This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1443- Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby -(d. 1509)

1469- Manuel I of Portugal -(d. 1521)

1535- Alessandro Allori -Italian painter (d. 1607)

1557- Feodor I of Russia -(d. 1598)

1613- John George II, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1680)

1640- Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki -Ukrainian husband of Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland (d. 1673)

1641- Patriarch Dositheos II of Jerusalem -(d. 1707)

1656- Marin Marais -French viol player and composer (d. 1728)

1683- Jean-Pierre Christin -French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer, invented the Celsius|Celsius thermometer (d. 1755)

1732- Count Hieronymus von Colloredo -Austrian archbishop (d. 1812)

1753- Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud -French lawyer and politician (d. 1793)

1754- Andrea Appiani -Italian painter (d. 1817)

1773- Ludwig Tieck -German poet, author, and critic (d. 1853)

1801- Johann Georg Baiter -Swiss philologist (d. 1887)

1818- John Albion Andrew -American lawyer and politician, 25th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1867)

1819- Walt Whitman -American poet and author (d. 1892)

1835- Hijikata Toshizō -Japanese commander (d. 1869)

1838- Henry Sidgwick -English economist and philosopher (d. 1900)

1847- William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie -Canadian-Irish shipbuilder and businessman (d. 1924)

1852- Francisco Moreno -Argentinian explorer and academic (d. 1919)

1852- Julius Richard Petri -German microbiologist, invented the Petri dish (d. 1921)

1857- Pope Pius XI -(d. 1939)

1860- Walter Sickert -English painter (d. 1942)

1863- Francis Younghusband -Pakistani-English captain and explorer (d. 1942)

1872- W. Heath Robinson -English illustrator (d. 1944)

1879- Frances Alda -New Zealand-Australian soprano (d. 1952)

1882- Sándor Festetics -Hungarian politician, Minister of Defence of Hungary (d. 1956)

1883- Lauri Kristian Relander -Finnish politician, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)

1885- Alois Hudal -Austrian bishop (d. 1963)

1887- Saint-John Perse -French poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

1892- Michel Kikoine -Belarusian-French painter (d. 1968)

1892- Erich Neumann (politician)|Erich Neumann -German politician (d. 1951)

1892- Konstantin Paustovsky -Russian poet and author (d. 1968)

1892- Gregor Strasser -German politician (d. 1934)

1894- Fred Allen -American comedian, actor, and radio host (d. 1956)

1898- Norman Vincent Peale -American minister and author (d. 1993)

1901- Alfredo Antonini -Italian-American conductor and composer (d. 1983)

1902- Billy Mayerl -English pianist and composer (d. 1959)

1905- Florence Desmond -English actress (d. 1993)

1908- Don Ameche -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1908- Nils Poppe -Swedish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1909- Art Coulter -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2000)

1909- Aurore Gagnon -Canadian child abuse victim (d. 1920)

1911- Maurice Allais -French economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)

1912- Alfred Deller -English singer (d. 1979)

1914- Akira Ifukube -Japanese composer (d. 2006)

1916- Bert Haanstra -Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1916- Bernard Lewis -English-American historian and author

1918- Sadie Corré -English actress and dancer (d. 2009)

1919- Huy Cận -Vietnamese poet (d. 2005)

1919- Robie Macauley -American author and critic (d. 1995)

1921- Edna Doré -English actress (d. 2014)

1921- Howard Reig -American radio and television announcer (d. 2008)

1921- Alida Valli -Croatian-Italian actress and singer (d. 2006)

1922- Denholm Elliott -English-Spanish actor (d. 1992)

1923- Ellsworth Kelly -American painter and sculptor

1923- Rainier III, Prince of Monaco -(d. 2005)

1925- Julian Beck -American Actor and director (d. 1986)

1927- James Eberle -English admiral

1927- Michael Sandberg, Baron Sandberg -English banker

1927- Lloyd Thaxton -American television host and producer (d. 2008)

1928- Pankaj Roy -Indian cricketer (d. 2001)

1929- Menahem Golan -Israeli director and producer (d. 2014)

1930- Clint Eastwood -American actor, director, producer, and politician

1931- John Robert Schrieffer -American physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Shirley Verrett -American soprano (d. 2010)

1932- Ed Lincoln -Brazilian pianist, bassist, and composer (d. 2012)

1932- Jay Miner -American computer scientist (d. 1994)

1932- Hanno Selg -Estonian pentathlete

1933- Henry B. Eyring -American religious leader, educator, and author

1934- Jim Hutton -American actor (d. 1979)

1935- Jim Bolger -New Zealand politician, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand

1938- Johnny Paycheck -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

1938- John Prescott -Welsh politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1938- Peter Yarrow -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Peter, Paul and Mary)

1939- Terry Waite -English humanitarian and author

1940- Anatoliy Bondarchuk -Ukrainian hammer thrower and coach

1940- Gilbert Shelton -American illustrator

1941- June Clark -Welsh nurse and educator

1941- Louis Ignarro -American pharmacologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1943- Sharon Gless -American actress

1943- Joe Namath -American football player and actor

1944- Samantha Juste -English-American singer and television host (d. 2014)

1945- Rainer Werner Fassbinder -German actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1945- Laurent Gbagbo -Ivorian politician, 4th List of heads of state of Ivory Coast|President of Côte d'Ivoire

1945- Bernard Goldberg -American journalist

1946- Ted Baehr -American publisher and critic

1946- Steve Bucknor -Jamaican cricketer and umpire

1946- Krista Kilvet -Estonian journalist, politician, and diplomat (d. 2009)

1946- Debbie Moore -English model and businesswoman

1947- Junior Campbell -Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Marmalade (band)|Marmalade)

1947- Gabriele Hinzmann -German discus thrower

1947- David Rowlands -English civil servant (d. 2014)

1948- Lynda Bellingham -Canadian-English actress and television host (d. 2014)

1948- John Bonham -English drummer and songwriter (Led Zeppelin and Band of Joy) (d. 1980)

1948- Duncan Hunter -American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician

1949- Tom Berenger -American actor and producer

1949- Tapio Kantanen -Finnish runner

1949- Nancy Shade -American soprano and actress

1950- Jean Chalopin -French director, producer, and screenwriter, founded DIC Entertainment

1950- Gregory Harrison -American actor

1950- Edgar Savisaar -Estonian politician, Minister of the Interior (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of the Interior

1951- Karl-Hans Riehm -German hammer thrower

1952- Karl Bartos -German singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Kraftwerk and Electronic (band)|Electronic)

1953- Pirkka-Pekka Petelius -Finnish actor and screenwriter

1953- Linda Riordan -English politician

1953- Lynne Truss -English journalist and author

1954- Thomas Mavros -Greek footballer

1954- Vicki Sue Robinson -American actress and singer (d. 2000)

1955- Bruce Adolphe -American pianist, composer, and scholar

1955- Ben de Lisi -American fashion designer

1955- Tommy Emmanuel -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dragon (band)|Dragon)

1955- Susie Essman -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Fritz Hilpert -German drummer (Kraftwerk)

1956- John Young (musician)|John Young -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Qango (band)|Qango and Strawbs)

1957- Jim Craig (ice hockey)|Jim Craig -American ice hockey player

1958- Roma Maffia -American actress

1959- Andrea de Cesaris -Italian race car driver (d. 2014)

1959- Phil Wilson (British politician)|Phil Wilson -English politician

1960- Greg Adams (ice hockey b. 1960)|Greg Adams -Canadian ice hockey player

1960- Chris Elliott -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Peter Winterbottom -English rugby player

1961- Ray Cote -Canadian ice hockey player

1961- Justin Madden -Australian footballer and politician

1961- Lea Thompson -American actress, director, and producer

1962- Corey Hart (singer)|Corey Hart -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1962- Sebastian Koch -German actor

1962- Noriko Hidaka -Japanese voice actress

1963- Hugh Dillon -Canadian singer, producer, and actor (Headstones (band)|Headstones and Hugh Dillon Redemption Choir)

1963- Viktor Orbán -Hungarian politician, 38th Prime Minister of Hungary

1963- Wesley Willis -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Wesley Willis Fiasco) (d. 2003)

1964- Leonard Asper -Canadian lawyer and businessman

1964- Stéphane Caristan -French hurdler

1964- Yukio Edano -Japanese politician, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs

1964- Scotti Hill -American guitarist and songwriter (Skid Row (American band)|Skid Row)

1964- Darryl McDaniels -American rapper and producer (Run–D.M.C.)

1965- Brooke Shields -American model, actress, and producer

1965- Yoko Soumi -Japanese voice actress

1966- Jeremy Hotz -Canadian-American comedian and actor

1966- Roshan Mahanama -Sri Lankan cricketer

1966- Nick Scotti -American model, actor, and singer

1967- Vampiro -Canadian-Mexican wrestler

1967- Sandrine Bonnaire -French actress and director

1967- Phil Keoghan -New Zealand-American television host and producer

1967- Kenny Lofton -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1968- John Connolly (author)|John Connolly -Irish author

1968- Stéphane E. Roy -Canadian comedian and actor

1971- Diana Damrau -German soprano

1972- Frode Estil -Norwegian skier

1972- Karl Geary -Irish-American actor

1972- John Godina -American shot putter and discus thrower

1972- Sarah Murdoch -English-Australian model and actress

1972- Antti Niemi (footballer)|Antti Niemi -Finnish footballer and coach

1972- Archie Panjabi -English actress

1972- Dave Roberts (outfielder)|Dave Roberts -American baseball player and coach

1973- Chris Harmse -South African hammer thrower

1973- Kate Howey -English martial artist

1973- Dominique Monami -Belgian tennis player

1974- Chad Campbell -American golfer

1974- Zsolt Erdei -Hungarian boxer

1974- Tristram Hunt -English historian and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

1974- Adrian Tomine -American illustrator

1975- Yiasoumis Yiasoumi -Cypriot footballer

1976- Colin Farrell -Irish actor

1976- Matt Harpring -American basketball player

1976- Tonka Tomicic -Chilean model and television host, Miss World Chile|Miss World Chile 1995

1976- Mashona Washington -American tennis player

1977- Theodoros Baev -Bulgarian-Greek volleyball player

1977- Phil Devey -Canadian baseball player

1977- Domenico Fioravanti -Italian swimmer

1977- Scott Klopfenstein -American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (Reel Big Fish, The Littlest Man Band, The Scholars (band)|The Scholars, and Nuckle Brothers)

1977- Greg Leeb -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Eric Christian Olsen -American actor

1977- Joachim Olsen -Danish shot putter

1977- Joel Ross -English radio and television host

1977- June Sarpong -English television host

1977- Moses Sichone -Zambian footballer

1977- Petr Tenkrát -Czech ice hockey player

1978- Aleksey Zagornyi -Russian hammer thrower

1979- Jean-François Gillet -Belgian footballer

1980- Craig Bolton -Australian footballer and sportscaster

1980- Andy Hurley -American drummer (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things, Project Rocket, and Racetraitor)

1981- Mikael Antonsson -Swedish footballer

1981- Yoon Mi-rae -American-South Korean singer (Uptown (band)|Uptown)

1981- Jake Peavy -American baseball player

1982- Jonathan Tucker -American actor

1983- David Hernandez (singer)|David Hernandez -American model and singer

1983- Dustin Wells -New Zealand footballer

1983- Reggie Yates -English actor and television host

1984- Andrew Bailey (baseball)|Andrew Bailey -American baseball player

1984- Milorad Čavić -Serbian swimmer

1984- Nate Robinson -American basketball player

1984- Jason Smith (actor)|Jason Smith -Australian actor and singer

1985- Navene Koperweis -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Animals as Leaders, The Faceless, and Animosity (band)|Animosity)

1985- Ian Vougioukas -Greek basketball player

1986- Waka Flocka Flame -American rapper

1986- Robert Gesink -Dutch cyclist

1986- Melissa McIntyre -Canadian actress

1987- Shaun Fleming -American actor and singer (Foxygen and Diane Coffee)

1987- Meredith Hagner -American actress

1987- Curtis Williams -American actor

1987- Nagi Yanagi -Japanese singer-songwriter

1988- Lisa Bund -German singer-songwriter

1988- Hope Partlow -American singer

1989- Pablo Alborán -Spanish singer

1989- Lauren Barnes -American soccer player

1989- Katherine Connors -American model, Miss Iowa USA|Miss Iowa USA 2010

1989- Bas Dost -Dutch footballer

1989- Sean Johnson (soccer)|Sean Johnson -American soccer player

1989- Daul Kim -South Korean model (d. 2009)

1989- Tanner Mayes -American porn actress

1989- Marco Reus -German footballer

1989- Noah Gundersen -American singer-songwriter

1989- Chase Stanley -Australian rugby player

1990- Erik Karlsson -Swedish ice hockey player

1991- Azealia Banks -American rapper

1992- Laura Ikauniece -Latvian heptathlete

1997- Inês Murta -Portuguese tennis player

1997- Milka-Emilia Pasanen -Finnish tennis player