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May is a beautiful month with the warm and of spring and the cool beginnings of summer. It's also the birth month of some of the world's most famous actors, athletes and authors. Do you share a May birthday with someone famous?


Baseball (and other sports) just wouldn't be the same without these all-time greats born in May.

Apollo Anton Ohno:  US Olympic medalist for short-track speed skating; the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time

Brooks Robinson:  Baseball Hall of Famer; played third base for the Baltimore Orioles for 23 years; nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner"

Gabriela Sabatini: champion tennis player from Argentina; won US Open, Wimbledon and a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics

George Brett:  Baseball Hall of Famer; played 21 years for the Kansas City Royals; also known as "Mullet"

Johnny Unitas:  Baltimore Colts quarterback; nicknamed "The Golden Arm"; holds the record for most consecutive games (47) with a touchdown pass

Olga Korbut:  Soviet gymnast in the early 1970s; won four gold and two silver Olympic medals; aka the "Sparrow from Minsk"

Reggie Jackson:  Baseball Hall of Famer; played 21 years for four different teams; known as "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason

Sam Snead:  American golfer known as "Slammin’ Sammy"; played professionally for forty years and won seven majors, three Masters, three PGA Championships and one British Open

Willie Mays:  Baseball Hall of Famer plays for the Giants and the Mets; nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid"; considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time

Yogi Berra:  Baseball Hall of Famer; played catcher for the New York Yankees; gave us the quote “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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No matter what you like to read, there's an May-born author for you!

Dr. Benjamin Spock:  American pediatrician, wrote Baby and Child Care in 1946

George F. Will:  Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative newspaper columnist

Heloise Bowles Cruse:  American lifestyle columnist, best known for Hints from Heloise

Ian Fleming:  British author and creator of the James Bond novels

Nora Ephron:  American novelist best known for romantic comedies such as Sleepless in Seattle

Peter Benchley:  American author of Jaws

Robert Browning:  Victorian English playwright and poet, married Elizabeth Barrett

Robert Ludlum:  American author best known for The Bourne Identity

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Scottish physician and author of the Sherlock Holmes crime fiction stories

Walt Whitman:  American poet, often referred to as the “Father of Free Verse”

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Famous People in History

Born in May, these individuals -- each in his or her own way -- changed the world.

Eva Peron:  the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until 1952; also known as "Evita"; fought for all of the people of her country

Florence Nightingale:  an pioneering English nurse known as "The Lady with the Lamp"; founded the world’s first secular nursing school

Golda Meir:  the fourth Prime Minister of Israel; known as the "Iron Lady" for her strong leadership abilities

Harry S. Truman: the 33rd President of the United States; popularized the phrases “The buck stops here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen.”

John Brown:  the controversial abolitionist who fought to end slavery in the mid 1800s; was hanged for treason against the state of Virginia and for the murders of five pro-slavery Southerners; credited by historians for “sparking the Civil War”

Karl Marx: German socialist who developed Marxism; published The Communist Manifesto

Malcolm X:  African-American minister and activist; promoted black supremacy and advocated the separation of black and white Americans

Patrick Henry:  remembered for his “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” speech; one of our Founding Fathers

Pope John Paul II:  reigned as Pope of the Catholic Church for more than 26 years; the second-longest pontificate; the only Polish pope; an influential leader who played an important part in ending communism in Europe

Sigmund Freud:  Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis; defined sexual drivers as the primary forces of human life

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Singing, dancing, acting... these superstars could do it all!

Audrey Hepburn:  British actress best known for Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady; winner of Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards; dedicated much of her life to UNICEF

Bing Crosby:  American singer and actor with over half a billion records in circulation; has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Cher:  singer and actress best known as one-half of the duo Sonny & Cher; has won Oscar, Grammy and Emmy awards as well as three Golden Globes and a Cannes Film Festival Award throughout her 45-year career

Clint Eastwood:  American actor, director and producer known for his tough guy roles in westerns and crime dramas; father of seven children by five women

Fred Astaire:  American actor, singer, dancer  and choreographer with a film career spanning 76 years; often associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films

Gary Cooper:  American film star; received Best Actor Oscars for Sergeant York and High Noon

John Wayne:  rugged American actor and producer famous for his distinctive walk and gait; best known for his roles in westerns and war films

Perry Como:  American singer and TV personality for more than 50 years; praised for his high moral ethics and standards; has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rosemary Clooney:  popular American actress and jazz singer in the 1950s; aunt of actor George Clooney

Tyrone Power:  dark and handsome American film and stage actor from the 1930s to the 1950s; died of a heart attack at age 44

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