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Famous Birthdays on July 31

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 237

  • 1143 Emperor Nijo of Japan (d. 1165)
  • 1396 Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, born in Dijon, Burgundy (d. 1467)
  • 1443 Albrecht III of Saxon-Meisen, duke of Saxon
  • 1527 Maximilian II, German King/Emperor (1564-76)
  • 1550 Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1578 Catharina Belgica of Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1597 Sebastian Stosskopf, Elzassisch painter, baptized
  • 1598 Alessandro Algardi, Italian sculptor and architect (d. 1654)
  • 1702 Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter, born in Dole, France (d. 1768)
  • 1704 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1752)
  • 1718 John Canton, English physicist, born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1772)
  • 1724 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, born in Amines, France (d. 1801)
  • 1737 Princess Augusta Frederica of Great Britain, born in London, England (d. 1813)
  • 1743 August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist
  • 1748 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • 1767 Amelie Julia Candielle, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1834)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

1803 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), born in Långban, Sweden

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson
  • 1808 Frederick Crouch, English-born composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
  • 1816 George Henry Thomas, American Major General (Union Army), born in Newsoms, Virginia (d. 1870)
  • 1817 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)
  • 1818 Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer
  • 1825 Thomas Hart Taylor, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • 1825 William S. Clark, American senator and scholar (d. 1886)
  • 1828 François-Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin), born in Huise (d. 1908)
  • 1830 František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, born in Opočno, Bohemia (d. 1892)
  • 1834 Peter H Hugenholtz, Dutch reformer/founder (Free Parish)
  • 1835 Henri Brisson, French statesman (d. 1912)
  • 1835 Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (d. 1903)
  • 1837 William Quantrill, American guerrilla leader in the Confederate Army, born in Canal Dover, Ohio (d. 1865)
  • 1843 Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet and Nobel Prize laureate, born in Krieglach, Austria (d. 1918)
  • 1844 Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist and archaeologist, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1935)
  • 1847 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • 1848 Jean Robert Planquette, French composer (Bells of Corneville), born in Paris (d. 1903)
  • 1854 Jose Canalejas, premier of Spain (1910-12), born in El Ferrol, Spain (d. 1912)
  • 1858 Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1936)
  • 1860 Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)

  • 1867 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), born in Bald Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1874 Clarence Kolb, American actor and performer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1964)
  • 1875 Harry Northrup [Henri N.], French-born American poet and actor (The Heart of Maryland, The Unchastened Woman), born in Paris, France (d. 1936)
  • 1880 Munshi Premchand [Dhanpat Rai], Indian author, born in Lamhi, Benares State, British India (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Grete Gulbransson, Austrian writer and poet (Geliebte Schatten), born in Thüringen, Austria (d. 1934)
  • 1884 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, German Leipzig mayor and Nazi regime opponent (20th July Plot)
  • 1886 Fred Quimby, American film producer (Tom and Jerry), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1886 Constant Permeke, Flemish painter and statues artist (Sow), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1886 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915), (d. 1974)
  • 1887 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 1889 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), born in Oil City, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1892 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (1940-50), born in Lefaivre, Canada (d. 1959)
  • 1893 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), born in Cheltenham (d. 1976)
  • 1894 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • 1894 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Elmo Roper, American pollster (Roper Poll), born in Hebron, Nebraska (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, born in Posen (d. 1974)
  • 1901 Jean Debuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Arthur Daley, American sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Trenchard Cox, British museum director, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1911 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1912 Irv Kupcinet, TV host (Tonight! America After Dark), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestMilton Friedman

1912 Milton Friedman, American economist (Nobel Prize Economics 1976), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

Economist Milton Friedman
Economist
Milton Friedman
  • 1913 Bryan Hextall, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (NY Rangers; 3-time 1st team NHL All Star), born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1914 Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, born in Jerez, Spain (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1983)
  • 1914 Raymond Aubrac, French resistance leader, born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1914 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1984)
  • 1916 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), born in London, England
  • 1916 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, born in Ambari Azamgarh Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball infielder, manager, official (Detroit Tigers; president Double-A Southern League 1971–80), born in Inverness, Alabama(d. 2006)
  • 1916 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), born in Barnesville, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), born in Provo, Utah (d. 2018)
  • 1918 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1919 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), born in Pune, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Curt Gowdry, American sportscaster, author (Ford C. Frick Award, Pete Rozelle Award, lifetime achievement Emmy 1992), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Rudolf Halaczinsky, German composer, born in Emma-Grube, Upper Silesia (d. 1999)
  • 1920 James Esdras Faust, American religious leader, born in Delta, Utah (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Whitney M Young Jr, civil rights leader, head of Urban League
  • 1921 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Lucy Killea, American Californian politician who supported pro-choice, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), born in East St. Louis, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-American businessman and co-founder of Atlantic Records, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1923 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, born in Moreni, Dâmbovita (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, born in Zurich (d. 1988)

  • 1928 Bill Frenzel, American politician (Rep-R-MN, 1971-91), born in St Paul, Minnesota (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Don Murray, American actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1929 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1929 José Santamaría, Uruguayan soccer defender (Uruguay 20, Spain 16 caps; Real Madrid), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1929 Lynne Reid Banks, British author (The Indian in the Cupboard), born in London
  • 1930 Oleg Popov, Russian clown and circus artist, born in Vyrubovo, Moscow (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist (Organ Grinder Swing), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach (Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles), born in Pelham, New York
  • 1931 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Morey Carr, American singer (Playmates) (d. 1987)
  • 1932 Robert W Davis, (Rep-R-MI, 1979- )

Person of interestTed Cassidy

1932 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1979)

  • 1932 John Searle, American philosopher, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1932 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Cees Nooteboom, Dutch writer and journalist (Rituelen), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1935 Geoffrey Lewis, actor (Earl-Flo, Gun Shy), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1935 Yvon Deschamps, French-Canadian author and humorist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1936 Bonnie Brown, country singer (The Browns), born in Sparkman, Arkansas (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 56)
  • 1939 France Nuyen, Vietnamese-French actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head), born in Marseilles, France
  • 1939 John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio
  • 1939 Roger Prideaux, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1939 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1965; Gold Glove 1964), born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • 1939 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia
  • 1940 Stanley Jaffe, American producer (Fatal Attraction), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1941 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, born in Surat, India (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Heather McKay, Australian squash player (British Open 1962-77, inaugural women's World Open 1976), born in Queanbeyan, NSW
  • 1941 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1943 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1943 Stephanie Forrester, fictional character (The Bold and the Beautiful)

  • 1943 Susan Flannery, American actress (Leslie Stewart-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 William Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)/drug tsar
  • 1943 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1944 Geraldine Chaplin, American-born actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers) daughter of Charlie Chaplin, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1944 Sherry Lansing, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1944 Robert C. Merton, American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Bill Weld, American politician (Governor (R) Masachusetts 1991-97), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1946 Gary Lewis [Levitch], American singer (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1946 Karen Zerby, American religious leader, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1947 Richard Griffiths, British actor (Withnail & I, Harry Potter), born in Thornaby-on-Tees
  • 1947 Dennis Greenslade, rocker
  • 1947 Karl Green, English rock bassist (Herman's Hermits), born in Salford, England
  • 1947 Ian Beck, British children's illustrator and author, who illustrated Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album cover, born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1947 John Vukovich, American baseball infielder, manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2007)
  • 1948 Leaveil Degree, rocker (Whispers)
  • 1950 Lane Davies, American actor (Mason-Santa Barbara, Impure Thoughts), born in Dalton, Georgia
  • 1951 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1951 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Barellan, NSW
  • 1951 Gerald Anthony, American actor (Marco Dane-General Hospital, One Life to Live), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Alan Autry, American NFLer (Green Bay Packers), actor (In the Heat of the Night) and politician (23rd Mayor of Fresno), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1952 Pritawi Sudarmo, Indonesia, astronaut
  • 1952 João Barreiros, Portuguese writer (Um Dia com Júlia na Necrosfera), born in Portugal
  • 1952 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1953 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1953 Jimmy Cook, South African cricket opening batsman (3 Tests), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
  • 1953 Ted Baillieu, Australian Politician, Premier of Victoria (2010-13), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1953 James Read, American actor (North and South), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1954 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California (d. 1986)
  • 1954 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec

Person of interestMichael Biehn

1956 Michael Biehn, American actor (Rampage, Hog Wild, Aliens, Abyss), born in Anniston, Alabama


  • 1956 Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts (2007-15), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956 Bill Callahan, American College, NFL coach (Nebraska; Oakland Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Dirk Blocker, American actor (Ryan's Four, Brooklyn Nine Nine), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England
  • 1957 Leon Durham, American baseball 1st baseman, outfielder (Chicago Cubs; MLB All Star 1982-83, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1958 Bill Berry, American drummer (R.E.M.), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1958 Wallace Kurth, American actor (Days of Our Lives, General Hospital), born in Billings, Montana
  • 1958 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1959 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia
  • 1959 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Dale Hunter, Canadian NHL center, coach, owner (Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, London Knights [OHL]) born in Petrolia, Ontario
  • 1960 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star
  • 1961 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1962 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, NFL coach (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1962 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962 Troy Murray, Canadian NHL center, broadcaster (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962 Wesley Snipes, American actor (Passenger 57, Money Train, Blade trilogy), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962 John Chiang, American politician (Democratic Party), born in NYC, New York
  • 1963 Brian Skrudland, Canadian NHL center (fastest goal in playoff OT-0:09 seconds Game 2 1986), born in Peace River, Alberta
  • 1963 Norman Cook [Fatboy Slim], English musician and record producer (Housemartins, Fatboy Slim), born in Bromley, England
  • 1964 Jim Corr, Irish singer and musician (The Corrs), born in Dundalk, Ireland
  • 1965 Scott Brooks, American NBA guard, coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2010 OKC Thunder), born in French Camp, California

Person of interestJ. K. Rowling

1965 J. K. Rowling, English writer (Harry Potter novels), born in Yate, Gloucestershire

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 1965 Julian Richards, British film director (Queen Sacrifice), born in Newport, Wales
  • 1966 Dean Cain, actor (Clark-Lois & Clark), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1966 Marina V A Mowatt, [Ogilvy], daughter of English princess Alexandra
  • 1967 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American actress (Prozac Nation), born in NYC, New York

  • 1967 Rodney Harvey, actor (Salsa)
  • 1967 Sean O'Neill, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Massenburg, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1967 Mitsuo Iwata, Japanese voice actor and singer, born in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • 1967 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, born in Itabashi, Tokyo (d. 2005)
  • 1969 Loren Dean, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1969 Richard Griffith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Rudolf Martin, German actor (Anton-All My Children), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1969 David Cash [David Tyler Cash], American professional wrestler, born in Waynesboro, Virginia
  • 1969 Kenneth D. Schisler, American politician, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1970 David Sacco, NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Knut Holmann, Norwegian rower (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1970 Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian writer (The Train of That Night), born in Chah Varz, Lamerd, Iran
  • 1971 Gus Frerotte, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1996, Washington Redskins), born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 John Lowery, American guitarist (The Devil Knows My Name), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • 1972 Jason Gildon, American NFL linebacker (3-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran
  • 1972 Chris Weinke, American College, NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2000, Florida State), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1973 Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rican singer (Abriendo Puertas), born in Humacao, Puerto Rico