A look at a few famous birthdays…
Pope Benedict XVI: His real name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. Elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2005 and 2013. He was the first pope to resign since the 1400s. He was also head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which handled all reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: He played center at UCLA, and went on to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 career points as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. He was a 6-time NBA Champion, 6-time NBA MVP and 19-time All-Star.
Martin Lawrence: Comedic actor who is known for his roles in such films as Bad Boys, Big Momma’s House, and Blue Streak. He won the NAACP Image Award for his work on the TV series Martin.
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