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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (April 16, 1947-)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time... Wikipedia
Harlem, New York, USA
Edie Adams

Edie Adams (April 16, 1927-October 15, 2008)

Edie Adams was an American businesswoman, singer, Broadway, television and film actress, and comedienne. Adams, an Emmy and Tony Award winner, "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes of fetching chanteuse and sexpot blonde". Wikipedia
Kingston, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Akon (April 16, 1973-)

Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam, better known by his stage name Akon, is an American R&B and hip hop recording artist, songwriter, businessman, and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of "Locked Up", the first single from his debut album 'Trouble'. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin (April 16, 1954-)

Ellen Rona Barkin is an American actress, known for her roles in the films 'Buckaroo Banzai', 'The Big Easy', 'Sea of Love' and 'Switch'. She won an Emmy Award in 1997, for 'Before Women Had Wings' and a Tony Award in 2011, for 'The Normal Heart'. Wikipedia
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (April 16, 1927-)

Benedict XVI is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, and served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April... Wikipedia
Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany
Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin (April 16, 1889-December 25, 1977)

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a... Wikipedia
Walworth, London, England
Vevey, Switzerland

Raul–Yuri Georgievich Ervier (April 16, 1904-August 9, 1991)

Raul–Yuri Georgievich Ervier was a Soviet geologist and director of the main Tyumen production geological department. He was head of wide-ranging geological explorations that discovered of the largest oil and gas fields in Western Siberia. Wikipedia
Tiflis, Georgia
Moscow, Russia
Anatole France

Anatole France (April 16, 1844-October 12, 1924)

Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the 'Académie française', and won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Literature "in... Wikipedia
Paris, France
Tours, France
Gabrielle (singer)

Gabrielle (singer) (April 16, 1970-)

Louise Gabrielle Bobb, known simply as Gabrielle, is a multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award winning English singer and songwriter. Wikipedia
Hackney, England
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (April 16, 1881-December 23, 1959)

Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, known as Lord Irwin from 1925 until 1934 and as Viscount Halifax from 1934 until 1944, was one of the most senior British Conservative politicians of the 1930s. He held several senior ministerial posts during this time, most notably those of Viceroy of India from 1925 to 1931 and of Foreign... Wikipedia
Powderham Castle, Devon, England
Garroby Hall, Yorkshire, England
John Harvey-Jones

John Harvey-Jones (April 16, 1924-January 9, 2008)

Sir John Harvey-Jones MBE was an English businessman. He was the chairman of Imperial Chemical Industries from 1982 to 1987. He was best known by the public for his BBC television show, 'Troubleshooter', in which he advised struggling businesses. Wikipedia
Hackney, London, England, UK
Hereford, Herefordshire, England, UK

Colleen Hewett (April 16, 1950-)

Colleen Hewett is an Australian theatre and TV actress, and a popular singer. Her top 40 singles on the Kent Music Report include "Super Star", "Day by Day", "Carry That Weight", "Dreaming My Dreams with You", and "Gigolo". Her version of "Day by Day" peaked at No. 1 on the 'Go-Set' National Top 40 Singles Chart and was certified as a gold record.... Wikipedia
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Sarah Kirsch (poet)

Sarah Kirsch (poet) (April 16, 1935-May 5, 2013)

Sarah Kirsch was a German poet. Wikipedia
Limlingerode, Prussian Saxony, Germany
Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence (April 16, 1965-)

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an American actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and stand up comedian. He came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor, most notably the films 'Bad Boys', 'Blue Streak', and 'Big Momma's House'. Lawrence has starred in numerous film roles and his very own highly-rated... Wikipedia
Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany

Ruth Madoc (April 16, 1943-)

Ruth Madoc is a British actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Gladys Pugh in the 1980s BBC television comedy 'Hi-de-Hi!', for which she received a BAFTA TV award nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance, and as Daffyd Thomas's mother in the second series of 'Little Britain'. Wikipedia
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Ruth Malcomson

Ruth Malcomson (April 16, 1906-May 25, 1988)

Ruth Malcomson was Miss America in 1924, earning the title at age 18. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924-June 14, 1994)

Enrico Nicola "Henry" Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. Often cited as one of the greatest composers in the history of film, he won four Academy Awards, a Golden Globe, and twenty Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio
Los Angeles, California
Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan (April 16, 1918-February 27, 2002)

Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor of Irish and English parentage and Irish nationality. His early life was spent in India where he was born. The majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He disliked his first name and began to call himself "Spike" after... Wikipedia
Ahmednagar, British India
Rye, East Sussex, England

Clark R. Mollenhoff (April 16, 1921-March 2, 1991)

Clark R. Mollenhoff was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, lawyer, and columnist for 'The Des Moines Register'. Wikipedia
Jerzy Neyman

Jerzy Neyman (April 16, 1894-August 5, 1981)

Jerzy Neyman, born Jerzy Spława-Neyman, was a Polish mathematician and statistician who spent the first part of his professional career in various institutions in Warsaw, Poland, and the second part at the University of California, Berkeley. Neyman first introduced the modern concept of a confidence interval into statistical hypothesis testing and... Wikipedia
Bendery, Bessarabia, Imperial Russia
Oakland, California
Lalita Pawar

Lalita Pawar (April 16, 1916-February 24, 1998)

Lalita Pawar was a prolific Indian actress, who later became famous as a character actress, appearing in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, where she gave hits like, 'Netaji Palkar', made by Bhalji Pendharkar, New Hana Pictures’ 'Sant Damaji', Navyug Chitrapat’s 'Amrit', written by VS Khandekar, and Chhaya Films’ 'Gora Kumbhar'. Her other... Wikipedia
Nashik, Maharashtra
Pune, India

Edward James Salisbury (April 16, 1886-November 10, 1978)

Sir Edward James Salisbury FRS was an English botanist and ecologist. He was born in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and graduated in botany from University College London in 1905. In 1913, he obtained a D.Sc. with a thesis on fossil seeds and was appointed a senior lecturer at East London College. He returned to University College London as a senior... Wikipedia
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England
Felpham, West Sussex, England
Yevgeny Samoylov

Yevgeny Samoylov (April 16, 1912-February 17, 2006)

Yevgeny Valerianovich Samoilov was a Soviet actor who gained prominence in youthful heroic parts and was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1974. He is the father of Tatiana Samoilova. Wikipedia
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Moscow, Russia

Selena (April 16, 1971-March 31, 1995)

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known by the mononym Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican American entertainers of the late 20th century. 'Billboard' magazine named her the "top Latin... Wikipedia
Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield (April 16, 1939-March 2, 1999)

Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien [note 1] OBE, known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female... Wikipedia
West Hampstead, London, England
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

Richard Sylbert (April 16, 1928-March 23, 2002)

Richard Sylbert was a production designer and art director, primarily for feature films. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Los Angeles, California

Mary Treadgold (April 16, 1910-May 14, 2005)

Mary Treadgold was a British author of books for children and adults, a literary editor and a BBC producer. She won the Carnegie Medal for British children's books in 1941. Wikipedia
Muswell Hill, Greater London, England, UK
Kensington, London, England, UK
Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov (April 16, 1921-March 28, 2004)

Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter. A noted wit and raconteur, he was a fixture on television talk shows... Wikipedia
London, England, UK
Genolier, Vaud, Switzerland

Brittany York (April 16, 1990-)

Brittany Leigh York is an American beauty queen who is best known for winning the title of Miss North Carolina USA 2011 and competing in the nationally televised Miss USA 2011 beauty pageant. Wikipedia
Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA
Natasha Zvereva

Natasha Zvereva (April 16, 1971-)

Natasha Zvereva, or Zverava is a former tennis player from Belarus. Zvereva was the first major athlete in the Soviet Union to demand publicly that she should be able to keep her tournament earnings. The team of Zvereva and Gigi Fernández won more women's doubles titles and Grand Slam women's doubles championships than any other team since the team... Wikipedia
Minsk, Belarus