22 August


1862

 Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. Debussy was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of his most famous works is the revolutionary “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”, which is truly original in form and execution. Born Claude-Achille Debussy in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. (d. 1918)

1893

 Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in publications such as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey. (d. 1967)

1902

 Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl (22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress, dancer, and propagandist for the Nazis. Born Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl in Berlin, German Empire. (d. 2003)

1904

 Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping (22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997), was a Chinese revolutionary and statesman. He was the paramount leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992. Born in Guang’an, Sichuan, Qing dynasty. (d. 1997)

1908

 Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered the master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He helped develop street photography. Born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France. (d. 2004)

1915

 Hugh Paddick
Hugh Paddick (22 August 1915 – 9 November 2000) was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as “Charles and Fiona” (as Charles) and “Julian and Sandy” (as Julian). Born Hugh William Paddick in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 2000)

1917

 John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. He rose to prominence performing an electric guitar-style adaptation of Delta blues. Born in Coahoma County, Mississippi. (d. 2001)

1920

 Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Widely known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) as well as his science fiction and horror story collections The Martian Chronicles (1950) The Illustrated Man (1951), and There Will Come Soft Rains (1950). Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American genre writers. Born Raymond Douglas Bradbury in Waukegan, Illinois. (d. 2012)

1925

 Honor Blackman
Honor Blackman (born 22 August 1925) is an English actress, widely known for the roles of Cathy Gale in The Avengers (1962-64), Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Julia Daggett in Shalako (1968) and Hera in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Born in Plaistow, West Ham, London, England.

1934

 Norman Schwarzkopf Jr
“Stormin'” Norman Schwarzkopf (August 22, 1934 – December 27, 2012) was a United States Army general. While serving as Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War. Born Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr in Trenton, New Jersey. (d. 2012)

1940

 Valerie Harper
Valerie Harper (born August 22, 1939) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Rhoda Morgenstern in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, and later as Valerie Hogan in Valerie. She is a four-time Primetime Emmy Award winner. Born Valerie Kathryn Harper in Suffern, New York.

1957

 Steve Davis
Steve Davis, OBE (born 22 August 1957) is an English former professional snooker player from Plumstead, London. Known for dominating the sport during the 1980s, when he won the World Championship six times and was ranked world number one for seven consecutive seasons, he is remembered particularly for contesting the 1985 World Championship final with Dennis Taylor, the black-ball conclusion of which attracted a record 18.5 million British viewers. Born in Plumstead, London, England.

1959

 Mark Williams
Mark Williams (born 22 August 1959) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and presenter. He is best known as Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films, one of the stars of the popular BBC sketch show The Fast Show, as well as his role as Olaf Peterson in Red Dwarf. More recently he has appeared as the title character in the BBC series Father Brown. Born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England.

1961

 Debbi Peterson
Debbi Peterson (born August 22, 1961), is an American musician and the drummer of the band The Bangles. She sang lead vocals on two of the band’s released singles, “Going Down to Liverpool” (1984) and “Be With You” (1989). Born Deborah Mary Peterson in Northridge, Los Angeles, California.

1963

 Tori Amos
Tori Amos (born August 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer. She is a classically trained musician. She has received eight Grammy nominations. Born Myra Ellen Amos in Newton, North Carolina.

1964

 Mats Wilander
Mats Wilander (born 22 August 1964) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from Sweden. From 1982 to 1988, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles (three at the French Open, three at the Australian Open, and one at the US Open), and one Grand Slam men’s doubles title (at Wimbledon). In 1988, Wilander won three of the four Grand Slam singles events and finished that year ranked World No. 1. Born in Växjö, Sweden.

1967

 Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell (born August 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian. Burrell is best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC sitcom Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2014 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series in 2013. Born Tyler Gerald Burrell in Grants Pass, Oregon.

1975

 Sheree Murphy
Sheree Murphy (born 22 August 1975) is an English actress and television presenter, best known for her roles as Tricia Dingle in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, Eva Strong in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Dakota Davies in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Born in Islington, London, England.

1978

 James Corden
James Corden, OBE (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, writer, producer, comedian, and television host. Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. Born James Kimberley Corden in Hillingdon, London, England.

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