14 August


1777

 Hans Christian Ørsted
Hans Ørsted (14 August 1777 – 9 March 1851) was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. Born Hans Christian Ørsted in Rudkøbing, Denmark. (d. 1851)

1840

 Richard von Krafft-Ebing
Richard von Krafft-Ebing (14 August 1840 – 22 December 1902) was an Austro-German psychiatrist and author of the foundational work Psychopathia Sexualis. Born Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing in Mannheim, Germany. (d. 1902)

1851

 Doc Holliday
Doc Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist of the American Old West who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Born John Henry Holliday in Griffin, Georgia. (d. 1887)

1867

 John Galsworthy
John Galsworthy OM (14 August 1867 – 31 January 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906-1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932. Born in Kingston Hill, Surrey, England. (d. 1933)

1917

 Cardew Robinson
Cardew Robinson (14 August 1917 – 28 December 1992) was a British comic, whose craft was rooted in the music hall and Gang Shows. He acted in one Carry On film, “Carry On… Up the Khyber” and many other British comedies of the 50s and 60s. Born Douglas John Cardew Robinson in Goodmayes, Essex, England. (d. 1992)

1918

 Patsy Smart
Patsy Smart ( 14 August 1918 – 6 February 1996) was an English actress who is best remembered for her performance as Miss Roberts in the 1970s ITV television drama Upstairs, Downstairs as well as appearances in The Elephant Man (1980), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and Tess (1979). Born Patricia Doris Smart in Chingford. (d. 1996)

1926

 Alice Ghostley
Alice Ghostley (August 14, 1926 – September 21, 2007) was an American actress. She was best known for her roles as nanny/aide de camp Esmeralda (1969-72) on Bewitched, as Cousin Alice (1970-71) on Mayberry R.F.D., and as Bernice Clifton (1986-93) on Designing Women, for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1992. Born Alice Margaret Ghostley in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri. (d. 2007)
 René Goscinny
René Goscinny (14 August 1926 – 5 November 1977) was an award-winning French comics editor and writer, who is best known internationally for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo. Born in Paris, France. (d. 1977)
 Buddy Greco
Buddy Greco (born August 14, 1926) is an American singer and pianist. His most successful single was “The Lady is a Tramp”, which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. Born Armando Greco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1930

 Liz Fraser
Liz Fraser (born 14 August 1930) is a BAFTA-nominated English actress, best known for her comedy roles as a provocative “dumb blonde” in British films of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Her film appearances include The Smallest Show on Earth (1957) in which she worked with Peter Sellers for the first time, I’m All Right, Jack (1959) for which she received a BAFTA nomination as Most Promising Newcomer, Two-Way Stretch (1960), various sex comedies and four of the Carry On films. Born Elizabeth Joan Winch in Southwark, London, England.

1934

 Vernon Dobtcheff
Vernon Dobtcheff (born 14 August 1934) is a Franco-British actor. Born in Nîmes, France.

1936

 Trevor Bannister
Trevor Bannister (14 August 1934 – 14 April 2011) was an English actor best known for having played the womanising junior salesman Mr. Lucas in the sitcom Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1979. Born Trevor Gordon Bannister in Durrington, Wiltshire, England. (d. 2011)

1941

 David Crosby
David Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of three bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash (who are sometimes joined by Neil Young); and CPR. Crosby has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once for his work in The Byrds and once for his work with CSN. Born David Van Cortlandt Crosby in Los Angeles, California.

1942

 Lionel Morton
Lionel Morton (born 14 August 1941) is a former musician and television presenter. In the early 1960s Morton was the lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist of the band, The Four Pennies. They are best known for their biggest hit single, “Juliet” which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in May 1964. Born Lionel Walmsley in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

1945

 Steve Martin
Steve Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, musician, author, playwright and producer. Born Stephen Glenn Martin in Waco, Texas.
 Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders (born 14 August 1945) is a German film director, playwright, author, photographer and film producer. Since 1996, Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin. Born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders in Düsseldorf.

1946

 Antonio Fargas
Antonio Fargas (born August 14, 1946) is an American actor known for his roles in 1970s blaxploitation movies, as well as his portrayal of Huggy Bear in the 1970s TV series Starsky and Hutch. Born Antonio Juan Fargas in New York City.
 Susan Saint James
Susan Saint James (born August 14, 1946) is an American actress and activist, most widely known for her work in television including McMillan & Wife (1971-1976), for which she received four Emmy Award nominations, and the comedy series Kate & Allie (1984-1989 for which she received three more Emmy Award nominations. Born Susan Jane Miller in Los Angeles, California.

1947

 Maddy Prior
Maddy Prior, MBE (born 14 August 1947) is an English folk singer, best known as the lead vocalist of Steeleye Span. Born Madeleine E Prior in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
 Danielle Steel
Danielle Steel (born August 14, 1947) is an American novelist who is currently(2013) the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. Born Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel in New York City.

1950

 Gary Larson
Gary Larson (born August 14, 1950) is an American cartoonist. He is the creator of The Far Side, a single-panel cartoon series that was syndicated internationally to over 900 newspapers for 15 years. Born in Tacoma, Washington.

1955

 Gillian Taylforth
Gillian Taylforth (born 14 August 1955) is an English actress. She is known for her role as Kathy Beale on the BBC soap opera, EastEnders (1985-2000). Born in Islington, London, England.

1959

 Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson, Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations. Born Earvin Johnson Jr in Lansing, Michigan.

1960

 Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer. Brightman began her career as a member of the dance troupe Hot Gossip. she made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she married. She went on to star in several Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera, where she originated the role of Christine Daaé. Born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

1965

 Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart (born 14 August 1963) is a French film actress, who has appeared in over 50 film and television productions since 1972. Béart won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Manon des Sources (1986). She has been nominated a further seven times for Most Promising Actress and Best Actress. Born Emmanuelle Béhart-Hasson in St Tropez (some sources say Gassin), France.

1966

 Halle Berry
Halle Berry (August 14, 1966) is an American actress and former fashion model. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in Monster’s Ball. She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005 for Catwoman. Born Maria Halle Berry in Cleveland, Ohio.

1968

 Adrian Lester
Adrian Lester, OBE (born 14 August 1968) is a British actor, director, and writer. Lester is known for playing a big-time con artist named Michael “Mickey Bricks” Stone in the BBC TV series Hustle. Born Adrian Anthony Lester in Birmingham, England.

1973

 Paddy McGuinness
Paddy McGuinness (born 14 August 1973) is an English comedian, comedy actor, television personality and presenter, best known for his work with Peter Kay in his programmes That Peter Kay Thing, Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, which led to the start of a successful career on Channel 4 and ITV, presenting game shows such as Take Me Out and Benchmark. Born Patrick Joseph McGuinness in Farnworth, Lancashire, England.

1983

 Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis (born August 14, 1983), is an American actress and voice artist. She provides the voice of Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy. Esquire magazine named her 2012′s Sexiest Woman Alive. Born Milena Markovna Kunis in Chernivtsi, in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).

1984

 Nick Grimshaw
Nick Grimshaw (born 14 August 1984) is a British television and radio presenter. He has hosted several shows for the BBC and Channel 4. Born Nicholas Peter Grimshaw in St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester.

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