Today's Famous Birthdays

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  • 1340 Philip van Artevelde, Flemish leader and wine salesman, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1382)
  • 1501 Isabella of Burgundy, wife of Christian II of Denmark, born in Brussels (d. 1526)
  • 1504 Heinrich Bullinger, Swiss religious reformer, born in Bremgarten, Switzerland (d. 1575)
  • 1534 Zacharias Ursinus, German theologist (Heidelberger Catechism), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1583)
  • 1552 Rudolf II von Habsburg, Emperor of Germany (1576-1612), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1612)
  • 1634 Johannes Camphuys, Governor-General of Dutch-Indies (1684-91), born in Haarlem, Dutch Republic (d. 1695)

Person of interestRobert Hooke

1635 Robert Hooke, English scientist (Micrographia), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1703)

Scientist Robert Hooke
Scientist
Robert Hooke
  • 1670 Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Italian opera-composer, born in Modena, Italy (d. 1747)
  • 1711 Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, composer, born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1765)
  • 1718 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, born in Mantua, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1720 Gilbert White, English naturalist (Natural History and Antiquities of Selborn), born in Selborne, Hampshire (d. 1793)
  • 1766 Friedrich Fleischmann, German composer, born in Marktheidenfeld, Germany (d. 1798)
  • 1796 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, born in County Cork (d. 1855)
  • 1797 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher, born in Jena, Saxe-Weimar (d. 1879)
  • 1810 Peter Singer, composer
  • 1811 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), born in Kolkata, India (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Louis Gerhard De Geer, 1st Swedish Prime Minister (1876-80), born in Finspång Castle, Sweden (d. 1896)
  • 1821 Pauline Viardot, French mezzo-soprano and composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • 1823 Leonard Fulton Ross, American lawyer, probate judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lewistown, Illinois (d. 1901)
  • 1827 Pierre-Lambert Goossens, Belgian archbishop of Mechelen and Cardinal Primate of Belgium, born in Perk, Steenokkerzeel, Belgium (d. 1906)
  • 1837 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary, born in Karlovo, Rumelia, Bulgaria (d. 1873)
  • 1845 Tristan Corbière, French poet, born in Morlaix, Brittany, France (d. 1875)
  • 1848 W. G. [William Gilbert] Grace, Victorian England's greatest cricketer, born in Downend, Bristol, England (d. 1915)
  • 1850 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (Curfew Must Not Ring) and writer, born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Kansas (d. 1939)
  • 1853 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Dutch physicist (electromagnetic radiation, Nobel 1902), born in Arnherm, Netherlands (d.1928)
  • 1862 Victor, Prince Napoléon (Napoléon V ), French pretender to throne, born in Palais-Royal, Paris (d. 1926)
  • 1862 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1864 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", born in Braunschweig (d. 1947)
  • 1864 Phillip Snowden, British politician, 1st Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, born Cowling, Yorkshire (d. 1937)
  • 1865 Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England (d. 1959)
  • 1870 Emil Młynarski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Kybartai, Lithuania (d. 1935)
  • 1871 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter (Dog at a Rope), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1958)
  • 1871 Sada Yacco [Kawakami Sadayakko], Japanese geisha and stage actress, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1946)
  • 1872 Julius Fučík, Czech composer, born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 1916)
  • 1880 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, born in Münster, Germany (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1921)
  • 1882 Manuel Gálvez, Argentine novelist (La maestra normal), born in Paraná, Argentina (d. 1962)
  • 1884 Alberto di Jorio, Italian Cardinal and former head of the Vatican Bank, born in Rome (d. 1979)
  • 1887 Vidkun Al Quisling, Norwegian minister of Defense/premier (1942-45)
  • 1888 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian/Dutch painter
  • 1888 Sydney Horler, English detective writer
  • 1890 Charles Wilson, President of General Motors (1940-53)/Sec of Def (1953-57)
  • 1890 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1983)
  • 1891 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York
  • 1892 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player (d. 1969)
  • 1893 Josef Huttel, composer
  • 1893 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1949)
  • 1894 Bernard Wagenaar, Arnhem Holland, composer (3 Songs for Chinese)
  • 1895 Marie Ney, British actress (Brief Ecstasy, Simba, Witchcraft), born in London, England (d. 1981)

Person of interestGeorge "Machine Gun" Kelly

1895 George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • 1897 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (d. 1935)

  • 1898 Herbert Marcuse, communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1898 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • 1899 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman)
  • 1900 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), born in Ivanovo, Russia (d. 1999)
  • 1902 Karel Mengelberg, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Utrecht (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Bozidar Kunc, composer
  • 1906 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, born in Caputh (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Clifford Odets, American dramatist (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy)
  • 1906 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-R-CA), educator (Language in Action)
  • 1907 Yvonne Desportes, composer
  • 1908 Mildred Lisette Norman, American peace activist, earned the moniker Peace Pilgrim (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician(President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Harriet Nelson, American singer and actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Follow the Fleet), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Lupe Vélez [María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez], Mexican-American actress (Joe Palooka), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1944)
  • 1909 Mohammed Daoud Khan, President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Alexander Hyatt-King, scholar (Mozart)
  • 1911 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), born in London, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Harry Levin, literary Scholar
  • 1912 Henry L "Hank" Miller, US pilot/lt adm (WW II-Pacific)
  • 1912 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer (d. 1950)
  • 1913 Jan Slot, Dutch mayor (Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede)
  • 1913 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Red Skelton, [Richard], Vincennes Ind, comedian (Red Skelton Show)
  • 1914 Herbert Collum, composer
  • 1914 John G Bearer, writer (Metro, Drunken Canary, Fast Heartbeat)
  • 1914 Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch premier (KVP, Mammoth Law)
  • 1914 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932)
  • 1914 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Anthony Cox, English architect
  • 1915 Isaack Stouten, resistance fighter
  • 1915 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • 1916 Isaac [Ietje] A Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer/minister of Education
  • 1916 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor
  • 1916 Johnny Hopp, baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Henri Salvador, French singer (d. 2008)

Person of interestNelson Mandela

1918 Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and South African President (1994-99), born in Mvezo, Umtatu, South Africa (d. 2013)

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1920 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (d. 1982)

Person of interestJohn Glenn

1921 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), born in Cambridge, Ohio (d. 2016)

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • 1922 Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Hector Tosar, composer
  • 1923 Michael Medwin, British actor and producer (Four in a Jeep, Scrooge, Checkpoint), born in London, England
  • 1923 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), born in Staten Island, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1924 Howard Roberts, choral director (Leslie Uggams Show), born in Burlington, New Jersey
  • 1924 John Cruickshank, French scholar
  • 1924 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer
  • 1925 George Doggart, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950)/MCC pres
  • 1925 Jaime de Mora y Aragon, actor/publicist (Last Judgement)
  • 1925 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australia, 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948)
  • 1926 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1926 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), born in Barnes, London (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Robert Sloman, writer (d. 2005)
  • 1926 Margaret Laurence, Canadian writer (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Carlo Franci, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1927 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), born in Breig (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Ludwig Harig, German writer, born in Sulzbach
  • 1927 Zin Harris, cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's)
  • 1928 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer
  • 1929 "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Dick Totten Button, figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1929 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, born in Top Location, Vereeniging (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Siegfried Kurz, composer
  • 1930 Burt Kwouk, English actor (Pink Panther movies), born in Warrington (d. 2016)
  • 1931 "Papa" Dee Allen, percussionist (War-World is a Ghetto), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1932 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director
  • 1933 Aad Nuis, Dutch writer/undersecretary of Education (D66)
  • 1933 Raymund Murray Schafer, Canadian composer (Patria), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1933 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), born in Zima, Siberia (d. 2017)
  • 1934 Edward Bond, English playwright/director (Blow-up)
  • 1934 Darlene Conley, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Tenley Albright, figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader
  • 1936 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1937 Roald Hoffman, Polish-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas) (d. 2005)
  • 1938 Britt Leach, Gadsen Ala, actor (Mickey-Spencer's Pilots)
  • 1938 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938 Paul Verhoeven, Dutch film director (Basic Instinct, Total Recall), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1938 Ian Stewart,Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, born in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1938 John Connelly, St Helens, Lancashire, footballer (20 English caps), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939 Dion DiMucci, rocker (Dion & Belmonts-Teenager in Love), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1939 Edward Gramlich, American economics professor (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Jerry Moore, American football coach
  • 1940 James Brolin, actor (Dr Kiley-Marcus Welby, Peter-Hotel), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1940 Joseph Torre, outfield/manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP)
  • 1940 Qaboos bin Said al Said, Omanis politician and Sultan of Oman (1970-present), born in Salalah, Oman
  • 1941 Jack Jersey, [de Nijs], Indonesian/Dutch singer/producer
  • 1941 Lonnie Mack, American rocker (Baby What's Wrong), born in Aurora, Indiana (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Marcia Jones Smoke, Oklahoma, 500m kayaker (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1941 Martha Reeves, singer (& Vandellas-Dancing in St), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 Alexander EHAML, prince of the Belgians/son of Leopold III
  • 1942 Adolf Ogi, Swiss politician
  • 1942 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Robin McDonald, Scotland, rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • 1944 David Hemery, English 400m-hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Jonelle Allen, American actress (Bessie-Palmerstown USA, Berringers), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Danny McCullock, rocker (Animals), born in London, England
  • 1946 Tim Lynch, rocker (Flaming Groovies)
  • 1946 Leo Madder, Belgian actor
  • 1947 Ayn Rumen, American actress (Janet-McLean Stevenson Show), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Kurt Mann, Roslyn NY, actor (Bad Penny)
  • 1947 Steven W. Mahoney, Canadian politician
  • 1948 Cesar Zuiderwijk, Dutch rock drummer (Golden Earring, Radar Love)
  • 1948 Phil Harris, rocker (Ace)
  • 1948 Hartmut Michel, German chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948 Carlos Colón, Sr., Puerto Rican professional wrestler
  • 1949 Wally Bryson, American rock guitarist and vocalist (Fotomaker, Raspberries), born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1949 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84)

Person of interestRichard Branson

1950 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1950 Glenn Hughes, American singer (Village People), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1950 Jack Layton, Canadian politician
  • 1950 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer
  • 1951 Bruce Alan Lietzke, Kansas City KS, PGA golfer (1978 Canadian Open)
  • 1951 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian politician
  • 1951 Margo Martindale, American actress
  • 1952 James Forbes, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1953 Peter Greenall, English brewer (Greenall Witley)
  • 1954 Imtiaz Ali, cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976)
  • 1954 Ricky Skaggs, Cordell Ky, country singer (Heartbroke, Toy Hearts)
  • 1954 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1954 Tobias Picker, composer
  • 1955 Teresa Ann Savoy, actress (Caligula), born in London, England
  • 1955 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician
  • 1955 Bernd Fasching, Austrian painter and sculptor
  • 1956 Audrey Landers [Hamburg], American actress/singer (Dallas, Chorus Line), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Razor Shines, American baseball player, manager and coach

Person of interestNick Faldo

1957 Nick Faldo, English golfer (six-time Major Championship winner), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1958 Margo [AM] Vliegenthart, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1958 Nigel Twist, Manchester, rock drummer (Alarm-In the Summertime)
  • 1959 Pauline Quirke, British actress
  • 1960 Anne-Marie Johnson, actress (In the Heat of the Night), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Elizabeth McGovern, actress (Once Upon a Time in Amer), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1962 Engelbert Linder, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1962 Jensen Buchanan, American actress (Vicky/Marley-Another World), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1962 Lee Arenberg, American actor
  • 1962 Jack Irons, American drummer
  • 1962 Shaun Micallef, Australian comedian
  • 1963 Lonnie Young, NFL safety/cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1963 Martín Torrijos Espino, President of Panama
  • 1963 Al Snow, American professional wrestler
  • 1964 Susan Marie Snyder, actress (Julie-As the World Turns)
  • 1964 Wendy Williams, radio host
  • 1965 Robert Holland, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1965 Yugi Iga, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1966 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, decathelete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967 Jeff Lageman, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1967 Vin Diesel [Mark Sinclair], American actor (The Fast and the Furious), born in Alameda County, California
  • 1969 Masanori Murakawa, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969 Elizabeth Gilbert, American author (Eat Pray, Love), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1970 Dusty Imoo, hockey goaltender (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1970 John Kalin, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Patrick Dancy, TV rocker (Guys Next Door-I Was Made For You)
  • 1971 Kristi Coats, LPGA golfer (1995 Ping/Welch-66th)
  • 1971 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • 1972 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Derek Anderson, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1974 Alan Morrison, British poet
  • 1975 Torii Hunter, baseball player
  • 1975 Daron Malakian, American guitarist (System of a Down, Scars on Broadway)
  • 1975 M.I.A. (Mathangi Arulpragasam), Hounslow, London, rapper (Sunshowers)
  • 1976 Elsa Pataky, Spanish actress
  • 1977 M.I.A7-17 [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British rapper (Paper Planes, Boyz), born in London, England
  • 1977 Dylan Lane, American television host
  • 1977 Alfian bin Sa'at, Singaporean writer, poet and playwright
  • 1978 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • 1978 Ben Sheets, American baseball player
  • 1978 Mélissa Theuriau, French newscaster
  • 1978 Verónica Romeo, Spanish singer
  • 1979 Rick Baxter, American politician
  • 1979 Jared Hess, American film director and screenwriter
  • 1979 Deion Branch, American football player
  • 1979 Joey Mercury, American professional wrestler
  • 1979 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • 1980 Kristen Bell, American actress
  • 1980 Ryoko Hirosue, Japanese actress and singer
  • 1982 Panagiotis Lagos, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Priyanka Chopra, Indian actress, singer and beauty queen (Miss World 2000), born in Jamshedpur, India
  • 1982 Ryan Cabrera, American musician and TV host
  • 1983 Carlos Diogo, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1985 Chace Crawford, American actor
  • 1988 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer
  • 1990 [Santos] Saúl Álvarez [Barragán], Mexican boxer (three-time world champion), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1991 Karina Pasian, American singer and pianist
  • 1994 Ricardo Dela Corte, Italian test tube baby born to oldest (62) mother


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