Died On March 31st

Discover the most famous people who died on March 31. The list includes people like Isaac Newton, Nipsey Hussle, Selena, Brandon Lee, J. P. Morgan. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, military leaders and physicists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, England, Germany & Russia and many more countries.
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Selena
(American Singer Popularly Known as the 'Queen of Tejano Music')
Selena
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States
Died: 1995

Known as the queen of Tejano music, Selena became the most famous Mexican-American entertainers during the late 20th century, thanks to her contributions to fashion and music. She is one of the most influential Latin artists ever. Her rags-to-riches story, which includes struggle, fame, and finally death at the age of 23, was showcased in the 1997 film, Selena.

 2 
Isaac Newton
(One of the Most Influential Scientists of All Time)
Isaac Newton
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: 1727

One of the most influential and popular scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton played a prominent role in our understanding of natural phenomena. He formulated the law of universal gravitation and laws of motion. He also developed the Newtonian telescope among other devices. Apart from science, Newton was also intrigued by religion, occult, and alchemy.

 3 
Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

 4 
Nipsey Hussle
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: 2019

Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper who left behind quite a legacy when he was fatally shot at the age of 33. His death was met with a strong artistic response as more than 50 murals dedicated to him were painted in Los Angeles alone within a few months after his death. As a rapper and activist, Hussle influenced several youngsters.

 5 
Brandon Lee
(American Actor, Martial Artist and Son of Film Star Bruce Lee)
Brandon Lee
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1993

The son of the legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee followed in his father’s footsteps. Trained in martial arts, he made his film debut in the 1980s and became a successful star in his own right. He was accidentally wounded while filming The Crow and died. The film, dedicated to him, became a hit.

 6 
J. P. Morgan
(Financier)
J. P. Morgan
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1913
J.P. Morgan was an iconic figure of the economic boom of the Gilded Age and established the investment banking firm J.P. Morgan & Co. He also controlled companies such as U.S. Steel, General Electric, and AT&T. He prevented the American economy from collapsing during the Panic of 1907.
 7 
Zaha Hadid
(Architect)
Zaha Hadid
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baghdad
Died: 2016
Baghdad-born British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is best remembered for her revolutionary and modern architectural designs, that involved abstraction and relied on curves. She won the Stirling Prize and was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize. She designed the Guangzhou Opera House and Rome's MAXXI Museum, among other marvels.
 8 
Charlotte Bronte
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thornton, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1855
Charlotte Bronte, remembered for her iconic novel Jane Eyre, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She was the eldest of the Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood. She and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
 9 
Olaudah Equiano
(Anti Slavery Activist)
Olaudah Equiano
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Igboland
Died: 1797

Olaudah Equiano was a writer and abolitionist who was part of the abolitionist group, Sons of Africa, composed of Africans living in Britain in the 18th century. Enslaved as a child and sold to different “masters,” he eventually purchased his freedom and became one of the leaders of the anti-slave trade movement in the 1780s.  

 10 
John C. Calhoun
(7th Vice President of the U.S.A)
John C. Calhoun
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbeville
Died: 1850

John C. Calhoun was an American political theorist and statesman. From 1825 to 1832, he served as the seventh vice president of the US. Before becoming the vice president, Calhoun served as secretary of war, a position which he used to modernize and reorganize the United States Department of War. He was played by Arliss Howard in the film Amistad.

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John Donne
(17th Century English Poet Who is Considered the Preeminent Representative of the Metaphysical Poets)
John Donne
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1572
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1631
English metaphysical poet John Donne is best known for his touch of sensuality and spirituality in his poems. One of his best-known poems is The Canonization. He had also worked on Latin translations, elegies, sermons, and epigrams. He was known for his reckless lifestyle, that affected his financial status. 
 12 
Francis I of France
(Former King of France (1515 – 1547))
Francis I of France
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Birthdate: September 12, 1494
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château de Cognac, Cognac, France
Died: 1547

Francis I, son of Charles, Count of Angoulême, was the king of France from 1515 to 1547. He was an art connoisseur and invited Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci to his court. His contribution to the promotion of French language earned him the title Father and Restorer of Letters.

 13 
Anne Gwynne
(Actress)
Anne Gwynne
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Birthdate: December 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
Died: 2003
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 14 
Ronnie Corbett
(Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor, Cabaret artist, Aviator)
Ronnie Corbett
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Birthdate: December 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: 2016
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 15 
John Constable
(Romantic Painter)
John Constable
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Birthdate: June 11, 1776
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Bergholt
Died: 1837
 16 
Knute Rockne
(American Football Player and Coach)
Knute Rockne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Voss Municipality, Norway
Died: 1931
 17 
Meena Kumari
(Legendary Indian Actress Best Known as 'The Tragedy Queen' )
Meena Kumari
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Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 18 
Jerry Paris
(Actor, Director)
Jerry Paris
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Birthdate: July 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1986
 19 
Jules Dassin
(Film Director, Producer)
Jules Dassin
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Birthdate: December 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: 2008
 20 
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild
(Politician, Banker)
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 8, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: 1915
 21 
Gene Lockhart
(Known for His Appearances on Broadway)
Gene Lockhart
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Birthdate: July 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: 1957

Gene Lockhart was a Canadian American actor, singer, playwright, and lyricist. Apart from acting, Lockhart also worked as a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music where he taught acting and stage technique. Two stars have been dedicated to Gene Lockhart on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to films and TV.

 22 
Andrew Jack
(Voice coach)
Andrew Jack
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Birthdate: January 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2020
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Henryk Wieniawski
(Polish Composer and Violinist Who is Regarded Amongst the Greatest Violinists in History)
Henryk Wieniawski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lublin, Poland
Died: 1880

Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish composer, violinist, and pedagogue. He is often counted among the greatest violinists of all time. He was also one of the most important players in London's Beethoven Quartet Society. Henryk Wieniawski is still revered by violinists all over the world. 

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Frank Perdue
(American President and CEO of Perdue Farms)
Frank Perdue
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salisbury, Maryland, United States
Died: 2005
 25 
Patrick Demarchelier
(French Fashion Photographer)
Patrick Demarchelier
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: 2022

Patrick Demarchelier is a French fashion photographer who has worked for popular publications like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. One of the most celebrated fashion photographers of his generation, Demarchelier has shot international campaigns for brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and TAG Heuer. Patrick Demarchelier has also shot the covers for almost all major fashion magazines, such as Rolling Stone. 

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Charles Best
(Co-discoverer of Insulin)
Charles Best
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Pembroke, Pembroke, Maine, United States
Died: 1978

Charles Best made history with his discovery of insulin, along with Sir Frederick Banting, thus paving the path for its use as a treatment for diabetes. He, however, failed to get the 1923 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, like Banting, as he didn’t receive his medical degree till 1925.

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Julie Bennett
(Actress)
Julie Bennett
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Birthdate: January 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2020
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Wallace Roney
(Trumpeter)
Wallace Roney
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2020
 29 
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
(Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany)
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 21, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reideburg, Germany
Died: 2016
 30 
Bella Savitsky Abzug
(Former Politician, Lawyer known as a leading figure in what came to be known as eco-feminism, founder of National Women's Political Caucus)
Bella Savitsky Abzug
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1998
 31 
Pavel Milyukov
(Russian Liberal Politician and Former Member of the Russian State Duma (1906 - 1917))
Pavel Milyukov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1943

Russian liberal politician and historian Pavel Nikolayevich Milyukov co-founded the Constitutional Democratic Party in the Russian Empire and led the party in the Russian State Duma from 1906 to 1917. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Russian Provisional Government for a brief period and later as Member of the Russian Constituent Assembly until it was dissolved.  .

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Andrew Getty
(Businessman)
Andrew Getty
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 2015
 33 
Paul Strand
(American Photographer and Filmmaker)
Paul Strand
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: October 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1976

Paul Strand was an American filmmaker and photographer who helped transform photography into an art form along with other modernist photographers like Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. He is also credited with co-founding the Photo League in the 1930s. During his illustrious career that spanned 60 years, Paul Strand covered several subjects and genres throughout Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

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Frankie Knuckles
(DJ)
Frankie Knuckles
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2014
 35 
Lyman Spitzer
(Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist, University teacher)
Lyman Spitzer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo
Died: 1997

Lyman Spitzer was an American theoretical physicist, mountaineer, and astronomer. He was known for his research into star formation and plasma physics. He is credited with the invention of the stellarator plasma device and he was the one who first conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. He was a founding member of the World Cultural Council. 

 36 
Emil Adolf von Behring
(German physiologist)
Emil Adolf von Behring
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 15, 1854
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ławice
Died: 1917

Nobel Prize-winning German physiologist Emil Adolf von Behring is remembered as a pioneer of immunology for his research on serum therapy developed an antitoxin to cure diphtheria. One of the 13 children of his parents, he had studied medicine at a military academy due to lack of funds.

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Raúl Alfonsín
(President of Argentina (1983 - 1989))
Raúl Alfonsín
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2009

Raúl Alfonsín was an Argentine statesman and lawyer best remembered for his service as the President of Argentina from 1983 to 1989. Widely regarded as the father of modern democracy, Alfonsín was the first democratically elected President of Argentina after over seven years of military dictatorship. His political approach came to be known as Alfonsinism.

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Allan Kardec
(French Educator, Author, and Translator Best Remembered for Writing Five Book Collection Named 'Spiritist Codification')
Allan Kardec
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 1869

Allan Kardec was a French educator, author, and translator. The founder of Spiritism, Kardec is best remembered for writing five books which are collectively known as the Spiritist Codification. His work with Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi helped lay the foundation for the teaching model in France and Germany.

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Atticus
(Ancient Roman Philosopher Who Followed Platonism and Rejected the Peripatetic School)
Atticus
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Birthdate: 0175 BC
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0032

Ancient Platonic philosopher Atticus lived in the 2nd century, during the reign of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The only known source that reveals about him is Greek historian Eusebius's Preparatio Evangelica. He wrote against the Peripatetic school of philosophy. His polemic claimed Aristotle was an atheist.

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Imre Kertész
(Hungarian Novelist)
Imre Kertész
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2016

Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author Imre Kertész is best remembered for his Holocaust-themed writings. Sent to Auschwitz at 14 and then to Buchenwald, he was eventually freed in 1945, following which he became a journalist. His best-known work remains Fatelessness, a semi-autobiographical account of the Nazi terror.

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Karl Lawrence King
(March Music Bandmaster - Composer of 'Barnum and Bailey's Favorite')
Karl Lawrence King
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 21, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paintersville, Ohio, United States
Died: 1971
 42 
John Stainer
(Composer)
John Stainer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, Englanda
Died: 1901
 43 
Christian Morgenstern
(Poet)
Christian Morgenstern
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 6, 1871
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1914
 44 
Francis Asbury
(American Bishop)
Francis Asbury
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamstead Bridge, Staffordshire, England
Died: 1816

Francis Asbury was a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He played an important role during the Second Great Awakening, popularizing Methodism in British colonial America. He is credited with establishing many schools and his journal is deemed important by scholars due to its account of frontier society; his journal has descriptions of the functioning of towns in Colonial America.

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Lothar von Trotha
(Military personnel)
Lothar von Trotha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Magdeburg
Died: 1920
 46 
Maria Skobtsova
(Poet)
Maria Skobtsova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riga, Russian Empire (now Latvia)
Died: 1945
 47 
Georges Cottier
(Swiss Prelate and Theologian of the Catholic Church Who Served From 1990 to 2005)
Georges Cottier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carouge, Switzerland
Died: 2016

Papal theologian and Catholic cardinal Georges Cottier had initially taught at the Universities of Geneva and Fribourg. He was also part of the Second Vatican Council and had led the International Theological Commission as its secretary. He retired at age 83 and passed away a decade later.

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Tommy Seebach
(Danish Singer, Pianist, Organist, Composer, and Producer)
Tommy Seebach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 2003
 49 
Kang Youwei
(Chinese Philosopher and Political Thinker in the Late Qing Dynasty)
Kang Youwei
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nanhai District, Foshan, China
Died: 1927

Qing dynasty reformer Kang Youwei was associated with the Reform Movement of 1898. Though he initially admired Western civilization, opened schools, and even attempted to abolish foot-binding of women, he later became a staunch supporter of Confucianism and opposed blind westernization. He fled to Japan after the reform movement failed.

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Pippa Bacca
(Artist)
Pippa Bacca
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 2008

Pippa Bacca made international headlines in March 2008, when she was found naked and strangled on the outskirts of Istanbul. The Italian feminist artist had apparently been raped and murdered in the middle of her hitch-hiking program Brides on Tour, which had her traveling from Milan dressed as a bride.