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Leopold II of Belgium
(Former King of the Belgians (1865 - 1909))
Leopold II of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 17, 1909

Leopold II of Belgium reigned over Belgium as its second king from 1865 to 1909. He also owned the Independent State of the Congo from 1885 to 1908. Congolese people were subjected to torture and murder under Leopold's administration; the term crimes against humanity was coined by George Washington Williams in 1890 to describe the atrocities of Leopold's administration.

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Diane von Fürstenberg
(Fashion designer)
Diane von Fürstenberg
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Claude Lévi-Strauss
(Anthropologist)
Claude Lévi-Strauss
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Birthdate: November 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 30, 2009

French social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss is remembered for his contribution to structural anthropology. His book Tristes Tropiques was based on his research deep in the Brazilian Amazon. While he left France for the U.S. during World War II, he later returned to Paris and received his doctorate.

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Andreas Vesalius
(Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy)
Andreas Vesalius
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 31, 1514
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 15, 1564

Renaissance physician Andreas Vesalius is credited with illustrating the first anatomy textbook. Born into a family of physicians, he studied at the University of Paris medical school and often dissected corpses retrieved from cemeteries. He was the first to reject Galenic anatomy and to introduce human dissection in anatomy.

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Stella Maxwell
(Fashion Model and Former Victoria's Secret Angel)
Stella Maxwell
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Model Stella Maxwell was declared a Victoria's Secret Angel in 2015. Named to Maxim's Hot 100, she has also campaigned for Max Factor cosmetics, H&M, and Puma, and has graced the covers of major fashion magazines. An LGBT icon, she has publicly dated Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart.
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Agnes Varda
(Filmmaker and Pioneer of French New Wave Film Movement of the 1950s and 1960s)
Agnes Varda
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Birthdate: May 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 29, 2019

Agnes Varda was a Belgian-born French film director, screenwriter, and artist. She was a key figure in the development of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and 1960s. She often made films addressing women’s issues and other social justice problems. She was honored with an Academy Honorary Award. She was married to director Jacques Demy. 

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Adnan Januzaj
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Adnan Januzaj
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Adnan Januzaj is a Belgian football player who plays for the Belgium national team as a midfielder. In 2018, he helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Adnan Januzaj is also currently a part of the Sevilla Fútbol Club.

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Albert I of Belgium
(Former King of the Belgians (1909 - 1934))
Albert I of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 8, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 17, 1934

Albert I of Belgium ruled as King of the Belgians for over 25 years from 1909 to 1934. He played a crucial role during World War I, for which he is often referred to as the Soldier King or Knight King in Belgium. A renowned alpinist, Albert died in a mountaineering accident and his death was mourned around the world.

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Baudouin of Belgium
(King of the Belgians (1951 - 1993))
Baudouin of Belgium
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Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 31, 1993

The elder son of King Leopold III of Belgium, Baudouin ruled Belgium for over 4 decades. He is remembered for his impartial treatment of both the Flemish- and French-speaking Belgian factions. He also served as the sovereign of the Belgian Congo and later supported Congolese independence.

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Jacky Ickx
(Belgian Retired Racing Driver)
Jacky Ickx
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries

Jacky Ickx is a Belgian retired racing driver best known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on six occasions. He also achieved 25 podium finishes and eight wins in F1. Jacky Ickx is also known for his association with Scuderia Ferrari as he was the leading driver for the team for several seasons in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Joseph Plateau
(Belgian Physicist & Mathematician - One of the First People to Demonstrate the Illusion of a Moving Image)
Joseph Plateau
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 14, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 15, 1883

Belgian physicist and mathematician Joseph Plateau was a pioneer of the modern animation and movie industry, as he invented the phenakistiscope, the world’s first device to create an illusion of motion through images. He also laid down the structure of soap films through Plateau's laws.

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Mary of Burgundy
(Former Duchess of Burgundy (1477 - 1482))
Mary of Burgundy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1457
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 27, 1482

As Charles the Bold’s daughter, Mary of Burgundy, was also known as Mary the Rich, for her affluence. While she had a fairy-tale marriage with Archduke Maximilian of Austria and had two children, she died abruptly at age 25, after being thrown from her horse during a hunting trip.

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Brian Molko
(Singer, Actor)
Brian Molko
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Chantal Akerman
(Belgian Film Director Best Known for Her Art-House Film 'Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles')
Chantal Akerman
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Birthdate: June 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 5, 2015

Chantal Akerman was a Belgian screenwriter, film director, and artist. she also served at the City College of New York as a film professor. Best known for her work in the 1975 arthouse film Jeanne Dielman, which was described as a masterpiece by The New York Times, Chantal Akerman had a profound influence on avant-garde cinema.  

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Michy Batshuayi
(Belgian Football Striker)
Michy Batshuayi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra

Belgian footballer Michy Batshuayi now plays as a striker for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe. Starting his career with Standard Liège, he later had successful stints with clubs such as Marseille and Chelsea, winning a Premier League and 2 FA Cups with the latter. He also won the Ebony Shoe Award in 2013-14.

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Princess Delphine of Belgium
(Artist)
Princess Delphine of Belgium
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Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces

With a background as colorful as her art, Princess Delphine of Belgium was known as Jonkvrouw Delphine Boël before she won paternity suit against King Albert II of Belgium and became recognized as his daughter, winning princely title for herself and her children. An established artist in her own right, she continues to create art, promoting its use in healthcare.  

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Carlota of Mexico
(Empress Consort of Mexico (1864 - 1867))
Carlota of Mexico
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Birthdate: June 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 19, 1927

Carlota of Mexico served as the Empress consort of Mexico from 10 April 1864 to 15 May 1867. Her husband Maximilian I of Mexico died at the age of 34 and their relationship has inspired many movies, plays, TV series, and novels.

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The Singing Nun
(Singer-songwriter)
The Singing Nun
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 17, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 29, 1985

Singer-songwriter Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers, better known as The Singing Nun, soared to fame with the Billboard-charting track Dominique. She was also a Dominican Order nun, who later took the name Sister Luc Gabriel. She often played the guitar and was accompanied by a chorus of 4 nuns.

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Toots Thielemans
(Belgian Jazz Musician)
Toots Thielemans
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 22, 2016

Toots Thielemans was a Belgian jazz musician best remembered for his chromatic harmonica playing. A multi-talented personality, Thielemans was also renowned for his whistling skills, composing, and guitaring. Toots Thielemans is credited with popularizing harmonica in the jazz scene which made him the preeminent jazz harmonica player.

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Leopold III of Belgium
(King of Belgium from 1934 to 1951)
Leopold III of Belgium
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Birthdate: November 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 25, 1983

Belgian king Leopold III was despised by his countrymen for surrendering Belgium to the Germans during World War II. After being imprisoned by the Germans near Brussels, he went to Austria, and went back to Belgium later, only to be faced by a civil war that forced him to abdicate.

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Patrick Bauchau
(Belgian Actor)
Patrick Bauchau
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Birthdate: December 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Patrick Bauchau is a Belgian actor who is etched in our memory as Scarpine, the murderous associate of the anti-hero in A View to a Kill. Born in Belgium and educated at Oxford, he can speak German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Dutch, enabling him to successfully work in numerous films and television series on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)
Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: August 6, 1697
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 20, 1745
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Louis, Prince Napoleon
(Prince)
Louis, Prince Napoleon
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Birthdate: January 23, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 3, 1997
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Plastic Bertrand
(Belgian Musician Best Known for His 1977 International Hit Single ‘Ça plane pour moi’)
Plastic Bertrand
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces

Plastic Bertrand is a Belgian musician, songwriter, producer, and TV presenter. He is best known for his international hit single Ça plane pour moi. Interested in music from a young age, he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a musician, he toured extensively and released many albums and singles. He has also appeared in a few films.

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Nafissatou Thiam
(The Second Woman to Win consecutive Olympic Titles in Heptathlon)
Nafissatou Thiam
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo

Nafissatou Thiam is a Belgian athlete who achieved popularity in 2016 when she won the gold medal in Heptathlon at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Nafissatou Thiam went on to win another gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, becoming only the second woman to win consecutive Olympic titles in Heptathlon after America's Jackie Joyner-Kersee. 

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Marguerite Yourcenar
(French Novelist, Essayist and First Woman Elected to the 'Académie Française')
Marguerite Yourcenar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 17, 1987

Belgian-born French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar, who later settled in the US, is best remembered for her award-winning works such as Mémoires d'Hadrien. She was also the first female member to be elected to the Académie Française. She used an anagram of her original last name, Crayencour, as her surname.

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Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
(Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia)
Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
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Birthdate: May 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 23, 1945

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium became the Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia after her marriage to Crown Prince Rudolf, the son of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. Following the death of her husband and his mistress in a suicide-murder pact, she married a Hungarian nobleman.

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Prince Gabriel of Belgium
(Prince)
Prince Gabriel of Belgium
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 20, 2003
Sun Sign: Leo
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Jacques Piccard
(Engineer)
Jacques Piccard
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Birthdate: July 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 1, 2008

Oceanic engineer Jacques Piccard is remembered for his revolutionary inventions such as the mesoscaphe and the bathyscaphe, which he had built for under-sea exploration. The son of renowned engineer and explorer Auguste Piccard, he was initially an economics teacher but later began collaborating with his father on various inventions.

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Céline Buckens
(Actress)
Céline Buckens
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Birthdate: August 9, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
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Tarec Saffiedine
(Belgian Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Tarec Saffiedine
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo

Tarec Saffiedine is a Belgian retired mixed martial artist best known for his association with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competed in the Welterweight division. Over the course of his career, Tarec Saffiedine was also part of other promotions like Dream and Strikeforce; he was the last fighter to win the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship title.

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Liz Claiborne
(Fashion designer, Businessperson)
Liz Claiborne
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 26, 2007
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Thierry Boutsen
(Racing Driver)
Thierry Boutsen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer

Retired Belgian racing driver Thierry Boutsen had a decade-long, illustrious career with 164 races and 3 Grand Prix wins. His career also witnessed him play for teams such as Arrows, Benetton, and Jordan. He was also placed second twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Albert II of Belgium
(King of the Belgians (1993 - 2013))
Albert II of Belgium
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Birthdate: June 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini

Albert II of Belgium reigned as the King of the Belgians from 1993 until his abdication in 2013. He abdicated in favor of his eldest son Philippe due to health reasons. During his reign, Albert represented Belgium at high level international meetings. He also established the Prince Albert Foundation in 1984 to promote competence in foreign trade.   

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Philippe of Belgium
(King of the Belgians)
Philippe of Belgium
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Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries

Philippe of Belgium is the King of the Belgians who succeeded his father King Albert II after the latter's abdication on 21 July 2013 due to health reasons. In 2014, Philippe helped form a coalition government after the Belgian federal election. 

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Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
(Prince)
Prince Emmanuel of Belgium
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 2005
Sun Sign: Libra
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Ralph Miliband
(Former Sociologist who published The State in Capitalist Society in 1969)
Ralph Miliband
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Birthdate: January 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 21, 1994
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Victor Polster
(Actor)
Victor Polster
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Birthdate: 2002 AD

Victor Polster is a Belgian actor and dancer. Although he is more famous for his award-winning portrayal of Lara in Lukas Dhont’s film, Girl, Victor Polster considers himself a dancer first and an actor second. He was a student of the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.

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Jean-Philippe Susilovic
(Belgian Television Personality and Restaurant Director)
Jean-Philippe Susilovic
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Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jean-Philippe Susilovic is a Belgian restaurant director and television personality. He is best known for appearing on the American version of popular reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen. Jean-Philippe Susilovic appears as the maître d'hôtel on Gordon Ramsay's show.

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Olivia Vinall
(ActressEnglish-Belgian Actress Known for Her Roles in TV Series 'Apple Tree Yard' and 'The Woman in White')
Olivia Vinall
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Birthdate: 1989 AD

Olivia Vinall is a Belgian-born actress who works predominantly for the British TV industry. She is best known for her performance in British series like Apple Tree Yard, The Woman in White, and Queens of Mystery. In 2018, Olivia Vinall was honored with the Stars of Tomorrow award by the Screen International magazine.

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Omar El Kaddouri
(Belgian-Born Moroccan Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Omar El Kaddouri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo

Omar El Kaddouri is a professional football player who plays as a midfielder for the Morocco national football team. Born in Belgium, El Kaddouri represented the Belgium team at the youth level before playing for Morocco. Currently an important player for PAOK FC, Omar El Kaddouri has also been a part of other popular clubs like Brescia and Napoli.

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Jonas Bloquet
(Actor)
Jonas Bloquet
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Birthdate: July 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jonas Bloquet is a Belgian actor who began his career while in his teens and bagged a Magritte Award nomination for his very first film. Later, he attracted international attention with his French thriller film Elle, bagging his second nomination for his performance. Equally adept behind the camera, he has directed three shorts and has appeared in three stage productions.

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Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy
(Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1507 - 1530))
Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 10, 1480
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 1, 1530

The only daughter of Habsburg archduke Maximilian I, who became the Holy Roman Emperor, Margaret of Austria was also the duchess of Savoy by virtue of her marriage to Philibert II, Duke of Savoy. A patron of the arts, she owned a huge library and had several painters at her court.

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Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
(Belgian Noble and Son of King Leopold I of Belgium)
Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
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Birthdate: March 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 17, 1905

Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders was the son of King Leopold I of Belgium. Although he was the heir presumptive to the royal  Belgian throne, Philippe refused to be named the new Romanian sovereign when Alexandru Ioan Cuza stepped down as the domnitor of the Romanian Principalities in 1866. In 1909, his son Albert I ascended the Belgian throne.

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Alex van der Zwaan
(Attorney who pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to investigators while answering questions about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections)
Alex van der Zwaan
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Jan Brueghel the Elder
(Flemish Painter and the Son of the Eminent Flemish Renaissance Painter 'Pieter Bruegel the Elder')
Jan Brueghel the Elder
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Birthdate: 1568 AD
Died: January 13, 1625

Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder is perhaps best remembered for his floral still lifes and landscapes. The second son of legendary Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, he was also nicknamed "Velvet" Brueghel and "Flower" Brueghel and was a court painter of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II.

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Blanche
(Singer)
Blanche
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini

Blanche is a Belgian songwriter and singer best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 where she represented Belgium with the song City Lights. Blanche's popularity increased when she finished fourth in the competition and she went on to release her first studio album Empire on 29 May 2020. 

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Prince Laurent of Belgium
(The Youngest Son of King Albert II)
Prince Laurent of Belgium
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Birthdate: October 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra

Prince Laurent of Belgium is the youngest son of King Albert II and the younger brother of the current King of the Belgians, Philippe of Belgium. Currently, he is 13th out of the sixteen people in the Belgian line of succession. Prince Laurent of Belgium is best known as an ardent advocate of environment and animal welfare.

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Jan Baptista van Helmont
(Belgian Physician and Chemist Who First Identified Carbon Dioxide)
Jan Baptista van Helmont
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 12, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 30, 1644

Belgian physician and chemist Jan Baptista van Helmont often considered the founder of pneumatic chemistry, is also said to have used the word “gas” for the first time in the scientific world. He is also said to have been the first to identify gas sylvestre, which later came to be known as carbon dioxide.

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Maxime Weygand
(Military personnel, Officer)
Maxime Weygand
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 28, 1965