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Barry Ackroyd (May 12, 1954-)

Barry Ackroyd, BSC is an English cinematographer. Barry has frequently worked with British film director, Ken Loach as well as action film director Paul Greengrass. Barry has also recently worked on Kathryn Bigelow's 2008 war film The Hurt Locker as well as the critically acclaimed 2013 biographical thriller, Captain Phillips. In 2014, Barry became... Wikipedia
Oldham, England
Kristin Asbjørnsen

Kristin Asbjørnsen (May 12, 1971-)

Kristin Asbjørnsen is a Norwegian jazz singer and composer whose focus is on improvised music. She was educated at the Jazz Program at the Trondheim Conservatory of Music, Norwegian Academy of Music and the University of Oslo, and known from different musical projects like Dadafon including with Carl Haakon Waadeland, Krøyt, Kvitretten, and Nymark... Wikipedia
Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918-November 22, 2001)

Mary Kay Ash was an American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. Wikipedia
Hot Wells, Harris CountyTexas, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA
Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach (May 12, 1928-)

Burt Freeman Bacharach is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many with lyrics written by Hal David as part of the duo Bacharach and David. Wikipedia
Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra (May 12, 1925-)

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra is an American former Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career for the New York Yankees. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and is one of seven managers to lead both American and... Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Massimo Bontempelli

Massimo Bontempelli (May 12, 1878-July 21, 1960)

Massimo Bontempelli was an Italian poet, playwright, novelist and composer. He was influential in developing and promoting the literary style known as magical realism. Wikipedia
Sami Bouajila

Sami Bouajila (May 12, 1966-)

Sami Bouajila is a French actor. Wikipedia
Grenoble, France
Kix Brooks

Kix Brooks (May 12, 1955-)

Leon Eric "Kix" Brooks III is an American country music artist, actor, and film producer best known for being one half of the duo Brooks & Dunn and host of radio's 'American Country Countdown'. Prior to the duo's foundation, he was a singer and songwriter, charting twice on Hot Country Songs and releasing an album for Capitol Records. Brooks and... Wikipedia
Shreveport, Louisiana, US
Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne (May 12, 1950-)

Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne's screen debut came in the Irish soap opera 'The Riordans' and the spin-off show 'Bracken'. He has now starred in over 35... Wikipedia
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
George Carlin

George Carlin (May 12, 1937-June 22, 2008)

George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven dirty words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case 'F.C.C. v.... Wikipedia
Santa Monica, California
Leslie Charteris

Leslie Charteris (May 12, 1907-April 15, 1993)

Leslie Charteris, born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, was a British-American author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint." Wikipedia
Windsor, Berkshire, England

Marky Cielo (May 12, 1988-December 7, 2008)

Mark Angelo Cadaweng Cielo, better known as Marky Cielo, was a Filipino actor, dancer, and the first known Igorot in Philippine showbiz. He is notable for his win in the reality talent competition 'StarStruck'. During his two-year career, he was able to star in several television shows and in one film, notably 'Fantastikids', 'Asian Treasures',... Wikipedia
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines
Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez (May 12, 1962-)

Emilio Estevez is an actor, director, and writer. He started his career as an actor and is well known for being a member of the acting Brat Pack of the 1980s, starring in 'The Breakfast Club', 'St. Elmo's Fire', and also acting in the 1983 hit movie 'The Outsiders'. He is also known for 'Repo Man', 'The Mighty Ducks' and its sequels, 'Stakeout',... Wikipedia
Staten Island, New York City, New York, US
Jesús Franco

Jesús Franco (May 12, 1930-April 2, 2013)

Jesús "Jess" Franco was a Spanish film director, writer, composer, cinematographer and actor. Wikipedia
Madrid, Spain
Málaga, Spain
Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk (May 12, 1970-)

James Michael Furyk is an American professional golfer, 2010 FedEx Cup champion, and 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won one major championship, the 2003 U.S. Open. Furyk is known for consistently playing at the top level and for a visibly unconventional, looping golf swing. Due to his ability to perform at such a high level despite that... Wikipedia
West Chester, Pennsylvania
William Giauque

William Giauque (May 12, 1895-March 28, 1982)

William Francis Giauque was an American chemist and Nobel laureate recognized in 1949 for his studies in the properties of matter at temperatures close to absolute zero. He spent virtually all of his educational and professional career at the University of California, Berkeley. Wikipedia
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Berkeley, California
Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk (May 12, 1968-)

Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk, nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American former professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his licensed video game titles, distributed by Activision. He is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical... Wikipedia
San Diego, California, U.S.
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn (May 12, 1907-June 29, 2003)

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. In 1999, Hepburn was... Wikipedia
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Fenwick, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
John Russell Hind

John Russell Hind (May 12, 1823-December 23, 1895)

John Russell Hind FRS was an English astronomer. Wikipedia
Twickenham, London
Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin (May 12, 1910-July 29, 1994)

Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, OM, FRS, known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964. Wikipedia
Cairo, Egypt
Ilmington, Warwickshire, England
Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff (May 12, 1947-)

Michael Grant Ignatieff is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. Known for his work as an historian, Ignatieff has held senior academic posts at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Toronto. Wikipedia
Toronto, Canada

Gordon Jenkins (May 12, 1910-May 1, 1984)

Gordon Hill Jenkins was an American arranger, composer and pianist who was an influential figure in popular music in the 1940s and 1950s, renowned for his lush string arrangements. Jenkins worked with the Andrews Sisters, Johnny Cash, The Weavers, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Harry Nilsson, and Ella... Wikipedia
Webster Groves, Missouri
Malibu, California
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895-February 17, 1986)

Jiddu Krishnamurti was a speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the organisation behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and... Wikipedia
Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, India
Ojai, California

Micheline Lanctôt (May 12, 1947-)

Micheline Lanctôt is an actress, film director, screenwriter, and musician. Wikipedia
Frelighsburg, Canada
Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind (May 12, 1946-)

Daniel Libeskind is an architect, artist, and set designer of Polish Jewish descent. Libeskind founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. His buildings include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, the extension to the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin,... Wikipedia
Łódź, Poland
Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge (May 12, 1850-November 9, 1924)

Henry Cabot Lodge was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. A PhD in history from Harvard, he was a long-time friend and confidant of Theodore Roosevelt. Lodge had the role of the first Senate Majority Leader. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Joe Louis

Joe Louis (May 12, 1914-April 12, 1981)

Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis helped elevate boxing from a decline in popularity in the post-Jack Dempsey era by establishing a reputation... Wikipedia
LaFayette, Alabama, United States
Paradise, Nevada, USA
Naum Meiman

Naum Meiman (May 12, 1912-March 31, 2001)

Naum S. Meiman was a Soviet mathematician, and dissident. He is known for his work in complex analysis, partial differential equations, and mathematical physics, as well as for his dissident activity, in particular, for being a member of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Wikipedia
Baranovichi, Belarus
Tel-Aviv, Israel
Oskar von Miller

Oskar von Miller (May 12, 1855-April 9, 1934)

Oskar von Miller was a German engineer and founder of the Deutsches Museum, a large museum of technology and science. Wikipedia

Peter Munz (May 12, 1921-October 14, 2006)

Peter Munz was a philosopher and historian, Professor of the Victoria University of Wellington; among the major influences on his work were Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Munz is one of two students who studied under both Popper and Wittgenstein. Wikipedia
Albert Murray (writer)

Albert Murray (writer) (May 12, 1916-August 19, 2013)

Albert L. Murray was an African-American literary and jazz critic, novelist and biographer. Wikipedia
Nokomis, Mobile County, Alabama
Harlem, New York

Joan Nestle (May 12, 1940-)

Joan Nestle is a Lambda Award winning writer and editor and the co-founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. She is openly gay and sees her work of archiving history as critical to her identity as "a woman, as a lesbian, and as a Jew." Wikipedia
Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820-August 13, 1910)

Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a nurse during the Crimean War, where she tended to wounded soldiers. She was known as "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night. Wikipedia
Florence, Italy
London, England

Frank Pierson (May 12, 1925-July 22, 2012)

Frank Romer Pierson was an American screenwriter and film director. Wikipedia
Chappaqua, New York
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames (May 12, 1959-)

Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames is an American actor best known for his work in 'Bringing Out the Dead', 'Pulp Fiction', 'Out of Sight', 'Baby Boy', 'Don King: Only in America', 'Dawn of the Dead', 'Rosewood', 'Con Air', and as Luther Stickell in the 'Mission: Impossible' film series. Wikipedia
New York, New York, United States

Larry Rickles (May 12, 1970-December 3, 2011)

Larry Rickles was an American screenwriter, film and television producer. Rickles won an Emmy Award in 2008 for his work on 'Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project', a documentary about his father, actor and comedian Don Rickles. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, US
Los Angeles, US
Said Rustamov

Said Rustamov (May 12, 1907-June 10, 1983)

Said Rustamov, born Mir-Jabbar Ali oglu Seyid-Rustamzadeh, was an Azerbaijani composer and conductor. Wikipedia
Norma Smallwood

Norma Smallwood (May 12, 1909-May 8, 1966)

Norma Des Cygne Smallwood was the winner of the Miss America 1926 pageant. Smallwood was the first Native American to win the title. Wikipedia
Oklahoma, U.S.
Wichita, Kansas

L. Neil Smith (May 12, 1946-)

Lester Neil Smith III, better known as L. Neil Smith, is a libertarian science fiction author and political activist. His works include the trilogy of Lando Calrissian novels: 'Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu', 'Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon', 'Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka', and the Omnibus edition 'The... Wikipedia
Denver, Colorado

Srinath (actor) (May 12, 1968-)

'For Malayali actor see Sreenath' Srinath is an Indian actor and director. He starting in drama troupes, and has transitioned to the film industry. After appearing in various television serials such as 'Kadhalikka Neramillai', he started to play supporting roles in films such as 'Ullam Ketkumae' and 'Unnale Unnale'. Wikipedia
Frank Stella

Frank Stella (May 12, 1936-)

Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker, noted for his work in the areas of minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. Stella continues to live and work in New York. Wikipedia
Malden, Massachusetts
Deborah Warner

Deborah Warner (May 12, 1959-)

Deborah Warner CBE is a British director of theatre and opera known for her interpretations of the works of Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, and Henrik Ibsen. She is a frequent collaborator of Irish actress Fiona Shaw. Wikipedia
Oxfordshire, England
Mike Weir

Mike Weir (May 12, 1970-)

Michael Richard Weir, CM, O.Ont is a Canadian professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He spent over 110 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 2001 and 2005. He is best known for winning the Masters in 2003. Wikipedia
Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Norman Whitfield (May 12, 1940-September 16, 2008)

Norman Jesse Whitfield was an American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy's Motown labels during the 1960s. He has been credited as one of the creators of the Motown Sound and as an instrumental figure in the development of the late-1960s subgenre of psychedelic soul. Wikipedia
Harlem, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood (May 12, 1948-)

Stephen Lawrence "Steve" Winwood is an English musician whose genres include rock, blue-eyed soul, rhythm and blues, blues rock, pop rock, and jazz. A multi-instrumentalist, Winwood plays keyboards, bass guitar, drums, guitar, mandolin, violin, and other strings. Wikipedia
Handsworth, Birmingham, England