31 December: today's birthdays

  • Edward Bunker - American author, screenwriter and actor. He is a Crime fiction author
  • Junot Díaz - Dominican-American writer. He wrote the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Gong li - Chinese actress. She performed in the film Raise the Red Lantern and Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Anthony Hopkins - English actor. He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1991 with the film The Silence of the Lambs
  • Val Kilmer - American actor. He was Iceman in the film Top Gun
  • Ben Kingsley - English actor. He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1982, starring in the film Gandhi
  • Henri Matisse - French painter and illustrator. He was a leading figure in the artistic movement of Fauves 
  • Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Spanish Baroque painter, one of the most important in Spain
  • Giovanni Pascoli - Italian poet and scholar
  • Sándor Petõfi - Hungarian Romantic poet and revolutionary. He is the most important poet in Hungary
  • Psy - Stage name of Park Jae-Sang, South Korean singer, rapper and dancer. He is the author of Gangnam Style
  • Pete Quaife - English musician. He was the bass guitarist for The Kinks
  • Jules Simon - French philosopher and politician. He was the 38th Prime Minister of France
  • Nicholas Sparks - American writer. Many of his novels have been adapted to film 
  • Edward Wormley - American designer
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