15 April


 Henry IV
Henry IV (15 April 1367 – 20 March 1413) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (1399-1413). He was the tenth King of England of the House of Plantagenet and also asserted his grandfather’s claim to the title King of France. Born in Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire. (d. 1413)


 Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Notable works in clude Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Vitruvian Man. Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised flying machines, a tank, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull, also outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. Born Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci in Vinci, Republic of Florence. (d. 1519)


 Leonhard Euler
Leonhard Euler (15 April 1707 – 18 September 1783) was a pioneering Swiss mathematician and physicist. He made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and graph theory. He also introduced much of the modern mathematical terminology and notation. Born in Basel, Switzerland. (d. 1783)


 Joseph E Seagram
Joseph E Seagram (April 15, 1841 – August 18, 1919) was a British Canadian distillery founder, politician, philanthropist, and major owner of thoroughbred racehorses. His 1907 creation, Seagram’s VO whisky, became the largest-selling Canadian whisky in the world. Born Joseph Emm Seagram in Fisher’s Mills, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1919)


 Henry James
Henry James, OM (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American writer who spent the bulk of his career in Britain. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. His novels include The Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove. Born in 2 Washington Place, New York City, New York. (d. 1916)


 Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev (April 15 1894 – September 11, 1971) was a politician who led the Soviet Union during part of the Cold War. He served as First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964. Khrushchev was responsible for the partial de-Stalinization of the Soviet Union, for backing the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. Born Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev in Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire. (d. 1971)
 Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and a major influence on other jazz vocalists. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (d. 1937)


 Joe Davis
Joe Davis, OBE (15 April 1901 – 10 July 1978) was an English professional player of snooker and English billiards. He has won more world championships than any other player. He made history in 1955 by achieving the first officially recognised maximum break of 147 in snooker in an exhibition match. Born Joseph Davis in Whitwell, Derbyshire. (d. 1978)


 Kim Il-sung
Kim Il-sung (15 April 1912 – 8 July 1994) was the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. Born Kim Sŏng-ju in Mangyongdae, P’yŏng’yang-bu, P’yŏng’annam-do, Japanese Korea. (d. 1994)


 Helene Hanff
Helene Hanff (April 15, 1916 – April 9, 1997) was an American writer. She is best known as the author of the book 84, Charing Cross Road, which became the basis for a stage play, television play, and film of the same name. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1997)


 Hans Conried
Hans Conried (April 15, 1917 – January 5, 1982), was an American comedian, character actor and voice actor best known for providing the voices of Captain Hook in Walt Disney’s version of Peter Pan and Snidely Whiplash on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and for playing the title role in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Born Hans Georg Conried Jr in Baltimore, Maryland. (d. 1982)


 Michael Ansara
Michael Ansara (April 15, 1922 – July 31, 2013) was a Syrian-born American stage, screen, and voice actor best known for his portrayal of Cochise in the American television series Broken Arrow, Kane in the 1979-1981 series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Commander Kang on three different Star Trek television series. Born Michael George Ansara in French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon. (d. 2013)


 Neville Marriner
Sir Neville Marriner CBE (born 15 April 1924) is an English conductor and violinist. Marriner supervised the Mozart selections for the soundtrack of the 1984 film Amadeus. Born in Lincoln, England. (d. 2016)


 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (born 15 April 1930) is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. In addition to being both Iceland and Europe’s first female president, she was the world’s first democratically elected female head of state. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland.


 Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery (April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995) was an American film and television actress whose career spanned five decades. She is probably best remembered as the star of the TV series Bewitched. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations. Born Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1995)


 Alan Plater
Alan Plater CBE FRSL (15 April 1935 – 25 June 2010) was an English playwright and screenwriter, who worked extensively in British television from the 1960s to the 2000s. He first made his mark as a scriptwriter for Z-Cars (1962-65), along with its spin-off Softly, Softly (1966-69). His subsequent credits include The Edwardians (1972), Shoulder to Shoulder (1974), The Stars Look Down (1975), Trinity Tales (1975), Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt!, and The Beiderbecke Trilogy (1985-1988). Born Alan Frederick Plater in Jarrow, England. (d. 2010)


 Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale (born 15 April 1938) is an Italian Pied-Noir actress. Considered a sex symbol, she appeared in some of the most prominent European films of the 1960s and 1970s. Notable credits include Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and The Leopard (1963), Philippe de Broca’s Cartouche (1963), Federico Fellini’s 8½ (1963), and Sergio Leone’s epic Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). She played played Princess Dala in The Pink Panther. Born Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale in La Goulette, Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia.
 Marty Wilde
Marty Wilde (born 15 April 1939) is an English singer and songwriter. He was among the first generation of British pop stars to emulate American rock and roll. From mid-1958 to the end of 1959, Wilde was one of the leading British rock and roll singers. He appeared regularly on the BBC Television show 6.5 Special. He is the father of pop singer Kim Wilde. Born Reginald Leonard Smith in Blackheath, South London, England.


 Jeffrey Archer
Jeffrey Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician. Before becoming an author, Archer was a Member of Parliament (1969-74), but resigned over a financial scandal which left him almost bankrupt. Later, after a reversal in his fortunes from the royalties of his best-selling novels, he became deputy chairman of the Conservative Party (1985-86) before resigning after another scandal, which would lead to the end of his career in elected office. He was made a life peer in 1992. His political career ended with his conviction and subsequent imprisonment (2001-03) for perjury and perverting the course of justice, which followed his second resignation. Born Jeffrey Howard Archer in London.
 Robert Walker Jr
Robert Walker, Jr. (born April 15, 1940) is an American actor who was a familiar presence on TV in the 1960s. His movies include the title role in Ensign Pulver (1964) and Easy Rider. Born Robert Hudson Walker in Queens, New York.


 Dave Edmunds
Dave Edmunds (born 15 April 1944) is a Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer. Although he is primarily associated with pub rock and new wave, and had numerous hits in the 1970s and early 1980s. He had a UK Christmas Number 1 single in 1970 with “I Hear You Knocking”. Born David William Edmunds in Cardiff, Wales.


 Michael Tucci
Michael Tucci (born 15 April 1946) is an American film, TV, and stage actor. He played the T-Birds member Sonny LaTierri for the 1978 film version Grease. Born in New York City, New York.


 Lois Chiles
Lois Chiles (born April 15, 1947) is an American actress and former fashion model known for her role as the Dr. Holly Goodhead in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker as well as such films as The Great Gatsby, The Way We Were, Death on the Nile and Broadcast News. Born Lois Cleveland Chiles in Houston, Texas.


 Dodi Al-Fayed
Dodi Fayed (15 April 1955 – 31 August 1997), was the son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. He was the boyfriend of Diana, Princess of Wales, with whom he died in a car crash in Paris, on 31 August 1997. Born Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Fayed in Alexandria, Egypt. (d. 1997)


 Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is an English writer, dub poet and Rastafarian. He was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008. Born Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah in Birmingham, England.


 Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation. She first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, winning the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both. Her first film role was opposite Jeff Goldblum in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy, and in the early 1990s she frequently collaborated with then-husband actor and director Kenneth Branagh, appearing on stage together in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear and in films like Dead Again (1991), Peter’s Friends (1992) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993). In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama Howards End. In 1993, Thompson garnered dual Academy Award nominations, as Best Actress for her roles in The Remains of the Day and as Best Supporting Actress for her part in In the Name of the Father. Born in Paddington, London.


 Sally Ann Triplett
Sally Ann Triplett (born 15 April 1962) is a British singer and actress best known for her participation in two editions of the Eurovision Song Contest and many West End productions. Born in London, England.


 Samantha Fox
Sam Fox (born 15 April 1966) is an English dance-pop singer, actress, and former glamour model. In 1983, at age 16, she began appearing on Page 3 of The Sun, and continued as a Page 3 girl until she was 20. During this time, she became the most popular pin-up girl of her era, as well as one of the most photographed British women of the 1980s. Born Samantha Karen Fox in Mile End, London, England.


 Katy Hill
Katy Hill (born 15 April 1971) is an English television presenter who has worked in TV and radio in the UK since 1995. She was a presenter on the BBC TV programme Blue Peter between 1995 and 2000. Born in Poole, Dorset.


 Natalie Casey
Natalie Casey (born 15 April 1980) is an English actress, television presenter and singer. She is best known for her long-running roles in the TV series Hollyoaks and in comedy Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. Born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.


 Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen (born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, producer, director, screenwriter, and voice actor. He appeared in films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People. Rogen has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Paul. Born Seth Aaron Rogen in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


 Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle (born 15 April 1983) is an English pop rock recording artist and songwriter. Cardle rose to fame after winning the seventh series of The X Factor. Born Matthew Sheridan Cardle in Southampton, England.


 Eliza Doolittle
Eliza Doolittle (born 15 April 1988) is a British singer-songwriter. She played Young Cosette in Les Misérables in London’s West End in 1996-1997. Doolittle’s second release, titled “Pack Up” reached #5 on the Official UK Singles Chart. Born Eliza Sophie Caird in London.


 Emma Watson
Emma Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. In 2014, she played Ila in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah. Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson in Paris, France.

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