11 October: today's birthdays

  • Amitabh Bachchan - Indian actor. He is married to Indian actress Aishwarya Rai
  • Art Blakey - American jazz drummer
  • Matt Bomer - American actor. He is best known for his role as Neal Caffrey in the TV series White Collar
  • Bobby Charlton - English soccer coach and former player
  • Gérald Darmanin - French jurist and politician
  • Emily Deschanel - American actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Temperance Brennan in the TV series Bones. She is the sister of actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel
  • Thích Nhất Hạnh - Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, writer, and peace activist, born as Nguyễn Xuân Bả. Thích Nhất Hạnh has published over a hundred books and amongst his most known works are Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Reconciliation - Healing the Inner Child.
    The correct pronunciation of Thích Nhất Hạnh is Teek Nyaht Hahn.
    Because Vietnamese is a tonal language this phonetic transcription of the pronunciation of his name is the English version.
    His first name, Thích is pronounced as Teek, with a long "e", which means it is pronounced with an "ee" sound.
    His second name, Nhất, is pronounced with an "ny" sound that is similar to the "ñ" in "piñata", which is followed by pronouncing an open "ah" sound.
    His last name, Hạnh, is pronounced once again with an open "ah" sound.
  • Roman Jakobson - Russian linguist
  • François Mauriac - French writer, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952. He wrote the novel Thérèse Desqueyroux
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