Famous Birthdays on May 8

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  • 1326 Joanna I of Auvergne, queen of France (d. 1360)
  • 1460 Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1536)
  • 1492 Andreas Alciatus, [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer
  • 1521 Peter Canisius, [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint
  • 1527 Johann Walter, German composer, born in Kahla (d. 1570)
  • 1587 Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1637)
  • 1592 Francis Quarles, English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
  • 1622 Claes Rålamb, Swedish statesman (d. 1698)
  • 1629 Niels Juel, Danish admiral (d. 1697)
  • 1632 Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German marshal (d. 1706)
  • 1641 Nicolaas Witsen, etcher/mayor (Amsterdam)
  • 1653 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
  • 1668 Alain R Lesage, French author (Turcaret ou le Financier)
  • 1670 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (d. 1726)
  • 1673 Johann Valentin Eckelt, composer
  • 1703 Gottlob Harrer, composer
  • 1735 Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (d. 1811)

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1737 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), born in Putney, England (d. 1794)

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1738 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • 1742 Johann Baptist Krumpholtz, composer
  • 1745 Carl Philipp Stamitz, composer
  • 1750 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1753 Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of Mexican independence

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1753 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • 1763 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman
  • 1778 Johann Gansbacher, composer
  • 1786 Thomas Hancock, British engineer, founded British rubber industry, born in Malborough, Wilshire (d. 1865)
  • 1786 Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest (d. 1859)
  • 1803 Joseph Napoleon Ney Moskova, composer
  • 1806 Jan Bedrich Kittl, composer
  • 1810 James Cooper, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1814 Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, anarchist
  • 1815 Jean Delphin Alard, French violinist/composer
  • 1821 William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1885)
  • 1824 William Walker, filibuster/president of Nicaragua (1856-57)
  • 1825 George Bruce Malleson, Indian officer (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Jean Henri Dunant, Switz, writer/founder (Red Cross, YMCA, Nobel 1901)
  • 1828 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk (d. 1898)
  • 1829 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1st internationally recognized US pianist
  • 1833 Frank Wheaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1836 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • 1839 Francis W Warre-Cornish, English vice-provost of Eton/writer
  • 1839 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (O Canada) (d. 1920)
  • 1842 Emil C Hansen, Danish physiologist
  • 1844 Hermann Gradener, composer
  • 1846 Oscar Hammerstein, Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)
  • 1850 Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Charles Lee Williams, composer
  • 1853 Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1855 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1857 Frits [Frederik H] Tartaud, Dutch actor/husband of Alida Klein
  • 1858 John Meade Falkner, novelist (Moonfleet)
  • 1859 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • 1873 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • 1882 Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat

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1884 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (D - 1945-53), born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1886 Jef van Hoof, composer
  • 1891 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, bass singer (South Pacific, RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1893 Francis Quimet, Mass shop asst who won golf's US Open (1913)
  • 1893 Edd Roush, baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1895 Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
  • 1895 Fulton J Sheen, El Paso Ill, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
  • 1895 Jose Gomez, [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
  • 1895 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Jan F van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
  • 1899 [Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
  • 1899 Arthur Q. Bryan, American voice actor (d. 1959)
  • 1901 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist
  • 1902 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • 1903 Fernandel, [Fernand JD Contandin], French actor (Paris Holiday)
  • 1903 Joseph Desire Fernandel, Marseilles France, comedian (Grand Chef)
  • 1904 John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, bBC news announcer/commentator
  • 1904 John Snagge, commentator (BBC)
  • 1905 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • 1905 Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • 1906 David Van Vactor, Plymouth Indiana, composer (Chaconne)
  • 1906 Roberto Rossellini, director (Open City), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1908 Arturo De Cordova, [Rodriguez], Merida Mexico, actor (Medal for Benny)
  • 1910 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist/composer (Zodiac Suite)
  • 1910 Ronald Russell, actor/manager (We are Angels, Little Dorrit)

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1911 Robert Johnson, American blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • 1911 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
  • 1912 George Woodcock, author
  • 1912 Gertrud Fussenegger, [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
  • 1913 Sidney James [Cohen], actor (Carry On), born in Johannesburg
  • 1914 Lord Murton, of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
  • 1914 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1915 John Archer, Osceola Nebraska, actor (Destination: Moon)
  • 1916 Gordon Scarrott, engineer
  • 1916 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1916 Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
  • 1919 Sultan Ismail Hajibeyov, composer
  • 1920 Maurice Cranston, political scientist
  • 1920 Sloan Wilson, Norwalk, Conn, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal
  • 1920 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London
  • 1921 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles, born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)
  • 1924 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Ali Hassan Mwinyi, president of Tanzania (1985- )
  • 1925 Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle, lord of appeal in ordinary

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1926 David Attenborough, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1926 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York
  • 1926 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • 1926 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • 1927 Ian Denholm, CEO (Murray Investment Trust)
  • 1927 Philip Wilkinson, deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)
  • 1928 Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
  • 1928 William Jay Sydeman, composer
  • 1929 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • 1929 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • 1930 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
  • 1930 Heather Harper, soprano
  • 1930 Alex L. Shigo, Duquesne Pennsylvania, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices
  • 1931 Charles M Wilson, composer
  • 1932 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress

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1932 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1933 Alistair Service, writer/publisher
  • 1934 Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
  • 1934 Roger Kendrick, governor (Dartmoor Prison)
  • 1935 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • 1935 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • 1936 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • 1937 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • 1937 Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
  • 1937 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • 1937 Thomas Pynchon, novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1937 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • 1937 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • 1938 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • 1938 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
  • 1938 Jean Giraud, Val-de-Marne, France, comic artist (Alien, Tron), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1940 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

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1940 Peter Benchley, novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 1940 Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
  • 1940 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 1940 Toni Tennille, American singer
  • 1941 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1941 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer
  • 1942 Angel Cordero Jr, Santurce PR, jockey (Seattle Slew) [or Nov 8]
  • 1942 Euclid "Motorhead" Sherwood, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
  • 1942 Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
  • 1942 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • 1942 Ruth Holland, journalist
  • 1942 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1943 Paul Samwell-Smith, Richmond, Surrey, English bassist (The Yardbirds-For Your Love)
  • 1943 Toni Tennille, female Beachboy (Capt & Tennille), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1944 Gary Glitter, [Paul Gadd], England, rocker (Rock & Roll Part II)
  • 1945 Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
  • 1945 Keith Jarrett, jazz musician/film composer (Nachtfahrer)
  • 1946 André Boulerice, Quebec politician
  • 1947 Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
  • 1947 Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1947 H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • 1948 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1948 Maurizio Nichetti, actor (Icicle Thief, Volcano)
  • 1948 Stephen Stohn, Canadian television producer (Degrassi)
  • 1951 Chris Frantz, Ky, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
  • 1951 Deborah Harmon, actress (Ted Knight Show, M*A*S*H, Just the 10 of Us)
  • 1951 Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • 1952 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952 Charles J Camarda, PhD/astronaut, born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953 Alex Van Halen, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Dutch drummer (Van Halen)
  • 1954 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954 Pat Meyers, LPGA golfer
  • 1955 Stephen Furst, Norfolk Va, actor (Animal House, Elliot-St Elsewhere)
  • 1956 Jeff Madrigali, Walnut Creek California, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1957 Deana Deardruff, US, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1957 Jeff Wincott, actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1957 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1959 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • 1960 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • 1960 Eric Brittingham, American bassist
  • 1961 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • 1961 David Winning, Canadian film director
  • 1961 Akira Taue, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1961 Bill de Blasio, American politician New York City Mayor (2013-), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1962 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1963 Clemens Lothaller, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • 1963 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • 1963 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1963 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 1964 Cheryl Richardson, Palo Alto California, actress (Jennie-General Hospital)
  • 1964 Eric Brittingham, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
  • 1964 Melissa Gilbert, actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Peter Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or Mar/Jan 8]
  • 1964 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • 1966 Eddie Brown, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966 Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer