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Day History: August-18

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Famous Birthdays


1450- Marko Marulić -Croatian poet (d. 1524)

1579- Countess Charlotte Flandrina of Nassau -(d. 1640)

1596- Jean Bolland -Flemish priest and hagiographer (d. 1665)

1605- Henry Hammond -English churchman and theologian (d. 1660)

1606- Maria Anna of Spain -(d. 1646)

1611- Marie Louise Gonzaga -French wife of John II Casimir Vasa (d. 1650)

1657- Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena -Italian architect and painter (d. 1743)

1685- Brook Taylor -English mathematician (d. 1731)

1692- Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon -(d. 1740)

1700- Baji Rao I -Indian emperor (d. 1740)

1720- Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers -English politician (d. 1760)

1750- Antonio Salieri -Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)

1754- François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat -French general and engineer (d. 1833)

1774- Meriwether Lewis -American soldier, explorer, and politician, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (d. 1809)

1792- John Russell, 1st Earl Russell -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1878)

1803- Nathan Clifford -American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 19th United States Attorney General (d. 1881)

1819- Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819–1876)|Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia -(d. 1876)

1822- Isaac P. Rodman -American general and politician (d. 1862)

1830- Franz Joseph I of Austria -(d. 1916)

1831- Ernest Noel -Scottish businessman and politician (d. 1931)

1834- Marshall Field -American businessman, founded Marshall Field's (d. 1906)

1841- William Halford -English-American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1919)

1855- Alfred Wallis -English painter (d. 1942)

1857- Libert H. Boeynaems -Belgian-American bishop and missionary (d. 1926)

1869- Carl Rungius -German-American painter (d. 1959)

1870- Hugh Bromley-Davenport -England cricketer (d. 1954)

1870- Lavr Kornilov -Russian general (d. 1918)

1872- Adolf Schmal -Austrian fencer and cyclist (d. 1919)

1879- Aleksandr Rodzyanko -Russian general (d. 1970)

1882- Herman Groman -American runner (d. 1954)

1883- Sidney Hatch -American runner (d. 1966)

1885- Vance and Nettie Palmer|Nettie Palmer -Australian poet and critic (d. 1964)

1886- Charles Bartliff -American soccer player (d. 1962)

1890- Walther Funk -German economist and politician (d. 1960)

1893- Burleigh Grimes -American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

1893- Ernest MacMillan -Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1973)

1896- Jack Pickford -Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1933)

1902- Adamson-Eric -Estonian painter (d. 1968)

1902- Margaret Murie -American environmentalist and author (d. 2003)

1903- Lucienne Boyer -French singer (d. 1983)

1904- Max Factor, Jr. -American businessman (d. 1996)

1906- Marcel Carné -French director and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1908- Edgar Faure -French historian and politician, 139th Prime Minister of France (d. 1988)

1908- Bill Merritt (cricketer)|Bill Merritt -New Zealand cricketer (d. 1977)

1909- Gérard Filion -Canadian businessman and journalist (d. 2005)

1910- Herman Berlinski -Polish-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2001)

1911- Amelia Boynton Robinson -American activist

1912- Otto Ernst Remer -German general (d. 1997)

1913- Romain Maes -Belgian cyclist (d. 1983)

1915- Max Lanier -American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)

1916- Neagu Djuvara -Romanian historian, journalist, and diplomat

1916- Don Keefer -American actor (d. 2014)

1916- Moura Lympany -English pianist (d. 2005)

1917- Caspar Weinberger -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2006)

1918- Cisco Houston -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Almanac Singers) (d. 1961)

1919- Wally Hickel -American businessman and politician, 2nd List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska (d. 2010)

1920- Godfrey Evans -English cricketer (d. 1999)

1920- Bob Kennedy -American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1920- Shelley Winters -American actress and singer (d. 2006)

1921- Lydia Litvyak -Russian pilot and lieutenant (d. 1943)

1921- Zdzisław Żygulski, Jr. -Polish historian and academic

1922- Alain Robbe-Grillet -French director and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1923- Jenni Irani -Indian-Pakistani cricketer (d. 1982)

1923- Sadashiv Shinde -Indian cricketer (d. 1955)

1925- Brian Aldiss -English author and critic

1925- Pierre Grondin -Canadian surgeon (d. 2006)

1925- Anis Mansour -Egyptian author (d. 2011)

1926- John P. Finnegan -American actor (d. 2012)

1927- Rosalynn Carter -American wife of Jimmy Carter, 41st First Lady of the United States

1928- Marge Schott -American businesswoman (d. 2004)

1929- Hugues Aufray -French singer

1930- Liviu Librescu -Romanian-American engineer and academic, victim of the Virginia Tech massacre (d. 2007)

1930- Rafael Pineda Ponce -Honduran academic and politician (d. 2014)

1931- Bramwell Tillsley -Canadian 14th General of The Salvation Army

1931- Hans van Mierlo -Dutch journalist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2010)

1931- Dick White (footballer)|Dick White -English footballer

1932- Bill Bennett -Canadian politician, 27th Premier of British Columbia

1932- Luc Montagnier -French virologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Just Fontaine -Moroccan-French footballer and manager

1933- Roman Polanski -French-Polish director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1934- Gulzar -Indian director, producer, and songwriter

1934- Vincent Bugliosi -American lawyer and author

1934- Ronnie Carroll -Irish singer

1934- Roberto Clemente -Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1972)

1934- Michael May (racing driver)|Michael May -German-Swiss race car driver

1935- Rafer Johnson -American decathlete and actor

1935- Howard Morrison -New Zealand singer (Howard Morrison Quartet) (d. 2009)

1935- Hifikepunye Pohamba -Namibian politician, 2nd President of Namibia

1936- Robert Redford -American actor, director, and producer

1937- Sheila Cassidy -English physician and author

1939- Harald Heide-Steen Jr. -Norwegian actor (d. 2008)

1939- Robert Horton (businessman)|Robert Horton -English businessman (d. 2011)

1939- Johnny Preston -American singer (d. 2011)

1940- Adam Makowicz -Polish-Canadian pianist and composer

1940- Gil Whitney -American journalist (d. 1982)

1940- Charles Wilson (journalist)|Charles Wilson -Scottish journalist

1941- Christopher Jones (actor)|Christopher Jones -American actor (d. 2014)

1942- Judith Keppel -English game show contestant, first winner on ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show)|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?''

1943- Sarah Dash -American singer-songwriter and actress (Labelle)

1943- Martin Mull -American actor and singer

1943- Gianni Rivera -Italian footballer and politician

1943- Carl Wayne -English singer and actor (The Move, The Hollies, and The Vikings (British band)|The Vikings) (d. 2004)

1944- Robert Hitchcock -Australian sculptor

1945- Paula Danziger -American author (d. 2004)

1945- Barbara Harris (singer)|Barbara Harris -American singer-songwriter (The Toys)

1945- Värner Lootsmann -Estonian politician

1945- Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. -American soldier, lawyer, and author (d. 1994)

1948- James Jones (bishop)|James Jones -English bishop

1948- Joseph Marcell -St. Lucian-English actor

1948- John Scarlett -English intelligence officer

1949- Nigel Griggs -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Split Enz and Schnell Fenster)

1949- Rudy Hartono -Indonesian badminton player

1950- Dennis Elliott -English drummer and sculptor (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner and If (band)|If)

1952- Elayne Boosler -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1952- Patrick Swayze -American actor and singer (d. 2009)

1952- Ricardo Villa -Argentinian footballer and coach

1953- Louie Gohmert -American captain, lawyer, and politician

1954- Umberto Guidoni -Italian astrophysicist, astronaut, and politician

1955- Bruce Benedict -American baseball player and coach

1955- Taher Elgamal -Egyptian-American cryptographer

1956- John Debney -American composer and conductor

1956- Sandeep Patil -Indian cricketer and coach

1956- Jon Schwartz (drummer)|Jon Schwartz -American drummer and producer

1956- Kelly Willard -American singer-songwriter

1956- Rainer Woelki -German cardinal

1957- Carole Bouquet -French model and actress

1957- Denis Leary -American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1957- Ron Strykert -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Men at Work)

1957- Diana Castle -American actress

1958- Didier Auriol -French race car driver

1958- Madeleine Stowe -American actress

1959- Tom Prichard -American wrestler

1960- Mike LaValliere -American baseball player

1960- Fat Lever -American basketball player

1961- Huw Edwards (journalist)|Huw Edwards -Welsh journalist

1961- Timothy Geithner -American banker and politician, 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury

1961- Glenn Plummer -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961- Birol Ünel -Turkish-German actor

1961- Bob Woodruff -American journalist

1962- Felipe Calderón -Mexican politician, 56th President of Mexico

1962- Geoff Courtnall -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1963- Heino Ferch -German actor

1964- Jim Florentine -American comedian and actor

1964- Kenny Walker -American basketball player

1965- Kōji Kikkawa -Japanese singer (Complex (band)|Complex)

1965- Ikue Ōtani -Japanese voice actress

1966- Gustavo Charif -Argentinian director and producer

1966- Sarita Choudhury -English actress

1966- Kang Soo-yeon -South Korean actress

1967- Brian Michael Bendis -American author and illustrator

1967- Daler Mehndi -Indian singer-songwriter and producer

1967- Dan Peters -American drummer (Bundle of Hiss, Mudhoney, Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, and Love Battery)

1968- Lee Seung-yeon -South Korean actress and talk show host

1969- Everlast (musician)|Everlast -American rapper (House of Pain and La Coka Nostra)

1969- Mark Kuhlmann -German rugby player and coach

1969- Edward Norton -American actor, singer, and producer

1969- Christian Slater -American actor and producer

1970- Jason Furman -American economist

1970- Jessica Hsuan -Hong Kong actress

1970- Malcolm-Jamal Warner -American actor and producer

1971- Tom Middleton -English DJ and producer (Global Communication)

1971- Aphex Twin -Irish-English DJ and producer (Universal Indicator (collective)|Universal Indicator)

1971- Jacob Vargas -Mexican-American actor

1972- Victoria Coren Mitchell -English journalist and poker player

1972- Leo Ku -Hong Kong singer, actor, producer, and director

1972- Masahiro Nakai -Japanese singer and actor (SMAP)

1973- Paulo Schroeber -Brazilian guitarist (Almah (band)|Almah, Astafix, and Hammer 67) (d. 2014)

1973- Carmen Serano -American actress

1974- Nicole Krauss -American author

1975- Róbert Fazekas -Hungarian decathlete

1975- Kaitlin Olson -American actress

1976- Paraskevas Antzas -Greek footballer

1977- Régine Chassagne -Canadian singer-songwriter (Arcade Fire)

1977- Mizuo Peck -American actress

1978- Andy Samberg -American actor, screenwriter, and rapper (The Lonely Island)

1979- Stuart Dew -Australian footballer

1979- Mohib Mirza -Pakistani actor and director

1980- Esteban Cambiasso -Argentinian footballer

1980- Preeti Jhangiani -Indian actress

1980- Rob Nguyen -Australian race car driver

1980- Athina Papayianni -Greek race walker

1980- Bart Scott -American football player

1980- Jeremy Shockey -American football player

1981- César Delgado -Argentinian footballer

1981- Dimitris Salpingidis -Greek footballer

1982- Cullen Finnerty -American football player (d. 2013)

1983- Danny! -American rapper and producer

1983- Mika (singer)|Mika -Lebanese-English singer-songwriter and pianist

1983- Dmitri Antoni -Estonian figure skater

1983- Cameron White -Australian cricketer

1984- Sigourney Bandjar -Dutch footballer

1984- Robert Huth -German footballer

1985- Inge Dekker -Dutch swimmer

1985- Julen Goikoetxea -Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)

1985- Bryan Ruiz -Costa Rican footballer

1986- Ross McCormack -Scottish footballer

1986- Miesha Tate -American martial artist

1986- Andreas Weise -Swedish singer-songwriter

1987- Mika Boorem -American actress

1987- Tine Thing Helseth -Norwegian trumpet player

1987- Zuzana Jandová -Czech model, Miss Czech Republic|Miss Czech Republic 2008

1987- Siri Tollerød -Norwegian model

1988- G-Dragon -South Korean singer-songwriter, producer, and dancer (Big Bang (South Korean band)|Big Bang)

1988- Jack Hobbs (footballer)|Jack Hobbs -English footballer

1988- Luke Jackson (author)|Luke Jackson -English author

1988- Eggert Jónsson -Icelandic footballer

1992- Elizabeth Beisel -American swimmer

1992- Riko Narumi -Japanese actress

1992- Amy Willerton -English model, Miss Universe Great Britain|Miss Universe Great Britain 2013

1993- Maia Mitchell -Australian actress and singer

1993- Jeong Eun-ji -South Korean singer, actress, dancer and model (A Pink)

1999- Talia Castellano -American blogger (d. 2013)