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Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001) An American businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay cosmetics. Born in Hot Wells, TX (557)

Gene Autry (1907 - 1998) Born Orvon Grover Autry. An American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy on the radio, in movies and on television for more than three decades beginning in the 1930s. Born in Tioga, TX (1415)

Clyde Barrow (1909 - 1934) Outlaw and partner in crime with Bonnie Parker. Born in Newburn, TX (558)

Carol Burnett (1933 - ) An American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. Best known for her TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show. Born in San Antonio, TX (546)

Horace Seaver "Stump" Carswell, Jr. (1916 - 1944) A Medal of Honor recipient as a Major in the United States Army Air Corps who served in World War II. Born in Fort Worth, TX (1214)

Claire Lee Chennault (1893 - 1958) An American military aviator who commanded the "Flying Tigers" during World War II. Born in Commerce, TX (1215)

Joan Crawford (1905 - 1977) Born Lucille Fay LeSueur. An American actress in film, television and theatre. Born in San Antonio, TX (800)

Lou Dobbs (1945 - ) An American television personality, author, and radio host the the Fox Business Network. Born in Childress, TX (133)

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) The 34th U.S. President (1953-1961) who ended the Korean War. He also served as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, and became the 1st supreme commander of NATO. Born in Denison, TX (547)

John Nance Garner (1868 - 1967) The 32nd Vice President of the United States serving with Franklin D Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941. He was also the 44th Speaker of the House and a U.S. Representative. Born in Detroit, TX (1730)

Oveta Culp Hobby (1905 - 1995) The first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first director of the Women's Army Corps, and chairman of the board of the Houston Post. Born in Killeen, TX (1216)

Buddy Holly (1936 - 1959) Born Charles Hardin Holley. An American musician and singer-songwriter. Considered one of the fathers of rock 'n roll. Born in Lubbock, TX (559)

Waylon Arnold Jennings (1937 - 2002) An American country music singer, songwriter, actor and musician. A self-taught guitar player, he rose to prominence as a bass player for Buddy Holly following the break-up of The Crickets. Born in Littlefield, TX (1303)

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973) The 36th U.S. President (1963-1969). He also served in the U.S. Congress, was the 37th vice-president, and was a leader of the Democratic Party. Born in Stonewall, TX (548)

Scott Joplin (1867 - 1917) An African-American composer and pianist. Famous for his ragtime compositions. One of his first pieces, "Maple Leaf Rag", was ragtime's first and most influential hit. Born in Linden, TX (33)

Leighton Marissa Meester (1986 - ) An American actress, singer, songwriter, and fashion model best known for her role as Blair Waldorf in the television series Gossip Girl. Born in Fort Worth, TX (1442)

Michael Martin Murphey (1945 - ) Famous American country singer/songwriter. Some of his songs include "Wildfire", "What's Forever For", "What She Wants", and "Don't Count the Rainy Days". Born in Dallas, TX (393)

Willie Nelson (1933 - ) An American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, author, poet, actor and activist. One of the most recognized artists in country music. Born in Abbot, TX (554)

Sandra Day O'Connor (1930 - ) A retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Court. Born in El Paso, TX (556)

Roy Orbison (1936 - 1988) American singer/songwriter, guitarist and pioneer of rock and roll music. Known as The Big O. Some of his songs include "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman." Born in Vernon, TX (552)

Buck Owens (1929 - 2006) Born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. An American singer and guitarist who had 21 number one hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band, the Buckaroos. Born in Sherman, TX (1304)

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910 - 1934) The female half of the notorious crime duo, Bonnie and Clyde. Born in Rowena, TX (797)

Fess Parker (1924 - 2010) An American film and television actor best known for his 1950s portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and his late 1960s portrayals of Daniel Boone. He is also a wine maker and resort owner-operator. Born in Fort Worth, TX (940)

Selena Perez (1971 - 1995) An American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Known as the queen of Tejano music. Born in Lake Jackson, TX (553)

H. Ross Perot (1930 - ) Dallas computer billionaire, philanthropist, and independent (Reform Party) candidate for U.S. president in 1992 and 1996. Born in Texarkana, TX (560)

Dan Rather (1931 - ) An American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. Born in Wharton, TX (549)

Jesse Raudales (1970 - ) An American Artist and Illustrator. He is best known for being a 2006 Olympic artist. Born in McAllen, TX (1685)

Felix Huston Robertson (1839 - 1928) The only native-born Texan to serve as a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He was the last surviving general of the Confederacy. Born in Washington-on-the-Brazos, TX (1212)

Nolan Ryan (1947 - ) Baseball pitcher who pitched seven no-hitters. Played for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers. Born in Refugio, TX (555)

Ann Sheridan (1915 - 1967) Born Clara Lou Sheridan. An American film actress. Some of her roles include Angels with Dirty Faces, The Man Who Came to Dinner and Kings Row. Born in Denton, TX (1203)

Sissy Spacek (1949 - ) Born Mary Elizabeth Spacek. An American actress and singer. Some of her films include Badlands, Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter and Crimes of the Heart. Born in Quitman, TX (1204)

Tanya Denise Tucker (1958 - ) An American country music artist who had her first hit, "Delta Dawn", at the age of 13. Her hit songs include "What's Your Mama's Name?", "Blood Red and Goin' Down," "Lizzie and the Rainman," and "Strong Enough to Bend". Born in Seminole, TX (1301)