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Day History: November-29

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Famous Birthdays


1338- Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence -Belgian-English politician, List of Lords Lieutenant of Ireland|Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1368)

1427- Zhengtong Emperor -of China (d. 1464)

1484- Joachim Vadian -Swiss physician, scholar, and politician (d. 1551)

1627- John Ray -English biologist and botanist (d. 1705)

1690- Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst -(d. 1747)

1705- Michael Christian Festing -English violinist and composer (d. 1752)

1711- Laura Bassi -Italian physicist and academic (d. 1778)

1752- Jemima Wilkinson -American evangelist (d. 1819)

1778- Hryhory Kvitka -Ukrainian writer, journalist, and playwright (d. 1843)

1781- Andrés Bello -Venezuelan poet and philosopher (d. 1865)

1797- Gaetano Donizetti -Italian composer (d. 1848)

1798- Alexander Brullov -Russian painter and architect, designed the Pulkovo Observatory (d. 1877)

1799- Amos Bronson Alcott -American philosopher and educator (d. 1888)

1802- Wilhelm Hauff -German poet and author (d. 1827)

1803- Christian Doppler -Austrian mathematician and physicist (d. 1853)

1803- Gottfried Semper -German architect and academic, designed the Semper Opera House (d. 1879)

1816- Morrison Waite -American jurist and politician, 7th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1888)

1818- George Brown (Canadian politician)|George Brown -Scottish-Canadian journalist and politician, 10th List of Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada|Premier of West Canada (d. 1880)

1818- William Ellery Channing (poet)|William Ellery Channing -American poet (d. 1901)

1825- Jean-Martin Charcot -French neurologist and psychologist (d. 1893)

1832- Louisa May Alcott -American author and poet (d. 1888)

1835- Empress Dowager Cixi -of China (d. 1908)

1849- John Ambrose Fleming -English physicist and engineer (d. 1945)

1856- Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg -German politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany (d. 1921)

1857- Theodor Escherich -German-Austrian pediatrician and academic (d. 1911)

1861- Spyridon Samaras -Greek composer (d. 1917)

1874- Francis Dodd (artist)|Francis Dodd -Welsh-English painter and academic (d. 1949)

1874- Egas Moniz -Portuguese physician and neurologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1876- Nellie Tayloe Ross -American educator and politician, 14th Governor of Wyoming (d. 1977)

1878- John Derbyshire (swimmer)|John Derbyshire -English swimmer and water polo player (d. 1938)

1879- Jacob Gade -Danish violinist and composer (d. 1963)

1881- Artur Phleps -Romanian-German general (d. 1944)

1881- Julius Raab -Austrian engineer and politician, 19th Chancellor of Austria (d. 1964)

1882- Henri Fabre -French pilot and engineer (d. 1984)

1888- Joe Slater -Australian footballer and captain (d. 1917)

1894- Lucille Hegamin -American singer (d. 1970)

1895- Busby Berkeley -American director and choreographer (d. 1976)

1895- William Tubman -Liberian lawyer and politician, 19th President of Liberia (d. 1971)

1896- Yakima Canutt -American actor, stuntman, and director (d. 1986)

1898- C. S. Lewis -Irish-English author and poet (d. 1963)

1899- Andrija Artuković -Croatian lawyer and politician, 1st Government of the Independent State of Croatia|Minister of Interior of the Independent State of Croatia (d. 1988)

1901- Mildred Harris -American actress (d. 1944)

1904- Egon Eiermann -German architect, designed the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (d. 1970)

1905- Marcel Lefebvre -French-Swiss archbishop (d. 1991)

1908- N. S. Krishnan -Indian actor, singer, and director (d. 1957)

1908- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. -American pastor and politician (d. 1972)

1910- Elizabeth Choy -Malaysian-Singaporean educator and politician (d. 2006)

1910- Antanas Škėma -Lithuanian actor and director (d. 1961)

1915- Ludu Daw Amar -Burmese journalist and author (d. 2008)

1915- Billy Strayhorn -American pianist and composer (d. 1967)

1916- Fran Ryan -American actress (d. 2000)

1917- Pierre Gaspard-Huit -French director and screenwriter

1917- Merle Travis -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)

1918- Madeleine L'Engle -American author and poet (d. 2007)

1919- Joe Weider -Canadian-American bodybuilder and publisher, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness and ''Muscle & Fitness|Muscle & Fitness Magazine'' (d. 2013)

1920- Yegor Ligachev -Russian politician

1920- Joseph Shivers -American chemist and academic, developed spandex (d. 2014)

1921- Dagmar (American actress)|Dagmar -American model, actress, and singer (d. 2001)

1921- Jackie Stallone -American astrologer and dancer

1922- Michael Howard (historian)|Michael Howard -English-American historian, author, and academic

1924- Charles E. Mower -American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1944)

1925- Minnie Miñoso -Cuban-American baseball player and manager

1925- Yuk Young-soo -The wife of the 3rd South Korean president Park Chung-hee and the mother of incumbent South Korean president Park Geun-hye (d. 1974)

1927- Vin Scully -American sportscaster

1928- Tahir Salahov -Azerbaijani painter and educator

1928- Paul Simon (politician)|Paul Simon -American intelligence officer and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (d. 2003)

1928- Ernie Vossler -American golfer (d. 2013)

1929- Derek Jameson -English journalist (d. 2012)

1929- Woo Yong-gak -North Korean soldier

1930- Shirley Porter -English politician

1930- Vladimir Šenauer -Croatian footballer (d. 2013)

1930- Alan Lee Williams -English academic and politician

1931- Shintaro Katsu -Japanese actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1997)

1931- André Noyelle -Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)

1932- Jacques Chirac -French politician, 22nd President of France

1932- Fernando Guillén (actor)|Fernando Guillén -Spanish actor (d. 2013)

1932- Marc Vaux -English painter

1933- Horst Assmy -German footballer (d. 1972)

1933- John Mayall -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

1933- James Rosenquist -American painter

1934- Terry Dyson -English footballer

1935- Diane Ladd -American actress

1935- Thomas J. O'Brien (bishop)|Thomas J. O'Brien -American bishop

1938- Gene Okerlund -American ring announcer and journalist

1938- Kashiwado Tsuyoshi -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 47th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1996)

1939- Meco -American trombonist and producer

1939- Peter Bergman (comedian)|Peter Bergman -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1940- Denny Doherty -Canadian singer-songwriter (The Mamas & the Papas and The Halifax III) (d. 2007)

1940- Oscar Espinosa Chepe -Cuban-Spanish economist and journalist (d. 2013)

1940- Chuck Mangione -American horn player and composer

1940- Janet Smith (judge)|Janet Smith -English lawyer and judge

1941- Bill Freehan -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1941- Roberto Rodríguez (baseball)|Roberto Rodríguez -Venezuelan baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1942- Felix Cavaliere -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (The Rascals)

1942- Ann Dunham -American anthropologist (d. 1995)

1942- Philippe Huttenlocher -Swiss opera singer

1942- Maggie Thompson -American author and critic

1942- Chatrichalerm Yukol -Thai director, producer, and screenwriter

1942- John Grillo -English actor and playwright

1943- Janet Holmes à Court -Australian businesswoman

1943- Sue Miller -American author and academic

1944- Twink (musician)|Twink -English singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor (The Pretty Things, Pink Fairies, Tomorrow (band)|Tomorrow and Stars (British band)|Stars)

1945- Csaba Pleh -Hungarian psychologist and linguist

1946- Brian Cadd -Australian singer-songwriter, keyboard player and producer (The Groop, Axiom (Australian band)|Axiom, and The Flying Burrito Brothers)

1946- Suzy Chaffee -American skier and actress

1946- Nathan Jung -Chinese American actor and stuntman

1946- Silvio Rodríguez -Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947- Malcolm Grant -New Zealand-English lawyer and academic

1947- Petra Kelly -German activist and politician (d. 1992)

1947- Ronnie Montrose -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Montrose (band)|Montrose and Gamma (band)|Gamma) (d. 2012)

1948- David Rintoul -Scottish actor

1949- Jerry Lawler -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor

1949- Dutch Mantel -American wrestler and manager

1949- Stan Rogers -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1983)

1949- Garry Shandling -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1949- Steve Smith (politician)|Steve Smith -American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1950- Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. -American author (d. 2012)

1951- Barry Goudreau -American guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston, RTZ (band)|RTZ, and Ernie and the Automatics)

1951- Roger Troutman -American singer-songwriter and producer (Zapp (band)|Zapp) (d. 1999)

1952- Jeff Fahey -American actor and producer

1952- Dusty Hare -English rugby player and cricketer

1953- Jackie French -Australian author

1953- Alex Grey -American painter

1953- Christine Pascal -French actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1954- Joel Coen -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1954- Steve Rogers (rugby league)|Steve Rogers -Australian rugby player and coach (d. 2006)

1955- C. David Johnson -Canadian actor

1955- Howie Mandel -Canadian comedian, actor, and television host

1956- Hinton Battle -German-American actor, dancer, and choreographer

1956- Yvonne Fovargue -English politician

1956- Eric Laakso -American football player (d. 2010)

1956- Leo Laporte -American television host and author

1956- Katrin Saks -Estonian politician

1957- Jennifer Batten -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1957- Janet Napolitano -American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security

1957- Matthew Rubel -American businessman

1957- Mario Salieri -Italian porn director and producer

1958- Michael Dempsey -Zimbabwean-English bass player (The Cure, Associates (band)|Associates, Presence (band)|Presence, Easy Cure, The Lotus Eaters (band)|The Lotus Eaters, and Malice (UK band)|Malice)

1958- John Dramani Mahama -Ghanaian historian and politician, 4th President of Ghana

1958- Devon Scott -American actress

1959- Richard Borcherds -South African-English mathematician and academic

1959- Neal Broten -American ice hockey player

1959- Rich Camarillo -American football player and coach

1959- Rahm Emanuel -American politician, 23rd White House Chief of Staff

1959- Steve Hindalong -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Choir (alternative rock band)|The Choir and Lost Dogs)

1960- Marco Bucci -Italian discus thrower (d. 2013)

1960- Howard Johnson (baseball)|Howard Johnson -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1960- Cathy Moriarty -American actress

1961- Kim Delaney -American actress and producer

1961- Masayoshi Yamashita -Japanese bass player (Loudness (band)|Loudness)

1962- Ronny Jordan -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1962- Andy LaRocque -Swedish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (King Diamond (band)|King Diamond and Death (metal band)|Death)

1962- Andrew McCarthy -American actor and director

1963- Lalit Modi -Indian businessman

1964- Don Cheadle -American actor and producer

1964- Cork Graham -American author and photographer

1964- Ken Monkou -Surinamese-Dutch footballer

1964- Tom Sizemore -American actor and producer

1965- Ellen Cleghorne -American comedian and actress

1965- Yutaka Ozaki -Japanese poet and pianist (d. 1992)

1966- John Layfield -American wrestler and sportscaster

1967- Zbigniew Szewczyk -Polish footballer

1968- Jonathan Knight -American singer-songwriter and dancer (New Kids on the Block)

1969- Kasey Keller -American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster

1969- Mariano Rivera -Panamanian-American baseball player

1969- Pierre van Hooijdonk -Dutch footballer

1970- Larry Joe Campbell -American actor and director

1970- Frank Delgado (American musician)|Frank Delgado -American keyboard player (Deftones)

1970- Mark Pembridge -Welsh footballer and coach

1970- Ryu Seung-ryong -South Korean Actor

1971- Brad May -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1971- Gena Lee Nolin -American actress

1972- Willie Bain -Scottish academic and politician

1972- Brian Baumgartner -American actor and producer

1972- Jamal Mashburn -American basketball player and sportscaster

1972- Minoru Tanaka (wrestler)|Minoru Tanaka -Japanese wrestler and boxer

1973- Ryan Giggs -Welsh footballer

1973- Sarah Jones (stage actress)|Sarah Jones -American actress and playwright

1974- Lin Chi-ling -Taiwanese model and actress

1974- Pavol Demitra -Slovak ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1974- Ferenc Merkli -Hungarian-Slovene priest

1975- Andreas Ioannides -Cypriot footballer

1975- Younus Khan -Pakistani cricketer

1976- Chris Akins -American football player

1976- Lindsay Benko -American swimmer

1976- Anna Faris -American actress and singer

1976- Michalis Kakiouzis -Greek basketball player

1976- Ehren McGhehey -American actor and stuntman

1977- Juan José Gurruchaga -Chilean actor

1977- Maria Petrova (figure skater)|Maria Petrova -Russian figure skater

1978- Alessandro Fei (volleyball)|Alessandro Fei -Italian volleyball player

1978- Lauren German -American actress

1978- Dimitrios Konstantopoulos -Greek footballer

1978- Ludwika Paleta -Polish-Mexican actress

1978- Benjamín Vicuña -Chilean actor

1979- Simon Amstell -English comedian, actor, and television host

1979- Adam Barrett -English footballer

1979- Francis Beltrán -Dominican baseball player

1979- The Game (rapper)|The Game -American rapper, producer, and actor (G-Unit)

1979- Neal Horgan -American-Irish footballer

1980- Janina Gavankar -American actress and musician

1980- Chun Jung-myung -South Korean actor

1980- Ilias Kasidiaris -Greek politician

1980- Brian Wolfe -American baseball player

1981- John Milhiser -American comedian and actor

1981- Nicholas Teo -Malaysian singer and actor

1981- Fawad Afzal Khan -Pakistani actor and singer

1982- Ramya -Indian actress, singer, and politician

1982- Lucas Black -American actor

1982- Ashley Force -American race car driver

1982- Imogen Thomas -Welsh-English model

1983- Tanner Glass -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Jennifer Oeser -German heptathlete

1984- Ji Hyun-woo -South Korean actor and guitarist

1984- Sitti Navarro -Filipino singer and actress

1985- Evangelia Aravani -Greek model

1985- Shannon Brown -American basketball player

1985- Junnosuke Taguchi -Japanese singer and actor (KAT-TUN)

1986- Park Ju-hyun -South Korean rapper, dancer, and actress (Spica (band)|Spica)

1987- Stephen O'Halloran -Irish footballer

1988- Lee Hyun-Ho -South Korean footballer

1988- Nika Kiladze -Georgian footballer (d. 2014)

1988- Clémence Saint-Preux -French singer and actress

1990- Lee Minhyuk -South Korean singer, actor, and dancer (BtoB (band)|BtoB)

1991- Becky James -Welsh cyclist

1991- Zac Sunderland -American sailor

1992- David Lambert (actor)|David Lambert -American actor

1995- Laura Marano -American actress and singer

1996- Akvilė Paražinskaitė -Lithuanian tennis player

1997- Ye Qiuyu -Chinese tennis player