Friday, May 28, 2010

Today's Birthdays

* 1140 – Xin Qiji, Chinese poet (d. 1207)
* 1371 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (d. 1419)
* 1524 – Selim II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1574)
* 1582 – William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman (d. 1662)
* 1588 – Pierre Seguier, Chancellor of France (d. 1672)
* 1641 – Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Slovenian polymath (d. 1693)
* 1660 – King George I of Great Britain (d. 1727)
* 1676 – Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (d. 1754)
* 1692 – Joseph Butler, English philosopher (d. 1752)
* 1738 – Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician (d. 1814)
* 1759 – William Pitt the Younger, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1806)
* 1779 – Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)
* 1807 – Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born zoologist and geologist (d. 1873)
* 1818 – P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (d. 1893)
* 1836 – Alexander Mitscherlich, German chemist (d. 1918)
* 1837 – George Ashlin, Irish architect (d. 1921)
* 1837 – Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (d. 1908)
* 1853 – Carl Larsson, Swedish painter (d. 1919)
* 1858 – Carl Rickard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (d. 1939)
* 1872 – Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
* 1878 – Paul Pelliot, French sinologist (d. 1945)
* 1879 – Milutin Milanković, Serbian geophysicist (d. 1958)
* 1883 – Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian revolutionary and politician (d. 1966)
* 1883 – Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (d. 1978)
* 1884 – Edvard Beneš, Czech politician (d. 1948)
* 1886 – Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
* 1888 – Jim Thorpe/Wa-Tho-Huk, American pentathlete, decathlete, fotball, baseball and basketball player (d. 1953)
* 1888 – Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (d. 1942)
* 1889 – Richard Réti, Austrian-Czech chess grandmaster (d. 1929)
* 1892 – Sepp Dietrich, German SS officer (d. 1966)
* 1900 – Tommy Ladnier, American musician (d. 1939)
* 1908 – Ian Fleming, English author (d. 1964)
* 1909 – Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
* 1910 – T-Bone Walker, American singer (d. 1975)
* 1910 – Lady Rachel Kempson, English actress (d. 2003)
* 1911 – Thora Hird, British actress (d. 2003)
* 1911 – Fritz Hochwälder, Austrian playwright (d. 1986)
* 1912 – Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)
* 1912 – Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
* 1914 – W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British World War II pilot (d. 1996)
* 1915 – Joseph Greenberg, American linguist (d. 2001)
* 1916 – Walker Percy, American author (d. 1990)
* 1917 – Papa John Creech, American fiddler (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) (d. 1994)
* 1918 – Johnny Wayne, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster) (d. 1990)
* 1921 – Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (d. 1999)
* 1922 – Lou Duva, American boxing trainer
* 1923 – György Ligeti, Hungarian composer (d. 2006)
* 1923 – Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Indian actor and politician (d. 1998)
* 1925 – Bülent Ecevit, Prime Minister of Turkey (d. 2006)
* 1925 – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone
* 1931 – Carroll Baker, American actress
* 1934 – Annette Dionne, Dionne quintuplets
* 1934 – Cecile Dionne, Dionne quintuplets
* 1934 – Emilie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1954)
* 1934 – Marie Dionne, Dionne quintuplets (d. 1970)
* 1934 – Yvonne Dionne, Dionne quintuplets(d. 2001)
* 1936 – Betty Shabazz, American civil rights activist (d. 1997)
* 1936 – Claude Forget, French-Canadian politician
* 1938 – Jerry West, American basketball player
* 1938 – Prince Buster, Jamaican ska and rocksteady musician
* 1940 – Shlomo Riskin, American rabbi, founder of the Lincoln Square Synagogue
* 1941 – Beth Howland, American actress
* 1942 – Stanley B. Prusiner, American neurologist, Nobel Prize laureate
* 1943 – Terry Crisp, Canadian hockey coach
* 1943 – Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (d. 2004)
* 1944 – Rudy Giuliani, 107th Mayor of New York City
* 1944 – Gladys Knight, American R&B and soul singer and actress
* 1944 – Patricia Quinn, Northern Irish actress
* 1944 – Gary Stewart, American singer (d. 2003)
* 1944 – Billy Vera, American actor and singer-songwriter
* 1944 – Faith Brown, British actress
* 1945 – John Fogerty, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
* 1945 – Hunter "Patch" Adams, American physician and social activist
* 1945 – John N. Bambacus, American politician
* 1946 – Satchidanandan, Indian poet
* 1946 – Skip Jutze, American baseball player
* 1947 – Sondra Locke, American actress
* 1947 – Zahi Hawass, Egyptian egyptologist
* 1947 – Lynn Johnston, Canadian cartoonist
* 1949 – Wendy O. Williams, American vocalist (Plasmatics) (d. 1998)
* 1950 – Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
* 1950 – Kamala, American professional wrestler
* 1952 – Russell J. Wintner, American film executive
* 1953 – Arto Lindsay, American guitarist and singer
* 1954 – John Tory, Canadian politician
* 1954 – Townsend Coleman, American voice actor
* 1954 – Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (d. 1988)
* 1955 – John McGeoch, Scottish guitarist (Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd.) (d. 2004)
* 1955 – Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
* 1956 – Julie Peasgood, British actress
* 1956 – Jerry Douglas, American dobro player
* 1956 – Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)
* 1957 – Kirk Gibson, American baseball player
* 1957 – Ben Howland, American college basketball coach
* 1957 – Colin Barnes, English footballer
* 1959 – John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
* 1960 – Mark Sanford, 115th Governor of South Carolina and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
* 1962 – Roland Gift, English singer (Fine Young Cannibals)
* 1962 – Brandon Cruz, American actor
* 1962 – James Michael Tyler, American actor
* 1963 – Houman Younessi, Iranian-born scientist
* 1963 – Michelle Collins, British actress
* 1963 – Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
* 1964 – Jeff Fenech, Australian boxer
* 1964 – Armen Gilliam, American basketball player
* 1964 – Christa Miller, American actress
* 1964 – David Baddiel, British comedian and television presenter
* 1964 – Phil Vassar, American country singer
* 1965 – Chris Ballew, American bassist (The Presidents of the United States of America)
* 1967 – Glen Rice, American basketball player
* 1968 – Kylie Minogue, Australian actress and singer
* 1969 – Mike DiFelice, American baseball player
* 1969 – Justin Kirk, American actor
* 1970 – Morgan Fox, Canadian model and 1990 Playboy playmate
* 1970 – Jimi Goodwin, British bassist, vocalist and guitarist (Doves)
* 1970 – Ian Cashmore, English actor and paranormal investigator
* 1970 – Glenn Quinn, Irish actor (d. 2002)
* 1970 – Bobby Bognar, American singer (The Piper Downs)
* 1971 – Isabelle Carré, French actress
* 1971 – Ekaterina Gordeeva, Russian figure skater
* 1971 – Monika Schnarre, Canadian model
* 1972 – Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist
* 1972 – Kate Ashfield, British actress
* 1972 – Doriva, Brazilian footballer
* 1974 – Alicia Minshew, American actress
* 1975 – Charmaine Sheh, Hong Kong actress
* 1976 – Roberto Goretti, Italian footballer
* 1976 – Glenn Morrison, Australian rugby league player
* 1976 – Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
* 1976 – Liam O'Brien, American voice actor
* 1977 – Jeremy Borash, American professional wrestling announcer
* 1977 – Elisabeth Hasselbeck, American television panelist (The View)
* 1979 – Jesse Bradford, American actor
* 1979 – Ronald Curry, American football player
* 1979 – Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
* 1979 – Monica Keena, American actress
* 1980 – Mark Feehily, Irish vocalist (Westlife)
* 1980 – Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
* 1981 – Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
* 1981 – Eric Ghiaciuc, American football player
* 1981 – Adam Green, American singer-songwriter
* 1981 – Aaron Schock, American politician
* 1982 – Alexa Davalos, American actress
* 1982 – Jhonny Peralta, Dominican baseball player
* 1982 – Desiree del Valle, Filipino actress
* 1983 – Steve Cronin, American footballer
* 1983 – Toby Hemingway, British actor
* 1983 – Humberto Sanchez, Dominican baseball player
* 1984 – Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
* 1985 – Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter
* 1985 – Carey Mulligan, British actress
* 1985 – Konstantinos Mendrinos, Greek footballer
* 1986 – Berrick Barnes, Australian rugby player
* 1986 – Joseph Cross, American actor
* 1986 – Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
* 1986 – Michael Oher, American football player
* 1988 – Percy Harvin, American football player
* 1988 – David Perron, Canadian ice hockey player

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