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Leonid Brezhnev

Leonid Brezhnev (December 19, 1906-November 10, 1982)

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, presiding over the country from 1964 until his death in 1982. His eighteen-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of Joseph Stalin in duration. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew... Wikipedia
Kamenskoe, Imperial Russia
Moscow, Russian SFSR

Eve Bunting (December 19, 1928-)

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is a Northern Ireland-born American writer of more than 250 books. Her work covers a broad array of subjects and includes fiction and non-fiction books. Her novels are primarily aimed at children and young adults, but she has also written the text for picture books. While many of her books are set... Wikipedia
Maghera, Northern Ireland, UK
Eric Allin Cornell

Eric Allin Cornell (December 19, 1961-)

Eric Allin Cornell is an American physicist who, along with Carl E. Wieman, was able to synthesize the first Bose–Einstein condensate in 1995. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman, and Wolfgang Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001. Wikipedia
Palo Alto, California

C. D. Darlington (December 19, 1903-March 26, 1981)

Cyril Dean Darlington FRS was an English biologist, geneticist and eugenicist, who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover, its role in inheritance, and therefore its importance to evolution. He was Sherardian Professor of Botany at the University of Oxford from 1953 to 1971. Wikipedia

Tankred Dorst (December 19, 1925-)

Tankred Dorst is a German playwright and storyteller. Wikipedia
Elisa (Italian singer)

Elisa (Italian singer) (December 19, 1977-)

Elisa Toffoli is an Italian singer-songwriter, performing under the mononym Elisa. She is one of few Italian musicians to write and record mainly in English. She draws inspiration from many genres such as pop, alternative rock, electronica and trip hop. In Europe she is perhaps most recognised for the single Come Speak to Me, while American... Wikipedia

Kolbein Falkeid (December 19, 1933-)

Kolbein Falkeid is one of the most widely read contemporary Norwegian poets. He is known for a lyrical poet's voice that is at once philosophical and approachable. Wikipedia
Mitchell Feigenbaum

Mitchell Feigenbaum (December 19, 1944-)

Mitchell Jay Feigenbaum is a mathematical physicist whose pioneering studies in chaos theory led to the discovery of the Feigenbaum constants. Wikipedia
New York City
Jean-Louis Fournier

Jean-Louis Fournier (December 19, 1938-)

Jean-Louis Fournier is a French writer, and winner of the Prix Femina, 2008, for 'Où on va, papa?'. Wikipedia
Henry Clay Frick

Henry Clay Frick (December 19, 1849-December 2, 1919)

Henry Clay Frick was an American industrialist, financier, and art patron. He founded the H. C. Frick & Company coke manufacturing company, was chairman of the Carnegie Steel Company, and played a major role in the formation of the giant U.S. Steel steel manufacturing concern. He also financed the construction of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the... Wikipedia
West Overton, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.
Gao Yaojie

Gao Yaojie (December 19, 1927-)

Gao Yaojie is a Chinese gynecologist, academic, and AIDS activist in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China. Gao has been honored for her work by the United Nations and Western organizations, and had spent time under house arrest. Her split with the Chinese authority on the transmission and the seriousness of the AIDS epidemic in China hinders her... Wikipedia
Cao County, Shandong, China
Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal (December 19, 1980-)

Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first lead role in 'October Sky', he starred in the indie cult hit 'Donnie Darko', in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister,... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, United States

Christian Haass (December 19, 1960-)

Christian Haass is a German biochemist who specializes in metabolic biochemistry and neuroscience. Wikipedia
Theo Harych

Theo Harych (December 19, 1903-February 22, 1958)

Theo Harych was a German writer. Wikipedia
Doruchow, Posen, German Empire
East Berlin, East Germany

Rudolf Hell (December 19, 1901-March 11, 2002)

Rudolf Hell was a German inventor. He was born in Eggmühl, Germany. Wikipedia
Gordon Jackson (actor)

Gordon Jackson (actor) (December 19, 1923-January 15, 1990)

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in 'The Professionals'. Wikipedia
Glasgow, Scotland
London, England
Al Kaline

Al Kaline (December 19, 1934-)

Albert William "Al" Kaline, nicknamed "Mr. Tiger", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Kaline played his entire 22-year baseball career with the Detroit Tigers. For most of his career, Kaline played in the outfield, mainly as a right fielder where he won ten Gold Gloves and was known for his... Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland

Graham King (December 19, 1961-)

Graham King is a British film producer. He is President and CEO of production companies Initial Entertainment Group and GK Films. He is best known for his Academy Award winning 2006 crime thriller film 'The Departed', which was awarded the Best Picture Oscar at the 79th Academy Awards. He has had several major commercial successes as producer, such... Wikipedia
England, United Kingdom

Oliver La Farge (December 19, 1901-August 2, 1963)

Oliver Hazard Perry La Farge was an American writer and anthropologist. In 1925 he explored early Olmec sites in Mexico, and later studied additional sites in Central America and the American Southwest. In addition to more than 15 scholarly works, mostly on Native Americans, he wrote several novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning, 'Laughing... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Barry Mazur

Barry Mazur (December 19, 1937-)

Barry Charles Mazur is an American mathematician and a Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University. Wikipedia
New York
Kevin McHale (basketball)

Kevin McHale (basketball) (December 19, 1957-)

Kevin Edward McHale is a retired American professional basketball player, a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and since May 2011 the head coach of the Houston Rockets under a four year contract. After his playing career ended, he worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1993 to 2009, at different times, as a TV analyst, general manager, and then... Wikipedia
Hibbing, Minnesota
Albert Abraham Michelson

Albert Abraham Michelson (December 19, 1852-May 9, 1931)

Albert Abraham Michelson was an American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics. He became the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in sciences. Wikipedia
Strzelno, Poland
Pasadena, California
Walter Murphy

Walter Murphy (December 19, 1952-)

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for the instrumental "A Fifth of Beethoven", a disco adaptation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony which topped the charts in 1976 and was featured on the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack. Further classical–disco fusions... Wikipedia
New York City
Govind Nihalani

Govind Nihalani (December 19, 1940-)

Govind Nihalani is an Indian film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and producer, known for his works in Hindi cinema. He has been the recipient of six National Film Awards, and five bollywood Filmfare Awards. In 1996, He script for 'Drohkaal' was adapted by Kamal Hassan for its Tamil remake, 'Kuruthipunal' which subsequently became India's... Wikipedia
Karachi, British India

James Oakes (historian) (December 19, 1953-)

James Oakes is an American historian, and is a Distinguished Professor of History and Graduate School Humanities Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he teaches history courses on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Slavery, the Old South, Abolitionism and U.S. and World History. He taught previously at... Wikipedia

Tim Parks (December 19, 1954-)

Timothy Harold "Tim" Parks is a British novelist, translator and author. Wikipedia

Codie Prevost (December 19, 1984-)

Codie Prevost is a Canadian country music artist. He is a four time Canadian Country Music Association nominee and a six time Saskatchewan Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year winner. In total, he has received 26 SCMA Awards. Prevost's past performances include CMA Music Festival, Dauphin Countryfest,... Wikipedia
Professor Longhair

Professor Longhair (December 19, 1918-January 30, 1980)

Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage... Wikipedia
Bogalusa, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana

Paul Rhys (December 19, 1963-)

Paul Rhys is a Welsh television, film and theatre actor. Wikipedia
Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK
Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson (December 19, 1902-October 10, 1983)

Sir Ralph David Richardson was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He worked in films throughout most of his career, and played more than sixty cinema roles. From an artistic but not theatrical background, Richardson had no thought of a stage... Wikipedia
Tivoli Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Marylebone, London, England, UK
Arvydas Sabonis

Arvydas Sabonis (December 19, 1964-)

Arvydas Romas Sabonis is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of his era, he won the Euroscar Award six times, and the Mr. Europa Award twice. He played in a variety of leagues, and spent seven seasons in the National Basketball Association in the United States. Sabonis... Wikipedia
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union (now Lithuania)
Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp (December 19, 1972-)

Warren Carlos Sapp is a Hall of Fame former American college and professional football player who was defensive tackle in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and won multiple awards. Wikipedia
Orlando, Florida, United States
Til Schweiger

Til Schweiger (December 19, 1963-)

Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger is a German actor, director, and producer. He is one of Germany's most successful filmmakers. Since 1968, when the FFA started counting, no other German actor has drawn more people to the cinemas. He runs his own production company, Barefoot Films, in Berlin. Wikipedia
Robert B. Sherman

Robert B. Sherman (December 19, 1925-March 6, 2012)

Robert Bernard Sherman was an American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman. Some of the Sherman Brothers' best known songs were incorporated into movies and animations like 'Mary Poppins', 'The Jungle Book', 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh', 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', 'The Slipper and the... Wikipedia
New York, New York, United States
London, England, United Kingdom

George Davis Snell (December 19, 1903-June 6, 1996)

George Davis Snell was an American mouse geneticist and basic transplant immunologist. Wikipedia
Bradford, Massachusetts
Bar Harbor, Maine
Jeremy Soule

Jeremy Soule (December 19, 1975-)

Jeremy Soule is an American composer of soundtracks for film, television and video games. He has won multiple awards and has been described as the "John Williams of video game music" and "a model of success" for Western composers. He has composed soundtracks for over 60 games and over a dozen other works during his career. He is best known for his... Wikipedia
Keokuk, Iowa
Norman D. Vaughan

Norman D. Vaughan (December 19, 1905-December 23, 2005)

Colonel Norman Dane Vaughan was an American dogsled driver and explorer whose first claim to fame was participating in Admiral Byrd's first expedition to the South Pole. He also mushed in a professional capacity as part of a search and rescue unit in World War II, in sporting events like the Olympics and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and in... Wikipedia

Nikolai Virta (December 19, 1906-January 3, 1976)

Nikolai Yevgenyevich Virta was a Soviet writer who developed the theory of "conflictless" drama. Wikipedia
Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire
Moscow, Soviet Union
Alan Walsh (physicist)

Alan Walsh (physicist) (December 19, 1916-August 3, 1998)

Sir Alan Walsh FRS was a British/Australian physicist, originator and developer of a method of chemical analysis called atomic absorption spectroscopy. Wikipedia
Hoddlesden, Lancashire, UK
Melbourne, Australia
Maurice White

Maurice White (December 19, 1941-)

Maurice White is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He is the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He is also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White. Maurice served as the band's main songwriter and record producer, and was co-lead singer.... Wikipedia
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Reggie White

Reggie White (December 19, 1961-December 26, 2004)

Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive end and defensive tackle in the National Football League for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 90s. He played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was recognized as an All-American. After playing two professional seasons for... Wikipedia
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Cornelius, North Carolina, United States