13 April


1570

 Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire on November 5th, called Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. Born and educated in York, England.
(d. 1606)

1743

 Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 (April 2, 1743 O.S.) – July 4, 1826) was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809).
(d. 1826)

1771

 Richard Trevithick
Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer from Cornwall. He built the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive.Trevithick named his carriage ‘Puffing Devil’. Born at Tregajorran between Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall, England.
(d. 1833)

1852

 F.W. Woolworth
Frank Winfield Woolworth (April 13, 1852 – April 8, 1919) was the founder of F. W. Woolworth Company, an operator of discount stores that priced merchandise at five and ten cents. Born in Rodman, New York.
(d. 1919)

1866

 Butch Cassidy
Robert Leroy Parker (April 13, 1866 – November 7, 1908?), better known as Butch Cassidy, was a notorious American train robber, bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang in the American Old West. Fled to Bolivia with accomplice, Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, known as the Sundance Kid. Born in Beaver, Utah.
(d. 1908)

1892

 Sir Arthur Harris
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet, GCB, OBE, AFC (13 April 1892 – 5 April 1984), commonly known as “Bomber” Harris by the press, and often within the RAF as “Butcher” Harris, was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command during the latter half of World War II. Born at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
(d. 1984)

1906

 Samuel Beckett
Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet. Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature. Particularly well known for plays such as Waiting for Godot (written 1948–1949), Endgame (1955–1957), Krapp’s Last Tape (1958), and Happy Days (1961). Born at Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland.
(d. 1989)

1919

 Howard Keel
Harold Clifford Keel (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004), known professionally as Howard Keel, was an American actor and singer. He starred in many film musicals of the 1950s such as Show Boat (1951), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and Kismet (1955). He is best known to modern audiences for his starring role in the television series Dallas from 1981 to 1991. Born in Gillespie, Illinois.
(d. 2004)

1920

 Roberto Calvi
Roberto Calvi (13 April 1920–17 June 1982) was an Italian banker dubbed “God’s Banker” by the press because of his close association with the Holy See. Calvi was Chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, which collapsed in one of modern Italy’s biggest political scandals. On 18 June 1982 a postman found his body hanging from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge on the edge of the financial district of London. Calvi’s clothing was stuffed with bricks, and he was carrying around $15,000 worth of cash in three different currencies. Born in Milan, Italy.
(d. 1982)
 Liam Cosgrave
Liam Cosgrave (born 13 April 1920) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Taoiseach (1973–77) and as Leader of Fine Gael (1965–77). He was a Teachta Dála (TD) from 1943 to 1981.
Born in Dublin.

1922

 John Braine
John Gerard Braine (13 April 1922 – 28 October 1986) was an English novelist. Braine is usually associated with the Angry Young Men movement. Braine is chiefly remembered today for his first novel, Room at the Top (1957). Born in Bingley, near Bradford, Yorkshire.
(d. 1986)
 Julius Nyerere
Julius Kambarage Nyerere (13 April 1922 – 14 October 1999) was a Tanzanian politician who served as the first President of Tanzania and previously Tanganyika, from the country’s founding in 1961 until his retirement in 1985.
(d. 1999)

1923

 Don Adams
Don Adams (April 13, 1923 – September 25, 2005) was an American actor, comedian and director. In his five decades on television, he was best known as Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the television situation comedy Get Smart (1965–1970). He provided the voice of the title character for the animated series Inspector Gadget (1983–1986). Born Donald James Yarmy in Manhattan, New York.
(d. 2005)

1924

 Stanley Donen
Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer whose most celebrated works are Singin’ in the Rain and On the Town. Born in Columbia, South Carolina.

1928

 Alan Clark
Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (13 April 1928 – 5 September 1999) was a British Conservative MP and diarist. He served as a junior minister in Margaret Thatcher’s governments at the Departments of Employment, Trade and Defence, and became a privy counsellor in 1991. Born at 55 Lancaster Gate, London.
(d. 1999)

1935

 Lyle Waggoner
Lyle Wesley Waggoner (born April 13, 1935) is an American actor and former model, known for his work on The Carol Burnett Show from 1967 to 1974 and for playing the role of Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman television series from 1975 to 1979. Born in Kansas City, Kansas.

1937

 Edward Fox
Edward Charles Morice Fox, OBE (born 13 April 1937) is an English stage, film and television actor.
He played the title character in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973), and is generally associated with portraying upper-class Englishmen, such as King Edward VIII in the serial Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978). Born in Chelsea, London.

1939

 Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013) was an Irish poet, playwright, translator, lecturer and recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born at Mossbawn farmhouse between Castledawson and Toomebridge, Northern Ireland.
(d. 2013)
 Paul Sorvino
Paul Anthony Sorvino (born April 13, 1939) is an American actor. Possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the police procedural and legal drama television series Law & Order. He is the father of actress Mira Sorvino. Born in Brooklyn, New York City.

1940

 Max Mosley
Max Rufus Mosley (born 13 April 1940) is the former president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). A former barrister and amateur racing driver, Mosley was a founder and co-owner of March Engineering, a successful racing car constructor and Formula One racing team. Mosley is the youngest son of Sir Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford. Born in London.

1946

 Al Green
Albert Greene (born April 13, 1946),better known as Al Green, is an American singer, known for scoring a series of soul hit singles in the early 1970s, including his signature song, “Let’s Stay Together”. Inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Green was included in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas.

1949

 Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British-American author and journalist whose career spanned more than four decades. Born in Portsmouth, England.
(d. 2011)

1950

 Ron Perlman
Ronald N. “Ron” Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American television, film and voice actor. He has starred in the Guillermo del Toro films Cronos, Blade II, and as the comic book character Hellboy. He is also known for having played Vincent in the TV series Beauty and the Beast (for which he won a Golden Globe) and Clarence “Clay” Morrow in Sons of Anarchy. Born in Washington Heights, New York.

1951

 Peabo Bryson
Peabo Bryson (born Robert Peapo Bryson, April 13, 1951) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter. Bryson won a Grammy Award in 1992 for his performance of the song “Beauty and the Beast” with Céline Dion and another in 1993 for “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle. Born in Greenville, South Carolina.

 Peter Davison
Peter Davison (born Peter M. G. Moffett on 13 April 1951) is a British actor, best known for his roles as Tristan Farnon in the television version of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, as the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, which he played from 1981 to 1984. Born in Streatham, London.

1963

 Garry Kasparov
Garry Kimovich Kasparov (born Garik Kimovich Weinstein; 13 April 1963) is a Russian (formerly Soviet) chess grandmaster, a former World Chess Champion, writer and political activist, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time. Born in Baku, Soviet Union (now Azerbaijan).

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