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Famous Birthdays


1210 - [[Joan of England, Queen of Scotland]] -(d. 1238)

1478 - [[Philip I of Castile]] -(d. 1506)

1510 - [[Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence]] -(d. 1537)

1535 - [[Catherine Stenbock]] -Swedish wife of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1621)

1559 - [[Lawrence of Brindisi]] -Italian priest and saint (d. 1619)

1621 - [[Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury]] -English politician, Lord Chancellor|Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (d. 1683)

1651 - [[Ferdinand Tobias Richter]] -Austrian organist and composer (d. 1711)

1702 - [[Alessandro Besozzi]] -Italian oboe player and composer (d. 1775)

1711 - [[Georg Wilhelm Richmann]] -German-Russian physicist and academic (d. 1753)

1713 - [[Jacques-Germain Soufflot]] -French architect, designed the Panthéon, Paris|Panthéon (d. 1780)

1733 - [[Mikhail Shcherbatov]] -Russian philosopher and historian (d. 1790)

1755 - [[Gaspard de Prony]] -French mathematician and engineer (d. 1839)

1784 - [[Friedrich Bessel]] -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1846)

1839 - [[Jakob Hurt]] -Estonian theologist and linguist (d. 1907)

1844 - [[William Archibald Spooner]] -English priest and scholar (d. 1930)

1848 - [[Adolphus Frederick V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz]] -(d. 1914)

1849 - [[Emma Lazarus]] -American poet and educator (d. 1887)

1856 - [[Octave Hamelin]] -French philosopher (d. 1907)

1862 - [[Cosmo Duff-Gordon]] -Scottish fencer (d. 1931)

1863 - [[Alec Hearne]] -English cricketer (d. 1952)

1878 - [[Janusz Korczak]] -Polish pediatrician and author (d. 1942)

1882 - [[Edward Hopper]] -American painter and etcher (d. 1967)

1884 - [[Odell Shepard]] -American poet and politician, 66th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (d. 1967)

1886 - [[Hella Wuolijoki]] -Estonian-Finnish author (d. 1954)

1887 - [[Gustav Ludwig Hertz]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1975)

1888 - [[Kirk Bryan (geologist)|Kirk Bryan]] -American geologist and academic (d. 1950)

1888 - [[Selman Waksman]] -Ukrainian-American biochemist and microbiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1889 - [[James Whale]] -English actor and director (d. 1957)

1890 - [[Rose Kennedy]] -American philanthropist (d. 1995)

1892 - [[Jack MacBryan]] -English cricketer and field hockey player (d. 1983)

1893 - [[Jesse Haines]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1978)

1893 - [[Karl Menninger]] -American psychiatrist and author (d. 1990)

1895 - [[León de Greiff]] -Colombian poet, journalist, and diplomat (d. 1976)

1898 - [[Stephen Vincent Benét]] -American poet and author (d. 1943)

1899 - [[Sobhuza II]] -of Swaziland (d. 1982)

1908 - [[Amy Vanderbilt]] -American author (d. 1974)

1909 - [[Licia Albanese]] -Italian-American soprano and actress (d. 2014)

1909 - [[Dorino Serafini]] -Italian race car driver (d. 2000)

1913 - [[Gorni Kramer]] -Italian bassist, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1995)

1915 - [[Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah]] -Indian-Pakistani politician and diplomat (d. 2000)

1916 - [[Gino Bianco]] -Brazilian race car driver (d. 1984)

1916 - [[Marcel Cerdan]] -French boxer (d. 1949)

1921 - [[William V. Roth, Jr.]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2003)

1922 - [[Alan Stephenson Boyd]] -American businessman and politician, 1st United States Secretary of Transportation

1923 - [[Mukesh (singer)|Mukesh]] -Indian singer and actor (d. 1976)

1923 - [[Bob Dole]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1923 - [[César Fernández Ardavín]] -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1923 - [[The Fabulous Moolah]] -American wrestler (d. 2007)

1924 - [[Margaret Whiting]] -American singer (d. 2011)

1925 - [[Jack Matthews (author)|Jack Matthews]] -American author, playwright, and academic (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Joseph Sargent]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Bryan Forbes]] -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Wolfgang Iser]] -German scholar, literary theorist (d. 2007)

1927 - [[Johan Ferner]] -Norwegian sailor (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Pierre Granier-Deferre]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1928 - [[Orson Bean]] -American actor

1928 - [[Jimmy Hill]] -English footballer, manager, and sportscaster

1929 - [[John Barber (racing driver)|John Barber]] -English race car driver

1929 - [[Leonid Stolovich]] -Russian-Estonian philosopher and academic (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Neil Welliver]] -American painter (d. 2005)

1931 - [[Leo Labine]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

1931 - [[Perry Lopez]] -American actor (d. 2008)

1932 - [[Oscar de la Renta]] -Dominican-American fashion designer (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Louise Fletcher]] -American actress

1935 - [[Tom Cartwright]] -English-Welsh cricketer and coach (d. 2007)

1936 - [[Harold Rhodes (cricketer)|Harold Rhodes]] -English cricketer

1936 - [[Tom Robbins]] -American author

1937 - [[Chuck Jackson]] -American singer-songwriter (The Del-Vikings)

1937 - [[Yasuhiro Kojima]] -Japanese-American wrestler and manager (d. 1999)

1937 - [[Vasant Ranjane]] -Indian cricketer (d. 2011)

1938 - [[Terence Stamp]] -English actor and singer

1939 - [[Gila Almagor]] -Israeli actress and author

1940 - [[Judith Walzer Leavitt]] -American historian and academic

1940 - [[Alex Trebek]] -Canadian-American game show host and producer

1941 - [[Estelle Bennett]] -American singer (The Ronettes) (d. 2009)

1941 - [[Vaughn Bodē]] -American illustrator (d. 1975)

1941 - [[George Clinton (musician)|George Clinton]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Parliament-Funkadelic)

1941 - [[David M. Kennedy (historian)|David M. Kennedy]] -American historian and author

1941 - [[Ron Turcotte]] -Canadian jockey

1942 - [[Michael Abney-Hastings, 14th Earl of Loudoun]] -English-Australian politician (d. 2012)

1942 - [[Peter Habeler]] -Austrian mountaineer and skier

1942 - [[Les Johns]] -Australian rugby player and coach

1943 - [[Masaru Emoto]] -Japanese author and activist (d. 2014)

1943 - [[Kay Bailey Hutchison]] -American lawyer and politician

1943 - [[Bobby Sherman]] -American singer-songwriter and actor

1944 - [[Rick Davies]] -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Supertramp)

1944 - [[Sparky Lyle]] -American baseball player and manager

1944 - [[Anand Satyanand]] -New Zealand lawyer, judge, and politician, 19th Governor-General of New Zealand

1945 - [[Philip Cohen (British biochemist)|Philip Cohen]] -English biochemist and academic

1946 - [[Danny Glover]] -American actor, director, and producer

1946 - [[Mireille Mathieu]] -French singer

1946 - [[Paul Schrader]] -American director and screenwriter

1946 - [[Paul-Loup Sulitzer]] -French financier and author

1946 - [[Rolando Joven Tria Tirona]] -Filipino archbishop

1946 - [[Johnson Toribiong]] -Palauan lawyer and politician, 7th President of Palau

1947 - [[Albert Brooks]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Gilles Duceppe]] -Canadian politician

1947 - [[Don Henley]] -American singer-songwriter and drummer (Eagles (band)|The Eagles)

1948 - [[S. E. Hinton]] -American author

1948 - [[Otto Waalkes]] -German actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1949 - [[Alan Menken]] -American pianist and composer

1949 - [[Lasse Virén]] -Finnish runner and police officer

1951 - [[Richard Bennett (guitarist)|Richard Bennett]] -American guitarist and producer (The Notorious Cherry Bombs)

1953 - [[Sylvia Chang]] -Taiwanese actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1953 - [[Brian Howe (singer)|Brian Howe]] -English singer-songwriter (Bad Company)

1954 - [[Al Di Meola]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Return to Forever)

1954 - [[Steve LaTourette]] -American lawyer and politician

1954 - [[Pierre Lebeau]] -Canadian actor

1954 - [[Lonette McKee]] -American actress and singer

1955 - [[Richard J. Corman]] -American businessman, founded the R.J. Corman Railroad Group (d. 2013)

1955 - [[Willem Dafoe]] -American actor

1956 - [[Scott Sanderson (baseball)|Scott Sanderson]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1957 - [[Álvaro Corcuera]] -Mexican priest (d. 2014)

1957 - [[Dave Stieb]] -American baseball player

1958 - [[Tatsunori Hara]] -Japanese baseball player and coach

1958 - [[David Von Erich]] -American wrestler (d. 1984)

1959 - [[Grant Forsberg]] -American actor (d. 2007)

1960 - [[Barbara Cassani]] -American businesswoman

1960 - [[Jon Oliva]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Jon Oliva's Pain)

1961 - [[Calvin Fish]] -English race car driver and sportscaster

1961 - [[Keith Sweat]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (LSG)

1962 - [[Alvin Robertson]] -American basketball player

1962 - [[Martine St. Clair]] -Canadian singer and actress

1963 - [[Emilio Butragueño]] -Spanish footballer

1963 - [[Rob Estes]] -American actor and director

1963 - [[Olivier Gourmet]] -Belgian actor

1963 - [[Emily Saliers]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Indigo Girls)

1964 - [[Adam Godley]] -English actor

1964 - [[Bonnie Langford]] -English actress and dancer

1964 - [[John Leguizamo]] -Colombian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[David Spade]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Teruyoshi Uchimura]] -Japanese comedian

1965 - [[Derrick Dalley]] -Canadian educator and politician

1965 - [[Patrick Labyorteaux]] -American actor and screenwriter

1965 - [[Shawn Michaels]] -American wrestler, trainer, and actor

1965 - [[Richard B. Poore]] -New Zealand humanitarian

1965 - [[Doug Riesenberg]] -American football player and coach

1966 - [[Tim Brown (American football)|Tim Brown]] -American football player and manager

1966 - [[Shaun Cohen]] -South African-American wrestler

1967 - [[Irene Bedard]] -American actress

1967 - [[Lauren Booth]] -English journalist and activist

1968 - [[Rhys Ifans]] -Welsh actor and singer (Super Furry Animals)

1969 - [[Despina Vandi]] -German-Greek singer and actress

1970 - [[Jason Becker]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Cacophony (band)|Cacophony)

1970 - [[Steve Carter (rugby league)|Steve Carter]] -Australian rugby player

1970 - [[Devendra Fadnavis]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 18th Chief Minister of Maharashtra

1970 - [[Sergei Zubov]] -Russian ice hockey player and coach

1971 - [[Kristine Lilly]] -American soccer player

1972 - [[Colin Ferguson (actor)|Colin Ferguson]] -Canadian actor, director, and producer

1972 - [[Seth Fisher]] -American illustrator (d. 2006)

1972 - [[Keyshawn Johnson]] -American football player and sportscaster

1972 - [[Niclas Weiland]] -German footballer

1973 - [[Brian Chippendale]] -American singer and drummer (Lightning Bolt (band)|Lightning Bolt and Mindflayer (band)|Mindflayer)

1973 - [[Ronald Ray Howard]] -American murderer (d. 2005)

1973 - [[Daniel Jones (musician)|Daniel Jones]] -English-Australian guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Savage Garden)

1973 - [[Petey Pablo]] -American rapper and actor

1973 - [[Mike Sweeney]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Ece Temelkuran]] -Turkish journalist and author

1973 - [[Rufus Wainwright]] -American-Canadian singer-songwriter

1974 - [[Sonija Kwok]] -Hong Kong-Canadian actress

1974 - [[Franka Potente]] -German actress and singer

1975 - [[Aile Asszonyi]] -Estonian soprano

1975 - [[Sam Jacobson]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Kokia (singer)|Kokia]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

1976 - [[Nino Alejandro]] -Filipino singer-songwriter and actor

1976 - [[Janek Tombak]] -Estonian cyclist

1977 - [[Ezio Galon]] -Italian rugby player

1977 - [[Ingo Hertzsch]] -German footballer

1977 - [[Gustavo Nery]] -Brazilian footballer

1978 - [[A. J. Cook]] -Canadian actress

1978 - [[Martyn Lee (broadcaster)|Martyn Lee]] -English radio host and producer

1978 - [[Runako Morton]] -Nevisian cricketer (d. 2012)

1978 - [[Dennis Rommedahl]] -Danish footballer

1979 - [[Anna Bieleń-Żarska]] -Polish tennis player

1979 - [[Lucas Luhr]] -German race car driver

1979 - [[Yadel Martí]] -Cuban baseball player

1979 - [[James Mason (wrestler)|James Mason]] -English wrestler

1980 - [[Tablo]] -South Korean-Canadian rapper, producer, and actor (Epik High)

1980 - [[Scott Dixon]] -New Zealand race car driver

1980 - [[Dirk Kuyt]] -Dutch footballer

1980 - [[Kate Ryan]] -Belgian singer-songwriter

1981 - [[Fandango (wrestler)|Fandango]] -American wrestler

1981 - [[Ala Ghawas]] -Bahraini singer-songwriter

1982 - [[Nuwan Kulasekara]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1982 - [[Anna Chicherova]] -Russian high jumper

1983 - [[Aldo de Nigris]] -Mexican footballer

1983 - [[Dries Devenyns]] -Belgian cyclist

1983 - [[Nikos Ganos]] -Greek singer and model

1983 - [[Steven Jackson]] -American football player

1983 - [[Clemens von Grumbkow]] -German rugby player

1983 - [[Arsenie Todiraș]] -Moldovan singer (O-Zone)

1983 - [[Sharni Vinson]] -Australian actress and dancer

1983 - [[Andreas Ulvo]] -Norwegian pianist (Eple Trio)

1984 - [[Stewart Downing]] -English footballer

1984 - [[Irina Kikkas]] -Estonian gymnast

1985 - [[Jessica Abbott]] -Australian swimmer

1985 - [[Takudzwa Ngwenya]] -Zimbabwean-American rugby player

1985 - [[Akira Tozawa]] -Japanese wrestler

1986 - [[Steve Johnson (American football)|Steve Johnson]] -American football player

1986 - [[Cilla Kung]] -Hong Kong actress and singer

1986 - [[Haruka Suenaga]] -Japanese actress and model

1987 - [[Ilja Glebov]] -Estonian figure skater

1987 - [[Charlotte Kalla]] -Swedish skier

1988 - [[Paul Coutts]] -Scottish footballer

1988 - [[Thomas Kraft]] -German footballer

1988 - [[Sercan Temizyürek]] -Turkish footballer

1988 - [[Yuriko Yoshitaka]] -Japanese actress

1989 - [[Keegan Allen]] -American actor

1989 - [[Leandro Damião]] -Brazilian footballer

1991 - [[Matty James]] -English footballer

1992 - [[Anja Aguilar]] -Filipino actress and singer

1992 - [[Selena Gomez]] -American actress and singer (Selena Gomez & the Scene)

1992 - [[Junki Tozuka]] -Japanese actor

1993 - [[Amber Beattie]] -English actress and singer

1993 - [[Dzhokhar Tsarnaev]] -Chechen-American terrorist

1996 - [[Skyler Gisondo]] -American actor

1996 - [[Jane Oineza]] -Filipino actress and singer

1997 - [[Field Cate]] -American actor

1998 - [[Madison Pettis]] -American actress

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