Okay, this being "posthumous" birthdays, I saw your post just now (which I somehow missed earlier) and had to look to see if Chuck D had died when I wasn't looking. Thing is, Wikipedia says his birthday is August 1.

But the reason I came here today was to show respect to the immortal Nina Simone, the greatest jazz/blues singer/songwriter/pianist from North Carolina (and one of the best, period). It came as a bit of a surprise to know she would've only been 80.