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Azra Akın (December 8, 1981-)

Azra Akın is a Dutch-Turkish actress, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 2002 and Miss Turkey 2002. Wikipedia
Almelo, Netherlands
Ramón Ayala

Ramón Ayala (December 8, 1945-)

Ramón Ayala is a Mexican musician, composer, and songwriter of Norteño and Conjunto music. Known as the "King of the Accordion," Ayala has recorded over 105 albums for which he has received four Grammy Awards. Additionally, Ayala has been featured in thirteen movies. A legend of norteño music, Ayala is one of the most recognized and best-selling... Wikipedia
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
John Banville

John Banville (December 8, 1945-)

William John Banville, who writes as John Banville and sometimes as Benjamin Black, is an Irish novelist, adapter of dramas, and screenwriter. Recognised for his precise, cold, forensic prose style, Nabokovian inventiveness, and for the dark humour of his generally arch narrators, Banville is considered to be "one of the most imaginative literary... Wikipedia
Wexford, Ireland

Horace Barlow (December 8, 1921-)

Horace Basil Barlow FRS is a British visual neuroscientist. Wikipedia

Marty Barry (December 8, 1905-August 20, 1969)

Martin James "Goal-a-Game" Barry was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the New York Americans, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League between 1927 and 1940. Barry was frequently among the league's leading scorers and after winning his first Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in... Wikipedia
Quebec City, QC, CAN
Halifax, NS, CAN
Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger (December 8, 1953-)

Kimila Ann "Kim" Basinger is an American actress and former fashion model. In a career spanning nearly four decades, she has appeared in overall thirty-eight feature films, five television movies, and nine television series. On TV, Basinger made her acting debut as Sheila in "Night Train to Dallas", an episode of the action/adventure drama series... Wikipedia
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières (December 8, 1954-)

Louis de Bernières is a British novelist most famous for his fourth novel, 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. In 1993 de Bernières was selected as one of the "20 Best of Young British Novelists", part of a promotion in 'Granta' magazine. 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best... Wikipedia
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (December 8, 1832-April 26, 1910)

Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit", becoming the first Norwegian Nobel laureate. Bjørnson is considered to... Wikipedia
Kvikne, Norway
James Blundell (singer)

James Blundell (singer) (December 8, 1964-)

James Blundell is an Australian country music singer. Born in Stanthorpe, Queensland, Blundell first rose to prominence after being named "best new talent" at the 1987 Country Music Awards of Australia. He has since released several albums in both Australia and the United States, with his most successful album 'This Road' selling more than 145,000... Wikipedia
Stanthorpe, Queensland
Hans Børli

Hans Børli (December 8, 1918-August 25, 1989)

Hans Børli was a Norwegian poet and writer, who besides his writings worked as a lumberjack all his life. He was born in Eidskog, in South-Eastern Norway, close to the Norwegian border to Sweden. He was buried at Eidskog Church. Wikipedia
Brittany Dawn Brannon

Brittany Dawn Brannon (December 8, 1988-)

Brittany Dawn Brannonis a beauty pageant contestant and Miss Arizona USA 2011, and a current TV Host. The pageant took place on November 19, 2010 at the Mesa Arts Center, Ikea Theater in Mesa, Arizona. She competed in the Miss USA 2011 pageant and placed in the Top 16 and was the Photogenic Winner as well. The pageant took place in Las Vegas,... Wikipedia

Ed Brinkman (December 8, 1941-September 30, 2008)

Edwin Albert Brinkman was a Major League Baseball shortstop. He played fifteen years in the MLB, led the American League in games played twice, won a Gold Glove Award at shortstop, and had a career batting average of .224. He was also named to the American League All-Star team in 1973. Wikipedia
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson (December 8, 1951-)

William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, FRS is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and science. Born in the United States, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before returning to America in 1995. In 2003 Bryson moved back to Britain, living in the old rectory of... Wikipedia
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Luis Caffarelli (December 8, 1948-)

Luis A. Caffarelli is an Argentine mathematician and leader in the field of partial differential equations and their applications. Wikipedia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Thomas Cech

Thomas Cech (December 8, 1947-)

Thomas Robert Cech is an American chemist who shared the 1989 Nobel prize in chemistry with Sidney Altman, for their discovery of the catalytic properties of RNA. Cech discovered that RNA could itself cut strands of RNA, which showed that life could have started as RNA. He also studied telomeres, and his lab discovered an enzyme, TERT, which is... Wikipedia
Chicago, United States
Padraic Colum

Padraic Colum (December 8, 1881-January 11, 1972)

Padraic Colum was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival. Wikipedia
County Longford, Ireland
Enfield, Connecticut, USA

Richard Cooper (journalist) (December 8, 1946-)

Richard Cooper, is an American journalist retired from a 28-year career as reporter and editor at 'The Philadelphia Inquirer'. He and John Machacek of the 'Rochester Times-Union' won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Local General or Spot News Reporting for their coverage of the Attica Prison Riots. He currently lives in Saint Michaels, Maryland, where... Wikipedia
Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter (December 8, 1961-)

Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public and private events. Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925-May 16, 1990)

Samuel George "Sammy" Davis, Jr. was an American entertainer. Primarily a dancer and singer, he was also an actor of stage and screen, musician, and impressionist, noted for his impersonations of actors, musicians and other celebrities. At the age of three Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father and Will Mastin as the Will Mastin Trio,... Wikipedia
Bronx, New York City
Beverly Hills, California

Dharmendra (December 8, 1935-)

Dharmendra is a Hindi film actor. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. Wikipedia
Phagwara, Punjab, India
Norman Douglas

Norman Douglas (December 8, 1868-February 7, 1952)

George Norman Douglas was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel 'South Wind'. His travel books such as his 1915 'Old Calabria' were also appreciated for the quality of their writing. Wikipedia
Thüringen, Austria
Capri, Italy

Roger James Elliott (December 8, 1928-)

Sir Roger James Elliott FRS is a British theoretical physicist specialising in the magnetic, semiconductor and optical properties of condensed matter. Wikipedia
Chesterfield, England
Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari (December 8, 1978-)

Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, born Amir Esfandiary, is a professional poker player and former professional magician, known for his elaborate chip tricks. Esfandiari was the face of the United States' first legal and regulated online poker site, Ultimate Poker, however since Monday, November 17, 2014 it has shutdown due to low revenue. Wikipedia
Tehran, Iran
Malcolm Forsyth

Malcolm Forsyth (December 8, 1936-July 5, 2011)

Malcolm Forsyth was a South African and Canadian trombonist and composer. His daughter is National Arts Centre Orchestra cellist Amanda Forsyth. Wikipedia
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Edmonton, Alberta
Alisa Freindlich

Alisa Freindlich (December 8, 1934-)

Alisa Brunovna Freindlich is a Soviet and Russian actress, People's Artist of the Soviet Union. Wikipedia
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick (December 8, 1975-)

Kevin Michael Harvick is an American NASCAR driver. He drives the No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS for Stewart Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick is the former owner of Kevin Harvick Incorporated, a race team that ran in the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series between 2004 and 2011. Wikipedia
Bakersfield, California, USA
Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher (December 8, 1964-)

Teri Lynn Hatcher is an American actress, writer, presenter, and former NFL cheerleader. She is known for her television roles, portraying Lois Lane on the ABC series 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman', and as Susan Mayer on the television series 'Desperate Housewives', for which Hatcher won the Golden Globe Award for best actress,... Wikipedia
Palo Alto, California, United States
Bert Hinkler

Bert Hinkler (December 8, 1892-January 7, 1933)

Herbert John Louis Hinkler, better known as Bert Hinkler, was a pioneer Australian aviator and inventor. He designed and built early aircraft before being the first person to fly solo from England to Australia, and the first person to fly solo across the Southern Atlantic Ocean. He married in 1932 at the age of 39, and died less than a year later... Wikipedia
Bundaberg, Queensland
Pratomagno Alps in Italy
Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (December 8, 1985-)

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando... Wikipedia
Atlanta, Georgia
Amir Khan (boxer)

Amir Khan (boxer) (December 8, 1986-)

Amir Iqbal Khan is a British professional boxer. He is a former two-time world champion by winning WBA, WBA and IBF Light Welterweight titles. Wikipedia
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Sam Kinison

Sam Kinison (December 8, 1953-April 10, 1992)

Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for his intense, harsh and politically incorrect humor. A former Pentecostal preacher, he performed stand-up routines that were most often characterized by an intense style, similar to enthusiastic preachers, punctuated by his trademark scream. Wikipedia
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
Needles, California, U.S.

Ernest Lehman (December 8, 1915-July 2, 2005)

Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Honorary Academy Award for his ingenious and influential works for the screen that has inspired new generations of screenwriters and captivated filmmakers, actors,... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Los Angeles, California

Richard Llewellyn (December 8, 1906-November 30, 1983)

Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd, known by his pen name Richard Llewellyn, was a British novelist. Wikipedia
St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots (December 8, 1542-February 8, 1587)

Mary, Queen of Scots, also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, was queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560. Wikipedia
Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian
Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire
Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers (December 8, 1949-)

Nancy Jane Meyers is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including 'The Parent Trap', 'Something's Gotta Give', 'The Holiday', and 'It's Complicated'. Her second film as director, 'What Women Want', was at one point the most successful film ever directed by... Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan (December 8, 1976-)

Dominic Monaghan is an English actor. He has received international attention from playing Meriadoc Brandybuck in Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' and for his role as Charlie Pace on the television show 'Lost'. In 2009, he played Chris Bradley / Bolt in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. Wikipedia
Berlin, Germany
Mike Mussina

Mike Mussina (December 8, 1968-)

Michael Cole Mussina, nicknamed Moose, is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. Mussina played for the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees. Wikipedia
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Sinéad O'Connor

Sinéad O'Connor (December 8, 1966-)

Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album 'The Lion and the Cobra'. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Wikipedia

Goffredo Parise (December 8, 1929-August 31, 1986)

Goffredo Parise was an Italian writer and journalist. He won the Viareggio Prize in 1965 for his novel 'Il padrone' ' and the Strega Prize in 1982 for 'Sillabario n.2'. Wikipedia

Jamie Parsley (December 8, 1969-)

Jamie Parsley is an American poet and Episcopal priest. He is the author of twelve books of poems and an associate poet laureate for the state of North Dakota. Wikipedia
Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Jean Ritchie

Jean Ritchie (December 8, 1922-June 1, 2015)

Jean Ritchie was an American folk music singer, songwriter, and Appalachian dulcimer player. Wikipedia
Viper, Kentucky, United States
Berea, Kentucky, United States
Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886-November 24, 1957)

Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez, known as Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter and the husband of Frida Kahlo. His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico... Wikipedia
Guanajuato City, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico

Kenneth Roberts (author) (December 8, 1885-July 21, 1957)

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was an American author of historical novels. Roberts worked first as a journalist, becoming nationally known for his work with the 'Saturday Evening Post' from 1919 to 1928, and then as a popular novelist. Born in Kennebunk, Maine, Roberts specialized in Regionalist historical fiction. He often wrote about his native state and... Wikipedia
Kennebunk, Maine, USA
Kennebunk, Maine, USA
John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein (December 8, 1946-)

John Arthur Rubinstein is an American film, Broadway, and television actor, a composer of film and theatre music, and a director in theatre and television. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

W. A. H. Rushton (December 8, 1901-June 21, 1980)

William Albert Hugh Rushton FRS was professor of Physiology at Trinity College, Cambridge. His main interest lay in colour vision and his Principle of Univariance is of seminal importance in the study of perception. Wikipedia
Maximilian Schell

Maximilian Schell (December 8, 1930-February 1, 2014)

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced some of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film 'Judgment at Nuremberg', his second acting role in Hollywood. His parents were involved in the arts and he grew up surrounded by acting and literature.... Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria
Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts (December 8, 1977-)

Matthias Schoenaerts is a Belgian actor. He first starred in 'Daens', which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is best known for his roles in 'Loft', 'Bullhead', 'Rust and Bone', 'The Drop' and 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. In 2013, he won the César Award for Most Promising Actor for 'Rust and Bone'. Wikipedia
Antwerpen, Belgium
Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder (December 8, 1978-)

Ian Joseph Somerhalder is an American actor, model and director. He is known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama 'Lost' and Damon Salvatore in The CW's supernatural drama 'The Vampire Diaries'. Wikipedia
Covington, Louisiana, United States
Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore (December 8, 1944-)

Sharmila Tagore is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Hindi cinema. She has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards for her performances. Wikipedia
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
James Tate (writer)

James Tate (writer) (December 8, 1943-)

James Tate is an American poet whose work has earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters James Vincent Tate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where he lived with his mother and his grandparents in his... Wikipedia
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Thilakan (December 8, 1935-September 24, 2012)

Surendranatha Thilakan, known mononymously as Thilakan, was an Indian film and stage actor who had starred in over 200 Malayalam films . Wikipedia
Ayroor, Pathanamthitta
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
James Thurber

James Thurber (December 8, 1894-November 2, 1961)

James Grover Thurber was an American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his cartoons and short stories, published mainly in 'The New Yorker' magazine and collected in his numerous books. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities... Wikipedia
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.
Vsevolod Vishnevsky

Vsevolod Vishnevsky (December 8, 1900-February 28, 1951)

Vsevolod Vitalievich Vishnevsky was a Soviet dramatist and prose writer. Wikipedia
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Moscow, USSR

T. K. Whitaker (December 8, 1916-)

Thomas Kenneth "Ken" Whitaker is an Irish economist and former public servant, credited with a pivotable role in the economic development of Ireland. At 98 years of age, he remains mentally agile and is regularly consulted for his views on Irish economic issues. Wikipedia