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Day History: April-26

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Famous Birthdays


121 - [[Marcus Aurelius]] -Roman emperor (d. 180)

757 - [[Hisham I of Córdoba]] -(d. 796)

1538 - [[Gian Paolo Lomazzo]] -Italian painter and academic (d. 1600)

1575 - [[Marie de' Medici]] -Italian wife of Henry IV of France (d. 1642)

1607 - [[Countess Palatine Magdalene Catherine of Zweibrücken]] -(d. 1648)

1648 - [[Peter II of Portugal]] -(d. 1706)

1697 - [[Adam Falckenhagen]] -German lute player and composer (d. 1754)

1710 - [[Thomas Reid]] -Scottish philosopher and academic (d. 1796)

1718 - [[Esek Hopkins]] -American commander (d. 1802)

1774 - [[Christian Leopold von Buch]] -German geologist and paleontologist (d. 1853)

1782 - [[Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily]] -(d. 1866)

1785 - [[John James Audubon]] -French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851)

1787 - [[Ludwig Uhland]] -German poet, philologist, and historian (d. 1862)

1798 - [[Eugène Delacroix]] -French painter and lithographer (d. 1863)

1801 - [[Ambrose Dudley Mann]] -American politician and diplomat, 1st United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1889)

1804 - [[Charles Goodyear (politician)|Charles Goodyear]] -American banker, lawyer, and politician (d. 1876)

1822 - [[Frederick Law Olmsted]] -American journalist and designer, co-designed Central Park (d. 1903)

1826 - [[George Hull Ward]] -American general (d. 1863)

1826 - [[Ambrose R. Wright]] -American general, lawyer, and politician (d. 1872)

1834 - [[Charles Farrar Browne]] -American author (d. 1867)

1856 - [[Joseph Ward]] -New Zealand businessman and politician, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)

1862 - [[Edmund C. Tarbell]] -American painter and educator (d. 1938)

1876 - [[Ernst Felle]] -German rower (d. 1959)

1878 - [[Frank Gotch]] -American wrestler (d. 1917)

1878 - [[Rafael Guízar y Valencia]] -Mexican bishop and saint (d. 1938)

1879 - [[Owen Willans Richardson]] -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1959)

1886 - [[Ma Rainey]] -American singer (d. 1939)

1886 - [[Ğabdulla Tuqay]] -Russian poet and publicist (d. 1913)

1889 - [[Anita Loos]] -American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1889 - [[Ludwig Wittgenstein]] -Austrian-English philosopher and academic (d. 1951)

1894 - [[Rudolf Hess]] -Egyptian-German politician (d. 1987)

1896 - [[Ruut Tarmo]] -Estonian actor and director (d. 1967)

1896 - [[Ernst Udet]] -German colonel and pilot (d. 1941)

1897 - [[Eddie Eagan]] -American boxer and bobsledder (d. 1967)

1897 - [[Douglas Sirk]] -German-American director and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1898 - [[Vicente Aleixandre]] -Spanish poet and author, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1984)

1898 - [[John Grierson]] -Scottish director and producer (d. 1972)

1899 - [[Oscar Rabin]] -Latvian-English saxophonist and bandleader (Oscar Rabin Band) (d. 1958)

1900 - [[Charles Francis Richter]] -American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985)

1900 - [[Hack Wilson]] -American baseball player (d. 1948)

1904 - [[Paul-Émile Léger]] -Canadian cardinal (d. 1991)

1910 - [[Tomoyuki Tanaka]] -Japanese screenwriter and producer (d. 1997)

1911 - [[Marianne Hoppe]] -German actress (d. 2002)

1911 - [[Paul Verner]] -German soldier and politician (d. 1986)

1912 - [[A. E. van Vogt]] -Canadian-American author (d. 2000)

1914 - [[Charlie Chester]] -English radio and television host (d. 1997)

1914 - [[Bernard Malamud]] -American author and academic (d. 1986)

1914 - [[James Rouse]] -American real estate developer, founded The Rouse Company (d. 1996)

1916 - [[Morris West]] -Australian author and playwright (d. 1999)

1916 - [[Vic Perrin]] -American actor (d. 1989)

1916 - [[George Tuska]] -American illustrator (d. 2009)

1916 - [[Ken Wallis]] -English commander, engineer, and pilot (d. 2013)

1917 - [[Sal Maglie]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 1992)

1917 - [[I. M. Pei]] -Chinese-American architect, designed the National Gallery of Art and Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong)|Bank of China Tower

1917 - [[Virgil Trucks]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2013)

1918 - [[Fanny Blankers-Koen]] -Dutch sprinter and long jumper (d. 2004)

1918 - [[Stafford Repp]] -American actor (d. 1974)

1921 - [[Jimmy Giuffre]] -American clarinet player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 2008)

1922 - [[J. C. Holt]] -English historian and academic (d. 2014)

1922 - [[Jeanne Sauvé]] -Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Governor General of Canada (d. 1993)

1922 - [[Margaret Scott (dancer)|Margaret Scott]] -South African-Australian ballerina and choreographer

1924 - [[Browning Ross]] -American runner and soldier (d. 1998)

1925 - [[Gerard Cafesjian]] -American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1925 - [[Jørgen Ingmann]] -Danish singer and guitarist (Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann) (d. 2015)

1926 - [[David Coleman]] -English sportscaster and game show host (d. 2013)

1926 - [[J. B. Hutto]] -American singer and guitarist (d. 1983)

1926 - [[Michael Mathias Prechtl]] -German soldier and illustrator (d. 2003)

1927 - [[Jack Douglas (actor)|Jack Douglas]] -English actor (d. 2008)

1929 - [[Richard Mitchell]] -American author and educator (d. 2002)

1930 - [[Roger Moens]] -Belgian runner and sportscaster

1931 - [[Paul Almond]] -Canadian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1931 - [[Bernie Brillstein]] -American talent agent and producer (d. 2008)

1932 - [[Israr Ahmed]] -Indian-Pakistani theologian, philosopher, and scholar (d. 2010)

1932 - [[Shirley Cawley]] -English long jumper

1932 - [[Frank D'Rone]] -American singer and guitarist (d. 2013)

1932 - [[Francis Lai]] -French accordion player and composer

1932 - [[Michael Smith (chemist)|Michael Smith]] -English-Canadian biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2000)

1933 - [[Carol Burnett]] -American actress, singer, and producer

1933 - [[Aleksandr Chuchelov]] -Estonian sailor

1933 - [[Filiberto Ojeda Ríos]] -Puerto Rican general (d. 2005)

1933 - [[Arno Allan Penzias]] -German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1935 - [[Patricia Reilly Giff]] -American author and educator

1937 - [[Jean-Pierre Beltoise]] -French race car driver and motorcycle racer (d. 2015)

1938 - [[Duane Eddy]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1938 - [[Willie Wood (bowler)|Willie Wood]] -Scottish bowler

1940 - [[Harry Fielder]] -English actor and stuntman

1940 - [[Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari]] -Indian cleric and politician (d. 2014)

1940 - [[Giorgio Moroder]] -Italian singer-songwriter and producer

1940 - [[Cliff Watson]] -English rugby player

1941 - [[Claudine Auger]] -French model and actress

1941 - [[Claudine Clark]] -American singer-songwriter

1941 - [[Robin Jacob (judge)|Robin Jacob]] -English academic and judge

1941 - [[John Mitchell (composer)|John Mitchell]] -American composer and educator

1942 - [[Svyatoslav Belza]] -Russian journalist, author, and critic (d. 2014)

1942 - [[Sharon Carstairs]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, Leader of the Government in the Senate (Canada)|Canadian Leader of the Government in the Senate

1942 - [[Michael Kergin]] -Canadian diplomat, List of Canadian ambassadors to the United States|Canadian Ambassador to the United States

1942 - [[Bobby Rydell]] -American singer and actor

1942 - [[Jadwiga Staniszkis]] -Polish sociologist, political scientist, and academic

1943 - [[Gary Wright]] -American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (Spooky Tooth)

1943 - [[Peter Zumthor]] -Swiss architect and academic, designed the Therme Vals

1944 - [[Richard Bradshaw (conductor)|Richard Bradshaw]] -English conductor (d. 2007)

1944 - [[Roger Coulam]] -English keyboard player (Blue Mink)

1944 - [[Amien Rais]] -Indonesian scholar and politician

1945 - [[Howard Davies (director)|Howard Davies]] -English director and producer

1945 - [[Dick Johnson (racing driver)|Dick Johnson]] -Australian race car driver

1945 - [[Sylvain Simard]] -Canadian academic and politician

1946 - [[Ralph Coates]] -English footballer (d. 2010)

1946 - [[Marilyn Nelson]] -American poet and author

1947 - [[Warren Clarke]] -English actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1949 - [[Carlos Bianchi]] -Argentinian footballer and manager

1949 - [[Jerry Blackwell]] -American wrestler (d. 1995)

1949 - [[Dominic Sena]] -American director and screenwriter

1951 - [[John Battle (politician)|John Battle]] -English politician

1952 - [[Spice Williams-Crosby]] -American actress and stuntwoman

1953 - [[Nancy Lenehan]] -American actress

1953 - [[David Reddaway]] -Canadian-English diplomat, List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to Canada|British High Commissioner to Canada

1953 - [[Moushumi Chatterjee]] -Indian actress

1953 - [[Linda Thompson (attorney)|Linda Thompson]] -American lawyer and theorist

1954 - [[Tatyana Fomina]] -Estonian chess player

1954 - [[Alan Hinkes]] -English mountaineer and explorer

1954 - [[Chito S. Roño]] -Filipino director and screenwriter

1955 - [[Kurt Bodewig]] -German politician

1955 - [[Mike Scott (baseball)|Mike Scott]] -American baseball player

1956 - [[Koo Stark]] -American actress and photographer

1957 - [[Michel Barrette]] -Canadian comedian and actor

1957 - [[Diane Hébert]] -Canadian medical patient (d. 2008)

1957 - [[Edwina Hart]] -Welsh banker and politician

1958 - [[John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute]] -Scottish race car driver

1958 - [[Giancarlo Esposito]] -American actor, director, and producer

1958 - [[Jeffrey Guterman]] -American psychotherapist, author, and academic

1958 - [[Georgios Kostikos]] -Greek footballer, coach, and manager

1959 - [[John Corabi]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mötley Crüe, Angora (band)|Angora, The Scream (band)|The Scream, Union (band)|Union, and Brides of Destruction)

1959 - [[Thanasis Papakonstantinou]] -Greek singer-songwriter and bouzouki player

1960 - [[Steve Lombardozzi]] -American baseball player and coach

1960 - [[Roger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer)|Roger Taylor]] -English drummer (Duran Duran and Arcadia (band)|Arcadia)

1961 - [[Joan Chen]] -Chinese-American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 - [[Chris Mars]] -American singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (The Replacements (band)|The Replacements and Golden Smog)

1962 - [[Colin Anderson]] -English footballer

1962 - [[Michael Damian]] -American actor, singer and producer

1962 - [[Debra Wilson]] -American actress and screenwriter

1963 - [[Jet Li]] -Chinese-Singaporean martial artist, actor, and producer

1963 - [[Colin Scotts]] -Australian-American football player

1963 - [[Cornelia Ullrich]] -German hurdler

1964 - [[Rebecka Törnqvist]] -Swedish singer

1965 - [[Susannah Harker]] -English actress

1965 - [[Kevin James]] -American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1967 - [[Kane (wrestler)|Kane]] -Spanish-American wrestler and actor

1967 - [[Marianne Jean-Baptiste]] -English actress, singer-songwriter, composer and director

1967 - [[Curtis Jones]] -American electronica and house music singer, songwriter and producer

1967 - [[Tõnu Tõniste]] -Estonian sailor

1967 - [[Toomas Tõniste]] -Estonian sailor and politician

1969 - [[Teresa Lewis]] -American murderer (d. 2010)

1969 - [[Kate Hardie]] -English actress, director, and screenwriter

1970 - [[Dean Austin]] -English footballer and manager

1970 - [[Kristen R. Ghodsee]] -American ethnographer and academic

1970 - [[Melania Trump]] -Slovenian-American model and jewelry designer

1970 - [[Tionne Watkins]] -American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress (TLC (group)|TLC)

1971 - [[Jay DeMarcus]] -American bass player, songwriter, and producer (Rascal Flatts and East to West)

1972 - [[Kiko (Spanish footballer)|Kiko]] -Spanish footballer

1972 - [[Jason Bargwanna]] -Australian race car driver

1972 - [[Natrone Means]] -American football player and coach

1972 - [[Avi Nimni]] -Israeli footballer and manager

1973 - [[Geoff Blum]] -American baseball player and sportscaster

1973 - [[Jules Naudet]] -French-American director and producer

1973 - [[Chris Perry (footballer)|Chris Perry]] -English footballer

1973 - [[Óscar García Junyent]] -Spanish footballer and coach

1974 - [[Shondrella Avery]] -American actress

1974 - [[Ivana Miličević]] -Bosnian-American actress

1974 - [[Adil Ray]] -English actor and radio host

1975 - [[Joey Jordison]] -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Slipknot (band)|Slipknot, Murderdolls, and Scar the Martyr)

1975 - [[Nerina Pallot]] -English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975 - [[India Summer]] -American porn actress and model

1975 - [[Rahul Verma (activist)|Rahul Verma]] -Indian social worker and activist; founded the Uday Foundation

1976 - [[Luigi Panarelli]] -Italian footballer

1976 - [[Václav Varaďa]] -Czech ice hockey player

1977 - [[Jason Earles]] -American actor, director, and producer

1977 - [[Samantha Cristoforetti]] -Italian astronaut

1977 - [[Kosuke Fukudome]] -Japanese baseball player

1977 - [[Roxana Saberi]] -American journalist and author

1977 - [[Tom Welling]] -American actor, director, and producer

1978 - [[Avant]] -American singer-songwriter

1978 - [[Joe Crede]] -American baseball player

1978 - [[Stana Katic]] -Canadian-American actress and producer

1978 - [[Tyler Labine]] -Canadian actor

1978 - [[Peter Madsen]] -Danish footballer

1978 - [[Shinnosuke Tachibana]] -Japanese voice actor

1979 - [[Ariane Moffatt]] -Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1979 - [[Janne Wirman]] -Finnish keyboard player (Children of Bodom, Warmen, and Masterplan (band)|Masterplan)

1980 - [[Jordana Brewster]] -Panamanian-American actress

1980 - [[Marlon King]] -English footballer

1980 - [[Anna Mucha]] -Polish actress and journalist

1980 - [[Channing Tatum]] -American actor and producer

1980 - [[Marnette Patterson]] -American actress

1981 - [[Matthieu Delpierre]] -French footballer

1981 - [[Ms. Dynamite]] -English rapper and producer

1981 - [[Caro Emerald]] -Dutch singer

1981 - [[Sandra Schmitt]] -German skier (d. 2000)

1982 - [[Brock Gillespie]] -American basketball player

1982 - [[Joanne Gobure]] -Nauruan poet and academic

1982 - [[Jon Lee (singer)|Jon Lee]] -English singer and actor (S Club)

1982 - [[Cooper Wallace]] -American football player

1982 - [[Novlene Williams-Mills]] -Jamaican sprinter

1983 - [[José María López]] -Argentinian race car driver

1983 - [[Jessica Lynch]] -American soldier and educator

1985 - [[Nam Gyu-ri]] -South Korean singer and actress (SeeYa)

1985 - [[John Isner]] -American tennis player

1985 - [[Andrea Koch Benvenuto]] -Chilean tennis player

1986 - [[Lior Refaelov]] -Israeli footballer

1986 - [[Yuliya Zaripova]] -Russian runner

1987 - [[Jorge Andújar Moreno]] -Spanish footballer

1988 - [[Hazel Ann Mendoza]] -Spanish-Filipino actress

1987 - [[Jessica Lee Rose]] -American-New Zealand actress

1988 - [[Eric Salamat]] -Filipino basketball player

1988 - [[Manuel Viniegra]] -Mexican footballer

1988 - [[Gareth Evans (footballer, born 1988)|Gareth Evans]] -English footballer

1989 - [[Daesung]] -South Korean singer-songwriter and actor (Big Bang (South Korean band)|Big Bang)

1989 - [[Ayame Misaki]] -Japanese actress

1990 - [[Karty]] -Indian actor and dancer

1990 - [[Jonathan dos Santos]] -Mexican footballer

1990 - [[See More Business]] -Irish race horse (d. 2014)

1990 - [[Nevin Spence]] -Irish rugby player (d. 2012)

1990 - [[Kim Yu-mi (Miss Korea)|Kim Yu-mi]] -South Korean model and actress, Miss Korea|Miss Korea 2012

1990 - [[Riley Voelkel]] -Canadian-American actress

1991 - [[Shahira Barry]] -Irish model

1991 - [[Ignacio Lores Varela]] -Uruguayan footballer

1992 - [[Danielle Hope]] -English actress and singer

1993 - [[Ryoma Takeuchi]] -Japanese actor and model

1994 - [[Daniil Kvyat]] -Russian race car driver

1995 - [[Daniel Padilla]] -Filipino actor and singer

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