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Lennon fans mark 75th birthday with Central Park sing-in
Lennon fans mark 75th birthday with Central Park sing-in

John Lennon fans marked what would have been the slain Beatle's 75th birthday with a sing-in of his greatest tunes in New York's Central Park.

Lennon fans mark 75th birthday with Central Park sing-in
'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits
'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits

Vladimir Putin marked his 63rd birthday dividing his attention between hockey and Syria as supporters sang his praises, comparing him to a range of heroic figures from Buddha to Batman.

'Back in the game' Putin marks birthday with eye on Syria, hockey exploits
World's oldest leader Mugabe triumphant ahead of 'obscene' birthday bash
World's oldest leader Mugabe triumphant ahead of 'obscene' birthday bash

The world's oldest leader, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, turns 91 with much to celebrate -- even as critics condemn as "obscene" his lavish birthday party plans.

World's oldest leader Mugabe triumphant ahead of 'obscene' birthday bash
Ailing Thai king advised not to appear for 87th birthday
Ailing Thai king advised not to appear for 87th birthday

Thailand's ailing but much adored King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been advised by doctors to cancel an annual appearance to mark his 87th birthday.

Ailing Thai king advised not to appear for 87th birthday
Far from paparazzi, Bardot marks 80th birthday in private
Far from paparazzi, Bardot marks 80th birthday in private

French screen siren Brigitte Bardot celebrated her 80th birthday in privat at her French Riviera home.

Far from paparazzi, Bardot marks 80th birthday in private
Italy celebrates 80 years of national treasure Sophia Loren
Italy celebrates 80 years of national treasure Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren turned 80- a landmark birthday feted across Italy with celebrations of the beauty and talent of the country's revered cinema icon.

Italy celebrates 80 years of national treasure Sophia Loren
Statue of Britain's Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Origin: United Kingdom
Statue of Britain's Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Origin: United Kingdom

A life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse was unveiled in London to mark what would have been the British singer-songwriter's 31st birthday.

Statue of Britain's Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Origin: United Kingdom
Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday
Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen announced Tuesday the release of a new album next month to coincide with his 80th birthday.

Leonard Cohen announces new album for 80th birthday
Hello Kitty on space mission
Hello Kitty on space mission

Hello Kitty has been sent on her first space mission, as Japan's global icon of cute celebrates its 40th birthday in extraterrestrial fashion.

Hello Kitty on space mission
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'Hamlet' hits Havana on global Shakespeare birthday tour

A tour of "Hamlet" aiming to celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday brought the legendary bard to thousands gathered in Havana.

'Hamlet' hits Havana on global Shakespeare birthday tour
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds a photo of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ©Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino
Venezuela sings Happy Birthday to late president Chavez

Supporters of Venezuela's former president Hugo Chavez celebrated what would have been his 60th birthday Monday with fireworks, a gun salute -- and the unveiling of a computer font based on the late leader's handwriting.

Venezuela sings Happy Birthday to late president Chavez
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Prince George, 'style icon', to celebrate first birthday

Britain's Prince George celebrates his first birthday on Tuesday, capping a year in which the globetrotting infant became the trend-setting face of the modern royal family.

Prince George, 'style icon', to celebrate first birthday
Serenades and some advice for Merkel on her 60th birthday
Serenades and some advice for Merkel on her 60th birthday

Quirky tributes poured in for German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, along with some advice from her former mentor, elder statesman Helmut Kohl.

Serenades and some advice for Merkel on her 60th birthday
Zhanar and Kairzhan Dzhanabayevs with their triplets. Photo courtesy ofCenter of Motherhood and Childhood in Astana.
Daddy' gift: triplets born in Astana

Triplets were born at the Center of Motherhood and Childhood in Astana.

Daddy' gift: triplets born in Astana
Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete. ©Reuters/Stringer
Tanzania marks 50th anniversary with midlife crisis

The east African nation of Tanzania marks its 50th birthday this weekend, but celebrations are being overshadowed by a tussle over the union between the mainland and the islands of Zanzibar.

Tanzania marks 50th anniversary with midlife crisis
Gladiators, horsemen help fete Rome's 2,767th birthday
Gladiators, horsemen help fete Rome's 2,767th birthday

Gladiators, horsemen and women with flowers in their hair brought history alive Monday at Rome's Circus Maximus where thousands gathered to celebrate the Eternal City's 2,767th birthday.

Gladiators, horsemen help fete Rome's 2,767th birthday
Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building

Ford celebrated the 50th birthday of its beloved Mustang by displaying a new model of the convertible on top of the Empire State Building in New York.

Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
A floral basket from Kim Jong Un in front of statues of his grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il at Ku’msusan. Photo courtesy of nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com
N. Korea marks Kim Il-Sung birthday with loyalty pledge

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un paid respects to his grandfather Kim Il-Sung as the country marked the birthday Tuesday of its late founder with renewed calls for loyalty to the ruling Kim dynasty.

N. Korea marks Kim Il-Sung birthday with loyalty pledge
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Late Motown icon Marvin Gaye remembered on 75th birthday

Family, friends and fans of Marvin Gaye came together Wednesday to pay joyful hommage the late Motown legend and native Washingtonian on what would have been his 75th birthday.

Late Motown icon Marvin Gaye remembered on 75th birthday
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World's oldest woman turns 116 in Japan

The world's oldest woman was celebrating her 116th birthday on Wednesday in a Japanese nursing home with a cake and candles.

World's oldest woman turns 116 in Japan