Famous People Born In 1811

Discover the most famous people born in 1811. The list includes people like Franz Liszt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Sumner, William Makepeace Thackeray, Robert Bunsen and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, inventors and historians born in 1811. This list includes people from United States, France and many more countries.
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Franz Liszt
(Composer, Pianist and Teacher of the Romantic Era)
Franz Liszt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raiding, Austria
Died: July 31, 1886

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, conductor, arranger, music teacher, and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era. Considered one of the greatest pianists ever, Liszt's works influenced his contemporaries and successors alike. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his work as a teacher, although his rich body of work might suggest otherwise; he taught people like Karl Klindworth among other pianists.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1, 1896
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Chang Bunker
(Showmen)
Chang Bunker
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Listed In: Entertainers
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meklong, Thailand
Died: January 17, 1874

Chang Bunker was a Siamese-American man and one-half of the popular conjoined twin brothers. Chang and his conjoined twin Eng were two of the most studied human beings during the 19th century. They toured the United States and Europe as part of their freak shows, gaining financial success and fame. They are credited with coining the colloquial term Siamese twins.

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Évariste Galois
(Mathematician)
Évariste Galois
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bourg-la-Reine, French Empire
Died: May 31, 1832

Évariste Galois was a French mathematician best remembered for solving a 350-year-old problem when he was still in his teens. His work formed the basis for group theory and Galois theory, two important branches of abstract algebra. Also a political activist, Évariste Galois died at the age of 20 after suffering wounds in a duel.

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Napoleon II
(Emperor of the French for a Few Weeks in 1815)
Napoleon II
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuileries Palace, Paris
Died: July 22, 1832

Napoleon II was the son of Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Marie Louise. He was the titular Emperor of the French for a few weeks in 1815. He was just a small child when he became the disputed emperor following his father’s abdication. He died as a young man before getting the chance to serve his nation. 

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Charles Sumner
(Politician)
Charles Sumner
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Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: March 11, 1874

Charles Sumner was an American statesman, academic lawyer, and orator. As the leader of the anti-slavery forces in Massachusetts, Sumner played a major role during the American Civil War. He also played a crucial role during the Reconstruction era, seeking equal rights to the freedmen.

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Horace Greeley
(Journalist)
Horace Greeley
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
Died: November 29, 1872

Horace Greeley was an American publisher and newspaper editor. He is credited with founding the New-York Tribune, for which he also served as an editor. He is also credited with popularizing the New-York Tribune, which became the highest-circulating newspaper in America. Long active in politics, Greeley helped found the Republican Party in 1854. 

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Robert Bunsen
(Chemist)
Robert Bunsen
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 30th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Göttingen
Died: August 16, 1899

Chemist Robert Bunsen paved the path for spectrum analysis with his discovery that every element emits a light of a particular wavelength. He also co-developed and lent his name to the Bunsen burner. He almost died of arsenic poisoning and lost sight in his right eye in a laboratory explosion.

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Elisha Otis
(Inventor, Businessperson)
Elisha Otis
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Halifax, Vermont, United States
Died: April 8, 1861
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Isaac Singer
(Actor, Inventor)
Isaac Singer
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Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York
Died: July 23, 1875
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William Makepeace Thackeray
(Author & Novelist)
William Makepeace Thackeray
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: December 24, 1863
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Théophile Gautier
(Poet)
Théophile Gautier
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Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tarbes, France
Died: October 23, 1872
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James Bruce, 8th earl of Elgin
(Government Official)
James Bruce, 8th earl of Elgin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 20, 1863
Born in British India, James Bruce was the son of Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, who had lost much of his fortunes in buying the “Elgin Marbles.” Educated at Eton, he later rose to be the governor of Jamaica, the governor general of Canada, and the viceroy of India.
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Alexander Bain
(Inventor of Electric Clock)
Alexander Bain
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watten
Died: January 2, 1877
Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain had quit school at 11 to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a weaver. He had initially been a civil servant and had also taught English literature and logic. He later deviated too psychology and launched the first journal on the subject, Mind
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Urbain Le Verrier
(French Astronomer and Mathematician Best Known for Predicting the Existence and Position of 'Neptune' Using Only Mathematics)
Urbain Le Verrier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Lô, France
Died: September 23, 1877

French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier revolutionized celestial mechanics by ascertaining the existence of Neptune by mathematical means. Apart from winning the Royal Society of London’s Copley Medal, he had also led the Observatory of Paris as its director. His name remains one of the 72 engraved on the Eiffel Tower.

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Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
(Queen)
Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: January 7, 1890
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Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
(Politician)
Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krauchenwies, Germany
Died: June 2, 1885
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Zeng Guofan
(Chinese Military General of the Late Qing Dynasty and Viceroy of Liangjiang (1870 - 1872))
Zeng Guofan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shuangfeng, China
Died: March 12, 1872

Chinese military general and Confucian scholar Zeng Guofan is best remembered for his efforts in crushing the Taiping Rebellion. Apart from being a court scholar of the Qing rulers, he also served on various prominent boards. His writings have been preserved as a collection of 156 books.

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George Gilbert Scott
(British Architect)
George Gilbert Scott
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Listed In: Designers
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parsonage, Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: March 27, 1878

George Gilbert Scott was a British architect best remembered for his contribution to the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Scott is credited with designing and altering over 800 buildings, including several churches and cathedrals. He served as the architect of several iconic edifices like The St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow.

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Louis Blanc
(French Politician and Historian for His Theory of Worker-Controlled 'Social Workshops')
Louis Blanc
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Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 6, 1882

French socialist and politician Louis Blanc is best remembered for supporting the formation of "social workshops" led by workers. He initially studied law, before he started writing for journals and then eventually launched his own newspaper, Revue du progress, which published his most notable work L’Organisation du travail.

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James Young (Chemist)
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: May 13, 1883

Born to a carpenter in Glasgow, James Young initially assisted his father but later gained an interest in chemistry. He grew up to invent a process of extracting oil from coal and oil shales. Owing to his paraffin oil company, which he owned, he later earned the nickname Paraffin Young.

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John Humphrey Noyes
(American Preacher, Radical Religious Philosopher, and Utopian Socialist)
John Humphrey Noyes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Died: April 13, 1886

John Humphrey Noyes was an American preacher, religious philosopher, and utopian socialist. He was the founder of the Putney, Oneida, and Wallingford Communities. He decided to devote his life to religion at a young age and studied at the Yale Theological Seminary. He was also involved in political activism and helped organize an anti-slavery society in the United States. 

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Marie Pleyel
(Musician)
Marie Pleyel
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Listed In: Pianists
Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1875

Marie Pleyel was a Belgian concert pianist who amazed the audience with her young virtuosity at the age of eight when she first gave her formal recital. She went on to become one of the most famous and admired pianists of the 1830s.

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William Thompson
(Boxer)
William Thompson
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trinity Walk, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: August 23, 1880
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Adam Kok III
(South African Politician)
Adam Kok III
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Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: December 30, 1875

Adam Kok III was a South African political leader who served as the leader of the Griqua people. He played a major role in founding Griqualand East, which is now known as New Griqualand. Kok III. He is also credited with establishing an efficient method of government in order to benefit the Griqua people.

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Archibald Campbell Tait
(Former Archbishop of Canterbury)
Archibald Campbell Tait
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1882

While Archibald Campbell Tait, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is best remembered for trying to mitigate the Church of England conflict during the Oxford Movement, his contributions in other fields were of no less importance. His inauguration of the Bishop of London's Fund and his work on the Royal Commission on Ritual are still remembered by one and all.

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Jón Sigurdsson
(Political Leader)
Jón Sigurdsson
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Birthdate: 17th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iceland
Died: December 7, 1879
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James Young Simpson
(Scottish Obstetrician Famous for His Discovery of the Anaesthetic Qualities of Chloroform)
James Young Simpson
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Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland
Died: May 6, 1870

Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson is remembered as the first to use chloroform as an anesthetic in medicine. A University of Edinburgh professor, he was later made a queen’s physician in Scotland. He also received the title of a baronet. His research also included leprosy and fetal pathology.

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John Archibald Campbell
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)
John Archibald Campbell
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Listed In: Lawyers
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, Georgia, United States
Died: March 12, 1889
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Ambroise Thomas
(Composer)
Ambroise Thomas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: February 12, 1896
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Giulia Grisi
(Italian Opera Singer Who Was an Iconic and Internationally Renowned Soprano)
Giulia Grisi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: November 29, 1869

Legendary Italian opera singer Giulia Grisi was the opera world’s prima donna for over 3 decades. She was 17 when she made her debut with Zelmira. She later also soared to fame in Paris and London. She later married opera singer and Italian nobleman and knight Giovanni Matteo Mario.

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Jules Dupré
(Painter)
Jules Dupré
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Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: October 6, 1889
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Robert Scott
(Philologist, Educator)
Robert Scott
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Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bondleigh, England
Died: December 2, 1887
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Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
(President of Argentina from 1868 to 1874)
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 15th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Juan, Argentina
Died: September 11, 1888

Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was an Argentine activist, writer, intellectual, and statesman. He is remembered for his service as the President of Argentina from 12 October 1868 to 11 October 1874. Sarmiento was part of a group called the Generation of 1837, which had a huge impact on 19th-century Argentina. Domingo Faustino Sarmiento also had a major influence on Argentine literature.

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Henry Barnard
(American Educationalist and Reformer)
Henry Barnard
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 24th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 5, 1900
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George Caleb Bingham
(Artist)
George Caleb Bingham
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Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Died: July 7, 1879
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Wendell Phillips
(Advocate)
Wendell Phillips
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Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 2, 1884
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John Hawkshaw
(British Civil Engineer Known for His Work on the Charing Cross and Cannon Street Railways)
John Hawkshaw
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: June 2, 1891

Known for constructions such as the Severn Tunnel and the Charing Cross and Cannon Street railways, John Hawkshaw was initially employed with the Manchester and Leeds Railway. His work was spread across Egypt, India, and the Netherlands. He was eventually knighted and made a fellow of the Royal Society.

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John Lawrence
(Viceroy)
John Lawrence
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Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond, England
Died: June 27, 1879
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François Achille Bazaine
(Army Officer)
François Achille Bazaine
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: First French Empire
Died: September 23, 1888
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Arthur Hallam
(Poet)
Arthur Hallam
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 15, 1833
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Vissarion Belinsky
(Literary critic)
Vissarion Belinsky
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Listed In: Literary Critics
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 7, 1848
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Delia Bacon
(Writer)
Delia Bacon
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 2nd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tallmadge, Ohio, United States
Died: September 2, 1859
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Friedrich Hecker
(German Lawyer and Revolutionary Who Played a Central Role in the 'Märzrevolution' of 1848/49)
Friedrich Hecker
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Angelbachtal, Germany
Died: March 24, 1881

Friedrich Hecker was a German lawyer, revolutionary, and politician. Hecker was one of the most famous agitators and speakers of the German revolutions of 1848–1849. Like many other Forty-Eighters who left their motherland after the revolutions failed, Friedrich Hecker moved to the United States where he served in the Federal Army during the Civil War.

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Sakuma Shōzan
(Japanese Politician and Scholar of the Edo Period)
Sakuma Shōzan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shinano Province, Japan
Died: August 12, 1864

Sakuma Shōzan was a major force behind the modernization of Japan and believed in the motto "Eastern ethics, Western techniques." He learned Dutch and taught himself techniques of making sophisticated weapons. He was assassinated by nationalists while trying to bridge gaps between the shogun and the emperor.

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William Kelly
(Inventor)
William Kelly
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 11, 1888
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Karl Gutzkow
(Writer)
Karl Gutzkow
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 16, 1878
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C. F. W. Walther
(Theologian)
C. F. W. Walther
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Langenchursdorf, Germany
Died: May 7, 1887
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Ferdinand Hiller
(German Composer, Conductor, Pianist, Writer and Music Director)
Ferdinand Hiller
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 24th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: May 10, 1885

Ferdinand Hiller was a German pianist, composer, conductor, music director, and writer. He is credited with composing six operas and a violin concerto among other works. He also worked as a lecturer and writer and contributed immensely to several newspapers. Some of his published works are Musikalisches und Persönliches and Goethes musikalisches Leben.

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Robert Lowe
(Politician)
Robert Lowe
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Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bingham, England
Died: July 27, 1892