This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


68- Salonina Matidia -Roman daughter of Ulpia Marciana (d. 119)

1330- Ashikaga Yoshiakira -Japanese shogun (d. 1367)

1546- Murad III -Ottoman sultan (d. 1595)

1694- Louis-Claude Daquin -French organist and composer (d. 1772)

1715- Christian Fürchtegott Gellert -German poet and academic (d. 1769)

1719- Michel-Jean Sedaine -French playwright (d. 1797)

1790- George Everest -Welsh surveyor and geographer (d. 1866)

1799- Oscar I of Sweden -(d. 1859)

1804- Nathaniel Hawthorne -American author (d. 1864)

1807- Giuseppe Garibaldi -Italian general and politician (d. 1882)

1816- Hiram Walker -American businessman, founded Canadian Club|Canadian club whiskey (d. 1899)

1826- Stephen Foster -American songwriter (d. 1864)

1845- Thomas John Barnardo -Irish philanthropist and humanitarian (d. 1905)

1847- James Anthony Bailey -American circus ringmaster, co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (d. 1906)

1854- Victor Babeș -Romanian physician and biologist (d. 1926)

1854- Bill Tilghman -American police officer (d. 1924)

1867- Stephen Mather -American businessman (d. 1930)

1868- Henrietta Swan Leavitt -American astronomer and academic (d. 1921)

1868- Johannes van Dijk -Dutch rower (d. 1938)

1872- Calvin Coolidge -American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)

1874- John McPhee (politician)|John McPhee -Australian politician, 27th Premier of Tasmania (d. 1952)

1881- Ulysses S. Grant III -American general (d. 1968)

1882- Louis B. Mayer -Belarusian-American film producer, founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (d. 1957)

1883- Rube Goldberg -American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (d. 1970)

1887- Pio Pion -Italian businessman (d. 1965)

1888- Henry Armetta -Italian-American actor and singer (d. 1945)

1895- Irving Caesar -American songwriter and composer (d. 1996)

1896- Mao Dun -Chinese journalist, author, and critic (d. 1981)

1897- Alluri Sita Rama Raju -Indian activist (d. 1924)

1898- Pilar Barbosa -Puerto Rican historian and activist (d. 1997)

1898- Gertrude Lawrence -English-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1952)

1902- Meyer Lansky -Belarusian-American gangster (d. 1983)

1902- George Murphy -American actor and politician (d. 1992)

1903- Flor Peeters -Belgian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1986)

1904- Angela Baddeley -English actress (d. 1976)

1905- Irving Johnson -American sailor and author (d. 1991)

1905- Lionel Trilling -American author, critic, and educator (d. 1975)

1907- John Anderson (athlete)|John Anderson -American discus thrower (d. 1948)

1907- Gordon Griffith -American actor, director, and producer (d. 1958)

1907- Howard Taubman -American author and critic (d. 1996)

1910- Robert K. Merton -American sociologist and scholar (d. 2003)

1910- Gloria Stuart -American actress and singer (d. 2010)

1911- Mitch Miller -American singer and producer (d. 2010)

1912- Viviane Romance -French actress and producer (d. 1991)

1916- Iva Toguri D'Aquino -American typist and broadcaster (d. 2006)

1917- Manolete -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1947)

1918- Eppie Lederer -American journalist (d. 2002)

1918- Johnnie Parsons -American race car driver (d. 1984)

1918- Pauline Phillips -American journalist and radio host, created Dear Abby (d. 2013)

1918- Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV -of Tonga (d. 2006)

1920- Norm Drucker -American basketball player and referee

1920- Leona Helmsley -American businesswoman (d. 2007)

1920- Fritz Wilde -German footballer and manager (d. 1977)

1921- Gérard Debreu -French economist and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1921- Philip Rose (theatrical producer)|Philip Rose -American actor, playwright, and producer (d. 2011)

1921- Tibor Varga (violinist)|Tibor Varga -Hungarian violinist and conductor (d. 2003)

1923- Rudolf Friedrich -Swiss lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1924- Eva Marie Saint -American actress and producer

1926- Alfredo Di Stéfano -Argentinian-Spanish footballer and coach (d. 2014)

1926- Lake Underwood -American race car driver and businessman (d. 2008)

1927- Gina Lollobrigida -Italian actress and photographer

1927- Neil Simon -American playwright and screenwriter

1928- Giampiero Boniperti -Italian footballer and politician

1928- Shan Ratnam -Sri Lankan physician and academic (d. 2001)

1928- Chuck Tanner -American baseball player and manager (d. 2011)

1929- Peter Angelos -American lawyer and businessman

1929- Al Davis -American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2011)

1929- Bill Tuttle -American baseball player (d. 1998)

1930- Frunzik Mkrtchyan -Armenian actor (d. 1993)

1930- George Steinbrenner -American businessman (d. 2010)

1930- Yuri Tyukalov -Russian rower

1931- Stephen Boyd -Irish-American actor (d. 1977)

1931- Rick Casares -American football player (d. 2013)

1931- Lawrie Dring -Scottish scout leader, founded World Federation of Independent Scouts (d. 2012)

1931- Sébastien Japrisot -French author, director, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1932- Aurèle Vandendriessche -Belgian runner

1934- Yvonne B. Miller -American politician (d. 2012)

1934- Colin Welland -English actor and screenwriter

1935- Paul Scoon -Grenadian politician, 2nd Governor-General of Grenada (d. 2013)

1936- Zdzisława Donat -Polish soprano

1937- Thomas Nagel -American philosopher and educator

1937- Richard Rhodes -American journalist and historian

1938- Steven Rose -English biologist and academic

1938- Bill Withers -American singer-songwriter and producer

1938- John Sterling (sportscaster)|John Sterling -American sportscaster

1940- Karolyn Grimes -American actress

1940- Janet Neel Cohen, Baroness Cohen of Pimlico -English lawyer and author

1940- Dave Rowberry -English pianist and songwriter (The Animals) (d. 2003)

1940- Pat Stapleton (ice hockey)|Pat Stapleton -Canadian ice hockey player

1941- Sam Farr -American politician

1941- Sergio Oliva -Cuban-American bodybuilder (d. 2012)

1941- Pavel Sedláček (musician)|Pavel Sedláček -Czech singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941- Brian Willson -American soldier, lawyer, and activist

1942- Hal Lanier -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1942- Floyd Little -American football player and coach

1942- Stefan Meller -French-Polish politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (d. 2008)

1942- Peter Rowan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Earth Opera and Old and in the Way)

1943- Conny Bauer -German trombonist

1943- Emerson Boozer -American football player and sportscaster

1943- Adam Hart-Davis -English historian, author, and photographer

1943- Geraldo Rivera -American lawyer, journalist, and author

1943- Alan Wilson (musician)|Alan Wilson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Canned Heat) (d. 1970)

1944- Jaimy Gordon -American author and academic

1944- Ray Meagher -Australian actor

1944- Susan Kellermann -American actress

1945- Bruce French (actor)|Bruce French -American actor

1945- Andre Spitzer -Romanian-Israeli fencer and coach (d. 1972)

1946- Margaret Delisle -Canadian politician

1946- Tish Howard -American model

1946- Ron Kovic -American author and activist

1946- Michael Milken -American businessman and philanthropist

1946- Ed O'Ross -American actor

1948- Ed Armbrister -Bahamian baseball player

1948- René Arnoux -French race car driver

1948- Tommy Körberg -Swedish singer and actor

1948- Jeremy Spencer -English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)

1948- Phil Wheatley -English civil servant

1950- Philip Craven -English basketball player

1950- David Jensen -Canadian-English radio host

1950- Tonio K -American singer-songwriter

1951- Kathleen Kennedy Townsend -American lawyer and politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

1951- Vladimir Tismăneanu -Romanian-American political scientist, sociologist, and academic

1952- Paul Rogat Loeb -American author and activist

1952- Álvaro Uribe -Colombian lawyer and politician, 39th President of Colombia

1952- John Waite -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Babys and Bad English)

1953- Francis Maude -English politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

1954- Morganna -American model, actress, and dancer

1954- Jim Beattie -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1956- Mark Belling -American radio host

1957- Rein Lang -Estonian politician and diplomat, 25th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1957- Jenny Seagrove -English actress and activist

1957- Chulabhorn Walailak -Thai princess

1958- Steve Hartman (sportscaster)|Steve Hartman -American sportscaster

1958- Kirk Pengilly -Australian singer and guitarist (INXS)

1958- Carl Valentine -English-Canadian footballer, coach, and manager

1959- Victoria Abril -Spanish actress and singer

1960- Sid Eudy -American wrestler and actor

1960- Roland Ratzenberger -Austrian race car driver (d. 1994)

1960- Mark Steel -English comedian, actor, and author

1960- Barry Windham -American wrestler

1961- Richard Garriott -English-American video game designer, created the Ultima (series)|Ultima series

1962- Neil Morrissey -English actor and singer

1962- Pam Shriver -American tennis player and sportscaster

1963- Henri Leconte -French tennis player

1963- Ute Lemper -German singer and actress

1963- Laureano Márquez -Spanish-Venezuelan political scientist and journalist

1963- José Oquendo -Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach

1963- William Ramallo -Bolivian footballer and coach

1963- Michael Sweet -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Stryper and Boston (band)|Boston)

1964- Martin Flood -Australian game show contestant

1964- Cle Kooiman -American soccer player and manager

1964- Elie Saab -Lebanese fashion designer

1964- Mark Slaughter -American singer-songwriter and producer (Slaughter (band)|Slaughter and Vinnie Vincent Invasion)

1964- Mark Whiting -American director, screenwriter, and actor

1965- Harvey Grant -American basketball player and coach

1965- Jo Whiley -English radio and television host

1966- Minas Hantzidis -German-Greek footballer

1966- Lee Reherman -American football player and actor

1967- Vinny Castilla -Mexican baseball player and manager

1967- Andy Walker (journalist)|Andy Walker -English-Canadian journalist

1967- Rick Wilkins (baseball)|Rick Wilkins -American baseball player

1968- Ronni Ancona -Scottish actress and screenwriter

1968- Jack Frost (musician)|Jack Frost -American guitarist and songwriter (Seven Witches and The Bronx Casket Co.)

1969- Al Golden (American football)|Al Golden -American football player and coach

1969- Todd Marinovich -American football player

1969- Wilfred Mugeyi -Zimbabwean footballer and coach

1970- Christian Giesler -American bass player (Kreator)

1970- Tony Vidmar -Australian footballer and manager

1971- Koko (gorilla)|Koko -American gorilla

1971- Andy Creeggan -Canadian guitarist and pianist (Barenaked Ladies and The Brothers Creeggan)

1971- Brendan Donnelly -American baseball player

1971- Ned Zelić -Australian footballer

1972- Nina Badrić -Croatian singer-songwriter

1972- Stephen Giles -Canadian canoe racer

1972- William Goldsmith -American drummer (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters (band)|Foo Fighters, and The Fire Theft)

1972- Mike Knuble -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1973- Gackt -Japanese singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Malice Mizer and Skin (Japanese band)|Skin)

1973- Keiko Ihara -Japanese race car driver

1973- Michael Johnson (footballer, born 1973)|Michael Johnson -English-Jamaican footballer and manager

1973- Anjelika Krylova -Russian ice dancer and coach

1973- Jan Magnussen -Danish race car driver

1973- Tony Popovic -Australian footballer and manager

1973- Elton Williams -Caribbean footballer

1974- Jill Craybas -American tennis player

1974- La'Roi Glover -American football player and sportscaster

1974- Adrian Griffin -American basketball player and coach

1974- Vince Spadea -American tennis player

1976- Daijiro Kato -Japanese motorcycle racer (d. 2003)

1976- Yevgeniya Medvedeva -Russian skier

1977- Orri Páll Dýrason -Icelandic drummer (Sigur Rós)

1977- Jonas Kjellgren -Swedish singer, guitarist, and producer (Scar Symmetry, Centinex, Raubtier, and Carnal Forge)

1977- Zoe Naylor -Australian actress, journalist, and producer

1978- Andrea Gabriel -American actress

1978- Vicky Kaya -Greek model and actress

1978- Stephen McNally (musician)|Stephen McNally -English singer-songwriter (BBMak)

1978- Émile Mpenza -Belgian footballer

1978- Becki Newton -American actress

1978- Katia Zygouli -Greek model and actress

1979- Dumas (musician)|Dumas -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Siim Kabrits -Estonian politician

1979- Kevin Thoms -American actor

1979- Mark Twitchell -Canadian murderer

1979- Renny Vega -Venezuelan footballer

1980- Carrie Keagan -American television host and actress

1980- Max Elliott Slade -American actor

1980- Kwame Steede -Bermudan footballer

1981- Brock Berlin -American footballer

1981- Francisco Cruceta -Dominican baseball player

1981- Adérito Waldemar Alves Carvalho -Angolan footballer

1981- Tahar Rahim -French actor

1981- Will Smith (American football)|Will Smith -American football player

1982- Hannah Harper -English porn actress and director

1982- Michael Sorrentino -American model and author

1983- Melanie Fiona -Canadian singer-songwriter (X-Quisite)

1983- Isabeli Fontana -Brazilian model and actress

1983- Ben Jorgensen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Armor for Sleep)

1983- Amantle Montsho -Botswana sprinter

1983- Andrew Mrotek -American drummer (The Academy Is...)

1983- Miguel Ángel Muñoz -Spanish actor and singer

1983- Miguel Pinto -Chilean footballer

1983- Mattia Serafini -Italian footballer

1984- Jin Akanishi -Japanese singer-songwriter and actor (KAT-TUN and Lands (band)|Lands)

1984- Gina Glocksen -American singer

1984- Miguel Santos Soares -Timorese footballer

1985- Rinalds Sirsniņš -Latvian basketball player

1985- Kane Tenace -Australian footballer

1986- Takahisa Masuda -Japanese singer and actor (News (band)|NEWS and Tegomass)

1986- Nguyen Ngoc Duy -Vietnamese footballer

1986- Mía Taveras -Dominican model and actress

1986- Fanny Valette -French actress

1987- Wude Ayalew -Ethiopianr unner

1987- Guram Kashia -Georgian footballer

1988- Angelique Boyer -French-Mexican actress and singer

1988- Jada Stevens -American porn actress

1989- Benjamin Büchel -English footballer

1989- Yoon Doo-joon -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Beast (South Korean band)|Beast)

1989- Rodgers Kola -Zambian footballer

1990- Backer Aloenouvo -Togolese footballer

1990- Kelsi Crain -American model, Miss Louisiana|Miss Louisiana 2010

1990- Rishadi Fauzi -Indonesian footballer

1990- Jake Gardiner -American ice hockey player

1990- David Kross -German actor

1990- Alyssa Miller -American model

1990- Richard Mpong -Ghanaian footballer

1990- Naoki Yamada -Japanese footballer

1990- Ihar Yasinski -Belarusian footballer

1991- Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Rositi -Bruneian runner

1992- Basim (singer)|Basim -Danish singer-songwriter

1992- Nick Hissom -English model and singer

1993- Tom Barkhuizen -English footballer

1997- Jason Spevack -Canadian actor

1998- Malia Obama -American daughter of Barack Obama

1999- Moa Kikuchi -Japanese singer and model (Babymetal and Sakura Gakuin)