Died On February 18th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 18. The list includes people like Martin Luther, Michelangelo, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kublai Khan, Dale Earnhardt. Famous personalities featured on this list, include novelists, political leaders, artists and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France & Italy and many more countries.
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Michelangelo
(Regarded as the Most Accomplished Artist of His Era (High Renaissance))
Michelangelo
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
Died: 1564

Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo was a prominent figure of the High Renaissance. He is credited to have influenced the Western art in unprecedented ways. He is widely regarded as the greatest artist of his age and one of the greatest artists of all time. He was equally revered and respected as an architect.

 2 
Martin Luther
(German Theologian, Religious Reformer and Key Figure in Protestant Reformation)
Martin Luther
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1483
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
Died: 1546

German monk Martin Luther challenged the dogmas of Roman Catholicism and the authority of the pope, in his Ninety-five Theses, and was thus excommunicated. His German translation of the Bible enriched the German culture, and his marriage set an example for clerical marriage. His teachings are now known as Lutherans.

 3 
J. Robert Oppenheimer
(American Theoretical Physicist and Former Wartime Head of the ‘Los Alamos Laboratory’)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1967

Hailed as a brilliant scientific mind, American physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, led the Manhattan Project which resulted in the development of atomic bomb during the World War II. The bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However, Oppenheimer was in a constant conflict over the moral issue of the weapons of mass destruction and rallied against nuclear proliferation.

 4 
Dale Earnhardt
(One of the Greatest Drivers in NASCAR History)
Dale Earnhardt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2001

Dale Earnhardt was an American stock car driver who raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1975 to 2001. Considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR, Earnhardt won 76 Winston Cup races and seven Winston Cup championships in an illustrious career spanning 40 years. In 2010, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 5 
Kublai Khan
(Founder of the Yuan dynasty in Mongolia and China,)
Kublai Khan
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Birthdate: September 23, 1215
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mongolia
Died: 1294

Also known as the Emperor Shizu of Yuan, Kublai Khan served as the fifth khagan of the famous Mongol Empire. After the division of the empire, Kublai Khan founded the Yuan dynasty in China and ruled as the first Yuan emperor from 1271 until his death in 1294. Hence, he played an important role in re-creating a militarily powerful China.

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Kerry Von Erich
(American Professional Wrestler)
Kerry Von Erich
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Died: 1993
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 7 
Jerry Buss
(Businessman Known Worldwide as the Former Owner of the 'Los Angeles Lakers' Basketball Franchise)
Jerry Buss
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: 2013
Legendary LA Lakers co-owner Jerry Buss lived through a poverty-stricken childhood during the Great Depression. Growing up working odd jobs, he also once quit school to work for the railroads. He grew up to be a chemist and later also taught chemistry, before investing in real estate.
 8 
Harry Caray
(Sports commentator)
Harry Caray
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Birthdate: March 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1998
 9 
Andy Devine
(Actor)
Andy Devine
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Birthdate: October 7, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Died: 1977
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Timur
(Amir of the Timurid Empire from 1370 to 1405)
Timur
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Birthdate: April 9, 1336
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
Died: 1405

Widely considered one of the greatest tacticians and military leaders in history, Timur is credited with founding the Timurid Empire, which attained its greatest extent under the leadership of Timur. His empire laid the foundation for the rise of the more prominent Islamic gunpowder empires, such as the Mughal Empire, which then ruled the Indian subcontinent for almost 330 years.

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Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
(German Polymath and Occult Writer Known for His Book 'Three Books of Occult Philosophy')
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 14, 1486
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: 1535

Sixteenth-century German scholar Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was known for his expertise in philosophy and the occult. He also taught at the universities of Pavia and Dôle. His De occulta philosophia suggested magic as a way to reach God. He was eventually branded a heretic and imprisoned.

 12 
Ivan Koloff
(Canadian Professional Wrestler Who was the Third Wrestler to Hold the WWWF Championship)
Ivan Koloff
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Eddie Mathews
(Baseball player)
Eddie Mathews
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Texarkana, Texas, United States
Died: 2001
 14 
Albert Bierstadt
(Painter)
Albert Bierstadt
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Birthdate: January 7, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
Died: 1902

Landscape painter Albert Bierstadt immortalized the natural attractions of the American West, such as the Rocky Mountains, in his works. One of the finest painters of the Hudson River school, he specialized in paintings that showcased bright lighting, or luminism, and created over 500 paintings throughout his career.

 15 
Vasil Levski
(Bulgarian Revolutionary & Freedom Fighter Who was Executed by the Ottoman Authorities)
Vasil Levski
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: 1873

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is considered a national hero in Bulgaria. Nicknamed the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski strategized a revolutionary movement to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. In a nationwide television poll conducted in 2007, Levski was voted as the greatest Bulgarian of all time.

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Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
(German Mathematician Who Founded the Theory of Elliptic Functions)
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1851

Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi was a German mathematician best remembered for his contributions to differential equations, dynamics, number theory, determinants, and elliptic functions. He is the first Jewish mathematician to work as a professor at a German university. Jacobi has a crater on the Moon named after him in recognition of his contribution to science.

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Fra Angelico
(Italian Painter Who is Known for a Series of Frescoes He Made for His Own Friary in Florence)
Fra Angelico
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Birthdate: 1395 AD
Birthplace: Vicchio, Italy
Died: 1455

Fra Angelico was an Italian painter best remembered for a series of frescoes which he made for his own friary in Florence. Described by Giorgio Vasari as having a rare and perfect talent, Fra Angelico was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1982 in recognition of the saintliness of his life. 

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Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici
(Art collector)
Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 11, 1667
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pitti Palace, Florence, Italy
Died: 1743
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Maggie McNamara
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: 1978
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Maria Franziska von Trapp
(Austrian American Singer)
Maria Franziska von Trapp
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zell am See, Austria
Died: 2014
 21 
Jerome Kersey
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Jerome Kersey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Virginia, United States
Died: 2015
 22 
Charles Trenet
(Singer-songwriter)
Charles Trenet
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: 2001
 23 
Dedan Kimathi
(Kenyan Military Leader and Revolutionary)
Dedan Kimathi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya
Died: 1957
Dedan Kimathi was a Kenyan military leader and revolutionary. He is best remembered as the military leader of the Mau Mau rebellion. Kimathi led the armed military resistance against the British colonial regime that occupied Kenya in the 1950s. Today, Dedan Kimathi is recognized as a national hero and is revered for his struggle against British colonial rule in Kenya.
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Gale Robbins
(Actress)
Gale Robbins
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Birthdate: May 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1980
 25 
Ngaio Marsh
(New Zealand Mystery Writer and Theatre Director)
Ngaio Marsh
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 23, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: 1982

Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand theatre director and crime writer. Counted among the Queens of Crime alongside other crime writers like Agatha Christie, Marsh is best remembered for her famous character, Roderick Alleyn. She received several prestigious awards and was made an inductee of the Detection Club in 1974. The Ngaio Marsh Award is presented annually in her memory.

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Noam Pitlik
(Actor, Film director)
Noam Pitlik
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Birthdate: November 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1999
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Pantelis Pantelidis
(Singer-songwriter)
Pantelis Pantelidis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 2016

Initially part of the Greek navy, Pantelis Pantelidis later quit his naval career to focus in music. A YouTube sensation, he was a self-taught guitarist, too, and soared to fame with tracks such as Den Tairiazete Sou Lew. The singer lost his life to a tragic car accident at age 32.

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Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
(King)
Frederick Augustus III of Saxony
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: 1932
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Pope Gregory V
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Gregory V
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0972 AD
Birthplace: Stainach-Pürgg, Austria
Died: 0999

Counted as the first German pope, Pope Gregory V reigned for less than three years. A member of the Salian dynasty, he is said to have acted as a representative of the Holy Roman Emperor in Rome. His pontificate, which started in May 996 and ended with his death in February 999, was historically one of the most unsettled periods.

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Albert Payson Terhune
(Author)
Albert Payson Terhune
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1942
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Bozorg Alavi
(Iranian Writer Best Known for His Short-Story Collection 'Chamadān')
Bozorg Alavi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tehrān, Iran
Died: 1997

Bozorg Alavi was an Iranian writer, novelist, and political intellectual. In 1941, he became a founding member of the communist Tudeh Party of Iran. The party proved to be influential in its initial years. After the 1953 coup against Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, Alavi went into exile and spent the rest of his life in East Germany. 

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Richard Schickel
(Journalist, Writer, Film critic, Documentary filmmaker, Film director, Film producer)
Richard Schickel
1
Birthdate: February 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: 2017
 33 
George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence
(Duke)
George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1449
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1478
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George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence
(Dukes of Clarence)
George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence
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Birthdate: October 21, 1449
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin Castle, Ireland
Died: 1478
 35 
Rosario Ferré
(Writer)
Rosario Ferré
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: 2016
 36 
Kristijonas Donelaitis
(Best Known as the Author of the Poem 'The Seasons', a Classic Work of Lithuanian Literature)
Kristijonas Donelaitis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1714
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gumbinnen, Russia
Died: 1780

Prussian Lithuanian poet Kristijonas Donelaitis had mastered theology and classical languages and also served as a pastor of Tolmingkehmen. His best-known work, Metai, or The Seasons, was penned in hexameters, a style never used before in Lithuanian verse. He had also written Lithuanian fables based on Aesop's Fables.

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Leopoldo Lugones
(Argentine Poet, Essayist, Novelist and Playwright)
Leopoldo Lugones
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villa de María del Río Seco, Argentina
Died: 1938

A central figure in the history of Hispanic-American modernism, Leopoldo Lugones is remembered as much for his contributions towards formation of modern Spanish poetry as for his profound insight into Argentinean history. A well-Known poet-playwright-novelist, literary and social critic, and cultural ambassador, he later involved himself with national and international politics, leaving huge impact on the younger generation of writers.   

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Angela Raiola
(Reality TV personality)
Angela Raiola
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Alessandro Mendini
(Italian Designer and Architect)
Alessandro Mendini
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 2019
 40 
Henry Norris Russell
(American Astronomer)
Henry Norris Russell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 25, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oyster Bay, New York, United States
Died: 1957

Astronomer Henry Norris Russell is best remembered for his efforts in making physics the core of astrophysical science. The Princeton alumnus later taught at his alma and became the director of the Princeton University Observatory. He also contributed to the Russell–Saunders coupling and the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

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Gilbert Foliot
(Monk)
Gilbert Foliot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1110 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1187
 42 
Colmán of Lindisfarne
(Saint)
Colmán of Lindisfarne
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0605 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 0675
 43 
Byrne Piven
(Actor)
Byrne Piven
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2002
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Kevin Ayers
(Singer-songwriter)
Kevin Ayers
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 16, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Herne Bay, Kent Herne Bay, Kent, England
Died: 2013
 45 
Gustave Charpentier
(Composer)
Gustave Charpentier
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 25, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dieuze, France
Died: 1956
 46 
Eugenio Beltrami
(Italian Mathematician Known for His Description of Non-euclidean Geometry)
Eugenio Beltrami
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 16, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: 1900

Eugenio Beltrami was an Italian mathematician, whose work on the differential geometry of curves and surfaces helped to establish the soundness of non-Euclidean geometry. A faculty of University of Bologna, he dealt in wide range of subjects, establishing Beltrami equation, Beltrami identity, Beltrami's theorem, Laplace–Beltrami operator, Beltrami vector field and Beltrami–Klein model, publishing several works including Opere Matematiche.

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Robert Ranulph Marett
(British Ethnologist Best Known for His Studies of the Evolution of Moral Philosophy and Religious Beliefs and Practices)
Robert Ranulph Marett
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Birthdate: June 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
Died: 1943
British ethnologist Robert Ranulph Marett was a proponent of the British Evolutionary School of cultural anthropology. He is noted for his studies of the evolution of moral philosophy and religious beliefs and practices. Marett helped found the Oxford University Anthropological Society in 1999. His major works include The Threshold of Religion, Anthropology as well as Psychology and Folklore.
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Charles Lewis Tiffany
(Trader)
Charles Lewis Tiffany
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 15, 1812
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Died: 1902
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Ken Goodwin
(Stand-up comedian)
Ken Goodwin
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Birthdate: April 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died: 2012
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Wang Fuzhi
(Essayist)
Wang Fuzhi
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1619
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hengyang, China
Died: 1692