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Famous Birthdays on October 7

  • 1471 Frederik I, King of Denmark and Norway (1523-33), born in Gottorp, Denmark (d. 1533)
  • 1573 William Laud, English Archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1645)
  • 1576 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1577 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Liege/archbishop
  • 1589 Maria Magdalena of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1631)
  • 1698 Henri Madin, French composer, born in Verdun (d. 1748)
  • 1713 Granville Elliott, British military officer (d. 1759)
  • 1728 Caesar Rodney, Delaware, judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1734 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)
  • 1744 Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (d. 1819)
  • 1746 William Billings, American hymn composer (Rose of Sharon), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1748 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • 1758 Paul Anton Wineberger, composer
  • 1769 Solomon Sibley, American politician (d. 1846)
  • 1774 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • 1786 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1871)

  • 1798 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1801 Adolf Muller, composer
  • 1802 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German violinist and composer, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1869)
  • 1817 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • 1821 Richard Heron Anderson, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1821 William Sill, with The Underground Railroad
  • 1826 William Brimage Bate, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army) and 23rd Governor of Tennessee (1882-86)
  • 1835 Felix Draeseke, German composer (Christus. Mysterium in a Prelude and Three Oratorios), born in Coburg, Germany (d. 1913)
  • 1841 Nicolaas Petrovic Njegos, king of Montenegro (1910-18)
  • 1849 James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (Raggedy Man)
  • 1854 Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
  • 1857 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1866 Martha McChesney Berry, American educator who founded Berry School for Children, born near Rome, Georgia (d. 1942)
  • 1866 Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (d. 1942)
  • 1868 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • 1870 Uncle Dave Macon, entertainer
  • 1879 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 1879 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 1880 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • 1881 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (d. 1918)

Person of interestNiels Bohr

1885 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1886 Johannes B Tielrooy, Dutch literary (Chateaubriand)
  • 1887 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • 1887 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), born in Wappingers Falls, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1888 Henry A Wallace, (D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45)/founder Progressive Party
  • 1892 Dwain Esper, American film director (The Seventh Commandment), born in Washington State (d. 1982)
  • 1894 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer
  • 1894 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • 1896 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)

Person of interestElijah Muhammad

1896 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), born in Sandersville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • 1898 Alfred Wallenstein, conductor (Chic Symph 1922-29), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestHeinrich Himmler

1900 Heinrich Himmler, German Nazi and head of the Gestapo, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1945)

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1901 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • 1901 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • 1901 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), born in Luang Phrabang, Laos (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Willemina J H "Mascha" ter Weene, dancer/ballerina

Person of interestChuck Klein

1904 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)

Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder Chuck Klein
Baseball Hall of Fame Right Fielder
Chuck Klein
  • 1905 Andy Devine [ Andrew Vabre Devine], American character actor (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach), born in Flagstaff, Arizona (d. 1977)
  • 1906 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68)
  • 1907 Tutta Rolf, Norwegian actress (Whalers), born in Kristiania, Norway (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1908 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • 1909 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • 1911 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, President of Peru (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer
  • 1913 Simon Carmiggelt, Dutch journalist (Het Parool, Kinks)
  • 1913 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (son of Mr & Mrs Trumper NSW 1940-41), born in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1914 Alfred Drake [Capurro], American singer and actor (Trading Places, Hamlet, Kiss Me Kate), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1914 Sarah Churchill, British actress (Matinee Theatre, All Over Town, Royal Wedding), born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1914 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2003)
  • 1915 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [NS]
  • 1915 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1916 Walt W Rostow, American economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 June Allyson, actress (Till the Clouds Roll By, Vegas), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1918 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Guido Aristarco, film critic
  • 1918 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • 1919 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1919 George Duby, historian
  • 1919 Sir Zelman Cowen, Australian politician
  • 1920 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • 1922 Martha Stewart [Haworth], American singer and actress (Daisy Kenyon, Doll Face), born in Bardwell, Kentucky
  • 1922 Reina Prinsen Geerligs [Leentje Vandendriesch], Dutch antifascist
  • 1922 Grady Hatton, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1923 Irma Grese, Supervisor at Nazi concentration camps
  • 1923 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Québécois member of Les Automatistes (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926 Marcello Abbado, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy

  • 1927 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1927 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1989)
  • 1928 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter, born in Kashan, Iran (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Robert Westall, British author, born in North Shields, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1929 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)

Person of interestDesmond Tutu

1931 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1931 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American basketball coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67; Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Joannes M Gijsen, Bishop of Roermond, born in Oeffelt, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Paul B. Price, American actor (Busting Loose), born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1934 Ulrike Meinhof, West German far left militant, born in Oldenburg, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1934 Willie Naulls, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Amiri Baraka, American writer (Black Music), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Thomas Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1936 Gennadi Mikhailovich Kolesnikov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Dauriya, Russia
  • 1936 Charles Dutoit, Swiss conductor, born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1937 Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1938 Ann Haydon-Jones, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1969, French Open 1961, 66), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1938 Carlos Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (30 caps; Universidad de Chile), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2020)
  • 1939 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1939 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet writer, born in Kogarah, Australia (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Harold Kroto, English chemist and Nobel laureate (1996), born in Wisbech (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), born in Stafford, England (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1940 Bruce F. Vento, American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1977- ), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1940 Dino Valenti [Chester "Chet" Powers], American rock guitarist/vocalist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • 1940 Richard H. Stallings, American politician (Rep-D-ID, 1985- ), born in Ogden, Utah
  • 1941 Martin Murray, English rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • 1941 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2018)

  • 1941 Boris Gaganelov, Bulgarian soccer defender (51 caps; CSKA Sofia 350 games), born in Petrich, Bulgaria (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), born in Panama (d. 2006)
  • 1942 Joy Behar [Occhiuto], American actress and comedian (The View), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestOliver North

1943 Oliver North, American political commentator and retired US Marine (Iran–Contra), born in San Antonio, Texas

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 1943 José Cardenal, Cuban baseball player, born in Matanzas, Cuba
  • 1944 Judee Sill, American singer-songwriter (Crayon Angels), born in Studio City, California (d. 1979)
  • 1944 Donald Tsang, Former Chief executive of Hong Kong (2005-1012), born in Hong Kong
  • 1945 Kevin Godley, English rock drummer, vocalist, and producer (10cc - "I'm Not On Love"), born in Manchester, England
  • 1946 Bernard Lavilliers, French singer, born in Saint-Étienne, France
  • 1946 Pengiran Anak Saleha, Queen of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • 1946 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1947 Philip Malcolm "Pip" Williams, British record producer and arranger (Status Quo; Moody Blues), born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
  • 1948 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1949 Dave Hope, American rock bassist and retired priest (Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1949 Kieran Kane, American singer (O'Kanes-Daddies Need to Grow Up Too), born in Queens, New York
  • 1949 Gabriel Yared, Lebanese-French film score composer (Betty Blue; The English Patient), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1950 Maartje van Weegen, Dutch TV hostess, born in Bussum, Netherlands
  • 1950 Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian politician, born in Msoga, Tanzania
  • 1950 Granny [Emma Webster], Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Canary Row"
  • 1951 Táta Vega [Carmen Rosa Vega], American vocalist (Color Purple soundtrack), born in Queens, Long Island
  • 1951 John "Cougar" Mellencamp, American musician (Jack & Diane) & actor (Falling From Grace), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1952 Graham Yallop, Australian cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6), born in Balwyn, Australia
  • 1952 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1952 Mary Badham, American actress, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestVladimir Putin

1952 Vladimir Putin, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 1953 Christopher Norris, American actress (Summer of '42, Eat My Dust), born in New York City, New York
  • 1953 Tico Torres, American rock drummer (Bon Jovi-Always), born in New York
  • 1954 Kenneth Atchley, American composer
  • 1955 Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-American cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1955 Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist

  • 1956 James Van Patten, American actor (Bo-Chisholms), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)

Person of interestJayne Torvill

1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice dancer (Torvill & Dean, Olympic gold 1984), born in Nottingham, England

Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
  • 1958 Judy Landers, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Dylan Baker, American character actor, born in Syracuse, New York

Person of interestSimon Cowell

1959 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London, England

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 1959 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1959 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • 1960 Kyosuke Himuro, Japanese singer, born in Takasaki, Japan
  • 1960 Viktor Lazlo, Belgian singer, born in Lorient, France
  • 1961 Matthew Roloff, American reality star, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1961 Brian Mannix, Australian singer and actor, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961 Thomas "Tom" Perez, American Chair of the Democratic National Committee, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1961 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1962 Dave Bronconnier, Canadian politician, born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1964 Rich Delucia, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Sam Brown, English singer & songwriter (Stop!), born in Stratford, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Dan Savage, American sex-columnist and author, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Paul Stewart, British footballer (Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool), born in Manchester, England
  • 1965 Juul Ellerman, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Twente), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1966 Marco Beltrami, Italian-American film composer (3:10 To Yuma; The Hurt Locker; Logan), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1967 Mariana Perez-Roldan, Argentinan tennis star, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1967 Toni Braxton, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Un-Break My Heart"), born in Severn, Maryland
  • 1967 Luke Haines, English musician (The Auteurs; Black Box Recorder), born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Erick Anderson, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep; Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • 1969 Martin Haywood, Australian cricketer (NSW opening batsman), born in Tamworth, Australia
  • 1969 Javier Álvarez, Spanish singer-songwriter, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1969 Malia Hosaka, Hawaiian professional wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1969 Maria Whittaker, English model, born in Hounslow, United Kingdom

  • 1970 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • 1970 Harold Ellis, English NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Le'Shai Maston, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Johnnie Morton, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Daniel Boucher, Québécois musician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Ben Younger, American screenwriter and film director, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Gerald McBurrows, American safety (St Louis Rams), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973 Priest Holmes, American running back (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 1973 Dida, Brazilian footballer, born in Bahia, Brazil
  • 1974 Alexander Polinsky, American actor (Adam-Charles in Charge), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1974 Benjamin Oberman, American pairs skater (with partner Naomi Grabow), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Allison Munn, American actress, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1974 Charlotte Nilsson, Swedish singer, born in Hovmantorp, Sweden
  • 1975 Terry Gerin, American professional wrestler, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Damian Kulash, American musician (OK Go), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1975 Tim Minchin, Australian comedian and musician, born in Northampton, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Taylor Hicks, American musician, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1976 Santiago Solari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1976 Gilberto Silva, Brazilian soccer defender (93 caps; Arsenal, Panathinaikos), born in Lagoa da Prata, Minas Gerais