This Day in History

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Day History: October-18

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Famous Birthdays

1127- Emperor Go-Shirakawa -of Japan (d. 1192)

1405- Pope Pius II -(d. 1464)

1517- Manuel da Nóbrega -Portuguese-Brazilian priest and missionary (d. 1570)

1547- Justus Lipsius -Belgian philologist and scholar (d. 1606)

1569- Giambattista Marino -Italian poet (d. 1625)

1595- Edward Winslow -English politician, 3rd Governor of Plymouth Colony (d. 1655)

1634- Luca Giordano -Italian painter and illustrator (d. 1705)

1653- Abraham van Riebeeck -South African-Dutch merchant and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)

1662- Matthew Henry -Welsh minister and scholar (d. 1714)

1663- Prince Eugene of Savoy -(d. 1736)

1668- John George IV, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1694)

1679- Ann Putnam, Jr. -American witness in the Salem witch trials (d. 1716)

1701- Charles le Beau -French historian and author (d. 1778)

1706- Baldassare Galuppi -Italian composer (d. 1785)

1741- Pierre Choderlos de Laclos -French general and author (d. 1803)

1777- Heinrich von Kleist -German author and poet (d. 1811)

1785- Thomas Love Peacock -English author and poet (d. 1866)

1804- Mongkut -Thai king (d. 1868)

1831- Frederick III, German Emperor -(d. 1888)

1836- Frederick August Otto Schwarz -American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (d. 1911)

1854- Billy Murdoch -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1859- Henri Bergson -French philosopher and theologian, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1862- Mehmet Esat Bülkat -Greek-Turkish general (d. 1952)

1865- Arie de Jong -Dutch linguist and author (d. 1957)

1865- Logan Pearsall Smith -American-English author and critic (d. 1946)

1868- Ernst Didring -Swedish author (d. 1931)

1870- D. T. Suzuki -Japanese author and scholar (d. 1966)

1872- Mikhail Kuzmin -Russian poet and author (d. 1936)

1873- Ivanoe Bonomi -Italian politician, 25th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)

1878- James Truslow Adams -American historian and author (d. 1949)

1880- Ze'ev Jabotinsky -Ukrainian-Russian general, journalist, and theorist (d. 1940)

1882- Lucien Petit-Breton -French cyclist (d. 1917)

1884- Hugo Goetz -American swimmer (d. 1972)

1893- George Ohsawa -Japanese philosopher and educator (d. 1966)

1894- H. L. Davis -American author and poet (d. 1960)

1894- Tibor Déry -Hungarian author (d. 1977)

1897- Isabel Briggs Myers -American theorist and author (d. 1980)

1898- Lotte Lenya -Austrian-American singer and actress (d. 1981)

1902- Miriam Hopkins -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1902- Pascual Jordan -German physicist and theorist (d. 1980)

1903- Lina Radke -German runner and coach (d. 1983)

1904- A. J. Liebling -American journalist and author (d. 1963)

1904- Haim Shirman -Ukrainian-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1981)

1905- Jan Gies -Dutch activist (d. 1993)

1905- Félix Houphouët-Boigny -Ivorian union leader and politician, 1st President of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 1993)

1906- James Brooks (painter)|James Brooks -American painter and educator (d. 1992)

1909- Norberto Bobbio -Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2004)

1914- Raymond Lambert -Swiss mountaineer (d. 1997)

1915- Victor Sen Yung -American actor (d. 1980)

1918- Molly Geertsema -Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1991)

1918- Konstantinos Mitsotakis -Greek lawyer and politician, 178th Prime Minister of Greece

1918- Bobby Troup -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 1999)

1919- Ric Nordman -Canadian captain and politician (d. 1996)

1919- Anita O'Day -American singer (d. 2006)

1919- Pierre Trudeau -Canadian lawyer, academic, and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2000)

1919- Camilla Williams -American soprano and educator (d. 2012)

1920- Melina Mercouri -Greek actress, singer, and politician, 9th Minister for Culture (Greece)|Greek Minister of Culture (d. 1994)

1921- Jerry Cooke (photographer)|Jerry Cooke -Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (d. 2005)

1921- Jesse Helms -American soldier, journalist, and politician (d. 2008)

1923- Jessie Mae Hemphill -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1924- Buddy MacMaster -Canadian singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2014)

1925- Ramiz Alia -Albanian politician, 1st President of Albania (d. 2011)

1926- Chuck Berry -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1926- Klaus Kinski -German-American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1927- Marv Rotblatt -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1927- George C. Scott -American actor and director (d. 1999)

1928- Keith Jackson -American sportscaster and actor

1928- Dick Taverne -English lawyer and politician

1929- Violeta Chamorro -Nicaraguan publisher and politician, President of Nicaragua

1929- Hillard Elkins -American producer and manager (d. 2010)

1929- Kees Fens -Dutch author and critic (d. 2008)

1930- Flora Fraser, 21st Lady Saltoun -Scottish politician

1930- Esther Hautzig -Lithuanian-American author (d. 2009)

1930- Enrique Oltuski -Polish-Cuban politician (d. 2012)

1931- Chris Albertson -Icelandic-American historian, journalist, and producer

1931- Ien Dales -Dutch politician, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of the Interior (d. 1994)

1932- Vytautas Landsbergis -Lithuanian musicologist and politician

1933- Forrest Gregg -American football player and coach

1933- Ludovico Scarfiotti -Italian race car driver (d. 1968)

1934- Calvin Lockhart -Bahamian-American actor (d. 2007)

1934- Inger Stevens -Swedish-American actress (d. 1970)

1934- Chuck Swindoll -American pastor, author, and educator

1935- Peter Boyle -American actor and singer (d. 2006)

1936- Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino -Cuban cardinal

1938- Robert Dove -American lawyer and politician

1938- Dawn Wells -American model and actress, Miss Nevada|Miss Nevada 1959

1939- Flavio Cotti -Swiss politician, 82nd President of the Swiss Confederation

1939- Mike Ditka -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1939- Ted Boy Marino -Italian-Brazilian wrestler and actor (d. 2012)

1939- Lee Harvey Oswald -American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

1940- Cynthia Weil -American songwriter

1941- Timothy Bell, Baron Bell -English businessman

1941- Martha Burk -American psychologist and author

1942- Gianfranco Ravasi -Italian cardinal

1943- Christine Charbonneau -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1943- Birthe Rønn Hornbech -Danish police officer and politician, List of Ministers for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark|Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark

1945- Yıldo -Turkish footballer, volleyball player, and actor

1945- Huell Howser -American television host and actor (d. 2013)

1945- Chris Shays -American politician

1945- Norio Wakamoto -Japanese voice actor

1946- James Robert Baker -American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1946- Frank Beamer -American football player and coach

1946- Dafydd Elis-Thomas -Welsh academic and politician

1946- Howard Shore -Canadian composer, conductor, and producer

1947- Paul Chuckle -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1947- Job Cohen -Dutch scholar and politician, Mayor of Amsterdam

1947- Joe Morton -American actor and director

1947- Laura Nyro -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1997)

1948- Hans Köchler -Austrian philosopher, author, and academic

1948- Ntozake Shange -American author, poet, and playwright

1949- Joe Egan (musician)|Joe Egan -Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel)

1949- George Hendrick -American baseball player and coach

1949- Gary Richrath -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (REO Speedwagon)

1950- Om Puri -Indian actor and singer

1950- Wendy Wasserstein -American playwright and author (d. 2006)

1950- Sheila White (actress)|Sheila White -English actress and singer

1951- Mike Antonovich (ice hockey)|Mike Antonovich -American ice hockey player and coach

1951- Pam Dawber -American actress and singer

1951- Terry McMillan -American author and screenwriter

1951- David Normington -English civil servant and politician

1951- Nic Potter -English bass player and songwriter (Van der Graaf Generator and The Misunderstood) (d. 2013)

1952- Paul Geroski -American-English economist and academic (d. 2005)

1952- Chuck Lorre -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Patrick Morrow -Canadian mountaineer and photographer

1952- Bảo Ninh -Vietnamese soldier and author

1952- Jerry Royster -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1953- Loes Luca -Dutch actress and singer

1954- Liz Burch -Australian actress

1954- Nick Houghton -English general

1954- Arliss Howard -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Jean-Pierre Hautier -Belgian television host (d. 2012)

1955- Vanessa Briscoe Hay -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pylon (band)|Pylon and Supercluster (band)|Supercluster)

1955- Timmy Mallett -English radio and television host

1955- David Twohy -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Rita Verdonk -Dutch journalist and politician, Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of Justice

1956- Craig Bartlett -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor

1956- Martina Navratilova -Czech-American tennis player and coach

1956- Alkistis Protopsalti -Greek singer

1956- Jim Talent -American lawyer and politician

1957- Jon Lindstrom -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Catherine Ringer -French singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Les Rita Mitsouko)

1958- Corinne Bohrer -American actress

1958- Thomas Hearns -American boxer

1958- Kjell Samuelsson -Swedish ice hockey player and coach

1959- Kirby Chambliss -American pilot

1959- Tatyana Kolpakova -Kyrgyzstani long jumper and coach

1959- Milcho Manchevski -Macedonian-American director and screenwriter

1959- John Nord -American wrestler

1959- Chris Russo -American radio host

1960- Erin Moran -American actress and singer

1960- Jean-Claude Van Damme -Belgian martial artist, actor, and producer, and screenwriter

1961- Wynton Marsalis -American trumpet player, composer, and educator

1961- Rick Moody -American author and composer

1961- Gladstone Small -Barbadian-English cricketer

1962- Min Ko Naing -Burmese activist

1962- Vincent Spano -American actor, director, and producer

1964- Dan Lilker -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Nuclear Assault, Exit-13, and Brutal Truth)

1964- Charles Stross -English journalist, author, and programmer

1965- Curtis Stigers -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966- Dave Price -American journalist and game show host

1966- Slavi Trifonov -Bulgarian actor and singer

1966- Angela Visser -Dutch model and actress, Miss Universe 1989

1967- Eric Stuart -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor

1968- Lisa Chappell -New Zealand actress and singer

1968- Michael Stich -German tennis player and sportscaster

1969- Volker Neumüller -German talent manager

1969- Nelson Vivas -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1970- Doug Mirabelli -American baseball player and coach

1970- Mike Starink -Dutch television host and actor

1971- Koshalendraprasad Pande -Indian guru

1972- Alex Tagliani -Canadian race car driver

1973- James Foley (photojournalist)|James Foley -American photographer and journalist (d. 2014)

1973- Michalis Kapsis -Greek footballer

1973- Rachel Nichols (journalist)|Rachel Nichols -American journalist

1973- Brian Scolaro -American comedian, actor, and producer

1973- Sarah Winckless -English rower

1974- Candy Lo -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1974- Robbie Savage -Welsh footballer and sportscaster

1974- Peter Svensson -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (The Cardigans)

1975- Baby Bash -American rapper

1975- Alex Cora -Puerto Rican-American baseball player and sportscaster

1976- Zhou Xun -Chinese actress and singer

1977- Gloc-9 -Filipino rapper (Death Threat (hip hop group)|Death Threat)

1977- Flavia Colgan -Brazilian-American journalist

1977- Ryan Nelsen -New Zealand-American soccer player and coach

1977- David Vuillemin -French motorcycle racer

1978- Jyothika -Indian actress

1978- Wesley Jonathan -American actor

1978- Jaime Koeppe -Canadian model and wrestler

1978- Mike Tindall -English rugby player

1978- Kenji Wu -Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor

1979- Jaroslav Drobný (footballer)|Jaroslav Drobný -Czech footballer

1979- 'Ana Po'uhila -Tongan shot putter, hammer, and discus thrower

1980- Josh Gracin -American soldier and singer

1980- Rebecca Watson -American blogger

1981- Tina Hergold -Slovenian tennis player

1981- Greg Warren (American football)|Greg Warren -American football player

1982- Ne-Yo -American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer

1982- Thierry Amiel -French singer-songwriter

1982- Michael Dingsdag -Dutch footballer

1982- Mark Sampson -Welsh footballer and manager

1983- Dante (footballer)|Dante -Brazilian footballer

1984- Robert Harting -German discus thrower

1984- Freida Pinto -Indian actress and model

1984- Esperanza Spalding -American singer-songwriter and bassist

1984- Lindsey Vonn -American skier

1985- Yoenis Céspedes -Cuban baseball player

1985- Andrew Garcia -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986- Wilma Elles -German actress

1987- Zac Efron -American actor and singer

1987- Freja Beha Erichsen -Danish model

1989- Joy Lauren -American actress

1990- Bristol Palin -American author

1990- Carly Schroeder -American actress

1991- Roly Bonevacia -Dutch footballer

1991- Tyler Posey -American actor

1992- John John Florence -American surfer