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Famous Birthdays


1210- Joan of England, Queen of Scotland -(d. 1238)

1478- Philip I of Castile -(d. 1506)

1510- Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence -(d. 1537)

1535- Catherine Stenbock -Swedish wife of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1621)

1559- Lawrence of Brindisi -Italian priest and saint (d. 1619)

1621- Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury -English politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdon (d. 1683)

1651- Ferdinand Tobias Richter -Austrian organist and composer (d. 1711)

1702- Alessandro Besozzi -Italian oboe player composer (d. 1775)

1711- Georg Wilhelm Richmann -German-Russian physicist (d. 1753)

1713- Jacques-Germain Soufflot -French architect, designed the Panthéon, Paris|Panthéon (d. 1780)

1733- Mikhail Shcherbatov -Russian philosopher and historian (d. 1790)

1755- Gaspard de Prony -French mathematician and engineer (d. 1839)

1784- Friedrich Bessel -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1846)

1839- Jakob Hurt -Estonian theologist and linguist (d. 1907)

1844- William Archibald Spooner -English priest and scholar (d. 1930)

1848- Adolphus Frederick V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz -(d. 1914)

1849- Emma Lazarus -American poet (d. 1887)

1862- Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, 5th Baronet -Scottish fencer (d. 1931)

1863- Alec Hearne -English cricketer (d. 1952)

1877- Gian Giorgio Trissino (equestrian)|Gian Giorgio Trissino -Italian horse rider (d. 1963)

1878- Janusz Korczak -Polish pediatrician and author (d. 1942)

1882- Edward Hopper -American painter (d. 1967)

1884- Odell Shepard -American poet and politician, 66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (d. 1967)

1886- Hella Wuolijoki -Finnish author (d. 1954)

1887- Gustav Ludwig Hertz -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

1888- Kirk Bryan (geologist)|Kirk Bryan -American geologist and academic (d. 1950)

1888- Selman Waksman -Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1889- James Whale -English actor and director (d. 1957)

1890- Rose Kennedy -American philanthropist (d. 1995)

1892- Jack MacBryan -English cricketer and field hockey player (d. 1983)

1892- Hjalmar Väre -Finnish cyclist (d. 1952)

1893- Jesse Haines -American baseball player and coach (d. 1978)

1893- Karl Menninger -American psychiatrist (d. 1990)

1895- León de Greiff -Colombian poet, journalist, and diplomat (d. 1976)

1898- Stephen Vincent Benét -American poet and author (d. 1943)

1898- Alexander Calder -American sculptor (d. 1976)

1908- Amy Vanderbilt -American author (d. 1974)

1909- Licia Albanese -Italian-American soprano and actress (d. 2014)

1909- Dorino Serafini -Italian race car driver (d. 2000)

1913- Gorni Kramer -Italian bassist, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1995)

1915- Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah -Indian-Pakistani politician and diplomat (d. 2000)

1916- Gino Bianco -Brazilian race car driver (d. 1984)

1916- Marcel Cerdan -French boxer (d. 1949)

1921- William V. Roth, Jr. -American lawyer and politician (d. 2003)

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

1922- Dick Hoerner -American football player (d. 2010)

1923- Mukesh (singer)|Mukesh -Indian singer and actor (d. 1976)

1923- Bob Dole -American soldier and politician

1923- César Fernández Ardavín -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1923- The Fabulous Moolah -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1924- Margaret Whiting -American singer (d. 2011)

1925- Jack Matthews (author)|Jack Matthews -American author, playwright, and academic (d. 2013)

1926- Bryan Forbes -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1927- Pierre Granier-Deferre -French director and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1928- Orson Bean -American actor

1928- Keter Betts -American bassist (d. 2005)

1928- Jimmy Hill -English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1929- John Barber (racing driver)|John Barber -English race car driver

1929- Leonid Stolovich -Russian-Estonian philosopher and academic (d. 2013)

1931- Charles Huxtable (British Army officer)|Charles Huxtable -English general

1931- Leo Labine -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

1931- Perry Lopez -American actor (d. 2008)

1932- Oscar de la Renta -Dominican-American fashion designer (d. 2014)

1934- Louise Fletcher -American actress

1935- Tom Cartwright -English cricketer and coach (d. 2007)

1936- Harold Rhodes (cricketer)|Harold Rhodes -English cricketer

1936- Tom Robbins -American author

1937- Chuck Jackson -American singer-songwriter (The Del-Vikings)

1937- Yasuhiro Kojima -Japanese-American wrestler and manager (d. 1999)

1937- John Price (England cricketer)|John Price -English cricketer

1937- Vasant Ranjane -Indian cricketer (d. 2011)

1939- Gila Almagor -Israeli actress and author

1939- Terence Stamp -English actor and singer

1940- Judith Walzer Leavitt -American historian and academic

1940- Alex Trebek -Canadian-American game show host and producer

1940- Thomas Wayne (singer)|Thomas Wayne -American singer (d. 1971)

1941- Estelle Bennett -American singer (The Ronettes) (d. 2009)

1941- Vaughn Bodē -American illustrator (d. 1975)

1941- George Clinton (musician)|George Clinton -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Parliament-Funkadelic)

1941- David M. Kennedy (historian)|David M. Kennedy -American historian and author

1941- Ron Turcotte -Canadian jockey

1942- Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun -English-Australian politician (d. 2012)

1942- Peter Habeler -Austrian mountaineer

1943- Masaru Emoto -Japanese author and activist (d. 2014)

1943- Kay Bailey Hutchison -American lawyer and politician

1943- Bobby Sherman -American singer-songwriter and actor

1944- Rick Davies -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Supertramp)

1944- Dennis Firestone -Australian race car driver

1944- Sparky Lyle -American baseball player and manager

1944- Anand Satyanand -New Zealand lawyer, judge, and politician, 19th Governor-General of New Zealand

1945- Philip Cohen (British biochemist)|Philip Cohen -English biochemist and academic

1946- Danny Glover -American actor, director, and producer

1946- Mireille Mathieu -French singer

1946- Paul Schrader -American director and screenwriter

1946- Paul-Loup Sulitzer -French author

1946- Rolando Joven Tria Tirona -Filipino archbishop

1946- Johnson Toribiong -Palauan lawyer and politician, 7th President of Palau

1946- Stephen M. Wolownik -American musicologist (d. 2000)

1947- Albert Brooks -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1947- Gilles Duceppe -Canadian politician

1947- Don Henley -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Eagles (band)|The Eagles)

1948- S. E. Hinton -American author

1948- Stuart Laing (diplomat)|Stuart Laing -English academic and diplomat

1948- Otto Waalkes -German actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1949- Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum -Emirati politician, 4th Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

1949- Alan Menken -American pianist and composer

1949- Lasse Virén -Finnish runner

1951- Richard Bennett (guitarist)|Richard Bennett -American guitarist and producer (The Notorious Cherry Bombs)

1951- J. V. Cain -American football player (d. 1979)

1953- Jimmy Bruno -American guitarist

1953- Sylvia Chang -Taiwanese actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1953- Brian Howe (singer)|Brian Howe -English singer-songwriter (Bad Company)

1953- Paul Quarrington -Canadian playwright and educator (d. 2010)

1953- Priit Vilba -Estonian businessman and politician

1954- Al Di Meola -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Return to Forever)

1954- Steve LaTourette -American lawyer and politician

1954- Pierre Lebeau -Canadian actor

1954- Lonette McKee -American actress and singer

1955- Richard J. Corman -American businessman, founded the R.J. Corman Railroad Group (d. 2013)

1955- Willem Dafoe -American actor

1956- Scott Sanderson (baseball)|Scott Sanderson -American baseball player and sportscaster

1957- Álvaro Corcuera -Mexican priest (d. 2014)

1957- Dave Stieb -American baseball player

1958- Tatsunori Hara -Japanese baseball player and coach

1958- Carrie Nahabedian -American chef

1958- David Von Erich -American wrestler (d. 1984)

1959- Grant Forsberg -American actor (d. 2007)

1960- Barbara Cassani -American businesswoman

1960- Jon Oliva -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Jon Oliva's Pain)

1961- Calvin Fish -English race car driver and sportscaster

1961- Carolyn Quinn -English journalist and radio host

1961- Keith Sweat -American singer-songwriter and producer (LSG)

1962- Alvin Robertson -American basketball player

1962- Martine St. Clair -Canadian singer and actress

1963- Emilio Butragueño -Spanish footballer

1963- Rob Estes -American actor and director

1963- Olivier Gourmet -Belgian actor

1963- Emily Saliers -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Indigo Girls)

1964- Adam Godley -English actor

1964- Bonnie Langford -English actress and dancer

1964- John Leguizamo -Colombian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964- David Spade -American actor

1964- Don Van Natta, Jr. -American journalist and author

1965- Patrick Labyorteaux -American actor and screenwriter

1965- Shawn Michaels -American wrestler

1965- Richard B. Poore -New Zealand humanitarian

1965- Doug Riesenberg -American football player and coach

1966- Tim Brown (American football)|Tim Brown -American football player and manager

1966- Shaun Cohen -South African-American wrestler

1967- Irene Bedard -American actress

1967- Lauren Booth -English journalist

1968- Rhys Ifans -Welsh actor and singer

1969- Despina Vandi -German-Greek singer and actress

1970- Craig Baird -New Zealand race car driver

1970- Jason Becker -American guitarist and songwriter (Cacophony (band)|Cacophony)

1970- Sergei Zubov -Russian ice hockey player

1971- Kristine Lilly -American soccer player

1972- Colin Ferguson (actor)|Colin Ferguson -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1972- Seth Fisher -American illustrator (d. 2006)

1972- Keyshawn Johnson -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Niclas Weiland -German footballer

1973- Ronald Ray Howard -American murderer (d. 2005)

1973- Daniel Jones (musician)|Daniel Jones -English-Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Savage Garden)

1973- Petey Pablo -American rapper and actor

1973- Mike Sweeney -American baseball player

1973- Rufus Wainwright -American-Canadian singer-songwriter

1974- Sonija Kwok -Hong Kong-Canadian actress

1974- Franka Potente -German actress and singer

1975- Aile Asszonyi -Estonian soprano

1975- Sam Jacobson -American basketball player

1976- Kokia (singer)|Kokia -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

1976- Janek Tombak -Estonian cyclist

1977- Ezio Galon -Italian rugby player

1977- Ingo Hertzsch -German footballer

1977- Gustavo Nery -Brazilian footballer

1978- A. J. Cook -Canadian actress

1978- Martyn Lee (broadcaster)|Martyn Lee -English radio host and producer

1978- Runako Morton -Nevisian cricketer (d. 2012)

1978- Dennis Rommedahl -Danish footballer

1979- Anna Bieleń-Żarska -Polish tennis player

1979- Lucas Luhr -German race car driver

1979- Yadel Martí -Cuban baseball player

1979- James Mason (wrestler)|James Mason -English wrestler

1980- Tablo -South Korean-Canadian rapper, producer, and actor (Epik High)

1980- Scott Dixon -New Zealand race car driver

1980- Dirk Kuyt -Dutch footballer

1980- Kate Ryan -Belgian singer-songwriter

1981- Fandango (wrestler)|Fandango -American wrestler

1981- Ala Ghawas -Bahraini singer-songwriter

1982- Nuwan Kulasekara -Sri Lankan cricketer

1982- Anna Chicherova -Russian high jumper

1983- Aldo de Nigris -Mexican footballer

1983- Dries Devenyns -Belgian cyclist

1983- Clemens von Grumbkow -German rugby player

1983- Steven Jackson -American football player

1983- Arsenie Todiraș -Moldovan singer (O-Zone)

1983- Sharni Vinson -Australian actress and model

1984- Siim Avi -Estonian lawyer and politician

1984- Stewart Downing -English footballer

1984- Irina Kikkas -Estonian gymnast

1985- Jessica Abbott -Australian swimmer

1985- Nikos Ganos -Greek singer and model

1985- Takudzwa Ngwenya -Zimbabwean-American rugby player

1985- Akira Tozawa -Japanese wrestler

1986- Steve Johnson (American football)|Steve Johnson -American football player

1986- Cilla Kung -Hong Kong actress and singer

1987- Ilja Glebov -Estonian figure skater

1987- Charlotte Kalla -Swedish skier

1988- Paul Coutts -Scottish footballer

1988- Thomas Kraft -German footballer

1988- Jeremy Schilling -American radio host

1988- Yuriko Yoshitaka -Japanese actress

1989- Keegan Allen -American actor

1989- Leandro Damião -Brazilian footballer

1991- Matty James -English footballer

1992- Selena Gomez -American actress and singer (Selena Gomez & the Scene)

1993- Amber Beattie -English actress

1993- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -Chechen-American terrorist

1994- Lindsey Rayl -American actress and singer

1996- Skyler Gisondo -American actor

1997- Field Cate -American actor

1997- Jane Oineza -Filipino actress

1998- Madison Pettis -American actress