Famous People Who Died Today

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Frederick The Great
(Former King of Prussia (1740 - 1786))
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Birthdate: January 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1786
Prussian king Frederick II, also known as Frederick the Great and The Old Fritz, was the longest-reigning Hohenzollern king. He is known for his involvement in the Silesian Wars and the Partitions of Poland. He also supported art and culture, and reformed the judicial system of Prussia.
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Vivian Vance
(Actress)
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Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: 1979
Vivian Vance is best remembered for her Emmy-winning role of Ethel Mertz in the sitcom I Love Lucy. Fans also loved her as Vivian Bagley in the sitcom The Lucy Show. A skilled stage actor, too, she also gained fame for playing Nancy Collister in the musical Let's Face It! 
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Dashrath Manjhi
(Mountain Man)
Dashrath Manjhi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Birthplace: Gehlaur
Died: 2007
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Yvonne Craig
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Batgirl/Barbara Gordon' in the 1960s Television Series 'Batman')
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Birthdate: May 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States
Died: 2015

Yvonne Craig was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Batgirl in the iconic 1960s TV series Batman. Such was her popularity that she was called a pioneer of female superheroes during the 1960s. Also remembered for her skills as a ballet dancer, Yvonne Craig's training as a ballerina helped her a lot while performing stunts in Batman.

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: March 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: 1969

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German-American architect. He is widely considered one of the many pioneers of modernist architecture. After emigrating to the United States, Mies worked on structures like the Promontory Apartments. He is best remembered for serving as the director of a popular German art school named the Bauhaus before its closure in 1933.

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines
(Haitian General)
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Birthdate: September 20, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guinea
Died: 1806

Jean-Jacques Dessalines was an important figure and leader of the Haitian Revolution. He went on to rule an independent Haiti, which became the first country to abolish slavery permanently. Considered one of Haiti's founding fathers, Dessalines reigned as the emperor of Haiti from 1804 until his murder in 1806. Today, he is regarded as an icon of Haitian nationalism.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Birthdate: July 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: 1935

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American novelist, humanist, poet, and short-story writer. Best remembered as a utopian feminist, Gilman served as an inspiration for several generations of feminists. A National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is also remembered for her semi-autobiographical work, The Yellow Wallpaper.

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Leo Frank
(Criminal)
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 17, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cuero, Texas, United States
Died: 1915
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Pearl Bailey
(Actress)
Pearl Bailey
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Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Died: 1990
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José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: 1850

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

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Cedric Benson
(American football player)
Cedric Benson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Died: 2019
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A'Lelia Walker
(Businesswoman)
A'Lelia Walker
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1931
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Rudolf Hess
(Deputy Führer)
Rudolf Hess
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alexandria
Died: 1987
Nazi Party member Rudolf Hess was Hitler’s Deputy Führer and helped in the passage of the Nuremberg Laws. While on a trip to Scotland to initiate peace talks with the U.K. during World War II, he was arrested, and then convicted of war crimes. He eventually committed suicide in prison.
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Fernand Léger
(French Painter and Sculptor Best Known for His Painting ‘My Mother's Garden’)
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Birthdate: February 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Argentan, France
Died: 1955

Fernand Léger was a French sculptor, painter, and filmmaker. Widely regarded as the forerunner of pop art, Léger was also active as a teacher for several years. He is also credited with establishing his own Académie Fernand Léger, where he taught for many years. Many of his pupils went on to establish themselves as successful artists.

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Ira Gershwin
(Lyricist)
Ira Gershwin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: 1983
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Bill Millin
(Soldier)
Bill Millin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Regina
Died: 2010

Bill Millin was a British piper who served as Brigadier Simon Christopher Joseph Fraser's personal piper during World War II. He is best remembered for playing his instrument whilst under fire during the Normandy landings. His action during the Normandy landings was depicted in the American epic war film, The Longest Day, where he was played by Leslie de Laspee.

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Eddie Griffin
(Basketball player)
Eddie Griffin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2007
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Robert R. Gilruth
(Aerospace engineer)
Robert R. Gilruth
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashwauk, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2000
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Jack Walker
(Businessperson)
Jack Walker
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Died: 2000
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Jack Sharkey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, United States
Died: 1994
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Moufdi Zakaria
(Algerian Nationalist, Activist, Poet, and Writer)
Moufdi Zakaria
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ghardaia
Died: 1977

Moufdi Zakaria was an Algerian nationalist, activist, poet, and writer. He is credited with writing the Algerian national anthem Kassaman when he was in prison in 1955. It is believed that he wrote the anthem using his blood on the walls of his cell. His life inspired a 2012 film titled Moufdi Zakaria, the Poet of the Revolution.

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Conrad Aiken
(Writer)
Conrad Aiken
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: 1973
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John Hubert Marshall
(Archaeologist)
John Hubert Marshall
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Birthdate: March 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: 1958
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Arthur Hiller
(Film Director)
Arthur Hiller
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Birthdate: November 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: 2016
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Joseph T. White
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1985
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Otto Stern
(Physicist)
Otto Stern
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Żory
Died: 1969

Otto Stern was a German-American physicist whose discovery of the magnetic moment of the proton and his contribution to the formation of the molecular ray method earned him the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physics. Otto Stern received 82 nominations for a Nobel Prize between 1925 and 1945, making him the second-most nominated person in the history of the Nobel Prize.

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Irene Nemirovsky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire
Died: 1942
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Umberto Boccioni
(Painter and Sculptor)
Umberto Boccioni
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Birthdate: October 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: 1916

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor credited to have shaped the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement. Even though he died at the young age of 33, he left behind a rich legacy as an artist. He was of a rebellious nature and played a key role in the development of the Futurism movement. 

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Arsen Dedić
(Singer-songwriter)
Arsen Dedić
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: 2015
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Matthew Boulton
(Businessperson, Engineer)
Matthew Boulton
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 3, 1728
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: 1809

British manufacturer and engineer Matthew Boulton is best remembered as the financier of Scottish engineer James Watt’s pathbreaking steam engine. His Soho Manufactory initially produced metal parts, and he later stepped into John Roebuck’s shoes to partner with Watt, after Roebuck went bankrupt. He also established the Soho Mint.

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Alice Stebbins Wells
(Police Officer)
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, United States
Died: 1957
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Hans Gude
(Former painter who painted landscapes and who was a proponent of Norwegian National Romanticism)
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Birthdate: March 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: 1903

Hans Gude was a Norwegian romanticist painter best remembered for his landscape paintings. Counted among Norway's leading landscape painters along with Johan Christian Dahl, Gude is also considered the backbone of Norwegian National Romanticism. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hans Gude won several honors and medals.

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Victoria Shaw
(Actress)
Victoria Shaw
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Birthdate: May 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 1988
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Clarence Brown
(Film Director)
Clarence Brown
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Birthdate: May 10, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clinton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1987
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Emperor Go-Fukakusa
(Emperor , Sovereign)
Emperor Go-Fukakusa
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Birthdate: June 28, 1243
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 1304
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Lorenzo Da Ponte
(Former poet and librettist best known for his collaboration with Mozart)
Lorenzo Da Ponte
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vittorio Veneto, Italy
Died: 1838
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Ruth First
(Author, Politician, University teacher, Writer, Journalist, Martyr, Political activist)
Ruth First
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Johannesburg
Died: 1982

South African activist/journalist Ruth First is remembered for her relentless fight against apartheid. Born to Latvian immigrants and founders of the South African Communist Party, First was later tried for treason and detained. While working at a Mozambican university in exile, she was assassinated in a parcel bomb attack

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade
(Poet, Journalist, Writer, Screenwriter, Children's writer)
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Itabira
Died: 1987

Carlos Drummond de Andrade was a Brazilian poet and writer. Many critics consider him to be the greatest Brazilian poet of all time. His widely influential poem Canção Amiga has been featured on the 50-cruzado novo bill, making him a cultural icon in Brazil. He was much revered by American poets Mark Strand and Lloyd Schwartz, who translated his works. 

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Camille Bulcke
(Missionary)
Camille Bulcke
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Died: 1982
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Ioan Slavici
(Writer)
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Siria, Transilvania, Romania
Died: 1925
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Pope Eusebius
(Catholic priest)
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Sardinia, Italy
Died: 0310
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Gao Gang
(Political Leader)
Gao Gang
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 25, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yulin, China
Died: 1954

Gao Gang was a Chinese political leader who played a major role during the Chinese Civil War as part of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He led a guerrilla base during the war and then went on to serve as the military, state, and Party head of the Northeast area of China during the final years of the war.

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Carloman
(Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia)
Carloman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0713 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 0754
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Ole Bull
(Norwegian Virtuoso Violinist and Composer)
Ole Bull
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 5, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: 1880

Legendary Norwegian violinist Ole Bull had started training in the violin at age 5. He had his own style of playing multiple tones at once. He later developed a colony of his own in Pennsylvania and named it New Norway, also known as the Ole Bull Colony.

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Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(Former President of Pakistan)
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died: 1988
Pakistani military general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq became the president of Pakistan after he deposed the erstwhile prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and declared martial law in 1977. He subsequently became longest-tenured head of state, reigning from 1978 to 1988. He died in a plane crash in Bahawalpur.
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Teodoro Palacios
(High jumper)
Teodoro Palacios
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Died: 2019
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Catherine Shipe East
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barboursville, West Virginia, United States
Died: 1996
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Dominick Napolitano
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: 1981
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Sonny Landham
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Birthdate: February 11, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Canton, Georgia, United States
Died: 2017
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Pierre Quinon
(Won the 1984 Olympic Games pole vault gold medal)
Pierre Quinon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 2011