Cancer Writers

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Ernest Hemingway
(American Literary Icon Who Was Known for His Straightforward Prose & Use of Understatement)

Ernest Hemingway
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Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 2, 1961

Ernest Hemingway was an American novelist and short-story writer who had a strong impact on 20th-century fiction. He published seven novels and six short-story collections and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea are some of his classic works. He ended his own life in July 1961.

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George Orwell
(Novelist)

George Orwell
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Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

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Franz Kafka
(Novelist)

Franz Kafka
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Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: June 3, 1924

Considered one of the major authors of the 20th century, Franz Kafka was a Bohemian short-story writer and novelist. Franz Kafka is credited for being one of the earliest German-speaking authors to explore themes like absurdity, existential anxiety, and alienation. The term Kafkaesque is now widely used in the English language to explain those situations experienced by his characters.

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Henry David Thoreau
(Naturalist, Philosopher & Author Of 'Walden')

Henry David Thoreau
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Birthdate: July 12, 1817
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 6, 1862

Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, essayist, poet, and naturalist. He is credited with popularizing transcendentalism and simple living. His philosophy of civil disobedience, which was detailed in his essay of the same name, later influenced world-renowned personalities like Leo Tolstoy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

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Dan Brown
(Novelist)

Dan Brown
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Birthdate: June 22, 1964
Birthplace: Exeter, New Hampshire, United States

Dan Brown is an American author best known for writing a series of Robert Langdon novels; three such novels, namely The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno, have been made into films, with Tom Hanks portraying Robert Langdon in all three movies. Also known for his charity work, Dan Brown donates money to several charitable causes.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Birthdate: July 4, 1804
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 19, 1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer, known for dark romanticism and moral-themed novels and short stories. A descendant of judge John Hathorne of the Salem witch trials infamy, the writer was a friend of late American president Franklin Pierce. His well-known books include Twice-Told Tales, The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. Nathaniel was married to painter Sophia Peabody.

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Marcel Proust
(Novelist)

Marcel Proust
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Birthdate: July 10, 1871
Birthplace: Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy, France
Died: November 18, 1922

Marcel Proust was a French novelist, essayist, and critic best known for writing the world-renowned novel In Search of Lost Time, which was published between 1913 and 1927 in seven parts. Many writers and critics regard him as one of the 20th century's most influential and important authors.

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Pablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)

Pablo Neruda
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Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was a versatile writer and his works include surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos, and love poems. He is considered the national poet of Chile. As a politician, he served a term as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and held several diplomatic positions.

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Robert A. Heinlein
(Science Fiction Writer)

Robert A. Heinlein
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Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Birthplace: Butler, Missouri, United States
Died: May 8, 1988

Robert A. Heinlein was an American author, naval officer, and aeronautical engineer. Heinlein is credited with pioneering a literary subgenre called hard science fiction as he was among the first to stress the importance of scientific accuracy in fiction. Robert A. Heinlein is one of the most influential science-fiction writers of all time.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(Novelist, Aviator & Journalist)

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 31, 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

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Hermann Hesse
(Poet & Novelist)

Hermann Hesse
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Birthdate: July 2, 1877
Birthplace: Calw, Germany
Died: August 9, 1962

German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. He explored individuals’ search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality in his works. An intense and headstrong person from childhood, he developed an early interest in reading. He started writing as a young man and became an influential author in the German-speaking world. 

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Neil Simon
(Playwright & Screenwriter)

Neil Simon
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Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York
Died: August 26, 2018

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Helen Keller
(Author, First Deafblind Person to Earn a B.A. Degree)

Helen Keller
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Birthdate: June 27, 1880
Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Died: June 1, 1968

A prolific author, having written 12 published books and several articles, Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her autobiography, The Story of My Life, made Keller famous and was adapted for film and stage. She was also an activist and campaigned for women's suffrage, labour rights, socialism and other such causes.

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Ambrose Bierce
(Journalist & Writer, soldier)

Ambrose Bierce
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Birthdate: June 24, 1842
Birthplace: Meigs County, Ohio, United States
Died: December 1, 1914

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Tracy Letts
(Actor, Screenwriter)

Tracy Letts
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Birthdate: July 4, 1965
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tracy Letts is a highly acclaimed American actor, screenwriter, and playwright. Letts has received several prestigious awards, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a couple of Tony Awards. Tracy Letts is credited with popularizing Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? which he revived in 2012.

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Octavia Butler
(Science fiction author)

Octavia Butler
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Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2006

One of the finest African-American sci-fi authors, Octavia Butler was raised single-handedly by her widowed mother. Best known for the Patternist series and the short story Bloodchild, she often mingled mythology and spirituality in her work. She was the first sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist and Author)

Hunter S. Thompson
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Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

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Larry David
(Best Known as The Cocreator of The Television series 'Seinfeld' & as The Star of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm')

Larry David
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Birthdate: July 2, 1947
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Comedian, writer, actor, director, and television producer Larry David is best known as the co-creator of the television series Seinfeld. He discovered his talent for comedy as a college student and began his career as a stand-up performer. After a few years of struggle, he achieved success and went on to become an accomplished actor, director, and producer.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Philosopher, Writer, & Composer)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Birthdate: June 28, 1712
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 2, 1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, composer, and writer. His political philosophy influenced aspects of the French Revolution. He also helped develop modern economic, political, and educational thought. His writing inspired a transformation in French drama and poetry. His works also influenced such writers around the world as Tolstoy. His works as a composer were acknowledged by composers like Mozart.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Birthplace: London, England

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is credited with creating and writing one of the greatest TV series of the 21st century, Fleabag. She is also famous for contributing as the executive producer and head writer of another highly-acclaimed TV series, Killing Eve. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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Amanda Knox
(Wrongful conviction of the murder of Meredith Kercher)

Amanda Knox
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Birthdate: July 9, 1987
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Amanda Knox is an American woman who made headlines when she was convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy. After spending almost four years in prison, Amanda was definitively acquitted after a new trial that found her not guilty. Her story inspired books and documentaries; Knox's memoir Waiting to Be Heard became popular.

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Jean Cocteau
(Poet, Playwright, filmmaker)

Jean Cocteau
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Birthdate: July 5, 1889
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France
Died: October 11, 1963
While Jean Cocteau preferred calling himself a poet, his multidimensional works consisted of novels such as Les Enfants Terribles and films directed by him such as La Belle et la Bête. Cocteau relied on motifs such as eyes, blood, and mirrors, and mingled mythology and modernism.
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Katherine Ryan
(Comedian, Actress)

Katherine Ryan
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Birthdate: June 30, 1983
Birthplace: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan initially worked at a restaurant to support her education and then stepped into open mic and comedy nights. She has performed across Canada and the UK and even at the LA-based Comedy Store. Now an actor, too, she is also a 2-time skin cancer survivor.

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Tom Stoppard
(Playwright)

Tom Stoppard
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Birthdate: July 3, 1937
Birthplace: Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Born in Czechoslovakia, legendary playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard had lost his father in the Japanese invasion of Singapore during World War II. The five-time Tony winner is best known for the absurdist tragicomedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. He also co-wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay of Shakespeare in Love.

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Edward Herrmann
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Birthdate: July 21, 1943
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 31, 2014
Edward Herrmann is best remembered for his portrayal of Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls and Max in The Lost Boys. Fans also loved him as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie and Eleanor and Franklin. He had also narrated scores of shows on The History Channel and PBS, such as Nova.

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Shannon Sharpe
(American footballer)

Shannon Sharpe
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Birthdate: June 26, 1968
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Busy Philipps
(Actress)

Busy Philipps
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Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States

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Tony Kushner
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer, Music educator)

Tony Kushner
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Birthdate: July 16, 1956
Birthplace: New York City

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Cheryl Ladd
(Actress)

Cheryl Ladd
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Birthdate: July 12, 1951
Birthplace: Huron, South Dakota, USA

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Cheech Marin
(Comedian)

Cheech Marin
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Birthdate: July 13, 1946
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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Woody Guthrie
(Singer-songwriter)

Woody Guthrie
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Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 3, 1967
Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie is best remembered for his songs such as This Land Is Your Land and Cocaine Blues, and the concept album Dust Bowl Ballads. He inspired artists such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and performed with a guitar labeled “This machine kills fascists.”

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Thomas Kuhn
(Philosopher)

Thomas Kuhn
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Birthdate: July 18, 1922
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: June 17, 1996

American philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn is noted for his book on history of science, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, publication of which marked a significant event in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. He presented his notion of paradigm shift and identified and elaborated on normal science in this book which remained influential in academic and popular circles.

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Marty Feldman
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet)

Marty Feldman
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Birthdate: July 8, 1934
Birthplace: London
Died: December 2, 1982

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Orson Bean
(Actor)

Orson Bean
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Birthdate: July 22, 1928
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States
Died: February 7, 2020

Veteran actor, Orson Bean, was once considered a mainstay of Los Angeles’ small theater scene. Born in the late 1920s, he served in the army for a few years before beginning his career in entertainment. He appeared in numerous TV shows, plays, and films, making a name for himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.

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Sandra Lee
(Television chef, author known for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking concept)

Sandra Lee
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Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

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Kirsten Vangsness
(Actress, Writer)

Kirsten Vangsness
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Birthdate: July 7, 1972
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Kirsten Vangsness is best known as Penelope Garcia from the series Criminal Minds and its spin-offs, Suspect Behavior and Beyond Borders. Apart from writing a few episodes of Criminal Minds, she has also written for the Los Angeles Times. She has also appeared I movies such as In My Sleep.

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Arianna Huffington
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Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author, businesswoman, and syndicated columnist. She is credited with co-founding the popular news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post. She is also the founder of Thrive Global, for which she also serves as the CEO. She has been featured on lists, such as Time magazine's 100 most influential people and Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women.

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Walter Benjamin
(Philosopher)

Walter Benjamin
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Birthdate: July 15, 1892
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26, 1940

Walter Benjamin was a German Jewish essayist, philosopher, and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, Benjamin made significant contributions to literary criticism, aesthetic theory, and historical materialism. Although Benjamin's work did not earn much recognition during his lifetime, it continues to be revered by academics several years after his death.

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Jordan Belfort
(Author of 'The Wolf of Wall Street')

Jordan Belfort
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Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
The former stock broker, who was convicted for stock-market manipulation and cheating several investors, Jordan Belfort spent 22 months in prison before he was released and altered his way of living. Using his life experiences, he became a motivational speaker and also authored two memoirs, one of which, The Wolf of Wall Street, was adapted into an award winning film.

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Marshall McLuhan
(Philosopher)

Marshall McLuhan
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Birthdate: July 21, 1911
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: December 31, 1980
Canadian philosopher Herbert McLuhan revolutionized media theory with his concept of "global village." He predicted the World Wide Web three decades before its invention and is also remembered for coining the expression “the medium is the message.” His works include Understanding Media, The Gutenberg Galaxy, and The Mechanical Bride

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Francesco Petrarch
(Poet, Scholar and Humanist)

Francesco Petrarch
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Birthdate: July 20, 1304
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
Died: July 19, 1374
Legendary Renaissance poet and the father of humanism Petrarch is remembered for his poems addressed to a certain Laura. While his lawyer father pushed him into studying law, Petrarch’s love for literature made him quit the domain after 7 years, following which he focused on writing. 

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Gertrude Bell
(Writer, Diplomat)

Gertrude Bell
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Birthdate: July 14, 1868
Birthplace: Washington, United Kingdom
Died: July 12, 1926

Born into a wealthy English family, Gertrude Bell was an explorer at heart and went down in history for her journeys across the Middle East and for helping establish the Hāshimite dynasty in Iraq. Though she graduated in history from Oxford, being a woman, she wasn’t awarded a degree.

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Luigi Pirandello
(Playwright)

Luigi Pirandello
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Birthdate: June 28, 1867
Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy
Died: December 10, 1936

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, short story writer, poet, and dramatist. Best remembered for his plays, Pirandello was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934. An Italian nationalist, Pirandello supported Fascism; he asked the Fascist government to melt down his Nobel Prize medal for the Abyssinia Campaign.

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Michael Connelly
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Birthdate: July 21, 1956
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Aphra Behn
(Playwright)

Aphra Behn
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Birthdate: July 10, 1640
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: April 16, 1689

George Sand
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Birthdate: July 1, 1804
Died: June 8, 1876
Nineteenth-century French author Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand, became a leading figure of the Romantic era of Europe. She is best remembered for works such as La Petite Fadette and had numerous affairs, the most notable of them being the one with composer Frédéric Chopin.

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Marcela Valladolid
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Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Chef Marcela Valladolid was the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy. A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, she is also a classically trained pastry chef. She started her own catering company and soon began hosting cookery shows on TV. She has also authored several cookbooks.

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Monty Don
(TV Presenter)

Monty Don
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Birthdate: July 8, 1955
Birthplace: Iserlohn, West Germany

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Greg Sestero
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Birthdate: July 15, 1978
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States

Gregory Sestero who began his acting career with small roles, went on to attain stardom with his performance in the 2003 cult film, The Room. Sestero also authored the award-winning book The Disaster Artist which made to the New York Time’s bestseller list. 

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John Wyndham
(Fiction Writer)

John Wyndham
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Birthdate: July 10, 1903
Birthplace: Dorridge, United Kingdom
Died: March 11, 1969

John Wyndham was an English writer best remembered for writing science fiction stories set in post-apocalyptic landscapes, such as The Day of the Triffids. His books have inspired other works of art like movies and radio. John Wyndham’s 1957 science fiction novel The Midwich Cuckoos was filmed twice under the title Village of the Damned.