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Day History: September-30

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Famous Birthdays


1207- Rumi -Persian mystic and poet (d. 1273)

1227- Pope Nicholas IV -(d. 1292)

1530- Girolamo Mercuriale -Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)

1550- Michael Maestlin -German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1631)

1689- Jacques Aubert -French violinist and composer (d. 1753)

1700- Stanisław Konarski -Polish monk, poet, and playwright (d. 1773)

1710- John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1771)

1715- Étienne Bonnot de Condillac -French epistemologist and philosopher (d. 1780)

1732- Jacques Necker -Swiss-French politician, List of Prime Ministers of France|Prime Minister of France (d. 1804)

1743- Christian Ehregott Weinlig -German cantor and composer (d. 1813)

1765- José María Morelos -Mexican general (d. 1815)

1800- Decimus Burton -English architect, designed the Pharos Lighthouse (Fleetwood)|Pharos Lighthouse (d. 1881)

1801- Jerónimo Espejo -Argentinian general (d. 1889)

1811- Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach -(d. 1890)

1813- John Rae (explorer)|John Rae -Scottish physician and explorer (d. 1893)

1827- Ellis H. Roberts -American politician, 20th Treasurer of the United States (d. 1918)

1832- Ann Jarvis -American activist, co-founded Mother's Day (United States)|Mother's Day (d. 1905)

1852- Charles Villiers Stanford -Irish composer, conductor, and educator (d. 1924)

1861- William Wrigley, Jr. -American businessman, founded Wrigley Company (d. 1932)

1870- Thomas W. Lamont -American banker and philanthropist (d. 1948)

1870- Jean Baptiste Perrin -French-American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)

1882- Hans Geiger -German physicist and academic (d. 1945)

1883- Bernhard Rust -German politician (d. 1945)

1887- Lil Dagover -Indonesian-German actress (d. 1980)

1893- Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer -American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (d. 1964)

1895- Lewis Milestone -Moldovan-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1980)

1897- Gaspar Cassadó -Spanish cellist and composer (d. 1966)

1897- Alfred Wintle -Russian-English soldier and politician (d. 1966)

1898- Renée Adorée -French-American actress (d. 1933)

1898- Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois -(d. 1977)

1898- Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire|Edgar Parin d'Aulaire -German-American author and illustrator (d. 1986)

1898- Orestis Makris -Greek actor and tenor (d. 1975)

1901- Thelma Terry -American bassist and bandleader (d. 1966)

1904- Waldo Williams -Welsh poet and academic (d. 1971)

1905- Nevill Francis Mott -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1905- Michael Powell -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1906- Mireille Hartuch -French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1996)

1908- David Oistrakh -Ukrainian-Russian violinist (d. 1974)

1910- Jussi Kekkonen -Finnish soldier (d. 1962)

1912- Kenny Baker (American performer)|Kenny Baker -American singer and actor (d. 1985)

1913- Bill Walsh (producer)|Bill Walsh -American screenwriter and producer (d. 1975)

1915- Lester Maddox -American politician, 75th Governor of Georgia (d. 2003)

1917- Yuri Lyubimov -Russian actor and director (d. 2014)

1917- Buddy Rich -American drummer, bandleader, and actor (d. 1987)

1918- Lewis Nixon (United States Army officer)|Lewis Nixon -American captain (d. 1995)

1918- René Rémond -French historian and economist (d. 2007)

1919- Roberto Bonomi -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1992)

1919- William L. Guy -American lieutenant and politician, 26th Governor of North Dakota (d. 2013)

1919- Patricia Neway -American soprano and actress (d. 2012)

1920- Aldo Parisot -Brazilian-American cellist and educator

1921- Deborah Kerr -Scottish-English actress and singer (d. 2007)

1922- Lamont Johnson -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2010)

1922- Hrishikesh Mukherjee -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1922- Alan Stretton -Australian general (d. 2012)

1923- Donald Swann -Welsh-English pianist and composer (Flanders and Swann) (d. 1994)

1924- Truman Capote -American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1924- Nikos Rizos -Greek actor (d. 1999)

1925- Arkady Ostashev -Russian engineer and educator (d. 1998)

1926- Heino Kruus -Estonian basketball player and coach (d. 2012)

1926- Robin Roberts (baseball)|Robin Roberts -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2010)

1927- W. S. Merwin -American poet and author

1928- Elie Wiesel -Romanian-American author, academic, and activist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1928- Ray Willsey -Canadian-American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1929- Carol Fenner -American author and illustrator (d. 2002)

1929- Vassilis Papazachos -Greek seismologist and academic

1931- Angie Dickinson -American actress

1931- Teresa Gorman -English politician

1932- Anthony Hawkins -Australian actor (d. 2013)

1932- Shintaro Ishihara -Japanese author, playwright, and politician, Governor of Tokyo

1932- Johnny Podres -American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)

1933- Michel Aoun -Lebanese general and politician, List of Presidents of Lebanon|President of Lebanon

1933- Ben Cooper -American actor

1933- Cissy Houston -American singer (Sweet Inspirations and The Drinkard Singers)

1933- Barbara Knox -English actress

1934- Alan A'Court -English footballer and manager (d. 2009)

1934- Udo Jürgens -Austrian singer-songwriter and pianist

1934- Anna Kashfi -Indian-Welsh actress

1935- Z. Z. Hill -American singer and guitarist (d. 1984)

1935- Johnny Mathis -American singer-songwriter and actor

1936- Jim Sasser -American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Ambassador to China

1937- Jurek Becker -Polish-German author (d. 1997)

1937- Valentyn Sylvestrov -Ukrainian pianist and composer

1937- Gary Hocking -Rhodesian motorcycle racer (d. 1962)

1938- Alan Hacker -English clarinet player and educator (d. 2012)

1939- Len Cariou -Canadian actor and singer

1939- Anthony Green (painter)|Anthony Green -English painter

1939- Jean-Marie Lehn -French chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1940- Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury -English academic and politician, Leader of the House of Lords

1940- Harry Jerome -Canadian sprinter (d. 1982)

1940- Dewey Martin (musician)|Dewey Martin -Canadian-American drummer (Buffalo Springfield and The Standells) (d. 2009)

1941- Samuel F. Pickering, Jr. -American author and educator

1941- Kamalesh Sharma -Indian academic and diplomat, 5th Commonwealth Secretary General

1941- Reine Wisell -Swedish race car driver

1942- Gus Dudgeon -English record producer (d. 2002)

1942- Frankie Lymon -American singer-songwriter (The Teenagers) (d. 1968)

1943- Johann Deisenhofer -German-American biochemist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1943- Marilyn McCoo -American singer and actress (The 5th Dimension)

1943- Philip Moore (organist)|Philip Moore -English organist and composer

1943- Ian Ogilvy -English actor, playwright, and author

1944- Diane Dufresne -Canadian singer and painter

1944- Jimmy Johnstone -Scottish footballer (d. 2006)

1944- Red Robbins -American basketball player (d. 2009)

1945- Bob Lassiter -American radio host (d. 2006)

1945- Ehud Olmert -Israeli lawyer and politician, 12th Prime Minister of Israel

1946- Fran Brill -American actress, singer, and puppeteer

1946- Héctor Lavoe -Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (d. 1993)

1946- Jochen Mass -German race car driver

1946- Paul Sheahan -Australian cricketer and educator

1946- Claude Vorilhon -French journalist, founded Raëlism

1947- Marc Bolan -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (T. Rex (band)|T. Rex and John's Children) (d. 1977)

1947- Rula Lenska -English actress

1948- Craig Kusick -American baseball player and coach (d. 2006)

1950- Laura Esquivel -Mexican author and screenwriter

1950- Victoria Tennant -English actress and dancer

1950- Renato Zero -Italian singer-songwriter and actor

1951- John Lloyd (producer)|John Lloyd -English screenwriter and producer

1951- Barry Marshall -Australian physician and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1951- Simon White -English astrophysicist and academic

1952- John Lombardo -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (10,000 Maniacs and John & Mary)

1952- Jack Wild -English actor and singer (d. 2006)

1952- Al Leong -American stuntman and actor

1952- Andrew Shore -English actor and singer

1953- Matt Abts -American drummer (Gov't Mule)

1953- Deborah Allen -American singer-songwriter and producer

1953- Keith Burnett -Welsh physicist and academic

1953- Hilton Dawson -English politician

1953- S. M. Stirling -French-American author

1954- Basia -Polish singer-songwriter and producer (Perfect (band)|Perfect)

1954- Scott Fields -American guitarist and composer

1954- Patrice Rushen -American singer-songwriter and producer (CAB (band)|CAB)

1954- Barry Williams (actor)|Barry Williams -American actor and singer

1955- Andy Bechtolsheim -German engineer, co-founded Sun Microsystems

1955- Frankie Kennedy -Irish flute player (Altan (band)|Altan) (d. 1994)

1955- Desmond Shawe-Taylor -English historian and academic

1956- Trevor Morgan (footballer)|Trevor Morgan -English footballer and manager

1957- Fran Drescher -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1958- Marty Stuart -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1959- Debrah Farentino -American actress

1959- Ettore Messina -Italian basketball player and coach

1960- Julia Adamson -Canadian-English keyboard player, composer, and producer (The Fall (band)|The Fall)

1960- Nicola Griffith -English author

1960- Miki Howard -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Side Effect)

1960- Blanche Lincoln -American politician

1961- Crystal Bernard -American singer-songwriter and actress

1961- Eric Stoltz -American actor, director, and producer

1961- Mel Stride -English politician

1961- Eric van de Poele -Belgian race car driver

1961- Sally Yeh -Chinese singer and actress

1962- Prosenjit Chatterjee -Indian actor, director, and producer

1962- Marley Marl -American rapper and producer (Juice Crew)

1962- Frank Rijkaard -Dutch footballer and manager

1963- David Barbe -American bass player and producer (Sugar (American band)|Sugar)

1964- Trey Anastasio -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Phish, Oysterhead, Dave Matthews & Friends, Phil Lesh and Friends, Surrender to the Air, and SerialPod)

1964- Monica Bellucci -Italian model and actress

1964- Robby Takac -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Goo Goo Dolls and Amungus)

1965- Omid Djalili -English comedian, actor, and producer

1965- Matt Fallon -American singer-songwriter (Skid Row (American band)|Skid Row and Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax)

1965- Kathleen Madigan -American comedian, actress, and producer

1966- Gary Armstrong -Scottish rugby player

1966- Markus Burger -German pianist, composer, and educator

1966- Kerry G. Johnson -American graphic designer and illustrator

1967- Andrea Roth -Canadian actress

1969- Gintaras Einikis -Lithuanian basketball player

1969- Mark Smith (Gladiator)|Mark Smith -English bodybuilder and actor

1969- Chris Von Erich -American wrestler (d. 1991)

1970- Tony Hale -American actor and producer

1970- Eric Piatkowski -American basketball player and sportscaster

1971- Jenna Elfman -American actress and producer

1972- Shaan (singer)|Shaan -Indian singer and actor

1972- Jamal Anderson -American football player and sportscaster

1972- Ari Behn -Norwegian author

1972- John Campbell (bassist)|John Campbell -American bass player and songwriter (Lamb of God (band)|Lamb of God)

1972- José Lima -Dominican-American baseball player (d. 2010)

1972- Martine Wright -English volleyball player

1974- Jeremy Giambi -American baseball player

1974- Tom Greatrex -English politician

1974- Daniel Wu -American–Hong Kong actor, director, and producer

1975- Jay Asher -American author

1975- Marion Cotillard -French-American actress and singer

1975- Carlos Guillén -Venezuelan baseball player

1975- Sammy Igoe -English footballer

1975- Georges-Alain Jones -French singer and actor

1977- Maia Brewton -American actress

1977- Roy Carroll -Irish footballer and manager

1977- Nick Curran -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) (d. 2012)

1977- Sun Jihai -Chinese footballer

1978- Candice Michelle -American wrestler and actress

1978- Stark Sands -American actor and singer

1978- Róbinson Zapata -Colombian footballer

1979- Cameron Bruce -Australian footballer and coach

1979- Vince Chong -Malaysian singer-songwriter

1979- Clio-Danae Othoneou -Greek actress, singer, and pianist

1979- Andy van der Meyde -Dutch footballer

1980- Martina Hingis -Swiss tennis player

1980- Simon Little -English bass player (The Divine Comedy (band)|The Divine Comedy)

1980- Milagros Sequera -Venezuelan tennis player

1981- Cecelia Ahern -Irish author

1981- Kristina Barrois -German tennis player

1981- Dmytro Boyko -Ukrainian footballer

1981- Dominique Moceanu -American gymnast

1981- Brandon Watson -American baseball player

1982- Lacey Chabert -American actress and singer

1982- Ryane Clowe -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Kieran Culkin -American actor

1982- Ola Jordan -Polish dancer

1982- Tory Lane -American porn actress and director

1982- Michelle Marsh -English model and singer

1982- Teal Redmann -American actress

1982- Seth Smith -American baseball player

1982- Yan Stastny -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Ryan Stout -American comedian and television host

1982- Li Xiaolu -Chinese actress

1983- Adam Jones (American football)|Adam Jones -American football player

1983- Andreea Răducan -Romanian gymnast

1984- Keisha Buchanan -English singer-songwriter (Sugababes and Mutya Keisha Siobhan)

1984- Georgios Eleftheriou -Greek footballer

1984- Renee Richards (pornographic actress)|Renee Richards -English porn actress

1985- T-Pain -American rapper, producer, and actor

1985- Adam Cooney -Australian footballer

1985- Téa Obreht -Serbian-American author

1985- Cristian Rodríguez -Uruguayan footballer

1986- Olivier Giroud -French footballer

1986- Martin Guptill -New Zealand cricketer

1986- Quinn Johnson -American football player

1986- Cemil Mengi -Turkish footballer

1986- Rene Ranger -New Zealand rugby player

1986- Cristián Zapata -Colombian footballer

1987- Lauren Holiday -American soccer player

1987- Elanne Kong -Hong Kong actress and singer

1987- Denise Laurel -Filipino actress and singer

1988- Eglė Staišiūnaitė -Lithuanian hurdler

1989- André Weis -German footballer

1992- Bria Hartley -American basketball player

1992- Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul -Thai actress

1993- Jovana Jakšić -Serbian tennis player

1994- Aliya Mustafina -Russian gymnast

1997- Max Verstappen -Dutch race car driver

2002- Maddie Ziegler -American dancer and actress