This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1620- Jean Picard -French astronomer (d. 1682)

1664- Matthew Prior -English poet and diplomat (d. 1721)

1693- Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1768)

1710- Paul Möhring -German physician, botanist, and zoologist (d. 1792)

1783- Charles Tristan, marquis de Montholon -French army general (d. 1853)

1808- Simion Bărnuțiu -Romanian historian, academic, and politician (d. 1864)

1810- Henri Victor Regnault -French chemist and physicist (d. 1878)

1816- Paul Reuter -German-English journalist, founded Reuters (d. 1899)

1851- Sam Bass (outlaw)|Sam Bass -American criminal (d. 1878)

1858- Maria Christina of Austria -(d. 1929)

1858- Lovis Corinth -German painter (d. 1925)

1858- Alfred Henry O'Keeffe -New Zealand painter and educator (d. 1941)

1863- C. Aubrey Smith -English-American cricketer and actor (d. 1948)

1870- Emil Orlík -Czech painter (d. 1932)

1873- Charles Schlee -Danish-American cyclist (d. 1947)

1875- Charles Gondouin -French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1947)

1880- Milan Rastislav Štefánik -Slovak astronomer, general, and politician (d. 1919)

1882- David Burliuk -Ukrainian author and illustrator (d. 1967)

1884- Louis Abell -American rower (d. 1962)

1885- Jacques Feyder -Belgian actor, screenwriter, and director (d. 1948)

1891- Julius Saaristo -Finnish javelin thrower (d. 1969)

1893- Hans Fallada -German author (d. 1947)

1898- Sara Carter -American singer-songwriter (Carter Family) (d. 1979)

1899- Hart Crane -American poet (d. 1932)

1899- Ernest Hemingway -American author and journalist, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1903- Roy Neuberger -American businessman and financier, co-founded Neuberger Berman (d. 2010)

1908- Jug McSpaden -American golfer (d. 1996)

1911- Marshall McLuhan -Canadian author and theorist (d. 1980)

1911- Umashankar Joshi -Indian author, poet, and scholar (d. 1988)

1914- Aleksander Kreek -Estonian shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1977)

1917- Alan B. Gold -Canadian jurist (d. 2005)

1920- Constant Nieuwenhuys -Dutch painter (d. 2005)

1920- Isaac Stern -Polish violinist and conductor (d. 2001)

1921- James Cooke Brown -American sociologist and author (d. 2000)

1922- Kay Starr -American singer and actress

1922- Mollie Sugden -English actress (d. 2009)

1923- Rudolph A. Marcus -Canadian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1924- Don Knotts -American actor (d. 2006)

1925- Anne Meacham -American actress (d. 2006)

1926- Paul Burke (actor)|Paul Burke -American actor (d. 2009)

1926- Norman Jewison -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1926- Rahimuddin Khan -Pakistani general and politician, 7th Governor of Balochistan

1926- Bill Pertwee -English actor (d. 2013)

1926- Karel Reisz -Czech-English director and producer (d. 2002)

1926- Queenie Watts -English actress and singer (d. 1980)

1928- Sky Low Low -Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)

1929- Bob Orton -American wrestler (d. 2006)

1930- Anand Bakshi -Indian poet and songwriter (d. 2002)

1930- Helen Merrill -American singer

1931- Plas Johnson -American saxophonist (B. Bumble and the Stingers and The Wrecking Crew (music)|The Wrecking Crew)

1932- Ernie Warlick -American football player (d. 2012)

1933- John Gardner (American writer)|John Gardner -American author and critic (d. 1982)

1934- Chandu Borde -Indian cricketer

1934- Jonathan Miller -English actor, director, and author

1935- Norbert Blüm -German businessman and politician

1935- Moe Drabowsky -Polish-American baseball player and coach (d. 2006)

1935- Julian Pettifer -English journalist

1935- Kaye Stevens -American singer and actress (d. 2011)

1938- Les Aspin -American captain and politician, 18th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1995)

1938- Anton Kuerti -Austrian-Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor

1938- Janet Reno -American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General

1939- Jamey Aebersold -American saxophonist and educator

1939- John Negroponte -American diplomat, 1st Director of National Intelligence

1941- Veljko Rogošić -Croatian swimmer (d. 2012)

1942- Kim Fowley -American singer-songwriter and producer

1943- Fritz Glatz -Austrian race car driver (d. 2002)

1943- Edward Herrmann -American actor and singer

1944- John Atta Mills -Ghanaian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Ghana (d. 2012)

1944- Buchi Emecheta -Nigerian author and academic

1944- Paul Wellstone -American academic and politician (d. 2002)

1945- Wendy Cope -English poet

1945- Geoff Dymock -Australian cricketer

1945- John Lowe -English darts player

1945- Barry Richards -South African cricketer

1945- Lydia Shum -Chinese-Hong Kong actress (d. 2008)

1946- Ken Starr -American lawyer and judge, 39th Solicitor General of the United States

1946- Timothy Harris (writer)|Timothy Harris -American author, screenwriter and producer

1946- Jüri Tarmak -Estonian high jumper

1947- Chetan Chauhan -Indian cricketer and politician

1947- Toomas Raudam -Estonian author and playwright

1948- Snooty -American manatee

1948- Bill Corr -American politician

1948- Beppe Grillo -Italian comedian, actor, and activist

1948- Art Hindle -Canadian actor and director

1948- Ed Hinton (sportswriter)|Ed Hinton -American journalist

1948- Cat Stevens -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948- Garry Trudeau -American cartoonist

1948- Teruzane Utada -Japanese songwriter, producer, and manager

1949- Jon Davison (film producer)|Jon Davison -American actor and producer

1949- Al Hrabosky -American baseball player and sportscaster

1949- Hirini Melbourne -New Zealand singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2003)

1950- Ubaldo Fillol -Argentinian footballer and coach

1950- Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer -English politician, Minister of State for Transport

1951- Robin Williams -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2014)

1952- John Barrasso -American physician and politician

1952- Susannah Carr -English-Australian journalist

1953- Jeff Fatt -Australian keyboard player and actor (The Wiggles and The Cockroaches)

1953- Brian Talbot -English footballer and manager

1954- Jean Bernier -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Taco (musician)|Taco -Indonesian-German singer-songwriter and producer

1955- Howie Epstein -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) (d. 2003)

1955- Henry Priestman -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Christians (band)|The Christians, It's Immaterial, and Yachts (band)|Yachts)

1955- Béla Tarr -Hungarian director, producer, and screenwriter

1956- Michael Connelly -American author

1957- Stefan Löfven -Swedish politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Sweden

1957- Jon Lovitz -American comedian and actor

1959- Paul Vautin -Australian rugby player, coach, and sportscaster

1960- Amar Singh Chamkila -Indian singer-songwriter (d. 1988)

1960- Lance Guest -American actor

1960- Veselin Matić -Serbian basketball player and coach

1960- Fritz Walter (footballer born 1960)|Fritz Walter -German footballer

1961- Jim Martin (musician)|Jim Martin -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Faith No More, EZ-Street, Spastik Children, and Voodoocult)

1962- Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale -English businessman

1963- Greg Behrendt -American comedian, guitarist, and author (The Reigning Monarchs)

1963- Dorce Gamalama -Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress

1963- Kevin Poole -English footballer and manager

1963- Giant Silva -Brazilian basketball player, mixed martial artist, and wrestler

1964- Steve Collins -Irish boxer

1964- Ross Kemp -English actor and producer

1964- Sharon Twomey -Irish actress

1964- Jens Weißflog -German ski jumper

1965- Guðni Bergsson -Icelandic footballer

1965- Mike Bordick -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1965- Jovy Marcelo -Filipino race car driver (d. 1992)

1966- Arija Bareikis -American actress

1966- Sarah Waters -Welsh author

1968- Johnnie Barnes -American football player

1968- Brandi Chastain -American soccer player and sportscaster

1968- Lyle Odelein -Canadian ice hockey player

1968- Aditya Shrivastava -Indian actor

1969- Godfrey (comedian)|Godfrey -American comedian and actor

1969- Klaus Graf -German race car driver

1969- Emerson Hart -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tonic (band)|Tonic)

1970- Angus MacNeil -Scottish engineer and politician

1970- Shawn Stasiak -American wrestler and chiropractor

1971- Emmanuel Bangué -French long jumper

1971- Charlotte Gainsbourg -English-French actress and singer

1971- Nuno Markl -Portuguese comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1971- Nitzan Shirazi -Israeli footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1972- Korey Cooper -American singer and guitarist (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1972- Shinjiro Otani -Japanese wrestler

1973- Ali Landry -American model and actress, Miss USA 1996

1973- Elena Leonova -Russian figure skater

1973- Caroline Néron -Canadian singer, actress, and fashion designer

1974- Bharath -Indian actor

1974- Steve Byrne -American comedian and actor

1974- Geoff Jenkins -American baseball player

1974- René Reinumägi -Estonian actor, director, and screenwriter

1975- Christopher Barzak -American author

1975- Chris Bisson -English actor

1975- Cara Dillon -Irish singer-songwriter (Equation (band)|Equation)

1975- Ravindra Pushpakumara -Italian cricketer

1975- Mike Sellers -American football player

1977- Paul Casey -English golfer

1977- Jaime Murray -English actress

1978- Justin Bartha -American actor

1978- Anderson da Silva Gibin -Brazilian footballer

1978- Josh Hartnett -American actor and producer

1978- Julian Huppert -English academic and politician

1978- Kyoko Iwasaki -Japanese swimmer

1978- Damian Marley -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer (SuperHeavy)

1978- Gary Teale -Scottish footballer

1979- David Carr -American football player

1979- Tamika Catchings -American basketball player

1979- Luis Ernesto Michel -Mexican footballer

1979- Andriy Voronin -Ukrainian footballer

1979- Paul Weel -Australian race car driver

1980- Really Doe -American rapper

1980- Sprague Grayden -American actress

1980- Justin Griffith -American football player

1980- Tailor James -Canadian model

1980- Sandra Laoura -French skier

1980- Chris Leben -American mixed martial artist

1980- CC Sabathia -American baseball player

1981- Paloma Faith -English singer-songwriter and actress

1981- Anabelle Langlois -Canadian figure skater

1981- Blake Lewis -American singer-songwriter and producer

1981- Yushin Okami -Japanese mixed martial artist

1981- Claudette Ortiz -American singer and model (City High)

1981- Romeo Santos -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Aventura (band)|Aventura)

1981- Joaquín Sánchez -Spanish footballer

1981- Stefan Schumacher -German cyclist

1981- Chrishell Stause -American actress

1982- Jason Cram -Australian swimmer

1982- Mao Kobayashi (actress)|Mao Kobayashi -Japanese actress and journalist

1983- Vinessa Antoine -Canadian actress

1983- Olamide Faison -American actor

1983- Amy Mizzi -American actress

1983- Eivør Pálsdóttir -Faroese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983- Kellen Winslow II -American football player

1984- Jurrick Juliana -Dutch footballer

1984- Liam Ridgewell -English footballer

1985- Mati Lember -Estonian footballer

1985- Vanessa Lengies -Canadian actress, singer, and dancer

1985- Jéssica Sodré -Brazilian actress

1985- Von Wafer -American basketball player

1986- Anthony Annan -Ghanaian footballer

1986- Livia Brito -Cuban-Mexican actress

1986- Rebecca Ferguson -English singer-songwriter

1987- Peter Doocy -American journalist

1987- Bilel Mohsni -French footballer

1987- Jesús Zavala (footballer)|Jesús Zavala -Mexican footballer

1988- DeAndre Jordan -American basketball player

1988- Chris Mitchell (footballer born 1988)|Chris Mitchell -Scottish footballer

1989- Rory Culkin -American actor

1989- Marco Fabián -Mexican footballer

1989- Chris Gunter -Welsh footballer

1989- Chelsie Hightower -American dancer and choreographer

1989- Kirill Nesterov -Russian footballer

1989- Juno Temple -English actress

1989- Jamie Waylett -English actor

1990- Chris Martin (footballer, born 1990)|Chris Martin -English footballer

1990- Whitney Toyloy -Swiss model, Miss Switzerland|Miss Switzerland 2008

1991- Sara Sampaio -Portuguese model

1992- Jessica Barden -English actress

1992- Julia Beljajeva -Estonian fencer

1992- Rachael Flatt -American figure skater

1993- Aaron Durley -American baseball player