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Day History: October-26

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Famous Birthdays


1416 - [[Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent]] -English administrator, nobleman and magnate (d. 1490)

1427 - [[Sigismund, Archduke of Austria]] -(d. 1496)

1474 - [[Frederick of Saxony (Teutonic Knight)|Friedrich of Saxony]] -(d. 1510)

1491 - [[Zhengde Emperor]] -of China (d. 1521)

1529 - [[Anna of Hesse]] -(d. 1591)

1564 - [[Hans Leo Hassler]] -German organist and composer (d. 1612)

1609 - [[William Sprague (1609–1675)|William Sprague]] -English-American settler, co-founded Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)

1673 - [[Dimitrie Cantemir]] -Moldavian geographer, historian, and philosopher (d. 1723)

1684 - [[Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin]] -Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)

1685 - [[Domenico Scarlatti]] -Italian harpsichord player and composer (d. 1757)

1694 - [[Johan Helmich Roman]] -Swedish composer (d. 1758)

1747 - [[Ivan Mane Jarnović]] -Italian violinist and composer (d. 1804)

1757 - [[Karl Leonhard Reinhold]] -Austrian philosopher and academic (d. 1823)

1759 - [[Georges Danton]] -French lawyer and politician, Ministry of Justice (France)|French Minister of Justice (d. 1794)

1768 - [[Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko]] -Polish general and politician (d. 1844)

1794 - [[Konstantin Thon]] -Russian architect, designed the Grand Kremlin Palace and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (d. 1881)

1795 - [[Nikolaos Mantzaros]] -Greek composer and theorist (d. 1872)

1797 - [[Giuditta Pasta]] -Italian soprano (d. 1865)

1799 - [[Margaret Agnes Bunn]] -Scottish actress (d. 1883)

1800 - [[Helmuth von Moltke the Elder]] -Prussian field marshal (d. 1891)

1802 - [[Miguel I of Portugal]] -(d. 1866)

1803 - [[Joseph Hansom]] -English architect, designed Birmingham Town Hall (d. 1882)

1842 - [[Vasily Vereshchagin]] -Russian soldier and painter (d. 1904)

1849 - [[Ferdinand Georg Frobenius]] -German mathematician and academic (d. 1917)

1850 - [[Grigore Tocilescu]] -Romanian archaeologist and historian (d. 1909)

1854 - [[C. W. Post]] -American businessman, founded Post Foods (d. 1914)

1860 - [[Frank Eaton]] -American Deputy U.S. Marshal (d. 1958)

1865 - [[Benjamin Guggenheim]] -American businessman (d. 1912)

1869 - [[Washington Luís]] -Brazilian lawyer and politician, 13th President of Brazil (d. 1957)

1871 - [[Guillermo Kahlo]] -German-Mexican photographer (d. 1941)

1872 - [[Harold Fraser (golfer)|Harold Fraser]] -American golfer (d. 1945)

1873 - [[A. K. Fazlul Huq]] -Bangladeshi-Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th Ministry of Interior (Pakistan)|Pakistani Minister of Interior (d. 1962)

1873 - [[Thorvald Stauning]] -Danish union leader and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Denmark (d. 1942)

1874 - [[Martin Lowry]] -English chemist and academic (d. 1936)

1874 - [[Abby Aldrich Rockefeller]] -American philanthropist (d. 1948)

1880 - [[Andrei Bely]] -Russian author, poet, and critic (d. 1934)

1881 - [[Louis Bastien (cyclist)|Louis Bastien]] -French cyclist and fencer (d. 1963)

1883 - [[Napoleon Hill]] -American philosopher and author (d. 1970)

1883 - [[Paul Pilgrim]] -American runner (d. 1958)

1884 - [[William Hogenson]] -American sprinter (d. 1965)

1890 - [[Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi]] -Indian journalist and politician (d. 1931)

1893 - [[Miloš Crnjanski]] -Serbian poet and author (d. 1977)

1899 - [[Judy Johnson]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1989)

1902 - [[Beryl Markham]] -Kenyan horse trainer and author (d. 1986)

1902 - [[Jack Sharkey]] -American boxer and referee (d. 1994)

1902 - [[Henrietta Hill Swope]] -American astronomer (d. 1980)

1903 - [[Mahn Ba Khaing]] -Burma|Burmese martyr (d. 1947)

1905 - [[George Bernard Flahiff]] -Canadian cardinal (d. 1989)

1906 - [[Primo Carnera]] -Italian boxer and actor (d. 1967)

1909 - [[Ignace Lepp]] -French psychologist and author (d. 1966)

1909 - [[Dante Quinterno]] -Argentinian author and illustrator (d. 2003)

1910 - [[John Krol]] -American cardinal (d. 1996)

1911 - [[Sid Gillman]] -American football player and coach (d. 2003)

1911 - [[Mahalia Jackson]] -American singer and actress (d. 1972)

1911 - [[Sorley MacLean]] -Scottish poet and educator (d. 1996)

1912 - [[Don Siegel]] -American director and producer (d. 1991)

1913 - [[Charlie Barnet]] -American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1991)

1914 - [[Jackie Coogan]] -American actor and director (d. 1984)

1915 - [[Joe Fry]] -English race car driver (d. 1950)

1916 - [[François Mitterrand]] -French lawyer and politician, 21st President of France (d. 1996)

1916 - [[Boyd Wagner]] -American colonel and pilot (d. 1942)

1918 - [[Diana Serra Cary]] -American actress

1919 - [[Frank Bourgholtzer]] -American journalist (d. 2010)

1919 - [[Edward Brooke]] -American captain and politician, 47th Massachusetts Attorney General (d. 2015)

1919 - [[Mohammad Reza Pahlavi]] -Persian king (d. 1980)

1920 - [[Sarah Lee Lippincott]] -American astronomer

1921 - [[George Forrest (politician)|George Forrest]] -Northern Irish politician (d. 1968)

1922 - [[Madelyn Dunham]] -American grandmother of Barack Obama (d. 2008)

1922 - [[Fred Wood (actor)|Fred Wood]] -English actor

1923 - [[Robert Hinde]] -English zoologist and academic

1924 - [[Shaw Taylor]] -English actor and television host (d. 2015)

1925 - [[Jan Wolkers]] -Dutch sculptor, painter, and author (d. 2007)

1926 - [[Panos Gavalas]] -Greek singer (d. 1988)

1927 - [[Warne Marsh]] -American saxophonist (Supersax) (d. 1987)

1928 - [[Francisco Solano López (comics)|Francisco Solano López]] -Argentinian illustrator (d. 2011)

1929 - [[Neal Matthews, Jr.]] -American singer (The Jordanaires) (d. 2000)

1933 - [[Takis Kanellopoulos]] -Greek director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1933 - [[Andrew P. O'Rourke]] -American judge and politician (d. 2013)

1934 - [[Hot Rod Hundley]] -American basketball player and sportscaster (d. 2015)

1934 - [[Hans-Joachim Roedelius]] -German keyboard player and producer (Cluster (band)|Cluster, Harmonia (band)|Harmonia, Kluster, and Aquarello)

1935 - [[Mike Gray]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1935 - [[Gloria Conyers Hewitt]] -American mathematician and academic

1936 - [[Shelley Morrison]] -American actress

1936 - [[György Pauk]] -Hungarian violinist and educator

1940 - [[Eddie Henderson (musician)|Eddie Henderson]] -American trumpet player and educator

1940 - [[John Horgan (academic)|John Horgan]] -Irish academic and politician

1941 - [[Steven Kellogg]] -American author and illustrator

1941 - [[Charlie Landsborough]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1942 - [[Bob Hoskins]] -English actor, singer, and director (d. 2014)

1942 - [[Milton Nascimento]] -Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Clube da Esquina)

1942 - [[Zdenko Runjić]] -Croatian songwriter and producer (d. 2004)

1942 - [[Jonathan Williams (racing driver)|Jonathan Williams]] -English race car driver

1944 - [[Jim McCann (musician)|Jim McCann]] -Irish singer and guitarist (The Dubliners and The Ludlows) (d. 2015)

1945 - [[Pat Conroy]] -American author

1945 - [[Demetris Th. Gotsis]] -Greek poet and author

1945 - [[Nancy Davis Griffeth]] -American computer scientist

1945 - [[Jaclyn Smith]] -American actress and producer

1946 - [[Kevin Barron]] -English politician

1946 - [[Keith Hopwood]] -English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Herman's Hermits)

1946 - [[Pat Sajak]] -American game show host

1946 - [[Holly Woodlawn]] -American performer

1947 - [[Ricardo Asch]] -Argentinian gynecologist and endocrinologist

1947 - [[Ian Ashley]] -German-English race car driver

1947 - [[Hillary Rodham Clinton]] -American lawyer and politician, 44th List of First Ladies of the United States|First Lady of the United States

1947 - [[Reg Empey]] -Irish businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of Belfast

1947 - [[Trevor Joyce]] -Irish poet and scholar

1947 - [[Kenzo Kitakata]] -Japanese novelist

1948 - [[Toby Harrah]] -American baseball player and coach

1949 - [[Antonio Carpio]] -Filipino lawyer and jurist, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines

1949 - [[Steve Rogers (baseball)|Steve Rogers]] -American baseball player

1949 - [[Kevin Sullivan (wrestler)|Kevin Sullivan]] -American wrestler and booker

1951 - [[Bootsy Collins]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Parliament-Funkadelic and Praxis (band)|Praxis)

1951 - [[Tommy Mars]] -American keyboard player

1951 - [[Julian Schnabel]] -American painter, director, and screenwriter

1952 - [[Bobby Bandiera]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)

1952 - [[Edward Garnier]] -English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales

1952 - [[Andrew Motion]] -English poet and author

1952 - [[David Was]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Was (Not Was))

1953 - [[Roger Allam]] -English actor and singer

1953 - [[Tim Hely Hutchinson]] -English publisher

1953 - [[Joe Meriweather]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)

1953 - [[Keith Strickland]] -American guitarist and songwriter (The B-52's)

1953 - [[Maureen Teefy]] -American actress and singer

1953 - [[Lauren Tewes]] -American actress

1954 - [[Vasilis Hatzipanagis]] -Greek footballer

1954 - [[Adam Mars-Jones]] -English author and critic

1956 - [[Stephen Gumley]] -Australian engineer and businessman

1956 - [[Rita Wilson]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1957 - [[Julie Dawn Cole]] -English actress and singer

1957 - [[Bob Golic]] -American football player and radio host

1958 - [[Shaun Woodward]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1959 - [[Brian Bovell]] -English actor

1959 - [[François Chau]] -Cambodian-American actor

1959 - [[Paul Farmer]] -American anthropologist and physician

1959 - [[Andreas Hinze]] -German footballer

1959 - [[Marilyn Jess]] -French porn actress

1959 - [[Evo Morales]] -Bolivian politician, 80th President of Bolivia

1960 - [[Patrick Breen]] -American actor and screenwriter

1961 - [[Gerald Malloy]] -American lawyer and politician

1961 - [[Dylan McDermott]] -American actor

1961 - [[Stacy Schiff]] -American author and critic

1962 - [[Cary Elwes]] -English actor and producer

1963 - [[Ted Demme]] -American actor, director, and producer (d. 2002)

1963 - [[Natalie Merchant]] -American singer-songwriter and pianist (10,000 Maniacs)

1964 - [[Tom Cavanagh]] -Canadian actor and producer

1965 - [[Aaron Kwok]] -Hong Kong singer, dancer, and actor

1965 - [[Kelly Rowan]] -Canadian actress and producer

1966 - [[Jane Hajduk]] -American actress

1966 - [[Masaharu Iwata]] -Japanese keyboard player and composer

1966 - [[Sverre Gjørvad]] -Norwegian drummer (Dingobats)

1966 - [[Steve Valentine]] -Scottish actor

1966 - [[Jeanne Zelasko]] -American journalist and sportscaster

1967 - [[Douglas Alexander]] -Scottish lawyer and politician, Minister of State for Europe

1967 - [[Keith Urban]] -New Zealand-American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Ranch (band)|The Ranch)

1970 - [[Lisa Ryder]] -Canadian actress

1970 - [[Dian Bachar]] -American actor

1971 - [[Jim Butcher]] -American author

1971 - [[Audley Harrison]] -English boxer

1971 - [[Ronnie Irani]] -English cricketer

1971 - [[Anthony Rapp]] -American actor and singer

1972 - [[Daniel Elena]] -Monegasque race car driver

1973 - [[Austin Healey]] -English rugby player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Seth MacFarlane]] -American voice actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973 - [[Taka Michinoku]] -Japanese wrestler and trainer

1974 - [[LISA (Japanese musician, born 1974)|Lisa]] -Japanese singer and producer (M-Flo)

1974 - [[Anita Rinaldi]] -Hungarian porn actress, director, and producer

1974 - [[Raveena Tandon]] -Indian actress and producer

1975 - [[Ivo Posti]] -Estonian tenor

1976 - [[Miikka Kiprusoff]] -Finnish ice hockey player

1976 - [[Shinji Takao]] -Japanese Go (game)|Go player

1977 - [[Jon Heder]] -American actor and producer

1978 - [[Sari Abacha]] -Nigerian footballer (d. 2013)

1978 - [[Jimmy Aggrey]] -English footballer and actor

1978 - [[Eva Kaili]] -Greek journalist and politician

1978 - [[CM Punk]] -American wrestler and actor

1978 - [[Dave Zastudil]] -American football player

1979 - [[Movsar Barayev]] -Chechen militia leader (d. 2002)

1979 - [[Josh Portman]] -American guitarist (Near Miss (band)|Near Miss and Yellowcard)

1980 - [[Cristian Chivu]] -Romanian footballer

1980 - [[Claire Cooper]] -English actress

1980 - [[Koichi Watanabe]] -Japanese kick-boxer

1981 - [[Sam Brown (comedian)|Sam Brown]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Martina Schild]] -Swiss skier

1981 - [[Guy Sebastian]] -Australian singer-songwriter and producer

1981 - [[Chou Ssu-Chi]] -Taiwanese baseball player

1981 - [[Girl Talk (musician)|Girl Talk]] -American DJ and producer (Trey Told 'Em)

1982 - [[Nicola Adams]] -English boxer

1982 - [[Adam Carroll]] -Irish race car driver

1982 - [[Niña Dolino]] -Filipino actress

1983 - [[Francisco Liriano]] -Dominican baseball player

1983 - [[Dmitri Sychev]] -Russian footballer

1983 - [[Luke Watson]] -South African rugby player

1984 - [[Sasha Cohen]] -American figure skater

1984 - [[Adriano Correia]] -Brazilian footballer

1984 - [[Mathieu Crépel]] -French snowboarder

1984 - [[Jefferson Farfán]] -Peruvian footballer

1984 - [[Amanda Overmyer]] -American singer-songwriter

1985 - [[Asin]] -Indian model and actress

1985 - [[Andrea Bargnani]] -Italian basketball player

1985 - [[Kafoumba Coulibaly]] -Ivorian footballer

1985 - [[Monta Ellis]] -American basketball player

1985 - [[Kieran Read]] -New Zealand rugby player

1985 - [[Soko (singer)|Soko]] -French singer and actress

1986 - [[Ibor Bakar]] -French footballer

1986 - [[Emilia Clarke]] -English actress

1986 - [[Jakub Rzeźniczak]] -Polish footballer

1986 - [[Marco Ruben]] -Argentinian footballer

1986 - [[Schoolboy Q]] -German-American rapper (Black Hippy)

1987 - [[Abudramae Bamba]] -Ivorian footballer

1987 - [[Shawn Lauvao]] -American football player

1988 - [[Greg Zuerlein (figure skater)|Greg Zuerlein]] -American figure skater

1989 - [[Emil Sayfutdinov]] -Russian motorcycle racer

1990 - [[Mark Swanepoel]] -South African rugby player

1991 - [[Riho Iida]] -actress and model

1991 - [[Amala Paul]] -Indian actress

1991 - [[Shu Watanabe (actor)|Shu Watanabe]] -Japanese actor

1994 - [[Allie DeBerry]] -American actress

1996 - [[Rebecca Tunney]] -English gymnast

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