7 April


1770

 William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet. Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Popularly known for the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” Also known as “Daffodils”. Born in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumberland.
(d. 1850)

1860

 Will Keith Kellogg
Will Keith Kellogg, generally referred to as W.K. Kellogg (April 7, 1860 – October 6, 1951) was an American industrialist in food manufacturing, best known as the founder of the Kellogg Company, which to this day produces a wide variety of popular breakfast cereals.
(d. 1951)

1891

 Ole Kirk Christiansen
Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958) was the founder of Danish toy company the Lego Group. Born in Filskov, Denmark.
(d. 1958)

1893

 Allen Dulles
Allen Welsh Dulles (April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was an American diplomat, lawyer, banker, and public official who became the first civilian and the longest-serving (1953–1961) Director of Central Intelligence and a member of the Warren Commission. Born in Watertown, New York.
(d. 1969)

1897

 Walter Winchell
Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio gossip commentator. Born in New York City.
(d. 1972)

1908

 Percy Faith
Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario.
(d. 1976)

1915

 Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Music critic Robert Christgau called her “uncoverable, possibly the greatest singer of the century”. Several of the songs she wrote have become jazz standards, notably “God Bless the Child”, and “Lady Sings the Blues”. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(d. 1959)

1920

 Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar , KBE (7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indian musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. Born in Varanasi, India.
(d. 2012)

1928

 James Garner
James Garner (April 7, 1928 – July 19, 2014) was an American film and television actor, one of the first Hollywood actors to excel in both media. He starred in several television series including the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick; the popular 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files; and 8 Simple Rules. He starred in more than fifty movies, including The Great Escape (1963), Grand Prix (1966), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969), Blake Edwards’ Victor Victoria (1982) and Space Cowboys (2000). Born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma.
(d. 2014)
 Alan J. Pakula
Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998) was an American film director, writer and producer noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. His screenplay for Sophie’s Choice was nominated for an Academy Award. Born in The Bronx, New York.
(d. 1998)

1930

 Andrew Sachs
Andrew Sachs (born Andreas Siegfried Sachs; 7 April 1930) is a German-born British actor. He made his name on British television and is best known for his portrayals of Manuel in Fawlty Towers, a role for which he was BAFTA-nominated, and Ramsay Clegg in Coronation Street. Born in Berlin, Germany.

1933

 Wayne Rogers
William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (born April 7, 1933) is an American film and television actor, best known for playing the role of ‘Trapper John’ McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H. Born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1934

 Ian Richardson
Ian William Richardson, CBE (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC’s House of Cards trilogy. He was also a leading Shakespearean stage actor. Born in Edinburgh.
(d. 2007)

1939

 Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood’s most innovative and influential film directors. In 1970, Coppola won the Oscar for best original screenplay as co-writer of Patton (1970). He came to directorial prominence with The Godfather in 1972, gaining his first nomination for Best Director. The Godfather Part II in 1974 became the first sequel to win the Academy Award. It brought him three more Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Born in Detroit, Michigan.

 David Frost
Sir David Paradine Frost, Kt., OBE (7 April 1939 – 31 August 2013) was an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and daytime TV game show host best known for serious interviews with various political figures, the most notable being Richard Nixon. Hosted pioneering satirical programme That Was The Week That Was in the 1960s. Also notable was The Frost Report, 1966 and 1967, which launched the television careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Born in Tenterden, Kent.
(d. 2013)

1941

 Gorden Kaye
Gorden Kaye (born as Gordon Fitzgerald Kaye on 7 April 1941 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire) is a BAFTA-nominated English comic actor of Maltese descent, best known for playing René Artois in the British TV comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!.

1945

 Martyn Lewis
Martyn Lewis CBE (born 7 April 1945) is a British television news presenter and journalist. Lewis became the first presenter of the One O’Clock News on BBC One on 27 October 1986 when it launched as part of the introduction of the channel’s daytime schedule. He presented his last bulletin at the start of May 1999. Born in Swansea, West Glamorgan.

1949

 John Oates
John William Oates (born April 7, 1949) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall). Born in New York City.

1951

 Janis Ian
Janis Ian (born Janis Eddy Fink, April 7, 1951) is an American songwriter, singer, musician, columnist and science fiction author. Her most successful single was “At Seventeen”, a bittersweet commentary on adolescent cruelty, released in 1975. Born in New York City.

1954

 Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. Born in British Hong Kong

1964

 Russell Crowe
Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is a New Zealand-born Australian actor, film producer and musician. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Crowe’s other films include L.A. Confidential (1997), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) and Les Misérables. Born in Wellington, New Zealand.

1978

 Duncan James
Duncan James (born 7 April 1978), is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He is best known as a member of the boyband Blue. Born Duncan Matthew James Inglis in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

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