Happy birthday and many happy returns Vanna Eng, Chris Hubbard and Zyzz Sergeyevich. Zyzz was an inspiration, and he passed too soon .. it is good to be fit. But not good to take it to extremes ..
Here we go… with Tony Abbott, Michael Kroger and Cassandra Wilkinson.
Video of the show here.
The transcript of my interview with Tony Abbott:
THE BOLT REPORT24 MARCH 2013INTERVIEW WITH TONY ABBOTT.ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: Last week couldn’t have gone better for Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. The unpopular Julia Gillard stays Prime Minister, and the very popular Kevin Rudd has been forced to promise he will never lead Labor again. Tony Abbott, thanks for joining me. Do you believe Kevin Rudd is out for good?
Well, it is the way to go. The Greens have recently rescued the proposals for base load solar power stations, which will go in rural and regional Australia to make sure they are progressing.... We want this country to be at the cutting edge. I repeat, the example is firm and true. In Germany, where they did this because the Greens were in the balance of power, they have created 350,000 jobs. It was the strongest component of the German economy during the recent recession. It’s good economics.
Bosch said it will sell or shut down its heavily loss-making solar energy operations, the latest blow to the industry as Germany curbs green energy subsidies and cheap Chinese imports flood the market.
One problem? Germany isn’t getting much sun, what with all this snow and freezing weather:
No, this year, Germany has not only been treated to the darkest winter on record, sending wretched residents to the brink of despair. To top it off, the official beginning of spring has also been marked with record snowfall...
(Thanks to reader David.)
Even if the NBN, now way behind its targets, is completed by 2021, will this technology really still be state of the art? Here’s what it looks like in your home:
Does that look like the future?
(Thanks to reader Wally.)
From the launch last week of Bully Australia (picture since removed from the web site):
Hmm. Not a great ad for the cause, or something else:
(Thanks to reader Robert.)
No sign of Earth Hour (from 8.30pm) having made the slightest difference to electricity demand in NSW:
None in Victoria, when you take into account the huge spike afterwards:
I attended a party in a tower at Docklands last night, and was there from about 7.45pm until midnight. I spent most of the evening admiring the view of city lights from the balcony. There was no visible sign of Earth Hour at all. I did not see any diminution in illumination at all.
(Thanks to reader Baldrick.)
It takes a lot of money and time to reach Petra esepcially from the Israel side of the border, and I’d sure be ticked off to have to waste two hours of it waiting for a freeloader:
In full sightseeing mode, Obama flew by helicopter to Petra for a two-hour walking tour of the restored ruins of a city more than 2,000 years old some of which is carved into sandstone cliffs.Ordinary tourists had been cleared out for the president’s visit, and guards with assault weapons followed his every step.
Great site, though. Highly recommended.
More than 1,000 Muslims from across Europe are currently active as Islamic jihadists, or holy warriors, in Syria, which has replaced Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia as the main destination for militant Islamists seeking to obtain immediate combat experience with little or no official scrutiny…In Britain,… Foreign Secretary William Hague recently said, “Syria is now the number one destination for jihadists anywhere in the world today. This includes a number of individuals connected with the United Kingdom and other European countries. They may not pose a threat to us when they first go to Syria, but if they survive, some may return ideologically hardened and with experience of weapons and explosives.”British authorities believe that more than 100 British Muslims have gone to fight in Syria in the hope of overthrowing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replacing it with an Islamic state.Many of the British Muslims in Syria have joined extremist groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra, the most dangerous and effective Sunni jihadist group fighting against the Assad regime. Jabhat al-Nusra, linked to al-Qaeda, was declared a terrorist organization by the United States in December 2012…[A] British freelance photographer, John Cantlie, ... was abducted by a group of British jihadists near the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria.... In an account of his experience published in The Sunday Times on August 5, 2012..., Cantlie wrote: “I ended up running for my life, barefoot and handcuffed, while British jihadists—young men with south London accents—shot to kill. They were aiming their Kalashnikovs at a British journalist, Londoner against Londoner in a rocky landscape that looked like the Scottish Highlands. Bullets kicking up dirt as I ran. A bullet through my arm, another grazing my ear. And not a Syrian in sight. This wasn’t what I had expected.”
After the week Labor has had, these catastrophic results come as a surprise. You mean a third of voters would still back Labor?
The exclusive Galaxy poll asked 1005 voters: “Do you think the Office of the Prime Minister has been damaged by Labor’s leadership instability?”While 87 per cent of Coalition voters said yes, most telling was that 56 per cent of Labor voters also agreed…But voters are divided over whether an early election is the answer, with just 44 per cent - only slightly higher than in earlier polls - wanting to vote as soon as possible…Support for the Labor Party is unchanged at a rock-bottom 32 per cent, a result that would mean Ms Gillard presides over the lowest primary vote since the 1930s and loses up to 18 seats.
Labor will count itself lucky some people are so tribal:
On a sample of only 1005 people a 1% swing is just 10 people. Random variation is 3% so Labor could be as low as 28% or as high as 35%. It continues to show that only 1 out of 3 people intends to vote Labor. Many of these have vote Labor regardless.The figures also presume a steady 13% Green vote. After 5 years of Green madness, a lot of aspirational young voters might realise they have been conned. A drop in the Green vote as in WA from 12% to 8% would mean 2PP 40% to 60%, a swing of 10% and ALP electoral wipeout, especially in country and outer metropolitan areas.
How far will this purge go?
Note how Gillard has purged ministers of the capability of Martin Ferguson. Simon Crean, Chris Bowen and (possibly) Anthony Albanese, yet keeps Stephen Conroy and Peter Garrett.
THE Nationals were passed information claiming that former state MP Richard Torbay gave questionable evidence in a court case two decades ago while he was head of the University of New England Union.The Sunday Telegraph can reveal magistrate Roger Prowse passed on his concerns to the Nationals that evidence Mr Torbay gave in a criminal case - in which Mr Prowse appeared as a solicitor - conflicted with an earlier letter he had written to former university union colleague Thomas Peter Hudson.The information was given to the Nationals 18 months before Mr Torbay was pre-selected by the party to run against independent Tony Windsor. The letter only emerged after Hudson had been convicted of illegally cashing cheques. Mr Torbay last week quit his position as University of New England chancellor and his Northern Tablelands seat.
I am told our absurd laws against free speech make it too dangerous for me to ask an obvious question of this Aboriginal climatologist, and to suggest a better way to get along with each other.
The Aboriginal climatologist is on the right.
Gardening Australia has recently morphed from a relaxing, informative and educational gardening program for those of us who enjoy a bit of gardening to an earth worship crusade, born again green revolution indoctrination. I thought we were finally past all this nonsense? To the ABC, nose rubbing will simply not catch on. In fact it looks utterly ridiculous. This is Australia, not Borneo 1912. Move on!
(Thanks to reader Chris.)
Andrew Wilkie is the independent who, along with Bob Katter, is most likely to keep his seat, and therefore has less to lose for an early election:
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has said he’ll put a motion of no confidence to the next sitting of the House of Representatives on budget day, May 14.Mr Wilkie said he had not made a decision on whether he would support the motion…However, after a week that he described as an “unmitigated disaster” for Labor, marked by failure to pass its media reforms and the aborted leadership coup, Mr Wilkie said the government needed to get its act together.
So this explains which war? The terrorist attacks on the West? US involvement in Vietnam? Afghanistan? I am sure the propagandists which assert this simple notion would hurt anyone to defend it. - ed
I sang the piece and Particle Dots made a gift to me some years ago on iCompositions. Bryn reminded me of this piece recently, and because my earlier posts on this had weakly included the music file I decided to redo it in HD.
I am in love, and she doesn't love me. This is ok, if a blow to my pride. I have some homework to do. It is my job to let her see how she seems through my eyes. It is also my job to listen to her. I am sure I will cross lines in pursuing my agenda. Not to harm her, but to find a way to include her as my friend. Maybe I cannot. Maybe my dream is merely a phantasm. And so I include these pictures which are real.
To get these pictures, I needed to forgive my rapist. I did that, because I believe that God wants me to.
I was raised as an Atheist. I learned, after reading the Bible, that God loves me, and you. This is his song for you too. He loves you, and wants to be with you.
All the elements are me and mine. ARIA ISRC number AUAWN1303124
Seeing as everyone seems to be showing off their food here's my contribution! Yummy Nepali dinner
A cool shelf cloud I spotted out of the corner of my eye after a bust day in Nebraska. The cloud was illuminated by lightning within it and was only visible when the strikes happened. The trick to this was to do a long exposure with a high ISO, but not too long and not too high.
*Yawn* Who's awake now? We are! Adding the final bits and pieces to the short for Monday release!
So they say
“Clearly Anthony Albanese's position as Minister and Leader of the Government in the House of Representatives is untenable. During the previous leadership challenge, Mr Albanese tearfully declared his support for Kevin Rudd. He cannot be Leader of the Government in the House of Representatives if he is not a loyal supporter of the Leader of the Government and that is still Julia Gillard. Labor backbenchers like Laurie Ferguson consider Albanese to be a "gutless wonder". Mr Albanese does not believe Julia Gillard is Labor's best leader and the backbench has no confidence in him. If he has any honour he should follow the other Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Whips who have already resigned. If he won't go the Prime Minister must sack him or her house will still be divided.” - Warren Truss
The dark side of the Moon has long intrigued scientists, and not the shadow cast by the ever-changing alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon. Rather, they're fascinated by the extreme poles of the Moon's surface that, due to its nearly perfectly perpendicular orbit in relation to the Sun, feature craters that haven't seen light in an estimated 2 billion years.
Such craters, for example, would be ripe for trapped volatiles like water.
Launched in June 2009 and costing $504 million, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been hard at work taking images of the Moon's surface, which NASA is now piecing together into stunning 3D images.
While the LRO lacks a stereo camera, scientists at NASA are creating anaglyph imaging by putting together images the spacecraft takes using lasers.
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Last light at Davenport. The waves were smashing against the rocks, and I had to retreat hastily several times while attempting to get this shot. The long exposure flattened the ocean into a serene misty scene, but it was anything but that.
“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.
Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.
The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?
One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”
THE JUDGMENT OF JULIA Larry Pickering
Polls show a massive 71% believe the Office of PM has been trashed while other polling for the Government remains terminal.
Blame can be sheeted home to Rudd but it is Gillard’s appalling judgment that has kept polling on bedrock.
Rudd could easily have been disposed of after his abortive February 2012 challenge but again Gillard’s vindictive nature over-rode her common sense.
She has shown her eagerness to accept every resignation offered no matter the loss of scarce talent to the Party.
I wrote on Februrary 2012, after the failed Rudd challenge: “...she (Gillard) has always maintained Rudd did an excellent job (as Foreign Minister) and he has done.
“There is no doubt that Rudd is the best Foreign Affairs Minister available and he loves the job. I believe he would accept the Ministry again, given a statement of confidence in him that was missing before.
“... will Gillard show good grace? It would be in her interest to do so because it would take Rudd from the back bench where he will still be a pest. Foreign Affairs could take him right out of the venom loop.
“Mmm, let’s see what Gillard is made of.”
Fast forward to today and we witness what Gillard is made of, and it has little to do with sound political judgment.
The worst option for Gillard was to leave Rudd stranded and alone on the backbench where he could plot a second coming.
Kevin Rudd was in his element in a first-class seat with his hairdryer, where he could practise his unintelligible Mandarin to his heart’s content in between abusing hosties. That’s our Kev.
He relished the crass trappings of Foreign Affairs and had paid in spades salivating over his anticipated UN seat.
At the time Rudd had rightly proffered his resignation but Gillard did not have to accept it. She chose feminist vindictiveness over magnanimity. She is now reaping the reward.
Kev would not have been a threat in Foreign Affairs but he was always going to be a mischievous menace with time on his hands on the back bench.
He was confined to watching the wench’s backside at the despatch box with bile welling in his bloated tummy.
Gillard was always going to receive another Kev salvo. It was just a matter of when and how.
But Gillard can’t plan more than a day ahead and when the corrupt Arbib flew the coop the Senate vacancy went to Bob Carr.
The unelected Carr was given Kev’s job. Can you imagine how such a double whammy must have affected Kev?
He had to sit and watch a bumbling Bob Carr occupy his beloved UN seat.
But vengeance has its penalties and a treacherous Carr has now turned on Gillard.
She is taking Labor to new lows with female venom always supplanting sound judgment.
This time, the damage to the Labor brand is immense and there is no-one left to turn to for electoral recovery.
And that’s just how our Julia wants it.
Something a bit more subdued… a rural scene from Western Pennsylvania.
(T). 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public!
The girl's stepfather is accused of raping her for years and murdering the baby she bore. Now the court says she must be flogged for “sex outside marriage”! President Waheed of the Maldives is already feeling global pressure on this, and we can force him to save this girl and change the law to spare other victims this cruel fate. This is how we can end the War on Women – by standing up every time an outrage like this happens.
- 1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach presentedMargrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt with six concertos, now commonly called the Brandenburg concertos.
- 1869 – The last of Māori leader Titokowaru's forces surrendered to the New Zealand government, ending his uprising.
- 1882 – German physician Robert Koch announced the discovery ofMycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium that causestuberculosis.
- 1927 – Following the capture of Nanjing by an alliance of Nationalistand Communist forces, British and American warships bombarded the city in defence of foreign citizens there.
- 1989 – The tanker Exxon Valdez (pictured) spilled more than 10 million US gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters at sea.
- 1401 – Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus.
- 1603 – James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England, upon the death of Elizabeth I.
- 1603 – Tokugawa Ieyasu is granted the title of shogun from Emperor Go-Yozei, and establishes the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo,Japan.
- 1663 – The Province of Carolina is granted by charter to eight Lords Proprietor in reward for their assistance in restoring Charles II of England to the throne.
- 1707 – The Acts of Union 1707 is signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- 1720 – Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel is elected King of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates, after his consort Ulrika Eleonora has abdicated the throne on 29 February. She has been wanting to rule jointly with her husband in the same manner as William and Mary in the British isles, but after the Riksdag of the Estates has said no to this, she has chosen to abdicate the throne in his favour instead.
- 1721 – Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated six concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, now commonly called the Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051.
- 1731 – Naturalization of Hieronimus de Salis Parliamentary Act is passed.
- 1765 – American Revolutionary War: The Kingdom of Great Britain passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops.
- 1829 – Catholic Emancipation: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, allowing Catholics to serve in Parliament.
- 1832 – In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr..
- 1837 – Canada gives African Canadian men the right to vote.
- 1860 – Sakuradamon incident (1860): Assassination of Japanese Chief Minister (Tairō) Ii Naosuke
- 1869 – The last of Titokowaru's forces surrendered to the New Zealand government, ending his uprising.
- 1878 – The British frigate HMS Eurydice sinks, killing more than 300.
- 1882 – Robert Koch announces the discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.
- 1896 – A. S. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history.
- 1900 – Mayor of New York City Robert Anderson Van Wyck breaks ground for a new underground "Rapid Transit Railroad" that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.
- 1907 – The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published.
- 1922 – Irish War of Independence: In Belfast, Northern Irish policemen break into the home of a Catholic family and shoot all eight males inside.
- 1927 – Nanjing Incident: Foreign warships bombard Nanjing, China, in defense of the foreign citizens within the city.
- 1934 – U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth.
- 1944 – Ardeatine Massacre: German troops kill 335 Italian civilians in Rome.
- 1944 – World War II: In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III.
- 1946 – The British Cabinet Mission, consisting of Lord Pethick-Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and A. V. Alexander, arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership.
- 1958 – Rock'N'Roll teen idol Elvis Presley is drafted in the U.S. Army.
- 1959 – The Party of the African Federation is launched by Léopold Sédar Senghor and Modibo Keita.
- 1965 – NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing.
- 1972 – The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland.
- 1973 – Kenyan athlete Kip Keino defeats Jim Ryun at the first-ever professional track meet in Los Angeles, California.
- 1976 – In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón and start a 7-year dictatorial period self-styled the National Reorganization Process. Since 2006, a public holiday known as Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice is held on this day.
- 1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador.
- 1986 – The Loscoe gas explosion leads to new UK laws on landfill gas migration and gas protection on landfill sites.
- 1989 – Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3) of petroleum after running aground.
- 1993 – Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
- 1998 – Jonesboro massacre: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, aged 11 and 13 respectively, fire upon teachers and students at Westside Middle School inJonesboro, Arkansas; five people are killed and ten are wounded.
- 1998 – A tornado sweeps through Dantan in India killing 250 people and injuring 3000 others.
- 1999 – Mont Blanc Tunnel fire kills 38 people
- 1999 – Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
- 2000 – S&P 500 index reaches an intraday high of 1,552.87, a peak that, due to the collapse of the dot-com bubble, it will not reach again for another seven-and-a-half years.
- 2003 – The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
- 2008 – Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
- 1494 – Georg Agricola, German scientist (d. 1555)
- 1607 – Michiel de Ruyter, Dutch admiral (d. 1667)
- 1628 – Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1685)
- 1657 – Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician (d. 1725)
- 1693 – John Harrison, British clockmaker (d. 1776)
- 1725 – Samuel Ashe, 9th Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
- 1725 – Thomas Cushing, American politician, Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1788)
- 1740 – John Antes, American composer (d. 1811)
- 1755 – Rufus King, American politician (d. 1827)
- 1762 – Marcos Portugal, Portuguese composer (d. 1830)
- 1775 – Muthuswami Dikshitar, Indian poet and composer (d. 1835)
- 1782 – Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (d. 1836)
- 1796 – John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
- 1803 – Egerton Ryerson, Canadian educator and politician (d. 1882)
- 1808 – Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
- 1809 – Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (d. 1837)
- 1809 – Joseph Liouville, French mathematician (d. 1882)
- 1820 – A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1891)
- 1820 – Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
- 1823 – Thomas Spencer Baynes, English philosopher and editor (d. 1887)
- 1826 – Matilda Joslyn Gage, American feminist and suffragette (d. 1898)
- 1828 – Horace Gray, American jurist and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 1902)
- 1829 – George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
- 1829 – Ignacio Zaragoza, Mexican general (d. 1862)
- 1830 – Robert Hamerling, Austrian poet (d. 1889)
- 1834 – William Morris, English writer and designer (d. 1896)
- 1834 – John Wesley Powell, American explorer and environmentalist (d. 1902)
- 1835 – Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist (d. 1893)
- 1848 – Honoré Beaugrand, Quebec journalist and newspaper publisher (d. 1906)
- 1850 – Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
- 1855 – Andrew Mellon, American financier (d. 1937)
- 1855 – Olive Schreiner, South African writer (d. 1920)
- 1869 – Émile Fabre, French playwright (d. 1955)
- 1874 – Luigi Einaudi, Italian politician and economist, 2nd President of the Italian Republic (d. 1961)
- 1874 – Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born magician (d. 1926)
- 1875 – William Burns, Canadian lacrosse player (d. 1953)
- 1882 – Marcel Lalu, French gymnast (d. 1951)
- 1884 – Peter Debye, Dutch chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
- 1884 – Eugène Tisserant, French Cardinal and Dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals (d. 1972)
- 1886 – Edward Weston, American photographer (d. 1958)
- 1887 – Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (d. 1933)
- 1888 – Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (d. 1922)
- 1889 – Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
- 1890 – Agnes Macphail, Canadian politician, first female member of the Canadian House of Commons (d. 1954)
- 1891 – Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
- 1892 – Marston Morse, American mathematician (d. 1977)
- 1893 – Walter Baade, German astronomer (d. 1960)
- 1893 – George Sisler, American baseball player (d. 1973)
- 1897 – Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-born psychotherapist (d. 1957)
- 1901 – Ub Iwerks, American cartoonist (d. 1971)
- 1902 – Thomas E. Dewey, American politician (d. 1971)
- 1903 – Adolf Butenandt, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1995)
- 1903 – Malcolm Muggeridge, British author and scholar (d. 1990)
- 1905 – Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
- 1906 – Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet singer (d. 1984)
- 1907 – Paul Sauvé, Quebec politician (d. 1960)
- 1909 – Clyde Barrow, American criminal (d. 1934)
- 1910 – Richard Conte, American actor (d. 1975)
- 1911 – Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
- 1912 – Dorothy Height, American activist (d. 2010)
- 1915 – George Wagner, American wrestler (d. 1963)
- 1916 – Donald Hamilton, Swedish-American novelist (d. 2006)
- 1916 – Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (d. 2010)
- 1917 – Constantine Andreou, Greek-Brazilian artist (d. 2007)
- 1917 – John Kendrew, British molecular biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
- 1919 – Lawrence Ferlinghetti, American author and publisher
- 1919 – Robert Heilbroner, American economist (d. 2005)
- 1920 – Bill Irwin, Canadian skier (d. 2013)
- 1920 – Gene Nelson, American actor (d. 1996)
- 1921 – Franciszek Blachnicki, Polish priest (d. 1987)
- 1921 – Vasily Smyslov, Russian chess player (d. 2010)
- 1922 – Onna White, Canadian choreographer (d. 2005)
- 1923 – Murray Hamilton, American actor (d. 1986)
- 1923 – Michael Legat, England writer (d. 2011)
- 1924 – Vincent Cronin, British writer (d. 2011)
- 1924 – Norman Fell, American actor (d. 1998)
- 1925 – Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
- 1926 – Desmond Connell, Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin
- 1926 – Dario Fo, Italian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
- 1927 – Martin Walser, German author
- 1928 – Byron Janis, American pianist
- 1930 – David Dacko, Central African Republician politician (d. 2003)
- 1930 – Agustín González, Spanish actor (d. 2005)
- 1930 – Steve McQueen, American actor (d. 1980)
- 1931 – Hanno Drechsler, German politician (d. 2003)
- 1931 – Connie Hines, American actress (d. 2009)
- 1933 – William Smith, American actor
- 1935 – Peter Bichsel, Swiss writer
- 1935 – Carol Kaye, American bass player
- 1936 – David Suzuki, Canadian scientist and environmentalist
- 1937 – Billy Stewart, American singer (d. 1970)
- 1938 – Holger Czukay, German musician (Can)
- 1938 – David Irving, British historian
- 1940 – Don Jardine, Canadian wrestler (d. 2006)
- 1940 – Bob Mackie, American fashion designer
- 1944 – R. Lee Ermey, American actor
- 1944 – Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
- 1945 – Robert T. Bakker, American paleontologist
- 1945 – Curtis Hanson, American film director
- 1946 – Klaus Dinger, German musician (Neu!, La Düsseldorf, and Kraftwerk) (d. 2008)
- 1947 – Dennis Erickson, American football coach
- 1947 – Christine Gregoire, American politician
- 1947 – Meiko Kaji, Japanese singer and actress
- 1947 – Alan Sugar, English businessman
- 1948 – Jerzy Kukuczka, Polish mountaineer (d. 1989)
- 1948 – Lee Oskar, Danish musician (War and Lowrider Band)
- 1949 – Nick Lowe, British musician (Rockpile and Little Village)
- 1949 – Ruud Krol, Dutch footballer
- 1949 – Steve Lang, Canadian musician (April Wine and Mashmakhan)
- 1949 – Tabitha Spruce, American writer, poet and activist
- 1950 – Gary Wichard, American sports agent (d. 2011)
- 1951 – Peter Boyle, Scottish-Australian footballer (d. 2013)
- 1951 – Pat Bradley, American golfer
- 1951 – Tommy Hilfiger, American fashion designer
- 1951 – Dougie Thomson, British bassist (Supertramp and The Alan Bown Set)
- 1953 – Anita L. Allen, American law professor
- 1953 – Louie Anderson, American comedian
- 1954 – Robert Carradine, American actor
- 1954 – Donna Pescow, American actress
- 1955 – Doug Jarvis, Canadian hockey player
- 1955 – Pat Price, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1956 – Steve Ballmer, American businessman
- 1957 – Gilles Baril, Canadian politician
- 1957 – Pierre Harvey, Canadian cyclist and skier
- 1958 – Mike Woodson, American basketball player and coach
- 1959 – Derek Statham, English footballer
- 1960 – Jan Berglin, Swedish cartoonist
- 1960 – Barry Horowitz, American wrestler
- 1960 – Kelly LeBrock, American actress
- 1960 – Nena, German singer (Nena)
- 1960 – Grayson Perry, English potter
- 1960 – Scott Pruett, American race car driver
- 1961 – Dean Jones, Australian cricketer
- 1962 – Angèle Dubeau, Canadian violinist
- 1962 – Star Jones, American lawyer, journalist, and talk show host
- 1963 – Raimond van der Gouw, Dutch footballer
- 1965 – Peter Jacobson, American actor
- 1965 – Patrick Scales, British-German bass player and teacher
- 1965 – Gurmit Singh, Singaporean actor
- 1965 – Mark Calaway, American wrestler
- 1969 – Houston, American pornographic actress
- 1970 – Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
- 1970 – Sharon Corr, Irish musician (The Corrs)
- 1970 – Judith Draxler, Austrian swimmer
- 1970 – Mike Vanderjagt, Canadian football player
- 1971 – Megyn Price, American actress
- 1972 – Steve Karsay, American baseball player
- 1973 – Jacek Bąk, Polish footballer
- 1973 – Philippe Boucher, Canadian hockey player
- 1973 – Steve Corica, Australian footballer
- 1973 – Mette Jacobsen, Danish swimmer
- 1973 – Jim Parsons, American actor
- 1974 – Chad Butler, American drummer (Switchfoot)
- 1974 – Alyson Hannigan, American actress
- 1975 – Thomas Johansson, Swedish tennis player
- 1975 – Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer and actress
- 1976 – Angellica Bell, English TV presenter
- 1976 – Aaron Brooks, American football player
- 1976 – Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer
- 1976 – Athanasios Kostoulas, Greek footballer
- 1976 – Peyton Manning, American football player
- 1977 – Olivia Burnette, American actress
- 1977 – Jessica Chastain, American actress
- 1977 – Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
- 1977 – Corneille Nyungura, Rwandan/Canadian singer
- 1978 – Michael Braun, Australian rules footballer
- 1978 – Kaori Mochida, Japanese singer (Every Little Thing)
- 1978 – Tomáš Ujfaluši, Czech footballer
- 1979 – Lake Bell, American actress
- 1979 – Emraan Hashmi, Indian actor
- 1979 – Norris Hopper, American baseball player
- 1979 – Periklis Iakovakis, Greek athlete
- 1979 – Graeme Swann, English cricketer
- 1980 – Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer
- 1981 – Mike Adams, American football player
- 1981 – Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
- 1981 – Dirk Hayhurst, American baseball player
- 1981 – Mark Looms, Dutch footballer
- 1981 – Gary Paffett, English race car driver
- 1982 – Epico, American wrestler
- 1982 – Nivea, American singer
- 1982 – Corey Hart, American baseball player
- 1982 – Jimmy Hempte, Belgian footballer
- 1982 – Christian Hug, German rugby player
- 1982 – Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
- 1982 – Jack Swagger, American wrestler
- 1983 – Luca Ceccarelli, Italian footballer
- 1983 – T. J. Ford, American basketball player
- 1983 – Kelvin Kwan, Hong Kong singer
- 1983 – Riccardo Musetti, Italian footballer
- 1983 – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1984 – Chris Bosh, American basketball player
- 1984 – Benoît Assou-Ekotto, French-Cameroonian footballer
- 1984 – Adrian D'Souza, Indian field hockey player
- 1984 – Park Bom, South Korean singer (2NE1)
- 1985 – Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model
- 1985 – Sayaka Hirano, Japanese table tennis player
- 1986 – Kohei Hirate, Japanese race car driver
- 1986 – Tony McMahon, English footballer
- 1987 – Ramires, Brazilian footballer
- 1987 – Yuma Asami, Japanese porn actress
- 1987 – Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricketer
- 1988 – Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer
- 1988 – Sharmin Ratna, Bangladeshi target shooter
- 1988 – Matías Martínez, Argentine footballer
- 1989 – Aziz Shavershian, Australian bodybuilder (d. 2011)
- 1990 – Aljur Abrenica, Filipino actor
- 1990 – Keisha Castle-Hughes, New Zealand actress
- 1990 – Starlin Castro, American baseball player
- 1990 – Libby Clegg, English runner
- 1992 – Jeremy Rosado, American singer
- 1994 – Anna Hämäläinen, Finnish athlete
- 1998 – Isabel Suckling, English singer
- 809 – Harun al-Rashid, Abbasid caliph (b. 763)
- 1284 – King Hugh III of Cyprus (b. 1235)
- 1381 – Saint Catharine of Sweden, Swedish saint (b. 1332)
- 1396 – Walter Hilton, English mystic (b. 1340)
- 1455 – Pope Nicholas V (b. 1397)
- 1558 – Anna of Egmond, Countess of Egmond and Buren (b. 1533)
- 1563 – Hosokawa Harumoto, Japanese military leader (b. 1514)
- 1575 – Yosef Karo, Spanish-born rabbi (b. 1488)
- 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I of England (b. 1533)
- 1653 – Samuel Scheidt, German composer (b. 1587)
- 1773 – Philip Dormer Stanhope, English statesman (b. 1694)
- 1776 – John Harrison, English clockmaker (b. 1693)
- 1869 – Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
- 1881 – Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (b. 1817)
- 1882 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American author (b. 1807)
- 1887 – Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic (b. 1837)
- 1888 – Vsevolod Garshin, Russian author (b. 1855)
- 1905 – Jules Verne, French author (b. 1828)
- 1909 – John Millington Synge, Irish playwright (b. 1871)
- 1915 – Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
- 1916 – Enrique Granados, Spanish composer (b. 1867)
- 1921 – Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player (b. 1881)
- 1926 – Phan Chu Trinh, Vietnamese nationalist (b. 1872)
- 1940 – Édouard Branly, French inventor and physicist (b. 1844)
- 1944 – Orde Charles Wingate, British Major-General, prominent Zionist, eccentric (b. 1903)
- 1946 – Alexander Alekhine, Russian chess player (b. 1892)
- 1946 – Carl Schuhmann, German athlete (b. 1869)
- 1948 – Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (b. 1885)
- 1950 – James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (b. 1865)
- 1953 – Mary of Teck, Queen Consort to George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1867)
- 1962 – Jean Goldkette, Greek jazz pianist and bandleader (b. 1899)
- 1962 – Auguste Piccard, Swiss physicist and explorer (b. 1884)
- 1968 – Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
- 1976 – Bernard Montgomery, British field marshal (b. 1887)
- 1980 – Óscar Romero, Salvadoran Catholic archbishop (b. 1917)
- 1984 – Sam Jaffe, American actor (b. 1891)
- 1990 – Ray Goulding, American comedian (b. 1922)
- 1991 – John Kerr, Australian governor-general (b. 1914)
- 1993 – Albert Arlen, Australian pianist, composer, actor, director (b. 1905)
- 1993 – John Hersey, American author (b. 1914)
- 1995 – Joseph Needham, British academic and sinologist (b. 1900)
- 1997 – Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
- 1997 – Harold Melvin, American singer (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) (b. 1939)
- 1999 – Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
- 1999 – Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
- 1999 – Pierlucio Tinazzi, Italian security guard (b. 1962)
- 2001 – Muriel Young, English TV personality (b. 1928)
- 2002 – César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
- 2003 – Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
- 2006 – Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
- 2008 – Chalmers "Spanky" Alford, American jazz guitarist (b. 1955)
- 2008 – Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
- 2008 – Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
- 2008 – Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
- 2009 – George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
- 2010 – Robert Culp, American actor (b. 1930)
- 2010 – Johnny Maestro, American singer (Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge) (b. 1939)
- 2010 – Jim Marshall, American photographer (b. 1936)
- 2012 – Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (b. 1950)