22 May


1783

 William Sturgeon
William Sturgeon (22 May 1783 – 4 December 1850) was an English physicist and inventor who made the first electromagnets, and invented the first practical English electric motor. Born in Whittington, Lancashire. (d. 1850)

1813

 Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is primarily known for his operas, notably the four-opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Tristan und Isolde. Born Wilhelm Richard Wagner in Leipzig. (d. 1883)

1859

 Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Born Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle in Edinburgh, Scotland. (d. 1930)

1878

 John Henry Mears
John Henry Mears (May 22, 1878 – July 26, 1956) set the record for the fastest trip around the world both in 1913 and 1928. He was also a Broadway producer. Born in Massachusetts. (d. 1956)

1907

  Hergé
Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. Born Georges Prosper Remi in Etterbeek, Belgium. (d. 1983)
 Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor who dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. Among Olivier’s films are Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), and a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955). His later films included Sleuth (1972), Marathon Man (1976), and The Boys from Brazil (1978). Olivier received four Academy Awards: an honorary award for Henry V (1947), a Best Actor award and one as producer for Hamlet (1948), and a second honorary award in 1979 to recognise his lifetime of contribution to the art of film. Born Laurence Kerr Olivier in Dorking, Surrey. (d. 1989)

1922

 Quinn Martin
Quinn Martin (May 22, 1922 – September 5, 1987) was an American television producer. He had at least one television series running in prime time every year for 21 straight years (from 1959 to 1980), an industry record. QM Productions produced a string of successful television series during the 1960s and 1970s, including The Fugitive, Twelve O’Clock High, The F.B.I., The Invaders, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, and Barnaby Jones. Born Irwin Martin Cohn in New York City. (d. 1987)

1924

 Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour (born 22 May 1924) is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. During the early stages of his career, Aznavour opened for Edith Piaf at the Moulin Rouge. In 1974, Aznavour became a major success in the United Kingdom where his song “She” went to Number One in the charts three times faster than anyone else’s. Born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris, France.

1927

 Michael Constantine
Michael Constantine (born May 22, 1927) is an American actor of Greek descent. He is probably now best known for his portrayal of Kostas “Gus” Portokalos in the 2002 surprise hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Born Constantine Ioannides in Reading, Pennsylvania.

1930

 Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated. Born Harvey Bernard Milk in Woodmere, New York. (d. 1978)
 Kenny Ball
Kenny Ball (22 May 1930 – 7 March 2013) was an English jazz musician, best known as the bandleader, lead trumpet player and vocalist in Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. At the end of 1961 they reached No. 2 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, with “Midnight in Moscow”. Born Kenneth Daniel Ball in Ilford, Essex, England. (d. 2013)

1933

 Don Estelle
Don Estelle (22 May 1933 – 2 August 2003) was a British actor and singer. He came to fame as Gunner “Lofty” Sugden in the 1970s British sitcom, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. Born Ronald Edwards in Crumpsall, Manchester,. (d. 2003)

1934

 Jean Challis
Jean Challis (born 22 May 1934) is an English actress and radio presenter known for appearances in comedy Dear John. She started on BFBS in Cyprus in June 1962 as announcer and occasional presenter of Two-Way Family Favourites. Born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England.

1938

 Richard Benjamin
Richard Benjamin (born May 22, 1938) is an American actor and film director. He has starred in a number of well-known film productions, including Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Catch-22 (1970), Westworld (1973), and The Sunshine Boys (1975). Born in New York City, New York.
 Frank Converse
Frank Converse (born May 22, 1938) is an American actor. Converse was the star of three television series: Coronet Blue, N.Y.P.D., and Movin’ On. Born in St. Louis, Missouri.
 Susan Strasberg
Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 – January 21, 1999) was an American stage, film and television actress. She was nominated for a Tony Award at the age of 18 for the title role in the Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank. From the 1960s through the 1980s, she guest-starred in such television series as The Virginian, The Invaders, Bonanza, The Streets of San Francisco, and The Rockford Files. Born Susan Elizabeth Strasberg in New York City, New York. (d. 1999)

1939

 Paul Winfield
Paul Winfield (May 22, 1939 – March 7, 2004) was an American television, film and stage actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper in the landmark film Sounder, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1978 television miniseries King, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Winfield was also known to science fiction fans for his roles in The Terminator, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born Paul Edward Winfield in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2004)

1940

 Michael Sarrazin
Michael Sarrazin (May 22, 1940 – April 17, 2011) was a Canadian film and television actor who found fame opposite Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969). Born Jacques Michel André Sarrazin in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. (d. 2011)

1941

 Sir Menzies Campbell
Sir Walter Menzies “Ming” Campbell, CH, CBE, QC (born 22 May 1941) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, advocate and former athlete. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Fife from 1987 to 2015 and was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2 March 2006 until 15 October 2007. Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1942

 Barbara Parkins
Barbara Parkins (born May 22, 1942) is a Canadian-American television and film actress. Parkins was involved in two of the most highly publicized projects of the 1960s—the ABC primetime serial, Peyton Place, and the film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel, Valley of the Dolls. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

1943

 Betty Williams
Betty Williams (born 22 May 1943) in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, is a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organisation dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 Arlene Phillips
Arlene Phillips, CBE (born 22 May 1943) is an English choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, television judge and presenter and former dancer. In Britain, Phillips first became a household name as the director and choreographer of Hot Gossip. For many years she was most noted as the choreographer of numerous West End and Broadway musicals, films and television shows. Born in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.

1944

 Lynn Barber
Lynn Barber (born 22 May 1944) is a British journalist, who writes for The Sunday Times. Best known for her interviews, she was once quoted by Will Self as describing her method as “start[ing] … from a position of really disliking people, and then compel[ling] them to win you over.” British Press Awards “Interviewer of the Year” 1985, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2012.

1946

 Howard Kendall
Howard Kendall (born 22 May 1946) is a former English footballer and manager. He is most famous for his connection to Everton, a club that he both played for and managed. Born in Ryton-on-Tyne, County Durham, England.
 George Best
George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. Such was Best’s talent and charisma that he became one of the first celebrity footballers. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (d. 2005)

1949

 Cheryl Campbell
Cheryl Campbell (born 22 May 1949) is an English actress of stage, film and television. Cheryl Campbell is known for her role as Vera Brittain in the BBC’s dramatisation of Testament of Youth (1979), for which she received the BAFTA for Best Actress. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England,.

1950

 Bernie Taupin
Bernie Taupin (born 22 May 1950) is an English lyricist, poet, and singer, best known for his long-term collaboration with Elton John, writing the lyrics for the majority of the star’s songs, making his lyrics some of the best known in pop-rock’s history. Born Bernard John Taupin in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England.

1955

 Dale Winton
Dale Winton (born 22 May 1955) is an English radio DJ and television presenter, best known for presenting shows including Dale’s Supermarket Sweep. Born Dale Jonathan Winton in Marylebone, London, England.

1958

 Denise Welch
Denise Welch (born 22 May 1958) is an English actress, dancer and television presenter. As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Natalie Barnes in Coronation Street and Steph Haydock in Waterloo Road. She was also known for her appearances as a regular panellist on the ITV lunchtime chat show Loose Women. Born Jacqueline Denise Welch in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England.

1959

  Morrissey
Morrissey is a British singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the rock band The Smiths. Morrissey is widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene. Born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England.
 Graham Fellows
Graham Fellows (born 22 May 1959) is an English comedy actor and musician, best known for creating the characters of John Shuttleworth and Jilted John. Born Graham David Fellows in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

1961

 Andrea Dunbar
Andrea Dunbar (22 May 1961 – 20 December 1990) was a British playwright best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, an autobiographical drama about the sexual adventures of teenage girls living in a run-down part of Bradford. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. (d. 1990)

1963

 David Schneider
David Schneider (born 22 May 1963) is an English actor and comedian. He has appeared in shows such as The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge and Mr. Bean. Born in London, England.

1968

 Graham Linehan
Graham Linehan (born 22 May 1968) is an Irish television comedy writer and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies. He is most noted for the sitcoms Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. Born in Dublin, Ireland.

1970

 Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell (born 22 May 1970) is an English model. She established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980s and the 1990s. Born Naomi Elaine Campbell in Streatham, London, England.

1977

 Tom Chambers
Tom Chambers (born 22 May 1977) is an English actor, known for his role as Sam Strachan in the BBC medical drama Holby City and as Max Tyler in BBC drama series Waterloo Road. He also won the sixth season of Strictly Come Dancing with his partner Camilla Dallerup. Born Thomas Stuart Chambers in Darley Dale, Derbyshire, England.

1978

 Katie Price
Katie Price (born 22 May 1978), previously known by the pseudonym Jordan, is an English television personality and glamour model. Born Katrina Amy Alexandra Alexis Infield in Brighton, England.

1987

 Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Born in Belgrade, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

1999

 Camren Bicondova
Camren Bicondova (born May 22, 1999) is an American dancer, child actress and model. Bicondova is a part of the all-girl dance group 8 Flavahz; she is the color blue razzle. In 2014, Bicondova landed the role of a young Selina Kyle on the Fox television series Gotham Born Camren Renee Bicondova in San Diego, California.

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