Born On This Day...

In 1815 Inventor James Bicheno Francis (modern hydraulic engineering).
In 1825 Manufacturer Daniel Wesson (Smith & Wesson Co.)
In 1850 Physicist Oliver Heaviside (ionosphere)
In 1851 Writer, Isaac Peretz (modern Yiddish literature)
In 1868 Czar Nicholas II of Russia (last Tsar of Russia, 1894-1917)
In 1872 Scientist/mathematician Lord Bertrand Russell (modern logic)
In 1891 German philosopher Rudolph Carnap (logical positivism)
In 1897 Director, Frank Capra (Its A Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith)
In 1902 Composer, Meredith Willson (Music Man) [d: 6-15-84]
In 1903 Actor, George E. Stone (Perry Mason, Some Like It Hot) [d: 5-26-67]
In 1903 Bandleader/pianist Tommy Tucker [d: 7-11-89]
In 1909 Tennis star Fred Perry (Wimbeldon, 1934-36) [d: 2-2-95]
In 1911 Blues singer "Big" Joe Turner (Shake, Rattle & Roll) [d: 11-23-85]
In 1912 Director, Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood) [d: 3-11-92]
In 1912 Singer, Perry Como (Perry Como Show) [d: 5-12-01]
In 1912 Baseball team owner Dan Topping (Yankees, 1945-66) [d: 5-18-74]
In 1914 Fashion designer Pierre A. Balmain (1940's "New Look") [d: 6-29-82]
In 1917 Actor, James Donald (Bridge Over The River Kwai) [d: 8-3-93]
In 1919 English ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn (Giselle) [d: 2-21-91]
In 1920 Religious leader Pope John Paul II (1978-2005) [d: 4-2-05]
In 1922 Actor, Bill Macy (Walter-Maude, Oh! Calcutta)[d: 10-17-19]
In 1923 Actor, Liam Sullivan (Monroes) [d: 4-19-98]
In 1924 Actress Priscilla Marie Pointer (From Here to Eternity, Dallas) (98)
In 1924 Sportscaster, Jack Whitaker (ABC, CBS) [d: 8-18-19]
In 1928 Actor, Pernell Roberts (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD) [d: 1-24-10]
In 1930 Author, Barbara Goldsmith (Little Gloria Happy At Last) [d: 6-26-16]
In 1930 Astronaut Don L. Lind (STS-51B) (92)
In 1931 Cartoonist, Don Martin (Mad Magazine) [d: 1-7-00]
In 1931 Actor, Robert Morse (That's Life, Jack Frost) [d: 4-20-22]
In 1934 Actor, Dwayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis, Stuff a Wild Bikini) [d: 1-9-22]
In 1937 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Brooks Robinson (Orioles) (85)
In 1941 Actress Diane McBain (Surfside Six, Donner Pass) (81)
In 1944 Singer, Albert Hammond (It Never Rains In Southern California) (78)
In 1945 Actress Candy Azzara (Rhoda, Soap, Caroline in the City) (77)
In 1945 Former heavyweight boxer Jerry Quarry [d: 1-3-99]
In 1946 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Reggie Jackson (Yankees, A's) (76)
In 1948 Singer, John Bonsall (Oak Ridge Boys) (74)
In 1948 Singer, Feliciano Tavares (Tavares) (74)
In 1949 Keyboardist Rick Wakeman (Yes) (73)
In 1949 Bassist/singer Bill Wallace (The Guess Who) (73)
In 1950 U.S. hurdler, Rodney Milburn Jr. (Olympic-Gold-1972) [d: 11-11-97]
In 1951 Actor James Stephens (Paper Chase, Devil's Island) (71)
In 1952 Country Singer George Strait (Beyond the Blue Neon) (70)
In 1955 Actor Chow Yun-Fat (Anna & the King, Crouching Tiger) (67)
In 1957 Producer/musician Michael Cretu (Sadeness-Enigma) (65)
In 1958 Football player Ray Donaldson (Cowboys) (64)
In 1958 Actress/singer Toyah Willcox (Quadrophenia) (64)
In 1960 Singer/guitarist Page Hamilton (Helmet) (62)
In 1960 Tennis player Yannick Noah (French Open 1983) (62)
In 1966 Singer, Michael Tait (DC Talk) (56)
In 1968 Actress Cynthia Preston (Faith Roseo-General Hospital) (54)
In 1969 Singer, Martika (Toy Soldiers, Love Thy Will Be Done) (53)
In 1970 Actress/comedian Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls) (52)
In 1972 Reality star Teresa Giudice (The Real Housewives of New Jersey) (50)
In 1975 Singer, Jack Johnson ("Better Together," "Banana Pancakes") (47)
In 1976 Actor David Hanson (Hang Time) (46)
In 1980 Actor, Matt Long (Jack McCallister-Jack and Bobby) (42)
In 1980 Actress Felicia Pearson (The Wire) (42)
In 1985 Gospel singer Francesca Battistelli ("I'm Letting Go") (37)
In 1988 Reality stars Danielle and Gabi Victor (Bad Girls Club) (34)
In 1992 Actor Spencer Breslin (The Kid, The Cat in the Hat) (30)
In 1996 Actress Violett Beane (The Flash, God Friended Me) (26)
In 1997 Singer, Madilyn Paige (The Voice) (25)
In 1998 Actress Megan Goodman (Haunted Hathaways, Commando Crash) (24)
In 1999 Actor, Teo Halm (Earth to Echo) (23)


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