This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1315- Bonne of Bohemia -(d. 1349)

1470- Pietro Bembo -Italian cardinal (d. 1547)

1554- Paolo Bellasio -Italian organist and composer (d. 1594)

1593- Salomo Glassius -German theologian and critic (d. 1656)

1663- William Bradford (Colonial printer)|William Bradford -English-American printer (d. 1752)

1664- Andreas Schlüter -German sculptor and architect (d. 1714)

1706- Seth Pomeroy -American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)

1726- Francis Cotes -English painter (d. 1770)

1759- William Thornton -Virgin Islander-American architect, designed the United States Capitol (d. 1828)

1768- Dolley Madison -American wife of James Madison, 4th First Lady of the United States (d. 1849)

1769- Andreas Vokos Miaoulis -Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)

1772- Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet -English inventor, developed Congreve rockets (d. 1828)

1776- Simon Fraser (explorer)|Simon Fraser -American-Canadian explorer (d. 1862)

1799- Honoré de Balzac -French author and playwright (d. 1850)

1806- John Stuart Mill -English economist, civil servant, and philosopher (d. 1873)

1809- Albert Newsam -American artist (d. 1864)

1818- William Fargo -American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1881)

1822- Frédéric Passy -French economist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1912)

1824- Cadmus M. Wilcox -American general (d. 1890)

1830- Hector Malot -French author (d. 1907)

1838- Jules Méline -French politician, 65th Prime Minister of France (d. 1925)

1851- Emile Berliner -German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record (d. 1929)

1860- Eduard Buchner -German chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1917)

1875- Hendrik Offerhaus -Dutch rower (d. 1953)

1877- Patrick Leahy (athlete)|Pat Leahy -Irish jumper (d. 1927)

1882- Sigrid Undset -Norwegian author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

1883- Johnny Arthur -American actor (d. 1951)

1883- Faisal I of Iraq -(d. 1933)

1886- Ali Sami Yen -Turkish footballer and manager, founded the Galatasaray S.K.|Galatasaray Sports Club (d. 1951)

1889- Karin Molander -Swedish actress (d. 1978)

1894- Chandrashekarendra Saraswati -Indian guru (d. 1994)

1895- R. J. Mitchell -English engineer, designed the Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S.6B (d. 1937)

1897- Diego Abad de Santillán -Spanish economist and author (d. 1983)

1897- Malcolm Nokes -English hammer and discus thrower (d. 1986)

1899- Aleksandr Deyneka -Russian painter (d. 1969)

1899- John Marshall Harlan II -American jurist (d. 1971)

1900- Sumitranandan Pant -Indian poet (d. 1977)

1901- Max Euwe -Dutch chess player, mathematician, and author (d. 1981)

1906- Giuseppe Siri -Italian cardinal (d. 1989)

1907- Carl Mydans -American photographer (d. 2004)

1908- Louis Daquin -French actor and director (d. 1980)

1908- Francis Raymond Fosberg -American botanist and author (d. 1993)

1908- James Stewart -American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1911- Gardner Fox -American author (d. 1986)

1911- Annie M.G. Schmidt -Dutch author and playwright (d. 1995)

1913- Teodoro Fernández -Peruvian footballer (d. 1996)

1913- William Redington Hewlett -American engineer, co-founded Hewlett-Packard (d. 2001)

1914- Hideko Maehata -Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)

1915- Peter Copley -English actor (d. 2008)

1915- Moshe Dayan -Israeli general and politician, 5th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Israel)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Israel) (d. 1981)

1916- Owen Chadwick -English rugby player, historian, and academic

1916- Alexey Maresyev -Russian soldier and pilot (d. 2001)

1916- Ondina Valla -Italian sprinter and hurdler (d. 2006)

1917- Guy Favreau -French-Canadian lawyer and politician, 28th Minister of Justice (Canada)|Minister of Justice for Canada (d. 1967)

1917- Bergur Sigurbjörnsson -Icelandic journalist and politician (d. 2005)

1918- Edward B. Lewis -American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1919- George Gobel -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1920- John Cruickshank -Scottish lieutenant, Victoria Cross recipient

1920- Betty Driver -English actress and singer (d. 2011)

1921- Wolfgang Borchert -German author and playwright (d. 1947)

1921- Hal Newhouser -American baseball player and scout (d. 1998)

1923- Hugh Beach -English general

1923- Edith Fellows -American actress and singer (d. 2011)

1924- David Chavchavadze -English-American CIA officer and author (d. 2014)

1924- Zelmar Michelini -Uruguayan journalist and politician (d. 1976)

1925- Chester Ludgin -American opera singer (d. 2003)

1925- Alexei Tupolev -Russian engineer, designed the Tupolev Tu-144 (d. 2001)

1926- George Hurst -Scottish-English conductor (d. 2012)

1926- John Lucarotti -English-Canadian screenwriter (d. 1994)

1926- Bob Sweikert -American race car driver (d. 1956)

1927- Bud Grant -American football player and coach

1927- David Hedison -American actor

1927- Franciszek Macharski -Polish cardinal

1929- Ahmed Hamdi -Egyptian general and engineer (d. 1973)

1929- Gilles Loiselle -Canadian politician

1930- Sam Etcheverry -American football player and coach (d. 2009)

1931- Ken Boyer -American baseball player and manager (d. 1982)

1931- Paul R. Evans -American furniture designer and sculptor (d. 1987)

1932- Bob Florence -American pianist and composer (d. 2008)

1933- Constance Towers -American actress and singer

1935- José Mujica -Uruguayan politician, 40th List of Presidents of Uruguay|President of Uruguay

1935- Mickey Rose -American screenwriter (d. 2013)

1936- Anthony Zerbe -American actor

1938- Marinella -Greek singer and actress

1938- Alan Smithers -English physiologist and academic

1939- Balu Mahendra -Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1939- John David Bingham Younger -Scottish politician, Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale

1940- Shorty Long -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1969)

1940- Stan Mikita -Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1940- Sadaharu Oh -Japanese-Taiwanese baseball player and manager

1940- Michel Vastel -Canadian journalist and author (d. 2008)

1941- Goh Chok Tong -Singaporean politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Singapore

1941- John Strasberg -American actor

1942- Raymond Chrétien -Canadian lawyer and diplomat, List of Canadian ambassadors to the United States|Canadian Ambassador to the United States

1942- Lynn Davies -Welsh long jumper

1942- Carlos Hathcock -American sergeant (d. 1999)

1942- Simon Keswick -Scottish businessman

1943- Albano Carrisi -Italian singer, actor, and winemaker (Al Bano and Romina Power)

1943- Vernon Fougère -Canadian bishop (d. 2013)

1943- Martin Honeysett -English illustrator

1943- Iain Vallance, Baron Vallance of Tummel -English businessman and politician

1944- Joe Cocker -English singer-songwriter (The Grease Band)

1944- Boudewijn de Groot -Indonesian-Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944- Keith Fletcher -English cricketer and manager

1944- Dietrich Mateschitz -Austrian businessman, co-founded Red Bull GmbH

1944- Kathrin Thomas -Welsh politician, Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan

1945- Clive Hollick, Baron Hollick -English businessman

1945- Vladimiro Montesinos -Peruvian intelligence officer

1946- Cher -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Sonny & Cher)

1946- Robert Chua -Singaporean broadcaster, founded China Entertainment Television

1946- Dave Despain -American journalist

1946- Bobby Murcer -American baseball player, coach, manager, and sportscaster (d. 2008)

1947- John Corapi -American priest

1947- Greg Dyke -English journalist

1949- Robert Morin -Canadian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter

1949- Mary Pope Osborne -American author

1949- Michèle Roberts -English author and poet

1949- Dave Thomas (actor)|Dave Thomas -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1950- Andy Johns -English-American record producer (d. 2013)

1950- Yvon Lambert -Canadian ice hockey player

1950- Reinaldo Merlo -Argentinian footballer and coach

1951- Thomas Akers -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1951- Mike Crapo -American lawyer and politician

1951- Thomas Woodcock (officer of arms)|Thomas Woodcock -English genealogist

1952- Tim Albery -English director and producer

1952- Roger Milla -Cameroonian footballer and manager

1952- Michael Wills -English politician, Ministry of Justice (United Kingdom)|Minister of Justice for the United Kingdom

1953- Robert Doyle -Australian politician, 103rd List of mayors and lord mayors of Melbourne|Lord Mayor of Melbourne

1953- Norbert Siegmann -German footballer and manager

1953- Sheila Watson (priest)|Sheila Watson -English priest and cleric

1954- Guy Hoffman -American singer, drummer, and composer (Violent Femmes, Oil Tasters, and BoDeans)

1954- Cindy McCain -American businesswoman and philanthropist

1954- David Paterson -American politician, 55th Governor of New York

1954- Colin Sutherland, Lord Carloway -Scottish judge

1954- Robert Van de Walle -Belgian martial artist

1955- Anton Corbijn -Dutch photographer and director

1955- Vivienne Faull -English priest

1955- Zbigniew Preisner -Polish composer

1956- Ingvar Ambjørnsen -Norwegian author

1956- Dean Butler (actor)|Dean Butler -Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1956- William Michaelian -American author and poet

1956- Douglas Preston -American author

1956- Marlene Zuk -American biologist and ecologist

1957- Yoshihiko Noda -Japanese politician, 62nd Prime Minister of Japan

1958- Ron Reagan -American radio host

1958- Jane Wiedlin -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Go-Go's and Frosted (band)|Frosted)

1959- Susan Cowsill -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cowsills and Continental Drifters)

1959- Daniel Darc -French singer-songwriter (Taxi Girl) (d. 2013)

1959- Annabel Giles -Welsh-English radio and television host

1959- Israel Kamakawiwoʻole -American singer-songwriter and ukulele player (Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau) (d. 1997)

1959- Bronson Pinchot -American actor

1960- John Billingsley -American actor

1960- Tony Goldwyn -American actor and director

1960- Jay Schellen -American drummer (Hurricane (band)|Hurricane, Asia (band)|Asia, GPS (band)|GPS, Circa (band)|Circa, and World Trade (band)|World Trade)

1961- Clive Allen -English footballer and manager

1961- Owen Teale -Irish actor

1962- Mike Jeffries (soccer)|Mike Jeffries -American soccer player and coach

1963- David Wells -American baseball player

1964- Kōichirō Genba -Japanese politician, 80th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Minister for Foreign Affairs for Japan

1964- Edin Osmanović -Slovenian footballer, coach, and manager

1964- Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer -English journalist

1965- Ted Allen -American television host and author

1965- Stu Grimson -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Dan Abrams -American journalist

1966- Mindy Cohn -American actress

1966- Emma Johnson (clarinettist)|Emma Johnson -English clarinet player

1967- Graham Brady -English politician

1967- Gabriele Muccino -Italian director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Ramzi Yousef -Kuwaiti-Pakistani terrorist, conducted the 1993 World Trade Center bombing|World Trade Center bombing

1968- Timothy Olyphant -American actor

1968- Waisale Serevi -Fijian rugby player and coach

1969- Road Dogg -American wrestler, producer, and soldier

1970- Terrell Brandon -American basketball player

1970- Louis Theroux -Singaporean-English journalist

1971- Šárka Kašpárková -Czech triple jumper

1971- Tony Stewart -American race car driver

1972- Tina Hobley -English actress

1972- Busta Rhymes -American rapper, producer, and actor (The Conglomerate (American group)|The Conglomerate and Leaders of the New School)

1973- Elsa Lunghini -French singer-songwriter and actress

1973- Juris Razgulajevs -Latvian figure skater

1975- Pascal Denis -Canadian figure skater

1975- Isaac Gálvez -Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)

1975- Juan Minujín -Argentinian actor

1975- Tahmoh Penikett -Canadian actor

1975- Andrew Sega -American keyboard player and composer (Iris (American band)|Iris, Stromkern, and Five Musicians)

1975- Mark Zupan (athlete)|Mark Zupan -American rugby player and actor

1976- Ramón Hernández -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1976- Tomoya Satozaki -Japanese baseball player

1977- Matt Czuchry -American actor

1977- Leo Franco -Argentinian footballer

1977- Angela Goethals -American actress

1977- Chad Muska -American skateboarder

1977- Vesa Toskala -Finnish ice hockey player

1977- Tiger Tyson -American porn actor and director

1978- Hristos Banikas -Greek chess player

1978- Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová -Czech pole vaulter

1978- Nils Schumann -German runner

1979- Rick Edwards -English television host

1979- Alessandro Hirata -Brazilian academic and jurist

1979- Jana Pallaske -German actress and singer (Spitting Off Tall Buildings)

1979- Andrew Scheer -Canadian politician, 35th Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons

1979- Jayson Werth -American baseball player

1980- Austin Kearns -American baseball player

1980- Agnes Kittelsen -Norwegian actress

1980- Kassim Osgood -American football player

1980- Cauã Reymond -Brazilian actor

1980- Mantas Jankavičius -Lithuanian actor and singer

1981- Iker Casillas -Spanish footballer

1981- Sean Conlon -English singer-songwriter (Five (band)|Five)

1981- Morgan Knabe -Canadian swimmer

1981- Lindsay Taylor -American basketball player

1981- Mark Winterbottom -Australian race car driver

1982- Jack Anthony (musician)|Jack Anthony -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982- Candace Bailey -American actress

1982- Sierra Boggess -American actress and singer

1982- Petr Čech -Czech footballer

1982- Imran Farhat -Pakistani cricketer

1982- Natalia Podolskaya -Belarusian singer

1982- Daniel Ribeiro -Brazilian director, producer, and screenwriter

1982- Aleksei Saks -Estonian figure skater

1983- Óscar Cardozo -Paraguayan footballer

1983- Chad Connell -Canadian actor

1983- Roger Huerta -American mixed martial artist

1983- Matthew Langridge -English rower

1983- Manchu Manoj -Indian actor

1983- Michaela McManus -American actress

1983- N. T. Rama Rao Jr. -Indian actor and singer

1983- Emma Williams (actress)|Emma Williams -English actress

1984- Patrick Ewing, Jr. -American basketball player

1984- Keith Grennan -American football player

1984- Augusto Midana -Bissau-Guinean wrestler

1984- Naturi Naughton -American singer-songwriter and actress (3LW)

1984- Mauro Rafael da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1984- Kenny Vasoli -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Starting Line, Person L, and Vacationer (band)|Vacationer)

1985- Chris Froome -Kenyan-English cyclist

1985- Brendon Goddard -Australian footballer

1986- Dexter Blackstock -English footballer

1986- Robert Emms -English actor

1986- Vitória Frate -Brazilian actress

1986- Yon González -Spanish actor

1986- Louisa Krause -American actress

1986- Eilidh MacQueen -Scottish-Thai actress

1986- Stéphane Mbia -Cameroonian footballer

1986- Anthony Neely -American-Taiwanese singer

1986- Jiřina Svobodová -Czech pole vaulter

1987- Fra Fee -Irish actor and singer

1987- Mike Havenaar -Japanese footballer

1987- Kristopher Van Varenberg -American actor

1987- Julian Wright -American basketball player

1988- Nathaniel Brown -American actor and director

1988- Carla Humphries -American-Filipino actress

1988- Robin Juhkental -Estonian singer-songwriter (Malcolm Lincoln)

1988- Yusuf Kasal -Turkish footballer

1988- Miyu Nagase -Japanese singer and guitarist (Zone (band)|Zone)

1988- Trīna Šlapeka -Latvian tennis player

1989- Tonia Couch -English diver

1991- Mara Lopez -American-Filipino actress and surfer

1991- Henrik Ojamaa -Estonian footballer

1992- Cate Campbell -Australian swimmer

1992- Jack Gleeson -Irish actor

1992- Christian Antidormi -Australian actor

1993- Caroline Zhang -American figure skater

1994- Frida Sandén -Swedish singer

1995- Brandon Zibaka -English footballer