Famous People Who Died At 37

The list of famous people who died at 37 includes Vincent van Gogh, Marie Antoinette, Mitch Hedberg, Lou Gehrig, Elizabeth of York. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, actors, political leaders and poets and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 37 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Vincent van Gogh
(One of the Most Famous and Influential Artists of All Time)
Vincent van Gogh
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Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

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Marie Antoinette
(Former Queen Consort of France (1774 - 1792))
Marie Antoinette
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Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793
The last queen of France before the French Revolution started, Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI of France and came to be linked with everything that was wrong with the French monarchy including ignorance and extravagance. Her policies aggravated unrest that eventually led to the abolishment of the monarchy and finally the execution of both king and queen.
 3 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
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Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

 4 
Raphael
(Italian Painter and Architect of the High Renaissance)
Raphael
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Birthdate: April 6, 1483
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urbino, Italy
Died: April 6, 1520

Italian painter and architect Raphael, along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, formed the great trio who ushered in the High Renaissance. He is mostly known for his frescoes of the Vatican Palace and The School of Athens. He also designed the Chigi Chapel, among other structures in Rome.

 5 
Lou Gehrig
(One of the Most Durable Players in American Professional Baseball and One of its Great Hitters)
Lou Gehrig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yorkville, New York, United States
Died: June 2, 1941

Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player. Nicknamed The Iron Horse for his durability and prowess as a hitter, Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball (MLB). His life and career inspired the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees in which he was portrayed by actor Gary Cooper.

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Bobby Darin
(Pop vocalist who released the hits "Mack the Knife," "Dream Lover," and "Beyond the Sea.")
Bobby Darin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 1973
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Elizabeth of York
(Forme Queen Consort of England (1486 - 1503))
Elizabeth of York
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Birthdate: February 11, 1466
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 11, 1503
Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV and wife of Henry VII of the Tudor Dynasty, was the queen consort of England from 1486 until 1503. She and Henry got married after Henry won at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1486, thus ending the Wars of the Roses
 8 
Medgar Evers
(American Civil Rights Activist Who Was Assassinated by a White Supremacist)
Medgar Evers
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 12, 1963
American civil rights activist Medgar Evers was the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi state. He has also served the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked toward securing voting rights for all and to end racial segregation. He was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. 
 9 
Christa McAuliffe
(American Astronaut Who was Killed on the Space Shuttle 'Challenger' on Mission STS-51-L)
Christa McAuliffe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 28, 1986

Christa McAuliffe was an American astronaut and teacher who died while serving as a payload specialist on board Space Shuttle Challenger, which exploded during STS-51-L. McAuliffe was all set to become the first teacher in space as she was part of the NASA Teacher in Space Project. In 2004, she was posthumously honored with the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

 10 
Alexander Pushkin
(The Greatest Russian Poet and the Founder of Modern Russian Literature)
Alexander Pushkin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 26, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: January 29, 1837
Legendary Russian playwright, poet, and novelist Alexander Pushkin is considered one of the most prominent figures of the Romantic era and of Russian literature. He is remembered for his poem Ode to Liberty, one of his works that led him to be exiled by Tsar Alexander I. 
 11 
Rosalind Franklin
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, England
Died: April 16, 1958
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 
 12 
Robert Burns
(Poet and Lyricist widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.)
Robert Burns
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1796
Scottish poet Robert Burns, also known as the National Bard and the Bard of Ayrshire, is considered a pioneer of the Romantic movement in English literature. He often drew inspiration from Scottish folk songs. Some of his most notable works include the poems Auld Lang Syne and Scots Wha Hae.
 13 
Mitch Hedberg
(American Stand-Up Comedian Known for His Albums: ‘Strategic Grill Locations’ and ‘Mitch All Together’)
Mitch Hedberg
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Birthdate: February 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 30, 2005
Iconic stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg is remembered for his one-liners and deadpan delivery. He gained attention with Comikaze, appeared on major comedy shows, and created the film Los Enchiladas! He released several comedy albums, one of which, Do You Believe in Gosh?, was released after his death.
 14 
Sal Mineo
(Best Known for His Role as ‘John "Plato" Crawford’ in the Film ‘Rebel Without a Cause’)
Sal Mineo
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Birthdate: January 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 12, 1976

Sal Mineo was an American actor, director, and singer. He is best remembered for playing John Crawford in the 1955 drama film, Rebel Without a Cause, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, becoming the fifth-youngest nominee under the Best Supporting Actor category.

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Kiki Camarena
(American Intelligence Officer for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration Who was Kidnapped & Murdered By Drug Traffickers)
Kiki Camarena
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexicali, Mexico
Died: February 9, 1985
Kiki Camarena was a Mexican-American DEA undercover agent. He was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by drug traffickers of the Guadalajara Cartel in Mexico, in 1985. His tale was depicted in Drug Wars: The Camarena Story, Narcos: Mexico, and The Last Narc. He received a posthumous Administrator's Award of Honor.
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Arthur Rimbaud
(French Poet Known for His Works: ‘The Drunken Boat’, ‘A Season in Hell’ and ‘Illuminations’)
Arthur Rimbaud
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 20, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières, France
Died: November 10, 1891

French poet Arthur Rimbaud is remembered for his influence on Dadaism, surrealism, and symbolism. Known for works such as Le Soleil Etait Encore Chaud and Voyelles, he later got involved in a relationship with poet Paul Verlaine. He also traveled as a merchant and explorer, before dying of cancer.

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Mindy McCready
(Platinum-selling country music singer who is known for albums like 1996's Ten Thousand Angels)
Mindy McCready
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Died: February 17, 2013
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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George Mallory
(British Mountaineer Who Took Part in the First Three British Expeditions to Mount Everest in the Early 1920s)
George Mallory
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mobberly, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 9, 1924
A leading member of early expeditions to Mount Everest, George Mallory disappeared on the mountain while trying to reach the summit, along with Sandy Irvine. Mallory succeeded or not, it still remains a subject of research and speculation, yet he left footprints on the sands of time. 
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Lev Vygotsky
(Soviet Psychologist Known for His Work on Psychological Development in Children)
Lev Vygotsky
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Birthdate: November 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orsha, Belarus
Died: June 11, 1934

Lev Vygotsky was a Soviet psychologist best remembered for his groundbreaking work on developmental psychology in children. He is also remembered for his work on the relationship between thought and language, which remains influential to this day. A man with various interests, Vygotsky's work covered topics like the philosophy of science and the psychology of art.

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Jam Master Jay
(Musician)
Jam Master Jay
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 2002
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Thomas Sankara
(1st President of Burkina Faso (1983 - 1987))
Thomas Sankara
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yako, Burkina Faso
Died: October 15, 1987
Thomas Sankara, or “Africa's Che Guevara,” was a Burkinabé military leader and revolutionary who became the President of the Republic of Upper Volta after a coup in 1983, changing its name to Burkina Faso. He launched educational, ecological, and economic reforms and declared female genital mutilation and forced marriages illegal.
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Mary Tudor, Queen of France
(Queen Consort of France from 9 October 1514 to 1 January 1515)
Mary Tudor, Queen of France
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 18, 1496
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 25, 1533

Mary Tudor, Queen of France was an English princess who served as the Queen consort of France from 9 October 1514 to 1 January 1515. She was the third wife of Louis XII, who was 30 years her senior. After his death, Mary married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Her life and career have inspired several historical fiction novels.

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Allen Collins
(Guitarist)
Allen Collins
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: January 23, 1990
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Henry III of France
(Former King of France (1574 - 1589) and Former King of Poland (1573 - 1575))
Henry III of France
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Birthdate: September 19, 1551
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château de Fontainebleau, France
Died: August 2, 1589

Henry III of France was the King of France from 1574 to 1589. He also served as the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland from 1573 to 1575. Henry was known for his alleged sexual relationships with men. Although certain reports have claimed that the allegations were false, he is sometimes depicted in popular culture as being effeminate.

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Stephen Foster
(Composer known as the Father of American music)
Stephen Foster
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 4, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 13, 1864
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Thomas Clayton Wolfe
(An Important Writer in Modern American Literature and One of the First Masters of Autobiographical Fiction)
Thomas Clayton Wolfe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Died: September 15, 1938
Novelist Thomas Wolfe is remembered for his novels Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. He had also authored countless short stories and plays. His signature style included elements of autobiographical writing mixed with poetic and lyrical prose. His works influenced Beat Generation writers, too.
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Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
(King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632)
Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 9, 1594
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 6, 1632

Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden reigned as the King of Sweden from 30 October 1611 until his death on 6 November 1632, at the age of 37. He is credited with transforming Sweden into a great European power. Considered one of the greatest modern military commanders, Gustavus Adolphus turned Sweden into one of Europe's primary military forces during the Thirty Years' War.

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Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
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Mehmed III
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603))
Mehmed III
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Birthdate: May 26, 1566
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manisa, Turkey
Died: December 22, 1603

Mehmed III reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 16 January 1595 until his death on 22 December 1603. He is best remembered for his role in the Long Turkish War, where he successfully led his army at the all-important Battle of Keresztes. Also remembered for his diplomacy, Mehmed III established communications with the court of Elizabeth I. 

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Sundiata Keita
(Founder and Emperor of the Mali Empire)
Sundiata Keita
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Birthdate: August 20, 1217
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mali
Died: 1255 AD
Sundiata Keita is believed to be the founder of Imperial Mali. Legend has it that though neighboring king Sumanguru had killed all of Sundiata’s 11 brothers during an invasion of Kangaba, he had spared Sundiata because of his ill health. His life is mostly documented in epics and oral histories.
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Christina Onassis
(Businessperson, Socialite)
Christina Onassis
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 19, 1988

The daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, Christina Onassis had an unhappy life. She lost both her parents shortly after her brother’s accidental death. She married and divorced 4 times and had a long struggle with eating disorders. She tragically died of a heart attack at 37.

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Jack Parsons
(Researcher)
Jack Parsons
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 17, 1952

Rocketry pioneer Jack Parsons is best remembered as one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also co-established the Aerojet Engineering Corporation and developed the first rocket engine that used a propellant. He was also known for his multiple sexual affairs and sex cult rituals.

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Little Walter
(Guitarist, Street artist, Singer, Songwriter)
Little Walter
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marksville
Died: February 15, 1968
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Mike Bloomfield
(singer, musician, guitarist, pianist)
Mike Bloomfield
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: February 15, 1981
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Rube Waddell
(Baseball Player)
Rube Waddell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 1, 1914
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Irving Thalberg
(Film producer)
Irving Thalberg
4
Birthdate: May 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: September 14, 1936
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Floyd Collins
(American Cave Explorer)
Floyd Collins
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auburn, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 13, 1925

Cave explorer Floyd Collins is remembered for an ill-fated solo cave exploration in Kentucky, when he lost his balance and got stuck in a tight tunnel. His rescue attempt was widely covered by the media, but the tunnel collapsed and he died eventually. His body was recovered after 2 months.

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Mabel Normand
(Actress)
Mabel Normand
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Birthdate: November 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Brighton, Staten Island,
Died: February 23, 1930
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Malik-Shah I
(Sultan)
Malik-Shah I
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Birthdate: August 8, 1055
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Isfahan, Iran
Died: November 19, 1092

Malik-Shah I was sultan of the Seljuk Empire from 1072 to 1092. He was the son of Alp Arslan and spent much of his youth in campaigns under his father. He was crowned after the death of his father but had to fight off other contenders before he could claim the throne. He waged a major war against the Karakhanids.    

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Hermann Rorschach
(Swiss psychiatrist)
Hermann Rorschach
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: April 1, 1922

Remembered for inventing the inkblot test to uncover the hidden traits of a subject’s personality, known as the Rorschach test, Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach was born to an art teacher in Zürich and had thus wished to be an artist initially. His Rorschach test was later criticized for its subjectivity.

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Breaker Morant
(Writer)
Breaker Morant
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: England
Died: February 27, 1902

Anglo-Australian bush poet and military officer Breaker Morant was one of the first war criminals who was court-martialled, convicted and executed in British military history for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. A folk hero in modern Australia, Morant became subject of several books, a play and an award-winning film.

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Sasaki Kojirō
(Japanese Swordsman)
Sasaki Kojirō
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1575 AD
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
Died: April 13, 1612

Sixteenth-century Japanese swordsman Sasaki Kojirō was known as the Demon of the Western Provinces because of his skill with the nodachi, a sword that demons used. Known for his signature move, Tsubame Gaeshi, he died fighting Miyamoto Musashi, his arch rival, at what is now known as Ganryu island.

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Jill Wendy Dando
(Journalist)
Jill Wendy Dando
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Birthdate: November 9, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
Died: April 26, 1999
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Guillaume Depardieu
(Actor)
Guillaume Depardieu
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Birthdate: April 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 13, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Soapy Smith
Soapy Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Georgia
Died: July 8, 1898
 46 
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(Legendary British Composer and Conductor)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 1, 1912

Known as the African Mahler for his bi-racial ethnicity, British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ruled the music scene of the early 20th century. Throughout his illustrious career, he taught music, judged contests, and created many choral and orchestral works. He was best known for the Longfellow trilogy, based on The Song of Hiawatha.

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Gholamreza Takhti
(Wrestler)
Gholamreza Takhti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: January 7, 1968

Gholamreza Takhti was an Iranian wrestler best remembered for winning the gold medal in the 87 kg category at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. A two-time world champion, Takhti had also won a gold medal at the 1958 Asian Games. Thanks to his sportsmanship and chivalrous behavior, Gholamreza Takhti was the most famous Iranian athlete of the 20th century.

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Koxinga
(Ming Loyalist General and Former Ruler of the Kingdom of Tungning (1661 - 1662))
Koxinga
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Birthdate: August 27, 1624
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hirado, Hizen Province, Japan
Died: June 23, 1662

Koxinga was a Ming loyalist who opposed and resisted the Manchu invasion of China. In 1661, he established the House of Koxinga after defeating the Dutch military camp in Taiwan. He then ruled the Kingdom of Tungning from 1661 to 1662. Today, Koxinga is considered a deity in coastal China and is worshiped in places like Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

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Paul Kalanithi
(American Neurosurgeon Known for His Memoir 'When Breath Becomes Air')
Paul Kalanithi
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: March 9, 2015

Indian-American neurosurgeon and author Paul Kalanithi was a brilliant student, who initially studied both English literature and human biology at Stanford and later studied medicine at Yale. He died of metastatic lung cancer but not before penning the memoir When Breath Becomes Air, a New York Times bestseller, released posthumously.

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Hereward the Wake
(Nobleman)
Hereward the Wake
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1035 AD
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: 1072 AD