Famous Birthdays on May 31

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  • 1443 Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England (d. 1509)
  • 1469 Manuel I, King of Portugal (1495-1521) during era of exploration
  • 1472 Erardus van der Mark, prince-bishop of Luik/cardinal
  • 1557 Feodor I (Fyodor/Theodore Ivanovich), Tsar of Russia (1584-98)
  • 1640 Michał Wiśniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1656 Marin Marais, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1728)
  • 1664 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal
  • 1674 Friedrich Erhard Niedt, composer
  • 1701 Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible
  • 1744 Richard Edgeworth, writer, Bath
  • 1753 Pierre V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader
  • 1773 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1853)
  • 1801 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)
  • 1802 Cesare Pugni, composer
  • 1804 Jeanne-Louise Farrenc, composer
  • 1810 Horatio Seymour, Gov (Union), (d. 1886)
  • 1817 Edouard Deldevez, composer
  • 1817 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)
  • 1818 John Albion Andrew, Gov (Union), (d. 1867)

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1819 Walt Whitman, American poet (Leaves of Grass), born in West Hills, New York (d. 1892)

  • 1835 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader (d. 1869)
  • 1837 Ernest Daudet, French writer (White Terror)
  • 1837 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1837 William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1838 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University)
  • 1852 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (d. 1919)
  • 1857 Pius XI, [Ambrogio DA Ratti], Italian 259th Pope (1922-39)
  • 1860 Walter Richard Sickert Munich, Danish/English painter (The Miner)
  • 1861 Emily Perkins Bissell, welfare worker (1st christmas seal drive, 1907)
  • 1863 Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer
  • 1866 Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer
  • 1872 Charles G Abbot, American astronomer (Constant Sun)
  • 1872 William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)
  • 1875 Italo Montemezzi, composer
  • 1879 Mark Hambourg, composer
  • 1882 Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)
  • 1885 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)
  • 1887 Saint-John Perse, French poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]
  • 1888 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1889 Athene Seyler, British actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1892 Gregor Strasser, German pharmacist/NSDAP-Reich organization leader
  • 1892 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Bespokojnaja Joenostj) [NS]
  • 1892 Louis Fourestier, composer
  • 1892 Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
  • 1892 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1897 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
  • 1898 Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)

  • 1899 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, born in Breslau (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • 1900 Helma Wolf-Catz, Dutch author (Undercurrent, Coral Reef)
  • 1901 Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Billy Mayerl, composer
  • 1902 Henk Schaer [Hendricus Schaareman], Dutch actor and conductor (Majoor Barbara, Lijmen), born in Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Ralph Walter Wood, composer
  • 1905 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • 1905 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Valston Hancock, British air marshal
  • 1908 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1908 Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • 1909 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1910 Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist
  • 1911 Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector
  • 1912 Barbara Pepper, American actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Dave O'Brien, Big Springs TX, actor (Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid)
  • 1912 Henry M "Scoop" Jackson, (Sen-D-Wash)
  • 1912 Martin Schwarzschild, US astronomer (evolution)
  • 1912 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conducted the Wu experiment), born in Liuhe, China (d. 1997)
  • 1913 Peter Gibson, British Rear-Admiral
  • 1914 Akira Ifukube, composer
  • 1916 Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)
  • 1916 John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)
  • 1916 Judy Campbell, actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie)
  • 1919 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
  • 1919 Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
  • 1920 Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)
  • 1921 Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)
  • 1921 Andrew Grima, British jeweller
  • 1921 Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)
  • 1921 Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
  • 1922 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Elisabeth, arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein
  • 1923 Rainier III, Monaco, Prince of Monaco (1949-2005)
  • 1923 Wolfgang Lesser, composer
  • 1924 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D),1st African American woman cabinet member, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1924 Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for South Africa, handled the ball 1956)
  • 1926 Derek Birley, founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster
  • 1926 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • 1926 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
  • 1927 James Eberle, British admiral, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • 1927 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • 1927 Red Holloway [James], Helena, Arkansas, jazz tenor saxophonist, (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Jacob Lateiner, pianist/professor (Juiliard), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1928 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • 1929 Aladar Zoltan, composer
  • 1929 Elaine Stewart, actress (Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • 1929 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

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1930 Clint Eastwood, American actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California), born in San Francisco, California

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • 1930 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)
  • 1931 John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
  • 1931 Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1931 Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1931 Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Elizabeth Southey, British CEO (National Fed of Women's Institutes)
  • 1932 George Vallings, British Vice Admiral
  • 1932 Ronald Hampel, British CEO (ICI)
  • 1932 Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1934 Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)
  • 1934 Karl-Erik Welin, composer
  • 1935 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
  • 1935 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1937 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1938 John Prescott, British Labour MP
  • 1938 Peter Yarrow, American (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1939 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • 1940 Augie Meyers, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • 1940 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • 1940 Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
  • 1941 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • 1941 Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
  • 1941 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • 1941 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1942 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
  • 1942 John Daniel, British Vice-Chancellor (Open U)
  • 1943 Richard Timothy George Mansfield Parker, 9th Earl of Macclesfield
  • 1943 Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)
  • 1943 Sharon Gless, American actress (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1943 Wayne Carson, country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Linda Davies, British Judge
  • 1945 Bernard Goldberg‎, American journalist
  • 1946 Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
  • 1946 Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German filmmaker and director (Marriage of Maria Braum), born in Bad Worishofen, Bavaria, West Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1946 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • 1946 Ted Baehr, American media critic
  • 1947 William H Campbell Jr, rocker
  • 1947 Junior [William] Campbell, Scottish singer and guitarist (Marmalade), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1948 Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- 2009), born in Riverside, California

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1948 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), born in Redditch, England (d. 1980)

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • 1948 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic), born in Montreal, Quebec, (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine
  • 1948 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1949 Steven Kampmann, actor (Kirk-Newhart), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Tom Berenger, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Nancy Shade, American soprano
  • 1950 Edward Barker, cartoonist
  • 1950 Gregory Harrison, Catalina California, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)
  • 1952 Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
  • 1953 Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
  • 1954 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1954 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • 1955 Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
  • 1955 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1955 Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
  • 1956 Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
  • 1956 Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
  • 1956 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
  • 1957 Jim Craig, North Easton Mass, hockey goalie (oly-gold-1980)
  • 1957 Stephen Jones, British milliner
  • 1958 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
  • 1958 Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
  • 1958 Kyle Secor, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1958 Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)
  • 1960 Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show), born in New York City
  • 1960 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1960 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
  • 1961 Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)
  • 1962 Corey Hart, Canadian vocalist (Sunglasses at Night), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1962 Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1962 Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1962 Sebastian Koch, German actor
  • 1963 Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
  • 1963 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician
  • 1963 Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Darryl "DMC" Matthews McDaniels, American Hip Hop musician (Run-DMC), born in New York City
  • 1964 Scotti Hill, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Manhasset, New York
  • 1964 Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
  • 1965 Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner

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1965 Brooke Shields, American model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan), born in NYC, New York

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
  • 1966 Jessica Monroe, Canadian rower (Olympics-96), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • 1966 Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian
  • 1967 Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1967 Sandrine Bonnaire, Clermont France, actress (Vagabond, Police)
  • 1967 Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality
  • 1968 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)
  • 1969 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Adelaide
  • 1970 Cory Mantyka, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971 Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Sarah O'Hare, model (Cosmopolitan-Jan 1994)