Famous People Born In 1894

Discover the most famous people born in 1894. The list includes people like Aldous Huxley, Nikita Khrushchev, Bessie Smith, Norman Rockwell, Georges Lemaître and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, soldiers, poets and novelists born in 1894. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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Aldous Huxley
(Writer and Philosopher Best Known for His Novels: ‘Brave New World’, ‘Island’ and ‘Point Counter Point’)
Aldous Huxley
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godalming, England
Died: November 22, 1963

English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley wrote countless books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction, and poems. He is best remembered for his science-fiction novels Brave New World and Island. The seven-time Nobel Prize nominee was also a Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vedanta believer.

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Walter Brennan
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 21, 1974

Actor and singer, Walter Brennan, was one of the best known Hollywood actors in the mid-20th century. The veteran actor was the recipient of three Academy Awards, becoming one of only three male actors to do so. In an extensive career spanning almost five decades, he had appeared in over a hundred films and TV shows.

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Norman Rockwell
(American Painter & Illustrator Known for His Works ‘Scout at Ship's Wheel’ &‘Santa and Scouts in Snow’)
Norman Rockwell
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Listed In: Illustrators
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 8, 1978

Painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell became famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post. He was associated with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for over six decades and produced covers for their publications and calendars. A prolific artist, he made more than 4,000 original works in his lifetime.

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Jack Benny
(One of the Leading Entertainers of the 20th Century)
Jack Benny
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Listed In: Comedians
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 1974
Benjamin Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, was an American vaudeville violinist who later soared to fame with the radio/TV comedy show The Jack Benny Program. He became famous for his signature expression “Well!” He also appeared in films such as The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Mr. Broadway.
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Gavrilo Princip
(Assassinator of Archduke Franz Ferdinand)
Gavrilo Princip
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 25th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Obljaj
Died: April 28, 1918
Gavrilo Princip was a Bosnian Serb member of the Young Bosnia movement who wished to end the Austro-Hungarian reign in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He thus assassinated Austrian archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, at age 19. This eventually contributed to the start of World War I
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John Ford
(One of the Most Important and Influential Filmmakers of His Generation)
John Ford
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States
Died: August 31, 1973

John Ford was an American naval officer and film director. The recipient of five Oscars, Ford is renowned for directing films like The Searchers and Stagecoach. He also holds the record for winning the most number of Academy Awards (four) under the Best Director category.John Ford is widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of his generation.

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E. E. Cummings
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 3, 1962
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Edward VIII
(King of the UK, Emperor of India (20 Jan 1936 - 11 Dec 1936))
Edward VIII
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Died: May 28, 1972

Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire for several months in 1936. He was also Emperor of India during this period. He served in the British Army during the First World War and became the king following his father’s death. However, he abdicated the throne only months into his reign.

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Georges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)
Georges Lemaître
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 17th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleroi, Belgium
Died: June 20, 1966

Georges Lemaître was a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. Lemaître was the first person to theorize that the expansion of the universe can be used to explain the recession of nearby galaxies. In 1927, Lemaître published the first estimation of the Hubble constant. He also came up with the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the universe.

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J. B. Priestley
(Novelist and Playwright)
J. B. Priestley
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: August 14, 1984
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Martha Graham
(Modern Dancer and Choreographer Known for Her 'Graham Technique' Style)
Martha Graham
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 1, 1991

Martha Graham was a modern dancer and choreographer who revolutionized American dance. She developed what later became known as the Graham technique, a modern dance movement style and pedagogy. She had an extensive career spanning over 70 years. The Martha Graham School, founded in 1926, is the oldest school of dance in USA.  

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Dashiell Hammett
(Regarded as one of the Best Mystery Writers of All Time)
Dashiell Hammett
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States
Died: January 10, 1961
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Robert Menzies
(12th Prime Minister of Australia)
Robert Menzies
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 20th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jeparit
Died: May 15, 1978

Robert Menzies was an Australian politician who served as the prime minister of Australia on two non-consecutive terms. He served over 18 years in total, becoming the longest-serving prime minister in Australian history. His government is known for its emphasis on higher education, national security policies, and immigration schemes. After retirement, he became the chancellor of the University of Melbourne. 

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Satyendra Nath Bose
(Indian Mathematician and Physicist, Best Known for His Work on Quantum Mechanics)
Satyendra Nath Bose
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: February 4, 1974

Best known for working with Albert Einstein to form Bose–Einstein statistics, Indian scientist Satyendra Nath Bose was a master of quantum mechanics. He played the esraj, loved poetry, and had mastered quite a few languages. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also made a Fellow of The Royal Society.

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Boris III of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of the Kingdom of Bulgaria (1918 - 1943))
Boris III of Bulgaria
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: August 28, 1943

Boris III became Tsar of the Kingdom of Bulgaria in the wake of Bulgaria's defeat in First World War. He is noted for legitimating the 1923 Bulgarian coup d'état and joining Axis Powers during Second World War. He however refrained from participating in German invasion of Soviet Union and resisted attempts of the Germans in deporting Bulgarian Jews during Holocaust.

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Moms Mabley
(American Stand-up Comedian and Actress)
Moms Mabley
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Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brevard, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 23, 1975
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James Thurber
(Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright)
James Thurber
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Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2, 1961
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Benjamin Graham
(Economist, Investor)
Benjamin Graham
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Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 21, 1976
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Norbert Wiener
(Father of Cybernetics)
Norbert Wiener
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Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18, 1964
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Jean Renoir
(French Film Director & Screenwriter Known for His Films 'La Grande Illusion' and 'The Rules of the Game')
Jean Renoir
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Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1979

Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. The son of the prominent painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. He started working during the silent film era and made more than 40 silent films. In 1975, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.

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Fred Allen
(American comedian)
Fred Allen
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Listed In: Comedians
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: March 17, 1956
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King Vidor
(Film Director and Producer)
King Vidor
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Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, U.S.
Died: November 1, 1982
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Olive Thomas
(American Silent-Film Actress, Art Model, and Photo Model)
Olive Thomas
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Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 10, 1920
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V. V. Giri
(Fourth President of India)
V. V. Giri
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berhampur
Died: June 24, 1980

V. V. Giri served as the fourth president of India and was in the office from 1969 to 1974. For his immense contributions to the development of public affairs, V. V. Giri was honored with the Bharat Ratna. However, his presidency is often criticized as he was considered a rubber stamp president who subordinated himself to the prime minister.

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ZaSu Pitts
(Actress)
ZaSu Pitts
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Parsons, Kansas, United States
Died: June 7, 1963
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Harold Macmillan
(Former British Prime Minister)
Harold Macmillan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cadogan Place, London
Died: December 29, 1986

Harold Macmillan, also known as “Supermac” because of his witty personality, served as the British prime minister from 1957 to 1963. He was injured and rendered partially immobile while serving in World War I. He was known for supporting the nuclear test ban and for association with the Suez Crisis.

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Claude Cahun
(French Photographer Known for Her Self-Portraits and Tableaux That Incorporated a Surrealist Style and Gender Fluidity)
Claude Cahun
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Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: December 8, 1954

Claude Cahun was a French sculptor, surrealist photographer, and writer. He is best remembered for his work as a self-portraitist and writer. Apart from his primary career, Claude Cahun also played a major role in the Second World War, serving as a propagandist and resistance worker.

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Josef von Sternberg
(Film Director)
Josef von Sternberg
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 22, 1969
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Andre Kertesz
(Photographer)
Andre Kertesz
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Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 28, 1985

Andre Kertesz was a photographer known for his immense contribution to photo essay and photographic composition. Although his style and camera angles, which were considered unorthodox at the time, stopped him from achieving international acclaim during his lifetime, Kertesz is now regarded as one of the most influential figures in the field of photojournalism.

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Arthur Fiedler
(Conductor)
Arthur Fiedler
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Listed In: Conductors
Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: July 10, 1979
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Hans Langsdorff
(Soldier)
Hans Langsdorff
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bergen auf Rügen
Died: December 19, 1939

Hans Langsdorff was a German naval officer best remembered for commanding the Admiral Graf Spee, a heavily armed cruiser, which was nicknamed pocket battleship by the British. The legendary ship played a key role in the Spanish Civil War where it conducted five non-intervention patrols.

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James P. Johnson
(American Pianist and Composer)
James P. Johnson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 17, 1955
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Lothar von Richthofen
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lothar von Richthofen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 27th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: July 4, 1922

Lothar von Richthofen was a German flying ace who served during the First World War. He was the younger brother of another aviator Manfred von Richthofen, whose life inspired the 2008 German-British biopic The Red Baron where Lothar von Richthofen was played by German actor Volker Bruch. Richthofen died in a flying accident when he was just 27 years old.

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Elisabeth of Romania
(Queen Consort of the Hellenes (1922 - 1924) and First Lady of Romania)
Elisabeth of Romania
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Birthdate: 12th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Peleş Castle, Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania
Died: November 14, 1956

The daughter of Prince Ferdinand, Princess Elisabeth of Romania became the queen of Greece by her marriage to King George II. She later divorced her husband and became the First Lady of Romania following her mother’s death and her brother Carol II’s dethronement. She adopted an artist lover 30 years younger to her.

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Peter Warlock
(Composer)
Peter Warlock
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: December 17, 1930
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Ecaterina Teodoroiu
(Soldier)
Ecaterina Teodoroiu
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Târgu Jiu, Romania
Died: September 3, 1917
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Hermann Oberth
(German Physicist and Rocket Pioneer)
Hermann Oberth
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sibiu, Romania
Died: December 28, 1989

Austro-Hungarian-born German physicist and engineer Hermann Oberth is regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and rocketry along with Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Esnault-Pelterie, and Robert Goddard. His classic book The Rocket into Planetary Space gained him widespread attention. Oberth garnered a patent for his rocket design and launched his first rocket near Berlin, Germany, on May 7, 1931.

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Isaac Babel
(Russian Author and Journalist Who Is Remembered for His Iconic Short Story Collections)
Isaac Babel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: January 27, 1940

Russian author Isaac Babel was a reporter before plunging into full-time writing. He is remembered for his short story collections Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories. One of his most popular stories was The Story of My Dovecote. He was part of the Soviet 1st Cavalry Army as Kiril Lyutov and documented the Polish-Soviet War.

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Pyotr Kapitsa
(Soviet Physicist and Winner of 1978 Nobel Prize for His Basic Inventions and Discoveries in Low-Temperature Physics)
Pyotr Kapitsa
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 8, 1984

Nobel Prize-winning Soviet physicist Pyotr Kapitsa revolutionized science with his invention of new machines for liquefaction of gases. He is also remembered for discovering that liquid helium is superfluid. He had also served in World War I and had lost his father, wife, and children in the 1918-1919 flu epidemic.

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Surya Sen
(Bengali Revolutionary Who Took Part in Indian Independence Movement and Led the 1930 Chittagong Armoury Raid)
Surya Sen
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raozan Upazila, Bangladesh
Died: January 12, 1934

Surya Sen, popularly known as Master Da, was initially a school teacher in Chittagong and later an eminent freedom fighter. Best known for his association with the 1930 Chittagong armoury raid, he was later imprisoned by the British and tortured mercilessly, before being hanged to death.

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Frank Borzage
(Film Director, Actor)
Frank Borzage
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Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died: June 19, 1962
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Benigno Aquino Sr.
(Filipino Politician Who Led the Fascist KALIBAPI Party)
Benigno Aquino Sr.
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Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concepcion, Tarlac, Philippines
Died: December 20, 1947

Filipino politician Benigno Aquino, Sr., or Igno, led the fascist KALIBAPI party, which was the only Filipino political party during the Japanese occupation. He had held several significant political positions, including that of the vice-president of the Philippines. He was also the 6th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

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Kōnosuke Matsushita
(Founder of the Japan's Leading Consumer Electronics Company 'Panasonic')
Kōnosuke Matsushita
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
Died: April 27, 1989

Widely known as the God of Management in Japan, Kōnosuke Matsushita began his career as an errand boy and gradually set up his own consumer electric appliances manufacturing company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. He later founded the brand Panasonic. He had also penned several books on management.

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Khawaja Nazimuddin
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Khawaja Nazimuddin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: October 22, 1964

The second governor-general and the second prime minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin had a short tenure due to his ineffective handling of the tense situation in his country. Born in Dacca, he had an elite education at Cambridge and was a qualified lawyer. He was also knighted by the British.

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Maximilian Kolbe
(Polish Catholic Priest and Conventual Franciscan Friar)
Maximilian Kolbe
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zduńska Wola, Poland
Died: August 14, 1941

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar and a Catholic priest. Venerated as Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Maximilian is best remembered for volunteering to die at the death camp of Auschwitz in place of a stranger during World War II. In 1982, Pope John Paul II declared Maximilian Kolbe a martyr of charity.

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Ghanshyam Das Birla
(Indian businessman)
Ghanshyam Das Birla
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Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pilani, Rajasthan
Died: June 11, 1983
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Henry Hazlitt
(Journalist, Economist, Philosopher)
Henry Hazlitt
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Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: July 9, 1993
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Beatrice Lillie
(Actress)
Beatrice Lillie
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Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: January 20, 1989
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Paul Lukas
(Hungarian Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Film 'Watch on the Rhine')
Paul Lukas
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: August 15, 1971

While actor Paul Lukas initially ruled the Hungarian stage and worked in several productions of Austrian filmmaker and theater director Max Reinhardt, he later moved to the US. He is best remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Kurt Muller in the film Watch on the Rhine.

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Georges Guynemer
(Iconic French Fighter Pilot of World War I)
Georges Guynemer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 11, 1917

One of the best-known French fighter pilots of World War I, Georges Guynemer reportedly shot 54 enemy planes. Awarded with honors such as the Légion d'honneur and the Médaille militaire, he was a national hero. He went MIA and was later declared dead after he failed to return from a combat mission in 1917.