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Famous Birthdays on October 29

  • 1463 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1512)
  • 1507 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Spanish noble and diplomat (governor of the Netherlands (1567–1573)), born in Piedrahíta, Ávila, Spain (d. 1582)
  • 1682 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince and historian, born in Saint-Quentin, Picardy, Kingdom of France (d. 1761)
  • 1690 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian and mathematician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1754)
  • 1704 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, born in Southill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1757)
  • 1740 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • 1815 Dan Emmett, American composer, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1815 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician and author of Slovak language, born in Uhrovec, Austrian Empire (d. 1856)
  • 1816 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), born in Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1885)
  • 1822 Joost Gerard Kist, Dutch lawyer and president of High Council (1885-97), born in Zoelen, Netherlands (d. 1897)
  • 1822 Mieczysław Halka-Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (d. 1902)
  • 1824 Joseph Horace Lewis, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Barren County, Kentucky (d. 1904)
  • 1827 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (Thomsen–Berthelot principle of thermochemistry), born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1837 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), born in Maassluis, Netherlands (d. 1920)
  • 1837 Harriet Powers, African-American slave and quilt maker (Bible Quilt 1886), born in Clarke County, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1911)

  • 1853 Josephine Beall Bruce, African-American activist (NACW) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)
  • 1855 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1939)
  • 1857 Konrad Haebler, German historian (Early printers of Spain/Portugal), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1946)
  • 1859 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1861 Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter, born in Borisoglebsk Uyezd (d. 1904)
  • 1871 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens), born in Ermershausen, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1946)
  • 1873 Guillermo Valencia, Colombian poet, translator and statesman, born in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia (d. 1943)
  • 1875 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), born in Eastwell Park, Kent, England (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1973)
  • 1877 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1966)
  • 1878 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), born in Gut Blumenthal, Province of Silesia, German Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1879 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), born in Werl, Province of Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1879 Alva B. Adams, American politician (U.S. Senator from Colorado 1933-41), born in Del Norte, Colorado (d. 1941)
  • 1880 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), born in Romny, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), born in Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France (d. 1944)
  • 1890 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1897 Hope Emerson, American actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), born in Hawarden, Iowa (d. 1960)

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

1897 Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany (1933-45), born in Rheydt, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1898 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1987)

  • 1899 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), born in Tiflis, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1901 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Italian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Laurence Dowdall, Scottish lawyer, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Fredric Brown, American sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Edwige Feuillère, French film actress, born in Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté, France (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1966)
  • 1910 A. J. Ayer, English Neopositivist philosopher (Logical Positivism), born in London (d. 1989)
  • 1911 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond trader (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Eddie Constantine, American singer and actor (Alphaville, License to Kill, Lucky Jo, It Lives Again), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), born in Falköping, Västra Götalands län, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1918 Bernard Gordon, American writer and producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Didymos I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan (2005-10), born in Mavelikkara, India (d. 2014)
  • 1921 Edward "Ed" Kemmer, American actor (Space Patrol, Lux Video Theatre), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), born in Mountain Park, New Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Neil Blaney, Irish politician, born in Fanad, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Dietrich Manicke, German composer, born in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

Person of interestCarl Djerassi

1923 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • 1924 Zbigniew Herbert, Polish poet and writer, born in Lwów, Poland (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1979)
  • 1925 Geraldine Brooks, American actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings, Act of Murder), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1925 John Haley "Zoot" Sims, American jazz saxophonist, born in Inglewood, California (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2009)
  • 1925 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Frank Sedgman, Australian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles, doubles Grand Slam 1951), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1927 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, born in Borsbeek, Belgium (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Natalie Sleeth, American composer, born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1930 Omara Portuondo, Cuban singer, born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1931 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni, Ulysses, Sciuscià), born in Rome, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Karl Francis Hettinger, American police officer (Onion Field survivor), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)
  • 1934 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Ramon Sender, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1934 Robert E Hughes, American orchestra leader (Rich Little Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), born in Ujiyamada, Mie, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1936 Akiko Kojima, Japanese model (Miss Universe 1959 - 1st Japanese and Asian woman to win the title), born in Tokyo
  • 1937 Michael Ponti, German pianist (Boston Competition 1964), born in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  • 1938 Ralph Bakshi, American animator (Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse), born in Haifa, Mandatory Palestine
  • 1938 Peter Stampfel, American musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestEllen Johnson-Sirleaf

1938 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2006 -) and the first elected female head of state in Africa, born in Monrovia, Liberia

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • 1940 Connie Mack III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Florida), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 Galen Weston, English-Canadian multi-millionaire industrialist, born in Marlow, England
  • 1940 Frida Boccara, French singer, born in Casablanca, French Morocco (d. 1996)
  • 1940 José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop, born in León, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • 1941 Brian Yuile, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1942 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster (d. 1996)
  • 1942 Bob Ross, American artist and television host, born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 1995)
  • 1943 Donald Simpson, American film producer (Flashdance), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1996)

  • 1944 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], English rock guitarist (The Moody Blues, Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham, England
  • 1944 Fausto Leali, Italian entertainer, born in Nuvolento, Brescia, Italy
  • 1944 Robbie van Leeuwen, Dutch guitarist (Shocking Blue), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944 Claude Brochu, Canadian Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1945 Melba Moore [Beatrice], American singer and actress (Ellis Island), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Anura Tennekoon, Sri Lankan cricketer (World Cup captain 1975-79), born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
  • 1946 Peter Green [Peter Greenbaum], English rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London
  • 1946 Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist, born in Durban, Natal

Person of interestRichard Dreyfuss

1947 Richard Dreyfuss, American actor (Jaws, Nuts, Mr Holland's Opus), born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1947 Helen Coonan, Australian politician (Senator for New South Wales), born in Mangoplah, Australia

Person of interestKate Jackson

1948 Kate Jackson, actress (Rookies, Charlie's Angels), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 1948 Ricky Reynolds, rocker
  • 1949 Paul Orndorff, wrestler (WCW/SMW/NWA/WWF, Mr Wonderful)
  • 1949 James Williamson, American guitarist (The Stooges), born in Castroville, Texas
  • 1950 Abdullah Gul, Turkish President (2007-14), born in Kayseri, Anatolia
  • 1951 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • 1951 Guy Gelso, rock drummer (Zebra)
  • 1951 Rick Bordia, rock guitarist (Mink Deville)
  • 1952 Arnell Carmichael, rock keyboardist (Raydio)
  • 1952 Valeri I Tokarev, Russian colonel/cosmonaut

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1954 Anita Meijer, Dutch singer (Just a Disillusion)
  • 1954 Herman Ronald Frazier, 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Roger O'Donnell, English musician (The Cure)
  • 1955 Boy Abunda, Filipino journalist and television personality
  • 1956 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1957 Dan Castellaneta, American voice actor, Best known as the voice of Homer Simpson
  • 1958 David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker
  • 1959 Finola Hughes, actress (Anna-General Hospital, Staying Alive), born in London, England

  • 1959 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

1959 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1959 Tamar Baruch, actress (Small Truth, Q & Q)
  • 1960 Michael Carter, shot putter (Olympic silver 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • 1961 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Olympics 1998)
  • 1961 Randy Jackson, rocker (Jackson 5-ABC), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1964 Greg Montgomery, punter (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1965 Steven Sweet, Wadsworth Ohio, heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1967 Greg Gohr, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1967 Joely Fisher, actress (Paige-Ellen), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Beth Chapman, Star of Dog the Bounty Hunter
  • 1967 Rufus Sewell, English actor (A Knight's Tale, Middlemarch), born in London
  • 1968 Grayson McCouch, American actor (Morgan Winthrop-Another World), born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994)
  • 1968 Tsunku, Japanese music producer
  • 1969 Matthew Whitaker, American lawyer and politician (Acting Attorney General 2018-), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1969 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer
  • 1969 Eleni Menegaki, Greek TV presenter
  • 1970 Chris Thorpe, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1970 Dan Ratushny, Nepean, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1970 Edwin van der Sar, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax)
  • 1970 Marquez Pope, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Phillip Cocu, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, PSV)
  • 1971 Greg Blewett, cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • 1971 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)

Person of interestWinona Ryder

1971 Winona Ryder, American actress (Heathers, Edward Scissorhand), born in Winona, Minnesota

Actress Winona Ryder
Actress
Winona Ryder
  • 1971 Daniel J. Bernstein, American professor
  • 1971 Ma Huateng [Pony Ma], Chinese entrepreneur (Tencent), born in Chaoyang District, Shantou

  • 1972 Rhonda Blades, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1972 Takafumi Horie, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1972 Gabrielle Union, American actress, author and activist (Bring it on, Being Mary Jane), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1972 Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress (Black-ish), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1973 Adam Bacher, South African cricketer (nephew of former captain Ali Bacher), born in Johannesburg
  • 1973 Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • 1974 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 R A Dickey, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • 1975 Kelly Lin, Chinese actress
  • 1976 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • 1977 Brendan Fehr, Canadian actor
  • 1978 Travis Henry, American football player
  • 1979 Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
  • 1980 Ben Foster, American actor
  • 1980 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • 1981 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1981 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer
  • 1981 Reema Sen, Indian actress
  • 1982 Chelan Simmons, Canadian actress
  • 1982 Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • 1983 Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • 1983 Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish racing driver
  • 1983 Richard Brancatisano, Australian actor
  • 1983 Johnny Lewis, actor (Sons of Anarchy, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1984 Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player
  • 1987 Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer
  • 1990 Carlson Young, American actress