Famous People Who Died Today

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Albert Finney
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Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salford, Lancashire, England
Died: 2019

Albert Finney was an English actor known for his contribution across all the three major acting mediums: films, television and theatre. A recipient of Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and Emmy awards, Albert Finney also received nominations for prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award and Tony Award

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Josef Mengele
(German Physician Known for His Atrocities at the Auschwitz II Concentration Camp)
Josef Mengele
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: 1979

Known as Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele was the chief doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp and was responsible for killing thousands of Jews as well as torturing the prisoners mercilessly and conducting inhuman experiments on them. These included injecting them with chemicals and stitching twin children together. Despite his horrible crimes, the infamous Nazi doctor could never be captured.

 3 
Orson Bean
(Actor, Comedian, and Host of Game Shows and Talk Shows)
Orson Bean
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Birthdate: July 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States
Died: 2020

Veteran actor, Orson Bean, was once considered a mainstay of Los Angeles’ small theater scene. Born in the late 1920s, he served in the army for a few years before beginning his career in entertainment. He appeared in numerous TV shows, plays, and films, making a name for himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.

 4 
King Hussein of Jordan
(King of Jordan from 1952 to 1999)
King Hussein of Jordan
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Birthdate: November 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
Died: 1999

King Hussein of Jordan reigned as the king of Jordan from 1952 to 1999. As a royal member of the House of Hashim, Hussein was a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad. At the time of Hussein's accession, Jordan was a young nation with few natural resources. However, by the end of his reign, Jordan had become a stable, modern state.

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Viola Desmond
(Businesswoman)
Viola Desmond
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died: 1965

Though born bi-racial, Viola Desmond became a Black icon for her business acumen. After not being allowed to train as a beautician in Halifax, she moved to Montreal. Her beauty products, salon, and training institute, all catering specifically to Black women, filled a major void in the beauty industry.

 6 
Adolphe Sax
(Inventor of Saxophone)
Adolphe Sax
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Birthdate: November 6, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dinant
Died: 1894

The inventor of the saxophone, Belgian musician Adolphe Sax, was born to instrument-maker parents who had themselves re-designed the French horn. As a child, he was known as "the ghost" for his frequent brushes with death. He made many other instruments, which were included in the French army bands.

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Qianlong Emperor
(Emperor of China)
Qianlong Emperor
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Birthdate: September 25, 1711
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lama Temple, Beijing, China
Died: 1799
The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty was the fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor and reigned over China from 1735 to 1796. Known for the economic prosperity and military prowess his kingdom gained under his rule, he continued to indirectly rule as the Retired Emperor even after his abdication.
 8 
Frank Robinson
(Baseball Outfielder, Manager)
Frank Robinson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: 2019
 9 
Dieter Dengler
(Second Captured U.S. Airman to Escape Enemy Captivity During the Vietnam War)
Dieter Dengler
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wildberg, Germany
Died: 2001

Dieter Dengler was a German-born American aviator who served the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was caught and tortured by the enemies for over six months, after which Dengler escaped from captivity, becoming only the second U.S. airman to escape captivity during the war. The experience was documented by Dieter Dengler in his book, Escape From Laos.

 10 
Dean Smith
(Basketball Coach)
Dean Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, United States
Died: 2015
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Richard Hatch
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Birthdate: May 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 2017
 12 
Big Pun
(The First Latino Artist to Go 'Platinum')
Big Pun
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2000

Big Pun was an American songwriter and rapper. Well-known for his heavy use of alliteration and exceptional breath control, Pun was also widely regarded as one of the best MCs ever. He struggled with weight issues and obesity throughout his life, which eventually led to his death caused by respiratory failure and a heart attack at the age of 28.

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Dale Evans
(Actress)
Dale Evans
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Birthdate: October 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, United States
Died: 2001
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Li Wenliang
(Chinese Ophthalmologist Who First Warned His Colleagues of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Wuhan)
Li Wenliang
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beizhen, Jinzhou, Liaoning, China
Died: 2020

Chinese ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was one of the first to identify the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. In late 2019, he alerted his colleagues of an illness that resembled SARS but didn’t respond to usual treatment. He was reprimanded and later died of COVID-19. He is since regarded as a medical hero.

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Nick Adams
(Actor)
Nick Adams
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Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1968
 16 
Lu Bu
(Chinese Army General and Warlord of the 2nd Century)
Lu Bu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0161 AD
Birthplace: Wuyuan Commandery, China
Died: 0199

After killing warlord Ding Yuan, Chinese army general Lü Bu ran away to work for another warlord, Dong Zhuo, whom he also killed. After assisting Yuan Shao, he fought against Cao Cao. He eventually lost to Cao Cao and Liu Bei in the Battle of Xiapi and was executed.

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(American Aviator and Writer Who Became the First Woman to Receive a U.S. Glider Pilot License)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: 2001

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American aviator and writer. She is best remembered for her exploratory flights along with her husband and pioneer aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Anne was the first woman to earn a US glider pilot license in 1930. In 1996, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Bobby Troup
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Actor, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Officer)
Bobby Troup
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harrisburg
Died: 1999
 19 
David Unaipon
(Preacher)
David Unaipon
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Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Australia
Died: 1967

David Unaipon was an Aboriginal Australian preacher, author, and inventor. He is best remembered for his significant contribution to Australian society, which helped break several stereotypes about Aboriginal Australians. Apart from establishing a couple of awards in his honor, the Australian government has also featured Unaipon on the Australian fifty-dollar note.

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Doug Henning
(Magician)
Doug Henning
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: 2000
 21 
Minoru Yamasaki
(Architect, best known for designing the original World Trade Center in New York City)
Minoru Yamasaki
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: 1986

Architect Minoru Yamasaki was known for his signature style that was far removed from austerity of modern architecture. He is best remembered for designing New York’s famed World Trade Center, or the Twin Towers, destroyed later in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He had previously worked as a draftsman and an engineer.

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James Glaisher
(Meteorologists)
James Glaisher
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, England
Died: 1903

Renowned meteorologist and aeronaut James Glaisher was a pioneer of balloon flights and had penned the iconic book Travels in the Air. He had also contributed to the formation of the Meteorological Society and the Aeronautical Society of Britain. The 2019 movie The Aeronauts depicts his exploits as a balloonist.

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Matt Monro
(Singer)
Matt Monro
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: 1985
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Maria Altmann
(Art Collector)
Maria Altmann
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2011

Maria Altmann was an Austrian-American Jewish refugee who fled her home country fearing the Nazis. She is remembered for her successful legal campaign to reclaim Gustav Klimt's family-owned paintings from the Government of Austria, which were stolen during the Second World War by the Nazis. Her life and career inspired documentary films, novels, and feature films, including Woman in Gold.

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Nap Lajoie
(Baseball player)
Nap Lajoie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 1959
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Harvey Samuel Firestone
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Listed In:
Birthdate: December 20, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbiana
Died: 1938
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Blossom Dearie
(Jazz musician)
Blossom Dearie
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Durham, New York, United States
Died: 2009
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Witold Lutoslawski
(The Most Significant Polish Composer of 20th-Century Classical Music)
Witold Lutoslawski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: 1994

Although he studied math at the University of Warsaw, Witold Lutoslawski also earned diplomas in composition and piano. He grew up to be one of the finest Polish composers and was often compared to Chopin. Known for combining neoclassical and folk elements in his music, he later won a Grammy.

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Dave Peverett
(Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Dave Peverett
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dulwich
Died: 2000
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Robert Wood Johnson I
(Industrialist)
Robert Wood Johnson I
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 20, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carbondale, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1910
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Ann Radcliffe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 9, 1764
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: 1823
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Vuk Stefanović Karadžić
(Philologist, Anthropologist and Linguist)
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić
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Birthdate: November 6, 1787
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tršić, Serbia
Died: 1864
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Billy Casper
(American Professional Golfer)
Billy Casper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2015

Billy Casper was an American golfer who won three majors, including two U.S. Open Championships, in an illustrious professional career that spanned more than two decades. One of the best performers on the PGA Tour of his generation, Casper won 51 PGA Tour events. In 1978, Billy Casper was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Hans Rosling
(Swedish Physician, Co-Founder and Chairman of the 'Gapminder Foundation')
Hans Rosling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: 2017

A Swedish physician, academic, and public speaker, Hans Rosling was the co-founder of Gapminder Foundation, that is known for the development the Trendalyzer software system. He gave several talks/lectures, presented television documentaries like Don’t Panic: The Truth about Population and also co-authored a bestselling book titled Factfulness. Additionally, he was a professor of international health at Karolinska Institute too.

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Igor Kurchatov
(Nuclear physicist)
Igor Kurchatov
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sim, Russia
Died: 1960
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Tzvetan Todorov
(Historian, Philosopher, Sociologist Known for His Contributions to Literary, Cultural, and Thought History)
Tzvetan Todorov
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Birthdate: March 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: 2017

Tzvetan Todorov was a Bulgarian-French historian, philosopher, literary critic, and sociologist. He completed his doctorat ès lettres at the University of Paris and had a brilliant academic career. He helped to found the journal Poétique and served as one of its managing editors. He authored many books, including Conquest of America: The Question of the Other. 

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Lee Hoi-chuen
(Chinese Opera Singer and Film Actor)
Lee Hoi-chuen
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District, China
Died: 1965

Better known as Bruce Lee’s father, Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen married half-Chinese and half-German Grace Ho after moving to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was born to them while they were touring U.S. for an opera. His death, just days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee, shocked many.

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Augusto Monterroso
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Died: 2003
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Licinius
(Emperor)
Licinius
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Birthdate: 0265 AD
Birthplace: Moesia
Died: 0325
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Henry E. Steinway
(Piano Manufacturer)
Henry E. Steinway
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wolfshagen, Germany
Died: 1871
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Ivan Bilibin
(Russian Illustrator and Stage Designer)
Ivan Bilibin
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Birthdate: August 16, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1942

Ivan Bilibin was a Russian stage designer and illustrator. Inspired by the culture and art of Ruthenia, Bilibin established himself as an important illustrator. He is remembered for his contribution to Slavic folklore and Russian folk tales. As a stage designer, he contributed to the Ballets Russes. Ivan Bilibin is also credited with co-founding the Union of Russian Artists.     

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Pope Pius IX
(Head of the Catholic Church from 1846 to 1878)
Pope Pius IX
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 13, 1792
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Senigallia, Italy
Died: 1878

Pope Pius IX served as the longest-tenured pope. His reign also witnessed the first Vatican Council and was thus the last pope who had control over the Papal States. He also issued the Syllabus of Errors and inspired books such as The Pope Who Would Be King by David Kertzer.

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Abe Attell
(Boxer)
Abe Attell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1970
 44 
Jose Garcia Villa
(Filipino Poet, Short Story Writer, Literary Critic, and Painter)
Jose Garcia Villa
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila
Died: 1997

Jose Garcia Villa was a Filipino poet, short story writer, literary critic, and painter. Nicknamed the Comma Poet, Villa is credited with introducing and popularizing the extensive usage of punctuation marks, especially commas, in poems. Over the course of his career, José García Villa received several honors and awards, including the Order of National Artists of the Philippines.

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Emperor Nintoku
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Birthdate: 0290 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 0399

Fourth-century Japanese emperor Nintoku, who ruled during the Kofun period, was one of the sons of Emperor Ōjin. Nihon Shoki, or The Chronicles of Japan, records many of his achievements, such as building a thorn field bank to prevent a flood. His tomb is one of the world’s three largest tombs.

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Walter Lang
(Film Director)
Walter Lang
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Birthdate: August 10, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee
Died: 1972
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Robert E. Park
(sociologist, criminologist, writer, university teacher)
Robert E. Park
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Birthdate: February 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harveyville
Died: 1944
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Sheridan Le Fanu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1873
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Nexhmije Pagarusha
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pagarushë, Kosovo
Died: 2020
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D. F. Malan
(4th Prime Minister of South Africa (1948 - 1954))
D. F. Malan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 22, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riebeeck West, South Africa
Died: 1959

D. F. Malan was a South African politician. He served as the prime minister of South Africa from 1948 to 1954. He became involved in National Party politics shortly after its formation. The party enforced racial segregation laws and implemented the system of apartheid. As the prime minister, he took steps to firmly lay down the foundations of apartheid.