Who Was Born Today – August 18 Birthdays

Who Was Born Today – August 18 Birthdays

Important and famous people from throughout history born on this day

Born on August 18
1774 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer who led the Corps of Discovery with William Clark.
1792 Lord John Russell, Prime Minister of England from 1846 to 1852 and 1865 to 1866.
1807 Charles F. Adams, U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was John Quincy Adams.
1918 Elsa Morante, Italian writer (History: A Novel).
1922 Shelly Winters, actress who won an Academy Award for The Diary of Anne Frank.
1923 Jimmy Witherspoon, blues singer.
1932 Luc Montagnier, virologist who discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
1933 Roman Polanski, Polish film director best known for Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown.
1934 Roberto Clemente, outfielder for Pittsburgh Pirates, first Latin American enshrined in National Baseball Hall of Fame; died in plane crash while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, Dec. 31, 1972.
1936 Robert Redford, actor (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Great Gatsby).
1937 William George Rushton, London, actor, author, cartoonist; co-founder of Private Eye satire magazine.
1940 Frankie Avalon, singer (“Venus,” 5 weeks at No. 1), actor (Beach Blanket Bingo); teen heartthrob of late 1950s–early 1960s.
1952 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost).
1961 Robert Warren “Bob” Woodruff, journalist, TV news anchor; critically wounded by roadside bomb while reporting on the war in Iraq, January 2006.
1962 Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico 2006–2012.
1969 Christian Slater, actor (Heathers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Hard Rain).

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