On This Day

Famous Birthdays on May 14

  • 1316 Charles IV, King of Bohemia (1346-78) and Holy Roman Emperor (1355-78). Dies 1378
  • 1553 Margaret of Valois, Queen of France, wife of Henry IV (1572-99), daughter of Henry II, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1615)
  • 1652 Johann Philipp Fortsch, German composer, statesman and physician, born in Wertheim am Main (d. 1732)
  • 1666 Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia (d. 1732)
  • 1679 Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer
  • 1699 Hans Joachim von Zieten, Prussian field marshal (d. 1786)
  • 1701 William Emerson, English mathematician (d. 1782)
  • 1707 Antonio Teixeira, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. after 1769)
  • 1710 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70)
  • 1725 Ludovico Manin, Venetian politician, last Doge of Venice (1789-97), born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1802)
  • 1727 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), baptized
  • 1737 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, British statesman (d. 1806)
  • 1752 Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist (d. 1828)
  • 1752 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • 1771 Robert Owen, Welsh factory owner and utopian socialist, born in Newtown, Wales (d. 1858)
  • 1781 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian and parliamentarian
  • 1798 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian
  • 1805 Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer
  • 1812 Emilie Mayer, German composer of Romantic music, born in Friedland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (d. 1883)
  • 1814 Charles Beyer, German-British locomotive engineer (d. 1876)
  • 1816 Gualtiero Sanelli, Italian composer, born in Parma (d. 1861)
  • 1817 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • 1830 George Pierce Doles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1832 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (d. 1903)
  • 1836 James Patrick Major, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • 1841 Sir Squire Bancroft [Butterfield], British actor and manager known for creating 'drawing-room comedy' (Haymarket), born in Rotherhithe, London (d. 1926)
  • 1846 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
  • 1846 Pieter W A Cort van de Linden, Dutch premier (1913-18)
  • 1863 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Eleanor Everest Freer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1942)
  • 1867 Kurt Eisner, German premier of revolutionary Bavaria (1918-19)

Magnus Hirschfeld

1868 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, born in Kolberg, Prussia (d. 1935)

  • 1870 Zygmunt Denis Antoni Stojowski, composer
  • 1872 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)
  • 1878 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • 1881 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1881 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • 1883 Julian Eltinge [Dalton], American vaudeville, Broadway, and silent film female impersonator star (The Crinoline Girl), born in Newtownville, Massachusetts (d. 1941)
  • 1885 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • 1888 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (d. 1946)
  • 1890 Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • 1891 Egon Kornauth, Austrian composer, born in Olmütz, Moravia (d. 1959)
  • 1892 Arthur Vincent Lourie, Russian composer, born in Propoysk, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Felix Petyrek, Austrian composer, born in Brno, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1893 Ivan Alexandrovich Vishnegradsky, composer
  • 1893 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1895 Lew Lehr, comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1895 Renato Lunelli, composer
  • 1897 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, band leader, and composer ("Petite Fleur"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1959)
  • 1897 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • 1898 Bonifacio Gil Garcia, composer
  • 1898 [Arthur] Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer (Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), born in Bunkie, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • 1899 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1899 Earle Combs, American MLB baseball centerfielder, 1924-35 (New York Yankees), born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Tinos
  • 1900 Leo Smit, Dutch composer who died in a Nazi extermination camp, born in Amsterdam (d. 1943)
  • 1900 Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • 1903 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1904 Hans Albert Einstein, American professor (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • 1905 Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • 1906 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • 1906 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Dick Bentley, Australian comedian and actor (The Glums), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Mohammed Ayub Khan, general/premier/president (Pakistan)
  • 1907 Hans von der Groeben, German diplomat (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Johnny Moss, American poker player (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1911 Hans Vogt, German composer, born in Danzig (d. 1992)
  • 1911 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • 1912 Marguerite Fawdry, museum curator
  • 1916 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • 1916 Marco Zanuso, Italian architect
  • 1917 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • 1917 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2003)
  • 1918 Arthur McIntyre, cricket wicket-keeper (England 3 times early 50's)
  • 1919 Heloise Bowles, columnist Heloise's mother (Hints from Heloise)
  • 1919 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem party minister (CRM 1965-66)
  • 1919 Solange Chaput-Rolland, French Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1919 John Hope, American meteorologist (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker
  • 1922 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1984)

Franjo Tuđman

1922 Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician and President of Croatia (1990-1999), born in Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 1999)

  • 1923 Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi politician
  • 1924 Joly Braga Santos, Portuguese composer and conductor, born in Lisbon (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Patrice Munsel, soprano (Patrice Munsel Show), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1925 Tristram Ogilvie Cary, composer
  • 1925 Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1926 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 1984)
  • 1927 Shirley Spork, American golfer and administrator (co-founder LPGA; Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1927 Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • 1928 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1928 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • 1929 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • 1929 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), born in South Kensington, London (d. 2006)
  • 1929 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Phillipo Seed, social work academic
  • 1931 Alvin Lucier, American composer of experimental music (I Am Sitting In A Room; Music On A Long Thin Wire), born in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • 1932 Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • 1932 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1933 John Mortimore, cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)
  • 1933 Lajos Kovacs, Hungarian actor (Wings of Desire)
  • 1933 Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1933 Michael Chevalier, German voice actor
  • 1934 Frederik von Pallandt, singer
  • 1934 Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • 1934 Grady Gaines, American jazz, blues, and R&B tenor saxophonist (Little Richard; Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson), born in Waskom, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond The Sea"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1973)
  • 1936 Charlie Gracie [Graci], American rock pioneer, rhythm and blues singer, and guitarist ("Butterfly"; "Fabulous"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 Dick Howser, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star All-Star 1961, 61²; KC A's) and manager (World Series 1977, 78 NY Yankees; KC Royals 1985), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1987)
  • 1937 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer/actor (Floris)
  • 1937 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 2016)
  • 1939 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • 1939 Troy Shondell, American singer ("This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)"), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • 1940 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1940 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • 1942 Byron L Dorgan, (Rep-D-ND, 1981- )
  • 1942 Gerald Mark Shapiro, composer
  • 1942 Lord McAlpine, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1942 Tony Perez, baseball player
  • 1942 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1942 Rüdiger Vogler, German actor
  • 1943 Alan B Mollohan, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • 1943 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943 Elizabeth Ray, Marshall NC, congressman Wayne Hays' lover
  • 1943 (John) "Jack" Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"; "White Room"), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • 1943 Tania León, Cuban-born American composer (Drummin'), conductor, and educator, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1944 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune), born in London, England
  • 1944 Gene Cornish, Canadian rock bassist/vocalist (Fotomaker, Rascals - "Good Lovin'"), born in Ottawa, Ontario

George Lucas

1944 George Lucas, American film director, screenwriter, and producer (Star Wars; Indiana Jones; American Graffiti), born in Modesto, California

  • 1945 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • 1945 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1946 Alan David Marks, American concert pianist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1947 Al Ciner, American rock guitarist (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"; Three Dog Night - "Joy To The World"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, American MLB pitcher, 1972-84 (Cleveland Indians; New York Yankees and 3 other teams), and executive (Asst GM, San Francisco Giants), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • 1947 Tamara Dobson, American actress (Amazons; Cleopatra Jones), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Jon Landau, American music writer, artist manager, and record producer (Bruce Springsteen; Train; Shania Twain), born in New York City
  • 1948 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1948 Walter Olkewicz, actor (Last Resort, Wizards & Warriors), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1948 Bob Woolmer, English cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), born in Kanpur, India (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • 1950 Mark Blum, American actor (Worth Winning, Blind Date, Presidio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist (Spyro Gyra - "Morning Dance"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Season Hubley [Susan], American actress (Vice Squad, Hardcore), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Robert Zemeckis, American film director (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 David Byrne, Scottish-American rock singer-songwriter (Talking Heads - "Burning Down the House"; "Psycho Killer"), born in Dumbarton Scotland
  • 1952 Donald R McMonagle, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1952 Scott Irwin, American professional wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1953 Tom Cochrane, Canadian rock vocalist and guitarist (Red Rider - "Lunatic Fringe"), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • 1954 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • 1955 Peter Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (12 Tests, top score 104; 40 ODIs), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Dennis Martínez

1955 [Jose] Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball pitcher (Orioles, Expos, Indians), born in Granada, Nicaragua

  • 1956 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • 1956 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • 1957 William G Gregory, American USAF Major and astronaut (STS 67), born in Lockport New York
  • 1957 Big Van Vader [Leon White ], American professional wrestler (WWF, AJPW), born in Lynwood, California (d. 2018)
  • 1958 Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • 1959 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959 Patrick Bruel [Benguigui], Algerian-French actor (Coup of Sirocco), rock vocalist ("Marre de cette nana-là" - "Fed Up With That Chick"), and world class poker player, born in Tlemcen, Algeria
  • 1960 Carlyle Best, cricketer (WI batsman late 80's)
  • 1960 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, Golf Channel), born in Auckland, NZ
  • 1960 Anne Clark, British poet and avant garde recording artist, born in Croydon, Surrey, England
  • 1960 Steve Williams, American professional wrestler, known as "Dr. Death", and USFL football player, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 2009)
  • 1961 Tim Roth, British actor (Reservoir Dogs; Vincent & Theo; The Hateful Eight), born in Dulwich, London, England
  • 1961 Ulrike Folkerts, German actress
  • 1961 Alain Vigneault, Canadian NHL ice hockey coach, since 1997 (New York Rangers, 2013-18; Philadelphia Flyers, 2019-present; and two other teams), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1962 C. C. DeVille, American rocker (Poison - "Talk Dirty to Me"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Ian Astbury, British-Canadian rock singer and songwriter (The Cult - "Fire Woman"), born in Heswall, Cheshire, England
  • 1963 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1964 James M. Kelly, Capt USAF/astronaut, born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1964 Nancy Sorel, actress (Generations, Black Foix)
  • 1964 Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Curt Harnett, sprint cyclist (Olympic bronze 1992/96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965 Dave Widell, NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1965 Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1965 Kelvin Martin, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965 Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • 1966 Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli with Rob Pilatus), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Pooh Richardson, NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Mike Inez, American rock bassist (Alice in Chains - "Facelift"; Ozzy Osbourne), born in San Fernando, California
  • 1966 Marianne Denicourt, French actress
  • 1966 Raphael Saadiq, American musician (Tony! Toni! Toné!), born in Oakland California
  • 1967 Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, 400m runner, born in Des Moines, Iowa