This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1242- Beatrice of England -(d. 1275)

1328- William de Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury -English commander (d. 1397)

1373- Joanna II of Naples -(d. 1435)

1560- Wilhelm Fabry -German surgeon (d. 1634)

1612- John Albert Vasa -Polish cardinal (d. 1634)

1709- Francesco Araja -Italian composer (d. 1762)

1715- Joseph Foullon de Doué -French politician, Controller-General of Finances (d. 1789)

1755- Natalia Alexeievna of Russia -(d. 1776)

1799- David Douglas -Scottish-English botanist and explorer (d. 1834)

1814- Gabriel Auguste Daubrée -French geologist (d. 1896)

1852- Antoni Gaudí -Spanish architect, designed the Park Güell (d. 1926)

1858- Georges Courteline -French author and playwright (d. 1929)

1860- Gustave Charpentier -French composer (d. 1956)

1863- Émile Francqui -Belgian soldier and diplomat (d. 1935)

1864- Walther Nernst -German chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize in chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1884- Géza Gyóni -Hungarian poet (d. 1917)

1884- Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler -German-French art collector and historian (d. 1979)

1886- Henry H. Arnold -American general (d. 1950)

1887- George Abbott -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1887- Frigyes Karinthy -Hungarian author, poet, and journalist (d. 1938)

1892- Shirō Ishii -Japanese microbiologist and general (d. 1959)

1894- Hermann Oberth -Romanian-German physicist and engineer (d. 1989)

1900- Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma -English admiral and politician, 44th Governor-General of India (d. 1979)

1901- Harold Roe Bartle -American politician, 47th List of mayors of Kansas City, Missouri|Mayor of Kansas City (d. 1974)

1902- Prince Chichibu -of Japan (d. 1953)

1903- George Orwell -Indian-American author and critic (d. 1950)

1903- Anne Revere -American actress (d. 1990)

1907- J. Hans D. Jensen -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize for Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1908- Willard Van Orman Quine -American philosopher and academic (d. 2000)

1911- William Howard Stein -American chemist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)

1912- William T. Cahill -American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1996)

1913- Cyril Fletcher -English actor (d. 2005)

1917- Nils Karlsson -Swedish skier (d. 2012)

1918- P. H. Newby -English author (d. 1997)

1921- Celia Franca -English-Canadian ballerina, founded the National Ballet of Canada (d. 2007)

1922- Johnny Smith -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2013)

1923- Sam Francis -American painter (d. 1994)

1923- Dorothy Gilman -American author (d. 2012)

1923- Nicholas Mosley -English author

1924- Sidney Lumet -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1924- Madan Mohan (music director)|Madan Mohan -Iraqi-Indian composer (d. 1975)

1925- Clifton Chenier -American singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 1987)

1925- June Lockhart -American actress

1925- Robert Venturi -American architect and educator

1926- Margaret Anstee -English diplomat

1926- Ingeborg Bachmann -Austrian author and poet (d. 1973)

1927- Antal Róka -Hungarian runner (d. 1970)

1927- Newton Russell -American politician (d. 2013)

1927- Chuck Smith (pastor)|Chuck Smith -American pastor, founded the Calvary Chapel (d. 2013)

1927- Arnold Wolfendale -English astronomer and academic

1928- Peyo -Belgian author and illustrator, created ''The Smurfs'' (d. 1992)

1928- Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1928- Michel Brault -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1928- William Russo (musician)|Bill Russo -American pianist and composer (d. 2003)

1928- Alex Toth -American animator and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1928- Moray Watson -English actor

1929- Eric Carle -American author and illustrator

1929- Francesco Marchisano -Italian cardinal (d. 2014)

1930- George Murdock (actor)|George Murdock -American actor (d. 2012)

1931- V. P. Singh -Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (d. 2008)

1932- Peter Blake (artist)|Peter Blake -English painter

1932- George Sluizer -French-Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1933- James Meredith -American activist

1933- Álvaro Siza Vieira -Portuguese architect, designed the Porto School of Architecture

1934- Jean Geissinger -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1934- Jack W. Hayford -American minister and author

1934- Beatriz Sheridan -Mexican actress and director (d. 2006)

1935- Charles Sheffield -English-American mathematician, physicist, and author (d. 2002)

1935- Tony Lanfranchi -English race car driver (d. 2004)

1936- B. J. Habibie -Indonesian engineer and politician, 3rd President of Indonesia

1936- Bert Hölldobler -German biologist and author

1935- Eddie Floyd -American singer-songwriter (The Falcons)

1937- Derek Foster, Baron Foster of Bishop Auckland -English politician

1937- Doreen Wells -English ballerina and actress

1939- Allen Fox -American tennis player

1940- Mary Beth Peil -American actress and singer

1940- A. J. Quinnell -English author (d. 2005)

1940- Clint Warwick -English bass player (The Moody Blues) (d. 2004)

1941- Denys Arcand -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1941- Eddie Large -Scottish comedian and actor

1941- Roy Marsden -English actor

1942- Patricia Brake -English actress

1942- Nikiforos Diamandouros -Greek academic and politician

1942- Willis Reed -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1942- Michel Tremblay -Canadian author and playwright

1944- Robert Charlebois -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1945- Gary David Goldberg -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1945- Carly Simon -American singer-songwriter and actress (Elephant's Memory and The Simon Sisters)

1945- Philip Watts -English priest

1946- Roméo Dallaire -Dutch-Canadian general and politician

1946- Allen Lanier -American guitarist and songwriter (Blue Öyster Cult) (d. 2013)

1946- Ian McDonald (musician)|Ian McDonald -English guitarist and saxophonist (King Crimson and Foreigner (band)|Foreigner)

1947- John Hilton (table tennis)|John Hilton -English table tennis player

1947- John Powell (athlete)|John Powell -American discus thrower

1947- Jimmie Walker -American actor

1949- Richard Clarke (bishop)|Richard Clarke -Irish archbishop

1949- Patrick Tambay -French race car driver

1950- Michel Côté (actor)|Michel Côté -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1950- Nitza Saul -Israeli-English actress

1950- Marcello Toninelli -Italian author

1952- Péter Erdő -Hungarian cardinal

1952- Tim Finn -New Zealand singer-songwriter (Finn Brothers, Crowded House, and Split Enz)

1952- Martin Gerschwitz -German singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly)

1952- Alan Green (broadcaster)|Alan Green -Irish sportscaster

1953- Olivier Ameisen -French-American cardiologist and educator (d. 2013)

1954- Mariot Leslie -English diplomat

1954- Mario Lessard -Canadian ice hockey player

1954- David Paich -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Toto (band)|Toto)

1954- Daryush Shokof -Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

1954- Sonia Sotomayor -American judge

1955- Vic Marks -English cricketer and sportscaster

1956- Anthony Bourdain -American chef and author

1956- Frank Paschek -German long jumper

1956- Boris Trajkovski -Macedonian politician, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)

1957- Greg Millen -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1959- Lutz Dombrowski -German long jumper

1959- Jari Puikkonen -Finnish ski jumper

1959- Paris Themmen -American actor

1960- Alastair Bruce -English journalist and author

1960- Craig Johnston -South African-Australian footballer

1960- Brian Hayward -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1961- Timur Bekmambetov -Kazakh director, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Brian Coleman -English politician

1961- Ricky Gervais -English comedian, actor, director, and producer

1962- Phill Jupitus -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1963- Doug Gilmour -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1963- John Benjamin Hickey -American actor

1963- Yann Martel -Spanish-Canadian author

1963- George Michael -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Wham!)

1963- Jackie Swanson -American actress

1964- Dell Curry -American basketball player and coach

1964- Matt Gallant -American television host

1964- Johnny Herbert -English race car driver

1964- Greg Raymer -American poker player

1964- Emma Suárez -Spanish actress

1966- Dikembe Mutombo -Congolese-American basketball player

1967- Tanel Tuhal -Estonian architect

1968- Vaios Karagiannis -Greek footballer and manager

1969- Hunter Foster -American actor and singer

1969- Zim Zum -American guitarist and songwriter (The Pop Culture Suicides)

1970- Lucy Benjamin -English actress

1970- Ariel Gore -American journalist and author

1970- Roope Latvala -Finnish guitarist (Children of Bodom, Stone (band)|Stone, Sinergy, and Waltari)

1970- Erki Nool -Estonian decathlete and politician

1970- Aaron Sele -American baseball player

1971- Karen Darke -English cyclist and author

1971- Angela Kinsey -American actress

1971- Neil Lennon -Irish footballer and manager

1971- Sébastien Levicq -French decathlete

1971- Jason Lewis (actor)|Jason Lewis -American model and actor

1971- Scott Maslen -English actor

1971- Michael Tucker (baseball)|Michael Tucker -American baseball player

1972- Carlos Delgado -Puerto Rican baseball player and coach

1972- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi -Libyan engineer and politician

1973- René Corbet -Canadian ice hockey player

1973- Milan Hnilička -Czech ice hockey player

1973- Jamie Redknapp -English footballer and coach

1974- Nisha Ganatra -Canadian director, prouder, and screenwriter

1974- Karisma Kapoor -Indian actress

1974- Glen Metropolit -Canadian ice hockey player

1975- Chenoa -Argentinian-Spanish singer

1975- Kiur Aarma -Estonian journalist and guitarist

1975- Linda Cardellini -American actress

1975- Albert Costa -Spanish tennis player

1975- Natasha Klauss -Colombian actress

1975- Vladimir Kramnik -Russian chess player

1975- Michele Merkin -American model and television host

1976- José Cancela -Uruguayan footballer

1976- Iestyn Harris -Welsh rugby player and coach

1976- Carlos Nieto -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1977- Layla El -English wrestler, model, and dancer

1977- Lola Ponce -Argentinian-Italian singer-songwriter and actress

1978- Aramis Ramírez -Dominican-American baseball player

1978- Luke Scott -American baseball player

1978- Aftab Shivdasani -Indian actor and producer

1978- Marcus Stroud -American football player

1978- Chakrit Yamnam -Thai actor

1979- Marko Albert -Estonian triathlete

1979- La La Anthony -American television host and actress

1979- Hirooki Goto -Japanese wrestler

1979- Richard Hughes (footballer)|Richard Hughes -Scottish footballer

1979- Busy Philipps -American actress

1980- Maja Latinović -Serbian model

1980- Nozomi Takeuchi -Japanese actress and singer

1981- Simon Ammann -Swiss ski jumper

1981- Irina Osipova -Russian basketball player

1981- Sheridan Smith -English actress, singer, and dancer

1981- Pooja Umashankar -Sri Lankan-Indian actress

1982- Rain (entertainer)|Rain -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1982- Mikhail Youzhny -Russian tennis player

1983- Cristian Baroni -Brazilian footballer

1983- Todd Cooper -English swimmer

1983- Marc Janko -Austrian footballer

1984- Lauren Bush -American model and fashion designer

1985- Daniel Bard -American baseball player

1985- Karim Matmour -Algerian footballer

1986- Megan Burns -English actress and singer

1986- Charlie Davies -American soccer player

1986- Aya Matsuura -Japanese singer and actress (GAM (group)|GAM, Gomattō, 3nin Matsuri, and Def.Diva)

1987- Brian Canter -American bull rider

1987- Alissa Czisny -American figure skater

1987- Takahiro Itō -Japanese actor (d. 2009)

1987- Scott Terra -American actor

1988- Jhonas Enroth -Swedish ice hockey player

1988- Miguel Layún -Mexican footballer

1989- Zaden Alexander -Portuguese actor

1989- Jack Cork -English footballer

1989- Rafael Morais -Portuguese actor

1991- Kyousuke Hamao -Japanese actor and singer

1991- Shōta Iizuka -Japanese sprinter

1991- Liisi Rist -Estonian cyclist

1991- Christa Theret -French actress

1991- Anna Zaja -German tennis player

1993- Barney Clark (actor)|Barney Clark -English actor

1993- Piero Vergara -Filipino singer-songwriter and actor