05 October: today's birthdays

  • Peter Ackroyd - English biographer, novelist, and poet. He wrote Chatterton, Hawksmoor, and The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde
  • Bernard Bolzano - Bohemian mathematician and philosopher
  • Denis Diderot - French philosopher, writer, and encyclopaedist. Along with Jean Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, he edited the Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts (Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers)
  • Eduardo Duhalde - Argentine politician, 50th President of Argentina
  • Bob Geldof - Irish singer-songwriter and activist. Along with Midge Ure, he founded the English and Irisch superband Band Aid, in order to fundraise money for charity 
  • Laura Gemser - Dutch-born Italian actress of Indonesian descent. She is famous for her role as Emanuelle in the TV series Black Emanuelle
  • Francesco Guardi - Italian painter
  • Václav Havel - Czech author, playwright, and politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic. He was the first to be democratically elected
  • Ramzan Kadyrov - Chechen politician. President of the Chechen Republic
  • Lucien Laberthonnière - French philosopher and theologian
  • Louis Lumière - French inventor. Along with his brother Auguste Lumière, he invented the first movie projector
  • Magda Szabó - Hungarian writer. She wrote the novel The Door
  • Kate Winslet - English actress. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in the film The Reader in 2008
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