On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 15

  • 1316 Jean I, King of France (Nov 15-19, 1316), born in Paris (he lived only 5 days)
  • 1397 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), born in Sarzana, Republic of Genoa (d. 1455)
  • 1498 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1558)
  • 1556 Jacques Davy Duperron, French Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Saint-Lô, Normandy, France (d. 1618)
  • 1559 Albert VII, Archduke of Austria and cardinal-archbishop of Toledo, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1621)
  • 1604 Davis Mell, English composer, born in Wilton (d. 1662)
  • 1607 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), born in Le Havre, Normandy, France (d. 1701)
  • 1619 Philips Koninck, Dutch landscape painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1688)
  • 1640 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, German composer, born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1700)
  • 1660 Hermann von der Hardt, German historian, born in Melle, Westphalia (d. 1746)
  • 1661 Christoph von Graffenried, British peer from Switzerland who founded New Bern, Carolina, born in Worb Castle, Bern, Switzerland (d. 1743)
  • 1688 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1757)
  • 1692 Eusebius Amort, German Roman Catholic theologian, born in Bibermuehle, Bavaria (d. 1775)
  • 1696 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1753)
  • 1705 Louis-Gabriel Guillemain, French composer and violinist, born in Paris (d. 1770)

Person of interestWilliam Pitt the Elder

1708 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `Great Commoner', born in London, England (d. 1778)

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder

Person of interestWilliam Herschel

1738 William Herschel, German-British astronomer (discovered Uranus), born in Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1822)

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel
  • 1741 Johann Kaspar Lavater, Swiss writer, philosopher and founder of physiognomics, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1801)
  • 1746 Joseph Quesnel, French Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), born in Saint-Malo, France (d. 1809)
  • 1755 Jan Blanken, Dutch hydraulic engineer, born in Bergambacht, Netherlands (d. 1838)
  • 1757 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (research work in malacology), born in Glückstadt, Holstein, Germany (d. 1830)
  • 1774 William Horsley, English musician and composer, born in London (d. 1858)
  • 1775 Georges-Julien Sieber, French music publisher and composer, born in Paris (d. 1847)
  • 1784 Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia (1807-13), born in Ajaccio, Corsica (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), born in Épernon, France (d. 1880)
  • 1800 George Rodwell, English composer, born in London (d. 1852)
  • 1814 Pleasant Adam Hackleman, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Indiana (d. 1862)
  • 1815 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1816 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Barre, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1829 Petrus Abraham Samuel van Limburg Brouwer, Dutch politician and critic (Akbar), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1873)
  • 1836 Pierce M. B. Young, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1896)
  • 1840 Aleksey Apukhtin, Russian poet and friend of Tsjaikovski, born in Bolkhov, Russian Empire (d. 1893) [NS=11/27]
  • 1859 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (3 weeks), born in Skotselv, Øvre Eiker, Norway (d. 1960)
  • 1862 Adolf Bartels, German journalist and poet, born in Wesselburen, Holstein, Germany (d. 1945)

Person of interestGerhart Hauptmann

1862 Gerhart Hauptmann, German author (Before Dawn - Nobel 1912), born in Obersalzbrunn, Silesia, Prussia (d. 1946)

Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Dramatist, Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1871 Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg, Austrian botanist who was one of three scientists (also Hugo de Vries and Carl Correns) who independently rediscovered Gregor Mendel's work on the laws of genetics, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1962)

  • 1872 Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)

Person of interestAugust Krogh

1874 August Krogh [Schack], Danish zoophysiologist (arterioles and capillaries, Nobel 1920), born in Grenaa, Jutland, Denmark (d. 1949)

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • 1874 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (d. 1941)
  • 1875 Birsa Munda, Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero of the Munda tribe who led an uprising in Bengal against the British Raj, born in Ulihatu, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1900)
  • 1879 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • 1881 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1882 Felix Frankfurter, 80th Supreme Court Justice (1939-62), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1886 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

1887 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1887 Hitoshi Asida, Japanese politician
  • 1887 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1887 René Maran, Martinique, author (Batouala, Prix Goncourt)
  • 1888 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1890 Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)

Person of interestErwin Rommel

1891 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WWII - African campaign), born in Heidenheim, Württemberg, Germany (d. 1944)

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1891 W Averell Harriman, American (Gov-D-NY)/ambassador to USSR (1943-46)
  • 1895 Antoni Słonimski, Polish writer (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Sacheverell Sitwell, English author (People's Palace), born in Scarborough, England (d. 1988)
  • 1897 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
  • 1898 Willy Alfredo [Willem Jue], Dutch entertainer/poet (Fish-Trap)
  • 1899 Avdy Andresson, Estonian statesman (d. 1990)
  • 1899 Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Stewie Dempster, cricketer (1st great NZ Test batsman)
  • 1904 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun, Garden of Allah), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1975) birth date disputed
  • 1905 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Curtis E Le May, air force general/VP candidate
  • 1907 Count Claus Schenck von Stauffenberg, German anti fascist colonel
  • 1909 Don Large, Canadian choral director (Wayne King)
  • 1913 Arthur Haulot, Belgian journalist (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist known for his performances of the work of Franz Liszt, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Dame Ruth Nita Barrow, 1st female Governor-General of Barbados (1990-95)
  • 1917 Gerardus H de Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67)
  • 1919 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), born in Great Neck, Long Island (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1920 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • 1922 Francesco Rosi, director (Lucky Luciano), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1922 Giorgio Manganelli, writer
  • 1922 Paul Acket, Dutch publisher/organizer (Music Express, North Sea Jazz)
  • 1923 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Howard Baker, (Sen-R-Tenn), presidential chief of staff
  • 1925 Jurriaan Andriessen [Leslie Cool], Dutch pianist/composer
  • 1925 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
  • 1928 C. W. McCall [William Dale Fries, Jr.], American country singer, born in Audubon, Iowa
  • 1928 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1928 William Heirens, serial killer (Lipstick Killer), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1928 Seldon Powell, American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, born in Lawrenceville, Virginia (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Edward Asner, American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1930 J[ames] G[raham] Ballard, China, sci-fi author (Drowned World)
  • 1930 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Olene Walker, politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), born in Ogden, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1931 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan politician, President of Kenya (2002-13), born in Gatuyaini, Kenya
  • 1931 Pascal Lissouba, Congo politician

  • 1932 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1932 [Sally] Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter (Downtown, My Love), born in Epsom, England
  • 1933 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1933 Jack Burns, comedian (Burns & Schreiber), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Joanna Barnes, actress (Parent Trap, Spartacus, Goodbye Charlie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Peter Dickinson, English composer, born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
  • 1935 Jerry Douglas, American director and writer (Grabby Awards Hall of Fame), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman
  • 1935 Peter John Welding, record producer
  • 1936 Wolf Biermann, German singer-songwriter and East German dissident, born in Hamburg
  • 1937 William E "Little Willie" John [Woods], US R&B singer (Fever)
  • 1937 Jimmy Ellis, RockHill, South Carolina, soul singer (The Trammps - Disco Inferno), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Yaphet Kotto, African-American actor (Alien, Homicide: Life on the Street), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), born in Randers, Denmark (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Thalmus Rasulala [Jack Crowder], actor (Blacula, Roots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1940 Sam Waterston, American actor (Capricorn One, Heaven's Gate), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1940 Roberto Cavalli, Italian luxury fashion designer and inventor, born in Florence, Italy
  • 1940 Ulf Pilgaard, Danish actor
  • 1941 Daniel Manus Pinkwater, American sci-fi author (Magic Moscow)
  • 1941 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, born in Helsby, Cheshire (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Daniel Barenboim, pianist/conductor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1943 Roger Donaldson, director (Cocktail, Cadillac Man, White Sands)
  • 1945 Bob Gunton, American actor
  • 1945 Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Norwegian-born Swedish singer-songwriter (ABBA), born in Bjørkåsen, Norway
  • 1946 Janet Lennon, Culver City California, singer (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1947 William B Richardson, (Rep-D-New Mexico, 1983- )
  • 1948 Roy P Dyson, (Rep-D-MD, 1981- )
  • 1949 Steve Fossen, American bass guitar player (Heart, 1973-82), born in Kenmore, Washington
  • 1950 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)

  • 1951 Beverly D'Angelo, American actress (National Lampoon's Vacation), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1952 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), born in Sarasota, Florida (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Zoltán Buday, Hungarian born actor
  • 1953 Alexander O'Neal, rocker (James Hearsky Harris III), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1953 Yuri Viktorovich Prikhodko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1954 Ab Bryant, rock bassist/vocalist (Chilliwack)
  • 1954 Aleksander Kwaśniewski, Białogard Poland, politician and President of Poland (1995-2005)
  • 1954 Mitch Easter, American record producer (REM), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1954 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), born in New York City (d. 2003)
  • 1955 Oliver Conant, American actor (Summer of '42), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Joe Leeway, British instrumentalist and songwriter (Thompson Twins), born in Islington, London, England
  • 1955 Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow), born in Wheatley, England
  • 1955 Henry Corra, American documentarian
  • 1955 Ildikó Enyedi, Hungarian film director and screenwriter (On Body and Soul), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1956 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Kevin Eubanks, American jazz bandleader and composer (The Tonight Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Ray McKinnon, American film actor/director
  • 1958 Marty Davis, American tennis star, born in San Jose, California
  • 1960 Dann Huff, American songwriter, session musician, producer (Michael Jackson), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1961 Ian Reid, Australian educator
  • 1963 Michele McAnany, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Stefan Pfeiffer, German swimmer
  • 1966 Rachel True, American actress
  • 1967 Greg Anthony, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1967 Laura Garrone, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Michiyoshi Ohara, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1967 Gustavo Poyet, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1967 E-40 [Earl Stevens], American rapper, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1967 François Ozon, French film director
  • 1968 James Brady, columnist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1968 Jennifer Charles, American singer/songwriter
  • 1968 Ol' Dirty Bastard [Russell Jones], American rapper (member of Wu Tang Clan), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1969 Helen Kelesi, Canadian tennis star
  • 1969 Peter Martin, cricketer (Lancashire & England pace bowler 1995)
  • 1969 Shane Mack, American politician
  • 1970 Lesley Reddon, ice hockey goalie (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Jack Ingram, American singer and songwriter
  • 1970 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1971 Natalia Medvedeva, tennis star (1993 Prague Essen), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971 Sandra Kim [Caldarone], French singer (J'aime la Vie)
  • 1971 Jay Harrington, American actor
  • 1972 Christian van der Weerden, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Vitesse)
  • 1972 Greg Bloedorn, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Jonny Lee Miller, English actor (Trainspotting, Elementary), born in London
  • 1973 Jason Dunn, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Sydney Tamiia Poitier, American actress
  • 1974 Fred Brock, wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Chad Kroeger, Canadian singer
  • 1975 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • 1975 Yannick Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Brandon DiCamillo, American comedian
  • 1976 Virginie Ledoyen, French actress, born in Aubervilliers, France
  • 1977 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, British son of Princess Anne, then 9th in succession to British throne
  • 1977 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (d. 2006)
  • 1979 Josemi, Spanish footballer
  • 1979 Brett Lancaster, Australian cyclist
  • 1980 Ace Young, American singer
  • 1981 Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer (British Open 2007, ANA Inspiration 2008), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1981 Drew Hodgdon, American football player
  • 1981 Krysten Ritter, American actress (Jessica Jones), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1982 D. J. Fitzpatrick, National Football League kicker
  • 1982 Lofa Tatupu, National Football League
  • 1982 Joe Kowalewski, American football player
  • 1983 DJ Skee, American DJ/Personality
  • 1983 Laura Smet, French actress
  • 1983 Fernando Verdasco, Spanish tennis player
  • 1985 Jeffree Star [Jeffrey Steininger Jr.], American Internet personality (Jeffree Star Cosmetics), born in Orange County, California
  • 1986 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1986 Jeffree Star, American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter
  • 1987 Isaiah Osbourne, English footballer
  • 1987 Ian Hecox, Member of Smosh
  • 1988 Zena Grey, American actress
  • 1990 Kanata Hongō, Japanese actor
  • 1991 Shailene Woodley, American Actress (The Fault in Our Stars), born in San Bernardino County, California
  • 1993 Saaya Irie, Japanese Actress, singer
  • 1995 Karl-Anthony Towns, American basketball center (2015 NBA Draft: #1 pick Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1998 Hinako Shibuno, Japanese golfer (Women's British Open 2019), born in Okayama Prefecture, Japan