This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1286- John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey -English politician (d. 1347)

1470- Charles VIII of France -(d. 1498)

1503- John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1554)

1588- Giovanni Maria Sabino -Italian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1649)

1641- Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg -German-English general (d. 1719)

1685- John Gay -English poet and playwright (d. 1732)

1755- Paul François Jean Nicolas, vicomte de Barras -French politician (d. 1829)

1789- Horace Vernet -French painter (d. 1863)

1801- Frédéric Bastiat -French economist and theorist (d. 1850)

1803- Thomas Lovell Beddoes -English poet, playwright, and physician (d. 1849)

1807- Friedrich Theodor Vischer -German author, poet, and playwright (d.1887)

1817- Joseph Dalton Hooker -English botanist and explorer (d. 1911)

1823- Dinshaw Maneckji Petit -Indian businessman (d. 1901)

1843- Ernest Mason Satow -English orientalist and diplomat (d. 1929)

1864- Frederick Bligh Bond -English architect and archaeologist (d. 1945)

1880- Franz Kröwerath -German rower (d. 1945)

1883- Johan Olin -Finnish wrestler (d. 1928)

1884- Georges Duhamel -French author and critic (d. 1966)

1890- Paul Boffa -Maltese politician, 5th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1962)

1891- Man Mountain Dean -American wrestler (d. 1953)

1891- Ed Lewis (wrestler)|Ed Lewis -American wrestler (d. 1966)

1892- Pierre Blanchar -Algerian-French actor and director (d. 1963)

1892- Bo Carter -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mississippi Sheiks) (d. 1962)

1892- Oswald Pohl -German SS officer (d. 1951)

1893- Walter Ulbricht -German politician (d. 1973)

1899- Madge Bellamy -American actress (d. 1990)

1899- Harry Shields -American clarinet player (d. 1971)

1906- Ralph Allen (footballer)|Ralph Allen -English footballer (d. 1981)

1906- Anthony Mann -American actor and director (d. 1967)

1907- Roman Shukhevych -Ukrainian general and politician (d. 1950)

1908- Winston Graham -English author (d. 2003)

1911- Czesław Miłosz -Polish poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1912- Ludwig Bölkow -German engineer (d. 2003)

1912- Dan Reeves (American football executive)|Dan Reeves -American businessman (d. 1971)

1913- Alfonso López Michelsen -Colombian lawyer and politician, 24th President of Colombia (d. 2007)

1913- Harry Wismer -American sportscaster (d. 1967)

1914- Francisco da Costa Gomes -Portuguese general and politician, 15th President of Portugal (d. 2001)

1914- Allan Houser -American sculptor and painter (d. 1994)

1914- Bill Monti -Welsh-Australian rugby player (d. 1977)

1917- Susan Hayward -American actress and singer (d. 1975)

1917- Lena Horne -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

1919- Ed Yost -American inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 2007)

1925- Fred Schaus -American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)

1925- Anna Stella Schic -Brazilian pianist and composer (d. 2009)

1926- Paul Berg -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1927- Walter G. Church, Sr. -American banker and politician (d. 2012)

1927- James Goldman -American screenwriter and playwright (d. 1998)

1927- Bob Willoughby -American-French photographer (d. 2009)

1930- Isaac Levi -American philosopher

1930- Thomas Sowell -American economist, philosopher, and author

1931- Yo-Yo Davalillo -Venezuelan baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1931- Andrew Hill -American pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1931- James Loughran -Scottish conductor

1933- Barry Hines -English author and screenwriter

1933- Lea Massari -Italian actress

1933- M. J. K. Smith -English cricketer and rugby player

1933- Orval Tessier -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1934- Harry Blackstone, Jr. -American magician and author (d. 1997)

1934- Richard Jolly -British development economist

1935- John Harlin -American pilot and mountaineer (d. 1966)

1936- Assia Djebar -Algerian author and director

1936- Nancy Dussault -American actress and singer

1936- Tony Musante -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1936- Dave Van Ronk -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1937- Michael von Biel -German cellist and composer

1938- Billy Mills -American runner

1938- Apostolos Nikolaidis (singer)|Apostolos Nikolaidis -Greek singer (d. 1999)

1939- Tunku Annuar -Malaysian son of Badlishah of Kedah (d. 2014)

1939- Tony Hatch -English pianist, composer, and producer

1939- José Emilio Pacheco -Mexican poet and author (d. 2014)

1940- Mark Spoelstra -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1941- Peter Pollock -South African cricketer and author

1941- Otto Sander -German actor (d. 2013)

1942- Robert Ballard -American lieutenant and oceanographer

1942- Ron Harris (ice hockey)|Ron Harris -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1942- Dennis Rogan, Baron Rogan -Irish politician

1943- Florence Ballard -American singer (The Supremes) (d. 1976)

1943- Saeed Akhtar Mirza -Indian director and screenwriter

1943- Eddie Rambeau -American singer-songwriter, and actor

1943- Ahmed Sofa -Bangladeshi author, poet, and critic (d. 2001)

1944- Terry Funk -American wrestler and actor

1944- Raymond Moody -American parapsychologist and author

1944- Glenn Shorrock -English-Australian singer-songwriter (Little River Band, The Twilights, Axiom (Australian band)|Axiom, Esperanto (band)|Esperanto, and Birtles Shorrock Goble)

1944- Ron Swoboda -American baseball player and sportscaster

1945- Christopher Lloyd (art historian)|Christopher Lloyd -English historian and curator

1945- Sean Scully -Irish-American painter

1947- Barry Bremen -American businessman (d. 2011)

1947- David Meara -English priest

1948- Vilen Künnapu -Estonian architect and academic

1948- Murray McLauchlan -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949- Uwe Kliemann -German footballer, coach, and manager

1949- Andy Scott (guitarist)|Andy Scott -Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sweet (band)|Sweet)

1950- Leonard Whiting -English actor

1951- Stanley Clarke -American bass player and composer (Return to Forever, Animal Logic (band)|Animal Logic, and SMV (band)|SMV)

1952- Athanassios S. Fokas -Greek mathematician and academic

1952- David Garrison -American actor

1953- Jane Denton -English nurse

1953- Lin Feng-jiao -Taiwanese actress

1953- Hal Lindes -American-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dire Straits)

1954- Stephen Barlow (conductor)|Stephen Barlow -English organist, composer, and conductor

1954- Pierre Charles -Dominican politician, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)

1954- Serzh Sargsyan -Armenian politician, 3rd President of Armenia

1954- Wayne Swan -Australian politician, 14th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1955- David Alan Grier -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Brian Vollmer -Canadian singer (Helix (band)|Helix)

1956- Volker Beck (athlete)|Volker Beck -German hurdler

1956- David Lidington -English politician, Minister of State for Europe

1957- Bud Black -American baseball player and manager

1957- Sterling Marlin -American race car driver

1957- Rich Vos -American comedian

1958- Tommy Keene -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958- Lina Nikolakopoulou -Greek composer

1958- Wilhelm Reisinger -German footballer

1958- Esa-Pekka Salonen -Finnish conductor and composer

1959- Vincent D'Onofrio -American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

1959- Daniel Goldhagen -American political scientist and author

1959- Brendan Perry -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Dead Can Dance and The Scavengers)

1959- Sakis Tsiolis -Greek footballer and manager

1959- Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma -Indian-English businesswoman and politician

1960- Murray Cook -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wiggles and Bang Shang a Lang)

1960- David Headley -American-Pakistani terrorist

1960- Jack McConnell -Scottish educator and politician, 3rd First Minister of Scotland

1962- Tony Fernández -Dominican baseball player

1962- Deirdre Lovejoy -American actress

1962- Anelia Nuneva -Bulgarian sprinter

1962- Julianne Regan -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (All About Eve (band)|All About Eve)

1963- Olha Bryzhina -Ukrainian sprinter

1963- Rupert Graves -English actor

1963- Yngwie Malmsteen -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Steeler (American band)|Steeler and Alcatrazz)

1964- Mark Waters (director)|Mark Waters -American director and producer

1965- Steve Duchesne -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1965- Anna Levandi -Russian figure skater

1965- Gary Pallister -English footballer and sportscaster

1965- Mitch Richmond -American basketball player

1966- Andrey Abduvaliyev -Tajikistani-Uzbekistani hammer thrower

1966- Cheryl Bernard -Canadian curler

1966- Marton Csokas -New Zealand actor

1966- Wendy Davis (actress)|Wendy Davis -American actress

1966- Mike Tyson -American boxer and actor

1967- Patrik Bodén -Swedish javelin thrower

1967- David Busst -English footballer and manager

1967- Nitin Ganatra -Kenyan-English actor

1967- Silke Renk -German javelin thrower

1968- Phil Anselmo -American singer-songwriter and producer (Pantera, Arson Anthem, Down (band)|Down, and Superjoint Ritual)

1969- Sanath Jayasuriya -Sri Lankan cricketer and politician

1969- Uta Rohländer -German sprinter

1969- Sébastien Rose -Canadian director and screenwriter

1970- Brian Bloom -American actor and screenwriter

1970- Antonio Chimenti -Italian footballer and manager

1970- Mark Grudzielanek -American baseball player

1971- Megan Fahlenbock -Canadian actress

1971- Anette Michel -Mexican actress

1971- Monica Potter -American actress

1972- Sandra Cam -Belgian swimmer

1972- James Martin (chef)|James Martin -English chef and journalist

1973- Robert Bales -American soldier

1973- Chan Ho Park -South Korean baseball player

1973- Frank Rost -German footballer and manager

1973- Noam Zylberman -Israeli-Canadian actor

1974- Tony Rock -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974- Hezekiél Sepeng -South African runner

1975- James Bannatyne -New Zealand footballer

1975- Ralf Schumacher -German race car driver

1975- Rami Shaaban -Swedish-Egyptian footballer

1977- Mark van Gisbergen -New Zealand-English rugby player

1977- Justo Villar -Paraguayan footballer

1978- Ben Cousins -Australian footballer

1978- Patrick Ivuti -Kenyan runner

1978- Claudio Rivalta -Italian footballer

1979- Matisyahu -American rapper and actor

1979- Sylvain Chavanel -French cyclist

1979- Rick Gonzalez -American actor

1979- Allari Naresh -Indian actor and singer

1979- Faisal Shahzad -Pakistani-American terrorist, attempted the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt|Times Square bombing

1980- Rade Prica -Swedish footballer

1980- Seyi Olofinjana -Nigerian footballer

1981- Can Artam -Turkish race car driver

1981- Tom Burke (actor)|Tom Burke -English actor

1981- Matt Kirk -Canadian football player

1981- Karolina Sadalska -Polish canoe racer

1981- Barbora Špotáková -Czech javelin thrower

1981- Ben Utecht -American football player

1982- Willam Belli -American drag queen performer and singer (DWV (group)|DWV)

1982- Lizzy Caplan -American actress

1982- Ignacio Carrasco -Mexican footballer

1982- Otis Harris -American sprinter

1982- Andy Knowles -English drummer and producer (Franz Ferdinand (band)|Franz Ferdinand and Skuta (band)|Skuta)

1982- Mitch Maier -American baseball player

1982- Delwyn Young -American baseball player

1983- Marcus Burghardt -German cyclist

1983- Cheryl Cole -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and model (Girls Aloud)

1983- Marlin Jackson -American football player

1983- Katherine Ryan -Canadian-English comedian and actress

1983- Patrick Wolf -English singer-songwriter

1984- Miles Austin -American football player

1984- Gabriel Badilla -Costa Rican footballer

1984- Fantasia Barrino -American singer-songwriter and actress

1985- Trevor Ariza -American basketball player

1985- Rafał Blechacz -Polish pianist

1985- Michael Phelps -American swimmer

1985- Cody Rhodes -American wrestler and actor

1985- Fabiana Vallejos -Argentinian footballer

1986- Alicia Fox -American wrestler and model

1986- Fredy Guarín -Colombian footballer

1986- Jamai Loman -Dutch singer and actor

1986- Nicola Pozzi -Italian footballer

1986- Hugh Sheridan -Australian actor and singer

1986- Allegra Versace -Italian-American businesswoman

1987- Ryan Cook (baseball)|Ryan Cook -American baseball player

1987- Andrew Hedgman -New Zealand runner

1988- Jack Douglass -American comedian and actor

1988- Jeff Kobernus -American baseball player

1988- Sean Marquette -American actor

1989- Asbel Kiprop -Kenyan runner

1989- Steffen Liebig -German rugby player

1989- David Myers (Australian rules footballer)|David Myers -Australian footballer

1989- Miguel Vítor -Portuguese footballer

1990- Petra Krejsová -Czech tennis player

1991- Kaho (actress)|Kaho -Japanese actress

1991- David Witts -English actor

1992- Holliston Coleman -American actress

1994- Rhys Jones (athlete)|Rhys Jones -Welsh sprinter

1995- Allie Kiick -American tennis player

1997- Iryna Shymanovich -Belarusian tennis player