This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1539- Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset (d. 1621)

1558- Françoise de Cezelli -French soldier (d. 1615)

1570- John II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar -(d. 1605)

1622- Louis de Buade de Frontenac -French soldier and politician, 3rd Governor General of New France (d. 1698)

1645- Charles Louis Simonneau -French engraver (d. 1728)

1678- Alexander Forbes, 4th Lord Forbes of Pitsligo -Scottish author (d. 1762)

1682- Peter Zorn -German librarian, philologist and theologist (d. 1746)

1694- Daniel Gran -Austrian painter (d. 1757)

1700- Michel-François Dandré-Bardon -French painter and illustrator (d. 1785)

1711- Guillaume du Tillot -French politician (d. 1774)

1715- François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis -French cardinal (d. 1794)

1724- Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne -French cartographer and explorer (d. 1772)

1733- Hubert Robert -French painter (d. 1808)

1737- Tethart Philipp Christian Haag -German-Dutch painter (d. 1812)

1748- Thomas Roberts (painter)|Thomas Roberts -Irish painter (d. 1778)

1762- Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst -English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 1834)

1770- Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom -(d. 1840)

1772- Ram Mohan Roy -Indian philosopher and reformer (d. 1833)

1783- William Sturgeon -English physicist and inventor, invented the electromagnet and electric motor (d. 1850)

1788- William Broughton (bishop)|William Broughton -English bishop (d. 1853)

1808- Gérard de Nerval -French poet (d. 1855)

1811- Giulia Grisi -Italian opera singer (d. 1869)

1813- Richard Wagner -German director and composer (d. 1883)

1814- Amalia Lindegren -Swedish painter (d. 1891)

1814- Erasmus Ommanney -British explorer (d. 1904)

1820- Alexander Fesca -German pianist and composer (d. 1849)

1823- Solomon Bundy -American politician (d. 1889)

1823- Isabella Glyn -English actress (d. 1889)

1828- Albrecht von Graefe -German ophthalmologist (d. 1970)

1831- Henry Vandyke Carter -English anatomist and surgeon (d. 1897)

1833- Félix Bracquemond -French painter and etcher (d. 1914)

1834- Niwa Nagakuni -Japanese daimyo (d. 1904)

1837- Guillaume Fouace -French painter (d. 1895)

1841- Hamilton Macallum -Scottish painter (d. 1896)

1841- Catulle Mendès -French poet (d. 1909)

1844- Mary Cassatt -American painter (d. 1926)

1848- Fritz von Uhde -German painter (d. 1911)

1849- Louis Perrier -Swiss colonel and politician (d. 1913)

1849- Aston Webb -English architect and academic, designed the Victoria Memorial, London|Victoria Memorial and The Mall, London|The Mall (d. 1930)

1850- Hildegard Thorell -Swedish painter (d. 1930)

1852- Émile Sauret -French composer (d. 1920)

1852- Hector Sévin -French cardinal (d. 1916)

1859- Arthur Conan Doyle -Scottish physician and author (d. 1930)

1859- Farquhar McGillivray Knowles -Canadian painter (d. 1932)

1859- Tsubouchi Shōyō -Japanese author, playwright, and educator (d. 1935)

1864- Willy Stöwer -German illustrator (d. 1931)

1865- Enric Morera i Viura -Spanish composer (d. 1942)

1868- William Beach Thomas -British journalist (d. 1957)

1871- Harold Nelson (illustrator)|Harold Nelson -English illustrator and engraver (d. 1948)

1874- Daniel François Malan -South African clergyman and politician, 5th Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1959)

1876- Antonius Bouwens -Dutch target shooter (d. 1963)

1876- Julius Klinger -Austrian painter and illustrator (d. 1942)

1879- Warwick Armstrong -Australian cricketer (d. 1947)

1879- Jean Cras -French admiral and composer (d. 1932)

1885- Giacomo Matteotti -Italian politician (d. 1924)

1885- Soemu Toyoda -Japanese admiral (d. 1957)

1887- Frederick Garfield Gilmore -Canadian-American boxer (d. 1969)

1887- Frank Nelson (athlete)|Frank Nelson -American pole vaulter (d. 1970)

1888- Percy Sillitoe -British intelligence officer (d. 1962)

1889- Hugh Miller (actor)|Hugh Miller -English actor (d. 1976)

1890- Per Collinder -Swedish astronomer, founded Collinder catalog (d. 1975)

1891- Eddie Edwards (musician)|Eddie Edwards -American baseball player and trombonist (Original Dixieland Jazz Band) (d. 1963)

1897- Jeanne de Casalis -Mosotho-English actress (d. 1966)

1897- Marcelle Meyer -French pianist (d. 1958)

1898- Lucy Doraine -Hungarian actress (d. 1989)

1898- Rito Selvaggi -Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and poet (d. 1972)

1900- Yvonne de Gaulle -French wife of Charles de Gaulle (d. 1979)

1901- Maurice J. Tobin -American politician, 6th United States Secretary of Labor (d. 1953)

1902- Al Simmons -American baseball player and coach (d. 1956)

1903- Yves Rocard -French physicist (d. 1992)

1904- Pyotr Sobolevsky -Russian actor (d. 1977)

1904- Paul Viiding -Estonian author, poet, and critic (d. 1962)

1905- Bodo von Borries -German physicist, co-invented the electron microscope (d. 1956)

1907- Hergé -Belgian illustrator (d. 1983)

1907- Martha Angelici -French soprano (d. 1973)

1907- Eugène Claudius-Petit -French politician (d. 1989)

1907- Laurence Olivier -English actor, director, and producer (d. 1989)

1908- Rattana Pestonji -Thai director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1970)

1908- Horton Smith -American golfer (d. 1963)

1909- Rudolf Bergander -German painter (d. 1970)

1910- Johnny Olson -American game show host and announcer (d. 1985)

1911- Anatol Rapoport -Russian-American psychologist (d. 2007)

1911- Minoru Kawabata -Japanese artist (d. 2001)

1912- Herbert C. Brown -English-American chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1913- František Jílek -Czech conductor (d. 1993)

1913- Rafael Gil -Spanish director (d. 1986)

1914- Maurice Blackburn (composer)|Maurice Blackburn -Canadian composer and conductor (d. 1988)

1914- Vance Packard -American journalist and author (d. 1996)

1914- Sun Ra -American pianist, composer, bandleader, and poet (d. 1993)

1914- Edward Arthur Thompson -Irish historian, author, and educator (d. 1994)

1917- Jean-Louis Curtis -French author (d. 1995)

1917- Nathan Davis (actor)|Nathan Davis -American actor (d. 2008)

1917- Daniel Nagrin -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2008)

1917- Georg Tintner -Austrian-Canadian conductor (d. 1999)

1919- Paul Vanden Boeynants -Belgian politician, 55th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 2001)

1920- Hugh Clegg (industrial relations)|Hugh Clegg -British academic (d. 1995)

1920- Thomas Gold -Austrian-American astrophysicist (d. 2004)

1921- Jalil Shahnaz -Iranian Tar (lute)|tar player (d. 2013)

1922- Quinn Martin -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1987)

1923- Denise Pelletier -Canadian actress (d. 1976)

1924- Charles Aznavour -French-Armenian singer-songwriter and actor

1924- Gloria Lloyd -American actress (d. 2012)

1925- Jean Tinguely -Swiss painter and sculptor (d. 1991)

1926- Elek Bacsik -Hungarian-American violinist and guitarist (d. 1993)

1927- Peter Matthiessen -American journalist and author, co-founded ''The Paris Review'' (d. 2014)

1927- George Andrew Olah -Hungarian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1928- Jackie Cain -American singer (Jackie and Roy) (d. 2014)

1928- John Mackenzie (director)|John Mackenzie -British director (d. 2011)

1928- T. Boone Pickens -American businessman

1930- Kenny Ball -English trumpet player (d. 2013)

1930- Harvey Milk -American lieutenant and politician (d. 1978)

1932- Irwin Stelzer -American economist and journalist

1933- Gamaliel Onosode -Nigerian politician

1933- Chen Jingrun -Chinese mathematician (d. 1996)

1934- Don Cupitt -English priest, philosopher, and theologian

1934- Peter Nero -American pianist and conductor

1935- Ron Piché -Canadian baseball player (d. 2011)

1936- George H. Heilmeier -American engineer (d. 2014)

1936- M. Scott Peck -American psychiatrist and author (d. 2005)

1937- Guy Marchand -French actor and singer

1938- Richard Benjamin -American actor and director

1938- Susan Strasberg -American actress (d. 1999)

1939- Dick Berk -American drummer and bandleader (d. 2014)

1939- Paul Winfield -American actor (d. 2004)

1940- Michael Sarrazin -Canadian actor (d. 2011)

1940- Bernard Shaw (journalist)|Bernard Shaw -American journalist

1941- Menzies Campbell -Scottish sprinter and politician

1941- Nangolo Ithete -Namibian politician (d. 2002)

1941- Martha Langbein -German runner

1942- Ted Kaczynski -American mathematician and academic

1942- Barbara Parkins -Canadian-American actress

1943- Kurt Bendlin -German decathlete

1943- David Bernstein (executive)|David Bernstein -English businessman

1943- Jean-Louis Heinrich -French footballer (d. 2012)

1943- Tommy John -American baseball player and manager

1943- Gesine Schwan -German political scientist

1943- Betty Williams (Nobel laureate)|Betty Williams -Irish activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1944- Vaiko -Indian politician

1944- Lynn Barber -English journalist

1944- Beaton Tulk -Canadian educator and politician, 7th Premier of Newfoundland

1946- George Best -Irish-English footballer (d. 2005)

1946- Michael Green (physicist)|Michael Green -English physicist and academic

1946- Howard Kendall -English footballer and manager

1947- Joseph P. McFadden -American bishop (d. 2013)

1947- Andreas Gerasimos Michalitsianos -Egyptian-American astronomer and astrophysicist (d. 1997)

1948- Richard Baker (U.S. politician)|Richard Baker -American politician

1949- Ieuan Wyn Jones -Welsh politician, Deputy First Minister for Wales

1950- Alekos Alavanos -Greek politician

1950- David Judge -British political scientist

1950- Bernie Taupin -English singer-songwriter and poet

1950- Bill Whelan -Irish keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Planxty)

1952- Bernhard Brinkmann -German politician

1952- Louise Christian -English lawyer and author

1953- Doris Barnett -German politician

1953- Peter Bazalgette -English television producer

1953- Cha Bum-Kun -South Korean footballer and manager

1953- Paul Mariner -English footballer, coach, and manager

1954- Shuji Nakamura -Japanese electronics engineer

1955- Chalmers Alford -American guitarist (d. 2008)

1955- Jerry Dammers -Indian-English keyboard player and songwriter

1955- Iva Davies -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Icehouse (band)|Icehouse)

1955- Maggie Jones, Baroness Jones of Whitchurch -Welsh union leader and politician

1955- Dale Winton -English radio and television host

1956- Al Corley -American actor, singer, and producer

1956- Natasha Shneider -Russian-American singer, keyboard player, and actress (Eleven (band)|Eleven) (d. 2008)

1957- Lisa Murkowski -American lawyer and politician

1957- Gary Sweet -Australian actor

1958- Denise Welch -English actress and dancer

1959- Morrissey -English singer-songwriter and pianist (The Smiths, The Nosebleeds, and Slaughter & The Dogs)

1959- Kwak Jae-yong -South Korean film director

1959- Andres Luure -Estonian mathematician, philosopher, and academic

1959- Jon Sopel -English journalist

1959- Harry Standjofski -Canadian actor, director, and playwright

1960- Hideaki Anno -Japanese animator, director, and screenwriter

1961- Mike Breen -American sportscaster

1961- Ann Cusack -American actress

1962- Brian Pillman -American football player and wrestler (d. 1997)

1964- Ramūnas Butautas -Lithuanian basketball player and coach

1964- Mark Christopher Lawrence -American actor and comedian

1964- Nigel Murray -English boccia player

1964- Maya Usova -Russian ice dancer

1965- Jay Carney -American journalist, 29th White House Press Secretary

1965- John Cherry (Australian politician)|John Cherry -Australian journalist and politician

1965- Fanis Christodoulou -Greek basketball player

1965- Catie Curtis -American singer-songwriter

1966- Johnny Gill -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (New Edition, LSG, and Heads of State (group)|Heads of State)

1966- José Mesa -Dominican-American baseball player

1966- Scott Putski -American wrestler

1966- Wang Xiaoshuai -Chinese film director and screenwriter

1967- Christophe Gagliano -French judoka

1967- Brooke Smith (actress)|Brooke Smith -American actress

1967- Gundars Vētra -Latvian basketball player and coach

1968- Pedro Bleyer -Bolivian fencer

1968- Randy Brown -American basketball player

1968- Graham Linehan -Irish comedian, actor, and author

1968- Simon Rumley -British screenwriter, director, and author

1968- Kate Russell (reporter)|Kate Russell -British reporter

1969- Michael Kelly (American actor)|Michael Joseph Kelly -American actor

1969- Veronica Logan -English-Italian actress

1969- Cathy McMorris Rodgers -American politician

1970- Paddy Atkinson -Singaporean-English footballer and manager

1970- Naomi Campbell -English model and actress

1970- Pedro Diniz -Brazilian race car driver

1970- Nadia Khan -Pakistani actress and producer

1970- Zoltan Lunka -German boxer

1971- Daryn Cresswell -Australian footballer

1971- Raimund Marasigan -Filipino singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Eraserheads, Sandwich (band)|Sandwich, Pedicab (band)|Pedicab, Cambio (band)|Cambio, and Project 1)

1972- Andrus Aug -Estonian cyclist

1972- Jaouad Gharib -Moroccan runner

1973- Steffen Højer -Danish footballer

1973- Donell Jones -American singer-songwriter and producer

1973- Julián Tavárez -Dominican-American baseball player

1973- Danny Tiatto -Australian footballer

1974- John Bale (baseball)|John Bale -American baseball player

1974- Graham Fenton -English footballer and manager

1974- Sean Gunn -American actor

1974- A. J. Langer -American actress

1975- Salva Ballesta -Spanish footballer

1975- Tracy Brookshaw -Canadian-American wrestler and referee

1975- Janne Niinimaa -Finnish ice hockey player

1975- Enrique Palacios -Venezuelan model

1975- Janne Tuohino -Finnish race car driver

1976- Daniel Erlandsson -Swedish drummer (Arch Enemy, Eucharist (band)|Eucharist, Armageddon (band)|Armageddon, and Carcass (band)|Carcass)

1976- Christian Vande Velde -American road racing cyclist

1977- A-1 (wrestler)|A-1 -Canadian bodybuilder and wrestler

1977- Dré Bly -American football player

1977- Tom Chambers (actor)|Tom Chambers -English actor

1977- Tarmo Mitt -Estonian strongman

1977- Seán Óg Ó hAilpín -Fijian-Irish hurler and footballer

1977- Vinnie Potestivo -American casting director and producer

1977- Martin Trčka -Czech Olympic sailor

1978- Ginnifer Goodwin -American actress

1978- Katie Price -English model, businesswoman, and author

1979- Christoph Eigenmann -Swiss cross country skier

1979- Maggie Q -American actress and model

1979- Marracash -Italian rapper

1979- Adam Wilde -English footballer

1980- Steven Baker (Australian footballer)|Steven Baker -Australian footballer

1980- Björn Barta -German ice hockey player

1980- Rhett Fisher -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1980- Lucy Gordon (actress)|Lucy Gordon -English model and actress (d. 2009)

1980- Chad Tracy -American baseball player

1980- Tommy Smith (footballer, born 1980)|Tommy Smith -English footballer

1981- Daniel Bryan -American wrestler

1981- Lee Bullock -English footballer

1981- Melissa Gregory -American ice dancer

1981- Jana Hlaváčková -Czech tennis player

1981- Bassel Khartabil -Syrian computer programmer and engineer

1981- Jürgen Melzer -Austrian tennis player

1982- Erin McNaught -Australian model and actress, Miss Australia|Miss Australia 2006

1982- Fred Murray -Irish footballer

1982- Apolo Ohno -American speed skater

1982- Tom Scudamore -English jockey

1982- Hong Yong-Jo -North Korean footballer

1983- Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani -Saudi Arabian footballer

1983- John Hopkins (motorcycle racer)|John Hopkins -American motorcycle racer

1984- Bismarck du Plessis -South African rugby player

1984- Laurence Halsted -English fencer

1984- Karoline Herfurth -German actress

1984- Peter Jungschläger -Dutch footballer

1984- Daniel Woolard -American soccer player

1984- Didier Ya Konan -Ivorian footballer

1985- Gloria Asumnu -American-Nigerian sprinter

1985- Tranquillo Barnetta -Swiss footballer

1985- Mauro Boselli -Argentinian footballer

1985- Chrissie Chau -Chinese actress and model

1985- Francisco Dorronsoro -Spanish footballer

1985- Marc-Antoine Pouliot -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Hideaki Takeda -Japanese footballer

1985- Stuart Tomlinson -English footballer and wrestler

1986- Luca Gentili (footballer born 1986)|Luca Gentili -Italian footballer

1986- Matt Jarvis -English footballer

1986- Thanduyise Khuboni -South African footballer

1986- Tatiana Volosozhar -Russian figure skater

1987- Novak Djokovic -Serbian tennis player

1987- Vladimir Granat -Russian footballer

1987- José Luis Miñano -Spanish footballer

1987- Arturo Vidal -Chilean footballer

1988- Anthony Andreu -French footballer

1988- Chase Budinger -American basketball player

1988- Pape M'Bow -Senegalese footballer

1988- Markus Müller -German footballer

1988- Vegard Skjerve -Norwegian footballer

1989- Giordano Benedetti -Italian runner

1989- Trevor Reckling -Baseball player

1990- Mikk Reintam -Estonian footballer

1990- Anne-Julia Hagen -German beauty pageant winner, Miss Germany

1991- Kyle Bartley -English footballer

1991- José Higón -Spanish footballer

1991- Joel Obi -Nigerian footballer

1992- Tommaso Cancellotti -Italian footballer

1992- Robin Knoche -German footballer

1992- Chinami Tokunaga -Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo and ZYX)

1993- Philipp Knochner -German footballer

1999- Camren Bicondova -American actress and dancer