On This Day

Famous Birthdays on July 15

  • 1273 Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (d. 1352)
  • 1353 Vladimir the Bold, Russian prince (d. 1410)
  • 1471 Eskender, Emperor of Ethiopia (d. 1494)
  • 1553 Archduke Ernest of Austria (d. 1595)
  • 1573 Inigo Jones, English architect (Queen's House, Covent Garden), born in London, England (d. 1652)

Rembrandt van Rijn

1606 Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch painter (Night Watch), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1669)

  • 1631 Jens Juel, Danish diplomat (d. 1700)
  • 1638 Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1693)
  • 1700 Johann Christoph Richter, German composer Pantaleon Player and Organist, born in Dresden (d. 1785)
  • 1701 Pierre Joubert, became the oldest known Canadian (113 years 124 days at his death)
  • 1704 August Gottlieb Spangenberg, founder of Moravian Church in North America
  • 1737 Louise of France, French princess daughter of King Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska and Carmelite prioress, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1787)
  • 1779 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1863)
  • 1796 Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist (Bulfinch's Mythology)
  • 1798 Charles H Bell, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1875)
  • 1802 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), born in Bedford, England (d. 1892)
  • 1808 Henry Cole, English Inventor and civil servant, 1st director of the V&A Museum, promoter of 1851 Great Exhibition, born in Bath, England (d. 1882)
  • 1808 Henry Edward Manning, cardinal/archbishop (Westminster)
  • 1812 Benno Adam, German animal painter, born in Munich (d. 1892)
  • 1812 James Hope-Scott, English barrister (d. 1873)
  • 1817 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • 1818 Heinrich Esser, German violinist and composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1872)
  • 1837 Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, queen of Portugal (d. 1859)
  • 1848 Vilfredo F D Pareto, Italian economist/sociologist
  • 1849 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, born in Ottersberg, Germany (d. 1897)
  • 1850 Francesca Xavier Cabrini [Mother Cabrini], 1st US saint
  • 1851 Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (d. 1889)
  • 1856 Owen Dunell, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test captain)

Emmeline Pankhurst

1858 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), born in Moss Side, Manchester (d. 1928)

  • 1864 Marie Tempest [Marie Susan Etherington], British actress known as the "queen of her profession" (Yellow Sands), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1865 Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, 1st viscount Northcliffe
  • 1865 Wilhelm Wirtinger, Austrian mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Maggie L. Walker, African-American teacher and businesswoman (1st female Bank President), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Ernest Walker, British composer, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1949)
  • 1871 Kunikida Doppo, Japanese writer (d. 1908)
  • 1875 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1875 Jean van den Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter
  • 1878 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter and graphic artist
  • 1884 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, born in Concepción, Chile (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Harry Green, English athlete (WR marathon 2:38:16.2 1913), born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1889 Marjorie Rambeau, American actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1892 Walter Benjamin, German literature critic/writer
  • 1892 Henry Johnson, American soldier of 369th regiment (aka Harlem Hell Fighters), 1st US WWI soldier to receive the Croix de guerre after fighting a German raid in hand-to-hand combat to rescue a fellow soldier (posthumous Medal of Honour, 2015), born in Tallahassee, Florida, (d. 1929)
  • 1893 Enid Bennett, Australian silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), born in York, Western Australia (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer and inventor (d. 1989)
  • 1898 Noel Gay [Reginald Moxon Armitage], British composer (Who's Been Polishing The Sun), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Norman Demuth, British composer and musicologist specializing in French works, born in Croyden, Surrey, England (d. 1968)
  • 1899 Seán Lemass, Irish leader (d. 1971)
  • 1901 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1901 Pyke F C Koch, Dutch surrealistic painter (Dolores' Breakfast)
  • 1902 Jean Rey, Belgian President of European Commission (1967-70)
  • 1902 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1903 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Dorothy Fields, American lyricist ("I'm In The Mood For Love"; "The Way You Look Tonight" ), born in Allenhurst, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Rudolf Arnheim, German-born author (d. 2007)
  • 1906 Edmund Davies, British lord of appeal
  • 1906 Rudolf "Rudi" Uhlenhaut, German automotive engineer and test driver (Mercedes Benz) (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Paterson Fraser, British air marshal
  • 1910 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), born in Derby, England (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Juliet Pannett, English portrait painter
  • 1911 Edward Shackleton, English explorer, geographer and Labour Party politician, born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1976)
  • 1913 Ralph Hammond Innes, English author
  • 1913 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), born in Blue Creek, Ohio (d. 1963)
  • 1913 Dorothy Schwartz, American violinist (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Abraham Sutzkever, Yiddish language poet and memoirist.
  • 1914 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Howard Vernon, Swiss actor (Love and Death, Delicatessen), born in Baden, Switzerland (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Alexander Durie, vice president (British AA)
  • 1915 Ron Smith, union leader (British Postal Workers)
  • 1916 George Maduro, Dutch Antillian resistance fighter (Willemsorde/Madurodam), born in Willemstad, Curaçao (d. 1945)
  • 1917 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), born in Great Malvern, Worcestershire (d. 2015)
  • 1918 Lord Buxton of Alsa, CEO (ITV)
  • 1919 Iris Murdoch, novelist (Severed Head, Unicorn), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1920 Eldon Rudd, (Rep-R-AZ, 1977- )
  • 1920 Ruthven Wade, British Air Chief marshal
  • 1921 Jack Hamilton Beeson, composer
  • 1922 Jef Houthuys, chairman Belgian labor union (ACV 1968-87)
  • 1922 Jeffrey Benson, CEO (600 group)
  • 1922 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia, journalist/dissident
  • 1922 Leon M. Lederman, American experimental physicist (1982 Nobel Prize for research on quarks and leptons) and author (The God Particle), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1923 "Philly" Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Philadelphia (d. 1985)
  • 1924 David Cox, English statistician and warden (Nuffield College, Oxford), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1924 Jeremiah A Denton, (Sen-R-AL, 1981-86)
  • 1925 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), born in Hackensack, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1925 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1926 John Arthur Neill Lambert, composer
  • 1926 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • 1926 Driss Chraïbi, Moroccan author
  • 1926 Leopoldo Galtieri, Argentine dictator (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Ann Jellicoe, British theater director and playwright (Knack), born in Middlesborough
  • 1927 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), born in NYC, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Håkon Brusveen, Norwegian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 15 km, silver 4 × 10 km relay 1960), born in Vingrom, Norway (d. 2021)
  • 1928 Carl Woese, American microbiologist
  • 1928 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), born in Amiens, France (d. 2019)
  • 1928 Joseph Arthurlin "Joe" Harriott, Jamaican-British be-bop and free-form jazz alto saxophonist (Abstract), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1973)
  • 1929 Larry Lamb, newspaper editor
  • 1929 Charles Anthony [Caruso], tenor (2,928 performances at Metropolitan Opera), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Charles Kelly, chief constable (Staffordshire England)
  • 1930 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Stephen Smale, American mathematician
  • 1930 Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection), born in Sapporo, Japan (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Clive Cussler, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara), born in Aurora, Illinois,
  • 1931 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • 1932 Nina Van Pallandt, Danish actress and singer (American Gigolo), born in Copenhagen Denmark
  • 1932 Ed Litzenberger, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1961-4), born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1933 Frederico Davia, opera singer
  • 1933 James Ball, British economist
  • 1933 Julian Bream, English classical guitarist and lutenist, born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Simon Gournlay, president (British National Farmer's Union)
  • 1934 Harrison Birtwistle, English composer, born in Accrington, Lancashire
  • 1934 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (d. 1977)
  • 1935 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Ken Kercheval, Wolcottville Ind, actor (Cliff Barnes-Dallas)
  • 1935 Donn Clendenon, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1936 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Carmen Callil, publisher
  • 1938 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1939 Haseeb Ahsan, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (12 Tests 1958-62)
  • 1939 Patrick Wayne, actor (Rounder, Shirley, Beyond Atlantis), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1939 Ronald Hadfield, chief constable (West Midlands England)
  • 1939 William David Hellerman, composer
  • 1939 Don Kojis, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1968, 69; Detroit Pistons, SD Rockets, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Geoffrey Burgon, British jazz trumpeter, and film, television and concert composer (City Adventures), born in Hampshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1942 Henry McCubbin, MEP (Labour)
  • 1942 Philip R Sharp, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1975- )
  • 1942 Mil Mascaras, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1943 Diligenti quintuplets, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

1943 Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Irish astrophysicist (discovered radio pulsars), born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland

  • 1944 Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor (Airwolf; Hooper; Buster & Billie; Tribes), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1944 Millie Jackson, American disco and R&B singer ("Hurts So Good"; "If You're Not Back in Love By Monday"), born in Thompson, Georgia
  • 1945 Peter Lewis, rock guitarist/vocalist (Moby Grape), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician (d. 2003)
  • 1946 Hassabal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah, sultan of Brunei

Linda Ronstadt

1946 Linda Ronstadt, American rock/country/pop/Latin/opera singer ("Different Drum"; "It's So Easy"; "What's New?") and actress (Pirates of Penzance), born in Tucson, Arizona

  • 1947 Peter Banks [Brockbanks], British rock guitarist and singer-songwriter described as "the architect of progressive music" (Yes, the Syn, Flash), born in Chipping Barnet, London (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Roky Erickson [Roger Kynard], American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators - "Starry Eyes"; "Don't Slander Me"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Bertus Borgers, Dutch musician rock saxophonist (Mr. Albert Show - "Wild Sesation"; Sweet d'Buster), and educator (Fontys Rock Academy), born in Vessem, Netherlands
  • 1948 Alicia Bridges, American pop singer ("I Love The Nightlife"), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1948 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican track and field athlete, and first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron (Mexico City, 1968), born in Mexicali, Baja California (d. 2019)
  • 1948 (Thomas) "Artemis" Pyle, American rock drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Gimme Three Steps"), and plane crash survivor, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1949 John Arthur Casken, British composer (The Dream of the Rood), born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1949 Trevor Horn, British rock musician/producer (Buggles - "Video Killed The Radio Star"; Yes - Drama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Durham, England
  • 1949 WiIlliam Faure, producer
  • 1949 Carl Bildt, Swedish politician
  • 1949 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (2006-present), born in Al Shindagha, Dubai, Trucial States
  • 1949 Aritana Yawalapiti, Brazilian indigenous cacique (leader) of Yawalapiti people, who sought to preserve the Amazon, born in Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Alan Hurst, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 43 wickets; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1950 Colin Barnett, Australian politician, Premier of Western Australia (2008-17), born in Nedlands, Australia

Arianna Huffington

1950 Arianna Huffington, Greek-American author, syndicated columnist and creator of The Huffington Post, born in Athens, Greece

  • 1951 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1952 David Pack, rocker (Ambrosia)
  • 1952 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1952 Jeff Carlisi, American rock guitarist (.38 Special), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Jill Long, (Rep-D-Indiana)
  • 1952 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), born in Queens, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1952 Terry O'Quinn, American actor
  • 1952 Judy McGrath, American television executive
  • 1953 Franklyn Seales, St Vincent, actor (Dexter-Silver Spoons)
  • 1953 Jean-Bertrand Aristide, president of Haiti (1991, 1994- )
  • 1953 John Denham, Seaton, Devon, England, MP (Labour)
  • 1954 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Olympic 20-1996)
  • 1956 Joe Satriani, American rock guitarist, born in Westbury, New York
  • 1956 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)
  • 1956 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division - "Transmission") (d. 1980)
  • 1957 Kate Kellaway, English literary critic
  • 1957 (Lyman) "Mac" McAnally, American session and touring country music singer-songwriter, and musician (Coral Reefer Band), born in Red Bay, Alabama
  • 1958 Dan Forsman, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • 1958 Mac Thornberry, American politician
  • 1959 Vincent Lindon, French actor
  • 1959 Shep Pettibone, American record producer, born in Ocean Grove, New Jersey
  • 1960 Alexander W Dunlap, astronaut, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Kim Alexis

1960 Kim Alexis, American supermodel (Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover) and actress, born in Lockport, New York

  • 1960 Willie Aames, actor (8 is Enough, Paradise, Zapped), born in Newport Beach, California

Forest Whitaker

1961 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • 1961 Lolita Davidovich, actress (Blaze, Jungle2Jungle)
  • 1961 Jean-Christophe Grangé, French writer and screenwriter
  • 1961 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • 1962 Howard Gray, British audio engineer, and record producer (UB40; Apollo 440; Stealth Sonic Orchestra), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1963 Brigitte Nielsen, Danish-Italian actress (Red Sonja, Rocky IV), born in Eisinore Denmark
  • 1963 Joe Phillips, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • 1963 Steve Thomas, Stockport England, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1964 Shari Headley, American actress (All My Children, Coming to America), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964 Leonard Stabb, actor (Hunter Guthrie-One Life to Live, Guiding Light)
  • 1965 Kirt Manwaring, Elmira NY, catcher (SF Giants)
  • 1965 Scott Livingstone, infielder (San Diego Padres, Det Tigers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965 David Miliband, British politician
  • 1966 Irene Jacob, actress (Red, Othello)
  • 1966 Kristoff St John, American actor (Adam-Generations, Young & Restless), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Stephen Dodd, Welsh golfer (British Senior Open 2021), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1967 Carnell Lake, NFL strong safety, 1998-2001 (Pittsburgh Steelers, and 2 other teams), and defensive caosh (Pittsburgh, 2011-17), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1967 Adam Savage, American film special effects designer and television personality (MythBusters0, born in New York City
  • 1968 Eddie Griffin, American comedian
  • 1968 Stan Kirsch, American actor
  • 1969 John Crotty, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969 Lorenzo Williams, NBA center (Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1969 Peter Ciavaglia, US hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Albany, New York
  • 1970 Chi Cheng, American musician (Deftones), (d. 2013)
  • 1971 Eric Lacroix, NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Montreal, Quebec