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Day History: August-5

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Famous Birthdays


1301 - [[Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent]] -English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1330)

1397 - [[Guillaume Dufay]] -Belgian-Italian composer and theorist (d. 1474)

1461 - [[Alexander Jagiellon]] -Polish king (d. 1506)

1540 - [[Joseph Justus Scaliger]] -French philologist and historian (d. 1609)

1623 - [[Antonio Cesti]] -Italian organist and composer (d. 1669)

1641 - [[John Hathorne]] -American merchant and jurist (d. 1717)

1662 - [[James Anderson (lawyer)|James Anderson]] -Scottish lawyer and historian (d. 1728)

1694 - [[Leonardo Leo]] -Italian composer (d. 1744)

1749 - [[Thomas Lynch, Jr.]] -American commander and politician (d. 1779)

1797 - [[Friedrich August Kummer]] -German cellist and composer (d. 1879)

1802 - [[Niels Henrik Abel]] -Norwegian mathematician and theorist (d. 1829)

1811 - [[Ambroise Thomas]] -French composer (d. 1896)

1813 - [[Ivar Aasen]] -Norwegian poet and linguist (d. 1896)

1815 - [[Edward John Eyre]] -English explorer and politician, List of Governors of Jamaica|Governor of Jamaica (d. 1901)

1827 - [[Deodoro da Fonseca]] -Brazilian field marshal and politician, 1st President of Brazil (d. 1892)

1828 - [[Louise of the Netherlands]] -(d. 1871)

1833 - [[Carola of Vasa]] -(d. 1907)

1843 - [[James Scott Skinner]] -Scottish violinist and composer (d. 1927)

1844 - [[Ilya Repin]] -Russian painter and sculptor (d. 1930)

1850 - [[Guy de Maupassant]] -French author and poet (d. 1893)

1862 - [[Joseph Merrick]] -English man with severe deformities (d. 1890)

1866 - [[Carl Harries]] -German chemist and academic (d. 1923)

1866 - [[Harry Trott]] -Australian cricketer (d. 1917)

1868 - [[Oskar Merikanto]] -Finnish pianist and composer (d. 1924)

1872 - [[Oswaldo Cruz]] -Brazilian physician, bacteriologist, and epidemiologist, founded the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (d. 1917)

1874 - [[Wesley Clair Mitchell]] -American economist and academic (d. 1948)

1876 - [[Mary Ritter Beard]] -American historian and activist (d. 1958)

1877 - [[Tom Thomson]] -Canadian painter (d. 1917)

1880 - [[Gertrude Rush]] -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1962)

1880 - [[Ruth Sawyer]] -American author and educator (d. 1970)

1887 - [[Reginald Owen]] -English-American actor and singer (d. 1972)

1888 - [[Victor Francen]] -Belgian-French actor (d. 1977)

1889 - [[Conrad Aiken]] -American author and poet (d. 1973)

1890 - [[Naum Gabo]] -Russian-American sculptor (d. 1977)

1890 - [[Erich Kleiber]] -Austrian conductor and director (d. 1956)

1897 - [[Roberta Dodd Crawford]] -American soprano and educator (d. 1954)

1897 - [[Aksel Larsen]] -Danish lawyer and politician (d. 1972)

1901 - [[Claude Autant-Lara]] -French director, screenwriter, and politician (d. 2000)

1904 - [[Kenneth V. Thimann]] -English-American botanist and microbiologist (d. 1997)

1906 - [[Joan Hickson]] -English actress (d. 1998)

1906 - [[John Huston]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1906 - [[Wassily Leontief]] -German-American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)

1908 - [[Harold Holt]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)

1910 - [[Bruno Coquatrix]] -French songwriter and manager (d. 1979)

1910 - [[Herminio Masantonio]] -Argentinian footballer (d. 1956)

1911 - [[Robert Taylor (actor)|Robert Taylor]] -American actor and singer (d. 1969)

1912 - [[Abbé Pierre]] -French priest and humanitarian (d. 2007)

1914 - [[Parley Baer]] -American actor (d. 2002)

1914 - [[David Brian]] -American actor and dancer (d. 1993)

1914 - [[Stjepan Šulek]] -Croatian composer and conductor (d. 1986)

1916 - [[Peter Viereck]] -American poet and academic (d. 2006)

1918 - [[Tom Drake]] -American actor and singer (d. 1982)

1918 - [[Betty Oliphant]] -English-Canadian ballerina, co-founded the Canada's National Ballet School (d. 2004)

1920 - [[George Tooker]] -American painter and academic (d. 2011)

1921 - [[Terry Becker]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1922 - [[L. Tom Perry]] -American businessman and religious leader (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Frank Stranahan]] -American golfer (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Devan Nair]] -Malaysian-Singaporean union leader and politician, 3rd President of Singapore (d. 2005)

1926 - [[Betsy Jolas]] -French composer

1927 - [[John H. Moore II]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Ottó Boros]] -Hungarian water polo player (d. 1988)

1929 - [[Don Matheson]] -American soldier, police officer, and actor (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Neil Armstrong]] -American pilot, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Richie Ginther]] -American race car driver (d. 1989)

1930 - [[Michal Kováč]] -Slovakian lawyer and politician, 1st President of Slovakia

1931 - [[Tom Hafey]] -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2014)

1932 - [[Tera de Marez Oyens]] -Dutch pianist and composer (d. 1996)

1932 - [[Vladimir Fedoseyev]] -Russian conductor

1933 - [[Jeffry Wickham]] -English actor (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Karl Johan Åström]] -Swedish engineer and theorist

1934 - [[Wendell Berry]] -American author, poet, and farmer

1934 - [[Gay Byrne]] -Irish radio and television host

1934 - [[Vern Gosdin]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1935 - [[Michael Ballhaus]] -German director and cinematographer

1935 - [[Peter Inge, Baron Inge]] -English field marshal

1935 - [[John Saxon (actor)|John Saxon]] -American actor

1936 - [[Nikolai Baturin]] -Estonian author and playwright

1937 - [[Herb Brooks]] -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2003)

1937 - [[Carla Lane]] -English screenwriter and producer

1937 - [[Brian G. Marsden]] -English-American astronomer and academic (d. 2010)

1939 - [[Roger Clark]] -English race car driver (d. 1998)

1940 - [[Roman Gabriel]] -American football player, coach, and actor

1940 - [[Rick Huxley]] -English bass player (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Bob Clark]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1941 - [[Leonid Kizim]] -Ukrainian general, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2010)

1941 - [[Airto Moreira]] -Brazilian-American drummer and composer (Return to Forever)

1942 - [[Joe Boyd]] -American record producer, founded Hannibal Records

1943 - [[Nelson Briles]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2005)

1943 - [[Sammi Smith]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1944 - [[Christopher Gunning]] -English composer

1945 - [[Loni Anderson]] -American actress

1945 - [[Csaba Giczy]] -Hungarian canoe racer

1945 - [[John Monks]] -English union leader and politician

1946 - [[Bruce Coslet]] -American football player and coach

1946 - [[Rick van der Linden]] -Dutch keyboard player and songwriter (Ekseption and Trace (band)|Trace) (d. 2006)

1946 - [[Bob McCarthy]] -Australian rugby player and coach

1946 - [[Ron Silliman]] -American poet and blogger

1946 - [[Erika Slezak]] -American actress

1946 - [[Xavier Trias]] -Spanish pediatrician and politician, 118th Mayor of Barcelona

1947 - [[Angry Anderson]] -Australian singer-songwriter and actor (Rose Tattoo, The Party Boys, and Buster Brown (Australian band)|Buster Brown)

1947 - [[Bernie Carbo]] -American baseball player and hairdresser

1947 - [[France A. Córdova]] -American astrophysicist and academic

1947 - [[Rick Derringer]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The McCoys)

1947 - [[Greg Leskiw]] -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (The Guess Who)

1948 - [[Ray Clemence]] -English footballer and manager

1948 - [[Barbara Flynn]] -English actress

1948 - [[Carole Laure]] -Canadian actress and singer

1948 - [[Shin Takamatsu]] -Japanese architect and academic

1950 - [[Luiz Gushiken]] -Brazilian union leader and politician (d. 2013)

1950 - [[Mahendra Karma]] -Indian lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1950 - [[Goldie Rogers]] -Canadian wrestler (d. 2012)

1951 - [[Samantha Sang]] -Australian singer

1952 - [[Tamás Faragó]] -Hungarian water polo player

1952 - [[John Jarratt]] -Australian actor and producer

1952 - [[Louis Walsh]] -Irish talent manager

1953 - [[Rick Mahler]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2005)

1955 - [[Eddie Ojeda]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister and Scarecrow (band)|Scarecrow)

1956 - [[Christopher Chessun]] -English bishop

1956 - [[Jerry Ciccoritti]] -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1956 - [[Maureen McCormick]] -American actress and singer

1957 - [[David Gill (executive)|David Gill]] -English businessman

1957 - [[Faith Prince]] -American actress and singer

1957 - [[Clayton Rohner]] -American actor

1959 - [[Pete Burns]] -English singer-songwriter (Dead or Alive (band)|Dead or Alive)

1959 - [[Pat Smear]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Germs (band)|Germs, and Adolescents (band)|Adolescents)

1960 - [[David Baldacci]] -American lawyer and author

1960 - [[Vivian Kubrick]] -American-English actress and composer

1960 - [[Seth Swirsky]] -American singer-songwriter

1961 - [[Roly Keating]] -English businessman

1961 - [[Tawny Kitaen]] -American actress

1961 - [[Janet McTeer]] -English actress

1961 - [[Mark O'Connor]] -American violinist and composer

1961 - [[Athula Samarasekera]] -Sri Lankan cricketer and coach

1961 - [[Tim Wilson (comedian)|Tim Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1962 - [[Patrick Ewing]] -Jamaican-American basketball player and coach

1962 - [[Ramsay Gilderdale]] -English actor, producer, and screenwriter

1962 - [[Otis Thorpe]] -American basketball player

1963 - [[Steve Lee (singer)|Steve Lee]] -Swiss singer-songwriter (Gotthard (band)|Gotthard) (d. 2010)

1964 - [[Rory Morrison]] -English journalist (d. 2013)

1964 - [[Zerrin Tekindor]] -Turkish actress and painter

1964 - [[Adam Yauch]] -American rapper and director (Beastie Boys) (d. 2012)

1965 - [[Jeff Coffin]] -American saxophonist and composer (Dave Matthews Band and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones)

1965 - [[Motoi Sakuraba]] -Japanese keyboard player and composer

1965 - [[Scott William Winters]] -American actor

1966 - [[Jennifer Finch]] -American singer, bass player, and photographer (L7 (band)|L7 and The Shocker (band)|The Shocker)

1966 - [[Yoko Moriguchi]] -Japanese actress

1966 - [[Jonathan Silverman]] -American actor and producer

1967 - [[Matthew Caws]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Nada Surf)

1967 - [[Thomas Lang]] -Austrian drummer and producer (stOrk and Vienna Art Orchestra)

1968 - [[Terri Clark]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968 - [[Stephanie Flanders]] -English journalist and blogger

1968 - [[Funkmaster Flex]] -American rapper, producer, and radio host

1968 - [[Kendo Kashin]] -Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

1968 - [[Marine Le Pen]] -French lawyer and politician

1968 - [[Oleh Luzhny]] -Ukrainian footballer and manager

1968 - [[Colin McRae]] -Scottish race car driver (d. 2007)

1968 - [[John Olerud]] -American baseball player

1969 - [[Jackie Doyle-Price]] -English politician

1969 - [[Vasbert Drakes]] -Barbadian cricketer

1969 - [[Venkatesh Prasad]] -Indian cricketer and coach

1969 - [[Robert Scott (rower)|Robert Scott]] -Australian rower

1969 - [[Paola Volpato]] -Chilean actress

1970 - [[James Gunn (filmmaker)|James Gunn]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Leonid Stadnyk]] -Ukrainian giant (d. 2014)

1971 - [[DJ Ajax]] -Australian DJ and producer (d. 2013)

1971 - [[Valdis Dombrovskis]] -Latvian academic and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Latvia

1971 - [[Jared Hasselhoff]] -American bass player and songwriter (Bloodhound Gang)

1972 - [[Ikuto Hidaka]] -Japanese wrestler

1972 - [[Aaqib Javed]] -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1972 - [[Darren Shahlavi]] -English-American actor and martial artist (d. 2015)

1972 - [[Theodore Whitmore]] -Jamaican footballer and manager

1972 - [[Christian Olde Wolbers]] -Belgian-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Fear Factory, Beowülf, Arkaea, and Kush (band)|Kush)

1973 - [[Justin Marshall]] -New Zealand rugby player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Sean Sherk]] -American mixed martial artist

1974 - [[Kajol]] -Indian actress

1974 - [[Alvin Ceccoli]] -Australian footballer

1974 - [[Julio César Enciso]] -Paraguayan footballer

1974 - [[Olle Kullinger]] -Swedish footballer

1974 - [[Antoine Sibierski]] -French footballer

1975 - [[Antony Cotton]] -English actor

1975 - [[Ami Foster]] -American actress and singer

1975 - [[Iddo Goldberg]] -Israeli-English actor

1975 - [[Haim Goldenberg]] -Israeli-Canadian television host

1975 - [[Dan Hipgrave]] -English guitarist and journalist (Toploader)

1975 - [[Josep Jufré]] -Catalan cyclist

1975 - [[Eicca Toppinen]] -Finnish cellist and composer (Apocalyptica)

1976 - [[Jeff Friesen]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1976 - [[Marians Pahars]] -Latvian footballer and manager

1976 - [[Kwon Sang-woo]] -South Korean actor

1976 - [[Eugen Trică]] -Romanian footballer and manager

1977 - [[Eric Hinske]] -American baseball player and coach

1977 - [[Soraya Jiménez]] -Mexican weightlifter (d. 2013)

1977 - [[Mark Mulder]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1977 - [[Michael Walsh (footballer, born 1977)|Michael Walsh]] -English footballer

1978 - [[Cosmin Bărcăuan]] -Romanian footballer and manager

1978 - [[Carolina Duer]] -Argentinian boxer

1978 - [[Rita Faltoyano]] -Hungarian porn actress

1978 - [[Kim Gevaert]] -Belgian sprinter

1978 - [[Nektaria Karantzi]] -Greek singer

1979 - [[David Healy (footballer)|David Healy]] -Irish footballer

1980 - [[Wayne Bridge]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Salvador Cabañas]] -Paraguayan footballer

1980 - [[Jason Culina]] -Australian footballer

1980 - [[Kaylani Lei]] -Singaporean-English porn actress

1980 - [[Vatsal Sheth]] -Indian actor

1980 - [[Ali Umar]] -Maldivian footballer

1980 - [[Sophie Winkleman]] -English actress

1981 - [[David Clarke (ice hockey)|David Clarke]] -English ice hockey player

1981 - [[Carl Crawford]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Maik Franz]] -German footballer

1981 - [[Erik Guay]] -Canadian skier

1981 - [[Kenta Hamano]] -Japanese musician, composer, and actor (Sakerock)

1981 - [[Alester Maregwede]] -Zimbabwean cricketer

1981 - [[Anna Rawson]] -Australian golfer

1981 - [[Rachel Scott]] -American murder victim, inspired the Rachel's Challenge (d. 1999)

1981 - [[Kō Shibasaki]] -Japanese singer and actress

1981 - [[Cory Williams]] -American comedian and actor

1981 - [[Jesse Williams (actor)|Jesse Williams]] -American actor

1982 - [[Jamie Houston]] -English-German rugby player

1982 - [[Lolo Jones]] -American hurdler

1982 - [[Michele Pazienza]] -Italian footballer

1982 - [[Tobias Regner]] -German singer-songwriter

1982 - [[Pete Sell]] -American mixed martial artist

1982 - [[Ryu Seung-min]] -South Korean table tennis player

1983 - [[Korey Hall]] -American football player

1983 - [[Dawn Richard (singer)|Dawn Richard]] -American singer-songwriter and dancer (Danity Kane and Diddy – Dirty Money)

1984 - [[Helene Fischer]] -German singer and dancer

1984 - [[Steve Matai]] -New Zealand rugby player

1985 - [[Laurent Ciman]] -Belgian footballer

1985 - [[Jake Hurwitz]] -American comedian and actor

1985 - [[Salomon Kalou]] -Ivorian footballer

1985 - [[Gil Vermouth]] -Israeli footballer

1985 - [[Erkan Zengin]] -Swedish footballer

1986 - [[Paula Creamer]] -American golfer

1987 - [[Lexi Belle]] -American porn actress

1987 - [[Genelia D'Souza]] -Indian actress

1987 - [[Xenia Tchoumitcheva]] -Swiss model and actress

1988 - [[Princess Salwa Aga Khan]] -American model

1988 - [[Michael Jamieson]] -Scottish-English swimmer

1988 - [[Eddie Nolan]] -Irish footballer

1988 - [[Federica Pellegrini]] -Italian swimmer

1988 - [[Kaimar Saag]] -Estonian footballer

1989 - [[Ryan Bertrand]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Mathieu Manset]] -French footballer

1989 - [[Jessica Nigri]] -American model and actress

1990 - [[Yui Minami]] -Japanese model and actress

1991 - [[Esteban Gutiérrez]] -Mexican race car driver

1991 - [[Konrad Hurrell]] -New Zealand rugby league player

1991 - [[Andreas Weimann]] -Austrian footballer

1993 - [[Patrick McBrearty]] -Irish footballer

1993 - [[Suzuka Ohgo]] -Japanese actress

1995 - [[Pierre Højbjerg]] -Danish footballer

1997 - [[Olivia Holt]] -American actress and singer

1997 - [[Adam Irigoyen]] -American actor, rapper, and dancer

1998 - [[Mimi Keene]] -English actress

1998 - [[Kanon Suzuki]] -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume)

2000 - [[Maya Bond]] -Japanese-American singer-songwriter and drummer

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