Italian Celebrities Born In October

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Christopher Columbus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1451
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 20, 1506

An Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, wanted to discover a direct water route from Europe to Asia. In his four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain, however, what he ended up discovering was not Asia, but America. Though he was not the first one to land in America, his historical journey began what eventually turned into Spanish colonization of America.

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Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

 3 
Michele Morrone
(Actor, Model)
Michele Morrone
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Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bitonto, Italy

Rising to international fame following the success of his 2020 erotic romantic drama 365 Days, Italian actor and model, Michele Morrone, is a man who oozes sex appeal and charisma. Also a professional guitarist and singer, he has a channel on YouTube that has accumulated over one million subscribers. He runs a clothing line as well.

 4 
Michael Collins
(NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 (the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon))
Michael Collins
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died: April 28, 2021

Michael Collins is an American astronaut who became the fourth person to perform a spacewalk. He is also the second person to orbit the Moon alone. Collins is best known for flying the Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. In 1969, Michael Collins was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 5 
Giuseppe Verdi
(One of the Greatest Opera Composers of the 19th Century)
Giuseppe Verdi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Le Roncole, Italy
Died: January 27, 1901

Legendary Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi is best remembered for his masterpieces such as Requiem, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Otello. He was also briefly associated with the Risorgimento movement meant to unify Italy and thus composed many choruses reflecting the spirit. He was inspired by composers such as Bellini and Donizetti.

 6 
Marzia Bisognin
(Italian Fashion and Beauty Vlogger and Entrepreneur)
Marzia Bisognin
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Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Marzia Kjellberg née Bisognin, who was initially known as CutiePieMarzia, is a popular Italian beauty and fashion vlogger. She later moved to Japan, where she stays with her husband, famous Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie. Apart from launching a clothing line, she has also launched a home décor, pottery, and jewelry brand, Maì.

 7 
Niccolo Paganini
(Italian Violinist and Composer Best Known for His Work '24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1')
Niccolo Paganini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27, 1840
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
 8 
Valeria Golino
(Italian Actress and Film Director)
Valeria Golino
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Birthdate: October 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Born to an Italian Germanist scholar father and a Greek painter mother, Valeria Golino was destined to be associated with the arts but had initially aspired to be a cardiologist. She later stepped into movies and gained fame for her roles in movies such as Rain Man and the Hot Shots! franchise.

 9 
Claudio Ranieri
(Football Manager)
Claudio Ranieri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome

Claudio Ranieri is an Italian football manager and the current head coach of Sampdoria, a football club which competes in Serie A. As a manager, Ranieri has won several honors, such as the 2016 LMA Manager of the Year and the Best FIFA Men's Coach. A former player, Ranieri was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

 10 
Roberto Benigni
(Italian Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Director)
Roberto Benigni
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Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manciano, Italy

Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni is noted for his comedic-work, which includes writing, directing and starring in the Italian comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful, which won him an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and Best Actor, the first for a non-English speaking male performance. Other notable films of Benigni include The Little Devil and Johnny Stecchino.

 11 
Bud Spencer
(Italian Actor, Professional Swimmer and Water Polo Player)
Bud Spencer
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Birthdate: October 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: June 27, 2016
Italian actor Carlo Pedersoli, or Bud Spencer, gained fame with his Spaghetti Western and action-comedy films, teaming up with Terence Hill. Bud was also a skilled water polo player and an Olympic swimmer who specialized in 100-meter freestyle. He was a certified pilot and an avid philanthropist, too. 
 12 
Yves Montand
(Actor)
Yves Montand
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Birthdate: October 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: November 9, 1991
 13 
Domenico Scarlatti
(Italian Composer Best Known for His ‘555 Keyboard Sonatas’)
Domenico Scarlatti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 26, 1685
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: July 23, 1757

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti was no stranger to music, being the son of famous composer Alessandro Scarlatti. From being the official composer for the queen of Poland, to teaching music to the princess of Spain and creating 555 keyboard sonatas, the legendary harpsichordist had an illustrious life.

 14 
Ettore Boiardi
(Italian-American Chef Known for His Food Products, Named ‘Chef Boyardee’)
Ettore Boiardi
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: October 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Piacenza, Italy
Died: June 21, 1985

Italian-American chef Ettore Boiardi is remembered for revolutionizing the culinary industry with his food brand Chef Boyardee, which made a variety of Italian food products, such as sauces and spaghetti, available to Americans for the first time. He even supplied food to the Allied soldiers during World War II.

 15 
Alex Zanardi
(Italian Motorsports Racing Driver)
Alex Zanardi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy

One of Italy’s best-known paracyclists and race car drivers, Alex Zanardi has four Paralympic gold medals in his kitty, apart from his 12 World Championship gold medals. Following a 2001 race car accident, he lost both his legs. The former Formula One racer has won CART Championships, too.

 16 
Antonio Di Natale
(Italian Football Coach and Former Professional Player Who Played as a Striker)
Antonio Di Natale
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
 17 
Gabriele Corcos
(Italian Celebrity Cook, Entrepreneur and Television Personality)
Gabriele Corcos
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: October 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fiesole, Italy

Gabriele Corcos is an Italian celebrity cook, entrepreneur, and TV personality. He hosts the TV show Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel. He ventured into the culinary world totally by chance in the mid-2000s and has since become one of the best-known chefs in the world. He and his wife are involved with several anti-hunger charities. 

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Evangelista Torricelli
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 15, 1608
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faenza
Died: October 25, 1647

Evangelista Torricelli, a student of Galileo, later made a name for himself as a physicist and a mathematician with his invention of the barometer. He also laid down the Torricelli’s theorem and discovered the Torricellian vacuum. The torr, a unit of pressure, bears his name.

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Beth Chapman
(American TV Reality Star Known for Her Shows ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ and ‘Dog's Most Wanted’)
Beth Chapman
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Birthdate: October 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: June 26, 2019

Bounty hunter and reality star Beth Chapman soared to fame with the shows Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog's Most Wanted, and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, along with her husband, Duane "Dog" Chapman. While filming Dog's Most Wanted, she died of throat cancer, which had spread to her lungs.

 20 
Claude of France
(Queen)
Claude of France
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1499
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Romorantin-Lanthenay
Died: July 20, 1524
 21 
Michelle Beadle
(Sports Reporter and Host)
Michelle Beadle
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Birthdate: October 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy

Michelle Beadle is a sports reporter best known for her association with the popular cable sports channel, ESPN. Over the years, she has hosted important shows for various networks, including ESPN. Apart from being a sports reporter, Michelle Beadle has also been a Red Carpet reporter for popular shows like Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Tony Awards, and SAG Awards.

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Carlo Urbani
(Epidemiologist)
Carlo Urbani
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castelplanio
Died: March 29, 2003
Microbiologist Carlo Urbani, a parasitic infections expert, was working at the WHO Hanoi office when the deadly and contagious disease SARS had started to spread across the world in 2003. He alerted the WHO headquarters in Geneva about the disease, thus saving many lives, though he eventually succumbed to it.
 23 
Canaletto
(Italian Topographical Painter, Landscape Artist and Printmaker Known for Using the Etching Technique)
Canaletto
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Birthdate: October 18, 1697
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 19, 1768

Canaletto was an Italian painter who achieved popularity in England as his works were largely appreciated by King George III. Regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of the 18th-century Venetian school, Canaletto was also renowned for his skills as a printmaker.

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Lapo Elkann
(Entrepreneur)
Lapo Elkann
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Giuseppe Farina
(Italian Racing Driver and First Official Formula One World Champion)
Giuseppe Farina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: June 30, 1966

Giuseppe Farina, or Nino Farina, was not just a Formula One racer but also boasted of a doctorate degree in engineering. He became the first winner of the world driving championship as per the modern point system. He died in a car accident while on his way to watch a race.

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Charles Borromeo
(Italian Cardinal and Archbishop - A Major Figure of the Counter-Reformation)
Charles Borromeo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1538
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arona, Italy
Died: November 3, 1584

A cardinal of the Catholic Church of Italy and the archbishop of Milan, Charles Borromeo was a major figure of the Italian Counter-Reformation. He gained a lot of respect with his charitable work during the plague of 1576–78. He is revered as the patron saint of cardinals, bishops, and spiritual leaders.

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Pope John Paul I
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Birthdate: October 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canale d'Agordo, Italy
Died: September 28, 1978
Pope John Paul I, also known as The Smiling Pope and The September Pope, was the shortest-reigning Pope and died 33 days after being made the Pope. He was the first Pope to choose a double name, including the names of his predecessors, John XXIII and Paul VI.
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Luciano Berio
(Italian Composer Noted for His Pioneering Work in Electronic Music)
Luciano Berio
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: May 27, 2003

Luciano Berio revolutionized the genre of electronic music and is remembered as one of the most prominent composers of avant-garde music. The Grammy Award-winning composer had also taught music at Juilliard and Harvard. Initially a pianist, he had deviated to composing after injuring his hand during World War II.

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Eleonora Duse
(Actress)
Eleonora Duse
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Birthdate: October 3, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vigevano, Italy
Died: April 21, 1924
 30 
Matteo Ricci
(Italian Priest, Missionary and One of the Founding Figures of Jesuit China Missions)
Matteo Ricci
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1552
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Macerata, Italy
Died: May 11, 1610

Matteo Ricci was an Italian priest best remembered as one of the founding members of the Jesuit China missions. Renowned for his missionary work in China, Ricci became the first European to set foot on the Forbidden City of Beijing. He is credited with converting important Chinese officials to Catholicism. The Catholic Church considers him a Servant of God.

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Prince Henry of Battenberg
(Prince)
Prince Henry of Battenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 5, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: January 20, 1896

Prince Henry of Battenberg was a morganatic descendant of the Grand Ducal House of Hesse. He was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by the Rhine, and his wife, Countess Julia von Hauke. He married Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, and became a member of the British Royal Family. 

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Gioffre Borgia
(Illegitimate child of Pope Alexander VI)
Gioffre Borgia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1482
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome
Died: January 1, 1517
 33 
Eros Ramazzotti
(Italian Pop Singer, Musician and Songwriter)
Eros Ramazzotti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Eros Ramazzotti ruled the Italian and Spanish pop-rock scene in the 1980s. He soared to international fame with Tutte storie and earned collaborations with artists such as Ricky Martin and Tina Turner. He once revealed the only support he got from his family was a guitar his father bought him.

 34 
Luisa Spagnoli
(Businesswoman)
Luisa Spagnoli
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 30, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Perugia, Italy
Died: September 21, 1935

Luisa Spagnoli was an Italian businesswoman best remembered for creating the popular women's clothing and chocolate brand Perugina. Spagnoli's chocolate brand Baci Perugina became so famous that it was marketed in foreign countries, such as the United States of America.

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Andrea Bargnani
(Basketball player)
Andrea Bargnani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
(Duke of Aosta)
Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
 37 
IIvan Zaytsev
(Italian Volleyball Player)
IIvan Zaytsev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spoleto, Italy
 38 
Italo Calvino
(The Most Translated Contemporary Italian Writer at the Time of His Death)
Italo Calvino
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Birthdate: October 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana, Cuba
Died: September 19, 1985

Italian journalist, short-story writer and novelist Italo Calvino, counted among noted Italian fiction writers in the 20th-century, emerged as the most translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his demise. Notable works of Calvino include novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler; the collection of 12 short stories titled Cosmicomics, and the Our Ancestors trilogy.

 39 
Mauro Camoranesi
(Italian Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as a Right Midfielder / Right Winger)
Mauro Camoranesi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tandil, Argentina
 40 
Stefano Pioli
(Italian Football Manager and a Former Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Stefano Pioli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
 41 
Saint Cajetan
(Italian Catholic Priest and Religious Reformer, Co-founder of the Theatines)
Saint Cajetan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 1, 1480
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
Died: August 7, 1547

Gaetano dei Conti di Thiene, better known as Saint Cajetan, was a Italian priest who co-established the Theatine order, thus becoming a significant figure of the Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also created what later became the Bank of Naples. He is the patron saint of Argentina, bankers, gamblers, and unemployed people.

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Walter Mazzarri
(Italian Former Football Midfielder and Manager)
Walter Mazzarri
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Vincenzo, Italy
 43 
Francesco Crispi
(Prime Minister, Statesman,Lawyer Journalist)
Francesco Crispi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 4, 1818
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ribera, Agrigento, Italy
Died: August 12, 1901
 44 
Federico Russo
(Actor)
Federico Russo
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Birthdate: October 19, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
 45 
Eddie Salcedo
(Football player - Striker)
Eddie Salcedo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
 46 
Mattia De Sciglio
(Italian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Mattia De Sciglio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
 47 
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(Italian Classical Archaeologist, Architect, and Artist)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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Birthdate: October 4, 1720
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: November 9, 1778

Italian architect, artist, and archaeologist Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best known for his 16-print series name The Prisons. His remarkable etchings of the famous landmarks of Rome exhibited his unique etching technique, which involved contrasts of light and shade. He made about 2,000 plates throughout his life.

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Guido Calabresi
(Judge, University teacher, Dean, Writer)
Guido Calabresi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan

Yale Law School professor Guido Calabresi currently serves as the United States Circuit Judge. As a legal scholar, he is considered a pioneer of law and economics. He has around 50 honorary degrees from institutes across the globe and has penned books such as The Costs of Accidents.

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Gianna Beretta Molla
(Italian Roman Catholic Pediatrician)
Gianna Beretta Molla
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Magenta, Italy
Died: April 28, 1962

Gianna Beretta Molla was a Roman Catholic pediatrician, canonized as a saint for saving her unborn child’s life at the expense of her own. Although she knew that the removal of only the fibroma would endanger her life, she refused have an abortion, thus upholding the Roman Catholic doctrine that even an unborn child has a fundamental right to life.

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Jackie Basehart
(Actor)
Jackie Basehart
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Birthdate: October 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: May 16, 2015