This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1409- Jean II, Duke of Alençon -(d. 1476)

1459- Pope Adrian VI -(d. 1523)

1545- Thomas Bodley -English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (d. 1613)

1578- George Sandys -English poet (d. 1644)

1705- William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1793)

1755- Antoine-Frédéric Gresnick -Belgian composer (d. 1799)

1760- Camille Desmoulins -French journalist and politician (d. 1794)

1769- DeWitt Clinton -American politician, 6th Governor of New York (d. 1828)

1770- Louis-Gabriel Suchet -French general (d. 1826)

1779- Joel Roberts Poinsett -American physician and politician, 15th United States Secretary of War (d. 1851)

1793- Sam Houston -American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)

1800- Evgeny Baratynsky -Russian poet (d. 1844)

1810- Pope Leo XIII -(d. 1903)

1816- Alexander Bullock -American politician, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)

1817- János Arany -Hungarian journalist and poet (d. 1882)

1820- Multatuli -Dutch author (d. 1887)

1824- Bedřich Smetana -Czech composer (d. 1884)

1829- Carl Schurz -German-American politician (d. 1906)

1836- Henry Billings Brown -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1913)

1842- Carl Jacobsen -Danish brewer (d. 1914)

1843- Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy -(d. 1911)

1849- Robert Means Thompson -American commander, lawyer, and businessman (d. 1930)

1859- Sholem Aleichem -Ukrainian-American author and playwright (d. 1916)

1860- Susanna M. Salter -American politician (d. 1961)

1862- John Jay Chapman -American author (d. 1933)

1862- Boris Borisovich Galitzine -Russian physicist (d. 1916)

1876- Pope Pius XII -(d. 1958)

1878- William Kissam Vanderbilt II -American sailor (d. 1944)

1885- Victor Houteff -Bulgarian religious reformer and author (d. 1955)

1886- Willis H. O'Brien -American animator and director (d. 1962)

1886- Friedebert Tuglas -Estonian author and critic (d. 1971)

1897- Minor Hall -American drummer (d. 1959)

1900- Harri Moora -Estonian archeologist and academic (d. 1968)

1900- Matilde Muñoz Sampedro -Spanish actress (d. 1969)

1900- Kurt Weill -German-American composer (d. 1950)

1902- Moe Berg -American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)

1902- Edward Condon -American physicist (d. 1974)

1904- Dr. Seuss -American author, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)

1905- Marc Blitzstein -American composer (d. 1964)

1905- Geoffrey Grigson -English poet and critic (d. 1985)

1906- Jan Ankerman -Dutch field hockey player (d. 1942)

1908- Walter Bruch -German engineer (d. 1990)

1908- Fyodor Okhlopkov -Russian sergeant (d. 1968)

1909- Mel Ott -American baseball player (d. 1958)

1912- Henry Katzman -American pianist, composer, and painter (d. 2001)

1912- William Thayer Tutt -American businessman (d. 1989)

1913- Godfried Bomans -Flemish television host and author (d. 1971)

1913- Mort Cooper -American baseball player (d. 1958)

1913- Celedonio Romero -Spanish guitarist and songwriter (The Romeros) (d. 1996)

1914- Mayo Kaan -American bodybuilder (d. 2002)

1914- Martin Ritt -American actor, director, and playwright (d. 1990)

1917- Desi Arnaz -Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)

1917- David Goodis -American author (d. 1967)

1917- Jim Konstanty -American baseball player (d. 1976)

1918- Michael Rye -American actor (d. 2012)

1919- Jennifer Jones -American actress (d. 2009)

1919- Eddie Lawrence -American actor, singer, and playwright (d. 2014)

1919- Tamara Toumanova -Russian ballerina and actress (d. 1996)

1920- Heinz-Ludwig Schmidt -German footballer and manager (d. 2008)

1921- Ernst Haas -Austrian photographer (d. 1986)

1922- Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis -American saxophonist (d. 1986)

1922- Bill Quackenbush -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)

1923- Basil Hume -English cardinal (d. 1999)

1923- Orrin Keepnews -American songwriter and producer

1923- Robert H. Michel -American politician

1923- Dave Strack -American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)

1924- Cal Abrams -American baseball player (d. 1997)

1924- Renos Apostolidis -Greek philologist, author, and critic (d. 2004)

1924- William Howie, Baron Howie of Troon -English politician

1926- Bernard Agré -Ivorian cardinal (d. 2014)

1926- Murray Rothbard -American economist and historian (d. 1995)

1927- Roger Walkowiak -French cyclist and economist

1928- John S. Romanides -Greek priest and author (d. 2001)

1929- Donald Gosling -English admiral and businessman

1930- Pat Arrowsmith -English activist and author

1930- John Cullum -American actor and singer

1930- Emma Penella -Spanish actress (d. 2007)

1931- Mikhail Gorbachev -Soviet lawyer and politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1931- Tom Wolfe -American journalist and author

1932- Gun Hägglund -Swedish journalist (d. 2011)

1934- Dottie Rambo -American singer-songwriter (The Rambos) (d. 2008)

1936- Haroon Ahmed -Pakistani-English engineer and academic

1936- John Tusa -Czech-English journalist and academic

1935- Al Waxman -Canadian actor and director (d. 2001)

1937- Abdelaziz Bouteflika -Algerian politician, 5th President of Algeria

1937- Denny Crum -American basketball player and coach

1938- Ricardo Lagos -Chilean politician, 33rd President of Chile

1938- Lawrence Payton -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Four Tops) (d. 1997)

1939- Jan Howard Finder -American author (d. 2013)

1939- BarBara Luna -American actress

1940- Tony Croatto -Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1940- Mamnoon Hussain -Pakistani politician, 12th President of Pakistan

1940- Robert Lloyd (bass)|Robert Lloyd -English opera singer

1941- Jon Finch -English actor (d. 2012)

1941- David Satcher -American physician, 16th United States Surgeon General

1942- Kwang Jo Choi -South Korean martial artist

1942- John Irving -American author

1942- Claude Larose (ice hockey b. 1942)|Claude Larose -Canadian ice hockey player

1942- Mir-Hossein Mousavi -Iranian politician, 79th Prime Minister of Iran

1942- Luc Plamondon -Canadian songwriter

1942- Lou Reed -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Velvet Underground and Metal Machine Trio) (d. 2013)

1943- Zygfryd Blaut -Polish footballer (d. 2005)

1943- George Layton -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1943- Tony Meehan -English drummer (The Shadows and The Vipers Skiffle Group) (d. 2005)

1943- Peter Straub -American author

1944- Uschi Glas -German actress

1945- Derek Watkins (trumpeter)|Derek Watkins -English trumpet player (d. 2013)

1947- Nelson Ned -Brazilian singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1947- Harry Redknapp -English footballer and manager

1948- Rory Gallagher -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Taste (band)|Taste) (d. 1995)

1948- Jeff Kennett -Australian politician, 43rd Premier of Victoria

1949- Alain Chamfort -French singer

1949- Naomi James -New Zealand sailor

1949- Gates McFadden -American actress and choreographer

1949- J.P.R. Williams -Welsh rugby player

1950- Karen Carpenter -American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983)

1950- Jeffrey Chodorow -American businessman

1950- Rosemary Hennessy -American feminist

1952- Mark Evanier -American author and illustrator

1952- Laraine Newman -American actress

1953- Russ Feingold -American lawyer and politician

1954- Hans-Jürgen Baake -German footballer

1954- Eddie Johnstone -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Shoko Asahara -Japanese cult leader, founded Aum Shinrikyo

1955- Dale Bozzio -American singer (Missing Persons (band)|Missing Persons)

1955- Jay Osmond -American singer and drummer (The Osmonds)

1955- Ken Salazar -American politician, 36th Attorney General of Colorado

1955- Terrence Stone -Irish-American voice actor

1956- John Cowsill -American singer and drummer (The Cowsills)

1956- Mark Evans (musician)|Mark Evans -Australian bass player (AC/DC, Finch (Australian band)|Finch, and Heaven (Australian band)|Heaven)

1958- Kevin Curren -South African tennis player

1958- Grace Kennedy (singer)|Grace Kennedy -Jamaican-English singer and television host

1958- Ian Woosnam -Welsh golfer

1959- GX Jupitter-Larsen -American painter

1959- Larry Stewart (singer)|Larry Stewart -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Restless Heart)

1960- Hector Calma -Filipino basketball player

1960- Debra Marshall -American wrestler, manager, and actress

1961- Simone Young -Australian conductor

1962- Jon Bon Jovi -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (Bon Jovi)

1962- Paul Farrelly -English politician

1962- Scott La Rock -American DJ and producer (Boogie Down Productions) (d. 1987)

1962- Hiroyuki Morioka -Japanese author

1962- Tom Nordlie -Norwegian footballer and coach

1962- Michael Salinger -American poet

1962- Raimo Summanen -Finnish ice hockey player and coach

1962- Gabriele Tarquini -Italian race car driver

1963- Alvin Youngblood Hart -American guitarist

1963- Tuff Hedeman -American bull rider

1963- Tanyu Kiryakov -Bulgarian target shooter

1963- Anthony Albanese -Australian politician, 15th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1964- Laird Hamilton -American surfer

1964- Mike Von Erich -American wrestler (d. 1987)

1965- Ron Gant -American baseball player

1965- Lembit Öpik -Irish politician

1966- Simon Reevell -English lawyer and politician

1968- Daniel Craig -English actor

1969- Ben Oxenbould -Australian actor

1969- Mark Selbee -American kick-boxer (d. 2014)

1969- Han ten Broeke -Dutch politician

1970- Alexander Armstrong (comedian)|Alexander Armstrong -English comedian and actor

1970- James Purnell -English politician

1970- Wibi Soerjadi -Dutch pianist and composer

1971- Dave Gorman -English comedian and author

1971- Lisa Lackey -Australian actress

1971- Method Man -American rapper, producer, and actor (Wu-Tang Clan)

1971- Amber Smith -American actress and model

1971- Manami Toyota -Japanese wrestler

1972- Michael Buskermolen -Dutch footballer

1972- Richard Ruccolo -American actor

1972- Rene Bitorajac -Croatian actor

1972- Clayton James Cubitt -American photographer, filmmaker and writer

1972- Mauricio Pochettino -Argentinian footballer and manager

1973- Dejan Bodiroga -Serbian basketball player

1973- Trevor Sinclair -English footballer

1974- Hayley Lewis -Australian swimmer

1974- Monika Niederstätter -Italian hurdler

1975- El-P -American rapper and producer (Company Flow and The Weathermen (hip hop group)|The Weathermen)

1976- JJ Fernandez -Malaysian radio host

1977- Dominique Canty -American basketball player

1977- Chris Martin -English singer-songwriter and producer (Coldplay)

1977- Stephen Parry (swimmer)|Stephen Parry -English swimmer and sportscaster

1977- Andrew Strauss -English cricketer

1978- Tomáš Kaberle -Czech ice hockey player

1978- Giannis Skopelitis -Greek footballer

1979- Sergei Davydov (figure skater)|Sergei Davydov -Belarusian figure skater

1979- Damien Duff -Irish footballer

1979- Nicky Weaver -English footballer

1980- Chris Barker -English footballer

1980- Karl Dominik -Polish-Chinese actor

1980- Sunny Lane -American porn actress and model

1980- Édson Nobre -Angolan footballer

1981- Lance Cade -American wrestler (d. 2010)

1981- Bryce Dallas Howard -American actress and director

1981- Lorelei Lee (pornographic actress)|Lorelei Lee -American porn actress

1982- Jade Galbraith -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Kevin Kurányi -German footballer

1982- Henrik Lundqvist -Swedish ice hockey player

1982- Ben Roethlisberger -American football player

1982- Corey Webster -American football player

1983- Deuce (singer)|Deuce -American singer-songwriter and producer (Hollywood Undead)

1983- Kolawole Agodirin -Nigerian footballer

1983- Lisandro López -Argentinian footballer

1983- Jay McClement -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Glen Perkins -American baseball player

1983- Rachel Roxxx -American porn actress

1983- Ryan Shannon -American ice hockey player

1984- Elizabeth Jagger -English model and actress

1985- Reggie Bush -American football player

1985- Suso Santana -Spanish footballer

1986- Jon D'Aversa -Canadian ice hockey player

1988- Edgar Andrade -Mexican footballer

1988- James Arthur (singer)|James Arthur -English singer-songwriter

1988- Nicola Geuer -German tennis player

1988- Matthew Mitcham -Australian diver

1988- Chris Rainey -American football player

1988- Geert Arend Roorda -Dutch footballer

1988- Nadine Samonte -German-Filipino actress

1989- Alemão (footballer born 1989)|Alemão -Brazilian footballer

1989- Toby Alderweireld -Belgian footballer

1989- André Bernardes Santos -Portuguese footballer

1989- Marcel Hirscher -Austrian skier

1989- Shane Vereen -American football player

1990- Rauno Alliku -Estonian footballer

1990- Lee Hongki -South Korean singer and actor (F.T. Island)

1997- Becky G -American rapper

1997- Babar Iqbal -Pakistani computer programmer