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Ken Adam

Ken Adam (February 5, 1921-)

Sir Kenneth Hugo "Ken" Adam is a German-born British motion picture production designer most famous for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s. Wikipedia
Berlin, Germany

Richard Adler (August 3, 1921-June 21, 2012)

Richard Adler was an American lyricist, writer, composer and producer of several Broadway shows. Wikipedia
New York City
Southampton, New York

Ilse Aichinger (November 1, 1921-)

Ilse Aichinger is an Austrian writer noted for her accounts of her persecution by the Nazis because of her Jewish ancestry. Wikipedia
Steve Allen

Steve Allen (December 26, 1921-October 30, 2000)

Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best known for his television career. He first gained national attention as a guest host on 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts'. He graduated to become the first host of... Wikipedia
New York City, U.S.
Los Angeles
Alicia Alonso

Alicia Alonso (December 21, 1921-)

Alicia Alonso is a Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer. Her company became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955. She is most famous for her portrayals of Giselle and the ballet version of 'Carmen'. Wikipedia
Havana, Cuba

Ralph Asher Alpher (February 3, 1921-August 12, 2007)

Ralph Asher Alpher was an American cosmologist, best known for his pioneering work in the early 1950s on the Big Bang model including big bang nucleosynthesis and predictions of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Wikipedia
Washington, D.C.
Austin, Texas
Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold (October 21, 1921-September 23, 2006)

Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE was an English composer. He gained a reputation for composing light music, film scores, works for theatre, ballets and symphonies. Wikipedia
Northampton, England.
Norwich, Norfolk, England.
Kenneth Arrow

Kenneth Arrow (August 23, 1921-)

Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Arrow is an American economist, writer, and political theorist. He is the joint winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with John Hicks in 1972. To date, he is the youngest person to have received this award, at 51. Wikipedia
New York City
H. C. Artmann

H. C. Artmann (June 12, 1921-December 4, 2000)

Hans Carl Artmann, also known as Ib Hansen, was an Austrian-born poet and writer, most popular for his early poems written in Viennese, which however, never after were to be the focus of his oeuvre. Wikipedia
William Asher

William Asher (August 8, 1921-July 16, 2012)

William Milton Asher was an American television and film producer, film director, and screenwriter. He was one of the most prolific early television directors, producing or directing over two dozen series. Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Palm Desert, California
Arno Babajanian

Arno Babajanian (January 22, 1921-November 11, 1983)

Arno Babajanian was an Armenian composer and pianist during the Soviet era. Wikipedia
Yerevan, Armenia
Moscow, USSR

Horace Barlow (December 8, 1921-)

Horace Basil Barlow FRS is a British visual neuroscientist. Wikipedia

Aaron T. Beck (July 18, 1921-)

Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist and a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy, and his pioneering theories are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression. Beck also developed self-report measures of depression and anxiety including... Wikipedia
Providence, Rhode Island
Seymour Benzer

Seymour Benzer (September 15, 1921-November 30, 2007)

Seymour Benzer was an American physicist, molecular biologist and behavioral geneticist. His career began during the molecular biology revolution of the 1950s, and he eventually rose to prominence in the fields of molecular and behavioral genetics. He led a productive genetics research lab both at Purdue University and as the James G. Boswell... Wikipedia
New York City, New York
Pasadena, California
Dirk Bogarde

Dirk Bogarde (March 28, 1921-May 8, 1999)

Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, known as Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and writer. Wikipedia
West Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom
Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom

Gustav Victor Rudolf Born (July 29, 1921-)

Gustav Victor Rudolf Born is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at King's College London and Research Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College. Born was born in Germany, the son of Hedwig Ehrenberg and scientist Max Born. He was educated at the Oberrealschule, Göttingen. After fleeing to Great... Wikipedia
Mordechai Breuer

Mordechai Breuer (May 14, 1921-February 24, 2007)

Mordechai Breuer was a German-born Israeli Orthodox rabbi. He was one of the world's leading experts on Tanakh, and especially of the text of the Aleppo Codex. Wikipedia
Karlsruhe, Germany
Bill Bright

Bill Bright (October 19, 1921-July 19, 2003)

William R. "Bill" Bright was an American evangelist. In 1951 at the University of California, Los Angeles he founded Campus Crusade for Christ as a ministry for university students. In 1952 he wrote 'The Four Spiritual Laws'. In 1979 he produced the Jesus Film. Wikipedia
Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson (November 3, 1921-August 30, 2003)

Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. Wikipedia
Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania
Los Angeles, California
Carol Channing

Carol Channing (January 31, 1921-)

Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. Wikipedia
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Ezzard Charles

Ezzard Charles (July 7, 1921-May 28, 1975)

Ezzard Mack Charles was an American professional boxer and former World Heavyweight Champion. Wikipedia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois

Pauline Clarke (May 19, 1921-July 23, 2013)

Pauline Clarke was an English author who has written for younger children under the name Helen Clare, for older children as Pauline Clarke, and more recently for adults under her married name Pauline Hunter Blair. Her best-known work is 'The Twelve and the Genii', a low fantasy children's novel published by Faber in 1961, for which she won the 1962... Wikipedia
Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Brian Cleeve

Brian Cleeve (November 22, 1921-March 11, 2003)

Brian Brendon Talbot Cleeve was a prolific writer, whose published works include twenty-one novels and over a hundred short stories. He was also an award-winning broadcaster on RTÉ television. Son of an Irish father and English mother, he was born and raised in England. He lived in South Africa during the early years of National Party rule and was... Wikipedia
Southend, Essex, England
Shankill, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Robert Clothier (October 21, 1921-February 10, 1999)

Robert Allan Clothier, DFC was a prominent Canadian stage and television actor most famous for his role on the long-running CBC television show, 'The Beachcombers'. He portrayed Bruno Gerussi's rival beachcomber, Relic – a conniving man of Welsh descent who lived on a house boat and used his speedboat to outrun and challenge Nick's claims to logs. Wikipedia
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Robert Conklin (March 1, 1921-July 26, 1998)

Robert R. Conklin was a self-help expert, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Albert Scott Crossfield

Albert Scott Crossfield (October 2, 1921-April 19, 2006)

Albert Scott Crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot. In 1953, he became the first pilot to fly at twice the speed of sound. Wikipedia
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Ludville, Georgia, U.S.

Maureen Daly (March 15, 1921-September 25, 2006)

Maureen Daly, was an Irish-born American writer best known for the novel 'Seventeenth Summer'. While published for adults, it became one of the first to capture a teenage audience. Some scholars consider it the first Young Adult novel. Wikipedia
Castlecaufield, County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland
Palm Desert, Riverside County, California, USA
Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921-October 5, 2004)

Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in 'Easy Money', 'Caddyshack', and 'Back to School'. Wikipedia
Babylon, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hal David

Hal David (May 25, 1921-September 1, 2012)

Harold Lane "Hal" David was an American lyricist. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. He was best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Tissa David (<a href="/born/year/1921" title="Celebrities Born in 1921">1921</a>-August 21, 2012)

Thérèse "Tissa" David was a Romanian-born American animator of Hungarian ethnicity, whose career spanned more than sixty years. She was one of the pioneering women in animation, a field which had been dominated by male animators. 'Millimeter' magazine described her as "one of the few women to have reached the top in the traditionally male-dominated... Wikipedia
Gérard Debreu

Gérard Debreu (July 4, 1921-December 31, 2004)

Gérard Debreu was a French economist and mathematician, who also came to have United States citizenship. Best known as a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began work in 1962, he won the 1983 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. Wikipedia
Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs (February 14, 1921-)

Hugh Malcolm Downs is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as co-host of the NBC News program 'Today' from 1962 to 1971, host of the 'Concentration' game show from 1958 to 1969, and anchor of the ABC News magazine '20/20' from... Wikipedia
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin (December 4, 1921-April 2013)

Deanna Durbin was a Canadian-born American actress and singer, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, her singing voice being variously described as being light but full, sweet and unaffected. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed everything from popular standards to operatic arias. Wikipedia
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (January 5, 1921-December 14, 1990)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophical crime novels, and macabre satire. Dürrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten. Wikipedia
Konolfingen, Switzerland
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Carol Emshwiller

Carol Emshwiller (April 12, 1921-)

Carol Emshwiller is an American writer of avant garde short stories and science fiction who has won prizes ranging from the Nebula Award to the Philip K. Dick Award. Ursula K. Le Guin has called her "a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction." Among her novels are... Wikipedia
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Michael A. Epstein (May 18, 1921-)

Sir Michael Anthony Epstein, CBE, FRS, FMedSci is a British pathologist and academic. He is one of the discoverers of the Epstein-Barr virus. Wikipedia

Fernando Fernán Gómez (August 28, 1921-November 21, 2007)

Fernando Fernán-Gómez was a Spanish actor, screenwriter, film director, theater director and member of the Royal Spanish Academy for seven years. He was born in Lima, Peru while his mother, Spanish actress Carola Fernán-Gómez, was making a tour of Latin America. He would later use her surname for his stage name when he moved to Spain in 1924. Wikipedia
Erich Fried

Erich Fried (May 6, 1921-November 22, 1988)

Erich Fried was an Austrian-born poet, writer and translator. He initially became known to a broader public in both Germany and Austria for his political poetry, and later for his love poems. As a writer he mostly wrote plays and short novels. He also translated works by different English writers from English into German, most notably works by... Wikipedia

Leon Garfield (July 14, 1921-June 2, 1996)

Leon Garfield FRSL was a British writer of fiction. He is best known for children's historical novels, though he also wrote for adults. He wrote more than thirty books and scripted 'Shakespeare: The Animated Tales' for television. Wikipedia
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK
Islington, London, England, UK
John Glenn

John Glenn (July 18, 1921-living)

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. is a retired United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, and United States senator. He was the first American to orbit the Earth and the fifth person in space, after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov and fellow Mercury Seven astrononauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. Glenn was a combat aviator in the Marine Corps... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Ohio

Bob Godfrey (May 27, 1921-February 21, 2013)

Roland Frederick Godfrey MBE was an English animator whose career spanned more than fifty years. He is probably best known for the children's cartoon series 'Roobarb', 'Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk' and 'Henry's Cat' and for the 'Trio' chocolate biscuit advertisements shown in the UK during the early 1980s. However, he also produced a BAFTA and... Wikipedia

Ernest Gold (composer) (July 13, 1921-March 17, 1999)

Ernest Gold was an Austria-born American composer. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Gomi Kosuke

Gomi Kosuke (December 20, 1921-April 1, 1980)

Gomi Kōsuke was the pen-name of Gomi Yasusuke, a Japanese novelist active during the Showa period of Japan. He is primarily known for his popular fiction on historical themes. Wikipedia
Osaka, Japan

David Greene (director) (February 22, 1921-April 7, 2003)

L. David Syms-Greene, born Lucius David Syms Brian Lederman, was a British television and film director who was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1953, where he trained in television production with the CBC, and then moved on to Hollywood, California. Wikipedia
Manchester, Lancashire, England, U.K.
Ojai, California, U.S.
Lars Gyllensten

Lars Gyllensten (November 12, 1921-May 25, 2006)

Lars Johan Wictor Gyllensten was a Swedish author and physician, and a member of the Swedish Academy, which has the aim of furthering the "purity, vigour and majesty" of the Swedish language and selects the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature each year. Wikipedia

Erwin Hahn (June 9, 1921-)

Erwin L. Hahn is a U.S. physicist, best known for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance. In 1950 he discovered the spin echo. Wikipedia
Sharon, Pennsylvania
Alex Haley

Alex Haley (August 11, 1921-February 10, 1992)

Alexander Murray Palmer "Alex" Haley was an American writer known as the author of the 1976 book 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family.' The book was adapted by ABC as a TV mini-series of the same name and aired in 1977 to a record-breaking 130 million viewers. It had great influence on awareness in the United States of African-American history... Wikipedia
Ithaca, New York, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA

George S. Hammond (May 22, 1921-October 5, 2005)

George Simms Hammond was a chemist at Iowa State University and the California Institute of Technology. Born and raised in Auburn, Maine, he attended nearby Bates College in Lewiston, Maine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1943. Wikipedia
Auburn, Maine
Peter Hansen (actor)

Peter Hansen (actor) (December 5, 1921-)

Peter Hansen is an American actor, best known for his role as a lawyer, Lee Baldwin, on the soap opera 'General Hospital'. He played the role from 1965 to 1986 and again from 1992 to 2004. He also played the character on the sister show 'Port Charles'. Wikipedia
Oakland, California, United States

Richard Hazard (March 2, 1921-December 20, 2000)

Richard Hazard was an American television composer, orchestrator, conductor and writer. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and died in Los Angeles, California, of cancer. He was married to Jeanne Taylor from 1950 until his death, and had two children. Wikipedia
Trenton, New Jersey
Los Angeles, California

Helmut Heißenbüttel (June 21, 1921-September 19, 1996)

Helmut Heißenbüttel was a German novelist and poet. Among Heißenbüttel's works are 'Das Textbuch' and 'Marlowe's Ende'. He received the important Georg Büchner Prize in 1969. His other awards include the Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature. Wikipedia
Jon Hendricks

Jon Hendricks (September 16, 1921-)

Jon Hendricks is an American jazz lyricist and singer. He is considered one of the originators of vocalese, which adds lyrics to existing instrumental songs and replaces many instruments with vocalists. Furthermore, he is considered one of the best practitioners of scat singing, which involves vocal jazz soloing. For his work as a lyricist, jazz... Wikipedia
Newark, Ohio, United States
Willem Frederik Hermans

Willem Frederik Hermans (September 1, 1921-April 27, 1995)

Willem Frederik Hermans was a Dutch author of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, as well as booklength studies, essays, and literary criticism. His most famous works are 'The House of Refuge', 'The Darkroom of Damocles', and 'Beyond Sleep'. Wikipedia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Utrecht, Netherlands

George Roy Hill (December 20, 1921-December 27, 2002)

George Roy Hill was an American film director. He is most noted for directing such films as 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' and 'The Sting', which both starred the acting duo Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Other notable films are 'Slaughterhouse-Five', 'The World According to Garp', 'The World of Henry Orient', 'Hawaii', 'Thoroughly Modern... Wikipedia
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.

Rodney Hill (June 11, 1921-February 2, 2011)

Rodney Hill FRS was an applied mathematician and a former Professor of Mechanics of Solids at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Wikipedia

Gunvor Hofmo (June 30, 1921-October 17, 1995)

Gunvor Hofmo was a Norwegian writer, often considered one of Norway's most influential modernist poets. Wikipedia
Judy Holliday

Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921-June 7, 1965)

Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian and singer. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
New York City, New York, U.S.

Karel Husa (August 7, 1921-)

Karel Husa is a Czech-born classical composer and conductor, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Music and 1993 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. In 1954 he went to the United States and became an American citizen in 1959. Wikipedia
Ada Louise Huxtable

Ada Louise Huxtable (March 14, 1921-January 7, 2013)

Ada Louise Huxtable was an architecture critic and writer on architecture. In 1970 she was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The esteemed architecture critic Paul Goldberger, also a Pulitzer Prize-winner for architectural criticism, said of Huxtable: "Before Ada Louise Huxtable, architecture was not a part of the public... Wikipedia
New York, USA
New York, USA
Gavriil Ilizarov

Gavriil Ilizarov (June 15, 1921-July 24, 1992)

Gavriil Abramovich Ilizarov was a Soviet physician, known for inventing the Ilizarov apparatus for lengthening limb bones and for the method of surgery named after him, the Ilizarov surgery. Wikipedia
Belovezh, Polesie Voivodeship, Poland
Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee (March 13, 1921-)

Abraham Jaffee, known as Al Jaffee, is an American cartoonist. He is notable for his work in the satirical magazine 'Mad', including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in. As of 2014, Jaffee remains a regular in the magazine after 59 years and is its longest-running contributor. In the half century between April 1964 and April 2013, only one issue... Wikipedia
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits

Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits (February 8, 1921-October 31, 1999)

Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits was the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1967 to 1991. Prior to this, he had served as Chief Rabbi of Ireland and as rabbi of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City. In addition to his official duties he was regarded as an authority in medical ethics from a Jewish... Wikipedia
Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany
St John's Wood, London
James Jones (author)

James Jones (author) (November 6, 1921-May 9, 1977)

James Jones was an American author known for his explorations of World War II and its aftermath. He won the 1952 National Book Award for his first published novel, 'From Here to Eternity', which was adapted for the big screen immediately and made into a television series a generation later. Wikipedia
Robinson, Illinois, United States
Southampton, New York, United States

Roman Abelevich Kachanov (February 25, 1921-July 4, 1993)

Roman Abelevich Kachanov was a Russian animator, one of the founders and leaders of Russian stop-motion animation. Wikipedia
Smolensk, R.S.F.S.R. (now Russia)
Moscow, Russia
Isabella Karle

Isabella Karle (December 2, 1921-)

Isabella Helen Lugoski Karle is an American x-ray crystallographer. In 1969 she established the structure of venom extracted from South American frogs. This was followed in 1975 with the structure of valinomycin. Wikipedia
Detroit, Michigan
Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr (September 30, 1921-October 16, 2007)

Deborah Kerr CBE was a Scottish-born film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion picture 'The King and I' and the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as "Laura Reynolds" in the play 'Tea and Sympathy'. She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film... Wikipedia
Helensburgh, Scotland, UK
Botesdale, England, UK

Peggy Kirk Bell (October 28, 1921-)

Margaret Anne "Peggy" Kirk Bell is an American former professional golfer and golf instructor and is a strong advocate of women's golf. Wikipedia
Findlay, Ohio
Alexander Kronrod

Alexander Kronrod (October 22, 1921-October 6, 1986)

Aleksandr Semenovich Kronrod was a Soviet mathematician and computer scientist, best known for the Gauss-Kronrod quadrature formula which he published in 1964. Earlier, he worked on computational solutions of problems emerging in theoretical physics. He is also known for his contributions to economics, specifically for proposing corrections and... Wikipedia
Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia
Viktor Kulikov

Viktor Kulikov (July 5, 1921-May 28, 2013)

Viktor Georgiyevich Kulikov was the Warsaw Pact commander-in-chief from 1977 to 1989. He was awarded the rank of the Marshal of the Soviet Union on January 14, 1977. Wikipedia
Verkhnyaya Lyubovsha village, Oryol Oblast, Russian SFSR
Moscow, Russia

Verghese Kurien (November 26, 1921-September 9, 2012)

Verghese Kurien was a renowned Indian social entrepreneur and is best known as the "Father of the White Revolution", for his 'billion-litre idea' – the world's largest agricultural development programme. This transformed India from a milk-deficient nation to the world's largest milk producer, surpassing the United States of America in 1998, with... Wikipedia
Calicut, Madras Presidency, British India
Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Jake LaMotta

Jake LaMotta (July 10, 1921-)

Giacobbe "Jake" LaMotta, nicknamed "The Bronx Bull" and "The Raging Bull", is an American retired professional boxer and former World Middleweight Champion. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the 1980 film 'Raging Bull'. Wikipedia
Bronx, New York
R. K. Laxman

R. K. Laxman (October 24, 1921-January 26, 2015)

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation 'The Common Man' and for his daily cartoon strip, "'You Said It'" in 'The Times of India', which started in 1951. Wikipedia
Mysore, India
Pune, India

Ernest Leiser (February 26, 1921-November 26, 2002)

Ernest Leiser was executive producer of The CBS Evening News. He was recognized with Emmy and Peabody awards for coverage of post-war Europe, civil rights, and Vietnam. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S
South Nyack, N.Y.
Sahir Ludhianvi

Sahir Ludhianvi (March 8, 1921-October 25, 1980)

Sahir Ludhianvi was an Indian poet and film lyricist, who wrote in the Hindi and Urdu languages. His work had an extensive impact on Indian cinema, in particular the Hindi language Bollywood film industry. He won the Filmfare Award twice, in 1964 and 1977, and in 1971 was awarded the Padma Shri. He was also honoured with the issuance of a... Wikipedia
Ludhiana, Punjab
Bombay (now Mumbai)
George Mackay Brown

George Mackay Brown (October 17, 1921-April 13, 1996)

George Mackay Brown was a Scottish poet, author and dramatist, whose work has a distinctly Orcadian character. He is considered one of the great Scottish poets of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Nino Manfredi

Nino Manfredi (March 22, 1921-June 4, 2004)

Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi was one of the most prominent Italian actors in the 'commedia all'italiana' genre. He was also a film and stage director, a screenwriter, a playwright, a comedian, a singer, an author, a radio and television presenter and a voice actor. He won six David di Donatello awards, six Nastro d'Argento awards and the Prix de la... Wikipedia
Castro dei Volsci, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy
Giulietta Masina

Giulietta Masina (February 22, 1921-March 23, 1994)

Giulietta Masina was an Italian film and stage actress. She starred in 'La Strada' and 'Nights of Cabiria', both winners of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, in 1956 and 1957, respectively. Masina won the Best Actress award at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for the later film. Wikipedia
San Giorgio di Piano, Bologna, Italy
Rome, Italy
Pat McDonald (actress)

Pat McDonald (actress) (August 1, 1921-March 10, 1990)

Patricia Ethell "Pat" McDonald was an Australian radio actress and actress of stage and television and the daughter of one of Australia's most prominent electric radio engineers and public servants, Arthur Stephen McDonald and his wife, milliner Edith Roseina Ethell. Her grandfather, bootmaker John McDonald, was born in Victoria, and married Eliza... Wikipedia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Frank McGee (journalist)

Frank McGee (journalist) (September 12, 1921-April 17, 1974)

Frank McGee was an American television journalist who is perhaps best known for his work with NBC. Wikipedia
Monroe, Louisiana
New York City, New York
Jim McKay

Jim McKay (September 24, 1921-June 7, 2008)

James Kenneth McManus, better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist. Wikipedia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Monkton, Maryland, U.S.
Victor A. McKusick

Victor A. McKusick (October 21, 1921-July 22, 2008)

Victor Almon McKusick, an internist and medical geneticist, was the University Professor of Medical Genetics and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, USA. He was a proponent of the mapping of the human genome due to its use for studying congenital diseases. He is well known for his studies of the Amish and, what he... Wikipedia
Parkman, Maine
Towson, Maryland

Bob Merrill (May 17, 1921-February 17, 1998)

Bob Merrill was an American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist, and screenwriter. He was the second most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the UK Singles Chart. Wikipedia
Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Culver City, California, United States

James Michaels (June 17, 1921-October 2, 2007)

James W. Michaels was an American journalist and magazine editor. Michaels served as the longtime editor of 'Forbes' magazine from 1961 until his retirement in 1999. Wikipedia
Buffalo, New York
Manhattan, New York

Clark R. Mollenhoff (April 16, 1921-March 2, 1991)

Clark R. Mollenhoff was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, lawyer, and columnist for 'The Des Moines Register'. Wikipedia
Yves Montand

Yves Montand (October 13, 1921-November 9, 1991)

Yves Montand was an Italian-born French actor and singer. Wikipedia
Monsummano Terme, Italy
Senlis, Oise, France
Brian Moore (novelist)

Brian Moore (novelist) (August 25, 1921-January 11, 1999)

Brian Moore, who has been described as "one of the few genuine masters of the contemporary novel", was a novelist and screenwriter from Northern Ireland who emigrated to Canada and later lived in the United States. He was acclaimed for the descriptions in his novels of life in Northern Ireland after the Second World War, in particular his... Wikipedia
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Malibu, California, U.S.

Akio Morita (January 26, 1921-October 3, 1999)

Akio Morita was a Japanese businessman and co-founder of Sony along with Masaru Ibuka. Wikipedia
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Bill Mosienko

Bill Mosienko (November 2, 1921-July 9, 1994)

William Mosienko was a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Black Hawks. He is best noted for recording the fastest hat trick in NHL history. In a 1952 game against the New York Rangers, Mosienko scored three goals in 21 seconds. Wikipedia
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley (September 14, 1921-September 28, 2005)

Constance Baker Motley was an African-American civil rights activist, lawyer, judge, state senator, and Borough President of Manhattan, New York City. Wikipedia
New Haven, Connecticut
New York City

Peter Munz (May 12, 1921-October 14, 2006)

Peter Munz was a philosopher and historian, Professor of the Victoria University of Wellington; among the major influences on his work were Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Munz is one of two students who studied under both Popper and Wittgenstein. Wikipedia
Yoichiro Nambu

Yoichiro Nambu (January 18, 1921-)

Yoichiro Nambu is a Japanese-born American physicist, currently a professor at the University of Chicago. Known for his contributions to the field of theoretical physics, he was awarded a one-half share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008 for the discovery in 1960 of the mechanism of spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics, related at... Wikipedia
Tokyo, Japan
Earl Nightingale

Earl Nightingale (December 3, 1921-March 28, 1989)

Earl Nightingale was an American motivational speaker and author, known as the "Dean of Personal Development." He was the voice in the early 1950s of 'Sky King', the hero of a radio adventure series, and was a WGN radio show host from 1950 to 1956. Nightingale was the author of the 'Strangest Secret', which economist Terry Savage has called “…One... Wikipedia

Piero Piccioni (December 6, 1921-July 23, 2004)

Piero Piccioni was an Italian lawyer turned major film score composer. Wikipedia
John Rawls

John Rawls (February 21, 1921-November 24, 2002)

John Bordley Rawls was an American moral and political philosopher. He held the James Bryant Conant University Professorship at Harvard University and the Fulbright Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford. Rawls received both the Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy and the National Humanities Medal in 1999, the latter presented by President Bill... Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland
Lexington, Massachusetts
Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (May 2, 1921-April 23, 1992)

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and... Wikipedia
Calcutta, India
Donna Reed

Donna Reed (January 27, 1921-January 14, 1986)

Donna Reed was an American film and television actress and producer. Her career spanned over forty years, with appearances in over forty films. She is well known for her role as Mary Hatch Bailey in Frank Capra's 1946 film 'It's a Wonderful Life'. In 1953, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Lorene... Wikipedia
Denison, Iowa, U.S.
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Annemarie Reinhard (November 29, 1921-November 10, 1976)

Annemarie Reinhard was a German writer. Wikipedia
Karel van het Reve

Karel van het Reve (May 19, 1921-March 4, 1999)

Karel van het Reve was a Dutch writer, translator and literary historian, teaching and writing on Russian literature. Wikipedia
Maurice Richard

Maurice Richard (August 4, 1921-May 27, 2000)

Joseph Henri Maurice "Rocket" Richard was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. He was the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season, accomplishing the feat in 50 games in 1944–45, and the first to reach 500 career goals. Richard retired in 1960 as... Wikipedia
Montreal, QC, CAN
Montreal, QC, CAN
Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle (June 1, 1921-October 6, 1985)

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith household... Wikipedia
Oradell, New Jersey U.S.A.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry (August 19, 1921-October 24, 1991)

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer and futurist. He is best known for creating the original 'Star Trek' television series and thus the 'Star Trek' science fiction franchise. Born in El Paso, Texas, Roddenberry grew up in Los Angeles, California where his father worked as a police officer. Roddenberry... Wikipedia
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Paul Rogers (politician)

Paul Rogers (politician) (June 4, 1921-October 13, 2008)

Paul Grant Rogers was an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Florida. A Democrat, Rogers served in the U.S. House of Representatives as the member from Florida's 11th congressional district. He was chairman of Research!America from 1996 to 2005. Wikipedia
Ocilla, Georgia
Washington D.C.
Tadeusz Różewicz

Tadeusz Różewicz (October 9, 1921-April 24, 2014)

Tadeusz Różewicz was a Polish poet, dramatist and writer. Różewicz belonged to the first generation of Polish writers born after Poland regained its independence in 1918 following the century of foreign partitions. He was born in Radomsko near Łódź. His first poems were published in 1938. During the Second World War, like his brother Janusz, he was... Wikipedia
Radomsko, Second Polish Republic
Wrocław, Poland
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

Gene Saks (November 8, 1921-March 28, 2015)

Gene Saks was an American stage and film director, and actor. An inductee of the American Theater Hall of Fame, his acting career beginning with a debut on Broadway in 1949. As a director, he was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning three for his direction of 'I Love My Wife', 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' and 'Biloxi Blues'. He also directed a... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
East Hampton, New York
Peter Sallis

Peter Sallis (February 1, 1921-)

Peter Sallis, OBE is a retired English actor and entertainer, well known for his work on British television. Although he was born and brought up in London, his two most notable roles require him to adopt the accents and mannerisms of a Northerner. He played Norman "Cleggy" Clegg in 'Last of the Summer Wine' from its 1973 inception until its final... Wikipedia
Twickenham, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Arthur Leonard Schawlow

Arthur Leonard Schawlow (May 5, 1921-April 28, 1999)

Arthur Leonard Schawlow was an American physicist. He shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nicolaas Bloembergen and Kai Siegbahn for his work on lasers. Wikipedia
Mount Vernon, New York
Palo Alto, California
Thomas Schelling

Thomas Schelling (April 14, 1921-)

Thomas Crombie Schelling is an American economist and professor of foreign policy, national security, nuclear strategy, and arms control at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland, College Park. He is also co-faculty at the New England Complex Systems Institute. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for... Wikipedia
Oakland, California, USA
Edward Seidensticker

Edward Seidensticker (February 11, 1921-August 26, 2007)

Edward George Seidensticker was a noted scholar and translator of Japanese literature. He was particularly known for his English version of 'The Tale of Genji', which is counted among the preferred modern translations. He is also well known for his landmark translations of Yasunari Kawabata, which led to Kawabata winning the Nobel Prize in... Wikipedia
Castle Rock, Colorado
Gitta Sereny

Gitta Sereny (March 13, 1921-June 14, 2012)

Gitta Sereny, CBE was an Austrian-born biographer, historian, and investigative journalist who came to be known for her interviews and profiles of controversial figures, including Mary Bell, who was convicted in 1968 of killing two children when she herself was a child, and Franz Stangl, the commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom

Junzo Shono (February 9, 1921-September 21, 2009)

Junzō Shōno was a Japanese novelist. A native of Osaka, he began writing novels after World War II. He won the 1954 Akutagawa Prize for his book 'Purusaido Shokei'. Shōno's other award winning books include 'Seibutsu', for which he won the Shinchosha literary prize, 'Yube no Kumo', which was awarded the 1965 Yomiuri Prize, and 'Eawase' which took... Wikipedia
Osaka, Japan
Kawasaki, Japan
Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921-August 11, 2009)

Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in 1962 of Camp Shriver which started on her Maryland farm known as Timberlawn and, in 1968 evolved into the Special Olympics. Her husband, Sargent Shriver,... Wikipedia
Brookline, Massachusetts, US
Hyannis, Massachusetts, US
Simone Signoret

Simone Signoret (March 25, 1921-September 30, 1985)

Simone Signoret was a French cinema actress often hailed as one of France's greatest film stars. She became the first French person to win an Academy Award, for her role in 'Room at the Top'. In her lifetime she also received a César, three BAFTAs, an Emmy, Cannes Film Festival recognition, the Silver Bear for Best Actress awards and a Golden Globe... Wikipedia
Wiesbaden, Germany
Auteuil-Anthouillet, France
Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921-June 9, 1993)

Alexis Smith was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress and singer. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972. Wikipedia
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Los Angeles, California, United States

Liz Smith (actress) (December 11, 1921-)

Betty Gleadle, known by the stage name Liz Smith is a retired English character actress, best known for her roles as Annie Brandon in 'I Didn't Know You Cared', Bette and Aunt Belle in '2point4 Children', as Norma Speakman in the BBC comedy 'The Royle Family', Letitia Cropley in the BBC comedy 'The Vicar of Dibley' and as Zillah In 'Lark Rise to... Wikipedia
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Jack Steinberger

Jack Steinberger (May 25, 1921-)

Hans Jakob "Jack" Steinberger is a physicist currently residing near Geneva, Switzerland. He co-discovered the muon neutrino, along with Leon Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, for which they were given the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics. Wikipedia
Bad Kissingen
Jan Sterling

Jan Sterling (April 3, 1921-March 26, 2004)

Jan Sterling was an American actress of stage, film, and television. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Sigmund Sternberg (June 2, 1921-)

Sir Sigmund Sternberg is a British philanthropist, interfaith campaigner, businessman and Labour Party donor. Wikipedia

André Stil (April 1, 1921-September 3, 2004)

André Stil was a French novelist, short story writer, occasional poet, and political activist. A lifelong militant, he became a member of the French Communist Party in 1940, and remained loyal to the party. Wikipedia
Hergnies, France
Camélas, France

Gilbert Stork (December 31, 1921-)

Gilbert Stork is a U.S. organic chemist. He is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. The Stork enamine synthesis is named in his honor. Wikipedia
Brussels, Belgium

Suharto (June 8, 1921-January 27, 2008)

Suharto was the second President of Indonesia, having held the office for 31 years from 1967 following Sukarno's removal until his resignation in 1998. Wikipedia
Kemusuk, Dutch East Indies
Jakarta, Indonesia
Nancy Sweezy

Nancy Sweezy (October 14, 1921-February 6, 2010)

Nancy Sweezy was an American artist, author, folklorist, advocate, scholar, and preservationist. Known initially for her work as a potter in the 1950s, Sweezy became a scholar of the history and creation of pottery and wrote several authoritative texts and books on U.S. and international folk pottery. She was a major figure in the establishment of... Wikipedia

Charley Trippi (December 14, 1921-)

Charles Louis Trippi is a former American football player. He played college football at the University of Georgia and professionally in the National Football league with the Chicago Cardinals. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Wikipedia
Pittston, Pennsylvania, United States

Rudolf Trümpy (August 16, 1921-January 30, 2009)

Rudolf Trümpy was a Swiss Geologist, who was born in the small Swiss town of Glarus. He graduated from the ETH Zürich in the late 1940s with a thesis titled: “Der Lias der Glarner Alpen”. From 1947 to 1953 he spent his post-doctoral years in Lausanne before being appointed professor at ETH Zürich in 1953. He would remain there until 1986. Wikipedia
Glarus, Switzerland
Küssnacht, Switzerland
Lana Turner

Lana Turner (February 8, 1921-June 29, 1995)

Lana Turner was an American film and television actress. Discovered in 1937 by a reporter as she sipped a soda in a Hollywood ice cream parlor and signed to a film contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at the age of 16, Turner first attracted attention in 'They Won't Forget', and later starred in featured roles, often as an ingenue. Wikipedia
Wallace, Idaho, U.S.
Century City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Peter Twiss (July 23, 1921-August 31, 2001)

Lionel Peter Twiss & Bar was a British test pilot who holds the World Air Speed Record as the first man to fly at a speed greater than . Wikipedia
Lindfield, Sussex, England
Titchfield, Hampshire, England
Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov (April 16, 1921-March 28, 2004)

Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter. A noted wit and raconteur, he was a fixture on television talk shows... Wikipedia
London, England, UK
Genolier, Vaud, Switzerland
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
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
Joseph A. Walker

Joseph A. Walker (February 20, 1921-June 8, 1966)

Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker, was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, test pilot with NASA, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Man In Space Soonest spaceflight program. In 1963, he made two X-15 Experimental rocket aircraft flights beyond the altitude of —at the edge of outer space. These were the first spaceplane flights past... Wikipedia
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Barstow, California, U.S.
Douglass Watson

Douglass Watson (February 24, 1921-May 1, 1989)

Larkin Douglass Watson III was an American actor. Wikipedia
Jackson, Georgia, U.S.
Arizona, U.S.
Richard T. Whitcomb

Richard T. Whitcomb (February 21, 1921-October 13, 2009)

Richard Travis Whitcomb was an American aeronautical engineer who was noted for his significant contributions to the science of aerodynamics. Wikipedia
Evanston, Illinois USA
Newport News, Virginia USA
James Whitmore

James Whitmore (October 1, 1921-February 6, 2009)

James Allen Whitmore, Jr. was an American film, theatre and television actor. He won a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. Wikipedia
White Plains, New York, United States
Malibu, California, United States
Geoffrey Wilkinson

Geoffrey Wilkinson (July 14, 1921-September 26, 1996)

Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson FRS was a Nobel laureate English chemist who pioneered inorganic chemistry and homogeneous transition metal catalysis. Wikipedia
Springside, England
London, England

Edward Williams (Queensland judge) (December 29, 1921-January 10, 1999)

Sir Edward Stratten Williams KCMG KBE QC was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Wikipedia
Esther Williams

Esther Williams (August 8, 1921-June 6, 2013)

Esther Jane Williams was an American competitive swimmer and actress. Wikipedia
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Los Angeles, U.S.
Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson (April 4, 1921-)

Elizabeth Welter Wilson is a Tony Award-winning American actress. She was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007. Wikipedia
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Evelyn M. Witkin

Evelyn M. Witkin (March 9, 1921-)

Evelyn M. Witkin, born Evelyn Maisel is an American geneticist who was awarded the National Medal of Science for her work on DNA mutagenesis and DNA repair. Wikipedia
New York City

Patricia Wrightson (July 19, 1921-March 15, 2010)

Patricia Wrightson OBE was an Australian writer of several highly regarded and influential children's books. Her reputation came to rest largely on her magic realist titles. Her books, including the widely praised 'The Nargun and The Stars', were among the first Australian books for children to draw on Australian Aboriginal mythology. Her 27 books... Wikipedia
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow (July 19, 1921-May 30, 2011)

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow was an American medical physicist, and a co-winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for development of the radioimmunoassay technique. She was the second American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize Physiology or Medicine after Gerty Cori. Wikipedia
New York City, New York, U.S.
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Saul Zaentz

Saul Zaentz (February 28, 1921-January 3, 2014)

Saul Zaentz was an American film producer and former record company executive. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture three times and in 1996 was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Wikipedia
Passaic, New Jersey
San Francisco, California
Olgierd Zienkiewicz

Olgierd Zienkiewicz (May 18, 1921-January 2, 2009)

Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz, CBE, FREng, FRS was a British academic of Polish descent, mathematician, and civil engineer. He was born in Caterham, England. He was one of the early pioneers of the finite element method. Since his first paper in 1947 dealing with numerical approximation to the stress analysis of dams, he published nearly 600 papers and... Wikipedia
Caterham, UK
Swansea, UK

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