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Famous Birthdays on May 26

  • 1264 Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (d. 1326)
  • 1478 Pope Clement VII [Giulio de' Medici], Italian Pope (1523-34), born in Florence (d. 1534)
  • 1566 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), born in Manisa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1603)
  • 1591 Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1652) baptism date
  • 1602 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1623 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), born in Romsey, England (d. 1687)
  • 1650 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, born in Ashe, England (d. 1722)
  • 1667 Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem), born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France (d. 1754)
  • 1669 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist, born in Vigny, Île-de-France, France (d. 1722)
  • 1700 Nicolaus Ludwig, Imperial Count von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, German religious and social reformer, born in Dresden, Electorate of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1760)
  • 1773 Hans Georg Nägeli, Swiss composer, born in Wetzikon, Switzerland (d. 1836)
  • 1782 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, born in Vlachovo Březí, Czech Republic (d. 1852)
  • 1806 Henry Thatcher, American rear admiral (U.S. Navy), born in Thomaston, Maine (d. 1880)
  • 1822 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • 1825 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1899)
  • 1835 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and military engineer, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1910)

  • 1846 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1853 Monroe Althouse, American composer, born in Centre Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1856 George Templeton Strong, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1863 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1865 Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1931)
  • 1865 Robert W. Chambers, American artist and fiction writer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1866 John Eigenhuis, Dutch writer (Tough Workers), born in Aalsmeer, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1867 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1953)
  • 1871 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • 1873 C.G.N. de Vooys, Dutch translator and founder (New Taalgids), born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • 1873 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1958)

Person of interestHenri Farman

1874 Henri Farman, British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, born in Paris (d. 1958)

Aviator Henri Farman
Aviator
Henri Farman
  • 1876 Jack Root, Austrian-American boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion, born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)

Person of interestIsadora Duncan

1877 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1927)

  • 1877 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte), born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1968)
  • 1877 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1884 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), born in Athens, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1886 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), born in Seredžius, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1890 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)

  • 1893 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1895 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1965)

Person of interestPaul Lukas

1895 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Watch on the Rhine, Sphynx), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1971)

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas
  • 1898 Ernst Bacon, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Gérard Bertouille, Belgian composer, born in Tournai, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1899 Otto E. Neugebauer, Austrian-American mathematician and historian, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)

Person of interestPieter Menten

1899 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, born in Rotterfam, Netherlands (d. 1987)

War Criminal Pieter Menten
War Criminal
Pieter Menten
  • 1899 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • 1904 George Formby, British singer and comedian, born in Wigan, Lancashire, England (d. 1961)
  • 1904 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, born in Kaunas, Lithuania (d. 2002)
  • 1905 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1941, 47-48), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1981)

Person of interestJohn Wayne

1907 John Wayne [Marion Robert Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1979)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • 1907 Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist, born in Paris (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Robert Morley, British actor (Marie Antoinette, The Young Ones, How the Other Half Loves), born in Semley, Wiltshire, England (d. 1992)
  • 1908 Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, born in Long Xuyên, Annam, French Indochina (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, born in Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), born in Goldfield, Nevada (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Janos Kádár, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary 5th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Hungary (1956-58), born in Fiume, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1912 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1986)

Person of interestPeter Cushing

1913 Peter Cushing, English actor (Dracula, Star Wars, Dr Who), born in Kenley, Surrey, England (d. 1994)

  • 1914 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1915 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • 1915 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch political prisoner and journalist (The Walls Came Tumbling Down) (d. 1972)
  • 1917 Éva Szörényi, Hungarian actress and freedom activist for Hungary, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 2009)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 1985)
  • 1919 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1980)
  • 1920 Peggy Lee [Norma Delores Egstrom], American singer (Is That All There Is), born in Jamestown, North Dakota (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 2008)
  • 1923 James Arness, American actor (Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of the National Farmers Organization (1955-79), born in Whitesville, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1923 Roy Dotrice, British actor (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Amadeus) and narrator (A Song of Ice and Fire), born in Guernsey, Channel Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1924 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Alec McCowen, English actor (Never Say Never Again), born in Tunbridge Wells (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)

Person of interestMiles Davis

1926 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1927 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), born in Biarritz, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 2014)
  • 1927 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)

Person of interestJack Kevorkian

1928 Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist and right-to-die activist, born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • 1929 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1932 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), born in Tranchovitsa, Bulgaria (d. 1980)
  • 1933 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, born in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Sheila Steafel, South African-British actress (The 10th Kingdom), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2019)

  • 1937 Yehuda Yannay, Romanian composer, born in Timișoara, Romania
  • 1937 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), born in Hamanaka, Hokkaido, Empire of Japan (d. 2019)
  • 1938 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1938 Teresa Stratas [Anastasia Stratakis], Canadian operatic soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938 William Bolcom, American composer (Oracles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1938 Pauline Parker, New Zealand murderess (Parker–Hulme murder case), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1938 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1939 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • 1940 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 1940 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - Up On Cripple Creek), born in Elaine, Arkansas (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Imants Kalniņš, Latvian classical, choral and rock composer (Hey, You There!), born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • 1941 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, British rock guitarist (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good), born in Huyton, England
  • 1943 Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer (Olympic silver 4×100m medley relay, bronze 4×100m freestyle relay 1964) and politician (VVD), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944 Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist (Mott the Hoople)
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American auto racer (12 Hours of Sebring 1975; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 3rd) and TV commentator (ABC Sports), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Garry Peterson, rocker (Guess Who)
  • 1946 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast (World C'ship 3 x silver, 1 x bronze 1969) and coach (World, European and Olympic competition, 294 medals), born in Rousse, Bulgaria
  • 1946 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist and producer (Mott the Hoople, The Spiders From Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1993)
  • 1947 Darrell Evans, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1973, 83); World Series 1984; AL HR leader 1985; Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2,991 runs @ 44.64; top score 259; chairman national selection panel), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1947 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • 1947 Sherry Bain, California, actress (Pipe Dreams)
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests; last white player to play for WI), born in St Michael, Barbados
  • 1948 Stevie [Stephanie] Nicks, American singer songwriter (Fleetwood Mac, Bella Donna), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1949 Dayle Haddon, Montreal Quebec Canada, actress (Bedroom Eyes)

Person of interestHank Williams Jr

1949 Hank Williams Jr, country singer (Honky Tonk), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams Jr
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams Jr
  • 1949 Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1949 Philip Michael Thomas, actor (Miami Vice), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1949 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • 1949 Jeremy Corbyn, British politician (Labour Party leader 2015-), born in Chippenham, England
  • 1951 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • 1951 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

Person of interestSally Ride

1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 1952 David Meece, Christian musician
  • 1953 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • 1953 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1978, 82; First-team All-Pro 1978; New York Jets 1977–89), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1956 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • 1957 François Legault, French Canadian politician
  • 1957 Kristina Olsen, American musician
  • 1957 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • 1958 Margaret Colin, American actress (Independence Day, Three Men & a Baby), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1959 Wayne Hussey, English musician (Mission-Lover for Life), born in Bristol, England
  • 1959 Steve Hanley, English musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)
  • 1959 Ole Bornedal, Danish film director, actor and producer
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Pate, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles, US Open 1988, US Masters 1990 3rd), born in Ventura, California
  • 1961 Tarsem Singh, Indian film director, born in Jalandhar, India
  • 1962 Bob[cat] Goldthwait, comedian (Police Academy), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1962 Colin Vearncombe, singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 2016)
  • 1962 Genie [Eugenie] Francis, actress (General Hospital, Bare Essence), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1963 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)

  • 1963 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1964 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)

Person of interestLenny Kravitz

1964 Lenny Kravitz, American musician who holds the record for most Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (1999-2002), born in Manhattan, New York

Musician Lenny Kravitz
Musician
Lenny Kravitz
  • 1965 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter

Person of interestHelena Bonham Carter

1966 Helena Bonham Carter, British actress (Harry Potter, Fight Club, The King's Speech, Enid, The Wings of the Dove), born in London, England

  • 1966 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • 1966 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • 1967 Phil Doyle, Australian writer
  • 1968 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1968 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1968 Pat Kenney [Simon Diamond], American professional wrestler, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1968 Fernando León de Aranoa, Spanish film director
  • 1968 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • 1969 John Baird, Canadian politician, born in Nepean, Ontario
  • 1970 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese manga artist (Rurouni Kenshin), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1971 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, Canadian NHL right wing (World Junior C'ship gold 1991, captain), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1971 Matt Stone, American actor, animator and producer (South Park, The Book of Mormon), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1972 Patsy Palmer [Julie Merkell], British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer, born in Boden, Sweden
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestLauryn Hill

1975 Lauryn Hill, American singer-songwriter (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill), born in East Orange, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Lauryn Hill
Singer-Songwriter
Lauryn Hill
  • 1976 Benji Gregory, American actor (Brian Tanner-Alf), born in Encino, California
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1976 Justin Pierre, American singer (Motion City Soundtrack)
  • 1977 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist (Smile), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer, born in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
  • 1977 Mark Hunter, American musician (Chimaira)
  • 1978 Phil Elverum, American singer-songwriter
  • 1979 Elisabeth Harnois, American actress (CSI), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1979 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • 1979 Ashley Massaro, American model and professional wrestler
  • 1981 Eda-Ines Etti, Estonian singer
  • 1981 Irini Merkouri, Greek singer
  • 1982 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • 1982 David Reed, British writer and comedian
  • 1988 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
  • 1990 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra
  • 1996 Austin Michael Luciano, American actor (Dante Carlino-Another World) (d. 2019)