This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1140- Xin Qiji -Chinese poet, general, and politician (d. 1207)

1371- John the Fearless -French husband of Margaret of Bavaria (d. 1419)

1524- Selim II -Ottoman sultan (d. 1574)

1588- Pierre Séguier -French politician, Lord Chancellor of France (d. 1672)

1660- George I of Great Britain -(d. 1727)

1676- Jacopo Riccati -Italian mathematician (d. 1754)

1692- Geminiano Giacomelli -Italian composer (d. 1740)

1738- Joseph-Ignace Guillotin -French physician (d. 1814)

1759- William Pitt the Younger -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1806)

1763- Manuel Alberti -Argentinian priest (d. 1811)

1764- Edward Livingston -American jurist and politician, 11th United States Secretary of State (d. 1836)

1779- Thomas Moore -Irish poet and composer (d. 1852)

1807- Louis Agassiz -Swiss-American paleontologist and geologist (d. 1873)

1818- P. G. T. Beauregard -American general (d. 1893)

1836- Friedrich Baumfelder -German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1916)

1836- Alexander Mitscherlich -German chemist (d. 1918)

1837- George Ashlin -Irish architect, co-designed St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh|St Colman's Cathedral (d. 1921)

1837- Tony Pastor -American businessman (d. 1908)

1841- Sakaigawa Namiemon -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 14th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1887)

1853- Carl Larsson -Swedish painter (d. 1919)

1858- Carl Richard Nyberg -Swedish inventor and businessman, developed the blow torch (d. 1939)

1872- Marian Smoluchowski -Polish physicist (d. 1917)

1878- Paul Pelliot -French sinologist and explorer (d. 1945)

1879- Milutin Milanković -Serbian mathematician, astronomer, and geophysicist (d. 1958)

1883- Vinayak Damodar Savarkar -Indian politician (d. 1966)

1883- Clough Williams-Ellis -English-Welsh architect, designed the Portmeirion|Portmeirion Village (d. 1978)

1884- Edvard Beneš -Czech politician, 2nd List of Presidents of Czechoslovakia|President of Czechoslovakia (d. 1948)

1886- Santo Trafficante, Sr. -Italian-American mobster (d. 1954)

1888- Kaarel Eenpalu -Estonian journalist and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Estonia (d. 1942)

1888- Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot -English educator (d. 1947)

1888- Jim Thorpe -American decathlete, football player and coach (d. 1953)

1889- Richard Réti -Slovak-Czech chess player (d. 1929)

1892- Josef Dietrich -German general (d. 1966)

1896- Konstantin Märska -Estonian director and cinematographer (d. 1951)

1900- Tommy Ladnier -American trumpet player (d. 1939)

1906- Henry Thambiah -Sri Lankan lawyer, judge, and diplomat, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada (d. 1997)

1908- Léo Cadieux -Canadian politician (d. 2005)

1908- Ian Fleming -English journalist and author (d. 1964)

1909- Red Horner -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

1910- Georg Gaßmann -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 1987)

1910- Rachel Kempson -English-American actress (d. 2003)

1910- T-Bone Walker -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1975)

1911- Thora Hird -English actress (d. 2003)

1911- Fritz Hochwälder -Austrian playwright (d. 1986)

1912- Herman Johannes -Indonesian scientist, academic, and politician (d. 1992)

1912- Ruby Payne-Scott -Australian physicist and astronomer (d. 1981)

1912- Patrick White -English-Australian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)

1914- W. G. G. Duncan Smith -English captain and pilot (d. 1996)

1915- Joseph Greenberg -American linguist and academic (d. 2001)

1916- Walker Percy -American author (d. 1990)

1917- Barry Commoner -American biologist and politician (d. 2012)

1917- Papa John Creach -American violinist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and The Dinosaurs) (d. 1994)

1918- Johnny Wayne -Canadian actor and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1921- Heinz G. Konsalik -German author (d. 1999)

1922- Lou Duva -American boxing trainer and manager

1922- Roger Fisher (academic)|Roger Fisher -American author and academic (d. 2012)

1922- Tuomas Gerdt -Finnish sergeant

1923- György Ligeti -Romanian-Austrian composer and educator (d. 2006)

1923- N. T. Rama Rao -Indian actor, director, producer, and politician, 10th List of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh|Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 1996)

1923- Karl Vaino -Estonian politician

1924- Edward du Cann -English politician

1924- Paul Hébert -Canadian actor

1925- Bülent Ecevit -Turkish journalist, scholar, and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 2006)

1925- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau -German opera singer and conductor (d. 2012)

1929- Patrick McNair-Wilson -English politician

1930- Edward Seaga -American-Jamaican politician, 5th Prime Minister of Jamaica

1931- Carroll Baker -American actress

1931- Gordon Willis -American cinematographer (d. 2014)

1932- Neil Black -English oboe player and educator

1932- Tim Renton, Baron Renton of Mount Harry -English politician

1932- S. Selvanayagam -Ceylon geographer and academic (d. 1979)

1933- John Karlen -American actor

1934- Bill Baillie -New Zealand runner

1935- Anne Reid -English actress

1936- Claude Forget -Canadian politician

1936- Ole K. Sara -Norwegian politician (d. 2013)

1936- Betty Shabazz -American educator and activist (d. 1997)

1938- Prince Buster -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer

1938- Jerry West -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1938- Maurice Woods -American actor (d. 1983)

1940- Maeve Binchy -Irish author and playwright (d. 2012)

1940- David William Brewer -English politician, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London

1940- Shlomo Riskin -American rabbi, founded the Lincoln Square Synagogue

1941- Beth Howland -American actress

1942- Happy Pieterse -South African boxer (d. 2013)

1942- Stanley B. Prusiner -American neurologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1943- Terry Crisp -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1943- Elena Souliotis -Greek soprano (d. 2004)

1944- Faith Brown -English actress and singer

1944- Rudy Giuliani -American lawyer and politician, 107th Mayor of New York City

1944- Gladys Knight -American singer-songwriter and actress (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

1944- Jean-Pierre Léaud -French actor and director

1944- Sondra Locke -American actress, singer, and director

1944- Rita MacNeil -Canadian singer and actress (d. 2013)

1944- Patricia Quinn -Irish actress and singer

1944- Gary Stewart (singer)|Gary Stewart -American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1944- Billy Vera -American singer-songwriter and actor

1945- Patch Adams -American physician and author, founded the Gesundheit! Institute

1945- John N. Bambacus -American politician

1945- John Fogerty -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Golliwogs)

1945- Jean Perrault -Canadian politician, List of mayors of Sherbrooke|Mayor of Sherbrooke

1945- Helena Shovelton -English physician

1946- Skip Jutze -American baseball player

1946- Janet Paraskeva -Welsh politician

1946- K. Satchidanandan -Indian poet and critic

1946- William Shawcross -English journalist

1947- Zahi Hawass -Egyptian archaeologist and academic

1947- Lynn Johnston -Canadian illustrator

1947- Leland Sklar -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Section (band)|The Section and Era (musical project)|Era)

1948- Pierre Rapsat -Belgian singer-songwriter (d. 2002)

1949- Susan Fitzgerald -English-Irish actress (d. 2013)

1949- Sue Holderness -English actress

1949- Wendy O. Williams -American singer-songwriter and actress (Plasmatics) (d. 1998)

1950- Kamala (wrestler)|Kamala -American wrestler

1950- Ian Bradley -English minister, author, and academic

1952- Roger Briggs -American pianist, composer, conductor, and educator

1953- Pierre Gauthier -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1953- Arto Lindsay -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer (DNA (No Wave band)|DNA, The Golden Palominos, The Lounge Lizards, and Ambitious Lovers)

1954- Townsend Coleman -American voice actor

1954- João Carlos de Oliveira -Brazilian triple jumper (d. 1999)

1954- Youri Egorov -Russian pianist (d. 1988)

1954- Andy Hamilton -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1954- Charles Saumarez Smith -English historian and academic

1954- Péter Szilágyi (politician, 1954)|Péter Szilágyi -Hungarian conductor and politician (d. 2013)

1954- John Tory -Canadian lawyer and politician

1955- Laura Amy Schlitz -American author

1955- Mark Howe -American ice hockey player and coach

1956- Jerry Douglas -American guitarist and producer (The Country Gentlemen and Strength in Numbers (band)|Strength in Numbers)

1956- Markus Höttinger -Austrian race car driver (d. 1980)

1956- Michael Musyoki -Kenyan runner

1956- Julie Peasgood -English actress

1956- Peter Wilkinson (Royal Navy officer)|Peter Wilkinson -English admiral

1957- Colin Barnes -English footballer

1957- Kirk Gibson -American baseball player and manager

1957- Ben Howland -American basketball player and coach

1959- Risto Mannisenmäki -Finnish race car driver

1959- John Morgan (etiquette expert)|John Morgan -English etiquette expert and author (d. 2000)

1960- Mark Sanford -American captain and politician, 115th Governor of South Carolina

1960- Mary Portas -English journalist and author

1961- Michelle Collins -English actress

1962- Brandon Cruz -American actor

1961- Roland Gift -English singer-songwriter and actor (Fine Young Cannibals and Akrylykz)

1962- James Michael Tyler -American actor

1963- Gavin Harrison -English drummer (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, and OSI (band)|OSI)

1963- Houman Younessi -Australian-American scientist and educator

1964- David Baddiel -American-English comedian, actor, and author

1964- Jeff Fenech -Australian boxer

1964- Armen Gilliam -American basketball player and coach (d. 2011)

1964- Christa Miller -American actress

1964- Zsa Zsa Padilla -Filipino singer and actress (Hotdog (band)|Hotdog)

1964- Phil Vassar -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1965- Chris Ballew -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Presidents of the United States of America (band)|The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants)

1966- Ashley Laurence -American actress

1967- Emma Kennedy -English actress

1967- Glen Rice -American basketball player

1968- Kylie Minogue -Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1969- Mike DiFelice -American baseball player and manager

1969- Rob Ford -Canadian politician, 64th List of mayors of Toronto|Mayor of Toronto

1969- Justin Kirk -American actor

1970- Ian Cashmore -English paranormal investigator

1970- Jimi Goodwin -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doves (band)|Doves and Sub Sub)

1970- Glenn Quinn -Irish-American actor (d. 2002)

1970- Paul Sinha -English comedian and physician

1971- Isabelle Carré -French actress

1971- Ekaterina Gordeeva -Russian figure skater

1971- Marco Rubio -United States Senator from Florida

1972- Doriva -Brazilian footballer and manager

1972- Kate Ashfield -English actress

1972- Michael Boogerd -Dutch cyclist

1973- Marco Paulo Faria Lemos -Portuguese footballer and manager

1974- Hans-Jörg Butt -German footballer

1974- Romain Duris -French actor

1974- Alicia Minshew -American actress

1975- Maura Johnston -American journalist

1975- Charmaine Sheh -Hong Kong actress and singer

1975- Misbah-ul-Haq -Pakistani cricketer

1975- Marc Bauer -Swiss illustrator

1976- Roberto Goretti -Italian footballer

1976- Glenn Morrison -Australian rugby player

1976- Alexei Nemov -Russian gymnast

1976- Liam O'Brien -American voice actor, director, and screenwriter

1977- Jeremy Borash -American ring announcer and sportscaster

1977- Elisabeth Hasselbeck -American talk show host and author

1979- Abdulaziz al-Omari -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 11 (d. 2001)

1979- Jesse Bradford -American actor

1979- Ronald Curry -American football player

1979- Joeri Jansen -Belgian runner

1979- Monica Keena -American actress

1980- Mark Feehily -Irish singer-songwriter and pianist (Westlife)

1980- Miguel Pérez (footballer)|Miguel Pérez -Spanish footballer

1980- Lucy Shuker -English tennis player

1980- Jørgen Strickert -Norwegian comedian, author, and radio host

1981- Daniel Cabrera -Dominican-American baseball player

1981- Eric Ghiaciuc -American football player

1981- Adam Green (musician)|Adam Green -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Moldy Peaches)

1981- Victoria Legrand -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Beach House)

1981- Derval O'Rourke -Irish hurdler

1981- Aaron Schock -American politician

1982- Alexa Davalos -French-American actress

1982- Desiree del Valle -Filipino actress

1982- Jhonny Peralta -Dominican-American baseball player

1983- Steve Cronin -American soccer player

1983- Toby Hemingway -English actor

1983- Humberto Sánchez -Dominican-American baseball player

1984- Beth Allen -New Zealand actress

1985- Colbie Caillat -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Pablo Andrés González -Argentinian footballer

1985- Kostas Mendrinos -Greek footballer

1985- Carey Mulligan -English actress

1986- Berrick Barnes -Australian rugby player

1986- Joseph Cross (actor)|Joseph Cross -American actor

1986- Charles N'Zogbia -French footballer

1986- Michael Oher -American football player

1986- Seth Rollins -American wrestler

1986- Ingmar Vos -Dutch decathlete

1988- NaVorro Bowman -American football player

1988- Percy Harvin -American football player

1988- Craig Kimbrel -American baseball player

1988- Meisa Kuroki -Japanese actress and singer

1988- David Perron -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Luke Prosser -English footballer

1990- Kyle Walker -English footballer

1992- Tom Carroll (English footballer)|Tom Carroll -English footballer

1992- Mira Gonzalez -American poet

1992- Huang Qiushuang -Chinese gymnast

1993- Bárbara Luz -Portuguese tennis player

1993- Jonnie Peacock -English sprinter

1993- Mason Shefa -American director and producer

1994- Son Yeon-jae -South Korean gymnast

1995- Jacob Kogan -American actor

1998- Riho Sayashi -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)

1998- Luis Gabriel Moreno -Filipino archer

1999- Cameron Boyce -American actor and dancer