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Vicente Aleixandre

Vicente Aleixandre (April 26, 1898-December 14, 1984)

Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo was a Spanish poet who was born in Seville. Aleixandre received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977 "for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between... Wikipedia
Seville, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Manuel Blum

Manuel Blum (April 26, 1938-)

Manuel Blum is a Venezuelan computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1995 "In recognition of his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking". Wikipedia
Caracas, Venezuela
Charles Farrar Browne

Charles Farrar Browne (April 26, 1834-March 6, 1867)

Charles Farrar Browne was a United States humor writer, better known under his 'nom de plume', Artemus Ward. At birth, his surname was "Brown." He added the "e" after he became famous. Wikipedia
Waterford, Maine
Southampton, Hampshire
Christian Leopold von Buch

Christian Leopold von Buch (April 26, 1774-March 4, 1853)

Christian Leopold von Buch was a German geologist and paleontologist born in Stolpe an der Oder and is remembered as one of the most important contributors to geology in the first half of the nineteenth century. His scientific interest was devoted to a broad spectrum of geological topics: volcanism, fossils, stratigraphy and more. His most... Wikipedia
Stolpe an der Oder, now a part of Angermünde
Berlin
Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett (April 26, 1933-)

Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, 'The Carol Burnett Show', for CBS. She has achieved success on stage, television, and film in varying genres including dramatic and comedy roles. Wikipedia
San Antonio, Texas, US

Cris Crotz (April 26, 1986-)

Cristina Marie "Cris" Crotz is a former American beauty pageant titleholder from Mesquite, Nevada who was named Miss Nevada 2010. Wikipedia
Mesquite, Nevada, U.S.
Ms. Dynamite

Ms. Dynamite (April 26, 1981-)

Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley, better known as Ms. Dynamite, is an English hip hop and R&B recording artist, rapper-songwriter, and record producer. She is the recipient of the Mercury Music Prize, two BRIT Awards and three MOBO Awards. Wikipedia
Crawley, England
Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy (April 26, 1938-)

Duane Eddy is an American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records produced by Lee Hazlewood which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He had sold 12 million records by 1963. Wikipedia
Corning, New York, United States

Patricia Reilly Giff (April 26, 1935-)

Patricia Reilly Giff is an American author and teacher. She was educated at Marymount College, where she was awarded a B.A. degree, and St. John's University, where she earned an M.A. and Hofstra University, where she was awarded a Professional Diploma in Reading and a Doctorate of Humane Letters. After spending some twenty years as a full-time... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Paal-Helge Haugen (April 26, 1945-)

Paal-Helge Haugen is a Norwegian lyricist, novelist, dramatist and children's writer. Wikipedia
David Hume

David Hume (April 26, 1711-August 25, 1776)

David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and skepticism. Wikipedia
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
J. B. Hutto

J. B. Hutto (April 26, 1926-June 12, 1983)

J. B. Hutto was an American blues musician. Hutto was influenced by Elmore James, and became known for his slide guitar work and declamatory style of singing. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame two years after his death. Wikipedia
Blackville, South Carolina, United States
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Jørgen Ingmann

Jørgen Ingmann (April 26, 1925-March 21, 2015)

Jørgen Ingmann was a jazz and pop guitarist from Copenhagen, Denmark. He was popular in Europe, and had a wider international hit in 1961 with his version of "Apache". Wikipedia
Denmark
Denmark
Kevin James (actor)

Kevin James (actor) (April 26, 1965-)

Kevin George Knipfing, better known by his stage name Kevin James, is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Wikipedia
Stony Brook, New York, U.S.
Seán Kelly (Irish politician)

Seán Kelly (Irish politician) (April 26, 1952-)

Seán Kelly is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the South constituency. He is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European People's Party. Wikipedia
County Kerry, Ireland
Herbert Kubly

Herbert Kubly (April 26, 1915-August 7, 1996)

Herbert Oswald Nicholas Kubly was an American author and playwright. For his first book, 'American in Italy', he won the 1956 U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction. Wikipedia
New Glarus, Wisconsin
New Glarus, Wisconsin

Francis Lai (April 26, 1932-)

Francis Lai is a French accordionist, and composer noted for his film scores. Wikipedia
Nice, France
Anita Loos

Anita Loos (April 26, 1889-August 18, 1981)

Anita Loos was an American screenwriter, playwright and author, best known for her blockbuster comic novel, 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. Wikipedia
Sisson, California, California, United States
New York City, United States
Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch (April 26, 1983-)

Jessica Dawn Lynch is a former United States Army soldier who served in Iraq during the 2003 invasion by U.S. and allied forces. On March 23, 2003, Private First Class Lynch was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi forces during the Battle of Nasiriyah. Lynch was seriously... Wikipedia
Palestine, West Virginia
Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud (April 26, 1914-March 18, 1986)

Bernard Malamud was an American author of novels and short stories. Along with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, he was one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel, 'The Natural', was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. His 1966 novel 'The Fixer', about antisemitism in Tsarist Russia, won both the... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (April 26, 121 AD-March 17, 180 AD)

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. Wikipedia
Rome
Vindobona or Sirmium
Anne McLaren

Anne McLaren (April 26, 1927-July 7, 2007)

Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren, DBE, FRS, FRCOG was a leading figure in developmental biology. Her work helped lead to human in vitro fertilisation. She received many honours for her contributions to science, including being made an officer of the Royal Society. She was the daughter of Henry McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway and Christabel... Wikipedia
London, England, UK
On the motorway from Cambridge to London, England

Richard Mitchell (April 26, 1929-December 27, 2002)

Dr. Richard Mitchell was a professor, first of English and later of classics, at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. He gained fame in the late 1970s as the founder and publisher of 'The Underground Grammarian', a newsletter of opinion and criticism that ran until 1992, and wrote four books expounding his views on the relationships... Wikipedia
Ariane Moffatt

Ariane Moffatt (April 26, 1979-)

Ariane Moffatt is a Quebec singer-songwriter. Known for working across multiple musical genres, Moffatt's music combines elements of electronica, jazz, folk, and pop. A francophone, she is bilingual and has recorded tracks in both French and English. Her 2002 debut album 'Aquanaute' went platinum in Quebec, earning 11 nominations at the 2003 ADISQ... Wikipedia
Saint-Romuald, Quebec, Canada
Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder (April 26, 1940-)

Giovanni Giorgio Moroder is an Italian record producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. Moroder is frequently credited with pioneering synth disco and electronic dance music. Wikipedia
Urtijëi, Italy

Amos Otis (April 26, 1947-)

Amos Joseph Otis is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted and threw right-handed. Wikipedia
Mobile, Alabama
I. M. Pei

I. M. Pei (April 26, 1917-)

Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I. M. Pei, is a Chinese-born American architect. In 1948, Pei was recruited by New York real estate magnate William Zeckendorf. There he spent seven years before establishing his own independent design firm I. M. Pei & Associates in 1955, which became I.M. Pei & Partners in 1966 and later in 1989 became Pei Cobb... Wikipedia
Suzhou (Jiangsu Province), China
Arno Allan Penzias

Arno Allan Penzias (April 26, 1933-)

Arno Allan Penzias is an American physicist, radio astronomer and Nobel laureate in physics who is co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which helped establish the Big Bang theory of cosmology. Wikipedia
Munich, Germany
Saranya Ponvannan

Saranya Ponvannan (April 26, 1970-)

Sheela known by stage name Saranya is an Indian film actress who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films. Saranya made her debut in a lead role in Mani Ratnam's 'Nayagan' and went on to play lead roles in a few films during the late 1980s. Following an eight-year sabbatical, she returned to feature films as a character artiste, playing... Wikipedia
India
Owen Willans Richardson

Owen Willans Richardson (April 26, 1879-February 15, 1959)

Sir Owen Willans Richardson, FRS was a British physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1928 for his work on thermionic emission, which led to Richardson's Law. Wikipedia
Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
Alton, Hampshire, England
Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber (April 26, 1978-)

Pablo Tell Schreiber is an American actor known for his dramatic stage work and for his portrayals of Nick Sobotka on 'The Wire' and as George Mendez on 'Orange Is the New Black'. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in 'Awake and Sing!' on Broadway. He also narrated the 'American Psycho' audiobook. Wikipedia
Canada

Margaret Scott (dancer) (April 26, 1922-)

Catherine Margaret Mary Scott, AC, DBE, best known as Dame Margaret Scott, is a South African-born Australian dancer. Wikipedia
Johannesburg, Union of South Africa
Michael Smith (chemist)

Michael Smith (chemist) (April 26, 1932-October 4, 2000)

Michael Smith CC, OBC, FRS was a British-born Canadian biochemist and businessman. He was the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in developing site-directed mutagenesis. Following graduation with a PhD in 1956 from the University of Manchester, he undertook post-doctoral studies with Dr. Har Gobind Khorana at the British... Wikipedia
Blackpool, England
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer)

Roger Taylor (Duran Duran drummer) (April 26, 1960-)

Roger Andrew Taylor is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Duran Duran from their inception until 1985, and again from 2001 onwards, the band selling in excess of 70 million records in the process. Roger Andrew Taylor was born into a modest family and was brought up in the Shard End area of Birmingham up until the age of... Wikipedia
Nechells, Birmingham, England
Giorgia (singer)

Giorgia (singer) (April 26, 1971-)

Giorgia Todrani, best known as Giorgia is an Italian female singer, song-writer, musician, record producer and radio host. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey (April 26, 1966-)

Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she began her official duties in September. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection 'Native Guard', and she is the Poet Laureate of Mississippi. Wikipedia
Gulfport, Mississippi, USA
A. E. van Vogt

A. E. van Vogt (April 26, 1912-January 26, 2000)

Alfred Elton van Vogt was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular, influential and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century: the "Golden Age" of the genre. Wikipedia
Gretna, Manitoba, Canada
Los Angeles, California, USA

Morris West (April 26, 1916-October 9, 1999)

Morris Langlo West AO was an Australian novelist and playwright, best known for his novels 'The Devil's Advocate', 'The Shoes of the Fisherman' and 'The Clowns of God'. His books were published in 27 languages and sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. Each new book he wrote after he became an established writer sold more than one million... Wikipedia
St. Kilda, Victoria
Clareville, New South Wales
Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson (April 26, 1962-)

Debra Renee Wilson, also known as Debra Wilson Skelton or Debra Skelton, is an American comedienne and actress. Wilson is likely most famous for being the longest-serving original cast member on the sketch comedy series 'MADtv', having appeared for the show's first eight seasons. She has also done voice work for various productions including... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson (April 26, 1900-November 23, 1948)

Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson was an American Major League Baseball player who played 12 seasons for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. Despite his diminutive stature, he was one of the most accomplished power hitters in the game during the late 1920s and early 1930s. His 1930 season with the Cubs is widely... Wikipedia
Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Baltimore, Maryland
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein (April 26, 1889-April 29, 1951)

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929–1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. During his lifetime he published just one slim book, the 75-page 'Tractatus... Wikipedia
Linz, Austria
Cambridge, England