Famous Birthdays on October 5

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  • 1458 Saint Casimir, Kingdom of Poland prince and Roman Catholic saint, born in Wawel, Kraków, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1484)
  • 1590 Johann Schop, German composer and violinist, born in Niedersachsen, Germany (d. 1667) (dates disputed)
  • 1609 Paul Fleming, German poet, born in Hartenstein, Saxony (d. 1640)
  • 1641 Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of King Louis XIV of France, born in Lussac-les-Châteaux, France (d. 1707)
  • 1658 Mary of Modena, Queen of James II of England, born in Ducal Palace, Modena (d. 1718)
  • 1684 Johann Jacob de Neufville, German composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1712)

Person of interestJonathan Edwards

1703 Jonathan Edwards, Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian (Original Sin), born in East Windsor, Connecticut Colony (d. 1758)

Christian Preacher and Philosopher Jonathan Edwards
Christian Preacher and Philosopher
Jonathan Edwards
  • 1712 Francesco Guardi, Italian painter, born in Venice (d. 1793)

Person of interestDenis Diderot

1713 Denis Diderot, French enlightenment philosopher (Encyclopédie), born in Langres, Champagne (d. 1784)

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot
  • 1715 Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist, born in Pertuis, France (d. 1789)
  • 1717 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle, duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, born in Paris (d. 1744)
  • 1722 Gregorio Sciroli, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1781)
  • 1743 Giuseppe Gazzaniga, Italian composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1818)
  • 1758 Thomas Greatorex, English composer, born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1831)
  • 1781 Bernard Bolzano, Czech mathematician and philosopher, born in Prague, Bohemia (d. 1848)
  • 1792 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer, born in Warrington, England (d. 1844)

  • 1795 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) and brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), born in Halkirk, Caithness, Highland, Scotland (d. 1873)
  • 1799 Anthony Gerhard Alexander van Rappard, Dutch politician, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1869)
  • 1804 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), born in Lee, New Hampshire (d. 1877)
  • 1808 Thomas Algeo Rowley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1808 Winand Staring, Dutch geologist (Geology of Netherlands), born in Wildenborch, Vorden, Netherlands (d. 1877)
  • 1817 Eduard Franck, German composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1893)
  • 1820 David Wilber, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Quaker Street, Duanesburg, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1822 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1884)

Person of interestChester A. Arthur

1829 Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1881-85), born in Fairfield Vermont (d. 1886)

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • 1833 Cyrus Bussey, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1915)
  • 1836 George Washington Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1840 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • 1840 John Addington Symonds, British historian and writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), born in Bristol, England (d. 1893)
  • 1844 Francis William Reitz, 5th State President of the Orange Free State, born in Swellendam, Cape Colony (d. 1934)
  • 1848 Guido von List, Austrian-German occultist and novelist (Jung Diethers Heimkehr), born in Vienna (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer, politician and President of the First Imperial Duma, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1910)
  • 1858 Henry von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Queen Victoria, born in Milan, Lombardy–Venetia (d. 1896)'
  • 1863 Ludwig Borchardt, German Egyptologist, born in Berlin (d. 1938)
  • 1864 Louis Lumière, French inventor, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895, born in Besançon, France (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Cyril Rootham, English composer, born in Redland, Bristol (d. 1938)
  • 1878 Louise Dresser [Kerlin], American actress (Maid of Salem), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1965)
  • 1879 Halfdan Cleve [née Klewe], Norwegian pianist and composer, born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1951)
  • 1879 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1881 Otto V. Kuusinen, Finnish politician (founder of the Finnish Communist Party), born in Laukaa, Finland (d. 1964)
  • 1882 Giorgio Abetti, Italian astronomer (Solar physics), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1982)

Person of interestRobert H. Goddard

1882 Robert H. Goddard, American rocket pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • 1883 Charles Maduro, Antillean composer, born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (d. 1947)
  • 1884 Hendrik Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer and political leader (CHU 1939-63), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1886 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage Great Dictator), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • 1887 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter, born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • 1887 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), born in Bayonne, Basque Country, France (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1890 Kasimir Edschmid, German writer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1892 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), born in Kimberley, Northern Cape (d. 1948)
  • 1895 Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Bolesław Woytowicz, Polish pianist and composer, born in Dunaivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1899 George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Oranienbaum, Russia (d. 1962)
  • 1901 John Alton [Johann Jacob Altmann], American cinematographer, born in Sopron, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1901 Willy Lages, German chief of Sicherheitsdienst in Amsterdam (WWII), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1971)
  • 1902 Larry Fine, American actor and comedian (3 Stooges), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)

Person of interestRay Kroc

1902 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • 1903 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • 1903 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1904 George Chesterman Phillips, British naval officer (d. 1995)
  • 1905 John Hoyt, American actor (Gimme a Break, Tom Dick & Mary), born in Bronxville, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1905 Harriet E MacGibbon, American actress, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1987)
  • 1906 Leopold Kohr, Austrian social philosopher, born in Oberndorf, Austria (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Mrs. Miller [Elva Ruby Connes], American singer (A Lover's Concerto), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • 1908 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific), born in Texarcana, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), born in Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1966)
  • 1912 Fritz Fischer, German physician and Nazi war criminal, born in Berlin (d. 2003)
  • 1913 William Lehman, American politician, born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Douglas Ranger, British surgeon, born in Furness, Lancashire (d. 1997)
  • 1917 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, born in Far Cotton, Northampton (d. 1984)
  • 1919 Allen Ludden [Ellsworth], American TV personality and gameshow host (Password), husband of Betty White, born in Mineral Point, Wisconsin (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Donald Pleasence, British actor (You Only Live Twice, Escape from New York, Halloween), born in Worksop, England (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Robin Bailey, British actor (See No Evil, I Didn't Know You Cared), born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Robert Feenstra, Dutch law historian
  • 1921 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1922 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, born in Burnbank, South Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Glynis Johns, British actress (Mary Poppins, A Little Night Music, The Sundowners), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1923 Philip Berrigan, American peace activist and Roman Catholic priest, born in Two Harbors, Minnesota (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Stig Dagerman, Swedish writer (Burned Child), born in Älvkarleby, Uppsala County, Sweden (d. 1954)
  • 1923 Albert Guðmundsson, Icelandic footballer and politician (Minister of Finance), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Bill Wirtz, American longtime Chicago Blackhawks owner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez), and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), born in Santiago (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (What's My Line?, United Kingdom), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1925 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), born in Burt, Iowa (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Gottfried Michael Koenig, German-Dutch composer, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1926 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), born in Arcata, California (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Al Hansen, American artist (Fluxus), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1927 John W. Downey, American composer, born in Chicago (d. 2004)
  • 1928 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1929 Autherine Lucy, 1st African-American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, born in Shiloh, Alabama
  • 1929 Richard F. Gordon Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • 1930 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), born in Uzyn, Kiev Oblast, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • 1930 Reinhard Selten, German economist (Nobel Prize 1994). born in Breslau, Germany (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1932 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, American politician (first African-American woman to represent the West Coast in Congress), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1933 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2011)
  • 1934 David Smith, English cricketer (England opening bowler v India 1961-62), born in Fishponds, Bristol, England (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Angelo Buono, Jr., American serial killer, born in Rochester, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1935 Jimmy Binks, English cricket wicket-keeper (England twice v India 1964), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England
  • 1935 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1936 Annerose Schmidt, East German pianist, born in Wittenberg, Germany

Person of interestVáclav Havel

1936 Vaclav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague (d. 2011)

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 1937 Eli Jacobs, American financier and baseball owner (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • 1937 Barry Switzer, American football coach (Oklahoma), born in Crossett, Arkansas
  • 1938 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1938 Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist (wife of John Kerry), born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa
  • 1939 Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress, born in Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde France
  • 1939 Marie-Claire Blais, French Canadian author and playwright, born in Quebec, Canada
  • 1939 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist, born in Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
  • 1939 Walter Wolf, Slovenian-Canadian industrialist, born in Graz, Austria
  • 1940 Bob Cowper, Australian cricketer (307 v England at the MCG 1966), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1941 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)
  • 1941 Eduardo Duhalde, President of Argentina (2002-03), born in Lomas de Zamora, Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1942 Richard Street, American R&B musician (The Temptations), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Ben Cardin, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1943 Inna Churikova, Russian actress (Theme), born in Belebey, Russia
  • 1943 Steve Miller, American rocker (Abracadabra, Space Cowboy), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1944 Ben Korthals, Dutch politician and lawyer (VVD), born in Voorschoten, Netherlands
  • 1945 Brian Connolly, Scottish singer (Sweet), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1945 Geoff Leigh, English musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1946 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Zahida Hina, Pakistani columnist, born in Sahasram, Bihar, British India
  • 1946 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada
  • 1947 Brian Johnson, English singer-songwriter (AC/DC), born in Dunston, Gateshead
  • 1948 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1948 Lucius "Tawl" Ross, American pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove), born in Wagram, North Carolina
  • 1948 Sal Viscuso, American actor (Soap, Montefuscos), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1948 Russell Mael, American singer, engineer and director (Sparks), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1948 Zoran Živković, Serbian writer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1949 Ralph Goodale, Canadian politician (Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Person of interestBill James

1949 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 1949 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1950 Jeff Conaway, American actor (Bobby-Taxi, Loving), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Edward P. Jones, American writer (The Known World), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1950 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), born in Twickenham, London (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Karen Allen, American actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers), born in Carrollton, Illinois
  • 1951 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois

Person of interestBob Geldof

1951 Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist (Live Aid), born in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Bob Geldof
Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist
Bob Geldof
  • 1952 Clive Barker, English author and film director (Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions), born in Liverpool
  • 1952 Imran Khan, 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan (2018- ) and cricket all-rounder (88 Tests, 3,807 runs, 362 wickets), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1952 Duncan Regehr, Canadian actor 9My Wicked, Wicked Ways: The Legend of Errol Flynn), born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • 1952 Gigi Sabani, Italian TV host, born in Rome (d. 2007)
  • 1953 James Lascelles, British grandson of English princess Mary, born in Bayswater, London

  • 1953 John Stachniewski, scholar/teacher
  • 1953 Sandra "Puma" Jones, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1955 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1955 Leo Barnes, Irish saxophonist (Hothouse Flowers-I'm Sorry, Don't Go)
  • 1957 Jeanne Evert, tennis player, Chris' sister
  • 1957 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1957 Lee "Kix" Thompson, saxophonist (Madness-Baggy Trousers)
  • 1957 Mark Geragos, American attorney
  • 1957 Bernie Mac, American comedian (d. 2008)
  • 1958 Brent W. Jett Jr, American naval officer and NASA astronaut (STS 72, sk:81), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1958 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), born in Painesville, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1958 André Kuipers, Dutch astronaut
  • 1958 Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, TV presenter and writer, born in New York City
  • 1959 Troy Luccketta, American rock drummer (Tesla-Psychotic Supper), born in Lodi, California
  • 1959 Maya Lin, American designer (Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Civil Rights Memorial), born in Athens, Ohio
  • 1960 Daniel Baldwin, American actor
  • 1960 Careca, Brazilian footballer
  • 1961 Sharon Cheslow, American musician, composer and artist
  • 1961 Matthew Kauffman, American journalist and George Polk Award winner
  • 1961 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1962 Johnny Huang, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1962 Ken Noda, American pianist (Rivalry), born in NYC, New York
  • 1962 Michael Alexander Conley, Chic, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 1962 Michael Andretti, Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986)
  • 1962 Mike Conley, triple jumper (Olympic silver 1984), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Caron Keating, British television personality (d. 2004)
  • 1963 Hugh Morris, cricketer (England lefty opening batsman 1991)

Person of interestLaura Davies

1963 Laura Davies, British golfer (4 LPGA Tour major titles), born in Coventry, England

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1963 Sophie Favier, Lyon France, actress (Sans Interdits)
  • 1963 Tony Dodemaide, cricketer (Victorian, Sussex & Australian all-rounder)
  • 1964 Denean Howard, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988), born in Sherman, Texas
  • 1964 Terry Mathews, Alexandria LA, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1964 Malik Saidullaev Chechen businessman
  • 1964 Warren E. Miller, Maryland politician
  • 1965 John Keller Jr, team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Toledo, Ohio

Person of interestMario Lemieux

1965 Mario Lemieux, NHL high scoring center (Pitts Penguin, #66), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Person of interestPatrick Roy

1965 Patrick Roy, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche), born in Quebec City, Québec

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1965 Paul Moloney, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1965 Penny Baker, playmate (January, 1984), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1965 Richey Reneberg, tennis star (1995 Australian doubles), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1965 Theo Bos, Dutch soccer player: Vitesse
  • 1965 Trace Armstrong, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Fredrik Olausson, Vaxsjo Swe, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1966 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1966 Peter Fonseca, Lisbon Portugal, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Therese Brisson, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966 Jan Verhaas, Dutch snooker referee
  • 1967 Ellie Gibson, golfer (1994 PING-Cellular One-5th), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1967 Rex Chapman, NBA guard (Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns)