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Famous Birthdays


1423 - [[Louis XI of France]] -(d. 1483)

1442 - [[Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado]] -of Japan (d. 1500)

1518 - [[Li Shizhen]] -Chinese physician and mineralogist (d. 1593)

1530 - [[Claude Fauchet (historian)|Claude Fauchet]] -French historian and author (d. 1601)

1550 - [[Jacobus Gallus]] -Slovenian composer (d. 1591)

1590 - [[Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana]] -Italian singer, organist, and composer (d. 1662)

1676 - [[Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau]] -(d. 1747)

1685 - [[Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet]] -English field marshal and politician (d. 1768)

1728 - [[Robert Adam]] -Scottish-English architect, designed Culzean Castle (d. 1792)

1743 - [[Sophia Magdalena of Denmark]] -(d. 1813)

1789 - [[Johann Friedrich Overbeck]] -German-Italian painter and engraver (d. 1869)

1846 - [[Achilles Alferaki]] -Russian composer and politician, Governor of Taganrog (d. 1919)

1851 - [[Charles Bannerman]] -English-Australian cricketer and umpire (d. 1930)

1854 - [[Leoš Janáček]] -Czech composer and theorist (d. 1928)

1860 - [[Charlotte Perkins Gilman]] -American sociologist and author (d. 1935)

1866 - [[Albert Gottschalk]] -Danish painter (d. 1906)

1869 - [[Svend Kornbeck]] -Danish actor (d. 1933)

1870 - [[R. B. Bennett]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 11th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1947)

1874 - [[Jean Collas]] -French rugby player and tug of war competitor (d. 1928)

1875 - [[Ferdinand Sauerbruch]] -German surgeon and academic (d. 1951)

1876 - [[Ralph Barton Perry]] -American philosopher and academic (d. 1957)

1878 - [[George M. Cohan]] -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1942)

1879 - [[Alfred Korzybski]] -Polish-American mathematician, linguist, and philosopher (d. 1950)

1880 - [[Carl Schuricht]] -Polish-German conductor (d. 1967)

1883 - [[Franz Kafka]] -Czech-Austrian author (d. 1924)

1886 - [[Raymond A. Spruance]] -American admiral and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (d. 1969)

1888 - [[Ramón Gómez de la Serna]] -Spanish author and playwright (d. 1963)

1893 - [[Sándor Bortnyik]] -Hungarian painter and graphic designer (d. 1976)

1893 - [[Mississippi John Hurt]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)

1896 - [[Doris Lloyd]] -English-American actress (d. 1968)

1900 - [[Alessandro Blasetti]] -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1901 - [[Ruth Crawford Seeger]] -American composer (d. 1953)

1903 - [[Ace Bailey]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1992)

1905 - [[Johnny Gibson]] -American hurdler and coach (d. 2006)

1906 - [[Jack Earle]] -American actor (d. 1952)

1906 - [[George Sanders]] -Russian-English actor and singer (d. 1972)

1908 - [[M. F. K. Fisher]] -American author (d. 1992)

1908 - [[Robert B. Meyner]] -American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1990)

1910 - [[Fritz Kasparek]] -Austrian mountaineer (d. 1954)

1913 - [[Dorothy Kilgallen]] -American journalist, actress, and author (d. 1965)

1916 - [[John Kundla]] -American basketball player and coach

1917 - [[João Saldanha]] -Brazilian footballer, manager, and journalist (d. 1990)

1918 - [[S. V. Ranga Rao]] -Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 1974)

1919 - [[Cecil FitzMaurice, 8th Earl of Orkney]] -(d. 1998)

1919 - [[Gerald W. Thomas]] -American soldier and academic (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Eddy Paape]] -Belgian illustrator (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Paul O'Dea]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1978)

1921 - [[Susan Peters]] -American actress (d. 1952)

1921 - [[François Reichenbach]] -French director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993)

1922 - [[Guillaume Cornelis van Beverloo]] -Belgian painter and sculptor (d. 2010)

1924 - [[S. R. Nathan]] -Singaporean social worker and politician, 6th president of Singapore

1926 - [[Johnny Coles]] -American trumpet player (d. 1997)

1927 - [[Ken Russell]] -English actor, director, and producer (d. 2011)

1928 - [[Evelyn Anthony]] -English author

1929 - [[Clément Perron]] -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1929 - [[Béatrice Picard]] -Canadian actress

1930 - [[Pete Fountain]] -American clarinet player

1930 - [[Carlos Kleiber]] -German-Austrian conductor (d. 2004)

1930 - [[Tommy Tedesco]] -American guitarist (The Wrecking Crew (music)|The Wrecking Crew) (d. 1997)

1931 - [[Frits Helmuth]] -Danish actor (d. 2004)

1932 - [[Richard Mellon Scaife]] -American businessman (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Edward Brandt, Jr.]] -American physician and mathematician (d. 2007)

1935 - [[Cheo Feliciano]] -Puerto Rican singer-songwriter (Fania All-Stars) (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Harrison Schmitt]] -American geologist, astronaut, and politician

1936 - [[Anthony Lester, Baron Lester of Herne Hill]] -English lawyer and politician

1936 - [[Baard Owe]] -Norwegian-Danish actor

1937 - [[Nicholas Maxwell]] -English philosopher and academic

1937 - [[Tom Stoppard]] -Czech-English playwright and screenwriter

1938 - [[Jean Aitchison]] -English linguist and academic

1939 - [[Brigitte Fassbaender]] -German soprano and director

1939 - [[László Kovács (politician)|László Kovács]] -Hungarian politician and diplomat, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Hungary)|Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1939 - [[Coco Laboy]] -Puerto Rican baseball player

1940 - [[Lamar Alexander]] -American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Education

1940 - [[Fontella Bass]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

1940 - [[Jerzy Buzek]] -Polish engineer and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Poland

1940 - [[César Tovar]] -Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1994)

1941 - [[Gloria Allred]] -American lawyer and activist

1942 - [[Eddy Mitchell]] -French singer-songwriter and actor (Les Chaussettes Noires)

1942 - [[Paco Stanley]] -Mexican actor (d. 1999)

1943 - [[Judith Durham]] -Australian singer-songwriter (The Seekers)

1943 - [[Kurtwood Smith]] -American actor

1944 - [[Michel Polnareff]] -French singer-songwriter

1945 - [[Michael Cole (actor)|Michael Cole]] -American actor

1945 - [[Michael Martin, Baron Martin of Springburn]] -Scottish politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (United Kingdom)|Speaker of the House of Commons

1945 - [[Saharon Shelah]] -Israeli mathematician and academic

1946 - [[Johnny Lee (singer)|Johnny Lee]] -American singer and guitarist

1946 - [[Leszek Miller]] -Polish political scientist and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Poland

1946 - [[Michael Shea (author)|Michael Shea]] -American author (d. 2014)

1946 - [[Bolo Yeung]] -Hong Kong bodybuilder and actor

1947 - [[Dave Barry]] -American journalist and author

1947 - [[Betty Buckley]] -American actress and singer

1948 - [[Paul Barrere]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Little Feat)

1948 - [[Tarmo Koivisto]] -Finnish author and illustrator

1949 - [[Susan Penhaligon]] -Filipino-English actress

1949 - [[Jan Smithers]] -American actress

1949 - [[John Verity]] -English guitarist (Argent (band)|Argent)

1949 - [[Johnnie Wilder, Jr.]] -American singer (Heatwave (band)|Heatwave) (d. 2006)

1949 - [[Bo Xilai]] -Chinese politician, Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China|Chinese Minister of Commerce

1950 - [[Ewen Chatfield]] -New Zealand cricketer

1950 - [[James Hahn]] -American judge and politician, 40th Mayor of Los Angeles

1951 - [[Jean-Claude Duvalier]] -Haitian politician, 41st President of Haiti (d. 2014)

1951 - [[Richard Hadlee]] -New Zealand cricketer and footballer

1952 - [[Andy Fraser]] -English singer-songwriter and bass player (Free (band)|Free, Sharks (band formed 1972)|Sharks, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) (d. 2015)

1952 - [[Amit Kumar]] -Indian actor, singer, and director

1952 - [[Rohinton Mistry]] -Indian-Canadian author

1955 - [[Claude Rajotte]] -Canadian radio and television host

1956 - [[Vincent Margera]] -American sex offender

1956 - [[Montel Williams]] -American actor and talk show host

1952 - [[Laura Branigan]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2004)

1957 - [[Ken Ober]] -American comedian, actor, and game show host (d. 2009)

1957 - [[Poly Styrene]] -British musician (X-Ray Spex) (d. 2011)

1958 - [[Lisa De Leeuw]] -American porn actress (d. 1993)

1958 - [[Matthew Fraser (journalist)|Matthew Fraser]] -Canadian-English journalist and academic

1958 - [[Charlie Higson]] -English actor, singer, and author (The Higsons)

1958 - [[Siân Lloyd]] -Welsh meteorologist and journalist

1958 - [[Didier Mouron]] -Swiss-Canadian painter

1958 - [[Aaron Tippin]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1959 - [[Julie Burchill]] -English journalist and author

1959 - [[Ian Maxtone-Graham]] -American screenwriter and producer

1959 - [[Stephen Pearcy]] -American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Ratt, Arcade (band)|Arcade, Vertex (band)|Vertex, and Vicious Delite)

1959 - [[David Shore]] -Canadian screenwriter and producer

1960 - [[Vince Clarke]] -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Depeche Mode, Yazoo (band)|Yazoo, The Assembly, Erasure, and VCMG)

1961 - [[Pedro Romeiras]] -Portuguese dancer and choreographer

1961 - [[Tim Smith (musician)|Tim Smith]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer (Cardiacs, The Sea Nymphs (band)|The Sea Nymphs, Spratleys Japs, and Panixphere)

1962 - [[Tom Cruise]] -American actor and producer

1962 - [[Thomas Gibson]] -American actor and director

1962 - [[Hunter Tylo]] -American actress

1963 - [[Tracey Emin]] -English painter and photographer

1964 - [[Joanne Harris]] -English author and academic

1964 - [[Yeardley Smith]] -French-American actress, singer, and producer

1965 - [[Shinya Hashimoto]] -Japanese wrestler (d. 2005)

1965 - [[Connie Nielsen]] -Danish-American actress

1965 - [[Komsan Pohkong]] -Thai lawyer and academic

1966 - [[Moisés Alou]] -American baseball player

1967 - [[Brian Cashman]] -American businessman

1967 - [[Katy Clark]] -Scottish lawyer and politician

1968 - [[Ramush Haradinaj]] -Kosovo-Albanian soldier and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Kosovo

1968 - [[Aku Louhimies]] -Finnish director and screenwriter

1969 - [[Kevin Hearn]] -Canadian singer and keyboard player (Barenaked Ladies, Rheostatics, and Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle)

1970 - [[Serhiy Honchar]] -Ukrainian cyclist

1970 - [[Audra McDonald]] -American actress and singer

1970 - [[Teemu Selänne]] -Finnish-American ice hockey player

1970 - [[Shawnee Smith]] -American actress and singer (Smith & Pyle)

1970 - [[Aşkın Nur Yengi]] -Turkish singer and actress

1971 - [[Julian Assange]] -Australian journalist, publisher, and activist, founded WikiLeaks

1973 - [[Paul Rauhihi]] -New Zealand rugby player

1973 - [[Ólafur Stefánsson]] -Icelandic handball player

1973 - [[Fyodor Tuvin]] -Russian footballer (d. 2013)

1973 - [[Patrick Wilson (American actor)|Patrick Wilson]] -American actor and singer

1976 - [[Andrea Barber]] -American actress

1976 - [[Wade Belak]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1976 - [[Shane Lynch]] -Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Boyzone)

1976 - [[Henry Olonga]] -Zimbabwean cricketer and sportscaster

1976 - [[Wanderlei Silva]] -Brazilian-American mixed martial artist

1976 - [[Bobby Skinstad]] -Zimbabwean-South African rugby player

1977 - [[David Bowens]] -American football player

1978 - [[Mizuki Noguchi]] -Japanese runner

1979 - [[Jamie Grove]] -English cricketer

1979 - [[Ludivine Sagnier]] -French actress and singer

1980 - [[Mazharul Haque]] -Bangladeshi cricketer (d. 2013)

1980 - [[Jenny Jones (snowboarder)|Jenny Jones]] -English snowboarder

1980 - [[Olivia Munn]] -American actress

1980 - [[Boštjan Nachbar]] -Slovenian basketball player

1980 - [[Roland Schoeman]] -South African swimmer

1980 - [[Harbhajan Singh]] -Indian cricketer

1980 - [[Giorgos Theodoridis]] -Greek footballer

1981 - [[Aoi Tada]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1981 - [[Justin Torkildsen]] -American actor

1982 - [[Kanika (actress)|Kanika]] -Indian actress and singer

1983 - [[Steph Jones]] -American singer-songwriter

1983 - [[Matt Papa]] -American singer-songwriter

1983 - [[Edinson Volquez]] -Dominican baseball player

1984 - [[Satomi Hanamura]] -Japanese actress

1984 - [[Manny Lawson]] -American football player

1984 - [[Churandy Martina]] -Dutch sprinter

1984 - [[Syed Rasel]] -Bangladeshi cricketer

1984 - [[Nicolas Roche]] -Irish cyclist

1984 - [[Corey Sevier]] -Canadian actor and producer

1985 - [[Dean Cook]] -English actor

1985 - [[Keisuke Minami]] -Japanese actor and singer (PureBoys)

1986 - [[Marco Antônio de Mattos Filho]] -Brazilian footballer

1986 - [[Robina Muqimyar]] -Afghan Sprinter

1987 - [[Chad Broskey]] -American actor

1987 - [[Mikie Hara]] -Japanese model and actress

1987 - [[Chris Hunter (actor)|Chris Hunter]] -American actor

1987 - [[Sebastian Vettel]] -German race car driver

1988 - [[Winston Reid]] -New Zealand-Danish footballer

1988 - [[Vladislav Sesganov]] -Russian figure skater

1988 - [[James Troisi]] -Australian footballer

1989 - [[Godfrey Walusimbi]] -Ugandan footballer

1989 - [[Mitchell Dodds]] -Australian rugby league player

1990 - [[Nathan Gardner]] -Australian rugby player

1990 - [[Bobby Hopkinson]] -English footballer

1990 - [[Lucas Mendes]] -Brazilian footballer

1991 - [[Tomomi Itano]] -Japanese actress and singer (AKB48)

1991 - [[Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova]] -Russian tennis player

1991 - [[Grant Rosenmeyer]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1992 - [[Nathalia Ramos]] -Spanish actress and singer

1992 - [[Molly Sandén]] -Swedish singer and voice actress

1992 - [[Maasa Sudo]] -Japanese singer and actress (Berryz Kobo and ZYX)

1993 - [[Roy Kim]] -South Korean singer-songwriter

1997 - [[Mia McKenna-Bruce]] -English actress

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