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William Robert "Bob" Allison (1934 - 1995) A Major League Baseball outfielder who played in the American League for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins from 1958 to 1970. Born in Raytown, MO (1239)

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) Born Marguerite Annie Johnson. An American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. Author of 36 books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She was awarded over 50 honorary doctorate degrees. Born in Saint Louis, MO (37)

Edward Asner (1929 - ) An American film, television and voice actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild. Primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series, Lou Grant. He also provided the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film, Up. Born in Kansas City, MO (1368)

Scott Bakula (1954 - ) An American actor known for his role as Sam Beckett in the television series Quantum Leap and the role of Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise. Born in St. Louis, MO (315)

Yogi Berra (1925 - ) Born Lawrence Peter Berra. An American former Major League Baseball catcher, manager, and coach. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times. Born in St. Louis, MO (316)

Chuck Berry (1926 - ) Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry. An American guitarist, singer and songwriter and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. Some of his songs include "Johnny B. Goode," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Nadine." Born in Saint Louis, MO (317)

Susan Elizabeth Blow (1843 - 1916) Teacher and founder of the nation's first public kindergarten in the United States. She is known as the "Mother of Kindergarten." Born in Carondelet, MO (318)

Omar N. Bradley (1893 - 1981) A United States Army field commander during World War II that commanded the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a U.S. field commander. He was the last of only nine people to hold the rank of five-star General. Born in Clark, MO (327)

Edgar Buchanan (1903 - 1979) An American actor with a long career in both film and television, Best known as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and Beverly Hillbillies television sitcoms of the 1960s. Born in Humansville, MO (893)

Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955) An American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. He is the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People. Born in Maryville, MO (776)

George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943) An American botanist and inventor. He promoted growing alternative crops to cotton such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. He developed about 100 products made from peanuts. Born in Diamond Grove, MO (13)

T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965) Born Thomas Stearns Eliot. An essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Born in St. Louis, MO (320)

Jean Harlow (1911 - 1937) Born Harlean Harlow Carpenter. An American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "Platinum Blonde" and the "Blonde Bombshell." Born in Kansas City, MO (801)

Jesse James (1847 - 1882) An American outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, and train robber. He became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death. He was killed by one of his own gang. Born in Kearney, MO (324)

Donnie Wayne "Don" Johnson (1949 - ) An American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. Best known for his role of Sonny Crockett in the 1980s TV series, Miami Vice and as the lead role in the 1990s series Nash Bridges. Born in Flat Creek, MO (1381)

Jack St. Clair Kilby (1923 - 2005) An American electrical engineer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000 for his invention of the integrated circuit in 1958. He is also the inventor of the handheld calculator and thermal printer. Born in Jefferson City, MO (1265)

William Lear (1902 - 1978) An American inventor and businessman. Best known for founding the Lear Jet corporation. He invented the battery eliminator for the B Battery and the 8-track cartridge. Born in Hannibal, MO (188)

Rush Limbaugh (1951 - ) An American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer and conservative political commentator. His talk show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, is the highest rated talk radio program in the United States. Born in Cape Girardeau, MO (325)

James Cash Penney (1875 - 1971) An American businessman and entrepreneur who founded the J.C. Penney stores in 1902. Born in Hamilton, MO (322)

Nellie Tayloe Ross (1876 - 1977) An American politician and 14th Governor of Wyoming. She was the first female governor of a U.S. State. She was the director of the United States Mint from 1933 to 1953. Born in St, Joseph, MO (671)

Charles Marion Russell (1864 - 1926) Also known as C.M. Russell. An Artist of the Old American West. He created more than 2000 paintings of cowboys, Indians, and landscapes of the Western U.S. and Canada. He was also a storyteller and author. Born in Oak Hill, MO (329)

Harry S. Truman (1884 - 1972) The 33rd President of the United States from 1945 to 1953. He was Vice President for only 82 days before becoming President of the United States in April 1945 when President Roosevelt died. Born in Lamar, MO (323)

Kathleen Turner (1954 - ) Born Mary Kathleen Turner. An American film and stage actress and director. Some of her films include Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor, The Accidental Tourist, and Peggy Sue Got Married. Born in Springfield, MO (321)

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens. An American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Born in Florida, MO (319)

Roy Wilkins (1901 - 1981) Prominent civil rights activist in the United States form the 1930s to the 1970s. He was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Born in St. Louis, MO (326)