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Famous Birthdays


662 - [[Emperor Ruizong of Tang]] -(d. 716)

916 - [[Sayf al-Dawla]] -Syrian Emir of Aleppo (d. 967)

1680 - [[Ebenezer Erskine]] -Scottish minister and theologian (d. 1754)

1684 - [[Francesco Manfredini]] -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1762)

1704 - [[John Taylor (classical scholar)|John Taylor]] -English author and scholar (d. 1766)

1713 - [[Lord John Sackville]] -English cricketer and politician (d. 1765)

1738 - [[Jacques Delille]] -French poet and translator (d. 1813)

1757 - [[George Vancouver]] -English lieutenant and explorer (d. 1798)

1763 - [[Étienne Méhul]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1817)

1767 - [[Wilhelm von Humboldt]] -German philosopher, academic, and politician, Interior Minister of Prussia (d. 1835)

1792 - [[James Beaumont Neilson]] -Scottish engineer and businessman (d. 1865)

1805 - [[Giuseppe Mazzini]] -Italian journalist and politician (d. 1872)

1820 - [[James Hutchison Stirling]] -Scottish physician and philosopher (d. 1909)

1837 - [[Paul Morphy]] -American chess player (d. 1884)

1837 - [[Ernst Ziller]] -German-Greek architect, designed the Presidential Mansion, Athens|Presidential Mansion (d. 1923)

1844 - [[Oscar von Gebhardt]] -German theologian and academic (d. 1906)

1845 - [[Tom Dula]] -American soldier (d. 1868)

1845 - [[Richard Seddon]] -English-New Zealand politician, 15th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1906)

1856 - [[H. Rider Haggard]] -English author and scholar (d. 1925)

1861 - [[Maximilian von Spee]] -Danish-German admiral (d. 1914)

1864 - [[Hermann Minkowski]] -German mathematician and academic (d. 1909)

1871 - [[William McDougall (psychologist)|William McDougall]] -English psychologist and polymath (d. 1938)

1873 - [[Filippo Silvestri]] -Italian entomologist and academic (d. 1949)

1874 - [[Viggo Jensen]] -Danish weightlifter, target shooter, and gymnast (d. 1930)

1874 - [[Walter Friedrich Otto]] -German philologist and scholar (d. 1958)

1879 - [[Thibaudeau Rinfret]] -Canadian lawyer and jurist, 9th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)

1880 - [[Johannes Drost]] -Dutch swimmer (d. 1954)

1884 - [[James Rector]] -American sprinter and lawyer (d. 1949)

1885 - [[Milan Vidmar]] -Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)

1887 - [[Julian Huxley]] -English biologist and academic (d. 1975)

1888 - [[Harold Hitz Burton]] -American lawyer and politician, 45th Mayor of Cleveland (d. 1964)

1889 - [[Ossian Skiöld]] -Swedish hammer thrower (d. 1961)

1890 - [[Aleksander Warma]] -Estonian commander and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (d. 1970)

1891 - [[Franz Alexander]] -Hungarian psychoanalyst and physician (d. 1964)

1892 - [[Robert Ritter von Greim]] -German general and pilot (d. 1945)

1896 - [[Leonard W. Murray]] -Canadian admiral (d. 1971)

1897 - [[Edmund A. Chester]] -American journalist and broadcaster (d. 1973)

1897 - [[Norbert Elias]] -German-Dutch sociologist and philosopher (d. 1990)

1898 - [[Erich Maria Remarque]] -German-Swiss soldier and author (d. 1970)

1899 - [[Richard Gurley Drew]] -American engineer, invented Masking tape (d. 1980)

1899 - [[Michał Kalecki]] -Polish economist and academic (d. 1970)

1899 - [[Artur Kukk]] -Estonian wrestler (d. 1958)

1901 - [[Elias Katz]] -Finnish runner and coach (d. 1947)

1902 - [[Marguerite De La Motte]] -American actress (d. 1950)

1903 - [[John Dillinger]] -American bank robber (d. 1934)

1903 - [[Carl Hubbell]] -American baseball player (d. 1988)

1906 - [[William Kneale]] -English logician and philosopher (d. 1990)

1906 - [[Anne Morrow Lindbergh]] -American pilot and author (d. 2001)

1906 - [[Billy Wilder]] -Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1909 - [[Katherine Dunham]] -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2006)

1909 - [[Mike Todd]] -American producer and manager (d. 1958)

1910 - [[John Hunt, Baron Hunt]] -Indian-English lieutenant and mountaineer (d. 1998)

1910 - [[Peter Pears]] -English tenor and actor (d. 1986)

1910 - [[Konrad Zuse]] -German computer scientist and engineer, invented the Z3 (computer)|Z3 computer (d. 1995)

1912 - [[Princess Caroline Mathilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha]] -(d. 1983)

1913 - [[Sándor Weöres]] -Hungarian poet and author (d. 1989)

1915 - [[Dolf van der Linden]] -Dutch conductor and composer (d. 1999)

1915 - [[Cornelius Warmerdam]] -American pole vaulter and coach (d. 2001)

1916 - [[Johnny Jacobs]] -American television announcer (d. 1982)

1919 - [[Gower Champion]] -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1980)

1920 - [[Paul Frees]] -American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1920 - [[James H. Pomerene]] -American computer scientist and engineer (d. 2008)

1920 - [[Edmund Pellegrino]] -American ethicist and academic (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Jovito Salonga]] -Filipino lawyer and politician, 14th President of the Senate of the Philippines

1921 - [[Joseph Papp]] -American director and producer (d. 1991)

1921 - [[Barbara Vucanovich]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Bill Blass]] -American fashion designer, founded Bill Blass Group (d. 2002)

1922 - [[Mona Lisa (actress)|Mona Lisa]] -Filipino actress

1923 - [[José Giovanni]] -French-Swiss director and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1924 - [[Christopher Booth]] -English clinician and historian (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Larkin Kerwin]] -Canadian physicist and academic (d. 2004)

1924 - [[Géza Vermes]] -Hungarian-English theologian and scholar (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Rachid Solh]] -Lebanese politician, 48th Prime Minister of Lebanon (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Anthony Low]] -Indian-English historian and academic (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Ann Petersen]] -Belgian actress (d. 2003)

1928 - [[Ralph Waite]] -American actor and director (d. 2014)

1929 - [[Bruce Kent]] -English priest and activist

1930 - [[Yury Artyukhin]] -Russian colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1998)

1930 - [[Walter Bonatti]] -Italian journalist and mountaineer (d. 2011)

1932 - [[Yevgeny Kychanov]] -Russian orientalist, historian, and academic (d. 2013)

1932 - [[Amrish Puri]] -Indian actor and singer (d. 2005)

1932 - [[June Salter]] -Australian actress (d. 2001)

1932 - [[Prunella Scales]] -English actress

1932 - [[John Wakeham, Baron Wakeham]] -English businessman and politician, Leader of the House of Lords

1933 - [[Dianne Feinstein]] -American politician, 38th Mayor of San Francisco

1933 - [[Jacques Martin (TV host)|Jacques Martin]] -French television host and producer (d. 2007)

1933 - [[Libor Pešek]] -Czech conductor

1934 - [[James Bjorken]] -American physicist, author, and academic

1936 - [[Kris Kristofferson]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Highwaymen (country supergroup)|The Highwaymen)

1936 - [[Hermeto Pascoal]] -Brazilian accordion player and composer

1937 - [[Chris Blackwell]] -English record producer, co-founded Island Records

1937 - [[Bernie McGann]] -Australian saxophonist and composer (d. 2013)

1939 - [[Don Matthews]] -American-Canadian football player and coach

1939 - [[Ed Paschke]] -Polish-American painter and academic (d. 2004)

1940 - [[Joan Busfield]] -English sociologist, psychologist, and academic

1940 - [[Hubert Chesshyre]] -English historian and author

1940 - [[Abbas Kiarostami]] -Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

1940 - [[Esther Rantzen]] -English journalist

1941 - [[Ed Bradley]] -American journalist (d. 2006)

1941 - [[Michael Lerner (actor)|Michael Lerner]] -American actor

1941 - [[Terttu Savola]] -Finnish journalist and politician

1942 - [[Murphy Dunne]] -American actor and keyboard player (The Blues Brothers)

1943 - [[Judith Barker]] -English actress

1943 - [[Brit Hume]] -American journalist and author

1944 - [[Peter Asher]] -English singer, guitarist, and producer (Peter and Gordon)

1944 - [[Klaus Maria Brandauer]] -Austrian actor and director

1944 - [[Helmut Dietl]] -German director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1945 - [[Rainer Brüderle]] -German economist and politician, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany)|German Minister of Economics and Technology

1946 - [[Linda Bond]] -Canadian 19th General of The Salvation Army

1946 - [[Sheila Hollins, Baroness Hollins]] -English psychiatrist and academic

1946 - [[Eliades Ochoa]] -Cuban singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Cuarteto Patria)

1946 - [[Józef Oleksy]] -Polish economist and politician, 7th Prime Minister of Poland (d. 2015)

1946 - [[Stephen Waley-Cohen]] -English journalist and businessman

1947 - [[Octavia E. Butler]] -American author (d. 2006)

1947 - [[Howard Kaylan]] -American singer-songwriter (The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, and Flo & Eddie)

1947 - [[David Lander]] -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Pete Maravich]] -American basketball player (d. 1988)

1947 - [[Jerry Rawlings]] -Ghanaian lieutenant and politician, President of Ghana

1947 - [[Leelo Tungal]] -Estonian poet and author

1948 - [[James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss]] -Scottish businessman

1948 - [[Steve Eastin]] -American actor

1948 - [[Todd Rundgren]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nazz, Utopia (American band)|Utopia, and The New Cars)

1949 - [[Larry Junstrom]] -American bass player (38 Special (band)|38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd)

1949 - [[Brian Leveson]] -English lawyer and judge

1949 - [[Alan Osmond]] -American singer and producer (The Osmonds)

1949 - [[Meryl Streep]] -American actress and singer

1949 - [[Luís Filipe Vieira]] -Portuguese businessman

1949 - [[Lindsay Wagner]] -American actress and producer

1949 - [[Elizabeth Warren]] -American academic and politician

1950 - [[Sharon Maughan]] -English actress

1950 - [[Adrian Năstase]] -Romanian lawyer and politician, 59th Prime Minister of Romania

1950 - [[Zenonas Petrauskas]] -Lithuanian lawyer and politician (d. 2009)

1951 - [[Craig Gruber]] -American bass player (Rainbow (rock band)|Rainbow, Elf (band)|Elf, Bible Black (band)|Bible Black, and Raven Lord (d. 2015)

1951 - [[Humphrey Ocean]] -English painter and academic

1952 - [[Graham Greene (actor)|Graham Greene]] -Canadian actor

1952 - [[Alastair Stewart]] -English journalist and actor

1952 - [[Radka Toneff]] -Norwegian singer (d. 1982)

1953 - [[Wim Eijk]] -Dutch cardinal

1953 - [[Mauro Francaviglia]] -Italian mathematician and academic (d. 2013)

1953 - [[Cyndi Lauper]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Blue Angel (band)|Blue Angel)

1953 - [[Mai Lin]] -American porn actress

1953 - [[Bruce McAvaney]] -Australian journalist and sportscaster

1954 - [[Freddie Prinze]] -American comedian and actor (d. 1977)

1955 - [[Green Gartside]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scritti Politti)

1955 - [[Olevi Kull]] -Estonian ecologist and academic (d. 2007)

1956 - [[Darryl Brohman]] -Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1956 - [[Alfons De Wolf]] -Belgian cyclist

1956 - [[Ron Haslam]] -English motorcycle racer

1956 - [[Shah Mehmood Qureshi]] -Pakistani agriculturist and politician, 25th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Pakistan)|Pakistani Minister of Foreign Affairs

1956 - [[Tim Russ]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1956 - [[Manuel Saval]] -Mexican actor (d. 2009)

1956 - [[Markus Schatte]] -German footballer, manager, and coach

1956 - [[Derek Forbes]] -Scottish bass player and guitarist (Simple Minds, Big Country, and Ex-Simple Minds)

1957 - [[Kevin Bond (footballer)|Kevin Bond]] -English footballer and manager

1957 - [[Danny Baker]] -English journalist and screenwriter

1957 - [[Garry Gary Beers]] -Australian bass player, songwriter, and producer (INXS and Absent Friends (band)|Absent Friends)

1957 - [[Michael Stratton]] -English geneticist and academic

1958 - [[Bruce Campbell]] -American actor, director, and producer

1958 - [[Jennifer Finney Boylan]] -American author and academic

1959 - [[Wayne Federman]] -American comedian, actor, and author

1959 - [[Michael Kinane]] -Irish jockey

1959 - [[Mike O'Meara]] -American radio host

1959 - [[Nicola Sirkis]] -French singer-songwriter and guitarist (Indochine (band)|Indochine)

1959 - [[Ed Viesturs]] -American mountaineer

1960 - [[Erin Brockovich]] -American lawyer and environmentalist

1960 - [[Catherine Disher]] -Canadian actress

1960 - [[Margrit Klinger]] -German runner

1960 - [[Tracy Pollan]] -American actress

1961 - [[Stephen Batchelor (field hockey)|Stephen Batchelor]] -English field hockey player and coach

1961 - [[Arabella Pollen]] -English fashion designer, journalist, and author

1961 - [[Jimmy Somerville]] -Scottish singer-songwriter (Bronski Beat and The Communards)

1962 - [[Stephen Chow]] -Hong Kong actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962 - [[Clyde Drexler]] -American basketball player and coach

1962 - [[Ain Evard]] -Estonian high jumper

1962 - [[Bobby Gillespie]] -Scottish singer-songwriter (Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Wake (UK band)|The Wake)

1962 - [[Gerald Hillringhaus]] -German footballer

1963 - [[Randy Couture]] -American mixed martial artist and actor

1963 - [[Hokutoumi Nobuyoshi]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 61st Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1963 - [[John Tenta]] -Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2006)

1964 - [[Cadillac Anderson]] -American basketball player

1964 - [[Dicky Barrett]] -American singer and actor (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

1964 - [[Amy Brenneman]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1964 - [[Dan Brown]] -American author and academic

1964 - [[John Penrose]] -English politician, Minister for Tourism and Heritage

1965 - [[Uwe Boll]] -German director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Ľubomír Moravčík]] -Czech footballer and manager

1966 - [[Schoolly D]] -American rapper and actor

1966 - [[Michael Park (co-driver)|Michael Park]] -English race car driver (d. 2005)

1966 - [[Emmanuelle Seigner]] -French actress and singer

1967 - [[Mike Sussman (TV series writer/producer)|Mike Sussman]] -American screenwriter and producer

1968 - [[Darrell Armstrong]] -American basketball player and coach

1970 - [[Michel Elefteriades]] -Greek-Lebanese songwriter and producer

1970 - [[Steven Page]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Barenaked Ladies)

1971 - [[Gary Connolly]] -English rugby player

1971 - [[Kambri Crews]] -American blogger and author

1971 - [[Mary Lynn Rajskub]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1971 - [[Kurt Warner]] -American football player and sportscaster

1972 - [[Wangechi Mutu]] -Kenyan-American painter and sculptor

1972 - [[David Rees (cartoonist)|David Rees]] -American cartoonist and critic

1973 - [[Carson Daly]] -American radio and television host

1974 - [[Vijay (actor)|Vijay]] -Indian actor, singer, and producer

1974 - [[Donald Faison]] -American actor and producer

1974 - [[Belinda Panelo]] -American-Filipino model and actress

1975 - [[Müslüm Can]] -Turkish footballer

1975 - [[Kenshin Kawakami]] -Japanese baseball player

1975 - [[Andreas Klöden]] -German cyclist

1975 - [[Urmas Reinsalu]] -Estonian academic and politician, 28th Minister of Defence (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Defence

1975 - [[Laila Rouass]] -English actress

1976 - [[Gordon Moakes]] -English bass player (Bloc Party and Young Legionnaire)

1978 - [[Champ Bailey]] -American football player

1978 - [[Tim Driesen]] -Belgian actor, singer, and dancer

1978 - [[Dan Wheldon]] -English race car driver (d. 2011)

1979 - [[Joey Cheek]] -American speed skater

1979 - [[Xenofon Gittas]] -Greek footballer

1979 - [[Brad Hawpe]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Leire Martínez]] -Spanish singer-songwriter (La Oreja de Van Gogh)

1979 - [[Jai Rodriguez]] -American actor and singer

1979 - [[Thomas Voeckler]] -French cyclist

1980 - [[Ilya Bryzgalov]] -Russian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Stephanie Jacobsen]] -Hong Kong-Australian actress

1981 - [[Sione Lauaki]] -New Zealand rugby player

1981 - [[Aquivaldo Mosquera]] -Colombian footballer

1981 - [[Monty Oum]] -American animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1981 - [[Chris Urbanowicz]] -English guitarist and producer (Editors (band)|Editors)

1982 - [[Soraia Chaves]] -Portuguese model and actress

1982 - [[Ian Kinsler]] -American baseball player

1983 - [[Allar Raja]] -Estonian rower

1984 - [[Georgios Apostolidis]] -Greek basketball player

1984 - [[Dustin Johnson]] -American golfer

1984 - [[Rubén Iván Martínez]] -Spanish footballer

1984 - [[Jerome Taylor]] -Jamaican cricketer

1984 - [[Janko Tipsarević]] -Serbian tennis player

1985 - [[Rosa Kato]] -Italian-Japanese model and actress

1985 - [[Scott MacIntyre]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1985 - [[Sofoklis Schortsanitis]] -Cameroonian-Greek basketball player

1986 - [[Ramin Ott]] -Samoan footballer

1987 - [[Joe Dempsie]] -English actor

1987 - [[Eda Erdem Dündar]] -Turkish volleyball player

1987 - [[Danny Green (basketball)|Danny Green]] -American basketball player

1987 - [[Cory Gunz]] -American rapper

1987 - [[Lee Min-ho (actor, born 1987)|Lee Min-ho]] -South Korean actor and singer

1987 - [[Nikita Rukavytsya]] -Ukrainian-Australian footballer

1988 - [[Omri Casspi]] -Israeli basketball player

1988 - [[Portia Doubleday]] -American actress

1988 - [[Kanna Mori]] -Japanese model and actress

1989 - [[Cédric Mongongu]] -Congolese footballer

1989 - [[Jung Yong-hwa]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (CN Blue)

1990 - [[Quinton Coples]] -American football player

1991 - [[Giuseppe De Luca (footballer)|Giuseppe De Luca]] -Italian footballer

1992 - [[Erika Kirpu]] -Estonian fencer

1993 - [[Caydee Denney]] -American figure skater

1993 - [[Ingmar Lazar]] -French pianist

1993 - [[Izzy Miller]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1997 - [[Tami Grende]] -Indonesian tennis player

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