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Richard Wagner
(Known for His Operas and Music Dramas ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ and ‘Tristan und Isolde’)
Richard Wagner
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 22, 1813
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 13, 1883
German composer and conductor Richard Wagner is best remembered for his operas and music dramas. He explored the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, which combined many forms of art, including the visual, poetic, and musical. He also established the opera house Bayreuth Festspielhaus, which hosted his works The Ring and Parsifal.
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Till Lindemann
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist of 'Neue Deutsche Härte' Band 'Rammstein')
Till Lindemann
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn

German singer-songwriter and poet Till Lindemann is best-recognised as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the German heavy-metal band Rammstein and for the musical project Lindemann that he fronted. Roadrunner Records listed him among "50 Greatest Metal Frontmen of All Time". He has also published two books of poetry, In stillen Nächten and Messer, and featured in minor roles in movies.

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Gottfried W. Leibniz
(German Mathematician Who Developed the Present Day Notation for the Differential and Integral Calculus)
Gottfried W. Leibniz
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Birthdate: July 1, 1646
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 14, 1716
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was a significant logician, mathematician, and philosopher of the Enlightenment era. He laid down his own concepts of differential and integral calculus. He was behind the invention of the mass-produced mechanical calculator and modified the binary number system. He also laid down a separate library cataloging system.
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Bill Kaulitz
(Singer-Songwriter and Lead Singer of Pop Rock Band 'Tokio Hotel')
Bill Kaulitz
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
German singer and LGBT icon Bill Kaulitz, also known as Billy, gained fame as the lead vocalist of the band Tokio Hotel, which has released chartbusting tracks such as Monsoon. He began his solo career with the debut I’m Not OK. A strict vegetarian, he has campaigned for PETA, too.
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Luz Long
(Olympic long-jumper)
Luz Long
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 14, 1943
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Clara Wieck Schumann
(Musician & Composer)
Clara Wieck Schumann
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 13, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 20, 1896

Clara Wieck Schumann was a German pianist, teacher, and composer. One of the most famous pianists of the Romantic era, Schumann changed the way concerts were conducted during her time and made a long-lasting impression as a pianist. She also influenced other pianists through her teaching; among her students were famous English pianist, Mathilde Verne.

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Andreas Gursky
(German Photographer and Professor)
Andreas Gursky
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: January 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Known for his blatant use of digital manipulation and unique compositional strategies, Andreas Gursky is one of the most pricey, yet bestselling photographers of our time, with his best known work, Rhein II, fetching $4.3 million in 2011.  The first to produce large prints, measuring 6 × 8 feet or more, he also taught fine arts at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

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Walter Ulbricht
(First Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (1950 - 1971))
Walter Ulbricht
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 30, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: August 1, 1973

Walter Ulbricht was a German politician who played a major role in the establishment of the Communist Party of Germany. He also played a key role in the establishment and development of the German Democratic Republic. from 1950 to 1971, Walter Ulbricht was the most influential person in East Germany, serving as the Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party.

 9 
Johann Christian Bach
(Composer)
Johann Christian Bach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 5, 1735
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 1, 1782
 10 
Paul Kalkbrenner
(Record producer, Club DJ, Disc jockey)
Paul Kalkbrenner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Kristin Otto
(German Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Kristin Otto
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Max Beckmann
(German Expressionist Painter and Printmaker)
Max Beckmann
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Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 27, 1950

Max Beckmann was a German painter, sculptor, draftsman, printmaker, and writer. Even though scholars classify him as an Expressionist artist, he personally never identified as one. He became involved with the New Objectivity movement in the 1920s. He taught at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University in his last years.

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Anita Berber
(German Dancer, Actress, and Writer)
Anita Berber
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 10, 1928

Anita Berber was a German dancer, writer, and actress. Berber's addiction to drugs and her choice of clothing in public events, which challenged social taboos at that time, overshadowed her professional achievements. In addition to her personal life, Anita Berber also achieved notoriety as a dancer; some of her performances featured total nudity. She died of tuberculosis at age 29.

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Nikolaus Pevsner
(German-British Art Historian Best Known for His Monumental 46-Volume Series of County-By-County Guides)
Nikolaus Pevsner
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Birthdate: January 30, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 18, 1983

Nikolaus Pevsner was a German-British architectural historian and art historian. He is best remembered for his 46-volume series of guide books called The Buildings of England. Pevsner is credited with co-founding the Victorian Society in 1957. The society aims at preserving Edwardian and Victorian architecture. In 1969, Nikolaus Pevsner was knighted for services to architecture and art.

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Micaela Schafer
(Model)
Micaela Schafer
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Subaru Kimura
(German-Japanese Rapper and Actor)
Subaru Kimura
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Birthdate: June 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Neo Rauch
(Painter)
Neo Rauch
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Birthdate: July 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer

Neo Rauch is a German artist whose artworks are displayed in places, such as the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Ludwig, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, The Museum of Modern Art, and Pinakothek der Moderne among many other museums. He has also received awards like the prestigious Vincent Award.

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Uta Pippig
(German Long-Distance Runner and the First Woman to Officially Win the Boston Marathon Three Consecutive Times)
Uta Pippig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Hanns Eisler
(Composer)
Hanns Eisler
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 6, 1962
 20 
Karl Liebknecht
(German Socialist and One of the Founders of the 'Communist Party of Germany')
Karl Liebknecht
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 13, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 15, 1919

German socialist radical Karl Liebknecht is best remembered for co-founding the Spartacus League, an underground group that was declared illegal but later led to the formation of the Communist Party of Germany. He was shot to death on the orders of German commander Waldemar Pabst in the 1919 Spartacus Revolt.

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Falk Hentschel
(German Actor, Dancer and Choreographer)
Falk Hentschel
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries

Falk Hentschel is a German dancer, actor, and choreographer. Best known for his work in the American film industry, Hentschel has played important roles in movies like Transcendence and White House Down. He earned international recognition when he played Hawkman in DC's Legends of Tomorrow in 2016.   

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Alfred Abel
(Actor)
Alfred Abel
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Birthdate: March 12, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 12, 1937
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Sir Bernard Katz
(Biophysicist)
Sir Bernard Katz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 20, 2003

Nobel Prize-winning German-born British physician Sir Bernard Katz is remembered for his research on nerves and muscles. The Carnegie fellowship winner had also been part of the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. He was also knighted for his achievements and made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Lillian Vernon
(Businesswoman)
Lillian Vernon
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 14, 2015
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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
(Harpsichordist)
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 21, 1732
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 26, 1795
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Katja Kassin
(Adult Film Star, Glamour model, Tutor)
Katja Kassin
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Birthdate: September 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Max Klinger
(Painter)
Max Klinger
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Birthdate: February 18, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: July 5, 1920
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Simone Thomalla
(Actress)
Simone Thomalla
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Birthdate: April 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
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Fredrik Barth
(Anthropologist)
Fredrik Barth
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Birthdate: December 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 24, 2016

Fredrik Barth was a Norwegian social anthropologist and professor. He is credited with founding the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen where he also served as a professor. He also held professorships at the Emory University, University of Oslo, and Harvard University. In 1985, Fredrik Barth was chosen as a government scholar.

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Hans Hartung
(German-French Painter Best Known For His Gestural Abstract Style)
Hans Hartung
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Birthdate: September 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 7, 1989
Hans Hartung was a German-French painter best remembered for his gestural abstract style. He achieved popularity in the late 1950s and received the International Grand Prix for painting in 1960 at the Venice Biennale. Hans Hartung's abstract paintings influenced and inspired many younger American painters, making him a prominent predecessor of American Lyrical Abstraction of the '60s and '70s.
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René Adler
(Association football player)
René Adler
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Carl Gustav Carus
(German Painter and Physiologist Who Created the Concept of the Vertebrate Archetype.)
Carl Gustav Carus
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 3, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 28, 1869

Carl Gustav Carus was a German painter and physiologist. He is best remembered for creating the concept of the vertebrate archetype. A man of many talents, Carl Gustav Carus was a renowned naturalist, psychologist, scientist, and doctor.

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Martin Broszat
(Historian)
Martin Broszat
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Birthdate: August 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 14, 1989
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Petra Rossner
(German Cycle Racer)
Petra Rossner
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 35 
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
(Painter)
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
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Birthdate: March 26, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: May 24, 1872
 36 
Maria Simon
(Actress)
Maria Simon
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Birthdate: February 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 37 
Daniel Paul Schreber
(German Judge and Author)
Daniel Paul Schreber
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 25, 1842
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 14, 1911
 38 
Arnold Gehlen
(German Sociologist, Philosopher, and Anthropologist)
Arnold Gehlen
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Birthdate: January 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 30, 1976

Arnold Gehlen was a German sociologist, philosopher, and anthropologist. He is credited with influencing numerous contemporary German thinkers like Peter L. Berger, Niklas Luhmann, and Hans Blumenberg. Arnold Gehlen also served as a teacher in prestigious institutions like the University of Vienna and the University of Königsberg.

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Udo Quellmalz
(German Judoka and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Udo Quellmalz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Jan Tschichold
(Graphic designer)
Jan Tschichold
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 11, 1974
 41 
Maria Margaretha Kirch
(German Astronomer Who was the First Woman to Discover a Comet)
Maria Margaretha Kirch
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 25, 1670
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 29, 1720

Born to a Lutheran minister, Maria Margaretha Kirch was educated at par with boys of her age, which wasn’t the norm back then. She later became the first woman astronomer to discover a comet. The German astronomer also received accolades such as the Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Sciences.

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Manfred Gerlach
(Jurist)
Manfred Gerlach
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 17, 2011
 43 
Katrin Dörre-Heinig
(German Marathon Runner)
Katrin Dörre-Heinig
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Heinrich Bär
(German Flying Ace)
Heinrich Bär
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 28, 1957
 45 
Wilhelm Backhaus
(German Pianist Known for His Interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms)
Wilhelm Backhaus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 5, 1969

Wilhelm Backhaus was a German pedagogue and pianist best remembered for his interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. Apart from earning fame for his interpretations, Backhaus also became renowned as a chamber musician. Backhaus is also remembered for his association with the Nazis; he served as an executive advisor to a Nazi organization named Fellowship of German Artists.

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Jacques Mieses
(British Chess Player and Writer)
Jacques Mieses
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 23, 1954
 47 
Georg Jellinek
(Lawyer)
Georg Jellinek
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 16, 1851
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 12, 1911
 48 
Eyre Crowe
(Diplomat)
Eyre Crowe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 30, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 28, 1925
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Franz Delitzsch
(Theologian, Writer)
Franz Delitzsch
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 23, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 4, 1890
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Rudolf Schundler
(Actor)
Rudolf Schundler
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Birthdate: April 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 12, 1988