21 October


1772

 Samuel Taylor Coleridge
English poet, literary critic and philosopher. Born in Ottery St Mary, Devon. (d. 1834)

1785

 Henry Miller Shreve
Henry Miller Shreve (October 21, 1785 – March 6, 1851) was the American inventor and steamboat captain who opened the Mississippi, Ohio and Red rivers to steamboat navigation. Shreveport, Louisiana, is named in his honor. (d. 1851)

1833

 Alfred Nobel
Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. (d. 1896)

1895

 Edna Purviance
American actress during the silent movie era. She was the leading lady in many of Charlie Chaplin’s early films and in a span of eight years, she appeared in over thirty films with him. Born in Paradise Valley, Nevada. (d. 1958)

1911

 Mary Blair
Mary Blair (October 21, 1911 – July 26, 1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist who was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South and Cinderella. (d. 1978)

1912

 Georg Solti
Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor. Born in Budapest, Hungary. (d. 1997)

1917

 Dizzy Gillespie
American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Born in Cheraw, South Carolina. (d. 1993)

1921

 Malcolm Arnold
English composer and symphonist. Won an Academy Award for the music to The Bridge on the River Kwai. Born in Northampton (d. 2006)

1926

 Leonard Rossiter
English actor, best known for his roles as Rupert Rigsby, in the British comedy television series Rising Damp and Reginald Perrin in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Born in Liverpool, England (d. 1984)

1929

 Ursula Le Guin
American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. Born in Berkeley, California.

1933

 Georgia Brown
British singer and actress. Born Lillian Claire Laizer Getel Klot. Born in the East End of London. (d. 1992)

1940

 Geoffrey Boycott
Cricketer Born in the mining village of Fitzwilliam, near Wakefield and Pontefract in Yorkshire.
 Manfred Mann
Keyboard player best known as a founding member and namesake of Manfred Mann. Born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa.

1942

 Judge Judy Sheindlin
American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1943

 Tariq Ali
British Pakistani historian, novelist, journalist, film maker, public intellectual, political campaigner, activist, and commentator. Born in Lahore.

1944

 Mandy Rice-Davies
Marilyn “Mandy” Rice-Davies (21 October 1944 – 18 December 2014) was a British model and showgirl best known for her association with Christine Keeler and her role in the Profumo affair, which discredited the Conservative government of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1963. (d. 2014)

1949

 Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli leader and Prime Minister of Israel. Born in Tel Aviv.

1952

 Patti Davis
American actress and author. She is the daughter of former President of the United States Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan. Born in Los Angeles, California.

1953

 Peter Mandelson
British Labour Party politician. Born in London.

1955

 Eric Faulkner
Guitarist, songwriter, and singer, best known as a member of the Scottish pop band, the Bay City Rollers. Born in Edinburgh Scotland

1956

 Carrie Fisher
American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original

1971

 Jade Jagger
English jewelry designer, socialite and former model. Daughter of Mick & Bianca Jagger. Born in Paris, France.

1980

 Kim Kardashian
American socialite, reality television star, model and occasional actress. She is known for starring in

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