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Day History: September-18

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Famous Birthdays

53- Trajan -Roman emperor (d. 117)

1344- Marie of Valois, Duchess of Bar -(d. 1404)

1434- Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress -(d. 1467)

1587- Francesca Caccini -Italian singer-songwriter and lute player (d. 1640)

1643- Gilbert Burnet -Scottish bishop, historian, and theologian (d. 1715)

1676- Eberhard Louis, Duke of Württemberg -(d. 1733)

1684- Johann Gottfried Walther -German organist and composer (d. 1748)

1709- Samuel Johnson -English lexicographer and author (d. 1784)

1711- Ignaz Holzbauer -Austrian composer (d. 1783)

1733- George Read (U.S. statesman)|George Read -American lawyer and politician, 3rd List of Governors of Delaware|Governor of Delaware (d. 1798)

1750- Tomás de Iriarte y Oropesa -Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1791)

1752- Adrien-Marie Legendre -French mathematician and theorist (d. 1833)

1765- Pope Gregory XVI -(d. 1846)

1779- Joseph Story -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1845)

1786- Christian VIII of Denmark -(d. 1848)

1786- Justinus Kerner -German poet and author (d. 1862)

1812- Herschel Vespasian Johnson -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Georgia (d. 1880)

1819- Léon Foucault -French physicist (d. 1868)

1837- Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos -Portuguese archbishop (d. 1880)

1838- Anton Mauve -Dutch painter (d. 1888)

1846- Richard With -Norwegian captain, businessman, and politician, founded Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab (d. 1930)

1848- Francis Grierson -English-American pianist and composer (d. 1927)

1852- Clement Lindley Wragge -English-Australian meteorologist and public servant (d. 1922)

1857- John Hessin Clarke -American lawyer and judge (d. 1945)

1858- Kate Booth -English Salvation Army officer (d. 1955)

1859- John L. Bates -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)

1859- Lincoln Loy McCandless -American businessman and politician (d. 1940)

1860- Alberto Franchetti -Italian-American composer and educator (d. 1942)

1870- Clark Wissler -American anthropologist, author, and educator (d. 1947)

1872- Carl Friedberg -German-Italian pianist and educator (d. 1955)

1874- Georges Lumpp -French rower (d. 1934)

1875- Tomás Burgos -Chilean philanthropist (d. 1945)

1876- James Scullin -Australian journalist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1953)

1878- James O. Richardson -American admiral (d. 1974)

1883- Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners -English composer, author, and painter (d. 1950)

1885- Uzeyir Hajibeyov -Azerbaijani composer, conductor, and playwright (d. 1948)

1888- Grey Owl -English-Canadian environmentalist and author (d. 1938)

1888- Toni Wolff -Swiss psychologist and author (d. 1953)

1889- Doris Blackburn -Australian politician (d. 1970)

1889- Leslie Morshead -Australian general, businessman, and educator (d. 1959)

1893- Arthur Benjamin -Australian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1960)

1893- William March -American soldier and author (d. 1954)

1894- Fay Compton -English actress (d. 1978)

1895- John Diefenbaker -Canadian lawyer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1979)

1895- Walter Koch (astrologer)|Walter Koch -German astrologer and author (d. 1970)

1895- Tomoji Tanabe -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1897- Pablo Sorozábal -Spanish composer and conductor (d. 1988)

1900- Willis Laurence James -American violinist and educator (d. 1966)

1900- Seewoosagur Ramgoolam -Mauritian philanthropist and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Mauritius (d. 1985)

1901- Harold Clurman -American director and producer (d. 1980)

1904- Bun Cook -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1988)

1904- David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles -English politician, Secretary of State for Education (d. 1999)

1905- Eddie "Rochester" Anderson -American actor and singer (d. 1977)

1905- Agnes de Mille -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1993)

1905- Greta Garbo -Swedish-American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1906- Julio Rosales -Filipino cardinal (d. 1983)

1906- Kaka Hathrasi -Indian poet and author (d. 1995)

1907- Leon Askin -Austrian actor (d. 2005)

1907- Edwin McMillan -American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1908- Victor Ambartsumian -Georgian-Armenian astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic (d. 1996)

1910- Bernard Kangro -Estonian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1994)

1910- Josef Tal -Israeli pianist and composer (d. 2008)

1911- Syd Howe -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1976)

1911- Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty -Irish ufologist and politician (d. 1995)

1912- María de la Cruz -Chilean journalist and activist (d. 1995)

1912- Kurt Lotz -German businessman (d. 2005)

1914- Jack Cardiff -English director, cinematographer, and photographer (d. 2009)

1916- Frank Bell (educator)|Frank Bell -English soldier and educator (d. 1989)

1916- Rossano Brazzi -Italian actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1916- John Jacob Rhodes -American lawyer and politician (d. 2003)

1917- June Foray -American voice actress and singer

1917- Phil Taylor (footballer)|Phil Taylor -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1917- Francis Parker Yockey -American lawyer and philosopher (d. 1960)

1919- Tommy Hunter (fiddler)|Tommy Hunter -American fiddler (d. 1993)

1920- Jack Warden -American actor (d. 2006)

1922- Grayson Hall -American actress (d. 1985)

1922- Ray Steadman-Allen -English composer

1923- Peter Smithson -English architect, co-designed Robin Hood Gardens (d. 2003)

1923- Bertha Wilson -Scottish-Canadian jurist, 60th List of Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (d. 2007)

1924- J. D. Tippit -American police officer (d. 1963)

1925- Harvey Haddix -American baseball player and coach (d. 1994)

1925- Dorothy Wedderburn -English economist and academic (d. 2012)

1926- Bud Greenspan -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1926- Joe Kubert -American author and illustrator, founded The Kubert School (d. 2012)

1926- Bob Toski -American golfer and coach

1927- Phyllis Kirk -American actress (d. 2006)

1927- Muriel Turner, Baroness Turner of Camden -English politician

1929- Teddi King -American singer (d. 1977)

1929- Nancy Littlefield -American director and producer (d. 2007)

1931- Julio Grondona -Argentinian businessman (d. 2014)

1932- Nikolay Rukavishnikov -Russian physicist and astronaut (d. 2002)

1933- Bob Bennett (politician)|Bob Bennett -American soldier and politician

1933- Robert Blake (actor)|Robert Blake -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1933- Scotty Bowman -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1933- Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov -Russian opera singer

1933- Christopher Ricks -English scholar and critic

1933- Charles Roach -Trinidadian-Canadian lawyer and activist (d. 2012)

1933- Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer)|Jimmie Rodgers -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1935- Peter Clarke (cartoonist)|Peter Clarke -English cartoonist (d. 2012)

1935- John Spencer (snooker player)|John Spencer -English snooker player and sportscaster (d. 2006)

1936- Big Tom -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Big Tom and The Mainliners)

1937- Ralph Backstrom -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1938- Billy Robinson -English-American wrestler and trainer (d. 2014)

1939- Gerry Harvey -Australian businessman, co-founded Harvey Norman

1939- Jorge Sampaio -Portuguese lawyer and politician, 18th President of Portugal

1939- Fred Willard -American actor

1939- Jan Camiel Willems -Belgian mathematician and theorist (d. 2013)

1940- Frankie Avalon -American singer and actor

1942- Gabriella Ferri -Italian singer (d. 2004)

1942- Alex Stepney -English footballer

1944- Satan's Angel -American dancer

1944- Michael Franks (musician)|Michael Franks -American singer-songwriter

1944- Rocío Jurado -Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)

1944- Charles L. Veach -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)

1945- P. F. Sloan -American singer-songwriter and producer

1945- John McAfee -Scottish-American computer programmer, founded McAfee

1946- Benjamín Brea -Spanish-Venezuelan saxophonist, clarinet player, and conductor (Los Cañoneros) (d. 2014)

1946- Nicholas Clay -English actor (d. 2000)

1946- Kelvin Coe -Australian ballet dancer (d. 1992)

1946- Billy Drago -American actor and producer

1946- Meredith Oakes -Australian-English playwright

1946- Otis Sistrunk -American football player and wrestler

1947- Russ Abbot -English comedian, actor, and singer

1947- Drew Gilpin Faust -American historian and academic

1947- Giancarlo Minardi -Italian businessman, founded the Minardi|Minardi Racing Team

1948- Lynn Abbey -American computer programmer and author

1948- Rodger Beckman -American baseball player and radio host

1948- Ken Brett -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2003)

1948- Christopher Skase -Australian businessman (d. 2001)

1949- Kerry Livgren -American guitarist and songwriter (Kansas (band)|Kansas, AD (band)|AD, and Proto-Kaw)

1949- Jim McCrery -American lawyer and politician

1949- Mo Mowlam -English politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office (d. 2005)

1949- Peter Shilton -English footballer and manager

1950- Vishnuvardhan (actor)|Vishnuvardhan -Indian actor

1950- Shabana Azmi -Indian actress and singer

1950- Siobhan Davies -English dancer and choreographer

1950- Chris Heister -Swedish politician, Governor of Stockholm County

1950- Darryl Sittler -Canadian ice hockey player

1950- Anna Deavere Smith -American actress and playwright

1951- Ben Carson -American neurosurgeon and author

1951- Dee Dee Ramone -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Ramones) (d. 2002)

1951- Tony Scott (baseball)|Tony Scott -American baseball player and coach

1951- Darryl Stingley -American football player (d. 2007)

1951- Marc Surer -Swiss race car driver

1952- Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos -Greek politician

1952- Rick Pitino -American basketball player and coach

1953- Carl Jackson -American singer-songwriter and producer

1953- John McGlinn -American conductor and historian (d. 2009)

1954- Murtaza Bhutto -Pakistani politician (d. 1996)

1954- Takao Doi -Japanese engineer and astronaut

1954- Dennis Johnson -American basketball player and coach (d. 2007)

1954- Steven Pinker -Canadian-American psychologist, linguist, and author

1954- Tommy Tuberville -American football player and coach

1955- Paul Butler (bishop)|Paul Butler -English bishop

1955- Keith Morris -American singer-songwriter (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off! (band)|Off!)

1955- Bob Papenbrook -American voice actor (d. 2006)

1956- Chris Hedges -American journalist and author

1956- Tim McInnerny -English actor

1956- Peter Šťastný -Slovak ice hockey player and politician

1957- Emily Remler -American guitarist (d. 1990)

1958- John Aldridge -English-Irish footballer and manager

1958- Don Geronimo -American radio host

1958- Linda Lusardi -English model and actress

1958- Derek Pringle -Kenyan-English cricketer and journalist

1958- Joan Walsh -American journalist and blogger

1959- Ian Arkwright -English footballer

1959- Mark Romanek -American director and screenwriter

1959- Ryne Sandberg -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1960- Stephen Flaherty -American composer

1960- Ian Lucas -English lawyer and politician

1961- James Gandolfini -American actor (d. 2013)

1961- Konstantin Kakanias -Greek-American painter

1961- Mark Olson (musician)|Mark Olson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Jayhawks and Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers)

1961- Lori and George Schappell -American conjoined twins

1962- Joanne Catherall -English singer (The Human League)

1962- John Fashanu -English footballer and manager

1962- John Mann (musician)|John Mann -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Spirit of the West)

1962- Aden Ridgeway -Australian politician

1962- Boris Said -American race car driver

1963- Jim Pocklington -English race car driver

1963- John Powell (composer)|John Powell -English-Canadian composer and conductor

1964- Jens Henschel -German footballer

1964- Marco Masini -Italian singer-songwriter

1964- Holly Robinson Peete -American actress and singer

1966- Tom Chorske -American ice hockey player and sportscaster

1967- Ricky Bell (singer)|Ricky Bell -American singer (New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe)

1967- Tara Fitzgerald -English actress

1968- Upendra -Indian actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1968- Toni Kukoč -Croatian basketball player

1969- Cappadonna -American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan and Theodore Unit)

1970- Mike Compton (American football)|Mike Compton -American football player and coach

1970- Dan Eldon -English photographer and journalist (d. 1993)

1970- Darren Gough -English cricketer

1970- Aisha Tyler -American actress, television host, and author

1971- Lance Armstrong -American cyclist and activist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation

1971- Anna Netrebko -Russian-Austrian soprano and actress

1971- Jada Pinkett Smith -American actress and singer (Wicked Wisdom)

1972- Brigitte Becue -Belgian swimmer

1972- Adam Cohen (musician)|Adam Cohen -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Low Millions)

1972- David Jefferies -English motorcycle racer (d. 2003)

1972- Michael Landes -American actor and producer

1972- Iain Stewart (politician)|Iain Stewart -Scottish politician

1973- Paul Brousseau -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- James Marsden -American actor and singer

1973- Ami Onuki -Japanese singer and voice actress (Puffy AmiYumi)

1973- Mark Shuttleworth -South African-English businessman, founded Canonical Ltd.

1973- Aitor Karanka -Spanish footballer and manager

1974- Xzibit -American rapper and actor (Likwit Crew)

1974- Sol Campbell -English footballer

1974- Andrew Hansen -Australian comedian, singer, and screenwriter

1974- Damon Jones (American football)|Damon Jones -American football player and coach

1974- Ticha Penicheiro -Portuguese basketball player

1974- Travis Schuldt -American actor

1975- Kanstantsin Lukashyk -Belarusian target shooter

1975- Jason Sudeikis -American actor and screenwriter

1975- Guillermo Vargas -Costa Rican photographer and painter

1976- Ronaldo -Brazilian footballer

1976- Gabriel Gervais -Canadian soccer player

1977- Li Tie -Chinese footballer and manager

1977- Kieran West -English rower

1978- Iain Lees-Galloway -New Zealand politician

1978- Pilar López de Ayala -Spanish actress

1978- Ryan Lowe -English footballer

1978- Augustine Simo -Cameroonian footballer

1979- Daniel Aranzubia -Spanish footballer

1979- Alison Lohman -American actress

1979- Vinay Rai -Indian model and actor

1979- Simon Trpčeski -Macedonian pianist

1980- Jonathan Biss -American pianist and educator

1980- Mickey Higham -English rugby player

1980- Avi Strool -Israeli footballer

1980- Chris Tarrant (footballer)|Chris Tarrant -Australian footballer

1980- Petri Virtanen -Finnish basketball player

1981- JeA (singer)|JeA -South Korean singer-songwriter and producer (Brown Eyed Girls)

1981- Nicole da Silva -Australian actress

1981- Sebastián Decoud -Argentinian tennis player

1981- Jennifer Tisdale -American actress and singer

1981- Kristaps Valters -Latvian basketball player

1982- Alessandro Cibocchi -Italian footballer

1982- Arvydas Eitutavičius -Lithuanian basketball player

1982- Alfredo Talavera -Mexican footballer

1983- Kevin Doyle -Irish footballer

1984- Jack Carpenter (actor)|Jack Carpenter -American actor

1984- Dashon Goldson -American football player

1984- Anthony Gonzalez -American football player

1985- Tarah Gieger -Puerto Rican motocross racer

1986- Keeley Hazell -English model and actress

1987- Jinkx Monsoon -American drag queen performer

1988- Asher Monroe -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (V Factory)

1988- Annette Obrestad -Norwegian poker player

1989- Serge Ibaka -Congolese-Spanish basketball player

1990- Lewis Holtby -German footballer

1992- Amber Liu (singer)|Amber Liu -American-South Korean actress, singer, and dancer (f(x) (band)|f(x))

1993- Patrick Schwarzenegger -American model and actor