April 23th – Shakespeare, Orbison and Moore

by Milos Itic on April 24, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 23th):

  1. William Shakespeare (1564) – English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist
  2. Roy Kelton Orbison (1936) – American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early to mid 1960s when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty, including “Only the Lonely”, “Crying”, “In Dreams”, and “Oh, Pretty Woman”. His career stagnated through the 1970s, but several covers of his songs and the use of one in a film by David Lynch revived his career in the 1980s. In 1988, he joined the supergroup Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne and also released a new solo album. He died of a heart attack in December that year, at the zenith of his resurgence. His life was marred by tragedy, including the death of his first wife and two of his children in separate accidents
  3. Michael Francis Moore (1954) – American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story, four of the top ten highest-grossing documentaries of all time
  4. Simone Thérèse Fernande Simon (1910) – French film actress who began her film career in 1931
  5. James Patrick Donleavy (1926) – Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree. He was first published in the Dublin literary periodical, Envoy
  6. James Buchanan, Jr. (1791) – 15th President of the United States (1857-1861). He is the only president from Pennsylvania, the only president who remained a life-long bachelor, and the last one born in the 18th century
  7. Joseph Green (April 23, 1900 – June 20, 1996), born Yoysef Grinberg, a.k.a. Josef Grünberg, Joseph
  8. David Cross (1949) – Electric violinist born in Turnchapel near Plymouth, England, best known for playing with progressive rock band King Crimson during the 1970s
  9. Marjorie Cameron Parsons Kimmel (1922) – An artist, occultist, actress, and wife of rocket pioneer and occultist Jack Parsons. Cameron played a major role in the 1946 Babalon Working ritual
  10. Robert Marshall (Bobby) Rosengarden (1924) – Jazz drummer, percussionist and bandleader. A native of Elgin, Illinois, he was a solid and versatile contributor on countless recording sessions and playing in TV network orchestras and talk-show bands
  11. Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858) – German physicist who is regarded as the founder of the quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918

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