24 October


1632

 Anton Van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch tradesman and scientist. He is considered to be the first microbiologist. Born in Delft, Netherlands.

1788

 Sarah Josepha Buell Hale
Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (October 24, 1788 – April 30, 1879) was an American writer and an influential editor. She is the author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. (d. 1879)

1838

 Annie Edson Taylor
American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Born in Auburn, New York.

1855

 James Schoolcraft Sherman
James Schoolcraft Sherman (October 24, 1855 – October 30, 1912) was a United States Representative from New York and the 27th Vice President of the United States (1909–1912), under President William Howard Taft. To date, Sherman is the last Vice President to have died in office. (d. 1912)

1882

 Dame Sybil Thorndike
British actress. Born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

1896

 Jack Warner
English film and television actor. He is closely associated with the role of PC George Dixon, which he played until the age of eighty. Born in London as Horace John Waters.

1903

 Melvin Purvis
American law enforcement official and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent. Purvis became famous as “The Man Who Got Dillinger.” Born in Timmonsville, South Carolina.

1904

 Moss Hart
American playwright and theatre director, best known for his interpretations of musical theater on Broadway. Born in New York City.

1905

 Basil Dignam
Basil Dignam (24 October 1905 – 31 January 1979) was an English character actor. Basil Dignam was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He acted on film and television between 1951 and 1975. He often appeared as an authority figure, such as a police officer, army general or peer. (d. 1979)

1911

 Sonny Terry
American blues musician. Born in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1913

 Tito Gobbi
Italian baritone. Born in Bassano del Grappa.

1915

 Marghanita Laski
English journalist, radio panellist and novelist. Born in Manchester, England.
 Bob Kane
American comic book artist and writer, credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. Born in New York City, New York.

1923

 Sir Robin Day OBE
British political broadcaster and commentator.

1925

 Albert B. Feldstein
Albert B. Feldstein (born October 24, 1925) is an American writer, editor, and artist, best known for his work at EC Comics and, from 1956 to 1985, as the editor of the satirical magazine Mad.

1929

 Clifford Rose
Clifford Rose (born 24 October 1929) is a British classical actor. He was born in Herefordshire.

1930

 J.P. Richardson
Commonly known as The Big Bopper, he was an American disc jockey, singer, and songwriter. Richardson was killed in a plane crash in Iowa, along with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Born in Sabine Pass, Texas.

1933

 Ronald “Ronnie” Kray

 Reginald “Reggie” Kray
English gangsters who were foremost perpetrators of organised crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and ’60s. Born in Hoxton, East London.

1936

 Bill Wyman
English musician best known as the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Born in Lewisham, South London.
 David Oswald Nelson
David Oswald Nelson (October 24, 1936 – January 11, 2011) was an American actor, director, producer. He was the elder son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother of singer Eric “Ricky” Nelson. (d. 2011)

1937

 Barry George Davies
Barry George Davies MBE (born 24 October 1937 in London, England) is a British sports commentator and television presenter. He has covered a wide range of sports in a long career, primarily for the BBC.

1939

 F. Murray Abraham
American actor. He became known during the 1980s after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1947

 Kevin Kline
American stage and film actor. An Academy Award winner for his supporting role in the comedy hit Fish Called Wanda, AA Fish Called Wanda, he also won two Tony Awards and was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and an Emmy Award. Born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1948

 Paul Ryan

 Barry Ryan
English singing duo. Paul and his twin brother Barry were the sons of singer Marion Ryan, and had some success as a singing duo during the 1960s. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire.

1960

 Ian Baker-Finch
Australian professional golfer, who is best known for winning The Open Championship in 1991. Born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia.
 B.D. Wong
American actor. Born in San Francisco, California.

1966

 Roman Abramovich
Russian business tycoon and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. Owner of Chelsea Football Club. Born in Saratov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

1971

 Dervla Kirwan
Irish television and stage actress famous for roles in British television shows which included Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart. Born in Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland.
 Caprice Bourret
American born model, actress, television personality and businesswoman. Grew up in Hacienda Heights, California.

1981

 Tila Tequila
American model and television personality. Born in Singapore.
 Natalie Jane Anderson
Natalie Jane Anderson (born 24 October 1981) is an English actress best known for her roles as Alicia Harding in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale and Stella Davenport in the medical drama The Royal.

1983

 Katie Elizabeth McGrath
Katie Elizabeth McGrath (born 24 October 1983) is an Irish actress and model from Ashford, County Wicklow, Ireland, best known for playing Morgana in the BBC One TV series Merlin.

1985

 Wayne Rooney
English footballer. Born in Croxteth, Liverpool.

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