Born On This Day...

In 1796 Inventor, Walter Hunt (fountain pen, safety pin, coal stove)

In 1805 Historian/writer, Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy In America)

In 1861 Alica Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, first wife of Theodore Roosevelt

In 1869 American novelist, Booth Tarkington (17, Magnificent Ambersons)

In 1883 Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini (Fascist leader)

In 1887 Football Hall-of-Famer, Tim Mara (founded Giants)

In 1892 Actor, William Powell (The Thin Man)

In 1893 Finnish Composer, Arre Merikanto (12-tone music notation engineer)

In 1898 Physicist, Isidor Isaac "I.I." Rabi (atom explorer) (Nobel, 1944)

In 1900 Bandleader, Don Redman (pioneered large orchestras) [d: 11-30-64]

In 1905 Silent screen actress, Clara Bow (Saturday Night Kid) [d: 9-27-65]

In 1905 UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold (1953-61) [d: 9-18-61]

In 1906 Actress, Thelma Todd (Dangerous Female) [d: 12-16-35]

In 1907 Attorney/author, Melvin Belli [d: 7-9-96]

In 1913 Actor, Stephen McNally (Split Second, Devil's Canyon) [d: 6-4-94]

In 1914 Inventor, Baron Marcel Bich (Bic pens/lighters) [d: 5-3-94]

In 1916 Jazz guitarist, Charlie Christian [d: 3-2-42]

In 1917 Country singer, Henry "Homer" Haynes (Homer & Jethro) [d: 8-7-71]

In 1921 Actor, Richard Egan (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna) [d: 7-20-87]

In 1924 Actor, Lloyd Bochner (Dynasty, Lonely Lady, Naked Gun 2 1/2) (92)

In 1924 Actor, Robert Horton (Kings Row, Flint-Wagon Train) (92)

In 1925 Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis (Zorba The Greek sountrack) (91)

In 1926 Bowling Hall-of-Famer, Don Carter (6-time Bowler of Year) (90)

In 1932 U.S. Senator, Nancy Kassebaum (Kansas) (84)

In 1933 Author, Dr. David Reuben (Everything... To Know About Sex) (83)

In 1933 Singer, Randy Sparks (The New Christy Minstrels) (83)

In 1934 Actor, Robert Fuller (Jess-Laramie, Cooper-Wagon Train) (82)

In 1936 Elizabeth Dole, U.S. Secretary of Transportation (1983-87) (80)

In 1938 Broadcast journalist, Peter Jennings (ABC) [d: 8-7-05]

In 1941 Actor, David Warner (Time After Time, Tron, Titanic) (75)

In 1943 Actress, Roz Kelly (Owl & Pussycat, Pinky Tuscadaro-Happy Days) (73)

In 1946 Keyboardist, Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) (70)

In 1949 Marilyn Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle (67)

In 1951 Actress, Leslie Easterbrook (Ryan's Hope, Laverne & Shirley) (65)

In 1953 Documentary maker, Ken Burns (Civil War) (63)

In 1953 Singer/bassist, Geddy Lee (Rush) (63)

In 1954 U.S. volleyball player, Flo Hyman (Olympic-Silver-1984) (62)

In 1956 Singer, Patti Scialfa (E Street Band) (60)

In 1956 U.S. boxer, Michael Spinks (Olympic-Gold-1976) (60)

In 1959 Singer/guitarist, John Sykes (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) (57)

In 1962 Actor, Kevin Spirtas (Craig Wesley-Days of Our Lives) (54)

In 1963 Actress, Alexandra Paul (American Flyers, Dragnet, Baywatch) (53)

In 1964 Actress, Lisa Peluso (Wendy-Search For Tomorrow, Ava-Loving) (52)

In 1966 Country singer, Martina McBride (50)

In 1967 Actress, Jeannetta Arnette (Bernadette-Head of the Class) (49)

In 1967 Drummer, Chris Gorman (Belly) (49)

In 1968 U.S. swimmer, Kristen Babb-Sprague (Olympic-Gold-1992) (48)

In 1968 Actor, Rodney Allen Rippey (Jack in the Box ad) (48)

In 1969 Actor, Timothy Omundson (Sean Potter-Judging Amy) (47)

In 1971 Actor, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas-Days of Our Lives) (45)

In 1972 Actor, Wil Wheaton (Wesley-Star Trek: TNE, Stand By Me) (44)

In 1973 Actor, Stephen Dorff (Backbeat, Blade, Cold Creek Manor) (43)

In 1973 Singer, Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) (43)

In 1980 Actress, Rachael Miner (Michelle Bauer-The Guiding Light) (36)

In 1982 Actress, Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan-Smallville) (34)

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