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Famous Birthdays on April 9

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Person of interestTamerlane

1336 Tamerlane (Timur), Turkic conqueror and founder of the Timurid Dynasty, born in Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan (d. 1405)

Turkic Conqueror Tamerlane
Turkic Conqueror
Tamerlane
  • 1498 John, Cardinal of Lorraine, French churchman, born in Bar-le-Duc, Lorraine (d. 1550)
  • 1597 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1670)
  • 1611 Giacomo Maria Predieri, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1695)
  • 1627 Johann Kaspar Kerll, German composer, born in Adorf, Germany (d. 1693)
  • 1634 Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1696)
  • 1648 Henri de Massue, Marquis de Ruvigny, 1st Viscount Galway, French soldier and diplomat, born in Paris (d. 1720)
  • 1649 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, bastard son of English king Charles II, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1685)
  • 1680 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author, born in Tours, France (d. 1754)
  • 1686 James Craggs the Younger, English politician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1721)
  • 1691 Johann Matthias Gesner, German classical scholar, born in Roth, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1761)
  • 1716 Johann Georg Zechner, Austrian composer, born in Gleisdorf, Austria (d. 1778)
  • 1717 Georg Matthias Monn, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1750)
  • 1751 Emanuel Schikaneder, German playwright and composer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1753 Pieter Paulus, Dutch Patriot and President of the First National Assembly in The Hague, born in Axel, Netherlands (d. 1786)
  • 1754 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer

  • 1757 Wojciech Boguslawski, Polish composer, born in Glinno, Poznań County, Poland (d. 1829)
  • 1770 Thomas Johann Seebeck, German physicist (Seebeck effect), born in Tallinn, Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1831)
  • 1773 Étienne Aignan, French writer, born in Beaugency, France (d. 1824
  • 1785 Sibrandus Stratingh, Dutch physician and chemist (electric car), born in Adorp, Netherlands (d. 1841)
  • 1791 George Peacock, English mathematician (algebraic theory), born in County Durham, England (d. 1858)
  • 1794 Theobald Boehm, German inventor of the modern flute, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1881)
  • 1798 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, born in Saronno, Italy (d. 1865)

Person of interestIsambard Kingdom Brunel

1806 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (SS Great Britain, Great Western Railway), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1859)

  • 1812 Randolph Barnes Marcy, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenwich, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1821 Charles-Pierre Baudelaire, French poet and translator (Les Fleurs du mal), born in Paris, France (d. 1867)
  • 1826 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer, pioneer in study of motion, born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 1904)
  • 1835 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1909)
  • 1847 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, born in Ortona, Italy (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Francis William Davenport, English composer, born in Wilderslowe, Derby (d. 1925)
  • 1848 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon), born in Paddington, London (d. 1947)
  • 1848 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1930)
  • 1850 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, born in Oppach, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1851 C. E. A. Wichmann, German-Dutch geologist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1927)
  • 1854 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, born in Cleburne County, Alabama (d. 1936)

  • 1855 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author and poet, born in Kuzmice, Topoľčany District, Slovakia (d. 1889)
  • 1861 Charles Holroyd, English artist and curator, Director of the National Gallery (1906-16), born in Potternewton, Leeds (d. 1917)
  • 1864 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical engineer and inventor, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1930)
  • 1865 Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German-American electrical engineer (development of alternating current), born in Breslau, Province of Silesia, Prussia (d. 1923)

Person of interestErich Ludendorff

1865 Erich Ludendorff, German general during World War I, born in Kruszewnia, Prussia (d. 1937)

German General Erich Ludendorff
German General
Erich Ludendorff
  • 1867 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (Labour Party), born in Valparaíso, Chile (d. 1941)
  • 1871 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • 1872 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), born in Paris (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Little Violet), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1939)
  • 1879 Gerald Kelly, British painter, born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1882 Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1946)
  • 1883 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, born in Como (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), born in Cashton, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1884 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, born in Pavia, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1888 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1953)
  • 1888 Sol Hurok, American theatrical impresario, born in Pogar, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Efrem Zimbalist, Russian composer and violinist, born in Rostov on Don, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1891 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1894 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1978)
  • 1895 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Michel Simon, Swiss actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Rudolf Kattnigg, Austrian composer, born in Carinthia, Austria (d. 1955)

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1898 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1898 Julius Patzak, Austrian tenor singer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1899 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)
  • 1900 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Sharon Lynn, American actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack, Little Kaintuck), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Frantisek Suchy, composer [or April 21, 1891]
  • 1903 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • 1903 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), born in Benkelman, Nebraska (d. 1960)
  • 1903 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Lyle Latell, American actor (Not of the Earth, Dick Tracy's Dilemma, Sky Dragon), born in Alma, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1972)
  • 1905 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), born in Sumner, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Antal Dorati, Hungarian-American conductor (Minneapolis Symphony 1949-1960), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), born in Kensington, London (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), born in Pécs, Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Rafaela Aparicio [Rafaela Díaz Valiente], Spanish actress, born in Málaga, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Fred Lohse, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Domenico Enrici, Roman Catholic Curia Archbishop, born in Cervasca, Italy (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), born in Mount Gambier, South Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1910 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician, U.S. Senator from Connecticut, born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1912 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, born in Tendring, Essex (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Lew Kopelew, Russian author, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Richard Young, CEO (Boosey & Hawkes)
  • 1915 Albert Rémy, French actor (Grand Prix, The 400 Blows, The Train), born in Sèvres, Seine, France (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Daniel Johnson, Sr., Canadian politician, 20th Premier of Quebec, born in Danville, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • 1917 Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and writer, born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 1965)
  • 1917 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2008)

  • 1919 J. Presper Eckert, Jr., American engineer and co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), born in Norway, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1920 David Walker, Professor of Law (Glasgow University)
  • 1920 F Don Miller, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1921 Frankie Thomas, American actor and author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • 1921 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), born in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Carl Amery [Christian Anton Mayer], German writer, born in Munich (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Gerald Moverley, first Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in Yorkshire, born in Bradford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Michael Palliser, head of British diplomatic service, born in Reigate, Surrey (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, born in Baden-Baden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Dann Cahn, American film editor (I Love Lucy, Beverly Hillbillies), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Harald Heilmann, German composer, born in Aue, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, born in New York City (d. 2019)

Person of interestHugh Hefner

1926 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1926 Gerry Fitt, Northern Irish politician (Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party), born in Beechmount, Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1928 Tom Lehrer, American musician, satirist and mathematician (That Was The Week That Was), born in NYC, New York
  • 1929 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931 Martin Rogers, director (Farmington Institute for Christian Studies)
  • 1931 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), born in Hartland, New Brunswick (d. 1991)

  • 1932 Carl Perkins, American singer and songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1932 Jim Fowler, American naturalist (Wild Kingdom), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1932 Paul Krassner, American comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine) and founder (Yippies), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932 Peter Moores, British businessman and director (Littlewoods), born in Lancashire, England (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Vladimir Aleksandrovich Degtyaryov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Voronezh, Russia
  • 1932 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor, born in Luzern, Switzerland (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Cheetah [Cheeta, Cheta, Chita], chimpanzee actor (1930s Tarzan franchise), is born (d. 2011)
  • 1932 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Jacques Molicard, translator and navigator (d. 1995)

Person of interestJean-Paul Belmondo

1933 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique), born in Paris, France

  • 1933 Richard Rose, American Professor of Public Policy (Strathclyde University), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1933 Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor (Fistful of Dollars), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Bill Birch, New Zealand politician (38th Minister of Finance), born in Hastings, New Zealand
  • 1935 Aulis Sallinen, Finnish composer, born in Salmi, Russia
  • 1935 Avery Schreiber, American comedian and actor (My Mother the Car), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, born in Ventnor City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish pianist, composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 1983-93), born in Grodno, Poland
  • 1936 Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea), born in Rabaul, Territory of New Guinea
  • 1937 Simon Brown, Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.K.
  • 1937 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster (Blue Peter), born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1938 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician (Prime Minister of Russia), born in Chernyy Otrog, Russia (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Michael Learned, American actress (Olivia in The Waltons, Nurse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Vasily Dmitriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Melovashka, Ukraine (d. 1973)
  • 1940 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Hannah Gordon, British actress (Oh Alfie), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1941 Kay Adams, American country singer, born in Knox City, Texas
  • 1941 Chu Song-woong, South Korean stage actor, born in Goseong, South Gyeongsang, South Korea (d. 1985)
  • 1942 Brandon De Wilde, American actor (Jamie, Wild in the Sky), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Earl Hilliard, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1943 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1945 Gus Hardin [Carolyn Ann Blankenship], American country singer, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Alan Knott, English cricket wicket-keeper (1967-81), born in Belvedere, Kent
  • 1946 Les Gray, English vocalist (Mud-Cat Crept In), born in Carshalton, Surrey (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Philip Wright, English rocker (Paper Lace), born in St. Ann's, Nottingham
  • 1948 Jaya Bachchan, Indian actress and politician, born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • 1949 Chico [David-Allen] Ryan, American rock vocalist (Sha Na Na), born in Arlington, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Steve Gadd, American jazz drummer ('Late In The Evening', '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'), born in Irondequoit, New York
  • 1950 Kenneth Cockrell, American astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950 Nathan Cook, American actor (Milton-White Shadow, Billy-Hotel), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1952 Magnar Åm, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway
  • 1953 Hal Ketchum, American country singer (Small Town Saturday Night), born in Greenwich Village, New York
  • 1954 Dennis Quaid, American actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician, Leader of the Conservative Party (2001-03), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1955 Joolz Denby, English poet and novelist, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1955 Kate Heyhoe, American editor and food writer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer, born in Lanús Partido, Argentina
  • 1957 Ednita Nazario, Puerto Rican singer, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

1957 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), born in Pedreña, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1957 Martin Margiela, Belgian fashion designer, born in Genk, Belgium
  • 1958 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • 1958 Nigel Slater, English cook and writer (The Observer), born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1959 Dave Innis, American country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Kirk McCaskill, Canadian MLB pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
  • 1961 Mark Kelly, Irish keyboardist (Marillion-Real to Reel), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1962 Freddie Joe Nunn, American NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Noxubee County, Mississippi
  • 1962 Jeff Turner, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Bangor, Maine
  • 1963 Joe Scarborough, American television personality, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963 Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer (Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Rob Awalt, American football player, born in Landstuhl, Germany

  • 1964 Soyo Oka, Japanese musician, born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan
  • 1965 Hal Morris, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1965 Helen Alfredsson, Swedish golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1993), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1965 Paolo Canè, Italian tennis star, born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1965 Paulina Porizkova, Czech-born Swedish American supermodel (Sports Illustrated), born in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965 Jeff Zucker, American television executive (CEO of NBC Universal), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1965 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1965 Mark Pellegrino, American actor (Lucifer-Supernatural), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestCynthia Nixon

1966 Cynthia Nixon, American actress (Sex and the City), born in NYC, New York

Actress Cynthia Nixon
Actress
Cynthia Nixon
  • 1966 Oliver Barnett, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1967 Graeme Lloyd, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • 1967 Alex Kahn, American visual and performance artist and co-founder of the arts ensemble Processional Arts Workshop
  • 1969 Karl Krikken, English cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • 1969 Timothy Young, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Chuck Bradley, American NFL offensive tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Mike Barz [Michael Barszcz], American meteorologist and TV anchor (WFOX-TV, WJAX-TV), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Josh Todd [Joshua Todd Gruber], American musician, singer and actor (Buckcherry), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1971 Anthony Redmon, American NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals), born in Brewton, Alabama
  • 1971 Austin Peck, American actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives), born in Honolulu, Hawaii