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Famous Birthdays on September 30

  • 1207 Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, born in Khorassan, Afghanistan (d. 1273)
  • 1227 Pope Nicholas IV (d. 1292)
  • 1530 Geronimo Mercuriali, Italian philologist and physician (d. 1606)
  • 1550 Michael Maestlin, German mathematician (d. 1631)
  • 1622 Johann Sebastiani, German composer, born in Weimar (d. 1683)
  • 1627 Robinson Crusoe, fictional character, according to Daniel Defoe
  • 1631 William Stoughton, American judge at the Salem witch trials (d. 1701)
  • 1685 Gunther Jacob Wenceslaus, Bohemian composer and choirmaster, born in Gossengrün, (d. 1734)
  • 1700 Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (d. 1773)
  • 1710 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (d. 1771)
  • 1715 Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosopher (d. 1780)

Person of interestJacques Necker

1732 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1804)

Finance Minister Jacques Necker
Finance Minister
Jacques Necker
  • 1743 Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer (Dixit Dominus), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1822)
  • 1752 Justin Heinrich Knecht, German composer, born in Biberach an der Riss (d. 1817)
  • 1765 José María Morelos, Mexican revolutionary (d. 1815)
  • 1788 FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), born in Badminton, England (d. 1855)

  • 1800 Decimus Burton, British architect (Hyde Park, Palm House Kew Gardens), born in London, England (d. 1881)
  • 1805 Samuel Peter Heintzelman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manheim, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1808 Lambertus GC Ledeboer, Dutch vicar (Folies-old Calvinist communities)
  • 1811 Augusta of Saxe-Weimar, Queen of Prussia and German Empress (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Peter Milne, Scottish composer and violinist, born in Kincardine O'Neil (d. 1908)
  • 1827 Carlo A Alfieri, Italian MP (Liberal)
  • 1827 Kenner Garrard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bourbon County, Kentucky (d. 1879)
  • 1827 Ellis H. Roberts, American politician, Treasurer of the US (Rep(R)-New York), born in Utica, New York(d. 1918)
  • 1832 Frederick Sleigh "Bobs" Roberts, British gov of Natal (Ireland-Boer war)
  • 1833 Ferdinand von Saar, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1906)
  • 1840 Johan Svendsen, Norwegian composer, born in Christiania, Norway (d. 1911)
  • 1847 Wilhelmina E Drucker [Lensing], Dutch feminist
  • 1852 Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish organist and composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1924)
  • 1856 Andrejs Jurjans, Latvian composer, born in Ērgļi, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1922)
  • 1857 Hermann Sudermann, German writer (Honor, That Ehre, Frau Sorge), born in Matziken, East Prussia (d. 1928)
  • 1861 William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1932)
  • 1862 Georgy Eduardovich Konyus (Conus), Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1933)

Person of interestReinhard Scheer

1863 Reinhard Scheer, German admiral and commander of the High Seas Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), born in Obernkirchen, Electorate of Hesse (d. 1928)

  • 1865 Bonnor Middleton, South African cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 24 wickets; Western Province), born in Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, England (d. 1913)
  • 1869 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1943)

  • 1870 Jean Perrin, French physicist, studied Brownian motion (Nobel 1926), born in Lille, France (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father of Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (d. 1948)
  • 1871 John Fabricius, Dutch English stage author (Ring of Prophet)
  • 1871 Ruben Liljefors, Swedish composer, born in Uppsala, Sweden (d. 1936)
  • 1876 Katherine Griffith [Kiernan], American actress (Pollyanna, Fast Company), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1921)
  • 1879 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • 1879 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Viola d'amour), born in Paris, France (d. 1947)
  • 1882 George Bancroft, American actor (Underworld), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Hans Geiger, German physicist (co-inventor of the Geiger counter), born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1883 Robert Lightfoot, English theologist and exegetist (St John's Gospel) (d. 1953)
  • 1883 Bernhard Rust, Nazi education minister (d. 1945)
  • 1887 Lil Dagover [Marta-Maria Lillits], Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), born in Madioen, Dutch East Indies (d. 1980)
  • 1893 Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer, American politician (REP-Maryland 1939-53), born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Dirk J Bush, Dutch-American mathematician (Concise History of Mathematics)
  • 1895 Lewis Milestone, Russian-born film director (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Felix Kersten, Baltic-German Finnish masseuse (masseuse to Heinrich Himmler who helped save people from Nazi persecution), born in Tartu, Imperial Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1898 [Julius] Johannes Rontgen, German Dutch composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1898 Renée Adorée [Jeanne de la Fontein], French actress (The Big Parade), born in Lille, Nord, France (d. 1933)
  • 1898 Princess Charlotte of Monaco, illegitimate daughter of Louis II and mother of Prince Rainier III born in Constantine, French Algeria (d. 1977)
  • 1899 Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet, writer and critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • 1900 Otto Roesch, paleontologist
  • 1901 Philip Dorn, Dutch actor (Enemy Agent, I Remember Mama), born in Scheveningen, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Piet[er J] "Piet" Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52)
  • 1904 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1905 Michael Powell, English director, screenwriter, producer (Red Shoes), born in Bekesbourne, England (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1977 for work on amorphous semiconductors), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Ralph Forbes, English actor (Romeo & Juliet, Daniel Boone), born in London, England (d. 1951)
  • 1905 Savitri Devi [Maximiani Portas], Greek French Nazi writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Éamonn Ó Gallchobhair [Eamonn O Gallagher], Irish composer, born in Dundalk, Ireland (d. 1982)
  • 1906 John I M Stewart [pseudonym Michael Innes], Scottish detective writer (Comedy of Terrors), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1907 Arnold Elston, American composer, born in New York (d. 1971)
  • 1908 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the preeminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1908 Edzard H Schaper, German Swiss sailor and UP correspondent and antifascist, born in Ostrowo
  • 1911 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Oliver Charles Anderson, novelist
  • 1915 Lester Garfield Maddox, (Gov-D-Ga)/restaurant owner
  • 1915 Robert Morris, American lawyer, born in Jersey City (d. 1996)

Person of interestBuddy Rich

1917 Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer and band leader (Buddy Rich Band-Away We Go), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1987)

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • 1917 Chung Hee Park, general/President of South Korea (1961-79), assassinated
  • 1917 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, USSR, director (Taganka)
  • 1917 Irving B. Kahn, American inventor of the teleprompter, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Lewis Nixon, WWII Veteran (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Patricia Neway, American soprano (Consul, Maria Golovia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • 1920 Donald Keech, entrepreneur
  • 1920 Ghazar Saryan, composer
  • 1920 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • 1921 Deborah Kerr, American actress (The King & I, Night of Iguana), born in Helensburg Scotland (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Eileen Zhang Ailing Chang, writer
  • 1922 Allan Rae, cricketer (prolific WI opening batsman 1948-53)
  • 1922 Alan Stretton, Australian general
  • 1924 Charles Quinlivan, American actor (Seven Guns to Mesa, Mr. Garlund), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1974)

Person of interestTruman Capote

1924 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 1925 Gwyn A Williams, historian/socialist
  • 1925 Félix Luna, Argentine historian and lyricist, born in La Rioja Province, Argentina (d. 2009)

  • 1926 Peder Holm, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1926 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • 1927 W. S. Merwin, American poet
  • 1927 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), born in Tehran, Persia (d. 2019)

Person of interestElie Wiesel

1928 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, born in Sighet, Romania (d. 2016)

Author Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel
  • 1929 Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and women's rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, born in Lingayen, Philippine Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Ben Cooper, American western actor (Rose Tattoo, Outcast, Arizona Raiders), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1931 Angeline "Angie" Dickinson [Brown], American actress (Police Woman), born in Kulm, North Dakota
  • 1932 Shintaro Ishihara, Japanese author and politician (Governor of Tokyo)
  • 1932 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1933 Mars Zakirovich Rafikov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Emily "Cissy" Houston [née Drinkard], American soul and gospel singer and Whitney's mother, born in Newark, New Jersey.
  • 1934 Udo Jürgens, Austrian singer
  • 1934 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Jill Corey, Avonmore Pa, singer (Your Hit Parade)
  • 1935 Johnny Mathis, American pop vocalist ("Chances Are"; "Wild Is The Wind"; The Twelfth of Never"), born in Gilmer, Texas
  • 1936 Butler Derrick, (Rep-D-SC, 1974- )
  • 1936 James R Sasser, (Sen-D-Tenn, 1977- )
  • 1937 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1937 Valentin Vasil'yevich Sil'vestrov, composer
  • 1938 Salvatore Michael Caruana, Mass, criminal (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1939 Len Cariou, actor (Four Seasons-Sherry), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1940 Harry Winston Jerome, Sask Canada, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1940 Lori Burton [Dolores Squeglia], American singer, songwriter and record producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1942 Dewey Martin, Canadian rock drummer (Buffalo Springfield - "For What It's Worth"), born in Chesterville, Ontario (d. 2009)
  • 1942 Frankie Lymon, American pop singer (The Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall in Love"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1942 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), born in Woking, Surrey (d. 2002)
  • 1942 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1943 Jody Powell, press mouthpiece (Jimmy Carter)
  • 1943 Marilyn McCoo, American soul singer (5th Dimension; "You Don't Have To Be A Star") and TV host (Solid Gold), born in Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 1943 Johann Deisenhofer, German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943 Ian Ogilvy, British Actor
  • 1944 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), born in Viewpark, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1944 Diane Dufresne, French Canadian singer, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1945 Ehud Olmert, twelfth Prime Minister of Israel
  • 1945 Bob Lassiter, American radio personality
  • 1946 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • 1946 Sylvia Peterson, American pop vocalist (Chiffons - "He's So Fine"), born on The Bronx, New York
  • 1946 Héctor Lavoe [Pérez], Puerto Rican salsa singer, born in Machuelo Abajo, Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 1993)
  • 1946 Claude Vorilhon, founder of Raelism, a ufo religion
  • 1946 William Thurston, Washington, mathematician (Fields Medal, 1982), (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), born in London (d. 1977)
  • 1947 Rula Lenska, St Neots England, actress (Friends from Europe are here)
  • 1947 Dave Arneson, American game designer
  • 1949 Michel Tognini, Vincennes France, astronaut (Soyuz TM-15, sk: STS 93)
  • 1949 Eleanor Alberga, Jamaican contemporary music composer, based in London (Arise, Athena!), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1950 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • 1950 Renato Zero [Fiacchini], Italian pop, rock and soul singer (Madame), born in Rome
  • 1951 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • 1951 Nicholas Yermakov, American sci-fi author (Epiphany, Jehad, Clique)
  • 1951 Barry Marshall, Australian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1952 Darrell Hair, cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)
  • 1952 Frank Zincavage, American new wave bassist (Romeo Void - "Never Say Never")
  • 1952 John Lombardo, American songwriter and guitarist (10,000 Maniacs), born in Jamestown, New York
  • 1952 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), born in Lancashire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1953 Deborah Allen, American country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953 S.M. Stirling, Canadian-born author
  • 1954 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1954 Calvin Levels, actor (Knightwatch), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1954 Patrice Rushen, jazz and R&B pianist and singer and songwriter (Forget Me Nots), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1955 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), born in Belfast, Northern, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1956 Maria Esmeralda, Belgian princess/daughter of Leopold III/Lilian Baels
  • 1957 Fran Drescher, actress (Cadillac Man, Nanny), born in Queens, New York
  • 1957 Gladys Portugues, American atress, Mrs Jean-Claude Van Damme (It's Alive 3), born in NYC, New York
  • 1957 William Christian, actor (Derek Frye-All My Children), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1958 Christopher Cass, Cold Spring Harbor NY, actor (Jack Forbes-Loving)
  • 1958 Marty Stuart, American country guitarist, singer-songwriter and mandolin player (The Whiskey Ain't Workin'), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi
  • 1958 Biggie Tembo [Rodwell Marasha], Zimbabwean musician (Bhundu Boys), born in Chinhoye, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe (d. 1995)
  • 1959 Basia [Barbara Stanisława Trzetrzelewska], Polish jazz and pop singer (Time and Tide), born in Jaworzno, Poland
  • 1959 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1959 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1960 Susan Keith, actress (Shana Vochek-Loving)
  • 1960 Blanche Lincoln, American politician
  • 1961 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • 1961 Crystal Bernard, actress (Amy-It's a Living, Helen-Wings), born in Garland, Texas
  • 1961 Eric Stoltz, actor (Anaconda, Pulp Fiction, Mask)
  • 1961 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • 1961 Sally Yeh, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • 1961 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey (Brazilian Champion jockey 1982-2006; highest tally winning rider in thoroughbred racing), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1962 Frank Rijkaard, Surinam/Dutch soccer star (Ajax, AC Milan)
  • 1962 George Jamison, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1962 Leon Hutten, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1962 Shaan [Shantanu Mukherjee], Indian singer, born in Khandwa
  • 1963 Cristina Marsillach, actress (Barocco), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1964 Stephen N Frick, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1964 Robby Takac, American rock Bassist (Goo Goo Dolls - "Iris"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 (Ernest Joseph) "Trey" Anastasio III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Phish), born in Ft. Worth, Texas
  • 1964 Monica Bellucci, Citta di Castello Italy, actress (Dracula)
  • 1965 Kathleen Madigan, American comedian

  • 1965 Omid Djalili, British stand-up comedian, actor of Iranian heritage, born in Chelsea, London
  • 1966 Kerry G. Johnson, African American graphic designer and caricaturist
  • 1967 Yorkis Perez, Bajos de Haina Dom Rep, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1969 Chris Von Erich, American professional wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1969 Silas Weir Mitchell, American character actor (Prison Break, Grimm), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Eric Piatkowski, NBA guard/forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 Brentson Buckner, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Jenna Elfman, American actress (Townies, Dharma & Greg), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Cedric Saunders, NFL tight end (Tampa Bay Bucs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Troy Dumas, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Ari Behn, Norwegian author
  • 1974 Jeremy Giambi, American baseball player

Person of interestMarion Cotillard

1975 Marion Cotillard, French actress (Inception, La Vie en Rose, Rust and Bone), born in Paris, France

  • 1975 Carlos Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (3-time MLB All Star; Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers), born in Maracay, Aragua
  • 1976 Adita Linares, spanish actress (Clueless, Cookie), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1977 Maia Brewton, actress (Margaret-Lime Street), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Sun Jihai, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Roy Carroll, Northern Irish footballer