This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1593- Jacob Jordaens -Flemish painter (d. 1678)

1616- Johann Jakob Froberger -German organist and composer (d. 1667)

1700- José de Escandón, 1st Count of Sierra Gorda -Spanish politician (d. 1770)

1724- Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol -English admiral and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (d. 1779)

1744- Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz -(d. 1818)

1762- Johann Gottlieb Fichte -German philosopher and academic (d. 1814)

1773- Arthur Aikin -English chemist and mineralogist (d. 1854)

1795- Johns Hopkins -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1873)

1797- Maria Isabel of Portugal -(d. 1818)

1827- Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour -French politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France)|French Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1896)

1861- Nellie Melba -Australian soprano (d. 1931)

1870- Albert Fish -American serial killer (d. 1936)

1871- Walter Russell -American painter, sculptor, and author (d. 1963)

1874- Gilbert Jessop -English cricketer (d. 1955)

1878- Alfred Laliberté -Canadian sculptor and painter (d. 1953)

1879- Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor -American-English politician (d. 1964)

1880- Albert Richardson -English architect and educator, designed the Manchester Opera House (d. 1964)

1881- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk -1st President of Turkey (d. 1938)

1884- David Munson -American runner (d. 1953)

1887- Ion Jalea -Romanian sculptor (d. 1983)

1889- Tản Đà -Vietnamese poet (d. 1939)

1889- Henry B. Richardson -American archer (d. 1963)

1890- Eveline Adelheid von Maydell -German illustrator (d. 1962)

1890- Ho Chi Minh -Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (d. 1969)

1891- Oswald Boelcke -German captain and pilot (d. 1916)

1893- H. Bonciu -Romanian author, poet, and journalist (d. 1950)

1894- Nicolae Secară -Bessarabian politician (d. 1942)

1897- Frank Luke -American lieutenant and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)

1898- Julius Evola -Italian philosopher (d. 1974)

1899- Lothar Rădăceanu -Romanian journalist, linguist and politician (d. 1955)

1906- Bruce Bennett -American shot putter and actor (d. 2007)

1908- Manik Bandopadhyay -Indian author (d. 1956)

1908- Merriam Modell -American author (d. 1994)

1908- Percy Williams (sprinter)|Percy Williams -Canadian sprinter (d. 1982)

1909- Nicholas Winton -English humanitarian

1910- Nathuram Godse -Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (d. 1949)

1910- Alan Melville -South African cricketer (d. 1983)

1913- Neelam Sanjiva Reddy -Indian politician, 6th President of India (d. 1996)

1914- Max Perutz -Austrian-English biologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

1914- Alex Shibicky -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

1918- Abraham Pais -Dutch-American physicist (d. 2000)

1919- Georgie Auld -Canadian-American saxophonist, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1990)

1919- Mitja Ribičič -Italian-Slovenian politician, 25th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 2013)

1921- Leslie Broderick -English lieutenant and pilot (d. 2013)

1921- Harry W. Brown (pilot)|Harry W. Brown -American colonel and pilot (d. 1991)

1921- Daniel Gélin -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1921- Yuri Kochiyama -American activist (d. 2014)

1921- Karel van het Reve -Dutch historian and author (d. 1999)

1922- Joe Gilmore -Irish bartender

1924- Sandy Wilson -English composer and songwriter

1925- Pol Pot -Cambodian politician, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (d. 1998)

1925- Guy Provost -Canadian actor (d. 2004)

1925- Malcolm X -American minister and activist (d. 1965)

1926- Kriyananda -Romanian-American spiritual leader and author (d. 2013)

1926- David Jacobs (broadcaster)|David Jacobs -English radio and television host (d. 2013)

1926- Edward Parkes -English engineer and academic

1926- Fernand Raynaud -French actor and singer (d. 1973)

1926- Peter Zadek -German director and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1928- Colin Chapman -English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (d. 1982)

1928- Thomas Kennedy (RAF officer)|Thomas Kennedy -English air marshal (d. 2013)

1928- Gil McDougald -American baseball player and coach (d. 2010)

1928- Dolph Schayes -American basketball player and coach

1929- Helmut Braunlich -German-American violinist and composer (d. 2013)

1929- John Stroger -American politician (d. 2008)

1930- Eugene Genovese -American historian and author (d. 2012)

1930- Lorraine Hansberry -American playwright and director (d. 1965)

1931- Bob Anderson (racing driver)|Bob Anderson -English race car driver (d. 1967)

1931- Éric Tappy -Swiss tenor

1932- Claude Blanchard -Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)

1932- Alma Cogan -English singer (d. 1966)

1932- Paul Erdman -American economist and author (d. 2007)

1933- Edward de Bono -Maltese physician, author, and academic

1934- Ruskin Bond -Indian author

1934- Bill Fitch -American basketball player and coach

1934- Jim Lehrer -American journalist and author

1935- David Hartman (TV personality)|David Hartman -American journalist and actor

1937- Pat Roach -English wrestler and actor (d. 2004)

1938- Moisés da Costa Amaral -East Timorese politician (d. 1989)

1938- Madge Hindle -English actress

1938- Girish Karnad -Indian actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright

1938- Igor Ter-Ovanesyan -Ukrainian long jumper and coach

1939- Livio Berruti -Italian sprinter

1939- James Fox -English actor and singer

1939- Nancy Kwan -Hong Kong-American actress

1939- Jānis Lūsis -Latvian javelin thrower

1939- Dick Scobee -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1986)

1940- Jan Janssen -Dutch cyclist

1940- Mickey Newbury -American singer-songwriter (d. 2002)

1941- Bobby Burgess -American singer and dancer

1941- Nora Ephron -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1941- Igor Judge, Baron Judge -Maltese-English lawyer and judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

1941- Tania Mallet -English model and actress

1942- Gary Kildall -American computer scientist, founded Digital Research|Digital Research Inc. (d. 1994)

1942- Robert Kilroy-Silk -English television host and politician

1943- Eddie May -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1943- Shirrel Rhoades -American author

1944- Peter Mayhew -English-American actor

1944- Petre Popeangă -Romanian politician

1945- Pete Townshend -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Who, Deep End (band)|Deep End, and Thunderclap Newman)

1946- Claude Lelièvre -Belgian activist

1946- Michele Placido -Italian actor and director

1946- André the Giant -French-American wrestler and actor (d. 1993)

1947- Paul Brady -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Planxty and The Johnstons)

1947- Christopher Chope -English lawyer and politician

1947- Steve Currie -English bass player (T. Rex (band)|T. Rex) (d. 1981)

1947- David Helfgott -Australian pianist

1947- Gijs IJlander -Dutch author

1948- Grace Jones -Jamaican-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1949- Dusty Hill -American singer-songwriter and bass player (ZZ Top and American Blues)

1949- Philip Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath -English politician

1949- Archie Manning -American football player and sportscaster

1950- Tadeusz Ślusarski -Polish pole vaulter (d. 1998)

1951- Joey Ramone -American singer-songwriter (Ramones and Sniper (American band)|Sniper) (d. 2001)

1951- Dick Slater -American wrestler

1952- Charlie Spedding -English runner

1952- Bert van Marwijk -Dutch footballer, coach, and manager

1953- Patrick Hodge, Lord Hodge -Scottish lawyer and judge

1953- Shavarsh Karapetyan -Armenian swimmer

1953- Florin Marin -Romanian footballer and manager

1953- Dawud M. Mu'Min -American murderer (d. 1997)

1953- Jimmy Thackery -American singer and guitarist (The Nighthawks)

1953- Victoria Wood -English actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1954- Rick Cerone -American baseball player and sportscaster

1954- Phil Rudd -Australian drummer (AC/DC and Buster Brown (Australian band)|Buster Brown)

1954- Hōchū Ōtsuka -Japanese voice actor

1955- James Gosling -Canadian-American computer scientist, created Java (programming language)|Java

1956- Steven Ford -American actor

1956- Oliver Letwin -English politician, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

1956- Martyn Ware -English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (The Human League and Heaven 17)

1957- Bill Laimbeer -American basketball player and coach

1959- Nicole Brown Simpson -German-American murder victim (d. 1994)

1960- Yazz -English singer

1961- Gregory Poirier -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Wayne Van Dorp -Canadian ice hockey player

1963- Filippo Galli -Italian footballer and manager

1964- Murali (Tamil actor)|Murali -Indian actor (d. 2010)

1964- John Lee (placekicker)|John Lee -South Korean-American football player

1964- Miloslav Mečíř -Czech tennis player

1964- Lawrence Ng -Hong Kong actor

1964- Sean Whalen -American actor

1965- Boris (singer)|Boris -French singer-songwriter

1965- Cecilia Bolocco -Chilean model and television host, Miss Universe|Miss Universe 1987

1965- Maile Flanagan -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Marc Bureau (ice hockey)|Marc Bureau -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Sophia Crawford -English actress and martial artist

1966- Jodi Picoult -American author

1966- Polly Walker -English actress

1967- Massimo Taccon -Italian painter and sculptor

1968- Kyle Eastwood -American actor, singer, and bass player

1970- K. J. Choi -South Korean golfer

1970- Mario Dumont -Canadian politician

1970- Jason Gray-Stanford -Canadian actor

1970- Regina Narva -Estonian chess player

1971- Psicosis -Mexican wrestler

1971- Ross Katz -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Jenny Berggren -Swedish singer-songwriter (Ace of Base)

1972- Claudia Karvan -Australian actress, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Dario Franchitti -Scottish race car driver

1974- Andrew Johns -Australian rugby player and coach

1975- Pretinha -Brazilian footballer

1975- Masanobu Ando -Japanese actor

1975- London Fletcher -American football player

1975- Josh Paul -American baseball player and manager

1975- Jonas Renkse -Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Katatonia, Bloodbath, and October Tide)

1976- Ed Cota -American basketball player

1976- Kevin Garnett -American basketball player

1977- Manuel Almunia -Spanish footballer

1977- Wouter Hamel -Dutch singer and guitarist

1977- Brandon Inge -American baseball player

1977- Natalia Oreiro -Uruguayan singer-songwriter and actress

1977- Kelly Sheridan -Canadian voice actress

1978- Marcus Bent -English footballer

1978- Dave Bus -Dutch footballer

1978- Kim Zolciak -American singer

1979- Diego Forlán -Uruguayan footballer

1979- Bérénice Marlohe -French actress

1979- Andrea Pirlo -Italian footballer

1980- Drew Fuller -American actor and model

1980- Tony Hackworth -English footballer

1981- Luciano Figueroa -Argentinian footballer

1981- Yo Gotti -American rapper

1981- Michael Leighton -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Sina Schielke -German sprinter

1981- Georges St-Pierre -Canadian mixed martial artist

1981- Bong Tae-gyu -South Korean actor

1981- Klaas-Erik Zwering -Dutch swimmer

1982- Kevin Amankwaah -English footballer

1982- Pål Steffen Andresen -Norwegian footballer

1982- Alexandru Găvan -Romanian mountaineer

1982- Rebecca Hall -English actress

1982- Klaas Vantornout -Belgian cyclist

1983- Eve Angel -Hungarian porn actress and model

1983- Jessica Fox (actress)|Jessica Fox -English actress

1984- Marcedes Lewis -American football player

1984- Carla Lynch -English actress and model

1984- Inna Modja -Malian-French singer

1985- Chris Loudon -Scottish darts player

1986- Mario Chalmers -American basketball player

1986- Eric Lloyd -American actor

1987- David Edgar (footballer)|David Edgar -Canadian soccer player

1987- Mariano Torres -Argentinian footballer

1989- Jasmine (Japanese singer)|Jasmine -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

1991- Jordan Pruitt -American singer-songwriter

1992- Michele Camporese -Italian footballer

1992- Ola John -Dutch footballer

1992- Sam Smith (singer)|Sam Smith -English singer-songwriter

1994- Carlos Guzmán -Mexican footballer