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Fay Ajzenberg-Selove

Fay Ajzenberg-Selove (February 13, 1926-August 8, 2012)

Fay Ajzenberg-Selove was an American nuclear physicist. She was known for her experimental work in nuclear spectroscopy of light elements, and for her annual reviews of the energy levels of light atomic nuclei. She was a recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science. Wikipedia
Berlin, Germany
Haverford, Pennsylvania

Nisim Aloni (August 24, 1926-June 13, 1998)

Nissim Aloni was an Israeli playwright and translator. Wikipedia
Florentin, south Tel Aviv, Mandate Palestine
Tel Aviv, Israel
A. R. Ammons

A. R. Ammons (February 18, 1926-February 25, 2001)

Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones. Among the topics often addressed by Ammons in his poetry, those of religious and philosophical concern are visited in his works as are many scenes... Wikipedia
near Whiteville, North Carolina
Ithaca, New York
Poul Anderson

Poul Anderson (November 25, 1926-July 31, 2001)

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including... Wikipedia
Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA
Orinda, California, USA
Hushang Ansary

Hushang Ansary (<a href="/born/year/1926" title="Celebrities Born in 1926">1926</a>-)

Hushang Ansary is an Iranian-American diplomat, businessman, and philanthropist with a net worth of over $2 billion. He served for eighteen years in the Iranian government prior to the Iranian Revolution and has also been chairman or director of companies both in Iran and in the United States. Wikipedia
Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran
Vicente Aranda

Vicente Aranda (November 9, 1926-May 26, 2015)

Vicente Aranda Ezquerra was a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer. Wikipedia
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Ruth Asawa

Ruth Asawa (January 24, 1926-August 5, 2013)

Ruth Asawa was a American sculptor. Known in San Francisco as the "fountain lady", her work is included in prominent art collections such as those of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney in New York. She was a driving force behind the creation of the 'San Francisco School of the Arts', which was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco... Wikipedia
Norwalk, California
San Francisco, California
David Attenborough

David Attenborough (May 8, 1926-)

Sir David Frederick Attenborough is an English broadcaster and naturalist. Wikipedia
London, England
Ingeborg Bachmann

Ingeborg Bachmann (June 25, 1926-October 17, 1973)

Ingeborg Bachmann was an Austrian poet and author. Wikipedia
Klagenfurt, Austria
Rome, Italy
Hanoch Bartov

Hanoch Bartov (August 13, 1926-)

Hanoch Bartov is an Israeli author and journalist. Wikipedia

Stanley Baxter (May 24, 1926-)

Stanley Baxter is an award-winning Scottish actor and impressionist, known for his highly popular British television comedy shows 'The Stanley Baxter show', 'Baxter On...', 'Time For Baxter', 'The Stanley Baxter Picture Show','The Stanley Baxter Series', 'Mr Majeika'. Wikipedia
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Evgeny Belyaev

Evgeny Belyaev (September 11, 1926-February 21, 1994)

Evgeny Mikhailovich Belyaev, also written as Yevgeny Belyayev was a Russian tenor soloist of the Alexandrov Ensemble under Boris Alexandrov. He is remembered in the Soviet Union as the Russian Nightingale and in the West as one of the definitive singers of 'Kalinka'. Wikipedia

Arne Bendiksen (October 19, 1926-March 26, 2009)

Arne Joachim Bendiksen was a Norwegian singer, composer and producer, described as "the father of pop music" in Norway. Wikipedia
Bergen, Norway
Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett (August 3, 1926-)

Anthony Dominick "Tony" Benedetto, stage name Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, show tunes, and jazz. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, having created works—under the name Anthony Benedetto—that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts... Wikipedia
Astoria, Queens, New York City
Paul Berg

Paul Berg (June 30, 1926-)

Paul Berg is an American biochemist and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1980, along with Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger. The award recognized their contributions to basic research involving nucleic acids. Berg received his undergraduate education at Penn State University, where... Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
John Berger

John Berger (November 5, 1926-)

John Peter Berger is an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel 'G.' won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism 'Ways of Seeing', written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a university text. Wikipedia
London Borough of Hackney, UK
Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926-)

Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with... Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri
Robert Bly

Robert Bly (December 23, 1926-)

Robert Bly is an American poet, author, activist and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement. His most commercially successful book to date was 'Iron John: A Book About Men', a key text of the mythopoetic men's movement, which spent 62 weeks on the 'The New York Times' Best Seller list. He won the 1968 National Book Award for Poetry for his book... Wikipedia
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota, USA
Odd Børretzen

Odd Børretzen (November 21, 1926-November 3, 2012)

Odd Lunde Børretzen was a Norwegian author, illustrator, translator, and one of the most significant text writers, folk singers and artists in Norway. Wikipedia
Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks (June 28, 1926-)

Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Joe Brown (boxer)

Joe Brown (boxer) (May 18, 1926-December 4, 1997)

Joe Brown was an accomplished boxer who won the undisputed Lightweight Championship of the World in 1956, making 11 successful defences before losing his crown in his old age to Carlos Ortiz in 1962. Brown was a classic boxer and a knockout puncher. Known as the ‘Creole Clouter’ and Joe ‘Old Bones’ Brown, he was managed by Lou Viscusi and named... Wikipedia
Ray Brown (musician)

Ray Brown (musician) (October 13, 1926-July 2, 2002)

Raymond Matthews Brown was an influential American jazz double bassist and cellist, known for extensive work with Oscar Peterson and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Günter de Bruyn

Günter de Bruyn (November 1, 1926-)

Günter de Bruyn is a German author. Wikipedia
Berlin, Germany
Frederick Buechner

Frederick Buechner (July 11, 1926-)

Carl Frederick Buechner is an American writer and theologian. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of more than thirty published books. His work encompasses different genres, including fiction, autobiography, essays and sermons, and his career has spanned six decades. Buechner's books have been translated into many languages for... Wikipedia
New York City, United States
Michel Butor

Michel Butor (September 14, 1926-)

Michel Butor is a French writer. Wikipedia
Mons-en-Baroeul, Nord, France
Bo Carpelan

Bo Carpelan (October 25, 1926-February 11, 2011)

Baron Bo Gustaf Bertelsson Carpelan was a Finnish poet and author. He published his first book of poems in 1946, and received his Ph.D. in 1960. Carpelan, who wrote in Swedish, composed numerous books of verse, as well as several novels and short stories. Wikipedia
Helsinki, Finland
Espoo, Finland
Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926-)

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and then President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration Cuba... Wikipedia
Birán, Holguín Province, Cuba
Sydney Chaplin (actor)

Sydney Chaplin (actor) (March 30, 1926-March 3, 2009)

Sydney Earl Chaplin was an American actor. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California
Rancho Mirage, California
John Coltrane

John Coltrane (September 23, 1926-July 17, 1967)

John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He organized at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his career, and appeared as a... Wikipedia
Hamlet, North Carolina, USA
Long Island, New York, USA

James Costigan (March 31, 1926-December 19, 2007)

James Costigan was an American television actor and Emmy Award-winning television screenwriter. His writing credited included the 'Eleanor and Franklin' and 'Love Among the Ruins' television movies. Wikipedia
Miles Davis

Miles Davis (May 26, 1926-September 28, 1991)

Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Wikipedia
Alton, Illinois
Santa Monica, California
André Delvaux

André Delvaux (March 21, 1926-October 4, 2002)

André, Baron Delvaux was a Belgian film director and widely regarded as the founder of the Belgian national cinema. Born in Heverlee, he died in Valencia, Spain. He received the Magritte Honorary Award at the Magritte Awards 2011. Wikipedia
Heverlee, Belgium
Valencia, Spain

René Depestre (August 29, 1926-)

René Depestre is a Haitian poet and former communist activist. He is considered to be one of the most prominent figures in Haitian literature. He lived in Cuba as an exile from the Duvalier regime for many years and was a founder of the 'Casa de las Americas' publishing house. He is best known for his poetry. Wikipedia
Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi (January 14, 1926-)

Mahasweta Devi is an Indian social activist and writer. Wikipedia
Dhaka, British India

J. P. Donleavy (April 23, 1926-)

James Patrick Donleavy is an Irish American novelist and playwright. His first novel is 'The Ginger Man'. Another novel, 'A Fairy Tale of New York', provided the title of the famous song "Fairytale of New York". Wikipedia
New York City
Slim Dusty

Slim Dusty (June 13, 1926-September 19, 2003)

David Gordon Kirkpatrick AO MBE, known professionally as Slim Dusty, was an Australian country music singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer, with a career spanning nearly seven decades. He was known to record songs in the legacy of Australian poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson that represented the Australian bush lifestyle and also for his... Wikipedia
Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Arnold Eidslott (June 10, 1926-)

Arnold Olav Eidslott is a Norwegian poet. Wikipedia

Pat Flaherty (January 6, 1926-April 9, 2002)

George Francis Flaherty, Jr., known professionally as Pat Flaherty, was an American racecar driver who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1956. Wikipedia
Glendale, California, U.S.
Oxnard, California, U.S.
Dario Fo

Dario Fo (March 24, 1926-)

Dario Fo is an Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter and political campaigner, and recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. "Arguably the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre", much of his dramatic work depends on improvisation and comprises the recovery... Wikipedia
Leggiuno Sangiano, in Lombardy's Province of Varese, near the eastern shore of Lago Maggiore
Robert Fogel

Robert Fogel (July 1, 1926-June 11, 2013)

Robert William Fogel was an American economic historian and scientist, and winner of the 1993 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. As of his death, he was the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions and director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.... Wikipedia
New York City
Oak Lawn, Illinois, U.S.
Bryan Forbes

Bryan Forbes (July 22, 1926-May 8, 2013)

Bryan Forbes, CBE was an English film director, screenwriter, film producer, actor and novelist, described as a "Renaissance man" and "one of the most important figures in the British film industry". Best known as the director of the film 'The Stepford Wives', he wrote and directed several other critically acclaimed films, including 'Whistle Down... Wikipedia
Stratford, Essex
Virginia Water, Surrey, England
Mary Lou Forbes

Mary Lou Forbes (June 21, 1926-June 27, 2009)

Mary Lou "Ludie" Forbes was an American journalist and commentator. She spent six decades at the Washington 'Evening Star' and 'The Washington Times', serving as the 'Times' commentary editor until weeks before her death. Wikipedia
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg (August 7, 1926-April 7, 2015)

Stan Freberg was an American author, recording artist, animation voice actor, comedian, radio personality, puppeteer and advertising creative director, whose career began in 1944. He remained active in the industry into his late 80s, more than 70 years after entering it. Wikipedia
Pasadena, California, United States
Santa Monica, California, United States
Helen Gallagher

Helen Gallagher (July 19, 1926-)

Helen Gallagher is an American actress, dancer, and singer. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Joe Garagiola, Sr.

Joe Garagiola, Sr. (February 12, 1926-)

Joseph Henry "Joe" Garagiola, Sr. is an American former catcher in Major League Baseball who later became an announcer and television host, popular for his colorful personality. He was well known for being one of the regular panelists of 'The Today Show' for many years. Wikipedia
St. Louis, Missouri
Riccardo Garrone (actor)

Riccardo Garrone (actor) (January 1, 1926-)

Riccardo Garrone is an Italian film actor. He has appeared in more than 140 films since 1949.He is considered one of the lasts Italian comedy actor of his generation stll in live. Wikipedia
Rome, Italy
Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926-April 5, 1997)

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet and one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture that soon would follow. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of... Wikipedia
Newark, New Jersey
New York City
Donald A. Glaser

Donald A. Glaser (September 21, 1926-February 28, 2013)

Donald Arthur Glaser was an American physicist, neurobiologist, and the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber used in subatomic particle physics. Wikipedia
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Berkeley, California, U.S.
Noah Gordon (novelist)

Noah Gordon (novelist) (November 11, 1926-)

Noah Gordon introducing his new book "The Winemaker" in Barcelona. Wikipedia
Peter Graves

Peter Graves (March 18, 1926-March 14, 2010)

Peter Duesler Aurness, known professionally as Peter Graves, was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his starring role in the CBS television series 'Mission: Impossible' from 1967 to 1973 and from 1988 to 1990. His elder brother was actor James Arness. Graves was also known for his portrayal of airplane pilot Captain... Wikipedia
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan (March 6, 1926-)

Alan Greenspan is an American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and provides consulting for firms through his company, Greenspan Associates LLC. First appointed Federal Reserve chairman by President Ronald Reagan in August 1987, he was reappointed... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, US
Gus Grissom

Gus Grissom (April 3, 1926-January 27, 1967)

Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Wikipedia
Mitchell, Indiana
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh (October 11, 1926-)

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book 'Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire'. A long-term exile, he was given... Wikipedia
Thừa Thiên, Central Vietnam
Bhupen Hazarika

Bhupen Hazarika (September 8, 1926-November 5, 2011)

Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself, are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood and have been translated and sung in many languages, most notably in Bengali and Hindi. His songs, based on the themes of communal amity,... Wikipedia
Sadiya, Assam, British India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (January 13, 1926-October 9, 2003)

Carolyn Gold Heilbrun was an American academic at Columbia University, the first woman to receive tenure in the English department, and a prolific feminist author of important academic studies. In addition, beginning in the 1960s, she published numerous popular mystery novels with a woman protagonist, under the pen name of Amanda Cross. These have... Wikipedia
East Orange, New Jersey, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Doug Hepburn

Doug Hepburn (September 16, 1926-November 22, 2000)

Douglas Ivan Hepburn was a Canadian strongman and weightlifter. He won weightlifting gold medals in the 1953 World Weightlifting Championships as well as the 1954 British Empire Games in the heavyweight division. He is also known as the first man to bench press 400, 450, and 500 pounds. During the 1950s he was publicly known as the "world's... Wikipedia
Vancouver, Canada
Darleane C. Hoffman

Darleane C. Hoffman (November 8, 1926-)

Darleane C. Hoffman is an American nuclear chemist who was among the researchers who confirmed the existence of Seaborgium, element 106. She is a faculty senior scientist in the Nuclear Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and a professor in the graduate school at UC Berkeley. Wikipedia
Terril, IA
Oleh Hornykiewicz

Oleh Hornykiewicz (November 17, 1926-)

Oleh Hornykiewicz is an Austrian biochemist. Wikipedia
Sykhiw, Lvov

David H. Hubel (February 27, 1926-September 22, 2013)

David Hunter Hubel was a Canadian neurophysiologist noted for his studies of the structure and function of the visual cortex. He was co-recipient with Torsten Wiesel of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for their discoveries concerning information processing in the visual system. For much of his career, Hubel was the John Franklin... Wikipedia
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States
J. B. Hutto

J. B. Hutto (April 26, 1926-June 12, 1983)

J. B. Hutto was an American blues musician. Hutto was influenced by Elmore James, and became known for his slide guitar work and declamatory style of singing. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame two years after his death. Wikipedia
Blackville, South Carolina, United States
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Norman Jewison

Norman Jewison (July 21, 1926-)

Norman Frederick Jewison, CC, O.Ont is a Canadian film director, producer, actor and founder of the Canadian Film Centre. Highlights of his directing career include 'The Cincinnati Kid', 'The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming', 'In the Heat of the Night', 'The Thomas Crown Affair', 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Jesus Christ Superstar',... Wikipedia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Margaret John (December 14, 1926-February 2, 2011)

Margaret John was a Welsh, BAFTA award-winning actress, best known for her role as Doris in 'Gavin & Stacey'. She has been described, by fellow actress Ruth Jones, as "an absolute national treasure". Wikipedia
Swansea, Wales, UK
Swansea, Wales, UK
Betsy Jolas

Betsy Jolas (August 5, 1926-)

Betsy Jolas is a French composer. Wikipedia
Hermann Kant

Hermann Kant (June 14, 1926-)

Hermann Kant is a German writer born in Hamburg noted for his writings during the time of East Germany. He won the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1967. Wikipedia

Gene Kemp (December 27, 1926-January 4, 2015)

Gene Kemp née Rushton was a British author best known for her children's books. Her first novel, 'The Pride of Tamworth Pig' was published in 1972. She won the British Carnegie Medal for 'The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler'. Wikipedia
Wiggington, Staffordshire, England, UK
Henry Way Kendall

Henry Way Kendall (December 9, 1926-February 15, 1999)

Henry Way Kendall was an American particle physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1990 jointly with Jerome Isaac Friedman and Richard E. Taylor "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model... Wikipedia
Boston, Massachusetts
Wakulla Springs State Park, Florida

Victor Kiam (December 7, 1926-May 27, 2001)

Victor K. Kiam was an American entrepreneur and the owner of the New England Patriots football team from 1988–1991. Wikipedia
Stamford, Connecticut
Aaron Klug

Aaron Klug (August 11, 1926-)

Sir Aaron Klug is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes. Wikipedia
Želva, Lithuania

Taeko Kono (February 24, 1926-January 29, 2015)

Taeko Kōno was a Japanese writer and critic and is considered one of the most important writers of modern Japanese literature. She is best known in English for her collection of short stories 'Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories'. Wikipedia
Osaka, Japan

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
Joe Kubert

Joe Kubert (September 18, 1926-August 12, 2012)

Joseph "Joe" Kubert was an American comic book artist, art teacher and founder of The Kubert School. He is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. He is also known for working on his own creations, such as Tor, Son of Sinbad, and Viking Prince, and, with writer Robin Moore, the comic strip 'Tales of the Green... Wikipedia
Jezierzany, Poland
Morristown, New Jersey

Doug Larson (February 10, 1926-)

Doug Larson was a columnist and editor for the Door County Advocate and wrote a daily column for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, both Wisconsin-based newspapers. The column was originally syndicated through United Media under the title "Senator Soaper Says"; Larson took over authorship in 1980. Previously, it had been written by Bill Vaughn of the... Wikipedia
Sturgeon Bay, WI
Peter Lax

Peter Lax (May 1, 1926-)

Peter David Lax is a Hungarian-born American mathematician working in the areas of pure and applied mathematics. He has made important contributions to integrable systems, fluid dynamics and shock waves, solitonic physics, hyperbolic conservation laws, and mathematical and scientific computing, among other fields. Lax is listed as an ISI highly... Wikipedia
Budapest, Hungary

Charles Le Quintrec (March 14, 1926-November 14, 2008)

Charles Le Quintrec was a French poet. He was born in Plescop and died in Lorient. Wikipedia
Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman (April 30, 1926-)

Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film 'The Last Picture Show' for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Wikipedia
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

Leo Leandros (August 23, 1926-)

Leo Leandros, is a Greek musician, composer and producer. Born in Astakos, Greece, Leandros left in the 1950s for Germany to pursue a career in singing and composing. He had some success, but shifted his focus to his daughter, Vicky, who had been singing from a very early age and turned out to be the real treasure. He became her manager, composer... Wikipedia
Harper Lee

Harper Lee (April 28, 1926-)

Nelle Harper Lee is an American novelist widely known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize–winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' which deals with the racism she observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Though Lee only published this single book for half a century, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to... Wikipedia
Monroeville, Alabama
Tsung-Dao Lee

Tsung-Dao Lee (November 24, 1926-)

Tsung-Dao Lee is a Chinese-born American physicist, well known for his work on parity violation, the Lee Model, particle physics, relativistic heavy ion physics, nontopological solitons and soliton stars. He holds the rank of University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1953 and from which he retired in 2012. Wikipedia
Shanghai, China
Hugh Leonard

Hugh Leonard (November 9, 1926-February 12, 2009)

Hugh Leonard was an Irish dramatist, television writer and essayist. In a career that spanned 50 years, Leonard wrote nearly 30 full-length plays, 10 one-act plays, three volumes of essays, two autobiographies, three novels and numerous screenplays and teleplays, as well as writing a regular newspaper column. Wikipedia
Dublin, Ireland
Dalkey, Ireland

Bobo Lewis (May 14, 1926-November 6, 1998)

Barbara "Bobo" Lewis was an American comedic actress of film, musical theatre, stage and television. Wikipedia
Miami, Florida, U.S.
New York, New York, U.S.
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926-)

Jerry Lewis is an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis. In addition to the duo's popular nightclub work, they starred in a... Wikipedia
Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
Robert Jay Lifton

Robert Jay Lifton (May 16, 1926-)

Robert Jay Lifton is an American psychiatrist and author, chiefly known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and for his theory of thought reform. He was an early proponent of the techniques of psychohistory. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Logue (November 23, 1926-December 2, 2011)

Christopher Logue, CBE was an English poet associated with the British Poetry Revival and a pacifist. Wikipedia
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
George Low

George Low (June 10, 1926-July 17, 1984)

George Michael Low was a NASA administrator and 14th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Wikipedia
Vienna, Austria

Allen Mandelbaum (May 4, 1926-October 27, 2011)

Allen Mandelbaum was an American professor of Italian literature, poet, and translator. He taught English and comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York from 1966 to 1986 and served as executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in English from 1972 to 1980. He was named the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities... Wikipedia
Peter Marshall (entertainer)

Peter Marshall (entertainer) (March 30, 1926-)

Ralph Pierre LaCock, better known by his stage name Peter Marshall, is an American television and radio personality, singer, and actor. Wikipedia
Huntington, West Virginia, U.S.
George Martin

George Martin (January 3, 1926-)

Sir George Henry Martin is an English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He is sometimes referred to as "the Fifth Beatle" in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums. He is considered one of the greatest record producers of all time, with 30 number-one hit singles in... Wikipedia
Highbury, London, England
Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (February 20, 1926-June 23, 2013)

Richard Burton Matheson was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He may be known best as the author of 'I Am Legend', a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen four times, although six more of his novels or short stories have been adapted as major motion pictures: 'The... Wikipedia
Allendale, New Jersey, United States
Los Angeles, United States
Ray McAnally

Ray McAnally (March 30, 1926-June 15, 1989)

Ray McAnally was an Irish actor. He was the winner of four BAFTA awards in the late 1980s: twice for Best Supporting Actor, and twice for Best Actor in the television category. Wikipedia
Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland
County Wicklow, Ireland
Ed McBain

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926-July 6, 2005)

Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956. Wikipedia
New York City, U.S.
Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey (April 1, 1926-November 21, 2011)

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the 'Dragonriders of Pern' science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel 'The White Dragon' became one of the first science-fiction books to... Wikipedia
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Dragonhold-Underhill, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
James Merrill

James Merrill (March 3, 1926-February 6, 1995)

James Ingram Merrill was an American poet whose awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 'Divine Comedies'. His poetry falls into two distinct bodies of work: the polished and formalist lyric poetry of his early career, and the epic narrative of occult communication with spirits and angels, titled 'The Changing Light at Sandover', which... Wikipedia
New York City, New York, United States
Tucson, Arizona
Warren Mitchell

Warren Mitchell (January 14, 1926-)

: Warren Mitchell is an English actor. He is a BAFTA TV Award winner and two-time Olivier Award winner. Wikipedia
Stoke Newington, London, England, UK
Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926-August 5, 1962)

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. Wikipedia
Los Angeles, California, US
Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, US

Shlomo Morag (July 17, 1926-1999)

Shlomo Morag, also spelled Shelomo Morag, was an Israeli professor of the Hebrew Language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Wikipedia
Ben Roy Mottelson

Ben Roy Mottelson (July 9, 1926-)

Ben Roy Mottelson is an American-born Danish nuclear physicist. He won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the non-spherical geometry of atomic nuclei. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar (January 16, 1926-January 28, 2007)

Omkar Prasad Nayyar was an Indian film music director and composer born in Lahore, British India, now in Pakistan. Wikipedia
Lahore, British Punjab, British India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal (January 20, 1926-August 8, 2010)

Patricia Neal was an American actress of stage and screen. She was best known for her film roles as World War II widow Helen Benson in 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', wealthy matron Emily Eustace Failenson in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', and the worn-out housekeeper Alma Brown in 'Hud', for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She played... Wikipedia
Packard, Kentucky, U.S.
Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S.
Frank O'Hara

Frank O'Hara (March 27, 1926-July 25, 1966)

Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York City's art world. O'Hara is regarded as a leading figure in the New York School—an informal group of artists, writers and musicians who drew inspiration from jazz,... Wikipedia
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Ken Olsen

Ken Olsen (February 20, 1926-February 6, 2011)

Kenneth Harry Olsen was an American engineer who co-founded Digital Equipment Corporation in 1957 with colleague Harlan Anderson. Wikipedia
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Indianapolis, Indiana
Riz Ortolani

Riz Ortolani (March 25, 1926-January 23, 2014)

Riziero "Riz" Ortolani was an Italian film composer. Wikipedia
Pesaro, Italy
Rome, Italy
Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley (April 6, 1926-September 12, 2014)

Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC was a Northern Irish loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. Wikipedia
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Marvin Panch (May 28, 1926-)

Marvin Panch in Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a former NASCAR driver. Wikipedia
Menomonie, Wisconsin
Joe Paterno

Joe Paterno (December 21, 1926-January 22, 2012)

Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno, sometimes referred to as "JoePa", was an American college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. His career ended with his dismissal from the team for his role in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York, United States
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Carl Adam Petri

Carl Adam Petri (July 12, 1926-July 2, 2010)

Carl Adam Petri was a German mathematician and computer scientist. He was born in Leipzig. Wikipedia
Leipzig, Weimar Republic

Victor Prather (June 4, 1926-May 4, 1961)

Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather Jr. was an American flight surgeon famous for taking part in "Project RAM", a government project to develop the space suit. On May 4, 1961, Prather drowned during the helicopter transfer after the landing of the Strato-Lab V balloon flight, which set an altitude record for manned balloon flight which stood... Wikipedia
Lapeer, Michigan
Gulf of Mexico
Ray Price (musician)

Ray Price (musician) (January 12, 1926-December 16, 2013)

Noble Ray Price was an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His wide ranging baritone has often been praised as among the best male voices of country music. Some of his well-known recordings include "Release Me", "Crazy Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times", "Night Life", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever... Wikipedia
Perryville, Texas, United States of America
Mount Pleasant, Texas, U.S.
Ravi (music director)

Ravi (music director) (March 3, 1926-March 7, 2012)

Ravi Shankar Sharma, often referred to mononymously as Ravi, was an Indian music director, who had composed music for several Hindi and Malayalam films. After a successful career in Hindi cinema, he took a break from 1970s to 1984, and made a successful comeback under the stage name Bombay Ravi. He died on 7 March 2012 in Mumbai at the age of 86. Wikipedia
Delhi, India
Mumbai, India
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

Frank M. Robinson (August 9, 1926-June 30, 2014)

Frank M. Robinson was an American science fiction and techno-thriller writer. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Irwin Rose

Irwin Rose (June 16, 1926-June 2, 2015)

Irwin Allan Rose was an American biologist. Along with Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Wikipedia
Brooklyn, New York
Deerfield, Massachusetts

Harold Rosen (electrical engineer) (<a href="/born/year/1926" title="Celebrities Born in 1926">1926</a>-)

Harold A. Rosen is an American electrical engineer, known as "the father of the geostationary satellite", and "father of the communications satellite". He formed and led the team that designed and built the first geosynchronous communications satellite, Syncom, for Hughes Aircraft Company. Wikipedia
New Orleans, Louisiana
Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam (January 29, 1926-November 21, 1996)

Mohammad Abdus Salam, was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who, when he shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to electroweak unification, became the first Pakistani to receive a Nobel Prize and also the second Muslim to win the prize, after Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and the first Muslim to win the prize in science. Wikipedia
Jhang, Punjab, British Raj
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Enrico Maria Salerno

Enrico Maria Salerno (September 18, 1926-February 28, 1994)

Enrico Maria Salerno was an Italian theatre & film actor, also a film director. He was also the voice of Clint Eastwood in the Italian version of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy films, and the voice of Christ in 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew' directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Wikipedia
Milan, Italy
Rome, Italy
Shakti Samanta

Shakti Samanta (January 13, 1926-April 9, 2009)

Shakti Samanta was an Indian film director and producer, who founded Shakti Films in 1957, which is most known for films such as 'Howrah Bridge', 'China Town', 'Kashmir Ki Kali', 'An Evening in Paris', 'Kati Patang' and 'Amar Prem'. Wikipedia
Burdwan, British India
Mumbai, India
Allan Sandage

Allan Sandage (June 18, 1926-November 13, 2010)

Allan Rex Sandage was an American astronomer. He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. He determined the first reasonably accurate values for the Hubble constant and the age of the universe. He also discovered the first quasar. Wikipedia
Iowa City, Iowa
San Gabriel, California
Andrew Schally

Andrew Schally (November 30, 1926-)

Andrzej Viktor "Andrew" Schally is a Polish-American endocrinologist and Nobel Prize laureate in medicine, sharing the prize that year with Roger Guillemin and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow. Wikipedia
Vilnius, Second Polish Republic
John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger (February 16, 1926-July 25, 2003)

John Richard Schlesinger, CBE was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for 'Midnight Cowboy', and was nominated for two other films. Wikipedia
London, England
Palm Springs, California, US
Robert H. Schuller

Robert H. Schuller (September 16, 1926-April 2, 2015)

Robert Harold Schuller was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author. Wikipedia
Alton, Iowa, United States
Artesia, California, United States
Angus Scrimm

Angus Scrimm (August 19, 1926-)

Angus Scrimm is an American actor and Grammy-winning author, best known for playing the Tall Man in the 1979 horror movie 'Phantasm' and its sequels. Wikipedia
Kansas City, Kansas
Guy Severin

Guy Severin (July 24, 1926-February 7, 2008)

Guy Ilyich Severin was an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, full member of the International Academy of Astronautics, who contributed a significant number of publications about life rescue systems and space-suits. Severin was also General Director of JSC NPP Zvezda and the company's General... Wikipedia
Chudovo, Leningrad Oblast (currently in Novgorod Oblast), USSR
Moscow Oblast, Russia

Anthony Shaffer (writer) (May 15, 1926-November 6, 2001)

Anthony Joshua Shaffer was an English playwright, screenwriter, novelist, barrister and advertising executive. Wikipedia
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Chelsea and Westminister Hospital, London, England, UK

Peter Shaffer (May 15, 1926-)

Sir Peter Levin Shaffer, CBE, is an English playwright and screenwriter of numerous award-winning plays, several of which have been filmed. Wikipedia
Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Paul Shyre (<a href="/born/year/1926" title="Celebrities Born in 1926">1926</a>-1989)

Paul Shyre was an American director and playwright who won a Tony and an Emmy. He is noted for the plays 'Hizzoner', 'Will Rogers' USA' and 'The President Is Dead'. Wikipedia
W. D. Snodgrass

W. D. Snodgrass (January 5, 1926-January 13, 2009)

William De Witt Snodgrass was an American poet who also wrote under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons. He won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Wikipedia
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Madison County, New York, United States
Igor Spassky

Igor Spassky (August 2, 1926-)

Igor Dmitriyevich Spasskiy is a Russian scientist, engineer and entrepreneur, General Designer of nearly 200 Soviet and Russian nuclear submarines, and the head of the Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering Rubin. Wikipedia
Thomas Starzl

Thomas Starzl (March 11, 1926-)

Thomas Earl Starzl is an American physician, researcher, and is an expert on organ transplants. He performed the first human liver transplants, and has often been referred to as "the father of modern transplantation." Wikipedia
LeMars, Iowa, USA
James Stirling (architect)

James Stirling (architect) (April 22, 1926-June 25, 1992)

Sir James Frazer Stirling was a British architect. Among critics and architects alike he is generally acknowledged to be one of the most important and influential architects of the second half of the 20th century. Wikipedia
Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland (November 7, 1926-October 10, 2010)

Dame Joan Alston Sutherland was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. Wikipedia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Les Avants, Switzerland

Bob Sweikert (May 20, 1926-June 17, 1956)

Robert Charles 'Bob' Sweikert was an American racing driver, best known as the winner of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 and the 1955 National Championship, as well as the 1955 Midwest Sprint car championship - the only driver in history to sweep all three in a single season. Wikipedia

Rita Tornborg (<a href="/born/year/1926" title="Celebrities Born in 1926">1926</a>-)

Rita Tornborg is a Swedish novelist and short story writer. She was born in South Africa, and grew up in Poland. She made her literary debut in 1970, with the novel 'Paukes gerilla'. Other books are 'Salomos namnsdag' from 1979, 'Systrarna' from 1982, and the short story collection 'Rosalie' from 1991. She was awarded the Dobloug Prize in 1995. Wikipedia
William Tuohy

William Tuohy (October 1, 1926-December 31, 2009)

William "Bill" Tuohy was a journalist and author who, for most of his career, was a foreign correspondent for the 'Los Angeles Times'. Wikipedia
Chicago, Illinois
Santa Monica, California
Claudio Villa (singer)

Claudio Villa (singer) (January 1, 1926-February 7, 1987)

Claudio Villa, byname of Claudio Pica, was an Italian singer. Wikipedia
Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda (March 6, 1926-)

Andrzej Wajda is a Polish film and theatre director. Recipient of an honorary Oscar, he is possibly the most prominent member of the unofficial "Polish Film School". He is known especially for a trilogy of war films: 'A Generation', 'Kanał' and 'Ashes and Diamonds'. Wikipedia
Suwałki, Poland
Fritz Weaver

Fritz Weaver (January 19, 1926-)

Fritz William Weaver is an American stage and screen actor. Weaver has a long and wide variety of performances in television, stage, and motion picture acting and is well known for his roles in two seminal television films, the mini-series 'Holocaust' and the made-for-television movie 'The Legend of Lizzie Borden'. He is also known for his work in... Wikipedia
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Christopher Weeramantry

Christopher Weeramantry (November 17, 1926-)

Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, AM is a Sri Lankan lawyer who was a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 1991 to 2000, serving as its Vice-President from 1997 to 2000. Weeramantry was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Monash University. Wikipedia
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tom Wicker (June 18, 1926-November 25, 2011)

Thomas Grey "Tom" Wicker was an American journalist. He was best known as a political reporter and columnist for 'The New York Times'. Wikipedia
Hamlet, North Carolina
Rochester, VT

Robert Williams (chemist) (February 25, 1926-March 21, 2015)

Robert Joseph Paton Williams MBE FRS was an English chemist and an Emeritus Fellow at Wadham College as well as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Oxford. He was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1972 and was a Foreign Member of the Swedish, Portuguese, Czechoslovakian and Belgian science academies. He was a medallist of the... Wikipedia
Thomas Williams (writer)

Thomas Williams (writer) (November 15, 1926-October 23, 1990)

Thomas Williams was an American novelist. He won one U.S. National Book Award for Fiction—'The Hair of Harold Roux' split the 1975 award with Robert Stone's 'Dog Soldiers'—and his last published novel, 'Moon Pinnace', was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Wikipedia
Duluth, MN
Dover, NH
Patrick Wymark

Patrick Wymark (July 11, 1926-October 20, 1970)

Patrick Wymark was an English, stage, film, and television actor. Wikipedia
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bud Yorkin (February 22, 1926-)

Bud Yorkin is an American film and television producer, director, writer and actor. Wikipedia
Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar (November 6, 1926-November 28, 2012)

Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker. Wikipedia
Coffee County, Alabama
Plano, Texas
Valerio Zurlini

Valerio Zurlini (March 19, 1926-October 27, 1982)

Valerio Zurlini was an Italian film director, stage director and screenwriter. Wikipedia
Bologna, Italy
Verona, Italy

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