On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 26

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 220

  • 1288 Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan (1318-39), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1339)
  • 1436 Princess Catherine of Portugal, Portuguese princess of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon and writer, born in Lisbon (d. 1463)
  • 1607 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, born in Southwark, Surrey, England (d. 1638)
  • 1609 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, born in Bolholt, Bury, Lancashire (d. 1659)
  • 1640 Carl Rosier, Dutch baroque composer, born in Liège (d. 1725)
  • 1653 Andreas Anton Schmelzer, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1701)
  • 1657 William Derham, English clergyman, natural theologian and scientist, born in Stoulton, Worcestershire (d. 1735)
  • 1663 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1743)
  • 1678 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, born in Béziers, France (d. 1771)
  • 1703 Theophilus Cibber, English actor and writer, born in London, England (d. 1758)
  • 1727 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1731 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (His Task), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1800)
  • 1736 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France), born in Lille, France (d. 1798)
  • 1744 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, German composer, born in Erlangen, Bavaria (d. 1785)
  • 1754 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • 1795 Carl Philipp Fohr, German painter and cartoonist, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1818)

  • 1795 Cornelis Pieter Jacob Elout, Dutch military and President of West Sumatra, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1843)C
  • 1809 Marià Obiols, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1888)
  • 1810 William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong and British industralist and inventor (hydraulic crane Armstrong Gun), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1900)
  • 1816 William H. T. Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1864)
  • 1818 Louis Lacombe, French pianist and composer, born in Bourges, France (d. 1884)
  • 1823 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1874)
  • 1827 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), born in Reidsville, North Carolina (d. 1892)

Person of interestEllen G. White

1827 Ellen G. White, American religious leader (Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Gorham, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • 1828 René Goblet, French politician (41st Prime Minister of France), born in Aire-sur-la-Lys, France (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and women's rights leader and only woman to receive Medal of Honor (bravery during Civil War), born in Oswego, New York (d. 1919)
  • 1832 Rudolph Koenig, German physicist, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1901)
  • 1847 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, born in Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1850 Henricus van de Wetering, Archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929), born in Hoogland, Netherlands (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter in the Wild West, born in Henriville, Canada East (d. 1921)
  • 1857 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

Person of interestAlbert B. Fall

1861 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1862 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1864 Herman Gorter, Dutch socialist and poet (May, Tiny Hero's Poem), born in Wormerveer, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1865 Earl Ross Drake, American composer, born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 1916)

  • 1869 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1938)
  • 1873 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1954)
  • 1874 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French author (Ecoute Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1876 Bart van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1958)

Person of interestWillis Carrier

1876 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), born in Angola, New York (d. 1950)

Engineer Willis Carrier
Willis Carrier
  • 1878 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • 1878 Major [Marshall Walter] Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African-American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • 1885 Heinrich Brüning, German politician and Chancellor of Germany (1930-32), born in Münster, Province of Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, born in Nysa (d. 1963)
  • 1889 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), born in Paris, France (d. 1976)
  • 1892 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), born in White Earth, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 1894 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), born in Columbia, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1894 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, born in Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Bill Wilson, American co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), born in East Dorset, Vermont (d. 1971)

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1898 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), born in Helsa, German Empire (d. 1973)

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1899 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, born in Kamenz, Saxony, Germany (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Philip Idenburg, Dutch statistician, born in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Gerrit Jan van der Veen [Wolffensperger], Dutch resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • 1904 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1905 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), born in Mostyn, Wales (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, born in Pryor, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Sandro Fuga, Italian composer and painist, born in Mogliano, Veneto (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Ruth Patrick, American botanist and limnologist, born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1908 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), born in Mortale, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Lefty Gomez, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Rodeo, California (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Philipp Mohler, German composer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Frances Dee, American actress (Of Human Bondage), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • 1909 Eugene Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright (Rhinoceros, Bald Soprano), born in Slatina, Romania (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Cyril Cusack, South African actor (Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1993)
  • 1911 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Ronald Diggens, English fabric manufacturer and multi-millionaire
  • 1911 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Eric Sevareid, American author and News correspondent (CBS), born in Velva, North Dakota (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Gunnar Sønstevold, Norwegian composer, born in Elverum, Norway (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Foy Draper, American relay runner (Olympic gold 1936), born in Georgetown, Texas (d. 1943)
  • 1915 Earl Wild, American composer and pianist (Caesar's Hour, NBC Symph 1942), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1915 Herbert Joeks, [Herman Hugten], Dutch actor (Snip & Snap, Pipo de clown), born in Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • 1916 Mareo Ishiketa, Japanese composer, born in Wakayama, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Adele Jergens, American actress (Dark Past, Fuller Brush Man), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), born in Viña del Mar, Chile (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, born in Pesterzsébet, Budapest, Hungary (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1920 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1921 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), born in Calicut, India (d. 2012)

Person of interestCharles M. Schulz

1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1922 Étienne Gailly, Belgian long distance runner (famous Olympic bronze finish 1948), born in Beringen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1923 Patricia "Pat" Phoenix, British actress (Coronation Street, L Shaped Room), born in Fallowfield, Manchester, England (d. 1986)
  • 1924 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (Indian off-spinner, 9-69 v Aust 1959), born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (d. 1992)

  • 1925 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), born in Montevideo (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner
  • 1926 Mauro Bortolotti, Italian composer, born in Narni, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1927 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), born in Center Ridge, Arkansas (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Ernie Coombs, American children's entertainer (d. 2001)
  • 1928 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Don Tregonning, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1929 Betta St John [Betty Jean Striegler], American actress, singer and dancer (Dream Wife, Corridors of Blood), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1929 Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
  • 1929 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician, born in Begunje, Slovenia (d. 2015)
  • 1930 Berthold Leibinger, German Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • 1931 Hank Garrett, American actor and comedian (Car 54 Where Are You?), born in Monticello, New York
  • 1931 Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentine painter and activist (1980 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1931 Adrianus J "Cardinal" Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1931 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • 1932 Alan Stout, American composer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2018)

Person of interestRobert Goulet

1933 Robert Goulet, American singer and actor, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 2007)

Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • 1934 Ludmila Shevtsova, USSR, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935 Marian Mercer, actress/singer (Dean Martin Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936 Margaret Boden, philosopher
  • 1937 Boris Borisovich Yegorov, USSR, doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1937 Bob Babbitt [Robert Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Elizabeth E Bailey, university dean (Carnegie Mellon)
  • 1938 Jeremy Boorda, admiral
  • 1938 Porter J Goss, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1938 Rich Little, impressionist/actor (Love on a Rooftop), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1938 Rodney Jory, Australian physicist

Person of interestTina Turner

1939 Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Tina Turner
  • 1939 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician

  • 1941 Jeff Torborg, baseball player
  • 1941 Susanne Marsee, American mezzo-soprano
  • 1942 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Michael Devlin, American bass-baritone
  • 1943 Gerald D Kleczka, (Rep-D-WI, 1984- )
  • 1943 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1943 Paul Burnett, English disc-jockey
  • 1943 Marilynne Robinson, American writer
  • 1944 Alan Henderson, Belfast, rock bassist (Them)
  • 1944 Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
  • 1945 Daniel Davis, Gurdun Ark, actor (Niles-Nanny)
  • 1945 John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)
  • 1945 Tandy Cronyn, actress (Twisted, Guardian, Age Old Friends)
  • 1945 Björn von Sydow, Swedish politician
  • 1945 Ethan Russell, American photographer and author (photographed covers for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who), born in Mt. Kisco, New York
  • 1946 Angus Suttie, English potter
  • 1946 Bert Bouquet, bassist (Earth & Fire, Focus)
  • 1946 Burt Reiter, rocker (Focus)
  • 1947 Larry Gura, baseball player
  • 1947 Richie Hebner, American baseball player, born in Norwood, Massachusetts
  • 1947 Susanne Zenor, American actress
  • 1948 Galina Prozumenschikova, USSR, 200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1948 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (d. 1995)
  • 1948 Claes Elfsberg, Swedish television presenter
  • 1949 Maggie Donnelly, London bag lady
  • 1949 Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer
  • 1949 Juanin Clay, American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1949 Vincent A. Mahler, American educator
  • 1950 Jorge Orta, Mexican baseball second baseman and outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 80; Chicago WS), born in Mazatlán, Mexico
  • 1951 La Cicciolina, [Ilona Staller], Italian MP, born in Budapest, Hungary

  • 1952 Wendy Turnbell, Australia, tennis player (1979,82 US Opens Double)
  • 1953 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • 1953 Harry Carson, American football player
  • 1954 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • 1954 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • 1955 Bob Walk, baseball player
  • 1955 Jay Howell, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1955 Tracy [Raye] Hickman, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • 1956 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • 1956 Dale Jarrett, American race car driver
  • 1956 Don Lake, Canadian television writer
  • 1958 Steve Buyer, (Rep-R-Indiana)
  • 1959 Jamie Rose, actress (St Elsewhere, Falcon Crest), born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Mike Moore, baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • 1960 Harold Reynolds, baseball player
  • 1961 Dave Hannan, Sudbury, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1961 Marcy Walker, actress (Liza-All My Child, Santa Barbara), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1961 Lisa Moretti, American professional wrestler
  • 1962 Chuck Finley, Monroe LA, pitcher (California Angels)
  • 1962 Mike Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1963 Allyson Rice-Taylor, actress (As the World Turns), born in Huntington, West Virginia
  • 1963 Mario Elie, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1963 Adam Gaynor, American musician (Matchbox Twenty)
  • 1964 Al Smith, American former NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Jeff Jaeger, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears)
  • 1964 Vreni Schneider, Swiss alpine skier (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1966 Jay Berger, Fort Dix NJ, tennis star
  • 1966 Sue Wicks, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame forward (WNBA All Star 2000; NY Liberty), born in Center Moriches, New York
  • 1966 Garcelle Beauvais, Haitian actress and model
  • 1967 Ridley Jacobs, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian ODI 1996)

  • 1968 Steve Lofton, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots)
  • 1969 Sam Militello, baseball player
  • 1969 Shawn Kemp, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1969 Kara Walker, American artist, born in Stockton, California
  • 1970 Greg Graham, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1970 John Amaechi, NBA center/forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1970 Lorissa McComas, actress (Lap Dancing, Vamp), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1970 Dave Hughes, Australian comedian
  • 1971 Ronald "Winky" Wright, American boxer
  • 1972 Nicole Beach, model (Wonderbra), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972 Arjun Rampal, Indian actor
  • 1973 John Zimmerman, pairs skater (& Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973 Peter Facinelli, American actor
  • 1974 Jamie Jones, singer (All 4 One)
  • 1974 Tammy Lynn Michaels, American actress
  • 1976 Maven Huffman, American professional wrestler (WWF/E), born in Crimora, Virginia
  • 1976 Brian Schneider, American baseball player
  • 1977 Ivan Basso, Italian cyclist
  • 1977 Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter