Died On August 31st

Discover the most famous people who died on August 31. The list includes people like Dodi Fayed, Henry V of England, Rocky Marciano, John Ford, Charles Baudelaire. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, emperors & kings and novelists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, England, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

 2 
Rocky Marciano
(One of the Greatest Heavyweight Boxers of All Time)
Rocky Marciano
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1969
Rocky Marciano, also known as the Brockton Blockbuster, was the world’s only heavyweight champion to remain undefeated till the end of his career and held the heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956. The International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee held the world’s highest heavyweight knockout-to-win ratio at 85.71%.
 3 
John Ford
(One of the Most Important and Influential Filmmakers of His Generation)
John Ford
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Birthdate: February 1, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine, United States
Died: 1973

John Ford was an American naval officer and film director. The recipient of five Oscars, Ford is renowned for directing films like The Searchers and Stagecoach. He also holds the record for winning the most number of Academy Awards (four) under the Best Director category.John Ford is widely considered one of the most influential and important filmmakers of his generation.

 4 
Tom Seaver
(Baseball Pitcher)
Tom Seaver
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 5 
David Frost
(Television Host Best Remembered for the show 'Through the Keyhole' and 'That Was the Week That Was')
David Frost
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Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tenterden, Kent, England
Died: 2013

David Frost was an English media personality, journalist, television host, comedian, and writer. One of the most popular television interviewers of all time, Frost interviewed eight British prime ministers and seven American presidents in office. His interview with Richard Nixon was adapted into a play and film. He also played a key role in the establishment of TV-am in 1983.

 6 
Richard Anderson
(Actor)
Richard Anderson
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Birthdate: August 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2017
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 7 
Wilhelm Wundt
(Philosopher)
Wilhelm Wundt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 16, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: 1920

Wilhelm Wundt was a German physiologist, professor, and philosopher. He is often counted among the founders of modern psychology and is widely considered the father of experimental psychology. He is also credited with founding the first laboratory for psychological research, which he founded at the University of Leipzig in 1879.

 8 
Pranab Mukherjee
(13th President of India (2012-2017))
Pranab Mukherjee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mirity, West Bengal, India
Died: 2020

An Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was a veteran with a political career spanning over five decades. He occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India, such as Defence, Finance and External Affairs. He was honored with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 2019.

 9 
John Bunyan
(English Writer and Puritan Preacher Best Known as the Author of the Christian Allegory ‘The Pilgrim's Progress’)
John Bunyan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 1, 1628
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
Died: 1688

John Bunyan, the noted author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, was known for his belief in Puritanism. The son of a brazier, he initially quit school to join his father’s trade. He was later inspired by chapbooks, to write his iconic works and has also become a preacher.

 10 
Henry V of England
(King of England (1413 – 1422))
Henry V of England
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Birthdate: August 9, 1386
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales
Died: 1422

One of the most renowned kings in English history, Henry V ascended the throne at the age of 26 in 1413 and ruled England till his death in 1422. Though his reign was short, it was marked by great successes in the Hundred Years' War against France which established England as one of the strongest kingdoms in entire Europe.

 11 
Lionel Hampton
(Bandleader)
Lionel Hampton
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2002
 12 
Georges Braque
(Painter Best Known for Inventing Cubism with Pablo Picasso)
Georges Braque
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Birthdate: May 13, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Argenteuil, France
Died: 1963

French painter Georges Braque is considered one of the pioneers of Cubism. His 1908 masterpiece Large Nude is one of his most celebrated pieces. Critics often argue whether Braque or Picasso had first begun developing Cubism, and many of their works are very similar in nature.

 13 
Urho Kekkonen
(8th President of Finland (1956 - 1952), Prime Minister of Finland (1950 - 1953, 1954 - 1956))
Urho Kekkonen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pielavesi, Finland
Died: 1986

Urho Kekkonen was the eighth and longest-serving president of Finland. He was noted for continuing and further developing the Paasikivi-Kekkonen doctrine established by his predecessor President Juho Kusti Paasikivi aiming survival of Finland as an independent nation in immediate proximity of the Soviet Union. Kekkonen earlier held several ministerial and legislative posts including serving as as Prime Minister of Finland. 

 14 
Joan Holloway
(Founder, Director of "Holloway-Harris")
Joan Holloway
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Birthdate: December 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 2014
 15 
Ilya Ehrenburg
(Poet)
Ilya Ehrenburg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: 1967
 16 
Charles Baudelaire
(French Poet Known for His Handling of Rhyme & Rhythm and His Book 'Les Fleurs du mal')
Charles Baudelaire
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 9, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1867
French prose poet, essayist, and critic Charles Baudelaire was one of the first translators of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Best known for his book of poems Les Fleurs du mal, he is believed to have coined the word modernity and was associated with the symbolist and decadent movements.
 17 
Patricia Owens
(Actress)
Patricia Owens
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Birthdate: January 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 2000
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Aidan of Lindisfarne
(Irish Monk and Missionary)
Aidan of Lindisfarne
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0590 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 0651

Irish monk Saint Aidan was the first bishop of the island of Lindisfarne, also known as the Holy Island. He later established many churches and monasteries and was one of the most prominent missionaries in northern England. He has also been praised in the writings of Anglo Saxon historian Bede.

 19 
Wade Belak
(Ice hockey player)
Wade Belak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saskatoon
Died: 2011
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 20 
Max Bygraves
(Actor, Musician)
Max Bygraves
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Birthdate: October 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, England
Died: 2012
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 21 
Michael Sheard
(Known for Playing ‘Deputy Headmaster’ in the Children’s Series ‘Grange Hill')
Michael Sheard
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Birthdate: June 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: 2005
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 22 
Andranik
(Armenian Statesman and Military Commander Who Played an Important Role in the Armenian Liberation Movement)
Andranik
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Şebinkarahisar, Turkey
Died: 1927

Andranik was an Armenian statesman and military commander. He played an important role in the Armenian national liberation movement and took part in the military campaigns as part of Armenia's fight for independence. He also took part in the First Balkan War and World War I. Today, Andranik is considered a national hero in Armenia.

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Arthur Phillip
(1st Governor of New South Wales (1788 - 1792))
Arthur Phillip
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1738
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: 1814

British admiral Arthur Phillip was a pioneering leader of the colonization of Australia. He established the first permanent European colonial settlement in Australia. He had also served as the first governor of New South Wales but was unable to establish peace. He was part of the Seven Years' War, too.

 24 
Dennis O'Keefe
(Actor)
Dennis O'Keefe
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Birthdate: March 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Madison, Iowa, United States
Died: 1968
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Nathaniel Clifton
(Basketball Player)
Nathaniel Clifton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1990
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 26 
Andrea Pozzo
(Italian Painter Known for His Grandiose Frescoes Using Quadratura Technique to Create 3D Illusion on Flat Surfaces)
Andrea Pozzo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1642
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trento, Italy
Died: 1709
Baroque painter, architect, and writer Andrea Pozzo is best remembered for his signature architectural illusionist painting, through which he created illusions of three-dimensional structures such as domes, on flat ceilings. His works adorned structures such as the St. Ignatius's Church. He was also a Jesuit brother.
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Tamara Tchinarova
(Ballet Dancer)
Tamara Tchinarova
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: July 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cetatea Albă, Kingdom of Romania
Died: 2017
 28 
Henri Bourassa
(Former Member of the Canadian Parliament for Labelle (1896 - 1907))
Henri Bourassa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: 1952

Renowned Canadian journalist and politician Henri Bourassa is best remembered for founding the newspaper Le Devoir. Though a qualified lawyer, he made a name for himself by writing on political issues and also served as a member of the Canadian Parliament, as part of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Immanuel Wallerstein
(American Sociologist and Economic Historian)
Immanuel Wallerstein
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Sociologist, author, and economic historian Immanuel Wallerstein is best remembered for his iconic work The Modern World System, which was the first volume of his world-system theory. He was a Yale researcher and had first been driven to understand world history when he read up about the anticolonial movement in India.

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Henry Moore
(English Artist Who is Known for His Semi-Abstract Monumental Bronze Sculptures)
Henry Moore
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castleford
Died: 1986

Best known for his abstract bronze and stone sculptures, Henry Moore is also renowned for his many nudes, such as the 1930 sculpture Reclining Woman. Born to a coal miner and trade unionist father, he was pushed into a teaching career initially but later turned to art and eventually rediscovered modernism.

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Matthias Grünewald
(German Renaissance Painter)
Matthias Grünewald
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Birthdate: 1470 AD
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: 1528

German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald, also known as Master Mathis, was the court painter of the elector of Mainz. His drawings were mostly made in black chalk. Of his religious works, the Isenheim Altarpiece still survives, though most of his works were destroyed in the Thirty Years' War.

 32 
Sally Rand
(Actress)
Sally Rand
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elkton, Missouri, U.S.
Died: 1979
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 33 
Marina Tsvetaeva
(Russian Poet Who Lived during the Russian Revolution)
Marina Tsvetaeva
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1941

Remembered as one of the greatest Russian literary figures of the 20th century, Marina Tsvetaeva was an integral part of Russian symbolism. She faced the Russian Revolution and lost her youngest daughter to the famine that followed. After her husband’s execution under espionage accusations, she committed suicide at age 48.

 34 
Laurent Fignon
(French Professional Road Bicycle Racer Who Was a Two-Time Winner of the 'Tour de France')
Laurent Fignon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2010

Laurent Fignon was a French professional road bicycle racer. He won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. He became the FICP World No. 1 in 1989 and also won the Giro d'Italia the same year. One of the most successful cyclists of his era, he won many classic races. He retired in 1993. 

 35 
Joseph Rotblat
(Polish Physicist Known for His Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Which Won Him the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize)
Joseph Rotblat
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 4, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 2005

Joseph Rotblat was a physicist remembered for his work on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. He left the laboratory on grounds of conscience and his work on nuclear fallout played a key role in the events preceding the 1963 Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. In 1995, Joseph Rotblat won the Nobel Peace Prize.

 36 
Wolfgang Güllich
(German Rock Climber)
Wolfgang Güllich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Died: 1992
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 37 
Susan Brown
(Actress)
Susan Brown
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2018
 38 
Frank Macfarlane Burnet
(Australian Physician and Winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Frank Macfarlane Burnet
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Traralgon, Australia
Died: 1985

Frank Macfarlane Burnet was an Australian virologist. Best remembered for his contribution to immunology, Burnet won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for predicting acquired immunological tolerance. Burnet is also credited with developing and popularizing the theory of clonal selection. In 1960, he was also named the Australian of the Year for his contributions to science. 

 39 
Norman Kirk
(Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Norman Kirk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand
Died: 1974

Norman Kirk was a New Zealand politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 8 December 1972 until his demise on 31 August 1974. During his term as the Prime Minister, Norman Kirk also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 40 
Ferdinand Lassalle
(Prussian-German Jurist, Philosopher and Politician)
Ferdinand Lassalle
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: 1864

Enamoured by the ideas of French and German philosophers, Ferdinand Lassalle initially aspired to be a lecturer. He later joined the socialist cause and spearheaded Germany’s social democratic movement. He also introduced terms such as the iron law of wages and concepts such as Lassallism, or achieving socialist ideals through the state.

 41 
François-André Danican Philidor
(French Composer and Chess Player)
François-André Danican Philidor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1726
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dreux, France
Died: 1795
 42 
John Blair
(United States jurist)
John Blair
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 17, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Virginia
Died: 1800
 43 
Louis Antoine de Bougainville
(French Explorer and Admiral)
Louis Antoine de Bougainville
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 12, 1729
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1811

Louis Antoine de Bougainville was a French explorer and admiral. He is best remembered for his scientific expeditions, including his 1763 circumnavigation of the globe and expeditions into the Pacific Ocean. Louis Antoine de Bougainville also participated in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War.

 44 
Mick Lally
(Actor)
Mick Lally
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland
Died: 2010
 45 
Euan Uglow
(Painter)
Euan Uglow
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Birthdate: March 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2000
 46 
Henry Earl Singleton
(Electrical Engineer)
Henry Earl Singleton
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: November 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haslet, Texas, United States
Died: 1999
 47 
E. Fay Jones
(Architect)
E. Fay Jones
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pine Bluff
Died: 2004

American architect E. Fay Jones was apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright and later also received the AIA Gold Medal. He followed Wright’s famous Prairie style and also designed several structures at the Powell Gardens. His Thorncrown Chapel was included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Martin Kamen
(American Chemist Who Co-discovered the Synthesis of the Isotope Carbon-14)
Martin Kamen
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2002

Canadian-American physical chemist Martin Kamen was part of the team that discovered the synthesis of the isotope carbon-14. He was accused of revealing sensitive information to Russian spies while working at the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, and was thus fired from the Radiological Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley.

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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
(Geneticist)
Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: 2018
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Maria Eugenia Llamas
(Actress)
Maria Eugenia Llamas
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Birthdate: February 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: 2014