Do immigrants make America prosperous and do they benefit the country? Many who are aware of the contributions made by immigrants would say “yes”. There are many notable immigrant Americans who have contributed to a broad base of fields and here is a list of people who celebrate their birthdays in October.
The Notable Peruvian American astronaut Carlos Ismael Noriega, who helped build the International Space Station, was born on October 8, 1959. Noriega earlier worked for the U.S. Marine Corps and was later selected by NASA for the Astronaut Corps. He has conducted several missions as a NASA astronaut.
The French-born Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born on October 7, 1955. He has produced more than 75 albums and has won 15 Grammy Awards. He is not only a cellist but also a songwriter. Ma, who is one of the most famous classical musicians in the world gained international acclaim for performing as a soloist with major orchestras.
Guillermo del Toro Gómez, a Mexican American film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist will celebrate his birthday on October 9. He is well known for his work on Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II and The Book of Life.
Deepak Chopra who will celebrate his birthday on October 22, is a renowned Indian American author, physician and public speaker. He has published more than 50 books and he is the founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.
The Honduran American comedian, Carlos Mencia’s birthday falls on October 22. He is also a writer and an actor. He is best known for “Mind of Mencia,” a national television show on Comedy Central.
Following are other immigrant Americans whose birthdays fall in October.
Chen-Ning Franklin Yang (born October 1, 1922), Narinder Singh Kapany (born October 31, 1926), Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis (born October 13, 1953), Ang Lee (born October 23, 1954), Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi (born October 28, 1955), Martina Navratilova (born October 18, 1956), Jon Secada (born October 4, 1962), Dennis Apuan (born October 30, 1964), Midori Gotō (born October 25, 1971), Robinson José Canó Mercedes (born October 22, 1982), Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986), William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (October 19, 1910 – August 21, 1995), Shiing-Shen Chern (October 26, 1911 – December 3, 2004), Larry Dulay Itliong (October 25, 1913 – February 8, 1977), John Winston Ono Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980).