On This Day
1956 – Dana Delany
Dana Welles Delany is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist. Delany has been active in show business since the late 1970s. Following small roles early in her career, Delany garnered her first leading role in 1987 in the short-lived NBC sitcom Sweet Surrender and achieved wider fame in 1988–1991 as Colleen McMurphy on the ABC television show China Beach, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards (1989, 1992). She received further recognition for her performances in the films Light Sleeper (1992), Tombstone (1993), Exit to Eden (1994), The Margaret Sanger Story (1995), Fly Away Home (1996), True Women (1997), and Wide Awake (1998). Since the mid-1990s, Delany has served on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
In the 2000s, Delany returned to television with a string of short-lived television series beginning with Pasadena (2001), Presidio Med (2002–2003), and Kidnapped (2006–2007). From 2007 to 2010, Delany played Katherine Mayfair on the ABC series Desperate Housewives.
In the 2010s, from 2011 to 2013, Delany played the lead role of Megan Hunt on the ABC drama series Body of Proof. From 2014 to 2017, she played a co-starring role as Crystal Harris in the Amazon drama series Hand of God, which had been ordered to full series by Amazon Studios in October 2014.
More recently, in 2015, she had a recurring guest role in the short-lived FX sitcom The Comedians as Julie, the wife of Billy Crystal, playing a fictionalized version of himself. On July 23, 2015, the series was cancelled after one season.
Delany is also a voice actress. She played Lois Lane in the DC animated universe as well as in The Batman animated series. In an interview, she said she loves to play “complicated characters”.
1976 – Martin Phillips
Martin John “Buster” Phillips is an English former professional footballer.
Phillips was born in Exeter and began his football career as a trainee with his local side Exeter City, turning professional in July 1994. He soon attracted the attention of higher division clubs and moved to Manchester City in November 1995 for a fee of £500,000. This remained Exeter’s record sale until they sold Matt Grimes for around £1.75 million in 2015. Upon signing Phillips, City manager Alan Ball predicted “Buster will be the first British £10 million pound player.” He struggled to establish himself at Maine Road and was loaned to Scunthorpe United in January 1998 and back to Exeter City in March 1998.
He left Maine Road in August 1998, moving to Portsmouth for a fee of £100,000. Again he struggled to establish himself and spent a month on loan to Bristol Rovers in February 1999. In August 2000 he returned to Devon, joining Plymouth Argyle in August 2000 for a fee of just £25,000. He was released at the end of the 2003-04 season, after spending much of the season struggling with injuries.
He joined Torquay United on a free transfer in July 2004, becoming one of a growing band of former Plymouth players signed by Leroy Rosenior, others including Craig Taylor, Brian McGlinchey, Martin Gritton and Matthew Villis.
Phillips played 29 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 1998 – 2000
1992 – Kaya Scodelario
Kaya Rose Scodelario-Davis is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Effy Stonem on the E4 teen drama Skins (2007-2010; 2013), Teresa Agnes in The Maze Runner film series and Carina Smyth in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
2000 – Jordyn Jones
Jordyn Jones is an actress, known for Dance Camp (2016), Todrick Hall: Freaks Like Me (2014) and Internet Famous (2016).
2012 – Cedric Sharpley
Born: 02 July 1951
Cedric Sharpley was born in South Africa. He came to Britain and settled in Hertfordshire during the 1960s. With the bassist Neil Brewer and the singer and guitarist Dane Stevens he formed Druid, a progressive rock group often compared to Yes, especially once they added the keyboardist Andrew McCrorie-Shand to the line-up in 1974. Championed by Bob Harris, they appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test and recorded two studio albums for EMI in the mid-’70s before disbanding.
A mainstay of Numan’s studio and live band through most of the 1980s, Sharpley drummed on the albums Telekon, Dance, Warriors and Berserker, and several more Numan hits including “Complex”, “This Wreckage” and “She’s Got Claws”. He also played drums and programmed the electronic drums on “Fade To Grey”, the breakthrough song by the New Romantic outfit Visage, which was co-written by Payne and the Ultravox keyboard-player Billy Currie, another Numan accompanist, in 1979.
Died Aged 60