Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
1960 – Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single “Kids in America”, which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version of the Supremes’ song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, which also went on to be a major US hit, topping the charts there in 1987. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart. Her other hits include “Chequered Love” (1981), “You Came” (1988) and “Never Trust a Stranger” (1988). In 2003, she collaborated with Nena on the song “Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime”, which topped the Dutch charts.
1961 – Steven Moffat
Steven William Moffat, OBE is a Scottish television writer and producer, best known for his work as showrunner, writer and executive producer of British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Moffat’s first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang. His first sitcom, Joking Apart, was inspired by the breakdown of his first marriage; conversely, his later sitcom Coupling was based upon the development of his relationship with television producer Sue Vertue. In between the two relationship-centred shows, he wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher.
A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffat’s first work on the series was the script of the parody episode The Curse of Fatal Death, which aired in 1999. When Doctor Who was revived in 2005, he wrote six episodes under executive producer Russell T Davies. Moffat was subsequently Doctor Who showrunner, lead writer and executive producer from 2009 until 2017. His first episode as executive producer, “The Eleventh Hour” aired in April 2010, and his final episode, “Twice Upon a Time” is scheduled to air at Christmas 2017. Sherlock, which Moffat co-created with Mark Gatiss, began airing in July 2010. Moffat also co-wrote the 2011 feature film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Moffat has won several awards, mainly for Doctor Who and Sherlock, including two Emmy Awards, five BAFTA Awards and four Hugo Awards.
1969 – Dan Bakkedahl
Dan Bakkedahl is an American actor and improvisational comedian from Chicago’s Second City. He is best known for starring as Tim Hughes on the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces, as Steve Nugent in the FX comedy series Legit and as Congressman Roger Furlong on the HBO series Veep. Prior to that, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2005 to 2007.
1970 – Elizabeth Anne Allen
Elizabeth Anne Allen is an American actress. Allen is best known for her recurring role as the witch Amy Madison on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.