On This Day

Famous Birthdays on July 8

  • 1528 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherland
  • 1545 Don Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip II
  • 1574 Giovanni Battista Stefanini, composer
  • 1593 Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian baroque painter, born in Rome (d. 1653)
  • 1604 Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien)
  • 1621 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), born in Château-Thierry, Aisne, France (d. 1695)
  • 1637 Johann Georg Ebeling, German composer, born in Lüneburg (d. 1676)
  • 1638 Matteo Coferati, composer
  • 1757 Richard Wainwright, English composer and church organist (d. 1825)
  • 1760 Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • 1766 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1792 Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, queen of Bavaria (d. 1854)
  • 1809 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • 1819 Alexander Hays, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1819 Vatroslav Lisinski, composer
  • 1819 Francis Leopold McClintock, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1907)

  • 1821 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1865)
  • 1821 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1824 Waldimir "Kriz" Krzyzanowski, Polish-American engineer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland (d. 1887)
  • 1826 Benjamin Henry Grierson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • 1826 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • 1829 Pierre A Vicomte de Ponson du Terrail, French serial writer
  • 1830 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1830 Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Altenburg (d. 1911)

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

1831 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), born in Knoxville, Georgia (d. 1888)

Pharmacist John Pemberton
John Pemberton
  • 1836 Joseph Chamberlain, British minister of Commerce/Colonies

Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

1838 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller

1839 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, born in Richford, New York (d. 1937)

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1844 Mary Johnson Lincoln, educator (Boston Cooking School)
  • 1851 Arthur J Evans, English archaeologist (Crete)
  • 1857 Rudolf Dellinger, composer
  • 1857 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), born in Nice, France (d. 1911)
  • 1859 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1867 Kathe Kollwitz, German print maker/sculptor (Bauernkrieg)
  • 1869 William V Moody, American poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer)
  • 1870 Marie C of Zeggelen, Dutch novelist (Koloniaaltje)

  • 1871 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • 1871 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam)
  • 1878 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), born in Croy, Scotland (d. 1945)
  • 1882 Percy Grainger, Australian composer, pianist and conductor (Hill Songs), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1882 John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, British civil servant, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-45), born in Midlothian, Scotland (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Emil Bloch, German philosopher
  • 1889 Eugene Pallette, American actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro), born in Winfield, Kansas (d. 1954)
  • 1890 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer, born in Aachen (d. 1940)
  • 1891 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Poor Part, Bruidstijd)
  • 1891 Josef Hora, Czech writer/poet (Working Day)
  • 1892 Richard Aldington, writer
  • 1892 Pavel Korin, Russian painter (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Fritz Perls, father of Gestalt therapy
  • 1894 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect/sociologist
  • 1895 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (God & the Worms)
  • 1898 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1898 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1972)
  • 1899 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • 1900 George Antheil, American composer (Airplane Sonata), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1901 Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist
  • 1904 Bill Challis, arranger/pianist
  • 1904 Henri Cartan, French mathematician, born in Nancy (d. 2008)
  • 1905 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907 George W Romney, (Gov-R-Mich)/US Secretary of HUD (1969-73)
  • 1907 Kishio Hirao, composer

Person of interestLouis Jordan

1908 Louis Jordan, American musician, songwriter and bandleader (Caldonia), born in Brinkley, Arkansas (d. 1975)

Musician Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

1908 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1979)

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • 1909 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1910 Govan AM Mbeki, South African leader (ANC/SACP)
  • 1911 Gertrude Niesen, American actress, comedian, and songwriter (Start Cheering, Rookies on Parade), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)

Person of interestWalter Kerr

1913 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1996)

Actor and Theatre Critic Walter Kerr
Actor and Theatre Critic
Walter Kerr
  • 1914 Billy Eckstine, American jazz singer (Tenderly, A Fool in Love), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician
  • 1917 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), born in Elizabeth, Louisiana (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Pamela Brown, British actress (Cleopatra, I Know Where I'm Going!, Beckett), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1918 Craig Stevens [Gail Shikles Jr.], American actor (Craig-Dallas, Peter Gunn), born in Liberty, Missouri (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, born in Solingen (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Harrison Dillard, American sprinter (4 Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1924 Johnnie Johnson, American blues and jazz piano player (Chuck Berry's band), born in Fairmount, West Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American author and psychiatrist (On Death and Dying), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1926 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Maurice Hayes, Irish politician
  • 1928 Carol Henry, choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1928 Norma Donaldson, American singer and actress (Poetic Justice, 5 Heartbeats), born in Harlem, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Shirley Ann Grau, author (Keepers of the House)
  • 1930 Valeri Aleksandrovich Yazdovsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1931 Jerry Vale [Genaro Louis Vitaliano], American singer (Arriverderci Roma), born in NYC (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), born near Quapaw, Oklahoma (d. 2007) [1]

Person of interestRoone Arledge

1931 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 1933 Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice
  • 1934 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), born in London, England

  • 1934 Ed Lumley, Canadian corporate executive and former politician
  • 1935 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Marion, Louisiana (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Steve Lawrence [Sidney Leibowitz], American singer and actor (Go Away Little Girl, Lonely Guy), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1935 Vitali Ivanovich Sevastiyanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18B)
  • 1936 Rudolf W de Korte, Dutch Unilever-director/minister EA (L)
  • 1936 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], actor and tv screenwriter (Coronation Street), born in Pendlebury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Barbara Ann Loden, actress (Ernie Kovac's Show)
  • 1938 Marian Ackerman, women's rights advocacy administrator
  • 1938 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Marcia Rodd, actress (Little Murders, T R Baskins)
  • 1941 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • 1942 Janice Pennington, American Playboy playmate (May 1971) and model (The Price is Right), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942 Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
  • 1943 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1944 Jeffrey Tambor, actor (Jeffrey-Ropers, Larry Sanders), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1945 Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss politician
  • 1946 Cynthia Gregory, LA, ballerina (NY Ballet Co)
  • 1947 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1947 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Kim Darby, American actress (True Grit, Enola Gay, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1948 Raffi, children's singer (Baby Beluga)
  • 1949 Frank Delima, American comedian
  • 1949 Dale Hoganson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef, born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

Person of interestAnjelica Huston

1951 Anjelica Huston, American actress (Prizzi's Honor, The Adams Family), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1951 Greg T Walker, rock bassist (Blackfoot)
  • 1951 Pleas Ned Sublette, composer
  • 1952 Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • 1952 Jack Lambert, American football player

  • 1952 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • 1953 Jonathan Segal, American actor (Jonathan-Paper Chase), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress
  • 1956 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • 1956 Russell Christian, rocker (Christians-Harvest the World)
  • 1957 Clyde Butts, Guyanan cricketer (West Indies off-spinner late eighties), born in Perseverance, Guyana
  • 1958 Carlos Cavazo, rocker (Quiet Riot - Metal Health)
  • 1958 Fred Young, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett), born in Glasgow, Kentucky
  • 1958 Kevin Bacon, actor (Diner, Footloose, She's Having a Baby), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Tel Aviv
  • 1958 Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • 1959 Robert Knepper, American actor
  • 1960 Jeff Stork, Longview Wash, volleyball setter (Olympic gold 88, bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1960 Valerie Pettiford, American actress (One Life to Live, Half & Half), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961 Andy Fletcher, rocker (Depeche Mode-Just Can't Get Enough)
  • 1961 Graham Jones, rock guitarist (Haircut 100)
  • 1961 Toby Keith, American country singer and actor (Boomtown, Blue Moon), born in Clinton, Oklahoma
  • 1962 Rob Burnett, North Caldwell NJ, head writer (David Letterman)
  • 1963 Bob Ctvrtlik, volleyball outsider (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1963 Mike Ridley, Canadian NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1963 Pablo Magallon, jockey
  • 1964 Alexei Gusarov, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964 Maryalice Demler, TV journalist and anchor, Miss New York (1991), born in North Tonawanda, New York
  • 1965 Corey Parker, American actor (How I Got into College, Roger-Eddie Dodd), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Lee Tergesen, American actor
  • 1967 Jordan Chan, Hong Kong actor and singer
  • 1968 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Michael Weatherly, American actor (Cooper Alden-The City/Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)

  • 1968 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • 1968 Billy Crudup, American actor
  • 1969 Bobby Ayala, Oxnard CA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1969 Dana Hall, NFL safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Lisa Arce, Manhattan Beach CA, WPVA volleyballer (National-4th-1995)
  • 1969 Lori Hallier, Victoria BC Canada, actress (Shannon-Santa Barbara)
  • 1969 Sugizo [Yasuhiro Sugihara], Japanese guitarist and singer, born in Hadano, Kanagawa
  • 1970 Marlies Askamp, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)

Person of interestTodd Martin

1970 Todd Martin, American Tennis Star (1988 USTA Boys' 18), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin
  • 1970 Beck [Bek David Campbell], American singer (Morning Phase), born in Los Angeles
  • 1971 Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1971 Wendy Benson, American actress (Meredith-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972 Jay Bellamy, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1972 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • 1972 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Shōsuke Tanihara, Japanese actor
  • 1973 Kathleen Robertson, Canadian actress (Beverly Hills, 90210), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1973 Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Indian founder and CEO of mobile payments company Paytm, born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1974 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Zhanna Friske, Russian actress and singer
  • 1974 Tami Erin, American actress and model
  • 1975 Elias Viljanen, Finnish Guitarist
  • 1976 Michael Renfurm, Surinam/Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1976 Talal El Karkouri, Moroccan footballer
  • 1976 David Kennedy, American guitarist (Angels & Airwaves)
  • 1977 Wang Zhizhi, Chinese basketball player

  • 1977 Milo Ventimiglia, American actor (Gilmore Girls, This is Us), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1980 Robbie Keane, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player (2004 French Open), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Hakim Warrick, American basketball player (Leones de Ponce, Memphis Grizzlies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Joshua Alba, American actor
  • 1982 Sophia Bush, American actress
  • 1983 Jaroslav Janiš, Czech racing car driver
  • 1983 John Bowker, American baseball player
  • 1984 Alexis Dziena, American actress
  • 1985 Jamie Cook, British musician (Arctic Monkeys)
  • 1986 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Kevin Chappell, American golfer (US Open 2011 3rd), born in Fresno, California
  • 1987 Vlada Roslyakova, Russian model
  • 1991 Virgil van Dijk, Dutch footballer (Liverpool FC, Netherlands national team captain), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • 1992 Taylor Maine Pearl Brooks, daughter of country singer Garth Brooks
  • 1992 Benjamin Grosvenor, British pianist
  • 1998 Jaden Smith, American actor (The Karate Kid), born in Malibu, California