This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1010- Emperor Renzong of Song -(d. 1063)

1220- Alexander Nevsky -Russian saint (d. 1263)

1423- Georg von Peuerbach -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1461)

1623- John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire (d. 1686)

1653- Claudia Felicitas of Austria -(d. 1676)

1718- Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire -English politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1793)

1719- Roger Newdigate -English politician (d. 1806)

1757- Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1844)

1768- Étienne Marie Antoine Champion de Nansouty -French general (d. 1815)

1768- Georg Amadeus Carl Friedrich Naumann -German mineralogist and geologist (d. 1873)

1800- Henri-Marie-Gaston Boisnormand de Bonnechose -French cardinal (d. 1883)

1814- Mikhail Bakunin -Russian philosopher and theorist (d. 1876)

1814- Eugène Charles Catalan -Belgian-French mathematician and academic (d. 1894)

1819- William McMurdo -English general (d. 1894)

1820- Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau -Canadian politician, 1st Premier of Quebec (d. 1890)

1835- Alfred Austin -English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1913)

1844- Félix Arnaudin -French poet and photographer (d. 1921)

1845- Amadeo I of Spain -(d. 1890)

1846- Peter Carl Fabergé -Russian goldsmith and jeweler (d. 1920)

1862- Mirza Alakbar Sabir -Azerbaijani philosopher and poet (d. 1911)

1871- Nándor Dáni -Hungarian runner (d. 1949)

1871- Olga Engl -Austrian-German actress (d. 1946)

1874- Ernest Duchesne -French physician (d. 1912)

1875- Giovanni Gentile -Italian philosopher (d. 1944)

1878- Mike Donlin -American baseball player and actor (d. 1933)

1879- Colin Blythe -English cricketer (d. 1917)

1879- Konstantin Ramul -Estonian psychologist an academic (d. 1975)

1881- Georg von Küchler -German field marshal (d. 1968)

1882- Wyndham Halswelle -English runner (d. 1915)

1885- Villem Grünthal-Ridala -Estonian poet and linguist (d. 1942)

1886- Laurent Barré -Canadian politician (d. 1964)

1886- Randolph Bourne -American theorist (d. 1918)

1887- Alexander Archipenko -Ukrainian-American sculptor (d. 1964)

1887- Paulette Noizeux -French actress (d. 1971)

1887- Emil Reesen -Danish pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1964)

1890- Roger Salengro -French politician (d. 1936)

1892- Fernando Amorsolo -Filipino painter (d. 1972)

1894- Hubertus van Mook -Dutch politician, List of Governors-General of the Dutch East Indies|Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)

1895- Maurice Tate -English cricketer (d. 1956)

1896- Howard Hawks -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1899- Irving Thalberg -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1936)

1901- Alfred Karindi -Estonian pianist and composer (d. 1969)

1901- Cornelia Otis Skinner -American actress and author (d. 1979)

1902- Stepin Fetchit -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1985)

1903- Countee Cullen -American poet and author (d. 1946)

1906- Bruno Gröning -Polish-German mystic (d. 1959)

1907- Elly Beinhorn -German pilot (d. 2007)

1907- Germaine Tillion -French anthropologist (d. 2008)

1908- Hannes Alfvén -Swedish physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1908- Mel Blanc -American voice actor and singer (d. 1989)

1909- Jacques Canetti -French talent agent (d. 1997)

1909- Benny Goodman -American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1986)

1910- Harry Bernstein -English-American author (d. 2011)

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

1910- Inge Meysel -German actress (d. 2004)

1912- Julius Axelrod -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1912- Erich Bagge -German physicist (d. 1996)

1912- Hugh Griffith -Welsh-English actor (d. 1980)

1912- Millicent Selsam -American author (d. 1996)

1912- Joseph Stein -American playwright (d. 2010)

1914- Akinoumi Setsuo -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 37th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1979)

1916- Justin Catayée -French politician (d. 1962)

1916- Mort Meskin -American illustrator (d. 1995)

1918- Pita Amor -Mexican poet (d. 2000)

1918- Bob Evans (restaurateur)|Bob Evans -American businessman, founded Bob Evans Restaurants (d. 2007)

1919- René Barrientos -Bolivian general and politician, 55th President of Bolivia (d. 1969)

1920- Franklin J. Schaffner -Japanese-American director and producer (d. 1989)

1922- Hal Clement -American author (d. 2003)

1923- Anna Proclemer -Italian actress (d. 2013)

1924- Marv Diemer -American businessman and politician (d. 2013)

1924- Armando Peraza -Cuban-American drummer (Santana (band)|Santana) (d. 2014)

1925- John Henry Marks -English physician

1926- Christine Jorgensen -American transgender (d. 1989)

1927- Clint Walker -American actor and singer

1928- Pro Hart -Australian painter (d. 2006)

1928- Agnès Varda -Belgian-French director, producer, and screenwriter

1929- Georges Gilson -French bishop

1930- Mark Birley -English businessman, founded Annabel's (d. 2007)

1930- Robert Ryman -American painter

1931- Larry Silverstein -American businessman

1932- Ray Cooney -English actor and playwright

1932- Pauline Oliveros -American accordion player and composer (Deep Listening Band)

1932- Ivor Richard, Baron Richard -Welsh politician and diplomat, British Ambassador to the United Nations

1934- Alexey Leonov -Russian general and astronaut

1934- Alketas Panagoulias -Greek footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1935- Lee Gunther -American production manager and producer (d. 1998)

1935- Guy Tardif -Canadian politician (d. 2005)

1936- Keir Dullea -American actor

1936- Stanislav Hurenko -Ukrainian politician (d. 2013)

1936- Ruta Lee -Canadian-American actress and dancer

1937- Christopher Haskins -Irish businessman

1937- Rick Mather -American-English architect (d. 2013)

1937- Harry Statham -American basketball player and coach

1938- David Early -American actor (d. 2013)

1938- Billie Letts -American author and educator (d. 2014)

1939- Michael J. Pollard -American actor

1939- Dieter Quester -Austrian race car driver

1939- Tim Waterstone -Scottish businessman, founded Waterstones

1940- Gilles Villemure -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1942- John Gladwin -English bishop

1942- Carole Stone -English journalist and author

1943- James Chaney -American activist (d. 1964)

1943- Charles Collingwood (actor)|Charles Collingwood -Canadian-English actor

1943- Anders Michanek -Swedish motorcycle racer

1943- Gale Sayers -American football player

1944- Peter E. Berger -American film editor (d. 2011)

1944- Lenny Davidson -English guitarist and songwriter (The Dave Clark Five)

1944- Meredith MacRae -American actress and singer (d. 2000)

1944- Stav Prodromou -Greek-American businessman

1945- Norman Eshley -English actor

1945- Richard Hannon, Sr. -English horse trainer

1946- Allan Chapman (historian)|Allan Chapman -English historian and author

1947- Jocelyne Bourassa -Canadian golfer

1948- Michael Piller -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)

1949- P. J. Carlesimo -American basketball player and coach

1949- Paul Coleridge -English judge

1949- Klaus Flouride -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Dead Kennedys)

1949- Bob Willis -English cricketer and sportscaster

1950- Bertrand Delanoë -French politician, Mayor of Paris

1950- Dann Glenn -American guitarist and composer

1950- Paresh Rawal -Indian actor

1950- Joshua Rozenberg -English lawyer, journalist, and author

1951- Zdravko Čolić -Bosnian-Serbian singer-songwriter (Ambasadori and Korni Grupa)

1951- Fernando Lugo -Paraguayan bishop and politician, President of Paraguay

1951- Stephen Tobolowsky -American actor, singer, and director

1952- Kerry Fraser -Canadian ice hockey player, referee, and sportscaster

1952- Scott Holmes -American actor

1953- Colm Meaney -Irish actor

1955- Topper Headon -English drummer and songwriter (The Clash and Mirkwood (band)|Mirkwood)

1955- Jacqueline McGlade -English-Canadian oceanographer and ecologist

1955- Jake Roberts -American wrestler

1955- Michael Spencer -Malaysian-English businessman

1955- Caroline Swift -English lawyer and judge

1955- Colm Tóibín -Irish author, poet, playwright, and critic

1958- Marie Fredriksson -Swedish singer-songwriter and pianist (Roxette)

1958- Steve Israel -American politician

1958- Michael López-Alegría -Spanish-American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1958- Ted McGinley -American actor

1959- Phil Brown (footballer, born 1959)|Phil Brown -English footballer, coach, and manager

1959- Randy Ferbey -Canadian curler

1959- Frank Vanhecke -Belgian politician

1961- Ralph Carter -American actor and singer

1961- Harry Enfield -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1961- Bob Yari -Iranian-American director and producer

1962- Kevin Eastman -American author and illustrator, co-created the ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles''

1962- Richard Fuller (Bedford MP)|Richard Fuller -English politician

1962- Tim Loughton -English politician

1962- Tonya Pinkins -American actress and singer

1963- Shauna Grant -American porn actress and model (d. 1984)

1963- Michel Langevin -Canadian drummer and songwriter (Voivod (band)|Voivod)

1963- Élise Lucet -French journalist

1963- Helen Sharman -English chemist and astronaut

1964- Wynonna Judd -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Judds)

1964- Andrea Montermini -Italian race car driver

1964- Tom Morello -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and activist (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman, and Axis of Justice)

1965- Billy Donovan -American basketball player and coach

1965- Abderraouf Jdey -Tunisian terrorist

1965- Iginio Straffi -Italian animator and producer, founded Rainbow S.r.l.

1966- Thomas Häßler -German footballer and manager

1966- Stephen Malkmus -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pavement (band)|Pavement, Silver Jews, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks)

1967- Tim Burgess (musician)|Tim Burgess -English singer-songwriter (The Charlatans (UK band)|The Charlatans and The Chavs)

1967- Sven Pipien -German-American bass player (The Black Crowes)

1968- Jason Kenney -Canadian politician

1968- Zacarias Moussaoui -French terrorist

1969- Naomi Kawase -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Ryuhei Kitamura -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1970- Flora Chan -Hong Kong actress

1970- Ness Wadia -Indian businessman

1971- Paul Grayson (rugby union)|Paul Grayson -English rugby player and coach

1971- Duncan Jones -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Idina Menzel -American singer-songwriter and actress

1971- Jiří Šlégr -Czech ice hockey player and politician

1971- Kyle Vander Kuyp -Australian hurdler

1972- Sōichirō Hoshi -Japanese voice actor

1972- Manny Ramirez -Dominican-American baseball player

1973- Leigh Francis -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974- Kostas Chalkias -Greek footballer

1974- Cee Lo Green -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley)

1974- Shin Ha-kyun -South Korean actor

1974- Big L -American rapper (Children of the Corn (group)|Children of the Corn and Diggin' in the Crates Crew) (d. 1999)

1974- David Wilkie (ice hockey)|David Wilkie -American ice hockey player and coach

1975- Evan Eschmeyer -American basketball player

1975- Brian Fair -American singer-songwriter (Shadows Fall and Overcast (band)|Overcast)

1975- Andy Farrell -English rugby player and coach

1976- Leonel Grave de Peralta -Cuban-American activist

1976- Radoslav Nesterović -Slovenian-Greek basketball player

1976- Magnus Norman -Swedish-Monacan tennis player

1976- Margaret Okayo -Kenyan runner

1977- Akwá -Angolan footballer

1977- Marc Dos Santos -Canadian soccer player, coach, and manager

1977- Nathan Robertson -English badminton player

1977- Rachael Stirling -English actress

1977- Federico Vilar -Argentinian-Italian footballer

1978- Lyoto Machida -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1979- Mike Bishai -Canadian ice hockey player

1979- Clint Bowyer -American race car driver

1979- Fabian Ernst -German footballer

1979- Rie Kugimiya -Japanese voice actress and singer

1979- Francis Lessard -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Steven Gerrard -English footballer

1980- Ilona Korstin -Russian basketball player

1980- Ryohgo Narita -Japanese author

1981- Devendra Banhart -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Megapuss)

1981- Blake Bashoff -American actor

1981- Gianmaria Bruni -Italian race car driver

1981- Ahmad Elrich -Australian footballer

1981- Remy Ma -American rapper (Terror Squad (group)|Terror Squad)

1981- Lars Møller Madsen -Danish handball player

1981- Hisanori Takada -Japanese footballer

1982- Eddie Griffin (basketball)|Eddie Griffin -American basketball player (d. 2007)

1982- James Simpson-Daniel -English rugby player

1983- Jennifer Ellison -English actress, singer, and dancer

1984- Sham Kwok Fai -Hong Kong footballer

1984- Matt Maguire -Australian footballer

1984- Jordan Palmer (American football)|Jordan Palmer -American football player

1984- Alexander Sulzer -German ice hockey player

1985- Igor Kurnosov -Russian chess player (d. 2013)

1985- Vladimir Latin -Estonian rower

1985- Aaron Volpatti -Canadian ice hockey player

1985- Jennifer Winget -Indian actress

1987- Joyce Cheng -Canadian-Hong Kong singer and actress

1988- Kelvin Etuhu -Nigerian-English footballer

1988- Antonio Winterstein -Australian rugby player

1989- Ailee -American-South Korean singer, dancer, and actress

1989- Hyomin -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (T-ara and T-ara N4)

1989- Kevin Covais -American singer and actor

1989- Lesia Tsurenko -Ukrainian tennis player

1990- Dean Collins (actor)|Dean Collins -American actor

1990- Andrei Loktionov -Russian ice hockey player

1990- Im Yoona -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Girls' Generation)

1991- Jonathan Fox (swimmer)|Jonathan Fox -English swimmer

1992- Danielle Harold -English actress

1992- Liam Mower -English actor and dancer

1994- Madeon -French DJ and producer

1994- Ivars Punnenovs -Latvian ice hockey player

1996- Beatriz Haddad Maia -Brazilian tennis player

1997- Jake Short -American actor

2000- Jared S. Gilmore -American actor