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Famous Birthdays


1620 - [[Jean Picard]] -French astronomer (d. 1682)

1664 - [[Matthew Prior]] -English poet and diplomat, List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to France|British Ambassador to France (d. 1721)

1693 - [[Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle]] -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1768)

1710 - [[Paul Möhring]] -German physician, botanist, and zoologist (d. 1792)

1783 - [[Charles Tristan, marquis de Montholon]] -French general (d. 1853)

1808 - [[Simion Bărnuțiu]] -Romanian historian, academic, and politician (d. 1864)

1810 - [[Henri Victor Regnault]] -French chemist and physicist (d. 1878)

1816 - [[Paul Reuter]] -German-English journalist, founded Reuters (d. 1899)

1851 - [[Sam Bass (outlaw)|Sam Bass]] -American criminal (d. 1878)

1858 - [[Maria Christina of Austria]] -(d. 1929)

1858 - [[Lovis Corinth]] -German painter (d. 1925)

1858 - [[Alfred Henry O'Keeffe]] -New Zealand painter and educator (d. 1941)

1863 - [[C. Aubrey Smith]] -English-American cricketer and actor (d. 1948)

1870 - [[Emil Orlík]] -Czech painter, etcher, and lithographer (d. 1932)

1875 - [[Charles Gondouin]] -French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1947)

1880 - [[Milan Rastislav Štefánik]] -Slovak astronomer, general, and politician (d. 1919)

1882 - [[David Burliuk]] -Ukrainian author and illustrator (d. 1967)

1885 - [[Jacques Feyder]] -Belgian actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1948)

1891 - [[Julius Saaristo]] -Finnish javelin thrower and soldier (d. 1969)

1893 - [[Hans Fallada]] -German author (d. 1947)

1898 - [[Sara Carter]] -American singer-songwriter (Carter Family) (d. 1979)

1899 - [[Hart Crane]] -American poet and author (d. 1932)

1899 - [[Ernest Hemingway]] -American journalist and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1961)

1903 - [[Russell Lee (photographer)|Russell Lee]] -American photographer and journalist (d. 1986)

1903 - [[Roy Neuberger]] -American businessman and financier, co-founded Neuberger Berman (d. 2010)

1908 - [[Jug McSpaden]] -American golfer and architect (d. 1996)

1911 - [[Marshall McLuhan]] -Canadian author and theorist (d. 1980)

1911 - [[Umashankar Joshi]] -Indian author, poet, and scholar (d. 1988)

1914 - [[Aleksander Kreek]] -Estonian shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1977)

1917 - [[Alan B. Gold]] -Canadian lawyer and jurist (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Constant Nieuwenhuys]] -Dutch painter, sculptor, and illustrator (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Isaac Stern]] -Polish violinist and conductor (d. 2001)

1921 - [[James Cooke Brown]] -American sociologist and author (d. 2000)

1922 - [[Kay Starr]] -American singer and actress

1922 - [[Mollie Sugden]] -English actress and singer (d. 2009)

1923 - [[Rudolph A. Marcus]] -Canadian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1924 - [[Don Knotts]] -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1926 - [[Paul Burke (actor)|Paul Burke]] -American actor (d. 2009)

1926 - [[Norman Jewison]] -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1926 - [[Rahimuddin Khan]] -Pakistani general and politician, 7th Governor of Balochistan

1926 - [[Bill Pertwee]] -English actor (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Karel Reisz]] -Czech-English director and producer (d. 2002)

1926 - [[Queenie Watts]] -English actress and singer (d. 1980)

1928 - [[Sky Low Low]] -Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)

1929 - [[Bob Orton]] -American wrestler (d. 2006)

1930 - [[Anand Bakshi]] -Indian poet and songwriter (d. 2002)

1930 - [[Helen Merrill]] -American singer

1931 - [[Plas Johnson]] -American saxophonist (B. Bumble and the Stingers and The Wrecking Crew (music)|The Wrecking Crew)

1931 - [[Leon Schidlowsky]] -Chilean-Israeli painter and composer

1933 - [[John Gardner (American writer)|John Gardner]] -American author and critic (d. 1982)

1934 - [[Chandu Borde]] -Indian cricketer and manager

1934 - [[Jonathan Miller]] -English actor, director, and author

1935 - [[Norbert Blüm]] -German businessman and politician

1935 - [[Moe Drabowsky]] -Polish-American baseball player and coach (d. 2006)

1935 - [[Kaye Stevens]] -American singer and actress (d. 2011)

1938 - [[Les Aspin]] -American captain and politician, 18th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1995)

1938 - [[Anton Kuerti]] -Austrian-Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor

1938 - [[Janet Reno]] -American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General

1939 - [[Jamey Aebersold]] -American saxophonist and educator

1939 - [[Kim Fowley]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and manager (d. 2015)

1939 - [[John Negroponte]] -English-American diplomat, 23rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1943 - [[Fritz Glatz]] -Austrian race car driver (d. 2002)

1943 - [[Edward Herrmann]] -American actor and singer (d. 2014)

1944 - [[John Atta Mills]] -Ghanaian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of Ghana (d. 2012)

1944 - [[Buchi Emecheta]] -Nigerian author and academic

1944 - [[Paul Wellstone]] -American academic and politician (d. 2002)

1945 - [[Wendy Cope]] -English poet, critic, and educator

1945 - [[Geoff Dymock]] -Australian cricketer

1945 - [[John Lowe]] -English darts player

1945 - [[Barry Richards]] -South African cricketer

1946 - [[Ken Starr]] -American lawyer and judge, 39th Solicitor General of the United States

1946 - [[Timothy Harris (writer)|Timothy Harris]] -American author, screenwriter and producer

1947 - [[Chetan Chauhan]] -Indian cricketer and politician

1948 - [[Snooty]] -American manatee

1948 - [[Beppe Grillo]] -Italian comedian, actor, and activist

1948 - [[Art Hindle]] -Canadian actor and director

1948 - [[Cat Stevens]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948 - [[Garry Trudeau]] -American cartoonist

1948 - [[Teruzane Utada]] -Japanese songwriter, producer, and manager

1949 - [[Hirini Melbourne]] -New Zealand singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2003)

1950 - [[Ubaldo Fillol]] -Argentinian footballer and coach

1950 - [[Susan Kramer, Baroness Kramer]] -English politician, Minister of State for Transport

1951 - [[Robin Williams]] -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 2014)

1952 - [[John Barrasso]] -American physician and politician

1953 - [[Jeff Fatt]] -Australian keyboard player and actor (The Wiggles and The Cockroaches)

1953 - [[Brian Talbot]] -English footballer and manager

1955 - [[Taco (musician)|Taco]] -Indonesian-German singer-songwriter and producer

1955 - [[Howie Epstein]] -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) (d. 2003)

1955 - [[Dannel Malloy]] -American lawyer and politician, 88th Governor of Connecticut

1955 - [[Henry Priestman]] -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (The Christians (band)|The Christians, It's Immaterial, and Yachts (band)|Yachts)

1955 - [[Béla Tarr]] -Hungarian director, producer, and screenwriter

1956 - [[Michael Connelly]] -American author

1957 - [[Stefan Löfven]] -Swedish union leader and politician, 33rd Prime Minister of Sweden

1957 - [[Jon Lovitz]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1959 - [[Gene Miles]] -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Reha Muhtar]] -Turkish journalist

1959 - [[Paul Vautin]] -Australian rugby player, coach, and sportscaster

1960 - [[Amar Singh Chamkila]] -Indian singer-songwriter (d. 1988)

1960 - [[Lance Guest]] -American actor

1960 - [[Veselin Matić]] -Serbian basketball player and coach

1960 - [[Fritz Walter (footballer, born 1960)|Fritz Walter]] -German footballer

1961 - [[Jim Martin (musician)|Jim Martin]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Faith No More, EZ-Street, Spastik Children, and Voodoocult)

1962 - [[Victor Adebowale, Baron Adebowale]] -English businessman

1963 - [[Greg Behrendt]] -American comedian, guitarist, and author (The Reigning Monarchs)

1963 - [[Dorce Gamalama]] -Indonesian singer-songwriter and actress

1963 - [[Kevin Poole]] -English footballer and manager

1963 - [[Giant Silva]] -Brazilian basketball player, mixed martial artist, and wrestler

1964 - [[Steve Collins]] -Irish boxer and actor

1964 - [[Ross Kemp]] -English actor and producer

1964 - [[Sharon Twomey]] -Irish actress

1964 - [[Jens Weißflog]] -German ski jumper and journalist

1965 - [[Guðni Bergsson]] -Icelandic footballer and lawyer

1965 - [[Mike Bordick]] -American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1965 - [[Jovy Marcelo]] -Filipino race car driver (d. 1992)

1966 - [[Arija Bareikis]] -American actress

1966 - [[Sarah Waters]] -Welsh author and academic

1968 - [[Brandi Chastain]] -American soccer player and sportscaster

1968 - [[Lyle Odelein]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1968 - [[Aditya Shrivastava]] -Indian actor and singer

1969 - [[Godfrey (comedian)|Godfrey]] -American comedian and actor

1969 - [[Klaus Graf]] -German race car driver

1969 - [[Emerson Hart]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tonic (band)|Tonic)

1970 - [[Michael Fitzpatrick (musician)|Michael Fitzpatrick]] -American singer-songwriter (Fitz and The Tantrums)

1970 - [[Alysia Reiner]] -American actress and producer

1970 - [[Shawn Stasiak]] -American wrestler and chiropractor

1971 - [[Emmanuel Bangué]] -French long jumper

1971 - [[Charlotte Gainsbourg]] -English-French actress and singer

1971 - [[Nuno Markl]] -Portuguese comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1971 - [[Nitzan Shirazi]] -Israeli footballer and manager (d. 2014)

1972 - [[Korey Cooper]] -American singer and guitarist (Skillet (band)|Skillet)

1972 - [[Ai Haruna]] -Japanese television personality and singer

1972 - [[Shinjiro Otani]] -Japanese wrestler

1973 - [[Ali Landry]] -American model and actress, Miss USA 1996

1973 - [[Elena Leonova]] -Russian figure skater

1973 - [[Caroline Néron]] -Canadian singer, actress, and fashion designer

1974 - [[Bharath]] -Indian actor

1974 - [[Steve Byrne]] -American comedian and actor

1974 - [[Geoff Jenkins]] -American baseball player and coach

1974 - [[René Reinumägi]] -Estonian actor, director, and screenwriter

1975 - [[Christopher Barzak]] -American author and educator

1975 - [[Chris Bisson]] -English actor

1975 - [[Cara Dillon]] -Irish singer-songwriter (Equation (band)|Equation)

1975 - [[Ravindra Pushpakumara]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1975 - [[Mike Sellers]] -American football player

1977 - [[Paul Casey]] -English golfer

1977 - [[Jaime Murray]] -English actress

1978 - [[Justin Bartha]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[Anderson da Silva Gibin]] -Brazilian footballer

1978 - [[Josh Hartnett]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[Julian Huppert]] -English academic and politician

1978 - [[Kyoko Iwasaki]] -Japanese swimmer

1978 - [[Damian Marley]] -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer (SuperHeavy)

1978 - [[Gary Teale]] -Scottish footballer

1979 - [[David Carr (American football)|David Carr]] -American football player

1979 - [[Tamika Catchings]] -American basketball player

1979 - [[Luis Ernesto Michel]] -Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Andriy Voronin]] -Ukrainian footballer

1980 - [[Really Doe]] -American rapper

1980 - [[Sprague Grayden]] -American actress

1980 - [[Justin Griffith]] -American football player

1980 - [[Sandra Laoura]] -French skier

1980 - [[Chris Leben]] -American mixed martial artist

1980 - [[CC Sabathia]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Paloma Faith]] -English singer-songwriter and actress

1981 - [[Anabelle Langlois]] -Canadian figure skater

1981 - [[Blake Lewis]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1981 - [[Yushin Okami]] -Japanese mixed martial artist

1981 - [[Claudette Ortiz]] -American singer and model (City High)

1981 - [[Joaquín Sánchez]] -Spanish footballer

1981 - [[Romeo Santos]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Aventura (band)|Aventura)

1981 - [[Stefan Schumacher]] -German cyclist

1981 - [[Chrishell Stause]] -American actress

1982 - [[Jason Cram]] -Australian swimmer

1982 - [[Mao Kobayashi (actress)|Mao Kobayashi]] -Japanese actress and journalist

1983 - [[Vinessa Antoine]] -Canadian actress

1983 - [[Olamide Faison]] -American actor

1983 - [[Amy Mizzi]] -Australian actress

1983 - [[Eivør Pálsdóttir]] -Faroese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983 - [[Kellen Winslow II]] -American football player

1984 - [[Jurrick Juliana]] -Dutch footballer

1984 - [[Liam Ridgewell]] -English footballer

1985 - [[Mati Lember]] -Estonian footballer

1985 - [[Vanessa Lengies]] -Canadian actress, singer, and dancer

1985 - [[Jéssica Sodré]] -Brazilian actress

1985 - [[Von Wafer]] -American basketball player

1986 - [[Anthony Annan]] -Ghanaian footballer

1986 - [[Livia Brito]] -Cuban-Mexican model and actress

1986 - [[Rebecca Ferguson]] -English singer-songwriter

1986 - [[Diane Guerrero]] -American actress and model

1986 - [[Jason Thompson (basketball)|Jason Thompson]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Peter Doocy]] -American journalist

1987 - [[Bilel Mohsni]] -French footballer

1987 - [[Jesús Zavala (footballer)|Jesús Zavala]] -Mexican footballer

1988 - [[KB (rapper)|KB]] -American rapper (116 Clique)

1988 - [[DeAndre Jordan]] -American basketball player

1988 - [[Chris Mitchell (footballer born 1988)|Chris Mitchell]] -Scottish footballer

1989 - [[Rory Culkin]] -American actor

1989 - [[Marco Fabián]] -Mexican footballer

1989 - [[Chris Gunter]] -Welsh footballer

1989 - [[Chelsie Hightower]] -American dancer and choreographer

1989 - [[Kirill Nesterov]] -Russian footballer

1989 - [[Juno Temple]] -English actress

1989 - [[Jamie Waylett]] -English actor

1990 - [[Chris Martin (footballer, born 1990)|Chris Martin]] -English footballer

1990 - [[Whitney Toyloy]] -Swiss model, Miss Switzerland|Miss Switzerland 2008

1991 - [[Sara Sampaio]] -Portuguese model

1992 - [[Jessica Barden]] -English actress

1992 - [[Julia Beljajeva]] -Estonian fencer

1992 - [[Rachael Flatt]] -American figure skater

1993 - [[Aaron Durley]] -American baseball player

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