This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1002- Pope Leo IX -(d. 1054)

1226- Bolesław V the Chaste -of Poland (d. 1279)

1528- Maria of Austria, Holy Roman Empress -(d. 1603)

1535- Leonhard Rauwolf -German physician and botanist (d. 1596)

1639- Increase Mather -American minister and author (d. 1723)

1646- Maria Francisca of Savoy -(d. 1683)

1676- Anthony Collins -English philosopher (d. 1729)

1703- Joseph Lieutaud -French physician and anatomist (d. 1780)

1706- John Dollond -English optician and astronomer (d. 1761)

1710- James Short (mathematician)|James Short -Scottish mathematician and optician (d. 1768)

1712- Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, comte de Guichen -French admiral (d. 1790)

1730- Motoori Norinaga -Japanese scholar (d. 1801)

1732- Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach -German composer (d. 1791)

1736- Enoch Poor -American general (d. 1780)

1738- Gottlieb Christoph Harless -German linguist and scholar (d. 1815)

1741- Prince Benedetto, Duke of Chablais -(d. 1808)

1750- Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet -French sculptor (d. 1818)

1759- Alexander J. Dallas (statesman)|Alexander J. Dallas -American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1817)

1763- Pierre Paul Royer-Collard -French philosopher and academic (d. 1845)

1764- Sidney Smith (Royal Navy officer)|Sidney Smith -English admiral (d. 1840)

1774- Daniel D. Tompkins -American politician, 6th Vice President of the United States (d. 1825)

1781- Siméon Denis Poisson -French mathematician and physicist (d. 1840)

1786- Charles Edward Horn -English singer-songwriter (d. 1849)

1788- Princess Augusta of Bavaria -(d. 1850)

1791- Robert Napier (engineer)|Robert Napier -Scottish engineer and educator (d. 1876)

1792- Ferdinand Christian Baur -German theologian and scholar (d. 1860)

1797- Wilhelm Küchelbecker -Russian poet and author (d. 1846)

1805- Charles Thomas Jackson -American physician and geologist (d. 1880)

1811- Carlo Matteucci -Italian physicist and neurophysiologist (d. 1868)

1814- Anton Nuhn -German anatomist and academic (d. 1889)

1823- Jean Chacornac -French astronomer (d. 1873)

1825- Thomas Edward Cliffe Leslie -Irish jurist and economist (d. 1882)

1825- William Stubbs -English bishop (d. 1901)

1828- Ferdinand André Fouqué -French geologist and academic (d. 1904)

1834- Frans de Cort -Flemish poet and author (d. 1878)

1834- Elizabeth Jane Caulfeild, Countess of Charlemont -(d. 1882)

1839- Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis -Brazilian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1908)

1846- Marion Adams-Acton -Scottish-English author (d. 1928)

1850- Daniel Carter Beard -American author and illustrator, co-founded the Boy Scouts of America (d. 1941)

1850- Enrico Cecchetti -Italian ballet dancer (d. 1928)

1858- Medardo Rosso -Italian sculptor (d. 1928)

1859- Henry Ossawa Tanner -American painter (d. 1937)

1862- Damrong Rajanubhab -Thai historian (d. 1943)

1863- Max Wolf -German astronomer (d. 1932)

1864- Heinrich Wölfflin -Swiss historian and critic (d. 1945)

1865- Herbert Brewer -English organist and composer (d. 1928)

1868- Edwin Stephen Goodrich -English zoologist and anatomist (d. 1946)

1870- Clara Immerwahr -German chemist (d. 1915)

1870- Anthony Michell -English-Australian engineer (d. 1959)

1874- Jacob Linzbach -Estonian linguist and author (d. 1953)

1876- Willem Hendrik Keesom -Dutch physicist and academic (d. 1956)

1880- Arnold Gesell -American psychologist and pediatrician (d. 1961)

1880- Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp -English economist and civil servant (d. 1941)

1882- Lluís Companys -Spanish politician, 123rd President of Catalonia (d. 1940)

1882- Adrianus de Jong -Dutch fencer (d. 1966)

1882- Rockwell Kent -American painter and illustrator (d. 1971)

1883- Feodor Gladkov -Russian author and educator (d. 1958)

1883- Daisy Turner (storyteller)|Daisy Turner -American author and poet (d. 1988)

1884- Claude Auchinleck -English field marshal (d. 1981)

1887- Norman L. Bowen -Canadian geologist and petrologist (d. 1956)

1889- Ralph Craig -American sprinter (d. 1972)

1890- Frank S. Land -American businessman, founded DeMolay International (d. 1959)

1891- Pier Luigi Nervi -Italian architect and engineer, co-designed the Pirelli Tower and Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (d. 1979)

1891- Hermann Scherchen -German conductor (d. 1966)

1892- Reinhold Niebuhr -American theologian and academic (d. 1971)

1893- Alois Hába -Czech composer and educator (d. 1973)

1894- F. R. G. Heaf -English physician and academic (d. 1973)

1894- Milward Kennedy -English journalist and civil servant (d. 1968)

1896- Charles Momsen -American admiral, invented the Momsen lung (d. 1967)

1898- Donald C. Peattie -American botanist and author (d. 1964)

1899- Pavel Haas -Czech composer (d. 1944)

1899- Miles Watson, 2nd Baron Manton -English horse breeder (d. 1968)

1902- Howie Morenz -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1937)

1903- Hermann Engelhard -German runner (d. 1984)

1903- Al Hirschfeld -American painter and illustrator (d. 2003)

1905- Jacques Goddet -French journalist (d. 2000)

1905- Jean-Paul Sartre -French philosopher and author (d. 1980)

1906- Helene Costello -American actress (d. 1957)

1906- Nusch Éluard -French model (d. 1946)

1906- Harold Spina -American composer (d. 1997)

1906- Grete Sultan -German-American pianist and educator (d. 2005)

1908- William Frankena -American philosopher and academic (d. 1994)

1909- Helmut Möckel -German politician (d. 1945)

1910- Aleksandr Tvardovsky -Russian poet and author (d. 1971)

1911- Irving Fein -American film producer (d. 2012)

1911- Chester Wilmot -Australian journalist (d. 1954)

1912- Kazimierz Leski -Polish pilot and engineer (d. 2000)

1912- Mary McCarthy (author)|Mary McCarthy -American author and critic (d. 1989)

1912- Vishnu Prabhakar -Indian author and playwright (d. 2009)

1913- Madihe Pannaseeha Thero -Sri Lankan monk (d. 2003)

1914- William Vickrey -Canadian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1915- Wilhelm Gliese -German astronomer (d. 1993)

1916- Joseph Cyril Bamford -English businessman, founded J. C. Bamford (d. 2001)

1916- Buddy O'Connor -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1977)

1918- Robert A. Boyd -Canadian engineer (d. 2006)

1918- James Joll -English historian and scholar (d. 1994)

1918- Eddie Lopat -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1992)

1918- J. Clyde Mitchell -English sociologist and anthropologist (d. 1995)

1918- Dee Molenaar -American mountaineer, painter, and author

1918- Robert Roosa -American economist and banker (d. 1993)

1918- Tibor Szele -Hungarian mathematician and academic (d. 1955)

1918- Josephine Webb -American engineer

1919- Antonia Mesina -Italian martyr and saint (d. 1935)

1919- Gérard Pelletier -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1997)

1919- Vladimir Simagin -Russian chess player (d. 1968)

1919- Paolo Soleri -Italian-American architect, designed the Cosanti (d. 2013)

1920- Hans Gerschwiler -Swiss figure skater

1921- Jean de Broglie -French politician (d. 1976)

1921- Judy Holliday -American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1921- Jane Russell -American actress and singer (d. 2011)

1921- William Edwin Self -American actor, producer, and production manager (d. 2010)

1922- Heino Lipp -Estonian decathlete, shot putter and discus thrower (d. 2006)

1923- Peter Flanigan -American banker and civil servant (d. 2013)

1923- Jacques Hébert (Canadian politician)|Jacques Hébert -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2007)

1924- Ezzatolah Entezami -Iranian actor

1924- Wally Fawkes -Canadian-English clarinet player and cartoonist

1924- Pontus Hultén -Swedish art collector (d. 2006)

1924- Jean Laplanche -French psychoanalyst and academic (d. 2012)

1924- Max McNab -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)

1925- Giovanni Spadolini -Italian politician, 45th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1994)

1925- Maureen Stapleton -American actress (d. 2006)

1926- George A. Burton -American soldier, accountant, and politician (d. 2014)

1926- Conrad Hall -French-American cinematographer (d. 2003)

1926- Muhsin Mahdi -Iraqi-American islamologist and philosopher (d. 2007)

1927- Carl Stokes -American politician, 51st Mayor of Cleveland (d. 1996)

1928- Wolfgang Haken -German-American mathematician and academic

1929- Abdel Halim Hafez -Egyptian singer and actor (d. 1977)

1929- Alexandre Lagoya -Egyptian guitarist (d. 1999)

1930- Gerald Kaufman -English politician, Shadow Foreign Secretary

1930- Mike McCormack (American football)|Mike McCormack -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1931- Zlatko Grgić -Croatian-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 1988)

1931- Margaret Heckler -American politician, 15th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

1931- Barbara Levick -English historian and author

1931- Jan Trąbka -Polish neurologist and academic (d. 2012)

1932- Bernard Ingham -English journalist and civil servant

1932- Lalo Schifrin -Argentinian pianist, composer, and conductor

1932- O. C. Smith -American singer (d. 2001)

1933- Bernie Kopell -American actor and screenwriter

1934- Maggie Jones (actress)|Maggie Jones -English actress (d. 2009)

1934- Ken Matthews -English race walker

1935- Monte Markham -American actor, director, and producer

1935- Françoise Sagan -French author and playwright (d. 2004)

1936- Joseph Gosnell -Canadian tribal leader

1937- John Edrich -English cricketer and coach

1938- Eddie Adcock -American singer and banjo player

1938- Don Black (lyricist)|Don Black -English songwriter

1938- John W. Dower -American historian and author

1938- Ron Ely -American actor

1938- Michael M. Richter -German mathematician and computer scientist

1939- Rubén Berríos -Puerto Rican lawyer and politician

1940- Mariette Hartley -American actress

1940- Enn Klooren -Estonian actor (d. 2011)

1940- Michael Ruse -Canadian philosopher and academic

1940- Marika Green -Swedish-French actress

1941- Aloysius Paul D'Souza -Indian bishop

1941- Joe Flaherty -American-Canadian actor, screenwriter, and producer

1941- Cecil Gordon -American race car driver (d. 2012)

1941- Lyman Ward (actor)|Lyman Ward -Canadian actor

1942- Clive Brooke, Baron Brooke of Alverthorpe -English businessman and politician

1942- Dan Henning -American football player and coach

1942- Marjorie Margolies -American journalist and politician

1942- Henry S. Taylor -American author and poet

1942- Togo D. West, Jr. -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs

1943- Salomé (singer)|Salomé -Spanish singer

1943- Eumir Deodato -Brazilian pianist, composer, and producer

1943- Diane Marleau -Canadian accountant and politician (d. 2013)

1943- Brian Sternberg -American pole vaulter (d. 2013)

1944- Ray Davies -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks)

1944- Tony Scott -English-American director and producer (d. 2012)

1944- Corinna Tsopei -Greek model and actress, Miss Universe 1964

1945- Adam Zagajewski -Polish author and poet

1946- Rob Dyson -American race car driver

1946- Per Eklund -Swedish race car driver

1946- Stephen Glaister -English academic

1946- Kate Hoey -Irish politician

1946- Brenda Holloway -American singer-songwriter

1946- Trond Kirkvaag -Norwegian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1946- Malcolm Rifkind -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1946- Maurice Saatchi, Baron Saatchi -Iraqi-English businessman, founded M&C Saatchi and Saatchi & Saatchi

1947- Meredith Baxter -American actress and producer

1947- Shirin Ebadi -Iranian lawyer, judge, and activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1947- Michael Gross (actor)|Michael Gross -American actor

1947- Joey Molland -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Badfinger and Natural Gas (band)|Natural Gas)

1947- Fernando Savater -Spanish philosopher and author

1948- Jovan Aćimović -Serbian footballer and manager

1948- Ian McEwan -English author and screenwriter

1948- Lionel Rose -Australian boxer (d. 2011)

1948- Andrzej Sapkowski -Polish author

1948- Philippe Sarde -French composer

1949- John Agard -Guyanese-English author, poet, and playwright, poet

1949- Derek Emslie, Lord Kingarth -Scottish lawyer and judge

1950- Anne Carson -Canadian poet and academic

1950- Joey Kramer -American drummer and songwriter (Aerosmith)

1950- Gérard Lanvin -French actor

1950- Vasilis Papakonstantinou -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950- Enn Reitel -Scottish actor and screenwriter

1951- Jim Douglas -American politician, 80th Governor of Vermont

1951- Terence Etherton -English judge

1951- Nils Lofgren -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (E Street Band and Crazy Horse (band)|Crazy Horse)

1951- Mona-Lisa Pursiainen -Finnish sprinter (d. 2000)

1952- Jeremy Coney -New Zealand-English cricketer and sportscaster

1952- Judith Bingham -English singer-songwriter

1952- Patrick Dunleavy -British social scientist

1952- Kōichi Mashimo -Japanese director and screenwriter

1953- Benazir Bhutto -Pakistani politician, 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 2007)

1953- Maurice Boucher -Canadian drug trafficker and murderer

1954- Müjde Ar -Turkish actress

1954- Brian Barwick -English businessman

1954- Mar Guðmundsson -Icelandic economist

1954- Mark Kimmitt -American general

1954- Anne Kirkbride -English actress

1954- Robert Menasse -Austrian author and academic

1954- Robert Pastorelli -American actor (d. 2004)

1954- Kathy Sullivan (American politician)|Kathy Sullivan -American lawyer and politician

1955- Aloysius Amwano -Nauruan politician

1955- Tim Bray -Canadian software developer, co-founded the Open Text Corporation

1955- Jean-Pierre Mader -French singer-songwriter and producer

1955- Leigh McCloskey -American actor and author

1955- Michel Platini -French footballer and manager

1957- Michael Bowen (actor)|Michael Bowen -American actor

1957- Berkeley Breathed -American author and illustrator

1957- Lucien DeBlois -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1957- Vladimir Romanovsky -Russian canoe racer (d. 2013)

1957- Luis Antonio Tagle -Filipino cardinal

1957- Mark Brzezicki -English drummer (Big Country, The Cult, Ultravox, and Procol Harum)

1958- Víctor Montoya -Bolivian writer

1958- Gennady Padalka -Russian colonel and astronaut

1959- John Baron (politician)|John Baron -English captain and politician

1959- Tom Chambers (basketball)|Tom Chambers -American basketball player and sportscaster

1959- Marcella Detroit -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Shakespear's Sister)

1959- Kathy Mattea -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960- Kevin Harlan -American sportscaster

1961- Karen Barber -English ice dancer

1961- Manu Chao -French singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Mano Negra, Hot Pants (French band)|Hot Pants, and Los Carayos)

1961- Sascha Konietzko -German keyboard player and producer (KMFDM, MDFMK, Excessive Force, Schwein, and KGC (band)|KGC)

1961- Kip Winger -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Winger (band)|Winger)

1962- Takeshi Asami -Japanese race car driver

1962- Viktor Tsoi -Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kino (band)|Kino) (d. 1990)

1963- Luc(as) de Groot -Dutch type designer

1963- Dario Marianelli -Italian composer

1964- Sammi Davis -English actress

1964- David Morrissey -English actor and director

1964- Dimitris Papaioannou -Greek director and choreographer

1964- Dean Saunders -Welsh footballer and manager

1964- Doug Savant -American actor

1965- Yang Liwei -Chinese general, pilot, and astronaut

1965- Lana Wachowski -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Gretchen Carlson -American journalist

1966- Sergey Grishin (businessman)|Sergey Grishin -Russian engineer and businessman

1966- Mancow Muller -American radio host and actor

1966- Pierre Thorsson -Swedish handball player

1966- Nan Woods -American actress

1967- Jim Breuer -American comedian and actor

1967- Derrick Coleman -American basketball player

1967- Pierre Omidyar -French-American businessman, founded eBay

1967- Carrie Preston -American actress, director, and producer

1967- Yingluck Shinawatra -Thai businesswoman and politician, 28th Prime Minister of Thailand

1968- Sonique (musician)|Sonique -English singer-songwriter and DJ

1969- Harun Isa -Albanian footballer

1970- Sindee Coxx -American porn actress

1970- Eric Reed (musician)|Eric Reed -American pianist and composer (Black Note)

1970- Pete Rock -American rapper and producer (Pete Rock & CL Smooth)

1971- Anette Olzon -Swedish singer (Nightwish and Alyson Avenue)

1972- Nobuharu Asahara -Japanese sprinter and long jumper

1972- Neil Doak -Irish cricketer and rugby player

1972- Alon Hilu -Israeli author

1972- Allison Moorer -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973- Juliette Lewis -American actress and singer (Juliette and the Licks)

1973- Pascal Rhéaume -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Natasha Desborough -English radio host, producer, and author

1974- Neely Jenkins -American bass player (Park Ave. and Tilly and the Wall)

1974- Rob Kelly (American football)|Rob Kelly -American football player

1974- Craig Lowndes -Australian race car driver

1974- Eero Palm -Estonian architect

1974- Flavio Roma -Italian footballer

1976- Antonio Cochran -American football player

1976- Mike Einziger -American guitarist and songwriter (Incubus (band)|Incubus and Time Lapse Consortium)

1976- Nigel Lappin -Australian footballer and coach

1977- Michael Gomez -Irish boxer

1977- Jochen Hecht -German ice hockey player

1977- Sarah Slean -Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress

1978- Rim'K -French rapper (113 (band)|113)

1978- Erica Durance -Canadian actress and producer

1978- Jack Guzman -Colombian-American actor

1978- Luke Kirby -Canadian actor

1978- Matt Kuchar -American golfer

1978- Jean-Pascal Lacoste -French singer and actor

1978- Cristiano Lupatelli -Italian footballer

1978- Dejan Ognjanović -Montenegrin footballer

1979- Kostas Katsouranis -Greek footballer

1979- Chris Pratt -American actor

1979- Robert Sidoli -Welsh rugby player

1980- Luca Anania -Italian footballer

1980- Richard Jefferson -American basketball player

1980- Sendy Rleal -Dominican baseball player

1981- David Bortolussi -French-Italian rugby player

1981- Yann Danis -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Simon Delestre -French horse rider

1981- Brandon Flowers -American singer-songwriter (The Killers)

1981- Garrett Jones -American baseball player

1981- Brad Walker (athlete)|Brad Walker -American pole vaulter

1982- Rob Mills -Australian singer-songwriter and actor

1983- Marlon Davis (comedian)|Marlon Davis -English comedian and actor

1983- Edward Snowden -American intelligence contractor, activist, and academic

1984- Jujubee (drag queen)|Jujubee -American drag queen performer

1984- Franck Perera -French race car driver

1984- LaRoche Jackson -American football player

1985- Kris Allen -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Sentayehu Ejigu -Ethiopian runner

1985- Anthony Morelli -American football player

1985- Byron Schammer -Australian footballer

1985- Joosep Toome -Estonian basketball player

1986- Lana Del Rey -American singer-songwriter

1986- Hideaki Wakui -Japanese baseball player

1987- Pablo Barrera -Mexican footballer

1987- Sebastian Prödl -Austrian footballer

1987- Kim Ryeowook -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (Super Junior and Super Junior-M)

1987- Dale Thomas (footballer)|Dale Thomas -Australian footballer

1988- Allyssa DeHaan -American basketball and volleyball player

1988- Alejandro Ramírez (chess player)|Alejandro Ramírez -Costa Rican chess player

1988- Tunnet Taimla -Estonian renju player

1988- Paolo Tornaghi -Italian footballer

1989- Finn Atkins -English actress

1989- Abubaker Kaki -Sudanese runner

1989- Madison Parker -Hungarian porn actress

1989- Patrick Schönfeld -German footballer

1989- Jascha Washington -American actor

1990- Pietro Baccolo -Italian footballer

1990- Sandra Perković -Croatian discus thrower

1990- Kasumi Suzuki -Japanese actress

1991- Gaël Kakuta -French footballer

1992- Max Schneider -American singer-songwriter and actor

1992- Warren Cummings Smith -American-Estonian alpine skier

1994- Başak Eraydın -Turkish tennis player

1994- Chisato Okai -Japanese singer and actress (Cute (Japanese band)|Cute and Tanpopo)

1997- Rebecca Black -American singer

1997- Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg -Austrian race car driver

2001- Alexandra Obolentseva -Russian chess player

2001- Eleanor Worthington Cox -English actress