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Chinghiz Aitmatov

Chinghiz Aitmatov (December 12, 1928-June 10, 2008)

Chyngyz Aitmatov was a Soviet and Kyrgyz author who wrote in both Russian and Kyrgyz. He is the best known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature. Wikipedia
Sheker, Kirghiz ASSR, USSR
Nuremberg, Germany
Vassilis Alexakis

Vassilis Alexakis (December 12, 1943-)

Vassilis Alexakis is a Greek-French writer and self-translator of numerous novels in Greek, his mother tongue, and French. Wikipedia
Athens, Greece
Henry Armstrong

Henry Armstrong (December 12, 1912-October 22, 1988)

Henry Jackson Jr. was an American professional boxer and a world boxing champion who fought under the name Henry Armstrong. He is universally regarded as one of the greatest fighters of all time by many boxing critics and fellow professionals. Wikipedia
Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Bob Barker

Bob Barker (December 12, 1923-)

Robert William "Bob" Barker is an American former television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS's 'The Price Is Right' from 1972 to 2007, making it the longest-running daytime game show in North American television history, and for hosting 'Truth or Consequences' from 1956 to 1974. Wikipedia
Darrington, Washington, USA
Cheran (director)

Cheran (director) (December 12, 1970-)

Cheran is a Tamil film director from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He has won the Indian National Film Award three times for 'Vetri Kodi Kattu', 'Autograph' and 'Thavamai Thavamirundhu' . He is also a four-time Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a five-time Filmfare Award winner as well. His films are known to concentrate strong social messages as the... Wikipedia
Pazhayurpatti, Madurai, Tamilnadu

Anne V. Coates (December 12, 1925-)

Anne Voase Coates is a British film editor with a more than 40-year-long career. She is perhaps best known as the editor of David Lean's epic film 'Lawrence of Arabia' in 1962. Coates has been nominated five times for the Academy Award for Film Editing for the films 'Lawrence of Arabia', 'Becket', 'The Elephant Man', 'In the Line of Fire', and 'Out... Wikipedia
Reigate, Surrey, England, UK
Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly (December 12, 1970-)

Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the 1984 crime film 'Once Upon a Time in America'. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1986 'Labyrinth' and the 1991 films... Wikipedia
Round Top, New York, United States
Marc Connelly

Marc Connelly (December 12, 1890-December 21, 1980)

Marcus Cook Connelly was an American playwright, director, producer, performer, and lyricist. He was a key member of the Algonquin Round Table, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1930. Wikipedia
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
New York City, New York, USA

Cara Duff-MacCormick (December 12, 1944-)

Cara Duff-MacCormick is a Canadian actress, predominantly in the theatre. Wikipedia
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Sheila E.

Sheila E. (December 12, 1957-)

Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American singer, drummer, and percussionist whose notable collaborators include Prince, Billy Cobham, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West. Wikipedia
Thorbjørn Egner

Thorbjørn Egner (December 12, 1912-December 24, 1990)

Thorbjørn Egner was a Norwegian playwright, songwriter and illustrator known for his books, plays and musicals for children. Wikipedia
Oslo, Norway
Oslo

Shirley Englehorn (December 12, 1940-)

Shirley Ruth Englehorn is an American former professional golfer. She won 11 tournaments during her LPGA Tour career, including one major, the 1970 LPGA Championship. Wikipedia
Caldwell, Idaho
Gustav Ernesaks

Gustav Ernesaks (December 12, 1908-January 24, 1993)

Gustav Ernesaks was an Estonian composer and a choir conductor. Wikipedia
Perila, Peningi Parish
Tallinn
Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi (December 12, 1946-)

Emerson Fittipaldi is a semi-retired Brazilian automobile racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 twice each and the CART championship once. Wikipedia
São Paulo, Brazil
Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert (December 12, 1821-May 8, 1880)

Gustave Flaubert was an influential French writer who was perhaps the leading exponent of literary realism of his country. He is known especially for his first published novel, 'Madame Bovary', for his 'Correspondence', and for his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. The celebrated short story writer Maupassant was a protégé of... Wikipedia
Rouen, France
Rouen, France
Gerald Griffin

Gerald Griffin (December 12, 1803-June 12, 1840)

Gerald Griffin was an Irish novelist, poet and playwright. Wikipedia
Limerick, Ireland
Cork, Ireland
Orlando Hudson

Orlando Hudson (December 12, 1977-)

Orlando Thill Hudson is a former American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball from 2002-2012 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. Wikipedia
Darlington, South Carolina

Sowcar Janaki (December 12, 1931-)

Sankaramanchi Janaki, popularly known as Sowcar Janaki, is a south-Indian actress who has acted in over 385 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films. She also performed on stage in over 300 shows and was a radio artist during her earlier years. She became a popular actress with hits such as 'Sowcar', 'Pudhiya Paravai' and 'Iru Kodugal'.... Wikipedia
Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Rory Kennedy

Rory Kennedy (December 12, 1968-)

Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy is an American documentary filmmaker, and youngest child of U.S. Senator Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. Wikipedia
Washington, D.C, United States
Fay Lanphier

Fay Lanphier (December 12, 1905-June 21, 1959)

Fay Elinora Lanphier was a model most noted for becoming Miss California in 1924 and Miss America in 1925. She was also the 1925 Rose Queen. To date, she is the only person to hold both titles at the same time. She is also the first Miss California to become Miss America. Before she was Miss California, she was Miss Santa Cruz. She graduated from... Wikipedia
California, U.S.
Robert Lepage

Robert Lepage (December 12, 1957-)

Robert Lepage is a playwright, actor, film director, and stage director, one of Canada's most honoured theatre artists. Wikipedia
Quebec City, Quebec
Og Mandino

Og Mandino (December 12, 1923-September 3, 1996)

Augustine "Og" Mandino II was an American author. He wrote the bestselling book 'The Greatest Salesman in the World'. His books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into over twenty-five different languages. He was the president of 'Success Unlimited' magazine until 1976 and is an inductee of the National Speakers Association's... Wikipedia
Italy
United States
Eric Maskin

Eric Maskin (December 12, 1950-)

Eric Stark Maskin is an American economist and 2007 Nobel laureate recognized with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson "for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory". He is the Adams University Professor at Harvard University. Until 2011, he was the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, and... Wikipedia
New York City, New York USA

William McCaughey (December 12, 1929-May 26, 2000)

William McCaughey was an American sound engineer. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound and was nominated for four more in the same category. Wikipedia
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States
Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy (December 12, 1949-)

William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with 'The Men's Room' in 1991, in which he played the womaniser Prof. Mark Carleton, whose extramarital affairs kept him "vital". Wikipedia
Caterham, Surrey, England, UK
Robert Noyce

Robert Noyce (December 12, 1927-June 3, 1990)

Robert Norton Noyce, nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley," co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968. He is also credited with the realization of the first integrated circuit or microchip which fueled the personal computer revolution and gave Silicon Valley its name. Wikipedia
Burlington, Iowa
Austin, Texas
John Osborne

John Osborne (December 12, 1929-December 24, 1994)

John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of his 1956 play 'Look Back in Anger' transformed English theatre. Wikipedia
Fulham, London
Clun, Shropshire, England
Kevin Parent

Kevin Parent (December 12, 1972-)

Kevin Parent is a bilingual Québécois singer-songwriter. Although his first language is English, he was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec, and was raised and educated in the French-speaking area of Bay of Chaleur in the municipality of Nouvelle during his childhood and attended high school at the École Antoine-Bernard in Carleton-sur-Mer and now... Wikipedia
Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada

Thomas Powers (December 12, 1940-)

Thomas Powers is an American author and intelligence expert. Wikipedia
Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth (December 12, 1950-)

Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. Rajinikanth struggled as an impoverished child. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander's Tamil drama... Wikipedia
Bangalore, Mysore State, India

J. A. Ratcliffe (December 12, 1902-October 25, 1987)

John Ashworth Ratcliffe CB CBE FRS, "JAR or Jack", was an influential British radio physicist. Wikipedia
Bacup, Lancashire, England
Cambridge, England

Raigh Roe (December 12, 1922-November 2014)

Dame Raigh Edith Roe DBE has been a member of the Australian Country Women's Association since 1941; she became Branch President, Western Australian State President and, eventually, National President of the CWA. Wikipedia
Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915-May 14, 1998)

Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Wikipedia
Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
Los Angeles, U.S.
Billy Smith (ice hockey)

Billy Smith (ice hockey) (December 12, 1950-)

William John Smith, better known as Billy Smith is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender and is best known for winning four Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders and being the first goalie to be credited with a goal. Wikipedia
Perth, ON, CAN

Manès Sperber (December 12, 1905-February 5, 1984)

Manès Sperber was an Austrian-French novelist, essayist and psychologist. He also wrote under the pseudonyms 'Jan Heger' and 'N.A. Menlos'. Wikipedia
Zabłotów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Paris, France
Alfred Werner

Alfred Werner (December 12, 1866-November 15, 1919)

Alfred Werner was a Swiss chemist who was a student at ETH Zurich and a professor at the University of Zurich. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1913 for proposing the octahedral configuration of transition metal complexes. Werner developed the basis for modern coordination chemistry. He was the first inorganic chemist to win the Nobel prize,... Wikipedia
Mulhouse, Alsace
Zurich, Switzerland
Joe Williams (jazz singer)

Joe Williams (jazz singer) (December 12, 1918-March 29, 1999)

Joe Williams was an American jazz singer. Wikipedia
Las Vegas, United States
Tony Williams (drummer)

Tony Williams (drummer) (December 12, 1945-February 23, 1997)

Anthony Tillmon "Tony" Williams was an American jazz drummer. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, US

John Yu (December 12, 1934-)

John Samuel Yu AC is a distinguished paediatrics doctor. Wikipedia