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Famous Birthdays on August 14

  • 1297 Emperor Hanazono, 95th Emperor of Japan (d. 1348)
  • 1473 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, born in Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Somerset, England (d. 1541)
  • 1479 Princess Catherine of York, 9th child and sixth daughter of King Edward IV by his wife Elizabeth Woodville, born in Eltham Palace, Greenwich, England (d. 1527)
  • 1552 Paolo Sarpi, Italian church historian and statesman, born in Venice (d. 1623)
  • 1575 Robert Hayman, English poet, born in Wolborough, Newton Abbot, Devon (d. 1629)
  • 1586 William Hutchinson, Rhode Island colonist, born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1642)
  • 1599 Méric Casaubon, French-English classical scholar, born in Geneva (d. 1671)
  • 1625 François de Harlay de Champvallon, Archbishop of Paris, born in Paris (d. 1695)
  • 1626 Daniel Elsevier, Dutch book publisher, born in Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherland (d. 1680)
  • 1642 Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, monarch of Florence (1670-1723), born in Pitti Palace, Florence, Tuscany (d. 1723)
  • 1653 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman (d. 1688)
  • 1675 Johann Georg Christian Störl, composer, born in Kirchberg an der Jagst, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1687 Johan Willem Friso, Prince of Orange and monarch of Nassau-Dietz, born in Dessau, Anhalt (d. 1711)
  • 1688 Frederik Willem I, King of Prussia (bodyguard of giants), born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1740)
  • 1714 Claude-Joseph Vernet, French painter, born in Avignon, France (d. 1789)
  • 1727 Henriette-Anne of France, twin daughter of king Louis XV, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1752)

  • 1727 Louise Élisabeth of France, twin daughter of king Louis XV, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1759)
  • 1737 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1823)
  • 1742 Pius VII [Luigi Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti], Italian bishop of Imola and Pope (1800-23), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 1823)
  • 1742 Marie Allard, French ballerina (Auguste Vestris), born in Marseille, France (d. 1802)
  • 1758 Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1836)
  • 1769 Friedrich Dülon, German flautist and composer, born in Oranienburg (d. 1826)

Person of interestHans Christian Ørsted

1777 Hans Christian Ørsted, Danish physicist and chemist (View of Chemical Law), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark (d. 1851)

Physicist, Chemist Hans Christian Ørsted
Physicist, Chemist
Hans Christian Ørsted
  • 1777 Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1830)
  • 1784 Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal and diplomat, born in Rome (d. 1845)
  • 1802 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet (Heath's Book of Beauty), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1838)
  • 1810 Samuel Sebastian Wesley, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1814 Henry Hayes Lockwood, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kent County, Delaware (d. 1899)
  • 1817 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Minisink, New York (d. 1874)
  • 1821 Clement H. Stevens, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1864)
  • 1823 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), born in Ghent (d. 1889)
  • 1824 William Terry, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amherst County, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1835 Tom King, English boxer, rower and bookmaker (English heavyweight champion), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 1836 Walter Besant, English writer and philanthropist (Rebel Queen), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1901)
  • 1840 Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Austro–German psychiatrist and author (Psychopathia Sexualis), born in Mannheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1842 Henry Duff Traill, British author and journalist (The Marquis of Salisbury), born in Blackheath, London (d. 1900)

  • 1847 Robert Comtesse, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1899-1912), born in Valangin, Sweden (d. 1922)
  • 1850 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), born in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (d. 1921)

Person of interestDoc Holliday

1851 Doc Holliday, American gambler, dentist and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 1887)

Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • 1857 Max Wagenknecht, German composer, born in Woldisch Tychow, Pomerania, Free State of Prussia (d. 1922)
  • 1860 Ernest T. Seton, naturalist, painter and author (Buffalo Wind-1938), born in South Shields, Durham, England (d. 1946)
  • 1861 Bion J. Arnold, American electrical engineer and inventor, born in Casnovia, Michigan (d. 1942)
  • 1863 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • 1865 Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician, born in Venice (d. 1952)
  • 1866 Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin, Belgian mathematician (Prime number theorem), born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • 1867 John Galsworthy, English author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England (d. 1933)
  • 1867 Cupid Childs, American baseball player, born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1912)
  • 1868 Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1944)
  • 1869 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • 1874 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist and nationalist activist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1908)
  • 1876 Alexander I Obrenovic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1922-34), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1903)
  • 1876 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1878 Harald Kidde, Danish writer (Aage og Else), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1918)
  • 1880 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1969)
  • 1881 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1953)
  • 1882 Gisela Richter, English art historian, born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1883 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1941)
  • 1887 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)

Person of interestJohn Logie Baird

1888 John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, born in Helensburgh, Scotland (d. 1946)

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1891 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, born in Oosterhout, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1892 Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji [Leon Dudley Sorabji], Parsi-British pianist and composer (Opus clavicembalisticum), born in Chingford, Essex (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest (d. 1959)
  • 1893 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Jack Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder of post-WWI years), born in North Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Jaroslav Jeremiáš, Czech pianist and composer, born in Pisek, Bohemia Austria-Hungary (d. 1919)
  • 1901 James Pitman, British educator and spelling reformer (Alphabets and Reading: The Initial Teaching Alphabet) (d. 1985)
  • 1903 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), born in Baraboo, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1903 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1963)
  • 1903 Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • 1905 Nicolás Cotoner, 23rd Marquess of Mondéjar, Spanish nobleman and military officer, born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Stanley Adams, American lyricist and songwriter (What a Diff'rence a Day Makes), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1908 Jean Knox, Director of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (1941-43) (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
  • 1909 Len Darling, Australian cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's), born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Pierre Schaeffer, French electronics engineer and composer, born in Nancy, France (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Ethel Lois Payne, American civil rights journalist and "1st Lady of the Black Press", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1911 Jan Koetsier, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1911 Pieter Platteel, Dutch civil servant and last governor Neth New Guinea, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Eva Strittmatter, German writer (Tinko), born in Spremberg, Niederlausitz, Germany (d. 1930)
  • 1913 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Lucas, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • 1915 Victor Mishcon, Baron Mishcon, British solicitor and a Labour politician, born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1915 B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist, born in Melbourne (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Giorgio Strehler, Italian opera and theatre director, born in Barcola, Trieste, Italy (d. 1997)
  • 1923 William Flanagan, American composer (d. 1969)
  • 1923 Alice Ghostley, American singer and actress (Bewitched, Designing Women), born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, born in Waziers, France (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), born in Loudoun County, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1926 Buddy Greco, jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1926 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), born in Paris, France (d. 1977)

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1927 Frank Cvitanovich, Canadian filmmaker, born in Vancouver (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Lord Whaddon, CEO (Daltrade & Skorimpex-Rind), born in Sale, Cheshire (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, born in Maastricht, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Lina Wertmüller [Arcangela Braueich], Italian screenwriter, film director, and 1st woman nominated for an Academy Award for Directing (Seven Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1929 Hewlett Thompson, Bishop of Exeter
  • 1929 Louise Slaughter, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Lynch, Kentucky (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Oliver Neville, principal (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)
  • 1929 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • 1929 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Earl Weaver, manager (Baltimore Orioles 1968-82, 85-86), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Gerald Solomon, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Okeechobee, Florida (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Lord Chorley, mountaineering enthusiast
  • 1931 Frederic Raphael, American-British writer (After the War, California Time), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1931 Marylyn Roberts, librarian/founding member (WIC)
  • 1932 James V. Hansen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Richard R. Ernst, Swiss physical chemist (Nobel 1991 -techniques for high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy), born in Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1933 Bryce Courtenay, Australian novelist (The Power of One), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • 1936 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Brian Fenelly, American composer (A Thoreau Symphony), born in Kingston, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Niara Sudarkasa [Gloria Albertha Marshall], American educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Darrell George "Dash" Crofts, American singer (Seals & Crofts-Summer Breeze), born in Cisco, Texas
  • 1940 Galen Hall, American Football Coach (University of Florida, Orlando Thunder, Rhein Fire), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Judith Kazantzis, English poet and feminist, born in Oxford, England (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Connie Smith, American singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons), born in Elkhart, Indiana

  • 1941 David Crosby, rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Peter Truscott, New Zealand cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26), born in Pahiatua, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • 1942 Sandy Gilmour, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1942 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • 1943 Jon Andrew McBride, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 41G), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1943 Keith Hampson, British politician (C), arrested, not charged for sexual assault
  • 1944 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945 Brenda Benet, American actress (Lee-Days of Our Lives, Beach Ball), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1945 Jennifer d'Abo, British entrepeneur (Ryman, Moyses Stevens)

Person of interestSteve Martin

1945 Steve Martin, American comedian, musician, author and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1945 Tony Scannel, Irish actor (Bill, Blue Money), born in Kinsale, Ireland
  • 1945 Wim Wenders, German filmmaker (American Friend, Hammett), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1946 Alexander Curly [Harm Breemer], Dutch artist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Antonio Fargas, American actor (Huggy Bear-Starsky & Hutch), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Larry Graham Jr., American bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946 Marga van Praag, Dutch radio hostess, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1946 Susan Saint James, American actress (Kate & Allie), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestDanielle Steel

1947 Danielle Steel, American author (Rememberance, Zoya, Star, Daddy), born in New York City, New York

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 1947 Peter Christian, English actor, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band), born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1948 Terry Adams, American piano player and composer (NRBQ - Me And The Boys), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948 Joseph Marcell, British actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ), born in Castries, Saint Lucia
  • 1949 John Tarrant, 1st Australian born Zen teacher, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1949 Bob Backlund, American wrestler, born in Princeton, Minnesota

Person of interestGary Larson

1950 Gary Larson, American cartoonist (Far Side), born in Tacoma, Washington

Cartoonist Gary Larson
Cartoonist
Gary Larson
  • 1951 Peter Blegvad, American musician (Slapp Happy), born in New York City, New York
  • 1951 Carl Lumbly, American actor (Cagney & Lacey, Alias), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1952 Mark C. Lee, American NASA astronaut (STS 30, 47, 64, 82, sk: 98), born in Viroqua, Wisconsin

  • 1953 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Cliff Johnson, American computer game author, born in Hanover, New Hampshire
  • 1954 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1954 Monica Baltodano, Nicaraguan Sandinista Revolution commander, born in Leon, Nicaragua
  • 1956 Sharon Bryant, American vocalist (Atlantic Starr), born in Westchester County, New York
  • 1956 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver, born in Arnold, Missouri
  • 1957 Jackée Harry, American actress (Sandra-227), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1958 Bobby Eaton, American wrestler (SMW/ECW/NJPW/WCW, Midnight Express), born in Huntsville, Alabama

Person of interestMagic Johnson

1959 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • 1959 Marcia Gay Harden, American actress, born in La Jolla, California
  • 1960 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960 Fred Roberts, American NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Provo, Utah
  • 1960 Sarah Brightman, English actress and singer (Phantom of the Opera), born in Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
  • 1960 Cecilia Gasdia, Italian soprano, born in Verona, Italy
  • 1961 Susan Olson, American actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1961 Eddie Gilbert, American wrestler, born in Lexington, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1962 Jerry Foltz, American golfer and commentator (Golf Channel), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1962 Mark Gubicza, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Mark Robert Isfeld, Canadian soldier and United Nations peacekeeper, born in Zweibrücken, Germany
  • 1962 Rameez Raja, Pakistani cricketer (prolific Pakistani batsman), born in Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • 1964 Brannon Braga, American scriptwriter, born in Bozeman, Montana
  • 1965 Emmanuelle Seigner, French actress (The Smile), born in Paris, France
  • 1965 Paul Broadhurst, British golfer (British Senior Open 2016), born in Walsall, England
  • 1966 David Hallyday, French singer-songwriter and actor (He's My Girl), born in Boulougne, France

Person of interestHalle Berry

1966 Halle Berry, American actress (X-Men: The Last Stand, Monsters Ball), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 1966 Karl Petter Løken, Norwegian footballer, born in Karlskoga, Sweden
  • 1968 Praveen Amre, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman, century on Test debut 1992), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1968 Adrian Lester, English actor, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Billy Mavreas, Greek-Canadian cartoonist

  • 1969 Stig Tøfting, Danish footballer, born in Aarhus, Denmark
  • 1969 DJ Uncle Al, American hip-hop DJ, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2001)
  • 1970 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1970 Kevin Rene Cadogan, American singer-songwriter (Third Eye Blind), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 Adam Timmerman, American NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Cherokee, Iowa
  • 1971 Christopher R. Nelloms, American sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 James Folston, American NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders), born in Cocoa, Florida
  • 1971 Mark Loretta, American baseball infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1971 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1971 Sean Hill, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Dowagiac, Michigan
  • 1971 Raoul Bova, Italian actor, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1972 Ed O'Bannon, American NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Evan Pilgrim, American NFL guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pittsburg, California
  • 1972 Jay Manuel, Canadian make-up artist, born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1973 Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m 1992, 96), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1973 Mike Mamula, American NFL player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • 1973 Nancy Sweetnam, Canadian 400m swimmer (Olympics-7-92, 96), born in Lindsay, Canada
  • 1973 Romane Bohringer, French actress (Savage Nights), born in Pont-Sainte-Maxence, France
  • 1973 Wayne Chrebet, American NFL wide receiver (NY Jets), born in Garfield, New Jersey