This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


923- Emperor Suzaku -of Japan (d. 952)

1529- Charles II, Margrave of Baden-Durlach -(d. 1577)

1561- Maria of the Palatinate-Simmern -(d. 1589)

1574- Thomas Platter the Younger -Swiss physician (d. 1628)

1660- Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury -English politician, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1718)

1725- John Newton -English sailor and clergyman (d. 1807)

1757- Vladimir Borovikovsky -Russian painter (d. 1825)

1783- Simón Bolívar -Venezuelan commander and politician, 2nd President of Venezuela (d. 1830)

1786- Joseph Nicollet -French mathematician and explorer (d. 1843)

1794- Johan Georg Forchhammer -Danish mineralogist and geologist (d. 1865)

1802- Alexandre Dumas -French author and playwright (d. 1870)

1803- Adolphe Adam -French composer and critic (d. 1856)

1821- William Poole -American boxer and gangster (d. 1855)

1826- Jan Gotlib Bloch -Polish theorist and activist (d. 1902)

1851- Friedrich Schottky -polish-German mathematician and theorist (d. 1935)

1853- William Gillette -American actor and author (d. 1937)

1856- Émile Picard -French mathematician and academic (d. 1941)

1857- Henrik Pontoppidan -Danish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)

1857- Juan Vicente Gómez -Venezuelan general and politician, 27th President of Venezuela (d. 1935)

1860- Princess Charlotte of Prussia -(d. 1919)

1860- Alphonse Mucha -Czech painter (d. 1939)

1864- Frank Wedekind -German playwright (d. 1918)

1867- Vicente Acosta -Salvadoran poet (d. 1908)

1867- E. F. Benson -English archaeologist and author (d. 1940)

1867- Fred Tate -English cricketer and coach (d. 1943)

1874- Oswald Chambers -Scottish minister and author (d. 1917)

1874- Hermann Wilker -German rower (d. 1941)

1877- Calogero Vizzini -Italian mobster (d. 1954)

1878- Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany -Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1957)

1880- Ernest Bloch -Swiss-American composer and educator (d. 1959)

1880- Kristian Hellström -Swedish runner (d. 1946)

1886- Jun'ichirō Tanizaki -Japanese author (d. 1965)

1888- Arthur Richardson (Australian cricketer)|Arthur Richardson -Australian cricketer and coach (d. 1973)

1895- Robert Graves -English-Spanish author, poet, and scholar (d. 1985)

1897- Amelia Earhart -American pilot and author (d. 1937)

1899- Chief Dan George -Canadian actor (d. 1981)

1900- Zelda Fitzgerald -American author and poet (d. 1948)

1901- Francisco Fernández Fernández -Spanish super-centenarian (d. 2012)

1904- Leo Arnaud -French-American trombonist, composer, and conductor (d. 1991)

1904- Richard B. Morris -American historian and academic (d. 1989)

1910- Harry Horner -American director and production designer (d. 1994)

1912- Essie Summers -New Zealand author (d. 1998)

1913- Britton Chance -American biologist and sailor (d. 2010)

1914- Ed Mirvish -American-Canadian businessman and philanthropist (d. 2007)

1915- Enrique Fernando -Filipino jurist, 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (d. 2004)

1915- Dick Sprang -American illustrator (d. 2000)

1916- Bob Eberly -American singer (d. 1981)

1916- John D. MacDonald -American author (d. 1986)

1917- Robert Farnon -Canadian trumpet player, composer, and conductor (d. 2005)

1917- Jack Moroney -Australian cricketer (d. 1999)

1918- Ruggiero Ricci -American violinist and educator (d. 2012)

1919- Robert Marsden Hope -Australian lawyer and judge (d. 1999)

1919- Ferdinand Kübler -Swiss cyclist

1919- John Winkin -American baseball player, coach, and journalist (d. 2014)

1920- Bella Abzug -American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)

1920- Constance Dowling -American model and actress (d. 1969)

1921- Giuseppe Di Stefano -Italian tenor (d. 2008)

1921- Billy Taylor -American pianist and composer (d. 2010)

1922- Madeleine Ferron -Canadian author (d. 2010)

1924- Wilfred Josephs -English composer (d. 1997)

1924- Aris Poulianos -Greek anthropologist and archaeologist

1927- Zara Mints -Russian-Estonian philologist and academic (d. 1990)

1929- Alfred Binns -Jamaican cricketer

1930- Alfred Balk -American journalist and author (d. 2010)

1930- Keshubhai Patel -Indian politician, 10th Chief Minister of Gujarat

1931- Ermanno Olmi -Italian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1931- Éric Tabarly -French commander (d. 1998)

1932- Gustav Andreas Tammann -German astronomer

1933- John Aniston -Greek-American actor

1933- Doug Sanders -American golfer

1934- Sante Kimes -American murderer (d. 2014)

1934- P. S. Soosaithasan -Sri Lankan politician

1935- Aaron Elkins -American author

1935- Pat Oliphant -Australian cartoonist

1935- Les Reed (songwriter)|Les Reed -English pianist, composer, and conductor

1935- Derek Varnals -South African cricketer

1936- Ruth Buzzi -American actress

1936- Mark Goddard -American actor

1936- Dan Inosanto -American martial artist and actor

1936- Albert Marrin -American historian and author

1937- Manoj Kumar -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Quinlan Terry -English architect

1938- Alexis Jacquemin -Belgian economist and academic (d. 2004)

1938- Eugene J. Martin -American painter

1938- John Sparling -New Zealand cricketer

1939- Walt Bellamy -American basketball player (d. 2013)

1939- David Simon, Baron Simon of Highbury -English businessman and politician

1940- Rex Garvin -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (d. 2013)

1940- Stanley Hauerwas -American theologian and educator

1940- Dan Hedaya -American actor

1941- John Bond (banker)|John Bond -English banker

1942- Heinz (singer)|Heinz -German-English singer-songwriter and bass player (The Tornados) (d. 2000)

1942- David Miner (musician)|David Miner -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Great Society (band)|The Great Society)

1942- Chris Sarandon -American actor

1944- Jim Armstrong (guitarist)|Jim Armstrong -Irish guitarist (Them (band)|Them)

1945- Frank Close -English physicist and academic

1945- Linda Harrison (actress)|Linda Harrison -American actress

1945- Azim Premji -Indian businessman and philanthropist

1945- Hugh Ross (creationist)|Hugh Ross -Canadian-American astrophysicist and astronomer

1946- Gallagher (comedian)|Gallagher -American comedian and actor

1946- Friedhelm Haebermann -German footballer and manager

1946- Hervé Vilard -French singer

1947- Zaheer Abbas -Pakistani cricketer and manager

1947- Robert Hays -American actor and producer

1947- Geoff McQueen -English screenwriter (d. 1994)

1947- Peter Serkin -American pianist and educator

1948- Michael Coveney -English author and critic

1949- Yves Duteil -French singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949- Michael Richards -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Arliss Ryan -American author

1951- Lynda Carter -American actress and singer

1951- Gypie Mayo -English guitarist and songwriter (Dr. Feelgood and The Yardbirds) (d. 2013)

1951- Chris Smith, Baron Smith of Finsbury -English politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

1952- Gus Van Sant -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1953- Julian Brazier -English captain and politician

1953- Jon Faddis -American trumpet player, composer, and conductor

1953- Claire McCaskill -American lawyer and politician

1953- James Newcome -English bishop

1954- Günter Böttcher -German handball player (d. 2012)

1955- Brad Watson (writer)|Brad Watson -American author and academic

1956- Charlie Crist -American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of Florida

1956- Pat Finn -American game show host and producer

1957- Larry Gott -English singer and guitarist (James (band)|James)

1957- Pam Tillis -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1958- Joe Barry Carroll -American basketball player

1958- Mick Karn -Cypriot-English guitarist and songwriter (Japan (band)|Japan, Dalis Car, NiNa, and JBK (music)|JBK) (d. 2011)

1958- Jim Leighton -Scottish footballer and coach

1960- Catherine Destivelle -Algerian-French rock climber and mountaineer

1961- Kerry Dixon -English footballer and manager

1961- Paul Geary -American singer, drummer, and manager (Extreme (band)|Extreme)

1962- Johnny O'Connell -American race car driver

1963- Julie Krone -American jockey

1963- Karl Malone -American basketball player and coach

1964- Barry Bonds -American baseball player

1964- Pedro Passos Coelho -Portuguese economist and politician, 118th Prime Minister of Portugal

1964- Urmas Kaljend -Estonian footballer

1964- John Rosengren -American author

1964- Banana Yoshimoto -Japanese author

1965- Andrew Gaze -Australian basketball player and sportscaster

1965- Kadeem Hardison -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1965- Doug Liman -American director and producer

1966- Mo-Do -Italian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1966- Martin Keown -English footballer and coach

1968- Kristin Chenoweth -American actress and singer

1968- Colleen Doran -American author and illustrator

1968- Malcolm Ingram -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Laura Leighton -American actress

1969- Rick Fox -Bahamian basketball player and actor

1969- Ahn Ji-hwan -South Korean voice actor

1969- Jennifer Lopez -American actress, singer, and dancer

1970- Stephanie Adams -American model and author

1970- Julia Bradbury -Irish-English journalist

1970- Elli Kokkinou -Greek singer

1971- Dino Baggio -Italian footballer

1971- John Partridge (actor)|John Partridge -English actor, singer, and dancer

1972- Kaiō Hiroyuki -Japanese sumo wrestler

1972- Jen Miller -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Amanda Stretton -English race car driver and journalist

1975- Tracey Crouch -English politician

1975- Dafydd James -Zambian-Welsh rugby player

1975- Jamie Langenbrunner -American ice hockey player

1975- Eric Szmanda -American actor

1975- Torrie Wilson -American wrestler and model

1976- Rafer Alston -American basketball player

1976- Nate Bump -American baseball player

1976- Laura Fraser -Scottish actress

1976- Tiago Monteiro -Portuguese race car driver

1977- Danny Dyer -English actor

1977- Mehdi Mahdavikia -Iranian footballer

1977- Aitor Pérez -Spanish cyclist

1978- Andy Irons -American surfer (d. 2010)

1978- Crista Nicole -American model

1978- Joanna Taylor -English model and actress

1979- Rose Byrne -Australian actress

1979- Alexis Mateo -Puerto Rican drag queen performer

1979- Jerrod Niemann -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Stat Quo -American rapper and producer

1979- Valerio Scassellati -Italian race car driver

1979- Anne-Gaëlle Sidot -French tennis player

1979- Lee Si-yeon -South Korean actress

1979- Mark Andrew Smith -American author

1979- Ryan Speier -American baseball player

1980- Gauge (pornographic actress)|Gauge -American porn actress

1980- Wilfred Bungei -Kenyan runner

1980- Joel Stroetzel -American guitarist (Killswitch Engage and Aftershock (band)|Aftershock)

1981- Summer Glau -American actress

1981- Mark Robinson (footballer, born 1981)|Mark Robinson -English footballer

1982- Chris Barrett -American director, producer, and author

1982- Élise Crombez -Belgian model

1982- Luka Magnotta -Canadian porn actor and model

1982- Trevor Matthews -Canadian actor and producer, founded Brookstreet Pictures

1982- Thiago Medeiros -Brazilian race car driver

1982- Mewelde Moore -American football player

1982- Elisabeth Moss -American actress

1982- Anna Paquin -Canadian-New Zealand actress

1982- Michael Poppmeier -South African-German rugby player

1983- Daniele De Rossi -Italian footballer

1983- Joey Kovar -American model (d. 2012)

1983- Asami Mizukawa -Japanese actress

1984- Patrick Harvey (actor)|Patrick Harvey -Irish-Australian actor

1984- Tyler Kyte -Canadian actor, singer, and drummer (Sweet Thing (band)|Sweet Thing)

1984- Dhani Lennevald -Swedish singer and dancer (A-Teens)

1984- Leanne Moore -Irish singer

1984- Adam Nelson (footballer)|Adam Nelson -Scottish footballer

1984- Joris Putman -Dutch actor

1985- Patrice Bergeron -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Aries Merritt -American hurdler

1985- Teagan Presley -American porn actress

1985- Lukáš Rosol -Czech tennis player

1985- Eric Wright (cornerback, born 1985)|Eric Wright -American football player

1986- Vugar Gashimov -Azerbaijani chess player (d. 2014)

1986- Andrei Lutai -Russian figure skater

1986- Megan Park -Canadian actress

1986- Kaido Saks -Estonian basketball player

1986- Natalie Tran -Australian blogger

1987- Jovan Belcher -American football player (d. 2012)

1987- Filipe Francisco dos Santos -Brazilian footballer

1987- Nathan Gerbe -American ice hockey player

1987- Merve Sevi -Turkish actress

1987- Mara Wilson -American actress and playwright

1988- Ricky Petterd -Australian footballer

1988- Han Seung-yeon -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Kara (band)|Kara)

1989- Maurkice Pouncey -American football player

1989- Kim Tae-Hwan -South Korean footballer

1990- Daveigh Chase -American actress and singer

1990- Jay McGuiness -English singer (The Wanted)

1990- Dean Stoneman -English race car driver

1991- Manuel Fischnaller -Italian footballer

1991- Lin Yue -Chinese diver

1992- Dmitry Abyzov -Russian footballer

1992- Mikaël Kingsbury -Canadian skier

1998- Bindi Irwin -Australian television host and actress