On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 16

  • 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 singer, organist and composer, born in Dublin (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)
  • 1872 Arthur Jones, England cricket all-rounder and captain (12 Tests, 3 wickets, 15 catches; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Shelton, England (d. 1914)
  • 1875 Florrie Forde [Flannagan], Australian singer and British music hall performer, born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1940)
  • 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)

T. 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)

  • 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 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)

Menachem 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)

  • 1914 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), born in Florence (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Edythe Wright, American big band era singer (Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, 1935-39), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1965) [1]
  • 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)
  • 1921 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, born in Gulbene, Latvia (d. 2017)
  • 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 third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1927 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Surrey, England (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Ann Blyth, American actress and singer (Kismet, Mildred Pierce), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1928 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Eydie Gormé [Edithe Gormezano], American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop singer ("Blame It On The Bossa Nova"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (Peace Piece; Waltz For Debbie), 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)

Tony Trabert

1930 Tony Trabert, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1955; US Open 1953, 55; French Open 1954, 55), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2021)

  • 1931 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 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, American actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1933 Gary Clarke [Clarke F. L'Amoreaux], American actor (Hondo -"Captain Richards"; The Virginian -"Steve"), singer ("Tomorrow May Never Come"), and screenwriter (Get Smart), born in Los Angeles, 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
  • 1934 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 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 (d. 2020)
  • 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
  • 1939 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter (When I Get My Wings), born in Corsicana, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • 1940 Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Les Hunter, American basketball center (NCAA C'ship 1963, Loyola Ramblers; NBA: Baltimore Bullets; ABA All Star 1968, 69; Miami Floridians), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 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, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, British rock drummer (Easybeats - "Friday On My Mind"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1945 Kevin Ayers, British progressive rocker (Soft Machine; Joy of a Toy), born in Herne Bay, Kent, England (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Suzanne Farrell, American 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, Dutch singer, guitarist, flute and saxophone player (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in Faizabad, India
  • 1948 Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • 1948 Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1949 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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 "J.T." Taylor, American R&B singer (Kool & The Gang - "Ladies' Night"; "Celebration"; "Joanna"), born in Laurens, South Carolina
  • 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)

James Cameron

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

  • 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 rock guitarist (INXS - "Kiss The Dirt"), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1957 Laura Innes, American actress and director (ER, The Event), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1957 Phil Murphy, American financier and politician, Governor of New Jersey (2018-), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • 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)

Madonna

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

  • 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

Steve Carell

1962 Steve Carell, American actor and comedian (The Office), born in Concord, Massachusetts

  • 1962 (Vendela) Astrid Young, Canadian session vocalist, singer-songwriter, and best-selling author (Being Young), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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., American actor (I Shot Andy Warhol) and musician (Camp Freddy), born in London, England
  • 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