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Famous Birthdays


1107 - [[Emperor Gaozong of Song]] -(d. 1187)

1161 - [[Constance, Duchess of Brittany]] -(d. 1201)

1519 - [[Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany]] -(d. 1574)

1561 - [[Anna of Württemberg]] -(d. 1616)

1573 - [[Robert Radclyffe, 5th Earl of Sussex]] -soldier (d. 1629)

1577 - [[Paul Guldin]] -Swiss astronomer and mathematician (d. 1643)

1711 - [[Louis Legrand (theologian)|Louis Legrand]] -French priest and theologian (d. 1780)

1760 - [[Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvrai]] -French author, playwright, journalist, and politician (d. 1797)

1771 - [[Patrick Gass]] -American sergeant and author (d. 1870)

1775 - [[Karl Freiherr von Müffling]] -Prussian field marshal (d. 1851)

1777 - [[Robert Clark (U.S. politician)|Robert Clark]] -American physician and politician (d. 1837)

1795 - [[John Marston (sailor)|John Marston]] -American sailor (d. 1885)

1802 - [[Harriet Martineau]] -English sociologist and author (d. 1876)

1806 - [[John A. Roebling]] -German-American engineer, designed the Brooklyn Bridge (d. 1869)

1807 - [[Ante Kuzmanić]] -Croatian physician and journalist (d. 1879)

1812 - [[Edmond Hébert]] -French geologist and academic (d. 1890)

1819 - [[Charles Kingsley]] -English priest, historian, and author (d. 1875)

1827 - [[Johanna Spyri]] -Swiss author (d. 1901)

1841 - [[Watson Fothergill]] -English architect, designed the Woodborough Road Baptist Church (d. 1928)

1843 - [[David Gill (astronomer)|Sir David Gill]] -Scottish-English astronomer and author (d. 1914)

1851 - [[Oliver Lodge]] -English physicist and academic (d. 1940)

1857 - [[Maurice Perrault]] -Canadian architect, engineer, and politician, 15th List of mayors of Longueuil|Mayor of Longueuil (d. 1909)

1858 - [[Harry Johnston]] -English botanist and explorer (d. 1927)

1858 - [[Henry Scott Tuke]] -English painter and photographer (d. 1929)

1861 - [[William Attewell]] -English cricketer and umpire (d. 1927)

1864 - [[Frank Chapman (ornithologist)|Frank Chapman]] -American ornithologist, photographer, and author (d. 1945)

1877 - [[Thomas C. Hart]] -American admiral and politician (d. 1971)

1875 - [[Sam De Grasse]] -Canadian-American actor (d. 1953)

1883 - [[Fernand Gonder]] -French pole vaulter (d. 1969)

1883 - [[Robert Lowie]] -Austrian-American anthropologist and academic (d. 1957)

1888 - [[Zygmunt Janiszewski]] -Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1920)

1890 - [[Egon Schiele]] -Austrian soldier and painter (d. 1918)

1892 - [[Djuna Barnes]] -American journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1982)

1897 - [[Anthony Eden]] -English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1977)

1899 - [[Fritz Albert Lipmann]] -German-American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)

1899 - [[Weegee]] -Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (d. 1968)

1902 - [[Hendrik Elias]] -Belgian lawyer and politician, List of mayors of Ghent|Mayor of Ghent (d. 1973)

1903 - [[Emmett Hardy]] -American cornet player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1925)

1905 - [[Ray Barbuti]] -American sprinter and football player (d. 1988)

1906 - [[Sandro Penna]] -Italian poet (d. 1977)

1908 - [[Alphonse Ouimet]] -Canadian broadcaster (d. 1988)

1908 - [[Marina Semyonova]] -Russian ballerina and educator (d. 2010)

1908 - [[Otto Skorzeny]] -German SS officer (d. 1975)

1910 - [[Bill Naughton]] -Irish-English playwright and author (d. 1992)

1912 - [[Bill Cowley]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1993)

1912 - [[Carl Hovland]] -American psychologist and academic (d. 1961)

1913 - [[Jean Victor Allard]] -Canadian general (d. 1996)

1913 - [[Desmond Piers]] -Canadian admiral (d. 2005)

1914 - [[William Lundigan]] -American actor and singer (d. 1975)

1914 - [[Go Seigen]] -Chinese-Japanese Go (game)|Go player (d. 2014)

1915 - [[Priscilla Lane]] -American actress and singer (d. 1995)

1915 - [[Christopher Mayhew]] -English soldier and politician (d. 1997)

1915 - [[David Rockefeller]] -American banker and businessman

1916 - [[Irwin Allen]] -American director and producer (d. 1991)

1916 - [[Raúl Héctor Castro]] -Mexican-American politician and diplomat, 14th Governor of Arizona (d. 2015)

1918 - [[Samuel Z. Arkoff]] -American film producer (d. 2001)

1918 - [[Christie Jayaratnam Eliezer]] -Sri Lankan-Australian mathematician and academic (d. 2001)

1919 - [[Uta Hagen]] -German-American actress and educator (d. 2004)

1920 - [[Dave Berg (cartoonist)|Dave Berg]] -American soldier and cartoonist (d. 2002)

1920 - [[Peter Jones (actor)|Peter Jones]] -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2000)

1920 - [[Jim Siedow]] -American actor (d. 2003)

1921 - [[Luis García Berlanga]] -Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1921 - [[Christopher Derrick]] -English author, critic, and academic (d. 2007)

1921 - [[James Archibald Houston]] -Canadian author and illustrator (d. 2005)

1922 - [[Margherita Hack]] -Italian astrophysicist and author (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Monty Westmore]] -American make-up artist (d. 2007)

1924 - [[George H. W. Bush]] -American lieutenant and politician, 41st President of the United States

1924 - [[Grete Dollitz]] -German-American guitarist and radio host (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Jaime Montestrela]] -Portuguese psychiatrist, author, and poet (d. 1975)

1928 - [[Vic Damone]] -American singer-songwriter and actor

1928 - [[Petros Molyviatis]] -Greek politician and diplomat, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Greece)|Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs

1928 - [[Richard M. Sherman]] -American composer and director

1929 - [[Brigid Brophy]] -English author and critic (d. 1995)

1929 - [[Anne Frank]] -German-Dutch holocaust victim and author (d. 1945)

1929 - [[Jameel Jalibi]] -Pakistani linguist and academic

1929 - [[John McCluskey, Baron McCluskey]] -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland

1930 - [[Donald Byrne]] -American chess player (d. 1976)

1930 - [[Jim Nabors]] -American actor and singer

1930 - [[Innes Ireland]] -Scottish race car driver and engineer (d. 1993)

1931 - [[Trevanian]] -American author and scholar (d. 2005)

1931 - [[Rona Jaffe]] -American-English journalist and author (d. 2005)

1932 - [[Mimi Coertse]] -South African soprano and producer

1932 - [[Mamo Wolde]] -Ethiopian runner (d. 2002)

1933 - [[Eddie Adams (photographer)|Eddie Adams]] -American photographer and journalist (d. 2004)

1934 - [[John A. Alonzo]] -American actor and cinematographer (d. 2001)

1934 - [[Nicole Berger]] -French actress (d. 1967)

1934 - [[Kevin Billington]] -English director and producer

1935 - [[Ian Craig]] -Australian cricketer (d. 2014)

1935 - [[Paul Kennedy (English judge)|Paul Kennedy]] -English lawyer and judge

1937 - [[Vladimir Arnold]] -Russian-French mathematician and academic (d. 2010)

1937 - [[Klaus Basikow]] -German footballer and manager

1937 - [[Antal Festetics]] -Hungarian-Austrian biologist and zoologist

1938 - [[Anne Cowdrey, 14th Lady Herries of Terregles]] -English horse trainer (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Tom Oliver]] -English-Australian actor

1938 - [[Ian Partridge]] -English tenor and educator

1939 - [[Frank McCloskey]] -American sergeant and politician (d. 2003)

1940 - [[Jacques Brassard]] -Canadian educator and politician

1941 - [[Marv Albert]] -American sportscaster

1941 - [[Chick Corea]] -American pianist and composer (Chick Corea Elektric Band, Return to Forever, and Five Peace Band)

1941 - [[Roy Harper]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1941 - [[Reg Presley]] -English singer-songwriter (The Troggs) (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Lucille Roybal-Allard]] -American politician

1942 - [[Len Barry]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Dovells)

1942 - [[Bert Sakmann]] -German physiologist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1945 - [[Pat Jennings]] -Irish footballer and coach

1946 - [[Michel Bergeron (hockey coach)|Michel Bergeron]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1946 - [[Bobby Gould]] -English footballer and manager

1946 - [[Catherine Bréchignac]] -French physicist and academic

1948 - [[Hans Binder]] -Austrian race car driver

1948 - [[Lyn Collins]] -American singer (d. 2005)

1948 - [[Herbert Meyer (footballer)|Herbert Meyer]] -German footballer

1949 - [[Jens Böhrnsen]] -German judge and politician, List of German presidents|President of Germany

1949 - [[Roger Aaron Brown]] -American actor

1949 - [[Ivo Linna]] -Estonian singer and guitarist (Apelsin)

1949 - [[Marc Tardif]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1949 - [[John Wetton]] -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (King Crimson, Mogul Thrash, Family (band)|Family, Roxy Music, UK (band)|UK, and Asia (band)|Asia)

1950 - [[Oğuz Abadan]] -Turkish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950 - [[Michael Fabricant]] -English politician

1950 - [[Sonia Manzano]] -American actress, singer, and screenwriter

1951 - [[Bun E. Carlos]] -American drummer (Cheap Trick and Tinted Windows (band)|Tinted Windows)

1951 - [[Brad Delp]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston, RTZ (band)|RTZ, and Beatlejuice) (d. 2007)

1951 - [[Andranik Margaryan]] -Armenian engineer and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Armenia (d. 2007)

1952 - [[Spencer Abraham]] -American academic and politician, 10th United States Secretary of Energy

1952 - [[Pete Farndon]] -English bass player (The Pretenders) (d. 1983)

1952 - [[Oliver Knussen]] -Scottish composer and conductor

1953 - [[Rocky Burnette]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 - [[Tess Gerritsen]] -American physician and author

1953 - [[David Thornton (actor)|David Thornton]] -American actor

1954 - [[Tim Razzall, Baron Razzall]] -English lawyer and politician

1956 - [[Terry Alderman]] -Australian cricketer and sportscaster

1957 - [[Timothy Busfield]] -American actor, director, and producer

1957 - [[Javed Miandad]] -Pakistani cricketer and coach

1958 - [[Meredith Brooks]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 - [[Rebecca Holden]] -American actress and singer

1958 - [[Rory Sparrow]] -American basketball player and manager

1959 - [[John Linnell]] -American singer-songwriter and accordion player (They Might Be Giants and The Mundanes)

1959 - [[Scott Thompson (comedian)|Scott Thompson]] -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1960 - [[Mark Calcavecchia]] -American golfer

1960 - [[Joe Kopicki]] -American basketball player and coach

1961 - [[Jim Goad]] -American singer, author, and publisher

1961 - [[Julius Kariuki]] -Kenyan runner

1961 - [[Kira Roessler]] -American singer and bass player (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag and Dos (band)|Dos)

1962 - [[Paul Clark (keyboardist)|Paul Clark]] -English keyboard player (The Bolshoi)

1962 - [[John Enos III]] -American actor

1963 - [[Philippe Bugalski]] -French race car driver (d. 2012)

1963 - [[Warwick Capper]] -Australian footballer, coach, and actor

1963 - [[Tim DeKay]] -American actor, director, and producer

1963 - [[Johnny Hotbody]] -American wrestler

1963 - [[T. B. Joshua]] -Nigerian minister and television host

1963 - [[Jerry Lynn]] -American wrestler

1963 - [[Patrice Martinez]] -Mexican-American actress

1964 - [[Derek Higgins]] -Irish race car driver

1964 - [[Kent Jones]] -American journalist

1964 - [[Paula Marshall]] -American actress

1964 - [[Peter Such]] -Scottish-born, English cricketer

1965 - [[Filip Topol]] -Czech singer-songwriter and pianist (Psí vojáci) (d. 2013)

1965 - [[Gwen Torrence]] -American sprinter

1965 - [[Cathy Tyson]] -English actress

1965 - [[Vicky Vette]] -Norwegian-American porn actress and model

1967 - [[Icíar Bollaín]] -Spanish actress, director, and screenwriter

1967 - [[Aivar Kuusmaa]] -Estonian basketball player and coach

1967 - [[Frances O'Connor]] -English-Australian actress

1968 - [[Scott Aldred]] -American baseball player and coach

1968 - [[Manuel Blanc]] -French actor

1968 - [[Htay Kywe]] -Burmese activist

1968 - [[Bobby Sheehan (musician)|Bobby Sheehan]] -American bass player and songwriter (Blues Traveler) (d. 1999)

1969 - [[Zsolt Daczi]] -Hungarian guitarist (Bikini (Hungarian band)|Bikini) (d. 2007)

1969 - [[Héctor Garza]] -Mexican wrestler (d. 2013)

1969 - [[Mathieu Schneider]] -American ice hockey player

1969 - [[Heinz-Christian Strache]] -Austrian politician

1970 - [[Rick Hoffman]] -American actor

1970 - [[Gordon Michael Woolvett]] -Canadian actor, director, and screenwriter

1971 - [[Arman Alizad]] -Iranian-Finnish tailor and television host

1971 - [[Mark Henry]] -American weightlifter and wrestler

1971 - [[Ryan Klesko]] -American baseball player

1971 - [[Jérôme Romain]] -Caribbean-Dominican triple jumper and coach

1972 - [[Bounty Killer]] -Jamaican rapper and DJ (The Alliance (dancehall)|The Alliance)

1972 - [[Sophie Lawrence]] -English actress and singer

1972 - [[Finesse Mitchell]] -American actor and screenwriter

1973 - [[Jason Caffey]] -American basketball player and coach

1973 - [[Jennifer Jo Cobb]] -American race car driver

1973 - [[Takis Fyssas]] -Greek footballer

1973 - [[Mitsuki Saiga]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1973 - [[Darryl White]] -Australian footballer

1974 - [[Hideki Matsui]] -Japanese baseball player

1974 - [[Jason Mewes]] -American actor and producer

1974 - [[Kerry Kittles]] -American basketball player

1975 - [[Bryan Alvarez]] -American wrestler and journalist

1975 - [[Michael Muhney]] -American actor

1975 - [[Stephanie Szostak]] -French-American actress

1976 - [[Antawn Jamison]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1976 - [[Thomas Sørensen]] -Danish footballer

1977 - [[Richard Ayoade]] -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1977 - [[Wade Redden]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Kenny Wayne Shepherd]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Rides)

1978 - [[Lewis Moody]] -English rugby player

1978 - [[Yumiko Shaku]] -Japanese actress and model

1978 - [[Shiloh Strong]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1979 - [[Robyn]] -Swedish singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1979 - [[Dallas Clark]] -American football player

1979 - [[Martine Dugrenier]] -Canadian wrestler

1979 - [[Wil Horneff]] -American actor

1979 - [[Diego Milito]] -Argentinian footballer

1979 - [[Earl Watson]] -American basketball player and coach

1980 - [[Marco Bortolami]] -Italian rugby player

1980 - [[Jason Dent]] -American mixed martial artist

1980 - [[Larry Foote]] -American football player

1980 - [[Ifet Taljević]] -German footballer

1981 - [[Raitis Grafs]] -Latvian basketball player

1981 - [[Paul Hasleby]] -Australian footballer

1981 - [[Jeremy Howard (actor)|Jeremy Howard]] -American actor

1981 - [[Adriana Lima]] -Brazilian model and actress

1981 - [[Nora Tschirner]] -German actress

1982 - [[Ben Blackwell]] -American drummer (The Dirtbombs)

1982 - [[Diem Brown]] -German-American journalist and activist (d. 2014)

1982 - [[Jason David]] -American football player

1982 - [[Loïc Duval]] -French race car driver

1982 - [[Marko Popović (basketball, born 1982)|Marko Popović]] -Croatian basketball player

1982 - [[Samantha Tolj]] -Australian actress

1982 - [[James Tomlinson]] -English cricketer

1983 - [[Bryan Habana]] -South African rugby player

1983 - [[Andy Ologun]] -Nigerian boxer and actor

1983 - [[Alexander Pipa]] -German rugby player

1983 - [[Christine Sinclair]] -Canadian soccer player

1984 - [[James Kwalia]] -Kenyan-Qatari runner

1984 - [[Andrea Servi]] -Italian footballer (d. 2013)

1985 - [[Colin Doyle (footballer)|Colin Doyle]] -Irish footballer

1985 - [[Dave Franco]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1985 - [[Blake Ross]] -American computer programmer, co-created Mozilla Firefox

1985 - [[Sam Thaiday]] -Australian rugby player

1985 - [[Kendra Wilkinson]] -American model, actress, and author

1985 - [[Chris Young (musician)|Chris Young]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1986 - [[Carla Abellana]] -Filipino model and actress

1986 - [[Erik Ainge]] -American football player

1986 - [[Mario Casas]] -Spanish actor

1986 - [[Jamie Lee Darley]] -English-American model and actress

1986 - [[Stanislava Komarova]] -Russian swimmer

1986 - [[Sergio Rodríguez]] -Spanish basketball player

1986 - [[Benjamin Schmideg]] -Australian actor

1986 - [[Harry Taylor (Australian rules footballer)|Harry Taylor]] -Australian footballer

1987 - [[Seyi Ajirotutu]] -American football player

1987 - [[Antonio Barragán]] -Spanish footballer

1987 - [[Abbey Lee Kershaw]] -Australian model and actress

1987 - [[Kristjan Rand]] -Estonian ice dancer

1988 - [[Artūrs Bērziņš]] -Latvian basketball player

1988 - [[Eren Derdiyok]] -Swiss footballer

1988 - [[Mauricio Isla]] -Chilean footballer

1988 - [[Dave Melillo]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anarbor and Cute Is What We Aim For)

1988 - [[Dakota Morton]] -Canadian actor and radio host

1989 - [[Emma Eliasson]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1989 - [[Ibrahim Jeilan]] -Ethiopian runner

1989 - [[Krista K]] -Filipino-American model, actress, and singer

1990 - [[KevJumba]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1990 - [[Kevin López]] -Spanish runner

1990 - [[David Worrall]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Avisail García]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1992 - [[Allie DiMeco]] -American actress

1992 - [[Philippe Coutinho]] -Brazilian footballer

1992 - [[Laura Jones (gymnast)|Laura Jones]] -English gymnast

1992 - [[Ryan Malgarini]] -American actor

1993 - [[Junrey Balawing]] -Filipino dwarf

1995 - [[Furkan Soyalp]] -Turkish footballer

1996 - [[Anna Margaret Collins]] -American actress and singer

2001 - [[John Bigelow IV]] -Filipino-American golfer

2005 - [[Ryzza Mae Dizon]] -Filipino actress

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