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Famous Birthdays


1593 - [[Jacob Jordaens]] -Flemish painter and illustrator (d. 1678)

1616 - [[Johann Jakob Froberger]] -German organist and composer (d. 1667)

1700 - [[José de Escandón, 1st Count of Sierra Gorda]] -Spanish sergeant and politician (d. 1770)

1724 - [[Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol]] -English admiral and politician, Chief Secretary for Ireland (d. 1779)

1744 - [[Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz]] -(d. 1818)

1762 - [[Johann Gottlieb Fichte]] -German philosopher and academic (d. 1814)

1773 - [[Arthur Aikin]] -English chemist and mineralogist (d. 1854)

1795 - [[Johns Hopkins]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1873)

1797 - [[Maria Isabel of Portugal]] -(d. 1818)

1827 - [[Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour]] -French academic and politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France)|French Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1896)

1861 - [[Nellie Melba]] -Australian soprano and actress (d. 1931)

1870 - [[Albert Fish]] -American serial killer (d. 1936)

1871 - [[Walter Russell]] -American painter, sculptor, and author (d. 1963)

1874 - [[Gilbert Jessop]] -English cricketer and soldier (d. 1955)

1878 - [[Alfred Laliberté]] -Canadian sculptor and painter (d. 1953)

1879 - [[Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor]] -American-English politician (d. 1964)

1880 - [[Albert Richardson]] -English architect and educator, designed the Manchester Opera House (d. 1964)

1881 - [[Mustafa Kemal Atatürk]] -Turkish marshal and politician, 1st President of Turkey (d. 1938)

1884 - [[David Munson]] -American runner (d. 1953)

1886 - [[Francis Biddle]] -American lawyer and judge, 58th United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1887 - [[Ion Jalea]] -Romanian soldier and sculptor (d. 1983)

1889 - [[Tản Đà]] -Vietnamese poet and author (d. 1939)

1889 - [[Henry B. Richardson]] -American archer (d. 1963)

1890 - [[Eveline Adelheid von Maydell]] -German-American illustrator (d. 1962)

1890 - [[Ho Chi Minh]] -Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (d. 1969)

1891 - [[Oswald Boelcke]] -German captain and pilot (d. 1916)

1893 - [[H. Bonciu]] -Romanian author, poet, and journalist (d. 1950)

1897 - [[Frank Luke]] -American lieutenant and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1918)

1898 - [[Julius Evola]] -Italian philosopher and painter (d. 1974)

1899 - [[Lothar Rădăceanu]] -Romanian journalist, linguist, and politician (d. 1955)

1902 - [[Lubka Kolessa]] -Ukrainian-Canadian pianist and educator (d. 1997)

1906 - [[Bruce Bennett]] -American shot putter and actor (d. 2007)

1908 - [[Manik Bandopadhyay]] -Indian author, poet, and playwright (d. 1956)

1908 - [[Merriam Modell]] -American author (d. 1994)

1908 - [[Percy Williams (sprinter)|Percy Williams]] -Canadian sprinter (d. 1982)

1909 - [[Nicholas Winton]] -English banker and humanitarian (d. 2015)

1910 - [[Nathuram Godse]] -Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi (d. 1949)

1910 - [[Alan Melville]] -South African cricketer (d. 1983)

1913 - [[Neelam Sanjiva Reddy]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 6th President of India (d. 1996)

1913 - [[Carol Victor, Hereditary Prince of Albania]] -(d. 1973)

1914 - [[Max Perutz]] -Austrian-English biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2002)

1914 - [[Alex Shibicky]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

1914 - [[John Vachon]] -American photographer and journalist (d. 1975)

1915 - [[Renée Asherson]] -English actress (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Abraham Pais]] -Dutch-American physicist, historian, and academic (d. 2000)

1919 - [[Georgie Auld]] -Canadian-American saxophonist, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1990)

1919 - [[Mitja Ribičič]] -Italian-Slovenian soldier and politician, 25th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Leslie Broderick]] -English lieutenant and pilot (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Harry W. Brown (pilot)|Harry W. Brown]] -American colonel and pilot (d. 1991)

1921 - [[Daniel Gélin]] -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1921 - [[Yuri Kochiyama]] -American activist (d. 2014)

1921 - [[Karel van het Reve]] -Dutch historian and author (d. 1999)

1922 - [[Joe Gilmore]] -Irish bartender

1924 - [[Sandy Wilson]] -English composer and songwriter (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Pol Pot]] -Cambodian general and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (d. 1998)

1925 - [[Guy Provost]] -Canadian actor (d. 2004)

1925 - [[Malcolm X]] -American minister and activist (d. 1965)

1926 - [[Kriyananda]] -Romanian-American spiritual leader and author (d. 2013)

1926 - [[David Jacobs (broadcaster)|David Jacobs]] -English radio and television host (d. 2013)

1926 - [[Edward Parkes]] -English engineer and academic

1926 - [[Fernand Raynaud]] -French actor and singer (d. 1973)

1926 - [[Peter Zadek]] -German director and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1927 - [[Serge Lang]] -French-American mathematician, author and academic (d. 2005)

1928 - [[Colin Chapman]] -English engineer and businessman, founded Lotus Cars (d. 1982)

1928 - [[Thomas Kennedy (RAF officer)|Thomas Kennedy]] -English air marshal (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Gil McDougald]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2010)

1928 - [[Dolph Schayes]] -American basketball player and coach

1929 - [[Helmut Braunlich]] -German-American violinist and composer (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Richard Larter]] -Australian painter (d. 2014)

1929 - [[John Stroger]] -American politician (d. 2008)

1930 - [[Eugene Genovese]] -American historian and author (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Lorraine Hansberry]] -American playwright and director (d. 1965)

1931 - [[Bob Anderson (racing driver)|Bob Anderson]] -English race car driver (d. 1967)

1931 - [[Éric Tappy]] -Swiss tenor and actor

1932 - [[Claude Blanchard]] -Canadian singer and actor (d. 2006)

1932 - [[Alma Cogan]] -English singer (d. 1966)

1932 - [[Paul Erdman]] -American economist and author (d. 2007)

1933 - [[Edward de Bono]] -Maltese physician, author, and academic

1934 - [[Ruskin Bond]] -Indian author and poet

1934 - [[Bill Fitch]] -American basketball player and coach

1934 - [[Jim Lehrer]] -American journalist and author

1935 - [[David Hartman (TV personality)|David Hartman]] -American journalist and actor

1937 - [[Pat Roach]] -English wrestler and actor (d. 2004)

1938 - [[Moisés da Costa Amaral]] -East Timorese politician (d. 1989)

1938 - [[Madge Hindle]] -English actress

1938 - [[Girish Karnad]] -Indian actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright

1938 - [[Igor Ter-Ovanesyan]] -Ukrainian long jumper and coach

1939 - [[Livio Berruti]] -Italian sprinter

1939 - [[James Fox]] -English actor and singer

1939 - [[Nancy Kwan]] -Hong Kong-American actress and makeup artist

1939 - [[Jānis Lūsis]] -Latvian javelin thrower and coach

1939 - [[Dick Scobee]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1986)

1940 - [[Jan Janssen]] -Dutch cyclist

1940 - [[Mickey Newbury]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2002)

1941 - [[Bobby Burgess]] -American singer and dancer

1941 - [[Nora Ephron]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1941 - [[Igor Judge, Baron Judge]] -Maltese-English lawyer and judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

1941 - [[Tania Mallet]] -English model and actress

1942 - [[Gary Kildall]] -American computer scientist, founded Digital Research|Digital Research Inc. (d. 1994)

1942 - [[Robert Kilroy-Silk]] -English television host and politician

1943 - [[Eddie May]] -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1943 - [[Shirrel Rhoades]] -American author, publisher, and academic

1944 - [[Peter Mayhew]] -English-American actor

1945 - [[Pete Townshend]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Who, Deep End (band)|Deep End, and Thunderclap Newman)

1946 - [[Claude Lelièvre]] -Belgian activist

1946 - [[Michele Placido]] -Italian actor and director

1946 - [[André the Giant]] -French-American wrestler and actor (d. 1993)

1947 - [[Paul Brady]] -Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Planxty and The Johnstons)

1947 - [[Christopher Chope]] -English lawyer and politician

1947 - [[Steve Currie]] -English bass player (T. Rex (band)|T. Rex) (d. 1981)

1947 - [[David Helfgott]] -Australian pianist

1948 - [[Grace Jones]] -Jamaican-American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1949 - [[Dusty Hill]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (ZZ Top and American Blues)

1949 - [[Philip Hunt, Baron Hunt of Kings Heath]] -English politician

1949 - [[Archie Manning]] -American football player and sportscaster

1950 - [[Tadeusz Ślusarski]] -Polish pole vaulter (d. 1998)

1951 - [[Vytautas Kernagis]] -Lithuanian singer and actor (d. 2008)

1951 - [[Joey Ramone]] -American singer-songwriter (Ramones and Sniper (American band)|Sniper) (d. 2001)

1951 - [[Dick Slater]] -American wrestler

1952 - [[Charlie Spedding]] -English runner

1952 - [[Bert van Marwijk]] -Dutch footballer, coach, and manager

1953 - [[Patrick Hodge, Lord Hodge]] -Scottish lawyer and judge

1953 - [[Florin Marin]] -Romanian footballer and manager

1953 - [[Dawud M. Mu'Min]] -American murderer (d. 1997)

1953 - [[Jimmy Thackery]] -American singer and guitarist (The Nighthawks)

1953 - [[Victoria Wood]] -English actress, singer, director, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Rick Cerone]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1954 - [[Nükhet Duru]] -Turkish singer and actress

1954 - [[Hōchū Ōtsuka]] -Japanese voice actor

1954 - [[Phil Rudd]] -Australian-New Zealand drummer (AC/DC and Buster Brown (Australian band)|Buster Brown)

1955 - [[James Gosling]] -Canadian-American computer scientist, created Java (programming language)|Java

1956 - [[Steven Ford]] -American actor

1956 - [[Oliver Letwin]] -English philosopher and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1956 - [[Martyn Ware]] -English keyboard player, songwriter, and producer (The Human League and Heaven 17)

1957 - [[Bill Laimbeer]] -American basketball player and coach

1959 - [[Nicole Brown Simpson]] -German-American murder victim (d. 1994)

1960 - [[Yazz]] -English singer

1961 - [[Vadim Cojocaru]] -Moldovan politician

1961 - [[Gregory Poirier]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Wayne Van Dorp]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1963 - [[Filippo Galli]] -Italian footballer and manager

1964 - [[Murali (Tamil actor)|Murali]] -Indian actor (d. 2010)

1964 - [[John Lee (placekicker)|John Lee]] -South Korean-American football player

1964 - [[Miloslav Mečíř]] -Slovak tennis player

1964 - [[Lawrence Ng]] -Hong Kong actor

1964 - [[Sean Whalen]] -American actor and screenwriter

1965 - [[Boris (singer)|Boris]] -French singer-songwriter and radio host

1965 - [[Cecilia Bolocco]] -Chilean model and television host, Miss Universe|Miss Universe 1987

1965 - [[Maile Flanagan]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Marc Bureau (ice hockey)|Marc Bureau]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1966 - [[Sophia Crawford]] -English actress and martial artist

1966 - [[Jodi Picoult]] -American author and educator

1966 - [[Polly Walker]] -English actress

1967 - [[Massimo Taccon]] -Italian painter and sculptor

1968 - [[Kyle Eastwood]] -American actor, singer, and bass player

1970 - [[K. J. Choi]] -South Korean golfer

1970 - [[Mario Dumont]] -Canadian television host and politician

1970 - [[Jason Gray-Stanford]] -Canadian actor

1970 - [[Regina Narva]] -Estonian chess player

1971 - [[Psicosis]] -Mexican wrestler

1971 - [[Ross Katz]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Jenny Berggren]] -Swedish singer-songwriter (Ace of Base)

1972 - [[Claudia Karvan]] -Australian actress, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Dario Franchitti]] -Scottish race car driver

1974 - [[Andrew Johns]] -Australian rugby player and coach

1974 - [[Emma Shapplin]] -French soprano

1975 - [[Pretinha]] -Brazilian footballer

1975 - [[Masanobu Ando]] -Japanese actor

1975 - [[London Fletcher]] -American football player

1975 - [[Josh Paul]] -American baseball player and manager

1975 - [[Jonas Renkse]] -Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Katatonia, Bloodbath, and October Tide)

1976 - [[Ed Cota]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Kevin Garnett]] -American basketball player

1977 - [[Manuel Almunia]] -Spanish footballer

1977 - [[Wouter Hamel]] -Dutch singer and guitarist

1977 - [[Brandon Inge]] -American baseball player

1977 - [[Natalia Oreiro]] -Uruguayan singer-songwriter and actress

1977 - [[Kelly Sheridan]] -Canadian voice actress and singer

1978 - [[Marcus Bent]] -English footballer

1978 - [[Dave Bus]] -Dutch footballer

1978 - [[Kim Zolciak]] -American singer

1979 - [[Diego Forlán]] -Uruguayan footballer

1979 - [[Bérénice Marlohe]] -French actress

1979 - [[Andrea Pirlo]] -Italian footballer

1980 - [[Drew Fuller]] -American model and actor

1980 - [[Tony Hackworth]] -English footballer

1981 - [[Luciano Figueroa]] -Argentinian footballer

1981 - [[Yo Gotti]] -American rapper

1981 - [[Michael Leighton]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1981 - [[Sina Schielke]] -German sprinter

1981 - [[Georges St-Pierre]] -Canadian mixed martial artist and actor

1981 - [[Bong Tae-gyu]] -South Korean actor

1981 - [[Klaas-Erik Zwering]] -Dutch swimmer

1982 - [[Kevin Amankwaah]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Pål Steffen Andresen]] -Norwegian footballer

1982 - [[Alexandru Găvan]] -Romanian mountaineer

1982 - [[Rebecca Hall]] -English-American actress

1982 - [[Mihiro]] -Japanese actress, singer, and television personality

1982 - [[Klaas Vantornout]] -Belgian cyclist

1983 - [[Eve Angel]] -Hungarian porn actress and model

1983 - [[Michael Che]] -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1983 - [[Jessica Fox (actress)|Jessica Fox]] -English actress

1984 - [[Marcedes Lewis]] -American football player

1984 - [[Carla Lynch]] -English actress and model

1984 - [[Inna Modja]] -Malian-French singer

1985 - [[Chris Loudon]] -Scottish darts player

1986 - [[Mario Chalmers]] -American basketball player

1986 - [[Eric Lloyd]] -American actor

1987 - [[Michael Angelakos]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Passion Pit)

1987 - [[David Edgar (footballer)|David Edgar]] -Canadian soccer player

1987 - [[Mariano Torres]] -Argentinian footballer

1989 - [[Jasmine (Japanese singer)|Jasmine]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and producer

1991 - [[Jordan Pruitt]] -American singer-songwriter

1992 - [[Michele Camporese]] -Italian footballer

1992 - [[Ola John]] -Dutch footballer

1992 - [[Sam Smith (singer)|Sam Smith]] -English singer-songwriter

1993 - [[Ryunosuke Kamiki]] -Japanese actor

1994 - [[Carlos Guzmán]] -Mexican footballer

1997 - [[Ida LaFontaine]] -Swedish singer

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