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Léonie Adams

Léonie Adams (December 9, 1899-June 27, 1988)

Léonie Fuller Adams was an American poet. She was appointed the seventh Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1948. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, USA
New Milford, Connecticut, USA
Thomas Andrews (scientist)

Thomas Andrews (scientist) (December 9, 1813-November 26, 1885)

Thomas Andrews FRS HFRSE ĵ was a chemist and physicist who did important work on phase transitions between gases and liquids. He was a longtime professor of chemistry at Queen's University of Belfast. Wikipedia
Belfast, Ireland
Belfast, Ireland

Andrew Birkin (December 9, 1945-)

Andrew Timothy Birkin is an English screenwriter, director and occasional actor. He was born the only son of Lieutenant-Commander David Birkin and his wife, the actress Judy Campbell. One of his sisters is the actress and singer Jane Birkin. Wikipedia
Chelsea, London, England

Joan Blos (December 9, 1928-)

Joan Winsor Blos is an American writer, teacher and advocate for children's literacy. Wikipedia
Kari Bremnes

Kari Bremnes (December 9, 1956-)

Kari Bremnes is a Norwegian singer and songwriter. Wikipedia
Svolvær, Norway
Beau Bridges

Beau Bridges (December 9, 1941-)

Lloyd Vernet "Beau" Bridges III is an American actor and director. He is a three-time Emmy-, two-time Golden Globe- and one-time Grammy Award winner. He is also a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus (December 9, 1942-)

Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus is a former Lithuanian American football player for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely regarded as one of the best and most durable linebackers of all time. Butkus started as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd (December 9, 1932-February 4, 2013)

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only bebop jazz musicians who successfully pioneered the funk and soul genres while simultaneously remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd is also notable... Wikipedia
Detroit, Michigan
Dover, Delaware
Emmanuel Carrère

Emmanuel Carrère (December 9, 1957-)

Emmanuel Carrère is a French author, screenwriter and director. Wikipedia
Paris, France
Broderick Crawford

Broderick Crawford (December 9, 1911-April 26, 1986)

Broderick Crawford was an American stage, film, radio and TV actor, often cast in tough-guy roles and best known for his portrayal of Willie Stark in 'All the King's Men' and for his starring role in the television series 'Highway Patrol'. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.

Ennio de Concini (December 9, 1923-November 17, 2008)

Ennio De Concini was an Italian screenwriter and film director, winning the Academy Award in 1962 for the "Best Original Screenplay" for 'Divorce, Italian Style'. Wikipedia
Judi Dench

Judi Dench (December 9, 1934-)

Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she performed in several of Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet' and Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth'. Although most of her work during this... Wikipedia
York, Yorkshire, England
Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916-)

Kirk Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he had his film debut in 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s and 1960s, known for doing serious dramas, including... Wikipedia
Amsterdam, New York, United States
Fred Dretske

Fred Dretske (December 9, 1932-July 24, 2013)

Frederick Irwin Dretske was an American philosopher noted for his contributions to epistemology and the philosophy of mind. Wikipedia
Waukegan, Illinois

Samuel Epstein (geochemist) (December 9, 1919-September 17, 2001)

Samuel Epstein was a Canadian-American geochemist who developed methods for reconstructing geologic temperature records using stable isotope geochemistry. He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1977, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997. Wikipedia
Kobryn, Belarus
Pasadena, California, United States

Stefen Fangmeier (December 9, 1960-)

Stefen Markus Fangmeier is an American visual effects supervisor of numerous major feature films, including 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events', 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', 'Twister', 'Perfect Storm' and 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'. He also has been a second unit director for two films,... Wikipedia
El Paso, Texas, USA
Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx (December 9, 1922-October 11, 1991)

Jon Elroy Sanford, known professionally as Redd Foxx, was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his explicit comedy records and his starring role on the 1970s sitcom 'Sanford and Son'. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Fritz Haber

Fritz Haber (December 9, 1868-January 29, 1934)

Fritz Haber was a German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his invention of the Haber-Bosch process, the method used in industry to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen gases. This invention is of importance for the large-scale synthesis of fertilizers and explosives. The food production for half the world's... Wikipedia
Breslau, Prussia
Basel, Switzerland

Mary Downing Hahn (December 9, 1937-)

Mary Downing Hahn is an American writer of young adult novels and former school librarian. She was known for many books such as Stepping On The Cracks and Wait Till Helen Comes. She published her first book in 1979 and has since written over twenty novels. Wikipedia
College Park, Maryland, USA
Beatrice Harrison

Beatrice Harrison (December 9, 1892-March 10, 1965)

Beatrice Harrison was a British cellist active in the first half of the 20th century. She gave first performances of several important English works, especially those of Frederick Delius, and made the first or standard recordings of others. Wikipedia
Roorkee, India
Surrey, England
Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap (December 9, 1977-)

Imogen Jennifer Heap is an English singer-songwriter and composer. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou and her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has produced four solo albums. Her 2009 album, 'Ellipse', was a North American chart success that earned Heap two Grammy nominations, winning Best... Wikipedia
Havering, , England
Buck Henry

Buck Henry (December 9, 1930-)

Henry Zuckerman, credited as Buck Henry, is an American actor, writer, film director, and television director. He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, in 1968 for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Graduate' and in 1979 for Best Director for 'Heaven Can Wait'. Wikipedia
New York City

Wolfgang Hildesheimer (December 9, 1916-August 21, 1991)

Wolfgang Hildesheimer was a German author who incorporated the Theatre of the Absurd. He originally trained as an artist, before turning to writing. Wikipedia
Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906-January 1, 1992)

Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language. She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Arlington, Virginia

Gabriel Horn (December 9, 1927-August 2, 2012)

Sir Gabriel Horn, MD, ScD, FRS, FRCP was a British biologist and Emeritus Professor in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His research was into the neural mechanisms of learning and memory. Wikipedia
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ödön von Horváth

Ödön von Horváth (December 9, 1901-June 1, 1938)

Edmund Josef von Horváth was a German-writing Austro-Hungarian-born playwright and novelist. He preferred the Hungarian version of his first name and published as Ödön von Horváth. Wikipedia
Sušak, Rijeka, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia)
Paris, France
David Houston (singer)

David Houston (singer) (December 9, 1935-November 30, 1993)

Charles David Houston was an American country music singer. His peak in popularity came between the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. Wikipedia
Bossier City, Louisiana
Bossier City, Louisiana
Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman (December 9, 1962-)

Felicity Kendall Huffman is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award, five times for a Golden Globe Award, and has also won an Emmy Award, Obie and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Wikipedia
Bedford, NY
Dolores Ibárruri

Dolores Ibárruri (December 9, 1895-November 12, 1989)

Isidora Dolores Ibárruri Gómez — known as "La Pasionaria" — was a Spanish Republican leader of the Spanish Civil War and communist politician of Basque origin. She is perhaps best known for her defense of the Second Spanish Republic and the famous slogan '¡No Pasarán!' during the Battle of Madrid. Wikipedia
Gallarta, Basque Country
Madrid, Spain
Neil Innes

Neil Innes (December 9, 1944-)

Neil James Innes is an English writer, comedian and musician, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, and for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. Wikipedia
Henry Way Kendall

Henry Way Kendall (December 9, 1926-February 15, 1999)

Henry Way Kendall was an American particle physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 jointly with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. Taylor "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Wakulla Springs State Park, Florida

Bolesław Kon (December 9, 1906-June 10, 1936)

Bolesław Kon was a Polish concert pianist who won international acclaim in his brief career. Wikipedia
Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Michael Krüger (writer)

Michael Krüger (writer) (December 9, 1943-)

Michael Krüger is a German writer, publisher and translator. Wikipedia
Wittgendorf, Germany
William Lipscomb

William Lipscomb (December 9, 1919-April 14, 2011)

William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr. was a Nobel Prize-winning American inorganic and organic chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry. Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio
Cambridge, Massachusetts
John Malkovich

John Malkovich (December 9, 1953-)

John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. For his roles in 'Places in the Heart' and 'In the Line of Fire', he received Academy Award nominations. He has also appeared in films such as 'Empire of the Sun', 'The Killing Fields', 'Con Air', 'Of Mice and Men', 'Being John Malkovich', 'Burn After... Wikipedia
Christopher, Illinois, U.S.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw (December 9, 1915-November 30, 2000)

Eloise Jarvis McGraw was an American author of children's books and young adult novels. She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels 'Moccasin Trail', 'The Golden Goblet', and 'The Moorchild'. 'A Really Weird Summer' won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw... Wikipedia
John Milton

John Milton (December 9, 1608-November 8, 1674)

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem 'Paradise Lost', written in blank verse. Wikipedia
Bread Street, Cheapside, London
Bunhill, London
Tip O'Neill

Tip O'Neill (December 9, 1912-January 5, 1994)

Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the House of Representatives, serving for 34 years and representing two congressional districts in Massachusetts. He served as Speaker of the House from 1977... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Katherine Putnam (December 9, 1986-)

Katherine Joy Putnam is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Oak Grove, Louisiana who was named Miss Louisiana 2009. Wikipedia
Oak Grove, Louisiana
James Rainwater

James Rainwater (December 9, 1917-May 31, 1986)

Leo James Rainwater was an American physicist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1975 for his part in determining the asymmetrical shapes of certain atomic nuclei. Wikipedia
Council, Idaho
New York City
Frances Reid

Frances Reid (December 9, 1914-February 3, 2010)

Frances Reid, born as Anna May Priest was an American dramatic actress. Although she starred in many productions, she is best known for her portrayal of Alice Horton on the NBC daytime soap opera 'Days of Our Lives' from its debut in November 1965 until 2007 . At the time of her death, she ranked fifth on the all-time list of longest-serving soap... Wikipedia
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nick Seymour

Nick Seymour (December 9, 1958-)

Nicholas More "Nick" Seymour is a musician, painter, and record producer. He is the founding mainstay bass guitarist in the Australasian rock group Crowded House; and is also the younger brother of Mark Seymour, singer-songwriter-guitarist, of another rock band, Hunters and Collectors. Wikipedia
Benalla, Victoria, Australia

Sarah Smith (writer) (December 9, 1947-)

Sarah Smith is an American author living in Brookline, Massachusetts. Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905-September 10, 1976)

James Dalton Trumbo was an American screenwriter and novelist. As one of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted; one was originally given to a front... Wikipedia
Montrose, Colorado, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson (December 9, 1875-April 3, 1950)

Carter Godwin Woodson was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of 'The Journal of Negro History' in 1915, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history. In... Wikipedia
New Canton, Virginia
Washington, DC
A. B. Yehoshua

A. B. Yehoshua (December 9, 1936-)

Abraham B. Yehoshua is an Israeli novelist, essayist, and playwright, published as A. B. Yehoshua. The 'New York Times' called him the "Israeli Faulkner." Wikipedia
Jerusalem