3 July


1728

 Robert Adam
Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA (Scot) FSA FRSA (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He developed the “Adam Style”, and his theory of “movement” in architecture, based on his studies of antiquity and became one of the most successful and fashionable architects in the country. Adam held the post of Architect of the King’s Works from 1761 to 1769. Born in Gladney House in Kirkcaldy, Fife. (d. 1792)

1878

 George M Cohan
George Cohan (July 3, 1878 – November 5, 1942), known professionally as George M. Cohan, was an American entertainer, playwright, composer, lyricist, actor, singer, dancer and producer. He wrote, composed, produced, and appeared in more than three dozen Broadway musicals. Cohan published more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including the standards “Over There”, “Give My Regards to Broadway”, and “The Yankee Doodle Boy”. Born George Michael Cohan in Providence, Rhode Island. (d. 1942)

1881

 Leon Errol
Leon Errol (July 3, 1881 – October 12, 1951), was an Australian-born American comedian and actor, popular in the first half of the 20th century for his appearances in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in films. Born Leonce Errol Sims in Sydney, New South Wales. (d. 1951)

1883

 Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism. Born in Prague, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1924)

1906

 George Sanders
George Sanders (3 July 1906 – 25 April 1972) was an Academy Award-winning English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His extremely heavy English accent and bass voice often led him to be cast as sophisticated but villainous characters. He is perhaps best known as Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950), Jack Favell in Rebecca (1940), and the voice of the malevolent tiger Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (1967). His career spanned more than 40 years. Born George Henry Sanders in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. (d. 1972)

1927

 Ken Russell
Ken Russell (3 July 1927 – 27 November 2011) was an English film director, known for his pioneering work in television and film and for his flamboyant and controversial style. He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who’s Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980). Born Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell in Southampton, England. (d. 2011)
 Tim O’Connor
Tim O’Connor (born July 3, 1927) is an American character actor known for his prolific work in television. Some of his best-known roles include: Dr. Elias Huer in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jack Boland in General Hospital, and Elliot Carson in Peyton Place. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

1937

 Tom Stoppard
Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE, FRSL (born 3 July 1937) is a Czech-born British playwright, knighted in 1997. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, finding prominence with plays such as Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He co-wrote the screenplays for Brazil and Shakespeare in Love, and has received one Academy Award and four Tony Awards. Born Tomáš Straussler in Zlín in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia. Born Tomáš Straussler in Zlín in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia.

1940

 Fontella Bass
Fontella Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American R&B soul singer best known for her 1965 hit, “Rescue Me”. Born in St Louis, Missouri.

1943

 Judith Durham
Judith Durham, OAM (born 3 July 1943) is an Australian jazz singer and musician who became the lead vocalist for the Australian popular folk music group the Seekers in 1963. Born Judith Mavis Cock in Essendon, Victoria, Australia.
 Gary Waldhorn
Gary Waldhorn (born 3 July 1943 in London) is a veteran English actor, known for his role as Councillor David Horton in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, but who has also had a notable television and theatre career. Born in London, England.

1949

 Jan Smithers
Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American television and film actress best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati. Born in North Hollywood, California. Born Karin Jan Smithers in North Hollywood, California.
 Susan Penhaligon
Susan Penhaligon (born 3 July 1949) is a British actress probably best known for her appearances in the controversial 1976 drama Bouquet of Barbed Wire and for playing Judi Dench’s sister in the 1981 sitcom A Fine Romance. Born in Manila, Philippines.

1951

 Jean-Claude Duvalier
Jean-Claude Duvalier, nicknamed “Bébé Doc” or “Baby Doc” (born July 3, 1951) was the President of Haiti from 1971 until his overthrow by a popular uprising in 1986. He succeeded his father, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, as the ruler of Haiti upon his father’s death in 1971. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

1956

 Montel Williams
Montel Williams (born July 3, 1956) is an American television personality, radio talk show host and actor. He is best known as host of the long-running The Montel Williams Show. Born Montel Brian Anthony Williams in Baltimore, Maryland.

1957

 Laura Branigan
Laura Branigan (July 3, 1957 – August 26, 2004) was an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is best remembered for her 1982 Platinum-certified hit “Gloria”. Born Laura Ann Branigan in Brewster, New York. (d. 2004)

1958

 Charlie Higson
Charlie Higson (born 3 July 1958), is an English actor, comedian, author and former singer. He was one of the main writers and performers of the BBC Two sketch show The Fast Show. He has written the Young Bond series of James Bond novels and a zombie-horror series of books for children. Born Charles Murray Higson in Frome, Somerset, England.
 Siân Lloyd
Siân Lloyd (born 3 July 1958) is a Welsh television presenter, best known as an ITV Weather Forecaster. Born in Maesteg, Bridgend, Wales.

1959

 Julie Burchill
Julie Burchill (born 3 July 1959) is an English writer. Beginning as a writer for the New Musical Express at the age of 17, she has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Born in Bristol, England.

1960

 Vince Clarke
Vince Clarke (born 3 July 1960) is an English synthpop musician and songwriter, and is regarded as a pioneer of electronic music. Clarke has been a member of a number of groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure. Born Vincent John Martin in South Woodford, London.

1962

 Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is an American film actor and producer. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, New York.
 Thomas Gibson
Thomas Gibson (born 3 July 1962) is an American actor and director. His best known roles include Daniel Nyland on CBS’s Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery on ABC’s Dharma & Greg, and Aaron Hotchner on CBS’s Criminal Minds. Born Thomas Ellis Gibson in Charleston, South Carolina.

1963

 Tracey Emin
Tracey Emin, CBE, RA (born 3 July 1963) is an English artist. She is part of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists). Born Tracey Karima Emin in Croydon, London.

1964

 Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris MBE (born 3 July 1964) is a popular British author. Her third novel, Chocolat, reached No. 1 in the Sunday Times newspaper’s bestseller list. The book was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. It was made into a motion picture, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Born Joanne Michèle Sylvie Harris in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
 Yeardley Smith
Yeardley Smith (born July 3, 1964) is a French–American actress, voice actress, writer, comedian and painter. She is best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series The Simpsons. Born Martha Maria Yeardley Smith in Paris, France.

1971

 Julian Assange
Julian Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks, which publishes submissions of secret information, news leaks and classified media from anonymous news sources and whistleblowers. Born Julian Paul Assange in Townsville, Queensland.

1987

 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel (born 3 July 1987) is a German Formula One racing driver, currently driving for the Austrian racing team Red Bull Racing. He won the World Championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Born in Heppenheim, then West Germany. Born in Heppenheim, then West Germany.

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