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Famous Birthdays


1301 - [[Prince Morikuni]] -of Japan (d. 1333)

1566 - [[James VI and I]] -of the United Kingdom (d. 1625)

1606 - [[James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton]] -Scottish soldier and politician, Lord Chancellor of Scotland (d. 1649)

1623 - [[Blaise Pascal]] -French mathematician and physicist (d. 1662)

1633 - [[Philipp van Limborch]] -Dutch author and theologian (d. 1712)

1701 - [[François Rebel]] -French violinist and composer (d. 1775)

1731 - [[Joaquim Machado de Castro]] -Portuguese sculptor (d. 1822)

1764 - [[José Gervasio Artigas]] -Uruguayan general and politician (d. 1850)

1771 - [[Joseph Diaz Gergonne]] -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1859)

1776 - [[Francis Johnson (congressman)|Francis Johnson]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1842)

1783 - [[Friedrich Sertürner]] -German chemist and pharmacist (d. 1841)

1792 - [[Gustav Schwab]] -German pastor and author (d. 1850)

1793 - [[Joseph Earl Sheffield]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1882)

1795 - [[James Braid (surgeon)|James Braid]] -Scottish-English surgeon (d. 1860)

1815 - [[Cornelius Krieghoff]] -Dutch-Canadian painter (d. 1872)

1816 - [[William H. Webb]] -American shipbuilder and philanthropist, founded the Webb Institute (d. 1899)

1834 - [[Charles Spurgeon]] -English pastor and author (d. 1892)

1840 - [[Georg Karl Maria Seidlitz]] -German entomologist and academic (d. 1917)

1843 - [[Mary Sibbet Copley]] -American philanthropist (d. 1929)

1845 - [[Cléophas Beausoleil]] -Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1904)

1846 - [[Antonio Abetti]] -Italian astronomer and academic (d. 1928)

1850 - [[David Jayne Hill]] -American historian and politician, 24th United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1932)

1851 - [[Billy Midwinter]] -English-Australian cricketer (d. 1890)

1851 - [[Silvanus P. Thompson]] -English physicist, engineer, and academic (d. 1916)

1854 - [[Alfredo Catalani]] -Italian composer and academic (d. 1893)

1854 - [[Hjalmar Mellin]] -Finnish mathematician and theorist (d. 1933)

1854 - [[Eleanor Norcross]] -American painter (d. 1923)

1855 - [[George F. Roesch]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1917)

1858 - [[Sam Walter Foss]] -American poet and librarian (d. 1911)

1861 - [[Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig]] -Scottish-English field marshal (d. 1928)

1861 - [[Émile Haug]] -French geologist and paleontologist (d. 1927)

1861 - [[José Rizal]] -Filipino journalist, author, and poet (d. 1896)

1865 - [[May Whitty]] -English-American actress (d. 1948)

1869 - [[Mamah Borthwick]] -American librarian and translator (d. 1914)

1871 - [[Alajos Szokolyi]] -Hungarian hurdler, jumper, and physician (d. 1932)

1872 - [[Theodore Payne]] -English-American gardener and botanist (d. 1963)

1874 - [[Peder Oluf Pedersen]] -Danish physicist and engineer (d. 1941)

1875 - [[William Courtenay (actor)|William Courtenay]] -American actor (d. 1933)

1876 - [[Nigel Gresley]] -Scottish-English engineer (d. 1941)

1877 - [[Charles Coburn]] -American actor and singer (d. 1961)

1879 - [[Martha Mattox]] -American actress (d. 1933)

1881 - [[Maginel Wright Enright]] -American illustrator (d. 1966)

1883 - [[Gladys Mills Phipps]] -American horse breeder (d.1970)

1884 - [[Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes]] -French painter and historian (d. 1974)

1886 - [[Finley Hamilton]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1940)

1888 - [[Arthur Massey Berry]] -Canadian soldier and pilot (d. 1970)

1890 - [[Mabel Wayne]] -American songwriter (d. 1978)

1891 - [[John Heartfield]] -German photographer and activist (d. 1968)

1893 - [[Madeleine Astor]] -American survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 1940)

1896 - [[Rajani Palme Dutt]] -English journalist and politician (d. 1974)

1896 - [[Wallis Simpson]] -American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)

1897 - [[Cyril Norman Hinshelwood]] -English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)

1897 - [[Moe Howard]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1975)

1898 - [[James Joseph Sweeney]] -American bishop (d. 1968)

1900 - [[Laura Z. Hobson]] -American author (d. 1986)

1902 - [[Guy Lombardo]] -Canadian-American violinist and bandleader (d. 1977)

1903 - [[Mary Callery]] -American-French sculptor and academic (d. 1977)

1903 - [[Lou Gehrig]] -American baseball player (d. 1941)

1903 - [[Wally Hammond]] -English cricketer and coach (d. 1965)

1903 - [[Hans Litten]] -German lawyer (d. 1938)

1905 - [[Mildred Natwick]] -American actress (d. 1994)

1906 - [[Ernst Boris Chain]] -German-Irish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1979)

1906 - [[Knut Kroon]] -Swedish footballer (d. 1975)

1906 - [[Walter Rauff]] -German SS officer (d. 1984)

1907 - [[Clarence Wiseman]] -Canadian 10th General of the Salvation Army (d. 1985)

1909 - [[Osamu Dazai]] -Japanese author (d. 1948)

1909 - [[Midori Naka]] -Japanese actress (d. 1945)

1910 - [[Sydney Allard]] -English race car driver, founded the Allard|Allard Company (d. 1966)

1910 - [[Paul Flory]] -American chemist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)

1910 - [[Abe Fortas]] -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1982)

1912 - [[Don Gutteridge]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2008)

1912 - [[Virginia MacWatters]] -American soprano and actress (d. 2005)

1912 - [[George Spitz]] -American high jumper (d. 1986)

1913 - [[Helene Madison]] -American swimmer (d. 1970)

1914 - [[Alan Cranston]] -American journalist and politician (d. 2000)

1914 - [[Lester Flatt]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foggy Mountain Boys and Nashville Grass) (d. 1979)

1914 - [[Morgan Morgan-Giles]] -English admiral and politician (d. 2013)

1914 - [[Anthony of Sourozh]] -Swiss-English bishop and theologian (d. 2003)

1915 - [[Pat Buttram]] -American actor and singer (d. 1994)

1915 - [[Julius Schwartz]] -American publisher and agent (d. 2004)

1917 - [[Joshua Nkomo]] -Zimbabwean guerrilla leader and politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (d. 1999)

1919 - [[Pauline Kael]] -American author and critic (d. 2001)

1918 - [[Dave Lambert (American jazz vocalist)|Dave Lambert]] -American singer-songwriter (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) (d. 1966)

1920 - [[Yves Robert]] -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1921 - [[Louis Jourdan]] -French-American actor and singer (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Aage Bohr]] -Danish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1922 - [[Marilyn P. Johnson]] -American educator and diplomat, 8th United States Ambassador to Togo

1923 - [[Bob Hank]] -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Cornelius (Jakobs)|Cornelius]] -Estonian metropolitan

1924 - [[Leo Nomellini]] -Italian-American football player and wrestler (d. 2000)

1924 - [[Ray Noorda]] -American businessman (d. 2006)

1925 - [[Charlie Drake]] -English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1928 - [[Tommy DeVito (musician)|Tommy DeVito]] -American singer and guitarist (The Four Seasons (band)|The Four Seasons and Four Lovers)

1928 - [[Elizabeth Connelly]] -American politician (d. 2006)

1928 - [[Nancy Marchand]] -American actress and singer (d. 2000)

1928 - [[K. H. Scheer]] -German author (d. 1991)

1928 - [[Barry Took]] -English actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1929 - [[Thelma Barlow]] -English actress

1930 - [[Bryan Kneale]] -Manx sculptor and academic

1930 - [[Gena Rowlands]] -American actress

1930 - [[Diana Sowle]] -American actress

1932 - [[Pier Angeli]] -Italian-American actress and singer (d. 1971)

1932 - [[José Sanchis Grau]] -Spanish author and illustrator (d. 2011)

1932 - [[Marisa Pavan]] -Italian-American actress and singer

1933 - [[Michael M. Ames]] -Canadian anthropologist and academic (d. 2006)

1933 - [[Viktor Patsayev]] -Kazakh engineer and astronaut (d. 1971)

1933 - [[Janusz Sidło]] -Polish javelin thrower (d. 1993)

1934 - [[Terence Clark]] -English soldier and diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Iraq|British Ambassador to Iraq

1934 - [[Gérard Latortue]] -Haitian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Haiti

1936 - [[Marisa Galvany]] -American soprano and actress

1936 - [[Shirley Goodman]] -American singer (Shirley & Company) (d. 2005)

1938 - [[Jean-Claude Labrecque]] -Canadian director and cinematographer

1938 - [[Wahoo McDaniel]] -American football player and wrestler (d. 2002)

1938 - [[Beth Phinney]] -Canadian educator and politician

1938 - [[John Sheil]] -English lawyer and judge

1938 - [[Cheng-Wen Wu]] -Taiwanese biochemist and academic

1938 - [[Ian Smith (actor)|Ian Smith]] -Australian actor and screenwriter

1939 - [[Bernd Hoss]] -German footballer and manager

1939 - [[Al Wilson (singer)|Al Wilson]] -American singer (d. 2008)

1940 - [[Shirley Muldowney]] -American race car driver

1940 - [[Paul Shane]] -English actor and singer (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Conchita Carpio-Morales]] -Filipino lawyer and jurist

1941 - [[Václav Klaus]] -Czech economist and politician, 2nd President of the Czech Republic

1942 - [[Jos Brink]] -Dutch actor and producer (d. 2007)

1942 - [[Merata Mita]] -New Zealand director and producer (d. 2010)

1942 - [[Letícia Spiller]] -Brazilian actress and producer

1944 - [[Peter Bardens]] -English keyboard player and songwriter (Camel (band)|Camel, Them (band)|Them, and Mirage (band)|Mirage) (d. 2002)

1944 - [[Chico Buarque]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 - [[Richard Monette]] -Canadian actor and director (d. 2008)

1945 - [[John Hind (bishop of Chichester)|John Hind]] -English bishop and theologian

1945 - [[Radovan Karadžić]] -Serbian-Bosnian psychiatrist and politician, 1st List of Presidents of Republika Srpska|President of Republika Srpska

1945 - [[Aung San Suu Kyi]] -Burmese politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1945 - [[Tobias Wolff]] -American author and academic

1946 - [[Jennifer Darling]] -American actress

1946 - [[Jimmy Greenhoff]] -English footballer and manager

1946 - [[Michael Jay, Baron Jay of Ewelme]] -English politician and diplomat, List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to France|British Ambassador to France

1947 - [[Linda Myers]] -American archer

1947 - [[Salman Rushdie]] -Indian-English author and academic

1947 - [[John Ralston Saul]] -Canadian philosopher and author

1948 - [[Nick Drake]] -Burmese-English singer-songwriter (d. 1974)

1948 - [[Barry Hearn]] -English accountant and businessman

1948 - [[Phylicia Rashād]] -American actress and singer

1950 - [[Constance Forslund]] -American actress

1950 - [[Neil Asher Silberman]] -American archaeologist and historian

1950 - [[Ann Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Heart (band)|Heart)

1951 - [[Ayman al-Zawahiri]] -Egyptian terrorist

1951 - [[Patty Larkin]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1951 - [[Francesco Moser]] -Italian cyclist

1951 - [[Karen Young (Canadian singer)|Karen Young]] -Canadian singer-songwriter

1952 - [[Bob Ainsworth]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Defence

1952 - [[Sidsel Endresen]] -Norwegian singer

1953 - [[Larry Dunn]] -American keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Earth, Wind & Fire)

1953 - [[Hilary Jones (doctor)|Hilary Jones]] -English physician and television host

1953 - [[Simon Wright (musician)|Simon Wright]] -English drummer (AC/DC, Dio (band)|Dio, and UFO (band)|UFO)

1954 - [[Mike O'Brien (British politician)|Mike O'Brien]] -English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1954 - [[Kathleen Turner]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1955 - [[Mary O'Connor (athlete)|Mary O'Connor]] -New Zealand runner

1955 - [[Mary Schapiro]] -American lawyer and politician

1956 - [[Danny Chauncey]] -American guitarist (38 Special (band)|38 Special)

1956 - [[Doug Stone]] -American singer and actor

1957 - [[Anna Lindh]] -Swedish politician, 39th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sweden)|Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2003)

1957 - [[Jean Rabe]] -American journalist and author

1958 - [[Sergei Makarov (ice hockey)|Sergei Makarov]] -Russian-American ice hockey player and coach

1959 - [[Mark DeBarge]] -American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (DeBarge)

1959 - [[Christian Wulff]] -German lawyer and politician, 10th President of Germany

1960 - [[Andrew Dilnot]] -English economist and academic

1960 - [[Johnny Gray]] -American runner and coach

1960 - [[Luke Morley]] -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Union (band)|The Union, Terraplane (band)|Terraplane, and Thunder (band)|Thunder)

1961 - [[Joel Torre]] -Filipino actor and producer

1962 - [[Paula Abdul]] -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1962 - [[Jeremy Bates (tennis)|Jeremy Bates]] -English tennis player

1962 - [[Peter Bradshaw]] -English author and critic

1963 - [[Katia Cardenal]] -Nicaraguan singer-songwriter

1963 - [[Margarita Ponomaryova]] -Russian hurdler

1963 - [[Rory Underwood]] -English rugby player, lieutenant, and pilot

1964 - [[Bill Barretta]] -American actor and puppeteer

1964 - [[Brent Goulet]] -American soccer player and manager

1964 - [[Laura Ingraham]] -American radio host and author

1964 - [[Boris Johnson]] -American-English journalist and politician, Mayor of London

1964 - [[Alysia Rogers]] -American actress

1964 - [[Brian Vander Ark]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Verve Pipe)

1965 - [[Sabine Braun]] -German heptathlete

1965 - [[Sadie Frost]] -English actress and producer

1966 - [[Jojo Alejar]] -Filipino actor and singer

1966 - [[Joi Ito]] -Japanese-American businessman

1966 - [[Michalis Romanidis]] -Greek basketball player

1966 - [[Samuel West]] -English actor and director

1967 - [[Bjørn Dæhlie]] -Norwegian skier and businessman

1967 - [[Araceli González]] -Argentinian actress and singer

1967 - [[Mia Sara]] -American actress

1968 - [[Alastair Lynch]] -Australian footballer and sportscaster

1968 - [[Timothy Morton]] -American philosopher and academic

1968 - [[Kim Walker (actress)|Kim Walker]] -American actress (d. 2001)

1969 - [[Thomas Breitling]] -American journalist and businessman

1969 - [[Kaba-chan]] -Japanese choreographer

1969 - [[Trine Pallesen]] -Danish actress

1969 - [[Lara Spencer]] -American journalist

1970 - [[Rahul Gandhi]] -Indian lawyer and politician

1970 - [[Antonis Remos]] -German-Greek singer

1970 - [[Lauren Ward]] -American singer and actress

1970 - [[Quincy Watts]] -American sprinter and football player

1970 - [[Brian Welch]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Korn and Love and Death (band)|Love and Death)

1972 - [[Jean Dujardin]] -French actor, director, and producer

1972 - [[Dennis Lyxzén]] -Swedish singer-songwriter (Refused, AC4, Invasionen, and The (International) Noise Conspiracy)

1972 - [[Ilya Markov]] -Russian race walker

1972 - [[Brian McBride]] -American soccer player and coach

1972 - [[Poppy Montgomery]] -Australian-American actress and producer

1972 - [[Robin Tunney]] -American actress and singer

1973 - [[Jahine Arnold]] -American football player

1973 - [[Mónica Ayos]] -Argentinian actress and dancer

1973 - [[Yuko Nakazawa]] -Japanese singer and actress (Morning Musume and Dream Morning Musume)

1973 - [[Yasuhiko Yabuta]] -Japanese baseball player

1974 - [[Doug Mientkiewicz]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1974 - [[Bumper Robinson]] -American actor and singer

1975 - [[Hugh Dancy]] -English actor and model

1975 - [[Anthony Parker]] -American basketball player

1975 - [[Geoff Ramsey]] -American voice actor and producer, co-founded Rooster Teeth

1976 - [[Dennis Crowley]] -American businessman, co-founded Foursquare

1976 - [[Bryan Hughes]] -English footballer and manager

1976 - [[Ryan Hurst]] -American actor

1976 - [[Serkan Tektaş]] -Turkish singer and actor

1976 - [[Abdoul Thiam]] -German footballer

1976 - [[Anita Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1977 - [[Maria Cioncan]] -Romanian runner (d. 2007)

1977 - [[Rebecca Loos]] -Spanish-Dutch model and television host

1977 - [[Peter Warrick]] -American football player

1978 - [[Tyson Dux]] -Canadian wrestler

1978 - [[Leo Giamani]] -American porn actor and model

1978 - [[Mía Maestro]] -Argentinian actress and singer

1978 - [[Assefa Mezgebu]] -Ethiopian runner

1978 - [[Dirk Nowitzki]] -German basketball player

1978 - [[Zoe Saldana]] -American actress, director, and producer

1978 - [[Claudio Vargas]] -Dominican baseball player

1979 - [[Graeme Ballard]] -English sprinter

1979 - [[U Gambira]] -Burmese monk and activist

1979 - [[Quentin Jammer]] -American football player

1979 - [[José Kléberson]] -Brazilian footballer

1980 - [[Adel Abdulaziz]] -Emirati footballer

1980 - [[Dan Ellis]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Milka Loff Fernandes]] -German actress

1980 - [[Arkadiusz Malarz]] -Polish footballer

1980 - [[Robbie Neilson]] -Scottish footballer and manager

1980 - [[Nuno Santos (footballer born 1980)|Nuno Santos]] -Portuguese footballer

1980 - [[Lauren Lee Smith]] -Canadian actress

1981 - [[Mohammed Al-Khuwalidi]] -Saudi Arabian long jumper

1981 - [[Moss Burmester]] -New Zealand swimmer

1981 - [[Melissa McMorrow]] -American boxer

1981 - [[Quintin Geldenhuys]] -South African-Italian rugby player

1982 - [[Joe Cheng]] -Taiwanese actor and singer

1982 - [[Alexander Frolov]] -Russian ice hockey player

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

1982 - [[Chris Vermeulen]] -Australian motorcycle racer

1983 - [[Gregor Arbet]] -Estonian basketball player

1983 - [[Nicolette Fernandes]] -Guyanese squash player

1983 - [[Macklemore]] -American rapper (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

1983 - [[Tanja Mihhailova]] -Russian-Estonian singer and actress

1983 - [[Mark Selby]] -English snooker player

1983 - [[Aidan Turner]] -Irish actor

1984 - [[Paul Dano]] -American actor and producer

1984 - [[Wieke Dijkstra]] -Dutch field hockey player

1985 - [[Kajal Aggarwal]] -Indian actress

1985 - [[Jason Capizzi]] -American football player

1985 - [[Stéphanie Montreux]] -Australian actress and singer

1985 - [[José Ernesto Sosa]] -Argentinian footballer

1985 - [[Dire Tune]] -Ethiopian runner

1986 - [[Lázaro Borges]] -Cuban pole vaulter

1986 - [[Nazareno Casero]] -Argentinian actor

1986 - [[Andrea De Falco]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Sjoerd Huisman]] -Dutch speed skater (d. 2013)

1986 - [[Diego Hypólito]] -Brazilian gymnast

1986 - [[Erin Mackey]] -American actress and singer

1986 - [[Dimitris Sialmas]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Marvin Williams]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Sthefany Brito]] -Brazilian actress

1987 - [[Miho Fukuhara]] -Japanese singer and actress (Sweetbox)

1987 - [[Rashard Mendenhall]] -American football player

1987 - [[Ashli Orion]] -American porn actress

1987 - [[Mutsumi Tamura]] -Japanese voice actress

1987 - [[Rachael Todd]] -American model, Miss Florida|Miss Florida 2009

1988 - [[Sarah Kay (poet)|Sarah Kay]] -American poet

1990 - [[Moa Hjelmer]] -Swedish sprinter

1990 - [[Ksenia Lykina]] -Russian tennis player

1991 - [[Ludwig Rieder]] -Italian luger

1992 - [[Oscar Taveras]] -Dominican-Canadian baseball player (d. 2014)

1993 - [[KSIOlajidebt]] -English rapper and blogger

1996 - [[Larisa Iordache]] -Romanian gymnast

1998 - [[Suzu Hirose]] -Japanese actress and model

1998 - [[Atticus Shaffer]] -American actor

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