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There are a mix of American celebrities, historical figures and current politicians on this quiz. Can you identify who is who?

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

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