Five People Born on January 7

jan7Today is January 7, 2010 and the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.  There are 358 days left in the year 2010. According the Mayan calendar, there are 1079 days till the end of the current cycle.  This is the date of the Orthodox Christmas.  Here are five people that share a birthday on this day:

 

 

 

number1Nicholas Cage (Born 1958)
Born Nicholas Coppola in Long Beach, California, Cage is the nephew of film director Francis Ford Coppola.  He dropped out of Beverly Hills High School to pursue an acting career, making his debut on television in 1981. He changed his name to Nicolas Cage as a way to separate his identity from that of his famous uncle. He chose the name Cage as a tribute to comic-book superhero Luke Cage.  Cage is known for his edgy, intense personality both on and off the screen, as well as for his passion for method acting.  Cage got his start in teenage comedies, with his debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, followed by a leading role as a punk rocker in Valley Girl.  He won an Oscar for his portrayal of an alcoholic screenwriter in the film, Leaving Las Vegas, a movie he only made $240,000 for at the time he was commanding $4 million per performance.  Cage continues to act in action films and love stories.

 

number2Katie Couric (Born 1957)
Born in Arlington, Virginia, journalist Katie Couric began at ABC, moved to CNN, then to NBC, becoming the No. 2 reporter at the Pentagon. She was the co-anchor of ‘The Today Show’ before moving to the ‘CBS Evening News’ in 2006, making her the first female solo news anchor in the U.S. She won the Edward R. Murrow award in 2008 and 2009 for her work. 

 

number3Charles Addams (1912-1988)
Cartoonist born in Westfield, New Jersey. After studying at Colgate University and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Addams became a regular contributor to The New Yorker in 1935, specializing in macabre humor.  His syndicated comic strip, Out of This World, was the first incarnation of a ghoulish group of characters called The Addams Family. The characters were later immortalized with two live action series, two cartoon series and three movies.

 

number4Millard Fillmore (1800-1874)
Thirteenth president of the United States (1850–53), whose insistence on federal enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 alienated the North and led to the destruction of the Whig Party. Elected vice president in 1848, he became chief executive on the death of President Zachary Taylor.  Fillmore was born in a log cabin to a poor family and was apprenticed to a wool carder at age 15. He received little formal education until he was 18, when he managed to obtain six consecutive months of schooling. Shortly afterward he secured his release from apprenticeship and started work in a law office, and in 1823 he was admitted to the bar.  Fillmore entered politics in 1828 as a member of the democratic and libertarian Anti-Masonic Movement and Anti-Masonic Party. In 1834 he followed his political mentor, Thurlow Weed, to the Whigs and was soon recognized as an outstanding leader of the party’s Northern wing. Following three terms in the New York state assembly (1829–32), he was elected to Congress (1833–35, 1837–43), where he became a devoted follower of Senator Henry Clay.  Clay is the reason that Fillmore was nominated to be the Vice President under Taylor.  Fillmore was an early champion of American commercial expansion in the Pacific, and in 1853 he sent a fleet of warships, under the command of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, to Japan to force its shogunate government to alter its traditional isolationism and enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the United States ( primary source document: A Golden Rule for Foreign Affairs). The resulting Treaty of Kanagawa (1854) led to similar agreements between Japan and other Western powers and marked the beginning of Japan’s transformation into a modern state.

 

number5Carolyn Bessette Kennedy (1966-1999)
Wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and born in White Plains, New York.  Six feet tall with long blonde hair, Bessette was linked with an assortment of men before Kennedy, including a Calvin Klein model, a pro hockey player, and the heir to the Benetton fashion company fortune. She first met and spoke with Kennedy when both were running in Central Park and impressed him with her beauty, intelligence, and sincerity. Their fairy-tale marriage in 1996 took place in a 100-year-old, flower strewn chapel on a secluded island off the Georgian coast.  After her marriage to “John-John” as her husband is often affectionately called, Bessette was the focus of much media attention. Declared a trendsetter by the national press, she was often compared to her late mother-in-law, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, because of her fierce protection of her own (and Kennedy’s) privacy, as well as her work for charitable causes.  Bessette and Kennedy, along with her sister Lauren, were killed when their small private plane, piloted by Kennedy, crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard on July 16, 1999. Nearly two years later, Carolyn and Lauren Bessette’s parents received a monetary settlement as a result of their wrongful death lawsuit against the Kennedy estate.


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