August 7 in Sci-Fi History: Charlize Theron (!!!)

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Aug 7, 2017

It was on this day in 1975 that Charlize Theron was born.

She's South African, she's won an insane amount of awards, she's known for having impeccable taste in scripts – and she's almost the definition of sci-fi badass. Also horror, fantasy, and things adjacent. Such as:

The Astronaut's Wife (1999):

Those Huntsman movies (2012; 2016):

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015):

Prometheus (2012):

Atomic Blonde (2017):

Also, because we're still on a kick about real science, let's also talk about Louis Leakey, born on this day in 1903.

Leakey was born in Kenya, the son of missionaries. Along with his wife Mary, Leakey led expeditions into the Olduvai gorge in Tanzania. Their work gave way to some of the most basic knowledge we know about our ancestors. Tons more information here.

Tomorrow: Captain Hook turns 80.