28 April


1442

 Edward IV
Edward IV (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was King of England from 4 March 1461 until 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death in 1483. He was the first Yorkist King of England. The first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses, but he overcame the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Tewkesbury in 1471 to reign in peace until his sudden death. Born at Rouen in France. (d. 1483)

1758

 James Monroe
James Monroe (April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825). Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States. Born at Monroe Hall, Virginia. (d. 1831)

1876

 Nicola Romeo
Nicola Romeo (28 April 1876 – 15 August 1938) was an Italian engineer and an entrepreneur. In 1911 he returned to Italy and created “Ing. Nicola Romeo e Co.”. He wanted to expand and acquired a majority of Milan based car manufacturing company A.L.F.A. in 1915. The first car carrying the Alfa Romeo badge was the 1921 Torpedo 20/30 HP. Born in Sant’Antimo, Italy. (d. 1938)

1878

 Lionel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains perhaps best known for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. Born Lionel Herbert Blythe in Philadelphia. (d. 1954)

1906

 Kurt Gödel
Kurt Friedrich Gödel (April 28, 1906 – January 14, 1978) was an Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher. Considered with Aristotle and Gottlob Frege to be one of the most significant logicians in history. Born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1978)

1908

 Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler (28 April 1908 – 9 October 1974) was an ethnic German industrialist, German spy, and member of the Nazi party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories, which were located in what is now Poland and the Czech Republic respectively. He is the subject of the 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark, and the subsequent 1993 film Schindler’s List, which reflected his life as an opportunist initially motivated by profit who came to show extraordinary initiative, tenacity, and dedication in order to save the lives of his Jewish employees. Born in Zwittau, Moravia, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1974)
 Carl Laemmle Jr.
Carl Laemmle, Jr. (April 28, 1908 – September 24, 1979) was an American heir and businessman. He was in charge of production at Universal Studios from 1928 to 1936. Produced films such as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Dracula (1931), Waterloo Bridge (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). (d. 1979)

1911

 Lee Falk
Lee Falk, (born April 28, 1911 – March 13, 1999), was an American writer, theater director and producer, best known as the creator of the popular comic strips The Phantom (1936-present) and Mandrake the Magician (1934-2013). Born Leon Harrison Gross in St. Louis, Missouri. (d. 1999)

1912

 Odette Sansom Hallowes
Odette Sansom Hallowes GC, MBE, Chevalier de la légion d’honneur (28 April 1912—13 March 1995) was an Allied heroine of the Second World War. She was enrolled in Special Forces Executive and sent into Nazi-occupied France to work with the French underground. Born Odette Marie Céline Brailly in Amiens, France. (d. 1995)

1916

 Ferruccio Lamborghini
Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini (April 28, 1916 – February 20, 1993) was an Italian industrialist. He most famously created Automobili Lamborghini, a maker of high-end sports cars. Born in Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. (d. 1993)

1924

 Kenneth Kaunda
Kenneth David Kaunda (born 28 April 1924) served as the first President of Zambia, from 1964 to 1991. Born at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, Northern Province of Northern Rhodesia.
 Blossom Dearie
Margrethe Blossom Dearie (April 28, 1924 – February 7, 2009) was an American jazz singer and pianist, often performing in the bebop genre and remembered for her light and girlish voice. One of the last supper club performers, she performed regular engagements in London and New York City over many years. Born in East Durham, New York, USA. (d. 2009)

1926

 Harper Lee
Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which deals with the issues of racism that she observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee’s only published book, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Born in Monroeville, Alabama.

1928

 Eugene M. Shoemaker
Eugene Merle Shoemaker (April 28, 1928 – July 18, 1997), also known as Gene Shoemaker, was an American geologist and one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He is best known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9. Born in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1997)

1930

 Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Sue Jones (April 28, 1930 – August 3, 1983) was an American actress. Jones began her film career in the early 1950s. She received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party (1957) and a Golden Globe Award as one of the most promising actresses of 1959. In 1964 she began playing the role of Morticia Addams in the television series The Addams Family. Born in Amarillo, Texas, U.S. (d. 1983)

1937

 Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. Born in the town of Al-Awja, Saladin Province, Iraq. (d. 2006)

1938

 Fred Dibnah
Frederick “Fred” Dibnah MBE (28 April 1938 – 6 November 2004) was an English steeplejack and television personality, with a keen interest in mechanical engineering. Born in Bolton. (d. 2004)

1941

  Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret Olsson (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Carnal Knowledge (1971), and Tommy (1975). She has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards. Born in Stockholm, Sweden.

1942

 Mike Brearley
John Michael “Mike” Brearley OBE (born 28 April 1942) is a retired English first-class cricketer. He captained the international side in 31 of his 39 Test matches. Born in Harrow, Middlesex, England.

1948

 Terry Pratchett
Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for the Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England.

1949

 Paul Guilfoyle
Paul Guilfoyle (born April 28, 1949) is an American television and film actor. He is currently a regular cast member of the forensic television drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where he plays Captain Jim Brass. Born in Canton, Massachusetts, USA.

1950

 Jay Leno
James Douglas Muir “Jay” Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and television host. Born in New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

1960

 Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin, OBE, DL (born 28 April 1960) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. Born in Cardenden, Fife, Scotland.

1964

 L’Wren Scott
Laura Bambrough, (known professionally as L’Wren Scott; April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014) was an American fashion designer, costume designer and model. Previously a celebrity stylist, Scott’s fashion design following included a clientele of high profile actors and politicians. (d. 2014)

1968

 Howard Donald
Howard Paul Donald (born 28 April 1968), is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist, dancer, DJ and house producer. He is a member of English pop band Take That. Born in Droylsden, Lancashire, England.

1973

 Elisabeth Röhm
Elisabeth Röhm (born April 28, 1973) is a German-born, American television actress. She is best known for playing Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn in the American TV series Law & Order and as Detective Kate Lockley in the TV series Angel. Born in Düsseldorf, Germany.

1974

 Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz Sánchez (born April 28, 1974) is a Spanish actress and model. Cruz achieved recognition for her lead roles in the 2001 films Vanilla Sky, All the Pretty Horses, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Blow. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. She was the first Spanish actress in history to receive an Academy Award and the first Spanish actress to receive a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born in Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain.
 Vernon Kay
Vernon Charles Kay (born 28 April 1974) is an English television presenter, radio DJ and former model best known for his television roles with ITV, presenting shows such as All Star Family Fortunes, Beat the Star and Splash!. Born in Bolton, England, UK.

1978

 Lauren Laverne
Lauren Laverne, (born 28 April 1978) is an English radio DJ, television presenter, author, singer and comedienne. She presents a radio show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and has presented television programmes including 10 O’Clock Live for Channel 4, and The Culture Show. Born Lauren Cecilia Gofton in Sunderland, England.

1981

 Jessica Alba
Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American television and film actress and model. Alba appeared in Honey (2003), Sin City (2005), and Fantastic Four (2005). Born in Pomona, California, U.S.

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