Died On July 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on July 5. The list includes people like Ted Williams, Walter Gropius, Cy Twombly, John Curtin, Leo McCarey. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, chemists, journalists and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Ted Williams
(One of the Greatest Hitters in Baseball History)
Ted Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2002

Ted Williams was an American baseball player who spent his entire 19-year MLB career with the Boston Red Sox. A nineteen-time All-Star and two-time Triple Crown winner, Ted Williams is widely considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. In 1991, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 2 
Katy Jurado
(Mexican Actress)
Katy Jurado
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Birthdate: January 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: 2002
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Walter Gropius
(Architect)
Walter Gropius
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: May 18, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1969

Walter Gropius was a German architect. Along with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is regarded as a pioneer in modernist architecture. Gropius founded the Bauhaus School. The large-scale housing projects he designed in Berlin, Karlsruhe, and Dessau in the late 1920s and early 1930s became major contributions to the New Objectivity movement.  

 4 
Richard Donner
(Director Best Known for His 1978 Film 'Superman')
Richard Donner
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Birthdate: April 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2021

Director of blockbuster films like Superman, The Goonies, Scrooged, Lethal Weapon, Richard Donner initially wanted to become an actor. But encouraged by Martin Ritt, he soon moved behind the camera, eventually directing 22 films and 25 television productions, producing many more, yet finding time to collaborate on two comic books; Action Comics and Lost Son and also on his biography.

 5 
Nicéphore Niépce
(Creator of World's First Permanent Photographic Image)
Nicéphore Niépce
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Birthdate: March 7, 1765
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône
Died: 1833

Nicéphore Niépce revolutionized science by inventing heliography and made the first permanent photographic image. He had initially been part of Napoleon’s army but had to quit due to his failing health. The Niépce Prize is awarded to a photographer every year in France, in his honor.

 6 
Harry James
(Musician)
Harry James
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: 1983
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Carole Landis
(Actress)
Carole Landis
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Birthdate: January 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fairchild, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 1948
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 8 
John Curtin
(14th Prime Minister of Australia (1941 - 1945))
John Curtin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Creswick, Australia
Died: 1945

Born to Irish immigrants, John Curtin had witnessed working-class uprisings in his younger days, which led him to join Australia’s Labour Movement. He was the only Australian prime minister with a Western Australian seat. The strenuous job of leading his country during World War II affected his health.

 9 
Cy Twombly
(American Painter, Sculptor and Photographer Known for His Graffiti-Style Paintings and for Large-Scale Works)
Cy Twombly
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Birthdate: April 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lexington, Virginia, United States
Died: 2011

Cy Twombly was an American sculptor, painter, and photographer. Although he wasn’t popular among the critics, Twombly's works influenced several younger artists like Francesco Clemente, Anselm Kiefer, and Julian Schnabel. Today, his works are preserved in many museums globally, including the Tate Modern in London, the Menil Collection in Houston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 10 
Stamford Raffles
(Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen and Founder of Modern Singapore and the Straits Settlements)
Stamford Raffles
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Morant, Jamaica
Died: 1826

Stamford Raffles was a British statesman who served as the Lieutenant-Governor of the Dutch East Indies from 1811 to 1816. From 1818 to 1824, he served as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. Raffles is best remembered for founding the Straits Settlements and modern Singapore. He also played a major role in the invasion of Java in 1811 during the Napoleonic Wars.

 11 
Sid Luckman
(American Football Player)
Sid Luckman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1998
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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James Stockdale
(US Navy Vice Admiral & Aviator Who was Prisoner of War for Over Seven Years in the Vietnam War)
James Stockdale
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abingdon, Illinois, United States
Died: 2005

James Stockdale was an American aviator and US Navy vice admiral. He is best remembered for his time spent as a prisoner of war for more than seven years during the Vietnam War. His efforts during the war earned him the Medal of Honor. In 2002, James Stockdale was made an inductee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. 

 13 
George de Hevesy
(Hungarian Radiochemist Known for His Key Role in the Development of 'Radioactive Tracers')
George de Hevesy
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1966

Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian-Swedish chemist George de Hevesy is best remembered for his research on isotopic tracer techniques to study animal metabolism. He is also credited with co-discovering the element hafnium with physicist Dirk Coster. He fled the Nazi regime and moved first to Denmark and then to Sweden.

 14 
Otto Skorzeny
(German SS - Obersturmbannführer During World War II)
Otto Skorzeny
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1975
Austrian-born German SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny served in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He led the Gran Sasso raid that rescued Benito Mussolini. He also headed Operation Greif that had German soldiers attacking Allied forces by using uniforms of their enemies. He later spent time in Egypt and Argentina.
 15 
George Melly
(British Jazz and Blues Singer)
George Melly
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: 2007

George Melly was an English blues and jazz singer, critic, lecturer, and writer. Melly worked for The Observer from 1965 to 1973 where he was a television and film critic. George Melly was also interested in surrealist art and often emphasized surrealism while delivering his lectures on art history.

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Longqing Emperor
(Emperor of Ming dynasty)
Longqing Emperor
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Birthdate: March 4, 1537
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: China
Died: 1572
 17 
Leo McCarey
(Film Director)
Leo McCarey
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Birthdate: October 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: 1969
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Clarence Walton Lillehei
(American Surgeon Who Pioneered Open-Heart Surgery)
Clarence Walton Lillehei
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 1999

A pioneer of cross-circulation, Clarence Walton Lillehei successfully conducted cardiac surgeries by linking the circulatory systems of healthy people with those of his patients, thus eventually developing the open-heart surgery. Affectionately known as the King of Hearts, he won awards such as the Harvey Prize and the Lasker Award.

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Ragaa Al Geddawy
(Actress)
Ragaa Al Geddawy
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Birthdate: September 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ismailia, Egypt
Died: 2020
 20 
Tom Mboya
(One of the Founding Fathers of Republic of Kenya and First Secretary General of ‘KANU’)
Tom Mboya
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kilima Mbogo, Kenya
Died: 1969

Kenyan politician Tom Mboya is counted among the founding fathers of the Republic of Kenya. A leading independence-activist, Mboya advocated for Kenya's independence from British colonial rule and led negotiations at Lancaster House Conferences. He remained influential in forming Kenya African National Union and served as its first Secretary-General. Post-independence Mboya became an MP and served as Minister of Justice.

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Albrecht Kossel
(Biochemist)
Albrecht Kossel
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 16, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
Died: 1927

Albrecht Kossel was a German biochemist whose work in ascertaining nucleic acids' chemical composition earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1910. Kossel is also remembered for conducting prominent research into protein's composition. His work influenced several other important researchers like Henry Drysdale Dakin, Edwin B. Hart, Friedrich Miescher, and Felix Hoppe-Seyler.

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Claude Lanzmann
(French Filmmaker Best Known For His 1985 Documentary Film 'Shoah')
Claude Lanzmann
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Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bois-Colombes, France
Died: 2018
 23 
Maria Pia of Savoy
(Consort)
Maria Pia of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Turin, Sardinia
Died: 1911

Maria Pia of Savoy was an Italian princess who became the Queen of Portugal after marrying King Luís I of Portugal in 1862. She was the third queen to represent the House of Savoy. Maria Pia is best remembered for her compassion and charitable works. She was often referred to as the mother of the poor and angel of charity.

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Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
(Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist, Writer, Diarist, Songwriter)
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 21, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thalayolaparambu
Died: 1994

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was an Indian independence activist, writer, novelist, and humanist. He is best remembered for his simple style of writing that impressed the critics and the common man alike. One of the most celebrated and renowned writers from India, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was honored with prestigious awards, such as the Sahitya Academy Fellowship.

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Bruce Fairchild Barton
(American author)
Bruce Fairchild Barton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Robbins, Tennessee
Died: 1967
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Yoichiro Nambu
(Nobel Prize-Winning Japanese-American Physicist)
Yoichiro Nambu
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: 2015

Japanese-American physicist Yoichiro Nambu won the Nobel Prize for discovering spontaneous broken symmetry in subatomic physics. He was associated with the faculty of the University of Chicago since the 1950s till his death in 2015. He also received the prestigious Wolf Prize and the Max Planck Medal.

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Georges Bernanos
(French Soldier and Author)
Georges Bernanos
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1948
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H. Richard Niebuhr
(Theologian)
H. Richard Niebuhr
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Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1962
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George Johnstone Stoney
(Physicist)
George Johnstone Stoney
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 15, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Offaly
Died: 1911

Irish physicist George Johnstone Stoney made important contributions in the areas of cosmic physics and the theory of gases. Most significant scientific work of Stoney was the conception and calculation of the magnitude of the atom or particle of electricity. He is noted for introducing the term electron to elucidate the fundamental unit of electrical charge.

 30 
Mika Myllylä
(Legendary Finnish Cross-Country Skier and Gold Medalist, Who Was Caught Doping)
Mika Myllylä
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haapajärvi, Finland
Died: 2011

A 3-time World Champion, Mika Myllylä was a legendary Finnish cross-country skier who also had 6 Olympic medals in his kitty, including a gold. He also held a record 23 Finnish cross-country titles. His career was plagued by doping scandals, and he ultimately died in an accident in his apartment.

 31 
Joseph Proust
(French Chemist Best Known for His Discovery of the Law of Definite Proportions)
Joseph Proust
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 26, 1754
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Angers, France
Died: 1826

Initially training to be an apothecary like his father, Joseph Proust later deviated to pharmacy and then to chemistry. He is best remembered for developing the law of definite proportions, also known as the Proust's law, which states that pure chemical compounds always consist of constant proportions of constituent elements.

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Sharifah Aini
(Singer)
Sharifah Aini
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yishun Nee Soon, Singapore
Died: 2014
 33 
John Bachar
(American Rock Climber)
John Bachar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2009
 34 
Johnny Speight
(Former scriptwriter known for Till Death Us Do Part (1965))
Johnny Speight
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canning Town, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1998
 35 
Nasr Abu Zayd
(Egyptian Quranic Author, Thinker, Academic and One of the Most Important Liberal Theologians in Islam)
Nasr Abu Zayd
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Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: 2010

Nasr Abu Zayd was an Egyptian Quranic author, thinker, and academic. One of the most important liberal theologians in Islam, Abu Zayd wrote several important books in Arabic and English. Interestingly, Nasr Abu Zayd’s views sparked controversy within the Muslim world and he was declared an apostate by an Egyptian Sharia court in 1995. 

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Raffaella Carra
(Singer)
Raffaella Carra
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Birthdate: June 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 2021

Raffaella Carra was an Italian singer, television presenter, dancer, and actress. She achieved immense popularity across Europe and Latin America during the peak of her illustrious career. An icon of women's liberation, Raffaella Carra supported the LGBT movement and was honored at the 2017 World Pride Madrid with the Gay Icon award.

 37 
Takeo Fukuda
(Prime Minister of Japan (1976 - 1978))
Takeo Fukuda
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 14, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gunma, Japan
Died: 1995

Takeo Fukuda was born into a family of farmers who had descended from samurais. He entered politics after graduating in law and slowly rose up the ranks to be the prime minister of Japan. He is best remembered for The Fukuda Doctrine, which focused on improving Japan’s relations with its neighbors.

 38 
Harrison Salisbury
(Journalist)
Harrison Salisbury
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Birthdate: November 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 1993
 39 
Antonio de Nebrija
(Spanish Writer and Linguist)
Antonio de Nebrija
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1441 AD
Birthplace: Lebrija, Spain
Died: 1522

Spanish linguist, poet and humanist Antonio de Nebrija, considered the most influential Spanish humanist of his time, is noted for making significant contributions in the fields of grammar and lexicography. He is best known for authoring Gramática de la lengua castellana (Grammar of the Castilian Language), the first work that focused on the Spanish language and its rules.

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Henry Barnard
(American Educationalist and Reformer)
Henry Barnard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 24, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1900
 41 
Phan Thanh Gian
(Government official)
Phan Thanh Gian
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 11, 1796
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Biên Hòa Province
Died: 1867
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Régine Crespin
(Singer)
Régine Crespin
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 23, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: 2007
 43 
Georges Jacob
(Furniture maker)
Georges Jacob
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1739
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cheny, France
Died: 1814
 44 
Romulus
(First king of Rome)
Romulus
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Birthdate: 0771 BC
Birthplace: Alba Longa, Italy
Died: 0717
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Dorothea Jordan
(Actress)
Dorothea Jordan
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Birthdate: November 22, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
Died: 1816
 46 
Zhang Aiping
(Military Leader)
Zhang Aiping
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: China
Died: 2003
 47 
Keenan Milton
(American Professional Skateboarder)
Keenan Milton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States
Died: 2001
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Marie Ponsot
(Writer, critic, teacher, and translator)
Marie Ponsot
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Birthdate: April 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2019
 49 
Oliver Herford
(Writer)
Oliver Herford
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: 1935
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Robert Burchfield
(Lexicographer)
Robert Burchfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whanganui, New Zealand
Died: 2004