This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1394- Philippa of England -(d. 1430)

1489- Antoine, Duke of Lorraine -(d. 1544)

1604- Claudia de' Medici -Italian daughter of Christina of Lorraine (d. 1648)

1665- Zacharie Robutel de La Noue -Canadian captain (d. 1733)

1694- François Quesnay -French economist and physician (d. 1774)

1704- Benjamin Huntsman -English inventor and businessman (d. 1776)

1738- George III of the United Kingdom -(d. 1820)

1744- Patrick Ferguson -Scottish soldier, designed the Ferguson rifle (d. 1780)

1754- Miguel de Azcuénaga -Argentinian soldier (d. 1833)

1754- Franz Xaver von Zach -Slovak astronomer (d. 1832)

1787- Constant Prévost -French geologist (d. 1856)

1801- James Pennethorne -English architect, designed Victoria Park, London|Victoria Park (d. 1871)

1821- Apollon Maykov -Russian poet and playwright (d. 1897)

1829- Jinmaku Kyūgorō -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 12th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1903)

1854- Solko van den Bergh -Dutch target shooter (d. 1916)

1860- Alexis Lapointe -Canadian runner (d. 1924)

1866- Miina Sillanpää -Finnish journalist and politician (d. 1952)

1867- Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim -Finnish general and politician, 6th President of Finland (d. 1951)

1877- Heinrich Otto Wieland -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)

1879- Mabel Lucie Attwell -English author and illustrator (d. 1964)

1880- Clara Blandick -Hong Kong-American actress (d. 1962)

1885- Arturo Rawson -Argentinian general and politician, 26th President of Argentina (d. 1952)

1887- Tom Longboat -Canadian runner (d. 1949)

1894- La Bolduc -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1941)

1903- Yevgeny Mravinsky -Russian conductor (d. 1988)

1904- Bhagat Puran Singh -Indian publisher, environmentalist, and philanthropist (d. 1992)

1907- Jacques Roumain -Haitian journalist and politician (d. 1944)

1907- Rosalind Russell -American actress and singer (d. 1976)

1907- Patience Strong -English poet and journalist (d. 1990)

1908- Geli Raubal -Austrian daughter of Angela Hitler (d. 1931)

1910- Christopher Cockerell -English engineer, invented the hovercraft (d. 1999)

1912- Robert Jacobsen -Danish sculptor and painter (d. 1993)

1915- Modibo Keïta -Malian politician, 1st President of Mali (d. 1977)

1916- Robert F. Furchgott -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1916- Fernand Leduc -Canadian painter (d. 2014)

1917- Robert Merrill -American actor and singer (d. 2004)

1920- Russell E. Train -American civil servant (d. 2012)

1921- Don Diamond -American actor (d. 2011)

1921- Milan Komar -Slovenian-Argentinian philosopher (d. 2006)

1921- Bobby Wanzer -American basketball player and coach

1923- Elizabeth Jolley -English-Australian author (d. 2007)

1924- Tofilau Eti Alesana -Samoan politician, 5th Prime Minister of Samoa (d. 1999)

1924- Dennis Weaver -American actor and director (d. 2006)

1925- Antonio Puchades -Spanish footballer (d. 2013)

1926- Robert Earl Hughes -American List of the heaviest people|heaviest human being (d. 1958)

1926- Ain Kaalep -Estonian poet, playwright, and critic

1926- Ivan Karp -American art dealer (d. 2012)

1926- Judith Malina -German-American actress and director, co-founded The Living Theatre

1927- Henning Carlsen -Danish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1927- Geoffrey Palmer (actor)|Geoffrey Palmer -English actor

1928- Ruth Westheimer -German-American therapist and author

1929- Karolos Papoulias -Greek politician, 5th President of Greece

1930- George Chesworth -English air marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Moray

1930- Morgana King -American singer and actress

1930- Viktor Tikhonov -Russian ice hockey player and coach

1931- Gustav Nossal -Austrian-Australian biologist and academic

1932- John Drew Barrymore -American actor (d. 2004)

1932- Oliver Nelson -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1975)

1932- Maurice Shadbolt -New Zealand author and playwright (d. 2004)

1934- Monica Dacon -Vincentian educator and politician, 6th Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

1934- Seamus Elliott -Irish cyclist (d. 1971)

1934- Daphne Sheldrick -Kenyan author and activist

1935- Colette Boky -Canadian soprano

1935- Berhanu Dinka -Ethiopian economist and diplomat (d. 2013)

1936- Nutan -Indian actress and singer (d. 1991)

1936- Bruce Dern -American actor

1936- Oleg Fedoseyev -Russian triple jumper (d. 2001)

1937- Freddy Fender -American singer and guitarist (Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven) (d. 2006)

1937- Robert Fulghum -American author

1937- Gorilla Monsoon -American wrestler, manager, and sportscaster (d. 1999)

1937- Mortimer Zuckerman -Canadian-American businessman, founded Boston Properties

1938- Art Mahaffey -American baseball player

1939- Jeremy Browne, 11th Marquess of Sligo -Irish politician

1939- Denis de Belleval -Canadian politician

1939- George Reid (Scottish politician)|George Reid -Scottish politician, 2nd Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

1940- David Collings -English actor

1940- Ludwig Schwarz -Slovak-Austrian bishop

1941- Kenneth G. Ross -Australian playwright and screenwriter

1942- Louis Reichardt -American mountaineer

1942- Bill Rowe -Canadian lawyer and politician

1943- Sandra Haynie -American golfer

1943- Tom Jaine -English author

1943- Joyce Meyer -American educator and author

1944- Roger Ball (musician)|Roger Ball -Scottish saxophonist and songwriter (Average White Band)

1944- Michelle Phillips -American singer-songwriter and actress (The Mamas & the Papas)

1945- Anthony Braxton -American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (Circle (jazz band)|Circle and Creative Construction Company)

1945- Daniel Topolski -English rower and coach

1945- Gordon Waller -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Peter and Gordon) (d. 2009)

1946- S. P. Balasubrahmanyam -Indian actor, singer, director, and producer

1946- Sandra Dawson -English academic

1947- Jack Baker (actor)|Jack Baker -American actor (d. 1994)

1947- Viktor Klima -Austrian businessman and politician, 25th Chancellor of Austria

1947- Ashok Saraf -Indian actor

1948- Bob Champion -English jockey

1948- Sandra Post -Canadian golfer

1948- Jürgen Sparwasser -German footballer and manager

1949- Gabriel Arcand -Canadian actor

1949- Mark B. Cohen -American lawyer and politician

1950- Raymond Dumais -Canadian bishop (d. 2012)

1950- Dagmar Krause -German singer and pianist (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears, and News from Babel)

1950- George Noory -American radio host

1950- Kevin Woodford -Manx chef and actor

1951- Bronisław Malinowski (athlete)|Bronisław Malinowski -Polish runner (d. 1981)

1951- Melanie Phillips -English journalist and author

1951- Wendy Pini -American author and illustrator

1951- David Yip -English actor and playwright

1952- Bronisław Komorowski -Polish historian and politician, 5th President of Poland

1952- Dambudzo Marechera -Zimbabwean author and poet

1952- Parker Stevenson -American actor and director

1953- Linda Lingle -American politician, 6th Governor of Hawaii

1953- Jimmy McCulloch -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (One in a Million (band)|One in a Million, Wings (band)|Wings, Small Faces, The Dukes (band)|The Dukes, and Thunderclap Newman) (d. 1979)

1953- Susumu Ojima -Japanese businessman, founded Huser

1953- Paul Samson -English guitarist and producer (Samson (band)|Samson) (d. 2002)

1955- Val McDermid -Scottish author

1955- Mary Testa -American actress

1956- Martin Adams -English darts player

1956- Keith David -American actor and singer

1956- John Hockenberry -American journalist and author

1956- Terry Kennedy -American baseball player and manager

1956- Gerry Ryan -Irish radio and television host (d. 2010)

1956- Joyce Sidman -American author

1957- Yoon Seok-ho -South Korean director and producer

1957- John Treacy -Irish runner

1958- Eddie Velez -American actor

1959- Juan Camacho (Bolivian athlete)|Juan Camacho -Bolivian runner

1959- Georgios Voulgarakis -Greek politician, 21st Minister for Culture (Greece)|Greek Minister for Culture

1960- Miloš Đelmaš -Serbian footballer and manager

1960- Paul Taylor (Winger)|Paul Taylor -American guitarist and keyboard player (Winger (band)|Winger)

1960- Bradley Walsh -English footballer and actor

1961- El DeBarge -American singer-songwriter and producer (DeBarge)

1961- Ferenc Gyurcsány -Hungarian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Hungary

1962- Krzysztof Hołowczyc -Polish race car driver

1962- Zenon Jaskuła -Polish cyclist

1962- John P. Kee -American singer-songwriter and pastor

1963- Xavier McDaniel -American basketball player and coach

1964- Sean Pertwee -English actor

1964- Kōji Yamamura -Japanese animator, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Mick Doohan -Australian motorcycle racer

1965- Andrea Jaeger -American tennis player

1966- Cecilia Bartoli -Italian soprano

1966- Vladimir Voevodsky -Russian mathematician and academic

1966- Bill Wiggin -English politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

1967- Robert S. Kimbrough -American colonel and astronaut

1968- Roger Lim -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Niurka Montalvo -Cuban-Spanish long jumper

1968- Al B. Sure! -American singer-songwriter and producer

1968- Scott Wolf -American actor

1969- Horatio Sanz -Chilean-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Deborah Compagnoni -Italian skier

1970- Richie Hawtin -English-Canadian DJ and producer

1970- Dave Pybus -English bass player and songwriter (Anathema (band)|Anathema, Cradle of Filth, and Angtoria)

1970- Izabella Scorupco -Polish-Swedish actress

1971- James Callis -English actor

1971- Joseph Kabila -Congolese politician, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1971- Mike Lee (U.S. politician)|Mike Lee -American lawyer and politician

1971- Shoji Meguro -Japanese composer and director

1971- Karl Martin Sinijärv -Estonian journalist and poet

1971- Noah Wyle -American actor and producer

1972- Stoja -Bosnian singer

1972- Nikka Costa -Japanese-American singer-songwriter

1972- Derian Hatcher -American ice hockey player and coach

1972- Joe Hill (writer)|Joe Hill -American author

1972- Rob Huebel -American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Mikey Whipwreck -American wrestler

1974- Jacob Sahaya Kumar Aruni -Indian chef (d. 2012)

1974- Darin Erstad -American baseball player and coach

1974- Andrew Gwynne -English politician

1974- Janette Husárová -Slovak tennis player

1974- Stefan Lessard -American bass player (Dave Matthews Band and Yukon Kornelius)

1974- Buddy Wakefield -American poet

1975- Russell Brand -English comedian, actor, and singer

1975- Henry Burris -American football player

1975- Angelina Jolie -American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1976- Kasey Chambers -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Nenad Zimonjić -Serbian tennis player

1977- Dionisis Chiotis -Greek footballer

1977- Quinten Hann -Australian snooker player

1977- Berglind Icey -Icelandic swimmer and actress

1977- Alex Manninger -Austrian footballer

1977- Roman Miroshnichenko -Ukrainian guitarist and composer

1977- Ingrid Visser (volleyball)|Ingrid Visser -Dutch volleyball player (d. 2013)

1979- Ryan Davis (video game journalist)|Ryan Davis -American journalist (d. 2013)

1979- Christopher Dorner -American lieutenant and police officer (d. 2013)

1979- Naohiro Takahara -Japanese footballer

1979- Daniel Vickerman -South African-Australian rugby player

1980- François Beauchemin -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Jennifer Carroll (swimmer)|Jennifer Carroll -Canadian swimmer

1981- T. J. Miller -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1981- Maxi Nil -Greek singer-songwriter (Elysion (band)|Elysion, On Thorns I Lay, and Visions of Atlantis)

1981- Giourkas Seitaridis -Greek footballer

1981- Natalia Vodopyanova -Russian basketball player

1982- MC Jin -American-Chinese rapper and actor

1982- Abel Kirui -Kenyan runner

1982- Ronnie Prude -American-Canadian football player

1983- Romaric (footballer)|Romaric -Ivorian footballer

1983- Emmanuel Eboué -Ivorian footballer

1983- Olha Saladuha -Ukrainian triple jumper

1984- Kento Handa -Japanese actor

1984- Jenaveve Jolie -American porn actress and model

1984- Enrico Rossi Chauvenet -Italian footballer

1984- Ian White (ice hockey)|Ian White -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Rainie Yang -Taiwanese singer and actress (4 in Love (group)|4 in Love)

1985- Leon Botha -South African painter and DJ (d. 2011)

1985- Anna-Lena Grönefeld -German tennis player

1985- Alicja Janosz -Polish singer

1985- Evan Lysacek -American figure skater

1985- Lukas Podolski -German footballer

1985- Bar Refaeli -Israeli model and actress

1985- Oddvar Reiakvam -Norwegian politician

1985- Ana Carolina Reston -Brazilian model (d. 2006)

1986- Yoochun -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (TVXQ and JYJ)

1986- Oona Chaplin -Spanish-English actress and dancer

1986- Fahriye Evcen -German-Turkish actress

1986- Shane Kippel -Canadian actor

1986- Tori Praver -American model

1986- Shelly Woods -English wheelchair racer

1987- Mollie King -English singer-songwriter (The Saturdays)

1987- Luisa Zissman -English businesswoman

1988- Li Man -Chinese actress

1989- Federico Erba -Italian footballer

1989- Paweł Fajdek -Polish hammer thrower

1989- Eldar Gasimov -Azerbaijani singer (Ell & Nikki)

1990- Tippi Degré -Namibian-French director

1990- Zac Farro -American singer and drummer (Paramore, Novel American, and Half Noise)

1990- Jetsun Pema -Bhutanese wife of Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

1991- Jordan Hinson -American actress

1991- Lorenzo Insigne -Italian footballer

1991- Kathryn Prescott -English actress

1991- Megan Prescott -English actress

1992- Dino Jelušić -Croatian singer-songwriter and pianist

1992- Brooke Vincent -English actress

1999- Kim So-hyun -South Korean actress