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Famous Birthdays on May 29

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 230

  • 1594 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal, born in Treuchtlingen, Bavaria (d. 1632)
  • 1627 Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle), born in Palais du Louvre, Paris (d. 1693)

Person of interestCharles II

1630 Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), born in St. James's Palace, London (d. 1685)

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1673 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1743)
  • 1675 Humphry Ditton, English mathematician, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1715)
  • 1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French zoologist, born in Montbard, Côte-d'Or, France (d. 1800)
  • 1722 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, born in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland (d. 1773)
  • 1730 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, born in Exeter, England (d. 1803)
  • 1731 Orazio Mei, Italian composer, born in Pisa (d. 1788)

Person of interestPatrick Henry

1736 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America (d. 1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1741 Johann Gottfried Krebs, German composer, born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1814)
  • 1773 Princess Sophia of Gloucester, great-granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and niece of King George III, born in Mayfair, Middlesex (d. 1844)
  • 1791 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, born in Rome (d. 1877)
  • 1794 Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (published the most complete map of the Moon of the time, Mappa Selenographica, 4 vol. with Wilhelm Beer), born in Berlin (d. 1874)
  • 1810 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1810 Solomon Meredith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1875)

  • 1823 John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (a practical folding wooden stepladder), born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1824 Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Major General (Confederate Army - American Civil War), born in Wayne County, North Carolina (d. 1890)
  • 1825 David Bell Birney, American businessman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1864)
  • 1826 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), born in Sterling, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1827 Reuben Lindsay Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Logan, Virginia (d. 1890)
  • 1837 Alexander de Savornin Lohman, Dutch minister and party leader (CHU), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1837 Luca Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1896)
  • 1839 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1899)
  • 1840 Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1884)
  • 1841 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, born in North Carolina (d. 1971)
  • 1843 Émile Pessard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1846 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1852 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, born in Ternopil, Austrian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1860 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist and composer (Suite española, Tango in D), born in Camprodon, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1864 A H Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer
  • 1874 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England
  • 1876 Jan Ingenhoven, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Breda (d. 1951)
  • 1880 Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (Decline of West), born in Blankenburg, Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1881 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)

  • 1882 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, born in NYC, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1883 William Beatton Moonie, British composer, born in Stobo, Perthshire (d. 1961)
  • 1885 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), born in Biebrich, Germany (d. 1964)
  • 1890 Francis de Bourguignon, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1961)
  • 1892 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal), born in Sala Capriasca, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • 1894 Beatrice Lillie, Canadian comedian and actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1894 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director (Der blaue Engel), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1969)
  • 1896 George L. Funke, Dutch botanist (Flower Physiology), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1897 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American movie composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 1897 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, born in Lemberg (now in Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1964)

Person of interestBob Hope

1903 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1904 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, born in Seahouses, Northumberland (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Robert Knox, bacteriologist
  • 1904 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), born in Rochester, Victoria (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), born in Holt, England (d. 1994)
  • 1905 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1989)

Person of interestT. H. White

1906 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • 1907 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • 1909 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

1910 Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist who developed protein crystallography, 3rd woman to win a Nobel Prize (1964), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1994)

  • 1911 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, born in Colinton, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, born in Hyde, Cheshire (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque), born in Bandung, Dutch East Indies (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Iris Adrian, American actress (Blue Hawaii, Bluebeard), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), born in Delting, Shetland (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)

Person of interestTenzing Norgay

1914 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary (exact date of birth unknown, but he celebrated on the 29th), born in either northeastern Nepal or Tibet (d. 1986)

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • 1915 David Jenkins, Welsh librarian (National Library of Wales), born in Blaenclydach, Glamorgan (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2001)
  • 1915 Gerald Charles Arcedeckne Vanneck, 6th Baron Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Karl Münchinger, German conductor (Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, 1945-87), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1916 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d.1995)

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy

1917 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1918 Herb Shriner, American humorist and TV host (Herb Shriner Show), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1970)
  • 1918 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), born in Aldridge, Staffordshire (d. 1997)
  • 1920 Robin Haydon, British diplomat, born in Wandsworth, England (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1921 George Terry, British chief constable (Sussex England) (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1922 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), born in Brăila, Romania (d. 2001)
  • 1923 John Parker, 6th Earl of Morley, British peer and soldier, born in Saltram House, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Richard Worsley, British Army officer, born in Ballywalter, County Down, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1923 "The Senator" Eugene Wright, American jazz bassist (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1924 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of the British Coal Board
  • 1926 Charles Denner, French actor (The Bride Wore Black, The Man Who Loved Women), born in Tarnów, Poland (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), born in Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1999)

  • 1927 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Trevor Holdsworth, CEO (National Power), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Felix Rohatyn, American investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1929 Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
  • 1929 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • 1930 Eleanor Fazan, opera/show choreographer (Lassiter, Ruling Class)
  • 1930 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), born in Penang, British Malaya (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1932 Richie Guerin, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (6-time NBA All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Helmuth Rilling, German conductor (founder of the Gächinger Kantorei), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1933 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Nanette Newman, English writer and actress (Endless Game, Of Human Bondage), born in Northampton, England
  • 1935 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935 Denis Worrall, South African politician and leader (DP), born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1935 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2009))
  • 1936 Arlene McQuade, American actress (Rosalie-Goldbergs), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover
  • 1937 Irmin Schmidt, German keyboardist and rocker (Can), born in Berlin
  • 1937 Peter Kolman, Austrian composer, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1937 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1937 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • 1938 Fay Vincent, American lawyer and sports executive (MLB Commissioner 1989-92), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1939 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1940 Farooq Leghari, 8th President of Pakistan (1993-97), born in Choti Zareen, British India (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1941 Roy Crewdson, English rocker (Freddie & The Dreamers), born in Manchester
  • 1941 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Kevin Conway, American actor (Flash Point, Cage of Angels), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Pierre Bourque, Canadian politician (40th Mayor of Montreal), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1943 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

  • 1943 E Thomas Coleman, (Rep-R-MO, 1976- )
  • 1943 Terry Pavey, editor (TV Times)
  • 1943 Robert W. Edgar, Theologian and Politician, (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Helmut Berger, actor (Ash Wednesday, Damned, Picture of Dorian Gray)
  • 1944 Quentin Davies, MP (C)
  • 1945 Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Minister of State (Scotland)
  • 1945 Martin Pipe, English racehorse trainer (15-time Champion Hunt Trainer), born in Taunton, Somerset
  • 1945 Gary Brooker, English rock keyboardist and singer (Procol Harum), born in Hackney, London
  • 1946 Robin Johnson, actress (Times Square), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946 Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Mark Nelson, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Anthony Geary, actor (Luke/Bill-General Hospital), born in Coalville Utah
  • 1947 Gene Robinson, American ecclesiastic
  • 1948 Linda Esther Gray, Scottish operatic soprano (Isolde), born in Greenock
  • 1948 Michael Berkley, composer/broadcaster
  • 1948 Nick Mancuso, Italian-Canadian actor
  • 1949 Francis Rossi, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man), born in London, England
  • 1949 Brian Kidd, English soccer forward, coach, manager (England 2 caps, Manchester City), born in Manchester, England
  • 1950 Rebbie [Maureen] Jackson, singer (R U Tuff Enuff), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1950 Talat Ali, Pakistani cricket batsman (Pakistan 10 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1951 Peter Chernin, President of News Corporation
  • 1952 Louise Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne)

Person of interestDanny Elfman

1953 Danny Elfman, American composer (The Simspons Theme), born in Los Angeles, California

Composer Danny Elfman
Composer
Danny Elfman
  • 1953 Ranjy Nanan, West Indian cricket spin bowler (WI 1 Test; Trinidad & Tobago), born in Preysal, Trinidad
  • 1953 Rick Henderson, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1954 Pankaj Kapoor, Indian actor (Ek Doctor Ki Maut, Raakh), born in Ludhiana, Punjab
  • 1955 Jerry Dengler, Colo Springs, singer (Mason Dixon-Karen Comes Around)
  • 1955 John Hinckley Jr., American man who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), born in South Windsor, Connecticut (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Sut Jhally, Kenyan-born American educator

  • 1955 Ken Schrader, American auto racer, promoter (Daytona 500 1988, 89, 90), born in Fenton, Missouri
  • 1956 LaToya Jackson, American singer and model (If You Feel the Funk), posed for Playboy, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1956 Larry Blackmon, rocker (Cameo-Alligator Woman)
  • 1957 Jeb Hensarling, American politician

Person of interestAnnette Bening

1958 Annette Bening, American actress (Grifters, Bugsy, American Beauty), born in Topeka, Kansas

  • 1958 Ivar Sisniega, Mexican pentathlete, politician (Sports Minister 1994-2000), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • 1958 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • 1958 Uwe Rapolder, German soccer midfielder, coach (1. FC Köln), born in Hausen an der Zaber, Germany
  • 1959 Mel Gaynor, rock drummer (Simple Minds-Water Front), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1959 Rupert Everett, British actor (Princess Daisy, Another Country)
  • 1959 Tamayo Otsuki, actress (Mrs Yamagami-Davis Rules)
  • 1960 Adrian Paul, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander), born in London, England
  • 1961 David Palmer, American musician and founding member of ABC (The Lexicon Of Love), born in Chesterfield, England
  • 1961 Melissa Etheridge, American singer/songwriter/guitarist (Never Enough)
  • 1962 Eric Davis, American MLB outfielder (3-time Gold Glove 1987-99), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 John D. LeMay, American actor
  • 1962 Fandi Ahmad, Singaporean soccer striker, manager (Singapore 101 caps), born in Singapore
  • 1963 Lisa Whelchel, actress (Blair-Facts of Life), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1963 Tracey E Bregman, actress (Lauren-Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Life), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1963 Blaze Bayley [Bayley Cooke], English singer (Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden), born in Birmingham
  • 1963 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Claude Loiselle, Canadian hockey center, executive (NHL 1994-2002), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Emilio Sánchez, Spanish tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze, Hopman Cup 1990), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965 Jammo Myllys, hockey goaltender (Finland World C'ship gold 1995), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1967 Mike Keane, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestNoel Gallagher

1967 Noel Gallagher, English pop musician (Oasis), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1969 Chan Kinchla, Canadian musician (Blues Traveler)
  • 1969 Anthony Azizi, American actor (Idris-Lost, Eagle Eye), born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Natarsha Belling, Australian news presenter
  • 1970 Roberto Di Matteo, Italian soccer midfielder, manager (Italy 34 caps, Lazio, Chelsea), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

  • 1971 Éric Lucas, Canadian boxer (WBC Super Middleweight title 2001-02), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • 1972 Stanislas Renoult, French singer
  • 1973 Malcolm Allen, Australian swimmer (1995 World C'ships gold 4x200m freestyle relay), born in Wauchope, NSW
  • 1973 Alpay Özalan, Turkish soccer centre back, manager, politician (Turkey 90 caps), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • 1973 Mark Lee, American musician (guitarist for Third Day)
  • 1974 Myf Warhurst, Australian radio presenter on Triple J and TV personality on Spicks and Specks
  • 1974 Marc Gené, Spanish auto racer (Ferrari, Williams F1, Le Mans 2009), born in Sabadell, Catalonia
  • 1974 Stephen Larkham, Australian Rugby Union fly-half, coach (Australia 102 caps), born in Canberra, ACT
  • 1975 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)

Person of interestMelanie Brown

1975 Melanie Brown [Mel B], English singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Leeds, England

  • 1975 Shoshanna Lonstein, American fashion designer and ex-girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld, born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 David Buckner, American musician (Papa Roach)
  • 1976 Caçapa, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 3 caps, Lyon), born in Lavras, Brazil
  • 1976 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball infielder/outfielder, broadcaster (Baltimore Orioles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1976 Yūsuke Iseya, Japanese model and actor
  • 1976 Yegor Titov, Russian soccer midfielder, coach (Russia 41 caps), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1977 Danny Gerard, actor (Alan Silver-Brooklyn Bridge), born in Mt Vernon, New York