On This Day

Today's Famous Birthdays

  • 1394 Philippa of England, Queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, born in Peterborough Castle, Cambridgeshire (d. 1430)
  • 1489 Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, born in Bar-le-Duc, France (d. 1544)
  • 1604 Claudia de' Medici, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, born in Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Tuscany (d. 1648)
  • 1665 Zacharie Robutel de La Noue, Canadian soldier, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1733)
  • 1694 Francois Quesnay, French personal physician of Louis XIV, born in Méré, Versailles, France (d. 1774)
  • 1697 Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, born in Altona, Denmark (d. 1776)
  • 1700 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1759)
  • 1704 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, born in Lincolnshire, England (d. 1776)

Person of interestGeorge III

1738 George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820), born in London, England

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • 1744 Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), born in Pitfours, Scotland (d. 1780)
  • 1751 John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, British barrister and politician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland (d. 1838)
  • 1754 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer, born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1832)
  • 1770 James Hewitt, American composer and conductor, born in Dartmoor, England (d. 1827)
  • 1787 Constant Prévost, French geologist, born in Paris (d. 1856)
  • 1801 James Pennethorne, English architect and planner, born in Worcester, Pennethorne (d. 1871)
  • 1803 Gabriel J. Rains, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 1881)

  • 1815 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkes County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • 1816 Régis de Trobriand, French aristocrat, lawyer and Bvt Mjr Gen (Union), born in Tours, France (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet, born in Moscow, Imperial Russia (d. 1897)
  • 1828 Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1893)
  • 1833 Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, British army general, born in Dublin (d. 1913)
  • 1838 Servaas Daems [Peeter Klein], Flemish writer (Lute & Flute), born in Noorderwijk, Netherlands (d. 1903)
  • 1846 Josef Sittard, German musicologist and music critic, born in Vital, Aachen, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1863 Edmond Robert Hubert Regout, Dutch industrialist and politician, born in Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands (d. 1913)
  • 1865 Guido Gasperini, Italian composer, born in Florence (d. 1942)
  • 1866 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish first female minister and a key figure in the workers' movement, born in Jokioinen, Finland (d. 1952)
  • 1867 Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finnish general and 6th President of Finland (1944-46), born in Askainen, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1876 Robert Dower, South African cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9), born in Kokstad, Cape Colony (d. 1964)
  • 1877 Heinrich Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), born in Pforzheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1957)
  • 1878 Frank Buchman, American theologist (Moral Re-Armament), born in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1879 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator, born in Mile End, London (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Clara Blandick, American actress (Huckleberry Finn, Romance, Tom Sawyer), born on board an American ship in Hong Kong (d. 1962)
  • 1881 Natalia Goncharova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, born in Nagaevo, Tula Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Karl Valentin, Bavarian comedian and film producer, born in Munich (d. 1948)
  • 1887 Tom Longboat, Canadian marathon runner, born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario, Canada (d. 1949)
  • 1891 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)

  • 1893 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, born in Piteşti, Romania (d. 1939)
  • 1893 Daan Boens, Flemish poet (Man who sold his Wife), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), born in Mordano, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1899 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect, born in Alexandria (d. 1989)
  • 1902 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1906 Richard Whorf, American actor and director (Yankee Doodle Dandy, Keeper of Flame), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Marjan Kozina, Slovene composer, born in Novo mesto, Slovenia (d. 1966)
  • 1907 Rosalind Russell, American actress (Mame, Take a Letter Darling), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Jacques Roumain, Haitian writer (Gouverneurs de la Rosée), born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (d. 1944)
  • 1907 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, born in Catford, London (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Angela Maria "Geli" Raubal, Hitler's reputed lover and half-niece, born in Linz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1931)
  • 1908 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, born in Zevekote, Belgium (d. 1988)
  • 1908 Tony Giffard, 3rd Earl of Halsbury, British peer and scientist (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1909 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Christopher Cockerell, English inventor (Hovercraft), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Jacques Berque, French Islamic scholar, born in Frenda, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Austin Andrew Wright, British sculptor, born in Chester, England (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Robert Jacobsen, Danish sculptor (great iron sculptures), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1993)
  • 1913 Bruno Bettinelli, Italian composer and teacher (Musica per archi), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, born in Harrislee, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Modibo Keïta, 1st President of Mali (1960-68), born in Bamako Coura, Upper Senegal and Niger (d. 1977)
  • 1915 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (NZ 11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), born in Lincoln, Canterbury (d. 2006)
  • 1916 Cecil Blacker, British Army officer, born in York, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Fernand Leduc, Canadian painter (The Automatistes), born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 2014)
  • 1916 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Allen Greenwood, British aeronautical engineer and aerospace executive, born in 38 Court Yard, Eltham, London (d. 2009)
  • 1917 Charles Collingwood, American news commentator (CBS, Chronicles), born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1917 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1920 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist and administrator (EPA, WWF), born in Jamestown, Rhode Island (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Irwin Bazelon, American composer (Duo for Viola), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1922 John McNamara, baseball player
  • 1922 John West, vice chancellor (Bradford University)
  • 1922 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2004)
  • 1923 John Lea, British vice-admiral, born in Shimla, India (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), born in Joplin, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Antonio Puchades, Spanish footballer (23 caps), born in Sueca, Spain (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Nan Leslie [Nan Coppage], American actress (Kings Row, The Californians), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Robert Earl Hughes, American man who became heaviest known human (485 kg), born in Monticello, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • 1927 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (A Fish Called Wanda, The Madness of King George, Butterflies, Smacks & Thistle), born in London, England
  • 1927 Priscilla Morrill, American actress (Edie Grant-Mary Tyler Moore), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, born in Steyning, Sussex, England (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Lloyd Lambert, American bassist (Guitar Slim), born in Thilbodaux, Louisiana (d. 1995)
  • 1928 Ruth Westheimer, German-American sex therapist and media personality (Dr Ruth), born in Wiesenfeld, Germany
  • 1929 Karolos Papoulias, President of Greece (2005-15), born in Ioannina, Greece
  • 1930 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), born in Pleasantville, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), born in Pieksämäki, Finland (d. 2014)
  • 1931 César Bolaños, Peruvian musician and composer, born in Lima, Peru (d. 2012)
  • 1932 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2004)
  • 1932 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1975)

  • 1932 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1933 John Sparrow, Chairman (British Horserace Betting Levy Board)
  • 1934 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer, born in Dublin (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), born in Stockholm (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Hendrikus C "Henk" Admiraal, Dutch actor (Rififi in Amsterdam)
  • 1936 Bruce Dern, American actor (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1936 David Lyon, CEO (Bowater), born in London
  • 1936 Nutan Bahl, Indian actress (Seema, Bandini), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1937 Mortimer Zuckerman, Canadian-American media proprietor and CEO (US News & World Report, NY Daily News), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1937 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1937 Robert Fulghum, American author (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1937 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler and commentator, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Art Mahaffey, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939 Phil Linz, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1940 Dorothy Rudd Moore, African-American composer, born in New Castle, Delaware
  • 1940 Gerrit Terpstra, Dutch economist and 2nd Chamber member (CDA), born in Buitenpost, Netherlands
  • 1940 Ludwig Schwarz, Austrian Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Linz, born in Most pri Bratislave, Slovakia
  • 1943 Sandra Haynie, American golfer (US Open 1974, du Maurier Classic 1982, LPGA C'ship 1965, 74 ), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943 Joyce Meyer, American Charismatic Christian author and speaker, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Michelle Phillips, American singer and actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1944 Roger Ball, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band), born in Broughty Ferry, Scotland
  • 1945 Anthony Braxton, American jazz musician and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945 Daniel Topolski, British writer and rowing coach, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1945 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (d. 2009)
  • 1945 Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, American Mickey Thompson off-road champion (1983, 84, 90), born in Oklahoma
  • 1945 Margaret Impert, American actress (Maggie, Spencer's Pilots), born in Horseheads North, New York
  • 1946 Bettina Gregory, correspondent/journalist (ABC-TV)
  • 1947 Viktor Klima, Austrian politician (20th Chancellor of Austria), born in Schwechat, Austria
  • 1947 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), born in Bronx, NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1948 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England

  • 1948 Rosemary Joyce, model and actress (Daphne Draper-Search For Tomorrow)
  • 1948 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1949 Gabriel Arcand, French Canadian actor (The Crime of Ovide Plouffe), born in Deschambault, Quebec, Canada
  • 1950 Brian Rose, English cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1950 Dagmar Krause, German singer (Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Art Bears), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1950 Wayne Powers, American actor (Laverne & Shirley, 13 East), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1951 David Yip, British-Chinese actor (The Chinese Detective), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1951 Yvonne van Rooy, Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1951 Charles Dickinson, American author (Waltz in Marathon), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951 Wendy Pini, American comic book writer (Elfquest), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1952 Carlene Watkins, American actress (Tough Enough), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1952 Parker Stevenson, actor (Falcon Crest, Stroker Ace), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), born in Dumbarton (d. 1979)
  • 1953 Susumu Ojima, Japanese entrepreneur (Huser), born in Shikama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1953 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1955 Paul Stewart, British writer (The Edge Chronicles, Far Flung Adventures), born in London, England
  • 1955 Mary Testa, American stage actress (On The Town), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 John Treacy, Irish marathoner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Villierstown, County Waterford
  • 1956 Terry Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Euclid, Ohio
  • 1956 Martin Adams, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2007, 10-11), born in Sutton, Surrey, England
  • 1956 Keith David, American actor (Platoon, There's Something About Mary), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 John Hockenberry, American journalist (HEAT with John Hockenberry), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1957 Tony Peña, Dominican baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
  • 1958 Julie Gholson, American actress (Where the Lilies Bloom), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1958 Tony Pigott, English cricketer (England pace bowler in a Test v NZ 1984), born in Fulham, London, England
  • 1959 Lord Rayleigh, agri-businessman (Lord Rayleigh Farms)
  • 1959 Paul Taylor, American rocker (Winger-17), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1959 Anil Ambani, Indian businessman (Reliance Group), born in Bombay, Maharashtra State, India
  • 1960 Bradley Walsh, British comedian and actor (Law & Order: UK), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1961 El Debarge, American rocker (Debarge-All this Love), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

  • 1961 Ferenc Gyurcsány, Prime Minister of Hungary (2004-09), born in Pápa, Hungary
  • 1962 Zenon Jaskuła, Polish racing cyclist, born in Śrem, Poland
  • 1962 John P. Kee, American Gospel singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1963 Jim Lachey, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in St. Henry, Ohio
  • 1963 Mossimo Giannulli, American fashion designer (founded Mossimo), born in California
  • 1963 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1964 Chris Kavanagh, British rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • 1964 Steve Searcy, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1964 Eva Fampas, Greek guitarist
  • 1965 Andrea Jaeger, American tennis player (10 WTA titles), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1965 Beau Allred, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • 1965 Jonathan Canter, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kurt Stillwell, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Glendale, California
  • 1965 Tim Perry, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1965 Mick Doohan, Australian motorcycle racer (5-time 500cc world champion), born in Gold Coast, Queensland
  • 1966 Nick Kypreos, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Cecilia Bartoli, Italian mezzo-soprano, born in Rome, Italy
  • 1966 Vladimir Voevodsky, Russian mathematician
  • 1967 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967 Scott Servais, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1968 Scott Wolf, actor (Broken Arrow, Party of 5), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Al B. Sure, American R&B singer
  • 1969 Regi Blinker, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Robert Perez, Bolivar Venezuela, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1969 Horatio Sanz, Chilean-born comedian
  • 1970 Ronnie Harris, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Richie Hawtin, Canadian musician, born in Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • 1970 David Pybus, British musician
  • 1970 Ekrem İmamoğlu, Turkish politician, Mayor of Istanbul (2019-) , born in Akçaabat, Turkey

Person of interestNoah Wyle

1971 Noah Wyle, American actor (Dr John Carter-ER), born in Hollywood, California

Actor Noah Wyle
Noah Wyle

  • 1971 Patrick Scott, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Joseph Kabila, Congolese politician
  • 1971 James Callis, British actor
  • 1971 Shoji Meguro, Japanese guitarist and video game music composer (Persona), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972 Derian Hatcher, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • 1972 Nikka Costa, American singer
  • 1972 Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • 1973 Antonio Anderson, defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Doug Colman, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Darin Erstad, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1974 Johnny Taylor, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1974 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • 1974 Stefan Lessard, American musician
  • 1975 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnast (Olympic-92)
  • 1975 Dinanath Ramnarine, cricketer (Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner)

Person of interestRussell Brand

1975 Russell Brand, English comedian and television personality, born in Grays, Essex

Comedian Russell Brand
Russell Brand
  • 1975 Henry Burris, American Football Quarterback

Person of interestAngelina Jolie

1975 Angelina Jolie, American actress (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt, Maleficent), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestAlexei Navalny

1976 Alexei Navalny, Russian political activist (leader of Progress Party), born in Butyn, Soviet Union

Political Activist Alexei Navalny
Political Activist
Alexei Navalny
  • 1977 Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • 1977 Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • 1977 Berglind Icey, Icelandic actor
  • 1977 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • 1979 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • 1980 Alicja Janosz, Polish singer
  • 1980 François Beauchemin, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer

  • 1981 T. J. Miller, American actor and comedian
  • 1982 Ronnie Prude, National Football League player
  • 1982 MC Jin [Au-Yeung], Chinese-American rapper, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1983 Emmanuel Eboué, Ivorian footballer
  • 1984 Ian White, Canadian hockey player
  • 1984 Rainie Yang, Taiwanese singer and actress
  • 1985 Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • 1985 Bar Refaeli, Israeli model
  • 1985 Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • 1985 Ana Carolina Reston, Brazilian fashion model (d. 2006)
  • 1986 Shane Kippel, Canadian actor
  • 1988 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • 1990 Evan Spiegel, American Internet entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Snapchat (Snap Inc.), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1992 Earvin Johnson III, son of NBA forward Magic Johnson, born Los Angeles, California, United States
  • 1992 Dino Jelusić, Croatian singer, born in Požega, Croatia
  • 1993 Christian Alexander Mowatt, grandson of English princess Alexandra

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