This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1611 - [[Pope Innocent XI]] -(d. 1689)

1641 - [[Dudley North (economist)|Dudley North]] -English economist and politician (d. 1691)

1710 - [[William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot]] -English politician, Lord Steward of the Household (d. 1782)

1718 - [[Maria Gaetana Agnesi]] -Italian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1799)

1763 - [[Louis Nicolas Vauquelin]] -French pharmacist and chemist (d. 1829)

1788 - [[Friedrich Rückert]] -German poet and translator (d. 1866)

1801 - [[William H. Seward]] -American lawyer and politician, 24th United States Secretary of State (d. 1872)

1819 - [[Johann Voldemar Jannsen]] -Estonian journalist and poet (d. 1890)

1821 - [[Pafnuty Chebyshev]] -Russian mathematician and statistician (d. 1894)

1824 - [[Levi P. Morton]] -American banker and politician, 22nd United States Vice President (d. 1920)

1827 - [[Pierre Cuypers]] -Dutch architect, designed the Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Rijksmuseum (d. 1921)

1831 - [[David Edward Hughes]] -Welsh-American physicist, co-invented the microphone (d. 1900)

1845 - [[Élie Metchnikoff]] -Ukrainian-French biologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)

1861 - [[H. H. Holmes]] -American serial killer (d. 1896)

1879 - [[Pierre Gilliard]] -Swiss author and academic (d. 1962)

1882 - [[Simeon Price]] -American golfer (d. 1945)

1883 - [[Celâl Bayar]] -Turkish politician, 3rd President of Turkey (d. 1986)

1888 - [[Royal Rife]] -American microbiologist and instrument maker (d. 1971)

1891 - [[Richard Tauber]] -Austrian tenor and actor (d. 1948)

1897 - [[Zvi Sliternik]] -Israeli entomologist and academic (d. 1994)

1898 - [[Tamara de Lempicka]] -Polish-American painter (d. 1980)

1898 - [[Desanka Maksimović]] -Serbian poet and academic (d. 1993)

1898 - [[Kenji Mizoguchi]] -Japanese director and screenwriter (d. 1956)

1905 - [[Henry Fonda]] -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1982)

1906 - [[Alfred Pellan]] -Canadian painter and educator (d. 1988)

1906 - [[Arturo Uslar Pietri]] -Venezuelan lawyer, journalist, and author (d. 2001)

1906 - [[Margret Rey]] -German author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1907 - [[Bob Tisdall]] -Sri Lankan-Irish hurdler (d. 2004)

1907 - [[Luigi Villoresi]] -Italian race car driver (d. 1997)

1909 - [[Margaret Sullavan]] -American actress and singer (d. 1960)

1910 - [[Olga Bergholz]] -Russian poet and author (d. 1975)

1910 - [[Higashifushimi Kunihide]] -Japanese monk and educator (d. 2014)

1910 - [[Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov]] -Russian painter and educator (d. 1972)

1912 - [[Studs Terkel]] -American historian and author (d. 2008)

1913 - [[Woody Herman]] -American singer, saxophonist, and clarinet player (d. 1987)

1914 - [[Edward T. Hall]] -American anthropologist and author (d. 2009)

1915 - [[Mario Monicelli]] -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1916 - [[Ephraim Katzir]] -Israeli biophysicist and politician, 4th President of Israel (d. 2009)

1917 - [[George Gaynes]] -Finnish-American actor and singer

1917 - [[James C. Murray]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1999)

1917 - [[Juan Rulfo]] -Mexican author and photographer (d. 1986)

1918 - [[Wilf Mannion]] -English footballer and manager (d. 2000)

1919 - [[Liberace]] -American singer, pianist, and actor (d. 1987)

1919 - [[Ramon Margalef]] -Spanish ecologist and biologist (d. 2004)

1920 - [[Martine Carol]] -French actress (d. 1967)

1921 - [[Harry Carey, Jr.]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1922 - [[Eddie Bert]] -American trombonist (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Victoria Fromkin]] -American linguist and academic (d. 2000)

1923 - [[Merton Miller]] -American economist and academic, Nobel Prize in Economics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1923 - [[Peter Underwood (parapsychologist)|Peter Underwood]] -English parapsychologist and author (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Nancy Roman]] -American astronomer

1925 - [[Bobbejaan Schoepen]] -Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (d. 2010)

1925 - [[Ola Vincent]] -Nigerian banker and economist (d. 2012)

1925 - [[Nílton Santos]] -Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Billy Martin]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1929 - [[Betty Carter]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)

1929 - [[John Conyers]] -American lawyer and politician

1929 - [[Claude Morin (PQ politician)|Claude Morin]] -Canadian academic and politician

1929 - [[Adrienne Rich]] -American poet and author (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Friedrich Gulda]] -Austrian pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1931 - [[Hana Brady]] -Czech-Polish holocaust victim (d. 1944)

1931 - [[Vujadin Boškov]] -Serbian footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Jack Dodson]] -American actor (d. 1994)

1931 - [[Denise Filiatrault]] -Canadian actress and director

1931 - [[K. Natwar Singh]] -Indian scholar and politician, Minister of External Affairs (India)|Indian Minister of External Affairs

1931 - [[Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.]] -American soldier and politician, 85th Governor of Connecticut

1934 - [[Kenneth O. Morgan]] -Welsh historian and author

1934 - [[Antony Walker]] -English general

1935 - [[Floyd Smith]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1936 - [[Roy Hudd]] -English actor

1936 - [[Karl Lehmann]] -German cardinal

1937 - [[Yvonne Craig]] -American actress and dancer (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Stuart Bell]] -English lawyer and politician (d. 2012)

1940 - [[Ole Ernst]] -Danish actor (d. 2013)

1941 - [[Denis Hart]] -Australian archbishop

1942 - [[David Penry-Davey]] -English lawyer and judge

1943 - [[Kay Andrews, Baroness Andrews]] -English politician

1943 - [[Dan Coats]] -American politician and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Germany

1943 - [[Marko Kravos]] -Italian-Slovenian poet and translator

1944 - [[Billy Cobham]] -Panamanian-American drummer, composer, and bandleader (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jazz Is Dead, and Bobby and the Midnites)

1944 - [[Antal Nagy (footballer born 1944)|Antal Nagy]] -Hungarian footballer

1944 - [[Danny Trejo]] -American actor and producer

1945 - [[Nicky Chinn]] -English songwriter and producer

1945 - [[Massimo Moratti]] -Italian businessman

1945 - [[Marta Beatriz Roque]] -Cuban economist and activist

1946 - [[Roger Earl]] -English drummer and songwriter (Savoy Brown and Foghat)

1946 - [[Robert Fripp]] -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (King Crimson, The League of Gentlemen (band)|The League of Gentlemen, Giles, Giles and Fripp, and Fripp & Eno)

1946 - [[John Law (sociologist)|John Law]] -English sociologist and academic

1947 - [[Barbara Lee (singer)|Barbara Lee]] -American singer (The Chiffons) (d. 1992)

1947 - [[Bill Smitrovich]] -American actor

1947 - [[Darrell Sweet (musician)|Darrell Sweet]] -English-Scottish drummer (Nazareth (band)|Nazareth) (d. 1999)

1947 - [[Roch Thériault]] -Canadian religious leader (d. 2011)

1948 - [[Jesper Christensen]] -Danish actor, director, and producer

1948 - [[Katia Dandoulaki]] -Greek model and actress

1948 - [[Judy Finnigan]] -English talk show host and author

1948 - [[Emma Georgina Rothschild]] -English historian and academic

1948 - [[Staf Van Roosbroeck]] -Belgian cyclist

1949 - [[Rick Reuschel]] -American baseball player

1950 - [[Georg Bednorz]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1950 - [[Ray Condo]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2004)

1950 - [[Bruce Coville]] -American author

1951 - [[Unshō Ishizuka]] -Japanese voice actor

1951 - [[Christian Lacroix]] -French fashion designer

1951 - [[Jonathan Richman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Modern Lovers)

1951 - [[Janet Soskice]] -Canadian philosopher and theologian

1952 - [[James Herndon (media psychologist)|James Herndon]] -American psychologist and academic

1953 - [[Pierce Brosnan]] -Irish-American actor and producer

1953 - [[David Maclean]] -Scottish politician

1953 - [[Kitanoumi Toshimitsu]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 55th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna

1953 - [[Stephen Woolman, Lord Woolman]] -Scottish judge and academic

1954 - [[Dafydd Williams]] -Canadian physician and astronaut

1955 - [[Olga Korbut]] -Belarusian gymnast

1955 - [[Jack Morris]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1955 - [[Hazel O'Connor]] -English-Irish singer-songwriter and actress

1955 - [[Páidí Ó Sé]] -Irish footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1955 - [[Debra Winger]] -American actress and producer

1957 - [[Joan Benoit]] -American runner

1957 - [[Benjamin Mancroft, 3rd Baron Mancroft]] -English politician

1957 - [[Yuri Shevchuk]] -Russian singer-songwriter and guitarist (DDT (band)|DDT)

1957 - [[Anthony St John, 22nd Baron St John of Bletso]] -English lawyer and businessman

1957 - [[Bob Suter]] -American ice hockey player and coach (d. 2014)

1958 - [[Gitane Demone]] -American singer-songwriter (Christian Death and Pompeii 99)

1958 - [[Glenn Gregory]] -English singer-songwriter (Heaven 17, Honeyroot, and ABC (band)|ABC)

1959 - [[Mitch Webster]] -American baseball player

1959 - [[Mare Winningham]] -American actress and singer-songwriter

1960 - [[Landon Deireragea]] -Nauruan politician, List of Speakers of the Parliament of Nauru|Nauruan Speaker of Parliament

1960 - [[S. Shanmuganathan (Sri Lankan politician)|S. Shanmuganathan]] -Sri Lankan commander and politician (d. 1998)

1960 - [[Steve Scott (journalist)|Steve Scott]] -British journalist and presenter

1961 - [[Kevin McDonald]] -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1961 - [[Charles Wright (wrestler)|Charles Wright]] -American wrestler

1962 - [[Jimmy Hood]] -Scottish engineer and politician

1962 - [[Helga Radtke]] -German long jumper

1962 - [[Lisa Yuskavage]] -American painter

1963 - [[Jon Coffelt]] -American painter and sculptor

1963 - [[Mercedes Echerer]] -Austrian actress and politician

1963 - [[Serge Teyssot-Gay]] -French guitarist (Noir Désir)

1963 - [[David Wilkinson (theologian)|David Wilkinson]] -English theologian and academic

1964 - [[John Salley]] -American basketball player and actor

1964 - [[Boyd Tinsley]] -American singer-songwriter and violinist (Dave Matthews Band)

1964 - [[Edit Bérces]] -Hungarian runner

1964 - [[Mary Anne Hobbs]] -English DJ and journalist

1964 - [[Milton Jones]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Krist Novoselic]] -American bass player and songwriter (Nirvana (band)|Nirvana, Flipper (band)|Flipper, Sweet 75, The No WTO Combo, and Eyes Adrift)

1965 - [[Tanel Tammet]] -Estonian computer scientist, engineer, and academic

1966 - [[Sommore]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Celia Ireland]] -Australian actress

1966 - [[Janet Jackson]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, and actress

1966 - [[Scott Reeves]] -American singer-songwriter and actor (Blue County (music group)|Blue County)

1966 - [[Metin Şentürk]] -Turkish singer

1966 - [[Thurman Thomas]] -American football player

1967 - [[Doug Brocail]] -American baseball player and coach

1968 - [[Ralph Tresvant]] -American singer, actor, and producer (New Edition and Heads of State (group)|Heads of State)

1968 - [[Chingmy Yau]] -Hong Kong actress

1969 - [[David Boreanaz]] -American actor, director, and producer

1969 - [[Tucker Carlson]] -American journalist, co-founded ''The Daily Caller''

1969 - [[Tracey Gold]] -American actress

1969 - [[Steve Lewis (sprinter)|Steve Lewis]] -American sprinter

1970 - [[Gabriela Sabatini]] -Argentinian tennis player

1970 - [[Danielle Spencer (Australian singer)|Danielle Spencer]] -Australian singer-songwriter and actress

1971 - [[Phil Clarke]] -English rugby player and sportscaster

1971 - [[Rachel Goswell]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Slowdive and Mojave 3)

1972 - [[Christian Califano]] -French rugby player

1972 - [[Khary Payton]] -American actor

1973 - [[Jason Acuña]] -American actor and stuntman

1973 - [[Special Ed]] -American rapper and actor (Crooklyn Dodgers)

1973 - [[Tori Spelling]] -American actress, producer, and author

1973 - [[Kōsuke Toriumi]] -Japanese voice actor

1974 - [[Laura Pausini]] -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1974 - [[Adam Richman (actor)|Adam Richman]] -American actor and television host

1974 - [[Sonny Sandoval]] -American singer-songwriter (P.O.D.)

1975 - [[B.Slade]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1975 - [[Tony Kakko]] -Finnish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Sonata Arctica and Northern Kings)

1976 - [[Dirk Nannes]] -Australian-Dutch cricketer

1977 - [[Dolcenera]] -Italian singer-songwriter and actress

1977 - [[Claudia Albertario]] -Argentinian model and actress

1977 - [[Jean-Sébastien Giguère]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1977 - [[Melanie Lynskey]] -New Zealand actress

1977 - [[Emilíana Torrini]] -Icelandic singer-songwriter (GusGus)

1978 - [[Scott Nicholls]] -English motorcycle racer

1978 - [[Lionel Scaloni]] -Argentinian footballer

1978 - [[Jim Sturgess]] -English singer-songwriter and actor

1979 - [[McKenzie Lee]] -English porn actress

1979 - [[Barbara Nedeljáková]] -Slovak actress

1980 - [[Nuria Llagostera Vives]] -Spanish tennis player

1981 - [[Ricardo Costa (Portuguese footballer)|Ricardo Costa]] -Portuguese footballer

1981 - [[Joseph Morgan (actor)|Joseph Morgan]] -English actor and producer

1981 - [[Taavi Rähn]] -Estonian footballer

1982 - [[Billy Crawford]] -Filipino-American singer-songwriter and actor

1982 - [[Ju Ji-hoon]] -South Korean actor

1982 - [[Łukasz Kubot]] -Polish tennis player

1982 - [[Hanna Mariën]] -Belgian sprinter

1983 - [[Nancy Ajram]] -Lebanese singer

1983 - [[Daniel Kerr]] -Australian footballer

1983 - [[Kyle Wellwood]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1984 - [[Darío Cvitanich]] -Argentinian footballer

1984 - [[Tomáš Fleischmann]] -Czech ice hockey player

1984 - [[Mickie Knuckles]] -American wrestler

1984 - [[Jensen Lewis]] -American baseball player

1984 - [[Pania Rose]] -Australian model

1984 - [[Rick Rypien]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1985 - [[Stanislav Ianevski]] -Bulgarian actor

1985 - [[Anja Mittag]] -German footballer

1985 - [[Tadayoshi Okura]] -Japanese singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Kanjani Eight)

1985 - [[Rodrigo Peters Marques]] -Brazilian footballer

1985 - [[Corey Perry]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1985 - [[Emanuel Saldaño]] -Argentinian cyclist (d. 2014)

1985 - [[Kazuhito Tanaka]] -Japanese gymnast

1986 - [[Megan Fox]] -American actress

1986 - [[Andy Keogh]] -Irish footballer

1986 - [[Shamcey Supsup]] -Filipino model and architect

1986 - [[Shakti Arora]] -Indian Actor

1987 - [[Can Bonomo]] -Turkish singer

1987 - [[Tom Onslow-Cole]] -English race car driver

1988 - [[Abella Anderson]] -Cuban-American porn actress

1988 - [[Jesús Castillo (footballer)|Jesús Castillo]] -Mexican footballer

1988 - [[Martynas Gecevičius]] -Lithuanian basketball player

1988 - [[Jaak Põldma]] -Estonian tennis player

1989 - [[Behati Prinsloo]] -Namibian model

1990 - [[Amanda Carreras]] -Gibraltarian tennis player

1990 - [[Charlotte Crosby]] -English television personality

1990 - [[Thomas Brodie-Sangster]] -English actor

1990 - [[Darko Šarović]] -Serbian sprinter

1990 - [[Omar Strong]] -American basketball player

1991 - [[Grigor Dimitrov]] -Bulgarian tennis player

1991 - [[Ashley Wagner]] -American figure skater

1992 - [[Davika Hoorne]] -Thai-Belgian model and actress

1992 - [[Jeff Skinner]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1993 - [[IU (singer)|IU]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and actress

1993 - [[Karol Mets]] -Estonian footballer

1994 - [[Miles Heizer]] -American actor

1994 - [[Aaron Moores]] -English swimmer

1994 - [[Kathinka von Deichmann]] -Liechtensteinerin tennis player

1995 - [[Elizabeth Ralston]] -Australian footballer

1996 - [[Louisa Chirico]] -American tennis player

1998 - [[Ariel Waller]] -Canadian actress

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