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Angela Merkel
(First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021))
Angela Merkel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer

The current chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel is widely described as the world's most powerful woman. Also considered the de facto leader of the European Union (EU), Angela Merkel has played an important role in strengthening international trade agreements. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Karl Lagerfeld
(Famous as the Creative Director of the French Fashion House 'Chanel')
Karl Lagerfeld
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 19, 2019
German fashion magnate Karl Lagerfeld, son of businessman Otto Lagerfeld, had served as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi. He was also a talented photographer and caricaturist, and had a penchant for collecting books. He was known for his signature sunglasses, white hair, fingerless gloves, and detachable collars.  
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Johannes Brahms
(One of the Romantic Period's Most Revered and Popular Composers)
Johannes Brahms
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 7, 1833
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 3, 1897
German composer, conductor, and pianist Johannes Brahms is considered as one of the "Three Bs" of music, the other two being Bach and Beethoven. He was known for his perfectionism. Some of his best-known works are Saint Anthony Variations and A German Requiem. His work mingled traditional and modern elements.
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Alexander Zverev
(German Professional Tennis Player)
Alexander Zverev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus

Alexander Zverev is a German tennis player. He won the 2018 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest champion at the year-end championship in 10 years. Zverev won the gold medal in the singles event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Alexander Zverev's backhand play is often regarded as one of the best in the game.

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Felix Mendelssohn
(Best Known for His Solo Piano Composition 'Songs Without Words' and Founder of 'Leipzig Conservatory')
Felix Mendelssohn
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 4, 1847

Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer of the early Romantic period. He was also a skilled organist, pianist, and conductor. He composed symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and organ music. His collection of lyrical piano songs Songs Without Words is among his best-known works. He was the founder of the public university The Leipzig Conservatory. He died aged just 38. 

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Heinrich Hertz
(German Physicist Who Discovered the Existence of Electromagnetic Waves)
Heinrich Hertz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 1, 1894

Heinrich Hertz was a German physicist best remembered for proving the existence of electromagnetic waves with conclusive evidence. For his contributions, Hertz has been honored around the world by a number of countries, including Japan, Russia, and Germany. In 1930, the International Electrotechnical Commission established hertz (Hz) as the SI unit for frequency.

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Tatjana Patitz
(Model)
Tatjana Patitz
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Helmut Schmidt
(Politician)
Helmut Schmidt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 10, 2015

Helmut Schmidt, who had once been the chancellor of Germany, was also an avid art connoisseur and a talented pianist. The SPD member had also been associated with the DIE ZEIT magazine and is remembered for his efficient management of the Hamburg storm flood as the police senator of Hamburg.

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Toni Garrn
(German Fashion Model and Actress)
Toni Garrn
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Birthdate: July 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
German model/actor Toni Garrn gained recognition after signing with Calvin Klein and then modeled for Victoria's Secret. She played Reeva Steenkamp in Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer and also appeared in Spider-Man: Far from Home. An avid philanthropist, she is associated with the Because I Am a Girl campaign.
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Erich Raeder
(Admiral)
Erich Raeder
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 24, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 6, 1960

Erich Raeder was a German admiral best remembered for his role in World War II. In 1939, Raeder became the first person since Henning von Holtzendorff to hold the rank of Grand Admiral, the highest possible naval rank. Raeder led the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany, for the first half of the Second World War before resigning in 1943.

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Ernst Thälmann
(Politician, Worker, Revolutionary, Trade unionist)
Ernst Thälmann
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 16, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 18, 1944
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Wilhelm von Homburg
(German Boxer and Actor)
Wilhelm von Homburg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 10, 2004
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Nils Frahm
(Musician)
Nils Frahm
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Tommy Haas
(German Former Professional Tennis Player)
Tommy Haas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries

Tommy Haas is a German retired tennis player who won 15 titles in singles. He also won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Tommy Haas was renowned for his ability to play well on hard, clay, and grass surfaces. His playing career was plagued by several injuries, impairing his chances of winning grand slam titles. 

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Eva Hesse
(American Sculptor)
Eva Hesse
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Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 29, 1970

Born in Germany, Eva Hesse moved with her family to England, and then to the U.S., in a bid to escape the Nazi regime. Her death due to brain tumor at age 34 cut short her dynamic career. A sculptor and painter, she experimented with media such latex, metal, and mesh.

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Bert Kaempfert
(German Orchestra Leader and Multi-Instrumentalist)
Bert Kaempfert
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 21, 1980
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Astrid Kirchherr
(German Photographer and Artist)
Astrid Kirchherr
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: May 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 12, 2020

Astrid Kirchherr was a German photographer and artist who was famous for the photographs she took of the original band members of the Beatles. She wanted to study fashion designing as a young woman but shifted to photography at the recommendation of a teacher. She later became acquainted with the Beatles and took several iconic photographs of them. 

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Matthias Jakob Schleiden
(German Botanist & Co-founder of 'Cell Theory')
Matthias Jakob Schleiden
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 23, 1881

Matthias Jakob Schleiden was a German botanist who is credited with co-founding cell theory along with Rudolf Virchow and Theodor Schwann. He is also remembered for his service as a professor at the University of Dorpat from the mid 1860s.

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Leonie Benesch
(Actress)
Leonie Benesch
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Birthdate: April 22, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Eva Habermann
(Actress)
Eva Habermann
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Birthdate: January 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Helmuth Hübener
Helmuth Hübener
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 27, 1942
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Viki Gabor
(Singer)
Viki Gabor
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 10, 2007
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Ursula Thiess
(Former Actress who had a brief Hollywood career in the 1950s.)
Ursula Thiess
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Birthdate: May 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 19, 2010
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Gustav Ludwig Hertz
(German Experimental Physicist Who Won the Nobel Prize for His Work on Inelastic Electron Collisions in Gases)
Gustav Ludwig Hertz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: October 30, 1975

Gustav Ludwig Hertz was a German experimental physicist best known for his work on inelastic electron collisions in gasses, in collaboration with James Franck. They received the 1925 Nobel Prize in Physics. Hertz worked at the University of Berlin and served in the military during World War I. He was a Member of the German Academy of Sciences.

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Michael Kiske
(Singer)
Michael Kiske
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Kai Hansen
(German Musician)
Kai Hansen
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Marc Hosemann
(Actor)
Marc Hosemann
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Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
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Fatih Akın
(Director)
Fatih Akın
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Birthdate: August 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Hannah Herzsprung
(Actress)
Hannah Herzsprung
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Birthdate: September 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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H. A. Rey
(Illustrator)
H. A. Rey
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Birthdate: September 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 26, 1977
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Derrick Williams
(Basketball player)
Derrick Williams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Sig Ruman
(Former actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials or villains in more than 100 films)
Sig Ruman
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Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 14, 1967
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Nasrat Haqparast
(German Mixed Martial Artist)
Nasrat Haqparast
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Uwe Seeler
(German Football Forward)
Uwe Seeler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 21, 2022
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ralf Dahrendorf
(Former European Commissioner for Trade (1970 - 1973))
Ralf Dahrendorf
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Birthdate: May 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 17, 2009

Ralf Dahrendorf was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, and political scientist. As a class conflict theorist, he was a leading expert on analyzing class divisions in modern society. He was the author of multiple articles and books, including Class Conflict in Industrial Society (1959). He served as a professor of sociology in several universities in Germany and the UK.  

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Ingo Schwichtenberg
(Drummer)
Ingo Schwichtenberg
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 8, 1995
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Jan Gustafsson
(German Chess Player)
Jan Gustafsson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
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James Franck
(Physicist)
James Franck
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1882
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 21, 1964

James Franck was a German physicist. Along with fellow physicist Gustav Hertz, he jointly received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925. He had a prominent academic career and served as the director of the Second Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen. He later moved to USA and participated in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

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Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge
(German Analytical Chemist)
Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 8, 1794
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 25, 1867

Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was a German analytical chemist best remembered for identifying caffeine. He is also credited with identifying the mydriatic effects of belladonna extract and discovering the first coal tar dye. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was also the first person to observe the phenomenon of Liesegang rings in 1855.

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Moritz Jahn
(Actor)
Moritz Jahn
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Birthdate: April 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Claas Relotius
(Former German Journalist)
Claas Relotius
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Birthdate: November 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Gerhard Herzberg
(Physical Chemist, Physicist)
Gerhard Herzberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 25, 1904
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 3, 1999

German-Canadian physicist Gerhard Herzberg is remembered for his Nobel Prize-winning work on ascertaining the electronic structure of molecules, particularly free radicals. He had escaped to Canada following the rise of the Nazis and later also worked in the U.S. His doctoral students included Japanese chemist Takeshi Oka.

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Christiane F.
(Actress)
Christiane F.
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Birthdate: May 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Lucie Pohl
(Actress)
Lucie Pohl
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Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
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Gerhard Sommer
(Military personnel)
Gerhard Sommer
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Birthdate: June 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Dennis Mojen
(Actor)
Dennis Mojen
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Birthdate: 1993 AD
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Otto Goldschmidt
(Composer)
Otto Goldschmidt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 24, 1907

German composer and pianist Otto Goldschmidt was one of the first students at the Leipzig Conservatory. The son of a Jewish salesperson, he grew up to be one of the greatest musicians of the 19th century. He later settled in England and established the London Bach Choir.

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Jeffrey Schlupp
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder, Forward, Winger or Occasional Left Back)
Jeffrey Schlupp
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Stefan Effenberg
(German Former Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Stefan Effenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)