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 Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi.
53
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 Vikram Batra

Vikram Batra.
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palampur
Died: July 7, 1999
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 3 Tom Daley

Tom Daley.
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: May 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 5 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury.
30
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 6 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali.
16
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

 7 Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of Germany
Birthdate: April 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Braunau am Inn
Died: April 30, 1945
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 8 Caeleb Dressel

Caeleb Dressel
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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 9 Richard Branson

Richard Branson.
10
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blackheath London
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 10 Ashraf Ghani

Ashraf Ghani.
9
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 13th President of Afghanistan
Birthdate: February 12, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Logar, Afghanistan
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 11 Sean Lock

Sean Lock
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: April 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chertsey
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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 13 Princess Diana

Princess Diana.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham
Died: August 31, 1997

 14 Robin Williams

Robin Williams.
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Famous As: American stand-up comedian
Birthdate: July 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 11, 2014
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 15 Aaliyah

Aaliyah.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25, 2001
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 16 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain.
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 8, 2018
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 17 Elvis Presley

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

 18 Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 21, 1998
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 19 Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: May 2, 2011

 20 Joey Jordison

Joey Jordison
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist, Musician, Record producer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 21 Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owensboro
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 22 Paul Walker

Paul Walker.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: November 30, 2013
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 23 Barack Obama

Barack Obama.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 44th U.S. President
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawai, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 24 Pablo Escobar

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

 25 Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pisa
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 26 Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria.
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Birthdate: May 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 22, 1901

 27 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hollywood, California, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 29 Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jesi
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 30 Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dalby, Australia
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 31 Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 5, 1962

 32 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee.
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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973

 33 Ted Bundy

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

 34 Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson.
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 35 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 36 Jason Statham

Jason Statham.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 37 Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 13, 1996

 38 Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 39 Dusty Hill

Dusty Hill
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dallas

 40 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 23, 2011

 41 George VI

George VI.
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Famous As: Former King of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: December 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: February 6, 1952
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 42 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: April 18, 1955
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 43 John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 35th President of the United States
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline
Died: November 22, 1963

 44 Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 45 Heath Ledger

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

 46 Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Businessperson, Officer, Manager
Birthdate: March 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa

 47 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Honolulu
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 48 Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: November 30, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Blenheim Palace
Died: January 24, 1965

 49 Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 50 Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)