April 27th – Prokofiev, Spencer and Morse

by Milos Itic on April 27, 2011

10 people born on this day (April 27th):

  1. Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891) – Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century
  2. Herbert Spencer (1820) – English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. He has been described as “almost certainly the most famous philosopher of the Victorian age.”
  3. Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791) – American contributor to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs, co-inventor of the Morse code, and an accomplished painter
  4. August Wilson (1945) – American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the twentieth century
  5. Cecil Day-Lewis (1904) – Anglo-Irish poet and the British Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis
  6. Sandra Dale “Sandy” Dennis (1937) – American theater and film actress. In 1966, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  7. Anouk Aimée (1932) – French film actress. Aimée has appeared in 70 films since 1947
  8. Ulysses S. Grant (1822) – 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) as well as military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods. Under Grant’s command, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military and ended the Confederate States of America. Grant began his lifelong career as a soldier after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1843. Fighting in the Mexican American War, he was a close observer of the techniques of Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott. He resigned from the Army in 1854, then struggled to make a living in St. Louis and Galena, Illinois
  9. Paul Daniel “Ace” Frehley (1951) – American musician best known as an original member of the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of the “Spaceman” or “Space Ace” when the band adopted costumes and theatrics. Frehley played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982. Ace was the joker of the band, or the funny one. He had a special connection with drummers Peter Criss and Eric Carr
  10. Douglas P. (1956) -English folk musician, record label owner, photographer and actor who records under the name Death In June. He was born in Sheerwater in Woking, Surrey, and resides in Australia. Douglas P. is openly gay

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