This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1048- Emperor Shenzong of Song -(d. 1085)

1334- Emperor Sukō -of Japan (d. 1398)

1458- Mahmud Begada -Indian sultan (d. 1511)

1572- Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel -(d. 1632)

1606- Charles Garnier (missionary)|Charles Garnier -French missionary and saint (d. 1649)

1661- Claude Buffier -Polish-French historian and philosopher (d. 1737)

1713- John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute -Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1792)

1725- Samuel Ward (American statesman)|Samuel Ward -American politician, 31st List of colonial governors of Rhode Island|Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (d. 1776)

1749- Gregorio Funes -Argentinian clergyman and academic (d. 1829)

1783- Philip Pendleton Barbour -American politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1841)

1791- Minh Mạng -Vietnamese emperor (d. 1841)

1803- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton -English author, playwright, and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1873)

1803- Ralph Waldo Emerson -American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)

1818- Jacob Burckhardt -Swiss historian and academic (d. 1897)

1845- Lip Pike -American baseball player and manager (d. 1893)

1846- Naim Frashëri -Albanian poet (d. 1900)

1846- Princess Helena of the United Kingdom -(d. 1923)

1848- Johann Baptist Singenberger -Swiss composer, educator, and publisher (d. 1924)

1852- William Muldoon -American wrestler (d. 1933)

1856- Louis Franchet d'Espèrey -French general (d. 1942)

1860- James McKeen Cattell -American psychologist and academic (d. 1944)

1865- John Mott -American evangelist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1865- Pieter Zeeman -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)

1867- Anders Peter Nielsen -Danish target shooter (d. 1950)

1877- Billy Murray (singer)|Billy Murray -American singer and actor (d. 1954)

1878- Bill Robinson -American actor and dancer (d. 1949)

1879- Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook -Canadian-English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1964)

1879- Andrew Kennaway Henderson -English-New Zealand illustrator (d. 1960)

1879- William Stickney -American golfer (d. 1944)

1880- Jean Alexandre Barré -French neurologist (d. 1967)

1882- Marie Doro -American actress (d. 1956)

1883- Carl Johan Lind -Swedish hammer thrower (d. 1965)

1886- Rash Behari Bose -Indian activist (d. 1945)

1886- Philip Murray -Scottish-American miner and labor leader (d. 1952)

1887- Pio of Pietrelcina -Italian priest and saint (d. 1968)

1888- Miles Malleson -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1969)

1889- Günther Lütjens -German admiral (d. 1941)

1889- Igor Sikorsky -Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)

1897- Gene Tunney -American boxer (d. 1978)

1898- Bennett Cerf -American publisher, co-founded Random House (d. 1971)

1899- Kazi Nazrul Islam -Bengali poet, author, and flute player (d. 1976)

1900- Alain Grandbois -Canadian poet (d. 1975)

1903- Binnie Barnes -English-American actress and singer (d. 1998)

1907- U Nu -Burmese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (d. 1995)

1908- Theodore Roethke -American poet and academic (d. 1963)

1909- Alfred Kubel -German politician (d. 1999)

1909- Marie Menken -American actress, director, and painter (d. 1970)

1912- Princess Deokhye -of Korea (d. 1989)

1912- Dean Rockwell -American commander, wrestler, and coach (d. 2005)

1913- Heinrich Bär -German colonel and pilot (d. 1957)

1913- Richard Dimbleby -English journalist (d. 1965)

1916- Brian Dickson -Canadian politician, 15th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1998)

1916- Giuseppe Tosi -Italian discus thrower (d. 1981)

1917- Steve Cochran -American actor (d. 1965)

1917- Theodore Hesburgh -American priest, theologian, and academic

1920- Arthur Wint -Jamaican runner (d. 1992)

1921- Hal David -American songwriter and composer (d. 2012)

1921- Jack Steinberger -German-Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1922- Enrico Berlinguer -Italian politician (d. 1984)

1922- Kitty Kallen -American singer

1924- István Nyers -French-Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)

1925- Rosario Castellanos -Mexican poet and author (d. 1974)

1925- Jeanne Crain -American actress and singer (d. 2003)

1925- Eldon Griffiths -English journalist and politician

1925- Don Liddle -American baseball player (d. 2000)

1926- Claude Akins -American actor (d. 1994)

1926- William Bowyer (artist)|William Bowyer -English painter

1926- Phyllis Gotlieb -Canadian author and poet (d. 2009)

1926- David Wynne (sculptor)|David Wynne -English sculptor

1927- Robert Ludlum -American author (d. 2001)

1927- Norman Petty -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1984)

1929- Warren Frost -American actor

1929- Ann Robinson -American actress

1929- Beverly Sills -American soprano (d. 2007)

1931- Herb Gray -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2014)

1931- Georgy Grechko -Russian engineer and astronaut

1931- Aili Jõgi -Estonian activist

1931- Irwin Winkler -American director and producer

1932- Roger Bowen -American actor and author (d. 1996)

1932- John Gregory Dunne -American author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2003)

1932- K. C. Jones -American basketball player and coach

1932- Steve Rossi -American comedian and actor (d. 2014)

1933- Romuald Klim -Belarusian hammer thrower (d. 2011)

1933- Sarah Marshall (British film actress)|Sarah Marshall -English-American actress (d. 2014)

1933- Basdeo Panday -Trinidadian politician, 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

1933- Ray Spencer -English footballer

1933- Jógvan Sundstein -Faroese politician, 7th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands

1935- John Ffowcs Williams -Welsh engineer and academic

1935- Cookie Gilchrist -American football player (d. 2011)

1935- W. P. Kinsella -Canadian author

1935- Victoria Shaw (actress)|Victoria Shaw -Australian-American actress (d. 1988)

1936- Tom T. Hall -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936- Rusi Surti -Indian cricketer (d. 2013)

1937- Tom Phillips (artist)|Tom Phillips -English painter

1938- Raymond Carver -American author and poet (d. 1988)

1938- Margaret Forster -English author

1938- Geoffrey Robinson -English politician

1939- Dixie Carter -American actress (d. 2010)

1939- Ian McKellen -English actor

1940- Nobuyoshi Araki -Japanese photographer

1941- Vladimir Voronin -Moldovan economist and politician, 3rd President of Moldova

1942- Ron Davies (footballer born 1942)|Ron Davies -Welsh footballer (d. 2013)

1943- Jessi Colter -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1943- John Palmer (musician)|John Palmer -English keyboard player (Family (band)|Family, Eclection, and Blossom Toes)

1943- Leslie Uggams -American actress and singer

1944- Digby Anderson -English journalist and philosopher

1944- Pierre Bachelet -French singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1944- John Bunnell -American police officer, television host, and actor

1944- Charlie Harper (singer)|Charlie Harper -English singer-songwriter, (U.K. Subs)

1944- Robert MacPherson (mathematician)|Robert MacPherson -American mathematician and academic

1944- Frank Oz -English-American puppeteer, voice actor, and director

1946- Bill Adam -Scottish-Canadian race car driver

1946- David A. Hargrave -American game designer, created ''Arduin'' (d. 1988)

1947- Mitch Margo -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Tokens)

1947- Karen Valentine -American actress

1948- Marianne Elliott -Irish historian and academic

1948- Klaus Meine -German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scorpions (band)|Scorpions)

1949- Jamaica Kincaid -Caribbean-American author

1949- Joe Unger -American actor

1949- Barry Windsor-Smith -English painter and illustrator

1951- Bob Gale -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Jeffrey Bewkes -American businessman

1952- Nick Fotiu -American ice hockey player and coach

1952- David Jenkins (athlete)|David Jenkins -Trinidadian-Scottish runner

1952- Al Sarrantonio -American author

1952- Gordon H. Smith -American politician

1953- Eve Ensler -American playwright

1953- Daniel Passarella -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1953- Stan Sakai -Japanese-American author and illustrator

1954- Murali (Malayalam actor)|Murali -Indian actor (d. 2009)

1955- Alistair Burt -English politician

1955- Connie Sellecca -American actress

1956- Stavros Arnaoutakis -Greek politician

1956- Tatsutoshi Goto -Japanese wrestler

1956- Sugar Minott -Jamaican singer and producer (The African Brothers) (d. 2010)

1956- David P. Sartor -American composer and conductor

1957- Alastair Campbell -English journalist and author

1957- Edward Lee (writer)|Edward Lee -American author

1957- Robert Picard -Canadian ice hockey player

1957- Hillary B. Smith -American actress

1958- Katerina Batzeli -Greek politician

1958- Zahida Manzoor -English businesswoman

1958- Paul Weller -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Jam and The Style Council)

1959- Julian Clary -English comedian, actor, and author

1959- Manolis Kefalogiannis -Greek politician

1959- Rick Wamsley -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1960- Amy Klobuchar -American lawyer and politician

1960- Anthea Turner -English journalist and television host

1962- Ric Nattress -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1963- George Hickenlooper -American director and producer (d. 2010)

1963- Mike Myers -Canadian-American actor, singer, screenwriter, and producer

1963- Eha Rünne -Estonian shot putter and discus thrower

1964- Ivan Bella -Slovak colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1964- David Shaw (ice hockey)|David Shaw -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1964- Ray Stevenson (actor)|Ray Stevenson -Irish-English actor

1965- Yahya Jammeh -Gambian colonel and politician, President of the Gambia

1967- Poppy Z. Brite -American author

1968- Kendall Gill -American basketball player, boxer, and sportscaster

1969- Glen Drover -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (Megadeth, Eidolon (band)|Eidolon, and King Diamond (band)|King Diamond)

1969- Anne Heche -American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Stacy London -American journalist and author

1970- Sandra Dopfer -Austrian tennis player

1970- Joey Eischen -American baseball player and coach

1970- Lindsay Greenbush -American actress

1970- Sidney Greenbush -American actress

1970- Jamie Kennedy -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Octavia Spencer -American actress

1970- Satsuki Yukino -Japanese voice actress

1971- Stefano Baldini -Italian runner

1971- Marco Cappato -Italian politician

1971- Justin Henry -American actor

1972- Karan Johar -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Daz Dillinger -American rapper and producer (Tha Dogg Pound)

1973- Al-Saadi Gaddafi -Libyan footballer

1973- Demetri Martin -American comedian, actor, and singer

1973- Molly Sims -American model and actress

1974- Frank Klepacki -American drummer and composer (Home Cookin' (band)|Home Cookin' and I Am (band)|I Am)

1974- Miguel Tejada -Dominican-American baseball player

1974- Dougie Freedman -Scottish footballer and manager

1975- Blaise Nkufo -Congolese-Swiss footballer

1976- Tarik Glenn -American football player

1976- Stefan Holm -Swedish high jumper

1976- Cillian Murphy -Irish-English actor

1976- Sandra Nasić -German singer (Guano Apes)

1976- Erki Pütsep -Estonian cyclist

1976- Marcelo José da Silva -Brazilian footballer

1976- Ethan Suplee -American actor

1976- Miguel Zepeda -Mexican footballer

1977- Karthi -Indian actor

1977- Andre Anis -Estonian footballer

1977- Alberto Del Rio -Mexican-American mixed martial artist and wrestler

1978- Brian Urlacher -American football player

1979- Carlos Bocanegra -American soccer player

1979- Sayed Moawad -Egyptian footballer

1979- Caroline Ouellette -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1979- Sam Sodje -English-Nigerian footballer

1979- Jonny Wilkinson -English rugby player

1980- Jae Hee -South Korean actor

1980- Joe King (guitarist)|Joe King -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Fray)

1980- David Navarro (footballer)|David Navarro -Spanish footballer

1981- Michalis Pelekanos -Greek basketball player

1982- Adam Boyd -English footballer

1982- Daniel Braaten -Norwegian footballer

1982- Ryan Gallant -American skateboarder

1982- Roger Guerreiro -Polish footballer

1982- Ezekiel Kemboi -Kenyan runner

1982- Jason Kubel -American baseball player

1982- Stacey Pensgen -American figure skater and meteorologist

1982- Luke Webster -Australian footballer

1983- Tiago Cardoso Fonseca -Brazilian footballer

1983- Aleksandr Petrov (ice hockey)|Aleksandr Petrov -Estonian ice hockey player

1984- Luke Ball -Australian footballer

1984- Kyle Brodziak -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- A. J. Foyt IV -American race car driver

1984- Kostas Martakis -Greek singer and actor

1984- Shawne Merriman -American football player

1984- Marion Raven -Norwegian singer-songwriter and actress (M2M (band)|M2M)

1984- Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir -Icelandic model and actress, Miss World 2005

1985- Luciana Abreu -Portuguese singer and actress (2B (band)|2B)

1985- Demba Ba -French footballer

1985- Gert Kams -Estonian footballer

1985- Roman Reigns -American football player and wrestler

1985- Alexis Texas -American porn actress

1986- Lauren Crace -English actress

1986- Edewin Fanini -Brazilian footballer

1986- Yoan Gouffran -French footballer

1986- Neon Hitch -English singer-songwriter

1986- Geraint Thomas -Welsh cyclist

1986- Juri Ueno -Japanese actress

1987- Timothy Derijck -Belgian footballer

1987- Yves De Winter -Belgian footballer

1987- Moritz Stehling -German footballer

1988- Elle and Blair Fowler|Elle Fowler -American blogger

1988- Union J|JJ Hamblett -English singer (Union J)

1988- Dávid Škutka -Slovak footballer

1988- Cameron van der Burgh -South African swimmer

1989- Karel Tammjärv -Estonian skier

1990- Nikita Filatov -Russian ice hockey player

1991- Jillian Wheeler -American singer-songwriter and actress

1994- Aly Raisman -American gymnast

1995- Gabby Soleil -American actress