Famous People Born In 1902

Discover the most famous people born in 1902. The list includes people like John Steinbeck, Charles Lindbergh, Langston Hughes, Ansel Adams, Erik Erikson and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, physicists and novelists born in 1902. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & France and many more countries.
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Ray Kroc
(CEO of McDonald's (1967-1973))
Ray Kroc
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: January 14, 1984

Ray Kroc was the man who helped expand McDonald's into a global franchise, eventually turning it into the most successful fast food corporation. Not surprisingly, he was mentioned in Time magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century list. He was also the owner of the popular baseball team San Diego Padres.

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Ansel Adams
(Photographer)
Ansel Adams
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Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: April 22, 1984

Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. Best known for capturing the beauty of the American West, Adams helped found the Group f/64. He also formulated a photographic technique called the Zone System, which helped photographers come up with clearer images. For his photographic work and advocacy for environmental conservation, Ansel Adams was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Charles Lindbergh
(Remembered for Making the First Nonstop Solo Flight Across the Atlantic)
Charles Lindbergh
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Birthdate: 4th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: August 26, 1974
Charles Lindbergh shot to fame after completing the first solo, and the longest, trans-Atlantic flight, in 1927. In his later years, his son’s highly publicized kidnapping and murder broke him completely. He also participated in World War II and worked on inventions that made flight navigation and heart surgeries easier.
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John Steinbeck
(American Writer and Winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature)
John Steinbeck
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
Died: December 20, 1968

Famous for his novels The Grapes of Wrath and Tortilla Flat, John Ernst Steinbeck was noted for his sympathy for the plight of workers in his books. The Nobel laureate, who said he did not deserve the prize, authored 33 books, some of which were best sellers during his time. His books were also adapted into films.

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Frances Bavier
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York
Died: December 6, 1989

Frances Bavier was an American actress best known for playing Aunt Bee in the television series, The Andy Griffith Show and its spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D., winning an Emmy Award for her performance in 1967. Bavier chose not to marry and led a quiet life after her retirement. She promoted Easter Seal Societies and Christmas and often wrote letters to fans.

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Larry Fine
(Comedian, Actor and Member of the Comedy Team the ‘Three Stooges’)
Larry Fine
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Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 24, 1975
Louis Feinberg, or Larry Fine, soared to stardom as a member of the comedy group The Three Stooges, appearing in movies such as Disorder in the Court and Men in Black. He was known for his signature frizzy hair and his violin skills. He had previously been a boxer.
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Carl Rogers
(Psychologist)
Carl Rogers
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park
Died: February 4, 1987

Psychologist Carl Rogers was the first to introduce a client-centric approach to psychotherapy and addressed the patient as the client. Besides working on troubled children, he also taught at various institutes, such as the University of Chicago. On Becoming a Person remains one of his best-known books.

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Will Geer
(Actor, Musician and Social Activist Known for His Role as ‘Zebulon Walton’ in the TV Series ‘The Waltons’)
Will Geer
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfort, Indiana, United States
Died: April 22, 1978
Actor and social activist Will Geer actively participated in the labor movements of the the 1930s and 1940s in New York and Southern California. He traveled across the U.S. with singer Woody Guthrie, during the Great Depression. Hollywood blacklisted him as a result of his leftist activities.
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Tallulah Bankhead
(American Actress)
Tallulah Bankhead
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Died: December 12, 1968
Tallulah Bankhead was the daughter of former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives William Brockman Bankhead. She also gained fame for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. She had also been part of radio and TV shows. She had a life riddled with bisexual promiscuity and alcoholism.
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Erik Erikson
(Psychoanalyst Best Known for His Theory on Psychological Development of Human Beings)
Erik Erikson
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: May 12, 1994

Erik Erikson was a German-American psychoanalyst and developmental psychologist best remembered for developing a theory on the psychological development of humans. He is credited with coining the term identity crisis, the failure to achieve ego identity. Also a prolific writer, Erikson won a US National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his book Gandhi's Truth.

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Bobby Jones
(American Amateur Golfer)
Bobby Jones
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Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: December 18, 1971

Bobby Jones was an American amateur golfer and lawyer. One of the most important personalities in the history of golf, Jones founded or co-founded the Augusta National Golf Club as well as the Masters Tournament. He also helped design the Augusta. Bobby Jones’ innovations, which he brought to the Masters Tournameny, have been used in professional golf tournaments around the world.

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Eric Liddell
(Scottish Sprinter, Rugby Player and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Eric Liddell
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Listed In: Rugby Players
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 21, 1945

Eric Liddell was a Scottish athlete who won a gold medal in 400 meters race at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. In his later years, he became a Christian missionary. Though he was of Scottish origin, he was born in China, where he spent most of his life and died eventually.

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Maurice McDonald
(Co-founder of McDonald's)
Maurice McDonald
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Listed In: Restaurateurs
Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 11, 1971
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Irene Ryan
(Actress)
Irene Ryan
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: April 26, 1973
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Elsa Lanchester
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 26, 1986

Elsa Lanchester was an English actress whose career spanned more than 50 years. Apart from her acting skills, Lanchester was also known for her skills as a dancer. After starting her career in the British entertainment industry, Lanchester moved to Hollywood in the 1930s, owing to her success in American films. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1949.

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Norma Shearer
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘The Divorcee')
Norma Shearer
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 12, 1983

Norma Shearer was a Canadian-American actress who often played sexually liberated ingénues in films. Shearer is often revered as a feminist pioneer as she played bold characters that challenged the norm of the society during the 1930s. In 2008, she was inducted into  Canada's Walk of Fame

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Leni Riefenstahl
(Film Director, Photographer and Actress Known for Her Seminal Role in Producing Nazi Propaganda)
Leni Riefenstahl
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Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 8, 2003

Leni Riefenstahl was a German film director and actress best remembered for her role in producing Nazi propaganda. She made her directorial debut in 1932, becoming one of the few women to direct a movie during the Weimar Period. Riefenstahl is credited with directing two of the most technically innovative propaganda films of all time, Olympia and Triumph des Willens.

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Karl Popper
(Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method in favour of empirical falsification.)
Karl Popper
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 17, 1994
Austrian-British philosopher and academic Sir Karl Popper is remembered as one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century. He rejected the inductivist scientific method and advocated for the empirical falsification, detailing falsifiability in his book Logik der Forschung. He was also a supporter of liberal democracy. 
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Thelma Ritter
(American Actress Best Known for Her Comedic Roles as Working-Class Characters and Her Strong New York Accent)
Thelma Ritter
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 5, 1969

Thelma Ritter was an American actress best remembered for her comedic roles and strong New York accent. Ritter received six nominations for the prestigious Academy Award, three nominations for the Golden Globe Award, and one Emmy Award nomination. Ritter also won a Tony Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category for her role in New Girl in Town.  

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Richard Rodgers
(Composer – First Person To Win EGOT)
Richard Rodgers
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arverne, New York, United States
Died: December 30, 1979
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Paul Dirac
(One of the Most Significant Physicists of the 20th Century and Nobel Laureate)
Paul Dirac
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: October 20, 1984

English theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Paul Dirac OM FRS, counted among leading physicists of the 20th century, made fundamental contributions in the early development of quantum electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. He derived the Dirac equation while the modern theory of antimatter began with one of his papers. His book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics remains an influential monograph on the subject.

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John Houseman
(Romanian-Born American Actor, Director, and Producer)
John Houseman
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Birthdate: 22nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: October 31, 1988

Romanian-born US actor and producer John Houseman is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning role in The Paper Chase. Primarily a character actor, he also gained fame as a theater director and producer and collaborated with director Orson Welles on many projects.

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Chill Wills
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seagoville, Texas, United States
Died: December 15, 1978
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David O. Selznick
(Film producer, Screenwriter and Film studio executive)
David O. Selznick
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Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 22, 1965
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William Wyler
(Swiss-German-American Film Producer and Director)
William Wyler
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: July 27, 1981

William Wyler was a Swiss-German-American film producer and director. He is remembered for winning the Oscar for Best Director on three occasions. Wyler holds a record 12 nominations for the Oscar for Best Director. He is credited with helping numerous actors achieve stardom. Fourteen performers, including Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland won Oscars under William Wyler's direction.

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Miriam Hopkins
(American Actress Who was Known for Her Versatility)
Miriam Hopkins
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: October 9, 1972

Miriam Hopkins was an American actress widely regarded as a pioneer of TV drama. She became the first performer to earn an Academy Award nomination for a performance in a color film; she was nominated under the Best Actress category for her portrayal of the title role in the 1935 historical drama film, Becky Sharp.

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Stepin Fetchit
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States
Died: November 19, 1985
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Ogden Nash
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 19, 1971
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Ralph Richardson
(Actor)
Ralph Richardson
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Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tivoli Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Died: October 10, 1983
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Lieserl Einstein
(Daughter of the Scientist Albert Einstein and the Scientist Mileva Maric)
Lieserl Einstein
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: September 18, 1903

Lieserl Einstein’s existence came into light almost 30 years after her father Albert Einstein’s death. She was the illegitimate, first-born child of Einstein and his fellow student, and later wife, Mileva Maric. Some believe she died of scarlet fever, while other sources state she was given up for adoption.

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Barbara McClintock
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 2, 1992

Barbara McClintock was a scientist and cytogeneticist who received the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in botany from Cornell University and began her lifelong work in the development of maize cytogenetics. She eventually gained recognition as among the best in the field and was honored with several prestigious awards.  

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Carlos Gracie
(Martial Artist and Developer of ‘Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’)
Carlos Gracie
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Listed In: Martial Artists
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belém, Pará, Brazil
Died: October 7, 1994

Remembered as a pioneer of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Gracie was enrolled into wrestling classes to channelize his aggression in childhood. He also followed what is known as the Gracie diet. Thirteen of his 21 children have the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt. He and his family developed the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

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Lloyd Nolan
(Actor)
Lloyd Nolan
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 27, 1985
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Jayaprakash Narayan
(Indian Independence Activist Who is Remembered for Leading the Mid-1970s Opposition Against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)
Jayaprakash Narayan
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Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bihar, India
Died: October 8, 1979

Jayaprakash Narayan was a theorist, political leader, socialist, and Indian independence activist. Often referred to as the Hero of Quit India Movement, Jayaprakash Narayan was honored with the prestigious Magsaysay Award in 1965 for Public Service. He was posthumously honored with India's highest civilian award—The Bharat Ratna—in 1999.

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Albert Namatjira
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hermannsburg
Died: August 8, 1959

Born Elea, Albert Namatjira was rechristened after converting to Christianity. The Australian aboriginal painter, known for his watercolor paintings, couldn’t build a house in Alice Springs because of his aboriginal origin, leading to public outrage, which eventually led the government to make him and his wife full citizens.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leoncin, Congress Poland
Died: July 24, 1991

Nobel Prize-winning Polish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer is best remembered for his short stories and novels that mirrored Jewish life with a tinge of irony. Born into a family of rabbis, he got a traditional education and later became a journalist. His works include the iconic novel The Family Moskat.

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Marcel Breuer
(Architect & Furniture Designer)
Marcel Breuer
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Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pécs, Austria-Hungary
Died: July 1, 1981
Hungarian architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer was a major figure of the International Style of design. His innovative designs made use of new technology and materials, such as steel furniture resembling the designs of bicycle handle bars, also known as the Wassily chair. He inspired the documentary Breuer's Bohemia.
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Moe Berg
(Baseball coach)
Moe Berg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 29, 1972
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Eric Hoffer
(Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist)
Eric Hoffer
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Birthdate: 25th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: May 21, 1983

Social philosopher and author Eric Hoffer was rendered half-blind at 7 due to an accident but regained his sight at 15. Orphaned in his 20s, he took up odd jobs, and once even contemplated suicide. His first book, The True Believer, catapulted him to fame, and he never looked back.

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Eugene Wigner
(Physicist & Mathematician)
Eugene Wigner
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: January 1, 1995

One of the “Martians,” or eminent Hungarian scientists who had migrated to the U.S., Eugene Wigner won a Nobel Prize for his work on nuclear physics and the law of conservation of parity in particular. He taught at Princeton and Wisconsin and was also associated with the Manhattan Project.

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Meredith Willson
(Conductor, Composer, Flautist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Meredith Willson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iowa
Died: June 15, 1984
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Ann Harding
(Actress)
Ann Harding
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Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Died: September 1, 1981
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William Walton
(Composer)
William Walton
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oldham, England
Died: March 8, 1983
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Walter Slezak
(American Actor)
Walter Slezak
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 21, 1983

Walter Slezak was an Austrian-born actor with an illustrious career spanning over half a century. He often played clever, talkative, and philosophical characters. The son of a famous opera tenor, he was fascinated by the show business and began acting in the 1920s. He was famous as both a stage performer and a film actor. 

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Thomas E. Dewey
(47th Governor of New York)
Thomas E. Dewey
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Owosso, Michigan, United States
Died: March 16, 1971

Thomas E. Dewey was an American politician, prosecutor, and lawyer. A member of the Republican Party, Dewey held the office of the governor of New York between 1943 and 1954. In 1952, Dewey played a major role in helping Dwight D. Eisenhower win the presidential election. After retiring from politics, Dewey served as a corporate lawyer from 1955 to 1971.

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Beryl Markham
(Renowned aviator and author who was the first woman to fly an east-to-west solo route across the Atlantic Ocean)
Beryl Markham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rutland, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 3, 1986
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Gene Sarazen
(American Professional Golfer Who Was a World-Class Player in the 1920s and 1930s)
Gene Sarazen
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Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harrison, New York, United States
Died: May 13, 1999

Gene Sarazen was an American golfer who won seven major championships. Regarded as one of the greatest golfers of his generation, Sarazen is one of the five golfers who have achieved a Career Grand Slam. In 1974, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1992, Sarazen was honored with the prestigious Bob Jones Award.

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Norman Maclean
(Novelist, Journalist, Writer, University teacher)
Norman Maclean
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 23rd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clarinda
Died: August 2, 1990
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Max Ophüls
(Film Director)
Max Ophüls
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Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 26, 1957
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Jack Trice
(American football player)
Jack Trice
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Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiram, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8, 1923