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1871-1948/1867-1912, Duo who built first practical airplane
b. 1956, Actor in “Saving Private Ryan”, “Forrest Gump”, 'Philadelphia' and “Toy Story 3”
1839-1937, Billionaire head of Standard Oil, endowed several universities
1867-1959, Prairie School/modern architect, designed Guggenheim Museum and buildings in Oak Park, IL
1817-1895, Black abolitionist who wrote narrative of his early life as a slave
1755-1804, Co-author of Federalist Papers, first Secretary of the Treasury
1884-1972, U.S. President during the Fair Deal and Korean War era, integrated armed forces
1917-1963, U.S. President during Cuban Missile Crisis, assassinated
1913-2005, African-American woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus
b. 1961, First African-American U.S. President, attempted healthcare reform
1835-1919, Steel tycoon who endowed many libraries
b. 1954, African-American Actor in “Upstoppable”, “Remember the Titans”, “Training Day” and 'Fences'
1809-1865, U.S. President during the American Civil War, gave Gettysburg Address
1860-1935, Social worker and peace advocate who founded Hull House, first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize
1901-1966, Hollywood animator and studio executive, voice of Mickey Mouse
b. 1954, African-American talk show goddess, purportedly richest African-American in the country
1777-1852, KY Senator and repeat presidential loser known for forging great compromises
1807-1870, Confederate General victorious at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, but defeated at Gettysburg
1751-1836, Introduced Virginia Plan at Constitutional Convention, 4th U.S. President
b. 1979, 'Parks and Recreation' alum who appeared in 'Jurassic World', 'The Lego Movie' and the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movies
b. 1985, Crooner of 'Just the Way You Are', 'Grenade', 'Uptown Funk' and 'That's What I Like'
b. 1953, Filmmaker, head of alt-right Breitbart News, presidential advisor
b. 1959, Indiana politician, Current Vice-President of the United States
1774-1809/1770-1838, Duo who led the Corps of Discovery through the Louisiana Purchase
1732-1799, American Revolutionary War General, 1st President of the United States
b. 1981, African-American tennis player who has 23 major singles titles (her sister has seven more)
1911-2004, Actor turned U.S. President known for conservatism, Iran-Contra Scandal, attempting to end Cold War
1958-2009, pop musician known for “Thriller”, “Billy Jean” and “Black and White”
b. 1947, Austrian-American bodybuilder, star of the Terminator franchise, fmr. Governor of California (first name acceptable)
b. 1958, Lesbian comedienne and actress, host of a talk show on NBC
b. 1970, Actor in 'Good Willing Hunting', “Invictus” and the 'Bourne' movies, bane of a certain late-night talk-show host
b. 1988, Superstar pitcher who has won three Cy Young awards with the Los Angeles Dodgers
b. 1974, Actor in 'Gilbert Grape', 'Titanic' and 'The Aviator', had famous Oscar drought before winning for 'The Revenant'
b. 1965, African-American Actress, won awards for films 'The Help' and 'Fences' and the television series 'How to Get Away With Murder'
b. 1961, Activist, Actor in “ER”, “Syriana”, “Up in the Air”, 'Monuments Men' and 'Argo'
1782-1850, SC Senator and Vice-President known for stances on nullification, states' rights
b. 1988, NBA sharpshooter who won two titles and two MVPs with the Golden State Warriors
1879-1955, German-born physicist who developed theory of relatively, later moved to U.S. and urged research on atomic bomb
1882-1945, U.S. President during New Deal reforms, WWII
b. 1981, former NSYNC singer whose solo career includes 'SexyBack', 'Suit and Tie' and 'Can't Stop the Feeling'
1737-1809, Author of 'Common Sense' and 'The American Crisis' pamphlets
b. 1946, Real estate mogul, reality TV host, mad tweeter, and current President of the United States
b. 1977, Controversial quarterback who won five Super Bowls with the New England Patriots
b. 1946, Blockbuster filmmaker of 'Jaws', 'E.T.' and 'Schindler's List'
1927-1993, Mexican-American who founded the United Farm Workers
b. 1982, American Idol winner, Singer of 'My Life Would Suck Without You', 'Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)' and 'Piece by Piece'
1856-1924, U.S. President during First World War, had 14 Points for international peace
b. 1980, Creator of the musicals 'Hamilton' and 'In the Heights'
1914-1995, Developed the first polio vaccine
1755-1835, Jurist known for Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland decisions while Chief Justice
1803-1882, Transcendentalist writer and philosopher; writer of “Concord Hymn”
b. 1984, Singer of 'California Gurls', 'Teenage Dream', 'Dark Horse' and 'Roar'
b. 1988, Actress in 'The Help' and 'Birdman', won Academy Award for 'La La Land'
b. 1994, Singer of 'Baby', 'Sorry', 'What Do You Mean', and 'Love Yourself'
b. 1960, Drag queen, host of eponymous 'Drag Race'
b. 1970, Physical comedienne, played Molly Flynn on 'Mike and Molly', appeared in 'Bridesmaids', 'Spy' and 'Ghostbusters', also does Sean Spicer on SNL
1822-1885, Union General victorious at Vicksburg and Petersburg, later U.S. President
b. 1988, Singer of 'Only Girl in the World', 'Diamonds', 'Stay' and 'Work'
1735-1826, Leader in the Continental Congress, Diplomat, 1st U.S. Vice-President, 2nd U.S. President
1890-1969, Allied WWII General who later became U.S. President
b. 1977, Welterweight and light-middleweight champion boxer, fought a number of high profile PPV fights, including in 2015 vs. Manny Pacquiao
1884-1962, 1930s First Lady, columnist, known as 'First Lady of the World' for work with United Nations
b. 1981, former Destiny's Child singer whose solo career includes 'Single Ladies', 'Halo' and 'Sorry'
b. 1947, First Lady, Senator (D-NY), Secretary of State, won 2016 popular vote but lost election
b. 1980, Woman whose release of a sex tape led to a series of reality TV shows also featuring her sisters Khloe and Kourtney
1847-1922, Inventor of the telephone, founded National Geographic Society
1908-1973, U.S. President responsible for Great Society reforms in civil rights, welfare
b. 1986, Meat-dress-wearing singer of 'Poker Face', 'Bad Romance', 'Born this Way' and 'Million Reasons'
1811-1896, Anti-slavery advocate, author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'
1835-1910, Author of 'Huckleberry Finn' and 'Life on the Mississippi'
b. 1977, Rapper of 'Stronger', 'Gold Digger' and 'FourFiveSeconds'
b. 1973, Actor who plays Sheldon Cooper on 'The Big Bang Theory', also orginated role of Tommy Boatwright in 'The Normal Heart'
1706-1790, Wrote Poor Richard's Almanack, invented bifocals, also politician and diplomat
1895-1948, Baseball superstar who hit 714 home runs, mostly with the New York Yankees
b. 1949, Actress who has received 20 Academy Award nominations, including for 'Kramer vs. Kramer', 'Sophie's Choice', 'The Iron Lady', 'Julie and Julia' and 'Doubt'
b. 1964, fmr. Host of a Report on Comedy Central, current host of the CBS Late Show
b. 1979, Front man for Maroon 5 ('Moves Like Jagger', 'Payphone'), coach on 'The Voice'
1863-1947, Founder of eponymous auto company that produced the Model T on the first automotive assembly line
1858-1919, Spanish-American War officer who became U.S. President, known for Big Stick foreign policy
b. 1984, NBA superstar who's won four MVPs and three titles with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers
b. 1989, Singer of 'You Belong With Me', 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', 'Shake it Off' and 'Wildest Dreams'
b. 1985, Swimmer who's won 28 Olympic medals, 23 of them gold
b. 1973, Musician who sang 'Happy', produced 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky'
b. 1997, African-American gymnast who won five medals, including the all-around gold, at the 2016 Olympics
1820-1906, Suffragette who appeared on the dollar coin
b. 1961, Actress/comedian, formerly Elaine on 'Seinfeld' and currently Selina Meyer on 'Veep'
b. 1966, Creator of Lost, director of 'Star Trek: Into Darkness' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
1935-1977, Rock-and-roll singer of 'Jailhouse Rock' and 'Love Me Tender'
1926-1962, Blonde bombshell/sex symbol in films such as 'The Seven Year Itch' and 'Some Like it Hot'
1743-1826, Author of Declaration of Independence, 3rd U.S. President, founded University of Virginia
1767-1845, War of 1812 General, Indian fighter, 7th U.S. President, killed a man in a duel
b. 1965, Actor in 'Ally McBeal', 'Tropic Thunder' and the 'Iron Man' franchise, has struggled with substance abuse
ca.1820-1913, Female Underground Railroad conductor, slated to appear on a future $20 bill
1847-1931, Inventor of the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb
1919-1972, African-American who broke the color barrier in baseball
b. 1941, Vermont socialist politician, lost 2016 Democratic primary despite receiving support from Millennials for revolutionary rhetoric
1913-1994, U.S. President who went to China, resigned after Watergate scandal
b. 1967, ABC Late Night talk show host, feuds with certain award-winning actor
1929-1968, African-American preacher who led the 1963 March on Washington, wrote 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'
b. 1975, Black/Asian golfer who has won 14 major tournaments

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