On This Day

Famous Birthdays on July 22

  • 1210 Joan of England, Queen consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1238)
  • 1478 Philip I, (the Handsome), 1st Habsburg King of Spain (1504-06)
  • 1510 Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (d. 1537)
  • 1535 Katarina Stenbock, wife of Gustav I of Sweden (d. 1621)
  • 1559 Lawrence of Brindisi, Italian monk (d. 1619)
  • 1596 Michael I, first Russian Tsar of the House of Romanov (1613-45), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1645)
  • 1597 Virgilio Mazzocchi, Italian composer, born in Veja (d. 1646)
  • 1621 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury/minister (1660-73)
  • 1642 Johann Quirsfeld, German composer, born in Dresden, Saxony (d. 1686)
  • 1647 Margaretha Mary Alacoque, French Roman Catholic saint and mystic, born in L'Hautecour, France (d. 1690)
  • 1651 Ferdinand Tobias Richter, Austrian composer, born in Würzburg, Electorate of Bavaria (now Germany) (d. 1711)
  • 1711 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (d. 1753)
  • 1713 Jacques-Germain Soufflot, French architect (d. 1780)
  • 1722 Jean-Noel/Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian
  • 1733 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (d. 1790)
  • 1755 Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (d. 1839)
  • 1763 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)
  • 1784 Friedrich W Bessel, German astronomer (star parallax, Bessel Function)
  • 1804 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • 1807 Karolina Pawlowa, Russian writer (A Double Life), born in Yaroslavl, Russian Empire (d. 1893)
  • 1820 Louis Powell Harvey, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin, born in East Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1822 Hamilton Prioleau Bee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1897)
  • 1822 John George Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 1893)
  • 1830 Herbert Stanley Oakeley, English composer, born in Ealing (d. 1903)
  • 1830 William Sooy Smith, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Tarlton, Ohio (d. 1916)
  • 1833 Benjamin Hanby, American composer ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"), born in Rushville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • 1834 Daniel McCook Jr, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Carrollton, Ohio (d. 1864)
  • 1844 William Archibald Spooner, English Oxford Don and reverend and inventor (spoonerisms), born in London, England (d. 1930)
  • 1848 Adolf Friedrich V, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1914)

Emma Lazarus

1849 Emma Lazarus, Americn poet ("New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), born in NYC, New York

  • 1853 Victor Roger, French composer (Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1903)
  • 1863 Alec Hearne, English cricket batsman (1 Test; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1894; Kent), born in Ealing, England (d. 1952))
  • 1871 Akos Buttykai, Hungarian composer, born in Halmi (d. 1935)
  • 1872 David D Salas, Antillian writer (Josefina)
  • 1873 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian composer and pianist, born in Seregno (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un destin: Martin Luther)
  • 1878 Janusz Korczak [Henryk Goldszmit], Polish-Jewish educator and pedagogue (ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto), born in Warsaw, Congress Poland (or in 1879, d. 1942)
  • 1879 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish pianist, organist, pedagogue and composer, born in Jönköping (d. 1946)
  • 1882 Edward Hopper, American painter (Nighthawks, House by the Railroad), born in Upper Nyack, New York (d. 1967)
  • 1887 Gustav Hertz, German quantum physicist (Nobel 1925)
  • 1888 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (d. 1950)
  • 1889 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1889 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), born in Dudley, England (d. 1957)

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

1890 Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, American matriarch, mother of JFK, RFK & Ted, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1995)

  • 1892 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s)/war criminal
  • 1892 John MacBryan, cricketer (one Test Eng v South Africa 1924 DNBat, DNbowl)
  • 1893 Jesse Haines, American baseball player (d. 1978)
  • 1894 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, born in Berg, Bavaria (d. 1967)
  • 1895 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, born in Debe Nek, King Williamstown, South Africa (d. 1983)

Alexander Calder

1898 Alexander Calder, American sculptor (mobiles, stabiles), born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)

  • 1898 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (d. 1943)
  • 1901 Charles Weidman, American choreographer and modern dancer (Candide), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)
  • 1905 Doc Cramer, American baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (d. 1987)
  • 1907 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette (Complete Book of Etiquette, Complete Cook Book), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Licia Albanese, Italian-American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1940-66), born in Torre Pelosa (now Bari), Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1909 Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Edith Abbo, daughter of Mien Wenneker/Dutch Prince Henry
  • 1913 Gorni Kramer, Italian bandleader and musician, born in Rivarolo, Mantovano, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1914 Cecil Effinger, American composer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author. (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Hipolito Ocalia, Curacao landscape painter, born in Curaçao (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • 1917 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, born in Bridgeton, New Jersey (d. 2017)
  • 1918 Pim [Albrecht W] Lyre, Dutch lawyer/son of prince Henry
  • 1920 Hugh Dundas, fighter pilot/businessman
  • 1920 Malcolm Hughes, British artist, born in Manchester, England (d. 1997)
  • 1921 William Roth, American politician (Sen-R-Delaware, 1971-2001), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Dan Rowan [Daniel Hale Rowan], American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), born in Beggs, Oklahoma (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, born in San Francisco (d. 2015)

Bob Dole

1923 Bob Dole, American politician (Senate Republican leader, 1985-96, Presidential candidate in 1996), born in Russell, Kansas

  • 1923 Lillian Ellison, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Mukesh [Mathur], Indian "playback singer" for Bollywood films, born in Delhi, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1923 The Fabulous Moolah [Mary Lillian Ellison], American pro wrestler (World Champion 1956-83), born in Kershaw County, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Margaret Whiting, American singer ("It Might As Well Be Spring"; "Time After Time"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Bryan Forbes, director and producer (Endless Games, King Rat), (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1927 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), born in Brakpan, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Georg Dreyfus, German-born Australian composer, born in Elberfeld
  • 1928 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie, The Homecoming, The Offence), born in Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1929 John Barber, British racing driver
  • 1930 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), born in Grodzisk Mazowieck, Poland (d. 2017) [1] [2]
  • 1930 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Aldrich Family -"Kathleen"; Peter Pan), born in Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1987)

Sonny Liston

1930 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), born in Johnson Township, Arkansas (d. 1970)

  • 1930 Ray Pohlman, American session upright and electric bass guitarist and arranger (The Wrecking Crew), and jazz guitarist, born in Baker Township, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Charles Huxtable, General commander (English ground armies)
  • 1931 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Oscar de la Renta, Domincan American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame-1973), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1932 William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, born in Warminster, England (d. 1996)
  • 1932 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 1932 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), born in Monticello, Iowa (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Chuck Cassey, American choral director (Jimmy Dean Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Bertice Reading, American stage and screen actress and singer (The Jazz Train; Requiem For A Nun; Moon In The Gutter), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

Louise Fletcher

1934 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1935 Tom Cartwright, England cricket medium pacer (5 Tests 1964-65)
  • 1936 Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, England cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 9 wickets), Hadfield, England
  • 1936 Don Patterson, American jazz organist ("Hip Cake Walk"; Holiday Soul), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1937 John Price, England cricket fast-medium bowler (1964-72)
  • 1937 V B Ranjane, Indian cricket fast bowler (early 1960's)
  • 1937 Chuck Jackson, American pop and R&B singer ("Any Day Now"; "I Don't Want to Cry"; "I Keep Forgettin'"), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1937 Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1939 Gila Almagor, Israeli actress

Alex Trebek

1940 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2020)

  • 1940 Stan Ross, American actor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Yuriy Klimov, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1940 Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), born in Batesville, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1940 Judith Walzer Leavitt, American college professor
  • 1941 George Clinton, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1941 Susie Berning, American golfer (US Women's Open 1968, 72-73, Western Open 1965), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1941 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • 1943 Bobby Sherman, American actor (Here Comes the Brides), pop singer ("Little Woman"), and paramedic, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1943 Yoran Ben Ami, Israel, producer/president (Triumph Pictures)
  • 1943 Kay Bailey Hutchison, American politician (U.S. Senator from Texas, 1993-2013; NATO Ambassador, 2017-2021), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1944 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes - "Be My Baby"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1944 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1944 Rick Davies, British rock vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter (Supertramp - "Goodbye, Stranger"), born in London, England
  • 1944 Sparky Lyle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1973, 76, 77; World Series 1977, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1977; NY Yankees), born in DuBois, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • 1946 Paul Schrader, American film director (Blue Collar) and screenwriter (Taxi Driver), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1946 Steve Friedman, American Emmy Award-winning TV news executive (NBC, 1977-87, 1990-95; CBS, 1997-2002), born in Chicago, Illinois

Danny Glover

1946 Danny Glover, American actor (Lethal Weapon; The Color Purple), and human rights activist, born in San Francisco, California

  • 1946 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1946 Mireille Mathieu, French pop and 'chanson réaliste' singer ("Pourquoi mon amour"; "La dernière valse"; "So Ein Schoner Abend"), born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • 1947 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Curt Weldon, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 1987-2007), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Don Henley, American rock drummer, singer, and songwriter (Eagles - "Desperado"; "Hotel California"; solo - "Boys Of Summer"), born in Linden, Texas
  • 1947 Gilles Duceppe, Canadian politician
  • 1948 S. E. Hinton, American author
  • 1948 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • 1949 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1949 Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of UAE

Alan Menken

1949 Alan Menken, American 8-time Academy Award-winning composer (Disney's Aladdin; Disney's Beauty and the Beast), born in New Rochelle, New York

  • 1951 Tisa Farrow, actress (Zombie, Fingers, Grim Reaper), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1951 Steven Springer, Port of Spain, Trinidad, guitarist and songwriter (Sir Lancelot Pinard), (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Richard Bennett, American session and touring guitarist (Neil Diamond; Mark Knopfler), and record producer (Steve Earle; Emmylou Harris; Marty Stuart), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Herbert Chang, West Indian cricket batsman (1979)
  • 1953 Jimmy Bruno, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Sylvia Chang, Taiwanese actress
  • 1953 Brian Howe, British rock singer (Bad Company, 1986-93 - "This Love"; "Holy Water"), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2020)
  • 1954 Al Di Meola, American jazz guitarist (Return To Forever; Elegant Gypsy), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1954 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • 1955 Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
  • 1956 Mick Pointer, British rock drummer (Marillion), born in Brill, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1957 Dave Stieb, American MLB pitcher (7-time All Star, Blue Jays), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1957 Andrey Boreyko, Polish-Russian conductor (Jena Philharmonic, 1998-2003; Winnipeg Symphony, 2001-06; National Orchestra of Belgium, 2012-17; Naples (Florida) Philharmonic, 2014-22); Warsaw Philharmonic, since 2019), born in Saint Petersburg, USSR
  • 1958 David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1984)
  • 1960 Denyse Julien, Rouyn Quebec, badminton player (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1960 Jon Oliva, American musician (Savatage; Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1961 Calvin Fish, English racing driver
  • 1961 Keith Sweat, American new jack swing singer, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1962 Alvin Robertson, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1962 Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1962 Martine St. Clair [Nault], Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Eddie Anderson, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1963 Joanna Going, actress (Lisa Grady-Another World)
  • 1963 Emilio Butragueno, Spanish footballer
  • 1963 Rob Estes, American actor
  • 1963 Emily Saliers, American singer (Indigo Girls - "Closer to Fine"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1964 Bonnie Langford, British stage and screen actress (Wombling Free: Dr. Who, 1986-87 -"Mel"; Eastenders, 2015-18 -"Carmel"), born in Hampton Court, Surrey, England
  • 1964 David Spade, American comedian and actor (SNL; Tommy Boy; Black Sheep; : Just Shoot Me!), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1964 Rafael Addison, American professional basketball forward, 1986-97 (NBA: Charlotte Hornets, and three other teams; Italian League: Livorno, and Treviso), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

John Leguizamo

1964 John Leguizamo, Colombian-American actor (Mambo Mouth; Whispers in the Dark), born in Bogotá, Colombia

  • 1964 Adam Godley, British stage and screen actor (The Lehman Trilogy; Powers), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. England
  • 1964 Don Van Natta, Jr., American journalist (New York Times), and broadcaster (ESPN's "Backstory"), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1964 Will Calhoun, American jazz and rock drummer (Living Colour - "Love Rears Its Ugly Head"), born in the Bronx, New York City
  • 1965 Doug Riesenberg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1965 Patrick Labyorteaux American actor (Heathers, Yes Man, Little House on Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California

Shawn Michaels

1965 Shawn Michaels, American pro wrestler (4 x WWF/WWE World Heavyweight Champion; 2 x Royal Rumble winner; 1st WWF Grand Slam Champion; 4th WWF Triple Crown Champion; 2 x WWE Hall of Fame), born in San Antonio, Texas

  • 1966 Anna Wood, Roeumond Neth, Dutch/Australian canoeist (Olympics 1988, 96)
  • 1966 Tim Brown, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1987, Notre Dame; 9 x Pro Bowl, LA/Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967 Pat Badger, American heavy metal bassist (Extreme - "More Than Words"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Shawn Wilbourn, US decathlete
  • 1967 Lauren Booth, British journalist
  • 1967 Rhys Ifans [Evans], Welsh actor (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), and rock singer (The Peth), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • 1968 Sean Vanhorse, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Despina Vandi [Malea], Greek pop singer ("Ipofero"), born in Tübingen, Germany
  • 1970 Dan Jones, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Sergei Zubov, Russian NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Pittsburgh), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1970 W R Tillman, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • 1971 William Bell, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • 1972 Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d.2006)
  • 1972 Keyshawn Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2002; Pro Bowl 1998-99, 2001; ESPN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Ronald Ray Howard, American murderer (d. 2005)
  • 1973 Daniel Jones, Australian rock musician (Savage Garden - "Truly, Madly, Deeply"), born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1973 Mike Sweeney, American baseball player
  • 1973 Rufus Wainwright, Canadian-American singer, born in Rhinebeck, New York
  • 1974 Viktoria Tolstoy [Louise Viktoria Kjellberg], Swedish jazz singer ("Meet Me at the Movies"), born in Sigtuna Municipality, Sweden
  • 1974 Franka Potente, German actress
  • 1977 Gustavo Nery, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Dennis Rommedahl, Danish footballer
  • 1978 A. J. Cook, Canadian actress
  • 1978 Martyn Lee, English radio presenter