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Day History: October-11

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Famous Birthdays


1335- Taejo of Joseon -(d. 1408)

1616- Andreas Gryphius -German poet and playwright (d. 1664)

1661- Melchior de Polignac -French cardinal and poet (d. 1742)

1671- Frederick IV of Denmark -(d. 1730)

1672- Pylyp Orlyk -Ukrainian-Romanian diplomat (d. 1742)

1675- Samuel Clarke -English clergyman and philosopher (d. 1729)

1679- Christian Vater -German organ builder (d. 1756)

1738- Arthur Phillip -English admiral and politician, 1st Governor of New South Wales (d. 1814)

1739- Grigory Potemkin -Russian general and politician (d. 1791)

1758- Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers -German physician and astronomer (d. 1840)

1786- Stevenson Archer (1786–1848)|Stevenson Archer -American judge and politician (d. 1848)

1788- Simon Sechter -Austrian organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1867)

1803- Gregor von Helmersen -Estonian-Russian general and geologist (d. 1885)

1809- Orson Squire Fowler -American phrenologist and author (d. 1887)

1814- Jean-Baptiste Lamy -French-American archbishop (d. 1888)

1815- Pierre Napoléon Bonaparte -Italian-French politician (d. 1881)

1821- George Williams (YMCA)|George Williams -English philanthropist, founded the YMCA (d. 1905)

1844- Henry J. Heinz -American businessman, founded the H. J. Heinz Company (d. 1916)

1863- Louis Cyr -Canadian strongman (d. 1912)

1865- Hans E. Kinck -Norwegian philologist and author (d. 1926)

1871- Johan Oscar Smith -Norwegian evangelist, founded the Brunstad Christian Church (d. 1943)

1872- Emily Davison -English educator and activist (d. 1913)

1872- Harlan F. Stone -American lawyer and jurist, 12th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1946)

1876- Paul Masson (cyclist)|Paul Masson -French cyclist (d. 1944)

1877- Henri Hazebrouck -French rower (d. 1948)

1879- Ernst Mally -Austrian philosopher and academic (d. 1944)

1881- Hans Kelsen -Czech-American jurist and philosopher (d. 1973)

1884- Friedrich Bergius -German-Argentinian chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

1884- Eleanor Roosevelt -American humanitarian and politician, 39th First Lady of the United States (d. 1962)

1884- Sig Ruman -German-American actor (d. 1967)

1885- François Mauriac -French author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1890- A. V. Kulasingham -Sri Lankan journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1978)

1894- Julius Kuperjanov -Estonian educator and lieutenant (d. 1919)

1895- Jakov Gotovac -Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1982)

1896- Roman Jakobson -Russian–American linguist and theorist (d. 1982)

1897- Nathan Farragut Twining -American general (d. 1982)

1899- Eddie Dyer -American baseball player and manager (d. 1964)

1902- Jayaprakash Narayan -Indian activist and politician (d. 1979)

1905- Fred Trump -American businessman (d. 1999)

1912- Betty Noyes -American actress and singer (d. 1987)

1913- Joe Simon -American author and illustrator (d. 2011)

1913- Dorothy Woolfolk -American author (d. 2000)

1915- T. Llew Jones -Welsh author and poet (d. 2009)

1916- Nanaji Deshmukh -Indian educator and activist (d. 2010)

1918- Fred Bodsworth -Canadian journalist and author (d. 2012)

1918- Jerome Robbins -American director, producer, and choreographer (d. 1998)

1919- Art Blakey -American drummer and bandleader (d. 1990)

1919- Jean Vander Pyl -American actress (d. 1999)

1920- Édgar Negret -Colombian sculptor (d. 2012)

1922- G. C. Edmondson -American soldier and author (d. 1995)

1924- André Emmerich -German-American art dealer (d. 2007)

1924- Mal Whitfield -American runner

1925- Elmore Leonard -American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1926- Joe Ginsberg -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1926- Thích Nhất Hạnh -Vietnamese monk, author, and poet

1926- Earle Hyman -American actor

1926- Neville Wran -Australian lawyer and politician, 35th Premier of New South Wales (d. 2014)

1927- Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium -(d. 2005)

1927- Tony Kinsey -English drummer and composer

1927- James Prior, Baron Prior -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1928- Alfonso de Portago -Spanish race car driver (d. 1957)

1928- Roscoe Robinson, Jr. -American general (d. 1993)

1928- Geoffrey Tordoff, Baron Tordoff -English businessman and politician

1929- Curtis Amy -American saxophonist (d. 2002)

1929- Raymond Moriyama -Canadian architect, designed the Ottawa Civic Centre and Scarborough Civic Centre

1929- Liselotte Pulver -Swiss actress

1930- Michael Edwardes -South African-English businessman

1930- LaVell Edwards -American football player and coach

1930- Sam Johnson -American colonel and politician

1930- K. P. Ummer -Indian actor (d. 2001)

1932- Saul Friedländer -Israeli historian and author

1932- Dottie West -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1991)

1935- Dan Evins -American businessman, founded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (d. 2012)

1935- Daniel Quinn -American environmentalist and author

1936- C. Gordon Fullerton -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2013)

1936- Billy Higgins -American drummer (d. 2001)

1936- James M. McPherson -American historian and author

1936- Tom -Brazilian singer-songwriter

1937- Bobby Charlton -English footballer and manager

1937- R. H. W. Dillard -American poet, author, and critic

1937- Jaan Kundla -Estonian politician

1937- Ron Leibman -American actor and screenwriter

1938- Michael Stear -English air marshal

1939- Maria Bueno -Brazilian tennis player

1939- Austin Currie -Irish politician

1940- Pouri Banayi -Iranian actress

1941- Lester Bowie -American trumpet player and composer (Art Ensemble of Chicago) (d. 1999)

1942- Amitabh Bachchan -Indian actor, singer, and producer

1942- Richard Wilson, Baron Wilson of Dinton -Welsh academic and politician

1943- Michael Harloe -English sociologist and academic

1943- John Nettles -English actor

1943- Ilmar Reepalu -Swedish politician

1943- Gene Watson -American singer and producer

1944- Cindy Carol -American actress

1944- Mike Fiore -American baseball player

1944- Rodney Marsh (footballer)|Rodney Marsh -English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1945- Andrew Logan -English sculptor and painter

1946- Oba Chandler -American murderer (d. 2011)

1946- Elinor Goodman -English journalist

1946- Daryl Hall -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Hall & Oates)

1946- Sawao Kato -Japanese gymnast and educator

1946- Gary Mallaber -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Raven (American band)|Raven and Steve Miller Band)

1947- Al Atkins -English singer-songwriter (Judas Priest)

1947- Thomas Boswell -American journalist and author

1947- George McCorkle -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Marshall Tucker Band) (d. 2007)

1947- Lucas Papademos -Greek economist and politician, 183rd Prime Minister of Greece

1947- Alan Pascoe -English hurdler

1948- Cecilia (Spanish singer)|Cecilia -Spanish singer-songwriter (d. 1976)

1948- Lauri Nebel -Estonian magician and actor

1948- David Rendall (tenor)|David Rendall -English tenor and actor

1948- Peter Turkson -Ghanaian cardinal

1949- Henry Luke Orombi -Ugandan archbishop

1950- Rene Bond -American porn actress (d. 1996)

1950- William R. Forstchen -American author and historian

1950- Amos Gitai -Israeli director, producer, and author

1950- Patty Murray -American educator and politician

1951- Bruce Bartlett -American economist, historian, and author

1951- Jean-Jacques Goldman -French singer-songwriter and guitarist (Taï Phong and Fredericks Goldman Jones)

1951- Shannon Rubicam -American singer-songwriter (Boy Meets Girl (band)|Boy Meets Girl)

1951- Charles Shyer -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Paulette Carlson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Highway 101)

1952- Mark Goodman -American television host and actor

1953- David Morse (actor)|David Morse -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1954- David Michaels (epidemiologist)|David Michaels -American epidemiologist and politician

1954- Vojislav Šešelj -Serbian lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia

1955- Norm Nixon -American basketball player and sportscaster

1956- Eduardo Arellano Félix -Mexican drug trafficker

1956- Nicanor Duarte -Paraguayan lawyer and politician, President of Paraguay

1956- Derek Ringer -Scottish race car driver

1957- Paul Bown -English actor

1957- Dawn French -Welsh-English actress and screenwriter

1957- Paul Sereno -American paleontologist and academic

1959- Wayne Gardner -Australian motorcycle racer

1959- Allan Little -Scottish journalist and author

1960- Randy Breuer -American basketball player

1960- Nicola Bryant -English actress

1960- Curt Ford -American baseball player and manager

1960- Gábor Pölöskei -Hungarian footballer and manager

1961- Neil Buchanan -English guitarist and actor (Marseille (band)|Marseille)

1961- Amr Diab -Egyptian singer-songwriter

1961- Steve Young -American football player and sportscaster

1962- Joan Cusack -American actress

1962- Anne Enright -Irish author

1962- Richard Paul Evans -American author

1962- Andy McCoy -Finnish-Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, and Shooting Gallery (band)|Shooting Gallery)

1963- Prince Feisal bin Al Hussein -of Jordan

1963- Ronny Rosenthal -Israeli-English footballer

1963- Brian Rice -Scottish footballer and manager

1964- Diane Gaidry -American actress

1964- Michael J. Nelson -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1965- Rikishi (wrestler)|Rikishi -American wrestler

1965- Sean Patrick Flanery -American actor and producer

1965- Alexander Hacke -German singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Einstürzende Neubauten)

1965- Orlando Hernández -Cuban baseball player

1965- Volodymyr Horilyi -Ukrainian footballer

1965- Luke Perry -American actor and producer

1965- Ronit Roy -Indian actor

1966- Todd Snider -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966- Stephen Williams (politician)|Stephen Williams -Welsh politician

1967- Tazz -American wrestler and sportscaster

1967- Tony Chimel -American ring announcer

1967- Artie Lange -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1967- Daniel Razon -Filipino singer, minister, and radio host

1967- David Starr -American race car driver

1968- Jane Krakowski -American actress and singer

1968- Claude Lapointe -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1968- Brett Salisbury -American football player and author

1969- Stephen Moyer -English actor, director, and producer

1969- Ty Murray -American bull rider

1970- Chidi Ahanotu -American football player

1970- Vanessa Harding -American wrestler

1970- Andy Marriott -English-Welsh footballer and manager

1970- Shin Tae-yong -South Korean footballer and coach

1970- Constance Zimmer -American actress

1971- Jason Ellis -Australian skateboarder, mixed martial artist, and actor

1971- Petra Haden -American violinist and singer (That Dog, Tito & Tarantula, and The Decemberists)

1971- MC Lyte -American rapper and actress

1971- Oleksandr Pomazun -Ukrainian footballer and manager

1972- Claudia Black -Australian actress

1973- Mark Chapman (broadcaster)|Mark Chapman -English radio and television host

1973- Takeshi Kaneshiro -Japanese actor and singer

1973- Steven Pressley -Scottish footballer and manager

1973- Mike Smith (guitarist)|Mike Smith -American guitarist (Tons (band)|Snot and Limp Bizkit)

1973- Niki Xanthou -Greek long jumper

1973- Dmitri Young -American baseball player and radio host

1974- Jason Arnott -Canadian ice hockey player

1974- Rachel Barton Pine -American violinist (Earthen Grave)

1974- Terje Håkonsen -Norwegian snowboarder

1974- Jamie Thomas -American skateboarder and businessman, founded Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear

1975- Orlando Maturana -Colombian footballer

1976- Dominic Aitchison -Scottish bass player and songwriter (Mogwai and Crippled Black Phoenix)

1976- Emily Deschanel -American actress and producer

1976- Raivo Kotov -Estonian architect

1977- Napoleon (rapper)|Napoleon -American rapper (Outlawz)

1977- Matt Bomer -American actor and producer

1977- Jérémie Janot -French footballer

1977- Desmond Mason -American basketball player

1977- Ty Wigginton -American baseball player

1978- Kali (footballer)|Kali -Angolan footballer

1978- Carl Bussey -American soccer player

1978- Trevor Donovan -American actor

1978- Takuya Kawaguchi -Japanese footballer

1979- Jamar Beasley -American football player

1979- Bae Doona -South Korean model, actress, and photographer

1979- Andy Douglas -American wrestler

1979- Gabe Saporta -Uruguayan-American singer-songwriter and producer (Cobra Starship, Midtown (band)|Midtown, and Humble Beginnings)

1979- Kim Yong-dae -South Korean footballer

1980- Matthew Felker -American model and actor

1980- Motohiro Hata -Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1980- Nyron Nosworthy -English footballer

1980- Juan José Ribera -Chilean footballer

1980- Tomokazu Sugita -Japanese voice actor

1981- Beau Brady -Australian actor

1982- Liz Cantor -Australian surfer and journalist

1982- Cameron Knowles -New Zealand footballer

1982- Jeff Larish -American baseball player

1982- Terrell Suggs -American football player

1982- Kristy Wu -American actress

1983- Bradley James -English actor

1983- Ruslan Ponomariov -Ukrainian chess player

1983- William Sledd -American video blogger

1984- Sergio Hellings -Dutch footballer

1984- Martha MacIsaac -Canadian-American actress

1985- Yang Cheng -Chinese footballer

1985- Álvaro Fernández -Uruguayan footballer

1985- Sam Robertson -Scottish actor

1985- Michelle Trachtenberg -American actress

1987- Tony Beltran -American soccer player

1987- Mike Conley, Jr. -American basketball player

1988- Omar Gonzalez -American soccer player

1989- Henry Lau -Canadian-Chinese singer-songwriter (Super Junior-M and Younique Unit)

1989- Michelle Wie -American golfer

1991- Patrick Leyland -American baseball player

1993- Josip Čalušić -Croatian footballer

1993- Sean Murray (association footballer)|Sean Murray -Irish footballer