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Day History: August-15

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Famous Birthdays


1171 - [[Alfonso IX of León]] -(d. 1230)

1195 - [[Anthony of Padua]] -Portuguese priest and saint (d. 1231)

1385 - [[Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford]] -English commander (d. 1417)

1432 - [[Luigi Pulci]] -Italian poet (d. 1484)

1575 - [[Bartol Kašić]] -Croatian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1650)

1613 - [[Gilles Ménage]] -French lawyer, philologist, and scholar (d. 1692)

1702 - [[Francesco Zuccarelli]] -Italian painter and academic (d. 1788)

1717 - [[John Metcalf (civil engineer)|Blind Jack]] -English engineer (d. 1810)

1736 - [[Johann Christoph Kellner]] -German organist and composer (d. 1803)

1740 - [[Matthias Claudius]] -German poet and author (d. 1815)

1769 - [[Napoleon]] -French general and emperor (d. 1821)

1771 - [[Walter Scott]] -Scottish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1832)

1785 - [[Thomas De Quincey]] -English journalist and author (d. 1859)

1798 - [[Sangolli Rayanna]] -Indian warrior (d. 1831)

1813 - [[Jules Grévy]] -French lawyer and politician, 4th President of the French Republic (d. 1891)

1824 - [[John Chisum]] -American businessman (d. 1884)

1844 - [[Thomas-Alfred Bernier]] -Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1908)

1857 - [[Albert Ballin]] -German businessman (d. 1918)

1858 - [[E. Nesbit]] -English author and poet (d. 1924)

1859 - [[Charles Comiskey]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1931)

1860 - [[Henrietta Vinton Davis]] -American actress and playwright (d. 1941)

1860 - [[Florence Harding]] -American publisher, 31st First Lady of the United States (d. 1924)

1863 - [[Aleksey Krylov]] -Russian mathematician and engineer (d. 1945)

1865 - [[Mikao Usui]] -Japanese spiritual leader, founded Reiki (d. 1926)

1866 - [[Italo Santelli]] -Italian fencer (d. 1945)

1872 - [[Sri Aurobindo]] -Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)

1873 - [[Ramaprasad Chanda]] -Indian archaeologist and historian (d. 1942)

1875 - [[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor]] -English pianist, violinist, and composer (d. 1912)

1876 - [[Stylianos Gonatas]] -Greek colonel and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1966)

1877 - [[Tachiyama Mineemon]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 22nd Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1941)

1879 - [[Ethel Barrymore]] -American actress (d. 1959)

1881 - [[Alfred Wagenknecht]] -German-American activist and politician (d. 1956)

1882 - [[Marion Bauer]] -American composer and critic (d. 1955)

1882 - [[Gisela Richter]] -English archaeologist and art historian (d. 1972)

1883 - [[Ivan Meštrović]] -Croatian sculptor and architect, designed the The Bowman and The Spearman and Monument to the Unknown Hero (d. 1962)

1885 - [[Edna Ferber]] -American author and playwright (d. 1968)

1886 - [[Bill Whitty]] -Australian cricketer (d. 1974)

1890 - [[Elizabeth Bolden]] -American super-centenarian (d. 2006)

1890 - [[Jacques Ibert]] -French composer and educator (d. 1962)

1892 - [[Louis de Broglie]] -French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)

1893 - [[Leslie Comrie]] -New Zealand astronomer and academic (d. 1950)

1896 - [[Gerty Cori]] -Czech-American biochemist and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1957)

1896 - [[Catherine Doherty]] -Russian-Canadian activist, founded the Madonna House Apostolate (d. 1985)

1896 - [[Paul Outerbridge]] -American photographer and educator (d. 1958)

1898 - [[Jan Brzechwa]] -Polish author and poet (d. 1966)

1900 - [[Estelle Brody]] -American-Maltese actress (d. 1995)

1900 - [[Jack Tworkov]] -Polish-American painter and educator (d. 1982)

1901 - [[Pyotr Novikov]] -Russian mathematician and theorist (d. 1975)

1902 - [[Jan Campert]] -Dutch journalist and critic (d. 1943)

1904 - [[George Klein (inventor)|George Klein]] -Canadian inventor, invented the Motorized wheelchair (d. 1992)

1905 - [[Emile St. Godard]] -Canadian dog sled racer (d. 1948)

1909 - [[Hugo Winterhalter]] -American composer and bandleader (d. 1973)

1912 - [[Julia Child]] -American chef and author (d. 2004)

1912 - [[Wendy Hiller]] -English actress (d. 2003)

1912 - [[Amir Khan (singer)|Amir Khan]] -Indian singer (d. 1974)

1914 - [[Paul Rand]] -American graphic designer and art director (d. 1996)

1915 - [[Signe Hasso]] -Swedish-American actress (d. 2002)

1916 - [[Aleks Çaçi]] -Albanian journalist and author (d. 1989)

1917 - [[Jack Lynch]] -Irish footballer and politician, 5th Taoiseach|Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1999)

1917 - [[Óscar Romero]] -Salvadoran archbishop (d. 1980)

1919 - [[Huntz Hall]] -American actor and singer (d. 1999)

1919 - [[Benedict Kiely]] -Irish journalist and author (d. 2007)

1919 - [[Dina Wadia]] -English-Pakistani daughter of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

1921 - [[August Kowalczyk]] -Polish actor and director (d. 2012)

1922 - [[Leonard Baskin]] -American sculptor and illustrator (d. 2000)

1922 - [[Giorgos Mouzakis]] -Greek trumpet player and composer (d. 2005)

1922 - [[Sabino Barinaga]] -Spanish footballer and manager (d. 1988)

1923 - [[Rose Marie]] -American actress and singer

1924 - [[Werner Abrolat]] -Russian-German actor (d. 1997)

1924 - [[Robert Bolt]] -English playwright and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1924 - [[Yoshirō Muraki]] -Japanese production designer, art director, and fashion designer (d. 2009)

1924 - [[Phyllis Schlafly]] -American lawyer and activist

1925 - [[Mike Connors]] -American actor and producer

1925 - [[Münir Özkul]] -Turkish actor

1925 - [[Oscar Peterson]] -Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1925 - [[Bill Pinkney]] -American singer (The Drifters) (d. 2007)

1925 - [[Erik Schmidt]] -Swedish-Estonian painter and author (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Julius Katchen]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1969)

1926 - [[Sami Michael]] -Iraqi-Israeli author and playwright

1926 - [[Kenneth Newman]] -English police officer

1926 - [[John Silber]] -American philosopher and academic (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Konstantinos Stephanopoulos]] -Greek lawyer and politician, 6th President of Greece

1927 - [[Eddie Leadbeater]] -English cricketer (d. 2011)

1927 - [[Oliver Popplewell]] -English cricketer and judge

1928 - [[Carl Joachim Classen]] -German scholar and academic (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Malcolm Glazer]] -American businessman (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Nicolas Roeg]] -English director and cinematographer

1929 - [[Georgios Roubanis]] -Greek pole vaulter

1930 - [[Ageeda Paavel]] -Estonian activist

1931 - [[Ernest C. Brace]] -American captain and pilot (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Paul McDowell (actor)|Paul McDowell]] -English actor and screenwriter

1932 - [[Jim Lange]] -American game show host (d. 2014)

1932 - [[Johan Steyn, Baron Steyn]] -South African-English lawyer and judge

1933 - [[Bobby Helms]] -American singer and guitarist (d. 1997)

1933 - [[Michael Rutter]] -Lebanese-English psychiatrist and academic

1934 - [[Bobby Byrd]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Famous Flames) (d. 2007)

1934 - [[Reginald Scarlett]] -Jamaican cricketer and coach

1935 - [[Jim Dale]] -English-American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1935 - [[Régine Deforges]] -French author, playwright, and director (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Vernon Jordan]] -American lawyer, businessman, and activist

1935 - [[Lionel Taylor]] -American football player and coach

1936 - [[Rita Shane]] -American soprano and educator (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Stephen Breyer]] -American lawyer and judge

1938 - [[Pran Kumar Sharma]] -Indian cartoonist (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Maxine Waters]] -American educator and politician

1938 - [[Janusz Zajdel]] -Polish engineer and author

1939 - [[Bill Wratten]] -English air marshal

1940 - [[Gudrun Ensslin]] -German militant leader, founded Red Army Faction (d. 1977)

1941 - [[Jim Brothers]] -American sculptor (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Lou Perryman]] -American actor (d. 2009)

1943 - [[Eileen Bell]] -Northern Irish civil servant and politician, 2nd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly

1943 - [[María Rojo]] -Mexican actress and politician

1944 - [[Linda Ellerbee]] -American journalist and author

1944 - [[Thomas J. Murphy, Jr.]] -American politician, 56th Mayor of Pittsburgh

1944 - [[R. A. W. Rhodes]] -English political scientist and academic

1944 - [[Dimitris Sioufas]] -Greek lawyer and politician, Ministry of Health (Greece)|Greek Minister of Health

1944 - [[Sylvie Vartan]] -Bulgarian-French singer and actress

1945 - [[Duffy Dyer]] -American baseball player and coach

1945 - [[Gene Upshaw]] -American football player (d. 2008)

1945 - [[Khaleda Zia]] -Bangladeshi politician, 9th Prime Minister of Bangladesh

1946 - [[Tony Robinson]] -English actor, producer, and screenwriter

1946 - [[William Waldegrave, Baron Waldegrave of North Hill]] -English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1946 - [[Jimmy Webb]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1947 - [[Rakhee Gulzar]] -Indian actress

1947 - [[Jenny Hanley]] -English actress

1948 - [[Patsy Gallant]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1948 - [[George Ryton]] -Singaporean-English engineer

1949 - [[Beverly Burns]] -American captain and pilot

1949 - [[Richard Deacon (sculptor)|Richard Deacon]] -Welsh sculptor and academic

1949 - [[Garry Disher]] -Australian author

1949 - [[Edward McMillan-Scott]] -English lawyer and politician

1949 - [[Mark B. Rosenberg]] -American political scientist and academic

1950 - [[Tommy Aldridge]] -American drummer (Motörhead, Whitesnake, Black Oak Arkansas, and Thin Lizzy)

1950 - [[Tom Kelly (baseball)|Tom Kelly]] -American baseball player and manager

1950 - [[Anne, Princess Royal]] -of the United Kingdom

1951 - [[Ann Biderman]] -American screenwriter and producer

1951 - [[Bobby Caldwell]] -American singer-songwriter

1951 - [[John Childs (cricketer)|John Childs]] -English cricketer

1951 - [[Daba Diawara]] -Malian politician

1952 - [[Chuck Burgi]] -American drummer (Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow (rock band)|Rainbow, and Brand X)

1953 - [[Carol Thatcher]] -English journalist and author

1953 - [[Mark Thatcher]] -English businessman

1954 - [[Stieg Larsson]] -Swedish journalist and author (d. 2004)

1954 - [[Mary Jo Salter]] -American poet and academic

1956 - [[Lorraine Desmarais]] -Canadian pianist and composer

1956 - [[Freedom Neruda]] -Ivorian journalist

1956 - [[Robert Syms]] -English businessman and politician

1957 - [[Željko Ivanek]] -Slovenian-American actor

1958 - [[Simon Baron-Cohen]] -English-Canadian psychiatrist and author

1958 - [[Laurie Bembenek]] -American murderer (d. 2010)

1958 - [[Craig MacTavish]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1958 - [[Simple Kapadia]] -Indian actress and costume designer (d. 2009)

1958 - [[Victor Shenderovich]] -Russian journalist and radio host

1958 - [[Rondell Sheridan]] -American actor and director

1959 - [[Scott Altman]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1961 - [[Ed Gillespie]] -American strategist and politician

1961 - [[Gary Kubiak]] -American football player and coach

1961 - [[Suhasini Maniratnam]] -Indian actress and screenwriter

1961 - [[Arjun Sarja]] -Indian actor and director

1962 - [[Tom Colicchio]] -American chef and author

1962 - [[Rıdvan Dilmen]] -Turkish footballer and manager

1962 - [[Vilja Savisaar-Toomast]] -Estonian lawyer and politician

1963 - [[Alejandro González Iñárritu]] -Mexican director, producer, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Simon Hart]] -Welsh soldier and politician

1963 - [[Lady Miss Kier]] -American singer-songwriter, DJ, and producer (Deee-Lite)

1963 - [[Valery Levaneuski]] -Belarusian activist

1963 - [[Lisa Opie]] -English squash player and coach

1963 - [[Jack Russell (cricketer, born 1963)|Jack Russell]] -England cricketer and coach

1964 - [[Srihari (actor)|Srihari]] -Indian actor and producer (d. 2013)

1964 - [[Jane Ellison]] -English lawyer and politician

1964 - [[Melinda Gates]] -American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1965 - [[Mark Labbett]] -English television personality

1965 - [[Rob Thomas (writer)|Rob Thomas]] -American author, screenwriter, and producer

1966 - [[Scott Brosius]] -American baseball player and coach

1966 - [[Shirley Kwan]] -Hong Kong singer, dancer, and actress

1966 - [[Dimitris Papadopoulos (basketball)|Dimitris Papadopoulos]] -Greek basketball player and coach

1967 - [[Tony Hand]] -Scottish ice hockey player and coach

1967 - [[Peter Hermann (actor)|Peter Hermann]] -American actor

1968 - [[Debra Messing]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1969 - [[Kevin Cheng]] -American-Hong Kong singer and actor

1969 - [[Christian Mixon]] -American actor and race car driver

1969 - [[Bernard Fanning]] -Australian singer-songwriter (Powderfinger)

1969 - [[Cris Judd]] -American actor, dancer, and choreographer

1970 - [[Anthony Anderson]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1970 - [[Maddie Corman]] -American actress

1970 - [[Ben Silverman]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter, founded Electus|Electus Studios

1970 - [[Maya Soetoro-Ng]] -Indonesian-American academic

1972 - [[Ben Affleck]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Jennifer Alexander]] -Canadian ballerina (d. 2007)

1972 - [[Chris Morrissey (filmmaker)|Chris Morrissey]] -American actor and director

1972 - [[Matthew Wood (sound editor)|Matthew Wood]] -American voice actor and engineer

1973 - [[Amitabh Bhattacharjee]] -Indian actor

1973 - [[Atom Willard]] -American drummer (The Offspring, Rocket from the Crypt, Danko Jones, and The Special Goodness)

1974 - [[Gry Bay]] -Danish actress and singer

1974 - [[Natasha Henstridge]] -Canadian model and actress

1974 - [[Tomasz Suwary]] -Polish footballer

1975 - [[Bertrand Berry]] -American football player and radio host

1975 - [[Vijay Bharadwaj]] -Indian cricketer and coach

1975 - [[Brendan Morrison]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Kara Wolters]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Boudewijn Zenden]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1977 - [[Martin Biron]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Igor Cassina]] -Italian gymnast

1977 - [[Nicole Paggi]] -American actress

1977 - [[Anthony Rocca]] -Australian footballer and coach

1978 - [[Tim Foreman]] -American bass player (Switchfoot)

1978 - [[Lilia Podkopayeva]] -Ukrainian gymnast

1978 - [[Stavros Tziortziopoulos]] -Greek footballer

1978 - [[Kerri Walsh Jennings]] -American volleyball player

1979 - [[Carl Edwards]] -American race car driver

1980 - [[Natalie Press]] -English actress

1981 - [[Brendan Hansen]] -American swimmer

1981 - [[Song Ji-hyo]] -South Korean model and actress

1981 - [[Óliver Pérez]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Casey Burgener]] -American weightlifter

1982 - [[Germán Caffa]] -Argentine footballer

1982 - [[Heather Carolin]] -American model and actress

1982 - [[Tsuyoshi Hayashi]] -Japanese actor

1982 - [[Cori Yarckin]] -American actress and singer

1983 - [[Timati]] -Russian rapper, producer, and actor

1983 - [[Jancarlos de Oliveira Barros]] -Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)

1983 - [[Yōko Honda]] -Japanese voice actress

1984 - [[Zack Lee]] -Indonesian actor and boxer

1985 - [[Cogie Domingo]] -Filipino actor

1985 - [[Leah Hackett]] -English actress

1985 - [[Andrea Lewis]] -Canadian actress and singer

1985 - [[Santiago Stieben]] -Argentinian actor

1986 - [[Samantha Crain]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986 - [[Maria Fowler]] -English model and actress

1986 - [[Natalia Kills]] -English singer-songwriter and actress

1986 - [[Besik Kudukhov]] -Russian wrestler (d. 2013)

1987 - [[Michel Kreder]] -Dutch cyclist

1987 - [[Sean McAllister]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Oussama Assaidi]] -Moroccan footballer

1988 - [[Zaira Nara]] -Argentinian model and television host

1989 - [[Joe Jonas]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (Jonas Brothers)

1989 - [[Kristina Karjalainen]] -Estonian-Finnish model, Miss Estonia|Miss Estonia 2013

1989 - [[Carlos Pena, Jr.]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (Big Time Rush (band)|Big Time Rush)

1989 - [[Belinda Peregrín]] -Spanish-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress

1990 - [[Nyusha]] -Russian singer-songwriter and producer

1990 - [[Aglaja Brix]] -German actress

1990 - [[Jennifer Lawrence]] -American actress

1990 - [[Toomas Raadik]] -Estonian basketball player

1990 - [[Danny Verbeek]] -Dutch footballer

1991 - [[Petja Piiroinen]] -Finnish snowboarder

1993 - [[Clinton N'Jie]] -Cameroonian footballer

1993 - [[Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain]] -English footballer

1994 - [[Lasse Vigen Christensen]] -Danish footballer

1994 - [[Alice Englert]] -Australian actress

1994 - [[Kosuke Hagino]] -Japanese swimmer

1994 - [[Natalja Zabijako]] -Estonian figure skater

1995 - [[Chief Keef]] -American rapper and producer

1995 - [[Yui Ogura]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

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