This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1053- Emperor Shirakawa -of Japan (d. 1129)

1119- Emperor Sutoku -of Japan (d. 1164)

1207- Elizabeth of Hungary -(d. 1231)

1528- Archduchess Anna of Austria -(d. 1590)

1586- Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel -English courtier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland (d. 1646)

1656- Guru Har Krishan -Indian 8th Sikh Gurus (d. 1664)

1752- Joseph Marie Jacquard -French merchant, invented the Jacquard loom (d. 1834)

1766- Guillaume Philibert Duhesme -French general (d. 1815)

1833- Félicien Rops -Belgian painter and illustrator (d. 1898)

1843- Camillo Golgi -Italian physician and pathologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1926)

1846- Heinrich Rosenthal -Estonian physician and author (d. 1916)

1848- Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves -Brazilian politician, 5th President of Brazil (d. 1919)

1851- Charles Albert Tindley -American minister and composer (d. 1933)

1855- Ludwig Ganghofer -German author and playwright (d. 1920)

1860- Gustav Mahler -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1911)

1874- Erwin Bumke -Polish-German jurist (d. 1945)

1880- Otto Frederick Rohwedder -American engineer, invented sliced bread (d. 1960)

1884- Lion Feuchtwanger -German author and playwright (d. 1958)

1891- Tadamichi Kuribayashi -Japanese general (d. 1945)

1891- Virginia Rappe -American model and actress (d. 1921)

1893- Herbert Feis -American historian and author (d. 1972)

1893- Miroslav Krleža -Croatian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1981)

1898- Arnold Horween -American football player and coach (d. 1985)

1899- George Cukor -American director (d. 1983)

1900- Earle E. Partridge -American general (d. 1990)

1901- Vittorio De Sica -Italian actor and director (d. 1974)

1901- Sam Katzman -American director and producer (d. 1973)

1901- Eiji Tsuburaya -Japanese cinematographer and producer (d. 1970)

1903- Ralph Tarrant -English super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1902- Ted Radcliffe -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1904- Simone Beck -French chef and author (d. 1991)

1906- William Feller -Croatian-American mathematician and academic (d. 1970)

1906- Anna Marie Hahn -German-American serial killer (d. 1938)

1906- Anton Karas -Austrian zither player and composer (d. 1985)

1906- Satchel Paige -American baseball player (d. 1982)

1907- Robert A. Heinlein -American author and screenwriter (d. 1988)

1908- Revilo P. Oliver -American author and academic (d. 1994)

1910- Doris McCarthy -Canadian painter (d. 2010)

1911- Gretchen Franklin -English actress (d. 2005)

1911- Gian Carlo Menotti -Italian-American composer (d. 2007)

1913- Pinetop Perkins -American singer and pianist (d. 2011)

1915- Margaret Walker -American author and poet (d. 1998)

1917- Fidel Sánchez Hernández -Salvadoran general and politician, President of El Salvador (d. 2003)

1917- Iva Withers -Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1919- Hugh East -Baseball pitcher (d. 1981)

1919- Jon Pertwee -English actor (d. 1996)

1921- Ezzard Charles -American boxer (d. 1975)

1921- Adolf von Thadden -German politician (d. 1996)

1922- Alan Armer -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1923- Liviu Ciulei -Romanian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1923- Eduardo Falú -Argentinian guitarist and composer (d. 2013)

1924- Mary Ford -American singer and guitarist (d. 1977)

1924- Eddie Romero -Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1925- Abdul Razak Abdul Hamid -Malaysian academic (d. 2013)

1925- Gely Korzhev -Russian painter (d. 2012)

1925- Wally Phillips -American radio host (d. 2008)

1927- Alan J. Dixon -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 34th Illinois Secretary of State (d. 2014)

1927- Charlie Louvin -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Louvin Brothers) (d. 2011)

1927- Doc Severinsen -American trumpet player (The Tonight Show Band)

1929- Hasan Abidi -Pakistani journalist and poet (d. 2005)

1930- John Little (footballer)|John Little -Canadian-Scottish footballer

1930- Hamish MacInnes -Scottish mountaineer and author

1930- Theodore Edgar McCarrick -American cardinal

1930- Hank Mobley -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1986)

1931- David Eddings -American author (d. 2009)

1932- T. J. Bass -American physician and author (d. 2011)

1932- Joe Zawinul -Austrian-American keyboard player and composer (Weather Report) (d. 2007)

1933- Murray Halberg -New Zealand runner

1933- David McCullough -American historian and author

1933- Bruce Wells -English boxer and actor (d. 2009)

1936- Egbert Brieskorn -German mathematician and academic (d. 2013)

1936- Christopher Mallaby -English diplomat, British Ambassador to France

1936- Jo Siffert -Swiss race car driver (d. 1971)

1936- Nikos Xilouris -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 1980)

1937- Tung Chee Hwa -Hong Kong businessman and politician, 1st Chief Executive of Hong Kong

1940- Ringo Starr -English singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor (The Beatles, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, and Plastic Ono Band)

1941- Christopher Beeny -English actor

1941- Marco Bollesan -Italian rugby player and coach

1941- Nancy Farmer -American author

1941- Michael Howard -Welsh politician, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

1941- Bill Oddie -English comedian, actor, and singer

1941- Jim Rodford -English bass player (The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Zombies, The Kast Off Kinks, and Argent (band)|Argent)

1942- Carmen Duncan -Australian actress

1943- Toto Cutugno -Italian singer-songwriter

1943- Joel Siegel -American journalist and critic (d. 2007)

1944- Tony Jacklin -English golfer and sportscaster

1944- Glenys Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead -English educator and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1944- Emanuel Steward -American boxer and trainer (d. 2012)

1944- Sir David Philip Tweedie -Scottish accountant

1944- Michael Walker, Baron Walker of Aldringham -Zimbabwean-English field marshal

1944- Ian Wilmut -English-Scottish embryologist and academic

1945- Michael Ancram -English lawyer and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

1945- Matti Salminen -Finnish opera singer

1946- Joe Spano -American actor

1947- David Hodo -American singer and actor (Village People)

1947- Víctor Manuel -Spanish singer-songwriter

1947- Howard Rheingold -American author and critic

1947- Felix Standaert -Belgian diplomat

1947- Rob Townsend -English drummer (Family (band)|Family, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, and Axis Point (band)|Axis Point)

1948- Jean LeClerc (actor)|Jean Leclerc -Canadian actor

1948- Alison Wilding -English sculptor

1949- Shelley Duvall -American actress and producer

1949- Bob Stewart (British Army officer)|Bob Stewart -English colonel and politician

1951- Tom Fox (Quaker)|Tom Fox -American activist (d. 2006)

1952- Mando Guerrero -Mexican-American wrestler and stuntman

1954- Pam Bricker -American singer and guitarist (d. 2005)

1954- Sandy Johnson -American model and actress

1954- Rami Fortis -Israeli singer (Minimal Compact)

1955- Len Barker -American baseball player

1957- Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris|Jonathan Dayton -American director and producer

1957- Berry Sakharof -Turkish-Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist (Minimal Compact)

1958- Alexander Svinin -Russian figure skater and coach

1958- John Vickers -English economist and academic

1959- Billy Campbell -American actor

1959- Jessica Hahn -American model and actress

1959- Kerstin Knabe -German hurdler

1959- Ben Linder -American engineer (d. 1987)

1960- Kevin A. Ford -American colonel and astronaut

1960- Ralph Sampson -American basketball player and coach

1961- Eric Jerome Dickey -American author and poet

1963- Vonda Shepard -American singer-songwriter and actress

1964- Jennifer Gibney -Irish actress

1964- Robert Newman (comedian)|Robert Newman -English comedian, actor, and author

1965- Mo Collins -American actress

1965- Paula Devicq -Canadian actress

1965- Jeremy Guscott -English rugby player and sportscaster

1965- Sam Holbrook -American baseball player and umpire

1965- Jeremy Kyle -English talk show host

1966- Jim Gaffigan -American comedian and actor

1966- Gundula Krause -German-American violinist

1966- Neil Tobin -American magician

1967- Tom Kristensen -Danish race car driver

1967- Jackie Neal -American singer (d. 2005)

1968- Amy Carlson -American actress

1968- Jorja Fox -American actress

1968- Allen Payne -American actor

1968- Jeff VanderMeer -American author and educator

1969- Sylke Otto -German luger

1969- Joe Sakic -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- Nathalie Simard -Canadian singer

1969- Cree Summer -American-Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (Subject to Change (band)|Subject to Change)

1969- Robin Weigert -American actress

1970- Robia LaMorte -American actress and dancer

1970- Wayne McCullough -Irish boxer

1970- Zoë Tyler -English singer and actress

1970- Erik Zabel -German cyclist

1971- Christian Camargo -American actor

1971- Alistair Potts -English rower

1972- Lisa Leslie -American basketball player and actress

1972- Manfred Stohl -Austrian race car driver

1972- Kirsten Vangsness -American actress

1973- Troy Garity -American actor

1973- José Jiménez (baseball)|José Jiménez -Dominican baseball player

1973- Kailash Kher -Indian singer-songwriter and director

1973- Matt Mantei -American baseball player

1973- Tina Paulino -Mozambican runner

1973- Kārlis Skrastiņš -Latvian ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1973- Natsuki Takaya -Japanese illustrator

1974- Patrick Lalime -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1974- E.D.I. Mean -American rapper and producer (Outlawz)

1975- Tony Benshoof -American luger

1975- Adam Nelson -American shot putter

1975- Michael Voss -Australian footballer and coach

1976- Natasha Collins -English actress (d. 2008)

1976- Dominic Foley -Irish footballer

1976- Bérénice Bejo -Argentinian-French actress

1976- Vasily Petrenko -Russian conductor

1978- Chris Andersen -American basketball player

1978- Davor Kraljević -Croatian footballer

1979- Carl Breeze -English race car driver

1979- Anastasios Gousis -Greek sprinter

1980- John Buck (baseball)|John Buck -American baseball player

1980- Fyfe Dangerfield -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Guillemots (band)|Guillemots and Senseless Prayer)

1980- Deidre Downs -American model, Miss America 2005

1980- Michelle Kwan -American figure skater

1980- Dan Whitesides -American drummer (The Used and The New Transit Direction)

1981- Mahendra Singh Dhoni -Indian cricketer

1981- Synyster Gates -American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold and Pinkly Smooth)

1982- Cassidy (rapper)|Cassidy -American rapper, producer, and actor (Larsiny Family)

1982- Mike Glita -American singer-songwriter, bass player, and drummer (Senses Fail and Tokyo Rose (band)|Tokyo Rose)

1982- Nick Karner -American actor and director

1982- Jan Laštůvka -Czech footballer

1982- George Owu -Ghanaian footballer

1983- Justin Davies -Australian footballer

1983- Ciara Newell -Irish singer (Bellefire)

1984- Marie-Mai -Canadian singer

1984- Minas Alozidis -Greek hurdler

1984- Alberto Aquilani -Italian footballer

1984- Mohammad Ashraful -Bangladeshi cricketer

1985- Marc Stein (footballer)|Marc Stein -German footballer

1986- Shweta Pandit -Indian singer-songwriter and actress

1986- Ana Kasparian -American journalist and producer

1986- Udo Schwarz -German rugby player

1987- Julianna Guill -American actress

1987- Lena Ma -Chinese-Canadian model, Miss World Canada|Miss World Canada 2009

1987- Carly Telford -English footballer

1988- Kaci Brown -American singer-songwriter

1988- Lukas Rosenthal -German rugby player

1988- Ilan Rubin -American drummer (Angels & Airwaves, Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets, Denver Harbor, and Fenix TX)

1988- Jack Whitehall -English comedian and actor

1989- Bii (singer)|Bii -Taiwanese singer

1989- Kim Bum -South Korean actor and singer

1989- Landon Cassill -American race car driver

1989- Miina Kallas -Estonian footballer

1989- Karl-August Tiirmaa -Estonian Nordic combined skier

1990- Lee Addy -Ghanaian footballer

1990- Pascal Stöger -Austrian footballer

1992- Ellina Anissimova -Estonian hammer thrower

1992- Toni Garrn -German model

1994- Timothy Cathcart -Irish race car driver (d. 2014)

1997- Erina Ikuta -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)

1998- Dylan Sprayberry -American Actor