On This Day

Famous Birthdays on October 28

  • 1017 Henry III, Holy Roman emperor (1046-56), born in Pfalz Bodfeld, near Goslar, Saxony (d. 1056)

Erasmus

1466 Desiderius Erasmus, Dutch humanist and theologian (The Praise of Folly), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1536)

  • 1510 Francis Borgia, 4th Duke of Gandía and Jesuit priest, born in Duchy of Gandía, Kingdom of Valencia, Spain (d. 1572)
  • 1585 Cornelius Jansen, French Roman Catholic reform leader (Jansenism), born in Acquoy, County of Holland, Dutch Republic (d. 1638)
  • 1667 Maria Anna of Neuburg, second wife of Charles II of Spain, born in Benrath Palace, Düsseldorf, Electoral Palatinate (d. 1740)
  • 1689 Michel Mathieu, composer
  • 1691 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, born in Trondheim, Denmark-Norway (d. 1720)
  • 1703 Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician, born in Portes, Gard, France (d. 1768)
  • 1718 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer, born in Kottori, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1793)
  • 1733 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, born in Wimpfen, Germany (d. 1803)
  • 1751 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), born in Glukhov, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1825)

John Laurens

1754 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1782)

  • 1756 ALF [Gordon Shumway], fictional Melmacian Alien Life Form from the American sitcom "ALF"
  • 1767 Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, queen consort of Denmark and Norway, born in Hanau, Hesse, Germany (d. 1852)
  • 1789 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist (d. 1864)
  • 1793 Eliphalet Remington, American firearms manufacturer (Remington Arms Co., L.L.C.), born in Suffield, Connecticut (d. 1861)
  • 1795 Leonardus Antonius Lightenvelt, Dutch politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1873)
  • 1798 Henri Bertini, French classical composer and pianist, born in London (d. 1876)
  • 1801 Karl Georg Lickl, Austrian pianist, physharmonica player, and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1877)
  • 1804 Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1849)
  • 1805 John Thomson, Scottish composer, born in Sprouston, Scotland (d. 1841)
  • 1806 Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, French-Swiss botanist, born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • 1810 Adley H. Gladden, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Fairfield District, South Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1834 Dudley M. DuBose, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1883)
  • 1837 Tokugawa Yoshinobu, 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, born in Edo, Japan (d. 1913)
  • 1842 Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator (Joan of Arc of the Civil War), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1932)
  • 1842 Charles Boissevain, Dutch editor of Amsterdam Algemeen Handelsblad (1885-1908), born in Amsterdam (d. 1927)
  • 1845 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist and chemist, born in Grodno, Russian Empire (d. 1888)
  • 1846 Auguste Escoffier, French chef and culinary writer, 'king of chefs & chef of kings', born in Villeneuve-Loubet, France (d. 1935)
  • 1855 Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Russian botanist (more than 300 new types of fruit), born in Vershino estate, Russia (d. 1935)
  • 1856 Franz Xavier Arens, American composer, born in Neef, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1860 Kanō Jigorō, Japanese educator and the founder of Judo, born in Mikage, Japan (d. 1938)
  • 1864 Adolfo Camarillo, American prominent land owner, horse breeder, and rancher, born in Ventura, California (d. 1958)
  • 1864 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, born in Gdov, Russia (d. 1920)
  • 1875 Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American geographer and 1st full-time editor of National Geographic Society (1899-1954), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1876 Albert E Michotte van den Berck, Belgian psychologist
  • 1877 Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Cowden, Illinois (d. 1952)
  • 1879 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer, born in Madrid (d. 1953)
  • 1879 Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1968)
  • 1881 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1969)
  • 1881 Vin Coutie, Australian rules footballer, born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1951)
  • 1884 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1946)
  • 1886 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, born in Ghoresha, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • 1889 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, born in Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • 1890 Andrés Isasi, Spanish Basque composer, born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1940)
  • 1891 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1920)
  • 1892 Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis, Dutch historian of science (biography of Archimedes), born in Tilburg, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1892 Ludwig Strauss, German-Israeli writer (Night Watch), born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1953)
  • 1892 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), born in London (d. 1970)
  • 1893 Otto Huiswoud, Suriname-born political activist and editor-in-chief (Negro Worker), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1961)
  • 1895 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)

Howard Hanson

1896 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

  • 1897 Hans Speidel, German general and NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), born in Metzingen, Kingdom of Württemberg, German Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1897 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Eileen Shanahan, Irish poet (The Three Children (Near Clonmel)), born in Dublin (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Elsa Lanchester, British actress (The Bride of Frankenstien), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Evelyn Waugh, English author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), born in Roeselare, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1905 Harry Broadhurst, British Royal Air Force commander and flying ace of the Second World War, born in Frimley, Surrey, England (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1907 John Hewitt, Northern Irish poet, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Ādolfs Skulte, Latvian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Claude Bourdet, French human rights activist and journalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), born in Dublin (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Arthur Altman, American songwriter ("All or Nothing at All"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Marie Dollinger, German track and field athlete (dropped baton in 1936 Olympic sprint), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems), born in Hampton, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Peter Glenville, English stage and screen actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), born in London (d. 1996)

Jonas Salk

1914 Jonas Salk, American medical scientist (created the polio vaccine), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)

  • 1914 Richard Laurence Millington Synge, British biochemist (Nobel 1952), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, born in Vernon, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1915 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Martha Shumway"; Max Duggan), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Michael Fraser, British Conservative Party political administrator, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Jack Soo [Goro Suzuki], Japanese-American actor (Flower Drum Song, Barney Miller), born in Oakland, California (d. 1979)
  • 1918 Harold Shepherdson, British soccer trainer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1955)
  • 1919 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1921 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill, Cuban Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz composer, arranger, and conductor, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Gershon Kingsley, German-American composer, born in Bochum, Weimar Republic
  • 1922 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball player and coach, born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician (1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe), born in Gutu district, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Alfonso Montecino, Chilean-American composer, born in Osorno, Chile (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Leonard Starr, American comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, born in Nassau, Bahamas (d. 2006)

Bowie Kuhn

1926 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2007)

  • 1927 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer ("Flesh to a Tiger"), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1928 Ion Mihai Pacepa, Romanian three-star general in the Securitate, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1928 Lawrie Reilly, Scottish soccer striker (38 caps; Hibernian 253 games, 185 goals), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Airline Falconer, 1st child born in aircraft, born in the skies above Miami, Florida
  • 1929 Dame Joan Plowright, British actress (Enchanted April, Brimstone & Treacle), born in Brigg, Lincolnshire
  • 1929 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1988)
  • 1929 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930 Bernie Ecclestone, English motorsports impresario (F1), born in St Peter, South Elmham
  • 1930 John Mayer, Indian violinist and composer (Indo-Jazz Fusions), born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 2004) [1]
  • 1932 Suzy Parker, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1933 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, born in Pau Grande, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • 1934 Jim Beatty, American athlete (first to break 4-minute mile barrier on an indoor track 3:58.9 1962), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Charlie Daniels, American country-rock guitarist, fiddler, and singer ("Devil Went Down to Georgia"), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Horst Antes, German painter and sculptor, born in Heppenheim, Germany
  • 1936 Ted Hawkins, American singer and guitarist ("The Next Hundred Years"), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1936 Carl Davis, American conductor and composer for silent films, born in NYC, New York

Lenny Wilkens

1937 Lenny Wilkens, NBA Point Guard and Head Coach (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1938 Peter Carlstein, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64), born in Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • 1938 David Dimbleby, English TV presenter and political commentator, born in Surrey, England
  • 1938 Anne Perry [Juliet Marion Hulme], English-born novelist, born in London, England
  • 1939 Jane Alexander, American actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Miroslav Cerar, Yugoslav gymnast (Olypmics gold 1964, 68), born in Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1939 Andy Bey, American jazz singer and pianist (Horace Silver; Gary Bartz), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1940 Susan Harris, American television writer and producer (It Takes Two), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1941 Curtis Lee, American singer ("Pretty Little Angel Eyes"), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Glen Moore, American jazz bassist and composer, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941 Hank Marvin [Brian Rankin], British rock guitarist (The Shadows - "Apache"; "Foot Tapper"), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
  • 1941 John Hallam, British character actor, born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1941 André Quilis, French rugby union flanker (5 caps; RC Narbonne), born in Coursan, France (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Kees Verkerk, Dutch skater World Champion (1967)/(Olympic gold 1968), born in Maasdam, Netherlands
  • 1943 Conny Froboess, German actress (Rheinsberg), born in Wriezen, Germany
  • 1943 Charo López, Spanish actress (La regenta), born in Salamanca, Spain
  • 1943 Pim Doesburg, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (8 caps; Eredivisie record 687 games; Sparta, PSV), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Coluche [Michel Colucci] French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1944 Dennis Franz, American actor (Buntz-Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue), born in Maywood, Illinois
  • 1944 Anton Schlecker, German billionaire (Schlecker drug store), born in Ehingen, Germany
  • 1944 Bob Andy [Keith Anderson], Jamaican reggae songwriter, and vocalist ("Feel the Feeling"; "Fire Burning"), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Dennis Lillie [sic], cricketer (Queensland leg-spinner 1965-66/80-82)
  • 1945 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Wim Jansen, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1946 John Hewson, Australian politician
  • 1947 Tom Fitzsimmons, actor (Franklin-Paper Chase), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948 Rickie Lee Reynolds, American southern rock guitarist (Black Oak Arkansas - "Jim Dandy (To the Rescue)"), born in Manila, Arkansas (d. 2021)
  • 1948 Telma Hopkins, American singer (Tony Orlando & Dawn - "Tie A Yellow Ribbon"), and actress (Family Matters), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1948 Valeri Viktorovich Baberdin, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1949 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American decathlete (Olympic gold 1976), TV personality and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1949 Robert Mellors, gay activist
  • 1949 Surin Pitsuwan, Thai foreign minister and 12th Secretary General of ASEAN (2008-2012), born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand (d. 2017)
  • 1949 Kenny Passarelli, American touring and session bass guitarist (Joe Walsh; Elton John; Dan Fogelberg; Hall & Oates), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1950 Sihem Bensedrine, Tunisian human rights activist
  • 1950 Ludo Delcroix, Belgian cyclist
  • 1951 Ron & Don Galyon, American siamese twins (Jerry Springer Show), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1951 Rajan Mishra, Indian classical music vocalist, born in Varanasi, India (d. 2021)
  • 1952 Annie Potts, American actress (Designing Women - "Mary Jo"; Any Day Now), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952 Tommy Dobeck, American rock drummer (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1953 Pierre Boivin, Canadian businessman and hockey executive
  • 1953 Mark James, British golfer (Senior Players Championship 2004), born in Manchester, England
  • 1953 Desmond Child [John Barrett], American-Hungarian songwriter (Bon Jovi - "You Give Love a Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer"; Aerosmith - "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)"; Ricky Martin - "Livin' la Vida Loca"), and producer, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1954 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)

Bill Gates

1955 Bill Gates, American businessman and billionaire (founder and CEO of Microsoft, richest person in the world), born in Seattle, Washington

  • 1955 Indra Nooyi, Indian American businesswoman (CEO of PepsiCo), born in Madras, India

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

1956 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran (2005-13), born in Aradan, Iran

  • 1956 Dave Wyndorf, American rock singer (Monster Magnet), born in Red Bank, New Jersey
  • 1957 Stephen Morris, British pop drummer (Joy Division - "Atmosphere"; New Order), born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.
  • 1959 Neville Henry, British rock saxophonist (Blow Monkeys - "Wicked Ways")
  • 1960 Mark Derwin, Park Forest Ill, actor (AC Mallet-Guiding Light)
  • 1960 Landon Curt Noll, Astronomer, Cryptographer and Mathematician: youngest to hold the world record for the largest known prime 3 times
  • 1961 Darrell Lavigne, American jazz pianist, composer, and educator, born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962 Bobby Tate, fictional character on Soap
  • 1962 Daphne Zuniga, actress (Jo Reynolds-Melrose Place, Spaceballs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1962 Peter Cantrell, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman, Neth WC 1996)
  • 1962 Erik Thorstvedt, Norwegian footballer
  • 1962 Scotty Nguyen, professional poker player
  • 1963 Eros Ramazotti, Italian pop musician and songwriter ("Adesso Te"), born in Cinecittà Est, Rome, Italy
  • 1963 Kevin Dineen, Canadian NHL right wing, coach (Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • 1963 Lauren Holly, actress (Picket Fences), born in Bristol, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Robert Bailey, cricketer (England batsman in four Tests 1988-90)
  • 1963 James Miller, the "Fan Man" (d. 2002)
  • 1964 Griffin O'Neal, American actor (April Fools Day, Wraith), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Paul Wylie, figure skater (Olympic-silver)
  • 1964 Costantino Mastroprimiano, Italian classical pianist, educator, and musicologist, born in Foggia, Italy
  • 1965 Eric Floyd, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1965 Jami Gertz, actress (Less the Zero, Crossroads, Solarbabies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Mark Carrier, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1965 Luigi Miraglia, Italian Latinist
  • 1965 Charles David Denler, American composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut 
  • 1966 Andy Richter, American actor, comedian and writer (Conan O'Brien's sidekick), born in Yorkville, Illinois
  • 1966 Benoit Hogue, Canadian NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Repentigny, Quebec
  • 1966 Juan Guzman, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1966 Tim Bogar, infielder (NY Mets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966 Aris Spiliotopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1967 James Joseph, NFL running back (Cin Bengals)

Julia Roberts

1967 Julia Roberts, American actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman), born in Smyrna, Georgia

  • 1967 Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
  • 1967 Kevin Macdonald, Scottish film director
  • 1967 John Romero, American video game designer (id Software), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1968 Ernie Mills, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1968 Glenn Clear, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1968 Rodney Thomas, NFL running back (Houston Oilers), born in Trinity, TX, (d. 2014)
  • 1968 Stan Thomas, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • 1968 Marc Lièvremont, French rugby union footballer and coach
  • 1969 Ben Harper, American blues and reggae musician and singer-songwriter ("No Mercy In This Land"), born in Pomona, California
  • 1970 Bracey Walker, NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Kurt Rosenwinkel, American jazz guitarist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 John Coker, NBA center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1971 Nicole Green, 400m runner, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1972 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Terrell Davis, American Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1997 [MVP], 98; NFL MVP 1998; 3 × First-team All-Pro; 3 × Pro Bowl; Denver Broncos), born in San Diego, California

Brad Paisley

1972 Brad Paisley, American country singer ("Collision of Worlds"; "Nobody's Fool"), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia