04 August: today's birthdays

  • Louis Armstrong - American trumpet player and singer, one of the most important of all time
  • Béla Balázs - Hungarian film critic, writer, poet, and screenwriter, born Herbert Béla Bauer
  • Olaf Beyer - Former German athlete
  • Laura Biagiotti - Italian fashion designer
  • Alessandro Di Battista - Italian politician from the Movimento 5 Stelle
  • Ricardo Faty - French soccer player
  • Greta Gerwig - American actress, playwright and director. She directed No Strings Attached
  • Knut Hamsun - Norwegian author, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. He wrote Growth of the Soil
  • Dennis Lehane - American writer. He wrote Gone, Baby, Gone, Mystic River and Shutter Island
  • Lori Lightfoot - American lawyer and politician, born Lori Elaine Lightfoot. She is currently the mayor of Chicago
  • Meghan Markle - American former model and actress, born Rachel Meghan Markle. She became the Duchess of Sussex marrying Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
  • Guillermo Mordillo - Argentine cartoonist and illustrator, born Guillermo Mordillo Menéndez but known simply as Mordillo 
  • Jojo Moyes - English romance novelist, journalist and screenwriter, born Pauline Sara Jo Moyes 
  • Barack Obama - American politician, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize in 2009
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley - English poet and philosopher. He wrote Prometheus Unbound and Adonais. He was married to Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Vasilij Petrovič Stasov (Vasily Petrovich Stasov) - Russian architect
  • ​Antonio Tajani - Italian politician currently serving as President of the European Parliament
  • Billy Bob Thornton - American actor, film director, screenwriter and musician. He won an Oscar for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1997 for the film Sling Blade
  • Louis Vuitton - Louis Vuitton was French fashion designer and businessman. He was the founder of the Louis Vuitton luxury brand now owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy). The brand is officially called Louis Vuitton Malletier, but is known as Louis Vuitton. Malletier means trunk-maker or manufacturer of luggage in French, in virtue of Louis Vuitton's core business as maker of luxury trunks and bags. The Louis Vuitton brand also produces other luxury leather goods, alongside accessories, watches, shoes, jewellery and clothing.
    The correct pronunciation of Louis Vuitton in French can be phonetically transcribed as Loo-ee Vwee-tohn. The most common mistake heard when English speakers pronounce Louis Vuitton is when the speaker pronounces Vuitton, often saying Vee-tohn, omitting the "Vui" sound. The "Vui" sound corresponds to the sound of the word "wee" with a "V" before it. The second half, transcribed as "tohn", contains a rather open "O", like the word "ohm" and a nasal "N" that has a short sound and seems like it's barely pronounced.
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