On This Day

Famous People Born in April 1928

  • Apr 1 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • Apr 1 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Apr 1 Herbert Klein, newscaster/press secretary
  • Apr 2 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 2 Rita Gam, American actress (Distortions, Hannibal), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Apr 2 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Don Gibson, American country musician (Sweet Dreams), born in Shelby, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Apr 3 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • Apr 3 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

Apr 3 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Apr 4 Bill Ryan, American newscaster (Smithsonian), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 4 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2001)

Person of interestMaya Angelou

Apr 4 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), born in St Louis, Missouri

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • Apr 4 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • Apr 4 Estelle Harris, American actress (Estelle Costanza - Seinfeld, Toy Story), born in Manhattan, New York
  • Apr 5 David Farquhar Andress, New Zealand composer (Ring Around the Moon, A Unicorn for Christmas), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 2007)

  • Apr 5 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 5 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • Apr 5 Tony Williams, American singer (Platters-Only You, Harbor Lights), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1992)
  • Apr 6 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2014)

Person of interestJames Watson

Apr 6 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 7 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)
  • Apr 7 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), born in Norman Oklahoma (d. 2014)
  • Apr 7 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)
  • Apr 8 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • Apr 8 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, CEO (NVSH)
  • Apr 8 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)
  • Apr 8 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (d. 2000)
  • Apr 8 Fred Ebb, American composer, born in Manhattan, NYC (d. 2004)
  • Apr 9 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, born in Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • Apr 9 Floyd Spence, American attorney and politician (Rep-R-SC, 1971-2001), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • Apr 9 Tom Lehrer, American musician, satirist and mathematician (That Was The Week That Was), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 12 Brooklyn Supreme, Belgian stallion, heaviest known horse (1450 kg)
  • Apr 12 Uwe Kitzinger, President (Templeton College, Oxford), born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Apr 12 Jean-François Paillard, French conductor, born in Vitry-le-François, France (d. 2013)
  • Apr 12 Hardy Krüger, German actor (The Flight of the Phoenix), born in Wedding, Berlin, Germany

  • Apr 13 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), born in Paddington, London (d. 1999)
  • Apr 14 Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • Apr 15 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, born in Harlem, New York (d. 2012)
  • Apr 15 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), born in England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 16 Night Train Lane [Richard Lane], American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Apr 17 Cynthia Ozick, American author (Pagan Rabbi & Other Stories), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 19 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), born in Paris, France (d. 1984)
  • Apr 19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), born in Edmonton, Middlesex (d. 2015)
  • Apr 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • Apr 20 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), born in Great Yarmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • Apr 23 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • Apr 23 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1992)

Person of interestShirley Temple

Apr 23 Shirley Temple, American actress, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi) and diplomat, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2014)

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Apr 24 Gustav Krivinka, Czech composer, born in Doubravice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic (d. 1990)
  • Apr 24 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • Apr 28 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • Apr 28 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 29 Carl Gardner, American rock vocalist (Coasters-Yakety Yak), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2011)
  • Apr 29 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2017)
  • Apr 30 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), born in Weißenburg in Bayern, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Apr 30 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2000)

About April 1928

How Old? 92 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)