Famous Birthdays on May 22

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  • 1622 Louis de Buade de Frontenac, French soldier and Governor General of New France, born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1698)
  • 1671 Abraham Patras, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1735-37), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1737)
  • 1715 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesma, born in Saint-Marcel d'Ardèche, France (d. 1794)
  • 1722 Johannes Schmidlin, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1772)
  • 1724 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (made important discoveries in the south Indian Ocean, in Tasmania and in New Zealand), born in St Malo, France (d. 1772)
  • 1759 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • 1770 Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, 7th child and 3rd daughter of King George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1840)
  • 1772 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (founded Brahmo Sabha), born in Radhanagar, British India (d. 1833)
  • 1780 Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, composer
  • 1783 Thomas Forbes Walmisley, English composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1866)
  • 1804 John William Livingston, American Commander (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1808 Gérard de Nerval [Gérard Labrunie], French writer, born in Paris (d. 1855)

Person of interestRichard Wagner

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer (The Ring of the Nibelung, Flying Dutchman), born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany (d. 1883)

Composer Richard Wagner
Composer
Richard Wagner
  • 1820 Alexander Fesca, German pianist and composer, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1821 Alfred Sully, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1823 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), born in Oxford, New York (d. 1889)

  • 1823 Isabella Glyn Dallas, British Shakespearean actress, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1889)
  • 1826 George Parr, English cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st Eng touring capt), born in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1891)
  • 1828 Bartel Wilton, Dutch ship builder, born in Rotterdam (d. 1898)
  • 1841 Catulle Mendès, French poet, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1909)
  • 1844 Mary Cassatt, American impressionist painter (Woman Bathing), born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1846 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, born in Saluda, Indiana (d. 1930)
  • 1849 Louis Perrier, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1913)
  • 1850 Johann Schrammel, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1893)
  • 1852 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, born in Dun-le-Roi, France (d. 1920)

Person of interestArthur Conan Doyle

1859 Arthur Conan Doyle, British author who brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • 1862 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), born in Beringen, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • 1865 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • 1874 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, born in Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony (d. 1959)
  • 1874 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, born in Enna, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Eastwood Lane, American composer, born in Brewerton, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1879 Jean Cras, French composer, born in Brest, France (d. 1932)
  • 1879 Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21), born in Kyneton, Australia (d. 1947)
  • 1879 Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (Blood and Sand), born in Yalta, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1884 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, born in Lugo di Romagna (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Julio Fonseca, Costa Rican composer, born in San José, Costa Rica (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian Socialist Party leader, born in Fratta Polesine, Italy (d. 1924)
  • 1885 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, born in Kitsuki, Ōita, Japan (d. 1957
  • 1891 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), born in Châlons-sur-Marne, France (d. 1985)
  • 1891 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • 1891 Robert Gordon Sproul, American educator and college president (University of California), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1975)

  • 1891 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1963)
  • 1892 Louis van Tulder, Dutch tenor (From Office Stool to High C), born in Amsterdam (d. 1969)
  • 1897 Robert Neumann, Austrian-British author (Waters of Babylon), born in Vienna (d. 1975)
  • 1898 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), born in Denmark (d. 1977)
  • 1900 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle, born in Calais, France (d. 1979)
  • 1901 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1902 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • 1903 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • 1904 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and writer (Bartje), born in Assen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1904 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, born in Valga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1907 Harry Ritz [Joachim], American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Silent Movie), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1986)

Person of interestLaurence Olivier

1907 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

Person of interestHergé

1907 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), born in Etterbeek, Belgium (d. 1983)

Cartoonist Hergé
Cartoonist
Hergé
  • 1908 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker and cinematographer (Tang), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1970)
  • 1908 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)
  • 1910 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), born in Windom, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1911 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), born in Lozova, Kharkov Governorate, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, American actor (The Pilgrim Lady, The Triumph of the Rat), born in Los Angeles County, California (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Vance Packard, American journalist and author (The Hidden Persuaders), born in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jean-Louis Curtis [Albert Laffitte], French novelist (The Forests of the Night), born in Orthez, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Georg Tintner, Austrian conductor, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Nathan Davis, American actor (Dunston Checks In, Holes, Code of Silence), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1918 David Land, impressario and theatre producer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Paul Vanden Boeynants, Prime Minister of Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79), born in Forest, Belgium (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, English industrial relations academic, born in Truro, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2004)
  • 1922 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Quinn Martin, American television producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1923 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, born in New York, United States (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer (Monsieur Carnavel, Tin Drum), born in Paris, France (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (movement objects), born in Fribourg, Switzerland (d. 1991)
  • 1925 James King, American tenor, born in Dodge City, Kansas (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), born in Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Michael Constantine, American actor (Room 222, Don't Drink the Water), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1927 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1928 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas
  • 1928 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co), born in Holdenville, Oklahoma
  • 1929 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece
  • 1930 Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch politician (State Secretary for the Interior 1986-94), born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)

Person of interestHarvey Milk

1930 Harvey Milk, American politician and gay activist, born in Woodmere, New York (d. 1978)

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1930 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • 1930 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Peter Nero, American conductor and pianist (A Sunday in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1936 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936 M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and writer (The Road Less Traveled), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Frank Converse, American actor (It's About Time, Dr Cook's Garden, Movin' On), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1938 Richard Benjamin, American director and actor (Goodbye Columbus, He & She), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Susan Strasberg, American actress (In Praise of Older Women, Manitou), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Bernard Shaw, American news correspondant (CBS, CNN), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India's big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
  • 1940 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1941 Sebastian Forbes, composer
  • 1941 Menzies Campbell, British politician (Member of Parliament for North East Fife), born in Glasgow
  • 1941 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1942 Barbara Parkins, Canadian-American actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1942 Calvin Simon, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-1 Nation Under a Groove), born in Beckley, West Virginia
  • 1942 Malika Sabirova, Soviet Tajik ballet dancer, born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan (d. 1982)
  • 1942 Pallo Jordan, South African politician and ANC member, born in Kroonstad, Free State

Person of interestTed Kaczynski

1942 Ted Kaczynski, American serial killer and terrorist known as the "Unabomber", born in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist Ted Kaczynski
Serial Murderer and Domestic Terrorist
Ted Kaczynski
  • 1943 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana

  • 1943 Betty Williams, Northern Irish political activist (Nobel Peace Prize 1976), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1943 Gesine Schwan, German politician (Social Democratic Party of Germany) and professor, born in Berlin
  • 1946 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • 1946 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • 1948 Richard Baker, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 6th district), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1950 Bernie Taupin, British singer and lyricist (writes with Elton John), born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire
  • 1950 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician (Member of the European Parliament for Greece), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1952 Jan Todd, woman power lifter, once lifted 248 kg in a squat, born in Pennsylvania
  • 1953 John Edward Stevens, American bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in NYC, New York
  • 1953 Doris Barnett, German politician, born in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, West Germany
  • 1953 Cha Bum-Kun, South Korean footballer and manager, born in Hwaseong, South Korea
  • 1954 Jerry Dammers, British keyboardist (The Specials), born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 1954 Shuji Nakamura, Japanese-born American electronic engineer (invented the Blue LED), born in Ikata, Japan
  • 1954 Aaron Rapoport, American photographer (music album covers), born in San Mateo County, California
  • 1955 Iva Davies, Australian rock guitarist and vocalist (Icehouse), born in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1955 Sam Coppersmith, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Jimmy Lyon, American guitarist (Eddie Money, The Greg Kihn Band), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1956 Douglas Heyes Jr., American actor (Captains & Kings, Aspen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1956 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Lisa Murkowski, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska), born in Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska
  • 1957 Gary Sweet, Australian actor (Alexandra's Project - Steve), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1959 Ed Fry, American actor (Larry-As the World Turns, Adam Cory-Another World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1960 Hideaki Anno, Japanese film director and animator (Neon Genesis Evangelion), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1961 Dana Williams, American singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1962 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 José Mesa, Dominican MBL pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Kenny Hickey, American guitarist (Type O Negative), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 Brooke Smith, American actress (Grey's Anatomy - Dr. Erica Hahn), born in NYC, New York
  • 1967 John Vanderslice, American musician
  • 1968 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • 1968 Randy Brown, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1968 Kevin Carolan, American actor and comedian
  • 1969 Tim Wiley, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Vaughn Eshelman, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Clyde Johnson, cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Eric Wunderlich, American 200m breaststroke (Olympic 7th 1996)

  • 1970 Marcus Dowdell, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)

Person of interestNaomi Campbell

1970 Naomi Campbell, English model and actress (Cool as Ice, Unzipped), born in London, England

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • 1970 Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1971 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Manuel Ortiz, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1972 Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • 1972 Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Anna Belknap, American actress (CSI NY), born in Damariscotta, Maine
  • 1972 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • 1973 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • 1973 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1973 Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Danish actor
  • 1974 Greg Jones, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1974 Sean Gunn, American actor
  • 1974 A. J. Langer, American actress
  • 1975 Cole Hauser, American actor (Randy-High Incident)[or Mar 22], born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1975 Jaane Niinimaa, Finnish NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Flyers), born in Raahe, Finland
  • 1975 Tracy Brookshaw, American professional wrestler and valet
  • 1975 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1977 Vinnie Potestivo, American TV Producer
  • 1977 Alastair Ralphs, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1977 Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Irish hurler
  • 1977 Dre Bly, American Football Player
  • 1978 Ginnifer Goodwin, American actress
  • 1978 Katie Price, British model
  • 1979 Nadia Khan, TV Presenter
  • 1979 Maggie Q [Margaret Quigley], American actress (Mission Impossible III, Nikita), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1980 Rhett Fisher, actor/musician
  • 1980 Steven Baker, Australian rules footballer
  • 1980 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • 1981 Bryan Danielson, American professional wrestler
  • 1981 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1982 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • 1982 John Bobek, American actor
  • 1983 John Hopkins, Anglo-American motorcycling racer
  • 1984 Joe Lauzon, American martial artist
  • 1985 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • 1985 Caridee English, American Model
  • 1985 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestNovak Đoković

1987 Novak Đoković [Novak Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (14 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković