On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 23

  • 912 Otto I, the Great, German king, Holy Roman Emperor (962-73)
  • 1221 Alfonso X 'the Wise', King of Castile & Leon, (1252-84), born in Toledo, Spain (d. 1284)
  • 1402 Jean de Dunois "Bastard of Orléans", French soldier who fought with Joan of Arc (d. 1468)
  • 1417 William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini, Italian botanist and physician (De Medocoma Aegyptorum)
  • 1632 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1641 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1669 Johann K. Amman, Swiss-Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1690 Ernst J. earl van Biron, Russian duke of Koerland and regent of Ivan VI
  • 1705 Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1715 Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer, born in Paris, France (d. 1799)
  • 1719 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, born in Skinner's Row, Dublin (d. 1777)
  • 1748 Etienne Joseph Floquet, French opera composer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1785)
  • 1749 Edward Rutledge, American founding father (Governor of South Carolina, signer of the Declaration of Independence), born in Charleston, British America
  • 1760 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • 1765 Thomas Attwood, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1838)
  • 1785 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53)
  • 1794 Johan Frederik van Oordt, Dutch theologian (Groninger direction), born in Rotterdam (d. 1852)
  • 1797 Gábor Mátray, Hungarian composer and musicologist, born in Nagykata, Hungary (d. 1875)
  • 1800 Michail Pogodin, Russian historian and author (Povesti), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1875)

Franklin Pierce

1804 Franklin Pierce, American politician,14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

  • 1809 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • 1815 William Dennison, American politician (US postmaster general, Governor of Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1819 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1819 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him), born in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1820 John Willis Ellis, American politician, Governor of North Carolina during US Civil War, born in Rowan County, North Carolina (d. 1861)
  • 1820 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • 1821 Charles Meryon, British-French etcher who was color blind, born in Paris (d. 1868)
  • 1830 Kaspar von Zumbusch, German-Austria sculptor of public statues in Vienna, born in Herzebrock, Westphalia (d. 1915)

Johannes van der Waals

1837 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

  • 1842 James Lillywhite, English cricketer (1st England Test captain), born in Westhampnett, England (d. 1929)
  • 1843 Josef Sucher, Hungarian composer and conductor (Aus alten Märchen), born in Döbör, Hungary
  • 1855 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1928)
  • 1858 Frank Hearne, English cricket batsman (2 Tests England, 4 South Africa; Kent, Western Province), born in Ealing, England (d. 1949)

Billy the Kid

1859 Billy the Kid [William H. Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

  • 1860 Karl Branting, Swedish statesman and diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1921)
  • 1861 Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1862 Alberto Williams, Argentine pianist and composer (Etrerno Reposo), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1952)
  • 1862 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism)
  • 1864 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (Packard Motor Car Co.), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1936)
  • 1865 Howard Taylor, American tennis player (US National C'ships doubles 1879; singles 1884, 86, 87, 88 runner-up), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1869 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, born in Poltava, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1876 Manuel de Falla, Spanish pianist and composer (Atlántida), born in Cádiz, Spain (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Ernest King, US fleet admiral (Chief of Naval Operations in WWII), born in Lorain, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • 1878 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), born in New York, NY (d. 1967)
  • 1878 André Caplet, French composer and conductor (Conte Fantastic; Le miroir de Jesus), born on a boat sailing between Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Honfleur (Calvados) in France (d. 1925)
  • 1882 Johan Conrad Kikkert, Dutch painter and critic (promoted modern art in Netherlands through Modern Art Circle), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1883 Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Along the water front)
  • 1883 Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (Epic of Culture in New World)

Boris Karloff

1887 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), born in Camberwell, London (d. 1969)

  • 1887 Paul Malengreau, Belgian organist, composer, and educator (Brussels Conservatory, 1813-53), born in at Trélon, Nord, France
  • 1887 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1887 Henry Moseley, English physicist (relationship between atomic number and charge of the atomic nucleus), born in Weymouth, England (d. 1915)
  • 1888 Harpo Marx [Adolph], American actor and comedian (Marx brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • 1888 Nana Bryant, American stage and screen actress (Ladies of the Chorus; Harvey; Brewster's Millions), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • 1889 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)

Alexander Patch

1889 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona (d. 1945)

  • 1890 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Erté [Romain de Tirtoff], Russian-French artist and designer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1894 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • 1896 Joris Vriamont, Flemish author and music publisher
  • 1896 Klement Gottwald, Czech communist politician, Premier and President of Czechoslovakia (1946-53), born in Vyškov, Austria-Hungary (d. 1953)
  • 1896 Ruth Etting, American dancer, singer and actress (Roman scandals), born in David City, Nebraska (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer ( The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian), born in Kishoregunj, East Bengal, British India (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (executed for war crimes for conducting experiments on concentration camp inmates), born in Haag in Oberbayern, Germany (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Marcel Dalio [Israel Moshe Blauschild], French actor (Sabrina, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca), born in Paris, France (d. 1983)
  • 1899 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
  • 1906 Mervyn Roberts, Welsh composer, born in Abergele, Denbighshire (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Lars Leksell, Swedish physician (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Leendert Braat, Dutch sculptor and screenwriter
  • 1908 Nelson S. Bond, American sci-fi writer, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Nigel Tranter, Scottish author and historian (River Realm, Robert the Bruce), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1910 Hal Schumacher, American MLB player (New York Giants), born in Hinkley, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (Legend of the Werewolf)
  • 1912 George O'Hanlon, American actor (Calvin-Life of Riley, George Jetson), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1914 [Arthur] Wilson "Bob" Tucker, American sci-fi author (Time Masters)
  • 1914 Roger Avon, British actor (Doctor Who, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, England (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1915 John Dehner [Forkum], American actor (The Right Stuff, Big Hawaii, Bare Essence), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, Guatemalan politician, President of Guatemala (1966-70), born in Guatemala City (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), born in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, British medical writer (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Cláudio Santoro, Brazilian violinist, conductor, and composer, born in Manaus, Brazil (d. 1989)
  • 1919 Peter Strawson, English philosopher (University of Oxford), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Chalmers Wylie, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio, 1967-93), born in Norwich, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Herman Nieland, Dutch organist, pianist and composer (Te Deum Laudamus)
  • 1920 Paul Celan [Antschell], German-Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1921 Hein Roethof, Dutch journalist and politician (PvdA)
  • 1921 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1922 Manuel Fraga Iribarne, president of Spanish Galicia
  • 1923 Angelo John Novarese, American record company founder (Hi Tunes)
  • 1923 Guy [Gaetano] Molinari, American politician (Rep-New York, 1981-1983), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1923 Nadia Gray [Nadia Kujnir-Herescu], Romanian actress (Naked Runner, Maniac, Candide), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Daniel Brewster, American politician (Rep-(D)-Maryland 1963-69), born in Baltimore, Maryland(d. 2007)
  • 1923 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), born in Gloversville, NY (d. 1986)
  • 1924 Colin Turnbull, British-American anthropologist (The Forest people), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Paul Richards, American actor (Kiss Daddy Goodnight, Breaking Point), born in Los Angeles California (d. 1974)
  • 1924 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), born in New York City (d. 2020)
  • 1926 Christopher Logue, British poet and stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher, born in Puttaparthi, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), born in Ream, Cambodia (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar, born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1928 Jakob Jez, Slovenian composer, born in Boštanj, Slovenia
  • 1928 Jerry Bock, American Broadway composer (Fiddler on the Roof), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian Zionist writer, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1930 Ricou Browning, American director, actor, stuntman and producer (Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1930 Jack McKeon, American baseball manager (World Series 2003, Florida Marlins; 2 × NL Manager of the Year 1999, 2003), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1930 Robert Easton [Burke], American actor referred to as "The Man of a Thousand Voices" (Someone Up There Likes Me), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Bill Brock, American Republican politician (Senator from Tennessee 1971-77) and US Secretary of Labor (1985-87), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Yevgeny Grischin, Russian 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tula, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Gloria Lynne [Wilson], American jazz vocalist (Dell Tones), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Oscar C. Yatco, Filipino violinist and conductor, born in Tanuan, Batangas, Philippines (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker ( Lazard Frère), born in Paris, France
  • 1933 Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer ("Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima"), born in Dębica, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist & revolutionary, born in Kahak, Iran (d. 1977)

Lew Hoad

1934 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1994)

  • 1934 Michael Wayne, American film producer (Chisum, Green Berets, McLintock), son of John Wayne, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Rita Rossi Colwell, American oceanographer, born in Beverly, Massachusetts
  • 1934 Robert Towne, American producer and screenwriter (Chinatown), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1935 Dean Gallo, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1985-94), born in Havensack, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Vladislav Volkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1936 Steve Landesberg, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller - "Dietrich"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1936 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer, born in Burnham-on-Crouch, England (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Celin Romero, Spanish classical guitarist (The Romeros), born in Málaga, Spain
  • 1938 Herbert Achternbusch, German actor (Hedes, Mix Wix, Wohin), born in Munich, Germany
  • 1938 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor (Aapo), born Lapua, Finland (d. 2006)
  • 1939 Betty Everett, American soul singer (Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1940 Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941 Alan Mullery, English soccer player (Fulham, Spurs), manager and pundit, born in London, England
  • 1941 Simon Nolet, French Canadian ice hockey right winger (Philadelphia Flyers, 1967-74), born in Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, Quebec, Canada
  • 1941 Franco Nero, Italian actor (Django), born in Parma, Italy
  • 1941 Derek Mahon, Irish Poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Andrew Goodman, American civil rights worker (murdered by the Klu Klux Klan), born in New York City (d. 1964)
  • 1943 Sue Nicholls, British actress (Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street), born in Darlaston, England
  • 1944 Joe Eszterhas, American screenwriter (Basic Instinct, Showgirls), born in Csákánydoroszló, Hungary
  • 1944 Jose Torikens, Dutch journalist (Parool, NRC)
  • 1944 Peter Lindbergh [Brodbeck], German fashion photographer and director, born in Lissa, German occupied Poland (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Assaf Dayan, Israeli director and actor (Operation Thunderbolt), born in Nahalal, Mandatory Palestine (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer, born in Fraserburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Jerry Harris, American sculptor, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Bobby Rush, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1993-), born in Albany, Georgia
  • 1946 Diana Quick, English actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job), born in London
  • 1946 Hans Hoekman, Dutch radio play actor
  • 1946 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1947 Geoffrey Roberts, English wine merchant (championed Australian and Californian wines), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1948 Bruce Vilanch, American comedy writer (head writer for the Oscars), born in New York City
  • 1948 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Gayl Jones, American novelist (Corregidora), and poet (Song for Anninho), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1949 Charlie Black, American country music songwriter (Anne Murray - "Shadows in the Moonlight"; K.T. Oslin - "Come Next Monday"), born in Cheverly, Maryland (d. 2021)
  • 1950 Cecil Hooker, American country-rockabilly violinist (Snuff - "Bad, Bad, Billy")
  • 1950 Charles "Chuck" Schumer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -), born in NYC, New York
  • 1951 Bernd Landvoigt, German coxless pairs rower (Olympic gold 1976), born in Brandenburg an der Havel, German Democratic Republic
  • 1951 David Rappaport, English 3'11" actor (Wizard, Time Bandits), born in London, England
  • 1951 Jorg Landvoigt, German coxless pairs rower (Olympic gold 1976), born in Brandenburg an der Havel, German Democratic Republic
  • 1952 Francie Larrieu Smith, American 1.5/3/10K track runner (AAU 1 mile-1979), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1952 Bill Troiano, American tuba player (Long Island Tuba Quartet), and teacher, born in Plainview, New York
  • 1953 Martin Kent, Australian cricketer (Queensland batsman, Australia)
  • 1953 Francis Cabrel, French folk and country singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Agen, France
  • 1954 Bruce Hornsby, American pop, rock, and bluegrass, singer-songwriter, and piano player ("The Way It Is"), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1954 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • 1954 Ken Schrom, American MLB player, born in Grangeville, Idaho
  • 1954 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player, born in Olney, Illinois
  • 1955 Steven Brust [Karl Zoltan], American sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1955 Ludovico Einaudi, Italian pianist, classical and film composer (Divenire), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy
  • 1955 Mary Landrieu, American politician (US Senator of Louisiana, 1997-2005) born in Arlington, Virgina
  • 1956 Bruce Edgar, New Zealand cricketer (NZ opener through the 80's), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1956 Shane Gould, Australian freestyle swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1957 Mark Radice, American session and touring musician (Donovan; Aerosmith; Cheap Trick), singer, songwriter, and producer (The Muppets; Sesame Street), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1958 David Wallace, American actor (General Hospital, Babysitter, Humongus), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1958 Martin Snedden, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer of 80's)and sports administrator, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959 Brook Jacoby, American baseball player, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Maxwell Caulfield, English actor (Miles-The Colbys), born in Derbyshire, England
  • 1959 Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1960 Jayananda Warnaweera, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler), born in Matara, Sri Lanka
  • 1960 Robin Roberts, American television reporter (Good Morning America), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1961 Merv Hughes, Australian cricket fast bowler (53 Tests, 212 wickets; 33 ODIs), born in Euroa, Australia
  • 1961 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author, born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Nicolas Bacri, French classical music composer, born in Paris, France
  • 1962 Calvin Hayes, British drummer (Johnny Hates Jazz - "Turn Back the Clock"), born in London, England

Nicolás Maduro

1962 Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (2013-present), born in Caracas, Venezuela

  • 1963 Dale Sveum, American MLB player and coach, born in Richmond, California
  • 1963 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1963 Gwynne Shotwell, American engineer and businesswoman (SpaceX), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964 Boyd Kestner, American actor (Outsiders), born in Virginia
  • 1964 Jose Gonzales, baseball MLB player, born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1964 Kapila Wijegunewardene, Sri Lankan cricketer (fast-medium bowler), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1964 Frank Rutherford, Bahamian athlete
  • 1964 Dan Snyder, American NFL team owner (Washington Football Team), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1965 Michael Brainard, American actor (All My Children, Santa Barbara), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1965 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1965 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1966 Charlie Grover, American drummer (Sponge)
  • 1966 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Madison, Wisconsin