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Famous Birthdays


1107- Emperor Gaozong of Song -(d. 1187)

1519- Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(d. 1574)

1577- Paul Guldin -Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)

1771- Patrick Gass -American sergeant (d. 1870)

1775- Karl Freiherr von Müffling -Prussian field marshal (d. 1851)

1777- Robert Clark (U.S. politician)|Robert Clark -American politician (d. 1837)

1795- John Marston (sailor)|John Marston -American sailor (d. 1885)

1802- Harriet Martineau -English sociologist and author (d. 1876)

1806- John A. Roebling -German-American engineer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge (d. 1869)

1812- Edmond Hébert -French geologist and academic (d. 1890)

1819- Charles Kingsley -English priest, historian, and author (d. 1875)

1827- Johanna Spyri -Swiss author (d. 1901)

1841- Watson Fothergill -English architect, designed the Woodborough Road Baptist Church (d. 1928)

1851- Oliver Lodge -English physicist and academic (d. 1940)

1858- Harry Johnston -English botanist and explorer (d. 1927)

1858- Henry Scott Tuke -English painter and photographer (d. 1929)

1861- William Attewell -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1927)

1864- Frank Chapman (ornithologist)|Frank Chapman -American ornithologist (d. 1945)

1877- Thomas C. Hart -American admiral and politician (d. 1971)

1875- Sam De Grasse -Canadian-American actor (d. 1953)

1883- Fernand Gonder -French pole vaulter (d. 1969)

1888- Zygmunt Janiszewski -Polish mathematician (d. 1920)

1890- Egon Schiele -Austrian painter (d. 1918)

1892- Djuna Barnes -American author (d. 1982)

1892- Apostolos Grozos -Greek politician (d. 1981)

1897- Anthony Eden -English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1977)

1899- Fritz Albert Lipmann -German-American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1899- Weegee -Ukrainian-American photographer (d. 1968)

1902- Hendrik Elias -Belgian politician, List of mayors of Ghent|Mayor of Ghent (d. 1973)

1903- Emmett Hardy -American cornet player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1925)

1905- Ray Barbuti -American sprinter and football player (d. 1988)

1906- Sandro Penna -Italian poet (d. 1977)

1908- Alphonse Ouimet -Canadian broadcaster (d. 1988)

1908- Marina Semyonova -Russian ballerina (d. 2010)

1908- Otto Skorzeny -German SS officer (d. 1975)

1910- Bill Naughton -Irish-English playwright and author (d. 1992)

1912- Bill Cowley -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1993)

1912- Carl Hovland -American psychologist (d. 1961)

1913- Jean Victor Allard -Canadian general (d. 1996)

1913- Desmond Piers -Canadian admiral (d. 2005)

1914- William Lundigan -American actor (d. 1975)

1914- Go Seigen -Japanese Go (game)|Go player

1915- Priscilla Lane -American actress and singer (d. 1995)

1915- Christopher Mayhew -English soldier and politician (d. 1997)

1915- David Rockefeller -American banker and businessman

1916- Irwin Allen -American director and producer (d. 1991)

1916- Raúl Héctor Castro -Mexican-American politician and diplomat, 14th Governor of Arizona

1918- Samuel Z. Arkoff -American film producer (d. 2001)

1918- Christie Jayaratnam Eliezer -Sri Lankan-Australian mathematician and academic (d. 2001)

1919- Uta Hagen -German-American actress (d. 2004)

1920- Dave Berg (cartoonist)|Dave Berg -American cartoonist (d. 2002)

1920- Peter Jones (actor)|Peter Jones -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1920- Jim Siedow -American actor (d. 2003)

1921- Luis García Berlanga -Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1921- Christopher Derrick -English author (d. 2007)

1921- James Archibald Houston -Canadian author and illustrator (d. 2005)

1922- Margherita Hack -Italian astrophysicist and author (d. 2013)

1923- Monty Westmore -American make-up artist (d. 2007)

1924- George H. W. Bush -American lieutenant and politician, 41st President of the United States

1924- Grete Dollitz -German-American guitarist and radio host (d. 2013)

1925- Jaime Montestrela -Portuguese psychiatrist, author, and poet (d. 1975)

1928- Vic Damone -American singer-songwriter and actor

1928- Petros Molyviatis -Greek politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Greece)|Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs

1928- Richard M. Sherman -American composer and songwriter

1929- Brigid Brophy -English author and critic (d. 1995)

1929- Anne Frank -German-Dutch author and holocaust victim (d. 1945)

1929- Jameel Jalibi -Pakistani linguist and scholar

1929- John McCluskey, Baron McCluskey -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland

1930- Donald Byrne -American chess player (d. 1976)

1930- Jim Nabors -American actor and singer

1930- Innes Ireland -Scottish race car driver and engineer (d. 1993)

1931- Trevanian -American author and scholar (d. 2005)

1931- Rona Jaffe -American author (d. 2005)

1932- Mimi Coertse -South African soprano

1932- Mamo Wolde -Ethiopian runner (d. 2002)

1933- Eddie Adams (photographer)|Eddie Adams -American photographer (d. 2004)

1934- John A. Alonzo -American actor and cinematographer (d. 2001)

1934- Nicole Berger -French actress (d. 1967)

1934- Kevin Billington -English director and producer

1935- Paul Kennedy (English judge)|Paul Kennedy -English judge

1937- Vladimir Arnold -Russian-French mathematician and academic (d. 2010)

1937- Klaus Basikow -German footballer and manager

1937- Antal Festetics -Hungarian-Austrian biologist and zoologist

1938- Anne Cowdrey, 14th Lady Herries of Terregles -Scottish horse trainer

1938- Tom Oliver -English-Australian actor

1938- Ian Partridge -English tenor

1939- Frank McCloskey -American sergeant and politician (d. 2003)

1940- Jacques Brassard -Canadian educator and politician

1941- Marv Albert -American sportscaster

1941- Chick Corea -American pianist and composer (Chick Corea Elektric Band, Return to Forever, and Five Peace Band)

1941- Roy Harper -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1941- Reg Presley -English singer-songwriter (The Troggs) (d. 2013)

1941- Lucille Roybal-Allard -American politician

1942- Len Barry -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Dovells)

1942- Bert Sakmann -German physiologist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1945- Pat Jennings -Irish footballer and coach

1946- Michel Bergeron (hockey coach)|Michel Bergeron -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1946- Bobby Gould -English footballer and manager

1946- Catherine Bréchignac -French physicist

1947- Ron Freeman -American sprinter

1948- Hans Binder -Austrian race car driver

1948- Lyn Collins -American singer (d. 2005)

1948- Herbert Meyer (footballer)|Herbert Meyer -German footballer

1949- Tarak Ben Ammar -Tunisian film producer

1949- Jens Böhrnsen -German politician, List of German presidents|President of Germany

1949- Roger Aaron Brown -American actor

1949- Ivo Linna -Estonian singer (Apelsin)

1949- Marc Tardif -Canadian ice hockey player

1949- John Wetton -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (King Crimson, Mogul Thrash, Family (band)|Family, Roxy Music, UK (band)|UK, and Asia (band)|Asia)

1950- Michael Fabricant -English politician

1950- Sonia Manzano -American actress and singer

1951- Bun E. Carlos -American drummer (Cheap Trick and Tinted Windows (band)|Tinted Windows)

1951- Brad Delp -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston RTZ (band)|RTZ, and Beatlejuice) (d. 2007)

1951- Hans Niessl -Austrian politician

1951- Andranik Margaryan -Armenian engineer and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 2007)

1952- Spencer Abraham -American politician, 10th United States Secretary of Energy

1952- Pete Farndon -English bass player (The Pretenders) (d. 1983)

1952- Oliver Knussen -Scottish composer and conductor

1953- Rocky Burnette -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953- Timothy Duke -English genealogist

1953- Tess Gerritsen -American physician and author

1953- David Thornton (actor)|David Thornton -American actor

1953- Allan Weiner -American radio host and activist

1954- Neil Oatley -English engineer

1954- Tim Razzall, Baron Razzall -English lawyer and politician

1956- Terry Alderman -Australian cricketer and sportscaster

1957- Timothy Busfield -American actor, director, and producer

1957- Javed Miandad -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1958- Meredith Brooks -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958- Rebecca Holden -American actress and singer

1958- Rory Sparrow -American basketball player and manager

1959- Jenilee Harrison -American actress

1959- John Linnell -American singer-songwriter and accordion player (They Might Be Giants and The Mundanes)

1959- Scott Thompson (comedian)|Scott Thompson -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1960- Mark Calcavecchia -American golfer

1960- Joe Kopicki -American basketball player

1961- Jim Goad -American author

1961- Julius Kariuki -Kenyan runner

1961- Kira Roessler -American singer and bass player (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag and Dos (band)|Dos)

1962- Paul Clark (keyboardist)|Paul Clark -English keyboard player (The Bolshoi)

1962- John Enos III -American actor

1962- Mark Prisk -English politician

1963- Philippe Bugalski -French race car driver (d. 2012)

1963- Warwick Capper -Australian footballer

1963- Tim DeKay -American actor

1963- Johnny Hotbody -American wrestler

1963- T. B. Joshua -Nigerian minister and television host

1963- Jerry Lynn -American wrestler

1964- Derek Higgins -Irish race car driver

1964- Kent Jones -American journalist

1964- Paula Marshall -American actress

1964- Peter Such -Scottish-English cricketer

1965- Filip Topol -Czech singer-songwriter and pianist (Psí vojáci) (d. 2013)

1965- Gwen Torrence -American sprinter

1965- Cathy Tyson -English actress

1965- Vicky Vette -Norwegian-American porn actress and model

1967- Icíar Bollaín -Spanish actress, director, and screenwriter

1967- Aivar Kuusmaa -Estonian basketball player and coach

1967- Frances O'Connor -Australian actress

1968- Scott Aldred -American baseball player and coach

1968- Manuel Blanc -French actor

1968- Htay Kywe -Burmese activist

1968- Bobby Sheehan (musician)|Bobby Sheehan -American bass player and songwriter (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)

1969- Zsolt Daczi -Hungarian guitarist (Bikini (Hungarian band)|Bikini) (d. 2007)

1969- Héctor Garza -Mexican wrestler (d. 2013)

1969- Mathieu Schneider -American ice hockey player

1969- Heinz-Christian Strache -Austrian politician

1970- Rick Hoffman -American actor

1970- Gordon Michael Woolvett -Canadian actor

1971- Arman Alizad -Iranian-Finnish tailor and television host

1971- Mark Henry -American weightlifter and wrestler

1971- Ryan Klesko -American baseball player

1971- Jérôme Romain -Dominican-French triple jumper

1972- Bounty Killer -Jamaican rapper and DJ (The Alliance (dancehall)|The Alliance)

1972- Sophie Lawrence -English actress and singer

1972- Finesse Mitchell -American actor

1973- Jason Caffey -American basketball player and coach

1973- Jennifer Jo Cobb -American race car driver

1973- Takis Fyssas -Greek footballer

1973- Mitsuki Saiga -Japanese voice actress

1973- Darryl White -Australian footballer

1974- Hideki Matsui -Japanese baseball player

1974- Jason Mewes -American actor and producer

1974- Kerry Kittles -American basketball player

1975- Bryan Alvarez -American wrestler and publisher

1975- Michael Muhney -American actor

1975- Stephanie Szostak -French-American actress

1976- Antawn Jamison -American basketball player

1976- Thomas Sørensen -Danish footballer

1977- Richard Ayoade -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1977- Wade Redden -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Kenny Wayne Shepherd -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Rides)

1978- Lewis Moody -English rugby player

1978- Yumiko Shaku -Japanese actress and model

1978- Shiloh Strong -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1979- Robyn -Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1979- Dallas Clark -American football player

1979- Martine Dugrenier -Canadian wrestler

1979- Wil Horneff -American actor

1979- Diego Milito -Argentinian footballer

1979- Earl Watson -American basketball player

1980- Marco Bortolami -Italian rugby player

1980- Jason Dent -American mixed martial artist

1980- Larry Foote -American football player

1980- Ifet Taljević -German footballer

1981- Raitis Grafs -Latvian basketball player

1981- Paul Hasleby -Australian footballer

1981- Jeremy Howard (actor)|Jeremy Howard -American actor

1981- Adriana Lima -Brazilian model and actress

1981- Nora Tschirner -German actress

1982- Ben Blackwell -American drummer (The Dirtbombs)

1982- Diem Brown -American journalist

1982- Jason David -American football player

1982- Loïc Duval -French race car driver

1982- Marko Popović (basketball, born 1982)|Marko Popović -Croatian basketball player

1982- Samantha Tolj -Australian actress

1983- Bryan Habana -South African rugby player

1983- Andy Ologun -Nigerian boxer and actor

1983- Alexander Pipa -German rugby player

1983- Christine Sinclair -Canadian soccer player

1984- James Kwalia -Kenyan-Qatari runner

1984- Andrea Servi -Italian footballer (d. 2013)

1985- Colin Doyle (footballer)|Colin Doyle -Irish footballer

1985- Dave Franco -American actor

1985- Blake Ross -American software developer, co-created Mozilla Firefox

1985- Sam Thaiday -Australian rugby player

1985- Kendra Wilkinson -American model, actress, and author

1985- Chris Young (musician)|Chris Young -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986- Carla Abellana -Filipino actress

1986- Erik Ainge -American football player

1986- Mario Casas -Spanish actor

1986- Jamie Lee Darley -English-American model

1986- Stanislava Komarova -Russian swimmer

1986- Sergio Rodríguez -Spanish basketball player

1986- Benjamin Schmideg -Australian actor

1987- Seyi Ajirotutu -American football player

1987- Antonio Barragán -Spanish footballer

1987- Abbey Lee Kershaw -Australian model

1987- Kristjan Rand -Estonian ice dancer

1988- Artūrs Bērziņš -Latvian basketball player

1988- Eren Derdiyok -Swiss footballer

1988- Mauricio Isla -Chilean footballer

1988- Dave Melillo -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anarbor and Cute Is What We Aim For)

1988- Dakota Morton -Canadian actor and radio host

1989- Emma Eliasson -Swedish ice hockey player

1989- Ibrahim Jeilan -Ethiopian runner

1989- Krista K -Filipino-American model, actress, and singer

1990- KevJumba -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1990- Kevin López -Spanish runner

1990- David Worrall -English footballer

1991- Avisail García -Venezuelan baseball player

1991- James Rodriguez -Colombian soccer player

1992- Allie DiMeco -American actress

1992- Laura Jones (gymnast)|Laura Jones -English gymnast

1992- Ryan Malgarini -American actor

1992- Philippe Coutinho -Brazilian footballer

1993- Junrey Balawing -Filipino dwarf

1996- Anna Margaret -American actress and singer

2001- John Bigelow IV -Filipino-American golfer

2005- Ryzza Mae Dizon -Filipino actress