On This Day

Famous Birthdays on April 21

  • 1488 Ulrich von Hutten, German scholar and poet, born in Schlüchtern, Hesse
  • 1546 Arcangelo Crivelli, Italian composer, born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1555 Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1619)
  • 1619 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), born in Culemborg (d. 1677)
  • 1651 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, born in Benaulim, Goa, Portuguese India (d. 1711)
  • 1652 Michel Rolle, French mathematician (Rolle's theorem), born in Ambert, Basse-Auvergne (d. 1719)
  • 1671 John Law, Scottish economist and author (Money and Trade Considered), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1729)
  • 1672 Johann Philipp Käfer, German composer, born in Schney, Lichtenfels, Germany (d. 1728)
  • 1673 Wilhelmine Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire Empress, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1742)
  • 1713 Louis de Noailles, Marshal of France, born in Versailles, France (d. 1793)
  • 1749 Johann Michael Malzat, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1787)
  • 1774 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist (Biot-Savart law), born in Paris (d. 1862)
  • 1775 Alexander Anderson, American engraver and illustrator (Shakespeare), born in NYC, New York (d. 1870)
  • 1779 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint (founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate), born in Rome (d. 1850)
  • 1803 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)

  • 1806 Peter van Schendel, Dutch-Belgian painter (Monsieur Chandelle), born in Terheijden, Netherlands (d. 1870)
  • 1809 Robert M. T. Hunter, American lawyer and politician (2nd Confederate States Secretary of State), born in Loretto, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • 1810 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), born in Bradford, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), born in Barre, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • 1814 Béni Egressy, Hungarian composer, born in Kazincbarcika, Hungary (d. 1851)
  • 1814 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England", born in London (d. 1906)

Person of interestCharlotte Brontë

1816 Charlotte Brontë,English novelist (Jane Eyre), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire

  • 1816 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1974)
  • 1822 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, born in Taughannock, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1874)
  • 1828 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher and historian (Voyage in Italy), born in Vouziers, Ardennes, France (d. 1893)
  • 1834 William Rufus Terrill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Covington City, Virginia (d. 1862)
  • 1837 Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician, feminist and pacifist politician (Nobel 1908), born in Næstved, Denmark (d. 1922)

Person of interestJohn Muir

1838 John Muir, Scottish naturalist and discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar (d. 1914)

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • 1849 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist (discovered fertilization), born in Friedberg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • 1851 Charles Barrois, French geologist and palaeontologist, born in Lille, France (d. 1939)
  • 1853 Charles Malherbe, French violinist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • 1854 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, born in Minervino Murge, Apulia (d. 1918)
  • 1854 Władysław Rzepko, Polish composer, born in Piórków, Poland (d. 1932)
  • 1854 William Stang, German Roman Catholic Bishop, born in Bad Schönborn, Germany (d. 1907)

  • 1864 Max Weber, German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), born in Erfurt, Province of Saxony, Prussia (d. 1920)
  • 1868 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1870 Edwin S. Porter, American film pioneer and producer (Jack and the Beanstalk), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1941)
  • 1871 Leo Blech, German composer and conductor, born in Aachen, Rhenish Prussia (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Vojtěch Říhovský, Czech composer, born in Dub nad Moravou, Czechia (d. 1950)
  • 1872 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • 1878 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, born in Sankt Ingbert, Germany (d. 1915)
  • 1879 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, born in Jepara, Central Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1904)
  • 1881 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter and caricaturist (Rocks of Oran), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist (Nobel 1946 - physics of high pressure), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 1886 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Lillian Walker, American silent era actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1887 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • 1889 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1971)
  • 1892 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, born in Fryšták, Czech Republic (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Steve Owen, American NFL tackle and coach (NY Giants), born in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1901 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1961)
  • 1902 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1903 Hans Hedtoft, 14th Prime Minister of Denmark (1947-50, 53-55), born in Århus, Denmark (d. 1955)
  • 1904 Gijs van Hall, Dutch politician and Mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), born in Amsterdam (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Antoni Szalowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & Col), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Saint-Étienne, France (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Rollo May, American psychologist (Love & Will), born in Ada, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60) who died on stage, born in NYC, New York (d. 1960)
  • 1911 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), born in Fremont, Iowa (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Feike Asma, Dutch organist and conductor, born in Den Helder, Amsterdam (d. 1984)
  • 1912 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), born in Chappes, France (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1913 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor, isolated growth hormones)
  • 1913 Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German politician
  • 1913 Norman Parkinson, English fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar), born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Norman Panama, American screenwriter (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Andor Kovach, composer
  • 1915 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), born in Chihuahua, Mexico (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Frick, [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • 1916 Sidney Clute, actor, Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)
  • 1919 Franc [Franklin E] Essed, Suriname agricultural eng, Oper Grasshopper)
  • 1919 John Goddard, cricketer, West Indian all-rounder 1948-57)
  • 1919 Don Cornell, American singer (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Bruno Maderna, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21], born in Venice, Italy
  • 1920 Christopher Dark [Alfred Francis DeLeo], American actor, (World Without End, The Time Tunnel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1920 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), born in Forest Hills, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Allan Watkins, cricketer, England batsman late 40s early 50s)
  • 1923 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • 1924 Daniel Melnick, American producer, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers)

Person of interestElizabeth II

1926 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

  • 1926 Arthur Rowley, English Footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Robert Brustein, American dean, Yale School of Drama), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods)
  • 1930 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1932 Angela Mortimer, British tennis player, French C'ships 1955, Australian C'ships 1958, Wimbledon 1961), born in Plymouth, England
  • 1932 Elaine May, American comedienne, writer and actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), born in Dumfries, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • 1935 Charles Grodin, Pitt, actor, Woman in Red, Lonely Guy, Heartbreak Kid)
  • 1935 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935 Thomas Kean, American politician
  • 1936 Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, composer

Person of interestBob Cleary

1936 Bob Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • 1936 James Dobson, American evangelist
  • 1937 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • 1937 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • 1939 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1940 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • 1941 David Lyle Boren, American politician, Governor and Senator from Oklahoma, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing)
  • 1944 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1945 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)
  • 1946 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • 1946 Claire Denis, French film director (Chocolat, Beau Travail), born in Paris, France
  • 1946 Doug MacLeod, American blues musician (Blues Music Awards' Acoustic Artist of the Year, 2014, 2016 and 2017), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)

Person of interestIggy Pop

1947 Iggy Pop [James Osterberg], American rocker (Zombie Birdhouse), born in Muskegon, Michigan

Rocker Iggy Pop
Rocker
Iggy Pop
  • 1947 John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment)

  • 1948 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1948 Lord Egremont, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1948 Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy)
  • 1949 Patti LuPone, actress/singer (Evita, Life Goes On), born in Northport, New York
  • 1951 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • 1951 Nicoel Barclay, rocker
  • 1951 Tony Danza, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who's the Boss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 1951 Robert Gotobed, English drummer (Wire)
  • 1953 Ed Fiori, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1954 Dale Eggeling, American golfer (3 LPGA titles), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1954 James Morrison [Paige], American actor (24, Twin Peaks), born in Bountiful, Utah
  • 1954 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • 1956 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • 1956 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • 1957 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1957 Edward Leslie, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 Andie MacDowell, [Rosalie Anderson], American actress (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Green Card), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1958 Mike Barson, rock keyboardist (Madness)
  • 1958 Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist
  • 1958 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist

Person of interestRobert Smith

1959 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Musician
Robert Smith
  • 1959 Jerry Only [Gerald Caiafa Jr], American musician (Misfits), born in Lodi, New Jersey
  • 1959 Michael Timmins, Canadian musician (Cowboy Junkies)
  • 1959 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • 1960 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1962 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • 1962 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • 1963 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963 Ken Caminiti, infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Hanford, California

  • 1963 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • 1964 Ludmila Engquist, Russian-born Swedish athlete
  • 1965 Ed Belfour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (Olympic gold 2001, Vezina Trophy 1991, 93), born in Carman, Manitoba
  • 1965 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1965 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic
  • 1966 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966 Michael Franti, American musician
  • 1968 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1969 Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • 1970 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Stewart Malgunas, Prince George, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1970 Glen Hansard, Irish songwriter and actor
  • 1970 Rob Riggle, American comedian
  • 1970 Nicole Sullivan, American actress
  • 1971 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1971 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • 1971 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • 1972 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1972 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1972 Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • 1972 Severina Vučković, Croatian singer
  • 1973 Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian athlete
  • 1974 Brice Hunter, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Danyon Loader, New Zealand 200m and 400m swimmer (2 Olympic gold medals 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1976 Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
  • 1977 Doseone, American rapper
  • 1978 Avi Phillips, Ontario, actor (Maniac Mansion)

  • 1978 Jukka Nevalainen, Finnish drummer (Nightwish)
  • 1978 Branden Steineckert, American drummer (Rancid), (The Used)
  • 1978 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • 1979 James McAvoy, Scottish actor (X-Men: First Class), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1980 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Tony Romo, American football player
  • 1980 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • 1981 Stephanie Larimore, American model
  • 1982 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, American football player
  • 1983 Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • 1984 Ashley Peldon, actress (Marsha-Guilding Light, Deceived), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1986 Audra Cohen, American tennis player, born in California
  • 1986 Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
  • 1987 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1988 Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • 1988 Robbie Amell, Canadian actor (Tomorrow People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1991 Max Chilton, British racing driver, born in Redhill
  • 2007 Princess Isabella of Denmark