19 August


1743

 Madame du Barry
Jeanne Bécu, comtesse du Barry (19 August 1743 – 8 December 1793) was the last Maîtresse-en-titre of Louis XV of France and one of the victims of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Born Jeanne Bécu in Vaucouleurs, France. (d. 1793)

1871

 Orville Wright
Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and his brother Wilbur were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Born in Dayton, Ohio. (d. 1948)

1883

 Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a French fashion designer of women’s clothes and founder of the Chanel brand. She is widely regarded as the greatest fashion designer who ever lived, thus making the name of Chanel iconic. Born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France. (d. 1971)

1902

 Ogden Nash
Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse. Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. He was best known for surprising, pun-like rhymes, sometimes with words deliberately misspelled for comic effect, as in his retort to Dorothy Parker’s humorous dictum, Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses:
A girl who is bespectacled
She may not get her nectacled.

Born Frederic Ogden Nash in Rye, New York. (d. 1971)

1915

 Ring Lardner
Ring Lardner (March 6, 1885 – September 25, 1933) was an American sports columnist and short story writer best known for his satirical writings about sports, marriage, and the theatre. Born Ringgold Wilmer Lardner in Niles, Michigan. (d. 2000)

1921

 Gene Roddenberry
Gene Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter and producer. He is best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. Born Eugene Wesley Roddenberry in El Paso, Texas. (d. 1991)
 David Lodge
David Lodge (19 August 1921 – 18 October 2003) was an English character actor. He made his screen debut in The Cockleshell Heroes and going on to feature in many British films usually portraying military types, and often comedic roles. Born David William Frederick Lodge in Rochester, Kent, England. (d. 2003)

1928

 Bernard Levin
Bernard Levin CBE (19 August 1928 – 7 August 2004) was an English journalist, author and broadcaster, described by The Times as “the most famous journalist of his day”. Born Henry Bernard Levin in London. (d. 2004)

1930

 Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Angela’s Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood. Born Francis McCourt in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. (d. 2009)

1931

 Bill Shoemaker
Bill Shoemaker (August 19, 1931 – October 12, 2003) was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record for total professional jockey victories. Born William Lee Shoemaker in Fabens, Texas. (d. 2003)

1938

 Diana Muldaur
Diana Muldaur (born August 19, 1938) is an American film and television actress. Muldaur’s television roles include Dr. Katherine Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has been Emmy-nominated three times: twice for L.A. Law and once for Born Free (TV Series). Muldaur had a recurring role on the Dennis Weaver mystery anthology McCloud. Born Diana Charlton Muldaur in New York City, New York.

1939

 Ginger Baker
Ginger Baker (born 19 August 1939) is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. Born Peter Edward Baker in Lewisham, south London, England.

1940

 Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash, Jr. (born August 19, 1940) is an American reggae singer-songwriter, best known in the US for his 1972 comeback hit, “I Can See Clearly Now”. Born John Lester Nash Jr in Houston, Texas.
 Jill St John
Jill St. John (born August 19, 1940) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim in Los Angeles, California.

1943

 Billy J Kramer
Billy J. Kramer (born 19 August 1943) is a pop singer. With record producer George Martin, the song “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” was a number two UK Singles Chart hit in 1963. “Little Children” was his second chart topper and biggest hit. Born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Lancashire, England.

1945

 Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found commercial success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple. Born in Chiswick, London, England.

1946

 Bill Clinton
William Jefferson Clinton (born August 19, 1946), generally known as Bill Clinton, is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He previously served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and as the state’s Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. Born William Jefferson Blythe III in Hope, Arkansas.

1947

 Dave Dutton
Dave Dutton (born 19 August 1947) is an English actor. He first came to public recognition when he played the part of Oswald, the eccentric cafe owner in Granada television’s situation comedy, Watching. Born in Atherton, Lancashire.

1948

 Tipper Gore
Tipper Gore (born August 19, 1948) is an author, photographer, and social issues advocate who was Second Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson in Washington, DC.
 Jim Carter
Jim Carter (born 19 August 1948) is an English actor. His best known role is in Downton Abbey (2010-2015) playing Mr Carson, a role that has earned him four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2012-2015). Born James Edward Carter in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

1950

 Jennie Bond
Jennie Bond (born 19 August 1950) is an English journalist and television presenter. Bond worked for fourteen years as the BBC’s royal correspondent. Born Jennifer Bond in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

1952

 Jonathan Frakes
Jonathan Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor, author, and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born Jonathan Scott Frakes in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

1969

 Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry (born August 19, 1969) is an American-Canadian actor and writer. Perry is known for his role as Chandler Bing on the long-running NBC television sitcom Friends. Born Matthew Langford Perry in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

1980

 Darius Campbell
Darius Campbell (born 19 August 1980), also known professionally either as Darius Danesh or Darius, is a Scottish platinum-selling singer-songwriter, a West End stage actor, and an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. Born Darius Campbell-Danesh in Glasgow, Scotland.

1983

 Reeva Steenkamp
Reeva Steenkamp (19 August 1983 – 14 February 2013) was a South African model. On Valentine’s Day 2013, Steenkamp was murdered by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius. Born Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp in Cape Town, South Africa. (d. 2013)

1987

 Nico Hülkenberg
Nico Hülkenberg (born 19 August 1987) is a German professional racing driver currently racing for the Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team. In 2015 he also contested in two rounds of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season for Porsche, winning the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in his first attempt. Born Nicolas Hülkenberg in Emmerich am Rhein, West Germany.

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