Famous Birthdays on this Day, April 26:

121 - Antonius Marcus Aurelius, [Marcus A Verus], Emperor of Rome (161-180)
570 - Muhammed, founder of Islam, according to the Shi'a sect. Other sources suggest April 20.
1319 - Jean II, the Good, king of France (1350-64)
1538 - Giovanni P Lomazzo, Italian writer/poet (Trattato)
1564 - William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon England, playwright (Hamlet)
1567 - Nicolas Forme, composer
1573 - Marie de'Medici, Queen of France
1603 - Francesco Nigetti, composer
1637 - Philip J van Lichtenbergh, Governor of Suriname, baptized
1648 - Pedro II, King of Portugal (1683-1706)
1662 - Maria Luisa of Orleans, queen consort of Spain (d. 1689)
1710 - Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher (d. 1796)
1711 - David Hume, English empiricist/philosopher (Treatise of Human Nature)
1718 - Esek Hopkins, US, 1st commander-in-chief (US Navy)
1726 - Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter
1774 - Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist (d. 1853)
1776 - Joan M Kemper, Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book)
1782 - Maria Amalia of Bourbon-Sicily, wife of Louis Phillip of Austria
1785 - John James Audubon, Haiti, bird watcher/artist
1787 - Ludwig Uhland, writer
1796 - Auguste-Matthieu Panseron, composer
1798 - Ferdinand Eugene Delacroix, French painter/lithograph/etcher (Journal)
1798 - James Beckwourth, American explorer (d. 1867)
1801 - Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat (d. 1889)
1804 - Charles Goodyear, American politician (d. 1876)
1806 - Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer
1808 - Martha Finley, children's book author
1812 - Alfred Krupp, German arms merchant
1820 - Alice Cary, Cincinnati, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel)
1822 - Frederick Law Olmsted, architect/writer (designed Central Park)
1822 - Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist
1826 - George Hull Ward, American general (d. 1863)
1826 - Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General (d. 1872
1827 - Charles Edward Hovey, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1834 - Artemus Ward, (Charles Farrar Browne), humorist
1834 - Horatio Richmond Palmer, composer
1836 - Erminnie Adelle Platt, US, ethnologist (Iriquois-English Dictionary)
1839 - Cyrus Hamblin, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1867
1841 - Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian
1856 - Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)
1860 - Alphonse M A J Ariëns, Dutch pastor
1863 - Arno Holz, writer
1863 - Charles Haslewood Shannon, lithographer/painter
1868 - Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere/Newspaper publisher
1868 - Robert Herrick, US writer (Common lot)
1873 - Otto zur Linde, German author (Charon)
1874 - J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test S Africa v Australia 1902)
1875 - Syngman Rhee, South Korea, pres of South Korea (1948-60) [or Mar 26]
1878 - Ethel Griffies, actress (Billy Liar, Birds, We Live Again)
1878 - Saint Rafael Guízar Valencia, Mexican Catholic bishop
1879 - Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
1880 - Mikhail Fokine, Russia, choreographer/founder of modern dance
1884 - Harry Sothern, actor (Dr Huer-Buck Rogers)
1886 - Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues
1886 - Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)
1886 - Gabdulla Tuqay, Tatar poet (d. 1913)
1888 - Aleksandr Mikhailov, USSR, astronomer
1888 - Anita Loos, American writer (d. 1981)
1889 - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria, philosopher (Tractatus)
1890 - Edgar "E Livingstone" Kennedy, US actor/director (My Old Dutch)
1893 - Anita Loos, author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
1893 - Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal (d. 1946)
1894 - Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (d. 1987)
1896 - Ernst Udet, WWI pilot and film actor, Luftwaffe officer (d. 1941)
1897 - Olga Chekova, Russia, actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children)
1897 - Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
1898 - Edward PF Eagan, Denver, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32)
1898 - John Grierson, documentary film maker
1898 - Vicente Aleixandre, Spain, writer (Ambito, Bird of Paper, Nobel 1977)
1899 - Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, TX, actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail)
1900 - Charles Richter, Ohio, Earthquakes seismologist (Richter scale)
1900 - Douglas Sirk, director (Zu Neuen Ufern, Boefje)
1900 - James Sutherland, English literature scholar/actor (Rob Roy 1953)
1900 - Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
1903 - Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
1903 - Niven Busch, US screenwriter (Postman Always Rings Twice)
1904 - Paul E "Cardinal" Leger, archbishop (Montreal)
1904 - William "Count" Basie, jazz pianist (Policy Man, Blazing Saddles)
1905 - Charles K Feldman, [Gould], NYC, producer (Casino Royale)
1905 - Denis O'Dea, Dublin, actor (Esther & the King, Treasure Island)
1905 - Jean Vigo, France, actor/director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante)
1906 - Gracie Allen, Mrs George Burns, comedienne (George Burns Show)
1906 - Leopold Spinner, composer
1907 - Theun de Vries, writer (February; PC Hooft prize 1981)
1909 - Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
1910 - Erland von Koch, composer
1910 - Ernst Tittel, composer
1910 - Johan Doorn, Dutch journalist/resistance fighter (Orange Newspaper)
1910 - Tomoyuki Tanaka, director (Godzilla)
1911 - Marianne Hoppe, Rostock Germany (Bei Thea, Liebrauen)
1912 - A[lfred] E[lton] van Vogt, Canada, sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn)
1912 - A. E. van Vogt, Canadian writer (d. 2000)
1914 - Bernard Malamud, US, novelist (Fixer, Natural, Pulitizer 1967)
1914 - Charlie Chester, British comedian (Never Say Die)
1914 - Horace Leonard Gold, Sci-Fi writer/editor
1914 - James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls/Columbia, Maryland)
1914 - Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer
1916 - Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer
1916 - Morris L West, Australia, novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman)
1916 - Vic Perrin, American actor (d. 1989)
1917 - I[eoh] M[ing] Pei, Canton, China, architect (1961 Brunner Prize)
1917 - Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
1917 - I.M. Pei, Chinese-born architect
1918 - Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, hurdler (Olym-gold-1948)
1918 - Jack Morpurgo, American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
1918 - Stafford Repp, Calif, actor (Chief O'Hara-Batman, Plunder Road)
1920 - Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer
1921 - Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)
1921 - Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician
1921 - Margaret Gowing, professor (history, science)
1922 - James Holt, medieval historian
1922 - Margaret Scott, founder (Australian Ballet School)
1922 - Mike Kellin, Hartford Ct, actor (Honestly Celeste, Fitz & Bones)
1922 - Paul-Andre Gaillard, composer
1922 - Pol Bury, Belgian sculptor
1922 - Jeanne Sauvé, French Canadian politician (d. 1993)
1923 - Oliver Millar, Surveyor (Queen's Pictures)
1924 - Russell Nype, Zion Ill, singer/actor (Burton Farley-Dorothy)
1925 - Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician
1926 - David Coleman, sports commentator
1926 - Michael Joughin, CEO (Scottish Hydro-Electric)
1926 - Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer
1926 - Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
1926 - Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (d. 2003)
1927 - Anne McLaren, biologist/zoologist/actress (Things to Come)
1927 - Jack Douglas, comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child, Jack Paar Show)
1928 - Gordon Downey, British Comptroller General/Reader Rep (Independent)
1929 - Richard Mitchell, American author and professor (d. 2002)
1930 - Derek Waring, actor (Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country)
1930 - Justin Gosling, principal (St Edmund Hall Oxford)
1930 - Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
1932 - Francis Lai, French film music composer
1932 - Michael Smith, English-born chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
1933 - Carol Burnett, San Antonio Tx, comedian/actress (Annie, 4 Seasons)
1933 - Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, Puerto Rican activist (d. 2005)
1934 - J Micheal McCloskey, environmentalist/chairman (Sierra Club)
1936 - Edward Cazalet, British High Court Judge
1937 - Robert Boozer, Omaha Neb, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1960)
1938 - Duane Eddy, Phoenix, Az, country singer (Peter Gunn, Cannonball)
1938 - Maurice Williams, rocker
1938 - Willie Wood, bowler
1939 - Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
1940 - Giorgio Moroder, composer (Let it Ride, Cat People, Top Gun)
1941 - John Battle, MP
1941 - John Mitchell, American composer
1942 - Bobby Rydell, Phila Pa, rock singer (Wild One, Bye Bye Birdie)
1942 - Claudine Auger, Paris France, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball)
1942 - Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russia, cosmonaut
1942 - Michael Kergin, Canadian diplomat
1943 - Claudine Auger, Miss France (1958)/actress (Thunderball)
1943 - Gary Wright, singer, dream weaver (Spooky Tooth-It's All About)
1943 - Peter Zumthor, Swiss architect
1944 - Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows) [or 6/24]
1944 - David O'B Martin, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
1944 - Martha Rockwell, Providence RI, skier (Mount Washington)
1944 - Amien Rais, Indonesian politician
1945 - Giorgio Moroder, producer/singer/songwriter (150 gold discs)
1945 - V K Ramaswamy, cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)
1945 - Sylvain Simard, Quebec politician
1947 - Donna Elizabeth De Varona, Greenwich Ct, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64)
1947 - Gervase Frank Ashworth Jackson-Stops, architectural adviser
1947 - Warren Clarke, English actor
1948 - Boyd Matson, TV host/correspondent (National Geographic Explorer)
1948 - Gerry Sikorski, (Rep-D-MN, 1983- )
1949 - Jimmy Hall, rocker (Wet Willie)
1949 - Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
1949 - Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
1950 - Howard "Leon" Reeder, rock guitarist (Champaign)
1950 - Peter Schaufuss, director of ballet (Deutsche Opera Berlin)
1951 - Lynne Jones, MP
1952 - Popo Simon Molefe, secretary-general (South Africa UDF)
1955 - Mike Scott, American baseball player
1956 - Koo Stark, [Kathleen Dee-Anne], photographer/actress (Emily)
1958 - Giancarlo Esposito, actor (Bob Roberts, School Daze, King of NY)
1958 - Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries, racing driver
1958 - John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute
1958 - Jeffrey Guterman, American mental health counselor
1959 - Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
1959 - John Corabi, American Musician
1960 - Roger Taylor, rock drummer (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)
1961 - Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
1961 - Joan Chen, [Chen Chong], Shanghai China, actress (Heaven & Earth)
1961 - Nancy Scranton, Centralia IL, golfer (1991 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
1962 - Graham "Skin" Skinner, rocker (Hipsway)
1962 - Michael Damian, San Diego, singer (Rock on)/actor (Young & Restless)
1962 - Colin Anderson, English footballer
1962 - Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian
1963 - Bill Wennington, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
1963 - Michael Damian, actor/singer (Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
1963 - Thomas Searle, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
1963 - Jet Li, Chinese martial artist
1964 - Tod Bass, LA Calif, actor (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
1965 - Kevin James, American comedian
1966 - Andrea Temesvari, Budapest Hungary, tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts)
1966 - Yoshihiro Togashi, Mangaka who created YuYu Hakusho
1967 - Klaus Merk, Augsburg GER, hockey goaltender (Team Germany 1998)
1967 - Matt Peterson, Chicago IL, Nike golfer (1992 Hawkeye Open-7th)
1967 - Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Academy Award nominated British actress
1967 - Glen Jacobs, American professional wrestler
1968 - Ahmed Elmaghraby, Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
1970 - Melania Trump, Slovenian model
1970 - Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, American singer (TLC)
1971 - Ryan Yarborough, NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets)
1971 - Jay DeMarcus, American bassist (Rascal Flatts)
1972 - Francisco Cordova, Veracruz Mexico, pitcher (Pitts Pirates)
1972 - Marco Rivera, NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Superbowl 31)
1972 - Natrone Means, NFL running back (SD Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
1972 - Avi Nimni, Israeli Footballer
1972 - Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer
1973 - Damien Munoz, Miss USA-Colorado (1997)
1973 - Mark Davis, NBA guard/forward (Phila 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
1973 - Tracy Kathleen Hayes, Wheaton Ill, Miss America (Illinois-5th-1996)
1973 - Chris Perry, English footballer
1974 - Ivana Milicevic, Croatian-American actress
1974 - Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
1975 - Jabbar Threats, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1975 - Trudi Ferguson, Miss Universe-Jamaica (1996)
1975 - Nathan "Joey" Jordison, American musician (Slipknot)
1975 - Nerina Pallot, British singer
1976 - Sarah Tueting, ice hockey goalie (USA, Oly-98)
1977 - Jason Earles, American actor
1977 - Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
1977 - Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
1977 - Tom Welling, American actor
1978 - Avant, American singer
1978 - Joe Crede, American baseball player
1978 - Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
1979 - Sean Fox, actor (3 Ninjas Kick Back, Calendar Girl)
1979 - Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
1979 - Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
1980 - Jordana Brewster, Panama, actress (Nikki Graves-As the World Turns)
1980 - Marne Patterson, Sherman Oaks Cal, actress (Nicole-Something So Right)
1980 - Channing Tatum, American actor
1981 - Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
1981 - Ms. Dynamite, English musician
1982 - Joanne Gobure, Nauruan poet
1982 - Cooper Wallace, National Football League tight end
1982 - Brock Gillespie, American basketball player
1982 - Jon Lee, British singer (S Club)
1983 - José María López, Argentine racing driver
1983 - Jessica Lynch, American P.O.W.
1984 - Ryan O'Donohue, Pomona Ca, actress (Byrds of Paradise, Boys are Back)
1984 - Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
1985 - John Isner, American Tennis player
1985 - Nam Gyu-Ri, Korean singer, member of See Ya
1987 - Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15
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