Happy Birthday December 31st

GABBY DOUGLAS 18

Gymnast who became the first African American woman to win the gymnastics all-around gold medal and the team competitions at the 2012 Olympics.

ALEX FERGUSON 72

Soccer manager who led Manchester United from 1986 to 2013, won the Eurpoean cup twice, and was knighted in 1999.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins

ANTHONY HOPKINS 76

Welsh actor best known as creepy Hannibal Lecter.

DONNA SUMMER (1948-2012)

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriting disco queen who released “Bad Girls and “Love to Love You Baby.”

JOHN DENVER (1943-1997)

Folk singer, songwriter, and acoustic artist who released “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and “Annie’s Song.”

VAL KILMER 54

Versatile actor who portrayed Batman, Moses, and Jim Morrison.

JACQUES CARTIER (1491-1557)

A French explorer of Breton descent who claimed what is now Canada for France

NICHOLAS SPARKS 48

American author whose beloved novels A Walk To Remember and The Notebook have both been adapted into films.

BEN KINGSLEY 70

He won a Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Ghandi in 1983.

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Woman Reading, 1894, Museum of Modern Art, Paris

HENRI MATISSE (1869-1954)

French modernist artist whose best-known paintings include “Woman with a Hat,” “The Dance,” and “Red Room.”

BEBE NEUWIRTH 55

Actress played Lilith Crane on ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier.’

JAMES REMAR 60

Actor who played a role on Sex and the City and gained popularity through his diverse works in film and television.

TIM MATHESON 66

Actor who appeared in Animal House and provided voices for characters in TV’s Johnny Quest.

ANDREAS VESALIUS (1514-1564)

Physician who wrote one of the most influential books on human anatomy, On the Fabric of the Human Body, and is considered the founder of modern anatomy.

JONATHAN HORTON 28

Olympic gymnast who earned a silver medal on the high bar event and helped his team to a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

SIMON WIESENTHAL (1908-2005)

Jewish Holocaust survivor who sought to bring Nazis to justice for their World War II-era atrocities.

GEORGE C. MARSHALL (1880-1959)

American World War II-era leader who served as Army Chief of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State.

ODETTA (1930-2008)

Folk and blues singer whose song “Take This Hammer” was included in Time’s All-Time 100 Songs list.

REX ALLEN (1920-1999)

Actor known as ‘The Arizona Cowboy’ who starred in numerous Disney Westerns and nature films, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

PATRICK CHAN 23Two-time World Champion skater who set records in all three categories: short program, free program, and total score.

ELIZABETH ARDEN (1884-1966)

One of the wealthiest women of her time; she built a billion-dollar cosmetics empire.

CHARLES A. COFFIN (1844-1926)

Contributed to the development of the electrical industry; co-founded the General Electric corporation, serving as its first president.

 

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