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Cleopatra
(Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt (51 - 30 BC))
Cleopatra
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Birthdate: 0069 BC
Died: July 31, 0030

The last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last true pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra is described as an extremely beautiful woman who was also intelligent and educated with command over numerous languages. Her romance and military alliances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have inspired numerous art works.

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Hypatia
(Mathematician, Astronomer and Philosopher)
Hypatia
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 0350 AD
Died: February 29, 0415
Hypatia was a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer who lived during the 4th and 5th centuries. She also taught and served as a counselor. She is remembered for her commentary on Diophantus's Arithmetica. She was later murdered and became a symbol of feminism and of opposition to Catholic ideals.
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Mohamed Al-Fayed
(Egyptian Businessman and Owner of 'Hôtel Ritz Paris')
Mohamed Al-Fayed
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Mohamed Al-Fayed is a businessman whose son Dodi Fayed's death in a car crash alongside Diana, Princess of Wales became international news. Apart from being one of the richest businessmen in the world, Al-Fayed is also a humanitarian. In 1987, he established the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation, which aims at helping children living in poverty and children with life-limiting conditions.

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Omar Sharif
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Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 10, 2015
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif shot to fame with the iconic film Lawrence of Arabia, which won him two Golden Globes and an Academy Award nomination. He is also remembered for his role in Doctor Zhivago. He was one of the world’s top 50 contract bridge players and spoke six languages.
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Caesarion
(Pharaoh)
Caesarion
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Birthdate: June 23, 0047
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 23, 0030

Caesarion reigned as the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt from September 44 BC to August 30 BC. He was Julius Caesar's only known biological son and his mother Cleopatra ruled over ancient Egypt along with him. Caesarion's death at the age of 17 marked the beginning of the famous Roman Empire and the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.

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Zeeko Zaki
(Role portraying Special Agent Omar Adom 'O. A.' Zidan on Dick Wolf's FBI)
Zeeko Zaki
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Birthdate: January 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Demis Roussos
(Singer Known for His Solo Hits in the 1970s and 80s, Including 'Forever and Ever', 'Goodbye')
Demis Roussos
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 25, 2015

Demis Roussos was a Greek singer-songwriter remembered for his work with the band Aphrodite's Child. He also had an illustrious career as a vocal soloist and sold over 60 million albums worldwide. His works have inspired musicians all over the world, including Bollywood music director R. D. Burman, whose song Mehbooba Mehbooba is based on Roussos' Say You Love Me.

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Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
(Queen)
Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
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Birthdate: November 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 2, 2013

Often compared to actor Hedy Lamarr, for her beauty, Fawzia Fuad, the daughter of Fuad I, was an Egyptian princess who later became the empress of Iran, as Mohammad Reza Shah’s first wife. An unhappy marriage led to her divorce, following which she married diplomat Ismail Chirine.

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Gamal Abdel Nasser
(Political Leader of Egypt)
Gamal Abdel Nasser
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 28, 1970

Gamal Abdel Nasser was an Egyptian politician. He was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1954 to 1970. Before becoming the president, Nasser played a crucial role in the Egyptian revolution of 1952, in which he led a group of army to overthrow King Farouk. Nasser remains an iconic figure, not just in Egypt, but the entire Arab world.

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Philo
(Jewish Philosopher Who Lived in Alexandria)
Philo
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Birthdate: 0020 BC
Died: 0050 BC

Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria was perhaps the first to use allegory to fuse Jewish scriptures with Greek philosophy. Though not much is known about his life, it is believed Philo was a lover of theater, boxing contests, and lavish dinners. His written works showcase the development of Hellenistic Judaism.

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André Aciman
(Italian-American Writer and Professor)
André Aciman
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Andre Aciman is an Italian-American writer who is currently working at the CUNY Graduate Center as a professor of history of literary theory. He is best known for his literary work, which includes his Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Call Me by Your Name and his Whiting Award-winning 1995 memoir Out of Egypt.

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Rudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)
Rudolf Hess
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 17, 1987
Nazi Party member Rudolf Hess was Hitler’s Deputy Führer and helped in the passage of the Nuremberg Laws. While on a trip to Scotland to initiate peace talks with the U.K. during World War II, he was arrested, and then convicted of war crimes. He eventually committed suicide in prison.
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Appian
(Greek Historian)
Appian
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Birthdate: 0095 AD
Died: 0165 AD

Appian was a Greek historian who flourished during the monarchy of Antoninus Pius, Trajan, and Hadrian. Appian, who held Roman citizenship, is best remembered for his principal surviving work Roman History. The work is considered important and valuable for its description of the Roman Empire, especially during the civil wars.

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Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
(Italian Poet, Founder of the 'Futurist Movement' and Author of the First 'Futurist Manifesto')
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
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Birthdate: December 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 2, 1944

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was an Italian poet, art theorist, and editor. He is credited with founding the Futurist movement and is remembered for his work Manifesto of Futurism. In 1918, he founded a political party called Futurist Political Party as an extension of the social and futurist artistic movement. The party merged with the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919.

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Dodi Fayed
(Egyptian Film Producer and Romantic Partner of Diana, Princess of Wales)
Dodi Fayed
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Birthdate: April 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 31, 1997

Dodi Fayed was an Egyptian movie producer who died in a car crash in 1997 alongside his romantic partner Diana, Princess of Wales. The car crash became international news and Fayed is often referred to as Diana's eternal love. Fayed's billionaire father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, erected two memorials, including a 3-metre high bronze statue, to Diana and his son at Harrods.

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Nour El Sherbini
(Egyptian Professional Squash Player)
Nour El Sherbini
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Mohamed Elshorbagy
(Egyptian-English Professional Squash Player)
Mohamed Elshorbagy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Origen
(Christian Scholar, Ascetic and Theologian)
Origen
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Birthdate: 0185 AD
Died: 0253 AD

Origen was an early Christian ascetic, scholar, and theologian. Also a prolific writer, Origen wrote as many as 2,000 treatises, including biblical exegesis, textual criticism, biblical hermeneutics, spirituality, and homiletics. Origen is widely considered one of the most prominent Christian theologians, although his teachings on the existence of souls were vehemently rejected by the Church.

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Constantine P. Cavafy
(Greek Poet, Journalist and Civil Servant )
Constantine P. Cavafy
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Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 29, 1933

Widely regarded as one of the most distinguished Greek poets of the 20th century, Constantine Peter Cavafy became known for his own individual style. During his lifetime, he preferred to share his work through local newspapers and magazines only. His first book was published two years after his death. He also worked as a journalist and a civil servant.

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Cyril of Alexandria
(Patriarch of Alexandria)
Cyril of Alexandria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0376 AD
Died: 0444 AD
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Diophantus
(Greek Mathematician Who Was the Author of a Series of Books Called 'Arithmetica')
Diophantus
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Listed In: Scientists
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Eli Cohen
(Egyptian-born Israeli Spy)
Eli Cohen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 18, 1965
Israeli spy Eli Cohen is remembered for his espionage activities from 1961 to 1965 in Syria, where he served as the chief advisor to the defense minister. He was eventually convicted and publicly hanged. His story later inspired the Netflix miniseries The Spy and the TV film The Impossible Spy.
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Haim Saban
(Investor and Founder of Saban Entertainment Which Produced the X-Men and Power Rangers)
Haim Saban
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American investor, media proprietor, and film producer. He is credited with founding Saban Entertainment which produces children's television programs like Power Rangers. For his achievements in the TV industry, Saban was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also a philanthropist, Haim Saban donated $14 million for the completion of a children's hospital.

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Eric Hobsbawm
(British Historian)
Eric Hobsbawm
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Birthdate: June 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 1, 2012
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Abdel Nader
(Basketball player)
Abdel Nader
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Hassan Fathy
(Architect)
Hassan Fathy
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 30, 1989

Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy is best remembered for his innovative idea of building planned communities using age-old methods such as mud-brick and adobe. His book Architecture for the Poor detailed his efforts in building the village of New Gourna. His signature technique was known as appropriate technology.

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Cleopatra Selene II
(Princess)
Cleopatra Selene II
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0040 AD
Died: 0005 AD

Ptolemaic princess Cleopatra Selene II, the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra VII of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, was the Queen of Numidia and Mauretania through her marriage with King Juba II. Considered a leading royal lady of the early Augustan age, Selene had great influence in decisions made by the Mauretania government, particularly those related to trade and construction projects. 

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Alex Proyas
(Australian Filmmaker Known for His Futuristic Films)
Alex Proyas
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Birthdate: September 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra

Greek-origin and Egyptian-born Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas is known for directing films such as I, Robot, The Crow, and Dark City. Starting his career directing commercials and music videos, he later switched to movies. His films have a signature dark tone and are set in futuristic worlds.

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Arsinoe IV
(Queen of Egypt)
Arsinoe IV
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Birthdate: 0068 BC
Died: 0041 BC

Arsinoe IV reigned as the Queen of Egypt from 48 to 47 BC. She ruled alongside her brother Ptolemy XIII and was among the last surviving members of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Arsinoe IV is best remembered for her role in overseeing the famous siege of Alexandria in 47 BC against her half-sister Cleopatra VII Philopator.

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Amr Warda
(Egyptian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Winger or Attacking Midfielder)
Amr Warda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo

Amr Warda is an Egyptian football player who has been representing the Egypt national team since 2015. He has also played for popular clubs like Al Ahly, winning the Egyptian Premier League for the 2013–14 season with the Cairo-based club.

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Abbas II of Egypt
(Khedive)
Abbas II of Egypt
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Birthdate: July 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 19, 1944
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Abu Hamza al-Masri
(Civil engineer, Engineer, Preacher)
Abu Hamza al-Masri
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries

Abu Hamza al-Masri is an Egyptian cleric who served as the imam of London's Finsbury Park Mosque. He was accused by the British authorities for inciting racial hatred and violence and the court found him guilty in 2006. In 2012, Hamza was extradited to the USA to face terrorism charges. In 2014, he was found guilty of 11 terrorism charges.

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Apollos
(Egyptian Saint)
Apollos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
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Alaa Abdelnaby
(Basketball player)
Alaa Abdelnaby
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Georges Moustaki
(Singer-songwriter)
Georges Moustaki
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 23, 2013
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Ptolemy II Philadelphus
(King)
Ptolemy II Philadelphus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0309 BC
Died: 0246 AD

Ptolemy II Philadelphus succeeded his father and founder of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy I, as the second king of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Ptolemy II developed agriculture and commerce and promoted the Museum and Library of Alexandria. The material and literary grandeur of the Alexandrian court reached its pinnacle during his rule making Alexandria a leading centre of the arts and sciences.

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Youssef Chahine
(Film Director)
Youssef Chahine
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Birthdate: January 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 27, 2008
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Apollonius of Rhodes
(Ancient Greek Writer Best Remembered for His Epic Poem 'The Argonautica')
Apollonius of Rhodes
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0295 AD

Apollonius of Rhodes was an ancient Greek writer best remembered for his epic poem, The Argonautica, which was written in the third century BC. The poem, which narrates the quest for the Golden Fleece by Jason and the Argonauts, acted as a model for the epics of Latin poets Gaius Valerius Flaccus and Publius Vergilius Maro.

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Robert Bauval
(Author and lecturer, perhaps best known for the fringe Orion Correlation Theory regarding the Giza pyramid complex)
Robert Bauval
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Ctesibius of Alexandria
(Inventor, Mathematician)
Ctesibius of Alexandria
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Birthdate: 0285 BC
Died: 0222 BC
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Basilides
(Teacher)
Basilides
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Died: 0140 AD
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Pappus of Alexandria
(Mathematician of antiquity, known for his Synagoge or Collection, and for Pappus's hexagon theorem in projective geometry)
Pappus of Alexandria
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Listed In: Scientists
Died: 0350 AD
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Hesham Mesbah
(Egyptian Judoka)
Hesham Mesbah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Giuseppe Ungaretti
(Italian Modernist Poet, Academic & Author)
Giuseppe Ungaretti
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 2, 1970

Giuseppe Ungaretti was an Italian poet, essayist, journalist, academic, and critic. One of the most important contributors to Italian literature during the 20th century, Ungaretti was honored with the first Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1970. He is credited with popularizing hermetic poetry, a form of difficult and obscure poetry.

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Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm
(Egyptian Visionary and Writer)
Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 26, 1987

Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm was an Egyptian visionary and writer. Counted among the pioneers of the Arabic drama and novel, Al-Hakim is credited with inspiring the works of future artistes like Mohammed Fairouz. Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm's novel A Bullet in the Heart was later adapted into a film and stage play.

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Ptolemy VIII Physcon
(King)
Ptolemy VIII Physcon
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Birthdate: 0184 AD
Died: June 28, 0116
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Gaius Julius Hyginus
(Latin Author Who Was Active During 1st Century BC)
Gaius Julius Hyginus
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0064 BC
Died: 0017 BC

Gaius Julius Hyginus was a Latin author who studied under Lucius Cornelius Alexander Polyhistor. A prolific writer, Hyginus wrote biographical and topographical treatises, disquisitions on bee-keeping and agriculture, and commentaries on the poems of Virgil and Gaius Helvius Cinna.

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Gaby Aghion
(French Fashion Designer and the Founder of the French Fashion House Chloé)
Gaby Aghion
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 27, 2014

Apart from launching the fashion brand Chloé, Gaby Aghion had apparently also coined the term prêt-à-porter. Born Gabrielle Hanoka, Gaby went to Paris at 18 and got married at 19. She later built an empire out of her feminine clothes made of soft fabric. She was also awarded the Légion d'Honneur.

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John Philoponus
(Author)
John Philoponus
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Birthdate: 0490 AD
Died: 0570 AD
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Georges Guétary
(Singer)
Georges Guétary
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Birthdate: February 8, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 13, 1997