On This Day
1924 – Benny Hill
Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill was an English comedian and actor, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with him at the focus of almost every segment.
A prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades, his show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy. Among the most watched programmes in the UK, the audience peaked at over 21 million in 1971. The show generated impressive revenues for Thames Television, and retains a following in much of the world decades after Hill’s death.
Died: 20 April 1992
1945 – Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the television series The Professionals, The Chief, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently. He has also acted on stage and in film, and has narrated numerous audiobooks and presented various television series, including the 2006 series Martin Shaw: Aviators.
1981 – Izabella Miko
Izabella Anna Mikołajczak, better known as Izabella Miko, is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).
Miko has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014.
1994 – Laura Robson
Laura Robson is a British tennis player. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the girls’ singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008.
Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women’s Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA main-tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. Robson was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career high singles ranking of world No. 27 on 8 July 2013.
Since then, Robson has suffered from various injuries which have caused a prolonged absence from the WTA tour. After losing in the first round of the 2013 HP Open on 7 October 2013, she has played just 33 matches: two in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 20 in 2016, winning just eight of them. She dropped out of the world rankings in early 2015, returning at 906 in July 2015, and on 18 September 2017 is ranked at 247. She has a career-high doubles ranking of No. 82 (July 2013).