On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 18

  • 1522 Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman, born in La Hamaide, Ellezelles, Belgium (d. 1568)
  • 1527 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter and sculptor, born in Moneglia, Republic of Genoa (d. 1585)
  • 1584 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1669)
  • 1630 Eleonora Gonzaga, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire (1651-57), born in Mantua, Duchy of Mantua (d. 1686)
  • 1680 Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Flemish composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1730)
  • 1727 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist, born in Châtillon-les-Dombes, France(d. 1773)
  • 1736 Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, German composer, born in Zerbst, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1800)
  • 1742 Félix Máximo López, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1821)
  • 1772 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, born in Friedrichsfelde Palace, Berlin (d. 1806)
  • 1774 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (1815-37), born in Potsdam, Prussia (d. 1837)
  • 1781 Felice Blangini, Italian composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1841)
  • 1785 David Wilkie, British painter, born in Pitlessie Fife, Scotland (d. 1841)
  • 1786 Henry Bishop, British composer and conductor, born in London (d. 1855)
  • 1786 Carl Maria von Weber, German romantic composer (Der Freischutz), born in Eutin, Bishopric of Lübeck, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1826)

Person of interestLouis-Jacques Daguerre

1787 Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France (d. 1851)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre

Person of interestSojourner Truth

1797 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], African-American abolitionist and feminist, born in Swartekill, New York (d. 1883) [birth date is approximate]

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth

  • 1803 Cornelis Broere, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)
  • 1804 Alfonso Ferrero la Marmora, Italian general and statesman (6th Prime Minister of Italy, 1864-66), born in Turin, French Empire (d. 1878)
  • 1808 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1877)
  • 1810 Asa Gray, American botanist (Flora of North America), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1810 Benjamin Stone Roberts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manchester, Vermont (d. 1875)
  • 1812 Jesse J. Finley, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lebanon, Tennessee (d. 1904)
  • 1824 Franz Sigel, German teacher, newspaperman, politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Sinsheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1824 Isham Nicholas Hayne, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Dover, Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1832 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Finnish-Swedish explorer and mineralogist, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1901)
  • 1835 Americus Vespucius Rice, American politician, banker, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perrysville, Ohio (d. 1904)

Person of interestWilliam Schwenck Gilbert

1836 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan), born in London, England

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1839 August Kundt, German physicist (sound vibration, test of Kundt), born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany (d. 1894)
  • 1845 John F Mellaerts, Flemish social worker (1st Belgian farm gilde)
  • 1846 Prince Louis of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein nobleman and politician, born in Prague (d. 1920)
  • 1856 Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia and general in World War I (1914-18), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1929)

Person of interestIgnacy Jan Paderewski

1860 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish composer and 1st premier of Poland (1919), born in Kuryłówka, Russian Empire (d. 1941)

Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Pianist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • 1861 Dorothy Dix [Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer], American journalist and columnist, born in Woodstock, Tennessee (d. 1951)
  • 1863 Richard Dehmel, German poet and writer, born in Hermsdorf, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1920)
  • 1871 Amadeo Vives, Spanish composer, born in Collbató, Spain (d. 1932)
  • 1874 Carrie White, oldest US woman (dies Nov 1990 at 116), born in Havana, Florida (d. 1991)

  • 1874 Clarence Day, American author (Life with Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1935)
  • 1874 Riccardo Martin, American tenor and composer, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (d. 1952)
  • 1877 Arthur Cecil Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1959)
  • 1881 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian-American operatic soprano (Cave of the Winds), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1882 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), born in Paris (d. 1973)
  • 1882 Wyndham Lewis, English author (Tarr, Apes of God) and co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, born in Amherst, Nova Scotia (d. 1957)
  • 1883 Carl Vinson, American politician (38th Dean of the United States House of Representatives, 1961-65), born in Baldwin County, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1888 Frances Marion, American screenwriter and actress (Pollyanna), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1973)
  • 1889 Maria Realino [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao) (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, born in Basel (d. 1981)
  • 1897 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1960)
  • 1897 Patrick Blackett, British physicist (Nobel 1948 - nuclear reaction), born in London (d. 1974)
  • 1898 Joris Ivens, Dutch director (A Tale of the Wind, Rain), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1898 Erich Sehlbach, German composer, born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1899 Eugene Ormandy [Jenő Blau], Hungarian-American conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra 1936-80), born in Budapest (d. 1985)
  • 1899 Howard Thurman, African-American theologian and author (Deep River, Deep is the Hunger), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1981)
  • 1900 Constantin Alajalov, Armenian-American artist (Ditters & Jitters), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1900 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), but later opposed nuclear weapons, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1982)

Person of interestGeorge Gallup

1901 George Gallup, American survey sampling pioneer and inventor of the Gallup poll, born in Jefferson, Iowa (d. 1984)

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • 1901 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Barbara Giuranna, Italian pianist and composer, born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1998)
  • 1902 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish author (regional novels)
  • 1903 Lillian Fuchs, American violist and composer, born in New York (d. 1995)
  • 1904 Guido Santórsola, Brazilian-Uruguayan composer and violinist, born in Canosa di Puglia, Italy (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Jean Paul Lemieux, Canadian painter, born in Quebec (d. 1990)

Person of interestGeorge Wald

1906 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • 1906 Klaus Mann, German-American author (Mephisto), born in Munich (d. 1949)
  • 1906 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer (Mini), born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), born in Trysil, Norway (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Compay Segundo, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club), born in Siboney, Cuba (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

1909 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist (Moon River, Old Black Magic), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1976)

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • 1910 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, born in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, born in San Lazzaro Parmense, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), born in Mandan, North Dakota (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Jaap Meijer, Dutch historian and rabbi in Paramaribo, born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, born in Lena, Norway (d. 2016)
  • 1915 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1916 James L. Lyons, American jazz promoter (founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival) (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero, born in Nelson, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Bill Bedford, British test pilot (pioneered the development of V/STOL aircraft), born in Loughborough, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), born in Al Qalyubiyah Governorate, Egypt (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1956-63), born in León, Nicaragua (d. 1967)
  • 1922 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936) (d. 1992)
  • 1922 Viktor Afanasyev, Soviet politician and editor (Pravda), born in Aktamysh, Tatar A.S.S.R., Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1923 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, born in Derry, New Hampshire (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), born in Fulham, London (d. 1997)
  • 1925 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 1994)

  • 1926 Kim Besly, Peace activist (Greenham Common) (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Lawrence Moss, American composer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1927 Hank Ballard [John Henry Kendricks], American rocker (The Midnighters - "The Twist" - pre-Chubber Checker), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Mickey Mouse, Disney cartoon strip character
  • 1928 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer, born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1929 William J. Knight, American astronaut and test pilot (X-15), born in Noblesville, Indiana (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I) born in Mexico City (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), born in Luleå, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek writer (Z) and diplomat, born in Kavala, Greece
  • 1935 Rudolf Bahro, German dissident (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Rodney Hall, Australian author
  • 1936 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Karl Schranz, Austrian slalom (Olympic-1968)
  • 1939 Brenda Vaccaro, American actress (Cactus Flower, Sara, Paper Dolls), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1939 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate

Person of interestMargaret Atwood

1939 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1939 Tom Johnson, American composer (Nine Bells), born in Greeley, Colorado
  • 1940 Qaboos bin Said al Said, Omani politician and Sultan of Oman (1970-present), born in Salalah, Oman
  • 1941 David Hemmings, English actor (Blow-up, Barbarella) and co-founder of Hemdale Film Corporation, born in Guildford, England (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Peter Pocklington, Canadian NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • 1941 Conleth "Con" Cluskey, Irish pop vocalist (The Bachelors - "Diane"; "I Wouldn't Trade You For The World"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1942 Jeffrey Siegel, American pianist (Chicago Symphony), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Linda Evans, American actress (Dynasty, Big Valley, Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1942 Susan Sullivan, American actress (Dharma & Greg, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Glen Walken, American actor (Leave it to Larry), born in Queens, New York City
  • 1945 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Alan Dean Foster, American sci-fi author (Midworld, Flinx in Flux)
  • 1946 Amanda Lear, French singer (or 1939, possible date only)

  • 1946 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1947 Jameson Parker, actor (American Justice, Simon & Simon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947 Michael Carabello, American percussionist and songwriter (Santana, 1968-71), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Andrea Marcovicci, American actress (Gloria-Berrengers, Fran-Trapper John), born in NYC, New York
  • 1948 Jack Tatum, American NFL defensive back (Raiders), born in Cherryville, North Carolina
  • 1948 Ural Nazibovich Sultanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1949 Bonnie St. Claire [Bonje Cornelia Swart], Dutch singer ("Tame Me Tiger"; "I Won't Stand Between Them"), born in Rozenburg, Netherlands
  • 1949 Ted Sator, NHL coach (NY Rangers, Buffalo Sabres), born in Utica, New York
  • 1949 Herman Rarebell [Hermann Erbel], German rock drummer and lyricist (Scorpions - "Rock You Like A Hurricane"), born in Schmelz, West Germany
  • 1950 Graham Parker, British singer-songwriter (Squeezing Out Sparks - "Local Girls"; "Mercury Poisoning"), born in Hackney, London, England
  • 1950 Rudy Sarzo, Cuban-American bass guitarist (Quiet Riot; Ozzy Osbourne), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950 Eric Pierpoint, American actor
  • 1951 Mark N Brown, Valparaiso In, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 28, 48, 66)
  • 1951 Justin Raimondo, American author (Antiwar.com), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1951 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, born in Gmunden, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Delroy Lindo, actor (Get Shorty, Ransom)
  • 1952 Peter Beattie, Australian politician
  • 1953 Kevin Nealon, American actor (SNL, Hot Shot, Coneheads), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1953 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1953 Alan Murphy, British rock session guitarist (Kate Bush), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1954 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • 1954 Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1954 Carter Burwell, American film composer (Coen Brothers films, Twilight Saga), born in New York City
  • 1955 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo and the Bunnymen), born in Borneo (d. 2009)
  • 1956 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • 1956 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)
  • 1956 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
  • 1956 Laura Lynch, American bluegrass and country musician and songwriter (Dixie Chicks, 1989-95), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1957 Jenny Burton, American rocker (Nobody Loves Me Like You Do), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 Seán Mac Falls, Irish-born poet

  • 1957 J.C. Watts (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 4th district, in office Jan 3, 1995 - Jan 3, 2003
  • 1958 Oscar Nunez, Cuban American actor
  • 1959 Jimmy Quinn, Irish soccer striker (46 caps, Northern Ireland; Reading) and manager (Reading, Swindon, Cambridge, Bournemouth), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1959 Cindy Blackman Santana, American jazz and rock session and touring drummer (Lenny Kravitz; Santana), born in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • 1960 Elizabeth Perkins, American actress (About Last Night, Big), born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Kim Wilde, English pop singer ("Kids in America"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), born in London
  • 1961 Janice Lynn Kuehnemund, American rock guitarist (Vixen - "Edge of a Broken Heart"), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2013)
  • 1961 Steven Moffat, Scottish TV writer and producer (Doctor Who, Sherlock), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1962 Jamie Moyer, Sellersville PA, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1962 Kirk Hammett, American heavy-metal guitarist (Metallica - Master of Puppets; "Enter Sandman"), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Vladimir Vladimirovich Karashtin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1963 Dante Bichette, outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1963 Peter Schmeichel, Danish footballer
  • 1963 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft), born in Landover, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1964 Seth Joyner, NFL linebacker (Ariz, Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1965 Mark Petkovsek, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1966 Ron Coomer, Crest Hill IL, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1966 Jorge Camacho, Spanish poet
  • 1967 Jocelyn Lemieux, Mont Laurier, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1967 Tom Gordon, Sebring FL, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1968 Gary Sheffield, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Mel Stewart, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1968 Milica Vukadinovic, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1968 Barry Hunter, Irish soccer defender (14 caps Northern Ireland; Wrexham, Reading) and manager (Rushden & Diamonds), born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland
  • 1968 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer (Weeds, No Ordinary Family), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestOwen Wilson

1968 Owen Wilson, American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander), born in Dallas, Texas

  • 1969 Lee Anne Ketcham, female pitcher (Silver Bullets), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 Raghib Ismail, American NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Oakland Raiders), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1969 Sam Cassell, American NBA guard (NJ Nets, Houston Rockets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1969 Duncan Sheik, American singer-songwriter (Barely Breathing), born in Monclair, New Jersey

  • 1969 Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor (Aboud Ala El Hodoud), born in Banha, Egypt
  • 1970 Allen Watson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Phil Buckman, actor (Slash-Drexell's Class), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Toby Wright, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Elizabeth Anne Allen, American actress
  • 1970 Mike Epps, American actor
  • 1970 Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor and journalist (Fox News, NBC), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • 1970 Johan Liiva, Sweden heavy metal vocalist (Arch Enemy; Hearse), born in Helsingborg, Sweden
  • 1970 Peter Dutton, Australian politician, Minister for Home Affairs (2017-18), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1972 Jason Arnberger, cricketer (NSW opening batsman 1994-95 -)
  • 1972 Jessica "Jessi" Alexander, American country music singer and songwriter ("The Climb"), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1972 Robert Shapiro, American politician/humorist
  • 1973 Steve Christopher Petree, American pop singer (pc Quest- "After The Summer's Gone" ), born in Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • 1974 Christian Schmidt, actor (Mullers Baro)
  • 1974 Chloë Sevigny, American actress
  • 1975 Jason Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2006, Miami Heat; NBA All-Rookie First Team 1999) born in Belle, West Virginia
  • 1975 Anthony McPartlin, British actor and television presenter (Ant and Dec), born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • 1975 Shawn Camp, American baseball player
  • 1975 David Ortiz, Dominican American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic