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Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan (April 8, 1938-)

Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world." He is the founder and the Chairman of the Kofi Annan... Wikipedia
Kumasi, Ghana

John Arbuthnott (microbiologist) (April 8, 1939-)

Sir John Peebles Arbuthnott PRSE FRCPSG FMedSci FRCPath is a Scottish microbiologist, and was Principal of the University of Strathclyde. He succeeded Lord Wilson of Tillyorn as President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in October 2011. Wikipedia
Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette (April 8, 1968-)

Patricia Arquette is an American actress. She made her film debut in 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors'. Her notable films include Tony Scott's 'True Romance' as Alabama Whitman, Tim Burton's 'Ed Wood', David O. Russell's 'Flirting with Disaster', David Lynch's 'Lost Highway', Stephen Frears's 'The Hi-Lo Country', Martin Scorsese's... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Frédéric Back

Frédéric Back (April 8, 1924-December 24, 2013)

Frédéric Back was a Canadian artist and film director of short animated films. During a long career with Radio-Canada, the French-language service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two, for his 1981 film 'Crac' and the 1987 film 'The Man Who Planted Trees'. Wikipedia
Saarbrücken, Germany
Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin (April 8, 1911-January 8, 1997)

Melvin Ellis Calvin was an American chemist most famed for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He spent most of his five-decade career at the University of California, Berkeley. Wikipedia
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Gary Carter

Gary Carter (April 8, 1954-February 16, 2012)

Gary Edmund Carter was an American professional baseball catcher whose 21-year career was spent primarily with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. Nicknamed "Kid" for his youthful exuberance, Carter was named an All-Star 11 times, and was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets. Wikipedia
Culver City, California, U.S.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, U.S.
Emil Cioran

Emil Cioran (April 8, 1911-June 21, 1995)

Emil Michel Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. Cioran was born in Rășinari, Sibiu County, which was part of Austria-Hungary at the time. His first French book, 'A Short History of Decay', was awarded the prestigious Rivarol Prize in 1950. It was the only book for which he accepted an... Wikipedia
Rășinari, Sibiu County, Austria-Hungary
Paris, France
Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (April 8, 1928-September 11, 2004)

Fred Ebb was an American musical theatre lyricist who had many successful collaborations with composer John Kander. The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera. Wikipedia
Manhattan, NY, U.S.
New York, NY, U.S.
Paul Gray (American musician)

Paul Gray (American musician) (April 8, 1972-May 24, 2010)

Paul Dedrick Gray, also known as The Pig or by his number #2, was an American musician, best known as the bassist and one of the founding members of the Grammy Award-winning metal band Slipknot. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, US
Urbandale, Iowa, US
John Havlicek

John Havlicek (April 8, 1940-)

John Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons. Wikipedia
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Christoph Hein

Christoph Hein (April 8, 1944-)

Christoph Hein is a German author and translator. Wikipedia
Heinzendorf, now Jasienica, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
John Hicks

John Hicks (April 8, 1904-May 20, 1989)

Sir John Richard Hicks was a British economist and one of the most important and influential economists of the twentieth century. The most familiar of his many contributions in the field of economics were his statement of consumer demand theory in microeconomics, and the IS/LM model, which summarised a Keynesian view of macroeconomics. His book... Wikipedia
New York
August Wilhelm von Hofmann

August Wilhelm von Hofmann (April 8, 1818-May 5, 1892)

August Wilhelm von Hofmann was a German chemist. After studying under Justus von Liebig at the University of Giessen, Hofmann became the first director of the Royal College of Chemistry in London, in 1845. In 1865 he returned to Germany to accept a position at the University of Berlin as a teacher and researcher. After his return he co-founded the... Wikipedia
Giessen, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Hou Hsiao-Hsien (April 8, 1947-)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a Taiwanese film director, screenwriter, producer, singer and actor. He is a leading figure of Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement, and Cannes' best director award winner of 2015. Wikipedia
Mei County, Guangdong, Republic of China
Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter (April 8, 1946-September 9, 1999)

James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter, was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 15-year baseball career, he pitched from 1965 to 1979 for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Wikipedia
Hertford, North Carolina
Hertford, North Carolina
Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki (April 8, 1947-)

Robert Toru Kiyosaki is an American investor, businessman, self-help author, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, and financial commentator. Kiyosaki is well known for his 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' series of motivational books and other material published under the Rich Dad brand. He has written over 15 books which have combined sales of... Wikipedia
Hilo, Hawaii, United States
Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig (April 8, 1984-)

Ezra Michael Koenig is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the indie rock band Vampire Weekend. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.

Danijela Krstić (April 8, 1984-)

Danijela Krstić is a Bosnian-born American beauty queen. Wikipedia
Banovići, SR Bosnia-Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia

George William Lamplugh (April 8, 1859-October 9, 1926)

George William Lamplugh was a British geologist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1905 and won the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society in 1925. Awarded the Bigsby Medal in 1901. Wikipedia
Frank Lockhart

Frank Lockhart (April 8, 1903-April 25, 1928)

Frank Stallworth Lockhart was an American automobile racing driver active in the 1920s, considered by many historians to be a legend in the sport on par with 1960s British World Driving Champion Jim Clark. During a "remarkable if all too short" career, Lockhart won numerous races on dirt, board tracks, the 1926 Indianapolis 500, and set a world... Wikipedia

John Madden (director) (April 8, 1949-)

John Philip Madden is an English director of theatre, film, television, and radio. He is best known for directing 'Shakespeare in Love', which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. His most recent films are 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' and its sequel 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Wikipedia
Hampshire, England
Maria Maksakova, Sr.

Maria Maksakova, Sr. (April 8, 1902-August 11, 1974)

Maria Petrovna Maksakova was a Soviet opera singer, a leading soloist in the Bolshoi Theater, who enjoyed great success in the 1920s and 1930s, in the times often referred to as the Golden Age of the Soviet opera. Maria Maksakova, the three times laureate of the Stalin's Prize, was assignated the People's Artist of the USSR in 1971. She is the... Wikipedia
Astrakhan, Russia
Moscow, USSR
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski (April 8, 1950-)

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski is a Polish-American chemist. He is the J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences at the Carnegie Mellon University Matyjaszewski is best known for the discovery of atom transfer radical polymerization, a novel method of polymer synthesis that has revolutionized the way macromolecules are made. In 2011 he was a co-winner... Wikipedia
Konstantynów Łódzki, Poland
Edward Mellanby

Edward Mellanby (April 8, 1884-January 30, 1955)

Sir Edward Mellanby, GBE, KCB, MD, FRCP, FRS discovered vitamin D and the role of the vitamin in preventing rickets in 1919. Wikipedia
West Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Mill Hill, London Borough of Barnet, England
Larry Norman

Larry Norman (April 8, 1947-February 24, 2008)

Larry David Norman was an American musician, singer, songwriter, record label owner, and record producer. He was considered to be one of the pioneers of Christian rock music, and released more than 100 albums. Wikipedia
Salem, Oregon
Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892-May 29, 1979)

Mary Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress, co-founder of the film studio United Artists and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Known as "America's Sweetheart", "Little Mary" and the "girl with the curls", she was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant... Wikipedia
Toronto, Canada
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Eric Porter

Eric Porter (April 8, 1928-May 15, 1995)

Eric Richard Porter was an English actor of stage, film and television. Wikipedia
Shepherd's Bush, London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé (April 8, 1901-March 23, 1984)

Jean Prouvé was a French metal worker, self-taught architect and designer. He is also designated as "constructor". His main achievement was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture, without losing aesthetic qualities. His design skills were not limited to one discipline. During his career Jean Prouvé was involved in... Wikipedia
Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Jean-Paul Rappeneau (April 8, 1932-)

Jean-Paul Rappeneau is a French film director and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Auxerre, Yonne, France
Jean-Marie Rouart

Jean-Marie Rouart (April 8, 1943-)

Jean-Marie Rouart is a French novelist, essayist and journalist. He was elected to the Académie française on 18 December 1997. Wikipedia

Julia Sauer (April 8, 1891-June 26, 1983)

Julia Sauer was an American writer of children's fiction and librarian. Two of her books, 'Fog Magic' and 'The Light at Tern Rock' were among the annual Newbery Medal runners-up. Both are set in Canada, where Sauer frequently vacationed. Wikipedia
Rochester, New York, USA
Rochester, New York, USA
Joan Sebastian

Joan Sebastian (April 8, 1951-)

José Manuel Figueroa Sr. better known as Joan Sebastian ( is a popular Mexican multi Grammy award winning singer and songwriter. He has composed hundreds of songs and been a regular staple on the top-40 charts in Mexico since his career began in 1977. His music is a mixture of Latin pop, ranchera and grupera music. His success is not only found in... Wikipedia
Julianta, Guerrero

Karl Stern (April 8, 1906-November 7, 1975)

Karl Stern was a German-Canadian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Jewish convert to the Catholic Church. Stern is best known for his account of his conversion in 'Pillar of Fire'. Wikipedia
Cham, Germany

Marshall Harvey Stone (April 8, 1903-January 9, 1989)

Marshall Harvey Stone was an American mathematician who contributed to real analysis, functional analysis, topology and the study of Boolean algebras. Wikipedia
New York City
Izzy Stradlin

Izzy Stradlin (April 8, 1962-)

Jeffrey Dean Isbell, known by his stage name Izzy Stradlin, is an American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the co-founder and former rhythm guitarist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, which he left at the height of its fame in 1991. Following his departure, he led his own band Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds for one album and... Wikipedia
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi (April 8, 1979-)

Amit Trivedi is an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist, working in Bollywood. After working as a theatre and jingle composer and composing for non-film albums, he debuted as a film composer in the 2008 Hindi film 'Aamir', and shot to fame in the Hindi film music scene with his critically acclaimed work in the more popular 'Dev.D',... Wikipedia
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Douglas Trumbull

Douglas Trumbull (April 8, 1942-)

Douglas Huntley Trumbull is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor. He contributed to, or was responsible for, the special photographic effects of '2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture', 'Blade Runner' and 'The Tree of Life', and directed the movies 'Silent... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, US

Mark Zeltser (April 8, 1947-)

Mark Efimovich Zeltser is a Soviet-born American pianist. Wikipedia