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Famous Birthdays


662- Emperor Ruizong of Tang -(d. 716)

916- Sayf al-Dawla -Syrian Emir of Aleppo (d. 967)

1680- Ebenezer Erskine -Scottish minister and theologian (d. 1754)

1684- Francesco Manfredini -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)

1704- John Taylor (classical scholar)|John Taylor -English scholar (d. 1766)

1713- Lord John Sackville -English cricketer and politician (d. 1765)

1738- Jacques Delille -French poet (d. 1813)

1757- George Vancouver -English lieutenant and explorer (d. 1798)

1763- Étienne Méhul -French composer (d. 1817)

1767- Wilhelm von Humboldt -German philosopher and diplomat (d. 1835)

1805- Giuseppe Mazzini -Italian journalist and politician (d. 1872)

1837- Paul Morphy -American chess player (d. 1884)

1837- Ernst Ziller -German-Greek architect, designed the Presidential Mansion, Athens|Presidential Mansion (d. 1923)

1845- Tom Dula -American soldier (d. 1868)

1845- Richard Seddon -English-New Zealand politician, 15th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1906)

1856- H. Rider Haggard -English author and scholar (d. 1925)

1861- Maximilian von Spee -Danish-German admiral (d. 1914)

1864- Hermann Minkowski -German mathematician and academic (d. 1909)

1871- William McDougall (psychologist)|William McDougall -English psychologist and polymath (d. 1938)

1874- Viggo Jensen -Danish weightlifter, target shooter, and gymnast (d. 1930)

1874- Walter Friedrich Otto -German philologist and scholar (d. 1958)

1879- Thibaudeau Rinfret -Canadian jurist, 9th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)

1880- Johannes Drost -Dutch swimmer (d. 1954)

1884- James Rector -American sprinter (d. 1949)

1885- Milan Vidmar -Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)

1887- Julian Huxley -English biologist and academic (d. 1975)

1888- Harold Hitz Burton -American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Cleveland (d. 1964)

1889- Ossian Skiöld -Swedish hammer thrower (d. 1961)

1890- Aleksander Warma -Estonian commander and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1970)

1892- Robert Ritter von Greim -German general (d. 1945)

1896- Leonard W. Murray -Canadian admiral (d. 1971)

1897- Edmund A. Chester -American journalist and broadcaster (d. 1973)

1897- Norbert Elias -German-Dutch sociologist and philosopher (d. 1990)

1898- Erich Maria Remarque -German-Swiss author (d. 1970)

1899- Michał Kalecki -Polish economist (d. 1970)

1899- Artur Kukk -Estonian wrestler (d. 1958)

1901- Elias Katz -Finnish runner (d. 1947)

1902- Marguerite De La Motte -American actress (d. 1950)

1903- John Dillinger -American bank robber (d. 1934)

1903- Carl Hubbell -American baseball player (d. 1988)

1906- William Kneale -English logician and philosopher (d. 1990)

1906- Anne Morrow Lindbergh -American author (d. 2001)

1906- Billy Wilder -Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1909- Buddy Adler -American film producer (d. 1960)

1909- Katherine Dunham -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2006)

1909- Fuller Kimbrell -American politician (d. 2013)

1909- Mike Todd -American film and theater producer (d. 1958)

1910- John Hunt, Baron Hunt -Indian-English lieutenant and mountaineer (d. 1998)

1910- Peter Pears -English tenor (d. 1986)

1910- Konrad Zuse -German computer scientist and engineer, invented the Z3 (computer)|Z3 computer (d. 1995)

1912- Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -(d. 1983)

1913- Sándor Weöres -Hungarian poet and author (d. 1989)

1915- Cornelius Warmerdam -American pole vaulter (d. 2001)

1916- Johnny Jacobs -American television announcer (d. 1982)

1919- Gower Champion -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)

1920- Paul Frees -American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1920- Edmund Pellegrino -American ethicist and academic (d. 2013)

1920- Jovito Salonga -Filipino lawyer and politician, 14th President of the Senate of the Philippines

1921- Joseph Papp -American director and producer (d. 1991)

1921- Barbara Vucanovich -American politician (d. 2013)

1922- Bill Blass (designer)|Bill Blass -American fashion designer, founded Bill Blass Limited (d. 2002)

1922- Mona Lisa (actress)|Mona Lisa -Filipino actress

1923- José Giovanni -French-Swiss director and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1924- Christopher Booth -English clinician and historian (d. 2012)

1924- Larkin Kerwin -Canadian physicist (d. 2004)

1924- Géza Vermes -Hungarian-English theologian and scholar (d. 2013)

1926- Rachid Solh -Lebanese politician, 48th Prime Minister of Lebanon (d. 2014)

1927- Anthony Low -English historian and academic

1927- Ann Petersen -Belgian actress (d. 2003)

1928- Ralph Waite -American actor and director (d. 2014)

1929- Bruce Kent -English priest and activist

1930- Yury Artyukhin -Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1998)

1930- J. A. Bailey -English cricketer

1930- Walter Bonatti -Italian journalist and mountaineer (d. 2011)

1932- Yevgeny Kychanov -Russian orientalist, historian, and academic (d. 2013)

1932- Amrish Puri -Indian actor (d. 2005)

1932- June Salter -Australian actress (d. 2001)

1932- Prunella Scales -English actress

1932- John Wakeham, Baron Wakeham -English politician, Leader of the House of Lords

1933- Dianne Feinstein -American politician, 38th Mayor of San Francisco

1933- Jacques Martin (TV host)|Jacques Martin -French television host and producer (d. 2007)

1933- Libor Pešek -Czech conductor

1934- James Bjorken -American physicist and author

1936- Kris Kristofferson -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Highwaymen (country supergroup)|The Highwaymen)

1936- Hermeto Pascoal -Brazilian accordion player and composer

1937- Chris Blackwell -English record producer

1937- Bernie McGann -Australian saxophonist and composer (d. 2013)

1939- Hugh Annesley (police officer)|Hugh Annesley -Irish police officer

1939- Don Matthews -American-Canadian football player and coach

1940- Joan Busfield -British sociologist

1940- Hubert Chesshyre -English historian and author

1940- Abbas Kiarostami -Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

1940- Esther Rantzen -English journalist

1941- Ed Bradley -American journalist (d. 2006)

1941- Michael Lerner (actor)|Michael Lerner -American actor

1941- Terttu Savola -Finnish politician

1942- Murphy Dunne -American actor and keyboard player (The Blues Brothers)

1943- Judith Barker -English actress

1943- Brit Hume -American journalist

1944- Peter Asher -English singer, guitarist, and producer (Peter & Gordon)

1944- Klaus Maria Brandauer -Austrian actor and director

1945- Rainer Brüderle -German politician

1946- Jean-François Bertrand -Canadian politician

1946- Linda Bond -Canadian 19th General of The Salvation Army

1946- Sheila Hollins, Baroness Hollins -English psychiatrist and academic

1946- Eliades Ochoa -Cuban singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Cuarteto Patria)

1946- Stephen Waley-Cohen -English journalist and businessman

1947- Octavia E. Butler -American author (d. 2006)

1947- Howard Kaylan -American singer-songwriter (The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, and Flo & Eddie)

1947- David Lander -American actor

1947- Pete Maravich -American basketball player (d. 1988)

1947- Jerry Rawlings -Ghanaian politician, President of Ghana

1947- Leelo Tungal -Estonian poet and author

1948- James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss -Scottish businessman

1948- Steve Eastin -American actor

1948- Todd Rundgren -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nazz, Utopia (band)|Utopia, and The New Cars)

1949- Larry Junstrom -American bass player (38 Special (band)|38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1949- Brian Leveson -English lawyer and judge

1949- Alan Osmond -American singer (The Osmonds)

1949- Meryl Streep -American actress and singer

1949- Luís Filipe Vieira -Portuguese businessman

1949- Lindsay Wagner -American actress

1949- Elizabeth Warren -American academic and politician

1950- Sharon Maughan -British actress

1950- Adrian Năstase -Romanian lawyer and politician, 59th Prime Minister of Romania

1950- Zenonas Petrauskas -Lithuanian lawyer and politician (d. 2009)

1951- Humphrey Ocean -English painter

1952- Graham Greene (actor)|Graham Greene -Canadian actor

1952- Alastair Stewart -English journalist

1953- Wim Eijk -Dutch cardinal

1953- Mauro Francaviglia -Italian mathematician and academic (d. 2013)

1953- Cyndi Lauper -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Blue Angel (band)|Blue Angel)

1953- Mai Lin -American porn actress

1953- Bruce McAvaney -Australian sportscaster

1954- Freddie Prinze -American comedian and actor (d. 1977)

1955- Green Gartside -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scritti Politti)

1955- Olevi Kull -Estonian ecologist and academic (d. 2007)

1956- Alfons De Wolf -Belgian cyclist

1956- Ron Haslam -English motorcycle racer

1956- Shah Mehmood Qureshi -Pakistani politician, 25th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Pakistan)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Pakistan

1956- Tim Russ -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1956- Manuel Saval -Mexican actor (d. 2009)

1956- Markus Schatte -German footballer, manager, and coach

1956- Derek Forbes -Scottish bass player and guitarist (Simple Minds, Big Country, and Ex-Simple Minds)

1957- Kevin Bond (footballer)|Kevin Bond -English footballer and manager

1957- Danny Baker -English journalist and screenwriter

1957- Garry Gary Beers -Australian bass player, songwriter, and producer (INXS and Absent Friends (band)|Absent Friends)

1958- Bruce Campbell -American actor, director, and producer

1958- Jennifer Finney Boylan -American author and academic

1959- Wayne Federman -American comedian, actor, and author

1959- Michael Kinane -Irish jockey

1959- Mike O'Meara -American radio host

1959- Nicola Sirkis -French singer-songwriter and guitarist (Indochine (band)|Indochine)

1959- Ed Viesturs -American mountaineer

1960- Erin Brockovich -American lawyer and environmentalist

1960- Catherine Disher -Canadian actress

1960- Margrit Klinger -German runner

1960- Tracy Pollan -American actress

1961- Stephen Batchelor (field hockey)|Stephen Batchelor -English field hockey player and coach

1961- Arabella Pollen -English fashion designer, journalist, and author

1961- Jimmy Somerville -Scottish singer-songwriter (Bronski Beat and The Communards)

1962- Stephen Chow -Hong Kong actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Clyde Drexler -American basketball player and coach

1962- Ain Evard -Estonian high jumper

1962- Bobby Gillespie -Scottish singer-songwriter (Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Wake (UK band)|The Wake)

1962- Gerald Hillringhaus -German footballer

1963- Randy Couture -American mixed martial artist and actor

1963- Hokutoumi Nobuyoshi -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 61st Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1963- John Tenta -Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2006)

1964- Cadillac Anderson -African-American basketball players

1964- Dicky Barrett -Musicians from Rhode Island

1964- Amy Brenneman -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1964- Dan Brown -American author

1964- John Penrose -English politician

1965- Uwe Boll -German director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Ľubomír Moravčík -Czech footballer and manager

1966- Schoolly D -American rapper and actor

1966- Michael Park (co-driver)|Michael Park -English race car driver (d. 2005)

1966- Emmanuelle Seigner -French actress and singer

1967- Mike Sussman (TV series writer/producer)|Mike Sussman -American screenwriter and producer

1968- Darrell Armstrong -American basketball player and coach

1970- Michel Elefteriades -Greek-Lebanese businessman

1970- Steven Page -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Barenaked Ladies)

1971- Gary Connolly -English rugby player

1971- Kambri Crews -American author

1971- Mary Lynn Rajskub -American actress

1971- Kurt Warner -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Stephen Mosley -English politician

1972- Wangechi Mutu -Kenyan-American painter and sculptor

1972- David Rees (cartoonist)|David Rees -American cartoonist

1973- Carson Daly -American television host

1974- Vijay (actor)|Vijay -Indian actor, singer, and producer

1974- Donald Faison -American actor

1975- Müslüm Can -Turkish footballer

1975- Kenshin Kawakami -Japanese baseball player

1975- Andreas Klöden -German cyclist

1975- Urmas Reinsalu -Estonian politician, 28th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defence

1975- Laila Rouass -English actress

1976- Gordon Moakes -English bass player (Bloc Party and Young Legionnaire)

1978- Champ Bailey -American football player

1978- Tim Driesen -Belgian actor, singer, and dancer

1978- Jai Rodriguez -American actor and singer

1978- Dan Wheldon -English race car driver (d. 2011)

1979- Joey Cheek -American speed skater

1979- Xenofon Gittas -Greek footballer

1979- Brad Hawpe -American baseball player

1979- Leire Martínez -Spanish singer-songwriter (La Oreja de Van Gogh)

1979- Thomas Voeckler -French cyclist

1980- Ilya Bryzgalov -Russian ice hockey player

1981- Sione Lauaki -New Zealand rugby player

1981- Aquivaldo Mosquera -Colombian footballer

1981- Chris Urbanowicz -English guitarist and producer (Editors (band)|Editors)

1982- Soraia Chaves -Portuguese model and actress

1982- Ian Kinsler -American baseball player

1983- Allar Raja -Estonian rower

1984- Giorgos Apostolidis -Greek basketball player

1984- Dustin Johnson -American golfer

1984- Rubén Iván Martínez -Spanish footballer

1984- Jerome Taylor -Jamaican cricketer

1984- Janko Tipsarević -Serbian tennis player

1985- Rosa Kato -Italian-Japanese model and actress

1985- Scott MacIntyre -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1985- Sofoklis Schortsanitis -Cameroonian-Greek basketball player

1986- Ramin Ott -American-Samoan footballer

1987- Joe Dempsie -English actor

1987- Danny Green (basketball)|Danny Green -American basketball player

1987- Cory Gunz -American rapper

1987- Lee Min-ho (actor born 1987)|Lee Min Ho -South Korean actor and singer

1987- Nikita Rukavytsya -Ukrainian-Australian footballer

1988- Omri Casspi -Israeli basketball player

1988- Portia Doubleday -American actress

1989- Cédric Mongongu -Congolese footballer

1989- Jung Yong-hwa -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (CN Blue)

1990- Quinton Coples -American football player

1991- Giuseppe De Luca (footballer)|Giuseppe De Luca -Italian footballer

1992- Erika Kirpu -Estonain épée fencer

1993- Caydee Denney -American figure skater

1993- Ingmar Lazar -French pianist

1997- Tami Grende -Indonesian tennis player