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Famous Birthdays on September 10

  • 1169 Alexios II Komnenos, Byzantine emperor, born in Constantinople (d. 1183)
  • 1487 Julius III [Giovanni Maria Ciocchi del Monte], Counter-Reformation Pope (1550-55), born in Monte San Savino, Tuscany (d. 1555)
  • 1550 Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, Spanish Armada commander, born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz, Spain (d. 1615)
  • 1561 Hernando Arias de Saavedra, Spanish-American colonial governor, born in Asunción (d. 1634)
  • 1585 Ercole Porta, Italian church composer, born in Bologna (d. 1630)
  • 1588 Nicholas Lanier, English composer, born in London (d. 1666)
  • 1624 Thomas Sydenham, English physician and author of "Observationes Medicae", born in Wynford Eagle, Dorset (d. 1689)

Person of interestMaria Theresa of Spain

1638 Maria Theresa of Spain, Queen of Louis XIV of France, born in El Escorial, Spain (d. 1683)

Queen of Louis XIV Maria Theresa of Spain
Queen of Louis XIV
Maria Theresa of Spain
  • 1645 Romeyn de Hooghe, Dutch painter and goldsmith, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1708)
  • 1659 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Dido & Aeneas), born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster (d. 1695)
  • 1714 Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer, born in Aversa, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1774)
  • 1736 Carter Braxton, American farmer and signer (Declaration of Independence), born in King and Queen County, Virginia (d. 1797)
  • 1751 Bartolomeo Campagnoli, Italian violinist and composer, born in Cento, Italy (d. 1827)
  • 1753 John Soane, English architect (Bank of England, Soane Museum), born in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1837)
  • 1758 Hannah Webster Foster, American author (The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton), born in Salisbury, Massachusetts (d. 1840)
  • 1779 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, born in Paris (d. 1850)

  • 1786 Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician and soldier, born in Chilpancingo, Mexico (d. 1854)
  • 1786 William Mason, American politician, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1860)
  • 1787 John J. Crittenden, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky), born in Versailles, Kentucky (d. 1863)
  • 1788 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (discovered flint tools in the gravels of the Somme valley), born in Rethel, Ardennes, France (d. 1868)
  • 1801 Marie Laveau, American Voodoo practitioner, born in French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1881)
  • 1810 Albert G. Blanchard, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1815 Eleazer Arthur Paine, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Geauga County, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • 1823 Adolf von Doss, German composer, born in Pfarrkirchen, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1832 Randall L. Gibson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Versailles, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • 1836 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1906)
  • 1836 Karl Merz, German-American composer (Brainard's Musical World), born in Bernsheim, Germany (d. 1890)
  • 1839 Isaac Kauffman Funk, American publisher (Funk & Wagnalls), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1912)
  • 1839 Charles Peirce, American scientist and philosopher known as "the father of pragmatism", born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1844 Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner (Violet Crumble), born in East Sussex, England (d. 1918)
  • 1852 Alice Brown Davis, first female Principal Chief of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma (1922-35), born in Park Hill, Indian Territory (d. 1935)
  • 1854 Anton Dreesmann, German-Dutch manufacturer (Vroom & Dreesman), born in Haselünne, Germany (d. 1934)
  • 1857 James Edward Keeler, American astronomer (rings of Saturn), born in La Salle, Illinois (d. 1900)
  • 1861 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (Trold, der vejrer kristenblod), born in Vejen, Denmark (d. 1941)
  • 1866 Tor Aulin, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1914)
  • 1866 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet and novelist (Bondens Søn), born in Fly, Jutland (d. 1930)

  • 1869 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Charles Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway (1922-41) (d. 1952)
  • 1872 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, German actress (Salontiroler, Verdoold Sheep), born (d. 1958)
  • 1872 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, Indian cricket batsman (15 Tests, 989 runs @ 44.95, 2 x 100s) and politician (Maharaja of Nawanagar), born in Sadodar, Kathiawar, India (d. 1933)
  • 1875 Paul Scheinpflug, German composer, born in Loschwitz, Germany (d. 1937)
  • 1877 Georgia Douglas Johnson, African American poet and playwright (Autumn Love Cycle), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1966)
  • 1882 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), born in Sandwich, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • 1883 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist
  • 1885 Berthold Altaner, German church historian (Patrologie)
  • 1885 Carl Van Doren, US literary critic and biographer (1939 Pulitzer Prize), born in Hope, Illinois (d. 1950)
  • 1885 Johannes de Jong, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht (Handbook)
  • 1886 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Imagist movement), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1887 Giovanni Gronchi, Italian politician, President of Italy (1955-62), born in Pontedera, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1889 Vilem Petrzelka, Czech composer, born in Brno, Movravia (d. 1967)
  • 1890 Franz Werfel, Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet (Mirror Man, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)

Person of interestElsa Schiaparelli

1890 Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1973)

Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Fashion Designer
Elsa Schiaparelli
  • 1892 Arthur Compton, US physicist (1927 Nobel Prize for Physics for Compton Effect), born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Al "Fuzzy" St John, American actor (Lash of the West), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 1963)
  • 1893 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (world's oldest person 2008-9) who lived to be 115, born in Olival, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 2009)
  • 1895 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), born in Nandamuru, Madras state, British India (d. 1976)
  • 1895 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Ye Ting, Chinese military leader (d. 1946)
  • 1896 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • 1896 Robert Taschereau, Canadian judge and politician (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Nancy Lancaster, American decorator (Colefax and Fowler), born in Mirador, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • 1897 Georges Bataille, French writer (d. 1962)
  • 1897 Hilde Hildebrand [Emma Minna Hildebrand], German actress (Port of Freedom), born in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 1897 David L. Snell, American pianist and composer for films (MGM Studio), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1967) 
  • 1898 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Children of Damned), born in Midland, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Waldo Semon, American inventor (polyvinyl chloride), born in Demopolis, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1902 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Wegwerkers)
  • 1904 Max Shachtman, American politician (d. 1972)
  • 1906 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Hooglied)
  • 1907 Alva R. Fitch, American army officer (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Raymond Harry Warnow Scott, American composer ('The Toy Trumpet'), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1908 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (d. 1996)
  • 1912 William Oliver Everson, American poet, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), born in Sorsogon, Philippine Islands (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Zephania] Mothopeng, South African activist, President of the Pan-African Congress, born near Vrede, South Africa (d. 1990)
  • 1914 Robert Wise, American director (Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story), born in Winchester, Indiana (d. 2005)

Person of interestTerence O'Neill

1914 Terence O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (Ulster Unionist Party: 1963-69), born in London, England (d. 1990)

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 1915 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Franfo Fortini [Franco Lattes], Italian poet, born in Florence (d. 1994)
  • 1917 Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat
  • 1918 Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog who was a Hollywood star (Where the North Begins) (d. 1932)
  • 1919 Lex van Delden [Alexander Zwaap], Dutch composer and writer (Canto della Guerra), born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Egbert van Paridon, Dutch actor and director (Flodder, The Assault), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • 1920 Fabio Taglioni, Italian motorcycle engineer (d. 2001)
  • 1921 Cornelis A H Wagtho, student/resistance fighter
  • 1924 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, born in Brigham City, Utah (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), born in Argo, Illinois (d. 1988)
  • 1925 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • 1926 Beryl Cook, British painter, born in Egham, England (d. 2008)
  • 1927 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Leo P[atrick] Kelley, American sci-fi author (Dead Moon, Vacation in Space)

  • 1928 Jean Vanier, Canadian disabilities advocate
  • 1928 Walter Martin, American Christian apologist (d. 1989)
  • 1929 Akio Yashiro, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1976)

Person of interestArnold Palmer

1929 Arnold Palmer, American golfer (7 major titles; US Masters 1958, 60, 62, 64), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • 1929 Pentti Siimes, Finnish actor (Miriam), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Kenneth Dadzie, Ghanaian diplomat and 1st African Secretary-General of UNCTAD, born in the Gold Coast (d. 1995)
  • 1931 Philip Baker Hall, American actor (Secret Honor, Hard Eight, Magnolia), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1932 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), born in New York City
  • 1933 David Rowland, English real estate developer/broker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 5), born in Prudy, Tula Oblast, Soviet Union (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2019) birth date disputed
  • 1934 Charles Kuralt, newscaster (On the Road), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934 James L Oberstar, American politician (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1975-2011), born in Chisholm, Minnesota, (d. 2014)
  • 1934 Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, born in Tianjin. China

Person of interestRoger Maris

1934 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1934 Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgarian composer, born in Rousse
  • 1935 John Palmer, American news anchor (NBC Weekend News), born in Kingsport, Tennessee
  • 1935 Paul van Vliet, Dutch cabaret performer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1935 Mary Oliver, American poet (1984 Pulitzer Prize), born in Maple Heights, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Paul Martin Palombo, American composer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)
  • 1937 Jared Diamond, American biologist and author (Guns, Germs and Steel), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1939 Artie Tripp, American rocker (Mothers Of Invention), born in Athens, Ohio
  • 1939 Greg Mullavey, American actor (Tom-Mary Hartman, Rituals), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1939 Topham Brinton, English carpet magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist, drag queen and pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Roy Ayers, American disco jazz artist (Fever, You Send Me), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941 Pyotr I Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30)

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

1941 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould

  • 1941 Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • 1942 Danny Hutton, Irish rock vocalist (Three Dog Night)
  • 1943 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble), born on Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2019)
  • 1943 "Superstar" Billy Graham [Eldridge Coleman], American professional wrestler, WWF Heavyweight Champion (1977-8), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1943 Daniel Truhitte, American actor (Rolfe in The Sound of Music), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1943 Neale Donald Walsch, American author (Conversations with God), born in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin
  • 1944 Thomas Allen, British operatic baritone singer, born in Seaham Harbour, England
  • 1945 José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter (Light My Fire; Feliz Navidad), born in Lares, Puerto Rico
  • 1945 Rein van den Broek, Dutch trumpeteer (Ekseption)
  • 1945 [Richard] Mike Mullane, American USAF, astronaut (STS 41-D, STS-27, STS-36), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1945 Tom Ligon, American actor (Joyride), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1946 Jim Hines, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1946 Michèle Alliot-Marie, French politician, born in Villeneuve-le-Roi, France

Person of interestLarry Nelson

1947 Larry Nelson, American golfer (US Open 1983; PGA C'ship 1981, 87), born in Fort Payne, Alabama

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1948 Judy Geeson, English actress (To Sir With Love, Berserk), born in Arundel, England
  • 1948 Margaret Trudeau, Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948 Tony Gatlif, Algerian-born French film director, born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1948 Bob Lanier, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and 8-time NBA All-Star (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1948 Zhang Chengzhi, Chinese writer (History of the Soul), born in Beijing, China
  • 1948 Charlie Waters, American football player (Dallas Cowboys), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1949 Barriemore Barlow, English drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949 Don Muraco, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Sunset Beach, Hawaii
  • 1949 Bill O'Reilly, American TV host and commentator (The O'Reilly Factor), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Don Powell, English rock drummer (Slade), born in Bilston, England
  • 1950 Joe Perry, American rock guitarist (Aerosmith - "Walk This Way"), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1951 Albert R Wynn, American politician (Rep-D-Maryland 1993-2008), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire (d. 2016)
  • 1951 Gary Danielson, American NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions 1976-84; Cleveland Browns 1985, 87-88) and college commentator (CBS, ABC), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952 Gerry Conway, Marvel comics writer (Punisher), born in New York City
  • 1952 Vic Toews, Canadian politician, born in Filadelfia, Paraguay

  • 1953 Amy Irving, American actress (Yentl, Carrie, Crossing Delancy), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1954 Martha Nause, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1994), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • 1954 Cynthia Lummis, American politician, (Rep-R-WYO) first woman representative from Wyoming, born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • 1955 Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Simpele, Finland
  • 1955 Giannina Facio Franco, Mrs Phillipe Junot, born in San José, Costa Rica
  • 1955 Pat Mastelotto, American rock drummer (Mr Mister: King Crimson), born in Chico, California
  • 1956 Johnny Fingers [John Moylett], Irish rocker (Boomtown Rats - "I Don't Like Mondays"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956 Johnny Hickman, American rock guitarist (Cracker), born in Redlands, California
  • 1957 Brian Fitzpatrick, American actor (Rick Alden in Loving), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 Kate Burton, American actress (Ice Storm, Grey's Anatomy), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1957 Siobhan Fahey, Irish rock singer and musician (Bananarama - "Venus"; Shakespears Sister - "Stay"), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1957 Carol Decker, British rock singer (T'Pau - "China In Your Hand"), born in Huyton, Merseyside, England
  • 1958 Chris Columbus, American film writer/director (Mrs Doubtfire, Nine Months), born in Spangler, Pennsylvania

Person of interestColin Firth

1960 Colin Firth, English actor (Bridget Jones' Diary, The King's Speech), born in Grayshott Hampshire

  • 1960 Miranda Wilson, American actress (Sandra-Santa Barbara), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1960 Alison Bechdel, American cartoonist (Fun Home), born in Beech Creek, Pennsylvania
  • 1960 David Lowery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Camper Van Beethoven; Cracker), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1963 Susan Gautier-Smith, British TV producer (d. 1996)
  • 1963 Bill Stevenson, American music producer and drummer (The Descendants), born in Torrance, California
  • 1964 Tim Harris, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 John E. Sununu, American politician (S-(R)-New Hampshire 2003-09), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Person of interestJack Ma

1964 Jack Ma, Chinese entrepreneur and founder of Alibaba Group, born in Hangzhou, China

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • 1965 Allison Daughtry, actress (Guilding Light)
  • 1965 Brian Washington, American NFL safety (KC Chiefs), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1966 Joe Nieuwendyk, NHL forward (Dallas Stars, Team Canada 1998)
  • 1966 Kimble Anders, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1966 Ted Popson, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Yvo Joordens, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1968 Big Daddy Kane [Antonio Hardy], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield, England

  • 1969 Bob Spitulski, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1969 Matt Geiger, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969 Jonathon Schaech, American actor
  • 1970 Julie Halard, French tennis star (1995 Prague), born in Versailles, France
  • 1970 Robert Green, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Paula Kelley, American pop-rock musician and composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Brandon Harrison, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 James Duval, American actor (Donnie Darko), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1972 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1973 Ghada Shouaa, Syrian heptathlete (Syria's 1st Olympic gold 1996), born in Mhardeh, Syria
  • 1973 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • 1974 Ben Wallace, NBA forward (Wash Wizards), born in White Hall, Alabama
  • 1974 Ryan Phillippe, American actor (Cruel Intentions, Shooter), born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1975 Temple Taggart, Miss USA-Utah (Top 6 in 1997) and Donald Trump accuser, born in Cedar City, Utah
  • 1975 Jonathan Hoenig, American investment advisor

Person of interestDan O'Toole

1975 Dan O'Toole, Canadian sports anchor (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Peterborough, Ontario

Sports Anchor Dan O'Toole
Sports Anchor
Dan O'Toole
  • 1979 Jacob Young, American actor and singer (All My Children), born in Renton, Washington
  • 1980 Timothy Goebel, figure skater (1996 National Jr champ), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1980 [Michael] Mikey Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance), born in Kearny, New Jersey