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Famous Birthdays on September 23

Person of interestEuripides

480 BC Euripides, Greek playwright (Medea), born in Salamis, Greece (d. 406 BC)

Greek Playwright Euripides
Greek Playwright

Person of interestAugustus Caesar

63 BC Augustus Caesar [Gaius Octavius], First Roman Emperor (27 BC-14 AD), born in Rome, Roman Republic (d. 14 AD)

Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar
Roman Emperor
Augustus Caesar
  • 1158 Geoffrey II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1186)
  • 1161 Emperor Takakura of Japan (d. 1181)

Person of interestKublai Khan

1215 Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor (1260-94) and founder of the Yuan dynasty in China (1271-94), born in Monoglia (d. 1294)

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • 1434 Yolande of Valois, Duchess of Savoy (d. 1478)
  • 1555 Louise de Coligny, French 4th wife of Willem of Orange
  • 1591 Michael Lohr, German composer, born in Marienberg (d. 1654)
  • 1596 Joan Blaeu, cartographer/publisher
  • 1598 Eleonore Gonzaga, wife of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1655)
  • 1605 Daniel von Czepko, German poet
  • 1641 Adrian "Aart" van Wijck, theologist (against jansenisme)
  • 1642 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, Italian composer and violinist, born in Modena (d. 1678)
  • 1647 Joseph Dudley, American statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1650 Jeremy Collier, English bishop (d. 1726)
  • 1684 Johann Theodor Romhild, composer

  • 1703 Jean-Marie Leclair, composer
  • 1712 Ferdinand VI, the wise, King of Spain (1746-59)
  • 1740 Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan (d. 1813)
  • 1745 John Sevier, Tennessee, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn)
  • 1768 William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (Rights of Wallace)
  • 1771 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (d. 1840)
  • 1781 Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (d. 1860)
  • 1782 Jacques-Fereol Mazas, composer
  • 1791 Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Encke Comet)
  • 1791 Karl T Korner, German poet (Zriny, Leyer und Schwerdt)
  • 1795 Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born in Corinth Vermont (d. 1857)
  • 1800 William H McGuffey, educator (McGuffey Readers)
  • 1804 David Van de Kellen, coin engraver
  • 1805 Matthew Adams Stickney, Rowley Mass, numismatist
  • 1816 Elihu Benjamin Washburne, MC (Union), (d. 1887)
  • 1816 Julius White, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cazenovia, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1817 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer
  • 1819 Hippolyte Fizeau, French physicist (d. 1896)
  • 1820 Thomas Kilby Smith, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1887)

Person of interestVictoria Woodhull

1838 Victoria Woodhull, American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), born in Homer, Ohio (d. 1927)

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull

  • 1842 Karl Munzinger, composer
  • 1849 Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ivanov, composer
  • 1852 William Stewart Halsted, established 1st US surgical school
  • 1853 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar
  • 1854 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch engineer/Governor of Suriname (1902-05)
  • 1856 William Archer, Scotland, writer (Green Goddess)
  • 1861 Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist (d. 1942)
  • 1863 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss French bacteriologist (discovered bubonic plague bacillus), born in Aubonne, Switzerland (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Mary Church Terrell, civil rights activist
  • 1864 Draga Mašin, Queen of Serbia (d. 1903)
  • 1865 Emmuska Orczy, Tarnaörs Hungary, Hungarian-born British writer (Scarlet Pimpernel)
  • 1866 Edouard Combe, composer

Person of interestTyphoid Mary

1869 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland (d. 1938)

  • 1870 John Lomax, Miss, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist
  • 1871 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer
  • 1880 John Boyd Orr, nutritionist, UN's FAO (Nobel 1949)
  • 1887 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), born in Voghera, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1888 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semitic theologist (Die Oden Salomons)

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

1889 Walter Lippmann, American journalist/political writer (Public Opinion), born in NYC, New York

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
Writer and Political Commentator
Walter Lippmann
  • 1890 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, born in NYC, New York

Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1890 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, born in Guxhagen, Germany (d. 1957)

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1894 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (Edda & Thora)
  • 1895 Miron Merzhanov, Soviet architect (d. 1975)
  • 1895 Johnny Mokan, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Paul Delvaux, Belgian painter (surrealist)
  • 1897 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1984)
  • 1899 Louise Nevelson, sculptor (Sky Cathedral), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1899 William Levi Dawson, composer
  • 1900 Bill Stone, British serviceman; one of the last surviving veterans of World War I
  • 1901 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, born in Antwerp (d. 1987)
  • 1901 Jaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984)
  • 1902 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (d. 2003)
  • 1904 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, born in Šiauliai, Russian Empire
  • 1904 Wallace "Scotty" Scott, rock vocalist (Whispers)
  • 1905 Jeno Kenessey, composer
  • 1906 Willard F McMurry, musician
  • 1907 Jarmila Novotna, soprano (Met Opera)/President of Czechoslovakia (1957-68)
  • 1907 Dominique Aury, French novelist (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, born in Stuttgart, German Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Marianne Straub, weaver
  • 1909 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1910 Elliot Roosevelt, son of FDR/writer (Murder in the Oval Office)
  • 1910 Soulima Stravinsky, Swiss-American pianist and composer (Igor Stravinsky's son), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Frank Moss, United States Senator from Utah (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Pakistani researcher, critic and linguist (d. 2005)
  • 1912 Tony Smith, American sculptor (d. 1980)
  • 1913 Alexey Davidovich Machavariani, composer
  • 1914 Norman Cazden, composer
  • 1914 Omar Ali Saifuddin III, Sultan of Brunei (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Finn Arnestad, composer
  • 1915 Ian Dawson-Shepherd, campaigner

Person of interestAldo Moro

1916 Aldo Moro, Italian Prime Minister (1963-68 and 1974-76), born in Maglie, Italy (d. 1978)

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 1917 Imry Nemeth, Hungarian hammer thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1920 Alexander Arutiunian, composer, (d. 2012)

  • 1920 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon
  • 1920 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, born in Smilkov (d. 1986)
  • 1920 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Philip Owen Arnould Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator
  • 1923 Samuel V. Wilson, American ex-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former Army lieutenant general, born in Rice, Virginia (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Barry Linehan, actor (Bullseye, Dark Places, Witchcraft)
  • 1925 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Eleonora Rossi Drago [Palmira Omiccioli], Italian actress (Le amiche), born in Quinto al Mare, Genoa (d. 2007)

Person of interestJohn Coltrane

1926 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1928 Robert Helps, composer
  • 1929 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster
  • 1930 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), born in Bangor, County Down (d. 1987)
  • 1930 Pyotr Ivanovich Kolodin, cosmonaut (Soyuyz 7, 10, 11 backup)

Person of interestRay Charles

1930 Ray Charles [Robinson], American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 1930 Sehba Akhtar, poet of Pakistan (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • 1931 Gerald Stairs Merrithew, Canadian educator (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Charles Harrison, American industrial designer (view finder), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), born in Hjoggbole, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Pierre Marietan, composer
  • 1936 Valentín Paniagua, Peruvian politician
  • 1938 Clifford Ann Creed, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1965), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1938 Romy Schneider, actress (Bloodline, Death Watch), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestTom Lester

1938 Tom Lester, American actor (Green Acres - Eb), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2020)

Actor Tom Lester
Tom Lester
  • 1939 Roy Buchanan, American blues guitarist, born in Ozark, Arkansas (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator
  • 1939 Janusz Gajos, Polish actor
  • 1940 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, born in Washington D. C. (d. 2002)
  • 1940 Michel Temer [Michel Miguel Elias Temer Lulia], Brazilian lawyer and 37th President of Brazil (2016-18), born in Tietê, Brazil

  • 1940 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, born in Mashhad, Iran (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Sila María Calderón, Puerto Rican politician
  • 1943 Bob Clement, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
  • 1943 Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer (Of All the Girls I Loved Before)
  • 1943 Walter Scott, American singer (Whispers- "And the Beat Goes On"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943 Steve Boone, American rock bassist and vocalist (Lovin' Spoonful - "Do You Believe In Magic"), born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1943 Wallace Scott, American singer (Whispers- "And the Beat Goes On"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1944 Loren J Shriver, Iowa, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 51-C, STS 31, STS 46)
  • 1945 Paul Petersen, actor (Jeff Stone-Donna Reed Show), born in Glendale, California
  • 1945 Ronald Bushy, rock drummer (Iron Butterfly), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1945 Igor Ivanov, Russian politician
  • 1945 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), born in York, England (d. 2020)
  • 1946 Franz Fischler, Austrian politician
  • 1946 Aubrey "Po" Powell, British co-founder of album cover design company "Hipgnosis" (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Yes), born in Sussex, England
  • 1947 Neal Smith, American musician and drummer for rock group "Alice Cooper", born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1947 Don Grolnick, American jazz pianist, composer and session musician (Brecker Brothers; Linda Ronstadt; James Taylor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Mary Kay Place, American actress/country singer (Mary Hartman!), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1948 Rob van Koningsbruggen, sculptor
  • 1948 Tomas Ulrich, American classical, jazz and rock cellist and composer (Diller-Quaile String Quartet), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1948 "Dangerous" Dan Toler, American rock guitarist (Dickey Betts; Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana (d. 2013)

Person of interestBruce Springsteen

1949 Bruce Springsteen [The Boss], American singer, songwriter and rock musician (Born to Run, Born in the USA), born in Long Branch, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
  • 1951 Ron Klink, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • 1954 Cherie Blair [née Booth], English wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, born in Bury, England
  • 1954 Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • 1955 Patti Weaver, WV, actress (Days of our Life, Gina-Young & Restless)
  • 1956 June Forester, American country singer (Forester Sister - "Mama's Never Seen Those Eyes"; "Men"), born in Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • 1956 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), born in Varese, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1956 Maren Jensen, Arcadia California, actress (Athena-Battlestar Galactica)
  • 1956 Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer

  • 1956 Peter David, American writer
  • 1957 Tony Fossas, Cuba, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1957 Rosalind Chao, American actress
  • 1957 Kumar Sanu, Indian playback singer
  • 1958 Larry Mize, American golfer (US Masters 1987), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 Danielle Dax, British avant-garde rock musician, producer and album art designer, born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1958 Marvin Lewis, American NFL coach (DC Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl 2000; Cincinnati Bengals 2003-18), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Jason Alexander [Greenspan], American actor (George Costanza-Seinfeld), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1959 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), born in the US (d. 2004)
  • 1960 John Rocca, English funk singer (Southern Freeze), born in London
  • 1961 Elizabeth Peña, American actress (La Bamba, Jacob's Ladder), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, (d. 2014)
  • 1961 William C McCool, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in San Diego, California
  • 1961 Kenneth "Chi" McBride, American actor, born in Chicago Illinois
  • 1962 Jack Warren Pierce, Cherry Hill NJ, hurdler
  • 1962 John Harbaugh, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2012, Baltimore Ravens 2008-20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1963 Gabriele Reinsch, German DR, discus thrower (world record 1988)
  • 1964 Diane Dixon, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Leon Meijs, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1964 Clayton Blackmore, Welsh footballer
  • 1964 Koshi Inaba, Japanese singer (B'z)
  • 1965 Mark Woodforde, Australian tennis player (12 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 5 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (Fox Sports, ESPN), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1966 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • 1967 LisaRaye, American actress
  • 1968 Yvette Fielding, English television presenter (Blue Peter), born in Manchester, England
  • 1969 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969 Patrick Fiori [Patrick Jean-François Chouchayan] French pop-rock singer-songwriter of Armenian descent, born in Marseille
  • 1969 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1970 Georgios Koltsidas, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Ani DiFranco, American alt-folk-pop singer songwriter and founder of Righteous Babe Records, born in Buffalo, New York

  • 1971 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1971 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • 1971 Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1971 Willie Greene, Milledgville GA, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1971 Sean Spicer, American political strategist, White House Press Secretary (2017), born in Barrington, Rhode Island
  • 1972 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • 1972 Jermaine Dupri, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1973 Ingrid Fliter, Argentinian concert, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1974 Matt Hardy, American professional wrestler
  • 1974 Harumi Inoue, Japanese actress and model
  • 1975 Jaime Bergman, American model and actress
  • 1975 Layzie Bone [Steven Howse], American rapper (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1975 Chris Hawkins, British radio personality
  • 1976 Faune A. Chambers, American actress
  • 1976 Kip Pardue, American actor and model
  • 1977 Rachael Yamagata, American singer-songwriter and piano player, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1977 Matthieu Descoteaux, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), born in Beirut, Lebanon (d. 2008)
  • 1978 Worm Miller, American filmmaker