This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1244- Henry I, Landgrave of Hesse -(d. 1308)

1314- Philippa of Hainault -(d. 1369)

1343- Joan of Valois, Queen of Navarre -(d. 1373)

1386- John of Capistrano -Italian priest and saint (d. 1456)

1485- Johannes Bugenhagen -Polish-German priest and reformer (d. 1558)

1519- Theodore Beza -French theologian and scholar (d. 1605)

1533- Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire (d. 1588)

1535- Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal -(d. 1573)

1542- John of the Cross -Spanish mystic and saint (d. 1591)

1546- Robert Persons -English-Italian priest (d. 1610)

1587- William Arnold (settler)|William Arnold -English-American settler (d. 1675)

1663- Jean Baptiste Massillon -French bishop (d. 1742)

1687- Johann Albrecht Bengel -German-Lutheran clergyman and scholar (d. 1757)

1694- Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui -Swiss author and theorist (d. 1748)

1704- Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens -French philosopher and author (d. 1771)

1753- William Hull -American general and politician, 1st Governor of Michigan Territory (d. 1825)

1755- Anacharsis Cloots -Prussian-French activist (d. 1794)

1767- Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès -French geographer and author (d. 1846)

1774- Antonio González de Balcarce -Argentinian commander and politician, 5th Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (d. 1819)

1774- François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo -French general and engineer (d. 1838)

1777- John Ross (Arctic explorer)|John Ross -Scottish commander and explorer (d. 1856)

1782- Juan Larrea (politician)|Juan Larrea -Argentinian captain and politician (d. 1847)

1784- Juan Antonio Lavalleja -Uruguayan politician (d. 1853)

1795- Ernst Heinrich Weber -German physician and psychologist (d. 1878)

1797- John Hughes (archbishop of New York)|John Hughes -Irish-American archbishop (d. 1864)

1803- George James Webb -English-American composer (d. 1887)

1804- Willard Richards -American religious leader (d. 1854)

1811- John Archibald Campbell -American jurist (d. 1889)

1813- Henry Ward Beecher -American clergyman and reformer (d. 1887)

1813- Francis Boott (composer)|Francis Boott -American composer (d. 1904)

1821- Guillermo Rawson -Argentinian physician and politician (d. 1890)

1825- Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia -(d. 1844)

1826- George Goyder -English-Australian surveyor (d. 1898)

1842- Ambrose Bierce -American journalist and author (d. 1914)

1846- Samuel Johnson (Nigerian historian)|Samuel Johnson -Nigerian priest and historian (d. 1901)

1850- Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener -Irish field marshal and politician, List of governors of pre-independence Sudan|Governor-General of Sudan (d. 1916)

1860- Mercedes of Orléans -(d. 1878)

1865- Robert Henri -American painter (d. 1929)

1869- Prince George of Greece and Denmark -(d. 1957)

1882- Athanase David -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1953)

1882- Carl Diem -German businessman (d. 1962)

1883- Victor Francis Hess -Austrian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1964)

1883- Arthur L. Newton -American runner (d. 1956)

1883- Frank Verner -American runner (d. 1966)

1884- Frank Waller -American runner (d. 1941)

1886- George Shiels -Irish-Canadian playwright (d. 1949)

1888- Gerrit Rietveld -Dutch architect, designed the Rietveld Schröder House (d. 1964)

1893- Roy O. Disney -American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)

1895- Jack Dempsey -American boxer (d. 1983)

1897- Daniel K. Ludwig -American businessman (d. 1992)

1897- Omkarnath Thakur -Indian singer (d. 1967)

1898- Armin Öpik -Estonian-Australian paleontologist and geologist (d. 1983)

1898- Karl Selter -Estonian politician, 14th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia (d. 1958)

1900- Wilhelm Cauer -German mathematician and engineer (d. 1945)

1901- Marcel Mule -French saxophonist (d. 2001)

1901- Harry Partch -American composer and theorist (d. 1974)

1901- Chuck Taylor (salesman)|Chuck Taylor -American basketball player and salesman (d. 1969)

1904- Phil Harris -American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1995)

1905- Fred Alderman -American sprinter (d. 1998)

1906- Pierre Fournier -French cellist and educator (d. 1986)

1906- Willard Maas -American poet and educator (d. 1971)

1907- Arseny Tarkovsky -Russian poet (d. 1989)

1908- Hugo Distler -German organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)

1908- Alfons Rebane -Estonian colonel (d. 1976)

1909- Jean Deslauriers -Canadian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1978)

1909- William Penney, Baron Penney -English mathematician and physicist (d. 1991)

1911- Juan Manuel Fangio -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1995)

1911- Ernesto Sabato -Argentinian physicist and author (d. 2011)

1912- Brian Johnston -English sportscaster (d. 1994)

1912- Mary Wesley -English author (d. 2002)

1913- Gustaaf Deloor -Belgian cyclist (d. 2002)

1914- Jan Karski -Polish-American activist and academic (d. 2000)

1914- Pearl Witherington -French secret agent (d. 2008)

1915- Fred Hoyle -English astronomer and author (d. 2001)

1916- William B. Saxbe -American politician, 70th United States Attorney General (d. 2010)

1917- David Easton -Canadian-American political scientist and academic (d. 2014)

1917- Ramblin' Tommy Scott -American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)

1918- Mildred Ladner Thompson -American journalist and author (d. 2013)

1918- Yong Nyuk Lin -Singaporean politician (d. 2012)

1919- Al Molinaro -American actor

1922- Jack Dunnett -English politician

1922- Tata Giacobetti -Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra) (d. 1988)

1922- John Postgate (microbiologist)|John Postgate -English microbiologist, author, and academic (d. 2014)

1923- Margaret Olley -Australian painter (d. 2011)

1924- Brian Bevan -Australian rugby player (d. 1991)

1924- Kurt Furgler -Swiss politician, 70th List of Presidents of the Swiss Confederation|President of the Swiss Confederation (d. 2008)

1924- Archie Roy -Scottish astronomer and academic (d. 2012)

1927- Fernand Dumont -Canadian sociologist, philosopher, and poet (d. 1997)

1927- Martin Lewis Perl -American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1930- Claude Chabrol -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1930- Ian Gainsford -English dentist and educator

1930- William Gaskill -English director and manager

1930- Donald Gordon (South African businessman)|Donald Gordon -South African businessman and philanthropist

1930- William Bernard Ziff, Jr. -American publisher (d. 2006)

1931- Billy Casper -American golfer

1932- David McTaggart -Canadian-Italian environmentalist (d. 2001)

1933- Sam Jones (basketball)|Sam Jones -American basketball player and coach

1934- Ferdinand Biwersi -German footballer and referee (d. 2013)

1934- Jean-Pierre Ferland -Canadian singer-songwriter

1935- Garfield Davies, Baron Davies of Coity -English union leader

1935- Terry Riley -American composer and educator

1937- Anita Desai -Indian-American author

1938- Lawrence Block -American author

1939- Michael Gothard -English actor (d. 1992)

1940- Ian Ross (newsreader)|Ian Ross -Australian newsreader (d. 2014)

1940- Vittorio Storaro -Italian cinematographer

1941- Erkin Koray -Turkish singer

1941- Julia Kristeva -Bulgarian-French psychoanalyst and author

1941- Charles Whitman -American murderer (d. 1966)

1942- Arthur Brown (musician)|Arthur Brown -English singer (Kingdom Come (British band)|Kingdom Come and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)

1942- Michele Lee -American actress, singer, and dancer

1942- Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle -Chilean engineer and politician, 32nd President of Chile

1943- Juliet Gardiner -English historian and author

1943- Birgit Grodal -Danish economist (d. 2004)

1944- Jeff Beck -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Yardbirds, The Jeff Beck Group, The Honeydrippers, and Beck, Bogert & Appice)

1944- David Mark Berger -American-Israeli weightlifter (d. 1972)

1944- Nancy Cartwright (philosopher)|Nancy Cartwright -American philosopher and academic

1944- Kathryn Lasky -American author

1944- John "Charlie" Whitney -English guitarist (Family (band)|Family, Axis Point (band)|Axis Point, and Streetwalkers)

1944- Chris Wood (rock musician)|Chris Wood -English saxophonist (Traffic (band)|Traffic and Ginger Baker's Air Force) (d. 1983)

1945- Colin Blunstone -English singer-songwriter (The Zombies and Keats (band)|Keats)

1945- Wayne Cashman -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1945- George Pataki -American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of New York

1945- Betty Stöve -Dutch tennis player

1945- Nora Valsami -Egyptian-Greek actress

1946- David Collenette -Canadian politician

1946- Ellison Onizuka -American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1986)

1946- Robert Reich -American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor

1946- Donald Ross (Lord Lieutenant)|Donald Ross -English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire

1947- Clarissa Dickson Wright -English chef, author, and academic (d. 2014)

1947- Mick Fleetwood -English-American drummer and actor (Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers)

1947- Ian Ritchie (architect)|Ian Ritchie -English architect and academic

1947- Peter Weller -American actor and director

1948- Patrick Moraz -Swiss keyboard player and songwriter (Yes (band)|Yes, The Moody Blues, and Refugee (band)|Refugee)

1949- John Illsley -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Dire Straits)

1949- Betty Jackson -English fashion designer

1950- Nancy Allen (actress)|Nancy Allen -American actress

1950- Bob Carlos Clarke -Irish photographer (d. 2006)

1950- Mercedes Lackey -American author

1951- Raelene Boyle -Australian sprinter

1951- Leslie Cochran -American activist (d. 2012)

1951- David Rodigan -German-English actor and radio host

1951- Simon Rouse -English actor

1951- Charles Sturridge -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1952- Dianna Melrose -English diplomat, List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Tanzania|British High Commissioner to Tanzania

1952- Bob Neill -English lawyer and politician

1952- Stephen Pusey -English artist

1953- Ivo Lill -Estonian sculptor

1953- William E. Moerner -American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1953- David Ward (politician)|David Ward -English politician

1955- Chris Higgins (academic)|Chris Higgins -English geneticist and academic

1955- Edmund Malura -German footballer and manager

1955- Betsy Randle -American actress

1956- Owen Paterson -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1956- Joe Penny -English actor

1957- Astro (UB40)|Astro -English rapper (UB40)

1957- Mark Parkinson (Kansas politician)|Mark Parkinson -American lawyer and politician, 45th Governor of Kansas

1958- Kenneth Biros -American murderer (d. 2009)

1958- Jean Charest -Canadian politician, 29th Premier of Quebec

1958- Tom Lister, Jr. -American wrestler and actor

1958- Silvio Mondinelli -Italian mountaineer

1958- John Tortorella -American ice hockey player and coach

1958- Kathy Troccoli -American singer and author

1959- Siân James (politician)|Siân James -Welsh politician

1959- Andy McCluskey -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (The Id, Dalek I Love You, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

1960- Elish Angiolini -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland

1960- Walter E. Ellis -American serial killer (d. 2013)

1960- Siedah Garrett -American singer-songwriter and pianist (Brand New Heavies)

1960- Karin Pilsäter -Swedish politician

1960- Erik Poppe -Norwegian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter

1961- Dennis Danell -American singer and guitarist (Social Distortion) (d. 2000)

1961- Iain Glen -Scottish actor

1961- Bernie Nicholls -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1961- Ralph E. Reed, Jr. -American activist

1961- Curt Smith -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tears for Fears and Graduate (band)|Graduate)

1963- Preki -Serbian-American soccer player and coach

1963- Mike Wieringo -American author and illustrator (d. 2007)

1964- Jean-Luc Delarue -French television host and producer (d. 2012)

1964- Kathryn Parminter, Baroness Parminter -English politician

1964- Gary Suter -American ice hockey player

1965- Claude Bourbonnais -Canadian race car driver

1965- Uwe Krupp -German ice hockey player and coach

1966- H. David Kotz -American lawyer

1966- Hope Sandoval -American singer-songwriter (Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions)

1966- Adrienne Shelly -American actress, director, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1967- Jeff Cease -American guitarist (The Black Crowes)

1967- Bill Huard -Canadian ice hockey player

1967- Richard Z. Kruspe -German guitarist (Rammstein, Emigrate (band)|Emigrate, and First Arsch)

1967- Janez Lapajne -Slovenian director and producer

1967- John Limniatis -Greek-Canadian footballer and manager

1967- Scott Oden -American author

1967- Sherry Stringfield -American actress

1968- Alaa Abdelnaby -Egyptian-American basketball player

1969- Sissel Kyrkjebø -Norwegian soprano

1969- Sakarias Jaan Leppik -Estonian priest and politician

1970- Glenn Medeiros -American singer-songwriter

1970- Bernardo Sassetti -Portuguese pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2012)

1971- Ji Jin-hee -South Korean actor

1971- Christopher Showerman -American actor and producer

1972- Robbie McEwen -Australian cyclist

1972- Denis Žvegelj -Slovenian rower

1973- Alexander Beyer -German actor

1973- Alexis Gauthier -French chef

1973- Jere Lehtinen -Finnish ice hockey player

1974- Dan Byles -English sailor, rower, and politician

1974- Vinnie Fiorello -American drummer and songwriter (Less Than Jake)

1974- Chris Guccione (umpire)|Chris Guccione -American baseball player and umpire

1974- Ruffa Gutierrez -Filipino model and actress

1975- Carla Gallo -American actress

1975- Marek Malík -Czech ice hockey player

1975- Federico Pucciariello -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1976- Louisa Leaman -English author

1976- Brock Olivo -American football player and coach

1977- Dimos Dikoudis -Greek basketball player

1977- Jeff Farmer (footballer)|Jeff Farmer -Australian footballer

1977- Cas Jansen -Dutch actor

1978- Pantelis Kafes -Greek footballer

1978- Shunsuke Nakamura -Japanese footballer

1978- Ariel Pink -American singer-songwriter (Atheif)

1978- Juan Román Riquelme -Argentinian footballer

1978- Luis García Sanz -Spanish footballer

1978- Emppu Vuorinen -Finnish guitarist and songwriter (Nightwish, Brother Firetribe, Altaria (band)|Altaria, and Barilari)

1979- Mindy Kaling -American actress and producer

1979- Petra Němcová -Czech model and philanthropist

1979- Craig Shergold -English cancer patient

1980- Cicinho -Brazilian footballer

1980- Liane Balaban -Canadian actress

1980- Nina Dübbers -German tennis player

1980- Andrew Jones (racing driver)|Andrew Jones -Australian race car driver

1980- Minka Kelly -American actress

1982- Clint Bajada -Maltese radio host

1982- Kevin Nolan -English footballer

1982- Mark Penney -Canadian director and producer

1982- Jarret Stoll -Canadian ice hockey player

1983- Rebecca Cooke -English swimmer

1983- John Lloyd Cruz -Filipino actor

1983- Gianni Munari -Italian footballer

1984- Andrea Raggi -Italian footballer

1984- J. J. Redick -American basketball player

1985- Diego Alves Carreira -Brazilian footballer

1985- Kyle Searles -American actor

1985- Yukina Shirakawa -Japanese model

1985- Vernon Philander -South African cricketer

1986- Stuart Broad -English cricketer

1986- Phil Hughes -American baseball player

1986- Solange Knowles -American singer-songwriter and actress

1987- LiSA (Japanese musician, born 1987)|LiSA -Japanese singer-songwriter

1987- Briana Blair -American porn actress and model

1987- Simona Dobrá -Czech tennis player

1987- Serdar Güneş -Turkish footballer

1987- Craig Henderson -New Zealand footballer

1987- Arturo Lupoli -Italian footballer

1987- Lionel Messi -Argentinian footballer

1988- Nichkhun -Thai singer, dancer, and actor (2PM)

1988- Ardo Arusaar -Estonian wrestler

1988- Micah Richards -English footballer

1989- Teklemariam Medhin -Eritrean runner

1990- Michael Del Zotto -Canadian ice hockey player

1990- Richard Sukuta-Pasu -German footballer

1991- Mutaz Essa Barshim -Qatari high jumper

1991- Rie Kitahara -Japanese actress and singer (AKB48, SKE48, and Not Yet (band)|Not Yet)

1992- David Alaba -Austrian footballer

1992- Raven Goodwin -American actress

1998- Coy Stewart -American actor