9 April


1806

 Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS (9 April 1806 – 15 September 1859), was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. Born in Britan Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire. (d. 1859)

1830

 Eadweard Muybridge
Eadweard Muybridge (9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904) was an English photographer important for his pioneering work in photographic studies of motion and in motion-picture projection. Born Edward James Muggeridge in Kingston upon Thames, England. (d. 1904)

1893

 Victor Gollancz
Sir Victor Gollancz (9 April 1893 – 8 February 1967) was a British publisher, socialist and supporter of left-wing causes. Born in Maida Vale, London. (d. 1967)

1898

 Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. His rendition of “Ol’ Man River” became the benchmark for all future performers of the song. He appeared in the West End in Shakespeare’s Othello, opposite Peggy Ashcroft as Desdemona. Born Paul Leroy Robeson in Princeton, New Jersey. (d. 1976)

1903

 Ward Bond
Ward Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960) was an American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 movies and the television series Wagon Train. Born Wardell Edwin Bond in Benkelman, Nebraska. (d. 1960)

1909

 Robert Helpmann
Sir Robert Helpmann CBE (9 April 1909 – 28 September 1986) was an Australian dancer, actor, theatre director and choreographer. The highpoint of Helpmann’s career as a dancer was the Sadler’s Wells Ballet tour of the United States in 1949, with Fonteyn and Helpmann dancing the leading roles in The Sleeping Beauty. One of his most recognized screen roles was the evil and sinister Child Catcher in the family classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). Born Robert Murray Helpman in Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia. (d. 1986)

1917

 Brad Dexter
Brad Dexter (April 9, 1917 – December 11, 2002) was an American actor. At his best in the The Magnificent Seven, other films Dexter appeared in include The Asphalt Jungle. He saved the singer Frank Sinatra from drowning in 1964. Born Veljko Soso in Goldfield, Nevada. (d. 2002)

1926

 Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American publisher and playboy. He was best known as the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953, and as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. Born Hugh Marston Hefner in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 2017)

1928

 Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s. Born Thomas Andrew Lehrer in New York City, New York.

1930

 Wallace McCain
Wallace McCain, CC ONB (April 9, 1930 – May 13, 2011) was a Canadian businessman, co-founder of McCain Foods Limited. With an estimated net worth of $US 2.3 billion (as of March 2011), McCain was ranked by Forbes as the 13th wealthiest Canadian and 512th in the world. Born G Wallace F McCain in Florenceville, New Brunswick. (d. 2011)

1932

 Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best known song is “Blue Suede Shoes”. Born Carl Lee Perkins in Tiptonville, Tennessee. (d. 1998)
 Jack Smethurst
Jack Smethurst (born 9 April 1932), is an English television and film comic actor whose career dates back to the 1950s. He is best known for his role as bigoted socialist Eddie Booth in Love Thy Neighbour. Born in Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire, England.

1933

 Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo (born 9 April 1933) is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s. Born Jean-Paul Charles Belmondo in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, west of Paris.

1937

 Valerie Singleton
Valerie Singleton OBE (born 9 April 1937) is an English television and radio presenter, best known as a presenter of the popular children’s series, Blue Peter. Born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.

1941

 Hannah Gordon
Hannah Gordon (born 9 April 1941) is a Scottish actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door (1972) and Upstairs, Downstairs (1974-75). Born Hannah Campbell Grant Gordon in Edinburgh.

1949

 Sorcha Cusack
Sorcha Cusack (born 9 April 1949) is an Irish actress. Cusack has made many film and television appearances including The Bill, Casualty (1994 to 1997), the 1973 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, and the film Snatch. Born in Dublin, Ireland.

1954

 Dennis Quaid
Dennis Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, some of his notable credits include The Right Stuff, The Big Easy, Traffic, Footloose, Wyatt Earp, The Parent Trap, and Innerspace. Born Dennis William Quaid in Houston, Texas.
 Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith (born 9 April 1954) is a British Conservative politician. He was leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 to October 2003. Born George Iain Duncan Smith in Edinburgh.

1957

 Seve Ballesteros
Seve Ballesteros (9 April 1957 – 7 May 2011) was a Spanish professional golfer, a World No. 1 who was one of the sport’s leading figures from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. Born Severiano Ballesteros Sota in Pedreña, Cantabria, Spain. (d. 2011)

1966

 Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998-2004). Born Cynthia Ellen Nixon in New York City.

1971

 Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve, OQ (born April 9, 1971), is a Canadian racing driver. He is the son of Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve, and is the namesake of his uncle, who was also a racer. Jacques Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship. Born Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

1978

 Rachel Stevens
Rachel Stevens (born 9 April 1978) is an English singer-songwriter, actress, presenter, dancer, television personality and model. She is a member of the pop group S Club 7. Born Rachel Lauren Steinetski in Southgate, London.

1979

 Albert Hammond Jr
Albert Hammond, (born April 9, 1980) is an American musician and member of the indie rock band The Strokes. Born Albert Louis Hammond in Los Angeles, California.
 Keshia Knight Pulliam
Keshia Knight Pulliam (born April 9, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her childhood role as Rudy Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. Born in Newark, New Jersey.

1990

 Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress who is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. Born Kristen Jaymes Stewart in Los Angeles, California.

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