29 August


1809

 Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (d. 1894)

1898

 Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898 – August 6, 1959) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film director. In 1941, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Great McGinty, his first of three nominations in the category. Born Edmund Preston Biden in Chicago, Illinois. (d. 1959)

1915

 Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942) and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Cary Grant. Born in Stockholm, Sweden. (d. 1982)

1920

 Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as “Yardbird” and “Bird”, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop. Born Charles Parker Jr in Kansas City, Kansas. (d. 1955)

1923

 Richard Attenborough
Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014) was an English actor, film director, film producer, and entrepreneur. He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). As a film director and producer, Attenborough won two Academy Awards for Gandhi in 1983. He also won four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. As an actor, he is perhaps best known for his roles in Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, 10 Rillington Place, Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park. Born in Cambridge, England. (d. 2014)
 Marmaduke Hussey
Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley (29 August 1923 – 27 December 2006), known as Duke Hussey, was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC from 1986 to 1996, fulfilling two terms in that role.
. Born Marmaduke James Hussey. (d. 2006)

1924

 Dinah Washington
Dinah Washington (born August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963), was an American singer and pianist, who has been cited as “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”. Born Ruth Lee Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (d. 1963)

1928

 Charles Gray
Charles Gray (29 August 1928 – 7 March 2000) was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, and Sherlock Holmes’s brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. (d. 2000)

1935

 William Friedkin
William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

1938

 Elliott Gould
Elliott Gould (born August 29, 1938) is an American actor. In addition to his performance in the classic comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gould is perhaps best known for his significant roles in Robert Altman films, starring in M*A*S*H (1970). In recent years, he has starred in a recurring role as Jack Geller on Friends (1994-2003). Born Elliott Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York.

1939

 Joel Schumacher
Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Some notable films he has directed include The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), St. Elmo’s Fire (1985), The Lost Boys (1987), Batman Forever (1995), and Veronica Guerin (2003). Born Joel T Schumacher in New York City, New York.

1946

 Bob Beamon
Bob Beamon (born August 29, 1946) is an American former track and field athlete, best known for his world record in the long jump at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, which remained the world record for 22 years, 316 days. Born Robert Beamon in South Jamaica, Queens, New York.

1947

 James Hunt
James Hunt (29 August 1947 – 15 June 1993) was a British racing driver who won the Formula One World Championship in 1976. Hunt’s often action-packed exploits on track earned him the nickname “Hunt the Shunt”. Born James Simon Wallis Hunt in Belmont, Sutton, Surrey. (d. 1993)

1958

 Lenny Henry
Sir Lenny Henry, CBE (born 29 August 1958) is a British stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and television presenter, best known for co-founding charity Comic Relief and starring ib various television programmes, including The Lenny Henry Show which ran for 20 years in various incarnations. He introduced characters who both mocked and celebrated black British culture, such as Theophilus P. Wildebeeste, Brixton pirate radio disc jockey DJ Delbert Wilkins and Trevor MacDoughnut. He co-hosted the cult children’s programme Tiswas from 1978 until 1981. Born Lenworth George Henry in Dudley, West Midlands, England.
 Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene as a member of the Jackson 5. His album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time, with estimated sales of 65 million copies worldwide. Born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, Indiana. (d. 2009)

1959

 Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay (born August 29, 1959) is an American actress and producer. Her breakthrough film role came in 1983, when she played Lana in Risky Business alongside Tom Cruise. Her other notable film roles include Thelma in The Trip to Bountiful (1985) and her portrayal of the nanny Peyton Flanders in the 1992 thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Born Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California.
 Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield OC OOnt MSC CD (born 29 August 1959) is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has flown two space shuttle missions and served as commander of the International Space Station. Born Chris Austin Hadfield in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

1993

 Liam Payne
Liam Payne (born 29 August 1993) is an English singer and songwriter. He auditioned for the British television series The X Factor as a solo artist in 2010, where he was put into a group along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would later become known as One Direction. One Direction have released five commercially successful albums, performed on four worldwide tours, and won multiple awards, including two BRIT Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. The group’s debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide, making it among one the best-selling singles of all time. Born Liam James Payne in Wolverhampton, England.

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