Born On This Day...

In 1771 French industrialist Eleuthere I. du Pont (Dupont Chemical Co.)

In 1777 British explorer Sir John Ross (located at the north magnetic pole)

In 1788 Inventor, Thomas Blanchard (machine tools)

In 1813 American clergyman/author, Henry Ward Beecher

In 1839 Manufacturer, Gustavus Franklin Swift (founded by Swift & Co.)

In 1842 Author/journalist, Ambrose Bierce

In 1895 Boxer, Jack Dempsey (world heavyweight champ, 1919-26)

In 1899 Actor, Chief Dan George (Outlaw Josey Wales, Americathon)

In 1900 Singer/actor, Gene Austin (My Little Chickadee) [d: 1-24-72]

In 1904 Singer/actor, Phil Harris (Anything Goes, Jungle Book) [d: 8-11-95]

In 1907 Actress, Martha Sleeper (Spitfire, The Scoundrel) [d: 3-25-83]

In 1909 Scientist, Lord William Penney (British atomic bomb) [d: 3-3-91]

In 1910 Judge, Irving Kaufman (sentenced Rosenbergs to death) [d: 2-1-92]

In 1911 Auto racer, Juan Manuel Fangio (5-time Formula 1 champ) [d: 7-17-95]

In 1912 Publisher/editor, Norman Cousins (Saturday Review) [d: 11-30-90]

In 1915 Astronomer, Sir Fred Hoyle (coined "Big Bang" term) [d: 8-20-01]

In 1916 American poet/critic, John Ciardi [d: 3-30-86]

In 1917 Country singer/ventriloquist, Tommy Scott [d: 9-30-13]

In 1919 Actor, Al Molinaro (Al-Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi) [d: 10-30-15]

In 1922 Composer/saxophonist, Manny Albam [d: 10-2-01]

In 1923 Actor/comedian, Jack Carter (Amazing Dobermans, Viva Las Vegas) [d: 6-28-15]

In 1930 Film director, Claude Chabrol (Ophila, Madame Bovary) [d: 9-12-10]

In 1931 Golfer, Billy Casper (U.S. Open, 1959, 66) [d: 2-7-15]

In 1933 Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Sam Jones [d: 12-30-21]

In 1935 Journalist/author, Pete Hamill (New York Post) [d: 8-5-20]

In 1935 Football player, Ron Kramer (Packers) [d: 9-11-10]

In 1942 Singer/songwriter, Arthur Brown (Fire) (80)

In 1942 Actress, Michele Lee (The Love Bug, Karen-Knot's Landing) (80)

In 1943 Actor/director, Georg Stanford Brown (The Rookies, Roots) (79)

In 1944 Guitarist, Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group) (78)

In 1944 Saxophonist/pianist, Chris Wood (Traffic) [d: 7-12-83]

In 1945 Singer/songwriter, Colin Blunstone (Time of the Season-Zombies) (77)

In 1946 Engineer, Ellison Onizuka (died aboard Challenger) [d: 1-28-86]

In 1946 U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich (1993-97) (76)

In 1947 Drummer, Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) (75)

In 1947 Actor, Peter Weller (Robocop, Sunset Grill, Star Trek Into Darkness) (75)

In 1948 Keyboardist, Patrick Moraz (Yes, Moody Blues) (74)

In 1949 Bassist, John Illsley (Dire Straits) (73)

In 1950 Actress, Nancy Allen (Carrie, Dressed To Kill, 1941, Robocop) (72)

In 1952 Football player, Dave Lapham (Bengals, Super Bowl XVI) (70)

In 1957 Reggae singer, Astro [Terence Wilson] (Red Red Wine-UB40) [d: 11-6-21]

In 1957 Baseball player, Doug Jones (Indians, Phillies) [d: 11-22-21]

In 1959 Singer, Andy McCluskey (OMD) (63)

In 1960 U.S. wrestler Nate Carr (Olympic-Bronze-1988) (62)

In 1960 Actor, Mark Damon Espinoza (Jesse-Beverly Hills 90210) (62)

In 1960 Golfer, Juli Inkster (62)

In 1961 Actor, Iain Glen (Gorillas in the Mist, Fools of Fortune) (61)

In 1961 Singer/bassist Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) (61)

In 1965 Actress, Danielle Spencer (Dee-What's Happening) (57)

In 1967 Actress, Crystal Carson (Cartel, Julia-General Hospital) (55)

In 1967 Guitarist, Jeff Cease (Black Crowes) (55)

In 1967 Actress, Sherry Stringfield (Laura-NYPD Blue, Susan-ER) (55)

In 1969 Tennis player Melissa Gurney (53)

In 1970 Singer, Glenn Medeiros (52)

In 1979 Actress, Mindy Kaling (The Office, The Mindy Show) (43)

In 1980 Actress, Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) (42)

In 1981 Actress, Vanessa Ray (Pretty Little Liars, Bluebloods) (41)

In 1985 Actress, Candice Patton (The Flash) (37)

In 1986 Actress, Kaitlin Cullum (Libby-Grace Under Fire) (36)

In 1986 Singer, Solange Knowles (36)

In 1992 Actress, Raven Goodwin (Just Jordan, Good Luck Charlie) (30)

In 1992 Rap singer Derek Luh (30)

In 1998 Actor, Coy Stewart (Are We There Yet) (24)

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