#541 Freddie Mercury / Loudon Wainwright III – 05 September 1946

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Killer Queen”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Somebody to Love”, “We Are the Champions”, “Bicycle Race”, “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, penning hits such as “I Was Born to Love You”, “Barcelona” and “Living on My Own”.

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Snowden Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. To date, Wainwright has released 21 studio albums.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudon_Wainwright_III

Also born on this day:
Lily Brett is an award-winning Australian novelist , essayist and poet.
Sigurd Allern is a Norwegian media theorist and the first professor of journalism at the University of Oslo.
H. S. Bedi is a justice of the Supreme Court of India.
Jindřich Štreit is a Czech photographer.
Robert Gibb is an American poet.
Francisco Caló is a former Portuguese footballer.
Julius Keye was an American professional basketball player.
Dennis Dugan is an American director, comedian, and actor.
Philip Wise is a former ten-term Iowa State Representative.
Hans Nilsson is a Swedish sprint canoer.
Bob Leahy is an American football coach.
William L. Campbell was a Canadian film editor.
Mavis Leno is an American philanthropist, feminist and the wife of Jay Leno.
Kyongae Chang is a South Korean astrophysicist.
Bill Horton is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.
Manfred Ehrhardt is an East German sprint canoer.
Norman Curry was a South African-born Namibian cricketer.

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#540 Richard Benjamin / Susan Strasberg – 22 May 1938

Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin (born May 22, 1938) is an American actor and film director. He has starred in a number of productions, including Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Catch-22 (1970), and Westworld (1973), and directed the 2003 comedy Marci X.

Susan Strasberg

Susan Elizabeth Strasberg (May 22, 1938 – January 21, 1999) was an American film and stage actress. She was the daughter of theatre director and drama coach Lee Strasberg of the Actors Studio.From the 1960s into the 1980s Strasberg guest starred in many US television dramas, including The VirginianThe Invaders, Bonanza, The F.B.I., Burke’s LawThe Streets of San FranciscoMcCloudAlias Smith & JonesThe Big ValleyRemington Steele. and The Rockford Files (1976). Strasberg wrote two best-selling books.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Benjamin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Strasberg

Also born on this day:
Dieter Dengler was a United States Navy Naval aviator during the Vietnam War.
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury was a British peer.
Henk Groot is a retired Dutch footballer.
Hans Buzek is a former Austrian football forward.
Wiesław Maniak was a Polish athlete.
Alain Gagnon is a Canadian composer and music educator.
Ingvar Svahn was a Swedish footballer.
Frank Converse is an American actor.
Rafael Romero is a retired track and field athlete from Venezuela.
Richard Kroft is a former Canadian lawyer, businessman and Senator.

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#539 Billy Dee Williams / Merle Haggard / Terrence Hardiman – 6 April 1937

Billy Dee Williams

William December “Billy Dee” Williams, Jr. (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor, artist, singer and writer. He is best known for playing Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Merle Haggard

Merle Ronald Haggard (born April 6, 1937) is an American country music song writer, singer, guitarist, fiddler and instrumentalist. He has won numerous awards including 3 Grammys.

Terrence Hardiman

Terrence Hardiman (born 6 April 1937; Forest Gate, London) is an English actor. He is best known for playing The Demon Headmaster in the children’s television series of the same name, and also for Reinhardt in the 1970s drama series Secret Army.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Dee_Williams
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merle_Haggard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrence_Hardiman

Also born on this day:
Gene Bertoncini is an American jazz guitarist.
Tom Veivers is a former Australian cricketer.
Uzi Baram is an Israeli former politician.
Angus Grossart, CBE is a Scottish businessman.
Karsten Friedrich Hoppenstedt is a German politician.
Phil Regan is a former professional baseball player.
Peter Maivia was an American Samoan professional wrestler.
Eddy Shell was a prominent educator and politician in northwestern Louisiana.
Samuel Hollander, OC , FRSC is a British /Canadian /Israeli economist.
James C. White was an American radio talk-show host on KMOX , in St. Louis, Missouri.

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#538 Edward Norton / Christian Slater – 18 August 1969

Edward Norton

Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. In 1996 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Two years later, his lead role in American History X earned a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor. His other films include The Illusionist (2006), The Painted Veil (2006), Fight Club (1999) and Red Dragon (2002).

Christian Slater

Christian Michael Leonard Slater (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor. He made his film debut with a small role in The Postman Always Rings Twice before playing a leading role in the 1985 film The Legend of Billie Jean. He then played alongside Sean Connery in The Name of the Rose before gaining recognition for his breakthrough role in the cult film Heathers. In the 1990s Slater featured in many big budget films including Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesInterview with the Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesBroken Arrow and Hard Rain.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Norton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Slater

Also born on this day:
Brett Quigley is an American professional golfer.
Bobby Magallanes was a baseball manager.
Serhiy Zayets is a retired Ukrainian professional footballer.
Serge Baguet is a Belgian former professional road bicycle racer.
Mark Kuhlmann is a retired German international rugby union player.
Lars Leese is a German former professional footballer.
Nicholas Sutton is a property developer.
Everlast  is a Grammy Award -winning American rapper and songwriter.
Masta Killa is an American rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Timothy D. Snyder is an American professor of history at Yale University.
Austan Goolsbee is an American economist.
Isaac Austin is a retired American professional basketball player.
Jay Guidinger is a retired American professional basketball player.

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#537 Meredith Baxter / Michael Gross – 21 June 1947

Meredith Baxter

Meredith Baxter (born June 21, 1947), also known for some years as Meredith Baxter-Birney, is an American actress and producer. She is known for her acting roles including three television series: Family (1976–1980), an ABC television-network drama, Family Ties (1982–1989), an NBC television-network situation comedy, and Dan Vs. (2011–present), a situation comedy on The Hub television-network.

Michael Gross

Michael Gross (born June 21, 1947) is an American television, movie, and stage actor who plays both comedic and dramatic roles. His most notable roles are as the father Steven Keaton from Family Ties and the Graboid hunter Burt Gummer from the Tremors franchise.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Baxter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Gross_(actor)

Also born on this day:
Çetin Alp was a Turkish pop music singer.
Jim Benzelock is a former professional ice hockey right winger.
Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist.
Joey Molland is an English composer and rock guitarist.
Fernando Savater is one of Spain ‘s most popular living philosophers.
Rachel Adato is an Israeli gynaecologist , lawyer and politician.
Claude Gewerc is a French politician.
Prakashbapu Vasantdada Patil was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India.
Dana Rohrabacher is the U.S. Representative for California’s 46th congressional district
Wade Phillips is the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans
Duane Thomas is a former American football running back
Ian Dalziel is a British businessman and politician

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#536 Quentin Tarantino / Xuxa – 27 March 1963

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor. In the early 1990s, he began his career as an independent filmmaker with films employing non linear storylines and the aestheticization of violence. His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (2003, 2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). He has earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or, as well as Emmy and Grammy nominations. His movies are generally characterized by stylistic influences from grindhouse, kung fu, and spaghetti western films.

Xuxa

Xuxa, (Maria da Graça “Xuxa” Meneghel, born March 27, 1963 in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian television actress, singer and children’s television show host. Her various shows have been broadcast in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. On July 7, 2007, Xuxa presented at the Brazilian leg of Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro.  Xuxa is the richest woman in Brazil, her fortune is estimated at US$1 billion.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quentin_Tarantino
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuxa / http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuxa

Also born on this day:
Susan Allen is a Minnesota lawyer and politician
Gary Stevens is a retired English footballer
Tim Worstall is an English writer and blogger
Martin Johnson is a British racing driver.
Eric van Rossum is a former Dutch football player.
Andriy Nediak is a Ukrainian football defender
Olaf Kardolus is a Dutch fencer
Dave Koz is an American smooth jazz saxophonist
Randall Cunningham is a former American football quarterback
Jörg Michael is a German drummer
Jeff Mullins is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
Ed Pinckney is a retired NBA basketball player.
Charly Alberti is an Argentine rock musician
Jean-Marc Lanthier is a retired professional ice hockey player
Cory Blackwell is an American former professional basketball player
Khady Sylla is a Senegalese writer
Mike Dalton is a former pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
Yasunobu Kanada is a Japanese sprint canoer
Mikhail Scherbakov is a prominent Russian poet, songwriter and bard.

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#535 Pearl Bailey / Sam Walton – 29 March 1918

Pearl Bailey

Pearl Mae Bailey (March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990) was an American actress and singer. After appearing in vaudeville, she made her Broadway debut in St. Louis Woman in 1946. In 1954, she took the role of Frankie in the film version of Carmen Jones, and her rendition of “Beat Out That Rhythm on the Drum” is one of the highlights of the film. She won a Tony Award for the title role in the all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in 1968.

Sam Walton

Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was a businessman, entrepreneur, and Eagle Scout born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma best known for founding the retailer Walmart.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Bailey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Walton

Also born on this day:
Dick Jacobs was an American musician , conductor , arranger , orchestrator and music director.
Friedelind Wagner was the granddaughter of the composer Richard Wagner.
Rosemary Rapaport was a violinist and music teacher who founded the Purcell School  for musically gifted children.
Shirley Jameson was a center fielder who played from 1943 through 1946 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Erik Bladström was a Swedish sprint canoer.
Le Van Thiem was one of the most prominent scientists of Vietnam in the 20th century.
François de Grossouvre was a French politician.
Jane Weinberger was an American author, publisher and wife of Caspar Weinberger.
Adeline Geo-Karis was a Republican politician and a member of the Illinois Senate.

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#534 will.i.am / Eva Longoria – 15 March 1975

will.i.am

William James Adams, Jr. (born March 15, 1975), better known by his stage name will.i.am (“will I am”) is an American rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, entrepreneur, actor and producer. William came to prominence in the late 1990s as a member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. As a music producer, he has produced with other artists including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, U2, Rihanna, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria (born March 15, 1975) is an American actress, best known for portraying Gabrielle Solis on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Longoria received a nomination for the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Desperate Housewives.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will.i.am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Longoria

Also born on this day:
Darcy Tucker is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player.
Nick Statham is a Dutch cricketer.
Veselin Topalov is a Bulgarian chess grandmaster.
Pierre Njanka is a Cameroonian football player.
Adrian Iencsi is a Romanian football player.
Janeiro Tucker is a Bermudian cricketer.
Alexander Raytchev is a Bulgarian classical pianist and composer.
Deryn Brace is a Welsh former footballer.
Vladimir Núñez is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.
Alex Mineiro is a former Brazilian football striker.
Cornell Brown is a former American college and professional football player.
Marco Villaseca is a Chilean footballer.
Dan Perkins is an American former Major League Baseball player.
Boris Schnuchel is a Danish handballer.
Danielle Babb is an American educator, author, businessperson and consultant.

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#533 Tom Scholz / Kim Campbell / Paul Condon – 10 March 1947

Tom Scholz

Donald Thomas “Tom” Scholz (born March 10, 1947) is an American rock musician, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, inventor, and mechanical engineer, best known as the founder of the band Boston. He is also the inventor of the Rockman guitar amplifier.

Kim Campbell

Avril Phædra Douglas “Kim” Campbell, PC, CC, QC (born March 10, 1947) is a Canadian politician, lawyer, university professor, diplomat, and writer. She served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, from June 25, 1993 to November 4, 1993. Campbell was the first and to date the only female Prime Minister of Canada, the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only PM to have been born in British Columbia.

Paul Condon

Paul Leslie Condon, Baron Condon, QPM, DL, FRSA (born 10 March 1947) is a retired British police officer. He became the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in 1993 at the age of 45, the youngest person to do so.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Scholz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Campbell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Condon,_Baron_Condon

Also born on this day:
Colin Stinton is a Canadian-born actor.
Dónal Lunny is an Irish folk musician.
Andrew Parrott is a British conductor.
Gerardo Vera is a Spanish costume and set designer, opera director, actor, film and  theatre director.
Neil Comrie is a former Australian police officer.
Piers Corbyn is a meteorologist , astrophysicist , consultant, and owner of Weather Action.
Chris Axworthy is a Canadian politician.
Bob Greene is an American journalist.
Darcy Fast is a retired American professional baseball player.
Grafton Njootli was a Canadian politician.
Zachary Zorn s a former swimmer from the United States.
Edi Heiz is a Swiss slalom canoeist.

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#532 John Lithgow / Divine / Jeannie C. Riley – 19 October 1945

John Lithgow

John Arthur Lithgow (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor, musician, and author. He appeared in the films The World According to Garp (1982) and Terms of Endearment (1983), receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for each. Lithgow is known for his roles as the Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose, Dick Solomon on the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, the voice of Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and the Trinity Killer on Showtime’s Dexter, for which he won Golden Globe and Emmy awards. On the stage, he appeared in the musical adaptation of Sweet Smell of Success, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He again appeared in a musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, again receiving a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

Divine

Divine (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988), born Harris Glenn Milstead, was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Divine often performed female roles in both cinema and theater and also appeared in women’s clothing in musical performances. Even so, he considered himself to be a character actor and performed male roles in a number of his later films. He was often associated with independent filmmaker John Waters and starred in ten of Waters’s films, usually in a leading role.

Jeannie C. Riley

Jeannie C. Riley (born Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson, October 19, 1945) is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit “Harper Valley PTA” which missed by one week becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lithgow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_(actor)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannie_C._Riley

Also born on this day:
Gloria Jones is an American singer and songwriter from Los Angeles
Raimo Vistbacka is a Finnish politician
Stanisław Grędziński is a retired Polish sprinter
Ilija Stanić was an agent of UDBA Yugoslav secret police
Sharon Redd was an American singer from New York
Dick DeBartolo is an American writer.
Al Gallagher is a retired professional baseball player
Justin McCarthy is an American demographer and professor of history at the University of Louisville
Patricia Ireland is a U.S. administrator and feminist .
Angus Deaton  is a leading microeconomist
Al Doty is a Minnesota politician
Vo Hong Phuc is the Minister of Planning and Investment in Vietnam
Gary Taylor  is a former baseball pitcher

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#531 Jean-Claude Van Damme / Erin Moran – 18 October 1960

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films, the most successful of which include Universal Soldier (1992) and Timecop (1994) He is known as “The Muscles from Brussels”.

Erin Moran

Erin Marie Moran (born October 18, 1960) is an American actress, best known for the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Claude_Van_Damme
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Moran

Also born on this day:
Richie Sandoval was a Mexican-American professional boxer.
Mark Mathabane is an author, lecturer and college professor.
Steve Jones is an English former footballer
Simon Dennis is an English first-class cricketer.
Rolando Barrera is an Argentine former football striker.
Craig Mello is an American biologist and professor of molecular medicine.
Doug Lidster is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenceman.
John Schwartzman A.S.C. is an American cinematographer.
Steve Kiefer is a former Major League Baseball third baseman.
Marcus Mattioli is a former international freestyle and butterfly swimmer from Brazil.
Barry Steven Jackson is the current chief of staff to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.
John Millen is a Canadian sailor.
Greg Curtis is a Lobbyist and Attorney from Utah.
Henry Margusity is an American meteorologist.
Barton H. Watson was the founder of CyberNET Engineering.

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#530 Patricia Routledge / Philip Latham – 17 February 1929

Patricia Routledge

Katherine Patricia Routledge, CBE (born 17 February 1929) is an English character comedy actress and singer. She is best known for her role as character Hyacinth Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances and Hetty Wainthropp in the British television series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. In addition to her roles in British television, she has a long and successful career in musical theatre, as well as in film.

Philip Latham

Philip Latham (born 17 February 1929 in London) is a British actor. In the late 1960s/early 1970s he was well known to British TV viewers for his portrayal of chief accountant Willy Izard in the BBC series The Troubleshooters(1965–72). He played Plantagenet Palliser in the multipart series The Pallisers.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Routledge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Latham

Also born on this day:
Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean -French  film maker, playwright, actor and author.
Nicholas Ridley, Baron Ridley of Liddesdale was a British Conservative Party politician.
David Daniell is an English literary scholar and editor of specialist books.
Božidar Ferjančić was Serbia n historian.
Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi.
Paul Meger is a retired Canadian ice hockey forward.
Erik Thorbecke is a distinguished development economist.
Foster Stockwell is an American writer and historian.

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#529 Ice T / Lisa Loring – 16 February 1958

Ice-T

Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958), better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician and actor. He began his career as a rapper in the 1980s. Since 2000, he has portrayed NYPD Detective Odafin Tutuola on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Lisa Loring

Lisa Loring (born Lisa Ann DeCinces on February 16, 1958 on Kwajalein, Marshall Islands) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Wednesday Addams on The Addams Family television show.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-T
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Loring

Also born on that day:
John Totleben is an American illustrator working mostly in comics
Nancy Donahue is an American fashion model and actress.
Ricardo Ycaza is an Ecuadorean tennis player
Shoma Anand is an Indian television and film actress.
Alberto Górriz is a retired Spanish footballer
Kate Maclean is a Scottish Labour politician
David Crown is an English former professional football player
Paul Randall is an English footballer
Trevor Birch is an English football executive
Anil Ramdas is a Dutch -Suriname columnist
Lois Pereiro was a Galician poet
Jan Wanggaard is a Norwegian artist
Oscar Schmidt is a retired Brazilian basketball player.
Herb Williams is a retired American basketball player
Natalie Angier is a nonfiction writer
Fernando Ortega Bernés is a Mexican politician
John Morse is an American professional golfer
Michael W. Burns was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates
Jorge Colome is a Cuban sprint canoer
Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz was an American dog trainer

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#528 Anton Lesser / Simon Woodruffe / Madeline Tompkins – 14 February 1952

Anton Lesser

Anton Lesser (born 14 February 1952) is a British actor. He attended Moseley Grammar School and the University of Liverpool before going to RADA in 1977 where he was awarded the Bancroft Gold Medal as the most promising actor of his year. He is an Associate Artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Simon Woodroffe

Simon Woodroffe OBE (born 14 February 1952) is a British motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He started the sushi chain YO! Sushi in 1997, and has appeared as a ‘Dragon’ on the first UK series of Dragons’ Den.

Madeline Tompkins

Madeline “Mimi” Tompkins (born 14 February 1952) is an airline pilot who gained international fame on April 28, 1988, as the First Officer on Aloha Airlines Flight 243, which landed safely after an explosive decompression in flight.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Lesser
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Woodroffe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madeline_Tompkins

Also born on this day:
Will McEnaney is a former professional baseball player
Sushma Swaraj is an Indian politician and Member of Parliament
Hans Backe is a Swedish former soccer player.
Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is a British politician
Bożenna Bukiewicz is a Polish politician.
Geoff Crudgington is an English former professional footballer
Shakuntala Singh is an Indian educational administrator and professor of philosophy
Gwyneth Jones is an English science fiction and fantasy writer and critic
József Beck is a Harold H. Martin Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University
Nancy Keenan is the current president of the reproductive/abortion rights organization NARAL
John Carmichael is a Canadian politician
Joseph Berrios is the Assessor of Cook County, Illinois
Vidal Colmenares is a singer-songwriter from Venezuela.
Jaroslav Papiernik was a former Czechoslovak /Slovak handball player.
Ken Lipenga is a Malawian politician, journalist, and writer.

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#527 Gregory Hines / Mick Robertson – 14 February 1946

Gregory Hines

Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer. He was considered by some to be the greatest tap dancer of his generation. A native New Yorker, who won a 1992 Tony for the musical “Jelly’s Last Jam,” first found fame performing jazz tap with his brother Maurice.

Mick Robertson

Michael “Mick” Robertson (born February 14, 1946 in Petworth, Sussex) is a former presenter of the ITV children’s television magazine programme Magpie. Since the 1980s he has produced television programmes for children and has won several Children’s Baftas. In 2007 he was awarded the Special Award Children’s Bafta for his work in television.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Hines
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Robertson

Also born on this day:
Kemal Unakıtan was the Minister of Finance of Turkey.
Jan Decleir is a prolific Belgian (Flemish ) movie and stage actor born in Niel , Antwerp.
Tina Aumont was an American actress.
Timothy Fok GBS, JP is a Member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
Derek Possee is an English former professional footballer.
Alex Edwards is a Scottish former association football player.
Roberto Vieri is an Italian retired professional footballer.
Nikolajs Jermakovs is a former Soviet Latvian football striker.
Bernard Dowiyogo was President of the Republic of Nauru.
Gil Dobrică was a Romanian singer.
Malcolm Ludvigsen is an artist and scientist.

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#526 Gordon Brown / Phil Neal – 20 February 1951

Gordon Brown

James Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 until 2010. He previously served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 1997 to 2007, the longest-serving holder of the office in modern history. Brown has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1983, currently for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

Phil Neal

Philip George “Phil” Neal (born 20 February 1951 in Irchester, Northamptonshire, England) is a former footballer who was, at one time, the most successful player in English football history. He played for Liverpool 650 times over an eleven year period and is the only player to have appeared in the first five of their European Cup finals, winning four of them. Neal also had a seven year career with England, winning 50 caps and playing in the 1982 World Cup.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Brown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Neal

Also born on this day:
Bonnie Lauer is an American golfer.
Bob Biggs is an American football coach.
Harro Bode is a German sailor and Olympic champion.
Kevin Higgins is a former Australian rules footballer.
Anthony Davis, better known as Tony Davis,  is an American composer and jazz pianist.
Randy California was a guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Serena is an American former pornographic actress.
Albert De Martin is a politician from Quebec , Canada.
Pertti Teurajärvi is a former Finnish cross-country skier.
Bryan Gregory was an American rock musician.
Scott Sommer was an American author.
M. C. Frank Chang is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Edward Albert was an American film and television actor.

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#525 Laura Linney / Martha Fiennes / Duff McKagan – 05 February 1964

Laura Linney

Laura Leggett Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an American actress of film, television, and theatre. Linney has won three Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has been nominated three times for an Academy Award and once for a BAFTA Award. She has also been nominated three times for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She received a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of a suburban woman diagnosed with terminal cancer in The Big C.

Martha Fiennes

Martha Fiennes (née Wykeham-Fiennes; born 5 February 1964) is a British film director, writer and producer. An award-winning director, Fiennes is best known for her films Onegin (1999) (which starred her elder brother, Ralph) and Chromophobia (2005).

Duff McKagan

Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan (born February 5, 1964) is an American musician and writer. He is best known for his twelve-year tenure as the bassist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Linney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Fiennes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duff_McKagan

Also born on this day:
Jim Pugh is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Kazimierz Gołojuch is a Polish politician.
Helena Bergström is a Swedish actress.
Carolina Morace is the former football coach for the Canadian national women’s team.
Andy Beasley is a former professional footballer.
Markus Einberger is a retired Austrian high jumper.
David Gilmore is an American session jazz guitarist.
Alexia is a Cypriot vocalist, musician, performer, singer.
David Farabee is a former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Rob Grabert is a retired German volleyball player.
Piotr Trzaskalski is a Polish film director.
Tokuo Sawada is a Japanese wrestler.
Bernhard van Treeck is a German psychiatrist.

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#524 Phil Collins / Philip Whitchurch – 30 January 1951

Phil Collins

Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist, author, session musician and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for British progressive rock group Genesis. Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.

Philip Whitchurch

Philip Whitchurch (born 30 January 1951) is a British stage, film, and television actor. He is best known for playing Chief Inspector Philip Cato in The Bill from 1993 to 1995. His other television work includes SharpeThe Brothers McGregorPeak PracticeHolby CityBergeracBoonCasualtyMonarch of the GlenMidsomer Murders,G.B.H.Van der ValkWaterfront Beat,  Wire in the BloodFoyle’s War and Wire in the Blood.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Collins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Whitchurch

Also born on this day:
Bobby Stokes was an English footballer.
Trevor Laughlin is a former Australian cricketer.
Charles S. Dutton is an American stage, film, and television actor and director.
Laurence Kotlikoff is a William Warren Fairfield Professor at Boston University.
Andy Anderson is a drummer, notably for the band The Cure.
Steve Saint is an Ecuadorian-born business entrepreneur, pilot, and author.
Glenn “Shake & Bake” Doughty  is a former American football player.
Manuel Ángel Núñez Soto is a Mexican politician affiliated to the Revolutionary Institutional Party
Jean-Sébastien Vialatte is a member of the National Assembly of France .
Prakash Javadekar is a Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha and a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party
Margaret Gipsy Moth was a photojournalist who worked for CNN .
Mara Zampieri  is an operatic soprano. She trained at Padua Conservatory.
David Fairbank White is anAmerican author and journalist.

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#523 Lewis Carroll / Arthur Hughes – 27 January 1832

Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky”

Arthur Hughes

Arthur Hughes (27 January 1832 – 22 December 1915), was an English painter and illustrator associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

        A Passing Cloud

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Hughes_(artist)

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#522 Eusébio / Bobby Willis – 25 January 1942

Eusébio

Eusébio da Silva FerreiraGCIH, GCM (born 25 January 1942), commonly known simply as Eusébio, is a retired Mozambican-born Portuguese football forward. He is considered one of the best footballers of all-time. He helped the Portuguese national team reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament and receiving the Bronze Ball award. He won the Ballon d’Or award in 1965 and was runners-up in 1962 and 1966. He played for Benfica for 15 years  He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot award.

Bobby Willis

Robert “Bobby” Willis (25 January 1942 – 23 October 1999) was a British songwriter, who eventually became the husband and manager of British singer and television personality Cilla Black.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eusébio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Willis

Also born on this day:
Carl Eller is a former professional American football player.
Graham Birks is a former English footballer.
Arthur Matthews was an Irish politician and farmer.
George Walker is the former director-general of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Jerry Hobbs is a prominent researcher in the field of computational linguistics.
John Daniels is a former English cricketer.
Alfonso Gagliano is a Canadian accountant and a former Liberal Party politician.
Ernie Fazio is a retired American professional baseball player.
Wilf Martin is a former ice hockey player.
Helaine Fendelman is a generalist antiques, fine arts and collectibles appraiser.

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