9 January


1854

 Jennie Spencer-Churchill
Jennie Spencer-Churchill, CI, RRC, DStJ (9 January 1854 – 29 June 1921), known as Lady Randolph Churchill, was an American-born British socialite, the wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Born Jennie Jerome in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1921)

1898

 Gracie Fields
Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (born 9 January 1898 – 27 September 1979) was an English actress, singer and comedian and star of both cinema and music hall. Fields’ most famous song, which became her theme, “Sally”, was worked into the title of her first film, Sally in Our Alley (1931), which was a major box office hit. She spent the later part of her life on the isle of Capri, Italy. Born Grace Stansfield in Rochdale, Lancashire, England. (d. 1979)

1901

 Chic Young
Chic Young (January 9, 1901 – March 14, 1973) was an American cartoonist who created the comic strip Blondie. His 1919 William McKinley High School Yearbook cites his nickname as Chicken, source of his familiar pen name and signature. According to King Features Syndicate, Young had a daily readership of 52 million. Born Murat Bernard Young in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1973)

1908

 Simone de Beauvoir
Simone de Beauvoir (9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Born Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir in Paris, France. (d. 1986)

1913

 Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so. He had previously served as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, and prior to that as a U.S. Representative and also Senator from California. Born Richard Milhous Nixon in Yorba Linda, California. (d. 1994)

1915

 Fernando Lamas
Fernando Lamas (January 9, 1915 – October 8, 1982) was an Argentine-American actor and director, and the father of actor Lorenzo Lamas. Throughout the 1950s, Lamas had leading roles in a number of MGM musicals, including Dangerous When Wet with his future wife Esther Williams. Born Fernando Álvaro Lamas y de Santos in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (d. 1982)

1920

 Chan Canasta
Chan Canasta (born 9 January 1920 – 22 April 1999) was a pioneer of mental magic in the 1950s and 1960s, becoming the first TV celebrity magician in the 1950s, and then in later life he turned to painting. Born Chananel Mifelew in Kraków, Poland. (d. 1999)
 Clive Dunn
Clive Dunn, OBE (9 January 1920 – 6 November 2012) was an English actor, comedian, artist, author, and singer. He was best known for playing the elderly Lance Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army. Born Clive Robert Benjamin Dunn in Brixton, London, England. (d. 2012)

1925

 Lee Van Cleef
Lee Van Cleef (January 9, 1925 – December 16, 1989), was an American actor whose sinister features overshadowed his acting skills and typecast him as a minor villain for a decade before he achieved stardom in Spaghetti Westerns such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Born Clarence Leroy Van Cleef in Somerville, New Jersey. (d. 1989)

1933

 Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith (born 9 January 1933) is a South African novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families. As of 2014 his 35 published novels had sold more than 120 million copies, 24 million of them in Italy. Born Wilbur Addison Smith in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia.
 Ann Firbank
Ann Firbank (born 9 January 1933) is a veteran actress of film, television, and stage whose career extends from 1956. One of Firbank’s more notable roles is her 1971 portrayal of Anne Elliot in the serial Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name. Born in Secunderabad, Andhra, India.

1935

 Bob Denver
Bob Denver (January 9, 1935 – September 2, 2005) was an American comedic actor. He is known for having portrayed Gilligan on the television series Gilligan’s Island. Born Robert Osbourne Denver in New Rochelle, New York. (d. 2005)

1937

 Michael Nicholson
Michael Nicholson OBE (9 January 1937 – 11 December 2016) was an English journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent. Born in Romford, Essex, England. (d. 2016)

1939

 Susannah York
Susannah York (9 January 1939 – 15 January 2011) was an English film, stage, and television actress. She was awarded a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for the same film. She won best actress for Images at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, she was appointed an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She also appeared inTunes of Glory (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Kaleidescope (1966), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Killing of Sister George (1968), and Battle of Britain (1969). Born Susannah Yolande Fletcher in Chelsea, London, England. (d. 2011)

1940

 Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett OBE (born 9 February 1940 is an English drummer, pianist, composer and producer of popular music. He is best known as the drummer of the UK rock and roll group, the Shadows. Born Brian Laurence Bennett in Palmers Green, North London, England.

1941

 Joan Baez
Joan Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist whose contemporary folk music often includes songs of protest or social justice, Baez has performed publicly for over 59 years, releasing over 30 albums. Born Joan Chandos Baez in Staten Island, New York.

1943

 Freddie Starr
Freddie Starr (born 9 January 1943) is an English comedian, impressionist, singer and actor. Starr was the lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters during the early 1960s, and came to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on Opportunity Knocks and the Royal Variety Performance. Born Frederick Leslie Fowell in Huyton, Liverpool, England.
 Scott Walker
Scott Walker (born January 9, 1943) is a British-American singer-songwriter, composer and record producer.He performed as one of the Walker Brothers with such hits as “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” and “Make It Easy on Yourself”. Born Noel Scott Engel in Hamilton, Ohio.

1944

 Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944) is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin. He was a member of the Yardbirds from 1966 to 1968. Page is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Born James Patrick Page in Heston, Middlesex, England.

1951

 Crystal Gayle
Crystal Gayle (born January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer. Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, she had twenty #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s and six albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales. She was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine in 1983. She is the younger sister of the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. Born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky.

1954

 Philippa Gregory
Philippa Gregory (born 9 January 1954) is an English historical novelist who has been publishing since 1987. The best known of her works is The Other Boleyn Girl (2001), which in 2002 won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been adapted into two separate films. Born in Nairobi, British Kenya.
 Fiona Mollison
Fiona Mollison (born 9 January 1954) is a British television and theatre actress. She appeared in 22 episodes of Strangers as WDC Vanessa Bennett. Mollison also has appeared on episodes of On the Up, As Time Goes By, Hollyoaks, Hazell, Boon, Minder, The Bill, Inspector Morse, Trial & Retribution, and Midsomer Murders. Born in Java, Indonesia.

1956

 Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton, CBE (born 9 January 1956) is an English stage and screen actress. Staunton drew critical acclaim for the title role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress in addition to being nominated for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. Staunton has since performed in a variety of plays and musicals in London, winning four Olivier Awards; three for Best Actress in a Musical. Born Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunto in Archway, London, England.

1961

 Al Jean
Al Jean (born January 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter and producer. Jean is well known for his work on The Simpsons. Jean has received eight Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work on The Simpsons. Born Alfred Ernest Jean III in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

1965

 Joely Richardson
Joely Kim Richardson (born 9 January 1965) is an English actress, known for her role as Julia McNamara in the FX drama series Nip/Tuck (2003-10), and Queen Catherine Parr in the Showtime series The Tudors (2010). She has also appeared in films such as 101 Dalmatians (1996), Event Horizon (1997), and The Patriot (2000). Born Joely Kim Richardson in Marylebone, London.

1972

 Sarah Beeny
Sarah Beeny (born 9 January 1972) is an English property developer and television presenter, best known for presenting the Channel 4 property shows such as Property Ladder. Born Sarah Lucinda Beeny in Reading, Berkshire, England.

1982

 Catherine Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (born 9 January 1982) is a member of the British royal family, fashion icon, and patron of sports, arts and children’s organizations. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in line to become king of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, making Catherine a likely future queen consort. Born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton in Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Berkshire.

1987

 Paolo Nutini
Paolo Nutini (born 9 January 1987) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini’s debut album, These Streets (2006), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009), debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified quintuple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Born Paolo Giovanni Nutini in Paisley, Scotland.

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