On This Day

Famous Birthdays on May 16

  • 1558 Andreas of Austria, Bohemia cardinal and Governor of Netherlands (1598-1600)
  • 1578 Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)
  • 1609 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1641)
  • 1611 Innocent XI [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, 240th Pope (1676-89), born in Como (d. 1689)
  • 1641 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • 1659 Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist
  • 1710 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (d. 1782)
  • 1718 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
  • 1748 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • 1761 John Opie, English painter, born in Trevellas, Cornwall (d. 1807)
  • 1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • 1782 John Sell Cotman, English water color artist, born in Norwich, England (d. 1842)
  • 1788 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)

William H. Seward

1801 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), born in Florida, New York (d. 1872)

  • 1804 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator, founder of first English-language kindergarten in the US, born in Billerica, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1806 George C. Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1886)
  • 1819 Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (d. 1894)
  • 1822 Eduard Hille, Dutch composer/conductor
  • 1824 Edmund Kirby Smith, American General (Confederate Army), born in St Augustine, Florida (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Levi Parsons Morton, (R) 22nd US VP (1889-93)
  • 1827 P.J.H. [Pierre] Cuypers, Dutch architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station), born in Roermond, the Netherlands (d. 1921)

David Edward Hughes

1831 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • 1832 Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)
  • 1850 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • 1857 Juan Morel Campos, composer
  • 1858 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Hanus Trnecek, Czech composer and conductor, born in Prague (d. 1914)

H. H. Holmes

1861 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

  • 1866 Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1878 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1880 Julian Tannen, NY, comedian (Great Moment)
  • 1887 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), born in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1950)
  • 1887 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • 1889 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • 1891 Richard Tauber [Denemy], Austrian-British operatic tenor and film actor, born in Linz, Austria (d. 1948)
  • 1892 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • 1893 Jose Calvo Sotelo, Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
  • 1893 Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer
  • 1897 Walther Geiser, composer
  • 1898 August de Schrijver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
  • 1898 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Jan Kiepura, Polish vocalist and actor (Her Wonderful Lie; Give Us This Night), born in Sosnowiec, Poland (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1905 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)

Henry Fonda

1905 Henry Fonda, American stage and screen actor (Mr. Roberts; 12 Angry Men; On Golden Pond), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1982)

  • 1906 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1906 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • 1906 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • 1906 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1908 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • 1908 John Holland, American actor (My Fair Lady, Chinatown), born in Fremont, Nebraska (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • 1909 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades, The Shop Around the Corner), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1960)
  • 1910 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Olaff J de Landell [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • 1912 Studs Terkel, American author/host (Stud's Place, Working), born in NYC, New York
  • 1913 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1914 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • 1916 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Bernard Braden, Canadian-born British broadcaster and actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Irene Ighodaro, Sierra Leonean doctor and social reformer, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Geraint Jones, Welsh conductor and organist, born in Porth, Wales (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • 1918 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • 1918 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • 1918 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1918 Aubrey Bowman, British pianist, composer, and conductor (Workman's Music Association), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), born near Manchester (d. 1997)

Liberace

1919 Liberace [Wladziu Valentino], American pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

  • 1919 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), born in Saint-Mandé, Seine (d. 1967)
  • 1920 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), born in Saugus, California (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • 1922 Colin Cole, Principal King of Arms
  • 1922 Russell Wood, treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
  • 1923 Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambian politician. Prime Minister (1962-70), President of Gambia (1970-94), born in Barajally, British Gambia
  • 1924 Frank F Mankiewicz, American columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer
  • 1925 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • 1927 John Walford, solicitor
  • 1927 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2017)

Billy Martin

1928 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

  • 1928 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • 1928 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1929 John Conyers, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1965-2017), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1929 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • 1929 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • 1930 Desmond Langley, British army officer and Governor of Bermuda, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Don Conicannon, government minister
  • 1930 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1930 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Donald James Martino, composer (Noturnno-Pulitzer 1974), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1931 Jack Dodson, American actor (Howard Sprage- "The Andy Griffith Show"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1994)
  • 1931 Lowell P Weicker, American politician (Sen-R-CT, (1971-88), Governor of Connecticut), born in Paris, France
  • 1931 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931 Denise Filiatrault, French Canadian actress and director (The Plouffe Family), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • 1931 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1932 Isaac "Redd" Holt, US drummer (Young-Holt Unlimited-In Crowd)
  • 1934 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1934 Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • 1935 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), born in Les Andelys, France (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Roy Hudd, British comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal
  • 1937 James Hunt Jr, American politician (Governor of North Carolina 1993-2001), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1937 Yvonne Craig, actress (Batgirl-Batman, Kissin Cousin), born in Taylorville, Illinois (d. 2015)

Ivan Sutherland

1938 Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

  • 1940 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • 1941 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer

Aldrich Ames

1941 Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

  • 1943 Dan Coats, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1981-89, Sen-R-IN 1989-99, 2011-17, Director of National Intelligence 2017-19), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1943 Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
  • 1944 Billy Cobham, Panamanian-American jazz drummer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), born in Colón, Panama
  • 1944 Danny Trejo, American actor
  • 1945 Brewster H Shaw Jr, Mich, Col USAF/astro (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)
  • 1945 James Moran, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1945 Nicky Chinn, English songwriter/producer (Chinn & Chapman)
  • 1946 Robert Fripp, British progressive rock guitarist, composer (King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"; Fripp & Eno; Bowie - "Heroes"), record producer (Roches; Peter Gabriel; Darryl Hall), and Mr. Toyah Wilcox, born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset
  • 1946 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1946 Roger Earl, British drummer (Foghat - "Slow Ride"), born in Hampton Court Palace, London, England
  • 1947 Barbara Lee, American singer (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Bill Smitrovich, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 1947 Darrell Sweet, British hard rock drummer (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1999)
  • 1948 Katia Dandoulaki, Greek actress
  • 1948 Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1950 Jock Bartley, American singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Firefall - "Just Remember I Love You"), born in Hutchinson, Kansas
  • 1950 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • 1950 Ray Condo [Tremblay], Canadian rockabilly guitarist and sax player, born in Hull, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1951 Jonathan Richman, American rock singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers - "Road Runner"), born in Natick, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles, France
  • 1952 James Herndon, American media psychologist

Pierce Brosnan

1953 Pierce Brosnan, Irish actor (Remington Steele, Golden Eye), born in Drogheda, Ireland

  • 1953 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • 1953 Richard Page, American singer and bassist (Mr Mister- "Broken Wings"; "Kyrie"), born in Keokuk, Iowa
  • 1953 Rick Rhoden, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star (1976, 86; Silver Slugger Award 1984–86; LA Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 1954 Janet Maw, actress (Sparrow, King John, Mayor of Casterbridge)
  • 1954 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1954 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1955 Debra Winger, American actress (Terms of Endearment, Officer & Gentleman), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1955 Hazel O'Connor, British singer-songwriter ("Eighth Day"; "Will You?"),and actress (Breaking Glass), born in Coventry, England
  • 1955 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Olga Korbut

1955 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus

  • 1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American long distance athlete (Olympic gold, marathon 1984; WR 1980, 82; Boston Marathon 1979, 83), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • 1958 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1959 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959 Mare Winningham, actress (St Elmo's Fire, Turner & Hooch), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1960 Anne Parillaud, actress (Subway, Nikita, Innocent Blood), born in Paris, France
  • 1961 Nina Arvesen, actress (Cassandra-Young & Restless), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1961 Kevin McDonald, Canadian comedian and actor
  • 1961 Charles Wright, American professional wrestler known as "The Godfather"
  • 1962 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • 1963 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • 1963 Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
  • 1964 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1964 Boyd Tinsley, American violinist and mandolin player (Dave Matthews Band, 1992-2018; Crystal Garden, 2015-), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1965 Brent Jasmer, actor (Sly-Bold & Beautiful), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965 Krist Novoselic, American rock bassist, and accordion player (Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Giants In The Trees), born in Compton, California

Janet Jackson

1966 Janet Jackson, American pop singer (Control, "Nasty"), sister of Michael, born in Gary, Indiana

  • 1966 Scott Reeves, American actor (Ryan-Young & Restless), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966 Thurman Thomas, American NFL running back, 1988-2000 (Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1967 Kirmo Lintinen, Finnish jazz and contemporary classical pianist, conductor, and composer (Cantata Proverbiorum), born in Saarijärvi, Finland
  • 1968 Ralph Tresvant, American singer (New Edition), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Chingmy Yau, Hong Kong actress (Naked Killer), born in Hong Kong
  • 1968 Patrick Waite, British reggae-rock bassist (Musical Youth - "Pass the Dutchie"), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1993)
  • 1968 Andrew Nethsingha, British organist, choral conductor, and music director (St John's College, Cambridge, 2007-), born in Exeter, England
  • 1969 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Tracey Gold, American actress (Carol-Growing Pains, Incredible Sunday), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 David Boreanaz, American actor (Angel, Bones), born in Buffalo, New York

Tucker Carlson

1969 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator (Tucker Carlson Tonight), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1969 Steve Lewis, American athlete
  • 1970 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player (US Open 1990), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971 Khari Jones, Canadian American football player (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores) and coach (Montreal Alouettes), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1971 Rachel Goswell, English singer and songwriter (Slowdive, Mojave 3)
  • 1972 Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina
  • 1972 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • 1972 Khary Payton, American actor (The Walking Dead; Bobbleheads:The Movie), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1972 Andrzej Duda, Polish politician, President of Poland (2015-), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1973 Jason Acuña "Wee-Man", American television personality
  • 1973 Tori Spelling, American actress and reality TV star (90210), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 Adam Richman, American TV personality (Man v Food), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1974 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • 1974 Sonny Sandoval, American singer (P.O.D.)
  • 1975 Tony Kakko, Finnish singer (Sonata Arctica)
  • 1975 Tonéx, American singer
  • 1977 Dolcenera, Italian singer
  • 1977 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player