09 November: today's birthdays

  • Anthony Asquith - English film director. Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) are his major works
  • Erich Auerbach - German philologist, comparative scholar and literary critic. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature is his major work
  • Marco Bellocchio - Italian film director, screenwriter and producer
  • Sherrod Brown - American politician, born Sherrod Campbell Brown. He is a member of the Dempocratic Party
  • Velimir Chlebnikov - Russian poet, born Viktor Vladimirovič Chlebnikov
  • Eric Dane - American actor. He is Dr. Mark Sloan in Grey's Anatomy medical drama television series
  • Jean-Marie Floch - French semiologist. He wrote Sémiotique, marketing et communication : sous les signes, les stratégies
  • Imre Kertész - Hungarian writer, a concentration camp survivor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002. He wrote Fatelessness and Kaddish for an Unborn Child
  • Imre Lakatos - Hungarian philosopher of mathematics and science, and epistemologist. Born Imre Lipschitz
  • Hedy Lamarr - Pseudonym of Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, Austrian-born American actress and inventor
  • Fernando Meirelles - Brazilian film director and screenwriter. He directed the film The Constant Gardener
  • Giovanna Mezzogiorno - Italian stage and film actress
  • Aureliano Pertile - Italian tenor
  • Carl Sagan - American astronomer, author and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences
  • Scarface - Stage name of American rapper Brad Terrence Jordan
  • ​Jack W. Szostak -

    Canadian biologist, born Jack William Szostak. He was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn.
    Szostak is pronounced SHOS-tahk.

  • Ivan Sergeevič Turgenev (Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev) - Russian author, short story writer, and playwright. Fathers and Sons is his most famous novel. 
  • Bluma Zeigarnik - Soviet psychologist and psychiatrist, born Bluma Wulfovna Zeigarnik
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