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Famous Birthdays


1423- Louis XI of France -(d. 1483)

1442- Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado -of Japan (d. 1500)

1518- Li Shizhen -Chinese physician and mineralogist (d. 1593)

1530- Claude Fauchet (historian)|Claude Fauchet -French historian (d. 1601)

1590- Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana -Italian singer, organist, and composer (d. 1662)

1676- Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau -(d. 1747)

1685- Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet -English field marshal and politician (d. 1768)

1728- Robert Adam -Scottish architect, designed Culzean Castle (d. 1792)

1738- John Singleton Copley -American-English painter (d. 1815)

1743- Sophia Magdalena of Denmark -(d. 1813)

1789- Johann Friedrich Overbeck -German-Italian painter and engraver (d. 1869)

1846- Achilles Alferaki -Russian composer and politician, Governor of Taganrog (d. 1919)

1851- Charles Bannerman -Australian cricketer (d. 1930)

1854- Leoš Janáček -Czech composer and theorist (d. 1928)

1860- Charlotte Perkins Gilman -American sociologist and author (d. 1935)

1866- Albert Gottschalk -Danish painter (d. 1906)

1869- Svend Kornbeck -Danish actor (d. 1933)

1870- R. B. Bennett -Canadian lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1947)

1874- Jean Collas -French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1928)

1875- Ferdinand Sauerbruch -German surgeon and academic (d. 1951)

1876- Ralph Barton Perry -American philosopher and academic (d. 1957)

1878- George M. Cohan -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1942)

1879- Alfred Korzybski -Polish-American mathematician, linguist, and philosopher (d. 1950)

1880- Carl Schuricht -Polish-German conductor (d. 1967)

1883- Franz Kafka -Czech-Austrian author (d. 1924)

1886- Raymond A. Spruance -American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 1969)

1888- Ramón Gómez de la Serna -Spanish author and playwright (d. 1963)

1893- Sándor Bortnyik -Hungarian painter and graphic designer (d. 1976)

1893- Mississippi John Hurt -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)

1896- Doris Lloyd -English-American actress (d. 1968)

1900- Alessandro Blasetti -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1901- Ruth Crawford Seeger -American composer (d. 1953)

1903- Ace Bailey -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1992)

1905- Johnny Gibson -American hurdler and coach (d. 2006)

1906- Jack Earle -American actor (d. 1952)

1906- George Sanders -Russian-English actor and singer (d. 1972)

1908- M. F. K. Fisher -American author (d. 1992)

1908- Robert B. Meyner -American politician, 44th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1990)

1910- Fritz Kasparek -Austrian mountaineer (d. 1954)

1913- Dorothy Kilgallen -American journalist, actress, and author (d. 1965)

1916- John Kundla -American basketball player and coach

1917- João Saldanha -Brazilian footballer, manager, and journalist (d. 1990)

1918- S. V. Ranga Rao -Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 1974)

1919- Gerald W. Thomas -American soldier and academic (d. 2013)

1920- Paul O'Dea -American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)

1921- Susan Peters -American actress (d. 1952)

1921- François Reichenbach -French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1922- Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo -Belgian painter and sculptor (d. 2010)

1924- S. R. Nathan -Singaporean politician, 6th president of Singapore

1926- Johnny Coles -American trumpet player (d. 1997)

1927- Ken Russell -English actor, director, and producer (d. 2011)

1928- Evelyn Anthony -English author

1928- Roger Horchow -American producer and publisher

1929- Clément Perron -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1929- Béatrice Picard -Canadian actress

1930- Pete Fountain -American clarinet player

1930- Carlos Kleiber -German-Austrian conductor (d. 2004)

1930- Tommy Tedesco -American guitarist (d. 1997)

1931- Frits Helmuth -Danish actor (d. 2004)

1932- Richard Mellon Scaife -American businessman (d. 2014)

1933- Edward Brandt, Jr. -American physician and mathematician (d. 2007)

1935- Cheo Feliciano -Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Fania All-Stars) (d. 2014)

1935- Harrison Schmitt -American geologist, astronaut, and politician

1936- Anthony Lester, Baron Lester of Herne Hill -English lawyer and politician

1936- Baard Owe -Norwegian-Danish actor

1937- Nicholas Maxwell -English philosopher and academic

1937- Tom Stoppard -Czech-English playwright and screenwriter

1938- Jean Aitchison -English linguist and academic

1939- Brigitte Fassbaender -German soprano and director

1939- László Kovács (politician)|László Kovács -Hungarian politician and diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Hungary)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Hungary

1939- Coco Laboy -Puerto Rican baseball player

1940- Lamar Alexander -American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Education

1940- Fontella Bass -American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

1940- Jerzy Buzek -Polish engineer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Poland

1940- César Tovar -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1994)

1941- Gloria Allred -American lawyer and activist

1942- Eddy Mitchell -French singer-songwriter and actor (Les Chaussettes Noires)

1942- Paco Stanley -Mexican actor (d. 1999)

1943- Judith Durham -Australian singer-songwriter (The Seekers)

1943- Kurtwood Smith -American actor

1944- Michel Polnareff -French singer-songwriter

1944- Paul Young (actor)|Paul Young -Scottish actor

1945- Michael Cole (actor)|Michael Cole -American actor

1945- Robert Crawford (historian)|Robert Crawford -English historian and curator

1945- Iain MacDonald-Smith -English sailor

1945- Michael Martin, Baron Martin of Springburn -Scottish politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons

1945- Saharon Shelah -Israeli mathematician and academic

1946- Johnny Lee (singer)|Johnny Lee -American singer and guitarist

1946- Leszek Miller -Polish political scientist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Poland

1946- Michael Shea (author)|Michael Shea -American author (d. 2014)

1946- Bolo Yeung -Hong Kong bodybuilder and actor

1947- Dave Barry -American journalist and author

1947- Adrian Bird -English geneticist and academic

1947- Betty Buckley -American actress and singer

1947- Top Topham -English guitarist (The Yardbirds)

1948- Paul Barrere -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Little Feat)

1948- Tarmo Koivisto -Finnish author and illustrator

1948- Stephen Pound -English politician

1949- Susan Penhaligon -Filipino-English actress

1949- Jan Smithers -American actress

1949- John Verity -English guitarist (Argent (band)|Argent)

1949- Johnnie Wilder, Jr. -American singer (Heatwave (band)|Heatwave) (d. 2006)

1949- Bo Xilai -Chinese politician

1950- Ewen Chatfield -New Zealand cricketer

1950- James Hahn -American judge and politician, 40th Mayor of Los Angeles

1951- Jean-Claude Duvalier -Haitian politician, 41st President of Haiti (d. 2014)

1951- Richard Hadlee -New Zealand cricketer

1952- Andy Fraser -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Free (band)|Free, Sharks (band formed 1972)|Sharks, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

1952- Amit Kumar -Indian actor, singer, and director

1952- Rohinton Mistry -Indian-Canadian author

1954- Franny Billingsley -American author

1955- Claude Rajotte -Canadian radio and television host

1955- Amy Wallace -American author (d. 2013)

1956- Vincent Margera -American television personality

1956- Montel Williams -American actor and talk show host

1957- Laura Branigan -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2004)

1957- Ken Ober -American comedian, actor, and game show host (d. 2009)

1958- Lisa De Leeuw -American porn actress (d. 1993)

1958- Matthew Fraser (journalist)|Matthew Fraser -Canadian-English journalist and academic

1958- Charlie Higson -English actor, singer, and author (The Higsons)

1958- Siân Lloyd -Welsh meteorologist and journalist

1958- Didier Mouron -Swiss-Canadian painter

1958- Aaron Tippin -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1959- Julie Burchill -English journalist and author

1959- Ian Maxtone-Graham -American screenwriter and producer

1959- Stephen Pearcy -American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Ratt, Arcade (band)|Arcade, Vertex (band)|Vertex, and Vicious Delite)

1959- David Shore -Canadian screenwriter and producer

1959- Graham Roberts -English footballer and manager

1960- Vince Clarke -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Depeche Mode, Yazoo (band)|Yazoo, The Assembly, Erasure, and VCMG)

1961- Pedro Romeiras -Portuguese dancer and choreographer

1961- Tim Smith (musician)|Tim Smith -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer (Cardiacs, The Sea Nymphs (band)|The Sea Nymphs, Spratleys Japs, and Panixphere)

1962- Tom Cruise -American actor and producer

1962- Thomas Gibson -American actor and director

1962- Hugh Page -South African cricketer

1962- Hunter Tylo -American actress

1963- Tracey Emin -English painter and photographer

1964- Joanne Harris -English author

1964- Yeardley Smith -French-American actress

1965- Shinya Hashimoto -Japanese wrestler (d. 2005)

1965- Connie Nielsen -Danish-American actress

1965- Komsan Pohkong -Thai lawyer and academic

1966- Moisés Alou -American baseball player

1967- Brian Cashman -American businessman

1967- Katy Clark -Scottish lawyer and politician

1968- Ramush Haradinaj -Kosovo-Albanian politician, 4th Prime Minister of Kosovo

1968- Aku Louhimies -Finnish director and screenwriter

1969- Kevin Hearn -Canadian singer and keyboard player (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, and Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle)

1970- Serhiy Honchar -Ukrainian cyclist

1970- Audra McDonald -American actress and singer

1970- Teemu Selänne -Finnish-American ice hockey player

1970- Shawnee Smith -American actress and singer (Smith & Pyle)

1971- Julian Assange -Australian journalist, publisher, and activist, founded WikiLeaks

1972- Warren Furman -English-American actor

1972- Tõnu Samuel -Estonian computer programmer

1973- Emma Cunniffe -English actress

1973- Ólafur Stefánsson -Icelandic handball player

1973- Fyodor Tuvin -Russian footballer (d. 2013)

1973- Patrick Wilson (American actor)|Patrick Wilson -American actor and singer

1976- Andrea Barber -American actress

1976- Wade Belak -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1976- Shane Lynch -Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Boyzone)

1976- Henry Olonga -Zimbabwean cricketer and sportscaster

1976- Wanderlei Silva -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1976- Bobby Skinstad -Zimbabwean-South African rugby player

1977- David Bowens -American football player

1978- Mizuki Noguchi -Japanese runner

1979- Ludivine Sagnier -French actress and singer

1980- Mazharul Haque -Bangladeshi cricketer (d. 2013)

1980- Jenny Jones (snowboarder)|Jenny Jones -English snowboarder

1980- Olivia Munn -American actress

1980- Boštjan Nachbar -Slovenian basketball player

1980- Roland Schoeman -South African swimmer

1980- Harbhajan Singh -Indian cricketer

1980- Kid Sister -American rapper

1980- Giorgos Theodoridis -Greek footballer

1981- Aoi Tada -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1981- Justin Torkildsen -American actor

1982- Kanika (actress)|Kanika -Indian actress and singer

1983- Steph Jones -American singer-songwriter

1983- Matt Papa -American singer-songwriter

1983- Edinson Volquez -Dominican baseball player

1984- Satomi Hanamura -Japanese actress

1984- Manny Lawson -American football player

1984- Churandy Martina -Dutch sprinter

1984- Syed Rasel -Bangladeshi cricketer

1984- Nicolas Roche -Irish cyclist

1984- Corey Sevier -Canadian actor

1985- Dean Cook -English actor

1985- Keisuke Minami -Japanese actor and singer (PureBoys)

1986- Marco Antônio de Mattos Filho -Brazilian footballer

1986- Robina Muqimyar -Afghan Sprinter

1986- Greg Paulus -American basketball and football player

1986- Payal Shakya -Miss Nepal Miss Nepal 2004|2004 Winner

1987- Chad Broskey -American actor

1987- Chris Hunter (actor)|Chris Hunter -American actor

1987- Sebastian Vettel -German race car driver

1988- Winston Reid -New Zealand-Danish footballer

1988- Vladislav Sesganov -Russian figure skater

1988- James Troisi -Australian footballer

1989- Godfrey Walusimbi -Ugandan footballer

1990- Nathan Gardner -Australian rugby player

1990- Bobby Hopkinson -English footballer

1990- Lucas Mendes -Brazilian footballer

1990- Fredo Santana -American rapper

1991- Tomomi Itano -Japanese actress and singer (AKB48)

1991- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova -Russian tennis player

1991- Grant Rosenmeyer -American actor

1992- Nathalia Ramos -Spanish actress and singer

1992- Molly Sandén -Swedish singer and voice actress

1992- Maasa Sudo -Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo and ZYX)

1993- Roy Kim -South Korean singer-songwriter

1997- Mia Mckenna-Bruce -English actress