This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1213- Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy -(d. 1271)

1285- Emperor Go-Nijō -of Japan (d. 1318)

1454- Amerigo Vespucci -Italian cartographer and explorer (d. 1512)

1564- David Fabricius -German astronomer and theologian (d. 1617)

1568- Aloysius Gonzaga -Italian saint (d. 1591)

1627- John Bowne -English-American activist (d. 1695)

1695- Martín Sarmiento -Spanish monk and scholar (d. 1772)

1720- Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke -English politician (d. 1790)

1727- Johann Gottlieb Preller -German cantor, composer, and surveyor (d. 1786)

1737- Josef Mysliveček -Czech composer (d. 1781)

1749- Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau -French journalist and politician (d. 1791)

1753- Jean Baptiste Kléber -French general (d. 1800)

1758- Franz Joseph Gall -German neuroanatomist and physiologist (d. 1828)

1763- William Cobbett -English journalist and author (d. 1835)

1806- Edwin Forrest -American actor and philanthropist (d. 1872)

1814- Taras Shevchenko -Ukrainian poet (d. 1861)

1815- David Davis (Supreme Court justice)|David Davis -American politician and jurist (d. 1886)

1820- Samuel Blatchford -American jurist (d. 1893)

1824- Amasa Leland Stanford -American businessman and politician, founded Stanford University (d. 1893)

1833- Frederick A. Schroeder -German-American businessman and politician (d. 1899)

1839- Phoebe Knapp -American organist and composer (d. 1908)

1847- Martin Pierre Marsick -Belgian violinist (d. 1924)

1856- Eddie Foy, Sr. -American actor and dancer (d. 1928)

1856- Tom Roberts -English-Australian painter (d. 1931)

1877- Stuart Stickney -American golfer (d. 1932)

1884- Johan Salonen -Finnish wrestler (d. 1938)

1886- Kenneth Edwards (golfer)|Kenneth Edwards -American golfer (d. 1952)

1887- Fritz Lenz -German geneticist (d. 1976)

1887- Phil Mead -English cricketer (d. 1958)

1890- Rupert Balfe -Australian footballer (d. 1915)

1890- Vyacheslav Molotov -Soviet politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Soviet Union (d. 1986)

1891- José P. Laurel -Filipino politician, 3rd President of the Philippines (d. 1959)

1892- Vita Sackville-West -English author, poet, and gardener (d. 1962)

1894- Frank Arnau -German author (d. 1976)

1900- Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta -(d. 1948)

1902- Will Geer -American actor (d. 1978)

1903- Bernarda Bryson -American painter and lithographer (d. 2004)

1904- Paul Wilbur Klipsch -American engineer (d. 2002)

1905- Gerard Helders -Dutch politician (d. 2013)

1909- Derk Bodde -American sinologist and historian (d. 2003)

1910- Samuel Barber -American pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1912- Francis Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce, 8th Baron Thurlow -English diplomat (d. 2013)

1915- Johnnie Johnson (RAF officer)|Johnnie Johnson -English pilot (d. 2001)

1918- George Lincoln Rockwell -American sailor and politician, founded the American Nazi Party (d. 1967)

1918- Mickey Spillane -American author (d. 2006)

1919- Cengiz Dağcı -Ukrainian author and poet (d. 2011)

1920- Frank J. Dixon -American immunologist (d. 2008)

1921- Carl Betz -American actor (d. 1978)

1921- Dimitris Horn -Greek actor (d. 1998)

1923- James L. Buckley -American politician

1923- André Courrèges -French fashion designer

1923- Walter Kohn -Austrian-American physicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1923- Nicola Zaccaria -Greek opera singer (d. 2007)

1928- Gerald Bull -Canadian engineer (d. 1990)

1929- Desmond Hoyte -Guyanese politician, 3rd President of Guyana (d. 2002)

1929- Zillur Rahman -Bangladeshi politician, 19th President of Bangladesh (d. 2013)

1930- Ornette Coleman -American saxophonist and composer

1930- Taina Elg -Finnish-American actress and dancer

1931- Thore Skogman -Swedish actor and singer (d. 2007)

1931- Sam Williams (defensive lineman)|Sam Williams -American football player (d. 2013)

1932- Walter Mercado -Puerto Rican astrologer and actor

1932- Keely Smith -American singer

1933- Mel Lastman -Canadian businessman and politician, 62nd Mayor of Toronto

1933- Reinhard Lettmann -German bishop (d. 2013)

1933- Lloyd Price -American singer-songwriter

1933- David Weatherall -British physician and researcher

1934- Del Close -American actor, author, and educator (d. 1999)

1934- Yuri Gagarin -Russian pilot and astronaut (d. 1968)

1934- Marlene Streit -Canadian golfer

1934- Joyce Van Patten -American actress

1935- Andrew Viterbi -American engineer and businessman, co-founded Qualcomm|Qualcomm Inc.

1936- Mickey Gilley -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1936- Marty Ingels -American actor

1936- Tom Sestak -American football player (d. 1987)

1937- Bernard Landry -Canadian lawyer and politician, 28th Premier of Quebec

1937- Harry Neale -Canadian ice hockey coach and sportscaster

1937- Brian Redman -English race car driver

1938- Lill-Babs -Swedish singer and actress

1940- Raúl Juliá -Puerto Rican-American actor (d. 1994)

1941- Ernesto Miranda -American criminal, inspired the Miranda warning|Miranda rights (d. 1976)

1942- John Cale -Welsh singer-songwriter, violist, and producer (The Velvet Underground and Theatre of Eternal Music)

1942- Mark Lindsay -American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (Paul Revere & the Raiders)

1943- Bobby Fischer -American chess player (d. 2008)

1943- Charles Gibson -American journalist

1943- Trish Van Devere -American actress

1943- David Matthews (composer)|David Matthews -English composer

1944- Lee Irvine -South African cricketer

1944- Paul C. P. McIlhenny -American businessman (d. 2013)

1945- Robert Calvert -English singer-songwriter (Hawkwind) (d. 1988)

1945- Dennis Rader -American serial killer

1945- Robin Trower -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Procol Harum and The Paramounts)

1946- Alexandra Bastedo -English actress (d. 2014)

1946- Jim Cregan -English guitarist and songwriter (Blossom Toes, Streetwalkers, and Family (band)|Family)

1947- Richard Adams (activist)|Richard Adams -Filipino-American activist (d. 2012)

1947- Keri Hulme -New Zealand author

1948- Emma Bonino -Italian politician

1948- Eric Fischl -American painter, sculptor and printmaker

1948- Jeffrey Osborne -American singer and drummer (L.T.D.)

1948- Chris Thompson (English musician)|Chris Thompson -English singer and guitarist (Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Night (band)|Night)

1949- Jaime Lyn Bauer -American actress

1949- Neil Hamilton -English politician

1949- Tapani Kansa -Finnish singer

1950- Doug Ault -American baseball player (d. 2004)

1950- Howard Shelley -British concert pianist

1950- Danny Sullivan -American race car driver

1951- Zakir Hussain (musician)|Zakir Hussain -Indian tabla player, composer, and actor

1951- Michael Kinsley -American journalist

1951- Helen Zille -South African politician, 7th Premier of the Western Cape

1952- Bill Beaumont -English rugby player

1954- Bobby Sands -Irish politician (d. 1981)

1955- Teo Fabi -Italian race car driver

1955- Pat Murphy (writer)|Pat Murphy -American science fiction author

1955- Ornella Muti -Italian actress

1955- Józef Pinior -Polish politician

1956- Mark Dantonio -American football player and coach

1956- Shashi Tharoor -Indian politician

1956- David Willetts -English politician

1957- Faith Daniels -American journalist

1957- Mark Mancina -American composer

1957- Mona Sahlin -Swedish politician

1958- Martin Fry -English singer-songwriter (ABC (band)|ABC and Vice Versa (band)|Vice Versa)

1958- Jack Kenny -American screenwriter and producer

1958- Peeter Võsu -Estonian politician

1958- Branko Vukelić -Croatian politician, 11th Ministry of Defence (Croatia)|Minister of Defence for Croatia (d. 2013)

1959- Tom Amandes -American actor and director

1959- Lonny Price -American actor, screenwriter, and director

1960- Finn Carter -American actress

1960- Linda Fiorentino -American actress

1961- Mike Leach (coach)|Mike Leach -American football player and coach

1961- Rick Steiner -American wrestler

1961- Darrell Walker -American basketball player

1962- Jan Furtok -Polish footballer

1962- Pete Wishart -Scottish singer and politician (Big Country and Runrig)

1963- Ivan Henjak -Australian rugby player

1963- Terry Mulholland -American baseball player

1963- David Pogue -American columnist

1963- Jean-Marc Vallée -Canadian director and screenwriter

1964- Juliette Binoche -French actress and dancer

1964- Herbert Fandel -German football referee

1964- Phil Housley -American ice hockey player

1964- Valérie Lemercier -French actress, singer, director

1964- Aleksandr Puštov -Russian-Estonian footballer and manager

1964- Steve Wilkos -American police officer and talk show host

1965- Brian Bosworth -American football player

1965- Benito Santiago -Puerto Rican baseball player

1966- Brendan Canty -American drummer and songwriter (Fugazi (band)|Fugazi)

1966- Tony Lockett -Australian footballer

1966- Michael Patrick MacDonald -Irish-American author and activist

1967- Maria Bakodimou -Greek TV presenter

1968- Maggie Aderin-Pocock -English space scientist

1968- Youri Djorkaeff -French footballer

1968- Brian Heidik -American reality show contestant, winner of ''Survivor: Thailand''

1968- Johnny Kelly -American drummer (Type O Negative, Danzig (band)|Danzig, A Pale Horse Named Death, and Seventh Void)

1968- Robert Sledge -American bass player (Ben Folds Five)

1969- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf -American basketball player

1969- Kimberly Guilfoyle -American television host

1969- Stefie Shock -Canadian singer-songwriter

1970- Martin Johnson (rugby union)|Martin Johnson -English rugby player

1970- Shannon Leto -American drummer and actor (Thirty Seconds to Mars and The Wondergirls)

1970- Stephen Phillips (politician)|Stephen Phillips -English politician

1970- David Guido Pietroni -Italian director and producer

1971- C-Murder -American rapper and actor

1971- Emmanuel Lewis -American actor

1971- Diego Torres -Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor

1972- Spencer Howson -Australian radio host

1972- Jean Louisa Kelly -American actress and singer

1972- Kerr Smith -American actor

1973- Aaron Boone -American baseball player

1975- Roy Makaay -Dutch footballer

1975- Didiayer Snyder -Australian model, author, and interior designer

1975- Chaske Spencer -American actor

1975- Juan Sebastián Verón -Argentinian footballer

1976- Yamila Diaz-Rahi -Argentinian model

1976- Ben Mulroney -Canadian television host

1977- Radek Dvořák -Czech ice hockey player

1978- MickDeth -American bass player (Eighteen Visions, Bleeding Through, and Clear (band)|Clear) (d. 2013)

1978- Lucas Neill -Australian footballer

1979- Iryna Charnushenka-Stasiuk -Belarusian long jumper (d. 2013)

1979- Melina Perez -American wrestler and actress

1980- Chingy -American rapper and actor

1980- Trent Croad -Australian footballer

1980- Matthew Gray Gubler -American actor

1981- Antonio Bryant -American football player

1981- Anders Nøhr -Danish footballer

1981- Clay Rapada -American baseball player

1982- Mirjana Lučić-Baroni -Croatian tennis player

1983- Clint Dempsey -American soccer player

1983- Ioannis Masmanidis -German footballer

1983- Maite Perroni -Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (RBD)

1983- Wayne Simien -American basketball player

1984- Brian Cusworth -American basketball player

1984- Joe Gilgun -English actor

1984- Abdoulay Konko -French footballer

1984- Julia Mancuso -American skier

1985- Brent Burns -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Jesse Litsch -American baseball player

1985- Rachel Nabors -American illustrator

1985- Parthiv Patel -Indian cricketer

1986- Brittany Snow -American actress and singer

1987- Bow Wow (rapper)|Bow Wow -American rapper and actor

1988- Alodia Gosiengfiao -Filipino model, actress, and singer

1989- Artem Borodulin -Russian figure skater

1989- Kim Tae-yeon -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Girls' Generation)

1990- Daley Blind -Dutch footballer

1990- Bilel Ifa -Tunisian footballer

1990- Tatsuki Machida -Japanese figure skater

1990- Aras Özbiliz -Turkish footballer

1991- Domo Genesis -American rapper (Odd Future)

1991- Brenna O'Brien -Canadian actress

1992- Luis Armand Garcia -American actor

1993- Larnell Cole -English footballer