1495 ~ Petrus Apianus the German mathematician and astronomer was born on the 16th April 1495 (died 1557).
1755 ~ Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun the French painter was born on the 16th April 1755 (died 1842).
1821 ~ Ford Madox Brown the French-English painter was born on the 16th April 1821 (died 1893).
1867 ~ WiLBUR WRiGHT aka one of the Wright Brothers, best known for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane, was born on the 16th April 1867. Wilbur Wright and his brother Orville were American aviation pioneers and also made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight in 1903. They were the first to invent aircraft controls, making fixed wing powered flight possible. Wilbur died in 1912 at the age of 45, due to typhoid fever.
1889 ~ CHARLiE CHAPLiN the silent film comic actor and film director, aka Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on the 16th April 1889 (died 1977 aged 88).
1890 ~ Gertrude Chandler Warner the American author was born on the 16th April 1890 (died 1979).
1905 ~ Frits Philips the Dutch businessman and 4th chairman of the board of directors of the Dutch electronics company Philips was born on the 16th April 1905 (died 2005). Frits Phillips was the only son of the Philips co-founder Anton Philips.
1910 ~ Berton Roueché the American journalist and author was born on the 16th April 1910 (died 1994).
1912 ~ Garth Williams the American illustrator was born on the 16th April 1912 (died 1996). Garth Williams is best known for his illustrations in Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and the Little House series of books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
1915 ~ Joan Alexander the American actress was born on the 16th April 1915 (died 2009).
1918 ~ SPiKE MiLLiGAN the Irish comedian best known as the co-creator, main writer and a principal cast member of The Goon Show, was born on the 16th April 1918. Spike was also a musician, poet, playwright, writer, soldier and actor. He died in 2002 aged 83. See Spike in fine form in this video at the age of 76 in 1994…
1919 ~ Thomas Willmore the English geometer was born on the 16th April 1919 (died 2005).
1921 ~ PETER USTiNOV the English actor, writer, dramatist, filmmaker, theatre & opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humourist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster and television presenter was born on the 16th April 1921. Peter was a respected intellectual with great wit, and was seen regularly on television talk shows and lecture circuits. He was also a diplomat who served many including being the Goodwill Ambassador for UNiCEF, and President of the World Federalist Movement. Peter Ustinov died in 2004 aged 82.
1922 ~ Kingsley Amis the English author, poet, and critic was born on the 16th April 1922 (died 1995).
1924 ~ HENRY MANCiNi the American composer, conductor and arranger, best known for his film and television scores such as The Pink Panther Theme, the Peter Gunn Theme, Moon River from and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was born on the 16th April 1924. Henry won 20 Grammy Awards. He died in 1994 aged 70.
1924 ~ John Harvey-Jones the English businessman was born on the 16th April 1924 (died 2008).
1927 ~ POPE BENEDiCT XVI the Pope was born Joseph Ratzinger on the 16th April 1927.
1927 ~ Edie Adams the American actress and singer was born on the 16th April 1927 (died 2008).
1929 ~ Roy Hamilton the American singer was born on the 16th April 1929 (died 1969).
1930 ~ Herbie Mann the American flute player was born on the 16th April 1930 (died 2003).
1935 ~ Bobby Vinton the American singer and actor was born on the 16th April 1935.
1939 ~ DUSTY SPRiNGFiELD the English singer dubbed The White Queen of Soul, was born Mary O’Brien on the 16th April 1939. Dusty died in 1999 aged 59.
1940 ~ Margrethe II of Denmark was born on the 16th April 1940.
1947 ~ GERRY RAFFERTY the Scottish singer-songwriter best known for his hit Baker Street in 1978, was born on the 16th April 1947. Gerry died on the 4th January in 2011 aged 63.
1950 ~ David Graf the American actor was born on the 16th April 1950 (died 2001).
1953 ~ KURT MALOO the Swiss lead singer and songwriter from the pop-jazz duo DOUBLE was born Kurt Meier in Zurich on the 16th April 1953. Kurt first achieved international success in 1986 as the frontman of Double with the hit single The Captain of Her Heart. YouTube: Double – Devils Ball, featuring Herb Alpert (Official Video) | Kurt Maloo’s official website: www.KurtMaloo.com |Kurt Maloo’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/kumaloo | YouTube video: Double ~ The Captain Of Her Heart (Official Video 1986)…
1955 ~ Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg was born on the 16th April 1955.
1956 ~ David M. Brown the United States Navy captain and astronaut was born on the 16th April 1956 (died 1st February 2003 age 46). David M. Brown died on his 1st spaceflight when the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107) disintegrated during orbital re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on the 1st February 2003.
1956 ~ Lise-Marie Morerod the Swiss skier was born on the 16th April 1956.
1959 ~ Scott McKinsey the American director was born on the 16th April 1959.
1964 ~ DAVE PiRNER the American lead singer of SOUL ASYLUM was born on the 16th April 1964. Soul Asylum are best known for their hit song Runaway Train which won a Grammy Award for the best rock song in 1994.
1964 ~ David Kohan the American screenwriter and producer was born on the 16th April 1964. David Kohan is bast known for writing The Wonder Years and the Dennis Miller Show, and co-creating and producing Will & Grace, Boston Common, Good Morning, Miami, Twins and Four Kings with Max Mutchnick.
196# ~ ANTON K. Kressnig the Australian artist, designer, photographer, radio broadcaster, writer and founder of AntonK.com and TheARTofLOOKiNGatLiFE.com, was born in Upper Ferntree Gully in Australia on the 16th April in the late 1960s.
Anton K’s creative career started with sign writing in 1985, followed by professional photography in the music industry, and over a decade in the advertising industry. Anton K also worked as an illustrator on A Bucket Of Toads book published in 2000. In April 2003 Anton K started writing, producing and presenting the sHaMoZzLe radio show, which led to the development of many characters, and regular segments live on Radio London. Anton K also had a short career as a stand up comedian, before starting work behind the scenes on film and movie projects. Eventually Anton K returned to his roots and original passion, creating AntonK.com and The ART of LOOKiNG at LiFE ~ a philosophical look at life through art, design, photography and writing.
1970 ~ Dero Goi the German poet, writer, lead singer and songwriter of German rock band Oomph! was born in Wolfsburg on the 16th April 1970. Oomph Online: official website: www.Oomph.de | Facebook.com/OomphBand | Twitter.com/OomphBand | Spotify | YouTube Oomph Channel | YouTube video: Oomph! – Auf Kurs (official music video)…
1971 ~ SELENA the American singer-songwriter from Selena y Los Dinos was born Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in Lake Jackson, Texas on the 16th April 1971 (murdered on the 31st March 1995 aged 23). Selena was named the Top Latin artist of the ’90s and Best selling Latin artist of the decade by Billboard for her 14 Top 10 singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including 7 number 1 hits. In 1997 a biographical musical drama film about the life and career of Selena (played by Jennifer Lopez) was released, and grossed $60,000,000 at the box office. See the Selena Biography… Official website: Q-Productions.com | YouTube video: Selena The Last Concert 1995-Completo: Un recuerdo inolvidable,Ultimo Concierto de la Gran cantante Selena Quintanilla…
1971 ~ Natasha Zvereva the Russian tennis player was born on the 16th April 1971.
1972 ~ APOLLO 16 was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on this 16th April 1972. This was the 5th space program to land on the Moon, and the 1st to land in the lunar highlands.
1972 ~ Conchita Martínez the Spanish-American tennis player was born on the 16th April 1972.
1973 ~ AKON the American singer and song writer was born on the 16th April in 1973.
1973 ~ Bonnie Pink the Japanese singer-songwriter was born on the 16th April 1973.
1975 ~ Sean Maher the American actor was born on the 16th April 1975.
1975 ~ Nick Pickard the English actor was born on the 16th April 1975.
1976 ~ Lukas Haas the American actor was born on the 16th April 1976.
1976 ~ David Lyons the Australian actor was born on the 16th April 1976.
1976 ~ Kelli O’Hara the American actress and singer was born on the 16th April 1976.
1978 ~ Nikki Griffin the American actress was born on the 16th April 1978.
1978 ~ Matthew Lloyd the Australian footballer was born on the 16th April 1978.
1979 ~ Sean Costello the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 16th April 1979 (died 2008).
19** ~ NiCOLE CHRiSTiNE the Australian entertainer from ASYLUM TV, RiCKY The Movie and ABBASESSiON, was born on the 16th April. Nicole has performed to crowds of 4 people to 40,000 people, and is also a music presenter for The Australian institute of music & childhood development. Nicole has been featured on international and Australian television. Some of Nicole’s interviews have been with Richard Branson, Kiss members, Toto, Status Quo, Molly Meldrum, Lobby Loyde, Billy Thorpe, Michael Gudinski and many others. Nicole Christine’s official website: www.NicoleChristine.com
YouTube video: Nicole Christine performing as blonde Agnetha Fältskog from ABBA in the ABBASESSiON tribute band…
1983 ~ Marié Digby the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 16th April 1983.
1984 ~ Natalie Blair the Australian actress was born on the 16th April 1984.
1984 ~ Amelia Atwater-Rhodes the American author was born on the 16th April 1984.
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