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Famous Birthdays


1269 - [[Eleanor of England, Countess of Bar]] -(d. 1298)

1318 - [[Eleanor of Woodstock]] -(d. 1355)

1466 - [[Ottaviano Petrucci]] -Italian printer (d. 1539)

1511 - [[Bartolomeo Ammannati]] -Italian architect and sculptor, designed the Ponte Santa Trinita (d. 1592)

1517 - [[Emperor Ōgimachi]] -of Japan (d. 1593)

1521 - [[Maria of Portugal, Duchess of Viseu]] -(d. 1577)

1662 - [[Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Cleveland]] -English son of Charles II of England (d. 1730)

1667 - [[Ivan Trubetskoy]] -Russian field marshal (d. 1750)

1673 - [[Antoni Lliteres Carrió]] -Spanish composer (d. 1747)

1677 - [[Antonio Maria Bononcini]] -Italian cellist and composer (d. 1726)

1716 - [[Joseph-Marie Vien]] -French painter and educator (d. 1809)

1717 - [[Johann Stamitz]] -Czech violinist and composer (d. 1757)

1757 - [[Ignaz Pleyel]] -Austrian-French pianist and composer (d. 1831)

1757 - [[Gervasio Antonio de Posadas]] -Argentinian lawyer and politician 1st Supreme Director of the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (d. 1833)

1769 - [[Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh]] -Irish-English politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (d. 1822)

1799 - [[William Lassell]] -English astronomer and merchant (d. 1880)

1812 - [[Ivan Goncharov]] -Russian journalist and author (d. 1891)

1815 - [[Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen]] -German general (d. 1881)

1816 - [[Hélène Napoleone Bonaparte]] -French daughter of Napoleon (d. 1907)

1816 - [[Jung Bahadur Rana]] -Nepali ruler (d. 1877)

1834 - [[Auguste-Théodore-Paul de Broglie]] -French philosopher and academic (d. 1895)

1839 - [[William H. Seward, Jr.]] -American general and banker (d. 1920)

1845 - [[Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran]] -French physician and parasitologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1922)

1850 - [[Richard Heuberger]] -Austrian composer and critic (d. 1914)

1854 - [[E. W. Scripps]] -American publisher, founded the E. W. Scripps Company (d. 1926)

1857 - [[Henry Clay Folger]] -American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library (d. 1930)

1858 - [[Andrew Forsyth]] -Scottish-English mathematician and academic (d. 1942)

1863 - [[George Essex Evans]] -English-Australian poet and author (d. 1909)

1868 - [[Miklós Horthy]] -Hungarian admiral and politician, Regent of Hungary (d. 1957)

1870 - [[Édouard Le Roy]] -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1954)

1877 - [[James Montgomery Flagg]] -American painter and illustrator (d. 1960)

1881 - [[Zoltán Halmay]] -Hungarian swimmer (d. 1956)

1882 - [[Georgi Dimitrov]] -Bulgarian compositor and politician, 32nd List of Prime Ministers of Bulgaria|Prime Minister of Bulgaria (d. 1949)

1884 - [[Édouard Daladier]] -French captain and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1970)

1886 - [[George Mallory]] -English lieutenant and mountaineer (d. 1924)

1886 - [[Alexander Wetmore]] -American ornithologist and paleontologist (d. 1978)

1887 - [[Tancrède Labbé]] -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1956)

1891 - [[Mae Busch]] -Australian-American actress and singer (d. 1946)

1895 - [[Manuela Fernández-Fojaco]] -Spanish super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1896 - [[Blanche Sweet]] -American actress and singer (d. 1986)

1897 - [[Martti Marttelin]] -Finnish runner (d. 1940)

1901 - [[Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia]] -(d. 1918)

1901 - [[Llewellyn Rees]] -English actor (b. 1994)

1902 - [[Paavo Yrjölä]] -Finnish decathlete (d. 1980)

1903 - [[Jeanette MacDonald]] -American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1903 - [[Raymond Radiguet]] -French author and poet (d. 1923)

1904 - [[Keye Luke]] -Chinese-American actor (d. 1991)

1904 - [[Manuel Rosenthal]] -French conductor and composer (d. 2003)

1905 - [[Eduard Tubin]] -Estonian composer and conductor (d. 1982)

1907 - [[Frithjof Schuon]] -Swiss-American metaphysicist, philosopher, and author (d. 1998)

1908 - [[Bud Collyer]] -American actor and game show host (d. 1969)

1908 - [[Stanley Knowles]] -American-Canadian academic and politician (d. 1997)

1908 - [[Nedra Volz]] -American actress (d. 2003)

1910 - [[Dick Foran]] -American actor and singer (d. 1979)

1910 - [[Avon Long]] -American actor and singer (d. 1984)

1910 - [[Ray McKinley]] -American singer, drummer, and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra) (d. 1995)

1912 - [[Glenn Morris]] -American decathlete and actor (d. 1974)

1913 - [[Wilfred Gordon Bigelow]] -Canadian soldier and surgeon (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Sammy Cahn]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

1913 - [[Sylvia Porter]] -American economist and journalist (d. 1991)

1913 - [[Françoise Loranger]] -Canadian playwright and producer (d. 1995)

1913 - [[Robert Mondavi]] -American winemaker and philanthropist (d. 2008)

1914 - [[E. G. Marshall]] -American actor (d. 1998)

1915 - [[Red Adair]] -American firefighter (d. 2004)

1915 - [[Robert Kanigher]] -American author (d. 2002)

1916 - [[Julio César Turbay Ayala]] -Colombian lawyer and politician, 25th President of Colombia (d. 2005)

1917 - [[Richard Boone]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1981)

1917 - [[Jack Karnehm]] -English snooker player and sportscaster (d. 2002)

1917 - [[Erik Ortvad]] -Danish painter and illustrator (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Jerome Karle]] -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1918 - [[Franco Modigliani]] -Italian-American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)

1919 - [[Jüri Järvet]] -Estonian actor and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1920 - [[Ian Carmichael]] -English actor and singer (d. 2010)

1920 - [[Matthew Ianniello]] -American mobster (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Lode Van Den Bergh]] -Belgian author and academic

1922 - [[Claude Helffer]] -French pianist and educator (d. 2004)

1922 - [[Lois Ramsey]] -Australian actress

1923 - [[Jean Delumeau]] -French historian and academic

1924 - [[George Mikan]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2005)

1925 - [[Robert Arthur (actor)|Robert Arthur]] -American actor and singer (d. 2008)

1925 - [[Robert Beadell]] -American composer and educator (d. 1994)

1926 - [[Philip B. Crosby]] -American businessman and author (d. 2001)

1926 - [[Allan Sandage]] -American astronomer and cosmologist (d. 2010)

1926 - [[Tom Wicker]] -American journalist and author (d. 2011)

1927 - [[Eva Bartok]] -Hungarian-English actress (d. 1998)

1927 - [[Paul Eddington]] -English actor (d. 1995)

1928 - [[Michael Blakemore]] -Australian actor, director, and screenwriter

1928 - [[David T. Lykken]] -American geneticist and academic (d. 2006)

1929 - [[Jürgen Habermas]] -German sociologist and philosopher

1929 - [[Ann Mara]] -American businesswoman and philanthropist (d. 2015)

1931 - [[Fernando Henrique Cardoso]] -Brazilian sociologist, academic, and politician, 34th President of Brazil

1932 - [[Dudley R. Herschbach]] -American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1932 - [[Geoffrey Hill]] -English poet and academic

1934 - [[Brian Kenny (British Army officer)|Brian Kenny]] -English general

1934 - [[Mitsuteru Yokoyama]] -Japanese author and illustrator (d. 2004)

1935 - [[Hugh McColl]] -American banker

1936 - [[Denny Hulme]] -New Zealand race car driver (d. 1992)

1936 - [[Barack Obama, Sr.]] -Kenyan economist (d. 1982)

1936 - [[Ronald Venetiaan]] -Surinamese politician, 6th President of Suriname

1937 - [[Wray Carlton]] -American football player

1937 - [[Del Harris]] -American basketball player and coach

1937 - [[Jay Rockefeller]] -American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of West Virginia

1937 - [[Bruce Trigger]] -Canadian archaeologist, anthropologist and historian (d. 2006)

1937 - [[Vitaly Zholobov]] -Ukrainian colonel, engineer, and astronaut

1938 - [[Kevin Murray (Australian footballer)|Kevin Murray]] -Australian footballer and coach

1938 - [[Michael Sheard]] -Scottish-English actor (d. 2005)

1939 - [[Lou Brock]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1939 - [[Jean-Claude Germain]] -Canadian historian, author, and journalist

1939 - [[Brooks Firestone]] -American businessman and politician

1941 - [[Paul Mayersberg]] -English director and screenwriter

1941 - [[Delia Smith]] -English chef and author

1942 - [[John Bellany]] -Scottish painter and academic (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Roger Ebert]] -American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Pat Hutchins]] -English author and illustrator

1942 - [[Thabo Mbeki]] -South African politician, 23rd President of South Africa

1942 - [[Paul McCartney]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, Wings (band)|Wings, and The Fireman (music)|The Fireman)

1942 - [[Carl Radle]] -American bass player and producer (Delaney & Bonnie and Derek and the Dominos) (d. 1980)

1942 - [[Nick Tate]] -Australian actor and director

1942 - [[Hans Vonk (conductor)|Hans Vonk]] -Dutch conductor (d. 2004)

1943 - [[Raffaella Carrà]] -Italian singer, dancer, and actress

1944 - [[Sandy Posey]] -American singer

1946 - [[Russell Ash]] -English journalist and author

1946 - [[Bruiser Brody]] -American wrestler (d. 1988)

1946 - [[Fabio Capello]] -Italian footballer and manager

1946 - [[Luan Peters]] -English actress and singer

1947 - [[Ivonne Coll]] -Puerto Rican model and actress, Miss Puerto Rico|Miss Puerto Rico 1967

1947 - [[Bernard Giraudeau]] -French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1947 - [[Linda Thorson]] -Canadian actress

1948 - [[Philip Jackson (actor)|Philip Jackson]] -English actor

1948 - [[Eliezer Halfin]] -Israeli wrestler (d. 1972)

1948 - [[Éva Marton]] -Hungarian soprano and actress

1949 - [[Chris Van Allsburg]] -American author and illustrator

1949 - [[Jarosław Kaczyński]] -Polish lawyer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Poland

1949 - [[Lech Kaczyński]] -Polish lawyer and politician, 4th President of Poland (d. 2010)

1949 - [[Lincoln Thompson]] -Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Tartans) (d. 1999)

1950 - [[Rod de'Ath]] -Welsh drummer and producer (d. 2014)

1950 - [[Annelie Ehrhardt]] -German hurdler

1950 - [[Mike Johanns]] -American lawyer and politician, 28th United States Secretary of Agriculture

1950 - [[Jackie Leven]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Doll by Doll) (d. 2011)

1951 - [[Mohammed Al-Sager]] -Kuwaiti journalist and politician

1951 - [[Miriam Flynn]] -American actress

1951 - [[Ian Hargreaves]] -English-Welsh journalist and academic

1951 - [[Stephen Hopper]] -Australian botanist and academic

1951 - [[Gyula Sax]] -Hungarian chess player (d. 2014)

1952 - [[Tiiu Aro]] -Estonian physician and politician, Minister of Social Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Social Affairs

1952 - [[Denis Herron]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1952 - [[Carol Kane]] -American actress, director, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Isabella Rossellini]] -Italian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Lee Soo-man]] -South Korean singer and businessman, founded S.M. Entertainment

1953 - [[Raimo Aas]] -Estonian radio host

1953 - [[Derek Deane]] -English dancer and choreographer

1953 - [[Peter Donohoe (pianist)|Peter Donohoe]] -English pianist and educator

1953 - [[Vladislav Terzyul]] -Ukrainian mountaineer (d. 2004)

1955 - [[Ed Fast]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1956 - [[Brian Benben]] -American actor and producer

1956 - [[John Scott (organist)|John Scott]] -English organist and conductor (d. 2015)

1957 - [[Ralph Brown]] -English actor

1957 - [[Ray Cochrane]] -Irish jockey and agent

1957 - [[Andrea Evans]] -American actress

1957 - [[Miguel Ángel Lotina]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1957 - [[Richard Powers]] -American author and academic

1958 - [[Peter Altmaier]] -German jurist and politician, Federal Minister for Special Affairs of Germany

1959 - [[Johnny Lee Clary]] -American wrestler and Ku Klux Klan leader (d. 2014)

1960 - [[Barbara Broccoli]] -American director and producer

1960 - [[Steve Murphy (Canadian news anchor)|Steve Murphy]] -Canadian journalist

1961 - [[Oz Fox]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Stryper, SinDizzy, and Bloodgood)

1961 - [[Andrés Galarraga]] -Venezuelan-American baseball player

1961 - [[Angela Johnson (writer)|Angela Johnson]] -American author and poet

1961 - [[Alison Moyet]] -English singer-songwriter (Yazoo (band)|Yazoo and The Vandals (UK band)|The Vandals)

1961 - [[Randy Spears]] -American porn actor and director

1962 - [[Jeff Mills]] -American DJ and producer (Underground Resistance (band)|Underground Resistance)

1962 - [[Mitsuharu Misawa]] -Japanese wrestler (d. 2009)

1962 - [[Lisa Randall]] -American physicist and academic

1963 - [[Dizzy Reed]] -American keyboard player, songwriter, and actor (Guns N' Roses and Johnny Crash (band)|Johnny Crash)

1963 - [[Bruce Smith (defensive end)|Bruce Smith]] -American football player

1964 - [[Uday Hussein]] -Iraqi commander (d. 2003)

1964 - [[Patti Webster]] -American publicist and author (d. 2013)

1965 - [[Kim Dickens]] -American actress

1966 - [[Kurt Browning]] -Canadian figure skater, choreographer, and sportscaster

1966 - [[Troy Kemp]] -Bahamian high jumper

1968 - [[Frank Müller]] -German decathlete

1969 - [[Haki Doku]] -Albanian cyclist

1969 - [[Christopher Largen]] -American journalist and author

1969 - [[Vito LoGrasso]] -American wrestler and actor

1970 - [[Robin Christopher]] -American actress

1970 - [[Katie Derham]] -English journalist

1970 - [[Ivan Kozák]] -Slovak footballer

1970 - [[Greg Yaitanes]] -American director and producer

1971 - [[Kerry Butler]] -American actress and singer

1971 - [[Mara Hobel]] -American actress

1971 - [[Gaute Kivistik]] -Estonian journalist and author

1971 - [[Jason McAteer]] -English-Irish footballer and manager

1972 - [[Anu Tali]] -Estonian pianist and conductor

1972 - [[Wikus du Toit]] -South African actor, director, and composer

1972 - [[Michal Yannai]] -Israeli actress

1973 - [[Julie Depardieu]] -French actress

1973 - [[Stephen Thomas Erlewine]] -American author and critic

1973 - [[Ray LaMontagne]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973 - [[Alexandros Papadimitriou]] -Greek hammer thrower

1973 - [[Matt Parsons]] -Australian rugby player

1973 - [[Gavin Wanganeen]] -Australian footballer and coach

1974 - [[Kenan İmirzalıoğlu]] -Turkish actor and tenor

1974 - [[Vincenzo Montella]] -Italian footballer and manager

1974 - [[Sergey Sharikov]] -Russian fencer and coach (d. 2015)

1975 - [[Jem (singer)|Jem]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and producer

1975 - [[Jamel Debbouze]] -French-Moroccan actor and producer

1975 - [[Marie Gillain]] -Belgian actress

1975 - [[Aleksandrs Koļinko]] -Latvian footballer

1975 - [[Martin St. Louis]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1976 - [[Alana de la Garza]] -American actress

1976 - [[Blake Shelton]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1978 - [[Wang Liqin]] -Chinese table tennis player

1979 - [[Yumiko Kobayashi]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1979 - [[Ivana Wong]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1980 - [[Antonio Gates]] -American football player

1980 - [[David Giuntoli]] -American actor

1980 - [[Sergey Kirdyapkin]] -Russian race walker

1980 - [[Craig Mottram]] -Australian runner

1980 - [[Colin Munroe]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

1980 - [[Antero Niittymäki]] -Finnish ice hockey player

1980 - [[Tara Platt]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Ella Chen]] -Taiwanese singer and actress (S.H.E)

1981 - [[Marco Streller]] -Swiss footballer

1981 - [[Teresa Cormack]] -New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)

1982 - [[Nadir Belhadj]] -French-Algerian footballer

1982 - [[Marco Borriello]] -Italian footballer

1983 - [[Josh Santana]] -Filipino singer and actor

1983 - [[Billy Slater]] -Australian rugby player

1983 - [[Cameron Smith]] -Australian rugby player

1984 - [[Nanyak Dala]] -Canadian rugby player

1984 - [[Janne Happonen]] -Finnish ski jumper

1984 - [[Ronnie Stam]] -Dutch footballer

1984 - [[Kissy Sell Out]] -English-Canadian DJ and producer

1985 - [[Chris Coghlan]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Alex Hirsch]] -American animator, producer, and voice actor

1985 - [[Gia Johnson]] -English model and actress

1986 - [[Edgars Eriņš]] -Latvian decathlete

1986 - [[Richard Gasquet]] -French tennis player

1986 - [[Richard Madden]] -Scottish actor

1987 - [[Omar Arellano]] -Mexican footballer

1987 - [[Ezgi Asaroğlu]] -Turkish actress and singer

1987 - [[O.T. Genasis]] -Belizean-American rapper

1987 - [[Melanie Iglesias]] -American model and actress

1988 - [[Elini Dimoutsos]] -Greek footballer

1989 - [[Renee Olstead]] -American actress and singer

1990 - [[Luke Adam]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1990 - [[Sandra Izbașa]] -Romanian gymnast

1990 - [[Derek Stepan]] -American ice hockey player

1990 - [[Christian Taylor (athlete)|Christian Taylor]] -American triple jumper

1990 - [[Mitsuki Tanimura]] -Japanese actress

1991 - [[Willa Holland]] -American actress

1991 - [[Rei Okamoto]] -Japanese model and actress

1994 - [[Sean McMahon]] -Australian rugby player

1996 - [[Alen Halilović]] -Croatian footballer

1996 - [[Ayaka Miyoshi]] -Japanese idol, singer, model, and actress (Sakura Gakuin)

1996 - [[Niki Wories]] -Dutch figure skater

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