Sunday, 15 May 2011

Famous Birthdays on this Day in History

May 15

  • 1567 – (baptism) Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer (d. 1643)
  • 1608 – René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • 1720 – Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)
  • 1749 – Levi Lincoln, Sr., American statesman (d. 1820)
  • 1767 – Ezekiel Hart, Canadian entrepreneur and politician (d. 1843)
  • 1773 – Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (d. 1859)
  • 1786 – General Dimitris Plapoutas, Greek War of Independence figure (d. 1864)
  • 1808 – Michael William Balfe, Irish composer of the opera The Bohemian Girl (d. 1870)
  • 1817 – Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • 1848 – Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1854 – Ioannis Psycharis, Greek author and linguist (d. 1929)
  • 1856 – L. Frank Baum, American author (d. 1919)
  • 1856 – Matthias Zurbriggen, Swiss mountaineer and guide (d. 1917)
  • 1857 – Williamina Fleming, British-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • 1859 – Pierre Curie, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1906)
  • 1862 – Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian dramatist (d. 1931)
  • 1890 – Katherine Anne Porter, American author (d. 1980)
  • 1891 – Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian writer (d. 1940)
  • 1891 – Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (d. 1971)
  • 1892 – Jimmy Wilde, Welsh boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1895 – William D. Byron, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 1895 – Astrid Zachrison, Swedish supercentenarian (d. 2008)
  • 1898 – Arletty, French model and actress (d. 1992)
  • 1899 – Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • 1901 – Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1901 – Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1902 – Richard J. Daley, American politician (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Maria Reiche, German mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • 1905 – Joseph Cotten, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1905 – Abraham Zapruder, American businessman and John F. Kennedy assassination figure (d. 1970)
  • 1907 – Sukhdev Thapar, Indian revolutionary figure who fought for independence against the British colonialists (d. 1931)
  • 1909 – James Mason, British actor (d. 1984)
  • 1909 – Clara Solovera, Chilean folk musician (d. 1992)
  • 1910 – Constance Cummings, British actress (d. 2005)
  • 1911 – Max Frisch, Swiss author (d. 1991)
  • 1911 – Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • 1912 – Arthur Berger, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1914 – Turk Broda, Canadian hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • 1915 – Hilda Bernstein, British-born South African author (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Mario Monicelli, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1915 – Paul Samuelson, American economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2009)
  • 1915 – Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1916 – Vera Gebuhr, Danish actress
  • 1918 – Eddy Arnold, American country music singer (d. 2008)
  • 1918 – Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1920 – Nasrallah Sfeir, Lebanese cardinal
  • 1922 – Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • 1923 – Richard Avedon, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1923 – John Lanchbery, British composer (d. 2003)
  • 1923 – Johnny Walker, Indian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1924 – Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)
  • 1925 – Roy Stewart, Jamacian-born British actor and fitness industry figure (d. 2008)
  • 1926 – Anthony Shaffer, British playwright (d. 2001)
  • 1926 – Peter Shaffer, British playwright
  • 1930 – Jasper Johns, American painter
  • 1931 – Ken Venturi, American golfer
  • 1935 – Utah Phillips, American labor organizer and folk singer (d. 2008)
  • 1936 – Anna Maria Alberghetti, Italian-born actress
  • 1936 – Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • 1936 – Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • 1936 – Paul Zindel, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1937 – Madeleine Albright, American Secretary of State
  • 1937 – Trini López, American musician
  • 1937 – Joe Tait, American broadcaster
  • 1938 – Mireille Darc, French actress
  • 1938 – Diane Nash, American Civil Rights Movement figure
  • 1938 – Lenny Welch, American singer
  • 1939 – Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1940 – Roger Ailes, American businessman
  • 1940 – Lainie Kazan, American actress and singer
  • 1940 – Don Nelson, American professional basketball coach
  • 1941 – K.T. Oslin, American musician
  • 1942 – Jusuf Kalla, Indonesian politician
  • 1942 – Doug Lowe, Tasmanian politician
  • 1943 – David Cronenberg, Canadian screenwriter and film director
  • 1944 – Bill Alter, American politician
  • 1944 – Ulrich Beck, German sociologist
  • 1945 – Lasse Berghagen, Swedish singer
  • 1945 – Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, Portuguese noble
  • 1947 – Graeham Goble, Australian musician and record producer (Little River Band)
  • 1948 – Yutaka Enatsu, Japanese professional baseball pitcher
  • 1948 – Brian Eno, British musician and record producer
  • 1948 – Kathleen Sebelius, American politician and Obama Administration figure
  • 1950 – Nicholas Hammond, American actor
  • 1951 – Frank Wilczek, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1952 – Chazz Palminteri, American actor, writer and director
  • 1953 – George Brett, American baseball player
  • 1953 – Mike Oldfield, British composer
  • 1954 – Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • 1955 – Lee Horsley, American actor
  • 1956 – Andreas Loverdos, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1956 – Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • 1957 – Juan José Ibarretxe, Basque statesman
  • 1957 – Kevin Von Erich, American professional wrestler
  • 1958 – Ron Simmons, American professional wrestler
  • 1959 – Andrew Eldritch, British singer and songwriter
  • 1959 – Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1959 – Luis Perez-Sala, Spanish racing driver
  • 1960 – Rob Bowman, American film director
  • 1960 – Rhonda Burchmore, Australian Entertainer
  • 1961 – Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (d. 2002)
  • 1961 – Melle Mel, American musician
  • 1962 – Lisa Curry-Kenny, Australian Ironwoman
  • 1964 – Digna Ochoa, Mexican politician
  • 1964 – Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark
  • 1965 – André Abujamra, Brazilian film score composer
  • 1965 – Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 – Pete Wiggs, British musician (Saint Etienne)
  • 1967 – Madhuri Dixit, Indian actress
  • 1967 – Laura Hillenbrand, American author
  • 1967 – John Smoltz, baseball player
  • 1968 – Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
  • 1968 – Seth Putnam, American musician
  • 1969 – Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1969 – Asalah Nasri, Syrian singer
  • 1969 – Emmitt Smith, American football player
  • 1970 – Frank de Boer, Dutch football player
  • 1970 – Ronald de Boer, Dutch football player
  • 1970 – Desmond Howard, American football player
  • 1970 – Martin Rossiter, British Musician
  • 1970 – Rod Smith, American football player
  • 1971 – Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • 1972 – David Charvet, French actor
  • 1973 – Emilia Tsoulfa, Greek sailing champion
  • 1974 – Shiney Ahuja, Indian actor
  • 1974 – Vassilis Kikilias, Greek basketball player
  • 1974 – Ahmet Zappa, American musician
  • 1975 – Peter Iwers, Swedish Musician
  • 1975 – Ray Lewis, American football player
  • 1976 – Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • 1976 – Torraye Braggs, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • 1976 – Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • 1976 – Tyler Walker, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Amy Chow, American gymnast
  • 1978 – Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 1978 – Caroline Dhavernas, Canadian actress
  • 1978 – Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 – David Krumholtz, American actor
  • 1978 – Robert Royal, American football player
  • 1978 – Krissy Taylor, American model (d. 1995)
  • 1979 – Chris Masoe, New Zealander rugby player
  • 1980 – Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Rocky Marquette, American actor
  • 1981 – Patrice Evra, French footballer
  • 1981 – Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • 1981 – Zara Phillips, British royal and eventer
  • 1981 – Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • 1982 – Alex Breckenridge, American actress
  • 1982 – Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • 1982 – Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982 – Tatsuya Fujiwara, Japanese actor
  • 1982 – Jessica Sutta, American dancer, singer and actress (Pussycat Dolls)
  • 1984 – Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985 – Tania Cagnotto, Italian diver
  • 1985 – Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 – Thomas Brown, American football player
  • 1986 – Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • 1986 – Adam Moffat, British football player
  • 1987 – Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player
  • 1987 – Jennylyn Mercado, Filipina actress and singer
  • 1987 – Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player
  • 1989 – Sunny (Lee Soon-kyu), South Korean singer (Girls' Generation)
  • 1990 – Jordan Eberle, Canadian hockey player
  • 1990 – Joe Mattock, English footballer
  • 1995 – Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer

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