On This Day

Famous Birthdays on November 29

  • 1338 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, born in Antwerp, Buchy of Brabant (d. 1368)
  • 1435 Zhu Qizhen, Chinese Emperor Yingzong of Ming (1435-49 and 1457-64), born in Beijing, Ming China (d. 1464)
  • 1484 Joachim Vadian, Swiss humanist (d. 1551)
  • 1627 John Ray, English naturalist (d. 1705)
  • 1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer (Miserere Suites de Symphonies et Trios), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1687)
  • 1690 Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (d. 1747)
  • 1752 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, born in Cumberland, Rhode Island (d. 1819)
  • 1761 Fridolin Weber, German composer
  • 1762 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (first detailed classification of crustaceans and insects), born in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, France (d. 1833)
  • 1770 Peter Hänsel, German-Austrian violinist and composer, born in Leppe, Silesia Province (d. 1831)
  • 1781 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)
  • 1797 Domenico Gaetano Donizetti, Italian opera composer (L'elisir d'amore; Lucia di Lammermoor), born in Bergamo, Cisalpine Republic (d. 1848)
  • 1798 Alexander Brullov, Russian painter (d. 1877)
  • 1799 Amos Bronson Alcott, US educator/poet (Concord Days)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1827)

Person of interestChristian Doppler

1803 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (Doppler effect), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1853)

  • 1803 Gottfried Semper, German architect (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
  • 1813 Franz von Miklosich, Slovenian linguist (d. 1891)
  • 1815 Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, American politician, commander of US Army of the Gulf, Major General (Union Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1882)
  • 1816 Carl Binder, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1860)
  • 1816 Morrison Waite, American jurist (d. 1888)
  • 1818 George Brown, Canadian publisher (Toronto Globe), PM (L) (1858)
  • 1825 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (d. 1893)

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

1832 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)

  • 1833 Louis Douglass Watkins, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Tallahassee, Florida, (d. 1868)
  • 1834 Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom, American civil engineer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1835 Empress Dowager Cixi, Chinese ruler (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Aeneas Mackay, Baron/Dutch minister of interior/Colonies
  • 1839 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck)
  • 1849 Ambrose Fleming, inventor (diode)
  • 1852 Paul Joseph Guillaume Hillemacher, composer
  • 1856 Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Chancellor of the German Empire (1909-17), born in Hohenfinow, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1921)
  • 1857 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (d. 1911)
  • 1860 Hans Haym, German conductor, born in Halle (d. 1921)
  • 1862 Friedrich Klose, German-Swiss composer (König Elf), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)

  • 1863 Spyridon Filiskos Samaras, composer
  • 1866 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer
  • 1870 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist/writer (Le petit roi)
  • 1870 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (107 on Test debut Aust v Eng 1893), born in Melbourne
  • 1872 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director
  • 1874 Antonio Egas Moniz, Portuguese lobotomist (Nobel 1949)
  • 1874 Francis Dodd, British artist (d. 1949)
  • 1879 Sara Allgood, Irish-American actress (Blackmail, How Green Was My Valley), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), born in Vejle, Denmark (d. 1963)
  • 1888 Joe Slater, Australian Rules footballer (d. 1917)
  • 1891 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61)
  • 1891 Richard Frank Donovan, composer
  • 1894 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (d. 1970)
  • 1895 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1895 Busby Berkeley, choreographer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1895 Lodovico Rocca, composer
  • 1895 William V S Tubman, (Whig), 17th Liberian president (1943-70)
  • 1896 Philip L Carret, Lynn Mass, CEO (Pioneer Fund)
  • 1897 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Little Emperor)

Person of interestC. S. Lewis

1898 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], British sci-fi author (Silver Chair), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • 1898 Rod La Rocque, American actor (The Ten Commandments), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Gustave Reese, composer
  • 1899 Genevieve Tobin, American actress (Zaza, Great Gambini, Uncertain Lady), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1899 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Mildred Harris, American actress (The Magic Cloak, No, No Nannette), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 1944)
  • 1902 Carlo Levi, Italian painter/novelist (Of Fear & Freedom)
  • 1902 Georges Poulet, French/Belgian critic (Temps Humain)
  • 1904 Kay Johnson, American actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), born in Mt Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Piet Ketting, pianist/conductor/composer (Glorify Kokila)
  • 1904 Egon Eiermann, German architect (d. 1970)
  • 1905 Mowbray Henry Gordon Howard, 6th Earl of Effingham
  • 1905 Marcel Lefebvre, French Roman catholic bishop (d. 1991)
  • 1906 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1973)

Person of interestAdam Clayton Powell Jr.

1908 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1972)

  • 1908 N. S. Krishnan, Tamil film comedian (d. 1957)
  • 1909 Rupert Davies, methodist Scholar
  • 1910 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher
  • 1911 Klaus E J Fuchs, Rüsselsheim Germany, German/British atomic physicist/spy
  • 1912 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), born in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1914 Edith Tilton Penrose, American-born British economist (The Theory of the Growth of the Firm), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Taisen Deshimaru, Saga City Japan, found several Zen centers in France
  • 1914 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Earl W Sutherland, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971)
  • 1915 Billy [William Thomas] Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (Take The 'A' Train), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1916 Valentino Bucchi, composer
  • 1916 Frances "Fran" Ryan, American actress (Stripes, The Long Riders), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Merle Travis, American country singer, guitarist and songwriter (16 Tons), born in Rosewood, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • 1918 Madeleine L'Engle [Franklin], American sci-fi author (Ilsa, Love Letters)
  • 1919 Pearl Primus, Trinidad-born American dancer (popularized African dance), born in Port of Spain (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Yegor Ligachev, Soviet politician
  • 1921 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), born in Yawkey, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Benjamin Smit, Curacaos architect (St Elizabeth Hospital)
  • 1922 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), born in Perico, Cuba (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Frank Reynolds, E Chicago Ind, news anchor (ABC Evening News)

Person of interestBeji Caid Essebsi

1926 Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's 1st freely elected President (2014-2019), born in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia (d. 2019)

President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi
President of Tunisia
Beji Caid Essebsi
  • 1927 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1973)

Person of interestVin Scully

1927 Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully
  • 1928 Tahir Salahov, Azerbaijani painter
  • 1928 Paul Simon, American politician (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Jackie Stallone, American astrologer and mother of Sylvester Stallone, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1930 Shirley Porter, English politician
  • 1931 Frank T Mdlalose, KwaZulu minister of Internal minister
  • 1931 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1931 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
  • 1932 Antoine Tisne, composer
  • 1932 Diane Ladd, American actress (Chinatown, Wild Angels, Wild at Heart), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1932 John Gary [Strader], American singer (Cold), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1998)

Person of interestJacques Chirac

1932 Jacques Chirac, President of France (1995-2007) and Prime Minister of France (1974-76, 1986-88), born in Paris, France (d. 2019)

President of France Jacques Chirac
President of France
Jacques Chirac
  • 1932 Stephen A. DiMauro, American thoroughbred racing jockey, trainer, breeder and owner (Eclipse Award 1975; Lady Pitt, Dearly Precious, Nassipour, Wajima), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1933 David Reuben, author (Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex)
  • 1933 John Mayall, British blues musician (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers), born in Macclesfield, England
  • 1933 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, born in Grand Forks, North Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1933 John Lamb, American jazz double bassist (Duke Ellington Orchestra), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 1936 Davide Anzagai, composer
  • 1936 Gerti Tetzner, German writer, born in Thuringia
  • 1937 Johan J Holst, Norwegian minister of Defense/Foreign affairs
  • 1939 Gennadiy Volnov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1939 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Charles "Chuck" Mangione, American jazz flugel horn and trumpet player (Feels So Good), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1941 Denny Doherty, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter (The Mamas & The Papas), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Ronald D Coleman, (Rep-D-TX, 1983- )
  • 1942 Felix Cavaliere, American rock singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Rascals - "Lonely Too Long", "People Got to Be Free"), born in Pelham. New York

  • 1942 Philippe Huttenlocher, Swiss baritone opera singer, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
  • 1942 Maggie Thompson, American magazine editor
  • 1943 Sue Miller, American author
  • 1945 Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1946 Suzy Chaffee, American skier and chapstick user (Olympics 1968)
  • 1946 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban poet
  • 1947 Petra Kelly, Gunzburg, Bavaria, German politician and activist (German Green Party)
  • 1947 Ronnie Montrose, American rock guitarist (Montrose, Gamma), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Clare H. Torry, British session singer (Pink Floyd - "The Great Gig in the Sky"), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1949 Garry Shandling, comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Kenneth D Cameron, Lt Col USMC/astronaut (STS 37, 56, 74), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1949 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • 1949 Wayne Cowan, American wrestler
  • 1949 Jerry Lawler, American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 Kevin O'Donnell Jr, American sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
  • 1951 Barry Goudreau, American rock guitarist (Boston - "More Than A Feeling"), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Jonathan Zeitlyn, artist
  • 1951 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1952 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Nothing But Lies, Elsa)
  • 1952 Dusty Hare, English rugby player
  • 1953 Alex Grey, American artist
  • 1954 Joel Coen, filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1955 Howie Mandel, comedian (Dr Wayne Fiscus-St Elsewhere), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956 Hinton Battle, American Tony Award winning singer, dancer, and actor (The Wiz), born in Neubrücke, Hoppstädten, West Germany
  • 1956 Leo Laporte, American television personality
  • 1956 Eric Laakso, American football player
  • 1957 Charles Grant, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1957 Matthew Rubel, CEO of Collective Brands Licensing
  • 1957 Jennifer Batten, American session and touring rock and jazz guitarist (Michael Jackson; Jeff Beck), born in New York City
  • 1958 Pamela Prati, Million $ Cap (1984)/actress, born in Rome, Italy

  • 1958 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • 1959 Neal Broten, Roseau Canada, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • 1959 Rich Camarillo, NFL punter (Houston Oilers)

Person of interestCathy Moriarty

1960 Cathy Moriarty, American actress (Raging Bull, Bless This House), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestHoward Johnson

1960 Howard Johnson, American baseball player (NY Mets), born in Clearwater, Florida

MLB Third Baseman Howard Johnson
MLB Third Baseman
Howard Johnson
  • 1961 Kim Delaney, American actress (All My Children, NYPD Blue), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Masayoshi Yamashita, Japanese heavy metal bass guitarist (Loudness), born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1962 Andrew McCarthy, American actor (St Elmo's Fire; Class), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Sadanand Viswanath, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (v Sri Lanka 1985-86)
  • 1962 Andy LaRocque [Anders Allhage], Swedish musician and songwriter (King Diamond), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1964 Don Cheadle, actor (Boogie Nights)
  • 1964 Kris Kamm, actor (Stuart Rosebrock-Coach), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1964 Cork Graham [Frederick Graham], American journalist, actor and author, born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1965 Ellen Cleghorne, comedienne (Saturday Night Live)
  • 1965 Neill Barry, American actor (Old Enough, Heat), born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese pop musician, born in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan (d. 1992)
  • 1967 Sean Carlin, Australian hammer thrower (Olympics-8-1992, 96), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1967 John Layfield, American professional wrestler, born in Sweetwater, Texas
  • 1968 Dee Brown, NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1968 Pedro Martínez Aquino, Dominican pitcher (NY Mets), born in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Jonathan Knight, American pop singer (New Kids on the Block), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Ben Iroha, Nigerian football player (Vitesse), born in Aba, Nigeria
  • 1969 Mariano Rivera, Panamanian-American pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1969 Pierre van Hooijdonk, Dutch soccer player (NAC, Celtic), born in Steenbergen, Netherlands
  • 1969 Kasey Keller, American soccer player, born in Olympia, Washington
  • 1970 David Beinhoff, mayor
  • 1970 Lamar Smith, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1970 Mark Pembridge, Welsh footballer, born in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Amy Peterson, Maplewood Minn, short track skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1971 Brad May, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1971 Gena Lee Nolin, American actress and model (Baywatch), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1971 Gregory Byrne, American college administrator
  • 1971 Keith Carlock, American session and touring jazz and rock drummer (Steely Dan; Toto; Chris Botti), born in Clinton, Mississippi
  • 1972 Jamal Mashburn, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1972 Brian Baumgartner, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1972 Larry Joe Campbell, American actor, born in Cadillac, Michigan
  • 1972 Minoru Tanaka, Japanese pro-wrestler, born in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1973 Craig Glassock, Australian cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Mona Vale, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1973 Dick van Burik, Dutch soccer player (Ajax/NAC), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1973 Duane Butler, American football safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Trotwood, Ohio
  • 1973 Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer, born in St David's Hospital, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Sarah Jones, American playwright, born in Winter Springs, Florida
  • 1974 Pavol Demitra, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators, Blues), born in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1974 Lin Chi-ling, Taiwanese model, born in Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1976 Anna Faris, American actress (Mom), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1976 Michalis Kakiouzis, Greek basketball player, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1976 Ehren McGhehey, American actor, born in McMinnville, Oregon

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

1976 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 2020)

  • 1977 Andy Beshear, American politician, Governor of Kentucky (2019-), born in Louisville, Kentucky