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Famous People & Celebrities Born on April 21st:

  • John Muir
    (1838) - In 1892 Muir formed The Sierra Club. He once said, "Any fool can kill a tree. They can't run away." Muir died in Los Angeles on December 24, 1914.
  • Anthony Quinn
    (1915) - Quinn once said he ate a "secret" food that helped him father a child at age 78. The secret? A boiled beef tongue sandwich and baked beef liver. Quinn claimed liver-and-tongue sandwiches are filled with nutrients that help put the lead in a man's pencil. In 1964 Quinn became the first male actor to flash a naked rear end in a major motion picture. The groundbreaking flick was Zorba the Greek. As a high school student, Quinn won an art contest and was sent to study and work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. When he arrived Wright promptly sent Quinn to an acting school to polish his speech, and a year later he made his first movie. Quinn flicks: Last Action Hero (1993), Zorba The Greek (1964), The Last Train From Gun Hill (1959). Quinn stated he was born in 1915 not 1916 as reported by some sources.
  • Queen Elizabeth Ii
    (1926) - Tell-all biographer Kitty Kelley claims Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were conceived through artificial insemination. According to Kelley, Elizabeth's father suffered from a low sperm count, prompting royal doctors to try an early form of artificial insemination. In 1965 the queen honored the Beatles with Members of the Order of the British Empire awards. After the ceremony, Paul McCartney said of Queen Elizabeth, "She was just wonderful. She was just like a mum to us."
  • Charles Grodin
    (1935) - The actor and TV talk show host says he likes doing a talk show so much that he will never act again. Grodin says he's more at ease talking directly to a TV camera than performing love scenes on film -- although he admits he didn't mind doing a love scene with Miss Piggy because he's more comfortable with inanimate objects. Grodin flicks: Beethoven (the dog) films. It Runs in the Family (1994), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
  • Iggy Pop
    (1947) - Part of Iggy's own handwritten bio reads: At age 8 heard Sinatra, wanted to sing. Smart in school, but no homework. Most likely to succeed, 9th grade. 10th grade, 1962, formed Iguanas High School rock band. Lived in Europe...Loved Berlin, hated L.A. Still do. Now got a place in Mexico to go when I can't stand it any more. Love my garden, my wife, my dog & cat. Hate publicity whores, hokey music, people who wanna use me, and conceited dicks.
  • Tony Danza
    (1951) - Actor. TV's Taxi and Who's The Boss? Danza admits he wasn't such a great actor when he got his first break on "Taxi." He was supposed to play a character named "Phil," but the character's name was later changed to "Tony" because, Danza claims, "They were afraid I wouldn't answer to 'Phil."'
  • Brutus Beefcake
    (1958) - The wrestler and actor's real name is Ed Leslie. The 6' 4" Leslie started his wrestling career in the late-1970's, often playing the brother of Hulk Hogan. In 1990 he was hit in the face by an out-of-control para-sailor. The impact shattered several bones in his face and required reconstructive surgery.
  • Andie Macdowell
    (1958) - All of MacDowell's spoken lines in the 1984 flick Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, were redubbed by Glenn Close after producers felt MacDowell's southern accent was inappropriate. MacDowell has long been plagued by false rumors that she's the illegitimate daughter of Charlie Chaplin, but she says she doesn't mind because the lies have paid off big at the box office. Flicks: The Muse (1999), Michael (1996), Multiplicity (1996), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Groundhog Day (1993), Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989).
  • Robert Smith
    (1959) - Singer/musician with The Cure. "Love Song" (1989), "Why Can't I Be You" (1987), "The Love Cats" (1983)
  • Charlie O'Connell
    (1975) - Younger brother of actor Jerry O'Connell. Sliders.
Famous and Noteworthy Events on April 21st:
(1910) - Writer Mark Twain died at the age of 75. Halley's Comet was in the sky when he died and it was in the sky when he was born.

(1789) - John Adams was sworn in as the very first vice president of the United States.

(1878) - The first firehouse pole was installed by a New York firefighter named David Kenyon. He cut a hole in the upper floor of his firehouse and installed a greased pole.

(1918) - Germany's "Red Baron" was shot down and killed. The legendary World War I pilot's real name was Baron Manfred von Richtofen. He shot down more than 80 American planes in less than two years.

(1956) - Elvis Presley had his first No. 1 hit with "Heartbreak Hotel." Just 10 days earlier, on April 11, Elvis had received a gold record marking the sale of 1 million copies of "Heartbreak Hotel."

(1962) - President Kennedy opened the World's Fair in Seattle by remote control from Palm Beach, Florida. The president activated the carillon in the 600-foot-tall Space Needle by pressing a button in Palm Beach. The Space Needle also contained the world's first revolving restaurant.

(1976) - The production of convertible cars in the United States came to a temporary halt as GM rolled the last Cadillac Eldorado convertible off the assembly line. It ended a tradition of convertible Caddies that started in 1916. Years later, Chrysler became the first auto manufacturer to bring back a U.S.-made convertible model.

(1986) - In a much ballyhooed live telecast Geraldo Rivera opened a vault which belonged to gangster Al Capone. The television audience groaned when all Geraldo found inside was dust and few empty bottles.

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