This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


635- K'inich Kan B'alam II -Mayan king (d. 702)

1052- Philip I of France -(d. 1108)

1100- Emperor Qinzong of Song -(d. 1161)

1606- Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz -Spanish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1682)

1617- Elias Ashmole -English astrologer and politician (d. 1692)

1696- Johann Caspar Vogler -German organist and composer (d. 1763)

1707- Carl Linnaeus -Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (d. 1778)

1718- William Hunter (anatomist)|William Hunter -Scottish anatomist and physician (d. 1783)

1729- Giuseppe Parini -Italian poet (d. 1799)

1734- Franz Mesmer -Austrian physician (d. 1815)

1741- Andrea Luchesi -Italian composer (d. 1801)

1790- Jules Dumont d'Urville -French admiral and explorer (d. 1842)

1794- Ignaz Moscheles -Czech pianist and composer (d. 1870)

1795- Charles Barry -English architect, designed the Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester|Upper Brook Street Chapel and Halifax Town Hall (d. 1860)

1810- Margaret Fuller -American journalist (d. 1850)

1820- James Buchanan Eads -American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (d. 1887)

1820- Lorenzo Sawyer -American lawyer and judge (d. 1891)

1824- Ambrose Burnside -American general and politician, 30th Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1881)

1834- Carl Bloch -Danish painter (d. 1890)

1844- `Abdu'l-Bahá -Iranian religious leader (d. 1921)

1848- Otto Lilienthal -German pilot and engineer (d. 1896)

1855- Isabella Ford -English activist (d. 1924)

1859- Joseph-Alfred Archambeault -Canadian bishop (d. 1913)

1864- William O'Connor (fencer)|William O'Connor -American fencer (d. 1939)

1865- Epitácio Pessoa -Brazilian jurist and politician, 11th President of Brazil (d. 1942)

1867- John Exley -American rower (d. 1938)

1871- Saint George Ashe -Maltese-English rower (d. 1922)

1875- Alfred P. Sloan -American businessman (d. 1966)

1879- Elizabeth Gunn (paediatrician)|Elizabeth Gunn -New Zealand pediatrician (d. 1963)

1879- Dezső Lauber -Hungarian tennis player and architect (d. 1966)

1882- William Halpenny -Canadian pole vaulter (d. 1960)

1883- Douglas Fairbanks -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

1883- Ferenc Talányi -Slovenian journalist and painter (d. 1959)

1884- Corrado Gini -Italian sociologist and demographer (d. 1965)

1887- Thoralf Skolem -Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)

1887- Nikolai Vekšin -Estonian sailor (d. 1951)

1888- Zack Wheat -American baseball player and police officer (d. 1972)

1889- Ernst Niekisch -German politician (d. 1967)

1890- Herbert Marshall -English-American actor and singer (d. 1966)

1891- Pär Lagerkvist -Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1893- Ulysses S. Grant IV -American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)

1895- Billy Smith (footballer born 1895)|Billy Smith -English footballer and manager (d. 1956)

1896- Felix Steiner -Russian-German SS officer (d. 1966)

1898- Scott O'Dell -American author (d. 1989)

1898- Josef Terboven -German politician (d. 1945)

1899- Jeralean Talley -American super-centenarian

1900- Hans Frank -German lawyer and politician (d. 1946)

1900- Franz Leopold Neumann -German lawyer and theorist (d. 1954)

1902- Frank Buckland (ice hockey)|Frank Buckland -Canadian businessman (d. 1991)

1906- Pran Nath Thapar -Indian general (d. 1975)

1908- John Bardeen -American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1908- Hélène Boucher -French pilot (d. 1934)

1908- Paul Dozois -Canadian politician (d. 1984)

1910- Margaret Wise Brown -American author (d. 1952)

1910- Hugh Casson -English architect (d. 1999)

1910- Scatman Crothers -American actor singer, dancer, and guitarist (d. 1986)

1910- Artie Shaw -American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

1910- Franz Kline -American painter (d. 1962)

1911- Lou Brouillard -Canadian boxer (d. 1984)

1911- Paul Augustin Mayer -German cardinal (d. 2010)

1912- Betty Astell -English actress (d. 2005)

1912- Jean Françaix -French pianist and composer (d. 1997)

1912- John Payne (actor)|John Payne -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1989)

1914- Celestine Sibley -American journalist and author (d. 1999)

1914- Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth -English economist and journalist (d. 1981)

1917- Edward Norton Lorenz -American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)

1918- Denis Compton -English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1997)

1919- Robert Bernstein (comics)|Robert Bernstein -American author and playwright (d. 1988)

1919- Gayatri Devi -English-Indian wife of Prince Jagat Singh (d. 2009)

1919- Avraham Drori -Polish-Israeli politician (d. 1964)

1919- Ruth Fernández -Puerto Rican singer and politician (d. 2012)

1919- Betty Garrett -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2011)

1920- Helen O'Connell -American singer, actress, and dancer (d. 1993)

1921- James Blish -American author and critic (d. 1975)

1921- Humphrey Lyttelton -English trumpet player and composer (d. 2008)

1921- Edna Skinner -American actress (d. 2003)

1923- Alicia de Larrocha -Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

1923- Walter Wolfrum -German lieutenant and pilot (d. 2010)

1924- Karlheinz Deschner -German author and activist (d. 2014)

1924- Clyde King -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2010)

1925- Joshua Lederberg -American biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1925- Mac Wiseman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foggy Mountain Boys)

1926- Basil Salvadore D'Souza -Indian bishop (d. 1996)

1926- Joe Slovo -Lithuanian-South African politician (d. 1995)

1927- Bodil Skjånes Dugstad -Norwegian politician

1928- Jeannie Carson -English-American actress and singer

1928- Rosemary Clooney -American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1928- Nigel Davenport -English actor (d. 2013)

1928- Pauline Julien -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1998)

1928- Nina Otkalenko -Russian runner

1929- Ulla Jacobsson -Swedish-Austrian actress (d. 1982)

1930- Friedrich Achleitner -German poet and critic

1931- Barbara Barrie -American actress and author

1931- José Telles da Conceição -Brazilian high jumper (d. 1974)

1932- Kevork Ajemian -ethnic Armenian writer, journalist, novelist, activist and publisher (d. 1998)

1933- Joan Collins -English actress, singer, and author

1933- Ove Fundin -Swedish motorcycle racer

1933- Jean-Louis Lagadec -French footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1934- Robert Moog -American businessman, invented the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

1935- Juliet Campbell (diplomat)|Juliet Campbell -English diplomat

1935- Julian Grenfell, 3rd Baron Grenfell -English politician

1935- Lasse Strömstedt -Swedish author (d. 2009)

1936- John Drury (Dean of Christ Church)|John Drury -English priest and author

1936- Ingeborg Hallstein -German soprano and actress

1936- Charles Kimbrough -American actor

1938- Johnny Ball -English radio and television host

1938- Peter Preston -English journalist and author

1939- Michel Colombier -French-American composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1939- Reinhard Hauff -German director and screenwriter

1939- Jack McCarthy (writer)|Jack McCarthy -American poet (d. 2013)

1940- Giles Gordon -Scottish author and agent (d. 2003)

1940- Gérard Larrousse -French race car driver

1940- Levan Moseshvili -Georgian basketball player and coach

1942- Zalman King -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1942- Gabriel Liiceanu -Romanian philosopher, author, and academic

1942- Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao -Indian director, screenwriter, and choreographer

1943- General Johnson -American singer-songwriter and producer (Chairmen of the Board and The Showmen) (d. 2010)

1943- Vicky Moscholiou -Greek singer (d. 2005)

1943- Alan Walden -American businessman and manager, co-founded Capricorn Records

1944- Alan Bowman -English scholar and academic

1944- John Newcombe -Australian tennis player

1945- Padmarajan -Indian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 1991)

1945- Lauren Chapin -American actress

1946- Frederik de Groot -Dutch actor

1946- Stephen Marks -British fashion retailer

1946- H. Paul Shuch -American astronomer and engineer

1947- Bernard Comrie -English-American linguist and academic

1947- Ann Hui -Hong Kong actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1947- Jane Kenyon -American poet (d. 1995)

1948- Myriam Boyer -French actress, director, and producer

1948- Reggie Cleveland -Canadian-American baseball player

1949- Daniel DiNardo -American cardinal

1949- Alan García -Peruvian lawyer and politician, 93rd President of Peru

1950- Bruce Hay -Scottish rugby player (d. 2007)

1950- Martin McGuinness -Irish politician, 3rd deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1951- Anatoly Karpov -Russian chess player

1951- Antonis Samaras -Greek economist and politician, 185th Prime Minister of Greece

1952- Anne-Marie David -French singer

1952- Martin Parr -English photographer and journalist

1953- Dick Stellingwerf -Dutch politician

1954- Marvelous Marvin Hagler -American boxer

1954- Hans Kruize -Dutch field hockey player

1954- Michel Roux, Jr. -English-French chef and author

1955- Luka Bloom -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956- Ursula Plassnik -Austrian politician, Foreign Minister of Austria

1956- Mark Shaw (rugby union)|Mark Shaw -New Zealand rugby player

1956- Buck Showalter -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1956- Andrea Pazienza -Italian illustrator and painter (d. 1988)

1956- Albert Voorn -Dutch horse rider

1957- Mark Arnold (actor)|Mark Arnold -American actor

1957- Craig Brown (satirist)|Craig Brown -English journalist and critic

1957- Jimmy McShane -Irish singer (Baltimora) (d. 1995)

1958- Mitch Albom -American journalist, author, and screenwriter

1958- Drew Carey -American actor and game show host

1958- Lea DeLaria -American actress and singer

1958- Serge Dupire -Canadian actor

1958- François Feldman -French singer-songwriter

1958- Frank Jelinski -German race car driver

1958- Jack Lohman -English historian and curator

1958- Paul Street (journalist)|Paul Street -American journalist, historian, and author

1959- Ryuta Kawashima -Japanese neuroscientist and academic

1959- Marcella Mesker -Dutch tennis player

1959- Bob Mortimer -English comedian and actor

1960- Linden Ashby -American actor and martial artist

1961- Karen Duffy -American model and actress

1962- Matt Wrack -English firefighter and union leader

1963- Wally Dallenbach, Jr. -American race car driver and sportscaster

1964- Ruth Metzler -Swiss politician

1965- Charlie Hayes -American baseball player

1965- Melissa McBride -American actress and casting director

1965- Woorkeri Raman -Indian cricketer and coach

1965- Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo -Spanish footballer

1965- Athanasios Skourtopoulos -Greek basketball player and coach

1965- Tom Tykwer -German director, producer, screenwriter, and composer

1965- Kappei Yamaguchi -Japanese voice actor

1966- Ernst-Paul Hasselbach -Dutch television host and producer (d. 2008)

1966- Graeme Hick -Zimbabwean-English cricketer

1966- Gary Roberts (ice hockey)|Gary Roberts -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Heidi Rohi -Estonian fencer

1967- Luis Roberto Alves -Mexican footballer

1967- Xu Demei -Chinese javelin thrower

1967- Anna Ibrisagic -Swedish politician

1967- Carlos Mercenario -Mexican race walker

1967- Philip Selway -English drummer and songwriter (Radiohead)

1968- Guinevere Turner -American actress and screenwriter

1969- Mindi Abair -American saxophonist and compoaser

1970- Yigal Amir -Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin

1970- Nanette Burstein -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Matt Flynn (musician)|Matt Flynn -American drummer and producer (Maroon 5)

1970- Bryan Herta -American race car driver

1971- Laurel Holloman -American actress

1971- George Osborne -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

1972- Rubens Barrichello -Brazilian race car driver

1973- Maxwell (musician)|Maxwell -American singer-songwriter and producer

1973- Klaus Ambrosch -Austrian decathlete

1973- Juan José Padilla -Spanish bullfighter

1973- Mirjam Sterk -Dutch minister and politician

1973- Ron Trent -American DJ and producer

1974- Jewel (singer)|Jewel -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

1974- Ken Jennings -American computer scientist, author, and game show contestant

1974- Mónica Naranjo -Spanish singer

1974- Manuela Schwesig -German politician

1974- Charlie Young (actress)|Charlie Young -Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress and singer

1975- Wafah Dufour -American singer-songwriter

1975- Kim Sung-soo (actor)|Kim Sung-soo -South Korean actor

1975- Michiel van den Bos -Dutch composer

1976- Ricardinho -Brazilian footballer and manager

1976- Kelly Monaco -American model and actress

1976- Antônio Naelson -Brazilian-Mexican footballer

1977- Annabel Kosten -Dutch swimmer

1977- Ilia Kulik -Russian figure skater

1978- Mike Gonzalez (pitcher)|Mike Gonzalez -American baseball player

1978- Carolyn Moos -American basketball player

1978- Scott Raynor -American drummer (Blink-182)

1979- Rasual Butler -American basketball player

1979- Brian Campbell -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Martin Giroux -Canadian singer

1979- Kirk Saarloos -American baseball player

1980- Gary Brackett -American football player

1980- Lane Garrison -American actor

1980- Theofanis Gekas -Greek footballer

1980- Chris Gethard -American actor and screenwriter

1981- Pierre Lapointe -Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1981- Tim Robinson (comedian)|Tim Robinson -American actor

1981- Gwenno Saunders -Welsh singer and dancer (The Pipettes)

1982- Cyrill Gloor -Swiss footballer

1982- Malene Mortensen -Danish singer

1982- Tristan Prettyman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983- Josh Pace -American basketball player

1983- Heidi Range -English singer-songwriter (Sugababes and Atomic Kitten)

1983- Alex Shelley -American wrestler

1984- Hugo Almeida -Portuguese footballer

1984- Sam Milby -American-Filipino actor and singer

1985- Kanyeria -Kenyan songwriter and producer

1985- Shafiq Chitou -Beninese boxer

1985- Sekou Cissé -Ivorian footballer

1985- Sebastián Fernández -Uruguayan footballer

1985- Wim Stroetinga -Dutch cyclist

1985- Ross Wallace -Scottish footballer

1986- Angela Martini -Albanian model, Miss Universe Albania|Miss Universe Albania 2010

1986- Alexei Sitnikov -Russian-Azerbaijani figure skater

1986- Ruben Zadkovich -Australian footballer

1987- Gracie Otto -Australian actress

1987- Bray Wyatt -American wrestler

1988- Danny de Jong -Dutch actor

1988- Lorenzo De Silvestri -Italian footballer

1988- Vaness del Moral -Filipino actress and dancer

1988- Morgan Pressel -American golfer

1988- Zachary Wohlman -American boxer

1989- Ezequiel Schelotto -Italian footballer

1990- Kristína Kučová -Slovak tennis player

1990- Oliver Venno -Estonian volleyball player

1991- Lena Meyer-Landrut -German singer-songwriter

1992- Olesia Karmi -Finnish figure skater

1992- Asenate Manoa -Fijian-Tuvaluan runner