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Maurice Allais

Maurice Allais (May 31, 1911-October 9, 2010)

Maurice Félix Charles Allais was a French economist, and was the 1988 winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics "for his pioneering contributions to the theory of markets and efficient utilization of resources." Wikipedia
Paris
Saint-Cloud near Paris
Fred Allen

Fred Allen (May 31, 1894-March 17, 1956)

Fred Allen was an American comedian whose absurdist, topically pointed radio show made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio. Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts
New York City, New York
Don Ameche

Don Ameche (May 31, 1908-December 6, 1993)

Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years. Wikipedia
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.

Alfredo Antonini (May 31, 1901-November 3, 1983)

Alfredo Antonini was a leading Italian/American symphony conductor and composer who was active on the international concert stage as well as on the CBS radio and television networks from the 1930s through the 1960s. In 1971 he received an Emmy Award for best musical performance on television for his conducting of the premiere of Ezra Laderman's... Wikipedia
Tom Berenger

Tom Berenger (May 31, 1949-)

Tom Berenger is an American television and motion picture actor. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 'Platoon'. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Sandrine Bonnaire

Sandrine Bonnaire (May 31, 1967-)

Sandrine Bonnaire is a French actress, film director and screenwriter, who has appeared in more than 40 films including Hollywood movies. Wikipedia
Gannat, France
John Connolly (author)

John Connolly (author) (May 31, 1968-)

John Connolly is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker. Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland
Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood (May 31, 1930-)

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, film director, producer, musician, and politician. He rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five 'Dirty Harry' films throughout the 1970s and 1980s.... Wikipedia
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott (May 31, 1960-)

Christopher Nash "Chris" Elliott is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his comedic sketches on 'Late Night with David Letterman', starring in the cult comedy series 'Get a Life' on FOX and 'Eagleheart' on Adult Swim, as well as his recurring roles as Peter MacDougall on 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and as Mickey Aldrin on... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Denholm Elliott

Denholm Elliott (May 31, 1922-October 6, 1992)

Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE was an English film, television and theatre actor with more than 120 film and television credits. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years, the only actor ever to have achieved this. He is perhaps best... Wikipedia
Ealing, London, England
Ibiza, Spain
Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel (May 31, 1955-)

William Thomas "Tommy" Emmanuel AM is an Australian virtuoso guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer, best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel has carved out his own style as a solo artist in recent... Wikipedia
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
Susie Essman

Susie Essman (May 31, 1955-)

Susan "Susie" Essman is an American stand-up comedian, actress, writer, television producer, and voice artist. She is best known for her role as Susie Greene on the HBO television sitcom 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'. She is also known for her portrayal of "Mittens" in 'Bolt'. Wikipedia
New York, New York, U.S.
Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell (May 31, 1976-)

Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama 'Ballykissangel' in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama 'The War Zone' a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama 'Tigerland'. He then starred in Schumacher's psychological thriller 'Phone... Wikipedia
Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland
Sharon Gless

Sharon Gless (May 31, 1943-)

Sharon Marguerite Gless is an American character actress of stage, film and television, who is best known for her roles as Maggie Philbin on 'Switch', as Sgt. Christine Cagney in the police procedural drama series 'Cagney & Lacey', as Debbie Novotny in the Showtime cable television series 'Queer as Folk', and as Madeline Westen on 'Burn Notice'.... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan (May 31, 1929-August 8, 2014)

Menahem Golan was an Israeli director and producer. He produced movies for such stars as Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Charles Bronson, and was known for a period as a producer of comic book-style movies like 'Masters of the Universe', 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace', 'Captain America', and his... Wikipedia
Tiberias (then Mandate Palestine)
Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Bernard Goldberg

Bernard Goldberg (May 31, 1945-)

Bernard Richard Goldberg, also known as Bernie Goldberg, is an American writer, journalist, and political pundit. Goldberg has won twelve Emmy Awards during his career. He is currently a commentator for Fox News and a correspondent for HBO's 'Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel'. Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Bert Haanstra

Bert Haanstra (May 31, 1916-October 23, 1997)

Albert 'Bert' Haanstra was a Dutch film director of films and documentaries. His documentary 'Glass' won the Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject in 1959. His feature film 'Fanfare' was the most visited Dutch film at the time, and has since only been surpassed by 'Turkish Delight'. Wikipedia
Holten, Netherlands
Hilversum, Netherlands

Ulrich Horstmann (May 31, 1949-)

Ulrich Horstmann, born in Bünde, is a German literary scholar and writer. Wikipedia
Louis Ignarro

Louis Ignarro (May 31, 1941-)

Louis J. Ignarro is an American pharmacologist. For demonstrating the signaling properties of nitric oxide, he was co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Robert F. Furchgott and Ferid Murad. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, NY
Krishna (actor)

Krishna (actor) (May 31, 1943-)

Krishna Ghattamaneni Popularly Known as Superstar Krishna is an Indian film actor, director and producer known for his works in Telugu Cinema. Wikipedia
Guntur, India

James Krüss (May 31, 1926-August 2, 1997)

James Krüss was a German writer of children's and picture books, illustrator, poet, dramatist, scriptwriter, translator, and collector of children's poems and folk songs. For his contribution as a children's writer he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1968. Wikipedia
Heligoland, Germany
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Leonid Leonov

Leonid Leonov (May 31, 1899-August 8, 1994)

Leonid Maximovich Leonov was a Soviet novelist and playwright. He has been dubbed the 20th-century Dostoyevsky for the deep psychological torment of his prose. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Kenny Lofton

Kenny Lofton (May 31, 1967-)

Kenneth "Kenny" Lofton is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Lofton was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and at retirement, was ranked fifteenth among all-time stolen base leaders with 622. During his career, he played for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants,... Wikipedia
East Chicago, Indiana

Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif (May 31, 1935-)

Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif is a prominent Indonesian intellectual. Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif was the leader of Muhammadiyah, one of the two biggest Muslim organizations in Indonesia, in 1998 - 2005. Ahmad Syafi'i Maarif was the founder of Maarif Institute and who led and inspired born of Jaringan Intelektual Muda Muhammadiyah. Nowadays, beside as senior... Wikipedia
Robie Macauley

Robie Macauley (May 31, 1919-November 20, 1995)

Robie Mayhew Macauley was an American editor, novelist and critic whose literary career spanned more than 50 years. Wikipedia
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Todd McKenney

Todd McKenney (May 31, 1965-)

Todd McKenney is an Australian entertainer. He is best known for portraying Peter Allen in the musical 'The Boy from Oz' and as a judge on Australian television show 'Dancing with the Stars'. Wikipedia
Perth
Joe Namath

Joe Namath (May 31, 1943-)

Joseph William "Joe" Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe" or "Joe Willie", is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his assistant, Howard Schnellenberger, from 1962–1964, and professional football in the American Football League and National Football League... Wikipedia
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Mikhail Nesterov

Mikhail Nesterov (May 31, 1862-October 18, 1942)

Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov was a major representative of religious Symbolism in Russian art. Wikipedia
Ufa, Russian Empire
Moscow
Frei Otto

Frei Otto (May 31, 1925-March 9, 2015)

Frei Paul Otto was a German architect and structural engineer noted for his use of lightweight structures, in particular tensile and membrane structures, including the roof of the Olympic Stadium in Munich for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Wikipedia
Germany
Germany
Norman Vincent Peale

Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898-December 24, 1993)

Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of "positive thinking". His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts. Wikipedia
Bowersville, Ohio
Pawling, New York
Jake Peavy

Jake Peavy (May 31, 1981-)

Jacob Edward "Jake" Peavy is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox. He bats and throws right-handed. Peavy stands 6'1" tall and weighs 182 pounds. Peavy won the 2007 NL Cy Young Award after recording the pitching triple crown that year. Wikipedia
Mobile, Alabama
Saint-John Perse

Saint-John Perse (May 31, 1887-September 20, 1975)

Saint-John Perse was a French poet-diplomat, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1960 "for the soaring flight and evocative imagery of his poetry." He was a major French diplomat from 1914 to 1940, after which he lived primarily in the United States until 1967. Wikipedia
Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Presq'ile-de-Giens, Provence, France
Pope Pius XI

Pope Pius XI (May 31, 1857-February 10, 1939)

Pope Pius XI, born Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, was the head of the Catholic Church from 6 February 1922 to his death in 1939. He was sovereign of Vatican City from its creation as an independent state on 11 February 1929. He took as his papal motto, "Pax Christi in Regno Christi," translated "The Peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ." Wikipedia
Desio, Italy
Apostolic Palace, Vatican City
Michael Poghosyan

Michael Poghosyan (May 31, 1956-)

Michael Movsesi Poghosyan is an Armenian film and theatre actor and a judge on the Armenian version of 'Pop Idol'. Wikipedia
Yerevan, Armenian SSR
Joel Ross

Joel Ross (May 31, 1977-)

Joel Ross is a British multi award winning radio DJ and television presenter. He is best known for his work with co-host Jason King. Wikipedia
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
John Robert Schrieffer

John Robert Schrieffer (May 31, 1931-)

John Robert Schrieffer is an American physicist and, with John Bardeen and Leon N Cooper, recipient of the 1972 Nobel Prize for Physics for developing the BCS theory, the first successful microscopic theory of superconductivity. Wikipedia
Oak Park, Illinois
Massimo Serato

Massimo Serato (May 31, 1916-December 22, 1989)

Massimo Serato, born Giuseppe Segato was an Italian film actor with a career spanning over 40 years. Wikipedia
Italy
Rome, Italy
Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino (May 31, 1970-)

Paolo Sorrentino is an Italian film director and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Naples, Italy

Ruslan Stratonovich (May 31, 1930-January 13, 1997)

Ruslan Leont'evich Stratonovich was a Russian physicist, engineer, and probabilist and one of the founders of the theory of stochastic differential equations. Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia (Soviet Union)
Moscow, Russia
Alida Valli

Alida Valli (May 31, 1921-April 22, 2006)

Alida Valli, sometimes simply credited as Valli, stage name of Baroness 'Alida Maria Laura Altenburger von Marckenstein u. Frauenberg', was an Italian actress who appeared in more than 100 films, including Mario Soldati's 'Piccolo mondo antico', Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Paradine Case', Carol Reed's 'The Third Man', Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Il... Wikipedia
Pola, Istria, Italy
Rome
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819-March 26, 1892)

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time,... Wikipedia
Huntington Station, New York
Camden, New Jersey
Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu (May 31, 1912-February 16, 1997)

Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the research of radioactivity. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into the uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu... Wikipedia
Shanghai, China
New York City