Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15 Birthdays

* 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian Renaissance polymath (d. 1519)
* 1469 – Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus (d. 1539)
* 1489 – Mimar Sinan, Ottoman architect (d. 1588)
* 1552 – Pietro Cataldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1626)
* 1588 – Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (d. 1653)
* 1641 – Robert Sibbald, Scottish physician (d. 1722)
* 1642 – Suleiman II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1691)
* 1646 – King Christian V of Denmark (d. 1699)
* 1646 – Pierre Poiret, French mystic (d. 1719)
* 1684 – Empress Catherine I of Russia (d. 1727)
* 1688 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, German composer (d. 1758)
* 1707 – Leonhard Euler, Swiss mathematician (d. 1783)
* 1710 – William Cullen, Scottish physician (d. 1790)
* 1721 – Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, English military leader (d. 1765)
* 1741 – Charles Willson Peale, American painter, soldier and naturalist (d. 1827)
* 1772 – Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, French naturalist (d. 1844)
* 1793 – Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve, German astronomer (d. 1864)
* 1794 – Jean Pierre Flourens, French physiologist (d. 1867)
* 1800 – James Clark Ross, English explorer (d. 1862)
* 1809 – Hermann Grassmann, German mathematician (d. 1877)
* 1828 – Jean Danjou, French Foreign Legion officer (d. 1863)
* 1832 – Wilhelm Busch, German poet (d. 1908)
* 1841 – Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (d. 1919)
* 1843 – Henry James, American author (d. 1916)
* 1856 – Jean Moréas, Greek poet (d. 1910)
* 1858 – Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (d. 1917)
* 1861 – Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
* 1874 – George Harrison Shull, American plant geneticist (d. 1954)
* 1874 – Johannes Stark, German physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1957)
* 1875 – James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer (d. 1953)
* 1878 – Robert Walser, Swiss writer (d. 1956)
* 1879 – Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
* 1883 – Stanley Bruce, eighth Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967)
* 1885 – Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
* 1886 – Nikolay Gumilyov, Russian poet (d. 1921)
* 1888 – Maximilian Kronberger, German poet (d. 1904)
* 1889 – Thomas Hart Benton, American muralist (d. 1975)
* 1889 – A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)
* 1892 – Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor (d. 1983)
* 1892 – Theo Osterkamp, World War I and World War II German fighter pilot (d. 1975)
* 1894 – Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)
* 1894 – Bessie Smith, American blues singer (d. 1937)
* 1895 – Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
* 1896 – Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
* 1901 – Joe Davis, English snooker player (d. 1978)
* 1902 – Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist (d. 2002)
* 1904 – Arshile Gorky, Armenian artist (d. 1948)
* 1907 – Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch ethologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1988)
* 1908 – Eden Ahbez, American songwriter (d. 1995)
* 1908 – Lita Grey, American actress (d. 1995)
* 1910 – Miguel Najdorf, Argentine chess grandmaster (d. 1997)
* 1912 – Kim Il-sung, President of North Korea (d. 1994)
* 1916 – Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman (d. 1982)
* 1917 – Hans Conried, American actor (d. 1982)
* 1917 – James Kee, American politician (d. 1989)
* 1919 – Alberto Breccia, Uruguay-born Argentine comics artist and writer (d. 1993)
* 1920 – Thomas Szasz, Hungarian-American psychiatrist
* 1920 – Richard von Weizsäcker, President of Germany
* 1921 – Georgi Beregovoi, Russian cosmonaut (d. 1995)
* 1921 – Angelo DiGeorge, Italian-American pediatric endocrinologist (d. 2009)
* 1922 – Michael Ansara, Syrian-American actor
* 1922 – Harold Washington, American politician (d. 1987)
* 1923 – Robert DePugh, American anti-Communist activist (d. 2009)
* 1924 – Sir Neville Marriner, English conductor
* 1927 – Robert Mills, American physicist (d. 1999)
* 1930 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland
* 1931 – Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish writer, poet and translator, recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature
* 1933 – Roy Clark, American musician
* 1933 – David Hamilton, British photographer, film director and producer
* 1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (d. 1995)
* 1933 – Jim Towers, English footballer (d. 2010)
* 1935 – Stavros Paravas, Greek actor
* 1936 – Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
* 1937 – Bob Luman, American country singer (d. 1978)
* 1938 – Hso Khan Pha, Burmese politician
* 1939 – Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-born actress
* 1939 – Marty Wilde, British singer
* 1940 – Jeffrey Archer, British author
* 1940 – Willie Davis, American baseball player
* 1940 – Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
* 1940 – Robert Lacroix, French Canadian professor of economics
* 1940 – Robert Walker Jr., American actor
* 1941 – Howard Berman, American politician
* 1942 – Francis X. DiLorenzo, American Catholic prelate
* 1942 – Walt Hazzard, American basketball player
* 1942 – Kenneth Lay, American businessman (d. 2006)
* 1944 – Dzhokhar Dudaev, Chechen leader (d. 1996)
* 1944 – Dave Edmunds, Welsh musician
* 1946 – Pete Rouse, American White House Chief of Staff to President Obama
* 1946 – Michael Tucci, American actor
* 1947 – Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, American writer and television producer
* 1947 – Mike Chapman, British songwriter
* 1947 – Lois Chiles, American actress
* 1947 – Cristina Husmark Pehrsson, Swedish politician
* 1947 – Woolly Wolstenholme, British musician
* 1948 – Michael Kamen, American composer (d. 2003)
* 1949 – Tonio K, American singer
* 1949 – Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer
* 1949 – Craig Zadan, American film producer
* 1950 – Josiane Balasko, French actress, director and screenwriter
* 1950 – Amy Wright, American actress
* 1951 – Heloise, American newspaper columnist
* 1952 – Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
* 1952 – Kym Gyngell, Australian comedian
* 1952 – Sam McMurray, American actor
* 1952 – Glenn Shadix, American actor
* 1952 – Brian Muir, British sculptor and creator of Darth Vader
* 1953 – Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Greek politician
* 1954 – Seka, American pornographic actress
* 1955 – Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian businessman (d. 1997)
* 1956 – Michael Cooper, American basketball player
* 1957 – Evelyn Ashford, American athlete
* 1958 – Keith Acton, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
* 1958 – Dolores Gordon-Smith, British writer
* 1958 – Noni Ιoannidou, Greek fashion model and actress
* 1958 – Memos Ioannou, Greek basketball player
* 1958 – Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer
* 1959 – Fruit Chan, Hong Kong film director
* 1959 – Kevin Lowe, Canadian ice hockey player and general manager
* 1959 – Emma Thompson, English actress
* 1959 – Thomas F. Wilson, American actor
* 1960 – Susanne Bier, Danish film director
* 1960 – Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist
* 1960 – Tony Jones, English snooker player
* 1960 – HRH Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, heir to the Belgian throne
* 1962 – Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi Bhangra singer
* 1962 – Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
* 1962 – Tom Kane, American voice actor
* 1963 – Bobby Pepper, American journalist
* 1965 – Linda Perry, American musician
* 1966 – Samantha Fox, English singer
* 1967 – Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
* 1967 – Dara Torres, American swimmer
* 1968 – Ed O'Brien, British musician (Radiohead)
* 1968 – Stacey Williams, American model
* 1969 – Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball player
* 1969 – Jimmy Waite, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
* 1970 – Flex Alexander, American actor
* 1971 – Kate Harbour, English voice actress
* 1971 – Katy Hill, British television presenter
* 1971 – Jason Sehorn, American football player
* 1972 – Arturo Gatti, Canadian boxer (d. 2009)
* 1972 – Lou Romano, American voice actor
* 1974 – Mike Quinn, American football player
* 1974 – Keith Malley, American comedian and podcaster (Keith and The Girl)
* 1974 – Danny Pino, American actor
* 1974 – Douglas Spain, American actor
* 1974 – Tim Thomas, American ice hockey player
* 1975 – Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
* 1975 – Phil Labonte, American vocalist (All That Remains)
* 1976 – Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1976 – Susan Ward, American actress
* 1977 – Brian Pothier, American ice hockey player
* 1978 – Austin Aries, American wrestler
* 1978 – Milton Bradley, American baseball player
* 1978 – Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
* 1980 – Natalie Casey, British actress
* 1980 – James Foster, English cricketer
* 1980 – Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
* 1980 – Willie Mason, Australian rugby league player
* 1980 – Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
* 1980 – Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish professional cyclist
* 1980 – Billy Yates, American football player
* 1981 – Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
* 1981 – Seth Wulsin, American artist
* 1982 – Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
* 1982 – Anthony Green, American musician
* 1982 – Albert Riera, Spanish footballer
* 1982 – Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer
* 1983 – Blu (rapper), American rapper and producer
* 1983 – Alice Braga, Brazilian actress
* 1983 – Matt Cardle, British singer/songwriter
* 1983 – Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
* 1983 – Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
* 1983 – Bronson La'Cassie, Australian professional golfer
* 1983 – Martin Pedersen, Danish professional cyclist
* 1984 – Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
* 1984 – Ben Kasica, guitarist (Skillet)
* 1984 – Daniel Paille, Canadian hockey player
* 1985 – Chris Cates, American baseball player
* 1985 – John Danks, American baseball player
* 1985 – Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
* 1985 – Amy Reid, German pornographic actress
* 1986 – Tom Heaton, English footballer
* 1986 – Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Ghanaian footballer
* 1987 – Sapphire Elia, English actres
* 1988 – Thomas Albanese, Italian footballer
* 1988 – Eliza Doolittle, English singer
* 1990 – Emma Watson, English actress
* 1991 – Daiki Arioka, Japanese actor & singer
* 1992 – Amy Diamond, Swedish singer
* 1992 – Richard Sandrak, American bodybuilder

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