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Kentucky. February 12, 1809. 16th President of the U.S.A.
1889-1945. German dictator
1890-1976. , Devon. Writer of detective stories noted for their clever plots
1910-1997. Received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor
1879-1955. Wuttemberg. Physicist
1914-2000. Was a famous English stage and motion-picture actor
356-323B.C. Was King of the Macedonians and one of the greatest generals in history
1833-1896. Chemist and industrialist, invented dynamite. He established the Nobel Price
Director and producer, he won fame for his thriller
March 31, 1948. Was Vice-President of the United States 1993 to 2001, under President Bill Clinton
1955. Left-handed batsman cricketer
East Harlem, Manhattan. April 25, 1940. Actor
1898-1976. Architect, town planner, and furniture designer
Kansas. American pioneer aviator
1775-1836. Mathematician and physicist, discovered the Laws of Electromagnetism in the 1820’s
1928-1987. Was an artist best known for his image of common objects or famous people.
1929-1945. A German-Jewish girl, wrote a vivid, tender diary while hiding from the Nazis
1881-1931. Became the most famous dancer of her generation
1917-1993. Manchester. English novelist and critic
1915-2001. Motion-picture actor, two-time Academy Award-winning
1841-1904. He and Bedrich Smetana are considered the founders of the Czech National School of Music
1852-1926. Was a major Spanish architect
1644?-1737. Was one of the leading instrument makers in music history
1678-1741. Music composer
287?-212B.C. Was the most original and profound mathematician of ancient times
Now Izmir. A Greek ship-owner and business executive
384-322 B.C. Philosopher, educator, and scientist, was one of the greatest and most influential thinkers in Western Culture
1947. Was elected governor of California in October 2003
1859-1930. Writer, created Sherlock Holmes, the world’s best-known detective
Manhattan. 1915-2005. Leading American playwright
February 8, 1926. played Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason in the 1950s. birth name Audrey Cotter. sister of Jane Meadows. Meadows as a stage name came from their father, Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter.
1840-1917. Often considered the greatest sculptor of the 1800’s
Maryland. Baseball iconic hero.
1816-1899. Founded Reuters, one of the world’s leading news services
September 1, 1946. From the Bee Gees. Robin and Maurice were also born in Douglas, Isle of Man.
July 23, 1938. An Australian television, radio, film, stage performer and author.
Philosopher and mathematician. He has also been called the most important logician, since the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle
Arkansas. August 19th 1946
Washington.1903-1977. A popular American singer and motion-picture star
1943. Became the first American to win the official world championship (1972)
Captain of the English and great soccer player
1922. Boutros-Ghali became the first secretary-general of the United Nations from Africa
Mississippi. December 2, 1981
New Jersey. 1949. Popular singer, songwriter and guitarist
Brooklyn. 1934-1996. Astronomer, author, and educator
Alabama. 1961. He competed in the Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996, he won nine gold medals
1947. Musician and rock composer
1904-1986. Motion-picture actor
742-814. Was the most famous ruler of the Middle Ages and a key figure in European history
1890-1970. French patriot, soldier and statesman
Michigan. 1902-1974. Made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927
Alabama. 20th February 1963
1821-1867. Was the most influential French poet of the 1800’s?
1889-1977. Often called “The funniest man in the world”
Connecticut. 1800-1860. He developed vulcanization. He died a poor man.
1809-1882. Was a British naturalist who became famous for his theories on evolution
His father had been given a residence there by Pope Clement XI. He spent almost all his childhood in Rome and Bologna.
1928-1967. One of the most powerful members of the Cuban government under Fidel Castro
Manhattan. He's Chevy Chase, and you're not.
March 2, 1977. Lead singer, pianist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the popular rock band Coldplay.
1922-2001. Performed the first human heart transplant in history
Ohio. 1901-1960. Popular romantic star of American motion-pictures
1840-1926. Was a leader of the Impressionist Movement
May 31, 1930. Motion-picture actor, director and producer
1883-1971. Was an influential French designer of women’s fashions
Arkansas. November 26, 1945. Most known for his role of Niles in The Nanny.
1265-1321. One of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages
1711-1776. Was one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy
Greene County, Tennessee. American folk hero
1834-1907. Chemist who developed a form of the periodic law, a basic principle in chemistry
1946. American real-estate developer
Arkansas. 1880-1964. Was a leading American general of World War II and the Korean War
Texas. WWII general and President of the US
1914 – 1953) Poet. Best known works include 'Under Milk Wood' and 'Do not go gentle into that good night'
Massachusetts. 19th January 1809
1915-1963. Was a French singer whose frail appearance, difficult life, and haunting singing style made her a legend in France
1940. Won fame as the greatest soccer player of his time
1863-1944. Artist, his most important works show individuals as helpless, isolated, and tormented by emotions
1541?-1614. Was one of the world’s great painters
1909-2003. (Istanbul) America’s best-known stage and screen directors
February 27, 1932. Hampstead. Her parents were Americans residing in England.
Virginia. 1917-1996. Ranked among the best and most popular singers in jazz history.
Mississippi. Rock and Roll icon
Massachusetts. 1830-1886. Considered the most gifted poet in American literature
1873-1921. Was one of the greatest opera stars of the 1900’s?
Illinois. July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961. American writer; Nobel and Pulitzer Prize
1871-1937. He became the first person to break up the nucleus of an atom. This achievement won Rutherford the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
1909-1959. Motion-picture star who became famous for his roles as a handsome and dashing hero in adventure films
Georgia. 1903 - 1987. Writer.
1891-1944. German field marshal was one of the most brilliant generals of World War II
1920-1993. Was a famous Italian motion-picture director
1898-1936. Was one of the greatest Spanish poets and dramatist
1480-1521. Portuguese sea captain who led the first expedition that sailed around the world
Wisconsin. 1867-1959. Most influential and imaginative architect
New Jersey. 1915-1998. Ranks among the most famous singers in the history of popular music
1945. Soccer player, coach and manager. Nickname “The Kaiser”
1732-1809. One of the most important composers to lead the development of instrumental and vocal music during the middle and late 1700’s
1883-1924. Writer, best known for his short story “The Metamorphosis”
1811-1886. Pianist, composer and teacher
Nebraska. 1899-1987. American dancer and actor
1810-1849. Master of Piano Composition
1844-1900. Philosopher and classical scholar. He deeply influenced many philosophers and artists
Minnesota. 1896-1940. Writer of America’s Jazz Age
1564; astronomer, mathematician
August 14, 1950. Cartoonist. Creator of The Far Side.
1856-1950. Playwright, critic and essayist. Was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1925
Brooklyn. 1898-1937. Composer, became famous for his musical comedies, popular songs, symphonic works
1804-1876. Novelist of the 1800’s
California. General of World War II. Nicknamed “Old Blood and Guts”
Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, British America. 1732-1799.
Connecticut. July 6th 1946. 43rd President of the United States.
1807-1882. Military hero who fought to create and independent, united Italy
1898-1978. Served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974
1646-1716. Philosopher, mathematician, and scholar
July 11, 1916. An Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia.
1929-1982. Princess Grace of Monaco.
1905-1990. Famous actress
New Jersey. 34th Mayor of Buffalo, NY. Also 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
Oct 10, 1813; opera composer
1860-1911. Composer of the romantic period
October 5, 1967. He moved to Geelong, Australia when he was 3 years old. Has played roles in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997) and Australian soap Neighbours.
September 10, 1968. Film Director
September 27, 1972. American Actress
Alabama. February 5, 1934. American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned 1954 through to 1976.
1805-1875. Denmark’s most famous author
An American singer, pianist, actor, and humanitarian.
1874-1926. Magician who won fame throughout the world as an escape artist
Missouri. 1884. 33rd President of the United States.
Michigan. 1863-1947. Was the leading manufacturer of American automobiles in the early 1900’s
Greenfield Township. The founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production.
June 17, 1867. An Australian writer and poet.
Ontario. 1890-1939. A Canadian surgeon, became a national hero of China because of his medical service there
1485-1547. Was a Spanish explorer who conquered what is now central and southern Mexico
1799-1850. Produced a vast collection of novels and short stories
1758-1805. United Kingdom’s greatest admiral and a naval hero
Texas. 1905-1976. During the 1930’s and 1940’s he gained fame as a motion-picture producer and aviator
June 11, 1959. Oxfordshire. Is well known apart from House, for his work in A Bit of Fry and Laurie; the Blackadder series; the father in Stuart Little the movie; amid other work.
1920-1992. Biochemist. Author and editor of science fiction and non fiction, he published more than 400 books
February 3, 1976. Australian Actress. Born to Scottish parents, her father working for the United Nations and her mother a romance novelist.
1939. One of the United Kingdom’s most successful racing drivers
Massachusetts. "Nobody deserves this much money - certainly not an actor."
1921-1974. Novelist, called “Queen of Pulp Fiction”
1491?-1557. His explorations established the basis for France’s claim’s to territory in what is now Canada
June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997. Oceanographer, author and motion-picture producer
American motion-picture actor, also an accomplished dancer
1728-1779. A British naval captain and navigator, was one of the world’s greatest explorers
1931-1955. He became famous for his intense, brooding portrayals of discontented, rebellious young men.
1882-1941. An Irish novelist, revolutionized the treatment of plot and characterization in fiction
December 13, 1967. American actor, singer, and stand-up comic.
Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru.
September 20, 1920. American film and television actress and wife of Steve Allen. Her films include "Song of the Thin Man," "David and Bathsheba," "Lady in the Lake," "Enchantment," and "City Slickers." birth name Jayne Cotter. sister of Audrey Meadows. Meadows as a stage name came from their father, Rev. Francis James Meadows Cotter.
1712-1778. He was the most important writer of the Age of Reason
1905-1980. Was a French existentialist philosopher who expressed his ideas in novels, plays and short stories, as well as in theoretical works
1828-1910. Banker, was the founder of the International Red Cross. Died in a hospice
California. February 11, 1969. American Actress
1941. African American civil rights activist, political leader and a Baptist minister
1913-1980. American track-and-field star. Won four gold medals
1943-1971. Was the lead singer and composer for the Doors
An English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism.
1395?-1468? Invented the processes that made printing from movable metallic type practical for the first time
1685-1750. German composer, is considered the greatest genius of the Baroque music
1749-1832. Poet, novelist, and playwright, leading thinker and scientist. His masterpiece Faust
1928. Mathematician. Shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in economic sciences
Former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama.
July 26, 1939. 25th Prime Minister of Australia.
1940-1980. Founding member of the Beatles
1632-1704. Philosopher, his writings have influenced political science and philosophy
1907-1979. The greatest Western films actor
An English Pre-Raphaelite painter most famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature.
1899-1986. Was an Argentine man of letters. Also he was an innovative poet
1847-1911. Was a Hungarian immigrant who became one of the greatest American newspaper publishers in history
1879-1953. Was dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
1828-1905. French novelist, wrote some of the first science-fiction stories
April 14, 1941. Academy Award-winning English film actress.
June 8, 1977. American record producer and rapper.
1818-1883. His writings helped form a foundation for the political and economic system known as Communism
1907-2003. Actress was nominated for 12 Academy Awards
March 24, 1990. Western Australia.
August 2, 1970. Screenwriter, Film Director, Film Producer, Actor, Comic Book Writer
1938. Is the King of Spain; He became king in 1975, after the death of Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain
1944. Opera singer, is one of the most praised sopranos in the world
1967-1994. Rock musician, was the leader of the popular rock band Nirvana
1922-1007. One of the most influential writers of his generation
1971. Cyclist, gained international fame by winning the Tour of France from 1999 through 2005, then having all wins revoked for being a drug cheat.
1887-1965. Often considered the most important architect of the 1900’s
1924. Was a noted American automobile executive
1939. American golfer, won the Open in 1968
1918-1990. Conductor, composer and pianist
1934. Poet, novelist, he also won international fame as a songwriter and folk singer
1452, painter, sculptor, engineer, scientist, mathematician
1828-1910. Writer, ranks among the greatest novelists in world literature
1832-1898. Mathematician and author
1919-1987. Pianist and entertainer known for his flamboyant costumes and performing style
1848-1933. Major stained-glass art nouveau designer
December 12, 1950. One of Australia's most acclaimed and prolific writers, playwrights, screenwriters and librettists.
1822-1895. Made major contributions to chemistry, medicine, and industry
Roman statesman, author, and Stoic philosopher
1925-1965. Was one of the most influential African American leaders of the 1950’s and 1960’s
Founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949
1254-1324?. Trader and traveler, became famous for his travels in central Asia and China
1925. Served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990
1923-1977. One of the world’s best-known opera sopranos
1867-1934. Physicist. First woman awarded a Nobel Prize
1950. Ranks among the greatest swimmers of all time. Won seven gold medals
1901-1992. German-born actress and singer
1956. Ranks among the greatest female tennis players in the history of the sport
1892-1979. Was a star of silent motion pictures. Became known as “America’s Sweetheart
January 3, 1956. New York.
1963. The greatest and most exciting players in the history of the National Basketball Association
Raised in Florence where he rests today
1547-1616. Ranks as the outstanding writer in Spanish literature. His masterpiece “Don Quixote”
1918. CBS News Correspondent
1869-1948. Spiritual, political moral and cultural leader
1961. Now Onesti. Became the fist gymnast to receive a perfect score of 10 in the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada
September 28, 1968. Kent.
1769-1821. Greatest military genius of his time
1930. First person to set foot on the moon in 1969
1918. South African President
1469; political philosopher
1782-1840. Became one of the greatest violinists of all time
1955; President of France, since May 2007
1473-1543. Now Torun. Astronomer who developed the theory that the earth is a moving planet
1949. Won 25 career races in Formula 1 World Championship
1940; poet, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1990
1599-1658. Led the armed forces of Parliament to victory in the English Civil War in the 1640’s, and ruled England from 1653 to 1658
1929-2006. Journalist, interviewer and author
1915-1985. Actor and motion-picture director
1854-1900. Author, playwright and wit
1904; poet, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1971
1881-1973. Was the dominant figure in art of the 1900’s
May 28, 1912. Knightsbridge. An Australian author widely regarded as one of the major English-language novelists of the 20th century.
1848-1903. Gauguin developed and original, personal, decorative style of painting
January 18, 1944. 24th Prime Minister of Australia, from 1991 to 1996.
Writer, winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
February 27, 1973. Born UK, raised Australia.
1840-1893. Was the first Russian composer whose music became part of the standard concert program in Western Europe
1938-2005. Was the anchor and senior editor for “World News Tonight” on ABC
1925-1980. Film actor known for his versatility in comic roles
1841-1919. French Impressionist artist
1941. Spanish tenor, became one of the most popular opera singers of the 1900’s
427?347? B.C. Was a philosopher and educator of ancient Greece
Greek philosopher and mathematician. Born on Samos in what was then called Ionia.
1951. Queen of Jordan, international humanitarian activist, writer
1931. A composer, arranger, musician, conductor, and record and film producer
1803-1882. He as essayist, critic, poet, orator and popular philosopher
1606-1669. Was the Netherlands’ greatest artist
1950. Businessman whose Virgin Group of companies is one of the largest in the entertainment and leisure industry
1925-1984. Gained recognition for both classical and modern roles in motion pictures
German composer who fundamentally changed European musical, literary, and theatrical life
Near Jamestown in the Mid North, 200 kilometres north of Adelaide. Legendary Australian Bush Attire Outfitter.
1872-1928. Explorer, led the first expedition to reach the South Pole
(1759 – 1796) Poet and a lyricist. Also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and The Bard. Works include 'A Red, Red Rose', 'The Battle of Sherramuir', 'A Man's A Man for A' That' and 'To a Louse, To a Mouse'.
Confederate Civil War general
Motion-picture actor and director. Redford founded the Sundance Institute, a non profit organization
1913-2005. American civil rights activist
1895-1926. Was the most popular romantic star of American silent motion- pictures
1865-1936. Was a leading English short-story writer, poet, and novelist
October 13, 1971. Hammersmith. Comedian, Writer, Actor
1882-1974. Was one of the first and most successful American motion-picture producers
1844-1923. Was one of the great international stage stars of her time
August 28, 1965. Singer and songwriter.
March 10, 1958. An American actress, producer, and former fashion model.
1928. Was the most popular child motion-picture star of the 1930’s
December 28, 1981. New York.
1881-1955.He discovered the penicillin and shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in medicine
1937. A distinguished British motion-picture and stage actor
1543?-1596. Was the first Englishman to sail around the world
The principal discoverer of insulin. Received in 1923 the Nobel Prize in Medicine
1874-1965. Statesman, soldier an author
July 23, 1965. Guns 'N Roses guitarist born Saul Hudson
1934. Is an internationally famous Italian motion-picture star
1813-1855. Philosopher and religious thinker, is considered one of the founders of existentialism
1928-1999. Motion-picture writer and director
1947. A popular American author of horror fiction
1946. American motion picture director and producer
1950. Composer, singer and musician born Stevland Hardaway Judkins
1956. An American boxer, won world professional boxing titles in five weight classes. He was nicknamed “Sugar”
1820-1906. A reformer and one of the first leaders of the campaign for women’s rights
1933-2004. Essayist and novelist
1958-1981. Fox had only one leg, but tried to run across Canada in 1980 to help raise money for cancer research
1925-2004. Novelist and short-story writer
1888-1935. British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt (1916-1918)
1588-1679 – Philosopher, his most famous work, Leviathan, or the Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth
An English Jacobean playwright and poet.
1779-1852. An Irish poet, wrote the words for some of the best-loved songs in the English language
1886-1961. He ranks as the all-time leading hitter in the major leagues with a .367 lifetime batting average
American Civil War general and President
An American singer, songwriter, and actress. Williams made history on September 17, 1983 when she became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America.
An Academy Award-winning English actress and a social activist for human rights.
1889?-1950. Was the most famous male dancer of his time
1802-1885. Led the Romantic movement in French literature
1853-1890. One of the most famous painters in modern art
March 28, 1970. American Actor
1926-1967. Was one of the first United States astronauts, and the first to make more than one space flight
1882-1941. Novelist, critic and essayist
November 5, 1913. West Bengal.
1901-1966. Was one of the most famous motion-picture producers in history
1875-1940. Automobile manufacturer, was founder and the first President of the Chrysler Corporation
1757-1827. Was a brilliant and unconventional poet, engraver, and painter
1865-1939. An Irish poet and dramatist won the 1923 Nobel Prize in literature
1881-1956. In 1916 he helped found the Pacific Aero Products Company (now called the Boeing Company)
1863-1951. Famous publisher of newspapers and magazines
1564-1616. An English playwright and poet
1955. Is one of the world’s greatest and most popular cello players
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