The first Victoria Cross of World War II was awarded to this man
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Today in History: Born on August 9
Henry V, British king famous for his victory at Agincourt, France.
John Dryden, the first official Poet Laureate of Great Britain (1668 to 1700).
Isaak Walton, author of the classic The Compleat Angler.
Jean Piaget, psychologist who did pioneering work on the development of children's intellectual faculties.
P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books.
Robert Shaw, actor and writer.
Bob Cousey, Hall of Fame basketball player and coach of the Boston Celtics.
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese actress and bestselling children's author (Totto-chan, the Little Girl at the Window); established Japan's first TV talk show, Tetsuko no Heya (Tetsuko's Room), breaking with traditional subservient depiction of Japanese women.
Ken Norton, heavyweight boxing champ.
Rosemary Elizabeth "Posy" Simmonds, award-winning British newspaper cartoonist (The Silent Three, Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe) and author / illustrator of children's books (Fred, The Chocolate Wedding).
Melanie Griffith, film and TV actress (Working Girl, Milk Money).
Amanda Bearse, film and TV actress (Married with Children).
Amy Stiller, stand-up comedian, film and TV actress (Little Fokkers, The King of Queens).
Whitney Houston, model, singer ("Saving All My Love for You"), actress (The Bodyguard); listed in 2009 Guinness World Records as most awarded female act of all time.
Hoda Kotb, Daytime Emmy-winning TV news anchor and host.
Gillian Anderson, film and TV actress (The X-Files).
Chris Cuomo, TV journalist and anchor.
Ashley Johnson, film (The Help) and TV actress (Growing Pains), video game voice-overs (The Last of Us).