15 September


1254

 Marco Polo
Marco Polo (1254 – January 8-9, 1324) was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300), a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. Born in Venice, Republic of Venice. (d. 1324)

1649

 Titus Oates
Titus Oates (15 September 1649 – 12/13 July 1705), also called Titus the Liar, was an English perjurer who fabricated the “Popish Plot”, a supposed Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II. Born in Oakham in Rutland. (d. 1705)

1857

 William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1921-1930), the only person to have held both offices. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. (d. 1930)

1889

 Robert Benchley
Robert Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. Born Robert Charles Benchley in Worcester, Massachusetts. (d. 1945)

1890

 Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world’s longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap. Born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller in Torquay, Devon, England. (d. 1976)

1894

 Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir (French: ; 15 September 1894 – 12 February 1979) was a French film director, screenwriter, actor, producer and author. As a film director and actor, he made more than forty films from the silent era to the end of the 1960s. His films La Grande Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939) are often cited by critics as among the greatest films ever made. He was ranked by the BFI’s Sight & Sound poll of critics in 2002 as the fourth greatest director of all time. Born in Beverly Hills, California. (d. 1979)

1904

 Tom Conway
Tom Conway (15 September 1904 – 22 April 1967) was a British film, television and radio actor remembered for playing private detectives (including The Falcon, Sherlock Holmes, Bulldog Drummond and The Saint) and psychiatrists. Born Thomas Charles Sanders in St Petersburg, Russian Empire. (d. 1967)

1907

 Fay Wray
Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 – August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-born American actress most noted for playing the female lead in King Kong. Born Vina Fay Wray in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. (d. 2004)

1913

 Jack Woolgar
Jack Woolgar (15 September 1913 – 14 July 1978) was a British character actor working in television and film in the 1960s and 1970s. Woolgar was often cast as a dirty old tramp. Born Jack William Woolgar in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England. (d. 1978)

1916

 Margaret Lockwood
Margaret Lockwood, CBE (15 September 1916 – 15 July 1990) was an English actress who was a film star in the 1930s and 1940s and aTV star in the 60s and 70s. Born Margaret Mary Lockwood Day in Karachi, British India. (d. 1990)

1921

 Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon (born on 15 September 1921), an English writer, surgeon and anaesthetist. Richard Gordon has written numerous novels, screenplays for film and television and accounts of popular history, mostly dealing with the practice of medicine. He is best known for a long series of comic novels on a medical theme beginning with Doctor in the House, and the subsequent film, television, radio and stage adaptations. Born Gordon Stanley Ostlere.

1922

 Jackie Cooper
Jackie Cooper (September 15, 1922 – May 3, 2011) was an American actor, television director, producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. At age nine, he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Born John Cooper Jr in Los Angeles, California. (d. 2011)

1932

 Andrée Melly
Andrée Melly (born 15 September 1932) is an English actress. She appeared in many British films, including the comedy The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954) and the Hammer Horror film The Brides of Dracula (1960). She played Tony Hancock’s French girlfriend in two series of Hancock’s Half Hour (1955-56) radio series. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire.

1933

 Henry Darrow
Henry Darrow (born September 15, 1933) is a Puerto Rican-American character actor of stage and film known for his role as Manolito Montoya on the 1960s television series The High Chaparral. Born Enrique T Delgado in New York City, New York.

1945

 Jessye Norman
Jessye Norman (born September 15, 1945) is an American Grammy award-winning opera singer and recitalist. She has also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Medal of Arts. Born Jessye Mae Norman in Augusta, Georgia.

1946

 Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones (born September 15, 1946) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive. His other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, and the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever. Born in San Saba, Texas.
 Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War. Other films include JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Stone has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films Midnight Express, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July. Born William Oliver Stone in New York City.

1954

 Sabina Franklyn
Sabina Franklyn (born 15 September 1954) is an English actress. She appeared in the ITV sitcoms Keep It in the Family and Full House and was also in the final episode of Fawlty Towers, as well as various episodes of When the Boat Comes In, All Creatures Great and Small, Terry and June and Boon. Born Elizabeth Sabina Franklyn in London, England.

1955

 Brendan O’Carroll
Brendan O’Carroll (born 15 September 1955) is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director, best known for portraying foul-mouthed matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television sitcom, Mrs. Brown’s Boys. Born in Finglas, Dublin, Ireland.

1961

 Dan Marino
Dan Marino (born September 15, 1961) is a former American Football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in American football history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. Born Daniel Constantine Marino Jr in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1972

 Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr (born 15 September 1972) is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. Born James Anthony Patrick Carr in Hounslow, London.
 Queen Letizia of Spain
Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (born 15 September 1972) is the Queen of Spain as the wife of King Felipe VI, who ascended on 19 June 2014 on the abdication of his father Juan Carlos I. Born Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.

1977

 Sophie Dahl
Sophie Dahl (born 15 September 1977) is an English author and former fashion model. Dahl is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were the children’s author Roald Dahl and the American actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandparents were the actor Stanley Holloway and the former chorus dancer Violet Lane. Born Sophie Holloway in London.
 Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, screenwriter, and producer. He made his debut in Ridley Scott’s film Black Hawk Down. Hardy’s other notable films include Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Inception (2010), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also portrayed Bane in the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises (2012), “Mad” Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and both Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend (2015). Born Edward Thomas Hardy in Hammersmith, London, England.

1984

 Prince Harry
Prince Henry of Wales, KCVO (born 15 September 1984), commonly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. At the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, but is currently fifth in line. Born Henry Charles Albert David in St Mary’s Hospital, London.

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