Famous People Born In 1893

Discover the most famous people born in 1893. The list includes people like Mao Zedong, Yip Man, Mae West, Wilfred Owen, Huey Long and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, soldiers and diplomats born in 1893. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & India and many more countries.
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Yip Man
(Martial Artist and a Grandmaster of the Martial Art 'Wing Chun')
Yip Man
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Listed In: Martial Artists
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan, China
Died: December 2, 1972

Yip Man was a Chinese martial artist best remembered for teaching martial arts to the famous Chinese American martial artist, Bruce Lee. Yip Man is credited with teaching not only Bruce Lee but also many other students who went on to become martial arts masters. A biographical martial arts film titled Ip Man was inspired by his life and career.

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Mae West
(Actress, Screenwriter, Singer)
Mae West
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Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 22, 1980
Mae West began her career as a child actor in vaudeville. She later appeared in films such as You Done Me Wrong and Go West, Young Man. She became famous for her signature double entendres and sexual liberty she projected on screen. She also wrote books and plays later.
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Hattie McDaniel
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as ‘Mammy’ in the Film ‘Gone with the Wind’)
Hattie McDaniel
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: October 26, 1952

Hattie McDaniel was an American actress, comedian, and singer-songwriter. She became the first African-American to be honored with an Academy Award when her portrayal of Mammy earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Also a radio performer, Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to express her skills as a singer on the radio in the US.

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Roy O. Disney
(Co-Founder of Walt Disney Company)
Roy O. Disney
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Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 20, 1971

Roy Oliver Disney, older brother of Walt Disney, co-founded The Walt Disney Company and was its first CEO. He had also served in the U.S. Navy and had been a banker. He postponed his retirement plans following the death of Walt Disney and supervised the completion of Walt Disney World.

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Edward G. Robinson
(Romanian-American Actor Known for His Tough-Guy Roles as Gangsters)
Edward G. Robinson
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: January 26, 1973

Edward G. Robinson was an American actor who achieved popularity during the Hollywood's Golden Age. The quintessential tough guy of classical Hollywood cinema, Robinson has been featured in AFI's 25 greatest male stars of Hollywood list. Edward G. Robinson was posthumously awarded an Academy Honorary Award for his contribution to the film industry.

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Edsel Ford
(Business Executive, Philanthropist and President of ‘Ford Motor Company’)
Edsel Ford
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Listed In: Philanthropists
Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 26, 1943
Edsel Ford, the son of automobile magnate Henry Ford, served as the president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943. He developed a modern model of cars and established the Mercury division. He also introduced features such as hydraulic brakes. He was an art connoisseur, too. 
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Omar Bradley
(1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53))
Omar Bradley
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clark, Missouri, United States
Died: April 8, 1981
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Jimmy Durante
(One of America's Most Popular Personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s)
Jimmy Durante
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Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 28, 1980

Jimmy Durante was an American comedian, actor, singer, and pianist. Widely regarded as one of America's most popular and familiar personalities of all time, Durante was often characterized by his Lower East Side accent, gravelly speech, and a prominent nose. Also known for his charitable work, Durante worked closely with Fraternal Order of Eagles, which raises money for abused children.

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Lillian Gish
(Actress)
Lillian Gish
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Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States
Died: February 27, 1993
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Walter White
(American Civil Rights Activist)
Walter White
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Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: March 21, 1955
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Wilfred Owen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 18th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918

Wilfred Owen was an English soldier and poet. One of the most important poets during World War I, Owen wrote about the horrors of gas warfare. His life and career inspired a docudrama titled Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale where he was portrayed by Samuel Barnett. In 1989, the Wilfred Owen Association was established to commemorate his life and poetry.

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Joan Miró
(Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Ceramicist Known for His work in ‘Surrealism’, ‘Fauvism’ and ‘Expressionism’)
Joan Miró
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: December 25, 1983

Born to an artisan father in Catalan, Joan Miró was allowed to attend art school after falling sick working as a clerk. Known for combining surrealism and abstract art, he experimented with various forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, and created masterpieces such as The Farm.

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Dorothy Parker
(American Poet, Critic & Satirist Who Was Known for Her Wit, Wisecracks, and Eye for 20th-Century Urban Foibles)
Dorothy Parker
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 7, 1967

Poet and author Dorothy Parker rose to fame with her published works in The New Yorker. She later formed the Algonquin Round Table. She also wrote for Hollywood films such as A Star Is Born and earned two Academy Award nominations. However, her association with left-wing politics got her blacklisted.

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William Moulton Marston
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Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saugus, Massachusetts
Died: May 2, 1947
Psychologist William Moulton Marston, also known as “Charles Moulton,” is remembered for inventing a precursor of the lie detector, along with his wife, Elizabeth Holloway. He was also a comic book author, who created the superheroine Wonder Woman. He was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and Olive Byrne.
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Jomo Kenyatta
(1st President of Kenya (1964–1978) and the 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963–1964))
Jomo Kenyatta
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenya
Died: August 22, 1978
After being held as a prisoner by the British for 9 years, anti-colonial activist Jomo Kenyatta was released shortly before Kenya achieved its independence, and became the country’s first prime minister and then its first president. The Father of the Nation, Kenyatta was also named Mzee, meaning “grand old man.”
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Harold Lloyd
(American Actor, Comedian and Stunt Performer)
Harold Lloyd
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Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burchard, Nebraska, United States
Died: March 8, 1971
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Leslie Howard
(English Actor, Director, Producer and One of the Biggest Box-Office Draws and Movie Idols of the 1930s)
Leslie Howard
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Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forest Hill, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 1, 1943

Leslie Howard was an English actor, producer, and director. One of the biggest box-office draws during the 1930s, Howard is best remembered for portraying the quintessential Englishman in films like Berkeley Square and Pygmalion. Leslie Howard is also remembered for his performance in the 1939 epic historical romance film Gone with the Wind.

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Mao Zedong
(Communist Leader of China)
Mao Zedong
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976

One of the most significant and controversial leaders of the 20th century, Mao Zedong was a communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China which he governed as the chairman of Chinese Communist Party. He is appreciated for numerous development work but is criticised for his authoritarian regime and policies which resulted in millions of deaths .

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Vladimir Mayakovsky
(Russian Poet and Playwright Who was a Prominent Figure of the Russian Futurist Movement)
Vladimir Mayakovsky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baghdati, Georgia
Died: April 14, 1930

Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet playwright, poet, artist, and actor. He was a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement in the pre-Revolution period leading to 1917. He produced a large and diverse body of work during his career. He admired Vladimir Lenin and supported the ideology of the Bolsheviks. He was popular outside Russia as well. 

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Vera Brittain
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Died: March 29, 1970
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Andres Segovia
(Spanish Guitarist Known for His Expressive Performances, Broad Tonal Palette, and Distinct Musical Personality)
Andres Segovia
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Listed In: Guitarists
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linares, Spain
Died: June 2, 1987
Classical guitarist Andres Segovia is remembered for revolutionizing the use of the guitar in concerts. As a child, he had also learned the piano and the cello. He was mostly self-taught due to the lack of quality guitar teachers. He earned 10 honorary doctorates and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Henry Murray
(Psychologist)
Henry Murray
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: June 23, 1988
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Blind Lemon Jefferson
(Blues & Gospel Singer-Songwriter)
Blind Lemon Jefferson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Coutchman, Texas, United States
Died: December 19, 1929
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Conrad Veidt
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘Different from the Others’ and ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’)
Conrad Veidt
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 3, 1943
Ironically, though he and his wife fled from Nazi Germany to Britain, actor Conrad Veidt was cast as a Nazi villain in quite a few films. Best known for his roles in Casablanca and The Thief of Baghdad, he died playing his favorite sport, golf, at an LA golf course. 
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Cedric Hardwicke
(British Stage and Film Actor Known for His Performances in the Plays of 'Shakespeare' and 'Shaw')
Cedric Hardwicke
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Died: August 6, 1964

English actor Cedric Hardwicke is mostly remembered for his roles in the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw. Nicknamed Butch and Badger, he was one of the finest character actors of the initial days of talkies. He was also known for his baritone voice and later moved to the US permanently.

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Carol II of Romania
(King of Romania from 1930 to 1940)
Carol II of Romania
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Died: April 4, 1953

Carol II of Romania reigned as king of Romania from 1930 to 1940. He played a major role in establishing a royal dictatorship in Romania by abolishing the political parties and removing the 1923 constitution. He replaced the political parties with the National Renaissance Front, a single monopoly party of government. 

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis
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Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: June 28, 1972

Best known for conceptualizing the Mahalanobis distance, Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis was a renowned Padma Vibhushan-winning Indian statistician who played a major role in his country’s industrialization policies of the Second Five-Year Plan. He also taught at his alma, Presidency College, and was one of the founders of the Indian Statistical Institute.

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Draža Mihailović
(Yugoslav Serb General During World War II)
Draža Mihailović
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ivanjica, Serbia
Died: July 17, 1946

Serbian military leader Dragoljub Mihailović headed the Yugoslavian underground army known as the Chetniks, during World War II. He had also fought in the Balkan Wars and World War I, but post-World War II, he was convicted of treason and executed by the communist powers of Yugoslavia.

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Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)
Dorothy L. Sayers
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17, 1957
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Frederick McKinley Jones
(Inventor of 'Mobile Refrigeration Technology' for Transportation of Perishable Goods)
Frederick McKinley Jones
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Birthdate: 17th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21, 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

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Ivor Novello
(Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter, Songwriter)
Ivor Novello
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Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: March 6, 1951
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Dean Acheson
(51st United States Secretary of State)
Dean Acheson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 11th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 12, 1971
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Stanislaw Szukalski
(Sculptor)
Stanislaw Szukalski
3
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warta, Poland
Died: May 19, 1987
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Claire Lee Chennault
(US Military Aviator Who Commanded the US Army Air Forces in China)
Claire Lee Chennault
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Commerce, Texas, United States
Died: July 27, 1958

US major general and military aviator Claire Lee Chennault is remembered for commanding the US Army Air Forces in China during WWII. He also formed the American Volunteer Group known as the Flying Tigers. He launched the commercial airline Civil Air Transport, which later became known as Air America.

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Jack Frost
(Composer)
Jack Frost
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 21, 1959
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Fatima Jinnah
(Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah)
Fatima Jinnah
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Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: July 8, 1967

Fatima Jinnah was a Pakistani politician, stateswoman, and dental surgeon. She was the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Fatima worked closely with her elder brother, who often sought the advice of his sister. Fatima Jinnah is also credited with co-founding the All Pakistan Women's Association, which aims at promoting the welfare of Pakistani women. 

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Big Bill Broonzy
(Singer)
Big Bill Broonzy
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 15, 1958
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Alexander Korda
(Hungarian-British Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Alexander Korda
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Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Túrkeve, Hungary
Died: January 23, 1956

Hungarian-British filmmaker Sir Alexander Korda initially worked as a journalist and launched film magazines such as Pesti Mozi. He later moved to Hollywood and then to England, where he launched his production company. Known for producing classics such as The Thief of Baghdad, he was the first filmmaker to be knighted.

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Margarete Himmler
(Nurse)
Margarete Himmler
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Listed In: Nurses
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goncarzewo near Bromberg, Poland
Died: August 25, 1967
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Harold Urey
(American Physical Chemist Who Won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934 for the Discovery of Deuterium)
Harold Urey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 29th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walkerton, Indiana, United States
Died: January 5, 1981

Harold Urey was an American physical chemist best remembered for his pioneering work on isotopes. He is credited with the discovery of deuterium, for which he received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1934. Harold Urey also played a key role in the development of the infamous atom bomb.

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Ben Hecht
(Screenwriter)
Ben Hecht
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Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 18, 1964
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Beatrice Wood
(American Artist and Studio Potter)
Beatrice Wood
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Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: March 12, 1998

Beatrice Wood was an American studio potter and artist best remembered for her association with the Avant-Garde movement. Wood is credited with founding Rongwrong and The Blind Man magazines along with Henri-Pierre Roché and Marcel Duchamp. Beatrice Wood's autobiography inspired the creation of Rose DeWitt Bukater's character in the 1997 epic romance and disaster film Titanic

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Irene Castle
(Dancer)
Irene Castle
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Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York ,United States
Died: January 25, 1969
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Walter Ulbricht
(First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (1950 - 1971))
Walter Ulbricht
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Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: August 1, 1973

Walter Ulbricht was a German politician who played a major role in the establishment of the Communist Party of Germany. He also played a key role in the establishment and development of the German Democratic Republic. from 1950 to 1971, Walter Ulbricht was the most influential person in East Germany, serving as the Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party.

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Albert Szent-Györgyi
(Physiologist)
Albert Szent-Györgyi
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Listed In: Physiologists
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died: October 22, 1986

Born in Budapest, Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi shot himself in the arm while serving in World War II, so that he could be sent back home, and then studied medicine. While he is remembered for first isolating vitamin C, unknown to many, he was also a skilled pianist.

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Meghnad Saha
(Indian Astrophysicist Who Developed the ‘Saha Ionisation Equation’ and ‘Thermal Ionisation’)
Meghnad Saha
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangladesh
Died: February 16, 1956

Indian astrophysicist Meghnad Saha is best remembered for developing the thermal ionization equation. A grocer’s son, he relied on merit alone to excel in academics and eventually became a professor at the universities of Allahabad and Calcutta. He was also a Lok Sabha MP and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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George Grosz
(German Artist Best Known for His Caricatural Drawings and Paintings of Berlin Life in the 1920s)
George Grosz
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 6, 1959

German Expressionist artist George Grosz, later a naturalized US citizen, is most noted for his caricatural drawings and paintings of Berlin life. A leading member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity groups during the Weimar Republic, Grosz later departed from his earlier style and subjects and taught at the Art Students League of New York for several years.  

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Lili Boulanger
(Composer)
Lili Boulanger
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1918
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Olga Baclanova
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Freaks' and 'The Man Who Laughs')
Olga Baclanova
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Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 6, 1974

Russian actor Olga Baclanova was also a skilled ballerina and opera singer who had a decent career in Hollywood, too. A star of the silent-film age, she was seen in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Are You There? Post-retirement, she moved to Switzerland.

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Harley Earl
(Automotive designer)
Harley Earl
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969