16 July


1723

 Joshua Reynolds
Sir Joshua Reynolds RA FRS FRSA (16 July 1723 – 23 February 1792) was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits. He was one of the founders and first president of the Royal Academy, and was knighted by George III in 1769. Born in Plympton, Devon. (d. 1792)

1821

 Mary Baker Eddy
Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 – December 3, 1910) was the founder of Christian Science, a new religious movement that emerged in New England in the late 19th century. Born Mary Morse Baker in Bow, New Hampshire. (d. 1910)

1872

 Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen (16 July 1872 – c. 18 June 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition (1910-12) to discover the South Pole in December 1911 and he was the first expedition leader to (undisputedly) reach the North Pole in 1926. Born Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen in Borge, Østfold, Norway. (d. 1928)

1887

 Shoeless Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson (July 16, 1887 – December 5, 1951), nicknamed “Shoeless Joe”, was an American outfielder who played Major League Baseball in the early part of the 20th century. He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. Born Joseph Jefferson Jackson in Pickens County, South Carolina. (d. 1951)

1903

 Mary Philbin
Mary Philbin (July 16, 1902 – May 7, 1993) was a notable film actress of the silent film era. Philbin is probably best remembered for playing the role of Christine Daaé in the 1925 film The Phantom of the Opera opposite screen legend Lon Chaney. Born in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1993)
 William Hill
William Hill (16 July 1903 – 15 October 1971) was the founder of William Hill, one of the United Kingdom’s largest firms of bookmakers. Hill bred and owned Cantelo, a filly who won the St. Leger Stakes in 1959. Born in Birmingham.

1907

 Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an American actress. She was a film and television star, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood, before turning to television. The 1965-1969 Western series The Big Valley made her one of the most popular actresses on television, winning her an Emmy. Born Ruby Catherine Stevens in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 1990)

1911

 Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films, and was best known as Fred Astaire’s romantic interest and dancing partner. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940). Born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri. (d. 1995)
 Sonny Tufts
Sonny Tufts (July 16, 1911 – June 4, 1970) was a United States film actor. He appeared in The Seven Year Itch (1955). Born Bowen Charlton Tufts III in Boston, Massachusetts. (d. 1970)

1928

 Anita Brookner
Anita Brookner CBE (born 16 July 1928) is an English language novelist and art historian. Brookner’s fourth book, Hotel du Lac (1984) was awarded the Booker Prize. Born in Herne Hill, a suburb of London.

1939

 Corin Redgrave
Corin Redgrave (16 July 1939 – 6 April 2010) was an English actor and political activist. On screen he is best known for his roles in such acclaimed and diverse films as A Man for All Seasons (1966), Excalibur (1981), In the Name of the Father (1993), Persuasion and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Born Corin William Redgrave in Marylebone, London. (d. 2010)

1941

 Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group, The Aces, he had one of the earliest international reggae hits with “Israelites”. Born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Saint Andrew Parish (Greater Kingston), Jamaica. (d. 2006)

1942

 Margaret Court
Margaret Court AO, MBE (born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired World No. 1 professional tennis player and Christian minister from Australia. She is best known for her sporting career, in which she amassed more Major titles than any other player in history. Born in Albury, New South Wales.

1944

 Angharad Rees
Angharad Rees, Lady McAlpine CBE (16 July 1944 – 21 July 2012) was a Welsh actress, best known for her British television roles during the 1970s and in particular her leading role as Demelza in the 1970s BBC TV costume drama Poldark. Born Angharad Mary Rees in Edgware, Middlesex, England. (d. 1012)

1948

 Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman (born July 16, 1948) is a violinist, violist, and conductor of Israeli descent. He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent violinists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel.

1951

 Lorraine Chase
Lorraine Chase (born 16 July 1951) is an English actress and former model. She became well known for her strong cockney accent and frequent use of cockney slang, and found fame through a series of television adverts for Campari before embarking on an acting career. She is best known for playing the role of Steph Forsythe in ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2002 to 2006. Born in Deptford, England.

1952

 Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police. Born Stewart Armstrong Copeland in Alexandria, Virginia.

1958

 Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley (born July 16, 1958) is an American stepdancer, choreographer and musician. He became internationally known for Irish dance shows Riverdance, Warlords, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger. Born Michael Ryan Flatley in Chicago.

1963

 Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates (born July 16, 1963) is an American film actress, model, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins. Born Phoebe Belle Cates in New York City.

1964

 Phil Hellmuth
Phillip Hellmuth, Jr. (born July 16, 1964) is an American professional poker player who has captured a record 13 World Series of Poker bracelets. Born Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr in Madison, Wisconsin.
 Miguel Indurain
Miguel Indurain (born 16 July 1964) is a retired Spanish road racing cyclist. He won five consecutive Tours de France from 1991 to 1995. Born Miguel Indurain Larraya in Villava, Navarre, Spain.

1965

 Billy Mitchell
Billy L. Mitchell, (born July 16, 1965) is a video game player who is best known for recording high scores in classic video games from the Golden Age of Arcade Games. His achievements include the first perfect score in Pac-Man. He owns the Rickey’s World Famous Restaurant chain, based in Hollywood, Florida. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

1966

 Johnny Vaughan
Jonathan Vaughan (born 16 July 1966) is an English broadcaster and journalist. He came to prominence when he was chosen to front The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 from 1997. Born Jonathan Randal Vaughan in Barnet, London.

1967

 Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell (born July 16, 1967) is an American comedian, impressionist, actor, and writer. He starred in the comedy films Old School, Elf, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Stranger than Fiction, and Blades of Glory. Born John William Ferrell in Irvine, California.

1971

 Corey Feldman
Corey Feldman (born July 16, 1971) is an American actor, former child actor, and singer. He became known during the 1980s, with roles in the films Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Goonies, Stand by Me, and The Lost Boys. Born Corey Scott Feldman in Los Angeles, California.

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