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Abraham Lincoln
   was born in   
Hodgenville, U.S.A.
Kentucky. February 12, 1809. 16th President of the U.S.A.
Adolf Hitler
   was born in   
Branau, Austria
1889-1945. German dictator
Agatha Christie
   was born in   
Torquay, England
1890-1976. , Devon. Writer of detective stories noted for their clever plots
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (Mother Teresa)
   was born in   
Skopje, Macedonia
1910-1997. Received the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor
Albert Einstein
   was born in   
Ulm, Germany
1879-1955. Wuttemberg. Physicist
Alan Dale
   was born in   
Dunedin, New Zealand
Alec Guinness
   was born in   
London, England
1914-2000. Was a famous English stage and motion-picture actor
Alexander The Great
   was born in   
Pella, Macedonian Kingdom
356-323B.C. Was King of the Macedonians and one of the greatest generals in history
Alfred Bernhard Nobel
   was born in   
Stockholm, Sweden
1833-1896. Chemist and industrialist, invented dynamite. He established the Nobel Price
Alfred Hitchcock
   was born in   
London, England
Director and producer, he won fame for his thriller
Al Gore
   was born in   
District of Columbia, U.S.A.
March 31, 1948. Was Vice-President of the United States 1993 to 2001, under President Bill Clinton
Allan Border
   was born in   
Sydney, Australia
1955. Left-handed batsman cricketer
Al Pacino
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
East Harlem, Manhattan. April 25, 1940. Actor
Alvar Aalto
   was born in   
Kuortane, Finland
1898-1976. Architect, town planner, and furniture designer
Amedeo Modigliani
   was born in   
Livorno, Italy
Artist
Amelia Earhart
   was born in   
Atchison, U.S.A.
Kansas. American pioneer aviator
Andre Marie Ampere
   was born in   
Lyon, France
1775-1836. Mathematician and physicist, discovered the Laws of Electromagnetism in the 1820’s
Andrew Carnegie
   was born in   
Dunfermline, Scotland
Philanthropist
Andy Warhol
   was born in   
Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
1928-1987. Was an artist best known for his image of common objects or famous people.
Anne Frank
   was born in   
Frankfurt, Germany
1929-1945. A German-Jewish girl, wrote a vivid, tender diary while hiding from the Nazis
Anna Pavlova
   was born in   
St. Petersburg, Russia
1881-1931. Became the most famous dancer of her generation
Anthony Burgess
   was born in   
Harpurhey, England
1917-1993. Manchester. English novelist and critic
Anthony Quinn
   was born in   
Chihuahua, Mexico
1915-2001. Motion-picture actor, two-time Academy Award-winning
Antonin Dvorak
   was born in   
Nelahozeves, Czech Republic
1841-1904. He and Bedrich Smetana are considered the founders of the Czech National School of Music
Antonio Gaudi
   was born in   
Reus, Spain
1852-1926. Was a major Spanish architect
Antonio Stradivari
   was born in   
Cremona, Italy
1644?-1737. Was one of the leading instrument makers in music history
Antonio Vivaldi
   was born in   
Venice, Italy
1678-1741. Music composer
Archimedes
   was born in   
Syracuse, Greece
287?-212B.C. Was the most original and profound mathematician of ancient times
Aristotle Socrates Onassis
   was born in   
Smyrna, Turkey
Now Izmir. A Greek ship-owner and business executive
Aristotle
   was born in   
Stagira, Greece
384-322 B.C. Philosopher, educator, and scientist, was one of the greatest and most influential thinkers in Western Culture
Arnold Schwarzenegger
   was born in   
Graz, Austria
1947. Was elected governor of California in October 2003
Arthur Conan Doyle
   was born in   
Edinburgh, Scotland
1859-1930. Writer, created Sherlock Holmes, the world’s best-known detective
Arthur Miller
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
Manhattan. 1915-2005. Leading American playwright
Audrey Meadows
   was born in   
Wu-ch'ang, China
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.
Auguste Rodin
   was born in   
Paris, France
1840-1917. Often considered the greatest sculptor of the 1800’s
Babe Ruth
   was born in   
Baltimore, U.S.A.
Maryland. Baseball iconic hero.
Baron De Reuter
   was born in   
Kassel, Germany
1816-1899. Founded Reuters, one of the world’s leading news services
Barry Gibb
   was born in   
Douglas, Isle of Man
September 1, 1946. From the Bee Gees. Robin and Maurice were also born in Douglas, Isle of Man.
Ben Kingsley
   was born in   
Scarborough, England
Bert Newton
   was born in   
Fitzroy, Australia
July 23, 1938. An Australian television, radio, film, stage performer and author.
Bertrand Russell
   was born in   
Trellek, Wales
Philosopher and mathematician. He has also been called the most important logician, since the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle
Bill Clinton
   was born in   
Hope, U.S.A.
Arkansas. August 19th 1946
Bill Gates
   was born in   
Seattle, U.S.A.
October 28th 1955
Bing Crosby
   was born in   
Tacoma, U.S.A.
Washington.1903-1977. A popular American singer and motion-picture star
Bobby Fischer
   was born in   
Chicago, U.S.A.
1943. Became the first American to win the official world championship (1972)
Bobby Moore
   was born in   
Barking, England
Captain of the English and great soccer player
Bob Hope
   was born in   
London, England
May 29, 1903
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
   was born in   
Cairo, Egypt
1922. Boutros-Ghali became the first secretary-general of the United Nations from Africa
Britney Spears
   was born in   
McComb, U.S.A.
Mississippi. December 2, 1981
Bruce Springsteen
   was born in   
Freehold, U.S.A.
New Jersey. 1949. Popular singer, songwriter and guitarist
Bruce Willis
   was born in   
Idar-Oberstein, Germany
March 19, 1955
Carl Edward Sagan
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
Brooklyn. 1934-1996. Astronomer, author, and educator
Carl Lewis
   was born in   
Birmingham, U.S.A.
Alabama. 1961. He competed in the Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996, he won nine gold medals
Carlos Santana
   was born in   
Autlan De Navarro, México
1947. Musician and rock composer
Cary Grant
   was born in   
Bristol, England
1904-1986. Motion-picture actor
Catherine Zeta-Jones
   was born in   
Swansea, Wales
September 25, 1969
Charlemagne
   was born in   
Herstal, Belgium
742-814. Was the most famous ruler of the Middle Ages and a key figure in European history
Charles Andre Joseph Marie De Gaulle
   was born in   
Lille, France
1890-1970. French patriot, soldier and statesman
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
   was born in   
Detroit, U.S.A.
Michigan. 1902-1974. Made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927
Charles Barkley
   was born in   
Leeds, U.S.A.
Alabama. 20th February 1963
Charles Baudelaire
   was born in   
Paris, France
1821-1867. Was the most influential French poet of the 1800’s?
Charles Chaplin
   was born in   
London, England
1889-1977. Often called “The funniest man in the world”
Charles Dickens
   was born in   
Portsmouth, England
1812; writer
Charles Goodyear
   was born in   
New Haven, U.S.A.
Connecticut. 1800-1860. He developed vulcanization. He died a poor man.
Charles Robert Darwin
   was born in   
Shrewsbury, England
1809-1882. Was a British naturalist who became famous for his theories on evolution
Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie)
   was born in   
Rome, Italy
His father had been given a residence there by Pope Clement XI. He spent almost all his childhood in Rome and Bologna.
Charlize Theron
   was born in   
Benoni, South Africa
August 7, 1975. Gauteng
Che Guevara
   was born in   
Rosario, Argentina
1928-1967. One of the most powerful members of the Cuban government under Fidel Castro
Chevy Chase
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
Manhattan. He's Chevy Chase, and you're not.
Chris Martin
   was born in   
Exeter, England
March 2, 1977. Lead singer, pianist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the popular rock band Coldplay.
Christiann Neethling Barnard
   was born in   
Beaufort West, South Africa
1922-2001. Performed the first human heart transplant in history
Christopher Columbus
   was born in   
Genoa, Italy
1451
Claes Oldenburg
   was born in   
Stockholm, Sweden
Sculptor
Clark Gable
   was born in   
Cadiz, U.S.A.
Ohio. 1901-1960. Popular romantic star of American motion-pictures
Claude Monet
   was born in   
Paris, France
1840-1926. Was a leader of the Impressionist Movement
Cliff Richard
   was born in   
Lucknow, India
October 14, 1940
Clint Eastwood
   was born in   
San Francisco, U.S.A.
May 31, 1930. Motion-picture actor, director and producer
Coco Chanel
   was born in   
Saumur, France
1883-1971. Was an influential French designer of women’s fashions
Daniel Davis
   was born in   
Gurdon, U.S.A.
Arkansas. November 26, 1945. Most known for his role of Niles in The Nanny.
Dante Alighieri
   was born in   
Florence, Italy
1265-1321. One of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages
David Hume
   was born in   
Edinburgh, Scotland
1711-1776. Was one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy
David Niven
   was born in   
London, England
Davy Crockett
   was born in   
Near Limestone, U.S.A.
Greene County, Tennessee. American folk hero
Diana, Princess of Wales
   was born in   
Sandringham, England
July 1st 1961
Dimitri Ivanovich Mendeleev
   was born in   
Tobolsk, Russia
1834-1907. Chemist who developed a form of the periodic law, a basic principle in chemistry
Donald Trump
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1946. American real-estate developer
Douglas MacArthur
   was born in   
Little Rock, U.S.A.
Arkansas. 1880-1964. Was a leading American general of World War II and the Korean War
Dwight D. Eisenhower
   was born in   
Denison, U.S.A.
Texas. WWII general and President of the US
Dylan Thomas
   was born in   
Swansea, Wales
1914 – 1953) Poet. Best known works include 'Under Milk Wood' and 'Do not go gentle into that good night'
Edgar Allan Poe
   was born in   
Boston, U.S.A.
Massachusetts. 19th January 1809
Edith Piaf
   was born in   
Paris, France
1915-1963. Was a French singer whose frail appearance, difficult life, and haunting singing style made her a legend in France
Edson Arantes Do Nascimiento (Pelé)
   was born in   
Tres Coracoes, Brazil
1940. Won fame as the greatest soccer player of his time
Edvard Munch
   was born in   
Loten, Norway
1863-1944. Artist, his most important works show individuals as helpless, isolated, and tormented by emotions
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
   was born in   
Candia, Crete
1541?-1614. Was one of the world’s great painters
Elia Kazan
   was born in   
Constantinople, Turkey
1909-2003. (Istanbul) America’s best-known stage and screen directors
Elizabeth Taylor
   was born in   
London, England
February 27, 1932. Hampstead. Her parents were Americans residing in England.
Ella Fitzgerald
   was born in   
Newport News, U.S.A.
Virginia. 1917-1996. Ranked among the best and most popular singers in jazz history.
Elvis Presley
   was born in   
Tupelo, U.S.A.
Mississippi. Rock and Roll icon
Emily Dickinson
   was born in   
Amherst, U.S.A.
Massachusetts. 1830-1886. Considered the most gifted poet in American literature
Emma Watson
   was born in   
Paris, France
April 15, 1990
Enrico Caruso
   was born in   
Naples, Italy
1873-1921. Was one of the greatest opera stars of the 1900’s?
Ernest Hemingway
   was born in   
Oak Park, U.S.A.
Illinois. July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961. American writer; Nobel and Pulitzer Prize
Ernest Rutherford
   was born in   
Nelson, New Zealand
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
Errol Flynn
   was born in   
Hobart, Australia
1909-1959. Motion-picture star who became famous for his roles as a handsome and dashing hero in adventure films
Erskine Caldwell
   was born in   
Near Moreland, U.S.A.
Georgia. 1903 - 1987. Writer.
Erwin Rommel
   was born in   
Heidenheim, Germany
1891-1944. German field marshal was one of the most brilliant generals of World War II
Federico Fellini
   was born in   
Rimini, Italy
1920-1993. Was a famous Italian motion-picture director
Federico García Lorca
   was born in   
Granada, Spain
1898-1936. Was one of the greatest Spanish poets and dramatist
Ferdinand Magellan
   was born in   
Northern Portugal
1480-1521. Portuguese sea captain who led the first expedition that sailed around the world
Florence Nightingale
   was born in   
Florence, Italy
12th May 1820
Frank Lloyd Wright
   was born in   
Richland Center, U.S.A.
Wisconsin. 1867-1959. Most influential and imaginative architect
Frank Sinatra
   was born in   
Hoboken, U.S.A.
New Jersey. 1915-1998. Ranks among the most famous singers in the history of popular music
Franz Beckenbauer
   was born in   
Munich, Germany
1945. Soccer player, coach and manager. Nickname “The Kaiser”
Franz Joseph Haydn
   was born in   
Rohrau, Austria
1732-1809. One of the most important composers to lead the development of instrumental and vocal music during the middle and late 1700’s
Franz Kafka
   was born in   
Prague, Czech Republic
1883-1924. Writer, best known for his short story “The Metamorphosis”
Franz Liszt
   was born in   
Raiding, Hungary
1811-1886. Pianist, composer and teacher
Fred Astaire
   was born in   
Omaha, U.S.A.
Nebraska. 1899-1987. American dancer and actor
Frederic Francois Chopin
   was born in   
Zelazowa-Wola, Poland
1810-1849. Master of Piano Composition
Friedrich Nietzsche
   was born in   
Röken, Prussia
1844-1900. Philosopher and classical scholar. He deeply influenced many philosophers and artists
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   was born in   
St. Paul, U.S.A.
Minnesota. 1896-1940. Writer of America’s Jazz Age
Galileo Galilei
   was born in   
Pisa, Italy
1564; astronomer, mathematician
Gary Larson
   was born in   
Tacoma, U.S.A.
August 14, 1950. Cartoonist. Creator of The Far Side.
Gautama Buddha
   was born in   
Lumbini, Nepal
George Bernard Shaw
   was born in   
Dublin, Ireland
1856-1950. Playwright, critic and essayist. Was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1925
George Gershwin
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
Brooklyn. 1898-1937. Composer, became famous for his musical comedies, popular songs, symphonic works
George Sand
   was born in   
Paris, France
1804-1876. Novelist of the 1800’s
George Smith Patton, Jr.
   was born in   
San Gabriel, U.S.A.
California. General of World War II. Nicknamed “Old Blood and Guts”
George Washington
   was born in   
Near Colonial Beach, U.S.A.
Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, British America. 1732-1799.
George W. Bush
   was born in   
New Haven, U.S.A.
Connecticut. July 6th 1946. 43rd President of the United States.
Giuseppe Garibaldi
   was born in   
Nice, France
1807-1882. Military hero who fought to create and independent, united Italy
Glenn Miller
   was born in   
Clarinda, U.S.A.
Iowa. Big band leader
Golda Meir
   was born in   
Kiev, Ukraine
1898-1978. Served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974
Gordon Ramsay
   was born in   
Johnston, Scotland
November 8, 1966
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
   was born in   
Leipzig, Germany
1646-1716. Philosopher, mathematician, and scholar
Gough Whitlam
   was born in   
Kew, Australia
July 11, 1916. An Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia.
Grace Kelly
   was born in   
Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1929-1982. Princess Grace of Monaco.
Greta Garbo
   was born in   
Stockholm, Sweden
1905-1990. Famous actress
Grover Cleveland
   was born in   
Caldwell, U.S.A.
New Jersey. 34th Mayor of Buffalo, NY. Also 22nd and 24th President of the United States.
Guiseppe Verdi
   was born in   
Roncole, Italy
Oct 10, 1813; opera composer
Gustav Mahler
   was born in   
Bohemia, Austria
1860-1911. Composer of the romantic period
Guy Pearce
   was born in   
Ely, England
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.
Guy Ritchie
   was born in   
Hatfield, England
September 10, 1968. Film Director
Gwyneth Paltrow
   was born in   
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
September 27, 1972. American Actress
Hank Aaron
   was born in   
Mobile, U.S.A.
Alabama. February 5, 1934. American baseball player whose Major League Baseball (MLB) career spanned 1954 through to 1976.
Hans Christian Andersen
   was born in   
Odense, Denmark
1805-1875. Denmark’s most famous author
Harry Connick, Jr.
   was born in   
New Orleans, U.S.A.
An American singer, pianist, actor, and humanitarian.
Harry Houdini
   was born in   
Budapest, Hungary
1874-1926. Magician who won fame throughout the world as an escape artist
Harry S. Truman
   was born in   
Lamar, U.S.A.
Missouri. 1884. 33rd President of the United States.
Helen Keller
   was born in   
Tuscumbia, U.S.A.
Alabama. 27th June 1880
Henry Ford
   was born in   
Dearborn, U.S.A.
Michigan. 1863-1947. Was the leading manufacturer of American automobiles in the early 1900’s
Henry Ford
   was born in   
Detroit, U.S.A.
Greenfield Township. The founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines used in mass production.
Henry Lawson
   was born in   
Grenfell, Australia
June 17, 1867. An Australian writer and poet.
Henry Norman Bethune
   was born in   
Gravenhurst, Canada
Ontario. 1890-1939. A Canadian surgeon, became a national hero of China because of his medical service there
Hernan Cortés
   was born in   
Medellin, Spain
1485-1547. Was a Spanish explorer who conquered what is now central and southern Mexico
Hillary Rodham Clinton
   was born in   
Chicago, U.S.A.
October 26, 1947
Honorè De Balzac
   was born in   
Tours, France
1799-1850. Produced a vast collection of novels and short stories
Horatio Nelson
   was born in   
Burnham-Thorpe, England
1758-1805. United Kingdom’s greatest admiral and a naval hero
Howard Robard Hughes
   was born in   
Houston, U.S.A.
Texas. 1905-1976. During the 1930’s and 1940’s he gained fame as a motion-picture producer and aviator
Hugh Laurie
   was born in   
Oxford, England
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.
Isaac Asimov
   was born in   
Petrovichi, Russia
1920-1992. Biochemist. Author and editor of science fiction and non fiction, he published more than 400 books
Isadora Duncan
   was born in   
San Francisco, U.S.A.
Great American dancer
Isla Fisher
   was born in   
Muscat, Oman
February 3, 1976. Australian Actress. Born to Scottish parents, her father working for the United Nations and her mother a romance novelist.
Jackie Stewart
   was born in   
Milton, Scotland
1939. One of the United Kingdom’s most successful racing drivers
Jack Lemmon
   was born in   
Newton, U.S.A.
Massachusetts. "Nobody deserves this much money - certainly not an actor."
Jackson Pollock
   was born in   
Cody, U.S.A.
Wyoming.
Jacqueline Susann
   was born in   
Philadelphia, U.S.A.
1921-1974. Novelist, called “Queen of Pulp Fiction”
Jacques Cartier
   was born in   
St. Malo, France
1491?-1557. His explorations established the basis for France’s claim’s to territory in what is now Canada
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
   was born in   
St.-Andre-de-Cubzac, France
June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997. Oceanographer, author and motion-picture producer
James Cagney
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
American motion-picture actor, also an accomplished dancer
James Cook
   was born in   
Marton, England
1728-1779. A British naval captain and navigator, was one of the world’s greatest explorers
James Dean
   was born in   
Marion, U.S.A.
1931-1955. He became famous for his intense, brooding portrayals of discontented, rebellious young men.
James Joyce
   was born in   
Dublin, Ireland
1882-1941. An Irish novelist, revolutionized the treatment of plot and characterization in fiction
Jamie Foxx
   was born in   
Terrell, U.S.A.
December 13, 1967. American actor, singer, and stand-up comic.
Jane Fonda
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru.
Jayne Meadows
   was born in   
Wu-ch'ang, China
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.
Jean-Claude Van Damme
   was born in   
Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium
October 18, 1960
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   was born in   
Geneva, Switzerland
1712-1778. He was the most important writer of the Age of Reason
Jean-Paul Sartre
   was born in   
Paris, France
1905-1980. Was a French existentialist philosopher who expressed his ideas in novels, plays and short stories, as well as in theoretical works
Jean Henri Dunant
   was born in   
Geneva, Switzerland
1828-1910. Banker, was the founder of the International Red Cross. Died in a hospice
Jennifer Aniston
   was born in   
Sherman Oaks, U.S.A.
California. February 11, 1969. American Actress
Jennifer Jones
   was born in   
Tulsa, U.S.A.
March 2, 1919
Jerry Lewis
   was born in   
Newark, U.S.A.
Jesse Louis Jackson
   was born in   
Greenville, U.S.A.
1941. African American civil rights activist, political leader and a Baptist minister
Jesse Owens
   was born in   
Oakville, U.S.A.
1913-1980. American track-and-field star. Won four gold medals
Jesus of Nazareth
   was born in   
Bethlehem, West Bank
Rex
Jim Carrey
   was born in   
Newmarket, Canada
Actor
Jim Morrison
   was born in   
Melbourne, U.S.A.
1943-1971. Was the lead singer and composer for the Doors
J. M. W. Turner
   was born in   
London, England
An English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style can be said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism.
Joanna Lumley
   was born in   
Srinagar, India
1 May 1946
Joaquin Phoenix
   was born in   
San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 28, 1974
Joan Fontaine
   was born in   
Tokyo, Japan
October 22, 1917
Johannes Gutenberg
   was born in   
Mainz, Germany
1395?-1468? Invented the processes that made printing from movable metallic type practical for the first time
Johann Sebastian Bach
   was born in   
Eisenach, Germany
1685-1750. German composer, is considered the greatest genius of the Baroque music
Johann Strauss, Jr.
   was born in   
Vienna, Austria
1825-1899. “Waltz King”
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
   was born in   
Frankfurt, Germany
1749-1832. Poet, novelist, and playwright, leading thinker and scientist. His masterpiece Faust
John Forbes Nash, Jr.
   was born in   
Bluefield, U.S.A.
1928. Mathematician. Shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in economic sciences
John Grisham
   was born in   
Jonesboro, U.S.A.
Former politician, retired attorney, American novelist and author best known for his works of modern legal drama.
John Howard
   was born in   
Sydney, Australia
July 26, 1939. 25th Prime Minister of Australia.
John Kerry
   was born in   
Aurora, U.S.A.
US Politician
John Lennon
   was born in   
Liverpool, England
1940-1980. Founding member of the Beatles
John Locke
   was born in   
Wrington, England
1632-1704. Philosopher, his writings have influenced political science and philosophy
John McEnroe
   was born in   
Wiesbaden, Germany
February 16, 1959
John Wayne
   was born in   
Winters, U.S.A.
1907-1979. The greatest Western films actor
John William Waterhouse
   was born in   
Rome, Italy
An English Pre-Raphaelite painter most famous for his paintings of female characters from mythology and literature.
Jorge Luis Borges
   was born in   
Buenos Aires, Argentina
1899-1986. Was an Argentine man of letters. Also he was an innovative poet
Joseph Pulitzer
   was born in   
Mako, Hungary
1847-1911. Was a Hungarian immigrant who became one of the greatest American newspaper publishers in history
Joseph Stalin
   was born in   
Gori, Republic of Georgia
1879-1953. Was dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Jules Verne
   was born in   
Nantes, France
1828-1905. French novelist, wrote some of the first science-fiction stories
Julie Christie
   was born in   
Assam, India
April 14, 1941. Academy Award-winning English film actress.
Julia Roberts
   was born in   
Atlanta, U.S.A.
October 28th 1967
Kanye West
   was born in   
Atlanta, U.S.A.
June 8, 1977. American record producer and rapper.
Karl Marx
   was born in   
Trier, Germany
1818-1883. His writings helped form a foundation for the political and economic system known as Communism
Karl Urban
   was born in   
Wellington, New Zealand
June 7, 1972
Katharine Hepburn
   was born in   
Hartford, U.S.A.
1907-2003. Actress was nominated for 12 Academy Awards
Keisha Castle-Hughes
   was born in   
Donnybrook, Australia
March 24, 1990. Western Australia.
Keith Urban
   was born in   
Whangarei, New Zealand
October 26, 1967
Kevin Costner
   was born in   
Lynwood, U.S.A.
January 18, 1955
Kevin Smith
   was born in   
Red Bank, U.S.A.
August 2, 1970. Screenwriter, Film Director, Film Producer, Actor, Comic Book Writer
King Juan Carlos I
   was born in   
Rome, Italy
1938. Is the King of Spain; He became king in 1975, after the death of Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain
Kiri Te Kanawa
   was born in   
Gisborne, New Zealand
1944. Opera singer, is one of the most praised sopranos in the world
Kurt Cobain
   was born in   
Hoquiam, U.S.A.
1967-1994. Rock musician, was the leader of the popular rock band Nirvana
Kurt Vonnegut
   was born in   
Indianapolis, U.S.A.
1922-1007. One of the most influential writers of his generation
Lance Armstrong
   was born in   
Plano, U.S.A.
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.
Le Corbusier
   was born in   
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
1887-1965. Often considered the most important architect of the 1900’s
Lee Iacocca
   was born in   
Allentown, U.S.A.
1924. Was a noted American automobile executive
Lee Trevino
   was born in   
Dallas, U.S.A.
1939. American golfer, won the Open in 1968
Leonard Bernstein
   was born in   
Lawrence, U.S.A.
1918-1990. Conductor, composer and pianist
Leonard Cohen
   was born in   
Montreal, Canada
1934. Poet, novelist, he also won international fame as a songwriter and folk singer
Leonardo Da Vinci
   was born in   
Vinci, Italy
1452, painter, sculptor, engineer, scientist, mathematician
Leo Tolstoy
   was born in   
Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
1828-1910. Writer, ranks among the greatest novelists in world literature
Lewis Carroll
   was born in   
Daresbury, England
1832-1898. Mathematician and author
Liberace
   was born in   
West Allis, U.S.A.
1919-1987. Pianist and entertainer known for his flamboyant costumes and performing style
Linda Evangelista
   was born in   
St. Catherines, Canada
1965. Supermodel
Lionel Richie
   was born in   
Tuskegee, U.S.A.
June 20, 1949
Lou Diamond Phillips
   was born in   
Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines
February 17, 1962
Louis Comfort Tiffany
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1848-1933. Major stained-glass art nouveau designer
Louis Nowra
   was born in   
Melbourne, Australia
December 12, 1950. One of Australia's most acclaimed and prolific writers, playwrights, screenwriters and librettists.
Louis Pasteur
   was born in   
Dole, France
1822-1895. Made major contributions to chemistry, medicine, and industry
Luciano Pavarotti
   was born in   
Modena, Italy
Opera tenor, 1935-2007
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
   was born in   
Cordoba, Spain
Roman statesman, author, and Stoic philosopher
Lucy Lawless
   was born in   
Auckland, New Zealand
March 29, 1968
Ludwig Von Beethoven
   was born in   
Bonn, Germany
Dec 16, 1770
Malcolm X
   was born in   
Omaha, U.S.A.
1925-1965. Was one of the most influential African American leaders of the 1950’s and 1960’s
Mao Tse-tung
   was born in   
Shao-shan, China
Founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949
Marco Polo
   was born in   
Venice, Italy
1254-1324?. Trader and traveler, became famous for his travels in central Asia and China
Margaret Thatcher
   was born in   
Grantham, England
1925. Served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990
Maria Callas
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1923-1977. One of the world’s best-known opera sopranos
Marie Sklodowska Curie
   was born in   
Warsaw, Poland
1867-1934. Physicist. First woman awarded a Nobel Prize
Marilyn Monroe
   was born in   
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
June 1st 1926
Mark Spitz
   was born in   
Modesto, U.S.A.
1950. Ranks among the greatest swimmers of all time. Won seven gold medals
Mark Twain
   was born in   
Florida, U.S.A.
American writer
Marlene Dietrich
   was born in   
Berlin, Germany
1901-1992. German-born actress and singer
Marlon Brando
   was born in   
Omaha, U.S.A.
Actor
Martin Luther King, Jr.
   was born in   
Atlanta, U.S.A.
15th January 1929
Martina Navratilova
   was born in   
Prague, Czech Republic
1956. Ranks among the greatest female tennis players in the history of the sport
Mary Pickford
   was born in   
Toronto, Canada
1892-1979. Was a star of silent motion pictures. Became known as “America’s Sweetheart
Mel Gibson
   was born in   
Peekskill, U.S.A.
January 3, 1956. New York.
Michael Jordan
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1963. The greatest and most exciting players in the history of the National Basketball Association
Michelangelo
   was born in   
Caprese, Italy
Raised in Florence where he rests today
Miguel De Cervantes
   was born in   
Alcalá De Henares, Spain
1547-1616. Ranks as the outstanding writer in Spanish literature. His masterpiece “Don Quixote”
Mike Wallace
   was born in   
Brookline, U.S.A.
1918. CBS News Correspondent
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
   was born in   
Porbandar, India
1869-1948. Spiritual, political moral and cultural leader
Nadia Comaneci
   was born in   
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Romania
1961. Now Onesti. Became the fist gymnast to receive a perfect score of 10 in the Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada
Naomi Watts
   was born in   
Shoreham, England
September 28, 1968. Kent.
Napoleon Bonaparte (I)
   was born in   
Ajaccio, Corsica
1769-1821. Greatest military genius of his time
Neil Alden Armstrong
   was born in   
Auglaize County, U.S.A.
1930. First person to set foot on the moon in 1969
Nelson Mandela
   was born in   
Umtata, South Africa
1918. South African President
Niccolo Machiavelli
   was born in   
Florence, Italy
1469; political philosopher
Niccolo Paganini
   was born in   
Genoa, Italy
1782-1840. Became one of the greatest violinists of all time
Nicolas Sarkozy
   was born in   
Paris, France
1955; President of France, since May 2007
Nicolaus Copernicus
   was born in   
Thorn, Poland
1473-1543. Now Torun. Astronomer who developed the theory that the earth is a moving planet
Nicole Kidman
   was born in   
Honolulu, U.S.A.
June 20, 1967. Hawaii.
Niki Lauda
   was born in   
Vienna, Austria
1949. Won 25 career races in Formula 1 World Championship
Octavio Paz
   was born in   
Mexico City, Mexico
1940; poet, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1990
Oliver Cromwell
   was born in   
Huntingdon, England
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
Olivia De Havilland
   was born in   
Tokyo, Japan
July 1, 1916
Olivia Newton-John
   was born in   
Cambridge, England
September 26, 1948
Oriana Fallaci
   was born in   
Florence, Italy
1929-2006. Journalist, interviewer and author
Orson Welles
   was born in   
Kenosha, U.S.A.
1915-1985. Actor and motion-picture director
Oscar Wilde
   was born in   
Dublin, Ireland
1854-1900. Author, playwright and wit
Ozzy Osbourne
   was born in   
Birmingham, England
December 3, 1948
Pablo Neruda
   was born in   
Parral, Chile
1904; poet, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1971
Pablo Picasso
   was born in   
Malaga, Spain
1881-1973. Was the dominant figure in art of the 1900’s
Patrick White
   was born in   
London, England
May 28, 1912. Knightsbridge. An Australian author widely regarded as one of the major English-language novelists of the 20th century.
Paul Gauguin
   was born in   
Paris, France
1848-1903. Gauguin developed and original, personal, decorative style of painting
Paul Keating
   was born in   
Sydney, Australia
January 18, 1944. 24th Prime Minister of Australia, from 1991 to 1996.
Pearl S. Buck
   was born in   
Hillsboro, West Virginia
Writer, winner of Nobel Prize for Literature
Peggy Lee
   was born in   
Jamestown, U.S.A.
May 26, 1920
Peter André
   was born in   
London, England
February 27, 1973. Born UK, raised Australia.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikosvsky
   was born in   
Votkinsk, Russia
1840-1893. Was the first Russian composer whose music became part of the standard concert program in Western Europe
Peter Jennings
   was born in   
Toronto, Canada
1938-2005. Was the anchor and senior editor for “World News Tonight” on ABC
Peter Sellers
   was born in   
Southsea, England
1925-1980. Film actor known for his versatility in comic roles
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
   was born in   
Limoges, France
1841-1919. French Impressionist artist
Placido Domingo
   was born in   
Madrid, Spain
1941. Spanish tenor, became one of the most popular opera singers of the 1900’s
Plato
   was born in   
Athens, Greece
427?347? B.C. Was a philosopher and educator of ancient Greece
Prince Charles of Wales
   was born in   
London, England
November 14th 1948
Pythagoras
   was born in   
Island of Samos, Greece
Greek philosopher and mathematician. Born on Samos in what was then called Ionia.
Queen Noor of Jordan
   was born in   
Washington, U.S.A.
1951. Queen of Jordan, international humanitarian activist, writer
Quincy Jones
   was born in   
Chicago, U.S.A.
1931. A composer, arranger, musician, conductor, and record and film producer
Ralph Waldo Emerson
   was born in   
Boston, U.S.A.
1803-1882. He as essayist, critic, poet, orator and popular philosopher
Rembrandt Van Rijn
   was born in   
Leiden, Netherlands
1606-1669. Was the Netherlands’ greatest artist
Richard Branson
   was born in   
Surrey, England
1950. Businessman whose Virgin Group of companies is one of the largest in the entertainment and leisure industry
Richard Burton
   was born in   
Pontrhydfen, Wales
1925-1984. Gained recognition for both classical and modern roles in motion pictures
Richard Gere
   was born in   
Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Richard Wagner
   was born in   
Leipzig, Germany
German composer who fundamentally changed European musical, literary, and theatrical life
R. M. Williams
   was born in   
Belalie North, Australia
Near Jamestown in the Mid North, 200 kilometres north of Adelaide. Legendary Australian Bush Attire Outfitter.
Roald Amundsen
   was born in   
Borge, Norway
1872-1928. Explorer, led the first expedition to reach the South Pole
Robert Burns
   was born in   
Alloway, Scotland
(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'.
Robert E. Lee
   was born in   
Stratford, U.S.A.
Confederate Civil War general
Robert Redford
   was born in   
Santa Monica, U.S.A.
Motion-picture actor and director. Redford founded the Sundance Institute, a non profit organization
Ronald Reagan
   was born in   
Tampico, U.S.A.
Rosa Louise Parks
   was born in   
Tuskegee, U.S.A.
1913-2005. American civil rights activist
Rudolph Valentino
   was born in   
Castellaneta, Italy
1895-1926. Was the most popular romantic star of American silent motion- pictures
Rudyard Kipling
   was born in   
Bombay, India
1865-1936. Was a leading English short-story writer, poet, and novelist
Russell Crowe
   was born in   
Wellington, New Zealand
April 7, 1964
Sacha Baron Cohen
   was born in   
London, England
October 13, 1971. Hammersmith. Comedian, Writer, Actor
Salvador Dalì
   was born in   
Figueras, Spain
Surrealist artist; 1904
Sam Neill
   was born in   
Omagh, Northern Ireland
September 14, 1947
Samuel Goldwyn
   was born in   
Warsaw, Poland
1882-1974. Was one of the first and most successful American motion-picture producers
Sarah Bernhardt
   was born in   
Paris, France
1844-1923. Was one of the great international stage stars of her time
Sarah Michelle Gellar
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
American Actress
Shania Twain
   was born in   
Windsor, Canada
August 28, 1965. Singer and songwriter.
Sharon Stone
   was born in   
Meadville, U.S.A.
March 10, 1958. An American actress, producer, and former fashion model.
Shirley Temple
   was born in   
Santa Monica, U.S.A.
1928. Was the most popular child motion-picture star of the 1930’s
Sienna Miller
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
December 28, 1981. New York.
Sir Alexander Fleming
   was born in   
Darvel, Scotland
1881-1955.He discovered the penicillin and shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in medicine
Sir Anthony Hopkins
   was born in   
Port Talbot, Wales
1937. A distinguished British motion-picture and stage actor
Sir Frances Drake
   was born in   
Plymouth, England
1543?-1596. Was the first Englishman to sail around the world
Sir Frederick Grant Banting
   was born in   
Alliston, Canada
The principal discoverer of insulin. Received in 1923 the Nobel Prize in Medicine
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
   was born in   
Blenheim Palace, England
1874-1965. Statesman, soldier an author
Slash
   was born in   
London, England
July 23, 1965. Guns 'N Roses guitarist born Saul Hudson
Sophia Loren
   was born in   
Rome, Italy
1934. Is an internationally famous Italian motion-picture star
Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
   was born in   
Copenhagen, Denmark
1813-1855. Philosopher and religious thinker, is considered one of the founders of existentialism
Spencer Tracy
   was born in   
Milwaukee, U.S.A.
Stanley Kubrick
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1928-1999. Motion-picture writer and director
Stephen King
   was born in   
Portland, U.S.A.
1947. A popular American author of horror fiction
Steven Spielberg
   was born in   
Cincinnati, U.S.A.
1946. American motion picture director and producer
Stevie Wonder
   was born in   
Saginaw, U.S.A.
1950. Composer, singer and musician born Stevland Hardaway Judkins
Sting
   was born in   
Wallsend, England
Sugar Ray Leonard
   was born in   
Wilmington, U.S.A.
1956. An American boxer, won world professional boxing titles in five weight classes. He was nicknamed “Sugar”
Susan Brownell Anthony
   was born in   
Adams, U.S.A.
1820-1906. A reformer and one of the first leaders of the campaign for women’s rights
Susan Sontag
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
1933-2004. Essayist and novelist
Terry Fox
   was born in   
Winnipeg, Canada
1958-1981. Fox had only one leg, but tried to run across Canada in 1980 to help raise money for cancer research
Thea Astley
   was born in   
Brisbane, Australia
1925-2004. Novelist and short-story writer
Theodore Roosevelt
   was born in   
New York, U.S.A.
American President
Thomas Edison
   was born in   
Milan, Ohio, U.S.A.
American inventor, 1847
Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
   was born in   
Tremadoc, Wales
1888-1935. British liaison officer during the Arab Revolt (1916-1918)
Thomas Hobbes
   was born in   
Westport, England
1588-1679 – Philosopher, his most famous work, Leviathan, or the Matter, Form and Power of a Commonwealth
Thomas Middleton
   was born in   
London, England
An English Jacobean playwright and poet.
Thomas Moore
   was born in   
Dublin, Ireland
1779-1852. An Irish poet, wrote the words for some of the best-loved songs in the English language
Tiger Woods
   was born in   
Long Beach, U.S.A.
December 30th 1975
Tony Blair
   was born in   
Edinburgh, Scotland
May 6, 1953
Ty Cobb
   was born in   
Banks County,, U.S.A.
1886-1961. He ranks as the all-time leading hitter in the major leagues with a .367 lifetime batting average
Ulysses S.Grant
   was born in   
Point Pleasant, U.S.A.
American Civil War general and President
Vanessa L. Williams
   was born in   
Tarrytown, U.S.A.
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.
Vanessa Redgrave
   was born in   
London, England
An Academy Award-winning English actress and a social activist for human rights.
Vaslav Nijinsky
   was born in   
Kiev, Ukraine
1889?-1950. Was the most famous male dancer of his time
Victor Hugo
   was born in   
Bensançon, France
1802-1885. Led the Romantic movement in French literature
Vincent Van Gogh
   was born in   
Groot-Zundert, Netherlands
1853-1890. One of the most famous painters in modern art
Vince Vaughn
   was born in   
Minneapolis, U.S.A.
March 28, 1970. American Actor
Virgil Ivan “Gus” Grissom
   was born in   
Mitchell, Indiana, U.S.A.
1926-1967. Was one of the first United States astronauts, and the first to make more than one space flight
Virginia Woolf
   was born in   
London, England
1882-1941. Novelist, critic and essayist
Vivien Leigh
   was born in   
Darjeeling, India
November 5, 1913. West Bengal.
Walt Disney
   was born in   
Chicago, U.S.A.
1901-1966. Was one of the most famous motion-picture producers in history
Walter Percy Chrysler
   was born in   
Wamego, U.S.A.
1875-1940. Automobile manufacturer, was founder and the first President of the Chrysler Corporation
Walt Whitman
   was born in   
Huntington Station, U.S.A.
American poet
William Blake
   was born in   
London, England
1757-1827. Was a brilliant and unconventional poet, engraver, and painter
William Butler Yeats
   was born in   
Dublin, Ireland
1865-1939. An Irish poet and dramatist won the 1923 Nobel Prize in literature
William Edward Boeing
   was born in   
Detroit, U.S.A.
1881-1956. In 1916 he helped found the Pacific Aero Products Company (now called the Boeing Company)
William Randolph Hearst
   was born in   
San Francisco, U.S.A.
1863-1951. Famous publisher of newspapers and magazines
William Shakespeare
   was born in   
Stratford-upon-Avon, England
1564-1616. An English playwright and poet
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
   was born in   
Salzburg, Austria
Jan 27, 1756
Yo-Yo Ma
   was born in   
Paris, France
1955. Is one of the world’s greatest and most popular cello players


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