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Day History: November-16

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Famous Birthdays


42 BC- Tiberius -Roman emperor (d. 37)

1436- Leonardo Loredan -Italian Doge of Venice (d. 1521)

1569- Paul Sartorius (composer)|Paul Sartorius -German organist and composer (d. 1609)

1603- Augustyn Kordecki -Polish prior (d. 1673)

1643- Jean Chardin -French-English jeweler and explorer (d. 1703)

1715- Girolamo Abos -Maltese-Italian composer (d. 1760)

1717- Jean le Rond d'Alembert -French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1793)

1720- Carlo Antonio Campioni -Italian composer (d. 1788)

1750- Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough -English Judge (d. 1818)

1753- James McHenry -Irish-American surgeon and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of War (d. 1816)

1758- Peter Andreas Heiberg -Danish philologist and author (d. 1841)

1806- Mary Tyler Peabody Mann -American educator and author (d. 1887)

1811- John Bright -English politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1889)

1836- Kalākaua -of Hawaii (d. 1891)

1839- Louis-Honoré Fréchette -Canadian poet, author, and politician (d. 1908)

1841- Jules Violle -French physicist (d. 1923)

1847- Edmund James Flynn -Canadian lawyer and politician, 10th Premier of Quebec (d. 1927)

1851- Minnie Hauk -American soprano (d. 1929)

1856- Jürgen Kröger -German architect (d. 1928)

1862- Charles Turner (cricketer)|Charles Turner -Australian cricketer (d. 1944)

1873- W. C. Handy -American trumpet player and composer (d. 1958)

1878- Maxie Long -American runner (d. 1959)

1883- Emil Breitkreutz -American runner and coach (d. 1972)

1886- Jalmari Eskola -Finnish runner (d. 1958)

1888- Luis Cluzeau Mortet -Uruguayan pianist and composer (d. 1957)

1889- George S. Kaufman -American director, producer, and playwright (d. 1961)

1889- Dietrich Kraiß -German general (d. 1944)

1890- Elpidio Quirino -Filipino lawyer and politician, 6th List of Presidents of the Philippines|President of the Philippines (d. 1956)

1892- Guo Moruo -Chinese poet, author, and historian (d. 1978)

1892- Tazio Nuvolari -Italian race car driver (d. 1953)

1894- Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi -Austrian philosopher and politician (d. 1972)

1895- Paul Hindemith -German violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1963)

1896- Joan Lindsay -Australian author (d. 1984)

1896- Oswald Mosley -English lieutenant and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1980)

1896- Lawrence Tibbett -American actor and singer (d. 1960)

1897- Choudhry Rahmat Ali -Indian-Pakistani academic, created the name for Pakistan (d. 1951)

1899- Mary Margaret McBride -American radio host (d. 1976)

1904- Nnamdi Azikiwe -Nigerian journalist and politician, 1st List of heads of state of Nigeria|President of Nigeria (d. 1996)

1905- Eddie Condon -American guitarist and banjo player (d. 1973)

1907- Burgess Meredith -American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1909- Mirza Nasir Ahmad -Indian-Pakistani religious leader (d. 1982)

1912- George O. Petrie|George Petrie -American actor and director (d. 1997)

1914- Eddie Chapman -English spy (d. 1997)

1915- Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin -American singer and accordion player (d. 2007)

1915- Jean Fritz -Chinese-American author

1916- Harold Baigent -New Zealand actor (d. 1996)

1916- Daws Butler -American voice actor and singer (d. 1988)

1916- Al Lucas (musician)|Al Lucas -Canadian-American bassist (d. 1983)

1918- Ellen Albertini Dow -American actress

1922- Gene Amdahl -American computer scientist, founded the Amdahl Corporation

1922- José Saramago -Portuguese-Spanish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2010)

1924- Sam Farber -American businessman, co-founded OXO (brand)|OXO (d. 2013)

1924- Mel Patton -American sprinter and coach

1925- Gianfranco Dell'Innocenti -Italian footballer (d. 2012)

1927- Dolo Coker -American pianist and composer (d. 1983)

1928- Clu Gulager -American actor and director

1929- Peter Boizot -English businessman and philanthropist, founded PizzaExpress

1930- Chinua Achebe -Nigerian author, poet, and academic (d. 2013)

1930- Paul Foytack -American baseball player

1930- Salvatore Riina -Italian mobster

1931- Luciano Bottaro -Italian illustrator (d. 2006)

1931- Hubert Sumlin -American singer and guitarist (d. 2011)

1933- Garnet Mimms -American singer

1935- Elizabeth Drew -American journalist and author

1935- Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah -Iraqi-Lebanese cleric, educator, and author (d. 2010)

1935- Magdi Yacoub -Egyptian-English surgeon

1936- John Moore (Australian politician)|John Moore -Australian businessman and politician, 46th Minister for Defence (Australia)|Australian Minister for Defence

1937- Alan Budd -English economist and academic

1938- Robert Nozick -American philosopher, author, and academic (d. 2002)

1939- Michael Billington (critic)|Michael Billington -English author and critic

1940- Donna McKechnie -American actress, singer, and dancer

1941- Gerry Marshall -English race car driver (d. 2005)

1941- Dan Penn -American singer-songwriter and producer

1942- Willie Carson -Scottish jockey

1942- Joanna Pettet -English-Canadian actress

1944- Oliver Braddick -English psychologist and academic

1945- Teenie Hodges -American guitarist and songwriter (Hi Rhythm Section) (d. 2014)

1945- Lynn Hunt -American historian, author, and academic

1946- Colin Burgess (musician)|Colin Burgess -Australian drummer (The Masters Apprentices, AC/DC, and His Majesty (band)|His Majesty)

1946- Terence McKenna -American botanist, philosopher, and author (d. 2000)

1946- Ole Olsen (speedway rider)|Ole Olsen -Danish motorcycle racer

1946- Jo Jo White -American basketball player and coach

1947- Omar Ruiz Hernández -Cuban journalist and activist

1947- Ebby Thust -German boxing promoter

1948- Horst Bertram -German footballer and manager

1948- Chi Coltrane -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1948- Bonnie Greer -American-English playwright and critic

1949- Arrow (musician)|Arrow -Montserratian singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1950- David Leisure -American actor

1950- John Swartzwelder -American screenwriter and author

1950- David Wilson-Johnson -English opera singer

1951- Miguel Sandoval -American actor and director

1952- Peter Keefe -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2010)

1952- Robin McKinley -American author

1952- Shigeru Miyamoto -Japanese video game designer, created ''Mario (franchise)|Mario'' and ''The Legend of Zelda''

1953- Griff Rhys Jones -Welsh comedian, actor, and author

1954- Andrea Barrett -American author

1954- Luis Conte -Cuban drummer (Jaguares (band)|Jaguares and Pat Metheny Group)

1954- Bruce Edwards (caddy)|Bruce Edwards -American golf caddy (d. 2004)

1954- Dick Gross -Australian politician

1955- Pierre Larouche -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1955- Herbert Oberhofer -Austrian footballer (d. 2012)

1955- Héctor Cúper -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1956- Lorraine Heggessey -English television producer

1956- Terry Labonte -American race car driver

1957- Jacques Gamblin -French actor

1958- Marg Helgenberger -American actress

1958- Boris Krivokapić -Serbian academic and author

1959- Glenda Bailey -English journalist

1959- Francis M. Fesmire -American cardiologist and physician (d. 2014)

1961- Frank Bruno -English boxer

1961- Corinne Hermès -French singer

1961- Chris Pitman -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Guns N' Roses, Replicants (band)|Replicants, and Zaum (band)|Zaum)

1962- Mani (bass guitarist)|Mani -English bass player (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, and Freebass)

1962- Josh Silver -American keyboard player and producer (Type O Negative and Fallout (heavy metal band)|Fallout)

1963- Steve Argüelles -English drummer and producer (Loose Tubes and Human Chain)

1963- Zina Garrison -American tennis player and coach

1964- Waheed Alli, Baron Alli -English businessman and politician

1964- Valeria Bruni Tedeschi -Italian-French actress, director, and screenwriter

1964- Dwight Gooden -American baseball player

1964- Diana Krall -Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

1964- Harry Lennix -American actor and producer

1964- Maeve Quinlan -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Mika Aaltonen -Finnish footballer

1965- Mark Benton -English actor

1966- Joey Cape -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, The Playing Favorites, and Scorpios (band)|Scorpios)

1966- Dave Kushner -American guitarist (Velvet Revolver, Electric Love Hogs, Loaded (band)|Loaded, and DKFXP)

1966- Christian Lorenz -German keyboard player (Rammstein and Feeling B)

1966- Dean McDermott -Canadian-American actor and producer

1966- Tahir Shah -English journalist, author, and explorer

1967- Craig Arnold -American poet and academic (d. 2009)

1967- Lisa Bonet -American actress

1968- Shobha Nagi Reddy -Indian politician (d. 2014)

1968- Vlado Šola -Croatian handball player

1968- Melvin Stewart -American swimmer

1970- Logan Mader -Canadian-American guitarist and producer (Machine Head (band)|Machine Head and Soulfly)

1970- Martha Plimpton -American actress and singer

1971- Tanja Damaske -German javelin thrower and shot putter

1971- Mustapha Hadji -Moroccan footballer and manager

1971- Annely Peebo -Estonian soprano

1971- Alexander Popov (swimmer)|Alexander Popov -Russian swimmer

1971- Rikdo Koshi -Japanese illustrator

1971- Waqar Younis -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1972- Missi Pyle -American actress and singer (Smith & Pyle)

1973- Christian Horner -English race car driver and manager

1973- Brendan Laney -New Zealand-Scottish rugby player

1973- Carli Norris -English actress

1974- Brooke Elliott -American actress and singer

1974- Eric Judy -American bass player (Modest Mouse)

1974- Maurizio Margaglio -Italian ice dancer

1974- Paul Scholes -English footballer

1975- Julio Lugo -Dominican baseball player

1976- Mario Barravecchia -Belgian singer

1976- Dan Black -English singer-songwriter (The Servant (band)|The Servant)

1976- Juha Pasoja -Finnish footballer

1976- Danny Wallace (humorist)|Danny Wallace -Scottish comedian, actor, director, and screenwriter

1976- Martijn Zuijdweg -Dutch swimmer

1977- Oksana Baiul -Ukrainian figure skater

1977- Maggie Gyllenhaal -American actress

1977- Mauricio Ochmann -Mexican actor

1977- Gigi Edgley -Australian actress, singer and songwriter

1978- Kip Bouknight -American baseball player

1978- Gary Naysmith -Scottish footballer and manager

1978- Carolina Parra -Brazilian guitarist and drummer (CSS (band)|CSS)

1979- Tony Frias -American soccer player

1979- Bruce Irons (surfer)|Bruce Irons -American surfer

1980- Moris Carrozzieri -Italian footballer

1980- Kayte Christensen -American basketball player

1980- Nicole Gius -Italian skier

1980- Carol Huynh -Canadian wrestler

1981- Fernando Cabrera (baseball)|Fernando Cabrera -Puerto Rican baseball player

1981- Allison Crowe -Canadian singer-songwriter

1981- Caitlin Glass -American voice actress, singer, and director

1981- Kate Miller-Heidke -Australian singer-songwriter

1981- Osi Umenyiora -English-American football player

1982- Jannie du Plessis -South African rugby player

1982- Ronald Pognon -French sprinter

1982- Amar'e Stoudemire -American basketball player

1983- K (singer)|K -South Korean-Japanese singer

1983- Chris Gocong -American football player

1983- Kari Lehtonen -Finnish ice hockey player

1983- Britta Steffen -German swimmer

1983- Victor Vazquez (musician)|Victor Vazquez -American rapper (Das Racist and Boy Crisis)

1984- Gemma Atkinson -English model and actress

1984- Kimberly J. Brown -American actress

1984- Mark Bunn (English footballer)|Mark Bunn -English footballer

1985- Saori Yamamoto -Japanese model

1986- Saeko -Japanese actress

1986- Aleksei Anatolyevich Kozlov -Russian footballer

1986- Maxime Médard -French rugby player

1987- Eitan Tibi -Israeli footballer

1987- Jordan Walden -American baseball player

1988- Siva Kaneswaran -Irish singer and model (The Wanted)

1989- Iamsu! -American rapper and producer (The HBK Gang)

1991- Tomomi Kasai -Japanese actress and singer (AKB48 and Queen & Elizabeth)

1995- Noah Gray-Cabey -American actor