Famous People Born In 1890

Discover the most famous people born in 1890. The list includes people like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Charles de Gaulle, H. P. Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, Colonel Sanders and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, soldiers, journalists and novelists born in 1890. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Canada and many more countries.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
(34th President of the United States (1953–1961))
Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Died: March 28, 1969

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower held office from 1953 to 1961. An army officer During World War II, he was part of many successful operations. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and his two terms as president saw widespread economic prosperity in USA. He is ranked high among American presidents.

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Colonel Sanders
(Founder of the Fast Food Chicken Restaurant ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ (KFC))
Colonel Sanders
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Listed In: Restaurateurs
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henryville, Indiana, United States
Died: December 16, 1980

Colonel Sanders is the man who revolutionized the American fast food industry by founding the restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Establishing a style trademark by wearing a white suit and black string tie, Sanders went on to become a symbol of the KFC brand. Such is the popularity of the brand, the symbol is recognized all over the world.

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Agatha Christie
(English Author Known for Her Detective Novels and Short Stories)
Agatha Christie
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England
Died: January 12, 1976

Even after four decades after her death, Agatha Christie remains an influential figure in the world of literature and entertainment as most of her books continue to serve as inspiration to films, TV series, and video games. With over two billion copies of her novels sold, she holds the Guinness World Records for best-selling fiction writer of all time.

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H. P. Lovecraft
(American Weird-Fiction Writer Known for Creating the Mythopoeia 'Cthulhu Mythos')
H. P. Lovecraft
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 15, 1937

HP Lovecraft was a writer of weird and horror fiction and is known for his creation of Cthulhu Mythos, which has inspired a large body of games and music. His stories focused on his interpretation of humanity's place in the universe. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime, but is now considered a significant 20th-century author of supernatural horror fiction.

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Ho Chi Minh
(Former PM and President of Democratic Republic of Vietnam)
Ho Chi Minh
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Birthdate: 19th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cụm di tích Hoàng trù, Vietnam
Died: September 2, 1969
Vietnamese Communist revolutionary Hồ Chí Minh led the Việt Minh independence movement and served as North Vietnam’s prime minister, from 1945 to 1955, and president, from 1945 to 1969. He was an integral part of the Vietnam War. South Vietnam’s former capital, Saigon, was later renamed Ho Chi Minh City.
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Stan Laurel
(Comic Actor Who was Part of The Comedy Duo 'Laurel and Hardy'. and Appeared with His Comedy Partner Oliver Hardy in 107 Short Films)
Stan Laurel
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Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 23, 1965

Comedian Stan Laurel entertained audiences as part of the iconic duo Laurel and Hardy, along with Oliver Hardy, in over 100 films. He began his career with music-hall sketch comedy and worked as an understudy of Charlie Chaplin in Fred Karno's Army. He was known for his trademark bowler hat.

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Charles de Gaulle
(Former French President & Army Officer Who Led 'Free France' against Nazi Germany in World War II)
Charles de Gaulle
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: November 9, 1970

Charles de Gaulle was a French statesman and army officer. Charles de Gaulle fought against Nazi Germany in the Second World War by leading the Free French Forces. He also worked towards re-establishing democracy in France. He founded the Fifth Republic, France's current republican system, and rewrote the Constitution of France. He then served as the president of France.

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Groucho Marx
(One of America's Greatest Comedians of His Era)
Groucho Marx
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Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 1977
Groucho Marx is best remembered for his roles in the 13 Marx Brothers films he made with his siblings, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Gummo. Considered one of America’s best comedians, he is also the man behind the Groucho Glasses, inspired by his signature glasses, big nose, bushy eyebrows, and mustache.
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Michael Collins
(Politician)
Michael Collins
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Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Cork, Republic of Ireland
Died: August 22, 1922
Revolutionary leader Michael Collins was a significant figure in the Irish struggle for independence. He was the director of intelligence of the Irish army and was responsible for attacks such as the "Bloody Sunday" killings of British agents. He negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty but was assassinated by anti-Treaty rebels.
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Duke Kahanamoku
(Hawaiian Competition Swimmer Who Popularized the Sport of Surfing)
Duke Kahanamoku
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: January 22, 1968

Duke Kahanamoku was an American competitive swimmer and surfer. He is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian surfing. As a swimmer, Kahanamoku won three gold medals in two different Olympics. Kahanamoku was inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has been also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Man Ray
(Modernist Artist)
Man Ray
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Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: November 18, 1976

Famous photographer, painter and filmmaker, Man Ray was the sole American who was a significant part of both the Dada and Surrealist movements. Despite his contributions in various artistic mediums, he is best remembered as a photographer who popularised solarisation and Rayographs techniques. He also made films including the Surrealist classic L’Étoile de mer and published his autobiography Self-Portrait.

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Frank Morgan
(Actor)
Frank Morgan
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Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 18, 1949
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Egon Schiele
(Austrian Expressionist Painter, Draftsman, and Printmaker)
Egon Schiele
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tulln, Austria
Died: October 31, 1918

Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter whose work is well-known for its raw sexuality and intensity. An early exponent of Expressionism, Schiele was one of the early-20th century's most prominent figurative painters. His life and career inspired the 1980 biographical film Excess and Punishment, in which Schiele was played by German actor Mathieu Carrière. 

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Eddie Rickenbacker
(American Fighter Pilot Who Played an Important Role in World War I)
Eddie Rickenbacker
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 8th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1973

Eddie Rickenbacker was an American fighter pilot who played an important role in World War I. With 26 aerial victories under his belt, Rickenbacker was the most decorated and most successful US flying ace of the First World War. A multi-talented personality, Eddie Rickenbacker was also an automotive designer and race car driver.

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Fritz Lang
(Austrian Filmmaker Who Was a Pioneer of Science-Fiction Movies)
Fritz Lang
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Birthdate: 5th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 2, 1976

While Austrian filmmaker Fritz Lang initially studied civil engineering, he later trained as a painter, before switching to screenwriting and direction. He was a prominent figure of German Expressionism and mostly worked in Germany and the US. His Woman in the Moon was a pioneering science-fiction movie.

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Boris Pasternak
(Russian Poet & Novelist Who Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958)
Boris Pasternak
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 30, 1960

Son of an artist father and a pianist mother, Boris Pasternak initially wished to become a musician. He is best known for his novel Doctor Zhivago, set against backdrop of the Russian Revolution. The Soviet Communists forced him to decline the Nobel Prize, which his descendants later accepted.

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Marjorie Main
(Actress)
Marjorie Main
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Acton, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 10, 1975
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Friedrich Paulus
(German Field Marshal Best Known for Commanding the 6th Army During the Battle of Stalingrad)
Friedrich Paulus
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guxhagen, Germany
Died: February 1, 1957

Friedrich Paulus was a German field marshal who played a major role in World War II. He is best remembered for his role in the Battle of Stalingrad, where he commanded the 6th Army. As German General Staff's deputy chief, he also helped plan Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union.

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Casey Stengel
(Baseball player)
Casey Stengel
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 30th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: September 29, 1975
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Jelly Roll Morton
(Pianist, Bandleader, Composer, Conductor, Jazz musician)
Jelly Roll Morton
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gulfport
Died: July 10, 1941
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Carlos Gardel
(One the Most Popular Tango Singer of All Time)
Carlos Gardel
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Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: June 24, 1935

Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine composer, singer-songwriter, and actor. Widely regarded as the most important personality in the history of tango, Gardel is the world's most famous tango singer of all time. Remembered for his baritone voice, Gardel is often referred to as The King of Tango. His life inspired the 1939 musical film, The Life of Carlos Gardel.

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Herbert Marshall
(Screen and Radio Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Gaston Monescu’ in the Film ‘Trouble in Paradise’)
Herbert Marshall
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 22, 1966

Herbert Marshall was an English actor best remembered for playing important roles in popular Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s. He was one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood at the peak of his career. In 1960, Herbert Marshall was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.

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Elsa Schiaparelli
(Italian Fashion Designer Famous for Her Surrealist Fashions of the 1930s and for Her Witty Accessories)
Elsa Schiaparelli
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Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 13, 1973

Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer who designed the wardrobes for many films like Topaze and Moulin Rouge. Widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the world of fashion, Schiaparelli was considered the greatest rival of Coco Chanel.

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George II of Greece
(Former King of Greece (1922 - 1924))
George II of Greece
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
Died: April 1, 1947

George II of Greece was the King of Greece for two terms, from 1922 to 1924 and from 1935 to 1947. He was the eldest son of King Constantine I and his wife, Sophia of Prussia. He reigned during a tumultuous time in Greek history.  Upon his death, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Paul.

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Marjory Douglas
(Journalist)
Marjory Douglas
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 7th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: May 14, 1998
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Adolphe Menjou
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: PPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 29, 1963
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Elpidio Quirino
(Former President of the Philippines)
Elpidio Quirino
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vigan City, Philippines
Died: February 29, 1956

Elpidio Quirino was a Filipino politician and lawyer. From 1948 to 1953, Quirino served as the president of the Philippines. He was serving as the vice-president when he succeeded the presidency after the sudden death of incumbent President Manuel Roxas. In 2016, a memorial was established in Tokyo, Japan, in his honor.

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Maria Goretti
(Regarded as a Roman Catholic saint and martyr)
Maria Goretti
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 16th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Corinaldo, Italy
Died: July 6, 1902
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Norman Bethune
(Physician)
Norman Bethune
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Listed In: Surgeons
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gravenhurst, Canada
Died: November 12, 1939

Canadian thoracic surgeon Norman Bethune served as an army physician for the Canadian Army during World War I. He revolutionized medical science by introducing the concept of mobile blood-transfusion. A Communist Party of Canada member, he later served the Chinese army against Japan, becoming a revered name in China.

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Cecil Kellaway
(South African Character Actor)
Cecil Kellaway
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: February 28, 1973
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Anthony Fokker
(Aviation Entrepreneur & Aircraft Designer Who Pproduced Fighter Aircraft in Germany During WW I)
Anthony Fokker
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blitar, Indonesia
Died: December 23, 1939

Though a high-school drop-out, Dutch aviation designer and entrepreneur Anthony Fokker showed his interest in mechanics quite early. He designed over 40 types of fighter aircrafts for the Germans during World War I. The aircraft that completed the first nonstop flight across the U.S. was also made by him.

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Katherine Anne Porter
(Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist)
Katherine Anne Porter
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Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indian Creek, Texas, U.S.
Died: September 18, 1980
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Edwin Howard Armstrong
(American Electrical Engineer and Inventor, Who Developed FM Radio and the Superheterodyne Receiver System)
Edwin Howard Armstrong
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Birthdate: 18th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, New York, United States
Died: February 1, 1954

Edwin Howard Armstrong was an American inventor and electrical engineer. He is credited with developing the superheterodyne receiver system as well as the frequency modulation (FM) radio. During his illustrious career, Armstrong received several awards including the IEEE Medal of Honor, Franklin Medal, and Edison Medal. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1980.

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Agnes Macphail
(Member of Ontario Provincial Parliament (1943-45, 1948-51))
Agnes Macphail
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Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundalk, Canada
Died: February 13, 1954
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Rachele Mussolini
(Italian Politician Who Is Second Wife of Benito Mussolini)
Rachele Mussolini
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Predappio, Italy
Died: October 30, 1979
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Marguerite Alibert
(French Socialite Who Became a Royal Courtesan)
Marguerite Alibert
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1971

Born to working-class parents, Marguerite Alibert initially sang at local bars and worked as a prostitute. She later became Prince Edward’s (later King Edward VIII of the UK) courtesan. She shot her second husband, Ali Fahmy, to death at Savoy Hotel but got away by showcasing herself as a victim of brutality.

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Robert Ripley
(American Cartoonist and Creator of the Newpaper Panel Series 'Ripley’s Believe It or Not!')
Robert Ripley
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Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California, United States
Died: May 27, 1949

Robert Ripley was a cartoonist and an amateur anthropologist best known for creating the newspaper panel series Ripley's Believe It or Not! The series was later adapted for radio and TV. He lost his father when he was young and began working as a cartoonist at the age of 16. Over the years, he became extremely successful and wealthy. 

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Kurt Lewin
(Psychologist)
Kurt Lewin
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mogilno, Poland
Died: February 12, 1947
Legendary social psychologist Kurt Lewin is remembered for his field theory of behavior. He was a pioneer in the research on group dynamics. While he had served in the army in World War I, an injury made him get back to university to complete his PhD.
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Lloyd Wright
(Architect)
Lloyd Wright
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Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 31, 1978

American architect Lloyd Wright is best remembered for his Prairie style of architecture predominant in the 20th-century American residential buildings. A proponent of organic architecture, he also delivered talks on architecture. He made headlines when a staff set fire to his Taliesin studio and murdered seven people.

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Giorgio Morandi
(Italian Painter and Printmaker Who Specialized in Still Life)
Giorgio Morandi
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: June 18, 1964

Italian painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi is best remembered for his remarkable still life paintings of subjects such as vases, boxes, bottles, and flowers. Though he was hugely inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne, his paintings, known for their gentle, subdued tones, do not fit in any specific school of painting.

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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
(Activist)
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died: September 5, 1964
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Jean Rhys
(British Novelist Best Known for Her Novel 'Wide Sargasso Sea')
Jean Rhys
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roseau, Dominica
Died: May 14, 1979

Born in Dominica, to a Welsh father and a Creole mother, Jean Rhys grew up to be a celebrated author. She soared to fame with her novel Wide Sargasso Sea, which was inspired by the tale of Jane Eyre’s “madwoman in the attic.” She died before completing her memoir.

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Ronald Fisher
(Statistician)
Ronald Fisher
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Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Finchley, London, England
Died: July 29, 1962

Ronald Fisher was a British polymath, statistician, geneticist, mathematician, and academic. He is credited to have single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science. He made important contributions to the field of genetics and is known as one of the three principal founders of population genetics. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1929. 

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Mortimer Wheeler
(British Archaeologist and Officer in the British Army)
Mortimer Wheeler
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 22, 1976

Sir Mortimer Wheeler was a British archaeologist who served as the director of the London Museum as well as the National Museum of Wales during his illustrious career. He is credited with developing the Wheeler–Kenyon method of archaeological excavation. Wheeler is also remembered for his association with the Archaeological Survey of India where he served as Director-General.

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Hermann Joseph Muller
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Listed In: Geneticists
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 4, 1967

Nobel Prize-winning German geneticist Hermann Joseph Muller is best remembered for his work on mutation and the effects of radiation on genes. His contributions include his book The Mechanism of Mendelian Heredity, which is a classic text in the subject. He was named the 1963 Humanist of the Year.

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Sir William Lawrence Bragg
(British Physicist, X-Ray Crystallographer and Winner of the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Sir William Lawrence Bragg
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: July 1, 1971

Born to a math and physics professor in Australia, Sir William Lawrence Bragg later moved to England, where his father was posted for work. He and his father jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research on X-ray diffraction through crystals. Bragg was an avid shell collector, too.

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Bohuslav Martinů
(Czech Classical Composer)
Bohuslav Martinů
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Policka, Czechia
Died: August 28, 1959

Czech composer and modern classical musician Bohuslav Martinů had started learning the violin at age 6. While he was dismissed from the Prague Conservatory for his poor performance, he later joined the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and then moved to Paris to study music. He later moved to the US and taught at Princeton.

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Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
(Political & Spiritual Leader and Founder of the 'Khudai Khidmatgar' Resistance Movement against British Colonial Rule in India)
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Utmānzai, Pakistan
Died: January 20, 1988

Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Pashtun independence activist who opposed the British rule in India. A spiritual and political leader, Khan called for Hindu-Muslim unity in India and opposed the partition of India. Khan is still revered by many in India and Pakistan for his pacifist ideology. Many places in India are named in his honor.

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Lanoe Hawker
(British Aviator and Military Personnel)
Lanoe Hawker
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Longparish, Hampshire, England
Died: November 23, 1916
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Alan L. Hart
(Physician)
Alan L. Hart
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Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coffey County, Kansas, United States
Died: July 1, 1962