Famous People Born On June 17th

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Falling under the third sign of the zodiac, people born on June 17th are undeniably Gemini. The Gemini symbol is the twins, which represent the natural duality of this sign. The twins are defined as contradictory forces that must be brought together to achieve mutual harmony. With Mercury as the ruling planet, the Gemini fancies flight, making it entirely appropriate for this sign’s element to be air – constantly in a state of flux.

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 1 
Kendrick Lamar
(Regarded As One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
Kendrick Lamar
55
Birth Year: 1987
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

Kendrick Lamar is regarded as one of the greatest lyricists and rappers of all time. He is also considered one of the most influential celebrities of his generation; such has been his impact on the music industry. In 2016, he was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Venus Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All Time)
Venus Williams
49
Birth Year: 1980
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 3 
Barry Manilow
(Best Known for His Hits "Could It Be Magic", "Mandy", "I Write the Songs")
Barry Manilow
3
Birth Year: 1943
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Grammy-winning artist Barry Manilow is best known for his tracks Mandy and I Write the Songs. He was initially a jingle writer/singer. Although he was previously in a heterosexual relationship with Susan Deixler, he later got the marriage annulled, came out as gay, and married his manager Garry Kief.
 4 
KJ Apa
(Best Known for His Role as 'Archie Andrews' in the TV Series 'Riverdale')
KJ Apa
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Birth Year: 1997
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

KJ Apa is a New Zealand actor, musician, and singer. He is known for his portrayal of Archie Andrews in the popular American teen drama TV series Riverdale, which earned him the Breakthrough Performance award at the 2017 Saturn Awards. His performance in the series also earned him nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and MTV Movie & TV Awards.

 5 
Marie Avgeropoulos
(Canadian Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Octavia Blake’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
Marie Avgeropoulos
13
Birth Year: 1986
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Canada
Marie Avgeropoulos is best known for her performance as Octavia Blake in the science-fiction series The 100 and her Leo Award-nominated role of Cheryl in the thriller Numb. Fans also loved her in the films I Love You Beth Cooper and Hunt to Kill and the series Supernatural and Cult.
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M. C. Escher
(Dutch Graphic Artist Best Known for His Works: ‘Hand with Reflecting Sphere’, ‘Relativity’ and ‘Waterfall’)
M. C. Escher
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Birth Year: 1898
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: March 27, 1972
Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher is remembered for his woodcuts, mezzotints, and lithographs inspired by mathematics. He did not receive much appreciation till he turned 70, when he had his first retrospective exhibition. His notable works include Relativity and Waterfall. He also drew inspiration from nature and cityscapes.
Thomas Haden Church
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Birth Year: 1960
Birthplace: Woodland, California, United States
Thomas Haden Church is an American actor, writer, and director. He achieved international recognition for portraying Sandman in Sam Raimi's 2007 superhero film Spider-Man 3. Known for his intimidating physique and baritone voice, Church won the hearts of many with his portrayal of a light-hearted person named Jack Cole in the 2004 comedy-drama road film Sideways.
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Greg Kinnear
9
Birth Year: 1963
Birthplace: Logansport, Indiana, United States
 9 
Will Forte
(Actor)
Will Forte
9
Birth Year: 1970
Birthplace: Alameda County, California, United States
Will Forte initially gained fame as a member of the Saturday Night Live cast and as a producer/writer of That '70s Show. He also delivered an award-winning role in the film Nebraska and created the Emmy-nominated sitcom The Last Man on Earth. He also passionately donates to eye-disease research. 
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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
(One of the Most Influential Composers of the 20th Century and a Pivotal Figure in 'Modernist Music')
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
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Birth Year: 1882
Birthplace: Lomonosov, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 6, 1971

Four-time Grammy-winning Russian composer and pianist Igor Stravinsky is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He is remembered for his ballets The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. He broke the traditional flow of music and incorporated his own style.

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Kelly Curtis
(American Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Magic Sticks’ and ‘The Devil's Daughter’)
Kelly Curtis
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Birth Year: 1956
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Kelly Curtis, daughter of actors Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, and sister of actor Jamie Lee Curtis,is best known as Carolyn Plummer from The Sentinel. Fans also loved her in Magic Sticks and The Devil's Daughter. She worked for the production crew of movies such as Freaky Friday.
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Ralph Bellamy
(Actor and Screenwriter Best Known for His Films: ‘Sunrise at Campobello’ and ‘The Awful Truth’)
Ralph Bellamy
4
Birth Year: 1904
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 29, 1991

Ralph Bellamy is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated role in The Awful Truth and his Tony Award-winning role in Sunrise at Campobello. He also portrayed the titular character in the Ellery Queen detective films of the 1940s. He was part of the Hollywood A-listers’ group called the Irish Mafia.

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Amari Cooper
(American Football player)
Amari Cooper
4
Birth Year: 1994
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Jason Patric
(Film, Television & Stage Actor)
Jason Patric
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Birth Year: 1966
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Jason Patric is an American actor known for contributing across all the three major acting mediums: films, television and theatre. The son of Jason Miller, Patric followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the showbiz. After breaking up with Danielle Schreiber, who had given birth to a son through IVF, Patric pursued the California legislature to grant parental rights to sperm donors.

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Jodie Whittaker
(Best Known for Her Role as Beth Latimer in the TV Series 'Broadchurch')
Jodie Whittaker
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Birth Year: 1982
Birthplace: Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England

English actor Jodie Whittaker made waves with her debut film Venus, which earned her a Satellite Award nomination. She made headlines when she became the first female to play the doctor in Doctor Who. She is also known for her roles in Black Mirror and Broadchurch.

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Art Bell
(Radio Personality)
Art Bell
5
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Died: April 13, 2018
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Eddy Merckx
(Belgian Former Professional Road and Track Bicycle Racer)
Eddy Merckx
4
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Meensel-Kiezegem, Belgium

Eddy Merckx is a Belgian former road and track bicycle racer. Widely regarded as the most successful rider in competitive cycling history, Merckx achieved several important victories, such as 11 Grand Tours, three World Championships, and all five Monuments. He is also considered the greatest cyclist of all time. After retiring, he coached his national cycling team for 11 years.

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Gregg Rolie
(Co-Founder and Lead Singer of The Bands 'Santana' and 'Journey')
Gregg Rolie
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Birth Year: 1947
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Gregg Rolie is a singer and keyboardist. He gained international popularity as the frontman of the bands Santana and Journey. He was a co-founder of both as well. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and also collaborates with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Rolie has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. 

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Erin Murphy
(Actress)
Erin Murphy
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Birth Year: 1964
Birthplace: Encino, California, USA
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Leander Paes
(One of the Greatest Doubles Players in Tennis History)
Leander Paes
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Birth Year: 1973
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Leander Paes is an Indian tennis player who has the most doubles wins in the history of Davis Cup. With 10 mixed doubles and eight doubles Grand Slam titles under his belt, Paes is one of the most successful Indian tennis players of all time. Paes is the recipient of India's highest sporting honor, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

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Simone Battle
(Actor, Singer, Television actor)
Simone Battle
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Birth Year: 1989
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 5, 2014
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Lisa Mantler
(Social Media Personality and TikTok Star)
Lisa Mantler
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Birth Year: 2002
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Lisa Mantler, part of the German identical-twin duo Lisa and Lena, became an international sensation after gaining a record number of followers on musical.ly/TikTok. The sisters deleted their account later due to safety hazards, but rejoined the app later. They own a clothing brand and are signed to WME.
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James Weldon Johnson
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Birth Year: 1871
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: June 26, 1938
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Joshua Leonard
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Birth Year: 1975
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
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Mark Linn-Baker
1
Birth Year: 1954
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Amanda Obdam
4
Birth Year: 1993
Birthplace: Phuket, Thailand
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Arthur Darvill
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Birth Year: 1982
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Henry Lawson
(Writer)
Henry Lawson
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Birth Year: 1867
Birthplace: Grenfell
Died: September 2, 1922

Henry Lawson was an Australian bush poet and writer. Often referred to as Australia's greatest short story writer, Lawson is one of the best-known Australian fiction writers and poets of the colonial period. Also a nationalist, Henry Lawson contributed immensely to a popular Australian magazine named The Bulletin. In 1949, he was featured in an Australian postage stamp.

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Ken Loach
(Director)
Ken Loach
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Birth Year: 1936
Birthplace: Nuneaton
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John Gallagher Jr.
(Actor and Musician Best Known for Originating the Role of ‘Moritz Stiefel’ in the Rock Musical ‘Spring Awakening’)
John Gallagher Jr.
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Birth Year: 1984
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

John Gallagher Jr. is an American musician and actor known for his contribution across all three major acting mediums. He is best known for playing Moritz Stiefel in a rock musical titled Spring Awakening, for which he was honored with a Tony Award. He has also played important roles in popular TV series, such as The Newsroom and Westworld.

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Diana Mitford
(Political Leader)
Diana Mitford
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Birth Year: 1910
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003
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James Shigeta
(Actor and singer)
James Shigeta
1
Birth Year: 1929
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: July 28, 2014
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Jello Biafra
(Singer, Actor, Human rights activist, Politician, Journalist)
Jello Biafra
2
Birth Year: 1958
Birthplace: Boulder
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Olga Khokhlova
(Russian Ballet Dancer and First Wife of Artist Pablo Picasso)
Olga Khokhlova
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Birth Year: 1891
Birthplace: Nizhyn, Ukraine
Died: February 11, 1955

Olga Khokhlova was a Ukrainian ballet dancer. She also served as one of Pablo Picasso's early artistic muses before marrying him in 1918. Olga met Picasso at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris where the latter had designed the set and costumes for a ballet titled Parade, in which Olga performed. She left her ballet group after meeting Pablo Picasso.

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Lee Tamahori
(Film director, Actor)
Lee Tamahori
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Birth Year: 1950
Birthplace: Wellington

Lee Tamahori is a New Zealand filmmaker who achieved international recognition in 2002 when he directed the 20th film in the popular James Bond series, Die Another Day. Lee Tamahori is also known for directing successful and popular movies like Once Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider, and Mahana.

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Charles Gounod
(French Composer Best Known for His Operas: ‘Faust’ and ‘Roméo et Juliette’)
Charles Gounod
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Birth Year: 1818
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 18, 1893

Charles Gounod was a French composer. Prolific in his career, he wrote 12 operas and a large number of songs and church music pieces including his Ave Maria and Funeral March of a Marionette.  During the Franco-Prussian War, he fled to England, disrupting his career. He later returned to France and regained his position as a respected musical figure.

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Ruth Graves Wakefield
(Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian)
Ruth Graves Wakefield
0
Birth Year: 1903
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977
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Powhatan
(Native American Leader)
Powhatan
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Birth Year: 1545
Birthplace: Virginia, United States
Died: March 31, 1618
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Albert Haynesworth
(American football player)
Albert Haynesworth
1
Birth Year: 1981
Birthplace: Hartsville, South Carolina, United States
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Elena Rybakina
(Tennis player)
Elena Rybakina
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Birth Year: 1999
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Born in Moscow, Elena Rybakina initially played for Russia, but began representing Kazakhstan when she found herself at no. 175 in the global rankings. Now WTA no. 17, she is known for her powerful serve and her towering 6-foot frame. She also excelled in ice skating and gymnastics as a child.

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Susan La Flesche Picotte
(American doctor)
Susan La Flesche Picotte
1
Birth Year: 1865
Birthplace: Omaha Reservation, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 18, 1915
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Kazunari Ninomiya
1
Birth Year: 1983
Birthplace: Katsushika, Tokyo

Kazunari Ninomiya is a Japanese singer, radio host, songwriter, voice actor, and actor. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band, Arashi. Over the course of his successful career, Kazunari Ninomiya has won several prestigious awards, such as Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix, Japan Broadcast Film Arts Award, Hochi Film Award, Hashida Award, and Galaxy Award.

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Manish Dayal
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Birth Year: 1983
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
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Elroy Hirsch
(Football Player)
Elroy Hirsch
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Birth Year: 1923
Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 28, 2004
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Dianne Durham
(Gymnast)
Dianne Durham
1
Birth Year: 1968
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: February 4, 2021

Dianne Durham was an artistic gymnast who won the all-around senior title at the women's US National Championships in 1983, becoming the first African American athlete to do so. She suffered from injuries that put a premature end to her brilliant career, and she had to retire in 1985. Later on, she ran the Skyline Gymnastics school in Chicago. 

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John Hersey
(American writer)
John Hersey
0
Birth Year: 1914
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: March 24, 1993
 47 
William Crookes
(British Chemist and Physicist Known for His Discovery of the Element 'Thallium' and Invention of 'Crookes Tubes')
William Crookes
0
Birth Year: 1832
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 4, 1919

William Crookes was a British chemist and physicist remembered as a pioneer of vacuum tubes. He was the inventor of what became known as the Crookes tube. He is also credited with the discovery of the element thallium. He was the first person to describe the spectrum of terrestrial helium. He was interested in spiritualism and occultism as well. 

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Tommy Franks
(Soldier)
Tommy Franks
0
Birth Year: 1945
Birthplace: Wynnewood
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Wally Wood
(Former Comic book artist, illustrator and cartoonist best known for his work on the humor magazine, Mad)
Wally Wood
0
Birth Year: 1927
Birthplace: Menahga, Minnesota, United States
Died: November 2, 1981
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Tigran Petrosian
(One of the Best Chess Players in Armenia During his Generation)
Tigran Petrosian
0
Birth Year: 1929
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984

Tigran Petrosian was a Soviet-Armenian chess player who achieved the grandmaster title in 1952. Nicknamed Iron Tigran, Petrosian was the World Chess Champion between 1963 and 1969. Regarded as one of the best chess players in Armenia during his generation, Tigran Petrosian is credited with popularizing the game in Armenia. He also won the USSR Chess Championship on four occasions.

Personality Traits & Characteristics of People Born on June 17th

Personality
People born on this day have been bestowed the gift of gab and can champion any cocktail party. With the fluidity of air, a Gemini can leap from one topic to another without skipping a beat. Their thirst for knowledge, coupled with a curious nature, makes these individuals innovative thinkers with an unconventional outlook. While admired for their creativity and optimistic approach to life, the mutable Gemini’s greatest weakness is inconsistency. While this sign may talk a good game, they are often scattered and lack the ability to focus on any one thing. This diluted attention prevents them from seeing things through to completion. Eternally youthful, these people may leave others waiting for them to grow up.

Health
Gemini rules the shoulders, arms and hands, making these dexterous individuals good at sports and dance. The sign also rules the lungs and nerves rendering them vulnerable to upper respiratory infections, asthma, anxiety and nervousness. The Gemini’s state of mind has a great influence on their state of health, which makes relaxation essential to their well-being. Stimulants like coffee and caffeine should be avoided. Potassium chloride is the cell salt for Gemini. Since Geminis use more of this salt than other signs, they must replenish it by eating potassium rich foods like root vegetables, fresh fruit and fish.

Finance
As the wheeler-dealers of the zodiac, these individuals can create ways to make money. While good at earning money, they are equally good at spending it. Their financial stability is likely to change throughout their life. Unlike other signs, this wind surfer will not be bothered by the financial situation.

Career
Their gift for communication opens up many exciting career venues. As a teacher or professor, this eloquent orator can talk all day. Their quest for variety and excitement makes them excellent journalists and talk show hosts. People are attracted to the charm these individuals exude, making them successful politicians and PR executives.

Relationships, Marriage and Children
Gemini is most compatible with Leo, Aquarius, Aries and Libra. While they may ignite sparks with Virgo and Pisces, they will generally lead to fire. Anyone courting these individuals must be aware, and accepting, of the fact that they make wake up next to someone completely different than whom they went to bed with. Their desire for variety may lead to infidelity and the inability to stay put. As a parent, their mercurial mind brings fun to a household. However, remember that children thrive on stability; providing a balanced base is of utmost importance.

Lucky Colors: Yellow, Orange
Lucky Numbers: 5
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