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Day History: November-21

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Famous Birthdays


1495- John Bale -English bishop (d. 1563)

1567- Anne de Xainctonge -French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (d. 1621)

1643- René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle -French-American explorer (d. 1687)

1692- Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni -Italian poet and academic (d. 1768)

1694- Voltaire -French historian, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1778)

1718- Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg -German composer, critic, and theorist (d. 1795)

1729- Josiah Bartlett -American physician and politician, 6th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1795)

1760- Joseph Plumb Martin -American sergeant (d. 1850)

1761- Dorothea Jordan -Irish-French actress (d. 1816)

1768- Friedrich Schleiermacher -German theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 1834)

1787- Samuel Cunard -Canadian businessman, founded the Cunard Line (d. 1865)

1811- Zeng Guofan -Chinese general and politician, Viceroy of Liangjiang (d. 1872)

1818- Lewis H. Morgan -American lawyer, anthropologist, and theorist (d. 1881)

1835- Hetty Green -American businesswoman and financier (d. 1916)

1840- Victoria, Princess Royal -of England (d. 1901)

1851- Désiré-Joseph Mercier -Belgian cardinal (d. 1926)

1852- Francisco Tárrega -Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1909)

1853- Hussein Kamel of Egypt -(d. 1917)

1854- Pope Benedict XV -(d. 1922)

1861- Tom Horn -American police officer and murderer (d. 1903)

1866- Sigbjørn Obstfelder -Norwegian poet and author (d. 1900)

1866- Konishiki Yasokichi I -Japanese sumo wrestler, 17th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1914)

1870- Alexander Berkman -Lithuanian-American activist and author (d. 1936)

1870- Joe Darling -Australian cricketer and politician (d. 1946)

1876- Olav Duun -Norwegian author (d. 1939)

1877- Sigfrid Karg-Elert -German composer and educator (d. 1933)

1878- Gustav Radbruch -German lawyer and politician, Federal Ministry of Justice (Germany)|German Minister of Justice (d. 1949)

1882- Harold Lowe -Welsh officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1944)

1886- Harold Nicolson -English politician and author (d. 1968)

1897- Mollie Steimer -Russian-American activist (d. 1980)

1898- René Magritte -Belgian painter (d. 1967)

1899- Jobyna Ralston -American actress (d. 1967)

1899- Harekrushna Mahatab -Indian journalist and politician, 1st List of Chief Ministers of Odisha|Chief Minister of Odisha (d. 1987)

1902- Foster Hewitt -Canadian sportscaster (d. 1985)

1902- Isaac Bashevis Singer -Polish-American author and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1902- Mikhail Suslov -Russian soldier, economist, and politician (d. 1982)

1904- Coleman Hawkins -American saxophonist (d. 1969)

1908- Leo Politi -Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1908- Elizabeth George Speare -American author (d. 1994)

1912- Eleanor Powell -American actress and dancer (d. 1982)

1913- John Boulting -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1913- Roy Boulting -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1913- Gunnar Kangro -Estonian mathematician, author, and academic (d. 1975)

1914- Henri Laborit -French physician and philosopher (d. 1995)

1916- Sid Luckman -American football player and soldier (d. 1998)

1916- Jadu Nath Singh -Indian soldier (d. 1948)

1919- Steve Brodie (actor)|Steve Brodie -American actor (d. 1992)

1919- Joe Kieyoomia -American soldier (d. 1997)

1920- Ralph Meeker -American actor (d. 1988)

1920- Stan Musial -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1922- María Casares -Spanish-French actress (d. 1996)

1922- Abe Lemons -American basketball player and coach (d. 2002)

1923- Veljko Kadijević -Croatian general and politician, 5th Ministry of Defense (Yugoslavia)|Federal Secretary of People's Defence

1924- Joseph Campanella -American actor

1924- Milka Planinc -Croatian politician, 28th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 2010)

1924- Christopher Tolkien -English author and academic

1925- Xie Jin -Chinese director and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1926- Odd Børretzen -Norwegian singer, author, and illustrator (d. 2012)

1926- Matti Ranin -Finnish actor (d. 2013)

1926- William Wakefield Baum -American cardinal

1926- Prem Nath -Indian actor and director (d. 1992)

1927- Georgia Frontiere -American businesswoman (d. 2008)

1929- Marilyn French -American author and academic (d. 2009)

1929- Laurier LaPierre -Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (d. 2012)

1930- Marjan Rožanc -Slovenian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1990)

1931- Lewis Binford -American archaeologist and academic (d. 2011)

1931- Revaz Dogonadze -Georgian chemist and physicist (d. 1985)

1931- Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms -English businessman

1931- Malcolm Williamson -Australian pianist and composer (d. 2003)

1932- Beryl Bainbridge -English author (d. 2010)

1932- Chronis Exarhakos -Greek actor (d. 1984)

1932- Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen -Danish composer

1933- Henry Hartsfield -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2014)

1933- T. Rasalingam -Sri Lankan politician

1934- Laurence Luckinbill -American actor

1935- Fairuz -Lebanese singer

1936- Victor Chang -Chinese-Australian surgeon (d. 1991)

1937- Ingrid Pitt -Polish-English actress (d. 2010)

1937- Marlo Thomas -American actress and producer

1938- Helen (actress)|Helen -Burmese-Indian actress and dancer

1939- R. Budd Dwyer -American educator and politician, 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

1940- Freddy Beras-Goico -Dominican comedian and television host (d. 2010)

1940- Dr. John -American singer-songwriter

1940- Richard Marcinko -American commander and author

1940- Natalia Makarova -Russian ballerina

1941- İdil Biret -Turkish pianist

1941- Juliet Mills -English actress

1942- Afa Anoaʻi -Samoan-American wrestler and manager

1942- Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul -German educator and politician

1943- Phil Bredesen -American businessman and politician, 48th Governor of Tennessee

1943- Jacques Laffite -French race car driver

1943- Larry Mahan -American rodeo performer

1944- Dick Durbin -American lawyer and politician

1944- Earl Monroe -American basketball player

1944- Harold Ramis -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1945- Goldie Hawn -American actress, singer, and producer

1946- Jacky Lafon -Belgian actress

1947- Nickolas Grace -English actor

1947- Tiny Ron Taylor -American actor and basketball player

1948- Lonnie Jordan -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (War (band)|War)

1948- Alphonse Mouzon -American drummer and songwriter (Weather Report and The Eleventh House)

1948- Michel Suleiman -Lebanese general and politician, 16th President of Lebanon

1948- George Zimmer -American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse

1950- Stephen Geyer -American composer

1950- Gary Pihl -American guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston)

1952- Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch -Welsh banker and politician

1952- Janne Kristiansen -Norwegian lawyer and jurist

1952- Lorna Luft -American actress and singer

1953- Tina Brown -English-American journalist and author

1954- Thomas Rothman -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1954- Fiona Pitt-Kethley -English journalist, author, and poet

1955- Cedric Maxwell -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster

1956- Cherry Jones -American actress

1958- David Reivers -Jamaican-American actor and producer

1959- Sergei Ratnikov -Estonian footballer and manager

1960- Brian McNamara -American actor, director, and producer

1960- Brian Ritchie -American bass player and songwriter (Violent Femmes)

1962- Steven Curtis Chapman -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1963- Nicollette Sheridan -English actress

1964- Shane Douglas -American wrestler and manager

1964- Charles Dunstone -English businessman, co-founded Carphone Warehouse

1964- Olden Polynice -Haitian-American basketball player and coach

1964- Stefan Sonnenfeld -Digital Intermediate (DI) Colorist

1964- Liza Tarbuck -English actress

1965- Björk -Icelandic singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (The Sugarcubes)

1965- Reggie Lewis -American basketball player (d. 1993)

1965- Alexander Siddig -Sudanese-English actor and director

1966- Troy Aikman -American football player and sportscaster

1966- Evgeny Bareev -Russian chess player

1966- Andrew Caddick -New Zealand-English cricketer

1966- Thanasis Kolitsidakis -Greek footballer

1967- Ken Block -American race car driver

1967- Tripp Cromer -American baseball player

1967- Toshihiko Koga -Japanese martial artist

1968- Inka Bause -German actress and singer

1968- Alex James (musician)|Alex James -English singer-songwriter, bass player (Blur (band)|Blur, Fat Les, Me Me Me (band)|Me Me Me, and WigWam)

1968- Christopher Noxon -American journalist and author

1968- Sean Schemmel -American voice actor, director, and screenwriter

1968- Antonio Tarver -American boxer

1969- Ken Griffey, Jr. -American baseball player

1970- Karen Davila -Filipino journalist

1970- Justin Langer -Australian cricketer and coach

1971- Michael Strahan -American football player, actor, and talk show host

1972- Rich Johnston -English author and critic

1972- Rain Phoenix -American actress and singer (The Causey Way)

1972- David Tua -Samoan-New Zealand boxer

1973- Brook Kerr -American actress

1973- Marko Lelov -Estonian footballer and manager

1973- Inés Sastre -Spanish model and actress

1974- Karen Rolton -Australian cricketer

1975- Cherie Johnson -American actress and producer

1975- Chris Moneymaker -American poker player

1975- Aaron Solowoniuk -Canadian drummer (Billy Talent)

1976- Dasha (pornographic actress)|Dasha -Czech porn actress

1976- Martin Meichelbeck -German footballer

1976- Veronika Valk -Estonian architect

1976- Daniel Whiston -English figure skater

1976- Michael Wilson (footballer)|Michael Wilson -Australian footballer

1977- Bruno Berner -Swiss footballer

1977- Yolande James -Canadian lawyer and politician

1977- Jonas Jennings -American football player

1977- Tobias Sammet -German singer-songwriter (Edguy and Avantasia)

1978- Daniel Bradshaw -Australian footballer

1978- Lucía Jiménez -Spanish actress and singer

1978- Sara Tanaka -American actress

1979- Kim Dong-wan -South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1979- Vincenzo Iaquinta -Italian footballer

1979- Stromile Swift -American basketball player

1979- Alex Tanguay -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Hank Blalock -American baseball player

1980- Alec Brownstein -American author and director

1980- Leonardo González -Costa Rican footballer

1980- Elaine Yiu -Hong Kong actress

1981- Wesley Britt -American football player

1981- Ainārs Kovals -Latvian javelin thrower

1981- Jonny Magallón -Mexican footballer

1981- Piet Rinke -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982- Georgios Kalogiannidis -Greek archer

1982- Ryan Starr -American singer-songwriter and actress

1983- The Bella Twins|Brie Bella -American model and wrestler

1983- The Bella Twins|Nikki Bella -American model and wrestler

1983- Jamie Langley -English rugby player

1984- Álvaro Bautista -Spanish motorcycle racer

1984- Hope Dworaczyk -American model and television host

1984- Callum Ferguson -Australian cricketer

1984- Jena Malone -American actress and singer

1984- Willy Mason -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Carly Rae Jepsen -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1985- Jesús Navas -Spanish footballer

1985- Nicola Silvestri -Italian footballer

1986- Colleen Ballinger -American comedian

1986- Ben Bishop -American ice hockey player

1986- Kristof Goddaert -Belgian cyclist (d. 2014)

1986- Jordan Lloyd -American reality contestant, winner of ''Big Brother 11 (U.S.)|Big Brother''

1987- Brian Douwes -Dutch kick-boxer

1987- Stefan Glarner -Swiss footballer

1987- Eesha Karavade -Indian chess player

1988- Len Väljas -Canadian skier

1988- Preston Zimmerman -American soccer player

1989- Will Buckley (footballer)|Will Buckley -English footballer

1989- Dárvin Chávez -Mexican footballer

1989- Fabian Delph -English footballer

1989- Getter Laar -Estonian footballer

1989- Justin Tucker -American football player

1990- Dani King -English cyclist

1990- Georgie Twigg -English hockey player

1991- Lewis Dunk -English footballer

1992- Megan and Liz|Liz Mace -American singer-songwriter (Megan and Liz)

1992- Megan and Liz|Megan Mace -American singer-songwriter (Megan and Liz)

1992- Conor Maynard -English singer-songwriter

1992- Rino Sashihara -Japanese singer (AKB48, HKT48, and Not Yet (band)|Not Yet)

1993- Elena Myers -American motorcycle racer

2001- Samantha Bailey -American actress