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  • Adrian Boult
    Occupation: Conductor
    Date of Birth: 8th April 1889
    Place of Birth: Chester, Cheshire, England

  • Adrian Durham
    Occupation: Radio broadcaster and football journalist
    Date of Birth: 13th May 1969
    Place of Birth: Peterborough, England

  • Allen Allensworth
    Occupation: Slave, soldier and chaplain
    Date of Birth: 7th April 1842
    Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

  • Ambrose Burnside
    Occupation: General and governor
    Date of Birth: 23rd May 1824
    Place of Birth: Liberty, Indiana, U.S.

  • Anthony Casso
    Occupation: Mafioso
    Date of Birth: 21st May 1940
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Occupation: Composer and virtuoso violinist
    Date of Birth: 4th March 1678
    Place of Birth: Venice, Republic of Venice

  • Babe Ruth
    Occupation: Professional baseball player
    Date of Birth: 
    6th February 1895
    Place of Birth: 
    Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

  • Bill Bojangles Robinson
    Occupation: Dancer and actor
    Date of Birth: 
    25th May 1878
    Place of Birth: 
    Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

  • Birgit Nilsson
    Occupation: Soprano operatic singer
    Date of Birth: 
    17th May 1918
    Place of Birth: 
    Västra Karup, Skåne, Sweden

  • Bob Denard
    Occupation: Soldier of fortune
    Date of Birth: 
    29th April 1929
    Place of Birth: 
    Bordeaux, France

  • Brendan Behan
    Occupation: Poet, novelist, and playwright
    Date of Birth: 
    9th February 1923
    Place of Birth: 
    Dublin, Ireland

  • Butterfly McQueen
    Occupation: Dancer and actress
    Date of Birth: 
    7th January 1911
    Place of Birth: 
    Tampa, Florida, U.S.

  • Carol Potter
    Occupation: Actress
    Date of Birth: 21st May 1948
    Place of Birth: New York City, U.S.

  • Charles Aznavour
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actor and diplomat
    Date of Birth: 22nd May 1924
    Place of Birth: Paris, France

  • Charles Barry
    Occupation: Architect
    Date of Birth: 23rd May 1795
    Place of Birth: Westminster, London

  • Charles L Hull
    Occupation: Psychologist and author
    Date of Birth: 24th May 1884
    Place of Birth: Akron, New York, U.S.

  • Charles Stewart Parnell
    Occupation: Irish nationalist politician
    Date of Birth: 27th June 1846
    Place of Birth: Avondale, County Wicklow, Ireland

  • Che Guevara
    Occupation: Revolutionary, doctor and author
    Date of Birth: 14th June 1928
    Place of Birth: Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina

  • Daniel F Malan
    Occupation: Politician and prime minister
    Date of Birth: 22nd May 1874
    Place of Birth: Riebeek-Wes, Cape Colony

  • Darryl McDaniels
    Occupation: Rapper and music producer
    Date of Birth: 31st May 1964
    Place of Birth: Harlem, New York, U.S.

  • Didier Drogba
    Occupation: Professional footballer
    Date of Birth: 11th March 1978
    Place of Birth: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

  • Dizzy Dean
    Occupation: Baseball player and sportscaster
    Date of Birth: 16th January 1910
    Place of Birth: Lucas, Arkansas, U.S.

  • Douglas MacArthur
    Occupation: Soldier and general of the U.S. army
    Date of Birth: 26th January 1880
    Place of Birth: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.

  • Drew Barrymore
    Occupation: Actress, author and producer
    Date of Birth: 22nd February 1975
    Place of Birth: Culver City, California, U.S.

  • Edward De Vere
    Occupation: Poet and playwright
    Date of Birth: 12th April 1550
    Place of Birth: Hedingham Castle, Essex, England

  • Edward Lear
    Occupation: Artist, author, illustrator and poet
    Date of Birth: 12th May 1812
    Place of Birth: Holloway, Middlesex, England

  • Edwin Henry Landseer
    Occupation: Artist, painter and sculptor
    Date of Birth: 7th March 1802
    Place of Birth: London, England

  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Occupation: Comedienne, talk show host and producer
    Date of Birth: 26th January 1958
    Place of Birth: Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

  • Emilio Aguinaldo
    Occupation: Military leader, politician and president
    Date of Birth: 22nd March 1869
    Place of Birth: Kawit, Cavite, Philippines

  • Ernest Lawson
    Occupation: Artist and landscape painter
    Date of Birth: 22nd March 1873
    Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

  • Farrah Fawcett
    Occupation: Actress, model, and artist
    Date of Birth: 2nd February 1947
    Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.

  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Occupation: Poet and playwright
    Date of Birth: 5th June 1898
    Place of Birth: Granada, Andalusia, Spain

  • Francis Crick
    Occupation: Physicist and neuroscientist
    Date of Birth: 8th June 1916
    Place of Birth: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England

  • Francis Galton
    Occupation: Sociologist, psychologist and anthropologist
    Date of Birth: 16th February 1822
    Place of Birth: Sparkbrook, Birmingham, England

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    Occupation: Architect and designer
    Date of Birth: 8th June 1867
    Place of Birth: Richland Center, Wisconsin, U.S.

  • Frederik Willem De Klerk
    Occupation: Politician and president
    Date of Birth: 18th March 1936
    Place of Birth: Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

  • George Formby
    Occupation: Singer, musician and actor
    Date of Birth: 26th May 1904
    Place of Birth: Wigan Lancashire U.K.

  • George III
    Occupation: Monarch, King of Great Britain
    Date of Birth: 4th June 1738
    Place of Birth: Norfolk House, London

  • George Orwell
    Occupation: Novelist and polemic journalist
    Date of Birth: 25th June 1903
    Place of Birth: Motihari, Bihar, British India

  • George Stephenson
    Occupation: Engineer and inventor
    Date of Birth: 9th June 1781
    Place of Birth: Wylam, Northumberland, England

  • Gustav Kirchhoff
    Occupation: Physicist
    Date of Birth: 12th March 1824
    Place of Birth: Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
    Occupation: Poet, teacher and author
    Date of Birth: 7th June 1917
    Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.

  • Hal Needham
    Occupation: Stuntman, actor, screenwriter and director
    Date of Birth: 6th March 1931
    Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

  • Harold Macmillan
    Occupation: Soldier, politician and prime minister
    Date of Birth: 10th February 1894
    Place of Birth: Belgravia, London, England

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Occupation: Author
    Date of Birth: 14th June 1811
    Place of Birth: Litchfield, Connecticut, U.S.

  • Henry Addington
    Occupation: Politician and prime minister
    Date of Birth: 30th May 1757
    Place of Birth: Holborn, Middlesex, England

  • Henry Cowell
    Occupation: Pianist and composer
    Date of Birth: 11th March 1897
    Place of Birth: Menlo Park, California, U.S.

  • Henry Raeburn
    Occupation: Artist and painter
    Date of Birth: 4th March 1756
    Place of Birth: Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Ian McEwan
    Occupation: Novelist and screenwriter
    Date of Birth: 21st June 1948
    Place of Birth: Aldershot, England

  • Ice Cube
    Occupation: Rapper, actor, producer and screenwriter
    Date of Birth: 15th June 1969
    Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Occupation: Composer, conductor and pianist
    Date of Birth: 17th June 1882
    Place of Birth: Oranienbaum, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire

  • Isaac Newton
    Occupation: Physicist, mathematician and astronomer
    Date of Birth: 4th January 1643
    Place of Birth: Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England

  • Isabella Rossellini
    Occupation: Actress, model and author
    Date of Birth: 18th June 1952
    Place of Birth: Lazio, Rome, Italy

  • Isaiah Berlin
    Occupation: Historian, political theorist and philosopher
    Date of Birth: 6th June 1909
    Place of Birth: Riga, Russian Empire

  • Iwan Bloch
    Occupation: Dermatologist, psychiatrist, sexologist and author
    Date of Birth: 8th April 1872
    Place of Birth: Delmenhorst, Grand Ducal Oldenburg, Germany

  • James Parkinson
    Occupation: Surgeon, geologist and social and political activist
    Date of Birth: 11th April 1755
    Place of Birth: Shoreditch, London, England

  • Jane Bolin
    Occupation: Attorney and judge
    Date of Birth: 11th April 1908
    Place of Birth: Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.

  • Jason Miller
    Occupation: Playwright, character actor and director
    Date of Birth: 22nd April 1939
    Place of Birth: Long Island City, New York, U.S.

  • Jimmy Boyle
    Occupation: Author, artist and sculptor
    Date of Birth: 17th May 1944
    Place of Birth: Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Jo Ann Robinson
    Occupation: Teacher and civil rights activist
    Date of Birth: 17th April 1912
    Place of Birth: Culloden, Georgia U.S.

  • Joey Gallo
    Occupation: Self employed gangster
    Date of Birth: 7th April 1929
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

  • Johns Hopkins
    Occupation: Investor and Philanthropist
    Date of Birth: 19th May 1795
    Place of Birth: Anne Arundel County, Maryland, U.S.

  • Joseph Peter Grace
    Occupation: CEO and industrialist
    Date of Birth: 25th May 1913
    Place of Birth: Manhasset, New York, U.S.

  • Katherine Dunham
    Occupation: Dancer, choreographer and author
    Date of Birth: 22nd June 1909
    Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

  • Keith Relf
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter and musician
    Date of Birth: 22nd March 1943
    Place of Birth: Richmond, Surrey, England

  • Kelly Monaco
    Occupation: Model and actress
    Date of Birth: 23rd May 1976
    Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

  • Kevin Spacey
    Occupation: Actor and producer
    Date of Birth: 26th July 1959
    Place of Birth: South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

  • Kim Jong Il
    Occupation: Supreme Leader of North Korea
    Date of Birth: 16th February 1941
    Place of Birth: Vyatskoye, Soviet Union

  • Knute Rockne
    Occupation: American football coach
    Date of Birth: 4th March 1888
    Place of Birth: Voss, Norway

  • Lavrentiy Beria
    Occupation: Soviet politician and chief of the secret police
    Date of Birth: 29th March 1899
    Place of Birth: Merkheuli, Sukhum Okrug, Russian Empire

  • Lech Kaczynski
    Occupation: Polish politician and and former president
    Date of Birth: 18th June 1949
    Place of Birth: Warsaw, Poland

  • Lena Horne
    Occupation: Singer, dancer and actress
    Date of Birth: 30th June 1917
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

  • Leo Sayer
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter and musician
    Date of Birth: 21st May 1948
    Place of Birth: Shoreham On Sea, Sussex, England

  • Lord Byron
    Occupation: Poet, peer and philanderer
    Date of Birth: 22nd January 1788
    Place of Birth: London, England

  • Luigi Pirandello
    Occupation: Playwright, novelist and poet
    Date of Birth: 28th June 1867
    Place of Birth: Girgenti, Sicily, Italy

  • Marquis de Sade
    Occupation: Writer, philosopher and philanderer
    Date of Birth: 2nd June 1740
    Place of Birth: Paris, France

  • Mary White Ovington
    Occupation: Journalist, author, Social and political activist
    Date of Birth: 11th April 1865
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

  • Matthew C Perry
    Occupation: Naval officer and Commodore of the United States Navy
    Date of Birth: 10th April 1794
    Place of Birth: Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.

  • Mel Blanc
    Occupation: Actor, voice actor and comedian
    Date of Birth: 30th May 1908
    Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.

  • Michael Caine
    Occupation: Actor, producer and author
    Date of Birth: 14th March 1933
    Place of Birth: Rotherhithe, London, England

  • Michio Kaku
    Occupation: Theoretical physicist, author and professor
    Date of Birth: 24th January 1947
    Place of Birth: San Jose, California, U.S.

  • Mickey Spillane
    Occupation: Novelist and actor
    Date of Birth: 9th March 1918
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

  • Nancy Wilson
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter and musician
    Date of Birth: 16th March 1954
    Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Occupation: Emperor and military general
    Date of Birth: 15th August 1769
    Place of Birth: Ajaccio, Corsica, France

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Occupation: Novelist and writer
    Date of Birth: 4th July 1804
    Place of Birth: Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.

  • Neil Diamond
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter, musician and actor
    Date of Birth: 24th January 1941
    Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

  • Nicolaus Copernicus
    Occupation: Canon, astronomer and mathematician
    Date of Birth: 19th February 1473
    Place of Birth: Toruń, Prussia (Now Poland)

  • Nikki Giovanni
    Occupation: Poet, writer and professor
    Date of Birth: 7th June 1943
    Place of Birth: Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

  • Oliver Reed
    Occupation: Actor
    Date of Birth: 13th February 1938
    Place of Birth: Wimbledon, London, England

  • Olivia De Havilland
    Occupation: Actress and writer
    Date of Birth: 1st July 1916
    Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan

  • Omar Sharif
    Occupation: Actor
    Date of Birth: 10th April 1932
    Place of Birth: Alexandria, Egypt

  • Orlando Bloom
    Occupation: Actor
    Date of Birth: 13th January 1977
    Place of Birth: Canterbury, Kent, England

  • Orson Welles
    Occupation: Actor
    Date of Birth: 6th May 1915
    Place of Birth: Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.

  • Oscar Wilde
    Occupation: Author, playwright and poet
    Date of Birth: 16th October 1854
    Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland

  • Patrick Lichfield
    Occupation: Photographer
    Date of Birth: 25th April 1939
    Place of Birth: Chelsea, London, England

  • Paul Gauguin
    Occupation: Artist and painter
    Date of Birth: 7th June 1848
    Place of Birth: Paris, France

  • Paul Newman
    Occupation: Actor, director, race car driver and philanthropist
    Date of Birth: 26th January 1925
    Place of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.

  • Peter Carl Faberge
    Occupation: Jeweller
    Date of Birth: 30th May 1846
    Place of Birth: Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • Peter Paul Rubens
    Occupation: Artist, painter and diplomat
    Date of Birth: 28th June 1577
    Place of Birth: Siegen, Nassau-Dillenburg, Holy Roman Empire

  • Philip Michael Thomas
    Occupation: Actor and singer
    Date of Birth: 26th May 1949
    Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

  • Queen Elizabeth I
    Occupation: Queen of England
    Date of Birth: 7th September 1533
    Place of Birth: Greenwich Palace, Greenwich, England

  • Queen Latifah
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter, actress, TV host and producer
    Date of Birth: 18th March 1970
    Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

  • Queen Rania Of Jordan
    Occupation: Queen, author, and peoples advocate
    Date of Birth: 31st August 1970
    Place of Birth: Kuwait City, Kuwait

  • Quentin Crisp
    Occupation: Actor, writer, raconteur and artists model
    Date of Birth: 25th December 1908
    Place of Birth: Sutton, Surrey, England

  • Quentin Tarantino
    Occupation: Director and screenwriter
    Date of Birth: 27th March 1963
    Place of Birth: Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.

  • Quincy Jones
    Occupation: Record producer, composer and musician
    Date of Birth: 14th March 1933
    Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

  • Ram Mohan Roy
    Occupation: Reformist
    Date of Birth: 22nd May 1772
    Place of Birth: Radhanagar, Bengal, British India

  • Richard Strauss
    Occupation: Composer and conductor
    Date of Birth: 11th June 1864
    Place of Birth: Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria

  • Robert Durst
    Occupation: Real estate
    Date of Birth: 12th April 1943
    Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

  • Robert Falcon Scott
    Occupation: Naval officer and polar explorer
    Date of Birth: 6th June 1868
    Place of Birth: Plymouth, Devon, England

  • Robert L Johnson
    Occupation: Businessman
    Date of Birth: 8th April 1946
    Place of Birth: Hickory, Mississippi, U.S.

  • Ruben Gonzalez
    Occupation: Musician
    Date of Birth: 26th May 1919
    Place of Birth: Santa Clara, Cuba

  • Sirimavo Bandaranike
    Occupation: Politician and prime minister
    Date of Birth: 17th April 1916
    Place of Birth: Ratnapura, British Colony of Ceylon

  • Spencer Dryden
    Occupation: Musician and drummer
    Date of Birth: 7th April 1938
    Place of Birth: New York, U.S.

  • Stan Laurel
    Occupation: Actor, comedian, writer and director
    Date of Birth: 16th June 1890
    Place of Birth: Ulverston, Lancashire, England

  • Sugar Minott
    Occupation: Singer, songwriter and record producer
    Date of Birth: 25th May 1956
    Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica

  • Sukarno
    Occupation: Freedom fighter and president of Indonesia
    Date of Birth: 6th June 1901
    Place of Birth: Surabaya, East Java, Dutch East Indies

  • Suzanne Lenglen
    Occupation: Tennis Player
    Date of Birth: 24th May 1899
    Place of Birth: Paris, France

  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Occupation: Actress of stage and screen
    Date of Birth: 31st January 1902
    Place of Birth: Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.

  • Thabo Mbeki
    Occupation: 2nd president of South Africa
    Date of Birth: 18th June 1942
    Place of Birth: Idutywa, Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • Thomas Arne
    Occupation: Composer and musician
    Date of Birth: 12th March 1710
    Place of Birth: Covent Garden, London, England

  • Thomas Hardy
    Occupation: Novelist and poet
    Date of Birth: 2nd June 1840
    Place of Birth: Stinsford, Dorset, England

  • Thomas Mann
    Occupation: Novelist and short story writer
    Date of Birth: 6th June 1875
    Place of Birth: Lübeck, German Empire

  • Tony Bouza
    Occupation: Police officer and author
    Date of Birth: 10th April 1928
    Place of Birth: Ferrol, Spain

  • Ulysses S. Grant
    Occupation: General and 18th U.S. President
    Date of Birth: 27th April 1822
    Place of Birth: Point Pleasant, Ohio, U.S.

  • Uma Thurman
    Occupation: Actress and model
    Date of Birth: 29th April 1970
    Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

  • U Ne Win
    Occupation: Political and military leader
    Date of Birth: 24th May 1911
    Place of Birth: Paungdale, Pegu Province, Lower Burma, British India

  • Ursula Andress
    Occupation: Actress and model
    Date of Birth: 19th March 1936
    Place of Birth: Ostermundigen, Switzerland

  • Valentina Tereshkova
    Occupation: Cosmonaut who was the first woman in space
    Date of Birth: 6th March 1937
    Place of Birth: Bolshoye Maslennikovo, Soviet Union

  • Vigdis Finnbogadottir
    Occupation: Academic and president of Iceland
    Date of Birth: 15th April 1930
    Place of Birth: Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Vojislav Kostunica
    Occupation: Statesman, president and prime minister
    Date of Birth: 24th March 1944
    Place of Birth: Belgrade, German occupied Serbia

  • Voltaire
    Occupation: Writer and philosopher
    Date of Birth: 21st November 1694
    Place of Birth: Paris, France

  • Wilhelm Liebknecht
    Occupation: Journalist, politician and author
    Date of Birth: 29th March 1826
    Place of Birth: Giessen, Germany

  • William Grant Still
    Occupation: Composer and conductor
    Date of Birth: 11th May 1895
    Place of Birth: Woodville, Mississippi, U.S.

  • William Monroe Trotter
    Occupation: Editor and civil rights activist
    Date of Birth: 7th April 1872
    Place of Birth: Chillicothe, Ohio, U.S.

  • Winston Churchill
    Occupation: Soldier, correspondent and Prime Minister
    Date of Birth: 30th November 1874
    Place of Birth: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

  • Xaviera Hollander
    Occupation: Call Girl, madam and author
    Date of Birth: 15th June 1943
    Place of Birth: Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies

  • Xavier Dolan
    Occupation: Actor, director and screenwriter
    Date of Birth: 20th March 1989
    Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • Xenocrates
    Occupation: Philosopher and Scholarch of the Academy
    Date of Birth: 396BC
    Place of Birth: Chalcedon, Classical Greece

  • Xi Jinping
    Occupation: President of the People's Republic of China
    Date of Birth: 15th June 1953
    Place of Birth: Beijing, China

  • Yakov Borisovich Zeldovich
    Occupation: Astrophysicist and cosmologist
    Date of Birth: 8th March 1914
    Place of Birth: Minsk, Russian Empire

  • Yasmin Le Bon
    Occupation: Model and designer
    Date of Birth: 29th October 1964
    Place of Birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

  • Yogi Berra
    Occupation: Baseball player, manager and coach
    Date of Birth: 12th May 1925
    Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

  • Yves Saint Lauren
    Occupation: Fashion designer
    Date of Birth: 1st August 1936
    Place of Birth: Oran, French Algeria

  • Zach Galifianakis
    Occupation: Actor, writer and comedian
    Date of Birth: 1st October 1969
    Place of Birth: Wilkesboro, North Carolina, U.S.

  • Zhou Xun
    Occupation: Actress and singer
    Date of Birth: 18th October 1974
    Place of Birth: Quzhou, Zhejiang, China

  • Zoe Wanamaker
    Occupation: Actress
    Date of Birth: 13th May 1949
    Place of Birth: New York City, U.S.

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Occupation: Actress and socialite
    Date of Birth: 6th February 1917
    Place of Birth: Budapest, Austria Hungary