This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


189- Publius Septimius Geta -Roman emperor (d. 211)

1481- Baldassare Peruzzi -Italian architect and painter (d. 1537)

1556- Guillaume du Vair -French lawyer and author (d. 1621)

1663- Tomaso Antonio Vitali -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1745)

1671- Rob Roy MacGregor -Scottish outlaw (d. 1734)

1678- Filippo Juvarra -Italian architect, designed the Basilica of Superga (d. 1736)

1687- Jean Lebeuf -French historian (d. 1760)

1693- Pope Clement XIII -(d. 1769)

1715- Ewald Christian von Kleist -German poet (d. 1759)

1715- Ephraim Williams -American soldier (d. 1755)

1730- Louis Auguste Le Tonnelier de Breteuil -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1807)

1765- Nicéphore Niépce -French inventor, invented photography (d. 1833)

1785- Alessandro Manzoni -Italian author and poet (d. 1873)

1788- Antoine César Becquerel -French physicist (d. 1878)

1792- John Herschel -English mathematician and astronomer (d. 1871)

1811- Increase A. Lapham -American scientist and author (d. 1875)

1837- Henry Draper -American physician and astronomer (d. 1882)

1841- William Rockhill Nelson -American businessman and publisher, founded ''The Kansas City Star'' (d. 1915)

1849- Luther Burbank -American botanist (d. 1926)

1850- Champ Clark -American politician, 41st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1921)

1850- Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk -Austrian-Czech sociologist and politician, 1st President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1937)

1857- Julius Wagner-Jauregg -Austrian physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1940)

1866- Hans Fruhstorfer -German entomologist and explorer (d. 1922)

1872- Piet Mondrian -Dutch painter (d. 1944)

1873- Madame Sul-Te-Wan -American actress (d. 1959)

1875- Albert Jean Louis Ayat -French fencer (d. 1935)

1875- Maurice Ravel -French composer (d. 1937)

1876- Frederick Freake -English polo player (d. 1950)

1878- Boris Kustodiev -Russian painter (d. 1927)

1879- Jules De Bisschop -Belgian rower (d. 1955)

1885- Milton Avery -American painter (d. 1965)

1885- John Tovey, 1st Baron Tovey -English admiral (d. 1971)

1886- Virginia Pearson -American actress (d. 1958)

1887- Heino Eller -Estonian composer and educator (d. 1970)

1888- William L. Laurence -Lithuanian-American journalist (d. 1977)

1888- Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer -Dutch lawyer and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1978)

1900- Evald Aav -Estonian composer (d. 1939)

1902- Heinz Rühmann -German actor (d. 1994)

1904- Ivar Ballangrud -Norwegian speed skater (d. 1969)

1904- Reinhard Heydrich -German SS officer (d. 1942)

1906- Elmar Lipping -Estonian soldier and politician, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs in exile (d. 1994)

1908- Anna Magnani -Italian actress (d. 1973)

1908- Inge Viermetz -German official and defendant at the Nuremberg Trials (date of death unknown)

1909- Léo Malet -French author (d. 1996)

1911- Sachchidananda Vatsyayan -Indian journalist and author (d. 1987)

1912- Eerik Kumari -Estonian ornithologist (d. 1984)

1913- Dollard Ménard -Canadian general (d. 1997)

1914- John Rodney -American actor (d. 1996)

1914- Lee Young -American drummer and singer (d. 2008)

1915- Jacques Chaban-Delmas -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 2000)

1917- Janet Collins -American ballerina and choreographer (d. 2003)

1917- Betty Holberton -American engineer and programmer (d. 2001)

1920- Eddy Paape -Belgian illustrator (d. 2012)

1921- Peter Oliver, Baron Oliver of Aylmerton|Peter Oliver -British judge (d. 2007)

1922- Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya -Russian mathematician (d. 2004)

1922- Mochtar Lubis -Indonesian author and journalist (d. 2004)

1924- Bill Boedeker -American football player (d. 2014)

1925- Rene Gagnon -American soldier (d. 1979)

1926- Margaret Weston -English curator and academic

1927- James Broderick -American actor (d. 1982)

1927- Philippe Clay -French singer and actor (d. 2007)

1927- Jean-Paul Desbiens -Canadian journalist, author, and educator (d. 2006)

1927- Henri Landwirth -Belgian-American businessman and philanthropist, founded Give Kids The World Village

1928- Gilbert Rondeau -Canadian politician (d. 1994)

1929- Dan Jacobson -South African author and critic

1930- Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon -English photographer

1930- Robert Trotter -Scottish actor and photographer (d. 2013)

1933- Jackie Blanchflower -Irish footballer (d. 1998)

1933- Ed Bouchee -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1934- Douglas Cardinal -Canadian architect, designed the Telus World of Science (Edmonton)|Telus World of Science and First Nations University of Canada

1934- Nari Contractor -Indian cricketer

1934- Giorgos Katsaros -Greek saxophonist and composer

1934- Willard Scott -American journalist, actor, and author

1936- Florentino Fernández (boxer)|Florentino Fernández -Cuban boxer (d. 2013)

1936- Georges Perec -French author (d. 1982)

1936- Heinz Valk -Estonian caricaturist and politician

1938- David Baltimore -American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1938- Janet Guthrie -American race car driver

1939- Danyel Gérard -French singer-songwriter

1940- Rudi Dutschke -German activist (d. 1979)

1940- Daniel J. Travanti -American actor

1941- Piers Paul Read -English historian and author

1942- Michael Eisner -American businessman

1942- Tammy Faye Messner -American evangelist, talk show host, and singer (d. 2007)

1942- Jaan Manitski -Estonian businessman and politician, 16th Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1943- Chris White (musician)|Chris White -English bass player and songwriter (The Zombies)

1944- Ranulph Fiennes -English soldier and explorer

1944- Zhiuli Shartava -Georgian politician (d. 1993)

1944- Stanley Schmidt -American author and journalist

1944- Townes Van Zandt -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)

1945- John Heard (actor)|John Heard -American actor

1945- Bob Herbert -American journalist

1945- Nicholas Kraemer -English harpsichord player and conductor

1945- Arthur Lee (musician)|Arthur Lee -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Love (band)|Love) (d. 2006)

1945- Elizabeth Moon -American author

1946- Matthew Fisher -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Procol Harum)

1946- Clive Gillinson -Indian-English cellist

1946- Daniel Goleman -American psychologist and author

1946- Peter Wolf -American singer-songwriter (The J. Geils Band)

1947- Helen Eadie -Scottish politician (d. 2013)

1947- Richard Lawson (actor)|Richard Lawson -American actor

1947- Walter Röhrl -German race car driver

1949- Ghulam Nabi Azad -Indian politician

1950- Iris Chacón -Puerto Rican singer and dancer

1950- Billy Joe DuPree -American football player

1950- Franco Harris -American football player

1950- J. R. Richard -American baseball player

1950- Ants Taul -Estonian bagpipe player

1951- Jeff Burroughs -American baseball player

1951- Rocco Prestia -American bass player (Tower of Power)

1952- William Boyd (writer)|William Boyd -British writer

1952- Ernie Isley -American guitarist and songwriter (The Isley Brothers and Isley-Jasper-Isley)

1952- Viv Richards -Caribbean cricketer

1952- Lynn Swann -American football player

1953- Bernard Voyer -Canadian mountaineer and explorer

1954- Eva Brunne -Swedish bishop

1955- Michael Chance -English singer

1955- Michael Jan Friedman -American author

1955- Anupam Kher -Indian actor

1955- Tommy Kramer -American football player

1956- Bryan Cranston -American actor, director, and producer

1956- Andrea Levy -English author

1957- Robert Harris (novelist)|Robert Harris -English journalist and author

1957- Tomás Yarrington -Mexican politician, Governor of Tamaulipas

1958- Alan Hale (astronomer)|Alan Hale -American astronomer

1958- Rik Mayall -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1958- Merv Neagle -Australian footballer (d. 2012)

1959- Tom Lehman -American golfer

1959- Donna Murphy -American actress and singer

1959- Nick Searcy -American actor

1960- Joe Carter -American baseball player

1960- Ivan Lendl -Czech tennis player

1960- Jim Spivey -American runner

1961- Mary Beth Evans -American actress

1961- Mark Kumpel -American ice hockey player

1961- David Rutley -English politician

1962- Taylor Dayne -American singer-songwriter and actress

1962- Peter Manley -English darts player

1962- Sergei Aleksandrovich Prikhodko -Russian footballer and manager

1963- Bill Brochtrup -American actor

1963- Mike Eagles -Canadian ice hockey player

1963- E. L. James -English author

1963- Maria Lindström -Swedish tennis player

1963- Mark Rowland -English runner

1964- Bret Easton Ellis -American author and screenwriter

1964- Denyce Graves -American soprano

1964- Wanda Sykes -American comedian, actress, and screenwriter

1964- Matthew Vaughan -English actor

1965- Jack Armstrong (baseball)|Jack Armstrong -American baseball player

1965- Jean-Pierre Barda -French-Swedish singer and actor (Army of Lovers)

1965- Steve Beuerlein -American football player

1965- Cameron Daddo -Australian actor

1965- Jesper Parnevik -Swedish golfer

1966- Terry Carkner -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Ludwig Kögl -German footballer

1966- Atsushi Sakurai -Japanese singer-songwriter (Buck-Tick and Schwein)

1966- Alex Sanders (pornographic actor)|Alex Sanders -American pornographic film actor

1966- Joy Tanner -American-Canadian actress

1967- Ruthie Henshall -English actress, singer, and dancer

1967- Ai Yazawa -Japanese author and illustrator

1968- Denis Boucher -Canadian baseball player

1968- Jeff Kent -American baseball player

1968- Raju Sundaram -Indian actor and choreographer

1969- Shin Ae-ra -South Korean actress

1969- Warrel Dane -American singer-songwriter (Nevermore and Sanctuary (band)|Sanctuary)

1969- Massimo Lotti -Italian footballer

1969- Hideki Noda -Japanese race car driver

1970- Rachel Weisz -English actress

1971- Peter Sarsgaard -American actor

1971- Matthew Vaughn -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Jang Dong-gun -South Korean actor and singer

1972- Maxim Roy -Canadian actress

1973- Jason Bright -Australian race car driver

1973- Sébastien Izambard -French tenor (Il Divo)

1973- Ray Parlour -English footballer

1974- Larry Bagby -American actor and singer

1974- Antonio de la Rúa -Argentinian lawyer

1974- Hugo Ferreira -Angolan-American singer-songwriter (Tantric (band)|Tantric)

1974- Jenna Fischer -American actress and director

1974- Krizz Kaliko -American rapper (K.A.B.O.S.H.)

1974- Facundo Sava -Argentinian footballer

1975- Audrey Marie Anderson -American actress

1975- Leon Dunne -Australian swimmer

1975- T. J. Thyne -American actor

1977- Paul Cattermole -English singer and actor (S Club)

1977- Gianluca Grava -Italian footballer

1977- Ronan O'Gara -Irish rugby player

1977- Mitja Zastrow -German-Dutch swimmer

1979- Rodrigo Braña -Argentinian footballer

1979- Amanda Somerville -American singer-songwriter (Aina (band)|Aina and Kiske/Somerville)

1980- Éric Godard -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Laura Prepon -American actress

1981- Rica Peralejo -Filipino actress and singer

1982- Kate Michael -American model, Miss District of Columbia|Miss District of Columbia 2006

1982- Erika Yamakawa -Japanese model

1983- Manucho -Angolan footballer

1983- Taylor Tankersley -American baseball player

1983- Sebastián Viera -Uruguayan footballer

1984- Mathieu Flamini -French footballer

1984- Lindsay McCaul -American singer-songwriter

1984- Rachel Rice -Welsh actress and model

1985- Andre Fluellen -American football player

1985- Cameron Prosser -Australian swimmer

1986- Ben Griffin (footballer)|Ben Griffin -Australian footballer

1987- Hatem Ben Arfa -French footballer

1987- Niclas Bergfors -Swedish ice hockey player

1988- Larry Asante -American football player

1989- Gerald Anderson -Filipino-American actor and model

1990- Abigail and Brittany Hensel -American conjoined twins

1990- Choi Jong-hoon -South Korean singer-songwriter and guitarist (F.T. Island)

1990- Lefteris Matsoukas -Greek footballer

1991- Michele Rigione -Italian footballer

1992- Bel Powley -English actress

1993- Denisa Allertová -Czech tennis player

1993- Robbie Thomson -Scottish footballer

1994- An-Sophie Mestach -Belgian tennis player