24 April


by Bridget Riley, born 24 April 1931

You need to be like the sun’s rays, which constantly lay on the rubbish, yet they don’t get dirty.

Vincent de Paul, born 24 April 1581  Sun in Aries and Moon in Aquarius, French priest and saint. The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.



Other celebrities born today:

Mantak Chia, born April 24, 1944 in Bangkok, Thailand, Taoist Master, best known for his teaching Taoist practices under the names of Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Chi Kung. Throughout decades of teaching, he has run numerous workshops, written a series of books, and published a number of training videos. For this reason, some people call him an author, a teacher or a healer. He views himself primarily as a teacher, “who helps his students empower themselves through cultivation of their chi energy.” Author of Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy, The Multi-orgasmic Man.

Bridget Riley, born on 24 April 1931, Sun in Taurus, Moon in Cancer, English painter and illustrator.

Jakob Böhme (probably April 24, 1575 – November 17, 1624) German Christian mystic and theologian. He is considered an original thinker within the Lutheran tradition. In contemporary English, his name may be spelled Jacob Boehme; in seventeenth-century England it was also spelled Behmen, approximating the contemporary English pronunciation of the German Böhme.

702 – Ja’far al-Sadiq, Arabian Imam (d. 765) The person who is aware of the present situations of his time, will never get involved with falsifying and wrongdoing. 

1718 – Nathaniel Hone the Elder, Irish-English painter (d. 1784)
1815 – Anthony Trollope, English author (d. 1882)
1845 – Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)
1900 – Elizabeth Goudge, English author (d. 1984)
1905 – Robert Penn Warren, American author and poet (d. 1989)
1907 – William Sargant, English psychiatrist (d. 1988)
1922 – Marc-Adélard Tremblay, Canadian anthropologist (d. 2014)
1923 – Doris Burn, American author and illustrator (d. 2011)
1928 – Ralph Brown, English sculptor (d. 2013)
1929 – Rajkumar, Indian actor and singer (d. 2006)
1930 – Jerome Callet, American instrument designer, educator, and author
1930 – Richard Donner, American actor, director, and producer
1933 – Patricia Bosworth, American actress, journalist, and author
1933 – Claire Davenport, English actress (d. 2002)
1933 – Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor and director
1933 – Freddie Scott, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)
1934 – Shirley MacLaine, American actress, singer, and dancer
1940 – Sue Grafton, American author
1940 – Trevor Kent, Australian actor (d. 1989)
1942 – Barbra Streisand, American singer-songwriter, actress, and producer
1944 – Tony Visconti, American singer and producer
1945 – Doug Clifford, American drummer and songwriter (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and Don Harrison Band)
1945 – Robert Knight, American singer
1947 – Claude Dubois, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948 – Eliana Gil, American therapist specializing in abuse and trauma
1951 – Christian Bobin, French author and poet
1953 – Eric Bogosian, American actor, playwright, and author
1954 – Captain Sensible, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Damned and Dead Men Walking)
1966 – David Usher, English-Canadian singer-songwriter (Moist)
1968 – Roxanna Panufnik, English composer
1969 – Rory McCann, Scottish actor
1973 – Damon Lindelof, American screenwriter and producer
1973 – Brian Marshall, American bass player and songwriter (Creed and Alter Bridge)
1974 – Eric Kripke, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1974 – Stephen Wiltshire, English illustrator
1977 – Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian author
1980 – Danny Gokey, American singer-songwriter