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Famous Birthdays on October 16

  • 1396 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English soldier (d. 1450)
  • 1430 King James II of Scotland (d. 1460)
  • 1483 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1535 Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord (d. 1585)
  • 1605 Charles Coypeau Dassoucy, French poet and singer, born in Paris (d. 1677)
  • 1622 Pierre Paul Puget, French artist, born in Marseille, France (d. 1694)
  • 1663 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (d. 1736)
  • 1679 Jan Dismas Zelenka, Bohemian composer born at Louňovice, Lands of the Bohemian Crown (d. 1745)
  • 1708 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1777)
  • 1710 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (d. 1790)
  • 1714 Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (d. 1795)
  • 1726 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)
  • 1729 (Pieter) Pierre van Maldere, Flemish violinist and composer, born in Brussels, Southern Low Countries (now Belgium), (d. 1768)
  • 1751 Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen of Prussia (d. 1805)
  • 1754 Morgan Lewis, Governor of New York (1804-07) (d. 1844)

Person of interestNoah Webster

1758 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster

  • 1762 Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
  • 1765 Fédéric-Nicolas Duvernoy, French horn player and composer, born in Montbéliard, County of Montbéliard (d. 1838)
  • 1789 William Burton, Governor of Delaware (1859-63) (d. 1866)
  • 1795 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (d. 1876)
  • 1797 James Brudenell, British Earl Of Cardigan (led the Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Hambleden, England (d. 1868)
  • 1802 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1806 William Pitt Fessenden, Secy Treas (Union), (d. 1869)
  • 1809 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • 1811 Gaetano Capocci, Italian organist and composer (Responsori), born in Rome (d. 1898)
  • 1815 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • 1816 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1887)
  • 1819 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)
  • 1821 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1883)
  • 1825 Thomas Turpin Crittenden, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1905)
  • 1826 Piotr Studzinski, Polish conductor and composer, born in the Free City of Cracow (d. 1869)
  • 1830 Ferdinand van der Haeghen, Flemish librarian/bibliography
  • 1832 George Crockett Strong, American Major General (Union Army), born in Stockbridge, Vermont (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Vicente Riva Palacio, Mexican writer/diplomat
  • 1837 John Francis Barnett, British composer, born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1840 Kuroda Kiyotaka, 2nd Prime Minister of Japan (1894-1899), born in Kagoshima, Satsuma Domain (d. 1900)

  • 1841 Itō Hirobumi, Japanese samurai, Japanese Prime Minister and Resident-General of Korea (d. 1909)
  • 1849 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • 1849 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • 1851 James Ten Eyck, champion rower/coach (Ten Eyck Trophy namesake)
  • 1854 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist

Person of interestOscar Wilde

1854 Oscar Wilde [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], (The Picture of Dorian Gray), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1900)

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1855 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • 1855 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931)
  • 1859 Henryk Pachulski, Polish pianist, composer, and educator (Moscow Conservatory, 1886-1917) born in Łazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • 1861 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (d. 1927)
  • 1863 Austen Chamberlain, British Foreign Secretary (Nobel 1925)
  • 1866 Pieter J Kromsigt, theologist/publicist (Troffel & Sword)
  • 1868 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German general (China)
  • 1870 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist
  • 1878 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, born in Minas, Uraguay (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (The Exorcist), born in Athens, Greece (d. 1973)
  • 1884 Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (d. 1916)
  • 1885 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • 1886 Armin T Wegner, writer

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

1886 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 1955-63), born in Płonsk, Poland (d. 1973)

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion

Person of interestEugene O'Neill

1888 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill
  • 1888 Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • 1890 Paul Strand, American photographer (Native Land-1942), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Maria Goretti, Italian saint (d. 1902)

Person of interestMichael Collins

1890 Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary leader and leading figure in the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century, born in Clonakilty, Ireland (d. 1922)

Revolutionary, soldier, and politician Michael Collins
Revolutionary, soldier, and politician
Michael Collins
  • 1896 Edmond van Dooren, Flemish painter
  • 1897 Harrison Kerr, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • 1898 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR
  • 1898 William O Douglas, Maine, 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)
  • 1900 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • 1900 [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
  • 1900 Edward Ardizzone, artist and illustrator (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1903 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • 1904 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, born in Sheffield, Britain, (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Wild Bill Elliott [Gordon Nance], American actor (Beyond the Sacramento), born in Pattonsburg, Missouri (d. 1965)
  • 1906 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), born in San Pellegrino, Belluno, (d. 1972)
  • 1906 George Lott, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Roger Vailland, French author (La Novice, Et Mourir de Plasir)
  • 1908 Enver Hoxha, Albanian post-war communist leader and dictator of Albania (1944-85), born in Gjirokastër, Albania (d. 1985)
  • 1910 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, born in South London (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian organist and composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Christian J Modeste, gypsey king
  • 1916 George Turner, Australian author (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Alice Pearce, American comedienne and actress (On the Town, Bewitched), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • 1918 Bill Nichols, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • 1918 Géori Boué, French soprano, born in Toulouse, France (d. 2017)
  • 1919 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1921 Michael Conrad, American actor (Delvecchio, Hill St Blues), born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1921 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Robert Urquhart, Scottish actor (Dunkirk, Bulldog Breed, Dark Avenger), born in Ullapool, Scotland (d. 1995)

  • 1923 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1965)
  • 1923 Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, born in Hamburg (d. 1980)

Person of interestAngela Lansbury

1925 Angela Lansbury, British actress (Gaslight, Murder She Wrote), born in London, England

  • 1925 Daniel J Evans, (Sen-R-WA, 1983- )
  • 1925 Lorraine Sweeny, communications specialist
  • 1926 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Gus Yatron, (Rep-D-PA, 1969- )
  • 1927 Lee Montague, British actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England

Person of interestGünter Grass

1927 Günter Grass, German writer and playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), born in Danzig

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1928 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • 1928 Ann Morgan Guilbert, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Bill Green, (Rep-R-NY, 1978- )
  • 1929 Fernanda Montenegro [Arlette Torres], Brazilian actress, often described as the greatest Brazilian actress of all time (Central Station, Coce de Mãe), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1929 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1930 Carmen Sevilla, Spanish actress, singer and TV presenter (Vengeance, Searching for Monica, Don Juan), born in Seville, Spain
  • 1931 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Rosa Rosal [Florence Gayda], Filipino actress and humanitarian described as "original femme fatale of Philippine cinema", born in Manila, Philippine Islands
  • 1932 Henry Jay Lewis, American double-bassist and conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic 1948-65), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1932 John Grant, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1935 Sugar Pie DeSanto [Peylia Marsema Balinton], American R&B singer (Soulful Dress), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936 Gerardo Gandini, Argentinian pianist and composer (Laberynthus Johannes), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • 1936 Peter Bowles, English actor
  • 1937 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Tony Anthony, Clarksburg WV, actor (Treasure of 4 Crowns)
  • 1938 Nico [Christa Päffgen], German singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground), fashion model, and actress, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1938 Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
  • 1940 Barry Corbin, actor (Maurice-Northern Exposure)

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

1940 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere

  • 1940 Célio Taveira, Brazilian soccer striker (3 caps; Vasco da Gama, Nacional, Corinthians), born in Santos, Brazil (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra) born in Kingston upon Thames, England (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Erkki Jokinen, Finnish classical composer, noted for his embrace of the accordion, born in Tervakoski, Finland
  • 1941 Tim McCarver, baseball catcher (Phils, Mets)/sportscaster (ABC, CBS)
  • 1942 Dave Lovelady, English drummer (The Fourmost - "A Little Loving"), born in Litherland, United Kingdom
  • 1943 Charles Frederick "C.F." Turner, Canadian rock bassist and songwriter (Bachman-Turner Overdrive - "Let It Ride"), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1944 Bob Cottam, cricketer (England fast-medium on 2 India/Pakistan tours)
  • 1944 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1945 Paul Monette, American writer and LBT activist, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1945 Roger Hawkins, American drummer (the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), born in Mishawaka, Indiana
  • 1945 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Bollywood, Ashanti, Deceivers), born in Karachi, India (d. 1994)
  • 1946 Suzanne Somers, San Bruno California, actress (3's Company, Step by Step)
  • 1947 Bob Weir, American guitarist and singer (Grateful Dead - "I Need A Miracle", "Sugar Magnolia"; RatDog; Dead & Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 David Zucker, American director (Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Michael Tylo, American actor (Guiding Light, Blade-Young & Restless), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1948 Leo Mazzone, American baseball coach
  • 1948 Hema Malini, Indian Actress
  • 1948 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1949 André Leon Talley, American fashion expert, former Vogue editor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )
  • 1951 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • 1952 Christopher Cox, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1952 Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American funk-rock bassist (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Ron Taylor, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1953 Martha Smith, American actress (Animal House) and model (Playboy playmate July 1973), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1953 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1953 Tony Carey, American rock keyboardist, and singer-songwriter (Rainbow; Planet P Project), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1953 Paulo Roberto Falcão, Brazilian footballer
  • 1954 Stephen Mellor, American actor

  • 1955 Ellen Dolan, Monticello IO, actress (Guiding Light, Margo Hughes-ATWT)
  • 1956 Melissa Belote, American 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1972), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1956 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)
  • 1956 Johnny Chavis, American football coach
  • 1956 Marin Alsop, American conductor and 1st woman to head a major American orchestra (Baltimore Symphony, 2007-present), born in NYC, New York
  • 1958 Tim Robbins, actor (Bull Durham, The Shawshank Redemption), born in West Covina, California
  • 1958 Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Greek folk and jazz singer, born on Icaria, Greece
  • 1959 Gary Kemp, British rock guitarist and lyricist (Spandau Ballet - "True"), born in Smithfield, London
  • 1959 Erkki-Sven Tüür, Estonian composer (Architectonics; Magma) born in Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • 1960 Val Skinner, American golfer (6 LPGA Tour wins), born in Hamilton, Montana
  • 1960 Bob Mould, American rock guitarist, songwriter and vocalist (Hüsker Dü; Sugar), born in Malone, New York
  • 1961 Billy Taylor, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Monticello, Florida
  • 1961 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Wilfried Brookhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1961 Randy Vasquez, American actor
  • 1961 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • 1962 Flea [Michael Balzary], Australian-American bassist (Red Hot Chili Peppers), actor, and educator (Silverlake Conservatory of Music), 1962 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1962 Laura Coenen, team handball goalie (Olymp-1988, 92, 96), born in Neenah, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Manute Bol, NBA center (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1962 Tamara McKinney, slalom skier (Olympic-4th-1984), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1962 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Durga McBroom, American singer-songwriter (Blue Pearl -"Naked In The Rain"; Pink Floyd; Steve Hackett), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964 Stephen Paul "Steve" Lamacq [Lammo], British disc jockey (BBC Radio 6), born in Islington, London
  • 1965 German Titov, NHL center (Calgary Flames, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Tom Tolbert, American sports broadcaster (KNBR SF-'The Razor & Mr. T'; NBC, ESPN, ABC) and basketball forward (GS Warriors, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Joe Murphy, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks), born in London, England
  • 1967 Michael York, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1967 Davina McCall, British television presenter
  • 1968 Randall Batinkoff, American actor (For Keeps), born in Monticello, New York

  • 1968 Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1968 Elsa Zylberstein, French actress
  • 1969 Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • 1969 Wendy Wilson, American popvocalist (Wilson Phillips - 'Hold On"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter, born in Waco, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1969 Terri J. Vaughn, American actress
  • 1969 Takao Ōmori, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970 Adrian Murrell, NFL running back/kick returner (NY Jets)
  • 1970 Mehmet Scholl, German footballer
  • 1970 Kazuyuki Fujita, Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1971 David Johnson, cricketer (Karnataka fast bowler, India 1996-)
  • 1971 Greg Jeffries, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 Simon Shanks, NFL inside linebacker (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Toni Foster, WNBA forward/center (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1971 Chad Gray, American heavy metal singer (Hellyeah; Mudvayne), born in Latham, Illinois
  • 1972 Darius Kasparaitis, Elektrenai Lit, NHL defenseman (Islanders, Pitts)
  • 1972 Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)
  • 1973 Peter Polaco, American professional wrestler