This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1423- Ferdinand I of Naples -(d. 1494)

1535- Pope Leo XI -(d. 1605)

1731- Martha Washington -American wife of George Washington, 1st First Lady of the United States (d. 1802)

1739- Jabez Bowen -American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1815)

1740- Marquis de Sade -French philosopher and politician (d. 1814)

1743- Alessandro Cagliostro -Sicilian occultist (d. 1795)

1773- John Randolph of Roanoke -American planter and politician, 8th United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1833)

1774- William Lawson (explorer)|William Lawson -English-Australian explorer (d. 1850)

1815- Philip Kearny -American general (d. 1862)

1823- Gédéon Ouimet -Canadian politician, 2nd Premier of Quebec (d. 1905)

1835- Pope Pius X -(d. 1914)

1838- Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg -(d. 1900)

1840- Thomas Hardy -English author and poet (d. 1928)

1857- Edward Elgar -English composer (d. 1934)

1857- Karl Adolph Gjellerup -Danish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)

1860- Roger de Barbarin -French target shooter (d. 1925)

1861- Concordia Selander -Swedish actress and manager (d. 1935)

1863- Felix Weingartner -Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)

1865- George Lohmann -English cricketer (d. 1901)

1869- Jack O'Connor (catcher)|Jack O'Connor -American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)

1875- Charles Stewart Mott -American businessman and politician, 50th List of mayors of Flint, Michigan|Mayor of Flint, Michigan (d. 1973)

1878- Wallace Hartley -English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912)

1881- Walter Egan (golfer)|Walter Egan -American golfer (d. 1971)

1887- Gottlieb Hering -German Nazi concentration camp commandant (d. 1945)

1887- Howard Johnson (lyricist)|Howard Johnson -American songwriter (d. 1941)

1891- Thurman Arnold -American lawyer and judge (d. 1969)

1891- Takijirō Ōnishi -Japanese admiral (d. 1945)

1899- Lotte Reiniger -German animator and director (d. 1981)

1899- Edwin Way Teale -American environmentalist and photographer (d. 1980)

1904- Frank Runacres -English painter (d. 1974)

1904- Johnny Weissmuller -Romanian-American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)

1907- Dorothy West -American author (d. 1998)

1907- John Lehmann -English poet and publisher (d. 1987)

1910- Hector Dyer -American sprinter (d. 1990)

1911- Joe McCluskey -American runner (d. 2002)

1913- Barbara Pym -English author (d. 1980)

1913- Walter Andreas Schwarz -German singer-songwriter and playwright (d. 1992)

1915- Walter Tetley -American voice actor (d. 1975)

1915- Alexandru Nicolschi -Romanian spy (d. 1992)

1917- Heinz Sielmann -German photographer and director (d. 2006)

1917- Max Showalter -American actor, singer, and pianist (d. 2000)

1918- Ruth Atkinson -Canadian-American illustrator (d. 1997)

1918- Kathryn Tucker Windham -American journalist and author (d. 2011)

1919- Nat Mayer Shapiro -American painter (d. 2005)

1920- Frank G. Clement -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)

1920- Marcel Reich-Ranicki -Polish-German author and critic (d. 2013)

1920- Tex Schramm -American businessman (d. 2003)

1920- Johnny Speight -English screenwriter (d. 1998)

1921- Betty Freeman -American photographer and philanthropist (d. 2009)

1921- Sigmund Sternberg -Hungarian-English businessman and philanthropist

1921- András József Szennay -Hungarian clergyman (d. 2012)

1922- Juan Antonio Bardem -Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1922- Charlie Sifford -American golfer

1922- Carmen Silvera -Canadian-English actress (d. 2002)

1923- Lloyd Shapley -Amrican mathematician, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1924- June Callwood -Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2007)

1924- Al Ruscio -American actor (d. 2013)

1926- Chiyonoyama Masanobu -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 41st Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1977)

1926- Milo O'Shea -Irish-American actor (d. 2013)

1927- W. Watts Biggers -American author, screenwriter, and animator (d. 2013)

1927- Christopher Slade -English lawyer and judge

1928- Erzsi Kovács -Hungarian singer (d. 2014)

1928- Rafael A. Lecuona -Cuban-American gymnast and academic (d. 2014)

1929- Norton Juster -American author and academic

1929- Ken McGregor -Australian tennis player (d. 2007)

1930- Pete Conrad -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1999)

1930- Bob Lillis -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1931- William H. Donaldson -American businessman

1931- Larry Jackson -American baseball player and politician (d. 1990)

1931- Gerry Peacocke -Australian politician (d. 2013)

1932- Sammy Turner -American singer

1933- Jerry Lumpe -American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)

1934- Johnny Carter (singer)|Johnny Carter -American singer (The Flamingos and The Dells) (d. 2009)

1935- Carol Shields -American-Canadian author (d. 2003)

1935- Roger Brierley -English actor (d. 2005)

1935- Dimitri Kitsikis -Greek poet and educator

1936- Richard Harries, Baron Harries of Pentregarth -English bishop

1936- Volodymyr Holubnychy -Ukrainian race walker

1936- Jean Nelissen -Dutch journalist (d. 2010)

1937- Rosalyn Higgins -English judge

1937- Sally Kellerman -American actress and singer

1937- Jimmy Jones (singer)|Jimmy Jones -American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

1937- Robert Paul -Canadian figure skater

1938- Kevin Brownlow -English historian and author

1938- Cliff Cushman -American hurdler (d. 1966)

1938- Ron Ely -American actor

1938- George William Penrose, Lord Penrose -Scottish lawyer and judge

1941- William Guest (singer)|William Guest -American singer-songwriter and producer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

1941- Susan Hart -American actress

1941- Stacy Keach -American actor and producer

1941- Lou Nanne -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1941- Charlie Watts -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones and Blues Incorporated)

1941- Jeff Winkless -American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1942- Maree Cheatham -American actress

1943- Ilaiyaraaja -Indian singer-songwriter and producer

1943- Charles Haid -American actor and director

1943- Crescenzio Sepe -Italian cardinal

1944- Marvin Hamlisch -American composer and conductor (d. 2012)

1944- Robert Elliott (actor born 1944)|Robert Elliott -American actor (d. 2004)

1945- Richard Long (artist)|Richard Long -English painter, sculptor, and photographer

1945- Bonnie Newman -American politician

1945- Jon Peters -American film producer

1946- David Arculus -English businessman

1946- Song Dae-kwan -South Korean singer

1946- Lasse Hallström -Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter

1946- Peter Sutcliffe -English serial killer

1946- Tomomichi Nishimura -Japanese voice actor

1947- Mark Elder -English conductor

1948- Jerry Mathers -American actor and director

1949- Heather Couper -English astronomer and physicist

1949- Jack Pierce (baseball)|Jack Pierce -American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1949- Frank Rich -American journalist and critic

1950- Jonathan Evans (politician)|Jonathan Evans -Welsh lawyer and politician

1950- Joanna Gleason -Canadian actress and singer

1950- Anne Phillips -British gender theorist

1951- Arnold Mühren -Dutch footballer and manager

1951- Larry Robinson -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951- Alexander Wylie, Lord Kinclaven -Scottish judge and educator

1952- Gary Bettman -American businessman

1953- Keith Allen (actor)|Keith Allen -Welsh actor, singer, and screenwriter

1953- Dave Boy Green -English boxer and businessman

1953- Craig Stadler -American golfer

1953- Cornel West -American philosopher, author, and academic

1954- Dennis Haysbert -American actor and producer

1955- Dana Carvey -American comedian, actor, and singer

1955- Nandan Nilekani -Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys

1955- Michael Steele (musician)|Michael Steele -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Bangles and The Runaways)

1956- Jan Lammers -Dutch race car driver

1956- Mani Ratnam -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Mark Lawrenson -English footballer and manager

1957- Jonathan Stack -American director and producer

1958- Lex Luger -American wrestler and football player

1959- Rineke Dijkstra -Dutch photographer

1959- Charlie Huddy -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1959- Lydia Lunch -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, Harry Crews (band)|Harry Crews, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)

1959- Erwin Olaf -Dutch photographer

1960- Olga Bondarenko -Russian runner

1960- Tony Hadley -English singer-songwriter and actor (Spandau Ballet)

1960- Kyle Petty -American race car driver

1961- Dez Cadena -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Misfits (band)|Misfits, Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Osaka Popstar, DC3 (band)|DC3, The Gentlemen (band)|The Gentlemen, and Loaded (band)|Loaded)

1961- Kare Kauks -Estonian singer

1962- Mark Plaatjes -South African-American runner

1963- Anand Abhyankar -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1964- Caroline Link -German director and screenwriter

1965- Russ Courtnall -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Jim Knipfel -American journalist and author

1965- Sean Stewart -American-Canadian author

1965- Mark Waugh -Australian cricketer and journalist

1965- Steve Waugh -Australian cricketer

1966- Pedro Guerra -Spanish singer-songwriter

1966- Petra van Staveren -Dutch swimmer

1967- Remigija Nazarovienė -Lithuanian heptathlete and coach

1967- Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher)|Mike Stanton -American baseball player

1968- Beetlejuice (entertainer)|Beetlejuice -American comedian and actor

1968- Andy Cohen (television personality)|Andy Cohen -American television host and author

1968- Jon Culshaw -English comedian and actor

1968- Jason Falkner -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Jellyfish (band)|Jellyfish, The Grays (band)|The Grays, and The Three O'Clock)

1969- Kurt Abbott -American baseball player

1969- Cy Chadwick -English actor and producer

1970- B-Real -American rapper, producer, and actor (Cypress Hill and Kush (band)|Kush)

1970- Andy McCollum -American football player

1971- Kateřina Jacques -Czech politician

1971- Jo Koy -American comedian and radio host

1971- Anthony Montgomery -American actor

1972- Wayne Brady -American actor and singer

1972- Raúl Ibañez -American baseball player

1972- Wentworth Miller -American actor

1973- Carlos Acosta -Cuban-English ballet dancer

1973- Marko Kristal -Estonian footballer and manager

1973- Neifi Pérez -Dominican-American baseball player

1974- Gata Kamsky -Russian-American chess player

1974- Raiko Pachel -Estonian swimmer

1974- Matt Serra -American mixed martial artist

1975- Salvatore Scibona -American author

1976- Earl Boykins -American basketball player

1976- Martin Čech -Czech ice hockey player (d. 2007)

1976- Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1976- Tim Rice-Oxley -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Keane (band)|Keane and Mt. Desolation)

1976- Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso -of Lesotho

1977- Teet Allas -Estonian footballer

1977- Dorian Çollaku -Albanian hammer thrower

1977- Zachary Quinto -American actor and producer

1978- Dominic Cooper -English actor and singer

1978- Nikki Cox -American actress

1978- Justin Long -American actor

1978- A.J. Styles -American wrestler

1979- Morena Baccarin -Brazilian-American actress

1979- Butterfly Boucher -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1979- Natalia Rodríguez (athlete)|Natalia Rodríguez -Spanish runner

1980- Fabrizio Moretti -Brazilian-American drummer (The Strokes and Little Joy)

1980- Bobby Simmons -American basketball player

1980- Richard Skuse -English rugby player

1980- Abby Wambach -American soccer player and coach

1980- Tomasz Wróblewski -Polish bass player and songwriter (Behemoth (band)|Behemoth, Vesania, and Black River (band)|Black River)

1981- Nikolay Davydenko -Russian tennis player

1981- Catherine Manoukian -Canadian violinist

1981- Velvet Sky -American wrestler

1981- Chin-hui Tsao -Taiwanese baseball player

1982- Jānis Karlivāns -Latvian decathlete

1982- Andres Raja -Estonian decathlete

1982- Jewel Staite -Canadian actress

1983- Chris Higgins (ice hockey b. 1983)|Chris Higgins -American ice hockey player

1983- Leela James -American singer-songwriter

1983- Brooke White -American singer-songwriter and actress (Jack and White)

1984- Max Boyer -Canadian wrestler

1985- Ana Cristina -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1985- Jacqueline Fernandez -Sri Lankan model and actress, Miss Sri Lanka Universe|Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2006

1985- Miyuki Sawashiro -Japanese voice actress and singer

1986- Curtis Lofton -American football player

1987- Maryka Holtzhausen -South African netball player

1987- Yoann Huget -French rugby player

1987- Caitlin Mallory -American-Estonian ice dancer

1987- Angelo Mathews -Sri Lankan cricketer

1987- Sonakshi Sinha -Indian actress

1987- Darin Zanyar -Swedish singer-songwriter

1988- Sergio Agüero -Argentinian footballer

1988- Patrik Berglund -Swedish ice hockey player

1988- Joe Lefeged -American football player

1989- Freddy Adu -Ghanaian-American soccer player

1989- Michael Dunigan -American basketball player

1989- Steve Smith (cricketer born 1989)|Steven Smith -Australian cricketer

1990- Brittany Curran -American actress

1992- Pajtim Kasami -Swiss footballer

1993- Lukas Spendlhofer -Austrian footballer

1994- Jemma McKenzie-Brown -English actress

1994- Antonio Spavone -Italian race car driver

1995- Sterling Beaumon -American actor