This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1048 - [[Emperor Shenzong of Song]] -(d. 1085)

1334 - [[Emperor Sukō]] -of Japan (d. 1398)

1458 - [[Mahmud Begada]] -Indian sultan (d. 1511)

1572 - [[Maurice, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel]] -(d. 1632)

1606 - [[Charles Garnier (missionary)|Charles Garnier]] -French missionary and saint (d. 1649)

1661 - [[Claude Buffier]] -Polish-French historian and philosopher (d. 1737)

1713 - [[John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute]] -Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1792)

1725 - [[Samuel Ward (American statesman)|Samuel Ward]] -American politician, 31st List of colonial governors of Rhode Island|Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island (d. 1776)

1749 - [[Gregorio Funes]] -Argentinian priest, historian, and academic (d. 1829)

1783 - [[Philip Pendleton Barbour]] -American farmer and politician, 12th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1841)

1791 - [[Minh Mạng]] -Vietnamese emperor (d. 1841)

1803 - [[Edward Bulwer-Lytton]] -English author, playwright, and politician, Secretary of State for the Colonies (d. 1873)

1803 - [[Ralph Waldo Emerson]] -American poet and philosopher (d. 1882)

1818 - [[Jacob Burckhardt]] -Swiss historian and academic (d. 1897)

1845 - [[Lip Pike]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1893)

1846 - [[Naim Frashëri]] -Albanian-Turkish poet and translator (d. 1900)

1846 - [[Princess Helena of the United Kingdom]] -(d. 1923)

1848 - [[Johann Baptist Singenberger]] -Swiss composer, educator, and publisher (d. 1924)

1852 - [[William Muldoon]] -American wrestler and trainer (d. 1933)

1856 - [[Louis Franchet d'Espèrey]] -Algerian-French general (d. 1942)

1860 - [[James McKeen Cattell]] -American psychologist and academic (d. 1944)

1865 - [[John Mott]] -American evangelist and saint, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1865 - [[Pieter Zeeman]] -Dutch physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1943)

1867 - [[Anders Peter Nielsen]] -Danish target shooter (d. 1950)

1869 - [[Mathilde Verne]] -English pianist and educator (d. 1936)

1877 - [[Billy Murray (singer)|Billy Murray]] -American singer and actor (d. 1954)

1878 - [[Bill Robinson]] -American actor and dancer (d. 1949)

1879 - [[Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook]] -Canadian-English businessman and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (d. 1964)

1879 - [[William Stickney]] -American golfer (d. 1944)

1880 - [[Jean Alexandre Barré]] -French neurologist and academic (d. 1967)

1882 - [[Marie Doro]] -American actress (d. 1956)

1883 - [[Carl Johan Lind]] -Swedish hammer thrower (d. 1965)

1886 - [[Rash Behari Bose]] -Indian soldier and activist (d. 1945)

1886 - [[Philip Murray]] -Scottish-American miner and labor leader (d. 1952)

1887 - [[Pio of Pietrelcina]] -Italian priest and saint (d. 1968)

1888 - [[Miles Malleson]] -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1969)

1889 - [[Günther Lütjens]] -German admiral (d. 1941)

1889 - [[Igor Sikorsky]] -Russian-American aircraft designer, founded Sikorsky Aircraft (d. 1972)

1897 - [[Gene Tunney]] -American boxer and soldier (d. 1978)

1898 - [[Bennett Cerf]] -American publisher, co-founded Random House (d. 1971)

1899 - [[Kazi Nazrul Islam]] -Bengali poet, author, and flute player (d. 1976)

1900 - [[Alain Grandbois]] -Canadian poet and author (d. 1975)

1903 - [[Binnie Barnes]] -English-American actress and singer (d. 1998)

1907 - [[U Nu]] -Burmese politician, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (d. 1995)

1908 - [[Theodore Roethke]] -American poet and academic (d. 1963)

1909 - [[Alfred Kubel]] -German politician, 5th Prime Minister of Lower Saxony (d. 1999)

1909 - [[Marie Menken]] -American actress, director, and painter (d. 1970)

1912 - [[Princess Deokhye]] -of Korea (d. 1989)

1912 - [[Dean Rockwell]] -American commander, wrestler, and coach (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Heinrich Bär]] -German colonel and pilot (d. 1957)

1913 - [[Richard Dimbleby]] -English journalist and producer (d. 1965)

1916 - [[Brian Dickson]] -Canadian captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1998)

1916 - [[Giuseppe Tosi]] -Italian discus thrower (d. 1981)

1917 - [[Steve Cochran]] -American actor (d. 1965)

1917 - [[Theodore Hesburgh]] -American priest, theologian, and academic (d. 2015)

1920 - [[Archduchess Dorothea of Austria]] -(d. 2015)

1920 - [[Arthur Wint]] -Jamaican runner and diplomat (d. 1992)

1921 - [[Hal David]] -American songwriter and composer (d. 2012)

1921 - [[Jack Steinberger]] -German-Swiss physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1922 - [[Enrico Berlinguer]] -Italian politician (d. 1984)

1922 - [[Kitty Kallen]] -American singer and actress

1924 - [[István Nyers]] -French-Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)

1925 - [[Rosario Castellanos]] -Mexican poet and author (d. 1974)

1925 - [[Jeanne Crain]] -American actress and singer (d. 2003)

1925 - [[Eldon Griffiths]] -English journalist and politician (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Don Liddle]] -American baseball player (d. 2000)

1926 - [[Claude Akins]] -American actor (d. 1994)

1926 - [[William Bowyer (artist)|William Bowyer]] -English painter and academic (d. 2015)

1926 - [[Phyllis Gotlieb]] -Canadian author and poet (d. 2009)

1926 - [[David Wynne (sculptor)|David Wynne]] -English sculptor and painter (d. 2014)

1927 - [[Robert Ludlum]] -American soldier and author (d. 2001)

1927 - [[Norman Petty]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1984)

1929 - [[Warren Frost]] -American actor

1929 - [[Ann Robinson]] -American actress

1929 - [[Beverly Sills]] -American soprano and actress (d. 2007)

1931 - [[Herb Gray]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 7th Deputy Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2014)

1931 - [[Georgy Grechko]] -Russian engineer and astronaut

1931 - [[Aili Jõgi]] -Estonian activist

1931 - [[Irwin Winkler]] -American director and producer

1932 - [[Roger Bowen]] -American actor and author (d. 1996)

1932 - [[John Gregory Dunne]] -American author, screenwriter, and critic (d. 2003)

1932 - [[K. C. Jones]] -American basketball player and coach

1932 - [[Steve Rossi]] -American comedian and actor (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Romuald Klim]] -Belarusian hammer thrower (d. 2011)

1933 - [[Sarah Marshall (British film actress)|Sarah Marshall]] -English-American actress (d. 2014)

1933 - [[Basdeo Panday]] -Trinidadian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

1933 - [[Ray Spencer]] -English footballer

1933 - [[Jógvan Sundstein]] -Faroese accountant and politician, 7th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands

1935 - [[John Ffowcs Williams]] -Welsh engineer and academic

1935 - [[Cookie Gilchrist]] -American football player (d. 2011)

1935 - [[W. P. Kinsella]] -Canadian author and poet

1935 - [[Victoria Shaw (actress)|Victoria Shaw]] -Australian-American actress (d. 1988)

1936 - [[Tom T. Hall]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936 - [[Rusi Surti]] -Indian cricketer (d. 2013)

1937 - [[Tom Phillips (artist)|Tom Phillips]] -English painter and academic

1938 - [[Raymond Carver]] -American author and poet (d. 1988)

1938 - [[Margaret Forster]] -English author, critic, and educator

1938 - [[Geoffrey Robinson]] -English businessman and politician

1939 - [[Dixie Carter]] -American actress and singer (d. 2010)

1939 - [[Ian McKellen]] -English actor and screenwriter

1940 - [[Nobuyoshi Araki]] -Japanese photographer

1941 - [[Vladimir Voronin]] -Moldovan economist and politician, 3rd President of Moldova

1943 - [[Jessi Colter]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1943 - [[John Palmer (musician)|John Palmer]] -English keyboard player (Family (band)|Family, Eclection, and Blossom Toes)

1943 - [[Leslie Uggams]] -American actress and singer

1944 - [[Digby Anderson]] -English journalist and philosopher

1944 - [[Pierre Bachelet]] -French singer-songwriter (d. 2005)

1944 - [[John Bunnell]] -American police officer, television host, and actor

1944 - [[Charlie Harper (singer)|Charlie Harper]] -English singer-songwriter and producer (U.K. Subs)

1944 - [[Robert MacPherson (mathematician)|Robert MacPherson]] -American mathematician and academic

1944 - [[Frank Oz]] -English-American puppeteer, voice actor, and director

1946 - [[Bill Adam]] -Scottish-Canadian race car driver

1946 - [[David A. Hargrave]] -American game designer, created ''Arduin'' (d. 1988)

1947 - [[Mitch Margo]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (The Tokens)

1947 - [[Karen Valentine]] -American actress

1947 - [[Catherine G. Wolf]] -American psychologist and computer scientist

1948 - [[Bülent Arınç]] -Turkish lawyer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

1948 - [[Marianne Elliott]] -Irish historian, author, and academic

1948 - [[Klaus Meine]] -German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scorpions (band)|Scorpions)

1949 - [[Jamaica Kincaid]] -Caribbean-American author and academic

1949 - [[Joe Unger]] -American actor

1949 - [[Barry Windsor-Smith]] -English painter and illustrator

1951 - [[Bob Gale]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Jeffrey Bewkes]] -American businessman

1952 - [[Nick Fotiu]] -American ice hockey player and coach

1952 - [[David Jenkins (athlete)|David Jenkins]] -Trinidadian-Scottish runner

1952 - [[Al Sarrantonio]] -American author and publisher

1952 - [[Gordon H. Smith]] -American businessman and politician

1953 - [[Eve Ensler]] -American playwright and producer

1953 - [[Daniel Passarella]] -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1953 - [[Stan Sakai]] -Japanese-American author and illustrator

1954 - [[Murali (Malayalam actor)|Murali]] -Indian actor, producer, and politician (d. 2009)

1955 - [[Alistair Burt]] -English lawyer and politician

1955 - [[Connie Sellecca]] -American model, actress, and producer

1956 - [[Stavros Arnaoutakis]] -Greek politician

1956 - [[Tatsutoshi Goto]] -Japanese wrestler

1956 - [[Sugar Minott]] -Jamaican singer and producer (d. 2010)

1956 - [[David P. Sartor]] -American composer and conductor

1957 - [[Alastair Campbell]] -English journalist and author

1957 - [[Edward Lee (writer)|Edward Lee]] -American author

1957 - [[Robert Picard]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1957 - [[Hillary B. Smith]] -American actress and producer

1958 - [[Katerina Batzeli]] -Greek politician

1958 - [[Zahida Manzoor]] -English businesswoman

1958 - [[Paul Weller]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Jam and The Style Council)

1959 - [[Julian Clary]] -English comedian, actor, and author

1959 - [[Manolis Kefalogiannis]] -Greek politician

1959 - [[Rick Wamsley]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1960 - [[Amy Klobuchar]] -American lawyer and politician

1960 - [[Anthea Turner]] -English journalist and television host

1962 - [[Ric Nattress]] -Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1963 - [[George Hickenlooper]] -American director and producer (d. 2010)

1963 - [[Mike Myers]] -Canadian-American actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Eha Rünne]] -Estonian shot putter and discus thrower

1964 - [[Ivan Bella]] -Slovak colonel, pilot, and astronaut

1964 - [[David Shaw (ice hockey)|David Shaw]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player

1964 - [[Ray Stevenson (actor)|Ray Stevenson]] -Northern Irish-English actor

1965 - [[Yahya Jammeh]] -Gambian colonel and politician, President of the Gambia

1967 - [[Poppy Z. Brite]] -American author

1967 - [[Mark Rosewater]] -American screenwriter and illustrator

1968 - [[Kendall Gill]] -American basketball player, boxer, and sportscaster

1969 - [[Glen Drover]] -Canadian guitarist and songwriter (Megadeth, Eidolon (band)|Eidolon, and King Diamond (band)|King Diamond)

1969 - [[Anne Heche]] -American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1969 - [[Stacy London]] -American journalist and author

1970 - [[Sandra Dopfer]] -Austrian tennis player

1970 - [[Joey Eischen]] -American baseball player and coach

1970 - [[Lindsay Greenbush]] -American actress

1970 - [[Sidney Greenbush]] -American actress

1970 - [[Jamie Kennedy]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Octavia Spencer]] -American actress and producer

1970 - [[Satsuki Yukino]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1971 - [[Stefano Baldini]] -Italian runner

1971 - [[Marco Cappato]] -Italian politician

1971 - [[Justin Henry]] -American actor

1972 - [[Karan Johar]] -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Daz Dillinger]] -American rapper and producer (Tha Dogg Pound)

1973 - [[Al-Saadi Gaddafi]] -Libyan footballer

1973 - [[Demetri Martin]] -American comedian, actor, and singer

1973 - [[Molly Sims]] -American model and actress

1974 - [[Dougie Freedman]] -Scottish footballer and manager

1974 - [[Frank Klepacki]] -American drummer and composer (Home Cookin' (band)|Home Cookin' and I Am (band)|I Am)

1974 - [[Miguel Tejada]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1975 - [[Blaise Nkufo]] -Congolese-Swiss footballer

1976 - [[Tarik Glenn]] -American football player

1976 - [[Stefan Holm]] -Swedish high jumper

1976 - [[Cillian Murphy]] -Irish actor

1976 - [[Sandra Nasić]] -German singer (Guano Apes)

1976 - [[Erki Pütsep]] -Estonian cyclist

1976 - [[Marcelo José da Silva]] -Brazilian footballer

1976 - [[Ethan Suplee]] -American actor and singer

1976 - [[Miguel Zepeda]] -Mexican footballer

1977 - [[Karthi]] -Indian actor and singer

1977 - [[Andre Anis]] -Estonian footballer

1977 - [[Alberto Del Rio]] -Mexican-American mixed martial artist and wrestler

1978 - [[Brian Urlacher]] -American football player

1979 - [[Carlos Bocanegra]] -American soccer player

1979 - [[Sayed Moawad]] -Egyptian footballer

1979 - [[Caroline Ouellette]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1979 - [[Sam Sodje]] -English-Nigerian footballer

1979 - [[Jonny Wilkinson]] -English rugby player

1980 - [[Jae Hee]] -South Korean actor

1980 - [[Joe King (guitarist)|Joe King]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Fray)

1980 - [[David Navarro (footballer)|David Navarro]] -Spanish footballer

1981 - [[Michalis Pelekanos]] -Greek basketball player

1982 - [[Adam Boyd]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Daniel Braaten]] -Norwegian footballer

1982 - [[Ryan Gallant]] -American skateboarder

1982 - [[Roger Guerreiro]] -Polish footballer

1982 - [[Justin Hodges]] -Australian rugby player

1982 - [[Ezekiel Kemboi]] -Kenyan runner

1982 - [[Jason Kubel]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Stacey Pensgen]] -American figure skater and meteorologist

1982 - [[Luke Webster]] -Australian footballer

1983 - [[Tiago Cardoso Fonseca]] -Brazilian footballer

1983 - [[Aleksandr Petrov (ice hockey)|Aleksandr Petrov]] -Estonian ice hockey player

1984 - [[Luke Ball]] -Australian footballer

1984 - [[Kyle Brodziak]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1984 - [[A. J. Foyt IV]] -American race car driver

1984 - [[Kostas Martakis]] -Greek singer and actor

1984 - [[Shawne Merriman]] -American football player

1984 - [[Marion Raven]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter and actress (M2M (band)|M2M)

1984 - [[Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir]] -Icelandic model and actress, Miss World 2005

1985 - [[Luciana Abreu]] -Portuguese singer and actress (2B (band)|2B)

1985 - [[Demba Ba]] -French footballer

1985 - [[Gert Kams]] -Estonian footballer

1985 - [[Tuğba Daşdemir Kocaağa]] -Turkish skier and coach

1985 - [[Roman Reigns]] -American football player and wrestler

1985 - [[Alexis Texas]] -American porn actress

1986 - [[Lauren Crace]] -English actress

1986 - [[Edewin Fanini]] -Brazilian footballer

1986 - [[Yoan Gouffran]] -French footballer

1986 - [[Neon Hitch]] -English singer-songwriter

1986 - [[Geraint Thomas]] -Welsh cyclist

1986 - [[Juri Ueno]] -Japanese actress

1987 - [[Timothy Derijck]] -Belgian footballer

1987 - [[Yves De Winter]] -Belgian footballer

1987 - [[Moritz Stehling]] -German footballer

1988 - [[Elle and Blair Fowler|Elle Fowler]] -American blogger

1988 - [[Dávid Škutka]] -Slovak footballer

1988 - [[Cameron van der Burgh]] -South African swimmer

1989 - [[Karel Tammjärv]] -Estonian skier

1990 - [[Bo Dallas]] -American wrestler

1990 - [[Nikita Filatov]] -Russian ice hockey player

1991 - [[Jillian Wheeler]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1993 - [[James Porter (cricketer, born 1993)|James Porter]] -English cricketer

1994 - [[Aly Raisman]] -American gymnast

2001 - [[Chloe Lukasiak]] -American child dancer, television personality, and model

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