Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Born On This Day...

In 1827 British explorer, John Hanning Speke

In 1874 French perfume designer, Francois Coty

In 1892 Actress, Beulah Bondi (Mrs. Bailey-It's A Wonderful Life)

In 1892 British physicist, Sir George Thomson (electron diffraction)

In 1898 Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir (1969-1974)

In 1902 Actor/narrator, Jack LaRue [d: 1-11-84]

In 1902 Actor, Walter Slezak (Bedtime for Bonzo) [d: 4-21-83]

In 1905 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Charles Herbert Ruffing (Yankees) [d: 2-17-86]

In 1906 Actress, Mary Astor (Maltese Falcon) [d: 9-25-87]

In 1906 Children's author, Anna Roosevelt Halsted [d: 12-1-75]

In 1907 Gossip columnist, Earl Wilson (The Midnight Earl) [d: 1-16-87]

In 1911 Jazz musician, John "Yank" Lawson [d: 2-18-95]

In 1913 Playwright/dramatist, William Inge [d: 6-10-73]

In 1915 Broadcast journalist, Frank Blair (Today Show) [d: 3-14-95]

In 1919 Broadway librettist, Betty Comden (Bells Are Ringing) [d: 11-23-06]

In 1919 Folk singer/songwriter, Pete Seeger (Weavers, Kingston Trio) [d: 1-27-14]

In 1920 Actress, Nina Bara (Tonga-Space Patrol) [d: 8-15-90]

In 1920 Bandleader, John Aaron Lewis (Modern Jazz Quartet) [d: 3-29-01]

In 1920 Boxing Hall-of-Famer, Sugar Ray Robinson [d: 4-12-89]

In 1921 Basketball player, Goose Tatum (Globetrotters) [d: 1-18-67]

In 1924 Singer, Joe Ames (Tammy-The Ames Brothers) [d: 12-22-07]

In 1924 Actress, Mary Carver (Cecilia-Simon & Simon) [d: 10-18-13]

In 1926 Actress, Ann B. Davis (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch) [d: 6-1-14]

In 1927 Cartoonist, Mell Lazarus (Momma, Miss Peach) [d: 5-24-16]

In 1928 Actress, Jeanne Bal (Suzanne-Bachelor Father, Love & Marriage) [d: 4-30-96]

In 1928 Singer, James Brown (I Got You, Livin' In America) [d: 12-25-06]

In 1928 Singer/guitarist, Dave Dudley (trucking song pioneer) [d: 12-22-03]

In 1933 Actor, Alex Cord (Dead or Alive, Michael-Airwolf) (84)

In 1934 Singer, Frankie Valli (Four Seasons) (83)

In 1935 U.S. Secretary of Interior, Donald P. Hodel (1985-89) (82)

In 1935 Businessman, Ron Popeil (Ronco) (82)

In 1937 Actor, Bobby Driscoll (voice of Peter Pan) [d: 3-3-68]

In 1939 Actress, Samantha Eggar (Collector) (78)

In 1941 World women's chess champion, Nona Gaprindasvili (1962-78) (76)

In 1944 Bassist, Pete Staples (The Troggs) (73)

In 1945 Former baseball player, Dave Lopes (Dodgers) (72)

In 1946 Sportscaster, Greg Gumbel (CBS, NBC) (71)

In 1947 Magician/Illusionist, Doug Henning (The Magic Show) [d: 2-7-00]

In 1950 Folk singer, Mary Hopkin (Those Were The Days) (67)

In 1951 Singer, Christopher Cross (Ride Like The Wind, Sailing) (66)

In 1953 Bassist, Bruce Hall (REO Speedwagon) (64)

In 1957 Country singer, Cactus Moser (Highway 101) (60)

In 1958 Actor, Kevin Kilner (Mike Ryan-Almost Perfect) (59)

In 1959 Keyboardist, David Ball (Soft Cell) (58)

In 1959 Actor, Ben Elton (Much Ado About Nothing) (58)

In 1960 Guitarist/songwriter, Philip Cilla (Waterfront) (57)

In 1961 Guitarist, David Michael Philips (King Kobra) (56)

In 1963 Former basketball player, Jeffrey Hornacek (54)

In 1968 Country singer, Shane Minor (49)

In 1970 Actor, Bobby Cannavale (Bobby-Third Watch) (47)

In 1970 Actor, Brian Evans (The Barefoot Executive) (47)

In 1973 Country singer, Brad Martin (44)

In 1975 Actress, Christina Hendricks (Kevin Hill, Mad Men) (42)

In 1975 Actor, Dule Hill (Charlie-The West Wing, Psych, Doubt) (42)

In 1977 Country singer, Eric Church ("Two Pink Lines") (40)

In 1984 Dancer, Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars) (33)

In 1986 Model, Poppy Delevingne (Burberry, Laura Ashley) (31)

In 1989 Singer, Mary Lambert ("She Keeps Me Warm") (28)

In 1990 Actress, Jill Berard (Hiller & Diller) (27)

In 1991 Singer, Thomas Augusto (Midnight Red) (26)

In 1997 Rapper, Desiigner ("Panda") (20)

In 1999 Rapper, Chris Miles ("I Am Me," "Growing Pains," "Birth of Cool") (18)

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