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David Attenborough

David Attenborough (May 8, 1926-)

Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist. Wikipedia
London, England
Katy B

Katy B (May 8, 1989-)

Kathleen Anne Brien, better known as Katy B, is an English bassist, singer and songwriter. She is a dubstep, R&B, funky, house and garage artist and has also performed under the name Baby Katy. She released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She... Wikipedia
Peckham, South London
Philip Bailey

Philip Bailey (May 8, 1951-)

Philip Bailey is an American R&B, soul, gospel and funk singer, songwriter, percussionist and actor, best known as one of the longtime members of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Noted for his four-octave vocal range and distinctive falsetto register, Bailey has won seven Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal... Wikipedia
Denver, Colorado, United States
Aneurin Barnard

Aneurin Barnard (May 8, 1987-)

Aneurin Barnard is a Welsh stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles as Davey in 'Hunky Dory', Claude in 'The Truth About Emanuel', Robert "Bobby" Willis Jr. in 'Cilla' and King Richard III in 'The White Queen'. Wikipedia
Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales
Humberto Brenes

Humberto Brenes (May 8, 1951-)

Humberto Brenes is a Costa Rican professional poker player. Brenes currently resides in Miami Lakes, Florida with his wife and three children. Wikipedia
Jack Charlton

Jack Charlton (May 8, 1935-)

John "Jack" Charlton, OBE, DL is an English former footballer and manager. He was part of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He is the elder brother of former Manchester United forward Bobby Charlton, who was also a teammate in England's World Cup final victory. He spent his entire club career with Leeds United from 1950 to 1973, helping... Wikipedia
Ashington, Northumberland, England
Bob Clampett

Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913-May 2, 1984)

Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the 'Looney Tunes' animated series from Warner Bros., and the television shows 'Time for Beany' and 'Beany and Cecil'. Clampett was born and raised not far from Hollywood, and early on expressed an interest in animation and puppetry.... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, United States
Detroit, Michigan, United States

Peter Corris (May 8, 1942-)

Peter Robert Corris)is an Australian academic, historian, journalist and a novelist of historical and crime fiction. As crime fiction writer, he has been described as "the Godfather of contemporary Australian crime-writing". Wikipedia
Stawell, Victoria, Australia
Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio (May 8, 1961-)

Bill de Blasio is a New York City elected official, holding the citywide office of New York City Public Advocate, which serves as an ombudsman between the electorate and the city government. He formerly served as a New York City Council member representing the 39th District in Brooklyn. He is the Democratic Party nominee in the 2013 election to... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Henry Dunant

Henry Dunant (May 8, 1828-October 30, 1910)

Jean Henri Dunant, also known as Henry Dunant, was a Swiss businessman and social activist. During a business trip in 1859, he was witness to the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in modern-day Italy. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book 'A Memory of Solferino' which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red... Wikipedia
Geneva, Switzerland
Heiden, Switzerland
Augusta Jane Evans

Augusta Jane Evans (May 8, 1835-May 9, 1909)

Augusta Jane Wilson, or Augusta Evans Wilson was an American Southern author and one of the pillars of Southern literature. She wrote nine novels: 'Inez', 'Beulah', 'Macaria', 'St. Elmo', 'Vashti', 'Infelice', 'At the Mercy of Tiberius', 'A Speckled Bird', and 'Devota'. Given her support for the Confederate States of America from the perspective of... Wikipedia
Columbus, Georgia, United States
Mobile, Alabama, United States
Amanda Falk

Amanda Falk (May 8, 1984-)

Amanda Cook is a Christian recording artist from Niverville, Manitoba, Canada. She received a Juno Award at the 2006 awards ceremony for her eponymous debut album. Wikipedia
Fernandel

Fernandel (May 8, 1903-February 26, 1971)

Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin, better known as Fernandel, was a French actor and singer. Born in Marseille, France, to Désirée Bedouin and Denis Contandin, originating in Perosa Argentina, an Occitan town located in the province of Turin. He was a comedy star who first gained popularity in French vaudeville, operettas, and music-hall revues. His... Wikipedia

Romain Gary (May 8, 1914-December 2, 1980)

Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew, and also known by other pen names, like Émile Ajar, was a French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Litvak origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. Wikipedia
Vilnius
Paris, France
Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter (May 8, 1944-)

Paul Francis Gadd, known by the stage name Gary Glitter, is an English former glam rock singer-songwriter and musician who achieved great popular success between the early 1970s and mid 1980s. From 1997 he gained notoriety for sex offence allegations and convictions, being jailed in 1999 for possession of child pornography and, in 2006 and 2015,... Wikipedia
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry (May 8, 1963-)

Michel Gondry is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is noted for his inventive visual style and distinctive manipulation of mise en scène. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as one of the writers of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', which is often ranked one of the greatest films of the 2000s. Wikipedia
Versailles, France
Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez (May 8, 1982-)

Adrian Savin Gonzalez, also known by his nicknames A-Gon and Gonzo, is an American professional baseball first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Wikipedia
San Diego, California
Friedrich Hayek

Friedrich Hayek (May 8, 1899-March 23, 1992)

Friedrich Hayek CH, born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently referred to as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian and British economist and philosopher best known for his defence of classical liberalism. Hayek shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences with Gunnar Myrdal for his "pioneering work in the theory of money... Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Freiburg, Germany

Beth Henley (May 8, 1952-)

Elizabeth Becker "Beth" Henley is an American dramatist and actress. She writes primarily about women's issues and family in the Southern United States. She is also a screenwriter who has written many film adaptations of her plays. She is known for her intertwining comic and serious moments in her pieces. Wikipedia
Jackson, Mississippi

H. Robert Horvitz (May 8, 1947-)

Howard Robert Horvitz is an American biologist best known for his research on the nematode worm 'Caenorhabditis elegans'. Wikipedia
Chicago

Fred Hynes (May 8, 1908-February 10, 1992)

Fred Hynes was an American sound engineer. He won five Academy Awards in the category Sound Recording and was nominated for two more in the same category. Wikipedia
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias (May 8, 1975-)

Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler, simply known as Enrique Iglesias, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, and cartoonist. Iglesias started his career in the mid-1990s on an American Spanish Language record label Fonovisa under the name Enrique Martinez, until his big uncovering of being Enrique Iglesias, which helped turn him into one of the... Wikipedia
Madrid, Spain
Kevin Jennings

Kevin Jennings (May 8, 1963-)

Kevin Brett Jennings is an American educator, author, and administrator. He was the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009-11. He is currently Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation. Wikipedia
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ariane Labed

Ariane Labed (May 8, 1984-)

Ariane Labed is a Greek-born French actress. She made her feature film debut in 'Attenberg', for which she won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress. Later, she appeared in 'Alps' and 'Before Midnight'. In 2014, she starred in several short films such as 'High and Dry' and played the leading role of Alice in the film 'Fidelio, Alice's Odyssey', for which... Wikipedia
Greece
Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott (May 8, 1959-)

Ronald Mandel "Ronnie" Lott is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the National Football League for fifteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California, and was honored as a consensus All-American. A... Wikipedia
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United State
André Michel Lwoff

André Michel Lwoff (May 8, 1902-September 30, 1994)

André Michel Lwoff was a French microbiologist. Wikipedia
Ainay-le-Château
Paris, France

Patrick McKenna (May 8, 1960-)

Patrick McKenna is a Canadian comedian and actor. He is best known for playing Harold Green on the television series 'The Red Green Show'. Wikipedia
Sylvania, Saskatchewan, Canada

Jerry Moss (May 8, 1935-)

Jerome S. "Jerry" Moss is an American recording executive, best known for being the co-founder of A&M Records, along with trumpeter and bandleader Herb Alpert. Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York, United States
Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson (May 8, 1940-December 31, 1985)

Eric Hilliard Nelson – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet', as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film, 'Rio Bravo'. He placed... Wikipedia
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
De Kalb, Texas, U.S.
Maurizio Nichetti

Maurizio Nichetti (May 8, 1948-)

Maurizio Nichetti is an Italian film screenwriter, actor and director. His 1989 film 'The Icicle Thief' won the Golden St. George at the 16th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1998 he was a member of the jury at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. Wikipedia
Milan, Italy
Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon (May 8, 1937-)

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. is an American novelist. A MacArthur Fellow, he is noted for his dense and complex novels. His fiction and nonfiction writings encompass a vast array of subject matter, genres and themes, including the fields of history, music, science, and mathematics. For 'Gravity's Rainbow' Pynchon won the 1974 U.S. National Book... Wikipedia
Glen Cove, New York
Don Rickles

Don Rickles (May 8, 1926-)

Donald Jay "Don" Rickles is an American stand-up comedian and actor. A frequent guest on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson', Rickles has acted in comedic and dramatic roles, but is widely known as an insult comic. Wikipedia
Queens, New York City, New York, United States of America
Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini (May 8, 1906-June 3, 1977)

Roberto Gastone Zeffiro Rossellini was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Rossellini was one of the directors of the Italian neorealist cinema, contributing films such as 'Roma città aperta' to the movement. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Mostafa El-Sayed

Mostafa El-Sayed (May 8, 1933-)

Mostafa A. El-Sayed is an Egyptian-American chemical physicist, a leading nanoscience researcher, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a US National Medal of Science laureate. He is also known for the spectroscopy rule named after him, the 'El-Sayed' rule. Wikipedia
Zifta, Egypt
Vittorio Sgarbi

Vittorio Sgarbi (May 8, 1952-)

Vittorio Umberto Antonio Maria Sgarbi is an Italian art critic, art historian, politician, cultural commentator and television personality. He was appointed curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Several times a member of the Italian Parliament and having served in Milan's municipal government, from June 30, 2008 to February... Wikipedia
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Fulton J. Sheen

Fulton J. Sheen (May 8, 1895-December 9, 1979)

Venerable Fulton John Sheen was an American bishop of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a... Wikipedia
El Paso, Illinois
New York, New York
Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder (May 8, 1930-)

Gary Snyder is an American man of letters. Perhaps best known as a poet, he is also an essayist, lecturer, and environmental activist. He has been described as the "poet laureate of Deep Ecology". Snyder is a winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the American Book Award. His work, in his various roles, reflects an immersion in both Buddhist... Wikipedia
San Francisco, California
Vladimir Sofronitsky

Vladimir Sofronitsky (May 8, 1901-August 26, 1961)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Sofronitsky was a Soviet-Russian classical pianist, best known as an interpreter of the Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, whose daughter he married. Wikipedia
St. Petersburg
Moscow

Greg Thomey (May 8, 1961-)

Greg Thomey is Canadian comedian, actor and playwright and a founding member of the long-running television program 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes'. He has been a recipient of numerous Gemini Awards. Wikipedia
Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884-December 26, 1972)

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. As the final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the Allies successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with... Wikipedia
Lamar, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki (May 8, 1929-August 28, 2007)

Miyoshi Umeki was a naturalized American actress and standards singer. She was best known for her roles as Katsumi, the wife of Joe Kelly, in the 1957 film 'Sayonara', as Mei Li in the 1958 Broadway musical and 1961 film 'Flower Drum Song', and as Mrs. Livingston, the housekeeper of Bill Bixby's and Brandon Cruz's characters, in the TV series 'The... Wikipedia
Otaru, Japan
Licking, Missouri, U.S.
Maurizio Zaccaro

Maurizio Zaccaro (May 8, 1952-)

Maurizio Zaccaro, is an Italian film director, cinematographer, film editor and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Milan, Italy