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Famous Birthdays


1423 - [[Ferdinand I of Naples]] -(d. 1494)

1489 - [[Charles, Duke of Vendôme]] -(d. 1537)

1535 - [[Pope Leo XI]] -(d. 1605)

1731 - [[Martha Washington]] -American wife of George Washington, 1st First Lady of the United States (d. 1802)

1739 - [[Jabez Bowen]] -American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1815)

1740 - [[Marquis de Sade]] -French philosopher and politician (d. 1814)

1743 - [[Alessandro Cagliostro]] -Italian occultist and explorer (d. 1795)

1773 - [[John Randolph of Roanoke]] -American planter and politician, 8th United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1833)

1774 - [[William Lawson (explorer)|William Lawson]] -English-Australian explorer and politician (d. 1850)

1823 - [[Gédéon Ouimet]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of Quebec (d. 1905)

1835 - [[Pope Pius X]] -(d. 1914)

1838 - [[Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg]] -(d. 1900)

1840 - [[Thomas Hardy]] -English author and poet (d. 1928)

1857 - [[Edward Elgar]] -English composer and educator (d. 1934)

1857 - [[Karl Adolph Gjellerup]] -Danish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)

1861 - [[Concordia Selander]] -Swedish actress and manager (d. 1935)

1863 - [[Felix Weingartner]] -Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)

1865 - [[George Lohmann]] -English cricketer (d. 1901)

1869 - [[Jack O'Connor (catcher)|Jack O'Connor]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)

1875 - [[Charles Stewart Mott]] -American businessman and politician, 50th List of mayors of Flint, Michigan|Mayor of Flint, Michigan (d. 1973)

1878 - [[Wallace Hartley]] -English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912)

1881 - [[Walter Egan (golfer)|Walter Egan]] -American golfer (d. 1971)

1887 - [[Gottlieb Hering]] -German SS officer (d. 1945)

1887 - [[Howard Johnson (lyricist)|Howard Johnson]] -American songwriter (d. 1941)

1891 - [[Thurman Arnold]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1969)

1891 - [[Takijirō Ōnishi]] -Japanese admiral and pilot (d. 1945)

1899 - [[Lotte Reiniger]] -German animator and director (d. 1981)

1899 - [[Edwin Way Teale]] -American environmentalist and photographer (d. 1980)

1904 - [[Frank Runacres]] -English painter and educator (d. 1974)

1904 - [[Johnny Weissmuller]] -Romanian-American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)

1907 - [[Dorothy West]] -American journalist and author (d. 1998)

1907 - [[John Lehmann]] -English poet and publisher (d. 1987)

1910 - [[Hector Dyer]] -American sprinter (d. 1990)

1911 - [[Joe McCluskey]] -American runner (d. 2002)

1913 - [[Barbara Pym]] -English author (d. 1980)

1913 - [[Walter Andreas Schwarz]] -German singer-songwriter and playwright (d. 1992)

1915 - [[Walter Tetley]] -American voice actor (d. 1975)

1915 - [[Alexandru Nicolschi]] -Romanian spy (d. 1992)

1917 - [[Heinz Sielmann]] -German photographer and director (d. 2006)

1917 - [[Max Showalter]] -American actor, singer, and pianist (d. 2000)

1918 - [[Ruth Atkinson]] -Canadian-American illustrator (d. 1997)

1918 - [[Kathryn Tucker Windham]] -American journalist and author (d. 2011)

1919 - [[Nat Mayer Shapiro]] -American painter (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Frank G. Clement]] -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)

1920 - [[Yolande Donlan]] -American-English actress (d. 2014)

1920 - [[Marcel Reich-Ranicki]] -Polish-German author and critic (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Tex Schramm]] -American businessman (d. 2003)

1920 - [[Johnny Speight]] -English screenwriter and producer (d. 1998)

1921 - [[Betty Freeman]] -American photographer and philanthropist (d. 2009)

1921 - [[Ernie Royal]] -American trumpet player (The Tonight Show Band) (d. 1983)

1921 - [[Sigmund Sternberg]] -Hungarian-English businessman and philanthropist

1921 - [[András József Szennay]] -Hungarian priest (d. 2012)

1922 - [[Juan Antonio Bardem]] -Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1922 - [[Charlie Sifford]] -American golfer (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Carmen Silvera]] -Canadian-English actress and singer (d. 2002)

1923 - [[Lloyd Shapley]] -American mathematician and economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1924 - [[June Callwood]] -Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2007)

1924 - [[Al Ruscio]] -American actor (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Chiyonoyama Masanobu]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 41st Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1977)

1926 - [[Milo O'Shea]] -Irish-American actor (d. 2013)

1927 - [[W. Watts Biggers]] -American author, screenwriter, and animator (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Christopher Slade]] -English lawyer and judge

1928 - [[Erzsi Kovács]] -Hungarian singer (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Rafael A. Lecuona]] -Cuban-American gymnast and academic (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Norton Juster]] -American architect, author, and academic

1929 - [[Ken McGregor]] -Australian tennis player (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Pete Conrad]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1999)

1930 - [[Bob Lillis]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1931 - [[William H. Donaldson]] -American banker and businessman, co-founded Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

1931 - [[Larry Jackson]] -American baseball player and politician (d. 1990)

1932 - [[Sammy Turner]] -American singer

1933 - [[Jerry Lumpe]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Johnny Carter (singer)|Johnny Carter]] -American singer (The Flamingos and The Dells) (d. 2009)

1935 - [[Carol Shields]] -American-Canadian author, poet, and playwright (d. 2003)

1935 - [[Roger Brierley]] -English actor and singer (d. 2005)

1935 - [[Dimitri Kitsikis]] -Greek poet and educator

1936 - [[Richard Harries, Baron Harries of Pentregarth]] -English bishop and theologian

1936 - [[Volodymyr Holubnychy]] -Ukrainian race walker

1937 - [[Rosalyn Higgins]] -English lawyer and judge

1937 - [[Sally Kellerman]] -American actress and singer

1937 - [[Jimmy Jones (singer)|Jimmy Jones]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Robert Paul]] -Canadian figure skater and choreographer

1938 - [[Kevin Brownlow]] -English historian and author

1938 - [[Clifton Cushman]] -American hurdler and soldier (d. 1966)

1938 - [[Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld]] -of Sweden

1938 - [[Ron Ely]] -American actor

1938 - [[George William Penrose, Lord Penrose]] -Scottish lawyer and judge

1941 - [[Ünal Aysal]] -Turkish businessman

1941 - [[William Guest (singer)|William Guest]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)

1941 - [[Susan Hart]] -American actress and producer

1941 - [[Stacy Keach]] -American actor and producer

1941 - [[Lou Nanne]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager

1941 - [[Charlie Watts]] -English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Rolling Stones and Blues Incorporated)

1941 - [[Jeff Winkless]] -American voice actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1942 - [[Maree Cheatham]] -American actress

1943 - [[Ilaiyaraaja]] -Indian singer-songwriter and producer

1943 - [[Charles Haid]] -American actor and director

1943 - [[Crescenzio Sepe]] -Italian cardinal

1944 - [[Robert Elliott (actor born 1944)|Robert Elliott]] -American actor (d. 2004)

1944 - [[Marvin Hamlisch]] -American composer and conductor (d. 2012)

1945 - [[Richard Long (artist)|Richard Long]] -English painter, sculptor, and photographer

1945 - [[Bonnie Newman]] -American businessman and politician

1946 - [[David Arculus]] -English businessman

1946 - [[Song Dae-kwan]] -South Korean singer

1946 - [[Lasse Hallström]] -Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 - [[Peter Sutcliffe]] -English serial killer

1946 - [[Tomomichi Nishimura]] -Japanese voice actor

1947 - [[Mark Elder]] -English conductor and director

1948 - [[Jerry Mathers]] -American actor and director

1949 - [[Heather Couper]] -English astronomer and physicist

1949 - [[Jack Pierce (baseball)|Jack Pierce]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2012)

1949 - [[Frank Rich]] -American journalist and critic

1950 - [[Jonathan Evans (politician)|Jonathan Evans]] -Welsh lawyer and politician

1950 - [[Joanna Gleason]] -Canadian actress and singer

1950 - [[Anne Phillips]] -English theorist and academic

1951 - [[Arnold Mühren]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1951 - [[Larry Robinson]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951 - [[Alexander Wylie, Lord Kinclaven]] -Scottish lawyer, judge, and educator

1952 - [[Gary Bettman]] -American commissioner of the National Hockey League

1953 - [[Keith Allen (actor)|Keith Allen]] -Welsh actor, singer, and screenwriter

1953 - [[Vidar Johansen (musician)|Vidar Johansen]] -Norwegian saxophonist

1953 - [[Dave Boy Green]] -English boxer and businessman

1953 - [[Craig Stadler]] -American golfer

1953 - [[Cornel West]] -American philosopher, author, and academic

1954 - [[Dennis Haysbert]] -American actor and producer

1955 - [[Dana Carvey]] -American comedian, actor, and singer

1955 - [[Nandan Nilekani]] -Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys

1955 - [[Michael Steele (musician)|Michael Steele]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (The Bangles and The Runaways)

1956 - [[Jan Lammers]] -Dutch race car driver

1956 - [[Mani Ratnam]] -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Mark Lawrenson]] -English footballer and manager

1957 - [[Jonathan Stack]] -American director and producer

1958 - [[Lex Luger]] -American wrestler and football player

1959 - [[Rineke Dijkstra]] -Dutch photographer

1959 - [[Charlie Huddy]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1959 - [[Lydia Lunch]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, Harry Crews (band)|Harry Crews, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult)

1959 - [[Erwin Olaf]] -Dutch photographer

1960 - [[Olga Bondarenko]] -Russian runner

1960 - [[Tony Hadley]] -English singer-songwriter and actor (Spandau Ballet)

1960 - [[Kyle Petty]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1960 - [[Shaun Wallace]] -British television personality and barrister

1961 - [[Dez Cadena]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Misfits (band)|Misfits, Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Osaka Popstar, DC3 (band)|DC3, The Gentlemen (band)|The Gentlemen, and Loaded (band)|Loaded)

1961 - [[Kare Kauks]] -Estonian singer and educator

1962 - [[Mark Plaatjes]] -South African-American runner and coach

1963 - [[Anand Abhyankar]] -Indian actor (d. 2012)

1964 - [[Caroline Link]] -German director and screenwriter

1965 - [[Russ Courtnall]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1965 - [[Jim Knipfel]] -American journalist and author

1965 - [[Sean Stewart]] -American-Canadian author

1965 - [[Mark Waugh]] -Australian cricketer and journalist

1965 - [[Steve Waugh]] -Australian cricketer

1966 - [[Pedro Guerra]] -Spanish singer-songwriter

1966 - [[Petra van Staveren]] -Dutch swimmer

1967 - [[Remigija Nazarovienė]] -Lithuanian heptathlete and coach

1967 - [[Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher)|Mike Stanton]] -American baseball player

1968 - [[Beetlejuice (entertainer)|Beetlejuice]] -American comedian and actor

1968 - [[Andy Cohen (television personality)|Andy Cohen]] -American television host and author

1968 - [[Jon Culshaw]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Jason Falkner]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Jellyfish (band)|Jellyfish, The Grays (band)|The Grays, and The Three O'Clock)

1969 - [[Kurt Abbott]] -American baseball player

1969 - [[Cy Chadwick]] -English actor and producer

1970 - [[B-Real]] -American rapper, producer, and actor (Cypress Hill and Kush (band)|Kush)

1970 - [[Gökhan Kırdar]] -Turkish singer-songwriter

1970 - [[Andy McCollum]] -American football player and coach

1971 - [[Kateřina Jacques]] -Czech translator and politician

1971 - [[Jo Koy]] -American comedian and radio host

1971 - [[Anthony Montgomery]] -American actor and singer

1972 - [[Wayne Brady]] -American actor and singer

1972 - [[Raúl Ibañez]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Wentworth Miller]] -American actor and screenwriter

1973 - [[Carlos Acosta]] -Cuban-English actor and dancer

1973 - [[Marko Kristal]] -Estonian footballer and manager

1973 - [[Neifi Pérez]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1974 - [[Gata Kamsky]] -Russian-American chess player

1974 - [[Raiko Pachel]] -Estonian swimmer

1974 - [[Matt Serra]] -American mixed martial artist

1975 - [[Salvatore Scibona]] -American author

1975 - [[Gisle Torvik]] -Norwegian guitarist

1976 - [[Earl Boykins]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Martin Čech]] -Czech ice hockey player (d. 2007)

1976 - [[Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira]] -Brazilian mixed martial artist and boxer

1976 - [[Tim Rice-Oxley]] -English singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Keane (band)|Keane and Mt. Desolation)

1976 - [[Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso]] -of Lesotho

1977 - [[Teet Allas]] -Estonian footballer

1977 - [[Dorian Çollaku]] -Albanian hammer thrower

1977 - [[Zachary Quinto]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[Dominic Cooper]] -English actor and singer

1978 - [[Nikki Cox]] -American actress

1978 - [[Justin Long]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[A.J. Styles]] -American wrestler

1979 - [[Morena Baccarin]] -Brazilian-American actress

1979 - [[Butterfly Boucher]] -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1979 - [[Natalia Rodríguez (athlete)|Natalia Rodríguez]] -Spanish runner

1979 - [[Taavi Varm]] -Estonian artist

1980 - [[Fabrizio Moretti]] -Brazilian-American drummer (The Strokes and Little Joy)

1980 - [[Bobby Simmons]] -American basketball player

1980 - [[Richard Skuse]] -English rugby player

1980 - [[Abby Wambach]] -American soccer player and coach

1980 - [[Tomasz Wróblewski]] -Polish bass player and songwriter (Behemoth (band)|Behemoth, Vesania, and Black River (band)|Black River)

1981 - [[Nikolay Davydenko]] -Russian tennis player

1981 - [[Catherine Manoukian]] -Canadian violinist

1981 - [[Velvet Sky]] -American wrestler and manager

1981 - [[Chin-hui Tsao]] -Taiwanese baseball player

1982 - [[Jānis Karlivāns]] -Latvian decathlete

1982 - [[Andres Raja]] -Estonian decathlete

1982 - [[Jewel Staite]] -Canadian actress and singer

1982 - [[Wendy Valdez]] -Filipino model and actress

1983 - [[Chris Higgins (ice hockey, born 1983)|Chris Higgins]] -American ice hockey player

1983 - [[Leela James]] -American singer-songwriter

1983 - [[Brooke White]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Jack and White)

1984 - [[Max Boyer]] -Canadian wrestler

1985 - [[Ana Cristina]] -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1985 - [[Miyuki Sawashiro]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1986 - [[Todd Carney]] -Australian rugby player

1986 - [[Curtis Lofton]] -American football player

1987 - [[Maryka Holtzhausen]] -South African netball player

1987 - [[Yoann Huget]] -French rugby player

1987 - [[Matthew Koma]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1987 - [[Caitlin Mallory]] -American-Estonian ice dancer

1987 - [[Angelo Mathews]] -Sri Lankan cricketer

1987 - [[Sonakshi Sinha]] -Indian actress

1987 - [[Darin Zanyar]] -Swedish singer-songwriter

1988 - [[Sergio Agüero]] -Argentinian footballer

1988 - [[Patrik Berglund]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1988 - [[Joe Lefeged]] -American football player

1989 - [[Freddy Adu]] -Ghanaian-American soccer player

1989 - [[Michael Dunigan]] -American basketball player

1989 - [[Steve Smith (cricketer, born 1989)|Steven Smith]] -Australian cricketer

1990 - [[Brittany Curran]] -American actress

1992 - [[Pajtim Kasami]] -Swiss footballer

1993 - [[Lukas Spendlhofer]] -Austrian footballer

1993 - [[Adam Taggart]] -Australian footballer

1994 - [[Jemma McKenzie-Brown]] -English actress

1994 - [[Antonio Spavone]] -Italian race car driver

1995 - [[Sterling Beaumon]] -American actor

1996 - [[Morissette Amon]] -Filipino actress and singer

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