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Halston
(Fashion Designer)
Halston
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 26, 1990

Designer Halston began his career designing hats for American milliner Lilly Daché. He is primarily remembered for pioneering cashmere, or Ultrasued, in the mid-1970s. Known for his party-loving personality, he popularized the halter dress for women. He was also known for his homosexual relationship with Victor Hugo.

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Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
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Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

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Shawn Johnson
(American Former Artistic Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Shawn Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Shawn Johnson is a former artistic gymnast who won the 2008 Olympic balance beam gold medal. She is a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist and a three-time U.S. all-around champion as well. She retired from gymnastics in  2012. She was the winner of season eight of the dance competition show Dancing with the Stars.  

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Corey Taylor
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of the Bands ‘Slipknot’ and ‘Stone Sour’)
Corey Taylor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Corey Taylor is a heavy metal singer and the lead vocalist of Stone Sour and Slipknot. He has also been associated with bands such as Apocalyptica, Anthrax, and Soulfly. He has struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction in the past and has released a tell-all autobiography named Seven Deadly Sins.
 5 
Brandon Routh
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Superman’ in the Film ‘Superman Returns’)
Brandon Routh
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Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Brandon James Routh started off as a model and later soared to fame as Superman in Superman Returns. Fans also loved him as The Atom in DC series such as Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. He also appeared in the film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and the series Chuck.
 6 
Lolo Jones
(American Hurdler and Bobsledder Who Specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter Hurdles)
Lolo Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo

While she believes missing out on the gold medal at the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was her most painful experience, American hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones is still quite a star. She has penned a memoir and has also appeared on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother.

 7 
Tionne Watkins
(Singer-Songwriter who rose to Fame as Member of the Girl-Group 'TLC')
Tionne Watkins
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 8 
Stephen Collins
(Actor)
Stephen Collins
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Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Sid Wilson
(Known as the ‘Turntablist’ of the Grammy Award-Winning Heavy Metal Band ‘Slipknot')
Sid Wilson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Shawn Crahan
(Musician)
Shawn Crahan
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Bill Bryson
(American–British author of Nonfiction Books on Topics Including Travel, the English language, and Science)
Bill Bryson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Best known for his books on travel, travel, languages, and science, Bill Bryson had been a journalist before he ventured into writing. Notes From a Small Island gained him the initial attention, while the award-winning and bestselling A Short History of Nearly Everything established him as a seasoned author.
 12 
Bill Daily
(Actor)
Bill Daily
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Birthdate: August 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 4, 2018
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 13 
Craig Jones
(Musician)
Craig Jones
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Jeremy Stephens
(American Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Jeremy Stephens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 15 
Chris Fehn
(Percussionist in the rock band Slipknot)
Chris Fehn
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jim Inhofe
(Politician)
Jim Inhofe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 17 
Allen Lazard
(Football player)
Allen Lazard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Ben Silbermann
(Internet Entrepreneurs)
Ben Silbermann
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
 19 
Steve Higgins
(American Writer, Producer and Actor)
Steve Higgins
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
 20 
Shawna Robinson
(American Retired Professional Stock Car Racing Driver)
Shawna Robinson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 21 
Sada Thompson
(Actress)
Sada Thompson
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Birthdate: September 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 4, 2011
 22 
Herbert W. Armstrong
Herbert W. Armstrong
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 16, 1986

Herbert W. Armstrong was an American evangelist who pioneered TV and radio evangelism. Armstrong is credited with founding the Worldwide Church of God (WCG), which currently has 30,000 members and 550 churches across 70 countries. Although Herbert W. Armstrong's teachings have remained popular over the years, they have also been criticized by the greater Christian community and former followers.

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Peter Hedges
(Novelist)
Peter Hedges
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
 24 
Mike Burton
(American Swimmer and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Mike Burton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
Don Ed Hardy
(American Tattoo Artist)
Don Ed Hardy
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Birthdate: 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 26 
Steve Bartkowski
(American Football Player)
Steve Bartkowski
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Donnie Nelson
(Basketball coach)
Donnie Nelson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
 28 
Thomas M. Disch
(Author)
Thomas M. Disch
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 4, 2008
 29 
Richie Hayward
(Drummer)
Richie Hayward
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 12, 2010
 30 
Reid Sinnett
(American Football Player)
Reid Sinnett
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Jerry Hairston Jr.
(Baseball player)
Jerry Hairston Jr.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Ben Niemann
(American Football Player)
Ben Niemann
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 33 
George Ball
(Diplomat)
George Ball
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 26, 1994
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Gertrude Käsebier
(Photographer)
Gertrude Käsebier
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: May 18, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 12, 1934
 35 
India Summer
(Adult Film Stars)
India Summer
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Birthdate: April 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 36 
Anders Colsefni
(Musician)
Anders Colsefni
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
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William Riker
(Political scientist)
William Riker
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Birthdate: September 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 26, 1993
 38 
Paul Coverdell
(Senator)
Paul Coverdell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 18, 2000
 39 
John R. Pierce
(Engineer)
John R. Pierce
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 2, 2002
 40 
McCaughey septuplets
(First known set of surviving septuplets)
McCaughey septuplets
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 19, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 41 
Libbie Hyman
(Zoologist)
Libbie Hyman
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 6, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 3, 1969
 42 
Chelsea Thomas
(American Former Professional Softball Pitcher)
Chelsea Thomas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Bertha Holt
(American Activist Who Established the 'Holt International Children's Services')
Bertha Holt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: 2000 AD

Bertha Holt was an American activist best remembered for establishing the Holt International Children's Services, a humanitarian organization and adoption agency. In 2002, Bertha Holt was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Hurl Beechum
(Basketball player)
Hurl Beechum
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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John Cowles, Jr.
(Editor)
John Cowles, Jr.
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Birthdate: May 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 17, 2012
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Paul R. Hays
(Judge)
Paul R. Hays
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 2, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 13, 1980