December 31

Anthony Hopkins, in full Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, born: December 31, 1937, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales

Welsh stage and film actor of burning intensity, often seen at his best when playing pathetic misfits or characters on the fringes of insanity.

Arise: Sir Anthony Hopkins: The Biography Paperback, 2014 by Michael Feeney Callan

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December 28,

Denzel Washington, byname of Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. born: December 28, 1954, Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

American actor, director, and producer. He has been described as an actor who reconfigured "the concept of classic movie stardom", associating with characters defined by their grace, dignity, humanity, and inner strength. He has received seventeen NAACP Image Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards.

Denzel Washington by Cynthia Baron

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A Hand to Guide Me Hardcover by Denzel Washington

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December 27

Louis Pasteur, born December 27, 1822, Dole, France—died September 28, 1895, Saint-Cloud

French chemist and microbiologist who was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology. Pasteur’s contributions to science, technology, and medicine are nearly without precedent. He pioneered the study of molecular asymmetry; discovered that microorganisms cause fermentation and disease; originated the process of pasteurization; saved the beer, wine, and silk industries in France; and developed vaccines against anthrax and rabies.

Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine by John Hudson Tiner

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Louis Pasteur by Albert Keim, Louis Lumet

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December 18,

Brad Pitt, byname of William Bradley Pitt, born December 18, 1963, Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.

American actor known for his portrayal of unconventional characters and for his good looks. After gaining attention for his role in Thelma & Louise (1991), Pitt channeled his magnetism as a leading man in such movies as A River Runs Through It (1992) and Legends of the Fall (1994) but avoided being typecast by assuming unorthodox roles in 12 Monkeys (1995) and Fight Club (1999).

Pitt won an Academy Award for his performance in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019).

Brad Pitt: The Rise to Stardom by Brian J. Robb

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December 17

Pope Francis, also called Francis I, original name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, born: December 17, 1936, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The bishop of Rome and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first pope from the Western Hemisphere, the first from South America, and the first from the Jesuit order.

Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. He has brought a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy and helped return it's focus to social justice and away from identity politics.

Let Us Dream The Path to a Better Future

Pope Francis

December 2020

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