Actor River Phoenix (born Aug. 23, 1970). Best known for his role in the hit 1986 movie 'Stand by Me,' River Phoenix died of a heroin overdose when he was 23 in front of the famous Los Angeles nightclub The Viper Room in 1993. Phoenix came from a family of actors, most notably brother Joaquin Phoenix, of 'Gladiator' and 'Walk the Line' fame.
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Actor Sean Connery (born Aug. 25, 1930)
Actor Sean Connery (born Aug. 25, 1930). This Scottish actor was the first James Bond, starring in 'Dr. No,' 'From Russia With Love,' 'Goldfinger' and other 007 flicks. Sir Sean Connery also played Indy's dad in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.'
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Talk show host Regis Philbin (born Aug. 25, 1931)
Talk show host Regis Philbin (born Aug. 25, 1931). Best known for hosting a morning talk show, 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' TV personality Regis Philbin also hosted the game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' when it first launched. He hosted a talk show (in different formats) for almost 30 years.
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Actor Paul Reubens ('Pee Wee Herman.' (born Aug. 27, 1952)
Actor Paul Reubens ('Pee Wee Herman.' (born Aug. 27, 1952). This actor is best known for his alter ego, Pee-wee Herman. Paul Reubens starred in 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure,' but his career stalled when he was arrested for indecent exposure in 1991.
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Actress Ingrid Bergman (born Aug. 29, 1915)
Actress Ingrid Bergman (born Aug. 29, 1915). Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) is best known for starring in the film classic 'Casablanca' opposite Humphrey Bogart. She won two Academy Awards and several nominations.
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Pop star Michael Jackson (Aug. 29 1958)
Pop star Michael Jackson (Aug. 29 1958). American superstar Michael Jackson created one of the best-selling albums of all time, 'Thriller,' in 1982. The King of Pop died in 2009 of a drug-induced cardiac arrest.
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Actor Richard Gere (Aug. 31, 1949)
Actor Richard Gere (Aug. 31, 1949). Hollywood leading man Richard Gere has thrilled women worldwide with his roles in 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' 'Pretty Woman' and 'Chicago.' He has one son with his wife, actress Carey Lowell, and was previously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
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Singer Gloria Estefan (born Sept. 1, 1957)
Singer Gloria Estefan (born Sept. 1, 1957). As the lead singer for the Miami Sound Machine, and as a solo artist, Gloria Estefan has built a career spanning decades. In March 1990 she broke her back in a terrible car accident but has made a complete recovery.
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Pro football player Terry Bradshaw (born Sept. 2, 1948)
Pro football player Terry Bradshaw (born Sept. 2, 1948). One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Terry Bradshaw is also known as a sports commentator, author and actor. He's been married and divorced three times.
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Notorious Russian leader Ivan the Terrible. (Born Sept. 4, 1530)
Notorious Russian leader Ivan the Terrible. (Born Sept. 4, 1530). Known as Ivan the Terrible, Ivan IV was a Russian prince known for his rages, depression and mental illness. During his autocratic rule, he terrorized many Russian families and killed his own son during an argument.
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Actor Bob Newhart (born Sept. 5, 1929)
Actor Bob Newhart (born Sept. 5, 1929). Known for his dry wit, comedian Bob Newhart starred in three TV series: 'The Bob Newhart Show' (1971-1978), 'Newhart' (1982-1990) and 'Bob' (1992). Comedians revere him for his seemingly simple but devastatingly funny remarks.
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Musician Buddy Holly (born Sept. 7, 1936)
Musician Buddy Holly (born Sept. 7, 1936). American rock musician Buddy Holly (famous for 'That'll Be the Day') remains a musical influence many years after his untimely death. Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.
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Soul singer Otis Redding (born Sept. 9, 1941)
Soul singer Otis Redding (born Sept. 9, 1941). (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay' is singer and songwriter Otis Redding's most famous song. Redding was killed in a plane crash in 1967, when he was only 26 years old.
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Actor Michael Keaton (born Sept. 9, 1951)
Actor Michael Keaton (born Sept. 9, 1951). Familiar for his roles in 'Beetlejuice' and 'Mr. Mom,' actor Michael Keaton also played Batman long before Christian Bale did. In 'Batman' (1989) and 'Batman Returns' (1992), Keaton made the superhero an edgy, gloomy character.
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Actor Adam Sandler (born Sept. 9, 1966)
Actor Adam Sandler (born Sept. 9, 1966). Comedian Adam Sandler is a prolific filmmaker. His movies include 'Grown Ups,' 'Bedtime Stories,' 'Happy Gilmore' and '50 First Dates.'
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Golfer Arnold Palmer (born Sept. 10, 1929)
Golfer Arnold Palmer (born Sept. 10, 1929). This golfer is known as the King. Arnold Palmer won 92 tournaments during his career, including winning the Masters four times.
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Author O. Henry (William Sydney Porter). (Born Sept. 11, 1862)
Author O. Henry (William Sydney Porter). (Born Sept. 11, 1862). The lovely and famous story 'The Gift of the Magi' was the work of the author William Sydney Porter (1862-1910), who wrote under the name O. Henry. He chronicled the lives of everyday New Yorkers in his stories.
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Performer Nell Carter (born Sept. 13, 1948)
Performer Nell Carter (born Sept. 13, 1948). Singer and actress Nell Carter (1948-2003) is famous for her 1980s sitcom 'Gimme a Break!' She was also well known for her theater work, including 'Ain't Misbehavin',' which won her a Tony Award.
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President William H. Taft (born Sept. 15, 1857)
President William H. Taft (born Sept. 15, 1857). The 27th United States president was William Howard Taft (1909-1913). He later was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court.
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Mystery author Agatha Christie (born Sept. 15, 1880)
Mystery author Agatha Christie (born Sept. 15, 1880). Called the Queen of Crime, Dame Agatha Christie (1880-1976) is the best-selling mystery writer of all time. Many of her books and plays feature the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, or the elderly sleuth Miss Marple.
King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638)
King Louis XIV of France (born Sept. 16, 1638). Known as the Sun King, Louis XIV of France succeeded to the throne when he was 4 years, 8 months old. He built the palace at Versailles. He died in 1715.
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Actress Lauren Bacall (born Sept. 16, 1924)
Actress Lauren Bacall (born Sept. 16, 1924). Legendary American actress Lauren Bacall starred in many notable films with her husband, Humphrey Bogart (who was 25 years older than she was). Their films included 'To Have and Have Not' and 'The Big Sleep.'
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Actress Greta Garbo (Sept. 18, 1905)
Actress Greta Garbo (Sept. 18, 1905). Known as 'The Face,' Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) is renowned for her roles in 'Mata Hari' and 'Anna Karenina.' Her beauty and unforgettable film presence are known as 'The Garbo Mystique.'
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Actor Jeremy Irons (born Sept. 19, 1948)
Actor Jeremy Irons (born Sept. 19, 1948). Familiar to American audiences for voicing the role of Scar in 'The Lion King,' British actor Jeremy Irons has had a long career, including the TV series 'The Borgias.'
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Lesley Lawson, 'Twiggy.' (born Sept. 19, 1949)
Lesley ‘Twiggy’ Lawson (born Sept. 19, 1929). One of the first supermodels, 'Twiggy' (her real name is Lesley Lawson) was the face of London's 'Swinging Sixties' scene. Her thin build and wide eyes gave her an iconic look.
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The Alexander Mosaic
The Alexander Mosaic. This 19-foot-by-10-foot mosaic was discovered in Pompeii. The mosaic depicts the battle of Issus, 333 B.C., between the armies of Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia.
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Novelist Upton Sinclair (born Sept. 20, 1878)
Novelist Upton Sinclair (born Sept. 20, 1878). Activist and author Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) is best known for writing 'The Jungle,' a novel about immigrant workers in Chicago meatpacking houses. Public furor over the meat industry (sparked by the book) led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.
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Actress Sophia Loren (Sept. 20, 1934)
Actress Sophia Loren (Sept. 20, 1934). One of the world's great beauties, Italian-American actress Sophia Loren was a major film star from the 1950s through the 1970s. Her movies include 'Desire Under the Elms,' 'It Started in Naples' and 'Two Women.'
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Science fiction author H.G. Wells (born Sept. 21, 1866)
Science fiction author H.G. Wells (born Sept. 21, 1866). British author H.G. Wells (1866-1946) was a pioneer in the field of science fiction. His famous works include 'The War of the Worlds,' 'The Invisible Man' and 'The Island of Dr. Moreau.'
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Television star Larry Hagman (born Sept. 21, 1931)
Television star Larry Hagman (born Sept. 21, 1931). Actor Larry Hagman was best known for playing J.R. Ewing Jr. in the TV series 'Dallas' in the 1980s.
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Bestselling author Stephen King (born September 21, 1947)
American writer Stephen King's books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. His work includes 'Carrie,' 'The Shining,' 'Salem's Lot' and 'Misery.'
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Actor Bill Murray (September 21, 1950)
American actor Bill Murray's career includes the comedy classics 'Stripes' and 'Ghostbusters,' as well as more serious films like 'Lost in Translation,' which earned him an Oscar nomination.
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Rock star Joan Jett (born September 22, 1960)
Groundbreaking rock star Joan Jett is the leader of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. She's had nine Top 40 singles, including 'I Hate Myself for Loving You' and 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll.'