26 July


1856

 George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright. He wrote more than 60 plays.He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938). Born in Dublin. (d. 1950)

1875

 Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Born Carl Jung in Kesswil, in the Swiss canton of Thurgau. (d. 1961)

1894

 Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer. Best known for his novels including Brave New World. Born Aldous Leonard Huxley in Godalming, Surrey, England. (d. 1963)

1895

 Gracie Allen
Gracie Allen (July 26, 1895 – August 27, 1964), was an American comedienne who became internationally famous as the zany partner and comic foil of husband George Burns. Born Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen in San Francisco, California. (d. 1964)

1897

 Paul Gallico
Paul Gallico (July 26, 1897 – July 15, 1976) was an American novelist, short story and sports writer. He is perhaps best remembered for The Snow Goose and for the novel The Poseidon Adventure. Born Paul William Gallico in New York City. (d. 1976)

1909

 Vivian Vance
Vivian Vance (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979) was an American television and theater actress and singer. Vance is best known for her role as Ethel Mertz, sidekick to Lucille Ball on the American television sitcom I Love Lucy, and as Vivian Bagley on The Lucy Show. Born Vivian Roberta Jones in Cherryvale, Kansas. (d. 1979)

1922

 Blake Edwards
Blake Edwards (July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Some of his most well-known films include Experiment in Terror, The Great Race, and the hugely successful Pink Panther film series. Born William Blake Crump in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (d. 2010)
 Jason Robards
Jason Robards, Jr. (July 26, 1922 – December 26, 2000) was an American actor on stage, and in film and television. He is a winner of the Tony Award, two Academy Awards and the Emmy Award. Born Jason Nelson Robards Jr in Chicago. (d. 2000)

1926

 James Best
James Best (born July 26, 1926) is an American actor best known for his role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Born as Jules Guy in Powderly in Muhlenberg County in western Kentucky.

1928

 Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, and editor. He is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His films include Spartacus, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Paths of Glory (1957), Lolita (1962), and A Clockwork Orange (1971). Born in the Bronx, New York. (d. 1999)

1933

 Lance Percival
Lance Percival (26 July 1933 – 6 January 2015), was an English actor, comedian and singer, best known for his appearances in satirical comedy shows of the early 1960s and his ability to improvise comic calypsos about current news stories. Later he provided the voice of both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for the cartoon series The Beatles (1965), leading to his voicing the central character “Old Fred” in the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine. Born John Lancelot Blades Percival in Sevenoaks, Kent. (d. 2015)

1936

 Mary Millar
Mary Millar, (26 July 1936 – 10 November 1998) was a British actress and singer best remembered for her role as Rose in the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. Born Irene Mary Wetton in Doncaster, Yorkshire. (d. 1998)

1938

 Darlene Love
Darlene Love (born July 26, 1941) is an American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song “He’s a Rebel,” a #1 American single in 1962. Born Darlene Wright in Hawthorne, California.

1940

 Dobie Gray
Dobie Gray (July 26, 1940 – December 6, 2011) was an American singer and songwriter, whose musical career spanned soul, country, pop, and musical theater. His hit records included “The ‘In’ Crowd” in 1965 and “Drift Away”. Born in Houston, Texas. (d. 2011)
 Mary Jo Kopechne
Mary Jo Kopechne (July 26, 1940 – July 18, 1969) was an American teacher, secretary, and political campaign specialist who died in a car accident at Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, while a passenger in a car being driven by U.S. Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (d. 1969)

1943

 Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger, OBE (born 26 July 1943) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead vocalist and a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Born Michael Philip Jagger in Dartford, Kent, England.

1944

 Kiel Martin
Kiel Martin (July 26, 1944 — December 28, 1990) was an American actor best known for his role as lovable rogue Detective John “J.D.” La Rue on the 1980s television drama Hill Street Blues. Born Kiel Urban Mueller in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (d. 1990)

1945

 Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Mirren, DBE (born 26 July 1945), is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards. Born Helen Lydia Mironoff in Hammersmith, London.

1949

 Thaksin Shinawatra
Thaksin Shinawatra (born 26 July 1949) is a Thai business tycoon turned politician. He founded Advanced Info Service, Thailand’s most successful mobile phone operator. 23rd Prime Minister of Thailand. Born in San Kamphaeng, Thailand.
 Roger Meddows Taylor
Roger Taylor (born 26 July 1949), known as Roger Taylor, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the drummer, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of British rock band Queen. Born Roger Meddows Taylor in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

1950

 Susan George
Susan George (born 26 July 1950) is an English film and television actress, film producer and Arabian horse breeder. Her most notable roles include those of “Amy Sumner” in Straw Dogs (1971) with Dustin Hoffman, and as “Mary Coombs” in Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), with Peter Fonda. Born Susan Melody George in London.

1954

 Vitas Gerulaitis
Vitas Gerulaitis (July 26, 1954 – September 17, 1994) was a Lithuanian-American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won men’s doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering Sandy Mayer. Born Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis in Brooklyn, NY. (d. 1994)

1956

 Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy Hamill (born July 26, 1956) is an American figure skater. She is the 1976 Olympic champion in ladies’ singles and the 1976 World champion. Born Dorothy Stuart Hamill in Chicago, Illinois.

1959

 Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey, CBE (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He won his first Academy Award for The Usual Suspects (Best Supporting Actor), followed by a Best Actor Academy Award win for American Beauty (1999). Born Kevin Spacey Fowler in South Orange, New Jersey.

1964

 Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an American actress and producer. Bullock rose to fame in the 1990s after roles in successful films such as Demolition Man (1993), Speed (1994), The Net (1995), While You Were Sleeping (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), and Hope Floats (1998). Born Sandra Annette Bullock in Arlington, Virginia.

1968

 Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams (born 26 July 1968) is an English film, stage and television actress who has appeared in British and American films and television series including The Sixth Sense (1999). Born Olivia Haigh Williams in Camden Town, London.

1973

 Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress. Beckinsale became known as an action star following an appearance in 2003′s Underworld. Born Kathrin Romary Beckinsale in London.

1978

 Eve Myles
Eve Myles (born 26 July 1978) is a Welsh television, film, stage and voice actress. In the Dr Who science fiction drama’s spin-off series Torchwood, she portrayed the character Gwen Cooper between 2006 and 2011. Myles role in Torchwood earned her a Bafta Cymru award for Best Actress in 2007. Born in Ystradgynlais, Wales.

1979

 Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry VC
Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry VC (born 26 July 1979) of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, is a British Army soldier who, on 18 March 2005, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, for twice saving members of his unit from ambushes on 1 May and again on 11 June 2004 at Al-Amarah, Iraq. Born Johnson Gideon Beharry in Grenada.

1993

 Taylor Momsen
Taylor Momsen (born July 26, 1993) is an American actress, musician and model who portrayed the character of Jenny Humphrey on the CW television series Gossip Girl and Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Born Taylor Michel Momsen in St Louis Missouri.

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