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Alexy II of Moscow

Alexy II of Moscow (February 23, 1929-December 5, 2008)

Patriarch Alexy II was the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus', the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Wikipedia
Tallinn, Estonia
Peredelkino, Russia
Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari (February 23, 1983-)

Aziz Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He stars as Tom Haverford on the NBC show 'Parks and Recreation'. Wikipedia
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Arnold Azrikan

Arnold Azrikan (February 23, 1906-July 19, 1976)

Arnold Grigorevich Azrikan was a Ukrainian and Russian operatic dramatic tenor. Wikipedia
Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt (February 23, 1983-)

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is an English actress. She has appeared in 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'The Young Victoria', 'The Adjustment Bureau', 'Looper', 'Edge of Tomorrow', and 'Into the Woods'. She has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, four Critics' Choice Awards, two London Film Critics' Circle Awards, and one BAFTA Award. She won a Golden... Wikipedia
London, England

Allan McLeod Cormack (February 23, 1924-May 7, 1998)

Allan MacLeod Cormack was a South African American physicist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on X-ray computed tomography. Wikipedia
Johannesburg, Gauteng
Linda Cristal

Linda Cristal (February 23, 1934-)

Linda Cristal; born Marta Victoria Moya Burges; February 23, 1934, Rosario, Argentina) is a retired Argentine-American actress. Wikipedia
Rosario, Argentina
W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois (February 23, 1868-August 27, 1963)

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he... Wikipedia
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Accra, Ghana
Ralph Earnhardt

Ralph Earnhardt (February 23, 1928-September 26, 1973)

Ralph Lee Earnhardt was a NASCAR driver. He was the father of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; the grandfather of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kelly Earnhardt, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam, and Kerry Earnhardt, and great grandfather of Jeffrey Earnhardt. Earnhardt helped get Bobby Isaac his start in racing. Wikipedia
Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
Victor Fleming

Victor Fleming (February 23, 1889-January 6, 1949)

Victor Lonzo Fleming was an American film director, cinematographer, and producer. His most popular films were 'The Wizard of Oz', and 'Gone with the Wind', for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director. Fleming holds the achievement of being the only film director to have two films listed in the top 10 of the American Film Institute's 2007... Wikipedia
La Cañada Flintridge, California, U.S.
Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.
Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda (February 23, 1940-)

Peter Henry Fonda is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Josh Gad

Josh Gad (February 23, 1981-)

Joshua Ilan "Josh" Gad is an American actor and singer best known for voicing Olaf in 'Frozen' and for originating the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Broadway musical 'The Book of Mormon' and Ryan Church in the television series 'Back to You'. He has also appeared in 'ER', 'The Daily Show', 'Modern Family', 'New Girl', 'Bored to Death', and... Wikipedia
Hollywood, Florida, United States

Felix Gantmacher (February 23, 1908-May 16, 1964)

Felix Gantmacher was a Soviet mathematician, professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, well known for his contributions in mechanics, matrix theory and Lie group theory. Wikipedia

Maurice Richlin (February 23, 1920-November 13, 1990)

Maurice Richlin was an American screenwriter. Wikipedia
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Sylvie Guillem

Sylvie Guillem (February 23, 1965-)

Sylvie Guillem CBE is a French ballet dancer. Wikipedia
Marshall Herskovitz

Marshall Herskovitz (February 23, 1952-)

Marshall Schreiber Herskovitz is an American film director, writer and producer, and currently the President Emeritus of the Producers Guild of America. Among his productions are 'Traffic', 'The Last Samurai', 'Blood Diamond', and 'I Am Sam'. Herskovitz has directed two feature films, 'Jack the Bear' and 'Dangerous Beauty'. Herskovitz was a creator... Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Elston Howard

Elston Howard (February 23, 1929-December 14, 1980)

Elston Gene Howard was an American professional baseball catcher, left fielder and coach. During a 14-year baseball career, he played in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball from 1948 through 1968, primarily for the New York Yankees. He also played for the Kansas City Monarchs and the Boston Red Sox. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri
New York, New York

Robert Huebner (February 23, 1914-August 26, 1998)

Robert Joseph Huebner, was an American physician and virologist whose research into viruses, their causes and treatment that led to his breakthrough insights into the connections between viruses and cancer, leading to new treatments, as well as his hypothesized oncogene, which was discovered to be a trigger for normal cells turning cancerous. Wikipedia
Masuo Ikeda

Masuo Ikeda (February 23, 1934-March 8, 1997)

Masuo Ikeda was a Japanese painter, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor, ceramist, novelist, and film director from Nagano Prefecture. Wikipedia
Erich Kästner

Erich Kästner (February 23, 1899-July 29, 1974)

Emil Erich Kästner was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poems and for children's books including 'Emil and the Detectives'. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1960 for his autobiography 'Als ich ein kleiner Junge war'. Wikipedia
Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Purab Kohli

Purab Kohli (February 23, 1979-)

Purab Kohli is an Indian television, film actor, model and former VJ. Wikipedia
Ivar Lo-Johansson

Ivar Lo-Johansson (February 23, 1901-April 11, 1990)

Ivar Lo-Johansson was a Swedish writer of the proletarian school. Wikipedia
Ösmo, Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
Robert Lopez

Robert Lopez (February 23, 1975-)

Robert Lopez is an American songwriter of musicals, best known for co-creating 'The Book of Mormon' and 'Avenue Q', and for penning the songs featured in the Disney animated feature film, 'Frozen'. He is the youngest of only twelve people who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award, and the only person to win all four within a... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald (February 23, 1976-)

Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish actress, known for her role in the 1996 independent film 'Trainspotting'. Her other films include 'Gosford Park', 'Intermission', 'Nanny McPhee', 'No Country for Old Men', 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2', and 'Brave'. For her role in the 2005 television film 'The Girl in the Café', she won a Primetime... Wikipedia
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich (February 23, 1879-May 15, 1935)

Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was a Russian, Belarusian and Soviet painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde, Suprematist movement. Wikipedia
Kiev Governorate of Russian Empire
Leningrad, Soviet Union

Marc Price (February 23, 1968-)

Marc Price is a television actor best known for his role as Irwin "Skippy" Handelman on 'Family Ties'. Wikipedia
New Jersey, United States
William L. Shirer

William L. Shirer (February 23, 1904-December 28, 1993)

William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist, war correspondent, and historian, who wrote 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich', a history of Nazi Germany that has been read by many and cited in scholarly works for more than 50 years. Originally a foreign correspondent for the 'Chicago Tribune' and the International News Service, Shirer was... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Norman Taurog

Norman Taurog (February 23, 1899-April 7, 1981)

Norman Rae Taurog was an American film director and screenwriter. From 1920 to 1968, Taurog directed 180 films. At the age of 32, he received the Academy Award for Best Director for 'Skippy', thus being the youngest person to win the award. He was later nominated for Best Director for the film 'Boys Town'. He directed some of the best known actors... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Rancho Mirage, California

John Truscott (February 23, 1936-September 5, 1993)

John Truscott was an Australian actor, production designer, costume designer and artistic director. He won two Academy Awards for his work on the 1967 film 'Camelot'. Wikipedia
Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
Andre Ward

Andre Ward (February 23, 1984-)

Andre Ward is an American professional boxer and the current WBA, 'Lineal' super-middleweight champion, and former WBC and 'The Ring' super-middleweight champion. Wikipedia
San Francisco,
Henry Braid Wilson

Henry Braid Wilson (February 23, 1861-January 30, 1954)

Henry Braid Wilson, Jr. was an Admiral in the United States Navy during World War I. Wikipedia
Camden, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Oleg Yankovsky

Oleg Yankovsky (February 23, 1944-May 20, 2009)

Oleg Ivanovich Yankovsky was a Soviet/Russian actor who has excelled in psychologically sophisticated roles of modern intellectuals. In 1991, he became, together with Alla Pugacheva, the last person to be named a 'People's Artist of the USSR'. Wikipedia
Jezkazgan, Kazakh SSR, USSR
Moscow, Russia