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John Grant Alexander (1893 - 1971) A Representative to the U.S. Congress from Minnesota. Born in Texas Valley, NY (1240)

Quinton Aaron (1984 - ) An American actor. His first lead role was as Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher in The Blind Side. Born in Bronx, NY (1192)

Steve Allen (1921 - 2000) Born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. An American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television career. Born in New York, NY (1300)

Scott Baio (1961 - ) Born Scott Vincent James Baio. An American actor and television director. Best known for his roles as Chachi on the sitcom Happy Days, Charles on Charles in Charge and as Dr. Jack Stewart in the series Diagnosis: Murder. Born in Brooklyn, NY (754)

Lucille Ball (1911 - 1989) An American actress, comedian, model and film studio executive. Best known as the star of TV's I Love Lucy. She was the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, which produced the series Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Born in Jamestown, NY (755)

Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818 - 1894) An American women's rights and temperance advocate. She headed the Iowa woman Suffrage Association and made popular loose fitting pants called "bloomers". Born in Homer, NY (164)

William Bonney "Billy the Kid" (1859 - 1881) Born William Henry McCarty, Jr. New Mexico's most infamous outlaw who participated in the Lincoln County War during the 19th century. Born in Manhatten, NY (392)

James Francis Cagney Jr. (1899 - 1986) An American actor and dancer. He is best remembered for playing "tough guys" in movies like The Public Enemy, Angels with Dirty Faces and White Heat. Born in New York, NY (849)

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987) An American mythologist, writer and lecturer. Best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. Born in White Plains, NY (374)

Art Carney (1918 - 2003) Born Arthur William Matthew Carney. An American actor in film, stage, television and radio. Best known for playing Ed Norton in The Honeymooners. Born in Mount Vernon, NY (915)

Willis Haviland Carrier (1876 - 1950) An American engineer. Best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Born in Agnola, NY (848)

John Nicholas Cassavetes (1929 - 1989) An American actor, film director and screenwriter. He is most notable as a pioneer of American independent film. He also acted in many films including Rosemary's Baby and The Dirty Dozen. Nick Cassavetes, an actor and film director is his son. Born in NewYork, NY (1268)

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005) An American politician, educator and author. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress. She became the first major-party African American candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Born in Brooklyn, NY (401)

Mark Clark (1896 - 1984) U.S. Army general during World War II and the Korean War and the youngest three-star general in the U.S. Army. He was the youngest American to be promoted to general. Born in Sackets Harbor, NY (511)

Spencer Treat Clark (1987 - ) An American actor who has appeared in several films, including Gladiator, Mystic River, and Unbreakable. Born in New York City, NY (916)

Dick Clark (1929 - 2012) Born Richard Augustus Wagstaff Clark, Jr. An American radio and television personality, best known for hosting American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Born in Bronxville, NY (1695)

George Clinton (1739 - 1812) One of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 to 1812 serving under President Thomas Jefferson and President James Madison. He also served as Governor of New York twice. Born in Little Britain, NY (1721)

Ben Cohen (1951 - ) An American businessman, activist and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's. Born in Merrick, NY (582)

Schuyler Colfax, Jr. (1823 - 1885) The 17th Vice President of the United States (1869-1873) serving with Ulysses S. Grant. He also served as Speaker of the House (1863-1869) and a U.S. Representative from Indiana (1855-1869). Born in New York City, NY (1713)

Tom Cruise (1962 - ) Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. An American actor and filmmaker. He has starred in movies such as Top Gun, Rain Man, The Firm, Jerry Maguire and Mission Impossible. Born in Syracuse, NY (402)

Tony Curtis (1925 - 2010) Born Bernard Schwartz. An American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in over 60 films. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances. Born in Bronx, NY (1418)

Claire Catherine Danes (1979 - ) An American actress, known for her role as Angela Chase in the television series My So-Called Life, and as Carrie Mathison in the series Homeland. Born in Manhattan, NY (847)

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925 - 1990) An American entertainer. He was a dancer, singer, actor of stage and screen, musician and impressionist. His nickname was "Mister Show Business." Born in Manhattan, NY (846)

George Eastman (1854 - 1932) An American innovator and entrepreneur who founded the Eastman Kodak Company. He popularized the use of roll film which helped to bring photography to the mainstream. Born in Waterville, NY (403)

Gertrude Belle Elion (1918 - 1999) An American biochemist and pharmacologist, and a 1988 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Born in New York City, NY (845)

Julius (Dr. J) Erving (1950 - ) A retired American basketball player who helped change the way basketball was played. He was the only player voted Most Valuable Player in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. Born in Roosevelt, NY (399)

Millard Fillmore (1800 - 1874) Twelfth Vice President of the United States (1849-1850) serving with Zachary Taylor. Thirteenth President of the United States who became president after Zachary Taylor died. He never became president on his own after he served in office. Born in Cayuga County, NY (414)

Peter Henry Fonda (1940 - ) An American actor. He is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. He is the son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda. Some of his films include Easy Rider, The Hired Hand and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. Born in New York, NY (1150)

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig (1903 - 1941) An American baseball player who played 17 season for the New York Yankees. He was a six-time World Series champion and he won the Triple Crown in 1934. He was the first MLB player to have his uniform number retired. He was diagnosed with ALS, a fatal neurological disease, in 1939. It is now often known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Born in New York, NY (844)

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937) Born Jacob Gershowitz. An American composer and pianist. His compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. His best-known works are Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess. Born in Brooklyn, NY (413)

Ira Gershwin (1896 - 1983) Born Israel Gershowitz. An American lyricist. He collaborated with his younger brother, George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th Century. Together they wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows. Some of his songs include "I Got Rhythm", "Embraceable You", and "Someone to Watch Over Me". Born in New York City, NY (1708)

Mel Gibson (1956 - ) Born Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson. An American actor and filmmaker. Best known for his roles as action heroes in films like Lethal Weapon and Braveheart. Born in Peekskill, NY (406)

Jackie Gleason (1916 - 1987) Born Herbert Walton Gleason, Jr. and baptized John Herbert Gleason. An American comedian, actor and musician. Best known for his roles as Ralph Kramden on the The Honeymooners, Minnesota Fats in The Hustler and as Buford T. Justice in the Smokey and the Bandit series. Born in Brooklyn, NY (843)

Jerry Greenfield (1951 - ) An American businessman and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Born in Brooklyn, NY (583)

Danielle Andrea Harris (1977 - ) An American actress and film director. Best known for her roles in four films in the Halloween series. As a child she starred in several movies including The Last Boy Scout and Free Willy and on the soap opera One Life to Live. Born in Plainview, NY (1439)

Dolores Hope (1909 - 2011) Born Dolores L. DeFina. An American singer, philanthropist and wife of actor/comedian Bob Hope. Born in New York, NY (1687)

Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910) Reformer, writer, and poet that wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". Born in New York City, NY (503)

Michael Jordan (1963 - ) Basketball superstar who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles. He is one of 3 men to win Olympic gold as amateur and professional basketball players. Born in Brooklyn, NY (428)

John Harvey Kellogg (1852 - 1943) An American doctor. Best known for his invention of the corn flake breakfast cereal and founding the Kellogg Company with his brother Will Keith Kellogg. Born in Tyrone, NY (280)

Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970) An American football player, coach and executive. Considered one of the greatest football coaches in history, leading the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowl titles. Born in New York, NY (404)

Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) An American novelist, writer of short stories, and poet from the American Renaissance period. Most famous for his novel Moby Dick. Born in New York, NY (408)

Esther Hobart Morris (1814 - 1902) The first female Justice of the Peace in the United States. Born in Tioga County, NY (668)

J. Sterling Morton (1832 - 1902) The 3rd Secretary of Agriculture and founder of Arbor Day. Born in Adams, NY (349)

Eddy Murphy (1961 - ) An American comedian, actor, writer, singer and director. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. Some of his films include 48 Hrs., Trading Places and The Nutty Professor. Born in Brooklyn, NY (775)

Carroll O'Connor (1924 - 2001) An American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. Famous for his role as Archie Bunker on the sitcom All in the Family. Born in Manhattan, NY (1148)

Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978) Famous painter and illustrator of the 20th century. He is well-known for his illustrations of every day life In The Saturday Evening Post. Born in New York City, NY (412)

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 - 1945) 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). While in office, he helped Americans get through the Great Depression with his New Deal program. Born in Hyde Park, NY (409)

Teddy Roosevelt (1858 - 1919) 26th president of the United States (1901-1909). He became president after President William McKinley was assassinated. He was the youngest president to assume office. President Kennedy was the youngest president elected. Born in New York, NY (436)

Jonas Salk (1914 - 1995) An American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed the first successful inactivated polio vaccine. He also put a lot of effort into developing a vaccine for AIDS. Born in New York City, NY (410)

James S Sherman (1855 - 1912) The 27th Vice President of the United States (1909-1912) serving with William Howard Taft. He was also a U.S. Representative from New York. Born in Utica, NY (1715)

Jedediah S. Smith (1799 - 1831) Hunter, trapper, fur trader, trailblazer, author, cartographer and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, West Coast and Southwest. First American to get to California from the East. He discovered the South Pass which became the main route used by pioneers to travel to Oregon. Born in Jericho, NY (662)

Elbridge G. Spaulding (1809 - 1897) An American lawyer, banker, and politician. He was mayor of Buffalo, New York, a New York State Treasurer and U.S. Congressman. He drafted the Legal Tender Act and the National Currency Bank Bill, which created national paper currency. Born in Summer Hill, NY (405)

Ed Sullivan (1901 - 1974) An American television personality, sports and entertainment reporter and syndicated columnist. Best known as the creator and host of a TV variety show called The Ed Sullivan Show that was broadcast from 1948 until 1971. Born in New York, NY (936)

Daniel D. Tompkins (1774 - 1825) The fourth Governor of New York and the sixth Vice President of the United States (1817-1825) serving with James Monroe. Born in Scarsdale, NY (1711)

Martin Van Buren (1782 - 1862) The 8th President of the United States (1837-1841). He also served as the 8th Vice President (1833-1837) and secretary of state (1829-1831) both under Andrew Jackson. Born in Kinderhook, NY (1712)

Christopher Walken (1943 - ) Born Ronald Walken. An American stage and screen actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows which include The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, and Catch Me if You Can. Born in Queens, NY (939)

Denzel Washington (1954 - ) An American actor and filmmaker. His break came when he starred on the TV series St. Elsewhere. Some of his films include A Soldier's Story, Malcolm X and Philadelphia. Born in Mt. Vernon, NY (411)

William A. Wheeler (1819 - 1887) The 19th Vice President of the United States (1877-1881) serving with Rutherford B. Hayes. He was also a U.S. Representative from New York. Born in Malone, NY (1714)