This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1528- Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy -(d. 1580)

1545- Carlos, Prince of Asturias -(d. 1568)

1593- Artemisia Gentileschi -Italian painter (d. 1653)

1604- Heinrich Albert (composer)|Heinrich Albert -German composer and poet (d. 1651)

1621- Jean de La Fontaine -French author and poet (d. 1695)

1760- Christian Kramp -French mathematician and academic (d. 1826)

1766- Dominique Jean Larrey -French surgeon (d. 1842)

1792- Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen -(d. 1854)

1819- Francis Leopold McClintock -Irish admiral and explorer (d. 1907)

1830- Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg -(d. 1911)

1830- Frederick W. Seward -American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)

1831- John Pemberton -American chemist and pharmacist, invented Coca-Cola (d. 1888)

1836- Joseph Chamberlain -English politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1914)

1838- Ferdinand von Zeppelin -German general and businessman, founded the Zeppelin|Zeppelin Airship Company (d. 1917)

1839- John D. Rockefeller -American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company (d. 1937)

1851- Arthur Evans -English archaeologist (d. 1941)

1857- Alfred Binet -French psychologist and graphologist (d. 1911)

1867- Käthe Kollwitz -German painter and sculptor (d. 1945)

1878- Jimmy Quinn (footballer, born 1878)|Jimmy Quinn -Scottish footballer (d. 1945)

1882- Percy Grainger -Australian-American pianist and composer (d. 1961)

1883- Oszkár Gerde -Hungarian fencer (d. 1944)

1885- Ernst Bloch -German philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1977)

1885- Hugo Boss (fashion designer)|Hugo Boss -German fashion designer, founded Hugo Boss (d. 1948)

1892- Richard Aldington -English author and poet (d. 1962)

1892- Pavel Korin -Russian painter (d. 1967)

1893- R. Carlyle Buley -American historian and author (d. 1968)

1894- Pyotr Kapitsa -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1895- Igor Tamm -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1897- Johannes Kaiv -Estonian diplomat (d. 1965)

1898- Melville Ruick -American actor (d. 1972)

1900- George Antheil -American pianist, composer, and author (d. 1959)

1904- Henri Cartan -French mathematician and academic (d. 2008)

1905- Leonid Amalrik -Russian animator and director (d. 1997)

1906- Philip Johnson -American architect, designed the IDS Center and PPG Place (d. 2005)

1907- George W. Romney -American businessman and politician, 43rd Governor of Michigan (d. 1995)

1908- Louis Jordan -American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and actor (Tympany Five) (d. 1975)

1908- Nelson Rockefeller -American businessman and politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)

1914- Jyoti Basu -Indian politician, 6th Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 2010)

1914- Billy Eckstine -American singer and trumpet player (d. 1993)

1917- Pamela Brown (actress)|Pamela Brown -English actress (d. 1975)

1917- Faye Emerson -American-Spanish actress and singer (d. 1983)

1917- J. F. Powers -American author (d. 1999)

1918- Paul B. Fay -American businessman, soldier, and diplomat, 12th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 2009)

1918- Irwin Hasen -American illustrator

1918- Craig Stevens (actor)|Craig Stevens -American actor and singer (d. 2000)

1919- Walter Scheel -German politician, 4th List of German presidents|President of West Germany

1919- Mickey Carroll -American actor (d. 2009)

1920- Godtfred Kirk Christiansen -Danish businessman (d. 1995)

1920- Chandrika Prasad Srivastava -Indian civil servant (d. 2013)

1923- Harrison Dillard -American sprinter and hurdler

1924- Johnnie Johnson (musician)|Johnnie Johnson -American pianist and songwriter (d. 2005)

1924- Edward Cornelius Reed Jr. -American sergeant and judge (d. 2013)

1925- Marco -Italian cardinal (d. 2014)

1926- David Malet Armstrong -Australian philosopher and author (d. 2014)

1926- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross -Swiss-American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)

1927- Maurice Hayes -Irish politician

1929- Shirley Ann Grau -American author

1930- Jerry Vale -American singer and actor (d. 2014)

1931- Roone Arledge -American sportscaster (d. 2002)

1932- Franca Raimondi -Italian singer (d. 1988)

1932- Brian Walden -English journalist and politician

1933- James Griffin (philosopher)|James Griffin -Anglo-American philosopher

1933- Antonio Lamer -Canadian lawyer and politician, 16th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 2007)

1933- Peter Orlovsky -American poet and actor (d. 2010)

1934- Raquel Correa -Chilean journalist (d. 2012)

1934- Marty Feldman -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1934- Alice Gerrard -American singer and banjo player

1934- Ed Lumley -Canadian businessman and politician

1935- Steve Lawrence -American singer and actor (Steve and Eydie)

1935- Vitaly Sevastyanov -Russian engineer and astronaut

1938- Diane Clare -English actress (d. 2013)

1940- Ben Chapman (politician)|Ben Chapman -English politician

1941- Martin Carver -English archaeologist and academic

1941- Dario Gradi -Italian-English footballer, coach, and manager

1942- Phil Gramm -American economist and politician

1942- Janice Pennington -American model and actress, co-founded the Hollywood Film Festival

1944- Jai Johanny Johanson -American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band)

1944- Jeffrey Tambor -American actor and singer

1945- Micheline Calmy-Rey -Swiss politician, 91st President of the Swiss Confederation

1947- Kim Darby -American actress

1947- Jenny Diski -English author and screenwriter

1947- Luis Fernando Figari -Peruvian religious leader, founded the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae

1947- Janice Kent -American actress and director

1948- Raffi (musician)|Raffi -Egyptian-Canadian singer-songwriter

1949- Frank De Lima -American comedian

1949- Dale Hoganson -Canadian ice hockey player

1949- Jim Miklaszewski -American journalist

1949- Wolfgang Puck -Austrian chef and actor

1949- Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy -Indian politician, 14th List of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh|Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (d. 2009)

1950- Sarah Kennedy -English television and radio host

1950- Mary Ellen Trainor -American actress

1951- Alan Ashby -American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster

1951- Anjelica Huston -American actress and director

1952- Larry Garner -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952- Knud Arne Jürgensen -Danish music-, theatre and ballet historian

1952- Jack Lambert (American football)|Jack Lambert -American football player and sportscaster

1952- Anna Quindlen -American journalist and author

1952- Marianne Williamson -American author and activist

1954- David Aaronovitch -English journalist and author

1955- Monty Don -German-English television host

1955- Mihaela Mitrache -Romanian actress (d. 2008)

1956- Terry Puhl -Canadian baseball player and coach

1957- Alan Campbell (politician)|Alan Campbell -English politician

1957- Carlos Cavazo -Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter (Quiet Riot and Ratt)

1957- Aleksandr Gurnov -Russian journalist and author

1958- Kevin Bacon -American actor and singer (The Bacon Brothers)

1958- Andreas Carlgren -Swedish educator and politician

1958- Tzipi Livni -Israeli politician, 18th Justice Minister of Israel

1958- Neetu Singh -Indian actress and costume designer

1959- Robert Knepper -American actor

1959- Billy Kimball -American screenwriter and producer

1959- Pauline Quirke -English actress

1960- Mal Meninga -Australian rugby player and coach

1960- Russell Taylor (cartoonist)|Russell Taylor -English journalist and illustrator

1961- Andy Fletcher (musician)|Andrew Fletcher -English keyboard player (Depeche Mode)

1961- Toby Keith -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1962- Joan Osborne -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Dead (band)|The Dead and Trigger Hippy)

1963- Mark Christopher (director)|Mark Christopher -American director and screenwriter

1963- Whilce Portacio -Filipino-American author and illustrator

1964- Linda de Mol -Dutch actress and screenwriter

1964- Alexei Gusarov -Russian ice hockey player and manager

1964- Joe Rogers -American politician, 45th Lieutenant Governor of Colorado (d. 2013)

1965- Dan Levinson -American clarinet player, saxophonist, and bandleader

1965- Lee Tergesen -American actor

1966- Ralf Altmeyer -German-Chinese virologist and academic

1966- Shadlog Bernicke -Nauruan politician

1966- Suzanne Krull -American actress (d. 2013)

1966- Mike Nawrocki -American voice actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded Big Idea Entertainment

1967- Jordan Chan -Hong Kong actor and singer

1968- Billy Crudup -American actor

1968- Thom Fitzgerald -American-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1968- Shane Howarth -New Zealand rugby player and coach

1968- Akio Suyama -Japanese voice actor

1968- Michael Weatherly -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1969- Sugizo -Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Luna Sea, X Japan, Juno Reactor, and Skin (Japanese band)|S.K.I.N.)

1969- George Fisher (musician)|George Fisher -American singer-songwriter (Cannibal Corpse, Monstrosity (band)|Monstrosity, and Paths of Possession)

1970- Beck -American singer-songwriter and producer

1970- Sylvain Gaudreault -Canadian educator and politician

1970- Todd Martin -American tennis player and coach

1971- Neil Jenkins -Welsh rugby player and coach

1971- John Juanda -Indonesian poker player

1971- Amanda Peterson -American actress

1972- Karl Dykhuis -Canadian ice hockey player

1972- Sourav Ganguly -Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1972- Shōsuke Tanihara -Japanese actor

1973- Kathleen Robertson -Canadian actress and producer

1974- Tami Erin -American actress

1974- Jeanna Friske -Russian actress and singer

1974- Rene Reinmann -Estonian politician

1975- Elias Viljanen -Finnish singer and guitarist (Sonata Arctica)

1975- Jamal Woolard -American actor and rapper

1976- Talal El Karkouri -Moroccan footballer

1976- David Kennedy (musician)|David Kennedy -American guitarist and songwriter (Angels & Airwaves, Box Car Racer, Hazen Street, and Over My Dead Body (band)|Over My Dead Body)

1976- Ellen MacArthur -English sailor

1977- Paolo Tiralongo -Italian cyclist

1977- Milo Ventimiglia -American actor, director, and producer

1977- Wang Zhizhi -Chinese basketball player

1978- Rachael Lillis -American voice actress

1978- Urmas Rooba -Estonian footballer

1979- Mat McBriar -American football player

1980- Eric Chouinard -American-Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Robbie Keane -Irish footballer

1981- Iyari Limon -Mexican-American actress

1981- Anastasia Myskina -Russian tennis player

1981- Wolfram Müller -German runner

1981- Dagmar Oja -Estonian singer

1982- Joshua Alba -American actor

1982- Sophia Bush -American actress and director

1982- Pendleton Ward -American animator, screenwriter, and voice actor

1982- Hakim Warrick -American basketball player

1983- John Bowker (baseball)|John Bowker -American baseball player

1983- Jaroslav Janiš -Czech race car driver

1983- Daniel Navarro -Spanish cyclist

1983- Rich Peverley -Canadian ice hockey player

1984- Alexis Dziena -American actress

1984- Daniella Sarahyba -Brazilian model

1985- Triin Aljand -Estonian swimmer

1985- Jamie Cook -English guitarist and songwriter (Arctic Monkeys)

1986- Renata Costa -Brazilian footballer

1986- Kenza Farah -Algerian-French singer-songwriter

1986- Jake McDorman -American actor

1987- Vlada Roslyakova -Russian model

1988- Jesse Sergent -New Zealand cyclist

1988- David Taylor (rugby league)|Dave Taylor -Australian rugby player

1988- Miki Roqué -Spanish footballer (d. 2012)

1989- Yarden Gerbi -Israeli martial artist

1989- Tor Marius Gromstad -Norwegian footballer (d. 2012)

1992- Sky Ferreira -American singer-songwriter and actress

1992- Benjamin Grosvenor -English pianist

1998- Jaden Smith -American actor and rapper

2000- Sophie Nyweide -American actress