20 November: today's birthdays

  • Joe Biden - American politician, born Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.. Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States.
  • Henri-Georges Clouzot - French film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best-known for his thriller films. He directed The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques
  • Don DeLillo - American writer, playwright and essayist, born Donald Richard DeLillo. He wrote White Noise, Libra, Mao II, Underworld, and Cosmopolis
  • Bo Derek - American actress, born Mary Cathleen Collins
  • Nadine Gordimer - South African writer, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She wrote against Apartheid in South Africa and two of her books (Burger's Daughter and July's People) were banned
  • Tusshar Kapoor - Indian actor actor, best-known for his films in Bollywood
  • Selma Lagerlöf - Swedish author, the first woman writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. She wrote The Wonderful Adventures of Nils
  • Wilfrid Laurier - Canadian politician. He was Canada's first francophone prime minister
  • Peng LiYuan - Chinese first lady. She is married to Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China
  • Nikolaj Ivanovič Lobačevskij (Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky) - Russian mathematician and scientist. Best-known for his work on hyperbolic geometry
  • Benoit Mandelbrot - Benoit Mandelbrot was a Polish-French and American mathematician and polymath. Mandelbrot is particularly known for his contributions to fractal geometry, in particular the Mandelbrot set, which he discovered in 1979. He is also known for his contributions in Chaos Theory and many applied fields such as randomness in financial markets, information theory and fluid dynamics.
    The correct pronunciation of Benoit Mandelbrot is buh-nwah MAN-del-broht.
    His last name, Mandelbrot, is a Jewish last name and not French.
    However, depending on the language he was speaking, Mandelbrot himself varied his pronunciation, pronouncing the "n" with a nasal "n" and a guttural "r", when speaking French. In any case, the "t" is not silent and the "o" is pronounced as slightly closed in all languages.
    His first name, Benoit, is French and is therefore pronounced as buh-nwah, where the "e" is pronounced with an "uh" sound.
  • Mario Martone - Italian film and stage director
  • Eoin Reddan - Irish rugby player
  • Sean Young - American actress. She was Rachael, an experimental replicant, in Blade Runner (1982)
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