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Famous Birthdays on July 13

Julius Caesar

100 BC Julius Caesar, Roman military and political leader, born in Rome (d. 44 BC), (or July 12)

  • 1527 John Dee, English alchemist, astrologer and mathematician, born in London, England (d. 1609)
  • 1579 Arthur Dee, English physician, born in Mortlake, London (d. 1651)
  • 1590 Clement X [Emilio Altieri], Italian Pope (1670-76), born in Rome (d. 1676)
  • 1607 Václav [Wenceslaus] Hollar, Bohemian-born etcher, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1677)
  • 1608 Ferdinand III, King of Hungary & Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor (1637-57), born in Graz, Duchy of Styria (d. 1657)
  • 1745 Robert Calder, British naval officer, born in Kent, England (d. 1818)
  • 1770 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman, born in Moscow (d. 1837)
  • 1773 Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies about Art), born in Berlin (d. 1798)
  • 1776 Caroline of Baden, Queen of Bavaria, born in Karlsruhe, Margraviate of Baden (d. 1841)
  • 1793 John Clare, English poet (Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery), born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1864)
  • 1798 Alexandra Feodorovna (Charlotte of Prussia), Tsarina of Russia (d. 1860)
  • 1815 James Alexander Seddon, Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1880)
  • 1816 Gustav Freytag, writer

Nathan Bedford Forrest

1821 Nathan Bedford Forrest, American slave trader, Confederate lieutenant general and KKK Grand Wizard, born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 1877)

  • 1826 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist (Reaction of Cannizzaro)
  • 1841 Otto Wagner, Austrian architect (d. 1918)
  • 1852 George Bradley, American baseball pitcher (first no-hitter in MLB history 1876; NL ERA leader 1876), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • 1858 Stewart Culin, American ethnographer (d. 1929)
  • 1859 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter
  • 1863 Emma Mary Wooley, educator (Mary Anna Wells)
  • 1864 John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman and soldier (richest passenger aboard the Titanic), born in Rhinebeck, New York (d. 1912)
  • 1872 Alfons van de Perre, Flemish physician/MP
  • 1877 Karl Erb, German opera and oratorio tenor, born in Ravensburg, Kingdom of Württemberg (now Germany) (d. 1958)
  • 1884 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (White Ladies)
  • 1884 John Francis Larchet, composer
  • 1888 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), born in Périgueux, Dordogne, France (d. 1968)
  • 1889 Louise of Mountbatten, Queen of Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Franco Casavola, composer
  • 1894 Isaak Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [OS Jun 30]
  • 1895 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), born in Salisbury, North Carolina (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)
  • 1898 Martin David, German/Neth law historian
  • 1898 Julius Schreck, member of the Nazi party (d. 1936)
  • 1900 JH Scheps, Dutch 2nd-Member of parliament (social democratic)
  • 1900 George Lewis, American musician (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Tillie Ehrlich Lewin, leading industrialist (tomato queen)
  • 1901 Eric Portman, Yorkshire England, actor (Naked Edge, Canterbury Tale), (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1905 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Harry Sosnik, American orchestra leader (Jack Carter Show, Your Hit Parade), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Souphanouvong, President of Laos (1975-87), born in Louangphrabang, Laos (d. 1995)
  • 1909 David Branson, composer
  • 1909 Paul Constantinescu, composer
  • 1909 Washington Castro, composer
  • 1910 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Carolina Gisolf, Dutch high jumper (Olympic silver, 1928), born in Holland
  • 1913 Dave Garroway, American TV host (Today Show, 1951-61), born in Schnectady, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Walter Landor [Landauer], German-British industrial and brand designer, and consumer researcher, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping magnate, born in Hellerup Denmark, (d. 2012)

Alberto Ascari

1918 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1955)

  • 1920 Hans Blumenberg, philosopher
  • 1920 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Charles Scribner Jr, music publisher (Scribner)
  • 1921 Ernest Gold [Goldner], Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), born in Vienna (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Git Gay [Birgit Carp], Swedish revue director, actress and singer (Git Gay Show, Ge mig en lektion i kärlek), born in Karlshamn, Sweden (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Friedrich Peter, Austrian poltitician (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), born in Copenhagen (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Ken Mosdell, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Sudie Bond, American actress (Love Story, Johnny Dangerously), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1984)
  • 1924 Carlo Bergonzi, Italian operatic tenor, born in Vidalenzo, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1925 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist
  • 1926 Meyer Kupferman, American composer (In Fimi Tres), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor
  • 1927 Simone Veil, President European parliament (France)
  • 1928 Bob Crane, American DJ and actor (Col Hogan-Hogan's Heroes, Donna Reed), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1928 Donal Michalsky, composer
  • 1928 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Leroy Vinnegar, American jazz and session bassist (Shelly Manne; Teddy Edwards; Les McCann), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Al Rex [Piccirilli], American rock upright bass player (Bill Haley & His Comets - "Rock Around The Clock"), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Bill Moor [William Hendrickson Moor III], American actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil's Advocate, Hanky Panky), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Per Nørgård, Danish composer (Papalagi; Babette's Feast), born in Gentofte, Denmark
  • 1932 Hubert Reeves, Canadian astrophysicist
  • 1932 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1933 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), born in Wakefield (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Patsy Byrne, English actress (Stealing Heaven, Blackadder II), born in Ashford, (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Aleksei Stanislavovich Yeliseyev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 5, 8, 10)
  • 1934 Ivor Mendonca, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1962)
  • 1934 Roger Reynolds, composer

Wole Soyinka

1934 Wole Soyinka, Nigerian playwright and poet (Road, Kongi's Harvest-Nobel 1986), born in Abeokuta, near Ibadan, Nigeria

  • 1935 Jack F Kemp, (Rep-R-NY)/right-wing/US Secretary of Housing (1989-93)
  • 1936 Albert Ayler, American musician (d. 1970)
  • 1937 Charles Coody, American golfer (US Masters 1971), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1937 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)

Patrick Stewart

1940 Patrick Stewart, English actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Captain Picard", X-Men - "Charles Xavier")born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

  • 1940 Paul Prudhomme, cajun chef (K-Paul), born in Opelousas. Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Graeme Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (1964 England tour)
  • 1941 Jacques Perrin, French actor (Cinema Paradiso, 317th Platoon) and filmmaker, born in Paris, France
  • 1941 Lut[guard] Tomsin, actress/director (Knock on the Door)
  • 1941 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Steve Gibbons, British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (The Ugly's - "Wake Up My Mind"; solo - "Tulane"), born in Harbourne, Birmingham, England

Harrison Ford

1942 Harrison Ford, American actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1942 Jay Uzzell, rocker (Corsairs)
  • 1942 (Jim) "Roger" McGuinn, American folk-rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Turn! Turn! Turn!"; "Eight Miles High"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Rod Chandler, (Rep-R-WA, 1983- )
  • 1942 Stephen Jo Bladd, American drummer (J Geils Band - "Centerfold"; "Freeze Frame"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1942 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1943 Danny Lockin, American actor and dancer (Hello Dolly), born in Lanai, Hawaii (d. 1977)
  • 1944 Eric Freeman, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 34 wickets, 2 x 50s; South Australia), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2020)

Ernő Rubik

1944 Ernő Rubik, Hungarian inventor (Rubik's cube), born in Budapest, Hungary

  • 1945 Ashley Mallett, Australian cricket spin bowler (38 Tests, 132 wickets, best 8/59; South Australia), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1945 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Duvelsmoer)
  • 1946 Richard "Cheech" Marin, Mexican-American stand-up comedian, actor, and activist (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke, Nash Bridges), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946 Rodney Mills, American mastering engineer (The Doobie Brothers; Pearl Jam; Gucci Mane), born in Douglas, Georgia
  • 1946 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Andrew Pryce Jackman, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger and composer (d. 2003)
  • 1948 Alf Hansen, Norwegian rower Olympic gold, double sculls 1976; World C'ship gold double sculls 1975, 78, 79, 82), born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1948 Daphne Maxwell Reid, actress (Frank's Place)
  • 1948 Linda Ann Simon, airline capt
  • 1948 Robert Underwood, (Rep-D-Guam)
  • 1948 Ronald K Machtley, (Rep-R-Rhode Island)
  • 1948 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • 1948 Michel Maïque, French rugby league second rower (8 Tests; FC Lézignan) and politician (Mayor of Lézignan-Corbières 2014-20), born in Aude, France (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1950 George D "Pinky" Nelson, Iowa, PhD/astro (STS 41C, STS 61-C, STS-26)
  • 1950 Ma Ying-jeou, President of the Republic of China, former mayor of Taipei, former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT)
  • 1951 Didi Conn [Bernstein], American actress (Denise-Benson, Grease), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Rob Bishop, American politician
  • 1952 Alla Pavlova, Russian contemporary classical composer (The Old New York Nostalgia Suite; Miss Me ... But Let Me Go), born in Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1953 Larry Gomes, dependable West Indian cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • 1953 Milica "Mila" Mulroney (née Pivnički), wife of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, born in Sarajevo, PR Bosnia-Herzegovina, FPR Yugoslavia.
  • 1953 Violeta Dinescu, Romanian pianist, composer (Tabar), and music professor, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1954 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1954 Louise Mandrell, country singer (Mandrell Sisters), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1954 Ray "Candles" Bright, Australian cricket slow-left armer (1977-86)
  • 1954 Sezen Aksu, Turkish singer
  • 1954 Rick Chartraw, American ice hockey player
  • 1955 Chris White, British jazz-rock saxophonist (Dire Straits), born in Bristol, England
  • 1956 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956 Mark "The Animal' Mendoza [Glickman], American bassist (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1956 Michael Spinks, American boxer (undisputed world light heavyweight title 1983-85; lineal world heavyweight title 1985-88; Olympic gold middleweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1957 Cameron Crowe, American journalist (Rolling Stone), film director (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire), and screenwriter (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Palm Springs, California
  • 1957 Phil Margera, father of Bam Margera
  • 1958 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • 1959 Danitra Vance, comedienne (SNL, Little Man Tate, Limit Up)
  • 1960 Ian Hislop, British writer, satirist and editor of Private Eye, born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1961 Anders Jarryd, Lidkoping Sweden, tennis star
  • 1961 Lawrence Donegan, Scottish rock bassist (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions) and author, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • 1961 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager
  • 1961 Tim Watson, Australian rules footballer
  • 1962 Tom Kenny, American voice actor (SpongeBob), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1962 Rhonda Vincent, American bluegrass singer, songwriter, and musician born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • 1963 Anthony "Spud" Webb, NBA guard (5f 7inch slam dunk champion), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1963 Bob Carpenter, Beverly, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1963 Bobby Rock [Brock], rock drummer (Nelson - "Love & Affection"), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1964 Utpal Chatterjee, cricketer (Bengal slow left-arm bowler)
  • 1964 Damon Johnson, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders), born in Macon, Georgia
  • 1966 Myong Hui Choe, North Korea, gymnast (Olympic-1980)
  • 1966 Gerald Levert, American R&B singer ("Casanova"; "In My Songs"), born in Canton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1967 Pat Rapp, American MLB pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Jennings, Louisiana
  • 1967 Benny Benassi, Italian disc jockey
  • 1967 Dean Barnett, American Conservative blogger, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1968 Silke Meier, Wiesbaden Germany, tennis star (1994 Futures-Bad Gogging)
  • 1968 Robert Gant, American actor
  • 1968 Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • 1969 Ewan Beaton, 60 kg judoka (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1969 Jamie Walter, actor (Pirate Island)
  • 1969 Kim Braatz, female outfielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1969 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • 1969 Oleg Serebrian, Moldovan politician and political scientist
  • 1969 Ken Jeong, American comedian and actor (Community, The Hangover), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 (Mark) "Barney" Greenway, British extreme metal-punk vocalist ( Napalm Death), born in Great Barr, England
  • 1970 Steven J Brown, American rock guitarist (Trixter - "Give It To Me Good"), born in Hackensack, New Jersey
  • 1972 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1972 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • 1973 Ariel Silvio Zárate, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Jean Zhang, Miss Suriname 1993
  • 1974 Deborah Cox, Canadian R&B singer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1974 Jarno Trulli, Italian race car driver
  • 1975 Danni Boatwright, American model/beauty queen (Miss Teen USA 1992 2nd runner-up), born in Tonganoxie, Kansas
  • 1976 Al Santos, American model and actor
  • 1976 Sheldon Souray, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Huw Watkins, British pianist and contemporary classical music composer, born in South Wales
  • 1977 Ashley Scott, American actress
  • 1978 Ryan Ludwick, American baseball player
  • 1979 Craig Bellamy, Welsh soccer forward (78 caps; Newcastle United, Norwich City, Manchester City), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1982 Joost van den Broek, Dutch symphonic metal and progressive rock keyboard player (After Forever), born in The Netherlands
  • 1982 Shin-Soo Choo, South Korean baseball player
  • 1982 Simon Clist, English footballer
  • 1982 Yadier Molina, Puerto Rican baseball catcher (9 x MLB All Star; World Series 2006, 11; 9 x Gold Glove; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 1982 Christopher Bauman, American professional wrestler (d. 2005)
  • 1983 Liu Xiang, Chinese athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 2004), born in Shanghai, China
  • 1983 Kristof Beyens, Belgian athlete
  • 1985 Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
  • 1988 Steven R. McQueen, American Actor
  • 1989 Sayumi Michishige, Japanese singer (Morning Musume), born in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
  • 1989 Leon Bridges, American soul singer-songwriter (Coming Home), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1990 Matt Weinberg, American actor
  • 1992 Elise Matthysen, Belgian swimmer
  • 1993 Nathan Law, Hong Kong activist (Umbrella Movement), born in Shenzhen, China
  • 1994 Ridge Canipe, American actor (Walk the Line; A Single Man; Music Within), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 2305 Jean-Luc Picard, fictional captain on Star Trek Next Generation