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 (advances in taxonomy), born in Black Notley, England (d. 1705)
  • 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 and scholar (Silvas Americanas), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1865)
  • 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, American educator and poet (Concord Days), born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1888)
  • 1802 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1827)

Christian Doppler

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

  • 1803 Gottfried Semper, German architect (Semper Opera house), born in Altona (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Wendell Phillips, American abolitionist, women's suffrage advocate and prison reformer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1884)
  • 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 (Seventh Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court), born in Lyme, Connecticut (d. 1888)
  • 1818 George Brown, Canadian publisher (Toronto Globe), PM (L) (1858)
  • 1825 Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist, born in Paris, France (d. 1893)

Louisa 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 Cixi, Chinese Empress Dowager and ruler, born in Beijing, China (d. 1908)
  • 1838 Aeneas Mackay, Dutch minister of the Interior and the Colonies
  • 1839 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck), born in Vienna (d. 1889)
  • 1849 Ambrose Fleming, English electrical engineer, physicist and inventor (vaccum diode- 1st electronic rectifier of radio waves), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1945)
  • 1852 Paul Hillemacher, French composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1933)
  • 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 Samaras, Greek composer, born in Corfu (d. 1917)
  • 1866 Waldemar von Baussnern, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1931)
  • 1870 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist and writer (Le petit roi), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1940)
  • 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 neurosurgeon (Nobel Prize 1949 for developing lobotomy procedure), born in Avanca, Portugal (d. 1955)
  • 1874 Francis Dodd, British artist, born in Holyhead, Wales (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, American composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1970)
  • 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 [Enos], American film choreographer (42nd Street) and director (Strike Up The Band: They Made Me A Criminal), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1976)
  • 1895 Lodovico Rocca, Italian composer, born in Turin (d. 1986)
  • 1895 William V S Tubman, (Whig), 17th Liberian president (1943-70)
  • 1896 Philip L. Carret, American investor and founder of Pioneer Fund, born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1897 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Little Emperor)

C. S. Lewis

1898 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], British author (The Chronicles of Narnia), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1963)

  • 1898 Rod La Rocque, American actor (The Ten Commandments), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • 1899 Gustave Reese, American musicologist and composer, born in New York City (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 1899 Arvid Kleven, Norwegian flautist and composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1929)
  • 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 and novelist (Of Fear & Freedom), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1975)
  • 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, Dutch pianist, conductor and composer (Glorify Kokila), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1984)
  • 1904 Egon Eiermann, German architect (d. 1970)
  • 1905 Mowbray Howard, 6th Earl of Effingham, English peer (d. 1996)
  • 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)

Adam 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, British Methodist scholar, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Klaus Fuchs, German-British atomic physicist and spy, born in Rüsselsheim Germany (1988)
  • 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, Japanese founder of several Zen centers in France, born in Saga City, Japan
  • 1914 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2015)
  • 1915 Earl W. Sutherland, American pharmacologist (1971 Nobel Prize Medicine or Physiology 1971 - cyclic AMP), born in Burlingame, Kansas (d. 1974)
  • 1915 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist, arranger, and composer (Duke Ellington Orchestra -- "Take The 'A' Train"), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • 1916 Valentino Bucchi, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1976)
  • 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, American writer of young adult fiction, novelist, and poet (Wrinkle in Time and sequels; Ilsa; Lines Scribbled on an Envelope), born in New York City (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1925 Ernst Happel, Austrian soccer player, 1943-59 (Rapid Wien), and coach, 1962-92 (Feyenoord; Club Brugge; Hamburger SV, and 8 others), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1992)

Beji Caid Essebsi

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

  • 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)

Vin Scully

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

  • 1928 Tahir Salahov, Azerbaijani painter
  • 1928 Paul Simon, American politician (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), born in Eugene, Oregon (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 Tisné, French composer, born in Lourdes, France (d. 1998)
  • 1932 John Gary [Strader], American singer (Cold), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1998)

Jacques Chirac

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

  • 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, American 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
  • 1935 Diane Ladd [Ladner], American actress (Chinatown; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Wild at Heart), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1936 Davide Anzaghi, Italian contemporary classical composer (Aurore; Ritografia), educator, and arts promoter, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1936 Gerti Tetzner, German writer, born in Thuringia
  • 1937 Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian minister of Foreign affairs (worked on the Oslo Peace Accords), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1939 Gennadi Volnov, Russian basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • 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 - "I Saw Her Again"; "California Dreamin'"), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Ronald D. Coleman, American politician (Rep-D-TX, 1983-97), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1941 Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 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 librarian and magazine editor (Comics Buyer's Guide)
  • 1943 Sue Miller, American author (While I Was Gone), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Roger Bambuck, French 4X100 runner (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Guadeloupe
  • 1946 Suzy Chaffee, American skier and chapstick user (Olympics 1968)
  • 1946 Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer-songwriter and musician (Nueva Trova movement), born in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba
  • 1947 Petra Kelly, German politician and activist (German Green Party), born in Gunzburg, Bavaria
  • 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, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Kenneth D. Cameron, American Lt Colonel and 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 [Dutch Mantel], American wrestler, born in South Carolina
  • 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 Roger Troutman, American funk musician (Zapp), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1952 Christine Pascal, French actress and director (Smile, Nothing But Lies, Elsa), born in Lyon, France (d. 1996)
  • 1952 Dusty Hare, English rugby union player, born in Newark-on-Trent, England
  • 1953 Alex Grey, American artist, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1953 Rosemary West, English serial killer (killed nine with husband Fred West), born in Northam, England
  • 1954 Joel Coen, American filmmaker (Fargo, No Country for Old Men), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • 1955 Howie Mandel, Canadian 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 (The Tech Guy), born in New York City
  • 1956 Eric Laakso, American NFL player (Miami Dolphins), born in New York City
  • 1957 Charles Grant, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1957 Jennifer Batten, American session and touring rock and jazz guitarist (Michael Jackson; Jeff Beck), born in New York City
  • 1958 Pamela Prati, Italian actress and TV hostess, born in Ozieri, Italy
  • 1958 Mario Petrucci, Anglo-Italian Poet and Ecologist
  • 1959 Neal Broten, American NHL center, 1980-97 (US Olympic gold, 1980; Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars, and 3 other teams), born in Roseau, Minnesota
  • 1959 Rich Camarillo, American NFL punter, 1981-96, 5X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots, Phoenix Cardinals, and 3 other teams), born in Whittier, California
  • 1959 Rahm Emanuel, American politician (Mayor of Chicago 2011-19; White House Chief of Staff 2009-10; U.S Representative from Illinois, 2003-09), born in Chicago, Illinois

Cathy Moriarty

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

Howard Johnson

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

  • 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, American actor (Boogie Nights, Ocean's Trilogy), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1964 Kris Kamm, American 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, American comedienne (Saturday Night Live), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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)
  • 1965 Wallis Buchanan, British rock didgeridoo player (Jamiroquai - "When You Gonna Learn"), born in London, England
  • 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, American 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
  • 1968 Dany Garcia, American producer (works with The Rock), born in Belleville, New Jersey
  • 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 Lamar Smith, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1970 Mark Pembridge, Welsh footballer, born in Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
  • 1971 Amy Peterson, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • 1971 Brad May, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Gena Lee Nolin, American actress and model (Baywatch), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • 1971 Keith Carlock, American session and touring jazz and rock drummer (Steely Dan; Toto; Chris Botti), born in Clinton, Mississippi
  • 1972 Jamal Mashburn, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • 1972 Brian Baumgartner, American actor (Kevin in The Office), 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, Slovak 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

Chadwick Boseman

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