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Aaliyah
Brooklyn-born Aaliyah Dana Haughton started voice lessons shortly after she learned to talk. Determined to be a star, she signed a contract with Jive Records at the age of...


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Hank Aaron
Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Hank Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a Major League Baseball icon. Aaron...


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Frank Abagnale
Frank Abagnale became notorious for impersonating a pilot, a doctor, and a laywer while in his early 20s. He was arrested at 21 by the French police, and later hired by the...


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Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas was born on March 26, 1935, in Zefat, Palestine (now Israel). In 1980, he became head of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s international and national...


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Cleveland Abbe
Cleveland Abbe inaugurated a public weather service that served as a model for the national weather service, which was organized shortly...


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Berenice Abbott
Berenice Abbott, born in Springfield, Ohio, became a well-known photographer to the expatriates of 1920's Paris. She became the assistant to...


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Bud Abbott
Born to parents who worked in the circus, Bud Abbott started out in burlesque shows and went on the gain national fame as the "straight man" of the comedy duo Abbott...


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George Abbott
George Abbott was born on June 25, 1887, in Forestville, New York. In 1926, he had his first big hit on Broadway. From the mid-1930s to the late 1960s, he wrote or directed...


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Grace Abbott
Born in Nebraska in 1878, Grace Abbott started out as a high school teacher before becoming a leading social reformer. She formed the Immigrants Protective League in 1909....


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Barkhad Abdi
Born in Somalia in 1985, actor Barkhad Abdi fled his native country with his family when he was 7 years old. He lived in Yemen for several years before moving to the United...


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Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul was born in 1962 in California. A natural born dancer, Abdul was selected as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers while in college. She continued her career...


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Tunku Abdul Rahman
A Malayan governmental figure since graduating from college, Tunku Abdul Rahman became his country’s first prime minister and foreign minister after it gained its...


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born in New York City in 1947. A dominant high school basketball player, Abdul-Jabbar was recruited to play at UCLA and led the Bruins to three...


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Ralph D. Abernathy
Born on March 11, 1926, in Linden, Alabama, Ralph D. Abernathy was a Baptist minister who, with Martin Luther King Jr., organized the historical Montgomery bus boycotts. He...


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F. Murray Abraham
Actor. Born Fahrid Murray Abraham on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Abraham is of Assyrian and Italian ancestry and attended the University of Texas at...


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Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich
Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich was born on October 24, 1966 in Saratov, S Russia. Orphaned at age two, he was raised by an uncle. While a student, Abramovich set up a toy...


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Irene Worth
Born on June 23, 1916, in Omaha, Nebraska, Irene Worth was a teacher before turning to acting. She eventually relocated to London to study and become an acclaimed...


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J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams was born in New York City on June 27, 1966, and went on to do film screenwriting during his college days. He has created several hit TV series, including...


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Bella Abzug
In the 1960s, Bella Abzug became involved the antinuclear and peace movements and helped organize the Women Strike for Peace in 1961. To promote women’s issues and to lobby...


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Tony Accardo
Organized crime boss. Born Antonino Leonardo Accardo in Chicago, Illinois, on April 28, 1906. He grew up in an Italian neighborhood on the West Side, the second of six...


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Chinua Achebe
Born in Nigeria in 1930, Chinua Achebe attended the University of Ibadan. In 1958, his groundbreaking novel Things Fall Apart was published. It went on to sell more than 12...


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Hugh Acheson
Hugh Acheson was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1971. He worked as a dishwasher at age 15, and climbed the ladder as a chef, landing jobs at prestigious restaurants before...


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Roy Acuff
Born September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, the King of Country Music was best known for his weekly performances on the Grand Ole Opry with his band the Smoky...


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Red Adair
Red Adair was an American oil well firefighter born on June 18, 1918, in Houston, Texas. In 1938, he worked his first oil-related job with the Otis Pressure Control...


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Abigail Adams
Throughout President John Adams’ career, his wife, Abigail Adams, served as an unofficial adviser to him, and their letters show him seeking her counsel on many issues,...


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Amy Adams
Amy Adams was born on August 20, 1974, in Vicenza, Italy, and her family relocated to the United States when she was about 8 years old. She pursued ballet training and...


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Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams was born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California. Adams rose to prominence as a photographer of the American West, particularly Yosemite National...


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Don Adams
Born in New York City on April 13, 1923, Don Adams was a stand-up comedian before landing his breakout role as Maxwell Smart on NBC's hit sitcom Get Smart in the 1960s....


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Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams was born on October 6, 1948, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He took part in the Catholic civil rights protests of his home region before being imprisoned as a...


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John Adams
John Adams was born on October 30, 1735, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was a direct descendant of Puritan colonists from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He studied at Harvard...


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John Coolidge Adams
John Coolidge Adams was born on February 15, 1947, in Worcester, Massachusetts. After studying at Harvard, he taught at the San Francisco Conservatory and conducted widely....


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John Quincy Adams
Born in Massachusetts on July 11, 1767, John Quincy Adams was the eldest son of President John Adams and the sixth president of the United States. In his pre-presidential...


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