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Famous Birthdays


1264 - [[Prince Koreyasu]] -Japanese shogun (d. 1326)

1478 - [[Pope Clement VII]] -(d. 1534)

1566 - [[Mehmed III]] -Ottoman sultan (d. 1603)

1602 - [[Philippe de Champaigne]] -Dutch-French painter (d. 1674)

1623 - [[William Petty]] -English economist and philosopher (d. 1687)

1650 - [[John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough]] -English general and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire (d. 1722)

1667 - [[Abraham de Moivre]] -French-English mathematician and theorist (d. 1754)

1669 - [[Sébastien Vaillant]] -French botanist and mycologist (d. 1722)

1700 - [[Nicolaus Zinzendorf]] -German bishop and saint (d. 1760)

1799 - [[August Kopisch]] -German poet and painter (d. 1853)

1822 - [[Edmond de Goncourt]] -French author and critic, founded the Académie Goncourt (d. 1896)

1863 - [[Bob Fitzsimmons]] -English-New Zealand boxer (d. 1917)

1865 - [[Robert W. Chambers]] -American author and illustrator (d. 1933)

1867 - [[Mary of Teck]] -(d. 1953)

1873 - [[Olaf Gulbransson]] -Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1958)

1876 - [[Percy Perrin]] -English cricketer (d. 1945)

1880 - [[W. Otto Miessner]] -American composer and educator (d. 1967)

1883 - [[Mamie Smith]] -American singer, actress, dancer, and pianist (d. 1946)

1886 - [[Al Jolson]] -Lithuanian-American singer and actor (d. 1950)

1887 - [[Ba U]] -2nd President of Burma (d. 1963)

1893 - [[Eugene Aynsley Goossens]] -English conductor and composer (d. 1962)

1893 - [[Norma Talmadge]] -American actress and producer (d. 1957)

1895 - [[Dorothea Lange]] -American photographer and journalist (d. 1965)

1895 - [[Paul Lukas]] -Hungarian-American actor and singer (d. 1971)

1898 - [[Ernst Bacon]] -American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1898 - [[Christfried Burmeister]] -Estonian speed skater (d. 1965)

1899 - [[Antonio Barrette]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 18th Premier of Quebec (d. 1968)

1899 - [[Muriel McQueen Fergusson]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, Speaker of the Senate (Canada)|Canadian Speaker of the Senate (d. 1997)

1904 - [[George Formby]] -English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1961)

1904 - [[Necip Fazıl Kısakürek]] -Turkish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1983)

1904 - [[Vlado Perlemuter]] -Lithuanian-French pianist and educator (d. 2002)

1907 - [[Jean Bernard (physician)|Jean Bernard]] -French physician and haematologist (d. 2006)

1907 - [[John Wayne]] -American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1979)

1908 - [[Robert Morley]] -English actor and screenwriter (d. 1992)

1908 - [[Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ]] -Vietnamese politician, 1st Leaders of South Vietnam|Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam

1909 - [[Matt Busby]] -Scottish-English footballer and manager (d. 1994)

1909 - [[Nikolay Guryanov]] -Russian priest and mystic (d. 2002)

1909 - [[Adolfo López Mateos]] -Mexican politician, 48th President of Mexico (d. 1969)

1910 - [[Imi Lichtenfeld]] -Hungarian-Israeli martial artist, boxer, and gymnast (d. 1998)

1911 - [[Maurice Baquet]] -French actor and cellist (d. 2005)

1911 - [[Henry Ephron]] -American playwright, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1992)

1912 - [[János Kádár]] -Hungarian mechanic and politician, 46th List of Prime Ministers of Hungary|Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1989)

1912 - [[Jay Silverheels]] -Canadian-American actor (d. 1980)

1913 - [[Peter Cushing]] -English actor (d. 1994)

1913 - [[Pierre Daninos]] -French author (d. 2005)

1913 - [[Josef Manger]] -German weightlifter (d. 1991)

1914 - [[Frankie Manning]] -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)

1915 - [[Vernon Alley]] -American bassist (d. 2004)

1915 - [[Sam Edwards]] -American actor (d. 2004)

1915 - [[Antonia Forest]] -English author (d. 2003)

1916 - [[Moondog]] -American drummer, composer, and poet (d. 1999)

1916 - [[Henriette Roosenburg]] -Dutch journalist and author (d. 1972)

1917 - [[Éva Szörényi]] -Hungarian actress (d. 2009)

1918 - [[Anton Christoforidis]] -Turkish-Greek boxer (d. 1985)

1919 - [[Rubén González (pianist)|Rubén González]] -Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club and Estrellas de Areito) (d. 2003)

1920 - [[Peggy Lee]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2002)

1921 - [[György Bárdy]] -Hungarian actor (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Walter Laqueur]] -American historian and academic

1921 - [[Ernst Märzendorfer]] -Austrian conductor (d. 2009)

1922 - [[Troy Smith (businessman)|Troy Smith]] -American businessman, founded Sonic Drive-In (d. 2009)

1923 - [[James Arness]] -American actor and producer (d. 2011)

1923 - [[Roy Dotrice]] -English actor

1925 - [[Alec McCowen]] -English actor

1926 - [[Miles Davis]] -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (Miles Davis Quintet) (d. 1991)

1927 - [[Jacques Bergerac]] -French actor (d. 2014)

1928 - [[Jack Kevorkian]] -American pathologist, author, and activist (d. 2011)

1929 - [[J. F. Ade Ajayi]] -Nigerian historian and academic (d. 2014)

1929 - [[John Jackson (businessman)|John Jackson]] -English lawyer and businessman

1929 - [[Catherine Sauvage]] -French singer and actress (d. 1998)

1930 - [[Karim Emami]] -Indian-Iranian lexicographer and critic (d. 2005)

1932 - [[Grigor Vachkov]] -Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)

1933 - [[Edward Whittemore]] -American soldier and author (d. 1995)

1935 - [[Eero Loone]] -Estonian philosopher and academic

1935 - [[Sheila Steafel]] -South African–English actress

1936 - [[David Stevens, Baron Stevens of Ludgate]] -English politician

1938 - [[William Bolcom]] -American pianist and composer

1938 - [[Pauline Parker]] -New Zealand murderer

1938 - [[Lyudmila Petrushevskaya]] -Russian author and playwright

1938 - [[K. Bikram Singh]] -Indian director and producer (d. 2013)

1938 - [[Teresa Stratas]] -Canadian soprano and actress

1939 - [[Merab Kostava]] -Georgian poet, activist, and educator (d. 1989)

1939 - [[Jaki Liebezeit]] -German drummer (Can (band)|Can)

1939 - [[Brent Musburger]] -American sportscaster

1939 - [[Herb Trimpe]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2015)

1940 - [[Monique Gagnon-Tremblay]] -Canadian academic and politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec

1940 - [[Levon Helm]] -American singer-songwriter, drummer, producer, and actor (The Band) (d. 2012)

1941 - [[Aldrich Ames]] -American CIA officer

1941 - [[Reg Bundy]] -English drag queen performer, dancer, and actor (d. 2003)

1941 - [[Jim Dobbin]] -Scottish microbiologist and politician (d. 2014)

1941 - [[Cliff Drysdale]] -South African tennis player and sportscaster

1942 - [[Ganapathi Sachchidananda]] -Indian guru

1943 - [[Erica Terpstra]] -Dutch swimmer, journalist, and politician

1944 - [[Phil Edmonston]] -American-Canadian journalist and politician

1944 - [[Jan Kinder]] -Norwegian ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1944 - [[Sam Posey]] -American race car driver and journalist

1945 - [[Vilasrao Deshmukh]] -Indian lawyer and politician, 17th Chief Minister of Maharashtra (d. 2012)

1945 - [[Alistair MacDuff]] -English lawyer and judge

1945 - [[Garry Peterson]] -Canadian-American drummer (The Guess Who and Bachman–Turner Overdrive)

1946 - [[Neshka Robeva]] -Bulgarian gymnast and coach

1946 - [[Mick Ronson]] -English guitarist, songwriter, and producer (The Spiders from Mars and Mott the Hoople) (d. 1993)

1947 - [[Carol O'Connell]] -American author and painter

1947 - [[Glenn Turner]] -New Zealand cricketer

1948 - [[Stevie Nicks]] -American singer-songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)

1949 - [[Jeremy Corbyn]] -British journalist and politician

1949 - [[Ward Cunningham]] -American computer programmer, developed the first wiki

1949 - [[Pam Grier]] -American actress and singer

1949 - [[Anne McGuire]] -Scottish educator and politician

1949 - [[Philip Michael Thomas]] -American actor and singer

1949 - [[Hank Williams Jr.]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951 - [[Ramón Calderón]] -Spanish lawyer and businessman

1951 - [[Sally Ride]] -American physicist and astronaut, founded Sally Ride Science (d. 2012)

1951 - [[Madeleine Taylor-Quinn]] -Irish educator and politician

1952 - [[David Meece]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1953 - [[Kay Hagan]] -American lawyer and politician

1953 - [[Michael Portillo]] -English journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Defence

1953 - [[Dan Roundfield]] -American basketball player (d. 2012)

1954 - [[Marian Gold]] -German singer-songwriter and guitarist (Alphaville (band)|Alphaville)

1954 - [[Alan Hollinghurst]] -English author and poet

1954 - [[Denis Lebel]] -Canadian businessman and politician, 29th Minister of Transport (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Transport

1954 - [[Danny Rolling]] -American serial killer (d. 2006)

1955 - [[Masaharu Morimoto]] -Japanese-American chef

1955 - [[Paul Stoddart]] -Australian businessman

1955 - [[Wesley Walker]] -American football player and educator

1956 - [[Neil Parish]] -English politician

1956 - [[Fiona Shackleton]] -English lawyer

1957 - [[Diomedes Díaz]] -Colombian singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1957 - [[François Legault]] -Canadian businessman and politician

1957 - [[Kristina Olsen]] -American singer-songwriter

1957 - [[Roberto Ravaglia]] -Italian race car driver

1957 - [[Pontso Sekatle]] -Lesotho academic and politician

1958 - [[Arto Bryggare]] -Finnish hurdler and politician

1958 - [[Margaret Colin]] -American actress

1958 - [[Howard Goodall]] -English composer and educator

1959 - [[Ole Bornedal]] -Danish actor, director, and producer

1960 - [[Doug Hutchison]] -American actor

1960 - [[Dean Lukin]] -Australian weightlifter

1960 - [[Masahiro Matsunaga]] -Japanese race car driver

1960 - [[Rob Murphy]] -American baseball player

1960 - [[Romas Ubartas]] -Lithuanian discus thrower

1961 - [[Tarsem Singh]] -Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1962 - [[Black (singer)|Black]] -English singer-songwriter

1962 - [[Genie Francis]] -American actress

1962 - [[Bobcat Goldthwait]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1963 - [[Simon Armitage]] -English author, poet, and playwright

1963 - [[Claude Legault]] -Canadian actor and screenwriter

1963 - [[Mary Nightingale]] -English journalist

1963 - [[Musetta Vander]] -South African model and actress

1964 - [[Caitlín R. Kiernan]] -Irish-American paleontologist and author

1964 - [[Lenny Kravitz]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1964 - [[Argiris Pedoulakis]] -Greek basketball player and coach

1965 - [[Hazel Irvine]] -Scottish sportscaster and journalist

1966 - [[Helena Bonham Carter]] -English actress and singer

1966 - [[Zola Budd]] -South African runner

1967 - [[Kevin Moore]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (OSI (band)|OSI, Dream Theater, and Chroma Key)

1967 - [[Philip Treacy]] -Irish hat designer

1967 - [[Mika Yamamoto]] -Japanese journalist (d. 2012)

1968 - [[Christopher Burge]] -American biologist and academic

1968 - [[Simon Diamond]] -American baseball player and wrestler

1968 - [[Fernando León de Aranoa]] -Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Steve Sedgley]] -English footballer and manager

1969 - [[John Baird (Canadian politician)|John Baird]] -Canadian politician, 10th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

1969 - [[Dominic Mohan]] -English journalist

1970 - [[Nobuhiro Watsuki]] -Japanese illustrator

1970 - [[Kylie Ireland]] -American porn actress, director, and producer

1971 - [[Zaher Andary]] -Lebanese footballer

1971 - [[Matt Stone]] -American actor, animator, screenwriter, producer, and composer

1972 - [[Shary Boyle]] -Canadian sculptor and painter

1972 - [[Patsy Palmer]] -English actress

1972 - [[Alan White (Oasis drummer)|Alan White]] -English drummer (Oasis (band)|Oasis and Starclub)

1973 - [[Naomi Harris]] -Canadian-American photographer

1974 - [[Lars Frölander]] -Swedish swimmer

1975 - [[Nicki Aycox]] -American actress

1975 - [[Lauryn Hill]] -American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (Fugees)

1975 - [[Kwasi Kwarteng]] -English historian and politician

1975 - [[Travis Lee]] -American baseball player

1975 - [[Suat Suna]] -Turkish singer-songwriter and producer

1976 - [[Paul Collingwood]] -English cricketer and coach

1976 - [[Kenny Florian]] -American mixed martial artist and sportscaster

1976 - [[Justin Pierre]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Motion City Soundtrack)

1977 - [[Nikos Chatzivrettas]] -Greek basketball player

1977 - [[Mark Hunter (musician)|Mark Hunter]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Chimaira)

1977 - [[Misaki Ito]] -Japanese actress and model

1977 - [[Raina Telgemeier]] -American author and cartoonist

1977 - [[Luca Toni]] -Italian footballer

1978 - [[Phil Elvrum]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Microphones, Mount Eerie, and Old Time Relijun)

1978 - [[Fabio Firmani]] -Italian footballer

1979 - [[Amanda Bauer]] -American astronomer and academic

1979 - [[Elisabeth Harnois]] -American actress

1979 - [[Ashley Massaro]] -American wrestler and manager

1979 - [[Natalya Nazarova]] -Russian sprinter

1979 - [[Mehmet Okur]] -Turkish basketball player

1981 - [[Robert Copeland]] -Australian footballer

1981 - [[Eda-Ines Etti]] -Estonian singer

1981 - [[Jason Manford]] -English actor, screenwriter, and television host

1981 - [[Irini Merkouri]] -Greek singer

1981 - [[Isaac Slade]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Fray)

1981 - [[Ben Zobrist]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Sten Lassmann]] -Estonian pianist

1982 - [[Hasan Kabze]] -Turkish footballer

1982 - [[Yoko Matsugane]] -Japanese model

1982 - [[David Reed (comedian)|David Reed]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1983 - [[Demy de Zeeuw]] -Dutch footballer

1983 - [[Henry Holland (fashion designer)|Henry Holland]] -English fashion designer

1985 - [[Monika Christodoulou]] -Greek singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985 - [[Ashley Vincent]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Michel Tornéus]] -Swedish long jumper

1987 - [[Olcay Şahan]] -Turkish footballer

1987 - [[Josh Thomas (comedian)|Josh Thomas]] -Australian comedian and actor

1988 - [[Andrea Catellani]] -Italian footballer

1988 - [[Will Chambers]] -Australian rugby player

1988 - [[Juan Guillermo Cuadrado]] -Colombian footballer

1988 - [[Dani Samuels]] -Australian discus thrower

1988 - [[Joel Selwood]] -Australian footballer

1988 - [[Damian Williams (American football)|Damian Williams]] -American football player

1989 - [[Paula Findlay]] -Canadian triathlete

1991 - [[Ah Young]] -South Korean singer, actress, and model (Dal Shabet)

1993 - [[Jason Adesanya]] -Belgian footballer

1999 - [[Kerry Ingram]] -English actress and singer

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