Famous Birthdays on 15th August

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  • 1171 King Alfonso IX of Leon (d. 1230)
  • 1195 Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)
  • 1432 Luigi Pulci, Italy, poet (Morgante)
  • 1575 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Gilles Ménage, French scholar (d. 1692)
  • 1619 Hubertus Quellinus, [Quellien], Flemish cartoonist/copper plate
  • 1688 Frederick-William I, king of Prussia (1713-1740)
  • 1702 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter/etcher
  • 1717 Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (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, Corsica, resident of Elba (emperor of France 1804-13, 1814-15), (d. 1821)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1771 Walter Scott, Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)
  • 1776 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten)
  • 1776 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer
  • 1782 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs)
  • 1785 Thomas De Quincey, England, writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater)
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, composer
  • 1788 Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
  • 1794 Elias M Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum)
  • 1798 Sangolli Rayanna, prominent Indian warrior, born in Karnataka, India
  • 1803 James Douglas, father of British Columbia
  • 1813 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic (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, England, painter/illustrator (Beauty & Beast)
  • 1851 [Georgette A] Helena Amelung, Dutch actress (Scapegoat)
  • 1856 J Keir Hardie, 1st Labour representative in British Parliament
  • 1857 Albert Ballin, German shipping tycoon (d. 1918)
  • 1860 Florence Harding [DeWolfe], US 1st lady (1921-23), born in Marion, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Roosje Vos, Dutch union organizer
  • 1860 Henrietta Vinton Davis, American elocutionist (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1865 Johan[nes] B Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga)
  • 1865 Usui Mikao, Japanese founder of Reiki (d. 1926)
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, composer
  • 1874 Joseph Klausner, Polish/Israeli new testament expert
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England
  • 1876 Aleksandar Belic, Serb linguist
  • 1878 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron/general (White Armies, WW II)
  • 1879 Ethel Barrymore, American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • 1885 Edna Ferber, American author & playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron) (d. 1968)
  • 1885 Mary Nash, Troy NY, actress (Phila Story, Till the Clouds Roll By)
  • 1886 Bill Whitty, cricketer (Australian left-arm bowler 1909-12)
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, composer
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, Paris France, composer (Escales)
  • 1890 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (d. 2006)
  • 1890 Elvin M. Jellinek, New York City, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism
  • 1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen, composer
  • 1892 Louis-Victor prince of Broglie, France, physicist (Nobel 1929)
  • 1893 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer
  • 1893 Harlow H Curtice, pres of General Motors (1953-8)
  • 1893 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • 1898 Lillian Carter, Pres Carter's (1977-1981) mom
  • 1898 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Estelle Brody, actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, composer
  • 1901 Hans Lorbeer, writer
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, composer
  • 1901 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Jan RT Campert, writer (Song the 18 dead)
  • 1904 Bill Baird, Grand Is Nebr, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, composer
  • 1907 Paul Vincze, medallist
  • 1909 Raymond O'Malley, teacher
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, composer
  • 1910 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70)
  • 1910 Signe Hasso, actress (QB VII, Taxi 13, Black Bird, Crisis)
  • 1912 Julia Child, Pasadena California, chef (French Chef)
  • 1912 Wendy Hiller, England, actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield)
  • 1912 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • 1914 Peter Nicholson Gunn, writer
  • 1915 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1915 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author/resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg)
  • 1915 Signe Hasso, Stockholm Sweden, actress (Johnny Angel, Double Life)
  • 1916 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer
  • 1917 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Fay Honey Knopp, activist
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, composer
  • 1919 Huntz Hall, actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York
  • 1919 Benedict Kiely, Irish author
  • 1922 Lukas Foss, [Fuchs], composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1923 Rose Marie, actress (Sally Rogers-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York

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1924 Phyllis Schlafly, St Louis, right-winger/Eagle Forum president

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • 1924 Robert Oxton Bolt, playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago)
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, Sumter NC, rock bassist/vocalist (Drifters)
  • 1925 Gertrude Shope, South African head (ANC female section)
  • 1925 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California

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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, Johannesburg, South Africa, leader of the ANC Women’s League
  • 1926 Georgiann Johnson, Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)
  • 1926 Lewis T Preston, banker
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, composer
  • 1926 Costis Stephanopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1927 Eddie Leadbeater, cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109)
  • 1928 Nicolas Roeg, cinematographer/director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England
  • 1930 Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1931 Janice Rule, Norwood Ohio, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife)
  • 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[ull] Forward, US, sci-fi author (Dragon's Egg, Starquake)
  • 1933 Bobby Helms, rock vocalist (Jingle Bell Rock)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, US singer (Tams-What Child of Fool)
  • 1933 Lori Nelson, Santa Fe NM, actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire)
  • 1934 Reg Scarlett, WI cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • 1934 Valentin Stepanovich Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Abby Dalton, Las Vegas NV, actress (Joey Bishop Show)
  • 1935 Jim Dale, Rothwell England, Broadway actor (Barnum, My One & Only)
  • 1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, civil rights activist (National Urban League)
  • 1937 Ronnie G Flippo, (Rep-D-NY, 1977- )
  • 1938 Maxine Waters, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1938 Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court justice
  • 1938 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer
  • 1939 H Onno C R Ruding, director (Amrobank)/Dutch Financial minister (CDA)
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer (Daddy don't run so fast)
  • 1940 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano
  • 1941 Don Rich, Olympia Wash, guitarist/country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1941 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Peter York, Cleve, rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1942 Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Barbara Bouchet, Reichenberg Czech, actress (Casino Royale)
  • 1943 Eni F H Faleomavaega, (Rep-D-American Samoa)
  • 1943 María Rojo, Mexican actress and politician
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, US singer (I've been lonely so long)
  • 1944 Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
  • 1944 Tom Murphy, American politician
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, Bulgarian pop singer
  • 1945 Charlemagne Palestine, composer
  • 1945 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1945 Thomas C Sawyer, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1945 Begum Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, Elk City Oklahoma, songwriter (MacArthur Park, Up Up & Away)
  • 1946 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 Tony Robinson, English actor and television presenter
  • 1947 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman
  • 1947 Geraldo Velez, jazz congas (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance)
  • 1947 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, Macon Ga, USN/astro (STS 33)
  • 1947 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress
  • 1948 Charles Thomas "Tom" Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers), born in Visalia, California
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
  • 1948 George Ryton, British engineer
  • 1949 Ann Ryerson, Wisc, actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin)
  • 1949 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, rocker
  • 1949 Beverly Lynn Burns, Americna pilot, first woman captain in the world on the Boeing 747
  • 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, 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], Skelleftehamn, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

  • 1955 Kenneth Carr, Clearwater Fla, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1955 Larry Mathews, Burbank California, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show)
  • 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
  • 1964 Melinda French Gates, American wife of Bill Gates
  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer