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Fredrik Bajer

Fredrik Bajer (April 21, 1837-January 22, 1922)

Fredrik Bajer was a Danish writer, teacher, and pacifist politician who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1908. Wikipedia
Charles Barrois

Charles Barrois (April 21, 1851-November 5, 1939)

Charles Eugene Barrois was a French geologist and palaeontologist. Wikipedia
Josh Billings

Josh Billings (April 21, 1818-October 14, 1885)

Josh Billings was the pen name of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw. Although his reputation has not endured so well with later generations, in the latter half of the 19th century he was a famous humor writer and lecturer in the United States, perhaps second only to Mark Twain. Wikipedia
Lanesborough, Massachusetts
Monterey, California
Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816-March 31, 1855)

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published her works under the pen name Currer Bell. Wikipedia
Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Ken Caminiti

Ken Caminiti (April 21, 1963-October 10, 2004)

Kenneth Gene Caminiti was an American third baseman who spent fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. He was the 1996 National League Most Valuable Player. He died of a cocaine and heroin drug overdose on October 10, 2004. Wikipedia
Hanford, California
New York, New York
Freddie Dixon

Freddie Dixon (April 21, 1892-November 4, 1956)

Frederick William Dixon was an English motorcycle racer and racing car driver. The designer of the motorcycle and banking sidecar system, he was also one of the few motorsport competitors to have been successful on two, three and four wheels. He was twice awarded the BRDC Gold Star for car racing. Dixon, who had the nickname "Flying Freddie", was... Wikipedia

Philippe Doumenc (April 21, 1934-)

Philippe Doumenc is a French novelist. His first novel, 'Les Comptoirs du Sud' won the 1989 Prix Renaudot. Wikipedia
Roy Dupuis

Roy Dupuis (April 21, 1963-)

Roy Dupuis is a Canadian actor best known for his role as counterterrorism operative Michael Samuelle in the television series 'La Femme Nikita'. He portrayed Maurice Richard on television and in film and Roméo Dallaire in the 2007 film 'Shake Hands with the Devil'. Wikipedia
New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada

Pamela Eldred (April 21, 1948-)

Pamela Anne Eldred, is Miss America 1970 and Miss Michigan 1969. Wikipedia
West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States
Alan Fersht

Alan Fersht (April 21, 1943-)

Sir Alan Roy Fersht, FRS, FMedSci is a British chemist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is distinguished for his pioneering work on protein folding. Since October 2012, he has been Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Wikipedia
London
Michael Freedman

Michael Freedman (April 21, 1951-)

Michael Hartley Freedman is an American mathematician, at Microsoft Station Q, a research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1986, he was awarded a Fields Medal for his work on the Poincaré conjecture. Freedman and Robion Kirby showed that an exotic R 4 manifold exists. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ian Gibson (author)

Ian Gibson (author) (April 21, 1939-)

Ian Gibson is an Irish author and Hispanist known for his biographies of Antonio Machado, Salvador Dalí, Henry Spencer Ashbee, and particularly his work on Federico García Lorca, for which he won several awards, including the 1989 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for biography. His work, 'La represión nacionalista de Granada en 1936 y la muerte de... Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland
Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin (April 21, 1935-)

Charles Grodin is an American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host. Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard (April 21, 1970-)

Glen Hansard is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in the BAFTA-winning film 'The Commitments', as well as starring in the film 'Once', which earned him a number of major awards and nominations between... Wikipedia
Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
Christian Hoff

Christian Hoff (April 21, 1968-)

Christian Hoff is an American actor. Wikipedia
San Francisco, California, USA
Paul Karrer

Paul Karrer (April 21, 1889-June 18, 1971)

Paul Karrer was a Swiss organic chemist best known for his research on vitamins. He and Walter Haworth won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1937. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Zürich, Switzerland
Alexander Kravchenko

Alexander Kravchenko (April 21, 1971-)

Alexander Kravchenko is a professional poker player based in Moscow, Russia. He started playing poker in 1997. In the 2007 World Series of Poker, he cashed six times, including finishing fourth at the Main Event and the $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event where he won a WSOP bracelet. Kravchenko had some other notable cashes in 2007, including making... Wikipedia
Arkhangelsk, Soviet Union
Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone (April 21, 1949-)

Patti Ann LuPone is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Wikipedia
Northport, New York, United States
Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell (April 21, 1958-)

Rosalie Anderson "Andie" MacDowell is an American actress. She made her film debut in 1984's 'Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes', before receiving critical acclaim for her role in 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape'. Since then she has appeared in several notable films, including 'Groundhog Day' and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. She has... Wikipedia
Gaffney, South Carolina, U.S.
Silvana Mangano

Silvana Mangano (April 21, 1930-December 16, 1989)

Silvana Mangano was an Italian actress. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Madrid, Spain
Anselmo Martinez

Anselmo Martinez (April 21, 1927-)

Anselmo "El Chemiro" Martinez is a popular Tejano singer, songwriter and musician. He gained prominence in the mid-1960s by recording orchestra music influenced by Glenn Miller, and by subsequently introducing the style coast to coast as he was touring and recording his original compositions. He has released 13 albums, 248 original songs and over... Wikipedia
Dunlay, Texas
Elaine May

Elaine May (April 21, 1932-)

Elaine May is an American screenwriter, film director, actress and comedian. She made her initial impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols and May. After her duo with Nichols ended, May subsequently developed a career as a screenwriter. She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award,... Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
James McAvoy

James McAvoy (April 21, 1979-)

James McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in 1995's 'The Near Room' and continued to make mostly television appearances until the late 2000s. His notable television work includes the drama show 'State of Play', the adult comedy-drama 'Shameless', and the science fiction show 'Frank Herbert's Children of Dune'. Besides... Wikipedia
Port Glasgow, Scotland
Joe McCarthy (manager)

Joe McCarthy (manager) (April 21, 1887-January 13, 1978)

Joseph Vincent McCarthy was a manager in Major League Baseball, most renowned for his leadership of the "Bronx Bombers" teams of the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1946. The first manager to win pennants with both National and American League teams, he won nine league titles overall and seven World Series championships – a record tied only by Casey... Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Buffalo, New York, United States
John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell (April 21, 1963-)

John Cameron Mitchell is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his films 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch', 'Shortbus' and 'Rabbit Hole'. Wikipedia
El Paso, Texas, United States
John Mortimer

John Mortimer (April 21, 1923-January 16, 2009)

Sir John Clifford Mortimer, CBE, QC was an English barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author. Wikipedia
Hampstead, London
Turville Heath, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Virada Nirapathpongporn (April 21, 1982-)

Virada Nirapathpongporn is a Thai former professional golfer who won the 2003 U.S. Women's Amateur. Wikipedia
Bangkok, Thailand

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (April 21, 1975-)

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Toronto and Oakland-based poet, writer, educator and social activist. Her writing and performance art focuses on documenting the stories of queer and trans people of color, abuse survivors, mixed-race people and diasporic South Asians and Sri Lankans. A central concern of her work is the interconnection of... Wikipedia
Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop (April 21, 1947-)

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Osterberg became known as "Iggy" in high school, when he served as drummer for a local blues band, The Iguanas. He is vocalist of influential protopunk band The Stooges, who reunited in 2003, and has been known for his outrageous and unpredictable stage antics. Wikipedia
Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915-June 3, 2001)

Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican-born American actor, painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, including 'La Strada', 'The Guns of Navarone', 'Zorba the Greek', 'Guns for San Sebastian', 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'The Message' and 'Lion of the... Wikipedia
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Patrick Rambaud

Patrick Rambaud (April 21, 1946-)

Patrick Rambaud is a French writer. Wikipedia
Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle (April 21, 1970-)

Robert Allen "Rob" Riggle, Jr. is an American actor, comedian and retired United States Marine Corps Reserve officer. He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' from 2006 to 2008, as a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' from 2004–2005, and for his comedic roles in films such as 'The Hangover', 'The Other... Wikipedia
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Jamie Salé

Jamie Salé (April 21, 1977-)

Jamie Rae Salé is a Canadian pair skater. With partner David Pelletier, she is a 2002 Olympic Champion and the 2001 World Champion. Salé & Pelletier's Olympic gold medal was shared with the Russian pair Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze after the 2002 Winter Olympics figure skating scandal. Wikipedia
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Robert Smith (musician)

Robert Smith (musician) (April 21, 1959-)

Robert James Smith is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in 1976. 'NY Rock' describes him as "pop culture's unkempt poster child of doom and gloom," and asserts that some of his songs are a "somber introspection over... Wikipedia
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Hippolyte Taine (April 21, 1828-March 5, 1893)

Hippolyte Adolphe Taine was a French critic and historian. He was the chief theoretical influence of French naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism and one of the first practitioners of historicist criticism. Literary historicism as a critical movement has been said to originate with him. Taine is particularly remembered for his... Wikipedia
Vouziers
Paris