On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 15

  • 1171 Alfonso IX, King of León and Galicia (1188-1230), born in Zamora (d. 1230)
  • 1195 Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1231)
  • 1432 Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (Morgante), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1484)
  • 1575 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Gilles Ménage, French scholar, born in Angers, France (d. 1692)
  • 1619 Hubertus Quellinus, Flemish cartoonist and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1687)
  • 1702 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, born in Pitigliano, Italy (d. 1788)
  • 1717 Blind Jack [John Metcalf], English 1st professional roadbuilder, born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1810)
  • 1725 Ferdinando Bertoni, Italian composer, born in Salò, Lombardy (d. 1813)
  • 1727 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, born in Schwandorf, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1736 Johann Christoph Kellner, German organist and composer, born in Gräfenroda, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1740 Matthias Claudius, German poet, born in Reinfeld, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1815)
  • 1741 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, baptized in Mere, Wiltshire (d. 1790)

Napoléon Bonaparte

1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1821)

  • 1771 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake, Rob Roy), born in College Wynd, Edinburgh Scotland (d. 1832)
  • 1776 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1776 Ignaz von Seyfried, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1841)
  • 1782 Henri de Mérode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1847)
  • 1785 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • 1787 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • 1788 Carel Sirardus Willem van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director, born in Cossimbazar, British East India (d. 1856)
  • 1794 Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), born in Femsjö, Sweden (d. 1878)
  • 1798 Sangolli Rayanna, Indian military chief warrior, born in Karnataka, India (d. 1831)
  • 1803 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • 1810 Louise Colet, French Romantic poet who had an affair with Gustave Flaubert, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1876)
  • 1813 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, born in Mont-sous-Vaudrey, France (d. 1891)
  • 1822 Wilhelm Rust, German musicologist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1822 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1847) [1]
  • 1823 Orris Sanford Ferry, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Connecticut (d. 1875)
  • 1829 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1909)
  • 1839 Hugh Archibald Clarke, Canadian organist, composer, and educator (The Music of The Spheres), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1927)
  • 1845 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), born in Liverpool (d. 1915)
  • 1851 Helena Amelung [Georgette A], Dutch actress (Scapegoat), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • 1856 J. Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and 1st Labour representative in British Parliament, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1915)
  • 1857 Albert Ballin, German inventor and shipping tycoon, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1858 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Florence Harding [DeWolfe], US 1st lady (1921-23), born in Marion, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Roosje Vos, Dutch trade union leader, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • 1863 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, born in Alatyrsky District, Russia (d. 1945)
  • 1865 Johan Bernard Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga), born in Heerenveen, Netherlands (d. 1937)
  • 1865 Mikao Usui, Japanese founder of Reiki (form of spiritual practice), born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan (d. 1926)
  • 1865 Louisa Aldrich-Blake, British pioneering surgeon, born in Chingford, Essex (d. 1925)
  • 1872 Harold Fraser-Simson, English composer, born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1872 Rubin Goldmark, American composer and teacher, born in New York (d. 1936)
  • 1872 Shri Aurobindo [Aurobindo Ghose], Indian guru and nationalist, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1950)
  • 1874 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, born in Valkininkai, Lithuania (d. 1958)
  • 1875 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1876 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1960)
  • 1878 Pyotr Nikolayevich, Baron Wrangel, Russian baron general (White Armies, WW II), born in Novalexandrovsk, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1928)
  • 1879 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, born in Vrpolje, Croatia (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, Russian composer (A Symphonic Mystery, for Theremin and Orchestra), born in Rostov-on-Don (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1885 Mary Nash, American actress (The Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Troy, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1886 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Albert Spalding, American violinist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Jacques Ibert, French composer (Escales), born in Paris, France (d. 1962)
  • 1890 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1890 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in NYC, New York
  • 1892 Knud Christian Jeppesen, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1974)
  • 1892 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 1892 Knud Jeppesen, Danish organist, composer, educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1920-47; Aarhus University, 1946-57), and musicologist (La frottola), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1963)

Harlow Curtice

1893 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), born in Petrieville, Michigan (d. 1962)

  • 1893 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, born in Pukekohe, New Zealand (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom, born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1898 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), born in Zhmerynka, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Estelle Brody, American actress (Safari, Kitty, Plaything), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1901 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), born in Penonomé, Coclé, Panama (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Byron Arnold, American composer, born in Vancouver, Washington (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, born in Peräseinäjoki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1901 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Jan Campert, Dutch resistance fighter and poet (Song the 18 dead), born in Spijkenisse, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1904 Bill Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, born in Fuglebjerg, Næstved (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher
  • 1910 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1910 Josef Klaus, Austrian conservative politician (Minister of Finance, 1961-63; Chancellor, 1966-70), born in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Signe Hasso, Swedish actress (Johnny Angel; A Double Life), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Leslie Coffelt, American White House Police officer, killed in the line of duty during an assassination attempt on Harry Truman, born in Oranda, Virginia (d. 1950) [1]
  • 1912 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), born in Bramhall, Cheshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • 1914 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1915 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1945)
  • 1916 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)

Jack Lynch

1917 Jack Lynch, Irish politician and Taoiseach (1966-73 and 1977-79), born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)

  • 1917 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Florian Zabach, American musician and TV personality (Hot Canary, Club Embassy), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1918 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Raymond Gallois-Montbrun, French violinist and composer, born in Saigon, Vietnam (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Henry "Huntz" Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Benedict Kiely, Irish author and broadcaster, born in Dromore, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Phyllis Schlafly

1924 Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum president, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

  • 1924 Robert Oxton Bolt, English playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago), born in Sale, Manchester (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Billy Pinkney, American bass vocalist (Drifters - "Ruby Baby"), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Mike Connors [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), born in Fresno, California (d. 2017)

Oscar Peterson

1925 Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)

  • 1925 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1925 Rose Maddox, American country and bluegrass singer-songwriter, and fiddle player (Sing a Little Song of Heartache), born in Boaz, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Georgann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers, Star Trek, Midnight Cowboy), born in Decorah, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer / trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Jerry Groom, American College Football HOF center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1930 Antonio Permunian, Swiss soccer goalkeeper (11 caps; AC Bellinzona, FC Luzern), born in Bellinzona, Switzerland (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), born in Norwood, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Mario Kuri-Aldana, Mexican composer, born in Tampico, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and sci-fi writer (Dragon's Egg, Starquake), born in Geneva, NY (d. 2002)
  • 1933 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1933 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1933 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1934 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), born in Port Maria, St Mary, Jamaica (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sukhaya Tereshka, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1934 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (Mirza, Cornichons), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Abby Dalton, American actress (Joey Bishop Show), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1935 Jim Dale, English actor, director and singer (Barnum; My One & Only), born in Rothwell, England
  • 1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, American civil rights activist (National Urban League), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Ronnie G. Flippo, American politician (US Representative, Alabama(D), 1977-91), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1937 Janet Mead, Australian Catholic nun and pop-rock singer (The Lord's Prayer), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2022)
  • 1938 Maxine Waters, American politician (Rep-D-California), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1938 Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1938 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1938 Nesbert "Stix" Hooper, American jazz drummer (The Crusaders), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1939 Herman Onno C. R. Ruding, Dutch Financial minister (CDA) and Director of Amrobank
  • 1939 Herman van Keeken, Dutch singer ("Daddy Don't Run So Fast"), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Norma Waterson, British folk music revivalist, and singer-songwriter, born in Hull, East Yorkshire, England (d. 2022)
  • 1940 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1940 Rita Shane, American soprano, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Don Rich, American guitarist and country singer (Hee Haw), born in Olympia, Washington (d. 1974)
  • 1941 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Peter York, British rock drummer (Spencer Davis Group), born in Redcar, Yorkshire
  • 1942 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), born in Waiuku, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1943 Barbara Bouchet, German-American actress (Casino Royale), born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1943 Eni Faleomavaega, American-Samoan politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa), born in Vailoatai, American Samoa (d. 2017)
  • 1943 María Rojo, Mexican actress and politician, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1944 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter ("I've Been Lonely For So Long"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944 Linda Ellerbee, American journalist (Weekend, NBC Overnight), born in Bryan, Texas
  • 1944 Thomas J. Murphy Jr., American politician (57th Mayor of Pittsburgh), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer ("Twiste et Chante"), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • 1944 Pamela Polland, American singer-songwriter (Hawaiianized Pop Classics), born in California
  • 1945 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, born in Robstown, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1945 Thomas C. Sawyer, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1945 Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991-96 and 2001-06), born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • 1946 Jimmy Webb, American singer and songwriter ("MacArthur Park"; "Up Up & Away"), born in Elk City, Oklahoma
  • 1946 Kathryn Whitmire, American accountant and politician (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946 Tony Robinson, English actor, comedian and author, born in Homerton, London
  • 1946 Jean-Claude Arnault, French Swedish photographer involved in Nobel Prize scandal, born in Marseille, France
  • 1947 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1947 (Gerardo) "Jerry" Velez, American drummer and percussionist (Jimi Hendrix's Woodstock appearance; Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1947 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1947 Raakhee Gulzar, Indian actress (Shubho Mahurat), born in Ranaghat, Bengal, India
  • 1948 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer ("It'll All Come Around"), born in Campbellton, New Brunswick
  • 1948 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • 1948 Tom Johnston, American guitarist and vocalist (The Doobie Brothers, 1970-77 & 1987-present - "Listen To The Music"; "China Grove"), born in Visalia, California
  • 1949 Ann Ryerson, American actress (Pvt Carol Winter-Pvt Benjamin), born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • 1949 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • 1949 Kate Taylor, American singer and songwriter ("It's In His Kiss"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor, born in Bangor, Wales
  • 1950 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in Clarence House, London
  • 1950 Tess Harper, American actress (Amityville 3D, Tender Mercies), born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
  • 1950 Billy Griffin, American singer (Miracles - "Love Machine"), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1950 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1950 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins), born in Graceville, Minnesota
  • 1951 Bobby Caldwell, American singer ("What You Won't Do for Love"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 John Childs, English cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988), born in Lipson, Plymouth, Devon
  • 1951 Daba Diawara, Malian politician, born in Bamako, Mali
  • 1951 Ann Biderman, American film and television writer (Ray Donovan)
  • 1952 Ger Hoeymakers, Dutch rock guitarist (Franc Boeijen Group), born in Sevenum, Netherlands
  • 1954 Mary Jo Salter, American poet and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stieg Larsson

1954 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

  • 1955 Kenneth Carr, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1976; LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland TBs), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1955 Larry Mathews, actor (Ritchie-Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Burbank, California
  • 1956 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • 1956 Vinny Denunzio, American drummer (The Feelies), born in New Jersey
  • 1956 Lorraine Desmarais, French Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1956 Peter-John Vettese, Scottish keyboardist (Jethro Tull, 1982-89), songwriter, arranger, and producer born in Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 1957 Zeljko Ivanek, Lujubljana Yugoslavia, actor (Mass Appeal)
  • 1958 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • 1958 Rondell Sheridan, American actor and comedian
  • 1959 Scott D Altman, American Naval officer and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1960 Maureen "Peanut" Louie Harper, tennis player (Denver-1985), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960 Ron van de Berg, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1961 Matt Johnson, English singer-songwriter (The The), born in London, England
  • 1961 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush