This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1594- Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim -Bavarian field marshal (d. 1632)

1627- Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier -(d. 1693)

1630- Charles II of England -(d. 1685)

1675- Humphry Ditton -English mathematician and philosopher (d. 1715)

1716- Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton -French zoologist and mineralogist (d. 1800)

1722- James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster -Irish soldier and politician (d. 1773)

1730- Jackson of Exeter -English organist and composer (d. 1803)

1736- Patrick Henry -American lawyer and politician, 1st Governor of Virginia (d. 1799)

1773- Princess Sophia of Gloucester -(d. 1844)

1780- Henri Braconnot -French chemist and pharmacist (d. 1855)

1794- Johann Heinrich von Mädler -German astronomer (d. 1874)

1823- John H. Balsley -American carpenter and inventor (d. 1895)

1860- Isaac Albéniz -Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1909)

1873- Rudolf Tobias -Estonian organist and composer (d. 1918)

1874- G. K. Chesterton -English journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1936)

1880- Oswald Spengler -German historian and philosopher (d. 1936)

1892- Alfonsina Storni -Swiss-Argentinian poet (d. 1938)

1893- Max Brand -American author (d. 1944)

1894- Beatrice Lillie -Canadian actress (d. 1989)

1894- Josef von Sternberg -Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1969)

1897- Erich Wolfgang Korngold -Czech-American composer (d. 1957)

1899- Douglas Abbott -Canadian politician, 10th Minister of National Defence (Canada)|Minister of Defence for Canada (d. 1987)

1903- Bob Hope -English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2003)

1905- Sebastian Shaw (actor)|Sebastian Shaw -English actor, director, and playwright (d. 1994)

1906- T. H. White -Indian-English author (d. 1964)

1907- Hartland Molson -Canadian captain and politician (d. 2002)

1908- Diana Morgan (screenwriter)|Diana Morgan -Welsh-English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1910- Ralph Metcalfe -American sprinter (d. 1978)

1911- Armida (actress)|Armida -Mexican-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1989)

1913- Tony Zale -American boxer (d. 1997)

1914- Stacy Keach, Sr. -American actor (d. 2003)

1914- Tenzing Norgay -Nepalese mountaineer (d. 1986)

1915- Karl Münchinger -German conductor (d. 1990)

1917- John F. Kennedy -American lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1917- Marcel Trudel -Canadian historian, educator, and author (d. 2011)

1919- Jacques Genest -Canadian physician and academic

1920- John Harsanyi -Hungarian-American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1921- Norman Hetherington -Australian cartoonist and puppeteer (d. 2010)

1921- Clifton James -American actor

1922- Iannis Xenakis -Greek-French composer, engineer, and theorist (d. 2001)

1923- Bernard Clavel -French author (d. 2010)

1923- John Parker, 6th Earl of Morley -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Devon

1924- Lars Bo -Danish author and illustrator (d. 1999)

1924- Miloslav Kříž -Czech basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1924- Pepper Paire -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1926- Katie Boyle -Italian-English actress and television host

1926- Charles Denner -French actor (d. 1995)

1926- Abdoulaye Wade -Senegalese politician, 3rd List of Presidents of Senegal|President of Senegal

1927- Gordon Berg -American politician (d. 2013)

1927- Jean Coutu (pharmacist)|Jean Coutu -Canadian pharmacist and businessman, founded the Jean Coutu Group

1927- Thanasis Veggos -Greek actor and director (d. 2011)

1929- Harry Frankfurt -American philosopher and academic

1929- Peter Higgs -English-Scottish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1929- Roberto Vargas -Puerto Rican baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

1932- Richie Guerin -American basketball player and coach

1932- Paul R. Ehrlich -American biologist and author

1933- Helmuth Rilling -German conductor

1934- Grandma Lee -American comedian

1934- Nanette Newman -English actress and author

1934- Bill Vander Zalm -Canadian politician, 28th Premier of British Columbia

1936- Fred White (sportscaster)|Fred White -American sportscaster (d. 2013)

1937- Hibari Misora -Japanese singer and actress (d. 1989)

1937- Charles W. Pickering -American judge

1937- Irmin Schmidt -German keyboard player and composer (Can (band)|Can)

1937- Alwin Schockemöhle -German horse rider

1938- Christopher Bland -English businessman and politician

1938- Fay Vincent -American lawyer and businessman

1939- Al Unser -American race car driver

1940- Taihō Kōki -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 48th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 2013)

1940- Farooq Leghari -Pakistani politician, 8th President of Pakistan (d. 2010)

1941- Doug Scott -English mountaineer

1942- Pierre Bourque (politician)|Pierre Bourque -Canadian politician, 40th Mayor of Montreal

1942- Kevin Conway (actor)|Kevin Conway -American actor

1943- Robert W. Edgar -American politician (d. 2013)

1944- Quentin Davies, Baron Davies of Stamford -English politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1945- Gary Brooker -English singer-songwriter and pianist (Procol Harum and The Paramounts)

1945- Peter Fraser, Baron Fraser of Carmyllie -Scottish politician, Solicitor General for Scotland (d. 2013)

1945- Catherine Lara -French singer-songwriter and violinist

1945- Julian Le Grand -English economist and author

1945- Martin Pipe -English horse trainer

1945- Joyce Tenneson -American photographer

1945- Jean-Pierre Van Rossem -Belgian scholar and author

1946- Fernando Buesa -Spanish politician (d. 2000)

1947- Anthony Geary -American actor

1947- Joey Levine -American singer-songwriter and producer (Ohio Express and The Third Rail (band)|The Third Rail)

1947- Gene Robinson -American bishop

1947- Constantino Romero -Spanish radio host and actor (d. 2013)

1948- Michael Berkeley -English composer and radio host

1948- Linda Esther Gray -Scottish soprano

1948- Keith Gull -English microbiologist and academic

1948- Nick Mancuso -Italian-Canadian actor and producer

1949- Robert Axelrod (actor)|Robert Axelrod -American actor

1949- Andrew Clements -American author and educator

1949- Brian Kidd -English footballer and coach

1949- Francis Rossi -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Status Quo (band)|Status Quo)

1949- Cotter Smith -American actor

1950- Rebbie Jackson -American singer and actress

1951- Peter Chernin -American businessman

1952- Alan Langlands -Scottish academic

1952- Zeituni Onyango -Kenyan-American computer programmer (d. 2014)

1953- Aleksandr Abdulov -Russian actor (d. 2008)

1953- Giles Clarke -English businessman

1953- Danny Elfman -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Oingo Boingo)

1954- Robert Beaser -American composer

1954- Jerry Moran -American lawyer and politician

1955- Frank Baumgartl -German runner (d. 2010)

1955- John Hinckley, Jr. -American attempted assassin of Ronald Reagan

1955- David Kirschner -American animator, producer, and author

1955- Gordon Rintoul -Scottish curator

1955- Ken Schrader -American race car driver

1956- Mark Lyall Grant -English diplomat, British Ambassador to the United Nations

1956- La Toya Jackson -American singer-songwriter and actress

1957- Steven Croft (bishop)|Steven Croft -English bishop and theologian

1957- Jeb Hensarling -American lawyer and politician

1957- Ted Levine -American actor

1958- Annette Bening -American actress

1958- Willem Holleeder -Dutch criminal

1958- Karen Maruyama -American actress

1958- Juliano Mer-Khamis -Israeli actor, director, and activist (d. 2011)

1958- Uwe Rapolder -German footballer and coach

1958- Mike Stenhouse -American baseball player and sportscaster

1958- Wayne Duvall -American actor

1959- Rupert Everett -English actor, singer, and producer

1959- Steve Hanley (musician)|Steve Hanley -Irish-English bass player and songwriter (The Fall (band)|The Fall and Tom Hingley and the Lovers)

1959- Adrian Paul -English actor and producer

1960- Thomas Baumer -Swiss economist and academic

1960- Neil Crone -Canadian actor

1960- Mike Freer -English politician

1960- Carol Kirkwood -Scottish journalist

1961- Melissa Etheridge -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist

1961- John Miceli -American drummer (Neverland Express)

1962- Fandi Ahmad -Singaporean footballer, coach, and manager

1962- Eric Davis (baseball)|Eric Davis -American baseball player

1962- Perry Fenwick -English actor

1962- John D. LeMay -American actor

1962- Chloé Sainte-Marie -Canadian actress and singer

1963- Blaze Bayley -English singer-songwriter (Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane (band)|Wolfsbane)

1963- Tracey E. Bregman -German-American actress

1963- Zhu Jianhua -Chinese high jumper

1963- Ukyo Katayama -Japanese race car driver

1963- Claude Loiselle -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1963- Lisa Whelchel -American actress and singer

1964- Jestoni Alarcon -Filipino actor and politician

1964- Howard Mills III -American politician

1967- Noel Gallagher -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Oasis (band)|Oasis and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)

1967- Mike Keane -Canadian ice hockey player

1967- Steven Levitt -American economist

1967- Iñaki Ochoa de Olza -Spanish mountaineer (d. 2008)

1968- Torquhil Campbell, 13th Duke of Argyll -Scottish politician

1968- Tate George -American basketball player

1968- Jessica Morden -English politician

1969- Chan Kinchla -Canadian guitarist (Blues Traveler)

1970- Roberto Di Matteo -Italian footballer and manager

1971- Éric Lucas -Canadian boxer

1971- Bernd Mayländer -German race car driver

1971- Rob Womack -English shot putter

1972- Közi -Japanese singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Malice Mizer and Eve of Destiny)

1972- Stanislas (singer)|Stanislas -French singer-songwriter (Circus (French band)|Circus)

1972- Bill Curley -American basketball player

1972- Simon Jones (musician)|Simon Jones -English singer and bass player (The Verve, The Shining (band)|The Shining, and Black Submarine)

1973- Anthony Azizi -American actor

1973- Mark Lee (musician)|Mark Lee -American guitarist and songwriter (Third Day)

1973- Alpay Özalan -Turkish footballer

1974- Stephen Larkham -Australian rugby player and coach

1974- Aaron McGruder -American cartoonist

1974- Myf Warhurst -Australian radio and television host

1974- Jenny Willott -English politician

1975- Jason Allison -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Mel B -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Spice Girls)

1975- Natarsha Belling -Australian journalist

1975- David Burtka -American actor and chef

1975- Sven Kubis -German footballer

1975- Sarah Millican -English comedian

1975- Daniel Tosh -American comedian and actor

1975- Anthony Wall -English golfer

1976- Caçapa -Brazilian footballer and manager

1976- Jerry Hairston, Jr. -American baseball player

1976- Yūsuke Iseya -Japanese actor

1976- Raef LaFrentz -American basketball player

1976- Yegor Titov -Russian footballer

1977- Massimo Ambrosini -Italian footballer

1977- Marco Cassetti -Italian footballer

1977- Danny Gerard -American actor and singer

1977- António Lebo Lebo -Angolan footballer

1978- Pelle Almqvist -Swedish singer-songwriter and bass player (The Hives)

1978- Sébastien Grosjean -French tennis player

1978- Lorenzo Odone -American Adrenoleukodystrophy patient (d. 2008)

1978- Adam Rickitt -English actor and singer (5th Story)

1979- Arne Friedrich -German footballer

1979- Brian Kendrick -American wrestler

1979- Ahmad Latiff Khamaruddin -Singaporean footballer

1979- John Rheinecker -American baseball player

1980- Ernesto Farías -Argentinian footballer

1981- Andrei Arshavin -Russian footballer

1981- Justin Chon -American actor

1982- Ailyn -Spanish singer (Sirenia (band)|Sirenia)

1982- Ana Beatriz Barros -Brazilian model

1982- Joanne Borgella -American singer and model (d. 2014)

1982- Anita Briem -Icelandic actress

1982- Nataliya Dobrynska -Ukrainian heptathlete

1982- Matt Macri -American baseball player

1982- Kim Tae-kyun -South Korean baseball player

1983- Jean Makoun -Cameroonian footballer

1983- Alberto Medina -Mexican footballer

1984- Carmelo Anthony -American basketball player

1984- Funmi Jimoh -American long jumper

1984- Andreas Schäffer -German footballer

1985- Nathan Horton -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Hornswoggle -American wrestler

1986- Jaslene Gonzalez -Puerto Rican-American model

1987- Lina Andrijauskaitė -Lithuanian long jumper

1987- Kelvin Maynard -Dutch footballer

1987- Noah Reid -Canadian actor

1987- Rui Sampaio -Portuguese footballer

1987- Alessandra Torresani -American actress

1988- Cheng Fei -Chinese gymnast

1988- Steve Mason (ice hockey)|Steve Mason -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- Riley Keough -American model and actress

1989- Brandon Mychal Smith -American actor, singer, and dancer

1989- Mathew Waters -Australian actor

1990- Ramil Guliyev -Azeri-Turkish sprinter

1991- Kristen Alderson -American actress and singer

1991- Saori Hayami -Japanese voice actress and singer

1991- Tom Ljungman -Swedish actor

1992- Sarah Moundir -Swiss tennis player

1992- Gregg Sulkin -English actor

1993- Jana Čepelová -Slovak tennis player

1993- Grete Šadeiko -Estonian heptathlete

1998- Lucía Gil -Spanish singer and actress