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Did you know that Cuba, a country synonymous to sugar, cigar, rum, baseball and musket-toting pirates, is also been home to many polarizing figures. That is right! This timeworn yet splendid country, which fuses old world colonial charm with contemporary cultural idiosyncrasies with élan, boasts of some exceptionally gifted and universally feted Cubans whose life and heritage will bowl you over completely. Gloria Estefan, Desi Arnaz, Cesar Romero, Rosario Dawson, Cameron Diaz, Marco Rubio, Jeff Bezos, Eva Mendes, Pitbull, Andy Garcia, Gilbert Arenas, and Ted Cruz are just some of the famous Cubans whom the world knows and lauds. But that is just tip of the iceberg. There is more to the list of famous Cubans than you can fathom. Explore all about the famous Cubans in their biographies captured below. As you trail their timeline, revel in their trivia, and wonder at some of the lesser-known facts about them, we bet you will not be able to stop reading.
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Fidel Castro
(Former Prime Minister of Cuba)
Fidel Castro
87
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2016

Serving as the Cuban prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and as president from 1976 to 2008, Fidel Castro was one of the most prominent Cuban leaders in the history. As the longest-reigning non-royal head of the 20th and 21st centuries, Castro was responsible for making Cuba a communist state.

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Ana de Armas
(Actress)
Ana de Armas
68
Birthdate: April 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

A Spanish-Cuban actress, Ana de Armas worked in Spanish films and television shows before moving to Hollywood. Overcoming the obstacle of not knowing English, she established herself as a solid actress by working in films like Knives Out and Blade Runner 2049. She will play a Bond girl in No Time to Die movie and will portray Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde.

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Christina Milian
(Actress, Singer & Songwriter)
Christina Milian
11
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Christina Milian is best known for her hit tracks A.M. to P.M. and Say I. Fans have also loved her performances in the movie Love Don't Cost a Thing, as Vanessa in Grandfathered, and as Christine Parks in The Oath. She co-owns Viva Diva Wines and a food truck business.
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Gloria Estefan
(Latin Pop Singer Who Earned Worldwide Success With "Conga" in 1985)
Gloria Estefan
42
Birthdate: September 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Three-time Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan was named one of Billboard’s Top 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Miami Sound Machine singer is known for her hits Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Don't Wanna Lose You. One of the best-selling Latin artists, she has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Yoel Romero
(Cuban Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Former Freestyle Wrestler)
Yoel Romero
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

Widely considered one of the most athletic competitors ever in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Yoel Romero is often compared with the greats of the sport. A former freestyle wrestler, Romero earned Cuba a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Eddie Cibrian
10
Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burbank, California, USA
 7 
José Fernández
(Cuban-American Professional Baseball Pitcher)
José Fernández
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016

José Fernández was a Cuban-American baseball player who played for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2013 to 2016. Renowned for his skills as a pitcher, José had four pitches in his armory: a four-seam fastball, a slurve, a changeup, and a sinker. He died at the age of 24 when a speedboat, which he was piloting, crashed.

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Joey Diaz
(Comedian, Actor, and Host of Podcast, "The Church of What's Happening Now.")
Joey Diaz
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Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Joey Diaz began his career as a stand-up comedian and then graduated to acting, appearing in projects such as My Name Is Earl and Spider-Man 2. He is now known for his appearances on the podcasts The Joe Rogan Experience, The Church of What's Happening Now, and Uncle Joey's Joint.
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Assata Shakur
(American Political Activist and Member of the Black Liberation Army Who Was Convicted in the First-Degree Murder)
Assata Shakur
27
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: July 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

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Celia Cruz
(One of the Most Popular Latin Artists of the 20th Century)
Celia Cruz
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz was a Cuban-American singer who achieved popularity in Cuba as a singer of guarachas during the 1950s. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most famous Latin artists, Cruz was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa. She is also revered for popularizing Latin music in the USA. Celia Cruz also won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards. 

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Fulgencio Batista
(Former President of Cuba)
Fulgencio Batista
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Banes, Cuba
Died: August 6, 1973

Fulgencio Batista was the elected president of Cuba from 1940 to 1944. He formed the constitution of Cuba. He later became a dictator through a coup. He was finally ousted by Che Guevara at the Battle of Santa Clara, as part of Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement.

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Yvette Prieto
(Michael Jordan’s Wife)
Yvette Prieto
10
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cuba
Model Yvette Prieto gained fame working with renowned designers such as Alexander Wang. She appeared as herself in the documentary Cuba: An Island Apart. She is married to NBA legend Michael Jordan. Apart from her twin daughters with Jordan, she has three stepchildren from Jordan’s previous marriage.
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William Levy
(Actor, Model)
William Levy
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cojímar, Cuba
Cuban-American actor William Levy started as a model and then appeared on Spanish reality shows such as Isla de la Tentación. He has lent his voice to the dubbed version of Planet 51. He has also appeared in series such as Star and telenovelas such as Cuidado con el ángel.
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Aroldis Chapman
(Baseball player)
Aroldis Chapman
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Holguín, Cuba
 15 
Jose Canseco
(Baseball player)
Jose Canseco
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Oscar Nunez
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Birthdate: November 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba, Cuba
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Luis Ortiz
(Boxer)
Luis Ortiz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camagüey, Cuba
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Daisy Fuentes
(MTV's First Latina VJ and the First Latina Spokesperson for Cosmetic Company 'Revlon')
Daisy Fuentes
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Cuban-American TV personality Daisy Fuentes became MTV's first Latina VJ and Revlon's first global Latina spokesperson. She also hosted America's Funniest Home Videos and later launched a clothing and haircare line. She has worked for cancer research and other charitable causes, too. She is married to singer Richard Marx.

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Anais Nin
(French-Born American Novelist, Diarist and Short Story Writer)
Anais Nin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France
Died: January 14, 1977

French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, and novelist Anais Nin wrote several volumes of journals, erotica, novels, critical studies, essays, and short stories. Her journals and diaries are among her most studied works. She had a deep interest in psychoanalysis and studied it extensively with René Allendy and Otto Rank. Critics consider her one of the finest writers of female erotica.

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Steven Bauer
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Manny Rivera’ in the Film ‘Scarface’)
Steven Bauer
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Birthdate: December 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Steven Bauer is a Cuban-American actor best known for playing Cuban drug lord, Manny Ribera, in the American crime drama film, Scarface, a film which gave him an opportunity to work with actors like Al Pacino. Bauer received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film. He then went on to establish himself as a serious actor.

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Jose Marti
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 28, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 19, 1895

Son of Spanish immigrants, Jose Marti spent his childhood in a strife-torn Cuba and attended high school on financial aid. Marti’s poems, essays, and articles were laced with his patriotic vigor to free Cuba from the Spanish rule. He died battling on the field at Dos Ríos.

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Yasiel Puig
(Baseball player)
Yasiel Puig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cienfuegos, Cuba
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Sal Magluta
(Kingpin who ran South Florida from the 1970s to 1990s)
Sal Magluta
1
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: November 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuba
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Miguel Díaz-Canel
(President of Cuba)
Miguel Díaz-Canel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Placetas, Villa Clara

Miguel Díaz-Canel is a Cuban politician and the current president of Cuba. As president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel has made several international trips, visiting places like India, Azerbaijan, and Russia. He has also interacted with presidents and prime ministers of several countries. In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious Order of the Liberator by the government of Venezuela.

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Elián Gonzalez
(Cuban Citizen Who Got Embroiled in Immigration Controversy)
Elián Gonzalez
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cardenas, Cuba
Elián González is a Cuban boy who became the center of an immigration issue when he was rescued by fishermen off the U.S. coast and handed over to federal agents. His mother had drowned during their escape from Cuba, and Elián’s father later fought to get him back to Cuba.
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Vida Guerra
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Vida Guerra is a Cuban-born American model. As a young woman, she entered several fashion shows and started bagging modeling assignments. She became internationally famous after appearing in a lingerie spread for FHM in December 2002 and has since worked with many international brands. She has also appeared in a few TV shows.

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Yoenis Céspedes
(Baseball player)
Yoenis Céspedes
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campechuela, Granma, Cuba
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David Fumero
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Birthdate: December 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Pedro Zamora
(Educator)
Pedro Zamora
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: November 11, 1994
 30 
Randy Arozarena
(Baseball player)
Randy Arozarena
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba
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Xavier Cugat
(Conductor, Composer, Jazz musician, Singer, Bandleader)
Xavier Cugat
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Girona
Died: October 27, 1990

Xavier Cugat was a Spanish musician and bandleader. He studied classical violin as a child and began working in silent films to support his family. He grew up to become a successful musician and played a leading role in the spread of Latin music. Besides music, he was also a cartoonist and a restaurateur. He was married five times. 

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Danay García
(Actress)
Danay García
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Birthdate: July 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Tony Plana
(Actor)
Tony Plana
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Birthdate: April 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Jon Secada
(Pop Singer Who Co-wrote the Song 'She’s All I Ever Had' for 'Ricky Martin')
Jon Secada
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Jon Secada is a singer, voice actor, and songwriter. Having sold more than 15 million records, Secada is often counted among the best-selling Latin music artists. Apart from recording his own songs, he has also contributed as a songwriter for songs recorded by artists like Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan. Secada has received two Grammy Awards so far.
 

Guillermo Rigondeaux
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Lili Estefan
(Model, T.V. Show Host)
Lili Estefan
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Birthdate: March 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Lili Estefan is a model who achieved popularity in 1986 when she was chosen to appear as a model on the Spanish-language TV show, Sábado Gigante. She then went on to become a popular model, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Premios TVyNovelas in 2015. She is one of the judges on a reality show titled Mira Quien Baila.

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Konnan
(Professional wrestler and Podcaster)
Konnan
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Birthdate: June 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba

Konnan is an American Cuban former professional wrestler who wrestled for national and independent promotions in Mexico and the USA. He held 15 title belts in nine promotions during an illustrious career that spanned almost 30 years. Konnan is also known for his involvement in the creation of Lucha Underground.

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Raul Castro
(President of the Council of State of Cuba)
Raul Castro
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Cuban politician Raúl Castro, brother of Fidel Castro, succeeded his brother as the Cuban president and reigned from 2008 to 2018. He was part of the 26th of July Movement and spent 22 months behind bars. He is the current First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba.
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Erislandy Lara
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guantanamo, Cuba
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Yasmani grandal
(Baseball player)
Yasmani grandal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
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Al Jourgensen
(Singer, Music executive, Banjoist, Composer)
Al Jourgensen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havana

Al Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer, music producer, and musician. He is best known for founding the popular industrial metal band Ministry where he serves as the lyricist and frontman. Over the course of his four-decade-long musical career, Al Jourgensen has collborated with numerous other artists like Iggy Pop and Jello Biafra. He has also influenced numerous other musicians.

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Yordenis Ugás
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Camilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)
Camilo Cienfuegos
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28, 1959

Camilo Cienfuegos was a Cuban revolutionary who was part of the 1956 Granma expedition alongside Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. He went on to become one of Fidel Castro's top guerrilla commanders and played an important role in winning the Battle of Yaguajay, which earned him the nickname Hero of Yaguajay. Camilo Cienfuegos is revered as a hero in Cuba.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
(Baseball player)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sancti Spíritus, Cuba
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Willy Falcon
(Cuban drug kingpin who ran South Florida from 1970s to 1990s.)
Willy Falcon
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cuba
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Rudy Sarzo
(Bassist)
Rudy Sarzo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana
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Yuriorkis Gamboa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guantánamo, Cuba
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Desmond Child
(Songwriter)
Desmond Child
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States
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José Raúl Capablanca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: March 8, 1942
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Orlando Hernández
(Baseball player)
Orlando Hernández
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villa Clara, Cuba