Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) 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 in York, England. (d. 1606)
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). Born in Shadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America. (d. 1826)
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 in Tregajorran between Camborne and Redruth in Cornwall, England. (d. 1833)
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. Born in Rodman, New York. (d. 1919)
Butch Cassidy (April 13, 1866 – November 7, 1908) 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 Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah. (d. 1908)
Sir Arthur Harris
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur 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 Arthur Travers Harris in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (d. 1984)
Samuel 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 Samuel Barclay Beckett in Foxrock, Dublin, Ireland. (d. 1989)
Howard Keel (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004) 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 Harold Clifford Keel in Gillespie, Illinois. (d. 2004)
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 (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. (d. 2017)
John 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 John Gerard Braine in Bingley, near Bradford, Yorkshire. (d. 1986)
Julius 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. Born Kambarage Nyerere in Butiama, Tanganyika. (d. 1999)
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)
Conrad Phillips (13 April 1925 – 13 January 2016) was a British film and television actor. He is best known for portraying William Tell in the popular ITV television series The Adventures of William Tell which ran for 39 episodes from 1958 to 1959. Born Conrad Philip Havord in Lambeth, London, England. (d. 2016)
Alan 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 Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark in 55 Lancaster Gate, London. (d. 1999)
Lyle 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 Lyle Wesley Waggoner in Kansas City, Kansas.
Edward 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 Edward Charles Morice Fox in Chelsea, London.
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 Seamus Justin Heaney in Mossbawn farmhouse between Castledawson and Toomebridge, Northern Ireland. (d. 2013)
Paul 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 Paul Anthony Sorvino in Brooklyn, New York City.
Max 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 Max Rufus Mosley in London.
Al 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 Albert Leornes Greene in Forrest City, Arkansas.
Mike Chapman OAM (born 13 April 1947) is an Australian record producer and songwriter who was a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s. He created a string of hit singles for artists including The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, and Mud with business partner Nicky Chinn. Born Michael Donald Chapman OAM in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.
Christopher Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was a British-American author and journalist whose career spanned more than four decades. Born Christopher Eric Hitchens in Portsmouth, England. (d. 2011)
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 Ronald N Perlman in Washington Heights, New York.
Peabo Bryson (born 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 Robert Peapo Bryson in Greenville, South Carolina.
Peter Davison (born 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 Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett in Streatham, London.
Garry Kasparov (born 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 Garik Kimovich Weinstein in Baku, Soviet Union (now Azerbaijan).