This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


40- Martial -Latin poet (d. 102)

1389- Antoninus of Florence -Italian archbishop and saint (d. 1459)

1432- Isabella of Coimbra -(d. 1455)

1456- Vladislaus II of Hungary -(d. 1516)

1547- Rudolph Goclenius -German philosopher (d. 1628)

1597- Jean-Charles de la Faille -Flemish mathematician (d. 1652)

1611- John Pell -English mathematician (d. 1685)

1644- Simon Foucher -French philosopher (d. 1696)

1657- Samuel Werenfels -Swiss theologian (d. 1740)

1683- 6th Dalai Lama -(d. 1706)

1683- Caroline of Ansbach -(d. 1737)

1732- William Cushing -American jurist (d. 1810)

1760- François Buzot -French politician (d. 1794)

1769- François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers -French general (d. 1796)

1781- Javiera Carrera -Chilean daughter of Ignacio de la Carrera (d. 1862)

1792- Rudecindo Alvarado -Argentinian general (d. 1872)

1807- Wilford Woodruff -American religious leader, 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1898)

1808- Edward "Ned" Kendall -American bandleader and instrumentalist (keyed bugle) (d. 1861)

1810- Frédéric Chopin -Polish pianist and composer (d. 1849)

1812- Augustus Pugin -English architect, co-designed the Palace of Westminster (d. 1852)

1817- Giovanni Duprè -Italian sculptor (d. 1882)

1821- Joseph Hubert Reinkens -German bishop (d. 1896)

1837- William Dean Howells -American author and critic (d. 1920)

1842- Nikolaos Gyzis -Greek painter (d. 1901)

1848- Augustus Saint-Gaudens -Irish-American sculptor (d. 1907)

1852- Théophile Delcassé -French politician, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (France)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for France(d. 1923)

1858- Georg Simmel -German sociologist and philosopher (d. 1918)

1863- Aleksandr Golovin (artist)|Alexander Golovin -Russian painter (d. 1930)

1863- Naomi Anderson -American civil rights activist

1868- Achille Paroche -French target shooter (d. 1933)

1870- E. M. Antoniadi -Greek astronomer (d. 1944)

1876- Henri de Baillet-Latour -Belgian businessman (d. 1942)

1880- Lytton Strachey -English author and critic (d. 1932)

1883- Karl Robert Pusta -Estonian politician and diplomat (d. 1964)

1886- Oskar Kokoschka -Austrian painter and poet (d. 1980)

1888- Ewart Astill -English cricketer (d. 1948)

1888- Fanny Walden -English footballer and cricketer (d. 1949)

1889- Watsuji Tetsuro -Japanese philosopher (d. 1960)

1892- Ryūnosuke Akutagawa -Japanese author (d. 1927)

1893- Mercedes de Acosta -American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1968)

1895- Ogura Yuki -Japanese painter (d. 2000)

1896- Dimitri Mitropoulos -Greek pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1960)

1896- Moriz Seeler -German playwright and producer (d. 1942)

1899- Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski -German SS officer (d. 1972)

1904- Paul Hartman -American actor (d. 1973)

1904- Glenn Miller -American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 1944)

1905- Doris Hare -Welsh-English actress (d. 2000)

1906- Camilla Spira -German actress (d. 1997)

1906- Pham Van Dong -Vietnamese politician (d. 2000)

1909- Eugene Esmonde -English lieutenant and pilot (d. 1942)

1909- Winston Sharples -American composer (d. 1978)

1910- Archer John Porter Martin -English chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

1910- David Niven -English actor (d. 1983)

1911- Rina Ketty -Italian-French singer (d. 1996)

1912- Gerald Emmett Carter -Canadian cardinal (d. 2003)

1912- Boris Chertok -Polish-Russian engineer (d. 2011)

1914- Harry Caray -American sportscaster (d. 1998)

1914- Ralph Ellison -American author and critic (d. 1994)

1915- Malak Karsh -Canadian photographer (d. 2001)

1917- Robert Lowell -American poet (d. 1977)

1918- Roger Delgado -English actor (d. 1973)

1918- João Goulart -Brazilian politician, 24th President of Brazil (d. 1976)

1918- Gladys Spellman -American politician (d. 1988)

1920- Max Bentley -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1984)

1921- Jack Clayton -English director (d. 1995)

1921- Terence Cooke -American cardinal (d. 1983)

1921- Richard Wilbur -American poet

1922- William Gaines -American publisher (d. 1992)

1922- Yitzhak Rabin -Israeli politician, 5th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1923- Péter Kuczka -Hungarian poet and editor (d. 1999)

1924- Arnold Drake -American author and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1924- Deke Slayton -American pilot and astronaut (d. 1993)

1926- Robert Clary -French-American actor and author

1926- Cesare Danova -Italian-American actor (d. 1992)

1926- Pete Rozelle -American businessman (d. 1996)

1926- Allan Stanley -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2013)

1927- Harry Belafonte -American singer-songwriter and actor

1927- Robert Bork -American lawyer and scholar, United States Attorney General (d. 2012)

1928- Jacques Rivette -French director and screenwriter

1929- Georgi Markov -Bulgarian author (d. 1978)

1930- R. P. Goenka -Indian businessman, founded RPG Group (d. 2013)

1930- Gastone Nencini -Italian cyclist (d. 1980)

1933- Gerry Bron -English record producer and manager (d. 2012)

1934- Jean-Michel Folon -Belgian painter and sculptor (d. 2005)

1934- Joan Hackett -American actress (d. 1983)

1935- Robert Conrad -American actor

1935- Allan Green (barrister)|Allan Green -English lawyer

1936- Monique Bégin -Italian-Canadian politician

1936- Jean-Edern Hallier -French author (d. 1997)

1937- Jed Allan -American actor

1937- Jimmy Little -Australian guitarist, actor and educator (d. 2012)

1939- Adnan Al-Kaissie -Iraqi wrestler and manager

1939- Leo Brouwer -Cuban guitarist and composer

1940- David Broome -Welsh horse rider

1940- Robert Grossman -American painter, sculptor, and author

1940- Brian Waites -English golfer

1940- Krzysztof Wilmanski -Polish-German scientist (d. 2012)

1941- Robert Hass -AMerican poet

1941- Joo Hyun -South Korean actor

1941- Maaja Ranniku -Estonian chess player (d. 2004)

1941- Donnie Walsh -American basketball player and coach

1942- Jerry Fisher -American singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1942- Peter Guber -American film producer

1942- Richard Myers -American general

1943- Gil Amelio -American businessman

1943- José Ángel Iribar -Spanish footballer and manager

1943- Cha Katō -Japanese comedian and actor

1943- Akinori Nakayama -Japanese gymnast

1943- Richard H. Price -American physicist

1943- Rashid Sunyaev -Russian physicist

1944- Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee -Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal

1944- John Breaux -American politician

1944- Mike d'Abo -English singer-songwriter (Manfred Mann and A Band of Angels)

1944- Roger Daltrey -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Who, No Plan B (band)|No Plan B, and The RD Crusaders)

1944- Deian Hopkin -Welsh historian and academic

1944- John Napier (designer)|John Napier -English set designer

1945- Dirk Benedict -American actor

1946- Elvin Bethea -American football player

1946- Gerry Boulet -Canadian singer-songwriter (Offenbach (band)|Offenbach) (d. 1990)

1946- Jim Crace -English author

1946- Lana Wood -American actress and producer

1947- Mike Read -English journalist

1947- Alan Thicke -Canadian actor and composer

1948- Burning Spear -Jamaican singer-songwriter

1948- Karl Johnson -Welsh actor

1948- Alison Richard -English anthropologist and academic

1951- Sergei Kourdakov -Russian-American KGB agent (d. 1973)

1952- Steven Barnes -American author

1952- Nevada Barr -American author

1952- Leigh Matthews -Australian footballer and coach

1952- Jerri Nielsen -American physician (d. 2009)

1952- Martin O'Neill -Irish footballer and manager

1952- Brian Winters -American basketball player and coach

1953- Dan T. Cathy -American businessman

1953- Thomas Henderson (American football)|Thomas Henderson -American football player

1953- M. K. Stalin -Indian actor and politician

1953- Carlos Queiroz -Portuguese football manager

1954- Catherine Bach -American actress

1954- Ron Howard -American actor, director, and producer

1954- Mare Teichmann -Estonian psychologist

1956- Helen Boaden -English broadcaster

1956- Tim Daly -American actor, director, and producer

1956- Dalia Grybauskaitė -Lithuanian politician, 6th President of Lithuania

1956- Mark Todd (equestrian)|Mark Todd -New Zealand horse rider

1957- Peter Athans -American mountaineer

1958- Nik Kershaw -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1958- Chosei Komatsu -Japanese conductor

1958- Bertrand Piccard -Swiss psychiatrist

1959- Nick Griffin -English politician

1959- Diamanto Manolakou -Greek politician

1960- Benedict Allen -English television host and author

1962- Mark Gardner (baseball)|Mark Gardner -American baseball player

1962- Bill Leen -American bass player (Gin Blossoms)

1962- Melanie Moore (pornographic actress)|Melanie Moore -American porn actress and model

1962- Russell Coutts -New Zealand sailor

1963- Rob Affuso -American drummer (Skid Row (American band)|Skid Row)

1963- Thomas Anders -German singer-songwriter and producer (Modern Talking)

1963- Maurice Benard -American actor

1963- Ron Francis -Canadian ice hockey player

1963- Russell Wong -American actor

1964- Clinton Gregory -American singer-songwriter and fiddler

1964- Paul Le Guen -French footballer and manager

1965- Stewart Elliott -Canadian jockey

1965- Mary Lou Lord -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Helium (band)|Helium)

1965- Booker T (wrestler)|Booker T -American wrestler and sportscaster

1966- Susan Auch -Canadian speed skater

1966- JD Cullum -American actor

1966- Zack Snyder -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Yelena Afanasyeva -Russian runner

1967- George Eads -American actor

1967- Aron Winter -Dutch footballer

1968- Salil Ankola -Indian cricketer and actor

1969- Javier Bardem -Spanish actor

1969- Doug Creek -American baseball player

1969- Dafydd Ieuan -Welsh drummer (Super Furry Animals, The Peth, and Catatonia (band)|Catatonia)

1969- József Szabó -Hungarian swimmer

1970- Jason V Brock -American author

1971- Thomas Adès -English pianist, composer, and conductor

1971- Scott Antol -American wrestler

1971- Tyler Hamilton -American cyclist

1972- Último Guerrero -Mexican wrestler

1973- Jack Davenport -English actor

1973- Anton Gunn -American politician

1973- Carlo Resoort -Dutch DJ and producer (4 Strings)

1973- Chris Webber -American basketball player

1974- Dmitri Budõlin -Estonian martial artist

1974- Stephen Davis (American football)|Stephen Davis -American football player

1974- Mark-Paul Gosselaar -American actor

1974- Shane Harwood -Australian cricketer

1975- Maya Kulenovic -Canadian painter

1975- Francesco Mazzariol -Italian rugby player

1975- Tate Stevens -American singer and guitarist

1976- Peter F. Bell -Australian footballer

1976- Dave Malkoff -American journalist

1976- Travis Kvapil -American race car driver

1976- Luke Mably -British actor

1977- Rens Blom -Dutch pole vaulter

1977- Esther Cañadas -Spanish actress and model

1978- Jensen Ackles -American actor and director

1978- Donovan Patton -Guamanian-American actor

1978- Alicia Leigh Willis -American actress

1979- Éowyn (band)|Éowyn -American singer-songwriter

1979- Mikkel Kessler -Danish boxer

1979- Bruno Langlois -Canadian cyclist

1980- Shahid Afridi -Pakistani cricketer

1980- Gennaro Bracigliano -French footballer

1980- Sercan Güvenışık -Turkish footballer

1980- Abdur Rehman (cricketer, born 1980)|Abdur Rehman -Pakistani cricketer

1980- Anna Semenovich -Russian ice dancer and singer

1980- Djimi Traoré -Malian footballer

1981- Ana Hickmann -Brazilian model

1981- Adam LaVorgna -American actor

1981- Will Power -Australian race car driver

1981- Brad Winchester -American ice hockey player

1982- Shalva Didebashvili -Georgian-German rugby player

1982- Juan Manuel Ortiz -Spanish footballer

1982- Kim Min-hee -South Korean actress and model

1983- Elán (recording artist)|Elán -Mexican singer-songwriter

1983- Daniel Carvalho -Brazilian footballer

1983- Dusty Dvoracek -American football player

1983- Chris Hackett -English footballer

1983- Blake Hawksworth -Canadian baseball player

1983- Lupita Nyong'o -Kenyan-Mexican actress

1983- Davey Richards -American wrestler

1984- Jacob Lillyman -Australian rugby player

1984- Naima Mora -American model

1984- Alexander Steen -Canadian-Swedish ice hockey player

1984- Anthony Tupou -Australian rugby player

1985- Jeremy Leman -American football player

1985- Andreas Ottl -German footballer

1985- Yun Ok-Hee -South Korean archer

1986- Big E Langston -American wrestler

1986- Jonathan Spector -American soccer player

1987- Kesha -American singer-songwriter

1987- Sammie -American singer-songwriter

1987- Vintage Crop -Irish race horse (d. 2014)

1988- Trevor Cahill -American baseball player

1988- Katija Pevec -American actress

1988- Yang Hyeon-Jong -South Korean baseball player

1989- Anjo Buckman -German rugby player

1989- Sonya Kitchell -American singer-songwriter

1989- Daniella Monet -American actress, singer, and dancer

1989- Carlos Vela -Mexican footballer

1990- Harry Eden -English actor

1990- Matthew Parr (figure skater)|Matthew Parr -English figure skater

1993- Josh McEachran -English footballer

1994- Justin Bieber -Canadian singer

1995- Jan Abaza -American tennis player

1995- Jonathan Krohn -American journalist

1996- Oleksandra Korashvili -Ukrainian tennis player

1996- Ye Shiwen -Chinese swimmer