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Famous Birthdays on November 14

  • 1511 Janus Secundus, neo latin poet (Basia)
  • 1567 Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange (d. 1625)
  • 1601 Jean Eudes, French missionary (d. 1680)

Person of interestWilliam III

1650 William III, William of Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-1702) and Stadtholder, born in The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1702)

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • 1663 Friederich Wilhelm Zachow, composer
  • 1679 Omobono Stradivari, Italian violin maker/son of Antonius
  • 1719 Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, composer
  • 1740 Johann van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven's father and first teacher (d. 1792)
  • 1746 Giulio Gabrielli the Younger, Italian Cardinal

Person of interestRobert Fulton

1765 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), born in Little Britain, Pennsylvania (d. 1815)

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton

Person of interestMarie Francois Xavier Bichat

1771 Marie François Xavier bichat, French anatomist and physiologist (tissue theory), born in Paris (d. 1802)

Anatomist and Physiologist Marie Francois Xavier Bichat
Anatomist and Physiologist
Marie Francois Xavier Bichat
  • 1774 Gaspare Spontini, Italian opera composer and conductor (La Vestale), born in Maiolati, Papal State (now Maiolati Spontini, Italy) (d. 1851)
  • 1776 Henri Dutrochet, discovered & named process of osmosis
  • 1778 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, composer
  • 1779 Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)
  • 1796 Carlo Conti, Italian composer, born in Arpino (d. 1868)

Person of interestCharles Lyell

1797 Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (Principles of Geology), born in Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland (d. 1875)

Geologist Charles Lyell
Charles Lyell
  • 1800 Heinrich Ludwig Egmont Dorn, composer
  • 1802 August F Pott, German philologist (Etymology Forschungen)
  • 1803 Jacob Abbott, American writer (d. 1879)
  • 1805 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, German composer, born in Hamburg, (d. 1847)
  • 1812 Maria Christina of Savoy, queen of the Two Sicilies (d. 1836)
  • 1814 Michael Kelly Lawler, Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1882)
  • 1816 John Curwen, English Congregationalist minister and founder of Tonic sol-fa music system, born in Heckmondwike, Yorkshire (d. 1880)
  • 1822 William Harrow, American lawyer and a controversial Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Kentucky (d. 1872)
  • 1823 Robert J Fruin, historian (80 year war)
  • 1825 August Reissmann, composer
  • 1827 Isaac Wistar, American lawyer, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1828 James Birdseye MacPherson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Clyde, Ohio (d. 1864)
  • 1829 Giulio Roberti, composer
  • 1833 Antonius von der Linde, Neth/German librarian/chess player
  • 1838 August Senoa, Croatian author (Zlatarevo zlato)

Person of interestClaude Monet

1840 Claude Monet [Oscar-Claude], French impressionist painter (Water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars), born in Paris, France (d. 1926)

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • 1842 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War (d. 1959)
  • 1845 Allen Hill, cricketer (took the 1st wicket in Test cricket)
  • 1845 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer
  • 1845 Ulisse Dini, Italian mathematician and politician (Fondamenti per la teorica delle funzioni di variabili reali), born in Pisa, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1918)
  • 1859 Alexander Samsonov, Russian general (Battle of Tennenberg), born in Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1914)
  • 1861 Frederick Jackson Turner, Wisc, historian/educator (Harvard U)

Person of interestLeo Baekeland

1863 Leo Baekeland, Belgian-American chemist and inventor (bakelite plastics), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1944)

Chemist Leo Baekeland
Leo Baekeland
  • 1875 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer: Conrad Pilater
  • 1875 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (d. 1899)
  • 1877 René de Clerq, Flemish poet/author (Emergency Horn)

Person of interestNorman Brookes

1877 Norman Brookes, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1907, 14), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1968)

Tennis Player Norman Brookes
Tennis Player
Norman Brookes
  • 1878 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Julie Manet, French painter, daughter of Berthe Morisot (d. 1966)
  • 1879 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer
  • 1880 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), born inBoulder, Colorado (d. 1966)
  • 1883 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greek premier (1945, 50, 51-52)
  • 1885 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), born in Hradyzk, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1887 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian musicologist/conductor/composer

Person of interestJawaharlal Nehru

1889 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, born in Allahabad, North-Western Provinces, British India (d. 1964)

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru

Person of interestFrederick Banting

1891 Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, born in Alliston, Ontario (d. 1941)

  • 1892 Ted Meredith, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m in world record 1:51.9s 1912), born in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)
  • 1893 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (Madonna dei filosofi)
  • 1893 Evert S J Kruythoff, Ned Antillean author (conservation flora)
  • 1893 Piet Moeskops, Dutch track cyclist (world sprint champion 1921-24, 26), born in Loosduinen, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Carlo Emilio Gadda, Italian writer, born in Milan (d. 1973)
  • 1894 Harold Collett Dent, journalist/educationist
  • 1894 Seena Owen, American silent screen actress (Queen Kelly), born in Spokane, Washington (d. 1966)
  • 1895 Walter Freeman, American physician (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Louise Huff, American actress (What Women Want), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), born in Boone, Iowa (d. 1979)
  • 1897 John Steuart Curry, American painter/lithographer (Baptism in Kansas)
  • 1898 Benjamin Fondane, Romanian-French writer and filmmaker (d. 1944)
  • 1900 Clara Fasano, sculptor

Person of interestAaron Copland

1900 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • 1901 (John) Morton Downey, American pop tenor, known as "The Irish Nightengale", songwriter, radio and television host, born in Wallingford, Connecticut
  • 1904 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer
  • 1904 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1963)
  • 1904 Harold Larwood, England cricket fast bowler (21 Tests, Bodyline Series v Australia 1932-33), born in Nuncargate, England (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Marya Mannes, American author (The Reporter), born in NYC, New York
  • 1905 L H Ruitenberg, vicar/editor in chief (Reformed of Netherlands)
  • 1905 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian author
  • 1905 John Henry Barbee, American guitarist and singer (d. 1964)
  • 1906 Louise Brooks, silent screen star (American Venus, Pandora's Box)
  • 1907 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish children book author (Pipi Longstocking)
  • 1907 Howard William Hunter, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Boise, Idaho (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit
  • 1907 William Steig, American cartoonist and children's author (Shrek!, Doctor De Soto), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Harrison E Salisbury, journalist/author (50th Anniv of Soviet Union)

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

1909 Joseph McCarthy, American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, born in Grand Chute, Wisconsin (d. 1957)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1910 Eric Lawson Malpass, writer
  • 1910 Norman MacCaig, Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (Love That Bob, That Girl), born in Prescott Arizona (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Barbara Hutton, American heiress (Woolworth)
  • 1914 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist
  • 1914 Florentine Rost van Tonningen-Heubel, Dutch black widow/Nazi
  • 1914 Ken Carson, American singer (Garry Moore Show), born in Coalgate, Oklahoma
  • 1915 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist
  • 1916 Sherwood Schwartz, TV creator (Brady Bunch, Gilligan Is), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1918 John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1939, 46 / 13 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Lisa Otto, German soprano (Berlin State Opera, 1951-85), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1921 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Veronica Lake [Constance Ockleman], American actress (Sullivan's Travels, I Married a Witch), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1973)

Person of interestBoutros Boutros-Ghali

1922 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992- 96), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2016)

UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali
UN Secretary-General
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
  • 1922 Marina Candael, Flemish dancer/choreography (Rhapsody in Blue)
  • 1923 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Arthur Frank "Peter" Shore, egyptologist
  • 1924 Billy Jim Layton, composer
  • 1924 Kenneth J Gray, (Rep-D-IL, 1955-75, 85- )
  • 1924 Leonid Kogan, Soviet Russian violinist (Lenin Prize, 1952), born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine) (d. 1982)
  • 1924 Phyllis Avery, American actress (Ruby Gentry, George Gobel Show, Mr Novak), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Narciso Yepes, Lorca Spain, guitarist (Orquesta Nacionale 1947)
  • 1927 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Col. Blake"; Hello Larry), born in Normal, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Sir Lawrence "Lawrie" Barratt, British businessman and housing developer (Barratt Developments), born in England (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Kathleen Hughes, American actress (It Came From Outer Space), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1928 Leonie Rysanek, dramatic soprano (Vienna Munich State Opera 1952-54)
  • 1929 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Horst Janssen, German graphic artist and printmaker, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Alan Moss, English cricket fast bowler (9 Tests, 21 wickets; Middlesex CCC), born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Edward H White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930 Ornelio Martina, Antillian author/governor of Curacao
  • 1930 Shirley Crabtree Jr. [Big Daddy], English pro wrestler (record-breaking 64-inch chest), born in Halifax, England (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Charles De Sorgher, Belgian bobsledder
  • 1930 Monique Mercure, French Canadian actress (Naked Lunch), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1930 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses, The Great Muppet Caper), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1930 Dame Elisabeth Frink, Thurlow, Suffolk, English sculptor and printmaker
  • 1930 Jay Migliori, saxophonist (Supersax), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, born in Oléron, France (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1931 Claudia Jane Archibald, parapsychologist
  • 1931 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!, Dr. Zhivago, Spaceballs), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Henk Mochel, Dutch TV host (Rondom tien)
  • 1932 Ramon Zupko, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Fred W Haise Jr, American USAF officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut (Apollo 13; STS-T-1, -T-3, -T-5), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1934 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Kurt Hamrin, Swedish soccer player, born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1935 Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99), born in Amman, Jordan (d. 1999)
  • 1935 Don Stewart, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1935 Gennadi Aleksandrovich Dolgopolov, cosmonaut
  • 1935 Hussein ibn Talal I, king of Jordan (1953- )
  • 1935 Jakusho Kwong, head of Sonoma Mountain Zen Center, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1936 Cornell Gunter, American R&B singer (Coasters - "Poison Ivy"; "Yakety-Yak"), born in Coffeyville, Kansas (d. 1990)
  • 1939 [Walter] Wendy Carlos, American musician and composer (Switched-On Bach), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1940 Freddie Garrity, British pop singer (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), born in Crumpsall, Manchester, England (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Hermanus J Kriel, South African minister of Planning (1989- )
  • 1942 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Peter Norton, American software engineer
  • 1944 Aditya Biria, industrialist
  • 1945 Paul Hirsch, American film editor
  • 1945 Stella Obasanjo, Nigerian First Lady (d. 2005)

Person of interestP. J. O'Rourke

1947 P. J. O'Rourke, American journalist and satirist (Parliament of Whores, Easy Money), born in Toledo, Ohio

Journalist and Satirist P. J. O'Rourke
Journalist and Satirist
P. J. O'Rourke
  • 1947 Buckwheat Zydeco [Stanley Dural, Jr.], American B-3 organist, accordionist and singer (Where There's Smoke, There's Fire), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2016)

Person of interestPrince Charles

1948 Prince Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George], Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, born in London

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1948 Jacob Kohnstamm, Dutch undersecretary of the Interior (D66, 1994-)
  • 1948 Robert Ginty, American actor (Paper Chase, White Fire), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2018)
  • 1949 James "J.Y." Young, American rock guitarist (Styx), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1949 Phil Baron, American voice actor (Piglet), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Barry Brandt, American rock drummer (Angel), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Sandahl Bergman, American actress (Conan, All that Jazz), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1951 Stephen Bishop, American singer-songwriter ("On And On"; "Save It For A Rainy Day"), born in San Diego, California
  • 1951 Alec John Such, American rock bassist (Bon Jovi, 1983-94 - "Wanted Dead or Alive"), born in Yonkers, New York
  • 1951 Zhang Yimou, Chinese film director (Let Live, Raise the Red Lantern), born in Xi'an, China
  • 1952 Ray Sharkey, actor (Wise Guys, Wired, Caged Fear), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953 Dominique de Villepin, Prime Minister of France
  • 1953 James Guthrie, English music producer and sound engineer (Pink Floyd), born in Edmonton, England
  • 1954 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist and 5-time Tour de France winner, born in Yffiniac, France
  • 1954 Yanni [Chryssomallis], Greek new age musician (Live at the Acropolis, Sand Dance), born in Kalamata, Greece

Person of interestCondoleezza Rice

1954 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • 1955 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • 1955 Willie Hernandez, pitcher (Cy Young Award)
  • 1956 Kenneth D Bowersox, Portsmouth Va, USN/astro (STS 50, 61, 73, 82)
  • 1957 Frank Affolter, Dutch pianist, songwriter and singer (If Nobody Does), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1957 Michael J Fitzgerald, American writer
  • 1959 Paul McGann, English actor (Eighth Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Liverpool, Lancashire
  • 1959 Annie Schilder, Dutch singer (BZN)

Person of interestBryan Stevenson

1959 Bryan Stevenson, American social justice activist and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, born in Milton, Delaware

Lawyer and Social Justice Activist Bryan Stevenson
Lawyer and Social Justice Activist
Bryan Stevenson
  • 1960 Tom Judson, American actor and composer
  • 1960 Piet Swerts, Belsian classical pianist, and composers (Rotations; Zodiac), born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • 1961 D B Sweeney, actor (Cutting Edge, Fire in the Sky, Day in October)
  • 1961 Gordon Jennison Noice, American actor
  • 1962 Laura San Giacoma, American actress (Pretty Woman, Saving Grace), born in Danville, New Jersey
  • 1962 Morgan Reeser, 470 sailor (Olymp-8th-1992, 96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1962 Harland Williams, Canadian American actor, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Satomi Kōrogi, Japanese voice actress, born in Tokyo
  • 1962 Stefano Gabbana, Italian fashion designer (Dolce & Gabbano), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1963 Mike Prior, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1964 Andrew, rocker (The Pasadenas-Riding on a Train)
  • 1964 Joseph "Run" Simmons, American rapper and minister (Run-D.M.C. - "Walk This Way"), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Silken Laumann, Canadian rower (Olympic bronze, silver-92, 96), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 1964 Bill Hemmer, American television news reporter
  • 1964 Patrick Warburton, American actor (Seinfeld; The Civilization of Maxwell Bright; The Tick), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1966 Curt Schilling, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966 Eric Hill, NFL middle linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Petra Roßner, German cyclist
  • 1967 Letitia Dean, actress (Sharon Watts-EastEnders)
  • 1967 Nina Gordon [Shapiro], American singer-songwriter (Veruca Salt - "Volcano Girls"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Bob Christian, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Claudia Porwik, Coburg Ger, tennis star (1995 Futures-Valladolid)
  • 1968 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968 Lionel Simmons, American NBA forward (Sacramento Kings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Serge Postigo, Canadian actor
  • 1968 Brian Yale, American bass guitarist (Matchbox Twenty), born in Carmel, California
  • 1969 Bradley "Butch" Walker, American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter (SouthGang - "Tainted Angel"; The Marvelous 3), born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1969 Mark Henderson, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley 1996; World C'ship gold 1991, 94), born in Washington, D.C.