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Famous Birthdays on August 29

  • 1434 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, born in Čazma, Croatia (d. 1472)
  • 1476 Kanō Motonobu, Japanese painter (Kanō school of painting), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1609 Sassoferrato [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), born in Sassoferrato, Marche, Italy (d. 1685)
  • 1619 Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French minister of Navy, born in Reims, France (d. 1683)
  • 1628 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (d. 1701)

Person of interestJohn Locke

1632 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), born in Wrington, England (d. 1704)

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke
  • 1686 Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel, German composer, born in Erfurt, Germany (d. 1764)
  • 1725 Charles Townshend, English politician, 3rd Viscount of Townshend, born in Raynham Hall, Norfolk (d. 1767)
  • 1728 Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Electress of Bavaria, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1756 Heinrich Graf von Bellegarde, Austrian field marshal and statesman, born in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1845)
  • 1756 Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician and astronomer, born in Żnin, Poland (d. 1830)
  • 1773 Raphael G. Kiesewetter, Austria musicologist (Arab Music), born in Holleschau, Moravia, Czech Republic (d. 1850)
  • 1777 Hyacinth [Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin], Founder of Sinology (d. 1853)
  • 1780 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French painter (Valpincon Bather), born in Montauban, France (d. 1867)
  • 1805 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, born in Normanston, Suffolk, England (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician and reformer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)

  • 1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1810 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentina political theorist and writer (Crime of War), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Río de la Plata (d. 1884)
  • 1811 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), born in NYC, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1815 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1821 Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet, French anthropologist who was the first to organize and classify Stone Age cultures into a chronological sequence of epochs, born in Meylan, France (d. 1898)
  • 1842 Alfred Shaw, English cricketer (seven Tests for England 1877-82), born in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1907)
  • 1843 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), born in Montour Falls, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Edward Carpenter, English poet and philosopher (Civilisation, Its Cause and Cure), born in Hove, Sussex, England (d. 1929)
  • 1849 Titus van Asch van Wijck, Dutch governor Suriname (1891-97), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1902)
  • 1857 Sandford Schultz, English cricketer, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1937)

Person of interestMaurice Maeterlinck

1862 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 1862 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • 1871 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), born in Mercy-le-Haut, France (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), born in Loudenville, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), born in Haeju, Hwanghae, Korea (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1943)
  • 1880 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French-Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1881 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, born in Filipstad, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • 1881 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)
  • 1884 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, born in Biesenbrow, Brandenburg (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Rhapsody), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1894 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1899 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1973)
  • 1899 Lyman Lemnitzer, United States Army Marine Corps general (WWII), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

  • 1900 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), born in Altona, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1901 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), born in Berlin (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, born in Moghiler-Podolsk (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), born in Amsterdam (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936), born in Allahabad, British India (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), born in Pleasant Lake, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • 1907 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Roy Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Robert Pineda-Duque, Colombian composer, born in El Santuario, Colombia (d. 1977)
  • 1910 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1912 Barry Sullivan, American actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Emil Schumacher, German painter (Tangible Objects), born in Hagen, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian-Polish cinematographer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1912 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Denys Hay, British historian, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1994)

Person of interestIngrid Bergman

1915 Ingrid Bergman, Swedish actress (Casablanca, Cactus Flower), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1982)

  • 1915 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1916 George Montgomery, American actor (Battle of Bulge, Hallucination), born in Brady, Montana (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1918 Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank (1967-82), born in Oosterbierum, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2018)
  • 1920 Charles White, American actor (Airport 95, Serpico), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist, born in Kansas City, Kansas (d. 1955)
  • 1920 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), born in Haifa (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Yorgos Sicilianos, Greek composer, born in Athens (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Hiralal Gaekwad, Indian cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • 1923 Lester Trimble, American composer, born in Bangor, Wisconsin (d. 1986)
  • 1923 Reinier Braams, Dutch biophysicist and politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 2001)

Person of interestRichard Attenborough

1923 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Jurassic Park, Young Winston), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2014)

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
  • 1923 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), born in Surrey (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Dinah Washington, American singer (What a Difference a Day Makes), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1963)
  • 1924 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Mexico (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Elizabeth "Betty" Lynn, American actress (The Andy Griffith Show), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1926 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Marion Williams, American gospel singer (Stars of Faith), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Bournemouth, Hampshire (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Thomas Stewart, American bass-baritone (La Roche Capriccio), born in San Saba, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, born in Montreal, Québec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, born in Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist, born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada
  • 1933 Jehan Sadat, Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1933 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Arnold Koller, Swiss politician (member of Swiss Federal Councilor), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1934 David Pryor, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1934 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1934 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), born in Dijon (d. 1971)
  • 1934 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1935 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2014)
  • 1935 William Friedkin, American director, producer, writer (The Exorcist, The French Connection), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJohn McCain

1936 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), born in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone (d. 2018)

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 1937 James Florio, American politician (49th Governor of New Jersey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Elliott Gould, American actor (M*A*S*H, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Queens, New York
  • 1938 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), born in Centralia, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1940 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • 1940 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1941 Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), born in London, England (2018)
  • 1942 Sterling Morrison, American musician (Velvet Underground), born in East Meadow, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1942 James Glennon, American cinematographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1942 John Heuser, American electron microscopist, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1943 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, born in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya (d. 1996)
  • 1943 Richard Halligan, American rock vocalist (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Troy, New York
  • 1945 Chris Copping, English rock bassist (Procol Harum), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • 1945 Wyomia Tyus, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1946 Bob Beamon, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • 1947 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1948 Charles David Walker, American engineer and astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • 1949 Peter John Wiegold, English composer, born in Ilford, Essex
  • 1950 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • 1952 Karen Hesse, American children's book writer (Out of the Dust), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 Rick Downey, American rock drummer and vocalist (Blue Oyster Cult)
  • 1953 James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist
  • 1953 Speedy Gonzales, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Cat-Tails for Two"
  • 1954 Chet Catallo, American jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1954 Julio Fernandez, Cuban jazz guitarist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1954 Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Diamanda Galás, Greek-American composer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1955 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1956 GG [Jesus Christ] Allin, American punk rock singer, born in Lancaster, New Hampshire (d. 1993)
  • 1957 Pim Kops, Dutch rock musician (Dike, Bloedend Heart)
  • 1957 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1958 Lenny Henry, British stand-up comedian (3 of a Kind), born in Dudley, West Midlands, England

Person of interestMichael Jackson

1958 Michael Jackson, American recording artist and King of Pop (Thriller, Bad), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2009)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1959 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1959 Eddi Reader, Scottish rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Ernesto Rodrigues, Portuguese violinist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1959 Akkineni Nagarjuna, Indian Telugu actor and producer (Ninne Pelladata), born in Madras, India
  • 1959 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Rebecca De Mornay, American actress (Hand that Rocks Cradle), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1961 Tony MacAlpine, American heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Carl Banks, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1962 Hiroki Kikuta, Japanese video game composer, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1963 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1963 Elizabeth Fraser, Scottish singer (Cocteau Twins), born in Grangemouth, Scotland
  • 1964 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1965 Will Perdue, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1965 Dina Spybey, American actress, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1966 Dan Truman, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in St. George, Utah
  • 1967 Shaun Van Allen, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Calgary, Canada

  • 1967 Anton Newcombe, American musician (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1969 Me'Shell NdegéOcello [Michelle Johnson], American singer-songwriter (If That's Your Boyfriend... ), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1969 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Jacco Eltingh, Dutch tennis player (1993 ATP World Doubles), born in Heerde, Netherlands
  • 1971 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1971 Carla Gugino, American actress, born in Sarasota, Florida
  • 1972 Michael Roan, American football tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1972 Bae Yong Joon, South Korean actor, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1973 Devin Wyman, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1973 Jermane Mayberry, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Floresville, Texas
  • 1973 Olivier Jacque, French motorcyclist, born in Villerupt, France
  • 1973 Adam Sessler, American TV show host, born in Berkeley, California,
  • 1973 Vincent Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1974 Kumi Tanioka, Japanese composer, born in Hiroshima, Japan

Person of interestJay Onrait

1974 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
  • 1975 Dante Basco, Filipino-American actor, born in Pittsburg, California
  • 1976 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1976 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player, born in Paramount, California
  • 1976 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player, born in Mendoza, Argentina
  • 1977 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977 Devean George, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1977 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player, born in Weir, Mississippi
  • 1977 Charlie Pickering, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1977 Jo Weil, German actor, born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1978 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer, born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 1979 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1980 David Desrosiers, Canadian musician (Simple Plan), born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1980 Chris Simms, American football player, born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1980 David West, American basketball player, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1980 Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong singer and actor, born in British Hong Kong
  • 1980 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1981 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist, born in Montreal, Canada
  • 1981 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), New Zealand actor, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestBrian Chesky

1981 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • 1982 Carlos Delfino, Argentinean basketball player, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1982 A+ [Andre Levins], American rapper, born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1983 Jennifer Landon, American actress (As the World Turns), born in Malibu, California
  • 1985 Jeffrey Licon, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1986 Lauren Collins, Canadian actress, born in Thornhill, Canada
  • 1986 Lea Michele [Sarfati], American actress and singer (Glee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1987 Tony Kane, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1990 Sam Stern, British chef and author, born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • 1992 Mallu Magalhães, Brazilian singer-songwriter, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1993 Liam Payne, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Wolverhampton, England