30 July


1818

 Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë (30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848) was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her solitary novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Born Emily Jane Brontë in the village of Thornton, Yorkshire. (d. 1848)

1863

 Henry Ford
Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Born in Greenfield Township, Michigan. (d. 1947)

1898

 Henry Moore
Henry Moore OM CH FBA RBS (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. Born Henry Spencer Moore in Castleford, Yorkshire, England. (d. 1986)

1909

 C. Northcote Parkinson
Cyril Northcote Parkinson (30 July 1909 – 9 March 1993) was a British naval historian and author of some sixty books, the most famous of which was his bestseller Parkinson’s Law, arguing that ‘work expands to fill the time available for its completion’, which led him to be also considered as an important scholar within the field of public administration. Born in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England. (d. 1993)

1931

 Brian Clemens
Brian Clemens OBE (30 July 1931 – 10 January 2015) was an English screenwriter and television producer, possibly best known for his work on The Avengers and The Professionals. Clemens was related to Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). Born Brian Horace Clemens in Croydon, Surrey. (d. 2015)

1933

 Edd Byrnes
Edd Byrnes (born July 30, 1933) is an American actor known for his starring role in the television series 77 Sunset Strip. Born Edward Byrne Breitenberger in New York City.

1939

 Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939) is an American film historian, director, writer, actor, producer and critic. His most critically acclaimed film is The Last Picture Show (1971). Born in Kingston, New York.

1940

 Clive Sinclair
Sir Clive Sinclair (born 30 July 1940) is an English entrepreneur and inventor, most commonly known for his work in consumer electronics in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He produced the Sinclair ZX80, the UK’s first mass-market home computer for less than £100 (GBP). Born Clive Marles Sinclair in Richmond, Surrey.

1941

 Paul Anka
Paul Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. Anka became famous in the late 1950s and 1960s with hit songs like “Diana”, “Lonely Boy”, and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”. He went on to write such well-known music as Tom Jones’ hit, “She’s a Lady”, and the English lyrics for Frank Sinatra’s signature song, “My Way”. Born Paul Albert Anka in Ottawa, Ontario.

1944

 Frances de la Tour
Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner. She played Mrs. Lintott in the play The History Boys in London and on Broadway, winning the 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. She reprised the role in the 2006 film. Her other film roles include Madame Olympe Maxime in Harry Potter films. Other television roles include Emma Porlock in the Dennis Potter serial Cold Lazarus (1996), Violet Crosby in the ITV sitcom Vicious (2013-) and Ms Baron in the BBC sitcom Big School (2013-2014). Born in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, England.

1947

 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-born American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California. His acting career’s signature role is in James Cameron’s science fiction thriller film The Terminator. Born Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger in Thal, Styria, Austria.

1948

 Jean Reno
Jean Reno (born 30 July 1948) is a French actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish and Italian, he has appeared in numerous successful films such as Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin and Léon: The Professional. Born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco.

1953

 Phil Davis
Phil Davis (born 30 July 1953) is an English actor, writer, and director. An early film role was as Chalky, a Mod in Quadrophenia (1978). He then landed the role of midshipman Edward “Ned” Young in The Bounty (1984). He began a long association with Mike Leigh with roles including Cyril the motorcycle courier in High Hopes (1988) and as Stanley the husband of the abortionist in Vera Drake (2004). He has also made numerous television appearances, including the mean money lender Smallweed in the BBC adaptation of Bleak House (2005), as Jeff Hope, a murderous cab driver in the first episode of Sherlock (2010), as crime family solicitor Micky Joy in Silk, as Jud, the malevolent servant in Poldark (2015) and as DI Tom Piper in crime drama Black Work. Born Philip Davis in Grays, Essex, England.

1954

 Ken Olin
Ken Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for his starring role on the television series thirtysomething. Born Kenneth Edward Olin in Chicago, Illinois.

1955

 Rat Scabies
Christopher John Millar (born 30 July 1955), better known by his stage name Rat Scabies, is a musician best known for his tenure as the drummer for The Damned. Born Christopher John Millar in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.

1958

 Kate Bush
Kate Bush, CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. In 1978, at the age of 19, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single “Wuthering Heights”, becoming the first woman to have a UK number one with a self-written song. Born Catherine Bush CBE in Welling, northwest Kent.
 Daley Thompson
Daley Thompson CBE (born 30 July 1958), is a former decathlete from the UK. He won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, and broke the world record for the event four times. Born Francis Morgan Ayodélé Thompson in Notting Hill, London.

1961

 Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne (born July 30, 1961) is an American actor, playwright, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Morpheus in the Matrix science fiction film trilogy. Born Laurence John Fishburne III in Augusta, Georgia.

1963

 Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Valerie Kudrow (born July 30, 1963) is an American actress, comedian and producer. She gained worldwide recognition for her ten-season run as Phoebe Buffay in the television sitcom Friends. Born Lisa Kudrow in Los Angeles, California.

1964

 Jürgen Klinsmann
Jürgen Klinsmann (born 30 July 1964) is a German football manager and former player. Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the German one that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. Born in Göppingen, West Germany.

1969

 Simon Baker
Simon Baker (born 30 July 1969) is an Australian actor and director. In his television acting career, he is best known for his lead role in the television series The Mentalist as Patrick Jane and as Nicholas Fallin in The Guardian. Born in Launceston, Tasmania.

1970

 Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Nolan is best known for his The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), the science fiction/heist film Inception (2010), and the psychological thrillers Memento (2000) and The Prestige (2006). Born Christopher Jonathan James Nolan in London, England.

1971

 Tom Green
Tom Green (born July 30, 1971) is a Canadian actor, rapper, writer, comedian, talk show host and media personality, est known for his shock humour brand of comedy. Born Michael Thomas Green in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.

1974

 Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American film actress. She has won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for playing Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry (1998) and a struggling waitress-turned-boxer Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004). Born Hilary Ann Swank in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1991

 Diana Vickers
Diana Vickers (born 30 July 1991) is an English singer-songwriter, actress and fashion designer who initially came to public attention as a semi-finalist on the fifth series of British talent show The X Factor in 2008. Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

1992

 Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft MBE (born 30 July 1992) is a British wheelchair athlete specialising in sprint distances in the T34 classification. She holds the Paralympic and world records for both the 100 metres T34 and 200 metres T34. Competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she won two gold medals. Born Hannah Lucy Cockroft in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

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