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Famous Birthdays on August 19

  • 1342 Catharine of Bohemia, Duchess of Bavaria, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1395)
  • 1398 Marqués de Santillana, Castilian politician and poet (serranillas), born in Carrión de los Condes, Spain (d. 1458)
  • 1521 Lodovico Guicciardini, Italian historian (Descrittione di Tutti), born in Florence (d. 1589)
  • 1557 Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg, born in Montbéliard, France (d. 1608)
  • 1558 Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer and historian (Historia Belgica), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1607)
  • 1580 Pierre Vernier, Ornans, French mathematician and inventor of the vernier caliper used for taking accurate measurements
  • 1590 Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, English soldier, born in Stratford-atte-Bow, Middlesex (d. 1649)
  • 1596 Elizabeth Stuart, Electress Palatine, Queen of Bohemia and daughter of James IV and I of England and Scotland (d. 1662)
  • 1621 Gerbrand van den Eeckhout, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1674)
  • 1631 John Dryden, English poet (1st Poet Laureate 1668-1700), born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire (d. 1700) [OS=Aug 9]
  • 1646 John Flamsteed, English astronomer and first Astronomer Royal, born in Denby, England (d. 1719)
  • 1686 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and composer, born in Carpi, Italy (d. 1765)
  • 1686 Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), born in Saint Thomas, Exeter, England (d. 1737)
  • 1689 Samuel Richardson, English novelist (Pamela), born in Mackworth, Derbyshire, England (d. 1761)
  • 1711 Edward Boscawen, British admiral in the Royal Navy, born in Tregothnan, Cornwall (d. 1761)
  • 1737 Johann Georg Christoph Schetky, German cellist and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1824)

  • 1743 Marie Jeanne Becu, Comtesse du Barry, last mistress of Louis XV, born in Vaucouleurs, France (d. 1793)
  • 1756 Anthony van Haersolte, Dutch politician and member of Executing Regime, born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1830)
  • 1780 Pierre-Jean de Béranger, French poet and songwriter, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • 1785 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1859)
  • 1790 Edward John Dent, British clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), born in London, England (d. 1853)
  • 1808 James Nasmyth, Scottish engineer and inventor of the steam hammer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1890)
  • 1815 John P. McCown, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Julius van Zuylen van Nijevelt, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs, born in Dommeldange, Luxembourg (d. 1894)
  • 1824 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, born in Hannover, Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1830 Julius Lothar Meyer, German Chemist who developed the first periodic table of chemical elements independently of Dimitri Mendeleev, born in Varel Oldenburg (d. 1895)
  • 1831 Stephen Gano Burbridge, "Butcher of Kentucky", American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • 1839 Oskar Brefeld, German botanist and founder of modern mycology, born in Telgte, Germany (d. 1925)
  • 1846 Luis Martín, Spanish Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, born in Melgar de Fernamental, Burgos, Spain (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Gustave Caillebotte, French painter (Rue de Paris) and member of Impressionists, born in Paris (d. 1894)
  • 1851 Frans Schollaert, Belgian Catholic Party politician and 19th Prime Minister of Belgium (1908-11), born in Wilsele, Belgium (d. 1917)

Person of interestCharles E. Hires

1851 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires
  • 1853 Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, born in Tiflis, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1859 Charles Comiskey, American baseball player, team owner and manager (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian and hagiographer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1941)
  • 1860 John Kane, Scottish-American primitivist painter (Self-Portrait), born in West Calder, Scotland (d. 1934)

  • 1870 Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential adviser (Cold War), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1965)

Person of interestOrville Wright

1871 Orville Wright, American aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1912)

  • 1873 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), born in Longmont, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1875 Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer, born in Karlovac, Croatia (d. 1936)

Person of interestManuel L. Quezon

1878 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of the Philippines (1935-42), born in Baler, Aurora, Philippines (d. 1944)

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon
  • 1881 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), born in Liveni, Dorohoi, Romania (d. 1955)

Person of interestCoco Chanel

1883 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), born in Saumur, France (d. 1971)

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • 1883 José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Elsie Ferguson, American film actress (Footlights, Scarlet Pages), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • 1883 Leonid Kulik, Russian Minerologist who led the first research expedition to study the Tunguska meteor site, the largest impact event in recorded history, born in Tartu, Estonia, Imperial Russia (d. 1942)
  • 1885 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Robert Heger, composer
  • 1889 Arthur Waley, sinologist, translator from Chinese & Japanese
  • 1890 Yves Alix, French painter and graphic artist
  • 1893 Olga Baclanova, Russian actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Arnoldt Bronnen, Austrian playwright, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • 1896 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • 1899 Kenneth MacKenna, American actor and director (Judgment at Nuremberg, Those We Love), born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Colleen Moore, American actress (The Scarlet Letter), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Charlie Hall, English comedic actor (Tit for Tat, A Chump at Oxford), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), widely used as a disinfectant to sterilize wounds and burns, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1900 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), born in Rye, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [NS]
  • 1902 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • 1903 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Essonne, France (d. 1978)
  • 1903 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Muriel Kirkland, American actress (Fast Workers, Hold Your Man), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Ted Nightingale, former colonial governor
  • 1904 June Collyer, American actress (Before Midnight, Charley's Aunt), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Fitzhugh Lee, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II, Navy Cross)
  • 1905 Jacques de Menasce, composer
  • 1906 Philo T Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), born in Beaver, Utah (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Zygmunt Mycielsky, composer
  • 1907 Thruston B. Morton, American republican politician (Sen-Ky, 1957-69), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), born in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Quentin Bell, artist author/teacher
  • 1913 Walter B Jones, (Rep-D-NC, 1966-92)
  • 1913 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • 1913 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer, one of the creators of the Finite Element Method (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Fumio Hayasaka, composer
  • 1914 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Ring Lardner Jr, American journalist and screenwriter (Woman of the Year, M A S H), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1915 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1972)
  • 1918 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist
  • 1918 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), born in Bhopal, British India (d. 1999)

Person of interestMalcolm Forbes

1919 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • 1920 Lucila Engels-Boskaljon, Curacao painter
  • 1920 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1921 Philip A Potter, Dominica Secretary-General World council of Churches
  • 1922 Douglas MacKenzie Davey, psychometrist
  • 1924 William Marshall, American actor, director, and opera singer (Blacula, Scream Blacula Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)

  • 1925 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian playwright (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Arthur Rock, American venture capitalist
  • 1927 James T Broyhill, (Sen-R-NC, 1986)
  • 1930 D[avid] G[uy] Compton, UK, sci-fi author (Synthajoy, Radio Plays)
  • 1931 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1932 John James Fenwick, English warehouse owner/multi-millionaire
  • 1932 Thomas P. Salmon, 75th Governor of Vermont
  • 1932 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), born in Suphanburi, Thailand (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1933 Vladimir Borisovich Alekseyev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1934 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1934 David F Durenberger, Minn, (Sen-R-MN, 1978- )
  • 1934 Renee Richards, [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • 1934 William Cleary, hockey center, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Bobby Richardson, SC, 2nd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • 1935 F Story Musgrave, MD/astronaut (STS 6, 51-F, 33, 44, 61, 80), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 1938 Diana Muldaur, American actress (McCloud, Star Trek Next Gen, LA Law), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian sailer (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1939 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Jan Claire, actor (American Anthem)
  • 1940 Jill St John, [Oppenheim], actress (Diamonds are Forever), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Johnny Nash, Amercian rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1942 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Michiel Patijn, Dutch asst sect of state of Foreign affairs (1994- )
  • 1943 Billy J Kramer, rock vocalist (The Dakotas-Bad to Me), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1943 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), born in Oakland, California (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Eddy Raven, Lafayette La, country singer (Right Hand Man)
  • 1944 Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education
  • 1944 Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio personality

  • 1944 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), born in Bjärme, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Charles Wang, Chinese-born philanthropist
  • 1945 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer-songwriter (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor), born in London
  • 1946 Charles F Bolden Jr, astronaut (STS 61C, 31, 45, 60), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1946 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1997)

Person of interestBill Clinton

1946 Bill Clinton [William Jefferson], 42nd US President (Democrat, 1993-2001), born in Hope, Arkansas

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1946 Beat Raaflaub, Swiss conductor
  • 1947 Gerard Schwarz, American trumpeter/conductor (LA Chamber Orchestra), born in Weehawken, New Jersey
  • 1947 Gerald McRaney, American actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • 1947 Dave Dutton, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Atherton, England
  • 1947 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • 1948 Tipper Gore, wife of US Vice President Al Gore (1993-01)
  • 1948 Susan Jacks (Susan Pesklevits) Saskatoon Canada, singer and songwriter
  • 1950 Graeme Beard, cricketer (NSW medium-pace all-rounder 3 Tests 1980)
  • 1950 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • 1951 John Deacon, British pop-rock guitarist (Queen), born in Leicester, England
  • 1951 Lillian Müller Norwegian model, actress and Playboy playmate (Aug, 1975, Playmate of the Year 1976), born in Grimstad, Norway
  • 1951 Randi Oakes, Randalia Iowa, actress (Officer Bonnie Clark-CHiPs)
  • 1951 Gustavo Santaolalla, Argentine film composer
  • 1952 Jonathan Frakes, actor (Commander William T Riker-Star Trek Next Gen)
  • 1953 Nanni Moretti, Italian film actor, director and producer
  • 1953 Mary Matalin, American political consultant
  • 1954 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver
  • 1955 Peter Gallagher, American actor (Player, Summer Lovers, Dreamchild, born in Armonk, New York)
  • 1955 Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • 1956 Adam Arkin, actor (Busting Loose, Pearl, Northern Exposure), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Cindy Nelson, American skier (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1957 Darby Hinton, actor (Israel in Daniel Boone), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1957 Paul-Jan Bakker, cricketer (Hampshire & Netherlands pace bowler)
  • 1957 Li-Young Lee, Indonesia-born American poet

  • 1957 Ian Gould, England cricketer
  • 1958 Gary Gaetti, Centralia IL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1958 Brendan Nelson, Australian politician
  • 1959 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1959 Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
  • 1959 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • 1960 Bobby Hebert, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960 Dan "Woody" Woodgate, rocker
  • 1960 Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960 Ron Darling, Hawaii, baseball pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1962 Eric Lutes, Charlestown RI, actor (Del-Caroline in the City)
  • 1962 Michael J Massimino, Oceanside NY, PhD/astronaut
  • 1962 Valerie Kaprisky, actress (Breathless, Public Woman), born in Paris, France
  • 1962 Tammy Bruce, American political commentator
  • 1962 Angelo Debarre, French gypsy jazz guitarist (Mémoires: Memories of Django), born in Saint-Denis, France
  • 1963 Joey Tempest, rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
  • 1963 John Stamos, Cypress California, actor (General Hospital, Full House)
  • 1964 Pete Ricketts, American businessman (TD Ameritrade) and politician, Governor of Nebraska (2015-), born in Nebraska City
  • 1965 Kevin Dillon, actor (Heaven Help Us, Platoon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Kyra Sedgwick, American actress (Phenomenon, Singles, The Closer), born in New York City
  • 1965 Maria de Medeiros, Portuguese actress and director
  • 1966 Lilian Garcia, wrestling announcer
  • 1966 Lee Ann Womack, American musician
  • 1967 Jason Starkey, son of Beatle Ringo
  • 1967 Tabitha Soren, American MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestSatya Nadella

1967 Satya Nadella, Indian-American businessman (CEO of Microsoft), born in Hyderabad

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • 1968 Nikolaos Kaklamanakis, Greek windsurfer
  • 1968 Mark McGuinn, country music singer

Person of interestMatthew Perry

1969 Matthew Perry, Canadian-American actor (Chandler Bing on Friends), born in Williamstown, Massachusetts

  • 1969 Nate Dogg, American rapper

  • 1969 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • 1969 Emigdio Preciado, Hispanic fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted list
  • 1969 Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, Japanese baseball player
  • 1969 Patrick Van Horn, American actor
  • 1969 Clay Walker, American singer
  • 1970 Scott Brumfield, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Fat Joe, American rapper
  • 1970 Clare Waight Keller, English fashion designer (first female head of Givenchy), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1971 Mary Joe Fernández, American tennis player, broadcaster (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • 1972 Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972 Roberto Abbondanzieri, Argentine footballer, born in Bouquet, Argentina
  • 1972 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • 1972 Chihiro Yonekura, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • 1973 Roy Rogers, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1973 Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway
  • 1973 Marco Materazzi, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Chynna Clugston, American comic book creator
  • 1975 Tracie Thoms, American actress