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Famous Birthdays on May 18

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 217

  • 1048 Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1186 Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)
  • 1474 Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)
  • 1610 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (d. 1664)
  • 1662 George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • 1692 Joseph Butler, English theologian and bishop, born in Wantage, England (d. 1752)
  • 1711 Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer
  • 1742 Lionel Lukin, British life boat pioneer, born in Great Dunmow, Essex (d. 1834)
  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemia clarinetist/composer (5th clarinet flap)
  • 1759 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • 1778 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • 1785 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)
  • 1788 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, born in Annan, Scotland (d. 1827)
  • 1797 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • 1798 Ethan Allen Hitchcock, American Major General (Union Army), born in Vergennes, Vermont (d. 1870)
  • 1815 Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), (d. 1891)

  • 1817 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • 1819 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Karl Goldmark, Austro-Hungarian composer (Sakuhtala), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1915)
  • 1836 Isidor Vorobchievici, Urainian composer, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1903)
  • 1850 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • 1851 James Budd, American politician, Governor of California (1895-99), born in Janesville, Wisconsin (d. 1908)
  • 1852 Gertrude Käsebier, pioneering American photgrapher, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1854 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel, To My Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)
  • 1862 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist
  • 1863 William Heinemann, English publisher (Heinnemann), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1920)
  • 1864 Jan P Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter, etcher, lithographer and art historian

Person of interestNicholas II

1868 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia (1894-1917), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

  • 1869 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria/general-fieldmarshall
  • 1871 Franiska [Franny] zu Reventlow, German writer and feminist, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1918)

Person of interestBertrand Russell

1872 Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher (Nobel 1950), born in Trellech, England (d. 1970)

Philosopher Bertrand Russell
Philosopher
Bertrand Russell
  • 1875 Guido Alberto Fano, Italian composer and pianist, born in Padua (d. 1961)
  • 1882 Eduardo Fabini, Uruguayan composer, born in Solís de Mataojo, Uruguay (d. 1950)
  • 1882 Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1883 Walter Gropius, architect (Bauhaus school of design), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1885 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Brazilian leader, President of Brazil (1945-50), born in Cuiabá, Brazil (d. 1974)
  • 1886 Ole Windingstad, Norwegian composer (The Tide), born in Sandefjord, Norway (d. 1959)
  • 1887 Ernst Wiechert, German writer (The Simple Life), born in Kleinort, East Prussia (d. 1950)
  • 1889 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1891 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)

  • 1896 Walter Fitzgerald, English actor, born in Devonport, England (d. 1976)

Person of interestFrank Capra

1897 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • 1897 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Juan J Domenchina, Spanish poet/interpreter (sombra desterrada)
  • 1900 Sarah Miriam Peale, American portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Henri-Pierre Sauguet, composer (La Chotte), born in Bordeaux, France
  • 1901 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • 1902 [Robert] Meredith Willson, American composer (Music Man), born in Mason City, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 1903 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1905 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1907 Robley Evans, American nuclear physicist, born in University Place, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • 1911 Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
  • 1911 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1911 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer
  • 1912 Perry Como, [Pierino], Canonsburg Pa, singer/TV (Perry Como Show)
  • 1912 Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1913 Charles Trenet, French singer and songwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Boris Godunov)
  • 1914 Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • 1917 Charles Wintour, English journalist (The Evening Standard), born in Dorset, England (d. 1999)
  • 1917 James Donald, Scottish actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Vikings, In Which We Serve, Way Ahead), born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • 1918 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), born in Mogliano, Marche, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina considered the 1st lady of British Ballet (Giselle), born in Reigate, England (1991)

Person of interestJohn Paul II

1920 Pope Saint John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)
  • 1921 Anthony Epstein, English pathologist and virologist
  • 1922 GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)
  • 1922 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Priscilla Pointer, American actress (Carrie, Mommie Dearest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, born in Gagry, USSR (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1980)
  • 1927 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • 1928 P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
  • 1928 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), born in Waycross, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • 1929 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1929 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Barbara Goldsmith, American author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Don Leslie Lind, American astronaut (STS 51-B), born in Midvale, Utah
  • 1930 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, American sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • 1930 Geoffrey Littler, CEO (County NatWest Group)
  • 1930 Warren B Rudman, (Sen-R-NH, 1980- )
  • 1931 Robert Morse, American singer and actor (Mad Men, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1931 Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1932 John Clement, chairman (Unigate Group)
  • 1933 Bernadette Chirac, French politician
  • 1933 H. D. [Haradanahalli Doddegowda] Deve Gowda, Indian politician, Prime Minster of India (1996-97), born in Haradanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore
  • 1934 Dwayne Hickman, LA, actor (Dobie Gillis, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini)
  • 1937 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (18-time MLB All Star), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1937 Jacques Santer, President (European Commission)
  • 1938 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • 1939 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • 1939 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash, Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1940 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • 1940 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • 1941 Miriam Margolyes, English actress (Babe, Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford

  • 1941 Diane McBain, actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1941 M S Longair, astronomer
  • 1942 Keith Hellawell, Chief Constable (West Yorkshire)
  • 1942 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist
  • 1942 N P (Nobby) Stiles, footballer
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, rocker (Glittergrass)
  • 1943 James Reiher, American professional wrestler
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1944 Peter Ryan, British national director (Police Training)
  • 1944 W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1945 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • 1945 John Richard Patterson, businessman

Person of interestReggie Jackson

1946 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1946 Frank Hsieh, former Premier of Taiwan
  • 1946 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Candice Azzara, actress (Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • 1948 Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1950 Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1950 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • 1951 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Denny Dillon, comedian (SNL, Dream On)
  • 1951 James Stephens, actor (Paper Chase, Devil's Island), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1951 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1951 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • 1952 Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, American sci-fi author (Door into Fire)
  • 1952 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1952 Martin R Hoke, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1952 Jeana Yeager, American aviator
  • 1953 Helen Chadwick, artist
  • 1953 [Feliciano] Butch Tavares, rocker (Tavares)
  • 1954 Martyn Wiley, writer/broadcaster
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric, rocker (Waxworks, Be Stiff)
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer

Person of interestYun Fat Chow

1955 Yun Fat Chow, Hong Kong actor (Better Tomorrow), born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong

  • 1956 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan

  • 1957 Michael Cretu, rocker (Enigma)
  • 1958 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1959 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)

Person of interestJari Kurri

1960 Jari Kurri, Finnish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Helsinki, Finland

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Person of interestYannick Noah

1960 Yannick Noah, French tennis player (French Open 1983), born in Sedan, France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 1962 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Nanne Grönvall, Swedish singer
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer
  • 1962 Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • 1963 Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1964 Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Erik Hanson, MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (d. 1995)
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American musician (dc Talk, Tait)
  • 1967 Karl Dunbar, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1967 Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver
  • 1967 Rob Base, American rapper
  • 1968 Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • 1969 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer (Toy Soldiers), born in Whittier, California
  • 1970 Clemens Zwijnenberg, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Vicky Sunohara, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)

Person of interestTina Fey

1970 Tina Fey, American actress and comedian (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), born in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 1971 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Karen Bye, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Lael Perlstrom, Laguna Beach Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995)
  • 1971 Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971 Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter
  • 1971 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972 Turner Stevenson, Prince George, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1973 Darren Van Impe, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1973 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1973 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Walter Scott, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver
  • 1974 Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player
  • 1975 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • 1975 Jack Johnson, American musician
  • 1975 Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames)
  • 1977 Lee Hendrie, English footballer
  • 1977 Danny Mills, English footballer
  • 1978 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • 1978 Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • 1979 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • 1979 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • 1979 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1980 Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician