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Famous Birthdays on April 28

  • 32 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, born in Ferentium, Italy (d. 69)
  • 1442 Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83), born in Rouen, Normandy (d. 1483)
  • 1545 Yi Sun-sin, Korean Naval Commander, born in Hanseong, South Korea (d. 1598)
  • 1630 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, born in Alstonefield, Staffordshire, England (d. 1687)
  • 1686 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, born in Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic (d. 1721)
  • 1715 Franz Sparry, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1767)
  • 1748 Lorenz Justinian Ott, German composer, born in Dietfurt, Germany (d. 1805)
  • 1750 Paul Ignaz Kürzinger, Bavarian composer, born in Mergentheim, Württemberg
  • 1753 Franz K Achard, German physicist and chemist, born in Berlin (d. 1821)
  • 1757 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1835)

Person of interestJames Monroe

1758 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia (d. 1831)

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • 1765 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1834)
  • 1770 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1837)
  • 1774 Francis Baily, English astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse, born in Newbury, Berkshire, England (d. 1844)
  • 1795 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), born in Bengal, British India (d. 1869)
  • 1810 Daniel Ullman, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1892)

  • 1812 Daniel Henry Rucker, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1819 Ezra Abbot, American Bible scholar, born in Jackson, Maine (d. 1884)
  • 1825 James Winning McMillan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1903)
  • 1826 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, born in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1853)
  • 1838 Tobias Asser, Dutch advocate of world law (Nobel 1911), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1913)
  • 1842 Gaston of Orleans, Count of Eu, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1922)
  • 1846 Johann Oskar Backlund, Swedish-Russian astronomer (planets/asteroids), born in Länghem, Sweden (d. 1916)
  • 1848 Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1909)
  • 1864 William Frederick Archdall Ellison, Irish clergyman and director (Armagh Observatory)
  • 1865 Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1868 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), born in Zhuravki, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1908)
  • 1870 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, born in Kaiserstuhl, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1926)
  • 1873 Harold Bauer, English-American pianist (Beethoven-Association), born in Kingston, England (d. 1951)
  • 1874 Karl Kraus, Austrian satirical writer, born in Jičín, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1874 Sidney Toler, American actor, director and playwright (Madame X, Meeting at Midnight), born in Warrensburg, Missouri (d. 1947)
  • 1876 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Person of interestLionel Barrymore

1878 Lionel Barrymore [Blythe], American actor (Free Soul, Dr Kildare), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)

  • 1879 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1879 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)

  • 1882 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, born in Milano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1886 Erich Salomon, German photographer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1944)

Person of interestHarry Crerar

1888 Harry Crerar, Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1965)

Canadian WWII General Harry Crerar
Canadian WWII General
Harry Crerar
  • 1889 António de Oliveira Salazar, Dictator of Portugal (1932-68) who founded and controlled the Estado Novo (New State), born in Vimieiro, Santa Comba Dão, Portugal (d. 1970)
  • 1889 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Karel Doorman, Dutch rear admiral (Java Sea), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1892 Georges Antoine, Belgian composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1892 John Jacob Niles, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1980)
  • 1892 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), born in Jiaying, Guangdong, Qing Empire (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Bruno Apitz, German writer (Nackt unter Wölfen, born in Leipzig (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud"), born in Franeker, Friesland (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), born in Noyelles-Godault, Pas-de-Calais, France (d. 1964)
  • 1901 Corry [Cornelia Diderika] Vonk, Dutch actress (Bleeke Bet), born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Pierre Boileau, French novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Kurt Gödel, Austrian-American mathematician (Gödel's incompleteness theorems), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of 30's), born in Waverley, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Michael Fitzmaurice, American radio actor (Superman, Reported Missing, 14 Hours), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1967)

Person of interestOskar Schindler

1908 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1910 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), born in Cento, Ferrara (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life), born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Robert Cornthwaite, American actor (Thing, War of the Worlds, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), born in St. Helens, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), born in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1922 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1922 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1923 William Guarnere, South American WWII Veteran portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Kenneth Kaunda, 1st President of Zambia (1964-91), born in Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)
  • 1924 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, born in East Durnham, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)

Person of interestHarper Lee

1926 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • 1927 Garry [Garfield Howard] Weston, English industrial billionaire (Twinings Tea)
  • 1928 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • 1928 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Richard C. Sarafian, American director and actor (Foley Square), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1930 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1930 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1932 Marek Kopelent, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1933 Karl Heinz Wahren, German pianist and composer, born in Bonn, Germany
  • 1933 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, born in Detroit (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1936 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)

Person of interestSaddam Hussein

1937 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq (d. 2006)

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1938 Madge Sinclair, Jamaican actress (Bell-Roots, Trapper John), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1995)

  • 1938 Fred Dibnah, English steeplejack and television personality, born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Ann-Margret, Swedish-American actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy), born in Valsjöbyn, Sweden
  • 1941 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist (Nobel 2001-developing the first chiral catalysts), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1941 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
  • 1941 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet (An Evening Party in an Old Winery), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1942 Mike Brearley, English cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • 1943 The Fantastic Johnny C [Johnny Corley], American singer (Boogaloo down Broadway), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1943 John Oliver Creighton, NASA astronaut (STS 51G, 36, 48), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1943 Jacques Dutronc, French singer (Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille), born in Paris
  • 1944 Elizabeth LeCompte, American theater director (founding member of The Wooster Group), born in New Jersey
  • 1944 Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Belgian politician
  • 1944 Alice Waters, American chef
  • 1945 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • 1946 Glenn Ross Campbell, American steel guitarist (The Misunderstood), born in San Diego, California
  • 1946 Ginette Reno, French Canadian singer, songwriter and actress
  • 1947 Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Marcia Strassman, American actress (Julle Kotter-Welcome Back Kotter), born in New York, (d. 2014)

Person of interestTerry Pratchett

1948 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • 1948 Dorothée Berryman, French Canadian actress and singer
  • 1949 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor (CSI, Mrs. Doubtfire), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Bruno Kirby, American actor (d. 2006)

Person of interestJay Leno

1950 Jay Leno, American comedian and TV talk show host (Tonight Show), born in New Rochelle, New York

TV Host and Comedian Jay Leno
TV Host and Comedian
Jay Leno
  • 1950 Willie Colon, actor (Last Flight), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Mary McDonnell, Wilkes-Barre PA, actress (Sneakers, Independence Day)
  • 1952 Chuck Leavell, American musician (Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stones), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1953 Kim Gordon, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • 1953 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • 1954 Ron Zook, American Football Coach

  • 1955 Edwin "Eddie" Jobson, British rock violinist (Zappa, UK, Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure), born in Bilingham, England
  • 1955 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
  • 1956 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, born in York, England (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • 1956 Jimmy Barnes [James Swan], Australian singer-songwriter (For the Working Class Man), born in Glasgow
  • 1957 Leopold Eyharts, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, TM-28/27)
  • 1957 Wilma Landkroon, Dutch singer
  • 1958 Hal Sutton, American golfer (PGA Championship 1983), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 Nancy Lee Grahn, actress (Santa Barbara)
  • 1960 Wally Langdon, bassist (Bob Color)
  • 1960 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), born in Albany, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist
  • 1960 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • 1960 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
  • 1960 Elena Kagan, American Supreme Court Judge, born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Tom Browning, American MLB pitcher (perfect game 1988), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1961 Cathy Gerring, American golfer (Solheim Cup 1990), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1961 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • 1962 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1963 Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian Accountant and World Bank official (#BringBackOurGirls campaign)
  • 1964 Barry Larkin, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964 Helen Taylor [Windsor], English daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Iver
  • 1964 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympic 4th 1988, 96)
  • 1964 Mark Steven Robinson, American director
  • 1964 Noriyuki Iwadare, Japanese composer
  • 1964 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Steven Blum, American voice actor
  • 1966 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1966 Too Short, American rapper

Person of interestJohn Daly

1966 John Daly, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1991, British Open 1995), born in Carmichael, California

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • 1967 Pete Stoyanovich, NFL kicker (Miami Dolphins, KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Andy Flower, cricketer (Zimbabwe keeper & victorious Test captain)
  • 1968 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • 1968 Howard Donald, British musician
  • 1970 Jason Belser, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1970 Nicklas Lidstrom, Vasteras SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, Detroit)
  • 1970 Richard Fromberg, Australia, tennis star
  • 1970 Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer
  • 1971 Chris Young, Penn, actor (Bryce Lynch-Max Headroom, Great Outdoors)
  • 1971 Meredith McGrath, Midland Mich, tennis star (1996 Essen doubles)
  • 1971 Simbi Khali, actress (Nina-Third Rock From the Sun)
  • 1971 Bridget Moynahan, American actress, born in Binghamton, New York
  • 1972 Jean-Paul van Gastel, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1972 Michelle Menzies, Canadian ice pairs (1995, 96 Can champs), born in Barrie, Ontario
  • 1972 Violent J [Joseph Bruce], American rapper (Insane Clown Posse), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1973 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973 Elisabeth Röhm, American actress
  • 1973 Jorge Garcia, American actor
  • 1973 Francisco Palencia, Mexican footballer
  • 1973 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), born in Konstanz, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1974 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)

Person of interestPenélope Cruz

1974 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

  • 1974 Richel Hersisia, Dutch boxer
  • 1974 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter
  • 1975 James Thrash, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Martin Lewis, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1977 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1978 Nate Richert, actor (Harvey-Sabrina), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978 Lauren Laverne, Disc jockey, television presenter and former singer
  • 1979 Bahram Radan, Iranian actor
  • 1980 Josh Howard, American basketball player (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1980 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium

Person of interestJessica Alba

1981 Jessica Alba, American actress (Dark Angel, Sin City) and businesswoman (The Honest Company), born in Pomona, California

Actress and Businesswoman Jessica Alba
Actress and Businesswoman
Jessica Alba
  • 1982 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star
  • 1983 Roger Johnson, English footballer
  • 1986 George Nozuka, Canadian Singer/Songwriter
  • 1988 Jiyai Shin, South Korean golfer (Women's British Open 2008, 12), born in Seoul, South Korea

Person of interestMelanie Martinez

1995 Melanie Martinez, American singer-songwriter (Cry Baby), born in Queens, New York

Singer-Songwriter Melanie Martinez
Singer-Songwriter
Melanie Martinez