18 September


1709

 Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. After nine years of work, Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755. It had a far-reaching effect on Modern English. Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire. (d. 1784)

1819

 Leon Foucault
Léon Foucault (18 September 1819 – 11 February 1868) was a French physicist best known for his demonstration of the Foucault pendulum, a device demonstrating the effect of the Earth’s rotation. Born Jean Bernard Léon Foucault in Paris, Kingdom of France. (d. 1868)

1905

 Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during the 1920s and 1930s. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an honorary one in 1954. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden. (d. 1990)

1916

 Rossano Brazzi
Rossano Brazzi (18 September 1916 – 24 December 1994) was an Italian actor. In 1958, he played the lead as Frenchman Emile De Becque in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. His other notable English-language films include The Barefoot Contessa (1954) and The Italian Job (1969). Born in Bologna, Italy. (d. 1994)

1920

 Jack Warden
Jack Warden (September 18, 1920 – July 19, 2006) was an American character actor of film and television. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He received a BAFTA nomination for the former movie and won an Emmy for his performance in Brian’s Song (1971). Born John Warden Lebzelter Jr in Newark, New Jersey. (d. 2006)

1929

 Elizabeth Spriggs
Elizabeth Spriggs (18 September 1929 – 2 July 2008) was an English character actress. In 1978, she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for Arnold Wesker’s Love Letters on Blue Paper. She received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. Her other films included Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).On TV she was in Frederic Raphael’s The Glittering Prizes (1976) and was the formidable Nan in the ITV comedy series Shine on Harvey Moon (1982-85). Born Elizabeth Jean Williams in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. (d. 2008)

1935

 John Spencer
John Spencer (18 September 1935 – 11 July 2006) was an English professional snooker player who won the World Professional title at his first attempt, was the first winner at the Crucible Theatre, was the inaugural winner of the Masters and Irish Masters and was the first player to make a 147 break in competition. Born in Radcliffe, Lancashire, England. (d. 2006)

1939

 Frankie Avalon
Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone, September 18, 1940) is an American actor, singer, and former teen idol. Avalon had 31 charted U.S. Billboard singles from 1958 to late 1962. In 1959, “Venus” (5 weeks #1) and “Why” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Why” was the last #1 of the 1950s. Born Francis Thomas Avallone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 Fred Willard
Fred Willard (born September 18, 1933 or 1939) is an American actor, comedian, voice actor and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. In 2010 he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the TV series Modern Family. Born Frederick Charles Willard in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

1942

 Alex Stepney
Alex Stepney (born 18 September 1942 in Mitcham, Surrey) is a former English football player who was Manchester United’s goalkeeper when they became the first English club to win the European Cup. Born Alexander Cyril Stepney in Mitcham, Surrey.

1944

 Veronica Carlson
Veronica Carlson (born 18 September 1944) is an English model and actress, best known in the late 1960s for a series of roles in three Hammer Horror films, including Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) and The Horror of Frankenstein (1970). Born Veronica Mary Glazer in Yorkshire, England.

1945

 John McAfee
John McAfee (born September 18, 1945) is an American computer programmer, businessman, and politician. He is the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program. Born John David McAfee in United Kingdom.

1947

 Russ Abbot
Russ Abbot (born on 18 September 1947) is an English musician, comedian and actor. Abbot first came to public notice during the 1970s as the singer and drummer with British comedy showband the Black Abbots, later forging a prominent solo career as a television comedian with his own weekly show on British television. Born Russ Roberts in Ellesmere Port.
 Giancarlo Minardi
Giancarlo Minardi (born 18 September 1947) is the founder and former Managing Director of the now-defunct Minardi Formula One team. Born in Faenza (Ravenna), Italy.

1949

 Mo Mowlam
Mo Mowlam (18 September 1949 – 19 August 2005) was an English Labour Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Redcar from 1987 to 2001 and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Mowlam’s time as Northern Ireland Secretary saw the signing of the historic Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998. Born Marjorie Mowlam in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 2005)
 Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton OBE (born 18 September 1949) is a former English footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for the England men’s team than anyone else, earning 125 caps, and he also holds the all-time record for the most competitive appearances in world football. Born Peter Leslie Shilton in Leicester, England.

1956

 Tim McInnerny
Tim McInnerny (born 18 September 1956) is an English actor. He is known for his many roles on television and stage. Early in his career he featured as Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling in the Blackadder series. Born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England.

1958

 Linda Lusardi
Linda Lusardi (born 18 September 1958) is an English actress, television presenter and former model. In 1976, she began her modelling career in The Sun at the age of 18 she gave up modelling in 1997 and was voted the Best Page 3 Girl Of All Time in 2005. Born Linda Frances Ethel Lusardi in Wood Green, London.

1961

 James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini (September 18, 1961 – June 19, 2013) was an American actor and producer. Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano, an Italian American Mafia boss, in the HBO series The Sopranos. He garnered enormous praise for his performance, winning three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and one Golden Globe Award. Born James Joseph Gandolfini Jr in Westwood, New Jersey. (d. 2013)

1962

 Joanne Catherall
Joanne Catherall (born 18 September 1962) is one of the two female vocalists of the English synthpop band The Human League. Born in Sheffield, England.
 John Fashanu
John Fashanu (born 18 September 1962), often referred to as Fash, is an English television presenter and former professional footballer. He was a centre-forward from 1978 until 1995, most notably in an eight-year spell at Wimbledon F.C. in which he won the FA Cup in 1988 and scored over 100 goals in all competitions. He also played for Norwich City, Miramar Rangers, Lincoln City, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Aston Villa. He scored 134 league goals in a career lasting 17 years. Born in Kensington, London, England.

1964

 Holly Robinson Peete
Holly Robinson-Peete (born September 18, 1964) is an American actress, model and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the sitcom For Your Love. Born Holly Elizabeth Robinson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1967

 Tara FitzGerald
Tara Fitzgerald (born 18 September 1967) is an English actress who has appeared in feature films, television, radio and the stage. She won the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play in 1995 as Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet. She won the Best Actress Award at The Reims International Television Festival in 1999 for her role of Lady Dona St Columb in Frenchman’s Creek. Since 2007, Fitzgerald has appeared in more than 30 episodes of the BBC television series Waking the Dead. She is best known for her role as Selyse Baratheon in HBO series Game of Thrones. Born Anne Tara GF Callaby in Cuckfield, Sussex, England.

1970

 Darren Gough
Darren Gough (born 18 September 1970) is a retired English cricketer and former captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The spearhead of England’s bowling attack through much of the 1990s, he is England’s second highest wicket-taker in one-day internationals. Born in Monk Bretton, Barnsley, England.

1971

 Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong (born September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He is the 1993 Elite Men’s Road Race World Champion, and he had won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005, but was stripped of his Tour de France victories in 2012 after a protracted doping scandal. Born Lance Edward Armstrong in Plano, Texas.
 Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith (September 18, 1971) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and businesswoman. Perhaps her best-known role to date is the part of human rebel Niobe in the films The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). Beginning in 2014, she starred in the first season of the Fox’s crime drama Gotham as the notorious gangster Fish Mooney. Born Jada Koren Pinkett in Baltimore, Maryland.

1974

 Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell (born 18 September 1974) is a former England international footballer. A central defender, he had a 19-year career playing in the Premier League and an 11-year international career. He gained his first of 73 full caps for England aged 21. In May 1998 Campbell became what was then England’s second-youngest captain, after Bobby Moore. In 2006 he become the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments. He was in the PFA Team of the Year three times (1999, 2003, and 2004). Born Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell in Plaistow, England.

1984

 Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal (born 18 September 1984) is an English rapper, songwriter, singer, and record producer. Best known for his number-one hits “Dance wiv Me”, and “Bonkers”. Born Dylan Kwabena Mills in London, England.

1986

 Keeley Hazell
Keeley Hazell (born 18 September 1986) is an English model. Hazell became one of Britain’s most successful models, working with brands such as FHM. Born Keeley Rebecca Hazell in Lewisham, London, England.

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