Famous People Born In 1819

Discover the most famous people born in 1819. The list includes people like Queen Victoria, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Albert, Prince Consort, George Eliot and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include physicists, poets, journalists and composers born in 1819. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Queen Victoria
(Queen of the United Kingdom (1837-1901))
Queen Victoria
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Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom
Died: January 22, 1901

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for over six decades, Queen Victoria reigned for longer than any of her predecessors. Her rule witnessed the vast expansion of the British Empire and ushered in a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were celebrated with great pomp and show.

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Albert, Prince Consort
(Prince Consort of Queen Victoria of Great Britain (1840 - 1861))
Albert, Prince Consort
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Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schloss Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Rödental, Germany
Died: December 14, 1861

Albert, Prince Consort was the husband of Queen Victoria who earned a reputation for promoting public causes like the abolition of slavery worldwide and educational reform. He also helped develop Britain's constitutional monarchy by guiding his wife during her dealings with Parliament. After his untimely death at age 42, Queen Victoria started wearing black for the remainder of her life. 

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Walt Whitman
(One of the Most Influential Poets in the American Canon, Regarded as the 'Father of Free Verse')
Walt Whitman
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Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Hills, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 1892

Walt Whitman was an American poet, journalist, and essayist. Also a humanist, Whitman played a crucial role in the shift between transcendentalism and realism. Often referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman is one of the most influential American poets of all time. Several decades after his death, Walt Whitman's poetry remains influential.

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Herman Melville
(Novelist & Short Story Writer of the American Renaissance Period Best Known for His Works 'Moby-Dick' & 'Typee')
Herman Melville
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1891

Herman Melville was an American short story writer, novelist, and poet. One of his best-known works, Moby-Dick is widely regarded as one of the great American novels, although it did not garner much attention during his lifetime. Livyatan melvillei, a species of an extinct sperm whale, which was discovered in 2010, was named in his honor.  

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George Eliot
(English Novelist, Poet and One of the Leading Writers of the Victorian Era)
George Eliot
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Died: December 22, 1880

Mary Ann Evans, known by her pseudonym George Eliot, was an English poet, novelist, translator, and journalist. One of the most prominent writers of the Victorian era, Eliot's works are known for their psychological insight, realism, and detailed description of the countryside. Her novel Middlemarch was voted one of the greatest literary works in a 2007 poll conducted by Time.

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John Ruskin
(Art Critic and Painter)
John Ruskin
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Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: January 20, 1900

The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was a hugely influential figure in the latter half of the 19th century. Also a philosopher and prominent social thinker, he wrote on varied subjects like geology, architecture, education, botany, myth, ornithology, literature, and political economy. He founded the charitable trust Guild of St George.

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Clara Wieck Schumann
(Musician & Composer)
Clara Wieck Schumann
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leipzig
Died: May 20, 1896

Clara Wieck Schumann was a German pianist, teacher, and composer. One of the most famous pianists of the Romantic era, Schumann changed the way concerts were conducted during her time and made a long-lasting impression as a pianist. She also influenced other pianists through her teaching; among her students were famous English pianist, Mathilde Verne.

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Allan Pinkerton
(Founder of Pinkerton National Detective Agency)
Allan Pinkerton
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Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 1, 1884

A walk through the woods in Dundee, changed Allan Pinkerton’s life, as he bumped into a group of counterfeiters and reported them to the police. This incident inspired him to later become Chicago's first full-time detective. His agency’s logo, an unblinking eye, inspired the phrase “Private Eye.”

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Gustave Courbet
(French Painter and Leader of the 19th Century Realist Movement)
Gustave Courbet
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Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ornans, France
Died: December 31, 1877
Born to a farmer in eastern France, Gustave Courbet was initially gearing up to study law but later deviated to art. He started by copying Spanish painters and later rebelled against Romanticism, focusing on real-life subjects around him instead and thus developing 19th-century Realism.
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Abner Doubleday
(Military Leader)
Abner Doubleday
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballston Spa, New York, United States
Died: January 26, 1893
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Jacques Offenbach
(Composer)
Jacques Offenbach
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: October 5, 1880
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Christopher Latham Sholes
(Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard)
Christopher Latham Sholes
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mooresburg, Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17, 1890
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Julia Ward Howe
(Known for Writing the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’)
Julia Ward Howe
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: October 17, 1910
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Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
(Irish English Physicist and Mathematician)
Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 13th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skreen, Ireland
Died: February 1, 1903

Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet was an Anglo-Irish physicist and mathematician. He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and spent his entire career at the University of Cambridge as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. As a physicist, he made key contributions to fluid mechanics and physical optics. He received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1893.

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Thomas A. Hendricks
(21st Vice President of the U.S.A.)
Thomas A. Hendricks
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Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fultonham
Died: November 25, 1885
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James Russell Lowell
(Was an American Romantic Poet, Critic, Editor, and Diplomat)
James Russell Lowell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 12, 1891
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Léon Foucault
(Physicist)
Léon Foucault
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 11, 1868

Léon Foucault was a French physicist remembered for his presentation of the Foucault pendulum. Foucault is credited with measuring the speed of light and discovering eddy currents. He is also credited with coining the term gyroscope. Considered one of the most important physicists from France, Foucault's name is among the 72 names etched on the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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William A. Wheeler
(19th Vice President of the U.S.A)
William A. Wheeler
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Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malone
Died: June 4, 1887
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Franz von Suppé
(Austrian Composer of Light Operas)
Franz von Suppé
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: May 21, 1895

Austrian composer Franz von Suppé was a major figure of the 19th-century light music in both Austria and Germany. He mostly performed at Viennese theaters such as Theater an der Wien. Some of his best-known works are Leichte Kavallerie, or Light Cavalry, and Dichter und Bauer, or Poet and Peasant.

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William S. Rosecrans
(Inventor)
William S. Rosecrans
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delaware County, Ohio, U.S.
Died: March 11, 1898
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Joseph Bazalgette
(British Civil Engineer Who Created a Sewerage System for Central London)
Joseph Bazalgette
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: March 15, 1891

British civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette was the man behind the development of the sewage system of London. He was later knighted for his achievements and had also served as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Another notable work of his was the Hammersmith Bridge.

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Arthur Bell Nicholls
(Pastor)
Arthur Bell Nicholls
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Listed In: Pastors
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Killead, County Antrim, Ireland
Died: December 3, 1906
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Edwin Drake
(American Businessman and the First Person to Successfully Drill for Oil)
Edwin Drake
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Listed In: Oil Barons
Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Greenville, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1880

Edwin Drake, or Colonel Drake, was the first American to drill an oil well successfully. Initially a railroad worker, he later helped develop Titusville and other oil-rich areas of northwestern Pennsylvania into booming oil-drilling zones. His failure to patent his techniques led to his poverty in his final years.

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Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst
(Prime Minister)
Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotenburg an der Fulda, Germany
Died: July 6, 1901
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Maria Wodzińska
(Artist)
Maria Wodzińska
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 7th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poland
Died: December 7, 1896
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Ottilie Assing
(German-American Abolitionist, Freethinker, and Feminist)
Ottilie Assing
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Listed In: Feminists
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: August 21, 1884

Ottilie Assing was a German-American abolitionist, freethinker, and feminist. She is best remembered for her friendship with American social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Apart from attending numerous conventions and meetings alongside Douglass, Ottilie Assing also translated many of his works to German.  

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Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
(Former President of the South African Republic (1866 - 1871))
Marthinus Wessel Pretorius
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Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Graaff-Reinet, South Africa
Died: May 19, 1901

Apart from founding Pretoria, Marthinus Wessel Pretorius had also been the president of the South African Republic and of the Orange Free State. The son of the Great Trek leader Andries Pretorius, Marthinus attempted to unite the Boer factions but failed to do so and eventually retired.

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Arthur Hugh Clough
(Poet)
Arthur Hugh Clough
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 13, 1861
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John Bidwell
(Soldier)
John Bidwell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chautauqua, New York, United States
Died: April 4, 1900
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Stanisław Moniuszko
(Polish Composer and Conductor Regarded as the 'Father of Polish National Opera')
Stanisław Moniuszko
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ubel', Belarus
Died: June 4, 1872

Stanisław Moniuszko was a Polish composer, teacher, and conductor. He is credited with writing several popular operas and art songs with patriotic folk themes that depicted the valor of the people of former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Thanks to his efforts to glorify the people of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Stanisław Moniuszko is called the father of Polish national opera.

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Francis V, Duke of Modena
(Prince)
Francis V, Duke of Modena
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: November 20, 1875
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La Paiva
(Investor)
La Paiva
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Listed In: Investors
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: January 21, 1884
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Alfred Escher
(Swiss Railways Pioneer, Politician, and Business Leader)
Alfred Escher
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Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich
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Carlotta Grisi
(Ballet dancer)
Carlotta Grisi
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Listed In: Ballet Dancers
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vižinada, Croatia
Died: May 20, 1899
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William Worrall Mayo
(Chemist, Politician, Gynaecologist, Editor)
William Worrall Mayo
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Salford
Died: March 6, 1911

Part of the renowned Mayo family of doctors of the U.S., William Worrall Mayo played a key role in establishing the Mayo Clinic. He and his two sons built the St. Mary’s Hospital, along with the Sisters of St. Francis, after the deadly tornado of 1883 destroyed Rochester.

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John Couch Adams
(Mathematician, Astronomer, University teacher)
John Couch Adams
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 5th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laneast
Died: January 21, 1892
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George V of Hanover
(Former King of Hanover (1851 - 1866))
George V of Hanover
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 12, 1878

Though completely blind since childhood, George V of Hanover, the only son of King Ernest Augustus, exerted his influence by constantly being at conflict with the Hanoverian parliament. His rejected of Prussia’s demands of unarmed neutrality led to Prussia’s invasion of Hanover. He spent his final years in exile.

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Hippolyte Fizeau
(Physicist, Astronomer)
Hippolyte Fizeau
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 18, 1896

Physicist Hippolyte Fizeau is best remembered for conducting the Fizeau experiment, named after him, which measured the speed of light. His other achievements include his contribution to the discovery of the Doppler effect and his description of the capacitor to improve the efficiency of the induction coil.

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Maria II of Portugal
(Queen of Portugal (1826 - 1828))
Maria II of Portugal
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Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 15, 1853

Maria II of Portugal was the Queen of Portugal from 2 May 1826 to 23 June 1828. She reigned as the queen once again from 1834 until her death in 1853 at the age of 34 due to complications during her 11th delivery.

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Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
(Noblewoman, Journalist)
Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monastyryshche, Ukraine
Died: March 9, 1887
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E. R. Squibb
(Inventor)
E. R. Squibb
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: October 25, 1900
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Charles A. Dana
(American journalist)
Charles A. Dana
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Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hinsdale, New Hampshire, United States
Died: October 17, 1897
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Isaac Mayer Wise
(American Reform Rabbi Who Served as The Rabbi of the Congregation Beth-El of Albany)
Isaac Mayer Wise
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Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lomnička, Czechia
Died: March 26, 1900

Isaac Mayer Wise was an American Reform rabbi, author, and editor. He is best remembered for his service as the rabbi of the congregation Beth-El of Albany. In this capacity, Isaac Mayer Wise effected many changes, such as the consent for having a mixed-sex choir, allowing women and men to sit together in family pews, and elimination of Bar Mitzvah.

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Elias Howe
(Former inventor best known for his creation of the modern lockstitch sewing machine)
Elias Howe
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 9th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Spencer, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 3, 1867
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Johan Jongkind
(Painter)
Johan Jongkind
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Overijssel, Netherlands
Died: February 9, 1891
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Charles Monck, 4th Viscount Monck
(Statesman)
Charles Monck, 4th Viscount Monck
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Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Templemore, Ireland
Died: November 29, 1894
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Henri Harpignies
(Painter)
Henri Harpignies
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: August 28, 1916
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Jane Roberts
(First Lady)
Jane Roberts
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: January 10, 1914
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Butrus al-Bustani
(Syria's First Nationalist and Founder of the Bi-Weekly Magazine 'Al-Jinan')
Butrus al-Bustani
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: May 1, 1883

Arabic scholar Butrus al-Bustani is best remembered for an Arabic dictionary and an Arabic encyclopaedia that he had penned. He also launched the political and literary review al-Jinān, or The Shield. Himself a Christian, he later became the first Syrian nationalist and worked toward cultural harmony in Syria.

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William Wetmore Story
(Poet)
William Wetmore Story
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1895