31 October


1632

 Johannes Vermeer
Flemish painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle class life. Born in Delft, Netherlands.

1795

 John Keats
English Romantic poet. Born in Moorgate, London.

1887

 Chiang Kai-shek
President of the Republic of China. Born in Xikou, Zhejiang province, People’s Republic of China.

1920

 Dick Francis
British steeplechase jockey and crime writer, whose novels centre around horse racing. Born in Coedcanlas, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

1922

 Barbara Bel Geddes
American actress, artist and children’s author. Born in New York City.
 King Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 to 2004. Born in Phnom Penh, French Indochina.

1926

 Jimmy Savile
English disc jockey, television presenter, media personality. Born in Leeds.

1929

 Eddie Charlton
Australian professional snooker and English billiards player. Born in Merewether, New South Wales.

1930

 Michael Collins
The command module pilot for Apollo 11. While he orbited the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first manned landing on the lunar surface. Born in Rome, Italy.
 Eddie Braben
Comedy writer and performer. Born in Liverpool, England (d. 2013).

1931

 Dan Rather
American television journalist. Born in Wharton County, Texas.

1936

 Michael Landon
American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza, Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie, and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven. Born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

1937

 Tom Paxton
American singer-songwriter. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

1939

 Ron Rifkin
American actor. Born in New York City.
 Tom O’Connor
British comedian. Born in Bootle, Merseyside.

1941

 Derek Bell
British racing driver. Born in Pinner, Middlesex.

1942

 David Ogden Stiers
American actor, director, vocal actor, and musician, noted for his role in the television series MASH as Major Charles Emerson. Born in Peoria.

1945

 Russ Ballard
English rock singer/songwriter, guitarist. Born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire.

1946

 Stephen Rea
Irish actor. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 Norman Lovett
English stand-up comedian and actor, best known for the role of Holly in Red Dwarf. Born in Windsor, England.

1947

 Herman Van Rompuy
Belgian politician. First full-time President of the European Council. Born in Etterbeek.

1948

 Michael Kitchen
English actor and television producer, best known for his starring role as DCS Foyle in the British TV series Foyle’s War. Born in Leicester.

1950

 John Candy
Canadian comedian and actor. Born in Newmarket, Ontario.

1961

 Peter Jackson
New Zealand film director. Born in Pukerua Bay, near Wellington.

1964

 Marco van Basten
Dutch footballer and manager. Born in Utrecht.

1966

 Annabella Lwin
Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow. Born in Rangoon, Burma.

1967

 Vanilla Ice
American rapper. Born in Dallas, Texas.

1971

 Toby Anstis
British radio presenter. Born in Northampton.

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