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Day History: October-23

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Famous Birthdays


64 BC- Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa -Roman general and politician (d. 12 BC)

1516- Charlotte of Valois -(d. 1524)

1634- Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp -(d. 1715)

1654- Johann Bernhard Staudt -Austrian composer (d. 1712)

1698- Ange-Jacques Gabriel -French architect, designed the École Militaire (d. 1782)

1705- Maximilian Ulysses Browne -Austrian field marshal (d. 1757)

1713- Pieter Burman the Younger -Dutch philologist, poet, and educator (d. 1778)

1715- Peter II of Russia -(d. 1730)

1752- Maria Anna Adamberger -Austrian actress (d. 1804)

1762- Samuel Morey -American engineer (d. 1843)

1766- Emmanuel de Grouchy, Marquis de Grouchy -French general (d. 1847)

1790- Chauncey Allen Goodrich -American clergyman, lexicographer, and educator (d. 1860)

1796- Stefano Franscini -Swiss statistician and politician (d. 1857)

1801- Albert Lortzing -German actor, singer, and composer (d. 1851)

1805- John Russell Bartlett -American linguist and historian (d. 1886)

1813- Ludwig Leichhardt -German-Australian explorer (d. 1848)

1815- João Maurício Vanderlei, Baron of Cotejipe -Brazilian politician (d. 1889)

1817- Pierre Larousse -French lexicographer and author (d. 1875)

1835- Adlai Stevenson I -American lawyer and politician, 23rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1914)

1844- Robert Bridges -English poet and playwright (d. 1930)

1857- Juan Luna -Filipino painter and sculptor (d. 1899)

1865- Neltje Blanchan -American historian and author (d. 1918)

1869- John Heisman -American football player and coach (d. 1936)

1870- Francis Kelley -Canadian-American bishop (d. 1948)

1873- William D. Coolidge -American physicist and inventor (d. 1975)

1874- Charles Kilpatrick -American runner (d. 1921)

1875- Gilbert N. Lewis -American chemist and academic (d. 1946)

1876- Franz Schlegelberger -German judge and politician, Reich Ministry of Justice (d. 1970)

1880- Una O'Connor (actress)|Una O'Connor -Irish-American actress and singer (d. 1959)

1885- Lawren Harris -Canadian painter (d. 1970)

1888- Onésime Gagnon -Canadian scholar and politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1961)

1893- Gummo Marx -American actor and agent (d. 1977)

1894- Rube Bressler -American baseball player (d. 1966)

1896- André Lévêque -French soldier and engineer (d. 1930)

1896- Lilyan Tashman -American actress (d. 1934)

1897- Marjorie Flack -American author and illustrator (d. 1958)

1900- Douglas Jardine -Indian-English cricketer and lawyer (d. 1958)

1904- Harvey Penick -American golfer and coach (d. 1995)

1905- Felix Bloch -Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)

1905- Gertrude Ederle -American swimmer (d. 2003)

1908- František Douda -Czech shot putter (d. 1990)

1908- Ilya Frank -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)

1909- Zellig Harris -American linguist and methodologist (d. 1992)

1910- Richard Mortensen -Danish painter and educator (d. 1993)

1910- Hayden Rorke -American actor (d. 1987)

1911- Jack Keller (athlete)|Jack Keller -American hurdler (d. 1978)

1918- James Daly (actor)|James Daly -American actor (d. 1978)

1918- Peggy Moran -American actress and singer (d. 2002)

1918- Paul Rudolph (architect)|Paul Rudolph -American architect, designed the Lippo Centre, Hong Kong|Lippo Centre (d. 1997)

1919- Manolis Andronikos -Greek archaeologist and academic (d. 1992)

1920- Ted Fujita -Japanese-American meteorologist and academic (d. 1998)

1920- Bob Montana -American illustrator (d. 1975)

1922- Jean Barker, Baroness Trumpington -English politician

1922- Coleen Gray -American actress

1923- Aslam Farrukhi -Indian-Pakistani linguist, author, and scholar

1923- Ned Rorem -American composer and author

1923- Frank Sutton -American actor (d. 1974)

1924- Arthur Brittenden -English journalist

1925- Johnny Carson -American comedian and talk show host (d. 2005)

1925- Manos Hatzidakis -Greek composer and theorist (d. 1994)

1925- Fred Shero -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1990)

1927- Sonny Criss -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1977)

1927- Dezső Gyarmati -Hungarian water polo player and coach (d. 2013)

1927- Leszek Kołakowski -Polish-English historian and philosopher (d. 2009)

1928- Bella Darvi -Polish-American actress (d. 1971)

1929- Shamsur Rahman -Bangladeshi poet and journalist (d. 2006)

1931- Jim Bunning -American baseball player and politician

1931- William P. Clark, Jr. -American judge and politician, 12th United States National Security Advisor (d. 2013)

1931- Diana Dors -English actress and singer (d. 1984)

1932- Vasily Belov -Russian poet and playwright (d. 2012)

1933- Carol Fran -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1935- Chi-Chi Rodríguez -Puerto Rican golfer

1936- Charles Goodhart -English economist and academic

1936- Philip Kaufman -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1937- Carlos Lamarca -Brazilian captain (d. 1971)

1938- Alan Gilzean -Scottish footballer and manager

1939- Stanley Anderson -American actor

1939- C. V. Vigneswaran -Sri Lankan lawyer, judge, and politician, 1st Chief Minister of the Northern Province

1940- Pelé -Brazilian footballer and actor

1940- Ellie Greenwich -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Raindrops) (d. 2009)

1940- Jane Holzer -American model, actress, producer, and art collector

1941- Mel Winkler -American actor

1941- Igor Smirnov -Moldovan engineer and politician, 1st President of Transnistria

1942- Michael Crichton -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1942- Douglas Dunn -Scottish poet, critic, and academic

1942- Bernd Erdmann -German footballer and manager

1942- Anita Roddick -English businesswoman and activist, founder of The Body Shop (d. 2007)

1943- Alida Chelli -Italian actress and singer (d. 2012)

1944- Mike Harding -English singer-songwriter and comedian

1945- Maggi Hambling -English sculptor and painter

1945- Kim Larsen -Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gasolin')

1946- Graeme Barker -English archaeologist and academic

1946- Mel Martínez -American lawyer and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

1946- Miklós Németh (athlete)|Miklós Németh -Hungarian javelin thrower

1948- Hermann Hauser -Austrian-English businessman, co-founded Acorn Computers and Olivetti Research Laboratory

1948- Gerry Robinson -Irish businessman

1948- Brian Ross (journalist)|Brian Ross -American journalist

1949- Würzel -English singer and guitarist (Motörhead) (d. 2011)

1949- Nick Tosches -American journalist, author, and poet

1950- Maths O. Sundqvist -Swedish businessman (d. 2012)

1951- Charly García -Argentine singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Sui Generis, Serú Girán, and La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros)

1951- Fatmir Sejdiu -Kosovan academic and politician, 2nd President of Kosovo

1952- Pierre Moerlen -French drummer (Gong (band)|Gong) (d. 2005)

1952- Ken Tipton -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1953- Taner Akçam -Turkish sociologist and historian

1954- Ang Lee -Taiwanese-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Dianne Reeves -American singer

1956- Dwight Yoakam -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1957- Paul Kagame -Rwandan politician, 6th President of Rwanda

1957- Martin Luther King III -American activist

1958- Michael Eric Dyson -American activist, author, and academic

1958- Rose Nabinger -German singer

1958- Hiroyuki Kinoshita -Japanese actor

1958- Frank Schaffer -German sprinter

1959- Nancy Grace -American lawyer and journalist

1959- Sam Raimi -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1959- "Weird Al" Yankovic -American singer-songwriter, comedian, and actor

1960- Mirwais Ahmadzaï -Swiss-French keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Taxi Girl and Y.A.S.)

1960- Katoucha Niane -French model and actress (d. 2008)

1960- Randy Pausch -American author and academic (d. 2008)

1960- Wayne Rainey -American motorcycle racer

1961- Laurie Halse Anderson -American author

1961- Andoni Zubizarreta -Spanish footballer

1962- Doug Flutie -American football player, sportscaster, and drummer

1963- Gordon Korman -Canadian-American author

1964- Robert Trujillo -American bass player and songwriter (Metallica, Black Label Society, Suicidal Tendencies, and Infectious Grooves)

1965- Augusten Burroughs -American author and screenwriter

1965- Al Leiter -American baseball player and sportscaster

1966- Alex Zanardi -Italian race car driver and cyclist

1967- Dale Crover -American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Melvins, The Men of Porn, and Altamont (band)|Altamont)

1967- Walt Flanagan -American actor and illustrator

1969- Trudi Canavan -Australian author

1969- Bill O'Brien (American football)|Bill O'Brien -American football player and coach

1969- Brooke Theiss -American actress

1970- Matthew Barzun -American diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

1970- Grant Imahara -American engineer

1970- Steve Wilder -American actor

1970- Zoe Wiseman -American model and photographer

1971- Carlo Forlivesi -Italian-Japanese composer and scholar

1971- Chris Horner -American cyclist

1972- Tiffeny Milbrett -American soccer player

1972- Bryan Pratt -American lawyer and politician

1972- Jasmin St. Claire -Virgin Islander porn actress and director

1972- Jimmy Wayne -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973- Christian Dailly -Scottish footballer

1974- Aravind Adiga -Indian journalist and author

1974- Beatrice Faumuina -New Zealand discus thrower

1974- DJ Spinbad -American DJ and producer

1974- Sander Westerveld -Dutch footballer

1975- Jessicka -American singer-songwriter (Jack Off Jill and Scarling.)

1975- Michelle Beadle -American sportscaster

1975- Odalys García -Cuban actress and singer

1975- Yoon Son-ha -South Korean actress and singer

1975- Keith Van Horn -American basketball player

1976- Cat Deeley -English model, actress, and television host

1976- Ryan Reynolds -Canadian-American actor and producer

1977- Brad Haddin -Australian cricketer

1978- Jimmy Bullard -English footballer

1978- Steve Harmison -English cricketer and sportscaster

1978- Wang Nan (table tennis)|Wang Nan -Chinese table tennis player

1978- Archie Thompson -New Zealand-Australian footballer

1979- Ramón Castro (third baseman)|Ramón Castro -Venezuelan baseball player

1979- Simon Davies (footballer, born 1979)|Simon Davies -Welsh footballer

1979- Jorge Solís -Mexican boxer

1980- Mate Bilić -Croatian footballer

1980- Pedro Liriano -Dominican baseball player

1981- Jeroen Bleekemolen -Dutch race car driver

1981- Ben Francisco -American baseball player

1981- Huo Siyan -Chinese actress

1982- Valentin Badea -Romanian footballer

1982- Kristjan Kangur -Estonian basketball player

1982- Aleksandar Luković -Serbian footballer

1983- Filippos Darlas -Greek footballer

1983- Goldie Harvey -Nigerian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1983- Josh Strickland -American actor and singer

1984- Martin Garcia (jockey)|Martin Garcia -Mexican-American jockey

1984- Izabel Goulart -Brazilian-American model and actress

1984- Simone Masini -Italian footballer

1984- Meghan McCain -American journalist and author

1985- Mohammed Abdellaoue -Norwegian footballer

1985- Masiela Lusha -Albanian-American actress and poet

1985- Chris Neal -English footballer

1985- Luca Spinetti -Italian footballer

1985- Panagiotis Vouis -Greek footballer

1986- Briana Evigan -American actress and dancer

1986- Jake Robinson -English footballer

1986- Jessica Stroup -American actress

1987- Faye (musician)|Faye -Swedish singer-songwriter (Play (band)|Play)

1989- Anisya Kirdyapkina -Russian race walker

1990- Stevie Brock -American singer

1990- Paradise Oskar -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1990- Stan Walker -Australian-New Zealand singer and actor

1992- Álvaro Morata -Spanish footballer

1993- Taylor Spreitler -American actress and singer

1997- Daphne Blunt -American actress and singer

1998- Amandla Stenberg -American actress