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Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso (December 21, 1921-)

Alicia Alonso is a Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer. Her company became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955. She is most famous for her portrayals of Giselle and the ballet version of 'Carmen'. Wikipedia
Havana, Cuba

Joaquín Andújar (December 21, 1952-)

Joaquín Andújar is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. Wikipedia
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

John G. Avildsen (December 21, 1935-)

John Guilbert Avildsen is an American film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977 for 'Rocky'. Other films he directed include 'Joe', 'Save the Tiger', 'Fore Play', 'The Formula', 'Neighbors', 'For Keeps', 'Lean on Me', 'The Power of One', '8 Seconds', 'Inferno', 'Rocky V' and the first three 'Karate Kid' movies. Wikipedia
Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll (December 21, 1917-July 16, 1985)

Heinrich Theodor Böll was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Wikipedia
Cologne, Germany
Langenbroich, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Ira Sprague Bowen (December 21, 1898-February 6, 1973)

Ira Sprague Bowen was an American physicist and astronomer. In 1927 he discovered that nebulium was not really a chemical element but instead doubly ionized oxygen. Wikipedia
Seneca Falls, New York, United States

Larry Bryggman (December 21, 1938-)

Arvid Laurence "Larry" Bryggman is an American actor. Wikipedia
Concord, California, U.S.
John Burdon-Sanderson

John Burdon-Sanderson (December 21, 1828-November 23, 1905)

Sir John Scott Burdon-Sanderson, 1st Baronet, FRS, D.Sc. was an English physiologist born near Newcastle upon Tyne, and a member of a well known Northumbrian family. Wikipedia

Harold Caccia, Baron Caccia (December 21, 1905-October 31, 1990)

Harold Anthony Caccia, Baron Caccia was a British diplomat. Wikipedia
Pachmarhi, India
Builth Wells, Wales
Maurice Chappaz

Maurice Chappaz (December 21, 1916-January 15, 2009)

Maurice Chappaz was a French-language Swiss poet and writer. He published more than 40 books and won several literary awards, including his country's most notable award, the Grand Prix Schiller, in 1997. Wikipedia
Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy (December 21, 1969-)

Julie Delpy is a French-American actress, director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She studied filmmaking at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and has directed, written, and acted in more than 30 films, including 'Europa Europa', 'The Voyager', 'Three Colors: White', 'Before Sunrise', 'Before Sunset', '2 Days in Paris', and... Wikipedia
Paris, France
Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli (December 21, 1804-April 19, 1881)

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS was a British Conservative politician and writer, who twice served as Prime Minister. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party, defining its policies and its broad outreach. Disraeli is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his political battles... Wikipedia
London, England
London, England
Carlos do Carmo

Carlos do Carmo (December 21, 1939-)

Carlos do Carmo, ComIH is a Portuguese fado singer, one of the finest in the "Lisbon Song". He is the son of another fado singer and fado house owner, Lucília do Carmo. Wikipedia
Phil Donahue

Phil Donahue (December 21, 1935-)

Phillip John "Phil" Donahue is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of 'The Phil Donahue Show.' The television program, also known as 'Donahue', was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in... Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Chris Evert

Chris Evert (December 21, 1954-)

Christine Marie "Chris" Evert is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Overall Evert won 154 singles championships and 29 doubles titles. Wikipedia
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Frank Fenner

Frank Fenner (December 21, 1914-November 22, 2010)

Frank John Fenner, AC, CMG, MBE, FRS, FAA was an Australian scientist with a distinguished career in the field of virology. His two greatest achievements are cited as overseeing the eradication of smallpox, and the control of Australia's rabbit plague through the introduction of Myxoma virus. Wikipedia
Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda (December 21, 1937-)

Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner (December 21, 1959-September 21, 1998)

Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is considered the "fastest woman of all time" based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 metres and 200 metres still stand and have yet to be seriously challenged. She died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, United States
Mission Viejo, California, United States
Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen (December 21, 1892-October 6, 1969)

Walter Charles Hagen was a major figure in golf in the first half of the 20th century. His tally of eleven professional majors is third behind Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He won the U.S. Open twice, and in 1922 he became the first native-born American to win the British Open, which he went on to win four times in total. He also won the PGA... Wikipedia
Rochester, New York
Traverse City, Michigan

John Harvey (author) (December 21, 1938-)

John Harvey is a British author of crime fiction most famous for his series of jazz-influenced Charlie Resnick novels, based in the City of Nottingham. Wikipedia
Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson (December 21, 1948-)

Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as 'Jungle Fever', 'Patriot Games', 'Amos & Andrew', 'True Romance', 'Jurassic Park' and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in the films 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Jackie Brown'. He is a highly... Wikipedia
Washington, D.C., United States
Albert Lee

Albert Lee (December 21, 1943-)

Albert William Lee is an English guitarist known for his fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique. Lee has worked, both in the studio and on tour, with many famous musicians from a wide range of genres. He has also maintained a solo career and is a noted composer and musical director. Wikipedia
Lingen, Herefordshire, England
Phyllis Love

Phyllis Love (December 21, 1925-October 30, 2011)

Phyllis Love was an American theater and television actress. Wikipedia
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Menifee, California, United States
Paco de Lucía

Paco de Lucía (December 21, 1947-February 25, 2014)

Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes, known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as... Wikipedia
Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

D. M. Marshman, Jr. (December 21, 1922-)

Donald M. Marshman, Jr., credited as D.M. Marshman is an American screenwriter known mainly for his contribution to the film script for 'Sunset Boulevard'. Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio
Seichō Matsumoto

Seichō Matsumoto (December 21, 1909-August 4, 1992)

Seichō Matsumoto was a Japanese writer. Wikipedia
Hiroshima, Japan
Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital (ja:東京女子医科大学病院)
Nenad Medić

Nenad Medić (December 21, 1983-)

Nenad Medić is a Serbian-Canadian professional poker player with a World Series of Poker bracelet and World Poker Tour Championship title. He resides in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Medic plays online poker under the alias Serb2127. Wikipedia
Apatin, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Hermann Joseph Muller

Hermann Joseph Muller (December 21, 1890-April 5, 1967)

Hermann Joseph Muller was an American geneticist, educator, and Nobel laureate best known for his work on the physiological and genetic effects of radiation as well as his outspoken political beliefs. Muller frequently warned of the long-term dangers of radioactive fallout from nuclear war and nuclear testing, helping to raise public awareness in... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, US
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Lillebjørn Nilsen

Lillebjørn Nilsen (December 21, 1950-)

Bjørn "Lillebjørn" Falk Nilsen is a prominent Norwegian singer-songwriter and folk musician. He is also considered somewhat the leading "voice of Oslo" thanks to numerous classic songs about the city from the 1970s and up. Wikipedia
Oslo, Norway
Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno (December 21, 1926-January 22, 2012)

Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. His career ended with his dismissal from the team for his role in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Anthony Powell

Anthony Powell (December 21, 1905-March 28, 2000)

Anthony Dymoke Powell, CH, CBE was an English novelist best known for his twelve-volume work 'A Dance to the Music of Time', published between 1951 and 1975. Wikipedia
Westminster, England
Frome, Somerset
Ray Romano

Ray Romano (December 21, 1957-)

Raymond Albert "Ray" Romano is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and voice actor. He is known for his role on the sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond', for which he received an Emmy Award, and as the voice of "Manny" in the 'Ice Age' film series. He created and starred in the TNT comedy-drama 'Men of a Certain Age'. From 2012 to 2015,... Wikipedia
Queens, New York, U.S.
Magnus Samuelsson

Magnus Samuelsson (December 21, 1969-)

2001 Overall Champion 2004/05 Overall Magnus Samuelsson, is a Swedish actor, former strongman and winner of the 1998 World's Strongest Man contest in Morocco. The son of a former Swedish female arm wrestling champion, he has also been ranked among the best arm wrestlers in the world and was a European Arm Wrestling champion prior to becoming a... Wikipedia
Kisa, Sweden
Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara (December 21, 1949-October 15, 1987)

Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was a Burkinabé military captain, Marxist revolutionary, Pan-Africanist theorist, and President of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. Viewed as a charismatic and iconic figure of revolution, he is commonly referred to as "Africa's Che Guevara". Wikipedia
Yako, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), French West Africa
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
András Schiff

András Schiff (December 21, 1953-)

Sir András Schiff is a Hungarian-born classical pianist and conductor. Wikipedia
Budapest, Hungary
Suresh Peters

Suresh Peters (December 21, 1955-)

Suresh Peters is a music director and playback rapper/singer for films in India whose notable songs include "Chikku Bukku Rayile" from 'Gentleman 'and "Style" from the film 'Sivaji: The Boss'. Peters received his first break as a music director through the Malayalam movie 'Punjabi House' in which he composed both melodies and folk songs. He also... Wikipedia
Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland (December 21, 1966-)

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland is a British-born Canadian actor, film producer, and film director. He is best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series '24', for which he won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards. He also starred as Martin Bohm in the... Wikipedia
London, England, United Kingdom

David Thacker (December 21, 1950-)

David Thacker is an English award-winning theatre director. He is married to the actor Margot Leicester. Wikipedia
Andy Van Slyke

Andy Van Slyke (December 21, 1960-)

Andrew James Van Slyke is an American professional baseball coach and retired Major League Baseball outfielder. He is the 2014 first base coach of the Seattle Mariners and formerly served in the same post on Jim Leyland's Detroit Tigers coaching staff. Wikipedia
Utica, New York
Augustus Volney Waller

Augustus Volney Waller (December 21, 1816-1879)

Augustus Volney Waller FRS was a British neurophysiologist. He was the first to describe the degeneration of severed nerve fibers, now known as Wallerian degeneration. Wikipedia
Sylvester Weaver (executive)

Sylvester Weaver (executive) (December 21, 1908-March 15, 2002)

Sylvester Laflin "Pat" Weaver, Jr. was an American radio advertising executive, who became president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. He has been credited with reshaping commercial broadcasting's format and philosophy as radio gave way to television as America's dominant home entertainment. His daughter is actress Sigourney Weaver. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb (December 21, 1974-)

Karrie Ann Webb AM is Australia's most successful female professional golfer, and one of the greatest players in the history of women's golf. She plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and also turns out once or twice a year on the ALPG Tour in her home country. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She has 41 wins on the LPGA Tour,... Wikipedia
Ayr, Queensland, Australia
Rebecca West

Rebecca West (December 21, 1892-March 15, 1983)

Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE, known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. An author who wrote in many genres, West reviewed books for 'The Times', the 'New York Herald Tribune', the 'Sunday Telegraph', and the 'New Republic', and she was a correspondent for 'The Bookman'. Her... Wikipedia
London, England
London, England
Sewall Wright

Sewall Wright (December 21, 1889-March 3, 1988)

Sewall Green Wright was an American geneticist known for his influential work on evolutionary theory and also for his work on path analysis. With R. A. Fisher and J.B.S. Haldane, he was a founder of theoretical population genetics. He is the discoverer of the inbreeding coefficient and of methods of computing it in pedigrees. He extended this work... Wikipedia
Melrose, Massachusetts
Madison, Wisconsin
Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa (December 21, 1940-December 4, 1993)

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and 'musique concrète' works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost... Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (December 21, 1950-)

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is an American dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance. She is the founder of the Urban Bush Women dance company. Wikipedia