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Famous Birthdays


1286 - [[John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey]] -English politician (d. 1347)

1470 - [[Charles VIII of France]] -(d. 1498)

1503 - [[John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony]] -(d. 1554)

1588 - [[Giovanni Maria Sabino]] -Italian organist, composer, and educator (d. 1649)

1641 - [[Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg]] -German-English general (d. 1719)

1685 - [[John Gay]] -English poet and playwright (d. 1732)

1755 - [[Paul François Jean Nicolas, vicomte de Barras]] -French soldier and politician (d. 1829)

1789 - [[Horace Vernet]] -French painter and academic (d. 1863)

1791 - [[Félix Savart]] -French physicist and psychologist (d. 1841)

1801 - [[Frédéric Bastiat]] -French economist and theorist (d. 1850)

1803 - [[Thomas Lovell Beddoes]] -English poet, playwright, and physician (d. 1849)

1807 - [[Friedrich Theodor Vischer]] -German author, poet, and playwright (d.1887)

1817 - [[Joseph Dalton Hooker]] -English botanist and explorer (d. 1911)

1823 - [[Dinshaw Maneckji Petit]] -Indian businessman (d. 1901)

1843 - [[Ernest Mason Satow]] -English orientalist and diplomat (d. 1929)

1864 - [[Frederick Bligh Bond]] -English architect and archaeologist (d. 1945)

1883 - [[Johan Olin]] -Finnish wrestler (d. 1928)

1884 - [[Georges Duhamel]] -French author and critic (d. 1966)

1890 - [[Paul Boffa]] -Maltese physician and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1962)

1891 - [[Man Mountain Dean]] -American wrestler and sergeant (d. 1953)

1891 - [[Ed Lewis (wrestler)|Ed Lewis]] -American wrestler and manager (d. 1966)

1892 - [[Pierre Blanchar]] -Algerian-French actor and director (d. 1963)

1892 - [[Bo Carter]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mississippi Sheiks) (d. 1962)

1892 - [[Oswald Pohl]] -German SS officer (d. 1951)

1893 - [[Walter Ulbricht]] -German soldier and politician (d. 1973)

1895 - [[Heinz Warneke]] -German-American sculptor and educator (d. 1983)

1899 - [[Madge Bellamy]] -American actress (d. 1990)

1906 - [[Anthony Mann]] -American actor and director (d. 1967)

1907 - [[Roman Shukhevych]] -Ukrainian general and politician (d. 1950)

1908 - [[Winston Graham]] -English author (d. 2003)

1911 - [[Czesław Miłosz]] -Polish poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

1912 - [[Ludwig Bölkow]] -German engineer (d. 2003)

1912 - [[Dan Reeves (American football executive)|Dan Reeves]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1971)

1913 - [[Alfonso López Michelsen]] -Colombian lawyer and politician, 24th President of Colombia (d. 2007)

1913 - [[Harry Wismer]] -American sportscaster (d. 1967)

1914 - [[Francisco da Costa Gomes]] -Portuguese general and politician, 15th President of Portugal (d. 2001)

1914 - [[Allan Houser]] -American sculptor and painter (d. 1994)

1917 - [[Susan Hayward]] -American actress and singer (d. 1975)

1917 - [[Lena Horne]] -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2010)

1919 - [[Ed Yost]] -American inventor, invented the hot air balloon (d. 2007)

1920 - [[Eleanor Ross Taylor]] -American poet and educator (d. 2011)

1925 - [[Fred Schaus]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2010)

1925 - [[Anna Stella Schic]] -Brazilian pianist and composer (d. 2009)

1926 - [[Paul Berg]] -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate

1927 - [[James Goldman]] -American screenwriter and playwright (d. 1998)

1928 - [[Orhan Boran]] -Turkish television host and actor (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Thomas Sowell]] -American economist, philosopher, and author

1931 - [[Yo-Yo Davalillo]] -Venezuelan baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1931 - [[Andrew Hill]] -American pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1931 - [[James Loughran]] -Scottish conductor

1933 - [[Barry Hines]] -English author and screenwriter

1933 - [[Tomislav Ivić]] -Croatian football coach and manager (d. 2011)

1933 - [[Lea Massari]] -Italian actress

1933 - [[M. J. K. Smith]] -English cricketer and rugby player

1933 - [[Orval Tessier]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1934 - [[Harry Blackstone, Jr.]] -American magician and author (d. 1997)

1935 - [[John Harlin]] -American pilot and mountaineer (d. 1966)

1936 - [[Assia Djebar]] -Algerian-French author and translator (d. 2015)

1936 - [[Nancy Dussault]] -American actress and singer

1936 - [[Tony Musante]] -American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1936 - [[Dave Van Ronk]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1937 - [[Larry Henley]] -American singer-songwriter (The Newbeats) (d. 2014)

1937 - [[Michael von Biel]] -German cellist and composer

1938 - [[Mirko Novosel]] -Croatian basketball coach, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame 2007

1938 - [[Billy Mills]] -American runner

1938 - [[Apostolos Nikolaidis (singer)|Apostolos Nikolaidis]] -Greek singer (d. 1999)

1939 - [[Tunku Annuar]] -Malaysian son of Badlishah of Kedah (d. 2014)

1939 - [[Tony Hatch]] -English pianist, composer, and producer

1939 - [[José Emilio Pacheco]] -Mexican poet and author (d. 2014)

1940 - [[Mark Spoelstra]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1941 - [[Peter Pollock]] -South African cricketer and author

1941 - [[Otto Sander]] -German actor and director (d. 2013)

1942 - [[Robert Ballard]] -American lieutenant and oceanographer

1942 - [[Ron Harris (ice hockey)|Ron Harris]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1943 - [[Florence Ballard]] -American singer (The Supremes) (d. 1976)

1943 - [[Saeed Akhtar Mirza]] -Indian director and screenwriter

1943 - [[Eddie Rambeau]] -American singer-songwriter, and actor

1943 - [[Ahmed Sofa]] -Bangladeshi author, poet, and critic (d. 2001)

1944 - [[Terry Funk]] -American wrestler and actor

1944 - [[Guy Mardel]] -French singer

1944 - [[Raymond Moody]] -American parapsychologist and author

1944 - [[Glenn Shorrock]] -English-Australian singer-songwriter (Little River Band, The Twilights, Axiom (Australian band)|Axiom, Esperanto (band)|Esperanto, and Birtles Shorrock Goble)

1944 - [[Ron Swoboda]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1945 - [[Sean Scully]] -Irish-American painter and academic

1947 - [[Barry Bremen]] -American businessman (d. 2011)

1948 - [[Vilen Künnapu]] -Estonian architect and academic

1948 - [[Murray McLauchlan]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 - [[Uwe Kliemann]] -German footballer, coach, and manager

1949 - [[Andy Scott (guitarist)|Andy Scott]] -Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sweet (band)|Sweet)

1950 - [[Leonard Whiting]] -English actor

1951 - [[Stanley Clarke]] -American bass player and composer (Return to Forever, Animal Logic (band)|Animal Logic, and SMV (band)|SMV)

1952 - [[Athanassios S. Fokas]] -Greek mathematician and academic

1952 - [[David Garrison]] -American actor

1953 - [[Lin Feng-jiao]] -Taiwanese actress

1953 - [[Hal Lindes]] -American-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dire Straits)

1954 - [[Stephen Barlow (conductor)|Stephen Barlow]] -English organist, composer, and conductor

1954 - [[Pierre Charles]] -Dominican educator and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica (d. 2004)

1954 - [[Serzh Sargsyan]] -Armenian politician, 3rd President of Armenia

1954 - [[Wayne Swan]] -Australian academic and politician, 14th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

1955 - [[Brian Vollmer]] -Canadian singer (Helix (band)|Helix)

1956 - [[Volker Beck (athlete)|Volker Beck]] -German hurdler and coach

1956 - [[David Lidington]] -English historian, academic, and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1956 - [[David Alan Grier]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Bud Black]] -American baseball player and manager

1957 - [[Sterling Marlin]] -American race car driver

1957 - [[Rich Vos]] -American comedian and radio host

1958 - [[Tommy Keene]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1958 - [[Esa-Pekka Salonen]] -Finnish conductor and composer

1959 - [[Vincent D'Onofrio]] -American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Daniel Goldhagen]] -American political scientist, author, and academic

1959 - [[Brendan Perry]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Dead Can Dance and The Scavengers)

1959 - [[Sakis Tsiolis]] -Greek footballer and manager

1959 - [[Sandip Verma, Baroness Verma]] -Indian-English businesswoman and politician

1960 - [[Murray Cook]] -Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Wiggles and Bang Shang a Lang)

1960 - [[David Headley]] -American-Pakistani terrorist

1960 - [[Jack McConnell]] -Scottish educator and politician, 3rd First Minister of Scotland

1961 - [[Lynne Jolitz]] -American computer scientist and programmer

1962 - [[Tony Fernández]] -Dominican baseball player

1962 - [[Deirdre Lovejoy]] -American actress

1962 - [[Anelia Nuneva]] -Bulgarian sprinter

1962 - [[Julianne Regan]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (All About Eve (band)|All About Eve and Hussey-Regan)

1963 - [[Olha Bryzhina]] -Ukrainian sprinter

1963 - [[Rupert Graves]] -English actor, director, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Yngwie Malmsteen]] -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Steeler (American band)|Steeler and Alcatrazz)

1964 - [[Mark Waters (director)|Mark Waters]] -American director and producer

1965 - [[Steve Duchesne]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1965 - [[Anna Levandi]] -Russian figure skater and coach

1965 - [[Gary Pallister]] -English footballer and sportscaster

1965 - [[Mitch Richmond]] -American basketball player

1966 - [[Andrey Abduvaliyev]] -Tajikistani-Uzbekistani hammer thrower

1966 - [[Cheryl Bernard]] -Canadian curler

1966 - [[Marton Csokas]] -New Zealand actor

1966 - [[Wendy Davis (actress)|Wendy Davis]] -American actress and producer

1966 - [[Mike Tyson]] -American boxer and actor

1967 - [[Patrik Bodén]] -Swedish javelin thrower

1967 - [[David Busst]] -English footballer and manager

1967 - [[Victoria Kaspi]] -American-Canadian astrophysicist and academic

1967 - [[Silke Renk]] -German javelin thrower

1968 - [[Phil Anselmo]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Pantera, Arson Anthem, Down (band)|Down, and Superjoint Ritual)

1969 - [[Sanath Jayasuriya]] -Sri Lankan cricketer and politician

1969 - [[Uta Rohländer]] -German sprinter

1969 - [[Sébastien Rose]] -Canadian director and screenwriter

1970 - [[Brian Bloom]] -American actor and screenwriter

1970 - [[Antonio Chimenti]] -Italian footballer and manager

1970 - [[Mark Grudzielanek]] -American baseball player and manager

1971 - [[Megan Fahlenbock]] -Canadian actress

1971 - [[Anette Michel]] -Mexican model and actress

1971 - [[Monica Potter]] -American actress

1972 - [[Sandra Cam]] -Belgian swimmer

1972 - [[James Martin (chef)|James Martin]] -English chef and journalist

1973 - [[Robert Bales]] -American soldier

1973 - [[Ümit Davala]] -Turkish footballer and manager

1973 - [[Chan Ho Park]] -South Korean baseball player

1973 - [[Frank Rost]] -German footballer and manager

1973 - [[Noam Zylberman]] -Israeli-Canadian actor

1974 - [[Tony Rock]] -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Hezekiél Sepeng]] -South African runner

1975 - [[James Bannatyne]] -New Zealand footballer

1975 - [[Ralf Schumacher]] -German race car driver

1975 - [[Rami Shaaban]] -Swedish footballer

1977 - [[Mark van Gisbergen]] -New Zealand-English rugby player

1977 - [[Justo Villar]] -Paraguayan footballer

1978 - [[Ben Cousins]] -Australian footballer

1978 - [[Patrick Ivuti]] -Kenyan runner

1978 - [[Claudio Rivalta]] -Italian footballer

1979 - [[Matisyahu]] -American rapper and actor

1979 - [[Sylvain Chavanel]] -French cyclist

1979 - [[Rick Gonzalez]] -American actor

1979 - [[Allari Naresh]] -Indian actor and singer

1979 - [[Faisal Shahzad]] -Pakistani-American terrorist, attempted the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt|Times Square bombing

1980 - [[Rade Prica]] -Swedish footballer

1980 - [[Seyi Olofinjana]] -Nigerian footballer

1980 - [[Ryan ten Doeschate]] -Dutch cricketer

1981 - [[Can Artam]] -Turkish race car driver

1981 - [[Tom Burke (actor)|Tom Burke]] -English actor

1981 - [[Malene Espensen]] -Danish model

1981 - [[Matt Kirk]] -Canadian football player

1981 - [[Karolina Sadalska]] -Polish canoe racer

1981 - [[Barbora Špotáková]] -Czech javelin thrower

1981 - [[Ben Utecht]] -American football player

1982 - [[Willam Belli]] -American drag queen performer and singer (DWV (group)|DWV)

1982 - [[Lizzy Caplan]] -American actress

1982 - [[Ignacio Carrasco]] -Mexican footballer

1982 - [[Otis Harris]] -American sprinter

1982 - [[Andy Knowles]] -English drummer and producer (Franz Ferdinand (band)|Franz Ferdinand and Skuta (band)|Skuta)

1982 - [[Mitch Maier]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Delwyn Young]] -American baseball player

1983 - [[Marcus Burghardt]] -German cyclist

1983 - [[Cheryl Cole]] -English singer-songwriter, dancer, and model (Girls Aloud)

1983 - [[Marlin Jackson]] -American football player

1983 - [[Katherine Ryan]] -Canadian-English actress

1983 - [[Patrick Wolf]] -English singer-songwriter

1984 - [[Miles Austin]] -American football player

1984 - [[Gabriel Badilla]] -Costa Rican footballer

1984 - [[Fantasia Barrino]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1984 - [[Ron Morales]] -Filipino actor

1985 - [[Trevor Ariza]] -American basketball player

1985 - [[Rafał Blechacz]] -Polish pianist

1985 - [[Michael Phelps]] -American swimmer

1985 - [[Cody Rhodes]] -American wrestler and actor

1985 - [[Fabiana Vallejos]] -Argentinian footballer

1986 - [[Alicia Fox]] -American wrestler and model

1986 - [[Fredy Guarín]] -Colombian footballer

1986 - [[Jamai Loman]] -Dutch singer and actor

1986 - [[Nicola Pozzi]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Hugh Sheridan]] -Australian actor and singer

1986 - [[Allegra Versace]] -Italian-American businesswoman

1987 - [[Ryan Cook (baseball)|Ryan Cook]] -American baseball player

1987 - [[Andrew Hedgman]] -New Zealand runner

1988 - [[Jack Douglass]] -American comedian and actor

1988 - [[Jeff Kobernus]] -American baseball player

1988 - [[Sean Marquette]] -American actor

1989 - [[Asbel Kiprop]] -Kenyan runner

1989 - [[Steffen Liebig]] -German rugby player

1989 - [[David Myers (Australian rules footballer)|David Myers]] -Australian footballer

1989 - [[Miguel Vítor]] -Portuguese footballer

1990 - [[Petra Krejsová]] -Czech tennis player

1991 - [[Kaho (actress)|Kaho]] -Japanese actress

1991 - [[David Witts]] -English actor

1992 - [[Holliston Coleman]] -American actress

1992 - [[Alfred Labatos]] -Filipino actor and singer

1993 - [[Patrick Rastner]] -Italian luger

1994 - [[Rhys Jones (athlete)|Rhys Jones]] -Welsh sprinter

1995 - [[Allie Kiick]] -American tennis player

1997 - [[Iryna Shymanovich]] -Belarusian tennis player

1997 - [[Hong Seong-chan]] -South Korean junior tennis player

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