On This Day

Famous Birthdays on August 9

  • 1201 Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler of the mayors and sheriffs of London in 1188–1274, born in London (d. 1274, death reported 1275)
  • 1593 Izaak Walton, English biographer and author (The Compleat Angler), born in Stafford, England (d. 1683)
  • 1611 Henry II, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1611-23), born in Siegen (d. 1652)

Person of interestJohann Michael Bach

1648 Johann Michael Bach, German composer (In Dulci Jubilo), born in Arnstadt, Germany (d. 1694)

  • 1653 John Oldham, English satirical poet, born in Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire (d. 1683)
  • 1669 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, born in Moscow (d. 1731)
  • 1674 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect and builder, born in Prague (d. 1766)
  • 1677 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer active during the Dutch Enlightenment, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1747)
  • 1690 Lorenzo Zavateri, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna (d. 1764)
  • 1696 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, born in Prague (d. 1772)
  • 1718 Placidus Cajetan von Camerloher, German composer, born in Murnau, Bavaria (d. 1782)
  • 1722 Augustus William, Prince of Prussia, born in Stadtschloss, Berlin, Prussia (d. 1758)
  • 1726 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit priest and scientist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1757 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (designed and constructed Menai Bridge, Wales in 1819-26), born in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (d. 1834)
  • 1758 Bruno Dalberg [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], Dutch writer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1818)

Person of interestAmedeo Avogadro

1776 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1856)

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Scientist
Amedeo Avogadro

  • 1781 Michael Umlauf, Austrian violinist, composer and conductor (premiere of Beethoven's 9th), born in Vienna (d. 1842)

Person of interestVicente Guerrero

1782 Vicente Guerrero, Mexican revolutionary hero, general and 2nd President of Mexico (1829), born in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1831)

Revolutionary General and President of Mexico Vicente Guerrero
Revolutionary General and President of Mexico
Vicente Guerrero
  • 1783 Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, daughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia, born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire (d. 1801)
  • 1789 Nicolas-Charles Bochsa, French harpist and composer, born in Montmédy, France (d. 1856)
  • 1797 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (discoverer of Malden Island, central Pacific), born in Putney, Surrey (d. 1855)
  • 1805 Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer, born in Attercliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1860)
  • 1808 William Thomas Ward, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1878)
  • 1819 William T. G. Morton, American dentist who first used ether as a surgical anaesthetic (HOF 1920), born in Charlton, Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 1819 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)
  • 1823 Daniel M. Frost, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Duanesburg, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Simon Goodell Griffin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1825 Elisha P. Ferry, American politician (Governor of Washington, 1872-80, 1889-93), born in Monroe County, Michigan Territory (d. 1895)
  • 1834 Elias Álvares Lobo, Brazilian composer, born in Itu, Brazil (d. 1901)
  • 1845 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter and illustrator, born in Laken, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1845 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, born in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Quebec, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1847 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), born in Paris (d. 1876)
  • 1861 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1869 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), born in Chester, Cheshire, England (d. 1940)
  • 1872 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, born in Alcsút, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1875 Albert William Ketèlbey, British pianist and composer (In A Monastery Garden), born in Aston, Birmingham (d. 1959)

  • 1875 Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1947)
  • 1883 George Hoyt, American NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Maria "Mary" Beekman, Flemish actress (Genius against Violence), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)
  • 1888 Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th" plotter, born in Dresden, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1890 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay (d. 1918)
  • 1890 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist and philosopher, born in Alajärvi, Finland (d. 1958)
  • 1890 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Max [Marcus] Tak, Dutch violinist and radio commentator, born in Amsterdam (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • 1895 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (swing bowler in NZ's 1st Test matches), born in Abbottabad, India (d. 1982)
  • 1895 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1967)
  • 1896 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1896 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1898 David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)
  • 1899 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, born in Rouen, France (d. 1989)
  • 1899 P.L. [Pamela Lyndon] Travers, Australian British writer (Mary Poppins), born in Maryborough, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1901 Charles Farrell, American actor (7th Heaven, My Little Margie), born in Onset Bay, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1902 Zino Francescatti, French violinist (NY Phil-1939), born in Marseille, France (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), born in Port Henry, New York (d. 1954)
  • 1905 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, born in Bowden, Cheshire (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1907 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, born in Kattowitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1909 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German lawyer and diplomat, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1910 Robert van Gulik, Dutch diplomat and writer (Judge Dee), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • 1911 Khershed Meherhomji, Indian cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936), born in Bombay, India (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Robert McCormick, Danville Ky, NBC newscaster (Current Opinion)
  • 1911 William Fowler, American astrophysicist (Nobel 1983), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1913 Harry Mills, American baritone singer (Mills Brothers - Paper Doll), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Herman Talmadge, American politician (70th Governor of Georgia), born in McRae, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, born in Budapest (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Gordon Cullen, English architect (Townscape), born in Calverley (d. 1994)

Person of interestTove Jansson

1914 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2001)

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • 1914 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder, manager (5 caps, Manchester City manager 1965-71, Aston Villa 1958-64, England 1974), born in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Haim Alexander, Israeli composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (Dirty Dozen), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1983)
  • 1919 Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (PVDA, 1973-77), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Ralph Houk, American baseball catcher, coach, manager and executive (World Series champion 1947, 52-53, coach, 58; mgr 1961-62; NY Yankees), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, born in Lizzano in Belvedere, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1980)
  • 1921 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), born in Geddes, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Ernest Angley, American Christian televangelist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1922 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), born in Radford, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch journalist and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations for 28 Harps; Memento), born in Amsterdam (d. 2009)
  • 1925 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, born in Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Denis Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955), born in Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch jazz historian (Mister Jazz), born in Amsterdam (d. 1994)
  • 1927 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), born in Westhoughton, Lancashire (d. 1978)

  • 1927 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1931 Mark Weinberg, South African-British financier and multi-millionaire, born in South Africa
  • 1931 Chuck Essegian, American MLB baseball player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1932 John Gomery, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1933 Albert Quixall, English soccer inside-forward (5 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author, born in Nogisaka, Tokyo
  • 1935 George S. Leotsakos, Greek composer and musicologist, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1936 Julián Javier, American baseball player, born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1938 Dick Anthony Williams, American actor (Our Family Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)

Person of interestRod Laver

1938 Rod Laver, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1938 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • 1938 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager, born in Essen, Germany
  • 1939 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Claude Osteen, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Caney Spring, Tennessee
  • 1939 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Tony Budge, English contractor/tank maker/multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Brito [Hércules de Brito Ruas], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1940 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), born in McAlester, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1942 David Steinberg, Canadian comedian and director (End), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1942 Miguel Littín, Chilean film director (Promised Land, Alsino & Condor), born in Palmilla, Chile
  • 1942 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1943 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer who had 3 famous fights with Muhammad Ali, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Smokey Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin, "born" at U.S. Forest Service
  • 1944 Sam Elliott, American actor (A Star Is Born, Conagher), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1944 Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • 1944 Viv Prince, British drummer (Pretty Things - "Honey I Need"), born in Loughborough, England
  • 1944 George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)

  • 1945 Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
  • 1946 Marinus "Rinus ' Gerritsen, Dutch rock bassist/keyboardist (Golden Earring - "Radar Love"), born in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 1946 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), born in Lincoln Park, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Barbara Mason, American R&B singer (Yes, I'm Ready), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • 1949 Brie Howard-Darling, American musician, artist and cake designer (Boxing Gandhis, Fanny), born in Stockton, California
  • 1949 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer
  • 1950 Roelof S "Roel" Bakker, Dutch actor and director (Love Potion)

Person of interestChris Haney

1950 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 1952 Vicki Morgan, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1952 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • 1952 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Pete Thomas, British drummer (Elvis Costello), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Englan Sheffiled
  • 1955 Doug Williams, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana
  • 1955 John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • 1955 Peter Schmuck, American sportswriter
  • 1957 Melanie Griffith, actress (Working Girl, Milk Money, Now & Then)
  • 1958 Amanda Bearse, actress (Marcy Rhodes-Married With Children)
  • 1958 Greg Chaisson, Canadian heavy metal bassist (Badlands - "Dreams in the Dark"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959 Diane Williams, American country singer (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat to China"), born at Hahn Air Force Base, near Kirchberg Germany
  • 1959 Kurtis Blow [Walker], American rapper (Krushgroove - "The Breaks"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960 Viorel Turcu, Romanian soccer midfielder (7 caps; FC Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, FC Olt Scornicești), born in Popești, Romania (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Brad Gilbert, tennis star, born in Oakland, California

Person of interestJohn Key

1961 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 1961 Amy Stiller, American actress
  • 1962 Jim Johnson, New Hope, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1962 John "Hot Rod" Williams, NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Sorrento, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1962 Michael "Mick" Conroy, British bassist (Modern English - "I Melt With You")
  • 1962 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German politician, Leader of Christian Democratic Union (2018-), born in Völklingen, West Germany

  • 1963 Lonnie Quinn, actor (Will Cooley in All My Children), born in Cheshire, Connecticut

Person of interestWhitney Houston

1963 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2012)

Person of interestBrett Hull

1964 Brett Hull, Canadian-American NHL right wing (8-time All Star, 2-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Belleville, Ontario

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1964 Yuri Khmylev, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964 Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • 1965 Ezra Polley, Georgetown Kentucky, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1965 John Smith, US amateur wrestler and coach (4-time World Champion, 2-time Olympic Games champion), born in Del City, Oklahoma
  • 1965 Kyle Kyle [Keiderling], American rock bassist (Bang Tango), born in Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Pat Petersen, American actor (Michael-Knots Landing), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Vinny Del Negro, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1967 Debbie Spence, tennis star, born in San Jose, California

Person of interestDeion Sanders

1967 Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1967 Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
  • 1968 Gillian Anderson, actress (The X-Files, Bleak House), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • 1968 Eric Bana, Australian actor
  • 1968 Sam Fogarino, American drummer (Interpol), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Joseph McGinty Nichol, American film producer and director
  • 1969 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • 1969 Troy Percival, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fontana, California
  • 1970 Chris Gedney, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Rod Brind'amour, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team Canada 98), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1970 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • 1970 Thomas Lennon, American actor and producer (Night at the Museum, Memento), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Arion Salazar, American rock bassist (Third Eye Blind - "Semi-Charmed Life"), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 Scott Karl, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Fontana, California
  • 1971 Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • 1971 James Kim, technology reporter (d. 2006)
  • 1972 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1972 Eric Zomalt, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)

  • 1972 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972 Juanes [Juan Esteban Aristizábal], Colombian singer and songwriter, winner of 24 Latin Grammy Awards, born in Carolina del Príncipe, Antioquia, Colombia
  • 1972 A-Mei [Kulilay Amit], Taiwanese Puyuma singer known as the "Queen of Mando-Pop", born in Beinan, Taitung, Taiwan
  • 1973 James McKeehan, tight end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Jay Hagood, tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Jimmy King, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1973 Filippo Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1973 Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
  • 1974 Derek Fisher, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 1974 Tremayne Allen, tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1974 Kirill Reznik, American politician
  • 1974 Nicola Stapleton, English actress
  • 1975 Mike Lamb, American baseball player
  • 1975 Mahesh Babu, Indian actor,' Prince of Tollywood', born in Madras, India
  • 1976 Jessica Capshaw, American actress
  • 1976 Rhona Mitra, English actress
  • 1976 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer
  • 1976 Audrey Tautou, French actress (Venus Beauty Institute), born in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France