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Day History: September-21

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Famous Birthdays


1051- Bertha of Savoy -(d. 1087)

1411- Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York -English politician, Lord Protector of England (d. 1460)

1415- Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor -(d. 1493)

1428- Jingtai Emperor -of China (d. 1457)

1433- Guillaume Fichet -French scholar and academic (d. 1480)

1452- Girolamo Savonarola -Italian priest and philosopher (d. 1498)

1559- Cigoli -Italian painter and architect (d. 1613)

1629- Philip Howard (cardinal)|Philip Howard -English cardinal (d. 1694)

1645- Louis Jolliet -Canadian explorer (d. 1700)

1706- Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg -(d. 1735)

1756- John Loudon McAdam -Scottish engineer (d. 1836)

1758- Christopher Gore -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827)

1760- Ivan Dmitriev -Russian poet and politician, List of Ministers of Justice of Imperial Russia|Minister of Justice for Imperial Russia (d. 1837)

1819- Princess Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois -(d. 1864)

1840- Murad V -Ottoman sultan (d. 1904)

1842- Abdul Hamid II -Ottoman sultan (d. 1918)

1846- Mihály Kolossa -Hungarian-Slovene author and poet (d. 1906)

1849- Maurice Barrymore -Indian-American actor (d. 1905)

1853- Heike Kamerlingh Onnes -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1926)

1859- Francesc Macià i Llussà -Catalan colonel and politician, 122nd List of Presidents of the Generalitat de Catalunya|President of Catalonia (d. 1933)

1860- Wilson Kettle -Canadian centenarian (d. 1963)

1862- James E. Talmage -English-American religious leader and author (d. 1933)

1863- John Bunny -American actor (d. 1915)

1866- Charles Nicolle -French-Tunisian microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1936)

1866- H. G. Wells -English journalist, historian, and author (d. 1946)

1867- Henry L. Stimson -American colonel, lawyer, and politician, 46th United States Secretary of State (d. 1950)

1872- Henry Tingle Wilde -English chief officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1912)

1873- Papa Jack Laine -American drummer and bandleader (d. 1966)

1874- Gustav Holst -English composer and educator (d. 1934)

1878- Peter McWilliam -Scottish-English footballer and manager (d. 1951)

1882- Geevarghese Mar Ivanios -Indian metropolitan (d. 1953)

1890- Max Immelmann -German lieutenant and pilot (d. 1916)

1890- Charles William Train -English sergeant, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1965)

1892- Olof Ås -Swedish actor and production manager (d. 1949)

1894- Anton Piëch -Austrian lawyer, son-in-law of Ferdinand Porsche (d. 1952)

1896- Walter Breuning -American super-centenarian (d. 2011)

1899- Frederick Coutts -Scottish 8th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1986)

1902- Luis Cernuda -Spanish-American poet, critic, and academic (d. 1963)

1902- Allen Lane -English publisher, founded Penguin Books (d. 1970)

1902- Howie Morenz -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1937)

1903- Preston Tucker -American automobile designer, designed the 1948 Tucker Sedan|Tucker Sedan (d. 1956)

1905- Robert Lebel -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1999)

1906- Henry Beachell -American biologist and botanist (d. 2006)

1909- Kwame Nkrumah -Ghanaian educator and politician, 1st President of Ghana (d. 1972)

1912- Chuck Jones -American animator, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1912- György Sándor -Hungarian pianist and composer (d. 2005)

1914- Slam Stewart -American bassist and composer (d. 1987)

1916- Françoise Giroud -Swiss-French journalist and politician, Minister of Culture (France)|French Minister of Culture (d. 2003)

1917- Phyllis Nicolson -English mathematician and academic (d. 1968)

1917- Jakob "Jackie" Gerlich -Austrian-American actor (d. 1960)

1918- Rand Brooks -American actor and producer (d. 2003)

1918- John Gofman -American physicist, chemist, and biologist (d. 2007)

1918- Karl Slover -Slovak-American actor (d. 2011)

1919- Mario Bunge -Argentinian-Canadian physicist and philosopher

1919- Herman Fowlkes, Jr. -American trumpet player and educator (d. 1993)

1919- Fazlur Rahman Malik -Pakistani philosopher and scholar (d. 1988)

1921- John McHale (baseball)|John McHale -American baseball player and manager (d. 2008)

1921- Jimmy Young (disc jockey)|Jimmy Young -English singer and radio host

1924- Hermann Buhl -Austrian mountaineer (d. 1957)

1926- Donald A. Glaser -American physicist and neurobiologist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1926- Noor Jehan -Pakistani actress and singer (d. 2000)

1926- Fereydoon Moshiri -Iranian poet (d. 2000)

1927- Ward Swingle -American-French singer-songwriter and conductor (Les Double Six)

1929- Héctor Alterio -Argentinian actor and singer

1929- Shafi Hadi -American saxophonist

1929- Sándor Kocsis -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 1979)

1929- Edgar Valter -Estonian author and illustrator (d. 2006)

1929- Bernard Williams -English-Italian philosopher and academic (d. 2003)

1930- John Morgan (comedian)|John Morgan -Welsh-Canadian actor and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1930- Bob Stokoe -English footballer and manager (d. 2004)

1931- Larry Hagman -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)

1932- Shirley Conran -English journalist and author

1933- Allan Jeans -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2011)

1933- Dick Simon -American race car driver

1934- Leonard Cohen -Canadian singer-songwriter and poet

1935- Jimmy Armfield -English footballer and manager

1935- Henry Gibson -American actor and singer (d. 2009)

1936- Ian Albery -English manager and producer

1936- Dickey Lee -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936- Yury Luzhkov -Russian soldier and politician, 2nd Mayor of Moscow

1936- Sunny Murray -American drummer

1936- Diane Rehm -American radio host

1937- John D'Amico -Canadian ice hockey player and referee (d. 2005)

1938- Doug Moe -American basketball player and coach

1939- Agnivesh -Indian philosopher, academic, and politician

1940- Ron Fenton -English footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2013)

1940- Hermann Knoflacher -Austrian engineer and engineer

1940- Bill Kurtis -American journalist and producer

1941- Jack Brisco -American wrestler and manager (d. 2010)

1941- R. James Woolsey, Jr. -American diplomat, 16th Director of Central Intelligence

1942- U-Roy -Jamaican singer-songwriter and DJ

1944- Steve Beshear -American lawyer and politician, 61st Governor of Kentucky

1944- Marcus Binney -English historian and author

1944- Fannie Flagg -American actress and author

1944- Hamilton Jordan -American politician, 8th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2008)

1944- Bobby Tench -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Gass (band)|Gass, Hummingbird (band)|Hummingbird, Humble Pie (band)|Humble Pie, and Streetwalkers)

1945- Jerry Bruckheimer -American film and television producer

1945- G. C. Cameron -American singer (The Spinners (American R&B group)|The Spinners and The Temptations)

1945- Richard Childress -American race car driver

1945- Shaw Clifton -Irish 18th General of The Salvation Army

1945- Kay Ryan -American poet and educator

1946- Rose Garrard -English sculptor and author

1946- Moritz Leuenberger -Swiss lawyer and politician, 87th President of the Swiss Confederation

1946- Ed Nimmervoll -Austrian-Australian journalist, historian, and author (d. 2014)

1946- Mart Siimann -Estonian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Estonia

1947- Don Felder -American guitarist and songwriter (Eagles (band)|Eagles)

1947- Keith Harris (ventriloquist)|Keith Harris -English ventriloquist and singer

1947- Stephen King -American author and screenwriter

1947- Marsha Norman -American playwright and author

1948- Jack Dromey -English union leader and politician

1949- Henry Butler -American pianist and photographer

1949- Artis Gilmore -American basketball player and radio host

1949- Odilo Scherer -Brazilian cardinal

1950- Charles Clarke -English economist and politician, Secretary of State for Education

1950- Bill Murray -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1951- Bruce Arena -American soccer player and manager

1951- DeWayne Jessie -American actor

1951- Aslan Maskhadov -Chechen general and politician, 3rd President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (d. 2005)

1952- Dave Gregory (musician)|Dave Gregory -English guitarist (XTC and Big Big Train)

1952- Anneliese Michel -German woman believed to be Demonic possession|possessed by demons (d. 1976)

1952- John Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick -English lawyer and politician

1953- Sunny Johnson -American actress (d. 1984)

1953- Arie Luyendyk -Dutch race car driver

1954- Shinzō Abe -Japanese politician, 90th Prime Minister of Japan

1954- Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor -English drummer (Motörhead and Waysted)

1955- François Cluzet -French actor

1955- Gulshan Grover -Indian actor and singer

1955- Richard Hieb -American engineer and astronaut

1955- Mika Kaurismäki -Finnish director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Jack Givens -American basketball player and sportscaster

1956- Marta Kauffman -American screenwriter and producer

1956- Ricky Morton -American wrestler

1957- Ethan Coen -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Mark Levin -American lawyer, radio host, and author

1957- Sidney Moncrief -American basketball player and coach

1957- Kevin Rudd -Australian politician, 26th Prime Minister of Australia

1957- Penny Smith -English journalist and actress

1958- Bruno Fitoussi -French poker player and architect

1958- Rick Mahorn -American basketball player and coach

1958- Simon Mayo -English radio host

1959- Crin Antonescu -Romanian politician, President of Romania

1959- Dave Coulier -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1959- Danny Cox -English-American baseball player and coach

1959- Corinne Drewery -English singer-songwriter (Swing Out Sister and Working Week (band)|Working Week)

1959- André Hennicke -German actor and screenwriter

1960- David James Elliott -Canadian-American actor and director

1960- Kelley Eskridge -American author

1960- Sikandar Sanam -Pakistani actor and singer (d. 2012)

1960- Graham Southern -English art dealer and gallery owner

1961- Billy Collins, Jr. -American boxer (d. 1984)

1961- Dan Borislow -American businessman, invented the magicJack (d. 2014)

1961- Nancy Travis -American actress

1962- Rob Morrow -American actor, singer, and director

1963- Curtly Ambrose -Antiguan cricketer and bass player

1963- Cecil Fielder -American baseball player and manager

1963- Angus Macfadyen -Scottish actor

1963- Mamoru Samuragochi -Japanese composer

1964- Jorge Drexler -Uruguayan singer-songwriter and actor

1964- Lester Quitzau -Canadian guitarist

1965- Frédéric Beigbeder -French author and critic

1965- Cheryl Hines -American actress, director, and producer

1965- Juanjo Mena -Spanish conductor

1965- Johanna Vuoksenmaa -Finnish director and screenwriter

1965- David Wenham -Australian actor and producer

1966- Kerrin Lee-Gartner -Canadian skier

1966- Ronna Reeves -American singer

1967- Glen Benton -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Deicide (band)|Deicide and Vital Remains)

1967- Faith Hill -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1967- Suman Pokhrel -Nepali poet and songwriter

1967- Tyler Stewart -Canadian drummer (Barenaked Ladies)

1968- David Jude Jolicoeur -American rapper and producer (De La Soul)

1968- Ricki Lake -American actress, producer, and talk show host

1969- Anne Burrell -American chef and television host

1969- Jason Christiansen -American baseball player

1969- Curtis Leschyshyn -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1970- John Cudia -American actor

1970- Melissa Ferrick -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970- James Lesure -American actor

1970- Samantha Power -Irish-American journalist, academic, and diplomat, 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1971- John Crawley -English cricketer and academic

1971- Alfonso Ribeiro -American actor and director

1971- David Vetter -American victim of Severe combined immunodeficiency|SCID (d. 1984)

1971- Luke Wilson -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1972- Olivia Bonamy -French actress

1972- Liam Gallagher -English singer-songwriter (Oasis (band)|Oasis, Beady Eye, The Rain)

1972- Jon Kitna -American football player and coach

1972- David Silveria -American drummer and songwriter (Korn and L.A.P.D. (band)|L.A.P.D.)

1972- Scott Spiezio -American baseball player

1973- Heather Brewer -American author

1973- Vanessa Grigoriadis -American journalist and author

1973- Virginia Ruano Pascual -Spanish tennis player

1973- Oswaldo Sánchez -Mexican footballer

1974- Bryce Drew -American basketball player and coach

1974- Taral Hicks -American actress and singer

1974- Jana Kandarr -German tennis player

1974- Andy Todd (footballer born 1974)|Andy Todd -English footballer and manager

1975- Doug Davis (pitcher)|Doug Davis -American baseball player

1976- Jonas Bjerre -Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mew (band)|Mew and Apparatjik)

1976- Poul Hübertz -Danish footballer

1977- Andre Pärn -Estonian basketball player

1977- Brian Tallet -American baseball player

1978- Paulo Costanzo -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1978- Luke Godden -Australian footballer

1978- Doug Howlett -New Zealand rugby player

1978- Mario Miranda (fighter)|Mario Miranda -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1979- James Allan (musician)|James Allan -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Glasvegas)

1979- Bradford Anderson -American actor

1979- Richard Dunne -Irish footballer

1979- Chris Gayle -Jamaican cricketer

1979- Julian Gray -English footballer

1979- Monika Merl -German runner

1979- Jaymee Ong -Australian model and actress

1980- Stacy Clark -American singer-songwriter

1980- Robert Hoffman (actor)|Robert Hoffman -American actor, dancer, and choreographer

1980- Kareena Kapoor Khan -Indian actress and singer

1980- Nyree Kindred -Welsh swimmer

1980- Aleksa Palladino -American actress and singer

1980- Autumn Reeser -American actress

1980- Tomas Scheckter -South African race car driver

1981- Nicole Richie -American actress, singer, fashion designer, and author

1981- Rimi Sen -Indian actress

1982- Eduardo Azevedo -Brazilian race car driver

1982- Marat Izmailov -Russian footballer

1982- Danny Kass -American snowboarder

1982- Parvati Shallow -American reality show contestant, winner of ''Survivor: Micronesia''

1982- Christos Tapoutos -Greek basketball player

1982- Rowan Vine -English footballer

1983- Fernando Cavenaghi -Argentinian footballer

1983- Kristian Gidlund -Swedish drummer and journalist (Sugarplum Fairy) (d. 2013)

1983- Maggie Grace -American actress

1983- Greg Jennings -American football player

1983- Joseph Mazzello -American actor

1983- Anna Meares -Australian cyclist

1984- Ben Wildman-Tobriner -American swimmer

1985- Justin Durant -American football player

1985- Maryam Hassouni -Dutch actress

1986- Faris Badwan -English singer-songwriter (The Horrors and Cat's Eyes)

1986- Lindsey Stirling -American violinist and composer

1987- Jimmy Clausen -American football player

1987- Marcelo Estigarribia -Paraguayan footballer

1987- Murilo Maccari -Brazilian footballer

1987- Ashley Paris -American basketball player

1987- Courtney Paris -American basketball player

1987- Ryan Guzman -American actor

1988- Bilawal Bhutto Zardari -Pakistani politician

1989- Jason Derulo -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1989- Emma Watkins -Australian singer (The Wiggles)

1990- Al-Farouq Aminu -American basketball player

1990- Danny Batth -English footballer

1990- Allison Scagliotti -American actress

1990- Christian Serratos -American actress

1992- Chen (singer)|Chen -South Korean singer (Exo (band)|Exo)

1992- Rodrigo Godínez -Mexican footballer

1994- Ben Proud -English swimmer