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Charles Bachman

Charles Bachman (December 11, 1924-)

Charles William "Charlie" Bachman III is an American computer scientist, who spent his entire career as an industrial researcher, developer, and manager rather than in academia. He is particularly known for his work in the early development of database management systems. Wikipedia
Manhattan, Kansas

Jay Bell (December 11, 1965-)

Jay Stuart Bell is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and second baseman who played for the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets. He is currently the bench coach for the Cincinnati Reds, and was the bench coach for the New Zealand national baseball team that competed in the 2013... Wikipedia
Eglin AFB, Florida
Dorothy Benham

Dorothy Benham (December 11, 1955-)

Dorothy Kathleen Benham is an American from Edina, Minnesota, who was Miss America 1977 and Miss Minnesota 1976. Wikipedia
Edina, Minnesota
Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz (December 11, 1803-March 8, 1869)

Hector Berlioz was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions 'Symphonie fantastique' and 'Grande messe des morts'. Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his 'Treatise on Instrumentation'. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000... Wikipedia
La Côte-Saint-André, Isère, France
Paris, France
Max Born

Max Born (December 11, 1882-January 5, 1970)

Max Born was a German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics. He also made contributions to solid-state physics and optics and supervised the work of a number of notable physicists in the 1920s and 30s. Born won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "fundamental research in Quantum Mechanics,... Wikipedia
Breslau, Germany
Göttingen, Germany
David Brewster

David Brewster (December 11, 1781-February 10, 1868)

Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA FSSA MICE was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer, historian of science and university principal. Wikipedia
Jedburgh
Allerly House, Gattonside
Errol Brown

Errol Brown (December 11, 1943-May 6, 2015)

Lester Errol Brown MBE was a British-Jamaican singer and songwriter, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate. Hot Chocolate's hits included "You Sexy Thing", "Emma", "So You Win Again" and "Brother Louie". Wikipedia
Kingston, Jamaica
Bahamas
Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon (December 11, 1863-April 13, 1941)

Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the creation of the Harvard Classification Scheme, which was the first serious attempt to organize and classify stars based on their temperatures. She was... Wikipedia
Dover, Delaware
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Paul Greengard

Paul Greengard (December 11, 1925-)

Paul Greengard is an American neuroscientist best known for his work on the molecular and cellular function of neurons. In 2000, Greengard, Arvid Carlsson and Eric Kandel were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system. He is currently Vincent Astor Professor at... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Val Guest

Val Guest (December 11, 1911-May 10, 2006)

Val Guest was an English film director and screenwriter. Beginning as a writer of comedy films, he is best known for his work for Hammer, for whom he directed 14 films, and science fiction films. He enjoyed a long career in the film industry from the early 1930s until the early 1980s. Wikipedia
Maida Vale, London, England
Palm Springs, California, USA

Robert Henriques (December 11, 1905-January 22, 1967)

Robert David Quixano Henriques was a British writer, broadcaster and farmer. He gained modest renown for two award-winning novels and two biographies of Jewish business tycoons, published during the middle part of the 20th century. Wikipedia

Henry Hitchings (December 11, 1974-)

Henry Hitchings is an author, reviewer and critic, specializing in narrative non-fiction, with a particular emphasis on language and cultural history. The second of his five books, 'The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English', won the 2008 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Wikipedia
William Joyce (writer)

William Joyce (writer) (December 11, 1957-)

William Edward "Bill" Joyce is an American writer, illustrator, and filmmaker. His illustrations appeared on numerous 'New Yorker' covers and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries. Joyce won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film with Brandon Oldenburg. Wikipedia
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
John Kerry

John Kerry (December 11, 1943-)

John Forbes Kerry is an American politician who is the 68th and current United States Secretary of State. He served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, and was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election but lost to... Wikipedia
Aurora, Colorado
Robert Koch

Robert Koch (December 11, 1843-May 27, 1910)

Robert Heinrich Herman Koch was a celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist. The founder of modern bacteriology, he is known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and for giving experimental support for the concept of infectious disease. In addition to his trail-blazing... Wikipedia
Clausthal, Prussia
Baden-Baden, German Empire
Fiorello La Guardia

Fiorello La Guardia (December 11, 1882-September 20, 1947)

Fiorello Henry LaGuardia was the 99th Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a Republican. Previously he had been elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930. Irascible, energetic, and charismatic, he craved publicity and is acclaimed as one of the three or four greatest mayors in American history. Only... Wikipedia
Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York
Bronx, New York

Allie LaForce (December 11, 1988-)

Alexandra Leigh "Allie" LaForce is a sideline reporter on CBS' telecast, "SEC Game of the Week." She was the co-host, with Doug Gottlieb, of "LEAD OFF," CBS Sports Network's late night hour-long show. LaForce worked as a broadcast sports anchor and reporter for the Cleveland, Ohio FOX affiliate WJW. She won a 2011 Emmy award for anchoring FOX 8's... Wikipedia
Vermilion, Ohio

Alceu Amoroso Lima (December 11, 1893-August 14, 1983)

Alceu Amoroso Lima was a writer, journalist, activist from Brazil and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy. He adopted the pseudonym 'Tristão de Ataíde' in 1919. In 1928 he converted to Catholicism and eventually became head of Catholic Action in Brazil. Although he initially had some sympathy for certain aims of Brazilian Integralism he... Wikipedia
Kenneth MacMillan

Kenneth MacMillan (December 11, 1929-October 29, 1992)

Sir Kenneth MacMillan was a British ballet dancer and choreographer who was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977, and its principal choreographer from 1977 until his death. Earlier he had served as director of ballet for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He was also associate director of the American Ballet Theatre from... Wikipedia
Dunfermline, Scotland
London, England

George Maguire (actor) (December 11, 1990-)

George Maguire is an English actor and one of the three original cast members who carried the title role in 'Billy Elliot the Musical'. He is currently playing Dave Davies in Sunny Afternoon. Wikipedia
Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex, UK
Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz (December 11, 1911-August 30, 2006)

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Tawfiq el-Hakim, to explore themes of existentialism. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his... Wikipedia
Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
David Mason (writer)

David Mason (writer) (December 11, 1954-)

David Mason is an American writer and the former Poet Laureate of Colorado. Wikipedia
Bellingham, Washington, United States

Joe Masteroff (December 11, 1919-)

Joe Masteroff is an American playwright. Wikipedia
Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique (December 11, 1967-)

Monique Angela Hicks, known professionally as Mo'Nique, is an American comedian and actress. She first gained fame for her role as Nikki Parker in the UPN series 'The Parkers' while making a name as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues, including 'Showtime at the Apollo'. Mo'Nique transitioned to film with roles in such films as 'Phat... Wikipedia
Woodlawn, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States
Gianni Morandi

Gianni Morandi (December 11, 1944-)

Gianni Morandi is an Italian pop singer, actor and entertainer. Wikipedia
Monghidoro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno (December 11, 1931-)

Rita Dolores Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards, which include an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, and was the second Puerto Rican to win an Oscar. Wikipedia
Humacao, Puerto Rico
Alfred de Musset

Alfred de Musset (December 11, 1810-May 2, 1857)

Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing 'La Confession d'un enfant du siècle' from 1836. Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government positions, but never gave his son any... Wikipedia
Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel de Oliveira (December 11, 1908-February 4, 2015)

Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends attempted to make a film about World War I. In 1931 he completed his first film 'Douro, Faina Fluvial', a documentary about his home city Porto made in the city symphony... Wikipedia
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
Grace Paley

Grace Paley (December 11, 1922-August 22, 2007)

Grace Paley was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York City
Thetford, Vermont

Rachel Portman (December 11, 1960-)

Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman, OBE is an English composer, best known for scoring films. Wikipedia
Haslemere, United Kingdom

Condola Rashād (December 11, 1986-)

Condola Phylea Rashād is an American actress, daughter of actress Phylicia Rashād and former professional football player and sportscaster Ahmad Rashād. Wikipedia
New York, New York, USA

Ananda Shankar (December 11, 1942-March 26, 1999)

Ananda Shankar Roy was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles. He was married to Tanusree Shankar. Wikipedia
India
India

Liz Smith (actress) (December 11, 1921-)

Betty Gleadle, known by the stage name Liz Smith is a retired English character actress, best known for her roles as Annie Brandon in 'I Didn't Know You Cared', Bette and Aunt Belle in '2point4 Children', as Norma Speakman in the BBC comedy 'The Royle Family', Letitia Cropley in the BBC comedy 'The Vicar of Dibley' and as Zillah In 'Lark Rise to... Wikipedia
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (December 11, 1918-December 3 AD)

Aleksandr Isayevich Isaakievich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system. While his writings were long suppressed in the USSR, he wrote many books, most notably 'The Gulag Archipelago', 'One Day in the Life... Wikipedia
Kislovodsk, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Maggie Tabberer

Maggie Tabberer (December 11, 1936-)

Maggie Tabberer, AM, also known as Maggie T is a dual Gold Logie-winning Australian fashion, publishing and media/television personality. Wikipedia
Parkside, Adelaide, Australia
Jean-Louis Trintignant

Jean-Louis Trintignant (December 11, 1930-)

Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant is a French actor, screenwriter and director who has enjoyed international acclaim. He won the Best Actor Award at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Best Actor Award at the César Awards 2013. Wikipedia
Piolenc, Vaucluse, France