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Famous Birthdays on October 30

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 224

  • 1218 Emperor Chūkyō, 85th emperor of Japan (d. 1234)
  • 1391 Edward [Dom Duarte], King of Portugal (1433-38), born in Viseu, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1438)

Person of interestChristopher Columbus

1451 Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer and navigator who discovered the "New World" for Spain and initiated European colonization, born in the Republic of Genoa on or just before this date (d. 1506)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1513 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, born in Melun (d. 1593)
  • 1576 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1631)
  • 1620 Michael de Ronghe, composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1696)
  • 1624 Paul Pellisson, French writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1693)
  • 1668 Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, 1st Queen consort of Prussia (1701-05), born in Iburg Castle, Osnabrück, Hanover (d. 1705)
  • 1712 Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich, German painter, born in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1774)
  • 1735 Edward Miller, English composer, born in Norwich, England (d. 1807)

Person of interestJohn Adams

1735 John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1826)

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1739 Grigory Potemkin, Russian military leader, statesman and favorite of Catherine the Great, born in Chizhovo near Smolensk (d. 1791)
  • 1741 Angelica Kauffmann, Swiss Neoclassical painter, born in Chur, League of God's House (now Switzerland) (d. 1807)
  • 1751 Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish playwright (The Rivals, The School for Scandal) and Whig MP, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1816)
  • 1762 André Chénier, French poet killed during French Revolution, born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1794)
  • 1786 Philippe-Joseph Aubert de Gaspé, French Canadian writer, born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 1871)

  • 1787 Karl Guhr, German composer, born in Militsch (d. 1848)
  • 1790 Karol Joseph Lipinski, Polish composer and virtuoso violinist, born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland (d. 1861)
  • 1790 Rinse Posthumus, Frisian writer and poet, born in Ternaard, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • 1799 Ignace Bourget, French-Canadian Bishop of Montreal, born in Lévis, Province of Lower Canada, British Empire (d. 1885)
  • 1807 James Samuel Wadsworth, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1864)
  • 1817 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry), born in Hanau, Hesse-Kassel, Germany (d. 1892)
  • 1821 Cenobio Paniagua, Mexican composer, born in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán, Mexico (d. 1882)
  • 1829 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), born in Albany, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1830 John S. Bowen, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Bowen's Creek, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • 1839 Alfred Sisley, French impressionist painter, born in Paris (d. 1899)
  • 1840 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1889)
  • 1840 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1843 Henri Regnault, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1871)
  • 1845 Gustav Weber, composer
  • 1848 Zinovy Rozhestvensky, Russian vice-admiral (d. 1909)
  • 1849 Johan Willem, son of Dutch princess Marianne & coachman
  • 1857 John H Aberson, 1st chancellor (Dutch Agricultural University)
  • 1857 Georges Gilles de la Tourette, French neurologist and namesake of Tourette's syndrome, born in Saint-Gervais-les-Trois-Clochers, France (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne, France (d. 1929)
  • 1864 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, American pianist and philanthropist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1953)

  • 1867 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1903)
  • 1869 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1952)
  • 1871 Buck Freeman, American baseball player, born in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1873 Francisco I. Madero, Mexican revolutionary and 33rd President of Mexico (1911-13), born in Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1913)
  • 1879 Eily Malyon, British actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), born in Glonn, Bavaria (d. 1920)
  • 1881 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (The Time of Man), born in Perryville, Kentucky (d. 1941)
  • 1882 William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), born in Gröbming, Austria-Hungary (d. 1868)

Person of interestEzra Pound

1885 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Cantos), born in Hailey, Idaho (d. 1972)

  • 1886 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1887 Georg Heym, German writer, born in Hirschberg, Lower Silesia (d. 1912)
  • 1888 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold & bronze 1912, 2 silver 1908), born in Pylos, Peloponnesos, Greece (d. 1913)
  • 1893 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, born in Acri, Cosenza, Italy (d. 1972)
  • 1893 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Low Countries at Sea), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Roland Freisler, German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case) and politician, born in Celle, Lower Saxony, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1894 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, born in London (d. 1930)
  • 1894 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), born in Lagow, Brandenburg (d. 1964)
  • 1895 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician (Nobel 1956 - development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1973)
  • 1896 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1985)
  • 1896 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet, born in Tripoli, Greece (d. 1928)
  • 1896 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1928)
  • 1897 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Bill Terry, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1899 Ernst Herman van Rappard, Dutch SS officer and founder (NSNAP), born in Banyumas Regency, Central Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1953)
  • 1900 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist (Nobel 1967 - discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye), born in Helsinge, Finland (d. 1991)
  • 1902 Armin Kaufmann, Austrian composer, born in Bukowina (d. 1980)
  • 1903 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German composer, born in Posen (now Poznań) (d. 1947)
  • 1904 Alfred Gradstein, Polish composer, born in Częstochowa, Poland (d. 1954)
  • 1904 Paul D. Stoop, American vice-admiral (WW II-Coral Sea), born in Zanesville, Ohio (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Christian Darnton, British composer, born in Leeds, England (d. 1981)
  • 1906 Alexander Gode, German-American linguist, born in Bremen, Imperial Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Albert Rice Leventhal, American publisher (Little Golden Books), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Renzo Cesana, Italian-American TV host (First Date, Continental), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1970)
  • 1907 Sol Tax, American anthropologist (founded the journal Current Anthropology), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Franco Margola, Italian composer, born in Orzinuovi, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1909 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1966)
  • 1910 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), born in Orihuela, Spain (d. 1942)
  • 1911 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Preston Lockwood [Reginald], British actor (Time Bandits, Jeeves and Wooster), born in West Ham, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Marion Ladewig, American ten-pin bowler (9 time woman bowler of year 1950-63), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2010)
  • 1914 Marius Hendrikus Flothuis, Dutch composer and author (Mozart biography), born in Amsterdam (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Patsy Montana [Ruby Rose Blevins], American country singer, songwriter and yodeler (I Want To Be A Cowboys' Sweetheart), born in Beaudry, Arkansas (d. 1996)
  • 1915 Pierre Wissmer, Swiss-French composer (Capitaine Bruno), born in Geneva (d. 1992)
  • 1915 Jane Randolph, American actress (Cat People, Railroaded!), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • 1915 Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcast executive, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Leon Day, American baseball pitcher (Negro Leagues), born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2010)
  • 1917 Nikolai Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal, born in Molokovo, Tver, Russian Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Jane White, African-American actress and singer (Strange Fruit, Once Upon a Mattress), born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Hannelore Weygrand, German equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)

  • 1925 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1926 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Brussels, Belgium (d. 2010)
  • 1927 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), born in Coushatta, Louisiana (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Ernest Flatt, American choreographer (Carol Burnett Show), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Michael Andrews, British painter, born in Norwich, England (d. 1995)
  • 1928 William Campbell, American actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1999)
  • 1930 Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter and composer (Joyspring, Jordu), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1956)
  • 1930 Marilyn Alex, American actress (Molly-Young & Restless), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1930 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Barcelona (d. 1992)
  • 1931 David Wilson, British archaeologist and director of British Museum (1977-92), born in Dacre Banks, England
  • 1931 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Mr Terrific), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • 1931 John Macchia, American actor (Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1967)
  • 1932 Louis Malle, French film director (Atlantic City, Black Moon, Viva Maria), born in Thumeries, Nord, France (d. 1995)
  • 1932 Barun De, Indian historian, born in Calcutta, India (d. 2013)
  • 1934 Hamilton Camp, English-American actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Frans Brüggen, Dutch conductor and musician, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Michael Winner, English film producer and director (Big Sleep, Death Wish), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Ágota Kristóf, Hungarian writer (The Notebook), born in Csikvánd, Hungary (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Jim Perry, American baseball player, born in Williamston, North Carolina
  • 1935 Robert Caro, American journalist and biographer (Lyndon B. Johnson), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Claude Lelouch, French movie director (A Man & A Woman, Cat & Mouse, Bolero), born in Paris
  • 1937 Pat Williams, American politician (Rep-D-Montana, 1979-93), born in Helena, Montana
  • 1937 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), born in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Ed Lauter, American actor (The Artist, The Number 23), born in Long Beach, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Eddie Holland, American singer and songwriter (Jamie, Leaving Here), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939 Grace Slick, American rock vocalist (Jefferson Airplane-White Rabbit), born in Highland Park, Illinois
  • 1939 Norman West, American singer (Soul Children, Hearsay, Give 'em Love)
  • 1939 Leland H. Hartwell, American scientist (Nobel 2001 - discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1940 Miguel Calderón Gómez, Cuban basketball player (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1941 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer and songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1942 Sven-David Sandström, Swedish composer, born in Motala, Sweden (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Joanna Shimkus, Canadian actress (Marriage of a Young Stockbroker), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1944 Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi politician (supported US 2003 invasion), born in Kadhimiya, Baghdad (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Glenn Poshard, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois), born in Herald, Illinois
  • 1945 Henry Winkler, American actor (Fonz-Happy Days, Night Shift), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Andrea Mitchell, American newscaster (NBC-TV, Summer Sunday USA), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Chris Slade, Welsh rocker (AC/DC), born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
  • 1946 Ian McGeechan, Scottish rugby player, born in Headingley, Leeds, England
  • 1946 Lynne Marta, American actress (Love American Style), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946 Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, American aviator, aeronautical engineer and astronaut (STS 41B,61C,27,47,71), born in Cooperstown, New York
  • 1947 Chris Komar, American dancer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Timothy B. Schmit, American bass player and singer (Eagles, Poco), born in Oakland, California
  • 1949 David Green, Australian rock bassist (Air Supply), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1950 John Doolittle, American politician (Rep-R-California), born in Glendale, California
  • 1950 Louise Duart, American comedienne (Paramount Comedy Theater # 5), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1950 Phil Chenier, American NBA guard (Wash Bullets), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1951 Frank Pallone, American politician (Rep-D-New Jersey), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1951 Harry Hamlin, American actor (Michael Kuzak-LA Law), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1953 Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-16), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953 Charles Martin Smith, American actor (American Graffiti, Never Cry Wolf), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1953 Kathleen Cody, American actress (Charley & the Angel), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Peter Hoekstra, Dutch-American (Rep-R-Michigan), born in Groningen, Netherlands
  • 1954 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1954 T. Graham Brown, American country singer (Come as you Were), born in Arabi, Georgia
  • 1954 Mario Testino, Peruvian-born English fashion photographer, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1955 Shanna Reed, American actress (Major Dad, Mirrors), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1956 Juliet Stevenson, English actress (Secret Rapture, Life Story), born in Kelvedon, Essex, England

  • 1956 Tim Roemer, American politician (Rep-D-Indiana), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1957 Aleksandr Lazutkin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1958 Kevin Pollak, American comedian (Usual Suspects, Grumpy Old Men), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1958 Stefan Dennis, Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Tawonga, Victoria, Australia
  • 1958 Ramona d'Viola, American cyclist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 David Valle, American baseball catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Bayside, New York

Person of interestDiego Maradona

1960 Diego Maradona, Argentine soccer forward (World Cup captain 1986, 91 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1960 Kim Thompson, English actress (Stealing Heaven), born in Bath, Somerset, England
  • 1960 Joe Daley, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2012), born in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
  • 1961 Hans Segers, Dutch soccer goalkeeper and coach (Wimbledon), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1961 Scott Garrelts, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Urbana, Illinois
  • 1962 Courtney Walsh, West Indian cricket fast bowler and captain (132 Tests, 519 wickets @ 24.44; hat-trick v Aust 1988), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1962 Danny Tartabull, outfielder (NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962 Mark Portugal, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Jerry de Borg, English pop guitarist (Jesus Jones-Real, Real, Real), born in Kentish Town, London
  • 1963 Kristina Wagner, American actress (Felicia Jones-General Hospital), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1963 Mike Veletta, Australian cricketer (West Aussie opening batsman, 8 Tests for Aust), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963 Todd Sand, American pairs skaters (Olympics 1994), born in Burbank, California
  • 1963 Michael Beach, American actor (Soul Food), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Sandra Magnus, American engineer and NASA astronaut (STS-119 Discovery), born in Belleville, Illinois
  • 1964 Howard Lederer, American poker player, born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 1965 Charnele Brown, American actress (Kim-A Different World), born in East Hampton, New York
  • 1965 Kevin Edwards, American NBA guard (NJ Nets), born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • 1965 Gavin Rossdale, English singer-songwriter (Bush) and actor, born in London, Englnd
  • 1967 Pat Elynuik, Canadian NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
  • 1967 Ty Detmer, American football quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1968 Jack Plotnick, American film and TV actor (Gods and Monsters), born in Worthington, Ohio
  • 1969 Mayumi Hirase, Japanese golfer (18 LPGA of Japan Tour titles), born in Kumamoto, Japan
  • 1969 Masanori Hikichi, Japanese video game music composer, born in Saitama, Japan
  • 1970 Dino Philyaw, American NFL running back (NE Patriots), born in Dudley, North Carolina

  • 1970 James Pedro, American lightweight judoka (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Danvers, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Kevin Johnson, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Nia Long, American actress (Guiding Light, Made in America, Soul Food), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1970 Patrice Tardif, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings), born in Thetford Mines, Quebec
  • 1970 Suvat Karadag, Turkish soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Mazgirt, Turkey
  • 1970 Wim Bubberman, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1970 Maja Tatić, Serbian-Bosnian singer, born in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1970 Tory Belleci, American TV personality (Mythbuster), born in Monterey, California
  • 1970 Ekaterini Voggoli, Greek discus thrower, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1970 Ben Bailey, American host of the TV game show Cash Cab, born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • 1971 Edward "Ted" Murphy, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Henry Ford, NFL defensive end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1972 Trevor Wilmot, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1973 Ellis Johnson, American NFL defensive back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Wildwood, Florida
  • 1973 Edge [Adam Copeland], Canadian professional wrestler, born in Orangeville, Ontario
  • 1973 Silvia Corzo, Colombian newscaster, born in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
  • 1973 Michael Oakes, English footballer, born in Northwich, England
  • 1975 Joanne Malar, Canadian swimmer (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1975 Ian D'Sa, English-Canadian guitarist and vocalist (Billy Talent), born in Ealing, London