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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born in Aradan, Iran, on October 28, 1956. He assumed the presidency of Iran in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, though his second election sparked...


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Syed Ahmed Khan
Born on October 17, 1817, Syed Ahmed Khan was an Indian educator, politician and Islamic reformer. He helped pioneer modern education in India’s Muslim communities through...


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Clay Aiken
Born in North Carolina in 1978. Clay Aiken beat out 7,000 other American Idol contestants to land in second place on the show in 2003. Weeks after, he was offered a record...


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Howard H. Aiken
Born on March 9, 1900, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Howard H. Aiken went on to study physics and taught for a time at Harvard. Aiken came up with the idea of creating an...


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Joan Aiken
British writer and daughter of Conrad Aiken, Joan Delano Aiken was born in Rye, East Sussex, England, on September 4, 1924. Educated privately, she worked as a librarian...


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Alvin Ailey
Born in Texas in 1931, Alvin Ailey was a choreographer who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. It was a hugely popular, multi-racial modern dance...


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Dai Ailian
Synopsis Dai Ailain was born in 1916 in Trinidad. She studied in Britain, and worked in China from 1940 where she was instrumental in...


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Anouk Aimée
Born on April 27, 1932, in Paris, France, Anouk Aimée would go on to star in The House on the Sea as a teen and won renown for her role in The Lovers of Verona. She starred...


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Akbar the Great
Born on October 15, 1542 in Umarkot, India, and enthroned at age 14, Akbar the Great began his military conquests under the tutelage of a regent before claiming imperial...


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Michelle Akers
Born on February 1, 1966, in Santa Clara, California, Michelle Akers was a four-time collegiate All-American and an early star on the U.S. women's national soccer team. She...


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Akihito
Akihito was born on December 23, 1933, in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. After officially being named heir to the Japanese throne in...


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Todd Akin
Congressman Todd Akin was born in New York City on July 5, 1947. Akin served in the Missouri state legislature for 12 years before successfully running for the United...


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Zayed bin Sultan al-Shaykh Nahayan
Born in 1918, Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was the son of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and raised as a nomadic Bedouin. He took over the country when his brother was deposed in a...


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Ayman al Zawahiri
Ayman al Zawahiri received his master's degree in surgery from Cairo University before joining the radical Islamic Jihad to resist the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan....


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Bashar al-Assad
Born on September 11, 1965, Bashar al-Assad had no intention of entering political life, let alone becoming president of Syria. But a tragic death and a calculating father...


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Hafez al-Assad
Born in Syria in 1930, Hafez al-Assad became president of the country in 1971, after taking part in multiple coups. Though widely criticized for brutal tactics (most...


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Hassan al-Banna
Egyptian Hassan al-Banna, born on October 14, 1906, founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. He had multiple goals with the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood: Expel the...


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Nouri al-Maliki
Middle East politician, diplomat, prime minister of Iraq. Born June 20, 1950, in small town of Hindiya, Iraq. Prime Minister of Iraq since May 20, 2006, and secretary...


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Muammar al-Qaddafi
Muammar al-Qaddafi was born in a Bedouin tent in Sirte, Libya, in 1942. He joined the military and staged a coup to seize control of Libya in 1969, ousting King Idris....


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Muqtada al- Sadr
Born c.1974, Muqtada al-Sadr was the son of Grand Ayatolla Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr. After the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Sadr began to...


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Jessica Alba
Synopsis Jessica Alba (born April 28, 1981) appeared on the big screen for the first time in the 1994 comedy Camp Nowhere. Then she sprang into...


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Lou Albano
Lou Albano managed wrestling tag teams, and in his 20-year career, 15 of his teams became World Tag Team Champions, including future hall of famers the Valiant Brothers and...


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Edward Albee
Edward Albee (born March 12, 1928) turned to playwriting in the 1950s. His early popular one-acts, including The Zoo Story (1959), established him as a critic of American...


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Hans Albers
Hans Albers was born in Hamburg, Germany, on September 22, 1891. Perhaps Germany's biggest pre-World War II movie star, Albers began his career in film in 1911 before...


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Eddie Albert
Born Edward Albert Heimberger in 1906, Eddie Albert began his career with a radio show called The Honeymooners. He moved on to the stage, where he appeared in Brother Rat...


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Albert, Duke of Prussia
Albert, duke of Prussia, was born on May 17, 1490, in Ansbach, Germany. In 1510 Albert was named grand master of the Teutonic Order and thus lord of East Prussia. In 1523...


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Madeleine Albright
Madeleine Albright was born in 1937 in Prague. As a child, she left Prague with her family to the United States. After studying at Wellesley College and Columbia...


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Bronson Alcott
Born near Wolcott, Connecticut in 1799, Amos Bronson Alcott found his own school in Boston in 1834. By this time he was a mystic and transcendentalist, and his radical...


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Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were family friends. Alcott wrote under various...


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Alan Alda
Alan Alda was born on January 28, 1936, in New York City. He made his Broadway debut in 1959 and his film debut in 1963, but it was his role on the television series...


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Ira Aldridge
Born on July 24, 1807, in New York City, Ira Aldridge acted with the African Grove Theatre before making his 1833 London debut as Othello. Other Shakespearean roles...


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Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin was born on January 20, 1930, in Montclair, New Jersey. His father, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, encouraged his interest in flight. Aldrin became a fighter...


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