24 May


1686

 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (24 May 1686 – 16 September 1736) was a German physicist, engineer, and glass blower who is best known for inventing the mercury-in-glass thermometer (1714), and for developing a temperature scale now named after him. Born in Danzig. (d. 1736)

1743

 Jean-Paul Marat
Jean-Paul Marat (24 May 1743 – 13 July 1793) was a physician, political theorist and scientist best known for his career in France as a radical journalist and politician during the French Revolution. Marat was assassinated by Charlotte Corday, a Girondist sympathizer, while taking a medicinal bath for his debilitating skin condition. Born in Boudry, Principality of Neuchâtel, Prussia. (d. 1793)

1819

 Queen Victoria
Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India. Born Alexandrina Victoria in Kensington Palace, London. (d. 1901)

1836

 Joseph Rowntree
Joseph Rowntree (24 May 1836 – 24 February 1925) was a Quaker philanthropist and businessman from York, England. Rowntree is perhaps best known for being a champion of social reform and his time as a chocolatier at family business Rowntree’s, one of the most important in Britain. Born in York, Yorkshire. (d. 1925)

1855

 Arthur Wing Pinero
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (24 May 1855 – 23 November 1934) known mononymously as Pinero was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director. Born in London. (d. 1934)

1870

 Jan Christiaan Smuts
Jan Smuts OM CH DTD ED KC FRS PC (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. In addition to holding various cabinet posts, he served as prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948. He was a supporter of racial segregation based on separate territory for blacks and whites. Born Jan Christiaan Smuts in Bovenplaats, Cape Colony. (d. 1950)

1883

 Elsa Maxwell
Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) was an American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day. Born in Keokuk, Iowa. (d. 1963)

1899

 Suzanne Lenglen
Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen (24 May 1899 – 4 July 1938) was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. Born Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen in Compiègne, France. (d. 1938)

1914

 Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer (24 May 1914 – 27 January 1986), was a German actress. She won the Volpi Cup, the Deutscher Filmpreis three times, and was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award. Born Lilli Marie Peiser in Posen, Prussia, Germany. (d. 1986)

1925

 Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling (24 May 1925 – 17 March 1994) was a Swedish actress and film director. Some of her notable films as an actress include Quartet (1948), Only Two Can Play (1962) co-starring Peter Sellers and The Witches (1990). She began directing in the early 1960s, starting with political documentaries and a short film called The War Game (1962), which was nominated for a BAFTA award, and won a Silver Lion at Venice. Born Mai Elisabeth Zetterling in Västerås, Västmanland, Sweden. (d. 1994)

1926

 Stanley Baxter
Stanley Baxter (born 24 May 1926) is an award-winning Scottish actor and impressionist, known for his highly popular British television comedy shows. Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1931

 Michael Lonsdale
Michael Lonsdale (born 24 May 1931), sometimes billed as Michel Lonsdale, is a French actor who has appeared in over 180 films and television shows. Born in Paris.

1932

 Arnold Wesker
Sir Arnold Wesker (born 24 May 1932) is a British dramatist known for his contributions to world drama. He is the author of 50 plays, notably Chips with Everything, 1962. Born in Stepney, London.

1938

 Tommy Chong
Tommy Chong (born May 24, 1938) is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy albums and movies with Cheech Marin. Born Thomas B. Kin Chong in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

1941

 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Dylan’s six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone” altered the range of popular music in 1965. Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; he has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota.

1943

 Gary Burghoff
Gary Burghoff (born May 24, 1943) is an American actor, known for playing Charlie Brown in the 1967 Off-Broadway musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the character Corporal Walter Eugene “Radar” O’Reilly in the film M*A*S*H, as well as the TV series. Born Gary Rich Burghoff in Bristol, Connecticut.

1944

 Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944), is an American singer, author, and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. In the early 1970s they released the iconic disco song “Lady Marmalade”. Born Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1945

 Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Ann Presley (born May 24, 1945) is an American actress and business magnate. She is the former wife of singer Elvis Presley as well as co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE). In her acting career, Presley starred in the three Naked Gun films, and played the role of Jenna Wade on the long-running television series Dallas. Born Priscilla Ann Wagner in Brooklyn, New York.

1948

 James Cosmo
James Cosmo (born 24 May 1948) is a Scottish actor known for his appearances in films such as Highlander, Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Trainspotting and Troy, and for his appearances in television series such as Game of Thrones. Born in Clydebank, Scotland.

1949

 Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He is known for his roles in Topsy-Turvy (1999), Iris (2001) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Moulin Rouge! (2001) for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), Hot Fuzz (2007), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). On television, Broadbent has starred as penal reformer Lord Longford in the drama Longford (2006), earning the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. Born James Broadbent in Holton cum Beckering, England.

1952

 Sybil Danning
Sybil Danning (born May 24, 1952) is an Austrian actress known for her many roles in European films, B movies, cult films, science fiction films, and action films. Born Sybille Johanna Danninger in Wels, Upper Austria, Austria.

1953

 Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina (born 24 May 1953) is an English actor, known for his roles in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Prick Up Your Ears, Spider-Man 2, Species, Chocolat, and The Da Vinci Code. He starred as Ricardo Morales on the police/courtroom drama Law & Order: LA and as Roger opposite Dawn French in the BBC television sitcom Roger & Val Have Just Got In. Born Alfredo Molina in Paddington, London, England.

1959

 Nula Conwell
Nula Conwell (born 24 May 1959) is a British character actress. She appeared in David Lynch’s 1980 Oscar nominated film The Elephant Man and is well known for playing Police Officer W.D.C. Viv Martella in 236 episodes of the long-running crime UK series The Bill. Born in London, England.

1960

 Kristin Scott Thomas
Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, DBE (born 24 May 1960) is an Anglo-French actress who gained international fame in the 1990s with roles in Bitter Moon and Four Weddings and a Funeral, before earning a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for The English Patient. Further film roles include the box office hits The Horse Whisperer and Gosford Park. Born Kristin Ann Scott Thomas in Redruth, Cornwall, England.

1962

 Héctor Camacho
Héctor Camacho (May 24, 1962 – November 24, 2012), was a Puerto Rican professional boxer and singer. Known for his quickness in the ring and flamboyant style, he held major championships in the super featherweight (WBC, 1983), lightweight (WBC, 1985), and junior welterweight (WBO, 1989 and 1991) divisions. Born Héctor Luis Camacho Matías in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. (d. 2012)

1964

 Liz McColgan
Liz McColgan MBE (born 24 May 1964) is a Scottish former middle-distance and long-distance track and road-running athlete. She won the gold medal for the 10,000 metres at the 1991 World Championships, and a silver medal over the same distance at the 1988 Olympic Games. She was also a two-time gold medallist over the distance at the Commonwealth Games, as well as winning the 1992 World Half Marathon Championships, 1991 New York City Marathon, 1992 Tokyo Marathon and 1996 London Marathon. Born Elizabeth Lynch in Dundee, Scotland.
 Adrian Moorhouse
Adrian Moorhouse MBE (born 24 May 1964) is a British former swimmer who dominated British swimming in the late 1980s. He won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics. Born Adrian David Moorhouse in Bradford, England.

1965

 John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, singer, producer and screenwriter. To date, he has appeared in more than 50 films. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Chicago and a Grammy Award for the song “Walk Hard”. Born John Christopher Reilly in Chicago, Illinois.

1966

 Eric Cantona
Éric Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles. Born Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona in Marseille, France.

1973

 Dermot O’Leary
Dermot O’Leary (born 24 May 1973), is a British-Irish television and radio presenter, best known for his current television and radio work with ITV and BBC Radio 2 including being the presenter of The X Factor. Born Seán Dermot Fintan O’Leary, Jr. in Colchester, England.
  Ruslana
Ruslana (born 24 May 1973), is a World Music Award and Eurovision Song Contest winning artist, holding the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine. She is also a former MP serving as deputy in the Ukrainian parliament. Ruslana was the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine in 2004-2005. Born Ruslana Stepanivna Lyzhychko in Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.

1977

 Jo Joyner
Jo Joyner (born 24 May 1977) is an English actress who is best known for her role as Tanya Branning in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, which she appeared in from 2006 to 2013. She won the British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance in 2008 and 2012. From 2014, Joyner has starred in a comedy TV series, titled Trying Again, playing Meg, the lead role. Born Joanne Mary Joyner in Harlow, Essex, England.

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