Famous Birthdays on May 28

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  • 1140 Xin Qiji, Chinese poet and military leader, born in Jinan, China (d. 1207)
  • 1371 John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (1404-19), born in Rouvres, France (d. 1419)

Person of interestSelim II

1524 Selim II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1566-74, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1574)

Ottoman Sultan Selim II
Ottoman Sultan
Selim II
  • 1577 Floris II van Pallandt, Dutch earl of Culemborg and politician, born in Culemborg, Kasteel Culemborg, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 1582 William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman, born in Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire (d. 1662)
  • 1588 Pierre Séguier, Chancellor of France, born in Paris (d. 1672)
  • 1641 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, born in Laibach, Carniola (d. 1693)

Person of interestGeorge I

1660 George I, King of England (1714-27), born in Hanover, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1727)

King George I
King
George I
  • 1676 Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (Riccati equation), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (d. 1754)
  • 1738 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, born in Saintes, France (d.1814)

Person of interestWilliam Pitt the Younger

1759 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), born in Hayes, Kent, England (d. 1806)

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
  • 1764 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman, born in Columbia County, New York (d. 1836)
  • 1765 Jean Baptiste Cartier, French musician and composer, born in Avignon, France (d. 1841)
  • 1777 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Flemish composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1858)
  • 1778 Friedrich Westenholz, German composer, born in Ludwigslust, Germany (d. 1840)
  • 1779 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

  • 1780 Franz Joseph Fröhlich, German composer, born in Würzburg, Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • 1782 Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1810)
  • 1789 Bernhard Severin Ingemann, Danish author (Tomorrow- og Aftensange), born in Torkilstrup, Denmark (d. 1862)
  • 1798 Josef Dessauer, Austrian composer, born in Prague (d. 1876)
  • 1807 Jan van Swieten, Dutch general and governor of West-Sumatra, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1888)
  • 1807 Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American naturalist and geologist, born in Haut-Vully, Switzerland (d. 1873)
  • 1810 Alexandre Calamo, Swiss painter, etcher and lithographer (d. 1864)
  • 1818 P. G. T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (Hero of Sumter), born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana (d. 1893)
  • 1819 William Birney, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1907)
  • 1820 Willem Doorenbos, Dutch literary and critic, born in Deersum, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • 1828 Alpheus Baker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in South Carolina (d. 1891)
  • 1830 George Lucas Hartsuff, American Major General (Union Army), born in Tyre, New York (d. 1874)
  • 1830 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian composer and pianist child prodigy, born in Mühlbach (Sebeș), Romania (d. 1845)
  • 1831 Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)
  • 1836 Alexander Mitscherlich, German chemist and son of Eilhard Mitscherlich, born in Berlin (d. 1918)
  • 1837 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, born in County Cork, Ireland (d. 1921)
  • 1837 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Basil W. Duke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Georgetown, Kentucky (d. 1916)
  • 1839 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (Roccaverdina), born in Mineo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1915)
  • 1841 Giovanni Sgambati, Italian pianist and composer, born in Rome (d. 1914)
  • 1844 Léon Vasseur, French composer, born in Bapaume, France (d. 1917)
  • 1851 Dick Barlow, English cricketer (immortal England all-rounder of 1880s), born in Bolton, England (d. 1919)
  • 1853 Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (Midwinter Sacrifice - Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 1858 Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (blowtorch), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1939)
  • 1862 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1949)

  • 1863 Georg Adler, Polish state economist, born in Poznań, Poland (d. 1908)
  • 1865 Gerrit Grijns, Dutch researcher and co-discoverer of vitamin B1 (thiamine), born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1868 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue), born in Morges, Switzerland (d. 1931)
  • 1872 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (pioneer of statistical physics), born in Vorder-Brühl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1917)
  • 1878 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, born in Paris (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Milutin Milanković, Serbian astronomer and geophysicist (linked long-term changes in climate to astronomical factors affecting the amount of solar energy received at Earth’s surface), born in Dalj, Austria-Hungary (d. 1958)
  • 1883 George Dyson, English musician and composer, born in Halifax, Yorkshire (d. 1964)
  • 1883 Luigi Perrachio, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (The Indian War of Independence), born in Bhagur, India ( (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Clough Williams-Ellis, British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales, born in Gayton, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1978)
  • 1884 Edvard Beneš, 2nd & 4th President of Czechoslovakia (1935-38, 45-48), born in Kožlany, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1948)
  • 1884 Theo van Reijn, Dutch sculptor and lithographer, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American conductor (Seattle Symphony), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-American mobster, born in Cianciana, Sicily, Italy (d. 1954)
  • 1887 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

1887 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1892 Minna Gombell, American actress (Bad Girl, Thin Man, Hello Sister), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1973)
  • 1894 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1960)
  • 1896 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1896 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 1897 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Andy Kirk, American jazz musician (I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)), born in Newport, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), born in Bulford, Wiltshire (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz musician, born in Mandeville, Louisiana (d. 1939)
  • 1903 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, born in Tiflis (d. 1984)
  • 1906 Phil Regan, American actor and singer (My Wild Irish Rose), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1907 F. G. Emmison, British archivist and historian, born in Bedford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Patrick Browne, British Lord justice of appeal, born in Cambridge (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Ian Fleming, English author (James Bond novels), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1909 John Schepens [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist and writer (Polyfoto)
  • 1909 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lynden, Ontario, Canada (d. 2005)
  • 1910 Rachel Kempson, British actress (Captive Heart), born in Dartmouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, born in Petersfield, Hampshire (d. 1996)

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

1910 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1911 Bob Crisp, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s), born in Calcutta, Bengal, India (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Jean-Pierre Levy, resistance leader
  • 1911 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Leslie Monson, diplomat
  • 1912 Patrick White, Australia, novelist (Happy Valley, Nobel 1973)
  • 1912 Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Gordon Wolstenholme, British physician (Ciba Foundation), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1914 W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British WWII flying ace, born in Madras, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Scott McKay [Carl Chester Gose], American actor (Stage Door, Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), born in Pleasantville, Iowa (d. 1987)
  • 1915 Wolfgang Schneiderhan, violinist
  • 1915 Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Gerald McArthur, detective
  • 1916 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1917 Papa John Creach, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, American blues violinist (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)
  • 1917 Barry Commoner, biologist (Science & Survival), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1917 Gerald Cash, Gov-Gen (Bahamas)
  • 1917 Marshall Reed, American actor (The Madmen of Mandoras, Mysterious Island), born in Englewood, Colorado (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland, British land owner/multimillionaire
  • 1919 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), born in Eaglescliffe, County Durham, England (d. 2006)
  • 1919 John Eldridge, CEO (Matthews Wrightmson)
  • 1921 Heinz G. Konsalik, German author (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1922 John Alderson, chief constable (Devon & Cornwall UK)
  • 1922 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Barney Rosset, publisher and free speech advocate (publisher of Tropic for Cancer), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, India, film star (Patala Bhairavi)
  • 1923 Gyorgy Ligeti, Hungarian classical composer (Le Grand Macabre), born in Transylvania, Romania (d. 2006)
  • 1924 Edward du Cann, British politician and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1965-67), born in Beckenham, London (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Reginald Eyre, solicitor/MP
  • 1925 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), (d. 2012), born in Zehlendorf, Germany
  • 1925 Martha Vickers, American actress (Alimony, Man I Love, Ruthless), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • 1925 Bülent Ecevit, four term Turkish Prime Minister (between 1974 and 2002), born in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1927 Bernhard Lewkovitch, composer
  • 1927 Francois Nourissier, French writer (Un petit bourgeois)
  • 1927 Norman Ireland, CEO (Bowater)

  • 1927 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1928 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • 1929 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • 1929 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • 1930 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • 1930 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), born in London (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Carroll Baker, American actress (Andy Warhol's Bad, Babydoll, Harlow), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1931 Ervin Junger, composer
  • 1931 Peter Talbot Westergaard, composer
  • 1931 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)
  • 1931 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Henning Christiansen, composer
  • 1932 Lord Renton, MP (Conservative)
  • 1933 John Karlen, American actor (Harvey Lacey-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1933 Philip Otton, high court judge
  • 1934 Rob du Bois, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1936 Maki Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician

Person of interestJerry West

1938 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1938 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican-born reggae musician and producer (Madness), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2016)

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

1940 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, born in Pinehurst, Georgia (d. 1997)

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • 1940 Hans Dulfer, tenor saxophonist/director (Paradiso)
  • 1940 Thomas E Petri, (Rep-R-WI, 1979- )
  • 1940 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), born in Dalkey, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1941 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • 1942 Stanley B. Prusiner, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1943 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1999)
  • 1943 Liz Edgar, horse show jumper
  • 1943 Ray Mitchell, governor (Albany Prison, England)
  • 1943 Tony Mansfield [Anthony Bookbinder], British rock drummer (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1943 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Adriaan T "Ad" Zuiderent, poet/critic (On the Droge)
  • 1944 Billy Vera, musician (& Beaters-At This Moment, Into the Night)
  • 1944 Gladys Knight, singer, leader of Pips (Last Train), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Person of interestRudy Giuliani

1944 Rudy Giuliani, American Mayor of New York City (Republican: 1994-2001) at the time of the September 11 attacks, born in NYC, New York

Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Rudy Giuliani
  • 1944 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), born in Jenkins, Kentucky (d. 2003)
  • 1944 Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens, Northern-Irish actress, voice artist and singer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1944 Faith Brown, British actress and impressionist

  • 1945 John Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater Revival), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1945 Hunter "Patch" Adams, American doctor
  • 1945 John N. Bambacus, American politician
  • 1946 Madeleine Le Roux, Wyoming, Broadway actress (Cry Uncle)
  • 1946 Satchidanandan, Indian poet
  • 1946 Skip Jutze, American baseball player
  • 1947 Sondra Locke, American actress and director (Heart Is a Lonely Hunter), born in Madison, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Zahi Hawass, Egyptian Egyptologist
  • 1947 Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
  • 1947 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Bob Shearer, Australian golfer, course designer (4-time PGA Tour of Australia Order of Merit), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1948 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • 1949 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), born in San Mateo, California (d. 2018)
  • 1949 Sue Holderness, English actress (Marlene-Only Fools & Horses, Sandbaggers), born in London, England
  • 1949 Wendy O. Williams, American musician (The Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
  • 1949 Steve King, American politician (Rep (R) Iowa 2003-) rebuked for racist comments, born in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • 1950 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • 1950 Jim Harris, American professional wrestler
  • 1952 Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
  • 1953 Arto Lindsay, rocker/actor (Cookie, Desperately Seeking Susan)
  • 1954 George E Mahlberg, Astrophysicist, Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson CA (1974-78)
  • 1954 John Tory, Canadian politician
  • 1954 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
  • 1955 Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
  • 1956 Germaine Montenesdro, 2nd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1956 Jeff Dujon, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1981-91, their most successful)
  • 1956 Mark Alexander Lees, rowing Coach
  • 1956 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
  • 1957 Kirk Gibson, Mich, outfield (Tigers, Dodgers, 1988 NL MVP)
  • 1957 Walter R. Tucker III, American politician (Rep-D-California 1993-95), born in Compton, California
  • 1957 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach, born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • 1959 Leon "The Bop" Klaasse, rock drummer/singer (The Pilgrims-Red)
  • 1959 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • 1959 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • 1960 Allan Green, cricketeer
  • 1961 Roland Gift, UK, rocker (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • 1962 Brandon Cruz, actor (Eddie-Courtship of Eddie's Father)
  • 1963 Eugene Robinson, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawk, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1963 Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
  • 1963 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1964 Armon Gilliam, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, NJ Nets)
  • 1964 Beth Herr, tennis star, born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1964 Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
  • 1964 Phil Vassar, American country music singer
  • 1965 Catherine Tanvier, French tennis star
  • 1965 Chantal Bailey, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1965 Christa Miller, American actress (Kate-Drew Carey Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Chris Ballew, American musician
  • 1966 Gavin Robertson, NSW cricket off-spin all-rounder (Aust ODI-Pak 1994)