On This Day

Famous Birthdays on July 28

  • 1165 Ibn al-'Arabi, Muslim mystic and philosopher (The Meccan Revelations), born in Murcia, Spain (d. 1240)
  • 1347 Margherita of Durazzo, queen of Naples (d. 1412)
  • 1456 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (Arcadia), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1530)
  • 1514 Maximilian of Burgundy, viceroy of Holland
  • 1609 Judith Leyster, Dutch painter, born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, baptism date (d. 1660)
  • 1659 Charles Ancillon, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1715)
  • 1745 Peter Ludwig von der Pahlen, Baltic German courtier and military governor of St Petersburg, born in Palmse, Estonia (d. 1826)
  • 1746 Thomas Heyward, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in St. Luke's Parish, South Carolina (d. 1809)
  • 1750 Fabre d'Églantine French dramatist and politician, creator of the French Republican calendar (d. 1794)
  • 1778 Charles Stewart, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1869)
  • 1794 Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian musician, and piano maker, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1859)
  • 1804 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)
  • 1808 Charles Lucas, British cellist composer, publisher, and educator (Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, 1859-66), born in Salisbury, England (d. 1869)
  • 1809 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, born in Union County, Kentucky (d. 1862)
  • 1813 Alberto Mazzucato, Italian opera composer, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1877)
  • 1815 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (d. 1889)
  • 1824 Jacopo Foroni, Italian opera composer (I gladiatori; Advokathen Panthelin), and conductor, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1858)
  • 1825 William Duncan Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1862)
  • 1833 James Henry Lane, Brigadier General during Civil War (Confederate), born in Mathews Court House, Virginia (d. 1907)
  • 1835 Jose Garcia Robles, Spanish composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1910))
  • 1837 Christian Barnekow, Danish composer, born in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France (d. 1913)
  • 1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins, English poet (Windhover), born in Stratford, London (d. 1889)
  • 1857 Ballington Booth, British-born American officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America, born in Brighouse, England (d. 1940)
  • 1860 Elias M. Ammons, governor of Colorado, born in Macon County, North Carolina (d. 1925)
  • 1860 Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, born in Peterhof Palace, Empire of Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1863 Hussein Khan Nakhichevanski, Russian general (d. 1919)

Beatrix Potter

1866 Beatrix Potter, English children's author and illustrator (The Tale of Peter Rabbit), born in London (d. 1943)

  • 1867 Charles Dillon Perrine, American-born astronomer working in Argentina, born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1951)
  • 1868 George Morren, Flemish painter and sculptor, born in Antwerp (d. 1941)
  • 1868 Thomas P. Krag, Norwegian author and novelist (Jon Graeff, Ulf Ran), born in Kragerø, Norway (d. 1913)
  • 1870 Henri Jaspar, 27th Prime Minister of Belgium (1927-31), born in Schaerbeek, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • 1872 Albert Sarraut, French Radical politician, Prime Minister of France (1933 and 36), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1962)
  • 1874 Ernst Cassirer, German philosopher and educator (Essay on Man), born in Silesia, Prussia (d. 1945)

Lucy Burns

1879 Lucy Burns, American suffragist (National Woman's Party) and women's rights advocate, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1966)

Marcel Duchamp

1887 Marcel Duchamp, French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in Blainville-Crevon, France (d. 1968)

  • 1888 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), (d. 1972)
  • 1890 Marie Lohr, Australian actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1975)
  • 1891 Ron Oxenham, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1928-32), born in Nundah, Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1892 Joe E. Brown, American comedian (Buck Circus Hour), born in Holgate, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Rued Immanuel Langgaard, Danish composer and organist (Music of the Spheres; Antikrist), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1952) [1]
  • 1896 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)
  • 1897 Emmy Arbous [Emilia J Henke], Dutch actress (Little Rascal), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1898 Lawrence Gray, American actor, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Charles William Mayo, American surgeon (Mayo Clinic), born in Rochester, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1900 Maurice Johnstone, English brass band composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1976)
  • 1900 Catherine Dale Owen, American actress (Behind Office Doors), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Rudy Vallee, American singer and one of the earliest crooners ("Vagabond Dreams"; "My Time Is Your Time"), born in Island Pond, Vermont (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Sándor Vándor, Hungarian Jewish composer, born in Miskolc, Hungary (d. 1945) [1]
  • 1901 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 1979)

Karl Popper

1902 Karl Popper, Austro-British philosopher (Logic of Forschung), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)

  • 1902 Kenneth F. Fearing, American poet (Dead Reckoning), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1902 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), born in Beverley, England (d. 1959)
  • 1903 Lotte Palfi Andor, German-American actress (Lovesick, All That Jazz), born in Bochum, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1904 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician involved in Suez crisis, born in West Kirby, England (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Gottlob Frick, German opera singer, born in Ölbronn-Dürrn (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), born in Berlin, New Hampshire (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Malcolm Lowry, English novelist (Under the Volcano), born in New Brighton, England (d. 1957)
  • 1910 Bill Goodwin, announcer (Jolson Story, Burns & Allen), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1910 Clive Caldwell, Australian fighter pilot who shot down 28.5 aircraft during WWII, born in Lewisham, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Ann Doran, American actress (Longstreet, Shirley, Rebel Without a Cause), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Gerhard Stoeck, German javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1914 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony), born in Antioch, California (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1916 David Brown, American film producer ("The Sting", "Jaws", "Cocoon"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Laird Cregar, American actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1922 Jacques Piccard, Swiss undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste)
  • 1923 Kent L Lee, US vice-admiral (WW II-Marianas/Palau)
  • 1923 Mary Jane Odell, American politician and journalist, Iowa Secretary of State, born in Algona, Iowa (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Michio Watanabe, Japanese politician, Deputy Prime Minister, born in Ōtawara, Japan (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London)
  • 1924 Irving Burgie [Lord Burgess], American Caribbean music composer and musician ("Day-O"), born in New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Bruce Matthews, Australian newspaper executive who worked for Rupert Murdoch, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996) [1]
  • 1925 Larry Pruden, New Zealand composer, born in New Plymouth, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • 1925 Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American scientist, (1976 Nobel laureate for Physiology or Medicine for work on Hepatitis B), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Charlie Biddle, American-born Quebec jazz bassist (d. 2003)
  • 1927 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Adrian Ratiu, Romanian composer, born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2006)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

1929 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American First Lady (1961-63), born in Southampton, New York (d. 1994)

  • 1929 Remco [Wouter] Campert, Dutch writer, poet, son of Jan Campert
  • 1930 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), born in Schaerbeek, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1930 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • 1931 Darryl Hickman, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1931 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • 1932 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Vinnie Bell [Gambella], American session guitarist, electric sitar player, and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music, born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1934 Jacques d'Amboise, American ballet dancer, and choreographer (NYC Ballet Company, 1949-84), actor (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers), and educator (founded National Dance Institute, 1976), born in Dedham Massachusetts (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1934 Norman D Shumway, American politician (Rep-R-California, 1979-91), born in Phoeniz, Arizona
  • 1934 Ron Flowers, English soccer midfielder (49 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 467 games), born in Doncaster, England (d. 2021)
  • 1935 Simon Dee, British television broadcaster
  • 1936 Russ Jackson, Canadian football player, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1936 Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, West Indian cricket all-rounder, captain (93 Tests, 57.78 batting average), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1937 Peter Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Peter Duchin Orchestra), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Francis Veber, French film director and screenwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1938 George Cummings, American rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1938 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)

Alberto Fujimori

1938 Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru (1990-2000), born in Lima, Peru

  • 1938 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, born in Šibenik, Kingdom of Yugoslavia (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Phil Proctor, American comedian (Firesign Theater), born in Goshen, Indiana
  • 1941 Riccardo Muti, Italian conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1980-92; La Scala, 1986-2005; Chicago Symphony 2010-present), born in Naples, Kingdom of Italy
  • 1942 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster, born in Portsmouth, Virginia

Bill Bradley

1943 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA C'ship 1970, 73; NBA All-Star 1973; NY Knicks), and politician (Democratic US Senator 1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

  • 1943 Larry Elkins, football player (Houston Oilers)
  • 1943 Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist/singer (Analine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1943 Richard Wright, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger, composer, and occasional vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Time"; "Echoes"; "The Art Of Conversation"), born in Hatch End, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Daniel Morelon, French speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France
  • 1944 Bobby King, American session and touring soul singer (Bobby & Terry; Ry Cooder; Bruce Springsteen; Boz Scaggs), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Jim Davis

1945 Jim Davis, American cartoonist and creator of the comic strips "Garfield" and "U.S. Acres", born in Marion, Indiana

  • 1946 Douglas H Bosco, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1983-91), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Jonathan Edwards, American singer-songwriter ("Sunshine"), born in Aitkin, Minnesota
  • 1946 Linda Kelsey, American actress (Billie-Lou Grant, Kate-Day by Day), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1946 Fahmida Riaz, Pakistani writer and feminist, born in Meerut, India
  • 1947 Alexei Sergeyevich Borodai, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1947 Barbara Ferrell, American runnerr (Olympic gold 1968), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1947 Elena Belova, Russian foils fencer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Sovetskaya Gavan, Soviet Union
  • 1947 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1947 Sally Struthers, American actress (All in the Family - "Gloria"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1948 Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Georgette"; Hot In Cleveland), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Sergei Bodrov, Russian director (Katala, Somebody to Love), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1948 Gerald Casale, American new wave bassist, vocalist, keyboardist, and music video director (Devo - "Whip It!': "Jocko Homo"), born in Ravenna, Ohio
  • 1948 Eric Sweeney, Irish contemporary composer (The Green One), born in Dublin (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Simon Kirke, British rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • 1949 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1949 Vida Blue, American MLB pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971), born in Mansfield, Louisiana
  • 1949 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers - "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Melbourne (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Randall Wallace, American screenwriter and film producer (Braveheart), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1950 Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian poet
  • 1951 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1951 Greg Gluffria, rock keyboardist (House of Lords - "Sahara"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Anthony A. Williams, American politician, Mayor of the District of Columbia (1999-2007), born in Los Angeles County, California
  • 1951 Santiago Calatrava, Spanish architect (Milwaukee Art Museum), born in Valencia, Spain
  • 1951 T. M. Stevens, American rock, pop, and R&B session and touring bass guitarist (Shocka Zooloo; The Pretenders, 1986-87), born in New York City
  • 1951 Ray Kennedy, English soccer midfielder, forward (17 caps; Arsenal, Liverpool), born in Seaton Delaval, England (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Maha Vajiralongkorn [Bodindradebayavarangkun], King of Thailand (2016 - Present), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952 Monique van de Ven, Dutch actress (Turkish Fruit)
  • 1952 Yoshitaka Amano, Japanese artist (Final Fantasy), born in Shizuoka city, Japan
  • 1953 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954 Steve Morse, American rock guitarist (Dixie Dregs; Deep Purple, 1994-present), born in Hamilton, Ohio
  • 1954 Mikey Sheehy, Irish Gaelic football right corner-forward (11 x Munster titles, 8 x All-Ireland, 3 x NFL, 7 x All Star; Kerry), born in Tralee, Ireland
  • 1954 Bruce Abbott, American actor (Dark Justice), born in Portland, Oregon

Hugo Chávez

1954 Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (1998-2013), born in Sabaneta, Barinas State, Venezuela (d. 2013)

  • 1954 Gerd Faltings, German mathematician, born in Buer, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1958 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1981)
  • 1958 Michael Hitchcock, American actor (Best in Show) and television producer (Glee), born in Defiance, Ohio
  • 1960 Luiz Fernando Carvalho, Brazilian film director, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1960 Yōichi Takahashi, Japanese mangaka of Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart Wild Striker
  • 1960 Jonathan Gold, American food critic who was the first in his field to win a Pulitzer Prize, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2018)
  • 1961 David Huff, American drummer (Giant)
  • 1961 Scott E Parazynski, American astronaut (STS 66, 86, sk:95), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1961 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter, born in Grodno, Soviet Union
  • 1962 Rachel Sweet, American singer, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1963 Patrizia Pellegrino, Italian actress and TV personality (Italy's Miss Teenager 1980), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1964 Dave Alexander, American NFL center (NY Jets), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Lori Loughlin, American actress (Full House, Summerland), born in Queens, New York
  • 1965 Priscilla Chan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • 1965 Delfeayo Marsalis, American jazz musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Shikao Suga, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1966 Liz Cheney, American politician (Rep-R-WY 2017-), daughter of Dick Cheney, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Garth Snow, American hockey goalie (Olympics 1994, Flyers), born in Wrentham Massachusetts
  • 1969 Jarrod Hanks, American gymnast (Olympic-92, 96), born in Lafayette Louisiana
  • 1969 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1969 Dana White, American Ultimate Fighting Championship President, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • 1970 Paul Strang, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe's 1st Test match leg-spinner), born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • 1970 Michael Amott, Swedish guitarist (Arch Enemy)
  • 1971 Stephen Lynch, American musician, born in Abington, Pennsylvania

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

1971 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), born in Samarra, Iraq (d. 2019)

  • 1972 Elizabeth Berkley, American actress (Jessie-Saved by the Bell, Showgirl), born in Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • 1972 Ed Templeton, American skateboarder (Toy Machine), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1972 Yeom Jeong-ah, South Korean actress (A Tale of Two Sisters), born in Seoul
  • 1973 Nixon A. McNamara McClean, West Indies cricket fast bowler (ODI 1996)
  • 1973 Scott Bloom, actor (Keys, Stuff), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1974 Justin Lee Collins, British radio host, actor and comedian, born in Southmead, Bristol

Alexis Tsipras

1974 Alexis Tsipras, Greek politician (Greek President 2015), born in Athens, Greece

  • 1974 Hannah Waddingham, British actress (Ted Lasso; Game of Thrones, 2015-16), and musical theater singer, born in London, England
  • 1975 Leonor Watling, Spanish actress and singer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1976 Jacoby Shaddix, American singer (Papa Roach), born in Mariposa, California
  • 1976 Huma Abedin, American political staffer to Hillary Clinton, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1977 Aki Berg, Finnish NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Raisio, Finland
  • 1977 Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 1978 Hitomi Yaida, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 1978 Luka Udjbinac, Croatian jazz musician, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1979 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Namwon, South Korea
  • 1979 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer, born in Húsavík, Iceland
  • 1980 Stephen Christian, American singer (Anberlin), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1981 Michael Carrick, English footballer, born in Wallsend, England
  • 1981 Billy Aaron Brown, American actor, born in Clarinda, Iowa
  • 1981 Jo In Sung, South Korean actor (What Happened in Bali), born in Cheonho-dong, Gangdong District, South Korea
  • 1982 Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Icelandic singer and actress, born in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1982 Tom Pelphrey, American actor, born in Howell Township, New Jersey

Juan Guaidó

1983 Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan politician recognized by 54 countries as the President of Venezuela but disputed with Nicolás Maduro, born in La Guaira, Vargas

  • 1984 DeMeco Ryans, American football player, born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1984 Zach Parise, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1984 John David Washington, American football player and actor (BlacKkKlansman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1985 Dustin Milligan, Canadian actor, born in Yellowknife, Canada
  • 1985 Tynisha Keli, American singer, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1986 Alexandra Chando, American actress (As the World Turns), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1988 Ayla Brown, American singer ("Let Love In"), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts