Famous People Born In 1904

Discover the most famous people born in 1904. The list includes people like Salvador Dali, Dr. Seuss, B. F. Skinner, Cary Grant, J. Robert Oppenheimer and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, physicists, psychologists and journalists born in 1904. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Dr. Seuss
(Children's Author And Illustrator)
Dr. Seuss
69
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

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Salvador Dali
(Spanish Surrealist Painter Best Known for His Work 'The Persistence of Memory')
Salvador Dali
58
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
Died: January 23, 1989

Salvador Dali was a Spanish artist best remembered for his precise draftsmanship and technical skills. His artwork is famous for depicting bizarre and striking images. In spite of producing brilliant artworks, Dali's ostentatious and eccentric public behavior often overshadowed his professional achievements, much to the irritation of his fans and critics. His works have influenced other artists like Jeff Koons.

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Cary Grant
(One of the Leading Men of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Cary Grant
32
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Horfield, Bristol, England
Died: November 29, 1986

Considered one of the greatest actors ever, Cary Grant’s good looks, popular appeal and a knack for romantic comedy made him an enduring Hollywood star from the 1930s to the 1960s. Penny Serenade, An Affair to Remember, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest and Charade are some of his classic films. He was bestowed an honorary Oscar in 1970.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer
(American Theoretical Physicist and Former Wartime Head of the ‘Los Alamos Laboratory’)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
15
Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 1967

Hailed as a brilliant scientific mind, American physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, led the Manhattan Project which resulted in the development of atomic bomb during the World War II. The bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However, Oppenheimer was in a constant conflict over the moral issue of the weapons of mass destruction and rallied against nuclear proliferation.

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Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944
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B. F. Skinner
(American psychologist)
B. F. Skinner
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Listed In: Psychologists
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 18, 1990

B. F. Skinner was an American behaviorist, psychologist, inventor, author, and social philosopher. Skinner, who taught psychology at Harvard University, is credited with founding a school of thought in psychology called the experimental analysis of behavior. Regarded as a pioneer of modern behaviorism, Skinner was named the 20th century's most influential psychologist, according to a survey conducted in June 2002. 

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Joan Crawford
(One of the Most Influential Actresses of the 20th Century)
Joan Crawford
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 10, 1977
Oscar-winning actor Joan Crawford’s journey from being a dancer and chorus girl to being named AFI’s tenth-greatest female Classic Hollywood stars is inspirational. She mostly played the quintessential “damsel in distress” who finds love, in her movies. She had five adopted kids and became a recluse in her later years.
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Peter Lorre
(Best Known for His Role as the Psychotic Child Murderer in the Thriller Film ‘M’)
Peter Lorre
17
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ružomberok, Slovakia
Died: March 23, 1964
Hungarian-American actor Peter Lorre went from stage-acting in Vienna to working in films in Germany. He soared to fame with the films M and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He left Germany during the Nazi rule. Fans loved him as Le Chiffre in the TV version of Casino Royale.
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Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
(Prince of Russia from 1904 to 1918)
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia was the heir apparent to the Russian Empire's throne. The only son of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Emperor Nicholas II, Alexei was born with haemophilia, which was treated by the popular faith healer Grigori Rasputin. In 1918, Alexei and his family members were executed brutally by Communist revolutionaries.  

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Johnny Weissmuller
(Olympic Swimmer and Actor Who Played Tarzan)
Johnny Weissmuller
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Freidorf, Romania
Died: January 20, 1984

Johnny Weissmuller was an American swimmer and actor. Although Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals and set several world records during his illustrious swimming career, he is best remembered for his portrayal of the title role in the 1932 action-adventure film Tarzan the Ape Man. In 1965, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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Greer Garson
(English-American Actress and Singer)
Greer Garson
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manor Park, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 6, 1996
Greer Garson was an MGM star and remains the fourth-most-nominated lady for the Academy Award for the Best Actress, with her seven nominations and her win with the film Mrs. Miniver. She is also remembered for her Golden Globe-winning role in Sunrise at Campobello. She also received the CBE honor.
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Pablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)
Pablo Neruda
55
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, Pablo Neruda, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He was a versatile writer and his works include surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos, and love poems. He is considered the national poet of Chile. As a politician, he served a term as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party and held several diplomatic positions.

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Dick Powell
9
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mountain View, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 2, 1963
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John Gielgud
(Former Actor best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26)
John Gielgud
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 21, 2000
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Ray Bolger
(Actor)
Ray Bolger
8
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Died: January 15, 1987
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Dolores del Río
(Mexican Actress Who is Regarded as the First Major Female Latin American Crossover Star in Hollywood)
Dolores del Río
7
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durango, Mexico
Died: April 11, 1983
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Milburn Stone
16
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burrton, Kansas, United States
Died: June 12, 1980
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Hans Albert Einstein
(Engineer, Educator)
Hans Albert Einstein
5
Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 14th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: July 26, 1973
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Phil Harris
(Comedian)
Phil Harris
3
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Linton, Indiana, United States
Died: August 11, 1995
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Count Basie
(Former jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer who formed the Count Basie Orchestra)
Count Basie
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Red Bank, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 26, 1984
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Ralph Bellamy
(Actor and Screenwriter Best Known for His Films: ‘Sunrise at Campobello’ and ‘The Awful Truth’)
Ralph Bellamy
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 29, 1991

Ralph Bellamy is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated role in The Awful Truth and his Tony Award-winning role in Sunrise at Campobello. He also portrayed the titular character in the Ellery Queen detective films of the 1940s. He was part of the Hollywood A-listers’ group called the Irish Mafia.

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Henry Graham Greene
5
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, England
Died: April 3, 1991

English author Henry Graham Greene, better known as Graham Greene, is remembered for his pathbreaking Catholic novels and thrillers. He was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His works include The Third Man and The Human Factor, and his Academy Award-nominated script of the film The Fallen Idol.

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Tommy Douglas
(Canadian Politician Who was Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961)
Tommy Douglas
7
Birthdate: 20th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland
Died: February 24, 1986

Tommy Douglas was a Scottish Canadian politician. From 1944 to 1961, he served as premier of Saskatchewan. His cabinet was the first to introduce North America's first single-payer, universal health care program. His life and career inspired a TV miniseries titled Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, in which Douglas was played by actor Michael Therriault.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri
(2nd Prime Minister of India)
Lal Bahadur Shastri
37
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: January 11, 1966

The second prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, was known for his environmental campaigns and his support for the White Revolution. His slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, became immensely popular. He ended the war by signing the Tashkent Agreement, but died a day later.

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Iron Eyes Cody
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaplan, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 4, 1999
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Robert Montgomery
(American actor)
Robert Montgomery
1
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beacon, New York
Died: September 27, 1981

Robert Montgomery was an American actor, producer, and director. Renowned for his versatility, Montgomery received two nominations for the prestigious Academy Award under the Best Actor category. Robert Montgomery was awarded a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film and TV industries.

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Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith
(Last Descendant of Abraham Lincoln)
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith
3
Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riverside, Illinois, United States
Died: December 24, 1985
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, one of the great-grandsons of Abraham Lincoln, was the last living descendant of Lincoln. A gentleman farmer, he owned his private farm, and was also a sailor. A qualified lawyer, he also represented Illinois Day as part of the New York World's Fair 1964.
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Ève Curie
(Journalist and Pianist Best Known for Writing a Biography of Her Mother “Madame Curie”)
Ève Curie
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

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Fats Waller
(Jazz Pianist)
Fats Waller
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 15, 1943
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Charles R. Drew
(Surgeon and Researcher Who Improved Techniques for Blood Storage)
Charles R. Drew
11
Listed In: Surgeons
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1, 1950

Born into a middle-class African-American family, Charles R. Drew initially excelled in football and track and field, and ended up earning athletic scholarships to fund his studies. He grew up to be a renowned surgeon and revolutionized the storage of blood plasma in blood banks.

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J. R. D. Tata
(Indian Industrialist and Chairman of the ‘Tata Group’)
J. R. D. Tata
7
Listed In: Aviators
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 29, 1993
An aviation pioneer, J. R. D. Tata channeled the Tata Group for over five decades, leading to the expansion of India's largest industrial empire. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna and the Padma Vibhushan, two of India's highest civillian awards. He was also honored with French Legion of Honour twice. 
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Joseph Campbell
(American Writer Best Known for His Book ‘The Hero with a Thousand Faces’)
Joseph Campbell
2
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 1987
Joseph Campbell taught literature at the Sarah Lawrence College and specialized in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His notable works include The Hero with a Thousand Faces and the four-volume Historical Atlas of World Mythology. He also worked on the miniseries, The Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers.
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Raymond Bailey
(Actor)
Raymond Bailey
3
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: April 15, 1980
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Constance Bennett
(Actress)
Constance Bennett
4
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 24, 1965
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Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt
(Socialite best known as the mother of fashion designer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt)
Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: February 13, 1965
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Lili Damita
(Actress)
Lili Damita
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blaye, France
Died: March 21, 1994
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Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
(First President of Nigeria)
Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zungeru, Nigeria
Died: May 11, 1996

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe was a Nigerian political leader and statesman. From 1963 to 1966, Azikiwe served as the first president of Nigeria. Often referred to as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism, Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe played an important role in Nigeria's struggle for independence. He is also credited with establishing the University of Nigeria (UNN).

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Alberta Williams King
(Martin Luther King Jr.'s Mother)
Alberta Williams King
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: June 30, 1974
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C. Day Lewis
(British poet and Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972.)
C. Day Lewis
5
Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballintubber, Ireland
Died: May 22, 1972

C. Day-Lewis was an Anglo-Irish poet who also wrote many mystery stories. From 1968 to 1972, he served as the Poet Laureate. He also contributed as a publications editor during World War II, working for the Ministry of Information.

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George Brent
(Actor)
George Brent
1
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballinasloe, Ireland
Died: May 26, 1979
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George Balanchine
(The Father of American Ballet)
George Balanchine
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 30, 1983
George Balanchine was a Georgian-American ballet choreographer. One of the most prominent choreographers of the 20th century, Balanchine won several prestigious awards like the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983. Referred to as the father of American ballet, Balanchine is credited with co-founding the New York City Ballet. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1988.
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René Lacoste
(French Tennis Player and Businessman)
René Lacoste
2
Listed In: Tennis Players
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 12, 1996
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Nancy Mitford
(English Novelist and Biographer Who is Known for Writing Popular Historical Biographies)
Nancy Mitford
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 30, 1973

Born to the 2nd Baron Redesdale, Nancy Mitford and her siblings were all homeschooled. Known as one of the brightest of the Mitford sisters, she became famous for writing semi-autobiographical novels such as The Pursuit of Love. She pioneered the use of language to distinguish between social classes in books.

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Cecil Beaton
(British Photographer and Costume Designer)
Cecil Beaton
1
Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: January 18, 1980

Cecil Beaton was a British war, portrait, and fashion photographer. A multi-talented personality, Beaton is also known for his work as a painter, diarist, interior designer, and costume designer. Cecil Beaton worked with popular publications like Vogue before becoming a leading war photographer. His work as a costume designer for the theatre and films earned him Oscars and Tony Awards.  

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Isamu Noguchi
(American Landscape Architect and Artist Who Designed the Modern Piece of Furniture Known as the 'Noguchi Table')
Isamu Noguchi
2
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 30, 1988

Isamu Noguchi was an American landscape architect and artist best remembered for designing the iconic Noguchi table. His sculptures are credited with bridging East and West and some of his works are considered landmarks of 20th-century art. In 1982, he won the Edward MacDowell Medal. In 1987, he received the National Medal of Arts for his contribution to the arts. 

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John Farrow
(Film Director Best Known for His Films: 'Wake Island' and 'Around the World in Eighty Days')
John Farrow
2
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: January 27, 1963
Born into a dressmaker’s family, John Farrow went from being a sailor to a world-renowned filmmaker. Apart from his Oscar-winning screenplay of Around the World in Eighty Days, he was also known for his numerous affairs. He later married actor Maureen O'Sullivan, and had seven children, including actor Mia Farrow.
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George Formby
(Actor, Comedian, Film producer, Musician)
George Formby
1
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wigan
Died: March 6, 1961
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Ralph Bunche
(Political Scientist)
Ralph Bunche
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 9, 1971
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Umberto II of Italy
(The Last King of Italy)
Umberto II of Italy
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castle of Racconigi, Racconigi, Italy
Died: March 18, 1983

Umberto II, the only son of King Victor Emmanuel III, was the last king of Italy and ruled for just 34 days, from May 9 to June 12, 1946, and then went into exile. Also known as Re di Maggio, he was the de facto head of state since 1944.

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Kuvempu
(Novelist)
Kuvempu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chikkamagaluru district
Died: November 11, 1994

One of the greatest Kannada literary figures to have ever lived, Jnanpith Award- and Padma Vibhushan-winning author Kuvempu had written the state anthem of Karnataka, Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate. He was also an academic who had served as the Mysore University vice-chancellor and often voiced his concerns on social issues.