This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


120 - [[Aurelia Cotta]] -mother of Gaius Julius Caesar (proconsul)|Gaius Julius Caesar (d. 54 BC)

1471 - [[Albrecht Dürer]] -German painter, engraver, and mathematician (d. 1528)

1527 - [[Philip II of Spain]] -(d. 1598)

1653 - [[Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland]] -(d. 1697)

1688 - [[Alexander Pope]] -English poet and author (d. 1744)

1755 - [[Alfred Moore]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1810)

1756 - [[William Babington (physician)|William Babington]] -Irish-born, English physician and Mineralogy|mineralogist (d. 1833)

1763 - [[Joseph Fouché]] -French lawyer and politician (d. 1820)

1775 - [[Lucien Bonaparte]] -French soldier and politician (d. 1840)

1780 - [[Elizabeth Fry]] -English philanthropist and reformer (d. 1845)

1790 - [[William Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire]] -English politician, Lord Chamberlain|Lord Chamberlain of the Household (d. 1858)

1792 - [[Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis]] -French mathematician and engineer (d. 1843)

1799 - [[Mary Anning]] -English paleontologist (d. 1847)

1827 - [[William P. Sprague]] -American banker and politician (d. 1899)

1835 - [[František Chvostek]] -Czech-Austrian physician and academic (d. 1884)

1837 - [[Itagaki Taisuke]] -Japanese soldier and politician (d. 1919)

1843 - [[Charles Albert Gobat]] -Swiss lawyer and politician, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1914)

1844 - [[Henri Rousseau]] -French painter (d. 1910)

1850 - [[Giuseppe Mercalli]] -Italian priest and volcanologist (d. 1914)

1851 - [[Léon Bourgeois]] -French police officer and politician, 64th Prime Minister of France, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1925)

1853 - [[Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac]] -French politician (d. 1905)

1856 - [[José Batlle y Ordóñez]] -Uruguayan journalist and politician, President of Uruguay (d. 1929)

1860 - [[Willem Einthoven]] -Indonesian-Dutch physician, physiologist, and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1927)

1861 - [[Abel Ayerza]] -Argentinian physician and academic (d. 1918)

1863 - [[Archduke Eugen of Austria]] -(d. 1954)

1864 - [[Princess Stéphanie of Belgium]] -(d. 1945)

1873 - [[Hans Berger]] -German neurologist and academic (d. 1941)

1878 - [[Glenn Curtiss]] -American cyclist and engineer (d. 1930)

1880 - [[Tudor Arghezi]] -Romanian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1967)

1893 - [[Giles Chippindall]] -Australian public servant (d. 1969)

1884 - [[Manuel Pérez y Curis]] -Uruguayan poet and publisher (d. 1920)

1885 - [[Princess Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg]] -(d. 1936)

1898 - [[Armand Hammer]] -American physician and businessman, founded Occidental Petroleum (d. 1990)

1898 - [[Charles Léon Hammes]] -Luxembourgian lawyer and judge (d. 1967)

1898 - [[Carl Johnson (athlete)|Carl Johnson]] -American long jumper (d. 1932)

1898 - [[John McLaughlin (artist)|John McLaughlin]] -American painter and translator (d. 1976)

1901 - [[Manfred Aschner]] -German-Israeli microbiologist and entomologist (d. 1989)

1901 - [[Horace Heidt]] -American pianist, bandleader, and radio host (d. 1986)

1901 - [[Sam Jaffe (producer)|Sam Jaffe]] -American film producer and agent (d. 2000)

1901 - [[Suzanne Lilar]] -Belgian author and playwright (d. 1992)

1902 - [[Earl Averill]] -American baseball player (d. 1983)

1902 - [[Marcel Breuer]] -Hungarian-American architect and academic, designed the Ameritrust Tower (d. 1981)

1902 - [[Anatole Litvak]] -Ukrainian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1974)

1903 - [[Manly Wade Wellman]] -American author (d. 1986)

1904 - [[Robert Montgomery (actor)|Robert Montgomery]] -American actor and director (d. 1981)

1904 - [[Fats Waller]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1943)

1907 - [[John C. Allen]] -American roller coaster designer (d. 1979)

1912 - [[Chen Dayu]] -Chinese painter and calligrapher (d. 2001)

1912 - [[John Curtis Gowan]] -American psychologist and academic (d. 1986)

1912 - [[Monty Stratton]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1982)

1912 - [[Akiva Vroman]] -Dutch-Israeli geologist and academic (d. 1989)

1913 - [[Gina Bachauer]] -Greek pianist and composer (d. 1976)

1915 - [[Cathleen Cordell]] -American actress (d. 1997)

1916 - [[Tinus Osendarp]] -Dutch sprinter and police officer (d. 2002)

1916 - [[Harold Robbins]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1917 - [[Raymond Burr]] -Canadian-American actor and director (d. 1993)

1918 - [[Dennis Day]] -American singer and actor (d. 1988)

1919 - [[George P. Mitchell]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1920 - [[Bill Barber (musician)|Bill Barber]] -American tuba player and educator (d. 2007)

1920 - [[Anthony Steel (actor)|Anthony Steel]] -English actor and singer (d. 2001)

1920 - [[Forrest White]] -American businessman, co-founded the Music Man (company)|Music Man Company (d. 1994)

1921 - [[Sandy Douglas]] -English computer scientist and academic, designed ''OXO'' (d. 2010)

1921 - [[Andrei Sakharov]] -Russian physicist and academic, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1923 - [[Vernon Biever]] -American photographer (d. 2010)

1923 - [[Armand Borel]] -Swiss-American mathematician and academic (d. 2003)

1923 - [[Ara Parseghian]] -American football player and coach

1923 - [[Evelyn Ward]] -American actress (d. 2012)

1924 - [[Peggy Cass]] -American actress (d. 1999)

1926 - [[Robert Creeley]] -American author and poet (d. 2005)

1927 - [[Péter Zwack]] -Hungarian businessman and diplomat (d, 2012)

1928 - [[Tom Donahue]] -American radio host and producer (d. 1975)

1928 - [[Alice Drummond]] -American actress

1929 - [[Larance Marable]] -American drummer (d. 2012)

1929 - [[Robert Welch (designer)|Robert Welch]] -English silversmith and industrial designer (d. 2000)

1930 - [[Tommy Bryant]] -American bassist (d. 1982)

1930 - [[Malcolm Fraser]] -Australian politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Australia (d. 2015)

1932 - [[Inese Jaunzeme]] -Latvian javelin thrower and surgeon (d. 2011)

1932 - [[Billy Wright (musician)|Billy Wright]] -American singer (d. 1991)

1932 - [[Leonidas Vasilikopoulos]] -Greek admiral and intelligence chief (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Maurice André]] -French trumpet player (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Yevgeny Minayev]] -Russian weightlifter (d. 1993)

1934 - [[Jocasta Innes]] -Chinese-English journalist and author (d. 2013)

1934 - [[Bob Northern]] -American horn player and bandleader

1934 - [[Bengt I. Samuelsson]] -Swedish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1935 - [[Terry Lightfoot]] -English clarinet player and bandleader (d. 2013)

1936 - [[Günter Blobel]] -Polish-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1938 - [[Lee "Shot" Williams]] -American singer (d. 2011)

1939 - [[Heinz Holliger]] -Swiss oboe player, composer, and conductor

1941 - [[Martin Carthy]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Steeleye Span, The Watersons, Waterson:Carthy, Brass Monkey (band)|Brass Monkey, and Blue Murder (folk)|Blue Murder)

1941 - [[Bobby Cox]] -American baseball player and manager

1941 - [[Ambrose Greenway, 4th Baron Greenway]] -English photographer and politician

1941 - [[Ronald Isley]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Isley Brothers)

1942 - [[David Hunt, Baron Hunt of Wirral]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Wales

1942 - [[Danny Ongais]] -American race car driver

1943 - [[Vincent Crane]] -English pianist and composer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster) (d. 1989)

1943 - [[Hilton Valentine]] -English guitarist and songwriter (The Animals)

1944 - [[Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar]] -Iranian-English academic and politician

1944 - [[Marcie Blane]] -American singer

1944 - [[Janet Dailey]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1944 - [[Mary Robinson]] -Irish lawyer and politician, 7th President of Ireland

1945 - [[Ernst Messerschmid]] -German physicist and astronaut

1946 - [[Allan McKeown]] -English-American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1947 - [[Bill Champlin]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Chicago (band)|Chicago and Sons of Champlin)

1947 - [[Jonathan Hyde]] -Australian-English actor

1947 - [[Linda Laubenstein]] -American physician and academic (d. 1992)

1947 - [[İlber Ortaylı]] -Turkish historian and academic

1948 - [[Elizabeth Buchan]] -English author and critic

1948 - [[Jacqueline Davies]] -English lawyer and judge

1948 - [[Denis MacShane]] -Scottish journalist and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1948 - [[Leo Sayer]] -English-Australian singer-songwriter

1949 - [[Andrew Neil]] -Scottish journalist and academic

1949 - [[Denis O'Connor (police officer)|Denis O'Connor]] -British police officer

1949 - [[Rosalind Plowright]] -English soprano

1950 - [[Will Hutton]] -English economist and journalist

1951 - [[Al Franken]] -American actor, screenwriter, and politician

1952 - [[Mr. T]] -American actor and wrestler

1954 - [[D. B. S. Jeyaraj]] -Sri Lankan-Canadian journalist and blogger

1954 - [[Janice Karman]] -American voice actress, singer, and producer

1954 - [[Marc Ribot]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bar Kokhba Sextet)

1955 - [[Paul Barber (field hockey)|Paul Barber]] -English field hockey player

1955 - [[Stan Lynch]] -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

1957 - [[James Bailey (basketball)|James Bailey]] -American basketball player

1957 - [[Bruce Buffer]] -American ring announcer

1957 - [[Johann Carlo]] -American actress

1957 - [[Nadine Dorries]] -English nurse and politician

1957 - [[Judge Reinhold]] -American actor and producer

1957 - [[Renée Soutendijk]] -Dutch actress

1958 - [[Christian Audigier]] -French fashion designer (d. 2015)

1958 - [[Muffy Calder]] -Canadian-Scottish computer scientist and academic

1958 - [[Michael Crick]] -English journalist and author

1958 - [[Naeem Khan]] -Indian-American fashion designer

1958 - [[Jefery Levy]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Nick Cassavetes]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Abdulla Yameen]] -Maldivian politician, 6th President of the Maldives

1960 - [[Mohanlal]] -Indian actor and producer

1960 - [[Jeffrey Dahmer]] -American serial killer (d. 1994)

1960 - [[Kent Hrbek]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1960 - [[Vladimir Salnikov]] -Russian swimmer

1960 - [[Jeffrey Toobin]] -American lawyer and author

1962 - [[David Crumb]] -American composer and educator

1962 - [[Janey Robbins]] -American porn actress

1963 - [[Richard Appel]] -American screenwriter and producer

1963 - [[David Lonsdale]] -English actor

1963 - [[Pete Sandoval]] -Salvadoran-American drummer (Terrorizer and Morbid Angel)

1963 - [[Kevin Shields]] -American-Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (My Bloody Valentine (band)|My Bloody Valentine, The Complex (band)|The Complex, and Primal Scream)

1963 - [[Dave Specter]] -American guitarist

1964 - [[Danny Bailey]] -English footballer and coach

1964 - [[Nancy Benoit]] -American wrestling manager (d. 2007)

1964 - [[Carolyn Lawrence]] -American actress and singer

1965 - [[Josh Richman]] -American actor and producer

1966 - [[Lisa Edelstein]] -American actress and playwright

1966 - [[Tatyana Ledovskaya]] -Belarusian hurdler

1967 - [[Chris Benoit]] -Canadian-American wrestler (d. 2007)

1967 - [[Blake Schwarzenbach]] -American singer and guitarist (Jawbreaker (band)|Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, The Thorns of Life, and forgetters)

1968 - [[Lauren Hays]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1968 - [[Ilmar Raag]] -Estonian director, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Matthias Ungemach]] -German-Australian rower

1968 - [[Julie Vega]] -Filipino actress and singer (d. 1985)

1969 - [[Pierluigi Brivio]] -Italian footballer

1969 - [[Georgiy Gongadze]] -Georgian-Ukrainian journalist and director (d. 2000)

1969 - [[Masayo Kurata]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1969 - [[George LeMieux]] -American lawyer and politician

1969 - [[Brian Statham (footballer)|Brian Statham]] -English footballer

1970 - [[Brigita Bukovec]] -Slovenian hurdler

1970 - [[Dorsey Levens]] -American football player and sportscaster

1970 - [[Carl Veart]] -Australian footballer and coach

1972 - [[Adriano Cintra]] -Brazilian singer, guitarist, and producer (CSS (band)|CSS)

1972 - [[The Notorious B.I.G.]] -American rapper (d. 1997)

1972 - [[Alesha Oreskovich]] -American model

1972 - [[Brett Tucker]] -Australian actor and singer

1973 - [[Stewart Cink]] -American golfer

1973 - [[Noel Fielding]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Havoc (musician)|Havoc]] -American rapper and producer (Mobb Deep)

1974 - [[Fairuza Balk]] -American actress

1976 - [[Stuart Bingham]] -English snooker player

1976 - [[Abderrahim Goumri]] -Moroccan runner (d. 2013)

1976 - [[Aditi Gowitrikar]] -Indian model, actress, and physician, Mrs. World|Mrs. World 2001

1976 - [[Deron Miller]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (CKY (band)|CKY, World Under Blood, and Foreign Objects (band)|Foreign Objects)

1977 - [[Quinton Fortune]] -South African footballer and coach

1977 - [[Michael Fuß]] -German footballer

1977 - [[Ricky Williams]] -American football player and coach

1978 - [[Max B]] -American rapper and songwriter

1978 - [[Adam Gontier]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Three Days Grace, Big Dirty Band, and Saint Asonia)

1978 - [[Jamaal Magloire]] -Canadian basketball player and coach

1979 - [[Damián Ariel Álvarez]] -Argentinian-Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Briana Banks]] -German-American porn actress and model

1979 - [[Jesse Capelli]] -Canadian pornographic actress and adult model

1979 - [[Jamie Hepburn]] -Scottish politician, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health

1979 - [[James Clancy Phelan]] -Australian author and academic

1979 - [[Scott Smith (fighter)|Scott Smith]] -American mixed martial artist

1980 - [[Gotye]] -Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter (The Basics)

1980 - [[Chris Raab]] -American actor and stuntman

1981 - [[Craig Anderson (ice hockey)|Craig Anderson]] -American ice hockey player

1981 - [[Edson Buddle]] -American soccer player

1981 - [[Josh Hamilton]] -American baseball player

1981 - [[Maximilian Mutzke]] -German singer-songwriter

1981 - [[Anna Rogowska]] -Polish pole vaulter

1981 - [[Kaori Shimizu (voice actress)|Kaori Shimizu]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1982 - [[Brian Klemm]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Suburban Legends and Big D and the Kids Table)

1983 - [[Līga Dekmeijere]] -Latvian tennis player

1983 - [[Deidson Araújo Maia]] -Brazilian footballer

1984 - [[Lorena Ayala]] -Dutch model

1984 - [[Brandon Fields]] -American football player

1984 - [[Sara Goller]] -German volleyball player

1985 - [[Kano (rapper)|Kano]] -English rapper, producer, and actor

1985 - [[Mutya Buena]] -English singer-songwriter (Sugababes and Mutya Keisha Siobhan)

1985 - [[Marco Carta]] -Italian singer

1985 - [[Mark Cavendish]] -Manx cyclist

1985 - [[Alexander Dale Oen]] -Norwegian swimmer (d. 2012)

1985 - [[Isa Guha]] -English cricketer

1985 - [[Lucie Hradecká]] -Czech tennis player

1985 - [[Dušan Kuciak]] -Solvak footballer

1985 - [[Marie McCray]] -American porn actress and model

1985 - [[Andrew Miller (baseball)|Andrew Miller]] -American baseball player

1986 - [[Myra (singer)|Myra]] -American singer and actress

1986 - [[Konstantinos Argyros]] -Greek singer

1986 - [[Mario Mandžukić]] -Croatian footballer

1986 - [[Alexander Noyes]] -American drummer (Honor Society (group)|Honor Society)

1986 - [[Eder Sánchez]] -Mexican race walker

1986 - [[Park Sojin]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and dancer (Girl's Day)

1986 - [[Greg Stewart (ice hockey)|Greg Stewart]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1988 - [[Claire Cashmore]] -English swimmer

1988 - [[Park Gyu-ri]] -South Korean singer and actress (Kara (band)|Kara)

1988 - [[Jonny Howson]] -English footballer

1988 - [[Kaire Leibak]] -Estonian triple jumper

1989 - [[Emily Robins]] -New Zealand actress and singer

1989 - [[Hal Robson-Kanu]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Guilherme Costa Marques|Guilherme]] -Brazilian footballer

1991 - [[Sarah Ramos]] -American actress

1992 - [[Hutch Dano]] -American actor

1992 - [[Philipp Grüneberg]] -German footballer

1992 - [[Olivia Olson]] -American actress and singer

1993 - [[Grete Gaim]] -Estonian biathlete

1993 - [[Luke Garbutt]] -English footballer

1994 - [[Tom Daley]] -English diver

1996 - [[Indy de Vroome]] -Dutch tennis player

1997 - [[Viktoria Petryk]] -Ukrainian singer-songwriter

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