27 July


1768

 Charlotte Corday
Charlotte Corday (27 July 1768 – 17 July 1793), known to history as Charlotte Corday, was a figure of the French Revolution. In 1793, she was executed under the guillotine for the assassination of Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat. Born Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d’Armont in Saint-Saturnin-des-Ligneries, Écorches (Orne), in Normandy, France. (d. 1793)

1824

 Alexandre Dumas
Alexandre Dumas, fils (27 July 1824 – 27 November 1895) was a French writer and dramatist, best known for Camille (a.k.a. The Lady of the Camellias). He was the son of Alexandre Dumas, père. Born in Paris, France. (d. 1895)

1870

 Hilaire Belloc
Hilaire Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953) was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902, but kept his French citizenship (Double citizenship). He was known as a writer, orator, poet, sailor, satirist, man of letters, soldier and political activist. He was MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. His most lasting legacy is probably his verse, which encompasses cautionary tales and religious poetry. Among his best-remembered poems are “Jim, who ran away from his nurse, and was eaten by a lion” and “Matilda, who told lies and was burnt to death”. Born Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France. (d. 1953)

1882

 Geoffrey de Havilland
Captain Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, OM, CBE, AFC, RDI, FRAeS, (27 July 1882 – 21 May 1965) was a British aviation pioneer and aircraft engineer. His Mosquito has been considered the most versatile warplane ever built. Born in Magdala House, Terriers, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. (d. 1965)

1916

 Keenan Wynn
Keenan Wynn (July 27, 1916 – October 14, 1986) was an American character actor. Wynn appeared in hundreds of films and television shows between 1934 and 1986. His early post-war credits include Annie Get Your Gun (1950), Kiss Me, Kate (1953), The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), and Dr. Strangelove (1964). Born Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn in New York City. (d. 1986)

1922

 Norman Lear
Norman Lear (born July 27, 1922) is an American television writer and producer who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Maude. Born Norman Milton Lear in New Haven, Connecticut.
 Adolfo Celi
Adolfo Celi (27 July 1922 -19 February 1986) was an Italian film actor and director. Celi appeared in nearly 100 films, specialising in international villains. Although a prominent actor in Italian cinema and famed for many roles, he is best remembered internationally for his portrayal of Emilio Largo in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily. (d. 1986)

1925

 Harry Towb
Harry Towb (27 July 1925 – 24 July 2009) was a Northern Irish actor. He made numerous appearances on UK television including The Avengers, Callan, Casualty, The Bill, Minder, Doctor Who, Heartbeat and others. His film appearances include Above Us the Waves (1955), The Blue Max (1966), Prudence and the Pill (1968), Patton (1970) and Lamb (1985). Born in Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. (d. 2009)

1929

 Jack Higgins
Jack Higgins (born 27 July 1929) is the principal pseudonym of UK novelist Harry Patterson. Patterson is the author of more than 60 novels. As Higgins, most have been thrillers of various types. His breakthrough novel was The Eagle Has Landed in 1975. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1930

 Shirley Williams
Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby PC (born 27 July 1930) is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister, she was one of the “Gang of Four” rebels who founded the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981. Born Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Catlin in London.

1937

 Don Galloway
Don Galloway (July 27, 1937 – January 8, 2009) was an American actor of stage, film and television, perhaps best known for his role as Raymond Burr’s protégé, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, on the long-running crime drama Ironside (1967-1975). Born Donald Galloway in Brooksville, Kentucky. (d. 2009)

1938

 Gary Gygax
Gary Gygax (July 27, 1938 – March 4, 2008) was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson. Born Ernest Gary Gygax in Chicago. (d. 2008)
 Jerry Juhl
Jerry Juhl (July 27, 1938 – September 26, 2005) was an American television and movie writer, best known for his work with Jim Henson’s “Muppets”. Born Jerome Ravn Juhl in St Paul, Minnesota.

1942

 Barbara Ferris
Barbara Ferris (born 27 July 1942) is an English actress and former fashion model. She appeared in a number of films and productions for television and is possibly best remembered as Dinah, the young woman who eloped with Dave Clark in the 1965 film Catch Us If You Can. Her other roles were as diverse as the female lead in Edward Bond’s controversial play Saved (1965) and a vicar’s wife in the television comedy series All in Good Faith in the mid-1980s. Born Barbara Gillian Ferris in London, England.
 Mystic Meg
Mystic Meg (born 27 July 1942) is one of Britain’s most popular astrologers and psychics, who had regular astrology columns in The Sun until 2 January 2015, and, until its demise, in the News of the World. She now hosts Mystic Meg’s Wheel of Destiny for Sun Bingo. She came to greater public notice when she hosted what became a regular item on the first broadcast of the National Lottery draw in 1994. Born Margaret Anne Lake in Accrington, Lancashire, England.

1944

 Tony Capstick
Tony Capstick (27 July 1944 – 23 October 2003) was an English comedian, actor, musician and broadcaster. Born Joseph Anthony Capstick in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. (d. 2003)
 Bobbie Gentry
Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Gentry rose to international fame with “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967. Born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.

1948

 Peggy Fleming
Peggy Gail Fleming (born July 27, 1948) is an American figure skater. She is the 1968 Olympic Champion in Ladies’ singles and a three-time World Champion (1966-1968). Born in San Jose, California.
 Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas (born July 27, 1948) is an American actress, director of television, and motion pictures. She is known for her Emmy-award winning role as Lucy Bates on the television series Hill Street Blues. Born Betty Thomas Nienhauser in St Louis, Missouri.

1949

 Maureen McGovern
Maureen McGovern (born July 27, 1949) is an American singer and Broadway actress. She sang the Oscar-winning song “The Morning After” from the 1972 film The Poseidon Adventure. Born Maureen Therese McGovern in Youngstown, Ohio.

1950

 Simon Jones
Simon Jones (born 27 July 1950) is an English actor, most famous for his appearances in the television and radio series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which he played the lead role of Arthur Dent from 1978 to 2005. Born in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, England.

1953

 Yahoo Serious
Yahoo Serious (born 27 July 1953), is an Australian film actor, director and score composer. He is best known for his 1988 comedy Young Einstein. Born Greg Pea in Cardiff, City of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.

1958

 Christopher Dean
Christopher Dean, OBE (born 27 July 1958) is a famous English ice dancer who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with his skating partner Jayne Torvill. They also won a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Born Christopher Colin Dean in Calverton, Nottinghamshire.

1973

 Tracy Shaw
Tracy Shaw (born 27 July 1973) is a British actress and singer. She is best known for her role as hairdresser Maxine Peacock in British soap opera Coronation Street during the 1990s and early 2000s. Born in Belper, Derbyshire.

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