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Anatole Abragam (December 15, 1914-June 8, 2011)

Anatole Abragam was a French physicist who wrote 'The Principles of Nuclear Magnetism' and made significant contributions to the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. Originally from Griva, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire, Abragam and his family emigrated to France in 1925. Wikipedia
Griva, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire
Maxwell Anderson

Maxwell Anderson (December 15, 1888-February 28, 1959)

James Maxwell Anderson was an American playwright, author, poet, journalist and lyricist. Wikipedia
Atlantic, Pennsylvania, USA
Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Henri Becquerel

Henri Becquerel (December 15, 1852-August 25, 1908)

Antoine Henri Becquerel was a physicist, Nobel laureate, and the discoverer of radioactivity, for work in this field he, along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics. The SI unit for radioactivity, the becquerel, is named after him. Wikipedia
Paris, France
Le Croisic, Brittany, France
Vlastimil Brodský

Vlastimil Brodský (December 15, 1920-April 20, 2002)

Vlastimil Brodský was a respected Czech actor. He appeared in more than one hundred films, and is considered a key figure in the postwar development of Czech cinema. Wikipedia
Hrušov, Czech Republic
Slunečná, Czech Republic
Pascal Bruckner

Pascal Bruckner (December 15, 1948-)

Pascal Bruckner is a French writer, one of the "New Philosophers" who came to prominence in the 1970s and 1980s. Much of his work has been devoted to critiques of French society and culture. Wikipedia
Paris, France
Tim Conway

Tim Conway (December 15, 1933-)

Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway is an American comedian and actor, who is best known for his role as the inept Ensign Charles Parker in the 1960s World War II-set situation comedy, 'McHale's Navy', for his sketch comedy as a co-star on the 1970s variety program, 'The Carol Burnett Show,' for starring as the title character in the Dorf series of comedy... Wikipedia
Willoughby, Ohio, U.S.
Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson (December 15, 1923-)

Freeman John Dyson FRS is an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Wikipedia
Crowthorne, Berkshire, England, UK
Niels Ryberg Finsen

Niels Ryberg Finsen (December 15, 1860-September 24, 1904)

Niels Ryberg Finsen was a Faroese-Danish physician and scientist of Icelandic descent. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 "in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science." Wikipedia
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Copenhagen, Denmark
J. Paul Getty

J. Paul Getty (December 15, 1892-June 6, 1976)

Jean Paul Getty was an American industrialist. He founded the Getty Oil Company, and in 1957 'Fortune' magazine named him the richest living American, while the 1966 Guinness Book of Records named him as the world's richest private citizen, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. At his death, he was worth more than $2 billion. A book published in 1996... Wikipedia
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Sutton Place, Guildford, Surrey, England, U.K.

Pieter Geyl (December 15, 1887-December 31, 1966)

Pieter Catharinus Arie Geyl was a Dutch historian, well known for his studies in early modern Dutch history and in historiography. Wikipedia

Walon Green (December 15, 1936-)

Walon Green is an Oscar-winning American documentary film director and screenwriter, for both TV and films. Green produced and directed documentaries for National Geographic and David Wolper, including 'The Hellstrom Chronicle', for which he was accorded the Academy Award and the BAFTA in 1972, and 'The Secret Life of Plants' in 1979. Among his... Wikipedia

Birgitte Grimstad (December 15, 1935-)

Birgitte Grimstad is a Danish-born Norwegian singer, guitarist, composer and writer. Wikipedia
Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick (December 15, 1943-)

Peter Guralnick is an American music critic, writer on music, and historian of US American popular music, who is also active as an author and screenwriter. Wikipedia

Ida Haendel (December 15, 1928-)

Ida Haendel, CBE is a British violinist of Polish birth. Wikipedia
Chełm, Poland
Don Johnson

Don Johnson (December 15, 1949-)

Donnie Wayne "Don" Johnson is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his role as James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television series 'Miami Vice', and as the lead role in the 1990s cop series 'Nash Bridges'. Johnson is a Golden Globe-winning actor for his role in 'Miami Vice' and a winner of the... Wikipedia
Flat Creek, Missouri, U.S.

Henri B. Kagan (December 15, 1930-)

Henri Boris Kagan is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Université Paris-Sud in France. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of asymmetric catalysis. His discoveries have had far-reaching impacts on the pharmaceutical industry. Wikipedia
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine
Stan Kenton

Stan Kenton (December 15, 1911-August 25, 1979)

Stanley Newcomb "Stan" Kenton was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator. Wikipedia
Wichita, Kansas
Los Angeles, California, United States

William Link (December 15, 1933-)

William Theodore Link is an American film and television writer and producer who often worked in collaboration with Richard Levinson. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer (December 15, 1907-December 5, 2012)

Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with... Wikipedia
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro

Rómulo O'Farrill (December 15, 1917-May 18, 2006)

Rómulo O'Farrill Jr. was a multi-millionaire Mexican businessman. Wikipedia

William Orbit (December 15, 1956-)

William Orbit is an English musician, composer and record producer. In the early 1980s he formed synthpop act Torch Song with Laurie Mayer and Grant Gilbert. In 1987 he released the first of his Strange Cargo album series, containing ambient music. Wikipedia
Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri (December 15, 1936-)

Eddie Palmieri is a Grammy Award–winning pianist, bandleader and musician of Puerto Rican ancestry. He is the founder of the bands "La Perfecta" and "La Perfecta II". Wikipedia
New York City
Chantal Petitclerc

Chantal Petitclerc (December 15, 1969-)

Chantal Petitclerc, CC is a Canadian wheelchair racer. Wikipedia
Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec
Klaus Rifbjerg

Klaus Rifbjerg (December 15, 1931-April 4, 2015)

Klaus Rifbjerg was a Danish writer. He authored more than 170 novels, books and essays. In 1965 he co-produced the film '4x4' which was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. Wikipedia
David C. Schilling

David C. Schilling (December 15, 1918-August 14, 1956)

David Carl Schilling was a U.S. Air Force officer, fighter ace, and leading advocate of long-range jet fighter operations. Kansas' Schilling Air Force Base was named in his memory. Wikipedia
Leavenworth, Kansas
Eriswell, Suffolk
T. N. Seshan

T. N. Seshan (December 15, 1932-)

T. N. Seshan was the Chief Election Commissioner of India, who largely ended malpractices in elections held in the country, by introducing major reforms and redefining the status and visibility of the Election Commission of India. An Indian Administrative Service officer, he earlier served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary in 1989. He won the Magsaysay... Wikipedia
Palakkad, India
Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor (December 15, 1952-)

Julie Taymor is an American director of theater, opera and film. She is best known for directing the stage musical, 'The Lion King', for which she became the first woman to win the Tony Award for directing a musical, in addition to a Tony Award for Original Costume Design. Wikipedia
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Maurice Wilkins

Maurice Wilkins (December 15, 1916-October 5, 2004)

Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins CBE FRS was a New Zealand-born English physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate whose research contributed to the scientific understanding of phosphorescence, isotope separation, optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction, and to the development of radar. He is best known for his work at King's College,... Wikipedia
Pongaroa, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Blackheath, London, United Kingdom