Sunday, April 8, 2012

April 8 Birthdays

* 1320 – King Peter I of Portugal (d. 1367)
* 1336 – Tamerlane (Timur), Central Asian, Turkic conqueror (d. 1405)
* 1533 – Claudio Merulo, Italian composer (d. 1604)
* 1541 – Michele Mercati, Italian physician (d. 1593)
* 1605 – King Philip IV of Spain, (d. 1665)
* 1641 – Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (d. 1704)
* 1692 – Giuseppe Tartini, Italian composer (d. 1770)
* 1732 – David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician (d. 1796)
* 1761 – Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Society of Mary (d. 1850)
* 1818 – August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (d. 1892)
* 1818 – King Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1906)
* 1826 – Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (d. 1890)
* 1827 – Ramón Emeterio Betances, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor and diplomat (d. 1898)
* 1842 – Elizabeth Bacon Custer, wife of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1933)
* 1859 – Edmund Husserl, Austrian philosopher (d. 1938)
* 1865 – Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist (d. 1940)
* 1869 – Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (d. 1939)
* 1871 – Clarence Hudson White American photographer (d. 1925)
* 1874 – Stanisław Taczak, Polish general (d. 1960)
* 1875 – King Albert I of Belgium (d. 1934)
* 1883 – R. P. Keigwin, English academic (d. 1972)
* 1885 – Dimitrios Levidis, Greek composer (d. 1951)
* 1888 – Dennis Chavez, American politician (d. 1964)
* 1889 – Adrian Boult, British conductor (d. 1983)
* 1892 – Richard Neutra, American architect (d. 1970)
* 1892 – Mary Pickford, Canadian actress (d. 1979)
* 1896 – Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
* 1902 – Andrew Irvine, British mountaineer (d. 1924)
* 1902 – Maria Maksakova, Sr., Soviet opera singer (d. 1974)
* 1904 – John Hicks, British economist, Bank of Sweden Prize winner (d. 1989)
* 1904 – Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (d. 1970)
* 1905 – Helen Joseph, South African anti-apartheid activist (d. 1992)
* 1905 – Erwin Keller, German field hockey player (d. 1971)
* 1906 – Raoul Jobin, French Canadian tenor (d. 1974)
* 1908 – Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (d. 1987)
* 1909 – John Fante, American novelist (d. 1983)
* 1910 – George Musso, American football player (d. 2000)
* 1911 – Melvin Calvin, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
* 1911 – Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher and essayist (d. 1995)
* 1912 – Alois Brunner, Austrian Nazi
* 1912 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater and actress (d. 1969)
* 1914 – María Félix, Mexican actress (d. 2002)
* 1918 – Betty Ford, Former First Lady of the United States(d. 2011)
* 1918 – Glendon Swarthout, American author (d. 1992)
* 1919 – Ian Smith, Former Prime Minister of Rhodesia (d. 2007)
* 1920 – Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (d. 1994)
* 1921 – Franco Corelli, Italian tenor (d. 2003)
* 1921 – Jan Novák, Czech composer (d. 1984)
* 1923 – George Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 2003)
* 1923 – Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (d. 1997)
* 1924 – Frédéric Back, German-born Canadian short film director and screenwriter
* 1924 – Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English soldier and historian (d. 2006)
* 1926 – Henry N. Cobb, American architect
* 1926 – Shecky Greene, American comedian
* 1926 – Shirley Mills, American actress (d. 2010)
* 1926 – Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
* 1927 – Tilly Armstrong (alias Tania Langley and Kate Alexander), British writer (d. 2010)
* 1928 – Leah Rabin, widow of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
* 1928 – Monty Sunshine, English jazz clarinetist
* 1929 – Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (d. 2000)
* 1929 – Jacques Brel, Belgian singer/composer (d. 1978)
* 1929 – Renzo De Felice, Italian historian (d. 1996)
* 1930 – Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Duke of Parma (d. 2010)
* 1931 – John Gavin, American actor and politician
* 1932 – Sultan Iskandar of Johor, also the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia (d. 2010)
* 1933 – Fred Ebb, American composer (d. 2004)
* 1934 – Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (d. 2007)
* 1935 – Albert Bustamante, American politician
* 1935 – Oscar Zeta Acosta, American attorney, politician, and Chicano Movement activist (d. 1974?)
* 1937 – Seymour Hersh, American journalist
* 1938 – Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and former United Nations Secretary General
* 1939 – Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant contestant and actress (d. 2010)
* 1940 – John Havlicek, American basketball player
* 1941 – Darlene Gillespie, Canadian-born American actress
* 1941 – Vivienne Westwood, English fashion designer
* 1942 – Roger Chapman, British rock singer (Family, Streetwalkers)
* 1942 – Douglas Trumbull, American film director
* 1943 – Tony Banks, British politician (d. 2006)
* 1943 – Michael Bennett, American dancer/choreographer (d. 1987)
* 1943 – Miller Farr, American football player
* 1944 – Hywel Bennett, Welsh actor
* 1944 – Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
* 1945 – Derrick Walker, British racing team owner
* 1946 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)
* 1946 – Stuart Pankin, American actor
* 1946 – Tim Thomerson, American actor
* 1947 – Tom DeLay, American politician and convict
* 1947 – Steve Howe, English guitarist (Yes, Asia, GTR)
* 1947 – Robert Kiyosaki, American investor
* 1947 – Pascal Lamy, Director-General of WTO
* 1947 – Larry Norman, American singer/songwriter (d. 2008)
* 1948 – Michael Leshner, Canadian lawyer and gay rights advocate
* 1949 – John Madden, English film director
* 1949 – Brenda Russell, American singer/songwriter
* 1950 – Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
* 1951 – Gerd Andres, German politician
* 1951 – Geir Haarde, former Icelandic prime minister
* 1954 – G.V. Loganathan, American professor (d. 2007)
* 1954 – Gary Carter, American baseball player (d. 2012)
* 1955 – Ricky Bell, American football player (d. 1984)
* 1955 – Gerrie Coetzee, South African boxer
* 1955 – Kane Hodder, American actor and stuntman
* 1955 – Ron Johnson, American politician, junior senator of Wisconsin.
* 1955 – Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist
* 1955 – David Wu, Taiwanese-born American politician
* 1956 – Christine Boisson, French actress
* 1956 – Jim Piddock, English actor, writer and producer
* 1956 – Justin Sullivan, English musician (New Model Army)
* 1957 – Fred Smerlas, American football player
* 1958 – Detlef Bruckhoff, German footballer
* 1960 – John Schneider, American actor
* 1961 – Richard Hatch, American reality television personality
* 1962 – Evan Davis, British journalist and television presenter
* 1962 – Paddy Lowe, British engineer
* 1962 – Izzy Stradlin, American musician (Guns N' Roses)
* 1963 – Julian Lennon, English musician and singer
* 1963 – Terry Porter, American basketball player and coach
* 1963 – Alec Stewart, English cricketer
* 1963 – Seth Tobias, American financial commentator (d. 2007)
* 1964 – Lisa Guerrero, American sports broadcaster
* 1964 – Biz Markie, American rapper/disc jockey
* 1964 – John McGinlay, Scottish footballer
* 1965 – Michael Jones, New Zealand rugby player and coach
* 1966 – Mark Blundell, British racing driver
* 1966 – Dalton Grant, British high jumper
* 1966 – Mazinho, Brazilian footballer
* 1966 – Bobby Ologun, Nigerian television personality
* 1966 – Evripidis Stylianidis, Greek politician
* 1966 – Robin Wright, American actress
* 1967 – Arwyn Davies, Welsh actor
* 1968 – Patricia Arquette, American actress
* 1968 – Patricia Girard-Léno, French athlete
* 1968 – Tracy Grammer, American folk singer
* 1972 – Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (d. 2010)
* 1973 – Khaled Badra, Tunisian footballer
* 1973 – Emma Caulfield, American actress
* 1973 – Alex S. Gonzalez, American baseball player
* 1974 – Chino XL, American rapper
* 1974 – Holger Hott Johansen, Norwegian orienteerist
* 1974 – Nnedi Okorafor, Nigerian American writer
* 1974 – Nayden Todorov, Bulgarian conductor
* 1975 – Anouk, Dutch singer
* 1975 – Francesco Flachi, Italian footballer
* 1975 – Timo Pérez, Dominican baseball player
* 1977 – Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (d. 2008)
* 1977 – Mark Spencer, American computer programmer
* 1978 – Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
* 1978 – Ana de la Reguera, Mexican actress
* 1978 – Rachel Roberts, Canadian model and actress
* 1979 – Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
* 1979 – Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
* 1980 – Manuel Ortega, Austrian singer
* 1980 – Katee Sackhoff, American actress
* 1981 – Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
* 1981 – Brian Burres, American baseball player
* 1981 – Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model
* 1981 – Lito Sheppard, American football cornerback
* 1983 – Allu Arjun, Indian film actor
* 1983 – Adrian Bellani, American actor
* 1984 – Ezra Koenig, American singer (Vampire Weekend)
* 1984 – Júlia Liptáková, Slovak model
* 1984 – Taran Noah Smith, American actor
* 1984 – Kirsten Storms, American actress
* 1985 – Patrick Schliwa, German rugby player
* 1986 – Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
* 1986 – Félix Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
* 1986 – Bridget Kelly, American singer-songwriter
* 1986 – Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress, model and singer
* 1987 – Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
* 1988 – Kim Myung-Sung, South Korean baseball player
* 1989 – Alex DeLeon, American singer (The Cab)
* 1989 – Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
* 1990 – Kim Jonghyun, Korean singer
* 1991 – Minami Takahashi, Japanese actress and singer (AKB48)
* 1992 – Shelby Young, American actress

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