27 April


1737

 Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon (8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Born in Putney, Surrey, England. (d. 1794)

1759

 Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft (27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an eighteenth-century English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women’s rights. Born in Spitalfields, London, England. (d. 1797)

1791

 Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter who turned inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code, and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy. Born Samuel Finley Breese Morse in Charlestown, Massachusetts. (d. 1872)

1822

 Ulysses S Grant
Ulysses S. Grant (born April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th president of the United States (1869–1877) following his success as military commander in the American Civil War. Born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio. (d. 1885)

1840

 Edward Whymper
Edward Whymper (27 April 1840 – 16 September 1911) was an English mountaineer, explorer, illustrator, and author best known for the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. Born in London, England. (d. 1911)

1899

 Walter Lantz
Walter Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker. Born Walter Benjamin Lantz in New Rochelle, New York. (d. 1994)

1904

 Cecil Day-Lewis
Cecil Day-Lewis (or Day Lewis), CBE (27 April 1904 – 22 May 1972) was an Anglo-Irish poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. Born in Ballintubbert, Queen’s County, Ireland. (d. 1972)

1922

 Jack Klugman
Jacob Joachim “Jack” Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor. In 1970, Klugman reprised his Broadway role of Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of The Odd Couple, opposite Tony Randall. From 1976 to 1983, he starred in the title role in Quincy, M.E. for which he earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 2012)

1927

 Sheila Scott
Sheila Scott OBE (27 April 1922 – 20 October 1988), was an English aviator. She broke over 100 aviation records through her long distance flight endeavours, which included a 34,000-mile (55,000 km) “world and a half” flight in 1971. On this flight, she became the first person to fly over the North Pole in a small aircraft. Born Shelia Christine Hopkins in Worcester, Worcestershire. (d. 1988)

1932

 Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée (born 27 April 1932) is a French film actress, who has appeared in 70 films since 1947, having begun her film career at age 14. Among her films are Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960), and 8 1/2 (1963). Born Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus in Paris, France.
 Casey Kasem
Casey Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American former radio personality and voice actor, known for being the host of the nationally syndicated Top 40 countdown show American Top 40 and for playing the character Shaggy in the Saturday morning cartoon franchise Scooby-Doo. Born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, Michigan. (d. 2014)

1937

 Sandy Dennis
Sandy Dennis (April 27, 1937 – March 2, 1992) was an American theater and film actress. At the height of her career in the 1960s she won two Tony Awards, as well as an Oscar for her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Born Sandra Dale Dennis in Hastings, Nebraska. (d. 1992)

1939

 Judy Carne
Judy Carne (April 27, 1939 – September 3, 2015) was an English actress best remembered for the phrase “Sock it to me!” on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Carne was on the series for the first two seasons (1968–69), but made occasional appearances during the 1969-70 season. Born Joyce Audrey Botterill in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. (d. 2015)

1944

 Michael Fish
Michael Fish MBE (born 27 April 1944) is a semi-retired British weather forecaster, best known for his BBC Weather television presentations, although he was actually employed by the Met Office. Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

1952

 Ari Vatanen
Ari Vatanen (born 27 April 1952) is a Finnish rally driver turned politician and Member of the European Parliament 1999–2009. Vatanen won the World Rally Championship drivers’ title in 1981 and the Paris Dakar Rally four times. Born Ari Pieti Uolevi Vatanen in Tuupovaara, Finland.

1959

 Sheena Easton
Sheena Easton (born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish/American international recording artist and stage and TV/film actress. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality television programme The Big Time: Pop Singer. She had hits with “9 to 5” (known as “Morning Train” in the United States), and “For Your Eyes Only”. Born Sheena Shirley Orr in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.
 Neil Pearson
Neil Pearson (born 27 April 1959) is an English actor, best known for his work on English television, in the roles of associate editor and office lothario, Dave Charnley, in the sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey and of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark in the thriller Between the Lines. Born Neil Joshua Pearson in London, England.

1963

 Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies, OBE (born 27 April 1963) is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, Casanova and the 2005 revival of the classic British science fiction series Doctor Who. Born Stephen Russell Davies in Swansea, Wales.

1965

 Anna Chancellor
Anna Chancellor (born 27 April 1965) is an English actress. Chancellor had a prominent role in the series Kavanagh QC. She is also known for her performance as “Duckface” in Four Weddings and a Funeral opposite Hugh Grant. Born Anna Theodora Chancellor in Richmond, London.

1969

 Darcey Bussell
Darcey Andrea Bussell CBE (born 27 April 1969) is a retired English ballerina. Bussell performed all the major classical roles numerous times throughout her career, including Masha in Winter Dreams and Princess Rose in The Prince of the Pagodas, both choreographed by MacMillan, as well as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Manon in Manon, and Giselle in Giselle. In Sleeping Beauty alone, she performed in four different productions, all at the Royal Opera House. Born in London, England.
 Mica Paris
Mica Paris (born 27 April 1969) is an English soul singer, presenter on radio and television and occasional actress. Born Michelle Antoinette Wallen in Islington, London.
 Tess Daly
Tess Daly (born 27 April 1969) is an English model and television presenter, best known for co-presenting the BBC One celebrity talent show Strictly Come Dancing. She is married to fellow presenter Vernon Kay. Born in Stockport, Cheshire. Born Helen Elizabeth Daly in Stockport, Cheshire.

1976

 Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins (born 27 April 1976) is an English actress. Her performance as Poppy in the 2008 Mike Leigh film Happy-Go-Lucky won her several international awards, including the Golden Globe Award and the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. Other notable roles have included Susan in Vera Drake (2004), Sarah in An Education (2009), Rita O’Grady in Made in Dagenham (2010), Sue Trinder in the BBC serial Fingersmith (2005), Anne Elliot in Persuasion (2007), and Ginger in the 2013 Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Born Sally Cecilia Hawkins in Dulwich, London, England.

1986

 Jenna-Louise Coleman
Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Clara Oswald in the British television series Doctor Who and Jasmine Thomas in the British soap opera Emmerdale. Born Jenna-Louise Coleman in Blackpool, Lancashire.

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