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Viktor Astafyev

Viktor Astafyev (May 1, 1924-November 29, 2001)

Viktor Petrovich Astafyev also spelled Astafiev or Astaf'ev, was a Soviet and Russian writer of short stories and novels. Wikipedia
Ovsyanka near Krasnoyarsk
Jacob Bekenstein

Jacob Bekenstein (May 1, 1947-)

Jacob David Bekenstein is a Mexican-Israeli theoretical physicist who has contributed to the foundation of black hole thermodynamics and to other aspects of the connections between information and gravitation. Wikipedia
Mexico City, Mexico
Laura Betti

Laura Betti (May 1, 1927-July 31, 2004)

Laura Betti was an Italian actress known particularly for her work with directors Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci. She had a long friendship with Pasolini and made a documentary about him in 2001. Wikipedia
Bologna, Italy
Rome, Latium, Italy
Kerry Bishé

Kerry Bishé (May 1, 1984-)

Kerry Bishé is an American actress, known for playing Donna Clark in the AMC television series 'Halt and Catch Fire'. Bishé also starred as Billie Kashmiri in Fox's one-off science fiction drama 'Virtuality', originally intended to be a full series, and starred in the critically acclaimed drama film 'Argo' as Kathy Stafford. Wikipedia
New Jersey
Bernard Butler

Bernard Butler (May 1, 1970-)

Bernard Joseph Butler is an English musician and record producer. He is best known as the first guitarist and primary songwriter with Suede, until his departure in 1994. He has been hailed by some critics as the greatest guitarist of his generation, as well as one of Britain's most original and influential guitarists. He was voted the 24th greatest... Wikipedia
Stamford Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter (May 1, 1925-October 10, 2013)

Malcolm Scott Carpenter was an American test pilot, astronaut, and aquanaut. He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space, following Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn. Wikipedia
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Denver, Colorado, United States
Danielle Darrieux

Danielle Darrieux (May 1, 1917-)

Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux is a French actress and singer, who has appeared in more than 110 films since 1931. She is one of France's great movie stars and her eight-decade career is among the longest in film history. Wikipedia
Bordeaux, France

Thomas Del Ruth (May 1, 1942-)

Thomas Del Ruth, ASC is an American cinematographer. He was born on May 1, 1942 in Beverly Hills, California, United States. He is the son of film director Roy Del Ruth, and actress Winnie Lightner. He was educated at the University of Southern California and began working as a commercial print model and actor after serving as a paratrooper in the... Wikipedia
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, in the United States of America
Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916-August 30, 2006)

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford was a Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted over 50 years. Despite his versatility, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in unusual circumstances. Wikipedia
Sainte-Christine, Quebec
Beverly Hills, California
Giovannino Guareschi

Giovannino Guareschi (May 1, 1908-July 22, 1968)

Giovannino Oliviero Giuseppe Guareschi was an Italian journalist, cartoonist and humorist whose most famous creation is the priest Don Camillo. Wikipedia
Roccabianca, Emilia, Kingdom of Italy
Cervia, Romagna, Italian Republic

Bergljot Hobæk Haff (May 1, 1925-)

Bergljot Hobæk Haff is a Norwegian novel writer. Upon completing her education, she traveled to Denmark, and taught there for 24 years before returning to Oslo. She made her debut with the novel 'Raset' in 1956. Her books are translated into languages as English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Lithuanian. Wikipedia
Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923-December 12, 1999)

Joseph Heller was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. The title of one of his works, 'Catch-22', entered the English lexicon to refer to a vicious circle wherein an absurd, no-win choice, particularly in situations in which the desired outcome of the choice is an impossibility, and regardless of choice, a same... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
East Hampton, New York, United States
Oliver Hill

Oliver Hill (May 1, 1907-August 5, 2007)

Oliver White Hill, Sr. was a civil rights attorney from Richmond, Virginia. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of "separate but equal." He also helped win landmark legal decisions involving equality in pay for black teachers, access to school buses, voting rights, jury selection, and employment protection. He retired in... Wikipedia
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe

Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe (May 1, 1884-July 26, 1964)

Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon, 5th Earl Howe was a British naval officer, Member of Parliament, and motor racing driver and promotor. In the 1918 UK General Election he won the Battersea South seat as the candidate of the Conservative Party, which he held until 1929. While in Parliament he took up motor racing, and later won the 1931 24 Hours... Wikipedia

Carl Morten Iversen (May 1, 1948-)

Carl Morten Iversen is a Norwegian jazz musician, son of jazz violinist Arild Iversen. He is known from numerous recordings, has long been central to the Oslo Jazz scene. Wikipedia
Oslo, Norway

Morio Kita (May 1, 1927-October 24, 2011)

Morio Kita was the pen name of Sokichi Saitō, a Japanese novelist, essayist, and psychiatrist. Wikipedia
Tokyo City
Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar (May 1, 1971-)

Ajith Kumar is an Indian film actor working predominantly in Tamil cinema. He has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards, all for films which showcased him in multiple roles. In addition to his acting, Ajith, in a sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula Three season as a Formula Two racing driver and was ranked the third best motor car... Wikipedia
Hyderabad (now in Telangana, India)
Peter Lax

Peter Lax (May 1, 1926-)

Peter David Lax is a Hungarian-born American mathematician working in the areas of pure and applied mathematics. He has made important contributions to integrable systems, fluid dynamics and shock waves, solitonic physics, hyperbolic conservation laws, and mathematical and scientific computing, among other fields. Lax is listed as an ISI highly... Wikipedia
Budapest, Hungary
Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley (May 1, 1946-)

Joanna Lamond Lumley, OBE FRGS is an English actress, voice-over artist, former model and author, who starred in the British television series 'Absolutely Fabulous' as Edina Monsoon's best friend, Patsy Stone, as well as in 'The New Avengers', 'Sapphire & Steel', 'Jam & Jerusalem' and 'Sensitive Skin'. In film she has appeared in 'On Her Majesty's... Wikipedia
Srinagar, India
Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin (May 1, 1973-)

Curtis James Martin, Jr. is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets over the span of 10 years. Martin began his professional career with the Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft. As a free agent in 1998, he joined the Jets where... Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw (May 1, 1967-)

Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer and actor. He has been married to fellow singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. Wikipedia
Delhi, Louisiana, United States
John Meillon

John Meillon (May 1, 1934-August 11, 1989)

John Meillon, OBE was an Australian character actor, known for many straight as well as comedy roles, he became most widely known internationally however as Walter Reilly in the films '"Crocodile" Dundee' and '"Crocodile" Dundee II'. He also voiced Victoria Bitter beer adverts. Wikipedia
Mosman, Sydney
Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Julian Mitchell (May 1, 1935-)

Charles Julian Humphrey Mitchell FRSL, is an English playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. He is best known as the writer of the play and film 'Another Country', and as a screenwriter for TV, producing many original plays and series episodes, including at least ten for 'Inspector Morse'. Wikipedia
Maia Morgenstern

Maia Morgenstern (May 1, 1962-)

Emilia-Maia-Ninel Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ'. In Romania, she has been nationally known since her... Wikipedia
Tad Mosel

Tad Mosel (May 1, 1922-August 24, 2008)

Tad Mosel was an American playwright and one of the leading dramatists of hour-long teleplay genre for live television during the 1950s. He received the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play 'All the Way Home'. Wikipedia
Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Louis Nye

Louis Nye (May 1, 1913-October 9, 2005)

Louis Nye was an American comedy actor. Wikipedia
Hartford, Connecticut United States
Los Angeles, California United States
Ray Parker, Jr.

Ray Parker, Jr. (May 1, 1954-)

Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the theme song to the movie 'Ghostbusters', for his solo music, and for performing with his band, Raydio, and with Barry White. Wikipedia
Detroit, Michigan
Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Santiago Ramón y Cajal (May 1, 1852-October 18, 1934)

Santiago Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish pathologist, histologist, neuroscientist, and Nobel laureate. His original pioneering investigations of the microscopic structure of the brain have led his being designated by many, as the father of modern neuroscience. His medical artistry was legendary, and hundreds of his drawings illustrating the delicate... Wikipedia
Aragon, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Yiannis Ritsos

Yiannis Ritsos (May 1, 1909-November 11, 1990)

Yiannis Ritsos was a Greek poet and left-wing activist and an active member of the Greek Resistance during World War II. Wikipedia
Monemvasia, Greece
Athens, Greece
Max Robinson

Max Robinson (May 1, 1939-December 20, 1988)

Maxie Cleveland "Max" Robinson, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist, and 'ABC News World News Tonight' co-anchor. He was the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States and one of the first television journalists to die of AIDS. He was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. Wikipedia
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Washington, D.C., U.S.

Walter Dill Scott (May 1, 1869-September 24, 1955)

Walter Dill Scott was one of the first applied psychologists. He applied psychology to various business practices such as personnel selection and advertising. Wikipedia
Ignazio Silone

Ignazio Silone (May 1, 1900-August 22, 1978)

Ignazio Silone was the pseudonym of Secondino Tranquilli, an Italian author and politician. Wikipedia
Pescina, Italy
Geneva, Switzerland
Kate Smith

Kate Smith (May 1, 1907-June 17, 1986)

Kathryn Elizabeth Smith, known professionally as Kate Smith and The First Lady of Radio, was an American singer, a contralto, best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". Wikipedia
Greenville, Virginia, United States
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Leo Sowerby

Leo Sowerby (May 1, 1895-July 7, 1968)

Leo Sowerby, American composer and church musician, was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1946, and was often called the “Dean of American church music” in the early to mid 20th century. Wikipedia
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Port Clinton, Ohio
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (May 1, 1881-April 10, 1955)

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ was a French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the idea of the Omega Point and developed Vladimir Vernadsky's concept of noosphere. Wikipedia
Orcines, France
New York, New York, USA

Ricky Tognazzi (May 1, 1955-)

Ricky Tognazzi is an Italian actor and film director. He has appeared in 50 films and television shows since 1963. His film 'The Escort' was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Wikipedia
Milan, Italy
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (May 1, 1769-September 14, 1852)

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was a British soldier and statesman, born in Dublin, Ireland belonging to the Protestant Ascendancy, and one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain. His defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 put him in the top rank of Britain's military heroes. In... Wikipedia
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Walmer Castle, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Avraami Zavenyagin (May 1, 1901-December 31, 1956)

Lieutenant-General Avraami Pavlovich Zavenyagin was a leading figure in the Soviet nuclear projects of the 1940s and 1950s. A protégé of Lavrenti Beria, Zavenyagin survived the purge after the death of Joseph Stalin because of a long friendship with Nikita Khrushchev which dated back to the 1920s. He died of a heart attack. Wikipedia