Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
1940 – Terry Gilliam
Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.
Gilliam has directed 12 feature films, including Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009). The only “Python” not born in Britain, he became a naturalised British subject in 1968 and formally renounced his American citizenship in 2006.
Gilliam was born in Minnesota, but spent his high school and college years in Los Angeles. He started his career as an animator and strip cartoonist. He joined Monty Python as the animator of their works, but eventually became a full member and was given acting roles. He became a feature film director in the 1970s. Most of his films explore the theme of imagination and its importance to life, express his opposition to bureaucracy and authoritarianism, and feature characters facing dark or paranoid situations. His own scripts feature black comedy and tragicomedy elements, combined with surprise endings.
1972 – Russel Hoult
Russell Hoult is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.
He notably spent time playing in the Premier League and played for Leicester City, Derby County and West Bromwich Albion. He also played in the Football League for Lincoln City, Blackpool, Bolton Wanderers, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Notts County and Darlington.
Hoult played 44 times for Portsmouth in 2000
1982 – Yakubu
Yakubu Aiyegbeni, known as Yakubu, is a Nigerian professional footballer who last played for Coventry City. His nickname is “The Yak”.
His performances in the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League for Maccabi Haifa earned a loan move to English club Portsmouth which became permanent as they were promoted to the Premier League in 2003. He has since appeared in over 250 Premier League matches for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers, and is the second highest African goalscorer in Premier League history with 96 goals. He is the third highest scorer in the history of the Nigeria national football team, and represented them at four African Cup of Nations finals, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the football at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Yakubu played 92 times for Portsmouth scoring 43 goals between 2003 – 2005
1984 – Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson is an American actress and singer. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, she aspired to be an actress from a young age and first appeared on stage in an Off Broadway play as a child. She made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994) and was nominated for a Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo (1996). Johansson rose to fame with her role in 1998’s The Horse Whisperer and had her breakthrough in Ghost World (2001).
Johansson shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. She was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for the two films and for playing an estranged teenager in the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) and a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005). Other films during this period included the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006) and the comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She also released two albums Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009), both of which charted on the Billboard 200.
1995 – Katherine McNamara
Katherine Grace McNamara is an American actress. She is known for her role as Harper Munroe on the MTV comedy series Happyland, and for her lead role as Clary Fray on the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters.
1996 – Madison Davenport
Madison Danielle Davenport is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Kate in From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. Davenport has also starred in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl as Kit’s best friend Ruthie Smithens.