Famous People Born In 1863

Discover the most famous people born in 1863. The list includes people like Swami Vivekananda, Henry Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Edvard Munch, David Lloyd George and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, psychologists, sociologists and philosophers born in 1863. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Henry Ford
(The Founder of the ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Henry Ford
45
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 30th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springwells Township, Michigan, United States
Died: April 7, 1947

Business magnate and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is credited to have made the automobile an accessible conveyance for Americans in the 20th century. Following the success of his company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He also became known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I.

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand
(The person whose assassination sparked the First World War)
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
21
Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 18th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: June 28, 1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the eldest son of Archduke Karl Ludwig, was the heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. He was also the inspector general of the Austro-Hungarian army. His assassination by Young Bosnia member Gavrilo Princip triggered Austria’s conflict with Serbia, leading to World War I.
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Edvard Munch
(Norwegian Painter Best Known for His Works: ‘The Scream’, ‘Madonna’ and ‘The Sick Child’)
Edvard Munch
37
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ådalsbruk, Norway
Died: 1944 AD

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is remembered for his iconic works The Scream and The Frieze of Life - A Poem about Life, Love, and Death. His paintings exhibited themes that reflected his own psychological states. He was a significant member of the Symbolism movement but was banned by the Nazi.

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William Randolph Hearst
(Newspaper Baron)
William Randolph Hearst
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher, businessman, and politician. He is credited with developing America's largest newspaper chain, Hearst Communications. Today, Hearst Communications has grown into a multinational business information and mass media conglomerate. William Randolph Hearst’s life and work inspired the creation of Charles Foster Kane, the main character in the 1941 drama film, Citizen Kane.

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Andres Bonifacio
(Filipino Revolutionary)
Andres Bonifacio
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo
Died: May 10, 1897
Andrés Bonifacio, or the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” established the Katipunan, the Philippine independence movement against the Spanish colonial reign. He also worked with La Liga Filipina. He is considered the first president of the Philippines though he was never officially the president. He was eventually executed for treason. 
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George Santayana
(Regarded as One of the Most Important Thinkers of the First Half of the 20th Century)
George Santayana
4
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: September 26, 1952

One of George Santayana’s initial works, The Sense of Beauty, spoke about aesthetics, an oft-repeated topic in his later works. The Spanish-born American philosopher and Harvard professor is remembered for his quote “Only the dead have seen the end of war,” which has often been misattributed to Plato.

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Konstantin Stanislavski
(Co-founder of ‘Moscow Art Theatre’ and Developer of Stanislavski's System of Acting)
Konstantin Stanislavski
1
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 7, 1938

Legendary Soviet and Russian theatre-practitioner Konstantin Stanislavski, who played an instrumental role in promoting new Russian drama of his time, is best-known for co-founding the world-renowned Moscow Art Theatre and developing the Stanislavski's system of training and preparing actors. Sergeyevich was considered one of the prominent theatre directors of his day and also earned repute as a remarkable character actor.

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Pierre de Coubertin
(Father of the Modern Olympic Games)
Pierre de Coubertin
5
Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 2, 1937

Pierre de Coubertin was a French historian and educator. Credited with founding the International Olympic Committee, Coubertin is often referred to as the father of the modern Olympic Games. Also an important contributor to the sport of rugby union, Coubertin was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007. 

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Louis Cyr
(Strongman)
Louis Cyr
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Listed In: Strongmen
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Canada
Died: November 10, 1912
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David Lloyd George
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
David Lloyd George
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chorlton-on-Medlock
Died: March 26, 1945
David Lloyd George, or the 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, was the British prime minister from 1916 to 1922 and the first Welsh to hold the position. Though he was a Liberal, he was initially supported by the Conservatives. He was a key figure in the Paris Peace Conference.
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Leo Baekeland
(Chemist & Inventor)
Leo Baekeland
4
Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Died: February 23, 1944

Industrial chemist Leo Baekeland is remembered as The Father of the Plastics Industry for creating Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic of the world, thus marking the beginning of the Polymer Age. His many inventions include Velox, a special photographic paper, the rights of which he sold to George Eastman.

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Nicholas Black Elk
(Traditional Healers)
Nicholas Black Elk
8
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Powder River, Wyoming, United States
Died: August 19, 1950
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Paul Signac
(French Neo-Impressionist Painter Who Developed the Painting Technique Called 'Pointillism')
Paul Signac
5
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 15, 1935

Paul Signac had initially aspired to become an architect but later deviated to painting. A major figure of the post-Impressionist period, he, along with Georges Seurat, pioneered the technique called pointillism. A sailor and an avid traveler, he mirrored the beauty of the European coasts in his works.

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Annie Jump Cannon
(Astronomer)
Annie Jump Cannon
7
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dover
Died: April 13, 1941

After studying physics and astronomy at Wellesley College, Annie Jump Cannon traveled across Europe and focused on photography for a decade, before venturing to study astronomy again. At the Harvard Observatory, she made a considerable contribution to the classification of stellar bodies. She was almost deaf due to scarlet fever.

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George Herbert Mead
(Philosopher)
George Herbert Mead
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Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 26, 1931

American philosopher and social psychologist George Herbert Mead was one of the pioneers of pragmatism and symbolic interactionism. He taught at the University of Chicago, and his ideas later came to be known as the Chicago school of sociology. His notable lectures were published as books only after his death.

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Henry Royce
(British Engineer and Co-founder of the 'Rolls-Royce')
Henry Royce
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 27th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, England
Died: April 22, 1933

Famous for his designs of car and airplane engines, fifteen years old Frederick Henry Royce learned engineering through hands-on during his apprenticeship at Great Northern Railway Company rather than through education. At twenty-one, he started his own engineering business, manufacturing electrically driven cranes, dynamos, and motors, eventually drawing the attention of C.S. Rolls, co-founding the Rolls Royce Company with him.

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Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
(Chemist)
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Murom
Died: September 27, 1944

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was a photographer and chemist of the Russian Empire. Prokudin-Gorskii is remembered for his effort to capture early 20th-century Russia and his groundbreaking work in color photography. From 1909 to 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled across the Russian Empire, documenting several of its aspects. After his death, many of his negatives were taken to the U.S. Library of Congress.

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Joaquín Sorolla
(Spanish Valencian Painter Best Known for His Depictions of Beach and Water Scenes)
Joaquín Sorolla
2
Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: August 10, 1923

Born into poverty and orphaned at age 2, Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla later traveled to Rome to acquire training in painting. He began his career painting on themes of historical and social relevance and later also excelled in landscapes and portraits. Sad Inheritance remains one of his best works.

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Mary Church Terrell
(African-American Suffragist, Civil Rights Activist)
Mary Church Terrell
2
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 24, 1954

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American suffragist and civil rights activist. She was one of the first women of African-American heritage to earn a college degree. Terrell helped establish the National Association of Colored Women and served as its first president. Mary Church Terrell was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2020.

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Richard Warren Sears
(Businessman)
Richard Warren Sears
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stewartville, Minnesota, United States
Died: September 28, 1914
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Bob Fitzsimmons
(British Professional Boxer Who was the Sport’s First Three-Division World Champion)
Bob Fitzsimmons
1
Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helston, England
Died: October 22, 1917

British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons initially spent a lot of time in his family’s blacksmith’s forge in New Zealand, thus later earning the nickname The Fighting Blacksmith. He later scripted history as the first boxer to win world titles in three categories, the middleweight, the light-heavyweight, and the heavyweight divisions.

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Swami Vivekananda
(Indian Monk & Philosopher Who Introduced the Vedanta and Yoga to the Western World)
Swami Vivekananda
148
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: July 4, 1902

The founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math, Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, and spiritual leader. He is credited with introducing the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the Western world. He is also credited with elevating the status of Hinduism as a major religion in the modern world by raising interfaith awareness.

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Arthur Machen
(Welsh Author Best Known for His Influential Supernatural, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction)
Arthur Machen
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: December 15, 1947

Welsh writer Arthur Machen was a master of science-fiction and horror. He soared to fame with his novella The Great God Pan, which later achieved cult status. However, in spite of his literary fame, he continued to live in poverty, working as a journalist, a clerk, and a teacher.

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Margaret Murray
(Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist)
Margaret Murray
2
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: November 13, 1963

British Egyptologist and anthropologist Margaret Murray was also a scholar of witchcraft. Her best-known work is her 1921 book The Witch Cult in Western Europe, which inspired later witchcraft scholars such as Gerald B. Gardner. The University College London professor had worked in places such as Egypt, Malta, and Petra.

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Constantine P. Cavafy
(Greek Poet, Journalist and Civil Servant )
Constantine P. Cavafy
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Birthdate: 29th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
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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Austen Chamberlain
(First Lord of the Admiralty (1931))
Austen Chamberlain
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Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: March 16, 1937
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William Gillette
(Actor)
William Gillette
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Birthdate: 24th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 29, 1937
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Alexandre Yersin
(Discoverer of Yersinia Pestis)
Alexandre Yersin
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Listed In: Bacteriologists
Birthdate: 22nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aubonne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
Died: March 1, 1943

Alexandre Yersin was a physician and bacteriologist. He is credited with co-discovering Yersinia pestis, the bacillus that causes the bubonic plague. Also an agriculturist, Yersin pioneered the cultivation of rubber trees. He is revered by the Vietnamese people because of his association with Hanoi Medical University; a private university in Da Lat is named in his honor.

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Pietro Mascagni
(Composer)
Pietro Mascagni
1
Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: August 2, 1945
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Charles Martin Hall
4
Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thompson Township, Ohio, United States
Died: December 27, 1914
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Vladimir Vernadsky
(Russian Mineralogist and One of the Founders of Geochemistry, Radiogeology and Biogeochemistry)
Vladimir Vernadsky
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 12th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 6, 1945

Vladimir Vernadsky was a geochemist and mineralogist who is widely regarded as one of the founders of radiogeology, biogeochemistry, and geochemistry. He is also credited with founding the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Vernadsky is best remembered for his book, The Biosphere, which discusses Eduard Suess' work. He won the prestigious Stalin Prize in 1943.

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Jessie Willcox Smith
(Illustrator)
Jessie Willcox Smith
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Listed In: Illustrators
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 3, 1935
 33 
Gabriele D'Annunzio
(Former Member of Italian Chamber of Deputies (1897-1900))
Gabriele D'Annunzio
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 12th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy
Died: March 1, 1938

Known for literary works like Il Piacere and La Gioconda, Italian journalist, poet and playwright Gabriele D'Annunzio dominated the second period of Italian Decadentism. He became a national war hero during the First World War. His political endeavours include establishing and leading the short-lived Italian Regency of Carnaro in Fiume. He is often described as the forerunner of Italian fascism.  

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Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
(Fashion Designer and Widely Acknowledged Innovator in Couture Styles)
Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
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Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 20, 1935
 35 
Hugo Münsterberg
(Psychologist, University teacher, Philosopher)
Hugo Münsterberg
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Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: December 16, 1916
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Gene Stratton-Porter
(Author)
Gene Stratton-Porter
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Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lagro, Indiana, U.S
Died: December 6, 1924
 37 
Samuel P. Bush
(Businessperson)
Samuel P. Bush
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Orange, USA
Died: February 8, 1948
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Casey Jones
(Railroad Worker)
Casey Jones
5
Birthdate: 14th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Died: April 30, 1900
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Reinhard Scheer
(Admiral)
Reinhard Scheer
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Obernkirchen, Germany
Died: November 26, 1928
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Kate Kelly
(Ned Kelly's sister)
Kate Kelly
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beveridge, Australia
Died: September 30, 1898
 41 
Charles Pathé
(French Film Producer and Businessman Who Pioneered the Development of the Motion Picture)
Charles Pathé
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Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chevry-Cossigny, France
Died: December 25, 1957

Charles Pathé was a French film producer and businessman. A pioneer of the French recording and film industries, Pathé is best remembered for pioneering the development of the motion picture. Charles Pathé is also credited with founding a company named Société Pathé Frères.

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Anthony Hope
(British Novelist and Playwright Known for His Work 'The Prisoner of Zenda')
Anthony Hope
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lower Clapton, London, England
Died: July 8, 1933

Best known for his iconic novel The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope specialized in cloak-and-sword romances and eventually created a separate genre, known as the Ruritanian romance, set in the mythical country of Ruritania. He was also knighted for his achievements but eventually succumbed to throat cancer.

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Charles Edward Ringling
(Former Circus showman who was one of seven original Ringling Brothers who owned the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus)
Charles Edward Ringling
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Birthdate: 2nd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: McGregor, Iowa, United States
Died: December 3, 1926
 44 
Kelly Miller
(American mathematician)
Kelly Miller
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winnsboro, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 29, 1939
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Werner Sombart
(German Economist and Sociologist Known for Coining the Term ‘Late Capitalism')
Werner Sombart
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Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ermsleben, Falkenstein, Germany
Died: May 18, 1941

Werner Sombart was a German sociologist and economist. He was one of the 20th century's most important Continental European social scientists who served as the leader of the Youngest Historical School. Werner Sombart is credited with coining the phrase late capitalism. He is also remembered for his magnum opus, Der moderne Kapitalismus.

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Arthur Henderson
(Politician)
Arthur Henderson
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Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: October 20, 1935
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Ellen Churchill Semple
(American Geographer Who Made Immense Contributions to the Development of Geography as Discipline in the US)
Ellen Churchill Semple
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Listed In: Geographers
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 8, 1932

Ellen Churchill Semple was an American geographer best remembered for her association with the Association of American Geographers, where she served as the first female president. Semple made immense contributions to the development of geography as discipline in the US, especially studies of human geography. In 1914, Semple was honored by the American Geographical Society with the Cullum Geographic Medal.

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Mary of the Divine Heart
(Noblewoman)
Mary of the Divine Heart
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Münster, Germany
Died: June 8, 1899
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Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
(Princess)
Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
5
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Died: September 24, 1950
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Alexander Siloti
(Pianist)
Alexander Siloti
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Listed In: Pianists
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: December 8, 1945