On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 8

  • 1079 Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)
  • 1170 Saint Dominic, Castilian Catholic priest, founder of the Dominican Order, and patron saint of astronomers, born in Caleruega, Spain (d. 1221)
  • 1518 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German humanist and encyclopedist (d. 1561)
  • 1571 John Ward, English composer, born in Canterbury, England (d. 1638)
  • 1586 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen
  • 1605 Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland (d. 1675)
  • 1617 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary (Bantu Dictionary)
  • 1646 Godfrey Kneller, German-born painter (d. 1723)
  • 1653 Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
  • 1673 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • 1693 Laurent Belissen, composer
  • 1694 Francis Hutcheson, Irish philosopher (d. 1746)
  • 1705 Gustaaf Imhoff, gov of Ceylon (1736-40)/gov of Neth-Indies (1743-50)
  • 1720 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • 1732 Johann C Adelung, German linguist/librarian
  • 1746 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church songs)
  • 1755 Luigi Marchesi, composer
  • 1763 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1805 Antoon Jurgens, Dutch margarine manufacturer
  • 1807 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
  • 1812 John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1814 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1819 Charles Anderson Dana, Asst Secy War, (Union) (d. 1897)
  • 1820 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • 1823 Theodule Augustin Ribot, painter
  • 1824 Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse), Tsarina of Russia (d. 1880)
  • 1835 James William Forsyth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1852 Barend Barendse, Dutch actor and director (Heilig recht), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • 1857 Cecile Chaminade, composer
  • 1857 Henry Osborn, Conn, paleontologist/author (52 Years of Research)
  • 1861 William Bateson, English biologist (originator of term "genetics")
  • 1864 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1949)
  • 1866 Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole (Jun 4 1909)
  • 1871 William Henry Squire, composer
  • 1875 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (d. 1955)
  • 1879 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • 1879 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • 1880 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Paul L E von Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front)
  • 1882 Ladislas Starevich, Polish animator (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Sara Teasdale, American poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
  • 1886 Daniel Ruyneman, composer
  • 1886 Pietro Alessandro Yon, Italian organist and composer, born in Settimo Vittone, Italy
  • 1887 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1887 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • 1887 Malcolm Keen, British actor (The Lodger, The Manxman, The Murder Party), born in Bristol, England (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), born in Falkenburg, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1931)
  • 1889 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), born in Collingwood, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • 1896 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1898 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), born in Algiers, French Algeria (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Alexis Minotis [Alexandros Minotakis], Greek actor (The Merchant of Venice, King Lear), born in Chania, Crete, Greece (d. 1990)
  • 1899 Victor Young, American violinist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer ("Street of Dreams"; "Love Letters"; "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1900 Josephine Holt Bay, 1st woman to head a firm on NY stock exchange
  • 1901 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)

Paul Dirac

1902 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

  • 1903 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • 1904 István Szelényi, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Altsohl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), born in Galliate, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1905 André Jolivet, French composer (Jeune France, Mana), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Nino Martini, Italian actor (The Gay Desperado, Here's to Romance), born in Verona, Veneto, Italy (d. 1976)
  • 1905 Wachtang Ananjan, writer
  • 1906 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • 1907 (Bennett) "Benny" Carter, American Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, arranger, composer ("Harlem Renaissance Suite"), and bandleader, born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • 1908 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • 1908 Emilio "Don Millo" Flores Márquez, Puerto Rican centenarian, (world's oldest man at 112 in 2021), born in Carolina, Pueto Rico
  • 1909 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • 1910 Francisco Brochado Da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962)
  • 1910 Sylvia Sidney [Sophia Kosow], American actress (Sabotage, Beetlejuice, Demon), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1912 Daniel Mann [Chugerman], American stage and screen director (The Rose Tattoo; The Teahouse Of The August Moon; Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1913 Daan Wildschut, painter/glazenier/author
  • 1913 Robert Stafford, American politician (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Arthur Holt, politician
  • 1914 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1948)
  • 1915 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Dino De Laurentiis, producer (King Kong), born in Torre Annunziata, Italy
  • 1920 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • 1920 Leo Chiosso, Italian lyricist (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Jimmy Witherspoon, American jump blues singer ("Ain't Nobody's Business"), born in Gurdon, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Roger Nixon, American composer, born in Tulare, California (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous When Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Webb Pierce, American honky-tonk country singer-songwriter, and guitarist ("In The Jailhouse Now"; "Wondering"; "There Stands The Glass"), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist, born in Srikakulam, British India (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • 1922 Rudi Gernreich, designer (1st women's topless swimsuit, miniskirt)
  • 1922 Gertrude Himmelfarb, American historian
  • 1924 Thomas Beversdorf, American classical composer ("Of Walruses, Cheesecake, and Morse Code"), and educator (Indiana University, 1949-80), born in Yoakum, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1924 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist
  • 1925 Alija Izetbegović, Bosniak politician (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), born in Long Branch, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927 Jim Weaver, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon), born in Brookings, South Dakota
  • 1927 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1927 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Melvin F. Stute, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer (Preakness Stakes 1986, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies 1986, Breeders' Cup Sprint 1987), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Don Burrows, Australian musician
  • 1928 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ronnie Biggs, English criminal (Great Train Robbery of 1963), born in Stockwell
  • 1929 Josef Suk, Czech violinist, conductor (Artist of Merit, 1977) and grandson of the composer with same name, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, born in Munich, Weimar Republic (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1930 Joan Mondale (née Adams;), American artist, author, and wife of US vice-president Walter Mondale, born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Nita Talbot [Anita Sokol], American actress (Hogan's Heros, Supertrain, Here We Go Again), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7)
  • 1931 Jonathan Elkus, composer
  • 1931 Roger Penrose, English physicist (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in Colchester, England
  • 1932 (Lonnie Melvin) "Mel" Tillis, American country singer ("Who's Julie"; "M-M-Mel"), born in Pahokee, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Luis García Meza Tejada, Bolivian dictator
  • 1933 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician ("Hold What You've Got"; "I Gotcha"), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1934 Julian Dixon, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2000), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Ron Marlenee, American politician (Rep-R-MT, 1977-93), born in Scobey, Montana
  • 1935 Sandy Horn, lesbian activist
  • 1935 Donald P. Bellisario, American television producer
  • 1935 John Laws, Australia radio personality
  • 1936 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • 1936 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • 1936 Keith Barron, Mexborough England, actor (At Earth's Core, Baby Love)

Dustin Hoffman

1937 Dustin Hoffman, American actor (The Graduate; Tootsie; Kramer vs Kramer; Ishtar), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1937 (Ludwig) "Louis" Neefs, Belgian pop singer (Eurovision, 1967 & 1969), born in Gierle, Belgium (d. 1980)
  • 1938 Connie Stevens [Concetta Ingoglia], American actress (Hawaiian Eye - "Cricket"; Back to the Beach), and singer ("Sixteen Reasons"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Philip E Baisley, American country singer (Statler Brothers - "Class of '57"), born in Augusta, Virginia
  • 1939 Viorica Viscopoleanu, Romanian athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1968), born in Storozhynets, Romania
  • 1939 William Alden Hibbard, composer
  • 1939 Alexander Watson, American ambassador and diplomat
  • 1940 Dilip Sardesai, cricketer (high scoring Indian batsman of 60's)
  • 1942 Jay David, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • 1942 Henery Hawk [misspelled as Henry], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "The Squawkin' Hawk"
  • 1943 Daniel Börtz, Swedish classical composer, born in Hässleholm, Sweden
  • 1944 Hans van Eijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Jumping Jewels)
  • 1944 Michael Johnson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, born in Alamosa, Colorado
  • 1944 Dapper Dan [Daniel Day], American fashion designer, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1944 Brooke Bundy, American actress
  • 1944 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), born in Marleybone, London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Robin M Tallon, (Rep-D-SC, 1983- )
  • 1946 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist

Ken Dryden

1947 Ken Dryden, Canadian politician and hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, 6 Stanley Cups), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1947 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • 1947 Larry Wilcox, actor (Lassie, Officer Jon Baker-CHiPs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1947 Brenda Lee Eager, American gospel and soul singer and songwriter, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1948 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)
  • 1948 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Airrion Love, American singer (Stylistics - "16 Bars")
  • 1949 Bela Magyari, Hungarian cosmonaut
  • 1949 Keith Carradine, San Mateo California, actor (Young Guns, Pretty Baby)
  • 1949 Ricardo Londoño, Colombian racing driver
  • 1950 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Liberatori "Liberty" DeVitto, American rock drummer (Billy Joel, 1976-2006), born in New York City
  • 1951 Martin Brest, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • 1951 Mamoru Oshii, Japanese film director
  • 1951 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in El Adwah, Egypt (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Laurie Ann Frink, American big band jazz trumpeter and educator, born in Pender, Nebraska (d. 2013) [1]
  • 1952 Robin Quivers, radio/TV personality (Howard Stern's sidekick)
  • 1952 Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
  • 1952 Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
  • 1953 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

Nigel Mansell

1953 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England

  • 1953 Don Most, American actor and director (Ralph Malph-Happy Days), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Lloyd Austin, American general, 1st black Secretary of Defense (2021-), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1955 Ali Score, British new wave-pop drummer (Flock Of Seagulls, 1979-86 - "I Ran So Far Away"), born in Beverley, England
  • 1955 Diddú, Icelandic soprano and songwriter
  • 1955 Herbert Prohaska, Austrian footballer
  • 1955 Branscombe Richmond, American actor (Renegade, Commando), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Chris Foreman, British pop-ska guitarist (Madness - "Our House"; "It Must Be Love"), born in London
  • 1956 David Grant, British pop-soul singer ("Stop & Go"; "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"), and televeion personality (Pop Idol), born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1957 Dieuwertje Blok, Dutch TV hostess
  • 1957 Nancy Glass, TV broadcaster (American Journal)
  • 1958 Deborah Norville, news anchor (Today Show, Inside Edition)
  • 1958 Harry Crosby, actor (Friday the 13th), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Cecilia Roth, Argentine actress
  • 1959 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • 1960 Ulrich Maly, German politician
  • 1960 Cheyne Horan, Australian surfer (World C'ship runner-up 1978, 79, 81, 82), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1961 Bruce Matthews, American NFL guard/center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1961 The Edge [David Evans], British rock guitarist (U2 - "I Will Follow"; "Desire"; "Where The Streets Have No Name"), born in London, England
  • 1961 Daniel House, American music executive
  • 1961 Rikki Rockett {Ricahrd Ream], American drummer (Poison - "Every Rose Has A Thorn"), born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Ron Klain, American attorney, White House Chief of Staff to Joe Biden (2021-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1962 Charmaine Crooks, Canadian 800m runner (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Mandeville, Jamaica
  • 1962 Jim Sweeney, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1962 Suzee Pai, actress (Big Trouble in Little China), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1963 Ron Karkovice, Union NJ, catcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1963 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • 1963 Stephen Walkom, Canadian ice hockey official and executive
  • 1963 Caroline Crawley, British alt-rock singer (Shelleyan Orphan; Babacar), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2016)
  • 1964 Paul Taylor, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in one Test 1993)
  • 1964 Anastasia Ashman, American writer and digital strategist (GlobalNiche), born in Berkeley, California

Giuseppe Conte

1964 Giuseppe Conte, Italian jurist and politician, Prime Minister of Italy (2018-), born in Volturara Appula, Italy

  • 1965 Akitoshi Saito, wrestler (NJPW)