24 August: today's birthdays

  • Yasser Arafat - Palestinian politician born in Egypt. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 along with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres
  • Jorge Luis Borges - Argentine short-story author, essayist, poet, and translator, born Jorge Francisco Isidore Luis Borges Acevedo. His best-known works are The Aleph and Fictions
  • A. S. Byatt - Pseudonym of Antonia Susan Drabble, English writer. She wrote Morpho Eugenia and Possession
  • Dave Chappelle - American comedian
  • Paulo Coelho - Brazilian writer and poet. The Alchemist and The Pilgrimage are his most famous novels
  • Stephen Fry - English actor, comedian, journalist and film director, born Stephen John Fry. He starred in Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster
  • Rupert Grint - English actor
  • Mike Huckabee - American politician
  • Duke Kahanamoku - American Olympic medalist in swimming who spread surfing as a sport. He was also a lawyer and an actor 
  • Takashi Miike - Japanese film director, screenwriter and actor
  • Jean Rhys - Pen name of English novelist Ella Gwendolen Rees William. She wrote the novel Wide Sargasso Sea, prequel of Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Brontë
  • Howard Zinn - American historian
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