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Day History: April-21

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Famous Birthdays


1555 - [[Ludovico Carracci]] -Italian painter and etcher (d. 1619)

1630 - [[Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten]] -Dutch-English painter (d. 1700)

1642 - [[Simon de la Loubère]] -French mathematician, poet, and diplomat (d. 1729)

1651 - [[Joseph Vaz]] -Sri Lankan priest, missionary, and saint (d. 1711)

1652 - [[Michel Rolle]] -French mathematician and academic (d. 1719)

1673 - [[Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg]] -(d. 1742)

1713 - [[Louis de Noailles]] -French general (d. 1793)

1730 - [[Antonín Kammel]] -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1788)

1752 - [[Pierre-Alexandre-Laurent Forfait]] -French engineer, hydrographer, and politician, List of Naval Ministers of France|French Minister of Marine and the Colonies (d. 1807)

1752 - [[Humphry Repton]] -English gardener and author (d. 1818)

1767 - [[Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg]] -(d. 1790)

1774 - [[Jean-Baptiste Biot]] -French physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (d. 1862)

1775 - [[Alexander Anderson (illustrator)|Alexander Anderson]] -American illustrator and engraver (d. 1870)

1790 - [[Manuel Blanco Encalada]] -Chilean admiral and politician, 1st President of Chile (d. 1876)

1810 - [[John Putnam Chapin]] -American politician, 10th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1864)

1811 - [[Alson Sherman]] -American merchant and politician, 8th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1903)

1814 - [[Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts]] -English art collector and philanthropist (d. 1906)

1816 - [[Charlotte Brontë]] -English author and poet (d. 1855)

1837 - [[Fredrik Bajer]] -Danish lieutenant and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)

1838 - [[John Muir]] -Scottish-American environmentalist and author (d. 1914)

1851 - [[Charles Barrois]] -French geologist and palaeontologist (d. 1939)

1854 - [[William Stang]] -German-American bishop (d. 1907)

1862 - [[John Thayer (cricketer)|John Thayer]] -American cricketer (d. 1912)

1864 - [[Max Weber]] -German economist and sociologist (d. 1920)

1868 - [[Alfred Henry Maurer]] -American painter (d. 1932)

1870 - [[Edwin Stanton Porter]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1941)

1871 - [[Jaro Fürth]] -Czech-Austrian actor (d. 1945)

1874 - [[Vincent Scotto]] -French actor and composer (d. 1952)

1879 - [[Kartini]] -Indonesian activist (d. 1904)

1882 - [[Percy Williams Bridgman]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1885 - [[Tatu Kolehmainen]] -Finnish runner (d. 1967)

1887 - [[Joe McCarthy (manager)|Joe McCarthy]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)

1889 - [[Marcel Boussac]] -French businessman (d. 1980)

1889 - [[Paul Karrer]] -Russian-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1889 - [[Efrem Zimbalist]] -Russian-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1985)

1890 - [[Marc Wright]] -American pole vaulter (d. 1975)

1892 - [[Freddie Dixon]] -English motorcycle racer and racing driver (d. 1956)

1893 - [[Romeo Bertini]] -Italian runner (d. 1973)

1898 - [[Maurice Wilson]] -English soldier, pilot, and mountaineer (d. 1934)

1899 - [[Randall Thompson]] -American composer and academic (d. 1984)

1903 - [[Issy Bonn]] -English actor and singer (d. 1977)

1903 - [[Luis Saslavsky]] -Argentinian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1904 - [[Odilo Globocnik]] -Italian-Austrian SS officer (d. 1945)

1905 - [[Pat Brown]] -American lawyer and politician, 32nd Governor of California (d. 1996)

1906 - [[Eugen Sacharias]] -German-Estonian architect (d. 2002)

1907 - [[Wade Mainer]] -American singer and banjo player (d. 2011)

1911 - [[Ivan Combe]] -American businessman, developed Clearasil (d. 2000)

1911 - [[Leonard Warren]] -American opera singer (d. 1960)

1912 - [[Marcel Camus]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1913 - [[Norman Parkinson]] -English photographer (d. 1990)

1914 - [[Norman Panama]] -American director and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1914 - [[Angelo Savoldi]] -Italian-American wrestler and promoter, co-founded International World Class Championship Wrestling (d. 2013)

1915 - [[Garrett Hardin]] -American ecologist, author, and academic (d. 2003)

1915 - [[Anthony Quinn]] -Mexican-American actor and producer (d. 2001)

1916 - [[Estella B. Diggs]] -American businesswoman and politician (d. 2013)

1916 - [[Eldon Rathburn]] -Canadian composer (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Eddy Christiani]] -Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist

1919 - [[Don Cornell]] -American singer and trumpet player (d. 2004)

1919 - [[Roger Doucet]] -Canadian tenor (d. 1981)

1920 - [[Edmund Adamkiewicz]] -German footballer (d. 1991)

1920 - [[Ronald Magill]] -English actor (d. 2007)

1922 - [[Nazim Al-Haqqani]] -Cypriot sufi leader (d. 2014)

1922 - [[Alistair MacLean]] -Scottish-Swiss author and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1923 - [[John Mortimer]] -English lawyer and author (d. 2009)

1924 - [[Ira Louvin]] -American singer-songwriter and mandolin player (The Louvin Brothers) (d. 1965)

1925 - [[Anthony Mason (judge)|Anthony Mason]] -Australian soldier and judge, 9th Chief Justice of Australia

1925 - [[John Swinton of Kimmerghame]] -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire

1926 - [[Elizabeth II]] -of The United Kingdom

1926 - [[Keith Davey]] -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 2011)

1926 - [[Robin Ibbs]] -English lawyer and banker (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Arthur Rowley]] -English footballer, cricketer, and manager (d. 2002)

1927 - [[Ahmed Arif]] -Turkish poet and author (d. 1991)

1927 - [[Robert Savoie]] -Canadian actor and singer (d. 2007)

1928 - [[Jack Evans (ice hockey)|Jack Evans]] -Welsh-Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1996)

1930 - [[Hilda Hilst]] -Brazilian author, poet, and playwright (d. 2004)

1930 - [[Silvana Mangano]] -Italian actress (d. 1989)

1930 - [[Dieter Roth]] -German-Swiss illustrator and sculptor (d. 1998)

1930 - [[Jack Taylor (referee)|Jack Taylor]] -English footballer and referee (d. 2012)

1932 - [[Slide Hampton]] -American trombonist and composer

1932 - [[Elaine May]] -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1932 - [[Angela Mortimer]] -English tennis player

1933 - [[Edelmiro Amante]] -Filipino lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1933 - [[Easley Blackwood, Jr.]] -American pianist, composer, and educator

1933 - [[Ignatius Zakka I Iwas]] -Iraqi patriarch (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Robin Dixon, 3rd Baron Glentoran]] -Irish bobsledder and politician

1935 - [[Charles Grodin]] -American actor and talk show host

1935 - [[Thomas Kean]] -American academic and politician, 48th Governor of New Jersey

1936 - [[James Dobson]] -American evangelist, psychologist, and author, founded Focus on the Family

1936 - [[Reg Fleming]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2009)

1936 - [[Avo Paistik]] -Estonian pastor, author, illustrator, and painter (d. 2013)

1939 - [[John McCabe (composer)|John McCabe]] -English pianist and composer (d. 2015)

1939 - [[Sister Helen Prejean]] -American author and activist

1940 - [[Jacques Caron]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1940 - [[Souleymane Cissé]] -Malian director, producer, and screenwriter

1942 - [[Laine Kallas]] -Estonian runner and agronomist

1942 - [[Pierre Lorrain]] -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 2004)

1943 - [[Alan Fersht]] -English chemist and academic

1944 - [[Paul Geremia]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 - [[Adrian Hurley]] -Australian basketball player and coach

1945 - [[Ian Bruce (marketing)|Ian Bruce]] -English author and academic

1945 - [[Diana Darvey]] -English actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2000)

1945 - [[Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L'Isle]] -English soldier

1945 - [[Ronnie Tober]] -Dutch-American singer

1945 - [[Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan]] -Indian cricketer and umpire

1947 - [[Barbara Park]] -American author (d. 2013)

1947 - [[Iggy Pop]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Stooges and The Trolls)

1947 - [[John Weider]] -English bass player (Family (band)|Family, The Animals, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, and Stud (band)|Stud)

1948 - [[Gary Condit]] -American businessman and politician

1948 - [[Paul Davis (singer)|Paul Davis]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2008)

1948 - [[Dieter Fromm]] -German runner

1948 - [[Alan West, Baron West of Spithead]] -English admiral and politician, Minister for Security

1949 - [[Patti LuPone]] -American actress and singer

1950 - [[Bruce Duperouzel]] -Australian footballer and cricketer

1950 - [[Shivaji Satam]] -Indian actor

1951 - [[Tony Danza]] -American actor and producer

1951 - [[Michael Freedman]] -American mathematician and academic

1951 - [[Bob Varsha]] -American sportscaster

1951 - [[Steve Vickers (ice hockey)|Steve Vickers]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1952 - [[Gerald Early]] -American author and academic

1952 - [[Cheryl Gillan]] -Welsh businesswoman and politician, Secretary of State for Wales

1953 - [[Forrest (singer)|Forrest]] -American-Dutch singer (d. 2013)

1953 - [[Mike Clasper]] -English businessman

1953 - [[Guy Mongrain]] -Canadian journalist and game show host

1954 - [[Ebiet G. Ade]] -Indonesian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 - [[James Morrison (actor)|James Morrison]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Murathan Mungan]] -Turkish author, poet, and playwright

1955 - [[Doug Soetaert]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1956 - [[Peter Kosminsky]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1956 - [[Phillip Longman]] -German-American demographer and journalist

1956 - [[Nina Temple]] -English activist

1957 - [[Brutus Beefcake]] -American wrestler

1957 - [[Hervé Le Tellier]] -French linguist and author

1957 - [[Jesse Orosco]] -American baseball player

1957 - [[Herbert Wetterauer]] -German painter, sculptor, and author

1958 - [[Andie MacDowell]] -American actress and producer

1958 - [[Yoshito Usui]] -Japanese illustrator (d. 2009)

1958 - [[Michael Zarnock]] -American author

1959 - [[Tim Jacobus]] -American illustrator and painter

1959 - [[Olga Kuragina]] -Russian pentathlete

1959 - [[Arno Pijpers]] -Dutch footballer and coach

1959 - [[Robert Smith (musician)|Robert Smith]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Glove)

1960 - [[Michel Goulet]] -Canadian ice hockey player and scout

1960 - [[Julius Korir]] -Kenyan runner

1961 - [[Cathy Cavadini]] -American voice actress and singer

1961 - [[Ronald Florijn]] -Dutch rower

1961 - [[Carey Hayes]] -American screenwriter and producer

1961 - [[Chad Hayes (writer)|Chad Hayes]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Neale Marmon]] -English-German footballer, coach, and manager

1961 - [[David Servan-Schreiber]] -French physician, neuroscientist, and author (d. 2011)

1962 - [[Les Lancaster]] -American baseball player and coach

1962 - [[Craig Robinson (basketball)|Craig Robinson]] -American basketball player and coach

1962 - [[Aavo Sarap]] -Estonian footballer and coach

1963 - [[Ken Caminiti]] -American baseball player (d. 2004)

1963 - [[Roy Dupuis]] -Canadian actor

1963 - [[John Cameron Mitchell]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Alex Baumann]] -Czech-Canadian swimmer

1964 - [[Ludmila Engquist]] -Russian-Swedish hurdler

1965 - [[Ed Belfour]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1965 - [[Karen Foster]] -American model and actress

1965 - [[Gary Grant]] -American basketball player

1965 - [[Thomas Helmer]] -German footballer

1965 - [[Fiona Kelleghan]] -American academic, critic and librarian

1965 - [[Teri Sue Wood]] -American illustrator

1967 - [[Emilio Valle]] -Cuban hurdler

1968 - [[Peter van Vossen]] -Dutch footballer and coach

1969 - [[John Kibowen]] -Kenyan runner

1969 - [[Robin Meade]] -American model, singer, and journalist

1969 - [[Toby Stephens]] -English actor

1969 - [[Jim Thornton]] -American radio and television announcer

1970 - [[Jeff Anderson]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Glen Hansard]] -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Frames and The Swell Season)

1970 - [[Rob Riggle]] -American lieutenant and actor

1970 - [[Nicole Sullivan]] -American actress and screenwriter

1971 - [[Anwar al-Awlaki]] -American-Yemeni terrorist (d. 2011)

1971 - [[Alexander Kravchenko]] -Russian poker player

1971 - [[Martin Kuuskmann]] -Estonian bassoon player

1971 - [[Eric Mabius]] -American actor

1971 - [[Indrek Pertelson]] -Estonian martial artist

1971 - [[Michael Turner (comics)|Michael Turner]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2008)

1972 - [[Richard Chelimo]] -Kenyan runner (d. 2001)

1972 - [[Gwendal Peizerat]] -French ice dancer

1972 - [[Severina Vučković]] -Croatian singer and actress

1973 - [[Jonathan Nsenga]] -Belgian hurdler and coach

1974 - [[Maksim Gruznov]] -Estonian footballer

1974 - [[Orlando Jordan]] -American wrestler

1974 - [[Katsuyuki Konishi]] -Japanese voice actor

1976 - [[Rommel Adducul]] -Filipino basketball player

1976 - [[Abir Goswami]] -Indian actor (d. 2013)

1977 - [[Doseone]] -American rapper and producer (Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, Themselves, Subtle (band)|Subtle, and 13 & God)

1977 - [[Gyula Koi]] -Hungarian scholar and educator

1977 - [[Jamie Salé]] -Canadian figure skater

1978 - [[Jacob Burns (footballer)|Jacob Burns]] -Australian footballer

1978 - [[Jukka Nevalainen]] -Finnish drummer (Nightwish and Sethian (band)|Sethian)

1978 - [[Yuliya Pechonkina]] -Russian hurdler

1978 - [[Branden Steineckert]] -American drummer (The Used and Rancid (band)|Rancid)

1979 - [[Cindy Kurleto]] -Austrian-Filipino model and actress

1979 - [[Tobias Linderoth]] -French-Swedish footballer and coach

1979 - [[James McAvoy]] -Scottish actor

1980 - [[Jeff Keppinger]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Hiro Shimono]] -Japanese voice actor

1980 - [[Vincent Lecavalier]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Tony Romo]] -American football player

1981 - [[Mads Junker]] -Danish footballer

1981 - [[Luis Manzano]] -Filipino actor and singer

1981 - [[Nao Oikawa]] -Japanese actress and television personality

1982 - [[Khalif Barnes]] -American football player

1982 - [[Brianne Davis]] -American model, actress, and producer

1982 - [[Terrence J]] -American television host and actor

1982 - [[Carnell Williams]] -American football player

1983 - [[Paweł Brożek]] -Polish footballer

1983 - [[Marco Donadel]] -Italian footballer

1983 - [[Tarvaris Jackson]] -American football player

1984 - [[Shayna Fox]] -American voice actress

1984 - [[Michael Tinsley]] -American hurdler

1985 - [[Andy Jones (diver)|Andy Jones]] -American high diver

1986 - [[Audra Cohen]] -American tennis player

1986 - [[Alexander Edler]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1986 - [[Tina Obrez]] -Slovenian tennis player

1986 - [[Rodney Stuckey]] -American basketball player

1986 - [[Mirko Valdifiori]] -Italian footballer

1987 - [[Nadif Chowdhury]] -Bangladeshi cricketer

1987 - [[Eric Devendorf]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Leroy George]] -Dutch footballer

1987 - [[Anastasia Prikhodko]] -Ukrainian singer

1987 - [[Lenira Santos]] -Cape Verdean sprinter

1988 - [[Robbie Amell]] -Canadian actor

1988 - [[Jencarlos Canela]] -American singer-songwriter and actor

1988 - [[Pedro Mosquera]] -Spanish footballer

1988 - [[Mia Permanto]] -Finnish singer and radio host (d. 2008)

1988 - [[Adam Rooney]] -Irish fooballer

1988 - [[Christoph Sanders]] -American actor

1989 - [[Tatyana McFadden]] -Russian-American sprinter and skier

1989 - [[Carlos Muñoz (Chilean footballer)|Carlos Muñoz]] -Chilean footballer

1990 - [[Aleksandar Prijović]] -Swiss footballer

1992 - [[Isco]] -Spanish footballer

1992 - [[Rene Santos]] -Brazilian footballer

1994 - [[Mitchell Weiser]] -German footballer

1996 - [[Tavi Gevinson]] -American writer and actress, founded ''Rookie (magazine)|Rookie Magazine''

2002 - [[Carl and Clarence Aguirre]] -Filipino-American conjoined twins

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