Famous Birthdays on May 26

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  • 1264 Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun (d. 1326)
  • 1478 Clement VII, [Giulio de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34)
  • 1566 Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (1595-1603)
  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, composer
  • 1602 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter (d. 1674)
  • 1667 Abraham De Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem)
  • 1669 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (d. 1722)
  • 1700 Nikolaus L earl von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, German evangelist
  • 1759 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley
  • 1764 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman (d. 1836)
  • 1771 Rahel Varnhagen von Ense-Levin, German saloon owner/author
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nageli, composer
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, composer
  • 1806 Henry Knox Thatcher, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1880)
  • 1822 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • 1825 Felipe Gutierrez y Espinoza, composer
  • 1835 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, composer
  • 1850 Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Stupid force)
  • 1853 Monroe A Althouse, composer
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, composer
  • 1859 Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)
  • 1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion (d. 1917)
  • 1865 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Fins painter/graphic artist/illustrator
  • 1865 Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
  • 1866 John Eigenhuis, writer (Tough Workers)
  • 1867 Mary of Teck, wife of George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1871 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47)
  • 1873 Cornelis G N de Vooys, translator/founder (New Taalgids)
  • 1873 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist (d. 1958)
  • 1874 Henry Farman, French aviation pioneer (double decker)
  • 1876 Jack Root, boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion
  • 1877 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)
  • 1877 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte)
  • 1877 Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34)
  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American singer (d. 1946)
  • 1884 Charles Winninger, Athens Wisc, actor (Charlie Farrell Show)
  • 1886 Al Jolson, [Asa Yoelson], jazz singer/silent actor (Mamie, Swanee)
  • 1890 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits)
  • 1893 Eugene Goossens, conductor/composer (Perseus), born in London, England
  • 1893 Norma Talmadge, NY, actress (Sign on Door, Camille)
  • 1895 Dorothea Lange, US documentary photographer
  • 1895 Paul Lukas, Budapest Hungary, actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx)
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gerard Bertouille, composer
  • 1899 Otto E Neugebauer, Austrian/US math historian
  • 1899 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
  • 1899 Antonio Barrette, French Canadian politician (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)
  • 1904 George Formby, [William Booth], British singer/comic (Let George Do It)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Polish pianist (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Carleton Young, NY, actor (Reefer Madness, Pride of the Bowery)

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1907 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1907 Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Robert Morley, England, actor (High Road to China, African Queen)
  • 1908 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • 1909 Richard Maibaum, screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1910 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico
  • 1910 Laurance S Rockefeller, CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Ben Alexander, Goldfield, Nevada, American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad)
  • 1912 Janos Kádár, premier Hungary (1956-58)
  • 1913 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician

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1913 Peter Cushing, English actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who), born in Kenley, Surrey, England (d. 1994)

  • 1913 Robert Shaw, town planner
  • 1914 Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1915 Sam Edwards, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Moondog, American composer, musician and poet (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1917 Eva Szorenyi, Hungarian actress, freedom activist for Hungary
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger)
  • 1919 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • 1920 Peggy Lee, American singer (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • 1923 Horst Tapper, German director/actor (Derrick)
  • 1923 James Arness, actor (Matt Dillon-Gunsmoke, Thing), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1923 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of the National Farmers Organization (1955-79), born in Whitesville, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Roy Dotrice, Guernsey Channel Island, actor (Wizard)
  • 1924 Cooper Evans, (Rep-R-IA, 1981-87)
  • 1925 Alec McCowen, Tunbridge Wells England, actor (Never Say Never Again)
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, composer
  • 1926 Dirch Passer, Danish actor
  • 1926 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author

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1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1927 Jacques Bergerac, France, actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun)
  • 1929 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)
  • 1932 Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)
  • 1934 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • 1935 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, composer
  • 1938 Jackie Liebesit, rocker (Can)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Elden Bolcom, composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938 Pauline Parker, New-Zealandic murderess
  • 1938 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1939 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • 1940 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 1940 Levon Helm, Elaine Arkansas, American musician (The Band), (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalnins, composer
  • 1941 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, England, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 1943 Erica G Terpstra, Oly swimmer/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1944 Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English musician (d. 1993)
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • 1947 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • 1947 Sherry Bain, California, actress (Pipe Dreams)
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, cricketer (no relation to Gordon, WI opener 1972-74)
  • 1948 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1949 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

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1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1949 Pam Grier, Winston-Salem NC, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough)
  • 1949 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1949 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • 1951 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • 1951 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

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1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 1952 David Meece, Christian musician
  • 1953 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • 1954 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Candace L Collins, Dupo Illinois, playmate (Dec, 1979)
  • 1955 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • 1956 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • 1957 Margaret Colin, actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby)
  • 1957 François Legault, French Canadian politician
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • 1957 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, rocker (Mission-Lover for Life)
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1959 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • 1961 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director
  • 1962 Bob[cat] Goldthwait, comedian (Police Academy), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • 1962 Genie [Eugenie] Francis, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1963 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)
  • 1963 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1964 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)

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1964 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz
  • 1965 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Oly-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1965 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter

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1966 Helena Bonham Carter, English actress (Fight Club, Howards End), born in London, England

  • 1966 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Billy Downes, Nike golfer (1994 New England Classic), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • 1966 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)
  • 1967 Igor Zemlyanoy, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1967 Jean Bartholomew, LPGA golfer (1989 Duke U Champ), born in Queens, New York
  • 1967 Phil Doyle, Australian writer
  • 1968 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 1968 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 Pat Kenney, American professional wrestler
  • 1968 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • 1968 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • 1969 John Baird, Canadian politician
  • 1969 Musetta Vander, South African actress
  • 1970 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1971 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Lewis Capes, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1971 Matt Stone, American television producer
  • 1972 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, Dunedin NZ, 100m/200m runner (Oly-96)
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California

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1975 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • 1975 Nicki Aycox, American actress
  • 1976 Benji Gregory, Encino California, actor (Brian Tanner-Alf)
  • 1976 Markus Wieland, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1977 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1977 Misaki Ito, Japanese actress
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1979 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress
  • 1979 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • 1979 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer