Famous People Born In 1869

Discover the most famous people born in 1869. The list includes people like Mahatma Gandhi, Grigori Rasputin, Henri Matisse, Neville Chamberlain, Typhoid Mary and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, political activists, poets and political scientists born in 1869. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Mahatma Gandhi
(Indian Freedom Fighter who Employed Non-violent Resistance & Known as 'Father of the Nation')
Mahatma Gandhi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

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Henri Matisse
(French Visual Artist Known for His Paintings: ‘Woman with a Hat’, 'The Dance', and 'Red Room’)
Henri Matisse
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Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France
Died: November 3, 1954

Henri Matisse was a French artist. Although he was known for his skills as a painter, Matisse was also a renowned sculptor, printmaker, and draughtsman. Along with Picasso, Matisse is regarded as one of the artists who contributed immensely to the revolutionary developments in visual arts. His works also influenced other painters who would adopt a technique called intense colorism.

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Emma Goldman
(American Anarchist Political Activist and Writer)
Emma Goldman
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Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 14, 1940

Emma Goldman was a writer and anarchist political activist. She played an important role in popularizing the anarchist political philosophy in Europe and North America in the early and mid-20th century. Her lectures and writing spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as atheism, militarism, freedom of speech, homosexuality, capitalism, and free love.

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Neville Chamberlain
(Prime Minister of the U.K.)
Neville Chamberlain
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 18th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: November 9, 1940

Neville Chamberlain was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, Chamberlain served as UK's prime minister from 1937 to 1940. Known for his signing of the Munich Agreement, which is also called the Munich Betrayal, Neville Chamberlain is regarded by many as one of the most controversial prime ministers of the UK.

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Grigori Rasputin
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Birthdate: 21st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pokrovskoe, Russia
Died: December 30, 1916

Arguably the most controversial and mythologized Russian of the 20th century, Grigori Rasputin was a self-styled monk and mystic infamous for the spell he cast over the wife and child of the last Romanov emperor. The scandal and political intrigue he left in his wake led to his eventual assassination during WWI, and rang the death-knell for imperial Russia.

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Typhoid Mary
(The First Person to be Identified as an Asymptomatic Carrier of the Pathogenic Bacteria 'Salmonella Typhi')
Typhoid Mary
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Listed In: Chefs
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died: November 11, 1938

Irish immigrant Mary Mallon, or Typhoid Mary, worked as a cook in affluent American households. When people started falling ill in and around places where Mary had worked, it was discovered that she was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. Escaping every time, she caused three deaths and was eventually forcibly isolated.

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John Heisman
(Coach)
John Heisman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio
Died: October 3, 1936
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Kasturba Gandhi
(Wife of Mahatama Gandhi)
Kasturba Gandhi
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Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porbandar
Died: February 22, 1944

Kasturba Gandhi was an Indian freedom fighter and political activist. Best remembered as the wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Kasturba took part in Indian independence movements along with her husband. Her life and career inspired a play titled Kasturba which was written by Narayan Desai and directed by Aditi Desai. The play was staged several times in India.

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Andre Gide
(French Author and Winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Andre Gide
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 19, 1951

Nobel Prize-winning French author Andre Gide is remembered for exhibiting the conflict between sexuality and the puritanical standards of society through his works. Much of his work was autobiographical and used the confessional format. A homosexual himself, he defended homosexuality through works such as Corydon.

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Maud of Wales
( Queen of Norway as the Wife of King Haakon VII)
Maud of Wales
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Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: November 20, 1938

Daughter of King Edward VII of Norway, Maud of Wales, was known for being a tomboy and had even been nicknamed Harry, after a valiant admiral. She married Prince Carl of Denmark. After Carl took over as King Haakon VII of Norway, Maud became the queen of Norway, too.

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Stephen Leacock
(Canadian writer)
Stephen Leacock
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Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Swanmore, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Died: March 28, 1944
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Josephine Bakhita
(Saint)
Josephine Bakhita
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darfur, Sudan
Died: February 8, 1947
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Harvey Cushing
(American Neurosurgeon, Pathologist, Writer and the First Person to Describe Cushing’s Disease)
Harvey Cushing
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Listed In: Neurologists
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: October 7, 1939
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Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya
(Deputy Minister of Education in the Government of the Soviet Union 1929 – 1938)
Nadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 27, 1939
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Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
(Prince)
Rupprecht, Crown Prince of Bavaria
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Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: August 2, 1955
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Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
(Former King of Italy (1900 – 1946))
Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: December 28, 1947
Victor Emmanuel III ruled as the king of Italy from 1900 till 1946. He was also the emperor of Ethiopia and the king of the Albanians. He made Benito Mussolini the Italian prime minister after the March on Rome, but deposed him during the World War II Allied invasion.
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Booth Tarkington
(One of Only Four Novelists to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction More Than Once)
Booth Tarkington
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: May 19, 1946
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Winsor McCay
(American Cartoonist and Animator)
Winsor McCay
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spring Lake, Michigan, United States
Died: July 26, 1934

Winsor McCay was an American animator and cartoonist. McCay is best remembered for creating the popular fictional character Little Nemo, who originated in a comic strip titled Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Winsor McCay is credited with pioneering several animation techniques, such as inbetweening and cycling. An early animation pioneer, Winsor McCay’s work has influenced generations of illustrators and cartoonists. 

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Vartapet Komitas
(Armenian Priest, Musicologist and Composer)
Vartapet Komitas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kütahya, Türkiye
Died: October 22, 1935
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Nicolae Paulescu
(Romanian Scientist Known for His Research on 'Insulin' and His Anti-Semitic Writings)
Nicolae Paulescu
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Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: July 17, 1931

Known for his pathbreaking research on the hormone insulin, Romanian physiologist Nicolae Paulescu was also a professor of medicine. He had a tiff with the Nobel Prize committee on their decision to award two other scientists for the discovery of insulin. His anti-Semitic writings influenced the Iron Guard movement.

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Robbie Ross
(Canadian-British Journalist, Art Dealer, and Art Critic)
Robbie Ross
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Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: October 5, 1918
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Liane de Pougy
(Vedette)
Liane de Pougy
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Flèche, France
Died: December 26, 1950

Liane de Pougy was a French dancer and vedette who performed at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Remembered for her captivating looks, de Pougy was widely regarded as one of Paris's most notorious courtesans. She also served as the subject for many artists like Paul César Helleu and Jean Baptiste Guth.

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Lyubov Dostoevskaya
(Writer)
Lyubov Dostoevskaya
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Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: November 10, 1926

Lyubov Dostoevskaya was a Russian memoirist and writer. The daughter of popular Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and his wife Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina, Lyubov Dostoevskaya is best remembered for her work, Dostoyevsky as Portrayed by His Daughter. Many of her memoirs, which were written in French, were translated into other European languages.

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Marguerite Steinheil
(Salonnière)
Marguerite Steinheil
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Listed In: Business Women
Birthdate: 16th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beaucourt, France
Died: July 17, 1954

Marguerite Steinheil was a French woman best remembered for having love affairs with prominent men, including President Félix Faure. Interestingly, it is said that Steinheil was involved in a sexual encounter with Félix Faure at the time of his death in 1899. Steinheil achieved notoriety after the incident; her character was portrayed in a TV series titled Paris Police 1900.

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Gustav Vigeland
(Norwegian Sculptor)
Gustav Vigeland
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Listed In: Sculptors
Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mandal Municipality, Norway
Died: March 12, 1943

Gustav Vigeland was a Norwegian sculptor best remembered for his productivity and creative imagination. Apart from designing popular sculptures such as the Vigeland installation in Frogner Park, Vigeland is also credited with designing the Nobel Peace Prize medal. The Vigeland Museum, which is located outside Frogner Park, Oslo, is dedicated to Gustav Vigeland.

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Rudolf Otto
(German Theologian and One of the Most Influential Scholars of Religion in the Early Twentieth Century)
Rudolf Otto
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Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peine, Germany
Died: March 6, 1937

Initially a professor of theology, philosopher Rudolf Otto later contributed to some of the most significant works of theology, such as The Idea of the Holy. He was also a member of the Prussian Parliament and is remembered for his services to Christianity and his idea of numinous.

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Hovhannes Tumanyan
(Poet)
Hovhannes Tumanyan
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lori Province, Armenia
Died: March 23, 1923
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Alice Hamilton
(Toxicologist, Pathologist, University teacher, Physician)
Alice Hamilton
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Listed In: Pathologists
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Wayne
Died: September 22, 1970
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Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich of Russia
(Military personnel)
Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich of Russia
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Borjomi, Georgia
Died: July 18, 1918
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Felix Salten
(Austro-Hungarian Writer and Literary Critic)
Felix Salten
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Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: October 8, 1945

Best known for penning the children’s classic Bambi, Felix Salten was forced to flee Vienna during the Nazi regime and eventually settled in Switzerland. His books were banned in Austria after Germany annexed the country, but that didn’t dent his popularity as an author. He was a skilled hunter, too.

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Prince George of Greece and Denmark
(Second son and child of George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia)
Prince George of Greece and Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mon Repos Estate, Corfu, Greece
Died: November 25, 1957
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Algernon Henry Blackwood
(Broadcaster)
Algernon Henry Blackwood
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shooter's Hill, Kent, England
Died: December 10, 1951
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Calouste Gulbenkian
(businessperson, entrepreneur)
Calouste Gulbenkian
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Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Üsküdar
Died: July 20, 1955
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Prince Baudouin of Belgium
(Eldest Son of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders)
Prince Baudouin of Belgium
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 23, 1891

Prince Baudouin of Belgium was the son of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders. He is also known as the older brother of Albert I of Belgium, who went on to become King of the Belgians in 1909. Albert I became heir presumptive after the untimely death of Prince Baudouin of Belgium at the age of 21.

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Stanisław Wyspiański
(Polish Playwright, Painter and Poet)
Stanisław Wyspiański
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: November 28, 1907

Stanisław Wyspiański was a Polish poet, playwright, and painter. He was one of the most patriotic writers of the Young Poland Movement and is best remembered for creating several symbolic, national dramas. Stanisław Wyspiański is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Bard of Polish literature.

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Philip de László
(Painter)
Philip de László
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: November 22, 1937
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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
(Scottish Physicist, Meteorologist and Winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1959

Scottish physicist, meteorologist and Nobel Laureate Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is noted for inventing the cloud chamber particle detector, also referred to as Wilson cloud chamber, used for visualizing the passage of ionizing radiation. It played a significant role in the area of experimental particle physics between the 1920s and 1950s.

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Joseph Franklin Rutherford
(American Lawyer and Judge)
Joseph Franklin Rutherford
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, Missouri, United States
Died: January 8, 1942

Joseph Franklin Rutherford was an American lawyer who later developed an interest in the teachings of Charles Taze Russell. Eventually, he joined the Bible Student movement and later became the president of the Watch Tower Tract Society. Also an author, Joseph Franklin Rutherford wrote 21 books and distributed almost 400 million booklets and books.

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Arthur Rostron
(Sailor)
Arthur Rostron
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Listed In: Sailors
Birthdate: 14th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bolton
Died: November 4, 1940
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Else Lasker-Schüler
(German Poet and Playwright Famous for Her Bohemian Lifestyle in Berlin and Her Poetry)
Else Lasker-Schüler
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Germany
Died: January 22, 1945

One of the rare female Expressionist authors, Else Lasker-Schüler is best remembered for plays such as Die Wupper. Known for her bohemian and eccentric lifestyle, she fled the Nazis and moved first to Switzerland and then to Jerusalem. Owing to her extravagant expenses, she died in poverty.

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Kid Nichols
(Baseball manager)
Kid Nichols
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 11, 1953
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Robert S. Woodworth
(Psychologist)
Robert S. Woodworth
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belchertown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1962
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Siegfried Wagner
(Composer)
Siegfried Wagner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 6th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: August 4, 1930
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Howard Thurston
(One of the Most Popular Magicians of His Time)
Howard Thurston
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Listed In: Magicians
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: April 13, 1936

One of the most popular magicians of his time, Howard Thurston was born to working-class parents and ran away from home as a child to join a circus. He popularized the floating woman illusion previously performed by Harry Kellar and was best known for his card tricks.

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Bamba Sutherland
(Last surviving member of the family that had ruled the Sikh Empire in the Punjab)
Bamba Sutherland
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 29th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 10, 1957
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Iulia Hasdeu
(Poet)
Iulia Hasdeu
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: September 29, 1888
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Stanisław Wojciechowski
(Former President of the Republic of Poland (1922 - 1926), Minister of Internal Affairs (1919 - 1920))
Stanisław Wojciechowski
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kalisz, Poland
Died: April 9, 1953

Stanisław Wojciechowski was a major figure in the Polish independence movement against Russia and later also served as the president of Poland. The Polish Peasant Party member had initially also contributed to the socialist periodical Przedświt. Though friends with Józef Piłsudski, he later disagreed with him, and eventually resigned.

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Hans Poelzig
(Architect)
Hans Poelzig
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Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 14, 1936
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Zinaida Nikolayevna Gippius
(Poet)
Zinaida Nikolayevna Gippius
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Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belyov, Russia
Died: September 9, 1945
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Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
(Noblemen)
Albert, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: April 27, 1931