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Famous Birthdays


635 - [[K'inich Kan B'alam II]] -Mayan king (d. 702)

1052 - [[Philip I of France]] -(d. 1108)

1100 - [[Emperor Qinzong of Song]] -(d. 1161)

1606 - [[Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz]] -Spanish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1682)

1617 - [[Elias Ashmole]] -English astrologer and politician (d. 1692)

1696 - [[Johann Caspar Vogler]] -German organist and composer (d. 1763)

1707 - [[Carl Linnaeus]] -Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (d. 1778)

1718 - [[William Hunter (anatomist)|William Hunter]] -Scottish-English anatomist and physician (d. 1783)

1729 - [[Giuseppe Parini]] -Italian poet and educator (d. 1799)

1734 - [[Franz Mesmer]] -German physician and astrologer (d. 1815)

1741 - [[Andrea Luchesi]] -Italian organist and composer (d. 1801)

1790 - [[Jules Dumont d'Urville]] -French admiral and explorer (d. 1842)

1794 - [[Ignaz Moscheles]] -Czech pianist and composer (d. 1870)

1795 - [[Charles Barry]] -English architect, designed the Upper Brook Street Chapel, Manchester|Upper Brook Street Chapel and Halifax Town Hall (d. 1860)

1810 - [[Margaret Fuller]] -American journalist and critic (d. 1850)

1820 - [[James Buchanan Eads]] -American engineer, designed the Eads Bridge (d. 1887)

1820 - [[Lorenzo Sawyer]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1891)

1824 - [[Ambrose Burnside]] -American general and politician, 30th Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1881)

1834 - [[Carl Bloch]] -Danish painter and academic (d. 1890)

1844 - [[`Abdu'l-Bahá]] -Iranian religious leader (d. 1921)

1848 - [[Otto Lilienthal]] -German pilot and engineer (d. 1896)

1855 - [[Isabella Ford]] -English author and activist (d. 1924)

1859 - [[Joseph-Alfred Archambeault]] -Canadian bishop (d. 1913)

1864 - [[William O'Connor (fencer)|William O'Connor]] -American fencer (d. 1939)

1865 - [[Epitácio Pessoa]] -Brazilian jurist and politician, 11th President of Brazil (d. 1942)

1867 - [[John Exley]] -American rower (d. 1938)

1871 - [[Saint George Ashe]] -Maltese-English rower (d. 1922)

1875 - [[Alfred P. Sloan]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1966)

1879 - [[Elizabeth Gunn (paediatrician)|Elizabeth Gunn]] -New Zealand soldier and pediatrician (d. 1963)

1879 - [[Dezső Lauber]] -Hungarian tennis player and architect (d. 1966)

1882 - [[William Halpenny]] -Canadian pole vaulter (d. 1960)

1883 - [[Douglas Fairbanks]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1939)

1883 - [[Ferenc Talányi]] -Slovenian journalist and painter (d. 1959)

1884 - [[Corrado Gini]] -Italian sociologist and demographer (d. 1965)

1887 - [[Thoralf Skolem]] -Norwegian mathematician and theorist (d. 1963)

1887 - [[Nikolai Vekšin]] -Estonian-Russian sailor and captain (d. 1951)

1888 - [[Zack Wheat]] -American baseball player and police officer (d. 1972)

1889 - [[Ernst Niekisch]] -German educator and politician (d. 1967)

1890 - [[Herbert Marshall]] -English-American actor and singer (d. 1966)

1891 - [[Pär Lagerkvist]] -Swedish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1893 - [[Ulysses S. Grant IV]] -American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)

1895 - [[Billy Smith (footballer, born 1895)|Billy Smith]] -English footballer and manager (d. 1956)

1896 - [[Felix Steiner]] -Russian-German SS officer (d. 1966)

1898 - [[Scott O'Dell]] -American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 1989)

1898 - [[Josef Terboven]] -German soldier and politician (d. 1945)

1899 - [[Jeralean Talley]] -American super-centenarian

1900 - [[Hans Frank]] -German lawyer and politician (d. 1946)

1900 - [[Franz Leopold Neumann]] -German lawyer and theorist (d. 1954)

1902 - [[Frank Buckland (ice hockey)|Frank Buckland]] -Canadian businessman (d. 1991)

1906 - [[Pran Nath Thapar]] -Indian general (d. 1975)

1908 - [[John Bardeen]] -American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1908 - [[Hélène Boucher]] -French pilot (d. 1934)

1908 - [[Paul Dozois]] -Canadian politician (d. 1984)

1910 - [[Margaret Wise Brown]] -American author and educator (d. 1952)

1910 - [[Hugh Casson]] -English architect and academic (d. 1999)

1910 - [[Scatman Crothers]] -American actor, singer, dancer, and guitarist (d. 1986)

1910 - [[Artie Shaw]] -American clarinet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2004)

1910 - [[Franz Kline]] -American painter and academic (d. 1962)

1911 - [[Lou Brouillard]] -Canadian boxer (d. 1984)

1911 - [[Paul Augustin Mayer]] -German cardinal (d. 2010)

1912 - [[Betty Astell]] -English actress and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1912 - [[Jean Françaix]] -French pianist and composer (d. 1997)

1912 - [[John Payne (actor)|John Payne]] -American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1989)

1914 - [[Celestine Sibley]] -American journalist and author (d. 1999)

1914 - [[Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth]] -English economist and journalist (d. 1981)

1915 - [[S. Donald Stookey]] -American physicist and chemist, invented CorningWare (d. 2014)

1917 - [[Edward Norton Lorenz]] -American mathematician and meteorologist (d. 2008)

1918 - [[Denis Compton]] -English cricketer and sportscaster (d. 1997)

1919 - [[Robert Bernstein (comics)|Robert Bernstein]] -American author and playwright (d. 1988)

1919 - [[Gayatri Devi]] -English-Indian wife of Prince Jagat Singh (d. 2009)

1919 - [[Avraham Drori]] -Polish-Israeli soldier and politician (d. 1964)

1919 - [[Ruth Fernández]] -Puerto Rican singer and politician (d. 2012)

1919 - [[Betty Garrett]] -American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2011)

1920 - [[Helen O'Connell]] -American singer (d. 1993)

1921 - [[James Blish]] -American author and critic (d. 1975)

1921 - [[Humphrey Lyttelton]] -English trumpet player and composer (d. 2008)

1921 - [[Edna Skinner]] -American actress and singer (d. 2003)

1923 - [[Alicia de Larrocha]] -Catalan-Spanish pianist (d. 2009)

1923 - [[Walter Wolfrum]] -German lieutenant and pilot (d. 2010)

1924 - [[Karlheinz Deschner]] -German author and activist (d. 2014)

1924 - [[Clyde King]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2010)

1925 - [[Joshua Lederberg]] -American biologist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1925 - [[Mac Wiseman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foggy Mountain Boys)

1926 - [[Basil Salvadore D'Souza]] -Indian bishop (d. 1996)

1926 - [[Joe Slovo]] -Lithuanian-South African politician (d. 1995)

1927 - [[Bodil Skjånes Dugstad]] -Norwegian politician

1928 - [[Jeannie Carson]] -English-American actress and singer

1928 - [[Rosemary Clooney]] -American singer and actress (d. 2002)

1928 - [[Nigel Davenport]] -English actor (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Pauline Julien]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1998)

1928 - [[Nina Otkalenko]] -Russian runner (d. 2015)

1929 - [[Ulla Jacobsson]] -Swedish-Austrian actress (d. 1982)

1930 - [[Friedrich Achleitner]] -German poet and critic

1931 - [[Barbara Barrie]] -American actress and author

1931 - [[Patience Cleveland]] -American actress (d. 2004)

1931 - [[José da Conceição]] -Brazilian high jumper (d. 1974)

1932 - [[Kevork Ajemian]] -Syrian-French journalist and author (d. 1998)

1933 - [[Joan Collins]] -English actress

1933 - [[Ove Fundin]] -Swedish motorcycle racer

1933 - [[Jean-Louis Lagadec]] -French footballer and coach (d. 2012)

1934 - [[Robert Moog]] -American businessman, invented the Moog synthesizer (d. 2005)

1935 - [[Julian Grenfell, 3rd Baron Grenfell]] -English politician

1935 - [[Lasse Strömstedt]] -Swedish author (d. 2009)

1936 - [[John Drury (Dean of Christ Church)|John Drury]] -English priest and author

1936 - [[Ingeborg Hallstein]] -German soprano and actress

1936 - [[Charles Kimbrough]] -American actor and singer

1938 - [[Johnny Ball]] -English radio and television host

1938 - [[Peter Preston]] -English journalist and author

1939 - [[Michel Colombier]] -French-American composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1939 - [[Reinhard Hauff]] -German director and screenwriter

1939 - [[Jack McCarthy (writer)|Jack McCarthy]] -American poet and author (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Giles Gordon]] -Scottish author and agent (d. 2003)

1940 - [[Gérard Larrousse]] -French race car driver

1940 - [[Levan Moseshvili]] -Georgian basketball player and coach

1940 - [[Bjørn Johansen (musician)|Bjørn Johansen]] -Norwegian saxophnist (d. 2002)

1941 - [[Martin Puryear]] -American sculptor and painter

1942 - [[Michael Ashburner]] -English biologist and academic

1942 - [[Zalman King]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1942 - [[Gabriel Liiceanu]] -Romanian philosopher, author, and academic

1942 - [[Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao]] -Indian director, screenwriter, and choreographer

1943 - [[General Johnson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Chairmen of the Board and The Showmen) (d. 2010)

1943 - [[Vicky Moscholiou]] -Greek singer (d. 2005)

1943 - [[Alan Walden]] -American businessman and manager, co-founded Capricorn Records

1944 - [[Alan Bowman]] -English scholar and academic

1944 - [[John Newcombe]] -Australian tennis player and sportscaster

1945 - [[Padmarajan]] -Indian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 1991)

1945 - [[Lauren Chapin]] -American actress

1946 - [[Frederik de Groot]] -Dutch actor

1946 - [[Stephen Marks]] -English businessman

1946 - [[H. Paul Shuch]] -American astronomer and engineer

1947 - [[Bernard Comrie]] -English-American linguist and academic

1947 - [[Ann Hui]] -Hong Kong actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Jane Kenyon]] -American poet and translator (d. 1995)

1948 - [[Myriam Boyer]] -French actress, director, and producer

1948 - [[Reggie Cleveland]] -Canadian-American baseball player

1949 - [[Daniel DiNardo]] -American cardinal

1949 - [[Alan García]] -Peruvian lawyer and politician, 93rd President of Peru

1949 - [[Janet Thornton]] -English biologist and academic

1950 - [[Bruce Hay]] -Scottish rugby player and engineer (d. 2007)

1950 - [[Martin McGuinness]] -Irish republican and Sinn Féin politician, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland

1951 - [[Anatoly Karpov]] -Russian chess player

1951 - [[Antonis Samaras]] -Greek economist and politician, 185th Prime Minister of Greece

1952 - [[Anne-Marie David]] -French singer

1952 - [[Martin Parr]] -English photographer and journalist

1953 - [[Dick Stellingwerf]] -Dutch politician

1954 - [[Marvelous Marvin Hagler]] -American boxer and actor

1954 - [[Hans Kruize]] -Dutch field hockey player

1954 - [[Michel Roux Jr.]] -English-French chef and author

1955 - [[Luka Bloom]] -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 - [[Ursula Plassnik]] -Austrian politician and diplomat, Foreign Minister of Austria

1956 - [[Mark Shaw (rugby union)|Mark Shaw]] -New Zealand rugby player

1956 - [[Buck Showalter]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1956 - [[Andrea Pazienza]] -Italian illustrator and painter (d. 1988)

1956 - [[Albert Voorn]] -Dutch horse rider

1957 - [[Mark Arnold (actor)|Mark Arnold]] -American actor

1957 - [[Craig Brown (satirist)|Craig Brown]] -English journalist and critic

1957 - [[Jimmy McShane]] -Northern Irish musician (Baltimora) (d. 1995)

1958 - [[Mitch Albom]] -American journalist, author, and screenwriter

1958 - [[Drew Carey]] -American actor and game show host

1958 - [[Lea DeLaria]] -American actress and singer

1958 - [[Serge Dupire]] -Canadian actor

1958 - [[François Feldman]] -French singer-songwriter

1958 - [[Frank Jelinski]] -German race car driver

1958 - [[Jack Lohman]] -English historian and curator

1959 - [[Ryuta Kawashima]] -Japanese neuroscientist and academic

1959 - [[Marcella Mesker]] -Dutch tennis player and sportscaster

1959 - [[Bob Mortimer]] -English comedian and actor

1960 - [[Linden Ashby]] -American actor and martial artist

1961 - [[Karen Duffy]] -American model and actress

1962 - [[Matt Wrack]] -English firefighter and union leader

1963 - [[Wally Dallenbach Jr.]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1964 - [[Ruth Metzler]] -Swiss lawyer and politician

1965 - [[Charlie Hayes]] -American baseball player

1965 - [[Melissa McBride]] -American actress and casting director

1965 - [[Woorkeri Raman]] -Indian cricketer and coach

1965 - [[Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo]] -Spanish footballer

1965 - [[Paul Sironen]] -Australian rugby player and police officer

1965 - [[Athanasios Skourtopoulos]] -Greek basketball player and coach

1965 - [[Tom Tykwer]] -German director, producer, screenwriter, and composer

1965 - [[Kappei Yamaguchi]] -Japanese voice actor and singer

1966 - [[Ernst-Paul Hasselbach]] -Dutch television host and producer (d. 2008)

1966 - [[Graeme Hick]] -Zimbabwean-English cricketer and coach

1966 - [[Gary Roberts (ice hockey)|Gary Roberts]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1966 - [[Heidi Rohi]] -Estonian fencer

1967 - [[Luis Roberto Alves]] -Mexican footballer

1967 - [[Xu Demei]] -Chinese javelin thrower

1967 - [[Anna Ibrisagic]] -Swedish politician

1967 - [[Carlos Mercenario]] -Mexican race walker

1967 - [[Philip Selway]] -English drummer and songwriter (Radiohead)

1968 - [[Guinevere Turner]] -American actress and screenwriter

1969 - [[Mindi Abair]] -American saxophonist and compoaser

1970 - [[Yigal Amir]] -Israeli assassin of Yitzhak Rabin

1970 - [[Nanette Burstein]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Matt Flynn (musician)|Matt Flynn]] -American drummer and producer (Maroon 5 and Gandhi (American band)|Gandhi)

1970 - [[Bryan Herta]] -American race car driver and businessman, co-founded Bryan Herta Autosport

1971 - [[Laurel Holloman]] -American actress and painter

1971 - [[George Osborne]] -English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

1972 - [[Rubens Barrichello]] -Brazilian race car driver

1972 - [[Martin Saggers]] -English cricketer and umpire

1973 - [[Maxwell (musician)|Maxwell]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1973 - [[Klaus Ambrosch]] -Austrian decathlete

1973 - [[Livia Millhagen]] -Swedish actress

1973 - [[Juan José Padilla]] -Spanish bullfighter

1973 - [[Mirjam Sterk]] -Dutch minister and politician

1973 - [[Ron Trent]] -American DJ and producer

1974 - [[Jewel (singer)|Jewel]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

1974 - [[Ken Jennings]] -American computer scientist, author, and game show contestant

1974 - [[Mónica Naranjo]] -Spanish singer

1974 - [[Manuela Schwesig]] -German politician, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth|German Federal Minister of Family Affairs

1974 - [[Charlie Young (actress)|Charlie Young]] -Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress and singer

1975 - [[Kim Sung-soo (actor)|Kim Sung-soo]] -South Korean actor and television host

1975 - [[Michiel van den Bos]] -Dutch DJ and composer

1976 - [[Ricardinho]] -Brazilian footballer and manager

1976 - [[Sinha (footballer)|Sinha]] -Brazilian-Mexican footballer

1976 - [[Kelly Monaco]] -American model and actress

1977 - [[Annabel Kosten]] -Dutch swimmer

1977 - [[Ilia Kulik]] -Russian figure skater

1978 - [[Mike Gonzalez]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Carolyn Moos]] -American basketball player and trainer

1978 - [[Scott Raynor]] -American drummer (Blink-182)

1979 - [[Rasual Butler]] -American basketball player

1979 - [[Brian Campbell]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1979 - [[Martin Giroux]] -Canadian singer and actor

1979 - [[Kirk Saarloos]] -American baseball player and coach

1980 - [[Gary Brackett]] -American football player

1980 - [[Lane Garrison]] -American actor

1980 - [[Theofanis Gekas]] -Greek footballer

1980 - [[Chris Gethard]] -American actor and screenwriter

1981 - [[Pierre Lapointe]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1981 - [[Tim Robinson (comedian)|Tim Robinson]] -American actor and screenwriter

1981 - [[Gwenno Saunders]] -Welsh singer and dancer (The Pipettes)

1982 - [[Cyrill Gloor]] -Swiss footballer

1982 - [[Malene Mortensen]] -Danish singer

1982 - [[Tristan Prettyman]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1983 - [[Cas Alfonso]] -Indonesian singer-songwriter and composer

1983 - [[Josh Pace]] -American basketball player

1983 - [[Heidi Range]] -English singer-songwriter (Sugababes and Atomic Kitten)

1983 - [[Alex Shelley]] -American wrestler and singer

1984 - [[Hugo Almeida]] -Portuguese footballer

1984 - [[Sam Milby]] -American-Filipino actor and singer

1985 - [[Kanyeria]] -Kenyan songwriter and producer

1985 - [[Shafiq Chitou]] -Beninese boxer

1985 - [[Sekou Cissé]] -Ivorian footballer

1985 - [[Sebastián Fernández]] -Uruguayan footballer

1985 - [[Wim Stroetinga]] -Dutch cyclist

1985 - [[Ross Wallace]] -Scottish footballer

1986 - [[Angela Martini]] -Albanian model, Miss Universe Albania|Miss Universe Albania 2010

1986 - [[Alexei Sitnikov]] -Russian-Azerbaijani figure skater

1986 - [[Ruben Zadkovich]] -Australian footballer

1987 - [[Gracie Otto]] -Australian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1987 - [[Bray Wyatt]] -American wrestler

1988 - [[Danny de Jong]] -Dutch actor

1988 - [[Lorenzo De Silvestri]] -Italian footballer

1988 - [[Vaness del Moral]] -Filipino actress and dancer

1988 - [[Morgan Pressel]] -American golfer

1988 - [[Roope Ranta]] -Finnish ice hockey player

1988 - [[Zachary Wohlman]] -American boxer

1988 - [[Gavin Free]] -Filmmaker and actor

1989 - [[Ezequiel Schelotto]] -Italian footballer

1990 - [[Ricardo dos Santos]] -Brazilian surfer (d. 2015)

1990 - [[Kristína Kučová]] -Slovak tennis player

1990 - [[Oliver Venno]] -Estonian volleyball player

1991 - [[Lena Meyer-Landrut]] -German singer-songwriter

1992 - [[Olesia Karmi]] -Finnish figure skater

1992 - [[Asenate Manoa]] -Fijian-Tuvaluan runner

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