Famous Birthdays on August 15

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  • 1171 King Alfonso IX of Leon (d. 1230)
  • 1195 Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)
  • 1432 Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (Morgante), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1484)
  • 1575 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Gilles Ménage, French scholar, born in Angers, France (d. 1692)
  • 1619 Hubertus Quellinus, Flemish cartoonist and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1687)
  • 1688 Frederick-William I, king of Prussia (1713-1740)
  • 1702 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, born in Pitigliano, Italy (d. 1788)
  • 1717 Blind Jack [John Metcalf], English 1st professional roadbuilder, born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1810)
  • 1725 Ferdinando Bertoni, composer
  • 1727 Johann Georg Holzbogen, composer
  • 1736 Johann Christoph Kellner, composer
  • 1740 Matthias Claudius, German poet (d. 1815)
  • 1741 Thomas Norris, composer

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1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1821)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1771 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake), born in College Wynd, Edinburgh Scotland (d. 1832)
  • 1776 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1776 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer
  • 1782 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs)
  • 1785 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • 1788 Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
  • 1794 Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), born in Femsjö, Sweden (d. 1878)
  • 1798 Sangolli Rayanna, prominent Indian warrior, born in Karnataka, India
  • 1803 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • 1813 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, born in Mont-sous-Vaudrey, France (d. 1891)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Rust, composer
  • 1823 Orris Sanford Ferry, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Eduard de Hartog, composer
  • 1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer
  • 1845 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), born in Liverpool (d. 1915)
  • 1851 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • 1856 J. Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and 1st Labour representative in British Parliament, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1915)
  • 1857 Albert Ballin, German inventor and shipping tycoon, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1860 Florence Harding [DeWolfe], US 1st lady (1921-23), born in Marion, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Roosje Vos, Dutch trade union leader, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • 1860 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, born in Alatyrsky District, Russia (d. 1945)
  • 1865 Johan[nes] B Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga)
  • 1865 Mikao Usui, Japanese founder of Reiki (form of spiritual practice), born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan (d. 1926)
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, composer
  • 1874 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, born in Valkininkai, Lithuania (d. 1958)
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1960)
  • 1878 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron/general (White Armies, WW II)
  • 1879 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, born in Vrpolje, Croatia (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • 1885 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1885 Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Troy, New York
  • 1886 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, composer
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, composer (Escales), born in Paris, France
  • 1890 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1890 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City
  • 1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer
  • 1892 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer

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1893 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), born in Petrieville, Michigan (d. 1962)

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice
  • 1893 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, born in Pukekohe, New Zealand (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • 1898 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom, born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1898 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), born in Zhmerynka, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Estelle Brody, American actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), born in Penonomé, Coclé, Panama (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, composer
  • 1901 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1901 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Jan RT Campert, writer (Song the 18 dead)
  • 1904 Bill Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, composer
  • 1910 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70), born in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1910 Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (Johnny Angel, A Double Life), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Julia Child, chef (French Chef), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1912 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), born in Bramhall, Cheshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • 1914 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1915 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), born in Turnhout , Belgium (d. 1945)
  • 1916 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, composer
  • 1919 Huntz Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Lukas Foss, [Fuchs], composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1923 Rose Marie, American actress (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York

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1924 Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum president, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • 1924 Robert Oxton Bolt, English playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago), born in Sale, Manchester (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)

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1925 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec

Jazz Musician Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
Oscar Peterson
  • 1925 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926 Georgiann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers), born in Decorah, Iowa
  • 1926 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • 1926 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England
  • 1930 Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1931 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana, composer
  • 1931 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and science fiction writer (Dragon's Egg, Starquake), born in Geneva, NY (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams)
  • 1933 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1934 Reg Scarlett, WI cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • 1934 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sukhaya Tereshka, Russia (d. 1908)
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Abby Dalton, actress (Joey Bishop Show), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1935 Jim Dale, English actor, director and singer (Barnum, My One & Only), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, American civil rights activist (National Urban League), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Ronnie G. Flippo, former United States Congressman from Alabama (1977-91), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1938 Maxine Waters, American politician (Rep-D-California), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1938 Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1938 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish science fiction author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Herman Onno C. R. Ruding, Dutch Financial minister (CDA) and Director of Amrobank
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy don't run so fast), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, NY (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1941 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Peter York, rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1942 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Barbara Bouchet, German-American actress (Casino Royale), born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1943 Eni F H Faleomavaega, (Rep-D-American Samoa)
  • 1943 María Rojo, Mexican actress and politician, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've been lonely so long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Linda Ellerbee, American journalist (Weekend, NBC Overnight), born in Bryan, Texas
  • 1944 Tom Murphy, American politician
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer (Twiste et Chante), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1945 Charlemagne Palestine, composer
  • 1945 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1945 Thomas C Sawyer, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1945 Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991-96 and 2001-06), born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, American songwriter and singer (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 Tony Robinson, English actor, comedian and author, born in Homerton, London
  • 1947 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman
  • 1947 Geraldo Velez, Puerto Rican musician and jazz congas player (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Puerto Rico
  • 1947 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, Macon Ga, USN/astro (STS 33)
  • 1947 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress (Shubho Mahurat), born in Ranaghat, Bengal, India
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer (It'll All Come Around), born in Campbellton, Canada
  • 1948 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • 1948 Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers), born in Visalia, California
  • 1949 Ann Ryerson, Wisc, actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin)
  • 1949 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, American singer-songwriter (It's in His Kiss), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor
  • 1950 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • 1950 Tess Harper, Mammoth Sp AR, actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies)
  • 1950 Thomas Aldrich, country drummer (Black Oak Arkansas)
  • 1950 Billy Griffin [William], US singer (Miracles-Love Machine)
  • 1950 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
  • 1951 Bobby Caldwell, American rocker, born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 John Childs, cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988)
  • 1951 Daba Diawara, Malian politician
  • 1951 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer
  • 1952 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group)
  • 1954 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

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1954 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

  • 1955 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955 Larry Mathews, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Burbank, California
  • 1956 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • 1956 Vinny Denunzio, rocker
  • 1956 Lorraine Desmarais, French-Canadian jazz pianist and composer
  • 1957 Zeljko Ivanek, Lujubljana Yugoslavia, actor (Mass Appeal)
  • 1958 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • 1958 Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • 1959 Scott D Altman, Lincoln Ill, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • 1960 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, SF, tennis player (Denver-1985)
  • 1960 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1960 Tommy Aldridge, heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
  • 1961 Joan Delk, LPGA golfer (1995 First Bank Edina Realty-66th), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1961 Matt Johnson, rocker (The The-Infected Soul Mining)
  • 1961 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • 1961 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • 1962 Bubby Brister, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1962 Igor Dorokhin, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1962 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • 1963 Greg Adams, Nelson, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars)
  • 1963 Jack Russell, superb England cricket wicket-keeper (36 Tests 1988-94)
  • 1963 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • 1963 Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mexican film director (Birdman, Babel), born in Mexico City
  • 1964 Debi Mazar, actress (Civil Wars, Little Man Tate, LA Law), born in Queens, New York

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1964 Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
Melinda Gates
  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer
  • 1966 Fred Strickland, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1966 Leo Goeas, guard (Baltimore Ravens)