21 September


1866

 H. G Wells
H G Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and is called the father of science fiction. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Born Herbert George Wells in Bromley, Kent. (d. 1946)

1874

 Gustav Holst
Gustav Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets. Born Gustavus Theodore von Holst in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. (d. 1934)

1909

 Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah PC (September 21, 1909 – 27 April 1972) led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president. Nkrumah first gained power as leader of the colonial Gold Coast, and held it until he was deposed in 1966. An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organization of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prize in 1962. Born in Nkroful, Gold Coast. (d. 1972)

1912

 Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio. He directed many classic animated cartoon shorts starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Pepé Le Pew, Porky Pig and a slew of other Warner characters. Born Charles Martin Jones in Spokane, Washington. (d. 2002)

1919

 Nigel Stock
Nigel Stock (21 September 1919 – 23 June 1986) was an English actor of stage, screen, radio and television, who played character roles in many films and television dramas. His film appearances included popular releases such as Brighton Rock (1947), The Dam Busters (1955), The Great Escape (1963), and The Lion in Winter. Born Nigel Hector Munro Stock in Malta. (d. 1986)

1931

 Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman (September 21, 1931 – November 23, 2012) was an American film and television actor, director and producer best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s prime time television soap opera Dallas, and befuddled astronaut Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson in the 1960s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Born Larry Martin Hagman in Fort Worth, Texas. (d. 2012)

1934

 Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His song “Hallelujah” has been performed by almost 200 artists in various languages. Born Leonard Norman Cohen in Westmount, Quebec.

1935

 Henry Gibson
Henry Gibson (September 21, 1935 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, singer and songwriter, best known as a cast member of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, for his portrayal of diminutive country star Haven Hamilton in Nashville, and for his recurring role as Judge Clark Brown on Boston Legal. Born James Bateman in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 2009)

1942

 Tracy Reed
Tracy Reed (21 September 1942 – 2 May 2012) was an English actress. During a film-acting career that lasted from the early 1960s until 1975, she appeared in about thirty films. She is remembered for her role as Miss Scott, the mistress of General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) in director Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove (1964). Born Clare Tracy Compton Pelissier in London, England. (d. 2012)

1944

 Susan Fleetwood
Susan Fleetwood (21 September 1944 — 29 September 1995) was a British stage, film and television actress, best known as a star of the classical theatre companies of England. She received popular acclaim in the television series Chandler & Co and The Buddha of Suburbia. Born Susan Maureen Fleetwood in St Andrews, Scotland.

1947

 Stephen King
Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies. Born Stephen Edwin King in Portland, Maine.
 Keith Harris
Keith Harris (21 September 1947 – 28 April 2015) was an English ventriloquist, best known for his television show The Keith Harris Show (1982-90), audio recordings, and club appearances with his puppets Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey. Born Keith Shenton Harris in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England. (d. 2015)

1950

 Charles Clarke
Charles Clarke (born 21 September 1950) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Norwich South from 1997 until 2010, and served as Home Secretary from December 2004 until May 2006. Born Charles Rodway Clarke in Hammersmith.
 Bill Murray
Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live, for which he earned his first Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy films, including Meatballs (1979), Caddyshack (1980), Tootsie (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Scrooged (1988), and Groundhog Day (1993). He starred in Lost in Translation (2003), which earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Born William James Murray in Evanston, Illinois.

1957

 Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen (born September 21, 1957), with brothr Joel, are American filmmakers. They have directed more than 15 films together, that are often characterized as being “genre-busting”, having covered comedy, crime, the Western, horror, thriller, gangster, drama, romance, adventure, and features of neo-noir. Their films include Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Miller’s Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), A Serious Man (2009), True Grit (2010), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Hail, Caesar! (2016). Born Ethan Jesse Coen in St Louis Park, Minnesota.

1958

 Penny Smith
Penny Smith (born 21 September 1958) is an English television presenter, newsreader and radio presenter. In 2015 she was presenting The Breakfast Show’ for BBC London 94.9 on weekday mornings. She presented for Sky News and Classic FM, and for GMTV. Born Penelope Jane Smith in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England.
 Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo (born 21 September 1958) is an English radio presenter who has worked for BBC Radio since 1981. As of March 2015, Mayo is presenter of Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 and, with Mark Kermode, presenter of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live. Born Simon Andrew Hicks Mayo in Southgate, London.

1968

 Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, producer, and Emmy Award-winning television presenter. She is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally 1993-2004. Born Ricki Pamela Lake in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

1972

 Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He gained fame as the lead singer of rock band Oasis, and later as the singer of Beady Eye. His erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press; he remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music. Born William John Paul Gallagher in Burnage, Manchester, England.

1981

 Nicole Richie
Nicole Camille Richie (born September 21, 1981) is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons. Born Nicole Camille Escovedo in Berkeley, California.

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