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Ciro Alegría
Peruvian novelist Ciro Alegria was born on November 4, 1909, in Saltimbanca, Peru. His novels depicted the struggles of Peruvian Indians trying to survive in the Peruvian...


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Claribel Alegría
Claribel Alegría spent her childhood in exile in El Salvador. A graduate of George Washington University, she lived in the United States, Mexico, Chile, and Uruguay and on...


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Sholem Aleichem
Born on February 18, 1859, in Pereyaslav, Russia, Sholem Aleichem (an alias meaning "Peace be unto you") was a famed writer in Russian, Hebrew and Yiddish. In the latter...


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Archibald Alexander
Born in Virginia in 1772, Archibald Alexander was a Protestant clergyman and educator. The son of a farmer, he underwent a religious conversion in 1789, began to evangelize...


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Flex Alexander
Flex Alexander was born in New York City on April 15, 1970. Alexander began his career as a dancer and choreographer, touring for years with the trio Salt-n-Pepa. He then...


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Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander
British commander Harold Alexander fought in both world wars. In World War II he helped drive Nazi forces from Northern Africa and assisted...


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Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander was born on October 28, 1939, in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 1960s, she made her Broadway debut in The Great White Hope. During the 1970s, she continued to...


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Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander was born on September 23, 1959, in Newark, New Jersey. In 1989, he was awarded a Tony for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. After winning his Tony, he moved to Los...


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Samuel Alexander
Born on January 6, 1859, in Sydney, Australia, Samuel Alexander earned a scholarship to Oxford University in England and became known for his award-winning essay "Moral...


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Shaun Alexander
Shaun Alexander was born on August 30, 1977, in Florence, Kentucky, and was named an All-American football player during high school. As a running back for the Seattle...


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Alexander I of Serbia
Alexander ascended the Serbian throne after his father's abdication. He alienated supporters through authoritarian moves and suspension of the...


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Alexander I of Yugoslavia
Alexander I was born on December 16, 1888 in Cetinje, Montenegro. He was king of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia kingdoms in addition to Yugoslavia. He struggled to create a...


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Alexander the Great
Conqueror and king of Macedonia, Alexander the Great was born on July 20, 356 B.C., in Pella, Macedonia. During his leadership, from 336 to 323 B.C., he united the Greek...


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Raúl Alfonsín
Born in Chascomús, Argentina, on March 12, 1927, Raúl Alfonsín was an Argentine lawyer, politician and is known best for being the first democratically elected president of...


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Alfonso X
Alfonso X was born Nov. 23, 1221, in Burgos, Castile. He was King of Castile and León from 1252–84. He claimed the title of Holy Roman emperor,...


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Horatio Alger
Horatio Alger, Jr. was born on January 13, 1832, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He was a Harvard graduate who worked as a minister, leaving the pulpit due to misconduct with...


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Laila Ali
American athlete Laila Ali, born December 30, 1977, in Miami Beach, Florida, is the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In her own career (1999-2007), she defeated some...


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Muhammad Ali
Boxer, philanthropist and social activist Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali became a Golden Gloves champion...


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Dave Allen
Synopsis Dave Allen made his TV debut in the BBC talent show New Faces (1959). In Australia he hosted the popular show Tonight with Dave Allen...


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Debbie Allen
Debbie Allen hit it big in 1980, starring in a Broadway revival of West Side Story. Her performance earned her a Tony nomination and landed her a role as a dance instructor...


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Ethan Allen
After fighting in the French and Indian War, Ethan Allen settled in Vermont. At the outbreak of the American Revolution, he raised his force of...


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Eugene Allen
Born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia, Eugene Allen was an African-American butler who served under eight U.S. presidents, including Harry S. Truman, John F....


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Gracie Allen
Born in 1895 in San Francisco, California, Gracie Allen became one of America's best-loved comediennes in the 1930s. In the early 1920s, she and future husband George Burns...


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Henry Allen
Jazz trumpeter Henry Allen was born on January 7, 1908, in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1927, he joined King Oliver’s big band. From 1929–'33 he was in Luis Russell’s band....


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Joan Allen
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956, in Rochelle, Illinois. She began her professional career at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. On Broadway, she received a Tony for...


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Kris Allen
Singer. Born Kristopher Neil Allen on June 21, 1985, to parents Kim and Neil Allen in Jacksonville, Arkansas. He now lives in Conway, Arkansas.Allen had an early interest...


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Lily Allen
Lily Allen was born in London, England on May 2, 1985. Allen was one of the first pop stars to emerge through social media, developing a fan base via MySpace before the...


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Macon Bolling Allen
Born in 1816 in Indiana, Macon Bolling Allen moved to Maine in the early 1840s. There he started studying law. In 1844, Allen became the first African American to be...


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Mel Allen
Mel Allen was born Melvin Allen Israel on February 14, 1913, in Birmingham, Alabama. Allen was known for his congeniality and his catchphrase "How about that!" as the lead...


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Paul Allen
Born in 1954 in Seattle, Washington, Paul Allen met fellow Lakeside School student and computer enthusiast Bill Gates when Allen was 14 and Gates was 12. Less than a decade...


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Richard Allen
Minister, educator and writer Richard Allen was born into slavery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 14, 1760. He converted to Methodism at age 17, and bought his...


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Steve Allen
Steve Allen was born on December 26, 1921, in New York. In 1949, he began appearing in movies. In the 1950s, he hosted a program that later became NBC's The Tonight...


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