16 November: today's birthdays

  • Chinua Achebe - Nigerian writer, poet, essayst, and literary critic. He is considered the father of modern African literature
  • Jean Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert -
    Mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and philosopher. He collaborated with Denis Diderot to the editing of the Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts (Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers)
  • Brandi Glanville - American television personality and former model
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal - American actress. She is the sister of American actor Jake Gyllenhaal 
  • Diana Krall - Canadian jazz pianist and singer. She is married to English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello
  • Rodolphe Kreutzer - French violinist, composer and conductor of German descent
  • Donald Lippincott - American athlete. He was the first record holder over 100 meters in history
  • Licia Maglietta - Italian actress. She starred in the film Bread and Tulips (2000)
  • Ernest Nagel - American philosopher of science, one of the major exponents of the logical positivist movement
  • Robert Nozick - American philosopher. Professor at Harvard University, he wrote the book Anarchy, State, and Utopia 
  • José Saramago - Portuguese writer, poet and literary critic, born José de Sousa Saramago. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1998. He wrote Blindness, All the Names, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, and The History of the Seige of Lisbon 
  • Lavie Tidhar - Israeli writer. He wrote Osama, The Violent Century, and A Man Lies Dreaming
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