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Edward the Confessor
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Birthdate: 1003 AD
Died: January 5, 1066
Edward the Confessor, son of Æthelred the Unready, was one of the last Anglo-Saxon rulers of England and reigned from 1042 to 1066. He restored the rule of the House of Wessex after the reign of Danish king Cnut. He was considered a national saint till Saint George replaced him.
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Rachel Ward
(Actress and Director)
Rachel Ward
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Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo

English-born Australian actress, director, and screenwriter, Rachel Ward, has been active in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. She attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London for some time but quit midway to start her career as a model. Following a successful stint as a model, she began acting and screenwriting.

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Rick Stein
(English Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Television Presenter)
Rick Stein
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: June 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer

Celebrity chef Rick Stein has managed the U.K.’s Stein Hotel and Restaurant with his first wife, Jill Stein. He later became the head chef and co-owner of Rick Stein at Bannisters in Australia, with his second wife, Sarah. He has authored cookbooks and presented culinary shows such as Seafood Odyssey.

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Frances O'Connor
(Actress)
Frances O'Connor
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Birthdate: June 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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David Tomlinson
(Actor)
David Tomlinson
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Birthdate: May 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: June 24, 2000
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Kate Garraway
(Journalist)
Kate Garraway
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Birthdate: May 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Jovan Adepo
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Birthdate: September 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Emily Berrington
(Actress)
Emily Berrington
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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John Smith
(Wrestler)
John Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Mike Hailwood
(One of the Few Men to Participate at Grand Prix Level in Both Car and Motorcycle Racing)
Mike Hailwood
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 23, 1981
Counted among the greatest racers of all time, Mike Hailwood was one of the few men to participate at Grand Prix level in both car and motorcycle racing. A nine-time world champion, Mike Hailwood also won 76 Grand Prix races in his motorcycle racing career. In 2001, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
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Martin Keown
(Footballer)
Martin Keown
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent
(Noblemen)
Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 5, 1301
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 19, 1330
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Joan of Kent
(Countess of Kent)
Joan of Kent
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Birthdate: September 29, 1328
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 7, 1385
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Ninian Stephen
(20th Governor-General of Australia)
Ninian Stephen
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 29, 2017

Ninian Stephen was a prominent Australian judge. He served as the 20th Governor-General of Australia from 1982 to 1989. Prior to this, he had been a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1972 to 1982. He was one of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers. He was also  Australia's first Ambassador for the Environment. 

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William Turner of Oxford
(Painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes)
William Turner of Oxford
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Birthdate: November 29, 1789
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 7, 1862

British landscape painter William Turner of Oxford is often mistaken for the famous painter J. M. W. Turner, who was also from England. Turner was a lifelong member of the Watercolor Society, founded by his mentor John Varley. Oxford from Hinksey Hill remains one of his best-known works.

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Anthony Dod Mantle
(British Still Photographer and Cinematographer Who is Regarded as a Pioneer of Digital Filmmaking)
Anthony Dod Mantle
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Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries

Anthony Dod Mantle is a British still photographer and cinematographer. He is best known for his work in the 2008 drama film Slumdog Millionaire, which earned him the BAFTA Award and Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Regarded as a pioneer of digital filmmaking, Anthony Dod Mantle is also the recipient of European Film Awards, Bodil Awards, and Robert Awards.

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William Lenthall
(Politician)
William Lenthall
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1591 AD
Died: November 9, 1662
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Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool
(Statesman)
Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 17, 1808
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James B. Francis
(British-American Civil Engineer, Who Invented the 'Francis Turbine')
James B. Francis
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Birthdate: May 18, 1815
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 18, 1892

Best remembered as the inventor of the Francis turbine, civil engineer James B. Francis initially helped build the Stonington Railway. At 22, he became the chief engineer of Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on the Merrimack River, and stayed with it for 40 years, as a prominent waterpower engineer.

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Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st earl of Essex
(English baron)
Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st earl of Essex
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1093 AD
Died: August 31, 1144
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Edmund of Abingdon
(Archbishop of Canterbury)
Edmund of Abingdon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1175 AD
Died: November 16, 1240

Born Edmund Rich, Edmund of Abingdon was a 13th-century archbishop of Canterbury. He also taught math and theology at various institutes. He is remembered for his conflict with King Henry III of England, in defense of church rights. His written contributions to medieval theology include works such as Speculum ecclesiae.

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John Smith
(Football player)
John Smith
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Hugh Edwards
(British Rower)
Hugh Edwards
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 21, 1972
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Charles Eliot
(Former British Ambassador to Japan)
Charles Eliot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 8, 1862
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 16, 1931

Known for his 40-year stint as the president of Harvard University, academician Charles Eliot also edited the 50-volume Harvard Classics, also known as the Five Foot Shelf. While he initially taught math and chemistry, he also studied the European educational systems thoroughly and made Harvard courses less rigid.