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Day History: November-15

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Famous Birthdays


459 - [[B'utz Aj Sak Chiik]] -Mayan king (d. 501)

1316 - [[John I of France]] -(d. 1316)

1397 - [[Pope Nicholas V]] -(d. 1455)

1498 - [[Eleanor of Austria]] -(d. 1558)

1511 - [[Johannes Secundus]] -Dutch poet and author (d. 1536)

1556 - [[Jacques Davy Duperron]] -French cardinal (d. 1618)

1607 - [[Madeleine de Scudéry]] -French author (d. 1701)

1660 - [[Hermann von der Hardt]] -German historian and orientalist (d. 1746)

1661 - [[Christoph von Graffenried]] -Swiss-American settler and author (d. 1743)

1688 - [[Louis Bertrand Castel]] -French mathematician and philosopher (d. 1757)

1692 - [[Eusebius Amort]] -German poet and theologian (d. 1775)

1708 - [[William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham]] -English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1778)

1738 - [[William Herschel]] -German-English astronomer and composer (d. 1822)

1741 - [[Johann Kaspar Lavater]] -Swiss poet and physiognomist (d. 1801)

1746 - [[Joseph Quesnel]] -French-Canadian poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1809)

1757 - [[Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher]] -Danish surgeon, botanist, and academic (d. 1830)

1784 - [[Jérôme Bonaparte]] -French husband of Catharina of Württemberg (d. 1860)

1791 - [[Friedrich Ernst Scheller]] -German lawyer, jurist, and politician (d. 1869)

1793 - [[Michel Chasles]] -French mathematician and academic (d. 1880)

1849 - [[Mary E. Byrd]] -American educator and astronomer (d. 1934)

1852 - [[Tewfik Pasha]] -Egyptian ruler (d. 1892)

1859 - [[Christopher Hornsrud]] -Norwegian politician, 11th Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)

1862 - [[Gerhart Hauptmann]] -German author, poet, and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1946)

1867 - [[Emil Krebs]] -German polyglot and sinologist (d. 1930)

1868 - [[Emil Racoviță]] -Romanian biologist, zoologist, and explorer (d. 1947)

1873 - [[Sara Josephine Baker]] -American physician and academic (d. 1945)

1874 - [[Dimitrios Golemis]] -Greek runner (d. 1941)

1874 - [[August Krogh]] -Danish zoologist and physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1949)

1879 - [[Lewis Stone]] -American actor (d. 1953)

1881 - [[Franklin Pierce Adams]] -American journalist and author (d. 1960)

1882 - [[Felix Frankfurter]] -Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (d. 1965)

1886 - [[René Guénon]] -French-Egyptian philosopher and author (d. 1951)

1887 - [[Marianne Moore]] -American poet and author (d. 1972)

1887 - [[Georgia O'Keeffe]] -American painter (d. 1986)

1888 - [[Artie Matthews]] -American pianist and composer (d. 1958)

1890 - [[Richmal Crompton]] -English author and educator (d. 1969)

1891 - [[W. Averell Harriman]] -American businessman and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1986)

1891 - [[Erwin Rommel]] -German field marshal (d. 1944)

1892 - [[Naomi Childers]] -American actress (d. 1964)

1895 - [[Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia]] -(d. 1918)

1895 - [[Antoni Słonimski]] -Polish journalist, poet, and playwright (d. 1976)

1896 - [[Leonard Lord]] -English businessman (d. 1967)

1897 - [[Aneurin Bevan]] -Welsh journalist and politician, Secretary of State for Health (d. 1960)

1897 - [[Sacheverell Sitwell]] -English author and critic (d. 1988)

1899 - [[Avdy Andresson]] -Estonian-American soldier and diplomat (d. 1990)

1901 - [[Elmar Kaljot]] -Estonian footballer (d. 1969)

1903 - [[Stewie Dempster]] -New Zealand cricketer and coach (d. 1974)

1905 - [[Mantovani]] -Italian conductor and composer (d. 1980)

1906 - [[Curtis LeMay]] -American general and politician (d. 1990)

1907 - [[Claus von Stauffenberg]] -German colonel (d. 1944)

1912 - [[Harald Keres]] -Estonian physicist and academic (d. 2010)

1912 - [[Yi Wu]] -Japanese-Korean colonel (d. 1945)

1913 - [[Arthur Haulot]] -Belgian journalist and poet (d. 2005)

1914 - [[V. R. Krishna Iyer]] -Indian lawyer and judge (d. 2014)

1916 - [[Nita Barrow]] -Barbadian nurse and politician, 7th Governor-General of Barbados (d. 1995)

1919 - [[Carol Bruce]] -American singer and actress (d. 2007)

1919 - [[Joseph Wapner]] -American lieutenant and judge

1920 - [[Vasilis Diamantopoulos]] -Greek actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1922 - [[Francis Brunn]] -German juggler (d. 2004)

1922 - [[David Sidney Feingold]] -American biochemist and academic

1922 - [[Francesco Rosi]] -Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1923 - [[Văn Cao]] -Vietnamese composer, poet, and painter (d. 1995)

1923 - [[Samuel Klein (businessman)|Samuel Klein]] -Polish-Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, founded Casas Bahia (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Howard Baker]] -American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 12th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Yuli Daniel]] -Russian poet and author (d. 1988)

1926 - [[Thomas Williams (writer)|Thomas Williams]] -American author and academic (d. 1990)

1928 - [[C. W. McCall]] -American singer-songwriter and politician

1928 - [[John Orchard]] -English actor (d. 1995)

1928 - [[Seldon Powell]] -American saxophonist and flute player (d. 1997)

1929 - [[Ed Asner]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1929 - [[Joe Hinton]] -American singer (d. 1968)

1930 - [[J. G. Ballard]] -Chinese-English author (d. 2009)

1931 - [[John Kerr (actor)|John Kerr]] -American actor, singer, and lawyer (d. 2013)

1931 - [[Mwai Kibaki]] -Kenyan economist and politician, 3rd President of Kenya

1931 - [[Pascal Lissouba]] -Congolese politician, President of the Republic of the Congo

1932 - [[Petula Clark]] -English singer-songwriter and actress

1932 - [[Clyde McPhatter]] -American singer (Billy Ward and his Dominoes and The Drifters) (d. 1972)

1932 - [[Alvin Plantinga]] -American philosopher, author, and academic

1933 - [[Gloria Foster]] -American actress (d. 2001)

1933 - [[Theodore Roszak (scholar)|Theodore Roszak]] -American scholar and author (d. 2011)

1934 - [[Joanna Barnes]] -American actress and author

1934 - [[Peter Dickinson (musician)|Peter Dickinson]] -English pianist and composer

1936 - [[H. B. Bailey]] -American race car driver (d. 2003)

1936 - [[Wolf Biermann]] -German singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936 - [[Tara Singh Hayer]] -Indian-Canadian journalist and publisher (d. 1998)

1937 - [[Little Willie John]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 1968)

1937 - [[Yaphet Kotto]] -American actor and screenwriter

1939 - [[Terry Bradbury]] -English footballer

1939 - [[Rauni-Leena Luukanen-Kilde]] -Finnish physician and parapsychologist (d. 2015)

1940 - [[Roberto Cavalli]] -Italian fashion designer

1940 - [[Ulf Pilgaard]] -Danish actor and screenwriter

1940 - [[Hank Wangford]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and physician

1940 - [[Sam Waterston]] -American actor and producer

1941 - [[Rick Kemp]] -English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Steeleye Span)

1941 - [[Daniel Pinkwater]] -American author and illustrator

1942 - [[Daniel Barenboim]] -Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor

1945 - [[Roger Donaldson]] -Australian-New Zealand director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 - [[Bob Gunton]] -American actor and singer

1945 - [[Anni-Frid Lyngstad]] -Norwegian-Swedish singer (ABBA)

1946 - [[Vassilis Goumas]] -Greek basketball player

1947 - [[Malcolm Ranjith]] -Sri Lankan cardinal

1947 - [[Bill Richardson]] -American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1948 - [[Teodoro Locsin, Jr.]] -Filipino politician, lawyer, and journalist

1950 - [[Egon Vaupel]] -German politician, 16th Mayor of Marburg

1951 - [[Beverly D'Angelo]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1951 - [[Billy McColl (actor)|Billy McColl]] -Scottish-English actor (d. 2014)

1951 - [[Joe Puerta]] -American singer and bass player (Ambrosia (band)|Ambrosia)

1952 - [[Rick Atkinson]] -American journalist, historian, and author

1952 - [[Zoltán Buday]] -Hungarian-Canadian actor

1952 - [[Randy Savage]] -American wrestler, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2011)

1953 - [[Alexander O'Neal]] -American singer-songwriter

1953 - [[James Widdoes]] -American actor, director, and producer

1954 - [[Aleksander Kwaśniewski]] -Polish journalist and politician, 3rd President of Poland

1954 - [[Randy Thomas (musician)|Randy Thomas]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sweet Comfort Band and Allies (band)|Allies)

1955 - [[Buck Adams]] -American porn actor and director (d. 2008)

1956 - [[Michael Hampton]] -American guitarist and producer (Parliament-Funkadelic)

1956 - [[Brian Douglas Wells]] -American delivery man (d. 2003)

1957 - [[Kevin Eubanks]] -American guitarist and composer (Kevin Eubanks and The Tonight Show Band and The Tonight Show Band)

1957 - [[Harold Marcuse]] -American historian and educator

1957 - [[Ray McKinnon (actor)|Ray McKinnon]] -American actor and director

1957 - [[Michael Woythe]] -German footballer and manager

1958 - [[Lewis Fitz-Gerald]] -Australian actor and director

1958 - [[Gu Kailai]] -Chinese lawyer and businesswoman

1959 - [[Tibor Fischer]] -English author

1960 - [[Dawn Airey]] -English broadcaster

1960 - [[Susanne Lothar]] -German actress (d. 2012)

1961 - [[Metin Kaçan]] -Turkish author (d. 2013)

1962 - [[Mark Acres]] -American basketball player and educator

1962 - [[Judy Gold]] -American comedian, actress, and producer

1962 - [[Maggie O'Neill]] -English actress

1963 - [[Andrew Castle]] -English tennis player and television host

1963 - [[Benny Elias]] -Lebanese-Australian rugby player and sportscaster

1964 - [[Stelios Aposporis]] -Greek footballer and manager

1964 - [[Mikhail Rusyayev]] -Russian footballer, coach, and manager (d. 2011)

1964 - [[Tiit Sokk]] -Estonian basketball player and coach

1965 - [[Nigel Bond]] -English snooker player

1965 - [[Stefan Pfeiffer]] -German swimmer

1966 - [[Rachel True]] -American actress

1967 - [[E-40]] -American rapper (The Click)

1967 - [[Greg Anthony]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1967 - [[Pedro Borbón, Jr.]] -Dominican baseball player

1967 - [[Wayne Harrison (footballer, born 1967)|Wayne Harrison]] -English footballer (d. 2013)

1967 - [[Dom Joly]] -Lebanese-English comedian and journalist

1967 - [[François Ozon]] -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[Gus Poyet]] -Uruguayan footballer and manager

1968 - [[Ol' Dirty Bastard]] -American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan) (d. 2004)

1968 - [[Fausto Brizzi]] -Italian director, producer, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Jennifer Charles]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Elysian Fields (band)|Elysian Fields, Lovage (band)|Lovage, and La Mar Enfortuna (band)|La Mar Enfortuna)

1968 - [[Uwe Rösler]] -German footballer and manager

1968 - [[Teodoro Casiño]] -Filipino writer, politician, and journalist

1969 - [[Shane Mack (mayor)|Shane Mack]] -American politician

1970 - [[Ilija Aračić]] -Croatian footballer and coach

1970 - [[Jack Ingram]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1970 - [[Alexander Kvitashvili]] -Georgian-Ukrainian politician

1970 - [[Patrick M'Boma]] -Cameroonian footballer

1971 - [[Jay Harrington]] -American actor

1971 - [[Martin Pieckenhagen]] -German footballer

1972 - [[Jessica Hynes]] -English actress, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Jonny Lee Miller]] -English-American actor

1973 - [[Sydney Tamiia Poitier]] -American actress

1974 - [[Chad Kroeger]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Nickelback)

1975 - [[Scott Henshall]] -English fashion designer

1975 - [[Yannick Tremblay (ice hockey, born 1975)|Yannick Tremblay]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Boris Živković]] -Croatian footballer

1976 - [[Brandon DiCamillo]] -American comedian, actor, and stuntman

1976 - [[Virginie Ledoyen]] -French actress

1977 - [[Sean Murray (actor)|Sean Murray]] -American actor

1977 - [[Peter Phillips]] -English businessman

1977 - [[Robaire Smith]] -American football player

1977 - [[Logan Whitehurst]] -American singer-songwriter and drummer (The Velvet Teen) (d. 2006)

1978 - [[Floyd Womack]] -American football player

1979 - [[Josemi]] -Spanish footballer

1979 - [[Brooks Bollinger]] -American football player and coach

1979 - [[Brett Lancaster]] -Australian cyclist

1980 - [[Kevin Staut]] -French horse rider

1980 - [[Ace Young]] -American singer-songwriter and actor

1981 - [[Drew Hodgdon]] -American football player

1981 - [[Lorena Ochoa]] -Mexican golfer

1982 - [[D. J. Fitzpatrick]] -American football player

1982 - [[Rio Hirai]] -Japanese announcer

1982 - [[Joe Kowalewski]] -American football player

1982 - [[Benjamin Krause]] -German rugby player

1982 - [[Giaan Rooney]] -Australian swimmer

1982 - [[Lofa Tatupu]] -American football player

1982 - [[Kalu Uche]] -Nigerian footballer

1983 - [[Dominic Carroll]] -Gibraltarian runner

1983 - [[Sasha Pavlović]] -Serbian basketball player

1983 - [[DJ Skee]] -American DJ and producer

1983 - [[Laura Smet]] -French actress

1983 - [[Fernando Verdasco]] -Spanish tennis player

1985 - [[Lily Aldridge]] -American model

1985 - [[Casnel Bushay]] -Vincentian sprinter

1985 - [[Charron Fisher]] -American basketball player

1985 - [[Simon Spender]] -Welsh footballer

1986 - [[Coye Francies]] -American football player

1986 - [[Sania Mirza]] -Indian tennis player

1986 - [[Jerry Roush]] -American singer-songwriter (Of Mice & Men (band)|Of Mice & Men, Sky Eats Airplane, and Glass Cloud)

1987 - [[Isaiah Osbourne]] -English footballer

1988 - [[B.o.B]] -American rapper and producer

1988 - [[Zena Grey]] -American actress

1988 - [[Morgan Parra]] -French rugby player

1988 - [[Billy Twelvetrees]] -English rugby player

1989 - [[Jonalyn Viray]] -Filipino singer and actress

1990 - [[Kanata Hongō]] -Japanese actor

1990 - [[Jonathan Wentz]] -American horse rider (d. 2012)

1990 - [[Erika Yazawa]] -Japanese model

1991 - [[Maxime Colin]] -French footballer

1991 - [[Shailene Woodley]] -American actress

1992 - [[Minami Minegishi]] -Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and no3b)

1992 - [[Daniela Seguel]] -Chilean tennis player

1992 - [[Kevin Wimmer]] -Austrian footballer

1993 - [[Saaya Irie]] -Japanese actress and singer (Sweet Kiss (band)|Sweet Kiss)

1994 - [[Saffron Coomber]] -English actress

1995 - [[Karl Towns]] -Dominican-American basketball player

1997 - [[Leelah Alcorn]] -American suicide victim (d. 2014)

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