This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1580- Johann Stobäus -German lute player and composer (d. 1646)

1623- Jacopo Melani -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1676)

1678- Nicola Francesco Haym -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1729)

1686- Antoine de Jussieu -French biologist (d. 1758)

1736- Daniel Morgan -American general and politician (d. 1802)

1747- John Paul Jones -Scottish-American captain (d. 1792)

1766- Alexander Wilson -Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, and illustrator (d. 1813)

1781- Stamford Raffles -English politician, founded Singapore (d. 1826)

1782- Maria Luisa of Spain -(d. 1824)

1785- William Hooker (botanist)|William Hooker -English botanist and academic (d. 1865)

1789- María Isabella of Spain -(d. 1846)

1796- Nicholas I of Russia -(d. 1855)

1817- Albert von Kölliker -Swiss anatomist and physiologist (d. 1905)

1818- Adolf Anderssen -German chess player (d. 1879)

1832- Maximilian I of Mexico -(d. 1867)

1837- R. G. Bhandarkar -Indian orientalist and scholar (d. 1925)

1838- Vatroslav Jagić -Croatian philologist and scholar (d. 1923)

1840- José María Velasco Gómez -Mexican painter (d. 1912)

1859- Verner von Heidenstam -Swedish poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)

1865- Émile Jaques-Dalcroze -Swiss composer and educator (d. 1950)

1868- Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom -(d. 1935)

1875- Charles Perrin -French rower (d. 1954)

1878- Eino Leino -Finnish poet and journalist (d. 1926)

1884- Harold Stirling Vanderbilt -American businessman and sailor (d. 1970)

1885- Ernst Busch (military)|Ernst Busch -German field marshal (d. 1945)

1886- Marc Bloch -French historian and academic (d. 1944)

1887- Marc Chagall -Belarussian-French painter (d. 1985)

1887- Annette Kellerman -Australian swimmer (d. 1975)

1889- Paul Rinne -Estonian chess player (d. 1946)

1890- Dhan Gopal Mukerji -Indian-American author and scholar (d. 1936)

1892- Will James (artist)|Will James -American author and illustrator (d. 1942)

1897- Richard Krautheimer -German-American historian and scholar (d. 1994)

1898- Hanns Eisler -German-Austrian composer (d. 1962)

1900- Frederica Sagor Maas -American author and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1903- Hugo Theorell -Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1982)

1904- Erik Wickberg -Swedish General of the Salvation Army (d. 1996)

1907- Frida Kahlo -Mexican painter (d. 1954)

1907- George Stanley -Canadian soldier, historian, and author, designed the flag of Canada (d. 2002)

1908- Anton Muttukumaru -Ceylonese general (d. 2001)

1912- Heinrich Harrer -Austrian geographer and mountaineer (d. 2006)

1914- Vince McMahon, Sr. -American wrestling promoter, founded WWE (d. 1984)

1916- Harold Norse -American poet and author (d. 2009)

1917- Arthur Lydiard -New Zealand runner and coach (d. 2004)

1918- Sebastian Cabot (actor)|Sebastian Cabot -English-Canadian actor and singer (d. 1977)

1919- Ernst Haefliger -Swiss tenor (d. 2007)

1921- Allan MacEachen -Canadian economist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

1921- Nancy Reagan -American actress, 42nd First Lady of the United States

1921- F. Michael Rogers -American general (d. 2014)

1922- William Schallert -American actor and singer

1923- Wojciech Jaruzelski -Polish general and politician, 1st President of Poland (d. 2014)

1924- Louie Bellson -American drummer, composer, and bandleader (d. 2009)

1925- Merv Griffin -American actor, singer, and producer, created ''Wheel of Fortune (U.S. game show)|Wheel of Fortune'' and ''Jeopardy!'' (d. 2007)

1925- Bill Haley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1981)

1925- Gazi Yaşargil -Turkish neurosurgeon

1926- Sulev Vahtre -Estonian historian and academic (d. 2007)

1927- Jan Hein Donner -Dutch chess player (d. 1988)

1927- Alan Freeman -Australian-English radio host (d. 2006)

1927- Janet Leigh -American actress and singer (d. 2004)

1927- Pat Paulsen -American comedian and actor (d. 1997)

1927- Nilo Soruco -Bolivian singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1930- George Armstrong (ice hockey)|George Armstrong -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1930- M. Balamuralikrishna -Indian singer-songwriter

1930- Gloria Skurzynski -American author

1931- Jean Campeau -Canadian businessman and politician

1931- Antonella Lualdi -Lebanese-Italian actress and singer

1931- Della Reese -American actress and singer

1931- László Tábori -Hungarian runner and coach

1932- P. Ganeshalingam -Sri Lankan politician

1932- Herman Hertzberger -Dutch architect and educator

1933- Frank Austin (footballer)|Frank Austin -English footballer (d. 2004)

1935- Candy Barr -American model, dancer, and actress (d. 2005)

1935- Robert Hunt (police officer)|Robert Hunt -English police officer (d. 2013)

1936- Dave Allen (comedian)|Dave Allen -Irish comedian and actor (d. 2005)

1937- Vladimir Ashkenazy -Russian-Icelandic pianist and conductor

1937- Ned Beatty -American actor

1937- Gene Chandler -American singer-songwriter and producer

1937- Caroline Cox, Baroness Cox -English nurse and politician

1938- Gordon Conway -English ecologist

1938- Luana Patten -American actress (d. 1996)

1939- Jet Harris -English bass player (The Shadows, The Jeff Beck Group, and The Vipers Skiffle Group) (d. 2011)

1939- John Makepeace -English furniture designer

1939- Mary Peters (athlete)|Mary Peters -English pentathlete and shot putter

1940- Rex Cawley -American hurdler

1940- Nursultan Nazarbayev -Kazakh politician, 1st President of Kazakhstan

1940- Jeannie Seely -American singer-songwriter and actress

1941- David Crystal -Irish linguist, author, and academic

1941- Charles Powell, Baron Powell of Bayswater -English politician and diplomat

1941- Reinhard Roder -German footballer and manager

1943- Tamara Sinyavskaya -Russian soprano

1944- Byron Berline -American fiddler (The Flying Burrito Brothers)

1944- Pierre Creamer -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1944- Gunhild Hoffmeister -German runner

1945- Rodney Matthews -English painter and illustrator

1945- Burt Ward -American actor

1946- George W. Bush -American businessman and politician, 43rd President of the United States

1946- Fred Dryer -American football player and actor

1946- Peter Singer -Australian philosopher and academic

1946- Sylvester Stallone -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1947- Richard Beckinsale -English actor (d. 1979)

1947- Lance Clemons -American baseball player (d. 2008)

1947- Shelley Hack -American actress

1948- Nathalie Baye -French actress

1948- Jean-Pierre Blackburn -Canadian politician, 26th Minister of Veterans Affairs (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs

1948- Tom Curley -American journalist

1948- Peter Mansbridge -English-Canadian journalist

1948- Brad Park -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1949- Noli de Castro -Filipino journalist and politician, 14th Vice President of the Philippines

1949- Phyllis Hyman -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1995)

1950- John Byrne (comics)|John Byrne -English-American author and illustrator

1950- Geraldine James -English actress

1950- Jonathon Porritt -English environmentalist and academic

1950- Hélène Scherrer -Canadian politician

1951- Geoffrey Rush -Australian actor and producer

1952- George Athans -Canadian skier

1952- Grant Goodeve -American actor

1952- Hilary Mantel -English author and critic

1953- Nanci Griffith -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953- Kaiser Kalambo -Zambian footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1953- Mike Riley -American football player and coach

1954- Allyce Beasley -American actress and singer

1954- Willie Randolph -American baseball player and manager

1955- William Wall (writer)|William Wall -Irish author and poet

1956- Casey Sander -American actor

1957- Ron Duguay -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1958- Mark Benson -English cricketer and umpire

1958- Jennifer Saunders -English actress, singer, and screenwriter

1959- Richard Dacoury -French basketball player

1959- Mike Hallett -English snooker player and sportscaster

1960- Valerie Brisco-Hooks -American sprinter

1960- Jozef Pribilinec -Slovakian race walker

1960- Asahifuji Seiya -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 63rd Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1960- Maria Wasiak -Polish businessman

1961- Robin Antin -American dancer, choreographer, and businesswoman

1961- Benita Fitzgerald-Brown -American hurdler

1961- Rick Price -Australian singer-songwriter and producer

1962- Todd Bennett -English runner (d. 2013)

1962- Peter Hedges -American author, screenwriter, and director

1963- Todd Burns -American baseball player

1963- Lance Johnson -American baseball player

1963- Sorin Matei -Romanian high jumper

1964- Cristina D'Avena -Italian singer and actress

1964- Lillie Leatherwood -American sprinter

1965- Anthony Marwood -English violinist

1966- Brian Posehn -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1967- James Hannon -American author, director, and producer

1967- Heather Nova -Bermudian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1967- Omar Olivares -Puerto Rican-American baseball player

1968- Tiit Aleksejev -Estonian author and historian

1968- Gaspare Manos -Thai-Italian painter and sculptor

1969- Brian Van Holt -American actor

1970- Inspectah Deck -American rapper, producer, and actor (Wu-Tang Clan)

1970- Martin Smith (English musician)|Martin Smith -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Delirious?)

1971- Josh Elliott -American journalist

1972- Isabelle Boulay -Canadian singer

1972- Fabrice Colin -French author

1972- Mark Gasser -English pianist and educator

1972- Laurent Gaudé -French author

1972- Greg Norton (baseball)|Greg Norton -American baseball player and coach

1972- Zhanna Pintusevich-Block -Ukrainian sprinter

1973- Bradley Dredge -Welsh golfer

1974- Roberto -Brazilian footballer

1974- Babi Xavier -Brazilian actress and singer

1975- 50 Cent -American rapper, producer, and actor (G-Unit)

1975- Amir-Abbas Fakhravar -Iranian journalist and activist

1975- Sebastián Rulli -Argentinian-Mexican actor

1977- Con Blatsis -Australian footballer

1977- Craig Handley -Welsh director, producer, and screenwriter

1977- Max Mirnyi -Belarusian tennis player

1977- Makhaya Ntini -South African cricketer

1978- Adam Busch -American actor

1978- Tamera Mowry -German-American actress and producer

1978- Tia Mowry -German-American actress and producer

1978- Kevin Senio -New Zealand rugby player

1979- Matthew Barnson -American viola player and composer

1979- Nic Cester -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jet (band)|Jet and The Wrights)

1979- Kevin Hart -American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1979- C. J. Hobgood -American surfer

1979- Damien Hobgood -American surfer

1979- Abdul Salis -English actor

1980- Kenny Deuchar -Scottish footballer

1980- Pau Gasol -Spanish basketball player

1980- Joell Ortiz -American rapper (Slaughterhouse (group)|Slaughterhouse)

1980- Demorrio Williams -American football player

1981- Nnamdi Asomugha -American football player

1981- Mike Karney -American football player

1981- Emily West -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Brandon Jacobs -American football player

1982- Bree Robertson -Australian gymnast and actress

1982- Misty Upham -American actress (d. 2014)

1982- Tay Zonday -American actor and singer

1983- Brady Bluhm -American actor

1983- Christine Firkins -Canadian actress

1983- Gregory Smith (actor)|Gregory Smith -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1983- D. Woods -American singer, dancer, and actress (Danity Kane)

1984- Zhang Hao -Chinese figure skater

1984- Lauren Harris -English singer and actress

1984- Natasha Zlobina -Uzbek-French actress and model

1985- Maria Arredondo -Norwegian singer

1985- Diamond Rings (musician)|Diamond Rings -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Matters (band)|Matters)

1985- Ranveer Singh -Indian actor and singer

1985- Melisa Sözen -Turkish actress

1986- Leon Frierson -American actor

1986- Sarah Gronert -German tennis player

1986- David Karp -American businessman, founded Tumblr

1986- Derrick Williams (American football)|Derrick Williams -American football player

1987- Sophie Auster -American singer-songwriter and actress

1987- Manteo Mitchell -American runner

1987- Kate Nash -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1987- Matt O'Leary -American actor

1987- Caroline Trentini -Brazilian model

1988- Kevin Fickentscher -Swiss footballer

1988- Brittany Underwood -American actress and singer

1990- Ajoo -South Korean singer and dancer

1990- Magaye Gueye -French footballer

1990- Jamal Idris -Australian rugby player

1990- Jeremy Suarez -American actor

1990- Justin Schultz -Canadian NHL player for the Edmonton Oilers

1991- Ashley Lloyd -English actor and dancer

1991- Victoire Thivisol -French actress

1991- Julian Wruck -Australian discus thrower

1991- Klas Dahlbeck -Swedish AHL hockey player

1992- Manny Machado -American baseball player

1993- Jeremiah Godby -American runner

1994- Camilla Rosso -English actress

1994- Rebecca Rosso -English actress

1996- Robert Naylor (actor)|Robert Naylor -Canadian actor

1996- Death of Sigrid Schjetne|Sigrid Schjetne -Norwegian homicide victim (d. 2012)

1996- Sun Ziyue -Chinese tennis player