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Famous Birthdays


1269- Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar -(d. 1298)

1318- Eleanor of Woodstock -(d. 1355)

1466- Ottaviano Petrucci -Italian printer (d. 1539)

1511- Bartolomeo Ammannati -Italian architect and sculptor, designed the Ponte Santa Trinita (d. 1592)

1517- Emperor Ōgimachi -of Japan (d. 1593)

1667- Ivan Trubetskoy -Russian field marshal (d. 1750)

1673- Antoni Lliteres Carrió -Spanish composer (d. 1747)

1677- Antonio Maria Bononcini -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1726)

1716- Joseph-Marie Vien -French painter (d. 1809)

1717- Johann Stamitz -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1757)

1757- Ignaz Pleyel -Austrian-French pianist and composer (d. 1831)

1757- Gervasio Antonio de Posadas -Argentinian lawyer and politician (d. 1833)

1769- Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh -Irish-English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 1822)

1812- Ivan Goncharov -Russian author (d. 1891)

1815- Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen -German general (d. 1881)

1816- Hélène Napoleone Bonaparte -French noblewoman and reputed child of Napoleon (d. 1907)

1834- Auguste-Théodore-Paul de Broglie -French philosopher and academic (d. 1895)

1839- William H. Seward, Jr. -American general (d. 1920)

1845- Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran -French physician and parasitologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)

1850- Richard Heuberger -Austrian composer and critic (d. 1914)

1854- E. W. Scripps -American publisher, founded the E. W. Scripps Company (d. 1926)

1857- Henry Clay Folger -American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library (d. 1930)

1863- George Essex Evans -English-Australian poet (d. 1909)

1868- Miklós Horthy -Hungarian admiral and politician, Regent of Hungary (d. 1957)

1870- Édouard Le Roy -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1954)

1877- James Montgomery Flagg -American painter and illustrator (d. 1960)

1881- Zoltán Halmay -Hungarian swimmer (d. 1956)

1882- Georgi Dimitrov -Bulgarian politician, 32nd List of Prime Ministers of Bulgaria|Prime Minister of Bulgaria (d. 1949)

1884- Édouard Daladier -French politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1970)

1886- George Mallory -English mountaineer (d. 1924)

1886- Alexander Wetmore -American ornithologist and paleontologist (d. 1978)

1887- Tancrède Labbé -Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1956)

1891- Mae Busch -Australian-American actress (d. 1946)

1895- Manuela Fernández-Fojaco -Spanish super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1896- Blanche Sweet -American actress (d. 1986)

1897- Martti Marttelin -Finnish runner (d. 1940)

1901- Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia -(d. 1918)

1901- Llewellyn Rees -English actor (b. 1994)

1902- Paavo Yrjölä -Finnish decathlete (d. 1980)

1903- Jeanette MacDonald -American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1903- Raymond Radiguet -French author (d. 1923)

1904- Keye Luke -Chinese-American actor (d. 1991)

1904- Manuel Rosenthal -French conductor and composer (d. 2003)

1905- Eduard Tubin -Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1982)

1907- Frithjof Schuon -Swiss-American metaphysicist, philosopher, and author (d. 1998)

1908- Bud Collyer -American actor and game show host (d. 1969)

1908- Stanley Knowles -American-Canadian politician (d. 1997)

1908- Nedra Volz -American actress (d. 2003)

1910- Dick Foran -American actor and singer (d. 1979)

1910- Avon Long -American actor and singer (d. 1984)

1910- Ray McKinley -American singer, drummer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 1995)

1912- Glenn Morris -American decathlete and actor (d. 1974)

1913- Wilfred Gordon Bigelow -Canadian surgeon (d. 2005)

1913- Sammy Cahn -American songwriter (d. 1993)

1913- Sylvia Porter -American economist and journalist (d. 1991)

1913- Françoise Loranger -Canadian playwright and producer (d. 1995)

1913- Robert Mondavi -American winemaker (d. 2008)

1914- E. G. Marshall -American actor (d. 1998)

1915- Red Adair -American firefighter (d. 2004)

1915- Robert Kanigher -American author (d. 2002)

1916- Julio César Turbay Ayala -Colombian politician, 25th President of Colombia (d. 2005)

1917- Richard Boone -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1981)

1917- Jack Karnehm -English sportscaster (d. 2002)

1917- Erik Ortvad -Danish painter (d. 2008)

1917- Arthur Tremblay -Canadian politician (d. 1996)

1918- Jerome Karle -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1918- Franco Modigliani -Italian-American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1919- Jüri Järvet -Estonian actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1920- Ian Carmichael -English actor and singer (d. 2010)

1920- John B. Heilman -American politician (d. 2013)

1920- Matthew Ianniello -American mobster (d. 2012)

1922- Claude Helffer -French pianist (d. 2004)

1923- Jean Delumeau -French historian and academic

1924- George Mikan -American basketball player and coach (d. 2005)

1925- Robert Arthur (actor)|Robert Arthur -American actor (d. 2008)

1925- Robert Beadell -American composer and educator (d. 1994)

1926- Philip B. Crosby -American businessman and author (d. 2001)

1926- Allan Sandage -American astronomer and cosmologist (d. 2010)

1926- Tom Wicker -American journalist (d. 2011)

1927- Eva Bartok -Hungarian-English actress (d. 1998)

1927- Paul Eddington -English actor (d. 1995)

1928- Michael Blakemore -Australian actor, director, and screenwriter

1928- David T. Lykken -American geneticist and academic (d. 2006)

1929- Jürgen Habermas -German sociologist and philosopher

1931- Fernando Henrique Cardoso -Brazilian politician, 34th President of Brazil

1931- K. S. Sudarshan -Indian politician (d. 2012)

1932- Dudley R. Herschbach -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1932- Geoffrey Hill -English poet and educator

1934- Brian Kenny (British Army officer)|Brian Kenny -English general

1934- Mitsuteru Yokoyama -Japanese illustrator (d. 2004)

1935- Hugh McColl -American banker

1936- Denny Hulme -New Zealand race car driver (d. 1992)

1936- Barack Obama, Sr. -Kenyan economist (d. 1982)

1936- Ronald Venetiaan -Surinamese politician, 6th President of Suriname

1937- Wray Carlton -American football player

1937- Del Harris -American basketball player and coach

1937- Jay Rockefeller -American politician

1937- Bruce Trigger -Canadian archaeologist, anthropologist and historian (d. 2006)

1937- Vitaly Zholobov -Ukrainian colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1938- Eddie Jones (American football executive)|Eddie Jones -American businessman (d. 2012)

1938- Kevin Murray (Australian footballer)|Kevin Murray -Australian footballer and coach

1939- Lou Brock -American baseball player

1939- Jean-Claude Germain -Canadian author, journalist, and historian

1939- Brooks Firestone -American businessman and politician

1940- Michael Sheard -Scottish-English actor (d. 2005)

1941- Paul Mayersberg -English director and screenwriter

1941- Delia Smith -English chef and author

1942- John Bellany -Scottish painter (d. 2013)

1942- Roger Ebert -American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1942- Pat Hutchins -English author and illustrator

1942- Thabo Mbeki -South African politician, 23rd President of South Africa

1942- Paul McCartney -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Quarrymen, the Beatles, Wings (band)|Wings and The Fireman (music)|the Fireman)

1942- Carl Radle -American bass player and producer (Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos) (d. 1980)

1942- Nick Tate -Australian actor

1942- Hans Vonk (conductor)|Hans Vonk -Dutch conductor (d. 2004)

1943- Raffaella Carrà -Italian singer, dancer, and actress

1944- Sandy Posey -American singer

1946- Russell Ash -English author

1946- Bruiser Brody -American wrestler (d. 1988)

1946- Fabio Capello -Italian footballer and manager

1946- Luan Peters -English actress and singer

1946- Gordon Murray -South African race car designer

1947- Ivonne Coll -Puerto Rican model and actress, Miss Puerto Rico|Miss Puerto Rico 1967

1947- Bernard Giraudeau -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1947- Linda Thorson -Canadian actress

1948- Philip Jackson (actor)|Philip Jackson -English actor

1948- Eliezer Halfin -Israeli wrestler (d. 1972)

1948- Éva Marton -Hungarian soprano

1949- Chris Van Allsburg -American author and illustrator

1949- Jarosław Kaczyński -Polish lawyer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Poland

1949- Lech Kaczyński -Polish lawyer and politician, 4th President of Poland (d. 2010)

1949- Lincoln Thompson -Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Tartans) (d. 1999)

1950- Rod de'Ath -Welsh drummer and producer (d. 2014)

1950- Annelie Ehrhardt -German hurdler

1950- Mike Johanns -American politician, 38th Governor of Nebraska

1950- Jackie Leven -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doll by Doll) (d. 2011)

1951- Mohammed Al-Sager -Kuwaiti journalist and politician

1951- Ian Hargreaves -English journalist and academic

1951- Stephen Hopper -Australian botanist

1951- Gyula Sax -Hungarian chess player (d. 2014)

1952- Tiiu Aro -Estonian physician and politician, Minister of Social Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Social Affairs

1952- Denis Herron -Canadian ice hockey player

1952- Carol Kane -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1952- Isabella Rossellini -Italian actress

1952- Lee Soo-man -South Korean singer and businessman, founded S.M. Entertainment

1953- Raimo Aas -Estonian radio host

1953- Derek Deane -English dancer and choreographer

1953- Peter Donohoe (pianist)|Peter Donohoe -English pianist and educator

1953- Vladislav Terzyul -Ukrainian mountaineer (d. 2004)

1955- Ed Fast -Canadian lawyer and politician

1956- Brian Benben -American actor

1957- Ralph Brown -English actor

1957- Ray Cochrane -Irish jockey and agent

1957- Andrea Evans -American actress

1957- Miguel Ángel Lotina -Spanish footballer and manager

1957- Richard Powers -American author

1958- Peter Altmaier -German politician, Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany

1960- Barbara Broccoli -American director and producer

1960- Steve Murphy (Canadian news anchor)|Steve Murphy -Canadian journalist

1961- Oz Fox -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Stryper, SinDizzy, and Bloodgood)

1961- Andrés Galarraga -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1961- Angela Johnson (writer)|Angela Johnson -American author and poet

1961- Alison Moyet -English singer-songwriter (Yazoo (band)|Yazoo and The Vandals (UK)|The Vandals)

1962- Jeff Mills -American DJ and producer (Underground Resistance (band)|Underground Resistance)

1962- Mitsuharu Misawa -Japanese wrestler (d. 2009)

1962- Lisa Randall -American physicist and academic

1963- Dizzy Reed -American keyboard player, songwriter, and actor (Guns N' Roses and Johnny Crash (band)|Johnny Crash)

1963- Bruce Smith (defensive end)|Bruce Smith -American football player

1964- Uday Hussein -Iraqi son of Saddam Hussein (d. 2003)

1964- Patti Webster -American publicist and author (d. 2013)

1965- Kim Dickens -American actress

1966- Kurt Browning -Canadian figure skater

1966- Troy Kemp -Bahamian high jumper

1968- Frank Müller -German decathlete

1969- Haki Doku -Albanian cyclist

1969- Christopher Largen -American journalist and author

1969- Vito LoGrasso -American wrestler

1970- Robin Christopher -American actress

1970- Katie Derham -English journalist

1970- Ivan Kozák -Slovak footballer

1970- Greg Yaitanes -American director and producer

1971- Kerry Butler -American actress and singer

1971- Mara Hobel -American actress

1971- Gaute Kivistik -Estonian journalist and author

1971- Jason McAteer -English-Irish footballer and manager

1972- Anu Tali -Estonian pianist and conductor

1972- Wikus du Toit -South African actor, director, and composer

1972- Michal Yannai -Israeli actress

1973- Julie Depardieu -French actress

1973- Ray LaMontagne -American singer-songwriter

1973- Alexandros Papadimitriou -Greek hammer thrower

1974- Vincenzo Montella -Italian footballer and manager

1974- Kenan İmirzalıoğlu -Turkish actor

1975- Jem (singer)|Jem -Welsh singer-songwriter and producer

1975- Jamel Debbouze -French-Moroccan actor and producer

1975- Marie Gillain -Belgian actress

1975- Aleksandrs Koļinko -Latvian footballer

1975- Martin St. Louis -Canadian ice hockey player

1976- Alana de la Garza -American actress

1976- Blake Shelton -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976- Witte Wartena -Dutch illustrator

1977- Evelin Talts -Estonian runner

1978- Wang Liqin -Chinese table tennis player

1979- Yumiko Kobayashi -Japanese voice actress

1979- Ivana Wong -Hong Kong singer-songwriter

1980- Antonio Gates -American football player

1980- David Giuntoli -American actor

1980- Sergey Kirdyapkin -Russian race walker

1980- Craig Mottram -Australian runner

1980- Colin Munroe -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1980- Antero Niittymäki -Finnish ice hockey player

1980- Tara Platt -American actress

1980- Imre Tiitsu -Estonian ice sledge hockey player

1981- Ella Chen -Taiwanese singer and actress (S.H.E)

1981- Marco Streller -Swiss footballer

1982- Nadir Belhadj -French-Algerian footballer

1982- Marco Borriello -Italian footballer

1983- Billy Slater -Australian rugby player

1983- Cameron Smith -Australian rugby player

1984- Nanyak Dala -Canadian rugby player

1984- Janne Happonen -Finnish ski jumper

1984- Kissy Sell Out -English-Canadian DJ and producer

1984- Ronnie Stam -Dutch footballer

1985- Chris Coghlan -American baseball player

1985- Alex Hirsch -American animator, producer, and voice actor

1985- Gia Johnson -English model and actress

1986- Edgars Eriņš -Latvian decathlete

1986- Richard Gasquet -French tennis player

1986- Richard Madden -Scottish actor

1987- Omar Arellano -Mexican footballer

1987- Melanie Iglesias -American model and actress

1988- Elini Dimoutsos -Greek footballer

1989- Renee Olstead -American actress and singer

1990- Luke Adam -Canadian ice hockey player

1990- Sandra Izbaşa -Romanian gymnast

1990- Christian Taylor (athlete)|Christian Taylor -American triple jumper

1990- Mitsuki Tanimura -Japanese actress

1991- Willa Holland -American actress

1991- Rei Okamoto -Japanese model and actress

1994- Sean McMahon -Australian rugby player

1996- Alen Halilović -Croatian footballer

1997- Max Records -American actor