John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. Born in the village rectory of Aldwincle near Thrapston in Northamptonshire. (d. 1700)
Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (9 August 1757 – 2 September 1834) was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and a noted road, bridge and canal builder. Born in the rural parish of Westerkirk, in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire. (d. 1834)
Amedeo Avogadro, Count of Quaregna and Cerreto (9 August 1776 – 9 July 1856) was an Italian scientist. He is most noted for his contributions to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro’s law. The number of elementary entities (atoms, molecules, ions or other particles) in 1 mole of a substance, 6.02214129(27) × 1023, is known as the Avogadro constant. Born Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro di Quaregna e di Cerreto in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. (d. 1856)
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Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born novelist, actress and journalist. In 1924 she emigrated to England where she wrote under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933 she began writing her series of children’s novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins. Born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. (d. 1996)
Tove Jansson (9 August 1914 – 27 June 2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children. For her contribution as a children’s writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966. Born Tove Marika Jansson in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland. (d. 2001)
Joe Mercer, OBE (9 August 1914 – 9 August 1990) was an English football player and manager. He enjoyed great success as a manager with Manchester City between 1965 and 1971. Born Joseph Mercer in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. (d. 1990)
Philip Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL (9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet and novelist. He came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived. He was offered, but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John Betjeman. Born Philip Arthur Larkin in Coventry, England. (d. 1985)
Robert Shaw (9 August 1927 – 28 August 1978) was an English actor and novelist, remembered for his performances in From Russia with Love (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Sting (1973), the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Black Sunday (1977), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), The Deep (1977) and Jaws (1975), in which he played the shark hunter Quint. Born Robert Archibald Shaw in Westhoughton, near Bolton, Lancashire, England. (d. 1978)
Rod Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian former tennis player who holds the record for most singles titles won in the history of tennis, with 200 career titles. He was ranked World No. 1 for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970. Born Rodney George Laver in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Kenneth Norton (born August 9, 1943) is an American former heavyweight boxer and former WBC Heavyweight Champion. He is best known for his 12-round victory over Muhammad Ali. Born Kenneth Howard Norton in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Sam Elliott (born August 9, 1944) is an American actor. His rangy physique, thick horseshoe moustache, deep, resonant voice, and Western drawl lend to frequent casting as cowboys and ranchers. Born Samuel Pack Elliott in Sacramento, California.
Posy Simmonds MBE (born 9 August 1945) is a British newspaper cartoonist and writer and illustrator of children’s books. She is best known for her long association with The Guardian, for which she has drawn the series Gemma Bovery (2000) and Tamara Drewe (2005-06). Born Rosemary Elizabeth Simmonds in Berkshire, England.
Roberta Tovey (born 9 August 1953) is an English actress who has appeared in films and television programmes. One of her better-known roles was that of Susan, the granddaughter of Dr. Who, in the films Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966). Born in Shepherd’s Bush, London.
Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an American actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film Working Girl (1988). She is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren, and the wife of actor Antonio Banderas. Born in New York City.
Amanda Bearse (born August 9, 1958) is an American actress, director and comedienne best known for her role as neighbor Marcy D’Arcy (formerly Marcy Rhoades) on Married… with Children. Born in Winter Park, Florida.
Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, singer, actress, producer, model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. Born Whitney Elizabeth Houston in Newark, New Jersey. (d. 2012)
Gillian Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an American actress. Anderson achieved international recognition for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully on the American television series The X-Files. Born Gillian Leigh Anderson in Chicago, Illinois.
Eric Bana (born 9 August 1968) is an Australian film and television actor. After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood’s attention by playing the lead role as Bruce Banner in the Ang Lee directed film Hulk (2003). Born Eric Banadinović in Melbourne, Victoria.
Audrey Tautou (born 9 August 1976 or 1978) is a French film, theatre and television actress and model. Tautou achieved recognition for her lead role in the 2001 film Amélie, the actress and the film met with critical acclaim and was a major box-office success. Born Audrey Justine Tautou in Beaumont, Puy-de-Dôme, France.
Tyson Gay (born August 9, 1982) is an American track and field sprint athlete who competes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. He won his first Olympic medal, a silver, with an American record run of 37.04 seconds in the 2012 Olympic 4×100 m relay final. Born in Lexington, Kentucky.