05 November: today's birthdays

  • Hirotsugu Akaike - Japanese statistician. He invented the Akaike's information criterion
  • György Cziffra - Hungarian-born French pianist and composer
  • Art Garfunkel - American singer, poet and actor, born Arthur Ira Garfunkel. He is best known as half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, along with ​Paul Simon
  • Yair Lapid - Israeli politician, actor, journalist and former TV presenter
  • Vivien Leigh - English actress born in India, born Vivian Mary Hartley. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, and one for starring in A Streetcar Named Desire, opposite Marlon Brando
  • Bernard-Henri Lévy - French philosopher and journalist, born in Algiers
  • Raymond Loewy - Raymond Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer. Loewy is often considered the father of industrial design. He worked in a number of industries and on several different products. Loewy's works include logos for Shell, Exxon, BP, bottling for Coca-Cola, packaging for Lucky Strike, car design, railroad designs and locomotives, and the design of the Skylab space station for NASA.
    Loewy is often considered an American icon, but had limited visibility in his native France.
    The correct pronunciation of Raymond Loewy is Ray-mund LOW-ee. The surname, Loewy, is originally a Jewish surname that is adapted from "Levi", and derives from his father who was Austrian. Technically, in French, Loewy should be pronounced as luh-VEE, with the stress on the second syllable. However, most French speakers pronounce his name as Loh-WEE, with a typical French accent at the end. In English, Loewy is pronounced as LOW-ee, with the first syllable that is stressed, more closely resembling the original pronunciation of his name.
  • ​George Marsh - English professional footballer
  • Sam Rockwell - American actor
  • Sam Shepard - American actor, screenwriter, film director and writer. He wrote Buried Child and True West 
  • Volker Stelzmann - German painter
  • David Suazo - Honduran soccer player
  • Tilda Swinton - English actress, born Katherine Mathilda Swinton
  • Paul Wittgenstein - Austrian-born American pianist, best-known for playing even after the  amputation of his right arm 
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