Famous Birthdays on 8th April

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  • 1320 King Peter I of Portugal (d. 1367)

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1460 Juan Ponce de Leon, Spain, conquistador, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1533 Claudio Merulo, organist/composer
  • 1541 Michele Mercati, Italian physician (d. 1593)
  • 1582 Phienas Fletcher, poet
  • 1605 Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter
  • 1605 Philip IV, King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)
  • 1631 Cornelis de Heem, painter
  • 1641 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (d. 1704)
  • 1642 Gerard Callenbach, Dutch admiral
  • 1655 Louis Willem I, Margrave (Baden-Baden)
  • 1692 Giuseppe Tartini, Italy, violinist/composer (Trillo del Diavolo)
  • 1695 Johann C Gunther, writer
  • 1697 Pierre Prowo, composer
  • 1708 Georg Zarth, composer
  • 1726 Lewis Morris, US farmer (signed Decl of Independence)
  • 1731 William Williams, US merchant (signed Decl of Independence)
  • 1732 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)
  • 1741 Jose B da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai)
  • 1756 Joseph Gehot, composer
  • 1775 Adam A earl von Neipperg, Austrian general/Napoleon's wife Marie lover
  • 1776 Thaddaus Weigl, composer
  • 1783 John Claudius, horticulturist, born in London, England
  • 1798 Dionysios Solomos, poet
  • 1816 Frederick William Burton, painter
  • 1818 Christaan IX, king of Denmark (1863-1906)
  • 1826 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)
  • 1827 Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (d. 1898)
  • 1828 George Baird Hodge, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 Allard Pierson, Dutch theologiost/philosopher/art historian/poet
  • 1832 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian fieldmarshal
  • 1842 Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1933)
  • 1843 Asger Hamerik, [Hammerich], composer
  • 1850 William Henry Welch, US, pathologist (founded John Hopkins)
  • 1859 Edmund Husserl, Germany, philosopher (founded Phenomenology)
  • 1865 Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist (d. 1940)
  • 1869 Harvey Cushing, US, neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies)
  • 1871 Clarence Hudson White American photographer (d. 1925)
  • 1874 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
  • 1875 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium (1909-34)
  • 1878 Rudolf Nelson, composer
  • 1880 Victor Schertzinger, composer/director (Uptown NY)
  • 1881 Fernand Lamy, composer
  • 1883 R. P. Keigwin, English academic (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • 1886 Margaret A Barnes, writer

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1886 Jim Barnes, Lelant Cornwall, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1887 Walter Connolly, Cincinnati OH, actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl)
  • 1888 Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orch)

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1892 Mary Pickford, [Gladys Smith], actress (Poor Little Rich Girl)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1892 Richard Neutra, American architect (d. 1970)
  • 1893 Grace Cunard, Columbus OH, silent screen actress (Resurrection)
  • 1893 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Sereniteit)
  • 1895 Bert I Gordon, NY
  • 1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
  • 1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • 1896 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • 1898 Achiel H Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58)
  • 1898 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)
  • 1902 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • 1902 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1903 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), born in NYC, New York
  • 1904 John Antill, composer
  • 1904 John R Hicks, British economist (Nobel 1972)
  • 1905 George Baxter, Paris France, actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged)
  • 1905 Hans Scherfig, Danish marxist/writer (Idealister, Frydenholm)
  • 1905 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, anti-apartheid writer (Side by Side)
  • 1905 Pierre Wigny, Belgian minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61) [or 4/18]
  • 1906 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet/writer (Mirror of the Sea)
  • 1906 Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Maurice Stacey, chemist
  • 1908 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
  • 1909 George Dixon, trumpet/sax
  • 1909 Olavi Pesonen, composer
  • 1909 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
  • 1910 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1910 Wendell Bill, cricketer (NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930)
  • 1911 Douglas Hyde, socialist/Christian
  • 1911 Emil Mihai Cioran, writer/aphorist
  • 1911 Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
  • 1912 Sonja Henie, Oslo Norway, ice skater/actress (Olympic-gold-1928,32,36)
  • 1912 Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
  • 1913 H Ernst, bishop (Breda Neth)
  • 1914 John Cameron, cricketer (brother of Jimmy WI v-capt 1939 England tour)
  • 1914 María Félix, Mexican actress (d. 2002)

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1918 Betty [Bloomer] Ford, US 1st lady (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic (d. 2011)

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • 1918 Glendon Swarthout, American author (d. 1992)
  • 1919 [Douglas] Ian Smith, premier of Rhodesia (1964-..)
  • 1920 Carmen McRae (Clark), US jazz singer/pianist (Dream of Life)
  • 1920 Erik Pausin, Austria, figure skating pairs (Olympics-silver-1936)
  • 1921 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • 1921 Jan Novak, composer
  • 1921 Virginia O'Brien, actress/singer (Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1923 Edward Mulhare, Cork Ireland, actor (Daniel Gregg-Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1923 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (Don Jose-Carmen)
  • 1923 George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
  • 1924 Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Shecky Greene, comedian/actor (Love Machine, Combat), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Henry N. Cobb, American architect
  • 1926 Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
  • 1928 Eric Porter, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England
  • 1928 John Gavin, actor (Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, CEO (NVSH)
  • 1928 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader (Gotta Travel On)
  • 1928 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer/actor (Pain in the A__)
  • 1929 Renzo de Felice, historian
  • 1929 WIlliam K Everson, film historian
  • 1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer/ex husband of Christa Ludwig
  • 1930 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • 1930 John Bartholomew Tucker, Pa, TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island)
  • 1930 John Reardon, baritone (Falke-Die Fledermaus), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Julien Van Remoortere, [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist)
  • 1930 Mary Moore, principal (St Hilda's College, Oxford)
  • 1930 Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma
  • 1932 John Gavin, actor (Felony, Jennifer, House of Shadows), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Jaroslav Smolka, composer
  • 1934 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Albert G Bustamante, (Rep-D-TX, 1985- )
  • 1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
  • 1935 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, epidemiologist (Living legacy award-1984)
  • 1936 Klaus Lowitsch, actor (Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1937 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader
  • 1937 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (NY Times)
  • 1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
  • 1938 Lory Patrick, Beckley WV, actress (Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo)
  • 1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • 1940 John Havlicek, Martin's Ferry Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer (Boston Celtics)
  • 1941 Peggy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Dame Vivienne Westwood, Tintwistle England, English fashion designer
  • 1942 Douglas Trumbull, director (Silent Running, Brainstorm)
  • 1942 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer (Fyffes are now called Chiquita)
  • 1942 Roger Chapman, Leicester, rock vocalist (Family-Family Entertainment)
  • 1943 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1943 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • 1943 Michael Bennett, aids victim/choreographer (Chorus Line)
  • 1943 Robby Weaver, actor (Stone)
  • 1943 Tony Banks, English politician (Lab)
  • 1943 William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
  • 1943 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Anthony Farrar Hockley, military historian
  • 1944 Christoph Hein, writer
  • 1944 Hywel Bennett, South Wales, actor (Family Way, Shelley)
  • 1944 Santiago Jimenez Jr, US accordionist (El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin)
  • 1944 Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
  • 1945 Ian White, MEP
  • 1945 Derrick Walker, British racing team owner
  • 1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • 1946 Stuart Pankin, Phila, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs)
  • 1946 Tim Thomerson, American actor
  • 1947 Cindy Pickett, Norman Oklahoma, actress (Guiding Light, St Elsewhere)
  • 1947 Hsiao-hsien Hou, dir (Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, Puppetmaster)
  • 1947 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947 Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
  • 1947 Robert Kiyosaki, American investor
  • 1948 Gerald McRaney, Collins Miss, actor (Rick-Simon & Simon, Major Dad)

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1948 Robert Alan Litchfield, Mass, bank robber (FBI most wanted in the 1980s)

  • 1948 Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
  • 1949 Jim Lampley, Hendersonville NC, newscaster (Monday Night Baseball)
  • 1950 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • 1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer/pianist (Fixx)
  • 1954 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • 1954 John Schneider, Mt Kisco NY, actor (Bo-Dukes of Hazzard)
  • 1954 G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
  • 1955 John Campbell, harness racer (3-time winner of Hambletonian)
  • 1955 Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman
  • 1955 Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist
  • 1955 David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician
  • 1956 Christine Boisson, French actress
  • 1956 Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
  • 1957 Fred Smerlas, American football player
  • 1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • 1959 Martin Weston, cricketer
  • 1960 John Schneider, American actor
  • 1961 Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
  • 1962 Izzy Stradlin, [Jeff Isabelle], Lafayette IN, guitarist (Guns & Roses)
  • 1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer (son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK)
  • 1963 Erica Terwillegar, Nelsonville NJ, lugist
  • 1963 Julian Lennon, singer (Too Late for Goodbyes) and son of John, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1963 Terry Porter, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1963 Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Biz Markie, rocker (Meteor Man, Townsend Television)
  • 1964 Valinda Hilleary, Littleton Co, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1993)
  • 1964 Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
  • 1964 John McGinlay, Scottish footballer

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1966 Robin Wright Penn, actress (Santa Barbara, Princess Bride), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1966 Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
  • 1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer (WI like his namesake)
  • 1967 Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
  • 1968 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Patricia Arquette, actress (Ed Wood, Nightmare on Elm Street 3), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete (100 m hurdles)
  • 1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1970 Derek D Brown, team handball right wing (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1970 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)