This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


356 BC- Alexander the Great -Macedonian king (d. 323 BC)

682- Taichō -Japanese Buddhist monk (d. 767)

1304- Petrarch -Italian poet and scholar (d. 1374)

1537- Arnaud d'Ossat -French cardinal (d. 1604)

1620- Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder -Dutch poet and scholar (d. 1681)

1754- Antoine Destutt de Tracy -French philosopher (d. 1836)

1757- Garsevan Chavchavadze -Georgian politician and diplomat (d. 1811)

1762- Jakob Haibel -Austrian tenor and composer (d. 1826)

1774- Auguste de Marmont -French general (d. 1852)

1797- Paweł Edmund Strzelecki -Polish geologist and explorer (d. 1873)

1804- Richard Owen -English biologist, anatomist, and paleontologist (d. 1892)

1822- Gregor Mendel -Czech geneticist and botanist (d. 1884)

1838- Augustin Daly -American playwright and manager (d. 1899)

1838- Sir George Trevelyan, 2nd Baronet -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1928)

1847- Max Liebermann -German painter (d. 1935)

1849- Robert Anderson Van Wyck -American politician, 91st Mayor of New York City (d. 1918)

1852- Theo Heemskerk -Dutch lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1932)

1858- Juan Vucetich -Croatian-Argentinian anthropologist and police officer (d. 1925)

1864- Erik Axel Karlfeldt -Swedish poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1931)

1868- Miron Cristea -Hungarian-Romanian cleric and politician, 38th Prime Minister of Romania (d. 1939)

1873- Alberto Santos-Dumont -Brazilian pilot (d. 1932)

1876- Otto Blumenthal -German mathematician and academic (d. 1944)

1889- John Reith, 1st Baron Reith -Scottish broadcaster, co-founded BBC (d. 1971)

1890- George II of Greece -(d. 1947)

1893- George Llewelyn Davies -English soldier (d. 1915)

1895- László Moholy-Nagy -Hungarian painter, photographer, and sculptor (d. 1946)

1896- Eunice Sanborn -American super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1897- Tadeus Reichstein -Polish-Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1900- Maurice Leyland -English cricketer and coach (d. 1967)

1901- Heinie Manush -American baseball player and manager (d. 1971)

1902- Jimmy Kennedy -Irish songwriter (d. 1984)

1909- Jean Focas -Greek-French astronomer (d. 1969)

1909- Eric Rowan -South African cricketer (d. 1993)

1910- Vilém Tauský -Czech-English conductor and composer (d. 2004)

1911- Baqa Jilani -Indian cricketer (d. 1941)

1911- José Zabala-Santos -Filipino cartoonist (d. 1985)

1912- George Johnston (novelist)|George Johnston -Australian journalist and author (d. 1970)

1914- Dobri Dobrev -Bulgarian philanthropist

1914- Charilaos Florakis -Greek politician (d. 2005)

1914- Ersilio Tonini -Italian cardinal (d. 2013)

1918- Cindy Walker -American singer-songwriter and dancer (d. 2006)

1919- Edmund Hillary -New Zealand mountaineer and explorer (d. 2008)

1920- Elliot Richardson -American lieutenant and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1999)

1921- Henri Alleg -English-French journalist and author (d. 2013)

1922- Alan Stephenson Boyd -American lawyer and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Transportation

1923- Stanisław Albinowski -Polish economist and journalist (d. 2005)

1924- Thomas Berger (novelist)|Thomas Berger -American author and playwright (d. 2014)

1924- Mort Garson -Canadian-American songwriter and composer (d. 2008)

1925- Lola Albright -American actress and singer

1925- Jacques Delors -French economist and politician, 8th President of the European Commission

1925- Frantz Fanon -French–Algerian psychiatrist and philosopher (d. 1961)

1926- Patricia Cutts -English actress (d. 1974)

1927- Barbara Bergmann -American economist

1927- Michael Gielen -Austrian conductor and composer

1927- Ian P. Howard -English-Canadian psychologist and academic (d. 2013)

1928- Józef Czyrek -Polish politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Poland (d. 2013)

1928- Peter Ind -English bassist and producer

1929- Hazel Hawke -Australian wife of Bob Hawke (d. 2013)

1929- Mike Ilitch -American businessman, co-founded Little Caesars

1929- Rajendra Kumar -Pakistani-Indian actor and producer (d. 1999)

1930- Giannis Agouris -Greek journalist and author (d. 2006)

1930- Chuck Daly -American basketball player and coach (d. 2009)

1930- William H. Goetzmann -American historian and author (d. 2010)

1930- Sally Ann Howes -English-American singer and actress

1931- Tony Marsh (racing driver)|Tony Marsh -English race car driver (d. 2009)

1932- Dick Giordano -American illustrator (d. 2010)

1932- Ove Verner Hansen -Danish opera singer and actor

1932- Nam June Paik -South Korean-American director and educator (d. 2006)

1932- Otto Schily -German politician

1933- Buddy Knox -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1933- Cormac McCarthy -American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1933- Rex Williams -English snooker player

1934- Uwe Johnson -German author and scholar (d. 1984)

1934- Doug Padgett -English cricketer and manager

1934- Aliki Vougiouklaki -Greek actress and singer (d. 1996)

1935- Peter Palumbo, Baron Palumbo -English businessman and art collector

1935- Ted Rogers (comedian)|Ted Rogers -English comedian and television host (d. 2001)

1936- Alistair MacLeod -Canadian author and academic (d. 2014)

1936- Barbara Mikulski -American social worker and politician

1937- Dick Hafer (comics)|Dick Hafer -American illustrator (d. 2003)

1937- Ken Ogata -Japanese actor (d. 2008)

1938- Roger Hunt -English footballer

1938- Tony Oliva -Cuban-American baseball player and coach

1938- Diana Rigg -English actress and singer

1938- Natalie Wood -American actress and singer (d. 1981)

1939- Judy Chicago -American painter and sculptor

1941- Don Chuy -American football player (d. 2014)

1941- Periklis Korovesis -Greek author and journalist

1941- Kurt Raab -German actor, screenwriter, and production designer (d. 1988)

1942- Ron Bowden -Australian politician

1942- Pete Hamilton -American race car racer

1942- Stephenie McMillan -English set decorator (d. 2013)

1943- Chris Amon -New Zealand race car driver

1943- Carolyne Barry -American actress and dancer

1943- Adrian Păunescu -Romanian poet, journalist, and politician (d. 2010)

1943- Wendy Richard -English actress and singer (d. 2009)

1944- Olivier de Kersauson -French sailor

1944- Francis Ray -American author (d. 2013)

1945- Kim Carnes -American singer-songwriter

1945- Larry Craig -American soldier and politician

1945- Harrison Ellenshaw -American special effects artist

1945- John Lodge (musician)|John Lodge -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Moody Blues)

1945- Johnny Loughrey -Irish singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1945- Bo Rein -American football player and coach (d. 1980)

1946- Randal Kleiser -American actor, director, and producer

1947- Gerd Binnig -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1947- Carlos Santana -Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Santana (band)|Santana)

1948- Muse Watson -American actor

1950- Tantoo Cardinal -Canadian actress

1950- Edward Leigh -English lawyer and politician

1950- Naseeruddin Shah -Indian actor and director

1951- Jeff Rawle -English actor and screenwriter

1951- Phyllis Smith -American actress

1952- Keiko Matsuzaka -Japanese actress

1953- Dave Evans (singer)|Dave Evans -Welsh-Australian singer-songwriter (AC/DC and Rabbit (band)|Rabbit)

1953- Thomas Friedman -American journalist and author

1953- Marcia Hines -American-Australian singer and actress

1953- Dan Shaughnessy -American journalist

1954- Moira Harris -American actress

1954- Jay Jay French -American guitarist and producer (Twisted Sister)

1954- Larry Levan -American DJ and producer (d. 1992)

1955- Desmond Douglas -Jamaican-English table tennis player

1955- René-Daniel Dubois -Canadian actor and playwright

1955- Jem Finer -English banjo player and songwriter (The Pogues)

1956- Paul Cook -English drummer (Sex Pistols, The Professionals (band)|The Professionals, Chiefs of Relief, and Man Raze)

1956- Michael Gordon (composer)|Michael Gordon -American composer

1956- Ryo Ishibashi -Japanese actor

1956- Charlie Magri -Tunisian-English boxer

1956- Jim Prentice -Canadian lawyer and politician

1956- Barbara Risman -American sociologist and academic

1957- Donna Dixon -American actress

1958- Peter Fraßmann -German footballer

1958- Mick MacNeil -Scottish keyboard player and songwriter (Simple Minds)

1958- Billy Mays -American salesman (d. 2009)

1959- Radney Foster -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Foster & Lloyd)

1960- Claudio Langes -Italian race car driver

1960- Prvoslav Vujčić -Serbian-Canadian poet and philosopher

1961- Óscar Elías Biscet -Cuban physician and activist, founded the Lawton Foundation

1962- Carlos Alazraqui -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Giovanna Amati -Italian race car driver

1962- Julie Bindel -English journalist, author, and academic

1962- Lee Harris (drummer)|Lee Harris -English drummer (Talk Talk and .O.rang)

1963- Frank Whaley -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1963- Alexander Zhulin -Russian ice dancer

1964- Chris Cornell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and Center for Disease Control Boys)

1964- Terri Irwin -American-Australian zoologist and author

1964- Kool G Rap -American rapper and producer (Juice Crew)

1964- Bernd Schneider (racing driver)|Bernd Schneider -German race car driver

1964- Dean Winters -American actor

1965- Jess Walter -American author

1966- Anton du Beke -English dancer

1966- Stone Gossard -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Brad (band)|Brad, Temple of the Dog, and Green River (band)|Green River)

1966- Agot Isidro -Filipino actress

1966- Enrique Peña Nieto -Mexican politician, 57th President of Mexico

1967- Indra (singer)|Indra -Swedish singer and actress

1967- Reed Diamond -American actor

1967- Courtney Taylor-Taylor -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Dandy Warhols)

1968- Jimmy Carson -American ice hockey player

1968- Michael Park (actor)|Michael Park -American actor

1968- Julian Rhind-Tutt -English actor

1968- Carlos Saldanha -Brazilian-American director, screenwriter, and voice actor

1969- Josh Holloway -American actor

1969- Kreso Kovacec -Croatian-German footballer

1969- Giovanni Lombardi -Italian cyclist

1969- Tobi Vail -American singer and guitarist (Bikini Kill, The Go Team, The Frumpies, Some Velvet Sidewalk, and The Old Haunts)

1971- Ed Giddins -English cricketer

1971- Charles Johnson (catcher)|Charles Johnson -American baseball player

1971- Sandra Oh -Canadian actress

1971- DJ Screw -American rapper and DJ (Screwed Up Click) (d. 2000)

1972- Vitamin C (singer)|Vitamin C -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Eve's Plum)

1972- Jozef Stümpel -Slovak ice hockey player

1972- Erik Ullenhag -Swedish jurist and politician

1973- Omar Epps -American actor, rapper, and producer

1973- Peter Forsberg -Swedish ice hockey player

1973- Nixon McLean -Caribbean cricketer

1973- Roberto Orci -Mexican-American screenwriter and producer

1973- Claudio Reyna -American soccer player

1973- Mads Rieper -Danish footballer

1974- Bengie Molina -Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach

1974- Simon Rex -American actor and rapper

1975- Ray Allen -American basketball player

1975- Judy Greer -American actress

1975- Erik Hagen -Norwegian footballer

1975- Birgitta Ohlsson -Swedish politician, 5th Minister for EU Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs

1975- Atiq-uz-Zaman -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1976- Erica Hill -American journalist

1976- Debashish Mohanty -Indian cricketer and coach

1976- Andrew Stockdale -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wolfmother)

1976- Alex Yoong -Malaysian race car driver

1977- Kiki Musampa -Congolese footballer

1977- Yves Niaré -French shot putter (d. 2012)

1977- Alessandro Santos -Brazilian-Japanese footballer

1978- Pavel Datsyuk -Russian ice hockey player

1978- Charlie Korsmo -American actor and lawyer

1978- Tamsyn Manou -Australian runner

1978- Andrus Murumets -Estonian strongman

1978- Chris Sligh -American singer-songwriter and producer (Half Past Forever)

1978- Will Solomon -American basketball player

1978- Elliott Yamin -American singer-songwriter

1978- Ieva Zunda -Latvian runner

1979- Claudine Barretto -Filipino actress

1979- Miklós Fehér -Hungarian footballer (d. 2004)

1979- David Ortega (swimmer)|David Ortega -Spanish swimmer

1979- Charlotte Hatherley -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ash (band)|Ash and Nightnurse)

1980- Tesfaye Bramble -English-Montserratian footballer

1980- Gisele Bündchen -Brazilian model and actress

1981- Lowkey (American rapper)|Lowkey -American rapper and producer

1981- Damien Delaney -Irish footballer

1981- Thorsten Engelmann -German rower

1982- Percy Daggs III -American actor

1982- Antoine Vermette -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Alexi Casilla -Dominican baseball player

1984- Matt Gilroy -American ice hockey player

1985- Solenn Heussaff -French-Filipino actress, singer, and fashion designer

1985- John Francis Daley -American actor and screenwriter

1985- David Mundy -Australian footballer

1985- Anastasia Perraki -Greek model

1986- Osric Chau -Canadian actor and producer

1987- Nicola Benedetti -Scottish violinist

1987- Niall McGinn -Irish footballer

1988- Julianne Hough -American singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer

1988- Stephen Strasburg -American baseball player

1989- Brooke Candy -American rapper and dancer

1989- Javier Cortés -Mexican footballer

1989- Witwisit Hiranyawongkul -Thai actor and singer

1989- Cristian Pasquato -Italian footballer

1991- Philipp Reiter -German mountaineer and runner

1991- Andrew Shaw (ice hockey)|Andrew Shaw -Canadian ice hockey player