This Day in History

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

Famous Birthdays


647- Yazid I -Arabian Umayyad Caliphate|caliph (d. 683)

1301- Otto, Duke of Austria -(d. 1339)

1339- Louis I, Duke of Anjou -(d. 1384)

1503- Anne of Bohemia and Hungary -(d. 1547)

1649- Pope Clement XI -(d. 1721)

1705- Francis Blomefield -English historian (d. 1752)

1773- Thomas Brisbane -Scottish general and politician, 6th Governor of New South Wales (d. 1860)

1775- Étienne-Louis Malus -French physicist and mathematician (d. 1812)

1777- Philipp Otto Runge -German painter (d. 1810)

1796- Franz Berwald -Swedish surgeon and composer (d. 1868)

1823- Alexandre-Antonin Taché -Canadian archbishop (d. 1894)

1838- Édouard Colonne -French violinist and conductor (d. 1910)

1851- Peder Severin Krøyer -Norwegian-Danish painter (d. 1909)

1856- Arthur Bird -American-German composer (d. 1923)

1856- Bal Gangadhar Tilak -Indian lawyer and journalist (d. 1920)

1864- Apolinario Mabini -Filipino lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines (d. 1903)

1865- Max Heindel -Danish occultist and mystic (d. 1919)

1866- Francesco Cilea -Italian composer (d. 1950)

1883- Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke -French-English field marshal (d. 1963)

1884- Emil Jannings -Swiss-German actor and producer (d. 1950)

1885- Georges V. Matchabelli -Georgian-American businessman, created Prince Matchabelli|Prince Matchabelli perfume (d. 1935)

1886- Salvador de Madariaga -Spanish historian and diplomat (d. 1978)

1886- Walter H. Schottky -Swiss-German physicist and engineer (d. 1976)

1888- Raymond Chandler -American author and screenwriter (d. 1959)

1892- Haile Selassie I -Ethiopian emperor (d. 1975)

1894- Arthur Treacher -English-American actor and singer (d. 1975)

1895- Aileen Pringle -American actress (d. 1989)

1898- Bengt Djurberg -Swedish actor and singer (d. 1941)

1898- Red Dutton -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1987)

1898- Herman Kruusenberg -Estonian wrestler (d. 1970)

1898- Jacob Marschak -Ukrainian-American economist (d. 1977)

1899- Gustav Heinemann -German politician, 3rd List of German presidents|President of West Germany (d. 1976)

1900- John Babcock -Canadian-American sergeant (d. 2010)

1901- Hank Worden -American actor (d. 1992)

1905- Leopold Engleitner -Austrian holocaust survivor, author, and educator (d. 2013)

1906- Vladimir Prelog -Croatian-Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

1906- Chandra Shekhar Azad -Indian activist (d. 1931)

1909- John William Finn -American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2010)

1912- M. H. Abrams -American author and critic

1912- Michael Wilding (actor)|Michael Wilding -English actor (d. 1979)

1913- Michael Foot -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Employment (d. 2010)

1914- Nassos Daphnis -Greek-American painter (d.2010)

1914- Virgil Finlay -American illustrator (d. 1971)

1914- Elly Annie Schneider -German-American actress (d. 2004)

1916- Laurel Martyn -Australian ballerina and choreographer (d. 2013)

1918- Abraham Bueno de Mesquita -Dutch comedian and actor (d. 2005)

1918- Ruth Duccini -American actress (d. 2014)

1918- Pee Wee Reese -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1999)

1920- Amália Rodrigues -Portuguese singer and actress (d. 1999)

1921- Calvert DeForest -American actor (d. 2007)

1922- Damiano Damiani -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1923- Luis Aloma -Cuban-American baseball player (d. 1997)

1923- Morris Halle -Latvian-American linguist and academic

1923- Amalia Mendoza -Mexican singer and actress (d. 2001)

1924- Gavin Lambert -English-American screenwriter and author (d. 2005)

1925- Tajuddin Ahmad -Bangladeshi politician, 1st Prime Minister of Bangladesh (d. 1975)

1925- Alain Decaux -French historian and author

1925- Gloria DeHaven -American actress and singer

1927- Gérard Brach -French director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1928- Leon Fleisher -American pianist and conductor

1928- Vera Rubin -American astronomer

1928- Hubert Selby, Jr. -American author and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1929- Danny Barcelona -American drummer (d. 2007)

1929- Lateef Jakande -Nigerian journalist and politician, 5th Governor of Lagos State

1931- Te Atairangikaahu -Māori queen (d. 2006)

1931- Claude Fournier (filmmaker)|Claude Fournier -Canadian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1931- Guy Fournier -Canadian author and screenwriter

1933- Raimund Abraham -Austrian architect, designed the Austrian Cultural Forum New York|Austrian Cultural Forum (d. 2010)

1933- Bert Convy -American actor, singer, and game show host (d. 1991)

1933- Benedict Groeschel -American priest, psychologist, and talk show host (d. 2014)

1933- Richard Rogers -Italian-English architect, designed the Millennium Dome and Lloyd's building

1935- Jim Hall (racing driver)|Jim Hall -American race car driver

1935- Hein Heinsen -Danish sculptor

1936- Don Drysdale -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1993)

1936- Anthony Kennedy -American lawyer and jurist

1937- Dave Webster -American football player and engineer

1938- Juliet Anderson -American porn actress and producer (d. 2010)

1938- Ronny Cox -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1938- Götz George -German actor and producer

1938- Charles Harrelson -American murderer (d. 2007)

1938- Bert Newton -Australian actor and television host

1939- Raine Karp -Estonian architect

1940- Don Imus -American radio radio host

1940- Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa -Italian economist and politician (d. 2010)

1941- Christopher Andrew (historian)|Christopher Andrew -English historian and academic

1941- Richie Evans -American race car driver (d. 1985)

1942- Sallyanne Atkinson -Australian journalist and politician, Lord Mayor of Brisbane

1942- Madeline Bell -American singer-songwriter (Blue Mink)

1942- Richard E. Dauch -American businessman, co-founded American Axle (d. 2013)

1942- Dimitris Liantinis -Greek philosopher and author (d. 1998)

1943- Randall Forsberg -American scientist (d. 2007)

1943- Tony Joe White -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944- Dino Danelli -American drummer (The Rascals and Fotomaker)

1944- Maria João Pires -Portuguese pianist

1945- Edward Gregson -English composer

1946- Andy Mackay -English oboe player and composer (Roxy Music)

1946- René Ricard -American poet, painter, and critic (d. 2014)

1947- Gardner Dozois -American author

1947- David Essex -English singer-songwriter, and actor

1947- Torsten Palm -Swedish race car driver

1947- Robin Simon (critic)|Robin Simon -English historian, critic, and academic

1948- Ross Cranston -Australian-English lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1948- John Cushnahan -Irish educator and politician

1948- John Hall (New York politician)|John Hall -American pianist, songwriter, and politician

1948- Stanisław Targosz -Polish general (d. 2013)

1949- Clive Rice -South African cricketer and coach

1950- Alex Kozinski -Romanian-American lawyer and judge

1950- Len McCluskey -English union leader

1950- Ian Thomas (Canadian musician)|Ian Thomas -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1950- Blair Thornton -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

1950- Alan Turner (cricketer)|Alan Turner -Australian cricketer

1951- Edie McClurg -American actress

1951- Michael McConnohie -American voice actor and screenwriter

1951- Glen Weir -Canadian football player

1952- Paul Hibbert -Australian cricketer and coach (d. 2008)

1952- Bill Nyrop -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)

1952- John Rutsey -Canadian drummer (Rush (band)|Rush) (d. 2008)

1952- Janis Siegel -American singer (The Manhattan Transfer)

1953- Claude Barzotti -Belgian-Italian singer

1953- Graham Gooch -English cricketer and coach

1953- Bob Hilton -American game show host and announcer

1953- Najib Razak -6th Prime Minister of Malaysia and Malaysian politician

1954- Annie Sprinkle -American porn actress and producer

1957- Jo Brand -English comedian, actress, and screenwriter

1957- Kate Buffery -English actress

1957- Nikos Galis -American basketball player

1957- Theo van Gogh (film director)|Theo van Gogh -Dutch actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1958- Tomy Winata -Indonesian businessman and philanthropist, founded the Artha Graha Peduli Foundation

1959- Nancy Savoca -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1960- Susan Graham -American soprano

1960- Al Perez -American wrestler

1961- André Ducharme -Canadian comedian and author

1961- Michael Durant -American pilot and author

1961- Martin Gore -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Depeche Mode and VCMG)

1961- Woody Harrelson -American actor

1962- Eriq La Salle -American actor, director, and producer

1962- Alain Lefèvre -Canadian pianist and composer

1964- Uwe Barth -German politician

1964- Edward Forchion -American activist and politician

1964- Nick Menza -German drummer and songwriter (Megadeth and Memorain)

1965- Slash (musician)|Slash -English-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Hollywood Rose, and Road Crew)

1965- Rob Dickinson -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Catherine Wheel)

1965- Dick Jaspers -Dutch billiards player

1966- Samantha Beckinsale -English actress

1966- Hamid Mir -Pakistani journalist

1967- Titiyo -Swedish singer-songwriter

1967- Philip Seymour Hoffman -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1968- Elden Campbell -American basketball player

1968- Gary Payton -American basketball player and actor

1968- Stephanie Seymour -American model and actress

1969- Andrew Cassels -Canadian ice hockey player

1969- David Kaufman (actor)|David Kaufman -American actor

1970- Charisma Carpenter -American actress

1970- Thea Dorn -German author and playwright

1970- Sam Watters -American singer-songwriter and producer (Color Me Badd)

1971- Dalvin DeGrate -American rapper and producer (Jodeci)

1971- Alison Krauss -American singer-songwriter and fiddler

1971- Christopher Lee (Singaporean actor)|Christopher Lee -Malaysian-Singaporean actor and singer

1971- Chris Michalek -American harmonica player (d. 2010)

1971- Joel Stein -American journalist

1972- Giovane Élber -Brazilian footballer

1972- Floyd Reifer -Barbadian cricketer and coach

1972- Marlon Wayans -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Nomar Garciaparra -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973- Fran Healy (musician)|Fran Healy -English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Travis (band)|Travis)

1973- Monica Lewinsky -American author and handbag designer

1973- Himesh Reshammiya -Indian singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director

1973- Andrea Scanavacca -Italian rugby player and manager

1974- Terry Glenn -American football player and coach

1974- Maurice Greene (athlete)|Maurice Greene -American sprinter

1974- Kathryn Hahn -American actress

1974- Stephanie March -American actress

1974- Sonny Siaki -Samoan-American wrestler

1974- Rik Verbrugghe -Belgian cyclist

1975- Suriya -Indian actor and producer

1975- Dan Rogerson -English politician

1975- Sung Hyun-ah -South Korean model and actress

1976- Judit Polgár -Hungarian chess player

1977- Scott Clemmensen -American ice hockey player

1977- Kalup Linzy -American video and performance artist

1977- Néicer Reasco -Ecuadorian footballer

1977- Shawn Thornton -Canadian ice hockey player

1978- Stuart Elliott (footballer, born 1978)|Stuart Elliott -Irish footballer

1978- Marianela González -Venezuelan actress

1978- Stefanie Sun -Singaporean singer-songwriter and pianist

1979- Perro Aguayo, Jr. -Mexican wrestler

1979- Sotirios Kyrgiakos -Greek footballer

1979- Anta Livitsanou -Greek actress

1979- Richard Sims -Zimbabwean cricketer

1979- Ricardo Sperafico -Brazilian race car driver

1979- Cathleen Tschirch -German sprinter

1980- Sandeep Parikh -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1980- Michelle Williams (singer)|Michelle Williams -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Destiny's Child)

1981- Steve Jocz -Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, and director (Sum 41)

1981- Dmitriy Karpov -Kazakhstani decathlete

1981- Aleksandr Kulik -Estonian footballer

1981- Jarkko Nieminen -Finnish tennis player

1982- Zanjoe Marudo -Filipino actor

1982- Joe Mather -American baseball player

1982- Tom Mison -English actor

1982- Gerald Wallace -American basketball player

1982- Paul Wesley -American actor

1983- Andrew Eiden -American actor

1983- Bec Hewitt -Australian actress and singer

1983- Aaron Peirsol -American swimmer

1983- David Strettle -English rugby player

1984- Walter Gargano -Uruguayan footballer

1984- Matthew Murphy -English singer and guitarist (The Wombats)

1984- Brandon Roy -American basketball player

1984- Celeste Thorson -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1985- Matthew Colin Bailey -American historian and author

1985- Luis Ángel Landín -Mexican footballer

1985- Anna Maria Mühe -German actress

1986- Ayaka Komatsu -Japanese model and actress

1986- Nelson Philippe -French race car driver

1986- Reece Ritchie -English actor

1986- Yelena Sokolova (long jumper)|Yelena Sokolova -Russian long jumper

1987- Alessio Cerci -Italian footballer

1987- Felipe Dylon -Brazilian singer

1987- Arthur Napiontek -American actor

1988- Pippa Bennett-Warner -English actress

1988- Pablo Holman -Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kudai)

1989- Eliška Bučková -Czech model, Czech Miss|Czech Miss 2008

1989- Daniel Radcliffe -English actor and singer

1989- Donald Young (tennis)|Donald Young -American tennis player

1990- Ryan Castro -American actor

1990- Kevin Reynolds (figure skater)|Kevin Reynolds -Canadian figure skater

1991- Bibi Jones -American porn actress

1991- Lauren Mitchell -Australian gymnast

1992- Danny Ings -English footballer

1996- Rachel G. Fox -American actress and singer

2002- Lil' P-Nut -American rapper and actor