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Day History: October-15

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Famous Birthdays


70 BC- Virgil -Roman poet (d. 19 BC)

1265- Temür Khan, Emperor Chengzong of Yuan -(d. 1307)

1471- Konrad Mutian -German epigrammatist and academic (d. 1526)

1608- Evangelista Torricelli -Italian physicist and mathematician (d. 1647)

1686- Allan Ramsay (poet)|Allan Ramsay -Scottish poet and playwright (d. 1758)

1701- Marie-Marguerite d'Youville -Canadian nun and saint, founded Grey Nuns (d. 1771)

1711- Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine -(d. 1741)

1762- Samuel Adams Holyoke -American composer and educator (d. 1820)

1784- Thomas Robert Bugeaud -French general and politician, List of rulers of Algeria before independence|Governor-General of Algeria (d. 1849)

1785- José Miguel Carrera -Chilean general and politician (d. 1821)

1814- Mikhail Lermontov -Russian author, poet, and painter (d. 1841)

1818- Alexander Dreyschock -Czech pianist and composer (d. 1869)

1825- Marie of Prussia -(d. 1889)

1829- Asaph Hall -American astronomer and academic (d. 1907)

1836- James Tissot -French painter and illustrator (d. 1902)

1840- Honoré Mercier -Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician, 9th Premier of Quebec (d. 1894)

1844- Friedrich Nietzsche -German composer, poet, and philosopher (d. 1900)

1858- John L. Sullivan -American boxer (d. 1918)

1865- Charles W. Clark -American singer and educator (d. 1925)

1865- Albert Heijn (born 1865)|Albert Heijn -Dutch businessman (d. 1945)

1872- Wilhelm Miklas -Austrian educator and politician, 3rd President of Austria (d. 1956)

1872- August Nilsson -Swedish pole vaulter, shot putter, and tug of war competitor (d. 1921)

1874- Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha -(d. 1899)

1878- Paul Reynaud -French lawyer and politician, 118th Prime Minister of France (d. 1966)

1879- Jane Darwell -American actress (d. 1967)

1880- Herman Glass -American gymnast (d. 1961)

1881- P. G. Wodehouse -English-American author and playwright (d. 1975)

1882- Charley O'Leary -American baseball player and coach (d. 1941)

1884- Archibald Hoxsey -American pilot (d. 1910)

1887- Frederick Fleet -English sailor (d. 1965)

1888- S. S. Van Dine -American author and critic (d. 1939)

1890- Álvaro de Campos -Portuguese poet and engineer (d. 1935)

1893- Carol II of Romania -(d. 1953)

1894- Moshe Sharett -Ukrainian-Israeli lieutenant and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1965)

1897- Johannes Sikkar -Estonian soldier and politician, Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1960)

1897- Mudicondan Venkatarama Iyer -Indian singer and musicologist (d. 1975)

1898- Boughera El Ouafi -Algerian runner (d. 1951)

1900- Mervyn LeRoy -American actor, director, and producer (d. 1987)

1905- C. P. Snow -English chemist and author (d. 1980)

1906- Hiram Fong -American soldier and politician (d. 2004)

1906- Alicia Patterson -American publisher, co-founded ''Newsday'' (d. 1963)

1906- Victoria Spivey -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976)

1907- Varian Fry -American journalist and author (d. 1967)

1908- Herman Chittison -American pianist (d. 1967)

1908- John Kenneth Galbraith -Canadian-American economist and diplomat, 7th United States Ambassador to India (d. 2006)

1909- Jesse L. Greenstein -American astronomer and acadmeic (d. 2002)

1909- Robert Trout -American journalist (d. 2000)

1910- Edwin O. Reischauer -Japanese-American scholar, diplomat, and educator, United States Ambassador to Japan (d. 1990)

1912- Nellie Lutcher -American singer and pianist (d. 2007)

1914- Mohammed Zahir Shah -Afghan king (d. 2007)

1916- Al Killian -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 2007)

1916- George Turner (writer)|George Turner -Australian author and critic (d. 1997)

1917- Jan Miner -American actress (d. 2004)

1917- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. -American historian and critic (d. 2007)

1917- Paul Tanner -American trombonist (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 2013)

1919- Malcolm Ross (balloonist)|Malcolm Ross -American captain, balloonist, and physicist (d. 1985)

1920- Chris Economaki -American sportscaster and actor (d. 2012)

1920- Patricia Jessel -Hong Kong-English actress (d. 1968)

1920- Mario Puzo -American author and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1920- Henri Verneuil -Turkish-French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1921- Angelica Rozeanu -Romanian-Israeli table tennis player (d. 2006)

1922- Agustina Bessa-Luís -Portuguese author

1922- Preben Munthe -Norwegian economist and politician, State Conciliator of Norway (d. 2013)

1922- William Y. Thompson -American historian and author (d. 2013)

1923- Italo Calvino -Italian journalist and author (d. 1985)

1923- Antonio Fontán -Spanish journalist and politician (d. 2010)

1923- Eugene Patterson -American journalist and activist (d. 2013)

1924- Marguerite Andersen -German-Canadian author and educator

1924- Lee Iacocca -American businessman and author

1924- Mark Lenard -American actor (d. 1996)

1924- Frank X. McDermott -American lawyer and politician (d. 2011)

1924- Warren Miller (director)|Warren Miller -American director and screenwriter

1925- Mickey Baker -American-French guitarist (Mickey & Sylvia) (d. 2012)

1925- Aurora Bautista -Spanish actress (d. 2012)

1926- James E. Akins -American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (d. 2010)

1926- Agustín García Calvo -Spanish philosopher and poet (d. 2012)

1926- Michel Foucault -French historian and philosopher (d. 1984)

1926- Ed McBain -American author and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1926- Jean Peters -American actress (d. 2000)

1926- Karl Richter (conductor)|Karl Richter -German organist and conductor (d. 1981)

1927- Jeannette Charles -English actress

1927- Bob Elliott (Alberta politician)|Bob Elliott -Canadian politician (d. 2013)

1927- Bill Henry -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1930- FM-2030 -Belgian-Iranian basketball player, philosopher and diplomat (d. 2000)

1931- Freddy Cole -American singer and pianist

1931- Gail Harris (baseball)|Gail Harris -American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1931- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam -Indian engineer, educator, and politician, 11th President of India

1931- Pauline Perry, Baroness Perry of Southwark -English academic and politician

1932- Jaan Rääts -Estonian composer

1933- Nicky Barnes -American drug lord

1934- Alan Elsdon -English trumpet player

1934- N. Ramani -Indian flute player

1935- Dick McTaggart -Scottish boxer

1935- Bobby Morrow -American sprinter

1935- Willie O'Ree -Canadian ice hockey player

1936- Robert Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell -South African-English businessman

1937- Brad Corbett -American businessman (d. 2012)

1937- Linda Lavin -American actress, singer, director, and producer

1937- Barry McGuire -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The New Christy Minstrels)

1937- Biff Rose -American singer-songwriter and comedian

1938- Marv Johnson -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1993)

1938- Fela Kuti -Nigerian singer-songwriter and saxophonist (d. 1997)

1938- Robert Ward (blues musician)|Robert Ward -American guitarist and songwriter (Ohio Players) (d. 2008)

1940- Tommy Bishop -English rugby player and coach

1940- Peter C. Doherty -Australian surgeon and immunologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1942- Hilo Chen -Taiwanese-American painter

1942- Harold W. Gehman, Jr. -American admiral

1943- Penny Marshall -American actress, director, and producer

1944- Sali Berisha -Albanian cardiologist and politician, 2nd President of Albania

1944- Haim Saban -Egyptian-American businessman, co-founded Saban Entertainment

1944- David Trimble -Irish lawyer and politician, 3rd First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1945- Antonio Cañizares Llovera -Spanish cardinal

1945- Neophyte of Bulgaria -Bulgarian patriarch

1945- Jim Palmer -American baseball player and sportscaster

1946- Victor Banerjee -Indian actor and director

1946- Richard Carpenter (musician)|Richard Carpenter -American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Carpenters)

1946- Palle Danielsson -Swedish bassist and composer

1946- John Getz -American actor

1946- Stewart Stevenson -Scottish engineer and politician, Minister for Environment and Climate Change

1947- Jaroslav Erno Šedivý -Czech drummer (The Primitives Group, Life After Life (band)|Life After Life, and Energit (band)|Energit)

1948- Renato Corona -Filipino lawyer and jurist, 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

1948- Chris de Burgh -Argentinian-Irish singer-songwriter and pianist

1949- Laurie McBain -American author

1949- Prannoy Roy -Indian journalist, economist, and broadcaster, founded NDTV

1950- Candida Royalle -American porn actress, director, and producer

1951- Peter Richardson (English director)|Peter Richardson -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1951- Rafael Vaganian -Armenian chess player

1951- A. F. Th. van der Heijden -Dutch author

1953- Betsy Clifford -Canadian skier

1953- Tito Jackson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Jackson 5)

1953- Larry Miller (comedian)|Larry Miller -American actor and screenwriter

1953- Peter Phillips (conductor)|Peter Phillips -English conductor and musicologist, founded The Tallis Scholars

1953- Walter Jon Williams -American author

1954- Peter Bakowski -Australian poet and educator

1954- Jere Burns -American actor

1954- Julia Yeomans -English physicist and academic

1955- Kulbir Bhaura -Indian field hockey player

1955- Emma Chichester Clark -English author and illustrator

1955- Al Green (wrestler)|Al Green -American wrestler (d. 2013)

1955- Tanya Roberts -American actress

1957- Michael Caton-Jones -Scottish actor, director, and producer

1957- Mira Nair -Indian-American actress, director, and producer

1957- Stacy Peralta -American skateboarder, director, producer, and businessman, co-founded Powell Peralta

1958- Stephen Clarke (writer)|Stephen Clarke -English-French journalist and author

1958- Renée Jones -American actress

1959- Emeril Lagasse -American chef and author

1959- Alex Paterson -English keyboard player (The Orb and Transit Kings)

1959- Todd Solondz -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1963- Stanley Menzo -Dutch footballer and manager

1964- Roberto Vittori -Italian colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1965- Nasser El Sonbaty -German bodybuilder (d. 2013)

1966- Jorge Campos -Mexican footballer and manager

1966- Bill Charlap -American pianist and composer (The Blue Note 7)

1966- Ilse Huizinga -Dutch singer

1966- Dave Stead -English drummer (The Beautiful South)

1967- Götz Otto -German actor and screenwriter

1968- Jyrki 69 -Finnish singer-songwriter (The 69 Eyes)

1968- Didier Deschamps -French footballer and manager

1968- Vanessa Marcil -American actress

1969- Vítor Baía -Portuguese footballer

1969- Paige Davis -American actress

1969- Dominic West -English actor

1970- Eric Benét -American singer-songwriter and actor

1970- Dalia El Behery -Egyptian model and actress, Miss Egypt|Miss Egypt 1990

1971- Joey Abs -American wrestler

1971- Andy Cole -English footballer and coach

1971- Lauri Pilter -Estonian author and translator

1972- Karla Álvarez -Mexican actress (d. 2013)

1972- Fred Hoiberg -American basketball player and coach

1972- Matt Keeslar -American actor

1972- Sandra Kim -Belgian singer

1973- Dax Riggs -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Acid Bath, Daisyhead & The Mooncrickets, Agents of Oblivion, and Deadboy & the Elephantmen)

1974- Bianca Rinaldi -Brazilian actress

1975- Ginuwine -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1975- Alessandro Doga -Italian footballer

1975- Glen Little -English footballer

1976- Christian Allen -American video game designer

1976- Manuel Dallan -Italian rugby player

1977- Polow da Don -American rapper and producer

1977- Masato Kawabata -Japanese race car driver

1977- David Trezeguet -French footballer

1977- Patricio Urrutia -Ecuadorian footballer

1978- Devon Gummersall -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1978- Takeshi Morishima -Japanese wrestler

1979- Bohemia (musician)|Bohemia -Pakistani-American rapper and producer

1979- Blue Adams -American football player and coach

1979- Jekaterina Golovatenko -Estonian figure skater

1979- Paul Robinson (footballer, born 1979)|Paul Robinson -English footballer

1979- Jaci Velasquez -American singer-songwriter

1979- Māris Verpakovskis -Latvian footballer

1980- Tom Boonen -Belgian cyclist

1980- Siiri Nordin -Finnish singer-songwriter (Killer (Finnish band)|Killer)

1981- Keyshia Cole -American singer-songwriter and producer

1981- Elena Dementieva -Russian tennis player

1981- Abram Elam -American football player

1981- Guo Jingjing -Chinese diver

1981- Radoslav Židek -Slovak snowboarder

1982- Paulini -Fijian-Australian singer-songwriter and actress (Young Divas)

1982- Charline Labonté -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Sachiko Yamada (swimmer)|Sachiko Yamada -Japanese swimmer

1983- Holly Montag -American model

1983- Bruno Senna -Brazilian race car driver

1983- Stephy Tang -Hong Kong singer and actress (Cookies (group)|Cookies)

1984- Johan Voskamp -Dutch footballer

1984- Jessie Ware -English singer-songwriter

1985- Arron Afflalo -American basketball player

1985- Walter Alberto López -Uruguayan footballer

1985- Marcos Martínez -Spanish race car driver

1986- Lee Donghae -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (Super Junior, Donghae & Eunhyuk, and Super Junior-M)

1986- Carlo Janka -Swiss skier

1987- Jesse Levine -Canadian-American tennis player

1987- Chantal Strand -Canadian voice actress and singer

1987- Ott Tänak -Estonian race car driver

1988- Mesut Özil -German footballer

1989- Blaine Gabbert -American football player

1989- Anthony Joshua -English boxer

1989- Leandro Antonio Martínez -Argentinian-Italian footballer

1989- Alen Pamić -Croatian footballer (d. 2013)

1990- Jeon Ji-yoon -South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer (4minute and 2Yoon)

1990- Kiko Mizuhara -American-Japanese model, actress, and singer

1992- Eddie Gómez -American boxer

1992- Vincent Martella -American actor and singer

1995- Billy Unger -American actor

1996- Zelo -South Korean rapper and dancer (B.A.P (band)|B.A.P)

1999- Bailee Madison -American actress