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Day History: August-16

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Famous Birthdays


1355 - [[Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster]] -(d. 1382)

1378 - [[Hongxi Emperor]] -of China (d. 1425)

1401 - [[Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut]] -(d. 1436)

1557 - [[Agostino Carracci]] -Italian painter and etcher (d. 1602)

1573 - [[Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland]] -(d. 1598)

1596 - [[Frederick V, Elector Palatine]] -Bohemian king (d. 1632)

1637 - [[Countess Emilie Juliane of Barby-Mühlingen]] -(d. 1706)

1645 - [[Jean de La Bruyère]] -French philosopher and author (d. 1696)

1650 - [[Vincenzo Coronelli]] -Italian monk, cosmographer, and cartographer (d. 1718)

1682 - [[Louis, Dauphin of France, Duke of Burgundy]] -(d. 1712)

1744 - [[Pierre Méchain]] -French astronomer and surveyor (d. 1804)

1761 - [[Yevstigney Fomin]] -Russian pianist and composer (d. 1800)

1815 - [[John Bosco]] -Italian priest and educator (d. 1888)

1820 - [[Andrew Rainsford Wetmore]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 1st Premier of New Brunswick (d. 1892)

1821 - [[Arthur Cayley]] -English mathematician and academic (d. 1895)

1831 - [[John Jones Ross]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Premier of Quebec (d. 1901)

1832 - [[Wilhelm Wundt]] -German physician, psychologist, and physiologist (d. 1920)

1842 - [[Jakob Rosanes]] -Ukrainian-German mathematician, chess player, and academic (d. 1922)

1845 - [[Gabriel Lippmann]] -Luxembourger-French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1921)

1848 - [[Vladimir Sukhomlinov]] -Russian general (d. 1926)

1856 - [[Aparicio Saravia]] -Uruguayan general and politician (d. 1904)

1858 - [[Arthur Achleitner]] -German author (d. 1927)

1860 - [[Martin Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke]] -English-Scottish cricketer (d. 1938)

1860 - [[Jules Laforgue]] -Uruguayan-French poet and author (d. 1887)

1862 - [[Amos Alonzo Stagg]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1965)

1868 - [[Bernarr Macfadden]] -American bodybuilder and publisher, founded Macfadden Publications (d. 1955)

1876 - [[Ivan Bilibin]] -Russian illustrator and stage designer (d. 1942)

1877 - [[Roque Ruaño]] -Spanish priest and engineer (d. 1935)

1882 - [[Désiré Mérchez]] -French swimmer and water polo player (d. 1968)

1882 - [[Christian Mortensen]] -Danish-American super-centenarian (d. 1998)

1884 - [[Hugo Gernsback]] -Luxembourg-American author and publisher (d. 1967)

1888 - [[T. E. Lawrence]] -Welsh colonel and archaeologist (d. 1935)

1888 - [[Armand J. Piron]] -American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1943)

1892 - [[Hal Foster]] -Canadian-American author and illustrator (d. 1982)

1892 - [[Otto Messmer]] -American cartoonist and animator, co-created ''Felix the Cat'' (d. 1983)

1894 - [[George Meany]] -American plumber and labor leader (d. 1980)

1895 - [[Albert Cohen]] -Greek-Swiss author and playwright (d. 1981)

1895 - [[Liane Haid]] -Austrian-Swiss actress and singer (d. 2000)

1902 - [[Georgette Heyer]] -English author (d. 1974)

1902 - [[Wallace Thurman]] -American author and playwright (d. 1934)

1904 - [[Minoru Genda]] -Japanese general, pilot, and politician (d. 1989)

1904 - [[Wendell Meredith Stanley]] -American biochemist and virologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1971)

1908 - [[Orlando Cole]] -American cellist and educator (d. 2010)

1908 - [[William Keepers Maxwell, Jr.]] -American author (d. 2000)

1909 - [[Paul Callaway]] -American organist and conductor (d. 1995)

1910 - [[Gloria Blondell]] -American actress (d. 1986)

1910 - [[Mae Clarke]] -American actress and singer (d. 1992)

1911 - [[E. F. Schumacher]] -German economist and statistician (d. 1977)

1912 - [[Ted Drake]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1995)

1913 - [[Menachem Begin]] -Belarusian-Israeli politician, 6th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1915 - [[Al Hibbler]] -American singer (d. 2001)

1916 - [[Iggy Katona]] -American race car driver (d. 2003)

1917 - [[Matt Christopher]] -American author (d. 1997)

1917 - [[Roque Cordero]] -Panamanian composer and educator (d. 2008)

1919 - [[Karl-Heinz Euling]] -German captain (d. 2014)

1920 - [[Charles Bukowski]] -German-American author and poet (d. 1994)

1922 - [[Ernie Freeman]] -American pianist and bandleader (d. 2001)

1923 - [[Millôr Fernandes]] -Brazilian journalist and playwright (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Fess Parker]] -American actor and singer (d. 2010)

1924 - [[Inez Voyce]] -American baseball player

1925 - [[Willie Jones (baseball)|Willie Jones]] -American baseball player (d. 1983)

1925 - [[Mal Waldron]] -American pianist and composer (d. 2002)

1927 - [[Lois Nettleton]] -American actress (d. 2008)

1928 - [[Ann Blyth]] -American actress and singer

1928 - [[Eydie Gormé]] -American singer and actress (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Ara Güler]] -Turkish photographer and journalist

1928 - [[Eddie Kirkland]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)

1929 - [[Bill Evans]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1980)

1929 - [[Helmut Rahn]] -German footballer (d. 2003)

1929 - [[Fritz Von Erich]] -American wrestler and trainer (d. 1997)

1929 - [[Wyatt Tee Walker]] -American pastor, theologian, and activist

1930 - [[Robert Culp]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1930 - [[Frank Gifford]] -American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2015)

1930 - [[Leslie Manigat]] -Haitian educator and politician, 43rd President of Haiti (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Tony Trabert]] -American tennis player and sportscaster

1933 - [[Reiner Kunze]] -German poet and translator

1933 - [[Tom Maschler]] -English author and publisher

1933 - [[Julie Newmar]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1933 - [[Stuart Roosa]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1994)

1934 - [[Donnie Dunagan]] -American actor and soldier

1934 - [[Diana Wynne Jones]] -English author (d. 2011)

1934 - [[Ketty Lester]] -American singer and actress

1934 - [[Pierre Richard]] -French actor, director, and screenwriter

1934 - [[John Standing]] -English actor

1934 - [[Dave Thomas (golfer)|Dave Thomas]] -English-Welsh golfer and architect (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Cliff Fletcher]] -Canadian businessman

1935 - [[Andreas Stamatiadis]] -Greek footballer and coach

1936 - [[Anita Gillette]] -American actress and singer

1937 - [[David Anderson (British Columbia politician)|David Anderson]] -Canadian journalist, lawyer, and politician

1937 - [[David Behrman]] -American composer and producer

1937 - [[Lorraine Gary]] -American actress

1937 - [[Boris Rõtov]] -Estonian chess player (d. 1987)

1939 - [[Seán Brady]] -Irish cardinal

1939 - [[Trevor McDonald]] -Trinidadian-English journalist and academic

1939 - [[Billy Joe Shaver]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1940 - [[Bruce Beresford]] -Australian director and producer

1941 - [[Théoneste Bagosora]] -Rwandan soldier

1942 - [[Barbara George]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2006)

1943 - [[Sharon Baird]] -American actress and dancer

1943 - [[Woody Peoples]] -American football player (d. 2010)

1944 - [[Kevin Ayers]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Soft Machine) (d. 2013)

1945 - [[Bob Balaban]] -American actor, director, and producer

1945 - [[Russell Brookes]] -English race car driver

1945 - [[Suzanne Farrell]] -American ballerina and educator

1946 - [[Masoud Barzani]] -Iranian-Kurdish politician, President of Iraqi Kurdistan

1946 - [[Dick Murdoch]] -American wrestler (d. 1996)

1946 - [[Lesley Ann Warren]] -American actress and singer

1947 - [[Carol Moseley Braun]] -American lawyer and politician, United States Ambassador to New Zealand

1947 - [[Katharine Hamnett]] -English fashion designer

1947 - [[Marc Messier]] -Canadian actor

1948 - [[Barry Hay]] -Indian-Dutch singer-songwriter (Golden Earring)

1948 - [[Mike Jorgensen]] -American baseball player and manager

1948 - [[Pierre Reid]] -Canadian educator and politician

1949 - [[Scott Asheton]] -American drummer (The Stooges and Sonic's Rendezvous Band) (d. 2014)

1949 - [[Barbara Goodson]] -American voice actress and singer

1949 - [[Bill Spooner]] -American guitarist and songwriter (The Tubes)

1950 - [[Hasely Crawford]] -Trinidadian runner

1950 - [[Stockwell Day]] -Canadian businessman and politician, 15th Minister of International Trade (Canada)|Canadian Minister of International Trade

1950 - [[Jeff Thomson]] -Australian cricketer

1950 - [[Neda Ukraden]] -Serbian singer

1951 - [[Umaru Musa Yar'Adua]] -Nigerian businessman and politician, 13th President of Nigeria (d. 2010)

1952 - [[Mahes Goonatilleke]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1952 - [[Gianna Rolandi]] -American soprano and actress

1952 - [[Reginald VelJohnson]] -American actor and screenwriter

1953 - [[Kathie Lee Gifford]] -American talk show host, singer, and actress

1954 - [[James Cameron]] -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1954 - [[George Galloway]] -Scottish-English journalist and politician

1955 - [[James Reilly (Irish politician)|James Reilly]] -Irish surgeon and politician, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

1956 - [[Vahan Hovhannisyan]] -Armenian soldier and politician (d. 2014)

1956 - [[Daniel Willems]] -Belgian cyclist

1957 - [[Tim Farriss]] -Australian guitarist (INXS)

1957 - [[Laura Innes]] -American actress and director

1957 - [[R. R. Patil]] -Indian lawyer and politician, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2015)

1958 - [[Madonna (entertainer)|Madonna]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and director

1958 - [[Angela Bassett]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1958 - [[José Luis Clerc]] -Argentinian tennis player and coach

1958 - [[Oscar Collodo]] -Swiss-Italian rugby player and coach

1958 - [[Diane Dodds]] -Northern Irish educator and politician

1959 - [[Marc Sergeant]] -Belgian cyclist and manager

1960 - [[Timothy Hutton]] -American actor, producer and director

1960 - [[Franz Welser-Möst]] -Austrian-American conductor and director

1961 - [[Michaela Dornonville de la Cour]] -Swedish singer and actress (Army of Lovers)

1961 - [[Christian Okoye]] -American football player

1961 - [[Angela C. Smith]] -English academic and politician

1962 - [[Steve Carell]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Aloísio Pires Alves]] -Brazilian footballer and manager

1963 - [[Christine Cavanaugh]] -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1964 - [[Jimmy Arias]] -American tennis player and sportscaster

1964 - [[Barry Venison]] -English footballer and journalist

1967 - [[Mark Coyne (rugby league)|Mark Coyne]] -Australian rugby player

1967 - [[Ulrika Jonsson]] -Swedish journalist, actress, and author

1968 - [[Mateja Svet]] -Slovenian skier

1968 - [[Wolfgang Tillmans]] -German photographer

1968 - [[Arvind Kejriwal]] -Indian civil servant and politician, 7th Chief Minister of Delhi

1969 - [[Kate Higgins]] -American voice actress, singer, and pianist

1970 - [[Bonnie Bernstein]] -American journalist and sportscaster

1970 - [[Fabio Casartelli]] -Italian cyclist (d. 1995)

1970 - [[Saif Ali Khan]] -Indian actor, singer, and producer

1971 - [[Rulon Gardner]] -American wrestler and mixed martial artist

1971 - [[Stefan Klos]] -German footballer

1972 - [[Frankie Boyle]] -Scottish comedian and television host

1972 - [[Stan Lazaridis]] -Australian footballer

1972 - [[Emily Robison]] -American singer-songwriter and banjo player (Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds)

1972 - [[George Stroumboulopoulos]] -Canadian radio and television host

1973 - [[Damian Jackson]] -American baseball player

1974 - [[Roger Cedeño]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1974 - [[Shivnarine Chanderpaul]] -Guyanese cricketer

1974 - [[Krisztina Egerszegi]] -Hungarian swimmer

1974 - [[Iván Hurtado]] -Ecuadorian footballer and politician

1975 - [[Magic (rapper)|Magic]] -American rapper (504 Boyz and Body Head Bangerz) (d. 2013)

1975 - [[Didier Agathe]] -French footballer

1975 - [[Jonatan Johansson (footballer)|Jonatan Johansson]] -Finnish footballer, coach, and manager

1975 - [[Pantelis Konstantinidis]] -Greek footballer

1975 - [[George Stults]] -American model and actor

1975 - [[Álvaro Tardáguila]] -Uruguayan cyclist

1977 - [[Tamer Hosny]] -Egyptian singer-songwriter and actor

1978 - [[Ben Galea]] -Australian rugby player

1978 - [[Fu Mingxia]] -Chinese diver

1979 - [[Paul Gallacher]] -Scottish footballer

1979 - [[Eduardo Maiorino]] -Brazilian mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (d. 2012)

1979 - [[Monder Rizki]] -Belgian runner

1980 - [[Hwangbo]] -South Korean rapper and actress (Chakra (band)|Chakra)

1980 - [[Vanessa Carlton]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1980 - [[Ryan Hanigan]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Øystein Moen]] -Norwegian pianist and composer (Puma (band)|Puma and Jaga Jazzist)

1980 - [[Emerson Ramos Borges]] -Brazilian footballer

1980 - [[Piet Rooijakkers]] -Dutch cyclist

1980 - [[Raniere Silva dos Santos]] -Brazilian footballer

1981 - [[Roque Santa Cruz]] -Paraguayan footballer

1981 - [[Denis Gremelmayr]] -German tennis player

1982 - [[Cam Gigandet]] -American actor

1982 - [[Todd Haberkorn]] -American voice actor, director, and producer

1982 - [[Tomohiro Ito]] -Japanese sprinter

1982 - [[Joleon Lescott]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Colt Brennan]] -American football player

1983 - [[Nikolaos Zisis]] -Greek basketball player

1984 - [[Matteo Anesi]] -Italian speed skater

1984 - [[Candice Dupree]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Konstantin Vassiljev]] -Estonian footballer

1985 - [[Arden Cho]] -American model, actress, and singer

1985 - [[Cristin Milioti]] -American actress and singer

1986 - [[Yu Darvish]] -Japanese baseball player

1986 - [[Kim Oh-sung]] -South Korean footballer

1986 - [[Shawn Pyfrom]] -American actor

1987 - [[Evan Berger]] -Australian footballer

1987 - [[Eri Kitamura]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1987 - [[Kyal Marsh]] -Australian actor and gymnast

1987 - [[Carey Price]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1989 - [[Wang Hao (athlete)|Wang Hao]] -Chinese race walker

1990 - [[Kōki Uchiyama]] -Japanese actor

1991 - [[G.E.M. (singer)|G.E.M.]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1991 - [[José Eduardo de Araújo]] -Brazilian footballer

1991 - [[Evanna Lynch]] -Irish actress

1991 - [[Kwon Ri-se]] -South Korean singer (Ladies' Code) (d. 2014)

1992 - [[Zawachin]] -Japanese model

1992 - [[Islam Dzhabrailov]] -Russian footballer

1992 - [[Diego Schwartzman]] -Argentinian tennis player

1993 - [[Cameron Monaghan]] -American actor

1994 - [[Tippy Dos Santos]] -Filipino actress and singer

1994 - [[Riho Takada]] -Japanese actress and model

1997 - [[Greyson Chance]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

2003 - [[Harvey Bautista]] -Filipino actor

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