8 April


1889

 Adrian Boult
Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Boult was known for his championing of British music. He gave the first performance of his friend Gustav Holst’s The Planets. He established the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Born in Chester, Cheshire, England.
(d. 1983)

1892

 Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as “America’s Sweetheart, she was one of the pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. Born in Toronto, Ontario.
(d. 1979)

1896

 Yip Harburg
Edgar Yipsel Harburg (April 8, 1896 – March 5, 1981), born Isidore Hochberg and known as E.Y. Harburg or Yip Harburg, was an American popular song lyricist who worked with many well-known composers. He wrote the lyrics to the standards, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”, “April in Paris”, and “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, as well as all of the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including “Over the Rainbow”. Born on the Lower East Side of New York City.
(d. 1981)

1902

 Andrew Irvine
Andrew “Sandy” Comyn Irvine (8 April 1902 – 8 June 1924) was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world’s highest (8,848 m) mountain, Mount Everest. While attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest, he and his climbing partner George Mallory disappeared. Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire.
(d. 1924)

1912

 Sonja Henie
Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 – October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and film star. She was a three-time Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936), a ten-time World Champion (1927–1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931–1936). Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood. Born in Kristiania (Oslo), Norway.

1918

 Betty Ford
Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren “Betty” Ford (April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011),[2][3] was First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford. She was the founder, and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born in Chicago, Illinois.
(d. 2011)

1919

 Ian Smith
Ian Douglas Smith, GCLM, ID (8 April 1919 – 20 November 2007) was a Rhodesian politician, most notably serving as Prime Minister of Rhodesia from 13 April 1964 to 1 June 1979. Smith’s government unilaterally declared Rhodesia’s independence from the United Kingdom on 11 November 1965. Born in Selukwe (now known as Shurugwi), southwest of the capital Salisbury (now Harare).
(d. 2007)

1920

 Carmen McRae
Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, 1920 – November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Born in Harlem, New York City.

1929

 Jacques Brel
Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter. He has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time. Notable compostions include “Ne me quitte pas” and “Seasons in the Sun”. Born in Schaarbeek, Brussels.

1933

 Fred Ebb
Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928 – September 11, 2004) was an American musical theatre lyricist who had many successful collaborations with composer John Kander. The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. They wrote Cabaret. Born in Manhattan.
(d. 2004)

1938

 Kofi Annan
Kofi Atta Annan (born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people. Born in Kumasi in the Gold Coast.

1941

 Vivienne Westwood
Dame Vivienne Westwood, DBE, RDI (born Vivienne Isabel Swire on 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. Born in the village of Tintwistle, Derbyshire.

1942

 Douglas Trumbull
Douglas Huntley Trumbull (born April 8, 1942) is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner and The Tree of Life, and directed the movies Silent Running and Brainstorm. Born in Los Angeles.

1943

 Tony Banks
Anthony Louis Banks, Baron Stratford (8 April 1942 – 8 January 2006) was a British Labour Party politician, who was a Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2005, before being made a Member of the House of Lords. In government, he served for two years as Minister for Sport. He was well known in the House of Commons for his acid tongue. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
(d. 2006)

1944

 Hywel Bennett
Hywel Thomas Bennett (born 8 April 1944) is a British film and television actor. Bennett is known for his recurring title role as James Shelley in the television sitcoms Shelley (1979–84) and films The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Loot (1970) and Percy (1971). Born in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

1955

 Gerrie Coetzee
Gerhardus Christian Coetzee (born 8 April 1955 in Boksburg), better known as Gerrie Coetzee, is a South African former boxer. He made history twice: he was the first boxer from the African continent ever to fight for, and win, a world heavyweight title. Born in Boksburg.

1960

 John Schneider
John Richard Schneider III (born April 8, 1960) is an American actor and singer.[1] He is best known for his portrayal of Bo Duke in the 1970s–1980s American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Born in Mount Kisco, New York.

1963

 Julian Lennon
John Charles Julian Lennon (born 8 April 1963) is a British musician. He is the only child of John Lennon and Cynthia Powell (John Lennon’s first wife). Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” to console him over his parents’ divorce. Born in Liverpool.

1966

 Robin Wright Penn
Robin Gayle Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Buttercup in The Princess Bride, Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump, and Claire Underwood in the series House of Cards, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2014. Born in Dallas, Texas.

1968

 Patricia Arquette
Patricia T. Arquette (born April 8, 1968) is an American actress and director. Following her first major film role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, she has appeared in films such as True Romance, Ed Wood, Stigmata and Holes. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

1980

 Katee Sackhoff
Kathryn Ann “Katee” Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known mainly for playing Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel’s television program Battlestar Galactica. Born in Portland, Oregon.

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