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Day History: October-21

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Famous Birthdays


1328- Hongwu Emperor -of China (d. 1398)

1449- George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence -Irish-English son of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (d. 1478)

1527- Louis I, Cardinal of Guise -(d. 1578)

1581- Domenichino -Italian painter (d. 1641)

1650- Jean Bart -French admiral (d. 1702)

1675- Emperor Higashiyama -of Japan (d. 1710)

1687- Nicolaus I Bernoulli -Swiss mathematician and theorist (d. 1759)

1712- James Steuart (economist)|James Steuart -Scottish economist and author (d. 1780)

1725- Franz Moritz von Lacy -Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)

1757- Pierre Augereau -French general (d. 1816)

1762- Herman Willem Daendels -Dutch general, lawyer, and politician, 36th Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1818)

1772- Samuel Taylor Coleridge -English poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 1834)

1775- Giuseppe Baini -Italian priest, composer, and critic (d. 1844)

1790- Alphonse de Lamartine -French poet and politician, French Head of State (d. 1869)

1811- Filippo Colini -Italian opera singer (d. 1863)

1821- Sims Reeves -English tenor (d. 1900)

1833- Alfred Nobel -Swedish chemist and engineer, invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize (d. 1896)

1845- Will Carleton -American poet and journalist (d. 1912)

1847- Giuseppe Giacosa -Italian poet and playwright (d. 1906)

1851- George Ulyett -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1898)

1884- Claire Waldoff -German singer and actress (d. 1957)

1886- Eugene Burton Ely -American soldier and pilot (d. 1911)

1887- Mihkel Müller -Estonian wrestler (d. 1970)

1887- Krishna Singh (politician)|Krishna Singh -Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Bihar (d. 1961)

1894- Edogawa Ranpo -Japanese author and critic (d. 1965)

1895- Paavo Johansson -Finnish javelin thrower and decathlete (d. 1983)

1895- Edna Purviance -American actress (d. 1958)

1898- Eduard Pütsep -Estonian wrestler and actor (d. 1960)

1907- Nikos Engonopoulos -Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)

1911- Mary Blair -American illustrator and animator (d. 1978)

1912- Don Byas -American saxophonist (d. 1972)

1912- Alfredo Pián -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1990)

1912- Georg Solti -Hungarian-English conductor (d. 1997)

1914- Martin Gardner -American mathematician and author (d. 2010)

1917- Dizzy Gillespie -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1993)

1918- Milton Himmelfarb -American sociographer and author (d. 2006)

1919- Jim Wallwork -English-Canadian sergeant and pilot (d. 2013)

1921- Malcolm Arnold -English composer (d. 2006)

1921- Bruce Beeby -Australian-English actor (d. 2013)

1921- Jim Shumate -American fiddler (d. 2013)

1922- Liliane Bettencourt -French businesswoman and philanthropist

1923- Samuel Khachikian -Iranian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 2001)

1924- Celia Cruz -Cuban-American singer (Sonora Matancera) (d. 2003)

1924- Joyce Randolph -American actress

1925- Virginia Zeani -Romanian soprano and educator

1926- Leonard Rossiter -English actor (d. 1984)

1927- Fritz Wintersteller -Austrian mountaineer

1928- Whitey Ford -American baseball player and coach

1928- Vern Mikkelsen -American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1929- Pierre Bellemare -French radio and television host

1929- Fritz Hollaus -Austrian footballer (d. 1994)

1929- Ursula K. Le Guin -American author and critic

1930- Ivan Silayev -Russian engineer and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Russia

1931- Shammi Kapoor -Indian actor and director (d. 2011)

1931- Vivian Pickles -English actress

1931- Hugh Thomas (writer)|Hugh Thomas -English historian and author

1932- Pál Csernai -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1933- Maureen Duffy -English author, poet, and playwright

1935- Derek Bell (musician)|Derek Bell -Irish harp player, pianist, and songwriter (The Chieftains) (d. 2002)

1937- Said Afandi al-Chirkawi -Russian spiritual leader and scholar (d. 2012)

1937- Hank Nelson -Australian historian and academic (d. 2012)

1938- Carl Brewer -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2001)

1940- Geoffrey Boycott -English cricketer and sportscaster

1940- Frances FitzGerald (journalist)|Frances FitzGerald -American journalist and author

1940- Rhoda Gemignani -American actress

1940- Manfred Mann (musician)|Manfred Mann -South African-English keyboard player (Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and Manfred Mann Chapter Three)

1940- Marita Petersen -Faroese educator and politician, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 2001)

1941- Steve Cropper -American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Mar-Keys, and The Blues Brothers)

1942- Elvin Bishop -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942- Allan Grice -Australian race car driver

1942- Lou Lamoriello -American ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1942- Judith Sheindlin -American judge and television host

1942- Christopher A. Sims -American economist and statistician, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1942- John Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington -English police officer and academic

1943- Tariq Ali -Pakistani historian and author

1944- Ene Mihkelson -Estonian author and poet

1944- Michael Tugendhat -English lawyer and judge

1945- Everett McGill -American actor

1945- Michael White (journalist)|Michael White -English journalist

1946- Jane Heal -English philosopher and academic

1946- Jim Hill (American football)|Jim Hill -American football player and sportscaster

1946- Lux Interior -American singer-songwriter (The Cramps) (d. 2009)

1946- Lee Loughnane -American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (Chicago (band)|Chicago)

1947- Ai (poet)|Ai -American poet and educator (d. 2010)

1947- Mary Pipher -American psychologist and author

1948- Shaye J. D. Cohen -American historian and academic

1948- Tom Everett -American actor and singer

1948- Allen Henry Vigneron -American archbishop

1949- Michel Brière -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)

1949- Mike Keenan -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1949- Benjamin Netanyahu -Israeli captain and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Israel

1950- Ronald McNair -American physicist and astronaut (d. 1986)

1951- Dmitry Gayev -Russian civil servant (d. 2012)

1952- Trevor Chappell -Australian cricketer and coach

1952- Patti Davis -American actress and author

1952- Allen Hoey -American poet and author

1952- Brent Mydland -German-American keyboard player (Grateful Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, and Silver (band)|Silver) (d. 1990)

1953- Charlotte Caffey -American guitarist and songwriter (The Go-Go's and The Graces (band)|The Graces)

1953- Eric Faulkner -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bay City Rollers)

1953- Keith Green -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and minister (d. 1982)

1953- Marc Johnson (musician)|Marc Johnson -American bassist, composer, and bandleader

1953- Peter Mandelson -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1954- Brian Tobin -Canadian journalist and politician, 6th Premier of Newfoundland

1955- Dick DeVos -American businessman

1955- Fred Hersch -American pianist and composer

1955- Rich Mullins -American singer-songwriter (A Ragamuffin Band) (d. 1997)

1956- Carrie Fisher -American actress and screenwriter

1956- Mike Tully -American pole vaulter

1957- Julian Cope -English singer-songwriter (The Teardrop Explodes, Crucial Three, Black Sheep (anarcho-folk band)|Black Sheep, Brain Donor, and Queen Elizabeth (band)|Queen Elizabeth)

1957- Wolfgang Ketterle -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1957- Steve Lukather -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Toto (band)|Toto)

1958- Andre Geim -Russian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1959- George Bell (outfielder)|George Bell -Dominican baseball player

1959- Tony Ganios -American actor

1959- Rose McDowall -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Strawberry Switchblade, Spell (band)|Spell, and Current 93)

1959- Andy Picheta -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1959- Kevin Sheedy (Irish footballer)|Kevin Sheedy -Welsh-Irish footballer and manager

1959- Ken Watanabe -Japanese actor and producer

1962- David Campese -Australian rugby player and coach

1964- Jon Carin -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Pink Floyd, The Who, and Industry (band)|Industry)

1965- Ion Andoni Goikoetxea -Spanish footballer and manager

1965- Horace Hogan -American wrestler

1965- Hisashi Imai -Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buck-Tick, Schaft, and Schwein)

1966- Igor Prins -Estonian footballer and manager

1966- Arne Sandstø -Norwegian footballer and manager

1967- Georgi Dakov -Bulgarian high jumper (d. 1996)

1967- Paul Ince -English footballer and manager

1967- Gavin Lovegrove -New Zealand javelin thrower and graphic designer

1968- Alexandros Alexandris -Greek footballer and manager

1968- Kerstin Andreae -German politician

1968- Melora Walters -Saudi Arabian-American actress

1969- Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa -Bahraini prince

1969- Michael Hancock (rugby league)|Michael Hancock -Australian rugby player

1969- Mo Lewis -American football player

1970- Louis Koo -Hong Kong actor and singer

1971- Hal Duncan -Scottish author and poet

1971- Jade Jagger -French-English model and jewellery designer

1971- Damien Martyn -Australian cricketer

1971- Nick Oliveri -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Mondo Generator, Kyuss, and Queens of the Stone Age)

1971- Conor O'Shea -Irish rugby player and coach

1971- Paul Telfer (footballer)|Paul Telfer -Scottish footballer and coach

1971- Thomas Ulsrud -Norwegian curler

1972- Felicity Andersen -Australian actress

1972- Matthew Friedberger -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Fiery Furnaces)

1972- Masakazu Morita -Japanese voice actor

1972- Evhen Tsybulenko -Ukrainian scholar and academic

1973- Lera Auerbach -Russian-American pianist and composer

1973- Sasha Roiz -Israeli-Canadian actor

1973- Charlie Lowell -American pianist and songwriter (Jars of Clay)

1974- Costel Busuioc -Romanian tenor

1975- Toby Hall -American baseball player

1975- Henrique Hilário -Portuguese footballer

1976- Henrik Gustavsson -Swedish footballer

1976- Jeremy Miller -American actor and singer

1976- Lavinia Miloșovici -Romanian gymnast

1976- Josh Ritter -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Andrew Scott (actor)|Andrew Scott -Irish actor

1976- Mélanie Turgeon -Canadian skier

1977- Julieta Cardinali -Argentinian actress

1977- David Clayton Rogers -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Will Estes -American actor

1978- Joey Harrington -American football player and sportscaster

1978- Henrik Klingenberg -Finnish singer and keyboard player (Sonata Arctica and Silent Voices (band)|Silent Voices)

1979- Khalil Greene -American baseball player

1979- Gabe Gross -American baseball player

1979- Karl Harris -English motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

1980- Kim Kardashian -American model, actress, and fashion designer

1980- Brian Pittman -American bass player (Relient K and Inhale Exhale)

1981- Carmella Bing -American porn actress and model

1981- Martin Castrogiovanni -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1981- Nemanja Vidić -Serbian footballer

1982- Matt Dallas -American actor

1982- Jim Henderson (baseball)|Jim Henderson -American baseball player

1982- Antony Kay -English footballer

1982- Ray Ventrone -American football player

1982- Lee Chong Wei -Malaysian badminton player

1982- James White (basketball)|James White -American basketball player

1982- Tim Wildsmith -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1983- Casey Fien -American baseball player

1983- Zack Greinke -American baseball player

1983- Gonzalo Klusener -Argentinian footballer

1983- Andy Marte -Dominican baseball player

1983- Chris Sherrington -English-Scottish martial artist

1983- Charlotte Sullivan -Canadian actress

1983- Ninet Tayeb -Israeli singer and actress

1983- Aaron Tveit -American actor and singer

1983- Shelden Williams -American basketball player

1984- Anna Bogdanova -Russian heptathlete

1984- Tom Brandstater -American football player

1984- Kenny Cooper -American soccer player

1984- Anouk Leblanc-Boucher -Canadian speed skater

1984- José Lobatón -Venezuelan baseball player

1984- Marvin Mitchell -American football player

1984- Kieran Richardson -English footballer

1985- Simone Bracalello -Italian footballer

1986- Almen Abdi -Swiss footballer

1986- Chibuzor Chilaka -Nigerian footballer

1986- Scott Rendell -English footballer

1986- Tamerlan Tsarnaev -Russian-American terrorist (d. 2013)

1986- Christopher von Uckermann -Mexican singer-songwriter and actor (RBD)

1987- Justin De Fratus -American baseball player

1987- Andrey Grechin -Russian swimmer

1988- Ricki Olsen -Danish footballer

1988- Daniel Schorn -Austrian cyclist

1989- May'n -Japanese singer

1989- Mads Dahm -Norwegian footballer

1989- Luke Murphy -English footballer

1989- Jonathan Viera -Spanish footballer

1989- Sam Vokes -English-Welsh footballer

1990- Bengali-Fodé Koita -French footballer

1990- Mathieu Peybernes -French footballer

1990- Ricky Rubio -Spanish basketball player

1991- Tom Eastman -English footballer

1991- Geoffry Hairemans -Belgian footballer

1991- Vadaine Oliver -English footballer

1991- Harry Pell -English footballer

1992- Bernard Tomic -Australian tennis player

1994- DeAndre Brackensick -American singer

1995- Antoinette Guedia Mouafo -Cameroonian swimmer

1995- Shannon Magrane -American singer-songwriter