29 April


1863

 William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. Born in San Francisco, California, U.S. (d. 1951)

1879

 Thomas Beecham
Sir Thomas Beecham, Bt, CH (29 April 1879 – 8 March 1961) was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. Born in born in St Helens, Lancashire. (d. 1961)

1895

 Malcolm Sargent
Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 – 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer. As chief conductor of London’s internationally famous summer music festival the Proms from 1948 to 1967, Sargent was one of the best-known English conductors. Born in Bath Villas, Ashford, in Kent. (d. 1967)

1899

 Duke Ellington
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)[1] was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. His career spanned over 50 years. Born in Washington, D.C., US. (d. 1974)

1901

  Hirohito
Hirohito, referred to as Emperor Shōwa in Japan (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989), was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order. Born in Tokyo’s Aoyama Palace. (d. 1989)

1907

 Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann (April 29, 1907 – March 14, 1997) was an Austro-American film director. He won Academy Awards for directing films in many genres including From Here to Eternity (1953); The Nun’s Story (1959); A Man For All Seasons (1966); and Julia (1977). Born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1997)

1909

 Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell (April 29, 1909 – September 12, 1994) was an American actor. His most successful and arguably most identifiable role is of Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch which he played on both Broadway stage (1952-1954) and in the 1955 Hollywood film. Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S. (d. 1994)

1914

 Deryck Guyler
Deryck Guyler (29 April 1914 – 7 October 1999) was an English actor, best known for his portrayal of officious, short-tempered middle-aged men in sitcoms such as Please Sir! and Sykes. Born in Wallasey on the Wirral Peninsula, Cheshire. (d. 1999)

1917

 Celeste Holm
eleste Holm (April 29, 1917 – July 15, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actress. Holm won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and was Oscar nominated for her roles in Come to the Stable (1949) and All About Eve (1950). She originated the role of Ado Annie in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1943). Born in New York City, New York. (d. 2012)

1923

 Maxine Audley
Maxine Audley (29 April 1923 – 23 July 1992) was an English theatre and film actress. She appeared in more than 20 films, the first of which was the 1948 adaptation of Anna Karenina. Born in London, England. (d. 1992)

1924

 Zizi Jeanmaire
Zizi Jeanmaire (born 29 April 1924) is a French ballet dancer. She became famous in the 1950s after playing the title role in the ballet Carmen, produced in London in 1949, and went on to appear in several Hollywood films. Born in Paris, France.

1929

 Jeremy Thorpe
John Jeremy Thorpe, PC (29 April 1929 – 4 December 2014) was a British politician who served as leader of the Liberal Party from 1967 to 1976 and as Member of Parliament for North Devon from 1959 to 1979. (d. 2014)

1931

 Lonnie Donegan
Anthony James Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) recording under the name of Lonnie Donegan was a British singer, songwriter and musician, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is known as the “King of Skiffle”. Born in Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 2002)

1933

 Rod McKuen
Rod Marvin McKuen (born April 29, 1933) is an American poet, songwriter, composer, and singer. He was one of the best-selling poets in the United States during the late 1960s. McKuen translatde the work of Jacques Brel including If You Go Away (Ne me quitte pas) and Seasons in the Sun (Le Moribond). Born in Oakland, California.

1935

 April Ashley
April Ashley, MBE (born on 29 April 1935) is an English model and restaurant hostess. She was one the first British people to be outed as a transsexual. She is also known as one of the first British people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born George Jamieson in Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool.

1936

 Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta (born 29 April 1936) is an Indian Parsi conductor of Western classical music. He is the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Main Conductor for Valencia’s opera house. Born in Bombay, India.
 Lane Smith
Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith (April 29, 1936 – June 13, 2005), was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included Mayor Bates in the film Red Dawn, newspaper editor Perry White in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and American President Richard Nixon in The Final Days, for which he received a Golden Globe award nomination. Born in Memphis, Tennessee. (d. 2005)

1938

 Bernard Madoff
Bernard Lawrence “Bernie” Madoff (born April 29, 1938) is an American convicted of fraud and a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Born in Queens, New York, US.
 Klaus Voormann
Klaus Voormann (born 29 April 1938) is a German artist, musician, and record producer. He designed artwork for many bands including the Beatles (he designed the cover of their album Revolver, for which he won a Grammy), and the Bee Gees. Voormann became a member of the 1960s band Manfred Mann. Born in Berlin, Germany.

1940

 Ann Bell
Ann Bell (born 29 April 1940) is a British actress, best known for playing war internee Marion Jefferson throughout the whole run of the BBC World War II drama series Tenko (1981–84). She played the title role in a BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre (1963) in addition to many guest roles on television. Born in Wallasey, Cheshire.

1944

 Francis Lee
Francis Henry “Franny” Lee (born 29 April 1944) is a former professional footballer, who played in the 1960s and 1970s, including 27 appearances for the England national team. Lee played for Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City and Derby County. Born in Westhoughton, Lancashire.

1945

 Tammi Terrell
Tammi Terrell (born April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970) was an American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye. Born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 1970)

1946

 Franc Roddam
Francis George “Franc” Roddam (born 29 April 1946) is an English film director, businessman, screenwriter, television producer and publisher. Roddam’s films include Quadrophenia. He also produced formats for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Making Out, and Harry, all of which were highly successful TV dramas. Born in Norton, County Durham, England.

1947

 Cheryl Kennedy
Cheryl Kennedy (born 29 April 1947) is an English actress. During the 1970s she appeared in several British films, including the Lust segment of The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971). Born in Enfield, Middlesex.

1949

 Anita Dobson
Anita Dobson (born 29 April 1949) is an English stage and television actress and singer. Best known as Angie Watts in the BBC soap opera, EastEnders. Born in Stepney, London.

1952

 David Icke
David Vaughan Icke (born 29 April 1952) is an English writer, public speaker and former professional footballer. He promotes conspiracy theories about global politics and has written extensively about them. Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.

1954

 Jerry Seinfeld
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld (born April 29, 1954) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and television/film producer, best known for playing a semi-fictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld (1989–1998). Born in Brooklyn, New York, US.

1957

 Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English-Irish actor. Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation and has earned numerous awards, including three Academy Awards for Best Actor, for his portrayals of Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989), Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood (2007), and Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012). Born in London, England.

1958

 Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and singer. Her breakout performance was in Scarface (1983). Pfeiffer has had her greatest commercial successes with Batman Returns (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), and Hairspray (2007). During her career, Pfeiffer has won numerous awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actress awards from theNational Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, as well as Best Supporting Actress awards from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and the San Diego Film Critics Society. She has received three Academy Award nominations to date: Best Supporting Actress for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Best Actress in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) and Love Field (1992). Born in Santa Ana, California, U.S.
 Martin Whitmarsh
Martin Whitmarsh (born 29 April 1958) is a British businessman and former CEO of McLaren Racing, a subsidiary company of the McLaren Group and Chief Operating Officer of that group, as well as team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, following Ron Dennis‘s retirement on 1 March 2009. Whitmarsh was also the chairman of the Formula One Teams Association and therefore had the responsibility of representing the F1 teams’ interests, until the organisation was disbanded in 2014.

1966

 Phil Tufnell
Philip Clive Roderick “Phil” Tufnell (born 29 April 1966) is an English former cricketer turned television personality. He played 42 Tests and 20 One Day International matches for England, as well as playing for Middlesex from 1986 to 2002. Born in Barnet, London, England, UK.

1970

 Andre Agassi
Andre Kirk Agassi (born 29 April 1970) is an American retired professional tennis player and former World No. 1. Generally considered by critics and fellow players to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 Uma Thurman
Uma Karuna Thurman (born April 29, 1970) is an American actress and model. She rose to international prominence in 1994 following her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

1979

 Jo O’Meara
Joanne Valda O’Meara (born 29 April 1979) is an English singer-songwriter, television personality and actress. One of the lead singers of pop group S Club. Born in Romford, Essex, England, UK.

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