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Earl Averill

Earl Averill (May 21, 1902-August 16, 1983)

Howard Earl Averill was an American player in Major League Baseball who was a center fielder from 1929 to 1941. He was a six-time All-Star and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. Wikipedia
Snohomish, Washington
Everett, Washington
Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk (May 21, 1974-)

Fairuza Balk is an American film actress. She made her theatrical film debut as Dorothy Gale in Disney's 'Return to Oz'. Balk also made appearances in 'Valmont', 'The Craft', 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', 'American History X', 'The Waterboy', 'Almost Famous', and 'Personal Velocity: Three Portraits'. Wikipedia
Point Reyes, California, U.S.
Günter Blobel

Günter Blobel (May 21, 1936-)

Günter Blobel is a Silesian German biologist and 1999 Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology for the discovery that proteins have intrinsic signals that govern their transport and localization in the cell. Wikipedia
Waltersdorf (today: Niegosławice)
Léon Bourgeois

Léon Bourgeois (May 21, 1851-September 29, 1925)

Léon Victor Auguste Bourgeois was a French statesman. His ideas influenced the Radical Party regarding a wide range of issues. He promoted progressive taxation such as progressive income taxes and social insurance schemes, along with economic equality, expanded educational opportunities, and cooperative solidarism. In foreign policy, he called for... Wikipedia
Paris
Épernay
Lázaro Cárdenas

Lázaro Cárdenas (May 21, 1895-October 19, 1970)

Lázaro Cárdenas del Río was a general in the Mexican Revolution and an able statesman who served as President of Mexico between 1934 and 1940. He is best known for nationalization of the oil industry in 1938 and creation of Pemex, the government oil monopoly. Wikipedia
Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
Marco Carta

Marco Carta (May 21, 1985-)

Marco Carta is an Italian singer. To date, he has sold more than 245,000 albums and 60,000 singles. Wikipedia
Peggy Cass

Peggy Cass (May 21, 1924-March 8, 1999)

Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass was an American actress, comedian, game show panelist, and announcer. Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
New York, New York, U.S.
Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes (May 21, 1959-)

Nicholas David Rowland "Nick" Cassavetes is an American film actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Wikipedia
New York, New York, USA
Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish (May 21, 1985-)

Mark Simon Cavendish is a Manx professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI ProTeam . Originally a track cyclist specialising in the madison, points race, and scratch race disciplines, he has competed on the road since 2006, rising to prominence as a sprinter, widely considered one of the best of his era. Wikipedia
Isle of Man
Bill Champlin

Bill Champlin (May 21, 1947-)

William Bradford "Bill" Champlin is an American singer, guitarist, keyboard player, arranger, producer, and songwriter. His performance work is principally associated with the bands Chicago and the Sons of Champlin. He has won multiple Grammy Awards for songwriting. Wikipedia
Oakland, California, United States
Aditya Chopra

Aditya Chopra (May 21, 1971-)

Aditya Chopra is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter and distributor. His work as a director includes 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Mohabbatein', and 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'. Wikipedia
India
Willem Einthoven

Willem Einthoven (May 21, 1860-September 29, 1927)

Willem Einthoven was a Dutch doctor and physiologist. He invented the first practical electrocardiogram in 1903 and received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1924 for it. Wikipedia
Semarang
Leiden, Netherlands
Noel Fielding

Noel Fielding (May 21, 1973-)

Noel Fielding is an English comedian, actor, artist, DJ and musician. Fielding is best known for playing Vince Noir in 'The Mighty Boosh', which he co-wrote with co-star and comedy partner, Julian Barratt. In 2009, he became a team captain on BBC Two music/comedy panel show 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'. He also writes and appears as the central... Wikipedia
Westminster, London, England
Al Franken

Al Franken (May 21, 1951-)

Alan Stuart "Al" Franken is an American comedian, actor, politician, and writer. He is currently the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. Franken became well known in the 1970s and 1980s as a writer and performer on 'Saturday Night Live'. After several decades as a comedic actor and writer, he became a prominent liberal political activist... Wikipedia
New York City, U.S.
Sergei Gerasimov (film director)

Sergei Gerasimov (film director) (May 21, 1906-November 26, 1985)

Sergei Appolinarievich Gerasimov was a Soviet film director and screenwriter. The oldest film school in the world, the VGIK, bears his name. Wikipedia
Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russian Empire
Moscow, Soviet Union
Charles Albert Gobat

Charles Albert Gobat (May 21, 1843-March 16, 1914)

Charles Albert Gobat was a Swiss lawyer, educational administrator, and politician who jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize with Élie Ducommun in 1902 for their leadership of the Permanent International Peace Bureau. Wikipedia
Tramelan, Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland
Gotye

Gotye (May 21, 1980-)

Wouter Andre "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter". Wikipedia
Bruges, Belgium

Paul Hyde (May 21, 1955-)

Paul Reginald Nelson, known by the stage name Paul Hyde, is a British-born Canadian musician and record producer. Wikipedia
Lydia Mendoza

Lydia Mendoza (May 21, 1916-December 20, 2007)

Lydia Mendoza was an American guitarist and singer of Tejano, conjunto, and traditional Mexican-American music. She is known as "La Alondra de la Frontera". Wikipedia
Houston, Texas, United States
San Antonio, Texas, United States

George P. Mitchell (May 21, 1919-July 26, 2013)

George Phydias Mitchell was an American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale gas. Wikipedia
Galveston, Texas, USA
Galveston, Texas
Mohanlal

Mohanlal (May 21, 1960-)

Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair better known as Mohanlal is an Indian actor, film producer and occasional singer best known for his work in Malayalam films. Film critics, contemporaries, and other experts consider him as one of the greatest living actors in Indian cinema and apart, for his versatile and natural acting. Widely regarded as a cultural icon,... Wikipedia
Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

John Paxton (May 21, 1911-January 5, 1985)

John Paxton was an American screenwriter. Wikipedia

James Plunkett (May 21, 1920-May 28, 2003)

James Plunkett Kelly, or James Plunkett, was an Irish writer. He was educated at Synge Street CBS. Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope (May 21, 1688-May 30, 1744)

Alexander Pope was an 18th-century English poet. He is best known for his satirical verse, as well as for his translation of Homer. Famous for his use of the heroic couplet, he is the second-most frequently quoted writer in 'The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations', after Shakespeare. Wikipedia
London, England
Twickenham (now part of London), England

Milly Quezada (May 21, 1955-)

Milagros Quezada Borbón, known simply as Milly Quezada, is a Latin Grammy-winning Dominican Merengue music singer. She is a singer in Latin America; especially in those Latin American countries bordered by the Caribbean Sea, and in the eastern seaboard region of the United States. She is also known as Merengue Queen. She has won four Latin Grammy... Wikipedia
Santo Domingo, RD
Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson (May 21, 1944-)

Mary Therese Winifred Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She first rose to prominence as an academic, barrister, campaigner and member of the Irish Senate. She defeated Fianna Fáil's Brian Lenihan and Fine Gael's... Wikipedia
Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland
Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844-September 2, 1910)

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as 'Le Douanier', a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. Ridiculed during his lifetime, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. Wikipedia
Laval, Mayenne
Paris, France
Andrei Sakharov

Andrei Sakharov (May 21, 1921-December 14, 1989)

Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident and human rights activist. Wikipedia
Moscow, RSFSR
Moscow, USSR
Renée Soutendijk

Renée Soutendijk (May 21, 1957-)

Renette Pauline Soutendijk, known as Renée Soutendijk, is a Dutch actress. She was a favorite star of director Paul Verhoeven's films and is perhaps best known for her work in his 1980 release 'Spetters'. Her good looks and striking blond hair secured her status as a Dutch sex symbol in the 1980s. She has also played a number of television and... Wikipedia
The Hague, Netherlands
Mr. T

Mr. T (May 21, 1952-)

Mr. T is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series 'The A-Team', as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film 'Rocky III', and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. Mr. T is known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his tough-guy image. In 2006 he starred in the... Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin (May 21, 1960-)

Jeffrey Ross Toobin is an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and 'The New Yorker'. Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Fats Waller

Fats Waller (May 21, 1904-December 15, 1943)

Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose", were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999. Wikipedia