This Day in History

Daily historical facts, events, famous birthdays, world history. Discover what happened today in history.

Famous Birthdays


1133- Henry II of England -(d. 1189)

1324- David II of Scotland -(d. 1371)

1326- Louis I of Hungary -(d. 1382)

1512- Gerardus Mercator -Flemish mathematician, cartographer, and philosopher (d. 1594)

1563- John Coke -English politician (d. 1644)

1575- William Oughtred -English mathematician (d. 1660)

1585- John George I, Elector of Saxony -(d. 1656)

1658- Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac -French explorer (d. 1730)

1693- Johann Jakob Wettstein -Swiss theologian and scholar (d. 1754)

1696- Giovanni Battista Tiepolo -Italian painter (d. 1770)

1703- Vasily Kirillovich Trediakovsky -Russian poet (d. 1768)

1713- Edward Cornwallis -English general (d. 1776)

1713- Frederick Cornwallis -English archbishop (d. 1783)

1723- Princess Mary of Great Britain -(d. 1773)

1739- Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge -American physician and colonel (d. 1819)

1748- Jonas C. Dryander -Swedish botanist (d. 1810)

1748- William Shield -English violinist and composer (d. 1829)

1750- Jean-Baptiste Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison -French scholar (d. 1805)

1751- Jan Křtitel Kuchař -Czech organist, composer, and educator (d. 1829)

1794- Jacques Babinet -French physicist (d. 1872)

1794- Robert Cooper Grier -American jurist (d. 1870)

1814- Wilhelm von Giesebrecht -German historian (d. 1889)

1815- John Wentworth (Illinois)|John Wentworth -American politician, 19th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1888)

1817- Austen Henry Layard -English archaeologist (d. 1894)

1836- Charles Goodnight -American rancher (d. 1929)

1853- Howard Pyle -American author and illustrator (d. 1911)

1862- Siegbert Tarrasch -German chess player (d. 1934)

1867- Louis-Alexandre Taschereau -Canadian politician, 14th Premier of Quebec (d. 1952)

1869- Michael von Faulhaber -German cardinal (d. 1952)

1870- Frank Norris -American author (d. 1902)

1871- Rosa Luxemburg -Polish-Russian economist and philosopher (d. 1919)

1873- Olav Bjaaland -Norwegian skier and explorer (d. 1961)

1874- Henry Travers -English actor (d. 1965)

1879- William Beveridge -Indian-English economist (d. 1963)

1879- Andres Larka -Estonian general and politician, 1st Estonian Minister of War (d. 1943)

1882- Arthur Hussey -American golfer (d. 1915)

1882- Dora Marsden -English author and activist (d. 1960)

1883- Marius Barbeau -Canadian ethnographer (d. 1969)

1886- Dong Biwu -Chinese politician (d. 1975)

1887- Heitor Villa-Lobos -Brazilian composer (d. 1959)

1897- Set Persson -Swedish politician (d. 1960)

1898- Zhou Enlai -Chinese politician, 1st Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1976)

1898- Soong May-ling -Chinese wife of Chiang Kai-Shek, 2nd List of spouses of the presidents of the Republic of China|First Lady of China (d. 2003)

1898- Misao Okawa -Japanese super-centenarian

1901- Louis Kahn -American architect and academic (d. 1974)

1904- Karl Rahner -German priest and theologian (d. 1984)

1908- Irving Fiske -American author and playwright (d. 1990)

1908- Rex Harrison -English actor (d. 1990)

1910- Momofuku Ando -Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, founded Nissin Foods (d. 2007)

1913- Gangubai Hangal -Indian singer (d. 2009)

1914- Philip Farkas -American horn player (d. 1992)

1914- Ursula Reit -German actress (d. 1998)

1915- Henry Hicks (Nova Scotia politician)|Henry Hicks -Canadian academic and politician, 16th Premier of Nova Scotia (d. 1990)

1915- Laurent Schwartz -French mathematician (d. 2002)

1916- Jack Hamm -American illustrator (d. 1996)

1918- Milt Schmidt -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1918- Red Storey -Canadian football player, referee, and sportscaster (d. 2006)

1918- James Tobin -American economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

1920- José Aboulker -Algerian surgeon and activist (d. 2009)

1920- Virginia Christine -American actress (d. 1996)

1920- Leontine T. Kelly -American bishop (d. 2012)

1921- Elmer Valo -American baseball player (d. 1998)

1922- James Noble (actor)|James Noble -American actor

1922- Pier Paolo Pasolini -Italian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1975)

1923- Juan A. Rivero -Puerto Rican biologist and academic, founded Dr. Juan A. Rivero Zoo (d. 2014)

1923- Laurence Tisch -American businessman, co-founded the Loews Corporation (d. 2003)

1926- Craig Hill (actor)|Craig Hill -American-Spanish actor (d. 2014)

1927- Jack Cassidy -American actor (d. 1976)

1928- J. Hillis Miller -American literary critic

1929- Erik Carlsson -Swedish race car driver

1929- J. B. Lenoir -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1967)

1930- John Ashley (ice hockey)|John Ashley -Canadian ice hockey player and referee (d. 2008)

1930- Del Crandall -American baseball player and manager

1931- Fred (comics)|Fred -French illustrator (d. 2013)

1931- Anthony Hedges -English composer and academic

1931- Jean-Paul Roussillon -French actor (d. 2009)

1931- Barry Tuckwell -Australian horn player

1932- Gertan Klauber -Czech-English actor (d. 2008)

1933- Jef Eygel -Belgian basketball player (d. 2005)

1933- Kostas Linoxilakis -Greek footballer

1933- Tommy Tucker (singer)|Tommy Tucker -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1982)

1934- Daniel Kahneman -Israeli economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1934- James Sikking -American actor

1935- Philip K. Chapman -Australian-American astronaut and engineer

1935- Paul Sand -American actor

1936- Canaan Banana -Zimbabwean politician, 1st President of Zimbabwe (d. 2003)

1936- Dean Stockwell -American actor

1937- Olusegun Obasanjo -Nigerian general and politician, 5th President of Nigeria

1938- Paul Evans (musician)|Paul Evans -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1938- Lynn Margulis -American biologist (d. 2011)

1938- Fred Williamson -American football player, actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1939- Samantha Eggar -English actress

1939- Benyamin Sueb -Indonesian comedian, actor, and singer (d. 1995)

1939- Peter Woodcock -Canadian murderer (d. 2010)

1939- Pierre Wynants -Belgian chef

1940- Tom Butler (bishop)|Tom Butler -English bishop

1941- Des Wilson -New Zealand-English businessman and activist

1942- Felipe González -Spanish politician, Prime Minister of Spain

1942- Mike Resnick -American author

1943- Billy Backus -American boxer

1943- Lucio Battisti -Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1943- Hugh Scully -English television host

1944- Peter Brandes -Danish painter and sculptor

1944- Roy Gutman -American journalist

1946- Richard Bell (Canadian musician)|Richard Bell -Canadian pianist (Full Tilt Boogie Band, The Band, Crowbar (Canadian band)|Crowbar, and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) (d. 2007)

1946- Mem Fox -Australian author

1946- Murray Head -English actor and singer

1946- Lova Moor -French singer, dancer, and actress

1946- Michael Warren (actor)|Michael Warren -American basketball player and actor

1947- Eddie Hodges -American actor and singer

1947- Clodagh Rodgers -Irish singer and actress

1947- Tom Russell -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947- Kent Tekulve -American baseball player

1948- Paquirri -Spanish bullfighter (d. 1984)

1948- Eddy Grant -Guyanese-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Equals)

1948- Richard Hickox -English conductor (d. 2008)

1948- Elaine Paige -English singer and actress

1948- A. Rafiq -Indonesian singer and actor (d. 2013)

1949- Leszek Błażyński -Polish boxer (d. 1992)

1949- Franz Josef Jung -German politician

1951- Lat -Malaysian cartoonist

1951- Jim Dowd (politician)|Jim Dowd -German-English politician

1951- Burkhard Segler -German footballer

1952- Alan Clark (keyboardist)|Alan Clark -English keyboard player (Dire Straits)

1952- Mike Squires -American baseball player

1953- Michael Sandel -American philosopher and educator

1954- Barry Lee Fairchild -American murderer (d. 1995)

1954- Jack Stamp -American conductor and composer

1954- Marsha Warfield -American actress

1955- Julien Dray -Algerian-French politician

1955- Penn Jillette -American magician, actor, and author

1955- Georgios Papastamkos -Greek politician

1956- Adriana Barraza -Mexican actress and director

1956- Teena Marie -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2010)

1956- Marco Paolini -Italian actor and author

1956- Christopher Snowden -English engineer and academic

1957- Mark E. Smith -English singer-songwriter (The Fall (band)|The Fall and Von Südenfed)

1957- Ray Suarez -American journalist and author

1958- Andy Gibb -English-Australian singer (d. 1988)

1959- David Fury -American screenwriter and producer

1959- Tsukasa Hojo -Japanese illustrator

1959- Mike Byster -American mathematician, mental calculator and Mathematics education|math educator

1959- Vazgen Sargsyan -Armenian colonel and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 1999)

1960- Paul Drayson, Baron Drayson -English businessman and politician

1960- David Tibet -English singer-songwriter (Current 93 and Death in June)

1962- Jonathan Penner -American actor

1962- The Proclaimers|Charlie Reid -Scottish singer-songwriter (The Proclaimers)

1962- The Proclaimers|Craig Reid -Scottish singer-songwriter (The Proclaimers)

1963- Joel Osteen -American pastor, author, and television host

1964- Bertrand Cantat -French singer-songwriter (Noir Désir)

1964- Egon Flad -German footballer

1966- Mark Z. Danielewski -American author

1966- Oh Eun-sun -South-Korean mountaineer

1966- Bob Halkidis -Canadian ice hockey player

1966- Michael Irvin -American football player

1966- Aasif Mandvi -Indian-American actor and comedian

1968- Gordon Bajnai -Hungarian businessman and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Hungary

1968- Theresa Villiers -English lawyer and politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1969- Paul Blackthorne -English actor

1969- Danny King (author)|Danny King -English author and playwright

1969- Moussa Saïb -Algerian footballer

1969- MC Solaar -Senegalese-French rapper

1970- Rome (musician)|Rome -American singer

1970- Mike Brown (basketball, born 1970)|Mike Brown -American basketball player and coach

1970- John Frusciante -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Swahili Blonde, and Ataxia (band)|Ataxia)

1971- Jeffrey Hammonds -American baseball player

1971- Yuri Lowenthal -American voice actor

1971- Filip Meirhaeghe -Belgian cyclist

1971- Scott Mosier -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Brian Grant -American basketball player

1972- Luca Turilli -Italian guitarist and songwriter (Rhapsody of Fire, and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, and Luca Turilli's Dreamquest)

1973- Yannis Anastasiou -Greek footballer

1973- Nelly Arcan -Canadian author (d. 2009)

1973- Ryan Franklin -American baseball player

1973- Nicole Pratt -Australian tennis player

1974- Kevin Connolly (actor)|Kevin Connolly -American actor and director

1974- Jens Jeremies -German footballer

1974- Matt Lucas -English comedian, actor, singer, and screenwriter

1974- Eva Mendes -American actress

1974- Jill Ritchie -American actress

1975- Jolene Blalock -American actress

1975- Luciano Burti -Brazilian race car driver

1975- Sasho Petrovski -Australian footballer

1975- Niki Taylor -American model

1975- Sergei Ivanov (cyclist) -former professional road bicycle racer

1976- Šarūnas Jasikevičius -Lithuanian basketball player

1976- Paul Konerko -American baseball player

1976- Chiwoniso Maraire -Zimbabwean singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1976- Katerina Matziou -Greek actress

1976- Tim Sylvia -American mixed martial artist and wrestler

1977- Bryan Berard -American ice hockey player

1977- Mike MacDougal -American baseball player

1977- Wally Szczerbiak -American basketball player

1978- Jared Crouch -Australian footballer

1978- Mike Hessman -American baseball player

1978- Kimberly McCullough -American actress, singer, and dancer

1978- Carlos Ochoa -Mexican footballer

1979- Tang Gonghong -Chinese weightlifter

1980- Shay Carl -American businessman, co-founded Maker Studios

1981- Barret Jackman -Canadian ice hockey player

1981- Paul Martin (ice hockey)|Paul Martin -American ice hockey player

1981- Shugo Oshinari -Japanese actor

1981- Andreas Wiig -Norwegian snowboarder

1982- Daniel Carter (rugby player)|Daniel Carter -New Zealand rugby player

1982- Giorgia Palmas -Italian model and television host

1983- Edgar Dueñas -Mexican footballer

1984- Ryan Crowley -Australian footballer

1984- Guillaume Hoarau -French footballer

1985- David Marshall (footballer)|David Marshall -Scottish footballer

1985- Kenichi Matsuyama -Japanese actor

1985- Brad Mills (pitcher)|Brad Mills -American baseball player

1986- Matty Fryatt -English footballer

1986- Kimberlee Green -Australian netball player

1986- Ellen Whitaker -English horse rider

1986- Carlos Quintero (cyclist) -Colombian racing cyclist

1987- Anna Chakvetadze -Russian tennis player

1988- Trevor Carson -Irish footballer

1988- Bjarni Viðarsson -Icelandic footballer

1989- Sterling Knight -American actor and singer

1989- Jake Lloyd -American actor

1990- Alex Smithies -English footballer

1991- Daniil Trifonov -Russian pianist

1993- El-Hadji Ba -French footballer

1993- Joshua Coyne -American violinist and composer

1993- Alexa Dectis -American singer and actress

1994- Daria Gavrilova -Russian tennis player

1994- Aislinn Paul -Canadian actress

1999- Madison Beer -American singer