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Day History: November-8

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Famous Birthdays


30- Nerva -Roman emperor (d. 98)

1342- Julian of Norwich -English mystic and saint (d. 1416)

1491- Teofilo Folengo -Italian poet (d. 1544)

1622- Charles X Gustav of Sweden -(d. 1660)

1656- Edmond Halley -English astronomer and mathematician (d. 1742)

1706- Johann Ulrich von Cramer -German judge and philosopher (d. 1772)

1710- Sarah Fielding -English author (d. 1768)

1715- Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern -(d. 1797)

1723- John Byron -English admiral and politician, 24th List of lieutenant governors of Newfoundland and Labrador|Commodore Governor of Newfoundland (d. 1786)

1725- Johann George Tromlitz -German flute player and composer (d. 1805)

1763- Otto Wilhelm Masing -German-Estonian linguist and clergyman (d. 1832)

1768- Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom -(d. 1840)

1777- Désirée Clary -French wife of Charles XIV John of Sweden (d. 1860)

1788- Mihály Bertalanits -Slovene poet and educator (d. 1853)

1831- Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton -English poet and diplomat, 30th List of Governors-General of India|Governor-General of India (d. 1880)

1836- Milton Bradley -American businessman, founded the Milton Bradley Company (d. 1911)

1837- Ilia Chavchavadze -Georgian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1907)

1847- Jean Casimir-Perier -French politician, 6th President of France (d. 1907)

1847- Bram Stoker -Irish-English author (d. 1912)

1848- Gottlob Frege -German mathematician and philosopher (d. 1925)

1854- Johannes Rydberg -Swedish physicist and academic (d. 1919)

1866- Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin -English businessman, founded the Austin Motor Company (d. 1941)

1868- Felix Hausdorff -German mathematician and academic (d. 1942)

1869- Zinaida Gippius -Russian-French poet and author (d. 1945)

1881- Clarence Gagnon -Canadian painter and illustrator (d. 1942)

1883- Arnold Bax -English composer and poet (d. 1953)

1884- Hermann Rorschach -Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (d. 1922)

1885- George Bouzianis -Greek painter (d. 1959)

1885- Hans Cloos -German geologist and academic (d. 1951)

1885- Emil Fahrenkamp -German architect and academic (d. 1966)

1885- Eva Morris -English super-centenarian (d. 2000)

1885- Tomoyuki Yamashita -Japanese general and politician, 4th Governor-General of the Philippines|Japanese Military Governors of the Philippines (d. 1946)

1888- David Monrad Johansen -Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1974)

1893- Prajadhipok -Thai king (d. 1941)

1896- Bucky Harris -American baseball player and manager (d. 1977)

1897- Dorothy Day -American journalist and activist (d. 1980)

1898- Marie Prevost -Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 1937)

1900- Margaret Mitchell -American journalist and author (d. 1949)

1903- Alfred Thambiayah -Ceylon businessman and politician

1904- Cedric Belfrage -English-American journalist and author, co-founded the ''National Guardian'' (d. 1990)

1908- Martha Gellhorn -American journalist and author (d. 1998)

1910- James McCormack -American general (d. 1975)

1912- June Havoc -Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

1912- Stylianos Pattakos -Greek general and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece

1918- Kazuo Sakamaki -Japanese soldier (d. 1999)

1918- Hermann Zapf -German typographer and calligrapher

1919- Purushottam Laxman Deshpande -Indian actor, screenwriter, and author (d. 2000)

1920- Esther Rolle -American actress and singer (d. 1998)

1920- Eugênio Sales -Brazilian cardinal (d. 2012)

1921- Douglas Townsend -American composer, musicologist, and academic (d. 2012)

1922- Christiaan Barnard -South African surgeon and academic (d. 2001)

1922- Ademir Marques de Menezes -Brazilian footballer, coach, and sportscaster (d. 1996)

1923- Jack Kilby -American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)

1924- Johnny Bower -Canadian ice hockey player

1924- Joe Flynn (US actor)|Joe Flynn -American actor (d. 1974)

1926- Carroll E. Lanier -American sailor and politician (d. 2012)

1927- L. K. Advani -Pakistani-Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of India

1927- Chris Connor -American singer (d. 2009)

1927- Ken Dodd -English singer-songwriter and actor

1927- Nguyễn Khánh -Vietnamese general and politician, 4th Leaders of South Vietnam|President of the Republic of Vietnam (d. 2013)

1927- Patti Page -American singer and actress (d. 2013)

1929- Bobby Bowden -American football player and coach

1929- António Castanheira Neves -Portuguese philosopher and academic

1931- Darla Hood -American actress and singer (d. 1979)

1931- Morley Safer -Canadian-American journalist

1932- Stéphane Audran -French actress

1932- Ben Bova -American journalist and author

1933- Peter Arundell -English race car driver (d. 2009)

1935- Alain Delon -French-Swiss actor, producer, screenwriter

1935- Stratos Dionysiou -Greek singer-songwriter (d. 1990)

1935- Alfonso López Trujillo -Colombian cardinal (d. 2008)

1936- Virna Lisi -Italian actress

1938- Driss Basri -Moroccan police officer and politician (d. 2007)

1938- Richard Stoker -English composer, author, and poet

1939- Elizabeth Dawn -English actress

1941- Nerys Hughes -Welsh actress

1942- Sandro Mazzola -Italian footballer

1943- Martin Peters -English footballer and manager

1944- Bonnie Bramlett -American singer and actress (Delaney & Bonnie)

1945- Arduino Cantafora -Italian-Swiss architect, painter, and author

1945- Vincent Nichols -English archbishop

1945- Arnold Rosner -American composer (d. 2013)

1946- Guus Hiddink -Dutch footballer and manager

1946- Roy Wood -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard, and Wizzo Band)

1947- Michael Perham (bishop)|Michael Perham -English bishop

1947- Minnie Riperton -American singer-songwriter (d. 1979)

1947- Margaret Rhea Seddon -American physician and astronaut

1947- Lewis Yocum -American physician and surgeon (d. 2013)

1948- Dale Gardner -American captain and astronaut (d. 2014)

1949- Wayne LaPierre -American businessman, author, and activist

1949- Bonnie Raitt -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950- Mary Hart -American journalist and actress

1951- Alfredo Astiz -Argentinian captain

1951- Laura Cox -English lawyer and judge

1951- Peter Suber -American philosopher and academic

1952- Albert Bittlmayer -German footballer (d. 1977)

1952- John Denny -American baseball player and coach

1952- Christie Hefner -American publisher and businesswoman

1952- Jan Raas -Dutch cyclist

1952- Jerry Remy -American baseball player and sportscaster

1952- Alfre Woodard -American actress and producer

1953- Giorgos Foiros -Greek footballer and manager

1953- John Musker -American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1953- Nand Kumar Patel -Indian politician (d. 2013)

1954- David Bret -French-English author

1954- Michael D. Brown -American lawyer and radio host

1954- Timothy Egan -American journalist and author

1954- Kazuo Ishiguro -Japanese-English author

1954- Rickie Lee Jones -American singer-songwriter and producer

1954- Ricky Lawson -American drummer and composer (Yellowjackets) (d. 2013)

1954- Jeanette McGruder -American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein)

1954- Thanasis Pafilis -Greek jurist and politician

1955- Patricia Barber -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1955- Jeffrey Ford -American author and educator

1956- Mari Boine -Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer

1956- Richard Curtis -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Steven Miller (record producer)|Steven Miller -American record producer

1957- Alan Curbishley -English footballer and manager

1957- Porl Thompson -English guitarist (The Cure, Easy Cure, Malice (UK band)|Malice, and Shelleyan Orphan)

1957- Hardi Volmer -Estonian singer and director (Singer Vinger)

1958- Don Byron -American clarinet player and composer

1958- Ken Lamberton -American author and educator

1959- Miroslav Janů -Czech footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1959- Chi Chi LaRue -American drag queen performer and director

1960- Oleg Menshikov -Russian actor

1960- Michael Nyqvist -Swedish actor

1961- Micky Adams -English footballer and manager

1961- Leif Garrett -American singer and actor

1961- Enn Rajasaar -Estonian architect

1963- Russell Malone -American guitarist

1963- Paul McKenna -English hypnotist and author

1965- Jeff Blauser -American baseball player

1965- Craig Chester -American actor and screenwriter

1965- Mike Matarazzo -American bodybuilder and boxer (d. 2014)

1966- Toralf Arndt -German footballer

1966- Gordon Ramsay -Scottish chef and television host

1966- Urmas Välbe -Estonian skier

1967- Kamar de los Reyes -Puerto Rican-American actor

1967- Henry Rodríguez (outfielder)|Henry Rodriguez -Dominican baseball player

1967- Courtney Thorne-Smith -American actress

1968- Keith Jones (ice hockey)|Keith Jones -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1968- José Offerman -Dominican baseball player and manager

1968- Sergio Porrini -Italian footballer and manager

1968- Parker Posey -American actress and singer

1968- Zara Whites -Dutch-French porn actress

1969- Naw Kham -Burmese drug lord (d. 2013)

1969- Roxana Zal -American actress and producer

1970- Tom Anderson -American businessman, co-founded of Myspace

1970- Diana King -Jamaican singer-songwriter

1970- José Porras -Costa Rican footballer

1971- Carlos Atanes -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Tech N9ne -American rapper (The Regime (group)|The Regime and K.A.B.O.S.H.)

1972- Gretchen Mol -American model and actress

1973- Sven Mikser -Estonian politician, 22nd Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defence

1974- Joshua Ferris -American author

1974- Penelope Heyns -South African swimmer

1974- Masashi Kishimoto -Japanese illustrator

1974- Seishi Kishimoto -Japanese illustrator

1975- Angel Corella -Spanish dancer

1975- Brevin Knight -American basketball player and sportscaster

1975- José Manuel Pinto -Spanish footballer

1975- Tara Reid -American actress and producer

1975- Alena Vašková -Czech tennis player

1976- Brett Lee -Australian cricketer and sportscaster

1976- Brothers Strause|Colin Strause -American director, producer, and visual effects designer

1977- Jully Black -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1977- Bucky Covington -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977- Nick Punto -American baseball player

1978- Shyne -Belizean-American rapper

1978- Tim de Cler -Dutch footballer

1978- Maurice Evans (basketball)|Maurice Evans -American basketball player

1978- Ali Karimi -Iranian footballer

1978- Emma Lewell-Buck -English social worker and politician

1978- Júlio Sérgio -Brazilian footballer

1979- Andrea Benatti -Italian rugby player

1979- Aaron Hughes -Irish footballer

1979- Dania Ramirez -Dominican-American actress

1980- Luís Fabiano -Brazilian footballer

1980- Laura Jane Grace -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Against Me!)

1980- Ana Vidović -Croatian guitarist

1980- Holly Walsh -English radio and television host

1981- Joe Cole -English footballer

1981- Yann Kermorgant -French footballer

1981- Azura Skye -American actress

1982- Ted DiBiase, Jr. -American wrestler and actor

1982- Ethan Juan -Taiwanese model and actor

1982- Mika Kallio -Finnish motorcycle racer

1982- Sam Sparro -Australian singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1983- Katharina Molitor -German javelin thrower

1983- Remko Pasveer -Dutch footballer

1983- Pavel Pogrebnyak -Russian footballer

1983- Nikola Rachelle -English-New Zealand singer-songwriter and producer

1983- Chris Rankin -New Zealand actor

1983- Blanka Vlašić -Croatian high jumper

1984- Kuntal Chandra -Bangladeshi cricketer (d. 2012)

1984- Steven Webb -English actor

1985- Magda Apanowicz -Canadian actress

1985- Jack Osbourne -English-American actor and producer

1986- Patricia Mayr-Achleitner -Austrian tennis player

1986- Jamie Roberts -Welsh rugby player

1986- Aaron Swartz -American computer programmer and activist (d. 2013)

1987- Édgar Benítez -Paraguayan footballer

1987- Sam Bradford -American football player

1988- Jessica Lowndes -Canadian actress and singer

1988- Lucia Slaničková -Slovak heptathlete

1989- Giancarlo Stanton -American baseball player

1989- Morgan Schneiderlin -French footballer

1990- Anett Griffel -Estonian model

1990- Ingrid Puusta -Estonian sailor

1991- Riker Lynch -American singer and bass player for the band R5 (band)|R5

1994- Lauren Alaina -American singer

1994- Shane Feldman -Canadian actor

2000- Jade Pettyjohn -American teen actress

2003- Lady Louise Windsor -English daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex