12 October


1537

 Edward VI
Edward VI (12 October 1537 – 6 July 1553) was King of England and Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward was England’s first monarch to be raised as a Protestant. During his reign, the realm was governed by a Regency Council because he never reached his majority. Born in Hampton Court Palace, Middlesex. (d. 1553)

1866

 Ramsay MacDonald
Ramsay MacDonald, FRS (12 October 1866 – 9 November 1937) was a British statesman who was the first Labour Party Prime Minister, leading Labour Governments in 1924, and 1929-1931, and having been expelled from the party he had helped to found, a National Government from 1931 to 1935. Born James Ramsay MacDonald in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland. (d. 1937)

1872

 Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams OM (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies. Among the most familiar of his other concert works are Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) and The Lark Ascending (1914). Born in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire. (d. 1958)

1875

 Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet entrusted with guiding humanity into the Æon of Horus in the early 20th century. Born Edward Alexander Crowley in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. (d. 1947)

1921

 Kenneth Griffith
Kenneth Griffith (born Griffiths; 12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker. He appeared in many British films between the 1940s and 1980s, notably in The Shop at Sly Corner, Only Two Can Play (1962), the wireless operator Jack Phillips on board the Titanic in A Night to Remember (1958), and especially in the comedies of the Boulting brothers, including Private’s Progress (1956) and I’m All Right Jack (1959). Born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. (d. 2006)

1929

 Brian Cobby
Brian Cobby (12 October 1929 – 31 October 2012) was an English actor and telephone exchange worker who, in 1985, became the first male voice of the British speaking clock. Born in Gravesend, Kent, England. (d. 2012)
 Magnus Magnusson
Magnus Magnusson, KBE (12 October 1929 – 7 January 2007) was an Icelandic journalist, translator, writer and television presenter. Born in Reykjavík, he lived in Scotland for almost all of his life, although he never took British citizenship. He came to prominence as a BBC television journalist, and was best known as the presenter of the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind, which he hosted for 25 years. Born in Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland. (d. 2007)

1935

 Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone, and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century. Born in Modena, Italy. (d. 2007)

1937

 Gawn Grainger
Gawn Grainger (born 12 October 1937) is a British stage and screen actor. Among his notable television credits are the Apostle Andrew in Son of Man by Dennis Potter (1969). Born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1941

 Michael Mansfield
Michael Mansfield QC (born 12 October 1941) is an English barrister. A republican, vegetarian, socialist and self-described “radical lawyer”, he has participated in prominent and controversial court cases and inquests involving accused IRA bombers, the Bloody Sunday incident, the Hillsborough disaster and the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Diana, Princess of Wales and the McLibel case.

1942

 Daliah Lavi
Daliah Lavi (born 12 October 1942) is an Israeli actress, singer, and model. Lavi’s film appearances include Vincente Minnelli’s Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), Mario Bava’s gothic classic La Frusta e il corpo, or The Whip and the Body (1963), the role of The Girl in Lord Jim and the first Matt Helm film, The Silencers (1966), opposite Dean Martin. However, her best-known role is probably in Casino Royale (1967). Born Daliah Lewinbuk in Shavei Zion, Mandatory Palestine.

1944

 Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon OBE (born 12 October 1944) is an English television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter. Rippon presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News, becoming a regular presenter in 1975. She was the first female journalist permanently to present the BBC national television news. Rippon appeared on a Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show in 1976, presented the first two series of Top Gear and also presented Come Dancing. Born Angela Mary Rippon in Plymouth, Devon, England.

1948

 Rick Parfitt
Rick Parfitt, OBE (born 12 October 1948) is an English musician, best known for being a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist in the rock band Status Quo. Born Richard John Parfitt in Woking, Surrey.

1949

 Carlos the Jackal
Carlos the Jackal (born 12 October 1949) is a Venezuelan terrorist currently serving a life sentence in France for the 1975 murder of an informant for the French government and two French counter-intelligence agents. While in prison he was further convicted of attacks in France that killed 11 and injured 150 people and sentenced to an additional life term. Born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in Michelena, Táchira, Venezuela.

1950

 Susan Anton
Susan Anton (born October 12, 1950) is an American actress and singer. She starred in the film Goldengirl. Born Susan Ellen Anton in Yucaipa, California.
 Robin Askwith
Robin Askwith (born 12 October 1950) is an English film actor, most famous for his role as Timmy Lea in the Confessions… sex comedies series. In 1975, at Drury Lane’s New London Theatre, he was voted Most Promising Newcomer – Male at the “Evening Standard British Film Awards”. Born Ronald Askwiths in Southport, Lancashire.
 Caroline Ellis
Caroline Ellis (born 12 October 1950) is an English actress. Ellis is best known to American audiences for her role as the character Joy in The Bugaloos (1970). Born Caroline Elizabeth Ann Ellis in Whetstone, London, England.

1953

 Les Dennis
Les Dennis (born 12 October 1953) is an English television presenter, actor and comedian, best known as the presenter of Family Fortunes for 15 years from 1987 until 2002. He has played the role of Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street from 2014 to 2016. Born Leslie Heseltine in Garston, Liverpool.

1968

 Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in variety of film genres. He is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as for his lead roles in films such Kate & Leopold (2001), Van Helsing (2004),The Prestige (2006), the film version of Les Misérables (2012), and the thriller Prisoners (2013). His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013. In Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. Born Hugh Michael Jackman in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

1983

 Katie Piper
Katie Piper (born 12 October 1983) is an English philanthropist, television presenter and former model from Andover, Hampshire. Piper had hoped to have a full-time career in the media, but in March 2008 sulphuric acid was thrown in her face. The attack blinded Piper in one eye. Born Kate Elizabeth Piper in Andover, Hampshire, England.

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