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Famous Birthdays


1527 - [[John Dee]] -English-Welsh mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer (d. 1609)

1579 - [[Arthur Dee]] -English physician and chemist (d. 1651)

1590 - [[Pope Clement X]] -(d. 1676)

1607 - [[Wenceslaus Hollar]] -Czech-English painter and illustrator (d. 1677)

1608 - [[Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(d. 1657)

1745 - [[Robert Calder]] -Scottish-English admiral (d. 1818)

1760 - [[István Pauli]] -Hungarian-Slovene priest and poet (d. 1829)

1770 - [[Alexander Balashov]] -Russian general and politician, Ministry of Police of the Russian Empire|Russian Minister of Police (d. 1837)

1776 - [[Caroline of Baden]] -(d. 1841)

1793 - [[John Clare]] -English poet and author (d. 1864)

1798 - [[Alexandra Feodorovna (Charlotte of Prussia)|Alexandra Feodorovna]] -German-Russian wife of Nicholas I of Russia (d. 1860)

1821 - [[Nathan Bedford Forrest]] -American general (d. 1877)

1831 - [[Arthur Böttcher]] -German pathologist and anatomist (d. 1889)

1841 - [[Otto Wagner]] -Austrian architect, designed the Austrian Postal Savings Bank and Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station (d. 1918)

1858 - [[Stewart Culin]] -American ethnographer and author (d. 1929)

1859 - [[Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield]] -English economist and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1947)

1864 - [[John Jacob Astor IV]] -American colonel and businessman (d. 1912)

1884 - [[Yrjö Saarela]] -Finnish wrestler and coach (d. 1951)

1889 - [[Emma Asson]] -Estonian educator and politician (d. 1965)

1889 - [[Louise Mountbatten]] -German-Swedish wife of Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden (d. 1965)

1892 - [[Léo-Pol Morin]] -Canadian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1941)

1892 - [[Jonni Myyrä]] -Finnish-American discus and javelin thrower (d. 1955)

1892 - [[Kesarbai Kerkar]] -Indian singer (d. 1977)

1894 - [[Isaac Babel]] -Russian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1940)

1895 - [[Sidney Blackmer]] -American actor and singer (d. 1973)

1896 - [[Mordecai Ardon]] -Israeli painter and educator (d. 1992)

1898 - [[Julius Schreck]] -German commander (d. 1936)

1898 - [[Ivan Triesault]] -Estonian-American actor (d. 1980)

1900 - [[George Lewis (clarinetist)|George Lewis]] -American clarinet player and songwriter (d. 1969)

1901 - [[Eric Portman]] -English actor (d. 1969)

1903 - [[Kenneth Clark]] -English historian and author (d. 1983)

1905 - [[Alfredo M. Santos]] -Filipino general (d. 1990)

1907 - [[George Weller]] -American author, playwright, and journalist (d. 2002)

1910 - [[Lien Gisolf]] -Dutch high jumper (d. 1993)

1910 - [[Loren Pope]] -American journalist and author (d. 2008)

1913 - [[Dave Garroway]] -American journalist and actor (d. 1982)

1913 - [[Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller]] -Danish businessman (d. 2012)

1913 - [[Kay Linaker]] -American actress and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1915 - [[Kaoru Ishikawa]] -Japanese author and educator (d. 1989)

1918 - [[Alberto Ascari]] -Italian race car driver (d. 1955)

1918 - [[Ronald Bladen]] -American painter and sculptor (d. 1988)

1918 - [[Marcia Brown]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2015)

1921 - [[Git Gay]] -Swedish actress and singer (d. 2007)

1921 - [[Ernest Gold (composer)|Ernest Gold]] -Austrian-American composer and conductor (d. 1999)

1922 - [[Leslie Brooks]] -American actress and singer (d. 2011)

1922 - [[Louis R. Harlan]] -American historian and academic (d. 2010)

1922 - [[Anker Jørgensen]] -Danish union leader and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Denmark

1922 - [[Ken Mosdell]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)

1924 - [[Carlo Bergonzi]] -Italian tenor and actor (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Johnny Gilbert]] -American game show host and announcer

1926 - [[Robert H. Justman]] -American director, producer, and production manager (d. 2008)

1927 - [[Simone Veil]] -French lawyer and politician, 12th President of the European Parliament

1928 - [[Tommaso Buscetta]] -Italian-American mobster (d. 2000)

1928 - [[Bob Crane]] -American actor and radio host (d. 1978)

1928 - [[Sven Davidson]] -Swedish-American tennis player (d. 2008)

1929 - [[Sofia Muratova]] -Russian gymnast (d. 2006)

1930 - [[Sam Greenlee]] -American author and poet (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Naomi Shemer]] -Israeli singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1931 - [[Frank Ramsey (basketball)|Frank Ramsey]] -American basketball player and coach

1932 - [[Hubert Reeves]] -Canadian-French astrophysicist and author

1933 - [[David Storey]] -English author, playwright, and screenwriter

1933 - [[Piero Manzoni]] -Italian artist (d. 1963)

1934 - [[Peter Gzowski]] -Canadian journalist and academic (d. 2002)

1934 - [[Gordon Lee (footballer)|Gordon Lee]] -English footballer and manager

1934 - [[Wole Soyinka]] -Nigerian author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate

1934 - [[Aleksei Yeliseyev]] -Russian engineer and astronaut

1935 - [[Jack Kemp]] -American football player and politician, 9th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (d. 2009)

1935 - [[Earl Lovelace]] -Trinidadian journalist, author, and playwright

1935 - [[Kurt Westergaard]] -Danish cartoonist

1936 - [[Albert Ayler]] -American saxophonist and composer (d. 1970)

1937 - [[Ghillean Prance]] -English botanist and ecologist

1937 - [[Jack Purvis (actor)|Jack Purvis]] -English actor (d. 1997)

1939 - [[Prakash Mehra]] -Indian director and producer (d. 2009)

1939 - [[Lambert Jackson Woodburne]] -South African admiral (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Donald Lautrec]] -Canadian singer and actor

1940 - [[Tom Lichtenberg]] -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Patrick Stewart]] -English actor, director, and producer

1941 - [[Robert Forster]] -American actor and producer

1941 - [[Ehud Manor]] -Israeli songwriter and translator (d. 2005)

1941 - [[Jacques Perrin]] -French actor, director, and producer

1942 - [[Harrison Ford]] -American actor and producer

1942 - [[Roger McGuinn]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Byrds and Chad Mitchell Trio)

1943 - [[Chris Serle]] -English journalist and actor

1944 - [[Ernő Rubik]] -Hungarian game designer, architect, and educator, invented the Rubik's Cube

1944 - [[Cyril Knowles]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1991)

1946 - [[Bob Kauffman]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)

1946 - [[Cheech Marin]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1948 - [[Catherine Breillat]] -French director and screenwriter

1948 - [[Daphne Maxwell Reid]] -American actress and producer

1950 - [[Rod Dixon]] -New Zealand runner

1950 - [[George Nelson (astronaut)|George Nelson]] -American astronomer and astronaut

1950 - [[Ma Ying-jeou]] -Hong Kong-Taiwanese commander and politician, 12th President of the Republic of China

1951 - [[Rob Bishop]] -American educator and politician

1951 - [[Didi Conn]] -American actress and singer

1953 - [[Gil Birmingham]] -American actor

1953 - [[Larry Gomes]] -Tobagan cricketer

1953 - [[Mila Mulroney]] -Bosnian-Canadian wife of Brian Mulroney, 18th Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada

1953 - [[Sigurd Ulveseth]] -Norwegian bassist

1954 - [[Sezen Aksu]] -Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1954 - [[Rick Chartraw]] -Venezuelan-American ice hockey player

1954 - [[Louise Mandrell]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1954 - [[David Thompson (basketball)|David Thompson]] -American basketball player

1955 - [[Mark Mendoza]] -American bass player and songwriter (Twisted Sister and The Dictators)

1955 - [[Yoshitaka Tamba]] -Japanese actor

1956 - [[Claude Giroux (wrestler)|Claude Giroux]] -Canadian wrestler

1956 - [[Michael Spinks]] -American boxer

1957 - [[Thierry Boutsen]] -Belgian race car driver and businessman

1957 - [[Lília Cabral]] -Brazilian actress

1957 - [[Cameron Crowe]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Phil Margera]] -American television personality

1959 - [[Richard Leman]] -English field hockey player

1960 - [[Robert Abraham (American football)|Robert Abraham]] -American football player

1960 - [[Ian Hislop]] -Welsh-English journalist and screenwriter

1960 - [[Curtis Rouse]] -American football player (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Tahira Asif]] -Pakistani politician (d. 2014)

1961 - [[Khalid Mahmood]] -Pakistani-English engineer and politician

1961 - [[Stelios Manolas]] -Greek footballer and manager

1961 - [[Tim Watson]] -Australian footballer, coach, and journalist

1962 - [[Tom Kenny]] -American voice actor, singer, and screenwriter

1962 - [[Rhonda Vincent]] -American singer-songwriter and mandolin player

1963 - [[Neal Foulds]] -English snooker player and sportscaster

1963 - [[Kenny Johnson]] -American actor

1963 - [[Spud Webb]] -American basketball player

1964 - [[Paul Thorn]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965 - [[Eileen Ivers]] -American fiddler (Cherish the Ladies)

1965 - [[Lesli Kay]] -American actress

1966 - [[Gerald Levert]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (LeVert and LSG) (d. 2006)

1966 - [[Natalia Luis-Bassa]] -Venezuelan-English conductor and educator

1967 - [[Benny Benassi]] -Italian DJ and producer (Benassi Bros.)

1967 - [[Akira Hokuto]] -Japanese wrestler

1967 - [[Richard Marles]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 50th Minister for Trade and Investment (Australia)|Australian Minister for Trade and Investment

1968 - [[Robert Gant]] -American actor

1968 - [[Omi Minami]] -Japanese voice actress

1969 - [[Oles Buzina]] -Ukrainian journalist and author (d. 2015)

1969 - [[Barney Greenway]] -English singer-songwriter (Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, and Benediction (band)|Benediction)

1969 - [[Ken Jeong]] -American actor, producer, and physician

1969 - [[Kakhi Kakhiashvili]] -Georgian-Greek weightlifter

1969 - [[Oleg Serebrian]] -Moldovan political scientist and politician

1970 - [[Barry Pinches]] -English snooker player

1970 - [[Andrei Tivontchik]] -German pole vaulter and trainer

1971 - [[Mark Neeld]] -Australian footballer and coach

1971 - [[Jason Reece]] -American guitarist and drummer (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and A Roman Scandal (band)|A Roman Scandal)

1972 - [[Rodrigo Gularte]] -Brazilian drug trafficker (d. 2015)

1972 - [[Sven Lõhmus]] -Estonian composer and producer

1972 - [[Sean Waltman]] -American wrestler

1973 - [[Mohamed Atiq Awayd Al Harbi]] -Saudi Arabian terrorist

1973 - [[Mariada Pieridi]] -Cypriot singer-songwriter

1973 - [[Ariel Zárate]] -Argentinian footballer

1974 - [[Deborah Cox]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1974 - [[Jarno Trulli]] -Italian race car driver

1975 - [[Danni Boatwright]] -American model and sportscaster, Miss Kansas USA|Miss Kansas USA 1996

1975 - [[Mariada Pieridi]] -Cypriot singer-songwriter

1976 - [[Al Santos (actor)|Al Santos]] -American model, actor, and producer

1976 - [[Sheldon Souray]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Chris Horn]] -American football player

1977 - [[Ashley Scott]] -American actress

1978 - [[Ryan Ludwick]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Kate More]] -Dutch porn actress

1978 - [[Prodromos Nikolaidis]] -Greek basketball player

1979 - [[Craig Bellamy]] -Welsh footballer

1979 - [[Daniel Díaz]] -Argentinian footballer

1979 - [[Jonathan Goulet]] -Canadian mixed martial artist

1979 - [[Libuše Průšová]] -Czech tennis player

1979 - [[Lucinda Ruh]] -Swiss figure skater and coach

1979 - [[Fernando Salazar]] -Mexican footballer

1980 - [[Corey Clark]] -American singer

1980 - [[Karolina Gruszka]] -Polish actress

1980 - [[Becky O'Donohue]] -American model, actress, and singer

1980 - [[Jessie O'Donohue]] -American model and actress

1980 - [[Master Saleem]] -Indian singer

1981 - [[Ágnes Kovács]] -Hungarian swimmer

1981 - [[Fran Kranz]] -American actor

1981 - [[Mirco Lorenzetto]] -Italian cyclist

1981 - [[Ineta Radēviča]] -Latvian long jumper

1981 - [[Sigurd Hole]] -Norwegian bassist (Eple Trio)

1981 - [[Olavi Louhivuori]] -Finnish drummer

1982 - [[Brooke Ballentyne]] -American porn actress

1982 - [[Aya Cash]] -American actress

1982 - [[Chri$ Ca$h]] -American wrestler (d. 2005)

1982 - [[Shin-Soo Choo]] -South Korean baseball player

1982 - [[Simon Clist]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Samia Ghadie]] -English actress

1982 - [[Dominic Isaacs]] -South African footballer

1982 - [[Nick Kenny (rugby league)|Nick Kenny]] -Australian rugby player

1982 - [[Yadier Molina]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1983 - [[Kristof Beyens]] -Belgian sprinter

1983 - [[Marco Pomante]] -Italian footballer

1983 - [[Carmen Villalobos]] -Colombian actress and dancer

1983 - [[Liu Xiang]] -Chinese hurdler

1984 - [[Scott Gerbacia]] -American actor

1984 - [[Ida Maria]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1984 - [[Urvashi Sharma]] -Indian actress and model

1985 - [[Trell Kimmons]] -American sprinter

1985 - [[Guillermo Ochoa]] -Mexican footballer

1986 - [[Yakup Kılıç]] -Turkish boxer

1986 - [[Pierrick Lilliu]] -French singer-songwriter

1987 - [[Neil Denis]] -Canadian actor

1987 - [[Oğuz Savaş]] -Turkish basketball player

1988 - [[Tulisa Contostavlos]] -English singer-songwriter and actress (N-Dubz)

1988 - [[Marcos Paulo Gelmini Gomes]] -Brazilian-Italian footballer

1988 - [[Colton Haynes]] -American actor and model

1988 - [[Steven R. McQueen]] -American actor

1988 - [[Raúl Spank]] -German high jumper

1989 - [[Justin Chua]] -Filipino basketball player

1989 - [[Charis Giannopoulos]] -Greek basketball player

1989 - [[Sayumi Michishige]] -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume, Ecomoni, and v-u-den)

1990 - [[Eduardo Salvio]] -Argentinian footballer

1990 - [[Matt Weinberg]] -American actor

1991 - [[Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha]] -Thai actress and model

1992 - [[Elise Matthysen]] -Belgian swimmer

1992 - [[Mio Ootani]] -Japanese model and actress

1992 - [[Dylan Patton]] -American actor

1993 - [[Daniel Bentley]] -English footballer

1993 - [[Rena Nōnen]] -Japanese actress

1994 - [[Ridge Canipe]] -American actor

1994 - [[Hayley Erin]] -American actress

1994 - [[Henrikas Žustautas]] -Lithuanian sprint canoer

1996 - [[Jena Irene]] -American singer-songwriter

1997 - [[Leo Howard]] -American actor and martial artist

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