“Forrest Gump” Star Tom Hanks Turns 56! Read His Bio

July 9
On This Day: July 9

Tom Hanks

Born: July 9, 1956

Age: 56 years old
Birthplace: Concord, CA, United States

Occupation: Actor, Director

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77 years ago
Ivan the Terrible’s secret torture chamber is discovered in Moscow. The Grand Prince was infamous for his random fits of madness.
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65 years ago
Florence Blanchfield is promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, making her the first woman in U.S. history to hold permanent military rank.
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50 years ago
Bob Dylan records "Blowin’ in the Wind," which would become one of the most popular protest songs of its time.
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20 years ago
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton selects Senator Al Gore of Tennessee to be his vice presidential running mate.
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Born On This Day
Tom Hanks
Born: July 9, 1956
Age: 56 years old
Birthplace: Concord, CA, United States
Occupation: Actor, Director
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Donald Rumsfeld
Born: July 9, 1932
Age: 80 years old

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, United States
Occupation: Government Official
Best Known For >>

O.J. Simpson
Born: July 9, 1947

Age: 65 years old
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, United States
Occupation: Football Player, Actor
Best Known For >>

Died On This Day
Rod Steiger
Died: July 9, 2002
Age: 77 years old
Place: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Occupation: Film Actor
Best Known For >>

Edmund Burke
Died: July 9, 1797
Age: 68 years old
Place: Beaconsfield, England
Occupation: Political Leader
Best Known For >>

Zachary Taylor
Died: July 9, 1850
Age: 65 years old
Place: Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation: U.S. President, General
Best Known For >>

Group Of The Day
Actors Turned Directors >> Jodie Foster
After years of on-screen success, many actors take their chances on the other side of the camera. Here’s our group of performers who have made a new name for themselves as directors.
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