This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1076- Mstislav I of Kiev -(d. 1132)

1134- Geoffrey, Count of Nantes -(d. 1158)

1300- Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk -English politician, Lord Marshal of England (d. 1338)

1455- Anne of Savoy -(d. 1480)

1480- Tiedemann Giese -Polish bishop (d. 1550)

1503- Wilhelm von Grumbach -German knight (d. 1567)

1563- Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury -English politician, Secretary of State (England)|Secretary of State for England (d. 1612)

1633- Geminiano Montanari -Italian astronomer (d. 1687)

1637- Jacques Marquette -French missionary and explorer (d. 1675)

1653- Georg Muffat -French organist and composer (d. 1704)

1675- Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei -Italian archaeologist and playwright (d. 1755)

1754- Ferdinand, Duke of Breisgau -(d. 1806)

1762- Edmund Ignatius Rice -Irish missionary (d. 1844)

1770- Friedrich Laun -German author (d. 1849)

1790- Ferdinand Raimund -Austrian actor and playwright (d. 1836)

1796- Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot -French physicist and engineer (d. 1832)

1800- Edward Deas Thomson -Australian educator and politician (d. 1879)

1801- Brigham Young -American religious leader 2nd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1877)

1804- Mikhail Glinka -Russian composer (d. 1857)

1815- Otto, King of Greece -(d. 1862)

1819- Francis V, Duke of Modena -(d. 1875)

1825- John Hunt Morgan -American general (d. 1864)

1831- John Bell Hood -American general (d. 1879)

1833- John Marshall Harlan -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1911)

1843- Henry Faulds -Scottish physician and missionary, developed fingerprinting (d. 1930)

1844- John J. Toffey -American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1911)

1878- John Masefield -English author and poet (d. 1967)

1879- Max Emmerich -American triathlete and gymnast (d. 1956)

1882- Nicolae Bivol -Moldovan politician, Mayor of Chișinău (d. 1940)

1889- James Daugherty -American author, illustrator, and painter (d. 1974)

1889- Charles Kay Ogden -English linguist and philosopher (d. 1957)

1890- Frank Morgan -American actor and singer (d. 1949)

1899- Edward Charles Titchmarsh -English mathematician and academic (d. 1963)

1901- Hap Day -Canadian ice hockey player, referee, and manager (d. 1990)

1901- Raymond Souplex -French singer and actor (d. 1972)

1901- John Van Druten -English-American playwright and director (d. 1957)

1903- Vasyl Velychkovsky -Ukrainian-Canadian bishop (d. 1973)

1903- Hans Vogt (linguist)|Hans Vogt -Norwegian linguist and academic (d. 1986)

1905- Robert Newton -English-American actor (d. 1956)

1907- Frank Whittle -English engineer, developed the jet engine (d. 1996)

1908- Julie Campbell Tatham -American author (d. 1999)

1909- Yechezkel Kutscher -Slovakian-Israeli philologist and linguist (d. 1971)

1912- Herbert Tichy -Austrian geologist, author, and mountaineer (d. 1987)

1913- Bill Deedes -English journalist and politician (d. 2007)

1915- John Randolph (actor)|John Randolph -American actor (d. 2004)

1917- William Standish Knowles -American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1920- Robert Clarke -American actor and producer (d. 2005)

1921- Nelson Riddle -American composer and bandleader (d. 1985)

1922- Joan Caulfield -American actress and model (d. 1991)

1922- Joan Copeland -American actress

1922- Povel Ramel -Swedish singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2007)

1923- Barry Till -English priest, author, and academic (d. 2013)

1924- William Sloane Coffin -American clergyman and activist (d. 2006)

1924- John Tooley -English director and manager

1925- Dilia Díaz Cisneros -Venezuelan poet and educator

1925- Marie Knight -American singer (d. 2009)

1926- Andy Griffith -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1926- Marilyn Monroe -American model, actress, and singer (d. 1962)

1928- Georgy Dobrovolsky -Ukrainian pilot and astronaut (d. 1971)

1928- Bob Monkhouse -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1928- Larry Zeidel -Canadian-American ice hockey player and sportscaster (d. 2014)

1929- Nargis -Indian actress (d. 1981)

1929- James H. Billington -American librarian and academic

1930- John Lemmon -English logician and philosopher (d. 1966)

1930- Edward Woodward -English actor and singer (d. 2009)

1931- Hal Smith (catcher)|Hal Smith -American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)

1931- Michael Thompson (academic)|Michael Thompson -English academic

1932- Christopher Lasch -American historian and critic (d. 1994)

1933- Haruo Remeliik -Palauan politician, 1st President of Palau (d. 1985)

1933- Charlie Wilson (Texas politician)|Charles Wilson -American lieutenant and politician (d. 2010)

1934- Pat Boone -American singer-songwriter and actor

1934- Ken McElroy -American criminal (d. 1981)

1935- Hazel Dickens -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)

1935- Norman Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank -English architect, founded Foster and Partners

1935- Reverend Ike -American minister (d. 2009)

1935- Jack Kralick -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1935- John C. Reynolds -American computer scientist (d. 2013)

1936- André Bourbeau -Canadian politician

1936- Joe Doyle -Irish politician (d. 2009)

1936- Bekim Fehmiu -Bosnian-Serbian actor (d. 2010)

1936- Gerald Scarfe -English illustrator

1937- Morgan Freeman -American actor and producer

1937- Rosaleen Linehan -Irish actress and singer

1937- Colleen McCullough -Australian author

1938- Khawar Rizvi -Pakistani poet and scholar (d. 1981)

1939- Cleavon Little -American actor and singer (d. 1992)

1940- René Auberjonois -American actor, singer, and director

1940- Katerina Gogou -Greek actress and poet (d. 1993)

1940- Kip Thorne -American physicist

1941- Dean Chance -American baseball player

1941- Toyo Ito -Japanese architect, designed the Torre Realia BCN and Hotel Porta Fira

1941- Alexander V. Zakharov -Russian physicist and astronomer

1942- Bruce George -Welsh politician

1942- Parveen Kumar -Pakistani-English physician and academic

1942- Paco Peña -Spanish guitarist and composer

1943- David Newbery -British economist and academic

1943- Lorrie Wilmot -South African cricketer (d. 2004)

1944- Colin Blakemore -English neurobiologist and academic

1944- Robert Powell -English actor

1945- Brian Oldfield -American shot putter

1945- Linda Scott -American singer

1945- Kerry Vincent -Australian chef and author

1945- Frederica von Stade -American soprano and actress

1946- Brian Cox (actor)|Brian Cox -Scottish-American actor

1946- Jody Stecher -American singer

1947- Ron Dennis -English businessman, founded the McLaren Group

1947- Jonathan Pryce -Welsh actor and singer

1947- Ronnie Wood -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Jeff Beck Group, Rolling Stones, Faces (band)|Faces, The Birds (band)|The Birds, and The New Barbarians (band)|The New Barbarians)

1948- Joe Andrew (academic)|Joe Andrew -English author and academic

1948- Powers Boothe -American actor

1948- Michel Plasse -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)

1948- Tom Sneva -American race car driver

1948- Juhan Viiding -Estonian poet and actor (d. 1995)

1950- Perrin Beatty -Canadian businessman and politician

1950- Gemma Craven -Irish actress and singer

1950- Jean Lambert -English educator and politician

1950- Wayne Nelson -American singer and bass player (Little River Band)

1950- Tom Robinson -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Sector 27 and Tom Robinson Band)

1951- Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey -English actress and politician

1952- David Lan -South African-English playwright and director

1952- Mihaela Loghin -Romanian shot putter

1953- Timothy Bentinck -Australian-English actor

1953- David Berkowitz -American serial killer

1953- Ronnie Dunn -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Brooks & Dunn)

1954- Jill Black -English judge

1955- Chiyonofuji Mitsugu -Japanese sumo wrestler

1955- Lorraine Moller -New Zealand runner

1955- Tony Snow -American journalist, 26th White House Press Secretary (d. 2008)

1956- Lisa Hartman Black -American actress and singer

1956- Robin Mattson -American actress

1957- Dorota Kędzierzawska -Polish director and screenwriter

1958- Ahron Bregman -Israeli-English political scientist and journalist

1958- Nambaryn Enkhbayar -Mongolian politician, 3rd President of Mongolia

1958- Gennadiy Valyukevich -Belarusian triple jumper

1959- Martin Brundle -English race car driver and sportscaster

1959- John Pullinger -English statistician and librarian

1959- Alan Wilder -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Depeche Mode and Recoil (band)|Recoil)

1960- Simon Gallup -English bass player (The Cure, Fools Dance, The Magazine Spies, and Lockjaw (band)|Lockjaw)

1960- Vladimir Krutov -Russian ice hockey player (d. 2012)

1960- Sergey Kuznetsov (footballer, born 1960)|Sergey Kuznetsov -Russian footballer and manager

1960- Giorgos Lillikas -Cypriot politician, 8th List of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

1961- Paul Coffey -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Werner Günthör -Swiss shot putter

1961- Peter Machajdík -Slovakian-German pianist and composer

1963- Mike Joyce (musician)|Mike Joyce -English drummer (The Smiths and Buzzcocks)

1964- Mark Curry (actor)|Mark Curry -American actor

1965- Larisa Lazutina -Russian skier

1965- Olga Nazarova -Russian sprinter

1965- Nigel Short -English chess player and journalist

1966- Greg Schiano -American football player and coach

1967- Roger Sanchez -American DJ and producer

1968- Jason Donovan -Australian actor and singer

1968- Mark Gonzales -American skateboarder

1968- Jeff Hackett -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1968- Susan Jones -Welsh politician

1968- Mathias Rust -German pilot

1969- René Liu -Taiwanese actress and singer

1969- Teri Polo -American actress

1969- Richard Murrian -American photographer

1970- Alexi Lalas -American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster

1970- R. Madhavan -Indian actor

1970- Karen Mulder -Dutch model and singer

1970- Paul Schrier -American actor and director

1971- Mario Cimarro -Cuban-American actor

1971- DJ Nihal -English radio and television host

1972- Huáscar Aparicio -Bolivian singer (d. 2013)

1972- Daniel Casey -English actor

1972- Mike Dunham -American ice hockey player and coach

1972- Mindy Smith -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973- Frédérik Deburghgraeve -Belgian swimmer

1973- Adam Garcia -Australian actor, singer, and dancer

1973- Derek Lowe -American baseball player

1973- Heidi Klum -German-American model, actress, fashion designer, and producer

1974- Ashok Jadeja -Indian criminal

1974- Alanis Morissette -Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress

1974- Michael Rasmussen -Danish cyclist

1974- Melissa Sagemiller -American actress

1974- Sarah Teather -English politician

1974- Akis Zikos -Greek footballer and coach

1975- Michal Grošek -Czech-Swiss ice hockey player and coach

1975- Kate Magowan -English actress

1975- Ēriks Rags -Latvian javelin thrower

1975- James Storm -American wrestler

1976- Marlon Devonish -English sprinter

1977- Sarah Wayne Callies -American actress

1977- Danielle Harris -American actress

1977- Brad Wilkerson -American baseball player

1978- Hasna Benhassi -Moroccan runner

1978- Antonietta Di Martino -Italian high jumper

1978- Matthew Hittinger -American poet

1979- Santana Moss -American football player

1979- Markus Persson -Swedish game designer, founded Mojang

1980- Oliver James (actor)|Oliver James -English actor and singer

1981- Brandi Carlile -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1981- Smush Parker -American basketball player

1981- Amy Schumer -American comedian, actress, and screenwriter

1981- Carlos Zambrano -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1982- Justine Henin -Belgian tennis player

1983- Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko -Ukrainian runner

1983- Tõnis Sahk -Estonian long jumper

1983- Jake Silbermann -American actor

1984- David Neville (athlete)|David Neville -American sprinter

1984- Oliver Tielemans -Dutch race car driver

1984- Naidangiin Tüvshinbayar -Mongolian martial artist

1985- Tirunesh Dibaba -Ethiopian runner

1985- Ari Herstand -American singer-songwriter and actor

1985- Mário Hipólito -Angolan footballer

1985- Tanel Leok -Estonian motocross racer

1985- Nick Young (basketball)|Nick Young -American basketball player

1985- Sam Young (basketball)|Sam Young -American basketball player

1986- Skream -English DJ and producer (Magnetic Man)

1986- Moses Ndiema Masai -Kenyan runner

1986- Dayana Mendoza -Venezuelan model, Miss Universe 2008

1986- Chinedu Obasi -Nigerian footballer

1986- Ben Smith (rugby union)|Ben Smith -New Zealand rugby player

1987- Zoltán Harsányi -Slovakian footballer

1987- Juan Hernandez -Mexican footballer

1987- Jerel McNeal -American basketball player

1987- Johan Santos -Filipino actor and model

1987- Yarisley Silva -Cuban pole vaulter

1988- Javier Hernández Balcázar -Mexican footballer

1988- Nami Tamaki -Japanese singer

1989- Brooklyn Lee -American porn actress

1989- Sammy Alex Mutahi -Kenyan runner

1990- Kennie Chopart -Danish footballer

1990- Carlota Ciganda -Spanish golfer

1990- Kieren Emery -German-English rower

1990- Misha Fisenko -Russian ice hockey player

1990- Roman Josi -Swiss ice hockey player

1990- Martin Pembleton -English footballer

1990- Bianca Perie -Romanian hammer thrower

1992- Kira Plastinina -Russian fashion designer

1996- Tom Holland (actor)|Tom Holland -English actor and dancer

2000- Willow Shields -American actress