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Nathalie Kelley
(Actor)
Nathalie Kelley
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Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Juliane Koepcke
(Lone Survivor of 1971 LANSA Plane Crash)
Juliane Koepcke
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima
Juliane Koepcke is a German Peruvian mammalogist. She is well-known for being the only survivor of the Líneas Aéreas Nacionales S.A. Flight 508 plane crash; she survived ten days in the Amazon rainforest after surviving a fall of 9843 feet while strapped to her airplane seat. Her story inspired films like Miracles Still Happen (1974) and Wings of Hope (1998).
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Henry Ian Cusick
(Peruvian-Scottish Actor and Television Director)
Henry Ian Cusick
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Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trujillo

Henry Ian Cusick is a Peruvian-Scottish actor and television director. He is best known for playing Desmond David Hume in the popular ABC television series Lost. Henry Ian Cusick received a nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Desmond Hume.

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Pilar Pallete
(Peruvian Actress and Third Wife of the Popular American Actor John Wayne)
Pilar Pallete
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Birthdate: September 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paita District

Pilar Pallete is a Peruvian actress whose professional career has been greatly overshadowed by her personal life, including her high-profile marriage to legendary American actor John Wayne. Through her marriage with John Wayne, Pallete was blessed with many grandchildren, including actress and musician Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June fame.

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Mario Vargas Llosa
(Latin America's Most Significant Novelist and Essayist and Winner of 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Mario Vargas Llosa
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arequipa
In March 2020, Chinese e-book platforms virtually banned Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa after he suggested that China was largely responsible for the origin of the COVID-19 virus. One of Latin American’s most respected authors, he has penned bestsellers such as The Feast of the Goat.
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Paolo Guerrero
(Peruvian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Striker)
Paolo Guerrero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Yma Súmac
(American-Peruvian soprano)
Yma Súmac
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cajamarca
Died: November 1, 2008
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Atahualpa
(Last Inca Emperor)
Atahualpa
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Birthdate: 1502 AD
Birthplace: Inca Empire
Died: July 26, 1533

Atahualpa was the last Inca Emperor. He reigned for a short time between 1532 and 1533 before the Spanish conquest ended his reign. The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captured Atahualpa and killed him after a while. Even though many brave warriors led the Inca resistance against the invading Spaniards, they could not stop the empire from disintegrating.

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Túpac Amaru II
(Revolutionary)
Túpac Amaru II
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1738
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surimana-Canas
Died: May 18, 1781

Túpac Amaru II  was the leader of a large Andean uprising against the Spanish in Peru. His wife was also a revolutionary and played a key role in the uprising. They were both captured, tortured, and put to death by the Spaniards. Following his death, he became known as a mythical figure in the Peruvian struggle for independence. 

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Claudio Pizarro
(Peruvian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Claudio Pizarro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Callao District
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Rose of Lima
(Patron Saint of Peru and South America)
Rose of Lima
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 20, 1586
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima
Died: August 24, 1617

Rose of Lima is revered as the patron saint of Peru. Legend has it that she had chopped off her hair and damaged her skin to avoid getting married. A member of the Dominican Order, she was the first from the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

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Jefferson Farfán
(Peruvian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
Jefferson Farfán
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Martin de Porres
(Christian Saint)
Martin de Porres
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1579
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lima
Died: November 3, 1639

Martin de Porres was a Peruvian lay brother of the Dominican Order. He was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI. He lived an austere life and often went hungry. He abstained from meat and was said to be able to communicate with animals. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and those who seek racial harmony. 

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Abimael Guzmán
(Political Activist)
Abimael Guzmán
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arequipa
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Stephanie Cayo
(Peruvian Actress, Songwriter, and Singer)
Stephanie Cayo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lima

Stephanie Cayo is a Peruvian actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing the female lead Paloma Velacochea in the popular telenovela, Besos robados. Stephanie Cayo has also played main roles in other popular telenovelas like La marca del deseo, El Secretario, and La hipocondríaca.        

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Pachacuti
(Emperor)
Pachacuti
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Birthdate: 1418 AD
Birthplace: Cusco
Died: 1471 AD
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Alberto Fujimori
(Former President of Peru)
Alberto Fujimori
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima

Alberto Fujimori is a Peruvian politician who served as the President of Peru from 1990 to 2000. He is a controversial figure accused of several charges of human rights abuses and corruption. He has also been proclaimed guilty of murder, causing bodily harm, and kidnapping. In 2009, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Lina Medina
(World's Youngest Mother)
Lina Medina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huancavelica Region

Lina Medina is a Peruvian woman who gained international recognition when she gave birth to a baby boy at the age of five, becoming the youngest confirmed mother. According to medical reports, she had undergone precocious puberty, due to which she had fully mature sexual organs, at the age five, and experienced her first menstrual cycle at eight months of age.

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Juan Diego Flórez
(Singer)
Juan Diego Flórez
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima
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Alexis Amore
(Peruvian Feature Dancer, Pornographic Actress, and Columnist)
Alexis Amore
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima

Alexis Amore is a Peruvian feature dancer, pornographic actress, and columnist. Best known for appearing in lesbian pornographic films, Amore has received a couple of NightMoves Awards. In 2018, she was inducted into the Urban X Award Hall of Fame and AVN Award Hall of Fame. Alexis Amore has also contributed as a columnist for a Peruvian magazine named Oye.           

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Ollanta Humala
(President of Peru)
Ollanta Humala
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima

Ollanta Humala is a Peruvian politician whose presidency, which lasted from 2011 to 2016, was marred by several corruption scandals. Originally regarded as a left-wing nationalist and socialist, Humala founded the Peruvian Nationalist Party. Despite leading the party to success, Ollanta Humala eventually lost his popularity and was arrested in 2017 on corruption charges.

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Christian Meier
(Peruvian Singer and Actor)
Christian Meier
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Birthdate: June 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lima

Christian Meier is a Peruvian singer and actor. Over the course of his acting career, Meier has achieved popularity in Latin America and in the Spanish speaking world. As a musician, Christian Meier achieved fame after forming an alternative-rock band named Arena Hash, where he performed as a keyboardist and occasional singer during the 1980s and 1990s.

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Alessandra de Osma
(Attorney)
Alessandra de Osma
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lima
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Susana Higuchi
(Former First Lady of Peru)
Susana Higuchi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima

Susana Higuchi was a Peruvian engineer and politician. She is best remembered for her role as the First Lady of Peru from 28 July 1990 to 23 August 1994. Higuchi was stripped of her title as the First Lady in 1994, when she condemned her husband Alberto Fujimori as a tyrant. Susana Higuchi divorced Fujimori in 1996.

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Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
(Former Prime Minister of Peru)
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lima
Died: March 4, 2020

Former prime minister of Peru, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar had also been the country’s foreign relations minister and the Peruvian ambassador to many countries, such as France and Switzerland. He had also served the UN as its secretary-general. A former Club of Madrid member, he led the Union for Peru party.

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Christian Cueva
(Peruvian Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Christian Cueva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trujillo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gustavo Gutiérrez
(Peruvian Catholic Theologian, Philosopher, and Dominican Priest)
Gustavo Gutiérrez
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lima

Gustavo Gutiérrez is a Peruvian Catholic theologian, philosopher, and Dominican priest. A respected theologian, Gutiérrez has served as a visiting professor in many prestigious universities in Europe and North America. Gustavo Gutiérrez has also taught at the Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, and the University of California, Berkeley among other schools.

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Claudio Puelles
(Peruvian Mixed Martial Artist)
Claudio Puelles
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Huayna Capac
(The 3rd Sapa Inca of the Inca Empire)
Huayna Capac
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Birthdate: 1468 AD
Birthplace: Cusco
Died: 1524 AD

The Inca Empire’s 3rd Sapa Inca, Huayna Capac was the son of Topa Inca. Though he didn’t have to face any major battles initially, he grew up to be an efficient emperor who inspected the administration of all his empire’s regions. He was responsible for the improvement of roadways and built many temples too.

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Alberto Vargas
(Painter, Illustrator)
Alberto Vargas
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Birthdate: February 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arequipa
Died: December 30, 1982
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Renato Tapia
(Peruvian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defensive Midfielder)
Renato Tapia
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Gastón Acurio
(Peruvian Chef and Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine)
Gastón Acurio
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: October 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Manco Cápac
(The First Sapa Inca and a Leading Figure of Inca Mythology)
Manco Cápac
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Birthplace: Cusco
Died: 1230 AD

A prominent figure of Inca mythology, Manco Capac was apparently the founder of the Inca Empire, and thus, the first Sapa Inca, and its first governor. Said to be the son of Sun god Inti and Moon goddess Mama Quilla, he, according to legends, established the Inca capital Cuzco.

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Flavia Laos
(Peruvian Model, Actress, Singer, and TV Host)
Flavia Laos
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 1, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima

Flavia Laos is a Peruvian model, actress, singer, and TV host. She achieved popularity in 2005, when she won a variety show titled Miss Pequeñita. Her popularity increased in 2007, when she started hosting another variety show titled La Hora Warner, which she hosted until 2009. Apart from appearing in variety shows, Flavia also appears in TV series and films.

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Hernando de Soto
(Peruvian Economist Known for His Work on the Informal Economy)
Hernando de Soto
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arequipa

Well-known Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto heads the Institute for Liberty and Democracy as its president. Named to Time 100 in 2004, he has also won countless awards, such as The Economist Innovation Award in 2006. He is known for his pioneering work in areas such as the informal economy and property rights.

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Jesús Luzardo
(Baseball player)
Jesús Luzardo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Valentina Shevchenko
(Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Valentina Shevchenko
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bishkek
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Mercedes Aráoz
(Former Vice President and Prime Minister of Peru)
Mercedes Aráoz
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Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lima

Mercedes Aráoz is a Peruvian politician, professor, and economist. She is best known for her service as the Second Vice President of Peru from 2016 to 2020. She also served as the Prime Minister of Peru from 2017 to 2018. An important politician, Mercedes Aráoz also served as the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006 to 2009.

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Vladimiro Montesinos
(Peruvian Politician and Former Intelligence Chief Who Has Been Part of Several Scandals)
Vladimiro Montesinos
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arequipa

Former chief of Peru’s National Intelligence Service, Vladimiro Montesinos was later dragged into a bribery controversy. He was recorded bribing a congressman to make him join the pro-Fujimori camp. He was also accused of having received bribes to protect drug traffickers. He is a cousin of convicted terrorist Óscar Ramírez Durand.

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Juan Velasco Alvarado
(The 58th President of Peru Who Ousted Fernando Belaúnde)
Juan Velasco Alvarado
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castilla District
Died: December 24, 1977

The 58th president of Peru, Juan Velasco Alvarado came to power after ousting former president Fernando Belaúnde in a coup d'état. He had previously been the commander-in-chief of the Peruvian army. He was removed by another coup and succeeded by Francisco Morales Bermúdez.

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Jorge Aravena
(Peruvian-Venezuelan Actor Who Is Best Known for His Telenovelas)
Jorge Aravena
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Birthdate: October 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima

Peruvian-Venezuelan actor Jorge Aravena is best known for his roles in telenovelas and soaps, such as Girasoles Para Lucia and La Revancha. He began his acting career at age 10, when he moved from Peru to Venezuela with his parents. His first major break was in the telenovela La loba herida in 1992.

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Virgilio Martínez Véliz
(Peruvian Chef Who Applies Modern Cooking Techniques to Indigenous Peruvian Ingredients)
Virgilio Martínez Véliz
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: August 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lima
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Enrique Barzola
(Peruvian Mixed Martial Artist)
Enrique Barzola
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Huáscar
(Emperor of the Inca Empire from 1527 to 1532)
Huáscar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1491 AD
Died: 1533 AD

Huáscar reigned as the Sapa Inca or Emperor of the famed Inca Empire from 1527 to 1532. Huáscar lost his father Huayna Capac and his older brother Ninan Cuyochi to smallpox before ascending the throne of the Inca Empire. He was later defeated by his brother Atahualpa, who reigned as the last Inca Emperor.

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Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
(Peruvian Chronicler and Writer)
Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 12, 1539
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cusco
Died: April 23, 1616

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was a Peruvian chronicler and writer. Vega, who spent most of his life in Spain, is remembered for his chronicles of Inca culture, history, and society. His work became popular in Europe, where it was widely read, making Inca Garcilaso de la Vega the first author from the Americas to enter the western literary world.

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Miguel Grau Seminario
(Peruvian Naval Officer Who Played an Important Role in the Battle of Angamos)
Miguel Grau Seminario
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paita
Died: October 8, 1879

Miguel Grau Seminario was a Peruvian naval officer best remembered for his role in the Battle of Angamos, which was part of the War of the Pacific. Nicknamed Gentleman of the Seas, Miguel Grau Seminario is also remembered for his chivalrous and kind treatment of defeated enemies.

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Elodie Frenck
(Peruvian-Swiss-French Actress)
Elodie Frenck
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Birthdate: July 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne

Elodie Frenck is a Peruvian-Swiss-French actress best known for her portrayal of Marlène Leroy in the popular French television program, Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie. In addition to playing important roles in TV series, Elodie Frenck also plays prominent roles in feature films, short films, TV movies, and on stage. 

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Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
(Quechua Nobleman)
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1535 AD
Birthplace: Ayacucho
Died: 1615 AD

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala was a Quechua nobleman best remembered for chronicling and criticizing the Spanish for their ill treatment of the indigenous people of the Andes after the Spanish invasion. Among Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s most famous work is Nueva corónica y buen gobierno, an illustrated chronicle completed around 1615. 

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Cristian Benavente
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
Cristian Benavente
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Andy Polo
(Peruvian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right Winger)
Andy Polo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)