This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1139- Emperor Konoe -of Japan (d. 1155)

1332- Isabella de Coucy -English daughter of Edward III of England (d. 1382)

1514- John Cheke -English academic and politician, Secretary of State (England)|English Secretary of State (d. 1557)

1583- Axel Oxenstierna -Swedish politician, Lord High Chancellor of Sweden (d. 1654)

1591- Joseph Solomon Delmedigo -Greek-Italian physician, mathematician, and theorist (d. 1655)

1606- Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall -Irish soldier and politician (d. 1675)

1612- Murad IV -Ottoman sultan (d. 1640)

1613- John Cleveland -English poet (d. 1658)

1633- Jean de Thévenot -French linguist and botanist (d. 1667)

1644- Henrietta of England -(d. 1670)

1713- Meshech Weare -American farmer, lawyer, and politician, 1st Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)

1738- Mary Katherine Goddard -American publisher (d. 1816)

1754- Salawat Yulayev -Russian poet (d. 1800)

1792- John Linnell (painter)|John Linnell -English painter and engraver (d. 1882)

1801- Julius Plücker -German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)

1806- Edward Davy -English physician and chemist (d. 1885)

1813- Otto Jahn -German archaeologist and philologist (d. 1869)

1820- Athanase Josué Coquerel -Dutch-French theologian (d. 1875)

1821- Old Tom Morris -Scottish golfer and architect (d. 1908)

1826- Constantin von Ettingshausen -Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)

1829- Geronimo -American tribal leader (d. 1909)

1836- Wesley Merritt -American general and politician, Governor-General of the Philippines|Military Governor of the Philippines (d. 1910)

1837- Ernst Laas -German philosopher and academic (d. 1885)

1838- Frederic Archer -English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1901)

1838- Cushman Kellogg Davis -American lieutenant and politician, 7th Governor of Minnesota (d. 1900)

1840- Ernst Otto Schlick -German engineer (d. 1913)

1857- Arthur Arz von Straußenburg -Austrian-Hungarian general (d. 1935)

1858- Gustaf V of Sweden -(d. 1950)

1862- Olaf Frydenlund -Norwegian target shooter (d. 1947)

1866- Germanos Karavangelis -Greek-Austrian bishop (d. 1935)

1874- Arthur Meighen -Canadian lawyer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1960)

1880- Otto Eisenschiml -Austrian-American chemist and author (d. 1963)

1881- Natalia Goncharova -Russian painter, costume designer, and illustrator (d. 1962)

1882- Mohammad Mosaddegh -Iranian politician, 60th Prime Minister of Iran (d. 1967)

1885- Erich Jacoby -Estonian-Polish architect (d. 1941)

1888- Peter Stoner -American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)

1890- Stan Laurel -English-American actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 1965)

1894- Norman Kerry -American actor (d. 1956)

1896- Murray Leinster -American author and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1897- Elaine Hammerstein -American actress (d. 1948)

1897- Georg Wittig -German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1902- Barbara McClintock -American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1902- George Gaylord Simpson -American paleontologist and author (d. 1984)

1903- Helen Traubel -American soprano and actress (d. 1972)

1907- Jack Albertson -American actor and singer (d. 1981)

1909- Archie Carr -American ecologist and zoologist (d. 1987)

1910- Juan Velasco Alvarado -Peruvian general and politician, 1st President of Peru (d. 1977)

1912- Albert Chartier -Canadian illustrator (d. 2004)

1912- Enoch Powell -English soldier and politician, Secretary of State for Health (d. 1998)

1915- John Tukey -American mathematician and academic (d. 2000)

1916- Hank Luisetti -American basketball player (d. 2002)

1916- John Young (actor)|John Young -Scottish actor (d. 1996)

1917- Phaedon Gizikis -Greek general and politician, President of Greece (d. 1999)

1917- Katharine Graham -American publisher (d. 2001)

1917- Aurelio Lampredi -Italian engineer (d. 1989)

1917- Irving Penn -American photographer (d. 2009)

1920- John Howard Griffin -American journalist and author (d. 1980)

1920- Isabelle Holland -Swiss-American author (d. 2002)

1920- Raymond Lemieux -Canadian chemist and academic (d. 2002)

1920- Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay -Indian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1989)

1920- José López Portillo -Mexican politician, 31st President of Mexico (d. 2004)

1922- Ilmar Kullam -Estonian basketball player and coach (d. 2011)

1923- Ron Flockhart (racing driver)|Ron Flockhart -Scottish race car driver (d. 1962)

1924- Faith Domergue -American actress (d. 1999)

1924- Lucky Thompson -American saxophonist (d. 2005)

1925- Jean d'Ormesson -French journalist and author

1925- Otto Muehl -Austrian-Portuguese painter (d. 2013)

1926- Efraín Ríos Montt -Guatemalan general and politician, 26th President of Guatemala

1927- Tom Graveney -English cricketer and sportscaster

1927- Herbert Lichtenfeld -German author and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1927- Ariano Suassuna -Brazilian author and playwright (d. 2014)

1927- Brian Wilde -English actor (d. 2008)

1928- Annie Cordy -Belgian actress and singer

1928- Speedy Long -American lawyer and politician (d. 2006)

1929- Ramon Bieri -American actor (d. 2001)

1929- Pauline Yates -English actress

1930- Allan D'Arcangelo -American painter (d. 1998)

1930- Mike Sparken -French race car driver (d. 2012)

1930- Vilmos Zsigmond -Hungarian-American cinematographer

1932- Norman Jones (actor)|Norman Jones -English actor (d. 2013)

1932- Ralph Robins -English businessman

1934- Eileen Atkins -English actress and screenwriter

1934- Bill Cobbs -American actor

1934- Jane Henson -American puppeteer (d. 2013)

1934- Roger Neilson -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

1935- James Bolam -English actor

1935- Jim Dine -American painter

1936- Ann Carter -American actress (d. 2014)

1937- Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha -Bulgarian politician, 48th Prime Minister of Bulgaria

1937- Erich Segal -American author and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1938- Thomas Boyd-Carpenter -English general

1938- Torgny Lindgren -Swedish author and poet

1938- Joyce Carol Oates -American author

1938- Charles B. Pierce -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1939- Billy "Crash" Craddock -American singer

1940- Neil Goldschmidt -American lawyer and politician, 33rd Governor of Oregon

1940- Nigel Wicks -English civil servant

1941- Lamont Dozier -American songwriter and producer

1941- Tõnu Õim -Estonian chess player

1941- Mumtaz Hamid Rao -Pakistani journalist (d. 2011)

1942- Giacomo Agostini -Italian motorcycle racer

1942- Eddie Levert -American singer-songwriter and producer (The O'Jays)

1943- Joan Van Ark -American actress

1944- Henri Richelet -French painter

1945- Claire Alexander -Canadian ice hockey player

1945- Buddy Roberts -American wrestler (d. 2012)

1945- Lucienne Robillard -Canadian politician

1946- Rick Adelman -American basketball player and coach

1946- John Jacob Astor VIII -English businessman and politician

1946- Karen Dunnell -English statistician

1946- Tom Harrell -American trumpet player and composer

1946- Neil MacGregor -Scottish historian and curator

1946- Iain Matthews -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Fairport Convention and Plainsong (band)|Plainsong)

1946- Jodi Rell -American politician, 87th Governor of Connecticut

1946- Mark Ritts -American actor, puppeteer, and producer (d. 2009)

1946- Derek Sanderson -Canadian ice hockey player

1946- Simon Williams (actor)|Simon Williams -English actor and playwright

1947- -minu -Swiss journalist

1947- Günther Kaufmann -German actor (d. 2012)

1947- Tom Malone (musician)|Tom Malone -American trombonist, composer, and producer (The Blues Brothers and CBS Orchestra)

1947- Tom Wyner -English-American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1948- Ron LeFlore -American baseball player and manager

1948- V. Hanumantha Rao -Indian politician

1949- Paulo Cézar Caju -Brazilian footballer

1949- Ralph Mann -American hurdler

1950- Mithun Chakraborty -Indian actor

1950- Michel Clair -Canadian politician

1951- Charlie Dominici -American singer and guitarist (Dream Theater and Dominici)

1951- Roberto Durán -Panamanian boxer

1952- George Papandreou -Greek politician, 182nd Prime Minister of Greece

1952- Gino Vannelli -Canadian singer-songwriter

1953- Paul Goggins -English politician (d. 2014)

1953- Valerie Mahaffey -American actress and producer

1953- Ian Mosley -English drummer (Marillion)

1954- Matthew Saad Muhammad -American boxer (d. 2014)

1955- Grete Faremo -Norwegian politician, Minister of Defence (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Defence

1955- Laurie Metcalf -American actress

1957- Ian Buchanan -Scottish-American actor

1957- Leeona Dorrian, Lady Dorrian -Scottish judge

1958- Darrell Griffith -American basketball player

1958- Jóhannes Helgason -Icelandic guitarist and pilot (Þeyr)

1958- Ulrike Tauber -German swimmer

1959- John Franklin (actor)|John Franklin -American actor

1959- Desirée Rogers -American businesswoman

1959- The Ultimate Warrior -American wrestler (d. 2014)

1960- Peter Sterling -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1961- Dzintar Klavan -Estonian footballer

1961- Steve Larmer -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Margus Metstak -Estonian basketball player

1962- Wally Joyner -American baseball player and coach

1962- Femi Kuti -English-Nigerian singer-songwriter and saxophonist

1962- Arnold Vosloo -South African-American actor

1962- Anthony Wong (singer)|Anthony Wong -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and producer (Tat Ming Pair)

1963- Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski|Scott Alexander -American screenwriter and producer

1963- Deb Caletti -American author

1963- The Sandman (wrestler)|The Sandman -American wrestler

1964- Danny Burstein -American actor

1965- Laverne Eve -Bahamian javelin thrower

1965- Richard Madaleno -American politician

1966- Phil Vischer -American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Jan Železný -Czech javelin thrower

1967- Charalambos Andreou -Cypriot footballer

1967- Jürgen Klopp -German footballer and manager

1967- Rupert Onslow, 8th Earl of Onslow -English businessman

1968- James Patrick Stuart -American actor

1969- Shami Chakrabarti -English lawyer and academic

1969- Mark Crossley -English-Welsh footballer and manager

1969- Tommy Tiernan -Irish comedian and actor

1970- Younus AlGohar -Pakistani poet, academic, and humanitarian, co-founded Messiah Foundation International

1970- Clifton Collins, Jr. -American actor

1970- Cobi Jones -American soccer player and manager

1970- Phil Mickelson -American golfer

1971- Chris Gomez -American baseball player

1971- Tupac Shakur -American rapper, producer, and actor (Digital Underground, Outlawz, and Thug Life) (d. 1996)

1972- John Cho -South Korean-American actor

1972- Simon Khan -English golfer

1972- Ann Shoket -American journalist

1973- Amanda Byram -Irish television host

1973- Eddie Cibrian -American actor

1973- Nikos Machlas -Greek footballer

1974- Paul Lee (artist)|Paul Lee -English-American sculptor

1975- Anthony Carter -American basketball player

1975- Heather Peace -English actress and singer

1976- Cian Ciaran -Welsh keyboard player (Super Furry Animals)

1976- Edwin Tenorio -Ecuadorian footballer

1977- Craig Fitzgibbon -Australian rugby player

1977- Kevin Foster (murderer)|Kevin Foster -American murderer

1977- Duncan Hames -English politician

1977- Simone Legno -Italian graphic designer

1977- Petros Papadakis -American sportscaster

1977- Kerry Wood -American baseball player

1978- Daniel Brühl -Spanish-German actor

1978- Fish Leong -Malaysian singer

1978- Lyndsey Marshal -English actress

1978- Jay Moriarity -American surfer (d. 2001)

1978- Dainius Zubrus -Lithuanian ice hockey player

1980- Brandon Armstrong -American basketball player

1980- Phil Christophers -German-English rugby player

1980- Nehir Erdoğan -Turkish actress

1980- Brad Gushue -Canadian curler

1980- Daré Nibombé -Togolese footballer

1980- Martin Stranzl -Austrian footballer

1980- Justin Tranter -American singer-songwriter and jewelry designer (Semi Precious Weapons)

1980- Joey Yung -Hong Kong singer and actress

1981- Benjamin Becker -German tennis player

1981- Kevin Bieksa -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Ben Kweller -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Radish (band)|Radish and The Bens)

1981- Miguel Villalta -Peruvian footballer

1982- May Andersen -Danish model

1982- Fraser Cartmell -Scottish triathlete

1982- Matt Costa -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Missy Peregrym -Canadian actress

1982- Jodi Santamaria -Filipino actress

1982- Chris Wingert -American soccer player

1983- Armend Dallku -Albanian footballer

1984- Jonathan Broxton -American baseball player

1984- Gábor Császár -Hungarian handball player

1984- Rick Nash -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Steven Whittaker -Scottish footballer

1986- Rodrigo Defendi -Brazilian footballer

1986- Urby Emanuelson -Dutch footballer

1986- Fernando Muslera -Uruguayan footballer

1986- Farhad Reza -Bangladeshi cricketer

1986- Robert Rothbart -Israeli-Serbian basketball player

1987- Diana DeGarmo -American singer-songwriter and actress

1987- Abby Elliott -American actress

1987- Christian Tshimanga Kabeya -Belgian footballer

1987- Per Ciljan Skjelbred -Norwegian footballer

1988- Keshia Chanté -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1988- Leeland Dayton Mooring -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Leeland (band)|Leeland)

1988- Nathan Parsons -Australian-American actor

1989- Jelena Glebova -Estonian figure skater

1990- John Newman (singer)|John Newman -English singer-songwriter

1991- Joe McElderry -English singer-songwriter

1992- Vladimir Morozov (swimmer)|Vladimir Morozov -Russian swimmer