24 September


1717

 Horace Walpole
Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797) — also known as Horace Walpole — was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. Born Horatio Walpole in London. (d. 1797)

1882

 Karl Rapp
Karl Rapp (24 September 1882 – 26 May 1962) was founder and owner of the Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH in Munich. In time this company became BMW AG. He is acknowledged by BMW AG as an indirect founder of the company. Born Karl Friedrich Rapp in Ehingen, Germany. (d. 1962)

1883

 Franklin Clarence Mars
Franklin Clarence Mars (September 24, 1883 – April 8, 1934), sometimes known as Frank C. Mars, was an American business magnate who founded the food company Mars, Incorporated, which makes mostly chocolate candy. Born in Hancock, Minnesota. (d. 1934)

1890

 A. P Herbert
A P Herbert CH (24 September 1890 – 11 November 1971) was an English humorist, novelist, playwright and law reform activist who served as an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Oxford University. Born Alan Patrick Herbert in Ashtead, Surrey, England. (d. 1971)

1896

 F. Scott Fitzgerald
F Scott Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby (his best known), and Tender Is the Night. Born Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald in St Paul, Minnesota. (d. 1940)

1902

 Ayatollah Khomeini
Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini (24 September 1902 – 3 June 1989), known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian Shia Muslim religious leader, revolutionary, politician, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy. Born Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini in Khomeyn, Iran. (d. 1989)

1931

 Anthony Newley
Anthony Newley (24 September 1931 – 14 April 1999) was an English actor, singer and songwriter. Newley achieved success as a performer in such diverse fields as rock and roll and stage and screen acting. As a recording artist he enjoyed a dozen Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart between 1959 and 1962, including two number one hits. With songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, Newley penned “Feeling Good”, which was popularised by Nina Simone and covered by many other popular artists; as well as the title song of 1964 film Goldfinger (along with John Barry). Bricusse and Newley received an Academy Award nomination for the film score of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). Newley was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989. Born in London, England. (d. 1999)

1934

 Stanley Lebor
Stanley Lebor (24 September 1934 – 22 November 2014) was an English actor, best known for his role as Howard Hughes in the 1980s BBC TV comedy series, Ever Decreasing Circles and the Mongon Doctor in Flash Gordon (1980) and as RSM Lord in A Bridge Too Far (1977). Born Stanley Harvey Lebor in East Ham, London, England. (d. 2014)

1936

 Jim Henson
Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was an American puppeteer, artist, cartoonist, inventor, screenwriter, songwriter, musician, actor, film director, and producer who achieved international fame as the creator of the Muppets. Born James Maury Henson in Greenville, Mississippi. (d. 1990)

1941

 Linda McCartney
Linda McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American musician, photographer, animal rights activist, entrepreneur and publisher who was married to Paul McCartney of the Beatles. Prior to marrying Paul, she was a professional photographer of celebrities and contemporary musicians, with her work published in music industry magazines. Born Linda Louise Eastman in New York City. (d. 1998)

1942

 Gerry Marsden
Gerry Marsden MBE (born 24 September 1942) is an English musician and television personality, best known for being leader of the British band Gerry and the Pacemakers. Their first single was “How Do You Do It,”. This was the first number one hit for the Pacemakers. The group’s second number one was “I Like It”, followed by “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Other singles included “It’s Gonna Be Alright”, “I’m the One,” “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying,” and “Ferry Cross the Mersey.” He is most remembered for his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which has been adopted as an anthem of several football clubs. Born Gerard Marsden in Toxteth, Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
 Mike Berry
Mike Berry (born 24 September 1942) is an English actor and singer, best known for his appearances as Mr. Spooner on the British sitcom Are You Being Served? He had three hits in the 1960s in the UK Singles Chart. Born Michael Hubert Bourne in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.

1948

 Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Hartman won a Primetime Emmy Award for his Saturday Night Live work in 1989. He starred in the sitcom NewsRadio. and had voice roles on The Simpsons, from seasons 2-10. In 1998 he was shot and killed by his wife while he slept. Born Philip Edward Hartmann in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1998)

1950

 Harriet Walter
Dame Harriet Walter, DBE (born 24 September 1950) is an English stage and screen actress. Her film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Governess (1998), Villa des Roses (2002), Atonement (2007), and Man Up (2015). On television, she starred in the ITV drama series Law & Order: UK (2009-14), and is known for her performance in Downton Abbey as Lady Prudence Shackleton. Born Harriet Mary Walter in London, England.

1954

 Helen Lederer
Helen Lederer (born 24 September 1954) is an English comedienne, writer and actress who emerged as part of the alternative comedy boom at the beginning of the 1980s. Among her television credits are the BBC Two sketch series Naked Video and BBC One’s Absolutely Fabulous, in which she played the role of Catriona. Born in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

1957

 Brad Bird
Brad Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American filmmaker, known for both animated and live-action films. Bird worked as an animator for Disney and wrote the screenplay for Batteries Not Included (1987). Bird served as a creative consultant on The Simpsons during its first eight seasons. Afterwards, Bird left to direct his first animated feature, The Iron Giant (1999), which came to be regarded as a modern animated classic. At Pixar in 2000, he developed his second picture, The Incredibles (2004), and his third picture, Ratatouille (2007). Both films place among Pixar’s highest-grossing features and gave Bird two Academy Award for Best Animated Feature wins and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay nominations. Born Phillip Bradley Bird in Kalispell, Montana.

1959

 Theo Paphitis
Theo Paphitis (born 24 September 1959) is a Cypriot-born British retail magnate and entrepreneur of Greek Cypriot origin. He is best known to the general public for his appearances on the BBC business programme Dragons’ Den. He is the owner of stationery chain Ryman, the homewares specialist Robert Dyas and lingerie retailer Boux Avenue. Born in Limassol, Cyprus.

1961

 Jack Dee
Jack Dee (born 29 September 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor and writer known for his sarcasm and deadpan humour. He is well known in the United Kingdom for writing and starring in the sitcom Lead Balloon and hosting the panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Born James Andrew Innes Dee in Bromley, London, England.

1962

 Ally McCoist
Ally McCoist MBE, (born 24 September 1962) is a Scottish football player, manager and pundit. McCoist had a highly successful spell with Rangers, becoming the club’s record goalscorer and winning nine successive league championships between 1988-89 and 1996-97. Towards the end of his playing career, McCoist started a media career. The most prominent example of this was his team captaincy in the BBC sports quiz A Question of Sport. Born Alistair Murdoch McCoist in Bellshill, Scotland.
 Nia Vardalos
Nia Vardalos (born September 24, 1962) is a Greek Canadian actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award-nominated film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1980

 Victoria Pendleton
Victoria Pendleton, CBE (born 24 September 1980) is a British jockey and former track cyclist who specialised in the sprint, team sprint and keirin disciplines. Pendleton represented Great Britain and England in international competition, winning nine world titles including a record six in the individual sprint competition, dominating the event between 2005 and 2012. Pendleton is a former Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion. In 2012 she won the gold medal in the keirin at the 2012 Summer Olympics, as well as silver in the sprint. Born Victoria Louise Pendleton in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England.

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