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Written by Barry Kowal   
Oct 30, 2020 at 05:08 PM

Hello people,
    we have sixteen (16) birthdays on this date.Five singers,a politician,royalty, five models,an ice hockey player and three actors.
     We'll start with the five singers.


 1) Born on Friday,December 31,1948 in Boston (Died:May 17,2012 in Naples,Florida, USA)was LaDonna Adrian Gaines,who was a singer,songwriter and painter.She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s.She is a five-time Grammy Award winner,she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the U.S. within a 12-month period.She has reportedly sold over 140 million records worldwide,making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.She also charted two number-onesingles on the R&B charts in the U.S. and a number-one in the U.K.

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 2) Born on Friday,December 31,1943 in Roswell,New Mexico,USA (Died:October 12, 1997 in Monterey Bay,California,USA) was an American singer-songwriter,record producer,actor,activist and humanitarian,whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer.In the 1970s he had 4 #1 singles on the US Billboard Hot 100.
   He lived in Aspen,Colorado for much of his life and was known for his love of
Colorado which he sang about numerous times.In 1974 he was named poet laureate of the state.The Colorado state legislature also adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its two state songs in 2007.
    He was an avid pilot,died at the age of 53 flying his personal experimental canard aircraft in a single-fatality crash.

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 3) Born on Wednesday,December 31,1947 in Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada is the former
lead singer and keyboardist for a very famous Canadian rock band.On May 4,1970 American troops shot to death four college students,who were protesting the US War in Southeast Asia,at Kent State University in Ohio,USA.The students only had their voices to defend themselves.News of the incident caused riots to break out at college campuses all over the USA.Coincidentally,on May 9,1970 a song by this Canadian group which our birthday boy was the lead singer of shot to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and would remain there for three weeks.The song was Billboard Magazine's #3 song for the entire year of 1970 in their end of year Top 100.On a personal note,I play this song once every 24 hours on my CD player.

                  I don't need your war machines
                  I don't need your ghetto scenes
                  Colored lights can hypnotize
                  sparkle someone else's eyes

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 4) Born on Monday,December 31,1917 in Reedville,Virginia,USA (Died:September 28, 2007 in San Jose,California,USA) was a singer of the 1940s and 1950s.In 1949 she recorded a song that spent seven weeks at #1 on Billboard's primary weekly single charts,the Best Selling Retail Records chart.

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5) Born on Saturday,December 31,1977 in Seoul is a South Korean singer,rapper,
songwriter and record producer.He is primarily known by westerners for a big hit he had in 2012 that spent 8 weeks at #2,never going to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.On December 21,2012, this song became the first YouTube video to reach one billion and two billion views.The song's music video has been viewed over 3 billion times on YouTube,and was the most viewed video on YouTube from November 24,2012 when it surpassed the music video for "Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris,to July 10,2017 when it was surpassed by the music video for "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth.
   By the end of 2012,the song had topped the music charts of more than 30 countries including Australia,Canada,France,Germany,Italy,Russia,Spain and the United Kingdom.
  In September 2012,this song's video was recognized by Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video on YouTube.It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards held later that year.


 6) Also born on Saturday,December 31,1977 but in New York City,is the oldest child of the 45th President of the United States and his first wife,Ivana.

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 7) Born on Tuesday,December 31,1935 in Riyadh,Saudi Arabia is the King of Saudi
Arabia,Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia,and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques positions he has held since January 23,2015.

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 8) Born on Friday,December 31,1976 in Yorba Linda,California,USA is a model and
actress.She is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for September,2000 and has
appeared in numerous Playboy videos.She graduated from La Sierra High School in
Riverside,California in 1995.

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Kerissa Fare

 9) Born on Friday,December 31,1976 in Fort Benning,Georgia,USA is a model.She is
Penthouse Pet for June 2006.

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Shay Laren

10) Born on Tuesday,December 31,1946 in Panama City,Panama is a model.She was a
flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines turned model.She was the cover model for the Ohio Players album,"Honey".She also was feaured as Playboy's "Playmate of the Month" in the October 1974 issue of the magazine.

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Ester Cordet

11) Also born on Tuesday,December 31,1946 but in Berwyn,Illinois,USA is a model.She served as both a Playboy Playmate of the Month and as a Playboy Bunny.She was Miss September 1966.

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Dianne Chandler

12) Born on Sunday,December 31,1944 in Los Angeles is a model.She was Playboy
magazine's Playmate of the Month for its June 1966 issue.According to The Playmate
Book,she was pregnant while she was shooting her Playmate centerfold.She also was
(at the time) the sister-in-law of 1966 Playmate of the Year Allison Parks.

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Kelly Burke

13) Born on Monday,December 31,1984 in Montreal,Quebec,Canada is a former professional ice hockey goaltender.Nicknamed "Crow" by teammates and fans,he played his entire professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League,who selected him in the second round,52nd overall,of the 2003 NHL Draft.

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14) Like #2 he was born on Friday,December 31,1943 but in Snainton,UK is an English actor with a career spanning over 40 years.He has won an Oscar,Grammy, BAFTA,two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award.He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film "Gandhi", for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.He is also known for his performances in the films "Schindler's List" (1993),"Twelfth Night" (1996),"Sexy Beast" (2000),"House of Sand and Fog"(2003),"Lucky Number Slevin"(2006),"Shutter Island" (2010),"Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time" (2010),"Hugo" (2011),"Iron Man 3" (2013),"The Boxtrolls"(2014),and "The Jungle Book" (2016).
   He was made a Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace in 2002 for services to the
British film industry.In 2010,he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2013,he received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.

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15) Born on Thursday,December 31,1959 in Los Angeles is someone who was originally
a stage actor,he became popular in the mid-1980s after a string of appearances in
comedy films,starting with "Top Secret!" (1984),then the cult classic Real Genius
(1985),as well as the military action film "Top Gun" (1986) and the fantasy film
"Willow" (1988).
    Some of his other notable film roles include Jim Morrison in "The Doors" (1991),Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" (1993),"Mentor" Elvis Presley in "True Romance" (1993),armed robber Chris Shiherlis in "Heat" (1995),Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman Forever" (1995),Simon Templar in "The Saint" (1997), astronaut Robby Gallagher in "Red Planet" (2000), a meth-using informant in "The Salton Sea" (2002),and Dieter Von Cunth in "MacGruber" (2010).

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16) Born on Friday,December 31,1937 in Margam,Port Talbot,Glamorgan,Wales,UK is a
film, stage, and television actor.Considered to be one of the greatest living actors,he is well known for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs",for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor,its sequel "Hannibal", and the prequel "Red Dragon". Other notable films include "The Mask of Zorro","The Bounty","Meet Joe Black","The Elephant Man","Magic","84 Charing Cross Road","The Remains of the Day" and "Fracture". In 2015 he starred in the BBC television film "The Dresser" and since 2016,he has starred in the critically acclaimed HBO television series Westworld.

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