29 October


1704

 John Byng
British admiral. He was court-martialled and found guilty of failing to “do his utmost” to prevent Minorca falling to the French following the Battle of Minorca. He was sentenced to death and shot by firing squad on 14 March 1757. Born in Bedfordshire.

1740

 James Boswell
Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author. Biographer of Samuel Johnson. Born in Edinburgh.

1891

 Fanny Brice
Popular and influential American illustrated song model, comedian, singer, theater and film actress. Born in New York City

1897

 Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda. Born in Rheydt
 Hope Emerson
Hope Emerson (October 29, 1897 – April 25, 1960) was an American actress. Emerson’s most memorable roles were as a circus strongwoman in the film Adam’s Rib (1949) and sadistic prison matron Evelyn Harper, in Caged (1950) which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. (d. 1960)

1899

 Akim Tamiroff
Armenian actor. He won the first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Born in Tbilisi

1910

 Alfred Ayer
British philosopher known for his promotion of logical positivism. Born in St John’s Wood, London

1921

 Bill Mauldin
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial. He was most famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers. Born in Mountain Park, New Mexico.

1925

 Robert Hardy
English actor with a long career in the theatre, film and television. Born in Cheltenham.
 Paul Daneman
English film, television, theatre and voice actor. Born in Islington, London.

1938

 Ellen Johnson
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d’état. She won the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006, and she was a successful candidate for re-election in 2011. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.

1942

 Bob Ross
Robert Norman “Bob” Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He is best known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, a television program that appeared on PBS in the United States, Canada and Europe. (d. 1995)

1944

 Denny Laine
English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, guitarist; lead singer on The Moody Blues’ 1965 debut album, later, best known for his role as co-founder (with Paul and Linda McCartney) of Wings. Born in Tyseley, Birmingham

1945

 Melba Moore
American disco, R&B singer and actress. Born in New York City

1946

 Peter Green
British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Born in Bethnal Green, London.

1947

 Richard Dreyfuss
American actor best known for starring in a number of film, television, and theater roles since the late 1960s, including the films American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goodbye Girl. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1948

 Kate Jackson
American actress, director, and producer, best known for her role as Sabrina Duncan in the popular 1970s television series Charlie’s Angels. Born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1951

 Tiff Needell
British racing driver and television presenter. Born in Havant.

1954

 Lee Child
Jim Grant (born 29 October 1954), better known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British thriller writer. His first novel, Killing Floor, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel.
Each of Child’s novels follows the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher.

1957

 Dan Castellaneta
American actor, voice actor, comedian and screenwriter. Noted for his long-running role as Homer Simpson. Born in Oak Park, Illinois.

1959

 Finola Hughes
English actress, television host, entrepreneur, authoress and former dancer. Born in London.

1961

 Randy Jackson
American singer and musician.

1964

 Yasmin Le Bon
Iranian-British model. Born in Oxford, England

1967

 Joely Fisher
American actress best known for her work on television as Paige Clark on Ellen. Born in Burbank, California.
 Rufus Sewell
English actor. Born in Twickenham.

1971

 Winona Ryder
American actress. Born in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

1973

 Robert Pirès
French footballer. Born in Reims.

1974

 Michael Vaughan
retired cricketer who represented Yorkshire and England.

1978

 Kelly Smith
Kelly Jayne Smith, MBE (born 29 October 1978, in Watford) is an English football forward. She has accumulated over 100 caps for the England women’s national football team. Smith is England’s record goalscorer with 46 goals. She played for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

1979

 Andrew Lee Potts
Andrew Lee Potts (born 29 October 1979) is an English actor and director. He is best known for his role on ITV’s Primeval. He also starred as the Hatter on the SyFy mini-series Alice. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

1981

 Amanda Beard
Amanda Ray Beard (born October 29, 1981) is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze). She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke (long course). Beard’s success has earned her the American Swimmer of the Year Award twice.

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