On This Day

Famous Birthdays on October 8

  • 1515 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, born in Harbottle Castle, Northumberland, England (d. 1578)
  • 1619 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1689)
  • 1621 Maximilian Henry of Bayern, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Bishop of Hildesheim and Bishop of Liège, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1688)
  • 1676 Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar, born in Casdemiro, Spain (d. 1764)
  • 1690 Jaime de Casellas, Spanish composer, born in Valls, Spain (d. 1764)
  • 1692 Antonio Palella, Italian composer and harpsichordist, born in San Giovanni a Teduccio, Naples, Italy (d. 1761)
  • 1696 Cornelis Troost, Dutch portrait painter (Unseemly Love), born in Amsterdam (d. 1750)
  • 1713 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1715 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, born in Dijon, France (d. 1774)
  • 1720 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • 1740 Michel-Julien Mathieu, French composer, born in Fontainebleau, France (d. 1777)
  • 1747 Johann Wilhelm Stadler, German composer (d. 1819)
  • 1747 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, born in Colmar, France (d. 1807)
  • 1748 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1806)
  • 1765 Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer, born in Hampshire, England (d. 1831)
  • 1785 Arvid August Afzelius, Swedish poet and historian, born in Fjällåkra, Sweden (d. 1871)
  • 1789 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1789 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, born in Newington, London (d. 1855)
  • 1790 Waldemar Thrane, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1828)
  • 1802 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, born in Leer, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1889)
  • 1818 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1905)
  • 1826 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Francisque Sarcey, French writer (Le Temps), born in Dourdan, France (d. 1899)
  • 1834 Walter Kittredge, American musician during American Civil War, born in Merrimack, New Hampshire (d. 1905)
  • 1837 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
  • 1838 John Milton Hay, American politician (Union), born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1905)
  • 1847 Rose Scott, Australian social reformer and suffragette, born in Glendon, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1925)
  • 1850 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist, born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1855 Gustav Ehrismann, German author and expert on the German language, born in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1941)
  • 1860 Felix Woyrsch, German composer, born in Opava, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • 1861 Theodore Roberts, American actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1928)
  • 1863 Edythe Chapman, American actress (Beyond the Rocks), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1864 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville, Quebec (d. 1955)
  • 1868 Max Slevogt, German painter, born in Landshut, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1869 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1870 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), born in Poitiers, France (d. 1937)
  • 1872 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • 1873 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • 1874 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • 1875 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902-06, US Nationals 1903), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1919)
  • 1876 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1877 Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), born in Freiburg, Baden, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1883 Dick Burnett, American musician ("Man of Constant Sorrow"), born in Monticello, Kentucky (d. 1977)
  • 1884 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1885 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • 1885 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1887 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1956)
  • 1888 Clifford Heatherley, British actor (Who Killed Doc Robin?), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1937)
  • 1889 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Snuffy Browne [Cyril Rutherford Browne], West Indian cricketer (pioneer WI Test player), born in St. Michael, Barbados (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1890 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), born in Anderlecht, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1893 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, born in Epping, England (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Jeanne Gabrielle Willing, Dutch author (Sinner & the Girl), born in Amsterdam (d. 1984)

Juan Perón

1895 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1974)

  • 1895 Zog I, King of Albania (1928-39), born in Burgajet Castle, Ottoman Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), born in Lille, France (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Clarence Williams, American composer, born in Plaquemine, Louisiana (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1899 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, co-founder of the VHP (d. 1991)
  • 1900 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect (Shute House), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, born in Grozny, Russia (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Zeno Vancea, Romanian composer, born in Bocsa, Romania (d. 1990)
  • 1901 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, born in Eidsborg, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1903 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • 1903 René Guillou, French organist and composer (L'Autre mère), born in Rennes, Brittany, France (d. 1958)
  • 1907 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), born in Georgia (d. 1975)
  • 1908 Paul Van Buskirk Yoder, American composer, born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), one of the last players to not wear a helmet, born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1910 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), born in Oxford, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, born in Cherry Township, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and film and television composer (Night Of The Hunter; Dragnet theme), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • 1913 Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (NASA Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, 1961-74), born in Nashwauk, Minnesota (d. 2000) [1]
  • 1916 Spark Matsunaga, United States Senator from Hawaii (1977-90), born in Kukuiula, Hawaii (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1917 Hans Poser, German composer, born in Tannenbergsthal (d. 1970)
  • 1917 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • 1918 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), born in Lemvig, Denmark (d. 2018)
  • 1918 Ron Randell, Australian actor (Loves of Carmen, I am a Camera), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), born in Tokyo (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1920 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1920 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippine (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, born in Aberdeen (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Svend Westergaard, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1924 Alphons Egli, Swiss politcian and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Al Duncan, American blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1927 Gigi Durston, American singer (Sonny Kendis Show), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1927 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1956)
  • 1927 César Milstein, Argentine biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer, popularized martial arts worldwide, born in Hong Kong (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • 1928 M. Russell Ballard, American religious leader (Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1928 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, born in Heath End, England (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • 1930 James Olsen, American actor (Andromeda Strain, Spell), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1930 Tōru Takemitsu, Japanese classical music and film score composer (November Steps; Ran), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1930 (Park Frederick) "Pepper" Adams, American jazz saxophonist (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1931 Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Bill Brown, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (28 caps; Dundee, Tottenham Hotspur), born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1932 (Roddis) "Pete" Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1934 J. Carter Brown, American art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, born in Staffordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • 1935 Albert Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), born in Semur-en-Brionnais, Saône-et-Loire, France (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1936 Carman Moore, American composer, born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1936 Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist (Tomorrow Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1936 Peter Swan, English soccer defender (19 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Bury), born in South Elmsall, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service) (d. 1993)
  • 1938 Fred Stolle, Australian tennis player, broadcaster (French C'ship 1965, US Nat C'ship 1966), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1938 Penny Pitou, American skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1938 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky, born in Canning, Ontario, Canada
  • 1939 Paul Hogan, Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack), born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1939 Armando Gentilucci, Italian composer, born in Lecce, Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Elvīra Ozoliņa, Soviet javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad
  • 1939 Harvey Pekar, American comic book writer (American Splendor), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1939 Andrew William Thomas, American composer (Three Transformations), born in Ithaca, New York
  • 1940 Fred Cash, American soul singer (Impressions -"People Get Ready"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941 Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and Democratic presidential candidate (1984, 88), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1943 Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943 James E. Sellars, American composer, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2017)

R. L. Stine

1943 R. L. Stine, American children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1944 Bruce Morrison, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in New York
  • 1944 Susan Raye, American country music singer ("L.A. International Airport"), born in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1945 Ray Royer, English rock guitarist (Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"), born in The Pinewoods, Essex
  • 1945 Vanburn Holder, West Indian cricket fast bowler (40 Tests, 109 wickets; 12 ODIs), born in Deans Village, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1945 Joseph Rescigno, American opera conductor (Florentine Opera Company of Milwaukee, 1981-2019), born in Flushing, New York
  • 1946 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • 1946 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • 1946 Jean-Jacques Beineix, French film director (Betty Blue, Diva), born in Paris, France
  • 1946 Dennis Kucinich, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1947 Emiel Puttemans, Flemish athlete, born in Vossem, Belgium
  • 1947 Tony Wilson, Trinidadian rock songwriter, bassist, and vocalist (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), born in Trinidad
  • 1947 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a), born in Moscow
  • 1947 Sheila Ferguson, American pop singer and songwriter (The Three Degrees - "When Will I See You Again"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Johnny Ramone

1948 Johnny Ramone [Cummings], American punk rock guitarist and songwriter (Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"), born in Long Island, New York (d. 2004)

  • 1948 Sarah Purcell, American actress and TV hostess (Real People), born in Richmond, Indiana
  • 1948 Stephanie Marrian [Stefanie Khan], French model, actress and comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor (The Partisan)
  • 1948 Claude Jade, French actress (Stolen Kisses), born in Dijon, France (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Pedro Alonso López, Colombian serial killer known as the 'The Monster of the Andes' (120-300+ victims), born in Santa Isabel, Tolima, Colombia
  • 1949 Hamish Stuart, Scottish guitarist and singer (Average White Band; Paul McCartney), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Sigourney Weaver

1949 Sigourney Weaver [Susan Alexandra], American actress (Alien, Working Girl), born in Manhattan, New York

  • 1949 Jay Graydon, American songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Al Jarrau), born in Burbank, California
  • 1950 Robert "Kool" Bell, American funk rock bassist (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1951 Jack O'Connell, American politician (Member of the California State Senate), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1952 Clifford Adams, American trombone player (Kool & the Gang - "Joanna"), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 2015)
  • 1952 Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician (Leader of the Socialist Party), born in Oss, Netherlands
  • 1952 Edward Zwick, American film director (Shakespeare in Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953 Ricky Lee Phelps, American singer (Kentucky Headhunters - "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett"), born in Paragould, Arkansas
  • 1953 Robert Saxton, British classical composer (The Circle of Light; Caritas), born in London
  • 1954 Michael Dudikoff, American actor (American Ninja, TRON), born in Redondo Beach, California
  • 1954 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1954 Carl Vine, Australian classical composer, born in Perth, Australia

Bill Elliott

1955 Bill Elliott, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1988), born in Dawsonville, Georgia

  • 1955 Lonnie Pitchford, American blues musician, born in Lexington, Mississipi (d. 1998)
  • 1955 Darrell Hammond, American comedian (SNL), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1956 Stephanie Zimbalist, American actress (Remington Steele, Centennial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Scott Michael Pellaton, American barefoot water ski champ
  • 1956 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1956 Larry Crane, American rock guitarist (John Mellencamp band), born in Seymour, Indiana
  • 1957 James DePaiva, American actor (Max Holden-One Life to Live), born in Livermore, California
  • 1957 Antonio Cabrini, Italian footballer (Juventus, Italian national team 1982 FIFA Champion), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1957 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1958 Steve Coll, American journalist (The New Yorker) and writer (The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Ursula von der Leyen, German politician, 1st woman elected President of European Commission, born in Ixelles, Brussels
  • 1959 Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American astronaut (STS 84, sk 97), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1959 Gavin Friday [Fionán Martin Hanvey], Irish singer (Virgin Prunes), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1959 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • 1959 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • 1959 Nick Bakay, American actor and voice actor (Sabrina the Teenage Witch-Salem Saberhagen), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1960 Lorenzo Milá, Spanish newscaster, born in Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona
  • 1960 François Pérusse, Quebec humorist 9Les 2 minutes du peuple), born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 1960 Reed Hastings, American businessman, entrepreneur and co-founder of Netflix, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Ted Kooshian, American jazz pianist, born in San Jose, California
  • 1962 Bruno Thiry, Belgian rally driver, born in St. Vith, Belgium
  • 1964 (Priscilla) "CeCe" Winans (Love), American 23-time Dove and 12-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Alan Igglesden, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets; 4 ODIs; Kent CCC), born in Farnborough, England (d. 2021)
  • 1965 Martin Mayhew, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Daytona Beach, California
  • 1965 Matt Biondi, American swimmer (8 Olympic gold-84, 88, 92), born in Moraga, California
  • 1965 Ardal O'Hanlon, Irish comedian and actor (Father Ted), born in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland
  • 1965 C. J. Ramone [Christopher Ward], American rock bassist, and vocalist (The Ramones, 1989-95 - "Scattergun"), born in Queens, New York
  • 1966 Art Barr, American professional wrestler, born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1994)
  • 1967 Ivonne Reyes, Venezuelan actress, born in Valencia, Venezuela
  • 1968 Frankie Smith, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Groesbeck, Texas
  • 1968 Ali Benarbia, Algerian footballer, born in Oran, Algeria
  • 1968 Zvonimir Boban, Croatian football player and Deputy Secretary General of FIFA, born in Imotski, Croatia
  • 1968 Emily Procter, American actress (West Wing, CSI: Miami), born in Raleigh, North Carolina