Famous People Born In 1900

Discover the most famous people born in 1900. The list includes people like Martin Bormann, Spencer Tracy, Wolfgang Pauli, Aaron Copland, Zelda Fitzgerald and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, journalists and soldiers born in 1900. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & Japan and many more countries.
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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
( Queen of the United Kingdom From 1936 to 1952)
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
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Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hitchin, London
Died: March 30, 2002
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as The Queen Mother, was King George VI’s wife and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. She ruled England as the Queen from 1936 to 1952, after which her daughter Elizabeth II took over. She was also the last empress of India.
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Spencer Tracy
(One of the Greatest Actors of Hollywood's Golden Age)
Spencer Tracy
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 10, 1967

One of the most popular actors of classical Hollywood cinema, Spencer Tracy was known for his versatility, which helped him win two successive Oscars for Best Actor. In 1999, he was ranked the ninth greatest male star of Hollywood's Golden Age by the American Film Institute. Tracy is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of the 20th century.

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Agnes Moorehead
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Endora’ in the TV Series ‘Bewitched’)
Agnes Moorehead
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clinton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 30, 1974
Agnes Moorehead is best known for her Emmy-winning performance in the series The Wild Wild West and her Golden Globe-winning roles in the films Mrs. Tarkington and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She was also famous as Endora from the series Bewitched. She was the first female to host the Academy Awards.
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Lord Mountbatten
(Last Viceroy of British India)
Lord Mountbatten
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 25th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27, 1979

The last Viceroy of India and the first governor-general of independent India, Lord Mountbatten was a British Royal Navy officer and statesman. Born to a prominent aristocratic family in England, he had a successful military career and was made the NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean in his later career. He was assassinated in 1979.

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Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10, 1948

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French Poet, Author, and Aviator Best Known for His Novella ‘The Little Prince’)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 31, 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

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Aaron Copland
(Composer, Teacher)
Aaron Copland
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 2, 1990
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Helen Hayes
(Actress)
Helen Hayes
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: March 17, 1993
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Natalie Schafer
(Actress)
Natalie Schafer
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 10, 1991
 10 
Jean Arthur
( American Broadway and Film Actress)
Jean Arthur
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plattsburgh
Died: June 19, 1991

Jean Arthur was an American film and Broadway actress whose performances in films like Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and You Can't Take It with You established her as the quintessential comedic leading lady of Hollywood. Jean Arthur's contribution to the film industry earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Margaret Mitchell
(Writer of 'Gone with the Wind')
Margaret  Mitchell
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Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: August 16, 1949
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Adlai Stevenson II
(5th United States Ambassador to the United Nations)
Adlai Stevenson II
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 14, 1965
Adlai Stevenson II served as the Illinois governor from 1949 to 1953. He contested as the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956 but was defeated by Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower both the times. Stevenson II also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1961 to 1965.
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Alastair Sim
(Actor)
Alastair Sim
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Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: August 19, 1976
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Thomas Clayton Wolfe
(An Important Writer in Modern American Literature and One of the First Masters of Autobiographical Fiction)
Thomas Clayton Wolfe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Died: September 15, 1938
Novelist Thomas Wolfe is remembered for his novels Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. He had also authored countless short stories and plays. His signature style included elements of autobiographical writing mixed with poetic and lyrical prose. His works influenced Beat Generation writers, too.
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Wolfgang Pauli
(One of the Pioneers of Quantum Physics and Winner of 1945 Nobel Prize for Physics)
Wolfgang Pauli
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 15, 1958

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli is remembered for his contribution to quantum physics and for laying down the Pauli principle. While he was initially married to a cabaret dancer, the marriage ended in a divorce after a year. His written works are considered classics in science.

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Erich Fromm
(German Social Psychologist and Psychoanalyst & One of the Founders of The 'William Alanson White Institute')
Erich Fromm
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Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 18, 1980

Erich Fromm was a German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, and socialist. A German Jew, he fled the Nazi regime and settled in the United States. He was a co-founder of  The William Alanson White Institute and was associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. He is best remembered for authoring the book Escape from Freedom.

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Chiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)
Chiune Sugihara
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kozuchi Town (now Mino, Gifu Prefecture), Japan
Died: July 31, 1986

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat best remembered for helping thousands of Jews flee Europe during the Second World War. He did so by issuing transit visas to the Jews, enabling them to travel through Japanese territory. Sugihara helped the Jews despite knowing that he was risking the lives of his family and his job. 

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Clyde Tolson
(1st Associate Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Clyde Tolson
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Listed In: Spies
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laredo, Missouri, United States
Died: April 14, 1975

Clyde Tolson was an American associate director of the FBI from 1930 to 1972. He is perhaps best remembered for his relationship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover; it has been speculated that Clyde Tolson shared an intimate relationship with Hoover.

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Xavier Cugat
(Spanish Musician and Bandleader)
Xavier Cugat
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Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: October 27, 1990

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish musician and bandleader. He studied classical violin as a child and began working in silent films to support his family. He grew up to become a successful musician and played a leading role in the spread of Latin music. Besides music, he was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. He was married five times. 

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Ernie Pyle
(Journalist)
Ernie Pyle
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dana, Indiana, United States
Died: April 18, 1945
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Alfred Newman
(Composer)
Alfred Newman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 17, 1970
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Henry Sturgis Morgan
(American Banker and Co-Founder of 'Morgan Stanley')
Henry Sturgis Morgan
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Listed In: Bankers
Birthdate: 24th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 8, 1982

The grandson of J.P. Morgan founder John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., Henry Sturgis Morgan co-founded the multinational investment company Morgan Stanley. A Harvard alumnus, he also headed the Morgan Library & Museum as its president and chairman. A sailing enthusiast, too, he was part of the New York Yacht Club.

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Hyman Rickover
(United States Navy Admiral)
Hyman Rickover
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Makow Mazowiecki, Poland
Died: July 8, 1986

Hyman Rickover was an admiral who served in the U.S. Navy. Rickover is credited with overseeing the development of naval nuclear propulsion before controlling its operations for 30 years. He also supervised the development of the first commercial pressurized water reactor, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station. Hyman Rickover is one of only four people to receive two Congressional Gold Medals.

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Luis Buñuel
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer)
Luis Buñuel
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Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

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Dorothy Macmillan
(Socialite)
Dorothy Macmillan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: May 21, 1966
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(American Astronomer and Astrophysicist)
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: December 7, 1979

After losing her father at 4, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was raised singlehandedly by her mother. The incredibly talented Cecilia studied at Cambridge but failed to secure a degree because of her gender. She later joined Harvard and opposing prevalent beliefs, proposed that stars were mainly made of hydrogen and helium. 

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Kurt Weill
(German-American Composer Best Known for His Work ‘The Threepenny Opera’)
Kurt Weill
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dessau, Germany
Died: April 3, 1950

Kurt Weill was a German composer best remembered for his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht. An influential composer, Weill's music has been recorded by several performers like Frank Sinatra and David Bowie. Singers like Marianne Faithfull and Anne Sofie von Otter have recorded several albums of his music. His music continues to be performed in classical as well as popular contexts.

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John Scopes
(Educator)
John Scopes
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paducah, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 21, 1970
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Mervyn LeRoy
(Film Director and Producer)
Mervyn LeRoy
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Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 13, 1987
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Fred C Koch
(Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur)
Fred C Koch
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Birthdate: 23rd September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quanah, Texas, United States
Died: November 17, 1967
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William Haines
(Actor, Interior designer)
William Haines
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2nd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: December 26, 1973
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Urho Kekkonen
(8th President of Finland (1956 - 1952), Prime Minister of Finland (1950 - 1953, 1954 - 1956))
Urho Kekkonen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pielavesi, Finland
Died: August 31, 1986

Urho Kekkonen was the eighth and longest-serving president of Finland. He was noted for continuing and further developing the Paasikivi-Kekkonen doctrine established by his predecessor President Juho Kusti Paasikivi aiming survival of Finland as an independent nation in immediate proximity of the Soviet Union. Kekkonen earlier held several ministerial and legislative posts including serving as as Prime Minister of Finland. 

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Lefty Grove
(American Professional Baseball Player Who Played as Pitcher)
Lefty Grove
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lonaconing, Maryland, United States
Died: May 22, 1975
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Frédéric Joliot-Curie
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 14, 1958

Frédéric Joliot-Curie was a French physicist whose discovery of artificial radioactivity earned him the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was jointly awarded to Frédéric and his wife Irène Joliot-Curie. Along with his wife, Frédéric is credited with founding the Orsay Faculty of Sciences, a physics and mathematics school within Paris-Saclay University. He had also won the Stalin Peace Prize.

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Mária Telkes
(Biophysicist)
Mária Telkes
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Listed In: Biophysicists
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 2, 1995
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Maria of Yugoslavia
(Consort)
Maria of Yugoslavia
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Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: June 22, 1961
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Hans Adolf Krebs
(British Biologist Who was a Pioneer Scientist in the Study of Cellular Perspiration)
Hans Adolf Krebs
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hildesheim, Germany
Died: November 22, 1981

Born to an ENT surgeon in Germany, Hans Adolf Krebs followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine. After fleeing Nazi Germany, he went to England, where he joined the University of Cambridge as a researcher. The Nobel Prize-winning scientist is remembered for his groundbreaking discovery of cellular respiration.

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Dennis Gabor
(Father of Holography)
Dennis Gabor
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Birthdate: 5th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: February 8, 1979

Dennis Gabor was a Hungarian-British physicist and electrical engineer best remembered for inventing holography. His invention earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics in 1971. Gabor won several awards during his lifetime. After his demise, many awards are given in his honor. The Dennis Gabor Award and Gabor Medal are some of the awards that are named after him.

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Yves Tanguy
(Painter)
Yves Tanguy
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Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 15, 1955
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Michael Llewelyn Davies
(Student)
Michael Llewelyn Davies
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 19, 1921
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Hack Wilson
(Baseball player)
Hack Wilson
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 23, 1948
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James Bond
(US Ornithologist and an Expert on Birds of the Caribbean)
James Bond
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Listed In: Ornithologists
Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: February 14, 1989

US ornithologist James Bond is remembered as the author of Birds of the West Indies. British author Ian Fleming, himself a bird enthusiast, borrowed his name to create James Bond, the iconic fictional spy. He was mostly associated with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia’s Drexel University.

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George Antheil
(American Composer, Pianist, Author and Inventor)
George Antheil
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 12, 1959
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Hassan Fathy
(Architect)
Hassan Fathy
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Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: November 30, 1989

Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy is best remembered for his innovative idea of building planned communities using age-old methods such as mud-brick and adobe. His book Architecture for the Poor detailed his efforts in building the village of New Gourna. His signature technique was known as appropriate technology.

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Allen Jenkins
(Actor)
Allen Jenkins
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: July 20, 1974
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Salote Tupou III
(Queen of Tonga from 1918 to 1965)
Salote Tupou III
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Birthdate: 13th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Tonga Royal Palace, Tonga
Died: December 16, 1965
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Fritz Feld
(Actor)
Fritz Feld
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 18, 1993
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Helen Mary Gahagan Douglas
(Actress)
Helen Mary Gahagan Douglas
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Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boonton, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 28, 1980
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Yvonne de Gaulle
Yvonne de Gaulle
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Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calais
Died: November 8, 1979
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William Edwards Deming
(Statistician, Electrical Engineer)
William Edwards Deming
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sioux City
Died: December 20, 1993

Born to a lawyer, William Edwards Deming grew up to become a renowned mathematical physicist and later taught statistics at the New York University. His research focused on the application of statistical methods to improve quality control in various industries. His ideas were later widely used by Japanese corporates.