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Day History: April-16

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Famous Birthdays


1319 - [[John II of France]] -(d. 1364)

1488 - [[Jungjong of Joseon]] -(d. 1544)

1495 - [[Petrus Apianus]] -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1557)

1516 - [[Tabinshwehti]] -Burmese king (d. 1550)

1635 - [[Frans van Mieris the Elder]] -Dutch painter (d. 1681)

1646 - [[Jules Hardouin-Mansart]] -French architect, designed the Château de Dampierre and Grand Trianon (d. 1708)

1660 - [[Hans Sloane]] -Irish-English physician and academic (d. 1753)

1661 - [[Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax]] -English poet and politician, First Lord of the Treasury (d. 1715)

1682 - [[John Hadley]] -English mathematician, invented the octant (instrument)|octant (d. 1744)

1693 - [[Anne Sophie Reventlow]] -Danish wife of Frederick IV of Denmark (d. 1743)

1697 - [[Johann Gottlieb Görner]] -German organist and composer (d. 1778)

1728 - [[Joseph Black]] -French-Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1799)

1730 - [[Henry Clinton (American War of Independence)|Henry Clinton]] -English general and politician (d. 1795)

1755 - [[Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun]] -French painter (d. 1842)

1786 - [[John Franklin]] -English admiral and politician, 4th Governor of Tasmania|Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (d. 1847)

1800 - [[George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan]] -English field marshal and politician (d. 1888)

1808 - [[Caleb Blood Smith]] -American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 6th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1864)

1821 - [[Ford Madox Brown]] -French-English soldier and painter (d. 1893)

1823 - [[Gotthold Eisenstein]] -German mathematician and academic (d. 1852)

1827 - [[Octave Crémazie]] -Canadian poet and bookseller (d. 1879)

1839 - [[Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì]] -Italian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1908)

1834 - [[Charles Lennox Richardson]] -English-Chinese merchant (d. 1862)

1844 - [[Anatole France]] -French journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)

1847 - [[Hans Auer]] -Swiss-Austrian architect, designed the Federal Palace of Switzerland (d. 1906)

1848 - [[Kandukuri Veeresalingam]] -Indian author and activist (d. 1919)

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

1865 - [[Harry Chauvel]] -Australian general (d. 1945)

1866 - [[José de Diego]] -Puerto Rican journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1918)

1871 - [[John Millington Synge]] -Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1909)

1874 - [[Jōtarō Watanabe]] -Japanese general in the Imperial Japanese Army and victim of the February 26 Incident (d. 1936)

1878 - [[R. E. Foster]] -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1914)

1882 - [[Seth Bingham]] -American organist and composer (d. 1972)

1885 - [[Leo Weiner]] -Hungarian composer and educator (d. 1960)

1886 - [[Michalis Dorizas]] -Greek-American football player and javelin thrower (d. 1957)

1886 - [[Ernst Thälmann]] -German politician (d. 1944)

1886 - [[Margaret Woodrow Wilson]] -American daughter of Woodrow Wilson (d. 1944)

1888 - [[Billy Minter]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1940)

1889 - [[Charlie Chaplin]] -English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 1977)

1890 - [[Fred Root]] -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1954)

1890 - [[Gertrude Chandler Warner]] -American author and educator (d. 1979)

1891 - [[Dorothy P. Lathrop]] -American author and illustrator (d. 1980)

1892 - [[Howard Mumford Jones]] -American author, critic, and academic (d. 1980)

1893 - [[Germaine Guèvremont]] -Canadian journalist and author (d. 1968)

1893 - [[John Norton (athlete)|John Norton]] -American hurdler (d. 1979)

1894 - [[Ernst Ziegler]] -German actor (d. 1974)

1895 - [[Ove Arup]] -English-Danish engineer and businessman, founded Arup Group Limited|Arup (d. 1988)

1896 - [[Robert Henry Best]] -American journalist (d. 1952)

1896 - [[Pat Clayton]] -English soldier and surveyor (d. 1962)

1896 - [[Tristan Tzara]] -Romanian-French poet and critic (d. 1963)

1899 - [[Osman Achmatowicz]] -Polish chemist and academic (d. 1988)

1903 - [[Paul Waner]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1965)

1904 - [[Fifi D'Orsay]] -Canadian-American vaudevillian and actress (d. 1983)

1905 - [[Frits Philips]] -Dutch businessman (d. 2005)

1907 - [[Joseph-Armand Bombardier]] -Canadian inventor and businessman, founded Bombardier Inc. (d. 1964)

1907 - [[August Eigruber]] -Austrian-German politician (d. 1947)

1908 - [[Ellis Marsalis, Sr.]] -American businessman and activist (d. 2004)

1908 - [[Ray Ventura]] -French-Spanish pianist and bandleader (d. 1979)

1910 - [[Berton Roueché]] -American journalist and author (d. 1994)

1911 - [[Guy Burgess]] -English-Russian spy (d. 1963)

1912 - [[Gordon Dunn]] -American discus thrower (d. 1964)

1912 - [[David Langton]] -Scottish-English actor (d. 1994)

1915 - [[Gerard McLarnon]] -Irish actor and playwright (d. 1997)

1916 - [[Behçet Necatigil]] -Turkish author, poet, and translator (d. 1979)

1917 - [[Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli]] -(d. 2013)

1917 - [[Barry Nelson]] -American actor (d. 2007)

1918 - [[Dick Gibson]] -English race car driver (d. 2010)

1918 - [[Hsuan Hua]] -Chinese-American monk and author (d. 1995)

1918 - [[Juozas Kazickas]] -Lithuanian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Spike Milligan]] -Irish actor, singer, screenwriter, and author (d. 2002)

1919 - [[Merce Cunningham]] -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)

1919 - [[Nilla Pizzi]] -Italian singer (d. 2011)

1919 - [[Pedro Ramírez Vázquez]] -Mexican architect, designed the Tijuana Cultural Center and National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico)|National Museum of Anthropology (d. 2013)

1919 - [[Thomas Willmore]] -English geometer and academic (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Ananda Dassanayake]] -Sri Lankan politician (d. 2012)

1921 - [[Wolfgang Leonhard]] -German historian and author (d. 2014)

1921 - [[Peter Ustinov]] -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1922 - [[Kingsley Amis]] -English author, poet, and critic (d. 1995)

1922 - [[John Christopher]] -English science fiction author (d. 2012)

1922 - [[Lawrence N. Guarino]] -American colonel (d. 2014)

1922 - [[Leo Tindemans]] -Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Warren Barker]] -American composer (d. 2006)

1923 - [[Arch A. Moore, Jr.]] -American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 28th Governor of West Virginia (d. 2015)

1924 - [[John Harvey-Jones]] -English academic and businessman (d. 2008)

1924 - [[Henry Mancini]] -American composer and conductor (d. 1994)

1924 - [[Rudy Pompilli]] -American saxophonist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1976)

1924 - [[Madanjeet Singh]] -Indian diplomat, author, and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Pierre Fabre (businessman)|Pierre Fabre]] -French pharmacist, founded Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Edie Adams]] -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1927 - [[Dick Lane (American football)|Dick Lane]] -American football player and soldier (d. 2002)

1927 - [[Peter Mark Richman]] -American actor

1927 - [[Rolf Schult]] -German actor (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Nader Jahanbani]] -Iranian general and pilot (d. 1979)

1929 - [[Roy Hamilton]] -American singer (d. 1969)

1929 - [[Ralph Slatyer]] -Australian biologist and ecologist (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Ed Townsend]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

1930 - [[Doug Beasy]] -Australian footballer and educator (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Fyodor Bogdanovsky]] -Russian weightlifter (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Herbie Mann]] -American flute player and composer (d. 2003)

1931 - [[Herman van Ham]] -Dutch chef (d. 2012)

1932 - [[Maury Meyers]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Marcos Alonso Imaz]] -Spanish footballer (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Joan Bakewell]] -English journalist and author

1933 - [[Erol Günaydın]] -Turkish actor (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Vera Krepkina]] -Russian long jumper

1933 - [[Ike Pappas]] -American journalist and actor (d. 2008)

1934 - [[Vicar (cartoonist)|Vicar]] -Chilean cartoonist (d. 2012)

1934 - [[Robert Stigwood]] -Australian producer and manager

1935 - [[Marcel Carrière]] -Canadian director and screenwriter

1935 - [[Sarah Kirsch (poet)|Sarah Kirsch]] -German poet and author (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Lennart Risberg]] -Swedish boxer (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Steffi Sidney]] -American actress (d. 2010)

1935 - [[Dominique Venner]] -French journalist and historian (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Bobby Vinton]] -American singer

1936 - [[Šaban Bajramović]] -Serbian singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1936 - [[Tom Lodge]] -English radio host (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Vince Hill]] -English singer-songwriter, producer, and playwright

1937 - [[Gert Potgieter (athlete)|Gert Potgieter]] -South African hurdler and coach

1937 - [[George Steele]] -American wrestler and actor

1938 - [[Rich Rollins]] -American baseball player

1938 - [[Gordon Wilson (Scottish politician)|Gordon Wilson]] -Scottish lawyer and politician

1939 - [[John Amabile (American football)|John Amabile]] -American football player and coach (d. 2012)

1939 - [[John Delafose]] -American accordion player (d. 1994)

1939 - [[Boris Dvornik]] -Croatian actor (d. 2008)

1939 - [[Dusty Springfield]] -English singer and record producer (The Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (d. 1999)

1940 - [[Benoît Bouchard]] -Canadian academic and politician, 18th Minister of Transport (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Transport

1940 - [[Margaret Maden]] -English academic

1940 - [[Joan Snyder]] -American painter

1940 - [[Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys]] -English banker and politician, Lord Chamberlain|Lord Chamberlain of the United Kingdom

1941 - [[Allan Segal]] -American director and producer (d. 2012)

1942 - [[Jim Lonborg]] -American baseball player

1942 - [[Frank Williams (Formula One)|Frank Williams]] -English businessman, founded the Williams F1|Williams F1 Racing Team

1943 - [[Ruth Madoc]] -English-Welsh actress and singer

1943 - [[Dave Peverett]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foghat and Savoy Brown) (d. 2000)

1943 - [[Morris Stevenson]] -Scottish footballer (d. 2014)

1943 - [[Petro Tyschtschenko]] -Austrian-German businessman

1944 - [[Sue Clifford]] -English environmentalist and academic, co-founded Common Ground (United Kingdom)|Common Ground

1945 - [[Tom Allen]] -American lawyer and politician

1945 - [[Sebastian Barker]] -English poet and journalist (d. 2014)

1946 - [[Margot Adler]] -American journalist and author (d. 2014)

1946 - [[Ernst Bakker]] -Dutch politician (d. 2014)

1946 - [[Johnnie Lewis]] -Liberian lawyer and politician, 18th Chief Justice of Liberia (d. 2015)

1946 - [[R. Carlos Nakai]] -American flute player

1947 - [[Kareem Abdul-Jabbar]] -American basketball player and coach

1947 - [[Gerry Rafferty]] -Scottish singer-songwriter (The Humblebums and Stealers Wheel) (d. 2011)

1948 - [[Reg Alcock]] -Canadian businessman and politician, 17th President of the Treasury Board (Canada)|Canadian President of the Treasury Board (d. 2011)

1948 - [[Ammar El Sherei]] -Egyptian accordion player, composer, and academic (d. 2012)

1948 - [[Lynne Franks]] -English businesswoman

1948 - [[Kazuyuki Sogabe]] -Japanese voice actor and guitarist (d. 2006)

1949 - [[Melody Patterson]] -American actress and singer (d. 2015)

1949 - [[Pirkko Saisio]] -Finnish actress and director

1950 - [[Robert Dutil]] -Canadian businessman and politician

1950 - [[David Graf]] -American actor (d. 2001)

1951 - [[Ioan Mihai Cochinescu]] -Romanian author and photographer

1951 - [[Mordechai Ben David]] -American singer-songwriter

1951 - [[Björgvin Halldórsson]] -Icelandic singer

1951 - [[M. S. Narayana]] -Indian actor and director (d. 2015)

1951 - [[David Nutt]] -English psychiatrist and academic

1952 - [[Bill Belichick]] -American football player and coach

1952 - [[Michel Blanc]] -French actor and director

1952 - [[David Hann]] -American politician

1952 - [[Esther Roth-Shahamorov]] -Israeli sprinter and hurdler

1952 - [[Billy West]] -American voice actor and singer

1952 - [[Nick Young (executive)|Nick Young]] -English lawyer and activist

1953 - [[Douglas M. Fraser]] -American general

1953 - [[Peter Garrett]] -Australian singer-songwriter and politician (Midnight Oil)

1953 - [[Jay O. Sanders]] -American actor

1953 - [[J. Neil Schulman]] -American author, actor, director, and producer

1954 - [[Ellen Barkin]] -American actress and producer

1954 - [[John Bowe (racing driver)|John Bowe]] -Australian race car driver

1954 - [[Mike Zuke]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1955 - [[Bruce Bochy]] -American baseball player and manager

1956 - [[David M. Brown]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1956 - [[T Lavitz]] -American keyboard player, composer, and producer (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead, and Widespread Panic) (d. 2010)

1956 - [[Lise-Marie Morerod]] -Swiss skier

1957 - [[Patricia De Martelaere]] -Belgian philosopher, author, and academic (d. 2009)

1958 - [[Tim Flach]] -English photographer and director

1958 - [[Ulf Wakenius]] -Swedish guitarist (Oscar Peterson|Oscar Peterson Tro)

1959 - [[Robert Casilla]] -American illustrator

1959 - [[Scott McKinsey]] -American director and producer

1959 - [[Alison Ramsay]] -English-Scottish field hockey player and lawyer

1960 - [[Wahab Akbar]] -Filipino politician (d. 2007)

1960 - [[Rafael Benítez]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1960 - [[Pierre Littbarski]] -German footballer and manager

1961 - [[Doris Dragović]] -Croatian singer-songwriter

1961 - [[Jarbom Gamlin]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (d. 2014)

1962 - [[Anna Dello Russo]] -Italian journalist

1962 - [[Douglas Elmendorf]] -American economist and politician

1962 - [[Ian MacKaye]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Fugazi (band)|Fugazi, Minor Threat, The Teen Idles, The Evens, and Embrace (American band)|Embrace)

1963 - [[Nick Berry]] -English actor and singer

1963 - [[Saleem Malik]] -Pakistani cricketer

1963 - [[Jimmy Osmond]] -American singer and actor (The Osmonds)

1964 - [[David Kohan]] -American screenwriter and producer

1964 - [[Dave Pirner]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soul Asylum)

1964 - [[Esbjörn Svensson]] -Swedish pianist (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) (d. 2008)

1965 - [[Yves-François Blanchet]] -Canadian politician

1965 - [[Jon Cryer]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Martin Lawrence]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[State of Bengal]] -Pakistani-English DJ and producer (d. 2015)

1965 - [[Michael Wong (actor)|Michael Wong]] -American-Hong Kong actor and director

1966 - [[Jarle Vespestad]] -Norwegian drummer (Farmers Market (band)|Farmers Market)

1968 - [[Vickie Guerrero]] -American wrestler and manager

1968 - [[Rüdiger Stenzel]] -German runner

1969 - [[Stacy Francis]] -American singer and actress (Ex Girlfriend (band)|Ex Girlfriend)

1969 - [[Patrik Järbyn]] -Swedish skier

1969 - [[Fernando Viña]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Dero Goi]] -German singer-songwriter and drummer (Oomph!)

1970 - [[Walt Williams]] -American basketball player

1971 - [[Selena]] -American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer (Selena y Los Dinos) (d. 1995)

1971 - [[Max Beesley]] -English actor and singer

1971 - [[Peter Billingsley]] -American actor, director, and producer

1971 - [[Moses Chan]] -Hong Kong actor and singer

1971 - [[Belinda Stewart-Wilson]] -English actress

1971 - [[Seigo Yamamoto]] -Japanese race car driver

1971 - [[Natasha Zvereva]] -Belarusian tennis player

1972 - [[Conchita Martínez]] -Spanish-American tennis player

1972 - [[Tracy K. Smith]] -American poet and educator

1972 - [[John McGuinness (motorcycle racer)|John McGuinness]] -English motorcycle racer

1973 - [[Akon]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1973 - [[Gary Delaney]] -English comedian

1973 - [[Hirofumi Nojima]] -Japanese voice actor

1973 - [[Bonnie Pink]] -Japanese singer-songwriter

1973 - [[Oksana Yermakova]] -Estonian-Russian fencer

1974 - [[Mat Devine]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (Kill Hannah)

1974 - [[Xu Jinglei]] -Chinese actress and director

1974 - [[Valarie Rae Miller]] -American actress

1974 - [[Fabián Robles]] -Mexican actor

1975 - [[Keon Clark]] -American basketball player

1975 - [[Sean Maher]] -American actor

1975 - [[Nick Pickard]] -English actor

1975 - [[Karl Yune]] -American actor

1976 - [[Phil Baroni]] -American mixed martial artist and wrestler

1976 - [[Robert Dahlqvist]] -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hellacopters, Dundertåget, and Thunder Express)

1976 - [[Lukas Haas]] -American actor, pianist, drummer, and composer

1976 - [[Dan Kellner]] -American fencer

1976 - [[David Lyons (actor)|David Lyons]] -Australian actor

1976 - [[Kelli O'Hara]] -American actress and singer

1976 - [[Shu Qi]] -Taiwanese actress and singer

1977 - [[Tameka Empson]] -English actress and screenwriter

1977 - [[Florentijn Hofman]] -Dutch sculptor

1977 - [[Fredrik Ljungberg]] -Swedish footballer

1977 - [[Alek Wek]] -Sudanese-English model

1978 - [[Lara Dutta]] -Indian model and actress, Miss Universe|Miss Universe 2000

1978 - [[Jody Marie Gnant]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1978 - [[Nikki Griffin]] -American actress

1978 - [[Matthew Lloyd]] -Australian footballer and coach

1978 - [[John Buffalo Mailer]] -American actor, producer, and playwright

1978 - [[Kristin Proctor]] -American-Norwegian actress

1978 - [[Igor Tudor]] -Croatian footballer and manager

1978 - [[Ivan Urgant]] -Russian television host and actor

1978 - [[Christos Vasilopoulos]] -Greek actor

1979 - [[Christijan Albers]] -Dutch race car driver

1979 - [[Lars Börgeling]] -German pole vaulter

1979 - [[Daniel Browne]] -New Zealand rugby player

1979 - [[Sean Costello]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1979 - [[Sixto Peralta]] -Argentinian-English footballer

1980 - [[Jens Hartwig]] -German actor

1980 - [[Paul London]] -American wrestler

1980 - [[Juliette Marquis]] -Ukrainian actress, model, and ballerina

1980 - [[Adriana Sage]] -Mexican-American porn actress and model

1981 - [[Anestis Agritis]] -Greek footballer

1981 - [[Maya Dunietz]] -Israeli singer-songwriter and pianist

1981 - [[Russell Harvard]] -American actor

1982 - [[Gina Carano]] -American mixed martial artist, actress, and model

1982 - [[Boris Diaw]] -French basketball player

1982 - [[Michael Ratajczak]] -German footballer

1982 - [[Jonathan Vilma]] -American football player

1983 - [[Marié Digby]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1983 - [[Manuela Martelli]] -Chilean actress

1983 - [[Cat Osterman]] -American softball player

1983 - [[George Patis]] -Greek badminton player

1984 - [[Natalie Blair]] -Australian actress

1984 - [[Teddy Blass]] -American composer and producer

1984 - [[Claire Foy]] -English actress

1984 - [[Tucker Fredricks]] -American speed skater

1984 - [[Paweł Kieszek]] -Polish footballer

1984 - [[Kerron Stewart]] -Jamaican sprinter

1985 - [[Luol Deng]] -Sudanese-English basketball player

1985 - [[Nate Diaz]] -American mixed martial artist

1985 - [[Brendon Leonard]] -New Zealand rugby player

1985 - [[Benjamín Rojas]] -Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor (Erreway)

1985 - [[Taye Taiwo]] -Nigerian footballer

1986 - [[Paul di Resta]] -Scottish race car driver

1986 - [[Laura Langman]] -New Zealand netball player

1986 - [[Shinji Okazaki]] -Japanese footballer

1986 - [[Peter Regin]] -Danish ice hockey player

1986 - [[Epke Zonderland]] -Dutch gymnast

1987 - [[Savant (musician)|Savant]] -Norwegian DJ and producer

1987 - [[Cenk Akyol]] -Turkish basketball player

1987 - [[Aaron Lennon]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Jullie]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1988 - [[Alisa Durbrow]] -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1990 - [[Jérémy Kapone]] -French actor and singer

1990 - [[Lily Loveless]] -English actress

1990 - [[Vangelis Mantzaris]] -Greek basketball player

1990 - [[Tony McQuay]] -American sprinter

1990 - [[Nia Ramadhani]] -Indonesian actress

1990 - [[Jules Sitruk]] -French actor

1991 - [[Nolan Arenado]] -American baseball player

1991 - [[Kim Kyung-jung]] -South Korean footballer

1991 - [[Yurie Midori]] -Japanese actress and gravure idol

1993 - [[Mirai Nagasu]] -American figure skater

1993 - [[Chance the Rapper]] -American rapper

1994 - [[Liliana Mumy]] -American actress

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