Famous People Of The 20th Century

The 20th century was a highly dynamic period in the human history. 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.

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 1 
Dwayne Johnson
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time & One of the World's Highest-Grossing Actors)

Dwayne Johnson
253
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 2 
Kobe Bryant
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)

Kobe Bryant
143
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26, 2020
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 3 
Elon Musk
(CEO of Tesla)

Elon Musk
276
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
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 4 
Michael Jackson
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Figures of the 20th Century Popularly Known as the 'King of Pop')

Michael Jackson
190
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 5 
Michael Jordan
(Basketball player)

Michael Jordan
85
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 6 
Barack Obama
(44th President of the United States (2009-2017))

Barack Obama
168
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 7 
Freddie Mercury
(One of the Greatest Rock Singers and the Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'Queen')

Freddie Mercury
119
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991
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 8 
Muhammad Ali
(The Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of All Time)

Muhammad Ali
86
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 9 
LeBron James
(One of the Greatest Players in NBA History)

LeBron James
203
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 10 
Johnny Depp
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Film Series)

Johnny Depp
104
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 11 
Eminem
(One of the Most Influential and Popular Rappers of All Time)

Eminem
102
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 12 
Albert Einstein
(Developer of Theory of Relativity)

Albert Einstein
105
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: April 18, 1955
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 13 
Keanu Reeves
(Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Film producer, Film director, Singer, Voice actor, Musician)

Keanu Reeves
98
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 14 
Stephen Hawking
(Theoretical Physicist - First to Set Out a Theory of Cosmology)

Stephen Hawking
133
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 15 
Tupac Shakur
( 100 Greatest Artists of All Time by Rolling Stone)

Tupac Shakur
164
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 16 
Bill Gates
(Co-Founder of Microssoft)

Bill Gates
108
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 17 
Pablo Escobar
(Colombian Drug Lord)

Pablo Escobar
119
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rionegro
Died: December 2, 1993
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 18 
Robin Williams
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Roles in 'Mork & Mindy ', 'Popeye' and 'Good Will Hunting')

Robin Williams
96
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 11, 2014
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 19 
Queen Elizabeth II
(Queen of the United Kingdom)

Queen Elizabeth II
141
Birthdate: April 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 20 
Will Smith
(Actor)

Will Smith
121
Birthdate: September 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 21 
Steve Jobs
(Co-founder of Apple)

Steve Jobs
90
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 5, 2011

 22 

Robert Downey Jr.
75
Birthdate: April 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 23 
Ryan Reynolds
(One of the Highest-Grossing Actors of All Time Known for His Role of 'Deadpool' in ‘Marvel’ Films)

Ryan Reynolds
76
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 24 
Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')

Elvis Presley
85
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1977

 25 
Martin Luther King Jr.
(African-American Civil Rights Movement Leader Who Used Civil Disobedience to Combat Racism)

Martin Luther King Jr.
69
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: April 4, 1968

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Chadwick Boseman
46
Birthdate: November 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 27 
Leonardo DiCaprio
(One of the Highest Grossing Talented Actors in Hollywood Known for His Work in Biopics and Period Films)

Leonardo DiCaprio
114
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 
Jennifer Aniston
(Best Known For Her Role of 'Rachel Green' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')

Jennifer Aniston
170
Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 29 
Bruce Lee
(Actor, Martial Artist)

Bruce Lee
60
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 30 
Stan Lee
(Primary Creative Leader of Marvel Comics and Characters such as 'Spider-Man', 'X-Men' and 'Iron Man')

Stan Lee
42
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: November 12, 2018
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 31 
Angelina Jolie
(Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress In Her Hey Days)

Angelina Jolie
154
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 
Ted Bundy
(Serial Killer)

Ted Bundy
199
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: November 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: January 24, 1989
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 33 
Beyonce Knowles
(Singer-Songwriter)

Beyonce Knowles
121
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 
Adolf Hitler
(Dictator of Germany (1933-1945))

Adolf Hitler
747
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
Died: April 30, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 35 
John F. Kennedy
(35th President of the United States (1961 - 1963))

John F. Kennedy
82
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 22, 1963

 36 
Jeff Bezos
(The Founder & Executive Chairman of Amazon)

Jeff Bezos
201
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 37 
Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)

Princess Diana
57
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31, 1997
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 38 

Marilyn Monroe
96
Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 4, 1962

 39 
Jennifer Lopez
(Singer, Actress, Dancer)

Jennifer Lopez
102
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 40 
Prince
(Singer-songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist)

Prince
79
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

 41 
Nikola Tesla
(Inventor, Engineer & Futurist, Who Obtained Over 300 Patents)

Nikola Tesla
48
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
Died: January 7, 1943

 42 
Tom Cruise
(One of the Highest-Grossing Box Office Stars of All Time)

Tom Cruise
125
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 43 
Serena Williams
(Professional Tennis player)

Serena Williams
104
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 44 
Kanye West
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Hip Hop Musicians of All Time)

Kanye West
206
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 45 
Betty White
(First Lady of Television)

Betty White
75
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 46 
Snoop Dogg
(Rapper)

Snoop Dogg
47
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 47 
Shakira
(Singer-songwriter)

Shakira
72
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 48 
Rowan Atkinson
(Actor & Comedian Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Mr Bean')

Rowan Atkinson
58
Birthdate: January 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Durham, England, United Kingdom
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 49 
Selena
(The 'Queen of Tejano Music')

Selena
69
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Died: March 31, 1995

 50 
Heath Ledger
(Actor, Photographer)

Heath Ledger
86
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)