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Day History: April-15

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Famous Birthdays


1367 - [[Henry IV of England]] -(d. 1413)

1452 - [[Leonardo da Vinci]] -Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519)

1552 - [[Pietro Cataldi]] -Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1626)

1588 - [[Claudius Salmasius]] -French author and scholar (d. 1653)

1641 - [[Robert Sibbald]] -Scottish physician and geographer (d. 1722)

1642 - [[Suleiman II]] -Ottoman sultan (d. 1691)

1646 - [[Christian V of Denmark]] -(d. 1699)

1646 - [[Pierre Poiret]] -French mystic and philosopher (d. 1719)

1684 - [[Catherine I of Russia]] -(d. 1727)

1688 - [[Johann Friedrich Fasch]] -German violinist and composer (d. 1758)

1707 - [[Leonhard Euler]] -Swiss mathematician and physicist (d. 1783)

1710 - [[William Cullen]] -Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1790)

1721 - [[Prince William, Duke of Cumberland]] -(d. 1765)

1741 - [[Charles Willson Peale]] -American painter and soldier (d. 1827)

1771 - [[Nicolas Chopin]] -French-Polish educator (d. 1844)

1772 - [[Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire]] -French biologist and zoologist (d. 1844)

1783 - [[Maria Branwell]] -English mother of the Brontë family (d. 1821)

1793 - [[Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve]] -German astronomer and academic (d. 1864)

1800 - [[James Clark Ross]] -English captain and explorer (d. 1862)

1809 - [[Hermann Grassmann]] -German linguist and mathematician (d. 1877)

1828 - [[Jean Danjou]] -French captain (d. 1863)

1832 - [[Wilhelm Busch]] -German poet, painter, and illustrator (d. 1908)

1841 - [[Joseph E. Seagram]] -Canadian businessman and politician, founded the Seagram|Seagram Company Ltd (d. 1919)

1843 - [[Henry James]] -American-English author (d. 1916)

1851 - [[Ponnambalam Ramanathan]] -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 3rd Solicitor General of Sri Lanka (d. 1930)

1856 - [[Jean Moréas]] -Greek poet and critic (d. 1910)

1858 - [[Émile Durkheim]] -French sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher (d. 1917)

1861 - [[Bliss Carman]] -Canadian-American poet and playwright (d. 1929)

1874 - [[George Harrison Shull]] -American botanist and geneticist (d. 1954)

1874 - [[Johannes Stark]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)

1875 - [[James J. Jeffries]] -American boxer and promoter (d. 1953)

1878 - [[Robert Walser (writer)|Robert Walser]] -Swiss author and playwright (d. 1956)

1879 - [[Melville Henry Cane]] -American lawyer and poet (d. 1980)

1883 - [[Stanley Bruce]] -Australian captain and politician, 8th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)

1885 - [[Tadeusz Kutrzeba]] -Polish general (d. 1947)

1886 - [[Nikolay Gumilyov]] -Russian poet and critic (d. 1921)

1888 - [[Maximilian Kronberger]] -German poet and author (d. 1904)

1889 - [[Thomas Hart Benton (painter)|Thomas Hart Benton]] -American painter and educator (d. 1975)

1889 - [[A. Philip Randolph]] -American activist (d. 1979)

1890 - [[Percy Shaw]] -English businessman, invented the Cat's eye (road)|cat's eye (d. 1976)

1892 - [[Theo Osterkamp]] -German general and pilot (d. 1975)

1892 - [[Corrie ten Boom]] -Dutch-American clocksmith and author (d. 1983)

1894 - [[Nikita Khrushchev]] -Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)

1894 - [[Bessie Smith]] -American singer and actress (d. 1937)

1895 - [[Clark McConachy]] -New Zealand snooker player (d. 1980)

1896 - [[Nikolay Semyonov]] -Russian physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1898 - [[Harry Edward]] -Guyanese-English sprinter (d. 1973)

1901 - [[Joe Davis]] -English snooker player (d. 1978)

1901 - [[Ajoy Mukherjee]] -Indian politician, Chief Minister of West Bengal (d. 1986)

1901 - [[René Pleven]] -French businessman and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1993)

1902 - [[Fernando Pessa]] -Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)

1903 - [[John Williams (actor)|John Williams]] -English-American actor (d. 1983)

1904 - [[Arshile Gorky]] -Armenian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1948)

1904 - [[Antero Kivi]] -Finnish discus thrower (d. 1981)

1907 - [[Nikolaas Tinbergen]] -Dutch-English ethologist and ornithologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1988)

1908 - [[Eden Ahbez]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1995)

1908 - [[Lita Grey]] -American actress (d. 1995)

1910 - [[Sulo Bärlund]] -Finnish shot putter (d. 1986)

1910 - [[Miguel Najdorf]] -Polish-Argentinian chess player and theoretician (d. 1997)

1912 - [[William Congdon]] -American-Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1998)

1912 - [[Kim Il-sung]] -North Korean general and politician, 1st List of leaders of North Korea|Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994)

1915 - [[Elizabeth Catlett]] -American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2012)

1916 - [[Alfred S. Bloomingdale]] -American businessman (d. 1982)

1916 - [[Helene Hanff]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1917 - [[Hans Conried]] -American actor and singer (d. 1982)

1917 - [[James Kee]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1989)

1918 - [[Hans Billian]] -German film director, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2007)

1919 - [[Alberto Breccia]] -Uruguayan-Argentinian author and illustrator (d. 1993)

1920 - [[Godfrey Stafford]] -English-South African physicist and academic (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Thomas Szasz]] -Hungarian-American psychiatrist and academic (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Richard von Weizsäcker]] -German soldier and politician, 6th President of Germany (d. 2015)

1921 - [[Georgy Beregovoy]] -Ukrainian-Russian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)

1921 - [[Angelo DiGeorge]] -American physician and endocrinologist (d. 2009)

1922 - [[Michael Ansara]] -Syrian-American actor (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Joyce Jacobs]] -English-Australian actress (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Hasrat Jaipuri]] -Indian poet and songwriter (d. 1999)

1922 - [[Harold Washington]] -American lawyer and politician, 51st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1987)

1922 - [[Graham Whitehead]] -English racing driver (d. 1981)

1923 - [[Artur Alliksaar]] -Estonian poet and author (d. 1966)

1923 - [[Robert DePugh]] -American activist, founded the Minutemen (anti-Communist organization)|Minutemen Organization (d. 2009)

1923 - [[Douglas Wass]] -English civil servant

1924 - [[M. Canagaratnam]] -Sri Lankan politician (d. 1980)

1924 - [[Neville Marriner]] -English violinist and conductor

1925 - [[George Shuffler]] -American guitarist (The Bailey Brothers and the Happy Valley Boys) (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Robert Mills (physicist)|Robert Mills]] -American physicist and academic (d. 1999)

1929 - [[Gérald Beaudoin]] -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2008)

1929 - [[Adrian Cadbury]] -English rower and businessman (d. 2015)

1930 - [[Georges Descrières]] -French actor (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Vigdís Finnbogadóttir]] -Icelandic educator and politician, 4th President of Iceland

1931 - [[Kenneth Bloomfield]] -Irish civil servant

1931 - [[Tomas Tranströmer]] -Swedish psychologist, poet, and translator, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2015)

1932 - [[Suresh Bhat]] -Indian poet and songwriter (d. 2003)

1933 - [[Roy Clark]] -American singer and actor

1933 - [[David Hamilton (photographer)|David Hamilton]] -English-French photographer and director

1933 - [[Elizabeth Montgomery]] -American actress (d. 1995)

1933 - [[Jim Towers]] -English footballer (d. 2010)

1933 - [[Kōji Yada]] -Japanese voice actor (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Stavros Paravas]] -Greek actor and producer (d. 2008)

1936 - [[Raymond Poulidor]] -French cyclist

1937 - [[Bob Luman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1978)

1937 - [[Uldis Pūcītis]] -Latvian actor and director (d. 2000)

1938 - [[Claudia Cardinale]] -Tunisian-Italian actress

1938 - [[Hso Khan Pha]] -Burmese-Canadian geologist and politician

1939 - [[Marty Wilde]] -English singer-songwriter and actor

1940 - [[Jeffrey Archer]] -English author, playwright, and politician

1940 - [[Sean Caffrey]] -Irish actor (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Willie Davis (baseball)|Willie Davis]] -American baseball player and actor (d. 2010)

1940 - [[Robert Lacroix]] -Canadian economist and academic

1940 - [[Yossef Romano]] -Libyan-Israeli weightlifter (d. 1972)

1940 - [[Robert Walker, Jr.]] -American actor

1941 - [[Howard Berman]] -American lawyer and politician

1942 - [[Francis X. DiLorenzo]] -American bishop

1942 - [[Walt Hazzard]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2011)

1942 - [[Kenneth Lay]] -American businessman (d. 2006)

1942 - [[Tim Lankester]] -English economist and academic

1943 - [[Pınar Kür]] -Turkish author, playwright, and academic

1943 - [[Robert Lefkowitz]] -American physician and biochemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1943 - [[Veronica Linklater, Baroness Linklater]] -English politician

1943 - [[Mighty Sam McClain]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2015)

1943 - [[Hugh Thompson, Jr.]] -American soldier and pilot (d. 2006)

1944 - [[Dzhokhar Dudayev]] -Russian-Chechen general and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (d. 1996)

1944 - [[Dave Edmunds]] -Welsh singer, guitarist, and producer (Love Sculpture and Rockpile)

1946 - [[John Lloyd (journalist)|John Lloyd]] -Scottish journalist and author

1946 - [[Pete Rouse]] -American politician, White House Chief of Staff

1946 - [[Michael Tucci]] -American actor and singer

1947 - [[Linda Bloodworth-Thomason]] -American screenwriter and producer

1947 - [[Martin Broughton]] -English businessman

1947 - [[Lois Chiles]] -American model and actress

1947 - [[David Omand]] -English civil servant and academic

1947 - [[Cristina Husmark Pehrsson]] -Swedish nurse and politician, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister for Social Security

1947 - [[Woolly Wolstenholme]] -English singer and keyboard player (Barclay James Harvest) (d. 2010)

1948 - [[Christopher Brown (museum director)|Christopher Brown]] -English historian, curator, and academic

1948 - [[Michael Kamen]] -American composer and conductor (d. 2003)

1949 - [[Kadir İnanır]] -Turkish actor and director

1949 - [[Alla Pugacheva]] -Russian singer-songwriter and actress

1949 - [[Craig Zadan]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1950 - [[Josiane Balasko]] -French actress, director, and screenwriter

1950 - [[Amy Wright]] -American actress

1951 - [[Heloise (columnist)|Heloise]] -American journalist and author

1951 - [[John L. Phillips]] -American captain and astronaut

1951 - [[Stuart Prebble]] -English journalist and producer

1952 - [[Bengt Gingsjö]] -Swedish swimmer

1952 - [[Kym Gyngell]] -Australian actor and screenwriter

1952 - [[Sam McMurray]] -American actor

1952 - [[Brian Muir (sculptor)|Brian Muir]] -English sculptor and set designer

1952 - [[Avital Ronell]] -Czech-American philosopher and academic

1952 - [[Glenn Shadix]] -American actor and singer (d. 2010)

1952 - [[Simon Irvine]] -Swedish gardener

1954 - [[Seka]] -American porn actress, director, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Mark Damazer]] -English broadcaster and academic

1955 - [[Dodi Fayed]] -Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)

1955 - [[Jeff Golub]] -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2015)

1956 - [[Michael Cooper]] -American basketball player and coach

1957 - [[Evelyn Ashford]] -American runner and coach

1958 - [[Keith Acton]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1958 - [[Abu Hamza al-Masri]] -Egyptian-English criminal

1958 - [[Noni Ioannidou]] -Greek model and actress

1958 - [[Memos Ioannou]] -Greek basketball player and coach

1958 - [[Sir Robert Smith, 3rd Baronet]] -Scottish politician

1958 - [[Benjamin Zephaniah]] -English actor, author, poet, and playwright

1959 - [[Fruit Chan]] -Chinese director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Kevin Lowe]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1959 - [[Emma Thompson]] -English actress and screenwriter

1959 - [[Thomas F. Wilson]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Pierre Aubry]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1960 - [[Susanne Bier]] -Danish director and screenwriter

1960 - [[Pedro Delgado]] -Spanish cyclist and sportscaster

1960 - [[Tony Jones (snooker player)|Tony Jones]] -English snooker player

1961 - [[Neil Carmichael (Conservative politician)|Neil Carmichael]] -English academic and politician

1961 - [[Tiina Lillak]] -Finnish javelin thrower

1962 - [[Surjit Bindrakhia]] -Indian singer (d. 2003)

1962 - [[Nawal El Moutawakel]] -Moroccan hurdler

1962 - [[Tom Kane]] -American voice actor and singer

1963 - [[Alex Crawford]] -Nigerian-South African journalist

1963 - [[Manzoor Elahi]] -Pakistani cricketer

1963 - [[Bobby Pepper]] -American journalist

1965 - [[Linda Perry]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (4 Non Blondes)

1966 - [[Samantha Fox]] -English singer-songwriter and actress

1966 - [[Mott Green]] -American businessman (d. 2013)

1967 - [[Frankie Poullain]] -Scottish bass player and songwriter (The Darkness (band)|The Darkness)

1967 - [[Dara Torres]] -American swimmer and journalist

1968 - [[Ben Clarke]] -English rugby player and coach

1968 - [[Brahim Lahlafi]] -Moroccan-French runner

1968 - [[Ed O'Brien]] -English guitarist and songwriter (Radiohead)

1968 - [[Stacey Williams]] -American model and actress

1969 - [[Jeromy Burnitz]] -American baseball player

1969 - [[Kaisa Roose]] -Estonian pianist and conductor

1969 - [[Jimmy Waite]] -Canadian-German ice hockey player and coach

1970 - [[Flex Alexander]] -American actor, dancer, and producer

1970 - [[Chris Huffins]] -American decathlete and coach

1971 - [[Kate Harbour]] -English voice actress

1971 - [[Katy Hill]] -English television host

1971 - [[Meelis Loit]] -Estonian fencer

1971 - [[Jason Sehorn]] -American football player and actor

1971 - [[Josia Thugwane]] -South African runner

1971 - [[Karl Turner (politician)|Karl Turner]] -English lawyer and politician

1972 - [[Arturo Gatti]] -Italian-Canadian boxer (d. 2009)

1972 - [[Lou Romano]] -American animator and voice actor

1974 - [[Kim Min-kyo]] -South Korean actor and director

1974 - [[Danny Pino]] -American actor and screenwriter

1974 - [[Mike Quinn]] -American football player

1974 - [[Douglas Spain]] -American actor, director, and producer

1974 - [[Tim Thomas (ice hockey)|Tim Thomas]] -American ice hockey player

1975 - [[Paul Dana]] -American race car driver (d. 2006)

1975 - [[Philip Labonte]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (All That Remains (band)|All That Remains and Shadows Fall)

1975 - [[Sarah Teichmann]] -German-American biophysicist and immunologist

1976 - [[Jason Bonsignore]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1976 - [[Darius Regelskis]] -Lithuanian footballer

1976 - [[Kęstutis Šeštokas]] -Lithuanian basketball player

1976 - [[Susan Ward]] -American actress

1976 - [[Steve Williams (rower)|Steve Williams]] -English rower

1977 - [[Sudarsan Pattnaik]] -Indian sculptor

1977 - [[Brian Pothier]] -American ice hockey player

1977 - [[Jamie Wall]] -English racing driver

1978 - [[Austin Aries]] -American wrestler

1978 - [[Milton Bradley (baseball)|Milton Bradley]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Tim Corcoran (pitcher)|Tim Corcoran]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Luis Fonsi]] -Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter and dancer

1979 - [[Luke Evans (actor)|Luke Evans]] -Welsh actor and singer

1980 - [[Patrick Carney]] -American drummer (The Black Keys, The Rentals, and Drummer (band)|Drummer)

1980 - [[James Foster (cricketer)|James Foster]] -English cricketer

1980 - [[Michelle L'amour]] -American dancer

1980 - [[Raül López]] -Spanish basketball player

1980 - [[Willie Mason]] -Australian rugby player

1980 - [[Aida Mollenkamp]] -American chef and author

1980 - [[Víctor Núñez]] -Costa Rican footballer

1980 - [[Fränk Schleck]] -Luxembourger cyclist

1980 - [[Billy Yates (American football)|Billy Yates]] -American football player

1981 - [[Andrés D'Alessandro]] -Argentinian footballer

1982 - [[Michael Aubrey]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Anthony Green (musician)|Anthony Green]] -American singer-songwriter (Circa Survive, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Saosin, High and Driving, and Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer)

1982 - [[Albert Riera]] -Spanish footballer

1982 - [[Seth Rogen]] -Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1983 - [[Blu (rapper)|Blu]] -American rapper and producer (All City Chess Club)

1983 - [[Alice Braga]] -Brazilian actress

1983 - [[Matt Cardle]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Seven Summers and Darwyn (band)|Darwyn)

1983 - [[Dudu Cearense]] -Brazilian footballer

1983 - [[Andreas Fransson]] -Swedish skier (d. 2014)

1983 - [[Ilya Kovalchuk]] -Russian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Bronson La'Cassie]] -Australian golfer

1983 - [[Martin Pedersen (cyclist)|Martin Pedersen]] -Danish cyclist

1983 - [[Anthony Sedlak]] -Canadian chef and television host (d. 2012)

1984 - [[Antonio Cromartie]] -American football player

1984 - [[Cam Janssen]] -American ice hockey player

1984 - [[Ben Kasica]] -American guitarist and producer (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1984 - [[Daniel Paille]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Chris Cates]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[John Danks]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Ryan Hamilton]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Aaron Laffey]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Amy Ried]] -American porn actress and director

1985 - [[Diana Zubiri]] -Filipino actress

1986 - [[Tom Heaton]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Sylvain Marveaux]] -French footballer

1986 - [[Quincy Owusu-Abeyie]] -Ghanaian footballer

1986 - [[Giorgio Rubino]] -Italian race walker

1987 - [[Iyaz]] -Virgin Islander singer-songwriter

1987 - [[Sapphire Elia]] -English actress and singer

1987 - [[Samira Wiley]] -American actress

1988 - [[Thomas Albanese]] -Italian footballer

1988 - [[Steven Defour]] -Belgian footballer

1988 - [[Yann David]] -French rugby player

1988 - [[Eliza Doolittle (singer)|Eliza Doolittle]] -English singer-songwriter

1988 - [[Manami Numakura]] -Japanese voice actress

1988 - [[Beate Schrott]] -Austrian hurdler

1989 - [[Andre Kinney]] -American actor

1990 - [[Lily Carter]] -American porn actress

1990 - [[Emma Watson]] -French-English actress

1991 - [[Daiki Arioka]] -Japanese actor and singer (Hey! Say! JUMP)

1992 - [[Amy Diamond]] -Swedish singer and actress

1992 - [[Kimberly Dos Ramos]] -Venezuelan actress and singer

1992 - [[John Guidetti]] -Swedish footballer

1992 - [[Richard Sandrak]] -Ukrainian-American bodybuilder, martial artist, and actor

1993 - [[Madeleine Martin]] -American actress and singer

1994 - [[Shaunae Miller]] -Bahamian sprinter

1994 - [[Bea Nicolas]] -Filipino actress

1995 - [[Cody Christian]] -American actor

1996 - [[İpek Soylu]] -Turkish tennis player

1997 - [[Maisie Williams]] -English actress and dancer

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