On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 5

  • 1301 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)
  • 1397 Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
  • 1461 Alexander Jagiellon, Grand Duke of Lithuania (d. 1506)
  • 1540 Joseph Justice Scaliger, proposed Julian dating
  • 1578 Charles d'Albert, duc of Luynes, French courtier, favourite of Louis XIII and Constable of France, born in Longueville, France (d. 1621)
  • 1604 John Eliot, English Puritan missionaru "Apostle to Indians," and Bible translator, baptized in Widford, England (d. 1690)
  • 1607 Philipp Friedrich Boddecker, German composer and court organist, born in Hagenau (d. 1683)
  • 1623 Antonio Cesti, Italian composer, singer and musician, born in Arezzo (d. 1669) baptismal date
  • 1624 William Tucker, 1st child of African descent to be born in English colony in America, born in Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1641 John Hathorne, American magistrate (d. 1717)
  • 1662 James Anderson, Scottish historian, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1728)
  • 1681 Vitus Bering, Danish explorer of Bering Strait and coast of Alaska, born in Horsens, Denmark (d. 1741)
  • 1694 Leonardo Leo, Italian composer, born in San Vito degli Schiavi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1744)

Person of interestWilliam Allen

1704 William Allen, American loyalist, Chief Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania and Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1780)

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1711 Johan Lulofs, Dutch physicist/philosopher/astronomer
  • 1749 Thomas Lynch, American lawyer, signer pf the US Declaration of Independence, born in Winyah, South Carolina

  • 1797 Friedrich August Kummer, German composer and musician, born in Meiningen (d. 1879)
  • 1802 Niels H Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel's Comparisons)
  • 1811 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (Mignon), and music professor, in Metz, France (d. 1896)
  • 1813 Carnot Posey, American Confederate brigadier general, born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi (d. 1863)
  • 1813 Ivar Aasen, Norwegian linguist and poet, born in Ørsten, Norway (d. 1896)
  • 1815 Edward John Eyre, British explorer and Governor of Jamaica, born in Whipsnade, England (d. 1901)
  • 1822 Johann Georg Herzog, German composer and organist, born in Hummendorf (d. 1909)
  • 1827 Deodoro da Fonseca, Brazilian military officer and first President of Brazil (1889-91), born in Vila Madalena, Brazil (d. 1892)
  • 1828 Giovanni Rossi, Italian composer, born in Borgo San Donnino, Parma (d. 1886)
  • 1828 Louisa of the Netherlands, Dutch queen consort of Sweden and Norway and princess of the Netherlands, born in the Hague (d. 1871)
  • 1829 Heinrich Stiehl, German organist and composer, born in Lübeck (d. 1886)
  • 1829 Milo Smith Hascall, American banker, real estate executive, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Le Roy, New York (d. 1904)
  • 1833 Carola of Vasa, Queen consort of Saxony, born in Vienna (d. 1907)
  • 1843 James Scott Skinner, Scottish composer and dancing master, born in Arbeadie, Scotland (d. 1927)
  • 1850 Anton Simon, Russian composer, born in Paris (d. 1916)

Person of interestGuy de Maupassant

1850 Guy de Maupassant, French author (Boule de Suif), born in Château de Miromesnil, France (d. 1893)

Author and Master of the Short Story Guy de Maupassant
Author and Master of the Short Story
Guy de Maupassant
  • 1862 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", born in Leicester, England (d. 1890)
  • 1864 Resurreccion Maria de Azkue, Basque priest, composer and first head of the Euskaltzaindia, born in Lekeitio, Spain (d. 1951)
  • 1866 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, born in Oporto (d. 1948)
  • 1866 Carl Dietrich Harries, German chemist (developed synthetic rubber), born in Luckenwalde, Germany (d. 1923)

  • 1866 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer and captain, born in Collingwood, Australia (d. 1917)
  • 1868 Oskar Merikanto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1924)
  • 1872 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician and epidemiologist, born in São Luis do Paraitinga, Brazil (d. 1917)
  • 1874 Horace Rawlins, English golfer (US Open 1895), born in Shanklin, Isle of Wight (d. 1935)
  • 1876 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian (Woman as a Force in History), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1877 Tom Thomson, Canadian painter, born in Claremont, Ontario (d. 1917)
  • 1880 Gertrude E Durden Rush, American composer/playwright (Black Girls Burden), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1962)

Person of interestHugh S. Johnson

1881 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, born in Fort Scott, Kansas (d. 1942)

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • 1882 Joe English, Flemish Irish painter (designed WWI gravestones), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1883 Frank Nelson, English politician and civil servant (head of the Special Operations Executive, 1940-42), born in Gloucestershire (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Óscar Esplá Spanish composer, born in Alicante, Spain (d. 1976)
  • 1887 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), born in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1972)
  • 1888 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), born in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1889 Conrad Aiken, American Pulitzer poet and writer (Ushant/Conversation), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Erich Kleiber, conductor (NBC Symphony 1945-46), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1890 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (d. 1987)
  • 1890 Naum Gabo [Pevsner], Russian/US sculptor (Stillife Flower)
  • 1891 Donald Kerr, American actor (Carnival Lady, Devil Bat), born in Eagle Grove, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1897 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician, founder of the Socialist People's Party, born in Brændekilde, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Bodi Rapp [Johanna PAC Goetmakers], Dutch mezzo-soprano and teacher
  • 1901 Juan Carlos Paz, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), born in Luzarches, Val-d'Oise, France (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Irene Rice Pereira, American abstract artist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Kenneth Thimann, English American botanist (Balzan Prize), born in Ashford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Francis Walder [Francois Waldburger], Belgian author
  • 1906 John Huston, American director and writer (African Queen, Chinatown), born in Nevada, Missouri (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Wassely Leontief, Russian American economist (Nobel 1973), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1908 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • 1909 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Jacquetta Hawkes, English archaeologist/author (A Country), (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1910 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/librettist (Aniara)
  • 1911 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), born in Filley, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Abbé Pierre, French Catholic priest (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Anita Colby, American model, author and actress (Mary of Scotland, Cover Girl, Pepsi Cola Playhouse), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1914 David Brian, American actor (Accused of Murder, Dawn at Sorocco), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1986)
  • 1918 Tom Drake [Alfred Sinclair Alderdice], American actor (Meet Me in St. Louis, Warlock), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Betty Oliphant, Canadian ballerina (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967-97), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • 1921 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • 1922 L. Tom Perry, American religious leader (LDS apostle), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Richard Kleindienst, American attorney general during Watergate scandal, born in Winslow, Arizona (1972)
  • 1923 Devan Nair, Singaporean politician, President of Singapore (1981-85), born in Melaka (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Cor Witschge, Dutch actor (Pipo the Clown), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1991)
  • 1926 Betsy Jolas, French composer, born in Paris
  • 1927 Gunnar Bucht, Swedish composer, born in Stocksund, Sweden

Person of interestNeil Armstrong

1930 Neil Armstrong, American X-15 pilot and astronaut - 1st man on the Moon (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), born in Wapakoneta Ohio, (d. 2012)

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • 1930 Michal Kováč, 1st President of Slovakia (1993-98), born in Ľubiša, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Sister Vince Otto, American mental health activist (Vince)
  • 1932 Tera de Marez Oyens, Dutch composer, born in Velsen, Netherlands (d.1996)
  • 1933 Joan Weldon, American actress (So This is Love, Them), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1934 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1934 Wendell Berry, American poet, writer and farmer, born in Henry County, Kentucky

  • 1935 John McCartan, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1935 John Saxon, American actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Zakes Mokae, actor (Comedians), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1936 John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas

Person of interestHerb Brooks

1937 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • 1937 Alan Howard, English theater and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Hayes Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1964), born in Sturksville, Mississippi
  • 1939 Irene, Princess of Netherlands, born at Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands
  • 1941 Leonid Kizim, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-10, T-15), born in rasnyi Lyman, Soviet Union (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Rick Huxley, English guitarist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in Dartford, England (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night), born in Orange County, California (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Ja'net Dubois, American actress (Good Times, Beverly Hill 90210), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1945 Loni Anderson, American actress (Jennifer-WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1945 Jo Collins, American Playboy playmate (Dec, 1964, Playmate of the Year 1965), born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • 1946 Erika Slezak, actress (Viki-One Life to Live), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1946 Rick van der Linden, Dutch keyboardist (Ekseption)
  • 1946 Ron Silliman, American poet (The Alphabet), born in Pasco,Washington
  • 1946 Gary Beban, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1967, UCLA: NFL: Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Greg Leskiw, Canadian rocker (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947 Rick Derringer [Ricky Dean Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter and producer (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • 1947 Gregory Leskiw, Canadian guitarist (The Guess Who, 1970-72), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1947 Willie Weeks, American session and touring bass player (George Harrison; Vince Gill; Wynonna Judd; David Bowie; Eric Clapton), born in Salemburg, North Carolina
  • 1948 Ray Clemence MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Holly Palance, actress (Thorn Birds, Ripley's Believe It), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Rosi Mittermaier, German skier (Olympic gold 1976), born in Reit im Winkl, West Germany
  • 1951 John Jarratt, Australian actor, director and producer (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • 1952 Hun Sen, Cambodian politician, Prime Minister of Cambodia 1985-), born in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • 1953 Samantha Sang [Cheryl Lau Sang], Australian pop singer (Emotion), born in Melbourne

  • 1955 Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Twisted Sister, Scarecrow), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Ferdi Bolland, Dutch singer/guitarist (Bolland & Bolland)

Person of interestMaureen McCormick

1956 Maureen McCormick, American actress (Marcia-Brady Bunch), born in Encino, California

  • 1957 Pavel V Vinogradov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, Commander of the International Space Station 2013), born in Magadan, Soviet Union
  • 1959 Pete Burns, English singer (Dead or Alive, "Spin Me Round"), born in Bebington (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Seth Swirsky, American pop songwriter, born in Connecticut
  • 1961 Athula Samarasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer and coach (Sri Lankan batsman), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1961 Tawny Kitaen, actress (Bachelor Party, Witchboard), born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 Mark O'Connor, American violinist and composer of classical, jazz and bluegrass music (Appalachian Journey), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1961 Pat Smear [Georg Ruthenberg], American rock guitarist (Foo Fighters), born in West Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Otis Thorpe, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons)

Person of interestPatrick Ewing

1962 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 1992), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1962 Richard De Groen, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium pacer), born in Otorohonga, New Zealand
  • 1962 William Roberts, American NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1963 Mike Nocito, American rocker (Johnny Hates Jazz), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • 1963 James Wilder, actor (Scorchers, Zombie High, Murder 1), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Person of interestAdam Yauch

1964 MCA [Adam Yauch], rock vocalist (Beastie Boys-You Gotta Fight), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 1965 Jeff Coffin, American musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), born in Massachusetts
  • 1965 M V Sridhar, Indian cricketer (scored 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994), born in Vijayawada, India (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Motoi Sakuraba, Japanese composer, born in Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • 1966 Jonathan Silverman, actor (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Single Guy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Mike Fox, American NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestReid Hoffman

1967 Reid Hoffman, American entrepreneur (co-founder of LinkedIn), born in Stanford, California

Co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman
Co-founder of LinkedIn
Reid Hoffman
  • 1968 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Funkmaster Flex [Aston George Taylor Jr], American hip hop DJ, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1968 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1968 Terri Clark, Canadian country singer
  • 1968 Tokimitsu Ishizawa, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestMarine Le Pen

1968 Marine Le Pen, French politician (President of the National Front Party), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine

President of the National Front Party Marine Le Pen
President of the National Front Party
Marine Le Pen
  • 1968 Colin Steele McRae, British rally driver, born in Lanark, Scotland (d. 2007)

  • 1969 Vasbert Conniel Drakes, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI ODI 1995)
  • 1969 Venkatesh Prasad, cricketer (consistent Indian Test pace bowler 1996-)
  • 1969 Kenny Irwin Jr., American auto racer (USAC National Midget Champion 1996; NASCAR 87 starts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2000)
  • 1970 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 James Gunn, American filmmaker (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Valeri Karpov, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1971 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • 1972 Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and pace bowler (1989-98), born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • 1972 John Wasdin, American pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Ft Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1972 Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian musician (Fear Factory)
  • 1972 Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1973 Sean Sherk, American mixed martial artist
  • 1973 Sanwar Hossain, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1974 Frankie Hejduk, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in La Mesa, California
  • 1974 Antoine Sibierski, French footballer
  • 1974 Kajol Mukherjee, Indian actress (Fanaa, My Name Is Khan), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1975 Ami Foster, actress (Margaux-Punky Brewster)
  • 1975 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1975 Antony Cotton, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Bury, England
  • 1976 Marians Pahars, Latvian footballer, born in Chornobai, Ukraine
  • 1976 Kwon Sang-woo, South Korean actor (Stairway to Heaven), born in Daejeon, South Korea
  • 1977 Eric Hinske, American baseball utility and coach (AL Rookie of the Year 2002; 3-time WS champion), born in Menasha, Wisconsin
  • 1977 Mark Mulder, American baseball player (Oakland Athletics,St. Louis Cardinals), born in South Holland, Illinois
  • 1978 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter, born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1978 Nektaria Karantzi, Greek singer (Byzantine Chant)
  • 1979 David Healy, Northern Irish footballer and manager (Linfield), born in Killyleagh, County Down
  • 1980 Wayne Bridge, English premier league footballer, born in Southampton, England
  • 1980 Ali Umar, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • 1980 Sophie Winkleman, English actress, born in London, England
  • 1980 Jason Čulina, Australian soccer player

  • 1981 Carl Crawford, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1981 Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • 1981 Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress (47 Ronin), born in Toshima, Japan
  • 1981 Erik Guay, Canadian alpine skier
  • 1981 Cory Williams, American internet celebrity (The Mean Kitty Song), born in Merced, California
  • 1981 Alester Maregwede, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 LoLo Jones, American track and field athlete and bobsledder,born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1982 Ryu Seung Min, Korean table tennis player
  • 1982 Tobias Regner, German singer
  • 1983 Dawn Richard, American singer (Danity Kane)
  • 1985 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer, born in Farciennes, Belgium
  • 1985 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast
  • 1986 Paula Creamer, American golfer (US Open 2010), born in Mountain View, California
  • 1987 Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress (Bommarillu), born in Bombay, India
  • 1987 Xenia Tchoumitcheva, Swiss model, born in Magnitogorsk, Russia
  • 1988 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer (world record 200 meters, Olympic Gold 2008), born in Mirano, Italy
  • 1989 Shanshan Feng, Chinese golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2012), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1990 Patrick Reed, American golfer (2018 Masters), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 2184 Christine Lauren Chapel, (Star Trek), born in Davenport Heights, Vermont