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Famous Birthdays on April 16

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 251

  • 778 Louis I the Pious, Holy Roman Emperor ((814-840), born in Poitiers, Aquitaine (d. 840)
  • 1319 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), born in Le Mans, France (d. 1364)
  • 1495 Petrus Apianus [Peter Apian], German mathematician, astronomer and cartographer, born in Leisnig, Saxony (d. 1557)
  • 1628 Cornelis Evertsen the Younger, Dutch vice admiral of Zealand, born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1679)
  • 1635 Frans van Mieris the Elder, Dutch painter, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1681)
  • 1646 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect, born in Paris (d. 1708)
  • 1648 John Luyken, Dutch poet and etcher (Duytse Lyre), born in Amsterdam (d. 1712)
  • 1660 Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (providing the foundation of the British Museum), born in Killyleagh, Ulster, Ireland (d. 1753)
  • 1661 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, born in Horton, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1715)
  • 1673 Francesco Feroci, Italian composer, born in San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (d. 1750)
  • 1682 John Hadley, English mathematician and inventor (octant), born in Bloomsbury, London (d. 1744)
  • 1693 Anne Sophie Reventlow, Queen of Denmark and Norway (1721-30), born in Clausholm Castle, Denmark (d. 1743)
  • 1697 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, German composer, born in Penig, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1728 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1799)
  • 1738 Henry Clinton, British army officer and politician, born in Newfoundland, British Canada (d. 1795)
  • 1755 Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1842)

  • 1786 John Franklin, English rear admiral and explorer (Arctic), born in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1847)
  • 1800 Jozef Stefani, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1876)
  • 1800 William Chambers, Scottish author and publisher (Basis of Communication & Coding), born in Peebles, Scotland (d. 1883)
  • 1800 George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, British army officer (Charge of the Light Brigade), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 1808 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1816 Edward Johnson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Midlothian, Virginia (d. 1873)
  • 1820 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist, born in Lübeck, Germany (d. 1885)
  • 1821 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, born in Calais, France (d. 1893)
  • 1823 Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart [Esther Pariseau], Canadian religious leader (US capitol), born in Saint-Elzéar, Quebec, Canada (d. 1902)
  • 1823 Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1907)
  • 1823 Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (number theory), born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1852)
  • 1827 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1879)
  • 1838 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1897)
  • 1844 Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault], French writer (Thaïs, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921), born in Paris (d. 1924)
  • 1847 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, born in Wädenswil, Switerland (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social reformer from Andhra Pradesh, born in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Herbert Baxter Adams, American historian (American Historical Association), born in Shutesbury, Massachusetts (d. 1901)
  • 1851 Ernst Josephson, Swedish painter, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1906)
  • 1859 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • 1861 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)

  • 1865 Harry Chauvel, Australian Imperial Force senior officer, born in Tabulam, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1945)
  • 1867 José de Diego, Puerto Rican patriot and advocate for Puerto Rico's independence from Spain and the U.S., born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (d. 1918)

Person of interestWilbur Wright

1867 Wilbur Wright, American aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Millville, Indiana (d. 1912)

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Aviator
Wilbur Wright
  • 1867 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • 1868 Joel Angel, Russian musicologist and composer (d. 1917)
  • 1871 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), born in Rathfarnham, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 1909)
  • 1871 Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, born in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Tip Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1914)
  • 1881 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax and British ambassador to US (1940-46), born in Powderham Castle, Devon, England (d. 1959)
  • 1882 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), born in Bloomfield, New Jersey (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • 1886 Ernst Thälmann, German communist presidential candidate, born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1886 Jēkabs Graubiņš, Latvian composer, born in Preiļi Palace, Latvia (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Konstantin G. Mostras, Russian composer, born in Tambovsky District, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 1965)

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

1889 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England (d. 1977)

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1893 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1987)
  • 1893 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1981)
  • 1895 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1948)
  • 1897 Arthur Charles Ernest Hoérée, Belgian-French composer, born in St. Gilles, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1897 Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist and composer (Stabat Mater), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • 1897 John Bagot Glubb, British commandant and writer (A soldier with the Arabs), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1899 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, born in Bergaliszki (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Polly Adler, Russian bordello proprieter and author (House is not a Home), born in Yanow, Russia (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Leo Poos, nazi police officer (caught Dutch underground agents)
  • 1904 Clifford P. Case, American lawyer and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey, born in Franklin Park, New Jersey (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Fifi D'Orsay, Canadian actress (Life Jimmy Dolan, Girl from Calgary), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Frits Philips, Dutch engineer and CEO (Philips), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1905 John Lee-Barber, British Royal Navy officer (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Elisa Hendrik "Beb" Bakhuys, Dutch football player and writer, born in Pekalongan, Dutch East Indies (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist (d. 1994)
  • 1906 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1907 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, born in Steyr, Austria (d. 1947)
  • 1907 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • 1909 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, born in Denderbelle (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), born in Nogales, Arizona (d. 1984)
  • 1911 William T. Stearn, British botanist, born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, born in Devonport, England (d. 1963)
  • 1912 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), born in Motherwell, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1912 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Garth Williams, American illustrator (Charlotte's Web), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Constance Shacklock, English opera singer, born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Charles McLaren, 3rd Baron Aberconway, British industrialist and CEO (John Brown & Co) (d. 2003)
  • 1914 John Hodiak, American actor (Battleground, A Bell for Adamo, Lifeboat), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • 1915 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), born in Clitheroe, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Yvette Lundy, French resistance fighter during WWII, born in Oger, France (d. 2019)
  • 1917 Barry Nelson, American actor, first actor to play James Bond, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1917 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany

Person of interestSpike Milligan

1918 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), born in Ahmednagar, India (d. 2002)

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 1918 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, born in Bourne, Lincolnshire (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), born in Centralia, Washington (d. 2009)

  • 1919 Tom Willmore, English geometer, born in Gillingham, England (d. 2005)
  • 1920 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1920 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo), born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy), born in Huyton, Lancashire, England (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), born in Zwijndrecht, Belgium (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, born in Yonkers, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Scottish Conservative politician (1959-2001), born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2010)

Person of interestHenry Mancini

1924 Henry Mancini, American composer and conductor (Pink Panther), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1994)

Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
  • 1924 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), born in Hackney, London (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), born in Kingston, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Peter Mark Richman, American actor (Andrew-Dynasty), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestBenedict XVI

1927 Pope Benedict XVI [Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger], Catholic Pope (2005-2013), born in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 1928 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1969)
  • 1930 Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (Just Wallin'), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 2010)
  • 1932 Vince Hill, English singer (Roses of Picardy, La Vie en Rose), born in Holbrooks, Coventry, England
  • 1932 Goopy Geer, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Rudolf Ising(Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Goopy Geer"
  • 1933 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster and actress (Cold Comfort Farm), born in Stockport, England
  • 1933 Perry Botkin Jr, American orchestra leader (Bert Convy Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • 1934 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Robert Stigwood, Australian-born British-resident music entrepreneur and film producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Bobby Vinton, singer (Roses are Red, Blue on Blue), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Sarah Kirsch, German poet, born in Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), born in Govan, Glasgow (d. 2017)

  • 1938 Rich Rollins, American MLB third baseman, born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, born in Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1939 John DeLaFose, American French speaking zydeco musician, born in Duralde, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union), born in Amsterdam
  • 1939 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor, born in Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2008)
  • 1940 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1940 Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England

Person of interestMargrethe II

1940 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972 - present), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Queen of Denmark
Margrethe II
  • 1940 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), born in Venlo, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian public official and former politician, born in Roberval, Quebec
  • 1941 Cliff Stearns, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Jim Lonborg, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young 1967), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1943 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1943 Ewald Vanvugt, Dutch author (Kiss of Delight, Seed of Love), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 1943 Johnny Watkins, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust), born in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • 1943 Ruth Madoc, British singer and actress (Hi Di Hi), born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • 1944 Dennis Russell Davies, American conductor and composer, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1944 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1945 Stefan Grossman, American country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Tom Allen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1946 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Baker Street), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland (d. 2011)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor] Basketball Hall of Fame center (6-time NBA champion), born in NYC, New York

  • 1948 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant, born in London
  • 1948 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2009)
  • 1949 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop), born in Inglewood, California (d. 2015)
  • 1950 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1951 John Bentley, English bass guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1951 Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer, born in Orbec, Normandy, France

  • 1951 Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer, born in Timişoara, Romania
  • 1951 Björgvin Halldórsson, Icelandic singer, born in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
  • 1951 Mordechai Ben David, American Jewish singer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, American fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1952 Michel Blanc, French actor and director, born in Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  • 1952 William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor (Futurama), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952 Bill Belichick, American NFL coach (5 Super Bowl wins with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1953 Jay O. Sanders, American actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953 Peter Garrett, Australian environmentalist, activist, former politician (Labour Party), and musician (Midnight Oil), born in Wahroonga, Sydney
  • 1953 J. Neil Schulman, American writer (Alongside Night), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • 1954 Ellen Barkin, American actress (Big Easy, Sea of Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1954 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1955 Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, born in Castle Betzdorf, Betzdorf, Luxembourg
  • 1955 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager (San Francisco Giants), born in Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
  • 1956 David M. Brown, U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia (d. 2003)
  • 1956 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier, born in Les Diablerets, Vaud, Switzerland
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketer, born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 1959 Anne Kursinski, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1959 Scott McKinsey, American television director, born in California
  • 1960 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician and Congressman, born in Lantawan, Basilan, Philippines (d. 2007)
  • 1960 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and manager, born in West Berlin, West Germany
  • 1961 Doris Dragović, Croatian singer, born in Split, Croatia
  • 1962 David Pate, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Ian MacKaye, American rocker (Cyrano de Bergerac), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • 1963 Jimmy Osmond, American singer (Donnie & Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1963 Nick Berry, English actor (Wicksy-EastEnders), born in Woodford, Essex

  • 1963 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1963 John Delaney, American politician (Rep (D) Maryland 2013-19), born in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1964 Dave Pirner, American rocker (Soul Asylum), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Robert Kelker-Kelly, Amerian actor (Bo-Days of our Live), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1964 David Kohan, American television producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1965 Gerardo [Mejía], Ecuadorian-American rapper, born in Guayaquil
  • 1965 Jon Cryer, American actor (Pretty in Pink, Superman IV), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestMartin Lawrence

1965 Martin Lawrence, American comedian (Martin), born in Frankfurt, Germany

Comedian Martin Lawrence
Comedian
Martin Lawrence
  • 1965 Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong-American actor and director, born in Troy, New York
  • 1966 Lewis Tillman, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • 1967 Charles Evans, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1968 Grace Kim, South Korean-American tennis star, born in South Korea
  • 1969 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970 Fran Robinson, American actress (Lauren-Charlie & Company), born in California
  • 1970 Steve Emtman, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Frederik Nilsson, IHL forward (Team Sweden, KC (IHL)), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1971 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus