5 July


1755

 Sarah Siddons
Sarah Siddons (5 July 1755 – 8 June 1831) was a Welsh actress, the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century. She was most famous for her portrayal of the Shakespearean character, Lady Macbeth. Born Sarah Kemble in Brecon, Brecknockshire, Wales. (d. 1831)

1801

 David Farragut
David Farragut (July 5, 1801 – August 14, 1870) was a flag officer of the United States Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and admiral in the United States Navy. He is remembered for his order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, in which he was victorious, usually paraphrased as “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” in U.S. Navy tradition. Born James Glasgow Farragut in Campbell’s Station, Tennessee. (d. 1870)

1810

 P. T Barnum
Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Born Phineas Taylor Barnum in Bethel, Connecticut. (d. 1891)

1889

 Jean Cocteau
Jean Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles (1929). Born Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines near Paris, France. (d. 1963)

1907

 Yang Shangkun
Yang Shangkun (5 July 1907 – 14 September 1998) was President of the People’s Republic of China from 1988 to 1993, and was a powerful Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of the Central Military Commission under Deng Xiaoping. Born in Tongnan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Qing Dynasty. (d. 1998)

1911

 Georges Pompidou
Georges Pompidou (5 July 1911 – 2 April 1974) was Prime Minister of France from 1962 to 1968, holding the longest tenure in this position, and later President of the French Republic from 1969 until his death. Born in Montboudif, Cantal, France. Born Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou in Montboudif, Cantal, France. (d. 1974)

1928

 Katherine Helmond
Katherine Helmond (born July 5, 1929) is an American film, theater and television actress, who played Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who’s the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Born Katherine Marie Helmond in Galveston, Texas.
 Warren Oates
Warren Oates (July 5, 1928 – April 3, 1982) was an American actor best known for his performances in several films directed by Sam Peckinpah including The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). Born Warren Mercer Oates in Depoy, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. (d. 1982)

1929

 Mary Maxwell Gates
Mary Maxwell Gates (July 5, 1929 – June 10, 1994) was an American businesswoman. Gates served 18 years (1975–1993) on the University of Washington board of regents. She was the first female president of King County’s United Way, the first woman to chair the national United Way’s executive committee where she served most notably with IBM’s CEO, John Opel, and the first woman on the First Interstate Bank of Washington’s board of directors. Mary’s son Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft. Born Mary Maxwell in Seattle, Washington. (d. 1994)

1934

 Philip Madoc
Philip Madoc (5 July 1934 – 5 March 2012) was a Welsh actor who had many television and film roles, including the lead role in the detective series A Mind to Kill, the eponymous hero of The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and famously, a U-boat captain in an episode of Dad’s Army. Born Phillip Jones in Twynyrodyn, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales. (d. 2012)

1936

 Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight (born July 5, 1936) is an American stage, film and television actress. She has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in 1960 for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs and in 1962 for Sweet Bird of Youth, eight times for Emmy Awards (winning three), and has also netted a Golden Globe and Volpi Cup for Best Actress for her role in the 1967 film Dutchman. Born Shirley Enola Knight in Goessel, Marion County, Kansas.

1946

 Paul Smith
Sir Paul Smith, CBE, RDI, (Born 5 July 1946) is an English fashion designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his menswear. Born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.
 Gwyneth Powell
Gwyneth Powell (born 5 July 1946) is an English actress who is best known for her portrayal of headmistress Bridget McCluskey in the BBC television series Grange Hill for eleven series between 1981 and 1991. Born in Levenshulme, Manchester.

1948

 William Hootkins
William Hootkins (July 5, 1948 – October 23, 2005) was an American character actor, most famous for supporting roles in Hollywood blockbusters such as Star Wars, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Hardware. Born William Michael Hootkins in Dallas, Texas. (d. 2005)
 Julie Nixon Eisenhower
Julie Nixon Eisenhower (born July 5, 1948) is the daughter of Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States, and Pat Nixon, former First Lady of the United States. She is the younger sister to Patricia Nixon Cox. Born Julie Nixon in Washington, D.C.

1950

 Huey Lewis
Huey Lewis (born July 5, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey Lewis and the News. Born Hugh Anthony Cregg III in New York City.

1958

 Bill Watterson
Bill Watterson (born July 5, 1958) is an American artist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Born William Boyd Watterson II in Washington, DC.
 Veronica Guerin
Veronica Guerin (5 July 1958 – 26 June 1996) was an Irish crime reporter who was murdered on 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau. Born in Dublin, Ireland. (d. 1996)

1963

 Edie Falco
Edie Falco (born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress, known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the series Oz, as Carmela Soprano on the series The Sopranos, and as the titular character of the series Nurse Jackie. Born Edith Falco in Brooklyn, New York.

1966

 Susannah Doyle
Susannah Doyle (born 5 July 1966) is an English actress, playwright and film director, best known for her roles in situation comedies Drop The Dead Donkey (as Joy Merryweather), and Ballykissangel (as Avril Burke). Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England.
 Kathryn Erbe
Kathryn Erbe (born July 5, 1965) is an American actress known for her role as Det. Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and death row inmate Shirley Bellinger in the series Oz. Born Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe in Newton, Massachusetts.
 Claudia Wells
Claudia Wells (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress. Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend, in the 1985 film Back to the Future. Born Claudia Grace Wells in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola, OBE, Ufficiale OMRI (born 5 July 1966) is an Italian former footballer who is currently the manager of English club Watford. In 2003 he was voted Chelsea’s greatest player ever. He was capped 35 times for Italy. Born in Oliena, Italy.

1969

 Jeremy Spake
Jeremy Spake (born 5 July 1969), is an English born former reality TV star. Spake began his career in 1996, making regular appearances on the documentary series Airport, where he worked as the Ground Services Manager for Aeroflot – Russian Airlines. Born Jeremy Craig Spake in Clacton-on-Sea, England.

1971

 Nicola Stephenson
Nicola Stephenson (born 5 July 1971) is an English actress. She is known mainly for her roles in television, which include Margaret Clemence in Brookside; Stephenson’s on-air kiss with Anna Friel was the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss to be broadcast on British television. In 2012 the kiss was broadcast to over 5 billion people when it was included as part of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony directed by Danny Boyle.

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