This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


742- Emperor Dezong of Tang -(d. 805)

1332- Ibn Khaldun -Tunisian historian and theologian (d. 1406)

1519- Girolamo Mei -Italian historian and theorist (d. 1594)

1576- Caspar Schoppe -German scholar (d. 1649)

1584- Michael Altenburg -German theologian and composer (d. 1640)

1601- Antoine Daniel -French-Canadian missionary and saint (d. 1648)

1626- William II, Prince of Orange -(d. 1650)

1651- Louis Antoine de Noailles -French cardinal (d. 1729)

1652- Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess Palatine -of Germany (d. 1722)

1738- Nathaniel Gorham -American politician, 14th President of the Continental Congress (d. 1796)

1756- Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria -(d. 1825)

1794- Cornelius Vanderbilt -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1877)

1818- Amelia Bloomer -American activist (d. 1894)

1819- Julia Ward Howe -American poet (d. 1910)

1820- Mathilde Bonaparte -Italian-French daughter of Catharina of Württemberg (d. 1904)

1827- Samuel F. Miller (U.S. politician)|Samuel F. Miller -American politician (d. 1892)

1836- Jay Gould -American businessman and financier (d. 1892)

1837- Wild Bill Hickok -American lawman (d. 1876)

1860- Manuel Teixeira Gomes -Portuguese politician, 7th President of Portugal (d. 1941)

1863- Arthur Mold -English cricketer (d. 1921)

1867- Arnold Bennett -English author and playwright (d. 1931)

1868- Aleksa Šantić -Bosnian poet (d. 1924)

1871- Georges Rouault -French painter (d. 1958)

1875- Frederick Cuming -English cricketer (d. 1942)

1876- Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski -Polish journalist and author (d. 1945)

1876- William Stanier -English engineer (d. 1965)

1877- Isadora Duncan -American-French dancer (d. 1927)

1879- Karl Bühler -German-American linguist and psychologist (d. 1963)

1879- Hans Lammers -German judge and politician (d. 1962)

1884- Max Brod -Czech journalist, author, and composer (d. 1968)

1888- Louis Durey -French composer (d. 1979)

1891- Claude Champagne -Canadian violinist, pianist, and composer (d. 1965)

1891- Jaan Kärner -Estonian poet and writer (d. 1958)

1893- Hermann Dörnemann -German super-centenarian (d. 2005)

1894- Louis-Ferdinand Céline -French physician and author (d. 1961)

1894- Dashiell Hammett -American author (d. 1961)

1895- Douglas Lloyd Campbell -Canadian politician, 13th Premier of Manitoba (d. 1995)

1897- John Cockcroft -English physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)

1897- Dink Templeton -American rugby player, jumper, and coach (d. 1962)

1899- Johannes Türn -Estonian chess and draughts player (d. 1993)

1900- Ethel Lang (supercentenarian)|Ethel Lang -English super-centenarian

1900- Uładzimir Žyłka -Belarusian poet (d. 1933)

1902- Fanny Godin -Belgian super-centenarian (d. 2014)

1904- Chūhei Nambu -Japanese jumper (d. 1997)

1906- Buddhadasa -Thai monk and philosopher (d. 1993)

1906- Antonio Rosario Mennonna -Italian bishop (d. 2009)

1907- Nicolas Calas -Swiss-American poet and critic (d. 1988)

1907- Rachel Carson -American biologist and author (d. 1964)

1909- Don Finlay -English hurdler and pilot (d. 1970)

1909- Dolores Hope -American singer and philanthropist (d. 2011)

1911- Hubert Humphrey -American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (d. 1978)

1911- Teddy Kollek -Hungarian-Israeli politician, Mayor of Jerusalem (d. 2007)

1911- Vincent Price -American actor (d. 1993)

1912- John Cheever -American author (d. 1982)

1912- Sam Snead -American golfer (d. 2002)

1912- Terry Moore (baseball)|Terry Moore -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1995)

1913- Wols -German painter and photographer (d. 1951)

1915- Ester Soré -Chilean singer (d. 1996)

1915- Herman Wouk -American author

1918- Yasuhiro Nakasone -Japanese commander and politician, 45th Prime Minister of Japan

1921- Caryl Chessman -American criminal (d. 1960)

1921- Bob Godfrey -Australian-English animator, director, and voice actor (d. 2013)

1922- Christopher Lee -English actor and singer

1922- John D. Vanderhoof -American politician, 37th Governor of Colorado (d. 2013)

1923- Henry Kissinger -German-American politician, 56th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1923- Sumner Redstone -American businessman

1924- Ernest Ingenito -American murderer (d. 1995)

1924- Jaime Lusinchi -Venezuelan physician and politician, President of Venezuela (d. 2014)

1924- John Sumner (director)|John Sumner -English-Australian director, founded the Melbourne Theatre Company (d. 2013)

1925- Tony Hillerman -American author (d. 2008)

1927- Jüri Randviir -Estonian chess player and journalist (d. 1996)

1927- Harry Webster -English engineer (d. 2007)

1928- Thea Musgrave -Scottish-American composer

1930- Simon Barrington-Ward -English bishop

1930- John Barth -American author and academic

1930- William S. Sessions -American civil servant and judge, 8th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

1930- Eino Tamberg -Estonian composer (d. 2010)

1931- John Chapple -English field marshal and politician, Governor of Gibraltar

1931- Bernard Fresson -French actor (d. 2002)

1931- Faten Hamama -Egyptian actress and producer

1932- Lon Spurrier -American runner

1933- Edward Samuel Rogers -Canadian businessman (d. 2008)

1933- Manfred Sommer -Spanish illustrator (d. 2007)

1934- Ray Daviault -Canadian-American baseball player

1934- Harlan Ellison -American author and screenwriter

1935- Daniel Colchico -American football player and coach (d. 2014)

1935- Mal Evans -English manager and producer (d. 1976)

1935- Ramsey Lewis -American pianist and composer

1935- Lee Meriwether -American model and actress, Miss America 1955

1936- Eric Anderson (educator)|Eric Anderson -English academic

1936- Benjamin Bathurst (Royal Navy officer)|Benjamin Bathurst -English admiral

1936- Louis Gossett, Jr. -American actor and producer

1936- Marcel Masse -Canadian politician, 29th Minister of National Defence (Canada)|Canadian Minister of National Defence (d. 2014)

1937- Allan Carr -American playwright and producer (d. 1999)

1939- Simon Cairns, 6th Earl Cairns -English courtier and businessman

1939- Yves Duhaime -Canadian politician

1939- Sokratis Kokkalis -Greek businessman

1939- Gerald Ronson -English businessman and philanthropist

1939- Don Williams -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pozo-Seco Singers)

1942- Lee Baca -American police officer

1942- Piers Courage -English race car driver (d. 1970)

1942- Roger Freeman, Baron Freeman -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1942- Robin Widdows -English race car driver

1943- Cilla Black -English singer and actress

1943- Bruce Weitz -American actor

1943- Raye Birk -American actor

1944- Chris Dodd -American lawyer and politician

1944- Ingrid Roscoe -English historian and politician, Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

1944- Alain Souchon -French singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1945- Bruce Cockburn -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Esquires (Canadian band)|The Esquires and The Flying Circus (Canada)|The Flying Circus)

1946- Lewis Collins -English-American actor (d. 2013)

1946- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen -Danish bassist and composer (d. 2005)

1947- Felix Dennis -English poet and publisher, founded Dennis Publishing (d. 2014)

1947- Marty Kristian -German-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The New Seekers)

1947- Branko Oblak -Slovenian footballer and coach

1947- Riivo Sinijärv -Estonian politician, 19th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1948- Wubbo de Boer -Dutch civil servant

1948- Pete Sears -English bass player (Jefferson Starship, Moonalice, and Hot Tuna)

1948- Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart -American occultist and author (d. 2014)

1949- Hugh Lowther, 8th Earl of Lonsdale -English politician

1949- Christa Vahlensieck -German runner

1950- Dee Dee Bridgewater -American singer-songwriter and actress (The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra)

1951- Ana Belén -Spanish actress, singer, and director

1951- John Conteh -English boxer

1954- Pauline Hanson -Australian politician

1954- Jackie Slater -American football player and coach

1955- Eric Bischoff -American wrestler, manager, and producer

1955- Richard Schiff -American actor

1955- Ian Tracey (organist)|Ian Tracey -English organist and conductor

1956- Cynthia McFadden -American journalist

1956- Rosemary Squire -English theater producer and manager

1956- Giuseppe Tornatore -Italian director and screenwriter

1957- Dag Terje Andersen -Norwegian politician

1957- Duncan Goodhew -English swimmer

1957- Siouxsie Sioux -English singer-songwriter and producer (Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Creatures)

1958- Nick Anstee -English accountant and politician, 682nd Lord Mayor of London

1958- Neil Finn -New Zealand singer-songwriter and mandolin player (Split Enz, Crowded House, Finn Brothers, The Mullanes, 7 Worlds Collide, and Pajama Club)

1958- Linnea Quigley -American actress and producer

1958- Jesse Robredo -Filipino politician (d. 2012)

1960- Gaston Therrien -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1961- José Luíz Barbosa -Brazilian runner

1961- Peri Gilpin -American actress

1962- Marcelino Bernal -Mexican footballer

1962- Ray Borner -Australian basketball player

1962- Steven Brill (scriptwriter)|Steven Brill -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- David Mundell -Scottish politician

1962- Ravi Shastri -Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1963- Gonzalo Rubalcaba -Cuban pianist and composer

1964- Adam Carolla -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964- Zheng Geping -Singaporean actor

1965- Todd Bridges -American actor, director, and producer

1965- Pat Cash -Australian tennis player

1966- Heston Blumenthal -English chef and author

1967- Paul Gascoigne -English footballer, coach, and manager

1967- Eddie Harsch -Canadian-American keyboard player and bass player (The Black Crowes and The Detroit Cobras)

1967- Eddie McClintock -American actor

1968- Jeff Bagwell -American baseball player and coach

1968- Rebekah Brooks -English journalist

1968- Frank Thomas (designated hitter)|Frank Thomas -American baseball player

1969- Todd Hundley -American baseball player

1969- Jeremy Mayfield -American race car driver

1969- Dondre Whitfield -American actor

1970- Michele Bartoli -Italian cyclist

1970- Tim Farron -English politician

1970- Joseph Fiennes -English actor

1970- Cherry Pie Picache -Filipino actress and screenwriter

1971- Mathew Batsiua -Nauruan politician

1971- Paul Bettany -English actor

1971- Wayne Carey -Australian footballer and coach

1971- Kaur Kender -Estonian author

1971- Lisa Lopes -American rapper, dancer, and actress (TLC (band)|TLC) (d. 2002)

1971- Glenn Ross -Irish strongman

1971- Monika Schnarre -Canadian model and actress

1971- Lee Sharpe -English footballer

1972- Todd Demsey -American golfer

1972- Ivete Sangalo -Brazilian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1973- Jack McBrayer -American actor

1973- Tana Umaga -New Zealand rugby player and coach

1974- Vanessa Blue -American porn actress and director

1974- Jason Narvy -American actor

1974- Denise van Outen -English actress, singer, and television host

1974- Derek Webb -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Caedmon's Call)

1974- Danny Wuerffel -American football player

1975- Jadakiss -American rapper (The LOX)

1975- André 3000 -American rapper, producer, and actor (OutKast)

1975- Michael Hussey -Australian cricketer

1975- Jamie Oliver -English chef and author

1976- RJD2 -American DJ and producer (Soul Position)

1976- Marcel Fässler (racing driver)|Marcel Fässler -Swiss race car driver

1977- Abderrahmane Hammad -Algerian high jumper

1977- Mahela Jayawardene -Sri Lankan cricketer

1978- Adin Brown -American soccer player

1979- Michael Buonauro -American author and illustrator (d. 2004)

1979- Stuart Manning -English actor

1979- Mile Sterjovski -Australian footballer

1980- Craig Buntin -Canadian figure skater

1981- Miloy -Angolan footballer

1981- Marcelo Bonan -Brazilian footballer

1981- Özgür Çevik -Turkish singer and actor

1981- Alina Cojocaru -Romanian ballet dancer

1981- Fivos Constantinou -Cypriot runner

1981- Johan Elmander -Swedish footballer

1982- Natalya (wrestler)|Natalya -Canadian-American wrestler

1982- Michael de Grussa -Australian singer-songwriter and pianist (The Kill Devil Hills)

1983- Bobby Convey -American soccer player

1983- Khamis Gaddafi -Libyan commander (d. 2011)

1983- Meelis Kanep -Estonian chess player

1984- Blake Ahearn -American basketball player

1984- Darin Brooks -American actor

1984- Kalle Spjuth -Swedish bandy player

1985- Chiang Chien-ming -Taiwanese baseball player

1985- Roberto Soldado -Spanish footballer

1986- Conor Cummins -Manx motorcycle racer

1986- Timo Descamps -Belgian-Flemish actor and singer

1986- Bamba Fall -Senegalese basketball player

1986- Lasse Schöne -Danish footballer

1987- Gervinho -Ivorian footballer

1987- Valerie Garcia -Filipino actress

1987- Eric Kolelas -French-English actor and director

1988- Irina Davydova -Russian hurdler

1988- Mari Pokinen -Estonian actress and singer

1988- Allyn Rose -American model and athlete, Miss Maryland USA|Miss Maryland USA 2011

1989- Rodrigo de Triano -English race horse (d. 2014)

1989- Ash Hollywood -American porn actress

1989- Igor Morozov -Estonian footballer

1990- Yenew Alamirew -Ethiopian runner

1990- Nadine Beiler -Austrian singer

1990- Chris Colfer -American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1991- Ksenia Pervak -Russian tennis player

1994- Aymeric Laporte -French footballer