On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 28

  • 1118 Manuel I Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1143-80) (d. 1180)
  • 1489 Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scots as wife of James IV of Scotland (1503-13), born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1541)
  • 1570 James Whitelocke, English judge and politician (House of Common 1610-22) (d. 1632)
  • 1598 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, born in Flensburg (d. 1667)
  • 1607 Francesco Sforza Pallavicino, Italian theologist and historian (Istoria del Concilio di Trento), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1667)

John Bunyan

1628 John Bunyan, English minister and author (The Pilgrim's Progress), born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1688)

  • 1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios, born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (d. 1687)
  • 1640 Willem de Vlamingh, Dutch sea captain (explored the then "New Holland", central west coast of Australia), born in Oost-Vlieland, Dutch Republic (c. 1648)
  • 1650 Jan Palfijn, Flemish physician and inventor (obstetrical forceps), born in Kortrijk, Flanders (d. 1730)
  • 1661 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey (d. 1723)
  • 1681 Jean Cavalier, French Huguenot chief of the Camisards, born in Ribaute, France (d. 1740)
  • 1700 Nathaniel Bliss, English 4th Astronomer Royal (1762-64), born in Bisley, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1764)
  • 1700 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), born in Castle Schonberg, Bavaria (d. 1770)
  • 1704 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), born in Enkhuizen, Dutch Republic (d. 1761)

William Blake

1757 William Blake, English poet and artist (Songs of Innocence & Experience), born in London, England (d. 1827)

  • 1763 Matthäus Fischer, German organist and composer, born in Ried, Swabia (d. 1840)
  • 1770 Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, daughter of viceroy Willem V & Wilhelmina of Prussia, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1819)
  • 1772 Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and meteorologist (nomenclature system for clouds), born in London (d. 1864)
  • 1777 Augsut Kestner, German art collector and diplomat, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1853)
  • 1784 Ferdinand Ries, German composer, born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1838)
  • 1785 Victor de Broglie, 3rd Duke of Broglie, 14th Prime Minister of France (1835-36), born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Victor Cousin, French philosopher and educational reformer, born in Paris (d. 1867)
  • 1793 Carl Jonas Love Almquist, Swedish composer (Tornrosens Buck), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1866)
  • 1795 Adolf Bernhard Marx, German composer, born in Halle, Germany (d. 1866)
  • 1805 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey (d. 1852)
  • 1810 William Froude, English engineer and naval architect, born in Devon, England (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Maximilian II of Bavaria, King of Bavaria (1848-64), born in Munich (d. 1864)
  • 1812 Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1887)

Friedrich Engels

1820 Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher and revolutionary socialist who co-authored "The Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx, born in Barmen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1895)

  • 1820 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Enfield, North Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1829 Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (Dmitri Donskoi), born in Vikhvatinets, Podolia Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1894)
  • 1837 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, born in Starkey, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1841 E. M. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), born in Downend, Bristol, England (d. 1911)
  • 1853 Helen Magill White, American educator and 1st woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S., born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1944)
  • 1854 Gottlieb Haberlandt, Austrian botanist, born in Mosonmagyaróvár (d. 1945)
  • 1856 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1926)
  • 1857 Alfonso XII, King of Spain (1874-85), born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid (d. 1885)
  • 1864 Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Dutch lithographer and wood carver, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • 1864 James Allen, English writer (As a Man Thinketh), born in Leicester, England (d. 1912)
  • 1864 Lindley M. Garrison, American lawyer and 46th U.S. Secretary of War (1913-16), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1932)
  • 1866 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)

Henry Bacon

1866 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1924)

  • 1866 Johan Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1928)
  • 1868 František Drdla, Czech composer, born in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1868 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), born in Berkley, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • 1876 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (early South African googly bowler), born in Swartwater, South Africa (d. 1946)
  • 1878 Jozef van Mierlo, Belgian Jesuit and literary (Hadewych), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1880 Alexander Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1921)
  • 1880 Marinus van Meel, Dutch aviator and aircraft manufacturer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • 1883 Paul Hastings Allen, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1952)
  • 1887 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1887 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), born in Munich (d. 1934)
  • 1887 Jacobo Palm, Dutch Antillean classical organist, violist, pianist, and composer, born in Curaçao (d. 1982)
  • 1891 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, born in Mandurriao, Iloilo, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1892 Thomas Wood, English composer, born in Chorley, Lancashire (d. 1950)

Brooks Atkinson

1894 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1984)

  • 1895 José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Lilia Skala, Austrian actress (House of Games, Flashdance, Charly), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1896 Dawn Powell, American writer (Turn, Magic Wheel), born in Mount Gilead, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), born in Iwakuni (d. 1996)
  • 1902 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1904 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-68), born in Doddsville, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Alberto Moravia [Pincherle], Italian author (Indifferent Ones), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President Argentina (1958-62), born in Paso de los Libres, Corrientes, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1908 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1909 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), born in Draževac, Serbia (d. 1983)
  • 1911 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, born in Vodochody, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Heinz Galinski, President (Central council for Jews in Germany), born in Marienburg, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1913 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), born in Urbana, Arkansas (d. 2018)
  • 1915 Pamela Harrison, English pianist and composer, born in Orpington, England (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Evald Okas, Estonian painter, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2011)
  • 1916 Lilian Baels, Princess of Réthy, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III, born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Kees Schilperoort, Dutch radio and TV host, born in Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), born in Sunshine, Victoria, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-95), born in Ruth, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Phyllis Jenkins, literary & theatrical agent community activist
  • 1923 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Lorna Beal (née Larter), Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 16 dismissals), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1924 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Aurelio de la Vega, Cuban-American composer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1925 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1986)
  • 1925 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1927 Chuck Mitchell, American actor (General Hospital, Porky's, Better Off Dead), born in Connecticut, United States (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng
  • 1928 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), born in Tyler, Alabama (d. 2018)

Berry Gordy

1929 Berry Gordy, Jr, American songwriter, producer and record company founder (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1931 Dervla Murphy, Irish travel author (Full Tilt, In Ethiopia with a Mule), born in Lismore, Ireland
  • 1931 Rinus Ferdinandusse, Dutch editor and author (Nude on Fence), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • 1931 Thomas Enders, German business executive and diplomat, born in Bruchertseifen, Germany
  • 1932 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Gato Barbieri, Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), born in Rosario, Argentina (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), born in Redding, Connecticut (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Joe Knollenberg, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • 1934 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Randolph Stow, author/poet (Suburbs of Hell)
  • 1935 Prince Hitachi, Japanese royalty
  • 1936 Gary Hart, (Sen-D-Co, 1975-86)
  • 1936 Trisutji Kamal, Indonesian classical pianist and composer (Prayer of Redemption), born in Jakarta, Indonesia (d. 2021)
  • 1936 Roy McCurdy, American jazz drummer (Sonny Rollins; Cannonball Adderly; Chuck Mangione), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1939 Gary Troxel, rocker (The Fleetwoods), born in Centralia, Washington
  • 1940 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer ("Hey! Baby"), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1940 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • 1941 Laura Antonelli, actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), born in Pola, Italy (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 1942 Manolo Blahnik, Santa Cruz de La Palma Spain, shoe designer
  • 1943 Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter ("Short People"; "You've Got a Friend in Me"; "Louisiana 1927") and film score composer (The Natural; Seabiscuit; Pixar films) , born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1944 Rita Mae Brown, American poet, novelist (Rubyfruit Jungle), screenwriter (Long Hot Summer), and mystery writer (Mrs. Murphy), born in Hanover, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 Ronald Bertram "R.B." Greaves, American pop singer ("Take A Letter Maria"), born in Georgetown, Guyana (d. 2012)
  • 1944 Timothy Krajcir, American serial killer, born in West Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Joe Dante, American film director (Matinee; Twilight Zone:The Movie; Police Squad; Gremlins), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1946 Susan Spencer, American correspondent (48 Hours) [1946 approx], born in Memphis Tennessee
  • 1947 Michel Berger [Hamburger], French pop singer and songwriter, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1992)
  • 1947 Maria Farantouri, Greek folk and jazz singer, born in Athens
  • 1948 Agnieszka Holland, Polish actress and director (Europa Europa), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1948 Beeb Birtles [Gerard Birtlekamp], Dutch-Australian rock guitarist (Little River Band - Diamantina Cocktail), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1949 Alexander Godunov, Russian composer/dancer (Bolshoi) defected 1979
  • 1949 Hugh McKenna, British rock keyboardist (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), born in Coatsbridge, England (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist and orchestra leader (SNL, David Letterman), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1949 Victor Ostrovsky, Canadian/Israel, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception)

Ed Harris

1950 Ed Harris, American actor (Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1952 Jeff Fahey, actor (Darkman III, Crossover, Serpent's Lair)
  • 1952 S Epatha Merkerson, Saginaw Michigan, American actress (Jacob's Ladder, Terminator 2)
  • 1953 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953 Sixto Lezcano, baseball player
  • 1955 Adem Jashari, Albanian freedom fighter
  • 1955 Alessandro Altobelli, Italian soccer striker (61 caps; Internazionale 317 games), born in Sonnino, Italy
  • 1955 Jeffrey Byron, American actor
  • 1956 Kristine Arnold, American country singer (Sweethearts of Rodeo - "Midnight Girl"), born in Torrance, California
  • 1956 Lucy Gutteridge, actress (Top Secret, Trouble With Spies)
  • 1956 David Van Day [David Paul Day], British pop singer (Dollar - "Loves Gotta Hold On Me"), born in Brighton, Sussex, England

Dave Righetti

1958 Dave Righetti, American baseball pitcher (Yankees, Giants) and coach, born in San Jose, California

  • 1958 Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1958 Tim Mullens, Dutch punk rock singer and guitarist (Ivy green)
  • 1958 Georges Rutaganda, Rwandan war criminal
  • 1959 Judd Nelson, actor (Breakfast Club, Jack-Suddenly Susan), born in Portland, Maine
  • 1959 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • 1959 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • 1960 Deneice Lewis, model, born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1960 Ken Howell, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1960 John Galliano, British fashion designer, born in Gibraltar
  • 1961 Jane Sibbett, actress (Teddy Z, Heddy Newman-Herman's Head)
  • 1961 Patty Zomer, Dutch singer (Dolly Dots - "Windsurfing"), born in Haarlem, The Netherlands
  • 1961 Martin Clunes, British actor

Alfonso Cuarón

1961 Alfonso Cuarón, Mexican film director (Gravity), born in Mexico City

  • 1962 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden; Pearl Jam), born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Paul Dinello, American comedian and actor, born in Oak Park, Illinois

Jon Stewart

1962 Jon Stewart [Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz], American Emmy, Grammy, and Peabody Award-winning comedian and writer (The Daily Show, 1999-2015), born in NYC, New York

  • 1963 Johnny Newman, NBA guard/forward (Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1963 Walt Weiss, American baseball shortstop (AL Rookie of the Year 1988; World Series 1989; MLB All Star 1998; Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies) and manager (Colorado Rockies 2013-16), born in Tuxedo, New York
  • 1963 Armando Iannucci, comedian and radio producer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964 Cornelia Guest, debutante (Debutante's Guide to Life)
  • 1964 John Burkett, New Brighton PA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1964 Jesse Cook, French Canadian jazz-flamenco guitarist (Free Fall), born in Paris, France
  • 1965 Matt Williams, American baseball infielder (5 x MLB All Star; NL home run leader 1994; NL RBI leader 1990; SF Giants) and manager (Washington Nationals), born in Bishop, California
  • 1965 Erwin Mortier, Belgian author
  • 1966 Sam Seder, American comedian
  • 1967 Anna Nicole Smith [Vickie Hogan], American model, Playboy playmate (May 1992, Playmate of the Year 1993), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1967 Stephnie Weir, American comedian
  • 1967 José del Solar, Peruvian footballer
  • 1968 Jonathan Brown, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Dale Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Marc Spindler, NFL defensive tackle/end (NY Jets, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Nick Knight, cricketer (England opening batsman 1995- )
  • 1969 Pedro Astacio, Hato Mayor Dom Rep, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Pio Sagapolutele, NFL defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1969 Robb Nen, San Pedro, California, American MLB pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1969 Sonia O'Sullivan, Irish 5k runner (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Todd Perry, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Álex López Morón, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971 William Simas Jr, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Hanford, California
  • 1971 Fenriz [Leif Nagell], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Darkthrone), born Kolbotn, Norway
  • 1972 Paulo Figueiredo, Angolan footballer
  • 1973 Jade Puget, American rock guitarist (AFI), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1974 Jason Ferguson, defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1974 apl.de.ap [Allan Pineda Lindo], Filipino-American rapper and producer (Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"), born in Angeles, Philippines
  • 1974 András Tölcséres, Hungarian footballer
  • 1974 Kristian Schmid, Australian actor
  • 1975 Satyr [Sigurd Wongraven], Norwegian heavy metal musician (Satyricon)
  • 1975 Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
  • 1977 Fabio Grosso, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Gavin Rae, Scottish footballer
  • 1977 DeMya Walker, American basketball player
  • 1977 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977 Angela Stanford, American golfer (Evian C'ship 2018), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1978 Mehdi Nafti, Tunisian footballer
  • 1978 Haytham Tambal, Sudanese footballer
  • 1978 Freddie Mitchell, American football player
  • 1978 Brent Albright, American professional wrestler
  • 1978 Ryan Leslie, American producer