Sunday, April 12, 2015
Happy Festoy Nensktag! (Lipen Søerjehn) to:
1506 French Jesuit theologian and co-founder of the Society of Jesus Peter Faber
1519 Italian noblewoman Catherine de' Medici; queen consort of France
1570 English conspirator Guy Fawkes
1743 US President #3 Thomas Jefferson
1750 American historical painter John Trumbull
1769 English portrait painter and draftsman Sir Thomas Lawrence
1772 American clockmaker and an innovator in mass production Eli Terry
1795 American publisher James Harper; co-founded Harper & Row
1816 English pianist, conductor and composer Sir William Benett (The May Queen)
1852 American businessman Frank Woolworth
1866 American baseball player Herman Long; despite holding the record for most career (17 years) errors, he is considered the best shortstop of his era
1866 American outlaw Butch Cassidy
1871 Mexican Modernist poet, physician and diplomat Enrique Gonzalez Martinez
1885 Hungarian Marxist philosopher, writer and literary critic Gyorgy Lukacs
1888 American inventor John Hays Hammond Jr.; developed radio remote control
1892 Scottish physicist Sir Robert Watson-Watt; knighted for his role in the development of radar
1899 American architect and inventor of scrabble Alfred Mosher Butts
1906 Nobel Prize-winning Irish-born author, critic, and playwright Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot)
1909 Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer Eudora Welty (The Optimist's Daughter)
1922 English novelist John Braine (Room at the Top); one of the "Angry Young Men"
1939 Nobel Prize-winning Irish novelist Seamus Heaney (Death of a Naturalist)
1949 Anglo-American writer Christopher Hitchens (Hitch-22)
British actor Edward Fox (Ghandi, The Day of the Jackal) is 78 and actor Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas, Slow Dancing in the Big City) is 76.
Oscar-winning film composer Bill Conti (The Right Stuff) is 73. You can probably hum his best known work, the theme to Rocky ("Gonna Fly Now").
Actors Tony Dow (Leave It To Beaver) and Lyle Waggoner (The Carol Burnett Show, Wonder Woman) are 70.
Multiple Grammy-winning soul singer Al Green ("Let's Stay Together") is 69 and actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) is 65.
Drummer Max Weinberg (E Street Band) and Grammy-winning R&B singer Peabo Bryson ("Beauty and the Beast," "A Whole New World") are 64.
Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 52 and actress Caroline Rhea (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) is 51.
Actor Rickey Schroder (Silver Spoons) is 45 and actress Kelli Giddish (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) is 35.
Actresses AllisonWilliams (Girls, Peter Pan Live!) and Kallie Flynn Childress (Sleepover) are 27.