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Fernando Alonso (dancer) (December 17, 1914-July 27, 2013)

Fernando Alonso was a Cuban ballet dancer and co-founder of the Cuban National Ballet. Wikipedia
Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

Juliet Aubrey (December 17, 1966-)

Juliet Aubrey is an Academy Award winning English actress, of Theatre, Film, and Television. Amongst other roles she is particularly celebrated for playing Dorothea in Middlemarch, and Helen Cutter in Primeval. Wikipedia
Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK
Alphonse Boudard

Alphonse Boudard (December 17, 1925-January 14, 2000)

Alphonse Boudard was a French novelist and playwright. He won the 1977 Prix Renaudot for 'Les Combattants du petit bonheur'. Wikipedia
Paris, France
Nice, France

Zakhar Bron (December 17, 1947-)

Zakhar Bron is a Russian violinist and violin pedagogue of Jewish descent. He is considered one of the best. Wikipedia
Oral
Leonid Bronevoy

Leonid Bronevoy (December 17, 1928-)

Leonid Sergeyevich Bronevoy is a Nika Award-winning Soviet and Russian actor. Though primarily a stage actor, known for his work in the Lenkom Theatre, Bronevoy also makes occasional appearances in movies. He was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1987. Wikipedia
Humphry Davy

Humphry Davy (December 17, 1778-May 29, 1829)

Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet was a Cornish chemist and inventor. He is best remembered today for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. Berzelius called Davy's 1806 Bakerian Lecture 'On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity' "one of... Wikipedia
Penzance, Cornwall, UK
Geneva, Switzerland
Phil Dwyer (musician)

Phil Dwyer (musician) (December 17, 1965-)

Phil Dwyer is a jazz saxophonist, pianist, composer, producer and teacher who is now pursuing a law degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Dwyer has been nominated for Juno Awards six times and won Best Mainstream Jazz Album in 1994 with Dave Young for 'Fables and Dreams' and Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in... Wikipedia
Duncan, British Columbia
Ari Folman

Ari Folman (December 17, 1962-)

Ari Folman is an Israeli film director, screenwriter and film score composer. He is perhaps best known for directing the animated documentary film Waltz With Bashir as well as directing the live-action/animated film The Congress. He currently plans to direct an animated drama film based on the life of Anne Frank during the holocaust. Wikipedia
Haifa, Israel
Pope Francis

Pope Francis (December 17, 1936-)

Francis born Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, a position also holding the roles of Sovereign of Vatican City and the Bishop of Rome. Wikipedia
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marilyn Hassett (December 17, 1947-)

Marilyn Hassett is an American screen and television actress. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Bernard Hill

Bernard Hill (December 17, 1944-)

Bernard Hill is an English film, stage and television actor. He is known for playing Yosser Hughes, the troubled 'hard man' whose life is falling apart in Alan Bleasdale's groundbreaking 1980s TV drama 'Boys from the Blackstuff'. He is also known for roles in blockbuster films, including Captain Edward Smith in 'Titanic', King Théoden in 'The Lord... Wikipedia
Blackley, Manchester, England
Hans Henny Jahnn

Hans Henny Jahnn (December 17, 1894-November 29, 1959)

Hans Henny Jahnn was a German playwright, novelist, and organ-builder. Wikipedia
Hamburg

Charlotte Jay (December 17, 1919-October 27, 1996)

Charlotte Jay was the pseudonym adopted by Australian mystery writer and novelist, Geraldine Halls. One of the best and most singular authors of the suspense era, she wrote only nine crime books, but their unorthodoxy secured her a high place in Mystery Hall of Fame. Wikipedia
Jayasudha

Jayasudha (December 17, 1958-)

Jayasudha Kapoor is an Indian film actress predominantly in Telugu Cinema and a former MLA for the Congress in Secunderabad. She has also worked in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and three Hindi films. Wikipedia
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson (December 17, 1973-)

Rian Craig Johnson is an American writer, producer, and director. He won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival with his debut feature film, 'Brick'. Wikipedia
Maryland, United States
Thomas Starr King

Thomas Starr King (December 17, 1824-March 4, 1864)

Thomas Starr King was an American Unitarian minister, influential in California politics during the American Civil War, and Freemason. Starr King spoke zealously in favor of the Union and was credited by Abraham Lincoln with preventing California from becoming a separate republic. He is sometimes referred to as "the orator who saved the nation." Wikipedia
New York City
San Francisco
Jaime Lerner

Jaime Lerner (December 17, 1937-)

Jaime Lerner is a Brazilian politician. He was the governor of the state of Paraná, in southern Brazil. He is renowned as an architect and urban planner, having been mayor of Curitiba, capital of Paraná, three times. In 1994, Lerner was elected governor of Paraná, and was reelected in 1998. Wikipedia
Curitiba, Brazil
Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy (December 17, 1946-)

Eugene Levy, CM is a Canadian actor, comedian, producer, director, musician, and writer. He is the only actor to have appeared in all eight of the 'American Pie' films, with his role as Noah Levenstein. He often plays nerdy, unconventional figures, with his humour often deriving from his excessive explanations of matters and the way in which he... Wikipedia
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Willard Libby

Willard Libby (December 17, 1908-September 8, 1980)

Willard Frank Libby was an American physical chemist noted for his role in the 1949 development of radiocarbon dating, a process which revolutionized archaeology. For his contributions to the team that developed this process, Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1960. Wikipedia
Grand Valley, Colorado
Los Angeles

James B. McClatchy (December 17, 1920-May 26, 2006)

James B. McClatchy was a journalist and publisher. He was a journalist at McClatchy Company newspapers including 'The Fresno Bee' and 'The Sacramento Bee'. He was publisher of The McClatchy Company from 1987 to 2005, having been chairman since 1980. Wikipedia
Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl (December 17, 1930-)

Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German film actor, painter, writer and musician. Wikipedia
Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
Katina Paxinou

Katina Paxinou (December 17, 1900-February 22, 1973)

Katina Paxinou was a Greek film and stage actress. Having won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, she is regarded as the greatest Greek actress of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Piraeus, Greece
Athens, Greece
Paula Radcliffe

Paula Radcliffe (December 17, 1973-)

Paula Jane Radcliffe, MBE is an English long-distance runner. She is the current women's world record holder in the marathon with her time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds. She is a three-time winner of the London Marathon, three-time New York Marathon champion, and won the 2002 Chicago Marathon. Wikipedia
Davenham, Cheshire, England
William Safire

William Safire (December 17, 1929-September 27, 2009)

William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
John Kennedy Toole

John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937-March 26, 1969)

John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel 'A Confederacy of Dunces' won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote 'The Neon Bible'. Although several people in the literary world felt his writing skills were praiseworthy, Toole's novels were rejected during his lifetime. After... Wikipedia
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807-September 7, 1892)

John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the Fireside Poets, Whittier was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Wikipedia
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States
Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson (December 17, 1945-)

Dame Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, FRSL is an English writer known for her vast and diverse work in children's literature. Her novels commonly deal with such challenging themes as adoption, divorce and mental illness. Addressing such issues has made her controversial because her readers are young. From 2005 to 2007 she was British Children's Laureate.... Wikipedia
Bath, Somerset, England, UK