Died On August 19th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 19. The list includes people like Augustus, Blaise Pascal, Linus Pauling, Federico García Lorca, Otto Frank. Famous personalities featured on this list, include artists, philosophers, sculptors and record producers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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Augustus
(Roman Emperor)
Augustus
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Birthdate: September 23, 0063
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0014

Augustus, the first Emperor of the Roman Empire, ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. He transformed Rome from a republic to an empire after Julius Caesar’s assassination. He annexed new territories, brought about peace and prosperity and laid the foundation of an empire that lasted for nearly 1500 years. Historians regard him as an effective but controversial leader.

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Groucho Marx
(One of America's Greatest Comedians of His Era)
Groucho Marx
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Birthdate: October 2, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1977
Groucho Marx is best remembered for his roles in the 13 Marx Brothers films he made with his siblings, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico, and Gummo. Considered one of America’s best comedians, he is also the man behind the Groucho Glasses, inspired by his signature glasses, big nose, bushy eyebrows, and mustache.
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Blaise Pascal
(One of the Greatest Mathematicians of All Time Who Invented the Mechanical Calculator)
Blaise Pascal
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Birthdate: June 19, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: 1662

Blaise Pascal was a French physicist, mathematician, philosopher, and inventor. A child prodigy, Pascal's work on projective geometry, at the age of 16 is commendable. He is one of the earliest inventors of the mechanical calculator, which he did when he was still a teenager. His work on probability theory influenced the development of social science and modern economics.

 4 
Lee Thompson Young
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’)
Lee Thompson Young
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Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: 2013

An actor remembered for his role in the television series The Famous Jett Jackson, Lee Thompson Young was a popular young star who died too soon. Interested in acting from an early age, he made his debut as a teenager and went on to have a successful career. Sadly, he suffered from depression and died by suicide, at the age of 29. 

 5 
Otto Frank
(German Businessman and Father of ‘Anne Frank', the Author of 'The Diary of a Young Girl’)
Otto Frank
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
Died: 1980
Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, published her journal, detailing her experience during the Holocaust, as The Diary of a Young Girl, after her death. Otto was the only person in his family to survive the Holocaust. A former banker, he had also served in the German army.
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Linus Pauling
(One of the Greatest Scientists of All Time & Winner of Two Nobel Prizes)
Linus Pauling
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: 1994

Only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, Linus Carl Pauling was an American theoretical physical chemist, who received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on nature of chemical bond and 1962 Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to stop nuclear weapon testing. Also a prolific writer and educator, he has published 1,200 books and papers.  

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Federico García Lorca
(Spanish Poet, Playwright, and Theatre Director.)
Federico García Lorca
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Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: 1936

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

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Ron Cephas Jones
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Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2023
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Vasili Arkhipov
(Soviet Naval Officer)
Vasili Arkhipov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zvorkovo, Russia
Died: 1998

Vasili Arkhipov was a Soviet Navy officer who played a crucial role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. He prevented a Soviet nuclear strike, which could’ve easily caused an all-out nuclear war. He refused to authorize the use of nuclear torpedoes, for which he was posthumously honored with the Future of Life Award by the Future of Life Institute in 2017.

 10 
Tony Scott
(Director Known for His Successful Thriller Films: ‘Top Gun’, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’ and ‘Days of Thunder')
Tony Scott
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Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tynemouth, England
Died: 2012

Tony Scott was an English actor, film director, and producer. He directed several highly successful action and thriller films including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and began his career directing commercials. He soon shifted to films and enjoyed tremendous success. He died by suicide in 2012.  

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Alastair Sim
(Actor)
Alastair Sim
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Birthdate: October 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: 1976
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dick Gregory
(American critic)
Dick Gregory
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Birthdate: October 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 2017
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Hermione Baddeley
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Birthdate: November 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Broseley, Shropshire, England
Died: 1986
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Chuck Close
(Painter)
Chuck Close
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Birthdate: July 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monroe, Washington, U.S.
Died: 2021
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Nicholas Black Elk
(Traditional Healers)
Nicholas Black Elk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Powder River, Wyoming, United States
Died: 1950
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Hayden Rorke
(Actor)
Hayden Rorke
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Birthdate: October 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1987
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Vilfredo Pareto
(Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher)
Vilfredo Pareto
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Birthdate: July 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
Died: 1923

A qualified civil engineer, Vilfredo Pareto had initially worked for the railways and the ironworks. However, he gradually deviated to philosophy, sociology, and politics and gained fame for his application of math to economic issues and his introduction of Pareto efficiency. Mind and Society remains his best-known work.

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Sonny Chiba
(Japanese Actor and Martial Artist Known for His Role in the 1974 Film 'The Street Fighter')
Sonny Chiba
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan
Died: 2021

Sadao Maeda, better known as Sonny Chiba, was initially a talented gymnast, aspiring to be part of the Japanese Olympic team, though a back injury ended his sports career. Trained in martial arts, he later soared to fame with movies such as The Street Fighter. He died of COVID-19 at age 82.

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Max Mallowan
(Archaeologist)
Max Mallowan
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Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England
Died: 1978
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Gina Lopez
(Philippine Environmental Activist Who Fought against Destructive Mining)
Gina Lopez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: 2019

Philippine environmental activist and philanthropist Gina Lopez is remembered for her relentless fight against hazardous and destructive mining practices. She had led the ABS-CBN Foundation and had chaired the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission. She had also served as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines.

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Ahna Capri
(Actress)
Ahna Capri
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2010

Starting as a child actor, Ahna Capri later soared to fame with her role of Tania in the movie Enter the Dragon. Her other notable roles were in films such as Piranha and Payday and in series such as Dan August. She died in a fatal car crash.

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George Gamow
(Physicist)
George Gamow
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 4, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: 1968

Born to school teacher parents, Ukrainian-American physicist George Gamow grew up to be a pioneer of the big-bang theory. His other contributions include the liquid-drop model of atomic nuclei and his research on DNA. Apart from various science textbooks, he also wrote the popular Mr. Tompkins series of physics books.

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Sergei Diaghilev
(Russian Art Critic, Ballet Impresario and Founder of the 'Ballets Russes')
Sergei Diaghilev
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chudovsky District, Russia
Died: 1929

Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario, patron, and art critic. He is credited with founding the popular ballet company Ballets Russes, which has produced some of the greatest and popular choreographers and dancers like Tamara Karsavina, Lydia Sokolova, Serge Lifar, and Alicia Markova. Sergei Diaghilev is remembered for placing the needs of his company and dancers above his own.

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Levy Mwanawasa
(Member of Parliament)
Levy Mwanawasa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mufulira
Died: 2008
Levy Mwanawasa was a Zambian politician who served as the third president of Zambia from 2002 until his death in 2008. His presidency was marked by a campaign, which was initiated by him, to eliminate corruption in Zambia. His anti-corruption drive attracted the interest of many foreign investors, which played a major role in improving the economic conditions in Zambia.
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Bill Freehan
(Baseball player)
Bill Freehan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2021
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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William-Adolphe Bouguereau
(French Academic Painter Best Known for His Works: ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘The Bohemian’)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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Birthdate: November 30, 1825
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: La Rochelle, France
Died: 1905

William-Adolphe Bouguereau was a French academic painter who enjoyed significant popularity in the United States and France. Renowned for his realistic genre paintings, which focused on the beauty of the female human body, Bouguereau received top prices for his paintings and numerous official honors during his lifetime. 

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Brian Wilson Aldiss
(Writer)
Brian Wilson Aldiss
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dereham, England
Died: 2017

Brian Wilson Aldiss was an English anthology editor and writer whose short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long formed the basis for Spielberg's science-fiction movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In 2004, Aldiss was inducted into thee Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of two Hugo Awards, one John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and one Nebula Award.

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Sérgio Vieira de Mello
(Brazilian Diplomat)
Sérgio Vieira de Mello
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 2003
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Don Hewitt
(Television Producer)
Don Hewitt
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Birthdate: December 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2009
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Andrea Palladio
(Architect)
Andrea Palladio
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 30, 1508
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1580

Andrea Palladio was an Italian architect remembered for designing villas, country houses, palaces, and churches. Widely regarded as one of the most influential architects in the history of architecture, Palladio designed 23 buildings in Vicenza and 24 villas in Veneto. Together, they are known as the City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto as named by UNESCO.

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Cedar Walton
(Jazz Pianist)
Cedar Walton
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: 2013
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Mark Donohue
(American Race Car Driver and Engineer Known for His Ability to Set Up His Own Race Car)
Mark Donohue
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haddon Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1975

Also known by monikers such as Captain Nice, Mark Donohue was not just a skilled race-car driver but also a qualified engineer. A major force behind the Penske Racing team during he 1960s and the 1970s, he is remembered for his win at the Indianapolis 500 event.

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Joseph Hill
(Lead Singer and Songwriter for the Roots Reggae Group 'Culture')
Joseph Hill
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Died: 2006

Joseph Hill was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for his association with the roots reggae group, Culture. The group is most famous for their hit debut album Two Sevens Clash which released in 1977. Joseph Hill recorded 22 albums before his demise in 2006 at the age of 57.

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Hugo Gernsback
(Inventor)
Hugo Gernsback
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Birthdate: August 16, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Died: 1967
 35 
Donald Woods
(Journalist)
Donald Woods
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Birthdate: December 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hobeni, South Africa
Died: 2001
 36 
Louis Anquetin
(Was a French Painter)
Louis Anquetin
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Birthdate: January 26, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Étrépagny, France
Died: 1932
 37 
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
(French chemist)
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: 1856

Charles Frédéric Gerhardt was a French chemist. He developed an early interest in chemistry and studied the subject under German chemist Otto Linné Erdmann. He later went to Paris and attended Jean Baptiste Dumas’ lectures before embarking on an academic career. He is best known for his work on reforming the notation for chemical formulas. 

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Donald Henderson
(Medical Doctor)
Donald Henderson
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States
Died: 2016
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Simin Behbahani
(Iranian Contemporary Poet, Lyricist and Activist Known for Her Poems in a Ghazal-Style of Poetic Form)
Simin Behbahani
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: 2014

Simin Behbahani was a prominent Iranian lyricist, contemporary poet, and activist. An icon of present-day Persian poetry, Behbahani was twice nominated for the prestigious Nobel Prize in literature. Simin Behbahani also received other prominent awards such as the Janus Pannonius Poetry Prize and Carl von Ossietzky Medal.

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Günther von Kluge
(German Field Marshal During World War II)
Günther von Kluge
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: 1944

Günther von Kluge was a German field marshal who played a critical role during the Second World War, commanding both the Western and Eastern Fronts of the war. Günther von Kluge played significant roles during the invasion of Poland (1939), the Battle of France (1940), the invasion of the Soviet Union (1941), and the Battle for Moscow (1941). 

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Axel Fredrik Cronstedt
(Swedish Mineralogist and Chemist Who Discovered the Element 'Nickel')
Axel Fredrik Cronstedt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 23, 1722
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Turinge socken, Sweden
Died: 1765

Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was a Swedish chemist and mineralogist. He is best remembered for discovering nickel in 1751. Widely regarded as a founder of modern mineralogy, Cronstedt is credited with introducing the blowpipe for mineralogists. In 1753, Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

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David Bomberg
(Painter)
David Bomberg
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Birthdate: December 5, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: 1957
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Claude Grahame-White
(Aviator)
Claude Grahame-White
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bursledon, England
Died: 1959
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Henry Wood
(Conductor)
Henry Wood
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1944
 45 
Pierre Schaeffer
(French Composer and Founder of Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète)
Pierre Schaeffer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: 1995

Pierre Schaeffer was a French composer, musicologist, writer, engineer, broadcaster, and acoustician. Schaeffer is credited with founding Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète. Schaeffer's innovative work in communications, acoustics, and literature as well as his anti-nuclear activism earned him widespread recognition. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential electronic musicians of all time.

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Samih al-Qasim
(Poet)
Samih al-Qasim
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zarqa, Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan)
Died: 2014

Samih al-Qasim was a Palestinian poet whose work is renowned throughout the Arab world. He contributed immensely to popular journals like Al-Jadid, Al-Ittihad, and Index. Samih al-Qasim is also remembered for his political career; he became part of the Israeli Communist Party after the Six-Day War in 1967.

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Doudou N'Diaye Rose
(Drummer)
Doudou N'Diaye Rose
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal
Died: 2015
 48 
Frans Snyders
(Flemish Baroque Painter)
Frans Snyders
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Birthdate: November 11, 1579
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1657

Flemish painter Frans Snyders is best remembered for his paintings of animals and hunting scenes. He also created still-lifes of flowers and fruits. He is also considered a pioneer in depicting animals as protagonists in everyday situations. His works also featured many collaborations with Antwerp painters.

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Spencer Fullerton Baird
(US Naturalist, Ornithologist, and Zoologist Who Mostly Studied North American Birds and Mammals)
Spencer Fullerton Baird
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Birthdate: February 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1887

American naturalist, ornithologist, and vertebrate zoologist Spencer Fullerton Baird was an expert on North American birds and mammals. Initially a professor of natural history, he was later associated with the Smithsonian Institution as a curator and assistant secretary. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the US Commission of Fish and Fisheries.

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Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
(Writer)
Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 7, 1838
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Brieuc, France
Died: 1889

Part of the symbolist movement, French author Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam is best remembered for his drama Axël and his short story collection Cruel Tales. His works often dealt with themes of horror and sadism. He spent all his life in poverty and married his mistress on his deathbed.