This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


465- Ahkal Mo' Naab' I -Mayan ruler (d. 524)

1029- Al-Mustansir Billah -Egyptian List of rulers of Egypt|Caliph (d. 1094)

1321- Joan of The Tower -Scottish wife of David II of Scotland (d. 1362)

1547- Garzia de' Medici -Tuscan son of Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1562)

1549- Francesco Maria del Monte -Italian cardinal (d. 1627)

1554- Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France -(d. 1592)

1586- Thomas Hooker -English-American settler, founded the Colony of Connecticut (d. 1647)

1653- Thomas Pitt -English businessman and politician (d. 1726)

1670- Countess Palatine Dorothea Sophie of Neuburg -(d. 1748)

1675- Mary Walcott -American witness at the Salem witch trials (d. 1719)

1709- Étienne de Silhouette -French Controller-General of Finances (d. 1767)

1717- Peter III of Portugal -(d. 1786)

1718- Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1794)

1745- Carl Arnold Kortum -German physician (d. 1824)

1755- Sarah Siddons -Welsh-English actress (d. 1831)

1780- François Carlo Antommarchi -French physician (d. 1838)

1793- Pavel Pestel -Russian soldier (d. 1826)

1794- Sylvester Graham -American minister and activist (d. 1851)

1801- David Farragut -American admiral (d. 1870)

1802- Pavel Nakhimov -Russian admiral (d. 1855)

1805- Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte -English-American son of Jérôme Bonaparte (d. 1870)

1805- Robert FitzRoy -English captain, meteorologist, and politician, 2nd Governor of New Zealand (d. 1865)

1810- P. T. Barnum -American businessman, co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (d. 1891)

1820- William John Macquorn Rankine -Scottish physicist, mathematician, and engineer (d. 1872)

1829- Ignacio Mariscal -Mexican politician and diplomat, Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Mexico)|Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Mexico (d. 1910)

1832- Pavel Chistyakov -Russian painter and educator (d. 1919)

1841- William Collins Whitney -American financier and politician, 31st United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1904)

1849- William Thomas Stead -English journalist (d. 1912)

1853- Cecil Rhodes -English-South African businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (d. 1902)

1857- Clara Zetkin -German theorist and activist (d. 1933)

1860- Robert Bacon -American colonel and politician, 39th United States Secretary of State (d. 1919)

1872- Édouard Herriot -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1957)

1874- Eugen Fischer -German physician and academic (d. 1967)

1879- Dwight F. Davis -American tennis player and politician, 49th United States Secretary of War (d. 1945)

1879- Wanda Landowska -Polish-French harpsichord player (d. 1959)

1880- Jan Kubelík -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1940)

1880- Constantin Tănase -Romanian actor and playwright (d. 1945)

1882- Inayat Khan -Indian mystic and educator (d. 1927)

1883- Gustave Lanctot -Canadian historian, author, and academic (d. 1975)

1885- Blas Infante -Spanish historian and politician (d. 1936)

1885- André Lhote -French sculptor and painter (d. 1962)

1886- Willem Drees -Dutch accountant and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1988)

1888- Herbert Spencer Gasser -American physiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1963)

1889- Jean Cocteau -French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1963)

1890- Frederick Lewis Allen -American historian and journalist (d. 1954)

1891- John Howard Northrop -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1891- Tin Ujević -Croatian poet (d. 1955)

1894- Ants Lauter -Estonian actor and director (d. 1973)

1895- Gordon Jacob -English composer (d. 1984)

1898- Georgios Grivas -Greek general (d. 1974)

1899- Marcel Achard -French playwright, screenwriter, and author (d. 1974)

1900- Yoshimaro Yamashina -Japanese ornithologist, founded the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology (d. 1989)

1902- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. -American colonel and politician, 3rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1985)

1903- Willem Peters -Dutch triple jumper (d. 1995)

1904- Harold Acton -English scholar and author (d. 1994)

1904- Ernst Mayr -German-American biologist and ornithologist (d. 2005)

1904- Milburn Stone -American actor (d. 1980)

1905- Myles Horton -American educator and activist (d. 1990)

1910- Georges Vedel -French lawyer and academic (d. 2002)

1911- Endel Aruja -Estonian-Canadian physicist (d. 2008)

1911- Giorgio Borġ Olivier -Maltese lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1980)

1911- Georges Pompidou -French politician, 19th President of France (d. 1974)

1912- Mack David -American songwriter (d. 1993)

1913- George Costakis -Russian art collector (d. 1990)

1913- Smiley Lewis -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)

1914- Gerda Gilboe -Danish actress and singer (d. 2009)

1915- John Woodruff -American runner (d. 2007)

1918- K. Karunakaran -Indian politician, 7th Chief Minister of Kerala (d. 2010)

1918- René Lecavalier -Canadian sportscaster (d. 1999)

1918- Zakaria Mohieddin -Egyptian general and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2012)

1918- George Rochberg -American composer and educator (d. 2005)

1920- Mary Louise Hancock -American politician

1921- Viktor Kulikov -Russian marshal (d. 2013)

1922- Bob Duffy (basketball, born 1922)|Bob Duffy -American basketball player

1924- Niels Jannasch -German-Canadian historian (d. 2001)

1924- János Starker -Hungarian-American cellist and educator (d. 2013)

1925- Fernando de Szyszlo -Peruvian painter and sculptor

1925- Jean Raspail -French author and explorer

1928- Pierre Mauroy -French educator and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 2013)

1928- Warren Oates -American actor (d. 1982)

1929- Katherine Helmond -American actress and director

1929- Jiří Reynek -Czech poet and graphic artist (d. 2014)

1931- Ismail Mahomed -South African lawyer and politician, 17th Chief Justice of South Africa (d. 2000)

1931- John Ure (diplomat)|John Ure -English diplomat, British Ambassador to Sweden

1932- Howard Dorgan -American author and academic (d. 2012)

1932- Gyula Horn -Hungarian politician, 37th Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 2013)

1932- Billy Laughlin -American actor (d. 1948)

1935- John Gilmore (writer)|John Gilmore -American journalist and author

1935- Fergus Millar -Scottish historian and academic

1935- John Schoenherr -American illustrator (d. 2010)

1936- Shirley Knight -American actress

1936- James Mirrlees -Scottish economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1938- Ronnie Self -American singer-songwriter (d. 1981)

1939- Booker Edgerson -American football player

1940- Bud Andrews -American radio host and producer (d. 2014)

1940- Chuck Close -American painter and photographer

1942- Hannes Löhr -German footballer, coach, and manager

1943- Curt Blefary -American baseball player and coach (d. 2001)

1943- Mark Cox (tennis)|Mark Cox -English tennis player, coach and sportscaster

1943- Robbie Robertson -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Band)

1945- Humberto Benítez Treviño -Mexican lawyer and politician, Attorney General of México

1946- Pierre-Marc Johnson -Canadian lawyer, physician, and politician, 24th Premier of Quebec

1946- Paul Smith (fashion designer)|Paul Smith -English fashion designer

1946- Gerard 't Hooft -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1946- Vladimir Mikhailovich Zakharov -Russian dancer and choreographer (d. 2013)

1947- Todd Akin -American soldier, engineer, and politician

1947- George Kunz -American football player

1948- William Hootkins -American actor (d. 2005)

1949- Ludwig G. Strauss -German physician and academic (d. 2013)

1950- Huey Lewis -American singer-songwriter and actor (Huey Lewis and the News and Clover (band)|Clover)

1950- Michael Monarch -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Steppenwolf (band)|Steppenwolf, Detective (band)|Detective, and World Classic Rockers)

1950- Philip Terzian -American journalist and author

1951- Keiko Fuji -Japanese singer and actress (d. 2013)

1951- Goose Gossage -American baseball player

1951- Roger Wicker -American colonel, lawyer, and politician

1953- Elizabeth Emanuel -English fashion designer

1954- Leni Björklund -Swedish politician, 28th Minister for Defence (Sweden)|Minister of Defence for Sweden

1954- Jimmy Crespo -American guitarist and songwriter (Aerosmith and Stress (pop rock band)|Stress)

1954- Wayne Hale -American engineer

1954- Elżbieta Pierzchała -Polish politician

1954- John Wright (cricketer)|John Wright -New Zealand cricketer and coach

1955- Peter McNamara -Australian tennis player and coach

1956- Horacio Cartes -Paraguayan politician, President of Paraguay

1956- Terry Chimes -English drummer (The Clash, Generation X (band)|Generation X, Hanoi Rocks, and Cowboys International)

1956- Billy Jenkins -English guitarist and composer (Voice of God Collective)

1956- James Lofton -American football player and coach

1956- Patsy Pease -American actress

1957- David Hanson (politician)|David Hanson -English politician

1957- Anne Marie Morris -English politician

1957- Carlo Thränhardt -German high jumper

1957- Doug Wilson (ice hockey)|Doug Wilson -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1958- Paul Daniel -English conductor

1958- Bill Watterson -American author and illustrator

1959- Marc Cohn -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1960- James M. Kelly (politician)|James M. Kelly -American politician

1960- Brad Loree -Canadian actor and stuntman

1960- Pruitt Taylor Vince -American actor

1961- Isabelle Poulenard -French soprano

1961- Patrizia Scianca -Italian voice actress

1962- Sarina Hülsenbeck -German swimmer

1962- Amrozi bin Nurhasyim -Indonesian terrorist (d. 2008)

1963- Edie Falco -American actress

1963- Russ Lorenson -American singer and actor

1963- Yasmin Qureshi -Pakistani-English politician

1963- Mark Stockwell -Australian swimmer

1963- Dorien Wilson -American actor

1964- Ronald D. Moore -American screenwriter and producer

1965- Kathryn Erbe -American actress

1965- Eyran Katsenelenbogen -Israeli pianist

1965- Julián Sotelo -Spanish javelin thrower

1966- Susannah Doyle -English actress, director, and playwright

1966- Claudia Wells -Malaysian-American actress

1966- Gianfranco Zola -Italian footballer and coach

1967- Silvia Ziche -Italian author and illustrator

1967- Vinod Raj -Indian actor, singer, and dancer

1968- Ken Akamatsu -Japanese illustrator

1968- Kenji Ito -Japanese composer

1968- Nardwuar the Human Serviette -Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player (The Evaporators)

1968- Hedi Slimane -French fashion designer

1968- Alex Zülle -Swiss cyclist

1968- Michael Stuhlbarg -American actor

1969- RZA -American rapper, producer, actor, and director (Wu-Tang Clan and Gravediggaz)

1969- Ansgar Brinkmann -German footballer

1969- Jenji Kohan -American screenwriter and producer

1969- Armin Kõomägi -Estonian author and screenwriter

1969- John LeClair -American ice hockey player

1970- Mac Dre -American rapper and producer, founded Thizz Entertainment (d. 2004)

1970- Valentí Massana -Spanish race walker

1971- Derek McInnes -Scottish footballer and manager

1971- Nicola Stephenson -English actress

1972- Matthew Birir -Kenyan runner

1972- Robert Esmie -Canadian sprinter

1973- Marcus Allbäck -Swedish footballer and coach

1973- Bengt Lagerberg -Swedish drummer (The Cardigans)

1973- Róisín Murphy -Irish singer-songwriter and producer (Moloko)

1973- Alexander Radčenko -Czech handball player

1973- René Spies -German bobsledder

1974- Márcio Amoroso -Brazilian footballer

1975- Hernán Crespo -Argentinian footballer

1975- Kip Gamblin -Australian dancer and actor

1975- Ai Sugiyama -Japanese tennis player

1976- Bizarre (rapper)|Bizarre -American rapper (D12 and Outsidaz)

1976- Nuno Gomes -Portuguese footballer

1977- Royce da 5'9" -American rapper and producer (Bad Meets Evil and Slaughterhouse (group)|Slaughterhouse)

1977- Nicolas Kiefer -German tennis player

1978- Britta Oppelt -German rower

1978- Allan Simonsen (racing driver)|Allan Simonsen -Danish race car driver (d. 2013)

1979- Tim Coly -German rugby player

1979- Shane Filan -Irish singer-songwriter (Westlife)

1979- Amélie Mauresmo -French tennis player

1979- Stiliyan Petrov -Bulgarian footballer and manager

1980- Pauly D -American DJ

1980- Eirini Kavarnou -Greek swimmer

1980- David Rozehnal -Czech footballer

1980- Mads Tolling -Danish-American violinist and composer (Turtle Island Quartet)

1980- Jason Wade -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lifehouse (band)|Lifehouse)

1981- Gianne Albertoni -Brazilian model and actress

1981- Jesse Crain -Canadian baseball player

1981- Ryan Hansen -American actor

1982- Paíto -Mozambican footballer

1982- Alain Arroyo -Spanish footballer

1982- Chris Bailey (rugby league)|Chris Bailey -Australian rugby player

1982- Vitaliy Borisov -Azerbaijani footballer

1982- Tuba Büyüküstün -Turkish actress

1982- Julien Casoli -French sprinter

1982- Monica Day -American model and journalist

1982- Fabrício de Souza -Brazilian footballer

1982- Alexander Dimitrenko -German boxer

1982- Vladimir Fedotov (footballer, born 1982)|Vladimir Fedotov -Russian footballer

1982- Julien Féret -French footballer

1982- Joey Foster -English race car driver

1982- Lionel Gautherie -French rugby player

1982- Alberto Gilardino -Italian footballer

1982- Philippe Gilbert -Belgian cyclist

1982- Kate Gynther -Australian water polo player

1982- Dave Haywood -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lady Antebellum)

1982- Yury Ivanov (footballer b. 1982)|Yuri Ivanov -Bulgarian footballer

1982- Tony Jackson (American football)|Tony Jackson -American football player

1982- Mohammad Keshavarz -Iranian footballer

1982- Tamer Moustafa -Egyptian basketball player

1982- Junri Namigata -Japanese tennis player

1982- Javier Paredes -Spanish footballer

1982- Szabolcs Perenyi -Romanian-Hungarian footballer

1982- Leon Sharf -Ukrainian footballer

1982- Rubén Taucare -Chilean footballer

1982- Beno Udrih -Slovenian basketball player

1982- Aaron Wagner -Canadian football player

1982- Ata Yamrali -Afghan-German footballer

1983- Marco Estrada (baseball)|Marco Estrada -Mexican baseball player

1983- Jonás Gutiérrez -Argentinian footballer

1983- Zheng Jie -Chinese tennis player

1983- Taavi Peetre -Estonian shot putter (d. 2010)

1984- Danay García -Cuban-American actress

1984- Zack Miller -American golfer

1984- Marion Thees -German Skeleton (sport)|skeleton racer

1984- Yu Yamada -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1985- Stephanie McIntosh -Australian singer and actress

1985- Nick O'Malley -English bass player (Arctic Monkeys)

1985- Lucía Pérez -Spanish singer

1985- Alexandre R. Picard -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Megan Rapinoe -American football player

1986- Piermario Morosini -Italian footballer (d. 2012)

1986- Alexander Radulov -Russian ice hockey player

1986- Adam Young -American singer-songwriter and producer (Owl City and Sky Sailing)

1987- Andrija Kaluđerović -Serbian footballer

1988- Adriano Buzaid -Brazilian race car driver

1988- Vincent Chepkok -Kenyan runner

1988- Martin Liivamägi -Estonian swimmer

1988- Samir Ujkani -Albanian footballer

1989- Georgios Efrem -Cypriot footballer

1989- Alona Fomina -Ukrainian tennis player

1989- Dwight King -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Joseph King (musician)|Joseph King -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Canvas (band)|Canvas and Deadbeat Darling)

1989- Sjinkie Knegt -Dutch speed skater

1989- Dejan Lovren -Croatian footballer

1989- Sean O'Pry -American model

1990- Abeba Aregawi -Ethiopian-Swedish runner

1991- Jason Dolley -American actor

1992- Chiara Scholl -American tennis player

1992- Alberto Moreno (footballer)|Alberto Moreno -Spanish footballer

1993- Hollie Cavanagh -English-American singer

1993- Yaroslav Kosov -Russian ice hockey player

1995- Jouki Tikkanen -Finnish rhythmic gymnast

1996- Dolly (sheep)|Dolly -Scottish sheep (d. 2003)