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John Carmack
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Author Profession: US game programmer
Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake
Born: 1970-08-20
Died: —

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John Carmack

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
Amy Adams
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Author Profession: US Actress
Born: 1974-08-20
Died: —

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Amy Adams

I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and Im a big shoe girl.
Benjamin Harrison

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Author Profession: 23rd President of the United States from 1889 to 1893; he was the grandson of the ninth president.
Born: 1833-08-20
Died: 1901-03-13

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Benjamin Harrison

I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event.
John Hiatt
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Author Profession: US singer, songwriter
Born: 1952-08-20
Died: —

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John Hiatt

My attitude these days is, if you write a bad song, what are they gonna do, throw you in songwriter jail?
Robert Plant
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Author Profession: English singer (Led Zeppelin)
Born: 1948-08-20
Died: —

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Robert Plant

The way I see it, rock'n'roll is folk music.
Alex Newell
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Author Profession: US Actor
Born: 1992-08-20
Died: —

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Alex Newell

Other than my sexuality, I am vulnerable regarding my physical appearance, as I am not what people considered ideal by most standards. For the entertainment business, I am not the body type of what is typically cast for television or movies.
Andrew Garfield
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Author Profession: US Actor
Born: 1983-08-20
Died: —

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Andrew Garfield

Thats all I want, to keep losing myself.
Bernard Sahlins
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Author Profession: US Writer
Born: 1922-08-20
Died: 2013-06-16

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Bernard Sahlins

Actually being funny is mostly telling the truth about things.
Billy Gardell
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Author Profession: US Comedian
Born: 1969-08-20
Died: —

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Billy Gardell

You know, Im playing the Mirage in Vegas, the main room... About 5 percent of all comics end up as the main headliner on the Vegas Strip, so thats a big deal for me. Getting to do my stand-up the way I have this summer is really what Ive dreamed of since I was about 10 years old.
Brant Daugherty
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Author Profession: US Actor
Born: 1985-08-20
Died: —

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Brant Daugherty

I can be impatient. But I dont think its always a bad habit. Sometimes a little impatience can be a good thing. It keeps you motivated.
David Walliams
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Author Profession: British Actor
Born: 1971-08-20
Died: —

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David Walliams

All human life can be found in an airport.
Dimebag Darrell
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Author Profession: US Musician
Born: 1966-08-20
Died: 2004-12-08

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Dimebag Darrell

We still get those kind of cats coming out to our shows. Once youre into it, youre into it for a lifetime.
Fred Kavli
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Author Profession: US Businessman
Born: 1927-08-20
Died: 2013-11-21

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Fred Kavli

As we gain more knowledge about materials and processes in the universe, that could open up benefits that we cant even imagine. But you have to be willing to fund science without knowledge of the benefits.
George Aiken
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Author Profession: US Politician
Born: 1892-08-20
Died: 1984-11-19

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George Aiken

People are people the world over. Some are good, some bad, some greedy and some generous. Nations are like people and act the same way.
Greg Egan
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Author Profession: Australian Scientist
Born: 1961-08-20
Died: —

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Greg Egan

Widespread caffeine use explains a lot about the twentieth century.
Joan Allen
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Author Profession: US Actress
Born: 1956-08-20
Died: —

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Joan Allen

Its such a great feeling to make people laugh. I know Ive made people cry or want to slit their wrists, but to make people laugh is a very intoxicating, wonderful thing.
Laurent Fabius
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Author Profession: French Statesman
Born: 1946-08-20
Died: —

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Laurent Fabius

The demographic weight of countries such as China and India exercise a massive pressure on our wages and salaries. They have accomplished massive technological advances and the revolution in information technology has reduced the costs of transport.
Michael Rady
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Author Profession: US Actor
Born: 1981-08-20
Died: —

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Michael Rady

Its amazing... to enjoy the results of your labor.
Rajiv Gandhi
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Author Profession: Indian Statesman
Born: 1944-08-20
Died: 1991-05-21

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Rajiv Gandhi

For some days, people thought that India was shaking. But there are always tremors when a great tree falls.
Salvatore Quasimodo
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Author Profession: Italian Author
Born: 1901-08-20
Died: 1968-06-14

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Salvatore Quasimodo

From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and starts a diary that is lethal to the inert. The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
Sophie Aldred
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Author Profession: English Actress
Born: 1962-08-20
Died: —

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Sophie Aldred

Doctor Who is one of those things that stays with you throughout your career, and Im very happy with that.
Steve Daines
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Author Profession: US Politician
Born: 1962-08-20
Died: —

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Steve Daines

I grew up climbing mountains in Montana and Wyoming and my wife and I were engaged on top of a mountain peak: Hyalite Peak in Montana. It was a 15-mile hike to get to the top of that, round-trip - thankfully, she said yes.
H.P. Lovecraft
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Author Profession: Horror, Weird Fiction, Short Stories
Born: 1890-08-20
Died: 1937-03-15

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H.P. Lovecraft

The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind. H.P. Lovecraft
Jacqueline Susann
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Author Profession: US writer
Born: 1921-08-20
Died: 1974-09-21

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Jacqueline Susann

I've got a library copy of Gone with the Wind, a quart of milk and all these cookies. Wow! What an orgy!
Isaac Hayes
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Author Profession: US composer, singer
Born: 1942-08-20
Died: 2008-08-10

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Isaac Hayes

When my agent told me he had a voice-over job I thought it was a Disney thing.
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