Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23 Birthdays

* 1141 – King Malcolm IV of Scotland (d. 1165)
* 1170 – Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France (d. 1190)
* 1185 – King Afonso II of Portugal (d. 1223)
* 1464 – Joan of France, Duchess of Berry, queen of France (d. 1505)
* 1484 – Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italian philosopher (d. 1558)
* 1500 – Alexander Ales, Scottish theologian (d. 1565)
* 1516 – Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian, and archaeologist (d. 1571)
* 1564 – William Shakespeare, English writer and actor (d. 1616) (traditional approximate birth date in Julian calendar based on April 26 baptism)
* 1598 – Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral (d. 1653)
* 1621 – William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)
* 1628 – Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (d. 1704)
* 1676 – King Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
* 1715 – Johann Friedrich Doles, German composer and pupil of J.S. Bach (d. 1797)
* 1720 – Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1797)
* 1725 – Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint (d. 1755)
* 1746 – Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (d. 1794)
* 1775 – J. M. W. Turner, English painter (d. 1851)
* 1791 – James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States (d. 1868)
* 1792 – John Thomas Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist (d. 1882)
* 1794 – Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar (d. 1856)
* 1805 – Johann Karl Friedrich Rosenkranz, German philosopher (d. 1879)
* 1813 – Stephen A. Douglas, U.S. Senator from Illinois and Presidential candidate (d. 1861)
* 1813 – Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul) (d. 1853)
* 1823 – Abd-ul-Mejid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1861)
* 1834 – Artemus Ward, American comic writer (d. 1867)
* 1853 – Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)
* 1857 – Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (d. 1919)
* 1858 – Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)
* 1858 – Ethel Mary Smyth, English composer (d. 1944)
* 1861 – Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, British general (d. 1936)
* 1861 – John Peltz, American baseball player (d. 1906)
* 1865 – Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (d. 1943)
* 1867 – Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1928)
* 1872 – Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (d. 1951)
* 1876 – Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (d. 1925)
* 1880 – Michel Fokine, Russian choreographer and dancer (d. 1942)
* 1882 – Albert Coates, British composer (d. 1953)
* 1888 – Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and diplomat (d. 1967)
* 1889 – Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral (d. 1942)
* 1891 – Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (d. 1953)
* 1893 – Frank Borzage, American film director (d. 1952)
* 1894 – Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955)
* 1895 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)
* 1895 – Johnny Hyde, Russian-born American talent agent (d. 1950)
* 1897 – Lucius D. Clay, American general (d. 1978)
* 1897 – Lester B. Pearson, fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1972)
* 1899 – Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (d. 1979)
* 1899 – Minoru Shirota, inventor of Yakult (d. 1982)
* 1900 – Joseph Green, Polish-born actor and director (d. 1996)
* 1900 – Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (d. 1959)
* 1901 – E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist (d. 1988)
* 1902 – Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
* 1903 – Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d. 1974)
* 1904 – Duncan Renaldo, Spanish-American actor (d. 1985)
* 1907 – Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (d. 1975)
* 1907 – Lee Miller, American photographer & model (d. 1977)
* 1908 – Myron Waldman, American animator (d. 2006)
* 1910 – Simone Simon, French actress (d. 2005)
* 1911 – Ronald Neame, British film producer (d. 2010)
* 1917 – Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)
* 1918 – Maurice Druon, French author (d. 2009)
* 1919 – Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet double-agent (d. 1963)
* 1921 – Janet Blair, American actress (d. 2007)
* 1921 – Warren Spahn, American baseball player (d. 2003)
* 1922 – Marjorie Cameron, American writer, painter, actress and occultist (d. 1995)
* 1922 – Jack May, British actor (d. 1997)
* 1923 – Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas (d. 2010)
* 1923 – Avram Davidson, American writer (d. 1993)
* 1923 – Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler (d. 1977)
* 1924 – Chuck Harmon, American baseball player
* 1924 – Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (d. 2007)
* 1926 – J. P. Donleavy, Irish American author
* 1928 – Shirley Temple, American actress and politician
* 1930 – Alan Oppenheimer, American actor and voice actor
* 1932 – Jim Fixx, American athlete and writer (d. 1984)
* 1932 – Halston, American fashion designer (d. 1990)
* 1934 – George Canseco, Filipino music composer (d. 2004)
* 1935 – Bunky Green, American musician
* 1936 – Roy Orbison, American singer and musician (d. 1988)
* 1939 – Jorge Fons, Mexican film director
* 1939 – Lee Majors, American actor
* 1939 – Ray Peterson, American singer (d. 2005)
* 1940 – Michael Copps, American Federal Government official
* 1941 – Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
* 1941 – Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
* 1941 – Michael Lynne, American film executive
* 1942 – Sandra Dee, American actress (d. 2005)
* 1943 – Gail Goodrich, American basketball player
* 1943 – Tony Esposito, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1943 – Frans Koppelaar, Dutch painter
* 1943 – Hervé Villechaize, French actor (d. 1993)
* 1947 – Glenn Cornick, British musician (Jethro Tull)
* 1947 – Bernadette Devlin, Northern Irish politician
* 1948 – Pascal Quignard, French author
* 1948 – Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
* 1949 – David Cross, British violinist (King Crimson)
* 1949 – Joyce DeWitt, American actress
* 1952 – Narada Michael Walden, American musician and producer
* 1953 – James Russo, American actor
* 1954 – Michael Moore, American filmmaker
* 1955 – Judy Davis, Australian actress
* 1955 – Tony Miles, English chess player (d. 2001)
* 1955 – Fumi Hirano, Japanese voice actress and essayist
* 1957 – Neville Brody, English graphic designer, typographer and art director
* 1957 – Jan Hooks, American actress
* 1957 – Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
* 1958 – Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
* 1958 – Gene Scheer, American opera librettist and songwriter
* 1958 – Ryan Walter, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1960 – Valerie Bertinelli, American actress
* 1960 – Steve Clark, English guitarist (Def Leppard) (d. 1991)
* 1960 – Claude Julien, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
* 1961 – Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (d. 2001)
* 1961 – George Lopez, American actor and comedian
* 1962 – John Hannah, Scottish actor
* 1963 – Paul Belmondo, French actor and racing driver
* 1963 – Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
* 1967 – Rheal Cormier, Canadian baseball player
* 1967 – Kim Hee-ae, South Korean actress
* 1967 – Melina Kanakaredes, American actress
* 1968 – Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
* 1968 – Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
* 1968 – Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
* 1969 – Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
* 1969 – Byron Thames, American actor
* 1969 – Richard Wolstencroft, Australian filmmaker
* 1969 – Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
* 1969 – Arthur Phillips, American author and Jeopardy! champion
* 1970 – Scott Bairstow, Canadian actor
* 1970 – Andrew Gee, Australian rugby league footballer
* 1970 – Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
* 1970 – Sadao Abe, Japanese actor
* 1971 – Charmaine Sinclair, English model
* 1971 – Uli Herzner, German American designer
* 1972 – Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet
* 1972 – Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
* 1972 – Sonya Smith, American actress
* 1973 – Patrick Poulin, French-Canadian ice hockey player
* 1974 – Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
* 1974 – Michael Kerr, New Zealand-born German rugby player
* 1974 – Barry Watson, American actor
* 1975 – Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
* 1975 – Bobby Shaw, American football player
* 1977 – John Cena, American professional wrestler and actor
* 1977 – Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player
* 1977 – Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player
* 1977 – Kal Penn, American actor
* 1977 – Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer
* 1977 – John Oliver, British comedian
* 1979 – Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
* 1979 – Yana Gupta, Indian actress & model
* 1979 – Joanna Krupa, Polish/American model and actress
* 1979 – Jaime King, American actress
* 1979 – Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
* 1981 – Sean Henn, American baseball player
* 1981 – Chris Sharma, American rock climber/boulderer
* 1981 – Seka Aleksic, Serbian turbofolk singer
* 1983 – Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
* 1983 – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter
* 1983 – Aaron Hill, American actor
* 1984 – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian chess player
* 1985 – Angel Locsin, Filipina actress
* 1986 – Sven Kramer, Dutch speedskater
* 1986 – Jessica Stam, Canadian model
* 1987 – Emily Fox, American cup stacker and basketball player
* 1987 – Boaz Mauda, Israeli singer
* 1987 – John Boye, Ghanaian football player
* 1988 – Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
* 1988 – Molly Burnett, American actress
* 1988 – Prince Buaben, Ghanaian football player
* 1989 – Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player
* 1990 – Dev Patel, British actor
* 1990 – Pikky Ya France, Namibian cricketer
* 1990 – Matthew Underwood, American actor
* 1993 – Rina Chikano, Japanese singer (AKB48)

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