#668 John Dunlop / Hiram Maxim – 5 February 1840

John Dunlop


John Dunlop (5 February 1840 – 23 October 1921) was a Scottish inventor and veterinary surgeon. Familiar with making rubber devices, he re-invented pneumatic tyres for his child’s tricycle and developed them for use in cycle racing. He sold his rights to the pneumatic tyres to a company he formed with the president of the Irish Cyclists’ Association, Harvey Du Cros, for a small cash sum and a small shareholding in their pneumatic tyre business. Born John Boyd Dunlop in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire, Scotland. (d. 1921)

Hiram Maxim


Sir Hiram Maxim (5 February 1840 – 24 November 1916) was an American-born British inventor, best known as the creator of the Maxim Gun, the first portable fully automatic machine gun. Maxim held patents on numerous mechanical devices such as a mousetrap, hair-curling irons, and steam pumps, and laid claim to inventing the lightbulb. He also experimented with powered flight but his large aircraft designs were never successful, however, his “Captive Flying Machine” amusement ride, designed as a means by which to fund his research while generating public interest in flight, was highly successful (the only example still standing is at Blackpool Pleasure Beach). Born Hiram Stevens Maxim in Sangerville, Maine, United States. (d. 1916)



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#667 Ann Jillian / Jody Scheckter – 29th January 1950

Ann Jillian

Ann Jillian (born January 29, 1950) is an American actress. Jillian appeared as Dainty June in the Rosalind Russell-Natalie Wood 1962 movie version of Gypsy. She is best known for her role as Cassie Cranston on the 1980s sitcom It’s a Living. Born Ann Jura Nauseda in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jody Scheckter

Jody David Scheckter (born 29 January 1950) is a South African former auto racing driver. He was the 1979 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. Born in East London, South Africa.



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#665 Bobby Ball / Susan Howard – 28th January 1944

Bobby Ball


Robert Harper known as Bobby Ball (born 28 January 1944) is an English comedian, best known as one half of the double act Cannon and Ball, with Tommy Cannon. They hosted their own ITV show The Cannon and Ball Show for nine years between 1979 and 1988. Bobby has since gone on to star in various sitcoms and dramas. Born at Boundary Park Hospital, Oldham, Lancashire.

Susan Howard


Susan Howard (born January 28, 1944) is an American actress, writer, and political activist. She is perhaps best known for portraying the character Donna Culver Krebbs on the primetime soap opera Dallas (1979-87), and as a co-star of the series Petrocelli (1974-76). She is also a screenwriter and member of the Writers Guild of America. Born Jeri Lynn Mooney in Marshall, Texas.



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#664 Marty Robbins / Sylvia Peters – 26 September 1925

Marty Robbins


Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, and racing driver. One of the most popular and successful country and western singers of all time for most of his near four-decade career.

Sylvia Peters


Sylvia Lucia Petronzio (26 September 1925 – 26 July 2016), better known as Sylvia Peters, was an English actress, and from 1947 to 1958 a continuity announcer and presenter for BBC Television. She introduced the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and later advised the Queen as she prepared for her first televised Christmas Message in 1957.


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Nils-Börje Stormbom was a Finnish writer and recipient of the Eino Leino Prize.
Harry Yates was a professional footballer born in Huddersfield.
Gilles Borrie was a Dutch politician and historian.
Seamon Glass  was an American actor and author.

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#663 Sabu / Brian Rix – 27 January 1924

Sabu Dastagir


Sabu Dastagir (27 January 1924 – 2 December 1963) was an Indian film actor who later gained American citizenship. He was normally credited only by his first name, Sabu, and is primarily known for his work in film during the 1930s–1940s in Britain and America.

Brian Rix

Brian Rix

Brian Norman Roger Rix, Baron Rix, CBE, DL (27 January 1924 – 20 August 2016) was a British actor and activist. On the stage he was best known for appearing in farces. After a stage and television career spanning more than three decades, Rix became a campaigner for disability causes. He entered the House of Lords as a crossbencher in 1992 and was president of the disability charity Mencap from 1998 until his death.


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#662 Henry Fonda / H.E. Bates – 16 May 1905

Henry Fonda


Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. Fonda starred in such classics as The Ox-Bow Incident, Mister Roberts, and 12 Angry Men, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 54th Academy Awards for the movie On Golden Pond, his final film role.

H. E. Bates


Herbert Ernest Bates, CBE (16 May 1905 – 29 January 1974), better known as H. E. Bates, was an English writer and author. His best-known works include Love for Lydia, The Darling Buds of May, and My Uncle Silas.


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#661 Candy Staton / Christopher Gable – 13 March 1940

Candi Staton


Canzetta Maria “Candi” Staton (born March 13, 1940 in Hanceville, Alabama) is an American soul and gospel singer, best known in the United States for her 1970 remake of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” and her 1976 disco chart-topper “Young Hearts Run Free”. In Europe, her biggest selling record is the anthemic “You Got the Love” from 1986.

Christopher Gable


Christopher Michael Gable, CBE (13 March 1940 – 23 October 1998) was an English ballet dancer, choreographer and actor. Gable studied at the Royal Ballet School, joining the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1957. He was promoted to soloist in 1959 and principal in 1961. He appeared in a number of television and film productions directed by Ken Russell, including the BBC films Women in Love (1969), The Music Lovers (1970), and an adaptation of The Boy Friend (1971).


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#660 Louise Brough / Terence Alexander – 11 March 1923

Louise Brough

Louise Brough

Althea Louise Brough Clapp (née Brough; March 11, 1923 – February 3, 2014) was an American tennis player. During her career between 1942 and 1957, she won six Grand Slam singles titles as well as numerous doubles and mixed doubles titles. She was ranked world no. 1 by Lance Tingay in 1955.

Terence Alexander


Terence Joseph Alexander (11 March 1923 – 28 May 2009) was an English film and television actor, best known for his role as Charlie Hungerford in the British TV drama Bergerac.


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#659 Curtis Mayfield / Anita Harris – 3 June 1942

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was a soul, R&B, and funk singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, who was one of the most influential musicians behind soul and politically conscious African-American music Born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1999)

Anita Harris

Anita Harris

Anita Harris (born 3 June 1942) is an English actress, singer and entertainer. Harris sang with the Cliff Adams Singers, and had a number of chart hits in the 1960s. She appeared in the Carry On films Follow That Camel and Carry On Doctor. Born Anita Madeleine Harris in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England.


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#658 Sophie Dahl / Tom Hardy – 15 September 1977

Sophie Dahl


Sophie Dahl (born 15 September 1977) is an English author and former fashion model. Dahl is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were the children’s author Roald Dahl and the American actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandparents were the actor Stanley Holloway and the former chorus dancer Violet Lane. Born Sophie Holloway in London.

Tom Hardy

tom hardy

Tom Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, screenwriter, and producer. He made his debut in Ridley Scott’s film Black Hawk Down. Hardy’s other notable films include Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Inception (2010), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also portrayed Bane in the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises (2012), “Mad” Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and both Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend (2015). Born Edward Thomas Hardy in Hammersmith, London, England.


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#657 Susan Hampshire / Beryl Burton / Miriam Stoppard / George Carlin – 12 May 1937

Susan Hampshire

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Susan Hampshire, Lady Kulukundis, OBE (born 12 May 1937) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning English actress, best known for her many television and film roles.

Beryl Burton


Beryl Burton, OBE (12 May 1937 – 5 May 1996) was an English racing cyclist. She dominated women’s cycle racing in the UK, winning more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles, and setting numerous national records. She set a women’s record for the 12-hour time-trial which exceeded the men’s record for two years.

Miriam Stoppard


Miriam Stoppard, OBE (née Stern and subsequently Miriam Moore-Robinson, born 12 May 1937) is an English doctor, author, television presenter and advice columnist.

George Carlin


George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects..


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#656 Robert De Niro / John Humphrys – 17 August 1943

Robert De Niro


Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor and producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) and Martin Scorsese’s crime film Mean Streets (1973). In 1974, after being turned down for the role of Sonny Corleone in the crime film The Godfather (1972), he was cast as the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull.

John Humphrys


Desmond John Humphrys (born 17 August 1943) is an award-winning Welsh broadcaster. From 1981 to 1987 he was the main presenter for the Nine O’Clock News, the flagship BBC news television programme, and since 1987 he has been a presenter on the award-winning BBC Radio 4 programme, Today. Since 2003 he has been the host of the BBC Two television quiz show Mastermind.


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#655 Anna Paquin / Elisabeth Moss – 24 July 1982

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin

Anna Helene Paquin (born 24 July 1982) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Her first film was The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in March 1994 at the age of 11, making her the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She later appeared in a number of successful films, including Fly Away Home, She’s All That, Almost Famous, The Squid and the Whale, 25th Hour and the X-Men franchise as Rogue from Marvel Comics. Paquin is also known for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2009.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Singleton Moss (born July 24, 1982) is an American actor, known for her roles as Zoey Bartlet, the youngest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet, on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999–2006); Peggy Olson, secretary-turned-copywriter on the AMCseries, Mad Men (2007–2015), which earned her six Emmy Awards nominations and one Golden Globe nomination; and Det. Robin Griffin in the BBC miniseries Top of the Lake (2013), the last of which won her a Golden Globe and Satellite Awards for Best Actress in a Miniseries and/or TV film.


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#654 Maxine Peake / David Mitchell – 14 July 1974

Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English stage, film and television actress, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood’s sitcom dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4’s Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, and co-starred in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

David James Stuart Mitchell (born 14 July 1974) is a British actor, comedian and writer. He is half of the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, alongside Robert Webb. Together the duo star in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. Mitchell won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Performance in 2009 for his performance in the show. Mitchell is a frequent participant on British panel shows, being a team captain on Would I Lie to You?, and a frequent guest on other panel shows, including QI, Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You.


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#653 Morgan Fairchild / Pamela Franklin – 3 February 1950

Morgan Fairchild

Morga Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild (born February 3, 1950) is an American actress. She achieved prominence during the late 1970s and early 1980s with continuing roles in several television series, in which she usually conveyed a glamorous image. Fairchild began her career in the CBS daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow as Jennifer Pace from 1973 to 1977. In 1978 she appeared on the primetime soap opera Dallas as the first actress to portray Jenna Wade, before taking a lead role in the NBC series Flamingo Road in 1980 (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama). Born Patsy Ann McClenny in Dallas, Texas.

Pamela Franklin

Pamela franklin

Pamela Franklin (born 3 February 1950) is a British actress who appeared in feature films from 1961 until 1976, and on American television throughout the 1970s. She is best known for her role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. Born in Yokohama, Japan.


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Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested for passing atomic bomb information to Soviets

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#652 U Thant / Ann Sothern – 22 January 1909

U Thant


U Thant (January 22, 1909 – November 25, 1974) was a Burmese diplomat and the third Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1961 to 1971.

Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern (January 22, 1909 – March 15, 2001) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress whose career spanned six decades. Sothern began her career in the late 1920s in bit parts in films. In 1930, she made her Broadway stage debut and soon worked her way up to starring roles. In 1939, MGM cast her as Maisie Ravier, a brash yet lovable Brooklyn showgirl. The character proved to be popular and spawned a successful film series (Congo Maisie, Gold Rush Maisie, Up Goes Maisie, etc.) and a network radio series (The Adventures of Maisie). In 1953, Sothern moved into television as the star of her own sitcom Private Secretary. The series aired for five seasons on CBS and earned Sothern three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 1958, she starred in another sitcom for CBS, The Ann Sothern Show which aired for three seasons. From 1965 to 1966, Sothern provided the voice of Gladys Crabtree, the titular character in the sitcom My Mother the Car. Sothern earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film The Whales of August.


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The National Conservation Commission released its final report. President Roosevelt endorsed it as “one of the most fundamentally important documents ever laid before the American people”.
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#651 John Schlesinger / Margot Frank – 16 February 1926

John Schlesinger


John Richard Schlesinger, CBE (16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy, and was nominated for two other films (Darling and Sunday Bloody Sunday).

Margot Frank

Margot Frank

Margot Betti Frank (16 February 1926 – early March 1945) was the elder daughter of Otto and Edith Frank, and the older sister of Anne Frank, whose deportation order from the Gestapo hastened the Frank family into hiding, and who subsequently perished in Bergen-Belsen. According to the diary of her younger sister Anne, Margot was keeping a diary as well, but no trace of Margot’s diary has ever been found.


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French tennis star Suzanne Lenglen defeated U.S. champion Helen Wills in a special match at Cannes.
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#650 Emily Watson / Nicki Chapman / Saskia Wickham – 14 January 1967

Emily Watson

Emily Watson

Emily Margaret Watson, OBE (born 14 January 1967) is an English actress who gave an acclaimed debut film performance in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. She is a two-time Academy Award nominee and four-time BAFTA Award nominee. Her other films include, Angela’s Ashes (1999), Gosford Park (2001), Red Dragon (2002), Equilibrium (2002), and The Book Thief (2013).

Nicki Chapman

Nicki Chapman

Nicki Chapman (born 14 January 1967, Herne Bay, Kent, England) is an English television presenter who also works in the British pop music industry. She was also a judge on the ITV reality shows Popstars, with Nigel Lythgoe and Paul Adam, and Pop Idol, along with Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Neil Fox. Nicki currently hosts Wanted Down Under, Escape To The Country and The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Saskia Wickham

Saskia Wickham

Saskia Wickham (born 14 January 1967) is an English actress best known for playing Dr. Erica Matthews in the ITV television drama series Peak Practice between 1996 and 1998. Other major roles include Clarissa Harlowe on Clarissa, Alex Wilton in the ITV series Boon and Claudia Seabrook MP in the BBC drama Our Friends in the North (1996).


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#649 Ed McBain / Jean Peters – 15 October 1926

Ed McBain (Evan Hunter)

Evan Hunter

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.  As Evan Hunter, he gained notice with his 1954 novel Blackboard Jungle.  He wrote the screenplay of the Hitchcock film The Birds (1963). From 1958 until his death, McBain’s “87th Precinct” novels appeared at a rate of approximately one or two novels a year.

Jean Peters


Jean Peters (October 15, 1926 – October 13, 2000) was an American actress, known as a star of 20th Century Fox in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and as the second (or possibly third) wife ofHoward Hughes. Although possibly best remembered for her siren role in Pickup on South Street (1953), Peters was known for her resistance to being turned into a sex symbol. She preferred to play unglamorous, down-to-earth women. Peters and Marilyn Monroe starred together in the 1953 film noir, Niagara, also starring Joseph Cotten. She replaced Jeannie Crain in the film Three Coins in the Fountain (1954).


On this day:
12 police and 35 miners were injured at a mine near Port Talbot, Wales when 500 locked-out miners attacked a colliery that was operating under police protection.

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#648 Ronald Lacey / Heather Sears – 28 September 1935

Ronald Lacey

Ronald Lacey

Ronald William Lacey (28 September 1935 – 15 May 1991) was an English actor. He made numerous television and film appearances over a 30 year period and is perhaps best remembered for his villainous roles in Hollywood films, most famously Gestapo agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Heather Sears


Heather Christine Sears: (28 September 1935 – 3 January 1994), was a British stage and screen actress. On screen, she was cast as Susan Brown, the naive daughter of an industrial magnate who falls for Joe Lampton in the adaptation of John Braine’s novel Room at the Top (1959).

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