16 September


1858

 Edward Marshall Hall
Sir Edward Marshall Hall KC MP (16 September 1858 – 24 February 1927) was an English barrister who had a formidable reputation as an orator. He successfully defended many people accused of notorious murders and became known as “The Great Defender”. Born in Brighton. (d. 1927)
 Bonar Law
Andrew Bonar Law (16 September 1858 – 30 October 1923), commonly called Bonar Law, was a British Conservative Party statesman and Prime Minister. Born in the colony of New Brunswick (now in Canada), he is the only British Prime Minister to have been born outside the British Isles. Born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick. (d. 1923)

1891

 Karl Dönitz
Karl Dönitz (16 September 1891 – 24 December 1980) was a German admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. Dönitz succeeded Adolf Hitler as the head of state of Germany. Born in Grünau, Berlin, Germany. (d. 1980)

1893

 Alexander Korda
Alexander Korda (16 September 1893 – 23 January 1956) was a Hungarian-born British film producer and director. He worked in Hollywood the first time during the transition to “talkies”, from 1926 to 1930. Born Sándor László Kellner in Pusztatúrpásztó, Austria-Hungary. (d. 1956)

1902

 Mildred Fish-Harnack
Mildred Fish-Harnack (16 September 1902 – 16 February 1943) was an American-German literary historian, translator, and German Resistance fighter in Nazi Germany. She was the only American woman executed on the orders of Adolf Hitler. (d. 1943)

1911

 Paul Henning
Paul Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer. Most famous for the successful TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Born Paul William Henning in Independence, Missouri. (d. 2005)

1914

 Allen Funt
Allen Funt (September 16, 1914 – September 5, 1999) was an American television producer, director, writer and television personality best known as the creator and host of Candid Camera. Born Allen Albert Funt in New York, New York. (d. 1999)

1922

 Guy Hamilton
Guy Hamilton (16 September 1922 – 20 April 2016) was an English film director. He directed 22 films from the 1950s to the 1980s, including four James Bond films. Born in Paris, France. (d. 2016)

1923

 Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew, GCMG, CH, SPMJ (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) was the first Prime Minister of Singapore, governing for three decades. Lee is recognised as the nation’s founding father, with the country described as transitioning from the “third world to first world in a single generation” under his leadership. Born Harry Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore. (d. 2015)

1924

 Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She began her career as a model. She first appeared as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe. Born Betty Joan Perske in The Bronx, New York. (d. 2014)

1925

 Charles Haughey
Charlie Haughey (16 September 1925 – 13 June 2006) was Taoiseach of Ireland, serving three terms in office (from December 1979 to June 1981, March 1982 to December 1982, and March 1987 to February 1992). Haughey is generally regarded as the dominant Irish politician of his geneation. Born Charles James Haughey in Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland. (d. 2006)
 B.B King
B.B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015) was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. Born Riley B King in Berclair, Mississippi. (d. 2015)

1927

 Peter Falk
Peter Falk (September 16, 1927 – June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running television series Columbo, which ran from 1968-2003. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, A Woman Under the Influence, and Murder by Death, as well as many television guest roles. He was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960’s Murder, Inc. and 1961’s Pocketful of Miracles), and he won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe Award once. Born Peter Michael Falk in New York City. (d. 2011)

1930

 Anne Francis
Anne Francis (September 16, 1930 – January 2, 2011) was an American actress known for her role in the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet (1956) and for having starred in the television series Honey West (1965-1966) which was the first TV series with a female detective character’s name in the title. She won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the series. Born in Ossining, New York. (d. 2011)

1934

 George Chakiris
George Chakiris (born September 16, 1934) is an American dancer, singer and actor. He is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo. Born in Norwood, Ohio.

1948

 Rosemary Casals
Rosie Casals (born September 16, 1948) is a former American professional tennis player. During a tennis career that spanned more than two decades, she won more than 90 tournaments. Born Rosemary Casals in San Francisco, California.
 Kenney Jones
Kenney Jones (born 16 September 1948) is a veteran English musician and drummer best known for his work in the groups The Small Faces, The Faces and then The Who, after Keith Moon’s death in 1978. Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Born Kenneth Thomas Jones in Stepney, London, England.
 Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson MBE (born 16 September 1948) is an English writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011-2013 Children’s Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. Born Julia Catherine Donaldson in London, England, UK.

1949

 Ed Begley Jr
Ed Begley Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations. Born Edward James Begley Jr in Los Angeles, California.

1950

 David Bellamy
The Bellamy Brothers are an American pop and country music duo consisting of brothers David Bellamy (born September 16, 1950) and Homer Howard Bellamy (born February 2, 1946), from Darby, Florida, United States. The duo had considerable musical success in the 1970s and 1980s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976, a Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100. Born David Milton Bellamy in Pasco County, Florida.
 Loyd Grossman
Loyd Grossman, CBE, FSA (born 16 September 1950) is an American-British television presenter, gastronome and musician who has mainly worked in the United Kingdom. Grossman’s television début came in April 1987, as a roving presenter for Through the Keyhole, a programme examining the homes of the famous. In July 1990, he became the first presenter of MasterChef. From 1995 Premier Foods have produced the Loyd Grossman sauces brand of cooking sauces under license. Born Loyd Daniel Gilman Grossman in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

1952

 Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke (born September 16, 1952) is an American actor, screenwriter, and retired boxer, who has appeared primarily as a leading man in drama, action, and thriller films. Born Philip Andre Rourke Jr in Schenectady, New York.

1955

 Janet Ellis
Janet Ellis (born 16 September 1955) is an English television presenter, actress and writer, best known for presenting the BBC children’s television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987. Born Janet Michell Ellis in Chatham, Kent, England.

1956

 David Copperfield
David Copperfield (born September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield’s television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards of a total 38 nominations. Born David Seth Kotkin in Metuchen, New Jersey.

1958

 Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly (September 16, 1958) is a Canadian-American actress and poker player. She is a World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet winner. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Olive in the 1994 film Bullets over Broadway. Born Jennifer Ellen Chan in Harbor City, Los Angeles.

1960

 Danny John-Jules
Danny John-Jules (born 16 September 1960) is a British actor, singer and dancer. He is best known for portraying Cat in the television programme Red Dwarf. He appears in the BBC One series Death in Paradise as policeman Dwayne Myers. Born Daniel John-Jules in Paddington, London, England.

1971

 Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler (/ˈpoʊlər/; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, writer, and voice actress. From 2009 to 2015, she starred as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series in 2014 and a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. Born in Burlington, Massachusetts.

1981

 Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel (born September 16, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the WB/CW comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. Born Kimberly Alexis Bledel in Houston, Texas.

1984

 Katie Melua
Katie Melua (born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician. In 2006, she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest selling European female artist. In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release. Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times. Born Ketevan Melua in Kutaisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union.

1992

 Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas (born September 16, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. Born Nicholas Jerry Jonas in Dallas, Texas.

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