April 8 Birthdays in History - April 8 Deaths - April 8 Events
1984 Taran Noah Smith, born in San Francisco, California, actor, Mark Taylor-Home Improvement
1981 Rebecca Wilson, born in Queensland, Australia, gymnast 1996 Olympics
1976 Jim Farnum, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, kayak alternate for 1996 Olympics
1973 Alex Gonzalez, born in Miami, Florida, infielder for the Toronto Blue Jays
1973 Joel Davis, guard for the Cincinnati Bengals
1973 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, born in Auckland New Zealand, 50m/100m swimmer 1996 Olympics
1973 Emma Caulfield, born in San Diego, California, actress, appeared in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Beverly Hills 90210'
1972 Damon Watts, NFL center for the Indianapolis Colts
1972 Isaac Davis, NFL guard for the San Diego Chargers
1972 Katrina Powell, born in Canberra, Australia, field hockey striker 1996 Olympics
1971 Edward Fryatt, born in Rochdale, England, Nike golfer, 1994 NCAA West Regional
1971 Marc Peers, born in Edmonton, Alberta, tornado yachter 1996 Olympics
1970 Derek D. Brown, born in Washington D.C., team handball right wing 1996 Olympics
1970 Gerald Vaughn, CFL defensive back for the Hamilton Tiger Cats
1970 Harold Bishop, NFL tight end for the Cleveland Browns
1969 Steve Jackson, NFL cornerback, Houston/Tennessee Oilers
1968 Don Davey, NFL defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars
1968 Patricia Arquette, born in New York City, actress, Ed Wood, Nightmare on Elm Street 3
1967 Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin, cricketer, WI like his namesake
1966 Robin Wright Penn, born in Dallas, Texas, actress, Santa Barbara, Princess Bride
1964 Biz Markie, rocker, Meteor Man, Townsend Television
1964 Valinda Hilleary, born in Littleton, Colorado, WPVA volleyballer, U.S. Open-9th-1993
1964 Lisa Guerrero, American Journalist
1963 Alec Stewart, cricketer, son of Micky/opening bat Occasional WK
1963 Erica Terwillegar, born in Nelsonville, New Jersey, lugist
1963 Julian Lennon, John's son and singer, Too Late for Goodbyes
1963 Terry Porter, NBA guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves
1962 Izzy Stradlin, born in Lafayette, Indiana, guitarist, Guns and Roses
1959 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer, great all-rounder
1959 Martin Weston, born in Worcester, England, athlete, professional cricketer, played for Worcestershire 1979 - 1995
1955 John Campbell, harness racer, 3-time winner of Hambletonian
1955 Barbara Kingsolver, American Novelist
1955 David Wu, American Politician
1954 Gary Carter, catcher, Montreal Expos, New York Mets
1954 John Schneider, born in Mount Kisco, New York, actor, Bo-Dukes of Hazzard
1952 Adam Woods, rock drummer and pianist, Fixx
1949 Jim Lampley, born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, newscaster, Monday Night Baseball
1948 Gerald McRaney, born in Collins, Mississippi, actor, Rick-Simon and Simon, Major Dad
1948 Richard Alan Litchfield, born in Massachusetts, bank robber, FBI most wanted
1947 Cindy Pickett, born in Norman, Oklahoma, actress, Guiding Light, St. Elsewhere
1947 Hsiao-hsien Hou, director, Cheerful Wind, City of Sadness, Puppetmaster
1947 Steve Howe, born in London, rock guitarist, Asia, Yes-Roundabout
1947 Tom Delay, born in Laredo, Texas, Representative-R-Texas 1985 - 2006
1947 Tom DeLay, American Politician
1947 Robert Kiyosaki, American Author
1946 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher, A's, Yankees
1946 Stuart Pankin, born in Philadelphia, comedian, Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs
1946 Catfish Hunter, American Athlete
1945 Ian White, born in South Bristol, United Kingdom, studied law, Member of the European Parliament in Wandsdyke
1944 Anthony Farrar Hockley, military historian
1944 Christoph Hein, born in Bad Duben, Germany, writer, prize-winning author, translator, studied philosophy, wrote 1982 novella The Distant Lover
1944 Hywel Bennett, born in South Wales, actor, Family Way, Shelley
1944 Roger Chapman, rock vocalist, Family-Family Entertainment
1944 Santiago Jimenez, Jr., U.S. accordionist, El Mero Mero, Viva Seguin
1943 Carol Lavell, born in Fairfax, Vermont, equestrian dressage, Olympics bronze 1992, 1996
1943 J. P. Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
1943 Robby Weaver, actor, Stone
1943 Tony Banks, English politician, Lab
1943 William Garth Morrison, Chief scout
1942 Douglas Trumbull, director, Silent Running, Brainstorm
1942 Eduard Visser, Dutch writer, Fyffes are now called Chiquita
1941 Peggy Lennon, born in Los Angeles, California, singer, Lennon Sisters
1941 Vivienne Westwood, English Designer
1940 John Havlicek, born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio, NBA hall-of-famer for the Boston Celtics
1938 Barton Keith McLean, composer
1938 Lory Patrick, born in Beckley, West Virginia, actress, Trina-Tales of Welles Fargo
1938 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer, Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65
1938 Kofi Annan, born in Ghana, Kofi Atta Annan, diplomat, statesman, Secretary-General of the United Nations 1997 - 2007, received 2001 Nobel Peace Prize
1937 Ronald Anthony "Tony" Clegg, property trader
1937 Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter, New York Times
1936 Klaus Lowitsch, born in Berlin, actor, Despair, Marriage of Marla Braun
1935 Albert Bustamante, born in Asherton, Texas, Representative-D-Texas 1985 - 1993
1935 Donald Thompsett, cricket umpire
1935 Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, epidemiologist, Living legacy award-1984
1933 Fred Ebb, lyricist, Cabaret
1933 Jaroslav Smolka, composer
1932 John Gavin, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Felony, Jennifer, House of Shadows
1930 Dorothy Tutin, born in London, actress, Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell
1930 John Bartholomew Tucker, born in Pennsylvania, TV host, Candid Camera, Treasure Island
1930 John Reardon, born in New York City, baritone, Falke-Die Fledermaus
1930 Mary Moore, principal, St. Hilda's College, Oxford
1929 Jacques Brel, Belgium, singer and actor
1929 Renzo de Felice, historian
1929 WIlliam K. Everson, film historian
1929 Walter Berry, Austria singer and ex husband of Christa Ludwig
1928 Eric Porter, born in London, England, actor, Antony and Cleopatra, 39 Steps
1928 John Gavin, born in Los Angeles, California, actor, Back Street, Psycho, Murder for Sale
1928 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, CEO, NVSH
1928 Monty Sunshine, jazz bandleader, Gotta Travel On
1925 Shecky Greene, born in Chicago, Illinois, comedian/actor, Love Machine, Combat
1923 Edward Mulhare, Cork, Ireland, actor, Daniel Gregg-Ghost and Mrs. Muir
1923 Franco Corelli, born in Anconia, Italy, tenor, Don Jose-Carmen
1921 Alfie Bass, born in London, England, actor, Moonraker, Are You Being Served
1921 Betty Ford, 1st lady, 1975-76, and namesake for Betty Ford Clinic
1921 Virginia O'Brien, born in Los Angeles, California, actress and singer, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies
1920 Carmen McRae, Clark, U.S. jazz singer/pianist, Dream of Life
1920 Erik Pausin, born in Austria, figure skating pairs, 1936 Olympics silver
1919 Ian Smith, born in Zimbabwe, founder, first Prime Minister of Rhodesia
1914 John Cameron, cricketer, brother of Jimmy WI v-captain 1939 England tour
1913 H Ernst, bishop, born in Breda, Netherlands
1912 Josef Gabcik, Czechoslovakian resistance fighter, attacked Heydrich
1912 Sonja Henie, born in Oslo, Norway, ice skater/actress, Gold Medals 1928, 1932, 1936 Olympics
1911 Douglas Hyde, socialist and Christian
1911 Emil Mihai Cioran, writer and aphorist
1911 Melvin Calvin, U.S. chemist, photosynthesis, Nobel 1961
1911 Emile M. Cioran, writer
1910 George Musso, NFL guard for the Chicago Bears
1910 Wendell Bill, cricketer, NSW bat 1929-36 Century on debut 1930
1909 George Dixon, trumpet and sax
1909 Olavi Pesonen, composer
1909 William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
1908 Neil Lawson, British high court judge
1907 Maurice Stacey, chemist
1906 Charles J B Jonckheere, Flemish poet and writer, Mirror of the Sea
1905 George Baxter, born in Paris, France, actor, Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged
1905 Hans Scherfig, Danish marxist and writer, Idealister, Frydenholm
1905 Helen B M Fennell Joseph, anti-apartheid writer, Side by Side
1904 John Antill, born in Sydney, Australia, composer, studied under Alfred Hill, played in NSW State Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, famous for ballet suite Corroboree
1904 John R. Hicks, British economist, Nobel 1972
1903 Ilka Chase, born in New York City, actress, Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien
1902 Arthur Wellard, cricketer, big hitting Somerset and England batsman
1902 Josef Krips, born in Vienna, Austria, conductor, London Symph 1954-63
1898 Achiel H. Acker, born in Belgian premier, 1945-46, 1954-58
1898 Cecil Bowra, British classics expert, Greek experience
1898 E. Y. "Yip" Harburg, Isidore Hochberg, lyricist and librettist
1897 Herbert Eimert, German composer and musicologist, Glockenspiel
1896 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
1895 Bert I Gordon, New York
1895 Sigurdur Thordarson, composer
1893 Grace Cunard, born in Columbus, Ohio, silent screen actress, Resurrection
1893 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor, Sereniteit
1893 Mary Pickford, actress, Poor Little Rich Girl
1892 Richard J. Neutra, Austrian and U.S. architect, Who Built America
1892 Richard Neutra, American Architect
1889 Adrian Boult, born in Chester, England, conductor and composer, BBC Symphony Orchestra
1888 Dennis Chavez, American Politician
1887 Walter Connolly, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, actor, Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl
1886 Margaret A. Barnes, writer
1885 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
1881 Fernand Lamy, composer
1880 Victor Schertzinger, composer and director, Uptown New York
1878 Rudolf Nelson, composer
1875 Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, king of Belgium, 1909-34
1869 Harvey Cushing, U.S., neurosurgeon, blood pressure studies
1859 Edmund Husserl, born in Germany, philosopher, founded Phenomenology
1850 William Henry Welch, U.S., pathologist, founded John Hopkins
1843 Asger Hamerik, composer
1832 Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian Field Marshal
1831 Allard Pierson, Dutch theologiost, philosopher, art historian and poet
1828 George Baird Hodge, Brigadier General Confederate Army
1818 Christaan IX, king of Denmark, 1863-1906
1816 Frederick William Burton, painter
1798 Dionysios Solomos, poet
1783 John Claudius, born in London, England, horticulturist
1776 Thaddaus Weigl, composer
1775 Adam A earl von Neipperg, Austrian general and Napoleon's wife Marie lover
1756 Joseph Gehot, composer
1741 Jose B da Gama, Portuguese poet, O Uraguai
1731 William Williams, U.S. merchant signed Declaration of Independence
1726 Lewis Morris, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence
1708 Georg Zarth, composer
1697 Pierre Prowo, composer
1695 Johann C. Gunther, writer
1692 Giuseppe Tartini, born in Italy, violinist and composer, Trillo del Diavolo
1655 Louis Willem I, Margrave, Baden-Baden
1642 Gerard Callenbach, Dutch admiral
1631 Cornelis de Heem, painter
1605 Louis de Vadder, Flemish painter
1605 Philip IV, King of Spain and Portugal, 1621 - 1665
1582 Phienas Fletcher, poet
1533 Claudio Merulo, organist and composer
1460 Ponce de Leon, Spain, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida