Famous Birthdays on May 7

  • 1328 Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg, born in Rome (d. 1365)
  • 1530 Louis, Prince of Condé (1530-69), born in Vendôme (d. 1569)

Person of interestAlbert Frederick

1553 Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), born in Konigsberg, Duchy of Prussia (d. 1618)

Duke of Prussia Albert Frederick
Duke of Prussia
Albert Frederick
  • 1643 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), born in New Amsterdam (now NYC) (d. 1700)
  • 1700 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-Austrian physician (Austrian Empress Maria Theresa's personal physician), born in Leiden, Netherlaands (d. 1772)
  • 1704 Carl Heinrich Graun, German composer, born in Wahrenbrück, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1759)
  • 1724 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France (d. 1797)
  • 1740 Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)

Person of interestOlympe de Gouges

1748 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges
  • 1763 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1813)
  • 1767 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany, born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1820)
  • 1769 Giuseppe Farinelli, Italian composer, born in Este, Veneto, Italy (d. 1836)
  • 1774 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1833)
  • 1787 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1858)
  • 1795 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), born in Esen, East Frisia (d. 1852)
  • 1803 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, born in Östra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 1875)

Person of interestRobert Browning

1812 Robert Browning, English poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England (d. 1889)

  • 1826 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
  • 1827 Francis Engle Patterson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1832 Carl Neumann, German mathematician and physicist (Neumann-functions), born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • 1833 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1897)

Person of interestPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1840 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

  • 1845 Jacob van Stolk Azn, timber merchant/art collector

Person of interestArchibald Primrose

1847 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1857 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1930)

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

1861 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1941)

  • 1867 Philippine "Pine" Belder [Mary de Klerk], Flemish actress (Hope of Blessing), born in Amsterdam (d. 1961)
  • 1873 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • 1882 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1968)
  • 1883 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Jesus Christ's Church) and resistance fighter against the Nazi regime, born in Halle (Saale), Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1885 George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso), born in Wellesvile, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1887 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • 1890 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), born in Mankato, Minnesota (d. 1961)
  • 1891 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • 1892 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and poet (Conquistador), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1892 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1980)
  • 1893 Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, born in Berlin, Ontario, Canada (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Kitty McKane (Godfree), English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • 1898 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Bauke Tuinstra, Dutch/Frisian notary/author (Earste Keur)
  • 1900 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), born in London, England (d. 1977)

Person of interestGary Cooper

1901 Gary Cooper, American actor (Sgt York, High Noon), born in Helena, Montana (d. 1961)

  • 1901 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), born in Saratoga, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, born in Vilvoorde, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Sal Gliatto, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1903 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • 1908 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1981)

Person of interestEdwin Land

1909 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

  • 1911 Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director and producer (Godzilla), born in Yamagata, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Paul Brenneker, Neth/Antillian photographer and folklorist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire (d. 1986)
  • 1917 David Tomlinson, British actor (Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Helter Skelter), born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1917 William Geoffrey Biddle, English bomb disposal expert, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Argeliers León, Cuban composer, born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (d. 1991)

Person of interestEva Perón

1919 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady (1946-52) actress, suffragette, unionist and humanitarian who was inspiration for A.L. Webber's musical "Evita", born in Los Toldos, Argentina (d. 1952)

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • 1921 Gale Robbins [Betty Gale Murphy], American singer and actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1922 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), born in Kirkman, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Albert Band, American film director, born in Paris (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Val Bisoglio, American actor (Lt Marsh-Police Woman, Danny-Quincy ME), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German-American novelist and screenwriter, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1928 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Horst Bienek, German writer and directer (The First Polka), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Gene Wolfe, American sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Hans Boskamp [Johannes Hendricus Gerardus Hoelscher], Dutch actor and producer (Oh My Papa), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1932 Derek Taylor, English publicist for the Beatles, born in Liverpool, Merseyside (d. 1997)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

1933 Johnny Unitas, NFL quarterback (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1933 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer and actress, born in Malishevë, Kosovo
  • 1934 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1934 Heinz Marti, Swiss composer, born in Bern
  • 1935 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie, Special Effects), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1935 Isobel Warren, Canadian author and journalist
  • 1936 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), born in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire (d. 1981)
  • 1936 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1937 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russian cosmonaut, born in Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 1937 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • 1938 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1939 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Marco St John, American actor (Rayford-Ball Four), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1939 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1939 Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist (Nobel 1989), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1940 Armando Krieger, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1940 John Irvin, English actor (Moment in Time), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
  • 1940 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • 1940 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • 1941 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1943 Christopher Taylor White, English rocker, born in Barnet, Hertfordshire
  • 1943 Peter Horak, stuntman (Star Trek: Voyager), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 1943 Rick West [Richard Westwood], rocker (Brian Poole & Tremeloes), born in Dagenham, Essex, England
  • 1943 Peter Carey, Australian author (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • 1944 Alison Bauld, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1944 Sivi Aberg, Swedish actress (Batman TV show), born in Gävle, Sweden
  • 1944 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Richard O'Sullivan, British comedy actor, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1945 Robin Strasser, American actress (Dorian-One Life to Live, Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Wim A. Mateman, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Aalten, Netherlands
  • 1945 Christy Moore, Irish folk singer and songwriter, born in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
  • 1946 Bill Danoff, American vocalist (Starland Vocal Band), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1946 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1946 Brian Turner, English celebrity chef, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1949 Stuart Marshall, British film director (Desire), born in Manchester (d.1993)
  • 1950 Prairie Prince, American rocker (Tubes), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas

Person of interestTim Russert

1950 Tim Russert, American television journalist and host of NBC's Meet the Press, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2008)

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • 1951 Robert Hegyes, American actor (Underground Aces, Welcome Back Kotter), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1951 Carlos Alomar, Puerto Rican-American guitarist, composer, and arranger (David Bowie), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1951 Mic Gillette, American brass player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Amy Heckerling, American director (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Pat McInally, American National Football League player, born in Villa Park, California
  • 1953 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 1954 Philippe Geluck, Belgian comedian and cartoonist, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1955 Peter Reckell, American actor (Days of our Lifes), born in Elkhart, Indiana
  • 1955 Kevin Reed, American Presbyterian theologian
  • 1956 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-10), born in Biezelinge, Netherlands
  • 1956 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1956 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, born in Bassin, Quebec, Canada (d. 2016)
  • 1957 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, born in Walton-on-Thames, England (d. 1994)
  • 1957 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Michael E. Knight, America actor (All My Children), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1959 Robin L Freeman, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1959 Tamara E. Jernigan, American astronaut (STS 40, 52, 67, 80), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1959 Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress, born in Hong Kong (d. 1985)
  • 1960 Arnon Ohad, co-pilot (El Al) plane that crashed on Bijlmer Amsterdam
  • 1960 Adam Bernstein, American music video and television director, born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • 1960 Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist (Las edades de Lulú), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1961 Phil "Wizzö" Campbell, Welsh rock musician (Motörhead), born in Pontypridd, Wales
  • 1962 Robbie Knievel, American daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1963 Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician (Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1964 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1964 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan/Neth writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • 1964 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1965 Reuben Davis, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1965 Owen Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler, born in Calgary, Alberta (d. 1999)
  • 1966 Anderson Cummins, cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie)
  • 1967 Joe Rice, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • 1968 Joe King, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish musician (Save Tonight), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1969 Katerina Maleeva, Bulgaria, tennis player (US Open Junior 1984)
  • 1969 Melanie Valerio, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Rick Porras, American co-producer
  • 1970 Edwin Zoetebier, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Mark Smith, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1970 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ)
  • 1971 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Dave Karpa, Regina, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Jose Munoz, WLAF offensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 Horgh, (Reidar Horghagen) Norwegian drummer (Immortal/Hypocrisy)
  • 1971 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • 1972 Chris Hayes, safety (NY Jets)
  • 1972 John Holecek, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Vince Stewart, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Frank Trigg, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1972 Asghar Farhadi, Iranian film director (The Salesman), born in Khomeyni Shahr, Iran
  • 1973 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Kristian Lundin, record producer
  • 1973 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  • 1974 Scott Whittaker, center/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Breckin Meyer, American actor
  • 1974 Ian Pearce, English footballer
  • 1975 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1975 Zee, American hip hop artist
  • 1976 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Marko Milic, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1977 Patrick Johnson, American broadcaster
  • 1978 Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician
  • 1978 Brian Clevinger, American author
  • 1978 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1979 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1980 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • 1980 Kate Lawler, English reality television personality and disc jockey
  • 1982 Akos Buzsaky, Hungarian Football player
  • 1984 Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1984 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • 1984 James Loney, American baseball player
  • 1985 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player
  • 1986 Mark Furze, Australian actor
  • 1986 Matt Helders, English musician, drummer for Arctic Monkeys
  • 1987 Chiara Ferragni, Italian fashion blogger (The Blonde Salad), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1987 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza
  • 1987 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1988 Natalie Mejia, member of the American R&B/Pop group Girlicious
  • 1992 Gavin Hetherington, British actor