Famous People Who Died In 1904

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1904. This list includes people like Anton Chekhov, Jamsetji Tata, Henry Morton Stanley, Chief Joseph, Kate Chopin and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, journalists and military leaders who died in 1904. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Russia & Germany and many more countries.
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Anton Chekhov
(One of the Greatest Writers of All Time)
Anton Chekhov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
Died: July 15

Anton Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer and playwright. Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of short fiction, Chekhov's works have influenced the progression of the modern short story. As a playwright, Anton Chekhov is credited with influencing the rise of modernism in theatre, along with August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen.

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Antonín Dvořák
(One of the First Czech Composers to Achieve Worldwide Recognition)
Antonín Dvořák
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 8, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: May 1

Antonín Dvořák was a Czech composer who achieved worldwide recognition for his works. His life and career inspired the 1980 historical biographical film Concert at the End of Summer, in which Dvořák was played by actor Josef Vinklář. Canadian children's author Ian Krykorka has based many of his works on some of Antonín Dvořák's operas.

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Chief Joseph
(Nez Perce leader)
Chief Joseph
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallowa River
Died: September 21

Chief Joseph, a leader of the Nez Percé tribe of Native Americans, had initially agreed to the U.S. demand of them moving into a reservation in Idaho. However, fearing retaliation after his men killed a few whites, he attempted an escape to Canada, leading his people through an arduous trek.

 4 
Henry Morton Stanley
(Welsh-American Explorer Who Was Famous for His Exploration of Central Africa and His Search for Missionary David Livingstone)
Henry Morton Stanley
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Birthdate: January 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: May 10

Henry Morton Stanley was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, colonial administrator, soldier, politician, and author. He is remembered for his exploration of central Africa and his search for the source of the River Nile. Stanley received an honorary title of knighthood in 1899. His life and career inspired the 1939 movie Stanley and Livingstone, where Stanley was played by Spencer Tracy.

 5 
Paul Kruger
(5th President of the South African Republic (1883 - 1902))
Paul Kruger
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Steynsburg, South Africa
Died: July 14

Paul Kruger was a South African politician who served as the last State President of the South African Republic. Revered by his admirers as a tragic folk hero, Kruger was one of the most influential military and political personalities in 19th-century South Africa. His life inspired the 1941 German film Ohm Krüger, in which Kruger was played by Emil Jannings.

 6 
James Longstreet
(United States Minister to the Ottoman Empire (1880-81))
James Longstreet
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edgefield, South Carolina, United States
Died: January 2
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 7 
Jamsetji Tata
(Indian Industrialist and Founder of 'Tata Group')
Jamsetji Tata
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gujarat, India
Died: May 19
Legendary Indian industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata established the Tata Group and the city of Jamshedpur, too. The Father of Indian Industry also founded the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which was the only Indian hotel with electricity back then. His legacy was carried forward by subsidiaries such as Tata Steel.
 8 
Kate Chopin
(Author)
Kate Chopin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: August 22
 9 
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
(French Sculptor and Painter Best Known for Designing the 'Statue of Liberty')
Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi
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Birthdate: August 2, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Colmar, France
Died: October 4

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a French painter and sculptor remembered for designing the Statue of Liberty. He is also credited with designing other iconic statues like The Lion of Belfort and Marquis de Lafayette. In addition to being a sculptor, Bartholdi also played an important role in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, serving as a liaison officer to Giuseppe Garibaldi.

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Eadweard Muybridge
(Photographer)
Eadweard Muybridge
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Died: May 8

Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer best remembered for his contribution to photographic studies of motion. Muybridge achieved international prominence when he exhibited photographs of Yosemite Valley in 1868. He is said to have inspired several artists and inventors like Sol LeWitt, Thomas Eakins, William Dickson, and Francis Bacon.

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Jean-Leon Gerome
(Painter)
Jean-Leon Gerome
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Birthdate: May 11, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vesoul, Haute-Saône, France
Died: January 10
 12 
Marcus Goldman
(American Investment Banker and Founder of the Global Investment Bank 'Goldman Sachs')
Marcus Goldman
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 9, 1821
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trappstadt, Germany
Died: July 20

Legendary American investment banker Marcus Goldman was born into a German Jewish family of farmers and was part of the first wave of Jewish immigration to America. He went from being a peddler to founding Goldman Sachs, which is now one of the largest investment banks of the world.

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Sarah Boone
(African-American Inventor)
Sarah Boone
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Birthdate: 1832 AD
Birthplace: Craven County, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1904 AD
 14 
Ruth Cleveland
(Grover Cleveland's daughter)
Ruth Cleveland
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 7
 15 
Friedrich Ratzel
(Biologist, Geopolitician, Geographer, Zoologist, Political scientist, University teacher)
Friedrich Ratzel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: August 9

Friedrich Ratzel was a German ethnographer and geographer. He was the first person to use the term Lebensraum, which would later become an important and popular word among the National Socialists. Also an influential writer, Friedrich Ratzel's works served as a justification for imperial expansion. 

 16 
Dan Leno
(Comedian)
Dan Leno
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Birthdate: December 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Somers Town, London England
Died: October 31
 17 
John Brown Gordon
(General)
John Brown Gordon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Upson County, Georgia, United States
Died: January 9
 18 
Norodom of Cambodia
(King of Cambodia (1860 - 1904))
Norodom of Cambodia
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Birthdate: February 3, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angkor Borei, Cambodia
Died: April 24

Cambodian ruler Norodom, the eldest son of King Ang Duong, was trained in the concepts of Buddhism from an early age. His initial goals included strengthening ties between Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia. A treaty he signed with France handed over Cambodia’s foreign relations to the French.

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Georges Gilles de la Tourette
(Physician, Psychiatrist, Neurologist)
Georges Gilles de la Tourette
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Gervais-les-Trois-Clochers
Died: May 26
 20 
Herbert von Bismarck
(Politician)
Herbert von Bismarck
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 28, 1849
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 18
 21 
Henri Fantin-Latour
(Painter)
Henri Fantin-Latour
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Birthdate: January 14, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: August 25
 22 
Samuel Smiles
(British Author and Government Reformer)
Samuel Smiles
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 23, 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Died: April 16

Though a qualified doctor, Samuel Smiles later never practiced and switched to journalism instead, working for Leeds Times. His best-known work remains Self-Help, a motivational self-improvement guide for the youth, which denounced materialism and advocated thrift. His other significant work was the 5-volume Lives of the Engineers.

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Isabelle Eberhardt
(Explorer)
Isabelle Eberhardt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 17, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 21
 24 
George Frederic Watts
(British Painter and Sculptor Known for His Contribution and Influence on the Symbolist Movement)
George Frederic Watts
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Birthdate: February 23, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Died: July 1

George Frederic Watts was a British painter best remembered for his association with the Symbolist movement. Watts achieved fame for his allegorical works like Love and Life and Hope. In addition to being a painter, George Frederic Watts was also a sculptor. He is credited with sculpting the famous Physical Energy statue at Rhodes Memorial in South Africa.

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Christopher Dresser
(Designer)
Christopher Dresser
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 4, 1834
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 24
 26 
Vasily Vereshchagin
(One of the Most Famous Russian War Artists)
Vasily Vereshchagin
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Birthdate: October 26, 1842
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherepovets, Novgorod Governorate, Russia
Died: April 13

Vasily Vereshchagin was a Russian war artist who became one of the earliest artists from Russia to be recognized internationally. Vereshchagin is best remembered for his realist war scenes which were not printed or exhibited extensively due to their graphic nature. Vasily Vereshchagin is one of the most popular Russian war artists of all time.

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Ferdinand Mannlicher
(Austrian Small Arms Designer and Engineer)
Ferdinand Mannlicher
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: January 20
 28 
Niels Ryberg Finsen
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died: September 24

Niels Ryberg Finsen was a Danish-Faroese scientist and physician. Finsen's method to treat diseases, such as lupus vulgaris, using concentrated light radiation, earned him the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. Copenhagen University Hospital houses the famous Finsen Laboratory, which is named in his honor.

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Émile Gallé
(Artist)
Émile Gallé
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: September 23
 30 
Murad V
(Sultan)
Murad V
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Birthdate: September 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beşiktaş, Istanbul
Died: August 29
 31 
Al Swearengen
(Entertainment Entrepreneur)
Al Swearengen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 8, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
Died: November 15
 32 
Nikolay Bobrikov
(Governor of Finland)
Nikolay Bobrikov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Strelna, Russia
Died: June 17
 33 
Leslie Stephen
(British Author, Critic, Historian, Biographer, and Mountaineer)
Leslie Stephen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 28, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kensington Gore, London, England
Died: February 22

Sir Leslie Stephen was an English historian, biographer, author, critic, and mountaineer. Leslie Stephen also took an active part in the organized humanist movement, serving as the president of the West London Ethical Society on multiple occasions. He was the father of famous author, Virginia Woolf, and painter, Vanessa Bell.

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Lafcadio Hearn
(Irish Writer, Translator, and Teacher Who Introduced the Culture and Literature of Japan to the West)
Lafcadio Hearn
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lefkada, Greece
Died: September 26

Lafcadio Hearn was a writer best remembered for writing about Japanese culture. His writings about Japan threw light on the previously unknown but fascinating culture of Japan. It also helped the Western world understand Japanese culture. Many of his stories have been adapted into films and theatrical productions.

 35 
Samuel M. Jones
(32nd Mayor of Toledo)
Samuel M. Jones
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1846
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caernarvonshire, Wales
Died: July 12

Welsh-born Samuel M. Jones moved to the US with his family at age 3. Poverty forced him to work, first in a sawmill and then on a steamship. He later opened an oil-pumping machine factory and became well-liked for his Golden Rule. He also served as a Republican mayor of Toledo.

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Eugen Schauman
(Nobleman)
Eugen Schauman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: June 16
 37 
Dan Emmett
(American Songwriter, Entertainer and Founder of the First Troupe of the 'Blackface')
Dan Emmett
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 29, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
Died: June 28

Daniel Decatur Emmett was an American entertainer and songwriter best remembered for composing the popular song, Dixie. Daniel Decatur Emmett is credited with founding the famous 19th-century group of entertainers called the Virginia Minstrels. The group helped invent an entertainment form that came to be known as the minstrel show. His life and career inspired a biographical film titled Dixie.

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Sami Frashëri
(Writer)
Sami Frashëri
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 1, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frashër, Albania
Died: June 18
 39 
Regine Olsen
(Writer)
Regine Olsen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 23, 1822
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 18
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Eduard Hanslick
(Music Critic)
Eduard Hanslick
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Birthdate: September 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: August 6
 41 
Gabriel Tarde
(French Sociologist, Criminologist and Social Psychologist Best Known for His Criminological Work and His Criticism of 'Durkheim')
Gabriel Tarde
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Birthdate: March 12, 1843
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Died: May 13

Sociologist and criminologist Gabriel Tarde is best remembered for his theory of social interaction. Initially a magistrate, he later taught modern philosophy. He is remembered for his ideas on imitation and his criticism of the concept of the atavistic criminal. He also penned a sci-fi novel.

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George Salmon
(Irish Mathematician and Anglican Theologian)
George Salmon
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Birthdate: September 25, 1819
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 22

George Salmon initially gained fame as a remarkable mathematician only to switch to theology in his later years. A linen merchant’s son, he graduated from Trinity College on a scholarship and then taught at Trinity and made developments in the study of algebraic geometry. He was later ordained a priest.

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Vladimir Vasilyevich Markovnikov
(Russian Chemist Who Contributed to Structural Theory)
Vladimir Vasilyevich Markovnikov
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 25, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Knyaginino, Russia
Died: February 11

 Russian chemist Vladimir Vasilyevich Markovnikov is best remembered for formulating the Markovnikov's rule or Markownikoff's rule, which elucidates the outcome of some addition reactions. His other contributions in the field of organic chemistry include finding carbon rings with over six carbon atoms and also displaying that although butyric and isobutyric acids have different structures, they have the same chemical formula (C4H8O2).

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Étienne-Jules Marey
(French Scientist Who is Widely Considered to be a Pioneer of Photography)
Étienne-Jules Marey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beaune, France
Died: May 15

Étienne-Jules Marey was a French scientist, chronophotographer, and physiologist. He is best remembered for his work which played a major role in the development of physical instrumentation, cardiology, cinematography, aviation, and the science of laboratory photography. Étienne-Jules Marey is widely regarded as a pioneer of photography.

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Edwin Arnold
(British Poet and Journalist Known for His Work 'The Light of Asia')
Edwin Arnold
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Birthdate: June 10, 1832
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gravesend, Gravesham, Kent, England
Died: March 24

Best known for his book The Light of Asia, a narrative poem on Gautama Buddha, English poet and journalist Edwin Arnold had initially been a school teacher. He later also worked as a journalist, before turning to writing full-time. His The Song Celestial was a poetic version of the Bhagavad Gita.

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Luigi Palma di Cesnola
(Soldier)
Luigi Palma di Cesnola
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rivarolo Canavese, Italy
Died: November 20
 47 
George Frisbie Hoar
(Politician)
George Frisbie Hoar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 29, 1826
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 30
 48 
Anne Hartley Gilbert
(Actress)
Anne Hartley Gilbert
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Birthdate: October 21, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochdale, England
Died: December 2
 49 
Vyacheslav von Plehve
(Statesman)
Vyacheslav von Plehve
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 20, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meshchovsk, Russia
Died: July 28
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Mór Jókai
(Novelist)
Mór Jókai
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 18, 1825
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Komarom, Hungary
Died: May 5