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Day History: November-18

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Famous Birthdays


709 - [[Emperor Kōnin]] -of Japan (d. 782)

1522 - [[Lamoral, Count of Egmont]] -(d. 1568)

1630 - [[Eleonora Gonzaga (1630–1686)|Eleonora Gonzaga]] -Italian wife of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1686)

1647 - [[Pierre Bayle]] -French philosopher and author (d. 1706)

1727 - [[Philibert Commerson]] -French physician and explorer (d. 1773)

1736 - [[Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch]] -German harpsichord player and composer (d. 1800)

1756 - [[Thomas Burgess (bishop)|Thomas Burgess]] -English bishop and philosopher (d. 1837)

1772 - [[Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1772–1806)|Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia]] -(d. 1806)

1774 - [[Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands]] -(d. 1837)

1785 - [[David Wilkie (artist)|David Wilkie]] -Scottish painter and academic (d. 1841)

1787 - [[Louis Daguerre]] -French physicist and photographer, developed the daguerreotype (d. 1851)

1804 - [[Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora]] -Italian general and politician, 6th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1878)

1810 - [[Asa Gray]] -American botanist and academic (d. 1888)

1832 - [[Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld]] -Finnish-Swedish geologist and explorer (d. 1901)

1836 - [[W. S. Gilbert]] -English playwright, poet, and illustrator (d. 1911)

1839 - [[August Kundt]] -German physicist and educator (d. 1894)

1856 - [[Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856–1929)|Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia]] -(d. 1929)

1860 - [[Ignacy Jan Paderewski]] -Polish pianist, composer, and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland (d. 1941)

1861 - [[Dorothy Dix]] -American journalist and author (d. 1951)

1874 - [[Clarence Day]] -American author and poet (d. 1935)

1880 - [[Naum Torbov]] -Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (d. 1952)

1882 - [[Amelita Galli-Curci]] -Italian-American soprano (d. 1963)

1882 - [[Wyndham Lewis]] -English painter and author (d. 1957)

1882 - [[Jacques Maritain]] -French philosopher and author (d. 1973)

1883 - [[Carl Vinson]] -American judge and politician (d. 1981)

1886 - [[Ferenc Münnich]] -Hungarian soldier and politician, 47th List of Prime Ministers of Hungary|Prime Minister of Hungary (d. 1967)

1888 - [[Tirumalai Krishnamacharya]] -Indian yoga instructor (d. 1989)

1888 - [[Gustaf Molander]] -Finnish-Swedish actor and director (d. 1973)

1889 - [[Stanislav Kosior]] -Polish-Russian politician (d. 1939)

1897 - [[Patrick Blackett, Baron Blackett]] -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1898 - [[Joris Ivens]] -Dutch director and producer (d. 1989)

1898 - [[Antun Branko Šimić]] -Croatian and Bosnian-Herzegovinian poet (d. 1925)

1899 - [[Eugene Ormandy]] -Hungarian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1985)

1901 - [[George Gallup]] -American statistician and academic (d. 1984)

1901 - [[V. Shantaram]] -Indian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1906 - [[Alec Issigonis]] -Greek-English car designer, designed the Mini|mini car (d. 1988)

1906 - [[Klaus Mann]] -German-American author, playwright, and critic (d. 1949)

1906 - [[George Wald]] -American neurobiologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)

1907 - [[Gustav Nezval]] -Czech actor (d. 1998)

1907 - [[Compay Segundo]] -Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2003)

1908 - [[Imogene Coca]] -American actress and singer (d. 2001)

1909 - [[Johnny Mercer]] -American singer-songwriter and producer, co-founded Capitol Records (d. 1976)

1911 - [[Attilio Bertolucci]] -Italian poet and author (d. 2000)

1912 - [[Hilda Nickson]] -English author (d. 1977)

1913 - [[Endre Rozsda]] -Hungarian-French painter and illustrator (d. 1999)

1914 - [[Haguroyama Masaji]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 36th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1969)

1915 - [[Ken Burkhart]] -American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)

1917 - [[Pedro Infante]] -Mexican actor and singer (d. 1957)

1918 - [[Tasker Watkins]] -Welsh soldier, judge, and politician, Victoria Cross recipient (d. 2007)

1919 - [[Jocelyn Brando]] -American actress (d. 2005)

1919 - [[Georgia Carroll]] -American singer and actress (d. 2011)

1920 - [[Mustafa Khalil]] -Egyptian politician, 77th Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)

1920 - [[Robert Fryer]] -American playwright and producer (d. 2000)

1920 - [[Ron Suart]] -English football player and manager (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Luis Somoza Debayle]] -Nicaraguan politician, 70th President of Nicaragua (d. 1967)

1923 - [[Anne Sargent]] -American actress (d. 2007)

1923 - [[Alan Shepard]] -American admiral, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1998)

1923 - [[Ted Stevens]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2010)

1924 - [[Les Lye]] -Canadian actor and screenwriter (d. 2009)

1927 - [[Hank Ballard]] -American singer-songwriter (The Midnighters) (d. 2003)

1928 - [[Salvador Laurel]] -Filipino lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of the Philippines (d. 2004)

1928 - [[Sheila Jordan]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1932 - [[Nasif Estéfano]] -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1973)

1933 - [[Bruce Conner]] -American painter, photographer, and director (d. 2008)

1934 - [[Vassilis Vassilikos]] -Greek journalist and diplomat

1935 - [[Rudolf Bahro]] -German philosopher and politician (d. 1997)

1936 - [[Ennio Antonelli]] -Italian cardinal

1936 - [[Don Cherry (trumpeter)|Don Cherry]] -American trumpet player (Old and New Dreams, New York Contemporary Five, and Codona) (d. 1995)

1937 - [[Ülle Kukk]] -Estonian botanist and conservationist

1938 - [[Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil]] -Iraqi-Lebanese archbishop (d. 2012)

1938 - [[Norbert Ratsirahonana]] -Malagasy politician, Prime Minister of Madagascar

1939 - [[Margaret Atwood]] -Canadian poet, author, and critic

1939 - [[Margaret Jay, Baroness Jay of Paddington]] -English journalist and politician, Leader of the House of Lords

1939 - [[Amanda Lear]] -Hong Kong-French singer-songwriter and actress

1939 - [[Brenda Vaccaro]] -American actress

1940 - [[Qaboos bin Said al Said]] -Omani sultan

1941 - [[Gary Bettenhausen]] -American race car driver (d. 2014)

1941 - [[David Hemmings]] -English actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2003)

1942 - [[Linda Evans]] -American actress

1942 - [[Susan Sullivan]] -American actress

1943 - [[Leonardo Sandri]] -Argentinian cardinal

1944 - [[Wolfgang Joop]] -German fashion designer, founded JOOP!

1945 - [[Wilma Mankiller]] -American tribal chief (d. 2010)

1945 - [[Mahinda Rajapaksa]] -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 6th President of Sri Lanka

1946 - [[Alan Dean Foster]] -American author

1946 - [[Chris Rainbow]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015)

1947 - [[Timothy Maude]] -American general (d. 2001)

1948 - [[Tõnis Mägi]] -Estonian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Ultima Thule (Estonian band)|Ultima Thule)

1948 - [[Andrea Marcovicci]] -American actress and singer

1948 - [[Kongō Masahiro]] -Japanese sumo wrestler (d. 2014)

1948 - [[Ana Mendieta]] -Cuban-American sculptor and painter (d. 1985)

1949 - [[Ahmed Zaki (actor)|Ahmed Zaki]] -Egyptian actor (d. 2005)

1950 - [[Michael Swanwick]] -American science fiction author

1951 - [[Justin Raimondo]] -American journalist and author

1951 - [[Pete Morelli]] -American football official

1952 - [[Peter Beattie]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 36th Premier of Queensland

1952 - [[Claudio Capone]] -Italian voice actor (d. 2008)

1952 - [[Delroy Lindo]] -English actor and director

1953 - [[Alan Moore]] -English author and illustrator

1953 - [[Kevin Nealon]] -American comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Evan Gray]] -New Zealand cricketer

1955 - [[Carter Burwell]] -American composer and conductor

1956 - [[Noel Brotherston]] -Irish-English footballer and painter (d. 1995)

1957 - [[Seán Mac Falls]] -Irish poet

1958 - [[Daniel Brailovsky]] -Argentinian footballer and manager

1958 - [[Oscar Nunez]] -Cuban-American actor and screenwriter

1959 - [[Cindy Blackman]] -American drummer

1959 - [[Ulrich Noethen]] -German actor

1959 - [[Karla Faye Tucker]] -American murderer (d. 1998)

1959 - [[Jimmy Quinn (Northern Ireland footballer)|Jimmy Quinn]] -Irish footballer and manager

1960 - [[Elizabeth Perkins]] -American actress

1960 - [[Shari Shattuck]] -American actress and author

1960 - [[Yeşim Ustaoğlu]] -Turkish director, producer, and screenwriter

1960 - [[Kim Wilde]] -English singer-songwriter

1961 - [[Nick Chinlund]] -American actor

1961 - [[Jan Kuehnemund]] -American guitarist (Vixen (band)|Vixen) (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Steven Moffat]] -Scottish screenwriter and producer

1962 - [[Bart Bryant]] -American golfer

1962 - [[Kirk Hammett]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Metallica, Spastik Children, and Exodus (American band)|Exodus)

1962 - [[Jamie Moyer]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1963 - [[Len Bias]] -American basketball player (d. 1986)

1963 - [[Dante Bichette]] -American baseball player and coach

1963 - [[Peter Schmeichel]] -Danish footballer and sportscaster

1963 - [[Joost Zwagerman]] -Dutch author and poet

1964 - [[Rita Cosby]] -American journalist and author

1967 - [[Jocelyn Lemieux]] -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1968 - [[Barry Hunter (footballer)|Barry Hunter]] -Irish footballer and manager

1968 - [[Kaido Kaaberma]] -Estonian fencer

1968 - [[George Kotsiopoulos]] -American stylist and fashion consultant

1968 - [[Romany Malco]] -American rapper, producer, actor, and screenwriter (College Boyz)

1968 - [[Gary Sheffield]] -American baseball player

1968 - [[Owen Wilson]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1969 - [[Sam Cassell]] -American basketball player and coach

1969 - [[Ahmed Helmy]] -Egyptian actor

1969 - [[Koichiro Kimura]] -Japanese mixed martial artist and wrestler (d. 2014)

1969 - [[Duncan Sheik]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1970 - [[Elizabeth Anne Allen]] -American actress

1970 - [[Mike Epps]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1970 - [[Megyn Kelly]] -American lawyer and journalist

1970 - [[Johan Liiva]] -Swedish singer-songwriter (Arch Enemy, Carnage (band)|Carnage, NonExist, and Hearse (band)|Hearse)

1970 - [[Marina Watanabe]] -Japanese actress, singer, and television personality

1970 - [[Peta Wilson]] -Australian actress

1971 - [[Terrance Hayes]] -American poet and academic

1972 - [[Jessi Alexander]] -American singer-songwriter

1972 - [[Jeroen Straathof]] -Dutch cyclist and speed skater

1973 - [[Nic Pothas]] -South African cricketer and coach

1974 - [[Chloë Sevigny]] -American actress and fashion designer

1974 - [[Petter Solberg]] -Norwegian race car driver

1974 - [[Graham Coughlan]] -Irish footballer and coach

1975 - [[Anthony McPartlin]] -English comedian, actor, and producer

1975 - [[David Ortiz]] -Dominican-American baseball player

1975 - [[Pastor Troy]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1975 - [[Jason Williams (basketball, born 1975)|Jason Williams]] -American basketball player

1976 - [[Shagrath]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter (Dimmu Borgir Chrome Division, Ov Hell, and Fimbulwinter (band)|Fimbulwinter)

1976 - [[Dominic Armato]] -American voice actor

1976 - [[Sage Francis]] -American rapper (Non-Prophets)

1976 - [[Matt Welsh]] -Australian swimmer

1976 - [[Mona Zaki]] -Egyptian actress

1977 - [[Fabolous]] -American rapper and producer

1978 - [[Damien Johnson]] -Irish footballer

1980 - [[Hamza al-Ghamdi]] -Saudi Arabian terrorist, hijacker of United Airlines Flight 175 (d. 2001)

1980 - [[Luke Chadwick]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Minori Chihara]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1980 - [[François Duval]] -Belgian race car driver

1980 - [[Denny Hamlin]] -American race car driver

1980 - [[Dustin Kensrue]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Thrice)

1980 - [[Junichi Okada]] -Japanese singer and actor (V6 (band)|V6)

1981 - [[Shin Ji]] -South Korean singer-songwriter (Koyote)

1981 - [[Gian Magdangal]] -Filipino singer and actor (17:28)

1981 - [[Nasim Pedrad]] -Iranian-American actress

1981 - [[Vittoria Puccini]] -Italian actress

1981 - [[Maggie Stiefvater]] -American author

1981 - [[Christina Vidal]] -American actress and singer

1982 - [[Greg Estandia]] -American football player

1983 - [[Michael Dawson (footballer)|Michael Dawson]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Jon Lech Johansen]] -Norwegian programmer, created DeCSS

1984 - [[Ryohei Chiba]] -Japanese singer and dancer (W-inds)

1984 - [[Johnny Christ]] -American bass player (Avenged Sevenfold)

1984 - [[Enar Jääger]] -Estonian footballer

1985 - [[Allyson Felix]] -American sprinter

1985 - [[Christian Siriano]] -American fashion designer

1987 - [[Jake Abel]] -American actor

1987 - [[Hitomi Harada]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1988 - [[Jeffrey Jordan]] -American basketball player

1989 - [[Lu Jiajing]] -Chinese tennis player

1991 - [[Noppawan Lertcheewakarn]] -Thai tennis player

1992 - [[Nathan Kress]] -American actor

1993 - [[Makoto Okunaka]] -Japanese singer, dancer, and actress (Passpo)

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