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Famous Birthdays on September 15

  • 973 Al-Biruni, Iranian mathematician and polymath, born in Kath, Khwarezm, Afrighid dynasty (d. 1048)

Person of interestMarco Polo

1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer (Il Milione), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (d. 1324)

Explorer Marco Polo
Marco Polo
  • 1505 Maria, Queen of Hungary as wife of Louis II and Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1531-55), born in Brussels (d. 1558)
  • 1533 Catherine of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1572)
  • 1572 Erasmus Widmann, German composer, born in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1634)
  • 1580 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1659)
  • 1586 Cristobal de Isla Diego, composer
  • 1613 François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld, French writer of maxims and memoirs, born in Paris, Kingdom of France (d. 1680)
  • 1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, born in Oakham, Rutland, England (d. 1705)
  • 1666 Princess Sophia Dorothea of Celle, repudiated wife of future King George I of Great Britain, and mother of George II, born in Celle, Germany (d. 1726)
  • 1685 Gottfried Kirchhoff, German composer, born in Mühlbeck, Bitterfeld, Germany (d. 1746)
  • 1690 Ignazio Prota, Italian composer, born in Naples (d. 1748)
  • 1736 Jean-Sylvain Bailly, French astronomer noted for his computation of an orbit for Halley’s Comet (1759) and author of History of Ancient Astronomy from Its Origin to the Establishment of the School of Alexandria, born in Paris (d. 1793)
  • 1744 Georg Ritschel, composer
  • 1760 Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel von Tauentzien, Prussian general of the Napoleonic Wars, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg (d. 1824)
  • 1764 Friedrich Heine, German composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1821)

  • 1764 Paolo Francesco Parenti, Italian composer, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1821)

Person of interestJames Fenimore Cooper

1789 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1808 Louis Clapisson, French composer and violinist, born in Naples, Italy (d. 1866)
  • 1811 Jan Nepomuk Škroup, Czech composer, born in Osice, Czech Republic (d. 1892)
  • 1811 Willem Josephus van Zeggelen, Dutch author, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Edward Wolff, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1880)
  • 1828 Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov, Russian chemist (discoverer of hexamine (1859)), born in Chistopol, Kazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1886)
  • 1830 José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, President of Mexico (1877-1911), born in Oaxaca, Mexico (d. 1915)
  • 1834 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian and political writer, born in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1896)
  • 1837 Leo van Gheluwe, Belgian composer, born in Wannegem-Lede, East Flanders (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Willem F Mauritius HK, prince of Orange/son of king Willem III
  • 1851 Josif Marinković, Serbian composer, born in Vranjevo, Novi Bečej (d. 1931)
  • 1852 Jan Matzeliger, Surinamese-Dutch inventor (shoe lacing machine), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1889)
  • 1852 Edward Bouchet, American physicist, 1st African American to receive US Ph.D, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1918)

Person of interestWilliam Howard Taft

1857 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1930)

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1858 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, born in Strasbourg, French Empire (d. 1916)
  • 1858 Jenő Hubay, Hungarian composer, born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1937)
  • 1860 M. Visvesvaraya, Indian civil engineer and statesman (19th Diwan of the Mysore Kingdom), born in Muddenahalli, Chikkaballapura, Kingdom of Mysore, born in (d. 1962)
  • 1863 Horatio Parker, American organist and composer, born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1919)
  • 1865 Henri Capitant, French lawyer (Loi Falcidie) (d. 1937)

  • 1865 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch linguist (Middle-Celebes languages), born in Oud-Loosdrecht, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1926)
  • 1868 Dirk Berend Nanninga, Dutch painter (d. 1954)
  • 1876 Bruno Walter, German symphony conductor (NY Philharmonic), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1962)
  • 1876 Frank Gannett, American newspaper publisher (Gannett), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1957)
  • 1876 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Indian Bengali novelist (Devdas), born in Debanandapur, Hooghly district, Bengal Presidency, India (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and Zionist, born in Bystřice pod Hostýnem, Czech Republic (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Max Factor, Polish-American make-up artist, inventor and founder of cosmetics manufacturer Max Factor & Company, born in Zduńska Wola, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), born in Stanley, Tasmania (d. 1939)
  • 1879 Alec Ross, Scottish golfer (US Open 1907), born in Dornoch, Scotland (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1883 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Spanish mathematician, scientist and engineer, born in Barcelona (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Floro Manuel Ugarte, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1975)
  • 1887 Carlos Dávila, President of Government Junta of Chile (1932), born in Los Ángeles, Chile (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver, born in Bonferraro, Italy (d. 1925)
  • 1889 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 Years in a Quandary), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Person of interestAgatha Christie

1890 Agatha Christie, English crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express), born in Torquay, Devon (d. 1976)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
  • 1890 Claude McKaye, Jamaican-American author (Songs of Jamaica, Banjo), born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Frank Martin, Swiss composer (In Terra Fax), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • 1892 Silpa Bhirasri [Corrado Feroci], Italian-Thai sculptor, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • 1894 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1898 John J Slauerhoff, Dutch ship's doctor/writer/poet (El Dorado)
  • 1899 Milton S Eisenhower, Dwight's brother/pres (Pennsylvania State)
  • 1900 Larry Kent, CA, director (High Stakes)
  • 1901 Sir Donald Bailey, British engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1903 Roy Acuff, Maynardville Tenn, country musician (Hee Haw)
  • 1904 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • 1904 Umberto II, van Piemonte, the last King of Italy (ruled 1946)
  • 1906 Kathryn Murray, American dancer (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1907 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), born in Alberta, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Jack Bailey, Hampton Iowa, TV host (Queen for a Day)
  • 1908 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1908 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain)
  • 1909 Carlos Estrada, composer

Person of interestJean Batten

1909 Jean Batten, New Zealand aviator (first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936), born in Rotorua, New Zealand (d. 1982)

Aviator Jean Batten
Jean Batten
  • 1909 Phil Arnold, American actor (Errand Boy, Stud Lonigan, Damn Yankees), born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 1968)
  • 1909 C. N. Annadurai, Indian politician and 1st Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, born in Kancheepuram, Madras, British India (d. 1969)
  • 1910 George D Kilpatrick, Canadian/British bible scholar
  • 1910 Richard Baerlein, racing writer
  • 1911 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
  • 1911 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States (1961-65) warned against smoking, born in Red Level, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer
  • 1912 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), born in Suez, Egypt (d. 1972)
  • 1913 Hans Filbinger, German politician (CDU)
  • 1913 Henry Dreyfus Brant, composer (Great American Goot), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1913 John Mitchell, Nixon's attorney general who went to jail
  • 1913 Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist/composer
  • 1914 Creighton Abrams, American general (commander of American forces in the Vietnam War, 1968-72), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Jens Otto Krag, premier of Denmark (1962-68, 71-72)
  • 1914 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Helmut Schoen, football coach
  • 1915 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), born in Palmer, Massachusetts (d. 2006)

  • 1916 Margaret Lockwood, British actress (Cast a Dark Shadow, The Lady Vanishes), born in Karachi, India (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Richard Arnell, composer
  • 1918 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), born in Castellania, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1919 Nelson Gidding, American screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • 1921 Jan Frank Fischer, composer
  • 1921 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), born in Vancouver (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1922 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1923 Anton Heiller, composer
  • 1924 Bobby Short, Danville Ill, singer/pianist (Carlisle Hotel)
  • 1924 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1925 Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Carlo Rambaldi, Special effects artist (Alien, E.T.), born in Vigarano Mainarda, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Jean-Pierre Serre, French mathematician
  • 1926 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Edward Derwinski, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 Norm Crosby, American comedian and "Master of the Malaprop" (Liar's Club), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1927 David Stove, Australian philosopher, (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 1975)
  • 1928 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner (Roger's Centre/Sky Dome, Toronto), born in Poole, England (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Murray Gell-Mann, American physicist who predicted quarks (the theory of elementary particles), born in Manhattan, NYC, New York
  • 1929 Eva Burrows, the 13th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1933 Henry Darrow, American actor (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor
  • 1934 Fred Nile, Australian politician
  • 1935 Jacques d'Ancona, journalist/TV host (Sound-Mix Show)

Person of interestAshley Cooper

1936 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2020)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

  • 1937 Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1937 Fernando de la Rúa, 51st President of Argentina
  • 1937 Tony Yates, American college basketball point guard (National C'ship 1961, 62; Cincinnati Bearcats) and head coach (Cincinnati 1983-89), born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
  • 1938 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • 1939 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter
  • 1939 Jim Kimsey, co-founder of AOL, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Frank Linzy, American baseball player, born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
  • 1940 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • 1940 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, American sci-fi author (Child of Fortune)
  • 1941 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane ("Chauffeur Blues"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30), born in Lipniki, Reichskommissariat Ukraine, German-occupied Poland
  • 1941 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer
  • 1941 Yuri Norstein, Russian animator
  • 1942 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, American sci-fi author (Hotel Transylvania)
  • 1942 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)

Person of interestEmmerson Mnangagwa

1942 Emmerson Mnangagwa "the crocodile", Zimbabwean politician (President 2017-), born in Zvishavane, South Rhodesia

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa
President of Zimbabwe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
  • 1944 Sotirios Hatzigakis, Greek politician
  • 1945 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Carmen Maura, Spanish actress
  • 1945 Ron Shelton, American film director
  • 1946 Fighting Mack [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer
  • 1946 Oliver Stone, American director (Wall St, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • 1946 Howard Waldrop, American sci-fi author
  • 1946 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1948 Suzyn Waldman, American Sportscaster
  • 1949 Joe Barton, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2019), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1951 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • 1951 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1952 Kelly Keagy, rock vocalist (Night Ranger)
  • 1953 Pat Barrett, Canadian pop and doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1954 John Hervey, 7th marquess of Bristol, English flamboyant peer who lost his fortune to drug addiction, born in Bury St Edmunds, England (d. 1999)
  • 1954 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1954 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)

Person of interestLloyd Blankfein

1954 Lloyd Blankfein, American CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, born in NYC, New York

CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein
CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs
Lloyd Blankfein
  • 1955 Mac Sweeney, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • 1955 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
  • 1955 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer
  • 1955 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2019)
  • 1956 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham
  • 1956 Ned Rothenberg, composer
  • 1956 Tawny Elaine Godin Schneider, Maine, Miss America (76)/(Eye on Hollywood)
  • 1956 Maggie Reilly, Scottish folk singer
  • 1957 Fulton Allem, South African golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Kroonstad, South Africa
  • 1957 Paweł Pawlikowski, Polish filmmaker (Cold War), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1958 Lesley Player, Redhill England, Sarah Fergusson's father's lover
  • 1958 Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (Wanna Hold Your Hand, Bossom Buddies, Back to the Future), born in Hollywood, California (d. 2005)
  • 1958 Dr. Know [Gary Miller], American guitarist (Bad Brains), born in Washington, D. C.
  • 1960 Scott Thompson Baker, actor (Gen Hosp, All My Children), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960 Kevin Allen, Welsh actor
  • 1960 Michel "Mitch" Dorge, Canadian drummer and producer (Crash Test Dummies), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestDan Marino

1961 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1962 Aubrey Matthews, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1962 Earnest Byner, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1962 Dina Lohan, American actress and reality television star, mother of Lindsay Lohan
  • 1964 Andrew Landenberger, Australian tornado sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1964 Ryoko Kikuchi, Zama City, Kanagawa, Japanese cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11) and reporter
  • 1964 Róbert Fico, Slovak Prime minister
  • 1964 Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein [Paul Caiafa], American musician, former guitarist for horror punk band The Misfits, born in Lodi, New Jersey

  • 1966 Sherman Douglas, NBA guard (NJ Nets)
  • 1967 Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1968 Danny Nucci, actor (Gabriel Ortega-Falcon Crest)
  • 1968 Rich Robertson, Nacogdoches TX, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1969 DJ Kay Gee [Kier Gist], American musician (Naughty by Nature), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1969 Jim Curtiss, American writer
  • 1969 Jeffrey Schwarz, American film director and producer
  • 1971 Chad Bratzke, NFL defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Josh Charles, actor (Crossing the Bridge, Cooperstown)
  • 1971 Myron Bell, NFL safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Wayne Ferreira, tennis star (Munich 1995), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1971 Will Shields, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Ben Wallers, English musician and songwriter (Country Teasers)
  • 1971 Michael Malone, American basketball head coach (Denver Nuggets 2015-19; Sacramento Kings 2013-14; NBA All-Star Game 2019), born in Queens, New York
  • 1972 Jimmy Carr, English comedian
  • 1972 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer
  • 1972 Princess Letizia of Spain
  • 1973 Julie Cox, English actress
  • 1974 Jamie Stevens, German singer