She was born Isabella Baumfree in New York in 1797

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Today in History: Born on August 22

1754

Louis XVI, King of France during the French Revolution who met his fate at the guillotine.

1755

Jean Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy, French geographer.

1883

Jonathan Wainwright, U.S. general who fought against the Japanese on Corregidor in the Philippines and was forced to surrender.

1898

Albert Claude, biologist who won the 1974 Nobel for his work on the sub-structure of the cell. He never graduated from high school.

1912

Gene Kelly, dancer, choreographer and actor.

1931

H.O. Smith, molecular biologist credited with helping 'open the door' on genetic engineering.

1934

Barbara Eden, actress (I Dream of Jeannie TV series).

1934

Sonny (Christian) Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer.

1935

Sir Roy Colin Strong, the youngest director of both Britain's National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; recipient of Shakespeare Prize.

1938

Roger John Reginald Greenaway, songwriter ("I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing,"), record producer. He and co-writer Roger Cook were first UK team to receive an Ivor Novello Award as Songwriters of the Year in two successive years.

1942

Patricia McBride, ballerina; in 1961 became youngest principal in the New York City Ballet.

1946

Keith Moon, drummer in The Who.

1951

Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (Oct 5, 2003–May 9, 2004).

1951

Queen Noor of Jordan (Lisa Najeeb Halaby), queen consort 1978–99.

1956

Andreas Floer, mathematician, creator of the Floer homology.

1965

Roger Avary, screenwriter, director (Killing Zoe); shared Academy Award with co-writer Quentin Tarantino for best original screenplay (Pulp Fiction).