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Famous Birthdays on August 13

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 228

  • 582 Arnulf of Metz, French bishop and saint, born in Lay-Saint-Christophe, France (d. 640)
  • 1311 King Alfonso XI of Castile and Leon, born in Salamanca. Spain (d. 1350)
  • 1422 William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy), born in Kent, England (d. 1491)
  • 1584 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician, born in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England (d. 1640)
  • 1617 Johann A Quenstedt, German Lutherian theologist, born in Quedlinburg, Germany (d. 1688)
  • 1625 Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician and physicist, born in Roskilde, Denmark (d. 1698)
  • 1655 Johann Christoph Denner, German musician and inventor (clarinet), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1707)
  • 1662 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician, born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1748)
  • 1666 William Wotton, English theologian and scholar, born in Wrentham, Suffolk (d. 1727)
  • 1692 Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, German composer, born in Kötzting, Bavaria (d. 1746)
  • 1699 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)
  • 1700 Heinrich von Brühl, German statesman, born in Gangloffsömmern, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1763)
  • 1704 Lorenzo Fago, Italian composer and teacher, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1793)
  • 1717 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1717 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, born in Paris (d. 1776)
  • 1721 Francis Hutcheson, Irish composer, born in Dublin (d. 1784)

  • 1747 Adrien-Joseph van Helmont, Flemish composer, born in Brussels (d. 1830)
  • 1748 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1810)
  • 1752 Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen of the Two Sicilies, born in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna (d. 1814)
  • 1764 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1790 William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician, born in Norfolk Island (d. 1872)
  • 1792 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom, born in Meiningen, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1802 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), born in Lenauheim, Banat, Romania (d. 1850)
  • 1803 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • 1814 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (Spectroscopy), born in Lögdö, Medelpad, Sweden (d. 1874)
  • 1817 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia (d. 1886)
  • 1818 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), born in West Brookefield, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1819 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist and mathematician (spectroscope), born in Skreen, County Sligo, Ireland (d. 1903)
  • 1820 George Grove, English biblical scholar and misicographer, born in Clapham, London (d. 1900)
  • 1820 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch poet (Dietsche Warande), born in Amsterdam (d. 1889)
  • 1823 Goldwin Smith, English historian and journalist, born in Reading, Berkshire (d. 1910)
  • 1826 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 1897)
  • 1831 Salomon Jadassohn, German pianist and composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1902)
  • 1841 Johnny Mullagh [Unaarrimin], Australian cricketer, born in Harrow, Victoria, Australia (d. 1891)
  • 1851 John Lincoln Clem, American general and drummer boy (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1937)
  • 1851 Felix Adler, German-American educator of political and social ethics, born in Alzey, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany (d. 1933)

Person of interestAnnie Oakley

1860 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), born in North Star, Ohio (d. 1926)

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • 1860 Annie Oakley, American sharp shooter (character represented in arts, entertainment and media), born in Darke County, Ohio (d. 1926)
  • 1866 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and CEO (Fiat Automakers), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • 1867 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1957)
  • 1871 Karl Liebknecht, German Marxist revolutionary (Sparta Party), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1919)
  • 1872 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist and socialist theorist, born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1879 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Mai-Dun), born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England (d. 1962)
  • 1881 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, born in Muntok, Indonesia (d. 1955)
  • 1884 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), born in Burnley, Lancashire, England (d. 1957)
  • 1886 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1888 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, born in Smolensk, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1958)
  • 1890 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, born in Warwick, County, Virginia (d. 1974)
  • 1894 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, born in Kurgan, Russia (d. 1949)
  • 1895 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1895 Robert Burton, American actor (The Big Heat, Compulsion, A Man Called Peter), born in Eastman, Georgia (d. 1962)
  • 1896 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Jean Borotra, French tennis player (Wimbledon 1924, 26), born in Biarritz, France (d. 1994)
  • 1898 Regis Toomey, American actor (Burke's Law, Petticoat Junction), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

Person of interestAlfred Hitchcock

1899 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), born in Leytonstone, Essex (d. 1980)

  • 1901 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1960)
  • 1902 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician and actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1907 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, German arms manufacturer and Olympic yacht competitor, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1967)
  • 1907 Basil Spence, British architect, born in Bombay, India (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1909 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Dave Willock, American actor (Queen of Outer Space), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1911 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1911 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)

Person of interestBen Hogan

1912 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), born in Stephenville, Texas (d. 1997)

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1912 Jan Peeters, Dutch water colors painter and monument artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Metten Koornstra, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Rita Johnson, American actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • 1912 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1912 Max Croiset, Dutch actor (The Village on the River, Dog of Flanders, Little Ark), born in Blaricum, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2003)
  • 1913 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, born in San Sebastián, Basque Autonomous Community, Spain (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Albert Oram, Baron Oram, British Labour politician, born in Winchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Makarios III [Michail Moeskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, born in Panayia, Paphos, Cyprus (d. 1977)
  • 1913 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1913 John Facenda, American sportscaster (NFL Action), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1914 Luis Mariano, Basque operetta singer, born in Irun, Spain (d. 1970)
  • 1917 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1918 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)

  • 1918 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (Sanger sequencing, Nobel Prize 1958, 1980), born in Rendcomb, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1918 John Bunting, Australian diplomat and senior civil servant, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1919 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Neville Brand, American soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), born in Griswold, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1924 John Milne, British CEO (Blue Circles Industries), born in Manchester
  • 1925 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2005)

Person of interestFidel Castro

1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1929 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, born in Grudziądz (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Michael Beavis, deputy Commanding-in-Chief (Allied Forces Central Europe)
  • 1929 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, 1 Day at a Time), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Don Ho [Donald Tai Loy Ho], Chinese-American musician (Tiny Bubbles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 1991)
  • 1930 Wilmer David Mizell, American baseball player and politician, born in Vinegar Bend, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Bernard Manning, British comedian, born in Ancoats, Manchester, England (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Norman Read, New Zealand 50K walker (Olympic gold 1956), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1944)
  • 1931 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), born in Pontarddulais, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Jocelyn Elders, 15th US Surgeon General (1993-94) 1st African American holder, born in Schaal, Arkansas
  • 1933 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • 1934 Gary Davidson, American sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • 1934 Leifur Thórarinsson, Icelandic composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Rod Hull, British entertainer, born on Isle of Sheppey, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Mudcat Grant, American baseball player, born in Lacoochee, Florida
  • 1938 Dave "Baby" Cortez [Clowney], American pop keyboardist (The Happy Organ), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 Saul Steinberg, American businessman, founder of Leasco and CEO of Reliance Insurance Company, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1940 Timothy Wood, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1940 Tony Cloninger, American MLB pitcher and coach (2 Grand Slams in one game), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2018)

  • 1941 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, born in New Liskeard, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1942 Robert Lee Stewart, American Brigadier General and astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Sheila Armstrong, English soprano, born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1943 Gary Ilman, American 100m freestyle (Olympic-4th-1964), born in Glendale, California
  • 1943 Susan Jameson, English actress (Secret World of Polly Flint), born in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, England
  • 1943 Yuri Fedorovich Isaulov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Omsk, Russia
  • 1944 David Mahler, American pianist and composer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1944 Kevin Tighe, American actor (Newsie, Another 48 Hours, K-9), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver, born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Robin Jackman, English cricketer (England medium-pacer early eighties), born in Simla, Punjab, British India
  • 1945 Lars Engqvist, Swedish politician (Minister of Health and Social Affairs), born in Sala, Sweden
  • 1945 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)

Person of interestJanet Yellen

1946 Janet Yellen, American economist (Chair of US Federal Reserve 2014-18), born in Brooklyn, New York

15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
15th Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
  • 1947 Gretchen Corbett, American actress (Beth-Rockford Files), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1947 John Stocker, Canadian voice actor (The Dream Team), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1947 Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician (Minister of Gender Equality), born in Sjuntorp, Sweden
  • 1948 Cliff Fish, English bassist (Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died), born in Ripley, Derbyshire
  • 1948 Kathleen Battle, American operatic soprano (Shephard-Tannhäuser), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1948 Mosiuoa Lekota, South African UDF/ANC leader, born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • 1948 Tony Santini [Scott Powell], American rocker (Sha Na Na), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1949 Bobby Clarke, NHL player and coach (Philadelphia Flyer), born in Flin Flon, Manitoba
  • 1949 Peter Visclosky, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- ), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1949 Sheralee, vocalist (Your Hit Parade), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1950 Andre van de Berg, actor and director (Transport)
  • 1951 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1951 Gwen Cheeseman, American field hockey goalie (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Jeff Altman, American comedian and actor (Nurses, Pink Lady, Soul Man), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1952 Marie Helvin, American model and actress (Children), born in Tokyo
  • 1952 Herb Ritts, American fashion photographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)

  • 1952 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), born in Buchanan, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Tom Marino, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 2011-), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Kristalina Georgieva, Bulgarian economist, Head of the IMF (2019-), born in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1954 Lincoln Díaz-Balart, Cuban-American attorney and politician (Rep-R-Florida), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1954 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2001)

Person of interestBetsy King

1955 Betsy King, American golfer (6-time major winner; US Open 1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1955 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver, born in Cambridge, England
  • 1955 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955 Paul Greengrass, English film director (Bloody Sunday), born in Cheam, Surrey, England
  • 1958 David Feherty, Irish golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, NBC), born in Bangor, Northern Ireland
  • 1958 Feargal Sharkey, Irish rocker (The Undertones), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • 1958 Randall Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1993)
  • 1958 Domenico Dolce, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbana), born in Polizzi Generosa, Italy
  • 1959 Bruce French, English cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88), born in Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1959 Danny Bonaduce, American actor (Danny-Partridge Family), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Mark Nevin, British rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love), born in Ebbw Vale, Wales
  • 1959 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1960 Koji Kondo, Japanese composer and music director for Nintendo, born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 1960 Phil Taylor, English darts player (16-time world champion), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1961 Bettine Vriesekoop, Dutch table tennis star (European Championships gold 1982, 92), born in Hazerswoude, Netherlands
  • 1961 Dawnn Lewis, American actress (Jaleesa-Different World), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Neil Mallender, English cricketer (England pace bowler in two Tests 1992), born in Kirk Sandall, Yorkshire
  • 1961 Stuart Maconie, English music writer and broadcaster, born in Whiston, Lancashire, England
  • 1961 Tom Perrotta, American novelist (Little Children), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1961 Sunil Shetty, Indian actor and producer (Khel – No Ordinary Game), born in Mulki, Mysore State, India
  • 1962 John Slattery, American actor (Mad Men, The Adjustment Bureau), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Lady Bunny [Jon Ingle], American drag queen, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1963 Elizabeth Bourland, Costa Rica, US 3x20 rifle (Olympic 7th 1996)
  • 1963 Tigg Ketler, American drummer (Bang Tango-Dancin' on Coals), born in Chula Vista, California

Person of interestSridevi Kapoor

1963 Sridevi Kapoor [Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan], Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), born in Sivakasi, Madras State (d. 2018)

Actress and Film Producer Sridevi Kapoor
Actress and Film Producer
Sridevi Kapoor

  • 1964 Ian Haugland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown), born in Storslett, Nordreisa, Norway
  • 1964 Jay Buhner, American MLB outfielder (Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1964 Tom Prince, American MLB catcher (LA Dodgers), born in Kankakee, Illinois
  • 1964 Hank Cheyne, American actor (Sunset Beach), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1965 Cris Dishman, American NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers, Wash Redskins), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Mark Lemke, American MLB infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Hayato Matsuo, Japanese video game and anime composer, born in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
  • 1966 Shayne Corson, Canadian NHL forward (Team Canada Olympics 1998, Montreal), born in Midland, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Quinn Cummings, American actress (Annie-Family, Goodbye Girl), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Tracy Rogers, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Taft, California
  • 1967 Amélie Nothomb, Belgian writer (Fear and Trembling), born in Kobe, Japan
  • 1968 William Thomas, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1969 Alex Fernandez, Cuban-American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Midori Ito, Japanese ice skater (Olympic silver 1992), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1970 Elvis Grbac, American NFL quarterback (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1970 Will Clarke, American novelist (The Neon Palm of Madame Melançon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1970 Matt Hyson, American professional wrestler, born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Alan Shearer, English footballer, born in Gosforth, England
  • 1971 Chad Cota, American NFL safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Ashland, Oregon