This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


40- Gnaeus Julius Agricola -Roman general (d. 93)

823- Charles the Bald -Roman emperor (d. 877)

839- Charles the Fat -Roman emperor (d. 888)

1595- Jan Marek Marci -Czech physician and scientist (d. 1667)

1649- Adrien Baillet -French scholar and critic (d. 1706)

1672- Anna Maria Franziska of Saxe-Lauenburg -(d. 1741)

1752- Frances Burney -English author and playwright (d. 1840)

1761- Antonín Vranický -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1820)

1763- José Bonifácio de Andrada -Brazilian politician (d. 1838)

1773- Thomas Young (scientist)|Thomas Young -English physicist and physiologist (d. 1829)

1775- Antoni Radziwiłł -Lithuanian politician (d. 1833)

1786- Winfield Scott -American general (d. 1866)

1790- José Antonio Páez -Venezuelan general and politician, List of Presidents of Venezuela|President of Venezuela (d. 1873)

1809- Heinrich Hoffmann (author)|Heinrich Hoffmann -German psychiatrist and author (d. 1894)

1822- Carl Schmidt (chemist)|Carl Schmidt -Latvian-German chemist and academic (d. 1894)

1827- Alberto Henschel -German-Brazilian photographer and businessman (d. 1882)

1831- James Clerk Maxwell -Scottish physicist and mathematician (d. 1879)

1854- Charles Algernon Parsons -English engineer (d. 1931)

1863- Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon -English fashion designer (d. 1935)

1864- Rudolf Kjellén -Swedish political scientist and politician (d. 1922)

1864- Dwight B. Waldo -American historian and academic (d. 1939)

1865- W. B. Yeats -Irish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1939)

1870- Jules Bordet -Belgian immunologist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1872- Thomas N. Heffron -American silent film director (d. 1951)

1875- Paul Neumann (swimmer)|Paul Neumann -Austrian swimmer and physician (d. 1932)

1876- William Sealy Gosset -English chemist and statistician (d. 1937)

1879- Heinrich Gutkin -Estonian businessman and politician (d. 1941)

1879- Charalambos Tseroulis -Greek general (d. 1929)

1884- Anton Drexler -German politician (d. 1942)

1884- Gerald Gardner (Wiccan)|Gerald Gardner -English religious leader, founded Gardnerian Wicca (d. 1964)

1884- Étienne Gilson -French philosopher and academic (d. 1978)

1885- Henry George Lamond -Australian farmer and author (d. 1969)

1887- André François-Poncet -French politician and diplomat (d. 1978)

1887- Bruno Frank -German-American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1945)

1888- Fernando Pessoa -Portuguese poet and critic (d. 1935)

1892- Basil Rathbone -South African-American actor (d. 1967)

1893- Dorothy L. Sayers -English author and poet (d. 1957)

1894- Leo Kanner -Ukrainian-American psychiatrist and physician (d. 1981)

1894- Jacques Henri Lartigue -French photographer and painter (d. 1986)

1897- Paavo Nurmi -Finnish runner (d. 1973)

1899- Carlos Chávez -Mexican composer, conductor, and journalist, founded the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra (d. 1978)

1901- Tage Erlander -Swedish politician, 25th Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1985)

1903- Red Grange -American football player and actor (d. 1991)

1905- Doc Cheatham -American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (McKinney's Cotton Pickers) (d. 1997)

1905- James T. Rutnam -Sri Lankan historian and author (d. 1988)

1905- Xian Xinghai -Chinese composer (d. 1945)

1906- Bruno de Finetti -Austrian-Italian mathematician and statistician (d. 1985)

1909- E. M. S. Namboodiripad -Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Kerala (d. 1998)

1910- Gonzalo Torrente Ballester -Spanish author (d. 1999)

1910- Mary Wickes -American actress and singer (d. 1995)

1910- Mary Whitehouse -English activist, founded the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association (d. 2001)

1911- Luis Walter Alvarez -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1911- Maurice Copeland -American actor (d. 1985)

1911- Erwin Wilhelm Müller -German physicist (d. 1977)

1912- Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau -Canadian poet and painter (d. 1943)

1913- Ralph Edwards -American radio and television host (d. 2005)

1913- Yitzhak Pundak -Israeli general, diplomat and politician

1914- Frederic Franklin -English-American ballet dancer and director (d. 2013)

1914- Barbara Reynolds -English author and lexicographer

1915- Don Budge -American tennis player (d. 2000)

1916- Wu Zhengyi -Chinese botanist and academic (d. 2013)

1917- Teddy Turner (actor)|Teddy Turner -English actor (d. 1992)

1918- Ben Johnson (actor)|Ben Johnson -American actor and stuntman (d. 1996)

1918- Helmut Lent -German soldier and pilot (d. 1944)

1918- Percy Rodriguez -Canadian-American actor (d. 2007)

1920- Rolf Huisgen -German chemist and academic

1920- Iosif Vorovich -Russian mathematician and engineer (d. 2001)

1921- Lennart Strand -Swedish runner (d. 2004)

1922- Etienne Leroux -South African author (d. 1989)

1926- Paul Lynde -American actor and singer (d. 1982)

1927- Slim Dusty -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2003)

1928- Li Ka-shing -Chinese businessman

1928- Renée Morisset -Canadian pianist (d. 2009)

1928- John Forbes Nash, Jr. -American mathematician and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Alan Civil -English horn player (d. 1989)

1929- Robert W. Scott -American politician, 67th Governor of North Carolina (d. 2009)

1929- Ralph McQuarrie -American illustrator (d. 2012)

1930- Gotthard Graubner -German painter (d. 2013)

1930- Ryszard Kukliński -Polish colonel and spy (d. 2004)

1931- Nora Kovach -Hungarian-American ballerina (d. 2009)

1931- Reed Scowen -Canadian politician

1931- Irvin D. Yalom -American psychotherapist and academic

1932- Raymond Jolliffe, 5th Baron Hylton -English politician

1932- Bob McGrath -American actor and singer

1932- Billy Williams (right fielder)|Billy Williams -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1933- Tom King, Baron King of Bridgwater -English politician, Secretary of State for Defence

1933- Norman Lloyd-Edwards -Welsh politician, Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan

1934- Bill Blakeley -American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)

1934- Manuel Clouthier -Mexican businessman and politician (d. 1989)

1934- James Anthony Griffin -American bishop

1934- Uriel Jones -American drummer (The Funk Brothers) (d. 2009)

1934- Leonard Kleinrock -American computer scientist and engineer

1934- Janet Pilgrim (model)|Janet Pilgrim -American model

1934- David Short (cricketer)|David Short -English cricketer

1935- Christo -Bulgarian-French sculptor and painter

1935- Jeanne-Claude -Moroccan sculptor and painter (d. 2009)

1935- Samak Sundaravej -Thai politician, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand (d. 2009)

1936- Michel Jazy -French runner

1936- Michael H. Jordan -American businessman (d. 2010)

1937- Eleanor Holmes Norton -American politician

1937- Erich Ribbeck -German footballer and manager

1937- Andreas Whittam Smith -English journalist

1938- Gwynne Howell -Welsh opera singer

1939- Tom Cheek -American sportscaster (d. 2005)

1939- Siegfried Fischbacher -German-American magician

1940- Bobby Freeman -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1940- Dallas Long -American shot putter

1941- Marcel Lachemann -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1941- Serge Lemoyne -Canadian painter (d. 1998)

1941- Esther Ofarim -Israeli singer

1942- Yiannis Boutaris -Greek businessman and politician, List of mayors of Thessaloniki|Mayor of Thessaloniki

1942- James Carr (musician)|James Carr -American singer (d. 2001)

1942- Walter Rodney -Guyanese historian and activist (d. 2007)

1942- Viktor Suslin -Russian-German composer (d. 2012)

1943- Malcolm McDowell -English actor and producer

1943- Jim Guy Tucker -American lawyer and politician, 43rd Governor of Arkansas

1944- Christine Beasley -English nurse

1944- David Curry -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

1944- Ban Ki-moon -South Korean diplomat, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

1945- Whitley Strieber -American author

1946- Gonzalo Aja -Spanish cyclist

1946- Sher Bahadur Deuba -Nepalese politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Nepal

1946- Gabriel of Komana -Belgian-Dutch archbishop (d. 2013)

1946- Igor Starygin -Russian actor (d. 2009)

1947- A.G. Lafley -American businessman

1948- Garnet Bailey -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2001)

1948- Joe Roth -American director and producer, co-founded Morgan Creek Productions

1949- Dennis Locorriere -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show)

1949- Ulla Schmidt -German politician

1950- Belinda Bauer (actress)|Belinda Bauer -Australian-American actress and psychologist

1950- Nick Brown -English politician

1950- Gerd Zewe -German footballer and manager

1951- Howard Leese -American guitarist and producer (Bad Company and Heart (band)|Heart)

1951- Richard Thomas (actor)|Richard Thomas -American actor, director, and producer

1951- Stellan Skarsgård -Swedish actor

1951- Robert P. Young, Jr. -American jurist

1952- Tony Bruno -American radio host

1952- Jean-Marie Dedecker -Belgian martial artist and politician

1953- Tim Allen -American actor and producer

1954- Rita Cadillac (Brazilian entertainer)|Rita Cadillac -Brazilian porn actress, singer, and dancer

1954- Andrzej Lepper -Polish politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland

1954- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -Nigerian economist and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Nigeria)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Nigeria

1955- Alan Hansen -Scottish footballer and sportscaster

1955- Leah Ward Sears -American jurist

1956- Blair Chapman -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Barry Chase -Canadian politician

1956- Pedro Larraquy -Argentinian footballer and manager

1956- Shunichi Mizuoka -Japanese politician

1956- Sal Paolantonio -American lieutenant and journalist

1956- John Harris (safety)|John Harris -American football player

1957- Ronald Ardoin -American jockey

1957- Ron Areshenkoff -Canadian ice hockey player

1957- Mossie Carroll -Irish hurler and manager

1957- Roy Cooper -American politician, 48th North Carolina Attorney General

1957- Bruce Flowers -American basketball player

1957- Ada Maris -American actress

1957- Andrzej Morozowski -Polish journalist

1957- Dicky Thompson -American golfer

1958- Mark Byford -English journalist and broadcaster

1959- Boyko Borisov -Bulgarian politician, 50th Prime Minister of Bulgaria

1959- Steve Georganas -Australian politician

1959- Lance Kinsey -Canadian-American actor and screenwriter

1960- Clive Lewis (judge)|Clive Lewis -English judge

1960- Jacques Rougeau -Canadian wrestler

1961- Bob Crow -English union leader (d. 2014)

1961- Kaire Indrikson -Estonian swimmer

1961- Anders Järryd -Swedish tennis player

1962- Davey Hamilton -American race car driver

1962- Glenn Michibata -Canadian tennis player

1962- Rudolf Povarnitsyn -Ukrainian high jumper

1962- Ally Sheedy -American actress and author

1962- Hannah Storm -American journalist and author

1963- Bettina Bunge -German tennis player

1963- Sarah Connolly -English soprano

1963- Paul De Lisle -American bass player (Smash Mouth)

1963- Catarina Lindqvist -Swedish tennis player

1963- Audrey Niffenegger -American author and academic

1964- Christian Wilhelm Berger -Romanian organist, composer, and educator

1964- Kathy Burke -English actress, director, and playwright

1964- Šarūnas Marčiulionis -Lithuanian basketball player

1965- Vassilis Karapialis -Greek footballer

1965- Lukas Ligeti -Austrian-American drummer and composer

1965- Lisa Vidal -American actress

1966- Henry Bond -English photographer

1966- Naoki Hattori -Japanese race car driver

1966- Grigori Perelman -Russian mathematician

1967- Taşkın Aksoy -German-Turkish footballer and manager

1968- Fabio Baldato -Italian cyclist

1968- Spike Breakwell -English comedian and actor

1968- Peter DeBoer -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1968- Darren Dreger -Canadian sportscaster

1968- David Gray (musician)|David Gray -English-Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1968- Tim Leveque -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Denise Pearson -English singer-songwriter (Five Star)

1968- Marcel Theroux -Ugandan-English journalist and author

1969- Cayetana Guillén Cuervo -Spanish actress, director, and screenwriter

1969- Virginie Despentes -French author

1969- Joseph Keter -Kenyan runner

1969- Laura Kightlinger -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Lynne Koplitz -American comedian and actress

1969- Svetlana Krivelyova -Russian shot putter

1969- Søren Rasted -Danish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Aqua (band)|Aqua, Hej Matematik, and Lazyboy (musical project)|Lazyboy)

1969- Jamie Walters (singer)|Jamie Walters -American actor and singer

1970- Chris Cairns -New Zealand cricketer

1970- Rivers Cuomo -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Weezer, Avant Garde (band)|Avant Garde, and Homie (band)|Homie)

1970- Mikael Ljungberg -Swedish wrestler (d. 2004)

1971- Shannon Fill -American actress

1971- Nóra Köves -Hungarian tennis player

1971- David Mendenhall -American actor

1972- Meelis Aasmäe -Estonian skier

1972- Martin Ballantyne -English actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Kristjan Järvi -Estonian-American conductor

1972- Natalie MacMaster -Canadian fiddler

1973- Sam Adams (American football)|Sam Adams -American football player

1973- Tanner Foust -American race car driver

1973- Mattias Hellberg -Swedish singer-songwriter (The Hellacopters, Nationalteatern, and The Solution (band)|The Solution)

1973- Kasia Kowalska -Polish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1973- Ville Laihiala -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sentenced (band)|Sentenced and Poisonblack)

1973- Anna Mosenkova -Estonian ice dancer

1973- Leeann Tweeden -American model and television host

1974- Coko -American singer (SWV)

1974- Steve-O -American stuntman and actor

1974- Selma Björnsdóttir -Icelandic singer and actress

1974- Valeri Bure -Russian-American ice hockey player

1974- Brande Roderick -American model and actress

1974- Takahiro Sakurai -Japanese voice actor

1975- Ante Čović -Australian footballer

1975- Jeff Davis (writer)|Jeff Davis -American screenwriter and producer

1975- Jennifer Nicole Lee -American model, actress, and author

1975- Jaan Pehk -Estonian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ruffus)

1975- Riccardo Scimeca -English footballer

1976- Jason "J" Brown -English singer (Five (band)|Five)

1976- Kym Marsh -English singer-songwriter and actress (Hear'Say)

1976- Tygh Runyan -Canadian-American actor and guitarist (The Awkward Stage)

1977- Dragoș Bucur -Romanian actor

1977- Emily Harrison -American actress

1977- Tarmo Kikerpill -Estonian basketball player

1977- Romain Mesnil -French pole vaulter

1977- Earthwind Moreland -American football player

1977- Rainer Schönfelder -Austrian skier

1977- Erin Toughill -American mixed martial artist and boxer

1977- Selwyn Ward -American actor

1978- Jason Michael Carroll -American singer-songwriter

1978- Brian Dowling -Irish television host

1978- Ethan Embry -American actor

1978- Mikako Ichikawa -Japanese model and actress

1978- Mathis Künzler -Swiss actor

1979- Esther Anderson (Australian actress)|Esther Anderson -Australian actress

1979- Nila Håkedal -Norwegian volleyball player

1979- Miguel Pate -American long jumper

1979- Ryan Pickett (filmmaker)|Ryan Pickett -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Sarah Connor (singer)|Sarah Connor -German singer-songwriter and dancer

1980- Florent Malouda -French footballer

1980- Diego Mendieta -Paraguayan footballer (d. 2012)

1980- Jamario Moon -American basketball player

1980- Juan Carlos Navarro (basketball)|Juan Carlos Navarro -Spanish basketball player

1980- Maho Nonami -Japanese actress

1980- Darius Vassell -English footballer

1980- Markus Winkelhock -German race car driver

1981- Daryl Blonder -American actor and author (d. 2012)

1981- Chris Evans (actor)|Chris Evans -American actor

1981- Blake Judd (filmmaker)|Blake Judd -American actor, director, and producer

1981- Julie-Marie Parmentier -French actress

1981- Radim Vrbata -Czech-American ice hockey player

1982- Kenenisa Bekele -Ethiopian runner

1982- Krzysztof Bosak -Polish politician

1982- Jessica Caban -American model and actress

1982- Nate Jones (American football)|Nate Jones -American football player

1982- Jess Manafort -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1983- Matt Allison (racing driver)|Matt Allison -English race car driver

1983- Rebeca Linares -Spanish porn actress

1983- Steve Novak -American basketball player

1983- Sarah Schaub -American actress

1983- Jason Spezza -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Nery Castillo -Mexican-Uruguayan footballer

1984- Kaori Icho -Japanese wrestler

1984- Antje Möldner-Schmidt -German runner

1984- Nautica Thorn -American porn actress

1984- Phillip Van Dyke -American actor

1985- Raz-B -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (B2K)

1985- Filipe Albuquerque -Portuguese race car driver

1985- Silvio Bankert -German footballer

1985- Lela Star -American porn actress

1985- Danny Syvret -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Kat Dennings -American actress

1986- Keisuke Honda -Japanese footballer

1986- Azumi Muto -Japanese model and actress (d. 2006)

1986- Ashley Olsen -American actress, singer, producer, and fashion designer

1986- Mary-Kate Olsen -American actress, singer, producer, and fashion designer

1987- Marko Grgić -Croatian footballer

1988- Gabe Carimi -American football player

1988- Reece Noi -English actor

1989- Irene Gorovaia -Russian-American actress

1989- Tommy Searle -English motocross racer

1989- Lisa Tucker (singer)|Lisa Tucker -American singer and actress

1990- Tara Lynn Foxx -American porn actress

1990- Nicole Riner -Swiss tennis player

1990- Aaron Taylor-Johnson -English actor

1991- Will Claye -American jumper

1991- Ryan Mason -English footballer

1993- Simona Senoner -Italian ski jumper (d. 2011)

1993- Denis Ten -Kazakhstani figure skater

1995- Emily Fanning -New Zealand tennis player

1995- Laura Ucrós -Colombian tennis player

1996- Kodi Smit-McPhee -Australian actor

1998- Abdallah El Akal -Israeli actor