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Nancy Ajram

Nancy Ajram (May 16, 1983-)

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese singer and multi-platinum recording artist. With the support of her father, Nancy began performing as a child and released her first studio album by the age of 15. Her breakthrough occurred with the start of her collaboration with well-known producer Jiji Lamara, when she released her smash hit "Akhasmak Ah" and 3rd studio... Wikipedia
Beirut, Lebanon
Francesca Archibugi

Francesca Archibugi (May 16, 1960-)

Francesca Archibugi is an Italian film director and scriptwriter. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Georg Bednorz

Georg Bednorz (May 16, 1950-)

Johannes Georg Bednorz is a German physicist who, together with K. Alex Müller, discovered high-temperature superconductivity in ceramics, for which they shared the 1987 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wikipedia
Neuenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Joan Benoit

Joan Benoit (May 16, 1957-)

Joan Benoit Samuelson is an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result, she was the first-ever women's Olympic marathon champion. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon.... Wikipedia
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan (May 16, 1953-)

Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration. He then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series 'Remington Steele', which... Wikipedia
Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Chester Brown

Chester Brown (May 16, 1960-)

Chester William David Brown is a Canadian cartoonist and, since 2008, the Libertarian Party of Canada's candidate for the riding of Trinity—Spadina in Toronto. Wikipedia
Montreal, Canada
Betty Carter

Betty Carter (May 16, 1929-September 26, 1998)

Betty Carter was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies. The vocalist Carmen McRae once remarked, "There's really only one jazz singer – only one: Betty Carter." Wikipedia
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Los Angeles, U.S.

Ken Catran (May 16, 1944-)

Ken Catran is a children's novelist and television screenwriter from New Zealand. Wikipedia
Sorj Chalandon

Sorj Chalandon (May 16, 1952-)

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Tunis, French Protectorate of Tunisia
Pafnuty Chebyshev

Pafnuty Chebyshev (May 16, 1821-December 8, 1894)

Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev was a Russian mathematician. His name can be alternatively transliterated as 'Chebychev', 'Chebysheff', 'Chebyshov'; or 'Tchebychev', 'Tchebycheff'; or 'Tschebyschev', 'Tschebyschef', 'Tschebyscheff'. Wikipedia
Akatovo, Province of Kaluga, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
John Conyers

John Conyers (May 16, 1929-)

John James Conyers, Jr. is the U.S. Representative for, serving in Congress since 1965. The district includes the western half of Detroit, as well as Dearborn, Highland Park, and most of the downriver suburbs including Wyandotte and Romulus. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Conyers, as its longest-serving current member, is the Dean of the... Wikipedia
Highland Park, Michigan
David Coons

David Coons (May 16, 1960-)

David B. Coons is a computer graphics professional and longtime CGI expert. Wikipedia
Wendy Davis (politician)

Wendy Davis (politician) (May 16, 1963-)

Wendy Russell Davis is an American lawyer and Democratic politician from Fort Worth, Texas who represents District 10 of the Texas Senate. She previously served on the Fort Worth city council. On June 25, 2013, Davis held a filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, legislation that would create new abortion regulations in Texas. The filibuster lasted for... Wikipedia
Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Els Dottermans

Els Dottermans (May 16, 1964-)

Els Dottermans is a Belgian actress. Wikipedia
Belgium
Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards (May 16, 1947-)

Robert Alan "Bob" Edwards is a Peabody Award-winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was the first broadcaster with a large national following to join the field of satellite radio. He gained fame as the first host of National Public Radio's flagship program, 'Morning Edition'. Starting in 2004, Edwards then became the host of 'The Bob... Wikipedia
Louisville, Kentucky

Denise Filiatrault (May 16, 1931-)

Denise Filiatrault is a Canadian actress and director. Wikipedia
Montreal, Quebec
Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda (May 16, 1905-August 12, 1982)

Henry Jaynes 'Hank' Fonda was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning more than five decades. Wikipedia
Grand Island, Nebraska, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Douglas Southall Freeman

Douglas Southall Freeman (May 16, 1886-June 13, 1953)

Douglas Southall Freeman was an American historian, biographer, newspaper editor, and author. He is best known for his multi-volume biographies of Robert E. Lee and George Washington, for which he was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes. Wikipedia
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Jean-Sébastien Giguère

Jean-Sébastien Giguère (May 16, 1977-)

Jean-Sébastien Giguère is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He played at the major junior with the Verdun Collège Français and Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he was drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He played in the Calgary Flames organization for three... Wikipedia
Montreal, QC, CAN
Woody Herman

Woody Herman (May 16, 1913-October 29, 1987)

Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandleaders. His bands often played music that was experimental for its time. He was a featured halftime performer for Super... Wikipedia
West Hollywood, California, United States
David Edward Hughes

David Edward Hughes (May 16, 1831-January 22, 1900)

David Edward Hughes, was an Anglo-American inventor, practical experimenter, and professor of music known for his work on the printing telegraph and the microphone. He is generally considered to have been born in London but his family moved around that time so he may have been born in Corwen, Wales. His family moved to the U.S. while he was a child... Wikipedia
London or Corwen, Denbighshire
London
Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson (May 16, 1966-)

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she... Wikipedia
Gary, Indiana, United States
Ephraim Katzir

Ephraim Katzir (May 16, 1916-May 30, 2009)

Ephraim Katzir was an Israeli biophysicist and former Israeli Labor Party politician. He was the fourth President of Israel from 1973 until 1978. Wikipedia
Kiev, Russian Empire
Rehovot, Israel

Rudolf Kompfner (May 16, 1909-December 3, 1977)

Rudolf Kompfner was an Austrian-born engineer and physicist, best known as the inventor of the traveling-wave tube. Wikipedia
Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton (May 16, 1926-)

Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform. He was an early proponent of the techniques of psychohistory. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York

William Ludwig (May 16, 1912-February 7, 1999)

William Ludwig was an American screenwriter. He won, with Sonya Levien, an Oscar for "Best Writing, Story and Screenplay" in 1955 for 'Interrupted Melody'. Other notable works include the screenplay for the 1955 production of 'Oklahoma!'. Wikipedia
New York, New York, USA
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Richard Mason (novelist 1919–1997) (May 16, 1919-October 13, 1997)

Richard Mason was a British novelist. Wikipedia
Harrie Massey

Harrie Massey (May 16, 1908-November 27, 1983)

Sir Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey was an Australian mathematical physicist who worked primarily in the fields of atomic and atmospheric physics. Wikipedia
Invermay, Victoria, Australia
Esher, Surrey
Élie Metchnikoff

Élie Metchnikoff (May 16, 1845-July 16, 1916)

Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov was a Ukrainian zoologist best known for his pioneering research into the immune system. Wikipedia
Ivanivka, Kupyanskyi Raion, Kharkiv Province, Ukraine
Paris, France

Stein Mehren (May 16, 1935-)

Stein Mehren is a Norwegian poet, author, essayist and playwright. He made his literary debut as lyricist with 'Gjennom stillheten en natt'. He has written more than fifty books, mainly poetry. Wikipedia
Merton Miller

Merton Miller (May 16, 1923-June 3, 2000)

Merton Howard Miller was an American economist, and the co-author of the Modigliani–Miller theorem, which proposed the irrelevance of debt-equity structure. He shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1990, along with Harry Markowitz and William F. Sharpe. Miller spent most of his academic career at the University of Chicago's Booth... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Chicago, Illinois
Mario Monicelli

Mario Monicelli (May 16, 1915-November 29, 2010)

Mario Monicelli was a six times-Oscar nominated Italian director and screenwriter and one of the masters of the 'Commedia all'Italiana'. Wikipedia
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Rome, Italy
Levi P. Morton

Levi P. Morton (May 16, 1824-May 16, 1920)

Levi Parsons Morton was a Representative from New York and the 22nd Vice President of the United States. He later served as the 31st Governor of New York. Wikipedia
Shoreham, Vermont
Rhinebeck, New York

Shawn Murphy (sound engineer) (May 16, 1948-)

Shawn Murphy is an American sound engineer. He has won an Academy Award for Best Sound and has been nominated for another two in the same category. He has worked on over 350 films since 1983. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California United States
Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini (May 16, 1974-)

Laura Pausini is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and record producer. As a child, she was encouraged by her father to join him during his performances in local piano bars. After competing in local singing contests, Pausini signed her first recording contract. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists' section of the 43rd Sanremo Music... Wikipedia
Solarolo, Province of Ravenna, Italy
Rick Reuschel

Rick Reuschel (May 16, 1949-)

Ricky Eugene Reuschel is a former professional baseball pitcher from the early 1970s into the early 1990s. His nickname was "'Big Daddy'" because of his portly physique. He was known for his deceptive style of pitching, which kept hitters off balance by constantly varying the speeds of his pitches. Wikipedia
Quincy, Illinois
Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich (May 16, 1929-March 27, 2012)

Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was credited with bringing "the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse." Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Santa Cruz, California, USA
Gabriela Sabatini

Gabriela Sabatini (May 16, 1970-)

Gabriela Beatriz Sabatini is a former professional Argentine tennis player. She was one of the leading players on the women's circuit in the late-1980s and early-1990s. She won the women's singles title at the US Open in 1990, the women's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1988, two Year-End Championships in 1988 and 1994, and a silver medal at the 1988... Wikipedia
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ivan Sutherland

Ivan Sutherland (May 16, 1938-)

Ivan Edward Sutherland is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer. His early work in computer graphics as well as his teaching with David C. Evans in that subject at the University of Utah in the 1970's was pioneering in the field. Sutherland, Evans, and his students from that era invented several foundations of modern computer... Wikipedia
Hastings, Nebraska
Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel (May 16, 1912-October 31, 2008)

Louis "Studs" Terkel was an American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster. He received the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1985 for '"The Good War"', and is best remembered for his oral histories of common Americans, and for hosting a long-running radio show in Chicago. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Arturo Uslar Pietri

Arturo Uslar Pietri (May 16, 1906-February 26, 2001)

Arturo Uslar Pietri, was a Venezuelan intellectual, lawyer, journalist, writer, television producer and politician. Wikipedia
Caracas
Caracas
Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham (May 16, 1959-)

Mary Megan "Mare" Winningham is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is an Academy Award, Tony Award and eight-time Emmy Award nominee, winning Emmys in 1980 and 1998. Wikipedia
Phoenix, Arizona, United States