Famous Birthdays on May 21

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120 BC Aurelia Cotta, Mother of Julius Caesar, born in Rome (d. 54 BC)

Mother of Julius Caesar Aurelia Cotta
Mother of Julius Caesar
Aurelia Cotta
  • 1471 Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker

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1527 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98) and Portugal (1580-98), born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1598)

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1633 Joseph de La Barre, composer
  • 1653 Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)
  • 1671 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer
  • 1680 Frederich Karl Erbach, composer

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1688 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England

  • 1720 Antonio Corbisiero, composer
  • 1722 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, composer
  • 1755 Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)
  • 1763 Joseph Fouché, French statesman (d. 1820)
  • 1775 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano

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1780 Elizabeth Fry, English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister who is depicted on the British £5 note, born in Norwich, England (d. 1845)

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1792 Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, French scientist (d. 1843)
  • 1796 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, (d. 1876)
  • 1799 Mary Anning, Lyme Regis, Dorset, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset)
  • 1821 John F Loudon, Dutch entrepreneur/colonial director
  • 1822 Dabney Herndon Maury, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1900)
  • 1822 Mosby Monroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • 1825 George Lafayette Beal, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norway, Maine (d. 1896)
  • 1826 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro
  • 1827 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (d. 1899)
  • 1832 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (d. 1917)
  • 1835 Newton Martin Curtis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in De Peyster, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1835 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)
  • 1841 Joseph Parry, Welsh composer and musician, born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (d. 1903)
  • 1843 Charles-Albert Gobat, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize, born in Tramelan, Switzerland (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Louis Renault, French lawyer
  • 1844 Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter (The Dream, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope), born in Laval, France (d. 1910)
  • 1850 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • 1851 Leon Bourgeois, French politician, internationalist (Nobel 1920)
  • 1853 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (d. 1905)
  • 1855 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • 1858 Jose Battle Ordonez, Uruguay, politician
  • 1860 Willam Einthoven, Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)
  • 1860 Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist (Invented the electrocardiodiogram, awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), Semarang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1927)
  • 1864 Princess Stephanie of Belgium (d. 1945)
  • 1867 John James Ferris, cricketer (mighty Australian bowler of late 1880's)
  • 1867 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer
  • 1872 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1873 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1873 Everard Verachtert, Flemish translator (I speak beschaafd Dutch)
  • 1873 Hans Berger, German neuroscientist (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, American inventor (hydroplane)
  • 1878 Louis de Visser, Dutch politician (CPN)
  • 1880 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer
  • 1880 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier, Hostage Rights of Aemstel), born (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920)
  • 1885 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)

  • 1887 Mabel "Nell" Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1888 May Aufderheide, composer
  • 1890 Albert van Raalte, conductor (AVRO-orchestra)
  • 1892 John Peale Bishop, US poet (This Side of Paradise)
  • 1893 Arthur Carr, cricket captain (England v Australia 1926)
  • 1898 Armand Hammer, American millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum), born in NYC, New York
  • 1898 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, born in Vizovice, Moravia (d. 1972)
  • 1899 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Horace Heidt, Alameda California, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon)
  • 1901 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • 1902 Earl Averill, baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Marcel Lajos Breuer, Hungarian-born architect (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • 1903 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • 1903 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina

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1904 Fats Waller [Thomas Wright], American jazz singer and composer (Ain't Misbehavin'), born in NYC, New York (d. 1943)

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller
  • 1904 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), born in Fishkill Landing, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Edward Lockspeiser, composer
  • 1906 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • 1909 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1909 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • 1912 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (d. 1976)
  • 1916 Harold Robbins, American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Joseph Janni, producer
  • 1916 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), born in Singapore (d. 2017)
  • 1916 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Dennis Day, Irish tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy)
  • 1917 Heather Swift, local councillor
  • 1917 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • 1917 Raymond Burr, BC Canada, actor (Perry Mason, Ironsides, Godzilla)
  • 1917 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • 1918 Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist
  • 1919 Lord Maxwell, senator/prof (college of Justice Scotland)
  • 1919 Mark Wood, bishop (Ludlow)
  • 1920 Anthony Steel, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse), born in London, England

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1921 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (1975 Nobel), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1989)

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1921 Leona Wood, painter and dancer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1923 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1923 Bettye Danoff, LPGA golfer
  • 1923 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter
  • 1923 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Peggy Cass, actress/TV panelist (To Tell the Truth, Mame), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1924 Robert Parris, composer (Book of Imaginery Beings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer
  • 1926 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • 1926 Rick Jason, American actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • 1927 George Levy, antique dealer/heritage campaigner
  • 1927 Kay Kendall, Yorkshire England, actress (Genevieve, Les Girls)
  • 1928 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)
  • 1929 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1929 Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)
  • 1930 David Smith, principal/vice chancellor (Edinburgh University)

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1930 Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83), born in Toorak, Victoria

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1930 Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)
  • 1931 Desmond Wilcox, broadcaster
  • 1931 George Vassiliou, president of Cyprus (1988-93)
  • 1932 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • 1932 John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)
  • 1932 Robert Sherlaw Johnson, composer
  • 1933 Maurice André, French trumpeter, (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • 1934 Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1935 Terry Lightfoot, clarinetist/bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen)
  • 1936 Ama Samy, Burma, Jesuit priest/Zen teacher/disciple of Yamada Koun
  • 1936 Dipak Nandy, founder (Runnymead Trust)
  • 1936 Abdul Taib Mahmud, 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak (1981-2014) and 7th Governor of Sarawak (2014-), born in Miri, Kingdom of Sarawak
  • 1938 David Groh, American actor (Joe-Rhoda, Don-Another Day), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Heinz Holliger, composer, oboist, & conductor

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1940 Tony Sheridan, English singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Norwich, England (d. 2013)

Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist Tony Sheridan
Singer-Songwriter and and Guitarist
Tony Sheridan
  • 1941 Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, USSR, cosmonaut (TM-4)
  • 1941 Ronald Isley, singer (Isley Brothers-Twist & Shout), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1941 Martin Carthy, English musician
  • 1942 David Hunt, British Conservative politician, born in Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
  • 1942 Robert C Springer, Col USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1943 Hilton Valentine, rock guitarist (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • 1944 Janet Dailey, American author
  • 1944 Manual Pina, fashion designer
  • 1944 Marcie Blane, American singer, born in New York City
  • 1944 Mary Robinson, President of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )
  • 1944 Mike Degett, horse trainer
  • 1945 Ernst Willi Messerschmid, Reutlingen Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
  • 1945 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2017)
  • 1946 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1946 Ronald Bear, actor and director (Make-up), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1947 Bill Champlin, rocker, born in Oakland, California
  • 1947 Dorothy Germain, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 Jonathan Hyde, Australian-born actor
  • 1948 Leo Sayer, [Gerard], England, singer (When I Need Love)
  • 1948 Carol Potter, American actress (Beverly Hills 90210, Today's FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949 Andrew Neil, Scottish newspaper editor, (Sunday Times), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1949 Arno Hintjens, Belgian singer (T C Matic)
  • 1949 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1951 Al Franken, US politician (Senate-D-Minnesota 2009-) comedian, writer, actor (SNL), born in New York City

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1952 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor (A-Team, Rocky III, T & T), born in Chicago, Illinois

Actor Mr. T
Actor
Mr. T
  • 1954 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1954 Marina Langner, Dusseldorf Germany, Miss World runner-up (1975)
  • 1954 Marc Ribot, American musician
  • 1955 John Glavin, rock keyboardist (Molly Hatchet
  • 1955 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • 1955 Stan Lynch, rock drummer (Tommy Petty & Heartbreakers), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1957 Judge Reinhold, actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1957 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1957 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer
  • 1957 Nadine Dorries, British politician
  • 1957 Renée Soutendijk, Dutch actress
  • 1958 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • 1958 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • 1958 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic Gold 1984), born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (The Notebook), born in New York City
  • 1959 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)
  • 1960 Mark Kevin Carnevale, PGA golfer (1992 Chattanooga), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1960 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player
  • 1960 Mohanlal, Indian actor

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1960 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1994)

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1961 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • 1963 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1963 Richard Appel, American writer
  • 1963 Kevin Shields, Musician (My Bloody Valentine)
  • 1964 Annabel Schofield, Llanelli Wales, actress (Laurel Ellis-Dallas)
  • 1964 Tom Harding, Kalamazoo Mich, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Transamerica)
  • 1964 Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964 Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • 1964 Nancy Daus, American professional wrestler (d. 2007)
  • 1964 Carolyn Lawrence, American actress
  • 1966 Manon Kelley, Canadian actress (Red Lips 2), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1967 Cindy Haley, LPGA golfer (1987 Texas Amateur-2nd), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1967 Rogel Nachum, Israel, Men's triple jump (Oly-1996)
  • 1967 Todd Doohan, Sarnia Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Western Ont Amateur-92)
  • 1967 Tracy Simien, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
  • 1968 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • 1969 Reid Simpson, Flin Flon, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1969 Masayo Kurata, Japanese voice actress
  • 1969 Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer
  • 1970 Dorsey Levens, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Oly-98)
  • 1970 Scott "Munnster" Munn, Larkspur California, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1970 Veronica Sanchez, Michoan Mexico, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17-1994)
  • 1970 Carl Veart, Australian former footballer
  • 1971 Eric Nies, actor (MTV Real World, Grind)
  • 1971 Jeff Stavroff, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Space Coast-4), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1972 Alesha Oreskovich, playmate (Jun, 1993), born in Tampa, Florida