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Famous Birthdays


1005 - [[Ali az-Zahir]] -Egyptian caliph (d. 1036)

1389 - [[John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford]] -English politician (d. 1435)

1469 - [[Gian Galeazzo Sforza]] -Italian husband of Isabella of Naples (d. 1494)

1485 - [[Astorre III Manfredi]] -Italian lord (d. 1502)

1566 - [[Sigismund III Vasa]] -Polish king (d. 1632)

1583 - [[Jacob De la Gardie]] -Swedish soldier and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (d. 1652)

1634 - [[Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy]] -(d. 1675)

1642 - [[George Hickes]] -English minister and scholar (d. 1715)

1647 - [[John George III, Elector of Saxony]] -(d. 1691)

1699 - [[William Gustav of Anhalt-Dessau]] -(d. 1737)

1717 - [[Jacques Saly]] -French sculptor and painter (d. 1776)

1723 - [[Adam Ferguson]] -Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1816)

1723 - [[Theophilus Lindsey]] -English minister and theologian (d. 1808)

1733 - [[Betty Washington Lewis]] -American sister of George Washington (d. 1797)

1737 - [[Tokugawa Ieharu]] -Japanese shogun (d. 1786)

1754 - [[Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt]] -(d. 1832)

1756 - [[Joseph Martin Kraus]] -German-Swedish composer and educator (d. 1792)

1761 - [[Jacob Hübner]] -German entomologist and author (d. 1826)

1763 - [[Wolfe Tone]] -Irish general (d. 1798)

1770 - [[Moses Waddel]] -American minister and academic (d. 1840)

1771 - [[Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk]] -Scottish philanthropist and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright (d. 1820)

1771 - [[Hermann von Boyen]] -Prussian general and politician, Prussian Minister of War (d. 1848)

1777 - [[Jean-Jacques Lartigue]] -Canadian bishop (d. 1840)

1778 - [[Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac]] -French politician, 7th Prime Minister of France (d. 1832)

1786 - [[Marceline Desbordes-Valmore]] -French poet and author (d. 1859)

1796 - [[Luigi Amat di San Filippo e Sorso]] -Italian cardinal (d. 1878)

1808 - [[Samson Raphael Hirsch]] -German rabbi and scholar (d. 1888)

1809 - [[Isaak August Dorner]] -German theologian and academic (d. 1884)

1813 - [[Joseph Autran]] -French poet and author (d. 1877)

1819 - [[Jacques Offenbach]] -German-French cellist and composer (d. 1880)

1855 - [[Richard Lodge]] -English historian and academic (d. 1936)

1858 - [[Charles W. Chesnutt]] -American lawyer and author (d. 1932)

1860 - [[Alexander Winton]] -Scottish-American race car driver and engineer (d. 1932)

1860 - [[Jack Worrall]] -Australian cricketer, footballer, and coach (d. 1937)

1861 - [[Frederick Gowland Hopkins]] -English biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

1865 - [[George Redmayne Murray]] -English biologist and physician (d. 1939)

1866 - [[James Burns (cricketer)|James Burns]] -English cricketer (d. 1957)

1869 - [[Laxmanrao Kirloskar]] -Indian businessman, founded the Kirloskar Group (d. 1956)

1870 - [[Georges Dufrénoy]] -French painter and academic (d. 1943)

1872 - [[George Carpenter (Salvation Army)|George Carpenter]] -American 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)

1875 - [[Reginald Punnett]] -English geneticist, statistician, and academic (d. 1967)

1876 - [[Romuald Joubé]] -French actor (d. 1949)

1882 - [[Daniel Sawyer]] -American golfer (d. 1937)

1884 - [[Mary R. Calvert]] -American astronomer and author (d. 1974)

1884 - [[Johannes Heinrich Schultz]] -German psychiatrist and psychotherapist (d. 1970)

1885 - [[Andrzej Gawroński]] -Polish linguist and academic (d. 1927)

1887 - [[Kurt Schwitters]] -German painter and illustrator (d. 1948)

1889 - [[John S. Paraskevopoulos]] -Greek-South African astronomer and academic (d. 1951)

1891 - [[Giannina Arangi-Lombardi]] -Italian soprano (d. 1951)

1891 - [[John A. Costello]] -Irish lawyer and politician, 3rd Taoiseach|Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1976)

1893 - [[Wilhelm Zaisser]] -German soldier and politician (d. 1958)

1894 - [[Lloyd Hall]] -American chemist and academic (d. 1971)

1896 - [[Wilfrid Pelletier]] -Canadian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1982)

1897 - [[Elisabeth Hauptmann]] -German author and playwright (d. 1973)

1899 - [[Jean Moulin]] -French soldier and engineer (d. 1943)

1903 - [[Samuel Rabin (artist)|Sam Rabin]] -English wrestler, sculptor, and singer (d. 1991)

1905 - [[Lillian Hellman]] -American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1906 - [[Bob King (athlete)|Bob King]] -American high jumper and obstetrician (d. 1965)

1907 - [[Jimmy Driftwood]] -American singer-songwriter and banjo player (d. 1998)

1908 - [[Billy Werber]] -American baseball player (d. 2009)

1909 - [[Errol Flynn]] -Australian-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1959)

1910 - [[Josephine Johnson]] -American author and poet (d. 1990)

1911 - [[Gail Patrick]] -American actress and singer (d. 1980)

1912 - [[Anthony Buckeridge]] -English author (d. 2004)

1912 - [[Jack Torrance (athlete)|Jack Torrance]] -American shot putter and football player (d. 1969)

1914 - [[Zelda (poet)|Zelda]] -Israeli poet and educator (d. 1984)

1914 - [[Gordon Juckes]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1994)

1914 - [[Muazzez İlmiye Çığ]] -Turkish archaeologist and academic

1915 - [[Dick Reynolds]] -Australian footballer and coach (d. 2002)

1915 - [[Terence Young (director)|Terence Young]] -Chinese-English director and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1916 - [[Jean-Jacques Bertrand]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 21st Premier of Quebec (d. 1973)

1916 - [[Johnny Morris]] -Welsh-English television host (d. 1999)

1917 - [[Helena Rasiowa]] -Austrian-Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1994)

1917 - [[Igor Śmiałowski]] -Russian-Polish actor (d. 2006)

1918 - [[George Lynch (racing driver)|George Lynch]] -American race car driver (d. 1997)

1918 - [[Zoltán Sztáray]] -Hungarian-American author (d. 2011)

1920 - [[Danny Cedrone]] -American guitarist and bandleader (d. 1954)

1920 - [[Thomas Jefferson (musician)|Thomas Jefferson]] -American trumpet player

1921 - [[Byron Farwell]] -American historian and author (d. 1999)

1923 - [[Peter Gay]] -German-American historian, author, and academic (d. 2015)

1923 - [[Jerzy Nowak]] -Polish actor and educator (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Bjørn Watt-Boolsen]] -Danish actor (d. 1998)

1924 - [[Chet Atkins]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2001)

1924 - [[Fritz Koenig]] -German sculptor and academic, designed The Sphere

1925 - [[Doris Hart]] -American tennis player and educator (d. 2015)

1925 - [[Audie Murphy]] -American lieutenant and actor Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1971)

1926 - [[Rehavam Ze'evi]] -Israeli general and politician, 9th Tourism Ministry (Israel)|Israeli Minister of Tourism (d. 2001)

1927 - [[Simin Behbahani]] -Iranian poet and activist (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Eric Dolphy]] -American saxophonist, flute player, and composer (d. 1964)

1928 - [[Martin Landau]] -American actor and producer

1928 - [[Jean-Marie Le Pen]] -French intelligence officer and politician

1928 - [[Asrat Woldeyes]] -Ethiopian surgeon and educator (d. 1999)

1929 - [[Edgar Bronfman, Sr.]] -Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Anne Weale]] -English journalist and author (d. 2007)

1930 - [[Magdalena Abakanowicz]] -Polish sculptor and academic

1930 - [[Paul Pender]] -American boxer and firefighter (d. 2003)

1930 - [[John Waine]] -English bishop

1931 - [[Olympia Dukakis]] -American actress and producer

1931 - [[James Tolkan]] -American actor and director

1932 - [[Robert Rozhdestvensky]] -Russian poet and author (d. 1994)

1933 - [[Danny Aiello]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1933 - [[Claire Tomalin]] -English journalist and author

1934 - [[Wendy Craig]] -English actress and screenwriter

1934 - [[Rossana Podestà]] -Libyan-Italian actress (d. 2013)

1934 - [[Yuri Vizbor]] -Russian poet and actor (d. 1984)

1935 - [[Len Dawson]] -American football player and sportscaster

1935 - [[Neal Knox]] -American activist and author (d. 2005)

1935 - [[Armando Picchi]] -Italian footballer and coach (d. 1971)

1936 - [[Billy Guy]] -American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2002)

1936 - [[Enn Vetemaa]] -Estonian author and screenwriter

1937 - [[Stafford Dean]] -English actor and singer

1937 - [[Jerry Keller]] -American singer-songwriter

1938 - [[Joan Kirner]] -Australian educator and politician, 42nd Premier of Victoria (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Mickie Most]] -English singer and producer (d. 2003)

1939 - [[Michael Buckley (civil servant)|Michael Buckley]] -English civil servant

1939 - [[Ramakant Desai]] -Indian cricketer (d. 1998)

1939 - [[Budge Rogers]] -English rugby player and manager

1940 - [[Eugen Drewermann]] -German priest and theologian

1940 - [[John Mahoney]] -English-American actor

1941 - [[Stephen Frears]] -English actor, director, and producer

1941 - [[Kōji Ishizaka]] -Japanese actor

1941 - [[Dieter Mann]] -German actor

1941 - [[Ulf Merbold]] -German physicist and astronaut

1942 - [[Andrew Graham (academic)|Andrew Graham]] -English economist and academic

1942 - [[Richard I. Neal]] -American general

1942 - [[Neil Trudinger]] -Australian mathematician and theorist

1942 - [[Brian Wilson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Beach Boys and California Music)

1944 - [[Cheryl Holdridge]] -American actress (d. 2009)

1944 - [[John McCook]] -American actor

1944 - [[David Roper]] -English actor

1945 - [[Anne Murray]] -Canadian singer and guitarist

1946 - [[Tony Aitken]] -English actor

1946 - [[Xanana Gusmão]] -Timorese soldier and politician, 1st President of East Timor

1946 - [[Nigel Kalton]] -English-American mathematician and academic (d. 2010)

1946 - [[David Kazhdan]] -Russian-Israeli mathematician and academic

1946 - [[Bob Vila]] -American television host

1946 - [[Lars Vilks]] -Swedish sculptor and academic

1946 - [[Joseph Waeckerle]] -American physician and diplomat

1946 - [[André Watts]] -American pianist and educator

1947 - [[Dolores "LaLa" Brooks]] -American-English singer-songwriter (The Crystals)

1947 - [[Candy Clark]] -American actress

1947 - [[Josef Clemens]] -German bishop

1947 - [[Ray East]] -English cricketer

1947 - [[Ivo Milazzo]] -Italian illustrator

1948 - [[Cirilo Flores]] -American bishop (d. 2014)

1948 - [[Ludwig Scotty]] -Nauruan politician, 10th President of Nauru

1949 - [[Alan Longmuir]] -Scottish bass player, songwriter, and actor (Bay City Rollers)

1949 - [[Lionel Richie]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (Commodores)

1950 - [[Nouri al-Maliki]] -Iraqi politician, 76th Prime Minister of Iraq

1951 - [[Tress MacNeille]] -American voice actress, singer, and radio host

1951 - [[Sheila McLean]] -Scottish scholar and academic

1951 - [[Paul Muldoon]] -Irish poet and academic

1951 - [[Bill Simon (politician)|Bill Simon]] -American businessman and politician

1952 - [[John Goodman]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1952 - [[Vince Gotera]] -American poet and critic

1952 - [[Gordon Marshall (sociologist)|Gordon Marshall]] -English sociologist and academic

1952 - [[Larry Riley (actor)|Larry Riley]] -American actor and singer (d. 1992)

1952 - [[Vikram Seth]] -Indian author and poet

1953 - [[Robert Crais]] -American author and screenwriter

1953 - [[Ulrich Mühe]] -German actor (d. 2007)

1953 - [[Raúl Ramírez]] -Mexican tennis player

1953 - [[Willy Rampf]] -German engineer

1954 - [[Michael Anthony (musician)|Michael Anthony]] -American bass player (Van Halen and Chickenfoot)

1954 - [[Allan Lamb]] -South African-English cricketer and sportscaster

1954 - [[Miles O'Keeffe]] -American actor

1954 - [[Ilan Ramon]] -Israeli colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1955 - [[E. Lynn Harris]] -American author (d. 2009)

1956 - [[Simon Bryant (RAF officer)|Simon Bryant]] -English air marshal

1956 - [[Peter Reid]] -English footballer and manager

1957 - [[Koko B. Ware]] -American wrestler

1958 - [[Ron Hornaday, Jr.]] -American race car driver

1958 - [[Chuck Wagner]] -American actor and singer

1959 - [[Louise Bessette]] -Canadian pianist

1960 - [[Philip M. Parker]] -American economist and author

1960 - [[John Taylor (bass guitarist)|John Taylor]] -English singer-songwriter, bass player, producer and actor (Duran Duran, The Power Station (band)|The Power Station, and Neurotic Outsiders)

1962 - [[Alex Di Gregorio]] -Italian cartoonist

1963 - [[Kirk Baptiste]] -American sprinter

1963 - [[Amir Derakh]] -American guitarist (Orgy (band)|Orgy, Rough Cutt, Julien-K, and Dead by Sunrise)

1963 - [[Don West (sportscaster)|Don West]] -American sportscaster

1964 - [[Pierfrancesco Chili]] -Italian motorcycle racer

1964 - [[Silke Möller]] -German runner

1966 - [[Boaz Yakin]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[Nicole Kidman]] -Australian-American actress, singer, and producer

1967 - [[Dan Tyminski]] -American singer-songwriter

1968 - [[Robert Rodriguez]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1969 - [[Paulo Bento]] -Portuguese footballer and manager

1969 - [[Peter Paige]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1969 - [[Misha Verbitsky]] -Russian mathematician and academic

1969 - [[MaliVai Washington]] -American tennis player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Jason Robert Brown]] -American playwright and composer

1970 - [[Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco]] -

1970 - [[Andrea Nahles]] -German politician, List of German labour ministers|German Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

1971 - [[Josh Kronfeld]] -New Zealand rugby player

1971 - [[Brandon Lewis]] -English lawyer and politician

1971 - [[Josh Lucas]] -American actor and producer

1971 - [[Rodney Rogers]] -American basketball player and coach

1971 - [[Jeordie White]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Marilyn Manson (band)|Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Goon Moon and The Desert Sessions)

1972 - [[Alexis Alexoudis]] -Greek footballer

1972 - [[Paul Bako]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Juan Castro]] -Mexican baseball player and manager

1972 - [[Yuval Semo]] -Israeli actor

1973 - [[Maria Filippov]] -Bulgarian ice skater

1973 - [[Chino Moreno]] -American singer-songwriter (Deftones, Team Sleep, and Crosses (band)|Crosses)

1973 - [[Tom Wlaschiha]] -German actor

1974 - [[Attila Czene]] -Hungarian swimmer and politician

1974 - [[Lenin M. Sivam]] -Sri Lankan-Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Uğur Taner]] -Turkish swimmer

1974 - [[Tuta (footballer)|Tuta]] -Brazilian footballer

1975 - [[Daniel Zítka]] -Czech footballer

1976 - [[Juliano Belletti]] -Brazilian footballer

1976 - [[Jerome Fontamillas]] -American singer and guitarist (Switchfoot, Mortal (band)|Mortal, and Fold Zandura)

1976 - [[Carlos Lee]] -Panamanian baseball player

1976 - [[Rob Mackowiak]] -American baseball player and coach

1977 - [[Gordan Giriček]] -Croatian basketball player

1977 - [[Nerijus Vasiliauskas]] -Lithuanian footballer

1978 - [[LaVar Arrington]] -American football player and sportscaster

1978 - [[Quinton Jackson]] -American mixed martial artist and actor

1978 - [[Frank Lampard]] -English footballer

1978 - [[Jan-Paul Saeijs]] -Dutch footballer

1978 - [[Bobby Seay]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Charlotte Hatherley]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Ash (band)|Ash, Nightnurse, and Client (band)|Client)

1979 - [[Charles Howell III]] -American golfer

1979 - [[Elis Meetua]] -Estonian footballer

1979 - [[Cael Sanderson]] -American wrestler and coach

1980 - [[Carlo Festuccia]] -Italian rugby player

1980 - [[Tony Lovato]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mest)

1980 - [[Franco Semioli]] -Italian footballer

1980 - [[Fabian Wegmann]] -German cyclist

1981 - [[Angerfist]] -Dutch DJ and producer

1981 - [[Ardian Gashi]] -Albanian-Norwegian footballer

1981 - [[Brede Hangeland]] -Norwegian footballer

1981 - [[Alisan Porter]] -American actress and singer

1981 - [[Maricar Reyes]] -Filipino actress and physician

1982 - [[Aleksei Berezutski]] -Russian footballer

1982 - [[Vasili Berezutski]] -Russian footballer

1982 - [[Example (musician)|Example]] -English singer-songwriter and producer

1982 - [[George Forsyth]] -Peruvian footballer

1982 - [[April Ross]] -American volleyball player

1982 - [[Yas]] -Iranian Rapper

1983 - [[Josh Childress]] -American basketball player

1983 - [[Masashi Mikami]] -Japanese actor

1983 - [[Darren Sproles]] -American football player

1983 - [[Cherrie Ying]] -Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress

1984 - [[Hassan Adams]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Neetu Chandra]] -Indian actress and martial artist

1984 - [[Dennis Malura]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Saki Aibu]] -Japanese actress

1985 - [[Matt Flynn]] -American football player

1985 - [[Kai Hesse]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Souleymane Mamam]] -Togolese footballer

1985 - [[Darko Miličić]] -Serbian basketball player

1985 - [[Camille Prats]] -Filipino actress

1985 - [[Halil Savran]] -German footballer

1986 - [[Dreama Walker]] -American actress

1987 - [[Carsten Ball]] -Australian tennis player

1987 - [[Asmir Begović]] -Bosnian footballer

1987 - [[Joseph Ebuya]] -Kenyan runner

1989 - [[Christopher Mintz-Plasse]] -American actor

1989 - [[Javier Pastore]] -Argentinian footballer

1989 - [[Terrelle Pryor]] -American football player

1990 - [[DeQuan Jones]] -American basketball player

1991 - [[Rick ten Voorde]] -Dutch footballer

1992 - [[Sage the Gemini]] -American rapper (The HBK Gang)

1995 - [[Carol Zhao]] -Canadian tennis player

1996 - [[Sam Bennett (ice hockey)|Sam Bennett]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1996 - [[Michael Dal Colle]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1998 - [[Jadin Gould]] -American actress

1999 - [[Yui Mizuno]] -Japanese singer (Sakura Gakuin and Babymetal)

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