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Famous Birthdays on August 30

Person of interestPeter the Cruel

1334 Peter the Cruel, Spanish King of Castile and Leon (1350-69), born in Burgos, Spain (d. 1369)

King of Castille and Leon Peter the Cruel
King of Castille and Leon
Peter the Cruel
  • 1609 Artus Quellinus, Flemish sculptor (Amsterdam townhall), born in Antwerp (d. 1668)
  • 1687 Francesco Maria Vallara, Italian composer, born in Parma, Italy (d. 1740)
  • 1693 Jacobus Nozeman, Dutch composer and organist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1745)
  • 1705 David Hartley, English philosopher and Founder of the Associationist School of Psychology, born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England (d. 1757)
  • 1720 Samuel Whitbread, English brewer and Member of Parliament, born in Cardington, Bedfordshire (d. 1796)
  • 1748 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • 1767 Christian Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, German pianist, composer and publisher, born in Wachenhausen (d. 1822)
  • 1769 Bonifacio Asioli, Italian composer and music writer, born in Correggio, Italy (d. 1832)
  • 1772 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, born in Mauléon, Kingdom of France (d. 1794)

Person of interestMary Shelley

1797 Mary Shelley, English author (Frankenstein), born in London, England (d. 1851)

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1805 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1869)
  • 1808 Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, Mother of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, born in Munich (d. 1892)
  • 1809 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)
  • 1813 Princess Mathilde Caroline of Bavaria, eldest daughter of Ludwig I of Bavaria, born in Augsburg, Germany (d. 1862)
  • 1818 Alexander H. Rice, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Massachusetts (1876-78), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1895)

  • 1820 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1821 Anita Garibaldi, Brazilian warrior; Garibaldi's wife (War of Tatters), born in Laguna, Santa Catarina, Brazil (d. 1849)
  • 1837 Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur, US 1st Lady (1881-85), born in Culpeper Court House, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • 1839 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, born in Kerfago, Brittany, France (d. 1903)
  • 1842 Victor Alphonse Duvernoy, French pianist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1842 Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia, Eldest child of Alexander II of Russia, born in Catherine Palace, Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1849)
  • 1844 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1904)
  • 1848 Andrew Onderdonk, American railway contractor (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1905)
  • 1849 J. M. Dent, British publisher, born in Darlington, England (d. 1926)
  • 1852 Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff, Dutch physical chemist (Nobel 1901), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1911)
  • 1856 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German mathematician and physicist, born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1927)
  • 1860 Isaac Levitan, Russian classical painter, born in Kybartai, Lithuania (d. 1900)
  • 1863 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, born in Muron, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1866 Georges Minne, Belgian sculptor, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1941)
  • 1870 Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia, Firstborn daughter of King George I and Queen Olga of Greece, born in Corfu, Greece (d. 1891)

Person of interestErnest Rutherford

1871 Ernest Rutherford [1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson], New Zealand physicist and father of nuclear physics (Nobel 1908), born in Brightwater, New Zealand (d. 1937)

  • 1878 Paul Hazard [Paul-Gustave-Marie-Camille Hazard], French critic and literature historian, born in Nordpeene, France (d. 1944)
  • 1882 Meijer de Hond, Dutch rabbi and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1883 Theo Van Doesburg [Christian Emil Marie Küpper], Dutch painter and architect (Style), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1931)
  • 1884 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), born in Fleräng, Valbo, Gävleborg, Sweden (d. 1971)

  • 1887 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1889 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), born in Ischia, Italy (d. 1969)
  • 1893 Huey Long, American politician (40th Governor of Louisiana), born in Winnfield, Louisiana (d. 1935)
  • 1896 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1983)

Person of interestShirley Booth

1898 Shirley Booth, American actress (Hazel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
  • 1900 Franklin Clark Fry, American minister (Lutheran World Relief), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1901 John Gunther, American author and host (John Gunther's High Road), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1981)
  • 1902 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, born in Hanušovice, Moravia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1906 [Rose] Joan Blondell, American actress (Grease, The Blue Veil), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1907 John Mauchly, American physicist who with J. Presper Eckert, designed the first general purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1908 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1908 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • 1909 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), born in Birmingham (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Donald Bisset, British children book writer, illustrator (Upside Down Stories) and actor (Battle of the Sexes), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • 1913 Thomas F. Torrance, Scottish Protestant theologist, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Sydney Wooderson, English athlete dubbed "The Mighty Atom" (world record 1937), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Julie Bishop [Jacqueline Wells], American actress (My Hero, Northern Pursuit, Threat), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1916 John Thoday, British geneticist, born in Chinley, Derbyshire (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, born in Castle Acre, England (d. 2004)
  • 1917 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in London, (d. 2015)
  • 1917 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1999)

Person of interestTed Williams

1918 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1918 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Maurice R. Hilleman, American microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, born in Miles City, Montana (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), born in Durham, England (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano (Sieglinde-Bayreuth), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician, born in Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)

Person of interestVic Seixas

1923 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Nat C'ship 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1923 Gerhard Wimberger, Austria composer (Glove), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Barbara Mary Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology, born in Warwick, England (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, born in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, born in Fairfield, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1925 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), born in Eigenbilzen, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator (Babar the Elephant), born in Paris
  • 1926 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, born in Alūksne, Latvia (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1927 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), born in Haynesville, Louisiana (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, born in Zaandam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Singers; Stand Up And Cheer), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)
  • 1928 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • 1930 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), born in Winton, New Zealand (d. 1981)
  • 1930 Warren Burger, American author (The Midas Touch)

Person of interestWarren Buffett

1930 Warren Buffett, American business magnate (world's wealthiest person in 2008), born in Omaha, Nebraska

Investor Warren Buffett
Investor
Warren Buffett
  • 1930 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Carrie Saxon Perry, 1st African-American mayor of a major US city (Hartford CT), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1931 John Leonard Swigert Jr., American astronaut (Apollo 13), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1982)
  • 1933 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • 1934 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan), born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1935 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), born in Parris Island, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1936 Fabrizia Ramondino, Italian author, born in Naples, Italy (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1938 Steve Delaney, English newscaster (Monitor), born in Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • 1939 Elizabeth Ashley, American actress (Coma, Evening Shade), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1939 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • 1941 John McNally, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1941 Sue MacGregor, BBC 4 radio broadcaster (Woman's Hour), born in Oxford, England
  • 1941 Ben Jones, American politician and actor (The Dukes of Hazzard), born in Tarboro, North Carolina
  • 1942 Jonathan Aitken, English politician (Conservative MP), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1942 Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricket left-arm spinner (19 Tests 1964-73), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1943 David Henry Maslanka, American composer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Jean-Claude Killy, French alpine skier (3 Olympic gold 1968), born in Paris, France

Person of interestRobert Crumb

1943 Robert Crumb, American cartoonist (Father Time, Fritz Cat) and album cover artist (Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cartoonist Robert Crumb
Cartoonist
Robert Crumb
  • 1944 Charles Colbert, American rocker (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Freek de Jonge, Dutch comedian (Neerlands Hoop), born in Westernieland, Netherlands
  • 1944 John Surman, English jazz musician, born in Tavistock, Devon, England
  • 1944 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, born in Monterey, California (d. 2007)
  • 1944 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, born in Martinez, California (d. 2004)
  • 1944 William "Smitty" Smith, American rock keyboardist and session musician (Motherlode - "When I Die"), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1945 David Schiff, American composer, born in New York City
  • 1945 Fred Tackett, American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Little Feat, 1988-2012), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1946 Anne-Marie of Greece, Danish princess and daughter of Frederik IX, born in Amalienborg Palace, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark
  • 1946 Peggy Lipton [Margaret Ann], American actress (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Allan Rock, Canadian politician and diplomat, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1948 Lewis Black, American stand-up comedian (Lewis Black's Root of All Evil), born in Washington, D.C.

  • 1948 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • 1949 Peter Maffay, Romanian-German musician, born in Brașov, Romania
  • 1949 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Christopher Collins, American actor (True Identity), voice actor (Cobra Commander-G.I. Joe) and comedian, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Don Boudria, Canadian politician (MP for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell), born in Hull, Quebec, Canada
  • 1950 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • 1950 Micky Moody, English guitarist (Whitesnake, Juicy Lucy), born in Middleborough, England
  • 1951 Dana Rosemary Scallon, Irish singer and actress (Flight of the Doves), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1951 Timothy Bottoms, American actor (Paper Chase, East of Eden), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1952 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star, born in Poznan, Poland
  • 1953 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1953 Ron George, American politician (Member of the Maryland House of Delegates), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1954 David Paymer, American actor (Love Mary, Mr Saturday Night), born in Oceanside, New York
  • 1954 Gerard Hadders, Dutch postage stamp designer (1991 children stamp), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Person of interestAlexander Lukashenko

1954 Alexander Lukashenko, 1st and only President of Belarus, born in Kopys, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko
  • 1955 Martin Jackson, British rocker (Swing Out Sister-Swing Out), born in Manchester, England
  • 1955 Butch [Richard Andrew] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Jayne Irving, English TV hostess (Live at 3), born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1958 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1959 Mark Jackson, Australian rules footballer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1960 Chalino Sánchez, Mexican musician, born in Alturas Del Sur Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (d. 1992)
  • 1960 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient, born in Lincoln, Maine (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Guy A. Lepage, Quebec humorist, television host and producer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1962 Ricky Sanders, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1962 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, born in Voronezh, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2006)
  • 1963 Michael Chiklis, American actor (Commish, The Shield), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1963 Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London
  • 1964 Stephen Baker, American NFL receiver (NY Giants), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964 Steve Smith, American NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Wshington, D.C.
  • 1964 Gavin Fisher, British engineer (Williams Formula One)

  • 1966 Michael Michele, American actress (Nikki-Central Park West), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1967 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967 Frederique [Van derWal], Netherlands, model (Victoria Secrets)
  • 1967 Justin Vaughan, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand all-rounder), born in Hereford, England
  • 1968 Vladimir Malakhov, Russian NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Sverdlovsk, Soviet Union
  • 1969 Dimitris Sgouros, Greek classical pianist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1970 Michael Wong, Chinese Malaysian singer, born in Ipoh, Malaysia
  • 1971 Lars Frederiksen, American guitarist (Rancid and UK Subs), born in Campbell, California

Person of interestCameron Diaz

1972 Cameron Diaz, American actress (Shrek, The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding), born in Long Beach, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • 1972 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1972 Pavel Nedvěd, Czech football player (Lazio, Juventus), born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973 Amy Sherald, American painter (portrait of Michelle Obama), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1973 Lisa Ling, American journalist (CNN), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1974 Javier Otxoa, Spanish cyclist
  • 1974 Aaron Barrett, American Lead singer/guitarist of Reel Big Fish
  • 1974 Rich Cronin, American singer songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 Radhi Jaïdi, Tunisian soccer defender (105 caps; Espérance, Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Southampton), born in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1976 Mike Koplove, American baseball player (Team USA 2008), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Sarah-Jane Potts, English actress, born in Bradford, England
  • 1977 Kamil Kosowski, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Jens Ludwig, German heavy metal guitarist (Edguy), born in Fulda, Germany
  • 1977 Shaun Alexander, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, NFL MVP 2005), born in Florence, Kemtucky
  • 1977 Marlon Byrd, American baseball player, born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 1977 Elden Henson, American actor (Daredevil), born in Rockville, Maryland
  • 1978 Cliff Lee, American baseball player, born in Benton, Arkansas
  • 1979 Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentine tennis player, born in Ciudad Evita, Argentina
  • 1979 Leon Lopez, British actor (Brookside), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1979 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1979 Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1982 Will Davison, Australian racing driver (Bathurst 100 2009, 2016), born in Melbourne, Australia

Person of interestAndy Roddick

1982 Andy Roddick, American tennis player (2003 US Open), born in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 1983 Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor, born in Toshima, Tokyo
  • 1983 Jonne Aaron, Finnish vocalist of the band Negative, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1983 Gustavo Eberto, Argentine footballer, born in Paso de los Libres, Argentina (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Anthony Ireland, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • 1985 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer, born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1985 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic golds, 1 silver), born in Katherine, Australia
  • 1985 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer (3 Olympic medals), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1985 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer (Rangers), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1986 Ryan Ross, American guitarist and lyricist (Panic at the Disco), born in Las Vegas,Nevada
  • 1988 Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1989 Bebe Rexha, American singer-songwriter (Meant To Be), born in New York City
  • 1996 Trevor Jackson, American actor, singer-songwriter (Grown-ish), born in Indianapolis, Indiana