18 May


1048

 Omar Khayyám
Persian mathematician, poet, and philosopher (d. 1131)

1850

 Oliver Heaviside
English physicist (d. 1925)

1872

 Bertrand Russell
3rd Earl Russell, English mathematician, writer, and philosopher, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)

1883

 Walter Gropius
German architect, founded the Bauhaus school (d. 1969)

1897

 Frank Capra
American producer, director, and writer (d. 1991)

1909

 Fred Perry
English tennis player (d. 1995)

1912

 Perry Como
American singer and actor (d. 2001)

1919

 Dame Margot Fonteyn
English ballet dancer (d. 1991)

1920

 Pope John Paul II
Pope Saint John Paul II, (18 May 1920 ‒ 2 April 2005), also known as Saint John Paul the Great, was the 264th pope of the Catholic Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. Born Karol Józef Wojtyła in Wadowice, Republic of Poland. (d. 2005)

1928

 Pernell Roberts
American actor (d. 2010)

1931

 Don Martin
American cartoonist (d. 2000)
 Robert Morse
American actor.

1933

 Don Whillans
English mountaineer (d. 1985)

1940

 Ray Lonnen
Raymond Stanley Lonnen (18 May 1940 – 11 July 2014) was an English stage and television actor. His most prominent roles include Willie Caine in the cold-war spy drama series The Sandbaggers (1978–80), and also as Harry Brown in the television miniseries Harry’s Game (1982). Born in Bournemouth. (d. 2014)

1941

 Miriam Margolyes
English actress.

1942

 Nobby Stiles
English footballer.

1944

 Albert Hammond
English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Family Dogg).

1946

 Andreas Katsulas
American actor (d. 2006)
 Reggie Jackson
Reginald Martinez “Reggie” Jackson (born May 18, 1946) is an American former baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for five different teams (1967–1987). Born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania.
 Nina Myskow
Nina Myskow (born 18 May 1946) is a leftist Scottish journalist and TV celebrity who appeared on New Faces and was also a columnist for The Sun and The News of the World under the byline “The Bitch on the box” in the 1980s. Born in St Andrews, Scotland.

1947

 Gail Strickland
American actress.

1949

 Rick Wakeman
English musician, songwriter, and composer (Yes, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe and Warhorse).

1955

 Chow Yun-fat
Hong Kong actor.

1957

 Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver (born May 18, 1957) is an American journalist and author. Shriver won the 2005 Orange Prize for her eighth published novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, a thriller and close study of maternal ambivalence. Born Margaret Ann Shriver on May 18, 1957 in Gastonia, North Carolina.

1958

 Toyah Willcox
English singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and actress (Toyah and The Humans).

1960

 Yannick Noah
Yannick Noah (born 18 May 1960) is a former professional tennis player from France. He is best remembered for winning the French Open in 1983. Born in Sedan, France.

1962

 Nathaniel Parker
Nathaniel Parker (born 18 May 1962) is an English actor best known for playing Detective Inspector Thomas “Tommy” Lynley in the BBC crime drama series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Born in London.

1967

 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
German race car driver.

1969

 Holly Aird
Imogen Holly Aird, (born 18 May 1969) is an English television actress known for playing Forensic Pathologist Frankie Wharton in the BBC1 drama series Waking the Dead, having previously starred in productions such as Soldier Soldier and the 1997 film Fever Pitch alongside Colin Firth. Born in Aldershot, Hampshire.

1970

 Tina Fey
American writer and actress.

1975

 John Higgins
Scottish snooker player.

1993

 Jessica Watson
Australian sailor.

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