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John Altman (composer)

John Altman (composer) (December 5, 1949-)

John Altman is a British film composer, music arranger, orchestrator and conductor. Wikipedia
United Kingdom
W. D. Amaradeva

W. D. Amaradeva (December 5, 1928-)

Wannakuwatta Mitiwaduge Don Albert Perera in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, better known by his adopted name Amaradeva,he studied at the Kalutara Vidyalaya,he is a Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and composer. Primarily using traditional instruments like sitars, tablas and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporates Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work.... Wikipedia
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Ameer (director)

Ameer (director) (December 5, 1966-)

Ameer Sultan is an Indian film director, producer and actor, working in the Tamil film industry. He has directed four films and was critically acclaimed for three of them, the romantic comedy 'Mounam Pesiyadhe', the mystery thriller 'Raam' and the drama 'Paruthiveeran'. He made his acting debut in 'Yogi'. Wikipedia
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Brian Backer (December 5, 1956-)

Brian Backer is an American actor who has starred in film and on television. He is best known for his role in the 1982 hit comedy film 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' as shy teenager Mark "Rat" Ratner. His other films include the 1985 comedy film 'Moving Violations' and the 1987 comedy film 'Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol'. Wikipedia
JJ Cale

JJ Cale (December 5, 1938-July 26, 2013)

John Weldon Cale, known as JJ Cale or J.J. Cale, was a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and musician. Cale was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Cale's personal style has often been described as "laid back". Wikipedia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
La Jolla, California, U.S.
Camarón de la Isla

Camarón de la Isla (December 5, 1950-July 2, 1992)

José Monje Cruz, better known by his stage name Camarón de la Isla, was a Spanish romani flamenco singer. Considered one of the all time greatest flamenco singers, he was noted for his collaborations with Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, and the three of them were of major importance to the revival of flamenco in the second half of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Cádiz, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho (December 5, 1968-)

Margaret Moran Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. She has also directed and appeared in music videos and has her own clothing line. She has... Wikipedia
San Francisco, California, U.S.

James Cleveland (December 5, 1931-February 9, 1991)

The Reverend Dr. James Edward Cleveland was a gospel singer, musician, and composer. Known as the King of Gospel music, Cleveland was a driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound by incorporating traditional black gospel, modern soul, pop, and jazz in arrangements for mass choirs. Throughout his career, Cleveland appeared on... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Culver City, California, U.S.
Carl Ferdinand Cori

Carl Ferdinand Cori (December 5, 1896-October 20, 1984)

Carl Ferdinand Cori, ForMemRS was a Czech biochemist and pharmacologist born in Prague who, together with his wife Gerty Cori and Argentine physiologist Bernardo Houssay, received a Nobel Prize in 1947 for their discovery of how glycogen – a derivative of glucose – is broken down and resynthesized in the body, for use as a store and source of... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts
José Cura

José Cura (December 5, 1962-)

José Cura is an Argentine operatic tenor, conductor, director, scenographer and photographer known for intense and original interpretations of opera characters, notably 'Otello' in Verdi’s 'Otello', 'Samson' in Saint-Saëns’ 'Samson et Dalila', 'Canio' in Ruggero Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci', 'Stiffelio' in Giuseppe Verdi's 'Stiffelio' and many others. Wikipedia
Rosario, Argentina

Helen Dettweiler (December 5, 1914-November 13, 1990)

Helen Dettweiler was an American professional golfer. She won the Women's Western Open in 1939. Wikipedia
Washington, D.C.
Palm Springs, California
Joan Didion

Joan Didion (December 5, 1934-)

Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work. Wikipedia
Sacramento, California, USA
Walt Disney

Walt Disney (December 5, 1901-December 15, 1966)

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Burbank, California, United States
Denise Drysdale

Denise Drysdale (December 5, 1948-)

Denise Anne Christina Drysdale is an Australian twice-awarded Gold Logie winning television personality presenter, dancer and comedienne. She is often affectionately known as 'Ding Dong', a nickname invented by fellow performer Ernie Sigley. Wikipedia
Melbourne, Australia
Sheldon Lee Glashow

Sheldon Lee Glashow (December 5, 1932-)

Sheldon Lee Glashow is a Nobel Prize winning American theoretical physicist. He is the Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Boston University and Higgins Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Wikipedia
Brookline, MA

Henri Gouhier (December 5, 1898-March 31, 1994)

Henri Gouhier was a French philosopher, a historian of philosophy, and a literary critic. Wikipedia

Samuil Guz (December 5, 1905-May 29, 1969)

Samuil Yurievich Guz was an important innovator in Soviet Metallurgical Industry and one of the founders of the Soviet Titanium Industry. Wikipedia
Peter Hansen (actor)

Peter Hansen (actor) (December 5, 1921-)

Peter Hansen is an American actor, best known for his role as a lawyer, Lee Baldwin, on the soap opera 'General Hospital'. He played the role from 1965 to 1986 and again from 1992 to 2004. He also played the character on the sister show 'Port Charles'. Wikipedia
Oakland, California, United States

Beverly Hanson (December 5, 1924-April 12, 2014)

Beverly Hanson was an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour. Wikipedia
Fargo, North Dakota
Twin Falls, Idaho
Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg (December 5, 1901-February 1, 1976)

Werner Karl Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. In 1927 he published... Wikipedia
Würzburg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson (December 5, 1982-)

Keri Lynn Hilson is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a songwriter and background vocalist for several R&B and hip hop artists. By the age of 14, Hilson had secured a record deal with the girl group D'Signe, who later disbanded.... Wikipedia
Decatur, Georgia

Luc Jacquet (December 5, 1967-)

Luc Jacquet is a French film director and screenwriter. He wrote and directed the film 'March of the Penguins', which won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2005. He also directed 'The Fox And the Child'. It was released in Britain and Ireland in slightly re-edited dubbed English-language version with narration by Kate Winslet, and was... Wikipedia
Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Hans Hellmut Kirst

Hans Hellmut Kirst (December 5, 1914-February 13, 1989)

Hans Hellmut Kirst was a distinguished German novelist and the author of 46 books, many of which were translated into English. Kirst is best remembered as the creator of the "Gunner Asch" series which detailed the ongoing struggle of an honest individual to maintain his identity and humanity amidst the criminality and corruption of Nazi Germany. Wikipedia
Jeroen Krabbé

Jeroen Krabbé (December 5, 1944-)

Jeroen Aart Krabbé, is a Dutch actor and director, who has appeared in many Dutch and international films. Wikipedia
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alana Lee (December 5, 1989-)

Alana Lee is a former Albanian American beauty pageant titleholder from Las Vegas, Nevada who was named Miss Nevada 2011. Wikipedia
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Little Richard

Little Richard (December 5, 1932-)

Richard Wayne Penniman, known by his stage name Little Richard, is an American recording artist, songwriter and musician. Wikipedia
Macon, Georgia, US
Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra (December 5, 1965-)

Manish Malhotra is one of India's most successful fashion designers. Malhotra has designed for many leading actresses in Bollywood. He is known in the Indian film industry for his different style and his ability to envision a 'look' for the character. He is known for designing the costumes for Urmila Matondkar in the film 'Rangeela'. Stars... Wikipedia
Westminster, London
Art Monk

Art Monk (December 5, 1957-)

James Arthur "Art" Monk is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets, and the Philadelphia Eagles. Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Wikipedia
White Plains, New York

Kelly Petillo (December 5, 1903-June 30, 1970)

Cavino Michele "Kelly" Petillo was an American race car driver. Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, PA
C. F. Powell

C. F. Powell (December 5, 1903-August 9, 1969)

Cecil Frank Powell, FRS was a British physicist, and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion, a subatomic particle. Wikipedia
Tonbridge, Kent, England
Valsassina, Italy
Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger (December 5, 1902-February 5, 1988)

Emeric Pressburger was a Hungarian British screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best known for his series of film collaborations with Michael Powell, in a multiple-award-winning partnership known as The Archers and produced a series of classic British films, notably '49th Parallel', 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp', 'A Matter of... Wikipedia
Miskolc, Hungary
Saxtead, Suffolk, England, UK

Jeremy Sandford (December 5, 1930-May 12, 2003)

Christopher Jeremy Sandford was an English television screenwriter who came to prominence in 1966 with 'Cathy Come Home', his controversial entry in BBC1's 'The Wednesday Play' anthology strand, which was directed by Ken Loach. Later, in 1971, he wrote another successful one-off, 'Edna, the Inebriate Woman', for 'The Wednesday Play' successor... Wikipedia
London, England
Leominster, Herefordshire, England

Vincent Sheean (December 5, 1899-March 16, 1975)

James Vincent Sheean was an American journalist and novelist. Wikipedia
Arnold Sommerfeld

Arnold Sommerfeld (December 5, 1868-April 26, 1951)

Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld was a German theoretical physicist who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics, and also educated and mentored a large number of students for the new era of theoretical physics. He served as PhD supervisor for more Nobel prize winners in physics than any other supervisor to date. He introduced the 2nd... Wikipedia
Königsberg, East Prussia
Munich, Germany
Strom Thurmond

Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902-June 26, 2003)

James Strom Thurmond was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator. He ran for president in 1948 as the States Rights Democratic Party candidate, receiving 2.4% of the popular vote and 39 electoral votes. Thurmond represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 until 2003, at first as a Democrat and,... Wikipedia
Edgefield, South Carolina
Edgefield, South Carolina
Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin (December 5, 1935-)

Calvin Marshall Trillin is an American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, memoirist and novelist. Wikipedia
Kansas City, Missouri
Martin Van Buren

Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782-July 24, 1862)

Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in a number of senior roles, including eighth Vice President and Secretary of State, both under Andrew Jackson. Van Buren's inability as president to deal with the economic chaos of the Panic of 1837 and with the surging Whig Party led to his... Wikipedia
Kinderhook, New York
Kinderhook, New York
Robin Winks

Robin Winks (December 5, 1930-April 7, 2003)

Robin W. Winks was an American academic, historian, diplomat and writer. He was the Randolph Townsend Professor of History at Yale University and Master of Berkeley Residential College at Yale University. At the University of Oxford, he also served as Eastman Professor and as Harmsworth Professor. Wikipedia