Famous Birthdays on April 29

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  • 534 Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
  • 1584 Melchior Teschner, German composer, born in Wschowa, Poland (d. 1635)
  • 1636 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, born in Lwówek Śląski, Poland (d. 1679)
  • 1660 Matthias Henriksen Schacht, Danish scholar and composer, born in Visby, Gotland, Sweden (d. 1700)
  • 1665 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier, born in Dublin (d. 1745)
  • 1667 John Arbuthnot, Scottish mathematician and writer (Scriblerus Club), born in Inverbervie, Scotland (d. 1735)
  • 1686 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1727 Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer and choreographer (ballet d'action), born in Paris (d. 1810)
  • 1745 Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice Supreme Court (1796-1800), born in Windsor, Connecticut, British America (d. 1807)
  • 1758 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero, born in Stora Torpa, Västergötland, Sweden (d. 1820)
  • 1762 Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, French marshal, born in Limoges, France (d. 1833)
  • 1771 Matthäus Stegmayer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1820)
  • 1780 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), born in Besançon, France (d. 1844)
  • 1783 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on landscape painting), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1856)
  • 1784 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1850)

Person of interestJames Brooke

1803 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke

  • 1806 Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austrian physician and philosopher, born in Vienna (d. 1849)
  • 1815 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)

Person of interestAlexander II

1818 Alexander II, Tsar of Russia (1855-81), born in the Moscow Kremlin in Russia (d. 1881)

Tsar of Russia Alexander II
Tsar of Russia
Alexander II
  • 1830 Adolph Sutro, German American engineer and politician, mayor of San Francisco, built Cliff House, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1898)
  • 1837 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician, born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1891)
  • 1842 Carl Millöcker, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1899)
  • 1848 Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter, born in Kilimanoor, Travancore (d. 1906)
  • 1854 Henri Poincaré, French mathematician (Poincaré conjecture), born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France (d. 1912)
  • 1855 Anatoly Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1914)
  • 1855 Edmund van der Straeten, German composer, born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1857 Édouard Rod, France-Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e), born in Nyon, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1857 František Ondříček, Czech violinist and composer, born in Prague (d. 1922)
  • 1860 Lorado Taft, American sculptor (Black Hawk), born in Elmwood, Illinois (d. 1936)
  • 1862 Vittorio Mario Vanzo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1945)

Person of interestWilliam Randolph Hearst

1863 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1863 Constantine P Cavafy, Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant, born in Alexandria, Egypt Province, Ottoman Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1863 Mary Theresa Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (founded the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver), born in Loosdorf, Lower Austria, Austrian Empire (d. 1922)
  • 1871 William Stern, German-American philosopher (Intelligence of Children), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1938)
  • 1872 Eyvind Alnaes, Norwegian composer, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 1932)
  • 1872 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1873 Alida Tartaud-Klein, Dutch actress and nomination artist (Rotterdam Stage), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)
  • 1875 Rafael Sabatini, Italian-British writer (The Sea Hawk), born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Zewditu, Empress of Ethiopia (1916-30), born in Werreyimenu, Wollo, Ethiopia (d. 1930)
  • 1879 Thomas Beecham, English composer (found London Philharmonic), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Dutch artist (The Blue Barge) and resistance fighter, born in Leens, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1945)

  • 1885 Egon Kisch, Austrian-Czech writer and journalist (Rasende Reporter), born in Prague (d. 1948)
  • 1885 Wallingford Riegger, American composer (Bacchangle), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1893 Elisaveta Bagriana, Bulgarian poet (The Eternal and the Holy), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1991)
  • 1893 Harold Urey, American physical chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), born in Walkerton, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • 1895 Malcolm Sargent, English conductor (Promenade Concerts), born in Bath Villas, Ashford, Kent (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1965)

Person of interestDuke Ellington

1899 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • 1899 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, born in Vallby, Södermanland County, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1901 G. O. Sayles, English historian, born in Chesterfield, England (d. 1994)

Person of interestHirohito

1901 Hirohito, 124th Emperor of Japan (1926-89), born in Aoyama Palace, Tokyo (d. 1989)

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 1902 Theodore Chanler, American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1904 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi), born in Acqualagna, Italy (d. 1962)
  • 1904 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1907 Fred Zinnemann, Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), born in Rzeszów, Austria-Hungary (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Tino Rossi, French singer (Deux Amours, Marlene), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1983)
  • 1908 Jack Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers), born in Brisbee, Arizona Territory (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Philippe Brun, French jazz trumpeter, born in Paris (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Tom Ewell [Sam Yewell Tompkins], American actor (Tom Ewell Show, The Seven Year Itch), born in Owensboro, Kentucky (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Daniel Mayer, French journalist and resistance fighter, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor, born in Milan (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi), born in Albert Lea, Minnesota (d. 1977)
  • 1912 Terence de Vere White, Irish novelist (An Affair with the Moon), born in Dublin (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Jack Bently, English trombonist, born in Manchester (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Thomas Chalmers, British broadcaster (BBC), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Ewan Roberts, Scottish actor (The Day of the Triffids, Five to One), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), born in Wallasey, Cheshire (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Donald Mills, American singer (Mills Brothers), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1917 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1918 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), born in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Harold Shapero, American composer (9 Minute Opera), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun), born in Den Burg, Texel, Netherlands
  • 1921 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1922 George Allen, football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins)
  • 1922 Parren J Mitchell, (Rep-D-MD, 1971- )
  • 1922 Toots [Jean-Baptiste] Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz musician and composer, born in Brussels (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Irvin Kershner, director (Never Say Never Again), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1923 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Renée Jeanmaire, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson), born in Paris, France
  • 1925 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Ned Austin, American character actor (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1927 Betsy Ancker-Johnson, American physicist and auto company executive, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1927 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic silver 1948)
  • 1927 Big Jay [Cecil James] McNeely, American R&B saxophonist, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Carl Gardner, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1928 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Peter Joshua Sculthorpe, composer
  • 1929 Vaclav Kucera, composer
  • 1929 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), born in Rostock (d. 2007)
  • 1929 [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
  • 1929 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 1930 Jean Rochefort, French actor (Man on the Train, The Artist and the Model), born in Paris, France (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
  • 1931 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, born in Glasgow (d. 2002)
  • 1931 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1931 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • 1932 King Hu, film director
  • 1932 Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
  • 1933 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, born in Slavonski Brod, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1933 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire

  • 1933 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)

Person of interestWillie Nelson

1933 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1933 Mark Eyskens [Marc Maria Frans, Viscount Eyskens], Belgian economist and Prime Minister of Belgium (1981), born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1933 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Pedro Pires, premier (Cape Verde, 1975-91)
  • 1934 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1935 Lennie "Len" Weinrib, American comedian and actor (H.R. Pufnstuf, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Otto M Zykan, composer
  • 1935 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1936 April Stevens, rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936 Jacob Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1936 Lane Smith, actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936 Zubin Mehta, conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1937 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer
  • 1938 Klaus Voormann, German rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1938 Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, American fraudster and financier who committed the largest fraud in US history, born in Queens, New York
  • 1940 Brian Taber, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh)
  • 1941 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • 1942 Galina A Kulakova, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972)
  • 1943 Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)

Person of interestIan Kershaw

1943 Ian Kershaw, English historian (wrote seminal biographies of Adolf Hitler), born in Oldham, England

Historian Ian Kershaw
Historian
Ian Kershaw
  • 1944 Benedikte, Danish princess/daughter of Frederik IX
  • 1944 Jim Hart, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1944 Richard Kline, American actor and director
  • 1945 Hugh Hopper, rocker (Soft Machine)
  • 1945 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If)
  • 1945 Tammi Terrell [Thomasina Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mountain High Enough), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1970)
  • 1946 Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • 1947 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1947 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son & clo-o-ver o-o-ver & o-o-ver)
  • 1947 Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian philosopher
  • 1948 Reb Brown, actor (Cage, Yor, Capt America, Fast Break), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Bruce Cutler, American attorney
  • 1949 Anita Dobson, England, actress (Annie Watts-EastEnders)
  • 1949 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympic-1972)
  • 1950 Phillip Noyce, Australian film director
  • 1950 Debbie Stabenow, American politician
  • 1951 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)

  • 1952 Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Schnectady, actress (Too Close for Comfort)
  • 1952 Nora Dunn, comedienne (SNL, Miami Blues, Working Girl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 David Icke, English writer
  • 1952 Bob McClure, American baseball player
  • 1953 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Kirya Russia, cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)
  • 1954 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1954 Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void)

Person of interestJerry Seinfeld

1954 Jerome "Jerry" Seinfeld, American comedian and actor (Seinfeld, Bee Movie), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian
Jerry Seinfeld
  • 1954 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • 1955 Kate Mulgrew, Dubuque Iowa, actress (Capt Janeway-Star Trek Voyager)
  • 1955 Wendee Lee, American voice actress
  • 1955 Gino Quilico, Canadian baritone
  • 1956 Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star)
  • 1956 Ketil Stokkan, Norwegian singer
  • 1957 Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles)

Person of interestDaniel Day-Lewis

1957 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London

  • 1957 Mark Kendall, American guitarist
  • 1957 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast (d. 2003)
  • 1958 Eve Plumb, actress (Jan-Brady Bunch, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka), born in Burbank, California
  • 1958 Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress (Scarface, Batman Returns, Hairspray), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1958 Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love)
  • 1958 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • 1958 Marc Randolph. American entrepreneur and co-founder and ex-CEO of Netflix, born in Chappaqua, New York
  • 1960 Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes)
  • 1960 Joseph Guzaldo, actor (Stir Crazy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Bill Glasson, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fresno, California
  • 1960 Phil King, English bassist
  • 1960 Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian writer
  • 1960 Caveh Zahedi, American filmmaker
  • 1961 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū
  • 1962 Bruce Driver, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Robert Druppers, runner (world record 1 km indoor)

Person of interestMike Babcock

1963 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 1964 Federico Castelluccio, Italian-American actor
  • 1965 Reggie Miller, NBA player (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1966 John VanderWal, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Phil Tufnell, cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman)
  • 1967 Curtis Joseph, Keswick Ont, NHL goalie (Team Canada, Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1967 Elizabeth "Betsy" McCagg, Kirkland Wash, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Mary McCagg, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Rachel Williams, model (Absolut Vodka, Elle), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1967 Master P, American rapper
  • 1968 Browning Nagle, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Carnie Wilson, American rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Arthur Marshall, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1969 Paul Adelstein, American actor

Person of interestAndre Agassi

1970 Andre Agassi, American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1970 Derrick Frazier, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 J R Phillips, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in West Covina, California