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Day History: August-18

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Famous Birthdays


1450 - [[Marko Marulić]] -Croatian poet and author (d. 1524)

1542 - [[Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland]] -(d. 1601)

1579 - [[Countess Charlotte Flandrina of Nassau]] -(d. 1640)

1596 - [[Jean Bolland]] -Flemish priest and hagiographer (d. 1665)

1605 - [[Henry Hammond]] -English churchman and theologian (d. 1660)

1606 - [[Maria Anna of Spain]] -(d. 1646)

1611 - [[Marie Louise Gonzaga]] -French wife of John II Casimir Vasa (d. 1650)

1657 - [[Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena]] -Italian architect and painter (d. 1743)

1685 - [[Brook Taylor]] -English mathematician and theorist (d. 1731)

1692 - [[Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon]] -(d. 1740)

1700 - [[Baji Rao I]] -Indian emperor (d. 1740)

1720 - [[Laurence Shirley, 4th Earl Ferrers]] -English politician (d. 1760)

1750 - [[Antonio Salieri]] -Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)

1754 - [[François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat]] -French general and engineer (d. 1833)

1774 - [[Meriwether Lewis]] -American soldier, explorer, and politician, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (d. 1809)

1792 - [[John Russell, 1st Earl Russell]] -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1878)

1803 - [[Nathan Clifford]] -American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 19th United States Attorney General (d. 1881)

1819 - [[Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1819–1876)|Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia]] -(d. 1876)

1822 - [[Isaac P. Rodman]] -American general and politician (d. 1862)

1830 - [[Franz Joseph I of Austria]] -(d. 1916)

1831 - [[Ernest Noel]] -Scottish businessman and politician (d. 1931)

1834 - [[Marshall Field]] -American businessman, founded Marshall Field's (d. 1906)

1841 - [[William Halford]] -English-American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1919)

1855 - [[Alfred Wallis]] -English painter and illustrator (d. 1942)

1857 - [[Libert H. Boeynaems]] -Belgian-American bishop and missionary (d. 1926)

1869 - [[Carl Rungius]] -German-American painter and educator (d. 1959)

1870 - [[Lavr Kornilov]] -Russian general and explorer (d. 1918)

1879 - [[Alexander Rodzyanko]] -Russian general (d. 1970)

1883 - [[Sidney Hatch]] -American runner and soldier (d. 1966)

1885 - [[Nettie Palmer]] -Australian poet and critic (d. 1964)

1890 - [[Walther Funk]] -German economist and politician, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany)|Reich Minister of Economics (d. 1960)

1893 - [[Burleigh Grimes]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

1893 - [[Ernest MacMillan]] -Canadian conductor and composer (d. 1973)

1896 - [[Jack Pickford]] -Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1933)

1898 - [[Clemente Biondetti]] -Italian race car driver (d. 1955)

1902 - [[Adamson-Eric]] -Estonian painter (d. 1968)

1902 - [[Margaret Murie]] -American environmentalist and author (d. 2003)

1903 - [[Lucienne Boyer]] -French singer (d. 1983)

1903 - [[Charlotte Klamroth]] -German super-centenarian (d. 2015)

1904 - [[Max Factor, Jr.]] -American businessman (d. 1996)

1906 - [[Marcel Carné]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1908 - [[Edgar Faure]] -French historian and politician, 139th Prime Minister of France (d. 1988)

1908 - [[Olav H. Hauge]] -Norwegian poet and gardener (d. 1994)

1908 - [[Bill Merritt (cricketer)|Bill Merritt]] -New Zealand cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1977)

1909 - [[Gérard Filion]] -Canadian businessman and journalist (d. 2005)

1910 - [[Herman Berlinski]] -Polish-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2001)

1910 - [[Robert Winters]] -Canadian colonel, engineer, and politician, 26th Minister of Public Works (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Public Works (d. 1969)

1911 - [[Amelia Boynton Robinson]] -American activist (d. 2015)

1911 - [[Klara Dan von Neumann]] -Hungarian computer scientist and programmer (d. 1963)

1912 - [[Otto Ernst Remer]] -German general (d. 1997)

1913 - [[Romain Maes]] -Belgian cyclist (d. 1983)

1915 - [[Max Lanier]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)

1916 - [[Neagu Djuvara]] -Romanian historian, journalist, and diplomat

1916 - [[Don Keefer]] -American actor (d. 2014)

1916 - [[Moura Lympany]] -English pianist (d. 2005)

1917 - [[Caspar Weinberger]] -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2006)

1918 - [[Cisco Houston]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Almanac Singers) (d. 1961)

1919 - [[Wally Hickel]] -American businessman and politician, 2nd List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska (d. 2010)

1920 - [[Godfrey Evans]] -English cricketer (d. 1999)

1920 - [[Bob Kennedy]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Shelley Winters]] -American actress and singer (d. 2006)

1921 - [[Lydia Litvyak]] -Russian lieutenant and pilot (d. 1943)

1921 - [[Zdzisław Żygulski (junior)|Zdzisław Żygulski]] -Polish historian and academic (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Alain Robbe-Grillet]] -French director, screenwriter, and author (d. 2008)

1923 - [[Jenni Irani]] -Indian-Pakistani cricketer (d. 1982)

1923 - [[Sadashiv Shinde]] -Indian cricketer (d. 1955)

1924 - [[Armin, Prince of Lippe]] -(d. 2015)

1925 - [[Brian Aldiss]] -English author and critic

1925 - [[Pierre Grondin]] -Canadian surgeon and academic (d. 2006)

1925 - [[Anis Mansour]] -Egyptian journalist and author (d. 2011)

1926 - [[John P. Finnegan]] -American actor (d. 2012)

1927 - [[Rosalynn Carter]] -American wife of Jimmy Carter, 41st First Lady of the United States

1928 - [[Marge Schott]] -American businesswoman (d. 2004)

1929 - [[Hugues Aufray]] -French singer-songwriter

1930 - [[Liviu Librescu]] -Romanian-American engineer and academic (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Rafael Pineda Ponce]] -Honduran academic and politician (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Bramwell Tillsley]] -Canadian 14th General of The Salvation Army

1931 - [[Hans van Mierlo]] -Dutch journalist and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 2010)

1932 - [[Bill Bennett]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 27th Premier of British Columbia

1932 - [[Luc Montagnier]] -French virologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1933 - [[Just Fontaine]] -Moroccan-French footballer and manager

1933 - [[Roman Polanski]] -French-Polish director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1934 - [[Gulzar]] -Indian director, producer, and songwriter

1934 - [[Vincent Bugliosi]] -American lawyer and author (d. 2015)

1934 - [[Ronnie Carroll]] -Irish singer and politician (d. 2015)

1934 - [[Roberto Clemente]] -Puerto Rican baseball player and soldier (d. 1972)

1934 - [[Michael May (racing driver)|Michael May]] -German-Swiss race car driver and engineer

1935 - [[Gail Fisher]] -American actress (d. 2000)

1935 - [[Rafer Johnson]] -American decathlete and actor

1935 - [[Howard Morrison]] -New Zealand singer (Howard Morrison Quartet) (d. 2009)

1935 - [[Hifikepunye Pohamba]] -Namibian lawyer and politician, 2nd President of Namibia

1936 - [[Robert Redford]] -American actor, director, and producer

1937 - [[Sheila Cassidy]] -English physician and author

1939 - [[Harald Heide-Steen Jr.]] -Norwegian actor and singer (d. 2008)

1939 - [[Robert Horton (businessman)|Robert Horton]] -English businessman (d. 2011)

1939 - [[Johnny Preston]] -American singer (d. 2011)

1940 - [[Adam Makowicz]] -Polish-Canadian pianist and composer

1940 - [[Gil Whitney]] -American journalist (d. 1982)

1940 - [[Charles Wilson (journalist)|Charles Wilson]] -Scottish journalist

1941 - [[Christopher Jones (actor)|Christopher Jones]] -American actor (d. 2014)

1942 - [[Judith Keppel]] -English game show contestant, first one-million pound winner on ''Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (UK game show)|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?''

1943 - [[Sarah Dash]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Labelle)

1943 - [[Martin Mull]] -American actor and singer

1943 - [[Gianni Rivera]] -Italian footballer and politician

1943 - [[Carl Wayne]] -English singer and actor (The Move, The Hollies, and The Vikings (British band)|The Vikings) (d. 2004)

1944 - [[Paula Danziger]] -American author (d. 2004)

1944 - [[Robert Hitchcock]] -Australian sculptor and illustrator

1945 - [[Barbara Harris (singer)|Barbara Harris]] -American singer-songwriter (The Toys)

1945 - [[Värner Lootsmann]] -Estonian lawyer and politician

1945 - [[Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr.]] -American soldier, lawyer, and author (d. 1994)

1948 - [[James Jones (bishop)|James Jones]] -English bishop

1948 - [[Joseph Marcell]] -St. Lucian-English actor

1948 - [[John Scarlett]] -English intelligence officer

1949 - [[Nigel Griggs]] -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Split Enz and Schnell Fenster)

1949 - [[Rudy Hartono]] -Indonesian badminton player

1950 - [[Dennis Elliott]] -English drummer and sculptor (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner and If (band)|If)

1952 - [[Elayne Boosler]] -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Patrick Swayze]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2009)

1952 - [[Ricardo Villa]] -Argentinian footballer and coach

1953 - [[Louie Gohmert]] -American captain, lawyer, and politician

1954 - [[Umberto Guidoni]] -Italian astrophysicist, astronaut, and politician

1955 - [[Bruce Benedict]] -American baseball player and coach

1955 - [[Taher Elgamal]] -Egyptian-American cryptographer

1956 - [[John Debney]] -American composer and conductor

1956 - [[Sandeep Patil]] -Indian cricketer and coach

1956 - [[Jon Schwartz (drummer)|Jon Schwartz]] -American drummer and producer

1956 - [[Kelly Willard]] -American singer-songwriter

1956 - [[Rainer Woelki]] -German cardinal

1957 - [[Carole Bouquet]] -French model and actress

1957 - [[Denis Leary]] -American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Ron Strykert]] -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Men at Work)

1957 - [[Diana Castle]] -American actress

1958 - [[Didier Auriol]] -French race car driver

1958 - [[Madeleine Stowe]] -American actress

1959 - [[Tom Prichard]] -American wrestler and trainer

1960 - [[Mike LaValliere]] -American baseball player

1960 - [[Fat Lever]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1961 - [[Huw Edwards (journalist)|Huw Edwards]] -Welsh-English journalist and author

1961 - [[Timothy Geithner]] -American banker and politician, 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury

1961 - [[Glenn Plummer]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Birol Ünel]] -Turkish-German actor

1961 - [[Bob Woodruff]] -American journalist and author

1962 - [[Felipe Calderón]] -Mexican lawyer and politician, 56th President of Mexico

1962 - [[Geoff Courtnall]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1963 - [[Heino Ferch]] -German actor

1964 - [[Craig Bierko]] -American actor and singer

1964 - [[Jim Florentine]] -American comedian and actor

1964 - [[Kenny Walker]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1965 - [[Kōji Kikkawa]] -Japanese singer (Complex (band)|Complex)

1965 - [[Ikue Ōtani]] -Japanese voice actress

1966 - [[Gustavo Charif]] -Argentinian director and producer

1966 - [[Sarita Choudhury]] -English actress

1966 - [[Kang Soo-yeon]] -South Korean actress

1967 - [[Brian Michael Bendis]] -American author and illustrator

1967 - [[Daler Mehndi]] -Indian singer-songwriter and producer

1967 - [[Dan Peters]] -American drummer (Bundle of Hiss, Mudhoney, Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, and Love Battery)

1968 - [[Lee Seung-yeon]] -South Korean actress and talk show host

1969 - [[Everlast (musician)|Everlast]] -American rapper (House of Pain and La Coka Nostra)

1969 - [[Mark Kuhlmann]] -German rugby player and coach

1969 - [[Edward Norton]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1969 - [[Christian Slater]] -American actor and producer

1970 - [[Jason Furman]] -American economist and politician

1970 - [[Jessica Hsuan]] -Hong Kong actress

1970 - [[Malcolm-Jamal Warner]] -American actor and producer

1971 - [[Tom Middleton]] -English DJ and producer (Global Communication)

1971 - [[Aphex Twin]] -Irish-English DJ and producer (Universal Indicator (collective)|Universal Indicator)

1971 - [[Jacob Vargas]] -Mexican-American actor and producer

1972 - [[Keiko (musician)|Keiko]] -Japanese singer (Globe (band)|Globe)

1972 - [[Victoria Coren Mitchell]] -English journalist and poker player

1972 - [[Leo Ku]] -Hong Kong singer, actor, producer, and director

1972 - [[Masahiro Nakai]] -Japanese singer and actor (SMAP)

1973 - [[Paulo Schroeber]] -Brazilian guitarist (Almah (band)|Almah and Astafix) (d. 2014)

1973 - [[Carmen Serano]] -American actress

1974 - [[Nicole Krauss]] -American author and critic

1975 - [[Róbert Fazekas]] -Hungarian discus thrower

1975 - [[Kaitlin Olson]] -American actress

1976 - [[Paraskevas Antzas]] -Greek footballer

1977 - [[Even Kruse Skatrud]] -Norwegian trombonist, composer, and educator (Funky Butt)

1977 - [[Mizuo Peck]] -American actress

1978 - [[Andy Samberg]] -American actor, screenwriter, and rapper (The Lonely Island)

1979 - [[Stuart Dew]] -Australian footballer

1979 - [[Mohib Mirza]] -Pakistani actor and director

1980 - [[Esteban Cambiasso]] -Argentinian footballer

1980 - [[Rob Nguyen]] -Australian race car driver

1980 - [[Athina Papayianni]] -Greek race walker

1980 - [[Bart Scott]] -American football player

1980 - [[Jeremy Shockey]] -American football player

1981 - [[César Delgado]] -Argentinian footballer

1981 - [[Dimitris Salpingidis]] -Greek footballer

1982 - [[Cullen Finnerty]] -American football player (d. 2013)

1983 - [[Danny!]] -American rapper and producer

1983 - [[Mika (singer)|Mika]] -Lebanese-English singer-songwriter and pianist

1983 - [[Dmitri Antoni]] -Estonian figure skater

1983 - [[Cameron White]] -Australian cricketer

1984 - [[Sigourney Bandjar]] -Dutch footballer

1984 - [[Robert Huth]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Inge Dekker]] -Dutch swimmer

1985 - [[Julen Goikoetxea]] -Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)

1985 - [[Bryan Ruiz]] -Costa Rican footballer

1986 - [[Evan Gattis]] -American baseball player

1986 - [[Ross McCormack]] -Scottish footballer

1986 - [[Miesha Tate]] -American mixed martial artist

1986 - [[Andreas Weise]] -Swedish singer-songwriter

1987 - [[Mika Boorem]] -American actress and producer

1987 - [[Tine Thing Helseth]] -Norwegian trumpet player

1987 - [[Zuzana Jandová]] -Czech model, Miss Czech Republic|Miss Czech Republic 2008

1987 - [[Siri Tollerød]] -Norwegian model

1988 - [[G-Dragon]] -South Korean singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and dancer (Big Bang (South Korean band)|Big Bang)

1988 - [[Jack Hobbs (footballer)|Jack Hobbs]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Luke Jackson (author)|Luke Jackson]] -English author

1988 - [[Eggert Jónsson]] -Icelandic footballer

1989 - [[Nikki Bacolod]] -Filipino singer and actress

1990 - [[Elliot Justham]] -English footballer

1990 - [[Nicole Uysiuseng]] -Filipino-Chinese actress

1992 - [[Elizabeth Beisel]] -American swimmer

1992 - [[Riko Narumi]] -Japanese actress

1992 - [[Amy Willerton]] -English model and actress, Miss Universe Great Britain|Miss Universe Great Britain 2013

1993 - [[Jung Eun-ji]] -South Korean singer and actress (A Pink)

1993 - [[Maia Mitchell]] -Australian actress and singer

1995 - [[Alīna Fjodorova]] -Latvian figure skater

1999 - [[Talia Castellano]] -American blogger (d. 2013)

2003 - [[Max Charles]] -American actor

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