29 May


1630

 Charles II
Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was King of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland. After 1660, all legal documents were dated as if he had succeeded his father as king in 1649. Charles was popularly known as the Merry Monarch, in reference to both the liveliness and hedonism of his court. Born in St James’s Palace, London, England. (d. 1685)

1736

 Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter and politician. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia and is remembered for his “Give me liberty, or give me death!” speech. Born in Hanover County, Colony of Virginia, British America. (d. 1799)

1874

 G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown. Born Gilbert Keith Chesterton in Kensington, London,. (d. 1936)

1894

 Beatrice Lillie
Bea Lillie (May 29, 1894 – January 20, 1989) was an actress and comedic performer. She made few appearances on film, appearing in a cameo role as a revivalist in Around the World in Eighty Days and as “Mrs. Meers” (a white slaver) in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Born Beatrice Gladys Lillie in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1989)
 Josef von Sternberg
Josef von Sternberg, (29 May 1894 – 22 December 1969) was an Austrian-American film director. He made one of Europe’s first talkies, Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). Von Sternberg cast the then little-known Marlene Dietrich as Lola Lola, the female lead. Born Jonas Sternberg in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1969)

1903

 Bob Hope
Bob Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, and dancer With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in over 70 films and shorts, including a series of “Road” movies co-starring Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. In addition to hosting the Academy Awards fourteen times (more than any other host), he appeared in many stage productions and television roles. Born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England. (d. 2003)

1914

 Tenzing Norgay
Tenzing Norgay OSN GM (late May 1914 – 9 May 1986), often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer. Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was one of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. He was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Born Namgyal Wangdi in Khumbu, Nepal. (d. 1986)

1917

 John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly known as Jack Kennedy or by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Notable events that occurred during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Police Week, the establishment of the Peace Corps, the Space Race—by initiating Project Apollo (which later culminated in the moon landings), the building of the Berlin Wall, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the increased U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested that afternoon and charged with the crime that night. Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald two days later, before Oswald could be prosecuted Born in Brookline, Massachusetts. (d. 1963)

1918

 Isabel Dean
Isabel Dean (29 May 1918 – 27 July 1997) was an English film and television actress. She appeared on British television in The Quatermass Experiment and went on to make many television appearances including Inspector Morse. Born Isabel Hodgkinson in Aldridge, Staffordshire, England. (d. 1997)

1926

 Katie Boyle
Katie Boyle, Lady Saunders (born 29 May 1926) is an Italian-born British actress, television personality, and game-show panelist, well known for appearing on TV panel games such as What’s My Line? and for presenting the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1960s and 1970s. Born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla in Florence, Italy.

1928

 Frederick Jaeger
Frederick Jaeger (29 May 1928 – 18 June 2004) was a German-born actor who found success working in British television. Born Manfred Frederick Jaeger in Berlin, Germany. (d. 2004)

1929

 Peter Higgs
Peter Higgs CH FRS FRSE (born 29 May 1929) is a British theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh,[3][4]and Nobel Prize laureate “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”. This so-called Higgs mechanism, which was proposed by several physicists besides Higgs at about the same time, predicts the existence of a new particle, the Higgs boson. Born Peter Ware Higgs in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1934

 Nanette Newman
Nanette Newman (born 29 May 1934) is an English actress and author. She acted with husband Bryan Forbes in The League of Gentlemen (1960), which Forbes also scripted, and went on to appear in most of the feature films that Forbes directed, including The L-Shaped Room (1962), Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), The Wrong Box (1966), The Stepford Wives (1975), and International Velvet (1978). Born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.

1939

 Al Unser
Al Unser (born May 29, 1939) is an American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser, Jr. Now retired, he is the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times. Born Alfred Unser in Albuquerque, New Mexico,.

1944

 Helmut Berger
Helmut Berger (born 29 May 1944) is an Austrian film and television actor. He is most famous for his work with Luchino Visconti, particularly in his performance as King Ludwig II of Bavaria in Ludwig, for which he received a special David di Donatello award. He appears primarily in European cinema, but has also acted in films such as The Godfather Part III. Born Helmut Steinberger in Bad Ischl, Austria.

1949

 Francis Rossi
Francis Rossi, OBE (born 29 May 1949) is a British musician, best known as the frontman and co-founder of the English rock band Status Quo, in which he sings lead vocals and plays lead guitar. Born Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi in Forest Hill, London, England.

1953

 Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, record producer, and actor. He is known as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995 and later for scoring music for television and film and creating The Simpsons main title theme as well as the 1989 Batman film theme. Born Daniel Robert Elfman in Los Angeles, California.

1956

 La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson (born May 29, 1956) is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. Born La Toya Yvonne Jackson in Gary, Indiana.

1958

 Annette Bening
Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career on the stage and in 1987 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. Bening is a four-time Academy Award-nominee for films, such as The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). Born Annette Carol Bening in Topeka, Kansas.

1959

 Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett (born 29 May 1959) is an English actor and writer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell’s play and subsequent film Another Country (1984) as an openly gay pupil at an English public school in the 1930s. He has since appeared in many other films, including My Best Friend’s Wedding, An Ideal Husband, The Next Best Thing and the Shrek sequels. Born Rupert James Hector Everett in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, England.

1960

 Alan Igbon
Alan Igbon (born 29 May 1960) is a British actor. Igbon starred as Loggo in Boys from the Blackstuff. Born in Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire.

1962

 Carol Kirkwood
Carol Kirkwood (born 29 May 1962) is a Scottish weather presenter, employed by the Met Office and best known for forecasting the weather for BBC Breakfast. Born Carol MacKellaig in Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland.
 Perry Fenwick
Perry Fenwick (born 29 May 1962) is an English film and television actor who has played Billy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders since 1998. Born in Canning Town, Essex, England. (d. 1962)

1967

 Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher (born 29 May 1967) is an English musician, singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He served as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and principal songwriter of the rock band Oasis. Born Noel Thomas David Gallagher in Longsight, Manchester, England.

1975

 Melanie Brown
Melanie Brown (born 29 May 1975), better known as Mel B or Melanie B, is a British recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress, author, television presenter, talent competition judge and model. Brown rose to fame as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was known as Scary Spice. Born Melanie Janine Brown in Harehills, Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
 Sarah Millican
Sarah Millican (born 29 May 1975) is an English comedian. Millican won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Born Sarah Jane King in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England.

1978

 Lorenzo Odone
Lorenzo Odone (May 29, 1978 – May 30, 2008) was an Italian-American with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) whose parents, Augusto and Michaela Odone, sought a treatment for the disease and invented Lorenzo’s oil. Born Lorenzo Michael Murphy Odone in Washington, D.C., U.S. (d. 2008)
 Adam Rickitt
Adam Rickitt (born 29 May 1978) is a British actor. He is most well known for playing Nick Tilsley in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1997–1999 and again from 2002–2004. Born Adam Peter Rickitt in Crewe, England, United Kingdom.

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