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Day History: September-18

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Famous Birthdays


53 - [[Trajan]] -Roman emperor (d. 117)

1344 - [[Marie of Valois, Duchess of Bar]] -(d. 1404)

1434 - [[Eleanor of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress]] -(d. 1467)

1554 - [[Haydar Mirza Safavi]] -(d. 1576)

1587 - [[Francesca Caccini]] -Italian singer-songwriter and lute player (d. 1640)

1643 - [[Gilbert Burnet]] -Scottish bishop, historian, and theologian (d. 1715)

1676 - [[Eberhard Louis, Duke of Württemberg]] -(d. 1733)

1684 - [[Johann Gottfried Walther]] -German organist and composer (d. 1748)

1709 - [[Samuel Johnson]] -English lexicographer and author (d. 1784)

1711 - [[Ignaz Holzbauer]] -Austrian composer (d. 1783)

1733 - [[George Read (U.S. statesman)|George Read]] -American lawyer and politician, 3rd List of Governors of Delaware|Governor of Delaware (d. 1798)

1750 - [[Tomás de Iriarte y Oropesa]] -Spanish poet and playwright (d. 1791)

1752 - [[Adrien-Marie Legendre]] -French mathematician and theorist (d. 1833)

1765 - [[Pope Gregory XVI]] -(d. 1846)

1779 - [[Joseph Story]] -American lawyer and jurist (d. 1845)

1786 - [[Christian VIII of Denmark]] -(d. 1848)

1786 - [[Justinus Kerner]] -German poet and author (d. 1862)

1812 - [[Herschel Vespasian Johnson]] -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Georgia (d. 1880)

1819 - [[Léon Foucault]] -French physicist (d. 1868)

1837 - [[Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos]] -Portuguese archbishop (d. 1880)

1838 - [[Anton Mauve]] -Dutch painter (d. 1888)

1846 - [[Richard With]] -Norwegian captain, businessman, and politician, founded Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab (d. 1930)

1848 - [[Francis Grierson]] -English-American pianist and composer (d. 1927)

1852 - [[Clement Lindley Wragge]] -English-Australian meteorologist and public servant (d. 1922)

1857 - [[John Hessin Clarke]] -American lawyer and judge (d. 1945)

1858 - [[Kate Booth]] -English Salvation Army officer (d. 1955)

1859 - [[John L. Bates]] -American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)

1859 - [[Lincoln Loy McCandless]] -American businessman and politician (d. 1940)

1860 - [[Alberto Franchetti]] -Italian-American composer and educator (d. 1942)

1870 - [[Clark Wissler]] -American anthropologist, author, and educator (d. 1947)

1872 - [[Carl Friedberg]] -German-Italian pianist and educator (d. 1955)

1872 - [[Adolf Schmal]] -Austrian fencer and cyclist (d. 1919)

1874 - [[Georges Lumpp]] -French rower (d. 1934)

1875 - [[Tomás Burgos]] -Chilean philanthropist (d. 1945)

1876 - [[James Scullin]] -Australian journalist and politician, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1953)

1878 - [[James O. Richardson]] -American admiral (d. 1974)

1883 - [[Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners]] -English composer, author, and painter (d. 1950)

1885 - [[Uzeyir Hajibeyov]] -Azerbaijani composer, conductor, and playwright (d. 1948)

1888 - [[Grey Owl]] -English-Canadian environmentalist and author (d. 1938)

1888 - [[Toni Wolff]] -Swiss psychologist and author (d. 1953)

1889 - [[Doris Blackburn]] -Australian politician (d. 1970)

1889 - [[Leslie Morshead]] -Australian general, businessman, and educator (d. 1959)

1891 - [[Rafael Pérez y Pérez]] -Spanish writer (d. 1984)

1893 - [[Arthur Benjamin]] -Australian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1960)

1893 - [[William March]] -American soldier and author (d. 1954)

1894 - [[Fay Compton]] -English actress (d. 1978)

1895 - [[Jean Batmale]] -French Footballer (d. 1973)

1895 - [[John Diefenbaker]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (d. 1979)

1895 - [[Walter Koch (astrologer)|Walter Koch]] -German astrologer and author (d. 1970)

1895 - [[Tomoji Tanabe]] -Japanese super-centenarian (d. 2009)

1897 - [[Pablo Sorozábal]] -Spanish composer and conductor (d. 1988)

1900 - [[Willis Laurence James]] -American violinist and educator (d. 1966)

1900 - [[Seewoosagur Ramgoolam]] -Mauritian philanthropist and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Mauritius (d. 1985)

1901 - [[Harold Clurman]] -American director and producer (d. 1980)

1904 - [[Bun Cook]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1988)

1904 - [[David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles]] -English politician, Secretary of State for Education (d. 1999)

1904 - [[Jose de Rivera]] -American sculptor (d. 1985)

1905 - [[Eddie "Rochester" Anderson]] -American actor and singer (d. 1977)

1905 - [[Agnes de Mille]] -American dancer and choreographer (d. 1993)

1905 - [[Greta Garbo]] -Swedish-American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1906 - [[Julio Rosales]] -Filipino cardinal (d. 1983)

1906 - [[Kaka Hathrasi]] -Indian poet and author (d. 1995)

1907 - [[Leon Askin]] -Austrian actor (d. 2005)

1907 - [[Edwin McMillan]] -American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1908 - [[Victor Ambartsumian]] -Georgian-Armenian astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic (d. 1996)

1910 - [[Bernard Kangro]] -Estonian journalist, author, and poet (d. 1994)

1910 - [[Joseph F. Enright]] -American submarine captain, sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Shinano (d. 2000)

1910 - [[Josef Tal]] -Israeli pianist and composer (d. 2008)

1911 - [[Syd Howe]] -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1976)

1911 - [[Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clancarty]] -Irish ufologist and politician (d. 1995)

1912 - [[María de la Cruz]] -Chilean journalist and activist (d. 1995)

1912 - [[Kurt Lotz]] -German businessman (d. 2005)

1914 - [[Jack Cardiff]] -English director, cinematographer, and photographer (d. 2009)

1916 - [[Frank Bell (educator)|Frank Bell]] -English soldier and educator (d. 1989)

1916 - [[Rossano Brazzi]] -Italian actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 1994)

1916 - [[John Jacob Rhodes]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 2003)

1917 - [[June Foray]] -American voice actress and singer

1917 - [[Phil Taylor (footballer)|Phil Taylor]] -English footballer and manager (d. 2012)

1917 - [[Francis Parker Yockey]] -American lawyer and philosopher (d. 1960)

1919 - [[Tommy Hunter (fiddler)|Tommy Hunter]] -American fiddler (d. 1993)

1920 - [[Jack Warden]] -American actor (d. 2006)

1922 - [[Grayson Hall]] -American actress (d. 1985)

1922 - [[Ray Steadman-Allen]] -English composer (d. 2014)

1923 - [[Peter Smithson]] -English architect, co-designed Robin Hood Gardens (d. 2003)

1923 - [[Bertha Wilson]] -Scottish-Canadian jurist, 60th List of Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (d. 2007)

1924 - [[J. D. Tippit]] -American police officer (d. 1963)

1925 - [[Harvey Haddix]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1994)

1925 - [[Dorothy Wedderburn]] -English economist and academic (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Bud Greenspan]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1926 - [[Joe Kubert]] -American author and illustrator, founded The Kubert School (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Bob Toski]] -American golfer and coach

1927 - [[Phyllis Kirk]] -American actress (d. 2006)

1927 - [[Muriel Turner, Baroness Turner of Camden]] -English politician

1929 - [[Teddi King]] -American singer (d. 1977)

1929 - [[Nancy Littlefield]] -American director and producer (d. 2007)

1931 - [[Julio Grondona]] -Argentinian businessman (d. 2014)

1932 - [[Nikolay Rukavishnikov]] -Russian physicist and astronaut (d. 2002)

1933 - [[Bob Bennett (politician)|Bob Bennett]] -American soldier and politician

1933 - [[Robert Blake (actor)|Robert Blake]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1933 - [[Scotty Bowman]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1933 - [[Mark di Suvero]] -Italian-American sculptor

1933 - [[Leonid Mikhailovich Kharitonov]] -Russian opera singer

1933 - [[Christopher Ricks]] -English scholar and critic

1933 - [[Charles Roach]] -Trinidadian-Canadian lawyer and activist (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer)|Jimmie Rodgers]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1935 - [[Peter Clarke (cartoonist)|Peter Clarke]] -English cartoonist (d. 2012)

1935 - [[John Spencer (snooker player)|John Spencer]] -English snooker player and sportscaster (d. 2006)

1936 - [[Big Tom]] -Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (Big Tom and The Mainliners)

1937 - [[Ralph Backstrom]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1938 - [[Billy Robinson]] -English-American wrestler and trainer (d. 2014)

1939 - [[Gerry Harvey]] -Australian businessman, co-founded Harvey Norman

1939 - [[Jorge Sampaio]] -Portuguese lawyer and politician, 18th President of Portugal

1939 - [[Fred Willard]] -American actor

1939 - [[Jan Camiel Willems]] -Belgian mathematician and theorist (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Frankie Avalon]] -American singer and actor

1942 - [[Gabriella Ferri]] -Italian singer (d. 2004)

1942 - [[Alex Stepney]] -English footballer

1944 - [[Satan's Angel]] -American dancer

1944 - [[Michael Franks (musician)|Michael Franks]] -American singer-songwriter

1944 - [[Rocío Jurado]] -Spanish singer and actress (d. 2006)

1944 - [[Charles L. Veach]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1995)

1945 - [[P. F. Sloan]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1945 - [[John McAfee]] -Scottish-American computer programmer, founded McAfee

1946 - [[Benjamín Brea]] -Spanish-Venezuelan saxophonist, clarinet player, and conductor (Los Cañoneros) (d. 2014)

1946 - [[Nicholas Clay]] -English actor (d. 2000)

1946 - [[Kelvin Coe]] -Australian ballet dancer (d. 1992)

1946 - [[Billy Drago]] -American actor and producer

1946 - [[Meredith Oakes]] -Australian-English playwright

1946 - [[Otis Sistrunk]] -American football player and wrestler

1947 - [[Russ Abbot]] -English comedian, actor, and singer

1947 - [[Drew Gilpin Faust]] -American historian and academic

1947 - [[Giancarlo Minardi]] -Italian businessman, founded the Minardi|Minardi Racing Team

1948 - [[Lynn Abbey]] -American computer programmer and author

1948 - [[Ken Brett]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2003)

1948 - [[Christopher Skase]] -Australian businessman (d. 2001)

1949 - [[Kerry Livgren]] -American guitarist and songwriter (Kansas (band)|Kansas, AD (band)|AD, and Proto-Kaw)

1949 - [[Jim McCrery]] -American lawyer and politician

1949 - [[Mo Mowlam]] -English politician, Minister for the Cabinet Office (d. 2005)

1949 - [[Peter Shilton]] -English footballer and manager

1950 - [[Vishnuvardhan (actor)|Vishnuvardhan]] -Indian actor

1950 - [[Shabana Azmi]] -Indian actress and singer

1950 - [[Siobhan Davies]] -English dancer and choreographer

1950 - [[Chris Heister]] -Swedish politician, Governor of Stockholm County

1950 - [[Darryl Sittler]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1950 - [[Anna Deavere Smith]] -American actress and playwright

1951 - [[Ben Carson]] -American neurosurgeon and author

1951 - [[Dee Dee Ramone]] -American singer-songwriter and bass player (Ramones) (d. 2002)

1951 - [[Tony Scott (baseball)|Tony Scott]] -American baseball player and coach

1951 - [[Darryl Stingley]] -American football player (d. 2007)

1951 - [[Marc Surer]] -Swiss race car driver

1952 - [[Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos]] -Greek politician

1952 - [[Rick Pitino]] -American basketball player and coach

1953 - [[Carl Jackson]] -American singer-songwriter and producer

1953 - [[John McGlinn]] -American conductor and historian (d. 2009)

1954 - [[Murtaza Bhutto]] -Pakistani politician (d. 1996)

1954 - [[Takao Doi]] -Japanese engineer and astronaut

1954 - [[Dennis Johnson]] -American basketball player and coach (d. 2007)

1954 - [[Steven Pinker]] -Canadian-American psychologist, linguist, and author

1954 - [[Tommy Tuberville]] -American football player and coach

1955 - [[Paul Butler (bishop)|Paul Butler]] -English bishop

1955 - [[Keith Morris]] -American singer-songwriter (Black Flag (band)|Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off! (band)|Off!)

1955 - [[Bob Papenbrook]] -American voice actor (d. 2006)

1956 - [[Chris Hedges]] -American journalist and author

1956 - [[Tim McInnerny]] -English actor

1956 - [[Peter Šťastný]] -Slovak ice hockey player and politician

1957 - [[Emily Remler]] -American guitarist (d. 1990)

1958 - [[John Aldridge]] -English-Irish footballer and manager

1958 - [[Don Geronimo]] -American radio host

1958 - [[Linda Lusardi]] -English model and actress

1958 - [[Malcolm Press]] -Ecologist

1958 - [[Derek Pringle]] -Kenyan-English cricketer and journalist

1958 - [[Joan Walsh]] -American journalist and blogger

1959 - [[Ian Arkwright]] -English footballer

1959 - [[Mark Romanek]] -American director and screenwriter

1959 - [[Ryne Sandberg]] -American baseball player, coach, and manager

1960 - [[Stephen Flaherty]] -American composer

1960 - [[Ian Lucas]] -English lawyer and politician

1961 - [[James Gandolfini]] -American actor (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Konstantin Kakanias]] -Greek-American painter

1961 - [[Mark Olson (musician)|Mark Olson]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Jayhawks and Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers)

1961 - [[Lori and George Schappell]] -American conjoined twins

1962 - [[Joanne Catherall]] -English singer (The Human League)

1962 - [[John Fashanu]] -English footballer and manager

1962 - [[John Mann (musician)|John Mann]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (Spirit of the West)

1962 - [[Aden Ridgeway]] -Australian politician

1962 - [[Boris Said]] -American race car driver

1963 - [[Jim Pocklington]] -English race car driver

1963 - [[John Powell (composer)|John Powell]] -English-Canadian composer and conductor

1964 - [[Jens Henschel]] -German footballer

1964 - [[Marco Masini]] -Italian singer-songwriter

1964 - [[Holly Robinson Peete]] -American actress and singer

1966 - [[Tom Chorske]] -American ice hockey player and sportscaster

1967 - [[Ricky Bell (singer)|Ricky Bell]] -American singer (New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe)

1967 - [[Tara Fitzgerald]] -English actress

1968 - [[Upendra (actor)|Upendra]] -Indian actor, singer, director, and screenwriter

1968 - [[Toni Kukoč]] -Croatian basketball player

1969 - [[Cappadonna]] -American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan and Theodore Unit)

1970 - [[Mike Compton (American football)|Mike Compton]] -American football player and coach

1970 - [[Dan Eldon]] -English photographer and journalist (d. 1993)

1970 - [[Darren Gough]] -English cricketer

1970 - [[Aisha Tyler]] -American actress, television host, and author

1971 - [[Lance Armstrong]] -American cyclist and activist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation

1971 - [[Anna Netrebko]] -Russian-Austrian soprano and actress

1971 - [[Jada Pinkett Smith]] -American actress and singer (Wicked Wisdom)

1972 - [[Brigitte Becue]] -Belgian swimmer

1972 - [[Adam Cohen (musician)|Adam Cohen]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Low Millions)

1972 - [[David Jefferies]] -English motorcycle racer (d. 2003)

1972 - [[Michael Landes]] -American actor and producer

1972 - [[Iain Stewart (politician)|Iain Stewart]] -Scottish politician

1973 - [[Paul Brousseau]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1973 - [[James Marsden]] -American actor and singer

1973 - [[Ami Onuki]] -Japanese singer and voice actress (Puffy AmiYumi)

1973 - [[Mark Shuttleworth]] -South African-English businessman, founded Canonical Ltd.

1973 - [[Aitor Karanka]] -Spanish footballer and manager

1974 - [[Xzibit]] -American rapper and actor (Likwit Crew)

1974 - [[Sol Campbell]] -English footballer

1974 - [[Andrew Hansen]] -Australian comedian, singer, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Damon Jones (American football)|Damon Jones]] -American football player and coach

1974 - [[Ticha Penicheiro]] -Portuguese basketball player

1974 - [[Travis Schuldt]] -American actor

1975 - [[Kanstantsin Lukashyk]] -Belarusian target shooter

1975 - [[Jason Sudeikis]] -American actor and screenwriter

1975 - [[Guillermo Vargas]] -Costa Rican photographer and painter

1976 - [[Ronaldo]] -Brazilian footballer

1976 - [[Sophina Brown]] -American actress

1976 - [[Gabriel Gervais]] -Canadian soccer player

1977 - [[Li Tie]] -Chinese footballer and manager

1977 - [[Kieran West]] -English rower

1978 - [[Iain Lees-Galloway]] -New Zealand politician

1978 - [[Pilar López de Ayala]] -Spanish actress

1978 - [[Ryan Lowe]] -English footballer

1978 - [[Augustine Simo]] -Cameroonian footballer

1979 - [[Daniel Aranzubia]] -Spanish footballer

1979 - [[Alison Lohman]] -American actress

1979 - [[Vinay Rai]] -Indian model and actor

1979 - [[Simon Trpčeski]] -Macedonian pianist

1980 - [[Jonathan Biss]] -American pianist and educator

1980 - [[Mickey Higham]] -English rugby player

1980 - [[Avi Strool]] -Israeli footballer

1980 - [[Chris Tarrant (footballer)|Chris Tarrant]] -Australian footballer

1980 - [[Petri Virtanen]] -Finnish basketball player

1981 - [[JeA (singer)|JeA]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and producer (Brown Eyed Girls)

1981 - [[Nicole da Silva]] -Australian actress

1981 - [[Sebastián Decoud]] -Argentinian tennis player

1981 - [[Jennifer Tisdale]] -American actress and singer

1981 - [[Kristaps Valters]] -Latvian basketball player

1982 - [[Alessandro Cibocchi]] -Italian footballer

1982 - [[Arvydas Eitutavičius]] -Lithuanian basketball player

1982 - [[Alfredo Talavera]] -Mexican footballer

1983 - [[Kevin Doyle]] -Irish footballer

1984 - [[Jack Carpenter (actor)|Jack Carpenter]] -American actor

1984 - [[Dashon Goldson]] -American football player

1984 - [[Anthony Gonzalez]] -American football player

1985 - [[Tarah Gieger]] -Puerto Rican motocross racer

1986 - [[Keeley Hazell]] -English model and actress

1987 - [[Jinkx Monsoon]] -American drag queen performer

1988 - [[Asher Monroe]] -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (V Factory)

1988 - [[Annette Obrestad]] -Norwegian poker player

1989 - [[Serge Ibaka]] -Congolese-Spanish basketball player

1990 - [[Lewis Holtby]] -German footballer

1990 - [[Yuki Yamada]] -Japanese actor

1992 - [[Amber Liu (singer)|Amber Liu]] -American-South Korean actress, singer, and dancer (f(x) (band)|f(x))

1993 - [[Patrick Schwarzenegger]] -American model and actor

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