This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1455- John II of Portugal -(d. 1495)

1520- Matthias Flacius -Croatian reformer (d. 1575)

1583- Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury -English-Welsh soldier, historian, and diplomat (d. 1648)

1589- Gisbertus Voetius -Dutch theologian (d. 1676)

1606- Edmund Waller -English poet and politician (d. 1687)

1631- Esaias Boursse -Dutch painter (d. 1672)

1652- Thomas Otway -English playwright (d. 1685)

1678- Madeleine de Verchères -Canadian rebel leader (d. 1747)

1756- William Godwin -English journalist and author (d. 1836)

1778- Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz -(d. 1841)

1793- William Charles Macready -English actor (d. 1873)

1800- Heinrich Georg Bronn -German geologist (d. 1862)

1805- Jonas Furrer -Swiss politician (d. 1861)

1816- William James Blacklock -English painter (d. 1858)

1819- Gustave de Molinari -Belgian economist (d. 1912)

1825- Shiranui Kōemon -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1879)

1831- George Pullman -American engineer and businessman, founded the Pullman Company (d. 1897)

1839- Jamsetji Tata -Indian businessman, founded Tata Group (d. 1904)

1841- John Murray (oceanographer)|John Murray -Scottish oceanographer (d. 1914)

1845- Georg Cantor -German mathematician (d. 1918)

1847- Alexander Graham Bell -Scottish-American engineer, invented the Telephone (d. 1922)

1848- Adelaide Neilson -English actress (d. 1880)

1860- John Montgomery Ward -American baseball player (d. 1925)

1863- Arthur Machen -Welsh actor and author (d. 1947)

1866- Fred A. Busse -American politician, 39th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)

1868- Émile Chartier -French philosopher and journalist (d. 1951)

1869- Henry Wood -English conductor (d. 1944)

1870- Georg Hellat -Estonian architect (d. 1943)

1871- Maurice Garin -French cyclist (d. 1957)

1873- William Green (labor leader)|William Green -American union leader (d. 1952)

1878- Leopold Jessner -German director and producer (d. 1945)

1879- József Klekl (writer)|József Klekl -Slovene-Hungarian journalist and priest (d. 1936)

1879- George Wilkinson (water polo)|George Wilkinson -English water polo player (d. 1946)

1880- Florence Auer -American actress (d. 1962)

1880- Sir Robert Chapman, 1st Baronet -English soldier and politician (d. 1963)

1880- Yōsuke Matsuoka -Japanese politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Japan (d. 1946)

1882- Charles Ponzi -Italian businessman (d. 1949)

1883- Cyril Burt -English psychologist (d. 1971)

1886- Tore Ørjasæter -Norwegian poet (d. 1968)

1887- Lincoln J. Beachey -American pilot (d. 1915)

1890- Edmund Lowe -American actor (d. 1971)

1891- Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens -(d. 1949)

1891- Federico Moreno Torroba -Spanish composer (d. 1982)

1893- Beatrice Wood -American illustrator and potter (d. 1998)

1894- Ethel Grandin -American actress (d. 1988)

1895- Ragnar Frisch -Norwegian economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1895- Matthew Ridgway -American general (d. 1993)

1896- Roy Franklin Nichols -American historian (d. 1973)

1898- Emil Artin -Austrian-American mathematician (d. 1962)

1901- Claude Choules -English soldier (d. 2011)

1903- Vasily Kozlov (politician)|Vasily Kozlov -Belarusian general and politician (d. 1967)

1906- Artur Lundkvist -Swedish poet and critic (d. 1991)

1908- George Harriman -English rugby player and businessman (d. 1973)

1910- Kittens Reichert -American actor (d. 1990)

1911- Jean Harlow -American actress (d. 1937)

1911- Hugues Lapointe -Canadian politician, 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1982)

1913- Margaret Bonds -American pianist and composer (d. 1972)

1913- Harold J. Stone -American actor (d. 2005)

1914- Asger Jorn -Danish painter (d. 1973)

1917- Sameera Moussa -Egyptian physicist (d. 1952)

1917- Albrecht Fleckenstein -German Pharmacologist (d.1992)

1918- Arthur Kornberg -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)

1918- Fritz Thiedemann -German horse rider (d. 2000)

1920- Julius Boros -American golfer (d. 1994)

1920- James Doohan -Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)

1920- Ronald Searle -English illustrator (d. 2011)

1920- Sydney Templeman, Baron Templeman|Sydney Templeman -British judge

1921- Diana Barrymore -American actress (d. 1960)

1922- Nándor Hidegkuti -Hungarian footballer (d. 2002)

1923- Barney Martin -American actor (d. 2005)

1923- Doc Watson -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1924- Tomiichi Murayama -Japanese politician, 52nd Prime Minister of Japan

1924- Lilian Velez -Filipino actress (d. 1948)

1924- Ali Faik Zaghloul -Egyptian radio host (d. 1995)

1926- Lys Assia -Swiss singer

1926- James Merrill -American poet (d. 1995)

1927- Pierre Aubert -Swiss lawyer and politician

1927- Nicolas Freeling -English author (d. 2003)

1928- Joe Conley -American actor (d. 2013)

1928- Pierre Michelot -French bassist (Play Bach Trio) (d. 2005)

1928- Daphne Slater -English actress (d. 2012)

1930- Alfredo Alcón -Argentinian actor (d. 2014)

1930- Heiner Geißler -German politician

1930- Ion Iliescu -Romanian politician, 2nd President of Romania

1930- K. S. Rajah -Singaporean politician (d. 2010)

1933- Margaret Fink -Australian film producer

1933- Alfredo Landa -Spanish actor (d. 2013)

1933- Marco Antonio Muñiz -Mexican singer and actor

1933- Lee Radziwill -American actress and author

1934- Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1934- Jimmy Garrison -American bassist (d. 1976)

1935- Michael Walzer -American philosopher

1935- Zhelyu Zhelev -1st President of Bulgaria|President of the Bulgaria|Republic of Bulgaria

1936- Preston King (academic)|Preston King -African-American civil rights activist and academic

1937- Bobby Driscoll -American actor (d. 1968)

1937- Ken Jackson (trade unionist)|Ken Jackson -English union leader

1938- Patricia MacLachlan -American author

1939- Larry Burkett -American author and radio host (d. 2003)

1940- Germán Castro Caycedo -Colombian author and journalist

1940- Perry Ellis -American fashion designer (d. 1986)

1940- Jean-Paul Proust -French-Monacan politician, 21st Minister of State (Monaco)|Minister of State of Monaco (d. 2010)

1940- Owen Spencer-Thomas -English journalist and clergyman

1942- Rod Hackney -English architect

1942- Mike Pender -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Searchers (band)|The Searchers and Mike Pender's Searchers)

1944- Lee Holdridge -Haitian-American composer and conductor

1945- George Miller (filmmaker)|George Miller -Australian director, producer, and screenwriter

1945- Hattie Winston -American actress

1946- John Virgo -English snooker player and sportscaster

1946- Mike Wood (politician)|Mike Wood -English politician

1947- Clifton Snider -American poet and author

1947- Otto Stuppacher -Austrian race car driver (d. 2001)

1947- Jennifer Warnes -American singer-songwriter and producer

1948- Snowy White -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, and The Bleeding Heart Band)

1949- Jüri Allik -Estonian psychologist and academic

1949- Ron Chernow -American author

1949- Bonnie J. Dunbar -American engineer, academic, and astronaut

1949- Gloria Hendry -American actress

1949- Jesse Jefferson -American baseball player (d. 2011)

1950- Tim Kazurinsky -American actor

1951- Lindsay Cooper -English bassoon player and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel, and Feminist Improvising Group) (d. 2013)

1951- Tony Hall, Baron Hall of Birkenhead -English broadcaster

1951- Andy Murray (ice hockey)|Andy Murray -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951- Heizō Takenaka -Japanese economist and politician

1952- Rudy Fernandez (actor)|Rudy Fernandez -Filipino actor (d. 2008)

1953- Zico -Brazilian footballer and coach

1953- Robyn Hitchcock -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians)

1954- John Lilley -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hooters)

1954- Édouard Lock -Moroccan-Canadian dancer and choreographer

1955- Jaspal Bhatti -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1955- Andy Breckman -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1955- Darnell Williams -English-American actor

1956- Zbigniew Boniek -Polish footballer

1956- Julia Glass -American author

1957- Stephen Budiansky -American author

1957- Thom Hoffman -Dutch actor and photographer

1957- William Pascal Kikoti -Tanzanian bishop (d. 2012)

1957- Nicholas Shakespeare -English author

1958- Miranda Richardson -English actress

1959- Ira Glass -American radio host

1959- Duško Vujošević -Montenegrin basketball player and coach

1960- Benedict Carey -American journalist

1960- Neal Heaton -American baseball player and coach

1960- Colin Wells (cricketer)|Colin Wells -English cricketer

1961- Mary Page Keller -American actress

1961- John Matteson -American author and educator

1961- Perry McCarthy -English race car driver

1961- Knut Nærum -Norwegian comedian and author

1961- Fatima Whitbread -English javelin thrower

1962- Glen E. Friedman -American photographer

1962- Jackie Joyner-Kersee -American long jumper

1962- Herschel Walker -American football player

1963- Martín Fiz -Spanish long-distance runner

1964- Raúl Alcalá -Mexican cyclist

1964- Laura Harring -Mexican-American actress

1964- Glenn Kulka -Canadian ice hockey player and wrestler

1965- Dragan Stojković -Serbian footballer

1966- Sophia Aliberti -Greek actress and television host

1966- Fernando Colunga -Mexican actor

1966- Tone Lōc -American rapper, producer, and actor

1966- Timo Tolkki -Finnish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance, and Symfonia)

1966- Heidi Swedberg -American actress and singer

1967- Shankar Mahadevan -Indian singer-songwriter (Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

1967- Go Mi-Young -South Korean mountaineer (d. 2009)

1968- Brian Cox (physicist)|Brian Cox -English keyboard player and physicist (Dare (band)|Dare)

1968- Brian Leetch -American ice hockey player

1968- Scott Radinsky -American baseball player, coach, and singer (Pulley (band)|Pulley and Ten Foot Pole)

1969- Simon Whitlock -Australian darts player

1970- Julie Bowen -American actress

1970- Inzamam-ul-Haq -Pakistani cricketer

1970- Kristine Kunce -Australian tennis player

1971- Charlie Brooker -English journalist, producer, and author

1971- Tyler Florence -American chef and author

1972- Darren Anderton -English footballer

1973- Xavier Bettel -Luxembourger lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

1973- Alison King -English actress

1973- Matthew Marsden -English actor and singer

1973- Romāns Vainšteins -Latvian cyclist

1973- Victoria Zdrok -Ukrainian-American porn actress and model

1974- Paula Malai Ali -Malaysian-Bruneian television host

1974- David Faustino -American actor

1975- Aleksandr Abdulkhalikov -Russian footballer

1975- Aleksei Abdulkhalikov -Russian footballer

1976- Fraser Gehrig -Australian footballer

1976- Kristjan Kais -Estonian volleyball player

1976- Keit Pentus-Rosimannus -Estonian politician

1977- Ronan Keating -Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Boyzone)

1977- Stéphane Robidas -Canadian ice hockey player

1977- Barret Swatek -American actress

1977- Buddy Valastro -American chef

1978- Ilias Anastasakos -Greek footballer

1978- Matt Diaz -American baseball player

1978- Ashwin Madia -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1978- Seo Moon-tak -South Korean singer

1979- Manuel Benthin -German footballer

1979- Albert Jorquera -Spanish footballer

1979- Patrick Renna -American actor

1979- Alex Zane -English radio and television host

1980- Mason Unck -American football player

1981- David Bailey (basketball)|David Bailey -American basketball player

1981- Eugene (entertainer)|Eugene -South Korean singer and actress (S.E.S. (band)|S.E.S.)

1981- Lil' Flip -American rapper and actor (Screwed Up Click)

1981- Justin Gabriel -South African wrestler and model

1981- Julius Malema -South African politician

1981- Emmanuel Pappoe -Ghanaian footballer

1981- Sung Yu-ri -South Korean singer and actress (Fin.K.L)

1982- Jessica Biel -American actress and singer

1982- Martin Hauswald -German footballer

1982- Colton Orr -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Derreck Robinson -American football player

1983- Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon -Canadian swimmer

1983- Ashley Hansen -Australian footballer

1983- Sarah Poewe -South African swimmer

1983- Chris Roberson (American football)|Chris Roberson -American football player

1984- Valerio Bernabò -Italian rugby player

1984- Santonio Holmes -American football player

1984- Alexander Semin -Russian ice hockey player

1985- Sam Morrow -Irish footballer

1985- Toby Turner -American comedian and actor

1986- Jed Collins -American football player

1986- Stacie Orrico -American singer-songwriter

1986- Mehmet Topal -Turkish footballer

1987- Jesús Padilla -Mexican footballer

1988- Riccardo Bocchino -Italian rugby player

1988- Christa-Elizabeth Goulakos -Canadian-Greek ice dancer

1988- Teodora Mirčić -Serbian tennis player

1988- Michael Morrison (footballer)|Michael Morrison -English footballer

1988- Jan-Arie van der Heijden -Dutch footballer

1989- Erwin Mulder -Dutch footballer

1989- Hayley Marie Norman -American actress

1990- Vladimir Janković -Greek-Serbian basketball player

1991- Park Cho-rong -South Korean singer and actress (A Pink)

1992- Jordy Lucas -Australian actress

1992- Daria Yurlova -Estonian biathlete

1993- Gabriela -Brazilian tennis player

1993- Nicole Gibbs -American tennis player

1994- Umika Kawashima -Japanese singer and actress (9nine)