8 September


1841

 Antonín Dvorák
Antonín Dvořák (8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904) was a Czech composer. While in the United States, Dvořák wrote his two most successful orchestral works. The Symphony From the New World spread his reputation worldwide. Born Antonín Leopold Dvořák in Nelahozeves near Prague. (d. 1904)

1886

 Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon, CBE, MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. Born Siegfried Loraine Sassoon in Matfield, Kent, England. (d. 1967)

1896

 Howard Dietz
Howard Dietz (September 8, 1896 – July 30, 1983) was an American publicist, lyricist, and librettist. He also served as publicist/director of advertising for Goldwyn Pictures and later MGM and is often credited with creating Leo the Lion, its lion mascot, and choosing their slogan Ars Gratia Artis. Born in New York City. (d. 1983)

1921

 Harry Secombe
Sir Harry Secombe, CBE (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian and singer. He played Neddie Seagoon, a central character in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show (1951-60). He also appeared in musicals and films and, in his later years, was a presenter of television shows incorporating hymns and other devotional songs. Born Harry Donald Secombe in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. (d. 2001)

1922

 Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar (September 8, 1922 – February 12, 2014) was an American comic actor and writer, best known for the 1950s live television series Yo, both of which influenced generations of comedians. He also acted in the movies Grease (1978) and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, New York, US. (d. 2014)

1925

 Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film characterisations, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films. Born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Portsmouth, England. (d. 1980)

1931

 Jack Rosenthal
Jack Rosenthal CBE (8 September 1931 – 29 May 2004) was an English playwright, who wrote 129 early episodes of the ITV soap opera Coronation Street and over 150 screenplays, including original TV plays, feature films, and adaptations. He created several comedy series including The Dustbinmen and The Lovers. Rosenthal won three BAFTA awards for Bar Mitzvah Boy (about a Jewish boy’s Bar Mitzvah), The Evacuees (based on his own war-time evacuation) and Spend, Spend, Spend (about the football pools winner, Viv Nicholson). He also wrote The Knowledge, a film about London taxi-drivers which has become a classic for cabbies-in-training. He created London’s Burning as a one-off drama in 1986, and this later developed into a long-running TV drama. Born Jack Morris Rosenthal in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. (d. 2004)

1932

 Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American singer. Part of the early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully “crossed over” to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Gore, Virginia. (d. 1963)

1933

 Michael Frayn
Michael Frayn, FRSL (born 8 September 1933) is an English playwright and novelist. He is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes. Born London United Kingdom.

1934

 Peter Maxwell Davies
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE (8 September 1934 – 14 March 2016) was an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen’s Music. Born in Salford, Lancashire, England. (d. 2016)

1948

 Per Lindstrand
Per Lindstrand (born September 8, 1948) is a Swedish aeronautical engineer, pilot, adventurer and entrepreneur. He is particularly known for his series of record-breaking trans-oceanic hot air balloon flights and, later, attempts to be the first to fly a Rozière balloon around the Earth – all with British entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson.

1954

 Anne Diamond
Anne Diamond (born 8 September 1954) is an English radio and television presenter and journalist. She hosted Good Morning Britain for TV-am and the similarly titled Good Morning… with Anne and Nick for BBC One, both with Nick Owen as her co-presenter. Born Anne Margaret Diamond in Malvern, Worcestershire.

1957

 Heather Thomas
Heather Thomas (born September 8, 1957) is an American actress, screenwriter, author and political activist, who co-starred as Jody Banks on the TV series The Fall Guy. Born Heather Anne Thomas in Greenwich, Connecticut.

1968

 Louise Minchin
Louise Minchin (born 8 September 1968) is a British journalist and news presenter who currently works freelance within the BBC. Born Louise Mary Grayson in British Hong Kong.

1971

 David Arquette
David Arquette (born September 8, 1971) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer and former professional wrestler. Born in Bentonville, Virginia.
 Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman (born 8 September 1971) is an English actor, best known for portraying Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office, Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock, and Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film trilogy. Born Martin John Christopher Freeman in Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

1979

  Pink
Pink (born September 8, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Originally a member of the girl group Choice, Pink rose to fame as an R&B artist with her debut solo album, Can’t Take Me Home (2000). The album was certified double platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits. Born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
 Miles Jupp
Miles Jupp (born 8 September 1979) is an English comedian and actor. Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian he first became known on British television as the inventor Archie in the children’s television series Balamory. His profile rose in Britain, after an spate of appearances on comedy panel shows and his roles as John Duggan in the The Thick of It and Nigel in the sitcom Rev. Born Miles Hugh Barrett Jupp in London, England.

1981

 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born on September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, former child star, and teen idol. He is known for his roles as the middle child Randy Taylor on Home Improvement, and as the voice of the young Simba in The Lion King. Born Jonathan Taylor Weiss in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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