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John Abizaid

John Abizaid (April 1, 1951-)

John Philip Abizaid is a retired General in the United States Army and former Commander of the United States Central Command, overseeing American military operations in a 27-country region, from the Horn of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to South and Central Asia, covering much of the Middle East. CENTCOM oversees 250,000 US troops. Abizaid... Wikipedia
California

Loretta Ables Sayre (April 1, 1958-)

Loretta Ables Sayre is an American actress and singer who performed jazz standards at luxury hotels in Hawaii for three decades. During her career, Ables Sayre performed in a few musicals and guest-starred in several television shows, also doing work in commercials. In her 2007 Broadway debut as Bloody Mary in 'South Pacific', she was nominated for... Wikipedia
Stockton, California, U.S.
Wallace Beery

Wallace Beery (April 1, 1885-April 15, 1949)

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery was an American film actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill in 'Min and Bill' opposite Marie Dressler, as Long John Silver in 'Treasure Island', as Pancho Villa in 'Viva Villa!', and his titular role in 'The Champ', for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Beery appeared in some 250 movies during a... Wikipedia
Clay County, Missouri, U.S.
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Miles Joseph Berkeley

Miles Joseph Berkeley (April 1, 1803-July 30, 1889)

Miles Joseph Berkeley was an English cryptogamist and clergyman, and one of the founders of the science of plant pathology. Wikipedia
Benefield, Northamptonshire
Sibbertoft, Northamptonshire
Otto von Bismarck

Otto von Bismarck (April 1, 1815-July 30, 1898)

Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg, known as Otto von Bismarck, was a conservative Prussian statesman who dominated German and European affairs from the 1860s until 1890. In the 1860s he engineered a series of wars that unified the German states into a powerful German Empire under Prussian leadership. With that accomplished... Wikipedia
Schönhausen, Elbe
Friedrichsruh near Hamburg
Percy Williams Bridgman

Percy Williams Bridgman (April 1, 1882-August 20, 1961)

Percy Williams Bridgman was an American physicist who won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the physics of high pressures. He also wrote extensively on the scientific method and on other aspects of the philosophy of science. Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Randolph, New Hampshire, USA
John Butler (musician)

John Butler (musician) (April 1, 1975-)

John Charles Wiltshire-Butler or John Charles Butler is an American-born Australian APRA and Aria-award winning singer, multi-instrumentalist musician, songwriter, record label owner and producer. He is the front man for the John Butler Trio, a roots and jam band, which formed in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia in 1998. Wikipedia
Torrance, California, United States of America
Pete Carpenter

Pete Carpenter (April 1, 1914-October 15, 1987)

Clarence E. "Pete" Carpenter, was an American jazz trombonist, musical arranger, and a veteran of television theme song scoring. Wikipedia
Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff (April 1, 1948-)

Jimmy Cliff, OM is a Jamaican ska & reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and actor. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Wikipedia
Somerton District, Saint James Parish, Jamaica
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (April 1, 1933-)

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji is a French physicist and Nobel Laureate. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips for research in methods of laser cooling and trapping atoms. He is still an active researcher, working at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Wikipedia
Constantine, Algeria

Lemuel Davis (April 1, 1953-)

Lemuel L. Davis is an American software engineer. Wikipedia
Mississippi

Shelby Cullom Davis (April 1, 1909-May 26, 1994)

Shelby Cullom Davis was an American investment banker, philanthropist, and former United States Ambassador to Switzerland hailing from the state of New York. He served as the American envoy in Bern under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1969 to 1975. Wikipedia
Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany (April 1, 1942-)

Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction, memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, USA
James Fisk (financier)

James Fisk (financier) (April 1, 1835-January 6, 1872)

James Fisk, Jr. - known variously as "Big Jim," "Diamond Jim," and "Jubilee Jim" - was an American stockbroker and corporate executive who has been referred to as one of the "robber barons" of the Gilded Age. Wikipedia
Bennington, Vermont
Yılmaz Güney

Yılmaz Güney (April 1, 1937-September 9, 1984)

Yılmaz Güney was a Zaza and Kurdish film director, scenarist, novelist, and actor from Turkey. Many of his works were devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. Wikipedia
Yenice, Karataş, Turkey
Paris, France

Hiromi Kawakami (April 1, 1958-)

Kawakami Hiromi born April 1, 1958, is a Japanese writer known for her off-beat fiction. Wikipedia
Tokyo, Japan

Ernest Kinoy (April 1, 1925-November 10, 2014)

Ernest Kinoy was an American writer, screenwriter and playwright. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, US
Townshend, Vermont, U.S.
Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera (April 1, 1929-)

Milan Kundera is a Czech-born writer who has been living in exile in France since 1975, having become a naturalised citizen in 1981. He "sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should be studied as French literature and classified as such in book stores." Wikipedia
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Eli Lilly (industrialist)

Eli Lilly (industrialist) (April 1, 1885-January 24, 1977)

Eli Lilly was a pharmaceutical industrialist and philanthropist from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Under his vision and leadership, Eli Lilly and Company, founded by his grandfather, grew from a successful, family-owned business into a modern corporation and industry leader. Lilly served as the company president, chairman of the board of... Wikipedia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai (April 1, 1940-September 25, 2011)

Wangari Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Wikipedia
Ihithe village, Nyeri District, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Ali MacGraw

Ali MacGraw (April 1, 1939-)

Elizabeth Alice "Ali" MacGraw is an American actress. She first gained attention with her role in 'Goodbye, Columbus' in 1969, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She reached international fame in 1970's 'Love Story', for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award... Wikipedia
Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.
Magdalena Maleeva

Magdalena Maleeva (April 1, 1975-)

Magdalena Maleeva is a Bulgarian former tennis player. She played on the WTA tour competing in singles and doubles, from April 1989 to October 2005. Her best position in the WTA Tour was no. 4 between 29 January to 4 February 1996. Wikipedia
Sofia, Bulgaria
Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow (April 1, 1908-June 8, 1970)

Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization. Maslow was a psychology professor at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, New School for Social Research and... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
California, United States
Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey (April 1, 1926-November 21, 2011)

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the 'Dragonriders of Pern' science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel 'The White Dragon' became one of the first science-fiction books to... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Dragonhold-Underhill, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Toshiro Mifune

Toshiro Mifune (April 1, 1920-December 24, 1997)

Toshiro Mifune was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as 'Rashomon', 'Seven Samurai', 'Throne of Blood', and 'Yojimbo'. He also portrayed Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's 'Samurai Trilogy, 'as well as Lord Toranaga in the NBC TV... Wikipedia
Qingdao, China
Mitaka, Japan
Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro (April 1, 1939-)

Philip Henry "Phil" Niekro, nicknamed "Knucksie", is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Niekro's 318 career victories are the most by a knuckleball pitcher and he ranks 16th on the overall all-time wins list. He also won the National League Gold Glove Award five times. Niekro pitched for... Wikipedia
Blaine, Ohio

Yasujiro Niwa (April 1, 1893-February 28, 1975)

'Yasujiro Niwa was a Japanese electrical scientist from Matsusaka, Mie. In the 1920s, he invented a simple device for phototelegraphic transmission through cable and later via radio, a precursor to mechanical television. He later became the Director of the Department of Electronic Engineering of University of Tokyo. He was awarded the Order of... Wikipedia

George Pake (April 1, 1924-March 4, 2004)

George Pake was a physicist and research executive primarily known for helping found Xerox PARC. Pake earned his bachelors and masters degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and his doctorate in physics at Harvard University in 1948. Wikipedia
Kent, Ohio
Tucson, Arizona

Alan Perlis (April 1, 1922-February 7, 1990)

Alan Jay Perlis was an American computer scientist known for his pioneering work in programming languages and the first recipient of the Turing Award. Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Robert Pirosh (April 1, 1910-December 25, 1989)

Robert Pirosh was an American screenwriter and director. Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Agnes Repplier

Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855-November 15, 1950)

Agnes Repplier was an American essayist. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds (April 1, 1932-)

Debbie Reynolds is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Wikipedia
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Hillary Scott (singer)

Hillary Scott (singer) (April 1, 1986-)

Hillary Dawn Scott-Tyrrell, known professionally as Hillary Scott, is an American country music singer-songwriter. She is the co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum, a country group that was formed in 2006 and signed to Capitol Records Nashville. Wikipedia
Hannah Spearritt

Hannah Spearritt (April 1, 1981-)

Hannah Louise Spearritt is an English actress and singer. She is an original member of the pop group S Club 7 from 1999 until they split in 2003. In November 2014, the group announced plans for an arena reunion tour, Bring It All Back 2015, which toured the UK in May 2015. Spearritt is also known for playing the role of Abby Maitland in the drama... Wikipedia
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens (April 1, 1964-)

Ronald Scott Stevens is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman and a co-head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Stevens played 22 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, and the New Jersey Devils. Although offensively capable, Stevens was largely known for his defensive play and his heavy body checking... Wikipedia
Kitchener, ON, CAN

André Stil (April 1, 1921-September 3, 2004)

André Stil was a French novelist, short story writer, occasional poet, and political activist. A lifelong militant, he became a member of the French Communist Party in 1940, and remained loyal to the party. Wikipedia
Hergnies, France
Camélas, France
Dave Ulliott

Dave Ulliott (April 1, 1954-April 6, 2015)

David A. Ulliott, known by the nickname Devilfish, was an English professional gambler and poker player. Formerly, Ulliott was a minor figure in the Hull underworld, but went on to become a World Series of Poker bracelet-winner, and a mainstay of televised poker. At the poker table, he was known for wearing orange-tinted prescription sunglasses, a... Wikipedia
Kingston upon Hull, England
Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev

Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev (April 1, 1906-August 22, 1989)

Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev was a Soviet aeronautical engineer. He designed the Yakovlev military aircraft and founded the Yakovlev Design Bureau. Yakovlev was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1938. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914-March 24, 2003)

Philip Yordan was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
La Jolla, California