Famous Birthdays on October 10

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  • 1344 Mary Plantagenet, English princess, daughter of Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault, born in Waltham, Hampshire (d. 1362)
  • 1486 Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1504-53), born in Chazey-sur-Ain, France (d. 1553)
  • 1567 Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain [Catalina Micaela de Austria], Duchess consort of Savoy (1585-97), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1597)
  • 1599 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1673)
  • 1678 John Campbell, 2nd duke of Argyll and field marshal (Union of 1707), born in Ham House, Petersham, Surrey (d. 1743)
  • 1684 Jean-Antoine Watteau, French Rococo painter (fêtes galantes), born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1721)
  • 1700 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor, born in Nancy, Kingdom of France (d. 1759)
  • 1713 Johann Ludwig Krebs, German musician and composer, born in Buttelstedt, Germany (d. 1780)
  • 1731 Henry Cavendish, England, physicist and chemist (discovered hydrogen), born in Nice (d. 1810)
  • 1738 Benjamin West, Anglo-American painter (Death of General Wolfe), born in Springfield, Province of Pennsylvania (d. 1820)
  • 1757 Erik Acharius, Swedish botanist (lichens), born in Gävle, Sweden (d. 1819)
  • 1779 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, born in Brussels (d. 1841)
  • 1780 John Abercrombie, Scottish physician, born in Aberdeen (d. 1844)
  • 1794 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in New Milford, Connecticut (d. 1871)
  • 1804 Albin Masek, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1878)

Person of interestGiuseppe Verdi

1813 Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer (Rigoletto, La Traviata), born in Busseto (d. 1901)

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi

  • 1817 C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist (Buys Ballot's law), born in Kloetinge, Netherlands (d. 1890)
  • 1819 Zebulon York, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Avon, Maine (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Paul Kruger, 3rd President of South African Republic (1883-1900), born in Steynsburg, Cape Colony (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Samuel J. Randall, American politician (Speaker of the United States House of Representatives), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)
  • 1829 Dandridge McRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Baldwin County, Alabama (d. 1899)
  • 1830 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1904)
  • 1832 Theodore Shelton Bowers, Bvt Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1834 Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer and poet (Nummisuutarit), born in Nurmijärvi, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1872)
  • 1847 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • 1854 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, born in Seville, Spain (d. 1923)

Person of interestFridtjof Nansen

1861 Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and advocate for refugees (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), born in Store Frøen, Christiania (d. 1930)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1862 Arthur De Greef, Belgian composer, born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 1940)
  • 1863 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (lifting 500 pounds (227 kg) with one finger and backlifting 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg)), born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1912)
  • 1863 Helen Dunbar, American actress (Fine Manners, Beyond the Rocks), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • 1864 T. Frank Appleby, American Republican Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), born in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey (d. 1924)
  • 1865 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, born in London, England (d. 1930)
  • 1868 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • 1870 Louise Mack, Australian poet and novelist, born in Hobart, Tasmania (d. 1935)
  • 1876 Walter Niemann, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1953)
  • 1884 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in Australia 1910-11), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1953)
  • 1884 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer and writer (Bint), born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)
  • 1885 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, born in Sukabumi, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1889 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • 1892 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), born in Grandview, Tennessee (d. 1961)

  • 1893 August Balthazar, Belgian politician, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • 1895 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricketer (stalwart Aussie batsman of post-WW I days), born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • 1895 Fridolf Rhudin, Swedish actor and comedian (The Wrong Millionaire, Secret Svensson), born in Munkfors, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1935)
  • 1895 Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, German field marshal (German Air Force-WW II), born in Barzdorf, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1959)
  • 1898 Lilly Daché, French-American milliner and fashion designer, born in Bègles, France (d. 1989)
  • 1899 Brian Norton, South African tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1921), born in Robben Island, South Africa (d. 1956)

Person of interestHelen Hayes

1900 Helen Hayes, American actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1993)

Actress Helen Hayes
Actress
Helen Hayes
  • 1901 Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-French painter and sculptor, born in Borgonovo, Stampa, Graubünden, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • 1902 Dick Ket, Dutch painter and cartoonist, born in Den Helder, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1903 Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), born in Parafianovo, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Jane Winton, American actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1906 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Creative Harmony), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

1906 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), born in Madras (d. 2001)

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • 1908 John Waldo Green, American composer (Body & Soul, Guy Lombardo's arranger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), born in Barcelona (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Florida Friebus, American actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show), born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, born in Lokoren, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1909 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1910 Alan Frank, English composer and music publisher, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Milt Larkin, American jazz trumpeter and band leader, born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), born in Dayton, Texas (d. 1988)

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

1911 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, born in Knighton, England (d. 2017)

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • 1912 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", American R&B singer and songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Tommy Fine, American baseball player, born in Cleburne, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1916 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Scott Huston, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Ilona Ference, American actress (Quatermass II, Star of My Night), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Bobby Byrne, American orchestra leader (Club Seven), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1918 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Yigal Allon, Israeli politician, born in Kfar Tavor, Palestine (d. 1980)
  • 1919 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), born in Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Boy Trip, Dutch minister, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Boeli van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde), born in Curaçao (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Harry Cave, New Zealand cricketer (NZ bowler & Test captain in the 1950's), born in Whanganui, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Merv Pregulman, American NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Louis Gottlieb, American musician (The Limeliters), born inn La Crescenta, California (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Nicholas Parsons, British presenter and actor described as "the ultimate quiz show host", born in Grantham, England
  • 1924 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1924 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), born in Paris, France (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Ivan Sviták, Czech philosopher and poet, born in Hranice na Moravě, Czechoslovakia (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Great Antonio, Croatian-Canadian strongman, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Oscar Brown, American singer and songwriter (Brown Baby, Forbidden Fruit), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Richard Jaeckel, American actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima, Sometimes a Great Notion), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1927 Clairmonte Depeiaza, West Indian cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955), born in Mount Standfast, Saint James Parish, Barbados (d. 1995)
  • 1927 John Eric Tieman, production manager (The Guardian) (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Thomas Wilson, Scottish composer, born in Trinidad, Colorado (d. 2001)
  • 1927 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), born in Ferndale, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Adlai Stevenson III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Illinois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1930 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Servant), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani Urdu poet, born in Allahabad, India (d. 1970)
  • 1930 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), born in Irkutsk, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Harry Smith, English footballer, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1933 Daniel Massey, English actor (Vault of Horror), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1933 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1934 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricketer (pace bowler in Test India v NZ 1955-56), born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra
  • 1935 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1935 André Bureau, French Canadian lawyer and communications executive, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
  • 1935 Khalil al-Wazir [Abu Jihad], Founder of Palestinian group Fatah and PLO leader, born in Ramla, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer (Dartford Destroyer), born in Dartford, England (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, born in Dhakar (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Artie Dick, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand
  • 1936 Judith Chalmers, English TV hostess (Wish You Were Here), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England

  • 1936 Gerhard Ertl, German surface chemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1937 Bruce Devlin, Australian PGA golfer (1964 St Petersburg Open), born in Armidale, Australia
  • 1938 Marcus Jan Adriani, biologist and director (Weevers' Duin) (d. 1995)
  • 1938 Toby Roth, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Strasburg, North Dakota
  • 1938 Daidō Moriyama, Japanese photographer, born in Ikeda, Osaka
  • 1939 Joe Pitts, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1941 Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist, born in Bori, Nigeria (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Laurence Henry Tribe, Harvard Law professor, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1941 Peter Coyote [Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon], American actor (ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Radu Vasile, Prime Minister of Romania (1998-99), born in Sibiu, Romania (d. 2013)
  • 1942 James Marshall, American illustrator and author (George and Martha, The Stupids), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1943 Denis D'Ell, English rocker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1943 Alexander MacMillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton, English publisher and politician
  • 1943 Frederick Barthelme, American author (There Must be Some Mistake), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1944 Christopher Ndodebandla Dlamini, South African trade unionist and SACP-leader, born in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa
  • 1944 Renier Schoeman, South African journalist and politician
  • 1944 Stephen Scott, American composer, born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • 1945 Alan Cartwright, English rocker (Procul Harum), born in London
  • 1946 Ben Vereen, American actor and dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1946 Charles Dance, English actor and director (Alien 3, Jewel in the Crown), born in Redditch, Worcestershire
  • 1946 Franco Malerba, Italian astronaut (STS 46), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1946 John Prine, American country singer (Hello in There), born in Maywood, Illinois
  • 1946 Peter Mahvolich, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • 1946 Mildred Grieveson, English writer (Leopard in the Snow), born in England
  • 1946 Naoto Kan, Japanese politician (61st Prime Minister of Japan), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • 1946 Chris Tarrant, English TV presenter (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • 1947 Giant Haystacks [Martin Ruane], English professional wrestler, born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1948 Cyril Neville, American singer and percussionist (Neville Brothers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Séverine [Josiane Grizeau], French singer (Un banc, un arbre, une rue), born in Paris
  • 1948 Ed Volker, American musician (The Radiators), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949 Jessica Harper, American actress (Inserts, Stardust Memories), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1949 Lance Cairns, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ medium-pace bowler), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1950 Dennis Holmes, American actor (Laramie), born in Encino, California
  • 1950 Peter Jan Rens, Dutch actor and director (Mister Cactus, Passion), born in Velsen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • 1950 Nora Roberts, American novelist (Angels Fall), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1951 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian soldier and politician (National Alliance Party of Fiji)
  • 1953 Gus Williams, American NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1953 Midge Ure, Scottish rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1954 James Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues), born in Worsley, Greater Manchester

Person of interestDavid Lee Roth

1954 David Lee Roth, American rock singer (Van Halen), born in Bloomington, Indiana

Van Halen Rocker David Lee Roth
Van Halen Rocker
David Lee Roth

  • 1954 Rekha, Bollywood actress (Khoon Bhari Maang), born in Madras, India
  • 1954 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • 1956 Mark Gordon, American film producer (Saving Private Ryan), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1957 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist, born in Niigata, Japan
  • 1958 J. Eddie Peck, American actor (Bold & Beautiful-Cole Howard), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1958 John M. Grunsfeld, American physicist and astronaut (STS 67, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Tanya Tucker, American country singer and actress (Follow that Car), born in Seminole, Texas
  • 1959 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter, born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1959 Bradley Whitford, American actor and political activist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1960 Eric Martin, American rocker (Mr Big), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1961 Brian Lee Diemer, American steeplechase athlete (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1961 Martin Kemp, English rock bassist (Spandau Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1961 Jodi Benson, American voice actress (Ariel-The Little Mermaid), born in Rockford, Illinois
  • 1961 Henrik Jørgensen, Danish marathon runner, born in Copenhagen
  • 1962 Rex J. Walheim, U.S. Air Force officer and NASA astronaut, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1963 Mike Donnelly, American NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1963 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 2002)
  • 1963 Jolanda de Rover, Dutch swimmer (1984 Olympics), born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • 1963 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", born in Hong Kong (d. 2003)
  • 1964 Maxi Gnauck, German uneven parallel bars gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1964 Quinton Flynn, American voice actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1965 Brett Perriman, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1965 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1965 Rebecca Pidgeon, British-American actress, singer and songwriter, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Toshi, Japanese singer (X Japan), born in Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
  • 1965 Steve Scalise, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 Darren Carrington, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Bronx, New York
  • 1966 Derrick McKey, American NBA forward (Indiana Pacers), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1966 Elana Meyer, South African runner (Olympic silver 1992), born in South Africa
  • 1966 Kevin Paige, American vocalist (Don't Shut Me Out), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1966 Tony Adams, English footballer (Arsenal & England national team captain), born in Romford, London, England
  • 1966 Bai Ling, Chinese-born American actress (The Crow, Red Corner), born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • 1967 Frank Wainright, American football tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1967 Willie Davis, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Tennessee Oilers), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1967 Jonathan Littell, French-American writer (The Kindly Ones), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 James Williams, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1968 Nancy Brookhart, American WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17th-1994), born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1968 Bart Brentjens, Dutch mountain biker, born in Haelen, Netherlands

Person of interestChris Ofili

1968 Chris Ofili, English painter (Turner prize - elephant dung), born in Manchester

Painter Chris Ofili
Painter
Chris Ofili
  • 1969 Brett Favre, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1970 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1970 Glenn Foley, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets), born in Woburn, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Dean Kiely, Irish football goalkeeper (Crystal Palace), born in Salford, England
  • 1970 Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, German luger (Olympic gold 1998), born in Sonneberg, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1970 Corinna May, German blind singer (I Can't Live Without Music), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1970 Mohammed Mourhit, Belgian athlete, born in Khouribga, Morocco
  • 1970 Matthew Pinsent, English rower (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Holt, Norfolk, England
  • 1971 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia