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Day History: August-23

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Famous Birthdays


1486 - [[Sigismund von Herberstein]] -Slovenian historian and diplomat (d. 1566)

1524 - [[François Hotman]] -French lawyer and jurist (d. 1590)

1623 - [[Stanisław Lubieniecki]] -Polish astronomer, theologian, and historian (d. 1675)

1724 - [[Abraham Yates, Jr.]] -American lawyer and civil servant (d. 1796)

1741 - [[Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse]] -French admiral and explorer (d. 1788)

1754 - [[Louis XVI of France]] -(d. 1793)

1757 - [[Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann]] -German actress (d. 1775)

1769 - [[Georges Cuvier]] -French biologist and academic (d. 1832)

1783 - [[William Tierney Clark]] -English engineer, designed the Hammersmith Bridge (d. 1852)

1785 - [[Oliver Hazard Perry]] -American commander (d. 1819)

1805 - [[Anton von Schmerling]] -Austrian judge and politician (d. 1893)

1814 - [[James Roosevelt Bayley]] -American archbishop (d. 1877)

1829 - [[Moritz Cantor]] -German mathematician and historian (d. 1920)

1836 - [[Marie Henriette of Austria]] -(d. 1902)

1843 - [[William Southam]] -Canadian publisher (d. 1932)

1846 - [[Alexander Milne Calder]] -Scottish-American sculptor (d. 1923)

1847 - [[Sarah Frances Whiting]] -American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)

1849 - [[William Ernest Henley]] -English poet and critic (d. 1903)

1852 - [[Radha Gobinda Kar]] -Indian physician and philanthropist (d. 1918)

1852 - [[Clímaco Calderón]] -Colombian lawyer and politician, 15th President of Colombia (d. 1913)

1852 - [[Arnold Toynbee]] -English economist and historian (d. 1883)

1854 - [[Moritz Moszkowski]] -Polish-German pianist and composer (d. 1925)

1864 - [[Eleftherios Venizelos]] -Greek lawyer, jurist, and politician, 93rd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1936)

1867 - [[Edgar de Wahl]] -Ukrainian-Estonian linguist and academic (d. 1948)

1868 - [[Edgar Lee Masters]] -American lawyer, author, poet, and playwright (d. 1950)

1872 - [[Tanguturi Prakasam]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 1st List of Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh|Chief Minister of Andhra (d. 1957)

1875 - [[William Eccles]] -English physicist and engineer (d. 1966)

1875 - [[Eugene Lanceray]] -Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1946)

1877 - [[István Medgyaszay]] -Hungarian architect and academic (d. 1959)

1880 - [[Alexander Grin]] -Russian sailor and author (d. 1932)

1883 - [[Jonathan M. Wainwright (general)|Jonathan M. Wainwright]] -American general, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1953)

1884 - [[Will Cuppy]] -American author and critic (d. 1949)

1884 - [[Ogden L. Mills]] -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 50th United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1937)

1890 - [[Harry Frank Guggenheim]] -American businessman and publisher, co-founded ''Newsday'' (d. 1971)

1891 - [[Roy Agnew]] -Australian pianist and composer (d. 1944)

1897 - [[Henry F. Pringle]] -American historian and journalist (d. 1958)

1900 - [[Ernst Krenek]] -Austrian-American composer and educator (d. 1991)

1900 - [[Malvina Reynolds]] -American singer-songwriter and activist (d. 1978)

1901 - [[Guy Bush]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1985)

1901 - [[John Sherman Cooper]] -American captain, lawyer, and politician, 2nd United States Ambassador to East Germany (d. 1991)

1903 - [[William Primrose]] -Scottish viola player and educator (d. 1982)

1905 - [[Ernie Bushmiller]] -American cartoonist (d. 1982)

1905 - [[Constant Lambert]] -English composer and conductor (d. 1951)

1908 - [[Hannah Frank]] -Scottish sculptor and illustrator (d. 2008)

1909 - [[Syd Buller]] -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1970)

1909 - [[Leila Danette]] -American actress (d. 2012)

1910 - [[Lonny Frey]] -American baseball player and soldier (d. 2009)

1910 - [[Giuseppe Meazza]] -Italian footballer and manager (d. 1979)

1911 - [[Birger Ruud]] -Norwegian ski-jumper (d. 1998)

1912 - [[Gene Kelly]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1996)

1917 - [[Tex Williams]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)

1919 - [[Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin]] -Azerbaijani mathematician and theorist (d. 1984)

1921 - [[Kenneth Arrow]] -American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1921 - [[Sam Cook]] -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1996)

1922 - [[Nazik Al-Malaika]] -Iraqi poet and academic (d. 2007)

1922 - [[Jean Darling]] -American actress and singer

1922 - [[George Kell]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2009)

1923 - [[Edgar F. Codd]] -English-American computer scientist and programmer (d. 2003)

1924 - [[Ephraim Kishon]] -Israeli author, screenwriter, and director (d. 2005)

1924 - [[Robert Solow]] -American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate

1925 - [[Robert Mulligan]] -American director and producer (d. 2008)

1926 - [[Clifford Geertz]] -American anthropologist and academic (d. 2006)

1926 - [[Gyula Hernádi]] -Hungarian author and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1927 - [[Dick Bruna]] -Dutch author and illustrator

1927 - [[Allan Kaprow]] -American painter and author (d. 2006)

1927 - [[Martial Solal]] -Algerian-French pianist and composer

1928 - [[Marian Seldes]] -American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Vladimir Beekman]] -Estonian poet and translator (d. 2009)

1929 - [[Zoltán Czibor]] -Hungarian footballer (d. 1997)

1929 - [[Vera Miles]] -American model and actress, Miss Kansas|Miss Kansas 1948

1930 - [[Michel Rocard]] -French civil servant and politician, 160th Prime Minister of France

1931 - [[Barbara Eden]] -American actress and singer

1931 - [[Hamilton O. Smith]] -American microbiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1932 - [[Houari Boumediene]] -Algerian colonel and politician, 2nd President of Algeria (d. 1978)

1932 - [[Enos Nkala]] -Zimbabwean soldier and politician, Ministry of Defence (Zimbabwe)|Zimbabwean Minister of Defence (d. 2013)

1932 - [[Mark Russell]] -American comedian, singer, and pianist

1933 - [[Robert Curl]] -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1933 - [[Pete Wilson]] -American commander and politician, 36th Governor of California

1934 - [[Sonny Jurgensen]] -American football player and sportscaster

1935 - [[Roy Strong]] -English historian, curator, and author

1936 - [[Henry Lee Lucas]] -American serial killer (d. 2001)

1938 - [[Giacomo Bini]] -Italian priest and missionary (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Roger Greenaway]] -English singer-songwriter and producer (The Kestrels, Brotherhood of Man, and The Pipkins)

1940 - [[Galen Rowell]] -American mountaineer and photographer (d. 2002)

1940 - [[Richard Sanders (actor)|Richard Sanders]] -American actor and screenwriter

1941 - [[Jim Ford]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1941 - [[Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve]] -Irish philosopher, academic, and politician

1942 - [[Letta Mbulu]] -South African-American singer and actress

1943 - [[Dale Campbell-Savours, Baron Campbell-Savours]] -English businessman and politician

1943 - [[Nelson DeMille]] -American lieutenant and author

1943 - [[Peter Lilley]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

1943 - [[Pino Presti]] -Italian bass player, composer, conductor, and producer

1944 - [[Saira Banu]] -Indian actress

1944 - [[Antonia Novello]] -Puerto Rican-American physician and admiral, 14th Surgeon General of the United States

1945 - [[Rita Pavone]] -Italian singer and actress

1945 - [[Bob Peck]] -English actor (d. 1999)

1945 - [[Rayfield Wright]] -American football player and coach

1946 - [[Keith Moon]] -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Who and Plastic Ono Band) (d. 1978)

1947 - [[Rex Allen, Jr.]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 - [[David Robb]] -English-Scottish actor

1947 - [[Willy Russell]] -English playwright and composer

1947 - [[Terje Rypdal]] -Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (The Vanguards)

1948 - [[Atef Bseiso]] -Palestinian intelligence officer (d. 1992)

1948 - [[Andrei Pleșu]] -Romanian journalist and politician, 95th Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Romania)|Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1948 - [[Rudy Ruettiger]] -American football player

1948 - [[Lev Zeleny]] -Russian physicist and academic

1949 - [[William Lane Craig]] -American apologist and theologian

1949 - [[Geoff Capes]] -English shot putter and strongman

1949 - [[Vicky Leandros]] -Greek singer and politician

1949 - [[Shelley Long]] -American actress and producer

1949 - [[Rick Springfield]] -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Zoot (band)|Zoot)

1950 - [[Alan Tam]] -Hong Kong singer and actor (The Wynners)

1951 - [[Allan Bristow]] -American basketball player and coach

1951 - [[Jimi Jamison]] -American singer-songwriter (Survivor (band)|Survivor) (d. 2014)

1951 - [[Akhmad Kadyrov]] -Chechen cleric and politician, 1st President of the Chechen Republic (d. 2004)

1952 - [[Santillana (footballer)|Santillana]] -Spanish footballer

1952 - [[Georgios Paraschos]] -Greek footballer and manager

1953 - [[Bobby G]] -English singer-songwriter (Bucks Fizz (band)|Bucks Fizz)

1953 - [[Kheira Bouziane]] -French politician

1953 - [[John Rocha]] -Hong Kong-Irish fashion designer

1954 - [[Charles Busch]] -American actor and screenwriter

1956 - [[Andreas Floer]] -German mathematician and academic (d. 1991)

1956 - [[Valgerd Svarstad Haugland]] -Norwegian educator and politician, Minister of Culture (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Culture

1956 - [[Robert L. Manahan]] -American actor (d. 2000)

1956 - [[Skipp Sudduth]] -American actor and director

1957 - [[Tasos Mitropoulos]] -Greek footballer and politician

1958 - [[Julio Franco]] -Dominican baseball player and manager

1958 - [[Joanna Storm]] -American porn actress

1959 - [[Edwyn Collins]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Orange Juice (band)|Orange Juice)

1959 - [[George Kalovelonis]] -Greek tennis player and coach

1960 - [[Rodney Greenblat]] -American painter and graphic designer

1960 - [[Gary Hoey]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Heavy Bones)

1960 - [[Chris Potter (actor)|Chris Potter]] -Canadian actor, singer, and director

1961 - [[Dean DeLeo]] -American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots, Talk Show (band)|Talk Show, and Army of Anyone)

1961 - [[Alexandre Desplat]] -French composer and conductor

1961 - [[Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf]] -Iranian commander and politician, 54th Mayor of Tehran

1961 - [[Gary Mabbutt]] -English footballer and actor

1962 - [[Martin Cauchon]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 46th Minister of Justice (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Justice

1962 - [[Shaun Ryder]] -English singer-songwriter and actor (Happy Mondays and Black Grape)

1963 - [[Park Chan-wook]] -South Korean director, producer, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Richard Illingworth]] -English cricketer and umpire

1963 - [[Kenny Wallace]] -American race car driver

1964 - [[Johan Bruyneel]] -Belgian cyclist and manager

1964 - [[Kong Hee]] -Singaporean pastor, founded the City Harvest Church

1964 - [[Wendy Pepper]] -American fashion designer

1964 - [[Yoshikazu Taru]] -Japanese wrestler

1965 - [[Roger Avary]] -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Charley Boorman]] -English actor and producer

1966 - [[Rik Smits]] -Dutch-American basketball player

1967 - [[Ant (comedian)|Ant]] -American comedian and actor

1967 - [[Jim Murphy]] -Scottish lawyer and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1967 - [[Richard Petrie]] -New Zealand cricketer

1967 - [[Kazumi Totaka]] -Japanese voice actor and composer

1968 - [[Laura Claycomb]] -American soprano

1968 - [[Chris DiMarco]] -American golfer

1969 - [[Geneviève Brouillette]] -Canadian actress

1969 - [[Tinus Linee]] -South African rugby player and coach (d. 2014)

1969 - [[Jack Lopresti]] -English soldier and politician

1969 - [[Jeremy Schaap]] -American journalist and author

1969 - [[Keith Tyson]] -English painter and illustrator

1970 - [[KK (singer)|KK]] -Indian singer-songwriter

1970 - [[Lawrence Frank]] -American basketball player and coach

1970 - [[Jason Hetherington]] -Australian rugby player

1970 - [[Brad Mehldau]] -American pianist and composer

1970 - [[Jay Mohr]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[River Phoenix]] -American actor and singer (d. 1993)

1970 - [[Lee Sung-jae]] -South Korean actor

1971 - [[Demetrio Albertini]] -Italian footballer and manager

1971 - [[Bone Crusher (rapper)|Bone Crusher]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1971 - [[Tim Gutberlet]] -German footballer

1972 - [[Mark Butcher]] -English cricketer and singer

1972 - [[Raul Casanova]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1972 - [[Martin Grainger]] -English footballer and manager

1972 - [[Manuel Vidrio]] -Mexican footballer, coach, and manager

1973 - [[Casey Blake]] -American baseball player

1973 - [[Kerry Walmsley]] -New Zealand cricketer

1974 - [[Mark Bellhorn]] -American baseball player

1974 - [[Christian Beranek]] -American actor, producer, and author

1974 - [[Benjamin Limo]] -Kenyan runner

1974 - [[Konstantin Novoselov]] -Russian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1974 - [[Ray Park]] -Scottish actor and martial artist

1974 - [[Shifty Shellshock]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (Crazy Town)

1975 - [[Eliza Carthy]] -English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Blue Murder (folk)|Blue Murder)

1975 - [[Sean Marks]] -New Zealand-American basketball player and manager

1975 - [[Bünyamin Sudaş]] -Turkish weightlifter

1976 - [[Scott Caan]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1976 - [[Pat Garrity]] -American basketball player

1977 - [[Jelena Rozga]] -Croatian singer (Magazin)

1977 - [[Douglas Sequeira]] -Costa Rican footballer and manager

1978 - [[Kobe Bryant]] -American basketball player and rapper

1978 - [[Julian Casablancas]] -American singer-songwriter (The Strokes and Julian Casablancas + The Voidz)

1978 - [[Andrew Rannells]] -American actor and singer

1978 - [[Randal Tye Thomas]] -American journalist and politician (d. 2014)

1979 - [[Jessica Bibby]] -Australian basketball player

1979 - [[Saskia Clark]] -English sailor

1979 - [[Ritchie Neville]] -English singer and actor (Five (band)|Five)

1979 - [[Édgar Sosa (boxer)|Edgar Sosa]] -Mexican boxer

1979 - [[Zuzana Váleková]] -Slovak tennis player

1980 - [[Diamondog]] -Angolan rapper and journalist

1980 - [[Denny Bautista]] -Dominican baseball player

1980 - [[Rex Grossman]] -American football player

1980 - [[Nenad Vučković (handballer)|Nenad Vučković]] -Serbian handball player

1981 - [[Carlos Cuéllar]] -Spanish footballer

1981 - [[Stephan Loboué]] -Ivorian footballer

1981 - [[Ozzy Lusth]] -Mexican-American reality show contestant on ''Survivor: Cook Islands''

1981 - [[Carmen Luvana]] -American porn actress

1982 - [[YTCracker]] -American rapper and DJ

1982 - [[Natalie Coughlin]] -American swimmer

1982 - [[Scott Palguta]] -American soccer player

1982 - [[Cristian Tudor]] -Romanian footballer (d. 2012)

1982 - [[Trevor Wright]] -American actor

1983 - [[J. C. Bailey]] -American wrestler (d. 2010)

1983 - [[James Collins (footballer, born 1983)|James Collins]] -Welsh footballer

1983 - [[Athena Farrokhzad]] -Iranian-Swedish poet, playwright, and critic

1983 - [[Ruta Gedmintas]] -English actress

1983 - [[Annie Ilonzeh]] -American actress

1983 - [[Sun Mingming]] -Chinese basketball player

1983 - [[Tony Moll]] -American football player

1983 - [[Bruno Spengler]] -Canadian race car driver

1983 - [[Marianne Steinbrecher]] -German-Brazilian volleyball player

1984 - [[Kristy Bruce]] -English actress

1984 - [[Glen Johnson (English footballer)|Glen Johnson]] -English footballer

1984 - [[Eric Tai]] -New Zealand rugby player and actor

1986 - [[Sky Blu (rapper)|Sky Blu]] -American rapper and producer (LMFAO)

1986 - [[Neil Cicierega]] -American comedian, actor, singer, and director

1986 - [[Kim Feenstra]] -Dutch model and actress

1986 - [[Khosi Mokhesi]] -Lesotho swimmer

1986 - [[Brett Morris]] -Australian rugby player

1986 - [[Vic Wild]] -American-Russian snowboarder

1987 - [[Nikki Gil]] -Filipino actress and singer

1988 - [[Olga Govortsova]] -Belarusian tennis player

1988 - [[Carl Hagelin]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1988 - [[Jeremy Lin]] -American basketball player

1988 - [[Kim Matula]] -American actress

1989 - [[Breanna Conrad]] -American fashion designer

1989 - [[Lianne La Havas]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1989 - [[Heiko Schwarz]] -German footballer

1990 - [[Wesley Singerman]] -American actor

1991 - [[Isabella Tobias]] -American-Lithuanian ice dancer

1995 - [[Vlada Kubassova]] -Estonian footballer

1995 - [[Eliza Pineda]] -Filipino actress and singer

1996 - [[Cesar Flores]] -Canadian actor

1996 - [[David Gore]] -American actor

2001 - [[Zaijian Jaranilla]] -Filipino actor

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