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Famous Birthdays


1487 - [[Ismail I]] -of Iran (d. 1524)

1674 - [[Isaac Watts]] -English hymnwriter and theologian (d. 1748)

1695 - [[Christian Karl Reinhard of Leiningen-Dachsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim]] -(d. 1766)

1698 - [[Pierre Louis Maupertuis]] -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1759)

1708 - [[Frederick Christian, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth]] -(d. 1769)

1714 - [[Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten]] -German philosopher and academic (d. 1762)

1744 - [[Elbridge Gerry]] -American merchant and politician, 5th Vice President of the United States (d. 1814)

1763 - [[John Jacob Astor]] -German-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1848)

1774 - [[John Wilbur (Quaker minister)|John Wilbur]] -American minister and theologian (d. 1856)

1797 - [[Paul Delaroche]] -French painter and academic (d. 1856)

1823 - [[Leander Clark]] -American businessman, judge, and politician (d. 1910)

1831 - [[Xianfeng Emperor]] -of China (d. 1861)

1837 - [[Joseph-Alfred Mousseau]] -Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician, 7th Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1886)

1839 - [[Ephraim Shay]] -American engineer, invented the Shay locomotive (d. 1916)

1853 - [[Alexius Meinong]] -Ukrainian-Austrian philosopher and academic (d. 1920)

1868 - [[Henri Nathansen]] -Danish director and playwright (d. 1944)

1870 - [[Charles Davidson Dunbar]] -Scottish soldier and bagpipe player (d. 1939)

1871 - [[Lyonel Feininger]] -German-American painter and illustrator (d. 1956)

1879 - [[Jack Laviolette]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 1960)

1882 - [[James Somerville]] -English admiral and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset (d. 1949)

1888 - [[Shmuel Yosef Agnon]] -Ukrainian-Israeli author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1970)

1889 - [[Erle Stanley Gardner]] -American lawyer and author (d. 1970)

1894 - [[Georges Lemaître]] -Belgian priest, astronomer, and cosmologist (d. 1966)

1898 - [[Berenice Abbott]] -American photographer (d. 1991)

1898 - [[Osmond Borradaile]] -Canadian soldier and cinematographer (d. 1999)

1899 - [[James Cagney]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1986)

1900 - [[Marcel Dalio]] -French actor (d. 1983)

1901 - [[Luigi Chinetti]] -Italian-American race car driver (d. 1994)

1901 - [[Bruno Jasieński]] -Polish poet and author (d. 1938)

1901 - [[Patrick Smith (politician)|Patrick Smith]] -Irish farmer and politician, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (d. 1982)

1902 - [[Christina Stead]] -Australian author and academic (d. 1983)

1910 - [[James Coyne]] -Canadian lawyer and banker, 2nd Governor of the Bank of Canada (d. 2012)

1910 - [[Barbara O'Neil]] -American actress (d. 1980)

1910 - [[Frank Olson]] -American chemist and microbiologist (d. 1953)

1911 - [[Lionel Ferbos]] -American trumpet player (d. 2014)

1911 - [[Heinz Lehmann]] -German-Canadian psychiatrist and academic (d. 1999)

1912 - [[Erwin Bauer]] -German race car driver (d. 1958)

1912 - [[Art Linkletter]] -Canadian-American radio and television host (d. 2010)

1913 - [[Bertrand Goldberg]] -American architect, designed the Marina City|Marina City Building(d. 1997)

1914 - [[Eleanor Steber]] -American soprano and educator (d. 1990)

1915 - [[Fred Ball]] -American actor and manager (d. 2007)

1915 - [[Arthur Rothstein]] -American photographer and educator (b. 1985)

1917 - [[Bijon Bhattacharya]] -Indian actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1978)

1917 - [[Lou Boudreau]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2001)

1917 - [[Phyllis Diller]] -American actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist (d. 2012)

1917 - [[Kenan Evren]] -Turkish general and politician, 7th President of Turkey (d. 2015)

1917 - [[Christiane Rochefort]] -French author (d. 1998)

1918 - [[Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio]] -Guatemalan soldier and politician, President of Guatemala (d. 2003)

1918 - [[Red Sovine]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1980)

1920 - [[Gordon Gould]] -American physicist and academic, invented the laser (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Juan Antonio Samaranch]] -Spanish businessman, 7th President of the International Olympic Committee (d. 2010)

1921 - [[George Barnes (musician)|George Barnes]] -American guitarist, producer, and songwriter (The Three Suns) (d. 1977)

1921 - [[Louis Lachenal]] -French mountaineer (d. 1955)

1921 - [[Mary Osborne]] -American guitarist (d. 1992)

1921 - [[Toni Stone]] -American baseball player (d. 1996)

1921 - [[František Zvarík]] -Slovakian actor (d. 2008)

1923 - [[John Cooper (car maker)|John Cooper]] -English car designer, co-founded the Cooper Car Company (d. 2000)

1924 - [[Garde Gardom]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 26th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Jimmy Scott]] -American singer and actor (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Édouard Carpentier]] -French-Canadian wrestler (d. 2010)

1928 - [[Vince Guaraldi]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976)

1928 - [[Joe Morello]] -American drummer (d. 2011)

1929 - [[Sergei K. Godunov]] -Russian mathematician and academic

1932 - [[Quino]] -Spanish-Argentinian cartoonist

1932 - [[Niccolò Castiglioni]] -Italian composer (d. 1996)

1932 - [[Johnny Kerr]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2009)

1932 - [[Wojciech Kilar]] -Polish pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1932 - [[Karla Kuskin]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2009)

1932 - [[Hal Riney]] -American businessman, founded Publicis & Hal Riney (d. 2008)

1933 - [[Keiko Awaji]] -Japanese actress (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici]] -Maltese politician, 9th Prime Minister of Malta

1933 - [[Tony Pithey]] -Zimbabwean-South African cricketer (d. 2006)

1935 - [[Diahann Carroll]] -American actress and singer

1935 - [[Peter Schickele]] -American composer and educator

1935 - [[Donald Sutherland]] -Canadian-American actor and producer

1938 - [[Hermann Huppen]] -Belgian author and illustrator

1939 - [[Andrée Champagne]] -Canadian actress and politician

1939 - [[Spencer Davis]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Spencer Davis Group)

1939 - [[Ali Khamenei]] -Iranian cleric and politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran

1940 - [[Tim Brooke-Taylor]] -English actor and screenwriter

1941 - [[Daryle Lamonica]] -American football player

1941 - [[Bob Taylor (cricketer)|Bob Taylor]] -English cricketer

1941 - [[Achim Warmbold]] -German race car driver and manager

1942 - [[Gale Garnett]] -New Zealand-Canadian singer and actress

1942 - [[Don Kessinger]] -American baseball player and manager

1942 - [[Connie Hawkins]] -American basketball player

1942 - [[Zoot Money]] -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot, and The Hard Travelers)

1943 - [[LaVyrle Spencer]] -American author and educator

1944 - [[Mark Burgess (cricketer)|Mark Burgess]] -New Zealand cricketer and footballer

1944 - [[Catherine Schell]] -Hungarian-English actress

1944 - [[Carlos Alberto Torres]] -Brazilian footballer and manager

1945 - [[John Patten, Baron Patten]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Education

1946 - [[Alun Armstrong]] -English actor and singer

1947 - [[Joyce Anelay, Baroness Anelay of St John's]] -English educator and politician

1947 - [[Robert Begerau]] -German footballer and manager

1947 - [[Wolfgang Flür]] -German drummer (Kraftwerk and Dyko)

1948 - [[Ron Asheton]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and actor (The Stooges, Destroy All Monsters (band)|Destroy All Monsters, The New Order (band)|The New Order, and New Race) (d. 2009)

1948 - [[Luc Bondy]] -Swiss director and producer

1949 - [[Geezer Butler]] -English bass player and songwriter (Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler Band, GZR, and Heaven & Hell (band)|Heaven & Hell)

1949 - [[Wayne Sleep]] -English actor, dancer, and choreographer

1949 - [[Charley Steiner]] -American journalist and sportscaster

1950 - [[Derek de Lint]] -Dutch actor

1950 - [[Damon Harris]] -American singer (The Temptations) (d. 2013)

1950 - [[Phoebe Snow]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sisters of Glory) (d. 2011)

1950 - [[P. J. Soles]] -German-American actress

1951 - [[Lucie Arnaz]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1951 - [[Mark Bowden]] -American journalist and author

1951 - [[Andrew Robathan]] -English soldier and politician, Minister of State for the Armed Forces

1952 - [[David Hasselhoff]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1952 - [[Nicolette Larson]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

1952 - [[Thé Lau]] -Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2015)

1952 - [[Robert R. McCammon]] -American author

1954 - [[Angela Merkel]] -German chemist and politician, 8th Chancellor of Germany (Federal Republic of Germany)|Chancellor of Germany

1954 - [[Edward Natapei]] -Vanuatuan politician, 6th Prime Minister of Vanuatu (d. 2015)

1954 - [[J. Michael Straczynski]] -American author, screenwriter, and producer

1955 - [[Sylvie Léonard]] -Canadian actress and screenwriter

1955 - [[Paul Stamets]] -American mycologist and author

1956 - [[Julie Bishop]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 38th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia)|Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs

1956 - [[Robert Romanus]] -American actor and singer

1956 - [[Bryan Trottier]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1957 - [[Fern Britton]] -English television host and actress

1957 - [[Bruce Crump]] -American drummer and songwriter (Molly Hatchet and Gator Country) (d. 2015)

1957 - [[Wendy Freedman]] -Canadian-American cosmologist and astronomer

1958 - [[Wong Kar-wai]] -Chinese director, producer, and screenwriter

1958 - [[Thérèse Rein]] -Australian businesswoman, founded Ingeus

1959 - [[Pola Uddin, Baroness Uddin]] -Bangladeshi-English politician

1960 - [[Kim Barnett]] -English cricketer and coach

1960 - [[Mark Burnett]] -English-American screenwriter and producer

1960 - [[Nancy Giles]] -American journalist and actress

1960 - [[Robin Shou]] -Hong Kong actor and martial artist

1960 - [[Dawn Upshaw]] -American soprano

1960 - [[Jan Wouters]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1961 - [[Guru (rapper)|Guru]] -American rapper, producer, and actor (Gang Starr) (d. 2010)

1961 - [[Jeremy Hardy]] -English comedian and actor

1963 - [[Regina Belle]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1963 - [[Matti Nykänen]] -Finnish ski jumper and singer

1963 - [[John Ventimiglia]] -American actor, screenwriter, and composer

1964 - [[Heather Langenkamp]] -American actress, producer and director

1965 - [[Billy Mitchell (video game player)|Billy Mitchell]] -American gamer

1965 - [[Craig Morgan]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965 - [[Santiago Segura]] -Spanish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Alex Winter]] -English-born American actor, film director and screenwriter

1966 - [[Lou Barlow]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and The Folk Implosion)

1966 - [[Sten Tolgfors]] -Swedish lawyer and politician, 30th Minister for Defence (Sweden)|Swedish Minister of Defence

1968 - [[Beth Littleford]] -American comedian and actress

1968 - [[Andre Royo]] -American actor and producer

1968 - [[Bitty Schram]] -American actress

1969 - [[F. Gary Gray]] -American actor and director

1969 - [[Scott Johnson (cartoonist)|Scott Johnson]] -American cartoonist

1969 - [[Jaan Kirsipuu]] -Estonian cyclist

1969 - [[Kazuki Kitamura]] -Japanese actor

1971 - [[Calbert Cheaney]] -American basketball player and coach

1971 - [[Cory Doctorow]] -Canadian author and activist

1971 - [[Nico Mattan]] -Belgian cyclist

1972 - [[Elizabeth Cook]] -American singer and guitarist

1972 - [[Donny Marshall]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1972 - [[Jason Rullo]] -American drummer (Symphony X and Redemption (band)|Redemption)

1972 - [[Jaap Stam]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1972 - [[Eric Williams (basketball, born 1972)|Eric Williams]] -American basketball player

1973 - [[Tony Dovolani]] -Albanian-American dancer and actor

1973 - [[Eric Moulds]] -American football player

1973 - [[Liam Kyle Sullivan]] -American comedian and actor

1974 - [[Andrew Downton]] -Australian cricketer

1975 - [[Darude]] -Finnish DJ and producer

1975 - [[Harlette]] -Australian-English fashion designer

1975 - [[Andre Adams]] -New Zealand cricketer

1975 - [[Elena Anaya]] -Spanish actress

1975 - [[Cécile de France]] -Belgian actress

1975 - [[Carey Hart]] -American motorcycle racer

1975 - [[Paul Hinojos]] -American guitarist and songwriter (At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, and Sparta (band)|Sparta)

1975 - [[Konnie Huq]] -English television host and actress

1975 - [[Terence Tao]] -Australian-American mathematician and academic

1976 - [[Luke Bryan]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976 - [[Gino D'Acampo]] -Italian chef and author

1976 - [[Dagmara Domińczyk]] -Polish-American actress

1976 - [[Anders Svensson (footballer, born 1976)|Anders Svensson]] -Swedish footballer and sportscaster

1976 - [[Matt Holmes]] -Australian actor

1976 - [[Eric Winter]] -American model and actor

1977 - [[Leif Hoste]] -Belgian cyclist

1977 - [[Lehmber Hussainpuri]] -Indian singer

1977 - [[Marc Savard]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1978 - [[Ricardo Arona]] -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1978 - [[Panda Bear (musician)|Panda Bear]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Animal Collective and Jane (American band)|Jane)

1978 - [[Mike Knox]] -American wrestler

1978 - [[Trevor McNevan]] -Canadian singer-songwriter (Thousand Foot Krutch and FM Static)

1979 - [[Mike Vogel]] -American actor

1980 - [[Javier Camuñas]] -Spanish footballer

1980 - [[Ryan Miller]] -American ice hockey player

1981 - [[Hely Ollarves]] -Venezuelan runner

1981 - [[Elpida Romantzi]] -Greek archer

1981 - [[Raigo Toompuu]] -Estonian shot putter

1982 - [[Omari Banks]] -Anguillan cricketer

1982 - [[Natasha Hamilton]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Atomic Kitten)

1982 - [[René Herms]] -German runner (d. 2009)

1983 - [[Jessi Cruickshank]] -Canadian television host

1983 - [[Ryan Guettler]] -Australian motocross racer

1983 - [[Sarah Jones (screen actress)|Sarah Jones]] -American actress

1983 - [[Adam Lind]] -American baseball player

1984 - [[David Katoatau]] -I-Kiribati weightlifter

1984 - [[Asami Kimura]] -Japanese singer (Country Musume)

1984 - [[Samyr Laine]] -Haitian triple jumper

1984 - [[Sotiris Leontiou]] -Greek footballer

1985 - [[Loui Eriksson]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1985 - [[Tom Fletcher]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (McFly and McBusted)

1985 - [[Neil McGregor]] -Scottish footballer

1986 - [[Dana (South Korean singer)|Dana]] -South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (The Grace (band)|The Grace)

1986 - [[Brando Eaton]] -American actor

1986 - [[DeAngelo Smith]] -American football player

1986 - [[Lacey Von Erich]] -American wrestler

1987 - [[Darius Boyd]] -Australian rugby league player

1987 - [[Jeremih]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1987 - [[Wankelmut]] -German DJ and producer

1987 - [[Darius Boyd]] -Australian rugby player

1987 - [[Jan Charouz]] -Czech race car driver

1988 - [[Summer Bishil]] -American actress

1988 - [[Guo Yue (table tennis)|Guo Yue]] -Chinese table tennis player

1990 - [[Jonty Usborne]] -Belgian-English engineer

1991 - [[Mann (rapper)|Mann]] -American rapper

1992 - [[Taavi Rand]] -Estonian ice dancer

1993 - [[Ai Okawa]] -Japanese model and actress

1994 - [[Jessica Amlee]] -Canadian actress

2000 - [[Maria Aragon]] -Canadian singer

2000 - [[Nico Liersch]] -German actor

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