23 September


1215

 Kublai Khan
Kublai Khan (September 23, 1215 – February 18, 1294), born Kublai and also known by the temple name Shizu (Emperor Shizu of Yuan), was the fifth Khagan (Great Khan) of the Mongol Empire, reigning from 1260 to 1294. He also founded the Yuan dynasty in China as a conquest dynasty in 1271, and ruled as the first Yuan emperor until his death in 1294. (d. 1294)

1869

 Typhoid Mary
Mary Mallon (September 23, 1869 – November 11, 1938), better known as Typhoid Mary, was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was twice forcibly isolated by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation. Born Mary Mallon in Cookstown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. (d. 1938)

1897

 Walter Pidgeon
Walter Pidgeon (September 23, 1897 – September 25, 1984) was a Canadian American actor who starred in many films, including Mrs. Miniver, The Bad and the Beautiful, Forbidden Planet, Advise & Consent, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Funny Girl. Born Walter Davis Pidgeon in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. (d. 1984)

1920

 Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney (born September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 90 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium’s history. Born Joseph Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York. (d. 2014)

1926

 John Coltrane
John Coltrane (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. Born John William Coltrane in Hamlet, North Carolina. (d. 1967)

1929

 Wally Whyton
Wally Whyton (23 September 1929 – 22 January 1997) was a British musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality. Whyton presented the children’s programmes including Small Time (with puppets Olly Beak and Fred Barker), Tuesday Rendezvous (on which The Beatles made their second television appearance, performing “Love Me Do”), and Five O’Clock Club. Born Wallace Victor Whyton in London, England. (d. 1997)

1930

 Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely (23 September 1930 – 7 May 1987) was a Northern Irish character actor. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Academy Award-nominated film Equus. Other films included This Sporting Life (1963), The Long Ships, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet, A Man for All Seasons (1966), Young Winston (1972), The National Health (1973), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), and Evil Under the Sun (1982). Born Colin George Blakely in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. (d. 1987)
 Ray Charles
Ray Charles (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Charles was blind from the age of seven. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Charles at number ten on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and number two on their November 2008 list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. Born Raymond Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia. (d. 2004)

1938

 Romy Schneider
Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress who started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to 1957 she played the central character of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in the Austrian Sissi trilogy. She made successful and critically acclaimed films with some of the most notable film directors of that era. Born Rosemarie Magdalena Albach in Vienna, Austria. (d. 1982)

1943

 Julio Iglesias
Julio Iglesias (born 23 September 1943) is a Spanish singer and songwriter who has sold over 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages, has released over 80 albums, and has more than 2,600 gold and platinum records certified, making him one of the best selling artists of all time and the best selling Latin artist in history. Born Julio José Iglesias de la Cueva.

1949

 Floella Benjamin
Floella Benjamin, Baroness Benjamin, OBE DL (born 23 September 1949) is a Trinidadian-British actress, author, television presenter, singer, businesswoman and politician. She is known as presenter of children’s programmes such as Play School, Play Away and Fast Forward. On 28 June 2010, Lady Benjamin was introduced to the House of Lords as a Life Peer nominated by the Liberal Democrats with the title of Baroness Benjamin, of Beckenham in the County of Kent. Born Floella Karen Yunies Benjamin in Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago.
 Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed “The Boss,” Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics. His most successful studio albums are Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984). He has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Born Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen in Long Branch, New Jersey.

1953

 Nicholas Witchell
Nicholas Witchell (born 23 September 1953) is an English journalist. He is a newscaster and diplomatic and royal correspondent for BBC News. Born Nicholas Newton Henshall Witchell in Cosford, Shropshire, England.

1954

 Cherie Blair
Theresa Cara Blair CBE QC (née Booth; born 23 September 1954), known as Cherie Blair or professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister and lecturer. She is married to the former prime minister, Tony Blair. Born Theresa Cara Booth in Bury, Lancashire, England.

1959

 Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander (born September 23, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, magician and voice artist. Alexander is best known for his prominent role as George Costanza in the television series Seinfeld. He has also had an active career on stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals including Jerome Robbins’ Broadway in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Born Jay Scott Greenspan in Newark, New Jersey.

1968

 Yvette Fielding
Yvette Fielding (born 23 September 1968) is an English television presenter, producer and actress. She became the youngest presenter on Blue Peter aged 19, and one of her episodes was subsequently voted the “Favourite Blue Peter moment” ever. Born in Manchester, England.

1972

 Karl Pilkington
Karl Pilkington (born 23 September 1972) is an English television presenter, author, actor and former radio producer. He gained prominence as the producer of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s radio programme on XFM. He appeared on The Ricky Gervais Show, presented the Sky travel comedy series An Idiot Abroad, and made his full acting debut (following a cameo appearance in the final episode of Extras) on Gervais’ 2012 comedy-drama series Derek. Born in Sale, Cheshire, England.

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