9 July


1819

 Elias Howe
Elias Howe, Jr. (July 9, 1819 – October 3, 1867) was an American inventor and sewing machine pioneer. Born in Spencer, Massachusetts. (d. 1867)

1879

 Carlos Chagas
Carlos Chagas (July 9, 1879 – November 8, 1934), was a Brazilian sanitary physician, scientist and bacteriologist who worked as a clinician and researcher. He discovered Chagas disease, also called American trypanosomiasis in 1909, while working at the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro. Born Carlos Justiniano Ribeiro Chagas in Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Brazil. (d. 1934)

1901

 Barbara Cartland
Dame Barbara Cartland, DBE, CStJ (9 July 1901 – 21 May 2000), was an English author, one of the most prolific authors of the 20th century. As Barbara Cartland she is known for her numerous fictional romantic novels, but she also wrote under her married name Barbara McCorquodale. She wrote more than 700 books, which reportedly sold more the 750 million copies. Born Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. (d. 2000)

1911

 Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake (9 July 1911 – 17 November 1968) was an English writer, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books. Born Mervyn Laurence Peake in Kuling (Lushan) in Jiangxi Province of central China. (d. 1968)

1916

 Edward Heath
Sir Edward Heath, KG MBE (9 July 1916 – 17 July 2005) was a British Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to February 1974 and as Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. Born Edward Richard George Heath in Broadstairs, Kent. (d. 2005)

1929

 Lee Hazlewood
Lee Hazlewood (July 9, 1929 – August 4, 2007) was an American country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, most widely known for his work with guitarist Duane Eddy during the late 1950s and singer Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s. Born Barton Lee Hazlewood in Mannford, Oklahoma. (d. 2007)

1932

 Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is an American politician and businessman. Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He is both the youngest and the oldest person to have served as Secretary of Defense. Born Donald Henry Rumsfeld in Evanston, Illinois.

1933

 Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks, CBE (9 July 1933 – 30 August 2015), was a British neurologist, writer, and amateur chemist who is Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. Sacks is the author of numerous best-selling books, including several collections of case studies of people with neurological disorders. His 1973 book Awakenings was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name in 1990. Born Oliver Wolf Sacks in Willesden, London. (d. 2015)

1935

 Michael Williams
Michael Williams, KSG (9 July 1935 – 11 January 2001) was an English actor who played both classical and comedy roles, and was the husband of actress Dame Judi Dench. Born Michael Leonard Williams in Liverpool, Lancashire. (d. 2001)

1936

 Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson, OBE (born 9 July 1936) is a Scottish actor, theatre director and broadcaster, best known for playing Victor Meldrew in the popular BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Born Ian Carmichael Wilson in Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

1937

 David Hockney
David Hockney, OM, CH, RA, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Born in Bradford, England.

1938

 Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy (born July 9, 1938) is an American actor of film, stage, and screen. Dennehy was nominated for Emmy Awards six times and won two Tony Awards, both times for Best Lead Actor in a Play. Born Brian Mannion Dennehy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1942

 Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree (born July 9, 1942) is an American actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 film Shaft and in its two sequels. Born in New Rochelle, New York.
 Edy Williams
Edy Williams (born July 9, 1942) is an American television and film actress. In 1970, she appeared in Russ Meyer’s first mainstream film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Born Edwina Beth Williams in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1945

 Dean Koontz
Dean Ray Koontz (born July 9, 1945) is an American author best known for his novels, which can broadly be described as suspense thrillers, but also frequently incorporate elements of horror, science fiction, mystery, and satire. Several of his books have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List, 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks reached the number one position. Born Dean Koontz in Everett, Pennsylvania.

1946

 Natasha Pyne
Natasha Pyne (born 9 July 1946), is an English actress. She is best known for her role in the British television sitcom series Father, Dear Father. Born in Crawley, Sussex.

1947

 Mitch Mitchell
Mitch Mitchell (9 July 1947 – 12 November 2008) was an English drummer, best known for his work in The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Born John Ronald Mitchell in Ealing, London, England. (d. 2008)
 O. J Simpson
O. J. Simpson (born July 9, 1947), nicknamed “The Juice”, is a retired American football player and actor. Simpson was the first professional football player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season, a mark he set in 1973. In 1995, he was acquitted of the 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman after a lengthy and internationally publicized criminal trial. Born Orenthal James Simpson in San Francisco, California.

1949

 Nigel Lythgoe
Nigel Lythgoe (born 9 July 1949) is an English television and film director and producer, former dancer in the Young Generation and choreographer. He is noted for being the producer of the shows Pop Idol and American Idol and creator and executive producer of, and a regular judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Born in Wirral, England.

1955

 Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor. Smits is perhaps best known for his roles as attorney Victor Sifuentes on L.A. Law, as NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on NYPD Blue, and as Matt Santos on The West Wing. He is also notable for his portrayal of Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1956

 Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is known for his roles in Apollo 13, Big, The Green Mile, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, The Road To Perdition, as well as animated films like the Toy Story film series. Born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks in Concord, California.

1957

 Marc Almond
Marc Almond (born 9 July 1957) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Almond first began performing and recording in the synthpop/New Wave duo Soft Cell. Born Peter Mark Sinclair Almond in Southport, Lancashire.
 Kelly McGillis
Kelly McGillis (born July 9, 1957) is an American actress. Her breakthrough role came in 1985′s Witness for which she was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards. Her subsequent films include Top Gun and The Accused. Born Kelly Ann McGillis in Newport Beach, California.
 Paul Merton
Paul Merton (born 9 July 1957) is an English writer, actor and television presenter. Known for his improvisation skill, his humour is rooted in deadpan, surreal and sometimes dark comedy. Considered by many to be among Britain’s greatest comedians, he is well known for his regular appearances on the BBC panel game Have I Got News for You. He has also appeared as a regular panellist on Radio 4′s Just a Minute. Born Paul James Martin in Parsons Green, London.

1959

 Jim Kerr
Jim Kerr (9 July 1959) is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter, best known for his work with the band Simple Minds who achieved five UK No. 1 albums and a No. 1 single. Born James Kerr in Toryglen, Glasgow, Scotland.

1964

 Courtney Love
Courtney Love (born July 9, 1964) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actress, artist, and author. Love rose to prominence as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of alternative rock band Hole. Born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, California.
 Gianluca Vialli
Gianluca Vialli (born 9 July 1964) is an Italian football manager and former player. During his time at Juventus he won the Italian Cup, the Serie A, Italian Supercup, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup. In 1996 Vialli joined Chelsea and became Chelsea player manager the following season. In England he won the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He is one of nine footballers to have won the three main European club competitions. Born in Cremona, Italy.

1971

 Scott Grimes
Scott Grimes (born July 9, 1971) is an American actor, voice artist and singer-songwriter. Born Scott Richard Grimes in Lowell, Massachusetts.

1974

 Dani Behr
Dani Behr (born 9 July 1971) is an English singer, actress and television presenter. She was a presenter on the late night Channel 4 music show, The Word, for three years. Born in Mill Hill London.

1975

 Jack White
Jack White (born 9 July 1975), often credited as Jack White III, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He is best known as the vocalist, guitarist and pianist of The White Stripes. Born John Anthony Gillis in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

1976

 Fred Savage
Fred Savage (born July 9, 1976) is an American actor, director and producer of television and film. He is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years and as the grandson in The Princess Bride. Born Fredrick Aaron Savage in Chicago.

1987

 Amanda Knox
Amanda Knox (born July 9, 1987) is an American woman who, in 2009, was convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. She served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011. However, on March 26, 2013, Knox’s acquittal was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, sending the case back to the lower court for reconsideration. Born Amanda Marie Knox in Seattle, Washington.

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