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Famous Birthdays on August 16

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 233

  • 1355 Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster, born in Eltham Palace, Kent, England (d. 1382)
  • 1378 Hongxi Emperor [Zhu Gaochi], fourth Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China, born in Nanjing, China (d. 1425)
  • 1397 Albrecht II von Habsburg, King of Bohemia, Hungary and Germany, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1439)
  • 1401 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
  • 1550 Carolus Gallus [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer, pastor and vicar, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1606)
  • 1557 Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (Communion of St. Jerome), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1602)
  • 1573 Anna of Austria, queen of Poland, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1598)
  • 1596 Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, born in Deinschwang, near Amberg, Upper Palatinate (d. 1632)
  • 1622 Tsjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral, born in Sexbierum, Netherlands (d. 1666)
  • 1637 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and poet (d. 1706)
  • 1645 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (The Characters, or the Manners of the Age, with The Characters of Theophrastus), born in Paris (d. 1696)
  • 1650 Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1718)
  • 1666 Princess Henriëtte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau, monarch of Nassau-Dietz, born in Kleve, Lower Rhine (d. 1726)
  • 1682 Louis, Duke of Burgundy, heir-apparent to the French throne, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1712)
  • 1761 Yevstigney Fomin, Russian opera composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1800)
  • 1769 Jean Aimé Vernier, French harpist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1838)

  • 1776 Philipp Jakob Riotte, German composer, born in St. Wendel, Saarland (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Heinrich August Marschner, German opera composer, born in Zittau, Saxony (d. 1861)
  • 1815 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, born in Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy (d. 1888)
  • 1816 Joseph Robinson, Irish composer (d. 1898)
  • 1817 Henry Winter Davis, American politician and unionist, born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1865)
  • 1820 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
  • 1828 Joseph Bradford Carr, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Albany, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1831 Edward Payson Chapin, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Waterloo, New York (d. 1863)
  • 1831 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, 7th Premier of Quebec (1884-87), born in Quebec City, Canada (d. 1901)
  • 1831 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1924)
  • 1832 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist, psychologist and philosopher, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1836 John Farmer, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1901)
  • 1837 Emile A. H. Seipgens, Dutch priest, writer and beer brewer, born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1837)
  • 1842 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), born in Brody, Ukraine (d. 1922)
  • 1845 Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist and inventor, born in Bonnevoie, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1921)
  • 1846 Justus van Maurik, Dutch author and cigar manufacturer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1904)
  • 1858 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1927)
  • 1860 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1887)
  • 1860 Lord Hawke [Martin Bladen Hawke], English cricketer (England batsman 1890's), born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England (d. 1938)
  • 1862 Amos Alonzo Stagg, American athlete and American football pioneer, born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 1965)

  • 1864 Ferdinand C. S. Schiller, German-British philosopher (Riddles of the Sphinx), born in Altona, Holstein, German Confederation (d. 1937)
  • 1867 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Só), born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1900)
  • 1868 Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer (Suite Primeval), born in Northhampton, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • 1868 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1871 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, Georgian composer (Abesalom and Eteri), born in Kutaisi (d. 1933 )
  • 1876 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator, born in Seppälä, Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Karl Hoschna, Tin Pan Alley-era composer (Every Little Movement), born in Kuschwarda, Bohemia (d. 1911)
  • 1882 Pierre H. Ritter Jr, Dutch literary, writer and journalist, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • 1884 Hugo Gernsback, Luxembourg-born American inventor and sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo), born in Luxembourg (d. 1967)
  • 1885 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England (d. 1977)

Person of interestT. E. Lawrence

1888 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales (d. 1935)

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1888 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1943)
  • 1892 Harold Foster, Canadian-American cartoonist (Prince Valian), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1892 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (Felix the Cat), born in Union City, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1894 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Jacinto Guerrero, Spanish musician and composer, born in Ajofrín, Toledo (d. 1951)
  • 1895 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1895 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1981)
  • 1895 Liane Haid, Austrian actress (Lady Hamilton), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1896 (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Italian artist and activist, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1940)
  • 1897 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)
  • 1897 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, born in Siderno, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), born in Weed, New Mexico (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Walter Kinsella, American actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Stefan Boleslaw Poradowski, Polish composer (Double Bass Concerto), born in Wloclawek (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Wendell Stanley, American biochemist, first to crystallize a virus (Nobel 1946), born in Ridgeville, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89), born in Schloss Frauenthal, Deutschlandsberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Alexander Uriah Boskovich, Israeli composer, born in Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Austria-Hungary (d. 1964)
  • 1908 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (The New Yorker), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Mae Clarke [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Marga Klompé, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, born in Southampton, England (d. 1995)

Person of interestMenachem Begin

1913 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Brest, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1992)

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1914 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), born in Florence (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Roque Cordero, Panamanian composer (Sonata Breve), born in Panama City (d. 2008)
  • 1920 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", born in Andernach, Weimar Republic Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Ernie Freeman, American musician (Raunchy), pianist and arranger, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1922 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1923 Joe Hutton, Northumbrian piper and shepherd, born in Halton Lee Gate, Haltwhistle (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Willie Jones, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1927 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England
  • 1928 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1928 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
  • 1929 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1929 Fritz Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)

  • 1930 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Oakland, California (d. 2010)

Person of interestTony Trabert

1930 Tony Trabert, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam singles winner)), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1931 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Eydie Gorme [Edithe Gormezano], American singer (Bossa Nova), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Jon Lindbergh, 2nd son of aviator Charles Lindbergh
  • 1933 Jan van Ginkel, graphic artist/publisher (Perscombinatie)
  • 1933 Reiner Kunze, German writer (The Lovely Years), born in Oelsnitz, Saxony
  • 1933 Stuart A "Smokey" Roosa, Durango Colo, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 14)
  • 1933 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1934 Diana Wynne Jones, UK, sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet, Witch Week)
  • 1934 Ed van Thijn, (Jewish) Dutch foreign min/mayor (Amsterdam, 1983-94)
  • 1934 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • 1934 Ketty Lester, [Revoyda Frierson], American singer/actress (Love Letters), born in Hope, Arkansas
  • 1934 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • 1934 Pierre Richard, French actor and director (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), born in Valenciennes, Nord, France
  • 1935 Betsy von Furstenberg, Nelheim Ger, actress (Machine Calls it Murder)
  • 1935 Andreas Stamatiadis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1936 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1936 Gary Clarke, actor (Hondo, Virginian, Michael Shayne), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 David Behrman, American composer (On The Other Ocean), born in Salzburg, Austria
  • 1937 Lorraine Gary, American actress (Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 4), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Andrew J[efferson V] Offutt, American sci-fi author (Undying Wizard)
  • 1937 David Anderson, Canadian politician
  • 1938 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Eric Weissberg, American singer and musician (Duelling Banjos), born in New York
  • 1939 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • 1939 Valeri V Ryumin, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)
  • 1939 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1940 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • 1942 John Meulendijks, Dutch cryptogram maker (People's Daily)

  • 1944 Russ Titelman, American record producer and songwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944 Dick Zimmer, (Rep-R-New Jersey)
  • 1944 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistan left-arm quick, 1 Test)
  • 1945 Bob Balaban, American actor and director (2010, Girlfriends, Gosford Park), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Gary Loizzo, rock guitarist (American Breed), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, Merseyside, rock drummer (Easybeats)
  • 1945 Kevin Ayers, England, progressive rocker (Joy of a Toy), (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1946 Lesley Ann Warren, American actress (Cinderella, Mission Impossible), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
  • 1946 Dick Murdoch, American professional wrestler (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • 1947 John Howard, American Olympic cyclist (1985 land speed record 152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT), born in Springfield, Missouri
  • 1948 Barry Hay, singer/fluitist/saxophonist/guitarist (Golden Earring)
  • 1948 Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • 1948 Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1949 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Scott Asheton, American musician (The Stooges)
  • 1949 Naseeruddin Shah, Indian actor (Zinda Bhaag, Masoom, Paar), born in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1950 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • 1950 Marshall Manesh, Iranian-born American actor
  • 1950 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • 1951 Eric Bibb, American blues singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1952 Gianna Rolandi, American soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)
  • 1952 Reginald Veljohnson, actor (Carl Winslow-Family Matters, Die Hard)
  • 1953 Catlin O'Heaney, American actress (Snow White-Charmings), born in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1953 James Taylor, SC, rocker (Kool & The Gang-Joanna)

  • 1953 Kathie Lee Gifford, American TV presenter (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Today show), born in Paris, France,
  • 1953 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)

Person of interestJames Cameron

1954 James Cameron, Canadian film director and writer (Titanic, Avatar), born in Kapuskasing, Ontario

Film Director James Cameron
Film Director
James Cameron
  • 1956 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1956 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • 1956 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • 1957 Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • 1957 Laura Innes, American actress and director (ER, The Event), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1958 Angela Bassett, American actress (What's Love Got to Do With It), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Jonathan Prince, Beverly Hills Pa, actor (Danny-Alice, Pray TV)
  • 1958 Jose Luis, Clerc Argentina, tennis star
  • 1958 Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)

Person of interestMadonna

1958 Madonna [Ciccone], American singer and actress (Like a Virgin), born in Bay City, Michigan

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 1959 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960 Timothy Hutton, American actor (Turk 182, Ordinary People), born in Malibu, California
  • 1960 Flood [Marc Ellis], British record producer and audio engineer, born in London, England
  • 1961 Christian Okoye, American football player
  • 1962 Steve Carell, American actor and comedian (The Office), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Jimmy Arias, tennis player (US Davis Cup team), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Nigel Redman, English rugby union lock (20 caps; Bath), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1965 Eric van der Luer, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1965 Todd McNair, NFL running back/kick returner (Houston Oilers)
  • 1965 Xavier Hernandez, Port Arthur TX, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1966 Ed Olczyk, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Rosey Edeh, Canadian 400m hurdler (Olympics-4-92, 96), born in London, England
  • 1966 Terry Shumpert, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1967 Bret Barberie, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Matt Vanderbeek, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Ulrika Jonsson, Swedish television personality
  • 1967 Pamela Smart, American convicted murderess

  • 1968 Donovan Leitch Jr, actor/musician (I Shot Andy Warhol)
  • 1969 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Andy Milder, American voice actor
  • 1970 Fabio Casartelli, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1992), born in Como, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1970 Adrian Hardy, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Dena Head, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • 1970 Eric Swann, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Quinton McCracken, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1970 Wilco Hellinga, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • 1970 Bonnie Bernstein, American sportscaster
  • 1970 Killah Priest, American rapper
  • 1970 Manisha Koirala, Indian actress
  • 1970 Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
  • 1971 Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 1972 Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • 1972 Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
  • 1972 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia