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

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