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Famous birthdays for Aug. 31: Richard Gere, Van Morrison

Famous birthdays for Aug. 31: Richard Gere, Van Morrison

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Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include: -- Roman Emperor Caligula in A.D. 12 -- Italian educator Maria Montessori in 1870 -- Comedian Buddy Hackett in 1924 -- Actor James Coburn in 1928 -- Baseball Hall of Fame member Frank Robinson, first African American to manage a Major League Baseball team, in 1935 -- Black militant Eldridge Cleaver in 1935 -- Violinist Itzhak Perlman in 1945 (age 74) -- Musician Van Morrison in 1945 (age 74) File Photo by David Silpa/UPI -- Musician Bob Welch in 1945 -- Actor Richard Gere in 1949 (age 70) -- Prosecutor Marcia Clark in 1953 (age 66) -- Olympic track star Edwin Moses in 1955 (age 64) -- Jordanian Queen Ran...
Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86

Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dies at 86

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Richard Williams, the Oscar-winning animator who worked on the hit film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, has died aged 86.Williams, who was born in Toronto but moved to the UK in the 1950s, won two Oscars and a Bafta for his work as animation director on the 1988 film, which starred Bob Hoskins.The triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner also worked on two of the Pink Panther films and Casino Royale.Williams died at his home in Bristol on Friday, his family announced.'An inspiration'Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a live-action animated comedy set in Hollywood in 1947 in a world where humans and cartoon characters co-exist, was a critical and commercial success. Williams, who was hired to supervise animation sequences, helped create the film versi...
Can music save Venezuela? Richard Branson hopes so

Can music save Venezuela? Richard Branson hopes so

World
By Cordelia Lynch, US correspondent, in Cucuta, Colombia On the Colombian border with Venezuela, a sense of giddy hope filled the air. The streets were thronging with people. Bands played drums, as street vendors loudly sold water. A sea of Venezuelan flags and faces old and young beamed with optimism. Hundreds of thousands of them descended on the bridge of hope - a place that conversely has seen very little of that realised. This is where hundreds of tonnes of aid has sat in a warehouse - President Nicolas Maduro's government is unwilling to allow it across.Now, the focus was on stage - a string of Latin American artists and the belief they could raise enough money and goodwill to change the military's mind. Image: ...
Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker dies aged 93

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Former BBC newsreader Richard Baker has died aged 93.The son of a plasterer, London-born Baker introduced the first BBC TV news bulletin broadcast in July 1954. He went on to front the Last Night of the Proms and present on Radio 2, 3 and 4.Baker's son James said his father died this morning at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.BBC director general Tony Hall was among those to pay tribute, saying he "became the face of news for millions".Obituary: The voice of the first BBC TV news bulletinBaker's studies at Cambridge University were interrupted by World War Two.He served on a minesweeper with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during the conflict, attached to the supply convoys to Russia.A keen ...