October 4 birthdays
1289 LOUIS X King of France
Sometimes called the Quarrelsome, the Headstrong or the Stubborn, Louis was King of France from 1314 to 1316. He abolished slavery, emancipated serfs, who could pay for their freedom, and readmitted Jews to the kingdom.
1626 RICHARD CROMWELL Lord Protector
Cromwell was the second – and last – Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland.
He was the son of the first Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell. After his resignation, he moved abroad and lived in relative obscurity.
1895 BUSTER KEATON American actor
Keaton is best known for his work in silent films. the 1926 film The General is regarded as Keaton’s masterpiece. He was awarded an Academy Honorary Award in 1959.
1914 JIM CAIRNS
Cairns was prominent in the Labor movement in the 1960s and 1970s. He was briefly deputy prime minister in the government of Gough Whitlam. He is best remembered as the leader of opposition to Australian involvement in the Vietnam War.
1923 CHARLTON HESTON American actor
Heston appeared in almost 100 movies in a career spanning 60 years. His most remembered roles were as
Moses in the film The Ten Commandments and as the lead in the film Ben Hur. He won an Oscar for Ben Hur.
1937 JACKIE COLLINS British-american novelist
An English romance novelist and actor, Collins moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and spent most of her career there. She wrote 32 novels, with all of them appearing on the New York Times’ bestsellers list.
1946 SUSAN SARANDON
Sarandon has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a SAG Award. He film credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Lorenzo’s Oil, Thelma & Louise, The Client. The Witches of Eastwick, Little Women and James and the Giant Peach.