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Ted Allen

Ted Allen (May 20, 1965-)

Ted Allen is an American writer, cookbook author, and television personality. He was the food and wine connoisseur on the American Bravo network's television program 'Queer Eye' and has been the host of the TV cooking competition series 'Chopped' since its launch in 2009. As of April 13, 2014, he is also the host of another Food Network show,... Wikipedia
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac (May 20, 1799-August 18, 1850)

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His 'magnum opus' was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled 'La Comédie humaine', which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Wikipedia
Tours, France
Paris, France
Ken Boyer

Ken Boyer (May 20, 1931-September 7, 1982)

Kenton Lloyd "Kent" Boyer was an American Major League Baseball third baseman, coach and manager who played on the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers for 15 seasons, 1955 through 1969. He was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014. Wikipedia
Liberty, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
Bernard Brodie (military strategist)

Bernard Brodie (military strategist) (May 20, 1910-November 24, 1978)

Bernard Brodie was an American military strategist well known for establishing the basics of nuclear strategy. Known as "the American Clausewitz," and "the original nuclear strategist," he was an initial architect of nuclear deterrence strategy and tried to ascertain the role and value of nuclear weapons after their creation. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois USA
California, USA
Eduard Buchner

Eduard Buchner (May 20, 1860-August 13, 1917)

Eduard Buchner was a German chemist and zymologist, awarded with the 1907 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fermentation. Wikipedia
Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
Albano Carrisi

Albano Carrisi (May 20, 1943-)

Albano Carrisi, better known as Al Bano, is an Italian singer, actor, and winemaker. Wikipedia
Cellino San Marco, Italy
Cher

Cher (May 20, 1946-)

Cher is an American singer, actress, entertainer and fashion icon. Described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry, she is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her career, which has led to her... Wikipedia
El Centro, California, U.S.

Ed Christie (May 20, 1956-)

Ed Christie is an art director and puppet designer. Christie started out as an intern with Henson Associates in 1978. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a BFA/Education in 1979. Wikipedia
Moshe Dayan

Moshe Dayan (May 20, 1915-October 16, 1981)

Moshe Dayan was an Israeli military leader and politician. He was the second child born on the first kibbutz, but he moved with his family in 1921, and he grew up on a moshav. As commander of the Jerusalem front in Israel's War of Independence, Chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces during the 1956 Suez Crisis, but mainly as Defense Minister... Wikipedia
Degania, Ottoman Syria
Tel Aviv, Israel
William Fargo

William Fargo (May 20, 1818-August 3, 1881)

William George Fargo, pioneer American expressman, was born in Pompey, New York. From the age of thirteen he had to support himself, obtaining little schooling, and for several years he was a clerk in grocery stores in Syracuse. Wikipedia
Pompey, New York
Buffalo, New York

Nancy Fleming (May 20, 1942-)

Nancy Anne Fleming won the Miss America crown in 1961. Wikipedia

Prahlad Friedman (May 20, 1978-)

Prahlad S. Friedman is an American professional poker player from Los Angeles, California. He has played under the screen names "Spirit Rock" on Full Tilt Poker, "Mahatma" on Ultimate Bet, "Zweig" on Prima Network, and "Prefontaine" on PokerStars. Wikipedia
George Gobel

George Gobel (May 20, 1919-February 24, 1991)

George Leslie Gobel was an American comedian and actor. He was best known as the star of his own weekly NBC television show, 'The George Gobel Show', which ran from 1954 to 1960. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
William Redington Hewlett

William Redington Hewlett (May 20, 1913-January 12, 2001)

William "Bill" Redington Hewlett was an American engineer and the co-founder, with David Packard, of the Hewlett-Packard Company. Wikipedia
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Portola Valley, California
Gerhard Huisken

Gerhard Huisken (May 20, 1958-)

Gerhard Huisken is a German mathematician. Wikipedia
Hamburg
Bouli Lanners

Bouli Lanners (May 20, 1965-)

Philippe "Bouli" Lanners is a Belgian actor, author and film director. His film 'The Giants' was nominated for twelve Magritte Awards, winning five, including Best Film and Best Director. Wikipedia
Moresnet-Chapelle, Belgium

Sorche Nic Leodhas (May 20, 1898-November 14, 1969)

LeClaire Gowans Alger was an American author better known under her pseudonym Sorche Nic Leodhas, or simply Sorche Leodhas. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, she was a sickly child, eventually being homeschooled. Alger was a known librarian, working from 1915 to 1966, while the imaginary Sorche was a storyteller. She sought out traditional Scottish tales... Wikipedia
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Edward B. Lewis

Edward B. Lewis (May 20, 1918-July 21, 2004)

Edward B. Lewis was an American geneticist, a corecipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Wikipedia
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Pasadena, California
Balu Mahendra

Balu Mahendra (May 20, 1939-February 13, 2014)

Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, commonly known as Balu Mahendra, was a cinematographer, director, screenwriter and film editor, who worked in various Indian film industries, primarily in Tamil cinema. Born into a Sri Lankan Tamil household, Mahendra developed a passion towards photography and literature at a young age. He was drawn towards... Wikipedia
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain (May 20, 1954-)

Cindy Lou Hensley McCain is an American businesswoman, and philanthropist, and the wife of United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona. Wikipedia
Phoenix, Arizona
Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita (May 20, 1940-)

Stanislav "Stan" Mikita, is a Slovak-born Canadian retired professional ice hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League, generally regarded as the best centre of the 1960s. Wikipedia
Sokolče, Slovak Republic
John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill (May 20, 1806-May 8, 1873)

John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory and political economy. He has been called "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century". Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in... Wikipedia
Pentonville, London, England, United Kingdom
Avignon, France
Bobby Murcer

Bobby Murcer (May 20, 1946-July 12, 2008)

Bobby Ray Murcer was an American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for 17 seasons between 1965 and 1983, mostly with the New York Yankees, whom he later rejoined as a longtime broadcaster. A Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star, Murcer led the American League in on-base percentage in 1971, and in runs and total bases in 1972. Wikipedia
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Liselotte Neumann

Liselotte Neumann (May 20, 1966-)

Liselotte Maria "Lotta" Neumann is a Swedish professional golfer. Wikipedia
Finspång, Sweden
Allan Nevins

Allan Nevins (May 20, 1890-March 5, 1971)

Joseph Allan Nevins was an American historian and journalist, renowned for his extensive work on the history of the Civil War and his biographies of such figures as President Grover Cleveland, Hamilton Fish, Henry Ford, and John D. Rockefeller, as well as his public service. Wikipedia
Camp Point, Illinois
San Mateo, California
Frédéric Passy

Frédéric Passy (May 20, 1822-June 12, 1912)

Frédéric Passy was a French economist and a joint winner of the first Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1901. Wikipedia
Paris, France
Paris, France
Zbigniew Preisner

Zbigniew Preisner (May 20, 1955-)

Zbigniew Preisner is a Polish film score composer, best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kieślowski. Wikipedia
Bielsko-Biała, Poland
Dieter Rams

Dieter Rams (May 20, 1932-)

Dieter Rams is a German industrial designer closely associated with the consumer products company Braun and the Functionalist school of industrial design. His unobtrusive approach and belief in "less but better" design generated a 'timelessness' nature in his products and have influenced the design of many products, which also secured Rams... Wikipedia
Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany
Annie M. G. Schmidt

Annie M. G. Schmidt (May 20, 1911-May 21, 1995)

Anna Maria Geertruida "Annie" Schmidt was a Dutch writer. She is called the mother of the Dutch theatrical song and the queen of Dutch children's literature, praised for her "delicious Dutch idiom," and considered one of the greatest Dutch writers. An ultimate honour was extended to her posthumously, in 2007, when a group of Dutch historians... Wikipedia
Kapelle, Zeeland, Netherlands
Zorgvliet, Amsterdam, Netherlands
James Stewart

James Stewart (May 20, 1908-July 2, 1997)

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the American middle class man with everyday life struggles. Wikipedia
Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Bob Sweikert (May 20, 1926-June 17, 1956)

Robert Charles 'Bob' Sweikert was an American racing driver, best known as the winner of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 and the 1955 National Championship, as well as the 1955 Midwest Sprint car championship - the only driver in history to sweep all three in a single season. Wikipedia
Owen Teale

Owen Teale (May 20, 1961-)

Owen Teale is a Welsh actor. Wikipedia
Swansea, Wales, UK
Dave Thomas (actor)

Dave Thomas (actor) (May 20, 1949-)

David William "Dave" Thomas is a Canadian comedian, actor and television writer. He is best known for portraying Doug McKenzie on 'SCTV' as well as in the film 'Strange Brew', which he also directed. Wikipedia
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Sigrid Undset

Sigrid Undset (May 20, 1882-June 10, 1949)

Sigrid Undset was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Wikipedia
Kalundborg, Denmark
Lillehammer, Norway

Vanamali (May 20, 1967-)

Mani Gopal, popularly known by his pen-name, Vanamali is a Telugu lyricist and poet. He is the recipient of the prestigious Filmfare Best Lyricist Award. His works include the musical hit Arerey from Happy Days. He holds a PhD in Telugu literature from Madras University. Wikipedia
Railway Kodur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Anton Zeilinger

Anton Zeilinger (May 20, 1945-)

Anton Zeilinger is an Austrian quantum physicist who in 2008 received the Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics for "his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly-evolving field of quantum information". Zeilinger is professor of... Wikipedia
Ried im Innkreis, Austria
Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel (May 20, 1950-)

Alan Zweibel is an American producer and writer who has worked on such productions as 'Saturday Night Live', PBS' 'Great Performances', and 'It's Garry Shandling's Show'. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, US