8 October


1890

 Eddie Rickenbacker
Eddie Rickenbacker (October 8, 1890 – July 23, 1973) was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. With 26 aerial victories, he was America’s most successful fighter ace in the war. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer, a government consultant in military matters and a pioneer in air transportation, particularly as the longtime head of Eastern Air Lines. Born Edward Vernon Rickenbacker in Columbus, Ohio. (d. 1973)

1895

 King Zog
Zog I, King of the Albanians (8 October 1895 – 9 April 1961), was the leader of Albania from 1922 to 1939. He first served as Prime Minister of Albania (1922-1924), then as President (1925-1928), and finally as King (1928-1939). Born Ahmet Muhtar Zogolli in Burgajet Castle, Ottoman Empire. (d. 1961)
 Juan Perón
Juan Perón (8 October 1895 – 1 July 1974) was an Argentine lieutenant general and politician. After serving in several government positions, including Minister of Labour and Vice President, he was thrice elected President of Argentina, serving from June 1946 to September 1955, when he was overthrown in a coup d’état, and then from October 1973 until his death in July 1974. Born Juan Domingo Perón in Lobos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (d. 1974)

1897

 Rouben Mamoulian
Rouben Mamoulian (October 8, 1897 – December 4, 1987) was an Armenian-American film and theatre director. His films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), considered the best version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale, Queen Christina (1933), the last film Greta Garbo made with John Gilbert, Becky Sharp (1935), The Mark of Zorro (1940) and Blood and Sand (1941). Born Rouben Zachary Mamoulian in Tiflis, Russian Empire. (d. 1987)

1907

 Art Babbitt
Art Babbitt (October 8, 1907 – March 4, 1992), was an American animator, best known for his work at The Walt Disney Company. He received over 80 awards as an animation director and animator, and also developed the character of Goofy. Babbitt worked as an animator or animation director on such films as The Three Little Pigs (1933), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Fantasia (1940) among others. Born Arthur Harold Babitsky in Omaha, Nebraska. (d. 1992)

1920

 Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction writer best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for science fiction, he was also a newspaper journalist, photographer, short story writer, book reviewer, ecological consultant and lecturer. Dune itself is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time and the series is widely considered to be among the classics of the genre. Born Frank Patrick Herbert Jr in Tacoma, Washington. (d. 1986)

1928

 Bill Maynard
Bill Maynard, (born 8 October 1928), is an English comedian and actor. He starred in the Yorkshire Television sitcoms Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt! where he played the eponymous lead role and for playing Fred Moffatt in The Gaffer. In the 1970s he also played small roles in some of the Carry On films, including Carry On Matron (1972) and Carry On Dick (1974). In 1992 he returned to Yorkshire Television and began playing the lovable old rogue Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the popular and long-running television series Heartbeat, remaining in the show until December 2000, and its spin-off series The Royal until 2003. Born Walter Frederick George Williams in Heath End, Surrey, England.

1930

 Alasdair Milne
Alasdair Milne (8 October 1930 – 8 January 2013) was Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation between July 1982 and January 1987. Earlier in his career Milne was a BBC producer involved in founding Tonight in 1957. Later, after a period outside the BBC, he became Controller of BBC Scotland, and BBC Television’s Director of Programmes. Born Alasdair David Gordon Milne in India. (d. 2013)

1932

 Ray Reardon
Ray Reardon, MBE (born 8 October 1932) is a Welsh retired snooker player who dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning six World Championships, and is remembered as one of the best players of the 20th Century. Born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire.

1935

 Albert Roux
Albert Roux OBE (born 8 October 1935) is a French-born restaurateur and chef working in Britain. He and his brother Michel operated Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars. He helped train a series of chefs that went on to win Michelin stars, and his son, Michel Roux, Jr. continues to run Le Gavroche. Born in Charolles, Saône-et-Loire, France.

1939

 Paul Hogan
Paul Hogan, AM (born 8 October 1939) is an Australian comedian, actor and television presenter. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as outback adventurer Michael “Crocodile” Dundee in “Crocodile” Dundee (1986), the first in the Dundee series film franchise. Born in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia.

1941

 Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson, Sr. (born October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. Born Jesse Louis Burns in Greenville, South Carolina.

1943

 Chevy Chase
Chevy Chase (born October 8, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer. Chase is well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in five National Lampoon’s Vacation films, and for his roles in comedies including Caddyshack (1980), Fletch (1985), Spies Like Us (1985), and ¡Three Amigos! (1986). Born Cornelius Crane Chase in Lower Manhattan, New York.
 R. L Stine
R L Stine (born October 8, 1943) is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor. He is the author of hundreds of horror fiction novels, including the books in the Fear Street, Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, and The Nightmare Room series. As of 2008, Stine’s books had sold over 400 million copies. Born Robert Lawrence Stine in Columbus, Ohio.

1947

 Sheila Ferguson
Sheila Ferguson (born October 8, 1947, Philadelphia) is an American singer, actress, author and song-writer. She was one of the longest serving members of the 1970s American female soul music group The Three Degrees, singing lead on most of the group’s biggest hits most notably “When Will I See You Again” which was a huge international success topping the UK Singles Chart and peaking at #2 in the US. Born Sheila Diana Ferguson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1948

 Johnny Ramone
Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004), was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. Born John William Cummings in Queens, New York. (d. 2004)

1949

 Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949) is an American actress and film producer. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall (1977), she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien. She reprised the role in three sequels: Aliens (1986), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award Best Actress; Alien 3 (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). She is also known for her starring roles in the box-office hits Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Avatar (2009). Born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Manhattan, New York, New York.
 Maggie Ollerenshaw
Maggie Ollerenshaw (born 8 October 1949) is an English actress, best known for playing the role of Mavis in the BBC sitcom series Open All Hours from and the spin-off series Still Open All Hours, since 2013. She became a familiar television face after starring in The House of Eliott. Her film credits include Britannia Hospital, A Private Function, Pierrepoint and most recently Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Born Margaret Ollerenshaw in Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, Lancashire, England.

1956

 Stephanie Zimbalist
Stephanie Zimbalist (born October 8, 1956) is an American actress best known for her role as Laura Holt in the NBC detective series Remington Steele. Born in New York City.

1965

 Ardal O’Hanlon
Ardal O’Hanlon (born 8 October 1965) is an Irish comedian and actor. He played Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted and George Sunday in My Hero. Born in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland.

1968

 Emily Procter
Emily Procter (born October 8, 1968) is an American actress. From 2000 to 2002 and in 2006, she played Ainsley Hayes in the NBC political drama The West Wing and from 2002 to 2012, she played Calleigh Duquesne in the CBS police drama CSI: Miami. Born Emily Mallory Procter in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1970

 Matt Damon
Matt Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Damon has received several accolades, including an Academy Award from four nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards and five Emmy Awards. Born Matthew Paige Damon in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff (born 8 October 1970) is an English actress. She first achieved mainstream attention for playing Fiona Gallagher in the television series Shameless (2004-05; 2013), and later played Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen (2006). Born in Chiswick, London, England.

1985

 Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars (born October 8, 1985) is an American-Filipino singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and choreographer. Mars has received four Grammy Awards. Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1993

 Angus T Jones
Angus Turner Jones (born October 8, 1993) is an American actor, community worker, entrepreneur. Jones is best known for playing Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he had won two Young Artist and a TV Land Award during his 10-year tenure as one of the show’s main characters. Born Angus Turner Jones in Austin, Texas.

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