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On December the 18th
American singer, Christina Aguilera, was born in Staten Island, New York. She is one of the most successful young singers of the new century.
American actress, Katie Holmes, was born in Ohio. She is best known for her participation in the blockbuster movie, Batman Begins, and for her relationship with movie superstar, Tom Cruise.
American actor, Ray Liotta, was born in New Jersey. He is most known for his role in the hit movie Goodfellas.
American film director, Steven Spielberg, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His first major success came with his second movie, Jaws, which actually broke box office records at the time. He is considered as one of the most successful directors of all time.
South African, Steve Biko, was born in King Williams Town, South Africa. He was one of the most influential and outspoken anti-apartheid activists in the history of South Africa. In 1977 he was arrested and presumably killed by the police.
British guitarist, Keith Richards, was born in Kent. He is best known as being of the founding members of the legendary rock group, The Rolling Stones.
Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker, was performed for the first time at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
Russian politician, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin, was born in Gori, Georgia. He was the de facto leader of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death in 1953.
Italian, Antonio Stradivari, was born in Cremona, Italy. He is history's most famous violin maker, whose instruments are still considered the best of their kind.
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