Famous People Born In 1916

Discover the most famous people born in 1916. The list includes people like Kirk Douglas, Roald Dahl, Maria Altmann, Gregory Peck, Olivia de Havilland and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include novelists, political leaders, journalists and soldiers born in 1916. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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Roald Dahl
(One of the World's Greatest Authors)
Roald Dahl
81
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales
Died: November 23, 1990

British writer, Roald Dahl, is considered as one of the greatest children’s authors. He is one of the best-selling authors of all-time and had a career spanning decades. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, The Twits and Matilda are some of his classic works. He also wrote short stories and novels meant for adults.

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Gregory Peck
(One of the Reigning Actors of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Gregory Peck
24
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Jolla, California, United States
Died: June 12, 2003

American actor Gregory Peck was one of the most famous movie stars between the 1940s and the 1960s. In 1999, Gregory Peck was ranked 12th in the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema list published by the American Film Institute. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Gregory Peck was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.

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Kirk Douglas
(Actor and Filmmaker)
Kirk Douglas
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Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, United States
Died: February 5, 2020

The quintessential American action hero of the 1950s, Kirk Douglas remained one of the most bankable stars of Hollywood throughout the decade. Regarded as one of the greatest actors of classic Hollywood cinema, Kirk Douglas was a man of many talents. Also known as a writer and philanthropist, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981.

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Olivia de Havilland
(One of the Leading Actresses of Golden Age of Hollywood )
Olivia de Havilland
31
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 26, 2020

The veteran actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Olivia de Havilland shot to fame with Gone With the Wind and later established her cinematic career with movies like To Each His Own and The Heiress. Her rivalry with her sister and the court battle against a powerful studio also made headlines.

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Glenn Ford
(One of the Most Prominent Actors During Hollywood's Golden Age)
Glenn Ford
17
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: August 30, 2006

Glenn Ford was a Canadian-American actor. One of the most bankable stars of classical Hollywood cinema, Ford remained a crowd-puller throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Five of his movies have been chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry. Off-stage, Glenn Ford was a notorious womanizer and had relationships with several actresses, including Marilyn Monroe.

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Jackie Gleason
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Series 'The Jackie Gleason Show' and 'The Honeymooners')
Jackie Gleason
10
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York, United States
Died: June 24, 1987

Jackie Gleason was an American actor, writer, comedian, composer, and conductor. Nicknamed The Great One, Jackie Gleason is credited with developing the popular TV series The Jackie Gleason Show, which enjoyed high ratings for nearly two decades. His life and work inspired the 2002 television biopic Gleason in which he was played by comedian and actor Brad Garrett.

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Dinah Shore
(Singer and Actress Who was the Top Charting Female Vocalist of the 1940s)
Dinah Shore
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Birthdate: 29th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 24, 1994

Dinah Shore initially launched a solo career after failing to qualify for Benny Goodman’s band. After delivering hits such as Blues in the Night, she appeared in a few films and ventured into a successful TV career. She also hosted shows such as The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.

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Walter Cronkite
(Broadcast Journalist and Longtime Anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News’)
Walter Cronkite
12
Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.
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James Herriot
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Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died: February 23, 1995

James Herriot was a British writer and veterinary surgeon. Many of his books about animals and veterinary practice inspired several films and television series, including the 1975 British movie All Creatures Great and Small. His early life inspired BBC's drama Young James Herriot. In 1994, Glasgow Veterinary College's library was named James Herriot Library in his honor. 

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Betty Grable
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Films: ‘Mother Wore Tights’ and ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’)
Betty Grable
6
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1973

Betty Grable was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in numerous big-budget movies and was at one point the highest-salaried American woman. She began her career as a preteen and gained prominence as a young woman. A celebrated sex symbol, she was the number-one pin-up girl of World War II. 

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko
(One of the Most Successful Female Snipers in Recorded History)
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
Died: October 27, 1974

Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko belonged to the Red Army during World War II and is believed to have killed over 300 people. Also known as Lady Death, she was awarded the Order of Lenin and was made a Hero of the Soviet Union. She later became a Soviet Navy researcher.

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Ferruccio Lamborghini
(Founder of Automobili Lamborghini)
Ferruccio Lamborghini
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Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1993

Born to a farmer, Ferruccio Lamborghini started fiddling with his father’s tractors and was soon able to make full tractors out of scratch. He gradually created an auto empire named after him that is world-renowned for its luxury sports cars and SUVs. He retired to devote himself to winemaking later.

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Shirley Jackson
(American Writer Known Primarily for Her Works of Horror and Mystery)
Shirley Jackson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 8, 1965
Shirley Jackson redefined the genres of horror and mystery through her works, which include over 200 short stories and six novels. Her iconic novel The Haunting of Hill House was made into a popular Netflix series and several movies, including the 1963 and 1999 versions of The Haunting
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Ken Curtis
(Singer)
Ken Curtis
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lamar, Colorado, United States
Died: April 28, 1991
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John Basilone
(United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant)
John Basilone
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: February 19, 1945

John Basilone was a US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who played a crucial role in the Battle for Henderson Field, for which he was honored with the Medal of Honor. Basilone died during the Battle of Iwo Jima and was posthumously honored with the Navy Cross, becoming the only enlisted Marine to receive these two decorations in World War II.

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Van Johnson
(American Singer, Dancer, Theatre and Radio Actor)
Van Johnson
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: December 12, 2008
Van Johnson was an MGM star of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He was known for his signature red hair, freckles, and boy-next-door image. Some of notable films include Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and A Guy Named Joe. He also appeared in series such as Rich Man, Poor Man.
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Beverly Cleary
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States
Died: March 25, 2021
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Francis Crick
(Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner)
Francis Crick
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning British biophysicist Francis Crick is best known for his ground-breaking work to determine the structure of the DNA, along with James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. He taught at various institutes, such as the Salk Institute, and was also awarded the Order of Merit.

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Keenan Wynn
(American Character Actor)
Keenan Wynn
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 14, 1986
Keenan Wynn, son of vaudeville performer Ed Wynn, gained prominence as a character actor. He started as a Broadway actor and then appeared in popular movies such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Race, and Son of Flubber. He was also seen in the soap Dallas
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Sterling Hayden
(Actor, Author, Sailor and an Office of Strategic Services' Agent During World War II)
Sterling Hayden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 23, 1986

Sterling Hayden mostly appeared in Westerns and film noir of the 1950s. He had also served in World War II. He gained fame with Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Dr. Strangelove. He was also a sailor and once sailed to Tahiti to shoot a film that eventually remained unfinished.

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Peter Finch
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Howard Beale’ in the Film ‘Network’)
Peter Finch
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, England
Died: January 14, 1977
English-Australian actor Peter Finch is best known as Howard Beale from the movie Network, a role that won him a posthumous Academy Award. Fans also loved his BAFTA-winning role of Daniel Hirsh in Sunday Bloody Sunday. He was also nominated for an Emmy for the TV film Raid on Entebbe.
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Hal Smith
(Actor)
Hal Smith
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Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: January 28, 1994
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Maxene Andrews
(Soprano)
Maxene Andrews
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 21, 1995
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Harold Wilson
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1964-1970, 1974-1976))
Harold Wilson
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 24, 1995

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for two non-consecutive terms, Harold Wilson was a British Labour politician. Historians commend him for leading his party through difficult political issues with considerable skill. With a moderate approach to socialism, he was a popular politician during his first tenure as the prime minister; his second tenure wasn’t as successful.

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Michael Gough
(Actor)
Michael Gough
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011
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Claude Shannon
(Mathematician, Engineer & Cryptographer Known as a 'Father of Information Theory')
Claude Shannon
9
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: February 24, 2001

Claude Shannon was an electrical engineer, mathematician, and cryptographer. He is credited with publishing the article A Mathematical Theory of Communication which gave rise to the field of information theory. Hence, Shannon is considered the father of information theory. He is also credited with founding digital circuit design theory. During World War II, he contributed to the field of cryptanalysis.

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Shelby Foote
(Writer)
Shelby Foote
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 27, 2005
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Dorothy McGuire
9
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 13, 2001
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Mercedes McCambridge
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: March 2, 2004
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Robert McNamara
(Former United States Secretary of Defense)
Robert McNamara
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Died: July 6, 2009
Robert McNamara was the U.S. secretary of defense from 1961 to 1968. He supported the Gulf of Tonkin resolution to engage the U.S. forces in the Vietnam War. He was also one of the “Whiz Kids” who worked for Ford Motors. He was the president of the World Bank, too.
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Sirimavo Bandaranaike
(Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960 - 1965, 1970 - 1977, 1994 - 2000))
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mahawalathenna, Sri Lanka
Died: October 10, 2000
Sirimavo Bandaranaike served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka and was the world's first female prime minister. She was initially married to prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and participated in charitable work for rural women. She joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party after her husband’s assassination.
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Martha Raye
(Actress)
Martha Raye
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Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: October 19, 1994
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Richard Proenneke
(Naturalist)
Richard Proenneke
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Listed In: Naturalists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lee County, Iowa
Died: April 20, 2003
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Jane Jacobs
(Journalist and Author Best Known for Her Book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’)
Jane Jacobs
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006

American-Canadian journalist Jane Jacobs is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. A specialist in urban culture and its issues, she was one of the few women who excelled in a male-dominated field. The Vincent Scully Prize winner was initially scorned at as a housewife.

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George Montgomery
(Best Known for His Work in Western Films)
George Montgomery
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brady, Montana, United States
Died: December 12, 2000

George Montgomery was an American actor best remembered for his work in television and Western films. A multi-talented personality, Montgomery was also known as a director, producer, stuntman, writer, sculptor, painter, and furniture craftsman. George Montgomery achieved popularity after singing with 20th Century Fox in 1939; he then went on to become a leading man in Hollywood during the 1940s.

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Movita Castaneda
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, USA
Died: February 12, 2015
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Hans-Ulrich Rudel
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kondratów, Poland
Died: December 18, 1982

Nazi World War II pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel hated academics but loved skiing as a young man. He is believed to have destroyed 519 Soviet tanks and even got a leg amputated. Post-war, he went to Argentina briefly, wrote books, and also became an entrepreneur after returning to Germany.

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Harry James
(Musician)
Harry James
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Listed In: Jazz Musicians
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: July 5, 1983
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François Mitterrand
(President of France from 1981 to 1995)
François Mitterrand
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jarnac, France
Died: January 8, 1996
François Mitterrand served as the French president from 1981 to 1995, becoming the longest-tenured president in the history of his country. He was the first to name a female prime minister, Édith Cresson. He is known for his investments in several Grands Projets and his opposition of the Fifth Republic.
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Yehudi Menuhin
(American Violinist and Conductor Who is Considered One of the Great Violinists of the 20th Century)
Yehudi Menuhin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

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Evelyn Keyes
(Actress)
Evelyn Keyes
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: July 4, 2008
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C. Everett Koop
(13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982 - 1989))
C. Everett Koop
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 25, 2013

C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon and public health administrator who served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan. Previously, he had been a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He was well-known for his support of the rights of children with disabilities and his work with AIDS patients. 

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Sherwood Schwartz
(Television producer)
Sherwood Schwartz
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Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 12, 2011
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Chick Hearn
(Sportscaster)
Chick Hearn
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Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States
Died: August 5, 2002
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Rossano Brazzi
(Actor)
Rossano Brazzi
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1994
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Wellington Mara
(Co-owner of the 'New York Giants' of the National Football League)
Wellington Mara
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Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: October 25, 2005

Wellington Mara co-owned the NFL team New York Giants, as he inherited the team from his father and the team’s founder, Tim Mara. The Giants players named him The Duke, as it was believed he was named after the Duke of Wellington. He died of lymphoma at age 89.

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Daws Butler
(Actor, Dub actor)
Daws Butler
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Birthdate: 16th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo
Died: May 18, 1988
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M. S. Subbulakshmi
(Carnatic Musician)
M. S. Subbulakshmi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madurai
Died: December 11, 2004

M.S. Subbulakshmi was an Indian singer. Dubbed the Queen of Music, Subbulakshmi was the leading exponent of Carnatic music. In 1966, she became the first Indian to perform in UN General Assembly. In 1974, she became the first Indian musician to be awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award. In 1998, Subbulakshmi became the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.

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Dennis Day
(Singer, Radio, Television, and Film Personality)
Dennis Day
2
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 1988
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John L. Nelson
(Musician)
John L. Nelson
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisiana, USA
Died: August 25, 2001