This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


15 - [[Germanicus]] -Roman general (d. 19)

1494 - [[Pontormo]] -Italian painter (d. 1557)

1522 - [[John Jewel]] -English bishop (d. 1571)

1544 - [[William Gilbert (astronomer)|William Gilbert]] -English physician, physicist, and astronomer (d. 1603)

1616 - [[John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale]] -Scottish politician, Secretary of State, Scotland (d. 1682)

1671 - [[Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany]] -(d. 1737)

1686 - [[Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit]] -Polish-German physicist and engineer, developed the Fahrenheit|Fahrenheit scale (d. 1736)

1689 - [[Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea]] -English politician, Lord President of the Council (d. 1769)

1743 - [[Jean-Paul Marat]] -Swiss-French physician, journalist, and politician (d. 1793)

1794 - [[William Whewell]] -English priest and philosopher (d. 1866)

1803 - [[Alexander von Nordmann]] -Finnish biologist and paleontologist (d. 1866)

1810 - [[Charles Clark (governor)|Charles Clark]] -American general and politician, 24th List of Governors of Mississippi|Governor of Mississippi (d. 1877)

1810 - [[Abraham Geiger]] -German rabbi and scholar (d. 1874)

1816 - [[John Buckley (VC)|Major John Buckley VC]] -English recipient of the Victoria Cross (d. 1876)

1816 - [[Emanuel Leutze]] -German-American painter (d. 1868)

1819 - [[Queen Victoria]] -of the United Kingdom (d. 1901)

1830 - [[Alexei Savrasov]] -Russian painter and academic (d. 1897)

1836 - [[Joseph Rowntree (philanthropist)|Joseph Rowntree]] -English businessman and philanthropist (d. 1925)

1854 - [[John Riley Banister]] -American police officer (d. 1918)

1855 - [[Arthur Wing Pinero]] -English actor, director, and playwright (d. 1934)

1861 - [[Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland]] -Maltese lawyer and politician, 4th Prime Minister of Malta (d. 1940)

1863 - [[George Grey Barnard]] -American sculptor (d. 1938)

1868 - [[Charlie Taylor (mechanic)|Charlie Taylor]] -American engineer and mechanic (d. 1956)

1870 - [[Benjamin N. Cardozo]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1938)

1870 - [[Jan Smuts]] -South African lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of South Africa (d. 1950)

1874 - [[Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (1874–1878)|Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine]] -(d. 1878)

1875 - [[Robert Garrett]] -American discus thrower and shot putter (d. 1961)

1878 - [[Lillian Moller Gilbreth]] -American psychologist and engineer (d. 1972)

1879 - [[H. B. Reese]] -American candy maker, created Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (d. 1956)

1885 - [[Susan Sutherland Isaacs]] -English psychologist and academic (d. 1948)

1886 - [[Paul Paray]] -French organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1979)

1887 - [[Mick Mannock]] -Irish soldier and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 1918)

1891 - [[William F. Albright]] -American archeologist, philologist, and scholar (d. 1971)

1895 - [[Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr.]] -American publisher, founded Advance Publications (d. 1979)

1898 - [[Kathleen Hale]] -English author and illustrator (d. 2000)

1899 - [[Suzanne Lenglen]] -French tennis player (d. 1938)

1899 - [[Henri Michaux]] -Belgian-French poet and painter (d. 1984)

1900 - [[Eduardo De Filippo]] -Italian actor and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1901 - [[José Nasazzi]] -Uruguayan footballer and manager (d. 1968)

1902 - [[Lionel Conacher]] -Canadian football player and politician (d. 1954)

1902 - [[Sylvia Daoust]] -Canadian sculptor (d. 2004)

1903 - [[Milo Burcham]] -American pilot (d. 1944)

1905 - [[Mikhail Sholokhov]] -Russian author and academic, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1909 - [[Wilbur Mills]] -American banker and politician (d. 1992)

1911 - [[Barbara West]] -English survivor of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic (d. 2007)

1913 - [[Joe Abreu]] -American baseball player and soldier (d. 1993)

1913 - [[Audrey Brown]] -English runner (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Peter Ellenshaw]] -American special effects designer (d. 2007)

1914 - [[Lilli Palmer]] -German-American actress and singer (d. 1986)

1914 - [[Giuseppe Valdengo]] -Italian actor and singer (d. 2007)

1916 - [[Roden Cutler]] -Australian lieutenant and politician, 32nd Governor of New South Wales (d. 2002)

1917 - [[Alan Campbell, Baron Campbell of Alloway]] -English lawyer and judge (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Maria Michi]] -Italian actress (d. 1980)

1923 - [[Siobhán McKenna]] -Irish actress (d. 1986)

1924 - [[Aleksander Arulaid]] -Estonian chess player and engineer (d. 1995)

1924 - [[Philip Pearlstein]] -American soldier and painter

1925 - [[Carmine Infantino]] -American illustrator and educator (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Mai Zetterling]] -Swedish-English actress and director (d. 1994)

1926 - [[Stanley Baxter]] -Scottish actor and screenwriter

1928 - [[William Trevor]] -Irish author and playwright

1930 - [[Hans-Martin Linde]] -German flute player and author

1931 - [[Michael Lonsdale]] -French actor and singer

1932 - [[James Anderton]] -English police officer

1932 - [[Arnold Wesker]] -English playwright and producer

1933 - [[Jane Byrne]] -American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Chicago (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Réal Giguère]] -Canadian talk show host

1933 - [[Aharon Lichtenstein]] -French-Israeli rabbi and author (d. 2015)

1933 - [[Christopher Staughton]] -English lawyer and judge (d. 2014)

1934 - [[Barry Rose]] -English organist and conductor

1935 - [[Joan Micklin Silver]] -American director and screenwriter

1935 - [[Rusty York]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2014)

1936 - [[Harold Budd]] -American composer and poet

1937 - [[Timothy Brown (actor)|Timothy Brown]] -American football player and actor

1937 - [[Maryvonne Dupureur]] -French runner and educator (d. 2008)

1937 - [[Roger Peterson (pilot)|Roger Peterson]] -American pilot (d. 1959)

1937 - [[Archie Shepp]] -American saxophonist and composer

1938 - [[Prince Buster]] -Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer

1938 - [[Tommy Chong]] -Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1938 - [[David Viscott]] -American psychiatrist and author (d. 1996)

1940 - [[Joseph Brodsky]] -Russian-American poet and academic, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1996)

1941 - [[Bob Dylan]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Traveling Wilburys)

1941 - [[Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham]] -English academic and politician

1941 - [[George Lakoff]] -American linguist and academic

1942 - [[Ali Bacher]] -South African cricketer and manager

1942 - [[Lázár Lovász]] -Hungarian hammer thrower

1942 - [[Hannu Mikkola]] -Finnish race car driver

1942 - [[Ichirō Ozawa]] -Japanese lawyer and politician, Ministry of Home Affairs (Japan)|Japanese Minister of Home Affairs

1943 - [[Gary Burghoff]] -American actor and singer

1944 - [[Patti LaBelle]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Labelle)

1945 - [[Terry Callier]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1945 - [[Steven Norris]] -English engineer and politician

1945 - [[Richard Ottaway]] -English lieutenant and politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

1945 - [[Priscilla Presley]] -American actress and businesswoman

1946 - [[Tansu Çiller]] -Turkish economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Turkey

1946 - [[Irena Szewińska]] -Russian-Polish sprinter

1946 - [[Jeremy Treglown]] -English author, critic, and academic

1947 - [[Albert Bouchard]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (Blue Öyster Cult)

1947 - [[Mike De Leon]] -Filipino director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer

1947 - [[Waddy Wachtel]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1947 - [[Martin Winterkorn]] -German businessman

1948 - [[James Cosmo]] -Scottish actor

1948 - [[Richard Dembo]] -French director and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1949 - [[Hubert Birkenmeier]] -German-American soccer player and coach

1949 - [[Jim Broadbent]] -English actor and screenwriter

1949 - [[Tomaž Pisanski]] -Slovenian mathematician and academic

1950 - [[Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss of Plauen]] -(d. 1999)

1950 - [[Vivian Ramsey]] -English engineer and judge

1950 - [[Larry Seidlin]] -American lawyer and judge

1950 - [[Terry Scott Taylor]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies, and Lost Dogs)

1952 - [[Sybil Danning]] -Austrian actress and producer

1953 - [[Nell Campbell]] -Australian-American actress and singer

1953 - [[Alfred Molina]] -English actor and producer

1953 - [[Klaus-Günter Stade]] -German footballer

1953 - [[Richard Wilson (sculptor)|Richard Wilson]] -English sculptor

1955 - [[Rosanne Cash]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1955 - [[Philippe Lafontaine]] -Belgian singer-songwriter

1955 - [[David Leonard (musician)|David Leonard]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 - [[Richard B. Bernstein]] -American historian and academic

1956 - [[Larry Blackmon]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (Cameo (band)|Cameo and Black Ivory)

1956 - [[Dominic Grieve]] -English lawyer and politician, Attorney General for England and Wales

1956 - [[Michael Jackson (bishop)|Michael Jackson]] -Irish archbishop

1956 - [[Zaid Shakir]] -American author and scholar

1958 - [[Chip Ganassi]] -American race car driver and businessman

1959 - [[Pelle Lindbergh]] -Swedish-American ice hockey player (d. 1985)

1960 - [[Guy Fletcher]] -English keyboard player, guitarist, and producer (Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies)

1960 - [[Doug Jones (actor)|Doug Jones]] -American actor

1960 - [[Paul McCreesh]] -English conductor

1960 - [[Kristin Scott Thomas]] -English-French actress and singer

1961 - [[Show Aikawa]] -Japanese actor

1961 - [[Lorella Cedroni]] -Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Alain Lemieux]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach

1962 - [[Héctor Camacho]] -Puerto Rican boxer and singer (d. 2012)

1962 - [[Stephen Otter]] -English police officer

1962 - [[Gene Anthony Ray]] -American actor, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2003)

1963 - [[Lois Ayres]] -American porn actress

1963 - [[Ivan Capelli]] -Italian race car driver and sportscaster

1963 - [[Michael Chabon]] -American author and screenwriter

1963 - [[Joe Dumars]] -American basketball player

1963 - [[Rich Rodriguez]] -American football player and coach

1964 - [[Liz McColgan]] -Scottish educator and runner

1964 - [[Adrian Moorhouse]] -English swimmer

1964 - [[Isidro Pérez]] -Mexican boxer (d. 2013)

1964 - [[Pat Verbeek]] -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1965 - [[Jens Becker]] -German bass player (Grave Digger (band)|Grave Digger, Running Wild (band)|Running Wild, and X-Wild)

1965 - [[John C. Reilly]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Shinichirō Watanabe]] -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Eric Cantona]] -French footballer, manager, and actor

1966 - [[Ricky Craven]] -American race car driver and sportscaster

1966 - [[Russell Kun]] -Nauruan lawyer and politician

1967 - [[Dana Ashbrook]] -American actor

1967 - [[Andrey Borodin]] -Russian-English economist and businessman

1967 - [[Eric Close]] -American actor and director

1967 - [[Heavy D]] -Jamaican-American rapper, producer, and actor (d. 2011)

1967 - [[Carlos Hernández (catcher)|Carlos Hernández]] -Venezuelan-American baseball player and manager

1967 - [[Steven Shane McDonald]] -American bass player and actor (Redd Kross, Off! (band)|Off!, and Green and Yellow TV)

1967 - [[Bruno Putzulu]] -French actor

1967 - [[Tamer Karadağlı]] -Turkish actor

1968 - [[Mo Willems]] -American author and illustrator

1969 - [[Jacob Rees-Mogg]] -English politician

1969 - [[Rich Robinson]] -American guitarist and songwriter (The Black Crowes)

1970 - [[Tommy Page]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1971 - [[Kris Draper]] -Canadian ice hockey player and manager

1972 - [[Layne Beachley]] -Australian surfer

1972 - [[Greg Berlanti]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Joanna Wiśniewska]] -Polish discus thrower

1973 - [[Rodrigo (musician)|Rodrigo]] -Argentinian singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1973 - [[Ruslana]] -Ukrainian singer, dancer, producer, and actress

1973 - [[Bartolo Colón]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1973 - [[Shirish Kunder]] -Indian director, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Dermot O'Leary]] -English radio and television host

1973 - [[Hallgeir Pedersen]] -Norwegian guitarist

1973 - [[Vladimír Šmicer]] -Czech footballer and manager

1974 - [[Sébastien Foucan]] -French runner and actor

1974 - [[Masahide Kobayashi]] -Japanese baseball player and coach

1974 - [[Magnus Manske]] -German biochemist and computer programmer, developed MediaWiki

1974 - [[Will Sasso]] -Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1975 - [[Marc Gagnon]] -Canadian speed skater

1975 - [[Giannis Goumas]] -Greek footballer and coach

1975 - [[Maria Lawson]] -English singer-songwriter

1976 - [[Alessandro Cortini]] -Italian-American singer and keyboard player (Modwheelmood, SONOIO, Blindoldfreak, and Nine Inch Nails)

1976 - [[Catherine Cox]] -New Zealand-Australian netball player

1976 - [[Bob Maesen]] -Belgian canoe racer

1977 - [[Prince Poppycock]] -American tenor

1977 - [[Kym Valentine]] -Australian actress

1978 - [[Elijah Burke]] -American wrestler

1978 - [[Brian Ching]] -American soccer player and coach

1978 - [[Bryan Greenberg]] -American actor and singer

1978 - [[Johan Holmqvist]] -Swedish ice hockey player

1978 - [[Jo Joyner]] -English actress

1978 - [[Brad Penny]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Amelia Cooke]] -American actress

1979 - [[Manuel Cortez]] -Portuguese-German actor and photographer

1979 - [[Tracy McGrady]] -American basketball player

1979 - [[Kareem McKenzie]] -American football player

1979 - [[Frank Mir]] -American mixed martial artist

1980 - [[Jason Babin]] -American football player

1980 - [[Owen Benjamin]] -American comedian and actor

1980 - [[Cecilia Cheung]] -Hong Kong actress and singer

1980 - [[Jenn Korbee]] -American singer and actress (Hi-5 (American band)|Hi-5)

1980 - [[Anthony Minichiello]] -Australian rugby player

1980 - [[Billy L. Sullivan]] -American actor

1981 - [[Sayaka Ando]] -Japanese model

1981 - [[Nic Hill]] -American director and producer

1981 - [[Markéta Jánská]] -Czech-American model and actress

1981 - [[Andy Lee (comedian)|Andy Lee]] -Australian comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Jerod Mixon]] -American actor

1982 - [[Issah Gabriel Ahmed]] -Ghanaian footballer

1982 - [[DaMarcus Beasley]] -American soccer player

1982 - [[Rian Wallace]] -American football player

1983 - [[Custódio Castro]] -Portuguese footballer

1983 - [[Pedram Javaheri]] -Iranian-American meteorologist and journalist

1983 - [[Ricky Mabe]] -Canadian actor and director

1983 - [[Woo Seung-yeon]] -South Korean model and actress (d. 2009)

1984 - [[Sarah Hagan]] -American actress

1984 - [[Dmitri Kruglov]] -Estonian footballer

1984 - [[Brodney Pool]] -American football player

1984 - [[Ryan Wieber]] -American director and special effects designer

1985 - [[Tim Bridgman]] -English race car driver

1986 - [[Mark Ballas]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, dancer, and actor (Ballas Hough Band)

1986 - [[Giannis Kontoes]] -Greek footballer

1986 - [[Jordan Metcalfe]] -English actor

1987 - [[Jimena Barón]] -Argentinian actress and singer

1987 - [[Déborah François]] -Belgian actress

1987 - [[Guillaume Latendresse]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1987 - [[Aiko Orgla]] -Estonian footballer

1987 - [[Matt Prior (rugby league)|Matt Prior]] -Australian rugby player

1988 - [[Artem Anisimov]] -Russian ice hockey player

1988 - [[Monica Lin Brown]] -American sergeant

1988 - [[Kimberley Crossman]] -New Zealand actress and dancer

1988 - [[Billy Gilman]] -American singer-songwriter

1989 - [[Andrew Jordan (racing driver)|Andrew Jordan]] -English race car driver

1989 - [[Sam Kessel]] -Swedish actor

1989 - [[Adel Taarabt]] -Moroccan footballer

1990 - [[Catalina Artusi]] -Argentinian actress

1990 - [[Joey Logano]] -American race car driver

1990 - [[Yuya Matsushita]] -Japanese singer, dancer, and actor

1991 - [[Aled Davies (throwing events)|Aled Davies]] -Welsh discus thrower

1991 - [[Erika Umeda]] -Japanese singer (Cute (Japanese idol group)|Cute and ZYX)

1992 - [[Tommy Aquino]] -American motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

1992 - [[Travis T. Flory]] -American actor

1992 - [[Ryan Leonard]] -English footballer

1993 - [[Oliver Davis]] -American actor

1993 - [[Rait-Riivo Laane]] -Estonian basketball player

1994 - [[Cayden Boyd]] -American actor

1994 - [[Daiya Seto]] -Japanese swimmer

2001 - [[Darren Espanto]] -Filipino-Canadian singer

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