On This Day

Famous Birthdays on May 18

  • 1048 Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher, born in Nishapur, Khorasan (now Iran) (d. 1131)
  • 1186 Konstantin Vsevolodovich, Prince of Novgorod, born in Rostov, Russia (d. 1218)
  • 1610 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker, born in Florence (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 Boscovich [Rudzer Boskovic], Croatian Italian astronomer, born in Ragusa (Dubrovnik), Republic of Ragusa (d. 1787)
  • 1742 Lionel Lukin, British life boat pioneer, born in Great Dunmow, Essex (d. 1834)
  • 1744 Joseph Beer, Bohemian clarinetist, and composer (5th clarinet flap), born in Grünwald, Bohemia (d. 1812)
  • 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 and literary critic, born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 1854)
  • 1788 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, born in Annan, Scotland (d. 1827)
  • 1792 Margaret Ann Neve, British 1st recorded female Supercentenarian, who lived in three centuries, born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey (d. 1903)
  • 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, American politician (Speaker in Confederates House of Represetnatives), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (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, English physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England (d. 1925)
  • 1851 James Budd, American politician, Governor of California (1895-99), born in Janesville, Wisconsin (d. 1908)
  • 1852 Gertrude Käsebier, American pioneering photographer, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1854 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel; To My Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1924)
  • 1862 Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German psychologist who studied the paranormal (d. 1929)
  • 1863 William Heinemann, English publisher (Heinnemann), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1920)
  • 1864 Jan P. Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter, etcher, lithographer and art historian

Nicholas II

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

  • 1869 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria and WWI Commander of the 6th army, last heir to the Bavarian throne, born in Munich (d. 1955)
  • 1871 Franiska [Franny] zu Reventlow, German writer and feminist, born in Husum, Germany (d. 1918)

Bertrand Russell

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

  • 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 Charles "Babe" Adams, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1906-26 (1 game with St. Louis Cardinals; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1883 Walter Gropius, German architect (founder of the Bauhaus school), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1969)
  • 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 in Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (leaded gasoline), born in Beaver Fall, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)
  • 1890 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), born in Dungannon, Ireland (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Rudolf Carnap, German American philosopher (German Logical Positivist), born in Ronsdorf, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1892 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass singer (South Pacific; RCA Victor Show), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1957)
  • 1894 Lou Hooper, Canadian jazz pianist, and educator, born in North Buxton, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Augusto Sandino, Nicaraguan patriot and revolutionary, born in Niquinohomo, Nicaragua (d. 1934)
  • 1896 Walter Fitzgerald, English actor, born in Devonport, England (d. 1976)

Frank Capra

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

  • 1897 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1898 Juan José Domenchina, Spanish poet and interpreter (sombra desterrada), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1959)
  • 1900 Sarah Miriam Peale, American portrait painter (General Lafayette, 1825), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)
  • 1901 Harry Robert Wilson, American composer, born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1901 Vincent du Vigneaud, American biochemist (1955 Nobel Prize for Chemisty for work on cyclic peptide oxytocin), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Henri Sauguet [Poupard], French organist and composer (Symphonie Expiatoire; La Chotta), born in Bordeaux (d. 1989)
  • 1902 [Robert] Meredith Willson, American composer (The 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 (Requiem Ebraico), born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1905 Theodor Berger, Austrian composer (Sinfonia Parabolica), born in Traismauer an der Donau, Austria (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Dick McPartland, American jazz guitarist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • 1907 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1907 Robley Evans, American nuclear physicist, born in University Place, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Carl Mydans, American photojournalist (Life Magazine), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Fred Perry, English tennis player and broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, and museum director (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 1959-75) born Ede, Netherlands (d. 1979)
  • 1911 "Big" Joe Turner, American blues singer ("Corrine Corrina"; "Shake Rattle & Roll"), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 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 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Richard Brooks, American film director (Blackboard Jungle; In Cold Blood), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1913 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), born in Narbonne, France (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (1993)
  • 1914 Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France (d. 1982)
  • 1915 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader (Iroquois Confederacy) (d. 1996)
  • 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 (d. 1991)

John Paul II

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

  • 1920 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Anthony Epstein, English pathologist and virologist (Epstein–Barr virus)
  • 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)
  • 1925 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), born in Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire (d. 1979)
  • 1926 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke; Mig og mafiaen), born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1980)
  • 1926 Lou Bennett, American bebop pianist, and jazz organist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • 1928 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on submarines, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2020)
  • 1928 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Bonanza - "Adam"; Trapper John, M.D.), born in Waycross, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • 1929 John Nicolaas Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair, Transavia, Air Holland), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • 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 USN Commander, and pilot, and NASA astronaut (STS-51-B), born in Midvale, Utah
  • 1930 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, American sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • 1930 Warren Rudman, American politician (Sen-R-NH, 1980-93), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 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 "Mad's Maddest Artist", born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Bernadette Chirac, French politician and wife of President Jacques Chirac, born in Paris, France
  • 1933 H. D. [Haradanahalli Doddegowda] Deve Gowda, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1996-97), born in Haradanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore
  • 1934 Dwayne Hickman, American actor (Dobie Gillis; How to Stuff a Wild Bikini), born in Los Angeles, California

Brooks Robinson

1937 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • 1937 Jacques Santer, Luxembourg politician (President of the European Commission 1995-99), born in Wasserbillig, Lexembourg
  • 1938 Janet Fish, American realist artist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • 1939 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate, born in La Kalsa, Palermo, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1939 Gary S. Paxton [Larry Wayne Stevens], American musician and songwriter (Monster Mash; Alley Oop), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Neil McCarthy, American college basketball coach (Weber State Uni 1974-85, New Mexico State Uni 1985-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Marshall Stoneham, British physicist, born inn Barrow-in-Furness, England (d. 2011)
  • 1940 Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1941 Miriam Margolyes, British-Australian character actress (Babe; Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford, England
  • 1941 Diane McBain, American actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1941 Malcolm Longair, British physicist (Jacksonian chair at Cavendish Laboratory), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1941 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), born in Longreach, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • 1942 Keith Hellawell, English Chief Constable (West Yorkshire) and government 'drugs czar', born in Kirkburton, England
  • 1942 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist
  • 1942 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Rodney Dillard, American musician (Glittergrass), born in Salem, Missouri
  • 1943 James Reiher 'Deuce', American professional wrestler, born in Fiji
  • 1943 Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Fijian-born American professional wrestler, born in Suva, British Fiji (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Albert Hammond, British singer-songwriter ("It Never Rains In Southern California"), born in London, England
  • 1944 Peter Ryan, British national director (Police Training)
  • 1944 W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (Austerlitz), born in Wertach, Germany (d. 2001)

Reggie Jackson

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

  • 1946 Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese politician, Premier of Taiwan (2005-6), born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1946 Andreas Katsulas, American actor (Babylon 5), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1947 Candice Azzara, American actress (Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 John Bruton, Irish politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994-97), born in, Dunboyle, Ireland
  • 1948 Felix MH Troch, Flemish actor and director (Gekkenbriefje)
  • 1948 Joe Bonsall, American country singer (Oak Ridge Boys - "Elvira"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Rick Wakeman, British session pianist (Cat Stevens; David Bowie), progressive rock keyboardist (Yes), and composer, born in London
  • 1949 Stuart Gannes, American writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949 William Wallace, Canadian musician (The Guess Who - "American Woman"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1949 Jim McNeely, American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger (Mel Lewis; Stan Getz; Phil Woods), and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Rodney Milburn Jr, American hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1950 Thomas Gottschalk, German radio and TV host (Telespiele), born in Bamberg, Germany
  • 1950 Mark Mothersbaugh, American new wave rock singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (Devo - "Whip It"), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1951 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Weferlingen, East Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Denny Dillon, American comedian (SNL, Dream On), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 James Stephens, American 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 (Kansas City Royals), born in Galesburg, Illinois
  • 1951 Mike Baird, American session drummer (Donna Summer; Rick Springfiel; Eddie Money; Richard Marx; Kenny Rogers), born in South Gate, California
  • 1952 Diane Duane, American sci-fi author (Door into Fire), born in New York City
  • 1952 George Strait, American country singer ("All My Exes Live in Texas"), born in Pearsall, Texas
  • 1952 Martin Hoke, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio), born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • 1952 Jeana Yeager, American aviator (1st non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1953 Helen Chadwick, English artist, born in Croydon, England (d. 1996)
  • 1953 (Feliciano) "Butch" Tavares, American R&B singer (Tavares - "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1954 Wreckless Eric [Eric Goulden], British new wave rock singer-songwriter ("Whole Wide World"), born in Newhaven, England
  • 1954 Reinhold Heil, German composer, born in Schlüchtern, Germany
  • 1954 Jaques Morelenbaum, Brazilian cellist, arranger, conductor, and composer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Yun Fat Chow

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

  • 1956 James Moginie, Australian rock musician, and songwriter (Midnight Oil - "Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine"), born 64) Kalamunda, Western Australia, Australia
  • 1956 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1957 Michael Cretu, Romanian-German rocker (Enigma - "Sadeness, Part 1"), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1958 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys), born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1958 Toyah Wilcox, English singer ("I Want to Be Free"), actress, and Mrs. Robert Fripp, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1959 Graham Dilley, English cricket fast bowler (41 Tests, 138 wickets; Kent CCC, Worcestershire CCC), born in Dartford, England (d. 2011)

Jari Kurri

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

  • 1961 Hugh Whitaker, British rock drummer (The Housemartins), born in England
  • 1962 Mike Whitmarsh, American beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 (Marianne) "Nanne" Grönvall (nee Nordqvist), Swedish pop singer and songwriter, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1962 Sandra Cretu, German singer (Close to Seven), born in Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 1962 Mike Darnell, American television executive 'the King of Reality TV' (Fox, Warner Bros), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Marty McSorley, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1964 Will Wolford, American NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Erik Hanson, American MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1988-89; Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • 1965 Ingo Schwichtenberg, German drummer (Helloween), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1966 Michael Tait, American Christian musician (dc Talk, Tait), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1967 Karl Dunbar, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1967 Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver (Williams), born in Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • 1967 Rob Base [Ginyard], American rapper (Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - "It Takes Two"), born in Harlem, New York
  • 1969 Martika [Marta Marrero], Cuban-American singer ("Toy Soldiers"), born in Whittier, California
  • 1969 Ettore Carucci, Italian jazz pianist and composer, born in Taranto, Italy
  • 1969 Layne Flack, American poker player (6 x World Series of Poker bracelets), born in Rapid City, South Dakota (d. 2021)
  • 1970 Clemens Zwijnenberg, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Vicky Sunohara, Canadian ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)

Tina Fey

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

  • 1971 Ben Coleman, American guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 1971 Craig Hentrich, American NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Alton, Illinois
  • 1971 Karyn Bye-Dietz, American ice hockey forward (Olympic Gold-1998 & Silver-2002), born in River Falls, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Rich Garces, Venezuelan MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Maracay Venezuela
  • 1971 Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter, born in North Hollywood, California
  • 1971 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972 Turner Stevenson, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Prince George, British Columbia
  • 1973 Darren Van Impe, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon
  • 1973 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward and coach (Golden State Warriors), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in new Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1973 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver and commentator, born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • 1974 Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player and analyst, born in Brooklyn, New York