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Day History: September-16

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Famous Birthdays


16- Julia Drusilla -Roman daughter of Germanicus (d. 38)

1386- Henry V of England -(d. 1422)

1507- Jiajing Emperor -of China (d. 1567)

1557- Jacques Mauduit -French composer (d. 1627)

1615- Heinrich Bach -German organist and composer (d. 1692)

1651- Engelbert Kaempfer -German physician and botanist (d. 1716)

1666- Antoine Parent -French mathematician and theorist (d. 1716)

1678- Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke -English philosopher and politician, Secretary of State for the Southern Department (d. 1751)

1716- Angelo Maria Amorevoli -Italian tenor (d. 1798)

1722- Gabriel Christie (British Army officer)|Gabriel Christie -Scottish-Canadian general (d. 1799)

1725- Nicolas Desmarest -French geologist, zoologist, and author (d. 1815)

1745- Mikhail Kutuzov -Russian field marshal (d. 1813)

1777- Nathan Mayer Rothschild -German-English banker and financier (d. 1836)

1782- Daoguang Emperor -of China (d. 1850)

1823- Francis Parkman -American historian and author (d. 1893)

1827- Jean Albert Gaudry -French geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1908)

1830- Patrick Francis Moran -Irish-Australian cardinal (d. 1911)

1837- Pedro V of Portugal -(d. 1861)

1844- Paul Taffanel -French flute player and conductor (d. 1908)

1846- Anna Kingsford -English author, poet, and activist (d. 1888)

1853- Albrecht Kossel -German physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1927)

1858- Edward Marshall Hall -English lawyer and politician (d. 1927)

1858- Bonar Law -Canadian-Scottish banker and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)

1859- Yuan Shikai -Chinese general and politician, President of the Republic of China (d. 1916)

1866- Georg Voigt (politician)|Georg Voigt -German politician, List of mayors of Marburg|Mayor of Marburg (d. 1927)

1870- John Pius Boland -Irish-English tennis player and politician (d. 1958)

1875- James Cash Penney -American businessman, founded J. C. Penney (d. 1971)

1876- Francisco Camet -Argentinian fencer (d. 1931)

1877- Jacob Schick -American-Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Schick (razors)|Schick Razors (d. 1937)

1878- Karl Albiker -German sculptor (d. 1961)

1880- Alfred Noyes -English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1958)

1881- Clive Bell -English philosopher and critic (d. 1964)

1883- T. E. Hulme -English poet and critic (d. 1917)

1886- Jean Arp -Alsatian sculptor and painter (d. 1966)

1887- Nadia Boulanger -French composer and educator (d. 1979)

1888- Frans Eemil Sillanpää -Finnish author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)

1891- Karl Dönitz -German admiral and politician, List of German presidents|President of Germany (d. 1980)

1891- Stephanie von Hohenlohe -Austrian-German spy (d. 1972)

1893- Alexander Korda -Hungarian-English director, producer, and screenwiter (d. 1956)

1893- Albert Szent-Györgyi -Hungarian-American physiologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1895- Zainal Abidin Ahmad (writer)|Zainal Abidin Ahmad -Malaysian author and scholar (d. 1973)

1896- Margaret Fitzgerald (supercentenarian)|Margaret Fitzgerald -Canadian super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1897- Milt Franklyn -American composer (d. 1962)

1898- H. A. Rey -American author and illustrator, co-created ''Curious George'' (d. 1977)

1899- Hans Swarowsky -Hungarian-Austrian conductor and educator (d. 1975)

1903- Joe Venuti -American violinist (The Dorsey Brothers) (d. 1978)

1905- Vladimír Holan -Czech poet and author (d. 1980)

1906- Jack Churchill -English colonel (d. 1996)

1910- Erich Kempka -German colonel and chauffeur (d. 1975)

1910- Karl Kling -German race car driver (d. 2003)

1911- Wilfred Burchett -Australian journalist (d. 1983)

1911- Paul Henning -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2005)

1914- Allen Funt -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1915- Cy Walter -American pianist (d. 1968)

1916- Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw -Caribbean politician, 1st Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis (d. 1978)

1916- M. S. Subbulakshmi -Indian singer and actress (d. 2004)

1916- Frank Leslie Walcott -Barbadian cricketer, umpire, and politician (d. 1999)

1918- Władysław Kędra -Polish pianist (d. 1968)

1919- Laurence J. Peter -Canadian-American hierarchiologist and educator (d. 1990)

1919- Andy Russell (singer)|Andy Russell -American singer and actor (d. 1992)

1920- Sheila Quinn -English nurse and educator

1920- Art Sansom -American cartoonist (d. 1991)

1921- Jon Hendricks -American singer-songwriter

1921- Korla Pandit -American pianist and composer (d. 1998)

1922- Guy Hamilton -French-English director and screenwriter

1922- Marcel Mouloudji -French actor and singer (d. 1994)

1922- Janis Paige -American actress and singer

1923- Lee Kuan Yew -Singaporean lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Singapore

1924- Lauren Bacall -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1925- Charlie Byrd -American guitarist (d. 1999)

1925- Charles Haughey -Irish accountant, lawyer, and politician, 7th Taoiseach|Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 2006)

1925- B.B. King -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1926- Tommy Bond -American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1926- Eric Gross -Austrian-Australian pianist and composer (d. 2011)

1926- John Knowles -American soldier and author (d. 2001)

1926- Rogers McKee -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1926- Takao Tanabe -Canadian painter

1927- Peter Falk -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2011)

1927- Jack Kelly (actor)|Jack Kelly -American actor and politician (d. 1992)

1927- Sadako Ogata -Japanese academic and diplomat, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

1928- Rex Trailer -American television host, actor, and singer (d. 2013)

1928- Lady Gwen Thompson -English author and educator (d. 1986)

1930- Anne Francis -American actress (d. 2011)

1931- K. D. Arulpragasam -Sri Lankan zoologist and academic (d. 2003)

1931- Little Willie Littlefield -American-Dutch singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2013)

1932- Micky Stewart -English cricketer and coach

1933- Steve Shirley -German-English businesswoman and philanthropist, founded Xansa

1934- Elgin Baylor -American basketball player and coach

1934- George Chakiris -American actor, singer, and dancer

1934- Ronnie Drew -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Dubliners) (d. 2008)

1934- Dick Heckstall-Smith -English saxophonist (Blues Incorporated, The Graham Bond Organisation, and Colosseum (band)|Colosseum) (d. 2004)

1935- Carl Andre -American sculptor

1935- Billy Boy Arnold -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1935- Jules Bass -American director, producer, composer, and author

1935- Bob Kiley -American-English businessman

1935- Esther Vilar -Argentinian-German author and playwright

1937- Pavel Bobek -Czech singer (d. 2013)

1937- Aleksandr Medved -Belarusian wrestler and coach

1937- Vince Naimoli -American businessman and philanthropist

1939- Breyten Breytenbach -South African-French poet and painter

1939- Bill McGill -American basketball player (d. 2014)

1940- Hamiet Bluiett -American saxophonist and composer (World Saxophone Quartet)

1941- Joe Butler -American singer, autoharp player, and drummer (The Lovin' Spoonful)

1941- Richard Perle -American political scientist and politician

1942- Bernie Calvert -English bass player and keyboard player (The Hollies)

1942- Dennis Conner -American sailor

1942- Tadamasa Goto -Japanese mobster

1943- Wang Houjun -Chinese footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1943- James Alan McPherson -American author and academic

1944- Winston Grennan -Jamaican drummer (Kid Creole and the Coconuts and Toots and the Maytals) (d. 2000)

1945- Pat Stevens -American actress (d. 2010)

1946- Cathee Dahmen -American model (d. 1997)

1946- Mike Reynolds (politician)|Mike Reynolds -Australian politician

1946- Camilo Sesto -Spanish singer-songwriter and producer

1947- Dusty Hughes (playwright)|Dusty Hughes -English director and playwright

1947- Enrique Krauze -Mexican historian, critic, and publisher

1948- Ron Blair -American bass player (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

1948- Rosemary Casals -American tennis player and sportscaster

1948- Julia Donaldson -English author and playwright

1948- Kenney Jones -English drummer (The Small Faces, Faces (band)|Faces, The Who, The Law (band)|The Law, and The Jones Gang)

1948- Susan Ruttan -American actress

1949- Chrisye -Indonesian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1949- Ed Begley, Jr. -American actor and producer

1950- The Bellamy Brothers|David Bellamy -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Bellamy Brothers)

1950- Henry Louis Gates -American educator, scholar, and author

1950- Loyd Grossman -American-English singer, guitarist, and television host

1951- Vince Bell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951- Andy Irvine (rugby union)|Andy Irvine -Scottish rugby player and coach

1952- Tony Cunningham -English educator and politician

1952- Karen Muir -South African swimmer and physician (d. 2013)

1952- Mickey Rourke -American boxer, actor, and screenwriter

1953- Alan Barton -English singer and guitarist (Black Lace (band)|Black Lace and Smokie (band)|Smokie) (d. 1995)

1953- Kurt Fuller -American actor

1953- Nancy Huston -Canadian-American author

1953- Mark Malloch Brown, Baron Malloch-Brown -English journalist and politician, 2nd Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

1953- Jerry Pate -American golfer and sportscaster

1953- Eric Vail -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1954- Sanjoy Bandopadhyay -Indian sitar player and composer

1954- Earl Klugh -American guitarist and composer

1954- William McKeen -American author and academic

1954- Colin Newman -English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer (Wire (band)|Wire, Githead, and Immersion (artists)|Immersion)

1954- Frank Reed (singer)|Frank Reed -American singer-songwriter (The Chi-Lites) (d. 2014)

1955- Ron Brewer -American basketball player

1955- Janet Ellis -English actress and television host

1955- Yolandita Monge -Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and actress

1955- Robin Yount -American baseball player and coach

1956- Maggie Atkinson -English educator and civil servant

1956- David Copperfield (illusionist)|David Copperfield -American magician and actor

1956- Dave Schulthise -American bass player (The Dead Milkmen) (d. 2004)

1957- Clara Furse -Canadian-English businesswoman

1957- Norman Lamb -English lawyer and politician

1957- David McCreery -Irish footballer and manager

1957- Anca Parghel -Romanian singer and pianist (d. 2008)

1958- Orel Hershiser -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1958- Maura O'Connell -Irish singer and actress (De Dannan)

1958- Neville Southall -Welsh footballer and manager

1958- Jennifer Tilly -American actress and poker player

1959- Peter Keleghan -Canadian actor

1959- Tim Raines -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1959- Dave Richardson -South African cricketer, manager, and lawyer

1959- Victory Tischler-Blue -American bass player, director, and producer (The Runaways)

1960- Jayne Brook -American actress

1960- Kurt Busiek -American author

1960- Ean Evans -American bass player (Lynyrd Skynyrd and Outlaws (band)|Outlaws) (d. 2009)

1960- Graham Haynes -American trumpet player and composer

1960- Danny John-Jules -English actor, singer, and dancer

1960- Yianna Katsoulos -American-French singer

1961- Bilinda Butcher -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (My Bloody Valentine (band)|My Bloody Valentine)

1961- T La Rock -American rapper

1961- Annamária Szalai -Hungarian journalist, economist, and politician (d. 2013)

1962- Seth (cartoonist)|Seth -Canadian author and illustrator

1963- Richard Marx -American singer-songwriter and producer

1964- Mary Coustas -Australian actress and screenwriter

1964- Rossy de Palma -Spanish-French model and actress

1964- Dave Sabo -American guitarist and songwriter (Skid Row (American band)|Skid Row)

1964- Molly Shannon -American actress and singer

1965- Katy Kurtzman -American actress

1965- Karl-Heinz Riedle -German footballer and manager

1966- Sean Frye -American actor

1966- Wil McCarthy -American author and playwright

1966- Scott Workman -American stuntman and actor (d. 2013)

1966- Kevin Young (hurdler)|Kevin Young -American hurdler

1967- Hiroya Oku -Japanese author and illustrator

1968- Marc Anthony -American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer

1968- Walt Becker -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Tommy Keane -Irish footballer (d. 2012)

1969- Justine Frischmann -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Elastica and Suede (band)|Suede)

1969- Janno Gibbs -Filipino singer-songwriter and actor

1969- Emanuele Guidi -Sammarinese archer

1970- Mark Schultz (musician)|Mark Schultz -American singer-songwriter

1971- Amy Poehler -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Mark Bruener -American football player

1972- Shalane McCall -American actress

1972- Alessandro Nunziati -Italian singer-songwriter (Theatres des Vampires, Lord Vampyr's Shadowsreign, Cain (band)|Cain)

1972- James Westman -Canadian opera singer

1973- George Corrie -English footballer

1973- Justin Haythe -American author and screenwriter

1973- Alexander Vinokourov -Kazakh cyclist

1974- Monique Brumby -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1974- Joaquín Castro -American lawyer and politician

1974- Julian Castro -American lawyer and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

1975- Loona -Dutch singer-songwriter and dancer

1975- Gal Fridman -Israeli windsurfer

1975- Jason Leffler -American race car driver (d. 2013)

1975- Shannon Noll -Australian singer-songwriter

1976- Tina Barrett -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (S Club)

1976- Greg Buckner -American basketball player and coach

1977- Greg Ball (politician)|Gregory Ball -American captain and politician

1977- Musiq Soulchild -American singer-songwriter

1978- Dan Dickau -American basketball player and coach

1978- Claudia Marx -German runner

1978- Matthew Rogers -American singer and television host

1978- Ebonie Smith -Puerto Rican-American actress

1979- Fanny (singer)|Fanny -French singer

1979- Aileen Celeste -Venezuelan actress

1979- Bobby Korecky -American baseball player

1979- Flo Rida -American rapper

1980- Patrik Štefan -Czech ice hockey player

1980- Kenny van Weeghel -Dutch wheelchair racer

1981- Fan Bingbing -Chinese actress, singer, and producer

1981- Alexis Bledel -American actress

1981- LaVerne Jones-Ferrette -Virgin Islander sprinter

1982- Leon Knight -English footballer

1982- Michele Rizzo -Italian rugby player

1982- Fiete Sykora -German footballer

1982- Ryan Thomson (footballer, born 1982)|Ryan Thomson -Scottish footballer

1983- John Afoa -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Katerine Avgoustakis -Belgian singer and pianist

1983- Kirsty Coventry -Zimbabwean swimmer

1983- Brandon Moss -American baseball player

1983- Legedu Naanee -American football player

1984- Sabrina Bryan -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Cheetah Girls (group)|The Cheetah Girls)

1984- Serginho Catarinense -Brazilian footballer

1984- Katie Melua -Georgian-English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Madeline Zima -American actress

1986- Gordon Beckham -American baseball player

1986- Ian Harding -German-American actor

1986- Kyla Pratt -American actress and singer

1987- Daren Kagasoff -American actor

1987- Kyle Lafferty -Irish footballer

1987- Louis Ngwat-Mahop -Cameroonian footballer

1987- Burry Stander -South African cyclist (d. 2013)

1987- Travis Wall -American dancer and choreographer

1987- Anthony Padilla -American comedian and actor

1988- Teddy Geiger -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1988- Sarah Steele -American actress

1989- Braden Holtby -Canadian ice hockey player

1989- José Salomón Rondón -Venezuelan footballer

1989- Dustin Tokarski -Canadian ice hockey player

1991- Diāna Bukājeva -Latvian tennis player

1991- Alexandra Paul (figure skater)|Alexandra Paul -Canadian figure skater

1991- Kyle Smith (motorcyclist)|Kyle Smith -English motorcycle racer

1992- Vytenis Čižauskas -Lithuanian basketball player

1992- Nick Jonas -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Jonas Brothers and Nick Jonas & the Administration)

1992- Jake Roche -English singer-songwriter and actor (Rixton (band)|Rixton)