3 January

 


1883

 Clement Attlee
Clement Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967) was a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and the Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. In 1942, as the Leader of the Opposition, Attlee became the first person to hold the office of Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, serving under Winston Churchill in the wartime coalition government from 1940 to 1945. He went on to lead the Labour Party to an unexpected landslide victory in the 1945 general election; winning its first majority government, and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms. Born Clement Richard Attlee in Putney, Surrey. (d. 1967)

1892

 J. R. R Tolkien
J R R Tolkien, CBE, FRSL (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Born John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State. (d. 1973)

1894

 ZaSu Pitts
ZaSu Pitts (January 3, 1894 – June 7, 1963) was an American actress who starred in many dramas and comedies. Pitts enjoyed her greatest fame in the 1930s, often starring in B movies and comedy short films. Born Eliza Susan Pitts in Parsons, Kansas. (d. 1963)

1897

 Marion Davies
Marion Davies (January 3, 1897 – September 22, 1961) was an American film actress, producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. Davies is better remembered today as William Randolph Hearst’s mistress and the hostess of many lavish events for the Hollywood elite. Born Marion Cecilia Douras in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1961)
 Pola Negri
Pola Negri (born 3 January 1897 – 1 August 1987) was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the silent and golden eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne and femme fatale roles. She was the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and became one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. Born Barbara Apolonia Chałupiec in Lipno, Kingdom of Poland. (d. 1987)

1905

 Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905 – February 3, 1961) was an American actress. She is considered to be the first Chinese American movie star, and also the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition. Born Wong Liu Tsong in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1961)

1907

 Ray Milland
Ray Milland (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945). Born Alfred Reginald Jones in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales. (d. 1986)

1909

 Victor Borge
Victor Borge (3 January 1909 – 23 December 2000) was a Danish and American comedian, conductor, and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe. Born Børge Rosenbaum in Copenhagen, Denmark. (d. 2000)

1911

 John Sturges
John Sturges (January 3, 1910 – August 18, 1992) was an American film director. His movies include Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), and Ice Station Zebra (1968). Born John Eliot Sturges in Oak Park, Illinois. (d. 1992)

1912

 William Mervyn
William Mervyn (3 January 1912 – 6 August 1976) was an English actor best known for his portrayal of the bishop in the clerical comedy All Gas and Gaiters, the old gentleman in The Railway Children and Inspector Charles Rose in The Odd Man and its sequels. Born William Mervyn Pickwoad in Nairobi, British East Africa. (d. 1976)

1916

 Maxene Andrews
Maxene Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995) was one of the Andrews Sisters who were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records. Born Maxene Angelyn Andrews in Mound, Minnesota. (d. 1995)

1922

 Bill Travers
Bill Travers MBE (3 January 1922 – 29 March 1994) was a Special Forces Army officer, English actor, screenwriter, director and animal rights activist. In the mid 1950s his success in Geordie (1955) saw him cast in Bhowani Junction (1956), The Seventh Sin (1957) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957). Travers co-starred with his wife, Virginia McKenna, in a number of films, most memorably as the conservationist George Adamson in the highly successful 1966 film Born Free. Born William Inge Lindon-Travers in Sunderland, County Durham, England. (d. 1994)

1923

 Charles Tingwell
Charles Tingwell AM (3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009), professionally known as Bud Tingwell was an Australian film, television, theatre and radio actor. One of the veterans of Australian film, he acted in his first motion picture in 1946 and went on to appear in more than 100 films and numerous TV programmes in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Born Charles William Tingwell in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia. (d. 2009)

1925

 Jill Balcon
Jill Balcon (3 January 1925 – 18 July 2009) was an English film and radio actress. She made her film debut in Nicholas Nickleby (1947), though she was best known for her stage, television, and radio work. Born Jill Angela Henriette Balcon in Westminster, London, England. (d. 2009)

1926

 George Martin
Sir George Martin CBE (3 January 1926 – 8 March 2016) was an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He has been referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”, including by Paul McCartney, in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles’ original albums. Martin had 30 number-one hit singles in the United Kingdom and 23 number-one hits in the United States. Born George Henry Martin in Highbury, London, England. (d. 2016)

1929

 Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone (3 January 1929 – 30 April 1989) was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of the “Spaghetti Western” genre. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), the Dollars Trilogy of Westerns featuring Clint Eastwood: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Born in Rome, Lazio, Kingdom of Italy. (d. 1989)

1930

 Robert Loggia
Robert Loggia (January 3, 1930 – December 4, 2015) was an American actor and director. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge. Born Salvatore Loggia in Staten Island, New York City, New York. (d. 2015)

1932

 Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman (born January 3, 1932) is an American character actor. In a career spanning over five decades, Coleman has had roles in films such as The Towering Inferno (1974), 9 to 5 (1980), On Golden Pond (1981), and Tootsie (1982. Born Dabney Wharton Coleman in Austin, Texas.

1935

 Jeremy Kemp
Jeremy Kemp (born 3 January 1935) is an English actor. He is known for his significant roles in the miniseries The Winds of War, the film The Blue Max and the TV series Z-Cars. Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

1936

 David Vine
David Martin Vine (3 January 1935 – 11 January 2009) was an English television sports presenter. Programmes he hosted include It’s a Knockout (1967-1971), Jeux Sans Frontieres, Quiz Ball, Match of the Day, A Question of Sport (1970-1977 AND 1989), Grandstand, Superstars, Ski Sunday (1978-1996) and the BBC’s Winter and Summer Olympic Games coverage. Born David Martin Vine in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. (d. 2009)

1937

 Glen A Larson
Glen Albert Larson (January 3, 1937 – November 14, 2014) was an American television producer and writer best known as the creator of the television series Battlestar Galactica, Quincy, M.E., The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, B. J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy, Magnum, P.I. and Knight Rider. (d. 2014)

1942

 John Thaw
John Thaw, CBE (3 January 1942 – 21 February 2002) was an English actor. He appeared in a range of television, stage, and cinema roles, his most popular being television series such as Inspector Morse, Redcap, The Sweeney, Home to Roost, and Kavanagh QC. Born John Edward Thaw in Longsight, Manchester. (d. 2002)

1945

 Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills (born January 3, 1945) is an American singer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Stills’ first solo album Stephen Stills went gold and is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Its hit single, “Love the One You’re With” became his biggest solo hit peaking at No. 14 in the Billboard Hot 100. Born Stephen Arthur Stills in Dallas, Texas.
 David Starkey
David Robert Starkey CBE FSA RHistS (born 3 January 1945) is an English constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter. While a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4 debate programme The Moral Maze, his acerbic tongue earned him the sobriquet of “rudest man in Britain”. Born David Robert Starkey in Kendal, Westmorland, England.

1946

 John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones (born 3 January 1946) is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. Best known as the bassist for the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Born John Richard Baldwin in Sidcup, Kent, England.

1950

 Victoria Principal
Victoria Principal (born January 3, 1950) is an American actress, author and businesswoman best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas (1978-87). Born Vicki Ree Principal in Fukuoka, Japan.

1956

 Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Gibson is best known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series, and Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series. Born Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson in Peekskill, New York.

1969

 Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher (born 3 January 1969) is a retired German racing driver who raced in Formula One for Benetton and Ferrari, where he spent the majority of his career. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. Schumacher is the only driver in history to win seven Formula One World Championships. Born in Hürth, West Germany.

1971

 Sarah Alexander
Sarah Alexander (born 3 January 1971) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in British series such as Armstrong and Miller, Smack the Pony, Coupling, The Worst Week of My Life, Green Wing, Marley’s Ghosts and Jonathan Creek. Born Sarah Smith in Hammersmith, London, England.

1975

 Danica McKellar
Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. In her teens she appeared on the television series The Wonder Years, on which she played Winnie Cooper. McKellar studied at UCLA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with highest honors (summa cum laude) in 1998. McKellar has authored several mathematics-related books primarily targeting adolescent readers interested in succeeding at the study of mathematics. Born Danica Mae McKellar in La Jolla, California.

1978

 Dominic Wood
Dominic Wood (born 3 January 1978) is an English entertainer, magician and presenter of radio and television, best known as one half of the double act Dick and Dom. Born Dominic Simon Wood in Exeter, Devon.

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