Famous People Who Died Today

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James Baldwin
(Author Best Known for His Novel 'Go Tell It on the Mountain')
James Baldwin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 1987

Amongst the greatest writers of the 20th century and a leading literary voice in the civil rights movement, James Baldwin extensively explored issues like race, sexuality and humanity in his work. His best known work include his debut novel Go Tell It on the Mountain and his books of essays Notes of a Native Son and Nobody Knows My Name.

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Henry I of England
(King of England)
Henry I of England
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Birthdate: 1068 AD
Birthplace: Selby, United Kingdom
Died: 1135
Henry I, fourth son of William the Conqueror, seized the throne of England after his brother William II’s death, and ruled as the King of England from 1100 to 1135. He was strict but efficient, and is known for his conquest of Normandy following the Battle of Tinchebray.
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David Ben-Gurion
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)
David Ben-Gurion
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Płonsk, Poland
Died: 1973
David Ben-Gurion was the founder of the State of Israel and also served as Israel’s first prime minister. He was the leader of the Jews in British Mandate Palestine and had also been the country’s defense minister and the chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel.
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Alexander I of Russia
(Emperor of Russia from 1801 to 1825)
Alexander I of Russia
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Birthdate: December 23, 1777
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1825

Alexander I was the emperor of Russia and the eldest son of Paul I. While he was initially a friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, he later joined hands with his opponents to defeat him. He was also part of the Congress of Vienna and later contributed to the formation of the Holy Alliance.

 5 
G. H. Hardy
(English Mathematician Known for His Contributions in Number Theory and Mathematical Analysis)
G. H. Hardy
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 7, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cranleigh, England
Died: 1947

English mathematician G. H. Hardy is best recognised for his work and achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis, and also as mentor of distinguished Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. He is noted for his essay on mathematics titled A Mathematician's Apology. He also made his mark in biology formulating a basic principle of population genetics called Hardy–Weinberg principle.  

 6 
Ambrose Bierce
(Journalist & Writer, soldier)
Ambrose Bierce
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Birthdate: June 24, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Meigs County, Ohio, United States
Died: 1914
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Jack Hemingway
(Conservationist, Writer)
Jack Hemingway
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2000
 8 
Alvin Ailey
(Dancer)
Alvin Ailey
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rogers, Texas, United States
Died: 1989
 9 
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
(Writer, Editor)
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
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Birthdate: May 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1975

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was an American writer and newspaper editor. The daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anna played an important role during World War II, serving as her father's key advisor. After her marriage, Anna moved into the White House and served as First Lady of the USA as per her parents' request.

 10 
Pope Leo X
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Birthdate: December 11, 1475
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1521
Son of Lorenzo the Magnificent and part of the Medici banking family of Florence, Giovanni de’ Medici, was tonsured at 7, as a mark of his entry into ecclesiastical life. He took over as Pope Leo X after Julius II’s death. An art connoisseur, he was a true Renaissance pope.
 11 
Paul Benedict
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Birthdate: September 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Died: 2008
 12 
Aleister Crowley
(British Occultist, Ceremonial Magician and Founder of the Religion 'Thelema')
Aleister Crowley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England
Died: 1947

Aleister Crowley was an occultist, writer, and ceremonial magician. He is credited with founding a religion called Thelema and promised his followers with guiding them into the Aeon of Horus, a time of self-realization. More than seven decades after his death, Crowley remains influential among those who revere counterculture and Western esotericism and is considered a prophet in Thelema.

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Jovan Belcher
(American Football Player)
Jovan Belcher
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Babylon, Long Island, New York, USA
Died: 2012
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Shelley Morrison
(Known for Her Role as Maid Rosario Salazar in the NBC Comedy 'Will & Grace')
Shelley Morrison
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Birthdate: October 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: South Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Shelley Morrison was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Rosario Salazar in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. During her career, which spanned more than five decades, Shelley Morrison played a housekeeper or maid on 32 separate occasions.

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George Everest
(British Surveyor and Geographer Who Served as Surveyor General of India From 1830 to 1843)
George Everest
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Birthdate: July 4, 1790
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1866

George Everest was a British geographer and surveyor. From 1830 to 1843, he served as Surveyor General of India. His work and contributions were honored by naming Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, after him.

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J.B.S. Haldane
(British Scientist Who Developed the Mathematical Theory of Population Genetics and One of the Founders of ‘Neo-Darwinism’)
J.B.S. Haldane
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: 1964

British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane is remembered for his pioneering use of statistics in biology. A proponent of neo-Darwinism, he was the son of physiologist John Scott Haldane and had begun assisting his father at age 8. He later joined the British Communist Party and also moved to India.

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Mary Hayley Bell
(English Writer and Actress Who is Best Remembered for Her Novel 'Whistle Down')
Mary Hayley Bell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: 2005

Mary Hayley Bell was an English writer and actress. She is perhaps best remembered for her novel Whistle Down the Wind, which was later adapted into a film with her daughter Hayley Mills playing the lead role. As far as her acting career is concerned, Mary Hayley Bell had a prominent stage acting career for about a decade. 

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Alfred Thayer Mahan
(Naval Officer)
Alfred Thayer Mahan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States
Died: 1914
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Bobby Layne
(American football player)
Bobby Layne
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Anna, Texas, United States
Died: 1986
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Joe McKnight
(American football player)
Joe McKnight
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2016
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Nellie Fox
(Baseball Player)
Nellie Fox
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1975
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George Joseph Stigler
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Birthdate: January 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Renton, Washington, United States
Died: 1991
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Isabella Clara Eugenia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 12, 1566
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palacio de Valsaín, Segovia, Spain
Died: 1633
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Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy
(Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands (1507 - 1530))
Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 10, 1480
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1530

The only daughter of Habsburg archduke Maximilian I, who became the Holy Roman Emperor, Margaret of Austria was also the duchess of Savoy by virtue of her marriage to Philibert II, Duke of Savoy. A patron of the arts, she owned a huge library and had several painters at her court.

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Dave McNally
(Baseball player)
Dave McNally
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, United States
Died: 2002
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Charles de Foucauld
(French Soldier, Explorer, Catholic Priest and Hermit)
Charles de Foucauld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: 1916

Charles de Foucauld was a cavalry officer in the French Army in the late 19th century. He later became an explorer and geographer, eventually adopting the life of a hermit and a Catholic priest. He was assassinated in 1916 and is listed as a martyr in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. 

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Edmund Campion
(English Catholic Jesuit Priest and Martyr)
Edmund Campion
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 25, 1540
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1581

Catholic Jesuit priest Saint Edmund Campion was hailed as a martyr after being hanged for treason at Tyburn by Queen Elizabeth I’s government. Born to a bookseller in London, Campion taught at Oxford, before being ordained. He was later canonized as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

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Rick Majerus
(Basketball coach)
Rick Majerus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 2012
Magnus IV of Sweden
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Birthdate: 1316 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 1374
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Pat Sullivan
(American football player)
Pat Sullivan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: 2019
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Claude Jade
(Actress)
Claude Jade
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Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: 2006
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Jim Loscutoff
(Basketball player)
Jim Loscutoff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco San Francisco, California
Died: 2015
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Joseph Engelberger
(American Physicist, Engineer and Entrepreneur Who Developed the First Industrial Robot in the United States)
Joseph Engelberger
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Died: 2015

Known as the Father of Robotics, Joseph Engelberger went down in history as the developer of the first industrial robot in the U.S., the Unimate, which was installed in a GM plant. His book Robotics in Practice is classic in the field of robotics and has been translated in multiple languages.

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Edwin Rosario
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Died: 1997
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Dario Moreno
(Singer)
Dario Moreno
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aydın, Turkey
Died: 1968
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Jean Lesage
(Lawyer)
Jean Lesage
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: 1980
 37 
Lorenzo Ghiberti
(Italian Renaissance Sculptor Best Known as the Creator of Two Sets of Bronze Doors of the Florence Baptistery)
Lorenzo Ghiberti
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Birthdate: 1378 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1455

Lorenzo Ghiberti was a Florentine Italian artist considered a major figure of the Early Renaissance. He is best known as the creator of the bronze doors of the Florence Baptistery, also called the Gates of Paradise. He was a trained goldsmith and ran a famous workshop for metal sculpture. His son Vittorio followed in his footsteps as a goldsmith. 

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Ken Berry
(Actor)
Ken Berry
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Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moline, Illinois, United States
Died: 2018
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Anton Rodgers
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Birthdate: January 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Died: 2007
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Stéphane Grappelli
(Former jazz violinist best known as a founder of the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1934)
Stéphane Grappelli
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1997

Stéphane Grappelli was a French-Italian violinist best remembered as the co-founder of a jazz group named The Quintette du Hot Club de France. The group became famous for being one of the first jazz bands to house only string instruments. Nicknamed the grandfather of jazz violinists, Stéphane Grappelli went on to play in concerts well into his 80s.

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Teddy Sheean
(Sailor, Military personnel)
Teddy Sheean
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lower Barrington, Australia
Died: 1942

Tasmanian war veteran Teddy Sheean was initially a farm laborer and then joined the Australian navy. Seventy-eight years after he died after strapping himself to a sinking HMAS Armidale’s anti-aircraft gun and shooting at the attacking Japanese war planes, he was awarded with the Victoria Cross.

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Isabella of England
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1214 AD
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: 1241
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Arthur Wesley Dow
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Birthdate: April 6, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1922
 44 
John Austin
(jurist, philosopher)
John Austin
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Birthdate: March 3, 1790
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Suffolk
Died: 1859

English legal theorist John Austin, who aimed at transforming law into a true science, is considered by many as creator of the school of analytical jurisprudence. His book The Province of Jurisprudence Determined received significant attention posthumously, while his analytical approach to jurisprudence and theory of legal positivism also influenced American and British law following his death.

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Hugo Haas
(Actor)
Hugo Haas
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Birthdate: February 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brno, Moravia, Austria-Hungary
Died: 1968
 46 
Takizawa Bakin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 4, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: 1848
Japanese novelist Takizawa Bakin belonged to the Edo period and was known as a gesaku author. Admired for his lengthy and serious historical novels, Bakin published over 200 works during his prolific career. He created the historical romance in Japan with special attention to Chinese civilization, Buddhist philosophy, and national history. Nansō Satomi hakkenden is among his most popular works.
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Hermann Detzner
(German Explorer and Engineer Who Explored German New Guinea as a Schutztruppe Member)
Hermann Detzner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Speyer, Bavarian Palatinate, German Empire
Died: 1970

The son of a German dentist, Hermann Detzner grew up to be an engineer, topographer, and surveyor. He was also part of the German colonial troops in Cameroon and German New Guinea. Refusing to surrender to Australian troops, he and his forces explored the interiors of German New Guinea for 4 years.

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Mary of Guelders
(Queen consort of Scotland (1449 - 1460))
Mary of Guelders
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Birthdate: 1434 AD
Birthplace: Grave, Netherlands
Died: 1463

Mary of Guelders was crowned Queen of Scotland following her marriage with King James II of Scotland. She founded the Trinity College Church in her husband’s memory. She led the government of Scotland as regent during early years of her son James III's reign and emerged as a competent ruler following a pragmatic foreign policy during the Wars of the Roses.

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David Nixon
(Magician, Television presenter)
David Nixon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muswell Hill, London, England
Died: 1978
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Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
(Former Prime Minister of Italy (1917 - 1919))
Vittorio Emanuele Orlando
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: 1952

Prime Minister of Italy from 1917 to 1919, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando resigned from his position when he failed to secure concession at the Versailles Peace Conference. However, he remained active in politics, initially supporting the new Fascist Party of Benito Mussolini. Later he opposed fascism, remaining in retirement until the end of WWII and was nominated Senator for Life shortly thereafter.