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Day History: November-22

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Famous Birthdays


1515- Mary of Guise -(d. 1560)

1564- Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Kent (d. 1610)

1602- Elisabeth of France (1602–1644)|Elisabeth of France -(d. 1644)

1635- Francis Willughby -English ornithologist and ichthyologist (d. 1672)

1690- François Colin de Blamont -French pianist and composer (d. 1760)

1698- Pierre de Rigaud, Marquis de Vaudreuil-Cavagnial -Canadian-American politician, 10th List of colonial governors of Louisiana|Governor of Louisiana (d. 1778)

1709- Franz Benda -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1786)

1710- Wilhelm Friedemann Bach -German organist and composer (d. 1784)

1721- Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres -Swiss-Canadian cartographer and politician, List of lieutenant governors of Nova Scotia|Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (d. 1824)

1722- Hryhorii Skovoroda -Ukrainian philosopher, poet, and composer (d. 1794)

1744- Abigail Adams -American wife of John Adams, 2nd List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States (d. 1818)

1766- Charlotte von Lengefeld -German author (d. 1826)

1767- Andreas Hofer -Austrian innkeeper and activist (d. 1810)

1780- José Cecilio del Valle -Honduran journalist, lawyer, and politician, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (Mexico)|Foreign Minister of Mexico (d. 1834)

1787- Rasmus Rask -Danish linguist, philologist, and scholar (d. 1823)

1808- Thomas Cook -English businessman, founded Thomas Cook Group (d. 1892)

1814- Serranus Clinton Hastings -American lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Justice of California (d. 1893)

1819- George Eliot -English journalist, author, and poet (d. 1880)

1824- Georg von Oettingen -Estonian-German physician and ophthalmologist (d. 1916)

1845- Aleksander Kunileid -Estonian composer (d. 1875)

1849- Christian Rohlfs -German painter (d. 1938)

1852- Paul-Henri-Benjamin d'Estournelles de Constant -French politician and diplomat, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)

1856- Heber J. Grant -American religious leader, 7th List of presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1945)

1861- Ranavalona III -of Madagascar (d. 1917)

1868- John Nance Garner -American lawyer and politician, 32nd Vice President of the United States (d. 1967)

1869- André Gide -French author and scholar, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)

1870- Howard Brockway -American pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1951)

1873- Leo Amery -Indian-English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1955)

1873- Alfred Bowerman -English cricketer (d. 1947)

1874- Eugène Balme -French target shooter (d. 1914)

1875- Roscoe Lockwood -American rower (d. 1960)

1876- Percival Proctor Baxter -American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of Maine (d.1969)

1876- Emil Beyer -American gymnast and triathlete (d. 1934)

1877- Endre Ady -Hungarian journalist and poet (d. 1919)

1877- Joan Gamper -Swiss-Spanish footballer, founded FC Barcelona (d. 1930)

1881- Enver Pasha -Ottoman general (d. 1922)

1884- Sulaiman Nadvi -Pakistani historian, author, and scholar (d. 1953)

1890- Charles de Gaulle -French general and politician, 18th List of Presidents of France|President of France (d. 1970)

1893- Harley Earl -American businessman (d. 1969)

1896- David J. Mays -American lawyer and author (d. 1971)

1897- Paul Oswald Ahnert -German astronomer and educator (d. 1989)

1897- Harry Wilson (actor)|Harry Wilson -English-American actor and singer (d. 1987)

1898- Wiley Post -American pilot (d. 1935)

1899- Hoagy Carmichael -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 1981)

1900- Tom Macdonald (writer)|Tom Macdonald -Welsh journalist and author (d. 1980)

1900- Helenka Pantaleoni -American actress and humanitarian, co-founded U.S. Fund for UNICEF (d. 1987)

1901- Joaquín Rodrigo -Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1999)

1902- Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque -French general (d. 1947)

1902- Emanuel Feuermann -Austrian-American cellist and educator (d. 1942)

1902- Humphrey Gibbs -English-Rhodesian politician, 15th Governor of Southern Rhodesia (d. 1990)

1902- Albert Leduc -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1990)

1904- Louis Néel -French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1904- Fumio Niwa -Japanese author (d. 2005)

1909- Mikhail Mil -Russian engineer, founded the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant (d. 1970)

1910- Mary Jackson (actress)|Mary Jackson -American actress (d. 2005)

1912- Doris Duke -American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist

1913- Benjamin Britten -English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1976)

1913- Cecilia Muñoz-Palma -Filipino lawyer and jurist (d. 2006)

1913- Gardnar Mulloy -American tennis player and coach

1914- Peter Townsend (RAF officer)|Peter Townsend -Burmese-English captain and pilot (d. 1995)

1917- Jon Cleary -Australian author and playwright (d. 2010)

1917- Andrew Huxley -English physiologist and biophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1918- Claiborne Pell -American captain and politician (d. 2009)

1919- Máire Drumm -Irish politician and activist (d. 1976)

1920- Anne Crawford -Israeli-English actress (d. 1956)

1921- Brian Cleeve -Irish sailor, author, and playwright (d. 2003)

1921- Rodney Dangerfield -American comedian, actor, rapper, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1922- Fikret Amirov -Azerbaijani composer (d. 1984)

1922- Wiyogo Atmodarminto -Indonesian general and politician, 10th List of Governors of Jakarta|Governor of Jakarta (d. 2012)

1922- Eugene Stoner -American weapons designers, designed the AR-15|AR-15 rifle (d. 1997)

1923- Arthur Hiller -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1923- Dika Newlin -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2006)

1924- Geraldine Page -American actress and singer (d. 1987)

1925- Jerrie Mock -American pilot (d. 2014)

1925- Gunther Schuller -American horn player, composer, and conductor

1926- Gene Berce -American basketball player

1926- Lew Burdette -American baseball player and coach (d. 2007)

1926- Arthur Jones (inventor)|Arthur Jones -American businessman, founded Nautilus, Inc. and MedX Corporation (d. 2007)

1927- Steven Muller -German-American scholar and academic (d. 2013)

1928- Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley -English priest and politician (d. 2008)

1929- Staughton Lynd -American lawyer, historian, author, and activist

1930- Peter Hall (director)|Peter Hall -English actor, director, and manager

1930- Peter Hurford -English organist and composer

1932- Robert Vaughn -American actor and director

1932- Keith Wickenden -English politician (d. 1983)

1934- Rita Sakellariou -Greek singer (d. 1999)

1936- Joachim Bißmeier -German actor

1936- John Bird (actor)|John Bird -English actor and screenwriter

1938- John Eleuthère du Pont -American businessman, founded Delaware Museum of Natural History (d. 2010)

1938- Henry Lee (forensic scientist)|Henry Lee -Chinese-American criminologist and academic

1939- Allen Garfield -American actor

1939- Tom West -American engineer and author (d. 2011)

1939- Mulayam Singh Yadav -Indian politician, 24th Minister of Defence (India)|Indian Minister of Defence

1940- Terry Gilliam -American-English actor, director, animator, and screenwriter

1940- Roy Thomas -American author

1941- Tom Conti -Scottish actor and director

1941- Jacques Laperrière -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1941- Volker Roemheld -German physiologist and biologist (d. 2013)

1941- Terry Stafford -American singer-songwriter (d. 1996)

1941- Jesse Colin Young -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Youngbloods)

1942- Guion Bluford -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1943- Yvan Cournoyer -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1943- Billie Jean King -American tennis player and sportscaster

1943- Roger L. Simon -American author and screenwriter

1945- Elaine Weyuker -American software engineer

1946- Aston Barrett -Jamaican bass player and songwriter (The Wailers Band and Bob Marley & The Wailers)

1947- Sandy Alderson -American businessman

1947- Rod Price -English guitarist and songwriter (Foghat) (d. 2005)

1947- Paloma San Basilio -Spanish singer-songwriter and producer

1947- Salt Walther -American race car driver (d. 2012)

1947- Valerie Wilson Wesley -American journalist and author

1948- Radomir Antić -Serbian footballer and manager

1948- Stewart Guthrie -New Zealand police officer (d. 1990)

1949- Richard Carmona -American physician and politician, 17th Surgeon General of the United States

1949- David Pietrusza -American historian and author

1949- Andres Põder -Estonian archbishop

1950- Lyman Bostock -American baseball player (d. 1978)

1950- Jim Jefferies (footballer)|Jim Jefferies -Scottish footballer and manager

1950- Wayne Larkins -English cricketer and footballer

1950- Art Sullivan -Belgian singer

1950- Steven Van Zandt -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (E Street Band, Steel Mill, and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)

1950- Tina Weymouth -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club)

1951- Kent Nagano -American conductor, director, and manager

1953- Urmas Alender -Estonian singer (Propeller (band)|Propeller and Ruja) (d. 1994)

1955- James Edwards (basketball)|James Edwards -American basketball player

1956- Lawrence Gowan -Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Styx (band)|Styx)

1956- Richard Kind -American actor

1956- Ron Randall -American author and illustrator

1957- Donny Deutsch -American businessman and television host

1958- Horse (musician)|Horse -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958- Jamie Lee Curtis -American actress

1958- Lee Guetterman -American baseball player

1958- Bruce Payne -English actor

1959- Eddie Frierson -American actor

1959- Frank McAvennie -Scottish footballer

1959- Fabio Parra -Colombian cyclist

1959- Lenore Zann -Australian-Canadian actress, singer, and politician

1960- Jim Bob -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Carter USM)

1960- Leos Carax -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1961- Mariel Hemingway -American actress

1961- Stephen Hough -English-Australian pianist and composer

1961- Randal L. Schwartz -American computer programmer and author

1962- Sumi Jo -South Korean soprano

1962- Victor Pelevin -Russian author

1962- Rezauddin Stalin -Bangladeshi poet

1963- Winsor Harmon -American actor

1963- Hugh Millen -American football player and sportscaster

1963- Tony Mowbray -English footballer and manager

1963- Kennedy Pola -Samoan-American football player and coach

1963- Brian Robbins -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1963- Corinne Russell -English model, actress, and dancer

1964- Robbie Slater -English-Australian footballer and sportscaster

1965- Jörg Jung -German footballer and manager

1965- Kathrine Narducci -American actress

1965- Valeriya Gansvind -Estonian chess player

1965- Kristin Minter -American actress

1965- Mads Mikkelsen -Danish actor

1965- Peter Safran -English-American producer and manager

1966- Ed Ferrara -American wrestler and manager

1966- Mark Pritchard (politician)|Mark Pritchard -English politician

1966- Richard Stanley (film director)|Richard Stanley -South African director, producer, and screenwriter

1966- Michael K. Williams -American actor

1967- Boris Becker -German-Swiss tennis player

1967- Quint Kessenich -American lacrosse player and sportscaster

1967- Mark Ruffalo -American actor and producer

1967- Bart Veldkamp -Dutch-Belgian speed skater

1968- Sidse Babett Knudsen -Danish actress

1968- Rasmus Lerdorf -Greenlandic-Canadian computer programmer, created PHP

1968- Sarah MacDonald (musician)|Sarah MacDonald -Canadian organist and conductor

1969- Byron Houston -American basketball player

1969- Marjane Satrapi -Iranian author and illustrator

1970- Marvan Atapattu -Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

1970- Stel Pavlou -English author and screenwriter

1971- Cath Bishop -English rower

1971- Cecilia Suárez -Mexican actress

1972- Russell Hoult -English footballer, coach, and manager

1972- Jay Payton -American baseball player

1973- Dmitri Linter -Russian-Estonian activist

1973- Chad Trujillo -American astronomer

1974- Joe Nathan -American baseball player

1974- David Pelletier -Canadian figure skater

1975- aiko (singer)|Aiko -Japanese singer-songwriter

1976- Adrian Bakalli -Belgian footballer

1976- Torsten Frings -German footballer and coach

1976- Regina Halmich -German boxer

1976- Ville Valo -Finnish singer-songwriter (HIM (Finnish band)|HIM)

1977- Sydney Blu -Canadian DJ and producer

1977- Annika Norlin -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hello Saferide)

1977- Michael Preston (footballer)|Michael Preston -English footballer

1978- Mélanie Doutey -French actress

1978- Karen O -South Korean-American singer-songwriter and pianist (Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Native Korean Rock)

1979- Chris Doran -Irish singer

1979- Christian Terlizzi -Italian footballer

1980- David Artell -English footballer

1980- Shawn Fanning -American businessman, founded Napster

1980- Rait Keerles -Estonian basketball player

1980- Yaroslav Rybakov -Russian high jumper

1981- Ben Adams -English-Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (A1 (band)|A1)

1981- Seweryn Gancarczyk -Polish footballer

1981- Pape Sow -Senegalese basketball player

1981- Jenny Owen Youngs -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1981- Song Hye-kyo -South Korean actress

1982- Yakubu Aiyegbeni -Nigerian footballer

1982- Charlene Choi -Canadian-Hong Kong singer and actress (Twins (group)|Twins)

1982- Alasdair Duncan -Australian journalist and author

1982- Isild Le Besco -French actress, director, and screenwriter

1982- Fiona Glascott -Irish actress

1982- Steve Angello -Greek-Swedish disc jockey, record producer and record label owner

1983- Corey Beaulieu -American guitarist and songwriter (Trivium (band)|Trivium)

1983- Tyler Hilton -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1983- Peter Ramage -English footballer

1984- Scarlett Johansson -American actress and singer

1985- Ava Leigh -British reggae singer

1985- Austin Brown -American singer-songwriter

1985- Asamoah Gyan -Ghanaian footballer

1985- Mandy Minella -Luxembourgian tennis player

1985- James Roby -English rugby player

1985- DeVon Walker -American football player

1986- Oscar Pistorius -South African sprinter

1987- Martti Aljand -Estonian swimmer

1987- Marouane Fellaini -Belgian footballer

1988- Jamie Campbell Bower -English actor

1988- Jyoti Guptara -English-Swiss journalist and author

1988- Suresh Guptara -English-Swiss author

1988- Austin Romine -American baseball player

1989- Candice Glover -American singer-songwriter

1989- Chris Smalling -English footballer

1989- Gabriel Torje -Romanian footballer

1990- Jang Dong-woo -South Korean singer, dancer and rapper (Infinite (band)|Infinite) and (Infinite H)

1991- Diana Danielle -American-Malaysian actress and artiste

1991- Saki Shimizu -Japanese singer (Berryz Kobo, ZYX, and High-King)

1993- Adèle Exarchopoulos -French actress

1996- Madison Davenport -American actress and singer

1996- Mackenzie Lintz -American actress

2008- Zeus (dog)|Zeus -American dog (d. 2014)