This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1397- Sejong the Great -Korean king (d. 1450)

1567- Claudio Monteverdi -Italian priest and composer (d. 1643)

1608- René Goupil -French-American missionary (d. 1642)

1689- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu -English author (d. 1762)

1720- Maximilian Hell -Hungarian priest and astronomer (d. 1792)

1749- Levi Lincoln, Sr. -American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Attorney General (d. 1820)

1759- Maria Theresia von Paradis -Austrian music performer and composer (d. 1824)

1764- Johann Nepomuk Kalcher -German organist and composer (d. 1827)

1767- Ezekiel Hart -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1843)

1773- Klemens von Metternich -German-Austrian politician, 1st List of Ministers-President of Austria|State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire (d. 1859)

1786- Dimitris Plapoutas -Greek general (d. 1864)

1808- Michael William Balfe -Irish composer (d. 1870)

1817- Debendranath Tagore -Indian philosopher (d. 1905)

1841- Clarence Dutton -American commander and geologist (d. 1912)

1848- Viktor Vasnetsov -Russian painter (d. 1926)

1854- Ioannis Psycharis -Ukrainian-French philologist and author (d. 1929)

1856- L. Frank Baum -American author (d. 1919)

1856- Matthias Zurbriggen -Swiss mountaineer (d. 1917)

1857- Williamina Fleming -Scottish-American astronomer and academic (d. 1911)

1859- Pierre Curie -French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)

1862- Arthur Schnitzler -Austrian author and playwright (d. 1931)

1863- Frank Hornby -English businessman and politician, invented Meccano (d. 1936)

1869- Paul Probst -Swiss target shooter (d. 1945)

1870- Eddie Morton -American singer (d. 1930)

1874- Polaire -French singer and actress (d. 1939)

1890- Katherine Anne Porter -American journalist and author (d. 1980)

1891- Mikhail Bulgakov -Russian author and playwright (d. 1940)

1891- Fritz Feigl -Austrian-Brazilian chemist and academic (d. 1971)

1892- Charles E. Rosendahl -American admiral (d. 1977)

1892- Jimmy Wilde -Welsh boxer (d. 1969)

1894- Feg Murray -American hurdler (d. 1973)

1895- Prescott Bush -American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972)

1895- William D. Byron -American politician (d. 1941)

1895- Astrid Zachrison -Swedish super-centenarian (d. 2008)

1898- Arletty -French model, actress, and singer (d. 1992)

1899- Jean-Étienne Valluy -French general (d. 1970)

1901- Xavier Herbert -Australian author (d. 1984)

1901- Luis Monti -Argentinian-Italian footballer and manager (d. 1983)

1902- Richard J. Daley -American politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976)

1903- Maria Reiche -German mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)

1904- Clifton Fadiman -American game show host and author (d. 1999)

1905- Joseph Cotten -American actor (d. 1994)

1905- Abraham Zapruder -American businessman, filmed the Zapruder film (d. 1970)

1907- Sukhdev Thapar -Indian activist (d. 1931)

1909- James Mason -English-Swiss actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1909- Clara Solovera -Chilean singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

1910- Constance Cummings -American-English actress (d. 2005)

1911- Max Frisch -Swiss author and playwright (d. 1991)

1911- Herta Oberheuser -German physician (d. 1978)

1912- Arthur Berger -American composer and educator (d. 2003)

1914- Turk Broda -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1972)

1914- Angus MacLean -Canadian politician, 25th Premier of Prince Edward Island (d. 2000)

1914- Norrie Paramor -English composer, producer, and conductor (d. 1979)

1915- Hilda Bernstein -English-South African author (d. 2006)

1915- Paul Samuelson -American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1915- Gus Viseur -Belgian-French accordion player (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1974)

1916- Vera Gebuhr -Danish actress

1918- Eddy Arnold -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)

1918- Joseph Wiseman -Canadian-American actor (d. 2009)

1920- Michel Audiard -French director and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1920- Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir -Lebanese patriarch

1920- Louis Siminovitch -Canadian biologist and academic

1922- Sigurd Ottovich Schmidt -Russian historian and ethnographer (d. 2013)

1922- Jakucho Setouchi -Japanese nun and author

1923- Richard Avedon -American photographer (d. 2004)

1923- John Lanchbery -English-Australian composer and conductor (d. 2003)

1924- Maria Koepcke -German-Peruvian ornithologist (d. 1971)

1925- Bert Bolin -Swedish meteorologist (d. 2007)

1925- Mary F. Lyon -English geneticist and biologist

1925- Roy Stewart -Jamaican-English actor and stuntman (d. 2008)

1926- Clermont Pépin -Canadian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2006)

1926- Anthony Shaffer (writer)|Anthony Shaffer -English author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1926- Peter Shaffer -English playwright and screenwriter

1929- George Selden (author)|George Selden -American author (d. 1989)

1930- Jasper Johns -American painter

1931- Ken Venturi -American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1932- John Barnes (musician)|John Barnes -English saxophonist and clarinet player

1935- Don Bragg -American pole vaulter

1935- Ted Dexter -Italian-English cricketer

1935- Utah Phillips -American singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1936- Anna Maria Alberghetti -Italian-American actress and singer

1936- Wavy Gravy -American clown and activist

1936- Mart Laga -Estonian basketball player (d. 1977)

1936- Ralph Steadman -English painter and illustrator

1936- Paul Zindel -American author, playwright, and educator (d. 2003)

1937- Madeleine Albright -Czech-American politician, 64th United States Secretary of State

1937- Karin Krog -Norwegian singer

1937- Trini Lopez -American singer, guitarist, and actor

1937- Joe Tait -American sportscaster

1938- Mireille Darc -French actress

1938- Nancy Garden -American author (d. 2014)

1938- Diane Nash -American educator and activist

1938- Lenny Welch -American singer

1939- Dorothy Shirley -English high jumper

1940- Roger Ailes -American businessman

1940- Lainie Kazan -American actress and singer

1940- Don Nelson -American basketball player and coach

1941- Jaxon -American illustrator and publisher, co-founded the ''Rip Off Press'' (d. 2006)

1942- Lois Johnson -American singer (d. 2014)

1942- Jusuf Kalla -Indonesian politician, 10th Vice President of Indonesia

1942- Doug Lowe (Australian politician)|Doug Lowe -Australian politician, 35th Premier of Tasmania

1942- K. T. Oslin -American singer-songwriter and actress

1943- Paul Bégin -Canadian politician

1943- Freddie Perren -American songwriter, producer, and conductor (d. 2004)

1944- Bill Alter -American politician

1944- Ulrich Beck -German sociologist

1945- Michael Dexter -English hematologist and academic

1946- Aly Bain -Scottish fiddler (The Boys of the Lough)

1946- Thadeus Nguyễn Văn Lý -Vietnamese priest

1947- Graeham Goble -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Little River Band, Mississippi (band)|Mississippi, Travis Wellington Hedge, and Birtles & Goble)

1948- Yutaka Enatsu -Japanese baseball player

1948- Brian Eno -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Roxy Music and 801 (band)|801)

1948- Valentina Gerasimova -Kazakhstani runner

1948- Kathleen Sebelius -American politician, 44th Governor of Kansas

1949- George Adams (basketball)|George Adams -American basketball player

1949- Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1949- Robert Stephen John Sparks -English geologist and academic

1950- Nicholas Hammond -American-Australian actor and singer

1950- Keith Mills -English businessman

1951- Dennis Frederiksen -American singer-songwriter (Toto (band)|Toto, Angel (band)|Angel, and Le Roux (band)|Le Roux) (d. 2014)

1951- Chris Ham -English political scientist and academic

1951- Frank Wilczek -American mathematician and physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1952- Chazz Palminteri -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Phil Seymour -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1993)

1953- George Brett -American baseball player and coach

1953- Athene Donald -English physicist and academic

1953- Mike Oldfield -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Sallyangie)

1954- Suzanne Basso -American murderer (d. 2014)

1954- Diana Liverman -English-American geographer and academic

1954- Caroline Thomson -English journalist

1955- Mohamed Brahmi -Tunisian politician (d. 2013)

1955- Lee Horsley -American actor

1955- Lia Vissi -Cypriot singer-songwriter

1956- Andreas Loverdos -Greek lawyer and politician

1956- Dan Patrick -American sportscaster

1956- Peter Salmon (producer)|Peter Salmon -English television producer

1957- Meg Gardiner -American-English author

1957- Juan José Ibarretxe -Spanish politician

1957- Kevin Von Erich -American wrestler

1957- Ashutosh Varshney -American political scientist

1958- Ron Simmons -American football player and wrestler

1959- Andrew Eldritch -English singer-songwriter (The Sisters of Mercy, The Sisterhood, and SSV (band)|SSV)

1959- Kaokor Galaxy -Thai boxer

1959- Khaosai Galaxy -Thai boxer

1959- Luis Pérez-Sala -Spanish race car driver

1959- Beverly Jo Scott -American-Belgian singer-songwriter

1960- Rob Bowman (director)|Rob Bowman -American director and producer

1960- Rhonda Burchmore -Australian actress, singer, and dancer

1960- R. Kuhaneswaran -Sri Lankan politician

1960- Rimas Kurtinaitis -Lithuanian basketball player and coach

1960- Greg Wise -English actor and producer

1961- Katrin Cartlidge -English actress (d. 2002)

1961- Melle Mel -American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)

1962- Lisa Curry -Australian swimmer

1963- Brenda Bakke -American actress

1964- Digna Ochoa -Mexican lawyer (d. 2001)

1964- Lars Løkke Rasmussen -Danish politician, 40th Prime Minister of Denmark

1965- Raí -Brazilian footballer

1965- André Abujamra -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Karnak (band)|Karnak)

1966- Pete Wiggs -English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Saint Etienne (band)|Saint Etienne)

1967- Madhuri Dixit -Indian actress

1967- Laura Hillenbrand -American journalist and author

1967- John Smoltz -American baseball player and sportscaster

1967- Orlando Zapata -Cuban activist (d. 2010)

1968- Cecilia Malmström -Swedish politician

1968- Seth Putnam -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anal Cunt, Post Mortem (band)|Post Mortem, and Siege (band)|Siege) (d. 2011)

1968- Sophie Raworth -English journalist

1969- Hideki Irabu -Japanese-American baseball player (d. 2011)

1969- Assala Nasri -Syrian singer

1969- Emmitt Smith -American football player and sportscaster

1970- Frank de Boer -Dutch footballer and manager

1970- Ronald de Boer -Dutch footballer and manager

1970- Desmond Howard -American football player and sportscaster

1970- Alison Jackson -English photographer

1970- Anne Akiko Meyers -American violinist

1970- Martin Rossiter -Welsh singer-songwriter (Gene (band)|Gene)

1970- Rod Smith (American football)|Rod Smith -American football player

1970- Ben Wallace (politician)|Ben Wallace -English captain and politician

1971- Sarah Hadland -English actress

1971- Karin Lušnic -Slovenian tennis player

1971- Phil Pfister -American weightlifter and strongman

1972- Danny Alexander -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1972- David Charvet -French actor and singer

1972- Conrad Keely -English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead)

1973- Emilia Tsoulfa -Greek sailor

1974- Vassilis Kikilias -Greek basketball player and politician

1974- Matthew Sadler -English chess player

1974- Marko Tredup -German footballer and manager

1974- Ahmet Zappa -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975- Peter Iwers -Swedish bass player (In Flames)

1975- Ray Lewis -American football player and sportscaster

1975- Ales Michalevic -Belarusian lawyer and politician

1976- Torraye Braggs -American basketball player

1976- David Copeland -English terrorist

1976- Jacek Krzynówek -Polish footballer

1976- Ryan Leaf -American football player and coach

1976- Tyler Walker -American baseball player

1978- Amy Chow -American gymnast

1978- Dwayne De Rosario -Canadian soccer player

1978- Caroline Dhavernas -Canadian actress

1978- Edu Gaspar -Brazilian footballer

1978- David Krumholtz -American actor

1978- Krissy Taylor -American model (d. 1995)

1979- Adolfo Bautista -Mexican footballer

1979- Daniel Caines -English sprinter

1979- Chris Masoe -New Zealand rugby player

1979- Ryan Max Riley -American humorist and skier

1979- Robert Royal -American football player

1979- Li Yanfeng -Chinese discus thrower

1980- Josh Beckett -American baseball player

1980- Rocky Marquette -American actor

1980- Ariel X -American porn actress and model

1981- Patrice Evra -French footballer

1981- Justin Morneau -Canadian baseball player

1981- Zara Phillips -English horse rider

1981- Jamie-Lynn Sigler -American actress and singer

1982- Alexandra Breckenridge -American actress

1982- Veronica Campbell-Brown -Jamaican sprinter

1982- Segundo Castillo -Ecuadorian footballer

1982- Bradford Cox -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deerhunter)

1982- Tatsuya Fujiwara -Japanese actor

1982- Jessica Sutta -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)

1984- Jeff Deslauriers -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Sérgio Jimenez -Brazilian race car driver

1984- Samantha Noble -Australian actress

1985- Cristiane -Brazilian footballer

1985- Tania Cagnotto -Italian diver

1985- Justine Robbeson -South African javelin thrower

1986- Thomas Brown (running back)|Thomas Brown -American football player

1986- Matías Fernández -Chilean footballer

1986- Adam Moffat -Scottish footballer

1987- Kévin Constant -French-Guinean footballer

1987- Mark Fayne -American ice hockey player

1987- Ersan İlyasova -Turkish basketball player

1987- Leonardo Mayer -Argentinian tennis player

1987- Jennylyn Mercado -Filipino singer-songwriter and actress

1987- Andy Murray -Scottish tennis player

1987- Michael Brantley -American baseball player

1988- Indrek Kajupank -Estonian basketball player

1988- Nemanja Nešić -Serbian rower (d. 2012)

1989- Sunny (singer)|Sunny -American-South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Girls' Generation)

1989- Kiki Vidis -Australian porn actress

1990- Jordan Eberle -Canadian ice hockey player

1990- Lee Jong-hyun -South Korean singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (CNBLUE)

1991- Mollee Gray -American actress, singer, and dancer

1993- Mahfizur Rahman Sagor -Bangladeshi swimmer

1996- Birdy (musician)|Birdy -English singer-songwriter

1997- Precious Doe -American murder victim (d. 2001)