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Bill Paxton
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His TV Series 'Big Love')
Bill Paxton
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Birthdate: May 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: 2017

Versatile actor, Bill Paxton is recognised for his work in the movies, Apollo 13, Twister and Titanic, as well as the television series, Big Love. Before these, he began his career as a set-dresser, learnt acting under Stella Adler, did various minor roles and finally bagged films like The Terminator and Alien. His work as a director are Frailty and Fish Heads.

 2 
Sir Donald Bradman
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered the Greatest Batsman of All Time)
Sir Donald Bradman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, Australia
Died: 2001

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

 3 
Tennessee Williams
(One of the Finest American Playwrights of the 20th-Century Best Known for His Work ‘The Glass Menagerie’ )
Tennessee Williams
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Died: 1983
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams is regarded as one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century, and had also written short stories, essays, and poetry. He is best remembered for his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
 4 
Darren McGavin
5
Birthdate: May 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: 2006

Darren McGavin was an American actor whose journey from being a squatter in Tacoma to becoming a popular stage, film, TV actor was quite remarkable. He started his career as a set painter for Columbia Pictures before trying his hand at acting and eventually receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his work in the sitcom TV series, Murphy Brown.

 5 
Mark Rothko
(American Painter Known or His Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Paintings)
Mark Rothko
9
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: 1970

Considered part of the New York school of painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was best known for his signature color field paintings, consisting of vertically set rectangular patches of color. A significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement, he also experimented with murals and mythological themes.

 6 
Ariel Camacho
(Singer, songwriter)
Ariel Camacho
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guamuchil, Sinaloa
Died: 2015

Ariel Camacho was a Mexican singer and songwriter best remembered for leading his Regional Mexican band, Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho. He died in a car accident at the age of 22. Following his death, his album El Karma became immensely popular. His band continues to make albums in his honor. 

 7 
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1565
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: 1601

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was an English nobleman. Considered a favorite of Elizabeth I, Robert Devereux did the unthinkable when he led an abortive coup d'état in 1601 against the government of Elizabeth I. He was subsequently executed for treason. Over the years, Robert Devereux has been portrayed in many stage plays, TV series, and films.

 8 
Sir Christopher Wren
3
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 20, 1632
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Knoyle
Died: 1723

Architect Sir Christopher Wren had built over 50 churches in London, the most popular of them being the St. Paul’s Cathedral. He was a major force behind the formation of the Royal Society and was also knighted for his achievements. He was also a member of the English Parliament.

 9 
Tony Burton
(American Actor Known for His Role as Tony "Duke" Evers in the Rocky Films)
Tony Burton
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Haing S. Ngor
(Physician and actor)
Haing S. Ngor
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambodia
Died: 1996
 11 
Lynn Compton
(Lead Prosecutor in Sirhan Sirhan’s Trial for the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy)
Lynn Compton
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2012
 12 
C. Everett Koop
(13th Surgeon General of the United States (1982 - 1989))
C. Everett Koop
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2013

C. Everett Koop was a pediatric surgeon and public health administrator who served as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States under President Ronald Reagan. Previously, he had been a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He was well-known for his support of the rights of children with disabilities and his work with AIDS patients. 

 13 
Paco de Lucía
(Spanish Virtuoso Flamenco Guitarist, Composer, and Record Producer)
Paco de Lucía
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain
Died: 2014

Paco de Lucía was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer, and record producer. Often counted among history’s greatest guitarists, he was one of the first flamenco guitarists to branch into classical and jazz. He was a master of contrast known for his fast and fluent picados and rasgueados. He was a recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award.   

 14 
Jung Bahadur Rana
(8th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jung Bahadur Rana
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1817
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borlang, Nepal
Died: 1877

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

 15 
Glenn T. Seaborg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 19, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ishpeming, Michigan
Died: 1999

Glenn T. Seaborg was an American chemist who shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Edwin McMillan for discovering the first transuranium elements. He also authored or co-authored several books and articles, including 500 scientific journals. In 2005, Glenn T. Seaborg was inducted posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

 16 
Hosni Mubarak
(Former President of Egypt)
Hosni Mubarak
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monufia Governorate
Died: 2025

Egyptian military and political leader Hosni Mubarak served as the fourth president of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. An Egyptian Air Force officer prior to entering politics, he assumed office as the president after the incumbent Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. After 30 years, he had to step down from the presidency during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. 

 17 
Suze Rotolo
(Former artist known for Appearing on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan)
Suze Rotolo
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Birthdate: November 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2011
 18 
John McGraw
(Baseball player)
John McGraw
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truxton, New York, United States
Died: 1934
 19 
Patricia Haines
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Birthdate: February 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1977
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 20 
Martina von Trapp
(Austrian Singer)
Martina von Trapp
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klosterneuburg, Austria
Died: 1951
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 21 
Robert Hayden
(Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today known as US Poet Laureate.)
Robert Hayden
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1980
 22 
E. D. Nixon
(Civil Rights Activist)
E. D. Nixon
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: 1987
 23 
Lisa Sheridan
(Actress)
Lisa Sheridan
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Birthdate: December 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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John Tenniel
(Illustrator)
John Tenniel
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Birthdate: February 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayswater, London, England
Died: 1914
 25 
Philip José Farmer
(Author)
Philip José Farmer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: 2009
 26 
Saint Walpurga
(Missionary)
Saint Walpurga
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0710 AD
Birthplace: Devon, England
Died: 0779
 27 
Albrecht von Wallenstein
(Bohemian Statesman and Military Leader Best Remembered For His Role in 'The Thirty Years' War')
Albrecht von Wallenstein
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 24, 1583
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heřmanice, Czechia
Died: 1634

Albrecht von Wallenstein was a Bohemian statesman and military leader best remembered for his role in the Thirty Years' War. During the war, he served as the supreme commander of the armies of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.  By the time of his death, Wallenstein was one of the most influential and richest men in the Holy Roman Empire.

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Suleiman Ali Nashnush
(Basketball player, Actor)
Suleiman Ali Nashnush
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1943 AD
Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya
Died: 1991
Height: 8'0" (244 cm)
 29 
Peter Benenson
(British Lawyer, Human Rights Activist and the Founder of Human Rights Group Amnesty International (AI))
Peter Benenson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2005

Peter Benenson was a British human rights activist and lawyer. He is credited with establishing the popular human rights group and an international non-governmental organization Amnesty International (AI). In 2001, Peter Benenson agreed to receive the prestigious Pride of Britain Award after refusing to accept all honors throughout his career.

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Dmitry Yazov
(Politician)
Dmitry Yazov
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yazovo, Russia
Died: 2020
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Mário de Andrade
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: October 9, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Paulo
Died: 1945

One of the pioneers of the Brazilian modernist movement, Mário de Andrade introduced a signature prose style that mirrored colloquial Brazilian language. Apart from writing poems and novels, he influenced ethnomusicology. He was a skilled photographer, too. Hallucinated City remains one of his most celebrated works.

 32 
John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
(Governor of the Province of New York 1770 - 1771)
John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: 1809
 33 
Jersey Joe Walcott
(American Professional Boxer Who Held the NYSAC, NBA, and the Ring Heavyweight Titles From 1951 to 1952)
Jersey Joe Walcott
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 34 
Auguste Perret
(French Architect)
Auguste Perret
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 12, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: 1954

Auguste Perret was a French architect who developed the architectural use of reinforced concrete. Perret is credited with designing many important edifices like the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy. In 1948, Perret was honored with the Royal Gold Medal and he won the AIA Gold Medal in 1952. He also influenced younger architects like Le Corbusier.

 35 
Hannu Mikkola
(Finnish Rally Driver)
Hannu Mikkola
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joensuu, Finland
Died: 2021
Hannu Mikkola was a Finnish rally driver. A seven-time champion of the 1000 Lakes Rally, Mikkola also won the Great Britain's RAC Rally on four occasions. In 2011, he was made an inductee of the Rally Hall of Fame.
 36 
Leonard Howell
(One of the first preachers of the Rastafari movement)
Leonard Howell
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clarendon, Jamaica
Died: 1981
 37 
Erland Josephson
(Swedish Actor)
Erland Josephson
1
Birthdate: June 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 2012

Swedish actor Erland Josephson is best known for his appearances in films directed by Ingmar Bergman, such as The Magician and Hour of the Wolf. He also appeared in Bergman’s plays such as A Doll's House, taught drama, and penned several novels, scripts, plays, and poems.

 38 
Vehbi Koc
(Entrepreneur)
Vehbi Koc
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coraklı, Ankara Province, Turkey
Died: 1996
 39 
Ian Carr
(Jazz musician)
Ian Carr
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Died: 2009
 40 
Princess Françoise of Orléans
(Princess)
Princess Françoise of Orléans
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1953
 41 
Samuel Seabury
(2nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church)
Samuel Seabury
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1796

Samuel Seabury was an Episcopal bishop who became the second Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. A leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution, he was known for his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton. After the revolution, he played a key role in the evolution of Anglican liturgy. 

 42 
Townsend Harris
(First United States Consul General to Japan)
Townsend Harris
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 1804
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington County, New York, United States
Died: 1878
 43 
Mario Coluna
(Portuguese Footballer Who Played Mainly as a Central Midfielder)
Mario Coluna
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inhaca Island, Mozambique
Died: 2014
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 44 
Louisiana Red
(Guitarist)
Louisiana Red
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
Died: 2012
 45 
Eddie Constantine
(Actor)
Eddie Constantine
1
Birthdate: October 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1993
 46 
Gabre-Medhin Tsegaye
(Ethiopian Poet)
Gabre-Medhin Tsegaye
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ambo, Ethiopia
Died: 2006
 47 
Billy Coutu
(Ice hockey player)
Billy Coutu
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Bay
Died: 1977
 48 
Isabella Leonarda
(Composer)
Isabella Leonarda
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 6, 1620
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Novara, Italy
Died: 1704
 49 
Emperor Dezong of Tang
(Emperor of Tang Dynasty)
Emperor Dezong of Tang
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Birthdate: May 27, 0742
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: China
Died: 0805
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Pu Songling
(Writer)
Pu Songling
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1640
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zibo, China
Died: 1715