Famous People Born In 1797

Discover the most famous people born in 1797. The list includes people like Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Charles Lyell, Gaetano Donizetti, Joseph Henry and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include poets, journalists, composers and political leaders born in 1797. This list includes people from United States, France, Austria and many more countries.
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Mary Shelley
(British Author Best Known for Her Gothic Novel ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’)
Mary Shelley
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Somers Town, London, England
Died: February 1, 1851
An author who was admired for her exploration of the Gothic genre, Mary Shelley is best remembered for her novel Frankenstein. She also edited the works of her husband, Romantic poet P.B. Shelley. She lost her husband to a drowning accident and eventually passed away due to brain tumor.
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Sojourner Truth
(Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist)
Sojourner Truth
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Rifton, New York, United States
Died: November 26, 1883

Sojourner Truth was an American women's rights activist and abolitionist. Born into slavery, Truth escaped to freedom in 1826. She then approached the court to recover her son, subsequently becoming the first black woman to emerge successful against a white man in such a case. In 2014, she was named in Smithsonian's 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time list.

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Franz Peter Schubert
(Austrian Composer and One of the Greatest Piano Virtuosos of the Late Classical and Early Romantic Era)
Franz Peter Schubert
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Himmelpfortgrund, Vienna, Austria
Died: November 19, 1828

Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert was one of the most prominent figures of the Viennese Classical and Romantic periods. He initially performed at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. His compositions include over 600 vocal works and several symphonies, operas, and piano sonatas. One of his most-talked-about works is the Unfinished Symphony.

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Wilhelm I
(King)
Wilhelm I
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 9, 1888
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Heinrich Heine
(German Poet & Literary Critic Know for His Works 'Germany. A Winter's Tale' and 'Buch der Lieder')
Heinrich Heine
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: February 17, 1856

Heinrich Heine was a German poet, literary critic, and writer. He is known internationally for his lyric poetry, which was popularized by composers like Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann who adapted Heine's lyric poetry into art songs. Heinrich Heine's radical political views forced the German authorities to ban his works, which only added to his popularity.

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Mirza Ghalib
(Indian Urdu and Persian Poet)
Mirza Ghalib
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 27th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Agra, India
Died: February 15, 1869

Mirza Ghalib was an Indian poet whose works give a detailed description of the beginning of British rule and the subsequent events in India. A respected poet, who wrote in Urdu and Persian languages, Ghalib remains popular among the Hindustani diaspora across the world. Several films and TV shows have been made in his honor.

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Gaetano Donizetti
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: April 8, 1848
Nineteenth-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is best remembered for his mastery of the bel canto opera style. While his father wanted him to become a church composer, Donizetti was more interested in theater. He spent his final years in a mental asylum and later died of syphilis.
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Charles Lyell
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Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Angus
Died: February 22, 1875

Charles Lyell was a Scottish geologist best remembered for his work Principles of Geology, which explains the origin of the earth. He is also remembered for his pioneering explanation of climate change. A close friend of Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell is also credited with influencing many of Darwin's works pertaining to the theories of evolution.  

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Kamehameha II
(King)
Kamehameha II
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hilo, Hawaii
Died: July 14, 1824
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Joseph Henry
(Scientist)
Joseph Henry
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Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: May 13, 1878
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Paul Delaroche
(Former painter whose painstakingly realistic historical subjects made him one of the most successful academic artists of mid-19th-century France)
Paul Delaroche
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 17th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 4, 1856
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Hiroshige
(painter)
Hiroshige
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Edo
Died: October 12, 1858

Best known for his landscape series like The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō and One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, Hiroshige was a well-known ukiyo-e master, whose death marked the decline of this genre of art.  His works, which were generally characterized by subtle use of graded colors and multiple impressions, were source of inspiration to many 19-century European painters.

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Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel
(Princess)
Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel
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Birthdate: 25th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rumpenheim Castle, Offenbach, Germany
Died: April 6, 1889
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Alfred de Vigny
(French Poet and Early French Romanticist)
Alfred de Vigny
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 27th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loches, France
Died: September 17, 1863

Alfred de Vigny was a French poet whose poem La Maison du berger is regarded by some as the greatest 19th-century French poem. One of the leaders of French Romanticism, Vigny also wrote philosophical novels. Also regarded as a thinker, Alfred de Vigny was one of the first French poets to develop a serious interest in Buddhism.

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Mary Lyon
(Pioneer in Women's Education)
Mary Lyon
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckland
Died: March 5, 1849
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William I, German Emperor
(German Emperor)
William I, German Emperor
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 9, 1888

William I, German Emperor reigned as the king of Prussia from 1861 until his death in 1888. He also reigned as the first German emperor from 1871 to 1888. He is credited with overseeing the unification of Germany and establishing the German Empire. William's reign also witnessed the brilliance of Otto von Bismarck, who served as the former's minister president.

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Henry E. Steinway
(Piano Manufacturer)
Henry E. Steinway
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Birthdate: 15th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wolfshagen, Germany
Died: February 7, 1871
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Daniel Drew
(Businessman)
Daniel Drew
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Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carmel Hamlet, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 1879
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Philippe Suchard
(Swiss chocolatier)
Philippe Suchard
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Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boudry
Died: January 14, 1884
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James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan
(Military Officer)
James Thomas Brudenell, 7th earl of Cardigan
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hambleden, England
Died: March 28, 1868
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Ferdinand von Wrangel
(Russian Explorer and Minister of the Navy Known for His Explorations in Siberia)
Ferdinand von Wrangel
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
Died: June 6, 1870

Russian explorer and naval minister Ferdinand von Wrangel also served as the 6th governor of Russian America. He co-founded the Russian Geographic Society. His explorations helped in the mapping of the northeastern Siberian coast. Wrangel Island, an island north of Chukotka, bears his name.

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Frederick Augustus II
(King of Saxony)
Frederick Augustus II
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: August 9, 1854
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Maria Isabel of Braganza
(Consort, Aristocrat)
Maria Isabel of Braganza
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Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Queluz National Palace, Queluz, Portugal
Died: December 26, 1818
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Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
(Finnish Entomologist and Governor of the Viipuri Province in the Grand Duchy of Finland)
Carl Gustaf Mannerheim
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Askainen, Finland
Died: October 9, 1854

Carl Gustaf Mannerheim was a Finnish entomologist who devoted much of his time to acquire a large scientific collection of Coleoptera. He is also remembered for his service as the chief judge of the Imperial Court of Appeals from 1839 until his death in 1854.

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Gerrit Smith
(Former Member of the United States Representatives from New York's 22nd District (1853 - 1854))
Gerrit Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utica, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 1874

Gerrit Smith was an American social reformer, politician, abolitionist, and philanthropist. Although he was a prominent candidate for President of the USA in 1848, 1856, and 1860, Smith served only 18 months in the federal government. Throughout his life, he was a major financial contributor to the Republican Party and the Liberty Party.

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Karl Otfried Müller
(German Professor and Scholar)
Karl Otfried Müller
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Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brzeg, Poland
Died: August 1, 1840

One of the pioneers of Hellenic studies, German scholar Karl Otfried Müller began his academic career at the University of Göttingen. While he initially taught art history and archaeology, he later explored Greek art and myths and their relationship with culture and history. He died of a fever during an expedition in Greece.

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Antonio Rosmini
(Italian Roman Catholic Priest and Philosopher)
Antonio Rosmini
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Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rovereto, Italy
Died: July 1, 1855

Antonio Rosmini was an Italian Roman Catholic priest and philosopher who founded the Rosminians, officially known as the Institute of Charity. A key figure in Italian Liberal Catholicism, he pioneered the concept of social justice. He had a doctorate in theology and canon law and was appointed as a political advisor to the government of Piedmont. 

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Imam Shamil
(Political leader)
Imam Shamil
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gimry, Russia
Died: February 4, 1871
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Thurlow Weed
(Politician)
Thurlow Weed
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Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greene County, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1882
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Giuditta Pasta
(Italian Opera Singer)
Giuditta Pasta
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saronno, Italy
Died: April 1, 1865

Giuditta Pasta was an Italian opera singer. Such was her popularity that several roles were written specifically for her. Pasta is credited with originating iconic roles, such as Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Bellini's Amina in La sonnambula, and the title role in Norma. Giuditta Pasta also worked as a teacher and among her well-known pupils are Emma Albertazzi and Adelaide Kemble.

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Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
(Writer)
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havixbeck, Germany
Died: May 24, 1848
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Bakht Khan
(Indian Commander-In-Chief During the Indian Rebellion of 1857)
Bakht Khan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: 1859 AD

Bakht Khan is best remembered for his service as the commander-in-chief of the 1857 Indian Rebellion against the British. Initially part of the East India Company army, he served the Bengal horse artillery and gained 40 years of military experience. He eventually died fighting at the age of around 61.

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Hamilton Hume
(Australian Explorer of the Present-Day Victoria and New South Wales)
Hamilton Hume
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seven Hills, Australia
Died: April 19, 1873

Hamilton Hume was an Australian explorer of the present-day Victoria and New South Wales. He is best remembered for his early exploration and expedition to find the Darling River, the third-longest river in Australia. Hamilton Hume is also remembered for his expedition along with William Hovell in 1824.

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Joseph Othmar Rauscher
(Archbishop)
Joseph Othmar Rauscher
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Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 24, 1875
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Jeremias Gotthelf
(Swiss Novelist)
Jeremias Gotthelf
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murten, Switzerland
Died: October 22, 1854

Swiss author Albert Bitzius, best known by his pseudonym, Jeremias Gotthelf, initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a pastor. He later came to be known for his semi-allegorical short novel The Black Spider and for his depictions of the poor rural masses of his country.

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Pierre Leroux
(Philosopher)
Pierre Leroux
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 7th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bercy, Paris, France
Died: April 12, 1871
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Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
(Actress)
Lucia Elizabeth Vestris
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 8, 1856
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Joseph von Radowitz
(Prussian Statesman and General)
Joseph von Radowitz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blankenburg, Germany
Died: December 25, 1853
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Jean-Marie Duhamel
(Mathematician)
Jean-Marie Duhamel
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France
Died: April 29, 1872
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Carl Gustaf Mosander
(Swedish Chemist Who Discovered the Rare Earth Elements Lanthanum, Erbium and Terbium)
Carl Gustaf Mosander
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalmar, Sweden
Died: October 15, 1858

A Swedish chemist, Carl Gustaf Mosander is recognised for discovering rare earth element - lanthanum, erbium and terbium. He worked a lot with well-known Swedish chemist J. J. Berzelius as his assistant, became a curator of minerals at the Stockholm Academy of Sciences and later also worked as a professor of Chemistry and Mineralogy in the Karolinska Institute.

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Count Karl Ferdinand von Buol
(Diplomatist)
Count Karl Ferdinand von Buol
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 17th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: October 28, 1865
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Adolphe Thiers
(The Second Elected President of France and First President of the 'French Third Republic')
Adolphe Thiers
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bouc-Bel-Air, France
Died: September 3, 1877

Adolphe Thiers was a French historian and statesman who served as the French Third Republic's first President. He also served as the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of France in 1840. Apart from playing a major role in the French Revolution of 1830, which ended the Bourbon monarchy, Thiers also played a key role in the French Revolution of 1848.

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Samuel Lover
(Irish Songwriter, Composer, Painter and Novelist)
Samuel Lover
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 6, 1868

Reluctant to work at his father’s stockbroking firm, Samuel Lover fled to become a poet, novelist, songwriter, and painter. Known for his miniature portraits and his songs such as Rory O’More, he is also said to have introduced the precursor of the stage Irishman stock character in the novel Handy Andy.

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John Blackwell
(Welsh Poet)
John Blackwell
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Mold, Wales
Died: May 19, 1840

Better known by his pseudonym, Alun, Welsh bard John Blackwell is regarded as the pioneer of Welsh secular lyric. Initially a shoemaker, he later won many prizes in competitive art festivals. He also served as a rector and edited the Welsh illustrated magazine Y Cylchgrawn.

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Carlo Blasis
(Dancer)
Carlo Blasis
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: January 15, 1878
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Wilhelm Beer
(German Banker and Astronomer Who Constructed the Most Complete Map of the Moon of His Time ‘Mappa Selenographica')
Wilhelm Beer
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 27, 1850

Apart from being an astronomer, Wilhelm Beer was also a banker and the brother of legendary composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. His Mappa Selenographica, was the first lunar map that was classified into quadrants. Along with Johann Heinrich Mädler, he also created the first globe for Mars.

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Eduard Gans
(Jurist)
Eduard Gans
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 5, 1839
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Henrik Hertz
(Poet)
Henrik Hertz
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 25, 1870
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Abby Hadassah Smith
(Activist)
Abby Hadassah Smith
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Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 23, 1879
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George Julius Poulett Scrope
(Geologist)
George Julius Poulett Scrope
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Listed In: Geologists
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 19, 1876