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Today's Anniversary – Sunday, April 05


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Births

* 1968 Stewart Lee English stand-up comedian, writer and director probably best known for being one half of the 1990s comedy duo Lee and Herring, and for co-writing and directing the critically-acclaimed and controversial stage show Jerry Springer - The Opera.
* 1957 Katherine Harris Second-term member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 13th congressional district until she left Congress to make an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 2006.
* 1955 Akira Toriyama Widely known and acclaimed mangaka best known for his work in the Dr Slump and Dragon Ball series.
* 1954 Arthur Uther Pendragon English druid and campaigner in the United Kingdom.
* 1952 John C. Dvorak American columnist and broadcaster in the areas of technology and computing.
* 1951 Dean Kamen American entrepreneur and inventor.
* 1947 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo 14th president of the Philippines.
* 1945 Tommy Smith Long-serving footballer with Liverpool, known for his uncompromising defensive style.
* 1942 Peter Greenaway Welsh-born English film director.
* 1937 Colin Powell 65th United States Secretary of State, serving from 20 January 2001 to 12 November 2004.
* 1929 Ivar Giaever Norwegian physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 with Leo Esaki and Brian Josephson "for their discoveries regarding tunnelling phenomena in solids".
* 1916 Gregory Peck Renowned 20th century American actor and activist.
* 1908 Bette Davis Two-time Academy Award-winning American actress of film, television and theatre.
* 1908 Herbert von Karajan Austrian orchestra and opera conductor.
* 1906 Lord Buckley Born Richard Myrle Buckley, was an American monologist and comedian.
* 1904 Richard Eberhart Pulitzer Prize winning American poet.
* 1900 Spencer Tracy Actor of stage and screen, who appeared in 74 films from 1930 to 1967.
* 1864 Basil Hood British songwriter.
* 1856 Booker T. Washington American political leader, educator and author of African ancestry, most famous for his tenure as President of Tuskegee University (18801915).
* 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne English poet.
* 1588 Thomas Hobbes English philosopher, whose famous 1651 book Leviathan established the agenda for nearly all subsequent Western political philosophy.

Deaths

 2008 Charlton Heston Born John Charles Carter, was an American film actor noted for his heroic roles and for his long involvement in political issues, mainly as five-time president of the National Rifle Association.
 2006 Allan Kaprow American Fluxus artist, assemblagist a pioneer in establishing the concepts of performance art, and the originator of Happenings.
 2005 Saul Bellow Acclaimed Canadian-born American writer.
 1997 Allen Ginsberg American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey.
 1994 Kurt Donald Cobain Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the American grunge band, Nirvana.
 1984 Arthur Travers Harris British air marshal during World War II.
 1975 Chiang Kai-shek Political and military leader of 20th century China.
 1967 Johan Falkberget Born Johan Petter Lillebakken, was a coal miner who became a major Norwegian novelist.
 1964 Douglas MacArthur American military leader.
 1941 Andrew Paterson Famous Australian bush poet and author.
 1928 Chauncey Depew United States Senator.
 1794 Georges Danton Leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution and the first President of the Committee of Public Safety.
 1765 Edward Young English poet, best remembered for Night Thoughts.
 1695 George Savile English statesman, writer, and politician.
 1693 Christian Scriver German Lutheran devotional writer.
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