30 August


1720

 Samuel Whitbread
Samuel Whitbread (30 August 1720 – 11 June 1796) was an English brewer and Member of Parliament. In 1742, he established a brewery that in 1799 became Whitbread & Co Ltd. Born in Cardington in Bedfordshire. (d. 1796)

1748

 Jacques-Louis David
Jacques-Louis David (30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) was an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. Famous for paintings of Napoleon Bonaparte including Napoleon Crossing the Saint-Bernard and The Coronation of Napoleon in Notre Dame. Born in Paris, Kingdom of France. (d. 1825)

1797

 Mary Shelley
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus (1818). Born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Somers Town, London, England. (d. 1851)

1871

 Ernest Rutherford
Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937) was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.In early work he discovered the concept of radioactive half-life. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 “for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances”. He theorized that atoms have their charge concentrated in a very small nucleus, and thereby pioneered the Rutherford model of the atom. He is widely credited with first “splitting the atom” in 1917 in a nuclear reaction between nitrogen and alpha particles, in which he also discovered (and named) the proton. Born in Brightwater, Tasman District, New Zealand. (d. 1937)

1887

 Reginald Owen
Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was a British character actor. He was known for his many roles in British and American films and later in television programmes. Born John Reginald Owen in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England. (d. 1972)

1896

 Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey (August 30, 1896 – July 29, 1983) was a Canadian/American actor, known for his commanding, stage-trained voice. In 1934 he starred in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and in 1936 he starred in Things to Come. Massey is particularly remembered as Dr. Gillespie in the popular 1961-1966 NBC series Dr. Kildare. Born Raymond Hart Massey in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1983)

1906

 Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. Born Rose Joan Blondell in Manhattan, New York City. (d. 1979)
 Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson, OBE (5 August 1906 – 17 October 1998) was an English actress of theatre, film and television. She was particularly known for her role as Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in the television series Miss Marple. As well as portraying Miss Marple on television, Hickson also narrated a number of Miss Marple stories on audio books. Born Joan Bogle Hickson in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, England. (d. 1998)

1908

 Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s. MacMurray is well known for his role in Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder. Later in his career, he became better known as Steve Douglas on My Three Sons, which ran from 1960-1972. Born Frederick Martin MacMurray in Kankakee, Illinois. (d. 1991)

1917

 Denis Healey
Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey, CH, MBE, PC (30 August 1917 – 3 October 2015) was a British Labour party politician who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 to 1970 and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1974 to 1979.
He was a Member of Parliament for 40 years (from 1952 until his retirement in 1992) and was the last surviving member of the cabinet formed by Harold Wilson after the Labour Party’s victory in the 1964 general election. A major figure in the party, he was twice defeated in bids for the party leadership. Healey became well known for his trademark bushy eyebrows and his creative turns of phrase. Born Denis Winston Healey in Mottingham, Kent, England. (d. 2015)

1920

 Donald Hewlett
Donald Hewlett (30 August 1920 – 4 June 2011) was an English actor, best known for his sitcom roles as Colonel Charles Reynolds in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum and Lord Meldrum in You Rang, M’Lord?. Born Donald Marland Hewlett in Northenden, Manchester, Lancashire. (d. 2011)

1929

 Ian McNaught-Davis
Ian McNaught-Davis (30 August 1929 – 10 February 2014) was known for presenting the BBC TV series The Computer Programme, Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live in the 1980s. He was also a well-known mountaineer and alpinist. He was managing director of the British subsidiary of Comshare Inc. Born in Wakefield, England. (d. 2014)

1930

 Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor in the world. Born Warren Edward Buffett in Omaha, Nebraska.

1931

 Jack Swigert
Jack Swigert, Jr. (August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982) was an American test pilot, mechanical and aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut, one of the 24 people who have flown to the Moon. Born John Leonard Swigert Jr in Denver, Colorado. (d. 1982)

1935

 John Phillips
John Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, a landmark event of the counterculture era and the Summer of Love. Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. Born John Edmund Andrew Phillips in Parris Island, South Carolina. (d. 2001)

1937

 Bruce McLaren
Bruce McLaren (30 August 1937 – 2 June 1970) was a New Zealand race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor. His name lives on in the McLaren team which has been one of the most successful in Formula One championship history.
. Born Bruce Leslie McLaren in Auckland, New Zealand. (d. 1970)

1939

 John Peel
John Peel, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. Born John Robert Parker Ravenscroft in Heswall, England. (d. 2004)

1943

 Robert Crumb
Robert Crumb (born August 30, 1943) is an American cartoonist and musician. Popular creations of his include countercultural characters such as Fritz the Cat and the images from his “Keep on Truckin'” strip. Born Robert Dennis Crumb in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 Jean-Claude Killy
Jean-Claude Killy (born 30 August 1943) also known as Gilette is a former French World Cup alpine ski racer. He dominated the sport in the late 1960s. He was a triple Olympic champion, winning the three alpine events at the 1968 Winter Olympics, becoming the most successful athlete there. He also won the first two World Cup titles, in 1967 and 1968. Born in Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine.

1950

 Antony Gormley
Sir Antony Gormley, OBE (born 30 August 1950) is a British sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010, in São Paulo, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015-16. Born Antony Mark David Gormley in London, England.

1951

 Timothy Bottoms
Timothy Bottoms (born August 30, 1951) is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his role as Sonny Crawford in The Last Picture Show. Born Timothy James Bottoms in Santa Barbara, California.
 Dana Rosemary Scallon
Dana Rosemary Scallon (born on 30 August 1951), known in her singing career as Dana, is an Irish singer and former Member of the European Parliament (MEP). She won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with “All Kinds of Everything”. It became a worldwide million-seller. Born Rosemary Brown in Islington, London, England.

1963

 Michael Chiklis
Michael Chiklis (born August 30, 1963 in Lowell, Massachusetts) is an American actor, director, and television producer. Some of the roles for which he is best known; for include Commissioner Tony Scali on the ABC police drama The Commish, LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, and The Thing in the Fantastic Four film series. Born Michael Charles Chiklis in Lowell, Massachusetts.
 Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold (born 30 August 1963) is an English record producer and trance DJ. He was voted the No1 DJ in the World twice in 1998 and 1999 by DJ Magazine. Born Paul Mark Oakenfold in London, England.

1972

 Cameron Diaz
Cameron Michelle Díaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She rose to stardom in the 1990s with roles in The Mask (1994), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) and There’s Something About Mary (1998), and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series (2001-10). Born Cameron Michelle Díaz in San Diego, California.

1976

 Sarah-Jane Potts
Sarah-Jane Potts (born 30 August 1976) is an English actress, best known for her roles as Saint (Sarah) in Sugar Rush, as Ellie, Abs’ on/off girlfriend on Casualty and as Jo Lipsett in Waterloo Road. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

1982

 Andy Roddick
Andy Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 US Open. Born Andrew Stephen Roddick in Omaha, Nebraska.

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