This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1030 - [[Stanislaus of Szczepanów]] -Polish bishop and saint (d. 1079)

1612 - [[Murad IV]] -Ottoman sultan (d. 1640)

1678 - [[Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor]] -(d. 1711)

1711 - [[Lorenz Christoph Mizler]] -German physician, mathematician, and historian (d. 1778)

1739 - [[George Clinton (vice president)|George Clinton]] -American general and politician, 4th Vice President of the United States (d. 1812)

1782 - [[John Field (composer)|John Field]] -Irish pianist and composer (d. 1837)

1791 - [[Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart]] -Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1844)

1802 - [[Mariano Arista]] -Mexican general and politician, 42nd President of Mexico (d. 1855)

1819 - [[Justin Holland]] -American guitarist and educator (d. 1887)

1829 - [[Auguste Beernaert]] -Belgian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Belgium, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1912)

1841 - [[Carl Robert Jakobson]] -Estonian journalist and politician (d. 1882)

1842 - [[Alfred Marshall]] -English economist and academic (d. 1924)

1844 - [[Stefan Drzewiecki]] -Ukrainian-Polish engineer and journalist (d. 1938)

1846 - [[Texas Jack Omohundro]] -American hunter and actor (d. 1880)

1854 - [[Philippe Gaucher]] -French dermatologist and academic (d. 1918)

1855 - [[Ferdinand Tönnies]] -German sociologist and philosopher (d. 1936)

1856 - [[George Bernard Shaw]] -Irish playwright and critic, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1950)

1858 - [[Tom Garrett]] -Australian cricketer and lawyer (d. 1943)

1865 - [[Philipp Scheidemann]] -German journalist and politician, 10th Chancellor of Germany (d. 1939)

1865 - [[Rajanikanta Sen]] -Indian poet and composer (d. 1910)

1874 - [[Serge Koussevitzky]] -Russian-American bassist, composer, and conductor (d. 1951)

1875 - [[Carl Jung]] -Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist (d. 1961)

1875 - [[Antonio Machado]] -Spanish poet and academic (d. 1939)

1878 - [[Ernst Hoppenberg]] -German swimmer and water polo player (d. 1937)

1879 - [[Shunroku Hata]] -Japanese field marshal and politician, 48th Ministry of War of Japan|Japanese Minister of War (d. 1962)

1880 - [[Volodymyr Vynnychenko]] -Ukrainian playwright and politician, 1st List of Prime Ministers of Ukraine|Prime Minister of Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 1951)

1885 - [[André Maurois]] -French soldier and author (d. 1967)

1886 - [[Lars Hanson]] -Swedish actor (d. 1965)

1888 - [[Reginald Hands]] -South African cricketer and rugby player (d. 1918)

1890 - [[Daniel J. Callaghan]] -American admiral, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1942)

1892 - [[Sad Sam Jones]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 1966)

1893 - [[George Grosz]] -German painter and illustrator (d. 1959)

1894 - [[Aldous Huxley]] -English author, poet, and academic (d. 1963)

1895 - [[Gracie Allen]] -American actress and singer (d. 1964)

1895 - [[Jane Bunford]] -English giant (d. 1922)

1896 - [[Tim Birkin]] -English soldier and race car driver (d. 1933)

1897 - [[Harold D. Cooley]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1974)

1897 - [[Paul Gallico]] -American journalist and author (d. 1976)

1900 - [[Pat Walshe]] -American actor (d. 1991)

1903 - [[Estes Kefauver]] -American lawyer and politician (d. 1963)

1906 - [[Irena Iłłakowicz]] -German-Polish lieutenant (d. 1943)

1908 - [[Lucien Wercollier]] -Luxembourger sculptor (d. 2002)

1909 - [[Peter Thorneycroft, Baron Thorneycroft]] -English lawyer and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1994)

1909 - [[Vivian Vance]] -American actress and singer (d. 1979)

1913 - [[Kan Yuet-keung]] -Hong Kong banker, lawyer, and politician (d. 2012)

1914 - [[C. Farris Bryant]] -American soldier, lawyer, and politician, List of Governors of Florida|34th Governor of Florida (d. 2002)

1914 - [[Erskine Hawkins]] -American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1993)

1914 - [[Ellis Kinder]] -American baseball player (d. 1968)

1916 - [[Dean Brooks]] -American physician and actor (d. 2013)

1916 - [[Jaime Luiz Coelho]] -Brazilian archbishop (d. 2013)

1916 - [[Herbert Norkus]] -German Hitler Youth member (d. 1932)

1917 - [[Alberta Adams]] -American singer (d. 2014)

1918 - [[Marjorie Lord]] -American actress and singer

1919 - [[Virginia Gilmore]] -American actress and singer (d. 1986)

1919 - [[James Lovelock]] -English biologist and chemist

1920 - [[Bob Waterfield]] -American football player and coach (d. 1983)

1921 - [[Tom Saffell]] -American baseball player and manager (d. 2012)

1921 - [[Jean Shepherd]] -American radio host, actor, and screenwriter (d. 1999)

1922 - [[Blake Edwards]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1922 - [[Jim Foglesong]] -American record producer (d. 2013)

1922 - [[Jason Robards]] -American actor and singer (d. 2000)

1923 - [[Jan Berenstain]] -American author and illustrator (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Biff Elliot]] -American actor (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Hoyt Wilhelm]] -American baseball player and coach (d. 2002)

1925 - [[Jerzy Einhorn]] -Polish-Swedish physician and politician (d. 2000)

1925 - [[Ana María Matute]] -Spanish author and academic (d. 2014)

1926 - [[James Best]] -American actor, singer, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1927 - [[Gulabrai Ramchand]] -Indian cricketer (d. 2003)

1928 - [[Don Beauman]] -English race car driver (d. 1955)

1928 - [[Francesco Cossiga]] -Italian academic and politician, 8th President of Italy (d. 2010)

1928 - [[Elliott Erwitt]] -French-American photographer and director

1928 - [[Ibn-e-Safi]] -Indian-Pakistani author and poet (d. 1980)

1928 - [[Stanley Kubrick]] -American director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer (d. 1999)

1928 - [[Peter Lougheed]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 10th Premier of Alberta (d. 2012)

1928 - [[Sally Oppenheim-Barnes, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes]] -English politician

1928 - [[Bernice Rubens]] -Welsh author (d. 2004)

1929 - [[Marc Lalonde]] -Canadian lawyer and politician, 34th Minister of Justice (Canada)|Canadian Minister of Justice

1929 - [[Joe Jackson (manager)|Joe Jackson]] -American talent manager, father of the Jackson family

1929 - [[Alexis Weissenberg]] -Bulgarian-French pianist and educator (d. 2012)

1930 - [[Plínio de Arruda Sampaio]] -Brazilian lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1930 - [[Barbara Jefford]] -English actress

1931 - [[Robert Colbert]] -American actor

1931 - [[Takashi Ono]] -Japanese gymnast

1931 - [[Telê Santana]] -Brazilian footballer and manager (d. 2006)

1933 - [[Lance Percival]] -English actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1933 - [[Igor Plechanov]] -Russian motorcycle racer (d. 2007)

1933 - [[Yale Summers]] -American actor and producer (d. 2012)

1933 - [[Yomo Toro]] -Puerto Rican guitarist and composer (d. 2012)

1934 - [[Tommy McDonald (American football)|Tommy McDonald]] -American football player

1936 - [[Tsutomu Koyama]] -Japanese volleyball player and coach (d. 2012)

1936 - [[Lawrie McMenemy]] -English footballer and manager

1936 - [[Mary Millar]] -English actress and singer (d. 1998)

1938 - [[Keith Peters (physician)|Keith Peters]] -Welsh physician and academic

1939 - [[Jun Henmi]] -Japanese author and poet (d. 2011)

1939 - [[John Howard]] -Australian lawyer and politician, 25th Prime Minister of Australia

1939 - [[Bob Lilly]] -American football player and photographer

1939 - [[Richard Marlow]] -English organist and conductor (d. 2013)

1940 - [[Dobie Gray]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1940 - [[Mary Jo Kopechne]] -American secretary and educator (d. 1969)

1940 - [[Brian Mawhinney, Baron Mawhinney]] -Irish academic and politician, Secretary of State for Transport

1940 - [[Bobby Rousseau]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1940 - [[Tolis Voskopoulos]] -Greek singer-songwriter and actor

1941 - [[Jean Baubérot]] -French historian and sociologist

1941 - [[Bobby Hebb]] -American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1941 - [[Darlene Love]] -American singer and actress

1941 - [[Brenton Wood]] -American singer-songwriter

1942 - [[Vladimír Mečiar]] -Slovak politician, 1st Prime Minister of Slovakia

1942 - [[Teddy Pilette]] -Belgian race car driver

1943 - [[Peter Hyams]] -American director, screenwriter, and cinematographer

1943 - [[Mick Jagger]] -English singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (The Rolling Stones and SuperHeavy)

1944 - [[Kiel Martin]] -American actor (d. 1990)

1945 - [[Betty Davis]] -American singer-songwriter

1945 - [[Suzanna Leigh]] -English actress

1945 - [[Helen Mirren]] -English actress and producer

1946 - [[Emilio de Villota]] -Spanish race car driver

1948 - [[Luboš Andršt]] -Czech guitarist and songwriter (Energit (band)|Energit and Framus Five)

1948 - [[Herbert Wiesinger]] -German figure skater

1949 - [[Thaksin Shinawatra]] -Thai businessman and politician, 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand

1949 - [[Roger Taylor (Queen drummer)|Roger Taylor]] -English singer-songwriter, drummer, and producer (Queen (band)|Queen, The Cross (band)|The Cross, and Smile (band)|Smile)

1950 - [[Nelinho]] -Brazilian footballer and manager

1950 - [[Nicholas Evans]] -English journalist, screenwriter, and producer

1950 - [[Susan George (actress)|Susan George]] -English actress and producer

1950 - [[Anne Rafferty]] -English lawyer and judge

1950 - [[Rich Vogler]] -American race car driver (d. 1990)

1951 - [[Rick Martin]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1952 - [[Glynis Breakwell]] -English psychologist and academic

1953 - [[Felix Magath]] -German footballer and manager

1953 - [[Robert Phillips (guitarist)|Robert Phillips]] -American guitarist

1954 - [[Vitas Gerulaitis]] -American tennis player and coach (d. 1994)

1955 - [[Aleksandrs Starkovs]] -Latvian footballer and coach

1955 - [[Asif Ali Zardari]] -Pakistani businessman and politician, 11th President of Pakistan

1956 - [[Peter Fincham]] -English screenwriter and producer

1956 - [[Dorothy Hamill]] -American figure skater

1956 - [[Tommy Rich]] -American wrestler

1956 - [[Tim Tremlett]] -English cricketer and coach

1957 - [[Norman Baker]] -Scottish politician

1957 - [[Daniel Ash]] -English musician and singer-songwriter (Bauhaus (band)|Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets (band)|Love and Rockets)

1957 - [[Yuen Biao]] -Hong Kong actor and martial artist

1957 - [[Hart Hanson]] -American screenwriter and producer

1957 - [[Nana Visitor]] -American actress

1958 - [[Monti Davis]] -American basketball player (d. 2013)

1958 - [[Angela Hewitt]] -Canadian-English pianist

1958 - [[Thierry Gilardi]] -French sportscaster (d. 2008)

1959 - [[Rick Bragg]] -American author and journalist

1959 - [[Tom McGowan]] -American actor

1959 - [[Michael Bruce Ross]] -American serial killer (d. 2005)

1959 - [[Kevin Spacey]] -American actor, singer, and producer

1961 - [[Gary Cherone]] -American singer-songwriter (Extreme (band)|Extreme, Van Halen, Tribe of Judah (band)|Tribe of Judah, and Hurtsmile)

1961 - [[Andy Connell]] -English keyboard player and songwriter (Swing Out Sister and A Certain Ratio)

1961 - [[Felix Dexter]] -Caribbean-English comedian and actor (d. 2013)

1961 - [[Cholo Laurel]] -Filipino director and screenwriter

1961 - [[Dimitris Saravakos]] -Greek footballer

1962 - [[Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh]] -Irish singer and fiddler (Altan (band)|Altan, T with the Maggies, and String Sisters)

1963 - [[Jeff Stoughton]] -Canadian curler

1964 - [[Sandra Bullock]] -American actress and producer

1964 - [[Ralf Metzenmacher]] -German painter and designer

1964 - [[Anne Provoost]] -Belgian author

1964 - [[Danny Woodburn]] -American actor

1965 - [[Jeremy Piven]] -American actor and producer

1967 - [[Martin Baker (organist)|Martin Baker]] -English organist and conductor

1967 - [[Anthony Durante]] -American wrestler (d. 2003)

1967 - [[Tim Schafer]] -American video game designer, founded Double Fine Productions

1967 - [[Jason Statham]] -English actor and producer

1968 - [[Frédéric Diefenthal]] -French actor and director

1968 - [[Jim Naismith]] -Scottish biologist and academic

1968 - [[Olivia Williams]] -English actress

1969 - [[Greg Colbrunn]] -American baseball player and coach

1969 - [[Tanni Grey-Thompson]] -Welsh wheelchair racer and politician

1970 - [[Joan Wasser]] -American singer-songwriter and violinist (The Dambuilders, Those Bastard Souls, and Antony and the Johnsons)

1971 - [[Kendall Francois]] -American serial killer (d. 2014)

1971 - [[Khaled Mahmud]] -Bangladeshi cricketer and coach

1972 - [[Nathan Buckley]] -Australian footballer and coach

1972 - [[Indrek Sei]] -Estonian swimmer

1972 - [[Wayne Wonder]] -Jamaican singer-songwriter

1973 - [[Vaniity]] -Mexican-American porn actress

1973 - [[Kate Beckinsale]] -English actress

1973 - [[Lenka Kotková]] -Czech astronomer

1973 - [[Chris Pirillo]] -American television host, author, and blogger

1973 - [[Mariano Raffo]] -Argentinian director and producer

1974 - [[Iron & Wine]] -American singer-songwriter

1974 - [[Kees Meeuws]] -New Zealand rugby player and coach

1974 - [[Daniel Negreanu]] -Canadian poker player

1974 - [[Dean Sturridge]] -English footballer and sportscaster

1975 - [[Ingo Schultz]] -German sprinter

1975 - [[Joe Smith (basketball)|Joe Smith]] -American basketball player

1975 - [[Elizabeth Truss]] -English accountant and politician, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

1976 - [[Elena Kustarova]] -Russian ice dancer and coach

1977 - [[Joaquín Benoit]] -Dominican baseball player

1977 - [[Martin Laursen]] -Danish footballer and manager

1977 - [[Rebecca St. James]] -Australian-American singer-songwriter and actress

1977 - [[Tanja Szewczenko]] -German figure skater and actress

1978 - [[Eve Myles]] -Welsh actress

1979 - [[Friedrich Michau]] -German rugby player

1979 - [[Derek Paravicini]] -English pianist

1979 - [[Peter Sarno]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1979 - [[Mageina Tovah]] -American actress

1979 - [[Erik Westrum]] -American ice hockey player

1980 - [[Dave Baksh]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Sum 41, Brown Brigade, and Organ Thieves)

1980 - [[Lee Dong-gun]] -South Korean actor and singer

1980 - [[Robert Gallery]] -American football player

1980 - [[Ellen Hamilton Latzen]] -American actress

1980 - [[Liliane Klein]] -American actress and singer

1981 - [[Vildan Atasever]] -Turkish actress

1981 - [[Abe Forsythe]] -Australian actor, director, and screenwriter

1981 - [[Maicon Sisenando]] -Brazilian footballer

1982 - [[Mugdha Godse]] -Indian model and actress

1982 - [[Gilad Hochman]] -Israeli composer

1982 - [[Christopher Kane]] -Scottish fashion designer

1982 - [[Chez Starbuck]] -American actor

1983 - [[Zara (Russian singer)|Zara]] -Russian singer and actress

1983 - [[Hila Bronstein]] -Israeli-German singer-songwriter (Bro'Sis)

1983 - [[Irish Fullerton]] -Filipino-American actress and singer

1983 - [[Kelly Clark]] -American snowboarder

1983 - [[Stephen Makinwa]] -Nigerian footballer

1983 - [[Roderick Strong]] -American wrestler

1983 - [[Naomi van As]] -Dutch field hockey player

1983 - [[Delonte West]] -American basketball player

1984 - [[Kristina Dörfer]] -German actress and singer

1984 - [[Kyriakos Ioannou]] -Cypriot high jumper

1984 - [[Benjamin Kayser]] -French rugby player

1984 - [[Melissa Marty]] -Puerto Rician model and actress

1984 - [[Alex Parks]] -English singer-songwriter

1984 - [[Sabri Sarıoğlu]] -Turkish footballer

1985 - [[Marcus Benard]] -American football player

1985 - [[Zhou Bichang]] -Chinese singer-songwriter and actress

1985 - [[Gaël Clichy]] -French footballer

1985 - [[Audrey De Montigny]] -Canadian singer-songwriter

1985 - [[Mat Gamel]] -American baseball player

1985 - [[Natsuki Katō]] -Japanese model and actress

1985 - [[Jasmine Lennard]] -English model

1985 - [[Matt Riddlehoover]] -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1985 - [[Georgina Sherrington]] -English actress

1986 - [[Leo Hallerstam]] -Swedish actor

1986 - [[Monica Raymund]] -American actress

1986 - [[John White (footballer, born 1986)|John White]] -English footballer

1987 - [[Panagiotis Kone]] -Greek footballer

1987 - [[Alec Martinez]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1987 - [[Miriam McDonald]] -Canadian actress and dancer

1987 - [[Fredy Montero]] -Colombian footballer

1988 - [[Sayaka Akimoto]] -Japanese singer, actress, and dancer (AKB48 and Diva (Japanese band)|Diva)

1988 - [[Francia Raisa]] -American actress

1989 - [[Areti Ketime]] -Greek singer and santouri player

1989 - [[Ivian Sarcos]] -Venezuelan model, Miss World 2011

1989 - [[Janelle Quintana]] -Filipino actress

1991 - [[Tyson Barrie]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1992 - [[Marika Koroibete]] -Fijian rugby player

1993 - [[Elizabeth Gillies]] -American actress and singer

1993 - [[Taylor Momsen]] -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress (The Pretty Reckless)

1994 - [[Ella Leivo]] -Finnish tennis player

1995 - [[Holly Bodimeade]] -English actress

1996 - [[Olivia Breen]] -English-Welsh sprinter

1996 - [[Tatjana Vorobjova]] -Estonian tennis player

1998 - [[Maya Sakura]] -Japanese singer and actress

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