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Famous Birthdays


810 - [[Muhammad al-Bukhari]] -Persian scholar (d. 870)

1670 - [[Richard Leveridge]] -English singer-songwriter (d. 1758)

1688 - [[Giuseppe Castiglione (Jesuit)|Giuseppe Castiglione]] -Italian missionary and painter (d. 1766)

1744 - [[Heinrich Christian Boie]] -German author and poet (d. 1806)

1759 - [[Marianna Auenbrugger]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1782)

1759 - [[Seraphim of Sarov]] -Russian monk and saint (d. 1833)

1771 - [[Thomas Talbot (Upper Canada)|Thomas Talbot]] -Irish-Canadian colonel and politician (d. 1853)

1789 - [[John Martin (painter)|John Martin]] -English painter, engraver, and illustrator (d. 1854)

1800 - [[Juan José Flores]] -Venezuelan general and politician, 1st President of Ecuador (d. 1864)

1814 - [[Samuel Colt]] -American businessman, founded the Colt's Manufacturing Company (d. 1862)

1819 - [[Gottfried Keller]] -Swiss author, poet, and playwright (d. 1890)

1822 - [[Princess Augusta of Cambridge]] -(d. 1916)

1827 - [[Mangal Pandey]] -Indian soldier (d. 1857)

1834 - [[Edgar Degas]] -French painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 1917)

1849 - [[Ferdinand Brunetière]] -French scholar and critic (d. 1906)

1860 - [[Lizzie Borden]] -American accused murderer (d. 1927)

1865 - [[Georges Friedel]] -French mineralogist and crystallographer (d.1933)

1865 - [[Charles Horace Mayo]] -American surgeon, founded the Mayo Clinic (d. 1939)

1868 - [[Florence Foster Jenkins]] -American soprano and educator (d. 1945)

1869 - [[Xenophon Stratigos]] -Greek general and politician, Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks (Greece)|Greek Minister of Transport (d. 1927)

1876 - [[Joseph Fielding Smith]] -American religious leader, 10th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1972)

1877 - [[Arthur Fielder]] -English cricketer (d. 1949)

1881 - [[Friedrich Dessauer]] -German physicist and philosopher (d. 1963)

1883 - [[Max Fleischer]] -Austrian-American animator and producer (d. 1972)

1886 - [[Michael Fekete]] -Hungarian-Israeli mathematician and academic (d. 1957)

1888 - [[Enno Lolling]] -German physician (d. 1945)

1890 - [[George II of Greece]] -(d. 1947)

1892 - [[Dick Irvin]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1957)

1893 - [[Vladimir Mayakovsky]] -Russian actor, playwright, and poet (d. 1930)

1894 - [[Aleksandr Khinchin]] -Russian mathematician and academic (d. 1959)

1894 - [[Khawaja Nazimuddin]] -Bangladeshi-Pakistani politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan (d. 1965)

1895 - [[Xu Beihong]] -Chinese painter and academic (d. 1953)

1896 - [[A.J. Cronin]] -Scottish physician and novelist (d. 1981)

1896 - [[Bob Meusel]] -American baseball player and sailor (d. 1977)

1898 - [[Herbert Marcuse]] -German-American sociologist and philosopher (d. 1979)

1899 - [[Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay]] -Indian physician, author, poet, and playwright (d. 1979)

1902 - [[Samudrala Raghavacharya]] -Indian singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1968)

1904 - [[Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith]] -American lawyer and farmer (d. 1985)

1907 - [[Isabel Jewell]] -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1909 - [[Balamani Amma]] -Indian poet and author (d. 2004)

1914 - [[Marius Russo]] -American baseball player (d. 2005)

1916 - [[Phil Cavarretta]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1917 - [[William Scranton]] -American captain and politician, 13th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 2013)

1919 - [[Dallas McKennon]] -American actor (d. 2009)

1919 - [[Patricia Medina]] -English-American actress (d. 2012)

1919 - [[Miltos Sachtouris]] -Greek poet and author (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Robert Mann]] -American violinist, composer, and conductor (Juilliard String Quartet)

1920 - [[Richard Oriani]] -Salvadoran-American metallurgist and engineer (d. 2015)

1921 - [[Harold Camping]] -American evangelist, author, radio host (d. 2013)

1921 - [[André Moynet]] -French soldier, race car driver, and politician (d. 1993)

1921 - [[Elizabeth Spencer (writer)|Elizabeth Spencer]] -American author and playwright

1921 - [[Rosalyn Sussman Yalow]] -American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1922 - [[George McGovern]] -American lieutenant, historian, and politician (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Joseph Hansen (writer)|Joseph Hansen]] -American author and poet (d. 2004)

1923 - [[William A. Rusher]] -American lawyer and journalist (d. 2011)

1923 - [[Lon Simmons]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)

1924 - [[Stanley K. Hathaway]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 40th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 2005)

1924 - [[Pat Hingle]] -American actor and producer (d. 2009)

1924 - [[Arthur Rankin, Jr.]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Sue Thompson]] -American singer

1926 - [[Helen Gallagher]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1929 - [[Gaston Glock]] -Austrian engineer and businessman, co-founded Glock Ges.m.b.H.

1930 - [[Darko Suvin]] -Croatian-Canadian critic and academic

1932 - [[Buster Benton]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1932 - [[Jan Lindblad]] -Swedish biologist and photographer (d. 1987)

1934 - [[Francisco de Sá Carneiro]] -Portuguese lawyer and politician, 111th Prime Minister of Portugal (d. 1980)

1935 - [[Nick Koback]] -American baseball player and golfer (d. 2015)

1935 - [[Vasily Livanov]] -Russian actor and screenwriter

1936 - [[David Colquhoun]] -English pharmacologist and academic

1937 - [[George Hamilton IV]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Richard Jordan]] -American actor (d. 1993)

1938 - [[Jayant Narlikar]] -Indian astrophysicist and astronomer

1938 - [[Tom Raworth]] -English poet and academic

1940 - [[Dennis Cole]] -American actor (d. 2009)

1941 - [[Vikki Carr]] -American singer and actress

1941 - [[Neelie Kroes]] -Dutch politician and diplomat, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

1944 - [[Tim McIntire]] -American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1943 - [[Han Sai Por]] -Singaporean sculptor and academic

1945 - [[Paule Baillargeon]] -Canadian actress, director, and screenwriter

1945 - [[George Dzundza]] -German-American actor

1946 - [[Stephen Coonts]] -American lawyer and author

1946 - [[Alan Gorrie]] -Scottish singer and bass player (Average White Band and Forever More (band)|Forever More)

1946 - [[Ilie Năstase]] -Romanian tennis player and politician

1947 - [[André Forcier]] -Canadian director and screenwriter

1947 - [[Hans-Jürgen Kreische]] -German footballer and manager

1947 - [[Bernie Leadon]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Eagles (band)|The Eagles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Run C&W, and Hearts & Flowers)

1947 - [[Brian May]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Queen (band)|Queen and Smile (band)|Smile)

1948 - [[Beverly Archer]] -American actress and screenwriter

1948 - [[Keith Godchaux]] -American keyboard player and songwriter (Grateful Dead and Heart of Gold Band) (d. 1980)

1949 - [[Ivar Kants]] -Australian actor

1950 - [[Per-Kristian Foss]] -Norwegian politician, Minister of Finance (Norway)|Norwegian Minister of Finance

1950 - [[Freddy Moore]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950 - [[Adrian Noble]] -English director and screenwriter

1951 - [[Abel Ferrara]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Allen Collins]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington-Collins Band, and Allen Collins Band) (d. 1990)

1952 - [[Nancy Folbre]] -American economist and academic

1954 - [[Alvan Adams]] -American basketball player

1954 - [[Mark O'Donnell]] -American playwright (d. 2012)

1954 - [[Steve O'Donnell (writer)|Steve O'Donnell]] -American screenwriter and producer

1954 - [[Srđa Trifković]] -Serbian-American journalist and historian

1955 - [[Roger Binny]] -Indian cricketer and sportscaster

1955 - [[Dalton McGuinty]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 24th Premier of Ontario

1956 - [[K. A. Applegate]] -American author

1956 - [[Mark Crispin]] -American computer scientist, designed the IMAP (d. 2012)

1956 - [[Joe Mohen]] -American businessman

1956 - [[Rajendra Prasad (actor)|Rajendra Prasad]] -Indian actor and producer

1956 - [[Nikki Sudden]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jacobites (band)|Jacobites and Swell Maps) (d. 2006)

1956 - [[Yoshiaki Yatsu]] -Japanese wrestler and mixed martial artist

1958 - [[Brad Drewett]] -Australian tennis player and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1958 - [[Robert Gibson (wrestler)|Robert Gibson]] -American wrestler

1958 - [[David Robertson (conductor)|David Robertson]] -American conductor

1959 - [[Juan J. Campanella]] -Argentinian director, producer, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Atom Egoyan]] -Egyptian-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Kevin Haskins]] -English drummer and songwriter (Bauhaus (band)|Bauhaus, Love and Rockets (band)|Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail)

1961 - [[Harsha Bhogle]] -Indian journalist and author

1961 - [[Maria Filatova]] -Russian gymnast

1961 - [[Lisa Lampanelli]] -American comedian, actress, and author

1961 - [[Benoît Mariage]] -Belgian director and screenwriter

1961 - [[Hideo Nakata]] -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Campbell Scott]] -American actor, director, and producer

1962 - [[Anthony Edwards]] -American actor and director

1963 - [[Garth Nix]] -Australian author

1964 - [[André A. Jackson]] -French businessman

1964 - [[Masahiko Kondō]] -Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and race car driver

1964 - [[Mark Wigglesworth]] -English conductor

1965 - [[Evelyn Glennie]] -Scottish drummer

1965 - [[Stuart Scott]] -American sportscaster and actor (d. 2015)

1965 - [[Claus-Dieter Wollitz]] -German footballer and manager

1966 - [[Nancy Carell]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966 - [[David Segui]] -American baseball player

1967 - [[Yael Abecassis]] -Israeli model and actress

1967 - [[Jean-François Mercier]] -Canadian comedian, screenwriter, and television host

1968 - [[Robb Flynn]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Machine Head (band)|Machine Head, Vio-lence, and Forbidden (band)|Forbidden)

1968 - [[Pavel Kuka]] -Czech footballer and manager

1968 - [[Jim Norton (American comedian)|Jim Norton]] -American comedian, actor, and author

1969 - [[Matthew Libatique]] -American cinematographer

1970 - [[Bill Chen]] -American poker player and software designer

1970 - [[Nicola Sturgeon]] -Scottish lawyer and politician, First Minister of Scotland

1971 - [[Russell Allen]] -American singer-songwriter (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Allen-Lande, and Star One)

1971 - [[Urs Bühler]] -Swiss tenor (Il Divo)

1971 - [[Rene Busch]] -Estonian tennis player and coach

1971 - [[Vitali Klitschko]] -Ukrainian boxer and politician, Mayor of Kiev

1971 - [[Michael Modest]] -American wrestler

1971 - [[Catriona Rowntree]] -Australian television host

1971 - [[Lesroy Weekes]] -Montserratian cricketer

1972 - [[Naohito Fujiki]] -Japanese actor and singer

1972 - [[Ebbe Sand]] -Danish footballer and manager

1973 - [[Martin Powell]] -English keyboard player and songwriter (Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Cryptal Darkness, and Anathema (band)|Anathema)

1973 - [[Saïd Taghmaoui]] -French actor and screenwriter

1973 - [[Scott Walker (ice hockey)|Scott Walker]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1974 - [[Rey Bucanero]] -Mexican wrestler

1974 - [[Francisco Copado]] -German footballer and manager

1974 - [[Josée Piché]] -Canadian ice dancer

1974 - [[Vince Spadea]] -American tennis player

1974 - [[Preston Wilson]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1975 - [[Luca Castellazzi]] -Italian footballer

1975 - [[Wax Tailor]] -French DJ and producer

1976 - [[Benedict Cumberbatch]] -English actor

1976 - [[Gonzalo de los Santos]] -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1976 - [[Angela Griffin]] -English actress

1976 - [[Vinessa Shaw]] -American model and actress

1977 - [[Jean-Sébastien Aubin]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Tony Mamaluke]] -American wrestler and manager

1977 - [[Haitham Mustafa]] -Sudanese footballer

1977 - [[Ed Smith (cricketer)|Ed Smith]] -English cricketer and journalist

1978 - [[Atsushi Harada]] -Japanese actor

1979 - [[Rick Ankiel]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Josué Anunciado de Oliveira]] -Brazilian footballer

1979 - [[Dilhara Fernando]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1979 - [[Luke Young (footballer, born 1979)|Luke Young]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Michelle Heaton]] -English singer and actress (Liberty X)

1980 - [[Xavier Malisse]] -Belgian tennis player

1980 - [[Giorgio Mondini]] -Italian race car driver

1980 - [[Mark Webber (actor)|Mark Webber]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Nenê (footballer, born 1981)|Nenê]] -Brazilian footballer

1981 - [[David Bernard (cricketer)|David Bernard]] -Jamaican cricketer

1981 - [[Mark Gasnier]] -Australian rugby player

1981 - [[Jimmy Gobble]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Didz Hammond]] -English singer and bass player (Dirty Pretty Things (band)|Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)

1981 - [[Nikki Osborne]] -Australian actress

1981 - [[Malvika Subba]] -Nepalese model and actress, Miss Nepal|Miss Nepal 2002

1981 - [[Grégory Vignal]] -French footballer

1982 - [[Christopher Bear]] -American drummer (Grizzly Bear (band)|Grizzly Bear)

1982 - [[Phil Coke]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Jared Padalecki]] -American actor

1982 - [[Stuart Parnaby]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Jess Vanstrattan]] -Australian footballer

1983 - [[Helen Skelton]] -English television host and actress

1983 - [[Fedor Tyutin]] -Russian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Craig Vye]] -English actor

1984 - [[Alessandra De Rossi]] -English-Filipino actress

1984 - [[Kaitlin Doubleday]] -American actress

1984 - [[Lasse Gjertsen]] -Norwegian animator and director

1984 - [[Matthias Laurenz Gräff]] -Austrian painter

1984 - [[Andrea Libman]] -Canadian actress and singer

1984 - [[Diana Mocanu]] -Romanian swimmer

1984 - [[Adam Morrison]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Ryan O'Byrne]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1984 - [[Lewis Price]] -Welsh footballer

1985 - [[LaMarcus Aldridge]] -American basketball player

1985 - [[Zhou Haibin]] -Chinese footballer

1985 - [[Marina Kuzina]] -Russian basketball player

1986 - [[Leandro Greco]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Deance Wyatt]] -American actor and dancer

1987 - [[Jon Jones]] -American mixed martial artist

1987 - [[Marc Murphy]] -Australian footballer

1987 - [[Louie Torrellas]] -American actor and producer

1988 - [[Shane Dawson]] -American comedian and actor

1988 - [[Jakub Kovář]] -Czech ice hockey player

1988 - [[Cherami Leigh]] -American actress and producer

1988 - [[Joe Tracini]] -English actor and singer

1990 - [[Steven Anthony Lawrence]] -American actor

1991 - [[Eray İşcan]] -Turkish footballer

1992 - [[Jake Nicholson]] -English footballer

1995 - [[María José Alvarado]] -Honduran model, Señorita Honduras|Señorita Honduras 2014 (d. 2014)

1997 - [[Ohga Tanaka]] -Japanese actor

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