Born On This Day...

In 1736 Astronomer, Jean Sylvain Bailly (studied Jupiter's satellites)

In 1789 American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper (Last Of The Mohicans)

In 1830 Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico (1877-80, 1884-1911)

In 1852 Inventor, Jan Matzeliger (shoe-shaping machine)

In 1857 William Howard Taft, 27th U.S. president (1909-1913)

In 1876 Editor/newspaper publisher, Frank Ernest Gannett

In 1886 French mathematician, Paul-Pierre Levy (theory of probability)

In 1889 Writer/editor, Robert Charles Benchley (Harvard's Lampoon)

In 1890 English author, Agatha Christie (Murder On The Orient Express)

In 1903 Country singer, Roy Acuff (The Wabash Cannonball) [d: 11-23-92]

In 1904 Actor, Tom Conway (Tom Lawrence-The Falcon) [d: 4-22-67]

In 1904 Hollywood gossip columnist, Sheilah Graham [d: 11-17-88]

In 1907 Game show host, Jack Bailey (Queen For A Day) [d: 2-1-80]

In 1907 Actress, Fay Wray (Ann Darrow-King Kong) [d: 8-8-04]

In 1908 Actress, Penny Singleton (Blondie, Jane Jetson voice) [d: 11-12-03]

In 1913 U.S. Attorney General, John Mitchell (Nixon) [d: 11-9-88]

In 1914 Children's author, Robert McCloskey [d: 6-30-03]

In 1916 Actress, Margaret Lockwood (The Lady Vanishes) [d: 7-15-90]

In 1922 Actor/director, Jackie Cooper (Our Gang, Perry White-Superman) [d: 5-3-11]

In 1923 Jazz bassist, Arvell Shaw [d: 12-5-02]

In 1924 Pianist, Bobby Short (Carlisle Hotel) [d: 3-21-05]

In 1925 Actor, Forrest Compton (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night) (92)

In 1927 Comedian, Norm Crosby (Phyllis Diller Show, Liar's Club) (90)

In 1929 Physcist, Murray Gell-Mann (subatomic particles) (Nobel-1969) (88)

In 1933 Singer, Pat Barrett (Young Love-Crew Cuts) (84)

In 1933 Actor, Henry Darrow (Harry O, New Dick Van Dyke Show) (84)

In 1938 Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Rafael H. Osuna (U.S. Open, 1963) [d: 6-4-69]

In 1938 Former baseball player, Gaylord Perry (1972 AL Cy Young winner) (79)

In 1940 Singer/pianist, Jimmy Gilmer (Sugar Shack-The Fireballs) (77)

In 1940 Football player/actor, Merlin Olsen (Rams) [d: 3-10-10]

In 1941 Singer, Signe Toly Anderson (Jefferson Airplane) (76)

In 1941 Singer, Les Braid (Hippy Hippy Shake-Swinging Blue Jeans) [d: 7-31-05]

In 1945 U.S. opera singer, Jessye Norman (Carmen) (72)

In 1946 Actor, Tommy Lee Jones (Under Seige, Fugitive, Men In Black) (71)

In 1946 Director, Oliver Stone (Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers) (71)

In 1951 Football coach, Pete Carroll (USC, Seahawks) (66)

In 1952 Singer, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) (65)

In 1956 Newscaster, Tawny Schneider (Miss America-1976) (61)

In 1959 Actress, Wendie Jo Sperber (Bossom Buddies) [d: 11-30-05]

In 1960 Actor, Scott Thompson Baker (General Hospital, All My Children) (57)

In 1960 Drummer, Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) (57)

In 1961 Football Hall-of-Famer, Dan Marino (Dolphins/HBO) (56)

In 1966 Basketball player, Sherman Douglas (51)

In 1967 Bassist, Jerry Dixon (Warrant) (50)

In 1968 Actor, Danny Nucci (Falcon Crest, Titanic, Crimson Tide) (49)

In 1969 Rap singer, DJ Kay Gee (Naughty By Nature) (48)

In 1969 Drummer, Allen Shellenberger (Lit) [d: 8-15-09]

In 1971 Actor, Josh Charles (Sports Night, The Good Wife) (46)

In 1976 Singer, Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) (41)

In 1977 Actor, Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road) (40)

In 1977 Actress, Marisa Ramirez (General Hospital, Bluebloods) (40)

In 1979 Actress, Amy Davidson (Kerry-8 Simple Rules) (38)

In 1984 Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales, third in British succession (33)

In 1986 Reality star, Heidi Pratt (The Hills) (31)

In 1988 Actress, Chelsea Kane (Bratz: The Movie) (29)

In 1990 Actor, Matt Shively (True Jackson VP, Real O'Neals) (27)

In 1996 American fitness model, Sommer Ray (21)

In 2001 Actress, Emma Fuhrmann (Blended, The Magic of Belle Isle) (16)


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