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Famous Birthdays


47 - [[Caesarion]] -Egyptian king (d. 30 BC)

1433 - [[Francis II, Duke of Brittany]] -(d. 1488)

1456 - [[Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland]] -(d. 1486)

1534 - [[Oda Nobunaga]] -Japanese warlord (d. 1582)

1596 - [[Johan Banér]] -Swedish field marshal (d. 1641)

1612 - [[André Tacquet]] -Flemish priest and mathematician (d. 1660)

1668 - [[Giambattista Vico]] -Italian jurist, historian, and philosopher (d. 1744)

1683 - [[Étienne Fourmont]] -French orientalist and sinologist (d. 1745)

1685 - [[Antonio Bernacchi]] -Italian singer-songwriter (d. 1756)

1703 - [[Marie Leszczyńska]] -Polish wife of Louis XV of France (d. 1768)

1711 - [[Giovanni Battista Guadagnini]] -Italian instrument maker (d. 1786)

1716 - [[Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley]] -English lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales (d. 1789)

1750 - [[Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu]] -French geologist and academic (d. 1801)

1763 - [[Joséphine de Beauharnais]] -French wife of Napoleon I (d. 1814)

1799 - [[John Milton Bernhisel]] -American physician and politician (d. 1881)

1800 - [[Karol Marcinkowski]] -Polish physician and activist (d. 1846)

1824 - [[Carl Reinecke]] -German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1910)

1860 - [[Albert Giraud]] -Belgian poet and librarian (d. 1929)

1863 - [[Sándor Bródy (writer)|Sándor Bródy]] -Hungarian author and journalist (d. 1924)

1877 - [[Norman Pritchard]] -Indian-English hurdler and actor (d. 1929)

1884 - [[Cyclone Taylor]] -Canadian ice hockey player and politician (d. 1979)

1888 - [[Bronson M. Cutting]] -American publisher and politician (d. 1935)

1888 - [[Lee Moran]] -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1961)

1889 - [[Anna Akhmatova]] -Ukrainian-Russian poet and author (d. 1966)

1889 - [[Verena Holmes]] -English engineer (d. 1964)

1894 - [[Alfred Kinsey]] -American entomologist and sexologist (d. 1956)

1894 - [[Edward VIII]] -of the United Kingdom (d. 1972)

1897 - [[Alexandru Giugaru]] -Romanian actor (d. 1986)

1898 - [[Karl Weinbacher]] -German war criminal (d. 1946)

1901 - [[Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar]] -Turkish author, poet, and scholar (d. 1962)

1902 - [[Mathias Wieman]] -German-Swiss actor (d. 1969)

1903 - [[Paul Joseph James Martin]] -Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1992)

1904 - [[Quintin McMillan]] -South African cricketer (d. 1938)

1905 - [[Jack Pickersgill]] -Canadian civil servant and politician, 35th Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1997)

1906 - [[Tribhuvan of Nepal]] -(d. 1955)

1907 - [[Dercy Gonçalves]] -Brazilian actress and singer (d. 2008)

1907 - [[James Meade]] -English economist and academic, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)

1909 - [[David Lewis (politician)|David Lewis]] -Russian-Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1981)

1909 - [[Georges Rouquier]] -French actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1910 - [[Jean Anouilh]] -French playwright and screenwriter (d. 1987)

1910 - [[Gordon B. Hinckley]] -American religious leader, 15th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 2008)

1910 - [[Milt Hinton]] -American bassist and photographer (d. 2000)

1910 - [[Bill King (Royal Navy officer)|Bill King]] -English commander and author (d. 2012)

1912 - [[Alan Turing]] -English mathematician and computer scientist (d. 1954)

1913 - [[William P. Rogers]] -American commander, lawyer, and politician, 55th United States Secretary of State (d. 2001)

1916 - [[Len Hutton]] -English cricketer and soldier (d. 1990)

1916 - [[Irene Worth]] -American actress (d. 2002)

1919 - [[Mohamed Boudiaf]] -Algerian politician, List of heads of state of Algeria|President of Algeria (d. 1992)

1922 - [[Morris R. Jeppson]] -American lieutenant and physicist (d. 2010)

1922 - [[Hal Laycoe]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 1998)

1923 - [[Peter Corr]] -Irish-English footballer and manager (d. 2001)

1923 - [[Elroy Schwartz]] -American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)

1923 - [[Tedi Thurman]] -American model and actress (d. 2012)

1923 - [[Giuseppina Tuissi]] -Italian activist (d. 1945)

1925 - [[Miriam Karlin]] -English actress (d. 2011)

1925 - [[Art Modell]] -American businessman (d. 2012)

1926 - [[Lawson Soulsby, Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Prior]] -English microbiologist and parasitologist

1927 - [[Bob Fosse]] -American actor, dancer, choreographer, and director (d. 1987)

1927 - [[John Habgood, Baron Habgood]] -English archbishop

1928 - [[Jean Cione]] -American baseball player (d. 2010)

1928 - [[Michael Shaara]] -American author and academic (d. 1988)

1929 - [[June Carter Cash]] -American singer-songwriter and actress (Carter Family and The Carter Sisters) (d. 2003)

1930 - [[Donn F. Eisele]] -American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1987)

1930 - [[John Elliott (historian)|John Elliott]] -English historian and academic

1930 - [[Francis Newall, 2nd Baron Newall]] -English businessman and politician

1930 - [[Anthony Thwaite]] -English poet, critic, and academic

1931 - [[Gunnar Uusi]] -Estonian chess player (d. 1981)

1932 - [[Peter Millett, Baron Millett]] -English lawyer and judge

1934 - [[Keith Sutton (bishop)|Keith Sutton]] -English bishop

1934 - [[Bill Torrey]] -Canadian businessman

1935 - [[Maurice Ferré]] -Puerto Rican-American politician, 32nd Mayor of Miami

1935 - [[Keith Burkinshaw]] -English footballer and manager

1936 - [[Richard Bach]] -American pilot and author

1936 - [[Costas Simitis]] -Greek economist, lawyer, and politician, 180th Prime Minister of Greece

1937 - [[Martti Ahtisaari]] -Finnish captain and politician, 10th President of Finland, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate

1937 - [[Alan Haselhurst]] -English academic and politician

1937 - [[Niki Sullivan]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Crickets) (d. 2004)

1938 - [[John Hayes (British politician)|John Hayes]] -English politician, Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change

1940 - [[Adam Faith]] -English singer, actor, and journalist (d. 2003)

1940 - [[Derry Irvine, Baron Irvine of Lairg]] -Scottish lawyer, judge, and politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1940 - [[Mike Shrimpton]] -New Zealand cricketer and coach (d. 2015)

1940 - [[Wilma Rudolph]] -American runner (d. 1994)

1940 - [[Stuart Sutcliffe]] -Scottish bass player (The Beatles) (d. 1962)

1941 - [[Robert Hunter (lyricist)|Robert Hunter]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Grateful Dead)

1941 - [[Roger McDonald]] -Australian author and screenwriter

1942 - [[Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow]] -English cosmologist and astrophysicist

1943 - [[Patrick Bokanowski]] -French filmmaker

1943 - [[Vint Cerf]] -American computer scientist and engineer

1943 - [[Ellyn Kaschak]] -American psychologist and academic

1943 - [[James Levine]] -American pianist and conductor

1944 - [[Rosetta Hightower]] -American-English singer (The Orlons) (d. 2014)

1945 - [[Kjell Albin Abrahamson]] -Swedish journalist and author

1945 - [[John Garang]] -Sudanese colonel and politician, List of presidents of South Sudan|President of Southern Sudan (d. 2005)

1946 - [[Julian Hipwood]] -English polo player and coach

1946 - [[Ted Shackelford]] -American actor

1947 - [[Bryan Brown]] -Australian actor and producer

1948 - [[Myles Goodwyn]] -Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (April Wine)

1948 - [[Luther Kent]] -American singer (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1948 - [[Clarence Thomas]] -American lawyer and judge

1949 - [[Gordon Bray]] -Australian journalist and sportscaster

1949 - [[Sheila Noakes, Baroness Noakes]] -English accountant and politician

1950 - [[Nicholas Cleobury]] -English organist and conductor

1951 - [[Angelo Falcón]] -Puerto Rican-American political scientist and academic, founded the National Institute for Latino Policy

1951 - [[Jim Metzler]] -American actor

1951 - [[Michèle Mouton]] -French race car driver and manager

1952 - [[Anthony Jackson (musician)|Anthony Jackson]] -American bass player

1955 - [[Pierre Corbeil]] -Canadian dentist and politician

1955 - [[Glenn Danzig]] -American singer-songwriter and producer (Misfits (band)|Misfits, Samhain (band)|Samhain, and Danzig (band)|Danzig)

1955 - [[Maggie Greenwald]] -American director and screenwriter

1955 - [[Maggie Philbin]] -English radio and television host

1955 - [[Pamela Rooke]] -English model and actress

1955 - [[Jean Tigana]] -French footballer and manager

1956 - [[Tony Hill (American football)|Tony Hill]] -American football player and sportscaster

1956 - [[Randy Jackson]] -American bass player and producer (Journey (band)|Journey)

1957 - [[David Houghton (cricketer)|Dave Houghton]] -Zimbabwean cricketer and coach

1957 - [[Frances McDormand]] -American actress and producer

1960 - [[Donald Harrison]] -American saxophonist, composer, and producer

1960 - [[Tatsuya Uemura]] -Japanese composer and programmer

1961 - [[Richard Arnold (judge)|Richard Arnold]] -English lawyer and judge

1961 - [[Zoran Janjetov]] -Serbian singer and illustrator (Heroina (band)|Heroina)

1961 - [[LaSalle Thompson]] -American basketball player, coach, and manager

1962 - [[Chuck Billy (vocalist)|Chuck Billy]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Testament (band)|Testament and Dublin Death Patrol)

1962 - [[Steve Shelley]] -American drummer and producer (The Crucifucks, Sonic Youth, Dim Stars, and Disappears)

1962 - [[Kari Takko]] -Finnish ice hockey player and scout

1962 - [[Kevin Yagher]] -American make-up artist

1963 - [[Colin Montgomerie]] -Scottish golfer

1963 - [[Wesley Warren, Jr.]] -American Lymphatic filariasis|elephantiasis victim (d. 2014)

1964 - [[Lou Yun]] -Chinese gymnast

1964 - [[Nicolas Marceau]] -Canadian economist and politician

1964 - [[Joss Whedon]] -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1965 - [[Paul Arthurs]] -English guitarist (Oasis (band)|Oasis and The Rain)

1965 - [[Mitch Longley]] -American actor and stuntman

1965 - [[Peter O'Malley (golfer)|Peter O'Malley]] -Australian golfer

1966 - [[Chico DeBarge]] -American singer and pianist (DeBarge)

1966 - [[Richie Jen]] -Taiwanese singer and actor

1966 - [[Kanako Maeda]] -Japanese actress

1969 - [[Martin Klebba]] -American actor, producer, and stuntman

1970 - [[Robert Brooks]] -American football player

1970 - [[Martin Deschamps]] -Canadian singer-songwriter (Offenbach (band)|Offenbach)

1970 - [[Christian Meier]] -Peruvian actor and singer

1970 - [[Yann Tiersen]] -French singer-songwriter and guitarist

1971 - [[Fred Ewanuick]] -Canadian actor and producer

1971 - [[Félix Potvin]] -Canadian ice hockey player and coach

1972 - [[Selma Blair]] -American actress

1972 - [[Ron Corning]] -American journalist

1972 - [[Louis Van Amstel]] -Dutch-American dancer and choreographer

1972 - [[Zinedine Zidane]] -French footballer and manager

1973 - [[Marija Naumova]] -Latvian singer-songwriter

1974 - [[Joel Edgerton]] -Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1974 - [[Mark Hendrickson]] -American basketball and baseball player

1975 - [[Jeffrey Carlson]] -American actor and singer

1975 - [[Kevin Dyson]] -American football player and coach

1975 - [[Mike James (basketball, born 1975)|Mike James]] -American basketball player

1975 - [[Mik Kersten]] -Polish-Canadian computer scientist, created task-focused interface

1975 - [[Janika Sillamaa]] -Estonian singer and actress

1975 - [[KT Tunstall]] -Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1976 - [[Mizchif]] -Zimbabwean-South African rapper (d. 2014)

1976 - [[Wade Barrett (soccer)|Wade Barrett]] -American soccer player and manager

1976 - [[Joe Becker (musician)|Joe Becker]] -American guitarist and composer

1976 - [[Savvas Poursaitidis]] -Greek-Cypriot footballer and scout

1976 - [[Aaron Ruell]] -American actor, director, and photographer

1976 - [[Brandon Stokley]] -American football player

1976 - [[Paola Suárez]] -Argentinian tennis player

1976 - [[Emmanuelle Vaugier]] -Canadian actress and singer

1976 - [[Patrick Vieira]] -French footballer and manager

1977 - [[Miguel Ángel Angulo]] -Spanish footballer

1977 - [[Hayden Foxe]] -Australian footballer and manager

1977 - [[Jaan Jüris]] -Estonian ski jumper

1977 - [[Jason Mraz]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1977 - [[Shaun O'Hara]] -American football player and sportscaster

1978 - [[Memphis Bleek]] -American rapper, producer, and actor

1978 - [[Frédéric Leclercq]] -French singer-songwriter and bass player (DragonForce and Heavenly (French band)|Heavenly)

1978 - [[Matt Light]] -American football player and sportscaster

1979 - [[LaDainian Tomlinson]] -American football player

1979 - [[Susanna Wallumrød]] -Norwegian singer (Magical Orchestra|Susanna and the Magical Orchestra)

1980 - [[Becky Cloonan]] -American author and illustrator

1980 - [[Melissa Rauch]] -American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1980 - [[Ramnaresh Sarwan]] -Guyanese cricketer

1980 - [[Francesca Schiavone]] -Italian tennis player

1980 - [[Enrico Villanueva]] -Filipino basketball player

1980 - [[Stephan Wojcikiewicz]] -Canadian badminton player

1981 - [[Antony Costa]] -English singer-songwriter and actor (Blue (English band)|Blue)

1981 - [[Joe Taslim]] -Indonesian actor and martial artist

1981 - [[Rolf Wacha]] -German rugby player

1982 - [[Rafael Bejarano]] -Peruvian-American jockey

1982 - [[Derek Boogaard]] -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2011)

1983 - [[Jason Berrent]] -American actor and producer

1983 - [[Brooks Laich]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1983 - [[José Manuel Rojas]] -Chilean footballer

1983 - [[Miles Fisher]] -American actor and singer

1984 - [[Duffy (singer)|Duffy]] -Welsh singer-songwriter and actress

1984 - [[Tatjana Kivimägi]] -Russian-Estonian high jumper

1984 - [[Takeshi Matsuda]] -Japanese swimmer

1984 - [[Levern Spencer]] -Saint Lucian high jumper

1984 - [[J. T. Thomas (Survivor contestant)|J. T. Thomas]] -American reality show contestant on ''Survivor: Tocantins''

1984 - [[Dave Walsh (electronic sports player)|Dave Walsh]] -American gamer

1985 - [[Kristo Aab]] -Estonian basketball player

1985 - [[Laarni Lozada]] -Filipino singer

1985 - [[Marcel Reece]] -American football player

1987 - [[Alessia Filippi]] -Italian swimmer

1988 - [[Chet Faker]] -Australian singer-songwriter

1988 - [[Isabella Leong]] -Hong Kong singer and actress

1988 - [[Chellsie Memmel]] -American gymnast

1989 - [[Lauren Bennett]] -English singer and dancer (G.R.L. and Paradiso Girls)

1989 - [[Marielle Jaffe]] -American model and actress

1989 - [[Jordan Nolan]] -Canadian ice hockey player

1989 - [[Ayana Taketatsu]] -Japanese voice actress and singer

1990 - [[Clevid Dikamona]] -French footballer

1990 - [[Vasek Pospisil]] -Canadian tennis player

1991 - [[Katie Armiger]] -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1992 - [[Luiza Galiulina]] -Uzbekistani gymnast

1993 - [[Marvin Grumann]] -German footballer

1993 - [[Michelle Jenneke]] -Australian athlete and model

1995 - [[Lauren Aquilina]] -English singer-songwriter

1995 - [[Hao Yun]] -Chinese swimmer

2004 - [[Mana Ashida]] -Japanese actress and singer

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