5 November


5th November is Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, in Great Britain.

1850

 Ella Wheeler Wilcox
American author and poet. Born in Johnstown, Wisconsin

1905

Joel McCrea
American actor whose career spanned 50 years and appearances in over 90 films. Born in South Pasadena, California

1911

Roy Rogers
American singer and cowboy actor. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio

1913

Vivien Leigh
British actress. She won Best Actress Academy Awards for her portrayals of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. Born in St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, Bengal, India

1931

Ike Turner
American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi

1935

Lester Piggott
English professional jockey, popularly known as “The Long Fellow”. 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories. Born in Wantage.
Christopher Wood
English screenwriter and novelist best known under the pseudonym ‘Timothy Lea’ for the Confessions series of novels and films. Under his own name, he adapted two James Bond novels for the screen: The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.

1940

Elke Sommer
German actress, entertainer and artist. Born in Berlin

1941

Art Garfunkel
Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe nominated actor best known for being one-half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City

1943

Sam Shepard
American playwright, actor, and television and film director. Born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois

1946

Gram Parsons
American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Born in Winter Haven, Florida

1947

Peter Noone
English singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and actor, best known as Herman of the successful 1960s rock group Herman’s Hermits. Born in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester.
Steve Hodson
British actor who played the role of Steve Ross in Follyfoot. Born in Bradford.

1958

Robert Patrick
American actor, known for his work in the science fiction genre. He is a Saturn Award-winner. Born in Marietta, Georgia

1959

Bryan Adams
Canadian rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor and photographer. Born in Kingston, Ontario

1960

Tilda Swinton
British actress known for both arthouse and mainstream films. Born in London

1963

Andrea McArdle
American singer and actress best known for playing Annie in the Broadway musical Annie. Born in Philadelphia
Tatum O’Neal
American actress and author. She is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award. Born in Los Angeles, California

1967

Judy Reyes
American actress of Dominican heritage. She is best known for her portrayal of nurse Carla Espinosa on the TV comedy Scrubs. Born in The Bronx, New York

1968

Sam Rockwell
American actor. Born in Daly City, California

1970

Tamzin Outhwaite
English actress. She became known for her role as Melanie Owen in the British soap opera EastEnders. Born in Ilford, London.

1971

Chris Addison
English stand-up comedian, writer and actor. In television he plays Ollie in the BBC Two television satire The Thick of It. Born in Cardiff, Wales

1973

Danniella Westbrook
English actress and television presenter. She is known for playing Samantha Mitchell in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. Born in Walthamstow, London

1975

Lisa Scott-Lee
Welsh singer-songwriter and dancer. Best known as being one fifth of pop group Steps. Born in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales

1983

Alexa Chung
British television presenter, model and contributing editor at British Vogue. Born in Privett, Hampshire

1987

Kevin Jonas
American musician and actor. He is the oldest member of the Jonas Brothers. Born in Teaneck, New Jersey

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