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Betty White
(Referred the 'First Lady of Television', She Holds the Record for the ‘Longest TV Career by a Female’)
Betty White
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Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

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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
Sun Sign: Cancer
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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Ray Kroc
(CEO of McDonald's (1967-1973))
Ray Kroc
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 14, 1984

Ray Kroc was the man who helped expand McDonald's into a global franchise, eventually turning it into the most successful fast food corporation. Not surprisingly, he was mentioned in Time magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century list. He was also the owner of the popular baseball team San Diego Padres.

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Bob Newhart
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Deadpan and Slightly Stammering Delivery Style)
Bob Newhart
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Birthdate: September 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo

American stand-up comedian Bob Newhart is renowned for his slightly stammering delivery style and dry humor for which he was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002. Over the years, his comedic style has influenced many comedians. Also an actor, he was ranked 17th on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

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Carl Rogers
(Psychologist)
Carl Rogers
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Birthdate: January 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 4, 1987

Psychologist Carl Rogers was the first to introduce a client-centric approach to psychotherapy and addressed the patient as the client. Besides working on troubled children, he also taught at various institutes, such as the University of Chicago. On Becoming a Person remains one of his best-known books.

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Busy Philipps
(Actress)
Busy Philipps
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Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Mike Shanahan
(American football coach)
Mike Shanahan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Michelle McNamara
(American True Crime Author)
Michelle McNamara
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 21, 2016

True-crime writer, Michelle McNamara, is remembered for coining the name "Golden State Killer" for the serial killer later identified as Joseph James DeAngelo. Sadly, the author died before his identification and arrest. Fascinated by true crime from a young age, she launched her website TrueCrimeDiary in 2006 and dedicated her life to researching and writing about true crime.

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Hannah Storm
(Sports commentator, Disc jockey)
Hannah Storm
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Birthdate: June 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Lois Nettleton
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Birthdate: August 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 18, 2008
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Kathy Griffin
(Actress & Comedian Known for the Reality Show ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List’)
Kathy Griffin
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Birthdate: November 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Kathy Griffin is an American actress and comedian who has won a couple of Primetime Emmy Awards for appearing in her own reality television series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Apart from being a comedian, Kathy Griffin is also an avid supporter of LGBT rights.

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John G. Avildsen
(Film director)
John G. Avildsen
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Birthdate: December 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 16, 2017
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Judy Tenuta
(Comedian & Actress Known for Her Whimsical and Brash Persona of 'The Love Goddess')
Judy Tenuta
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Birthdate: November 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Judy Tenuta is an American actress, comedian, and comedy musician. Apart from performing stand-up comedy, Judy Tenuta has also written two comedy books. Over the years she has been an ardent supporter of gay rights and has built a devoted following among members of the LGBTQ community. She often performs at Gay Pride events and festivals across the United States.

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A. J. Epenesa
(American football player)
A. J. Epenesa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Bruce Davidson
(American Photographer)
Bruce Davidson
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: September 5, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Paul Dinello
(Comedian)
Paul Dinello
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Birthdate: November 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Lloyd Wright
(Architect)
Lloyd Wright
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 31, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 31, 1978

American architect Lloyd Wright is best remembered for his Prairie style of architecture predominant in the 20th-century American residential buildings. A proponent of organic architecture, he also delivered talks on architecture. He made headlines when a staff set fire to his Taliesin studio and murdered seven people.

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Marci Bowers
(American Gynecologist and Surgeon)
Marci Bowers
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Considered to be the first transgender to specialize in sex reassignment surgery, American gynecologist Marci Lee Bowers is also a specialist in functional clitoral restoration. Beginning her career in obstetrics and gynecology, she later apprenticed under Stanley Biber, the father of sex reassignment surgery, and Pierre Foldès, a pioneer in clitoral restoration, before setting up her independent practice in California.   

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Robert Spillane
(American football player)
Robert Spillane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jerry Saltz
(Senior Art Critic and Columnist for New York Magazine)
Jerry Saltz
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Birthdate: February 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Andrew Greeley
(Priest)
Andrew Greeley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 29, 2013
 22 
Joseph P. Kerwin
(Astronaut and physician)
Joseph P. Kerwin
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Kenneth Fearing
(Poet)
Kenneth Fearing
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 26, 1961
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Jim Cantalupo
(Businessman)
Jim Cantalupo
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 19, 2004
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James B. Herrick
(Physician)
James B. Herrick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 11, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 7, 1954
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Edward Egan
(American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church)
Edward Egan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 5, 2015

Edward Egan was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1988 to 2000, he served as Bishop of Bridgeport. From 2000 to 2009, he served as Archbishop of New York. A controversial personality, Egan vehemently opposed gay marriage and criticized the American film industry for glorifying same-sex marriage.