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Day History: November-18

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Famous Birthdays


709- Emperor Kōnin|Kōnin -emperor of Japan (d. 782)

1522- Lamoral, Count of Egmont -(d. 1568)

1630- Eleonora Gonzaga (1630–1686)|Eleonora Gonzaga -Italian wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)

1647- Pierre Bayle -French philosopher and author (d. 1706)

1727- Philibert Commerson -French physician and explorer (d. 1773)

1736- Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch -German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1800)

1756- Thomas Burgess (bishop)|Thomas Burgess -English bishop and philosopher (d. 1837)

1772- Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1772–1806)|Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia -(d. 1806)

1774- Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands -(d. 1837)

1785- David Wilkie (artist)|David Wilkie -Scottish painter and academic (d. 1841)

1787- Louis Daguerre -French physicist and photographer, developed the daguerreotype (d. 1851)

1804- Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora -Italian general and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1878)

1810- Asa Gray -American botanist and academic (d. 1888)

1832- Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld -Finnish-Swedish geologist and explorer (d. 1901)

1836- W. S. Gilbert -English playwright, poet, and illustrator (d. 1911)

1839- August Kundt -German physicist (d. 1894)

1856- Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856–1929)|Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia -(d. 1929)

1860- Ignacy Jan Paderewski -Polish pianist, composer, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (d. 1941)

1861- Dorothy Dix -American journalist (d. 1951)

1874- Clarence Day -American author and poet (d. 1935)

1880- Naum Torbov -Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (d. 1952)

1882- Amelita Galli-Curci -Italian soprano (d. 1963)

1882- Wyndham Lewis -English painter and author (d. 1957)

1882- Jacques Maritain -French philosopher and author (d. 1973)

1883- Carl Vinson -American judge and politician (d. 1981)

1886- Ferenc Münnich -Hungarian soldier and politician, 47th List of Prime Ministers of Hungary|Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1967)

1888- Tirumalai Krishnamacharya -Indian yoga instructor (d. 1989)

1889- Stanislav Kosior -Polish-Russian politician (d. 1939)

1897- Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1898- Joris Ivens -Dutch director and producer (d. 1989)

1899- Eugene Ormandy -Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1985)

1901- George Gallup -American statistician and academic (d. 1984)

1901- V. Shantaram -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1904- Alan Lennox-Boyd, 1st Viscount Boyd of Merton -English lieutenant and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1983)

1904- Jean Paul Lemieux -Canadian painter (d. 1990)

1906- Alec Issigonis -Greek-English car designer, designed the Mini|mini car (d. 1988)

1906- Klaus Mann -German-American author, playwright, and critic (d. 1949)

1906- George Wald -American neurobiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1907- Gustav Nezval -Czech actor (d. 1998)

1907- Compay Segundo -Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)

1908- Imogene Coca -American actress and singer (d. 2001)

1909- Johnny Mercer -American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976)

1911- Attilio Bertolucci -Italian poet and author (d. 2000)

1912- Hilda Nickson -English author (d. 1977)

1913- Endre Rozsda -Hungarian-French painter and illustrator (d. 1999)

1914- Haguroyama Masaji -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 36th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1969)

1915- Ken Burkhart -American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)

1917- Pedro Infante -Mexican actor and singer (d. 1957)

1918- Tasker Watkins -Welsh soldier, judge, and politician, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2007)

1919- Jocelyn Brando -American actress (d. 2005)

1919- Georgia Carroll -American singer and actress (d. 2011)

1920- Mustafa Khalil -Egyptian politician, 77th Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)

1920- Robert Fryer -American playwright and producer (d. 2000)

1922- Luis Somoza Debayle -Nicaraguan politician, 70th President of Nicaragua (d. 1967)

1923- Anne Sargent -American actress (d. 2007)

1923- Alan Shepard -American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1998)

1923- Ted Stevens -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010)

1924- Les Lye -Canadian actor and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1924- Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart -Scottish soldier, engineer, and judge (d. 2000)

1925- Gene Mauch -American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1927- Hank Ballard -American singer-songwriter (The Midnighters) (d. 2003)

1927- Knowlton Nash -Canadian journalist (d. 2014)

1928- Otar Gordeli -Georgian composer (d. 1994)

1928- Salvador Laurel -Filipino politician, 5th Prime Minister of the Philippines (d. 2004)

1928- Sheila Jordan -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1929- Gianna D'Angelo -American soprano and educator (d. 2013)

1929- Joey Forman -American actor (d. 1982)

1932- Nasif Estéfano -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1973)

1932- Danny McDevitt -American baseball player (d. 2010)

1933- Bruce Conner -American painter, photographer, and director (d. 2008)

1934- Vassilis Vassilikos -Greek journalist and diplomat

1935- Rudolf Bahro -German philosopher and politician (d. 1997)

1935- William Cullen, Baron Cullen of Whitekirk -Scottish judge and politician

1935- Rodney Hall -Australian author and poet

1936- Ennio Antonelli -Italian cardinal

1936- Don Cherry (trumpeter)|Don Cherry -American trumpet player (Old and New Dreams, New York Contemporary Five, and Codona) (d. 1995)

1937- Doug Smith (footballer born 1937)|Doug Smith -Scottish footballer (d. 2012)

1938- Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil -Iraqi-Lebanese archbishop (d. 2012)

1938- Norbert Ratsirahonana -Malagasy politician, Prime Minister of Madagascar

1939- Margaret Atwood -Canadian poet, author, and critic

1939- Bill Giles (meteorologist)|Bill Giles -English meteorologist

1939- Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington -English journalist and politician, Leader of the House of Lords

1939- Amanda Lear -Hong Kong-French singer-songwriter and actress

1939- Brenda Vaccaro -American actress

1940- Qaboos bin Said al Said -Omani sultan

1941- Gary Bettenhausen -American race car driver (d. 2014)

1941- David Hemmings -English actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2003)

1941- Angela Watkinson -English educator and politician

1942- Linda Evans -American actress

1942- Susan Sullivan -American actress

1943- Leonardo Sandri -Argentinian cardinal

1944- Wolfgang Joop -German fashion designer, founded JOOP!

1945- Wilma Mankiller -American tribal chief (d. 2010)

1945- Mahinda Rajapaksa -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 6th President of Sri Lanka

1946- Alan Dean Foster -American author

1946- Chris Rainbow -Scottish singer-songwriter and producer

1947- Timothy Maude -American general (d. 2001)

1947- Jameson Parker -American actor and producer

1948- Tõnis Mägi -Estonian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Ultima Thule (Estonian band)|Ultima Thule)

1948- Andrea Marcovicci -American actress and singer

1948- Kongō Masahiro -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 2014)

1948- Ana Mendieta -Cuban-American sculptor and painter (d. 1985)

1948- Jack Tatum -American football player (d. 2010)

1949- Ahmed Zaki (actor)|Ahmed Zaki -Egyptian actor (d. 2005)

1950- Dennis Haskins -American actor

1950- Graham Parker -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Rumour)

1950- Eric Pierpoint -American actor and author

1950- Rudy Sarzo -Cuban-American bass player (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio (band)|Dio, Blue Öyster Cult, Manic Eden, and Queensrÿche)

1950- Michael Swanwick -American author

1951- Justin Raimondo -American journalist and author

1952- Peter Beattie -Australian lawyer and politician, 36th Premier of Queensland

1952- Claudio Capone -Italian-Scottish voice actor (d. 2008)

1952- Delroy Lindo -English actor and director

1953- Alan Moore -English author and illustrator

1953- Kevin Nealon -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1954- Evan Gray -New Zealand cricketer

1954- John Parr -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954- Georg Trašanov -Estonian politician

1955- Carter Burwell -American composer

1955- Michael Zimmer (footballer)|Michael Zimmer -German footballer

1956- Noel Brotherston -Irish-English footballer (d. 1995)

1956- Warren Moon -American football player and sportscaster

1956- Jim Weirich -American computer scientist, developed Rake (software)|Rake Software (d. 2014)

1957- Seán Mac Falls -Irish poet

1958- Daniel Brailovsky -Argentinian footballer and manager

1958- Plamen Krastev -Bulgarian hurdler

1958- Oscar Nunez -Cuban-American actor and screenwriter

1959- Cindy Blackman -American drummer

1959- Ulrich Noethen -German actor

1959- Karla Faye Tucker -American murderer (d. 1998)

1959- Jimmy Quinn (Northern Ireland footballer)|Jimmy Quinn -Irish footballer and manager

1960- Elizabeth Perkins -American actress

1960- Shari Shattuck -American actress and author

1960- Kim Wilde -English singer-songwriter

1960- Yeşim Ustaoğlu -Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Nick Chinlund -American actor

1961- Jan Kuehnemund -American guitarist (Vixen (band)|Vixen) (d. 2013)

1961- Steven Moffat -Scottish screenwriter and producer

1962- Bart Bryant -American golfer

1962- Kirk Hammett -American guitarist and songwriter (Metallica, Spastik Children, and Exodus (band)|Exodus)

1962- Jamie Moyer -American baseball player

1963- Len Bias -American basketball player (d. 1986)

1963- Dante Bichette -American baseball player and coach

1963- Peter Schmeichel -Danish footballer and sportscaster

1963- Joost Zwagerman -Dutch author and poet

1964- Rita Cosby -American journalist and author

1965- Tim DeLaughter -American singer-songwriter (Tripping Daisy and The Polyphonic Spree)

1967- Tom Gordon -American baseball player

1967- Jocelyn Lemieux -Canadian ice hockey player

1967- Gavin Peacock -English footballer and sportscaster

1968- Barry Hunter (footballer)|Barry Hunter -Irish footballer and manager

1968- Kaido Kaaberma -Estonian fencer

1968- George Kotsiopoulos -American television personality, stylist and fashion consultant

1968- Romany Malco -American rapper, producer, actor, and screenwriter (College Boyz)

1968- Gary Sheffield -American baseball player

1968- Owen Wilson -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969- Sam Cassell -American basketball player and coach

1969- Ahmed Helmy -Egyptian actor

1969- Duncan Sheik -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970- Elizabeth Anne Allen -American actress

1970- Mike Epps -American comedian, actor, and producer

1970- Megyn Kelly -American journalist

1970- Johan Liiva -Swedish singer-songwriter (Arch Enemy, Carnage (band)|Carnage, NonExist, and Hearse (band)|Hearse)

1970- Peta Wilson -Australian actress

1971- Therese Coffey -English politician

1971- Terrance Hayes -American poet and academic

1972- Jessi Alexander -American singer-songwriter

1972- Jeroen Straathof -Dutch cyclist and speed skater

1973- Nic Pothas -South African cricketer

1974- Chloë Sevigny -American actress and fashion designer

1974- Petter Solberg -Norwegian race car driver

1974- Graham Coughlan -Irish footballer and coach

1975- Lucy Akhurst -English actress and producer

1975- Shawn Camp -American baseball player

1975- Anthony McPartlin -English comedian, actor, and producer

1975- Dirk Müller -German race car driver

1975- David Ortiz -Dominican-American baseball player

1975- Pastor Troy -American rapper, producer, and actor

1975- Jason Williams (basketball, born 1975)|Jason Williams -American basketball player

1976- Shagrath -Norwegian singer-songwriter (Dimmu Borgir Chrome Division, Ov Hell, and Fimbulwinter (band)|Fimbulwinter)

1976- Dominic Armato -American voice actor

1976- Sage Francis -American rapper (Non-Prophets)

1976- Paulo César Pérez -Argentinian footballer

1976- Matt Welsh -Australian swimmer

1976- Mona Zaki -Egyptian actress

1977- Fabolous -American rapper and producer

1977- Trent Barrett -Australian rugby player, coach, and sportscaster

1978- Damien Johnson -Irish footballer

1980- Hamza al-Ghamdi -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of United Airlines Flight 175 (d. 2001)

1980- Mathew Baynton -English actor and singer

1980- Luke Chadwick -English footballer

1980- Minori Chihara -Japanese voice actress and singer

1980- François Duval -Belgian race car driver

1980- Denny Hamlin -American race car driver

1980- Dustin Kensrue -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Thrice)

1980- Junichi Okada -Japanese singer and actor (V6 (band)|V6)

1981- Shin Ji -South Korean singer-songwriter (Koyote)

1981- Gian Magdangal -Filipino singer and actor (17:28)

1981- Nasim Pedrad -Iranian-American actress

1981- Vittoria Puccini -Italian actress

1981- Christina Vidal -American actress and singer

1982- Greg Estandia -American football player

1983- Travis Buck -American baseball player

1983- Michael Dawson (footballer)|Michael Dawson -English footballer

1983- J.C. Intal -Filipino basketball player

1983- Jon Lech Johansen -Norwegian programmer, created DeCSS

1984- Ryohei Chiba -Japanese singer (W-inds)

1984- Johnny Christ -American bass player (Avenged Sevenfold)

1984- Enar Jääger -Estonian footballer

1985- Allyson Felix -American sprinter

1985- Christian Siriano -American fashion designer

1987- Jake Abel -American actor

1988- Michael Roach (soccer)|Michael Roach -American soccer player

1989- Lu Jiajing -Chinese tennis player

1989- Natalie Osman -American wrestler

1990- Jackie Thomas (singer)|Jackie Thomas -New Zealand singer

1991- Ahmed Kelly -Iraqi-Australian swimmer

1991- Noppawan Lertcheewakarn -Thai tennis player

1992- Nathan Kress -American actor

1992- Steven Skrzybski -German footballer