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Nelson Mandela
(President of South Africa (1994-1999))
Nelson Mandela
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Birthdate: July 18, 1918
Birthplace: Mvezo, South Africa
Died: December 5, 2013
Revered as the Father of the Nation by the South Africans, Nelson Mandela was a statesman who rose to become the country’s first black head of state. He reconciled a nation divided along racial lines and dismantled the legacy of apartheid.
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Alexander the Great
(King of Macedonia)
Alexander the Great
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Birthdate: 0356
Birthplace: Pella, Greece
Died: May 31, 0323

Counted amongst the greatest military commanders of all times, Alexander the Great successfully created one of the largest empires—from Macedonia to Persia and India—of the ancient world. The son of King of Macedonia, Philip II, he ascended the throne at the age of 20 and achieved unprecedented success before he died at the age of 33.  

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Julius Caesar
(Roman dictator)
Julius Caesar
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Birthdate: 0100
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 15, 0044

Julius Caesar is considered one of the greatest military commanders in history and played an important role in the events that led to the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He assumed control of the government after a civil war. He was assassinated by rebel senators on the Ides of March, 44 BC.

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Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Italian General Who Contributed to Italian Unification and the Creation of the Kingdom of Italy)
Giuseppe Garibaldi
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Birthdate: July 4, 1807
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: June 2, 1882

Italian general, patriot, and republican Giuseppe Garibaldi is remembered for the role he played in the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland." A highly proficient military general, he also led the Expedition of the Thousand on behalf of Victor Emmanuel II. He died in 1882.

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Patrice Lumumba
(Political leader)
Patrice Lumumba
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Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Birthplace: Katakokombe
Died: January 17, 1961
Congolese politician Patrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Republic of the Congo. He was an MNC leader and played a major role in turning Congo from a Belgian colony to an independent country. He was executed on the orders of Mobutu Sese Seko, following the Congo Crisis.
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Chesty Puller
(Military officer)
Chesty Puller
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Birthdate: June 26, 1898
Birthplace: West Point, Virginia, United States
Died: October 11, 1971
Chesty Puller was a U.S. Marine Corps officer who was part of the Banana Wars in Haiti and Nicaragua, and later served in World War II and the Korean War. He became the most decorated U.S. Marine, winning five Navy Crosses and an Army Distinguished Service Cross.
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Nathan Bedford Forrest
(Confederate General During the American Civil War)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
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Birthdate: July 13, 1821
Birthplace: Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 29, 1877
Nathan Bedford Forrest, or the "Wizard of the Saddle", served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War. He was charged with war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow, where his forces killed Black prisoners of war. He was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
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P. T. Barnum
(Businessman, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut (1875 – 76))
P. T.  Barnum
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Birthdate: July 5, 1810
Birthplace: Bethel, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 7, 1891

P. T. Barnum was an American politician, showman, and businessman. He is credited with founding the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran for 146 years. He is also credited with co-founding the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, which is one of the oldest American ferry companies. His life and work have inspired many films, including The Greatest Showman.

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Calvin Coolidge
(30th President of the United States (1923–1929))
Calvin Coolidge
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Birthdate: July 4, 1872
Birthplace: Plymouth, Vermont, United States
Died: January 5, 1933

The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge started his career as a lawyer before becoming an influential American politician. A man of few words with a dry sense of humor, Calvin Coolidge represented the middle class, which worked in his favor. Despite being a reclusive politician, Coolidge gave 520 press conferences, making himself available to reporters quite often.

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Lord Mountbatten
(Last Viceroy of British India)
Lord Mountbatten
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Birthdate: June 25, 1900
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27, 1979

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

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John Glenn
(Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth)
John Glenn
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Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Birthplace: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Died: December 8, 2016

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Glenn was an astronaut, aviator, politician, and businessman. Beginning his career as an army man, he was a fighter pilot in World War II. He later joined NASA and was one of the Mercury Seven. Following his retirement from NASA, he became a politician and served in the US Senate.

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Dalai Lama
(Spiritual Leader of Tibet and 14th Dalai Lama)
Dalai Lama
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Birthdate: July 6, 1935
Birthplace: Taktser, Tibet
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is known for his advocacy for peace in Tibet and has won the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. He belongs to a lineage of reincarnations of Avalokiteśvara. He fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion and formed a Tibetan government in exile.
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Bob Dole
(United States Senator from Kansas (1969-1996))
Bob Dole
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Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Birthplace: Russell, Kansas, United States
Died: December 5, 2021

Bob Dole is an American retired politician who remains active in public life. Before commencing his political career, Dole served in the United States Army during World War II. For his service in the army and later as a politician, Bob Dole has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Presidential Citizens Medal.

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Nelson Rockefeller
(41st Vice President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Nelson Rockefeller
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Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died: January 26, 1979
Grandson of businessman John D. Rockefeller, Nelson Rockefeller was the U.S. vice president from 1975 to 1977 and the New York governor from 1959 to 1973. An arts connoisseur, he was the president of the Museum of Modern Art. He had also worked with Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.
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Gerald Ford
(38th President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Gerald Ford
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Birthdate: July 14, 1913
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford Jr served as the 38th president of US from August 1974 to January 1977. His 895 day-long stint as the American president is the shortest in US history for any president who did not die in office. In a controversial act, he granted a presidential pardon to his predecessor Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal.

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Mahathir Mohamad
(Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003, 2018-20))
Mahathir Mohamad
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Birthdate: July 10, 1925
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad is a Malaysian statesman, doctor, and author. He twice served as the prime minister of Malaysia and is widely regarded as one of the most popular Malaysian prime ministers of all time. Under his premiership, Malaysia underwent a period of rapid economic growth and modernization. Mahathir Mohamad is also credited with establishing strong foreign relations with many countries.

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David Farragut
(Military officer)
David Farragut
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Birthdate: July 5, 1801
Birthplace: Farragut, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14, 1870
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Vitali Klitschko
(Politician)
Vitali Klitschko
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Birthdate: July 19, 1971
Birthplace: Belovodskoe, Kyrgyzstan
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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Birthplace: Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates. He has also been serving as the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai since 2006. He is credited with turning Dubai into a global city; he has overseen the development of several projects, such as the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa

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Pablo Neruda
(Chilean poet)
Pablo Neruda
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Birthdate: July 12, 1904
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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Hassanal Bolkiah
(Sultan of Brunei)
Hassanal Bolkiah
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Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Birthplace: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Hassanal Bolkiah is the prime minister and Sultan of Brunei. The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III, Bolkiah is the world's second longest-tenured living monarch, after Queen Elizabeth II. He has chaired APEC and ASEAN summits. He was the world’s richest person in 1997, surpassing Bill Gates.
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Jo Cox
(Former British Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen (2015 - 2016))
Jo Cox
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Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorkshire, England
Died: June 16, 2016

British MP and Labour Party politician Jo Cox had also worked with Oxfam. The world was shocked by the news of her brutal assassination in 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair, who believed the white race was under threat due to leftist beliefs.

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Salvador Allende
(Former President of Chile)
Salvador Allende
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Birthdate: June 26, 1908
Birthplace: Santiago, Chile
Died: September 11, 1973
Salvador Allende was a physician who later became the Chilean president, this becoming the first Marxist president of a Latin American nation. His policies included nationalization and collectivization. He committed suicide after delivering a farewell speech over radio, to escape General Augusto Pinochet’s coup to oust him from the government.
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John Paul Jones
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Birthdate: July 6, 1747
Birthplace: Arbigland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
Died: July 18, 1792
John Paul Jones was an American Revolutionary War naval commander. Named the Father of the American Navy, he was part of the Continental Navy against the Kingdom of Great Britain. He later joined the Imperial Russian Navy and became a rear admiral. His life later inspired an Alexandre Dumas novel.
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Prince Michael of Kent
(Member of the British Royal Family)
Prince Michael of Kent
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Birthdate: July 4, 1942
Birthplace: Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England

A member of the British royal family, Prince Michael of Kent is a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. He is currently 48th in the line of succession to the British throne. He is a businessman and runs his own consultancy business with operations across the world. He has a keen interest in sports and is a Freemason.

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Raymond A. Spruance
(Navy admiral during World War II)
Raymond A. Spruance
5
Birthdate: July 3, 1886
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: December 13, 1969
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Ross Perot
(American Billionare Businessman, Founder and CEO of ‘Electronic Data Systems’ and ‘Perot Systems’)
Ross Perot
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Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, United States
Died: July 9, 2019

Ross Perot was the founder and CEO of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and developed the Naval Academy’s honor system. He ran for president as an independent candidate and then established the Reform Party. He sold Perot to Dell for $3.9 billion.

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Robert Reich
(22nd United States Secretary of Labor (1993 - 1997))
Robert Reich
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Birthdate: June 24, 1946
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States

Economist and University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Reich has also been the U.S. secretary of labor. His rare bone disorder made him a victim of bullies in childhood, but he later won the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. His bestselling book Saving Capitalism was made into a Netflix documentary.

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Jesse Ventura
(38th Governor of Minnesota)
Jesse Ventura
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Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

WWE legend Jesse Ventura, known by his ring name “The Body,” also served as the mayor of Brooklyn from 1991 to 1995 and as the governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He had previously served the U.S. Navy. He has also appeared in films and written several books.

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Jack Kemp
(Politician)
Jack Kemp
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Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: May 2, 2009
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George McGovern
(United States Senator from South Dakota (1963 - 1981))
George McGovern
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Birthdate: July 19, 1922
Birthplace: Avon, South Dakota, United States
Died: October 21, 2012

Historian George McGovern had been the U.S. senator from South Dakota. He held important positions related to food, agriculture, and nutrition, too, and was named a World Food Prize laureate for his efforts in reducing world hunger. He had also advocated for the end of the Vietnam War.

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Seretse Khama
(Politician)
Seretse Khama
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Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Birthplace: Serowe, Botswana
Died: July 13, 1980
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Elise Stefanik
(Politician)
Elise Stefanik
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Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
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Rubén Blades
(Panamanian Musician & Singer Who Mainly Performs in 'Salsa' and 'Latin Jazz' Genres)
Rubén Blades
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Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

With 10 Grammy Awards, Panamanian musician, singer, and composer Rubén Blades didn’t just soar to international fame but also redefined the Latin jazz and salsa genres. A qualified lawyer from Harvard, he came to be known as the Latin Bruce Springsteen for his music that mirrored social issues.

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Karl Von Clausewitz
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Birthdate: July 1, 1780
Birthplace: Burg bei Magdeburg
Died: November 16, 1831

Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military theorist and general. As a theorist, Clausewitz stressed the political aspects of war. His book Vom Kriege, which talks about military strategy, has been very influential despite the fact that it was unfinished at the time of his death. His ideas also influenced personalities like Karl Marx, Mao Zedong, and Leon Trotsky.

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George W. Romney
(43rd Governor of Michigan (1963 - 1969) & Former Chairman and President of 'American Motors')
George W. Romney
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Birthdate: July 8, 1907
Birthplace: Colonia Dublán, Mexico
Died: July 26, 1995

George W. Romney was a  Republican Party politician who served as the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. He was a front runner for the Republican nomination for president of US in the 1968 election, but he lost to Richard Nixon. Also a businessman, he was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962.

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Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
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Birthdate: June 29, 1957
Birthplace: Babarap, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Angela Merkel
(First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021))
Angela Merkel
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Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Li Keqiang
(Politician, Economist)
Li Keqiang
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Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Birthplace: Dingyuan County
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Mick Mulvaney
(United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland)
Mick Mulvaney
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Birthdate: July 21, 1967
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Politician, Mick Mulvaney, served as the United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland from March 2020 until January 2021. He was previously the acting White House Chief of Staff and the acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). He is a Republican and was in the South Carolina General Assembly for many years. 

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Leon Panetta
(Former White House Chief of Staff)
Leon Panetta
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Birthdate: June 28, 1938
Birthplace: Monterey, California
Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
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Birthdate: June 24, 1850
Birthplace: Ballylongford, Ireland
Died: June 5, 1916

Horatio Herbert Kitchener is remembered for his military acumen and for his large-scale organization of troops during World War I. He had served the Egyptian army and the British army in South Africa, and was the commander-in-chief in India. He died aboard the HMS Hampshire when the cruiser drowned.

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Tim Ryan
(Politician)
Tim Ryan
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Birthdate: July 16, 1973
Birthplace: Niles, Ohio, U.S.
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B. J. Habibie
(Third President of Indonesia)
B. J. Habibie
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Birthdate: June 25, 1936
Birthplace: Parepare, Indonesia
Died: September 11, 2019

B. J. Habibie was an Indonesian politician best remembered for his service as the President of Indonesia from 21 May 1998 to 20 October 1999. An important political figure, Habibie also served as the Vice President of Indonesia in 1998. From 1978 to 1998, he served as the Minister of Research and Technology.

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Vicente Fox
(62nd President of Mexico (2000 - 2006))
Vicente Fox
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Birthdate: July 2, 1942
Birthplace: León, Guanajuato, Mexico

Initially the CEO of Coca-Cola Mexico, Vicente Fox increased the sales of the soft drink in Mexico by 50%. He later focused on politics, joining the National Action Party and leading the country as its president. He has a rare condition called polydactyly, meaning he has 6 toes in both feet.

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Kenneth Clarke
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Kenneth Clarke
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Birthdate: July 2, 1940
Birthplace: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England
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P. V. Narasimha Rao
(Prime Minister of India (1991-96))
P. V. Narasimha Rao
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Birthdate: June 28, 1921
Birthplace: Karimnagar, India
Died: December 23, 2004

The ninth Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao, is often called the Father of Indian Economic Reforms due to a major economic transformation in India during his prime ministership. He dismantled the Licence Raj and his economic policies rescued India from an impending economic collapse. 

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James Enos Clyburn
(House Majority Whip since 2019, United States Representative since 1993)
James Enos Clyburn
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Birthdate: July 21, 1940
Birthplace: Sumter, South Carolina, United States
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Crispin Blunt
(Politician)
Crispin Blunt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1960
Birthplace: Germany
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Jean-Claude Duvalier
(Former President of Haiti)
Jean-Claude Duvalier
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Birthdate: July 3, 1951
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince
Died: October 4, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier was a Haitian politician. From 1971 to 1986, Duvalier served as the president of Haiti before he was removed from office by a popular uprising. During his presidency, thousands of Haitians were tortured or killed. His presidency was also marked by his notoriously lavish lifestyle, while many Haitians were left to battle poverty.