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1981 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1981
Ab urbe condita2734
Armenian calendar1430
Assyrian calendar6731
Bahá'í calendar137–138
Balinese saka calendar1902–1903
Bengali calendar1388
Berber calendar2931
British Regnal year29 Eliz. 2 – 30 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar2525
Burmese calendar1343
Byzantine calendar7489–7490
Chinese calendar庚申(Metal Monkey)
4677 or 4617
    — to —
辛酉年 (Metal Rooster)
4678 or 4618
Coptic calendar1697–1698
Discordian calendar3147
Ethiopian calendar1973–1974
Hebrew calendar5741–5742
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat2037–2038
 - Shaka Samvat1902–1903
 - Kali Yuga5081–5082
Holocene calendar11981
Igbo calendar981–982
Iranian calendar1359–1360
Islamic calendar1401–1402
Japanese calendarShōwa 56
Javanese calendar1913–1914
Juche calendar70
Julian calendarGregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar4314
Minguo calendarROC 70
Nanakshahi calendar513
Thai solar calendar2524
Tibetan calendar阳金猴年
(male Iron-Monkey)
2107 or 1726 or 954
    — to —
(female Iron-Rooster)
2108 or 1727 or 955
Unix time347155200 – 378691199

1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1981st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 981st year of the , the 81st year of the , and the 2nd year of the decade.

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Main article: January 1981
  • January – The subterranean Sarawak Chamber is discovered in Borneo.
  • January 1
    • Greece enters the European Community, which later becomes the European Union.
    • Palau becomes a self-governing territory.
  • January 10Salvadoran Civil War: The FMLN launches its first major offensive, gaining control of most of Morazán and Chalatenango departments.
  • January 15Pope John Paul II receives a delegation led by Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa at the Vatican.
  • January 16 – Loyalists shoot and seriously wound nationalist activist Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and her husband.
  • January 17Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos lifts martial law.
  • January 19 – United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.
  • January 20Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days minutes after Ronald Reagan is sworn in as President of the United States, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
  • January 21 – The first DeLorean DMC-12 automobile, a stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors, rolls off the production line in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.
  • January 23 – An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude in Sichuan, China kills 150.
  • January 25
    • Jiang Qing ("Madame Mao") is sentenced to death in the People's Republic of China.
    • In South Africa the largest part of the town Laingsburg is swept away within minutes by one of the strongest floods ever experienced in the Great Karoo.
  • January 27 – The Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas 2 catches fire and capsizes in the Java Sea, killing 580.


Main article: February 1981
  • February 4Gro Harlem Brundtland becomes Prime Minister of Norway.
  • February 8 – 20 fans of Olympiacos and 1 fan of AEK Athens die, while 54 are injured, after a stampede at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, possibly because gate 7 does not open immediately after the end of the game.
  • February 9 – Polish Prime Minister Józef Pińkowski resigns and is replaced by General Wojciech Jaruzelski.
  • February 14
    • Stardust fire: A fire at the Stardust nightclub in Artane, Dublin, Ireland in the early hours kills 48 people and injures 214.
    • Australia withdraws recognition of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.
  • February 17--February 22Pope John Paul II visit to the Philippines.
  • February 23Antonio Tejero, with members of the Guardia Civil, enters the Spanish Congress of Deputies and stops the session where Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo is about to be named president of the government. The coup d'état fails thanks to King Juan Carlos.
  • February 24 – A powerful, magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Athens, killing 22 people, injuring 400 people and destroying several buildings and 4000 house, mostly in Corinth and the nearby towns of Loutraki, Kiato and Xylokastro.


Main article: March 1981
  • March 1Bobby Sands, a Provisional Irish Republican Army member, begins a hunger strike for political status in Long Kesh prison. He died May 5, the first of 10 men.
  • March 11Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet is sworn in as President of Chile for another 8-year term.
  • March 17 – In Italy the Propaganda Due Masonic Lodge is discovered.
  • March 19 – Three workers are killed and 5 injured during a test of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
  • March 29 – The first London Marathon starts with 7,500 runners.
  • March 30 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr.; 2 police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.


Main article: April 1981
  • April 1Daylight saving time is introduced in the Soviet Union.
  • April 4 – UK pop group Bucks Fizz' song "Making Your Mind Up" wins the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
  • April 6 – Eventual 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders becomes the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont and was in office until April 4, 1989. 26 years later he got elected as Democratic U.S. Senator from Vermont, and still remains the state's current Senator.
  • April 111981 Brixton riot: Rioters in south London throw petrol bombs, attack police and loot shops.
  • April 12 – The Space Shuttle program: Space Shuttle Columbia with NASA astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen launches on the STS-1 mission, returning to Earth on April 14. It is the first time a manned reusable spacecraft has returned from orbit.
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April 12: First Space Shuttle launch: Columbia, April 12, 1981.

  • April 15 – The first Coca-Cola bottling plant in China is opened.[1]
  • April 18
    • A Minor League Baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, becomes the longest professional baseball game in history: 8 hours and 25 minutes/33 innings (the 33rd inning is not played until June 23).
    • The rock band Yes splits up (regrouping in 1983).
  • April 26French presidential election: A first-round runoff results between Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and François Mitterrand.


Main article: May 1981
  • May – Daniel K. Ludwig abandons the Jari project in the Amazon basin.
  • May 1 – The new Chilean pension system, based on private pension funds, begins.
  • May 4 – The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) was founded in Vienna by law students from Austria, West Germany, Poland and Hungary.
  • May 5Bobby Sands, Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and abstentionist Member of Parliament of the House of Commons, dies, aged 27, while on hunger strike in prison.
  • May 6 – A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries.
  • May 11Jamaican singer Bob Marley dies aged 36 from cancer.
  • May 13Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman who is allegedly on orders from the Soviet KGB to shoot him, as he enters St. Peter's Square in Vatican City to address a general audience. The Pope successfully recovers.
  • May 15Donna Payant is murdered by serial killer Lemuel Smith, the first time a female prison officer has been killed on-duty in the United States.
  • May 21 – In France, Socialist François Mitterrand becomes the first socialist President of the French Fifth Republic.
  • May 22Peter Sutcliffe is found guilty of being the Yorkshire Ripper. He is sentenced to life imprisonment on 13 counts of murder and 7 of attempted murder.
  • May 25 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Alain Robert scales the Willis Tower in Chicago.
  • May 26 – The Italian government resigns over its links to the fascist Masonic cell Propaganda Due.
  • May 30Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman is assassinated in Chittagong.
  • May 31Burning of Jaffna library, was one of the most violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the 20th century.


Main article: June 1981
  • June 5 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems (the first recognized cases of AIDS).
  • June 6Bihar train disaster: Seven coaches of an overcrowded passenger train fall off the tracks into the Bagmati River in Bihar, India, killing between 500 and 800.
  • June 7 – The Israeli Air Force destroys Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor killing ten Iraqi troops and a French technician.
  • June 12Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is released in theaters.
  • June 13 – At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, Marcus Sarjeant fires 6 blank shots at Elizabeth II.
  • June 18
    • The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is founded.
    • The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter makes its first flight at Groom Lake (Area 51), NV.
  • June 22 – Iranian president Abolhassan Banisadr is deposed.
  • June 27
    • The first game of paintball is played in Henniker, New Hampshire.
    • The E-mu Emulator sampler keyboard with floppy disk operation is unveiled at NAMM international Sound & Music Expo, Chicago. Production Model Serial Number 001 is issued to Stevie Wonder[2]


Main article: July 1981
  • July 2 – The Wonderland Gang is brutally murdered in a massacre involving Eddie Nash.
  • July 3 – The Toxteth riots in Liverpool, UK start after a mob saves a youth from being arrested. Shortly afterward, the Chapeltown riots in Leeds start after increased racial tension.
  • July 7 – United States President Ronald Reagan nominates the first woman, Sandra Day O'Connor, to the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • July 8 – Irish republican volunteer Joe McDonnell dies at the Long Kesh Internment Camp after a 61-day hunger strike.
  • July 9Donkey Kong is released, marking the first Donkey Kong title and Mario title arcade smash hit game developed by Nintendo.
  • July 10
  • July 16-21 – England become the first team this century to win a test match after following on when they beat Australia by 18 runs at Headingley cricket ground, Leeds, England.
  • July 17
    • Hyatt Regency walkway collapse: Two skywalks filled with people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri collapse into a crowded atrium lobby, killing 114.
    • Israeli aircraft bomb Beirut, destroying multi-story apartment blocks containing the offices of PLO associated groups, killing approximately 300 civilians and resulting in worldwide condemnation and a U.S. embargo on the export of aircraft to Israel.[3]
    • In Bolivia, General Luis Gracia Meza leads a bloody coup d'état against the elected government of Lidia Gayler.
  • July 19 – The 1981 Springbok Tour commences in New Zealand, amid controversy over the support of apartheid.
  • July 21Tohui The Panda is born in Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, the first panda to ever be born and survive in captivity outside of China.
  • July 29 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
  • July 30 – As many as 50,000 demonstrators, mostly women and children, took to the streets in Łódź to protest food ration shortages in Communist Poland.


Main article: August 1981
  • August 1 – The first 24-hour video music channel MTV (Music Television) is launched.
  • August 9Major League Baseball resumes from the strike with the All-Star Game in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium.
  • August 12
    • The original Model 5150 IBM PC (with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor) is released in the United States at a base price of $1,565.
    • Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu recognize the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
  • August 19
    • Gulf of Sidra incident (1981): Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sends two Sukhoi Su-22 fighter jets to intercept two U.S. fighters over the Gulf of Sidra. The American jets destroy the Libyan fighters.
  • August 24Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, after pleading guilty to murdering John Lennon in Manhattan 8 months earlier.
  • August 28 – South African troops invade Angola.
  • August 31 – A bomb explodes at the U.S. Air Force base in Ramstein, West Germany, injuring 20 people.


Main article: September 1981
  • September – Little Miss Bossy, the first book in the Little Miss series (the female counterpart to the Mr. Men series) is first published.
  • September 1Gregorio Conrado Álvarez is inaugurated as a military de facto President of Uruguay.
  • September 4 – An explosion at a mine in Záluží, Czechoslovakia, kills 65 people.
  • September 8 – the first episode of the extremely popular British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, Big Brother is shown on BBC One.
  • September 10Picasso's painting "Guernica" is moved from New York to Madrid.
  • September 15 – The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world, at 150 years old, when it operates under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • September 16Postman Pat is first aired on BBC1.
  • September 17Ric Flair defeats Dusty Rhodes to win his first World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in Kansas City.
  • September 18 – France abolishes capital punishment.
  • September 19Simon & Garfunkel perform The Concert in Central Park, a free concert in New York in front of approximately half a million people.
  • September 20 – The Brazilian river boat Sobral Santos capsizes in the Amazon River, Óbidos, Brazil, killing at least 300.
  • September 21Belize gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • September 25
    • Sandra Day O'Connor takes her seat as the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
    • The Rolling Stones begin their Tattoo You tour at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
  • September 26
    • The Boeing 767 airliner makes its first flight.
    • The Sydney Tower opens to the public.
  • September 27TGV high-speed rail service between Paris and Lyon, France begins.
  • September 28 – The classic British children's animated comedy espionage TV series Danger Mouse debuts on ITV in the U.K.


Main article: October 1981
  • October 2 – English rock band The Police releases Ghost in the Machine.
  • October 5Raoul Wallenberg becomes a posthumously honorary citizen of the United States.
  • October 6Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a parade by army members who belong to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization led by Khalid Islambouli; they opposed his negotiations with Israel.
  • October 10 – The Ministry for Education of Japan issues the jōyō kanji.
  • October 14 – Vice President Hosni Mubarak is elected President of Egypt, one week after Anwar Sadat was assassinated.
  • October 16 – Gas explosions at a coal mine at Hokutan, Yūbari, Hokkaidō, Japan kill 93.
  • October 21Andreas Papandreou becomes Prime Minister of Greece.
  • October 22 – The founding congress of the Nepal Workers and Peasants Organization faction led by Hareram Sharma and D. P. Singh begins.
  • October 27Soviet submarine S-363 runs aground outside the Karlskrona, Sweden military base.


Main article: November 1981
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November 1: Antigua and Barbuda.

  • November 1Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
  • November 9 – Edict No. 81-234 abolishes slavery in Mauritania.
  • November 12 – The Church of England General Synod votes to admit women to holy orders.
  • November 16 – Luke and Laura marry on the U.S. soap opera General Hospital; it is the highest-rated hour in daytime television history.
  • November 18 – COMDEX Fall, IBM introduces the IBM PC; Scientific Solutions announces the first PC add-in cards.
  • November 22 – The Edmonton Eskimos (14-1-1) barely stave off defeat and win a record 4th consecutive Grey Cup, at the 69th Grey Cup at Montréal's Olympic Stadium defeating the Ottawa Rough Riders (5-11-0) 26-23 in the final 3 seconds; after being down 20-1 at halftime.[4]
  • November 23Iran–Contra affair: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), authorizing the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
  • November 25November 26 – A group of mercenaries led by Mike Hoare take over Mahe airport in the Seychelles in a coup attempt. Most of the mercenaries escape by a commandeered Air India passenger jet; 6 are later arrested.
  • November 30Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin negotiating intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe (the meetings end inconclusively on Thursday, December 17).


Main article: December 1981
  • December 1 – An Inex-Adria Aviopromet McDonnell Douglas MD-80 strikes a mountain peak and crashes while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica, killing all 180 people on board.
  • December 4 – South Africa grants homeland Ciskei independence, not recognized outside South Africa.
  • December 7Rotary International charters the Rotary Club of Grand Baie, Mauritius.
  • December 8
    • The No. 21 Mine explosion in Whitwell, Tennessee kills 13.
    • Arthur Scargill becomes President-elect of the National Union of Mineworkers.
  • December 10 – During the Ministerial Session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Spain signs the Protocol of Accession to NATO.
  • December 11
    • Boxing: Muhammad Ali loses to Trevor Berbick; this proves to be Ali's last-ever fight.
    • El Mozote massacre: In El Salvador, army units kill 900 civilians.
  • December 13Wojciech Jaruzelski declares martial law in Poland, to prevent the dismantling of the communist system by Solidarity.
  • December 15 – A car bomb destroys the Iraqi Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 61 people; Syrian intelligence is blamed.
  • December 17 – American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is kidnapped in Verona by the Italian Red Brigades.
  • December 20 – The Penlee lifeboat disaster occurs off the coast of South-West Cornwall.
  • December 21 – Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern Africa (PTA).
  • December 28 – The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • December 31 – A coup d'état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann's PNP government and replaces it with the PNDC led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.

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  • January to March – Heavy snow causes many houses and buildings to collapse in northwestern Japan; 152 are killed.
  • Cuba suffers a major outbreak of Dengue fever, with 344,203 cases.[5]
  • Use of crack cocaine, a smokeable form of the drug, first reported in the United States and Caribbean.[6]
  • Luxor AB presents the ABC 800 computer.
  • Polybius, an urban legend game, is said to have been released in Portland, Oregon; there is no evidence for its existence.
  • The State Council of the People's Republic of China lists the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Guilin as those where the protection of historical and cultural heritage, as well as natural scenery, should be treated as a priority project.
  • Pepsi enters China.[7]
  • The Millennium translation of Saint Edward the Martyr's relics from Wareham to Shaftesbury in England is observed in a reenactment.



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Rinko Kikuchi




Alicia Keys

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Elijah Wood

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Justin Timberlake

  • January 1
    • Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
    • Mladen Petrić, Croatian football player
    • Eden Riegel, American actress
  • January 2Maxi Rodríguez, Argentine footballer
  • January 3Eli Manning, American football player, brother of Peyton Manning
  • January 4Silvy De Bie, Belgian singer
  • January 5Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), Canadian DJ/producer
  • January 6
    • Mike Jones, American rapper
    • Rinko Kikuchi, Japanese actress
    • Jérémie Renier, Belgian actor
  • January 7Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • January 8
    • Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
    • Genevieve Cortese, American actress
    • Jeff Francis, Canadian pitcher
  • January 9
    • Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
    • Caroline Lufkin, American singer
  • January 11
    • Jamelia, British singer
    • Tom Meighan, British singer and songwriter, lead vocalist for alternative rock band Kasabian
  • January 12Quentin Griffin, American football player
  • January 15
    • El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
    • Howie Day, American singer and songwriter
    • Pitbull, American hip-hop musician and record producer
  • January 16Marta Roure, Andorran singer and actress
  • January 17
    • Scott Mechlowicz, American actor
    • Ray J, American rapper and singer
  • January 18Otgonbayar Ershuu, Mongolian visual artist
  • January 19
    • Lucho González, Argentine footballer
    • Bitsie Tulloch, American actress
    • Thaila Zucchi, English singer (allSTARS*) and actress
  • January 20
    • Jason Richardson, American basketball player
    • Owen Hargreaves, Canadian-born English footballer
    • Brendan Fevola, Australian rules footballer
  • January 21
    • Dany Heatley, German-born hockey player
    • Gillian Chung, Hong Kong singer (Twins)
  • January 22
    • Chantelle Anderson, American basketball player
    • Willa Ford, American singer, television hostess, and actress
    • Beverley Mitchell, American actress
    • Ben Moody, American guitarist (formerly of Evanescence)
  • January 25
    • Alicia Keys, American singer
    • Toše Proeski, Macedonian singer (d. 2007)
  • January 26Gustavo Dudamel, Venezuelan conductor
  • January 27
    • Greg Owens, Australian soccer player
    • Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • January 28Elijah Wood, American actor and music producer
  • January 29Jonny Lang, American musician
  • January 30
    • Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer
    • Chieko Higuchi, Japanese voice actress
  • January 31Justin Timberlake, American actor and musician, former member of 'N Sync


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Sara Foster

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Tom Hiddleston

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Paris Hilton

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Josh Gad


Josh Groban

  • February 2Emily Rose, American actress
  • February 3Alisa Reyes, American actress
  • February 4Matchstik, American rapper, singer and songwriter
  • February 5
    • Lee Eon, South Korean actor and model (d. 2008)
    • Nora Zehetner, American actress
    • Sara Foster, American actress
  • February 8Ralf Little, English actor
  • February 9
  • February 10
    • Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
    • Holly Willoughby, British television presenter
  • February 11
    • Kelly Rowland, American singer (Destiny's Child)
    • Edoardo Molinari, Italian golfer
  • February 12
    • Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer, songwriter, and musician
    • Selena Li, Hong Kong actress
  • February 14Erin Torpey, American actress
  • February 15
    • Jenna Morasca, American television personality
    • Olivia, American singer
  • February 17
    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor and film director
    • Paris Hilton, American model, heiress, and socialite
  • February 18
    • Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
    • Ivan Sproule, British footballer
  • February 20
    • Chris Thile, American mandolinist
    • Majandra Delfino, American actress
  • February 22Jeanette Biedermann, German singer and actress
  • February 23
    • Josh Gad, American actor
    • Mai Nakahara, Japanese voice actress
    • Paleo, American singer-songwriter
    • Dylan Ryder, American former pornographic actress
  • February 24Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player
  • February 25
    • Park Ji-sung, South Korean footballer
    • Shahid Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor
  • February 26Maria Sansone, American journalist and Internet personality
  • February 27Josh Groban, American singer


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Bryce Dallas Howard

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Julia Stiles

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Will Power

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Maarten van der Weijden

  • March 1
    • Ana Hickmann, Brazilian model
    • Adam LaVorgna, American actor
    • Will Power, Australian racing driver
    • Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
  • March 2
  • March 3
    • Lil' Flip, American rapper
    • Shada Hassoun, Iraqi singer
    • László Nagy, Hungarian handball player
    • Cristina Scarlat, Moldovan singer
  • March 5Hanna Alström, Swedish actress
  • March 6Ellen Muth, American actress
  • March 9Antonio Bryant, American football player
  • March 10
    • Kristen Maloney, American gymnast
    • Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • March 11
    • David Anders, American actor
    • Lee Evans, American football player
    • LeToya Luckett, American singer
  • March 12
    • Katarina Srebotnik, Slovenian tennis player
    • Kenta Kobayashi, Japanese professional wrestler
  • March 13April Matson, American actress and singer
  • March 15Young Buck, American rapper
  • March 16
    • Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
    • Johannes Aigner, Austrian footballer
  • March 17Kyle Korver, American basketball player
  • March 18Fabian Cancellara, Swiss road bicycle racer
  • March 19
    • Kolo Touré, Ivorian football player
    • Declan Bennett, English singer/songwriter
  • March 22
    • MIMS, American rapper
    • Tiffany Dupont, American actress
  • March 26Jay Sean, British-Indian singer
  • March 27
    • Lin Jun Jie, Chinese singer
    • Terry McFlynn, British footballer
  • March 28
    • Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh actor
    • Lindsay Frimodt, American model
    • Dan Petronijevic, Canadian actor
    • Julia Stiles, American actress
  • March 29
    • Megan Hilty, American actress, singer, and broadway star
    • PJ Morton, American musician, singer, producer, and touring member of Maroon 5
  • March 31
    • Gerard McCarthy, British actor
    • Ryōko Shintani, Japanese voice actress
    • Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch Olympic swimmer


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Hayden Christensen

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Jessica Alba

  • April 1
    • Aslı Bayram, Turkish German model and actress
    • Aimee Chan, Chinese-Canadian actress
    • Hannah Spearritt, British singer (S Club 7) and actress
    • Nolan Yonkman, Canadian hockey player
  • April 2
    • Bethany Joy Lenz, American actress and singer
    • Raghav, Canadian singer
  • April 3Arfius Arf, British artist
  • April 5Michael A. Monsoor, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)
  • April 6
    • Eliza Coupe, American actress
    • Robert Earnshaw, Welsh footballer
  • April 7Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer
  • April 8
    • Taylor Kitsch, Canadian actor and model
    • Frédérick Bousquet, French swimmer
  • April 9
    • Milan Bartovič, Slovak hockey player
    • Eric Harris, American murderer (d. 1999)
    • Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • April 10
    • Gretchen Bleiler, American snowboarder
    • Laura Bell Bundy, American actress, singer, and Broadway star
    • Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
    • Michael Pitt, American actor
  • April 11Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model
  • April 15Seth Wulsin, American artist
  • April 17Hanna Pakarinen, Finnish singer
  • April 18
    • Jang Na-ra, Korean actress and singer
    • Audrey Tang, Taiwanese software programmer
  • April 19
    • Hayden Christensen, Canadian-American actor
    • Saskia de Brauw, Dutch model and artist
    • Troy Polamalu, American football player
    • Catalina Sandino Moreno, Colombian actress
  • April 21
    • Mike Christie, English musician
    • Stephanie Larimore, American model
  • April 22Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • April 25
    • John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
    • Anja Pärson, Swedish alpine skier
    • Felipe Massa, Brazilian race car driver
  • April 26Matthieu Delpierre, French football player
  • April 27Sandy Mölling, German pop singer
  • April 28Jessica Alba, American actress and businesswoman, co-founder of the Honest Company
  • April 29George McCartney, British footballer


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Shiri Maimon

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Daniel Bryan

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Georges St-Pierre

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Stephen Amell

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Dennis Trillo

  • May 1
    • Alexander Hleb, Belarusian football player
    • Wes Welker, American football player
  • May 2Rina Satō, Japanese voice actress
  • May 3
    • Farrah Franklin, American singer
    • Natalie Tong, Hong Kong actress
    • U;Nee, South Korean singer and actress (d. 2007)
  • May 4Jacques Rudolph, South African cricketer
  • May 5
    • Craig David, English singer
    • Danielle Fishel, American actress
  • May 8
    • Andrés Romero, Argentine golfer
    • Stephen Amell, Canadian actor
  • May 11
    • Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player
    • Daisuke Matsui, Japanese football player
    • Dusán Mukics, Slovene journalist and reporter in Hungary
    • Terry Pheto, South African actress
  • May 12
    • Rami Malek, American actor
    • Kentaro Sato, Japanese composer
    • Dennis Trillo, Filipino actor
  • May 13
    • Rebecka Liljeberg, Swedish actress
    • Sunny Leone, Canadian pornstar and Bollywood actress
    • Jimmy Wang Yang, Korean professional wrestler
  • May 15
    • Patrice Evra, Senegalese-born French footballer
    • Zara Phillips, British elite equestrienne and daughter of Anne, Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips
    • Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
    • Jamie-Lynn Sigler, American actress
  • May 16Joseph Morgan, English actor
  • May 17Shiri Maimon, Israeli pop/R&B singer, TV show host and actress
  • May 18Adam Green, American singer-songwriter
  • May 19
    • Sani Bečirovič, Slovenian basketball player
    • Bong Tae-gyu, South Korean actor
    • Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
    • Georges St-Pierre, Canadian mixed martial arts fighter
  • May 20
    • Rachel Platten, American singer-songwriter
    • Sean Conlon, English musician (5ive)
    • Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
    • Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • May 21
    • Belladonna, American porn actress and director
    • Josh Hamilton, American baseball player
    • Anna Rogowska, Polish pole vaulter
  • May 22
    • Daniel Bryan, American professional wrestler
    • Melissa Gregory, American figure skater
  • May 26Isaac Slade, American singer-songwriter and pianist (The Fray)
  • May 27Alina Cojocaru, Romanian ballerina
  • May 28
    • Laura Bailey, American voice actress
    • Aaron Schock, American politician
  • May 29
    • Andrey Arshavin, Russian football player
    • Brian Simnjanovski, American football player (d. 2009)
  • May 30Remy Ma, American rapper
  • May 31Jake Peavy, American baseball player


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Natalie Portman

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Adriana Lima

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Chris Evans

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Brandon Flowers

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Simon Ammann

  • June 1
    • Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball player
    • Brandi Carlile, American singer and songwriter
    • Amy Schumer, American comedian, actress, and screenwriter
  • June 3Mike Adam, Canadian curler
  • June 4
    • Jennifer Carroll, Canadian swimmer
    • T. J. Miller, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
    • Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
    • Natalia Vodopyanova, Russian basketball player
  • June 5Jade Goody, British reality show star (d. 2009)
  • June 6Johnny Pacar, American actor
  • June 7
    • Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player
    • Larisa Oleynik, American actress
  • June 8
    • Alex Band, American musician
    • Sara Watkins, American violinist
    • Ai Nonaka, Japanese voice actress
  • June 9
    • Vic Chou, Taiwanese actor, singer, and model
    • Celina Jaitly, Indian actress
    • Natalie Portman, Israeli-born actress
    • Anoushka Shankar, British musician and daughter of Ravi Shankar
  • June 10
    • Hoku Ho, Hawaiian singer and musician
    • Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
    • Arwind Santos, Filipino professional basketball player
    • Jonathan Bennett, American actor and model
  • June 12Adriana Lima, Brazilian model
  • June 13Chris Evans, American actor
  • June 14Lonneke Engel, Dutch model
  • June 15Haley Scarnato, American singer
  • June 16
    • Ben Kweller, American musician
    • Joe Saunders, American baseball player
  • June 17Amrita Rao, Indian actress
  • June 18
    • Ella Chen, Taiwanese singer
    • Yurin, Japanese actress, voice actress and singer
  • June 20Alisan Porter, American singer and retired actress; winner of The Voice season 10
  • June 21
    • Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist
    • Simon Delestre, French equestrian
  • June 22
    • Chris Urbanowicz, British guitarist
    • Monty Oum, American animator, director, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • June 23Antony Costa, English singer (Blue)
  • June 25
    • Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper
    • Yūichi Komano, Japanese footballer
    • Sheridan Smith, English actress
  • June 28Mara Santangelo, Italian tennis player
  • June 29Joe Johnson, American basketball player


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Paloma Faith

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Summer Glau

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Fernando Alonso

  • July 2
    • Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American activist
    • Paul Anthony Finn, Irish singer and songwriter (The Flaws)
  • July 3Brandon Jay McLaren, Canadian actor
  • July 4Will Smith, former American football player (d. 2016)
  • July 5
    • Gianne Albertoni, Brazilian model
    • Ryan Hansen, American actor
  • July 6Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
  • July 7
    • Synyster Gates, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
    • Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricketer
  • July 8
    • Anastasia Myskina, Russian tennis player
    • Ashley Blue, American pornographic actress
  • July 11Andre Johnson, American football player
  • July 12
    • Rebecca Hunter, English singer (allSTARS*) and actress
    • Maya Sar, Bosnian singer
  • July 13
    • Ágnes Kovács, Hungarian swimmer
    • Fran Kranz, American actor
  • July 14Lee Mead, British actor
  • July 15Taylor Kinney, American Actor
  • July 19
    • Didz Hammond, bassist/backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)
    • Nikki Osborne, Australian actress
    • Anderson Luiz de Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • July 20
    • Damien Delaney, Irish footballer
    • Dayang Nurfaizah, Malaysian singer
  • July 21
    • Paloma Faith, English singer, songwriter and actress
    • Stefan Schumacher, German cyclist
    • Chrishell Stause, American actress
  • July 23
    • Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
    • Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
  • July 24
    • Summer Glau, American actress (Firefly)
    • Doug Bollinger, Australian cricketer
  • July 25Jani Rita, Finnish ice hockey player
  • July 26Maicon Douglas Sisenando, Brazilian footballer
  • July 27
    • Li Xiaopeng, Chinese gymnast
    • Dan Jones, British Historian
  • July 29Fernando Alonso, Spanish Two Time Formula 1 World Champion
  • July 31


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Roger Federer

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Harel Skaat

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Oh Jin-hyek

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Jan Frodeno

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Ben Barnes

  • August 3
    • Fikirte Addis, Ethiopian fashion designer
    • Travis Willingham, American voice actor
  • August 4
    • Marques Houston, American singer and actor (IMx)
    • Florian Silbereisen, German singer and television presenter
  • August 5
    • Anna Rawson, Australian professional golfer
    • Carl Crawford, Major League Baseball outfielder
    • Rachel Scott, American murder victim (d. 1999)
    • Kō Shibasaki, Japanese singer and actress
    • Travie McCoy, American alternative hip-hop artist
  • August 6
    • Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italian race car driver
    • Leslie Odom Jr., American actor and singer
  • August 8
    • Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
    • Harel Skaat, Israeli singer
    • Meagan Good, American actress
    • Kaori Iida, Japanese singer and actress
    • Vanessa Amorosi, Australian singer-songwriter, recording artist and entertainer
    • Bradley McIntosh, English singer (S Club 7)
  • August 9Li Jiawei, Singaporean Olympic table tennis player
  • August 10
    • Natsumi Abe, Japanese singer and actress
    • Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian badminton player
  • August 11Sandi Thom, Scottish singer & songwriter
  • August 12
    • Djibril Cissé, French footballer
    • Steve Talley, American actor
  • August 14
    • Ray William Johnson, American actor, comedian, rapper, and YouTuber
    • Kofi Kingston, Ghanaian professional wrestler
  • August 15
    • Song Ji-hyo, South Korean actress
    • Oh Jin-hyek, South Korean archer
  • August 16Taylor Rain, American actress
  • August 18Jan Frodeno, German triathlete
  • August 20Ben Barnes, English actor (Prince Caspian)
  • August 21
    • Ross Thomas, American actor
    • Mai Aizawa, Japanese voice actress
  • August 23Carmen Luvana, Puerto Rican adult actress
  • August 24
    • Jiro Wang, Taiwanese actor and singer (Fahrenheit)
    • Chad Michael Murray, American actor
  • August 25
    • Rachel Bilson, American actress
    • Shiva Keshavan, Indian luge pilot
  • August 26Nico Muhly, American contemporary classical composer
  • August 28
    • Charlie Frye, American National Football League quarterback
    • Jake Owen, American country music singer-songwriter
  • August 29Karim Darwish, Egyptian squash player


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Beyoncé Knowles

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Tisdale

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Serena Williams

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Dominique Moceanu

  • September 1
    • Park Hyo-shin, Korean singer
    • Clinton Portis, American football player
    • Michael Adamthwaite, Canadian voice actor
  • September 2Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • September 3Fearne Cotton, British television presenter
  • September 4
    • Jero, American-born Japanese enka singer
    • Beyoncé Knowles, American actress and R&B singer (Destiny's Child)
    • Lacey Mosley, American lead vocalist (Flyleaf)
  • September 6Yumiko Cheng, Hong Kong singer
  • September 8
    • Dan Fredinburg, American Google executive
    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor
  • September 9
    • Julie Gonzalo, Argentinian actress
    • Nancy Wu, Hong Kong actress
  • September 10Marco Chiudinelli, Swiss tennis player
  • September 11
    • Dylan Klebold, American mass murderer (d. 1999)
    • Charles Kelley, American country music singer-songwriter and founding member of Lady Antebellum
  • September 12
    • Jennifer Hudson, American singer and actress
    • Hosea Chanchez, American actor of The Game
  • September 13Angelina Love, Canadian professional wrestler
  • September 14
    • Ashley Roberts, American singer (The Pussycat Dolls)
    • Miyavi, Japanese musician
  • September 16
    • Alexis Bledel, American actress
    • Fan Bingbing, Chinese actress
  • September 18Jennifer Tisdale, American actress
  • September 21
    • Nicole Richie, American actress, singer and socialite
    • Phoenix Marie, American porn actress
  • September 22
    • Ashley Drane, American actress
    • Alexei Ramírez, Cuban baseball player
  • September 23
    • Misti Traya, American actress
    • Natalie Horler, German singer (Cascada)
    • Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • September 25
    • Lee Norris, American actor
    • Rocco Baldelli, American baseball player
    • Van Hansis, American actor
    • Shane Tutmarc, American singer-songwriter (Dolour)
  • September 26
    • Christina Milian, American R&B singer and actress
    • Serena Williams, American tennis player
    • Ayumi Tsunematsu, Japanese voice actress
  • September 28 - Melissa Claire Egan, American actress
  • September 29Suzanne Shaw, British singer (Hear'Say) and actress
  • September 30
    • Cecelia Ahern, Irish author and daughter of Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach
    • Dominique Moceanu, Romanian-American gymnast


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Rupert Friend

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Zlatan Ibrahimović

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Raffi Torres

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Boyd Melson

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Guy Sebastian

  • October 1Rupert Friend, English actor, director, screenwriter and producer
  • October 3
    • Zlatan Ibrahimović, Swedish footballer
    • Amanda Walsh, Canadian actress
    • Seth Gabel, American actor
  • October 5Enrico Fabris, Italian speed skater
  • October 8
    • Ryuji Sainei, Japanese actor
    • Raffi Torres, Canadian ice hockey player
    • Ruby, Egyptian singer
  • October 9
    • Zachery Ty Bryan, American actor
    • Ryoichi Maeda, Japanese footballer
  • October 10Una Healy, Irish singer (The Saturdays)
  • October 11Beau Brady, Australian actor
  • October 12
    • Engin Akyürek, Turkish actor
    • Brian J. Smith, American actor
  • October 13
    • Ryan Ashford, English footballer
    • Kele Okereke, English singer (Bloc Party)
  • October 14Ruslan Alekhno, Russian-Belarusian singer
  • October 15
    • Elena Dementieva, Russian tennis player
    • Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • October 16Boyd "Rainmaker" Melson, American boxer
  • October 17Tsubasa Imai, Japanese actor, singer and dancer (Tackey & Tsubasa)
  • October 19Christian Bautista, Filipino singer, actor, host, and model
  • October 20
    • Willis McGahee, American football player
    • Stefan Nystrand, Swedish swimmer
  • October 21Nemanja Vidić, Serbian football player
  • October 22Michael Fishman, American actor
  • October 23
    • Olivier Occéan, Canadian footballer
    • Huo Siyan, Chinese actress
  • October 24
    • Tila Tequila, Vietnamese-American model and singer
    • Mallika Sherawat, Indian actress
  • October 25
    • Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer
    • Hiroshi Aoyama, Japanese motorcycle road racer
  • October 26Guy Sebastian, original Australian Idol 2003 singer
  • October 28
    • Milan Baroš, Czech footballer
    • Dwayne Cameron, New Zealand actor
    • Noah Galloway, American former soldier and contestant from Dancing With The Stars
  • October 29
    • Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer
    • Amanda Beard, American swimmer
    • Angelika Dela Cruz, Filipina actress and singer
  • October 30
    • Chris Clemons, American football player
    • Fiona Dourif, American actress, daughter of Brad Dourif
    • Jun Ji-hyun, South Korean actress
    • Shaun Sipos, Canadian actor
    • Ivanka Trump, American model
  • October 31
    • Selina Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
    • Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
    • Frank Iero, American guitarist (My Chemical Romance)


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Raphael Gualazzi

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Xabi Alonso

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Natasha Bedingfield

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Song Hye-kyo

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Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, 2008 Olympic gold medalist

  • November 1LaTavia Roberson, American singer (Destiny's Child)
  • November 2
    • Tatiana Totmianina, Russian figure skater
    • Katharine Isabelle, Candanian actress
  • November 3
    • Blair Chenoweth, American beauty queen
    • Jackie Gayda, American professional wrestler
  • November 4
    • Lakshmi Menon, Indian model
    • Vince Wilfork, American football player
    • Paul Tucker Canadian comic-book artist
  • November 6Cassie Bernall, American murder victim (d. 1999)
  • November 7George Pilkington, English footballer;
  • November 8
    • Joe Cole, English footballer
    • Azura Skye, American actress
  • November 10
    • Tony Blanco, Dominican baseball player
    • Jason Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2004)
    • Alison Waite, American model
  • November 11
    • Natalie Glebova, Canadian beauty queen
    • Raphael Gualazzi, Italian singer and pianist, Eurovision Song Contest 2011 runner-up
    • Jyothika, Indian actress
    • Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • November 13
    • Mark Cardona, Filipino basketball player
    • Shawn Yue, Hong Kong actor and singer
    • Kirsten Price, American porn actress
  • November 14Russell Tovey, British actor
  • November 15Lorena Ochoa, Mexican golfer
  • November 16Caitlin Glass, American voice actress
  • November 17Sarah Harding, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • November 19Yfke Sturm, Dutch model
  • November 20Kimberley Walsh, British singer (Girls Aloud)
  • November 21
    • Bryant McFadden, American football player
    • Ainārs Kovals, Latvian javelin thrower
  • November 22
    • Ben Adams, British singer (A1)
    • Seweryn Gancarczyk, Polish footballer
    • Song Hye-kyo, South Korean actress
  • November 24Lindsey Doe, American sexologist and video blogger
  • November 25
    • Xabi Alonso, Spanish footballer
    • Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush
    • Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush
  • November 26
  • November 27Gary Lucy, British actor
  • November 29
    • Tom Hurndall, British photographer (d. 2004)
    • Fawad Afzal Khan, Pakistani and Indian actor
    • Bakhyt Sarsekbayev, Kazakh Olympic boxer
  • November 30
    • Billy Lush, American actor


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Britney Spears

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Lynda Thomas

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Sienna Miller

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Shizuka Arakawa


Matthew Pavlich

  • December 1Kathryn Drysdale, English actress
  • December 2Britney Spears, American singer and entertainer
  • December 3
    • David Villa, Spanish footballer
    • Brian Bonsall, American actor
    • Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • December 4
    • Lila McCann, American singer
    • Courtney Cummz, American pornographic actress
  • December 8Philip Rivers, NFL quarterback of the San Diego Chargers
  • December 9Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress
  • December 11
    • Zacky Vengeance, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
    • Javier Saviola, Argentine soccer player
    • Kevin Phillips, American film actor
    • Jeff McComsey, American artist
    • Nikki Benz, Ukrainian-American porn actress
  • December 12Spencer Johnson, NFL player
  • December 13Amy Lee, American pianist/singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
  • December 14Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
  • December 15
    • Michelle Dockery, British actress
    • Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
    • Donal Coonan, UK presenter for Channel 4's webshow thisisaknife
    • Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian soccer player
  • December 16
    • A. J. Allmendinger, American racecar driver
    • Gaby Moreno, Guatemalan singer
  • December 18Joshua Dallas, American actor
  • December 19Monica Leigh, American model
  • December 21
    • Lynda Thomas, Mexican eurodance and alternative rock musician
    • Cristian Zaccardo, Italian footballer
  • December 24Dima Bilan, Russian pop-singer
  • December 27
    • Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress
    • Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
  • December 28
    • Elizabeth Jordan Carr, first American test-tube baby
    • Sienna Miller, American-born English actress
    • Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer
  • December 29Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater
  • December 30
    • Kyle Eckel, American National Football League player
    • Haley Paige, American porn actress (d. 2007)
  • December 31
    • Matthew Pavlich, former professional Australian rules footballer



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Beulah Bondi


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Bill Haley

  • February 1
    • Wanda Hendrix, American actress (b. 1928)
    • Geirr Tveitt, Norwegian composer (b. 1908)
    • Ernst Pepping, German composer (b. 1901)
  • February 2Hugh Joseph Addonizio, Italian-American politician and Mayor of Newark (b. 1914)
  • February 3Normand Poirier, French-American newspaper editor, journalist, and essayist (b. 1928)
  • February 6Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of the Hellenes and wife of King Paul of Greece (b. 1917)
  • February 7Hermann Esser, German journalist and editor of the Nazi newspaper Völkischer Beobachter (b. 1900)
  • February 9
    • Bill Haley, American musician (b. 1925)
    • Jack Z. Anderson, U.S. Representative from California (b. 1904)
  • February 10Hubert Shirley-Smith, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • February 12Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape, British admiral (b. 1888)
  • February 15Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • February 17David Garnett, British writer (b. 1892)
  • February 18John Knudsen Northrop, American airplane manufacturer (b. 1895)
  • February 20 – Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, French magazine editor and playboy (b. 1904)
  • February 22
    • Michael Maltese, American screenwriter (b. 1908)
    • Ilo Wallace, wife of Henry A. Wallace, Second Lady of the United States (born 1888)
  • February 25Gunichi Mikawa, Japanese admiral (b. 1888)
  • February 26
    • Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
    • Roger Tonge, British actor (b. 1946)
  • February 27Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)


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Max Delbrück

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Douglas Lowe

  • March 4Torin Thatcher, American actor (b. 1905)
  • March 5Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • March 6George Geary, English cricketer (b. 1893)
  • March 7
    • Bosley Crowther, American film critic (b. 1905)
    • Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (b. 1914)
    • Red Pollard, Jockey (b. 1909)
    • Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
  • March 8Joseph Henry Woodger, British theoretical biologist (b. 1894)
  • March 9Max Delbrück, German biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1906)
  • March 15René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • March 20Gerry Bertier, American college football player (b. 1953)
  • March 22
    • John S. McCain, Jr., American admiral (b. 1911)
    • Gil Puyat, Filipino businessman and politician, Senator of the Philippines, and Senate President (b. 1907)
  • March 23
    • Claude Auchinleck, British field marshal (b. 1884)
    • Beatrice Tinsley, English astronomer (b. 1941)
  • March 30
    • Sherman Edwards, American songwriter (b. 1919)
    • Douglas Lowe, British Olympic athlete (b. 1902)
    • DeWitt Wallace, American magazine publisher (b. 1889)
  • March 31Frank Tieri, American gangster (b. 1904)


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Joe Louis

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Prince Asaka

  • April 3Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur (b. 1899)
  • April 5
    • Maurice Zbriger, Canadian violinist, composer and conductor (b. 1896)
    • Bob Hite, American musician (b. 1943)
  • April 7Norman Taurog, American film director (b. 1899)
  • April 8Omar N. Bradley, US Army General (b. 1893)
  • April 12Joe Louis, American boxer (b. 1914)
  • April 13Prince Yasuhiko Asaka of Japan (b. 1887)
  • April 15John Thach, American naval aviator and admiral (b. 1905)
  • April 18James H. Schmitz, German-born writer (b. 1911)
  • April 26
    • Jim Davis, American actor (b. 1909)
    • Madge Evans, American actress (b. 1909)
  • April 27John Aspinwall Roosevelt, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1916)
  • April 28Cliff Battles, American football player (Boston Redskins) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (b. 1910)


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Bob Marley

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William Saroyan

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Jaime Roldós Aguilera

  • May 5Bobby Sands, Irish republican hunger striker (b. 1954)
  • May 6Frank O'Grady, Australian public servant (b. 1900)
  • May 7Hiromichi Yahara, Imperial Japanese Army officer (b. 1902)
  • May 8Uri Zvi Greenberg, Israeli poet and journalist (b. 1896)
  • May 9
    • Nelson Algren, American author (b. 1909)
    • Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
    • Margaret Lindsay, American actress (b. 1910)
  • May 11
    • Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
    • Bob Marley, Jamaican rock musician and guitarist (The Wailers) (b. 1945)
  • May 17Hugo Friedhofer, German-American film composer (b. 1901)
  • May 18
    • Eleonore Baur, German Nazi and only woman to participate in Munich Beer Hall Putsch (b. 1885)
    • Arthur O'Connell, American actor (b. 1908)
    • William Saroyan, American author (b. 1908)
  • May 23George Jessel, American actor (b. 1898)
  • May 24
    • Jaime Roldós Aguilera, President of Ecuador (1979-1981) (b. 1940)
    • A. Thiagarajah, Sri Lankan Tamil teacher and politician (b. 1916)
  • May 25Rosa Ponselle, American soprano (b. 1897)
  • May 28
    • John Bryan Ward-Perkins, British archaeologist (b. 1912)
    • Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist (b. 1910)
  • May 29Soong Ching-ling, Head of State of the People's Republic of China (b. 1893)
  • May 30Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)


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Zarah Leander

  • June 1Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (b. 1883)
  • June 2Rino Gaetano, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1950)
  • June 9Allen Ludden, American television game show host (b. 1917)
  • June 10
    • Jenny Maxwell, American actress (b. 1941)
    • Phelps Phelps, 38th Governor of American Samoa and United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (d. 1897)
  • June 13George Walsh, American actor (b. 1889)
  • June 17
    • Sir Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
    • Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (b. 1889)
  • June 18Pamela Hansford Johnson, English poet, novelist, playwright, literary and social critic (b. 1912)
  • June 19
    • Anya Phillips, American co-founder of New York City's Mudd Club (b. 1955)
    • Lotte Reiniger, German-born silhouette animator (b. 1899)
  • June 22Lola Lane, American actress and singer (b. 1906)
  • June 23Zarah Leander, Swedish actress and singer (b. 1907)
  • June 28
    • Mohammad Beheshti, Chief Justice of Iran (b. 1928)
    • Terry Fox, Canadian athlete and cancer activist (b. 1958)


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Robert Moses

  • July 1Marcel Breuer, Hungarian-American architect (b. 1902)
  • July 3Ross Martin, American actor (b. 1920)
  • July 8
    • Joe McDonnell, Irish republican hunger striker (b. 1951)
    • Isaac Soyer, American painter (b. 1902)
  • July 10Ken Rex McElroy, American murder victim (b. 1934)
  • July 16Harry Chapin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1942)
  • July 27
    • Adam Walsh, American murder victim, inspired Code Adam (b. 1974)
    • William Wyler, American movie director (b. 1902)
  • July 29Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • July 31Omar Torrijos, Panamanian leader (b. 1929)



Melvyn Douglas


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Albert Speer

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Romulo Betancourt


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Anwar Sadat



William Holden

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Lotte Lenya

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Natalie Wood


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Ferruccio Parri

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Suat Hayri Urguplu

  • December 2Wallace Harrison, American architect (b. 1895)
  • December 3Walter Knott, American farmer and theme park creator (b. 1889)
  • December 6Harry Harlow, American psychologist (b. 1905)
  • December 7William Edmunds, Italian stage and screen character actor (b. 1886)
  • December 8Ferruccio Parri, 29th Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1905)
  • December 13Cornelius Cardew, English composer (b. 1936)
  • December 15
    • Catherine T. MacArthur, American philanthropist (b. 1909)
    • Karl Struss, American cinematographer (b. 1886)
  • December 17Mehmet Shehu, Prime Minister of Albania (b. 1913)
  • December 23
    • Luther H. Evans, American political scientist and librarian, 3rd Director General of the UNESCO (b. 1902)
    • Reginald Miles Ansett, Australian businessman and aviator (b. 1909)
  • December 26Suat Hayri Urguplu, Prime Minister of Turkey (b. 1903)
  • December 27Hoagy Carmichael, American jazz composer (b. 1899)
  • December 28
    • Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American film director (b. 1885)
    • Bram van Velde, Dutch painter (b. 1895)
  • December 30Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)

Nobel Prizes[]

  • PhysicsNicolaas Bloembergen, Arthur Leonard Schawlow, Kai Siegbahn
  • ChemistryKenichi Fukui, Roald Hoffmann
  • MedicineRoger Wolcott Sperry, David H. Hubel, Torsten Wiesel
  • LiteratureElias Canetti
  • PeaceUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic SciencesJames Tobin


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