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Day History: August-9

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Famous Birthdays


1201 - [[Arnold Fitz Thedmar]] -English historian and merchant (d. 1274)

1537 - [[Francesco Barozzi]] -Italian mathematician and astronomer (d. 1604)

1544 - [[Bogislaw XIII, Duke of Pomerania]] -(d. 1606)

1603 - [[Johannes Cocceius]] -German-Dutch theologian and academic (d. 1669)

1631 - [[John Dryden]] -English poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1700)

1653 - [[John Oldham (poet)|John Oldham]] -English poet and translator (d. 1683)

1669 - [[Eudoxia Lopukhina]] -Russian wife of Peter the Great (d. 1731)

1674 - [[František Maxmilián Kaňka]] -Czech architect, designed the Veltrusy Mansion (d. 1766)

1696 - [[Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein]] -(d. 1772)

1722 - [[Prince Augustus William of Prussia]] -(d. 1758)

1726 - [[Francesco Cetti]] -Italian priest, zoologist, and mathematician (d. 1778)

1757 - [[Thomas Telford]] -Scottish architect and engineer, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (d. 1834)

1776 - [[Amedeo Avogadro]] -Italian physicist and chemist (d. 1856)

1783 - [[Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia]] -(d. 1801)

1788 - [[Adoniram Judson]] -American missionary and lexicographer (d. 1850)

1797 - [[Charles Robert Malden]] -English lieutenant and surveyor (d. 1855)

1805 - [[Joseph Locke]] -English engineer and politician (d. 1860)

1845 - [[André Bessette]] -Canadian saint (d. 1937)

1847 - [[Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo]] -French-Italian wife of Amadeo I of Spain (d. 1876)

1861 - [[Dorothea Klumpke]] -American astronomer and academic (d. 1942)

1867 - [[Evelina Haverfield]] -Scottish nurse and activist (d. 1920)

1872 - [[Archduke Joseph August of Austria]] -(d. 1962)

1874 - [[Reynaldo Hahn]] -Venezuelan composer and conductor (d. 1947)

1875 - [[Albert Ketèlbey]] -English pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1959)

1896 - [[Erich Hückel]] -German physicist and chemist (d. 1980)

1896 - [[Jean Piaget]] -Swiss psychologist and philosopher (d. 1980)

1899 - [[P. L. Travers]] -Australian-English author and actress (d. 1996)

1901 - [[Charles Farrell]] -American actor and singer (d. 1990)

1902 - [[Zino Francescatti]] -French violinist (d. 1991)

1902 - [[Panteleimon Ponomarenko]] -Russian general and politician (d. 1984)

1909 - [[Vinayaka Krishna Gokak]] -Indian scholar, author, and academic (d. 1992)

1909 - [[Adam von Trott zu Solz]] -German lawyer and diplomat (d. 1944)

1911 - [[William Alfred Fowler]] -American astronomer and astrophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Laureate (d. 1996)

1911 - [[Eddie Futch]] -American boxer and trainer (d. 2001)

1911 - [[John McQuade]] -Northern Irish soldier, boxer, and politician (d. 1984)

1913 - [[Wilbur Norman Christiansen]] -Australian astronomer and engineer (d. 2007)

1914 - [[Ferenc Fricsay]] -Hungarian-Austrian conductor and director (d. 1963)

1914 - [[Tove Jansson]] -Finnish author and illustrator (d. 2001)

1914 - [[Joe Mercer]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1990)

1915 - [[Mareta West]] -American astronomer and geologist (d. 1998)

1918 - [[Kermit Beahan]] -American colonel (d. 1989)

1918 - [[Giles Cooper]] -Irish soldier and playwright (d. 1966)

1918 - [[Albert Seedman]] -American police officer (d. 2013)

1919 - [[Joop den Uyl]] -Dutch journalist, economist, and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1987)

1919 - [[Ralph Houk]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1920 - [[Enzo Biagi]] -Italian journalist and author (d. 2007)

1921 - [[Ernest Angley]] -American evangelist and author

1921 - [[J. James Exon]] -American soldier and politician, 33rd Governor of Nebraska (d. 2005)

1922 - [[Philip Larkin]] -English poet and author (d. 1985)

1924 - [[Mathews Mar Barnabas]] -Indian metropolitan (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Frank Martínez (artist)|Frank Martínez]] -American soldier and painter (d. 2013)

1925 - [[David A. Huffman]] -American computer scientist, developed Huffman coding (d. 1999)

1927 - [[Daniel Keyes]] -American author and academic (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Robert Malpas]] -English engineer and businessman

1927 - [[Marvin Minsky]] -American computer scientist and academic

1927 - [[Robert Shaw (British actor)|Robert Shaw]] -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1928 - [[Bob Cousy]] -American basketball player and coach

1928 - [[Camilla Wicks]] -American violinist and educator

1928 - [[Dolores Wilson]] -American soprano and actress (d. 2010)

1929 - [[Abdi İpekçi]] -Turkish journalist and activist (d. 1979)

1930 - [[Milt Bolling]] -American baseball player and scout (d. 2013)

1930 - [[Jacques Parizeau]] -Canadian economist and politician, 26th Premier of Quebec (d. 2015)

1931 - [[Chuck Essegian]] -American baseball player and lawyer

1931 - [[James Freeman Gilbert]] -American geophysicist and academic (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Paula Kent Meehan]] -American businesswoman, co-founded Redken (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Mário Zagallo]] -Brazilian footballer and coach

1932 - [[Tam Dalyell]] -Scottish academic and politician

1932 - [[John Gomery]] -Canadian lawyer and jurist

1933 - [[Tetsuko Kuroyanagi]] -Japanese actress, talk show host, and author

1935 - [[Beverlee McKinsey]] -American actress (d. 2008)

1936 - [[Julián Javier]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1936 - [[Patrick Tse]] -Chinese-Hong Kong actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1938 - [[Leonid Kuchma]] -Ukrainian engineer and politician, 2nd President of Ukraine

1938 - [[Rod Laver]] -Australian tennis player and coach

1938 - [[Otto Rehhagel]] -German footballer, coach, and manager

1939 - [[Hércules Brito Ruas]] -Brazilian footballer

1939 - [[Vincent Hanna]] -Northern Irish journalist (d. 1997)

1939 - [[The Mighty Hannibal]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2014)

1939 - [[Billy Henderson (American singer)|Billy Henderson]] -American singer (The Spinners (American R&B group)|The Spinners) (d. 2007)

1939 - [[Bulle Ogier]] -French actress and screenwriter

1939 - [[Romano Prodi]] -Italian academic and politician, 52nd Prime Minister of Italy

1939 - [[Butch Warren]] -American bassist (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Way Bandy]] -American make-up artist (d. 1986)

1941 - [[Shirlee Busbee]] -American author

1942 - [[Tommie Agee]] -American baseball player (d. 2001)

1942 - [[Jack DeJohnette]] -American drummer, pianist, and composer

1942 - [[David Steinberg]] -Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1943 - [[Ken Norton]] -American boxer and actor (d. 2013)

1944 - [[Patrick Depailler]] -French race car driver (d. 1980)

1944 - [[Sam Elliott]] -American actor and producer

1944 - [[Patricia McKissack]] -American soldier, engineer, and author

1944 - [[John Simpson (journalist)|John Simpson]] -English journalist and author

1945 - [[Barbara Delinsky]] -American author

1945 - [[Aleksandr Gorelik]] -Russian figure skater and sportscaster (d. 2012)

1945 - [[Zurab Sakandelidze]] -Georgian basketball player (d. 2004)

1945 - [[Posy Simmonds]] -English author and illustrator

1946 - [[Jim Kiick]] -American football player

1947 - [[Roy Hodgson]] -English footballer and manager

1947 - [[Barbara Mason]] -American singer-songwriter

1947 - [[John Varley (author)|John Varley]] -American author

1948 - [[Bill Campbell (baseball)|Bill Campbell]] -American baseball player and coach

1949 - [[Jonathan Kellerman]] -American psychologist and author

1949 - [[Ted Simmons]] -American baseball player and coach

1951 - [[James Naughtie]] -Scottish journalist and radio host

1951 - [[Steve Swisher]] -American baseball player and manager

1952 - [[Prateep Ungsongtham Hata]] -Thai activist and politician

1953 - [[Kay Stenshjemmet]] -Norwegian speed skater

1953 - [[Jean Tirole]] -French economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1953 - [[Roberta Tovey]] -English actress and singer

1954 - [[Ray Jennings]] -South African cricketer and coach

1955 - [[John E. Sweeney]] -American lawyer and politician

1957 - [[Melanie Griffith]] -American actress and producer

1958 - [[Amanda Bearse]] -American actress and director

1958 - [[Muazzez Ersoy]] -Turkish singer

1958 - [[James Lileks]] -American journalist and blogger

1958 - [[Calie Pistorius]] -South African engineer and academic

1959 - [[Kurtis Blow]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1959 - [[Stuart Hughes]] -Canadian actor

1959 - [[Michael Kors]] -American fashion designer

1959 - [[Toni Servillo]] -Italian actor and director

1961 - [[Brad Gilbert]] -American tennis player and sportscaster

1961 - [[John Key]] -New Zealand businessman and politician, 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand

1962 - [[Louis Lipps]] -American football player and radio host

1962 - [[Kevin Mack]] -American football player

1962 - [[John "Hot Rod" Williams]] -American basketball player

1963 - [[Whitney Houston]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)

1963 - [[Jay Leggett]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1964 - [[Brett Hull]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1964 - [[Hoda Kotb]] -American journalist and talk show host

1965 - [[Chin Ka-lok]] -Hong Kong actor and choreographer

1966 - [[Vinny Del Negro]] -American basketball player and coach

1966 - [[Linn Ullmann]] -Norwegian journalist and author

1967 - [[Deion Sanders]] -American football and baseball player

1968 - [[McG]] -American director and producer

1968 - [[Gillian Anderson]] -American-English actress and director

1968 - [[Eric Bana]] -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Sam Fogarino]] -American drummer (Interpol (band)|Interpol and Magnetic Morning)

1968 - [[Carmi Martin]] -Filipino actress

1969 - [[Smaragda Karydi]] -Greek actress

1969 - [[Troy Percival]] -American baseball player and coach

1969 - [[Estella Marie Thompson]] -American prostitute

1970 - [[Rod Brind'Amour]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1970 - [[Chris Cuomo]] -American lawyer and journalist

1970 - [[Thomas Lennon (actor)|Thomas Lennon]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1971 - [[Mack 10]] -American rapper and actor (Westside Connection)

1971 - [[James Kim]] -American technology expert (d. 2006)

1971 - [[Mark Povinelli]] -American actor and stuntman

1971 - [[Davide Rebellin]] -Italian cyclist

1971 - [[Nikki Ziering]] -American model and actress

1972 - [[A-mei]] -Taiwanese singer

1972 - [[Juanes]] -Colombian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ekhymosis)

1972 - [[Ryan Bollman]] -American actor

1973 - [[Filippo Inzaghi]] -Italian footballer and manager

1973 - [[Kevin McKidd]] -Scottish actor and director

1973 - [[Gene Luen Yang]] -American author and illustrator

1974 - [[Derek Fisher]] -American basketball player and coach

1974 - [[Stephen Fung]] -Hong Kong actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Matt Morris (baseball)|Matt Morris]] -American baseball player

1974 - [[Kirill Reznik]] -American lawyer and politician

1974 - [[Nicola Stapleton]] -English actress and singer

1974 - [[Raphaël Poirée]] -French biathlete

1975 - [[Mahesh Babu]] -Indian actor and producer

1975 - [[Mike Lamb]] -American baseball player

1975 - [[Robbie Middleby]] -Australian soccer player

1976 - [[Nawaf al-Hazmi]] -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of American Airlines Flight 77 (d. 2001)

1976 - [[Jessica Capshaw]] -American actress

1976 - [[Aled Haydn Jones]] -Welsh radio host and producer

1976 - [[Rhona Mitra]] -English actress and singer

1976 - [[Mark Priestley]] -Australian actor (d. 2008)

1976 - [[Audrey Tautou]] -French model, actress, and singer

1977 - [[Tuncay Çalışkan]] -Turkish-Austrian martial artist

1977 - [[Jason Frasor]] -American baseball player

1977 - [[Chamique Holdsclaw]] -American basketball player

1977 - [[Adewale Ogunleye]] -American football player

1977 - [[Ime Udoka]] -American basketball player and coach

1977 - [[Mikaël Silvestre]] -French footballer

1978 - [[Dorin Chirtoacă]] -Moldavian lawyer and politician, Mayor of Chișinău

1978 - [[Daniela Denby-Ashe]] -English actress

1978 - [[Ana Serradilla]] -Mexican actress and producer

1979 - [[Michael Kingma]] -Australian basketball player

1979 - [[Lisa Nandy]] -English lawyer and politician

1979 - [[Tony Stewart (American football)|Tony Stewart]] -American football player

1980 - [[Texas Battle]] -American actor

1980 - [[Nuria Cabanillas]] -Canadian-Spanish gymnast

1980 - [[Charlie David]] -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1980 - [[Rachel Kramer]] -Dutch singer

1980 - [[Ryoo Seung-bum]] -South Korean actor and singer

1980 - [[Dominic Tabuna]] -Nauruan politician

1981 - [[Jarvis Hayes]] -American basketball player

1981 - [[Li Jiawei]] -Singaporean table tennis player

1982 - [[Joel Anthony]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Tyson Gay]] -American sprinter

1982 - [[Yekaterina Samutsevich]] -Russian singer and activist (Pussy Riot)

1982 - [[Kanstantsin Sivtsov]] -Belorussian cyclist

1983 - [[Ashley Johnson]] -American actress and singer

1983 - [[Shane O'Brien (ice hockey)|Shane O'Brien]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Alicja Smietana]] -Polish-English violinist

1984 - [[Paul Gallagher (footballer)|Paul Gallagher]] -Scottish footballer

1985 - [[Luca Filippi]] -Italian race car driver

1985 - [[Anna Kendrick]] -American actress and singer

1985 - [[Haruka Kinami]] -Japanese actress

1985 - [[Hayley Peirsol]] -American swimmer

1985 - [[JaMarcus Russell]] -American football player

1985 - [[Chandler Williams]] -American football player (d. 2013)

1986 - [[Michael Lerchl]] -German footballer

1986 - [[Daniel Preussner]] -German rugby player

1986 - [[Tyler "Telle" Smith]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Word Alive, In Fear and Faith, and Greeley Estates)

1986 - [[Rafaela Zanella]] -Brazilian model, Miss Brasil|Miss Brazil 2006

1987 - [[Marco Carmona]] -Mexican illustrator and animator

1987 - [[Marek Niit]] -Estonian sprinter

1988 - [[Anthony Castonzo]] -American football player

1988 - [[Vasilios Koutsianikoulis]] -Greek footballer

1989 - [[Lucy Dixon]] -English actress

1989 - [[Jason Heyward]] -American baseball player

1989 - [[Stefano Okaka]] -Italian footballer

1989 - [[Kento Ono]] -Japanese actor and model

1990 - [[İshak Doğan]] -Turkish footballer

1990 - [[Adelaide Kane]] -Australian actress

1990 - [[Stuart McInally]] -Scottish rugby player

1990 - [[Brice Roger]] -French skier

1990 - [[Bill Skarsgård]] -Swedish actor

1990 - [[Emily Tennant]] -Canadian actress

1991 - [[Alice Barlow]] -English actress and singer

1991 - [[Hansika Motwani]] -Indian actress

1991 - [[Candela Vetrano]] -Argentinian actress and singer

1993 - [[Rydel Lynch]] -American singer and actress (R5 (band)|R5)

1999 - [[Deniss Vasiļjevs]] -Latvian figure skater

2005 - [[Caylee Anthony]] -American murder victim (d. 2008)

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