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Famous Birthdays


1439 - [[John V, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg]] -(d. 1507)

1501 - [[Isabella of Austria]] -(d. 1526)

1504 - [[Heinrich Bullinger]] -Swiss pastor and reformer (d. 1575)

1552 - [[Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(d. 1612)

1634 - [[Johannes Camphuys]] -Dutch politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1695)

1659 - [[Hyacinthe Rigaud]] -French painter (d. 1743)

1670 - [[Giovanni Bononcini]] -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1747)

1718 - [[Saverio Bettinelli]] -Italian poet, playwright, and critic (d. 1808)

1720 - [[Gilbert White]] -English ornithologist and ecologist (d. 1793)

1724 - [[Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria]] -(d. 1780)

1797 - [[Immanuel Hermann Fichte]] -German philosopher and academic (d. 1879)

1811 - [[William Makepeace Thackeray]] -English author and poet (d. 1863)

1818 - [[Louis Gerhard De Geer]] -Swedish lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Sweden (d. 1896)

1821 - [[Pauline Viardot]] -French soprano and composer (d. 1910)

1837 - [[Vasil Levski]] -Bulgarian priest and activist (d. 1873)

1845 - [[Tristan Corbière]] -French poet (d. 1875)

1848 - [[W. G. Grace]] -English cricketer and physician (d. 1915)

1853 - [[Hendrik Lorentz]] -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1928)

1864 - [[Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden]] -English politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1937)

1867 - [[Margaret Brown]] -American philanthropist and activist (d. 1932)

1871 - [[Sada Yacco]] -Japanese actress and dancer (d. 1946)

1881 - [[Larry McLean]] -Canadian-American baseball player (d. 1921)

1884 - [[Alberto di Jorio]] -Italian cardinal (d. 1979)

1886 - [[Simon Bolivar Buckner, Jr.]] -American general (d. 1945)

1887 - [[Vidkun Quisling]] -Norwegian soldier and politician, List of heads of government of Norway|Minister President of Norway (d. 1945)

1889 - [[Kōichi Kido]] -Japanese politician, 13th Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Japan (d. 1977)

1890 - [[Frank Forde]] -Australian educator and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1983)

1892 - [[Arthur Friedenreich]] -Brazilian footballer (d. 1969)

1895 - [[Olga Spessivtseva]] -Russian-American ballerina (d. 1991)

1895 - [[Machine Gun Kelly]] -American gangster (d. 1954)

1897 - [[Ernest Eldridge]] -English race car driver and engineer (d. 1935)

1898 - [[John Stuart (actor)|John Stuart]] -Scottish-English actor (d. 1979)

1899 - [[Ernst Scheller]] -German soldier and politician, 8th Mayor of Marburg (d. 1942)

1900 - [[Nathalie Sarraute]] -French lawyer and author (d. 1999)

1902 - [[Jessamyn West (writer)|Jessamyn West]] -American author (d. 1984)

1903 - [[Chill Wills]] -American actor and singer (d. 1978)

1906 - [[S. I. Hayakawa]] -Canadian-American academic and politician (d. 1992)

1906 - [[Clifford Odets]] -American director, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1963)

1908 - [[Peace Pilgrim]] -American mystic and activist (d. 1981)

1908 - [[Lupe Vélez]] -Mexican-American actress and dancer (d. 1944)

1909 - [[Bishnu Dey]] -Indian poet, critic, and academic (d. 1982)

1909 - [[Andrei Gromyko]] -Belarusian-Russian economist and politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)|Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1989)

1909 - [[Mohammed Daoud Khan]] -Afghan commander and politician, 1st President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)

1909 - [[Harriet Nelson]] -American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1910 - [[Diptendu Pramanick]] -Indian businessman (d. 1989)

1911 - [[Hume Cronyn]] -Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1913 - [[Red Skelton]] -American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1914 - [[Gino Bartali]] -Italian cyclist (d. 2000)

1917 - [[Henri Salvador]] -French singer and guitarist (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Nelson Mandela]] -South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Eric Brandon]] -English race car driver and businessman (d. 1982)

1921 - [[Peter Austin]] -English brewer, founded Ringwood Brewery (d. 2014)

1921 - [[Aaron T. Beck]] -American psychiatrist and academic

1921 - [[John Glenn]] -American colonel, astronaut, and politician

1921 - [[Richard Leacock]] -English-French director and producer (d. 2011)

1922 - [[Thomas Kuhn]] -American physicist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1996)

1923 - [[Jerome H. Lemelson]] -American engineer and businessman (d. 1997)

1924 - [[Inge Sørensen]] -Danish swimmer (d. 2011)

1925 - [[Shirley Strickland]] -Australian runner and hurdler (d. 2004)

1925 - [[Friedrich Zimmermann]] -German lawyer and politician, Federal Ministry of the Interior (Germany)|German Federal Minister of the Interior (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Margaret Laurence]] -Canadian author and academic (d. 1987)

1927 - [[Kurt Masur]] -Polish-German conductor and educator

1928 - [[Andrea Gallo]] -Italian priest and author (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Franca Rame]] -Italian actress and playwright (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Dick Button]] -American figure skater and actor

1929 - [[Screamin' Jay Hawkins]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2000)

1930 - [[Burt Kwouk]] -English actor

1932 - [[Robert Ellis Miller]] -American director and screenwriter

1932 - [[Yevgeny Yevtushenko]] -Russian poet and playwright

1933 - [[Syd Mead]] -American set designer

1933 - [[Jean Yanne]] -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1934 - [[Edward Bond]] -English director, playwright, and screenwriter

1934 - [[Darlene Conley]] -American actress (d. 2007)

1934 - [[Roger Reynolds]] -American composer and educator

1935 - [[Tenley Albright]] -American figure skater and physician

1935 - [[Jayendra Saraswathi]] -Indian guru, 69th Shankaracharya

1937 - [[Roald Hoffmann]] -Polish chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1937 - [[Hunter S. Thompson]] -American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1938 - [[Ian Stewart (musician)|Ian Stewart]] -Scottish keyboard player and manager (The Rolling Stones and Rocket 88 (band)|Rocket 88) (d. 1985)

1938 - [[Paul Verhoeven]] -Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter

1939 - [[Brian Auger]] -English keyboard player (Brian Auger and the Trinity, CAB (band)|CAB, and The Steampacket)

1939 - [[Dion DiMucci]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dion and the Belmonts)

1939 - [[Jerry Moore (American football, born 1939)|Jerry Moore]] -American football player and coach

1940 - [[James Brolin]] -American actor, director, and producer

1940 - [[Joe Torre]] -American baseball player and manager

1941 - [[Frank Farian]] -German songwriter and producer

1941 - [[Lonnie Mack]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941 - [[Martha Reeves]] -American singer, actress, and politician (Martha and the Vandellas and The Fascinations)

1942 - [[Giacinto Facchetti]] -Italian footballer (d. 2006)

1942 - [[Adolf Ogi]] -Swiss politician, 84th President of the Swiss Confederation

1943 - [[Joseph J. Ellis]] -American historian and author

1944 - [[David Hemery]] -English hurdler and author

1945 - [[Pat Doherty]] -Scottish-Irish politician

1946 - [[Leo Madder]] -Belgian actor and director

1946 - [[John Naughton]] -Scottish-Irish journalist, author, and academic

1947 - [[Steve Forbes]] -American publisher and politician

1948 - [[Carlos Colón Sr.]] -Puerto Rican wrestler and promoter

1948 - [[Hartmut Michel]] -German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1949 - [[Dennis Lillee]] -Australian cricketer and coach

1950 - [[Richard Branson]] -English businessman, founded Virgin Group

1950 - [[Jack Dongarra]] -American computer scientist and academic

1950 - [[Kostas Eleftherakis]] -Greek footballer

1950 - [[Glenn Hughes (Village People)|Glenn Hughes]] -American singer, dancer, and actor (Village People) (d. 2001)

1950 - [[Jack Layton]] -Canadian political scientist, academic, and politician (d. 2011)

1950 - [[Mark Udall]] -American educator and politician

1951 - [[Elio Di Rupo]] -Belgian chemist, academic, and politician, 68th Prime Minister of Belgium

1951 - [[Margo Martindale]] -American actress

1954 - [[Peter Crane]] -English-American botanist and academic

1954 - [[Ricky Skaggs]] -American singer-songwriter, mandolin player, and producer (New South (band)|New South)

1955 - [[Terry Chambers]] -English drummer (XTC and Dragon (band)|Dragon)

1955 - [[Bernd Fasching]] -Austrian painter and sculptor

1956 - [[Razor Shines]] -American baseball player, manager, and coach

1957 - [[Nick Faldo]] -English golfer and sportscaster

1957 - [[Keith Levene]] -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Public Image Ltd, The Flowers of Romance (band)|The Flowers of Romance, and The Clash)

1957 - [[Alexander Titov (rock musician)|Alexander Titov]] -Russian bass player (Aquarium (band)|Aquarium and Kino (band)|Kino)

1958 - [[Chris Ruane]] -Welsh educator and politician

1960 - [[Simon Heffer]] -English journalist and author

1960 - [[Anne-Marie Johnson]] -American actress

1961 - [[M.J. Alexander]] -American author and photographer

1961 - [[Elizabeth McGovern]] -American actress

1961 - [[Alan Pardew]] -English footballer and manager

1961 - [[Pasi Rautiainen]] -Finnish footballer, coach, and manager

1961 - [[Krustyo Lafazanov]] -Bulgarian actor

1962 - [[Lee Arenberg]] -American actor and screenwriter

1962 - [[Jensen Buchanan]] -American actress

1962 - [[Jack Irons]] -American drummer (Spinnerette, What Is This?, The Wallflowers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Eleven (band)|Eleven)

1962 - [[Shaun Micallef]] -Australian comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Marc Girardelli]] -Austrian-Luxembourgian skier

1963 - [[Mike Greenwell]] -American baseball player and race car driver

1963 - [[Al Snow]] -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor

1963 - [[Martín Torrijos]] -Panamanian economist and politician, 35th President of Panama

1964 - [[Wendy Williams]] -American talk show host, actress, and author

1965 - [[Jim Bob Duggar]] -American real estate agent and politician

1965 - [[Vesselina Kasarova]] -Bulgarian soprano

1965 - [[Steve Webb]] -English academic and politician

1966 - [[Lori Alan]] -American actress

1966 - [[Dan O'Brien]] -American decathlete and coach

1967 - [[Vin Diesel]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Grant Bowler]] -New Zealand-Australian actor

1968 - [[Alex Désert]] -American actor and singer (Hepcat (band)|Hepcat)

1968 - [[Scott Gourley]] -Australian rugby player

1969 - [[Elizabeth Gilbert]] -American author

1969 - [[The Great Sasuke]] -Japanese wrestler and politician

1970 - [[Cheryl Casone]] -American journalist

1971 - [[Penny Hardaway]] -American basketball player and coach

1971 - [[Sarah McLeod]] -New Zealand actress

1971 - [[Sukhwinder Singh]] -Indian singer-songwriter and actor

1975 - [[M.I.A. (rapper)|M.I.A.]] -English rapper and producer

1975 - [[Torii Hunter]] -American baseball player

1975 - [[Daron Malakian]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (System of a Down and Scars on Broadway)

1976 - [[Valerie Cruz]] -American actress

1976 - [[Elsa Pataky]] -Spanish-American actress

1977 - [[Alexander Morozevich]] -Russian chess player and author

1977 - [[Kelly Reilly]] -English actress and producer

1977 - [[Alfian Sa'at]] -Singaporean poet and playwright

1978 - [[Adabel Guerrero]] -Argentinian actress, singer, and dancer

1978 - [[Shane Horgan]] -Irish rugby player and sportscaster

1978 - [[Annie Mac]] -Irish radio and television host

1978 - [[Joo Sang-wook]] -South Korean actor

1978 - [[Ben Sheets]] -American baseball player and coach

1978 - [[Mélissa Theuriau]] -French journalist

1979 - [[Deion Branch]] -American football player

1979 - [[Jared Hess]] -American director and screenwriter

1979 - [[Joey Mercury]] -American wrestler and producer

1980 - [[Kristen Bell]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1980 - [[Ryōko Hirosue]] -Japanese actress and singer

1981 - [[Dennis Seidenberg]] -German ice hockey player

1982 - [[Ryan Cabrera]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1982 - [[Priyanka Chopra]] -Indian model, actress, and singer, Miss World 2000

1982 - [[Dominika Luzarová]] -Czech tennis player

1983 - [[Carlos Diogo]] -Uruguayan footballer

1983 - [[Aaron Gillespie]] -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Underoath and The Almost)

1983 - [[Mikk Pahapill]] -Estonian decathlete

1983 - [[Jan Schlaudraff]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Hopsin]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1985 - [[Chace Crawford]] -American actor

1985 - [[Panagiotis Lagos]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Deniss Karpak]] -Estonian sailor

1986 - [[Natalia Mikhailova]] -Russian ice dancer

1988 - [[Änis Ben-Hatira]] -German-Tunisian footballer

1988 - [[César Villaluz]] -Mexican footballer

1989 - [[Jamie Benn]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1989 - [[Sebastian Mielitz]] -German footballer

1989 - [[Yohan Mollo]] -French footballer

1991 - [[Karina Pasian]] -American singer and pianist

1991 - [[Mizuki Yamamoto]] -Japanese model and actress

1993 - [[Lee Taemin]] -South Korean singer, dancer, and actor (Shinee)

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