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Claudio Abbado

Claudio Abbado (June 26, 1933-January 20, 2014)

Claudio Abbado, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian conductor. One of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century, he served as music director of the La Scala opera house in Milan, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, music director of the... Wikipedia
Milan, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Salvador Allende

Salvador Allende (June 26, 1908-September 11, 1973)

Salvador Guillermo Allende Gossens was a Chilean physician and politician, known as the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections. Wikipedia
Valparaíso, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (June 26, 1970-)

Paul Thomas Anderson is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Interested in film-making at a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father Ernie Anderson to become a filmmaker. Anderson is a distinctive filmmaker of his generation, initially being praised as a wunderkind after the release of the dramas 'Boogie Nights' and... Wikipedia
Studio City, California, US

Jonathan Bate (June 26, 1958-)

Sir Andrew Jonathan Bate, CBE, FBA, FRSL is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar. He specialises in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford and Honorary Fellow of Creativity at Warwick Business School. Wikipedia

Richard L. Breen (June 26, 1918-February 1, 1967)

Richard L. Breen was a Hollywood screenwriter and director. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892-March 6, 1973)

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, also known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer and novelist. As the daughter of missionaries, Buck spent most of her life before 1934 in China. Her novel 'The Good Earth' was the best-selling fiction book in the United States in 1931 and 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1938, she was awarded... Wikipedia
Hillsboro, West Virginia, United States
Danby, Vermont, United States

Rebecca Budig (June 26, 1973-)

Rebecca Jo Budig is an American actress and television presenter, best known for her role as Greenlee Smythe Lavery on the ABC soap opera 'All My Children' from 1999 to the 2011 network ending. She currently plays the role of Hayden Barnes on another ABC soap opera 'General Hospital'. Wikipedia
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Ya'akov Cohen (writer) (June 26, 1881-November 20, 1960)

Ya'akov Cohen was an Israeli poet, playwright, translator, writer and Hebrew linguist. Wikipedia
Slutsk, Russian Empire (now in Belarus)
Billy Davis, Jr.

Billy Davis, Jr. (June 26, 1938-)

Billy Davis, Jr. is an American musician, best known as a member of the 5th Dimension. Along with his wife, Marilyn McCoo, he had hit records during 1976 and 1977 with "I Hope We Get to Love in Time", "Your Love", and "You Don't Have to Be a Star". Davis and McCoo were married in 1969. They became the first African American married couple to host a... Wikipedia
Paweł Edelman

Paweł Edelman (June 26, 1958-)

Pawel Edelman is a Polish cinematographer from Łódź. He was named Best European Cinematographer in 2002 at the European Film Awards for his work on 'The Pianist', for which he also won the César Award for Best Cinematography. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for the same film. He also received a nomination for Outstanding... Wikipedia
Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil (June 26, 1942-)

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, better known as Gilberto Gil, is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil's Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil's musical style incorporates an eclectic range of... Wikipedia
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser (June 26, 1929-)

Milton Glaser is an American graphic designer. His designs include the I ♥ NY logo, his Bob Dylan poster, the DC bullet logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the Brooklyn Brewery logo. He also founded 'New York Magazine' with Clay Felker in 1968. Wikipedia
New York City
Irv Gotti

Irv Gotti (June 26, 1970-)

Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr., better known as Irv Gotti, is an American hip hop and R&B record producer and is the founder of The Inc record label. Wikipedia
Colin Greenwood

Colin Greenwood (June 26, 1969-)

Colin Charles Greenwood, is an English musician, composer, and the bassist for the rock band Radiohead. Apart from bass, Colin plays keyboards and synthesizers and works on sampling on the electronic side of Radiohead. He is the older brother of fellow band member Jonny Greenwood. Wikipedia
Oxford, England
Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman (June 26, 1969-)

Lev Grossman is an American novelist and journalist, notably the author of the novels 'Warp', 'Codex', 'The Magicians', 'The Magician King', and 'The Magician's Land'. He is a senior writer and book critic for 'TIME'. Wikipedia
Dave Grusin

Dave Grusin (June 26, 1934-)

Robert David "Dave" Grusin is an American composer, arranger and pianist. Grusin has composed many scores for feature films and television, and has won numerous awards for his soundtrack and record work, including an Academy Award and 12 Grammys. He has had a prolific recording career as an artist, arranger, producer and executive producer. Wikipedia
Littleton, Colorado
Sean Hayes (actor)

Sean Hayes (actor) (June 26, 1970-)

Sean Patrick Hayes is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom 'Will & Grace', for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and earned six Golden Globe nominations. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Sidney Howard

Sidney Howard (June 26, 1891-August 23, 1939)

Sidney Coe Howard was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in 1940 for the screenplay for 'Gone with the Wind'. Wikipedia
Oakland, California, USA
Tyringham, Massachusetts, USA
Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter (June 26, 1974-)

Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees' success of the late 1990s and early 2000s for his hitting, baserunning, fielding, and leadership. He is the... Wikipedia
Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (June 26, 1824-December 17, 1907)

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin was a British mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824. At the University of Glasgow he did important work in the mathematical analysis of electricity and formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and did much to unify the emerging discipline of physics in its modern... Wikipedia
Belfast, Ireland
Largs, Scotland, United Kingdom
Uday Kiran

Uday Kiran (June 26, 1980-January 5, 2014)

Uday Kiran was a Filmfare Award winning Indian film actor, who primarily worked in the Telugu cinema. His first three films, 'Chitram', 'Nuvvu Nenu' and 'Manasantha Nuvve', were successful hits, earning him the title "Hat-trick Hero". Nee Sneham film is the last hit in his career. Wikipedia
Andhra Pradesh, India

Harold F. Kress (June 26, 1913-September 18, 1999)

Harold F. Kress was an American film editor best known for the 1962 film 'How the West Was Won' and the 1974 film 'The Towering Inferno'. Wikipedia
Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Marie-Nicole Lemieux (June 26, 1975-)

Marie-Nicole Lemieux is a Canadian coloratura contralto. She first came to the world's attention in 2000 when she became the first Canadian to win first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. Since then Lemieux has established herself as one of the finest contraltos currently singing on the classical music stage,... Wikipedia
Victor Malarek

Victor Malarek (June 26, 1948-)

Victor Gregory Malarek is a Canadian journalist and author. Currently, he is a senior reporter for CTV Television's 'W-FIVE'. Wikipedia
Lachine, Quebec
Mark McKinney

Mark McKinney (June 26, 1959-)

Mark Douglas Brown McKinney is a Canadian comedian and actor, best known for his work in the sketch comedy troupe 'The Kids in the Hall'. Following the run of their television series and feature film, he went on to star in 'Saturday Night Live' from 1995 to 1997. From 2003 to 2006, he co-created, wrote and starred in the acclaimed mini-series... Wikipedia
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Richard Neustadt

Richard Neustadt (June 26, 1919-October 31, 2003)

Richard Elliott Neustadt was an American political scientist specializing in the United States presidency. He also served as advisor to several presidents. Wikipedia

Wolfgang Reitherman (June 26, 1909-May 22, 1985)

Wolfgang Reitherman, also known and sometimes credited as Woolie Reitherman, was a Disney animator and one of Disney's Nine Old Men. Wikipedia
Munich, Germany
Burbank, California
Robert Coleman Richardson

Robert Coleman Richardson (June 26, 1937-February 19, 2013)

Robert Coleman Richardson was an American experimental physicist whose area of research included sub-millikelvin temperature studies of helium-3. Richardson, along with David Lee, as senior researchers, and then graduate student Douglas Osheroff, shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics for their 1972 discovery of the property of superfluidity in... Wikipedia
Washington, DC
Ithaca, NY
Antoine de Rivarol

Antoine de Rivarol (June 26, 1753-April 11, 1801)

Antoine de Rivarol was a Royalist French writer during the Revolutionary era. He was briefly married to the translator Louisa Henrietta de Rivarol. Wikipedia
Bagnols, Languedoc
Berlin, Brandenburg
Aruna Roy

Aruna Roy (June 26, 1946-)

Aruna Roy is an Indian political and social activist who founded and heads the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana. Wikipedia
Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharpe (June 26, 1968-)

Shannon Sharpe is a former American Football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League and is now a commentator for CBS Sports on its NFL telecasts. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Lyman Spitzer

Lyman Spitzer (June 26, 1914-March 31, 1997)

Lyman Strong Spitzer, Jr. was an American theoretical physicist, astronomer and mountaineer. As a scientist, he carried out research into star formation, plasma physics, and in 1946, conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. Spitzer invented the stellarator plasma device and is the namesake of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. As a... Wikipedia
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Ian Tracey

Ian Tracey (June 26, 1964-)

Ian Tracey is a Canadian actor. Over the years, Tracey has participated in over seventy films and television series. Tracey has starred in series like 'Da Vinci's Inquest' and 'Intelligence', both CBC television series produced by long-time colleague Chris Haddock. Wikipedia
British Columbia, Canada
Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes (June 26, 1913-November 29, 2010)

Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes FRS, FREng, DFBCS was a British computer scientist credited with several important developments in computing. At the time of his death, Wilkes was an Emeritus Professor of the University of Cambridge. He received a number of distinctions: he was a knight bachelor, Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society, a... Wikipedia
Dudley, Staffordshire, England, UK
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Nancy Willard (June 26, 1936-)

Nancy Willard is an American writer: novelist, poet, author and occasional illustrator of children's books. She won the 1982 Newbery Medal for 'A Visit to William Blake's Inn'. Wikipedia
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Colin Wilson

Colin Wilson (June 26, 1931-December 5, 2013)

Colin Henry Wilson, a prolific English writer, first came to prominence as a philosopher and as a novelist. He also wrote widely on true crime, mysticism and the paranormal. Wilson called his philosophy "new existentialism" or "phenomenological existentialism", and maintained his life work was "that of a philosopher, and purpose to create a new and... Wikipedia
Leicester, UK
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (June 26, 1911-September 27, 1956)

Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was an American athlete who achieved most success in golf, basketball, and track and field. Wikipedia
Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Galveston, Texas, United States