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Famous Birthdays


1455 - [[John II of Portugal]] -(d. 1495)

1520 - [[Matthias Flacius]] -Croatian theologian and reformer (d. 1575)

1583 - [[Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury]] -English-Welsh soldier, historian, and diplomat (d. 1648)

1589 - [[Gisbertus Voetius]] -Dutch minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1676)

1606 - [[Edmund Waller]] -English poet and politician (d. 1687)

1631 - [[Esaias Boursse]] -Dutch painter and educator (d. 1672)

1652 - [[Thomas Otway]] -English playwright and author (d. 1685)

1678 - [[Madeleine de Verchères]] -Canadian rebel leader (d. 1747)

1756 - [[William Godwin]] -English journalist and author (d. 1836)

1778 - [[Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz]] -(d. 1841)

1793 - [[William Macready]] -English actor and manager (d. 1873)

1800 - [[Heinrich Georg Bronn]] -German geologist and paleontologist (d. 1862)

1805 - [[Jonas Furrer]] -Swiss politician (d. 1861)

1816 - [[William James Blacklock]] -English-Scottish painter (d. 1858)

1816 - [[Henry Norris (engineer)|Henry Norris]] -English civil engineer (d. 1878)

1819 - [[Gustave de Molinari]] -Dutch-Belgian economist and theorist (d. 1912)

1825 - [[Shiranui Kōemon]] -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 1879)

1831 - [[George Pullman]] -American engineer and businessman, founded the Pullman Company (d. 1897)

1839 - [[Jamsetji Tata]] -Indian businessman, founded Tata Group (d. 1904)

1841 - [[John Murray (oceanographer)|John Murray]] -Canadian-Scottish oceanographer and biologist (d. 1914)

1845 - [[Georg Cantor]] -Russian-German mathematician and philosopher (d. 1918)

1847 - [[Alexander Graham Bell]] -Scottish-American engineer, invented the Telephone (d. 1922)

1848 - [[Adelaide Neilson]] -English actress (d. 1880)

1860 - [[John Montgomery Ward]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1925)

1863 - [[Arthur Machen]] -Welsh actor and author (d. 1947)

1866 - [[Fred A. Busse]] -American lawyer and politician, 39th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)

1868 - [[Émile Chartier]] -French philosopher and journalist (d. 1951)

1869 - [[Henry Wood]] -English conductor (d. 1944)

1871 - [[Maurice Garin]] -Italian-French cyclist (d. 1957)

1873 - [[William Green (labor leader)|William Green]] -American union leader and politician (d. 1952)

1878 - [[Leopold Jessner]] -German director and producer (d. 1945)

1879 - [[József Klekl (writer)|József Klekl]] -Slovene-Hungarian journalist and priest (d. 1936)

1880 - [[Florence Auer]] -American actress and screenwriter (d. 1962)

1880 - [[Yōsuke Matsuoka]] -Japanese politician, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Japan)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Japan (d. 1946)

1882 - [[Charles Ponzi]] -Italian businessman (d. 1949)

1883 - [[Cyril Burt]] -English psychologist and geneticist (d. 1971)

1886 - [[Tore Ørjasæter]] -Norwegian poet (d. 1968)

1887 - [[Lincoln J. Beachey]] -American pilot (d. 1915)

1890 - [[Edmund Lowe]] -American actor and singer (d. 1971)

1891 - [[Damaskinos of Athens]] -Greek archbishop (d. 1949)

1891 - [[Federico Moreno Torroba]] -Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1982)

1893 - [[Beatrice Wood]] -American illustrator and potter (d. 1998)

1894 - [[Ethel Grandin]] -American actress (d. 1988)

1895 - [[Ragnar Frisch]] -Norwegian economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1895 - [[Matthew Ridgway]] -American general (d. 1993)

1896 - [[Roy Franklin Nichols]] -American historian and academic (d. 1973)

1898 - [[Emil Artin]] -Austrian-German mathematician and academic (d. 1962)

1901 - [[Claude Choules]] -English-Australian soldier (d. 2011)

1903 - [[Vasily Kozlov (politician)|Vasily Kozlov]] -Belarusian general and politician (d. 1967)

1906 - [[Artur Lundkvist]] -Swedish poet and critic (d. 1991)

1910 - [[Kittens Reichert]] -American actress (d. 1990)

1911 - [[Jean Harlow]] -American actress and singer (d. 1937)

1911 - [[Hugues Lapointe]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1982)

1913 - [[Margaret Bonds]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1972)

1913 - [[Harold J. Stone]] -American actor (d. 2005)

1914 - [[Asger Jorn]] -Danish painter and sculptor (d. 1973)

1917 - [[Sameera Moussa]] -Egyptian physicist and academic (d. 1952)

1917 - [[Albrecht Fleckenstein]] -German pharmacologist and physiologist (d. 1992)

1918 - [[John Bunting (diplomat)|John Bunting]] -Australian public servant and diplomat (d. 1995)

1918 - [[Arthur Kornberg]] -American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)

1920 - [[Julius Boros]] -American golfer and accountant (d. 1994)

1920 - [[James Doohan]] -Canadian-American actor (d. 2005)

1920 - [[Ronald Searle]] -English-French illustrator (d. 2011)

1921 - [[Diana Barrymore]] -American actress (d. 1960)

1921 - [[Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz]] -American surfer and physician (d. 2014)

1922 - [[Nándor Hidegkuti]] -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2002)

1923 - [[Barney Martin]] -American actor (d. 2005)

1923 - [[Doc Watson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Lys Assia]] -Swiss singer and dancer

1924 - [[Tomiichi Murayama]] -Japanese soldier and politician, 52nd Prime Minister of Japan

1924 - [[Lilian Velez]] -Filipino actress and singer (d. 1948)

1926 - [[James Merrill]] -American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1995)

1927 - [[Pierre Aubert]] -Swiss lawyer and politician

1927 - [[Nicolas Freeling]] -English author (d. 2003)

1928 - [[Joe Conley]] -American actor (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Pierre Michelot]] -French bassist (Play Bach Trio) (d. 2005)

1930 - [[Alfredo Alcón]] -Argentinian actor (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Heiner Geißler]] -German lawyer and politician

1930 - [[Ion Iliescu]] -Romanian engineer and politician, 2nd President of Romania

1930 - [[K. S. Rajah]] -Singaporean lawyer and politician (d. 2010)

1933 - [[Alfredo Landa]] -Spanish actor and singer (d. 2013)

1933 - [[Marco Antonio Muñiz]] -Mexican singer and actor

1933 - [[Lee Radziwill]] -American socialite

1934 - [[Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1934 - [[Jimmy Garrison]] -American bassist and educator (d. 1976)

1935 - [[Michael Walzer]] -American philosopher and academic

1935 - [[Zhelyu Zhelev]] -Bulgarian philosopher and politician, 2nd List of heads of state of Bulgaria|President of Bulgaria (d. 2015)

1936 - [[Preston King (academic)|Preston King]] -American activist and academic

1937 - [[Bobby Driscoll]] -American actor and singer (d. 1968)

1939 - [[Larry Burkett]] -American author and radio host (d. 2003)

1940 - [[Germán Castro Caycedo]] -Colombian author and journalist

1940 - [[Perry Ellis]] -American fashion designer, founded Perry Ellis (brand)|Perry Ellis (d. 1986)

1940 - [[Jean-Paul Proust]] -French-Monacan police officer and politician, 21st Minister of State (Monaco)|Minister of State of Monaco (d. 2010)

1940 - [[Owen Spencer-Thomas]] -English minister and journalist

1942 - [[Mike Pender]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Searchers (band)|The Searchers and Mike Pender's Searchers)

1944 - [[Lee Holdridge]] -Haitian-American composer and conductor

1945 - [[George Miller (director)|George Miller]] -Australian director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 - [[Hattie Winston]] -American actress

1946 - [[John Virgo]] -English snooker player and sportscaster

1946 - [[Mike Wood (Labour politician)|Mike Wood]] -English Labour Party politician

1947 - [[Clifton Snider]] -American poet and author

1947 - [[Otto Stuppacher]] -Austrian race car driver (d. 2001)

1947 - [[Jennifer Warnes]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1948 - [[Snowy White]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, and The Bleeding Heart Band)

1949 - [[Jüri Allik]] -Estonian psychologist and academic

1949 - [[Ron Chernow]] -American historian, journalist, and author

1949 - [[Bonnie J. Dunbar]] -American engineer, academic, and astronaut

1949 - [[Gloria Hendry]] -American actress

1949 - [[Jesse Jefferson]] -American baseball player (d. 2011)

1950 - [[Tim Kazurinsky]] -American actor and screenwriter

1951 - [[Lindsay Cooper]] -English bassoon player and composer (Henry Cow, News from Babel, and Feminist Improvising Group) (d. 2013)

1951 - [[Andy Murray (ice hockey)|Andy Murray]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1951 - [[Heizō Takenaka]] -Japanese economist and politician

1952 - [[Rudy Fernandez (actor)|Rudy Fernandez]] -Filipino actor and producer (d. 2008)

1953 - [[Zico]] -Brazilian footballer and coach

1953 - [[Robyn Hitchcock]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Soft Boys and Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians)

1954 - [[John Lilley]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hooters)

1954 - [[Édouard Lock]] -Moroccan-Canadian dancer and choreographer

1955 - [[Jaspal Bhatti]] -Indian actor, director, and producer (d. 2012)

1955 - [[Andy Breckman]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Darnell Williams]] -English-American actor

1956 - [[Zbigniew Boniek]] -Polish footballer and manager

1957 - [[Stephen Budiansky]] -American historian, journalist, and author

1957 - [[Thom Hoffman]] -Dutch actor and photographer

1957 - [[Nicholas Shakespeare]] -English journalist and author

1958 - [[Miranda Richardson]] -English actress and singer

1959 - [[Ira Glass]] -American radio host and producer

1959 - [[Duško Vujošević]] -Montenegrin basketball player and coach

1960 - [[Benedict Carey]] -American journalist

1960 - [[Neal Heaton]] -American baseball player and coach

1961 - [[Mary Page Keller]] -American actress and producer

1961 - [[John Matteson]] -American author and educator

1961 - [[Perry McCarthy]] -English race car driver

1961 - [[Knut Nærum]] -Norwegian comedian and author

1961 - [[Fatima Whitbread]] -English javelin thrower

1962 - [[Glen E. Friedman]] -American photographer

1962 - [[Jackie Joyner-Kersee]] -American heptathlete long jumper

1962 - [[Herschel Walker]] -American football player and mixed martial artist

1963 - [[Martín Fiz]] -Spanish runner

1964 - [[Raúl Alcalá]] -Mexican cyclist

1964 - [[Laura Harring]] -Mexican-American model and actress, Miss USA|Miss USA 1985

1964 - [[Glenn Kulka]] -Canadian ice hockey player and wrestler

1965 - [[Dragan Stojković]] -Serbian footballer and manager

1966 - [[Sophia Aliberti]] -Greek actress and television host

1966 - [[Fernando Colunga]] -Mexican actor

1966 - [[Tone Lōc]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1966 - [[Timo Tolkki]] -Finnish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (Stratovarius, Revolution Renaissance, and Symfonia)

1966 - [[Heidi Swedberg]] -American actress and singer

1967 - [[Shankar Mahadevan]] -Indian singer-songwriter (Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy)

1968 - [[Brian Cox (physicist)|Brian Cox]] -English keyboard player and physicist (Dare (band)|Dare)

1968 - [[Brian Leetch]] -American ice hockey player

1968 - [[Scott Radinsky]] -American baseball player, coach, and singer (Pulley (band)|Pulley and Ten Foot Pole)

1969 - [[Simon Whitlock]] -Australian darts player

1970 - [[Julie Bowen]] -American actress

1970 - [[Inzamam-ul-Haq]] -Pakistani cricketer

1970 - [[Kristine Kunce]] -Australian tennis player

1971 - [[Charlie Brooker]] -English journalist, producer, and author

1971 - [[Christian Eigner]] -Austrian drummer and songwriter (Depeche Mode)

1971 - [[Tyler Florence]] -American chef and author

1972 - [[Darren Anderton]] -English footballer

1973 - [[Xavier Bettel]] -Luxembourger lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

1973 - [[Alison King]] -English actress

1973 - [[Matthew Marsden]] -English actor and singer

1973 - [[Victoria Zdrok]] -Ukrainian-American porn actress and model

1974 - [[Paula Malai Ali]] -Malaysian-Bruneian television host

1974 - [[David Faustino]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1975 - [[Aleksandr Abdulkhalikov]] -Russian footballer

1975 - [[Aleksei Abdulkhalikov]] -Russian footballer

1976 - [[Fraser Gehrig]] -Australian footballer

1976 - [[Keit Pentus-Rosimannus]] -Estonian politician, 28th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1977 - [[Ronan Keating]] -Irish singer-songwriter and actor (Boyzone)

1977 - [[Stéphane Robidas]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Barret Swatek]] -American actress

1977 - [[Buddy Valastro]] -American chef and television host

1978 - [[Matt Diaz]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Ashwin Madia]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician

1978 - [[Aarti Mann]] -American actress

1979 - [[Albert Jorquera]] -Spanish footballer

1979 - [[Patrick Renna]] -American actor

1979 - [[Alex Zane]] -English radio and television host

1980 - [[Christian Coronel]] -Filipino basketball player

1980 - [[Mason Unck]] -American football player

1981 - [[Eugene (actress)|Eugene]] -South Korean singer and actress (S.E.S. (band)|S.E.S.)

1981 - [[David Bailey (basketball)|David Bailey]] -American basketball player

1981 - [[Lil' Flip]] -American rapper and actor (Screwed Up Click)

1981 - [[Justin Gabriel]] -South African wrestler and model

1981 - [[Julius Malema]] -South African politician

1981 - [[Emmanuel Pappoe]] -Ghanaian footballer

1981 - [[Sung Yu-ri]] -German-South Korean singer and actress (Fin.K.L)

1982 - [[Jessica Biel]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1982 - [[Martin Hauswald]] -German footballer

1982 - [[Colton Orr]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1982 - [[Derreck Robinson]] -American football player

1983 - [[Marie-Pier Boudreau Gagnon]] -Canadian swimmer

1983 - [[Ashley Hansen]] -Australian footballer

1983 - [[Sarah Poewe]] -South African swimmer

1983 - [[Chris Roberson (American football)|Chris Roberson]] -American football player

1984 - [[Valerio Bernabò]] -Italian rugby player

1984 - [[Santonio Holmes]] -American football player

1984 - [[Alexander Semin]] -Russian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Sam Morrow]] -Irish footballer

1985 - [[Toby Turner]] -American comedian and actor

1986 - [[Jed Collins]] -American football player

1986 - [[Stacie Orrico]] -American singer-songwriter

1986 - [[Mehmet Topal]] -Turkish footballer

1987 - [[Jesús Padilla]] -Mexican footballer

1988 - [[Riccardo Bocchino]] -Italian rugby player

1988 - [[Teodora Mirčić]] -Serbian tennis player

1988 - [[Michael Morrison (footballer)|Michael Morrison]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Sibel Özkan]] -Turkish weightlifter

1988 - [[Patricia Tumulak]] -Filipino-American model, Miss Philippines Earth 2009|Miss Philippines Fire 2009

1988 - [[Jan-Arie van der Heijden]] -Dutch footballer

1988 - [[Max Waller]] -English cricketer

1989 - [[Erwin Mulder]] -Dutch footballer

1989 - [[Hayley Marie Norman]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1990 - [[Vladimir Janković]] -Greek-Serbian basketball player

1992 - [[Jordy Lucas]] -Australian actress

1992 - [[Daria Yurlova]] -Estonian biathlete

1993 - [[Gabriela Cé]] -Brazilian tennis player

1993 - [[Nicole Gibbs]] -American tennis player

1994 - [[Umika Kawashima]] -Japanese singer and actress (9nine)

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