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Day History: October-19

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Famous Birthdays


1276- Prince Hisaaki -of Japan (d. 1328)

1433- Marsilio Ficino -Italian astrologer and philosopher (d. 1499)

1562- George Abbot (bishop)|George Abbot -English archbishop (d. 1633)

1582- Dmitry of Uglich -(d. 1591)

1605- Thomas Browne -English physician and author (d. 1682)

1610- James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde -English-Irish general, academic, and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1688)

1658- Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz -(d. 1704)

1680- John Abernethy (minister)|John Abernethy -Irish minister (d. 1740)

1688- William Cheselden -English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)

1701- Helen and Judith of Szony -Hungarian conjoined twins (d. 1723)

1718- Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie -French general and politician, Secretary of State for War (France)|French Secretary of State for War (d. 1804)

1720- John Woolman -American-English preacher, journalist, and activist (d. 1772)

1721- Joseph de Guignes -French orientalist and sinologist (d. 1800)

1784- Leigh Hunt -English poet and critic (d. 1859)

1784- John McLoughlin -Canadian-American fur trader (d. 1857)

1789- Theophilos Kairis -Greek priest and philosopher (d. 1853)

1810- Cassius Marcellus Clay -American journalist, lawyer, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1903)

1814- Theodoros Vryzakis -Greek painter (d. 1878)

1826- Ralph Tollemache -English priest (d. 1895)

1850- Annie Smith Peck -American mountaineer and academic (d. 1935)

1851- Empress Myeongseong -of Korea (d. 1895)

1858- George Albert Boulenger -Belgian-English zoologist and botanist (d. 1937)

1862- Auguste Lumière -French director and producer (d. 1954)

1868- Bertha Knight Landes -American politician, Mayor of Seattle (d. 1943)

1873- Jaap Eden -Dutch speed skater and cyclist (d. 1925)

1873- Bart King -American cricketer (d. 1965)

1876- Mordecai Brown -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1945)

1876- Mihkel Pung -Estonian politician, 11th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Estonia (d. 1941)

1882- Umberto Boccioni -Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1916)

1884- Eugen Habermann -Estonian architect (d. 1944)

1885- Charles E. Merrill|Charles Merrill -American banker, co-founded Merrill Lynch|Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (d. 1956)

1895- Frank Durbin -American soldier (d. 1999)

1895- Lewis Mumford -American historian, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1990)

1896- Bob O'Farrell -American baseball player and manager (d. 1988)

1897- Salimuzzaman Siddiqui -Pakistani chemist and scholar (d. 1994)

1899- Miguel Ángel Asturias -Guatemalan journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1900- Erna Berger -German soprano and actress (d. 1990)

1900- Bill Ponsford -Australian cricketer and baseball player (d. 1991)

1900- Roy Worters -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1957)

1901- Arleigh Burke -American admiral (d. 1996)

1903- Tor Johnson -Swedish wrestler and actor (d. 1971)

1907- Roger Wolfe Kahn -American bandleader and composer (d. 1962)

1908- Geirr Tveitt -Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1909- Marguerite Perey -French physicist and academic (d. 1975)

1910- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar -Pakistani-American astrophysicist, astronomer, and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1910- Shunkichi Hamada -Japanese field hockey player (d. 2009)

1910- Paul Robert (lexicographer)|Paul Robert -French lexicographer and publisher (d. 1980)

1913- Vinicius de Moraes -Brazilian poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1980)

1914- Juanita Moore -American actress (d. 2014)

1915- Farid al-Atrash -Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (d. 1974)

1916- Jean Dausset -French-Spanish immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1916- Emil Gilels -Ukrainian-Russian pianist (d. 1985)

1917- William Joel Blass -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

1917- Walter Munk -Austrian-American oceanographer, author, and academic

1918- Charles Evans (mountaineer)|Charles Evans -English-Welsh mountaineer, surgeon, and educator (d. 1995)

1918- Russell Kirk -American theorist and author (d. 1994)

1918- Robert Schwarz Strauss -American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 2014)

1920- Pandurang Shastri Athavale -Indian philosopher and educator (d. 2003)

1920- LaWanda Page -American actress (d. 2002)

1920- Harry Alan Towers -English-Canadian screenwriter and producer (d. 2009)

1922- Jack Anderson (columnist)|Jack Anderson -American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1923- Ruth Carter Stevenson -American art collector, founded the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (d. 2013)

1925- Bernard Hepton -English actor and producer

1925- Emilio Eduardo Massera -Argentinian admiral (d. 2010)

1926- Arne Bendiksen -Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2009)

1926- Joel Feinberg -American philosopher and academic (d. 2004)

1927- Pierre Alechinsky -Belgian painter and illustrator

1927- Stephen Keynes -English businessman

1928- Lou Scheimer -American animator, producer, and voice actor, co-founded the Filmation|Filmation Company (d. 2013)

1929- Lewis Wolpert -South African-English biologist, author, and academic

1930- John Evans, Baron Evans of Parkside -English union leader and politician

1930- Mavis Nicholson -Welsh-English journalist

1931- Ed Emberley -American illustrator

1931- Manolo Escobar -Spanish singer and actor (d. 2013)

1931- John le Carré -English intelligence officer and author

1932- Robert Reed -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1992)

1933- Anthony Skingsley -English air marshal

1934- Yakubu Gowon -Nigerian general and politician, 3rd List of heads of state of Nigeria|Head of State of Nigeria

1935- Don Ward (ice hockey)|Don Ward -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1936- James Bevel -American minister and activist (d. 2008)

1936- Tony Lo Bianco -American actor and director

1936- Sylvia Browne -American psychic and author (d. 2013)

1937- Marilyn Bell -Canadian swimmer

1937- Peter Max -German-American illustrator

1937- Terence Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield -English banker and politician

1938- Bill Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth -Jamaican-English union leader and politician

1939- David Clark, Baron Clark of Windermere -Scottish academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

1940- Larry Chance -American singer-songwriter (The Earls)

1940- Michael Gambon -Irish-English actor and singer

1940- Rosny Smarth -Haitian politician, 8th Prime Minister of Haiti

1941- Simon Ward -English actor (d. 2012)

1942- Andrew Vachss -American lawyer and author

1943- Robin Holloway -English composer and academic

1943- Takis Ikonomopoulos -Greek footballer and coach

1943- L. E. Modesitt, Jr. -American author and poet

1944- George McCrae -American singer

1944- Peter Tosh -Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bob Marley and the Wailers) (d. 1987)

1945- Divine (performer)|Divine -American drag queen performer, actor, and singer (d. 1988)

1945- Patricia Ireland -American lawyer and activist

1945- Gloria Jones -American singer-songwriter (T. Rex (band)|T. Rex)

1945- Carol Kidd -Scottish singer

1945- John Lithgow -American actor and singer

1945- Jeannie C. Riley -American singer

1945- Martin Welz -South African journalist

1946- Philip Pullman -English author and academic

1947- Giorgio Cavazzano -Italian author and illustrator

1948- Dave Mallow -American voice actor and screenwriter

1948- Patrick Simmons -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Doobie Brothers)

1949- Lynn Dickey -American football player and radio host

1949- Jamie McGrigor -English-Scottish politician

1950- Yeslam bin Ladin -Saudi Arabian-Swiss businessman

1950- Kay Carberry -English union leader

1951- Demetrios Christodoulou -Greek mathematician and physicist

1952- Peter Bone -English accountant and politician

1952- Verónica Castro -Mexican actress and singer

1953- Lionel Hollins -American basketball player and coach

1954- Sam Allardyce -English footballer and manager

1954- Deborah Blum -American journalist and author

1954- Joe Bryant -American basketball player and coach

1954- Ken Stott -Scottish actor

1955- Dan Gutman -American author

1956- Steve Doocy -American journalist and author

1956- Grover Norquist -American activist, founded Americans for Tax Reform

1956- Didier Theys -Belgian race car driver

1956- Carlo Urbani -Italian physician (d. 1993)

1956- Bruce Weber (basketball)|Bruce Weber -American basketball player and coach

1957- Dorinda Clark-Cole -American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Clark Sisters)

1957- Ray Richmond -American journalist and critic

1957- Karl Wallinger -Welsh singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (World Party and The Waterboys)

1958- Lou Briel -Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor

1958- Carolyn Browne -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Kazakhstan|British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

1958- Tiriel Mora -Australian actor

1958- Michael Steele -American journalist and politician, 7th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

1959- Nir Barkat -Israeli businessman and politician, Mayor of Jerusalem

1960- Jennifer Holliday -American actress and singer

1960- Susan Straight -American author and academic

1961- Sunny Deol -Indian actor and producer

1962- Tracy Chevalier -American-English author

1962- Evander Holyfield -American boxer and actor

1962- Svetlana Zainetdinova -Soviet-Estonian chess player and coach

1963- Sinitta -American-English singer-songwriter and actress

1963- Kool Keith -American rapper and producer (Ultramagnetic MCs, Analog Brothers, and Masters of Illusion)

1964- Jorge Luis González -Cuban-American boxer

1965- Brad Daugherty (basketball)|Brad Daugherty -American basketball player and sportscaster

1965- Ty Pennington -American carpenter and television host

1966- Roger Cross -Jamaican-Canadian actor

1966- Jon Favreau -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966- Dimitris Lyacos -Greek poet and playwright

1967- Amy Carter -American illustrator and activist

1967- Yoko Shimomura -Japanese pianist and composer (Alph Lyla)

1968- Kacey Ainsworth -English actress

1968- Rodney Carrington -American comedian, actor, and singer

1969- John Edward -American psychic and author

1969- Trey Parker -American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter

1969- DJ Sammy -Spanish DJ and producer

1969- Erwin Sánchez -Bolivian footballer and manager

1970- Caroline Catz -English actress

1970- Andrew Griffiths (politician)|Andrew Griffiths -English politician

1970- Chris Kattan -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Pras -American rapper and producer (Fugees)

1972- Keith Foulke -American baseball player

1973- Hicham Arazi -Moroccan tennis player

1973- Marc Beckers -German footballer

1973- Joaquin Gage -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Joy Bryant -American actress

1976- Paul Hartley -Scottish footballer and manager

1976- Omar Gooding -American actor and producer

1976- Desmond Harrington -American actor

1976- Dan Smith (ice hockey)|Dan Smith -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Michael Young (baseball)|Michael Young -American baseball player

1977- Habib Beye -French-Senegalese footballer

1977- Louis-José Houde -Canadian comedian and actor

1977- Jason Reitman -Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1977- Raúl Tamudo -Spanish footballer

1978- Enrique Bernoldi -Brazilian race car driver

1978- Zakhar Dubensky -Russian footballer

1978- Henri Sorvali -Finnish guitarist and keyboard player (Moonsorrow and Finntroll)

1979- José Luis López (footballer)|José Luis López -Mexican footballer

1979- Brian Robertson (trombonist)|Brian Robertson -American trombonist (Suburban Legends)

1979- Hiromi Yanagihara -Japanese singer and actress (Country Musume) (d. 1999)

1980- José Bautista -Dominican baseball player

1980- Rajai Davis -American baseball player

1980- Benjamin Salisbury -American actor

1981- Christian Bautista -Filipino singer and actor

1981- Heikki Kovalainen -Finnish race car driver

1982- Gillian Jacobs -American actress

1982- Louis Oosthuizen -South African golfer

1982- Gonzalo Pineda -Mexican footballer

1982- Daan van Bunge -Dutch cricketer

1983- Cara Santa Maria -American neuroscientist and blogger

1984- Elaine Bradley -American drummer and songwriter (Neon Trees)

1984- Kaio de Almeida -Brazilian swimmer

1984- Saki Fujita -Japanese voice actress

1988- Dot Rotten -English rapper and producer

1989- Miroslav Stoch -Slovakian footballer

1990- Tom Kilbey -English footballer

1990- Janet Leon -Swedish singer-songwriter and dancer (Play (Swedish band)|Play)

1990- Jessica Meuse -American singer

1991- Colton Dixon -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1993- Abby Sunderland -American sailor

1994- Agnė Sereikaitė -Lithuanian speed skater