Today's Famous Birthdays

Person of interestQin Shi Huang

259 BC Qin Shi Huang, Founder of the Qin dynasty and 1st emperor of a unified China (220 - 210 BC), born in Handan (d. 210 BC)

First Emperor of the Qin dynasty Qin Shi Huang
First Emperor of the Qin dynasty
Qin Shi Huang
  • 1374 Saint Jadwiga of Poland, Queen of Poland (d. 1399)
  • 1404 Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Della Pittura)
  • 1486 Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, inspired Chaitanya movement, born in Navadwip, India (d. 1534)
  • 1516 Mary I Tudor, [Bloody Mary], Queen of England (1553-58), born in Greenwich, England (d. 1558)
  • 1530 Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578)
  • 1543 Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)
  • 1559 Isaac Casaubon, naturalized English classical scholar, theologian
  • 1602 Per Brahe (the younger), Swedish soldier (d. 1680)
  • 1609 Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), born in Dinton, England (d. 1674)
  • 1632 Giovanni Battista Vitali, composer
  • 1635 Johan Göransson Gyllenstierna, Swedish statesman (d. 1680)
  • 1642 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), born in Rouen, France (d. 1698)
  • 1658 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (d. 1743)
  • 1677 Jacques Cassini, French astronomer (rings of Saturn)
  • 1716 Gaspard Fritz, Swiss composer and violinist, born in Geneva (d. 1783)

Person of interestAlessandro Volta

1745 Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st battery, born in Como, Italy (d. 1827)

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
  • 1751 Karl Haack, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1819)
  • 1770 Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer
  • 1771 Friedrich Christian Ruppe, composer and violinist, brother of Christian Friedrich Ruppe
  • 1772 Giovanni Battista Brocchi, Bassano del Grappa, Italian Geologist
  • 1775 Thomas Girtin, artist/watercolorist, born in London, England
  • 1776 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, born in Denbigh (d. 1851)
  • 1781 Henry Martyn, Truro, missionary
  • 1790 Marshall Hall, Basford Nottinghamshire, physician
  • 1795 George Peabody, South Danvers Mass, merchant/philanthropist
  • 1805 Louis Malesherbes Goldsborough, Rear Admiral (Union Navy)
  • 1814 Samuel Fenton Cary, U. S. Congressman (d. 1900)
  • 1815 Henri Leys, Flemish painter
  • 1817 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1817 Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • 1819 Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer
  • 1829 Jean Jacques Alfred Mouton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1864)
  • 1833 James Deshler, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1836 Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji], Indian mystic and yogi (preached unity of religions), born in Kamarpukur, British India (d. 1886)
  • 1838 Ernst Mach, Chirlitz-Turas Austria, physicist/philosopher/psychologist
  • 1841 Samuel Prowse Warren, composer
  • 1844 Willem Maris, Dutch painter (Hague School)
  • 1846 Wilson Barrett, British manager, actor, and playwright (The Sign of the Cross), born in Essex, England (d. 1904)
  • 1848 Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker (stained glass windows)
  • 1849 Alexander L. Kielland, Norwegian writer and politician (Garman og Worse)

  • 1850 George Henschel, composer
  • 1853 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • 1857 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor
  • 1858 Louise M A, princess of Belgium
  • 1860 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter/etcher/sculptor (Gustavus Vasa)
  • 1870 William Laurel Harris, American mural painter, writer (d. 1924)
  • 1871 Harry Brearley, English inventor (d. 1948)
  • 1875 Walter Andrae, German archaeologist (Babylon, Assur)
  • 1877 Betsy Ranucci-Beckmann [Theodora Elisabeth Beckmann], Dutch author and actress (De huzaren, Dood Water), born in Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • 1880 Eric De Lamarter, composer
  • 1883 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), born in Kingsthorpe, England (d. 1949)
  • 1883 Níkos Kazantzákis, prominent Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ), born in Kandiye, Ottoman Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1884 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1884 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (d. 1970)
  • 1889 Sybold van Ravesteyn, architect (Blijdorp, CS Rotterdam, Utrecht)
  • 1890 Adolphe Menjou, US actor (Front Page, Star is Born), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1890 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Lauri SA Haarla, Finnish (stage)writer (Juudas, Sukeltaja)
  • 1891 Chester Clute, NJ, actor (Niagra Falls)
  • 1892 Wendell Wilkie, American Presidential candidate (R-1940)/author (One World), (d. 1944)
  • 1895 George "The Gipper" Gipp, football star (Notre Dame)
  • 1895 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WWII)

Person of interestAndré Breton

1896 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France (d. 1966)

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton
  • 1897 Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)
  • 1898 Enzo Ferrari, racing car manufacturer, Modena
  • 1898 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier
  • 1898 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet (d. 1980)
  • 1899 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • 1901 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1902 Walter Herbert, German-born conductor and impresario (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • 1905 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1906 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and eponym of Asperger syndrome, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • 1907 Billy Dewolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Harm van Riel, Dutch politician (Dutch Liberal Party)
  • 1908 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1991)
  • 1909 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1909 Wallace Stegner, novelist/critic (Pulitzer-1971-Angle of Repose)
  • 1912 Dane Clark, American actor (Wire Service, Bold Venture, Perry Mason), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Artur Axmann, nazi youth leader
  • 1914 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1915 Marcel Landowsky, composer
  • 1915 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1916 Betty Phyllis Gathergood, curator
  • 1916 Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montreal (1954- )
  • 1918 Jane Loevinger, American psychologist (d. 2008).
  • 1920 Bill Cullen, Pitts, TV game show host (over 20 different games)
  • 1920 Jack Palance [Vladimir Palahniuk], American actor (City Slickers, Contempt, Batman), born in Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • 1922 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-1979)
  • 1922 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, born in Green Forest, Arkansas, (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (d. 1971)
  • 1923 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2008)
  • 1924 Humberto Fernández Morán, Venezuelan scientist (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Louis Laberge, Quebec labour union leader (d. 2002)
  • 1925 George Kennedy, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Marcel Barbeau, Quebec artist
  • 1926 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1927 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1927 John Warner, American politician (Sen-R-VA, 1979-2009) married Elizabeth Taylor, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1928 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1928 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1929 Agustín González García, Spanish composer (Prince of Viana Prize), born in Alsasua, Navarra
  • 1929 Leonard Cyril Deighton, English author (Ipcress File, Fighter)
  • 1929 André Mathieu, Quebec composer (d. 1968)
  • 1930 Theodore C Freeman, Haverford Penn, capt USAF/astronaut
  • 1930 Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist
  • 1931 Dieter Schonbach, composer
  • 1931 Johnny Hart, cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), born in Endicott, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Maxwell Thurman, US General

  • 1931 Swraj Paul, Indian/British industrial/multi-millionaire (Caparo)
  • 1931 Toni Morrison, Ohio, novelist (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon)
  • 1931 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1932 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Duane Michals, American photographer (Sequences, The journey of the spirit after death), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1933 Bobby Robson, British soccer coach (PSV)
  • 1933 Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano
  • 1933 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestYoko Ono

1933 Yoko Ono Lennon [Mrs John Lennon], Japanese singer and artist, born in Tokyo, Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 1934 Skip Battin, singer-songwriter (The Byrds), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Aldo Ceccato, conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1934 Paco Rabbane [Francisco Cuervo], Spanish fashion designer and perfumer, born in Pasajes, Spain
  • 1934 Audre Lorde, American writer, feminist and activist (Black Unicorn), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1934 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), born in Washington, D.C. (birth year contested-1939) (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1935 Michel Aoun, President of Lebanon (2016-present), born in Haret Hreik, Lebanon
  • 1936 Jean M. Auel, Finnish-American writer (Earth's Children series), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937 Jeff Farrell, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • 1937 Alan Johnson, American 3-time Emmy Award winning choreographer (Springtime for Hitler, West Side Story), born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1938 Barry Knight, cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • 1938 Elke Erb, German writer, born in Scherbach
  • 1938 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1938 István Szabó, Hungarian film director
  • 1939 Claude Ake, political scientist
  • 1939 Marlos Nobre, composer
  • 1939 Petronella CM "Carletta" Banning, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer)
  • 1939 Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
  • 1939 Marek Janowski, Polish-born conductor
  • 1940 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1941 David Blue, [Cohen], follk musician (Cupid's Arrow), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1982)
  • 1941 Herb Santiago, vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools Fall)
  • 1941 Irma Thomas, [Lee], US vocalist (It's Raining)
  • 1943 Graeme Garden, Scottish writer (The Goodies), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1945 Judy Rankin, American golfer (26 LPGA Tour wins), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1945 Michael Nader, actor (Peter-Gidget, Dex Dexter-Dynasty), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1946 Michael Buerk, British newsreader
  • 1946 Jean-Claude Dreyfus, French actor
  • 1946 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1947 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1947 Dennis De Young, vocalist (Styx-Babe), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1947 Eliot Engel, American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New York City
  • 1947 Princess Maria Christina, [Marijke], of Netherlands
  • 1948 Bruce Francis, cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
  • 1948 Carolyn B Maloney, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1948 Sinead Cusack, Irish actress (Waterland, Revenge)
  • 1948 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (Doobie Brothers), born in Le Mars, Iowa (d. 2005)
  • 1948 Tony Anselmo, American animator and cartoon voice actor
  • 1949 Gary Ridgway, American serial killer
  • 1950 Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2009)
  • 1950 Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • 1950 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1951 Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
  • 1952 Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], American vocalist (Angel of the Morning), born in Virginia
  • 1952 Veronica "Randy" Crawford, US vocalist (One Day I'll Fly Away)
  • 1953 Derek Pellicci, rock drummer (Little River Band-Help Is On It's Way)
  • 1953 Nico Arzbach, rock guitarist/singer (Stampei, Dike)
  • 1953 Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet)

Person of interestJohn Travolta

1954 John Travolta, American actor (Grease, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1955 Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
  • 1955 Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1956 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
  • 1957 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957 Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune)
  • 1957 Bruce Rauner, American politician, Governor of Illinois (2015-), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1958 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1958 Derek Riggs, British artist, born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • 1958 Gar Samuelson, American drummer (d. 1999)
  • 1960 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • 1960 Greta Scacchi, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1960 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • 1960 Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
  • 1961 Alycia Moulton, tennis star, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1962 Gary Reasons, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1962 Julie Strain, actress (Witchcraft IV), born in Concord, California
  • 1962 Simon Fletcher, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1963 John Gesek, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • 1963 Henry Winter, English football journalist
  • 1964 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1964 Lisa Elaine Comshaw, actress (Scanner Cop, Lukas' Child), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1964 Matt Dillon, actor (The Outsiders, Crash), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • 1964 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers)

Person of interestDr. Dre

1965 Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], American rapper and record producer (Still D.R.E., The Next Episode), born in Compton, California

Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre
  • 1965 Peter Martini, journalist
  • 1966 Kris King, Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1966 Phillip De Freitas, cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)
  • 1966 Guy Ferland, American television director
  • 1967 Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1967 Matt Turner, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, (FIFA World Player of the Year 1993), born in Caldogno
  • 1967 Tracey Edmonds, American film and television producer
  • 1967 Harry Van Barneveld, Belgian judoka
  • 1968 Molly Ringwald, Roseville California, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink)
  • 1969 Alexander Mogilny, Khavarovsk, 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres)
  • 1969 Igor Larionov, Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Team Russia, Detroit)
  • 1970 Tyler Green, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1970 Raine Maida, Canadian musician (Our Lady Peace)
  • 1970 Susan Egan, American actress
  • 1971 George Teague, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1971 Reggie Holt, WLAF safety (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • 1972 Lubomir Rybovic, Kosice CZE, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Marc Lillibridge, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Claude Makélélé, French footballer
  • 1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player (French Open 1996, Australian Open 1999), born in Sochi, Russia
  • 1974 Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1974 Ruby Dhalla, Canadian politician
  • 1974 Jillian Michaels, American fitness instructor and television personality (The Biggest Loser), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1975 Gary Neville, English footballer
  • 1975 Sarah Joy Brown, actress (General Hospital), born in Eureka, California
  • 1976 Chanda Rubin, American tennis player (1996 Australian Open doubles), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1976 Jason Podollan, Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Volker Schenk, WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1976 Leilani Munter, American race car driver
  • 1977 Kátia, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Sean Watkins, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1977 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
  • 1978 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
  • 1979 Julia Greville, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1980 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1980 Regina Spektor, Russian-born singer and songwriter
  • 1980 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • 1981 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
  • 1981 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
  • 1981 Alex Rios, American baseball player
  • 1982 Courtney Act [Shane Jenek], Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality, born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1983 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
  • 1983 Juelz Santana, American rapper
  • 1983 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
  • 1983 Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player (5 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Taranto, Italy
  • 1984 Buddy Nielsen, American singer (Senses Fail)
  • 1985 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
  • 1985 Lee Boyd Malvo, American serial killer
  • 1986 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
  • 1988 Maiara Walsh, American actress
  • 1988 Shane Lyons, actor and private chef
  • 1994 J-Hope [Jung Ho-seok] South Korean rapper (BTS), born in Gwangju, South Korea,


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