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Day History: October-18

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Famous Birthdays


1127 - [[Emperor Go-Shirakawa]] -of Japan (d. 1192)

1405 - [[Pope Pius II]] -(d. 1464)

1517 - [[Manuel da Nóbrega]] -Portuguese-Brazilian priest and missionary (d. 1570)

1547 - [[Justus Lipsius]] -Belgian philologist and scholar (d. 1606)

1569 - [[Giambattista Marino]] -Italian poet (d. 1625)

1595 - [[Edward Winslow]] -English politician, 3rd Governor of Plymouth Colony (d. 1655)

1634 - [[Luca Giordano]] -Italian painter and illustrator (d. 1705)

1653 - [[Abraham van Riebeeck]] -South African-Dutch merchant and politician, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)

1662 - [[Matthew Henry]] -Welsh minister and scholar (d. 1714)

1663 - [[Prince Eugene of Savoy]] -(d. 1736)

1668 - [[John George IV, Elector of Saxony]] -(d. 1694)

1679 - [[Ann Putnam, Jr.]] -American witness in the Salem witch trials (d. 1716)

1701 - [[Charles le Beau]] -French historian and author (d. 1778)

1706 - [[Baldassare Galuppi]] -Italian composer (d. 1785)

1741 - [[Pierre Choderlos de Laclos]] -French general and author (d. 1803)

1777 - [[Heinrich von Kleist]] -German author and poet (d. 1811)

1785 - [[Thomas Love Peacock]] -English author and poet (d. 1866)

1804 - [[Mongkut]] -Thai king (d. 1868)

1831 - [[Frederick III, German Emperor]] -(d. 1888)

1836 - [[Frederick August Otto Schwarz]] -American businessman, founded FAO Schwarz (d. 1911)

1850 - [[Basil Hall Chamberlain]] -British professor of Tokyo Imperial University (d. 1935)

1854 - [[Billy Murdoch]] -Australian cricketer (d. 1911)

1859 - [[Henri Bergson]] -French philosopher and theologian, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)

1862 - [[Mehmet Esat Bülkat]] -Greek-Turkish general (d. 1952)

1865 - [[Arie de Jong]] -Dutch linguist and author (d. 1957)

1865 - [[Logan Pearsall Smith]] -American-English author and critic (d. 1946)

1868 - [[Ernst Didring]] -Swedish author (d. 1931)

1870 - [[D. T. Suzuki]] -Japanese author and scholar (d. 1966)

1872 - [[Mikhail Kuzmin]] -Russian poet and author (d. 1936)

1873 - [[Ivanoe Bonomi]] -Italian politician, 25th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)

1878 - [[James Truslow Adams]] -American historian and author (d. 1949)

1880 - [[Ze'ev Jabotinsky]] -Ukrainian-Russian general, journalist, and theorist (d. 1940)

1882 - [[Lucien Petit-Breton]] -French cyclist (d. 1917)

1884 - [[Hugo Goetz]] -American swimmer (d. 1972)

1887 - [[Takashi Sakai]] -Japanese general in the Imperial Japanese Army and Governor of Hong Kong (d. 1946)

1893 - [[George Ohsawa]] -Japanese philosopher and educator (d. 1966)

1894 - [[H. L. Davis]] -American author and poet (d. 1960)

1894 - [[Tibor Déry]] -Hungarian author (d. 1977)

1897 - [[Isabel Briggs Myers]] -American theorist and author (d. 1980)

1898 - [[Lotte Lenya]] -Austrian-American singer and actress (d. 1981)

1902 - [[Miriam Hopkins]] -American actress and singer (d. 1972)

1902 - [[Pascual Jordan]] -German physicist and theorist (d. 1980)

1903 - [[Lina Radke]] -German runner and coach (d. 1983)

1904 - [[A. J. Liebling]] -American journalist and author (d. 1963)

1904 - [[Haim Shirman]] -Ukrainian-Israeli scholar and academic (d. 1981)

1905 - [[Jan Gies]] -Dutch activist (d. 1993)

1905 - [[Félix Houphouët-Boigny]] -Ivorian union leader and politician, 1st President of Côte d'Ivoire (d. 1993)

1906 - [[James Brooks (painter)|James Brooks]] -American painter and educator (d. 1992)

1909 - [[Norberto Bobbio]] -Italian philosopher and theorist (d. 2004)

1914 - [[Raymond Lambert]] -Swiss mountaineer (d. 1997)

1915 - [[Victor Sen Yung]] -American actor (d. 1980)

1918 - [[Molly Geertsema]] -Dutch politician, Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands (d. 1991)

1918 - [[Konstantinos Mitsotakis]] -Greek lawyer and politician, 178th Prime Minister of Greece

1918 - [[Bobby Troup]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 1999)

1919 - [[Ric Nordman]] -Canadian captain and politician (d. 1996)

1919 - [[Anita O'Day]] -American singer (d. 2006)

1919 - [[Pierre Trudeau]] -Canadian lawyer, academic, and politician, 15th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 2000)

1919 - [[Camilla Williams]] -American soprano and educator (d. 2012)

1920 - [[Melina Mercouri]] -Greek actress, singer, and politician, 9th Minister for Culture (Greece)|Greek Minister of Culture (d. 1994)

1921 - [[Jerry Cooke (photographer)|Jerry Cooke]] -Ukrainian-American photographer and journalist (d. 2005)

1921 - [[Jesse Helms]] -American politician (d. 2008)

1921 - [[Beatrice Helen Worsley]] -Canadian computer scientist (d. 1972)

1923 - [[Jessie Mae Hemphill]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1924 - [[Buddy MacMaster]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and fiddler (d. 2014)

1925 - [[Ramiz Alia]] -Albanian politician, 1st President of Albania (d. 2011)

1926 - [[Chuck Berry]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1926 - [[Klaus Kinski]] -German-American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1991)

1927 - [[Marv Rotblatt]] -American baseball player (d. 2013)

1927 - [[George C. Scott]] -American actor and director (d. 1999)

1928 - [[Keith Jackson]] -American sportscaster and actor

1928 - [[Maurice El Mediouni]] -Jewish-Algerian pianist, composer and interpreter

1928 - [[Dick Taverne]] -English lawyer and politician

1929 - [[Violeta Chamorro]] -Nicaraguan publisher and politician, President of Nicaragua

1929 - [[Hillard Elkins]] -American producer and manager (d. 2010)

1929 - [[Kees Fens]] -Dutch author and critic (d. 2008)

1930 - [[Flora Fraser, 21st Lady Saltoun]] -Scottish politician

1930 - [[Esther Hautzig]] -Lithuanian-American author (d. 2009)

1930 - [[Enrique Oltuski]] -Polish-Cuban politician (d. 2012)

1931 - [[Chris Albertson]] -Icelandic-American historian, journalist, and producer

1931 - [[Ien Dales]] -Dutch politician, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of the Interior (d. 1994)

1932 - [[Vytautas Landsbergis]] -Lithuanian musicologist and politician

1933 - [[Forrest Gregg]] -American football player and coach

1933 - [[Ludovico Scarfiotti]] -Italian race car driver (d. 1968)

1934 - [[Calvin Lockhart]] -Bahamian-American actor (d. 2007)

1934 - [[Inger Stevens]] -Swedish-American actress (d. 1970)

1934 - [[Chuck Swindoll]] -American pastor, author, and educator

1935 - [[Peter Boyle]] -American actor and singer (d. 2006)

1936 - [[Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino]] -Cuban cardinal

1938 - [[Robert Dove]] -American lawyer and politician

1938 - [[Dawn Wells]] -American model and actress, Miss Nevada|Miss Nevada 1959

1939 - [[Flavio Cotti]] -Swiss politician, 82nd President of the Swiss Confederation

1939 - [[Mike Ditka]] -American football player, coach, and sportscaster

1939 - [[Ted Boy Marino]] -Italian-Brazilian wrestler and actor (d. 2012)

1939 - [[Lee Harvey Oswald]] -American assassin of John F. Kennedy (d. 1963)

1939 - [[Jan Erik Vold]] -Norwegian lyric poet

1940 - [[Cynthia Weil]] -American songwriter

1941 - [[Timothy Bell, Baron Bell]] -English businessman

1941 - [[Martha Burk]] -American psychologist and author

1942 - [[Gianfranco Ravasi]] -Italian cardinal

1943 - [[Christine Charbonneau]] -Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1943 - [[Birthe Rønn Hornbech]] -Danish police officer and politician, List of Ministers for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark|Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs of Denmark

1945 - [[Yıldo]] -Turkish footballer, volleyball player, and actor

1945 - [[Huell Howser]] -American television host and actor (d. 2013)

1945 - [[Chris Shays]] -American politician

1945 - [[Norio Wakamoto]] -Japanese voice actor

1946 - [[James Robert Baker]] -American author and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1946 - [[Frank Beamer]] -American football player and coach

1946 - [[Dafydd Elis-Thomas]] -Welsh academic and politician

1946 - [[Howard Shore]] -Canadian composer, conductor, and producer

1947 - [[Paul Chuckle]] -English comedian, actor, and screenwriter

1947 - [[Job Cohen]] -Dutch scholar and politician, Mayor of Amsterdam

1947 - [[Joe Morton]] -American actor and director

1947 - [[Laura Nyro]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1997)

1947 - [[Peter Hall]] -British mathematician, engineer, artist and designer

1948 - [[Hans Köchler]] -Austrian philosopher, author, and academic

1948 - [[Ntozake Shange]] -American author, poet, and playwright

1949 - [[Joe Egan (musician)|Joe Egan]] -Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel)

1949 - [[George Hendrick]] -American baseball player and coach

1949 - [[Gary Richrath]] -American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (REO Speedwagon)

1950 - [[Om Puri]] -Indian actor and singer

1950 - [[Wendy Wasserstein]] -American playwright and author (d. 2006)

1950 - [[Sheila White (actress)|Sheila White]] -English actress and singer

1951 - [[Mike Antonovich (ice hockey)|Mike Antonovich]] -American ice hockey player and coach

1951 - [[Pam Dawber]] -American actress and singer

1951 - [[Terry McMillan]] -American author and screenwriter

1951 - [[David Normington]] -English civil servant and politician

1951 - [[Nic Potter]] -English bass player and songwriter (Van der Graaf Generator and The Misunderstood) (d. 2013)

1952 - [[Paul Geroski]] -American-English economist and academic (d. 2005)

1952 - [[Chuck Lorre]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Patrick Morrow]] -Canadian mountaineer and photographer

1952 - [[Bảo Ninh]] -Vietnamese soldier and author

1952 - [[Allen Ripley]] -American baseball player (d. 2014)

1952 - [[Jerry Royster]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1953 - [[Loes Luca]] -Dutch actress and singer

1954 - [[Liz Burch]] -Australian actress

1954 - [[Nick Houghton]] -English general

1954 - [[Arliss Howard]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1954 - [[Yūji Mitsuya]] -Japanese actor, voice actor, and audio supervisor

1955 - [[Hiromi Go]] -Japanese singer

1955 - [[Jean-Pierre Hautier]] -Belgian television host (d. 2012)

1955 - [[Vanessa Briscoe Hay]] -American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (Pylon (band)|Pylon and Supercluster (band)|Supercluster)

1955 - [[Timmy Mallett]] -English radio and television host

1955 - [[Stu Mead]] -American artist

1955 - [[David Twohy]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1955 - [[Rita Verdonk]] -Dutch journalist and politician, Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)|Dutch Minister of Justice

1955 - [[Mark Welland]] -scientist

1956 - [[Craig Bartlett]] -American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor

1956 - [[Martina Navratilova]] -Czech-American tennis player and coach

1956 - [[Alkistis Protopsalti]] -Greek singer

1956 - [[Jim Talent]] -American lawyer and politician

1957 - [[Jon Lindstrom]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957 - [[Catherine Ringer]] -French singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (Les Rita Mitsouko)

1958 - [[Corinne Bohrer]] -American actress

1958 - [[Thomas Hearns]] -American boxer

1958 - [[Kjell Samuelsson]] -Swedish ice hockey player and coach

1959 - [[Kirby Chambliss]] -American pilot

1959 - [[Tatyana Kolpakova]] -Kyrgyzstani long jumper and coach

1959 - [[Milcho Manchevski]] -Macedonian-American director and screenwriter

1959 - [[John Nord]] -American wrestler

1959 - [[Chris Russo]] -American radio host

1960 - [[Erin Moran]] -American actress and singer

1960 - [[Jean-Claude Van Damme]] -Belgian martial artist, actor, and producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Wynton Marsalis]] -American trumpet player, composer, and educator

1961 - [[Rick Moody]] -American author and composer

1961 - [[Gladstone Small]] -Barbadian-English cricketer

1962 - [[Min Ko Naing]] -Burmese activist

1962 - [[Vincent Spano]] -American actor, director, and producer

1964 - [[Dan Lilker]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Anthrax (American band)|Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death, Nuclear Assault, Exit-13, and Brutal Truth)

1964 - [[Charles Stross]] -English journalist, author, and programmer

1965 - [[Curtis Stigers]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966 - [[Dave Price]] -American journalist and game show host

1966 - [[Slavi Trifonov]] -Bulgarian actor and singer

1966 - [[Angela Visser]] -Dutch model and actress, Miss Universe 1989

1967 - [[Eric Stuart]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor

1968 - [[Lisa Chappell]] -New Zealand actress and singer

1968 - [[Michael Stich]] -German tennis player and sportscaster

1969 - [[Volker Neumüller]] -German talent manager

1969 - [[Nelson Vivas]] -Argentinian footballer, coach, and manager

1970 - [[Kazuhisa Irii]] -Japanese footballer

1970 - [[Doug Mirabelli]] -American baseball player and coach

1970 - [[Michihiro Morita]] -Japanese Go (game)|Go player

1970 - [[Mike Starink]] -Dutch television host and actor

1971 - [[Koshalendraprasad Pande]] -Indian guru

1972 - [[Mika Ninagawa]] -Japanese photographer

1972 - [[Alex Tagliani]] -Canadian race car driver

1973 - [[James Foley (photojournalist)|James Foley]] -American photographer and journalist (d. 2014)

1973 - [[Michalis Kapsis]] -Greek footballer

1973 - [[Rachel Nichols (journalist)|Rachel Nichols]] -American journalist

1973 - [[Brian Scolaro]] -American comedian, actor, and producer

1973 - [[Sarah Winckless]] -English rower

1974 - [[Noboru Kaneko]] -Japanese actor

1974 - [[Candy Lo]] -Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1974 - [[Robbie Savage]] -Welsh footballer and sportscaster

1974 - [[Peter Svensson]] -Swedish guitarist and songwriter (The Cardigans)

1975 - [[Baby Bash]] -American rapper

1975 - [[Alex Cora]] -Puerto Rican-American baseball player and sportscaster

1976 - [[Zhou Xun]] -Chinese actress and singer

1977 - [[Gloc-9]] -Filipino rapper (Death Threat (hip hop group)|Death Threat)

1977 - [[Flavia Colgan]] -Brazilian-American journalist

1977 - [[Ryan Nelsen]] -New Zealand-American soccer player and coach

1977 - [[David Vuillemin]] -French motorcycle racer

1978 - [[Jyothika]] -Indian actress

1978 - [[Wesley Jonathan]] -American actor

1978 - [[Jaime Koeppe]] -Canadian model and wrestler

1978 - [[Mike Tindall]] -English rugby player

1978 - [[Kenji Wu]] -Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor

1979 - [[Jaroslav Drobný (footballer)|Jaroslav Drobný]] -Czech footballer

1979 - [[Hikaru Kawamura]] -Japanese gravure idol

1979 - [['Ana Po'uhila]] -Tongan shot putter, hammer, and discus thrower

1980 - [[Josh Gracin]] -American soldier and singer

1980 - [[Rebecca Watson]] -American blogger

1981 - [[Tina Hergold]] -Slovenian tennis player

1981 - [[Greg Warren (American football)|Greg Warren]] -American football player

1982 - [[Ne-Yo]] -American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer

1982 - [[Thierry Amiel]] -French singer-songwriter

1982 - [[Michael Dingsdag]] -Dutch footballer

1982 - [[Mark Sampson]] -Welsh footballer and manager

1983 - [[Dante (footballer)|Dante]] -Brazilian footballer

1984 - [[Robert Harting]] -German discus thrower

1984 - [[Freida Pinto]] -Indian actress and model

1984 - [[Esperanza Spalding]] -American singer-songwriter and bassist

1984 - [[Lindsey Vonn]] -American skier

1985 - [[Yoenis Céspedes]] -Cuban baseball player

1985 - [[Andrew Garcia]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1985 - [[Iori Nomizu]] -Japanese voice actor

1986 - [[Wilma Elles]] -German actress

1987 - [[Zac Efron]] -American actor and singer

1987 - [[Freja Beha Erichsen]] -Danish model

1989 - [[Joy Lauren]] -American actress

1989 - [[Riisa Naka]] -Japanese actress

1990 - [[Bristol Palin]] -American author

1990 - [[Carly Schroeder]] -American actress

1991 - [[Roly Bonevacia]] -Dutch footballer

1991 - [[Tyler Posey]] -American actor

1992 - [[John John Florence]] -American surfer

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