This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1537- João Manuel, Prince of Portugal -(d. 1554)

1540- Charles II, Archduke of Austria -(d. 1590)

1635- Philippe Quinault -French playwright (d. 1688)

1636- John Hale (Beverly minister)|John Hale -American minister (d. 1700)

1659- David Gregory (mathematician)|David Gregory -Scottish-English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1708)

1723- Giovanni Antonio Scopoli -Italian physician (d. 1788)

1726- James Hutton -Scottish geologist and physician (d. 1797)

1736- Ignaz Fränzl -German violinist and composer (d. 1811)

1770- Manuel Belgrano -Argentinian economist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1820)

1808- Jefferson Davis -American colonel and politician, President of the Confederate States of America (d. 1889)

1818- Louis Faidherbe -French general and politician, Governor of Senegal (d. 1889)

1819- Anton Anderledy -Swiss religious leader, 23rd Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1892)

1832- Charles Lecocq -French composer (d. 1918)

1840- Michael O'Laughlen -American conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1867)

1843- Frederick VIII of Denmark -(d. 1912)

1844- Garret Hobart -American lawyer and politician, 24th Vice President of the United States (d. 1899)

1844- Detlev von Liliencron -German poet and author (d. 1909)

1853- Flinders Petrie -English archaeologist and academic (d. 1942)

1855- Thecla Åhlander -Swedish actress (d. 1925)

1864- Otto Erich Hartleben -German poet and playwright (d. 1905)

1864- Ransom E. Olds -American businessman, founded Oldsmobile and REO Motor Car Company (d. 1950)

1865- George V -of the United Kingdom (d. 1936)

1866- George Howells Broadhurst -English-American director and manager (d. 1952)

1873- Otto Loewi -German-American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1877- Raoul Dufy -French painter (d. 1953)

1878- Barney Oldfield -American race car driver (d. 1946)

1879- Alla Nazimova -Ukrainian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1945)

1879- Raymond Pearl -American biologist and botanist (d. 1940)

1879- Vivian Woodward -English footballer (d. 1954)

1881- Mikhail Larionov -Russian painter (d. 1964)

1888- Tom Brown (trombonist)|Tom Brown -American trombonist (d. 1958)

1890- Baburao Painter -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1954)

1897- Memphis Minnie -American singer-songwriter (d. 1973)

1899- Georg von Békésy -Hungarian biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1972)

1900- Leo Picard -German-Israeli geologist (d. 1997)

1901- Maurice Evans (actor)|Maurice Evans -English actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1901- Zhang Xueliang -Chinese general and warlord (d. 2001)

1903- Eddie Acuff -American actor (d. 1956)

1904- Charles R. Drew -American physician and surgeon (d. 1950)

1904- Jan Peerce -American tenor (d. 1984)

1905- Martin Gottfried Weiss -German SS officer (d. 1946)

1906- Josephine Baker -American-French actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1975)

1906- Nate Barragar -American football player and actor (d. 1985)

1907- Paul Rotha -English director and producer (d. 1984)

1910- Paulette Goddard -American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1911- Ellen Corby -American actress (d. 1999)

1913- Pedro Mir -Dominican poet and author (d. 2000)

1913- Lloyd Percival -Canadian tennis player, boxer, cricketer, and coach (d. 1974)

1914- Ignacio Ponseti -Spanish physician (d. 2009)

1916- Leo Gorcey -American actor (d. 1969)

1918- Patrick Cargill -English actor and producer (d. 1996)

1918- Lili St. Cyr -American actress and dancer (d. 1999)

1921- Forbes Carlile -Australian pentathlete and coach

1922- Alain Resnais -French director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1923- Igor Shafarevich -Russian mathematician and author

1924- Karunanidhi -Indian Politician, 3rd Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

1924- Colleen Dewhurst -Canadian-American actress (d. 1991)

1924- Bernard Glasser -American director and producer (d. 2014)

1924- Ted Mallie -American radio and television announcer (d. 1999)

1924- Jimmy Rogers -American singer and guitarist (d. 1997)

1924- Torsten Wiesel -Swedish neurophysiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1925- Tony Curtis -American actor and singer (d. 2010)

1925- Arnold Peters (actor)|Arnold Peters -English actor (d. 2013)

1925- Thomas Winning -Scottish cardinal (d. 2001)

1926- Allen Ginsberg -American poet and academic (d. 1997)

1926- Flora MacDonald (politician)|Flora MacDonald -Canadian politician

1927- Boots Randolph -American saxophonist (Million Dollar Band (country music group)|Million Dollar Band) (d. 2007)

1928- Louise Daniel Hutchinson -American historian and educator (d. 2014)

1929- Werner Arber -Swiss microbiologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Chuck Barris -American game show host and producer, created ''The Newlywed Game'' and ''The Dating Game''

1930- Marion Zimmer Bradley -American author (d. 1999)

1930- George Fernandes -Indian journalist and politician, Minister of Defence (India)|Minister of Defence for India

1930- Dakota Staton -American singer (d. 2007)

1930- Ben Wada -Japanese director and producer (d. 2011)

1931- Françoise Arnoul -Algerian-French actress

1931- Raúl Castro -Cuban politician, 17th Prime Minister of Cuba

1931- John Norman -American philosopher and author

1931- Lindy Remigino -American runner

1933- Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa -Bahranian emir (d. 1999)

1934- Rolland D. McCune -American minister and theologian

1935- Raoul Franklin -English physicist and academic

1935- Irma P. Hall -American actress

1935- Enzo Jannacci -Italian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2013)

1936- Jim Gentile -American baseball player and manager

1936- Larry McMurtry -American author and screenwriter

1936- Colin Meads -New Zealand rugby player

1937- Jean-Pierre Jaussaud -French race car driver

1937- Solomon P. Ortiz -American politician

1937- Edward Winter (actor)|Edward Winter -American actor (d. 2001)

1938- David L. Mills -American computer scientist and engineer

1939- Frank Blevins -English-Australian politician, 7th Deputy Premier of South Australia (d. 2013)

1939- Steve Dalkowski -American baseball player

1939- Ian Hunter (singer)|Ian Hunter -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mott the Hoople)

1939- Jon Tolaas -Norwegian poet and author (d. 2012)

1939- Kathleen E. Woodiwiss -American author (d. 2007)

1940- Loretta Long -American actress and singer

1940- Connie Saylor -American race car driver (d. 1993)

1942- Anita Harris -English singer and actress

1942- Curtis Mayfield -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Impressions) (d. 1999)

1943- Billy Cunningham -American basketball player and coach

1944- Peter Bonfield -English businessman

1944- Tom Burns (bishop)|Tom Burns -Irish bishop

1944- Edith McGuire -American sprinter

1944- Eddy Ottoz -Italian hurdler

1944- Mary Thom -American feminist

1945- John Derbyshire -English-American journalist and author

1945- Hale Irwin -American golfer

1945- Ramon Jacinto -Filipino singer, guitarist, and businessman, founded the Rajah Broadcasting Network

1945- Roger Lane-Nott -English admiral

1945- Bill Paterson (actor)|Bill Paterson -Scottish-English actor

1946- Michael Clarke (musician)|Michael Clarke -American drummer (The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Firefall) (d. 1993)

1946- Eddie Holman -American singer

1946- Tristan Rogers -Australian-American actor

1946- Penelope Wilton -English actress

1947- Mike Burgmann -Australian race car driver (d. 1986)

1947- John Dykstra -American special effects artist and producer

1947- Mickey Finn (musician)|Mickey Finn -English drummer (T.Rex (band)|T.Rex, Mickey Finn's T-Rex, and Hapshash and the Coloured Coat) (d. 2003)

1948- Jan Reker -Dutch footballer and manager

1949- Floyd Lloyd -Jamaican singer

1949- John Rothman -American actor

1950- Frédéric François -Belgian-Italian singer-songwriter

1950- Melissa Mathison -American screenwriter and producer

1950- Juan José Muñoz -Argentinian businessman (d. 2013)

1950- Suzi Quatro -American-English singer-songwriter, bass player, producer, and actress (The Pleasure Seekers/Cradle)

1950- Christos Verelis -Greek politician

1950- Deniece Williams -American singer-songwriter and producer

1950- Robert Z'Dar -American actor and producer

1951- Jill Biden -American educator, 37th Second Lady of the United States

1952- Billy Powell -American keyboard player and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (d. 2009)

1952- David Richards (racing)|David Richards -English businessman

1953- John Moulder-Brown -English actor

1954- Dan Hill -Canadian singer-songwriter

1954- Wally Weir -Canadian ice hockey player

1956- George Burley -Scottish footballer and manager

1956- Brad Nessler -American sportscaster

1956- Danny Wilde (musician)|Danny Wilde -American singer and guitarist (The Quick (U.S. band)|The Quick and The Rembrandts)

1957- Horst-Ulrich Hänel -German field hockey player

1958- Simon Fraser (diplomat)|Simon Fraser -English diplomat

1958- Margot Käßmann -German bishop and theologian

1958- Suzie Plakson -American actress

1958- Cameron Sharp -Scottish sprinter

1959- John Carlson (radio host)|John Carlson -American radio host

1959- Imbi Paju -Estonian-Finnish journalist and author

1961- Lawrence Lessig -American lawyer, academic, and author, founded the Creative Commons

1961- Peter Vidmar -American gymnast

1961- Ed Wynne (guitarist)|Ed Wynne -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Ozric Tentacles and Nodens Ictus)

1962- David Cole (record producer)|David Cole -American DJ,producer, and songwriter (C+C Music Factory)

1962- Susannah Constantine -English fashion designer, journalist, and author

1962- Dagmar Neubauer -German sprinter

1963- Rudy Demotte -Belgian politician, 8th Minister-President of the Walloon Region

1963- Anica Dobra -Serbian actress

1963- Toshiaki Karasawa -Japanese actor

1964- Kerry King -American guitarist and songwriter (Slayer)

1964- James Purefoy -English actor

1965- Jeff Blumenkrantz -American actor and composer

1965- Jonathan Djanogly -English lawyer and politician

1965- Mike Gordon -American singer, bass player, and director (Phish, Rhythm Devils, and SerialPod)

1965- Hans Kroes -Dutch swimmer

1965- Michael Moore (British politician)|Michael Moore -Irish-Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1966- Wasim Akram -Pakistani cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

1966- Jamie O'Neal -American singer-songwriter

1967- Anderson Cooper -American journalist and author

1967- Jason Jones (actor)|Jason Jones -Canadian actor

1967- Kurk Lee -American basketball player

1967- Christopher Walker (athlete)|Christopher Walker -Gibraltarian triathlete and cyclist

1968- Saffron (singer)|Saffron -Nigerian singer and dancer (Republica and N-Joi)

1969- Takako Minekawa -Japanese singer-songwriter

1970- Greg Hancock -American motorcycle racer

1970- Esther Hart -Dutch singer

1970- Julie Masse -Canadian singer

1970- Ammon McNeely -American rock climber

1970- Peter Tägtgren -Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Hypocrisy (band)|Hypocrisy, Pain (musical project)|Pain, Bloodbath, and Lock Up (UK band)|Lock Up)

1971- Carl Everett -American baseball player

1971- John Hodgman -American author and actor

1971- Gert Kullamäe -Estonian basketball player and coach

1971- Julian Sturdy -English politician

1972- Julie Gayet -French actress

1972- Matt Pike -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sleep (band)|Sleep, High On Fire, and Asbestosdeath)

1973- Jason Jones (actor)|Jason Jones -Canadian actor and comedian

1974- Kelly Jones -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Stereophonics)

1974- Arianne Zucker -American actress

1975- José Molina (baseball)|Jose Molina -Puerto Rican-American baseball player

1975- Jeff Soto -American painter

1976- Nikos Chatzis -Greek basketball player

1976- Enda Markey -Irish-Australian actor and singer

1976- Gregg McClymont -Scottish historian and politician

1976- Jamie McMurray -American race car driver

1977- Cris (footballer)|Cris -Brazilian footballer

1977- Travis Hafner -American baseball player

1977- Az-Zahir Hakim -American football player

1978- Lyfe Jennings -American singer-songwriter and producer

1979- Luis Fernando López (race walker)|Luis Fernando López -Colombian race walker

1979- Christian Malcolm -Welsh sprinter

1980- Amauri -Italian footballer

1980- Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani -Qatari king

1980- Lazaros Papadopoulos -Russian-Greek basketball player

1980- Tjerk Smeets -Dutch baseball player

1981- Sosene Anesi -New Zealand rugby player

1981- Salvatore Giardina -Italian footballer

1981- Timur Tekkal -German rugby player

1982- Yelena Isinbayeva -Russian pole vaulter

1982- Manfred Mölgg -Italian skier

1982- Dihan Slabbert -South African singer-songwriter and producer (Hi-5 (South African band)|Hi-5)

1983- Pasquale Foggia -Italian footballer

1983- Janine Habeck -German model

1985- Enkhbatyn Badar-Uugan -Mongolian boxer

1985- Papiss Cissé -Senegalese footballer

1985- Dan Ewing -Australian actor

1985- Detox Icunt -American drag queen performer

1985- Łukasz Piszczek -Polish footballer

1986- Al Horford -Dominican basketball player

1986- Alexandros Karageorgiou -Greek archer

1986- Micah Kogo -Kenyan runner

1986- Rafael Nadal -Spanish tennis player

1986- Adrián Vallés -Spanish race car driver

1986- Tomas Verner -Czech ice skater

1987- Lalaine -American actress and singer (Vanity Theft)

1987- Michelle Keegan -English actress

1987- Masami Nagasawa -Japanese actress

1989- Katie Hoff -American swimmer

1989- Anthony Taugourdeau -French footballer

1992- Mario Götze -German footballer