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Day History: October-19

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Famous Birthdays


1276 - [[Prince Hisaaki]] -of Japan (d. 1328)

1433 - [[Marsilio Ficino]] -Italian astrologer and philosopher (d. 1499)

1562 - [[George Abbot (bishop)|George Abbot]] -English archbishop (d. 1633)

1582 - [[Dmitry of Uglich]] -(d. 1591)

1605 - [[Thomas Browne]] -English physician and author (d. 1682)

1610 - [[James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde]] -English-Irish general, academic, and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1688)

1658 - [[Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz]] -(d. 1704)

1680 - [[John Abernethy (minister)|John Abernethy]] -Irish minister (d. 1740)

1688 - [[William Cheselden]] -English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)

1701 - [[Helen and Judith of Szony]] -Hungarian conjoined twins (d. 1723)

1718 - [[Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie]] -French general and politician, Secretary of State for War (France)|French Secretary of State for War (d. 1804)

1720 - [[John Woolman]] -American-English preacher, journalist, and activist (d. 1772)

1721 - [[Joseph de Guignes]] -French orientalist and sinologist (d. 1800)

1784 - [[Leigh Hunt]] -English poet and critic (d. 1859)

1784 - [[John McLoughlin]] -Canadian-American fur trader (d. 1857)

1789 - [[Theophilos Kairis]] -Greek priest and philosopher (d. 1853)

1810 - [[Cassius Marcellus Clay (politician)|Cassius Marcellus Clay]] -American journalist, lawyer, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1903)

1814 - [[Theodoros Vryzakis]] -Greek painter (d. 1878)

1826 - [[Ralph Tollemache]] -English priest (d. 1895)

1850 - [[Annie Smith Peck]] -American mountaineer and academic (d. 1935)

1851 - [[Empress Myeongseong]] -of Korea (d. 1895)

1858 - [[George Albert Boulenger]] -Belgian-English zoologist and botanist (d. 1937)

1860 - [[Leonidas Paraskevopoulos]] -Greek general and senator (d. 1936)

1862 - [[Auguste Lumière]] -French director and producer (d. 1954)

1868 - [[Bertha Knight Landes]] -American politician, Mayor of Seattle (d. 1943)

1873 - [[Jaap Eden]] -Dutch speed skater and cyclist (d. 1925)

1873 - [[Bart King]] -American cricketer (d. 1965)

1876 - [[Mordecai Brown]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1945)

1876 - [[Mihkel Pung]] -Estonian politician, 11th Minister of Foreign Affairs (Estonia)|Minister of Foreign Affairs for Estonia (d. 1941)

1882 - [[Umberto Boccioni]] -Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1916)

1884 - [[Eugen Habermann]] -Estonian architect (d. 1944)

1885 - [[Charles E. Merrill|Charles Merrill]] -American banker, co-founded Merrill Lynch|Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (d. 1956)

1895 - [[Frank Durbin]] -American soldier (d. 1999)

1895 - [[Lewis Mumford]] -American historian, sociologist, and philosopher (d. 1990)

1896 - [[Bob O'Farrell]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1988)

1897 - [[Salimuzzaman Siddiqui]] -Pakistani chemist and scholar (d. 1994)

1899 - [[Miguel Ángel Asturias]] -Guatemalan journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1974)

1900 - [[Erna Berger]] -German soprano and actress (d. 1990)

1900 - [[Bill Ponsford]] -Australian cricketer and baseball player (d. 1991)

1900 - [[Roy Worters]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1957)

1901 - [[Arleigh Burke]] -American admiral (d. 1996)

1903 - [[Tor Johnson]] -Swedish wrestler and actor (d. 1971)

1907 - [[Roger Wolfe Kahn]] -American bandleader and composer (d. 1962)

1908 - [[Geirr Tveitt]] -Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1909 - [[Marguerite Perey]] -French physicist and academic (d. 1975)

1910 - [[Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar]] -Pakistani-American astrophysicist, astronomer, and mathematician, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1910 - [[Shunkichi Hamada]] -Japanese field hockey player (d. 2009)

1910 - [[Paul Robert (lexicographer)|Paul Robert]] -French lexicographer and publisher (d. 1980)

1911 - [[Fereidoun Farzaneh]] -Iranian composer (d. 1985)

1913 - [[Vinicius de Moraes]] -Brazilian poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1980)

1914 - [[Juanita Moore]] -American actress (d. 2014)

1915 - [[Farid al-Atrash]] -Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (d. 1974)

1916 - [[Jean Dausset]] -French-Spanish immunologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)

1916 - [[Emil Gilels]] -Ukrainian-Russian pianist (d. 1985)

1916 - [[Minoru Yasui]] -Japanese-American lawyer (d. 1986)

1917 - [[William Joel Blass]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

1917 - [[Walter Munk]] -Austrian-American oceanographer, author, and academic

1918 - [[Charles Evans (mountaineer)|Charles Evans]] -English-Welsh mountaineer, surgeon, and educator (d. 1995)

1918 - [[Russell Kirk]] -American theorist and author (d. 1994)

1918 - [[Robert Schwarz Strauss]] -American lawyer and diplomat, United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 2014)

1920 - [[Pandurang Shastri Athavale]] -Indian philosopher and educator (d. 2003)

1920 - [[LaWanda Page]] -American actress (d. 2002)

1920 - [[Harry Alan Towers]] -English-Canadian screenwriter and producer (d. 2009)

1922 - [[Jack Anderson (columnist)|Jack Anderson]] -American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1923 - [[Ruth Carter Stevenson]] -American art collector, founded the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Baby Dalupan]] -Filipino basketball player and coach

1925 - [[Bernard Hepton]] -English actor and producer

1925 - [[Emilio Eduardo Massera]] -Argentinian admiral (d. 2010)

1926 - [[Arne Bendiksen]] -Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2009)

1926 - [[Joel Feinberg]] -American philosopher and academic (d. 2004)

1927 - [[Pierre Alechinsky]] -Belgian painter and illustrator

1927 - [[Stephen Keynes]] -English businessman

1928 - [[Lou Scheimer]] -American animator, producer, and voice actor, co-founded the Filmation|Filmation Company (d. 2013)

1929 - [[Lewis Wolpert]] -South African-English biologist, author, and academic

1930 - [[John Evans, Baron Evans of Parkside]] -English union leader and politician

1930 - [[Mavis Nicholson]] -Welsh-English journalist

1931 - [[Ed Emberley]] -American illustrator

1931 - [[Manolo Escobar]] -Spanish singer and actor (d. 2013)

1931 - [[John le Carré]] -English intelligence officer and author

1931 - [[Atsushi Miyagi]] -Japanese tennis player

1932 - [[Robert Reed]] -American actor, singer, and director (d. 1992)

1933 - [[Anthony Skingsley]] -English air marshal

1934 - [[Yakubu Gowon]] -Nigerian general and politician, 3rd List of heads of state of Nigeria|Head of State of Nigeria

1935 - [[Don Ward (ice hockey)|Don Ward]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1936 - [[James Bevel]] -American minister and activist (d. 2008)

1936 - [[Tony Lo Bianco]] -American actor and director

1936 - [[Sylvia Browne]] -American psychic and author (d. 2013)

1937 - [[Marilyn Bell]] -Canadian swimmer

1937 - [[Peter Max]] -German-American illustrator

1937 - [[Terence Thomas, Baron Thomas of Macclesfield]] -English banker and politician

1938 - [[Bill Morris, Baron Morris of Handsworth]] -Jamaican-English union leader and politician

1939 - [[David Clark, Baron Clark of Windermere]] -Scottish academic and politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office

1940 - [[Larry Chance]] -American singer-songwriter (The Earls)

1940 - [[Michael Gambon]] -Irish-English actor and singer

1940 - [[Rosny Smarth]] -Haitian politician, 8th Prime Minister of Haiti

1941 - [[Simon Ward]] -English actor (d. 2012)

1942 - [[Andrew Vachss]] -American lawyer and author

1943 - [[Robin Holloway]] -English composer and academic

1943 - [[Takis Ikonomopoulos]] -Greek footballer and coach

1943 - [[L. E. Modesitt, Jr.]] -American author and poet

1944 - [[George McCrae]] -American singer

1944 - [[Peter Tosh]] -Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bob Marley and the Wailers) (d. 1987)

1945 - [[Divine (performer)|Divine]] -American drag queen performer, actor, and singer (d. 1988)

1945 - [[Patricia Ireland]] -American lawyer and activist

1945 - [[Gloria Jones]] -American singer-songwriter (T. Rex (band)|T. Rex)

1945 - [[Carol Kidd]] -Scottish singer

1945 - [[John Lithgow]] -American actor and singer

1945 - [[Jeannie C. Riley]] -American singer

1945 - [[Martin Welz]] -South African journalist

1946 - [[Philip Pullman]] -English author and academic

1947 - [[Giorgio Cavazzano]] -Italian author and illustrator

1948 - [[Dave Mallow]] -American voice actor and screenwriter

1948 - [[Patrick Simmons]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Doobie Brothers)

1949 - [[Lynn Dickey]] -American football player and radio host

1949 - [[Jamie McGrigor]] -English-Scottish politician

1950 - [[Yeslam bin Ladin]] -Saudi Arabian-Swiss businessman

1950 - [[Kay Carberry]] -English union leader

1951 - [[Demetrios Christodoulou]] -Greek mathematician and physicist

1952 - [[Peter Bone]] -English accountant and politician

1952 - [[Verónica Castro]] -Mexican actress and singer

1953 - [[Lionel Hollins]] -American basketball player and coach

1954 - [[Sam Allardyce]] -English footballer and manager

1954 - [[Deborah Blum]] -American journalist and author

1954 - [[Joe Bryant]] -American basketball player and coach

1954 - [[Ken Stott]] -Scottish actor

1955 - [[Dan Gutman]] -American author

1956 - [[Steve Doocy]] -American journalist and author

1956 - [[Elena Garanina]] -Soviet ice dancer

1956 - [[Grover Norquist]] -American activist, founded Americans for Tax Reform

1956 - [[Didier Theys]] -Belgian race car driver

1956 - [[Carlo Urbani]] -Italian physician (d. 1993)

1956 - [[Bruce Weber (basketball)|Bruce Weber]] -American basketball player and coach

1957 - [[Dorinda Clark-Cole]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Clark Sisters)

1957 - [[Ray Richmond]] -American journalist and critic

1957 - [[Karl Wallinger]] -Welsh singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (World Party and The Waterboys)

1958 - [[Lou Briel]] -Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor

1958 - [[Carolyn Browne]] -English diplomat, List of Ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Kazakhstan|British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

1958 - [[Hiromi Hara]] -Japanese footballer

1958 - [[Tiriel Mora]] -Australian actor

1958 - [[Michael Steele]] -American journalist and politician, 7th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

1959 - [[Nir Barkat]] -Israeli businessman and politician, Mayor of Jerusalem

1959 - [[Martin Kusch]] -German philosopher

1960 - [[Ayuo]] -Japanese-American composer, poet, lyricist, singer and performer

1960 - [[Jennifer Holliday]] -American actress and singer

1960 - [[Takeshi Koshida]] -Japanese footballer

1960 - [[Susan Straight]] -American author and academic

1960 - [[Jeremy Swift]] -English television actor

1961 - [[Sunny Deol]] -Indian actor and producer

1962 - [[Tracy Chevalier]] -American-English author

1962 - [[Bendik Hofseth]] -Norwegian saxophonist

1962 - [[Evander Holyfield]] -American boxer and actor

1962 - [[Svetlana Zainetdinova]] -Soviet-Estonian chess player and coach

1963 - [[Sinitta]] -American-English singer-songwriter and actress

1963 - [[Kool Keith]] -American rapper and producer (Ultramagnetic MCs, Analog Brothers, and Masters of Illusion)

1964 - [[Jorge Luis González]] -Cuban-American boxer

1965 - [[Brad Daugherty (basketball)|Brad Daugherty]] -American basketball player and sportscaster

1965 - [[Ty Pennington]] -American carpenter and television host

1966 - [[Roger Cross]] -Jamaican-Canadian actor

1966 - [[Jon Favreau]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter

1966 - [[Dimitris Lyacos]] -Greek poet and playwright

1967 - [[Amy Carter]] -American illustrator and activist

1967 - [[Yoko Shimomura]] -Japanese pianist and composer (Alph Lyla)

1968 - [[Kacey Ainsworth]] -English actress

1968 - [[Rodney Carrington]] -American comedian, actor, and singer

1968 - [[Yayan Ruhian]] -Indonesian actor

1969 - [[John Edward]] -American psychic and author

1969 - [[Trey Parker]] -American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter

1969 - [[DJ Sammy]] -Spanish DJ and producer

1969 - [[Erwin Sánchez]] -Bolivian footballer and manager

1970 - [[Caroline Catz]] -English actress

1970 - [[Andrew Griffiths (politician)|Andrew Griffiths]] -English politician

1970 - [[Chris Kattan]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1972 - [[Pras]] -American rapper and producer (Fugees)

1972 - [[Keith Foulke]] -American baseball player

1973 - [[Hicham Arazi]] -Moroccan tennis player

1973 - [[Marc Beckers]] -German footballer

1973 - [[Joaquin Gage]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1975 - [[Shian-Li Tsang]] -Japanese professional model and former valet for World Wrestling Entertainment

1976 - [[Joy Bryant]] -American actress

1976 - [[Paul Hartley]] -Scottish footballer and manager

1976 - [[Omar Gooding]] -American actor and producer

1976 - [[Desmond Harrington]] -American actor

1976 - [[Hiroshi Sakai]] -Japanese footballer

1976 - [[Dan Smith (ice hockey)|Dan Smith]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1976 - [[Michael Young (baseball)|Michael Young]] -American baseball player

1976 - [[Jostein Gulbrandsen]] -Norwegian guitarist

1977 - [[Habib Beye]] -French-Senegalese footballer

1977 - [[Louis-José Houde]] -Canadian comedian and actor

1977 - [[Jason Reitman]] -Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter

1977 - [[Takamasa Suga]] -Japanese actor

1977 - [[Raúl Tamudo]] -Spanish footballer

1977 - [[Mo Twister]] -Filipino host and DJ

1978 - [[Enrique Bernoldi]] -Brazilian race car driver

1978 - [[Zakhar Dubensky]] -Russian footballer

1978 - [[Henri Sorvali]] -Finnish guitarist and keyboard player (Moonsorrow and Finntroll)

1979 - [[José Luis López (footballer)|José Luis López]] -Mexican footballer

1979 - [[Brian Robertson (trombonist)|Brian Robertson]] -American trombonist (Suburban Legends)

1979 - [[Sachiko Sugiyama]] -Japanese volleyball player

1979 - [[Hiromi Yanagihara]] -Japanese singer and actress (Country Musume) (d. 1999)

1980 - [[José Bautista]] -Dominican baseball player

1980 - [[Rajai Davis]] -American baseball player

1980 - [[Benjamin Salisbury]] -American actor

1981 - [[Christian Bautista]] -Filipino singer and actor

1981 - [[Heikki Kovalainen]] -Finnish race car driver

1982 - [[Atom Araullo]] -Filipino journalist

1982 - [[Gillian Jacobs]] -American actress

1982 - [[Louis Oosthuizen]] -South African golfer

1982 - [[Gonzalo Pineda]] -Mexican footballer

1982 - [[Daan van Bunge]] -Dutch cricketer

1983 - [[Andy Lonergan]] -English footballer

1983 - [[Cara Santa Maria]] -American neuroscientist and blogger

1983 - [[Julia Selepen]] -Lithuanian figure skater

1984 - [[Elaine Bradley]] -American drummer and songwriter (Neon Trees)

1984 - [[Kaio de Almeida]] -Brazilian swimmer

1984 - [[Saki Fujita]] -Japanese voice actress

1985 - [[RR Enriquez]] -Filipino actress and host

1985 - [[Erina Yamaguchi]] -Japanese model

1987 - [[Fumino Kimura]] -Japanese actress

1988 - [[Dot Rotten]] -English rapper and producer

1989 - [[Miroslav Stoch]] -Slovakian footballer

1989 - [[Rakuto Tochihara]] -Japanese actor

1989 - [[Janine Tugonon]] -Filipino model and host, Miss Universe 2012|Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up

1990 - [[Tom Kilbey]] -English footballer

1990 - [[Janet Leon]] -Swedish singer-songwriter and dancer (Play (Swedish band)|Play)

1990 - [[Jessica Meuse]] -American singer

1991 - [[Colton Dixon]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1992 - [[Shiho (actress)|Shiho]] -Japanese actress and model

1993 - [[Abby Sunderland]] -American sailor

1994 - [[Agnė Sereikaitė]] -Lithuanian speed skater

1994 - [[Kenta Suga]] -Japanese actor

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