8 August


1879

 Bob Smith
Bob Smith (August 8, 1879 – November 16, 1950), also known as Dr. Bob, was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous. Born Robert Holbrook Smith in St Johnsbury, Vermont. (d. 1950)
 Emiliano Zapata
Emiliano Zapata (8 August 1879 – 10 April 1919) was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, which broke out in 1910, and which was initially directed against the president Porfirio Díaz. He formed and commanded an important revolutionary force, the Liberation Army of the South, during the Mexican Revolution. Followers of Zapata were known as Zapatistas. Marlon Brando played Emiliano Zapata in the award-winning movie based on his life, Viva Zapata! in 1952. Born Emiliano Zapata Salazar in Anenecuilco, Morelos, Mexico. (d. 1919)

1910

 Sylvia Sidney
Sylvia Sidney (August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American character actress of stage, screen and film, who rose to prominence in the 1930s appearing in numerous crime dramas. Born Sophia Kosow in The Bronx, New York. (d. 1999)

1919

 Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis (8 August 1919 – 10 November 2010) was an Italian film producer best known for producing science fiction, fantasy, and horror films. Born Agostino De Laurentiis in the province of Naples, Italy. (d. 2010)

1921

 William Asher
William Asher (August 8, 1921 – July 16, 2012) was an American television and film producer, film director, and screenwriter. He began directing I Love Lucy by 1952. In 1964, he produced and directed Bewitched, which starred his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery. Born William Milton Asher in New York City. (d. 2012)
 Esther Williams
Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie actress. Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as “aquamusicals,” which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving. Born Esther Jane Williams in Inglewood, California.

1922

 Rory Calhoun
Rory Calhoun (August 8, 1922 – April 28, 1999) was an acclaimed American television and film actor, screenwriter, and producer. Born Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, California. (d. 1999)

1929

 Ronnie Biggs
Ronnie Biggs (born 8 August 1929) is an English criminal, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years. Born Ronald Arthur Biggs in Lambeth, London.

1930

 Terry Nation
Terry Nation (8 August 1930 – 9 March 1997) was a Welsh television writer and novelist. He is best known for creating the villainous Daleks for the long-running BBC science-fiction TV series Doctor Who in 1963. Born in Cardiff. (d. 1997)

1935

 Donald Bellisario
Donald Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American television producer and screenwriter who created and sometimes wrote episodes for the TV series Magnum, P.I., Airwolf, Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS. Born Donald Paul Bellisario in Cokeburg, Pennsylvania.

1936

 Keith Barron
Keith Barron (born 8 August 1934) is an English actor and television presenter, well-known from numerous roles on British television from the 1960s. One of his best-remembered roles was in the 1980s Yorkshire Television sitcom Duty Free. Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire.

1937

 Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. His breakthrough 1967 film role was as Benjamin Braddock, the title character in The Graduate. Hoffman has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two (for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man), thirteen Golden Globes, winning six (including an honorary one) and has won four BAFTAs. Born Dustin Lee Hoffman in Los Angeles, California.
 Tom Georgeson
Tom Georgeson (born 8 August 1937) is an English actor, known for his television and film work. His most notable credits have been supporting parts in Between the Lines (1992-94) and in three dramas by Alan Bleasdale; Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) Scully (1984) and G.B.H. (1991). Other television work has included roles in notable police or hospital dramas such as Holby City, Juliet Bravo, The Manageress, Peak Practice, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, A Touch of Frost, Cadfael, The Bill, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Professionals and Z-Cars. His film credits include A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1938

 Connie Stevens
Connie Stevens (born August 8, 1938) is an American actress and singer, better known for her roles in the television series Hawaiian Eye and other TV and film work. Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, New York.

1949

 Keith Carradine
Keith Carradine (born August 8, 1949) is an American actor who has had success on stage, film and television. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Tom Frank in Robert Altman’s Nashville, Wild Bill Hickok in the HBO series Deadwood and FBI agent Frank Lundy in Dexter. Born Keith Ian Carradine in San Mateo, California.

1953

 Nigel Mansell
Nigel Mansell, CBE (born 8 August 1953) is a British racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and the CART Indy Car World Series (1993). Born Nigel Ernest James Mansell in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, England.
 Don Most
Donny Most (born August 8, 1953) is an American actor best known for his role as Ralph Malph on the television series Happy Days. Born in Brooklyn, New York.

1956

 David Grant
David Grant (born 8 August 1956) is an English pop singer and celebrity vocal coach. Born in Hackney, London.

1961

 The Edge
David Evans (born 8 August 1961), more widely known by his stage name The Edge, is a musician best known as the guitarist, backing vocalist, and keyboardist of the Irish rock band U2. Born David Howell Evans in Barking, London, England.

1966

 Chris Eubank
Chris Eubank (born on 8 August 1966) is a British retired boxer who held world titles at middleweight and super middleweight. Born Christopher Livingstone Eubanks in Dulwich, South London.

1974

 Brian Harvey
Brian Harvey (born 8 August 1974) is an English musician and former lead singer of pop band East 17. Born Brian Lee Harvey in Walthamstow, London.

1981

 Roger Federer
Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player. Many commentators and former and current players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time, winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times; and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times. Born in Basel, Switzerland.

1988

 Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Beatrice of York (born 8 August 1988) is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is sixth, and the first female, in the line of succession to the thrones of the sixteen Commonwealth realms. Born Beatrice Elizabeth Mary in the Portland Hospital, London.

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