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Famous Birthdays


1242 - [[Beatrice of England]] -(d. 1275)

1328 - [[William de Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury]] -English commander (d. 1397)

1373 - [[Joanna II of Naples]] -(d. 1435)

1560 - [[Wilhelm Fabry]] -German surgeon (d. 1634)

1612 - [[John Albert Vasa]] -Polish cardinal (d. 1634)

1709 - [[Francesco Araja]] -Italian composer (d. 1762)

1715 - [[Joseph Foullon de Doué]] -French soldier and politician, Controller-General of Finances (d. 1789)

1755 - [[Natalia Alexeievna of Russia]] -(d. 1776)

1799 - [[David Douglas]] -Scottish-English botanist and explorer (d. 1834)

1814 - [[Gabriel Auguste Daubrée]] -French geologist and engineer (d. 1896)

1852 - [[Antoni Gaudí]] -Spanish architect, designed the Park Güell (d. 1926)

1858 - [[Georges Courteline]] -French author and playwright (d. 1929)

1860 - [[Gustave Charpentier]] -French composer and conductor (d. 1956)

1863 - [[Émile Francqui]] -Belgian soldier and diplomat (d. 1935)

1864 - [[Walther Nernst]] -German chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1884 - [[Géza Gyóni]] -Hungarian soldier and poet (d. 1917)

1884 - [[Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler]] -German-French art collector and historian (d. 1979)

1886 - [[Henry H. Arnold]] -American general (d. 1950)

1887 - [[George Abbott]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1887 - [[Frigyes Karinthy]] -Hungarian author, poet, and journalist (d. 1938)

1892 - [[Shirō Ishii]] -Japanese microbiologist and general (d. 1959)

1894 - [[Hermann Oberth]] -Romanian-German physicist and engineer (d. 1989)

1900 - [[Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma]] -English admiral and politician, 44th Governor-General of India (d. 1979)

1901 - [[Harold Roe Bartle]] -American businessman and politician, 47th List of mayors of Kansas City, Missouri|Mayor of Kansas City (d. 1974)

1902 - [[Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu]] -of Japan (d. 1953)

1903 - [[George Orwell]] -Indian-English author and critic (d. 1950)

1903 - [[Anne Revere]] -American actress (d. 1990)

1905 - [[Rupert Wildt]] -German-American astronomer and academic (d. 1976)

1907 - [[J. Hans D. Jensen]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1908 - [[Willard Van Orman Quine]] -American philosopher and academic (d. 2000)

1911 - [[William Howard Stein]] -American chemist and biologist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1980)

1912 - [[William T. Cahill]] -American lawyer and politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1996)

1913 - [[Cyril Fletcher]] -English actor and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1917 - [[Whipper Billy Watson]] -Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (d. 1990)

1917 - [[Nils Karlsson]] -Swedish skier (d. 2012)

1918 - [[P. H. Newby]] -English soldier and author (d. 1997)

1921 - [[Celia Franca]] -English-Canadian ballerina and choreographer, founded the National Ballet of Canada (d. 2007)

1922 - [[Johnny Smith]] -American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Sam Francis]] -American soldier and painter (d. 1994)

1923 - [[Dorothy Gilman]] -American author (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Sidney Lumet]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2011)

1924 - [[Madan Mohan (composer)|Madan Mohan]] -Iraqi-Indian composer and director (d. 1975)

1925 - [[Clifton Chenier]] -American singer-songwriter and accordion player (d. 1987)

1925 - [[June Lockhart]] -American actress

1925 - [[Robert Venturi]] -American architect and academic

1926 - [[Margaret Anstee]] -English diplomat

1926 - [[Ingeborg Bachmann]] -Austrian author and poet (d. 1973)

1926 - [[Kep Enderby]] -Australian lawyer, judge, and politician, 23rd Attorney-General for Australia (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Antal Róka]] -Hungarian runner (d. 1970)

1927 - [[Chuck Smith (pastor)|Chuck Smith]] -American pastor, founded the Calvary Chapel (d. 2013)

1927 - [[Arnold Wolfendale]] -English astronomer and academic

1928 - [[Peyo]] -Belgian author and illustrator, created ''The Smurfs'' (d. 1992)

1928 - [[Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov]] -Russian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1928 - [[Michel Brault]] -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1928 - [[William Russo (musician)|Bill Russo]] -American pianist and composer (d. 2003)

1928 - [[Alex Toth]] -American animator and screenwriter (d. 2006)

1928 - [[Moray Watson]] -English actor

1929 - [[Eric Carle]] -American author and illustrator

1929 - [[Francesco Marchisano]] -Italian cardinal (d. 2014)

1930 - [[George Murdock (actor)|George Murdock]] -American actor (d. 2012)

1931 - [[V. P. Singh]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (d. 2008)

1932 - [[Peter Blake (artist)|Peter Blake]] -English painter and illustrator

1932 - [[George Sluizer]] -French-Dutch director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1933 - [[James Meredith]] -American activist

1933 - [[Álvaro Siza Vieira]] -Portuguese architect, designed the Porto School of Architecture

1934 - [[Jean Geissinger]] -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Jack W. Hayford]] -American minister and author

1934 - [[Beatriz Sheridan]] -Mexican actress and director (d. 2006)

1935 - [[Larry Kramer]] -American author, playwright, and activist, co-founded Gay Men's Health Crisis

1935 - [[Tony Lanfranchi]] -English race car driver (d. 2004)

1935 - [[Charles Sheffield]] -English-American mathematician, physicist, and author (d. 2002)

1936 - [[B. J. Habibie]] -Indonesian engineer and politician, 3rd President of Indonesia

1936 - [[Bert Hölldobler]] -German biologist and entomologist

1935 - [[Eddie Floyd]] -American singer-songwriter (The Falcons)

1937 - [[Derek Foster, Baron Foster of Bishop Auckland]] -English politician

1937 - [[Doreen Wells]] -English ballerina and actress

1939 - [[Allen Fox]] -American tennis player and coach

1940 - [[Mary Beth Peil]] -American actress and singer

1940 - [[A. J. Quinnell]] -English-Maltese author (d. 2005)

1940 - [[Clint Warwick]] -English bass player (The Moody Blues) (d. 2004)

1941 - [[Denys Arcand]] -Canadian director, producer, and screenwriter

1941 - [[Eddie Large]] -Scottish comedian and actor

1941 - [[Roy Marsden]] -English actor

1942 - [[Patricia Brake]] -English actress

1942 - [[Nikiforos Diamandouros]] -Greek academic and politician

1942 - [[Willis Reed]] -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1942 - [[Michel Tremblay]] -Canadian author and playwright

1944 - [[Robert Charlebois]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1944 - [[Gary David Goldberg]] -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1945 - [[Carly Simon]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (The Simon Sisters)

1946 - [[Roméo Dallaire]] -Dutch-Canadian general and politician

1946 - [[Allen Lanier]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Blue Öyster Cult) (d. 2013)

1946 - [[Ian McDonald (musician)|Ian McDonald]] -English guitarist and saxophonist (King Crimson and Foreigner (band)|Foreigner)

1947 - [[John Hilton (table tennis)|John Hilton]] -English table tennis player

1947 - [[John Powell (athlete)|John Powell]] -American discus thrower

1947 - [[Jimmie Walker]] -American actor

1948 - [[Broery]] -Indonesian singer and actor (d. 2000)

1949 - [[Richard Clarke (bishop)|Richard Clarke]] -Irish archbishop

1949 - [[Patrick Tambay]] -French race car driver

1950 - [[Michel Côté (actor)|Michel Côté]] -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1950 - [[Nitza Saul]] -Israeli-English actress

1950 - [[Marcello Toninelli]] -Italian author and screenwriter

1952 - [[Péter Erdő]] -Hungarian cardinal

1952 - [[Tim Finn]] -New Zealand singer-songwriter (Finn Brothers, Crowded House, and Split Enz)

1952 - [[Martin Gerschwitz]] -German singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Iron Butterfly)

1952 - [[Alan Green (broadcaster)|Alan Green]] -Irish sportscaster

1953 - [[Olivier Ameisen]] -French-American cardiologist and educator (d. 2013)

1954 - [[Mario Lessard]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1954 - [[David Paich]] -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Toto (band)|Toto)

1954 - [[Daryush Shokof]] -Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Sonia Sotomayor]] -American lawyer and judge

1955 - [[Vic Marks]] -English cricketer and sportscaster

1956 - [[Anthony Bourdain]] -American chef and author

1956 - [[Frank Paschek]] -German long jumper

1956 - [[Boris Trajkovski]] -Macedonian politician, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)

1956 - [[Craig Young]] -Australian rugby player and coach

1957 - [[Greg Millen]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Lutz Dombrowski]] -German long jumper and educator

1959 - [[Jari Puikkonen]] -Finnish ski jumper

1959 - [[Efren Reyes, Jr.]] -Filipino actor and screenwriter

1959 - [[Paris Themmen]] -American actor

1959 - [[Bobbie Vaile]] -Australian astrophysicist and astronomer (d. 1996)

1960 - [[Alastair Bruce of Crionaich]] -English-Scottish journalist and author

1960 - [[Craig Johnston]] -South African-Australian footballer and photographer

1960 - [[Brian Hayward]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1961 - [[Timur Bekmambetov]] -Kazakh director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Ricky Gervais]] -English comedian, actor, director, and producer

1962 - [[Phill Jupitus]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Doug Gilmour]] -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1963 - [[John Benjamin Hickey]] -American actor

1963 - [[George Michael]] -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Wham!)

1963 - [[Jackie Swanson]] -American actress

1964 - [[Dell Curry]] -American basketball player and coach

1964 - [[Matt Gallant]] -American television host and actor

1964 - [[Johnny Herbert]] -English race car driver and sportscaster

1964 - [[Greg Raymer]] -American poker player and lawyer

1964 - [[Emma Suárez]] -Spanish actress

1966 - [[Richard Matt]] -American murderer (d. 2015)

1966 - [[Dikembe Mutombo]] -Congolese-American basketball player

1968 - [[Vaios Karagiannis]] -Greek footballer and manager

1969 - [[Hunter Foster]] -American actor and singer

1969 - [[Zim Zum]] -American guitarist and songwriter (The Pop Culture Suicides)

1970 - [[Lucy Benjamin]] -English actress

1970 - [[Ariel Gore]] -American journalist and author

1970 - [[Roope Latvala]] -Finnish guitarist (Children of Bodom, Stone (band)|Stone, Sinergy, and Waltari)

1970 - [[Erki Nool]] -Estonian decathlete and politician

1970 - [[Aaron Sele]] -American baseball player and scout

1971 - [[Karen Darke]] -English cyclist and author

1971 - [[Jason Gallian]] -Australian-English cricketer and educator

1971 - [[Angela Kinsey]] -American actress

1971 - [[Neil Lennon]] -Irish footballer and manager

1971 - [[Sébastien Levicq]] -French decathlete

1971 - [[Jason Lewis (actor)|Jason Lewis]] -American model and actor

1971 - [[Scott Maslen]] -English model and actor

1971 - [[Michael Tucker (baseball)|Michael Tucker]] -American baseball player

1972 - [[Carlos Delgado]] -Puerto Rican baseball player and coach

1972 - [[Saif al-Islam Gaddafi]] -Libyan engineer and politician

1973 - [[René Corbet]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1973 - [[Milan Hnilička]] -Czech ice hockey player

1973 - [[Jamie Redknapp]] -English footballer and coach

1974 - [[Nisha Ganatra]] -Canadian director, prouder, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Karisma Kapoor]] -Indian actress and singer

1974 - [[Glen Metropolit]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Chenoa]] -Argentinian-Spanish singer

1975 - [[Kiur Aarma]] -Estonian journalist and producer

1975 - [[Linda Cardellini]] -American actress

1975 - [[Albert Costa]] -Spanish tennis player and coach

1975 - [[Natasha Klauss]] -Colombian actress

1975 - [[Vladimir Kramnik]] -Russian chess player

1975 - [[Michele Merkin]] -American model and television host

1976 - [[José Cancela]] -Uruguayan footballer

1976 - [[Iestyn Harris]] -Welsh rugby player and coach

1976 - [[Carlos Nieto]] -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1977 - [[Layla El]] -English wrestler, model, and dancer

1977 - [[Lola Ponce]] -Argentinian-Italian singer-songwriter and actress

1978 - [[Aramis Ramírez]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1978 - [[Luke Scott]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Aftab Shivdasani]] -Indian actor and producer

1978 - [[Marcus Stroud]] -American football player

1978 - [[Shahkrit Yamnam]] -Thai actor

1979 - [[Marko Albert]] -Estonian swimmer and triathlete

1979 - [[La La Anthony]] -American television host and actress

1979 - [[Hirooki Goto]] -Japanese wrestler

1979 - [[Richard Hughes (footballer)|Richard Hughes]] -Scottish footballer

1979 - [[Busy Philipps]] -American actress

1980 - [[Maja Latinović]] -Serbian model

1980 - [[Nozomi Takeuchi]] -Japanese actress and singer

1981 - [[Simon Ammann]] -Swiss ski jumper

1981 - [[Irina Osipova]] -Russian basketball player

1981 - [[Sheridan Smith]] -English actress, singer, and dancer

1982 - [[Rain (entertainer)|Rain]] -South Korean singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

1982 - [[Mikhail Youzhny]] -Russian tennis player

1983 - [[Cristian Baroni]] -Brazilian footballer

1983 - [[Todd Cooper]] -English swimmer

1983 - [[Marc Janko]] -Austrian footballer

1984 - [[Lauren Bush]] -American model and fashion designer

1985 - [[Daniel Bard]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Karim Matmour]] -Algerian footballer

1986 - [[Megan Burns]] -English actress and singer

1986 - [[Charlie Davies]] -American soccer player

1986 - [[Aya Matsuura]] -Japanese singer and actress (GAM (group)|GAM, Gomattō, 3nin Matsuri, and Def.Diva)

1986 - [[Seda Tokatlıoğlu]] -Turkish volleyball player

1987 - [[Brian Canter]] -American bull rider

1987 - [[Alissa Czisny]] -American figure skater

1987 - [[Takahiro Itō]] -Japanese actor (d. 2009)

1987 - [[Scott Terra]] -American actor

1988 - [[Osama Ali]] -Iraqi footballer

1988 - [[Jhonas Enroth]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1988 - [[Miguel Layún]] -Mexican footballer

1989 - [[Jack Cork]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Edgar Morais]] -Portuguese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1989 - [[Rafael Morais]] -Portuguese actor, director, and screenwriter

1990 - [[Andi Eigenmann]] -Filipino actress

1991 - [[Kyousuke Hamao]] -Japanese actor and singer

1991 - [[Shōta Iizuka]] -Japanese sprinter

1991 - [[Liisi Rist]] -Estonian cyclist

1991 - [[Christa Theret]] -French actress

1991 - [[Anna Zaja]] -German tennis player

1993 - [[Barney Clark (actor)|Barney Clark]] -English actor

1993 - [[Piero Vergara]] -Filipino singer-songwriter and actor

1996 - [[Pietro Fittipaldi]] -Brazilian-American racing driver

1997 - [[Jacquie Lee]] -American singer

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