12 September


1492

 Lorenzo de’ Medici
Lorenzo de’ Medici (1 January 1449 – 9 April 1492) was an Italian statesman and de facto ruler of the Florentine Republic, who was one of the most powerful and enthusiastic patrons of the Renaissance. Also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent (Lorenzo il Magnifico ) by contemporary Florentines, he was a magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists and poets. He is well known for his contribution to the art world by sponsoring artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo. Born in Florence, Republic of Florence. (d. 1492)

1852

 H. H Asquith
Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, KG, PC, KC (12 September 1852 – 15 February 1928), served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916. Until 5 January 1988, he was the longest continuously serving prime minister in the 20th century. Born Herbert Henry Asquith in Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. (d. 1928)

1880

 H. L Mencken
H. L. Mencken (September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was a German-American journalist, satirist, cultural critic and scholar of American English. Known as the “Sage of Baltimore”, he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the first half of the twentieth century. Born Henry Louis Mencken in Baltimore, Maryland. (d. 1956)

1888

 Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including “Louise”, “Mimi”, “Valentine”, and “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and for his films, including The Love Parade and The Big Pond. His trademark attire was a boater hat. Born Maurice Auguste Chevalier in Paris, France. (d. 1972)

1913

 Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. He was recognized in his lifetime as “perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history”. His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been called “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport” and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games. Born James Cleveland Owens in Oakville, Alabama. (d. 1980)

1914

 Desmond Llewelyn
Desmond Llewelyn (12 September 1914 – 19 December 1999) was a Welsh actor, best known for his role as Q in 17 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1999. Born Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn in Newport, Monmouthshire. (d. 1999)

1915

 Billy Daniels
Billy Daniels (September 12, 1915 – October 7, 1988) was an African American singer active in the United States and Europe from the mid-1930s to 1988, notable for his hit recording of “That Old Black Magic” and his pioneering performances on early 1950s television. Born William Boone Daniels in Jacksonville, Florida. (d. 1988)

1927

 Freddie Jones
Freddie Jones (born 12 September 1927) is an English character actor. He appeared in David Lynch’s films The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), and Wild at Heart (1990). Other film credits include Otley, Zulu Dawn and Far from the Madding Crowd. Jones created the part of Sir in the original production of The Dresser by Ronald Harwood. Born Frederick Charles Jones in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

1931

 Ian Holm
Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931) is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear. He was nominated for the 1981 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as athletics trainer Sam Mussabini in Chariots of Fire. Other well-known film roles include Ash in Alien, Father Vito Cornelius in The Fifth Element, and the hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. Born in Goodmayes, Essex, England.

1940

 Linda Gray
Linda Gray (born September 12, 1940) is an American film, stage and television actress, director, producer and former model, best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing, the long-suffering wife of Larry Hagman’s character on the long-running CBS television drama series Dallas (1978-1989), for which she was nominated for the 1981 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The role also earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations. Born Linda Ann Gray in Santa Monica, California.
 Patrick Mower
Patrick Mower (born 12 September 1938) is an English actor well known for his various television and occasional film roles, often as a detective or secret agent, appearing as DCI Tom Haggerty in Special Branch and Det. Supt. Steve Hackett in the police series Target and more recently as Rodney Blackstock in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, a role he has played since 2000. Born Patrick Archibald Shaw in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

1943

 Maria Muldaur
Maria Muldaur (born September 12, 1943) is an American folk-blues singer who was part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1973 hit song “Midnight at the Oasis” and continues to record albums in the folk traditions. Born in Greenwich Village, New York.
 Michael Ondaatje
Michael Ondaatje, OC (/ɒnˈdɑːtʃiː/; born 12 September 1943), is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet. He won the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient (1992), which was adapted as the 1996 film of the same name. Born Philip Michael Ondaatje in Colombo, Ceylon.

1944

 Barry White
Barry White (September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003) was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A three-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White’s greatest success came in the 1970s as a solo singer and with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, crafting many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two biggest hits, “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”. Born Barry Eugene Carter. (d. 2003)

1957

 Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward, AM (born 12 September 1957) is an English-born Australian actress, columnist, film director, and screenwriter. In 2001, Ward won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Short Fiction Film for The Big House, and Best Australian Film at Flickerfest. The film also won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, as did her 2003 film Martha’s New Coat. Born Rachel Claire Ward in Cornwell, Oxfordshire, England.

1967

 Jason Statham
Jason Statham (born 26 July 1967) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and Revolver (2005). Born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England.

1981

 Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place. As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006), for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won the Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Jennifer Kate Hudson in Chicago, Illinois.

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