9 October


1201

 Robert de Sorbon
Robert de Sorbon (October 9, 1201 – August 15, 1274) was a French theologian, the chaplain of Louis IX of France, and founder of the Sorbonne college in Paris. Sorbon began to teach around 1253 and in 1257 established the Maison de Sorbonne. It subsequently grew into a major centre of learning and became the core of what would become the University of Paris. Born in Sorbon. (d. 1274)

1835

 Camille Saint-Saëns
Camille Saint-Saëns (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Danse macabre (1874), and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). Born Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns in Paris. (d. 1921)

1859

 Alfred Dreyfus
Alfred Dreyfus (9 October 1859 – 12 July 1935) was a French artillery officer of Jewish background whose trial and conviction in 1894 on charges of treason became one of the most tense political dramas in modern European history. Known today as the Dreyfus Affair, the incident eventually ended with Dreyfus’ complete exoneration. Born in Mulhouse, Alsace, France. (d. 1935)

1873

 Charles Rudolph Walgreen
Charles Rudolph Walgreen (October 9, 1873 – December 11, 1939) was an American businessman who founded Walgreens. Born in Knoxville, Illinois. (d. 1939)

1890

 Aimee Semple McPherson
Aimee Semple McPherson (October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angeles-based evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. She founded the Foursquare Church. She conducted public faith healing demonstrations before large crowds; testimonies conveyed tens of thousands of people healed. Born Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy in Salford, Ontario, Canada. (d. 1944)

1900

 Joseph Friedman
Joseph B. Friedman (October 9, 1900 – June 21, 1982) was an independent American inventor with a broad range of interests and ideas. He invented the flexible drinking straw. Born in Cleveland, Ohio. (d. 1982)
 Alastair Sim
Alastair Sim, CBE (9 October 1900 – 19 August 1976) was a Scottish character actor who began his theatrical career at the age of thirty, but quickly became established as a popular West End performer, remaining so until his death in 1976. He also appeared in more than fifty British films, starting in 1935. Sim was a leading star of British cinema, appearing in more than fifty films. They included Green for Danger (1946), Hue and Cry (1947), The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), Scrooge (1951), The Belles of St Trinian’s (1954) and An Inspector Calls (1954). Born Alastair George Bell Sim in Edinburgh, Scotland. (d. 1976)

1907

 Quintin Hogg
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, KG CH PC QC FRS (9 October 1907 – 12 October 2001), who held the title 2nd Viscount Hailsham from 1950 to 1963, was a British politician known for the length of his career, the vigour with which he campaigned for the Conservative Party, and the influence of his political writing. He was considered for the leadership of his party (which would have led to his becoming Prime Minister) in 1963, and held for more than a decade the office formerly held by his father, Lord Chancellor. Born Quintin McGarel Hogg in London, United Kingdom. (d. 2001)
 Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati (9 October 1907 – 5 November 1982) was a French filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter. Tati played the gauche and socially inept lead character, Monsieur Hulot. With his trademark raincoat, umbrella and pipe, Hulot is among the most memorable comic characters in cinema. Born Jacques Tatischeff in Le Pecq, Yvelines, France. (d. 1982)
 Horst Wessel
Horst Wessel (9 October 1907 – 23 February 1930) was a Nazi Party (NSDAP) activist known for writing the lyrics to the “Horst-Wessel-Lied”. His death in 1930 was used by the party for propaganda purposes. Born Horst Ludwig Georg Erich Wessel in Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany. (d. 1930)

1919

 Belva Plain
Belva Plain (October 9, 1915 – October 12, 2010) was a best-selling American author of mainstream fiction. Her first novel, Evergreen, was published in 1978. It topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks. Twenty-one of her novels appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Born Belva Offenberg in New York City. (d. 2010)

1923

 Donald Sinden
Sir Donald Alfred Sinden CBE FRSA (9 October 1923 – 11 September 2014) was an English actor in theatre, film, television and radio, as well as an author. Achieving early fame as a Rank Organisation film star in the 1950s, he starred in 23 movies, many of them outstanding British films of the 1950s and early 1960s including Mogambo; Doctor in the House; and Above Us The Waves. He then became highly regarded as a Shakespearean and West End theatre actor and television sit-com star. Born in St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon, England. (d. 2014)

1931

 Antony Booth
Anthony Booth (born 9 October 1931) is a retired English actor, best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in the BBC series Till Death Us Do Part. Born Anthony George Booth in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

1935

 Edward Duke of Kent
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC(P) (born 9 October 1935) is a grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942. Born Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick in Belgrave Square, London.

1936

 Brian Blessed
Brian Joseph Blessed, OBE (born 9 October 1936) is an English actor. One of Blessed’s earliest roles was that of PC “Fancy” Smith in the BBC television series Z-Cars, between 1962 and 1965. In 1999, Blessed provided both the voice and live-action reference for the blustery CGI character Boss Nass in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. As Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon (1980), he is remembered for the exclamation “Gordon’s alive!”. Born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, England.

1939

 John Pilger
John Richard Pilger (born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist based since 1962 in the United Kingdom. Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award. Born John Richard Pilger in Sydney, Australia.

1940

 John Lennon
John Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With fellow member Paul McCartney, he formed a lucrative songwriting partnership. Born John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England. (d. 1980)

1944

 John Entwistle
John Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English singer, songwriter, composer, musician, film and music producer. In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Entwistle was best known as the original bass guitarist for the English rock band the Who. Born John Alec Entwistle in Chiswick, Greater London. (d. 2002)

1952

 Sharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne (born 9 October 1952) is an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, businesswoman, and promoter, and the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. Born Sharon Rachel Levy in Brixton, London, England.

1953

 Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub (born October 9, 1953) is an American actor. His television work includes Antonio Scarpacci in Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the TV series Monk, for which he has won a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and three Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also had a successful career as a character actor, with roles in films such as Barton Fink (1991), Men in Black (1997), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Spy Kids (2001). Born Anthony Marcus Shalhoub in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

1954

 Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula (/’bækj?l?/; born October 9, 1954) is an American actor best known for his lead roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap (for which he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award), and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise. Born Scott Stewart Bakula in St Louis, Missouri.

1964

 Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro (born October 9, 1964) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. His films include The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), and Pacific Rim (2013). Born Guillermo del Toro Gómez in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

1966

 David Cameron
David Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. He was the Leader of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2016, and has been Member of Parliament for Witney since 2001. Born David William Donald Cameron in London, England.

1968

 Pete Docter
Pete Docter (born October 9, 1968) is an American film director, animator, screenwriter, producer and voice actor from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is best known for directing the animated feature films Monsters, Inc. (2001), Up (2009) and Inside Out (2015) and as a key figure and collaborator in Pixar Animation Studios. Born Peter Hans Docter in Bloomington, Minnesota.

1969

 PJ Harvey
P J Harvey, MBE (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments. Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize – the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice – eight Brit Award nominations, and six Grammy Award nominations. Born Polly Jean Harvey in Bridport, Dorset, England.
 Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen CBE (born 9 October 1969) is an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, he won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer, and he also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize. In 2006 he produced Queen and Country, which commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. Born Steven Rodney McQueen in London, England.

1974

 Gok Wan
Gok Wan (born 9 September 1974) is an English fashion consultant, author and television presenter. In 2006, Channel 4 employed him to present his own television show, How to Look Good Naked, which lasted for three series. Born Ko-Hen Wan in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.

1975

 Sean Lennon
Sean Lennon (born October 9, 1975) is an American singer and musician. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Born Sean Taro Ono Lennon in New York City, New York.

1979

 Chris O’Dowd
Chris O’Dowd (born 9 October 1979) is an Irish actor, best known for comedic roles such as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O’Dowd created and starred in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy, which aired between 2012 and 2015. Born Christopher O’Dowd in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland.
 Brandon Routh
Brandon Routh (born October 9, 1979) is an American actor and former fashion model. In 2006, he gained recognition for his role as the titular superhero of the 2006 film Superman Returns. Born Brandon James Routh in Norwalk, Iowa.

1981

 Zachery Ty Bryan
Zachery Ty Bryan (born October 9, 1981) is an American actor and producer best known for his role as Brad Taylor on the American sitcom Home Improvement. Born in Aurora, Colorado.

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