7 October


1885

 Niels Bohr
Niels Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Born Niels Henrik David Bohr in Copenhagen, Denmark. (d. 1962)

1900

 Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler (7 October 1900 – 23 May 1945) was Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (Protection Squadron; SS), and a leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler briefly appointed him a military commander and later Commander of the Replacement (Home) Army and General Plenipotentiary for the administration of the entire Third Reich (Generalbevollmächtigter für die Verwaltung). Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the people most directly responsible for the Holocaust. Born Heinrich Luitpold Himmler in Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany. (d. 1945)

1905

 Andy Devine
Andy Devine (October 7, 1905 – February 18, 1977) was an American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick known for his distinctive, whiny voice. He appeared in more than 400 films including several appearances in films with John Wayne. Devine performed voice parts in animated films, including “Friar Tuck” in Disney’s Robin Hood. Born Andrew Vabre Devine in Flagstaff, Arizona. (d. 1977)

1908

 Richard Caldicot
Richard Caldicot (7 October 1908 – 16 October 1995) was an English actor famed for his role of Commander (later Captain) Povey in the BBC radio series The Navy Lark. Born Richard Caldicot-Bull in London, England. (d. 1995)

1917

 June Allyson
June Allyson (October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer. In 1951, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in Too Young to Kiss. Born Eleanor Geisman in The Bronx, New York. (d. 2006)

1927

 Al Martino
Al Martino (October 7, 1927 – October 13, 2009) was an American singer and actor. He had his greatest success as a singer between the early 1950s and mid-1970s, being described as “one of the great Italian American pop crooners”, and also became well known as an actor, particularly for his role as singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. Born Jasper Cini in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (d. 2009)
 R. D Laing
R D Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989) was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing’s views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day. Born Ronald David Laing in Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland. (d. 1989)

1931

 Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu, CH (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Born Desmond Mpilo Tutu in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa.

1934

 Ulrike Meinhof
Ulrike Meinhof (7 October 1934 – 9 May 1976) was a German left-wing militant. She co-founded the Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion) in 1970 after having previously worked as a journalist for the monthly left-wing magazine konkret. She was arrested in 1972, and eventually charged with numerous murders and the formation of a criminal association. Before the trial concluded, Meinhof was found hanged in her prison cell in 1976. Born Ulrike Marie Meinhof in Oldenburg, Germany. (d. 1976)

1935

 Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler’s Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982 which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Born Thomas Michael Keneally in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

1939

 Clive James
Clive James AO CBE (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and documentaries on British television and for his prolific journalism. Born Vivian Leopold James in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia.

1943

 Oliver North
Oliver North (born October 7, 1943) is an American political commentator and television host, military historian, New York Times best-selling author, and former United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. North is primarily remembered for his term as a National Security Council staff member during the Iran-Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s. Born Oliver Laurence North in San Antonio, Texas.

1945

 Kevin Godley
Kevin Godley (born 7 October 1945) is an English musician and music video director. He is known as the drummer of the art rock band 10cc and for his collaboration outside the band with Lol Creme. Born Kevin Michael Godley in Prestwich, Lancashire, England.

1951

 John Mellencamp
John Cougar Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. He rose to superstardom in the 1980s with a string of Top 10 singles,” including “Hurts So Good”. Born John J Mellencamp in Seymour, Indiana.

1952

 Mary Badham
Mary Badham (born October 7, 1952) is an American actress, known for her portrayal of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the time, Badham (aged 10) was the youngest actress ever nominated in this category. Born in Birmingham, Alabama.
 Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin (born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician. He became the President of Russia on 7 May 2012. Putin was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012. During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party. Born Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

1955

 Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a Chinese-American cellist. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. His 90+ albums have received 18 Grammy Awards. Born in Paris, France.

1957

 Jayne Torvill
Jayne Torvill, OBE (born 7 October 1957) is an English ice dancer. With Christopher Dean, she won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. In January 2006, she and Dean began starring in the ITV show Dancing on Ice. Born in Clifton, Nottingham, England.

1959

 Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell (born 7 October 1959) is an English reality television judge, entrepreneur, philanthropist, film, record, and television producer. He is most recognized as a judge on the British TV talent competition series Pop Idol, The X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent, and the American TV talent competition shows American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent. Cowell owns the television production and music publishing house Syco. Born Simon Phillip Cowell in Lambeth, London, England.

1964

 Sam Brown
Sam Brown (born 7 October 1964) is an English female singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and record producer. Brown came to prominence in the late 1980s as a solo artist, releasing six singles that entered the top 75 charts in the UK during the 1980s and 1990s. She is also known for her work as a session backing vocalist. Born Samantha Brown in Stratford, London, England.

1967

 Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, and television personality. Throughout her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. She has won seven Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and several other awards. Born Toni Michelle Braxton in Severn, Maryland.

1968

 Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke (born 7 October 1968) is an English musician best known as the singer and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead. A multi-instrumentalist, Yorke mainly plays guitar and piano, but also plays instruments including keyboards, bass, and drums, and works extensively with synthesisers, sequencers and programming. He is known for his falsetto vocals; in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the 66th greatest singer of all time. Born Thomas Edward Yorke in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.
 Pippa Funnell
Pippa Funnell MBE (née Nolan, 7 October 1968) is an equestrian sportswoman who competes in eventing. In 2003, she became the first person in history to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. She also won Badminton in 2002 and 2005. At the European Championships, she has won two Individual golds (1999-2001) and three team golds (1999-2003). She is a three-time Olympic medallist, winning team silver in 2000 and 2004, and an individual bronze in 2004. Born Philippa Rachel Funnell in Crowborough, East Sussex.

1969

 Maria Whittaker
Maria Whittaker (born 7 October 1969 in Hounslow, Middlesex) is an English former glamour model, Page 3 girl and singer. Born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England.

1975

 Tim Minchin
Tim Minchin (born 7 October 1975) is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician and director. Minchin is best known for his musical comedy. Born Timothy David Minchin in Northampton, England.

1978

 Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon (born 7 October 1978) is a British singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter. She found fame in the all-female R&B/garage trio Mis-Teeq. The trio disbanded in 2005 and Dixon pursued a music career as a solo artist. In 2007, Dixon won Strictly Come Dancing later becoming a judge on the show. Born in Welwyn Garden City, England.
 Jake Humphrey
Jake Humphrey (born 7 October 1978) is an English television presenter and journalist, best known for presenting BBC Sport’s coverage of Formula One from 2009 until 2012. He is the main presenter of BT Sport football coverage and Director of Whisper Films. Born Jacob John Humphrey in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.

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