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Day History: November-15

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Famous Birthdays


459- B'utz Aj Sak Chiik -Mayan king (d. 501)

1316- John I of France -(d. 1316)

1397- Pope Nicholas V -(d. 1455)

1498- Eleanor of Austria -(d. 1558)

1511- Johannes Secundus -Dutch poet (d. 1536)

1556- Jacques Davy Duperron -French cardinal (d. 1618)

1607- Madeleine de Scudéry -French author (d. 1701)

1660- Hermann von der Hardt -German historian and orientalist (d. 1746)

1661- Christoph von Graffenried -Swiss-American settler and author (d. 1743)

1688- Louis Bertrand Castel -French mathematician (d. 1757)

1692- Eusebius Amort -German poet and theologian (d. 1775)

1708- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1778)

1738- William Herschel -German-English astronomer and composer (d. 1822)

1741- Johann Kaspar Lavater -Swiss poet and physiognomist (d. 1801)

1746- Joseph Quesnel -French-Canadian poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1809)

1757- Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher -Danish surgeon, botanist, and academic (d. 1830)

1784- Jérôme Bonaparte -French husband of Catharina of Württemberg (d. 1860)

1791- Friedrich Ernst Scheller -German lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1869)

1793- Michel Chasles -French mathematician and academic (d. 1880)

1852- Tewfik Pasha -Egyptian ruler (d. 1892)

1859- Christopher Hornsrud -Norwegian politician, 11th Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)

1862- Gerhart Hauptmann -German author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1946)

1867- Emil Krebs -German polyglot and sinologist (d. 1930)

1868- Emil Racovita -Romanian biologist, zoologist, and explorer (d. 1947)

1873- Sara Josephine Baker -American physician and academic (d. 1945)

1874- Dimitrios Golemis -Greek runner (d. 1941)

1874- August Krogh -Danish zoologist and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

1879- Lewis Stone -American actor (d. 1953)

1881- Franklin Pierce Adams -American journalist (d. 1960)

1882- Felix Frankfurter -Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (d. 1965)

1886- René Guénon -French-Egyptian philosopher and author (d. 1951)

1887- Marianne Moore -American poet and author (d. 1972)

1887- Georgia O'Keeffe -American painter (d. 1986)

1888- Artie Matthews -American pianist and composer (d. 1958)

1890- Richmal Crompton -English author and educator (d. 1969)

1891- W. Averell Harriman -American politician, 48th Governor of New York (d. 1986)

1891- Erwin Rommel -German field marshal (d. 1944)

1892- Naomi Childers -American actress (d. 1964)

1895- Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia -(d. 1918)

1895- Antoni Słonimski -Polish journalist, poet, and playwright (d. 1976)

1896- Leonard Lord -English businessman (d. 1967)

1897- Aneurin Bevan -Welsh politician, Secretary of State for Health (d. 1960)

1897- Sacheverell Sitwell -English author and critic (d. 1988)

1899- Avdy Andresson -Estonian-American soldier and diplomat (d. 1990)

1903- Stewie Dempster -New Zealand cricketer and coach (d. 1974)

1905- Mantovani -Italian conductor and composer (d. 1980)

1906- Curtis LeMay -American general and politician (d. 1990)

1907- Claus von Stauffenberg -German colonel (d. 1944)

1912- Harald Keres -Estonian physicist (d. 2010)

1912- Yi Wu -Japanese-Korean colonel (d. 1945)

1913- Arthur Haulot -Belgian journalist and poet (d. 2005)

1916- Nita Barrow -Barbadian nurse and politician, 7th Governor-General of Barbados (d. 1995)

1919- Carol Bruce -American singer and actress (d. 2007)

1919- Joseph Wapner -American lieutenant and judge

1920- Vasilis Diamantopoulos -Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1922- Francis Brunn -German juggler (d. 2004)

1922- David Sidney Feingold -American biochemist and academic

1923- Văn Cao -Vietnamese composer, poet, and painter (d. 1995)

1925- Howard Baker -American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 12th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2014)

1925- Yuli Daniel -Russian poet and author (d. 1988)

1926- Thomas Williams (writer)|Thomas Williams -American author (d. 1990)

1927- Gregor Mackenzie -English politician (d. 1992)

1928- C. W. McCall -American singer-songwriter and politician

1928- John Orchard -English actor (d. 1995)

1928- Seldon Powell -American saxophonist and flute player (d. 1997)

1929- Ed Asner -American actor, singer, and producer

1929- Joe Hinton -American singer (d. 1968)

1930- J. G. Ballard -English author (d. 2009)

1931- John Kerr (actor)|John Kerr -American actor, singer, and lawyer (d. 2013)

1931- Mwai Kibaki -Kenyan economist and politician, 3rd President of Kenya

1931- Pascal Lissouba -Congolese politician, President of the Republic of the Congo

1932- Petula Clark -English singer-songwriter and actress

1932- Clyde McPhatter -American singer (Billy Ward and His Dominoes and The Drifters) (d. 1972)

1932- Alvin Plantinga -American philosopher, author, and academic

1933- Gloria Foster -American actress (d. 2001)

1933- Theodore Roszak (scholar)|Theodore Roszak -American scholar and author (d. 2011)

1934- Joanna Barnes -American actress and author

1934- Peter Dickinson (musician)|Peter Dickinson -English pianist and composer

1936- H. B. Bailey -American race car driver (d. 2003)

1936- Wolf Biermann -German singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936- Tara Singh Hayer -Indian-Canadian journalist (d. 1998)

1937- Little Willie John -American singer-songwriter (d. 1968)

1937- Yaphet Kotto -American actor and screenwriter

1940- Roberto Cavalli -Italian fashion designer

1940- Ulf Pilgaard -Danish actor and screenwriter

1940- Hank Wangford -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and physician

1940- Sam Waterston -American actor and producer

1941- Rick Kemp -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Steeleye Span)

1941- Daniel Pinkwater -American author and illustrator

1942- Daniel Barenboim -Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor

1945- Roger Donaldson -Australian-New Zealand director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- Bob Gunton -American actor and singer

1945- Frida Lyngstad -Norwegian-Swedish singer (ABBA)

1946- Vasilis Goumas -Greek basketball player

1947- Malcolm Ranjith -Sri Lankan cardinal

1947- Bill Richardson -American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1950- Egon Vaupel -German politician, 16th Mayor of Marburg

1951- Joe Puerta -bassist/vocalist and co-founder of the American rock group Ambrosia

1951- Beverly D'Angelo -American actress, singer, and producer

1951- Billy McColl (actor)|Billy McColl -Scottish-English actor (d. 2014)

1952- Rick Atkinson -American journalist, historian, and author

1952- Zoltán Buday -Hungarian-Canadian actor

1952- Randy Savage -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2011)

1953- Alexander O'Neal -American singer-songwriter

1953- James Widdoes -American actor and film and television director

1954- Herbert Heidenreich -German footballer

1954- Aleksander Kwaśniewski -Polish journalist and politician, 3rd President of Poland

1954- Randy Thomas (musician)|Randy Thomas -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sweet Comfort Band and Allies (band)|Allies)

1955- Georgina Born -English bass player and anthropologist (Henry Cow)

1955- Buck Adams -American pornographic film actor-director (d. 2008)

1956- Michael Hampton -American guitarist and producer (Parliament-Funkadelic)

1956- Brian Douglas Wells -American delivery man (d. 2003)

1957- Kevin Eubanks -American guitarist and composer (The Tonight Show Band)

1957- Harold Marcuse -American historian and educator

1957- Ray McKinnon (actor)|Ray McKinnon -American actor and director

1957- Michael Woythe -German footballer and manager

1958- Lewis Fitz-Gerald -Australian actor and director

1958- Gu Kailai -Chinese lawyer and businesswoman

1959- Tibor Fischer -English author

1960- Dawn Airey -English broadcaster

1960- Susanne Lothar -German actress (d. 2012)

1961- Metin Kaçan -Turkish author (d. 2013)

1962- Mark Acres -American basketball player

1962- Judy Gold -American comedian, actress, and producer

1963- Andrew Castle -English tennis player and television host

1963- Benny Elias -Lebanese-Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1964- Stelios Aposporis -Greek footballer and manager

1964- Mikhail Rusyayev -Russian footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2011)

1964- Tiit Sokk -Estonian basketball player and coach

1965- Nigel Bond -English snooker player

1965- Stefan Pfeiffer -German swimmer

1966- Rachel True -American actress

1967- E-40 -American rapper (The Click)

1967- Greg Anthony -American basketball player and sportscaster

1967- Pedro Borbón, Jr. -Dominican baseball player

1967- Wayne Harrison (footballer born 1967)|Wayne Harrison -English footballer (d. 2013)

1967- Dom Joly -Lebanese-English comedian and journalist

1967- François Ozon -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Gus Poyet -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1968- Ol' Dirty Bastard -American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan) (d. 2004)

1968- Fausto Brizzi -Italian director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Jennifer Charles -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Elysian Fields (band)|Elysian Fields, Lovage (band)|Lovage, and La Mar Enfortuna (band)|La Mar Enfortuna)

1968- Uwe Rösler -German footballer and manager

1969- Shane Mack (mayor)|Shane Mack -American politician

1970- Ilija Aračić -Croatian footballer and coach

1970- Jack Ingram -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970- Patrick M'Boma -Cameroonian footballer

1971- Jay Harrington -American actor

1971- Martin Pieckenhagen -German footballer

1972- Jessica Hynes -English actress, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Jonny Lee Miller -English actor

1973- Jesse Merz -American actor

1973- Sydney Tamiia Poitier -American actress

1974- Chad Kroeger -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nickelback)

1975- Scott Henshall -English fashion designer

1975- Yannick Tremblay (ice hockey, born 1975)|Yannick Tremblay -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Boris Živković -Croatian footballer

1976- Brandon DiCamillo -American comedian, actor, and stuntman

1976- Virginie Ledoyen -French actress

1977- Sean Murray (actor)|Sean Murray -American actor

1977- Peter Phillips -English son of Anne, Princess Royal

1977- Robaire Smith -American football player

1977- Logan Whitehurst -American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Velvet Teen) (d. 2006)

1978- Floyd Womack -American football player

1979- Josemi -Spanish footballer

1979- Brooks Bollinger -American football player and coach

1979- Brett Lancaster -Australian cyclist

1980- Kevin Staut -French horse rider

1980- Ace Young -American singer-songwriter and actor

1981- Drew Hodgdon -American football player

1981- Lorena Ochoa -Mexican golfer

1982- D. J. Fitzpatrick -American football player

1982- Joe Kowalewski -American football player

1982- Benjamin Krause -German rugby player

1982- Lofa Tatupu -American football player

1982- Kalu Uche -Nigerian footballer

1983- Dominic Carroll -Gibraltarian runner

1983- Sasha Pavlovic -Serbian basketball player

1983- DJ Skee -American DJ and producer

1983- Laura Smet -French actress

1983- Fernando Verdasco -Spanish tennis player

1985- Lily Aldridge -American model

1985- Casnel Bushay -Vincentian sprinter

1985- Charron Fisher -American basketball player

1986- Coye Francies -American football player

1986- Sania Mirza -Indian tennis player

1986- Jerry Roush -American singer-songwriter (Of Mice & Men (band)|Of Mice & Men, Sky Eats Airplane, and Glass Cloud)

1987- Isaiah Osbourne -English footballer

1988- B.o.B -American rapper and producer

1988- Zena Grey -American actress

1988- Morgan Parra -French rugby player

1988- Billy Twelvetrees -English rugby player

1989- Jonalyn Viray -Filipino singer and actress

1990- Kanata Hongō -Japanese actor

1990- Jonathan Wentz -American horse rider (d. 2012)

1991- Shailene Woodley -American actress

1992- Minami Minegishi -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and no3b)

1992- Daniela Seguel -Chilean tennis player

1993- Saaya Irie -Japanese actress and singer (Sweet Kiss (band)|Sweet Kiss)

1994- Saffron Coomber -English actress

1995- Karl Towns -Dominican-American basketball player