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Famous Birthdays


419 - [[Valentinian III]] -Roman emperor (d. 455)

1363 - [[Maria, Queen of Sicily]] -(d. 1401)

1489 - [[Thomas Cranmer]] -English archbishop, theologian, and saint (d. 1556)

1492 - [[Elizabeth Tudor (1492–1495)|Elizabeth Tudor]] -English daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1495)

1647 - [[Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham]] -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1730)

1648 - [[Arp Schnitger]] -German organ builder (d. 1719)

1665 - [[Samuel Penhallow]] -English-American soldier and historian (d. 1726)

1667 - [[Pietro Ottoboni (cardinal)|Pietro Ottoboni]] -Italian cardinal and art collector (d. 1740)

1698 - [[Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena]] -(d. 1780)

1714 - [[Christoph Willibald Gluck]] -German composer (d. 1787)

1724 - [[Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock]] -German poet and author (d. 1803)

1819 - [[Charles-Louis Hanon]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1900)

1820 - [[George Law Curry]] -American publisher and politician, 5th List of Governors of Oregon|Governor of the Oregon Territory (d. 1878)

1821 - [[Charles Tupper]] -Canadian physician and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1915)

1849 - [[Maria Theresa of Austria-Este (1849–1919)|Maria Theresa of Austria-Este]] -(d. 1919)

1862 - [[William Henry Bragg]] -English physicist, chemist, and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1942)

1865 - [[Lily Braun]] -German author and publicist (d. 1916)

1869 - [[Liane de Pougy]] -French-Swiss dancer and author (d. 1950)

1876 - [[Harriet Brooks]] -Canadian physicist and academic (d. 1933)

1876 - [[Wilhelm Cuno]] -German businessman and politician, Chancellor of Germany (German Reich)|Chancellor of Germany (d. 1933)

1877 - [[Hermann Hesse]] -German-Swiss author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1881 - [[Royal Hurlburt Weller]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1929)

1884 - [[Alfons Maria Jakob]] -German neurologist and author (d. 1931)

1893 - [[Ralph Hancock (landscape gardener)|Ralph Hancock]] -Welsh gardener and author (d. 1950)

1900 - [[Tyrone Guthrie]] -English actor and director (d. 1971)

1902 - [[K. Kanapathypillai]] -Sri Lankan author and academic (d. 1968)

1902 - [[Germaine Thyssens-Valentin]] -Dutch-French pianist (d. 1987)

1903 - [[Alec Douglas-Home]] -English cricketer and politician, 66th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)

1903 - [[Olav V of Norway]] -(d. 1991)

1904 - [[René Lacoste]] -French tennis player and businessman, created the polo shirt (d. 1996)

1906 - [[Hans Bethe]] -German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2005)

1906 - [[Séra Martin]] -French runner (d. 1993)

1906 - [[Christos Tsaganeas]] -Romanian-Greek actor and cinematographer (d. 1976)

1908 - [[Thurgood Marshall]] -American lawyer and jurist, 32nd Solicitor General of the United States (d. 1993)

1911 - [[Reg Parnell]] -English race car driver and manager (d. 1964)

1913 - [[Max Beloff, Baron Beloff]] -English historian and academic (d. 1999)

1914 - [[Frederick Fennell]] -American conductor and educator (d. 2004)

1914 - [[Ethelreda Leopold]] -American actress (d. 1988)

1914 - [[Mário Schenberg]] -Brazilian physicist and engineer (d. 1990)

1914 - [[Erich Topp]] -German admiral (d. 2005)

1915 - [[Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington]] -Italian-English soldier and politician (d. 2014)

1916 - [[Ken Curtis]] -American actor and singer (d. 1991)

1916 - [[Hans-Ulrich Rudel]] -German colonel and pilot (d. 1982)

1917 - [[Leonard J. Arrington]] -American author and academic, founded the Mormon History Association (d. 1999)

1919 - [[Jean Craighead George]] -American author (d. 2012)

1920 - [[John Kneubuhl]] -Samoan-American historian, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 1992)

1920 - [[Annette Kerr]] -Scottish-English actress (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Pierre Cardin]] -Italian-French fashion designer

1923 - [[Cyril M. Kornbluth]] -American soldier and author (d. 1958)

1923 - [[Wisława Szymborska]] -Polish poet and translator, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1925 - [[Medgar Evers]] -American soldier and activist (d. 1963)

1925 - [[Patrice Lumumba]] -Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1961)

1925 - [[Marvin Rainwater]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Octavian Paler]] -Romanian journalist and politician (d. 2007)

1927 - [[James Mackay, Baron Mackay of Clashfern]] -Scottish lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1927 - [[Brock Peters]] -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2005)

1928 - [[Line Renaud]] -French actress and singer

1929 - [[Abraham Avigdorov]] -Israeli soldier (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Imelda Marcos]] -Filipino politician, 10th First Spouse of the Philippines|First Lady of the Philippines

1930 - [[Ahmad Jamal]] -American pianist, composer, and educator

1930 - [[Carlos Menem]] -Argentinian lawyer and politician, 50th President of Argentina

1931 - [[Robert Ito]] -Canadian actor

1932 - [[Dave Thomas (American businessman)|Dave Thomas]] -American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy's (d. 2002)

1933 - [[Peter Desbarats]] -Canadian journalist, author, and playwright

1933 - [[Kenny Wharram]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1934 - [[Tom Springfield]] -English singer-songwriter and producer (The Springfields)

1936 - [[Gilbert Kalish]] -American pianist and educator

1936 - [[Omar Suleiman]] -Egyptian general and politician, 16th Vice President of Egypt (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Polly Holliday]] -American actress

1937 - [[Richard Petty]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1938 - [[David Owen]] -English physician and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

1939 - [[Ferdinand Mount]] -English journalist and author

1939 - [[Alexandros Panagoulis]] -Greek poet and politician (d. 1976)

1939 - [[John H. Sununu]] -American engineer and politician, 14th White House Chief of Staff

1939 - [[Paul Williams (The Temptations)|Paul Williams]] -American singer and choreographer (The Temptations) (d. 1973)

1940 - [[Kenneth Clarke]] -English politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1941 - [[Wendell Mottley]] -Trinidadian sprinter, economist, and politician

1942 - [[John Eekelaar]] -South African-English lawyer and scholar

1942 - [[Vicente Fox]] -Mexican businessman and politician, 35th President of Mexico

1943 - [[Ivi Eenmaa]] -Estonian politician, 36th Mayor of Tallinn

1943 - [[Walter Godefroot]] -Belgian cyclist, coach, and manager

1943 - [[Larry Lake (musician)|Larry Lake]] -American-Canadian trumpet player and composer (d. 2013)

1946 - [[Richard Axel]] -American neuroscientist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1946 - [[Ricky Bruch]] -Swedish discus thrower and actor (d. 2011)

1946 - [[Ron Silver]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2009)

1947 - [[Larry David]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Luci Baines Johnson]] -American businesswoman and philanthropist

1947 - [[Stephen Stucker]] -American actor (d. 1986)

1947 - [[Ann Taylor, Baroness Taylor of Bolton]] -English politician, Minister for International Security Strategy

1948 - [[Mutula Kilonzo]] -Kenyan lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1948 - [[Gene McFadden]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead) (d. 2006)

1948 - [[Saul Rubinek]] -Canadian actor and director

1949 - [[Roy Bittan]] -American keyboard player and songwriter (E Street Band)

1949 - [[Greg Brown (folk musician)|Greg Brown]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 - [[Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu]] -French actor (d. 2010)

1949 - [[Robert Paquette]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 - [[Hanno Pöschl]] -Austrian actor

1949 - [[Nancy Stephens]] -American actress and producer

1950 - [[Lynne Brindley]] -English librarian and academic

1950 - [[Jon Trickett]] -English politician

1951 - [[Elisabeth Brooks]] -Canadian-American actress and singer (d. 1997)

1951 - [[Sylvia Rivera]] -transgender activist (d. 2002)

1951 - [[Jack Gantos]] -American author

1951 - [[Michele Santoro]] -Italian journalist

1952 - [[Johnny Colla]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Huey Lewis and the News)

1952 - [[Anatoliy Solomin]] -Ukrainian race walker and coach

1953 - [[Sharifah Aini]] -Malaysian singer (d. 2014)

1953 - [[Tony Armas]] -Venezuelan baseball player and coach

1953 - [[Jean-Claude Borelly]] -French trumpet player and composer

1953 - [[Mark Hart]] -American guitarist and keyboard player (Crowded House and Supertramp)

1954 - [[Pete Briquette]] -Irish bass player, songwriter, and producer (The Boomtown Rats)

1954 - [[Chris Huhne]] -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

1954 - [[Wendy Schaal]] -American actress

1955 - [[Kim Carr]] -Australian educator and politician, 31st Minister for Human Services (Australia)|Australian Minister for Human Services

1955 - [[Andrew Divoff]] -Venezuelan-American actor and producer

1956 - [[Jerry Hall]] -American model and actress

1957 - [[Bret Hart]] -Canadian wrestler and actor

1957 - [[Jüri Raidla]] -Estonian lawyer and politician, Ministry of Justice (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Justice

1957 - [[Purvis Short]] -American basketball player

1958 - [[Đặng Thái Sơn]] -Vietnamese-Canadian pianist

1960 - [[Terry Rossio]] -American screenwriter and producer

1960 - [[Maria Lourdes Sereno]] -Filipino lawyer and jurist, 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

1961 - [[Clark Kellogg]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1961 - [[Samy Naceri]] -French actor

1962 - [[Neil Williams (cricketer)|Neil Williams]] -English cricketer (d. 2006)

1963 - [[Mark Kermode]] -English bassist and critic (The Dodge Brothers)

1964 - [[Doug Benson]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1964 - [[Stéphan Bureau]] -Canadian journalist and producer

1964 - [[Jose Canseco]] -Cuban-American baseball player and mixed martial artist

1964 - [[Ozzie Canseco]] -Cuban-American baseball player, coach, and manager

1964 - [[Joe Magrane]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1964 - [[Hisakatsu Oya]] -Japanese wrestler

1964 - [[Charles Robinson (referee)|Charles Robinson]] -American wrestler and referee

1964 - [[Alan Tait]] -English-Scottish rugby player and coach

1964 - [[Andrea Yates]] -American murderer

1965 - [[Norbert Röttgen]] -German lawyer and politician

1966 - [[Kathryn Erbe]] -American actress

1966 - [[Jean-François Richet]] -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1969 - [[Matthew Cox]] -American criminal

1969 - [[Jenni Rivera]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)

1969 - [[Tim Rodber]] -English rugby player

1970 - [[Derrick Adkins]] -American hurdler

1970 - [[Yancy Butler]] -American actress

1970 - [[Colin Edwin]] -Australian bass player (Porcupine Tree and Henry Fool (band)|Henry Fool)

1970 - [[Scotty 2 Hotty]] -American wrestler and firefighter

1970 - [[Monie Love]] -English rapper (Native Tongues)

1970 - [[Steve Morrow]] -Northern Irish footballer and manager

1971 - [[Troy Brown]] -American football player and actor

1971 - [[Samantha Giles]] -English actress

1971 - [[Evelyn Lau]] -Canadian poet and author

1971 - [[Bryan Redpath]] -Scottish rugby player and coach

1972 - [[Darren Shan]] -English author

1973 - [[Peter Kay]] -English comedian, actor, director, and producer

1974 - [[Sean Casey (baseball)|Sean Casey]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1974 - [[Tim Christensen]] -Danish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1974 - [[Rocky Gray]] -American drummer, guitarist, and songwriter

1974 - [[Matthew Reilly]] -Australian author

1974 - [[Moon So-ri]] -South Korean actress

1975 - [[Éric Dazé]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Daniel Kowalski]] -Australian swimmer and coach

1975 - [[Kristen Michal]] -Estonian lawyer and politician

1975 - [[Erik Ohlsson (musician)|Erik Ohlsson]] -Swedish singer and guitarist (Millencolin)

1975 - [[Stefan Terblanche]] -South African rugby player

1976 - [[Kon Arimura]] -Japanese radio personality and critic

1976 - [[Derya Büyükuncu]] -Turkish swimmer

1976 - [[Krisztián Lisztes]] -Hungarian footballer

1976 - [[Mihkel Tüür]] -Estonian architect

1976 - [[Tomáš Vokoun]] -Czech-American ice hockey player

1977 - [[Deniz Barış]] -Turkish footballer

1978 - [[Diana Gurtskaya]] -Georgian-Russian singer-songwriter

1978 - [[Julie Night]] -American porn actress

1978 - [[Jüri Ratas]] -Estonian politician, 42nd Mayor of Tallinn

1978 - [[Owain Yeoman]] -Welsh actor

1979 - [[Walter Davis (triple jumper)|Walter Davis]] -American triple jumper

1979 - [[Sam Hornish, Jr.]] -American race car driver

1979 - [[Joe Thornton]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Nicole Briscoe]] -American model and journalist, Miss Illinois Teen USA|Miss Illinois Teen USA 1998

1980 - [[Nyjer Morgan]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Nathan Ellington]] -English footballer

1981 - [[Alex Koroknay-Palicz]] -American activist

1981 - [[Angel Pagán]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1981 - [[Carlos Rogers (American football)|Carlos Rogers]] -American football player

1981 - [[Aaron Voros]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1983 - [[Michelle Branch]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Wreckers)

1983 - [[Sammy J]] -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1984 - [[Vanessa Lee Chester]] -American actress

1984 - [[Ryan Keely]] -American porn actress and model

1984 - [[Thomas Kortegaard]] -Danish footballer

1984 - [[Johnny Weir]] -American figure skater

1985 - [[Rhett Bomar]] -American football player

1985 - [[Corey Bringas]] -American actor and cinematographer

1985 - [[Chad Henne]] -American football player

1985 - [[Jürgen Roelandts]] -Belgian cyclist

1985 - [[Ashley Tisdale]] -American actress and singer

1986 - [[Brett Cecil]] -American baseball player

1986 - [[Lindsay Lohan]] -American actress and singer

1987 - [[Esteban Granero]] -Spanish footballer

1987 - [[Ruslana Korshunova]] -Kazakh model (d. 2008)

1988 - [[Porta (rapper)|Porta]] -Spanish rapper

1988 - [[Ronnie Ash]] -American hurdler

1988 - [[Lee Chung-yong]] -South Korean footballer

1989 - [[Dev (singer)|Dev]] -American singer-songwriter

1989 - [[Ivan Dobronravov]] -Russian actor

1989 - [[Nadezhda Grishaeva]] -Russian basketball player

1989 - [[Alex Morgan]] -American soccer player

1989 - [[Omero Mumba]] -Irish actor and singer

1990 - [[Roman Lob]] -German singer-songwriter

1990 - [[Margot Robbie]] -Australian actress

1990 - [[Danny Rose (footballer, born 1990)|Danny Rose]] -English footballer

1992 - [[Madison Chock]] -American ice dancer

1996 - [[Julia Grabher]] -Austrian tennis player

2004 - [[Caitlin Carmichael]] -American actress

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