This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1301 - [[Otto, Duke of Austria]] -(d. 1339)

1339 - [[Louis I, Duke of Anjou]] -(d. 1384)

1401 - [[Francesco I Sforza]] -Italian husband of Bianca Maria Visconti (d. 1466)

1503 - [[Anne of Bohemia and Hungary]] -(d. 1547)

1649 - [[Pope Clement XI]] -(d. 1721)

1705 - [[Francis Blomefield]] -English historian and author (d. 1752)

1773 - [[Thomas Brisbane]] -Scottish general and politician, 6th Governor of New South Wales (d. 1860)

1775 - [[Étienne-Louis Malus]] -French physicist and mathematician (d. 1812)

1777 - [[Philipp Otto Runge]] -German painter and illustrator (d. 1810)

1796 - [[Franz Berwald]] -Swedish surgeon and composer (d. 1868)

1823 - [[Alexandre-Antonin Taché]] -Canadian archbishop and missionary (d. 1894)

1838 - [[Édouard Colonne]] -French violinist and conductor (d. 1910)

1851 - [[Peder Severin Krøyer]] -Norwegian-Danish painter (d. 1909)

1856 - [[Bal Gangadhar Tilak]] -Indian lawyer and journalist (d. 1920)

1864 - [[Apolinario Mabini]] -Filipino lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines (d. 1903)

1865 - [[Max Heindel]] -Danish occultist and mystic (d. 1919)

1865 - [[Henry Norris (businessman)|Henry Norris]] -English businessman and politician (d. 1934)

1866 - [[Francesco Cilea]] -Italian composer and academic (d. 1950)

1878 - [[James Thomas Milton Anderson]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 5th Premier of Saskatchewan (d. 1946)

1883 - [[Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke]] -French-English field marshal and politician, Lord Lieutenant of the County of London (d. 1963)

1884 - [[Emil Jannings]] -Swiss-German actor and producer (d. 1950)

1885 - [[Izaak Walton Killam|Izaak Killam]] -Canadian financier and philanthropist (d. 1955)

1885 - [[Georges V. Matchabelli]] -Georgian-American businessman, created Prince Matchabelli|Prince Matchabelli perfume (d. 1935)

1886 - [[Salvador de Madariaga]] -Spanish historian and diplomat (d. 1978)

1886 - [[Walter H. Schottky]] -Swiss-German physicist and engineer (d. 1976)

1888 - [[Raymond Chandler]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 1959)

1892 - [[Haile Selassie]] -Ethiopian emperor (d. 1975)

1894 - [[Arthur Treacher]] -English-American actor and singer (d. 1975)

1895 - [[Aileen Pringle]] -American actress (d. 1989)

1898 - [[Bengt Djurberg]] -Swedish actor and singer (d. 1941)

1898 - [[Red Dutton]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1987)

1898 - [[Herman Kruusenberg]] -Estonian wrestler (d. 1970)

1898 - [[Jacob Marschak]] -Ukrainian-American economist, journalist, and author (d. 1977)

1899 - [[Gustav Heinemann]] -German lawyer and politician, 3rd List of German presidents|President of West Germany (d. 1976)

1900 - [[John Babcock]] -Canadian-American sergeant (d. 2010)

1901 - [[Hank Worden]] -American actor and singer (d. 1992)

1905 - [[Leopold Engleitner]] -Austrian author and educator (d. 2013)

1906 - [[Vladimir Prelog]] -Croatian-Swiss chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

1906 - [[Chandra Shekhar Azad]] -Indian activist (d. 1931)

1909 - [[John William Finn]] -American lieutenant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2010)

1912 - [[M. H. Abrams]] -American author, critic, and academic (d. 2015)

1912 - [[Michael Wilding (actor)|Michael Wilding]] -English actor (d. 1979)

1913 - [[Michael Foot]] -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Employment (d. 2010)

1914 - [[Nassos Daphnis]] -Greek-American painter (d.2010)

1914 - [[Virgil Finlay]] -American illustrator (d. 1971)

1914 - [[Elly Annie Schneider]] -German-American actress (d. 2004)

1916 - [[Laurel Martyn]] -Australian ballerina and choreographer (d. 2013)

1918 - [[Abraham Bueno de Mesquita]] -Dutch comedian and actor (d. 2005)

1918 - [[Ruth Duccini]] -American actress (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Pee Wee Reese]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1999)

1920 - [[Amália Rodrigues]] -Portuguese singer and actress (d. 1999)

1921 - [[Calvert DeForest]] -American actor (d. 2007)

1922 - [[Damiano Damiani]] -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Luis Aloma]] -Cuban-American baseball player (d. 1997)

1923 - [[Morris Halle]] -Latvian-American linguist and academic

1923 - [[Amalia Mendoza]] -Mexican singer and actress (d. 2001)

1924 - [[Gavin Lambert]] -English-American screenwriter and author (d. 2005)

1924 - [[Gazanfer Bilge]] -Turkish wrestler (d. 2008)

1925 - [[Tajuddin Ahmad]] -Bangladeshi politician, 1st Prime Minister of Bangladesh (d. 1975)

1925 - [[Alain Decaux]] -French historian and author

1925 - [[Gloria DeHaven]] -American actress and singer

1926 - [[Ludvík Vaculík]] -Czech journalist and author (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Gérard Brach]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1928 - [[Leon Fleisher]] -American pianist and conductor

1928 - [[Vera Rubin]] -American astronomer and academic

1928 - [[Hubert Selby, Jr.]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1929 - [[Danny Barcelona]] -American drummer (d. 2007)

1929 - [[Lateef Jakande]] -Nigerian journalist and politician, 5th Governor of Lagos State

1931 - [[Te Atairangikaahu]] -Māori queen (d. 2006)

1931 - [[Claude Fournier (filmmaker)|Claude Fournier]] -Canadian director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1931 - [[Guy Fournier]] -Canadian author and screenwriter

1933 - [[Raimund Abraham]] -Austrian architect, designed the Austrian Cultural Forum New York|Austrian Cultural Forum (d. 2010)

1933 - [[Bert Convy]] -American actor, singer, and game show host (d. 1991)

1933 - [[Benedict Groeschel]] -American priest, psychologist, and talk show host (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Richard Rogers]] -Italian-English architect, designed the Millennium Dome and Lloyd's building

1935 - [[Jim Hall (racing driver)|Jim Hall]] -American race car driver

1936 - [[Don Drysdale]] -American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1993)

1936 - [[Anthony Kennedy]] -American lawyer and jurist

1937 - [[Dave Webster]] -American football player and engineer

1938 - [[Juliet Anderson]] -American porn actress and producer (d. 2010)

1938 - [[Ronny Cox]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1938 - [[Mickey Curtis]] -Japanese actor and singer

1938 - [[Götz George]] -German actor and producer

1938 - [[Charles Harrelson]] -American murderer (d. 2007)

1938 - [[Bert Newton]] -Australian actor and television host

1940 - [[Don Imus]] -American radio host

1940 - [[Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa]] -Italian economist and politician, Ministry of Economy and Finances (Italy)|Italian Minister of Finance (d. 2010)

1941 - [[Christopher Andrew (historian)|Christopher Andrew]] -English historian and academic

1941 - [[Richie Evans]] -American race car driver (d. 1985)

1941 - [[Sergio Mattarella]] -Italian lawyer, judge, and politician, 12th President of Italy

1942 - [[Sallyanne Atkinson]] -Australian journalist and politician, Lord Mayor of Brisbane

1942 - [[Madeline Bell]] -American singer-songwriter (Blue Mink)

1942 - [[Richard E. Dauch]] -American businessman, co-founded American Axle (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Dimitris Liantinis]] -Greek philosopher and author (d. 1998)

1943 - [[Randall Forsberg]] -American scientist (d. 2007)

1943 - [[Larry Manetti]] -American actor and producer

1943 - [[Tony Joe White]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 - [[Dino Danelli]] -American drummer (The Rascals and Fotomaker)

1944 - [[Maria João Pires]] -Portuguese pianist

1945 - [[Edward Gregson]] -English composer and educator

1946 - [[Andy Mackay]] -English oboe player and composer (Roxy Music)

1946 - [[René Ricard]] -American poet, painter, and critic (d. 2014)

1947 - [[Gardner Dozois]] -American journalist and author

1947 - [[David Essex]] -English singer-songwriter, and actor

1947 - [[Torsten Palm]] -Swedish race car driver

1947 - [[Robin Simon (critic)|Robin Simon]] -English historian, critic, and academic

1948 - [[Ross Cranston]] -Australian-English lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1948 - [[John Cushnahan]] -Irish educator and politician

1948 - [[John Hall (New York politician)|John Hall]] -American pianist, songwriter, and politician

1948 - [[Stanisław Targosz]] -Polish general (d. 2013)

1949 - [[Clive Rice]] -South African cricketer and coach (d. 2015)

1950 - [[Alex Kozinski]] -Romanian-American lawyer and judge

1950 - [[Ian Thomas (Canadian musician)|Ian Thomas]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1950 - [[Blair Thornton]] -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

1950 - [[Alan Turner (cricketer)|Alan Turner]] -Australian cricketer

1951 - [[Edie McClurg]] -American actress and singer

1951 - [[Michael McConnohie]] -American voice actor and screenwriter

1951 - [[Leman Sam]] -Turkish singer-songwriter

1952 - [[Paul Hibbert]] -Australian cricketer and coach (d. 2008)

1952 - [[Bill Nyrop]] -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1995)

1952 - [[John Rutsey]] -Canadian drummer (Rush (band)|Rush) (d. 2008)

1952 - [[Janis Siegel]] -American singer (The Manhattan Transfer)

1953 - [[Claude Barzotti]] -Belgian-Italian singer

1953 - [[Graham Gooch]] -English cricketer and coach

1953 - [[Bob Hilton]] -American game show host and announcer

1953 - [[Najib Razak]] -Malaysian politician, 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia

1954 - [[Annie Sprinkle]] -American porn actress and producer

1957 - [[Jo Brand]] -English comedian, actress, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Kate Buffery]] -English actress

1957 - [[Nikos Galis]] -American basketball player

1957 - [[Theo van Gogh (film director)|Theo van Gogh]] -Dutch actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1958 - [[Tomy Winata]] -Indonesian businessman and philanthropist, founded the Artha Graha Peduli Foundation

1959 - [[Nancy Savoca]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Susan Graham]] -American soprano and educator

1960 - [[Al Perez]] -American wrestler

1961 - [[André Ducharme]] -Canadian comedian and author

1961 - [[Michael Durant]] -American pilot and author

1961 - [[Martin Gore]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Depeche Mode and VCMG)

1961 - [[Woody Harrelson]] -American actor and producer

1962 - [[Eriq La Salle]] -American actor, director, and producer

1962 - [[Alain Lefèvre]] -Canadian pianist and composer

1962 - [[Hiroshi Mikami]] -Japanese actor

1964 - [[Uwe Barth]] -German politician

1964 - [[Nick Menza]] -German drummer and songwriter (Megadeth and Memorain)

1965 - [[Slash (musician)|Slash]] -English-American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Hollywood Rose, and Road Crew)

1965 - [[Rob Dickinson]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Catherine Wheel)

1965 - [[Dick Jaspers]] -Dutch billiards player

1966 - [[Samantha Beckinsale]] -English actress

1966 - [[Hamid Mir]] -Pakistani journalist

1967 - [[Titiyo]] -Swedish singer-songwriter

1967 - [[Philip Seymour Hoffman]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1968 - [[Elden Campbell]] -American basketball player

1968 - [[Gary Payton]] -American basketball player and actor

1968 - [[Stephanie Seymour]] -American model and actress

1969 - [[Andrew Cassels]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1969 - [[David Kaufman (actor)|David Kaufman]] -American actor

1970 - [[Charisma Carpenter]] -American actress

1970 - [[Thea Dorn]] -German author and playwright

1970 - [[Povilas Vanagas]] -Lithuanian ice dancer

1970 - [[Sam Watters]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Color Me Badd)

1971 - [[Dalvin DeGrate]] -American rapper and producer (Jodeci)

1971 - [[Alison Krauss]] -American singer-songwriter and fiddler

1971 - [[Christopher Lee (Malaysian actor)|Christopher Lee]] -Malaysian actor and singer

1971 - [[Chris Michalek]] -American harmonica player (d. 2010)

1971 - [[Joel Stein]] -American journalist

1972 - [[Giovane Élber]] -Brazilian footballer

1972 - [[Suat Kılıç]] -Turkish journalist, lawyer, and politician, Ministry of Youth and Sports (Turkey)|Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports

1972 - [[Floyd Reifer]] -Barbadian cricketer and coach

1972 - [[Marlon Wayans]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Nomar Garciaparra]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Fran Healy (musician)|Fran Healy]] -English-Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Travis (band)|Travis)

1973 - [[Monica Lewinsky]] -American author and handbag designer

1973 - [[Himesh Reshammiya]] -Indian singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and director

1973 - [[Andrea Scanavacca]] -Italian rugby player and manager

1974 - [[Terry Glenn]] -American football player and coach

1974 - [[Maurice Greene (athlete)|Maurice Greene]] -American sprinter

1974 - [[Kathryn Hahn]] -American actress and screenwriter

1974 - [[Stephanie March]] -American actress

1974 - [[Sonny Siaki]] -Samoan-American wrestler

1974 - [[Rik Verbrugghe]] -Belgian cyclist

1975 - [[Suriya]] -Indian actor and producer

1975 - [[Sung Hyun-ah]] -South Korean model and actress

1975 - [[Dan Rogerson]] -English politician

1976 - [[Judit Polgár]] -Hungarian chess player

1977 - [[Scott Clemmensen]] -American ice hockey player and coach

1977 - [[Néicer Reasco]] -Ecuadorian footballer

1977 - [[Shawn Thornton]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1978 - [[Stuart Elliott (footballer, born 1978)|Stuart Elliott]] -Northern Irish footballer

1978 - [[Marianela González]] -Venezuelan actress

1978 - [[Stefanie Sun]] -Singaporean singer-songwriter and pianist

1978 - [[Lauren Groff]] -American author

1979 - [[Perro Aguayo Jr.]] -Mexican wrestler and promoter (d. 2015)

1979 - [[Mehmet Akif Alakurt]] -Turkish actor and model

1979 - [[Sotirios Kyrgiakos]] -Greek footballer

1979 - [[Anta Livitsanou]] -Greek actress and singer

1979 - [[Richard Sims]] -Zimbabwean cricketer

1979 - [[Ricardo Sperafico]] -Brazilian race car driver

1979 - [[Cathleen Tschirch]] -German sprinter

1980 - [[Sandeep Parikh]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1980 - [[Michelle Williams (singer)|Michelle Williams]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Destiny's Child)

1981 - [[Steve Jocz]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, drummer, and director (Sum 41)

1981 - [[Dmitriy Karpov]] -Kazakhstani decathlete

1981 - [[Aleksandr Kulik]] -Estonian footballer

1981 - [[Jarkko Nieminen]] -Finnish tennis player

1982 - [[Ömer Aysan Barış]] -Turkish footballer

1982 - [[Zanjoe Marudo]] -Filipino actor

1982 - [[Joe Mather]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Tom Mison]] -English actor

1982 - [[Gökhan Ünal]] -Turkish footballer

1982 - [[Gerald Wallace]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Paul Wesley]] -American actor, director, and producer

1983 - [[Andrew Eiden]] -American actor

1983 - [[Bec Hewitt]] -Australian actress and singer

1983 - [[Aaron Peirsol]] -American swimmer

1983 - [[David Strettle]] -English rugby player

1984 - [[Walter Gargano]] -Uruguayan footballer

1984 - [[Matthew Murphy]] -English singer and guitarist (The Wombats)

1984 - [[Brandon Roy]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Celeste Thorson]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1985 - [[Luis Ángel Landín]] -Mexican footballer

1985 - [[Anna Maria Mühe]] -German actress

1986 - [[Ayaka Komatsu]] -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1986 - [[Nelson Philippe]] -French race car driver

1986 - [[Reece Ritchie]] -English actor

1986 - [[Yelena Sokolova (long jumper)|Yelena Sokolova]] -Russian long jumper

1987 - [[Alessio Cerci]] -Italian footballer

1987 - [[Felipe Dylon]] -Brazilian singer

1987 - [[Serdar Kurtuluş]] -Turkish footballer

1987 - [[Arthur Napiontek]] -American actor

1988 - [[Pippa Bennett-Warner]] -English actress

1988 - [[Pablo Holman]] -Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist (Kudai)

1988 - [[Ping Medina]] -Filipino actor

1989 - [[Eliška Bučková]] -Czech model, Czech Miss|Czech Miss 2008

1989 - [[Daniel Radcliffe]] -English actor and singer

1989 - [[Donald Young (tennis)|Donald Young]] -American tennis player

1990 - [[Ryan Castro]] -American actor

1990 - [[Young JV]] -Filipino actor, singer, and dancer

1990 - [[Kevin Reynolds (figure skater)|Kevin Reynolds]] -Canadian figure skater

1991 - [[Bibi Jones]] -American porn actress

1991 - [[Lauren Mitchell]] -Australian gymnast

1991 - [[Jarrod Wallace]] -Australian rugby league footballer

1992 - [[Danny Ings]] -English footballer

1996 - [[Rachel G. Fox]] -American actress and singer

2002 - [[Lil' P-Nut]] -American rapper and actor

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