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Danai Gurira
Danai Gurira
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1978-.. (age 43)
Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in psychology
actorplaywrighttelevision actorstage actorfilm actor
Danai Jekesai Gurira is a Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright. She is best known for her starring roles as Michonne on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead (2012–2020) and as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

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Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan
Nobel Peace Prize in 2001
Born inGhana Flag Ghana
1938-2018 (aged 80)
diplomateconomistpolitician
Kofi Atta Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela.

Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1928-2021 (aged 93)
politicianlawyerdiplomatautobiographer
Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale was an American lawyer and politician who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981 under President Jimmy Carter. A U.S. senator from Minnesota from 1964 to 1976, he was the Democratic Party’s nominee in the 1984 presidential election, but lost to incumbent Ronald Reagan in an Electoral College and popular vote landslide. Reagan won 49 states while Mondale carried his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia. His vice presidential nominee, U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro from New York, was the first female vice-presidential nominee of any major party in U.S. history.

Peter Berg
Peter Berg
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1964-.. (age 57)
actorscreenwriterfilm directorfilm producertelevision director
Peter Berg is an American director, producer, writer, and actor. His directorial film works include the black comedy Very Bad Things (1998), the action comedy The Rundown (2003), the sports drama Friday Night Lights (2004), the action thriller The Kingdom (2007), the superhero comedy-drama Hancock (2008), the military science fiction war film Battleship (2012), the war film Lone Survivor (2013), the disaster drama Deepwater Horizon (2016), the Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day (2016), the action thriller Mile 22 (2018), and the action comedy Spenser Confidential (2020) the latter five all starring Mark Wahlberg. In addition to cameo appearances in the last six of these titles, he has had prominent acting roles in films including Never on Tuesday (1989), The Last Seduction (1994), The Great White Hype (1996), Cop Land (1997), Corky Romano (2001), Collateral (2004), Smokin’ Aces (2006), and Lions for Lambs (2007).

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Ari Emanuel
Ari Emanuel
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1961-.. (age 60)
businesspersonliterary agent
Ari Emanuel is an American businessman and the CEO of Endeavor, an entertainment and media agency. He was a founding partner of the Endeavor Talent Agency and was instrumental in shaping its June 2009 merger with the William Morris Agency.

Carl Lumbly
Carl Lumbly
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1951-.. (age 70)
television actorstage actorfilm actorvoice actoractor
Carl Winston Lumbly is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Dick Hallorann in Doctor Sleep, NYPD detective Marcus Petrie on the CBS police drama Cagney & Lacey, CIA agent Marcus Dixon on the ABC espionage drama series Alias, and as the voice of J’onn J’onnz / Martian Manhunter in the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, as well as the direct-to-DVD animated film Justice League: Doom and the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Lumbly is also known for his roles on The CW’s Arrowverse as J’onn J’onnz’s father, M’yrnn, on Supergirl from 2017 until 2019, and on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Isaiah Bradley in 2021.

Bob Mould
Bob Mould
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1961-.. (age 60)
guitaristsingermusicianbloggersongwriter
Robert Arthur Mould is an American musician, principally known for his work as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for alternative rock bands Hüsker Dü in the 1980s and Sugar in the 1990s.

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Duane Hanson
Duane Hanson
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1925-1996 (aged 71)
sculptorpainterphotographer
Duane Hanson was an American artist and sculptor born in Minnesota. He spent most of his career in South Florida. He was known for his life-sized realistic sculptures of people. He cast the works based on human models in various materials, including polyester resin, fiberglass, Bondo, and bronze. Hanson’s works are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Smithsonian.

Andrés Oppenheimer
Andrés Oppenheimer
Born inArgentina Flag Argentina
1951-.. (age 70)
journalistpolitical scientist
Andrés Oppenheimer is the editor and syndicated foreign affairs columnist with The Miami Herald, anchor of “Oppenheimer Presenta” on CNN En Español, and author of seven books, several of which have been published in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese. His column, “The Oppenheimer Report,” appears twice a week in The Miami Herald and more than 60 U.S. and international newspapers, including the Miami Herald, El Mundo of Spain, La Nación of Argentina, Reforma of Mexico, El Mercurio of Chile and El Comercio of Peru. He is the author of Saving the Americas (Random House, 2007) and six other books, and is a regular political analyst with CNN en Español. His previous jobs at The Miami Herald included Mexico City bureau chief, foreign correspondent, and business writer. He previously worked for five years with The Associated Press in New York, and has contributed on a free-lance basis to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, the BBC, CBS’ “60 Minutes”, and El Pais of Spain.

Joan Mondale
Joan Mondale
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1930-2014 (aged 84)
librarian
Joan Mondale was the second lady of the United States from 1977 until 1981 as the wife of Walter Mondale, the 42nd vice president of the United States. She was an artist and author and served on the boards of several organizations. For her promotion of the arts, she was affectionately dubbed Joan of Art.

Olli Rehn
Olli Rehn
Born inFinland Flag Finland
1962-.. (age 59)
politicianassociation football player
Olli Ilmari Rehn is a Finnish politician serving as Governor of the Bank of Finland since 2018. A member of the Centre Party, he served as Minister of Economic Affairs in Juha Sipilä’s cabinet from 2015 until 2016, the European Commissioner for Enlargement from 2004 to 2010 and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro from 2010 to 2014.

Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn Lea
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1984-.. (age 37)
singersinger-songwriterviolinist
Gaelynn Lea Tressler is an American folk singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate from Duluth, Minnesota. She won NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

M.anifest
M.anifest
1982-.. (age 39)
musician
M.anifest is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter.

Scott McCallum
Scott McCallum
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1950-.. (age 71)
politician
James Scott McCallum is an American businessman and former politician. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 43rd Governor of Wisconsin, ascending from the Lieutenant Governorship when Tommy Thompson resigned in 2001 to accept appointment as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Prior to becoming Governor, McCallum served 14 years as Thompson’s Lieutenant Governor and 10 years in the Wisconsin State Senate.

Dave Zirin
Dave Zirin
20th Century
journalist
Dave Zirin, born 1974, is an American political sportswriter. He is the sports editor for The Nation, a weekly progressive magazine dedicated to politics and culture, and writes a blog named Edge of Sports: the weekly sports column by Dave Zirin. As of January 2020, he has authored ten books.

Mac King
Mac King
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1959-.. (age 62)
writeractormagician
Mac King is an American magician who has performed on television specials, often as a co-host. He has his own family-friendly show, “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show”, at the Harrah’s Las Vegas in the Clint Holmes Theater.

Ursula Vernon
Ursula Vernon
Born inJapan Flag Japan
1977-.. (age 44)
writerchildren’s writernovelistvisual artist
Ursula Vernon is an American freelance writer, artist and illustrator. She is best known for her Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Digger (2003–2011) and for the children’s books series Hamster Princess and Dragonbreath. Under the name T. Kingfisher, she is also the author of books for older audiences. She also writes short fiction under both names. She has won awards, including the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, for her work in various mediums.

Will Sheff
Will Sheff
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1976-.. (age 45)
singer-songwritersingerguitarist
Will Sheff is the frontman for the Austin, Texas-based indie band Okkervil River (1998–present). Originally from Meriden, New Hampshire, he is also a founding member and co-songwriter (along with former Okkervil bandmate Jonathan Meiburg) for Shearwater (2001–2009), another Austin band. Sheff writes and performs many songs as a solo artist while juggling his commitments to Okkervil River and Shearwater, but has released just one single as a solo artist. As well as writing and singing songs, he plays the guitar, the piano, the banjo, and the harmonica.

Fred Swaniker
Fred Swaniker
Born inGhana Flag Ghana
1976-.. (age 45)
entrepreneur
Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He has launched four organizations that aim to develop leaders, primarily in Africa. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, an institution located outside Johannesburg in South Africa that is aiming to develop 6,000 transformative leaders for Africa over a 50-year period. He is also the founder of African Leadership Network,, and African Leadership University which is opening multiple universities across Africa with the aim of grooming 3 million leaders by 2060.

Joe Radinovich
Joe Radinovich
1986-.. (age 35)
politician
Joseph Paul Radinovich is an American politician and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. As a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represented District 10B in north-central Minnesota. He was the DFL candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Minnesota’s 8th congressional district in the November 2018 general election, losing to Republican Pete Stauber.

B. Todd Jones
B. Todd Jones
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1957-.. (age 64)
lawyer
Byron Todd Jones is an American lawyer who was the seventh director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is chief disciplinary officer of the National Football League (NFL). He twice served as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

Anthony Weston
Anthony Weston
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1954-.. (age 67)
philosopher
Anthony Weston is an American writer, teacher, and philosopher. He is an author of widely used primers in critical thinking and ethical practice and of a variety of unconventional books and essays on philosophical topics.

Alice Echols
Alice Echols
1951-.. (age 70)
historianjournalist
Alice Echols is Professor of History, and the Barbra Streisand Chair of Contemporary Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

Lillian Dickson
Lillian Dickson
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1901-1983 (aged 82)
historianautobiographermissionary
Lillian Dickson was an independent missionary, author, and public speaker. She used her maternal identity to develop her vocation in the middle of the twentieth century. Originally, she and her husband, James Dickson (1900-1967), were sent by the Presbyterian Church of Canada, to Taiwan in 1927. Lillian lived and worked in Taiwan until she died, except for the period between 1940 and 1947 when she and her husband were transferred to British Guiana because of growing tensions and war between Japan and the United States. After her return to Taiwan, Lillian eventually developed a long lasting career as an independent missionary. In particular, she founded Mustard Seed International. and The Mustard Seed Mission (based in Taiwan).

Victoria Ransom
Victoria Ransom
Victoria Ransom is a serial entrepreneur from New Zealand. She has developed three companies including Wildfire Interactive, a social marketing SaaS company, where Ransom was CEO until it was sold to Google in 2012. Ransom currently resides in Palo Alto.

Federico Campbell
Federico Campbell
Born inMexico Flag Mexico
1941-2014 (aged 73)
journalisttranslatorwriter
Federico Campbell Quiroz, known as Federico Campbell, was a writer from northern Mexico. Campbell is known for the short story collection Tijuanenses (Tijuana: Stories on the Border). In 2000, he won the Colima Prize for Fiction with his novel Transpeninsular. In 1995, he was awarded the J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship. Campbell translated works by Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and Leonardo Sciascia, among others, into Spanish.

Jerry Crawford
Jerry Crawford
1949-.. (age 72)
lobbyist
Jerry Crawford is a United States lawyer and leader in the Democratic Party from Des Moines, Iowa. Crawford has also worked for the Democratic Party as fundraiser and lobbyist. Crawford has helped every Democratic presidential nominee succeed in the Iowa Caucus. He had been working for Hillary Clinton´s 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa since 2014.

Bobby Joe Champion
Bobby Joe Champion
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1963-.. (age 58)
lawyerpolitician
Bobby Joe Champion is an American politician and member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 59, which includes portions of downtown and north Minneapolis in Hennepin County. He is also an attorney.

Michael J. Davis
Michael J. Davis
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1947-.. (age 74)
lawyerjudge
Michael James Davis is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Alain Chuard
Alain Chuard
Born inSwitzerland Flag Switzerland
businessperson
Alain Chuard is a Swiss serial entrepreneur and former professional snowboarder living in Palo Alto, California. He is best known as the founder and Chief product officer of Wildfire Interactive, the social media marketing technology company acquired by Google in July 2012.

Robert W. Warren
Robert W. Warren
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1925-1998 (aged 73)
lawyerjudgepolitician
Robert Willis Warren was a United States district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He had previously served as attorney general of Wisconsin and represented Brown and Calumet Counties in the Wisconsin State Senate.

Matt Entenza
Matt Entenza
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1961-.. (age 60)
politician
Matthew “Matt” Keating Entenza is a Minnesota lawyer and former politician who served six terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served as House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2006. After leaving the legislature, he was an unsuccessful candidate for various statewide offices, including governor, attorney general, and most recently state auditor.

Heba Amin
Heba Amin
Born inEgypt Flag Egypt
1980-.. (age 41)
painter
Heba Y. Amin is a visual artist, researcher and educator.

Julianne Ortman
Julianne Ortman
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1962-.. (age 59)
politician
Julianne E. Ortman is a Minnesota politician and former member of the Minnesota Senate. A member of the Republican Party of Minnesota, she represented District 47, which included portions of Carver County in the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area. She was a candidate in the 2014 United States Senate election in Minnesota until she was eliminated at the state convention.

Anne E. Derse
Anne E. Derse
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1954-.. (age 67)
diplomatpolitician
Anne Elizabeth Derse is a former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan (2006–09) and Lithuania (2009–12).

James McIntire
James McIntire
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1953-.. (age 68)
economistpolitician
James Leonard McIntire is an American economist and politician, who served as the Washington State Treasurer from 2008 to 2017. A Democrat, McIntire was first elected as Washington state Treasurer in 2008 and had previously served five terms in the Washington State House of Representatives, from 1998 to 2009.

Russell L. Blaisdell
Russell L. Blaisdell
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1910-2007 (aged 97)
military personnel
Russell L. Blaisdell was an American minister and United States Air Force Chaplain colonel who organised the so-called “Kiddy Car Airlift,” the rescue of 964 orphans and 80 orphanage staff from Seoul in the face of the Chinese advance during the Korean War on December 20, 1950.

Patricia Olson
Patricia Olson
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1951-.. (age 70)
painter
Patricia Olson is an American graphic designer, painter, feminist artist, and educator whose works are categorized as figurative art. Olson was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in studio art from Macalester College in 1973, and her M.F.A. in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1998. Olson’s work has been on exhibition continuously throughout the United States since 1973, sometimes in group exhibitions, and sometimes in solo exhibitions. She has works that are part of permanent collections throughout the United States as well.

Arthur Emanuel Nelson
Arthur Emanuel Nelson
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1892-1955 (aged 63)
politicianlawyer
Arthur Emanuel Nelson was an American lawyer and politician.

Chank Diesel
Chank Diesel
typographerdesigner
Chank Diesel, also known as Charles Andermack, is a contemporary type designer. He was born in Canada and raised in the U.S. state of Florida.

Earl Wood
Earl Wood
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1912-2009 (aged 97)
physiologist
Earl Howard Wood was an American cardiopulmonary physiologist who helped invent the G-suit, brought heart catheterization into a clinical reality and introduced dynamic volumetric computed tomography for the study of the heart and lungs.

Frank Hornstein
Frank Hornstein
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1959-.. (age 62)
politician
Frank Hornstein is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), he represents District 61A, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, which is in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Aditi Kapil
Aditi Kapil
Born inBulgaria Flag Bulgaria
novelist
Aditi Brennan Kapil is an American playwright.

Paul H. Anderson
Paul H. Anderson
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1943-.. (age 78)
lawyerjudge
Paul Holden Anderson is a former Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served as Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1994.

Chris Kobin
Chris Kobin
20th Century
screenwriterfilm producer
Chris Kobin is a screenwriter and film producer living in Los Angeles, California.

Larry Miles Dinger
Larry Miles Dinger
1946-.. (age 75)
diplomat
Larry Miles Dinger was the U.S. chargé d’affaires to Burma from 2008 to August 2011. Since the United States did not accredited a formal United States Ambassador to Burma from 1990 to 2012, the chargé d’affaires was the chief of mission and the most senior official in the embassy.

Patricia A. Thiel
Patricia A. Thiel
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1953-2020 (aged 67)
In 1975 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in chemistry
1971-1975 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
researcherscientistchemist
Patricia Ann Thiel was an American chemist and materials scientist who served as a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. She was known for her research on atomic-scale structures and processes on solid surfaces.

Jean Barman
Jean Barman
1939-.. (age 82)
historian
Jean Barman is a historian of British Columbia. Born in Stephen, Minnesota, United States, Barman arrived in British Columbia in 1971. Her work The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia has been described as the “standard text on the subject [of British Columbia history].” She has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing, and the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Award. She is a professor emerita at the University of British Columbia, as is her husband, the historian of Brazil Roderick Barman.

Robin H. Carle
Robin H. Carle
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1955-.. (age 66)
business executive
Robin Hewlett Carle served as the thirty-second Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Carle was the first woman to hold the position.

Toby J. Heytens
Toby J. Heytens
lawyer
Toby Jay Heytens is an American attorney and law professor who serves as the Solicitor General of Virginia and is a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Omar Imady
Omar Imady
Born inSyria Flag Syria
1966-.. (age 55)
novelist
Omar Imady is a Syrian American scholar, novelist, and poet. In 2016, a second edition of his novel, The Gospel of Damascus, was published, along with an Arabic, French and Spanish translation.

Jonathan V. Plaut
Jonathan V. Plaut
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1942-2012 (aged 70)
rabbi
Jonathan V. Plaut, was a Reform rabbi and author. Plaut was the rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Jackson, MI.

Kevin Wilhelm
Kevin Wilhelm
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1973-.. (age 48)
businessperson
Kevin Wilhelm is an American business consultant and author in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on demonstrating the bottom-line business benefits of sustainability and leading companies through successful implementation.

Don I. Wortman
Don I. Wortman
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1927-2020 (aged 93)
Don I. Wortman was a retired U.S. federal government administrator who served 27 years in senior-level executive positions in many federal government agencies. He was Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) from December 13, 1977 to October 4, 1978. In early 1977, while working at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW)—precursor to the Department of Health and Human Services—he was Chairman of the task force for implementing the reorganization of HEW. This reorganization included the merging of the Medicare and Medicaid programs into a new agency; this agency was named the Health Care Financing Administration (and renamed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in June 2001). He became the first Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration. On two occasions—6 months in 1975 and the first 3 months of 1977—he was Acting Administrator of the Social and Rehabilitation Services, the agency which, at that time, administered the Medicaid program and the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.

Christy Haynes
Christy Haynes
Born inUnited States Flag United States
1977-.. (age 44)
Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in chemistry
chemist
Christy Lynn Haynes is a chemist at the University of Minnesota. She works at the interface of analytical, biological, and nanomaterials chemistry.

Donna Baird
Donna Baird
researcher
Donna Day Baird is an American epidemiologist and evolutionary-population biologist. She is a senior investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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