30 November


1554

 Philip Sidney
English courtier, soldier, and writer. Born at Penshurst Place, Kent.  One of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan Age. (d. 1586)

1667

 Jonathan Swift
Irish writer and satirist. Born in Dublin, Ireland. He is best remembered for works such as Gulliver’s Travels. (d. 1745)

1810

 Oliver Winchester
American gunsmith. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Known for manufacturing and marketing the Winchester repeating rifle.  (d. 1880)

1835

 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
American writer. Born in Florida, Missouri. He is most noted for his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (d. 1910)

1874

 Sir Winston Churchill
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel laureate. Born at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Best known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. (d. 1965)

1918

 Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
American actor. Born in  New York City. Known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. (d.2014)

1920

 Virginia Mayo
American actress. Born in St. Louis, Missouri. Seen as the quintessential voluptuous Hollywood beauty, she was a supporting player in such films as The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat. (d. 2005).

1922

 Graham Crowden
Scottish actor. Born in Edinburgh. Best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas including A Very Peculiar Practice and Waiting for God and films such as O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital. (d. 2010)

1924

 Allan Sherman
American comedian. Born in Chicago, Illinois. bBecame famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His biggest hit single was “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh“. (d. 1973)

1926

 Richard Crenna
American actor. Born in Los Angeles, California. He starred in such motion pictures as Wait Until DarkBody Heat and the first three Rambo movies. (d. 2003)

1927

 Robert Guillaume
American actor. Born in St. Louis, Missouri. Known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap.

1929

 Dick Clark
American television host. Born in Bronxville, New York.  A cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American television’s longest-running variety show, American Bandstand(d. 2012)

1930

 G. Gordon Liddy
American Watergate operative and talk radio host.  Born in Brooklyn, New York. Along with E. Howard Hunt, Liddy organized and directed the Watergate burglaries of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building.

1936

 Abbie Hoffman
American activist. Born  in Worcester, Massachusetts. A member of the Chicago Seven who were charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  (d. 1989)

1937

 Frank Ifield
Australian/British singer. Born in Coventry, Warwickshire. He had four Number 1 hits in the UK Singles Chart between 1962 and 1963 including  “I Remember You” which was known for Ifield’s falsetto and slight yodel.
 Ridley Scott
British film director. Born in the North East Tyneside coastal town of South Shields. His best-known works are Alien, sci-fi classic Blade RunnerThelma & Louise and best picture Oscar-winner Gladiator.

1945

 Radu Lupu
Romanian pianist. Born in Galaţi, Romania. Noted for his interpretations of the great 19th century German and Austrian composers.

1952

 Mandy Patinkin
American actor and singer. Born in Chicago, Illinois. He has appeared in television series such as Chicago Hope, Criminal Minds and Homeland. His best-known film role was as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride.

1955

 Andy Gray
Scottish footballer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Played for several clubs in Scotland and England. He also represented his country. He was a primary football pundit for Sky Sports.
 Billy Idol
British musician. Born in Stanmore, Middlesex. A series of music videos for songs such as “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell” made him one of the first MTV stars.

1959

 Lorraine Kelly
British presenter and journalist. Born in The Gorbals, Glasgow. Best known as a presenter for TV-am, and later GMTV and ITV Breakfast, and her own programme Lorraine.

1960

 Gary Lineker
English footballer. Born in Leicester. He remains England’s top scorer in the FIFA World Cup finals, with ten goals. Now also famous for a series of commercials for Walkers crisps.

1965

 Ben Stiller
American actor. Born in New York City. He has written, starred in, directed, and/or produced over 50 films  including There’s Something About Mary Meet the Parents  and Zoolander.

1966

 John Bishop
British comedian. Born in Liverpool, England. Famous as a stand-up comedian and for numerous TV appearances.

1968

 Des’ree
English singer. Born in South London, England. She is well known for her hits: “Feel So High”, “You Gotta Be”, “Life”, and “Kissing You”.
 Laurent Jalabert
French cyclist. Born in Mazamet, France. He is one of only four riders to win the points classification in all three cycling grand tours.

1985

 Kaley Cuoco
American actress and model. Born in Camarillo, California. She has gained international acclaim and recognition for her role as Penny on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

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