Celebrities

  • German actress who played Maria in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Brigitte Helm born (1906)
  • Band leader, best known for his appearances on The Goon Show, Ray Ellington born (1916)
  • Jazz pianist and singer, Nat King Cole born (1919)
  • Ballet dancer and choreographer, Rudolf Nureyev born (1938)
  • Actor, best known for playing Mark Sanger in Ironside, Don Mitchell born (1943)
  • Fashion designer, Jeff Banks born (1943)
  • Model, who married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd born (1944)
  • Actor, Patrick Duffy born (1949)
  • Actor, Kurt Russell born (1951)
  • Guitarist (ex-Thin Lizzy), Scott Gorham born (1951)
  • Actress, Lesley-Anne Down born (1954)
  • Actor, Gary Sinise born (1955)
  • Singer (ex-Altered Images) and actress, Clare (CP) Grogan born (1962)
  • Singer/guitarist (with all girl rockers Vixen) Janet Gardner born (1962)
  • Drummer (with all girl rockers Vixen) Roxy Petrucci born (1962)
  • Actor, Rob Lowe born (1964)
  • Actor, Hugo Speer born (1969)
  • Singer/drummer with the Corrs, Caroline Corr born (1973)
  • Actor, Merritt Butrick died (1989)
  • Original voice of Woody Woodpecker, Grace Stafford died (1992)
  • Actress, Helen Hayes died (1993)
  • London gangster, Ronnie Kray died (1995)
  • Singer, Jermaine Stewart died (1997)
  • Emu handler, Rod Hull died (1999)

Cinema

  • The Little Princess (US, 1939) starring Shirley Temple
  • The Falcon Out West (US, 1944) starring Tom Conway
  • I Remember Mama (US, 1948) starring Irene Dunne
  • Kismet (UK, 1955) starring Howard Keel
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (US, 1964) starring Sophia Loren
  • The Barefoot Executive (US, 1971) starring Kurt Russell, whose birthday it is today!
  • When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (US, 1971) from Hammer Films
  • John Water’s Pink Flamingos (US, 1973) starring Divine
  • Andy Warhol’s Flesh for Frankenstein (US, 1974) starring Udo Keir
  • Twins (UK, 1989) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito
  • Immortal Beloved (UK, 1995) starring Gary Oldman
  • Priest (UK, 1995) starring Linus Roache
  • Quiz Show (UK, 1995) starring Ralph Fiennes

Doctor Who

Music

  • “Running Bear” by Johnny Preston at No 1 in the UK Singles Chart (1960)
  • “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” by Walker Brothers at No 1 in the UK Singles Chart (1966)
  • “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor at No 1 in the UK Singles Chart (1979)
  • Spirits Having Flown by Bee Gees at No 1 in the UK Albums Chart (1979)
  • Human’s Lib by Howard Jones at No 1 in the UK Albums Chart (1984)
  • A Kind Of Magic by Queen released (1986)

Television

  • Patrick Troughton becomes television’s first Robin Hood, playing the eponymous folk hero in the first of six half-hour episodes of Robin Hood, shown weekly on the BBC Television Service (1953)
  • The Magician (pilot) first aired on US TV (1973)
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