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Richard Adams

Richard Adams (May 9, 1920-)

Richard George Adams is an English novelist who is known as the author of 'Watership Down'. He studied modern history at university before serving in the British Army during World War II. Afterward he completed his studies and then joined the British Civil Service. In 1974, two years after 'Watership Down' was published, Adams became a full-time... Wikipedia
Newbury, Berkshire
J. M. Barrie

J. M. Barrie (May 9, 1860-June 19, 1937)

Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, the child of a family of small-town weavers, and best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. He was educated in Scotland but moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in... Wikipedia
Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland, UK
London, England
Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett (May 9, 1934-)

Alan Bennett is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller... Wikipedia
Leeds, England
Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen (May 9, 1946-)

Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. For her role as the title character on the CBS sitcom 'Murphy Brown', she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She is also an Academy Award nominee. Wikipedia
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Gary Berland (May 9, 1950-February 6, 1988)

Gary "Bones" Berland was an American professional poker player who won five World Series of Poker bracelets. Wikipedia
Gardena, California
Justin Vivian Bond

Justin Vivian Bond (May 9, 1963-)

Justin Vivian Bond is an American singer-songwriter, author, painter, performance artist, occasional actor, drag queen, and Radical Faerie. Described as "the best cabaret artist of his generation," and a "tornado of art and activism," Bond first achieved prominence under the pseudonym of Kiki Durane in the stage duo known as Kiki and Herb, an act... Wikipedia
Hagerstown, Maryland
Vance D. Brand

Vance D. Brand (May 9, 1931-)

Vance DeVoe Brand is an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He served as Command Module Pilot during the first U.S.-Soviet joint spaceflight in 1975, and as Commander of three Space Shuttle missions. Wikipedia
Longmont, Colorado, U.S.
James L. Brooks

James L. Brooks (May 9, 1940-)

James Lawrence "Jim" Brooks is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. After dropping out of New York University, he got a job as an usher at CBS, going on to write for the CBS News broadcasts. He moved to Los Angeles... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Wendy Crewson

Wendy Crewson (May 9, 1956-)

Wendy Jane Crewson is a Canadian actress and producer. Wikipedia
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Manfred Eigen

Manfred Eigen (May 9, 1927-)

Manfred Eigen is a German biophysical chemist who won the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on measuring fast chemical reactions. Wikipedia
Bochum
Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Estes (May 9, 1906-July 15, 1988)

Eleanor Estes was an American children's author and a children's librarian. Her book, 'Ginger Pye,' which she also created illustrations for, won the Newbery Medal. Three of her books were Newbery Honor Winners, and one was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Estes' books were based on her life in small town Connecticut in the early 1900s. Wikipedia
West Haven, Connecticut, USA
Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Adrienne Fazan (May 9, 1906-August 23, 1986)

Adrienne Fazan was an American film editor. Wikipedia
Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder (May 9, 1984-)

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball player for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Wikipedia
Ontario, California

Albert Finney (May 9, 1936-)

Albert Finney is an English actor. Beginning in the theatre, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the early 1960s, his debut being 'The Entertainer', directed by Tony Richardson, who had directed him in theatre plays various times before. He became a leading... Wikipedia
Charlestown, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England
Johnny Grant (radio personality)

Johnny Grant (radio personality) (May 9, 1923-January 9, 2008)

Johnny Grant was an American radio personality and television producer who also served as the honorary mayor of Hollywood, in which capacity he was often present at Hollywood community functions, including the unveiling of new stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An intersection just north of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is designated... Wikipedia
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Hollywood, California
Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn (May 9, 1960-June 16, 2014)

Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn, Sr., nicknamed "Mr. Padre", was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the second-most in MLB history. He is considered one of the best and most consistent... Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California
Poway, California
Dorothy Hyman

Dorothy Hyman (May 9, 1941-)

Dorothy Hyman is a retired English sprinter. She competed at the 1960 and 1960 Olympics in the 100 m, 200 m and 4×100 m events and won one medal in each of them, three in total. She also won individual 100 m gold and 200 m silver at the 1962 European Championships in Belgrade and, representing England, completed the 100 yd/220 yd sprint double at... Wikipedia
Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England
Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson (May 9, 1936-)

Glenda May Jackson, CBE is a British Labour Party politician and actress. She first became a Member of Parliament in 1992, and represented Hampstead and Kilburn until 2015. Wikipedia
Birkenhead, Wirral, Cheshire, England, UK
Billy Joel

Billy Joel (May 9, 1949-)

William Martin "Billy" Joel is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album 'Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2' is the third best-selling album in the... Wikipedia
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Henry J. Kaiser

Henry J. Kaiser (May 9, 1882-August 24, 1967)

Henry John Kaiser was an American industrialist who became known as the father of modern American shipbuilding. He established the Kaiser Shipyards, which built Liberty ships during World War II, after which he formed Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel. Kaiser organized Kaiser Permanente health care for his workers and their families. He led... Wikipedia
Sprout Brook, New York, U.S.
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Matthew Kelly (May 9, 1950-)

Matthew Kelly is an English Olivier-award winning actor and presenter. Having been trained as a theatre actor, he first came to public prominence as a television presenter of ITV light entertainment shows such as 'Game for a Laugh', 'You Bet!' and 'Stars in Their Eyes'. In the 2000s he returned to acting, appearing in several West End productions,... Wikipedia
Urmston, Lancashire, England, UK
Luka (Voyno-Yasenetsky)

Luka (Voyno-Yasenetsky) (May 9, 1877-June 11, 1961)

Archbishop Luka was an outstanding surgeon, the founder of purulent surgery, a spiritual writer, a bishop of Russian Orthodox Church, and an archbishop of Simferopol and of the Crimea since May 1946. He was a laureate of Stalin Prize in medicine in 1946. Wikipedia
Kerch
Simferopol

Geraldine McEwan (May 9, 1932-January 30, 2015)

Geraldine McEwan was an English actress who had a long career in theatre, television and film. Wikipedia
Old Windsor, Berkshire, England
Hammersmith, London, England
Rafael Moneo

Rafael Moneo (May 9, 1937-)

José Rafael Moneo Vallés is a Spanish architect. He won the Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1996 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2003. Wikipedia
Tudela, Navarre, Spain
Bulat Okudzhava

Bulat Okudzhava (May 9, 1924-June 12, 1997)

Bulat Shalvovich Okudzhava was a Soviet poet, writer, musician, novelist, and singer-songwriter of Georgian-Armenian ancestry. He was one of the founders of the Soviet genre called "author song", or "guitar song", and the author of about 200 songs, set to his own poetry. His songs are a mixture of Russian poetic and folksong traditions and the... Wikipedia
Moscow, Soviet Union
Paris, France
José Ortega y Gasset

José Ortega y Gasset (May 9, 1883-October 18, 1955)

José Ortega y Gasset was a Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist working during the first half of the 20th century while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism and dictatorship. His philosophy has been characterized as a "philosophy of life" which "comprised a long-hidden beginning in a pragmatist metaphysics inspired by William James,... Wikipedia
Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Anne Sofie von Otter

Anne Sofie von Otter (May 9, 1955-)

Anne Sofie von Otter is a Swedish mezzo-soprano whose repertoire encompasses lieder, operas, oratorios and also rock and pop songs. Her art is documented on a collection of numerous CDs. Wikipedia
Stockholm, Sweden

William Pène du Bois (May 9, 1916-February 5, 1993)

William Pène du Bois was an American author and illustrator of books for young readers. He is best known for 'The Twenty-One Balloons', published in April 1947 by The Viking Press. He was a winner of the Newbery Award, and twice was runner-up for the Caldecott Medal. Wikipedia
Nutley, New Jersey, USA
Nice, France

Wera Sæther (May 9, 1945-)

Wera Sæther is a Norwegian psychologist, poet, novelist, essayist, writer of books for youth and of documentary books. She made her literary debut in 1974 with the poetry collection 'Barnet og brødet'. Sæther was awarded the Gyldendal's Endowment in 1979. She was awarded the Dobloug Prize in 1996. Wikipedia

Thierry Sandre (May 9, 1891-1950)

Thierry Sandre was a French writer, poet, essayist. Wikipedia
Barbara Ann Scott

Barbara Ann Scott (May 9, 1928-September 30, 2012)

Barbara Ann Scott was a Canadian figure skater. She was the 1948 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion, and a four-time Canadian national champion in ladies' singles. Known as "Canada's Sweetheart", she is the only Canadian to have won the Olympic ladies' singles gold medal, the first North American to have won three major titles in one year... Wikipedia
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
San Fernandina, Florida, U.S.

Graham Smith (Canadian swimmer) (May 9, 1958-)

Donald Graham Smith is a Canadian former competition swimmer who won a silver medal in the men's 4x100-metre medley relay at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec. He did so alongside teammates Stephen Pickell, Clay Evans and Gary MacDonald. His brother George also competed in swimming. Wikipedia
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Hank Snow

Hank Snow (May 9, 1914-December 20, 1999)

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow was a celebrated Canadian-American country music artist. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the 'Billboard' country charts from 1950 until 1980. This total includes the number one hits "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Madison, Tennessee, United States
Stephen Stich

Stephen Stich (May 9, 1943-)

Stephen Stich is a professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is also currently an Honorary Professor of the department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Stich's main philosophical interests are in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, epistemology, and moral psychology. He is arguably best known for his contributions to... Wikipedia

Nobuko Takagi (May 9, 1946-)

Nobuko Takagi is the pen-name of Nobuko Tsuruta, a Japanese author. Wikipedia
Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
Jean Tharaud

Jean Tharaud (May 9, 1877-April 8, 1952)

Jean Tharaud was a French writer. Wikipedia
Mona Van Duyn

Mona Van Duyn (May 9, 1921-December 2, 2004)

Mona Jane Van Duyn was an American poet. She won every major American award for poetry and was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1992. Wikipedia
Waterloo, Iowa, USA
University City, Missouri, USA

Jana Wendt (May 9, 1956-)

Jana Wendt is an Australian, Gold Logie award winning television journalist. Wikipedia
Melbourne, Australia
Steve Yzerman

Steve Yzerman (May 9, 1965-)

Stephen Gregory Yzerman is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Yzerman played his entire National Hockey League career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Wikipedia
Cranbrook, BC, CAN