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Famous Birthdays on May 9

  • 1147 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, born in Atsuta (d. 1199)
  • 1265 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1540 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), born in Kumbhargal Fort, Mewar (d. 1597)
  • 1596 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Dutch painter, baptized in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1675)
  • 1738 John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), baptized in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1819)
  • 1740 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Roccaforzata, Taranto, Italy (d. 1816)
  • 1783 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • 1785 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosophy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 1853)
  • 1796 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)

Person of interestJohn Brown

1800 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

Abolitionist John Brown
John Brown
  • 1801 Samuel Cousins, English mezzotint engraver, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1887)
  • 1810 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), born in Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium (d. 1887)
  • 1810 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and daughter of King Willem I, born in Berlin (d. 1883)
  • 1814 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, born in Schwabach, Bavaria (d. 1889)
  • 1824 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington County, Virginia (d. 1864)

  • 1829 Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist and composer, born in Sinalunga, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1888)
  • 1833 Boleslaw Dembinski, Polish organist and composer, born in Poznań (d. 1914)
  • 1837 Adam Opel, German automobile manufacturer (Adam Opel AG), born in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Prussia (d. 1895)
  • 1843 Isabella "Belle" Boyd, American actress and Confederate spy during US Civil War, born in Martinsburg, Virginia (d. 1900)
  • 1844 [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Bad Herders), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1899)
  • 1846 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • 1855 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1860 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • 1865 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, born in Merchtem, Belgium (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, born in Kotluk, Dist. Ratnagiri, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1915)
  • 1870 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6 time British Open champion, US Open 1900), born in Grouville, Jersey (d. 1937)

Person of interestHoward Carter

1873 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), born in London (d. 1937)
  • 1873 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), born in Kladno, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1933)

Person of interestHenry J. Kaiser

1882 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1882 George Barker, American portrait and landscape painter, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Francis Biddle, 58th United States Attorney General (1941-45), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • 1888 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Eric Westberg, Swedish composer, born in Hudiksvall, Sweden (d. 1944)

  • 1892 Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, born in Villa Pianore, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1893 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1895 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Dogmatic Aeon), born in Lámkerék, Szeben County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • 1895 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), born in NYC, New York (d. 1963)
  • 1901 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), born in Fairmont, West Virginia (d. 1976)
  • 1901 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (24 Tests, 60 dismissals), born in Warrington, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1905 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1926-28 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • 1907 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • 1907 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • 1908 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • 1909 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1910 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • 1910 P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
  • 1911 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1912 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1963)
  • 1912 Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
  • 1913 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, born in Southcote, Bermuda (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1914 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • 1914 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • 1914 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • 1915 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • 1916 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Cyril Bowles, bishop of Derby
  • 1916 Douglas Guest, British organist (For the Fallen), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1917 George Fleming, cyclist
  • 1917 John Arnatt, British actor (A Challenge for Robin Hood, Circumstantial Evidence), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1999)

Person of interestMike Wallace

1918 Mike Wallace, American journalist and media personality (Biography, 60 Minutes), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace
  • 1918 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1919 Arthur English, British comedian and actor (Malachi's Cove, Are You Being Served?), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 1920 William Tenn, American author
  • 1921 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1922 Sheila Burrell, British actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark), born in Blackheath, London (d. 2011)
  • 1923 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • 1924 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1924 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • 1924 Jean J A Girault, French director/screenwriter (l'Amour)
  • 1925 Peter Leng, Master General of the Ordnance
  • 1926 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • 1926 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • 1927 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • 1927 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • 1927 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • 1927 Juan José Pizzuti, Argentine soccer striker and manager (12 caps; Racing Club de Avellaneda), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)

  • 1928 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • 1928 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1928 Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1929 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1929 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), born in Laindon, Essex, England (d. 2001)
  • 1931 Alistair MacFarlane, Engineer and principal (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • 1931 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • 1932 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • 1932 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • 1932 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Geraldine McEwan, British actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), born in Old Windsor Berkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1932 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • 1933 Johnny Grant, unofficial mayor of Hollywood
  • 1934 Alan Bennett, England, playwright/actor (Secret Policeman's Other Ball)
  • 1934 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1934 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • 1935 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), born in Lahoma, Oklahoma (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • 1936 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), born in Salford, England (d. 2019)
  • 1936 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Person of interestGlenda Jackson

1936 Glenda Jackson, English actress (Women in Love), born in Cheshire, England

  • 1936 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • 1936 Terry Drinkwater, American TV newsman (CBS), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1989)
  • 1937 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), born in Ocilla, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1937 Sonny Curtis, American guitarist and singer-songwriter (the Crickets, I fought the Law), born in Meadow, Texas
  • 1937 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • 1938 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant

  • 1938 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1939 Bruce Mather, Canadian pianist and composer, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1939 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • 1939 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • 1939 Ralph Boston, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1960; first to break 27 feet [8.2m] barrier), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1939 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • 1940 Dick Morrissey, saxophonist
  • 1940 James L Brooks, producer/director (Broadcast News, Taxi, Critic)
  • 1941 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Olympic silver 1960)
  • 1941 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • 1941 Pete Birrell, rock bassist (Freddie & The Dreamers)
  • 1942 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • 1942 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), born in Bromborough, Cheshire (d. 1966)
  • 1942 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1943 Bruce Milner, American musician (Every Mother's Son)
  • 1943 Maurice Foster, Jamaican cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • 1943 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1944 Don Dannemann, rocker (Cyrkle)
  • 1944 Richard Furay, Ohio, rock vocalist (Buffalo Springfield, Poco)
  • 1945 Steve Katz, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actress (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)
  • 1947 Anthony Higgins, British actor (A Walk with Love and Death, Something for Everyone), born in East Northamptonshire, England
  • 1948 John Mahaffey, American golfer (PGA Championship 1978; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Kerrville, Texas
  • 1948 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1948 Calvin Murphy, American basketball player

Person of interestBilly Joel

1949 Billy Joel, American rock vocalist (Piano Man, Just the Way You Are), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • 1949 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)

  • 1950 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950 Matthew Kelly, actor/TV host (Holding the Fort, Relative Strangers)
  • 1950 Tom Petersson, rock bassist (Cheap Trick), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1951 Alley Mills, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1951 Joy Harjo, American poet and musician (first Native American US Poet Laureate 2019-), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952 Patrick Ryecart, actor (Silas Mariner)
  • 1953 Gregory Beecroft, Chorpus Christi TX, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1953 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • 1953 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1954 Balazs Taroczy, Hungarian tennis star
  • 1955 Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (Misfits of Science), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Myra Blackwelder, American golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1980), born in Lexington, Kemtucky
  • 1955 Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1955 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
  • 1956 Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress (Saving Hope), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1957 Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph
  • 1957 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1958 Esko Rechardt, Finnish yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricket batsman (39 Tests @ 44.27, 87 ODIs), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1959 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 1960 Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)
  • 1960 Jim Reilly, Northern Irish drummer (Red Rockers), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1960 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • 1962 John Corbett, actor/singer (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • 1962 Paul Heaton, English singer-songwriter (Housemartins), born in Bromborough, England
  • 1963 Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)

Person of interestMiloslav Mecir

1964 Miloslav Mecir, Czech tennis player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • 1964 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 1965 Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot, English musician and actor (Curiosity Killed Cat-Keep Distance), born in London, England

  • 1965 Marc Logan, NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Lexington, Kentucky

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

1965 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1965 Ken Nomura, Japanese auto racer (D1 Grand Prix 2006, 08 runner-up), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1966 Mark Tinordi, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Red Deer, Alberta
  • 1968 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1968 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • 1968 Marie-José Pérec, French athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m 1996), born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • 1968 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • 1968 Scott Pruitt, American politician (EPA head 2017-18), born in Danville, Kentucky
  • 1969 Renn Crichlow, canoeist (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1969 Amber [Marie-Claire Cremers], Dutch-born German singer-songwriter, born in Ubbergen, the Netherlands
  • 1970 Doug Christie, NBA guard/forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1971 Nicolas Ghesquière, French fashion designer (Louis Vuitton), born in Comines, France
  • 1971 Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • 1972 Dan Hollander, figure skater (1996 Great Lakes champ), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1972 Simon Hollingsworth, Australian 400m hurdler (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1972 Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • 1972 Daniela Silivaș, Romanian gymnast (3 Olympic gold 1988), born in Deva, Romania
  • 1973 Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress