This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1239- Edward I of England -(d. 1307)

1603- Joseph of Cupertino -Italian mystic and saint (d. 1663)

1682- Charles XII of Sweden -(d. 1718)

1691- Giovanni Paolo Panini -Italian painter and architect (d. 1765)

1693- Johann Georg Walch -German theologian (d. 1775)

1704- John Kay (flying shuttle)|John Kay -English inventor, invented the Flying shuttle (d. 1780)

1714- César-François Cassini de Thury -French astronomer and cartographer (d. 1784)

1718- George Howard (British Army officer)|George Howard -English field marshal and politician (d. 1796)

1808- Henrik Wergeland -Norwegian poet, playwright, and linguist (d. 1845)

1810- Ferdinand Freiligrath -German poet (d. 1876)

1811- Jón Sigurðsson -Icelandic politician (d. 1879)

1818- Charles Gounod -French composer (d. 1893)

1818- Sophie of Württemberg -(d. 1877)

1832- William Crookes -English chemist and physicist (d. 1919)

1839- Arthur Tooth -English priest (d. 1931)

1858- Eben Sumner Draper -American politician, 44th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1914)

1861- Pete Browning -American baseball player (d. 1905)

1861- Omar Bundy -American general (d. 1940)

1863- Charles Michael, Duke of Mecklenburg -(d. 1934)

1867- Flora Finch -English-American actress (d. 1940)

1867- John Robert Gregg -Irish-American educator, publisher, and humanitarian (d. 1948)

1867- Henry Lawson -Australian poet and author (d. 1922)

1870- Kitaro Nishida -Japanese philosopher and academic (d. 1945)

1871- James Weldon Johnson -American author, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)

1876- William Carr (rower)|William Carr -American rower (d. 1942)

1880- Carl Van Vechten -American author and photographer (d. 1964)

1881- Tommy Burns (boxer)|Tommy Burns -Canadian boxer (d. 1955)

1882- Adolphus Frederick VI, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz -(d. 1918)

1882- Igor Stravinsky -Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1971)

1888- Heinz Guderian -German general (d. 1954)

1898- M. C. Escher -Dutch illustrator (d. 1972)

1898- Carl Hermann -German physicist and academic (d. 1961)

1898- Harry Patch -English soldier and firefighter (d. 2009)

1900- Martin Bormann -German politician (d. 1945)

1902- Sammy Fain -American composer (d. 1989)

1902- Alec Hurwood -Australian cricketer (d. 1982)

1903- Ruth Graves Wakefield -American chef, created the chocolate chip cookie (d. 1977)

1904- Ralph Bellamy -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1904- Patrice Tardif (politician)|Patrice Tardif -Canadian politician (d. 1989)

1907- Maurice Cloche -French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1907- Charles Eames -American designer and architect (d. 1978)

1909- Elmer L. Andersen -American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Minnesota (d. 2004)

1909- Ralph E. Winters -Canadian-American film editor (d. 2004)

1910- Red Foley -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 1968)

1910- George Hees -Canadian football player and politician (d. 1996)

1914- John Hersey -American journalist (d. 1993)

1915- David "Stringbean" Akeman -American singer and banjo player (d. 1973)

1915- Marcel Cadieux -Canadian civil servant and diplomat, Canadian Ambassador to the United States (d. 1981)

1915- Karl Targownik -Hungarian-American psychiatrist (d. 1996)

1916- Terry Gilkyson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Easy Riders (American band)|The Easy Riders) (d. 1999)

1917- Dufferin Roblin -Canadian politician, 14th Premier of Manitoba (d. 2010)

1918- Ajahn Chah -Thai educator (d. 1992)

1919- John Moffat (Royal Navy officer)|John Moffat -Scottish lieutenant and pilot

1919- Beryl Reid -English actress (d. 1996)

1920- Jacob H. Gilbert -American politician (d. 1981)

1920- Setsuko Hara -Japanese actress

1920- François Jacob -French biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1920- Peter Le Cheminant -English air marshal

1922- John Amis -English journalist and critic (d. 2013)

1923- Elroy Hirsch -American football player (d. 2004)

1923- Arnold S. Relman -American physician and academic (d. 2014)

1923- Dale C. Thomson -Canadian historian and educator (d. 1999)

1925- Alexander Shulgin -American pharmacologist and chemist (d. 2014)

1927- Martin Böttcher -German composer and conductor

1927- Wally Wood -American author, illustrator, and publisher (d. 1981)

1929- Tigran Petrosian -Armenian chess player (d. 1984)

1929- James Shigeta -American actor and singer (d. 2014)

1930- Brian Statham -English cricketer (d. 2000)

1931- John Baldessari -American painter

1932- Simon Bowes-Lyon -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

1932- Derek Ibbotson -English runner

1932- Peter Lupus -American bodybuilder and actor

1932- John Murtha -American colonel and politician (d. 2010)

1933- Harry Browne -American politician (d. 2006)

1933- Christian Ferras -French violinist (d. 1982)

1936- Vern Harper -Canadian tribal leader and activist

1936- Ken Loach -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Peter Fitzgerald (footballer)|Peter Fitzgerald -Irish footballer (d. 2013)

1937- Ted Nelson -American sociologist and philosopher

1939- Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea -Welsh politician

1940- George Akerlof -American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1941- Nicholas C. Handy -English chemist (d. 2012)

1942- Mohamed ElBaradei -Egyptian politician, Vice President of Egypt, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1942- Roger Steffens -American actor and producer

1943- Newt Gingrich -American politician, 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1943- Barry Manilow -American singer-songwriter and producer

1943- Chantal Mouffe -Belgian political theorist

1943- Burt Rutan -American engineer

1944- Randy Johnson (American football)|Randy Johnson -American football player (d. 2009)

1944- Bill Rafferty -American comedian and game show host (d. 2012)

1944- Chris Spedding -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nucleus (band)|Nucleus and Sharks (band formed 1972)|Sharks)

1945- Frank Ashmore -American actor

1945- Art Bell -American radio host and author

1945- Tommy Franks -American general

1945- Ken Livingstone -English politician, 1st Mayor of London

1945- Eddy Merckx -Belgian cyclist

1946- David Crausby -English politician

1946- Peter Rosei -Austrian author

1947- Christopher Allport -American actor (d. 2008)

1947- Linda Chavez -American author

1947- George S. Clinton -American composer and songwriter

1947- Gregg Rolie -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Santana (band)|Santana, Journey (band)|Journey, and The Storm (band)|The Storm)

1947- Paul Young (Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics singer)|Paul Young -English singer-songwriter (Sad Café (band)|Sad Café and Mike + The Mechanics) (d. 2000)

1948- Dave Concepción -Venezuelan baseball player

1948- Aurelio López -Mexican baseball player (d. 1992)

1948- Karol Sikora -English physician and academic

1949- John Craven (economist)|John Craven -English economist and academic

1949- Snakefinger -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Residents and Chilli Willi and the Red Hot Peppers) (d. 1987)

1951- Starhawk -American author and activist

1951- John Garrett (ice hockey)|John Garrett -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1951- Paul McGuinness -German-Irish talent manager

1951- Joe Piscopo -American actor

1951- Robert Lowry Scott -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of County Tyrone

1952- Judith Macgregor -English diplomat, List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to South Africa|British High Commissioner to South Africa

1952- Mike Milbury -American ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1952- Estelle Morris, Baroness Morris of Yardley -English educator and politician, Secretary of State for Education

1953- Vernon Coaker -English educator and politician

1954- Mark Linn-Baker -American actor

1955- Gail Jones -Australian author

1955- Mati Laur -Estonian historian, author, and academic

1955- Bob Sauvé -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- Kelly Curtis -American actress

1956- Iain Milne -Scottish rugby player

1957- Phil Chevron -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Pogues and The Radiators From Space) (d. 2013)

1957- Martin Dillon (musician)|Martin Dillon -American tenor and educator (d. 2005)

1957- Lawrence Goldman -English historian and author

1957- Jon Gries -American actor and producer

1957- Phyllida Lloyd -English director

1957- Jack Wouterse -Dutch actor

1958- Jello Biafra -American singer-songwriter and producer (Dead Kennedys, The No WTO Combo, and Lard (band)|Lard)

1958- Nicky Clarke -English hairdresser

1958- Bobby Farrelly -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1958- Sam Hamad -Syrian-Canadian politician

1958- Jon Leibowitz -American lawyer and politician

1958- Daniel McVicar -American actor

1958- Derek Lee Ragin -American tenor

1959- Lawrence Haddad -British development economist and academic

1959- Nikos Stavropoulos -Greek basketball player and coach

1960- Adrián Campos -Spanish race car driver

1960- Thomas Haden Church -American actor

1961- Kōichi Yamadera -Japanese actor

1962- Michael Monroe -Finnish singer-songwriter and saxophonist (Hanoi Rocks and Demolition 23)

1963- Greg Kinnear -American actor and producer

1964- Rinaldo Capello -Italian race car driver

1964- Michael Groß -German swimmer

1964- Svetla Mitkova-Sınırtaş -Bulgarian-Turkish shot putter and discus thrower

1964- Erin Murphy -American actress

1964- Steve Rhodes -English cricketer and coach

1965- Kami Cotler -American actress and educator

1965- Dermontti Dawson -American football player

1965- Dan Jansen -American speed skater

1965- Dara O'Kearney -Irish runner and poker player

1966- Mohammed Ghazy Al-Akhras -Iraqi journalist

1966- Tory Burch -American fashion designer

1966- Christy Canyon -American porn actress

1966- Ken Clark (running back)|Ken Clark -American football player (d. 2013)

1966- Diane Modahl -English runner

1966- Jason Patric -American actor

1967- Dorothea Röschmann -German soprano and actress

1967- Eric Stefani -American keyboard player, songwriter, and animator (No Doubt)

1968- Minoru Suzuki -Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

1969- Paul Tergat -Kenyan runner

1969- Ilya Tsymbalar -Ukrainian-Russian footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1970- Stéphane Fiset -Canadian ice hockey player

1970- Will Forte -American actor and screenwriter

1970- Jason Hanson -American football player

1970- Popeye Jones -American basketball player

1970- Michael Showalter -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Sasha Sokol -Mexican singer-songwriter and actress

1971- Mildred Fox -Irish politician

1971- Paulina Rubio -Mexican singer and actress (Timbiriche)

1973- Krayzie Bone -American rapper and producer (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)

1973- Christian Claudio -Puerto Rican martial artist and author

1973- Louis Leterrier -French director and producer

1973- Leander Paes -Indian tennis player

1974- Evangelia Psarra -Greek archer

1975- Jennifer Irwin -Canadian actress

1975- Chloe Jones -American porn actress (d. 2005)

1975- Joshua Leonard -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1976- Scott Adkins -English actor and martial artist

1976- Sven Nys -Belgian cyclist

1976- Keisuke Ogihara -Japanese rapper (Rip Slyme)

1977- Tjaša Jezernik -Slovenian tennis player

1977- Mark Tauscher -American football player

1977- Branko Tomović -Serbian-German actor

1978- Kumiko Aso -Japanese actress

1978- Isabelle Delobel -French ice dancer

1979- Tyson Apostol -American television personality

1979- Young Maylay -American rapper, producer, and voice actor

1979- Nick Rimando -American soccer player

1980- Kimeru -Japanese singer and actor

1980- Jeph Jacques -American illustrator

1980- Elisa Rigaudo -Italian race walker

1980- Venus Williams -American tennis player

1981- Kyle Boller -American football player

1981- Shane Watson -Australian cricketer

1982- Arthur Darvill -English actor and singer

1982- Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa -Brazilian footballer

1982- Stanislava Hrozenská -Slovak tennis player

1982- Marek Svatoš -Slovak ice hockey player

1983- Connie Fisher -Irish-Welsh actress and singer

1983- Vlasis Kazakis -Greek footballer

1983- Jamal Mixon -American actor

1983- Kazunari Ninomiya -Japanese singer-songwriter and actor (Arashi)

1983- Lee Ryan -English singer-songwriter and actor (Blue (boy band)|Blue)

1984- John Gallagher, Jr. -American actor and singer

1984- Michael Mathieu -Bahamian sprinter

1984- Si Tianfeng -Chinese race walker

1984- Chris Weidman -American mixed martial artist

1985- Marcos Baghdatis -Cypriot tennis player

1985- Rafael Sóbis -Brazilian footballer

1986- Apoula Edel -Armenian footballer

1986- Helen Glover (rower)|Helen Glover -ENglish rower

1987- Kendrick Lamar -American rapper (Black Hippy)

1987- Nozomi Tsuji -Japanese singer (Morning Musume Minimoni, and Morning Musume Otomegumi)

1988- Andrew Ogilvy -Australian basketball player

1988- Stephanie Rice -Australian swimmer

1989- Simone Battle -American actress, singer, and dancer (G.R.L) (d. 2014)

1989- Giorgos Tofas -Cypriot footballer

1990- Jordan Henderson -English footballer

1990- Hansle Parchment -Jamaican hurdler

1990- Laura Wright (singer)|Laura Wright -English singer (All Angels)

1991- Kayane -French gamer

1991- Jang Min-chul -South Korean gamer

1993- Jean Marie Froget -Mauritian swimmer

1997- Ottomar Ladva -Estonian chess player

1997- Sadie Robertson -American reality television star