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Day History: October-21

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Famous Birthdays


1328 - [[Hongwu Emperor]] -of China (d. 1398)

1449 - [[George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence]] -Irish-English son of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (d. 1478)

1527 - [[Louis I, Cardinal of Guise]] -(d. 1578)

1581 - [[Domenichino]] -Italian painter (d. 1641)

1650 - [[Jean Bart]] -French admiral (d. 1702)

1675 - [[Emperor Higashiyama]] -of Japan (d. 1710)

1687 - [[Nicolaus I Bernoulli]] -Swiss mathematician and theorist (d. 1759)

1712 - [[James Steuart (economist)|James Steuart]] -Scottish economist and author (d. 1780)

1725 - [[Franz Moritz von Lacy]] -Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)

1757 - [[Pierre Augereau]] -French general (d. 1816)

1762 - [[Herman Willem Daendels]] -Dutch general, lawyer, and politician, 36th Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1818)

1772 - [[Samuel Taylor Coleridge]] -English poet, philosopher, and critic (d. 1834)

1775 - [[Giuseppe Baini]] -Italian priest, composer, and critic (d. 1844)

1790 - [[Alphonse de Lamartine]] -French poet and politician, French Head of State (d. 1869)

1811 - [[Filippo Colini]] -Italian opera singer (d. 1863)

1821 - [[Sims Reeves]] -English tenor (d. 1900)

1833 - [[Alfred Nobel]] -Swedish chemist and engineer, invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prize (d. 1896)

1845 - [[Will Carleton]] -American poet and journalist (d. 1912)

1847 - [[Giuseppe Giacosa]] -Italian poet and playwright (d. 1906)

1851 - [[George Ulyett]] -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1898)

1884 - [[Claire Waldoff]] -German singer and actress (d. 1957)

1886 - [[Eugene Burton Ely]] -American soldier and pilot (d. 1911)

1887 - [[Mihkel Müller]] -Estonian wrestler (d. 1970)

1887 - [[Krishna Singh (politician)|Krishna Singh]] -Indian politician, 1st Chief Minister of Bihar (d. 1961)

1894 - [[Edogawa Ranpo]] -Japanese author and critic (d. 1965)

1895 - [[Paavo Johansson]] -Finnish javelin thrower and decathlete (d. 1983)

1895 - [[Edna Purviance]] -American actress (d. 1958)

1898 - [[Eduard Pütsep]] -Estonian wrestler and actor (d. 1960)

1907 - [[Nikos Engonopoulos]] -Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)

1911 - [[Mary Blair]] -American illustrator and animator (d. 1978)

1912 - [[Don Byas]] -American saxophonist (d. 1972)

1912 - [[Alfredo Pián]] -Argentinian race car driver (d. 1990)

1912 - [[Georg Solti]] -Hungarian-English conductor (d. 1997)

1914 - [[Martin Gardner]] -American mathematician and author (d. 2010)

1917 - [[Dizzy Gillespie]] -American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 1993)

1918 - [[Milton Himmelfarb]] -American sociographer and author (d. 2006)

1919 - [[Jim Wallwork]] -English-Canadian sergeant and pilot (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Malcolm Arnold]] -English composer (d. 2006)

1921 - [[Bruce Beeby]] -Australian-English actor (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Jim Shumate]] -American fiddler (d. 2013)

1921 - [[Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld]] -Dutch astronomer and academic (d. 2015)

1922 - [[Liliane Bettencourt]] -French businesswoman and philanthropist

1923 - [[Samuel Khachikian]] -Iranian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 2001)

1924 - [[Celia Cruz]] -Cuban-American singer (Sonora Matancera) (d. 2003)

1924 - [[Joyce Randolph]] -American actress

1924 - [[Julie Wilson]] -American actress and singer (d. 2015)

1925 - [[Virginia Zeani]] -Romanian soprano and educator

1926 - [[Leonard Rossiter]] -English actor (d. 1984)

1927 - [[Fritz Wintersteller]] -Austrian mountaineer

1928 - [[Whitey Ford]] -American baseball player and coach

1928 - [[Vern Mikkelsen]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1928 - [[Charles Ryskamp]] -American museum director and art collector (d. 2010)

1929 - [[Pierre Bellemare]] -French radio and television host

1929 - [[Fritz Hollaus]] -Austrian footballer (d. 1994)

1929 - [[Ursula K. Le Guin]] -American author and critic

1930 - [[Ivan Silayev]] -Russian engineer and politician, 19th Prime Minister of Russia

1931 - [[Shammi Kapoor]] -Indian actor and director (d. 2011)

1931 - [[Vivian Pickles]] -English actress

1931 - [[Hugh Thomas (writer)|Hugh Thomas]] -English historian and author

1932 - [[Pál Csernai]] -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1933 - [[Maureen Duffy]] -English author, poet, and playwright

1935 - [[Derek Bell (musician)|Derek Bell]] -Irish harp player, pianist, and songwriter (The Chieftains) (d. 2002)

1937 - [[Said Afandi al-Chirkawi]] -Russian spiritual leader and scholar (d. 2012)

1937 - [[Hank Nelson]] -Australian historian and academic (d. 2012)

1938 - [[Carl Brewer]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2001)

1940 - [[Geoffrey Boycott]] -English cricketer and sportscaster

1940 - [[Frances FitzGerald (journalist)|Frances FitzGerald]] -American journalist and author

1940 - [[Rhoda Gemignani]] -American actress

1940 - [[Manfred Mann (musician)|Manfred Mann]] -South African-English keyboard player (Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and Manfred Mann Chapter Three)

1940 - [[Marita Petersen]] -Faroese educator and politician, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (d. 2001)

1941 - [[Steve Cropper]] -American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and actor (Booker T. & the M.G.'s, The Mar-Keys, and The Blues Brothers)

1942 - [[Elvin Bishop]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942 - [[Allan Grice]] -Australian race car driver

1942 - [[Lou Lamoriello]] -American ice hockey player, coach, and manager

1942 - [[Judith Sheindlin]] -American judge and television host

1942 - [[Christopher A. Sims]] -American economist and statistician, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate

1942 - [[John Stevens, Baron Stevens of Kirkwhelpington]] -English police officer and academic

1943 - [[Tariq Ali]] -Pakistani historian and author

1944 - [[Ene Mihkelson]] -Estonian author and poet

1944 - [[Mandy Rice-Davies]] -English model and actress (d. 2014)

1944 - [[Michael Tugendhat]] -English lawyer and judge

1945 - [[Everett McGill]] -American actor

1945 - [[Michael White (journalist)|Michael White]] -English journalist

1946 - [[Jane Heal]] -English philosopher and academic

1946 - [[Jim Hill (American football)|Jim Hill]] -American football player and sportscaster

1946 - [[Lux Interior]] -American singer-songwriter (The Cramps) (d. 2009)

1946 - [[Lee Loughnane]] -American singer-songwriter and trumpet player (Chicago (band)|Chicago)

1947 - [[Ai (poet)|Ai]] -American poet and educator (d. 2010)

1947 - [[Mary Pipher]] -American psychologist and author

1948 - [[Shaye J. D. Cohen]] -American historian and academic

1948 - [[Tom Everett]] -American actor and singer

1948 - [[Allen Henry Vigneron]] -American archbishop

1949 - [[Michel Brière]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1971)

1949 - [[Mike Keenan]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1949 - [[Benjamin Netanyahu]] -Israeli captain and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Israel

1950 - [[Ronald McNair]] -American physicist and astronaut (d. 1986)

1951 - [[Dmitry Gayev]] -Russian civil servant (d. 2012)

1952 - [[Trevor Chappell]] -Australian cricketer and coach

1952 - [[Patti Davis]] -American actress and author

1952 - [[Allen Hoey]] -American poet and author

1952 - [[Brent Mydland]] -German-American keyboard player (Grateful Dead, Bobby and the Midnites, and Silver (band)|Silver) (d. 1990)

1953 - [[Charlotte Caffey]] -American guitarist and songwriter (The Go-Go's and The Graces (band)|The Graces)

1953 - [[Eric Faulkner]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Bay City Rollers)

1953 - [[Keith Green]] -American singer-songwriter, pianist, and minister (d. 1982)

1953 - [[Marc Johnson (musician)|Marc Johnson]] -American bassist, composer, and bandleader

1953 - [[Peter Mandelson]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1954 - [[Brian Tobin]] -Canadian journalist and politician, 6th Premier of Newfoundland

1955 - [[Dick DeVos]] -American businessman

1955 - [[Fred Hersch]] -American pianist and composer

1955 - [[Rich Mullins]] -American singer-songwriter (A Ragamuffin Band) (d. 1997)

1956 - [[Carrie Fisher]] -American actress and screenwriter

1956 - [[Mike Tully]] -American pole vaulter

1957 - [[Julian Cope]] -English singer-songwriter (The Teardrop Explodes, Crucial Three, Black Sheep (anarcho-folk band)|Black Sheep, Brain Donor, and Queen Elizabeth (band)|Queen Elizabeth)

1957 - [[Wolfgang Ketterle]] -German physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1957 - [[Steve Lukather]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Toto (band)|Toto)

1958 - [[Andre Geim]] -Russian-English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1959 - [[George Bell (outfielder)|George Bell]] -Dominican baseball player

1959 - [[Tony Ganios]] -American actor

1959 - [[Rose McDowall]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Strawberry Switchblade, Spell (band)|Spell, and Current 93)

1959 - [[Andy Picheta]] -English director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 - [[Kevin Sheedy (Irish footballer)|Kevin Sheedy]] -Welsh-Irish footballer and manager

1959 - [[Ken Watanabe]] -Japanese actor and producer

1962 - [[David Campese]] -Australian rugby player and coach

1964 - [[Jon Carin]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Pink Floyd, The Who, and Industry (band)|Industry)

1965 - [[Ion Andoni Goikoetxea]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1965 - [[Horace Hogan]] -American wrestler

1965 - [[Hisashi Imai]] -Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buck-Tick, Schaft, and Schwein)

1966 - [[Igor Prins]] -Estonian footballer and manager

1966 - [[Arne Sandstø]] -Norwegian footballer and manager

1967 - [[Georgi Dakov]] -Bulgarian high jumper (d. 1996)

1967 - [[Paul Ince]] -English footballer and manager

1967 - [[Gavin Lovegrove]] -New Zealand javelin thrower and graphic designer

1968 - [[Alexandros Alexandris]] -Greek footballer and manager

1968 - [[Kerstin Andreae]] -German politician

1968 - [[Melora Walters]] -Saudi Arabian-American actress

1969 - [[Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa]] -Bahraini prince

1969 - [[Michael Hancock (rugby league)|Michael Hancock]] -Australian rugby player

1969 - [[Mo Lewis]] -American football player

1970 - [[Louis Koo]] -Hong Kong actor and singer

1971 - [[Hal Duncan]] -Scottish author and poet

1971 - [[Jade Jagger]] -French-English model and jewellery designer

1971 - [[Damien Martyn]] -Australian cricketer

1971 - [[Nick Oliveri]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Mondo Generator, Kyuss, and Queens of the Stone Age)

1971 - [[Conor O'Shea]] -Irish rugby player and coach

1971 - [[Paul Telfer (footballer)|Paul Telfer]] -Scottish footballer and coach

1971 - [[Thomas Ulsrud]] -Norwegian curler

1972 - [[Felicity Andersen]] -Australian actress

1972 - [[Matthew Friedberger]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Fiery Furnaces)

1972 - [[Masakazu Morita]] -Japanese voice actor

1972 - [[Orlando Thomas]] -American football player (d. 2014)

1972 - [[Evhen Tsybulenko]] -Ukrainian scholar and academic

1973 - [[Lera Auerbach]] -Russian-American pianist and composer

1973 - [[Sasha Roiz]] -Israeli-Canadian actor

1973 - [[Charlie Lowell]] -American pianist and songwriter (Jars of Clay)

1974 - [[Costel Busuioc]] -Romanian tenor

1975 - [[Toby Hall]] -American baseball player

1975 - [[Henrique Hilário]] -Portuguese footballer

1976 - [[Henrik Gustavsson]] -Swedish footballer

1976 - [[Jeremy Miller]] -American actor and singer

1976 - [[Lavinia Miloșovici]] -Romanian gymnast

1976 - [[Josh Ritter]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976 - [[Andrew Scott (actor)|Andrew Scott]] -Irish actor

1976 - [[Mélanie Turgeon]] -Canadian skier

1977 - [[Julieta Cardinali]] -Argentinian actress

1977 - [[David Clayton Rogers]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1978 - [[Will Estes]] -American actor

1978 - [[Joey Harrington]] -American football player and sportscaster

1978 - [[Henrik Klingenberg]] -Finnish singer and keyboard player (Sonata Arctica and Silent Voices (band)|Silent Voices)

1979 - [[Khalil Greene]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Gabe Gross]] -American baseball player

1979 - [[Karl Harris]] -English motorcycle racer (d. 2014)

1980 - [[Kim Kardashian]] -American model, actress, and fashion designer

1980 - [[Brian Pittman]] -American bass player (Relient K and Inhale Exhale)

1981 - [[Carmella Bing]] -American porn actress and model

1981 - [[Martin Castrogiovanni]] -Argentinian-Italian rugby player

1981 - [[Nemanja Vidić]] -Serbian footballer

1982 - [[Matt Dallas]] -American actor

1982 - [[Jim Henderson (baseball)|Jim Henderson]] -American baseball player

1982 - [[Antony Kay]] -English footballer

1982 - [[Ray Ventrone]] -American football player

1982 - [[Lee Chong Wei]] -Malaysian badminton player

1982 - [[James White (basketball)|James White]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Tim Wildsmith]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1983 - [[Casey Fien]] -American baseball player

1983 - [[Zack Greinke]] -American baseball player

1983 - [[Gonzalo Klusener]] -Argentinian footballer

1983 - [[Andy Marte]] -Dominican baseball player

1983 - [[Chris Sherrington]] -English-Scottish martial artist

1983 - [[Charlotte Sullivan]] -Canadian actress

1983 - [[Ninet Tayeb]] -Israeli singer and actress

1983 - [[Aaron Tveit]] -American actor and singer

1983 - [[Shelden Williams]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Anna Bogdanova]] -Russian heptathlete

1984 - [[Tom Brandstater]] -American football player

1984 - [[Kenny Cooper]] -American soccer player

1984 - [[Anouk Leblanc-Boucher]] -Canadian speed skater

1984 - [[José Lobatón]] -Venezuelan baseball player

1984 - [[Jessica Michibata]] -Argentine-Japanese model

1984 - [[Marvin Mitchell]] -American football player

1984 - [[Kieran Richardson]] -English footballer

1985 - [[Simone Bracalello]] -Italian footballer

1986 - [[Almen Abdi]] -Swiss footballer

1986 - [[Chibuzor Chilaka]] -Nigerian footballer

1986 - [[Scott Rendell]] -English footballer

1986 - [[Tamerlan Tsarnaev]] -Russian-American terrorist (d. 2013)

1986 - [[Christopher von Uckermann]] -Mexican singer-songwriter and actor (RBD)

1987 - [[Justin De Fratus]] -American baseball player

1987 - [[Andrey Grechin]] -Russian swimmer

1988 - [[Ricki Olsen]] -Danish footballer

1988 - [[Daniel Schorn]] -Austrian cyclist

1989 - [[May'n]] -Japanese singer

1989 - [[Mads Dahm]] -Norwegian footballer

1989 - [[Luke Murphy]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Jonathan Viera]] -Spanish footballer

1989 - [[Sam Vokes]] -English-Welsh footballer

1990 - [[Bengali-Fodé Koita]] -French footballer

1990 - [[Mathieu Peybernes]] -French footballer

1990 - [[Ricky Rubio]] -Spanish basketball player

1991 - [[Tom Eastman]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Geoffry Hairemans]] -Belgian footballer

1991 - [[Vadaine Oliver]] -English footballer

1991 - [[Harry Pell]] -English footballer

1992 - [[Bernard Tomic]] -Australian tennis player

1994 - [[DeAndre Brackensick]] -American singer

1995 - [[Cameron Burgess]] -Scottish-born, Australian footballer

1995 - [[Antoinette Guedia Mouafo]] -Cameroonian swimmer

1995 - [[Shannon Magrane]] -American singer-songwriter

1998 - [[Ryoka Oshima]] -Japanese idol and singer (AKB48)

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