This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1264- Prince Koreyasu -Japanese shogun (d. 1326)

1478- Pope Clement VII -(d. 1534)

1566- Mehmed III -Ottoman sultan (d. 1603)

1602- Philippe de Champaigne -Dutch-French painter (d. 1674)

1623- William Petty -English economist and philosopher (d. 1687)

1650- John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (d. 1722)

1667- Abraham de Moivre -French-English mathematician and theorist (d. 1754)

1669- Sébastien Vaillant -French botanist and mycologist (d. 1722)

1700- Nicolaus Zinzendorf -German bishop (d. 1760)

1822- Edmond de Goncourt -French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896)

1863- Bob Fitzsimmons -English-New Zealand boxer (d. 1917)

1865- Robert W. Chambers -American author (d. 1933)

1867- Mary of Teck -(d. 1953)

1873- Olaf Gulbransson -Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1958)

1880- W. Otto Miessner -American composer and educator (d. 1967)

1883- Mamie Smith -American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946)

1886- Al Jolson -Lithuanian-American singer and actor (d. 1950)

1893- Eugene Aynsley Goossens -English conductor and composer (d. 1962)

1893- Norma Talmadge -American actress and producer (d. 1957)

1895- Dorothea Lange -American photographer and journalist (d. 1965)

1895- Paul Lukas -Hungarian-American actor (d. 1971)

1898- Ernst Bacon -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1898- Christfried Burmeister -Estonian speed skater (d. 1965)

1899- Antonio Barrette -Canadian politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (d. 1968)

1899- Muriel McQueen Fergusson -Canadian politician (d. 1997)

1904- George Formby -English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1961)

1904- Vlado Perlemuter -Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002)

1907- Jean Bernard (physician)|Jean Bernard -French physician and haematologist (d. 2006)

1907- John Wayne -American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1979)

1908- Robert Morley -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1908- Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ -Vietnamese politician, 1st Leaders of South Vietnam|Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam

1909- Matt Busby -Scottish-English footballer and manager (d. 1994)

1909- Nikolay Guryanov -Russian priest and mystic (d. 2002)

1909- Adolfo López Mateos -Mexican politician, 48th President of Mexico (d. 1969)

1910- Imi Lichtenfeld -Hungarian-Israeli martial artist (d. 1998)

1911- Ben Alexander (actor)|Ben Alexander -American actor (d. 1969)

1911- Henry Ephron -American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992)

1912- János Kádár -Hungarian politician, List of Interior Ministers of Hungary|Minister of the Interior of Hungary (d. 1989)

1912- Jay Silverheels -Canadian-American actor (d. 1980)

1913- Peter Cushing -English actor (d. 1994)

1913- Pierre Daninos -French author (d. 2005)

1913- Josef Manger -German weightlifter (d. 1991)

1914- Frankie Manning -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)

1915- Vernon Alley -American bassist (d. 2004)

1915- Sam Edwards -American actor (d. 2004)

1915- Antonia Forest -English author (d. 2003)

1916- Moondog -American drummer, composer, and poet (d. 1999)

1916- Henriette Roosenburg -Dutch journalist (d. 1972)

1917- Éva Szörényi -Hungarian actress (d. 2009)

1918- Anton Christoforidis -Turkish-Greek boxer (d. 1985)

1919- Rubén González (pianist)|Rubén González -Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club and Estrellas de Areito) (d. 2003)

1920- Peggy Lee -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002)

1921- György Bárdy -Hungarian actor (d. 2013)

1921- Walter Laqueur -American historian and academic

1921- Ernst Märzendorfer -Austrian conductor (d. 2009)

1922- Troy Smith (businessman)|Troy Smith -American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (d. 2009)

1923- James Arness -American actor and producer (d. 2011)

1923- Roy Dotrice -English actor

1925- Alec McCowen -English actor

1926- Miles Davis -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (Miles Davis Quintet) (d. 1991)

1927- Jacques Bergerac -French actor (d. 2014)

1928- Jack Kevorkian -American pathologist, author, and activist (d. 2011)

1929- J. F. Ade Ajayi -Nigerian historian and academic

1929- John Jackson (businessman)|John Jackson -English lawyer and businessman

1929- Catherine Sauvage -French singer and actress (d. 1998)

1930- Karim Emami -Indian-Iranian lexicographer and critic (d. 2005)

1932- Grigor Vachkov -Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)

1933- Edward Whittemore -American author (d. 1995)

1935- Eero Loone -Estonian philosopher and academic

1935- Sheila Steafel -South African–English actress

1936- David Stevens, Baron Stevens of Ludgate -English politician

1938- William Bolcom -American pianist and composer

1938- Pauline Parker -New Zealand murderer

1938- Lyudmila Petrushevskaya -Russian author and playwright

1938- K. Bikram Singh -Indian director and producer (d. 2013)

1938- Teresa Stratas -Canadian soprano

1939- Merab Kostava -Georgian educator, poet, and activist (d. 1989)

1939- Jaki Liebezeit -German drummer (Can (band)|Can)

1939- Brent Musburger -American sportscaster

1940- Monique Gagnon-Tremblay -Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec

1940- Levon Helm -American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (The Band) (d. 2012)

1941- Aldrich Ames -American CIA officer

1941- Reg Bundy -English drag queen performer, dancer, and actor (d. 2003)

1941- Jim Dobbin -Scottish politician

1941- Cliff Drysdale -South African tennis player and sportscaster

1942- Ganapathi Sachchidananda -Indian guru

1943- Erica Terpstra -Dutch swimmer, journalist, and politician

1944- Phil Edmonston -American-Canadian journalist and politician

1944- Jan Kinder -Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1944- Sam Posey -American race car driver and journalist

1945- Vilasrao Deshmukh -Indian lawyer and politician, 17th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2012)

1945- Alistair MacDuff -English judge

1945- Garry Peterson -Canadian-American drummer (The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

1946- Neshka Robeva -Bulgarian gymnast and coach

1946- Mick Ronson -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Spiders from Mars and Mott the Hoople) (d. 1993)

1947- Carol O'Connell -American author

1947- Glenn Turner -New Zealand cricketer

1948- Stevie Nicks -American singer-songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)

1949- Jeremy Corbyn -English politician

1949- Ward Cunningham -American computer programmer, developed the first wiki

1949- Pam Grier -American actress

1949- Anne McGuire -Scottish politician

1949- Philip Michael Thomas -American actor and singer

1949- Hank Williams, Jr. -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951- Ramón Calderón -Spanish lawyer and businessman

1951- Sally Ride -American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012)

1951- Madeleine Taylor-Quinn -Irish politician

1952- David Meece -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1953- Kay Hagan -American lawyer and politician

1953- Michael Portillo -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Defence

1953- Dan Roundfield -American basketball player (d. 2012)

1954- Marian Gold -German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alphaville (band)|Alphaville)

1954- Alan Hollinghurst -English author and poet

1954- Denis Lebel -Canadian politician, 9th Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

1954- Danny Rolling -American serial killer (d. 2006)

1955- Masaharu Morimoto -Japanese-American chef

1955- Paul Stoddart -Australian businessman

1955- Wesley Walker -American football player and educator

1956- Neil Parish -English politician

1956- Fiona Shackleton -English lawyer

1957- Diomedes Díaz -Colombian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1957- François Legault -Canadian businessman and politician

1957- Kristina Olsen -American singer-songwriter

1957- Roberto Ravaglia -Italian race car driver

1957- Pontso Sekatle -Lesotho academic and politician

1958- Arto Bryggare -Finnish hurdler and politician

1958- Margaret Colin -American actress

1958- Howard Goodall -English composer

1959- Ole Bornedal -Danish actor, director, and producer

1960- Doug Hutchison -American actor

1960- Masahiro Matsunaga -Japanese race car driver

1960- Rob Murphy -American baseball player

1960- Romas Ubartas -Lithuanian discus thrower

1961- Tarsem Singh -Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1962- Black (singer) -is the pseudonym for English singer-songwriter Colin Vearncombe

1962- Genie Francis -American actress

1962- Bobcat Goldthwait -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1963- Simon Armitage -English author, poet, and playwright

1963- Claude Legault -Canadian actor

1963- Mary Nightingale -English journalist

1969- Musetta Vander -South African-American actress

1964- Caitlín R. Kiernan -Irish-American paleontologist and author

1964- Lenny Kravitz -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1964- Argiris Pedoulakis -Greek basketball player and coach

1965- Hazel Irvine -Scottish television host

1966- Helena Bonham Carter -English actress and singer

1966- Zola Budd -South African runner

1967- Kevin Moore -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (OSI (band)|OSI, Dream Theater, and Chroma Key)

1967- Philip Treacy -Irish-English hat designer

1967- Mika Yamamoto -Japanese journalist (d. 2012)

1968- Simon Diamond -American baseball player and wrestler

1968- Fernando León de Aranoa -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Steve Sedgley -English footballer and manager

1969- John Baird (Canadian politician)|John Baird -Canadian politician, 10th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada

1969- Dominic Mohan -English journalist

1970- Nobuhiro Watsuki -Japanese illustrator

1971- Zaher Andary -Lebanese footballer

1971- Matt Stone -American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer

1972- Kylie Ireland -American porn actress, director, and producer

1972- Shary Boyle -Canadian sculptor and painter

1972- Patsy Palmer -English actress

1972- Alan White (Oasis drummer)|Alan White -English drummer (Oasis (band)|Oasis and Starclub)

1973- Naomi Harris -Canadian-American photographer

1974- Lars Frölander -Swedish swimmer

1975- Nicki Aycox -American actress

1975- Lauryn Hill -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Fugees)

1975- Kwasi Kwarteng -English historian and politician

1975- Travis Lee -American baseball player

1976- Paul Collingwood -English cricketer

1976- Kenny Florian -American mixed martial artist and sportscaster

1976- Justin Pierre -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Motion City Soundtrack)

1977- Nikos Hatzivrettas -Greek basketball player

1977- Mark Hunter (musician)|Mark Hunter -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chimaira)

1977- Misaki Ito -Japanese actress and model

1977- Raina Telgemeier -American cartoonist

1977- Luca Toni -Italian footballer

1978- Phil Elvrum -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Microphones, Mount Eerie, and Old Time Relijun)

1978- Fabio Firmani -Italian footballer

1979- Elisabeth Harnois -American actress

1979- Ashley Massaro -American wrestler and manager

1979- Natalya Nazarova -Russian sprinter

1979- Mehmet Okur -Turkish basketball player

1981- Robert Copeland -Australian footballer

1981- Eda-Ines Etti -Estonian singer

1981- Jason Manford -English comedian and actor

1981- Irini Merkouri -Greek singer

1981- Isaac Slade -American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Fray)

1981- Ben Zobrist -American baseball player

1982- Monique Alexander -American porn actress and model

1982- Sten Lassmann -Estonian pianist

1982- Yoko Matsugane -Japanese model

1982- David Reed (comedian)|David Reed -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1983- Demy de Zeeuw -Dutch footballer

1983- Henry Holland (fashion designer)|Henry Holland -English fashion designer

1985- Monika Christodoulou -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985- Ashley Vincent -English footballer

1986- Michel Tornéus -Swedish long jumper

1987- Olcay Şahan -Turkish footballer

1987- Josh Thomas (comedian)|Josh Thomas -Australian comedian and actor

1988- Andrea Catellani -Italian footballer

1988- Juan Guillermo Cuadrado -Colombian footballer

1988- Dani Samuels -Australian discus thrower

1988- Joel Selwood -Australian footballer

1988- Damian Williams (American football)|Damian Williams -American football player

1989- Paula Findlay -Canadian triathlete

1999- Kerry Ingram -English actress and singer