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Pierre Balmain

Pierre Balmain (May 18, 1914-June 29, 1982)

Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain was a French fashion designer and founder of leading post-war fashion house Balmain. Known for sophistication and elegance, he described the art of dressmaking as: "the architecture of movement." Wikipedia
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Savoie, France
Paris, France
Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks (May 18, 1912-March 11, 1992)

Richard Brooks was an American screenwriter, film director, novelist and occasional film producer. His outstanding works as director are 'Blackboard Jungle', 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof', 'Elmer Gantry' – for which he won an Academy Award for Best Writing, 'In Cold Blood', and 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar'. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Los Angeles, California
Joe Brown (boxer)

Joe Brown (boxer) (May 18, 1926-December 4, 1997)

Joe Brown was an accomplished boxer who won the undisputed Lightweight Championship of the World in 1956, making 11 successful defences before losing his crown in his old age to Carlos Ortiz in 1962. Brown was a classic boxer and a knockout puncher. Known as the ‘Creole Clouter’ and Joe ‘Old Bones’ Brown, he was managed by Lou Viscusi and named... Wikipedia

Allan Burns (May 18, 1935-)

Allan Burns is an American screenwriter and television producer. Burns is best known for, alongside James L. Brooks, creating and writing for the television sitcoms 'The Munsters', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'Rhoda'. Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Frank Capra

Frank Capra (May 18, 1897-September 3, 1991)

Frank Russell Capra was an American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified." Wikipedia
Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy
La Quinta, California, United States
Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley (May 18, 1969-)

Troy Cassar-Daley is an country musician from New South Wales, Australia. Wikipedia
Perry Como

Perry Como (May 18, 1912-May 12, 2001)

Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after signing with them in 1943. "Mr. C.", as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records for Radio Corporation of America and pioneered a weekly musical variety television... Wikipedia
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Palm Beach County, Florida, U.S
Vincent du Vigneaud

Vincent du Vigneaud (May 18, 1901-December 11, 1978)

Vincent du Vigneaud was an American biochemist. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1955 for the isolation, structural identification, and total synthesis of the cyclic peptide, oxytocin. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ithaca, New York, USA

Michael A. Epstein (May 18, 1921-)

Sir Michael Anthony Epstein, CBE, FRS, FMedSci is a British pathologist and academic. He is one of the discoverers of the Epstein-Barr virus. Wikipedia
Tina Fey

Tina Fey (May 18, 1970-)

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series 'Saturday Night Live', the creator of '30 Rock' and 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt', and films such as 'Mean Girls', 'Baby Mama', 'Date Night', and 'Muppets Most Wanted'. Wikipedia
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States

John Godber (May 18, 1956-)

John Harry Godber is an English dramatist, known mainly for his observational comedies. In the 'Plays and Players Yearbook' for 1993 he was calculated as the third most performed playwright in the UK behind William Shakespeare and Alan Ayckbourn. Godber has been creative director of the Theatre Royal Wakefield since 2011. He has a wife and two... Wikipedia
Upton, West Yorkshire, England
Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius (May 18, 1883-July 5, 1969)

Walter Adolph Georg Gropius was a German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School, who, along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Wikipedia
Berlin, Germany
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Peter Grünberg

Peter Grünberg (May 18, 1939-)

Peter Andreas Grünberg is a German physicist, and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his discovery with Albert Fert of giant magnetoresistance which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disk drives. Wikipedia
Pilsen, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson (May 18, 1946-)

Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson is an American former baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for five different teams. He was nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason with the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. Jackson won five consecutive American League West divisional pennants, three... Wikipedia
Wyncote, Pennsylvania, United States
Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II (May 18, 1920-April 2, 2005)

Pope John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła Charles Joseph Wojtyła served as Pope from 1978 to 2005. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after thirty-three days. Then-Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave... Wikipedia
Wadowice, Poland
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Jack Johnson (musician)

Jack Johnson (musician) (May 18, 1975-)

Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the folk rock, soft rock, and acoustic rock genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, 'Brushfire Fairytales'. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs,... Wikipedia
Oahu, Hawaii
Jari Kurri

Jari Kurri (May 18, 1960-)

Jari Pekka Kurri is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger and a five-time Stanley Cup champion. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. He is currently the general manager of Jokerit. Wikipedia
Helsinki, FIN
Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes (May 18, 1941-)

Miriam Margolyes OBE is an English-Australian character actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in 'The Age of Innocence' and went on to play the role of Professor Sprout in the 'Harry Potter' film series. For many years, she has... Wikipedia
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Robert Morse

Robert Morse (May 18, 1931-)

Robert Alan Morse is an American actor and singer best known as the star of both the 1961 original Broadway production and 1967 movie version of 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying', and as Bertram Cooper, from 2007 to 2014, in the AMC dramatic series 'Mad Men'. Wikipedia
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Natalia Osipova

Natalia Osipova (May 18, 1986-)

Natalia Petrovna Osipova is a Russian ballerina, currently performing as a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russian SFSR

Pasupathy (May 18, 1969-)

Pasupathy is an Indian film actor. He appeared in critically acclaimed roles in many noted films in Tamil cinema, playing supporting, antagonistic, comedic as well as protagonistic roles. His performance in 'E' earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also won an ITFA Best... Wikipedia
Maduravoyal, Tamil Nadu, India
Gary S. Paxton

Gary S. Paxton (May 18, 1939-)

Gary Sanford Paxton is an American record producer, and a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning songwriter and recording artist. Wikipedia
Coffeyville, Kansas United States
Ezio Pinza

Ezio Pinza (May 18, 1892-May 9, 1957)

Ezio Pinza was an Italian opera singer. A bass with a rich, smooth and sonorous voice, he spent 22 seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera, appearing in more than 750 performances of 50 operas. At the San Francisco Opera, Pinza sang 26 roles during 20 seasons from 1927 to 1948. Pinza also sang to great acclaim at La Scala, Milan, and at the Royal... Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Stamford, Connecticut
Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson (May 18, 1937-)

Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles. He batted and threw right-handed, in spite of the fact he was a natural left-hander. Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover", he is considered one of the greatest defensive third... Wikipedia
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872-February 2, 1970)

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist, but he also admitted that he had never been any of these in any profound sense. He was... Wikipedia
Trellech, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
Penrhyndeudraeth, Wales, United Kingdom
Fred Saberhagen

Fred Saberhagen (May 18, 1930-June 29, 2007)

Fred Thomas Saberhagen was an American science fiction and fantasy author most famous for his 'Berserker' series of science fiction short stories and S.F. novels. Wikipedia
Chicago, State of Illinois,
Albuquerque, State of New Mexico
George Strait

George Strait (May 18, 1952-)

George Harvey Strait is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and... Wikipedia
Poteet, Texas

Jim Sundberg (May 18, 1951-)

James Howard Sundberg is a former professional baseball catcher known for being one of the best defensive catchers of his era. He played for a number of Major League teams, most significantly the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, with whom he won a World Series. He batted and threw right-handed. Wikipedia
Galesburg, Illinois
Jérôme Tharaud

Jérôme Tharaud (May 18, 1874-January 23, 1953)

Jérôme Tharaud was a French writer. He was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1906, and was elected the fifteenth occupant of Académie française seat 31 in 1938. Wikipedia

Jack Whitaker (May 18, 1924-)

John Francis "Jack" Whitaker is an American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Meredith Willson

Meredith Willson (May 18, 1902-June 15, 1984)

Robert Meredith Willson was an American composer, songwriter, flutist, conductor and playwright, best known for writing the book, music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical 'The Music Man'. He wrote three other Broadway musicals, composed symphonies and popular songs, and his film scores were twice nominated for Academy Awards. Wikipedia
Mason City, Iowa
Santa Monica, California
Jeana Yeager

Jeana Yeager (May 18, 1952-)

Jeana Yeager is an American aviator. She co-piloted, along with Dick Rutan, the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world in the Rutan Voyager aircraft from December 14 to 23, 1986. The flight took 9 days, 3 minutes, and 44 seconds and covered 24,986 miles, more than doubling the old distance record set by a Boeing B-52 bomber in 1962.... Wikipedia
Olgierd Zienkiewicz

Olgierd Zienkiewicz (May 18, 1921-January 2, 2009)

Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz, CBE, FREng, FRS was a British academic of Polish descent, mathematician, and civil engineer. He was born in Caterham, England. He was one of the early pioneers of the finite element method. Since his first paper in 1947 dealing with numerical approximation to the stress analysis of dams, he published nearly 600 papers and... Wikipedia
Caterham, UK
Swansea, UK
Terry Zwigoff

Terry Zwigoff (May 18, 1949-)

Terry Zwigoff is an American filmmaker whose work often deals with misfits, antiheroes, and themes of alienation. Wikipedia
Appleton, Wisconsin