2 October


1452

 Richard III
Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485, at the age of 32, in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. He is the subject of the historical play Richard III by William Shakespeare. Born in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. (d. 1485)

1847

 Paul von Hindenburg
Paul von Hindenburg (2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934) was a German military officer, statesman, and politician who served as the second President of Germany during the period 1925-34. Born Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg. (d. 1934)

1869

 Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: “high-souled”, “venerable”)—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu (Gujarati: endearment for “father”, “papa”) in India. In common parlance in India he is often called Gandhiji. He is unofficially called the Father of the Nation. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire. (d. 1948)

1890

 Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) was an American comedian and film and television star. He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life. Born Julius Henry Marx in New York City, New York. (d. 1977)

1895

 Bud Abbott
Bud Abbott (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, producer, and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello. During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940 and 1956 they made 36 films. Born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey. (d. 1974)

1904

 Graham Greene
Graham Greene OM CH (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English novelist and author regarded by some as one of the great writers of the 20th century. Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair. Several works, such as The Confidential Agent, The Third Man, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, and The Human Factor, also show Greene’s avid interest in the workings and intrigues of international politics and espionage. Born Henry Graham Greene in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. (d. 1991)

1917

 Charles Drake
Charles Drake (October 2, 1917 – September 10, 1994) was an American actor. In 1945 he was cast in Conflict which starred Humphrey Bogart. In 1950 Drake co-starred with James Stewart and Shelley Winters in Winchester ’73 and again co-starred with Stewart in the film Harvey. Born Charles Ruppert in New York City, New York. (d. 1994)

1921

 Robert Runcie
Robert Runcie, Baron Runcie, MC, PC (2 October 1921 – 11 July 2000) was a British Anglican bishop. He was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1980 to 1991. Born Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie in Crosby, Lancashire. (d. 2000)

1928

 George Spanky McFarland
Spanky McFarland (October 2, 1928 – June 30, 1993) was an American actor most famous for his appearances as a child in the Our Gang series of short-subject comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. Born George McFarland in Denison, Texas. (d. 1993)

1937

 Johnnie Cochran
Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. (October 2, 1937 – March 29, 2005) was an American lawyer best known for his leadership role in the defense and criminal acquittal of O. J. Simpson for the murder of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana. (d. 2005)

1945

 Don McLean
Don McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter best known for the 1971 album American Pie, containing the songs “American Pie” and “Vincent”. On April 7, 2015, McLean’s original working manuscript for “American Pie” sold for $1,205,000. Born Donald McLean III in New Rochelle, New York.

1948

 Trevor Brooking
Sir Trevor Brooking, CBE (born 2 October 1948) is a former England international footballer, manager, pundit and football administrator; he now works as director of football development in England. He played most of his career for West Ham United making 647 appearances for the club. He won the 1975 FA Cup and the 1980 FA Cup in which he scored the only goal. He was also the club’s player of the season on four occasions and caretaker manager on two occasions in 2003. Brooking played 47 times for England, scoring five times. Born Trevor David Brooking in Barking, Essex, England.
 Avery Brooks
Avery Brooks (born October 2, 1948) is an American actor, director, and occasional singer. He is best known for his television roles as Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as Hawk on Spenser: For Hire and its spinoff A Man Called Hawk, and as Dr. Bob Sweeney in the Academy Award-nominated film American History X. Born Avery Franklin Brooks in Evansville, Indiana.
 Donna Karan
Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948), also known under the alias “DK”, is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. Born Donna Ivy Faske in Queens, New York.

1949

 Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz (born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. She photographed John Lennon on the day he was assassinated, and her work was used on two record albums by Joan Armatrading. She is the only woman to have held an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. She was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 2009. Born Anna-Lou Leibovitz in Waterbury, Connecticut.

1950

 Persis Khambatta
Persis Khambatta (2 October 1948 – 18 August 1998) was an Indian model, actress and author. She was best known for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in the 1979 feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Born in Bombay, Bombay State, India. (d. 1998)
 Ian McNeice
Ian McNeice (born 2 October 1950) is an English actor and voice actor. He found fame portraying government agent Harcourt in the 1985 television mini-series Edge of Darkness, and went on to feature in popular films such as The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, and Frank Herbert’s Dune. He plays Bert Large in the comedy drama series Doc Martin, and played The Newsreader in historical drama Rome. Born in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
 Mike Rutherford
Mike Rutherford (born 2 October 1950) is an English musician. He is a founding member of Genesis and one of the band’s only two original members. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. In addition to his work with Genesis, Rutherford released two solo albums in the early 1980s. In 1985, he formed the highly-successful band Mike + The Mechanics, which became a chart-topping act and significant live draw in its own right, and earned Rutherford an Ivor Novello Award for the 1988 single “The Living Years”. Born Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

1951

  Sting
Sting (born 2 October 1951) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career. He has received 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003. Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner.

1954

 Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954) is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, and as Karen Friedman Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared as Angela Rizzoli on the series Rizzoli & Isles. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1955

 Philip Oakey
Phil Oakey (born 2 October 1955) is an English composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead songwriter, frontman and co-founder of the English synthpop band The Human League. At the height of their success, The Human League released the triple platinum album Dare and Oakey co-wrote and sang the multi-million selling single “Don’t You Want Me”, which was a number one single in both the U.S. and UK, where it remains the 25th highest selling single of all time. Born Philip Oakey in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

1967

 Frankie Fredericks
Frankie Fredericks (born 2 October 1967) is a former track and field athlete from Namibia. Running in the 100 metres and 200 metres, he won four silver medals at the Olympic Games (two in 1992 and two in 1996), making him Namibia’s first and so far only Olympic medalist. He also won gold medals at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, All-Africa Games and Commonwealth Games. He is the world indoor record-holder for 200 metres. Born Frank Fredericks in Windhoek, South West Africa.

1968

 Victoria Derbyshire
Victoria Derbyshire (born 2 October 1968) is an English journalist and broadcaster. Her current affairs and debate programme has been broadcast on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel since 2015. She formerly presented the morning news/current affairs and interview programme on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10 am and 12 noon each weekday and was a Radio 5 Live presenter for 16 years, departing in late 2014. Born Victoria Antoinette Derbyshire.
 Jana Novotná
Jana Novotná (born 2 October 1968) is a former professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. She won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and was runner-up in three previous Grand Slam tournaments. Novotná also won 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia.

1969

 Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy (born 2 October 1969) is the stage name of Damon Michael Gough, an English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gough’s first album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, was released in June 2000, accompanied by four singles. The album was critically acclaimed and Badly Drawn Boy was successful in winning the 2000 Mercury Music Prize. Born Damon Michael Gough in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
 Natasha Little
Natasha Little (born 2 October 1969) is an English actress. She is best known for her work on British television, but has also featured in many film and theatre roles. Born in Liverpool, Lancashire.

1970

 Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, a dancer, a talk show host, and a television producer. Ripa first became known for her portrayal of Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. She is best known as the co-host of the syndicated morning talk show, Live! with Kelly. Born Kelly Maria Ripa in Stratford, New Jersey.

1971

  Tiffany
Tiffany (born October 2, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and former teen icon. She is most notable for her 1987 cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now”. Born Tiffany Renee Darwish in Norwalk, California.

1974

 Simon Gregson
Simon Gregson (born 2 October 1974) is an English actor known for his portrayal of Steve McDonald in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street since 1989. He won Best Comedy Performance at the 2014 British Soap Awards. Born Simon Alan Gregory in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England.
 Paul Teutul Jr
Paul Teutul Jr. (born October 2, 1974) was one of the stars of the American reality television series American Chopper. He co-founded Orange County Choppers (OCC) with his father, Paul Teutul, Sr. in 1999. Born Paul Michael Teutul.

1978

 Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki (born October 2, 1978) is a Japanese recording artist, lyricist, model, and actress. Hamasaki has sold over 51 million records, making her one of the best-selling artists in Japan. Hamasaki is the first female recording artist to have eight studio albums since her debut to top the Oricon and the first artist to have a number-one album for 13 consecutive years since her debut. Born in Fukuoka, Japan.

1990

 Samantha Barks
Samantha Barks (born 2 October 1990) is a Manx actress and singer who has performed on stage and screen as well as television. She rose to fame after coming third in the BBC talent show-themed television series I’d Do Anything in 2008. In 2012, she starred alongside Jonathan Bailey in the Disney Channel series, Groove High, and made her film debut as Éponine in the film version of the musical Les Misérables. Her performance in Les Misérables earned nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble, won the Empire Award for Best Female Newcomer and shared the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast. Born Samantha Jane Barks in Laxey, Isle of Man.

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