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Robert Adler

Robert Adler (December 4, 1913-February 15, 2007)

Robert Adler was an Austrian-born American inventor who held numerous patents. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Barbara Amiel

Barbara Amiel (December 4, 1940-)

Barbara Joan Estelle Amiel, Baroness Black of Crossharbour is a British journalist, writer, and socialite. She is the wife of former media baron Conrad Black. Wikipedia
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura (December 4, 1925-)

Albert Bandura is a psychologist who is the David Starr Jordan Professor Emeritus of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. For almost six decades, he has been responsible for contributions to many fields of psychology, including social cognitive theory, therapy and personality psychology, and was also influential in the transition... Wikipedia
Mundare, Alberta
Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks (December 4, 1973-)

Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, former talk show host, producer, author, actress, and former model. Wikipedia
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar (December 4, 1945-)

Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities. Wikipedia
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges (December 4, 1949-)

Jeffrey Leon "Jeff" Bridges is an American actor, singer, and producer. He comes from a well-known acting family and began his televised acting in 1958 as a child with his father, Lloyd Bridges, and brother, Beau, on television's 'Sea Hunt'. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 film 'Crazy Heart' and... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Shannon Briggs

Shannon Briggs (December 4, 1971-)

Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs is an American professional boxer. Briggs is a former Lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion. He currently holds the world record for most first round knockouts at 38. Briggs has defeated three world heavyweight champions during his career in George Foreman, Ray Mercer and Siarhei Liakhovich. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Samuel Butler (novelist)

Samuel Butler (novelist) (December 4, 1835-June 18, 1902)

Samuel Butler was an iconoclastic Victorian-era English author who published a variety of works. Two of his most famous pieces are the Utopian satire 'Erewhon' and a semi-autobiographical novel published posthumously, 'The Way of All Flesh'. He is also known for examining Christian orthodoxy, substantive studies of evolutionary thought, studies of... Wikipedia
Langar, England (near Bingham, Nottinghamshire)
London, England
Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (December 4, 1795-February 5, 1881)

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work 'On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in... Wikipedia
Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland1
London, England
Hilary Cruz

Hilary Cruz (December 4, 1988-)

Hilary Cruz is an American actress, model and beauty queen who won Miss Teen USA 2007. Wikipedia
Louisville, Colorado
Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin (December 4, 1921-April 2013)

Deanna Durbin was a Canadian-born American actress and singer, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, her singing voice being variously described as being light but full, sweet and unaffected. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed everything from popular standards to operatic arias. Wikipedia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
France
Sertab Erener

Sertab Erener (December 4, 1964-)

Sertab Erener born 4 December 1964, Istanbul) is a Turkish pop music singer and also a cross-over soprano with a vocal range that extends to high F. She is one of the most successful female Turkish pop singers in her homeland, and is considered one of the divas of Turkish pop music. In Europe, she is best known for winning the Eurovision Song... Wikipedia
Istanbul, Turkey
Tamsen Fadal

Tamsen Fadal (December 4, 1970-)

Tamsen Fadal is a Lebanese-American television personality, 4-time Emmy awarding winning journalist, author and entrepreneur who is the 5pm, 6pm and 10pm anchor on the WPIX News, Tribune's flagship station in New York City. Previously, she anchored the PIX11 Morning News and a lifestyle segment called Totally Tamsen for WPIX in New York City. Fadal... Wikipedia
Francisco Franco

Francisco Franco (December 4, 1892-November 20, 1975)

Francisco Franco y Bahamonde was a Spanish military leader who ruled as the dictator of Spain from 1936 until his death. He came to power during the Spanish Civil War while serving as the Generalísimo of the Nationalist faction. Franco led the Nationalists to victory in the civil war and went on to become the longest-ruling dictator in European... Wikipedia
Ferrol, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Mick Garris

Mick Garris (December 4, 1951-)

Mick Garris is an American filmmaker and screenwriter born in Santa Monica, California. Wikipedia
Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Anne George (writer) (December 4, 1927-March 14, 2001)

Anne Carroll George was an American author and poet. A collection of her poetry, 'Some of it is True', was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, and her Southern Sisters mystery series was honored with the coveted Agatha Award. She graduated from Samford University and was Alabama's 1994 state poet and cofounder of Druid Press. George died in... Wikipedia
Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Paul Goldberger (December 4, 1950-)

Paul Goldberger is an American architectural critic and educator, and a Contributing Editor for 'Vanity Fair' magazine. From 1997 to 2011 he was the Architecture Critic for 'The New Yorker' where he wrote the magazine's celebrated "Sky Line" column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City.... Wikipedia
Passaic, New Jersey
Alfred Hershey

Alfred Hershey (December 4, 1908-May 22, 1997)

Alfred Day Hershey was an American Nobel Prize–winning bacteriologist and geneticist. Wikipedia
Hasings, Minnesota
Syosset, New York
Álex de la Iglesia

Álex de la Iglesia (December 4, 1965-)

Alejandro de la Iglesia Mendoza, more known as Álex de la Iglesia is a Spanish film director, screenwriter, producer and former comic book artist. Wikipedia
Bilbao, Spain
Jay-Z

Jay-Z (December 4, 1969-)

Shawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America. In 2012, 'Forbes' estimated Carter's net worth at nearly $500 million. He is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time having sold more than... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York

Sergio Mora (December 4, 1980-)

Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora is a Mexican American professional boxer trained by Dean Campos. He is the former WBC Light Middleweight Champion and also the first champion of NBC's The Contender. Wikipedia
East Los Angeles, California
Fritiof Nilsson Piraten

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten (December 4, 1895-January 31, 1972)

Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, born Nils Fritiof Adam Nilsson was a Swedish author, from the south-most province Skåne, which plays an important role in many of his books. Wikipedia

Alex North (December 4, 1910-September 8, 1991)

Alex North was an American composer best known for his many film scores, including 'A Streetcar Named Desire', 'Viva Zapata!', 'Spartacus', 'Cleopatra', and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'. He was the first composer to receive an Honorary Academy Award. Wikipedia
Chester, Pennsylvania
Los Angeles, California
Frank Press

Frank Press (December 4, 1924-)

Frank Press is an American geophysicist. An advisor to four U.S. Presidents, he later served two consecutive terms as President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of 160 scientific papers and co-author of the textbooks 'Earth' and 'Understanding Earth'. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Eric S. Raymond

Eric S. Raymond (December 4, 1957-)

Eric Steven Raymond, often referred to as ESR, is an American software developer, author of the widely cited 1997 essay, and 1999 book 'The Cathedral and the Bazaar' and other works, and open source software advocate. He wrote a guidebook for the Roguelike game 'NetHack'. In the 1990s, he edited and updated the Jargon File, currently in print as... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Herbert Read

Herbert Read (December 4, 1893-June 12, 1968)

Sir Herbert Edward Read, DSO, MC was an English anarchist, poet and literary critic, best known for numerous books on art, which included influential volumes on the role of art in education. Read was co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism. Wikipedia
Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire
Stonegrave, North Yorkshire

Donnelly Rhodes (December 4, 1937-)

Donnelly Rhodes is a Canadian actor. He starred as Doctor Cottle on the Sci Fi Channel television program 'Battlestar Galactica'. A character actor with many American television and film credits, Rhodes is probably best known to American audiences as the hapless escaped convict Dutch Leitner on the ABC soap opera spoof 'Soap'. Wikipedia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (December 4, 1875-December 29, 1926)

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke—better known as Rainer Maria Rilke—was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel,... Wikipedia
Prague
Raron, Switzerland
Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei (December 4, 1964-)

Marisa Tomei is an American actress and film producer. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig (December 4, 1951-)

Patricia Wettig is an American actress and playwright. She received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama 'Thirtysomething'. Wikipedia
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.