This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1005- Ali az-Zahir -Egyptian caliph (d. 1036)

1389- John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford -English politician (d. 1435)

1469- Gian Galeazzo Sforza -Italian husband of Isabella of Naples (d. 1494)

1485- Astorre III Manfredi -Italian lord (d. 1502)

1566- Sigismund III Vasa -Polish king (d. 1632)

1583- Jacob De la Gardie -Swedish soldier and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1652)

1634- Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy -(d. 1675)

1642- George Hickes -English scholar (d. 1715)

1647- John George III, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1691)

1699- William Gustav of Anhalt-Dessau -(d. 1737)

1717- Jacques Saly -French sculptor (d. 1776)

1723- Adam Ferguson -Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1816)

1723- Theophilus Lindsey -English clergyman and theologian (d. 1808)

1733- Betty Washington Lewis -American sister of George Washington (d. 1797)

1737- Tokugawa Ieharu -Japanese shogun (d. 1786)

1754- Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt -(d. 1832)

1756- Joseph Martin Kraus -Swedish composer (d. 1792)

1761- Jacob Hübner -German entomologist and author (d. 1826)

1763- Wolfe Tone -Irish general (d. 1798)

1770- Moses Waddel -American minister and academic (d. 1840)

1771- Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk -Scottish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright (d. 1820)

1771- Hermann von Boyen -Prussian general and politician, Prussian Minister of War (d. 1848)

1777- Jean-Jacques Lartigue -Canadian bishop (d. 1840)

1778- Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac -French politician, 7th Prime Minister of France (d. 1832)

1786- Marceline Desbordes-Valmore -French poet and author (d. 1859)

1796- Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso -Italian cardinal (d. 1878)

1808- Samson Raphael Hirsch -German rabbi and scholar (d. 1888)

1813- Joseph Autran -French poet (d. 1877)

1819- Jacques Offenbach -German-French cellist and composer (d. 1880)

1855- Richard Lodge -English historian and academic (d. 1936)

1858- Charles W. Chesnutt -American lawyer and author (d. 1932)

1860- Jack Worrall -Australian cricketer, footballer, and coach (d. 1937)

1861- Frederick Gowland Hopkins -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

1862- Marco Praga -Italian playwright (d. 1929)

1869- Laxmanrao Kirloskar -Indian businessman, founded the Kirloskar Group (d. 1956)

1870- Georges Dufrénoy -French painter (d. 1943)

1872- George Carpenter (Salvation Army)|George Carpenter -American 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)

1875- Reginald Punnett -English geneticist, statistician, and academic (d. 1967)

1876- Romuald Joubé -French actor (d. 1949)

1882- Daniel Sawyer -American golfer (d. 1937)

1884- Johannes Heinrich Schultz -German psychiatrist and psychotherapist (d. 1970)

1885- Andrzej Gawroński -Polish linguist and academic (d. 1927)

1887- Kurt Schwitters -German painter and illustrator (d. 1948)

1889- John S. Paraskevopoulos -Greek-South African astronomer and academic (d. 1951)

1891- Giannina Arangi-Lombardi -Italian soprano (d. 1951)

1891- John A. Costello -Irish lawyer and politician, 3rd Taoiseach|Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1976)

1893- Wilhelm Zaisser -German politician (d. 1958)

1894- Lloyd Hall -American chemist (d. 1971)

1896- Wilfrid Pelletier -Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1982)

1897- Elisabeth Hauptmann -German author (d. 1973)

1899- Jean Moulin -French resistance leader (d. 1943)

1903- Samuel Rabin (artist)|Sam Rabin -English wrestler, sculptor, and singer (d. 1991)

1905- Lillian Hellman -American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1906- Bob King (athlete)|Bob King -American high jumper (d. 1965)

1907- Jimmy Driftwood -American singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1998)

1908- Billy Werber -American baseball player (d. 2009)

1909- Errol Flynn -Australian-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1959)

1910- Josephine Johnson -American author and poet (d. 1990)

1911- Gail Patrick -American actress and singer (d. 1980)

1912- Anthony Buckeridge -English author (d. 2004)

1912- Jack Torrance (athlete)|Jack Torrance -American shot putter and football player (d. 1969)

1914- Zelda (poet)|Zelda -Israeli poet and educator (d. 1984)

1914- Gordon Juckes -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1994)

1915- Dick Reynolds -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2002)

1915- Terence Young (director)|Terence Young -Chinese-English director and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1916- Jean-Jacques Bertrand -Canadian politician, 21st Premier of Quebec (d. 1973)

1916- Johnny Morris -Welsh-English television host (d. 1999)

1917- Helena Rasiowa -Polish mathematician (d. 1994)

1917- Igor Śmiałowski -Polish actor (d. 2006)

1918- George Lynch (racing driver)|George Lynch -American race car driver (d. 1997)

1918- Zoltán Sztáray -Hungarian-American author (d. 2011)

1920- Danny Cedrone -American guitarist and bandleader (d. 1954)

1920- Thomas Jefferson (musician)|Thomas Jefferson -American trumpet player

1921- Byron Farwell -American historian and author (d. 1999)

1923- Jerzy Nowak -Polish actor (d. 2013)

1923- Bjørn Watt-Boolsen -Danish actor (d. 1998)

1924- Chet Atkins -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2001)

1924- Fritz Koenig -German sculptor, designed The Sphere

1925- Audie Murphy -American lieutenant and actor Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1971)

1926- Rehavam Ze'evi -Israeli general and politician (d. 2001)

1927- Simin Behbahani -Iranian poet and activist (d. 2014)

1928- Eric Dolphy -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1964)

1928- Martin Landau -American actor and producer

1928- Jean-Marie Le Pen -French intelligence officer and politician

1928- Asrat Woldeyes -Ethiopian surgeon and educator (d. 1999)

1929- Edgar Bronfman, Sr. -Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1929- Anne Weale -English journalist and author (d. 2007)

1930- Magdalena Abakanowicz -Polish sculptor

1930- Paul Pender -American boxer (d. 2003)

1930- John Waine -English bishop

1931- Olympia Dukakis -American actress

1931- James Tolkan -American actor

1932- Robert Rozhdestvensky -Russian poet (d. 1994)

1933- Danny Aiello -American actor

1933- Claire Tomalin -English journalist and author

1934- Wendy Craig -English actress and screenwriter

1934- Rossana Podestà -Libyan-Italian actress (d. 2013)

1934- Yuri Vizbor -Russian poet and actor (d. 1984)

1935- Len Dawson -American football player and sportscaster

1935- Neal Knox -American activist and author (d. 2005)

1935- Armando Picchi -Italian footballer and coach (d. 1971)

1936- Billy Guy -American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2002)

1936- Enn Vetemaa -Estonian author and screenwriter

1937- Stafford Dean -English actor and singer

1937- Jerry Keller -American singer-songwriter

1938- Mickie Most -English singer and producer (d. 2003)

1939- Michael Buckley (civil servant)|Michael Buckley -English civil servant

1939- Ramakant Desai -Indian cricketer (d. 1998)

1939- Budge Rogers -English rugby player

1940- Eugen Drewermann -German priest and theologian

1940- John Mahoney -English-American actor

1941- Stephen Frears -English actor, director, and producer

1941- Dieter Mann -German actor

1941- Ulf Merbold -German physicist and astronaut

1942- Andrew Graham (academic)|Andrew Graham -English economist and academic

1942- Richard I. Neal -American general

1942- Neil Trudinger -Australian mathematician and theorist

1942- Brian Wilson -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Beach Boys)

1944- Cheryl Holdridge -American actress (d. 2009)

1944- John McCook -American actor

1944- David Roper -English actor

1945- Anne Murray -Canadian singer and guitarist

1946- Tony Aitken -English actor

1946- Xanana Gusmão -Timorese politician, 1st President of East Timor

1946- Nigel Kalton -English-American mathematician and academic (d. 2010)

1946- Bob Vila -American television host

1946- Lars Vilks -Swedish sculptor

1946- Joseph Waeckerle -American physician

1946- André Watts -American pianist and educator

1947- Dolores "LaLa" Brooks -American-English singer-songwriter (The Crystals)

1947- Candy Clark -American actress

1947- Josef Clemens -German bishop

1947- Ivo Milazzo -Italian illustrator

1948- Cirilo Flores -American bishop (d. 2014)

1948- Ludwig Scotty -Nauruan politician, 10th President of Nauru

1949- Alan Longmuir -Scottish bass player and actor (Bay City Rollers)

1949- Lionel Richie -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (Commodores)

1950- Nouri al-Maliki -Iraqi politician, 76th Prime Minister of Iraq

1950- Peregrine Simon -English lawyer and judge

1951- Tress MacNeille -American voice actress

1951- Sheila McLean -Scottish scholar and academic

1951- Paul Muldoon -Irish poet and academic

1951- Bill Simon (politician)|Bill Simon -American businessman and politician

1952- John Goodman -American actor and singer

1952- Vince Gotera -American poet and critic

1952- Gordon Marshall (sociologist)|Gordon Marshall -English sociologist and academic

1952- Larry Riley (actor)|Larry Riley -American actor (d. 1992)

1952- Vikram Seth -Indian author and poet

1953- Robert Crais -American author

1953- Ulrich Mühe -German actor (d. 2007)

1953- Raúl Ramírez -Mexican tennis player

1953- Willy Rampf -German engineer

1954- Michael Anthony (musician)|Michael Anthony -American bass player (Van Halen and Chickenfoot)

1954- Allan Lamb -South African-English cricketer

1954- Andrew McFarlane (judge)|Andrew McFarlane -English judge

1954- Miles O'Keeffe -American actor

1954- Ilan Ramon -Israeli colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1955- E. Lynn Harris -American author (d. 2009)

1956- Simon Bryant (RAF officer)|Simon Bryant -English air marshal

1956- Peter Reid -English footballer and manager

1957- Koko B. Ware -American wrestler

1958- Ron Hornaday, Jr. -American race car driver

1958- Chuck Wagner -American actor

1959- Louise Bessette -Canadian pianist

1960- John Taylor (bass guitarist)|John Taylor -English bass player, songwriter, producer, and actor (Duran Duran, Power Station (band)|Power Station, and Neurotic Outsiders)

1960- Philip M. Parker -American economist

1962- Alex Di Gregorio -Italian cartoonist

1963- Kirk Baptiste -American sprinter

1963- Amir Derakh -American guitarist (Orgy (band)|Orgy, Rough Cutt, Julien-K, and Dead by Sunrise)

1963- Don West (sportscaster)|Don West -American sportscaster

1964- Pierfrancesco Chili -Italian motorcycle racer

1964- Silke Möller -German runner

1967- Nicole Kidman -Australian-American actress, singer, and producer

1967- Dan Tyminski -American singer-songwriter

1968- Robert Rodriguez -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Paulo Bento -Portuguese footballer and manager

1969- Peter Paige -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1969- Misha Verbitsky -Russian mathematician and academic

1969- MaliVai Washington -American tennis player

1970- Jason Robert Brown -American composer and playwright

1970- Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco -

1970- Andrea Nahles -German politician

1971- Josh Kronfeld -New Zealand rugby player

1971- Brandon Lewis -English politician

1971- Josh Lucas -American actor and producer

1971- Rodney Rogers -American basketball player and coach

1971- Jeordie White -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Marilyn Manson (Band)|Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon and The Desert Sessions)

1972- Alexis Alexoudis -Greek footballer

1972- Paul Bako -American baseball player

1972- Yuval Semo -Israeli actor

1973- Maria Filippov -Bulgarian ice skater

1973- Chino Moreno -American singer-songwriter (Deftones, Team Sleep, and Crosses (band)|Crosses)

1974- Tuta (footballer)|Tuta -Brazilian footballer

1974- Attila Czene -Hungarian swimmer

1974- Lenin M. Sivam -Sri Lankan-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1975- Daniel Zítka -Czech footballer

1976- Juliano Belletti -Brazilian footballer

1976- Jerome Fontamillas -American singer and guitarist (Switchfoot, Mortal (band)|Mortal, and Fold Zandura)

1976- Carlos Lee -Panamanian baseball player

1976- Rob Mackowiak -American baseball player

1977- Gordan Giriček -Croatian basketball player

1977- Nerijus Vasiliauskas -Lithuanian footballer

1978- LaVar Arrington -American football player and sportscaster

1978- Quinton Jackson -American mixed martial artist and actor

1978- Frank Lampard -English footballer

1978- Jan-Paul Saeijs -Dutch footballer

1978- Bobby Seay -American baseball player

1979- Charlotte Hatherley -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ash (band)|Ash, Nightnurse, and Client (band)|Client)

1979- Charles Howell III -American golfer

1979- Elis Meetua -Estonian footballer

1979- Cael Sanderson -American wrestler and coach

1980- Carlo Festuccia -Italian rugby player

1980- Tony Lovato -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mest)

1980- Franco Semioli -Italian footballer

1980- Fabian Wegmann -German cyclist

1981- Angerfist -Dutch DJ and producer

1981- Ardian Gashi -Albanian-Norwegian footballer

1981- Brede Hangeland -Norwegian footballer

1981- Alisan Porter -American actress and singer

1982- Example (musician)|Example -English singer-songwriter and producer

1982- Yas -Iranian Rapper

1982- Aleksei Berezutski -Russian footballer

1982- Vasili Berezutski -Russian footballer

1982- George Forsyth -Peruvian footballer

1982- April Ross -American volleyball player

1983- Josh Childress -American basketball player

1983- Darren Sproles -American football player

1983- Cherrie Ying -Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress

1984- Hassan Adams -American basketball player

1984- Neetu Chandra -Indian actress

1984- Dennis Malura -German footballer

1985- Matt Flynn -American football player

1985- Kai Hesse -German footballer

1985- Souleymane Mamam -Togolese footballer

1985- Darko Miličić -Serbian basketball player

1985- Halil Savran -German footballer

1986- Dreama Walker -American actress

1987- Carsten Ball -Australian tennis player

1987- Asmir Begovic -Bosnian footballer

1987- Joseph Ebuya -Kenyan runner

1989- Christopher Mintz-Plasse -American actor

1989- Javier Pastore -Argentinian footballer

1989- Terrelle Pryor -American football player

1990- DeQuan Jones -American basketball player

1991- Rick ten Voorde -Dutch footballer

1992- Sage the Gemini -American rapper (The HBK Gang)

1995- Carol Zhao -Canadian tennis player

1998- Jadin Gould -American actress

1999- Yui Mizuno -Japanese singer and model (Sakura Gakuin and Babymetal)