Today’s Birthdays

Written by on April 16, 2020

Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Jonathan Bennett) – 27 years old

The Chicago native has distinguished himself with numerous acts of charity. His third mixtape, Coloring Book (2016), earned him three Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album. Born 1993

Nate Diaz – 35 years old

Lightweight and welterweight fighter who won the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. In 2016, he submitted Conor McGregor, ending the latter’s five-year unbeaten streak.

He began training in mixed martial arts after his brother entered the UFC, training with him at the gym and sparring with him. He made his pro debut at 19 years old.

Claire Foy – 36 years old

The English actress played the young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown mini-series then Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.Born 1984

Akon (Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam) – 47 years old

The singer, songwriter and producer is of Senegalese descent.Born 1973

Grammy-nominated R&B and hip-hop artist who gained prominence with the song “Locked Up” and his debut album Trouble. He has collaborated on numerous #1 hits.

He learned to play the drums, guitar, and djembe before he was seven and moved to Newark, New Jersey.

Peter Billingsley – 49 years old

The actor-director-producer is best known as the young star of the 1983 seasonal movie classic A Christmas Story.Born 1971

Jon Cryer – 55 years old

Actor (TV’s Two and a Half MenPretty in Pink)Born 1965

Martin Lawrence – 55 years old

Comedian-actor (TV’s MartinDeath at a FuneralWild HogsNational SecurityBad BoysBig Momma’s House and their sequels)Born 1965

Ellen Barkin – 66 years old

Actress (Tender MerciesSea of LoveOcean’s 13, This Boy’s Life; TV’s The New Normal)Born 1954

Bill Belichick – 68 years old

The 2003, 2007 and 2010 NFL Coach of the Year has led the New England Patriots to 13 AFC East titles since taking over the helm prior to the 2001 season. He has led them to six Super Bowls, winning four, which ties him with Chuck Noll as the coach with the most Super Bowl victories.Born 1952

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor) – 73 years old

The legendary basketball great, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, has also done some acting (Airplane!) and has written a dozen books. He was a contestant on the 2018 Dancing With the Stars all-athlete season.Born 1947

Pope Benedict the 16th – 93 years old

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to succeed John Paul the Second on April 19th, 2005. The 265th head of the Roman Catholic Church was the first German pope since the 11th century. He resigned the post in early 2013, becoming the first pontiff to do so in six centuries, and was succeeded by Pope Francis.Born 1927

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