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David T. Abercrombie (1867 - 1931) The original founder of the modern American lifestyle brand, Abercrombie & Fitch. A topographer and expert in the outdoors, Abercrombie opened the Company as New York's oufitter for the elite and later partnered up with co-founder Ezra Fitch. Born in Baltimore, MD (1508)

Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918 - 1996) The 39th Vice President of the United States (1969-1973) serving under President Richard Nixon, and the 55th Governor of Maryland. He was also the first Greek American to hold these offices. He was the second Vice President in US history to resign and the only one to do so because of criminal charges. Born in Baltimore, MD (1509)

John Allen Astin (1930 - ) An American actor who has appeared in numerous films and television shows.Best known for the role of Gomez Addams on The Addams Family, and other similarly eccentric comedic characters. Born in Baltimore, MD (1510)

Jacob Beser (1921 - 1992) A lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces who served during World War II. He was the radar specialist aboard the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945, when it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, he was aboard the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. He was the only person to have served as a strike crew member of both missions. Born in Baltimore, MD (1511)

Eubie Blake (1887 - 1983) Born James Hubert Blake. An American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. Some of his hits include "The Charleston Rag," "Memories of You," and "I'm Just Wild About Harry." Born in Baltimore, MD (246)

Charles Joseph Bonaparte (1851 - 1921) An American lawyer and political activist for progressive and liberal causes. He served in President Theodore Roosevelt's cabinet as Secretary of the Navy, then as Attorney General of the United States. He created the Bureau of Investigation, which would later become known as the FBI. He was a great-nephew of Emperor Napoleon I of France. Born in Baltimore, MD (1513)

John Wilkes Booth (1838 - 1865) An American stage actor who later shot and killed President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. Born in Bel Air, MD (244)

Hetty Carr Cary (1836 - 1892) She, along with her sister and cousin, made the first three battle flags of the Confederacy. She was the wife of CSA General John Pegram and, later, of pioneer physiologist Henry Newell Martin. Born in Baltimore, MD (1516)

Norman Myers Chaney (1914 - 1936) An American child actor, notable for appearing in the Our Gang comedies as "Chubby" from 1929 to 1931. Born in Baltimore, MD (1517)

Samuel Chase (1741 - 1811) An Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland. Born in Somerset County, MD (1518)

Tom Clancy (1947 - 2013) Born Thomas Leo Clancy, Jr. An American novelist and historian best known for his espionage and military science storylines focusing around the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger are a few that have been made into movies. Born in Baltimore, MD (247)

Kevin Clash (1960 - ) An American voice actor and puppeteer whose characters include Elmo, Clifford, Splinter and Hoots the Owl. Born in Turners Station, MD (1519)

Hans Conried (1917 - 1982) Born Hans Georg Conried, Jr. An American comedian, character actor and voice actor. Best known for providing the voices of Walt Disney's George Darling and Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Born in Baltimore, MD (1520)

Miriam Cooper (1891 - 1976) A silent film actress who is best known for her work in early film including Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. Born in Baltimore, MD (1521)

Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895) Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Abolitionist leader who was born a slave in Maryland. He was also an editor, orator, statesman, author, and reformer. Born in Talbot County, MD (238)

Dashiell Hammett (1894 - 1961) Born Samuel Dashiell Hammett. An American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op. He is regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time. Born in Saint Mary's County, MD (1522)

David Michael Hasselhoff (1952 - ) An American actor, singer, producer and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the TV series Knight Rider and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch. Born in Baltimore, MD (1523)

Matthew Henson (1866 - 1955) Arctic explorer. He was the first African American to reach the North Pole. He accompanied Robert Peary on seven voyages over a period of 23 years. Born in , MD (235)

Alger Hiss (1904 - 1996) An American lawyer, government official, author, and lecturer. He was involved in the establishment of the United Nations both as a U.S. State Department and UN official. Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948 and convicted of perjury in connection with this charge in 1950. Born in Baltimore, MD (1524)

Johns Hopkins (1795 - 1873) An American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist. Many institutions were founded in his name including the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University. Born in Anne Arundel County, MD (237)

Francis Scott Key (1779 - 1843) An American lawyer, author and poet. He wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Born in Carroll County, MD (236)

Thurgood Marshall (1908 - 1993) An Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Became the first African American to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Born in Baltimore, MD (243)

Clarence Muse (1889 - 1979) An actor, screenwriter, director, composer, and lawyer. He was inducted in the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1973. Muse was the first African American to "star" in a film. He acted for more than sixty years, and appeared in more than 150 movies. Born in Baltimore, MD (1526)

Edward Harrison Norton (1969 - ) An American actor, screenwriter, producer, activist and director. Some of his films include Primal Fear, Kingdom of Heaven, The Illusionist, The Incredible Hulk and Birdman. Born in Columbia, MD (1527)

William Paca (1740 - 1799) He signed the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Maryland. Later he was Governor of Maryland and a United States federal judge. Born in Abington, MD (1528)

Nicole Ari Parker (1970 - ) Also known as Nikki Kodjoe. An American actress and a former model. She is perhaps best known for her role as attorney Teri Joseph on the Showtime television drama series Soul Food. Born in Baltimore, MD (1525)

Raphaelle Peale (1774 - 1825) He's considered the first professional American painter of still-life. Born in Annapolis, MD (788)

Nancy Pelosi (1940 - ) Born Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi. An American politician who served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She is the first woman to hold that office. Born in Baltimore, MD (1529)

Michael Phelps (1985 - ) An American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 22 medals. As of 2015, he holds the all-time record for Olympic gold medals with 18. Born in Baltimore, MD (1530)

George Read (1733 - 1798) An American lawyer and politician. He signed the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Delaware. He was President of Delaware and served as a U.S. Senator from Delaware and Chief Justice of Delaware. Born in Cecil County, MD (87)

Cal Ripken Jr. (1960 - ) Born Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. One of the best shortstops in baseball history that holds the record for the most consecutive games played, at 2,632. Nicknamed "The Iron Man." Played 21 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. Born in Havre de Grace, MD (240)

Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948) Born George Herman Ruth, Jr. One of the greatest players in baseball history. He played 22 seasons in the major leagues. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat." Born in Baltimore, MD (241)

Upton Beall Sinclair (1878 - 1968) Writer, social critic, author of the novel The Jungle, whose revelations led to reforms in the meat-packing industry. He wrote nearly 100 books across a number of genres. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943. Born in Baltimore, MD (245)

Jada Koren Pinkett Smith (1971 - ) An American actress, singer-songwriter, author and businesswoman. She starred in A Different World, The Nutty Professor, Menace II Society, Set It Off and Scream 2. She helped create the metal band Wicked Wisdom for which she is a singer and songwriter. Born in Baltimore, MD (1531)

Tracie Nicole Thoms (1975 - ) An American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her roles in Rent, Cold Case, The Devil Wears Prada, Death Proof and the television show Wonderfalls. Born in Baltimore, MD (1532)

Harriet Tubman (1822 - 1913) Born Araminta Ross. A leading figure in the Underground Railroad, a nurse, spy, and scout for the Union army, and a woman's rights activist. Born in Dorchester County, MD (242)

Michael Tucker (1945 - ) An American actor, author and producer. Best known for his role in L.A. Law, a portrayal for which he received Emmy nominations three years in a row. Born in Baltimore, MD (1533)

Leon Marcus Uris (1924 - 2003) An American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus and Trinity. Born in Baltimore, MD (1534)

Montel Williams (1956 - ) Born Montel Brian Anthony Williams. An American television personality, radio talk show host and actor. He is best known as host of The Montel Williams Show. He is also active with the non-profit MS Foundation, which he founded after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1990s. Born in Baltimore, MD (1535)