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Famous Birthdays on September 16

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 241

  • 16 Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)
  • 1098 Hildegard of Bingen, German magistra and the first composer whose biography is known, born in Böckelheim, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1179)
  • 1386 Ambrose Traversari, Italian theologian and monk, born in Portico di Romagna, Forlì, Papal States (d. 1439)
  • 1387 Henry V, King of England (1413-22) and France (1416-19), born in Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales (date disputed) (d. 1422)
  • 1507 Jiajing, 12th Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China (d. 1567)
  • 1547 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet, born in Agra, Mughal India (d. 1595)
  • 1557 Jacques Mauduit, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1627)
  • 1574 Samuel Coster, Dutch physician and playwright (Polyxena), born in Amsterdam (d. 1665)
  • 1577 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), born in Carrara, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1584 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, born in Trento, Italy (d. 1647)
  • 1651 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler, born in Lemgo, Lippe, Germany (d. 1716)
  • 1666 Antoine Parent, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1716)
  • 1678 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher, born in Battersea, Surrey, England (d. 1751)
  • 1722 Gabriel Christie, British general, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1799)
  • 1725 Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist and geographer (Volcanos), born in Soulaines-Dhuys, France (d. 1815)
  • 1736 Johann Nikolaus Tetens, German-Danish philosopher and mathematician, born in Tetenbüll, Duchy of Schleswig, Denmark (d. 1807)

  • 1745 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal, born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1813)
  • 1762 Charles de Merode, Earl of Merode, Mayor of Brussels and French senator, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1830)
  • 1782 Daoguang, 8th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, born in Forbidden City, Beijing, China (d. 1850)
  • 1797 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, born in Brescello, Italy (d. 1879)
  • 1800 Józef Nowakowski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Koryciska, Przysucha County, Poland (d. 1865)
  • 1818 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, born in London (d. 1910)

Person of interestCharles Crocker

1822 Charles Crocker, American business tycoon and railroad executive (Central Pacific Railroad, Southern Pacific Railroad), born in Troy, New York (d. 1888)

Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive Charles Crocker
Business Tycoon and Railroad Executive
Charles Crocker
  • 1823 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1823 Michael Obrenovic, ruler of Serbia (1839-42,1860-68), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 1868)
  • 1827 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, born in St Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1908)
  • 1832 George Washington Custis Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Fort Monroe, Virginia (d. 1913)
  • 1837 Pedro V van Alcantara, King of Portugal (1853-61), born in Lisbon (d. 1861)
  • 1838 James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad), born in Eramosa Township, Ontario (d. 1916)
  • 1847 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • 1851 Emilia Pardo Bazán, Spanish countess and writer (Pascual López: Autobiography of a Medical Student), born in La Coruña, Spain (d. 1921)
  • 1853 Albrecht Kossel, German physician (Nobel 1910), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 1927)

Person of interestBonar Law

1858 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 1859 Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and President of the Republic of China (1916), born in Xiangcheng, Henan, Qing dynasty, China (d. 1916)
  • 1872 Henriette deVreker-Verschuur, Dutch-Flemish actress (Roze Kate), born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)

Person of interestJames Cash Penney

1875 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1971)

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

  • 1877 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), born in Roosendaal, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1878 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (German Art, female nudes), born in Ühlingen-Birkendorf, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Alfred Noyes, British poet and essayist (Loom of Years, Highwayman), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Clive Bell, English art critic, born in East Shefford, Berkshire (d. 1964)
  • 1883 T. E. Hulme, English writer and poet, born in Endon, Shaffordshire (d. 1917)
  • 1883 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), born in Methlick, Scotland (d. 1964)
  • 1885 Karen Horney, German-American neo-freudian psychoanalyst, born in Blankenese, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, German Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1887 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • 1887 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Almira Sessions, American actress (Oklahoma Annie), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • 1889 Claude Albert Barnett, American journalist and founder (Associated Negro Press), born in Sanford, Florida (d. 1967)
  • 1890 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (Moon is Down, 3rd Man), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1969)
  • 1891 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, born in Przemyśl, Eastern Galicia, Lwów (d. 1985)
  • 1891 Isabel Jeans, British actress (Easy Virtue, Heavens Above), born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1891 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and spy, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

1891 Karl Dönitz, German naval leader, born in Grünau, German Empire (d. 1980)

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1893 Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • 1893 Alexander Korda, British movie producer (3rd man), born in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1894 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • 1895 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1895 Karol Rathaus, German-Austrian composer, born in Ternopil, Austria-Hungary (d. 1954)
  • 1896 André Chéron, French chess and bridge theorist (d. 1980)
  • 1898 H. A. Rey, American children's author and creator of "Curious George", born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1901 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • 1905 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Johanna Sophia Hermes, Dutch singer, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Jack Churchill, British Army commando, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1909 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (d. 1995)
  • 1910 Karl Kling, German race car driver, born in Giessen, Germany (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), born in Clifton Hill, Melbourne (d. 1983)
  • 1912 Jerry Wald, American producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1914 Allen Funt, American TV host and creator (Candid Camera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Cy Walter, American jazz pianist (Three's Company), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1968)
  • 1916 Don Ryder, Baron Ryder of Eaton Hastings, CEO (Intl Publishing House), born in Brentford, Middlesex (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Willem Noordhoek, Dutch photographer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1916 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), born in Madurai, Madras Presidency (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader, born in Saint Peter, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], politician (C), born in Castleford, West Yorkshire (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Andy Russell, American singer (Andy & Della Russell Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1992)
  • 1919 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, born in Brno, Moravia Czechoslovakia (d. 1946)
  • 1919 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian author (Peter Princible), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1920 Hannie Schaft, Dutch communist resistance fighter known as the "Girl with red hair", born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • 1920 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Dusty Hughers, English playwright, born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1921 Fritz Geissler, German composer, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1984)
  • 1921 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1921 William Johnston, Chaplain to Queen of Scotland, born in Edinburgh (d. 2005)
  • 1922 Janis Paige, American actress (Lanigan's Rabbi, Trapper John MD), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1922 Marcel Mouloudji, French singer, born in Paris (d. 1994)

  • 1922 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), born in Paris (d. 2016)

Person of interestLee Kuan Yew

1923 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), born in Singapore (d. 2015)

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1924 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Paddy Stone, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestB.B. King

1925 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2015)

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 1925 Charles Haughey, Irish Taoiseach (1979-81, 82, 87-92), born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Charlie Byrd, American jazz and bossa nova guitarist (Desfinado), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1926 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes), born in Fairmont, West Virginia (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), born in Alton, Iowa (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Thomas "Tommy" Bond, American actor (Butch-Our Gang, Superman), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Jack Kelly, American actor (Bart-Maverick, Get Christie Love), born in Astoria, Queens, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Peter Falk, American actor (Colombo, Scared Straight), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Dale Kildee, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977-2013), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1930 Ken Coates, British Labour politician and writer, born in Leek, Staffordshire (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), born in Ossining, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Jan Johansson, Swedish jazz pianist, born in Söderhamn, Hälsingland, Sweden (d. 1968)
  • 1932 Mickey Stewart, English cricketer and team manager (England Cricket Team), born in Herne Hill, England
  • 1932 Joan Tabor, American actress (Teenage Millionaire), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 1968)
  • 1933 George Chakiris, American actor (West Side Story), born in Norwood, Ohio
  • 1933 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)

Person of interestElgin Baylor

1934 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934 Eva Clayton, American politician (Rep-D-North Carolina), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1934 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland (d. 2008)
  • 1935 Carl Andre, American sculptor (minimal/conceptual art), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist, born in Minneapolis (d. 2016)
  • 1937 Aleksandr Medved, Soviet wrestler (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72), born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
  • 1937 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1941 Jim McBride, American director and actor (Hot Times, Breathless, Big Easy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Joe Butler, American rock vocalist and drummer (Lovin' Spoonful), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1941 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey (d. 2017)

  • 1941 Richard Perle, American political advisor, born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Tom Wargo, American golfer (PGA Senior C'ship 1993, British Senior Open 1994), born in Marlette, Michigan
  • 1942 Bernie Calvert, English rock bassist (Hollies), born in Brierfield, England
  • 1942 Linda G Miller, American actress (Night of the Juggler, Mississippi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942 Dennis Conner, American sailor, 4 time America's Cup winning skipper (1974, 1980, 1987, 1988) and Olympic bronze medalist (1976), born in San Diego, California
  • 1943 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1944 Ard Schenk, Dutch speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1972), born in Anna Paulowna, Netherlands
  • 1944 Betty Kelly, American rocker (Martha Reeves & Vandellas), born in Attalla, Alabama
  • 1946 John Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant, British physician (Warden of Green College Oxford) (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Cathee Dahmen, American fashion model, born in Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1946 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland 2006-09), born in Manly, New South Wales
  • 1946 Camilo Sesto, Spanish singer, born in Alcoy, Spain
  • 1947 Alexander Rutskoy, Russian politician (Vice President of Russia 1991-93) and Soviet military officer (led the putsch against President Boris Yeltsin during Russian constitutional crisis of 1993), born in Proskuriv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1947 Andy Irvine, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1947 Ilona Gusenbauer, Austrian high jumper (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Gummersbach, West Germany
  • 1947 Lucius Allen, American NBA star (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1947 Michael R. McNulty, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in Troy, New York
  • 1947 Russ Abbot [Russell A Roberts], British TV comedian (The Russ Abbot Show, September Song), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1947 Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and writer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1947 Dumisani Kumalo, South African anti-apartheid activist and UN ambassador, born in KwaMbunda, South Africa (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer and vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England
  • 1948 Ron Blair, American rock bassist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestRosemary Casals

1948 Rosemary Casals, American tennis player (12 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in San Francisco, California

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • 1948 Julia Donaldson, English children's writer (The Gruffalo), born in London, England
  • 1949 Ed Begley Jr, American actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Susan Ruttan, American actress (Roxanne Melman-LA Law), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • 1950 David Bellamy, American singer (The Bellamy Brothers-Let Your Love Flow), born in Darby, Florida
  • 1950 Loyd Grossman, American-British television presenter (MasterChef 1990-2000), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • 1952 Mickey Rourke, American actor (Wild Orchid, Barfly), born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1953 Jerry Pate, American golfer (US Open 1976; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Macon, Georgia

  • 1953 Earl Klugh, American jazz pianist and guitarist, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1953 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953 Lenny Clarke, American actor (Officer Hampton-John Larroquette Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Alan Barton, English musician (Black Lace, Smokie), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1953 Nancy Huston, Canadian novelist (Cantique des plaines) and essayist, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1954 Colin Newman, English musician (Wire), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • 1954 Frank Reed, American singer (Chi-Lites), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2014)
  • 1955 Janet Ellis, English television presenter (Blue Peter, Jigsaw), born in Kent
  • 1955 Liz Knights, publisher
  • 1955 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • 1955 Yolandita Monge, Puerto Rican singer, born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • 1956 Anatoly Beloglazov, Russian 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1956 Charles Fearing, American rock guitarist (Raydio)

Person of interestDavid Copperfield

1956 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • 1956 Kevin R. Kregel, American pilot and astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in Amityville, New York
  • 1956 Mark Daniel Gearan, American campaign manager (Al Gore), born in Gardner, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Nick Banton, founder of Body Positive (d. 1994)
  • 1956 Peter Zaremba, American rocker (Fleshtones), born in Queens, New York
  • 1956 Sergei Beloglazov, Russian 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980, 88), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1957 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • 1957 David McCreery, Irish footballer (Newcastle United), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1958 Jennifer Tilly, American actress (Let it Ride, Off Beat, Psycho II), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Orel Hershiser, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1958 Terry McBride, American singer (McBride & Ride-Can I Count on You), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1958 Neville Southall, Welsh footballer, born in Llandudno, Wales

Person of interestTim Raines

1959 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1960 Mickey Tettleton, American baseball catcher (Texas Rangers), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1960 Kurt Busiek, American comic book writer (Astro City), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer (Lo psicologo di famiglia), born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • 1961 Mark Parent, American baseball catcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Ashland, Oregon

  • 1961 Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine), born in London
  • 1962 Julie Larsen Piers, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1996), born in Westchester, New York
  • 1963 Garth Jax, American NFL middle linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963 Richard Marx, American rock musician (Hold on to the Night), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 David Michael Sabo, American rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
  • 1964 Molly Shannon, American actress (Other People), born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1964 Mary Coustas, Greek-Austalian actress and comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1964 Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), born in Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • 1965 Katy Kurtzman, American actress (Lindsay-Dynasty), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Kevin Curtis Young, American 400m hurdler, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Bernie Parmalee, American NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1967 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga artist (creator of Gantz), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1968 Charles McRae, American NFL guard and tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 1968 Tara Cross-Battle, American volleyball hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Marc Anthony [Marco Antonio Muñiz], American sala singer-songwriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1968 Walt Becker, American writer and film director (Van Wilder), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1969 Andrew Borodow, 130 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 5-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Chester McGlockton, American NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Whiteville, North Carolina
  • 1969 Kathi Wolfgram, American rocker (Jets-You Got it All), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota