Famous People Who Died Today

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Paul Newman
(One of the Most Influential Actors of 20th-Century)
Paul Newman
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Birthdate: January 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
Died: 2008

One of the most celebrated actors of the 1960s and 1970s, Paul Newman was a multi-faceted man. Apart from winning acting accolades, such as the Academy Award, he had also won many championships as a driver as part of the Sports Car Club of America. Also known for his philanthropy and political activism, Newman founded many nonprofit organizations.

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Daniel Boone
(American Frontiersman and One of the First Folk Heroes of the United States)
Daniel Boone
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1734
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1820

Daniel Boone was an American pioneer, woodsman, explorer, and frontiersman. His exploits as an American frontier made him one of the earliest folk heroes of the US. Widely regarded as the founder of Kentucky, Daniel Boone is popular for his exploration and settlement of Kentucky. His life and work have inspired several movies, such as the 1936 movie Daniel Boone.

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Robert Palmer
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batley, England
Died: 2003
 4 
Bessie Smith
(Singer)
Bessie Smith
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: 1937

Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.

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Bela Bartok
(One of the Most Important Composers of the 20th Century)
Bela Bartok
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
Died: 1945

Bela Bartok was a Hungarian pianist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent composers, Bartok is also counted among Hungary's greatest composers of all time. He is credited with co-founding comparative musicology, which came to be known as ethnomusicology.

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Richard Mulligan
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Birthdate: November 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2000
 7 
Johnny Lewis
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Birthdate: October 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2012
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Jacques Chirac
(President of France (1995 - 2007))
Jacques Chirac
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2019

Jacques Chirac was a French politician who served as France's prime minister on two occasions, first from 1974 to 1976 and then from 1986 to 1988. He also served as France's president from 1995 to 2007. Because of his long career in prominent government positions, Chirac was often caricatured or parodied. He was also depicted in films, such as W.

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Levi Strauss
(Former businessman known as founder of the Levi Strauss & Co.)
Levi Strauss
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 26, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buttenheim, Germany
Died: 1902

Levi Strauss, the man behind the iconic clothing brand Levi Strauss & Co., or Levi's, which was also the first blue-jeans-manufacturing firm, was born in Germany and later moved to the US. It is rumored that his jeans were meant for the labor class, and he himself had never worn a pair.

 10 
George Santayana
(Regarded as One of the Most Important Thinkers of the First Half of the 20th Century)
George Santayana
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Birthdate: December 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1952

One of George Santayana’s initial works, The Sense of Beauty, spoke about aesthetics, an oft-repeated topic in his later works. The Spanish-born American philosopher and Harvard professor is remembered for his quote “Only the dead have seen the end of war,” which has often been misattributed to Plato.

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Ibn Taymiyyah
(Scholar)
Ibn Taymiyyah
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Birthdate: January 22, 1263
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harran, Turkey
Died: 1328
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Walter Benjamin
(German Jewish Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Essayist)
Walter Benjamin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1940

Walter Benjamin was a German Jewish essayist, philosopher, and cultural critic. An eclectic thinker, Benjamin made significant contributions to literary criticism, aesthetic theory, and historical materialism. Although Benjamin's work did not earn much recognition during his lifetime, it continues to be revered by academics several years after his death.

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George Plimpton
(Journalists)
George Plimpton
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Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2003
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Anna Magnani
(Italian Actress Who was Known for Her Explosive Acting and Earthy, Realistic Portrayals of Characters)
Anna Magnani
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Birthdate: March 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1973

Anna Magnani was an Italian actress best remembered for her real-life portrayals of characters and explosive acting. In 1956, Magnani became the first Italian ever to receive an Academy Award when she won the award for her portrayal of Serafina Delle Rose in the 1955 film, The Rose Tattoo. She had also won other prestigious awards like the Silver Bear.

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Byron Nelson
(Golfer)
Byron Nelson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Texas
Died: 2006

Byron Nelson was an American golfer who won 52 PGA Tour events during his career. Considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport, Nelson won five major championships in his 64 professional wins. In 1974, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1997, he won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Thomas Clarkson
(Abolitionist)
Thomas Clarkson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 28, 1760
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wisbech, England
Died: 1846
Louis Ferdinand, Prince of Prussia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1994
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S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: 1959
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John Cromwell
(Film Director)
John Cromwell
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Birthdate: December 23, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Died: 1979
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Alberto Moravia
(Italian Novelist and Journalist Known for His Novels" ‘Gli indifferenti’, 'Il Conformista' and 'Il disprezzo’)
Alberto Moravia
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Birthdate: November 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1990

Alberto Moravia was an Italian journalist and novelist best remembered for exploring themes like existentialism, social alienation, and sexuality. His anti-fascist novel The Conformist inspired the 1970 political drama film of the same name. Moravia's works have also inspired other films, such as Agostino, Contempt, The Empty Canvas, and Two Women.

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W. H. Davies
(British poet)
W. H. Davies
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport, Wales
Died: 1940

After losing his father at age 3, Georgian poet W. H. Davies was raised by his grandparents. He later spent moving from place to place in the US and Canada, taking up odd jobs, and even lost his right foot while trying to jump a freight train.

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Tokyo Rose
(Radio Broadcaster)
Tokyo Rose
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Birthdate: July 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2006
Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 20, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dangan Castle, Ireland
Died: 1842
Margaret, Maid of Norway
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 9, 1283
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tønsberg, Norway
Died: 1290
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Betty Carter
(Singer)
Betty Carter
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Died: 1998
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Lafcadio Hearn
(Former Writer, Translator, and Teacher Who Introduced the Culture and Literature of Japan to the West)
Lafcadio Hearn
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lefkada, Greece
Died: 1904

Lafcadio Hearn was a writer best remembered for writing about Japanese culture. His writings about Japan threw light on the previously unknown but fascinating culture of Japan. It also helped the Western world understand Japanese culture. Many of his stories have been adapted into films and theatrical productions.

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Georg Simmel
(One of the First Generation of German Sociologists and Neo-Kantian Philosopher)
Georg Simmel
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Birthdate: March 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1918

Georg Simmel was a German sociologist, philosopher, and critic considered a forerunner to structuralist styles of reasoning in the social sciences. He was neo-Kantian in his approach and laid the foundations for sociological antipositivism. He broadly rejected academic standards and wrote extensively on the philosophy of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. He was married to philosopher Gertrud Kinel and had one son. 

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Karl Patterson Schmidt
(American Herpetologist)
Karl Patterson Schmidt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 19, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
Died: 1957

Karl Patterson Schmidt was a herpetologist. He studied biology and geology at Cornell University and realized his keen interest in herpetology. He later worked as a scientific assistant in herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History. He undertook many collecting expeditions for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He died after being bitten by a boomslang snake. 

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Keir Hardie
(Former Leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom (1906 - 1908))
Keir Hardie
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newhouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: 1915

Scottish-born labor leader and trade unionist J. Keir Hardie is best remembered for establishing the Labour Party of the UK. He also supported the suffragist revolt organized by activist Emmeline Pankhurst. A pacifist, he objected to Britain’s participation in World War I but eventually ended up being sidelined by his party.

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Hugh Lofting
(British Author and Creator of the Classic Children’s Literature Character 'Doctor Dolittle')
Hugh Lofting
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
Died: 1947

Though a qualified civil engineer from MIT, Hugh Lofting is best remembered for writing the Dr. Dolittle series of children’s classics, which created a cult character and also inspired several movies. His only work for adults was the war poem Victory for the Slain, which depicted the futility of war.

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John George Nicolay
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essingen, Rhineland-Palatinate
Died: 1901
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Pavel Sudoplatov
(Lieutenant General)
Pavel Sudoplatov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melitopol', Ukraine
Died: 1996
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Miloš Obrenović I of Serbia
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Birthdate: March 18, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gornja Dobrinja, Serbia
Died: 1860
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Jay Johnstone
(Baseball player)
Jay Johnstone
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2020
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William Billings
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 7, 1746
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1800
 36 
August Macke
(Expressionist Painter)
August Macke
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Birthdate: January 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meschede, Germany
Died: 1914

A leader of the Expressionist group The Blue Rider, German artist August Macke had initially drawn inspiration from his amateur artist father’s paintings. His works, such as Three Girls in a Barque, focused on human subjects and mingled German and French traditions. He was killed while fighting in World War I.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor)
Herschell Gordon Lewis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: 2016

Herschell Gordon Lewis was a filmmaker who specialized in the horror genre. He is credited with creating the "splatter" subgenre of horror films, for which he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Gore." He studied journalism at Northwestern University and held a few other jobs before venturing into cinema. He was also a published author of several books. 

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John Facenda
(Sports Announcer)
John Facenda
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Birthdate: August 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: 1984
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Alexandra Tolstaya
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 18, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
Died: 1979
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Eugene Genovese
(Historian)
Eugene Genovese
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Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2012
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Bernadette O Farrell
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Birthdate: January 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birr, County Offaly Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
Died: 1999
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C.H. Waddington
(British Developmental Biologist, Paleontologist, Geneticist Known for Developing the Concept of the 'Epigenetic Landscape')
C.H. Waddington
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 8, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evesham, England
Died: 1975

British embryologist C.H. Waddington had studied paleontology before turning to biology. A professor of zoology and embryology, he later also taught animal genetics. His interests also included poetry, painting, and Marxism. He introduced concepts such as epigenetic landscape and genetic assimilation, and penned books such as Principles of Embryology.

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Tino Rossi
(Singer)
Tino Rossi
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ajaccio, Corsica, France
Died: 1983
 44 
Gloria Stuart
(Actress)
Gloria Stuart
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Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 2010
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Fujiwara no Teika
(Writer, Literary Critic and the Greatest Master of the Waka Poetic Form)
Fujiwara no Teika
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Birthdate: 1162 AD
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Died: 1241

Fujiwara no Teika was a Japanese anthologist, literary critic, calligrapher, novelist, scribe, and poet. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Japanese poets of all time, Fujiwara no Teika was very influential during the late-Heian and early-Kamakura periods. Considered the greatest exponent of the waka form, Fujiwara no Teika's ideas dominated classical Japanese poetry for centuries after his death.

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Hermann Grassmann
(German Polymath Best Known for His Work as a Mathematician)
Hermann Grassmann
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Birthdate: April 15, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland
Died: 1877

Hermann Grassmann was a German polymath remembered for his work in linear algebra, although he wasn’t acknowledged as a mathematician for most part of his life. His work Die lineale Ausdehnungslehre, ein neuer Zweig der Mathematik was revolutionary in the field of mathematics and was far ahead of its time. During his lifetime, he was only known as a linguist.

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Fred Trump Jr.
(Aircraft pilot)
Fred Trump Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: 1981
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John D. Barrow
(Former astrophysicist who received the 2006 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries About Spiritual Realities)
John D. Barrow
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2020
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Lavoslav Ružička
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia
Died: 1976

Nobel Prize-winning Croatian-Swiss chemist Lavoslav Ružička is remembered for his research on cyclic compounds. He also taught in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Apart from studying the rings of muskone and civetone molecules, he also discovered the molecular structures of male hormones such as testosterone and androsterone.

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Nina Berberova
(Russian Writer Best Known for Her Examination of the Plight of Exiles)
Nina Berberova
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1993

Russian author Nina Berberova was initially part of Maxim Gorky’s entourage. Best known for her short stories and novellas, she had also penned biographies, novels, and poetry. She had also worked with Voice of America and taught at Yale and Princeton. Most of her works spoke of exiles.