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Day History: November-21

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Famous Birthdays


1495 - [[John Bale]] -English bishop and historian (d. 1563)

1567 - [[Anne de Xainctonge]] -French saint, founded the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin (d. 1621)

1643 - [[René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle]] -French-American explorer (d. 1687)

1692 - [[Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni]] -Italian poet and academic (d. 1768)

1694 - [[Voltaire]] -French historian, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1778)

1718 - [[Friedrich Wilhelm Marpurg]] -German composer, critic, and theorist (d. 1795)

1729 - [[Josiah Bartlett]] -American physician and politician, 6th Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1795)

1760 - [[Joseph Plumb Martin]] -American sergeant (d. 1850)

1761 - [[Dorothea Jordan]] -Irish-French actress (d. 1816)

1768 - [[Friedrich Schleiermacher]] -German theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 1834)

1787 - [[Samuel Cunard]] -Canadian businessman, founded the Cunard Line (d. 1865)

1811 - [[Zeng Guofan]] -Chinese general and politician, Viceroy of Liangjiang (d. 1872)

1818 - [[Lewis H. Morgan]] -American lawyer, anthropologist, and theorist (d. 1881)

1835 - [[Hetty Green]] -American businesswoman and financier (d. 1916)

1840 - [[Victoria, Princess Royal]] -of England (d. 1901)

1851 - [[Désiré-Joseph Mercier]] -Belgian cardinal (d. 1926)

1852 - [[Francisco Tárrega]] -Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1909)

1853 - [[Hussein Kamel of Egypt]] -(d. 1917)

1854 - [[Pope Benedict XV]] -(d. 1922)

1861 - [[Tom Horn]] -American police officer and murderer (d. 1903)

1866 - [[Sigbjørn Obstfelder]] -Norwegian poet and author (d. 1900)

1866 - [[Konishiki Yasokichi I]] -Japanese sumo wrestler, the 17th Makuuchi#Yokozuna|Yokozuna (d. 1914)

1870 - [[Alexander Berkman]] -Lithuanian-American activist and author (d. 1936)

1870 - [[Joe Darling]] -Australian cricketer and politician (d. 1946)

1876 - [[Olav Duun]] -Norwegian author (d. 1939)

1877 - [[Sigfrid Karg-Elert]] -German composer and educator (d. 1933)

1878 - [[Gustav Radbruch]] -German lawyer and politician, Federal Ministry of Justice (Germany)|German Minister of Justice (d. 1949)

1882 - [[Harold Lowe]] -Welsh officer on the RMS Titanic (d. 1944)

1886 - [[Harold Nicolson]] -English author and politician (d. 1968)

1897 - [[Mollie Steimer]] -Russian-American activist (d. 1980)

1898 - [[René Magritte]] -Belgian painter (d. 1967)

1899 - [[Jobyna Ralston]] -American actress (d. 1967)

1899 - [[Harekrushna Mahatab]] -Indian journalist and politician, 1st List of Chief Ministers of Odisha|Chief Minister of Odisha (d. 1987)

1902 - [[Foster Hewitt]] -Canadian sportscaster (d. 1985)

1902 - [[Isaac Bashevis Singer]] -Polish-American author and playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1902 - [[Mikhail Suslov]] -Russian soldier, economist, and politician (d. 1982)

1904 - [[Coleman Hawkins]] -American saxophonist (d. 1969)

1908 - [[Leo Politi]] -Italian-American author and illustrator (d. 1996)

1908 - [[Elizabeth George Speare]] -American author (d. 1994)

1912 - [[Eleanor Powell]] -American actress and dancer (d. 1982)

1913 - [[John Boulting]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1985)

1913 - [[Roy Boulting]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1913 - [[Gunnar Kangro]] -Estonian mathematician, author, and academic (d. 1975)

1914 - [[Henri Laborit]] -French physician and philosopher (d. 1995)

1916 - [[Sid Luckman]] -American football player and soldier (d. 1998)

1916 - [[Jadu Nath Singh]] -Indian soldier (d. 1948)

1919 - [[Steve Brodie (actor)|Steve Brodie]] -American actor (d. 1992)

1919 - [[Joe Kieyoomia]] -American soldier (d. 1997)

1920 - [[Ralph Meeker]] -American actor and singer (d. 1988)

1920 - [[Stan Musial]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2013)

1922 - [[María Casares]] -Spanish-French actress (d. 1996)

1922 - [[Abe Lemons]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2002)

1924 - [[Joseph Campanella]] -American actor

1924 - [[Milka Planinc]] -Croatian politician, 28th Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (d. 2010)

1924 - [[Christopher Tolkien]] -English author and academic

1925 - [[Xie Jin]] -Chinese director and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1925 - [[Veljko Kadijević]] -Croatian general and politician, 5th Ministry of Defense (Yugoslavia)|Federal Secretary of People's Defence (d. 2014)

1926 - [[Odd Børretzen]] -Norwegian singer, author, and illustrator (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Prem Nath]] -Indian actor and director (d. 1992)

1926 - [[Matti Ranin]] -Finnish actor (d. 2013)

1926 - [[William Wakefield Baum]] -American cardinal (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Georgia Frontiere]] -American businesswoman (d. 2008)

1929 - [[Marilyn French]] -American author and academic (d. 2009)

1929 - [[Laurier LaPierre]] -Canadian historian, journalist, and politician (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Marjan Rožanc]] -Slovenian journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1990)

1931 - [[Lewis Binford]] -American archaeologist and academic (d. 2011)

1931 - [[Revaz Dogonadze]] -Georgian chemist and physicist (d. 1985)

1931 - [[Stanley Kalms, Baron Kalms]] -English businessman

1931 - [[Malcolm Williamson]] -Australian pianist and composer (d. 2003)

1932 - [[Beryl Bainbridge]] -English author (d. 2010)

1932 - [[Chronis Exarhakos]] -Greek actor (d. 1984)

1932 - [[Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen]] -Danish composer

1933 - [[Henry Hartsfield]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2014)

1933 - [[T. Rasalingam]] -Sri Lankan politician

1934 - [[Laurence Luckinbill]] -American actor

1935 - [[Fairuz]] -Lebanese singer

1936 - [[Victor Chang]] -Chinese-Australian surgeon (d. 1991)

1937 - [[Ingrid Pitt]] -Polish-English actress (d. 2010)

1937 - [[Marlo Thomas]] -American actress and producer

1938 - [[Helen (actress)|Helen]] -Burmese-Indian actress and dancer

1939 - [[R. Budd Dwyer]] -American educator and politician, 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

1940 - [[Freddy Beras-Goico]] -Dominican comedian and television host (d. 2010)

1940 - [[Dr. John]] -American singer-songwriter

1940 - [[Richard Marcinko]] -American commander and author

1940 - [[Natalia Makarova]] -Russian ballerina, choreographer, and actress

1941 - [[İdil Biret]] -Turkish pianist and composer

1941 - [[Juliet Mills]] -English actress

1942 - [[Afa Anoaʻi]] -Samoan-American wrestler and manager

1942 - [[Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul]] -German educator and politician

1943 - [[Phil Bredesen]] -American businessman and politician, 48th Governor of Tennessee

1943 - [[Jacques Laffite]] -French race car driver

1943 - [[Larry Mahan]] -American rodeo performer

1944 - [[Dick Durbin]] -American lawyer and politician

1944 - [[Earl Monroe]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1944 - [[Harold Ramis]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1945 - [[Goldie Hawn]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1946 - [[Jacky Lafon]] -Belgian actress

1947 - [[Nickolas Grace]] -English actor

1947 - [[Tiny Ron Taylor]] -American actor and basketball player

1948 - [[Lonnie Jordan]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (War (band)|War)

1948 - [[Alphonse Mouzon]] -American drummer and songwriter (Weather Report and The Eleventh House)

1948 - [[Michel Suleiman]] -Lebanese general and politician, 16th President of Lebanon

1948 - [[George Zimmer]] -American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse

1950 - [[Hisham Barakat]] -Egyptian lawyer and judge (d. 2015)

1950 - [[Stephen Geyer]] -American composer

1950 - [[Gary Pihl]] -American guitarist (Boston (band)|Boston)

1952 - [[Mervyn Davies, Baron Davies of Abersoch]] -Welsh banker and politician

1952 - [[Janne Kristiansen]] -Norwegian lawyer and jurist

1952 - [[Lorna Luft]] -American actress and singer

1953 - [[Tina Brown]] -English-American journalist and author

1954 - [[Thomas Rothman]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Fiona Pitt-Kethley]] -English journalist, author, and poet

1955 - [[Cedric Maxwell]] -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster

1956 - [[Cherry Jones]] -American actress

1958 - [[David Reivers]] -Jamaican-American actor and producer

1959 - [[Sergei Ratnikov]] -Estonian footballer and manager

1960 - [[Brian McNamara]] -American actor, director, and producer

1960 - [[Brian Ritchie]] -American bass player and songwriter (Violent Femmes)

1961 - [[João Domingos Pinto]] -Portuguese footballer and manager

1962 - [[Steven Curtis Chapman]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1963 - [[Dave Molyneux]] -Manx motorcycle sidecar racer

1963 - [[Nicollette Sheridan]] -English actress

1964 - [[Shane Douglas]] -American wrestler and manager

1964 - [[Charles Dunstone]] -English businessman, co-founded Carphone Warehouse

1964 - [[Olden Polynice]] -Haitian-American basketball player and coach

1964 - [[Stefan Sonnenfeld]] -American businessman

1964 - [[Liza Tarbuck]] -English actress

1965 - [[Björk]] -Icelandic singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (The Sugarcubes)

1965 - [[Reggie Lewis]] -American basketball player (d. 1993)

1965 - [[Alexander Siddig]] -Sudanese-English actor and director

1966 - [[Troy Aikman]] -American football player and sportscaster

1966 - [[Evgeny Bareev]] -Russian chess player

1966 - [[Andrew Caddick]] -New Zealand-English cricketer

1966 - [[Thanasis Kolitsidakis]] -Greek footballer

1967 - [[Ken Block]] -American race car driver

1967 - [[Tripp Cromer]] -American baseball player

1967 - [[Toshihiko Koga]] -Japanese martial artist

1968 - [[Inka Bause]] -German actress and singer

1968 - [[Alex James (musician)|Alex James]] -English singer-songwriter, bass player (Blur (band)|Blur, Fat Les, Me Me Me (band)|Me Me Me, and WigWam (duo)|WigWam)

1968 - [[Christopher Noxon]] -American journalist and author

1968 - [[Sean Schemmel]] -American voice actor, director, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Antonio Tarver]] -American boxer

1969 - [[Ken Griffey, Jr.]] -American baseball player and actor

1970 - [[Karen Davila]] -Filipino journalist

1970 - [[Justin Langer]] -Australian cricketer and coach

1971 - [[Michael Strahan]] -American football player, actor, and talk show host

1972 - [[Rich Johnston]] -English author and critic

1972 - [[Rain Phoenix]] -American actress and singer (The Causey Way)

1972 - [[David Tua]] -Samoan-New Zealand boxer

1973 - [[Brook Kerr]] -American actress

1973 - [[Marko Lelov]] -Estonian footballer and manager

1973 - [[Inés Sastre]] -Spanish model and actress

1974 - [[Karen Rolton]] -Australian cricketer

1975 - [[Cherie Johnson]] -American actress and producer

1975 - [[Chris Moneymaker]] -American poker player

1975 - [[Aaron Solowoniuk]] -Canadian drummer (Billy Talent)

1976 - [[Martin Meichelbeck]] -German footballer

1976 - [[Veronika Valk]] -Estonian architect

1976 - [[Daniel Whiston]] -English figure skater

1976 - [[Michael Wilson (Australian footballer)|Michael Wilson]] -Australian footballer

1976 - [[Saleem Elahi]] -Pakistani cricketer

1977 - [[Bruno Berner]] -Swiss footballer

1977 - [[Yolande James]] -Canadian lawyer and politician

1977 - [[Jonas Jennings]] -American football player

1977 - [[Tobias Sammet]] -German singer-songwriter (Edguy and Avantasia)

1978 - [[Daniel Bradshaw]] -Australian footballer

1978 - [[Lucía Jiménez]] -Spanish actress and singer

1978 - [[Sara Tanaka]] -American actress and physician

1979 - [[Kim Dong-wan]] -South Korean singer and actor (Shinhwa)

1979 - [[Vincenzo Iaquinta]] -Italian footballer

1979 - [[Stromile Swift]] -American basketball player

1979 - [[Alex Tanguay]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1980 - [[Hank Blalock]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Alec Brownstein]] -American author and director

1980 - [[Leonardo González]] -Costa Rican footballer

1980 - [[Elaine Yiu]] -Hong Kong actress

1981 - [[Wesley Britt]] -American football player

1981 - [[Ainārs Kovals]] -Latvian javelin thrower

1981 - [[Jonny Magallón]] -Mexican footballer

1981 - [[Piet Rinke]] -Zimbabwean cricketer

1982 - [[Ioana Ciolacu]] -Romanian fashion designer

1982 - [[Georgios Kalogiannidis]] -Greek archer

1982 - [[Ryan Starr]] -American singer-songwriter and actress

1983 - [[Jamie Langley]] -English rugby player

1984 - [[Álvaro Bautista]] -Spanish motorcycle racer

1984 - [[Hope Dworaczyk]] -American model and television host

1984 - [[Callum Ferguson]] -Australian cricketer

1984 - [[Jena Malone]] -American actress and singer

1984 - [[Willy Mason]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985 - [[Carly Rae Jepsen]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and actress

1985 - [[Jesús Navas]] -Spanish footballer

1985 - [[Nicola Silvestri]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Colleen Ballinger]] -American comedian, actress, and singer

1986 - [[Ben Bishop]] -American ice hockey player

1986 - [[Kristof Goddaert]] -Belgian cyclist (d. 2014)

1986 - [[Jordan Lloyd]] -American reality contestant, winner of ''Big Brother 11 (U.S.)|Big Brother''

1987 - [[Brian Douwes]] -Dutch kick-boxer

1987 - [[Stefan Glarner]] -Swiss footballer

1987 - [[Eesha Karavade]] -Indian chess player

1988 - [[Len Väljas]] -Canadian skier

1988 - [[Preston Zimmerman]] -American soccer player

1989 - [[Will Buckley (footballer)|Will Buckley]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Dárvin Chávez]] -Mexican footballer

1989 - [[Fabian Delph]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Ejay Falcon]] -Filipino actor

1989 - [[Getter Laar]] -Estonian footballer

1989 - [[Adrian Robinson]] -American football player (d. 2015)

1989 - [[Justin Tucker]] -American football player

1990 - [[Dani King]] -English cyclist

1990 - [[Georgie Twigg]] -English field hockey player

1991 - [[Lewis Dunk]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Woohee]] -South Korean singer-songwriter, actress, and model (Dal Shabet)

1992 - [[Conor Maynard]] -English singer-songwriter

1992 - [[Rino Sashihara]] -Japanese singer (AKB48, HKT48, and Not Yet (band)|Not Yet)

1993 - [[Elena Myers]] -American motorcycle racer

2001 - [[Samantha Bailey]] -American actress

2004 - [[Lyca Gairanod]] -Filipino singer and actress

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