -Cuban-American baseball player, coach, and manager

1964- Joe Magrane -American baseball player and sportscaster

1964- Hisakatsu Oya -Japanese wrestler

1964- Charles Robinson (referee)|Charles Robinson -American wrestler and referee

1964- Alan Tait -English-Scottish rugby player and coach

1964- Andrea Yates -American murderer

1965- Norbert Röttgen -German politician

1966- Jean-François Richet -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Matthew Cox -American criminal

1969- Jenni Rivera -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)

1969- Tim Rodber -English rugby player

1970- Derrick Adkins -American hurdler

1970- Yancy Butler -American actress

1970- Colin Edwin -Australian bass player (Porcupine Tree and Henry Fool (band)|Henry Fool)

1970- Scotty 2 Hotty -American wrestler and firefighter

1970- Monie Love -English-American rapper (Native Tongues)

1970- Steve Morrow -Irish footballer and manager

1971- Troy Brown -American football player

1971- Evelyn Lau -Canadian poet and author

1971- Bryan Redpath -Scottish rugby player and coach

1971- Samantha Giles -English actress

1972- Darren Shan -English-Irish author

1973- Peter Kay -English comedian, actor, director, and producer

1974- Sean Casey (baseball)|Sean Casey -American baseball player and sportscaster

1974- Tim Christensen -Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy)

1974- Rocky Gray -American drummer, guitarist, and songwriter (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, Soul Embraced, and Mourningside)

1974- Matthew Reilly -Australian author

1974- Moon So-ri -South Korean actress

1975- Éric Dazé -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Kristen Michal -Estonian lawyer and politician

1975- Erik Ohlsson (musician)|Erik Ohlsson -Swedish singer and guitarist (Millencolin)

1975- Stefan Terblanche -South African rugby player

1976- Krisztián Lisztes -Hungarian footballer

1976- Mihkel Tüür -Estonian architect

1976- Tomáš Vokoun -Czech-American ice hockey player

1978- Diana Gurtskaya -Georgian singer-songwriter

1978- Julie Night -American porn actress

1978- Jüri Ratas -Estonian politician, 42nd Mayor of Tallinn

1978- Owain Yeoman -Welsh actor

1979- Walter Davis (triple jumper)|Walter Davis -American triple jumper

1979- Sam Hornish, Jr. -American race car driver

1979- Joe Thornton -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Nicole Briscoe -American model and journalist, Miss Illinois Teen USA|Miss Illinois Teen USA 1998

1980- Nyjer Morgan -American baseball player

1981- Nathan Ellington -English footballer

1981- Alex Koroknay-Palicz -American activist

1981- Angel Pagán -Puerto Rican baseball player

1981- Carlos Rogers (American football)|Carlos Rogers -American football player

1981- Aaron Voros -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Michelle Branch -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Wreckers)

1983- Sammy J -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1984- Vanessa Lee Chester -American actress

1984- Ryan Keely -American porn actress and model

1984- Thomas Kortegaard -Danish footballer

1984- Johnny Weir -American figure skater

1985- Rhett Bomar -American football player

1985- Corey Bringas -American actor

1985- Chad Henne -American football player

1985- Jürgen Roelandts -Belgian cyclist

1985- Ashley Tisdale -American actress and singer

1986- Brett Cecil -American baseball player

1986- Lindsay Lohan -American actress and singer

1987- Esteban Granero -Spanish footballer

1987- Ruslana Korshunova -Kazakh model (d. 2008)

1988- Porta (rapper)|Porta -Spanish rapper

1988- Lee Chung-Yong -South Korean footballer

1989- Dev (singer)|Dev -American singer-songwriter

1989- Ivan Dobronravov -Russian actor

1989- Nadezhda Grishaeva -Russian basketball player

1989- Alex Morgan -American soccer player

1989- Omero Mumba -Irish actor and singer

1990- Roman Lob -German singer-songwriter

1990- Margot Robbie -Australian actress

1990- Danny Rose (footballer, born 1990)|Danny Rose -English footballer

1992- Madison Chock -American ice dancer

2004- Caitlin Carmichael -American actress