This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1501- Cho Shik -Korean poet and scholar (d. 1572)

1575- Anne Catherine of Brandenburg -(d. 1612)

1582- Johannes Schultz (composer)|Johannes Schultz -German composer (d. 1653)

1681- Hedvig Sophia of Sweden -(d. 1708)

1689- Edward Holyoke -American clergyman and academic (d. 1769)

1694- Georg Brandt -Swedish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1768)

1699- Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin -famous French salon hostess of the French Enlightenment|Enlightenment (d. 1777)

1702- Philip Doddridge -English educator and hymnwriter (d. 1751)

1703- Thomas Clap -American minister and academic (d. 1767)

1726- Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia -(d. 1796)

1730- Charles Messier -French astronomer (d. 1817)

1764- Jan Paweł Łuszczewski -Polish politician of the Four-Year Sejm and the Duchy of Warsaw (d. 1812)

1786- Sunthorn Phu -Thai poet (d. 1855)

1796- Jan Paweł Lelewel -Polish painter (d. 1847)

1798- Wolfgang Menzel -German poet and critic (d. 1873)

1817- Branwell Brontë -English painter and poet (d. 1848)

1819- Abner Doubleday -American general (d. 1893)

1821- Bartolomé Mitre -Argentinian politician, 6th President of Argentina (d. 1906)

1824- William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin -Irish physicist and engineer (d. 1907)

1835- Thomas W. Knox -American journalist and author (d. 1896)

1839- Sam Watkins -American soldier and author (d. 1901)

1854- Robert Laird Borden -Canadian lawyer and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1937)

1865- Bernard Berenson -Lithuanian-American historian and author (d. 1959)

1866- George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon -English archaeologist and banker (d. 1923)

1869- Martin Andersen Nexø -Danish journalist and author (d. 1954)

1875- Oskar Goßler -German rower (d. 1953)

1880- Mitchell Lewis -American actor (d. 1956)

1881- Ya'akov Cohen (writer)|Ya'akov Cohen -Israeli linguist, poet, and playwright (d. 1960)

1885- Antonie Nedošinská -Czech actress (d. 1950)

1892- Pearl S. Buck -American author and educator, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1893- Dorothy Fuldheim -American journalist (d. 1989)

1895- George Hainsworth -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1950)

1898- Willy Messerschmitt -German engineer and businessman (d. 1978)

1898- Chesty Puller -American general (d. 1971)

1899- Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899–1918)|Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia -(d. 1918)

1901- Stuart Symington -American lieutenant and politician (d. 1988)

1902- Hugues Cuénod -Swiss tenor (d. 2010)

1903- Big Bill Broonzy -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1958)

1904- Frank Scott Hogg -Canadian astronomer and academic (d. 1951)

1904- Peter Lorre -Slovak-American actor (d. 1964)

1905- Lynd Ward -American author and illustrator (d. 1985)

1906- Alberto Rabagliati -Italian singer and actor (Lecuona Cuban Boys) (d. 1974)

1906- Viktor Schreckengost -American industrial designer (d. 2008)

1907- Debs Garms -American baseball player (d. 1984)

1908- Salvador Allende -Chilean physician and politician, 29th President of Chile (d. 1973)

1909- Colonel Tom Parker -Dutch-American talent manager (d. 1997)

1909- Wolfgang Reitherman -German-American animator, director, and producer (d. 1985)

1911- Babe Didrikson Zaharias -American golfer and basketball player (d. 1956)

1911- Bronisław Żurakowski -Polish engineer, plane constructor and glider test pilot (d. 2009)

1913- Aimé Césaire -French poet, author, and politician (d. 2008)

1913- Maurice Wilkes -English computer scientist and physicist (d. 2010)

1914- Kathryn Johnston -American shooting victim (d. 2006)

1914- Laurie Lee -English author and poet (d. 1997)

1915- Paul Castellano -American mobster (d. 1985)

1915- Charlotte Zolotow -American author and poet (d. 2013)

1916- Virginia Satir -American psychotherapist and author (d. 1988)

1916- Giuseppe Taddei -Italian opera singer (d. 2010)

1919- Richard Neustadt -American political scientist and academic (d. 2003)

1920- Jean-Pierre Roy -Canadian baseball player and sportscaster

1921- Violette Szabo -French secret agent (d. 1945)

1922- Walter Farley -American author (d. 1989)

1922- Eleanor Parker -American actress and singer (d. 2013)

1922- Alan T. Peacock -English economist and academic

1922- Dick Smith (make-up artist)|Dick Smith -American make-up artist (d. 2014)

1923- Franz-Paul Decker -German conductor

1923- Barbara Graham -American murderer (d. 1955)

1924- Kostas Axelos -Greek-French philosopher (d. 2010)

1924- Richard Bull (actor)|Richard Bull -American actor (d. 2014)

1925- Pavel Belyayev -Russian pilot who commanded the Voskhod 2 mission of the first spacewalk(d. 1970)

1925- Wolfgang Unzicker -German Grandmaster (chess)|Chess Grandmaster

1927- Robert Kroetsch -Canadian author and poet (d. 2011)

1928- Jacob Druckman -American composer (d. 1996)

1928- Yoshiro Nakamatsu -Japanese inventor

1929- Fred Bruemmer -Latvian-Canadian photographer and author (d. 2013)

1929- Milton Glaser -American graphic designer

1930- Jackie Fargo -American wrestler (d. 2013)

1931- Colin Wilson -English philosopher and author (d. 2013)

1933- Claudio Abbado -Italian conductor (d. 2014)

1933- Gene Green (baseball)|Gene Green -American baseball player (d. 1981)

1933- David Winnick -English politician

1934- Kenneth Barker (academic)|Kenneth Barker -English academic

1934- Dave Grusin -American pianist and composer

1934- Jeremy Wolfenden -English spy (d. 1965)

1935- Dwight York -American singer (Passion (band)|Passion)

1936- Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart -Scottish politician

1936- Edith Pearlman -American author

1936- Jean-Claude Turcotte -Canadian cardinal

1936- Nancy Willard -American author and poet

1937- Sombat Metanee -Thai actor and director

1937- Robert Coleman Richardson -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1937- Reggie Workman -American jazz double bassist.

1938- Neil Abercrombie -American sociologist and politician, 7th Governor of Hawaii

1938- Billy Davis, Jr. -American singer (The 5th Dimension)

1938- Margret Göbl -German figure skater (d. 2013)

1938- Gerald North -American climatologist and academic

1938- Krzysztof Baranowski -Polish yachtsman and sailor

1939- Chuck Robb -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th Governor of Virginia

1940- Vyacheslav Ionov -Russian canoe racer (d. 2012)

1941- Yves Beauchemin -Canadian author and academic

1941- Hiro Narita -Japanese-American cinematographer

1942- J.J. Dillon -American wrestler and manager

1942- Gilberto Gil -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and politician

1943- John Beasley (actor)|John Beasley -American actor

1943- Georgie Fame -English singer and pianist (Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings)

1943- Warren Farrell -American author and educator

1944- Arthur Doyle -American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and flute player (d. 2014)

1944- Wolfgang Weber -German footballer and manager

1944- Gennady Zyuganov -Russian politician, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation

1946- Candace Pert -American neuroscientist and pharmacologist (d. 2013)

1949- Adrian Gurvitz -English singer, songwriter

1950- Jaak Joala -Estonian singer (d. 2014)

1951- Pamela Bellwood -American actress

1951- Gary Gilmour -Australian cricketer and manager (d. 2014)

1952- Gordon McQueen -Scottish footballer and manager

1952- Greg Palast -American journalist and author

1953- Robert Davi -American actor and singer

1953- Nigel Sheinwald -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to the United States|British Ambassador to the United States

1954- Steve Barton -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2001)

1955- Mick Jones (The Clash)|Mick Jones -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite, General Public, Carbon/Silicon, and London SS)

1955- Dick Mol -Dutch paleontologist

1955- Gedde Watanabe -American actor

1956- Chris Isaak -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1956- Patrick Mercer -English colonel and politician

1957- Al Hunter Ashton -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1957- Philippe Couillard -Canadian surgeon and politician, 31st Premier of Quebec

1957- Randy Pobst -American race car driver

1957- Patty Smyth -American singer-songwriter (Scandal (American band)|Scandal)

1958- Jonathan Bate -English author, critic, and academic

1958- Riho Sibul -Estonian singer and guitarist (Ultima Thule (Estonian band)|Ultima Thule and Propeller (band)|Propeller)

1959- Mark McKinney -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1960- Zachary Breaux -American guitarist (d. 1997)

1960- Mark Durkan -Irish politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1961- Greg LeMond -American cyclist

1961- Terri Nunn -American singer and actress (Berlin (band)|Berlin)

1962- Jerome Kersey -American basketball player

1963- Richard Garfield -American game designer, created ''Magic: The Gathering''

1963- Mikhail Khodorkovsky -Russian businessman

1963- Mark McClellan -American economist and politician

1963- Harriet Wheeler -English singer-songwriter (The Sundays)

1964- Tommi Mäkinen -Finnish race car driver

1966- Dany Boon -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1966- Yūko Minaguchi -Japanese voice actress

1966- Jürgen Reil -American drummer (Kreator)

1967- Inha Babakova -Ukrainian high jumper

1967- Olivier Dahan -French director and screenwriter

1967- Todd Pletcher -American horse trainer

1968- Isshin Chiba -Japanese voice actor

1968- Paolo Maldini -Italian footballer

1968- Shannon Sharpe -American football player and sportscaster

1969- Carlo Boszhard -Dutch singer and television host

1969- Colin Greenwood -English bass player and songwriter (Radiohead)

1969- Ingrid Lempereur -Belgian swimmer

1969- Francis Magee -Irish actor

1969- Geir Moen -Norwegian sprinter

1969- Mike Myers (baseball)|Mike Myers -American baseball player

1970- Paul Thomas Anderson -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Paul Bitok -Kenyan runner

1970- Irv Gotti -American record producer, co-founded The Inc. Records

1970- Sean Hayes (actor)|Sean Hayes -American actor, singer, and producer

1970- Takeshi Konomi -Japanese illustrator

1970- Matt Letscher -American actor and playwright

1970- Adam Ndlovu -Zimbabwean footballer (d. 2012)

1970- Chris O'Donnell -American actor and producer

1970- Nick Offerman -American actor and producer

1971- Max Biaggi -Italian motorcycle racer

1971- Emma Noble -English model and actress

1972- Garou (singer)|Garou -Canadian singer

1972- Caroline Nokes -English politician

1972- Asako Tajimi -Japanese volleyball player

1972- Jai Taurima -Australian long jumper

1973- Amen (rock musician)|Amen -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lordi)

1973- Rebecca Budig -American actress

1973- Parry Shen -American actor

1973- Gretchen Wilson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1974- Jason Craig -American illustrator

1974- Derek Jeter -American baseball player

1974- Jason Kendall -American baseball player

1974- Nicole Saba -Lebanese singer and actress (The 4 Cats)

1974- Kristofer Steen -Swedish guitarist (Refused and Final Exit (band)|Final Exit)

1974- Matt Striker -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor

1975- KJ-52 -American rapper (Peace of Mind (band)|Peace of Mind)

1975- Chris Armstrong (ice hockey)|Chris Armstrong -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Marie-Nicole Lemieux -Canadian opera singer

1975- Terry Skiverton -English footballer and manager

1976- Ed Jovanovski -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Paweł Małaszyński -Polish actor

1976- Chad Pennington -American football player and sportscaster

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

1977- Mark Jindrak -American wrestler

1977- Florian Kehrmann -German handball player

1977- Tite Kubo -Japanese illustrator

1977- Quincy Lewis -American basketball player

1978- Maxime Boilard -Canadian canoe racer

1979- Brandi Burkhardt -American actress and singer

1979- Ryo Fukuda -Japanese race car driver

1979- Walter Herrmann -Argentinian basketball player

1979- Ryan Tedder -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (OneRepublic)

1980- Sinik -French rapper

1980- Hamílton Hênio Ferreira Calheiros -Togolese footballer

1980- Jason Schwartzman -American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor (Phantom Planet)

1980- Chris Shelton -American baseball player

1980- Michael Vick -American football player

1981- Natalya Antyukh -Russian sprinter and hurdler

1981- Paolo Cannavaro -Italian footballer

1981- Andrea Gibbs -Australian actress and radio host

1981- Kanako Kondō -Japanese voice actress

1981- Damien Sargue -French singer and actor

1981- Takashi Toritani -Japanese baseball player

1982- Zuzana Kučová -Slovak tennis player

1983- Vinícius Rodrigues Almeida -Brazilian footballer

1983- Toyonoshima Daiki -Japanese sumo wrestler

1983- Felipe Melo -Brazilian footballer

1983- Antonio Rosati -Italian footballer

1984- José Juan Barea -Puerto Rican basketball player

1984- Yankuba Ceesay -Gambian footballer

1984- Elijah Dukes -American baseball player

1984- Raymond Felton -American basketball player

1984- Priscah Jeptoo -Kenyan runner

1984- Aubrey Plaza -American actress

1984- Gabrielle Walcott -Trinidadian model, Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe|Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe 2011

1984- Deron Williams -American basketball player

1985- Ogyen Trinley Dorje -Tibetan spiritual leader, 17th Karmapa Lama

1985- Arjun Kapoor -Indian actor

1986- Xisco (footballer born 1986)|Xisco -Spanish footballer

1986- Duvier Riascos -Colombian footballer

1987- Carlos Iaconelli -Brazilian race car driver

1987- Samir Nasri -French footballer

1987- Hamilton Pereira -Uruguayan footballer

1988- Remy LaCroix -American porn actress

1988- Amanda Marchant -English singer (Samanda)

1988- Sam Marchant -English singer (Samanda)

1988- Rina Nakanishi -Japanese model and singer (AKB48)

1988- Oliver Stang -German footballer

1988- Masakazu Tashiro -Japanese footballer

1989- Huihui -Chinese javelin thrower

1990- Belaynesh Oljira -Ethiopian runner

1991- Houssem Chemali -French footballer

1991- Diego Falcinelli -Italian footballer

1992- Joel Campbell -Costa Rican footballer

1992- Jennette McCurdy -American actress and singer

1993- Ariana Grande -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1994- Hollie Arnold -English javelin thrower

1994- Leonard Carow -German actor

1995- Reema Major -Sudanese-Canadian rapper