People

Ben Offereins

born March 12th, 1986

Ben Offereins is an Australian track & field athlete. He became national 400 m champion and also represented Australia internationally.

Ben Okri

born March 15th, 1959

Sir Ben Golden Emuobowho Okri is a Nigerian-born British poet and novelist. Considered one of the foremost African authors in the postmodern and post-colonial traditions, Okri has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. In 1991, his novel The Famished Road won the Booker Prize. Okri was knighted at the 2023 Birthday Honours for services to literature.

Ben Olsen

born May 3rd, 1977

Benjamin Robert Olsen is an American sports executive, soccer coach, and former professional player who was formerly the president of Washington Spirit, a professional women's soccer club in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). He is currently the head coach of Houston Dynamo FC in Major League Soccer. Olsen is best known for his long-term association with D.C. United of Major League Soccer (MLS), first as a player then as a coach.

Ben Pucci

born January 26th, 1925

Benito Modesto "Ben" Pucci was a professional American football tackle who played three seasons for the Buffalo Bisons, Chicago Rockets and Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) between 1946 and 1948.

Ben Revere

born May 3rd, 1988

Ben Daniel Revere is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Angels.

Ben Roethlisberger

born March 2nd, 1982

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr., nicknamed "Big Ben", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football for the Miami RedHawks, and was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Ben Rowen

born November 15th, 1988

Benjamin Ramon Rowen (born November 15, 1988) is an American professional baseball former pitcher and current scout and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Los Angeles Angels. After his retirement as a player, he joined the Angels organization as an advance scout.

Ben Sandford

born March 12th, 1979

Ben Sandford, is a New Zealand skeleton racer who has competed since 2002. He finished tenth in the men's skeleton event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He finished 11th at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Ben Sasse

born February 22nd, 1972

Benjamin Eric Sasse is an American academic administrator and former politician who is the president of the University of Florida. He served as a United States senator from Nebraska from 2015 to 2023 and is a member of the Republican Party.

Ben Shahn

died March 14th, 1969

Ben Shahn was an American artist. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content.

Ben Shapiro

born January 15th, 1984

Benjamin Aaron Shapiro is an American lawyer, columnist, author, and conservative political commentator. Shapiro writes columns for Creators Syndicate, Newsweek, and Ami Magazine, and serves as editor emeritus for The Daily Wire, which he co-founded in 2015. Shapiro is the host of The Ben Shapiro Show, a daily political podcast and live radio show. He was editor-at-large of Breitbart News from 2012 until his resignation in 2016. Shapiro has authored sixteen books.

Ben Spina

born April 26th, 1988

Ben Spina is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who previously played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League. He plays at second-row and lock.

Ben Tate

born August 21st, 1988

Benjamin Franklin Tate (born August 21, 1988) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn. Tate also played for the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ben Tune

born December 28th, 1976

Ben Tune is a former Australian rugby union player. He played most of his rugby career on the wing but later switched to outside centre.

Ben Vereen

born October 10th, 1946

Benjamin Augustus Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor, dancer and singer. Vereen gained prominence for his performances in the original Broadway productions of the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, for which he received a Tony Award nomination, and Pippin, for which he won the 1973 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Ben Wallace (politician)

born May 15th, 1970

Robert Ben Lobban Wallace is a British politician and former British Army Officer who served as Secretary of State for Defence from 2019 to 2023. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wyre and Preston North, formerly Lancaster and Wyre, since 2005.

Ben Webster

born March 27th, 1909

Benjamin Francis Webster was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Ben Weider

born February 1st, 1923

Benjamin Weider, was a Canadian soldier, author, historian, fitness proponent, benefactor of the arts, and entrepreneur. He co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) alongside his brother Joe Weider. The Weiders also founded many successful businesses including gyms, nutritional supplements and magazines such as Muscle & Fitness.

Ben Whishaw

born October 14th, 1980

Benjamin John Whishaw (born 14 October 1980) is an English actor and producer. After winning a British Independent Film Award for his performance in My Brother Tom (2001), he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his portrayal of the title role in a 2004 production of Hamlet. This was followed by television roles in Nathan Barley (2005), Criminal Justice (2008) and The Hour (2011–12) and film roles in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), I'm Not There (2007), Brideshead Revisited (2008), and Bright Star (2009). For Criminal Justice, Whishaw received an International Emmy Award and received his first BAFTA Award nomination.

Ben Williams (footballer, born 1999)

born March 31st, 1999

Benjamin Joseph Williams is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for EFL League One club Cheltenham Town, as a defender.

Ben Xi

died December 24th, 2016

Benxi, also known as Mǎ Xiǎochén or Utaoki, was a Chinese Hui singer-songwriter.

Ben Zinn

born April 21st, 1937

Ben T. Zinn is an American academic in engineering and former international soccer player. He is currently the David S. Lewis Jr., Chair and Regents' Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ben-Zion Dinur

born January 2nd, 1884

Ben-Zion Dinur was a Zionist activist, educator, historian and Israeli politician.

Benardrick McKinney

born November 19th, 1992

Benardrick Cornelius McKinney (born November 19, 1992) is an American football inside linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at Mississippi State and was selected by the Houston Texans in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Beñat Albizuri

born May 17th, 1981

Beñat Albizuri Aransolo is a Spanish former professional road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2006 and 2008, entirely for Euskaltel–Euskadi.

Benay Venuta

January 27th, 1910 - September 1st, 1995

Benay Venuta (born Benvenuta Rose Crooke, January 27, 1910 – September 1, 1995) was an American actress, singer and dancer.

Benazir Bhutto

died December 27th, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician and stateswoman who served as the 11th and 13th prime minister of Pakistan from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman elected to head a democratic government in a Muslim-majority country. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination in 2007.

Bence Rakaczki

born May 14th, 1993

Bence Rakaczki was a Hungarian football player who played for Diósgyőri VTK.

Benedetta Porcaroli

born June 11th, 1998

Benedetta Porcaroli (born June 11, 1998) is an Italian actress. She is best known for her role as Chiara Altieri in the Netflix series Baby (2018–2020)

Benedetto Croce

born February 25th, 1866

Benedetto Croce, KOCI, COSML was an Italian idealist philosopher, historian, and politician who wrote on numerous topics, including philosophy, history, historiography, and aesthetics. A political liberal in most regards, he formulated a distinction between liberalism and "liberism". Croce had considerable influence on other Italian intellectuals, from Marxists to Italian fascists, such as Antonio Gramsci and Giovanni Gentile, respectively.

Benedetto Giustiniani

died March 27th, 1621

Benedetto Giustiniani was an Italian clergyman who was made a cardinal in the consistory of 16 November 1586 by Pope Sixtus V.

Benedict Arnold

born January 14th, 1741

Benedict Arnold was an American-born military officer who served during the American Revolutionary War. He fought with distinction for the American Continental Army and rose to the rank of major general before defecting to the British in 1780. General George Washington had given him his fullest trust and had placed him in command of West Point in New York. Arnold was planning to surrender the fort to British forces, but the plot was discovered in September 1780, whereupon he fled to the British lines. In the later part of the war, Arnold was commissioned as a brigadier general in the British Army and placed in command of the American Legion. He led the British army in battle against the soldiers whom he had once commanded, after which his name became synonymous with treason and betrayal in the United States.
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