Today's Birthdays, 16 November

    Nigerian writer, poet, essayst, and literary critic of Igbo descent. He is considered the father of modern African literature

    Italian poet and translator 

     Croatian professional footballer

    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)

    American television personality and former model

    American actress. She is the sister of American actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Canadian jazz pianist and singer. She is married to English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello

    French violinist, composer and conductor of German descent

    American athlete. He was the first record holder over 100 meters in history

    Italian actress. She starred in the film Bread and Tulips (2000)

    Finnish politician born Sanna Mirella Marin. She is the youngstest currently-serving Prime Minister 

    American philosopher of science, one of the major exponents of the logical positivist movement

    American philosopher. Professor at Harvard University, he wrote the book Anarchy, State, and Utopia 

    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 

    Israeli writer. He wrote Osama, The Violent Century, and A Man Lies Dreaming

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