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Day History: April-19

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Famous Birthdays


626- Eanflæd -English daughter of Edwin of Northumbria (d. 685)

1603- Michel Le Tellier -French politician, Minister of Defence (France)|French Minister of Defence (d. 1685)

1613- Christoph Bach (musician)|Christoph Bach -German pianist (d. 1661)

1658- Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine -German husband of Archduchess Maria Anna Josepha of Austria (d. 1716)

1660- Sebastián Durón -Spanish composer (d. 1716)

1665- Jacques Lelong -French author (d. 1721)

1686- Vasily Tatishchev -Russian ethnographer and politician (d. 1750)

1715- James Nares -English organist and composer (d. 1783)

1721- Roger Sherman -American lawyer and politician (d. 1793)

1734- Karl von Ordóñez -Austrian composer (d. 1786)

1757- Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth -English admiral and politician (d. 1833)

1758- William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk -Scottish admiral (d. 1831)

1785- Alexandre Pierre François Boëly -French pianist and composer (d. 1858)

1787- Deaf Smith -American soldier (d. 1837)

1793- Ferdinand I of Austria -(d. 1875)

1814- Louis Amédée Achard -French author (d. 1875)

1832- José Echegaray -Spanish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)

1835- Julius Krohn -Finnish poet and journalist (d. 1888)

1874- Ernst Rüdin -Swiss psychiatrist, geneticist, and eugenicist (d. 1952)

1877- Ole Evinrude -Norwegian-American inventor, invented the outboard motor (d. 1934)

1882- Getúlio Vargas -Brazilian lawyer and politician, 14th President of Brazil (d. 1954)

1883- Henry Jameson -American soccer player (d. 1938)

1883- Richard von Mises -Austrian-American mathematician and physicist (d. 1953)

1885- Karl Tarvas -Estonian architect (d. 1975)

1889- Otto Georg Thierack -German jurist and politician (d. 1946)

1891- Françoise Rosay -French actress and singer (d. 1974)

1892- Germaine Tailleferre -French composer (d. 1983)

1894- Elizabeth Dilling -American author and activist (d. 1966)

1897- Peter de Noronha -Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)

1897- Jiroemon Kimura -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2013)

1897- Constance Talmadge -American actress (d. 1973)

1899- George O'Brien (actor)|George O'Brien -American actor (d. 1985)

1900- Richard Hughes (writer)|Richard Hughes -English author, poet, and playwright (d. 1976)

1900- Roland Michener -Canadian lawyer and politician, 20th Governor General of Canada (d. 1991)

1902- Veniamin Kaverin -Russian author (d. 1989)

1903- Eliot Ness -American lawman (d. 1957)

1907- Alan Wheatley -English actor (d. 1991)

1912- Glenn Seaborg -American chemist, Nobel Prize for Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1917- Sven Hassel -Danish-German soldier and author (d. 2012)

1919- Sol Kaplan -American composer (d. 1990)

1920- Gene Leis -American guitarist, composer, and producer (d. 1993)

1920- John O'Neil (baseball)|John O'Neil -American baseball player and manager (d. 2012)

1920- Julien Ries -Belgian cardinal (d. 2013)

1921- Anna Lee Aldred -American jockey (d. 2006)

1922- Erich Hartmann -German soldier and pilot (d. 1993)

1925- John Kraaijkamp, Sr. -Dutch actor (d. 2011)

1925- Hugh O'Brian -American actor

1926- Rawya Ateya -Egyptian politician (d. 1997)

1927- Mr. Kenneth -American hairdresser (d. 2013)

1928- John Horlock -English engineer and academic

1928- Alexis Korner -French-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Blues Incorporated and Collective Consciousness Society) (d. 1984)

1928- Azlan Shah of Perak -(d. 2014)

1930- Ewan Jamieson -New Zealand air marshal (d. 2013)

1930- Dick Sargent -American actor (d. 1994)

1931- Garfield Morgan -English actor (d. 2009)

1931- Walter Stewart (journalist)|Walter Stewart -Canadian journalist and author (d. 2004)

1932- Fernando Botero -Colombian painter and sculptor

1933- Dickie Bird -English cricketer and umpire

1933- Jayne Mansfield -American model, actress, and singer (d. 1967)

1933- Philip Lavallin Wroughton -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire

1934- Ox Baker -American wrestler and actor (d. 2014)

1934- Dickie Goodman -American record producer (d. 1989)

1935- Dudley Moore -English-American actor, screenwriter, and composer (d. 2002)

1935- Justin Francis Rigali -American cardinal

1936- Wilfried Martens -Belgian politician, 60th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 2013)

1936- Jack Pardee -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1937- Antonio Carluccio -Italian-English chef and author

1937- Elinor Donahue -American actress

1937- Joseph Estrada -Filipino actor, producer, and politician, 13th President of the Philippines

1938- Stanley Fish -American academic and scholar

1939- E. Clay Shaw, Jr. -American accountant and politician (d. 2013)

1940- Dougal Haston -Scottish mountaineer (d. 1977)

1940- Genya Ravan -American singer-songwriter and producer (Goldie & the Gingerbreads and Ten Wheel Drive)

1941- Priit Aimla -Estonian author, poet, and playwright

1941- Roberto Carlos (singer)|Roberto Carlos -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actor

1941- Michel Roux -French-English chef

1941- Bobby Russell -American singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

1942- Bas Jan Ader -Dutch-American photographer and director (d. 1975)

1942- Alan Price -English keyboard player and songwriter (The Animals)

1942- Jack Roush -American businessman, founded Roush Fenway Racing

1942- Maarten van den Bergh -Dutch businessman

1943- Eve Graham -Scottish singer (The New Seekers)

1943- Margo MacDonald -Scottish politician (d. 2014)

1943- Lorenzo Sanz -Spanish businessman

1944- Keith Erickson -American basketball player and sportscaster

1944- James Heckman -American economist, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1944- Bernie Worrell -American keyboard player and songwriter (Parliament-Funkadelic, Praxis (band)|Praxis, and Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains)

1946- Tim Curry -English actor and singer

1946- Euphrosyne Doxiadis -Greek artist and writer

1946- Mary Jo Slater -American casting director and producer

1947- Murray Perahia -American pianist and conductor

1947- Wilfrid Stevenson, Baron Stevenson of Balmacara -English civil servant

1947- Yan Pascal Tortelier -French violinist and conductor

1947- Mark Volman -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, and The Mothers of Invention)

1948- Stuart McLean -Canadian radio host and author

1948- Rick Miller (baseball)|Rick Miller -American baseball player and manager

1949- Paloma Picasso -French-Spanish fashion designer

1949- Larry Walters -American truck driver and pilot (d. 1993)

1950- Julia Cleverdon -English businesswoman and philanthropist

1951- Barry Brown (actor)|Barry Brown -American actor and playwright (d. 1978)

1951- Jóannes Eidesgaard -Faroese educator and politician, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands

1952- Alexis Argüello -Nicaraguan boxer and politician (d. 2009)

1952- Tony Plana -Cuban-American actor and director

1952- Michael Trend -English politician

1953- Rod Morgenstein -American drummer (Winger (band)|Winger, Dixie Dregs, Platypus (band)|Platypus, and The Jelly Jam)

1953- Ruby Wax -American-English comedian and actress

1954- Trevor Francis -English footballer and manager

1954- Bob Rock -Canadian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Payolas)

1956- Sue Barker -English tennis player and journalist

1956- Randy Carlyle -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1956- Anne Glover (biologist)|Anne Glover -Scottish biologist and academic

1957- Mukesh Ambani -Indian businessman

1957- Tony Martin (British singer)|Tony Martin -English singer-songwriter (Black Sabbath, Giuntini Project (band)|Giuntini Project, and Empire (band)|Empire)

1958- Steve Antin -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1958- Denis O'Brien -Irish businessman, founded BT Ireland

1959- Jane Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton -English activist

1959- Donald Markwell -Australian sociologist and educator

1959- Teofisto Guingona III -Filipino politician

1960- Nicoletta Braschi -Italian actress and producer

1960- Ara Gevorgyan -Armenian pianist, composer, and producer

1960- Roger Merrett -Australian footballer and coach

1960- John Schweitz -American basketball player and coach

1960- Frank Viola -American baseball player and coach

1961- Spike Owen -American baseball player and coach

1961- Richard Phelps (pentathlete)|Richard Phelps -English pentathlete

1962- Al Unser, Jr. -American race car driver

1964- Gordon Marshall (footballer born 1964)|Gordon Marshall -Scottish footballer and coach

1965- Natalie Dessay -French soprano

1965- Suge Knight -American record producer, co-founded Death Row Records

1966- Véronique Gens -French soprano

1966- Brett J. Gladman -Canadian astronomer and academic

1966- David La Haye -Canadian actor

1966- Julia Neigel -Russian-German singer-songwriter and producer

1966- El Samurai -Japanese wrestler

1967- Philippe Saint-André -French rugby player and coach

1967- Steven H Silver -American journalist and author

1967- Dar Williams -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Cry Cry Cry)

1968- Mswati III -of Swaziland

1968- Ashley Judd -American actress

1968- Pascal Kleiman -Spanish DJ, producer, and songwriter

1968- Arshad Warsi -Indian actor, singer, and producer

1969- Andrew Carnie -Canadian-American educator and author

1969- Jesse James (customizer)|Jesse James -American motorcycle builder, founded West Coast Choppers

1969- Susan Polgar -Hungarian-American chess player

1970- Kelly Holmes -English runner

1970- Luis Miguel -Mexican singer-songwriter and producer

1971- Gad Elmaleh -Moroccan-French comedian and actor

1971- You Hee-yeol -South Korean singer-songwriter and host

1972- Rivaldo -Brazilian footballer

1972- Jeff Wilkins -American football player

1973- George Gregan -Zambian-Australian rugby player and coach

1973- Alessio Scarpi -Italian footballer

1974- Akara Amarttayakul -Thai actor

1975- Jason Gillespie -Australian cricketer and coach

1975- Jussi Jääskeläinen -Finnish footballer

1976- Ruud Jolie -Dutch guitarist (Within Temptation)

1976- Scott Padgett -American basketball player, coach, and radio host

1976- Kim Young-oh -South Korean author and illustrator

1977- Joe Beimel -American baseball player

1977- Lucien Mettomo -Cameroonian footballer

1977- Dennys Reyes -Mexican baseball player

1977- Jonny Storm -English wrestler

1978- James Franco -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1978- Gabriel Heinze -Argentinian footballer

1978- Amanda Sage -American-Austrian painter

1979- Rocky Bernard -American football player

1979- Kate Hudson -American actress and singer

1979- Zhao Junzhe -Chinese footballer

1979- Nicole Raczynski -American wrestler

1979- Antoaneta Stefanova -Bulgarian chess player

1980- Jason Blaine -Canadian singer-songwriter

1980- Robyn Regehr -Brazilian-Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Alexis Thorpe -American actress

1981- Hayden Christensen -Canadian actor

1981- Ryuta Hara -Japanese footballer

1981- Martin Havlát -Czech ice hockey player

1981- Kasie Head -American model, Miss Oklahoma USA|Miss Oklahoma USA 2002

1981- James Hibberd -English cricketer

1981- Napakpapha Nakprasitte -Thai actress

1981- Troy Polamalu -American football player

1981- Catalina Sandino Moreno -Colombian actress

1982- Joseph Hagerty -American gymnast

1982- Samuel C. Morrison, Jr. -Liberian entrepreneur

1982- Rocco Sabato -Italian footballer

1982- Ignacio Serricchio -Argentinian-American actor

1982- Sitiveni Sivivatu -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Alberto Callaspo -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1983- Zach Duke -American baseball player

1983- Joe Mauer -American baseball player

1983- Patrick Platins -German footballer

1983- Curtis Thigpen -American baseball player

1984- Lee Da-hae -South Korean actress

1984- Christopher Pearce (cricketer)|Christopher Pearce -English cricketer

1985- Valon Behrami -Swiss footballer

1985- Jan Zimmermann -German footballer

1986- Maxine (wrestler)|Maxine -American wrestler and model

1986- Pascal Angan -Beninese footballer

1986- Heather Kuzmich -American model

1986- Zhou Mi (singer)|Zhou Mi -Chinese singer-songwriter and actor (Super Junior-M and SM the Ballad)

1986- Candace Parker -American basketball player

1986- Gabe Pruitt -American basketball player

1986- Will Thursfield -English-Australian footballer

1987- Oksana Akinshina -Russian actress

1987- David Cavazos -Mexican singer-songwriter

1987- Luigi Giorgi (footballer)|Luigi Giorgi -Italian footballer

1987- Joe Hart -English footballer

1987- Courtland Mead -American actor

1987- Daniel Schuhmacher -German singer-songwriter

1987- Maria Sharapova -Russian tennis player

1987- Lauren Wilson -Canadian figure skater

1988- Enrique Esqueda -Mexican footballer

1988- Haruna Kojima -Japanese actress and singer (AKB48 and no3b)

1988- Saya Yūki -Japanese actress

1989- Dominik Mader -German footballer

1989- Kristen O'Connor -American singer and guitarist

1989- Belinda Owusu -English actress

1989- Daisuke Watabe -Japanese footballer

1990- Himchan -South Korean singer and dancer (B.A.P (band)|B.A.P)

1990- Jackie Bradley, Jr. -American baseball player

1990- Kim Chiu -Filipino actress

1990- Héctor Miguel Herrera -Mexican footballer

1990- Damien Le Tallec -French footballer

1990- Teo Olivares -American actor

1990- Patrick Wiegers -German footballer

1991- Steve Cook (footballer)|Steve Cook -English footballer

1991- Kelly Olynyk -Canadian basketball player

1992- Paul-Jose M'Poku -Belgian footballer

1993- Sebastian de Souza -English actor

1994- Lee Areum -South Korean singer (T-ara and T-ara N4)

1995- Akira Saitō -Japanese actress

1996- Sam Woolf -American singer