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Famous Birthdays on August 7

  • 317 Constantius II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (337-61), born in Sirmium, Pannonia Inferior (d. 361)
  • 1282 Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, youngest daughter of King Edward I and Queen Eleanor of Castile, born in Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire (d. 1316)
  • 1533 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet, born in Madrid (d. 1595)

Person of interestElizabeth Báthory

1560 Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer, born in Nyírbátor, Hungary (d. 1614)

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1574 Robert Dudley, English explorer and writer (Arcano del Mare), born in Richmond Palace, Surrey (d. 1649)
  • 1598 Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish scholar and poet often known as "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules), born in Vika, Sweden (d. 1672)
  • 1726 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)

Person of interestNathanael Greene

1742 Nathanael Greene, American military leader (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Potowomut, Rhode Island (d. 1786)

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
  • 1746 Daniel Albert Wyttenbach, German-Swiss classical scholar and historian, born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1820)
  • 1751 Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (1767-1806), born in Berlin (d. 1820)
  • 1779 Carl Ritter, German geographer and co-founder of modern science of geography, born in Quedlinburg, Prussia (d. 1859)
  • 1779 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer and navigator (published the first map to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia in 1811), born in Montélimar, Drôme (d. 1842)
  • 1783 John Heathcoat, English inventor of lace-making machinery, born in Duffield, Derbyshire (d. 1861)
  • 1783 Princess Amelia, youngest child of King George III of United Kingdom, born in Royal Lodge, Windsor (d. 1810)
  • 1818 Henry Litolff, French composer and pianist, born in London, England (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Faustina Hasse Hodges, English-American composer, born in Malmesbury, England (d. 1895)

  • 1826 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1889)
  • 1829 Thomas Ewing Jr, American attorney, 1st chief justice of Kansas, congressman, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1896)
  • 1833 Powell Clayton, American politician, diplomat, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • 1836 Evander M. Law, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Darlington, South Carolina (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist and petrologist, born in Paris (d. 1911)
  • 1860 Alan Leo, British astrologer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1917)
  • 1862 Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden, born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1931)
  • 1865 Micha Josef Berdyczewski, Jewish writer, born in Medzhybizh, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1867 Emil Nolde [Hansen], German painter and graphic artist, born in Nolde, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1956)
  • 1868 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1868 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (Poisson distribution) and economist, born in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1870 19 kittens, born to Tarawood Antigone (4 still born)
  • 1870 Josef Brems, Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark), born in Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1872 Andries C D de Graeff, governor-general of Neth Indies (1926-31)
  • 1872 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)

Person of interestMata Hari

1876 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1877 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07), born in Berg River, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • 1880 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • 1883 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1934)
  • 1884 Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
  • 1885 Gordon Harker, British actor (Facts of Love, Champagne, Inspector Hornleigh), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1886 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • 1887 Jan HA Eman, Aruban politician
  • 1887 Charles Luckyth "Luckey" Roberts, stride pianist and composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)

  • 1895 Edward Gill, baseball player
  • 1897 Franz J Weinrich, [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • 1899 Irene "Renie" Riano, English-born American actress [The Family Jewels], born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)

Person of interestLouis Leakey

1903 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • 1903 Saburo Moroi, composer

Person of interestRalph Bunche

1904 Ralph Bunche, American diplomat to the UN (Nobel Peace Prize1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1906 Gerhard Frommel, composer
  • 1907 Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • 1911 R Nicholas Ray, Galesville WI, director (Rebel Without a Cause)
  • 1913 George Van Eps, American seven-string jazz guitarist, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Ted Moore, South African-British cinematographer (James Bond), born in Western Cape, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1918 C. Buddingh', Dutch poet, born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1985)
  • 1919 John Hogan, American chemist (discovered methods of producing polypropylene), born in Lowes, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Karel Husa, Czech composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1921 Manitas de Plata, flamenco guitarist, born in Sète, France (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), born in British India (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Felice Bryant, American musician (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, born in Aviles, Spain (d. 1991)
  • 1925 M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist, born in Kumbakonam, India
  • 1926 Amo Houghton, American politician (Rep-R-New York), born in Corning, New York
  • 1926 Stan Freberg, American satirist/ad executive/cartoon voice (Bertie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), born in Paris, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1927 Edwin Edwards, American politician (Gov-La), born in Marksville, Louisiana
  • 1927 Art Houtteman, American baseball player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1928 James Randi, Canadian skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928 Herbert H. Bateman, American politician (Rep-R-Virginia), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Romeo Muller, American screenwriter, born in the Bronx, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Herb Reed, American musician (The Platters), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana
  • 1929 James Pilditch, British designer, born in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Richard T. Schulze, American politician (Rep-R-PA, 1975- ), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1929 Ruth Carter-Stapleton, American evangelist, born in Plains, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1929 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1930 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, born in Kuusalu, Estonia (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author, born in New York (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Maurice Rabb Jr., American ophthalmologist, born in Shelbyville, Kentucky (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

1932 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • 1933 Jerry Pournelle, American polymath and sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1936 Charles Pope, American soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Richard L. Tierney, American sci-fi author (Winds of Zarr), born in Spencer, Iowa
  • 1937 Don Wilson, English cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71), born in Settle, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, Welsh rugby union player, born in Wales, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1938 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician and anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1939 Verna Bloom, American actress (After Hours, Badge 373), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Anjanette Comer, American actress (Baby, Lepke), born in Dawson, Texas
  • 1940 Marlyn Mason, American actress (Making It, Peyton Place), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1940 Tom Barlow, American politician (Rep-D-Kentucky), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1942 B. J. Thomas, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme), born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 1942 Masa Saito, Japanese wrestler (AWA/WWF/NJPW/CWFI), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Garrison Keillor, American voice actor, humorist and radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion), born in Anoka, Minnesota
  • 1942 Tobin Bell, American actor, born in Queens, New York
  • 1942 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer, born in San Javier, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1942 Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician, born in Santo Amaro, Brazil
  • 1943 Alain Corneau, French director (Choice of Arms), born in Meung-sur-Loire, France (d. 2010)
  • 1943 Lana Cantrell, Australian singer (Those Were the Days), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1943 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), born in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (d. 2013)
  • 1944 David Rasche, American actor (Sledge Hammer), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 John Glover, American actor (52 Pick-Up, Something Special), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1944 Robert Mueller, American lawyer, FBI Director (2001-13) Special Counsel Russian Investigation (2017-), born in New York City, New York
  • 1945 Alan Page, American jurist and NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945 Kerry Chater, Canadian musician and songwriter (Gary Puckett & Union Gap - Young Girl), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1945 Patrice Mestral, French composer, born in Paris, France
  • 1946 Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
  • 1947 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1947 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own), born in Tzaneen, South Africa

  • 1947 Kerry Melville Reid, Australian tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Mosman, New South Wales
  • 1948 James Allison, American immunologist (Noble Prize for Medicine 2018), born in Alice, Texas
  • 1948 Greg Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, administrator (87 Tests; 7,110 @ 53.86), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1948 Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949 Carlo Novi, Mexican songwriter and saxopone player (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader, born in Moukhtara, Lebanon
  • 1950 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1950 Rodney Crowell, American country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951 Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1952 Alexei Sayle, British comedian, born in Anfield, Liverpool,
  • 1953 Anne Fadiman, American writer, born in New York City, New York
  • 1954 Caroline Aaron, American actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1955 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer, born in Bykovo, Russia
  • 1955 Greg Nickels, American politician (Mayor of Seattle, 2002–), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1955 Wayne Knight, American actor, born in New York City, New York
  • 1955 Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1956 Kent Rominger, American astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85), born in Del Norte, California
  • 1957 Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast (3-time Olympic Champion), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1958 Alberto Salazar, American track coach and long distance runner (NYC Marathon Winner), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1958 Bruce Dickinson, English heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills), born in Worksop, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian team handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1958 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959 Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1960 David Duchovny, American actor (The X-Files, Californication), born in New York City, New York
  • 1960 Jacquie O'Sullivan, English singer and songwriter (Bananarama-Venus), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1961 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2016)
  • 1961 Yelena Davydova, Russian Canadian gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Voronezh, Soviet Union
  • 1962 Bruno Pelletier, Québécois singer, born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1963 Marcus Lewis, American singer (Sing me a Song), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK (lives only 3 days)
  • 1963 Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Michael Weishan, American TV host, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964 John Birmingham, Australian author, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Elizabeth Manley, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988), born in Quinte West, Canada
  • 1966 Kristin Hersch, American singer/songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Tony Stargell, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Chicago Bears), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • 1966 Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur and cofounder of Wikipedia, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1967 Charlotte Lewis, British actress (Golden Child, Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1967 Jason Grimsley, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Cleveland, Texas
  • 1968 Tomas Carbonell, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1968 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1969 Keith Cash, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1970 Eric Namesnik, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Butler, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1970 Joe Cocozzo, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Mechanicville, New York
  • 1971 Chris T. Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Dominic Cork, British cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995), born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
  • 1971 Sydney Penny, American actress (Danni-New Gidget, Thorn Birds, All My Children), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972 Tony Bouie, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1972 Greg Serano, American actor, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Kevin Muscat, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Crawley, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Danny Graves, American baseball player, born in South Vietnam
  • 1974 Jeff Buckey, American NFL offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1974 Philippe De Rouville, Canadian NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins), born in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Michael Shannon, American actor (Nocturnal Animals, Boardwalk Empire), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1975 Alshermond Singleton, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1975 Edgar Renteria, Colombian baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • 1975 Jimmy van Fessem, Dutch football goalkeeper (Willem II), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1975 Gaahl [Kristian Eivind Espedal], Norwegian musician, born in Sunnfjord, Norway
  • 1975 Koray Candemir, Turkish singer, born in Istanbul, Turkey

Person of interestCharlize Theron

1975 Charlize Theron, South African actress (Mad Max, The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal

  • 1976 Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece
  • 1976 Shane Lechler, American football player, born in East Bernard, Texas
  • 1977 Samantha Ronson, British DJ, born in Camden, London
  • 1978 Alexandre Aja, French director, born in Paris, France
  • 1978 Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1978 Vanness Wu, Taiwanese-American singer (F4, Kangta & Vanness), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1978 Cirroc Lofton, American actor, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Eric Johnson, American actor, born in Austin, Texas
  • 1980 Aurélie Claudel, French model, born in Laxou, France
  • 1982 Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer, born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1982 Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1983 Tina O'Brien, British actress, born in Manchester, England
  • 1987 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player, born in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1988 Melody Oliveria, American internet blogger (bowiechick)
  • 1996 Tessa Allen, American actress, born in Manhattan Beach, California