Famous People Born In 1873

Discover the most famous people born in 1873. The list includes people like Willa Cather, Lee de Forest, Sidney Reilly, Alexis Carrel, Max Reger and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, journalists and directors born in 1873. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Germany and many more countries.
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Sergei Rachmaninoff
(Russian Composer Who Was Considered One of the Finest Pianists of His Era)
Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Starorussky Uyezd
Died: March 28, 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist of the late Romantic period. Credited with exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, Rachmaninoff's music continues to be featured in films. His four-year struggle with depression, which was followed by the critical failure of his Symphony No. 1, was depicted in the 2015 musical Preludes.

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Thérèse of Lisieux
(Roman Catholic Nun Known as the ‘Little Flower of Jesus’)
Thérèse of Lisieux
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 2nd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: September 30, 1897
French nun Thérèse of Lisieux, known as "The Little Flower of Jesus,” became one of the most well-known Catholic saints ever. She became the youngest Doctor of the Church and the third woman to receive the honor. A devoted Carmelite, she died of tuberculosis at age 24.
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Thomas Andrews
(Businessperson, Naval Architect)
Thomas Andrews
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Birthdate: 7th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Comber, County Down, Ireland
Died: April 15, 1912
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Colette
(Best Known for Her Novel 'Gigi')
Colette
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 28th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France
Died: August 3, 1954

Colette was a French author who received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. She is remembered for her novella Gigi, which inspired the 1958 movie and the 1973 musical of the same name. Her life and work have inspired several films, including the 2018 biographical drama film Colette, where Keira Knightley played the title role.

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Willa Cather
(Author)
Willa Cather
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winchester
Died: April 24, 1947
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Alberto Santos Dumont
(Brazilian aviator)
Alberto Santos Dumont
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Listed In: Aviators
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santos Dumont
Died: July 23, 1932
Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont was born to an affluent coffee plantation owner and studied engineering in France. He was the man behind the first public flight in a winged aircraft in Europe. Later, the use of planes in warfare made him so depressed that he committed suicide.
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Alfred Emanuel Smith
(42nd Governor of New York (1923-28))
Alfred Emanuel Smith
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Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 4, 1944
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William McMaster Murdoch
(British Sailor Who Was the First Officer on the ‘RMS Titanic’)
William McMaster Murdoch
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Listed In: Sailors
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalbeattie, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1912

Scottish sailor William McMaster Murdoch was the First Officer on the RMS Titanic. The officer in charge on the bridge when the ship collided with an iceberg, he was one of the more than 1,500 casualties when the ship sank. He died under mysterious circumstances, and it is rumored that he died by suicide shortly after the collision. 

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W. C. Handy
(Composer)
W. C. Handy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Alabama, United States
Died: March 28, 1958
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Francisco I. Madero
(37th President of Mexico)
Francisco I. Madero
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parras de la Fuente, Mexico
Died: February 22, 1913

Apart from being the president of Mexico, Francisco I. Madero was also a social reformist. Born into an affluent landowning family, Madero grew up to challenge the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and was one of the initiators of the Mexican Revolution. He was assassinated in a right-wing coup.

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Adolph Zukor
(Film producer)
Adolph Zukor
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 7th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ricse
Died: June 10, 1976
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Sidney Reilly
(British Secret Service Bureau Agent)
Sidney Reilly
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Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: November 5, 1925

Born in Russia, Sigmund Rosenblum was the illegitimate son of a doctor. He later joined the British intelligence services as a spy under the alias Sidney Reilly and mostly reported on the oil deals of Russia. He wished to topple the Bolshevik regime but was eventually executed by Russian authorities.

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Lee de Forest
(Father of Radio)
Lee de Forest
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Died: June 30, 1961
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Ford Madox Ford
(British Writer Known for His Novels: 'The Good Soldier', 'Parade’s End' Tetralogy and 'The Fifth Queen' Trilogy)
Ford Madox Ford
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Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Merton, Surrey, England
Died: June 26, 1939

Best remembered for his novel The Good Soldier, author Ford Madox Ford was the grandson of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown. He had been part of World War I. He spent his final years in France and the US, mostly authoring criticism. The tetralogy Parade's End remains one of his best-known works.

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Karl Schwarzschild
(German Physicist and Astronomer)
Karl Schwarzschild
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: May 11, 1916

Karl Schwarzschild was a German astronomer and physicist. He is remembered for his contributions to the general theory of relativity; Schwarzschild came up with the first exact solution to the Albert Einstein field equations. He also contributed immensely to the theory of black holes.

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Alexander Bogdanov
(Physician)
Alexander Bogdanov
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Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sokolka, Poland
Died: April 7, 1928

Alexander Bogdanov was a Russian physician, science fiction writer, philosopher, and Bolshevik revolutionary. Bogdanov is credited with inventing Tektology, which is widely considered a forerunner of systems theory. A multi-talented personality, Alexander Bogdanov was also a renowned economist and culture theorist.

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John McGraw
(Baseball player)
John McGraw
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 7th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truxton, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 1934
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Daniel Daly
(Military Leader)
Daniel Daly
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States
Died: April 27, 1937
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Alexis Carrel
(Surgeon, Biologist)
Alexis Carrel
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône, France
Died: November 5, 1944
Nobel Prize-winning French biologist and surgeon Alexis Carrel is remembered for developing a method to suture blood vessels with minimum stitches, to repair them. He also successfully kept tissues alive outside the body for 30 years, in an innovative tissue culture experiment, and worked on organ transplantation.
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Eliel Saarinen
(A Leading Architect and Urban Planner Known for His 'Art Nouveau' Buildings)
Eliel Saarinen
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Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rantasalmi
Died: July 1, 1950

Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen was a prominent architect of Finland. He later moved to the US where he influenced modern architecture. He also collaborated with son Eero, a leading American architect. Notable buildings designed by Eliel, known for his designs in Art Nouveau style, includes Helsinki Central Station and Joensuu City Hall in Finland; and St Paul's Church in Estonia.   

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Julius Martov
(Russian Revolutionary and Prominent Menshevik Leader)
Julius Martov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: April 4, 1923

Russian revolutionary and politician Julius Martov was a prominent leader of the Mensheviks. A close associate of Vladimir Lenin since his initial political career, he later clashed with Lenin’s ideology of limiting party membership to an exclusive group. He spent his finals years in Berlin as an editor of Socialist Courier.

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Max Reinhardt
(One of the Most Prominent Directors of German-Language Theatre in the Early 20th Century)
Max Reinhardt
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baden, Austria
Died: October 31, 1943

Max Reinhardt was an Austrian-born director and producer. The son of a Jewish merchant, he took acting lessons and embarked on a brilliant theatrical career. Before long, he came to be regarded as one of the most prominent directors of German-language theater. However, he had to flee Austria during the Nazi invasion and eventually settled in USA. 

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Lady Ottoline Morrell
(Writer)
Lady Ottoline Morrell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Died: April 21, 1938
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Charles R. Walgreen
(American Businessman and Founder of 'Walgreens')
Charles R. Walgreen
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dixon, Illinois, United States
Died: December 11, 1939

Charles R. Walgreen was an American businessman best remembered for founding Walgreens, which operates America's second-largest pharmacy store chain. Charles R. Walgreen is one of the most important members of the Labor Hall of Fame.

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Enrico Caruso
(Operatic Tenor of the Early 20th Century & One of the First Musicians to Document His Voice on Recordings)
Enrico Caruso
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Listed In: Opera Singers
Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: August 2, 1921

Enrico Caruso was an operatic tenor who performed at prominent opera houses in the Americas and Europe. His commercially released recordings made him an international star in the early-1900s. Thanks to his illustrious career that spanned 25 years, Caruso became one of the most popular entertainers of his generation. In 1987, he was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Nellie McClung
(Canadian Author, Politician and Social Activist)
Nellie McClung
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 1, 1951

Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.

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Alice Guy-Blaché
(Film director)
Alice Guy-Blaché
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: March 24, 1968
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Maud Allan
(Canadian Dancer Known for Her 'Dance of the Seven Veils')
Maud Allan
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Listed In: Choreographers
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: October 7, 1956

Maud Allan was a Canadian dancer who became known for her Dance of the Seven Veils. She studied piano at the Hochschule für Musik and became a piano teacher. She later abandoned the piano in favor of dance. She was very creative as a dancer and even designed her own costumes. She became a dance teacher in her later years.  

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Spyridon Louis
(Greek Water Carrier, Marathon Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Spyridon Louis
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Listed In: Marathon Runners
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marousi, Greece
Died: March 26, 1940

Spiridon Louis was a Greek water carrier-turned-national hero. Louis achieved widespread popularity after becoming the first person to win the modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Olympics in Athens. A former soldier, Louis is an example of an early rags-to-riches story where he wins the Olympic medal at a crucial moment and later becomes a police officer.

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Leo Amery
(Politician)
Leo Amery
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Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gorakhpur, India
Died: September 16, 1955
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Otto Loewi
(American Pharmacologist and Psychobiologist)
Otto Loewi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: December 25, 1961

Otto Loewi was a German-born American psycho-biologist and pharmacologist, whose research on neurology proved that chemicals were involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. Working with Sir Henry Dale, he established the role of acetylcholine as an endogenous neurotransmitter, co-winning the Nobel Prize for it. Later, he worked on diabetes and devised Loewi’s test for the detection of pancreatic disease.

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Antonie Pannekoek
(Astronomer, Historian of science, Philosopher, University teacher)
Antonie Pannekoek
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 2nd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vaassen
Died: April 28, 1960
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Melitta Bentz
(Entrepreneur)
Melitta Bentz
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Listed In: Business Women
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: June 29, 1950
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Tullio Levi-Civita
(Mathematician)
Tullio Levi-Civita
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Padua
Died: December 29, 1941
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Ibrahim of Johor
(Malaysian king)
Ibrahim of Johor
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istana Bidadari, Serangoon, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: May 8, 1959
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Edwin Flack
(Australian Athlete, Tennis Player and Olympic Medalist)
Edwin Flack
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: January 10, 1935

Edwin Flack was an Australian tennis player and athlete. In 1896, Flack became Australia's first Olympian when he represented the nation in the first modern Olympic Games. He went on to win gold medals in the 800m and 1500m events, becoming the first Australian Olympic champion. In 1985, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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Barbados Joe Walcott
(Professional Boxer)
Barbados Joe Walcott
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 13th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Demerara, Guyana
Died: October 4, 1935
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Ellen Glasgow
(Novelist)
Ellen Glasgow
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: November 21, 1945
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Sándor Ferenczi
(Hungarian Psychoanalyst)
Sándor Ferenczi
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Listed In: Psychiatrists
Birthdate: 7th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miskolc, Hungary
Died: May 22, 1933

Sándor Ferenczi is best remembered for his research on free association and the psychoanalytic theory. Initially an army doctor, he specialized in subjects such as neuropathology and hypnosis. He was also close to Sigmund Freud and later taught at the University of Budapest. He also established the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society.

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Jules Rimet
(Football administrator)
Jules Rimet
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Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Theuley
Died: October 16, 1956
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Kyōka Izumi
(Japanese Author of Novels, Short Stories, and Kabuki Plays Who Was Active During the Prewar Period)
Kyōka Izumi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Died: September 7, 1939

Often considered an eccentric and superstitious writer, Kyōka Izumi chiefly wrote on fantasy, producing numerous novels, short stories and haiku plays in the backdrop of distinctive and yet supernatural world, using fantasy to criticize many social norms and practices.  Initially trained by Ozaki Kōyō, Izumi has produced several masterpieces, including The Holy Man of Mount Kōya and Worship at Yushima.

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Iuliu Maniu
(32nd Prime Minister of Romania Who was Later Convicted of Treason and Given Life Imprisonment)
Iuliu Maniu
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badacin, Romania
Died: February 5, 1953

Iuliu Maniu held office as 32nd Prime Minister of Romania. He served as President of Romanian National Party and thereafter co-founded National Peasants' Party and served as its President for around five years. He was later arrested as a result of the Tămădău affair, convicted of treason and sentenced to life-imprisonment at hard-labour. He died in prison after six years.

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G. E. Moore
(British Philosopher Who was Among the Founders of Analytic Philosophy)
G. E. Moore
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 24, 1958

English philosopher G. E. Moore was one of the pioneers of analytic philosophy. Best known for his iconic works such as Principia Ethica, he also taught moral science and philosophy. Moore was also a sworn agnostic and was part of the Cambridge Apostles, a secret society of British intellectuals.

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Princess Anna of Montenegro
(Aristocrat)
Princess Anna of Montenegro
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Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cetinje, Montenegro
Died: April 22, 1971
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Leo Baeck
(German Rabbi, Scholar and Theologian)
Leo Baeck
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Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: November 2, 1956

German rabbi and spiritual leader Leo Baeck remains a symbol of liberal Jewish thinking of the Nazi era. He is best remembered for The Essence of Judaism and This People Israel, the latter of which was penned by him while in a Nazi concentration camp.

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Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard
(Police Officer)
Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taunton, England
Died: February 10, 1956
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Mistinguett
(Actress)
Mistinguett
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enghien-les-Bains, France
Died: January 5, 1956
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Ahmad Qavam
(Former 19th Prime Minister of Iran (July 1952 – July 1952, 1946 - 1947, 1942 - 1943 ))
Ahmad Qavam
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 2nd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: July 23, 1955

Ahmad Qavam was a politician best remembered for serving as the Prime Minister of Iran on five occasions between 1921 and 1952. During one of his terms as the Prime Minister, Ahmad Qavam played a key role in the signing of the 1942 Tripartite Treaty between Britain, Russia, and Iran.

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Alfred Jarry
(Playwright, Writer, Poet, Novelist)
Alfred Jarry
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laval
Died: November 1, 1907
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E. J. Bellocq
(photographer)
E. J. Bellocq
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: New Orleans
Died: 1949 AD