Born On This Day...

In 1403 King Charles VII of France (1422-61)
In 1732 George Washington, the first U.S. president (1789-1796)
In 1749 Johann Nikolaus Forkel, the first biographer of Bach
In 1778 Historical painter, Rembrandt Peale
In 1788 German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer
In 1810 Composer/pianist, Frederic Chopin
In 1819 American essayist/poet, James Russell Lowell
In 1857 Philanthropist, Lord Robert Baden-Powell (founded Boy Scouts)
In 1857 Physicist, Heinrich Hertz (the first radio broadcaster)
In 1874 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Bill Klem (first umpire elected)
In 1876 Pauline Musters became the shortest adult known (58.9 cm, 1' 11.2")
In 1896 Actress, Enid Markey (the first Jane in Tarzan movies)
In 1899 Actor, Dwight Frye (Dracula, Frankenstein)
In 1900 German engineer Paul Kollsman (altimeter) [d: 9-26-05]
In 1900 Greek poet, Giorgios Seferis (Nobel-1963) [d: 9-20-71]
In 1901 Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Whittaker (1957-62) [d: 11-26-73]
In 1903 Cartoonist, Bill Holman (Smokey Stover) [d: 2-27-87]
In 1907 Actor/director Sheldon Leonard (Danny Thomas Show) [d: 1-11-97]
In 1907 Actor, Robert Young (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby) [d: 7-21-98]
In 1908 Actor, John Mills (Dundee and the Culhane) [d: 4-23-05]
In 1909 Sports figure Dan Biasone (NBA 24-second shot clock) [d: 5-25-92]
In 1913 Saxophonist, Buddy Tate (Count Basie) [d: 2-10-01]
In 1915 Actor, Dan Seymour (Abdul-Casablanca) [d: 5-25-93]
In 1918 Baseball team owner Charles O. Finley (Oakland A's) [d: 2-19-96]
In 1918 Announcer, Don Pardo (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live) [d: 8-18-14]
In 1918 Robert Wadlow became the tallest known human (8' 11.1") [d: 7-15-40]
In 1920 Country singer/pianist Del Wood [d: 10-3-89]
In 1925 Illustrator, Edward Gorey [d: 4-15-00]
In 1927 Actor, Donald May (Adam-Edge of Night, Colt .45, Falcon Crest) [d: 1-28-22]
In 1928 Actor, Paul Dooley (Sixteen Candles, John-Grace Under Fire) (95)
In 1930 Actress, Allison Hayes (Attack of the 50-Foot Woman) [d: 2-27-77]
In 1932 U.S. senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) [d: 8-26-09]
In 1934 Baseball manager George "Sparky" Anderson (Reds, Tigers) [d: 11-4-10]
In 1936 Singer/songwriter Ernest K-Doe (Mother-In-Law) [d: 7-5-01]
In 1938 Singer, Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters) [d: 3-25-22]
In 1938 Baseball player Steve Barber (Orioles, Yankees) [d: 2-4-07]
In 1940 Basketball player Chet Walker (Bulls) (83)
In 1943 Basketball player Dick Van Arsdale (Knicks, Suns) (80)
In 1944 Director, Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) [d: 4-26-17]
In 1945 Actress, Leslie Charleson (Monica-General Hospital) (78)
In 1945 Singer, Oliver (Good Morning Starshine, Jean) [d: 2-12-00]
In 1948 Actor, John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop) (75)
In 1948 Basketball player Dennis Awtrey (Bulls, Suns) (75)
In 1949 Auto racer/author Niki Lauda (3-time Formula One champion) [d: 5-20-19]
In 1950 Basketball player Julius Erving (76ers, Nets) (73)
In 1950 Actor, Miou-Miou (My Other Husband, Germinal) (73)
In 1950 Actress, Julie Walters (Rita-Educating Rita, Harry Potter) (73)
In 1951 Actress, Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors, Naked Gun) (72)
In 1952 Astronaut, James P. Bagian (STS-29, 40) (71)
In 1956 Golfer, Amy Alcott (U.S. Women's Open-1980) (67)
In 1959 Actor, Kyle MacLachlan (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Dune) (64)
In 1962 Actor, Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter) [d: 9-4-06]
In 1963 Cartoon character Pebbles Flintstone (The Flintstones) (60)
In 1964 Tennis player, Gigi Fernandez (1988 U.S. Open Doubles) (59)
In 1965 Hockey player Pat LaFontaine (Olympics-1984, Islanders) (58)
In 1966 Comedian, Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live) (57)
In 1966 Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Patrick Thornhart-One Life To Live) (57)
In 1968 Actress, Jeri Ryan (Dark Skies, Seven of Nine-ST: Voyager, Picard) (55)
In 1969 Football player, Mark Chmura (Packers, Superbowl XXXI) (54)
In 1970 Actor, Michael Rodrick (Cameron Sinclair-Another World) (53)
In 1971 Football Player, Gilbert Brown (Packers, Superbowl XXXI) (52)
In 1971 Actress/singer Lea Salonga (Princess Jasmine-Aladdin) (52)
In 1971 Actor, Jose Solano (Manny Guiterrez-Baywatch) (52)
In 1972 Former tennis player Michael Chang (1989 French Open) (51)
In 1974 Singer, James Blunt (You're Beautiful) (49)
In 1975 Actress, Drew Barrymore (Never Been Kissed, Charlie's Angels) (48)
In 1975 Actress, Liza Victoria Huber (Gwen Hotchkiss-Passions) (48)
In 1985 Actor, Zach Roerig (As the World Turns, The Vampire Diaries) (38)
In 1996 Singer, Cole Pendery (IM5) (27)


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