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Gurgen Askaryan

Gurgen Askaryan (December 14, 1928-1997)

Gurgen Askaryan was a prominent Soviet - Armenian physicist, famous for his discovery of the self-focusing of light, pioneering studies of light-matter interactions, and the discovery and investigation of the interaction of high-energy particles with condensed matter. Wikipedia
Nikolay Basov

Nikolay Basov (December 14, 1922-July 1, 2001)

Nikolay Gennadiyevich Basov was a Soviet physicist and educator. For his fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics that led to the development of laser and maser, Basov shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics with Alexander Prokhorov and Charles Hard Townes. Wikipedia
Usman, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Rashid Behbudov

Rashid Behbudov (December 14, 1915-June 9, 1989)

Rashid Behbudov was an Azerbaijani singer and actor. He sang in Azeri Turkish, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Georgian, Hindi, Armenian, Urdu, and Bengali among other languages. Wikipedia
Tbilisi, present-day Georgia
Moscow, Russia
Shyam Benegal

Shyam Benegal (December 14, 1934-)

Shyam Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter. With his first four feature films 'Ankur', 'Nishant', 'Manthan' and 'Bhumika' he created a new genre, which has now come to be called the "middle cinema" in India. He has expressed dislike of the term, preferring his work to be called New or Alternate cinema. Wikipedia
Alwal, Secunderabad
Craig Biggio

Craig Biggio (December 14, 1965-)

Craig Alan Biggio is a former American professional baseball player. Biggio spent his entire 20-year baseball career, from 1988 through 2007, as a second baseman, catcher, and outfielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. Considered to be one of the best all around position players in club history, the Astros retired the number 7 in... Wikipedia
Smithtown, New York
Stewart Brand

Stewart Brand (December 14, 1938-)

Stewart Brand is an American writer, best known as editor of the 'Whole Earth Catalog'. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation. He is the author of several books, most recently 'Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto'. Wikipedia
Rockford, Illinois, United States

Lawrence Clay-Bey (December 14, 1965-)

Lawrence Marvin Clay-Bey is a retired American heavyweight professional boxer and one-time United States Amateur Super Heavyweight Champion. Wikipedia
Bloomfield, Connecticut U.S.
Stephen Cook

Stephen Cook (December 14, 1939-)

Stephen Arthur Cook is a renowned American-Canadian computer scientist and mathematician who has made major contributions to the fields of complexity theory and proof complexity. He is currently a university professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Computer Science and Department of Mathematics. Wikipedia
Buffalo, New York
Marilyn Cooper

Marilyn Cooper (December 14, 1934-April 22, 2009)

Marilyn Cooper was an American actress known primarily for her work on the Broadway stage. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Rana Daggubati

Rana Daggubati (December 14, 1984-)

Rana Daggubati better known as Rana, is an Indian film producer, visual effects co-ordinator, photographer and actor known for his works in Telugu cinema and Bollywood. As a Visual Effects producer through 'Spirit Media', Rana won the State Nandi Award for Best Special Effects in 2006 for the Telugu film 'Sainikudu' starring Mahesh Babu. In 2006,... Wikipedia
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Dan Dailey

Dan Dailey (December 14, 1915-October 16, 1978)

Daniel James "Dan" Dailey Jr. was an American dancer and actor. Wikipedia
New York, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Jimmy Doolittle

Jimmy Doolittle (December 14, 1896-September 27, 1993)

James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a Lieutenant Colonel. Wikipedia
Alameda, California

John Du Prez (December 14, 1946-)

John Du Prez is a musician, conductor, and composer. Du Prez was a member of the 1980s multi-hit Salsa-driven pop band Modern Romance and has since written several film scores including 'Oxford Blues', 'Once Bitten' and the final Carry On film, 'Carry On Columbus'. He contributed to 'The Wild' soundtrack. Wikipedia
Sheffield, England
Patty Duke

Patty Duke (December 14, 1946-)

Anna Marie "Patty" Duke is an American actress of stage, film and television. She first became famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role in 'The Miracle Worker', which she had originated on Broadway, and she later starred in the sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show.' She progressed to more mature... Wikipedia
Elmhurst, Queens, New York, U.S.
Y. Frank Freeman

Y. Frank Freeman (December 14, 1890-February 6, 1969)

Young Frank Freeman was an American film company executive for Paramount Pictures. Freeman graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1910. In addition to his work with Paramount, he also worked in the fields of banking, higher education, and athletics. Wikipedia
Nadine Garner

Nadine Garner (December 14, 1970-)

Nadine Lynette Garner is an Australian actress. Garner first came to public attention in 1985, as Tamara Henderson in the Australian TV series, 'The Henderson Kids', and then in her debut film 'The Still Point'. She made her stage debut in 1987, in the title role of the Melbourne Theatre Company production of 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg'. Since... Wikipedia
Knoxfield, Victoria, Australia
Rebecca Gibney

Rebecca Gibney (December 14, 1964-)

Rebecca Catherine Gibney is a New Zealand-born Australian actress. She has appeared regularly in Australian film and television since the mid-1980s. She won the Gold Logie in 2010 for her role in 'Packed to the Rafters'. Wikipedia
Levin, New Zealand
Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt (December 14, 1922-August 19, 2009)

Donald Shepard "Don" Hewitt was an American television news producer and executive, best known for creating '60 Minutes', the CBS television news magazine, in 1968, which at the time of his death, was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television. Under Hewitt's leadership, '60 Minutes' was the only news program ever rated the... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Bridgehampton, New York, United States
Linda Hopkins

Linda Hopkins (December 14, 1924-)

Linda Hopkins is an African-American actress and blues and gospel singer. She has recorded classic, traditional, and urban blues, and performed R&B and soul, jazz, and show tunes since the 1950s. Wikipedia
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Laura Ingalls (aviator) (December 14, 1893-January 10, 1967)

Laura Houghtaling Ingalls was a pilot who won the Harmon Trophy. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Burbank, California
Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson (December 14, 1916-August 8, 1965)

Shirley Hardie Jackson was an American author. She was a popular writer in her time, and her work has received increased attention from literary critics in recent years. She influenced Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson. Wikipedia
San Francisco, California, United States
North Bennington, Vermont, United States

Margaret John (December 14, 1926-February 2, 2011)

Margaret John was a Welsh, BAFTA award-winning actress, best known for her role as Doris in 'Gavin & Stacey'. She has been described, by fellow actress Ruth Jones, as "an absolute national treasure". Wikipedia
Swansea, Wales, UK
Swansea, Wales, UK
Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig (December 14, 1956-)

Peter Norvig is an American computer scientist. He is the Director of Research at Google Inc. Wikipedia

Nostradamus (December 14, 1503-July 2, 1566)

Michel de Nostredame, usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide. He is best known for his book 'Les Propheties', the first edition of which appeared in 1555. Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since... Wikipedia
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France
Salon-de-Provence, France
Hans von Ohain

Hans von Ohain (December 14, 1911-March 13, 1998)

Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain was a German physicist, and designer of the first operational jet engine. His first design ran in March 1937, and it was one of his engines that powered the world's first flyable all-jet aircraft, the prototype of the Heinkel He 178 in late August 1939. In spite of these early successes, other German designs quickly... Wikipedia
Dessau, Germany
Melbourne, Florida, United States
Beth Orton

Beth Orton (December 14, 1970-)

Elizabeth Caroline "Beth" Orton is an English singer-songwriter, known for her 'folktronica' sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica. She was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit, Red Snapper and the Chemical Brothers in the mid-1990s. She released a solo album in 1993, 'Superpinkymandy', but since the album... Wikipedia
East Dereham, Norfolk, England
Michael Owen

Michael Owen (December 14, 1979-)

Michael James Owen is a former English footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City as well as the England national team. He is a regular pundit on BT Sport football coverage and sometimes appears on BBC's 'Match of the Day' as a pundit. Since retiring from football he has become... Wikipedia
Chester, England
Juhi Parmar

Juhi Parmar (December 14, 1980-)

Juhi Parmar is an Indian TV personality and an anchor, actress, television presenter, singer and dancer. She is the winner of fifth season of the reality television show Big Boss that aired on Colors TV. Wikipedia
, India
Bill Ranford

Bill Ranford (December 14, 1966-)

William Edward Ranford is a former professional ice hockey goaltender and current goaltending coach for the Los Angeles Kings. He was selected in the third round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 52nd overall, by the Boston Bruins. Over the course of fifteen NHL seasons Ranford would play with Boston, the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay... Wikipedia
Brandon, MB, CAN
Lee Remick

Lee Remick (December 14, 1935-July 2, 1991)

Lee Ann Remick was an American film and television actress. Among her best-known films are 'Anatomy of a Murder', 'Days of Wine and Roses', and 'The Omen'. Wikipedia
Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Gerard Reve

Gerard Reve (December 14, 1923-April 8, 2006)

Gerard Kornelis van het Reve was a Dutch writer. He started writing as Simon van het Reve and adopted the shorter Gerard Reve in 1973. Together with Willem Frederik Hermans and Harry Mulisch, he is considered one of the "Great Three" of Dutch post-war literature. His 1981 novel 'De vierde man' was the basis for Paul Verhoeven's 1983 film. Wikipedia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zulte, Belgium

Inger Lise Rypdal (December 14, 1949-)

Inger Lise Rypdal is a Norwegian singer and actress in many different genres: pop, rock, theater, film, and musical. Wikipedia
Mike Scott (musician)

Mike Scott (musician) (December 14, 1958-)

Michael 'Mike' Scott is the founding member, lead singer and the lead songwriter of rock band The Waterboys. He has also produced two solo albums, 'Bring 'em All In' and 'Still Burning'. Scott is a vocalist, guitarist and pianist, and has played a large range of other instruments, including the bouzouki, drums, and Hammond organ on his albums.... Wikipedia
Edinburgh, Scotland
Dino Stamatopoulos

Dino Stamatopoulos (December 14, 1964-)

Konstantinos "Dino" Stamatopoulos, born December 14, 1964, is an American television comedy writer, actor and producer who worked on TV programs such as 'Mr. Show', 'TV Funhouse', 'Mad TV', 'The Dana Carvey Show', 'Late Show with David Letterman' and 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien'. He has also created multiple animated TV shows such as 'Moral... Wikipedia
Norridge, Illinois

Rosemary Sutcliff (December 14, 1920-July 23, 1992)

Rosemary Sutcliff CBE was a British novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. Although she was primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults. In a 1986 interview she said, "I would claim that my books are for children of all ages, from... Wikipedia
East Clandon, Surrey, England, UK
Chichester, West Sussex, England, UK
Edward Lawrie Tatum

Edward Lawrie Tatum (December 14, 1909-November 5, 1975)

Edward Lawrie Tatum was an American geneticist. He shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1958 with George Wells Beadle for showing that genes control individual steps in metabolism. The other half of that year's award went to Joshua Lederberg. Wikipedia
Boulder, Colorado
New York City
Arve Tellefsen

Arve Tellefsen (December 14, 1936-)

Arve Tellefsen is an awardwinning Norwegian violinist, known from collaborations with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Arvid Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Gary Bertini, Evgeny Svetlanov, Bryden Thomson, Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Walter Weller and Zubin Mehta. In the UK, he has appeared with the Royal... Wikipedia
Clark Terry

Clark Terry (December 14, 1920-February 21, 2015)

Clark Terry was an American swing and bebop trumpeter, a pioneer of the flugelhorn in jazz, composer, educator, and NEA Jazz Masters inductee. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, US
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Charley Trippi (December 14, 1921-)

Charles Louis Trippi is a former American football player. He played college football at the University of Georgia and professionally in the National Football league with the Chicago Cardinals. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Wikipedia
Pittston, Pennsylvania, United States

Ronald Welch (December 14, 1909-February 5, 1982)

Ronald Welch was the pen name of British writer Ronald Oliver Felton TD. He took the name from his wartime service in the Welch Regiment. Welch is best known for children's historical fiction. He won the 1956 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British author, for 'Knight Crusader', the... Wikipedia
Aberavon, Glamorganshire, Wales, UK