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Famous Birthdays


1236- Wen Tianxiang -Chinese general and scholar (d. 1283)

1296- Władysław of Legnica -(d. 1352)

1436- Regiomontanus -German mathematician, astronomer, and bishop (d. 1476)

1553- Bernardino Baldi -Italian mathematician (d. 1617)

1576- Giovanni Diodati -Swiss-Italian minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1649)

1580- Godefroy Wendelin -Flemish astronomer (d. 1667)

1599- Diego Velázquez -Spanish painter (d. 1660)

1606- Pierre Corneille -French playwright (d. 1684)

1622- Claude-Jean Allouez -French-American missionary and explorer (d. 1689)

1661- Giacomo Antonio Perti -Italian composer (d. 1756)

1699- Johann Georg Estor -German historian and theorist (d. 1773)

1714- Joseph I of Portugal -(d. 1777)

1735- Anton Schweitzer -German composer (d. 1787)

1755- Nathan Hale -American soldier (d. 1776)

1756- John Trumbull -American painter (d. 1843)

1772- Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily -(d. 1807)

1799- Alexander Pushkin -Russian author and poet (d. 1837)

1807- Thiệu Trị -Vietnamese emperor (d. 1847)

1810- Friedrich Wilhelm Schneidewin -German philologist and scholar (d. 1856)

1829- Honinbo Shusaku -Japanese Go player (d. 1862)

1841- Eliza Orzeszkowa -Polish author (d. 1910)

1844- Konstantin Savitsky -Russian painter (d. 1905)

1850- Karl Ferdinand Braun -German-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1918)

1857- Aleksandr Lyapunov -Russian mathematician and physicist (d. 1918)

1862- Henry Newbolt -English historian, author, and poet (d. 1938)

1867- David T. Abercrombie -American businessman, founded Abercrombie & Fitch (d. 1931)

1868- Robert Falcon Scott -English sailor and explorer (d. 1912)

1872- Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse)|Alexandra Feodorovna -German wife of Nicholas II of Russia (d. 1918)

1875- Thomas Mann -German author and critic, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1878- Vincent de Moro-Giafferi -French lawyer and politician (d. 1956)

1886- Tyler Brooke -American actor and singer (d. 1943)

1890- Ted Lewis (musician)|Ted Lewis -American singer, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1971)

1891- Masti Venkatesha Iyengar -Indian author (d. 1986)

1892- Donald F. Duncan, Sr. -American toy maker and businessman, founded the Duncan Toys Company (d. 1971)

1896- Henry Allingham -English soldier (d. 2009)

1896- Italo Balbo -Italian air marshal and politician (d. 1940)

1898- Ninette de Valois -Irish-English dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 2001)

1898- Walter Abel -American actor (d. 1987)

1900- Manfred Sakel -Ukrainian-American psychiatrist (d. 1957)

1900- Lester Matthews -English actor (d. 1975)

1901- Sukarno -Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia (d. 1970)

1901- Jan Struther -English author (d. 1953)

1902- Jimmie Lunceford -American saxophonist and bandleader (d. 1947)

1903- Aram Khachaturian -Georgian-Armenian composer and conductor (d. 1978)

1906- Max August Zorn -German mathematician and academic (d. 1993)

1907- Bill Dickey -American baseball player and manager (d. 1993)

1909- Isaiah Berlin -Latvian-English historian and philosopher (d. 1997)

1913- Carlo L. Golino -Italian-American academic (d. 1991)

1914- H. Adams Carter -American mountaineer, journalist, and educator (d. 1995)

1915- Vincent Persichetti -American pianist and composer (d. 1987)

1916- Hamani Diori -Nigerien politician, 1st President of Niger (d. 1989)

1916- Irene von Meyendorff -Estonian-German actress (d. 2001)

1917- Kirk Kerkorian -American businessman, founded the Tracinda Corporation

1918- Edwin G. Krebs -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1919- Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington -English captain and politician, 6th Secretary General of NATO

1919- Austin M. Lee -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1923- V. C. Andrews -American author (d. 1986)

1923- Jean Pouliot -Canadian broadcaster (d. 2004)

1924- John Ambler -English businessman (d. 2008)

1925- Maxine Kumin -American poet and author (d. 2014)

1925- Hideji Ōtaki -Japanese actor (d. 2012)

1925- Frank Chee Willeto -American politician, 4th Vice President of the Navajo Nation (d. 2013)

1926- Torsten Andersson -Swedish painter (d. 2009)

1926- Klaus Tennstedt -German conductor (d. 1998)

1928- Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea -English physician and politician

1929- Sunil Dutt -Indian actor, director, producer, and politician (d. 2005)

1929- Don Hassler -American saxophonist and composer (d. 2013)

1930- Frank Tyson -English-Australian cricketer

1932- Sara Banerji -English author and sculptor

1932- Anne Claire Poirier -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1932- David Scott -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1932- Billie Whitelaw -English actress

1933- Eli Broad -American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded KB Home

1933- Heinrich Rohrer -Swiss physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1934- Roy Innis -American activist and politician

1936- A. Venkatesh Naik -Indian politician

1936- D. Ramanaidu -Indian actor, director, and producer

1936- Levi Stubbs -American singer and actor (The Four Tops) (d. 2008)

1938- Ryuchi Matsuda -Japanese author (d. 2013)

1939- Louis Andriessen -Dutch pianist and composer

1939- Gary U.S. Bonds -American singer-songwriter

1939- Eddie Giacomin -Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and sportscaster

1939- Marian Wright Edelman -American activist, founded the Children's Defense Fund

1940- Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya -Indian-English engineer and academic

1940- Aarne Hermlin -Estonian chess player (d. 2007)

1940- Larry Lujack -American radio host

1940- Willie John McBride -Irish rugby player, coach, and manager

1941- Alexander Cockburn -Scottish-American journalist (d. 2012)

1943- José de Jesús Gudiño Pelayo -Mexican jurist (d. 2010)

1943- Ken Hatfield -American football player and coach

1943- Asif Iqbal (cricketer)|Asif Iqbal -Pakistani cricketer

1943- Jean-Claude Lord -Canadian director and screenwriter

1943- Jonathan Mance, Baron Mance -English lawyer and judge

1943- Richard Smalley -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)

1944- Monty Alexander -Jamaican pianist (Clue J & His Blues Blasters)

1944- Edgar Froese -German pianist and songwriter (Tangerine Dream)

1944- David Penhaligon -English politician (d. 1986)

1944- Phillip Allen Sharp -American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1944- Tommie Smith -American runner and football player

1945- David E. Bonior -American politician

1945- David Dukes -American actor (d. 2000)

1945- Sasha Gabor -Hungarian-Norwegian pornographic actor (d. 2008)

1945- Arthur Shawcross -American serial killer (d. 2008)

1945- Nikolai Velikov -Russian figure skater and coach

1946- Tony Levin -American bass player and songwriter (King Crimson, Liquid Tension Experiment, and Bruford Levin Upper Extremities)

1947- David Blunkett -English politician, Secretary of State for Education

1947- Robert Englund -American actor and director

1947- Ada Kok -Dutch swimmer

1948- Richard Sinclair -English bass player (Caravan (band)|Caravan, The Wilde Flowers, Camel (band)|Camel, and Hatfield and the North)

1949- Ioannis Matzourakis -Greek footballer and manager

1949- Holly Near -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1949- Lindsay Posner -English director and manager

1950- Chantal Akerman -Belgian actress, director, and producer

1950- John Wardley -English roller coaster designer

1951- Marietta Giannakou -Greek psychiatrist and politician

1951- Noritake Takahara -Japanese race car driver

1951- Dwight Twilley -American singer-songwriter and producer

1952- Harvey Fierstein -American actor and playwright

1952- Jean Hamel -Canadian ice hockey player

1952- Yukihiro Takahashi -Japanese drummer, producer, and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sadistic Mika Band, and Sketch Show (band)|Sketch Show)

1953- Dimitris Avramopoulos -Greek politician, Minister for National Defence (Greece)|Greek Minister for National Defence

1953- June Yamagishi -Japanese-American guitarist (Papa Grows Funk and The Wild Magnolias)

1954- Françoise Blanchard -French actress (d. 2013)

1954- Cynthia Rylant -American author

1954- Urve Tiidus -Estonian journalist and politician, 8th Ministry of Culture (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Culture

1954- Władysław Żmuda -Polish footballer

1955- Sandra Bernhard -American actress and singer

1956- Björn Borg -Swedish tennis player

1956- Hans-Peter Ferner -German runner

1956- Bubbi Morthens -Icelandic singer-songwriter and guitarist (Utangarðsmenn and Egó)

1957- Fred Arbinger -German footballer and manager

1957- Mike Gatting -English cricketer, coach, and sportscaster

1957- Balanadarajah Iyer -Sri Lankan poet and activist (d. 2004)

1957- Oliver Mack -American basketball player

1957- Christian Rach -German chef and author

1958- Danny Webb (actor)|Danny Webb -English actor

1959- Jimmy Jam -American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (The Time (band)|The Time)

1959- Josie Lawrence -English comedian and actress

1959- Amanda Pays -English actress

1959- Andrey Prokofyev -Russian hurdler (d. 1989)

1959- Colin Quinn -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1959- Dave Schultz (wrestling)|David Schultz -American wrestler (d. 1996)

1960- Lola Forner -Spanish actress

1960- Samantha Heath -English politician

1960- Jozef Pribilinec -Slovak race walker

1960- Steve Vai -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Alcatrazz)

1961- Tom Araya -Chilean-American singer-songwriter and bass player (Slayer)

1961- Bill Bates -American football player

1961- Nir Brand -Israeli composer and conductor

1961- George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven -English businessman

1963- Eric Cantor -American lawyer and politician

1963- Bernard Drainville -Canadian journalist and politician

1963- Wolfgang Drechsler -German scholar

1963- Jason Isaacs -English-American actor and producer

1963- James Palumbo, Baron Palumbo of Southwark -English businessman and politician

1964- Jay Bentley -American singer and bass player (Bad Religion)

1964- Allison Fonte -American actress and pianist

1964- Jay Lake -American author (d. 2014)

1965- Cam Neely -Canadian ice hockey player and actor

1966- Tony Yeboah -Ghanaian footballer

1966- Sean Yseult -American bass player (White Zombie (band)|White Zombie and The Cramps)

1967- Max Casella -American actor

1967- Paul Giamatti -American actor

1968- François Avard -Canadian author and screenwriter

1968- Alan Licht -American guitarist, composer, and journalist (Run On (band)|Run On)

1969- Erik Prince -American soldier and businessman, co-founded Academi

1969- Fernando Redondo -Argentinian footballer

1970- Evgeni Berzin -Russian cyclist

1970- Sarah Dessen -American author

1970- Albert Ferrer -Spanish footballer and coach

1970- Ahmed Johnson -American wrestler

1970- James Shaffer -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Korn, Fear and the Nervous System, and L.A.P.D. (band)|L.A.P.D.)

1972- Natalie Morales -American journalist

1972- Cristina Scabbia -Italian singer-songwriter (Lacuna Coil)

1973- Patrick Rothfuss -American author

1974- Uncle Kracker -American singer-songwriter

1974- Danny Strong -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1974- Sonya Walger -English-American actress

1975- Cheer Chen -Taiwanese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975- Nina Kaczorowski -American actress and stuntwoman

1975- Staci Keanan -American actress

1975- Niklas Sundström -Swedish ice hockey player

1976- Emilie-Claire Barlow -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1976- Geoff Rowley -English skateboarder

1976- Vlado Georgiev -Serbian singer-songwriter

1977- David Connolly -English-Irish footballer

1977- Bryn Williams -Welsh chef and author

1978- Carl Barât -English singer, guitarist, and actor (The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things (band)|Dirty Pretty Things, and The Chavs)

1978- Judith Barsi -American actress (d. 1988)

1978- Joy Enriquez -American singer and actress

1978- Mariana Popova -Bulgarian singer

1978- Andrew Reynolds (skateboarder)|Andrew Reynolds -American skateboarder

1980- Matt Belisle -American baseball player

1980- Peter Mosely -American bass player (Yellowcard and Inspection 12)

1981- Philip McGinley -English actor

1981- Johnny Pacar -American actor

1982- Marian Oprea -Romanian triple jumper

1983- Gemma Bissix -English actress

1983- Dale Cregan -English murderer

1983- Michael Krohn-Dehli -Danish footballer

1983- Gianna Michaels -American porn actress

1983- Joe Rokocoko -Fijian rugby player

1984- ByeAlex -Hungarian singer-songwriter

1984- Noor Sabri -Iraqi footballer

1984- Shannon Stewart (model)|Shannon Stewart -American model

1984- Jason Trusnik -American football player

1985- Chris Henry (running back)|Chris Henry -American football player

1985- Martyn Irvine -Irish cyclist

1985- Sebastian Larsson -Swedish footballer

1985- Drew McIntyre -Scottish wrestler

1985- Heiki Nabi -Estonian wrestler

1985- Nikolay Varbanov -Bulgarian basketball player

1986- Bhavana (actress)|Bhavana -Indian actress

1986- Justin Allgaier -American race car driver

1986- Kim Hyun-joong -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (SS501)

1986- Junichi Tazawa -Japanese-American professional baseball player

1987- Kyle Falconer -Scottish singer and guitarist (The View (band)|The View)

1987- Daniel Logan -New Zealand actor

1987- Rubin Okotie -Austrian footballer

1988- Maria Alyokhina -Russian singer and activist (Pussy Riot)

1988- Yui Aragaki -Japanese actress and singer

1988- Ryan Brathwaite -Barbadian hurdler

1988- Israel Dagg -New Zealand rugby player

1988- Gideon Glick -American actor and singer

1988- Stanislav Pedõk -Estonian footballer

1989- Monice -Bosnian-Austrian singer

1989- Paula Brancati -Canadian actress

1989- Daniel Novikov -Estonian cyclist

1989- Jelena Petrova -Estonian swimmer

1989- Karl-Martin Rammo -Estonian sailor

1989- Paweł Wojciechowski (athlete)|Paweł Wojciechowski -Polish pole vaulter

1990- Raisa Andriana -Indonesian singer

1990- Vid Belec -Slovenian footballer

1990- Mike G -American rapper (Odd Future)

1990- Ryan Higa -American comedian and actor

1990- Gavin Hoyte -English-Trinidadian footballer

1990- Ieva Lagūna -Latvian model

1990- Anthony Rendon -American baseball player

1991- Son Dong-woon -South Korean singer and dancer (Beast (South Korean band)|Beast)

1992- Hyuna -South Korean singer, dancer, and model (4minute, Wonder Girls, Trouble Maker (duo)|Trouble Maker)

1992- Megumi Murakami -Japanese singer and actress (Cute (Japanese band)|Cute and ZYX)

1993- Jack Debreczeni -Australian rugby player

1993- Vic Mensa -American rapper (Kids These Days (band)|Kids These Days)

1995- Julian Green -American soccer player