26 April


1785

 John James Audubon
John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827-1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species. Born Jean Rabin in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue (later Haiti). (d. 1851)

1798

 Eugène Delacroix
Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist. Delacroix’s most influential work came in 1830 with the painting Liberty Leading the People. Born Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix in Charenton-Saint-Maurice in Île-de-France, near Paris. (d. 1863)

1812

 Alfred Krupp
Alfred Krupp (1812) was a German industrialist. In his lifetime, Krupp manufactured a total of 24,576 guns; 10,666 for the German government and 13,910 for export. At the Great Exhibition (London) of 1851, he exhibited a 6 pounder made entirely from cast steel, and a solid flawless ingot of steel weighing 4,300 pounds (2,000 kg), more than twice as much as any previously cast. Born Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp in Essen. (d. 1887)

1889

 Anita Loos
Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Born Corinne Anita Loos in Sisson, California. (d. 1981)
 Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. Born Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein in Vienna. (d. 1951)
 James Wordie
Sir James Wordie CBE FRSE (26 April 1889 – 16 January 1962) was a Scottish polar explorer and geologist. In 1914, Wordie joined Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the Antarctic, known as the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, where he acted as geologist and chief of scientific staff. B. Born James Mann Wordie in Partick, Glasgow. (d. 1962)

1894

 Rudolf Hess
Rudolf Heß, also spelled Hess (26 April 1894 – 17 August 1987), was a prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler in 1933, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. He was taken prisoner and eventually was convicted of crimes against peace, serving a life sentence. He committed suicide, still in custody in Spandau, in 1987 at the age of 93. Born Rudolf Walter Richard Heß in Alexandria, Egypt. (d. 1987)

1898

 John Grierson
John Grierson (26 April 1898 – 19 February 1972) was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker, often considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film. In 1926, Grierson coined the term “documentary”. Born in Deanston, Stirling, Scotland. (d. 1972)

1912

 A. E. van Vogt
A E van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century. Born Alfred Elton van Vogt in Gretna, Manitoba, Canada. (d. 2000)

1914

 Charlie Chester
Charlie Chester (26 April 1914 – 26 June 1997) was an English comedian and TV and radio presenter, broadcasting almost continuously from the 1940s to the 1990s. Born ecil Victor Manser i in Eastbourne, East Sussex. (d. 1997)

1918

 Fanny Blankers-Koen
Fanny Blankers-Koen (26 April 1918 – 25 January 2004) was a Dutch athlete, best known for winning four gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Born Francina Elsje Koen in Lage Vuursche (near Baarn) Netherlands. (d. 2004)
 Stafford Repp
Stafford Repp (April 26, 1918 – November 5, 1974) was an American actor best known for his role as Police Chief O’Hara on ABC’s Batman television series. Born Stafford Alois Repp in San Francisco, California. (d. 1974)

1926

 David Coleman
David Coleman, OBE (26 April 1926 – 21 December 2013) was an English sports commentator and TV presenter who worked for the BBC for over 40 years. He covered eleven Summer Olympic Games from 1960 to 2000 and six football World Cups. Born David Robert Coleman in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England. (d. 2013)

1927

 Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas (26 April 1927 – 18 December 2008) was an English actor most famous for his roles in the Carry On films. Born John Douglas Roberton in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England. (d. 2008)
 Derek Waring
Derek Waring (26 April 1927 – 20 February 2007) was an English actor who is best remembered for playing Detective Inspector Goss in Z-Cars from 1969-73. He was married to fellow actor, Dame Dorothy Tutin. Born Derek Barton-Chapple in Mill Hill, London. (d. 2007)

1933

 Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett (born April 26, 1933) is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. Born Carol Creighton Burnett in San Antonio, Texas.

1938

 Duane Eddy
Duane Eddy (born April 26, 1938) is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records, produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically “twangy” sound, including “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn”. Born in Corning, New York.

1940

 Giorgio Moroder
Giorgio Moroder (born 26 April 1940) is an influential Italian record producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering synth disco and electronic dance music. Moroder composed the soundtrack for the film Midnight Express. “Take My Breath Away”, earned him two Golden Globes (for Best Original Score and Best Original Song) and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1986. Born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder in Urtijëi, South Tyrol, Italy.

1941

 Claudine Auger
Claudine Auger (born on 26 April 1941) is a French actress best known for her role as Bond girl Dominique “Domino” Derval in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). She earned the title of Miss France Monde and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest. Born Claudine Oger in Paris, France.

1942

 Bobby Rydell
Bobby Rydell (born 26 April 1942, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional singer, mainly of rock and roll music. In the early 1960s he was considered a teen idol. Well known tracks include “Wild One” and “Volare”, and he appeared in the movie Bye Bye Birdie in 1963. Born Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1947

 Warren Clarke
Warren Clarke (26 April 1947 – 12 November 1947) was an English actor. His first major film appearance was in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial A Clockwork Orange (1971). He has appeared regularly as Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel in the TV series Dalziel and Pascoe. Born Alan James Clarke in Oldham, Lancashire. (d. 1947)

1956

 Koo Stark
Koo Stark (born April 26, 1956) is an American film actress and photographer. She is known for her appearance in the film Emily and subsequent relationship with Prince Andrew. Born Kathleen Dee-Anne Stark in New York City.

1963

 Jet Li
Jet Li (born 26 April 1963) is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion. Li’s first role in a Hollywood film was in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first leading role in a Hollywood film was in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, including Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. He co-starred in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Expendables (2010), and in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008). Born Li Lianjie in Beijing.

1965

 Kevin James
Kevin James, (born April 26, 1965), better known by his stage name is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. James is widely known for playing Doug Heffernan in The King of Queens. James is also known for his roles in films I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Born Kevin George Knipfing in Mineola, New York.

1967

 Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (born 26 April 1967) is a British actress, singer-songwriter, composer and director, best known for her roles as Hortense Cumberbatch in Secrets & Lies (1996), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and as Vivian Johnson on the American television series Without a Trace. Born Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste in London.

1970

 Melania Trump
Melania Trump (born April 26, 1970) is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. Born Melanija Knavs in Sevnica, SR Slovenia.

1974

 Adil Ray
Adil Ray, OBE (born 26 April 1974) is a British actor, comedian and radio and television presenter. He stars in the BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, which he created and co-writes, as well as presenting on various BBC radio stations. Born in Birmingham, England.

1978

 Stana Katic
Stana Katic (born April 26, 1978) is a Canadian born American actress, best known for her portrayal of Detective Kate Beckett on the series Castle. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1980

 Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum (born April 26, 1980) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and model. He is best known for his roles in the films G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and 21 Jump Street (2012). Born Channing Matthew Tatum in Cullman, Alabama.

1981

 Ms Dynamite
Ms. Dynamite, (born 26 April 1981), is an English hip hop and R&B recording artist, rapper-songwriter, and record producer. She is the recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two BRIT Awards and three MOBO Awards. Born Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley in Archway, London.

1983

 Jessica Lynch
Jessica Lynch (born April 26, 1983) is a former United States Army soldier who served in the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and allied forces. On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Lynch was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces during the Battle of Nasiriyah. Lynch was seriously injured and captured. Her subsequent recovery by U.S. Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003 received considerable media coverage and was the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since Vietnam and the first ever of a woman. Born Jessica Dawn Lynch in Palestine, West Virginia.

1984

 Emily Wickersham
Emily Wickersham (born April 26, 1984) is an American actress best known for her role as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor Bishop on NCIS. Born Emily Kaiser Wickersham in Kansas, United States.

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