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Monday, December 18, 2017

Born On This Day...

In 1707 Clergyman, Charles Wesley (co-founded Methodist movement)

In 1709 Elizabeth, empress of Russia (to Peter the Great and Catherine I)

In 1779 Pantomimist, Joseph Grimaldi ("Greatest clown in history")

In 1786 German composer, Carl Maria von Weber

In 1856 Explorer, Sir Joseph Thomson (discovered electron) (Nobel-1906)

In 1879 Abstract painter, Paul Klee

In 1886 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb (Detroit Tigers)

In 1888 Actress, Gladys Cooper (The Rogues)

In 1888 Urban planner, Robert Moses (built Long Island, NYC parks)

In 1890 Engineer, Edwin Howard Armstrong (invented wide-band FM)

In 1897 Bandleader/pianst, Fletcher "Smack" Henderson

In 1905 Cartoonist, Ferdinand "Ferd" Johnson (Moon Mullins) [d: 10-14-96]

In 1907 Actor, Kam Tong (Have Gun Will Travel) [d: 11-8-69]

In 1908 Songwriter, Buck Ram (I'll Be Home For Christmas) [d: 1-1-91]

In 1908 Exporer, Paul Siple (developed the wind chill index) [d: 11-25-68]

In 1910 Broadway composer, Abe Burrows (Guys & Dolls) [d: 5-17-85]

In 1913 Actress, Lynn Bari (Connie-Detective Wife, Earthbound) [d: 11-20-89]

In 1913 West German chancellor, Willy Brandt (1969-74) [d: 10-8-92]

In 1916 Actress/dancer, Betty Grable (Gay Divorcee) [d: 7-2-73]

In 1917 Actor/playwright, Ossie Davis (Ponder Blue-Evening Shade) [d: 2-4-05]

In 1918 Singer/actress, Anita O'Day (Jazz on a Summer's Day) [d: 11-23-06]

In 1924 Actress, Cicely Tyson (Roots, Carrie-Sweet Justice) (93)

In 1927 U.S. Attorney General, Ramsey Clark (1967-69) (90)

In 1930 Baseball player, Bill Skowron (Pirates) [d: 4-27-12]

In 1931 Basketball player/coach, Gene Shue (784 wins) (86)

In 1931 Army officer, Maxwell Thurman (1989 Panama invasion) [d: 12-1-95]

In 1932 Actor, Roger Smith (Jeff Spencer-77 Sunset Strip) [d: 6-4-17]

In 1933 Blues guitarist, Lonnie Brooks [d: 4-1-17]

In 1938 Bassist, Bryan "Chas" Chandler (The Animals) [d: 7-17-96]

In 1939 Baseball player, Zoilo Versalles (Twins) [d: 6-9-95]

In 1941 Guitarist, Sam Andrew (Big Brother & the Holding Company) [d: 2-12-15]

In 1943 Guitarist/singer, Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) (74)

In 1945 Freestyle swimmer, Carolyn Wood (Olympic-Gold-1960) (72)

In 1946 Black student leader, Steven Biko (anti-apartheid) [d: 9-12-77]

In 1946 Golfer, Hubie Green (U.S. Open 1977) (71)

In 1946 Director, Steven Spielberg (E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones) (71)

In 1949 Actress, Joni Flynn (Octopussy) (68)

In 1950 Drummer, Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne) [d: 3-26-02]

In 1950 Movie critic, Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight) (67)

In 1951 Astronaut, Andrew Thomas (STS-114, 77, 91, 89, 102, Mir) (66)

In 1953 Guitarist, Elliot Easton (The Cars) (64)

In 1954 Actor, Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, No Escape, Turbulence) (63)

In 1956 Actor, T.K. Carter (Mike-Punky Brewster, Just Our Luck) (61)

In 1961 Figure skater, Brad Orser (Olympics-Silver-1988) (56)

In 1963 Drummer, Greg D'Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax) (54)

In 1963 Tennis player, Lori McNeil (54)

In 1963 Baseball player, Charles "Oak" Oakley (54)

In 1963 Actor, Brad Pitt (Seven, Fight Club, The Mexican, Ocean's 11) (54)

In 1964 Actor/wrestler, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin (53)

In 1964 Country singer/comedian, Cledus T. Judd (53)

In 1965 Actor, Shawn Christian (Mike-As The World Turns, Wayne-90210) (52)

In 1965 Playmate, Fawna Maclaren (January-1989) (52)

In 1968 Actor, Casper Van Dien (90210, Starship Troopers) (49)

In 1970 Rap singer, DMX (47)

In 1970 Wrestler, Rob Van Dam (47)

In 1971 Spanish tennis player, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (46)

In 1972 Rock performer, D.J. Lethal [Leor Dimant] (Limp Bizkit) (45)

In 1971 Singer, Sia ("Chandelier," "Elastic Heart," "Clap Your Hands") (46)

In 1978 Actor, Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time, Thor) (39)

In 1978 Actress, Katie Holmes (Josephine-Dawson's Creek, Batman Begins) (39)

In 1980 Singer, Christina Aguilera (Genie In A Bottle) (37)

In 1981 Actor, Nick Hyams (Timecop) (36)

In 1987 Drummer, Rian Dawson (All Time Low) (30)

In 1988 Singer, Lyrica Anderson (King Me) (29)

In 1989 Actress, Ashley Benson (Abby Deveraux-Days of Our Lives) (28)

In 1992 Actress, Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie, Lemonade Mouth) (25)

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