21 August


1872

 Aubrey Beardsley
Aubrey Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. Born Aubrey Vincent Beardsley in Brighton, England. (d. 1898)

1904

 Count Basie
Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Born William James Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey. (d. 1984)

1905

 Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, producer and composer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. Born Isadore Freleng in Kansas City, Missouri. (d. 1995)

1916

 Geoffrey Keen
Geoffrey Keen (21 August 1916 – 3 November 2005) was an English actor who appeared in supporting roles in many famous films. On television, he was one of the leads in BBC TV’s long-running drama about the oil industry, The Troubleshooters, between 1965 and 1972. Born in Wallingford, Berkshire, England. (d. 2005)

1924

 Jack Weston
Jack Weston (born August 21, 1924 – May 3, 1996) was an American film, stage, and television actor. Weston had countless character roles in major films such as The Cincinnati Kid and The Thomas Crown Affair. Born Jack Weinstein in Cleveland, Ohio. (d. 1996)

1930

 Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, CI, GCVO, GCStJ (21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002), was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II. Born Margaret Rose in Glamis Castle, Scotland. (d. 2002)

1933

 Janet Baker
Dame Janet Baker CH DBE FRSA (born 21 August 1933) is an English mezzo-soprano best known as an opera, concert, and lieder singer. Born Janet Abbott Baker in Hatfield, West Yorkshire, England.
 Barry Norman
Barry Norman, CBE (born 21 August 1933) is a British film critic, writer and media personality. He presented BBC Television’s Film 72 (and successive years) until 1998. Born Barry Leslie Norman in London, England.

1938

 Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres. Born Kenneth Ray Rogers in Houston, Texas.

1944

 Peter Weir
Peter Weir, AM (born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. His films include Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the historical drama Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), and the Academy Award nominated films Witness (1985), Dead Poets Society (1989), Green Card (1990), The Truman Show (1998) and Master and Commander (2003). Born Peter Lindsay Weir in Sydney, Australia.

1952

 Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002) was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Clash, a punk rock band that was formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Born John Graham Mellor in Ankara, Turkey. (d. 2002)

1956

 Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall (born 21 August 1956) is an English-Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Samantha Jones in the HBO romantic comedy series Sex and the City (1998-2004), which earned her the 2002 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Born Kim Victoria Cattrall in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England.

1958

 Kate Robbins
Kate Robbins (born 21 August 1958) is an English actress, comedienne, singer and songwriter. She came to prominence in the early 1980s when she scored a No.2 hit on the UK Charts with the song “More Than in Love”, while she was appearing in the TV soap opera Crossroads. She went on to become a prolific voice artist, most notably for nine years with the satirical show Spitting Image. Born Kate Elizabeth Robbins in Margate, Kent.

1967

 Carrie-Anne Moss
Carrie-Anne Moss (born August 21, 1967) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role of Trinity in The Matrix trilogy of films beginning with the sci-fi action film The Matrix (1999), her breakthrough film. She has starred in the neo-noir-psychological thriller film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan, the sci-fi thriller Red Planet, and the romantic drama Chocolat (all 2000). Born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

1975

 Alicia Witt
Alicia Witt (born August 21, 1975) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and pianist. Witt first came to fame as a child actress after being discovered by David Lynch, who cast her as Alia Atreides in his film Dune (1984) and in a guest role in his television series Twin Peaks (1990). She has had continuing starring roles in the sitcom Cybill and the Southern crime drama Justified. Born Alicia Roanne Witt in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1979

  Kelis
Kelis (born August 21, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter. Her most well-known song is “Milkshake”. She has sold six million records worldwide and has had particular success in the United Kingdom, with ten of her singles reaching the UK Singles Chart top ten. Born Kelis Rogers in New York City.

1983

 Chantelle Houghton
Chantelle Houghton (born 21 August 1983) is an English television personality, glamour model, media personality, television presenter, and columnist. Born Chantelle Vivien Houghton in Wickford, Essex, England.

1984

  Alizée
Alizée (born 21 August 1984) is a French singer, dancer and voice actress. Her most successful single “Moi… Lolita” reached number one in several countries in Europe and East Asia. In the 2010 and 2011 ‘Sexiest Women in the World’ polls, run by the French edition of FHM magazine, readers voted Alizée as the second sexiest woman out of 100. Born Alizée Jacotey in Ajaccio, Corsica, France.

1986

 Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt, OJ, CD (born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest person ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Born Usain St Leo Bolt in Sherwood Content, Trelawny, Jamaica.

1989

 Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere (born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes (2006-10), Juliette Barnes in the ABC musical drama series Nashville (since 2012) and Kairi in the video game series Kingdom Hearts. Born Hayden Leslie Panettiere in Palisades, New York.

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