Sagittarius Writers

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Mark Twain
(Lauded as the 'Greatest Humorist' the United States Has Produced)

Mark Twain
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Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: April 21, 1910

Mark Twain, “the father of American literature,” was one of the world’s greatest 19-th century humorists and authors. His novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were drawn from his childhood experiences in Missouri. In his later life, he sunk into bankruptcy and also recovered.

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Jane Austen
(Novelist)

Jane Austen
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Birthdate: December 16, 1775
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: July 18, 1817

Considered one of the greatest writers in English history, Jane Austen is best known for her six major novels - Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Her writing was set among the British landed gentry and dealt with ordinary people in everyday ordinary situation. The author achieved great fame after her death. 

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C. S. Lewis
(Known for His Classic Series 'The Chronicles of Narnia')

C. S. Lewis
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Birthdate: November 29, 1898
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: November 22, 1963

C. S. Lewis was a British writer whose books have sold millions of copies worldwide after having been translated into over 30 languages. His works, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, have inspired the works of other famous authors. Lewis' work continues to attract readership and he was ranked 11th on The Times' 50 greatest British writers since 1945 list.

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Emily Dickinson
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Birthdate: December 10, 1830
Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 15, 1886
Victorian-era poet Emily Dickinson apparently wrote around 1800 poems, mostly revolving around themes such as death and immortality. However, she was a recluse, dressed up in white, and mostly interacted with people through correspondence. Her poems were mostly without titles and had short lines, slant rhyme, and unconventional punctuation.

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William Blake
(Poet and Visual Artist of the Romantic Age)

William Blake
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Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Birthplace: Soho, London, England
Died: August 12, 1827
William Blake, author of The Songs of Innocence and of Experience, was a prominent figure of the early phase of the Romantic Age, known as the pre-Romantic era. Known for his visual artistry and poetry, he was also a staunch abolitionist and a forerunner of the "free love" movement.

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Louisa May Alcott
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Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 6, 1888
Novelist and short story writer Louisa May Alcott is best remembered as the author of the 1868 novel Little Women and its sequels, Little Men and Jo's Boys. She initially wrote using the pseudonym “A. M. Barnard.” She never married and remained a life-long feminist and abolitionist.

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Philip K. Dick
(American Science Fiction Writer)

Philip K. Dick
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Birthdate: December 16, 1928
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 2, 1982

Philip K. Dick was an American writer who was known for his work that explores varied social and philosophical themes. Dick's novels have inspired films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau. In 2005, his novel Ubik was included in Time magazine's list of 100 greatest novels published in English since 1923.

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John Milton
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Birthdate: December 9, 1608
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: November 8, 1674

John Milton was an English poet whose epic poem Paradise Lost is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of literature. Milton's other celebrated work Areopagitica is counted among history's most impassioned and influential defenses of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. John Milton’s works have influenced other prominent writers, such as Thomas Hardy and George Eliot.

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Joseph Conrad
(Known for Short Stories and Novels Like Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness and the Secret Agent)

Joseph Conrad
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Birthdate: December 3, 1857
Birthplace: Berdychiv, Ukraine
Died: August 3, 1924

Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer. Considered one of the greatest English-language novelists of all time, Conrad is credited with bringing a non-English sensibility into English-language literature. Many of his works have inspired several films, TV series, and video games. His anti-heroic characters and narrative style have influenced many authors like Salman Rushdie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot.

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George Eliot
(Poet & Novelist)

George Eliot
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Birthdate: November 22, 1819
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died: December 22, 1880

Mary Ann Evans, known by her pseudonym George Eliot, was an English poet, novelist, translator, and journalist. One of the most prominent writers of the Victorian era, Eliot's works are known for their psychological insight, realism, and detailed description of the countryside. Her novel Middlemarch was voted one of the greatest literary works in a 2007 poll conducted by Time.

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
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Birthdate: December 16, 1917
Birthplace: Minehead, Somerset, England
Died: March 19, 2008
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his short story The Sentinel, which became the basis of the screenplay of Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke spent the final years of his life in Sri Lanka and hosted shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
(Novelist & Writer Best Known for His Work 'The Gulag Archipelago')

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Birthdate: December 11, 1918
Birthplace: Kislovodsk, Russia
Died: August 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, philosopher, historian, and political prisoner. An outspoken critic of Communism and the Soviet Union, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn helped raise awareness of the Gulag, a government agency that oversaw forced labor camps set up in accordance with Vladimir Lenin's order. His non-fiction text The Gulag Archipelago was a highly influential work and sold millions of copies.

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Jonathan Swift
(Satirist & Author of 'Gulliver's Travels',' A Tale of a Tub' and 'A Modest Proposal')

Jonathan Swift
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Birthdate: November 30, 1667
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 19, 1745

Eighteenth-century essayist, poet, and pamphleteer Jonathan Swift is remembered for his iconic works such as A Tale of a Tub, A Modest Proposal, and Gulliver's Travels. One of the world’s greatest satirists, he gave rise to the deadpan Swiftian style. He had also been the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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Shirley Jackson
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Birthdate: December 14, 1916
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 8, 1965
Shirley Jackson redefined the genres of horror and mystery through her works, which include over 200 short stories and six novels. Her iconic novel The Haunting of Hill House was made into a popular Netflix series and several movies, including the 1963 and 1999 versions of The Haunting

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David Mamet
(One of the Most Prolific Filmmakers of the Modern Era Who Was Known for His Psychological Dramas)

David Mamet
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Birthdate: November 30, 1947
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Author, screenwriter, and playwright David Mamet is best known for his Pulitzer-winning and Tony-nominated play Glengarry Glen Ross. He has written for many Broadway and off-Broadway plays and also for films such as House of Games. He has produced and written for the show The Unit and authored several books.

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Dale Carnegie
(Self-Help Writer, Motivational Guru, Public Speaker)

Dale Carnegie
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Birthdate: November 24, 1888
Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri, United States
Died: November 1, 1955
Writer and academic Dale Carnegie is best remembered for his work on courses in areas such as corporate training, self-improvement, and salesmanship. He started his career as a salesperson. He wrote many books, including the international bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, and was a successful lecturer, too.

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Rainer Maria Rilke
(Poet & Novelist widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.)

Rainer Maria Rilke
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Birthdate: December 4, 1875
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: December 29, 1926

Bohemian-Austrian poet and author Rainer Maria Rilke is best remembered for his numerous poetry collections and his only novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. His works contain metaphors, contradictions, and elements drawn from Greek mythology. Though most of his works were in German, he had also written in French.

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Mary Seacole
(Heroine of the Crimean War)

Mary Seacole
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Birthdate: November 23, 1805
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: May 14, 1881

Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, businesswoman, and healer. She played a major role during the Crimean War, providing aid for wounded servicemen and nursing them back to health. In 1991, Seacole was posthumously honored with the Jamaican Order of Merit. In 2004, she was named the greatest black Briton for her contribution during the war.

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Jamie Lee Curtis
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'True Lies' and the 'Halloween' Series)

Jamie Lee Curtis
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Birthdate: November 22, 1958
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

After making her film debut in the horror film, Halloween, James Lee Curtis went on to establish herself as a scream queen, appearing in a number of horror films. Curtis is also an author, having released several children's books, including books that have made The New York Times' best-seller list. She is also a well-known philanthropist.

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Sir Noël Peirce Coward
(English Playwright, Composer and Actor Best Known for His Wit and Flamboyance)

Sir Noël Peirce Coward
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Birthdate: December 16, 1899
Birthplace: Teddington, England
Died: March 26, 1973

Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English composer, playwright, singer, director, and actor. Renowned for his flamboyance and wit, Coward's style and work continue to influence popular culture. A recipient of several prestigious awards, including an Academy Honorary Award, Coward did not acknowledge his homosexuality publicly, although it was later discussed by biographers like Graham Payn.

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Gustave Flaubert
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Birthdate: December 12, 1821
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: May 8, 1880

Gustave Flaubert was a French novelist best remembered for his first novel Madame Bovary, which was later adapted into an opera. One of the most influential French novelists of all time, Flaubert is widely regarded as the main exponent of literary realism in France. His work inspired his protégé and short story writer Guy de Maupassant, who later achieved much acclaim.

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Saki
(Writer)

Saki
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Birthdate: December 18, 1870
Birthplace: Sittwe, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: November 14, 1916

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Caroline Kennedy
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Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Birthplace: Cornell Medical Center Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.

Caroline Kennedy is an American author, diplomat, and attorney. The only surviving child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Caroline served as the US Ambassador to Japan between 2013 and 2017. A prolific author who writes about civil liberties, Caroline Kennedy has also served as a spokesperson for the Kennedy family's legacy.

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Christina Rossetti
(Poet, Writer, Hymnwriter)

Christina Rossetti
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Birthdate: December 5, 1830
Birthplace: London
Died: December 29, 1894

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Chadwick Boseman
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Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 2020

A versatile actor and an inspiration for a generation of black youths, Chadwick Boseman is best remembered for portraying notable real life black figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and James Brown in their biopics. His excellent performance in Black Panther, though, turned him into a household name.

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Bill Bryson
(Writer)

Bill Bryson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1951
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Best known for his books on travel, travel, languages, and science, Bill Bryson had been a journalist before he ventured into writing. Notes From a Small Island gained him the initial attention, while the award-winning and bestselling A Short History of Nearly Everything established him as a seasoned author.

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Dan Bongino
(Commentator)

Dan Bongino
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Birthdate: December 4, 1974
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

One of the best-performing Republican commentators on social media, Dan Bongino has donned many hats, from being an NYPD officer and a secret-service agent, to hosting a top-20 podcast and writing bestselling books. Though he was thrice unsuccessful in his run for Congress, Dan claims he loves “owning the libs.”

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Ernie Hudson
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Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA

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Brandon Sanderson
(Epic Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writer Best Known for the 'Cosmere' Fictional Universe)

Brandon Sanderson
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Birthdate: December 19, 1975
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Best known for works such as the Mistborn trilogy and The Emperor's Soul, sci-fi and epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson had initially studied biochemistry and then switched to literature. He has also worked as a missionary in South Korea and now teaches creative writing at his alma, Brigham Young University.

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J. B. Smoove
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Birthdate: December 16, 1965
Birthplace: Plymouth, North Carolina, United States

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Richard Hammond
(Television presenter best known for co-hosting the BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015)

Richard Hammond
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Birthdate: December 19, 1969
Birthplace: Solihull, England

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Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Birthplace: New London, Canada
Died: April 24, 1942
Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery is best remembered for her iconic novel Anne of Green Gables and its sequels. She had also authored countless short stories, poems, and essays. Most of her novels are set in her native Prince Edward Island. She was honored with the OBE.

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Jenna Bush Hager
(Journalist, Writer)

Jenna Bush Hager
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Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.

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Ron White
(Stand-up Comedian)

Ron White
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Birthdate: December 18, 1956
Birthplace: Fritch, Texas, United States

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Action Bronson
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Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States

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Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)

Charles M. Schulz
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Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist. He is credited with creating the popular comic strip, Peanuts, which featured world-renowned characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists ever, Schulz's works have influenced other cartoonists like Dav Pilkey, Matt Groening, and Jim Davis. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Mo'Nique
(Comedian)

Mo'Nique
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Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States

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Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924

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Friedrich Engels
(German Philosopher Who Developed 'Marxism' Together With Karl Max)

Friedrich Engels
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Birthdate: November 28, 1820
Birthplace: Barmen, Germany
Died: August 5, 1895

Friedrich Engels was a German philosopher, political scientist, and revolutionary socialist. Along with Karl Marx, Engels helped develop Marxism, which has had a profound impact on fields like philosophy and anthropology. Engels is credited with helping Marx publish Das Kapital, a foundational theoretical work in politics, economics, and materialist philosophy. He also co-authored influential political documents like The Communist Manifesto.

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Eugene Ionesco
(Playwright and dramatist)

Eugene Ionesco
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Birthdate: November 26, 1909
Birthplace: Slatina, Romania Slatina, Romania
Died: March 28, 1994

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James Avery
(Film actor)

James Avery
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Birthdate: November 27, 1945
Birthplace: Suffolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: December 31, 2013

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John Osborne
(Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer)

John Osborne
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Birthdate: December 12, 1929
Birthplace: London
Died: December 24, 1994

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Douglas Kenney
(Screenwriter)

Douglas Kenney
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Birthdate: December 10, 1946
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Died: August 27, 1980

William F. Buckley, Jr.
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Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 2008

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Ronnie Corbett
(Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor, Cabaret artist, Aviator)

Ronnie Corbett
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Birthdate: December 4, 1930
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 31, 2016

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Madeleine L'Engle
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Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Birthplace: New York City, New York,United States
Died: September 6, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle soared to fame with her Newbery Medal-winning bestselling young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time, which was made into a Disney film later. Born to a writer father and a pianist mother, L’Engle had penned her first story at age 5 and had also tried her luck in theater.

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Eddie the Eagle
(Ski jumper)

Eddie the Eagle
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Birthdate: December 5, 1963
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England

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Ayako Fujitani
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Birthdate: December 7, 1979
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Daughter of Hollywood actor Steven Seagal and Japanese aikido specialist Miyako Fujitani, Ayako Fujitani appeared as a lead actor in Man from Reno. A skilled writer, she has also released several books, both fiction and non-fiction. She has also directed a short play and performed as part of a band.

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Winston Churchill
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940 - 1945, 1951 - 1955))

Winston Churchill
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Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 24, 1965

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms, Winston Churchill, is known for successfully leading his country during the Second World War against the Nazi Germany. An officer in the British army, he also served as a war correspondent before venturing into politics. One of the most influential peoples in British history, Churchill was also an accomplished painter.

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Robert Kirkman
(Comic Book Writer Best Known for His Works 'Invincible', 'The Walking Dead' and 'Outcast')

Robert Kirkman
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Birthdate: November 30, 1978
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Robert Kirkman is an American writer who is credited with co-creating several comic book series, such as The Walking Dead, Ultimate X-Men, Marvel Zombies, Irredeemable Ant-Man, and Invincible. In 2020, Kirkman's overall achievement earned him a special award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.