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List of famous people of the 20th century who changed the world with their great deeds. Check out their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

The 20th century was a highly dynamic period in the history of human beings all over the world. The period saw tremendous growth in scientific accomplishments, explorations of new regions, discovery of new elements and minerals, advancement in technology, and the emergence of several social justice movements. Many great souls were born in the 20th century in different parts of the world which helped in giving a new direction to world history through their contributions. In world politics, one of the most influential figures to emerge was Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and an anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician. The recipient of more than 100 awards and honors, he was indeed one of the most influential people in the 20th century. Talking of science and technology, the 20th century saw the invention of the most revolutionary concept in human history: the internet. Tim Berners Lee, the man who is credited with inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) is another major figure born in this era. Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, and Richard Attenborough are among the other famous figures of the 20th century. Read on to discover more about these amazing people and their contributions to the world.
A. Alfred TaubmanA. Alfred Taubman
(Entrepreneur, Philanthropist)

31 January 1924

17 April 2015

Pontiac

American

Aquarius

A. B. YehoshuaA. B. Yehoshua
(Israeli Faulkner)

19 December 1936

Jerusalem

Israeli

Sagittarius

A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
(Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League Baseball)

04 April 1938

01 September 1989

Boston

American

Aries

A. E. van VogtA. E. van Vogt
(Science Fiction Author)

26 April 1912

26 January 2000

Manitoba, Canada

Canadian

Taurus

A. J. FoytA. J. Foyt
(Retired Automobile Racing Driver)

16 January 1935

Houston

American

Capricorn

A. J. LangerA. J. Langer

22 May 1974

Columbus, Ohio, United States

American

Gemini

A. J. LieblingA. J. Liebling
(Journalist)

18 October 1904

28 December 1963

New York City

American

Libra

A. J. McLeanA. J. McLean

09 January 1978

West Palm Beach

American

Capricorn

A. N. WilsonA. N. Wilson
(Writer & Columnist)

27 October 1950

British

Scorpio

A. R. AmmonsA. R. Ammons
(Poet)

18 February 1926

25 February 2001

North Carolina

American

Aquarius

A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
(Former President of India)

15 October 1931

27 July 2015

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Indian

Libra

Aage Niels BohrAage Bohr
(Physicist)

19 June 1922

09 September 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish

Gemini

AaliyahAaliyah
(Singer, Dancer, Actor & Model)

16 January 1979

25 August 2001

New York City

American

Capricorn

Aaron AllstonAaron Allston
(Game Designer, Author)

08 December 1960

27 February 2014

Corsicana, Texas

American

Sagittarius

Aaron Braden CarpenterAaron Braden Carpenter
(Vine Star)

05 October 1998

Brantford, LA, United States of America

American

Libra

Aaron BrownAaron Brown
(Broadcast Journalist)

10 November 1948

Hopkins

American

Scorpio

Aaron CarterAaron Carter
(Singer, Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Dancer)

07 December 1987

Tampa

American

Sagittarius

Aaron CoplandAaron Copland
(Composer, teacher, writer)

14 November 1900

01 January 1970

Brooklyn

American

Scorpio

Aaron EckhartAaron Eckhart
(Actor)

12 March 1968

Cupertino

American

Pisces

Aaron FunkAaron Funk
(Electronic Musician)

11 January 1975

Winnipeg

Canadian

Capricorn

Aaron Jean-Marie LustigerAaron Jean-Marie Lustiger
(French cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church)

17 September 1926

05 August 2007

Paris

French

Virgo

Aaron KlugAaron Klug
(Chemist & Biophysicist)

11 August 1926

Lithuania

British

Leo

Aaron McGruderAaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)

29 May 1974

Chicago

American

Gemini

Aaron NevilleAaron Neville
(Singer & Musician)

24 January 1941

New Orleans

American

Aquarius

Aaron SiskindAaron Siskind
(Photographer)

04 December 1903

08 February 1991

New York City

American

Sagittarius

Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin
(Playwright)

09 June 1961

New York

American

Gemini

Aaron SpellingAaron Spelling
(Film and television producer)

22 April 1923

23 June 2006

Dallas

American

Taurus

Aaron StanfordAaron Stanford
(Actor)

27 December 1976

Westford

American

Capricorn

Aaron YooAaron Yoo
(Actor)

12 May 1979

New Jersey

American

Taurus

Abba EbanAbba Eban
(Politician and Diplomat)

02 February 1915

17 November 2002

Cape Town

Israeli

Aquarius

Abbe PierreAbbe Pierre
(French Catholic Priest)

05 August 1912

22 January 2007

Lyon

French

Leo

Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist)

06 August 1930

14 August 2010

Chicago

American

Leo

Abbie HoffmanAbbie Hoffman
(Anti-War Activist)

30 November 1936

12 April 1989

Worcester

American

Sagittarius

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika
(Longest Serving President of Algeria)

02 March 1937

Oujda

Algerian

Pisces

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
(Thinker and Reformer)

16 December 1945

Tehran

Iranian

Sagittarius

Abdou DioufAbdou Diouf
(Politician)

07 September 1935

Louga

Senegalese

Virgo

Abdoulaye WadeAbdoulaye Wade
(Politician)

29 May 1926

Kébémer Department

Senegalese

Gemini

Abdul Sattar EdhiAbdul Sattar Edhi
(Philanthropist)

01 January 1928

08 July 2016

Bantva

Pakistani

Capricorn

Abdullah Ahmad BadawiAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Politician)

26 November 1939

Bayan Lepas

Malaysian

Sagittarius

Abdullah IbrahimAbdullah Ibrahim
(Pianist, Composer)

09 October 1934

Cape Town

South African

Libra

Abdullah of Saudi ArabiaAbdullah of Saudi Arabia
(Former King of Saudi Arabia)

01 August 1924

23 January 2015

Riyadh, Sultanate of Nejd (now Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabian

Leo

Abdurrahman WahidAbdurrahman Wahid
(Former President of Indonesia)

07 September 1940

30 December 2009

Jombang Regency

Indonesian

Virgo

Abdus SalamAbdus Salam
(Theoretical Physicist)

29 January 1926

21 November 1996

Sahiwal

Pakistani

Aquarius

Abe FortasAbe Fortas
(U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice)

19 June 1910

05 April 1982

Memphis

American

Gemini

Abe VigodaAbe Vigoda
(Actor)

24 February 1921

26 January 2016

Brooklyn

American

Pisces

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila
(Olympic marathon champion)

07 August 1932

25 October 1973

Ethiopia

Ethiopian

Leo

Abel FerraraAbel Ferrara
(Director, Screenwriter and Actor)

19 July 1951

The Bronx

American

Cancer

Abhinav BindraAbhinav Bindra
(Shooter)

28 September 1982

Dehradun

Indian

Libra

Abida ParveenAbida Parveen
(Ghazal Singer)

1954 AD

Larkana

Pakistani

Abigail BreslinAbigail Breslin
(Actress)

14 April 1996

New York, U.S.

American

Aries

Abraham Joshua HeschelAbraham Joshua Heschel
(Rabbi)

11 January 1907

23 December 1972

Warsaw

Polish

Capricorn

Abraham MaslowAbraham Maslow

01 April 1908

08 June 1970

Brooklyn

American

Aries

Abraham PaisAbraham Pais
(Physicist)

19 May 1918

28 July 2000

Amsterdam

American

Taurus

Abu Bakar BashirAbu Bakar Bashir
(Cleric)

17 August 1938

Jombang Regency

Indonesian

Leo

Abune PaulosAbune Paulos
(Patriarch)

03 November 1935

16 August 2012

Adwa

Ethiopian

Scorpio

Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
(Musician, Songwriter)

27 April 1951

The Bronx

American

Taurus

Ad ReinhardtAd Reinhardt
(Abstract Painter)

24 December 1913

30 August 1967

Buffalo

American

Capricorn

Ada YonathAda Yonath
(Scientist)

22 June 1939

Jerusalem, Isreal

Israeli

Cancer

Adam ArkinAdam Arkin
(Actor)

19 August 1956

Brooklyn

American

Leo

Adam BaldwinAdam Baldwin
(Actor)

27 February 1962

Winnetka

American

Pisces

Adam BrodyAdam Brody
(Actor)

15 December 1979

Carlsbad

British,American

Sagittarius

Adam ClaytonAdam Clayton
(Bassist of the rock band U2)

13 March 1960

Chinnor

British

Pisces

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
(Politician & Civil Rights Activist)

29 November 1908

04 April 1972

New Haven

American

Sagittarius

Adam DahlbergAdam Dahlberg
(YouTuber, Vlogger, Gamer)

17 January 1992

Washington, US

American

Capricorn

Adam KhooAdam Khoo
(Entrepreneur)

08 April 1974

Singapore

Singaporean

Aries

Adam LevineAdam Levine
(Singer, Songwriter)

18 March 1979

Los Angeles

American

Pisces

Adam MalikAdam Malik
(Former Vice President of Indonesia)

22 July 1917

05 September 1984

Pematangsiantar

Indonesian

Cancer

Adam PascalAdam Pascal
(Actor, Singer, Musician)

25 October 1970

The Bronx

American

Scorpio

Adam RickittAdam Rickitt
(Actor)

29 May 1978

Crewe

British

Gemini

Adam SalehAdam Saleh
(YouTube personality, Vlogger, Rapper)

04 June 1993

Brooklyn

American

Gemini

Adam SandlerAdam Sandler
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Film Producer)

09 September 1966

Brooklyn

American

Virgo

Adam SavageAdam Savage
(Industrial designer)

15 July 1967

New York City

American

Cancer

Adam WestAdam West
(Actor)

19 September 1928

Seattle, Washington, U.S

American

Virgo

AdeleAdele
(Singer-songwriter)

05 May 1988

Tottenham

British

Taurus

Adi DaAdi Da
(Founder of Adidam)

03 November 1939

27 November 2008

Queens

American

Scorpio

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II

05 February 1900

14 July 1965

Los Angeles

American

Aquarius

Otto Adolf EichmannAdolf Eichmann
(One of the Main Organizers of the Holocaust)

19 March 1906

31 May 1962

Solingen, Rhine Province, Germany

German

Pisces

Adolfo Pérez EsquivelAdolfo Pérez Esquivel
(Human Rights Activist)

26 November 1931

Buenos Aires

Argentine

Sagittarius

Adolfo Rodríguez SaáAdolfo Rodríguez Saá
(49th President of Argentina)

25 July 1947

San Luis

Argentine

Leo

Adrian KantrowitzAdrian Kantrowitz
(Cardiac Surgeon)

04 October 1918

14 November 2008

New York

American

Libra

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
(Poet)

24 October 1932

20 December 2008

Hampstead Heath

British

Scorpio

Adrian SmithAdrian Smith
(Guitarist)

27 February 1957

Hackney, east London, England

British

Pisces

Adrian WillaertAdrian Willaert
(Music Composer, Teacher, Founder of the Venetian school)

29 January 1904

07 December 1562

Bruges

Belgian

Aquarius

Adriana KarembeuAdriana Karembeu
(Fashion Model)

17 September 1971

Brezno

Slovak

Virgo

Adriana LimaAdriana Lima

12 June 1981

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Brazilian

Gemini

Adrien BrodyAdrien Brody
(Actor, Producer)

14 April 1973

Woodhaven, Queens, New York, United States

American

Aries

Adrienne BarbeauAdrienne Barbeau
(Actress)

11 June 1945

Sacramento

American

Gemini

Adrienne RichAdrienne Rich

16 May 1929

27 March 2012

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

American

Taurus

Afrika BambaataaAfrika Bambaataa
(DJ, Producer, Activist)

19 April 1957

The Bronx, New York, U.S

American

Aries

Aga Khan IVAga Khan IV
(Imam of Nizari Ismailism)

13 December 1936

Geneva

British

Sagittarius

Agnes de MilleAgnes de Mille
(American dancer and choreographer)

18 September 1905

07 October 1993

New York City

American

Virgo

Agnetha FaltskogAgnetha Faltskog

05 April 1950

Jönköping, Sweden

Swedish

Aries

Agostinho NetoAgostinho Neto
(Former President of Angola)

17 September 1922

10 September 1979

Ícolo e Bengo

Angolan

Virgo

Aharon AppelfeldAharon Appelfeld
(Writer)

16 February 1932

Zhadova, near Czernowitz, Romania (now Ukraine)

Israeli

Aquarius

Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
(Writer)

13 April 1953

Constantine

Algerian

Aries

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud
(Former Afghan Military & Political Leader)

02 September 1953

09 September 2001

Bazarak, Panjshir, Afghanistan

Afghan

Virgo

Ahmadou AhidjoAhmadou Ahidjo
(First President of Cameroon)

24 August 1924

30 November 1989

Garoua

Cameroonian

Virgo

Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
(First President of Algeria)

25 December 1916

11 April 2012

Maghnia, Algeria

Algerian

Capricorn

Ahmed ChalabiAhmed Chalabi
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq)

30 October 1944

03 November 2015

Kadhimiya, Iraq

Iraqi

Scorpio

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