This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1611- Pope Innocent XI -(d. 1689)

1641- Dudley North (economist)|Dudley North -English economist and politician (d. 1691)

1710- William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot -English politician, Lord Steward of the Household (d. 1782)

1718- Maria Gaetana Agnesi -Italian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1799)

1763- Louis Nicolas Vauquelin -French pharmacist and chemist (d. 1829)

1788- Friedrich Rückert -German poet and translator (d. 1866)

1801- William H. Seward -American politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (d. 1872)

1819- Johann Voldemar Jannsen -Estonian journalist and poet (d. 1890)

1821- Pafnuty Chebyshev -Russian mathematician (d. 1894)

1824- Levi P. Morton -American politician, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)

1827- Pierre Cuypers -Dutch architect, designed the Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Rijksmuseum (d. 1921)

1831- David Edward Hughes -Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone (d. 1900)

1845- Élie Metchnikoff -Ukrainian-French biologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)

1861- H. H. Holmes -American serial killer (d. 1896)

1879- Pierre Gilliard -Swiss author and academic (d. 1962)

1882- Simeon Price -American golfer (d. 1945)

1888- Royal Rife -American scientist (d. 1971)

1891- Richard Tauber -Austrian tenor and actor (d. 1948)

1897- Zvi Sliternik -Israeli entomologist (d. 1994)

1898- Tamara de Lempicka -Polish painter (d. 1980)

1898- Desanka Maksimović -Serbian poet (d. 1993)

1898- Kenji Mizoguchi -Japanese director and screenwriter (d. 1956)

1905- Henry Fonda -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1982)

1906- Alfred Pellan -Canadian painter (d. 1988)

1906- Arturo Uslar Pietri -Venezuelan lawyer, journalist, and author (d. 2001)

1906- Margret Rey -German author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1907- Bob Tisdall -Sri Lankan-Irish hurdler (d. 2004)

1907- Luigi Villoresi -Italian race car driver (d. 1997)

1909- Margaret Sullavan -American actress (d. 1960)

1910- Olga Bergholz -Russian poet (d. 1975)

1910- Higashifushimi Kunihide -Japanese monk and educator (d. 2014)

1910- Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov -Russian painter (d. 1972)

1912- Studs Terkel -American historian and author (d. 2008)

1913- Woody Herman -American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)

1914- Edward T. Hall -American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)

1915- Mario Monicelli -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1916- Adriana Caselotti -American actress and singer (d. 1997)

1916- Ephraim Katzir -Israeli biophysicist and politician, 4th President of Israel (d. 2009)

1917- George Gaynes -Finnish-American actor and singer

1917- James C. Murray -American lawyer and politician (d. 1999)

1917- Juan Rulfo -Mexican author and photographer (d. 1986)

1918- Wilf Mannion -English footballer (d. 2000)

1919- Liberace -American singer, pianist, and actor (d. 1987)

1919- Ramon Margalef -Spanish ecologist and biologist (d. 2004)

1920- Martine Carol -French actress (d. 1967)

1921- Harry Carey, Jr. -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1922- Eddie Bert -American trombonist (d. 2012)

1923- Victoria Fromkin -American linguist and academic (d. 2000)

1923- Merton Miller -American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1923- Peter Underwood (parapsychologist)|Peter Underwood -English parapsychologist and author

1925- Nancy Roman -American astronomer

1925- Bobbejaan Schoepen -Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2010)

1925- Ola Vincent -Nigerian banker and economist (d. 2012)

1925- Nílton Santos -Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)

1928- Billy Martin -American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1929- John Conyers -American lawyer and politician

1929- Claude Morin (PQ politician)|Claude Morin -Canadian politician

1929- Adrienne Rich -American poet and author (d. 2012)

1930- Betty Carter -American singer (d. 1998)

1930- Friedrich Gulda -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1931- Hana Brady -Polish holocaust victim (d. 1944)

1931- Vujadin Boškov -Serbian footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

1931- Jack Dodson -American actor (d. 1994)

1931- Denise Filiatrault -Canadian actress and director

1931- K. Natwar Singh -Indian politician, Minister of External Affairs (India)|Minister of External Affairs for India

1931- Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. -American politician, 85th Governor of Connecticut

1934- Kenneth O. Morgan -Welsh historian and author

1934- Anthony Walker (British Army officer)|Anthony Walker -English general

1935- Floyd Smith -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1936- Roy Hudd -English actor

1936- Karl Lehmann -German cardinal

1937- Yvonne Craig -American actress and dancer

1938- Stuart Bell -English politician (d. 2012)

1940- Ole Ernst -Danish actor (d. 2013)

1941- Denis Hart -Australian archbishop

1942- David Penry-Davey -English judge

1943- Kay Andrews, Baroness Andrews -English politician

1943- Dan Coats -American politician and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Germany

1943- Marko Kravos -Italian-Slovenian poet

1944- Billy Cobham -Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader (Mahavishnu Orchestra, New York Jazz Quartet, Jazz Is Dead, and Bobby and the Midnites)

1944- Antal Nagy (footballer born 1944)|Antal Nagy -Hungarian footballer

1944- Danny Trejo -American actor and producer

1945- Nicky Chinn -English songwriter and producer

1945- Massimo Moratti -Italian businessman

1945- Marta Beatriz Roque -Cuban economist

1946- Roger Earl -English drummer (Savoy Brown and Foghat)

1946- Robert Fripp -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (King Crimson, Fripp & Eno, and The League of Gentlemen (band)|The League of Gentlemen)

1947- Barbara Lee (singer)|Barbara Lee -American singer (The Chiffons) (d. 1992)

1947- Bill Smitrovich -American actor

1947- Darrell Sweet (musician)|Darrell Sweet -English-Scottish drummer (Nazareth) (d. 1999)

1947- Roch Thériault -Canadian religious leader (d. 2011)

1948- Jesper Christensen -Danish actor

1948- Katia Dandoulaki -Greek actress

1948- Judy Finnigan -English talk show host and author

1948- Emma Georgina Rothschild -English historian and academic

1948- Staf Van Roosbroeck -Belgian cyclist

1949- Rick Reuschel -American baseball player

1950- Georg Bednorz -German physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1950- Ray Condo -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2004)

1950- Bruce Coville -American author

1951- Christian Lacroix -French fashion designer

1951- Jonathan Richman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Modern Lovers)

1951- Janet Soskice -Canadian philosopher and theologian

1951- Unshō Ishizuka -Japanese voice actor

1952- James Herndon (media psychologist)|James Herndon -American psychologist

1953- Pierce Brosnan -Irish actor and producer

1953- David Maclean -Scottish politician

1953- Kitanoumi Toshimitsu -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 55th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1953- Stephen Woolman, Lord Woolman -Scottish judge and academic

1954- Dafydd Williams -Canadian physician and astronaut

1955- Olga Korbut -Belarusian gymnast

1955- Jack Morris -American baseball player and sportscaster

1955- Hazel O'Connor -English singer-songwriter and actress

1955- Páidí Ó Sé -Irish footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1955- Debra Winger -American actress

1957- Joan Benoit -American runner

1957- Benjamin Mancroft, 3rd Baron Mancroft -English politician

1957- Yuri Shevchuk -Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist (DDT (band)|DDT)

1957- Anthony St John, 22nd Baron St John of Bletso -English lawyer and businessman

1957- Bob Suter -American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1957- Nigel Twiston-Davies -English horse trainer

1958- Gitane Demone -American singer-songwriter (Christian Death and Pompeii 99)

1958- Glenn Gregory -English singer-songwriter (Heaven 17, Honeyroot, and ABC (band)|ABC)

1959- Mitch Webster -American baseball player

1959- Mare Winningham -American actress and singer

1960- Landon Deireragea -Nauruan politician

1960- S. Shanmuganathan (Sri Lankan politician)|S. Shanmuganathan -Sri Lankan politician (d. 1998)

1961- Kevin McDonald -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1961- Charles Wright (wrestler)|Charles Wright -American wrestler

1962- Jimmy Hood -Scottish politician

1962- Helga Radtke -German long jumper

1962- Lisa Yuskavage -American visual artist

1963- Jon Coffelt -American painter and sculptor

1963- Mercedes Echerer -Austrian actress and politician

1963- Serge Teyssot-Gay -French guitarist (Noir Désir)

1963- David Wilkinson (theologian)|David Wilkinson -English theologian and academic

1964- John Salley -American basketball player and actor

1964- Boyd Tinsley -American singer-songwriter and violinist (Dave Matthews Band)

1964- Edit Bérces -Hungarian runner

1964- Mary Anne Hobbs -English DJ and journalist

1964- Milton Jones -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1965- Krist Novoselic -American bass player and songwriter (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, Flipper (band)|Flipper, Sweet 75, The No WTO Combo, and Eyes Adrift)

1965- Tanel Tammet -Estonian computer scientist and politician

1966- Celia Ireland -Australian actress

1966- Sommore -American comedian and actress

1966- Janet Jackson -American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1966- Scott Reeves -American singer-songwriter and actor (Blue County (music group)|Blue County)

1966- Thurman Thomas -American football player

1967- Doug Brocail -American baseball player and coach

1968- Ralph Tresvant -American singer, actor, and producer (New Edition and Heads of State (group)|Heads of State)

1968- Chingmy Yau -Hong Kong actress

1969- David Boreanaz -American actor, director, and producer

1969- Tucker Carlson -American journalist, co-founded ''The Daily Caller''

1969- Tracey Gold -American actress

1969- Steve Lewis (sprinter)|Steve Lewis -American sprinter

1970- Gabriela Sabatini -Argentinian tennis player

1970- Danielle Spencer (Australian singer)|Danielle Spencer -Australian singer-songwriter and actress

1971- Phil Clarke -English rugby player and sportscaster

1971- Rachel Goswell -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Slowdive and Mojave 3)

1972- Christian Califano -French rugby player

1972- Khary Payton -American actor

1973- Jason Acuña -American actor and stuntman

1973- Special Ed -American rapper and actor (Crooklyn Dodgers)

1973- Tori Spelling -American actress, producer, and author

1974- Laura Pausini -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1974- Adam Richman (actor)|Adam Richman -American actor and television host

1974- Sonny Sandoval -American singer-songwriter (P.O.D.)

1975- B.Slade -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975- Tony Kakko -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sonata Arctica and Northern Kings)

1976- Dirk Nannes -Australian-Dutch cricketer

1977- Dolcenera -Italian singer-songwriter and actress

1977- Claudia Albertario -Argentinian model and actress

1977- Jean-Sébastien Giguère -retired Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Melanie Lynskey -New Zealand actress

1977- Emilíana Torrini -Icelandic singer-songwriter (GusGus)

1978- Scott Nicholls -English motorcycle racer

1978- Lionel Scaloni -Argentinian footballer

1978- Jim Sturgess -English singer-songwriter and actor

1979- McKenzie Lee -English porn actress

1979- Barbara Nedeljáková -Slovak actress

1980- Nuria Llagostera Vives -Spanish tennis player

1981- Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)|Ricardo Costa -Portuguese footballer

1981- Joseph Morgan (actor)|Joseph Morgan -English actor

1981- Taavi Rähn -Estonian footballer

1982- Billy Crawford -Filipino-American singer-songwriter and actor

1982- Ju Ji-hoon -South Korean actor

1982- Łukasz Kubot -Polish tennis player

1982- Hanna Mariën -Belgian sprinter

1983- Nancy Ajram -Lebanese singer

1983- Daniel Kerr -Australian footballer

1983- Kyle Wellwood -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Darío Cvitanich -Argentinian footballer

1984- Tomáš Fleischmann -Czech ice hockey player

1984- Mickie Knuckles -American wrestler

1984- Jensen Lewis -American baseball player

1984- Pania Rose -Australian fashion model

1984- Rick Rypien -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1985- Stanislav Ianevski -Bulgarian actor

1985- Anja Mittag -German footballer

1985- Tadayoshi Okura -Japanese singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Kanjani Eight)

1985- Rodrigo Peters Marques -Brazilian footballer

1985- Corey Perry -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Emanuel Saldaño -Argentinian cyclist (d. 2014)

1985- Kazuhito Tanaka -Japanese gymnast

1986- Megan Fox -American actress

1986- Andy Keogh -Irish footballer

1987- Tom Onslow-Cole -English race car driver

1988- Abella Anderson -Cuban-American porn actress

1988- Jesús Castillo (footballer)|Jesús Castillo -Mexican footballer

1988- Martynas Gecevičius -Lithuanian basketball player

1988- Jaak Põldma -Estonian tennis player

1989- Behati Prinsloo -Namibian model

1990- Amanda Carreras -Gibraltarian tennis player

1990- Charlotte Crosby -English television personality

1990- Thomas Sangster -English actor

1990- Darko Šarović -Serbian sprinter

1990- Omar Strong -American basketball player

1991- Grigor Dimitrov -Bulgarian tennis player

1991- Ashley Wagner -American figure skater

1992- Davika Hoorne -Thai actress

1992- Jeff Skinner -Canadian ice hockey player

1993- IU (singer)|IU -South Korean singer-songwriter and actress

1993- Karol Mets -Estonian footballer

1994- Miles Heizer -American actor

1994- Aaron Moores -English swimmer

1994- Kathinka von Deichmann -Liechtensteinerin tennis player

1996- Louisa Chirico -American tennis player

1998- Ariel Waller -Canadian actress