Today is July 29. To most this may seem like any other day, but as of 5:59 this morning, I’m officially 21 years old! Happy birthday to me!
When I was a kid I hated my birthday because 29 is an odd number, and I hated odd numbers. Through the years, however, my curiosity has gotten the best of me and I’ve done a bit of research that has made me reconsider that hatred. I happen to share a birthday with a whole lot of cool people (and a few not-so-cool ones, such as Benito Mussolini, born on this day in 1883).
The following is a list of some of the coolest of the cool people (mostly American actors) that share my birthday, July 29.
1905 – Clara “The It Girl” Bow
Though the year of her birth has been debated in the past, there’s no question that Clara Bow was one of the best American actresses of the silent era, appearing in over 50 films during her relatively short career (including Wings, which was the very first winner of the Oscar for Most Outstanding Production, an award now known as Best Picture)
1938 – Peter Jennings
I would be a shame to all Journalism majors if I didn’t include this Canadian-American journalist, who dropped out of school only to climb the journalistic ladder and become a prominent news anchor
1974 – Josh Radnor
American director, writer, producer (2010’s happythankyoumoreplease and Liberal Arts, which hits theaters in October) and actor best known for his portrayal of Ted Mosby on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother
I’m not sure how any of these folks celebrated their 21st birthdays, but here’s hoping they had a great time (and that I’ll enjoy mine, too)!
*All images are credit to their rightful owners. Stills/portraits of classic actors are credited to doctormacro.com
**I don’t know any of these people personally, so I’m going to assume that the interwebs have provided me with the correct birth years for all.