Famous Birthdays on this Day, May 31:

1443 - Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England (d. 1509)
1469 - Manuel I, King of Portugal (1495-1521) during era of exploration
1472 - Erardus van der Mark, prince-bishop of Luik/cardinal
1557 - Theodorus I (Fedor Ivanovitsj), czar of Russia (1584-98)
1557 - Feodor I of Russia (d. 1598)
1613 - John George II, Elector of Saxony (d. 1680)
1640 - Michal Wisniowiecki, King of Poland (d. 1673)
1656 - Marin Marias, composer
1664 - Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal
1674 - Friedrich Erhard Niedt, composer
1701 - Alexander Cruden, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible
1744 - Richard Edgeworth, writer, Bath
1753 - Pierre V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader
1773 - Ludwig Tieck, writer
1801 - Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist (d. 1887)
1802 - Cesare Pugni, composer
1804 - Jeanne-Louise Farrenc, composer
1810 - Horatio Seymour, Gov (Union), died in 1886
1817 - Edouard Deldevez, composer
1817 - Georg Herwegh, writer
1818 - John Albion Andrew, Gov (Union), died in 1867
1819 - Walt Whitman, West Hills, NY, poet (Leaves of Grass)
1835 - Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader (d. 1869)
1837 - Ernest Daudet, French writer (White Terror)
1837 - Joseph Grimaldi, London, clown
1837 - Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Mjr General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
1837 - William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)
1838 - Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University)
1852 - Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (d. 1919)
1857 - Pius XI, [Ambrogio DA Ratti], Italy, 259th Pope (1922-39)
1860 - Walter Richard Sickert Munich, Danish/English painter (The Miner)
1861 - Emily Perkins Bissell, welfare worker (1st christmas seal drive, 1907)
1863 - Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer
1864 - Albert J M Bakker, Dutch actor (Teun the night watch)
1866 - Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, composer
1872 - Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)
1872 - William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)
1875 - Italo Montemezzi, composer
1879 - Mark Hambourg, composer
1882 - Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (d. 1956)
1883 - Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (d. 1942)
1885 - Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)
1887 - Saint-John Perse, France, poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]
1888 - Jack Holt, US, golddigger/actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone)
1889 - Athene Seyler, London, actress (Make Mine Mink)
1892 - Gregor Strasser, German pharmacist/NSDAP-Reich organization leader
1892 - Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian author (Bespokojnaja Joenostj) [NS]
1892 - Louis Fourestier, composer
1892 - Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
1892 - Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
1892 - Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (d. 1968)
1894 - Fred Allen, Cambridge Mass, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show)
1897 - Margalo Gillmore, London, actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society)
1898 - Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist/writer/resistance fighter
1898 - Norman Vincent Peale, Ohio, clergyman (Power of Positive Thinking)
1899 - Leonid Leonow, writer
1900 - Helma Wolf-Catz, Dutch author (Undercurrent, Coral Reef)
1901 - Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (d. 1983)
1902 - Billy Mayerl, composer
1902 - Henk Schaer, [Hendricus JM Schaareman], actor/conductor
1902 - Ralph Walter Wood, composer
1905 - Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
1905 - Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian (d. 1993)
1907 - Valston Hancock, British air marshal
1908 - Don Ameche, Kenosha WI, actor (Cocoon, Trading Places)
1908 - Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (d. 2000)
1909 - Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
1909 - Thor Thorvaldsen, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
1910 - Elizabeth Blackwell, Hastings, 1st woman doctor of medicine
1910 - Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist
1911 - Edward Adamson, art therapist/collector
1912 - Barbara Pepper, NYC, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres, Rogue Tavern)
1912 - Dave O'Brien, Big Springs TX, actor (Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid)
1912 - Henry M "Scoop" Jackson, (Sen-D-Wash)
1912 - Martin Schwarzschild, US astronomer (evolution)
1912 - Alfred Deller, English countertenor (d. 1979)
1913 - Peter Gibson, British Rear-Admiral
1914 - Akira Ifukube, composer
1916 - Bert Haanstra, Holten Netherlands, director (Fanfare)
1916 - John Vivyan, actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life)
1916 - Judy Campbell, actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie)
1919 - Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer
1919 - Emmanual Tettey Mensah, musician
1920 - Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)
1921 - Alida Valli, Pola Italy, actress (Miracle of the Bells, 3rd Man)
1921 - Andrew Grima, British jeweller
1921 - Robert Arthur Ley, UK, sci-fi author (Telepath, Power of X)
1921 - Howard Reig, American radio and television announcer
1922 - Denholm Elliott, London, actor (Alfie, Cuba, Doll's House, King Rat)
1922 - Elisabeth, arch duchess of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein
1923 - Clint Rainier III, Prince of Monaco (1949- )
1923 - Wolfgang Lesser, composer
1924 - Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for S Afr, handled the ball 1956)
1926 - Derek Birley, British Vice-Chancellor (Ulster U)
1926 - Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
1926 - Viscount Ingleby
1927 - Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
1927 - James Eberle, Brit admiral/director (Royal Institute of Intl Affairs)
1927 - Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
1928 - Jacob Lateiner, Havana Cuba, pianist/professor (Juiliard)
1928 - Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
1929 - Aladar Zoltan, composer
1929 - Elaine Stewart, Montclair NJ, actress (Take the High Ground)
1929 - Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)
1930 - Clint Eastwood, SF Calif, actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, Calif)
1930 - William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)
1931 - John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
1931 - Justice Turner
1931 - Shirley Verrett, New Orleans, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens)
1931 - Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)
1932 - Elizabeth Southey, British CEO (Natl Fed of Women's Institutes)
1932 - George Vallings, British Vice-Admiral
1932 - Ronald Hampel, British CEO (ICI)
1932 - Jay Miner, American microchip designer (d. 1994)
1934 - Bent Peter Rasch, Denmark, canoe (Olympic-gold-1952)
1934 - Jim Hutton, Binghamton NY, actor (Ellery Queen)
1934 - Karl-Erik Welin, composer
1935 - Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
1935 - Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
1937 - Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russia, cosmonaut
1938 - John Prescott, British MP
1938 - Peter Yarrow, NYC, (Peter, Paul & Mary-Puff the Magic Dragon)
1939 - Charles Drain, singer
1939 - Terry Waite, Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage
1940 - Augie Mayer, rocker (Sir Douglas Quintet)
1940 - Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
1940 - Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
1941 - Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
1941 - Johnny Paycheck, Greenfield OH, singer (Take This Job & Shove It)
1941 - June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
1941 - Kenneth Cooper, NYC, harpsichordist/professor (Barnard, Bkln)
1941 - Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
1942 - Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
1942 - John Daniel, British Vice-Chancellor (Open U)
1943 - Earl of Macclesfield
1943 - Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)
1943 - Sharon Gless, LA Calif, actress (Chris Cagney-Cagney & Lacey)
1944 - Mick Ralphs, guitarist (Mott the Hoople, Bad Company)
1945 - Linda Davies, British Judge
1945 - Bernard Goldberg?, American journalist
1946 - Debbie Moore, founder/CEO (Pineapple Dance Studios)
1946 - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director (Marriage of Maria Braum)
1946 - Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
1946 - Ted Baehr, American media critic
1947 - John Bonham, Redditch England, drummer (Led Zeppelin-Stairway)
1947 - William H Campbell Jr, rocker
1948 - Duncan L Hunter, (Rep-R-CA, 1981- )
1948 - John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham, drummer (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven)
1948 - Lynda Bellingham, actress (Sweeney, Scarlet Tunic)
1949 - Steven Kampmann, Phila, actor (Kirk-Newhart)
1949 - Nancy Shade, American soprano
1950 - Edward Barker, cartoonist
1950 - Gregory Harrison, Catalina Calif, actor (Trapper John, Logan's Run)
1950 - Tom Berenger, Chicago IL, actor (Big Chill, Someone to Watch Over Me)
1952 - Karl Bartos, German musician (Kraftwerk, Electronic)
1953 - Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Finnish actor
1954 - Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
1954 - Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
1955 - Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
1955 - Laura Baugh, Gainesville FL, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th)
1955 - Tommy Emmanuel, Australian Guitarist CGP
1956 - Bart van Poppel, Dutch bassist/guitarist/singer (Tambourine)
1956 - Yoshiko Sakakibara, Chiba Japan, actress (Sailor Moon, Vampire Hunter)
1956 - Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
1957 - Jim Craig, North Easton Mass, hockey goalie (oly-gold-1980)
1957 - Stephen Jones, British milliner
1958 - Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
1958 - Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
1958 - Kyle Secor, Tacoma Wash, actor (Tim Bayliss-Homicide)
1958 - Mkhuseli Jack, South African UDF-leader (consumer boycots)
1960 - Chris Elliott, actor/comedian (Get a Life, David Letterman Show)
1960 - Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pitts Steelers)
1960 - Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
1961 - Harry Enfield, comedian (Dermot-Men Behaving Badly, Saturday Live)
1961 - Lea Thompson, actress (Back to the Future, Caroline In The City)
1962 - Corey Hart, Montreal Canada, vocalist (I Wear My Sunglasses at Night)
1962 - Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
1962 - Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
1962 - Sebastian Koch, German actor
1963 - Wendy Smith, rocker (Prefab Sprout-2 Wheels Good)
1963 - Viktor Orbán, Hungarian politician
1963 - Wesley Willis, American musician (d. 2003)
1964 - DMC, rocker
1964 - Scotti Hill, Manhasset NY, rock guitarist (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
1964 - Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
1964 - Darryl McDaniels, American musician (Run-D.M.C.)
1965 - Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner
1965 - Brooke Shields, NYC, model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan)
1966 - Jessica Monroe, Palo Alto Calif, Canadian rower (Olympics-96)
1966 - Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
1966 - Jeremy Hotz, Canadian stand-up comedian
1967 - Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
1967 - Sandrine Bonnaire, Clermont France, actress (Vagabond, Police)
1967 - Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality
1968 - Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)
1969 - Juliet Haslam, Adelaide SA Australia, field hockey midfielder (Oly-96)
1970 - Cory Mantyka, CFL guard (BC Lions)
1971 - Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1971 - Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
1971 - Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
1971 - Sarah O'Hare, model (Cosmopolitan-Jan 1994)
1971 - Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
1972 - Bryan Walker, safety (Washington Redskins)
1972 - Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics-96)
1972 - Karl Geary, Irish actor
1972 - Dave Roberts, American baseball player
1973 - Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
1973 - Marty Janzen, Miami FL, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
1973 - Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31)
1974 - Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
1974 - Jim Carey, Dorchester MA, NHL goalie (Washington Capitals)
1974 - Steve Martin, defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
1974 - Chad Campbell, American golfer
1974 - Adrian Tomine, American cartoonist
1975 - Sienna Guillory, English actress
1976 - Colin Farrell, Irish actor
1976 - Matt Harpring, American basketball player
1977 - Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
1977 - Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
1977 - Eric Christian Olsen, American actor
1977 - Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
1977 - Debbie King, English TV presenter
1977 - Scott Klopfenstein, American musician (Reel Big Fish)
1977 - Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
1977 - Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
1977 - Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
1977 - Joel Ross, British disc jockey
1977 - June Sarpong, British television presenter
1980 - Andy Hurley, American musician (Fall Out Boy)
1981 - Jake Peavy, American baseball player
1982 - Jonathan Tucker, American actor
1983 - Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
1983 - Reggie Yates, English television presenter
1983 - David Hernandez, American singer
1984 - Nate Robinson, American basketball player
1984 - Jason Smith, Australian actor
1985 - Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player
1986 - Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
1986 - Sopho Khalvashi, Georgian musical artist
1986 - Melissa McIntyre, Canadian actress
1988 - Hope Partlow, American Singer
1990 - Liberty Irene Kasem, daughter of Casey & Jean Kasam
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