October 2, 1948: Indian model & actress, Persis Khambatta born

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Persis Khambatta (1948-1998)

Persis Khambatta (born October 2, 1948) was an Indian model and actress. She was known for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

Khambatta’s first appearance at age 13 in advertisements for a soap brand set her on her way to becoming a popular model. In 1965, she entered and won the Femina Miss India contest.

In 1980, Khambatta was seriously injured in a car crash in Germany, which left a huge scar on her head. In 1983, she underwent coronary bypass surgery.

In 1998, Khambatta was taken to hospital in south Bombay, complaining of chest pains. She died of a massive heart attack aged 49. Her funeral was held in Bombay the following day.

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20th Century Works

Matt & Luke Goss

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Matt and Luke Goss (1968-)

Matt Goss (born September 29, 1968) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, which also features his twin brother Luke as drummer (and originally Craig Logan as bass player).

Luke Goss (born September 29, 1968) is an English actor and former drummer in late 1980s band Bros. He has appeared in numerous films including Blade II (2002) as Jared Nomak, One Night with the King (2006) as King Xerxes, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) as Prince Nuada, Tekken (2010) as Steve Fox and Interview with a Hitman (2012) as Viktor.

20th Century Highlights (Bros)

  • “I Owe You Nothing” (1987), UK #1
  • “When Will I Be Famous” (1987), UK #2
  • “Drop The Boy” (1988), UK #2
  • Push (1988), UK #2
  • “I Quit” (1988), UK #4
  • “Cat Among the Pigeons”/”Silent Night” (1988), UK #2
  • “Too Much” (1989), UK #2
  • “Chocolate Box” (1989), UK #9
  • The Time (189), UK #4
  • “Sister” (1989), UK #10

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Arnold Stang

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Arnold Stang (1918-2009), pictured in 1951

Arnold Stang (September 28, 1918 – December 20, 2009) was an American comic actor and voice actor, whose comic persona was a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type.

After starting his career in radio during the 1940s, Stang moved into television in the 1950s, and films in the 1960s.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), “Sparrow”
  • Top Cat (TV, 1961-1962), voice of “T.C.”
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), “Ray”
  • Hercules in New York (1969), “Pretzie”

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Ben E King

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Ben E King (1938-2015), pictured in 2007

Ben E King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of “Stand by Me”—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986 (when it was used as the theme to the film of the same name), a number one hit in the UK in 1987, and no. 25 on the RIAA’s list of Songs of the Century—and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group the Drifters notably singing the lead vocals of one of their biggest global hit singles (and only U.S. #1 hit) “Save the Last Dance for Me”.

20th Century Highlights

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Mika Häkkinen

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Mika Hakkinen (1968-), pictured in 2016

Mika Häkkinen (born September 28, 1968), nicknamed “the Flying Finn”, is a Finnish former professional racing driver. He has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls. Häkkinen currently works in driver management and is a brand ambassador for various companies.

Häkkinen began his career in karting at the age of five and achieved success by winning regional and national kart championships. He progressed to car racing when he entered the Formula Ford and Formula Three series in Italy and the United Kingdom. After success in the series, Häkkinen entered Formula One in 1991 with the Team Lotus. The following year, he moved to McLaren as test driver before he was promoted to the race team following the departure of Michael Andretti.

After four years which yielded minor success for Häkkinen, he scored his first Formula One victory in 1997. He went on to win eight races of the 1998 season, securing the World Drivers’ Championship at the season ending Japanese Grand Prix; his success also helped McLaren secure the World Constructors’ Championship. Häkkinen repeated his World Championship success in 1999, taking five victories.

20th Century Highlights

  • 1987: Nordic Formula Ford, Team Reynard, 1st
  • 1988: GM Vauxhall-Lotus Challenge, Team Dragon, 2nd
  • 1988: Opel-Lotus Euroseries, Team Dragon, 1st
  • 1989: Cellnet Formula Three SuperPrix, Team WSR, 1st
  • 1990: British Formula 3, Team WSR, 1st
  • 1998: Formula One, Team West McLaren Mercedes, 1st
  • 1999: Formula One, Team West McLaren Mercedes, 1st

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Michele Dotrice

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Michele Dotrice (1948-) [express.co.uk]
Michele Dotrice (born September, 27 1948) is an English actress, best known for her portrayal of Betty Spencer, the long-suffering wife of Frank Spencer, played by Michael Crawford, in the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which ran from 1973 to 1978, and returned in 2016 for a special.

Her father was the actor Roy Dotrice (1923-2017). She has two sisters, Karen Dotrice (1955-) and Yvette Dotrice, who also followed their parents’ footsteps into acting.

Dotrice was married to actor Edward Woodward (1930-2009) until his death.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Old Curiosity Shop (TV, 1962), “Nell”
  • And Soon the Darkness (1970), “Cathy”
  • Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (TV, 1973-1978), “Betty Spencer”

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Shaun Cassidy

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Shaun Cassidy (1958-), pictured in the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries

Shaun Cassidy (born September 27, 1958) is an American television scriptwriter and producer. A retired actor and singer, he is known for starring in the television series The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1977–1979) and Breaking Away (1980–1981), as well as having several hit records in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he had a three-month stint on the daytime soap General Hospital and acted on Broadway and in the West End of London.

Since the mid-1990s, Cassidy has worked exclusively as a writer and producer in television, creating a number of television series, including American Gothic (1995-1996), Roar and Invasion.

He is the eldest son of Shirley Jones (1934-) and Jack Cassidy (1927-1976). His older half-brother was David Cassidy (1950-2017).

20th Century Highlights

  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-1978), “Joe Hardy”
  • The Hardy Boys (1978-1979), “Joe Hardy”
  • General Hospital (1963-), “Dusty Walker” (1987-1988)
  • American Gothic (1995-1996), creator/co-producer

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