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Day History: October-2

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Famous Birthdays


1452- Richard III of England -(d. 1485)

1470- Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan -(d. 1524)

1538- Charles Borromeo -Italian cardinal and saint (d. 1584)

1644- François-Timoléon de Choisy -French historian and author (d. 1724)

1704- František Tůma -Czech organist and composer (d. 1774)

1722- Leopold Widhalm -Austrian instrument maker (d. 1776)

1737- Francis Hopkinson -American judge and politician (d. 1791)

1768- William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford -English general and politician (d. 1854)

1798- Charles Albert of Sardinia -(d. 1849)

1800- Nat Turner -American slave who led a Nat Turner's slave rebellion|slave rebellion (d. 1831)

1824- Henry C. Lord -American businessman (d. 1884)

1828- Charles Floquet -French lawyer and politician, 55th Prime Minister of France (d. 1896)

1832- Edward Burnett Tylor -English anthropologist and academic (d. 1917)

1833- William Corby -American priest and academic (d. 1897)

1847- Paul von Hindenburg -Polish-German field marshal and politician, 2nd President of Germany (1919–1945)|President of Germany (d. 1934)

1851- Ferdinand Foch -French field marshal (d. 1929)

1852- William Ramsay -Scottish-English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)

1869- Mahatma Gandhi -Indian activist and philosopher (d. 1948)

1871- Cordell Hull -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 47th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1871- Martha Brookes Hutcheson -American landscaper and author (d. 1959)

1873- Stephen Warfield Gambrill -American lawyer and politician (d. 1924)

1873- Pelham Warner -English cricketer and manager (d. 1963)

1879- Wallace Stevens -American poet (d. 1955)

1882- Boris Shaposhnikov -Russian colonel (d. 1945)

1883- Lesley Ashburner -American hurdler (d. 1950)

1883- Karl von Terzaghi -Czech-American geologist and engineer (d. 1963)

1890- Groucho Marx -American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 1977)

1893- Leroy Shield -American composer and conductor (d. 1962)

1895- Bud Abbott -American actor and singer (d. 1974)

1895- Ruth Cheney Streeter -American colonel (d. 1990)

1901- Alice Prin -French singer, actress, and painter (d. 1953)

1902- John G. Crommelin -American admiral and politician (d. 1996)

1902- Leopold Figl -Austrian engineer and politician, 18th Chancellor of Austria (d. 1965)

1904- Graham Greene -English author, playwright, and critic (d. 1991)

1904- Lal Bahadur Shastri -Indian academic and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of India (d. 1966)

1905- Franjo Šeper -Croatian cardinal (d. 1981)

1906- August Komendant -Estonian-American engineer and academic (d. 1992)

1907- Víctor Paz Estenssoro -Bolivian politician, 52nd President of Bolivia (d. 2001)

1907- Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd -Scottish-English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1911- Jack Finney -American author and playwright (d. 1995)

1912- Frank Malina -American engineer and painter (d. 1981)

1913- Karl Miller (footballer)|Karl Miller -German footballer (d. 1967)

1914- Jack Parsons (rocket engineer)|Jack Parsons -American chemist, occultist, and engineer (d. 1952)

1914- Bernarr Rainbow -English organist, conductor, and historian (d. 1998)

1915- Chubby Wise -American fiddler (d. 1996)

1915- Chuck Williams (author)|Chuck Williams -American author and businessman, founded Williams-Sonoma

1917- Christian de Duve -English-Belgian cytologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1917- Charles Drake -American actor (d. 1994)

1918- Herb Voland -American actor (d. 1981)

1919- John W. Duarte -English guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1919- Jan Flinterman -Dutch race car driver (d. 1992)

1920- Albert Renaud -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2012)

1921- Albert Scott Crossfield -American pilot and engineer (d. 2006)

1921- Robert Runcie -English archbishop (d. 2000)

1925- Wren Blair -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)

1926- Jan Morris -English-Welsh historian and author

1928- George McFarland -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1928- Wolfhart Pannenberg -Polish-German theologian and academic (d. 2014)

1929- Peter Bronfman -Canadian businessman (d. 1996)

1929- Moses Gunn -American actor (d. 1993)

1929- Cesare Maestri -Italian mountaineer and author

1929- Howard Roberts -American guitarist (The Wrecking Crew (music)|The Wrecking Crew) (d. 1992)

1930- Dave Barrett -Canadian social worker and politician, 26th Premier of British Columbia

1932- Maury Wills -American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster

1933- John Gurdon -English biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Phill Niblock -American composer and director

1933- Enn Nõu -Estonian author

1933- Michel Plasson -French conductor

1933- Dave Somerville -Canadian singer and actor (The Diamonds)

1934- Richard Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote -South African-English lawyer and judge

1934- Earl Wilson (baseball)|Earl Wilson -American baseball player and coach (d. 2005)

1935- Peter Frankl -Hungarian-English pianist and educator

1935- Omar Sívori -Argentinian footballer and manager (d. 2005)

1936- Dick Barnett -American basketball player and educator

1936- Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. -Filipino lawyer and politician, 20th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

1936- Connie Dierking -American basketball player (d. 2013)

1936- David Gale (actor)|David Gale -English actor (d. 1991)

1937- Johnnie Cochran -American lawyer (d. 2005)

1938- Nick Gravenites -American singer–songwriter and guitarist (Big Brother and the Holding Company)

1938- Waheed Murad -Pakistani actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1983)

1938- Rex Reed -American actor and critic

1940- Gheorghe Gruia -Romanian-Mexican handball player and coach

1940- Pantelis Voulgaris -Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1941- Diana Hendry -English poet and author

1942- Steve Sabol -American director and producer, co-founded NFL Films (d. 2012)

1943- Anna Ford -English journalist and academic

1943- William Margold -American porn actor and director

1943- Franklin Rosemont -American poet, painter, and historian (d. 2009)

1944- Vernor Vinge -American computer scientist and author

1945- Martin Hellman -American cryptographer and academic

1945- Don McLean -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946- Sonthi Boonyaratglin -Thai general and politician

1946- Peter Kellner -English journalist

1946- Marie-Georges Pascal -French actress (d. 1985)

1946- Eric Peterson -Canadian actor

1946- Jo-El Sonnier -American singer-songwriter and accordion player

1947- Paul Jackson (producer)|Paul Jackson -English director and producer

1948- Trevor Brooking -English footballer and manager

1948- Avery Brooks -American actor and director

1948- Donna Karan -American fashion designer, founded DKNY

1948- Siim Kallas -Estonian politician, 13th Prime Minister of Estonia

1948- Persis Khambatta -Indian model and actress, Femina Miss India|Femina Miss India 1965 (d. 1998)

1948- Chris LeDoux -American singer-songwriter and sculptor (d. 2005)

1949- Richard Hell -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Television (band)|Television, Neon Boys, The Heartbreakers, and Dim Stars)

1949- Annie Leibovitz -American photographer

1950- Ian McNeice -English actor

1950- Mike Rutherford -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Genesis (band)|Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics)

1951- Sting (musician)|Sting -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor (The Police)

1951- Romina Power -American-Italian singer and actress

1952- Robin Riker -American actress

1952- Jan Švejnar -Czech-American economist and politician

1952- Wahed Wafa -Afghan-American singer

1953- Vanessa Bell Armstrong -American singer

1953- Muhammad Abdul Bari -Bangladeshi-English physicist and educator

1953- Lisa St Aubin de Terán -English author

1954- Lorraine Bracco -American actress and producer

1955- Philip Oakey -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Human League)

1956- Charlie Adler -American voice actor and director

1956- Freddie Jackson -American singer

1956- Viatcheslav Mukhanov -Russian-German cosmologist and physicist

1957- John Cook (golfer)|John Cook -American golfer

1957- Wade Dooley -English rugby player and police officer

1957- Dave Faulkner (musician)|Dave Faulkner -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Victims (Australian band)|The Victims, The Manikins, and Hoodoo Gurus)

1957- Kate St John -English singer-songwriter and producer (The Dream Academy)

1958- Robbie Nevil -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1958- Wayne Toups -American singer-songwriter and accordion player

1960- Glenn Anderson -Canadian ice hockey player

1960- Django Bates -English pianist and composer

1960- Al Connelly -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Glass Tiger)

1960- Johan Lammerts -Dutch cyclist

1960- Joe Sacco -American journalist and cartoonist

1960- Lothar Schlapp -German footballer

1960- Dereck Whittenburg -American basketball player and coach

1961- Jaan Toomik -Estonian director and producer

1962- Sigtryggur Baldursson -Icelandic singer and drummer (The Sugarcubes, Þeyr, KUKL (band)|KUKL, Reptile Palace Orchestra)

1962- Jeff Bennett -American voice actor and singer

1962- El Dandy -Mexican wrestler

1962- James Hunter (singer)|James Hunter -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1962- Aziz M. Osman -Singaporean-Malaysian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Mark Rypien -American football player

1963- Keith Bradshaw (cricketer)|Keith Bradshaw -Australian cricketer and accountant

1964- Sam Bockarie -Sierra Leonean commander (d. 2003)

1964- Dirk Brinkmann -German field hockey player

1964- Jaanus Kuum -Estonian-Norwegian cyclist (d. 1998)

1966- Yokozuna (wrestler)|Yokozuna -American wrestler (d. 2000)

1967- Frankie Fredericks -Namibian sprinter

1967- Bud Gaugh -American drummer (Sublime (band)|Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Eyes Adrift, Volcano (supergroup)|Volcano, and Sublime with Rome)

1967- Gary L. Gregg -American political scientist, author, and academic

1967- Thomas Muster -Austrian tennis player

1967- Lew Temple -American actor

1967- Gillian Welch -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968- Victoria Derbyshire -English journalist and radio host

1968- Jeff Martin (Canadian musician)|Jeff Martin -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Tea Party and Jeff Martin 777)

1968- Jana Novotná -Czech tennis player

1968- Glen Wesley -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1968- Kelly Willis -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1969- Jun Akiyama -Japanese wrestler

1969- Badly Drawn Boy -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1969- Mitch English -American actor and talk show host

1970- Eddie Guardado -American baseball player

1970- Patricia O'Callaghan -Canadian soprano and producer

1970- Kelly Ripa -American actress, producer, and talk show host

1970- Maribel Verdú -Spanish actress and singer

1971- Tiffany (American singer)|Tiffany -American singer-songwriter and actress

1971- Jim Root -American guitarist and songwriter (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot and Stone Sour)

1972- Tara Dawn Holland -American model Miss America|Miss America 1997

1972- Aaron McKie -American basketball player and coach

1973- Proof (rapper)|Proof -American rapper and actor (D12) (d. 2006)

1973- Melissa Harris-Perry -American journalist, author, and educator

1973- Lene Nystrøm -Norwegian singer-songwriter and actress (Aqua (band)|Aqua)

1973- Efren Ramirez -American actor

1973- Scott Schoeneweis -American baseball player

1973- Verka Serduchka -Ukrainian singer

1973- Maria Wetterstrand -Swedish politician

1974- Adel Ferdosipour -Iranian journalist and sportscaster

1974- Simon Gregson -English actor

1974- Brian Knight -American baseball player and umpire

1974- Michelle Krusiec -Taiwanese-American actress and producer

1974- Mark Porter (racing driver)|Mark Porter -New Zealand race car driver (d. 2006)

1974- Sam Roberts -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1974- Paul Teutul, Jr. -American motorcycle designer, co-founded Orange County Choppers

1974- Kevin Van De Wege -American firefighter and politician

1975- Hrysopiyi Devetzi -Greek triple jumper

1975- Michel Trudeau -Canadian son of Pierre Trudeau (d. 1998)

1976- Mandisa -American singer

1976- Anita Kulcsár -Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)

1976- John Thornton (American football)|John Thornton -American football player

1978- Ayumi Hamasaki -Japanese singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1978- Matthew Hancock -English politician, Minister for Portsmouth

1979- Primož Brezec -Slovenian basketball player

1979- Francisco Fonseca -Mexican footballer

1979- Maja Ivarsson -Swedish singer-songwriter (The Sounds)

1980- Shane Andrus -American football player

1980- Arta Dobroshi -Kosovar-Albanian actress

1981- Santi Kolk -Dutch footballer

1981- Luke Wilkshire -Australian footballer

1982- Tyson Chandler -American basketball player

1982- Amber Lee Ettinger -American actress and singer

1982- George Pettit -Canadian singer-songwriter and bass player (Alexisonfire and Black Lungs)

1982- Gary Wilkinson (basketball)|Gary Wilkinson -American basketball player

1984- Marion Bartoli -French tennis player

1985- Buster Davis (wide receiver)|Buster Davis -American football player

1985- Brandon Jackson (American football)|Brandon Jackson -American football player

1986- Camilla Belle -American actress

1987- Bojana Bobusic -Australian tennis player

1987- Joe Ingles -Australian basketball player

1987- Phil Kessel -American ice hockey player

1987- Joel Reinders -American football player

1987- Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. -American race car driver

1989- George Christopher Nash -English rower

1990- Samantha Barks -Manx-English actress and singer

1990- Dean Bouzanis -Australian footballer

1993- Tara Lynne Barr -American actress

1993- Luke Thomas -Welsh chef

1993- Aaro Vainio -Finnish race car driver

1994- Joana Eidukonytė -Lithuanian tennis player