🎵🎸Mark Knopfler -- is 70 in the year 2019 and 71 in the year 2020; b.8/12/1949 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, Scotish
Misc: hits include "Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing" which "Weird Al" parodied into a song about Jed Clampett and the Beverly Hillbillies
Group Names: Dire Straits (lead singer)
Song Titles: Sultans of Swing, Money For Nothing
🏆🏀George McGinnis -- is 69 in the year 2019 and 70 in the year 2020; b.8/12/1950 N.S.
Hall of Famer, NBA Center, NBA Forward
Misc: Pacers #30 retired
Sports Teams: Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets
🎵Nathaniel "Kid Creole" Glover -- is 69 in the year 2019 and 70 in the year 2020; b.8/12/1950 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Hip-Pop Singer, Rap Music Performer
Names/Places: RN:August Darnell Browder
Group Names: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Kid Creole and The Cocoanuts
🏆🏀Lynette Woodard -- is 60 in the year 2019 and 61 in the year 2020; b.8/12/1959
Hall of Famer, Basketball Figure, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Gold Medalist in 1984 Olympics and 1990 FIBA World Championship for Women. Inducted to Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sports Teams: Harlem Globetrotters
🏆🎾Pete Sampras -- is 48 in the year 2019 and 49 in the year 2020; b.8/12/1971 N.S.
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Misc: No.1 player in world in 1993; youngest ever U.S. Open men's champion (19 years, 28 days) in 1990; won Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles in 1993; then won Australian Open and repeated at Wimbledon and U.S. Open in '94 as well as the Australian, and won Wimbledon again in 1995; won 5-set doubles match with John McEnroe to help win 1992 Davis Cup final.
🏆⚾Christy Mathewson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1880 d.10/7/1925 (45)
Hall of Famer, MLB Pitcher
Misc: N.Y. Giants (before it moved to San Francisco) won 373 games, 2499 strikeouts; pitched 3 complete games during the 1905 World Series without allowing opponents to score a run; won 37 in 1908; developed the Screwball.
Sports Teams: New York Giants (1900-1916), Cincinnatti Reds (1916), Cincinnatti Reds (manager, 1916-1918)
🏆🏒Josephn Charles "Joe" Linder -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1886 N.S. d.6/28/1948 N.S. (61)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player
Sports Teams: Portage Lakes Hockey Club
🏆🏌Johnny McDermott -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1891 d.8/1/1971 (79)
Hall of Famer, Golfer
🏆⚾Ray W. "Cracker" Schalk -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1892 N.S. d.5/19/1970 N.S. (77)
Hall of Famer, MLB Manager, MLB Catcher
Sports Teams: Chicago White Sox (1912-1928), New York Giants (1929), Chicago White Sox (manager, 1927-1928)
🏆⚽Johnny Jaap -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1895 d.5/1/1974 (78)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Player, Scotish
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🏆⚾Rick Ferrell -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1905 d.7/27/1995 (89)
Hall of Famer, MLB Catcher
Misc: for 41 years held the American League record of 1,806 games caught
Sports Teams: St. Louis Browns (1929-1933), Boston Red Sox (1933-1937), Washington Senators (1937-1941), St. Louis Browns (1941-1943), Washington Senators (1944-1945, 1947)
🏆🎾Harry Hopman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1906 d.12/27/1985 (79)
Hall of Famer, Sports Figure, Tennis Player, Tennis Coach, Australian
🏆🏁🏊Andrew Murray "Boy" Charlton -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1907 N.S. d.12/10/1975 N.S. (68)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, Australian
🏆🏈Alex Wojcieckowicz -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1915 d.7/13/1992 (76)
Hall of Famer, NFL Linebacker
Sports Teams: Detroit Lions (1938-1946), Philadelphia Eagles (1946-1950)
🎵Percy Mayfield -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1920 d.8/11/1984 (63)
Hall of Famer, Composer/Songwriter, Pianist, Blues Singer, Soul Singer
Song Titles: Hit The Road, Jack (songwriter)
🎭🎵Porter Wagoner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1927 d.10/28/2007 (80)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in West Plains, MO
Misc: some say b. 1930 or '32; discovered Dolly Parton
Group Names: The Wagonmasters, soloist
Song Titles: Misery Loves Company, The Carroll County Accident, The Cold Hard Facts of Life
TV Shows: The Porter Wagoner Show (1960-80), Ozark Jubilee
🏆🏁🏊Ray Bussard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1928 N.S. d.9/22/2010 N.S. (82)
Hall of Famer, Swimmer, Olympic Athlete, American
Misc: Swimming Coach
🎭🎵Buck Owens -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1929 d.3/25/2006 (76)
Hall of Famer, Variety Show Host, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Trumpeter, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Sherman, TX; RN:Alvis Edgar Owens Jr.
Misc: Backing group: The Buckaroos; in the 1960s, 19 of his 30 Top 10 songs hit #1 in country charts; in Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
Song Titles: Foolin' Around, Act Naturally, Love's Gonna Live Here, My Heart Skips a Beat, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Buckaroo, Waitin' in Your Welfare Line, Think of Me, Open Up Your Heart, Where Does the Good Times Go, Sam's Place, Your Tender Loving Care, Sweet Rosie Jones, Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass, Johnny B. Goode, Tall Dark Stranger, Made in Japan
Album Titles: Together Again, I Don't Care, I've Got a Tiger by the Tail, Before You Go, Roll Out the Red Carpet, Dust on Mother's Bible, Open Up Your Heart, Your Tender Loving Care, It Takes People Like You, Sweet Rosie Jones, Tall Dark Stranger
TV Shows: Hee Haw (host 1968-1986)
🎵Paul Craft -- Birth Anniversary -- b.8/12/1938 N.S. d.10/18/2014 N.S. (76)
Hall of Famer, Songwriter, Country Singer
Song Titles: Brother Jukebox (for Mark Chestnutt), It's Me Again Margaret (for Ray Stevens and Craft himself)
✍📰⚖James Russell Lowell -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/22/1819 d.8/12/1891 (72)
Hall of Famer, Essayist, Poet, Editor, Diplomat, Abolitionist
🏆🎾William Renshaw -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/3/1861 d.8/12/1904 (43)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
🏆🥊Billy Edwards -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/21/1844 d.8/12/1907 (62)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, English
🏆🥊Albert "Chalky" Wright -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/10/1912 d.8/12/1957 (45)
Hall of Famer, Boxer
🏆🥊Salvador Sánchez -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/26/1959 N.S. d.8/12/1982 N.S. (23)
Hall of Famer, Boxer, Mexican
🎵Luther Allison -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/17/1939 d.8/12/1997 (57)
Hall of Famer, Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist
Misc: formed the Rolling Stones in 1954 (not the Mick Jagger group) with his brother Gran and was renamed the Four Jivers later on; soloist
🏆⚾Enos "Country" Slaughter -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/27/1916 N.S. d.8/12/2002 N.S. (86)
Hall of Famer, MLB Right Fielder
Sports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (1938-1942, 1946-1953), New York Yankees (1954-1955), Kansas City Athletics (1955-1956), New York Yankees (1956-1959), Milwaukee Braves (1959)
✍⚛🎭🎵Julia Child -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/15/1912 d.8/12/2004 (91)
Hall of Famer, Author, Chef, Teacher, TV Hostess, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Pasadena, California
Misc: Cookbook author; permanently immoralized not only in the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame, but also by Dan Aykroyd parodying her on a Saturday Night Live skit.
TV Shows: The French Chef
🏆🏀George Yardley -- Death Anniversary -- b.11/3/1928 d.8/12/2004 (75)
Hall of Famer, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Jumping George
Misc: he was the first NBA player to score over 2000 points in a season; high-leaping star scoring forward at Stanford as collegian, then for the Fort Wayne -Detroit Pistons in the 1950s; in the Collge and Pro Basketball Halls of Fame.
Sports Teams: Fort Wayne Pistons, Detroit Pistons (previous two: 1953-1959, tne team moved during his tenure), Syracuse Nationals (1959-1960), Los Angeles Jets (ABL, 1961-1962)
⛪🎭🎵Merv Griffin -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/6/1925 d.8/12/2007 (82)
Hall of Famer, Roman Catholic, Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, TV Producer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Mateo, California
Song Titles: I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
TV Shows: The Merv Griffin Show (host), Play Your Hunch, Wheel of Fortune (creator), Jeopardy! (creator)
⚛🎵Les Paul -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/9/1915 d.8/12/2009 (94)
Hall of Famer, Inventor, Arranger, Lyricist, Singer, Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Waukesha, WI; NN:Wizard of Waukesha; NN:Daddy; RN:Lester William Polfus
Misc: some say b. 1916; 8-Track tape unit, overdubbing, & slide-body electric guitar inventor
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