Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866) and The Moonstone (1868). The last is considered the first modern English detective novel. Born William Wilkie Collins in Marylebone, London. (d. 1889)
Hans von Bülow
Baron Hans von Bülow (January 8, 1830 – February 12, 1894) was a German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer of the Romantic era. One of the most famous conductors of the 19th century, his activity was critical for establishing the successes of several major composers of the time, especially Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms. Born Hans Guido von Bülow in Dresden. (d. 1894)
Frank Nelson Doubleday (January 8, 1862 – January 30, 1934) founded the eponymous Doubleday & McClure Company in 1897, which later operated under other names. Born Frank Nelson Doubleday in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1934)
Dennis Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English writer whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world’s best-selling authors from the 1930s through the 1960s. His Gregory Sallust series was one of the main inspirations for Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories. Born Dennis Yeats Wheatley in London, England. (d. 1977)
Solomon Bandaranaike (8 January 1899 – 26 September 1959), frequently referred to as S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, was the fourth Prime Minister of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka) and founder of the left wing and Sinhala nationalist Sri Lanka Freedom Party, serving as Prime Minister from 1956 until his assassination by a Buddhist monk in 1959. Born Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike in Colombo, British Ceylon. (d. 1959)
William Hartnell (8 January 1908 – 23 April 1975), also known as Bill Hartnell, was an English actor. Hartnell played the first incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, from 1963 to 1966. He was also well known for his role as Sergeant Grimshaw, the title character of the first Carry On film, Carry On Sergeant in 1958, and Company Sergeant Major Percy Bullimore in the sitcom The Army Game from 1957 until 1958, and again in 1960. Born William Henry Hartnell in St Pancras, London, England. (d. 1975)
Galina Sergeyevna Ulánova
Galína Sergéyevna Ulánova (8 January 1910 – 21 March 1998) was a Russian ballet dancer. She is frequently cited as being one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. (d. 1998)
Gypsy Rose Lee
Gypsy Rose Lee (born January 8, 1911 – April 26, 1970) was an American burlesque entertainer and vedette famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy. Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington. (d. 1970)
José Ferrer (January 8, 1912 – January 26, 1992), known as José Ferrer, was an American actor and theatre and film director. He was the first Puerto Rican-born actor, as well as the first Hispanic actor, to win an Academy Award (in 1950 for Cyrano de Bergerac). In 1947, Ferrer won the Tony Award for his theatrical performance of Cyrano de Bergerac, and in 1952, he won the Distinguished Dramatic Actor Award for The Shrike, and also the Outstanding Director Award for directing the plays The Shrike, The Fourposter, and Stalag 17. Born José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (d. 1992)
Madge Ryan (8 January 1919 – 9 January 1994) was an Australian actress, known for her stage roles in the United Kingdom, including London productions of Entertaining Mr Sloane (1964), Philadelphia, Here I Come (1967), and Medea (1993). She also starred in the Broadway production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1958). Her film appearances included Summer Holiday (1963), A Clockwork Orange (1971), and Frenzy (1972). Born in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. (d. 1994)
Larry Storch (born January 8, 1923) is an American comedian and actor best known for his comic television roles, including voice-over work for cartoon shows, such as Mr. Whoopee on Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, and his live-action role of the bumbling Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troop. Born Lawrence Samuel Storch in New York City, New York.
Ron Moody (8 January 1924 – 11 June 2015) was a British actor, best known for his Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated performance as Fagin in Oliver!Among his other better known roles was that of Prime Minister Rupert Mountjoy in the comedy The Mouse on the Moon (1963). Born Ronald Moodnick in Tottenham, Middlesex, England, UK. (d. 2015)
Soupy Sales (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009) was an American comedian, actor, radio/television personality, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children’s television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales (1953-1966), a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark. Born Milton Supman in Franklinton, North Carolina. (d. 2009)
Saeed Jaffrey, OBE (8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) was an Indian-born British actor whose versatility and fluency in multiple languages allowed him to straddle radio, stage, television and film in a career that spanned over six decades and more than a hundred and fifty British, American and Indian movies. Born in Malerkotla, Punjab, British Raj. (d. 2015)
Roy Kinnear (8 January 1934 – 20 September 1988) was an English actor. He came to prominence in the BBC satirical comedy series That Was the Week That Was in 1962. He went on to appear in numerous British television comedy programmes, including The Dick Emery Show (1979-81), and in the sitcoms Man About the House (1974-75), George and Mildred (1976-79) He is also known for his roles in films directed by Richard Lester; including Algernon in Help! (1965); Clapper in How I Won the War (1967); and Planchet in The Three Musketeers (1973), reprising the latter role in the 1974 and 1989 sequels. He is also known for playing Henry Salt in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Born Roy Mitchell Kinnear in Wigan, Lancashire, England. (d. 1988)
Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician, and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll”. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, with estimated record sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Born Elvis Aaron Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi. (d. 1977)
Dame Shirley Bassey
Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE (born 8 January 1937) is a Welsh singer whose career began in the mid-1950s, best known for both her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979). In January 1959, Bassey became the first Welsh person to gain a No. 1 single. Born Shirley Veronica Bassey in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales.
Carolina Herrera (born January 8, 1939) is a Venezuelan fashion designer known for “exceptional personal style”, and for dressing various First Ladies. Born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño in Caracas, Venezuela.
Graham Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author, and one of the six members of the British surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Born Graham Arthur Chapman in Leicester, England. (d. 1989)
Boris Vallejo (born January 8, 1941) is a Peruvian painter. Vallejo works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. His hyper-representational paintings have graced the covers of dozens of science fiction paperbacks and are featured in a series of best-selling glossy calendars. Subjects of his paintings are typically sword and sorcery gods, monsters, and well-muscled male and female barbarians engaged in battle. Born in Lima, Peru.
Stephen Hawking, CH CBE FRS FRSA (born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Born Stephen William Hawking in Oxford, England.
Yvette Mimieux (born January 8, 1942) is a retired American movie and television actress. She achieved fame in George Pal’s film version of H. G. Wells’s 1895 novel The Time Machine (1960). Born Yvette Carmen Mimieux in Los Angeles, California.
David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, painter, and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, and was considered by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. Born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, England. (d. 2016)
R. Kelly (born January 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. He is listed by Billboard as the most successful R&B/Hip Hop artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010). Born Robert Sylvester Kelly in Chicago, Illinois.
Windell Middlebrooks (January 8, 1979 – March 9, 2015) was an American actor and singer. He was most well known for his role in The Suite Life on Deck as Kirby Morris, a security guard on the cruise ship. He also starred in Body of Proof and Ace in the Hole. Born Windell Dwain Middlebrooks Jr in Fort Worth, Texas. (d. 2015)