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Famous Birthdays


1397 - [[Sejong the Great]] -Korean king (d. 1450)

1531 - [[Maria of Austria, Duchess of Jülich-Cleves-Berg]] -(d. 1581)

1567 - [[Claudio Monteverdi]] -Italian priest and composer (d. 1643)

1608 - [[René Goupil]] -French-American missionary and saint (d. 1642)

1689 - [[Lady Mary Wortley Montagu]] -English author and playwright (d. 1762)

1720 - [[Maximilian Hell]] -Hungarian priest and astronomer (d. 1792)

1749 - [[Levi Lincoln, Sr.]] -American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Attorney General (d. 1820)

1759 - [[Maria Theresia von Paradis]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1824)

1764 - [[Johann Nepomuk Kalcher]] -German organist and composer (d. 1827)

1767 - [[Ezekiel Hart]] -Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1843)

1773 - [[Klemens von Metternich]] -German-Austrian politician, 1st List of Ministers-President of Austria|State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire (d. 1859)

1786 - [[Dimitris Plapoutas]] -Greek general and politician (d. 1864)

1808 - [[Michael William Balfe]] -Irish composer and conductor (d. 1870)

1817 - [[Debendranath Tagore]] -Indian philosopher and author (d. 1905)

1841 - [[Clarence Dutton]] -American commander and geologist (d. 1912)

1848 - [[Viktor Vasnetsov]] -Russian painter and illustrator (d. 1926)

1854 - [[Ioannis Psycharis]] -Ukrainian-French philologist and author (d. 1929)

1856 - [[L. Frank Baum]] -American journalist and author (d. 1919)

1856 - [[Matthias Zurbriggen]] -Swiss mountaineer (d. 1917)

1857 - [[Williamina Fleming]] -Scottish-American astronomer and academic (d. 1911)

1859 - [[Pierre Curie]] -French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)

1862 - [[Arthur Schnitzler]] -Austrian author and playwright (d. 1931)

1863 - [[Frank Hornby]] -English businessman and politician, invented Meccano (d. 1936)

1869 - [[Paul Probst]] -Swiss target shooter (d. 1945)

1870 - [[Eddie Morton]] -American singer (d. 1930)

1874 - [[Polaire]] -French singer and actress (d. 1939)

1890 - [[Katherine Anne Porter]] -American journalist and author (d. 1980)

1891 - [[Mikhail Bulgakov]] -Russian author and playwright (d. 1940)

1891 - [[Fritz Feigl]] -Austrian-Brazilian chemist and academic (d. 1971)

1892 - [[Charles E. Rosendahl]] -American admiral (d. 1977)

1892 - [[Jimmy Wilde]] -Welsh boxer (d. 1969)

1894 - [[Feg Murray]] -American hurdler and cartoonist (d. 1973)

1895 - [[Prescott Bush]] -American captain, banker, and politician (d. 1972)

1895 - [[William D. Byron]] -American lieutenant and politician (d. 1941)

1895 - [[Astrid Zachrison]] -Swedish super-centenarian (d. 2008)

1898 - [[Arletty]] -French model, actress, and singer (d. 1992)

1899 - [[Jean-Étienne Valluy]] -French general (d. 1970)

1901 - [[Xavier Herbert]] -Australian author (d. 1984)

1901 - [[Luis Monti]] -Argentinian-Italian footballer and manager (d. 1983)

1902 - [[Richard J. Daley]] -American lawyer and politician, 48th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1976)

1903 - [[Maria Reiche]] -German mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)

1904 - [[Clifton Fadiman]] -American game show host and author (d. 1999)

1905 - [[Joseph Cotten]] -American actor and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1905 - [[Abraham Zapruder]] -American businessman, filmed the Zapruder film (d. 1970)

1907 - [[Sukhdev Thapar]] -Indian activist (d. 1931)

1909 - [[James Mason]] -English actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1909 - [[Clara Solovera]] -Chilean singer-songwriter (d. 1992)

1910 - [[Constance Cummings]] -American-English actress (d. 2005)

1911 - [[Max Frisch]] -Swiss author and playwright (d. 1991)

1911 - [[Herta Oberheuser]] -German physician (d. 1978)

1912 - [[Arthur Berger]] -American composer and educator (d. 2003)

1914 - [[Turk Broda]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1972)

1914 - [[Angus MacLean]] -Canadian farmer and politician, 25th Premier of Prince Edward Island (d. 2000)

1914 - [[Norrie Paramor]] -English composer, producer, and conductor (d. 1979)

1915 - [[Hilda Bernstein]] -English-South African author and activist (d. 2006)

1915 - [[Paul Samuelson]] -American economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1915 - [[Henrik Sandberg]] -Danish production manager and producer (d. 1993)

1915 - [[Gus Viseur]] -Belgian-French accordion player (Quintette du Hot Club de France) (d. 1974)

1916 - [[Vera Gebuhr]] -Danish actress (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Eddy Arnold]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Arthur Jackson (sport shooter)|Arthur Jackson]] -American lieutenant and target shooter (d. 2015)

1918 - [[Joseph Wiseman]] -Canadian-American actor (d. 2009)

1920 - [[Michel Audiard]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1920 - [[Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir]] -Lebanese patriarch

1920 - [[Louis Siminovitch]] -Canadian biologist and academic

1922 - [[Sigurd Ottovich Schmidt]] -Russian historian and ethnographer (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Jakucho Setouchi]] -Japanese nun and author

1923 - [[Richard Avedon]] -American sailor and photographer (d. 2004)

1923 - [[John Lanchbery]] -English-Australian composer and conductor (d. 2003)

1924 - [[Maria Koepcke]] -German-Peruvian ornithologist and zoologist (d. 1971)

1925 - [[Bert Bolin]] -Swedish meteorologist and academic (d. 2007)

1925 - [[Mary F. Lyon]] -English geneticist and biologist (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Carl Sanders]] -American soldier, pilot, and politician, 74th Governor of Georgia (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Roy Stewart]] -Jamaican-English actor and stuntman (d. 2008)

1926 - [[Clermont Pépin]] -Canadian pianist, composer, and educator (d. 2006)

1926 - [[Anthony Shaffer (writer)|Anthony Shaffer]] -English author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1926 - [[Peter Shaffer]] -English playwright and screenwriter

1929 - [[George Selden (author)|George Selden]] -American author (d. 1989)

1930 - [[Jasper Johns]] -American painter and sculptor

1931 - [[Ken Venturi]] -American golfer and sportscaster (d. 2013)

1932 - [[John Barnes (musician)|John Barnes]] -English saxophonist and clarinet player

1935 - [[Don Bragg]] -American pole vaulter

1935 - [[Ted Dexter]] -Italian-English cricketer

1935 - [[Akihiro Miwa]] -Japanese singer, actor, director, composer, and author

1935 - [[Utah Phillips]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1936 - [[Anna Maria Alberghetti]] -Italian-American actress and singer

1936 - [[Wavy Gravy]] -American clown and activist

1936 - [[Mart Laga]] -Estonian basketball player (d. 1977)

1936 - [[Ralph Steadman]] -English painter and illustrator

1936 - [[Paul Zindel]] -American author, playwright, and educator (d. 2003)

1937 - [[Madeleine Albright]] -Czech-American politician and diplomat, 64th United States Secretary of State

1937 - [[Karin Krog]] -Norwegian singer

1937 - [[Trini Lopez]] -American singer, guitarist, and actor

1937 - [[Joe Tait]] -American sportscaster

1938 - [[Mireille Darc]] -French actress, director, and screenwriter

1938 - [[Nancy Garden]] -American author (d. 2014)

1938 - [[Diane Nash]] -American educator and activist

1938 - [[Lenny Welch]] -American singer

1939 - [[Dorothy Shirley]] -English high jumper and educator

1940 - [[Roger Ailes]] -American businessman

1940 - [[Lainie Kazan]] -American actress and singer

1940 - [[Don Nelson]] -American basketball player and coach

1941 - [[Jaxon]] -American illustrator and publisher, co-founded the ''Rip Off Press'' (d. 2006)

1942 - [[Lois Johnson]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1942 - [[Jusuf Kalla]] -Indonesian businessman and politician, 10th Vice President of Indonesia

1942 - [[Doug Lowe (Australian politician)|Doug Lowe]] -Australian politician, 35th Premier of Tasmania

1942 - [[K. T. Oslin]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1943 - [[Paul Bégin]] -Canadian lawyer and politician

1943 - [[Freddie Perren]] -American songwriter, producer, and conductor (d. 2004)

1944 - [[Bill Alter]] -American police officer and politician

1944 - [[Ulrich Beck]] -German sociologist and academic (d. 2015)

1945 - [[Michael Dexter]] -English hematologist and academic

1946 - [[Aly Bain]] -Scottish fiddler (The Boys of the Lough)

1946 - [[Kenichi Mikawa]] -Japanese singer and television personality

1946 - [[Thadeus Nguyễn Văn Lý]] -Vietnamese priest and activist

1947 - [[Graeham Goble]] -Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Little River Band, Mississippi (band)|Mississippi, Travis Wellington Hedge, and Birtles & Goble)

1948 - [[Yutaka Enatsu]] -Japanese baseball player

1948 - [[Brian Eno]] -English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Roxy Music and 801 (band)|801)

1948 - [[Valentina Gerasimova]] -Kazakhstani runner

1948 - [[Kathleen Sebelius]] -American politician, 44th Governor of Kansas

1949 - [[George Adams (basketball)|George Adams]] -American basketball player

1949 - [[Frank L. Culbertson, Jr.]] -American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1949 - [[Robert Stephen John Sparks]] -English geologist and academic

1950 - [[Nicholas Hammond]] -American-Australian actor and singer

1950 - [[Keith Mills]] -English businessman

1951 - [[Dennis Frederiksen]] -American singer-songwriter (Toto (band)|Toto, Angel (band)|Angel, and Le Roux (band)|Le Roux) (d. 2014)

1951 - [[Chris Ham]] -English political scientist and academic

1951 - [[Frank Wilczek]] -American mathematician and physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1952 - [[Chazz Palminteri]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Phil Seymour]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1993)

1953 - [[George Brett]] -American baseball player and coach

1953 - [[Athene Donald]] -English physicist and academic

1953 - [[Mike Oldfield]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (The Sallyangie)

1954 - [[Suzanne Basso]] -American murderer (d. 2014)

1954 - [[Diana Liverman]] -English-American geographer and academic

1954 - [[Caroline Thomson]] -English journalist and broadcaster

1955 - [[Mohamed Brahmi]] -Tunisian politician (d. 2013)

1955 - [[Lee Horsley]] -American actor

1955 - [[Lia Vissi]] -Cypriot singer-songwriter and politician

1956 - [[Andreas Loverdos]] -Greek lawyer and politician, Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity (Greece)|Greek Minister of Labour

1956 - [[Dan Patrick]] -American sportscaster and actor

1956 - [[Peter Salmon (producer)|Peter Salmon]] -English television producer

1957 - [[Meg Gardiner]] -American-English author and academic

1957 - [[Juan José Ibarretxe]] -Spanish politician

1957 - [[Kevin Von Erich]] -American football player and wrestler

1958 - [[Ron Simmons]] -American football player and wrestler

1959 - [[Andrew Eldritch]] -English singer-songwriter (The Sisters of Mercy, The Sisterhood, and SSV (band)|SSV)

1959 - [[Kaokor Galaxy]] -Thai boxer

1959 - [[Khaosai Galaxy]] -Thai boxer and politician

1959 - [[Luis Pérez-Sala]] -Spanish race car driver

1959 - [[Beverly Jo Scott]] -American-Belgian singer-songwriter

1960 - [[Rob Bowman (director)|Rob Bowman]] -American director and producer

1960 - [[Rhonda Burchmore]] -Australian actress, singer, and dancer

1960 - [[R. Kuhaneswaran]] -Sri Lankan politician

1960 - [[Rimas Kurtinaitis]] -Lithuanian basketball player and coach

1960 - [[Greg Wise]] -English actor and producer

1961 - [[Katrin Cartlidge]] -English actress (d. 2002)

1961 - [[Melle Mel]] -American rapper (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)

1962 - [[Lisa Curry]] -Australian swimmer

1963 - [[Brenda Bakke]] -American actress

1964 - [[Digna Ochoa]] -Mexican lawyer (d. 2001)

1964 - [[Lars Løkke Rasmussen]] -Danish lawyer and politician, 40th Prime Minister of Denmark

1965 - [[Raí]] -Brazilian footballer

1965 - [[André Abujamra]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Karnak (band)|Karnak)

1966 - [[Pete Wiggs]] -English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (Saint Etienne (band)|Saint Etienne)

1967 - [[Madhuri Dixit]] -Indian actress and singer

1967 - [[Laura Hillenbrand]] -American journalist and author

1967 - [[John Smoltz]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1967 - [[Orlando Zapata]] -Cuban plumber and activist (d. 2010)

1968 - [[Cecilia Malmström]] -Swedish academic and politician, 15th European Commissioner for Trade

1968 - [[Seth Putnam]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Anal Cunt, Post Mortem (band)|Post Mortem, and Siege (band)|Siege) (d. 2011)

1968 - [[Sophie Raworth]] -English journalist and actress

1969 - [[Hideki Irabu]] -Japanese-American baseball player (d. 2011)

1969 - [[Assala Nasri]] -Syrian singer

1969 - [[Emmitt Smith]] -American football player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Frank de Boer]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1970 - [[Ronald de Boer]] -Dutch footballer and manager

1970 - [[Desmond Howard]] -American football player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Alison Jackson]] -English photographer, director, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Anne Akiko Meyers]] -American violinist and educator

1970 - [[Martin Rossiter]] -Welsh singer-songwriter (Gene (band)|Gene)

1970 - [[Rod Smith (wide receiver)|Rod Smith]] -American football player

1970 - [[Ben Wallace (politician)|Ben Wallace]] -English captain and politician

1971 - [[Karin Lušnic]] -Slovenian tennis player

1971 - [[Phil Pfister]] -American weightlifter and strongman

1972 - [[Danny Alexander]] -Scottish politician, Secretary of State for Scotland

1972 - [[David Charvet]] -French actor and singer

1972 - [[Conrad Keely]] -English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead)

1973 - [[Emilia Tsoulfa]] -Greek sailor

1974 - [[Vassilis Kikilias]] -Greek basketball player and politician

1974 - [[Matthew Sadler]] -English chess player and author

1974 - [[Marko Tredup]] -German footballer and manager

1974 - [[Ahmet Zappa]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975 - [[Peter Iwers]] -Swedish bass player (In Flames)

1975 - [[Ray Lewis]] -American football player and sportscaster

1975 - [[Ales Michalevic]] -Belarusian lawyer and politician

1976 - [[Torraye Braggs]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[David Copeland]] -English terrorist

1976 - [[Jacek Krzynówek]] -Polish footballer

1976 - [[Ryan Leaf]] -American football player and coach

1976 - [[Tyler Walker]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Amy Chow]] -American gymnast and pediatrician

1978 - [[Dwayne De Rosario]] -Canadian soccer player

1978 - [[Caroline Dhavernas]] -Canadian actress

1978 - [[Edu Gaspar]] -Brazilian footballer

1978 - [[David Krumholtz]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[Krissy Taylor]] -American model (d. 1995)

1979 - [[Adolfo Bautista]] -Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Daniel Caines]] -English sprinter

1979 - [[Chris Masoe]] -New Zealand rugby player

1979 - [[Ryan Max Riley]] -American skier

1979 - [[Robert Royal]] -American football player

1979 - [[Li Yanfeng]] -Chinese discus thrower

1980 - [[Josh Beckett]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Rocky Marquette]] -American actor

1981 - [[Patrice Evra]] -French footballer

1981 - [[Justin Morneau]] -Canadian baseball player

1981 - [[Zara Phillips]] -English horse rider

1981 - [[Jamie-Lynn Sigler]] -American actress and singer

1982 - [[Alexandra Breckenridge]] -American actress and photographer

1982 - [[Veronica Campbell-Brown]] -Jamaican sprinter

1982 - [[Segundo Castillo]] -Ecuadorian footballer

1982 - [[Bradford Cox]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Deerhunter)

1982 - [[Tatsuya Fujiwara]] -Japanese actor

1982 - [[Rafael Pérez (baseball)|Rafael Pérez]] -Dominican baseball player

1982 - [[Jessica Sutta]] -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (The Pussycat Dolls)

1984 - [[Jeff Deslauriers]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1984 - [[Sérgio Jimenez]] -Brazilian race car driver

1984 - [[Samantha Noble]] -Australian actress

1984 - [[Mr Probz]] -Dutch singer-songwriter and producer

1985 - [[Cristiane]] -Brazilian footballer

1985 - [[Tania Cagnotto]] -Italian diver

1985 - [[Justine Robbeson]] -South African javelin thrower

1986 - [[Thomas Brown (running back)|Thomas Brown]] -American football player

1986 - [[Matías Fernández]] -Chilean footballer

1986 - [[Adam Moffat]] -Scottish footballer

1987 - [[Doruk Çetin]] -Turkish actor, director, and producer

1987 - [[Kévin Constant]] -French-Guinean footballer

1987 - [[Mark Fayne]] -American ice hockey player

1987 - [[Ersan İlyasova]] -Turkish basketball player

1987 - [[Leonardo Mayer]] -Argentinian tennis player

1987 - [[Jennylyn Mercado]] -Filipino singer-songwriter and actress

1987 - [[Andy Murray]] -Scottish tennis player

1987 - [[Michael Brantley]] -American baseball player

1987 - [[Brian Dozier]] -American baseball player

1988 - [[Indrek Kajupank]] -Estonian basketball player

1988 - [[Nemanja Nešić]] -Serbian rower (d. 2012)

1989 - [[Akina Minami]] -Japanese model

1989 - [[Sunny (singer)|Sunny]] -American-South Korean singer, dancer, and actress (Girls' Generation)

1989 - [[Kiki Vidis]] -Australian porn actress

1990 - [[Jordan Eberle]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1990 - [[Lee Jong-hyun]] -South Korean singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (CNBLUE)

1991 - [[Mollee Gray]] -American actress, singer, and dancer

1992 - [[Clark Beckham]] -American singer-songwriter

1993 - [[Mahfizur Rahman Sagor]] -Bangladeshi swimmer

1995 - [[Ryosuke Yamamoto (actor)|Ryosuke Yamamoto]] -Japanese actor and model

1996 - [[Birdy (singer)|Birdy]] -English singer-songwriter

1997 - [[Murder of Erica Green|Erica Green]] -American murder victim (d. 2001)

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