Famous Birthdays on August 23

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 241

  • 686 Charles Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne, born in Herstal, Belgium (d. 741)
  • 1486 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat, born in Vipava, Slovenia (d. 1566)
  • 1524 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer and diplomat (Anti-Tribonien), born in Paris (d. 1590)
  • 1593 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Pianto d'Italia), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1646)
  • 1623 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer, born in Raków, Kielce County, Poland (d. 1675)
  • 1724 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1796)
  • 1727 Friedrich Hartmann Graf, German composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1795)
  • 1740 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia (1740-41), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1764)
  • 1741 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer, born in Albi, France (d. 1788)
  • 1751 Louis-Francois Beffara, French lexicographer, born in Nonancourt, France (d. 1838)

Person of interestLouis XVI

1754 Louis XVI, King of France (1774-93) eventually guillotined, born in Versailles, Yvelines, France (d. 1793)

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

Person of interestGeorges Cuvier

1769 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, born in Montbéliard, France (d. 1832)

Naturalist and Zoologist Georges Cuvier
Naturalist and Zoologist
Georges Cuvier
  • 1773 Jakob F. Fries, German philosopher, born in Barby, Germany (d. 1843)
  • 1783 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer, born in Bristol, England (d. 1852)
  • 1805 Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman, born in Lichtental, Vienna, Austria (d. 1893)
  • 1814 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, born in NYC, New York (d. 1877)

  • 1818 Rufus Ingalls, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Denmark, Maine (d. 1893)
  • 1829 Moritz B. Cantor, German historian of mathematics, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1920)
  • 1832 Alexander Chambers, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cattaraugus, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1836 Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of the Belgians, born in Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary (d. 1902)
  • 1843 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1932)
  • 1846 Alexander Milne Calder, Scottish-American sculptor, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1923)
  • 1847 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1927)
  • 1849 William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1903)
  • 1852 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, born in London (d. 1883)
  • 1852 Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia for one day in 1882, born in Santa Rosa de Viterbo, Colombia (d. 1913)
  • 1854 Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-German composer, born in Breslau, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • 1864 Eleftherios K. Venizalos, Premier of Greece (1910-15, 28-32), born in Mournies, Greece (d. 1936)
  • 1867 Marcel Schwob, French writer and journalist (Le Croisade des Enfants), born in Chaville, France (d. 1905)
  • 1869 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), born in Garnett, Kansas (d. 1950)
  • 1869 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • 1875 William Eccles, English physicist and radio pioneer, born in Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 1966)
  • 1875 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, born in Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1946)
  • 1879 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Cēsis, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1880 Alexander Grin, Russian novelist (Jessie and Morgiana), born in Vyatka, Kirov Oblast, Russia (d. 1932)
  • 1881 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American army officer, born in Fort Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1953)
  • 1884 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), born in Auburn, Indiana (d. 1949)
  • 1884 Ogden L. Mills, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1927-1932), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1937)
  • 1885 Henry Thomas Tizard, English chemist and inventor, born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1959)
  • 1886 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, born in Lindau, Germany (d. 1946)

  • 1887 Jo Sternheim, Dutch actor and playwright (Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • 1889 Alfred Lichtenstein, German writer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1893 Roy Agnew, Australian composer (Sonata Ballade), born in Sydney (d. 1944)
  • 1894 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1965)
  • 1894 James La Guma, South African political activist and trade unionist, born in Cape Town (d. 1961)
  • 1900 Ernst Krenek, Austrian-American composer (Johnny Spielt Auf), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Malvina Reynolds, American folk singer and songwriter (Morningtown Ride), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, English journalist and policeman, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1901 John Sherman Cooper, American politician and U.S. Ambassador to East Germany, born in Somerset, Kentucky (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • 1903 William Primrose, Scottish violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (King Pest), born in Fulham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1908 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), born in Kislovodsk, Terek Oblast, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Cornelis van Dis sr., Dutch chemist and politician
  • 1908 Hannah Frank, Scottish artist and sculptor, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • 1909 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Albert Alberts, Dutch writer and journalist (French battle), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Carl Dolmetsch, French music director (Haslemere Festival), born in Fontenay-sous-Bois, France (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Gene Kelly, American dancer and actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, born in Königgrätz, Bohemia (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, born in San Cristóbal, Táchira, Venezuela (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Stanley Kitchen, British chartered accountant
  • 1917 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, born in Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Sam Cook, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Brian Young, Chairman (Christian Aid), born in Sri Lanka (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Jack Boddy, British trade union leader, born in Norwich (d. 2004)
  • 1922 George Kell, American baseball player, born in Swifton, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1922 Pierre Gauvreau, Quebec painter, television writer and producer, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Humphrey Fisher, TV producer, born in England (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, born in Fortuneswell, Dorset, England (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Denis Sargan, British econometrician, born in Doncaster, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet), born in Kristiansund, Norway (d. 1976)
  • 1924 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1924 Siti Hartinah Suharto, 2nd First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, born in Jaten village, Surakarta, Central Java (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Georgian composer, born in Gori, Soviet Union (d. 1991)
  • 1925 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), born in Utrecht (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Houari Boumédiènne, President of Algeria (1965-78), born in Clauzel, Algeria (d. 1978)
  • 1927 John Hoskyns, Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher (1979-82) (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Martial Solal, French jazz pianist and composer, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1928 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York (d. 2014)

Person of interestVera Miles

1929 Vera Miles, American actress (Lila Crane-Psycho, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in Boise City, Oklahoma

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • 1929 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Andy Ireland, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1930 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1930 John Fairclough, British scientific adviser and computer designer, born in Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), born in Courbevoie, Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Richard Vincent, Baron Vincent of Coleshill, British chief of Defense, born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England

Person of interestBarbara Eden

1931 Barbara Eden, American actress (Dream of Jeannie), born in Tucson, Arizona

Actress Barbara Eden
Actress
Barbara Eden
  • 1932 Mark Russell, American political satirist and pianist (Real People), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1933 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Pete Wilson, American politician (36th Governor of California), born in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • 1933 Robert Curl, American chemist (Nobel 1996), born in Alice, Texas
  • 1934 Lojze Lebic, Slovenian composer, born in Prevalje, Slovenia
  • 1934 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1935 Brendan Jackson, British air marshal, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1935 Loren Rush, American composer, born in Richmond, California
  • 1935 Roy Strong, English writer, art historian and director (Victoria & Albert Museum), born in Winchmore Hill, Middlesex, England

  • 1936 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • 1936 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, born in Blacksburg, Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1938 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • 1939 Charles Wardle, British Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle
  • 1939 Ronnie A. Casseres, minister of Dutch Antilles, born in Curaçao
  • 1940 Richard Sanders, American actor (Les Nessman -WKRP), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Tony Bill, American actor (What Really Happened to the Class of '65), born in San Diego, California
  • 1941 Gloria Ehret, American LPGA golfer, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestNancy Richey

1942 Nancy Richey Gunther, American tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1942 Patricia McBride, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1943 Bobby Diamond, American actor (Duncan Gillis-Dobie Gillis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Dale Campbell-Savours, British Labour Party politician
  • 1943 Peter Lilley, British Conservative Party politician and Secretary of state for British social security, born in Hayes, Kent, England
  • 1943 Nelson DeMille, American action adventure and suspense novels author (Plum Island), born in Jamaica, Queens, New York
  • 1944 Antonia Novello, 14th US Surgeon General (1990-92) 1dt woman and Hispanic holder, born in Farjardo, Puerto Rico
  • 1944 Lena Tabori, Swedish actress model and daughter of Viveca Lindfors, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1945 Rayfield Wright, American football player, born in Griffin, Georgia

Person of interestKeith Moon

1946 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1947 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Terje Rypdal, Norwegian jazz guitarist and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1947 Willy Russell, English playwright and composer (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), born in Whiston, England
  • 1947 David Robb, British actor (I, Claudius), born in London
  • 1948 Ron Blomberg, American 1st baseman (NY Yankees) and 1st designated hitter, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer and essayist, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1948 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1949 Rick Springfield [Richard Lewis Springthorpe], Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist (Zoot, Speak to the Sky), born in Guildford, New South Wales
  • 1949 Christopher Blake, English actor (Alexa), born in Chingford, London
  • 1949 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • 1949 John Bauldie, British music journalist, born in Bolton, England (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Norah Ellen O'Neill, first woman pilot for Alaska Central Air (1974), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1949 Rick Springfield, Australian singer (General Hospital, Jessie's Girl), born in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1949 Shelley Long, american actress (Diane in Cheers, Money Pit), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1949 Woody Paul, [Paul Chrisman], singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949 Katiana Balanika, Greek actress and singer
  • 1951 Barbra Mizrahie, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1951 Mark Hudson, American comedian (Bonkers, Hudson Brothers Show), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, born in Karaganda, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

  • 1952 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952 Vicky Leandros, Greek singer and politician, born in Palaiokastritsa, Corfu, Greece
  • 1953 Bobby Gubby, English rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1953 Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14), born in Büdesheim, Germany
  • 1954 Charles Busch, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and drag queen (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), in Hartsdale, New York
  • 1956 David Wolf, American astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1956 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), born in Duisburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician, born in Kvam, Norway
  • 1956 Skipp Sudduth, American actor (Third Watch), born in Wareham, Massachusetts
  • 1957 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1958 Julio Franco, oldest regular position player in MLB history, born in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
  • 1960 Helen Rees, director (Design Museum)
  • 1960 Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1960 Chris Potter, Canadian actor
  • 1961 Dean DeLeo, American guitarist (Stone Temple Pilots), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1961 Alexandre Desplat, French film composer (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Paris, France
  • 1962 Glenn Healy, Pickering, NHL goalie (NY Rangers)
  • 1962 Kyle Clifton, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1962 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • 1963 Blaine Schmidt, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1963 Richard Illingworth, cricketer (England slow-left-armer 1991- )
  • 1963 Park Chan-wook, South Korean filmmaker (Joint Security Area, Thirst), born in Seoul
  • 1964 Cam Emerson, Canadian golfer (1989 Canadian Long Drive), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1964 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian cyclist
  • 1964 Kong Hee, Singaporean, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
  • 1964 Yoshikazu Taru, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1965 Roger Avary, Canadian-born screenwriter, director, and producer
  • 1966 Laura Richmond, American playmate (Sep, 1988), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1966 Rhonda Cator, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Rik Smits, NBA center (Indiana Pacers), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1967 Karen Noble, LPGA golfer (1995 Dinah Shore-32nd), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1967 Markus Ketterer, Finnish hockey goalie (Team Finland), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1967 Nancy Cox, American news anchor, Miss Kentucky (1991), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • 1968 Christian Dean DiMarco, Huntington NY, PGA golfer (1994 Deposit-3rd), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1968 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1969 Amanda Hope, American playmate (Jul, 1992), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1969 Clayton Holmes, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1969 Keith Tyson, English artist, born in Ulverston, United Kingdom
  • 1969 Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter, born in New York City, New York
  • 1970 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1970 LaMark Carter, triple jumper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Person of interestRiver Phoenix

1970 River Phoenix, American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), born in Madras, Oregon (d. 1993)

  • 1970 Jay Mohr, American actor and comedian, born in Verona, New Jersey
  • 1970 Lawrence Frank, American head coach, born in New York City, New York
  • 1970 Brad Mehldau, American jazz pianist, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1971 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1971 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer, born in Besana in Brianza, Italy