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Famous Birthdays on November 21

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 202

  • 1495 John Bale, English bishop and anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan), born in Cove, Suffolk, England (d. 1563)
  • 1561 Charles Scribani, IFlemish jesuit and author, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1629)
  • 1567 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sisters of Saint Ursula of the Blessed Virgin, born in Dijon, France (d. 1621)
  • 1637 Catharina Questiers, Dutch poet (Friend of Abandoned Child), born in Amsterdam (d. 1669)
  • 1645 Johann Löhner, German composer, born in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1705)
  • 1683 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, born in Schmalkalden, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1743)
  • 1692 Carlo Innocenzo Fragoni, Italian poet, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1768)

Person of interestVoltaire

1694 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1724 Jan Ekels the Elder, Amsterdam painter and cartoonist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1781)
  • 1729 Josiah Bartlett, American physician and statesman (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Amesbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1795)
  • 1742 Alessandro Felici, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1772)
  • 1768 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist and philosopher, born in Breslau, Prussian Silesia (d. 1834)

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

1785 William Beaumont, American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1853)

  • 1787 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-British shipping magnate and founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1865)
  • 1817 Richard B. Garnett, American Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • 1824 Hieronymus Theodor Richter, German mineralogist and co-discoverer of the element indium, born in Dresden, Saxony (d. 1898)

  • 1828 William McComb, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania (d. 1918)
  • 1829 Petrus Augustus de Génestet, Dutch vicar and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1861)
  • 1831 John Franklin Miller, American lawyer, businessman, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1886)

Person of interestHetty Green

1834 Henrietta "Hetty" Green, American businesswoman and financier whose wealth and miserliness saw her known as the "Witch of Wall Street", born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green
  • 1834 Joseph Jackson Bartlett, American attorney, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1840 Victoria, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia by marriage to German Emperor Frederick III, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1901)
  • 1851 Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian philosopher and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1926)
  • 1852 Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer, born in Villarreal, Spain (d. 1909)
  • 1853 Hussein Kamel, Sultan of Egypt (1914-17), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1917)
  • 1854 Benedict XV [Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa], Italian 258th Pope (1914-22), born in Genoa, Pegli, Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia (d. 1922)
  • 1857 Manuel Estrada Cabrera, 13th President of Guatemala (1898-1920), born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (d. 1924)

Person of interestTom Horn

1860 Tom Horn, American gunman and outlaw, born in Scotland County, Missouri (d. 1903)

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • 1863 Arthur Quiller-Couch, Cornish novelist and editor (The Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250–1900), born in Bodmin, Cornwall (d. 1944)
  • 1867 Vladimir Ipatieff, Russian-American chemist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1952)
  • 1870 Joe Darling, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty batsman at turn of century), born in Glen Osmond, Australia (d. 1946)
  • 1870 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal), born in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1947)
  • 1870 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official and 4th President of the International Olympic Committee, born in Morlanda, Sweden (d. 1964)
  • 1871 Panayot Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (d. 1942)
  • 1877 Louis Campbell-Tipton, American composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1921)
  • 1877 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, born in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany (d. 1933)

  • 1878 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, born in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia (d. 1949)
  • 1880 Franz Hessel, German writer, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1886 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat and author (Good Behaviour), born in Tehran, Persian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Corinne Griffith, American actress dubbed "The Orchid Lady of the Screen" (3 Hours, Lilies of Field), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1897 Mollie Steimer, American political prisoner and anarchist agitator, born in Dunaevtsy, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1898 René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter (This is Not a Pipe), born in Lessines, Belgium (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Jobyna Ralston, American actress (For Heaven's Sake), born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Alice Calhoun, American Silent film actress (Flowing Gold), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1966)
  • 1902 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet statesman and party ideologist, born in Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1902 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1985)
  • 1904 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, born in St. Joseph, Missouri (d. 1969)
  • 1905 David Moule-Evans, English composer and conductor, born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1988)
  • 1905 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Charles Korvin [Geza Korvin Karpathi], Austrian actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), born in Piestany, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Jim Bishop, American journalist and author (The Day Lincoln was Shot), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1987)
  • 1907 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist and trade unionist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Eleanor Powell, American actress and tap dancer (Born to Dance, Born to Dance), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1982)
  • 1913 Roy Boulting, British film director and producer (Desert Victory), born in Bray, Berkshire, Eng (d. 2001)
  • 1916 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1986)
  • 1919 Steve Brodie [John Stevenson], American actor (The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1988)

Person of interestStan Musial

1920 Stan Musial, American MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1921 Vivian Blaine, American actress (Guys & Dolls, Skirts Ahoy), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Maria Casares [Pérez], Spanish-French actress (Orpheus, Lectrice), born in A Coruña, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach, born in Ryan, Oklahoma (d. 2002)
  • 1924 Joseph Campanella, American character actor (Guiding Light, Mannix), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1924 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England
  • 1924 Milka Planinc, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1982-86), born in Drniš, Yugoslavia (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Poncke Princen, Dutch anti-Nazi fighter, colonial soldier and human rights activist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1929 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator, born in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (one of the founders of Quantum electrochemistry), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Danish composer (Symphony and Antiphony), born in Copenhagen; (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Frank Brake, English multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A), born in Birmingham Ala, (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Jean Shepard, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee), born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Laurence Luckinbill, actor (Delphi Bureau, Ike), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1934 Peter Philpott, cricketer (NSW & Australian leg spinner 1965-66)
  • 1935 Fairuz, Lebanese singer
  • 1936 James DePreist, American conductor (Mitropolos 1964), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1936 Victor Chang, Australian physician (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Marlo Thomas, [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • 1938 Robert Drivas, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1938 Robert Drivas, [Choromokos], actor (Our Private World), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1939 Rick Lenz, actor (Hec Ramsey, Scandalous John), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1939 R. Budd Dwyer, American politician who committed suicide on TV (d. 1987)
  • 1940 Javed Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner took 0-52 in 1962 Test)
  • 1940 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • 1940 Richard Marcinko, American author

  • 1941 David Porter, US songwriter (Soul Man)
  • 1941 Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII), born in London, England
  • 1941 İdil Biret, Turkish pianist
  • 1941 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Tweety [Pie], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Bob Clampett and Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "A Tale of Two Kitties"
  • 1942 Afa Anoa'i, Samoan-American wrestler
  • 1942 Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German politician
  • 1943 Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
  • 1943 Phil Bredesen, American politician
  • 1943 Viktor Sidjak, Russian fencer
  • 1943 Jacques Laffite, French former racing driver
  • 1944 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Harold Ramis, actor and director (SCTV, Stripes), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Marcia "Marcy" Carsey, TV executive/producer
  • 1944 Richard J Durbin, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1945 Goldie Hawn, American actress (The First Wives Club, Private Benjamin), born in Washington, District of Columbia
  • 1946 Jonas Tomasson, composer
  • 1946 Jacky Lafon, Belgian actress
  • 1948 Lonnie Jordan, rock keyboardist and vocalist (War), born in San Diego, California
  • 1948 George Zimmer, American entrepreneur
  • 1948 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1948 John "Rabbit" Bundrick, American keyboardist and organist (The Who, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949 Basil Williams, cricketer (century on debut for West Indies 1978)
  • 1949 Nickolas Grace, Cheshire England, actor (Diamond's Edge)
  • 1949 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey, first women to win a race on a major US track, born in Highland, Illinois
  • 1950 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Bruce Laird, cricketer (tough Australian opener 1979-82)
  • 1950 Livingston Taylor, rocker (I Will be in Love With You), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Stephen Geyer, American film & television songwriter
  • 1950 Gary Pihl, American guitarist (Sammy Hagar), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1951 Nick Gilder, English singer (Hot Child in the City), born in London
  • 1952 Deborah Shelton, actress (Dallas, Ocean Kill, Body Double), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic 4th 76)
  • 1952 Lorna Luft, singer/actress (Where the Boys Are-1980), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • 1953 Tina Brown, British journalist (New Yorker, Tattler), born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1954 Thomas Rothman, American film executive
  • 1955 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • 1956 Mariana Simionescu, Romanian tennis player (1st wife of Björn Borg), born in Tirgu Neamt, Romania
  • 1956 Terri Welles [Knepper], American playboy model (Dec 1980, Playmate of the Year 1981), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1956 Cherry Jones, American stage and TV actress (Doubt, 24), born in Paris, Tennessee
  • 1957 Jim Brown, rocker (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958 Evert van Benthem, Dutch skater (11 Cities Skating Race, 1985, 86)
  • 1958 Tim Robinson, cricketer (solid England opener in 29 Tests 1984-89)
  • 1959 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1962 Steven Curtis Chapman, American musician
  • 1962 Sabine Busch, German athlete
  • 1963 Nicollette Sheridan, British actress (Paige-Knots Landing), born in Worthing, England
  • 1963 Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star (Toulon/Feyenoord)
  • 1964 Marjorie Judith Vincent, Miss America (1991), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1964 Olden Polynice, NBA forward/center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1964 Thomas Everett, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1964 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer

Person of interestBjörk

1965 Bjork, Icelandic singer (Like Someone in Love), born in Reykjavik, Iceland

Singer Björk
Singer
Björk
  • 1965 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • 1966 Jerry Fontenot, NFL center/guard (Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1966 Troy Aikman, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1992-93, 95; Pro Bowl 1991–96; Dallas Cowboys), born in West Covina, California
  • 1967 Kelly Wearstler [Gallagher], American interior designer and Playboy playmate (Sep, 1994), born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • 1967 Tripp Cromer, American baseball player, born in Lake City, North Carolina
  • 1967 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese Judoka
  • 1968 Andy Caddick, English cricket pace bowler (NZ 1993)

  • 1968 Antonio Tarver, light heavyweight boxer (Olympics-br-96), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1968 Alex James, English bassist
  • 1968 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • 1969 Ken Griffey Jr., American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (13-time MLB All Star, AL MVP 1997), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Justin Langer, cricketer (gutsy Australian lefty bat 1993- )
  • 1970 Keith Crawford, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1971 Dahlia Salem, actress (Sofia Carlino-Another World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Michael Strahan, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Ramondo Stallings, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • 1972 David Tua, Samoan boxer
  • 1973 Brent Smith, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Danny Kanell, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Brook Kerr, American actress (Passions), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1973 Inés Sastre, Spanish model and actress
  • 1974 Tremain Mack, strong safety (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1975 Chad Levitt, running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1975 Cherie Johnson, actress (Cherie-Punky Brewster), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1975 Chris Moneymaker, American poker player
  • 1976 Saleem Elahi, cricketer (bro of Manzoor Pak, Test opener v Aust 1995)
  • 1976 Martin Meichelbeck, German footballer
  • 1976 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977 Bruno Berner, Swiss footballer
  • 1977 Myles Heskett, Australian musician (Wolfmother)
  • 1977 Jonas Jennings, American football player
  • 1977 Tobias Sammet, German singer (Edguy)
  • 1977 Yolande James, Quebec politician
  • 1978 Lucía Jiménez, Spanish actress
  • 1978 Sara Tanaka, American actress
  • 1979 Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer

  • 1979 Stromile Swift, American basketball player
  • 1979 Alex Tanguay, Canadian hockey player
  • 1979 Kim Dong Wan, Korean singer (Shinhwa)
  • 1980 Danielle Hartsell, pairs skater (& Steve Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1980 Leonardo González, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Hank Blalock, American baseball player
  • 1980 Alec Brownstein, American author, director
  • 1980 Elaine Yiu, Hong Kong actress and presenter, born in Hong Kong
  • 1981 Wesley Britt, American football player
  • 1981 Piet Rinke, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1981 Jonny Magallón, Mexican footballer
  • 1982 Georgios Kalogiannidis, Greek archer
  • 1982 Ryan Starr, American singer
  • 1982 Aarti Chhabria, Indian Bollywood actress and Miss India Worldwide 2000, born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 1983 Jamie Langley, English rugby player
  • 1984 Álvaro Bautista, Spanish motorcycle racer (125cc World Champion 2006), born in Talavera de la Reina, Spain
  • 1984 Jena Malone, American Actress
  • 1985 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer

Person of interestCarly Rae Jepsen

1985 Carly Rae Jepsen, Canadian singer ("Call Me Maybe"), born in Mission, British Columbia