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Famous Birthdays on July 21

  • 1515 St Philippus Nerius [Philippo Neri], Italian merchant/priest, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1595)
  • 1620 Jean Picard, French astronomer, born in La Flèche, France (d. 1682)
  • 1664 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, born in London (d. 1721)
  • 1676 Anthony Collins, English philosopher (A discourse on free-thinking), born in Hounslow, Middlesex (d. 1729)

Person of interestThomas Pelham-Holles

1693 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1757-62), born in London (d. 1768)

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • 1706 Pierre Lyonet, Dutch zoologist and cryptologist (Anatomy of Wilgehoutrups), born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1789)
  • 1710 Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist, born in Jever, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1748 Louis-Henry Paisible, French composer, born in Saint Cloud, Paris (d. 1782)
  • 1762 William G.F. Bentinck, 3rd Count Bentinck and Lord of Rhoon and Pendrecht
  • 1779 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)
  • 1797 Franz Schoberlechner, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1843)
  • 1802 David Hunter, American Major General (Union Army), born in Troy, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1808 Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and politician, born in Bocșa, Sălaj, Ottoman Empire (d. 1864)
  • 1810 Henri V. Regnault, French physicist and chemist, born in Aachen (d. 1878)
  • 1815 Stewart Van Vliet, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Ferrisburgh, Vermont (d. 1901)
  • 1816 Paul Julius Baron von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news service, born in Kassel (d. 1899)

  • 1817 John Gilbert, British artist, illustrator and engraver, born in Blackheath, Surrey (d. 1897)
  • 1817 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1821 Vasile Alecsandri, Romanian foreign minister, diplomat and poet, born in Bacau, Moldova (d. 1890)
  • 1826 James Gillpatrick Blunt, American physician, abolitionist, and Major General (Union Army), born in Trenton, Maine (d. 1881)
  • 1828 John Rutter Brooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1832 Henrietta Maria Morse King, American rancher and philanthropist, born in Boonville, Missouri (d. 1925)
  • 1851 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, born in Mitchell, Indiana (d. 1878)
  • 1856 Harry A P Eyres, British diplomat (Constantinople, Albania)
  • 1856 Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st American woman architect, born in Waterloo, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1857 A S C Wallis [Adele SC von Antal-Opzoomer], Dutch writer
  • 1858 Lovis Corinth, German painter (d. 1925)
  • 1858 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, born in Židlochovice Castle, Moravia (d. 1929)
  • 1858 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist, born in Sandhurst, Victoria (d. 1941)
  • 1863 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • 1864 Frances Cleveland, American 1st lady (1885-89, 93-97), wife of President Grover Cleveland, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1947)
  • 1865 Robert Kahn, German composer, born in Mannheim (d. 1951)
  • 1870 Emil Orlik, Czech painter (d. 1932)
  • 1880 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (d. 1919)
  • 1882 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (d. 1967)
  • 1885 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)

  • 1892 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, born in Rieneck, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1892 Gijsbert Friedhoff, Dutch architect (Wibautstrat tax office, Amsterdam), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • 1892 Lenore Ulric, American actress (Notorious, Better Woman), born in New Ulm, Minnesota [or 1894]
  • 1893 Hans Fallada [Rudolf Wilhelm Friedrich Ditzen], German writer, born in Greifswald (d. 1947)
  • 1895 H G "Nummy" Deane, South African cricket Test captain (1927-31)
  • 1895 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1898 Ernest Willem Mulder, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1959)
  • 1898 Sara Carter, American country musician, songwriter and vocalist (Carter Family), born in Cooper Creek, Virginia (d. 1979)

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

1899 Ernest Hemingway, American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

  • 1899 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), born in Garrettsville, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • 1901 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), born in Milford, Pennsylvania (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Theodore Karyotakis, Greek composer, born in Argos, Greece (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Roy Neuberger, American financier and art patron (Neuberger Museum of Art), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1905 Diana Trilling, American critic and writer (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Daniel Ayala Perez, Mexican composer and violinist, born in Abalá, Yucatán (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), born in Monticello, Kansas (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen Edwards, English Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Jozef Cyrankiewicz, Polish politician, Premier Poland (1947-52, 1954-70), born in Tarnow, Poland (d. 1989)

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

1911 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1980)

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • 1915 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Floyd McDaniel, American blues singer and guitarist (Five Blazes), born in Athens, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Maurice Laing, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1920 Constantly Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (Uprising of Homo Ludens), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Manuel Valls, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1984)
  • 1921 Billy Taylor, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010) [1]
  • 1922 Kay Starr [Katherine Starks], American singer (Wheel of Fortune), born in Dougherty Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Mollie Sugden, English actress (Are You Being Served?), born in Keighley, Yorkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), born in the Hague, Amsterdam (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), born in Morgantown, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Al Checco, actor (Extreme Close-up), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Lovro Zupanovic, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Karel Reisz, director (Everybody Wins, Isadora, Who'll Stop the Rain)
  • 1926 Norman Jewison, Canadian director (Moonstruck, ...and Justice For All), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1926 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Rahimuddin Khan, Pakistani general and Governor, born in Qaimganj, British India
  • 1926 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Bill Pertwee, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Amersham, England (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1929 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist (d. 2002)
  • 1931 Plas Johnson, American jazz musician (The Pink Panther Theme), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana
  • 1931 Leon Schidlowsky, Chilean Israeli composer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1931 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), born in West Jordan, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Ernie Warlick, American football player, born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), born in Burg bei Magdeburg (d. 1973)
  • 1933 John Gardner, American writer (Grendel, Sunlight Dialogues), born in Batavia, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1934 Chandu Borde, Indian cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67), born in Pune, British India
  • 1934 Edolphus Towns, American politician (Rep-D-New York, 1983-2013), born in Chadbourn, North Carolina
  • 1935 Julian Pettifer, English TV journalist, born in Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • 1935 Kaye Stevens, American singer/comedienne (Jerry Lewis Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Norbert Blüm, German politician, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, born in Rüsselsheim, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Moe Drabowsky, American baseball player (1966 World Series), born in Ozanna, Poland (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Anton Kuerti, Canadian composer, born in Vienna, Austria

  • 1938 Janet Reno, first woman US Attorney General (1993-2001), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Les Aspin, American politician (Rep-D-Wisc, 1971-93), Minister of Defense (1993-94), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1939 John Negroponte, 1st United States Director of National Intelligence
  • 1940 James Clyburn, American politician (Rep-D-South Carolina 1993-) House Majority Whip, born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1941 Jim Bates, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-91) 1st to be censured for sexual harassment, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1942 Fred Hetzel, American NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942 Kim Fowley, Philippines American rock vocalist/producer/songwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Patricia Elliott, actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), born in Gunnison Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1943 David Downing, American actor (Backstairs at the White House), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Jerry McGee, American golfer (US Ryder Cup 1977, 4 PGA Tour titles), born in New Lexingon, Ohio
  • 1943 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), born in Portstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), born in Lagos (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2002)
  • 1944 John Atta Mills, President of Ghana (2009-2012), born in Tarkwa, Gold Coast (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Alton Maddox, NY African American activist/attorney (Tawana Brawley case)
  • 1945 Barry Richards, South African extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1945 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm fast bowler (21 Tests, 78 wickets; 15 ODIs), born in Maryborough, Queensland
  • 1945 Leigh Lawson, English actress (Fire & Sword, Charlie Boy), born in Atherston, England
  • 1945 John Lowe, English darts player (BDO world champion 1979, 87, 93), born in New Tupton, Derbyshire
  • 1945 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1946 Barry "Bean" Whitwam, English rocker (Herman's Hermits), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestKen Starr

1946 Ken Starr, American lawyer who Investigated Bill Clinton (Starr Report), born in Vernon, Texas

Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton Ken Starr
Lawyer who investigated Bill Clinton
Ken Starr
  • 1947 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), born in Meerut, India (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Jimmy Duncan, American politician (Rep-R-Tennessee 1988-2019), born in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 1947 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestCat Stevens

1948 Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusaf Islam], rock vocalist (Peace Train), born in London, England

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens
  • 1948 Art Hindle, actor (Jeff-Dallas, Berrengers), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 1948 Garry Trudeau, American political cartoonist (Doonesbury), born in New York City
  • 1948 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1948 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1949 Ludmila Smirnova, Soviet pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949 Al Hrabosky, American NLB player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1950 Larry Tolbert, rock drummer (Raydio)
  • 1950 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • 1951 Diana Dennis, body builder (Women Physique World), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1951 Doug Collins, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)

Person of interestRobin Williams

1951 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1952 John Barrasso [John Anthony Barrasso III], American politician, junior senator from Wyoming, born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1953 Jeff Fatt, Chinese Australian actor
  • 1953 Eric Bazilian, American musician (The Hooters), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Henry Preistman, English rocker (Christians-Harvest the World), born in Kingston upon Hull, England
  • 1955 Howie Epstein, American bassist (The Heartbreakers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1955 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1956 Michael Connelly, American crime writer (Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch novels), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Jon Lovitz, American actor (SNL: League of Their Own: The Critic), born in Tarzana, California
  • 1957 Stefan Lofven, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (2014-18), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1960 Lance Guest, American actor (Lance-Lou Grant), born in Saratoga, California
  • 1960 Matt Mulhern, American actor (Biloxi Blues), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 Fritz Walter, German footballer (VfB Stuttgart), born in Mannheim, Germany
  • 1961 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1961 Jim Martin, rock guitarist (Faith No More-Real Thing), born in Oakland, California
  • 1961 Amar Singh Chamkila [Dhanni Ram], Punjabi folk singer "The Elvis of Punjab", born in Dugri, Punjab, India (d. 1988)
  • 1962 Lee Aaron, Canadian rock singer (Metal Queen), born in Belleville, Canada
  • 1962 Ike Eisenmann, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963 Kevin Poole, English footballer
  • 1963 Paulo Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and professional wrestler

  • 1964 Susan Swift, actress (Chisholms), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965 Mike Bordick, Marquette MI, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1965 Gudni Bergsson, Icelandic footballer
  • 1965 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1966 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • 1966 Arija Bareikis, American actress
  • 1967 Lance Painter, Bedford England, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1967 Tore Meinecke, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1968 Johnnie Barnes, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Lyle Odelein, Quill Lake Sask, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Montreal)
  • 1969 Emerson Hart, American singer-songwriter (Tonic -"If You Could Only See"), born in Washington, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Bryce Florie, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970 Steven "Scrappy" Segaloff, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1970 Shawn Stasiak, American professional wrestler
  • 1970 Michael Fitzpatrick, French-American musician (Fitz and The Tantrums), born in Montluçon, France
  • 1971 Charlotte Gainsbourg, French-British actress (La Bûche, Antichrist), born in London
  • 1971 Nuno Markl, Portuguese comedian and radio host
  • 1972 Dennis Krijgsman, Dutch soccer player and manager (Sparta/Vitesse), born in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • 1972 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Shinjiro Otani, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1973 Ali Landry, American actress and pageant winner (Miss USA 1996), born in Cecilia, Louisiana
  • 1973 Stephen Clarke, Canadian swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1974 Geoff Jenkins, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2003; World Series 2008; Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1975 Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lankan cricketer (Test pace bowler)
  • 1976 Cori Bush, American politician, nurse and activist, first African American woman representative from Missouri, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1977 Allison Wagner, American swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1977 Sarah Biasini, daughter of actress Romy Schneider
  • 1977 Paul Casey, English golfer (Ryder Cup wins 2004, 06, 18; 3 PGA Tour titles, 13 European Tour titles; PGA C'ship 2020 runner-up), born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1977 Jaime Murray, British actress (Hutle), born in London, England

  • 1978 Damian Marley, Jamaican musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1978 Justin Bartha, American actor (National Treasure films), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1978 Gary Teale, Scottish football player and coach, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1978 Josh Hartnett, American actor and movie producer, born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1978 Kyoko Iwasaki, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992), born in Numazu, Japan
  • 1979 David Carr, American football player, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1979 Tamika Catchings, American basketball player (Indiana Fever), born in Stratford, New Jersey
  • 1980 CC Sabathia, American baseball player, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1980 Lee Camp, American comedian (Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist, born in Ostfildern, West Germany
  • 1981 Joaquín Sánchez, Spanish footballer, born in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain
  • 1981 Titus Bramble, English footballer, born in Ipswich, Engalnd
  • 1981 Chrishell Stause, American actress, born in Draffenville, Kentucky
  • 1981 Blake Lewis, American musician (American Idol), born in Redmond, Washington
  • 1981 Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress, born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1981 Romeo Santos, American Bachata singer-songwriter (Aventura), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1983 Eivør [Pálsdóttir], Faroese singer-songwriter, born in Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands
  • 1983 Kellen Winslow II, American football player, convicted of rape, born in San Diego, California
  • 1984 Liam Ridgewell, English footballer, born in Bexleyheath, England