Famous People Born In 1778

Discover the most famous people born in 1778. The list includes people like Humphry Davy, William Hazlitt, Louis Bonaparte, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Marie Thérèse of France and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, composers and military leaders born in 1778. This list includes people from France, England, Germany and many more countries.
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José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: August 17, 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

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Beau Brummell
(Society figure)
Beau Brummell
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Listed In: Socialites
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 30, 1840
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Louis Bonaparte
(Former King of Holland (1806 - 1810))
Louis Bonaparte
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 2nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: July 25, 1846

Louis Bonaparte reigned over the Kingdom of Holland from 1806 to 1810. The younger brother of Napoléon Bonaparte, Louis followed in the footsteps of his brother and served in the French Army. He was later made the new king of Holland by Napoleon. However, Louis' wilfulness forced Napoleon to annex Holland into the French Empire and Louis fled into exile.

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William Hazlitt
(English Writer & Literary Critic)
William Hazlitt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maidstone, Kent, England
Died: September 18, 1830

English essayist and critic William Hazlitt is remembered for his characteristic humanism in his works. Initially aspiring to be a painter, he traveled to Paris but later deviated to philosophy and metaphysics. Though he penned iconic works such as The Spirit of the Age, he spent his later life in oblivion.

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Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
(French Chemist and Physicist Who Discovered That Water is Made of Two Parts Hydrogen and One Part Oxygen)
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, France
Died: May 9, 1850

Known for his pathbreaking Gay-Lussac's Law, French chemist-physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was also the first, along with his colleague Alexander von Humboldt, to discover that water is composed of one part of oxygen and two parts of hydrogen. His name is one of the 72 that adorn the Eiffel Tower.

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Robert Emmet
(Revolutionary Leader)
Robert Emmet
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 20, 1803
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Giovanni Battista Belzoni
(Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist, Archaeologist, Novelist, Travel writer)
Giovanni Battista Belzoni
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Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Padua
Died: December 3, 1823

Giovanni Battista Belzoni was an Italian explorer and archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities. A pioneer in the field of Egyptian archaeology, Belzoni was the first person to enter the famous Pyramid of Khafre. Belzoni is also credited with unblocking the entrance of the temple at Abu Simbel and discovering the tomb of Seti I, which is referred to as Belzoni's Tomb. 

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Fernando Sor
(Spanish Classical Guitarist and Composer of the Early Romantic Era)
Fernando Sor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: July 10, 1839

Fernando Sor was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist best remembered for writing solo classical guitar music. Widely regarded as the best classical guitarist of his generation, Fernando Sor also composed an opera, two ballets, and three symphonies. Many of his works have been studied by students and guitar enthusiasts all over the world.

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Abd al-Rahman of Morocco
(Sultan)
Abd al-Rahman of Morocco
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marrakesh, Morocco
Died: August 28, 1859
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Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
(Russian Cartographer, Naval Officer, and Explorer)
Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lahetaguse, Estonia
Died: January 25, 1852

Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen was a Russian cartographer, naval officer, and explorer. He is best remembered for his role in Russia's first circumnavigation of the world. Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen also led another circumnavigation that led to the discovery of Antarctica. 

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Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
(German Gymnastics Educator)
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanz, Germany
Died: October 15, 1852
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Johann Nepomuk Hummel
(Composer and virtuoso pianist)
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: October 17, 1837
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Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
(Politician)
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 7, 1868
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Clemens Brentano
(Poet)
Clemens Brentano
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Koblenz, Germany
Died: July 28, 1842
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Marie-Louise Coidavid
(Queen regnant)
Marie-Louise Coidavid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bredou, Ouanaminthe, Saint-Domingue
Died: March 14, 1851
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Augustin Pyramus de Candolle
(Swiss Botanist Who Established Scientific Structural Criteria for Determining Natural Relations Among Plant Genera)
Augustin Pyramus de Candolle
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Listed In: Botanists
Birthdate: 4th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: September 9, 1841

Swiss botanist Augustin Pyrame de Candolle excelled in literature and poetry in school but later focused on botany. He is remembered for establishing scientific standards and classification for plant genera. Known for his Théorie élémentaire de la botanique, he later lent his name to several plant species and genera.

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Catherine McAuley
(Nun)
Catherine McAuley
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Birthdate: 29th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 11, 1841

Catholic nun Catherine McAuley is best remembered as the founder of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Orphaned as a child, she was raised by Protestant foster parents and later built The House of Mercy, catering to orphans and homeless women, with her inheritance. Her congregation focuses on education of the poor.

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Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky
(Former Minister-President of the Austrian Empire)
Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: April 4, 1861

A prominent Austrian statesman and Bohemian nobleman of the 19th century, Franz Anton von Kolowrat-Liebsteinsky had served as the Minister-President of the Austrian Empire. He had also been the interior minister of his kingdom. He was also the main rival of Prince Klemens von Metternich.

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Quamina
(Civil rights activists)
Quamina
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: September 16, 1823
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Coenraad Jacob Temminck
(Zoologist)
Coenraad Jacob Temminck
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Listed In: Zoologists
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam
Died: January 30, 1858
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Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême
(Eldest Child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette)
Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême
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Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: October 19, 1851

Marie Thérèse of France was the daughter of Queen Marie Antoinette of France and King Louis XVI. She was married to Louis XIX of France and was technically the Queen consort of France for 20 minutes on 2 August 1830 when Charles X and Louis XIX of France signed the instrument of abdication. Marie-Thérèse has been depicted in many films.

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James Kirke Paulding
(Writer)
James Kirke Paulding
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dutchess, New York
Died: April 6, 1860
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Eli Ayers
(Physician)
Eli Ayers
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Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shiloh, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 25, 1822
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Carl Ludvig Engel
(Former Architect whose most noted work can be found in Helsinki)
Carl Ludvig Engel
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Birthdate: 3rd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 14, 1840
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Isaac Goldsmid
(British political activist)
Isaac Goldsmid
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 27, 1859
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Felix de Andreis
(Priest)
Felix de Andreis
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Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Demonte, Italy
Died: October 15, 1820
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Humphry Davy
(Inventor of Davy Lamp)
Humphry Davy
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penzance, England
Died: May 29, 1829

Best remembered for his invention of the Davy lamp, a safety lamp for miners, Humphry Davy initially aspired to be a doctor but later deviated to chemistry. The Copley Medal winner had co-founded the Zoological Society of London. He also excelled in writing poetry and loved fishing.

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Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry
(Duke)
Charles Ferdinand, Duke of Berry
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: February 14, 1820
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William Henry Ashley
(Miner)
William Henry Ashley
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Powhatan County, Virginia, United States
Died: March 26, 1838
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Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1792 until he in 1809 was deposed in a coup)
Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 7, 1837
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Rembrandt Peale
(Former Painter acclaimed for his likenesses of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson)
Rembrandt Peale
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 3, 1860
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Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
(Queen)
Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
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Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Electorate of Hanover, Holy Roman Empire
Died: June 29, 1841
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Ernestine Lambriquet
(Marie Antoinette's Daughter)
Ernestine Lambriquet
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: December 31, 1813
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Mariano Moreno
(Lawyer)
Mariano Moreno
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: March 4, 1811
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Joseph Lancaster
(Educator)
Joseph Lancaster
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southwark, United Kingdom
Died: October 24, 1838
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George Bellas Greenough
(Geologist, Politician)
George Bellas Greenough
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Listed In: Geologists
Birthdate: 18th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 2, 1855
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Jules Solime Milscent
(Haitian Poet, Fabulist, and Politician)
Jules Solime Milscent
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Grande-Rivière-du-Nord
Died: May 7, 1842

Jules Solime Milscent was a Haitian poet, fabulist, and politician. Some of his best known fables are L'Homme et le Serpent, Le Cœur et l'Esprit, and Le Chien et le Loup. He is also credited with co-founding a journal named L'Abeille Haytienne. Also a prominent politician, Jules Solime Milscent served in several government positions during his lifetime.

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Thomas Brown
(Philosopher)
Thomas Brown
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Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Died: April 2, 1820

Thomas Brown was a Scottish poet and philosopher best remembered for his contribution to the development of the Scottish school of common sense. Among his most important work is a critique of the theory of transmutation by Erasmus Darwin. Titled Observations on the zoonomia of Erasmus Darwin, his critique was praised as a mature work by several scholars and critics.

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Ugo Foscolo
(Writer)
Ugo Foscolo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zakynthos, Greece
Died: September 10, 1827
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Honore V
(Politician)
Honore V
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Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 2, 1841
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Henry Phillpotts
(Bishop)
Henry Phillpotts
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridgwater, England
Died: September 18, 1869
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Mary Anne Talbot
(Soldier)
Mary Anne Talbot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 4, 1808
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Jacques Joseph Champollion-Figeac
(Archaeologist)
Jacques Joseph Champollion-Figeac
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: May 9, 1867
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Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac
(Statesman)
Jean Baptiste Gay, vicomte de Martignac
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Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, Gascony, France
Died: April 3, 1832
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Pierre Bretonneau
(Physician)
Pierre Bretonneau
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Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France
Died: February 18, 1862
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Marie-Madeleine Lachenais
(The Most Politically Powerful Haitian Woman of All Time)
Marie-Madeleine Lachenais
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Arcahaie, Haiti
Died: July 22, 1843

Marie-Madeleine Lachenais was a Haitian woman who was politically active during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She is best remembered as the political advisor of both Alexandre Sabès Pétion and Jean-Pierre Boyer, the first and second president of Haiti respectively. Marie-Madeleine Lachenais is widely regarded as the most politically powerful Haitian woman of all time.

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Sophie Blanchard
(Balloonist)
Sophie Blanchard
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Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: July 6, 1819
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Suzanne Douvillier
(French Ballerina, Mime and Choreographer)
Suzanne Douvillier
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dole, France
Died: August 30, 1826

Popularly known as Madame Placide, Suzanne Douvillier is regarded by some as the first trained female choreographer to perform in the US. Not much is known about her childhood apart from the fact that she was an illegitimate child. She made history with her debut in The Bird Catcher.

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Godert van der Capellen
(Statesman)
Godert van der Capellen
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Birthdate: 15th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: April 10, 1848
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Agathon Jean François Fain
(Historian)
Agathon Jean François Fain
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Birthdate: 11th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 16, 1837