This Week's Birthdays - Week of April 23

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Monday, Apr 23 2012 by

April 23, 1858 – Max Planck, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1947)

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (StreetView)
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

April 24, 1964 – Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a two-time Academy Award-nominated Beninois actor and model.

Calvin Klein ad (model Djimon Hounsou) (StreetView)
Calvin Klein ad (model Djimon Hounsou)

April 25, 1599 – Oliver Cromwell was an English military and political leader who overthrew the English monarchy and temporarily turned England into a republican Commonwealth, and served as Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

Statue of Oliver Cromwell (StreetView)
Statue of Oliver Cromwell

April 26, 1564 – William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

William Shakespeare statue (StreetView)
William Shakespeare statue

April 27, 1822 – Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) as well as military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods.

Ulysses S. Grant statue (StreetView)
Ulysses S. Grant statue

April 28, 1402 – Nezahualcóyotl (Classical Nahuatl: “Coyote in fast” or “Coyote who Fasts”) was a philosopher, warrior, architect, poet and ruler (tlatoani) of the city-state of Texcoco in pre-Columbian Mexico.

Nezahualcóyotl (StreetView)

April 29, 1899 – Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and big band leader.

Duke Ellington Mural (StreetView)
Duke Ellington Mural