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DescriptionPersonDate of Birth
Silversmith and patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and ConcordJanuary 1, 1735
59th Speaker of the House serving from 1999 to 2007. He represented Illinois's 14th congressional district as a Republican for twenty yearsJanuary 2, 1942
English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The SilmarillionJanuary 3, 1892
The inventor of a system of reading and writing used by people who are blind or visually impairedJanuary 4, 1809
Lead singer of his eponymous band who formed its name by juxtaposing the names of Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson; viewed as a detrimental influence on youthJanuary 5, 1969
French peasant girl born in eastern France who claimed divine guidance; she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' WarJanuary 6, 1412
An Academy Award-winning American actor, producer and director, having appeared in The Rock, National Treasure and Kick-AssJanuary 7, 1964
Often referred to as the 'King of Rock and Roll'January 8, 1935
37th President of the United States; resigned the presidency amid the Watergate ScandalJanuary 9, 1913
Russian mystic who is perceived as having influenced the latter days of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their hemophiliac son AlexeiJanuary 10, 1869
Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, one of America's first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the TreasuryJanuary 11, 1755
American author, journalist, and social activist; author of Call of the Wild and White FangJanuary 12, 1876
Prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgroundsJanuary 13, 1832
General during the American Revolutionary War. He began the war in the Continental Army but later defected to the British ArmyJanuary 14, 1741
American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement through nonviolent protestJanuary 15, 1929
English model who is known for her waifish figure and popularising the heroin chic look in the 1990sJanuary 16, 1974
DescriptionPersonDate of Birth
Originally known as Cassius Clay; American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activistJanuary 17, 1942
His effectiveness as a speaker made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. He was one of the nation's most prominent conservatiJanuary 18, 1782
French artist and Post-Impressionist painter who formed the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and CubismJanuary 19, 1839
American mechanical engineer, retired United States Air Force pilot and astronaut who was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11January 20, 1930
A Confederate general during the American Civil War; corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee; orchestrated the Valley Campaign of 1862January 21, 1824
An English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of EnglandJanuary 22, 1561
Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress; most noted for his flamboyant signature on the Declaration of IndependenceJanuary 23, 1737
An American Pentecostal televangelist and a Christian charismatic; known for his healing ministry and bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstreamJanuary 24, 1918
An American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress; her albums include Songs in A Minor, As I Am and The Element of FreedomJanuary 25, 1981
An American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver and auto racing enthusiast; established food company from which he donated all post-tax proJanuary 26, 1925
A prolific and influential Austrian composer of the Classical era; his early death is shrouded in myth and mysteryJanuary 27, 1756
An influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement; one of his paintings, Blue Poles, was purchased in 1979 and was the highest price ever paJanuary 28, 1912
An American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist. she is best known for her self-titled, multi-award-winning talk showJanuary 29, 1954
The 32nd President of the United States; led the United States during the Great Depression and World War IIJanuary 30,1882
An American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern eraJanuary 31, 1919

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