18 July


1811

 William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society. Born in Calcutta, India. (d. 1863)

1848

 W. G Grace
W.G. Grace, MRCS, LRCP (18 July 1848 – 23 October 1915) was an English amateur cricketer who was important in the development of the sport and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest players of all time. Born William Gilbert Grace in Downend, near Bristol, England. (d. 1915)

1887

 Vidkun Quisling
Vidkun Quisling (18 July 1887 – 24 October 1945) was a Norwegian politician. On 9 April 1940, with the German invasion of Norway in progress, he seized power in a Nazi-backed coup d’état. The word quisling became a synonym for traitor. Born Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling in Fyresdal. (d. 1945)

1895

 Machine Gun Kelly
George Celino Barnes (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known as “Machine Gun Kelly”, was an American gangster during the Prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. Born in Memphis, Tennessee. (d. 1954)

1903

 Chill Wills
Chill Wills (July 18, 1902 – December 15, 1978) was an American film and television actor. Born Chill Theodore Wills in Seagoville near Mesquite, Texas. (d. 1978)

1906

 Clifford Odets
Clifford Odets (July 18, 1906 – August 14, 1963) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Odets declined to be credited for many of the films on which he worked. He did, however, accept principal credit as both screenwriter and director for None but the Lonely Heart (1944). He also wrote the 1957 screenplay for Sweet Smell of Success. Born in Philadelphia. (d. 1963)

1908

 Lupe Vélez
Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 13, 1944), known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican stage and film actress and vedette. Born María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. (d. 1944)

1909

 Andrei Gromyko
Andrei Gromyko (18 July 1909 – 2 July 1989) was a Soviet statesman during the Cold War. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1957-1985) and as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet (1985-1988). Born Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko in Staryja Hramyki, Russian Empire. (d. 1989)
 Harriet Nelson
Harriet Nelson (July 18, 1909 – October 2, 1994) was an American singer and actress. Nelson is best known for her role on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Born Peggy Louise Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa. (d. 1994)

1911

 Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn, OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003) was a Canadian actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside his second wife, Jessica Tandy. Born Hume Blake Cronyn in London, Ontario, Canada. (d. 2003)

1913

 Red Skelton
Red Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American entertainer best known for being a national radio and television comedian between 1937 and 1971. Born Richard Bernard Skelton in Vincennes, Indiana. (d. 1997)
 Eric Pohlmann
Eric Pohlmann (18 July 1913 – 25 July 1979) was a Viennese theatre, film and television character actor who worked mostly in Britain. One of his earliest film appearances was in Carol Reed’s classic The Third Man (1949). He also played supporting roles in such British films as They Who Dare (1954), Chance of a Lifetime (1950), Reach for the Sky (1956), and Expresso Bongo (1960). He also appeared in US productions, notably Moulin Rouge (1952), Mogambo (1953), Lust For Life (1956) and 55 Days at Peking (1963). He displayed his comedic talents in films like The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954), as “The Fat Man” in Carry On Spying (1964) and in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975). Born Erich Pollak in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1979)

1918

 Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918) is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in the village of Mvezo.

1921

 John Glenn
John Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a retired United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. Born John Herschel Glenn in Cambridge, Ohio.

1923

 Michael Medwin
Michael Medwin OBE (born 18 July 1923) is an English actor and film producer. He is probably best known for his role as radio boss Don Satchley in the BBC television detective series Shoestring, and playing Scrooge’s nephew Fred in the musical film version of “A Christmas Carol”, Scrooge, as well as for his role in The Army Game, a British television comedy series of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Born Michael Hugh Medwin in London, England.

1929

 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Jay Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000), best known as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was an American musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as “I Put a Spell on You”. Born Jalacy Hawkins in Cleveland, Ohio. (d. 2000)

1930

 Burt Kwouk
Bert Kwouk OBE (born 18 July 1930) is an English actor of Chinese descent, known for many television appearances and for his role as Cato in the Pink Panther films. Born Herbert Kwouk in Warrington, Lancashire.

1937

 Hunter S Thompson
Hunter Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. The work he remains best known for is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972). Born Hunter Stockton Thompson in Louisville, Kentucky. (d. 2005)

1938

 Paul Verhoeven
Paul Verhoeven (born 18 July 1938) is a Dutch film director, screenwriter, and producer who has made movies in both the Netherlands and the United States. He is best known for directing the cult science fiction films RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), and Starship Troopers (1997), and the thriller film Basic Instinct (1992). Born in Amsterdam.

1939

 Brian Auger
Brian Auger (born 18 July 1939) is a jazz and rock keyboardist, who has specialized in playing the Hammond organ. Auger has played or toured with artists such as Rod Stewart, Tony Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Boy Williamson, Led Zeppelin, Eric Burdon and others. He recorded several hit singles, notably a cover version of Bob Dylan’s “This Wheel’s on Fire”. Born in London, England.

1940

 James Brolin
James Brolin (born July 18, 1940) is an American actor, producer and director, best known for his roles in film and television. Born Craig Kenneth Bruderlin in Los Angeles, California.

1941

 Martha Reeves
Martha Reeves (born July 18, 1941) is an American R&B and Pop singer and former politician, and was the lead singer of the Motown girl group Martha and the Vandellas. Born Martha Rose Reeves in Eufaula, Alabama.

1944

 David Hemery
David Hemery, CBE, (born 18 July 1944) is a British former athlete, winner of the 400m hurdles at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Born David Peter Hemery in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

1947

 Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes, Jr. (born July 18, 1947) is an American publishing executive who was twice a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for president. He is the editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes magazine as well as president and chief executive officer of its publisher, Forbes, Inc. Born Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr in Morristown, New Jersey.

1950

 Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. Born Richard Charles Nicholas Branson in Blackheath, London.

1957

 Nick Faldo
Sir Nick Faldo MBE (born 18 July 1957) is an English professional golfer on the European Tour, now mainly an on-air golf analyst. A top player of his era, he won six major championships: three Open Championships and three Masters. He was ranked No. 1 on the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 98 weeks. Born Nicholas Alexander Faldo in Welwyn Garden City, England.

1961

 Elizabeth McGovern
Elizabeth McGovern (born July 18, 1961) is an American film, television, and theater actor, and musician. She portrayed Cora, Countess of Grantham in the British TV series Downton Abbey. Born in Evanston, Illinois.

1967

 Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel (born July 18, 1967) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director. He became best known for appearing in several successful Hollywood films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), Pitch Black (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), xXx (2002), and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). Born Mark Sinclair in New York City.

1977

 Kelly Reilly
Kelly Reilly (born 18 July 1977) is an English actress. Her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2003. Born Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly in Surrey, England.

1980

 Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. She gained fame and critical praise as the title character on the television series Veronica Mars. Born Kristen Anne Bell in Huntington Woods, Michigan.

1982

 Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra (born 18 July 1982) is an Indian film actress, singer, and songwriter. The winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000, through her successful film career Chopra has become one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses and one of the most popular celebrities in India. She has won a National Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards in four categories. Born in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India.

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