Is May 8th your birthday? Was someone special to you born on May 8th? With whom will you choose to celebrate this excellent occasion?
If today is your birthday, then you are in excellent company.
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May 8th was the birth date of several notable (or even notorious) individuals. Here they are:
May 8th Birthdays: Famous Artists
French painter Alphonse Legros (Barricade, Christening, Jacob’s Dream, The Pilgrimage, Psyche, Saint Jerome and Snow Scene) was born on May 8, 1837.
Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (The Messiah, Open City and Seven Deadly Sins), was born on May 8, 1906.
May 8th Birthdays: Famous Athletes
Deana Deardruff, American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist (1972), was born on May 8, 1957.
Otis Paul Drayton, American runner and Olympic gold medalist (1964), was born on May 8, 1939.
Spanish matador Jose Gomez was born on May 8, 1895. Jose Gomez was known as Joselito.
Charles Sonny Liston, American champion heavyweight boxer, was born on May 8, 1932.
American professional football player Ronald Mandel (Ronnie) Lott was born on May 8, 1959. Ronnie Lott played for the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
Miguel Angel (Mike Cuellar) Santana, Cuban professional baseball player, was born on May 8, 1937. Mike Cuellar played for the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals.
May 8th Birthdays: Famous Authors and Journalists
American journalist (Newsweek and The Washington Post) and author (Beast, The Deep, Jaws and White Shark) Peter Benchley was born on May 8, 1940. Peter Benchley’s father was author Nathaniel Goddard Benchley, and his grandfather was humorist and author Robert Benchley.
Thomas Bertram Costain, Canadian journalist (Maclean’s and The Saturday Evening Post), author (The Black Rose, The Conquering Family, High Towers, Joshua: Leader of a United People – A Realistic Biography, The Last Plantagenets, The Magnificent Century, Ride With Me, The Silver Chalice, Son of a Hundred Kings and William the Conqueror) and screenwriter (The Black Rose, The Chord of Steel, The Silver Chalice and Son of a Hundred Kings), was born on May 8, 1885.
American author Thomas Pynchon (Against the Day, The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity’s Rainbow, Mason & Dixon, Slow Learner, V. and Vineland) was born on May 8, 1937.
Peter John (Archbishop Fulton) Sheen, American Catholic clergyman, radio personality (The Catholic Hour), television clergyman (The Fulton Sheen Program and Life Is Worth Living), and author, was born on May 8, 1895. Bishop Fulton Sheen’s published works included Calvary and the Mass, Communism and the Conscience of the West, Footprints in a Darkened Forest, God and Intelligence in Modern Philosophy, Life Is Worth Living, Life of Christ, Missions and the World Crisis, The Way to Happiness and The Way to Inner Peace.
American attorney and author Theodore C. (Ted) Sorensen (Kennedy, The Kennedy Legacy, Leaders of Our Time, Why I Am a Democrat and Watchmen in the Night: Presidential Accountability After Watergate) was born on May 8, 1928.
Friedrich von Hayek, Austrian-British economist, author (The Constitution of Liberty, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, Individualism and Economic Order, Law Legislation and Liberty, The Mirage of Social Justice, Monetary Theory and the Trade Cycle, The Political Order of a Free People, The Road to Serfdom and Rules and Order) and Nobel Prize winner (1974), was born on May 8, 1899.
May 8th Birthdays: Famous Performers
American Gospel, R&B, and funk singer Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire) was born on May 8, 1951.
Alexander Crichlow (Lex) Barker, Jr., American actor (Apache’s Last Battle, Away All Boats, La Dolce Vita, Executioner of Venice, Five Kings, Frauenarzt Dr. Sibelius, Fruehstueck im Doppelbett, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Place Called Glory, Return of the Bad Men and Tarzan’s Magic Fountain), was born on May 8, 1919. Lex Barker had five wives, including actresses Arlene Dahl and Lana Turner.
American country music singer Jack Blanchard (Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan) was born on May 8, 1933.
William Beau (Billy) Burnette, III, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), was born on May 8, 1953.
American contemporary Christian singer Steve Crawford (Anointed) was born on May 8, 19–. Steve Crawford is the brother of Contemporary Christian singer Da’dra Crawford.
Christ Frantz, American rock drummer (Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club), was born on May 8, 1951.
American actor Stephen Furst (Animal House and St. Elsewhere) was born on May 8, 1955.
Paul Francis (Gary Glitter) Gadd, British glam rock singer, was born on May 8, 1944. Gary Glitter’s best known songs included “Another Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas,” “Do You Wanna Touch,” “Hello Hello I’m Back Again,” “I Love You Love Me Love,” “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)” and “Rock and Roll (Parts I & II).”
American actress Melissa Gilbert was born on May 8, 1964. Melissa Gilbert appeared in Her Own Rules, Little House on the Prairie, The Miracle Worker and Murder at 75 Birch.
Del Gray, American country musician (Little Texas), was born on May 8, 1969.
American actress (Baby Girl Scott, The Fun Factory,The Ghost of Flight 401,Just the Ten of Us,Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills,Prince of Bel Air,The Ted Knight Show and When the Bough Breaks) and television personality (What’s Up America) Deborah Harmon was born on May 8, 1951. Deborah Harmon, the daughter of actor Frank Harmon, married actor Bill Blackwell.
Darren Hayes, Australian rock singer and songwriter (Savage Garden), was born on May 8, 1972.
American Christian rock singer and songwriter Bob Herdman (Audio Adrenaline) was born on May 8, 19–.
Enrique Miguel Iglesias, Spanish model and pop and Latin singer, was born on May 8, 1975. Son of Latin singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias has recorded several hit singles, including “Bailamos,” “Be With You – Solo Me Importas Tu,” “Do You Know – The Ping Pong Song – Dimelo,” “Hero – Heroe” and “Rhythm Divine – Ritmo Total.”
American jazz pianist Keith Jarrett was born on May 8, 1945. Keith Jarrett has performed with Art Blakely, Miles Davis, Charles Lloyd and other jazz artists.
Robert Johnson, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, was born on May 8, 1911. Robert Johnson, known as the King of Delta Blues, is recognized for “Cross Road Blues,” “Me and the Devil Blues,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and other songs.
American actor David Keith (Back Roads, Firestarter, The Great Santini, An Officer and a Gentleman and Take This Job & Shove It) was born on May 8, 1955.
Ana Maria Lombo, Colombian-American dancer and singer (Eden’s Crush), was born on May 8, 1978.
American actor James Mitchum (Code Name: Zebra, Hollywood Cop, In Harm’s Way, Marked for Murder, Ride the Wild Surf, Thunder and The Victors) was born on May 8, 1941. James Mitchum is the son of actor Robert Mitchum.
Eric Hilliard (Ricky) Nelson, American singer (“Be-Bop Baby,” “Garden Party,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “I’m Walkin’,” “It’s Late,” “Lonesome Town,” “Never Be Anyone Else But You,” “Poor Little Fool” and “Travelin’ Man”) and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Love and Kisses, Rio Bravo and Wackiest Ship in the Army), was born on May 8, 1940. Ricky Nelson’s parents were actors Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson.
American comedian and actor Don Rickles was born on May 8, 1926. Don Rickles appeared in Beach Blanket Bingo, CPO Sharkey, Daddy Dearest, The Don Rickles Show, Kelly’s Heroes and The Rat Race.
David Alexander De Horne (Dave) Rowntree, British alternative rock drummer, was born on May 8, 1964. Dave Rowntree has performed with The Ailerons and Blur.
British rocker bassist Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds) was born on May 8, 1943.
Euclid (Motorhead) Sherwood, American rocker (The Blackouts, The Grandmothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and Ruben and the Jets), was born on May 8, 1942.
American Catholic monk and Christian-folk guitarist and singer John Michael Talbot (Mason Proffit) was born on May 8, 1954. John Michael Talbot’s brother is folk and rock singer Terry Talbot.
Toni Tennille, American pop singer (The Captain and Tennille), was born on May 8, 1943.
Dutch rock drummer Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) was born on May 8, 1955. Alex Van Halen’s brothers are rockers Eddie Van Halen and Michael Van Halen.
Julia Whelan, American actress (Fading of the Cries, Once and Again and The Secret Life of Zoey), was born on May 8, 1984.
May 8th Birthdays: Famous Scientists
American psychologist James Rowland Angell was born on May 8, 1869. James Rowland Angell served as president of Yale University.
David Attenborough, British naturalist and author (Life on Earth and Trials of Life), was born on May 8, 1926. David Attenborough’s brother is actor and film director Richard Attenborough.
May 8th Birthdays: Famous World (and Other) Leaders
Henri Dunant, Swiss philanthropist, humanitarian and Nobel Prize winner (1901), was born on May 8, 1828. Henri Dunant founded the International Red Cross.
Tanzanian President Ali Hassan Mwinyi was born on May 8, 1925.
Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States, was born on May 8, 1884. Harry Truman was popularly known as Give ‘Em Hell Harry.
Nicaraguan President William Walker was born on May 8, 1824.
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Happy Birthday, May 8th.