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Day History: September-11

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Famous Birthdays


1182- Minamoto no Yoriie -Japanese shogun (d. 1204)

1522- Ulisse Aldrovandi -Italian ornithologist and botanist (d. 1605)

1524- Pierre de Ronsard -French poet (d. 1585)

1525- John George, Elector of Brandenburg -(d. 1598)

1611- Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne -French general (d. 1675)

1681- Johann Gottlieb Heineccius -German academic and jurist (d. 1741)

1700- James Thomson (poet)|James Thomson -Scottish poet and playwright (d. 1748)

1711- William Boyce (composer)|William Boyce -English composer (d. 1779)

1723- Johann Bernhard Basedow -German author and educator (d. 1790)

1764- Valentino Fioravanti -Italian organist and composer (d. 1837)

1771- Mungo Park (explorer)|Mungo Park -Scottish surgeon and explorer (d. 1806)

1786- Friedrich Kuhlau -German-Danish pianist and composer (d. 1832)

1798- Franz Ernst Neumann -German mineralogist and physicist (d. 1895)

1800- Daniel S. Dickinson -American lawyer and politician, 13th Lieutenant Governor of New York (d. 1866)

1816- Carl Zeiss -German lens maker, created the Optical instrument (d. 1888)

1825- Eduard Hanslick -Bohemian-Austrian musicologist and critic (d. 1904)

1836- Fitz Hugh Ludlow -American journalist, author, and explorer (d. 1870)

1838- John Ireland (bishop)|John Ireland -American archbishop (d. 1918)

1859- Vjenceslav Novak -Croatian author and playwright (d. 1905)

1860- James Allan (rugby union)|James Allan -New Zealand rugby player (d. 1934)

1861- Juhani Aho -Finnish author and journalist (d. 1921)

1862- Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy -English field marshal and politician, 12th Governor General of Canada (d. 1935)

1862- Hawley Harvey Crippen -American physician (d. 1910)

1862- O. Henry -American pharmacist and author (d. 1910)

1864- Draga Mašin -Serbian wife of Alexander I of Serbia (d. 1903)

1865- Rainis -Latvian poet and playwright (d. 1929)

1871- Scipione Borghese, 10th Prince of Sulmona -Italian race car driver, mountaineer, and politician (d. 1927)

1876- Stan Rowley -Australian sprinter (d. 1924)

1877- Felix Dzerzhinsky -Polish-Russian politician (d. 1926)

1877- James Hopwood Jeans -English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1946)

1879- Louis Coatalen -French engineer (d. 1962)

1883- Emil Rausch -German swimmer (d. 1954)

1884- Sudhamoy Pramanick -Indian politician (d. 1974)

1885- D. H. Lawrence -English author, poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1930)

1885- Herbert Stothart -American composer and conductor (d. 1949)

1891- William Thomas Walsh -American historian, author, and educator (d. 1949)

1892- Lucien Buysse -Belgian cyclist (d. 1980)

1892- Pinto Colvig -American actor, singer, and animator (d. 1967)

1893- Douglas Hawkes -English-Greek race car driver (d. 1974)

1894- William von Wirén -Estonian sailor (d. 1956)

1895- Vinoba Bhave -Indian philosopher and activist (d. 1982)

1895- Nur Ali Elahi -Iranian jurist and philosopher (d. 1974)

1898- Gerald Templer -English field marshal and politician, British High Commissioner in Malaya (d. 1979)

1899- Philipp Bouhler -German politician (d. 1945)

1899- Jimmie Davis -American singer-songwriter and politician, 47th Governor of Louisiana (d. 2000)

1899- Anton Koolmann -Estonian wrestler and coach (d. 1953)

1900- D. W. Brooks -American farmer and businessman, founded Gold Kist (d. 1999)

1902- Barbecue Bob -American singer and guitarist (d. 1931)

1903- Theodor Adorno -German sociologist and philosopher (d. 1969)

1904- Karl Plutus -Estonian lawyer and jurist (d. 2010)

1907- Lev Oborin -Russian pianist and educator (d. 1974)

1908- Alvar Lidell -English journalist (d. 1981)

1911- Bola de Nieve -Cuban singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1971)

1913- Bear Bryant -American football player and coach (d. 1983)

1913- Jacinto Convit -Venezuelan physician and academic (d. 2014)

1914- Ralph Clanton -American actor (d. 2002)

1914- Patriarch Pavle of Serbia -(d. 2009)

1917- Donald Blakeslee -American colonel and pilot (d. 2008)

1917- Herbert Lom -Czech-English actor (d. 2012)

1917- Ferdinand Marcos -Filipino soldier, lawyer, and politician, 10th President of the Philippines (d. 1989)

1917- Jessica Mitford -English-American journalist and author (d. 1996)

1917- Daniel Wildenstein -French art dealer and horse breeder (d. 2001)

1921- Leaford Bearskin -American tribal leader and colonel (d. 2012)

1921- Edwin Richfield -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1923- Alan Badel -English actor (d. 1982)

1923- Betsy Drake -French-American actress and singer

1924- Daniel Akaka -American soldier, engineer, and politician

1924- Tom Landry -American football player and coach (d. 2000)

1924- Rudolf Vrba -Czech-Canadian holocaust survivor and educator (d. 2006)

1925- Yiye Ávila -Puerto Rican evangelist and author (d. 2013)

1925- Alan Bergman -American songwriter

1925- Harry Somers -Canadian composer (d. 1999)

1926- Eddie Miksis -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1927- Vernon Corea -Sri Lankan-English radio host (d. 2002)

1927- Christine King Farris -American educator and author

1927- G. David Schine -American soldier and businessman (d. 1996)

1928- Reubin Askew -American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 37th Governor of Florida (d. 2014)

1928- Earl Holliman -American actor

1928- William X. Kienzle -American priest and author (d. 2001)

1929- Luis García (third baseman)|Luis García -Venezuelan baseball player and manager (d. 2014)

1929- Primož Kozak -Slovenian playwright (d. 1981)

1929- Patrick Mayhew, Baron Mayhew of Twysden -English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1930- Cathryn Damon -American actress (d. 1987)

1930- Jean-Claude Forest -French author and illustrator (d. 1998)

1930- Renzo Montagnani -Italian actor (d. 1997)

1930- Saleh Selim -Egyptian footballer, manager, and actor (d. 2002)

1931- John Reger -American football player (d. 2013)

1931- Bill Simpson (actor)|Bill Simpson -Scottish actor (d. 1986)

1931- Hans-Ulrich Wehler -German historian and academic (d. 2014)

1932- Peter Anderson (footballer, born 1932)|Peter Anderson -English footballer

1933- Margaret Booth (judge)|Margaret Booth -English judge

1933- William Luther Pierce -American author and activist (d. 2002)

1934- Ian Abercrombie -English-American actor (d. 2012)

1934- Norma Croker -Australian sprinter

1934- Oliver Jones (pianist)|Oliver Jones -Canadian pianist and composer

1935- Arvo Pärt -Estonian composer

1935- Gherman Titov -Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2000)

1936- Pavel Landovský -Czech actor, director, and playwright (d. 2014)

1937- Robert Crippen -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1937- Joseph Kobzon -Ukrainian-Russian singer

1938- David Higgins (composer)|David Higgins -English composer and conductor (d. 2006)

1939- Charles Geschke -American businessman, co-founded Adobe Systems

1940- Brian De Palma -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1940- Nông Đức Mạnh -Vietnamese politician

1940- Thomas K. McCraw -American historian and author (d. 2012)

1940- Theodore Olson -American lawyer and politician, United States Solicitor General

1940- Robert Palmer (computer businessman)|Robert Palmer -American businessman, co-founded Mostek

1941- Paul Cole -English horse trainer

1942- Lola Falana -American actress, singer, and dancer

1942- Gerome Ragni -American actor, playwright, and composer (d. 1991)

1943- André Caillé -Canadian chemist and businessman

1943- Mickey Hart -American drummer (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead (band)|The Dead, and Rhythm Devils)

1943- Khun Htun Oo -Burmese politician

1943- Brian Perkins -New Zealand-English journalist

1943- Raymond Villeneuve -Canadian activist

1944- Everaldo -Brazilian footballer (d. 1974)

1944- Freddy Thielemans -Belgian educator and politician, List of mayors of the City of Brussels|Mayor of Brussels

1945- Franz Beckenbauer -German footballer and manager

1945- Gianluigi Gelmetti -Italian composer and conductor

1945- Leo Kottke -American singer and guitarist

1945- Felton Perry -American actor

1946- Anthony Browne (author)|Anthony Browne -English author and illustrator

1946- Julie Covington -English singer and actress

1946- John "Juke" Logan -American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 2013)

1946- Jim Shoulder -English footballer and manager

1946- Dennis Tufano -American singer (The Buckinghams)

1947- Bob Catley -English singer-songwriter (Magnum (band)|Magnum and Hard Rain (band)|Hard Rain)

1947- Terry Rodgers -American painter, sculptor, and photographer

1948- John Martyn -English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1949- Roger Uttley -English rugby player and coach

1949- Bill Whittington -American race car driver

1950- Anne Dell -Australian biochemist and academic

1950- Bruce Doull -Australian footballer

1950- Leonora Linter -Russian-Estonian businessman and activist

1950- Amy Madigan -American actress and singer

1950- Barry Sheene -English motorcycle racer (d. 2003)

1951- Miroslav Dvořák (ice hockey)|Miroslav Dvořák -Czech ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1951- Richard D. Gill -English-Dutch mathematician and academic

1951- Hugo Porta -Argentinian rugby player

1952- Catherine Bott -English soprano

1953- Jani Allan -English-South African journalist

1953- Renée Geyer -Australian singer

1953- Tommy Shaw -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Styx (band)|Styx, Damn Yankees (band)|Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades)

1953- Michael Tavinor -English priest

1954- Sinan Savaskan -English composer

1955- Sharon Lamb -American psychologist and academic

1956- Tony Gilroy -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Jon Moss -English drummer (Culture Club, London (band)|London, and The Nips)

1957- Jeff Sluman -American golfer

1958- Roxann Dawson -American actress, director, and producer

1958- Brad Lesley -American baseball player and actor (d. 2013)

1958- Scott Patterson -American actor

1958- Phoef Sutton -American screenwriter and producer

1959- Andre Dubus III -American author and academic

1960- Hiroshi Amano -Japanese physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1960- Michael P. Leavitt -American soldier

1960- Anne Ramsay -American actress

1960- Ramón Vargas -Mexican tenor

1961- Philip Ardagh -English author

1961- Elizabeth Daily -American actress and singer

1961- Virginia Madsen -American actress, singer, and producer

1961- Samina Raja -Pakistani poet and educator (d. 2012)

1962- Filip Dewinter -Belgian politician

1962- Kristy McNichol -American actress and singer

1962- Victoria Poleva -Ukrainian composer

1962- Julio Salinas -Spanish footballer

1962- Jenny Sanford -American banker and businesswoman

1963- Dave Bidini -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rheostatics)

1963- Colin Wells (actor)|Colin Wells -English actor

1964- Ellis Burks -American baseball player and manager

1964- Victor Wooten -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Vital Tech Tones, SMV (band)|SMV, and Chick Corea Elektric Band)

1965- Moby -American singer-songwriter and DJ (Vatican Commandos)

1965- Bashar al-Assad -Syrian marshal and politician, 21st President of Syria

1965- Paul Heyman -American wrestling promoter, manager, and journalist

1965- Andrus Kajak -Estonian fencer

1965- David Roe -English snooker player

1966- Kiko, Princess Akishino -of Japan

1967- Maria Bartiromo -American journalist

1967- Harry Connick, Jr. -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1967- Tony David -Australian darts player

1967- Sung Jae-gi -South Korean activist (d. 2013)

1967- Arpad Miklos -Hungarian-American porn actor (d. 2013)

1967- Charles Walker (British politician)|Charles Walker -English politician

1968- Allan Alaküla -Estonian journalist

1968- Paul Mayeda Berges -American director and screenwriter

1968- Kay Hanley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Letters to Cleo)

1968- Blade Thompson -American porn actor and director

1969- Stefano Cagol -Italian photographer

1969- Gidget Gein -American bass player (Marilyn Manson (band)|Marilyn Manson) (d. 2008)

1969- Eduardo Pérez -American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster

1970- Chris Garver -American tattoo artist

1970- Taraji P. Henson -American actress and singer

1970- William Joppy -American boxer

1970- Taja Kramberger -Slovenian sociologist and poet

1970- Ted Leo -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Citizens Arrest, Chisel (band)|Chisel, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists)

1970- Laura Wright -American actress

1971- Richard Ashcroft -English singer-songwriter (The Verve and RPA & The United Nations of Sound)

1971- Markos Moulitsas -American soldier, blogger, and author, founded ''Daily Kos''

1971- Johnny Vegas -English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1971- Shelton Quarles -American football player and scout

1972- Matthew Gilmore -Belgian cyclist

1973- In-Grid -Italian singer-songwriter and dancer

1974- DeLisha Milton-Jones -American basketball player and coach

1975- Juan Cobián -Argentinian footballer

1975- Pierre Issa -South African footballer

1975- Mark Klepaski -American bass player (Breaking Benjamin and Lifer)

1976- Tomáš Enge -Czech race car driver

1976- Elephant Man (musician)|Elephant Man -Jamaican rapper and DJ

1976- Flora Redoumi -Greek hurdler

1977- Ludacris -American rapper, producer, and actor, founded Disturbing tha Peace|Disturbing tha Peace Records

1977- Jonny Buckland -English guitarist (Coldplay)

1977- Matthew Stevens -Welsh snooker player

1977- Tobias Zellner -German footballer

1978- Ben Lee -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Noise Addict, The Bens, and Gerling)

1978- Ed Reed -American football player

1978- Dejan Stanković -Serbian footballer

1979- Éric Abidal -French footballer

1979- Leon Cort -English footballer

1979- Frank Francisco -Dominican baseball player

1979- Steve Hofstetter -American comedian, journalist, and author

1979- David Pizarro -Chilean footballer

1979- Ariana Richards -American actress and singer

1980- Mike Comrie -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Dawit Kebede -Ethiopian journalist

1980- Antônio Pizzonia -Brazilian race car driver

1981- Andrea Dossena -Italian footballer

1981- Charles Kelley -American singer-songwriter (Lady Antebellum)

1981- Dylan Klebold -American student and murderer, conducted the Columbine High School massacre (d. 1999)

1982- Shriya Saran -Indian model and actress

1983- Ike Diogu -American basketball player

1983- Jacoby Ellsbury -American baseball player

1984- Aled de Malmanche -New Zealand rugby player

1984- Benson Stanley -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Robert Acquafresca -Italian footballer

1985- Shaun Livingston -American basketball player

1985- Zack Stortini -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Ryann Donnelly -American singer-songwriter (Schoolyard Heroes)

1986- Darvin Edwards -Saint Lucian high jumper

1986- Dwayne Jarrett -American football player

1986- Chiliboy Ralepelle -South African rugby player

1986- Rhian Sugden -English model and actress

1987- Aroldis Chapman -Cuban baseball player

1987- Tyler Hoechlin -American actor

1987- Mai Oshima -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)

1987- Meamea Thomas -I-Kiribati weightlifter (d. 2013)

1988- Lee Yong-dae -South Korean badminton player

1989- Asuka Kuramochi -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)

1989- Michael J. Willett -American actor and singer

1990- Henry Hopper -American actor

1990- Jo Inge Berget -Norwegian footballer

1991- Jordan Ayew -Ghanan footballer

1991- Anastasia Rybachenko -Russian activist

1992- Jonathan Adams (athlete)|Jonathan Adams -English discus thrower