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

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