Famous Birthdays on this Day, April 23:

1170 - Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France (d. 1190)
1185 - King Afonso II of Portugal (d. 1223)
1464 - Johanna van Valois, Queen of France
1464 - Robert Fayrfax, composer
1484 - Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
1500 - Alexander Alesius, [Aless/Alane], System theologist/physician
1500 - Alexander Ales, Scottish theologian (d. 1565)
1516 - Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian, and archaeologist (d. 1571)
1598 - Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
1621 - William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)
1623 - Jan Adam Reincken, composer
1628 - Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (d. 1704)
1629 - John Commelin, director (Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam)
1649 - Andreas Kneller, composer
1676 - King Frederick I of Sweden (d. 1751)
1697 - George Baron Anson, British admiral/explorer
1708 - Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem)
1715 - Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
1720 - Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1797)
1725 - Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint (d. 1755)
1728 - Samuel Wallis, explorer (Wallis Island)
1735 - Ildephons Haas, composer
1746 - Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (d. 1794)
1747 - Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer
1756 - Alexander Reinagle, composer
1775 - Joseph Mallord Turner, England, landscape painter (Shipwreck)
1791 - James Buchanan, Cove Gap PA, (Fed/Dem), 15th US president (1857-61)
1791 - W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter/cartoonist
1792 - John Thomas Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist (d. 1882)
1794 - Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar (d. 1856)
1803 - Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice
1804 - Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium)
1809 - Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer
1810 - Thomas Wright, historian
1812 - Louis-Antoine Julien, conductor
1813 - Stephen Arnold Douglas, (Little giant), US senator (Lincoln debates)
1813 - Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul) (d. 1853)
1818 - James Anthony Froude, historian
1818 - John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1872
1821 - Pierre Dupont, song writer
1823 - Abd-ul-Mejid, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1861)
1827 - Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer
1828 - Albert FA, king of Saxon (1873-1902)
1838 - Alfred J Verwee, Flemish painter
1852 - Edwin Markham, US, poet (1st winner of Amer Acad of Poets Award 1937)
1853 - Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)
1858 - Max K E Ludwig Planck, German physicist (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918)
1861 - Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Fieldmarshal
1865 - Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (d. 1943)
1867 - Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher/writer (For the Young Ones)
1872 - Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (d. 1951)
1876 - Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (d. 1925)
1877 - Arthur Farwell, composer
1881 - Claude Carter, South African slow lefty cricketer (1912-22)
1881 - Otakar Sini, composer
1882 - Albert Coates, St Petersburg Russia, conductor/composer (Eagle)
1882 - Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
1888 - Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and diplomat (d. 1967)
1889 - Charles Warrell, big Chief I-Spy writer/teacher
1890 - Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer
1890 - Marcel L'Herbier, French director/screenwriter (El Dorado)
1891 - Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Ukraine, composer (Peter & the Wolf)
1892 - Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer
1892 - R Huelsenbeck, writer
1893 - Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
1894 - Basil Sydney, England, actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife)
1894 - George Renevant, Paris, actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X)
1894 - Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955)
1895 - Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)
1896 - Margaret Kennedy, novelist
1897 - Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
1897 - John Wengraf, Vienna Austria, actor (12 to Moon, Pride & Passion)
1897 - Lester Bowles Pearson, (L) 14th Canadian PM (1963-68) (Nobel 1957)
1897 - Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
1898 - Edwin E Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov)
1899 - Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ, Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew)
1899 - Vladimir Nabokov, St Petersburg Russia, novelist (Lolita, Ada)
1900 - Ary Verhaar, composer
1900 - Henry Barraud, composer
1900 - Joseph Green, film maker
1900 - Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (d. 1959)
1901 - E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist (d. 1988)
1902 - Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
1903 - Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d 1974)
1904 - Duncan Renaldo, Spain, actor (Cisco Kid)
1904 - Leslie French, actor/singer (More than a Miracle)
1905 - Lord Carew, Ireland, judge (dressage)
1906 - Marcel Hillaire, Cologne Germany, actor (Adv in Paradise)
1906 - Maria Arnoldo, [Adrianus Broeders], photographer/writer
1907 - Baroness Dudley
1908 - Frederick Hawkins, dancer
1908 - Herbert Telley, British actuary
1908 - Myron Waldman, American animator (d. 2006)
1909 - Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
1911 - Ronald Neame, director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure)
1911 - Simone Simon, France, actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love)
1913 - Jan Meyerowitz, composer
1914 - Andrew Martin, Lord-Lt (Lechestershire England)
1914 - John Hubbard, Indiana Harbor Indiana, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie)
1914 - Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
1915 - Arnold Hall, CEO (Hawker Siddeley Group)
1916 - Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
1917 - Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
1917 - Dorian Leigh, American supermodel (d. 2008)
1918 - Anthony Craxton, British TV producer
1918 - Maurice Druon, [Kessel], French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
1919 - Dorian Leigh, San Antonio TX, model, sister of Suzy Parker
1919 - Talivaldis Kenins, composer
1919 - Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet double-agent
1920 - Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
1920 - Louis Barron, composer
1921 - Janet Blair, Altoona Pa, actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family)
1921 - Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
1922 - Boy [Segundo JA] Ecury, Aruba, resistance fighter
1922 - Diarmuid Downs, auto engineer
1923 - Avram Davidson, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!)
1923 - James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
1923 - Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer
1923 - Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler
1923 - Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas
1924 - Arthur Frackenpohl, Irving NJ, composer (Natural Superiority of Music)
1924 - Colin Welch, columnist/critic
1924 - James Colin Ross Welch, journalist
1924 - Malcolm Anson, CEO (Wessex Water Authority)
1924 - Chuck Harmon, American baseball player
1926 - James P Donleavy, Brooklyn, novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters)
1926 - Richard Laws, Master (St Edmunds College Cambridge)
1927 - Russell Smith, composer
1928 - Bill Cotton, CEO (Noel Gay TV)
1928 - Okke Jager, Dutch theologist/writer/poet
1928 - Shirley Temple Black, Ca, actress (Heidi)/ambassador (UN)
1929 - George Steiner, professor (English)
1930 - Alan Oppenheimer, NYC, actor (6 Million Dollar Man, Eischied)
1930 - Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
1932 - Halston, [R Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame)
1932 - Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
1933 - Roger Wittevrongel, Flemish painter
1935 - David Evans, MP
1935 - Bunky Green, American musician
1936 - Elias, [Etienne Michiels], Flemish painter
1936 - Estelle Harris, actress (Estelle Castanza-Seinfeld)
1936 - John D'Arcy, cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour)
1936 - Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter
1936 - Roy Orbison, Vernon Tx, rocker (Pretty Woman)
1937 - Barry Shepherd, cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's)
1937 - Don Massengale, Jackson TX, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity)
1937 - Victoria Glendinning, author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions)
1938 - Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker
1938 - Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
1938 - Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
1939 - David Birney, Wash DC, actor (Brigette Loves Bernie, St Elsewhere)
1939 - Ray Peterson, Denton Tx, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her)
1939 - William Hagerty, editor (People)
1940 - Lee Majors, [Harvey Yeary], Mich, TV actor ($6,000,000 Man, Stunt Man)
1940 - Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
1940 - Michael Copps, American Federal Government official
1941 - Ed Stewart, British DJ
1941 - Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
1941 - Jacqueline Boyer, French singer
1941 - Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
1941 - Michael Lynne, American film executive
1942 - Sandra Dee, [Zuck], Bayonne NJ, actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life)
1943 - Carmen von Thyssen, Barcelona Spain, Baroness
1943 - Herve Villechaize, France, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
1943 - Hugh Davies, composer
1943 - Tony Esposito, Ontario, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
1943 - [Gerardus] Bob van Toll, actor/interpreter/director (Pastorale 1943)
1944 - Niklaus Schilling, Basel Germany, director (Dormire, Atem, Rheingold)
1947 - Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Ireland, political activist [or 1940]
1947 - Saskia, [Trudy van den Berg], singer (S & Serge, Spinning Wheel)
1948 - Richard Day, engineer/development expert
1948 - Tessa Wyatt, actress (Beast in the Cellar, Wedding Night)
1948 - Pascal Quignard, French author
1948 - Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor
1949 - Blair Brown, Wash DC, actress (Altered States, Molly Dodd)
1949 - John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
1949 - Joyce DeWitt, Wheeling WV, actress (Janet Wood-Three's Company)
1949 - Walter Sweeney, MP
1951 - Loek M L H A Hermans, Dutch MP (VVD)
1952 - Lionel Johnston, Augusta Ga, actor (Sons & Daughters)
1952 - Narada, [Michael Walden], Mich, rocker (Don't Want Nobody Else)
1952 - Terry Moor, Hartford Conn, tennis star
1952 - Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
1953 - Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
1953 - James Russo, NYC, actor (My Own Private Idaho, China Girl)
1954 - Michael Moore, American filmmaker
1955 - Captain Sensible, rocker
1955 - Judy Davis, Perth Australia, actress (Husbands & Wives)
1955 - Mike Smith, British DJ
1955 - Su Ingle, British TV hostess
1955 - Tony Miles, chess player
1956 - Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australasia golfer
1957 - Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
1957 - Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1957 - Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
1958 - Max Planck, physicist (Quanta Physics)
1958 - Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Icelandic music composer
1959 - Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
1960 - Joseph Martin Mudd, Louisville KY, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express)
1960 - Steve Clark, Hillsborough England, rock guitarist (Def Leppard)
1960 - Valerie Bertinelli, Del, (1 Day at a Time, Sydney); Ms Eddie Van Halen
1961 - Terry Gordy, American professional wrestler (d. 2001)
1961 - George Lopez, American actor and comedian
1962 - John Hannah, Scottish actor
1963 - Benoit Doucet, Montreal Quebec, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
1963 - Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
1964 - Dan Frischman, Whippany NJ, actor (Arvid Engen-Head of the Class)
1964 - Gen, [Simon Matthews], English pop drummer (Jesus Jones-Zeroes & Ones)
1964 - Martin Lopez-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m)
1965 - Donna Weinbrecht, skier (Olympic-gold)
1966 - Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
1966 - Richard Greenwood, LA Calif, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley)
1966 - Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
1967 - Brent Muscat, rocker (Faster Pussycat-Wake Me When It's Over)
1967 - Melina Kanakaredes, Akron Ohio, actress (Eleni Andros-Guiding Light)
1967 - Rheal Cormier, New Brunswick, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
1968 - Susan Emily Savastano, E Providence RI, Miss RI-America (1991)
1968 - Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
1968 - Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
1968 - Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
1969 - Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
1969 - Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
1969 - Richard Wolstencroft, Australian Filmmaker
1969 - Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
1970 - Cristiano Caratti, Italy, tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
1970 - Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
1970 - Scott Bairstow, American actor
1970 - Dennis Bayne Culp, American singer/songwriter
1970 - Sadao Abe, Japanese actor
1971 - Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades Calif, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys)
1971 - Charmaine Sinclair, English model
1972 - Rachel Hetherington, Port Macquarie NSW, golfer (1993 NSW Champ)
1972 - Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet
1972 - Patricia Manterola, Mexican singer
1972 - Sonya Smith, American actress
1973 - Derek Armstrong, Ottawa, NHL center (NY Islanders)
1973 - Patrick Poulin, Vanier, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1974 - Joey Kent, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
1974 - Sam Madison, cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
1974 - Carlos Dengler, American musician (Interpol)
1974 - Barry Watson, American actor
1975 - Bret Anderson, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
1975 - Jón Þór Birgisson, Icelandic musician and singer (Sigur Rós)
1976 - Tamas Buday Jr, Budapest Hungary, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96)
1977 - John Cena, American professional wrestler
1977 - Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player
1977 - Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player
1977 - Kal Penn, American actor
1977 - Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer
1979 - Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
1979 - Yana Gupta, Indian actress & model
1979 - Jaime King, American actress
1979 - Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
1981 - Gabriella MAO Windsor, daughter of English prince Michael
1981 - Sean Henn, American baseball player
1981 - Joanna Krupa, Supermodel/actress
1981 - Chris Sharma, American rock climber/boulderer
1982 - Taio Cruz, London/English R&B, Pop, Hip Hop singer
1983 - Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
1983 - Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier
1984 - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Chess Woman World Champion
1985 - Angel Locsin, Filipina TV and movie actress
1986 - Sven Kramer, Dutch speedskater
1986 - Jessica Stam, Canadian supermodel
1987 - Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion
1988 - Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
1989 - Nicole Vaidisová, Czech tennis player
1990 - Matthew Dillon Underwood, American actor
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