Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today's Birthdays

* 1575 - Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
* 1681 - Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
* 1689 - Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
* 1694 - Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1768)
* 1702 - Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (d. 1751)
* 1703 - Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
* 1730 - Charles Messier, French Astronomer (d. 1817)
* 1817 - Branwell Bronte, British painter and poet (d. 1848)
* 1819 - Abner Doubleday, American Major General (d. 1893)
* 1824 - Lord Kelvin, Irish-born physicist (d. 1907)
* 1838 - Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Bengali Novelist (d. 1894)
* 1854 - Robert Laird Borden, Canadian politician (d. 1937)
* 1865 - Bernard Berenson, American art historian (d. 1959)
* 1866 - George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier of Egyptian excavations (d. 1923)
* 1869 - Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (d. 1954)
* 1880 - Natalia, Princess Brassova (d. 1952)
* 1892 - Pearl S. Buck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1973)
* 1895 - George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1950)
* 1898 - Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer (d. 1978)
* 1898 - Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)
* 1899 - Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
* 1902 - Hugues Cuénod, Swiss Tenor
* 1904 - Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
* 1904 - Peter Lorre, Hungarian-born actor (d. 1964)
* 1906 - Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer (d. 1974)
* 1906 - Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer (d. 2008)
* 1907 - Debs Garms, American baseball player (d. 1984)
* 1908 - Salvador Allende, Former President of Chile (1970-1973) (d. 1973)
* 1909 - Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager (d. 1997)
* 1911 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American athlete (d. 1956)
* 1913 - Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
* 1914 - Laurie Lee, British writer (d. 1997)
* 1915 - Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
* 1915 - Charlotte Zolotow, American author
* 1919 - Richard Neustadt, American political historian (d. 2003)
* 1921 - Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
* 1922 - Eleanor Parker, American actress
* 1923 - Barbara Graham, American murderer (d. 1955)
* 1924 - Costas Axelos, Greek philosopher
* 1925 - Pavel Belyayev, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1970)
* 1928 - Jacob Druckman, American composer (d. 1996)
* 1928 - Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
* 1929 - Milton Glaser, American Designer
* 1933 - Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor
* 1933 - Gene Green, American baseball player (d. 1981)
* 1934 - Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
* 1934 - Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist
* 1936 - Robert Maclennan, British politician
* 1936 - Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal
* 1937 - Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
* 1937 - Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
* 1938 - Gerald North, American climatologist
* 1940 - Billy Davis, Jr., American singer (The Fifth Dimension)
* 1941 - Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist
* 1942 - Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer and Minister of Culture
* 1943 - John Beasley, American actor
* 1943 - Georgie Fame, British singer
* 1945 - Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
* 1951 - Gary Gilmour, Australian cricketer
* 1954 - Steve Barton, American actor (d. 2001)
* 1955 - Mick Jones, British guitarist (The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite)
* 1956 - Chris Isaak, American singer
* 1957 - Patty Smyth, American singer (Scandal)
* 1957 - Philippe Couillard, Quebec neurosurgeon and politician
* 1959 - Mark McKinney, Canadian actor
* 1960 - Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist
* 1961 - Greg LeMond, American cyclist
* 1961 - Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin)
* 1961 - Manu Chao, French Musician
* 1963 - Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman
* 1963 - Richard Garfield, American game designer
* 1967 - Todd Pletcher, American horse trainer
* 1968 - Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer
* 1968 - Shannon Sharpe, American football player
* 1969 - Colin Greenwood, British musician (Radiohead)
* 1969 - Mike Myers, American baseball player
* 1970 - Chris O'Donnell, American actor
* 1970 - Sean Hayes, American Actor
* 1970 - Irv Gotti, American record producer
* 1970 - Paul Thomas Anderson, American filmmaker
* 1970 - Nick Offerman, American actor
* 1971 - Max Biaggi, Italian motorcycle racer
* 1972 - Garou, Canadian singer
* 1972 - Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper
* 1973 - Gretchen Wilson, American singer
* 1973 - Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor
* 1973 - Jussi Sydänmaa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
* 1974 - Matt Striker, American professional wrestler
* 1974 - Derek Jeter, American baseball player
* 1974 - Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys)
* 1974 - Jason Kendall, American baseball player
* 1974 - Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer
* 1975 - Jonah Sorrentino, American hip hop artist
* 1975 - Terry Skiverton, English football player
* 1976 - Ed Jovanovski, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1976 - Chad Pennington, American football player
* 1976 - Joe Landon, American pornographic actor
* 1977 - Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
* 1978 - Alexandra, French singer, L5's singer
* 1979 - Wálter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player
* 1979 - Andy O'Brien, English footballer
* 1979 - Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racing driver
* 1980 - Jason Schwartzman, American actor
* 1980 - Michael Vick, American football player
* 1980 - Chris Shelton, American baseball player
* 1980 - Sinik, French singer and rapper
* 1984 - Elijah Dukes, American baseball player
* 1984 - Raymond Felton, American basketball player
* 1984 - Deron Williams, American basketball player
* 1984 - Jose Juan Barea, American basketball player
* 1985 - Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
* 1986 - Casey Desmond, American singer
* 1987 - Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver
* 1987 - Samir Nasri, French footballer, currently playing for Marseille
* 1992 - Jennette McCurdy, American actress
* 2005 - Princess Alexia of the Netherlands

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