Famous People Born In Halifax

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Sidney Crosby
(One of the Greatest Ice Hockey Players of All Time)
Sidney Crosby
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo

Canadian professional ice hockey player Sidney Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Widely regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, he made his professional debut in 2005. Immediately rising to stardom, he has continued to impress the audience with his powerful gameplay.

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Denny Doherty
(Singer, Actor)
Denny Doherty
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Birthdate: November 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: January 19, 2007
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Viola Desmond
(Businesswoman)
Viola Desmond
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 7, 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.

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John Reardon
(Canadian Actor)
John Reardon
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Birthdate: July 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Cindy Sampson
(Actress)
Cindy Sampson
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Birthdate: May 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ty Olsson
(Actor)
Ty Olsson
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Birthdate: January 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Ian Millar
(Canadian Equestrian)
Ian Millar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Peter North
(Pornographic actor)
Peter North
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John Sparrow David Thompson
(4th Prime Minister of Canada)
John Sparrow David Thompson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 10, 1845
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 12, 1894
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John Makdessi
(Canadian Professional Mixed Martial Artist Currently)
John Makdessi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Colleen Jones
(Canadian Curler)
Colleen Jones
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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George Dixon
(Canadian Professional Boxer)
George Dixon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 29, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 6, 1908
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Jackie Cox
(Drag Queen known for being a competitor on the twelfth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and ultimately placing fifth in the competition)
Jackie Cox
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
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Erik Demaine
(Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher)
Erik Demaine
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
A child prodigy, Erik Demaine entered university at 12 and completed his PhD at 20, in spite of being homeschooled. He then joined the MIT computer science faculty, becoming the institute’s youngest professor. A computational origami expert, he has appeared in documentaries such as The Origami Revolution and written several books.
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Ellie Black
(Canadian Artistic Gymnast)
Ellie Black
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Aman Hambleton
(Canadian Chess Grandmaster)
Aman Hambleton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Brian MacLeod
(Musician)
Brian MacLeod
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 25, 1992
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Edward Belcher
(British Naval Officer, Hydrographer, and Explorer)
Edward Belcher
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 18, 1877

Edward Belcher was a British naval officer and explorer. He was the great-grandson of slave trader Jonathan Belcher. As a young man,  he accompanied Frederick William Beechey's expedition to the Pacific and Bering Strait. He later led an Admiralty expedition to try to find and rescue Sir John Franklin, whose ship became icebound off King William Island in 1847.

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Tanya Huff
(writer, science fiction writer)
Tanya Huff
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
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Ernest Lawson
(Canadian-American Painter)
Ernest Lawson
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Birthdate: 1873 AD
Died: 1939 AD

The only member of The Eight who specialized in landscape painting, Ernest Lawson loved depicting winter and scenes from around Harlem and Hudson. Initially a draftsman at an engineering firm, he later studied art in Paris. He died after suffering a heart attack while on a morning walk on a Miami beach.

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John Malcolm Brinnin
(American Poet)
John Malcolm Brinnin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 26, 1998

American poet, biographer and critic, John Malcolm Brinnin published his first collection of poems in the same year he graduated from the University of Harvard , thereafter, continuing to publish five more volumes of poems, biographies and travelogues. However, he is better known as the man who brought Dylan Thomas to America, guiding him on his speaking tour throughout USA.  

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Charles Hill Mailes
(Actor)
Charles Hill Mailes
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Birthdate: May 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 17, 1937
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Charles Ritchie
(Canadian Diplomat and Diarist)
Charles Ritchie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 7, 1995

Charles Ritchie was a Canadian diplomat and diarist. After receiving his education from Harvard University and École Libre des Sciences Politiques, he joined the Department of External Affairs. He eventually became a permanent representative to the United Nations. As a diarist, he published the diary, The Siren Years, and its three follow-ups that documented both his personal and professional life. 

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William Stevens Fielding
(Politician)
William Stevens Fielding
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 23, 1929
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Christina Evangeline
(Canadian Model and Wellness Advisor)
Christina Evangeline
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries