13 February


1849

 Lord Randolph Churchill
Lord Randolph Churchill (13 February 1849 – 24 January 1895) was a British statesman. He was made Secretary of State for India on 24 June 1885. He was the father of Winston Churchill. Born Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill in 3 Wilton Terrace, Belgravia, London. (d. 1895)

1873

 Feodor Chaliapin
Feodor Chaliapin (February 13 1873 – April 12, 1938) was a Russian opera singer. Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov became his signature character. He is remembered also for his interpretations of Ivan the Terrible in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Maid of Pskov, Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust, and Don Quixote in Massenet’s Don Quichotte. Born Feodor Ivanovich Chaliapin in Kazan, Russia. (d. 1938)

1903

 Georges Simenon
Georges Simenon (13 February 1903 – 4 September 1989) was a Belgian writer. A prolific author who published nearly 500 novels and numerous short works, Simenon is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret. Born Georges Joseph Christian Simenon in Liège, Belgium. (d. 1989)

1915

 Aung San
Bogyoke (Major General) Aung San (13 February 1915 – 19 July 1947) served as the 5th Premier of the British Crown Colony of Burma from 1946 to 1947. Initially he was a communist and later a social democratic politician. He is considered the Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar. He was the founder of the Communist Party of Burma. Born in Natmauk, Magwe, British Burma. (d. 1947)

1919

 Tennessee Ernie Ford
Tennessee Ernie Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991) was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich bass-baritone voice and down-home humor, Ford scored an unexpected hit on the pop charts in 1955 with his rendering of “Sixteen Tons”. Born Ernest Jennings Ford in Bristol, Tennessee. (d. 1991)

1922

 Francis Pym
Francis Pym, Baron Pym, MC, PC (13 February 1922 – 7 March 2008) was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he served in various positions in the Cabinet in the 1970s and 1980s, including Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary, Northern Ireland Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons. Born Francis Leslie Pym in Abergavenny, Wales. (d. 2008)

1923

 Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have exceeded the speed of sound in level flight. Born Charles Elwood Yeager in Myra, West Virginia.

1928

 Dorothy McGuire
Dorothy McGuire (June 14, 1916 – September 13, 2001) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for Friendly Persuasion (1956). Born Dorothy Hackett McGuire in Omaha, Nebraska. (d. 2001)

1932

 Susan Oliver
Susan Oliver (February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990) was an American actress, television director and aviator. She is widely-known for playing female lead character “Vina” in the first pilot episode of Star Trek. (It was not broadcast, but most of Oliver’s scenes were used in first season two-part episode “The Menagerie”.). Born Charlotte Gercke in New York City, New York. (d. 1990)
 Barbara Shelley
Barbara Shelley (born 13 February 1932) is an English film and television actress. In the late 1950s (Blood of the Vampire) and 1960s she became Hammer Horror’s number one female star, with The Gorgon (1964), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966), and Quatermass and the Pit (1967) among her credits. Born Barbara T Kowin in Marylebone, London, England.

1933

 Caroline Blakiston
Caroline Blakiston (born 13 February 1933) is an English actress. She is best known in her native United Kingdom for her role in the television comedy series Brass, and to international audiences as Mon Mothma in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. Born Caroline G Blakiston in Chelsea, London, England.
 Kim Novak
Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) is a retired American film and television actress. She starred in such films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Pal Joey (1957). However, she is perhaps best known today for her performance as Madeline Elster/Judy Barton in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Vertigo (1958) with James Stewart. Born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois.

1934

 George Segal
George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is an American actor and musician. Segal became popular in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles. Some of his most acclaimed roles are in films such as King Rat (1965), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), The Hot Rock (1972), and A Touch of Class (1973). Born in Great Neck, New York.

1938

 Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed (13 February 1938 – 2 May 1999) was an English actor known for his upper-middle class, macho image, hellraiser lifestyle, and “tough guy” roles. Notable films include playing Bill Sikes in the Best Picture Oscar winner Oliver! (1968), Women in Love (1969), Hannibal Brooks (1969), The Devils (1971), portraying Athos in The Three Musketeers (1973), Tommy (1975) and Gladiator (2000) for which Reed was posthumously nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Born Robert Oliver Reed in Wimbledon, London, England. (d. 1999)

1942

 Carol Lynley
Carol Lynley (born February 13, 1942) is an American actress and former child model. In 1959, Lynley was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female. Lynley is perhaps best known for her film roles in Return to Peyton Place, Bunny Lake is Missing, The Pleasure Seekers, and The Poseidon Adventure, in which she performed the Oscar-winning song “The Morning After”. Lynley posed nude at age 22 for the March 1965 edition of Playboy magazine. Born Carole Ann Jones in Manhattan, New York.
 Peter Tork
Peter Tork (born February 13, 1942) is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees. Born Peter Halsten Thorkelson in Washington, DC.

1943

 Donald Sumpter
Donald Sumpter (born 13 February 1943) is a British actor. He has appeared in film and television since the mid-1960s. His early film work included a lead role as real life British criminal Donald Neilson in the 1977 film, The Black Panther. He played the part of suspected serial killer Alexander Bonaparte Cust in the (1992) Agatha Christie’s Poirot episode, The ABC Murders. Born in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England.

1944

 Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing (born February 13, 1944) is an American stage, film and television actress. She is known for playing Betty Rizzo in the film Grease (1978) and First Lady Abbey Bartlet on the NBC television series The West Wing (1999-2006). She is also known for originating the role of Ouisa Kittredge in the stage and film versions of Six Degrees of Separation, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. A 13-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee and seven-time Tony Award nominee, she won the 1985 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the Broadway revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and won Emmy Awards for The West Wing and The Matthew Shepard Story, both in 2002. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2004 for her role in Jack. Born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard in New York City, New York.
 Jerry Springer
Jerry Norman Springer (born February 13, 1944) is an American television presenter, former lawyer, politician, news presenter, actor, and musician. He has hosted the tabloid talk show Jerry Springer since its debut in 1991. Born Gerald Norman Springer in Highgate, Middlesex, England.

1945

 Simon Schama
Simon Schama, CBE, FRSL, FBA (born 13 February 1945) is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He first came to popular public attention with his history of the French Revolution titled Citizens, published in 1989. In the United Kingdom, he is perhaps best known for writing and hosting the 15-part BBC television documentary series A History of Britain. Born Simon Michael Schama in Marylebone, London, United Kingdom.

1948

 Kitten Natividad
Kitten Natividad (born on February 14, 1948) is a Mexican American film actress, exotic dancer and porn star, noted for her 44-inch chest and appearances in cult films by her ex-partner, director Russ Meyer. Born Francesca Isabel Natividad in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

1949

 Brian Deacon
Brian Deacon (born 13 February 1949) is a British actor. He appeared with in the Peter Greenaway film, A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), as Heumac in The Feathered Serpent (1976, 1978) and as Frank Miles in the TV series Lillie in 1978. Born in Oxford.

1950

 Peter Gabriel
Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a successful solo career with “Solsbury Hill” as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album’s most successful single, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and is MTV’s most played music video of all time. Born Peter Brian Gabriel in Chobham, Surrey, England.
 W. G. Snuffy Walden
W. G. Snuffy Walden (born February 13, 1950) is an American musician and composer, best known for his film and television soundtracks. He has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards throughout his career, and has received 26 BMI Awards. Born William Garrett Walden in Louisiana.

1956

 Peter Hook
Peter Hook (born 13 February 1956) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the bassist and co-founder of English rock bands Joy Division and New Order. Born Peter Woodhead in Broughton, Salford, England.

1960

 Pierluigi Collina
Pierluigi Collina (born 13 February 1960) is an Italian former football referee. He has been named FIFA’s “Best Referee of the Year” six consecutive times and is widely considered to be the greatest football referee of all time. Born in Bologna, Italy.

1962

 Hugh Dennis
Hugh Dennis (born 13 February 1962) is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and Dennis with comedy partner Steve Punt, and playing Pete Brockman, the father in the BBC One sitcom Outnumbered. Since 2005, Dennis has been a regular panellist on the BBC Two satirical comedy show Mock the Week. Born Peter Hugh Dennis in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.

1963

 Jesse Birdsall
Jesse Birdsall (born 13 February 1963) is an English actor, known for his role as Marcus Tandy in the BBC1 soap opera Eldorado and his role in the adventure series Bugs (1995-99) as Nick Beckett. Born in Highbury, London, England.

1970

 Diane Youdale
Diane Youdale (born 13 February 1970) is an English television personality, who is best known for her role as “Jet” on the television series Gladiators. Born Diane Patricia Youdale in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England.

1971

 Sonia
Sonia (born 13 February 1971) is an English pop singer. She is perhaps best known for her 1989 UK number one hit “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You” and for representing the United Kingdom in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, where she finished second with the song “Better the Devil You Know”. Between 1989 and 1993, she had 11 UK Top 30 hits. Born Sonia Evans in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.

1974

 Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams (born 13 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the pop group Take That from 1990 to 1995 and again from 2009 to 2012. He has also had commercial success as a solo artist. Born Robert Peter Williams in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

1975

 Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins (born 13 February 1975) is an English television personality and newspaper columnist. She first came to prominence in 2007 as a contestant on reality television series The Apprentice and is now best known as a columnist for British newspapers The Sun and the Daily Mail. She also stood as a candidate in the 2009 European Parliamentary election. Born Katie Olivia Hopkins in Barnstaple, Devon, England.

1979

 Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari (born February 13, 1979) is an American actress, fashion designer, and model. Suvari rose to international prominence for her roles in the drama American Beauty (1999), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and in three of the American Pie original films (1999-2001, 2012). Born Mena Alexandra Suvari in Newport, Rhode Island.

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