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Famous Birthdays on October 19

  • 1276 Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1328)
  • 1433 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (d. 1499)
  • 1507 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus [Aytta van Zwichem], Dutch priest
  • 1545 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, born in Fossano, Duchy of Savoy (d. 1604)
  • 1562 George Abbott, English theologist and the Archbishop of Canterbury (1611-1633), born in Guildford, Surrey, England (d. 1633)
  • 1582 Dmitry Ivanovich [Dmitry of Uglich], Russian Tsarevich and son of Ivan IV "the Terrible" (d. 1591)
  • 1605 Thomas Browne, English philosopher and writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London (d. 1682)
  • 1610 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (d. 1688)
  • 1652 Louis Le Quointe, Flemish organist and composer (Bouquet de fleurs), born in Ypres, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1717)
  • 1658 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1704)
  • 1680 John Abernethy, Irish Protestant minister (d. 1740)
  • 1684 Johann Christoph Frauenholtz, Alsatian composer, baptized in Ahorn, Electorate of Bavaria (d. 1754)
  • 1688 William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • 1690 Giuseppe Maria Carretti, Italian composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1774)
  • 1718 Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, Marshal of France (d. 1804)
  • 1720 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, born in Province of New Jersey (d. 1772)
  • 1721 Joseph de Guignes, French orientalist (d. 1800)
  • 1784 John McLoughlin, Hudson's Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country
  • 1784 Leigh Hunt, British writer
  • 1792 Dirk Donker Curtius, Dutch attorney/minister of Justice (liberal)
  • 1810 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American Major General (Union Army), born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1903)
  • 1819 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurens County, South Carolina (d. 1897)
  • 1819 Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist (Crises Commercial)
  • 1824 František Pivoda, Moravian composer, born in Žeravice, Austrian Empire (d. 1898)
  • 1824 Rufus Saxton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1828 Adolfo Fumagalli, Italian piano virtuoso and composer, often for just the left hand, born in Inzago, Italy (d. 1856)
  • 1834 Francis Channing Barlow, US lawyer/gen-major/co-founder (ABA)
  • 1850 Annie Smith Peck, American mountain climber/explorer/diplomat, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1935)
  • 1851 Empress Myeongseong, Empress of Korea (d. 1895)
  • 1858 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
  • 1860 Affie Jarvis, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (11 Tests, 18 dismissals; South Australia), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 1933)
  • 1862 Auguste Lumière, French filmmaker, made 1st movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory), born in Besançon, France (1954)
  • 1863 John Huston Finley, Ill, editor (NY Times (1937-38)
  • 1866 Clarence Lucas, Canadian composer, librettist, conductor, and music professor, born in Six Nations Reserve, Ontario (d. 1947)
  • 1868 Bertha Landes, 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
  • 1871 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Wisdom of the Body)
  • 1873 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)

Person of interestJaap Eden

1873 Jaap Eden, Dutch athlete (World Cycling C'ship gold 10k 1894, sprint 1895; World Speed Skating C'ship gold allround 1893, 95, 96), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1876 Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1907, 08; NL wins leader 1909; MLB ERA leader 1906; Chicago Cubs), born in Nyesville, Indiana (d. 1948)
  • 1878 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), born in Langenfelde near Hamburg (d. 1980)
  • 1882 Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
  • 1885 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • 1889 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (Academy of Country Music Award, 1968), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1892 Ilmari Hannikainen, Finnish pianist and composer, born in Jyväskylä (d. 1955)
  • 1895 Louis Mumford, cultural historian/city planner/writer
  • 1895 Frank Durbin, last American veteran of the Battle of Verdun (d. 1999)
  • 1896 Nat Holman, American Basketball HOF coach (NCAA, NIT C'ships 1950 CCNY), born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1896 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball catcher (World Series, NL MVP 1926, St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1897 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (d. 1994)
  • 1899 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Casablanca; Maltese Falcon; Martin & Lewis; Elvis movies; Barefoot in the Park), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)

Person of interestMiguel Ángel Asturias

1899 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, born in Guatemala City (d. 1974)

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • 1900 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1957)
  • 1900 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • 1901 Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
  • 1903 Vittorio Giannini, American violinist, composer (The Medead), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1956-64), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • 1907 Roger Wolfe Kahn, American bandleader (d. 1962)
  • 1908 [Nils] Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian classical pianist and composer, born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1981)
  • 1908 Patrick Cairns "Spike" Hughes, British jazz double bassist and composer (Elegy), born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Robert Beatty, Canadian actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Where Eagles Dare), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, India, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1910 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1976)
  • 1911 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Jean Urruty, French Jai-Alai champion
  • 1913 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano)
  • 1913 Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1914 Harold Gimblett, English cricket batsman (3 Tests, 1 x 50; 265 career FC sixes; Somerset CCC), born in Bicknoller, England (d. 1978)
  • 1914 Juanita Moore, American actress (Imitation Of Life), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1915 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), born in Jebel Ed-Druz, Southern Syria (d. 1974)
  • 1916 David Lewis, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1916 Emil Gilels, Soviet concert pianist (Brussels Competition - 1st prize, 1938), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish composer (Facettes; Aniara), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1916 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager
  • 1918 Louis Althusser, French philosopher (For Marx, Strangled His Wife)
  • 1918 Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor
  • 1920 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Sons), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Indian philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1921 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2002)
  • 1921 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Jack Anderson, journalist (Wash Post), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1925 Bernard Hepton, Bradford England, actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII)
  • 1925 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist
  • 1926 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Arne Bendiksen, Norwegian pop singer-songwriter (Eurovision, 1964, 1966, 1973, 1974), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1927 Pierre Alechinsky, Belgian painter/director (Cobra)
  • 1928 Buff Cobb [Patrizia Cobb Chapman], American actress and TV personality (Masquerade Party), born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), born in Haripur Khalsa, India (d. 2020)
  • 1929 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Thomas ap Rees, British botanist, born in Frome, England (d. 1996)
  • 1931 László Kalmár, Hungarian composer (Triangles), born in Budapest (d. 1995)
  • 1931 John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), born in Poole, England (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Atsushi Miyagi, Japanese tennis player (US Open doubles 1955 [with Kosei Kamo] first Japanese players to win a Grand Slam event), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2021)
  • 1932 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1986) [1]
  • 1932 Robert Reed, American actor (Mike-Brady Bunch, Nurse), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1933 Brian Booth, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 42.21, 5 x 100s, 10 x 50s; NSW), born in Bathurst, Australia
  • 1933 Wilfried Dietrich, German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1934 Dave Guard, American folk singer, songwriter and arranger (Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1991)
  • 1934 Des Hoare, cricketer (Australian quickie in Test in 1961 v W Indies)
  • 1934 Yakubu Gowon, Nigerian army chief, dictator and head of state (1966–75), born in Plateau State, Nigeria
  • 1935 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), born in Göteborg, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Johnetta Betsch Cole, educator/president (Spellman College)/(Sen-D-KY)
  • 1936 Tony Lo Bianco, actor (Ann Jillian Story, Hizzoner!), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJames Bevel

1936 James Bevel, American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2008)

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • 1936 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic", born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Nicholas Palmer, television writer/producer

Person of interestPeter Max

1937 Peter Max, American psychedelic artist (Dynamite Chicken), born in Berlin, Germany

Psychedelic Artist Peter Max
Psychedelic Artist
Peter Max
  • 1937 Sean Garrison, American actor (Up Periscope, Splendor in the Grass), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937 Marilyn Bell, Canadian swimmer
  • 1938 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader
  • 1940 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Michael Gambon, English actor (Singing Detective, Paris at Night)
  • 1941 Simon Ward, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1942 Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
  • 1943 Michael Findlay, cricket wicket-keeper (WI early 70's)
  • 1943 Robert Morris, American composer, born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1943 Robin Holloway, British composer (Seascape And Harvest), and educator (University of Cambridge, 1974-2011), born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
  • 1943 Takis Ikonomopoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1944 George McCrae, American soul and disco singer ("Lead Me On"; "Rock Your Baby"), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1944 Keith Adrian [Johnson], Indies/Dutch actor (Intrepid Mr Twist)
  • 1944 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; Mystic Man, Legalize It), born in Westmoreland, Jamaica (d. 1987)
  • 1945 Jeannie C. Riley (née Stephenson), American Grammy and CMA Award-winning pop-country and gospel singer ("Harper Valley P.T.A."), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1945 Ahmed Abel-Wadoud Karadawi, academic/activist
  • 1945 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos; Hairspray), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1988)
  • 1945 John Lithgow, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor (3rd Rock From The Sun - "Dick"; Harry & Hendersons; The World According to Garp; Shrek), recording artist, poet, and children's book author, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1945 Keith Reid, British lyricist and poet (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" ), born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1945 Patricia Ireland, American feminist (National Organization of Women president, 1991-2001), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1946 Bob Holland, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner at age 38)
  • 1946 Philip Pullman, English writer
  • 1946 Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan's Heroes, Westworld)
  • 1947 Wilbert Hart, American singer (Delfonics - "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)";"La-La Means I Love You"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comic strip artist
  • 1948 Chester "Chet" Biscardi, Italian-American composer, born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1948 Patrick Simmons, American rock guitarist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers - "Blackwater"), born in Aberdeen, Washington
  • 1949 Lynn Dickey, American NFL quarterback (All Pro 1983; Green Bay Packers 1976-85), born in Paola, Kansas
  • 1949 Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • 1951 Annie Golden, actress (Forever Lulu, Hair), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • 1952 Veronica Judith Sainz Castro, Mexican spanish singer/actress (Nana)
  • 1954 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • 1954 Sam Allardyce, English football manager
  • 1954 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • 1955 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955 Pat Klous, Hutchinson Ks, actress (Marcy-Flying High, Judy-Love Boat)
  • 1955 Nino DeFranco, Canadian pop guitarist (The DeFranco Family - "Heartbeat - It's a Lovebeat"), born in Port Colborne, Ontario
  • 1955 Melpo Kosti, Greek actress
  • 1955 Roland Dyens, French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger (Libra Sonatine), born in French Tunisia. (d. 2016)
  • 1956 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1956 Sunny Deol, Indian actor
  • 1956 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • 1957 Karl Wallinger, Welsh rocker and songwriter (The Waterboys, 1983-85; World Party - "Give It All Away"; "Ship Of Fools"), born in Prestatyn, Wales, UK
  • 1957 Ray Richmond, American columnist and media critic (Hollywood Reporter; Deadline Hollywood), born in Whittier, California
  • 1957 Doug Kirby, American travel guide writer (Roadside America), born in Holmdel, New Jersey
  • 1958 Antoine Trousers, rock drummer/singer (Dike-Bleeding Heart)
  • 1958 John Bloom [Joe Bob Briggs], drive-in movie critic
  • 1958 Tiriel Mora, Australian actor
  • 1958 Lou Briel, Puerto Rican singer and actor born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1960 Dan "Woody" Woodgate, British rock drummer (Madness - "Our House"; Voice of Beehive), born in Kensington, West London, England
  • 1960 Dawn Coe-Jones, Canadian golfer (3 LPGA wins), born in Campbell River, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1960 Jennifer Holliday, American Grammy and Tony Award-winning stage actress, and pop, R&B, and gospel singer (Dream Girls), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1960 Jonathan FeBland, English musician and artist, born in London
  • 1961 Tim Belcher, Sparta Ohio, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, KC Royals)
  • 1961 David Egerton, English rugby union #8 (7 caps; Bath Rugby) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Pinner, England (d. 2021)

Person of interestEvander Holyfield

1962 Evander Holyfield, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1988) and world champion (1990-92), born in Atmore, Alabama

  • 1962 Ruud Bread, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1962 Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • 1963 Jim Dombrowski, NFL guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1963 Prince Laurent of Belgium, Château de Belvédère, Laeken, son of King Albert II and Queen Paola
  • 1963 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer ("So Macho"; "Toy Boy"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1964 Webster Slaughter, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1964 Ty Pennington [Gary Tygert Burton], American television host (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965 Brad Daugherty, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1988, 89, 91–93; Cleveland Cavaliers) and broadcaster (ESPN College Basketball & NASCAR), born in Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • 1965 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2017)
  • 1965 Todd Park Mohr, American musician (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1966 Amy Linker, American actress (Lewis and Clark, Lauren-Square Pegs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1966 Jon Favreau, actor/writer (Swingers)
  • 1966 Roger R. Cross, Jamaican-born actor
  • 1967 Amy Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's daughter and peace activist
  • 1967 Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and video game composer, born in Hyogo, Japan
  • 1969 (Randolph Severn) "Trey" Parker [III], American actor, animator and composer (South Park; The Book of Mormon), born in Conifer, Colorado
  • 1969 Zdeno Ciger, Slovak NHL player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Martin, Czechoslovakia
  • 1969 Erwin Sánchez, Bolivian footballer and manager, born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • 1969 DJ Sammy [Samuel Bouriah], Spanish DJ, born in Mallorca
  • 1969 John Edward, American TV Psychic, born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1969 Pedro Castillo, Peruvian teacher, union leader and politician, born in Puña,, Peru
  • 1970 Chamara Dunusinghe, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lanka 1995)
  • 1970 Chris Kattan, American comedian and actor
  • 1972 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1972 Reggie Rusk, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1972 Pras [Prakazrel Michel], Haitian-American rapper, songwriter and producer (The Fugees - "Killing Me Softly"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Laurent Brancowitz [Mazzalai], French guitarist (Phoenix), born in Versailles, France
  • 1973 Robert Tate, wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Shi Ting Wang, Tainan Taiwan, tennis star (1994 Taipei)
  • 1974 Percy Ellsworth, safety (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Joy Bryant, American actress (Parenthood, Antwone Fisher), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1976 Omar Gooding, American actor
  • 1976 Desmond Harrington, American actor