This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


15 BC- Germanicus -Roman general (d. 19)

1494- Pontormo -Italian painter (d. 1557)

1522- John Jewel -English bishop (d. 1571)

1544- William Gilbert (astronomer)|William Gilbert -English physician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1603)

1616- John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale -Scottish politician, Secretary of State, Scotland (d. 1682)

1671- Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany -(d. 1737)

1686- Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit -Polish-German physicist and engineer, developed the Fahrenheit|Fahrenheit scale (d. 1736)

1689- Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1769)

1743- Jean-Paul Marat -Swiss-French physician, journalist, and politician (d. 1793)

1794- William Whewell -English priest and philosopher (d. 1866)

1803- Alexander von Nordmann -Finnish biologist (d. 1866)

1810- Charles Clark (governor)|Charles Clark -American general and politician, 24th List of Governors of Mississippi|Governor of Mississippi (d. 1877)

1810- Abraham Geiger -German rabbi and scholar (d. 1874)

1816- Emanuel Leutze -German-American painter (d. 1868)

1819- Queen Victoria -of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

1830- Alexei Savrasov -Russian painter (d. 1897)

1836- Joseph Rowntree (philanthropist)|Joseph Rowntree -English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1925)

1854- John Riley Banister -American police officer (d. 1918)

1855- Arthur Wing Pinero -English actor, director, and playwright (d. 1934)

1861- Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland -Maltese politician, 4th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1940)

1863- George Grey Barnard -American sculptor (d. 1938)

1868- Charlie Taylor (mechanic)|Charlie Taylor -American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)

1870- Benjamin N. Cardozo -American judge (d. 1938)

1870- Jan Smuts -South African politician, 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1950)

1874- Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (1874–1878)|Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine -(d. 1878)

1875- Robert Garrett -American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1961)

1878- Lillian Moller Gilbreth -American psychologist and engineer (d. 1972)

1879- H. B. Reese -American candy maker, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)

1885- Susan Sutherland Isaacs -English psychologist and academic (d. 1948)

1886- Paul Paray -French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1979)

1887- Mick Mannock -Irish soldier and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1918)

1891- William F. Albright -American archeologist, philologist, and scholar (d. 1971)

1895- Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr. -American publisher, founded Advance Publications (d. 1979)

1898- Kathleen Hale -English author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1899- Suzanne Lenglen -French tennis player (d. 1938)

1899- Henri Michaux -Belgian-French poet and painter (d. 1984)

1900- Eduardo De Filippo -Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1901- José Nasazzi -Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 1968)

1902- Lionel Conacher -Canadian football player and politician (d. 1954)

1902- Sylvia Daoust -Canadian sculptor (d. 2004)

1903- Milo Burcham -American pilot (d. 1944)

1905- Mikhail Sholokhov -Russian author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1909- Wilbur Mills -American politician (d. 1992)

1911- Barbara West -English survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 2007)

1913- Joe Abreu -American baseball player (d. 1993)

1913- Audrey Brown -English runner (d. 2005)

1913- Peter Ellenshaw -American special effects designer (d. 2007)

1914- Lilli Palmer -German-American actress and singer (d. 1986)

1914- Giuseppe Valdengo -Italian opera singer (d. 2007)

1916- Roden Cutler -Australian lieutenant and politician, 32nd Governor of New South Wales (d. 2002)

1917- Alan Campbell, Baron Campbell of Alloway -English lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1921- Maria Michi -Italian actress (d. 1980)

1923- Siobhán McKenna -Irish actress (d. 1986)

1924- Aleksander Arulaid -Estonian chess player (d. 1995)

1925- Carmine Infantino -American illustrator (d. 2013)

1925- Mai Zetterling -Swedish-English actress and director (d. 1994)

1926- Stanley Baxter -Scottish actor and screenwriter

1928- William Trevor -Irish author and playwright

1930- Hans-Martin Linde -German flute player and author

1931- Michael Lonsdale -French actor

1932- James Anderton -English police officer

1932- Arnold Wesker -English playwright

1933- Réal Giguère -Canadian television host

1933- Robert C. Hastie -Welsh politician, Lord Lieutenant for West Glamorgan

1933- Aharon Lichtenstein -French-American rabbi

1933- Christopher Staughton -English lawyer and judge (d. 2014)

1934- Jane Byrne -American politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago

1934- Barry Rose -English organist and conductor

1935- Joan Micklin Silver -American director and screenwriter

1935- Rusty York -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1936- Harold Budd -American composer and poet

1937- Timothy Brown (actor)|Timothy Brown -American football player and actor

1937- Maryvonne Dupureur -French runner (d. 2008)

1937- Roger Peterson (pilot)|Roger Peterson -American pilot (d. 1959)

1937- Archie Shepp -American saxophonist and composer

1938- Prince Buster -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer

1938- Tommy Chong -Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1938- David Viscott -American psychiatrist and author (d. 1996)

1940- Joseph Brodsky -Russian-American poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1941- Bob Dylan -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Traveling Wilburys)

1941- Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham -English academic and politician

1941- George Lakoff -American linguist and academic

1942- Ali Bacher -South African cricketer

1942- Lázár Lovász -Hungarian hammer thrower

1942- Hannu Mikkola -Finnish race car driver

1942- Ichirō Ozawa -Japanese politician

1943- Gary Burghoff -American actor

1944- Patti LaBelle -American singer-songwriter and actress (Labelle)

1945- Terry Callier -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1945- Steven Norris -English politician

1945- Richard Ottaway -English lieutenant and politician

1945- Priscilla Presley -American actress and businesswoman

1946- Tansu Çiller -Turkish economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Turkey

1946- Irena Szewińska -Russian-Polish sprinter

1946- Jeremy Treglown -English author, critic, and academic

1947- Albert Bouchard -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (Blue Öyster Cult)

1947- Mike De Leon -Filipino director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer

1947- Waddy Wachtel -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1947- Martin Winterkorn -German businessman

1948- Richard Dembo -French director and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1948- James Cosmo -Scottish actor

1949- Hubert Birkenmeier -German-American soccer player and coach

1949- Jim Broadbent -English actor

1949- Tomaž Pisanski -Slovenian mathematician and academic

1950- Vivian Ramsey -English engineer and judge

1950- Larry Seidlin -American judge

1950- Terry Scott Taylor -American singer-songwriter and producer (Daniel Amos, Swirling Eddies, and Lost Dogs)

1952- Sybil Danning -Austrian actress and producer

1953- Nell Campbell -Australian-American actress and singer

1953- Alfred Molina -English actor and producer

1953- Klaus-Günter Stade -German footballer

1953- Richard Wilson (sculptor)|Richard Wilson -English sculptor

1955- Rosanne Cash -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1955- Philippe Lafontaine -Belgian singer-songwriter

1955- David Leonard (musician)|David Leonard -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956- Richard B. Bernstein -American historian and educator

1956- Larry Blackmon -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Cameo (band)|Cameo and Black Ivory)

1956- Dominic Grieve -English lawyer and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales

1956- Michael Jackson (bishop)|Michael Jackson -Irish archbishop

1956- Zaid Shakir -American author and scholar

1959- Pelle Lindbergh -Swedish-American ice hockey player (d. 1985)

1960- Guy Fletcher -English keyboard player, guitarist, and producer (Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies)

1960- Doug Jones (actor)|Doug Jones -American actor

1960- Paul McCreesh -English conductor

1960- Kristin Scott Thomas -English-French actress

1961- Lorella Cedroni -Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2013)

1961- Alain Lemieux -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1962- Héctor Camacho -Puerto Rican boxer (d. 2012)

1962- Stephen Otter -English police officer

1962- Gene Anthony Ray -American actor, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2003)

1963- Lois Ayres -American porn actress

1963- Ivan Capelli -Italian race car driver

1963- Michael Chabon -American author

1963- Joe Dumars -American basketball player

1963- Rich Rodriguez -American football player and coach

1964- Liz McColgan -Scottish runner

1964- Adrian Moorhouse -English swimmer

1964- Isidro Pérez -Mexican boxer (d. 2013)

1964- Pat Verbeek -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1965- Jens Becker -German bass player (Grave Digger (band)|Grave Digger, Running Wild (band)|Running Wild, and X-Wild)

1965- John C. Reilly -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Shinichirō Watanabe -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Eric Cantona -French footballer, manager, and actor

1966- Ricky Craven -American race car driver and sportscaster

1966- Russell Kun -Nauruan lawyer and politician

1967- Dana Ashbrook -American actor

1967- Andrey Borodin -Russian-English economist and businessman

1967- Eric Close -American actor

1967- Heavy D -Jamaican-American rapper, producer, and actor (d. 2011)

1967- Carlos Hernández (catcher)|Carlos Hernández -Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager

1967- Steven Shane McDonald -American bass player and actor (Redd Kross, Off! (band)|Off!, and Green and Yellow TV)

1967- Bruno Putzulu -French actor

1968- Mo Willems -American author and illustrator

1969- Jacob Rees-Mogg -English politician

1969- Rich Robinson -American guitarist and songwriter (The Black Crowes)

1970- Tommy Page -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1971- Kris Draper -Canadian ice hockey player

1972- Greg Berlanti -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Joanna Wiśniewska -Polish discus thrower

1973- Rodrigo (musician)|Rodrigo -Argentinian singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1973- Ruslana -Ukrainian singer, dancer, producer, and actress

1973- Bartolo Colón -Dominican-American baseball player

1973- Shirish Kunder -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Dermot O'Leary -English radio and television host

1973- Vladimír Šmicer -Czech footballer and manager

1974- Sébastien Foucan -French runner and actor

1974- Masahide Kobayashi -Japanese baseball player

1974- Will Sasso -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1975- Marc Gagnon -Canadian speed skater

1975- Giannis Goumas -Greek footballer and coach

1975- Maria Lawson -English singer

1976- Alessandro Cortini -Italian-American singer and keyboard player (Modwheelmood, SONOIO, Blindoldfreak, and Nine Inch Nails)

1976- Catherine Cox -New Zealand-Australian netball player

1976- Bob Maesen -Belgian canoe racer

1977- Prince Poppycock -American tenor

1977- Kym Valentine -Australian actress

1978- Elijah Burke -American wrestler

1978- Brian Ching -American soccer player and coach

1978- Bryan Greenberg -American actor and singer

1978- Johan Holmqvist -Swedish ice hockey player

1978- Jo Joyner -English actress

1978- Brad Penny -American baseball player

1979- Amelia Cooke -American actress

1979- Manuel Cortez -Portuguese-German actor and photographer

1979- Tracy McGrady -American basketball player

1979- Kareem McKenzie -American football player

1979- Frank Mir -American mixed martial artist

1980- Jason Babin -American football player

1980- Owen Benjamin -American comedian and actor

1980- Cecilia Cheung -Hong Kong actress and singer

1980- Jenn Korbee -American singer and actress (Hi-5 (American band)|Hi-5)

1980- Anthony Minichiello -Australian rugby player

1980- Billy L. Sullivan -American actor

1981- Sayaka Ando -Japanese model

1981- Nic Hill -American director and producer

1981- Marketa Janska -Czech model

1981- Andy Lee (comedian)|Andy Lee -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1981- Jerod Mixon -American actor

1982- Issah Gabriel Ahmed -Ghanaian footballer

1982- DaMarcus Beasley -American soccer player

1982- Rian Wallace -American football player

1983- Custódio Castro -Portuguese footballer

1983- Ricky Mabe -Canadian actor and director

1983- Woo Seung-yeon -South Korean model and actress (d. 2009)

1984- Sarah Hagan -American actress

1984- Dmitri Kruglov -Estonian footballer

1984- Brodney Pool -American football player

1984- Ryan Wieber -American director and special effects designer

1985- Tim Bridgman -English race car driver

1986- Mark Ballas -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, dancer, and actor (Ballas Hough Band)

1986- Giannis Kondoes -Greek footballer

1986- Jordan Metcalfe -English actor

1987- Jimena Barón -Argentinian actress and singer

1987- Déborah François -Belgian actress

1987- Guillaume Latendresse -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- Aiko Orgla -Estonian footballer

1987- Matt Prior (rugby league)|Matt Prior -Australian rugby player

1988- Artem Anisimov -Russian ice hockey player

1988- Monica Lin Brown -American sergeant

1988- Kimberley Crossman -New Zealand actress and dancer

1988- Billy Gilman -American singer

1989- Andrew Jordan (racing driver)|Andrew Jordan -English race car driver

1989- Sam Kessel -Swedish actor

1989- Adel Taarabt -Moroccan footballer

1990- Catalina Artusi -Argentinian actress

1990- Joey Logano -American race car driver

1990- Yuya Matsushita -Japanese singer, dancer, and actor

1991- Aled Davies (athlete)|Aled Davies -Welsh discus thrower

1991- Erika Umeda -Japanese singer (Cute (Japanese band)|Cute and ZYX)

1992- Tommy Aquino -American motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

1992- Travis T. Flory -American actor

1992- Ryan Leonard -English footballer

1992- Rachel Victoria -Canadian actress

1993- Oliver Davis -American actor

1993- Rait-Riivo Laane -Estonian basketball player

1994- Cayden Boyd -American actor

1994- Daiya Seto -Japanese swimmer

2007- Maru (cat)|Maru -Japanese cat