This Day in History

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Day History: September-29

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Famous Birthdays


106 BC- Pompey -Roman general and politician (d. 48 BC)

1240- Margaret of England -(d. 1275)

1321- John of Artois, Count of Eu -(d. 1387)

1328- Joan of Kent -(d. 1385)

1511- Michael Servetus -Spanish physician, cartographer, and theologian (d. 1553)

1538- Joan Terès i Borrull -Spanish archbishop (d. 1603)

1547- Miguel de Cervantes -Spanish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1616)

1548- William V, Duke of Bavaria -(d. 1626)

1561- Adriaan van Roomen -Flemish priest and mathematician (d. 1615)

1571- Caravaggio -Italian painter (d. 1610)

1636- Thomas Tenison -English archbishop (d. 1715)

1639- William Russell, Lord Russell -English politician (d. 1683)

1640- Antoine Coysevox -French sculptor (d. 1720)

1674- Jacques-Martin Hotteterre -French flute player and composer (d. 1763)

1678- Adrien Maurice de Noailles -French soldier and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for France (d. 1766)

1691- Richard Challoner -English bishop (d. 1781)

1703- François Boucher -French painter (d. 1770)

1718- Nikita Ivanovich Panin -Russian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Russia (d. 1783)

1725- Robert Clive -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire (d. 1774)

1758- Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson -English admiral (d. 1805)

1766- Charlotte, Princess Royal -of England (d. 1828)

1786- Guadalupe Victoria -Mexican general, lawyer, and politician, 1st President of Mexico (d. 1843)

1803- Mercator Cooper -American captain and explorer (d. 1872)

1803- Jacques Charles François Sturm -French mathematician and theorist (d. 1850)

1808- Henry Bennett (U.S. politician)|Henry Bennett -American lawyer and politician (d. 1868)

1810- Elizabeth Gaskell -English author (d. 1865)

1816- Paul Féval, père -French author and playwright (d. 1887)

1842- Louis J. Weichmann -American clerk, witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1902)

1843- Mikhail Skobelev -Russian general (d. 1882)

1844- Miguel Ángel Juárez Celman -Argentinian lawyer and politician, 10th President of Argentina (d. 1909)

1853- Princess Thyra of Denmark -(d. 1933)

1863- Hugo Haase -German lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1919)

1864- Alexandra Kitchin -English model (d. 1925)

1864- Miguel de Unamuno -Spanish philosopher and author (d. 1936)

1866- Mykhailo Hrushevskyi -Ukrainian historian, academic, and politician (d. 1934)

1876- Charlie Llewellyn -South African cricketer (d. 1964)

1879- Marius Jacob -French criminal (d. 1954)

1881- Ludwig von Mises -Austrian-American economist, sociologist and philosopher (d. 1973)

1895- Clarence Ashley -American banjo player and singer (d. 1967)

1895- Joseph Banks Rhine -American botanist and parapsychologist (d. 1980)

1895- Roscoe Turner -American pilot (d. 1970)

1897- Herbert Agar -American journalist and historian (d. 1980)

1898- Trofim Lysenko -Ukrainian-Russian biologist and agronomist (d. 1976)

1899- László Bíró -Hungarian-Argentinian inventor, invented the ballpoint pen (d. 1985)

1899- Billy Butlin -South African-English businessman, founded Butlins (d. 1980)

1901- Lanza del Vasto -Italian poet, philosopher, and activist (d. 1981)

1901- Enrico Fermi -Italian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)

1902- Miguel Alemán Valdés -Mexican lawyer and politician, 46th President of Mexico (d. 1983)

1904- Greer Garson -English-American actress and singer (d. 1996)

1907- Gene Autry -American singer and actor (d. 1998)

1907- George W. Jenkins -American businessman, founded Publix (d. 1996)

1908- Eddie Tolan -American sprinter (d. 1967)

1910- Bill Boyd (musician)|Bill Boyd -American singer and guitarist (d. 1977)

1910- Virginia Bruce -American actress and singer (d. 1982)

1912- Michelangelo Antonioni -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1913- Trevor Howard -English actor (d. 1988)

1913- Stanley Kramer -American director and producer (d. 2001)

1915- Vincent DeDomenico -American businessman, founded the Napa Valley Wine Train (d. 2007)

1915- Oscar Handlin -American historian and academic (d. 2011)

1915- Brenda Marshall -Filipino-American actress and singer (d. 1992)

1916- Carl Giles -English cartoonist (d. 1995)

1919- Vladimír Vašíček -Czech painter (d. 2003)

1919- Kira Zvorykina -Belarusian chess player (d. 2014)

1920- Peter D. Mitchell -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1920- Václav Neumann -Czech violinist and conductor (Smetana Quartet) (d. 1995)

1921- Franny Beecher -American guitarist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 2014)

1921- John Ritchie (composer)|John Ritchie -New Zealand composer and educator (d. 2014)

1921- Albie Roles -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1922- Lizabeth Scott -American actress and singer

1923- Stan Berenstain -American author and illustrator (d. 2005)

1923- Bum Phillips -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1925- Steve Forrest (actor)|Steve Forrest -American actor (d. 2013)

1926- Pete Elliott -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1927- Adhemar da Silva -Brazilian triple jumper (d. 2001)

1927- Pete McCloskey -American colonel and politician

1927- Barbara Mertz -American historian and author (d. 2013)

1928- Eric Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury -English politician

1928- Brajesh Mishra -Indian politician and diplomat, 1st National Security Advisor (India)|Indian National Security Advisor (d. 2012)

1928- Nathan Shamuyarira -Zimbabwean journalist and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Zimbabwe)|Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2014)

1930- Richard Bonynge -Australian pianist and conductor

1930- Colin Dexter -English author and educator

1931- James Cronin -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Anita Ekberg -Swedish model and actress

1931- Paul Oestreicher -German-English priest and theologian

1932- Mehmood Ali -Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 2004)

1932- Robert Benton -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1932- Paul Giel -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2002)

1933- Samora Machel -Mozambican commander and politician, 1st President of Mozambique (d. 1986)

1934- Skandor Akbar -American wrestler and manager (d. 2010)

1934- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi -Hungarian-American psychologist and educator

1934- Lance Gibbs -Guyanese cricketer and manager

1934- Stuart M. Kaminsky -American author and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1935- Mylène Demongeot -French actress

1935- Jerry Lee Lewis -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1936- Silvio Berlusconi -Italian businessman and politician, 50th Prime Minister of Italy

1936- James Fogle -American author (d. 2012)

1936- Alla Demidova -Russian actress

1936- Hal Trosky, Jr. -American baseball player (d. 2012)

1938- Dave Harper (footballer)|Dave Harper -English footballer (d. 2013)

1938- Wim Kok -Dutch union leader and politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

1939- Fikret Abdić -Bosnian economist and politician

1939- Jim Baxter -Scottish footballer (d. 2001)

1939- Tommy Boyce -American songwriter (d. 1994)

1939- Dan Crary -American singer and guitarist

1939- Molly Haskell -American author and critic

1939- Larry Linville -American actor (d. 2000)

1939- Rhodri Morgan -Welsh politician, 2nd First Minister of Wales

1940- Nicola Di Bari -Italian singer-songwriter and actor

1940- Brute Force (musician)|Brute Force -American singer-songwriter

1940- Carlos Morales Troncoso -Dominican politician, 34th List of Vice Presidents of the Dominican Republic|Vice President of the Dominican Republic (d. 2014)

1941- Fred West -English serial killer (d. 1995)

1942- Felice Gimondi -Italian cyclist

1942- Madeline Kahn -American actress and singer (d. 1999)

1942- Ian McShane -English actor, director, and producer

1942- Bill Nelson -American captain and politician

1942- Jean-Luc Ponty -French violinist and composer (Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever)

1942- Janet Powell -Australian educator and politician (d. 2013)

1942- Steve Tesich -Serbian-American screenwriter and playwright (d. 1996)

1943- Mohammad Khatami -Iranian scholar and politician, 5th President of Iran

1943- Gary Boyd Roberts -American genealogist and author

1943- Lech Wałęsa -Polish electrician and politician, 2nd President of Poland, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1944- Mike Post -American composer and producer

1945- Kyriakos Sfetsas -Greek composer and poet

1946- Patricia Hodge -English actress

1946- Ian Wallace (drummer)|Ian Wallace -English drummer (King Crimson and Crimson Jazz Trio) (d. 2007)

1947- Martin Ferrero -American actor

1947- Ülo Kaevats -Estonian philosopher, academic, and politician

1947- Gary Wetzel -American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient

1948- Yelena Drapeko -Kazakhstani-Russian actress

1948- Mark Farner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Grand Funk Railroad and Terry Knight and the Pack)

1948- Bryant Gumbel -American journalist and sportscaster

1948- Theo Jörgensmann -German clarinet player and composer (German Clarinet Duo, Clarinet Contrast, and Klarinettenquartett Cl-4)

1948- Mike Pinera -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Blues Image, Iron Butterfly, Cactus (band)|Cactus, and Ramatam)

1949- George Dalaras -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950- Ken Macha -American baseball player and manager

1951- Michelle Bachelet -Chilean physician and politician, 34th President of Chile

1951- Pier Luigi Bersani -Italian politician, 6th List of Presidents of Emilia-Romagna|President of Emilia-Romagna

1951- Andrés Caicedo -Colombian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1977)

1951- Maureen Caird -Australian-New Zealand hurdler

1951- Mike Enriquez -Filipino journalist

1952- Roy Campbell, Jr. -American trumpet player (d. 2014)

1952- Gábor Csupó -Hungarian-American animator, director, and producer, co-founded Klasky Csupo

1952- Richard Hodges (archaeologist)|Richard Hodges -English archaeologist and academic

1952- Max Sandlin -American lawyer, judge, and politician

1952- Takanosato Toshihide -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 59th Yokozuna (sumo)|Yokozuna (d. 2011)

1953- Warren Cromartie -American baseball player, coach, and radio host

1953- Richard Grusin -American author and scholar

1953- Drake Hogestyn -American actor

1953- Jean-Claude Lauzon -Canadian director and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1953- Lawrence Reed -American economist and author

1954- Uwe Jahn -German footballer and manager

1954- Mark Mitchell (actor)|Mark Mitchell -Australian actor

1955- Ann Bancroft -American explorer and author

1955- Gareth Davies (rugby player born 1955)|Gareth Davies -Welsh rugby player and academic

1955- Benoît Ferreux -French actor and director

1955- Ken Weatherwax -American actor

1956- Sebastian Coe -English sprinter and politician

1956- Suzzy Roche -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (The Roches)

1957- Chris Broad -English cricketer and referee

1957- Andrew Dice Clay -American comedian and actor

1957- Sokratis Malamas -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1957- Mark Nicholas -English cricketer and sportscaster

1960- Julian Armour -American-Canadian cellist

1960- Kenneth Hansen (rallycross)|Kenneth Hansen -Swedish race car driver

1960- Alan McGee -Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Biff Bang Pow!)

1960- John Paxson -American basketball player and coach

1960- David Sammartino -American wrestler

1960- Andy Slaughter -English politician

1960- Carol Welsman -Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

1961- Julia Gillard -Welsh-Australian politician, 27th Prime Minister of Australia

1961- Stephanie Miller -American comedian and radio host

1962- Roger Bart -American actor and singer

1963- Dave Andreychuk -Canadian ice hockey player

1963- Les Claypool -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Primus (band)|Primus, Blind Illusion, Oysterhead, and Sausage (band)|Sausage)

1964- Jeanna Fine -American porn actress and dancer

1964- Brad Lohaus -American basketball player

1966- Hersey Hawkins -American basketball player and coach

1966- Jill Whelan -American actress and radio host

1967- Brett Anderson -English singer-songwriter (Suede (band)|Suede and The Tears)

1968- Patrick Burns (paranormal investigator)|Patrick Burns -American paranormal investigator

1968- Luke Goss -English singer, producer, and actor (Bros)

1968- Matt Goss -English singer-songwriter (Bros)

1968- Alex Skolnick -American guitarist (Alex Skolnick Trio, Testament (band)|Testament, Savatage, and Stratospheerius)

1968- Samir Soni -English-Indian model and actor

1969- Sabrina (Greek singer)|Sabrina -Zimbabwean-Greek singer

1969- Jon Auer -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Posies, Big Star, Sky Cries Mary and The Squirrels)

1969- Angelo Barretto -Filipino race car driver

1969- Erika Eleniak -American model and actress

1969- DeVante Swing -American singer-songwriter, and producer (Jodeci)

1969- Aleks Syntek -Mexican singer-songwriter and producer

1970- AMG (rapper)|AMG -American rapper

1970- Emily Lloyd -English actress

1970- Nicolás Pereira -Uruguayan-Venezuelan tennis player

1970- Russell Peters -Canadian comedian, actor, and producer

1970- Yoshihiro Tajiri -Japanese wrestler

1970- Natasha Gregson Wagner -American actress

1971- Tanoka Beard -American basketball player

1971- Mackenzie Crook -English actor and screenwriter

1971- Sibel Tüzün -Turkish singer-songwriter

1972- Oliver Gavin -English race car driver

1972- Togi Makabe -Japanese wrestler

1972- Robert Webb -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1973- Foivos Delivorias -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973- Joe Hulbig -American ice hockey player

1973- Shannon Larratt -Canadian publisher, founded ''BMEzine'' (d. 2013)

1973- Athanasios Michalopoulos -Greek volleyball player

1973- Scout Niblett -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1974- Brian Ash -American screenwriter and producer

1974- Alexis Cruz -American actor

1975- Albert Celades -Spanish footballer and manager

1975- Ava Vincent -American porn actress and model

1976- Darren Byfield -English-Jamaican footballer

1976- Kelvin Davis -English footballer

1976- Óscar Sevilla -Spanish cyclist

1976- Andriy Shevchenko -Ukrainian footballer and politician

1977- Eric Barton -American football player

1977- Wade Brookbank -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Debelah Morgan -American singer-songwriter

1977- Jake Westbrook -American baseball player

1978- Mohini Bhardwaj -American gymnast

1978- Gunner McGrath -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Much the Same)

1978- Kurt Nilsen -Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979- Takumi Beppu -Japanese cyclist

1979- Artika Sari Devi -Indonesian model and actress

1979- Shelley Duncan -American baseball player

1979- Jaime Lozano -Mexican footballer

1980- Patrick Agyemang -English footballer

1980- Dallas Green (musician)|Dallas Green -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alexisonfire, City and Colour, and You+Me)

1980- Zachary Levi -American actor and director

1981- Aris Galanopoulos -Greek footballer

1981- Leonid Gulov -Estonian rower

1981- Siarhei Rutenka -Belarusian-Spanish handball player

1981- Shane Smeltz -German-New Zealand footballer

1982- Matt Giteau -Australian rugby player

1982- Ariana Jollee -American porn actress and director

1982- Lauren Pope -English DJ, producer, and actress

1982- Amy Williams -English Skeleton (sport)|skeleton racer

1983- Lisette Oropesa -American soprano

1984- Lisa Gormley -English-Australian actress

1984- Per Mertesacker -German footballer

1984- Isha Sharvani -Indian actress and dancer

1985- Calvin Johnson -American football player

1985- Niklas Moisander -Finnish footballer

1985- Dani Pedrosa -Spanish motorcycle racer

1986- Lisa Foiles -American actress and journalist

1986- Mark Fraser (ice hockey)|Mark Fraser -Canadian ice hockey player

1986- Matt Lashoff -American ice hockey player

1986- Isaac Makwala -Botswana sprinter

1986- Benoît Pouliot -Canadian ice hockey player

1987- David Del Rio -American actor

1988- Kevin Durant -American basketball player

1988- Justin Nozuka -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1989- Theo Adams -English photographer and director

1989- Adore Delano -American drag queen performer and singer

1989- Aaron Martin (footballer)|Aaron Martin -English footballer

1989- Andrea Poli -Italian footballer

1990- Doug Brochu -American actor

1990- Joosep Laiksoo -Estonian race car driver

1990- Lena Wermelt -German footballer

1991- Adem Ljajić -Serbian footballer

1993- Viktor Romanenkov -Estonian figure skater

1995- Alice Matteucci -Italian tennis player