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Famous Birthdays


1511- Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg -(d. 1571)

1577- Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr -English politician, List of colonial governors of Virginia|Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1618)

1578- Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1637)

1654- Emperor Reigen -of Japan (d. 1732)

1686- Philip Livingston (1686–1749)|Philip Livingston -American politician (d. 1749)

1689- Alexis Piron -French playwright (d. 1773)

1721- Johann Nikolaus Götz -German poet (d. 1781)

1753- William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock -English admiral and politician, 34th List of lieutenant governors of Newfoundland and Labrador|Lieutenant Governor Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1825)

1764- Ann Radcliffe -English author (d. 1823)

1775- Matthew Lewis (writer)|Matthew Lewis -English author and playwright (d. 1818)

1786- Princess Sophie Hélène Béatrice of France -(d. 1787)

1800- Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle -German physician, pathologist, and anatomist (d. 1885)

1808- Alexander William Doniphan -American lawyer and colonel (d. 1887)

1819- Elias Howe -American inventor, invented the sewing machine (d. 1867)

1828- Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano -Italian cardinal (d. 1913)

1834- Jan Neruda -Czech journalist and poet (d. 1891)

1836- Camille of Renesse-Breidbach -(d. 1904)

1848- Robert I, Duke of Parma -(d. 1907)

1858- Franz Boas -German-American anthropologist and linguist (d. 1942)

1867- Georges Lecomte -French author and playwright (d. 1958)

1878- Eduard Sõrmus -Estonian violinist (d. 1940)

1879- Carlos Chagas -Brazilian physician and parasitologist (d. 1934)

1879- Ottorino Respighi -Italian composer and conductor (d. 1936)

1887- James Ormsbee Chapin -American-Canadian painter and illustrator (d. 1975)

1887- Samuel Eliot Morison -American admiral and historian (d. 1976)

1889- Léo Dandurand -American-Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and referee (d. 1964)

1893- George Geary -English cricketer and coach (d. 1981)

1896- Maria Gomes Valentim -Brazilian super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1901- Barbara Cartland -English author (d. 2000)

1901- Konstantinos Kallias -Greek politician (d. 2004)

1903- Arthur Walworth -American author (d. 2005)

1905- Clarence Campbell -Canadian ice hockey player and referee (d. 1984)

1907- Eddie Dean (singer)|Eddie Dean -American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1908- Allamah Rasheed Turabi -Pakistani philosopher and scholar (d. 1973)

1909- Basil Wolverton -American author and illustrator (d. 1978)

1911- Mervyn Peake -English author and illustrator (d. 1968)

1911- John Archibald Wheeler -American physicist and author (d. 2008)

1914- Willi Stoph -German engineer and politician, 4th Leadership of East Germany|Prime Minister of East Germany (d. 1999)

1915- David Diamond (composer)|David Diamond -American composer (d. 2005)

1916- Dean Goffin -New Zealand composer (d. 1984)

1916- Edward Heath -English colonel and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2005)

1918- Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn -Dutch mathematician and academic (d. 2012)

1918- Jarl Wahlström -Finnish 12th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1999)

1921- David C. Jones -American general (d. 2013)

1924- Pierre Cochereau -French organist and composer (d. 1984)

1924- Jill Knight -English politician

1925- Guru Dutt -Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 1964)

1925- Charles E. Wicks -American engineer, author, and academic (d. 2010)

1926- Murphy Anderson -American illustrator

1926- Ben Roy Mottelson -American-Danish physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1927- Ed Ames -American singer and actor (Ames Brothers)

1927- Susan Cabot -American actress (d. 1986)

1927- Red Kelly -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and politician

1928- Federico Bahamontes -Spanish cyclist

1928- Vince Edwards -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1996)

1929- Lee Hazlewood -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2007)

1929- Jesse McReynolds -American singer and mandolin player (Jim & Jesse)

1929- Hassan II of Morocco -(d. 1999)

1930- Buddy Bregman -American composer and conductor

1930- Roy McLean -South African cricketer and rugby player (d. 2007)

1931- Haynes Johnson -American journalist and author (d. 2013)

1932- Donald Rumsfeld -American captain and politician, 13th United States Secretary of Defense

1932- Amitzur Shapira -Israeli runner (d. 1972)

1933- Oliver Sacks -English-American neurologist, chemist, and author

1934- Michael Graves -American architect, designed the Portland Building and the Humana Building

1935- Wim Duisenberg -Dutch economist and politician, Ministry of Finance (Netherlands)|Minister of Finance for The Netherlands (d. 2005)

1935- Mercedes Sosa -Argentinian singer and activist (d. 2009)

1935- Michael Williams (actor)|Michael Williams -English actor (d. 2001)

1936- Floyd Abrams -American lawyer and academic

1936- June Jordan -American poet and educator (d. 2002)

1936- André Pronovost -Canadian ice hockey player

1936- Richard Wilson (Scottish actor)|Richard Wilson -Scottish actor and director

1937- David Hockney -English painter and photographer

1938- Paul Chihara -American composer

1938- Brian Dennehy -American actor, director, and producer

1938- Sanjeev Kumar -Indian actor (d. 1985)

1940- Eugene Victor Wolfenstein -American psychoanalyst and theorist (d. 2010)

1942- David Chidgey, Baron Chidgey -English engineer and politician

1942- Richard Roundtree -American actor

1942- Edy Williams -American actress

1943- John Casper -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1943- Soledad Miranda -Spanish actress (d. 1970)

1944- Judith M. Brown -Indian-English historian and academic

1944- John Cunniff -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2002)

1945- Dean Koontz -American author and screenwriter

1945- John Lilleyman -English haematologist

1945- Root Boy Slim -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1993)

1946- Natasha Pyne -English actress

1946- Bon Scott -Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter (AC/DC, Fraternity (band)|Fraternity, The Valentines (rock band)|The Valentines, and The Spektors) (d. 1980)

1947- Haruomi Hosono -Japanese singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Yellow Magic Orchestra and Happy End (band)|Happy End)

1947- Mitch Mitchell -English drummer (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Dirty Mac, and The Riot Squad) (d. 2008)

1947- O. J. Simpson -American football player and actor

1948- David Halvorson -American politician (d. 2013)

1948- Hassan Wirajuda -Indonesian politician, 15th Foreign Minister of Indonesia

1949- Jesse Duplantis -American minister and author

1949- Sue Timney -Libyan-English interior designer and academic

1950- Amal ibn Idris al-Alami -Moroccan physician and neurosurgeon

1950- Gwen Guthrie -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1999)

1950- Adriano Panatta -Italian tennis player and sailor

1950- Viktor Yanukovych -Ukrainian engineer and politician, 4th President of Ukraine

1951- Chris Cooper -American actor

1952- John Tesh -American pianist, composer, and radio host

1953- Margie Gillis -Canadian dancer and choreographer

1953- Thomas Ligotti -American author

1954- Théophile Abega -Cameroonian footballer and politician (d. 2012)

1954- Kate Garner -English singer and photographer

1955- Steve Coppell -English footballer and manager

1955- Lindsey Graham -American colonel, lawyer, and politician

1955- Fred Norris -American radio host

1955- Jimmy Smits -American actor and producer

1955- Willie Wilson (baseball)|Willie Wilson -American baseball player and manager

1956- Tom Hanks -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Jeannie Pepper -American porn actress

1957- Marc Almond -English singer-songwriter (Marc and the Mambas, Soft Cell, and The Immaculate Consumptive)

1957- Tim Kring -American screenwriter and producer

1957- Kelly McGillis -American actress

1957- Paul Merton -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1957- Jim Paxson -American basketball player and manager

1959- Jim Kerr -Scottish singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Simple Minds)

1959- Kevin Nash -American wrestler and actor

1959- Clive Stafford Smith -English lawyer and author

1960- Marc Mero -American wrestler and boxer

1960- Eduardo Montes-Bradley -Argentinian journalist, photographer, and author

1961- Raymond Cruz -American actor

1962- Jordan Belfort -American businessman

1963- Klaus Theiss -German footballer

1964- Courtney Love -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (Hole (band)|Hole, Pagan Babies (band)|Pagan Babies, Sugar Babydoll, and Babes in Toyland (band)|Babes in Toyland)

1964- Gianluca Vialli -Italian footballer and coach

1965- Frank Bello -American bass player (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax and Helmet (band)|Helmet)

1965- Thomas Jahn -German director and screenwriter

1965- David O'Hara -Scottish actor

1965- Jason Rhoades -American sculptor (d. 2006)

1965- Michael Spies -German footballer

1966- Pamela Adlon -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Gayle and Gillian Blakeney|Gayle Blakeney -Australian actress and singer

1966- Gayle and Gillian Blakeney|Gillian Blakeney -Australian actress and singer

1966- Zheng Cao -Chinese-American soprano (d. 2013)

1966- Manuel Mota (fashion designer)|Manuel Mota -Spanish fashion designer (d. 2013)

1966- Marco Pennette -American screenwriter and producer

1967- Gunnar Axén -Swedish politician

1967- Mark Stoops -American football player and coach

1968- Paolo Di Canio -Italian footballer and manager

1968- Lars Gyllenhaal -Swedish historian and author

1969- Nicklas Barker -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anekdoten)

1969- Jason Kearton -Australian footballer and coach

1969- Mark Lui -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and producer (Dry (group)|Dry)

1970- Trent Green -American football player and sportscaster

1970- Masami Tsuda -Japanese author and illustrator

1971- Marc Andreessen -American software developer, co-founded Netscape

1971- Scott Grimes -American singer-songwriter and actor

1972- Ara Babajian -American drummer and songwriter (The Slackers, Leftöver Crack, and Star Fucking Hipsters)

1973- Kelly Holcomb -American football player and sportscaster

1973- Enrique Murciano -American actor and producer

1974- Dani Behr -English singer and actress (Faith Hope & Charity (Girl group)|Faith Hope & Charity)

1974- Siân Berry -English politician

1974- Gary Kelly (footballer born 1974)|Gary Kelly -Irish footballer

1974- Tsuyoshi Kusanagi -Japanese actor and singer (SMAP)

1974- Nikola Šarčević -Swedish singer-songwriter and bass player (Millencolin)

1975- Shelton Benjamin -American wrestler

1975- Isaac Brock (musician)|Isaac Brock -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Modest Mouse and Ugly Casanova)

1975- Nathaniel Marston -American actor

1975- Craig Quinnell -Welsh rugby player

1975- Jack White -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and The Go)

1975- Robert_Koenig_(filmmaker)|Robert Koenig -American film director, producer, writer and editor (Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army)

1976- Thomas Cichon -Polish-German footballer

1976- Christos Harissis -Greek basketball player

1976- Revo Jõgisalu -Estonian rapper (Toe Tag (Estonian band)|Toe Tag) (d. 2011)

1976- Fred Savage -American actor, director, and producer

1976- Radike Samo -Fijian-Australian rugby player

1976- Jochem Uytdehaage -Dutch speed skater

1978- Kara Goucher -American runner

1978- Mark Medlock -German singer

1978- Linda Park -South Korean-American actress

1978- Nuno Santos (footballer born 1978)|Nuno Santos -Portuguese footballer

1979- Ella Koon -Hong Kong singer and actress

1981- Kimveer Gill -Canadian murderer, committed the Dawson College shooting (d. 2006)

1981- Michael Norgrove -Zambian-English boxer (d. 2013)

1982- Ashly DelGrosso -American dancer

1982- Alecko Eskandarian -American soccer player and manager

1982- Toby Kebbell -English actor

1982- Maggie Ma -Canadian actress, singer, and dancer

1982- Sakon Yamamoto -Japanese race car driver

1983- Lucia Micarelli -American violinist and actress

1984- Chris Campoli -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Gianni Fabiano -Italian footballer

1984- Jacob Hoggard -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hedley (band)|Hedley)

1984- Ave Pajo -Estonian footballer

1984- Piia Suomalainen -Finnish tennis player

1985- Paweł Korzeniowski -Polish swimmer

1985- Ashley Young -English footballer

1986- Sébastien Bassong -Cameroonian footballer

1986- Dominic Cervi -American soccer player

1986- Simon Dumont -American skier

1986- Severo Meza -Mexican footballer

1986- Kiely Williams -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (3LW and The Cheetah Girls (band)|The Cheetah Girls)

1986- Genevieve Morton -South African model

1987- Gert Jõeäär -Estonian cyclist

1987- Amanda Knox -American murder

1987- Rebecca Sugar -American animator, composer, and screenwriter

1988- Raul Rusescu -Romanian footballer

1990- Rafael (footballer, born 1990)|Rafael -Brazilian footballer

1990- Fábio Pereira da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1991- Mitchel Musso -American actor and singer

1991- Riley Reid -American porn actress

1992- Douglas Booth -English actor

1993- DeAndre Yedlin -American footballer

1993- Jake Vargas -Filipino actor and singer

1995- Georgie Henley -English actress