List of Famous people who born in 1916

Kirk Douglas

First Name Kirk
Last Name Douglas
Born on December 9, 1916
Died on February 5, 2020 (aged 103)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Kirk Douglas was an American actor, producer, director, philanthropist, and writer. After an impoverished childhood with immigrant parents and six sisters, he made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas soon developed into a leading box-office star throughout the 1950s, known for serious dramas, including westerns and war films. During his career, he appeared in more than 90 films. Douglas was known for his explosive acting style, which he displayed as a criminal defense attorney in Town Without Pity (1961).

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María de los Ángeles Alvariño González

First Name María
Last Name González
Born on October 3, 1916
Died on May 29, 2005 (aged 88)
Born in Spain, Galicia, Ferrol

María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, known as Ángeles Alvariño, was a Spanish fishery research biologist and oceanographer globally recognized as an authority in plankton biology. She was the first woman ever appointed as scientist aboard any British or Spanish exploration ships. She discovered 22 new species of marine animals and published over a hundred scientific books, chapters and articles. In her late career she studied the history of early marine scientific exploration.

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François Mitterrand

François Marie Adrien Maurice Mitterrand
First Name François
Last Name Mitterrand
Born on October 26, 1916
Died on January 8, 1996 (aged 79)

François Marie Adrien Maurice Mitterrand was a French statesman who served as President of France from 1981 to 1995, the longest time in office in the history of France. As First Secretary of the Socialist Party, he was the first left-wing politician to assume the presidency under the Fifth Republic.

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Roald Dahl

First Name Roald
Born on September 13, 1916
Died on November 23, 1990 (aged 74)

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

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Olivia de Havilland

First Name Olivia
Last Name Havilland
Born on July 1, 1916 (age 106)
Born in Japan

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland was a British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leading actresses of her time. She was the last major surviving star from the Golden Age of Hollywood Cinema and the oldest living and earliest surviving Academy Award winner until her death in July 2020. Her younger sister was the actress Joan Fontaine.

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Harold Wilson

First Name Harold
Last Name Wilson
Born on March 11, 1916
Died on May 24, 1995 (aged 79)

James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, was a British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Ormskirk from 1945 to 1950 and for Huyton from 1950 to 1983.

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Biju Patnaik

First Name Biju
Last Name Patnaik
Born on March 5, 1916
Died on April 17, 1997 (aged 81)
Born in India

Bijayananda Patnaik, popularly known as Biju Patnaik, was an Indian politician, aviator and businessman. As politician, he served twice as the Chief Minister of the State of Odisha.

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Gregory Peck

Eldred Gregory Peck
First Name Gregory
Last Name Peck
Born on April 5, 1916
Died on June 12, 2003 (aged 87)
Height 189 cm | 6'2

Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among 25 Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, ranking him at No. 12.

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Claude Shannon

First Name Claude
Last Name Shannon
Born on April 30, 1916
Died on February 24, 2001 (aged 84)

Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is noted for having founded information theory with a landmark paper, "A Mathematical Theory of Communication", which he published in 1948.

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Jacque Fresco

First Name Jacque
Last Name Fresco
Born on March 13, 1916
Died on May 18, 2017 (aged 101)

Jacque Fresco was an American futurist and self-described social engineer. Self-taught, he worked in a variety of positions related to industrial design.

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Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

First Name Abdullah
Last Name Arabia
Born on August 1, 1924
Died on January 23, 2015 (aged 90)
Born in Saudi Arabia

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the sixth King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques from 1 August 2005 until his death.

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Ruth Handler

Ruth Marianna Moskowickk
First Name Ruth
Last Name Handler
Born on November 4, 1916
Died on April 27, 2002 (aged 85)

Ruth Marianna Handler was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., In 1959 she invented the Barbie doll, which sold over a billion copies worldwide. She was the founder and president of the world's largest toy company, which at its peak had 18,000 employees and annual sales of over $300 million. She was active in public service and won many awards. In 1974 the Handlers were forced to resign from Mattel, and in 1978 Ruth Handler and four others were convicted in federal court of conspiracy, mail fraud, and false reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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James B. Donovan

First Name James
Last Name Donovan
Born on February 26, 1916
Died on January 19, 1970 (aged 53)

James Britt Donovan was an American lawyer and United States Navy officer in the Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services, ultimately becoming general counsel of the OSS, and an international diplomatic negotiator.

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Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Людмила Михайловна Белова
First Name Lyudmila
Born on July 12, 1916
Died on October 10, 1974 (aged 58)
Born in Ukraine, Kyiv Oblast

Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, (Russian: Людми́ла Миха́йловна Павличе́нко, was a Soviet sniper in the Red Army during World War II, credited with 309 confirmed kills, making her the most successful female sniper in recorded history.

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Jane Jacobs

First Name Jane
Last Name Jacobs
Born on May 4, 1916
Died on April 25, 2006 (aged 89)

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, theorist, and activist who influenced urban studies, sociology, and economics. Her book entitled, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), argued that "urban renewal" and "slum clearance" did not respect the needs of city-dwellers.

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Beverly Cleary

First Name Beverly
Born on April 12, 1916
Died on March 25, 2021 (aged 104)

Beverly Atlee Cleary is an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of America's most successful living authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of Cleary's best known characters are Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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Edward Heath

First Name Edward
Last Name Heath
Born on July 9, 1916
Died on July 17, 2005 (aged 89)

Sir Edward Richard George Heath,, often known as Ted Heath, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970 to 1974 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1965 to 1975. Heath served 51 years as a member of Parliament from 1950 to 2001. He was a strong supporter of the European Communities (EC), and after winning the decisive vote in the House of Commons by 356 to 244, he led the negotiations that culminated in Britain's entry into the EC on 1 January 1973. It was, according to biographer John Campbell, "Heath's finest hour". Although Heath planned to be an innovator as prime minister, his government foundered on economic difficulties, including high inflation and major strikes. He became an embittered critic of Margaret Thatcher, who supplanted him as party leader.

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Dinah Shore

First Name Dinah
Last Name Shore
Born on February 29, 1916
Died on February 24, 1994 (aged 77)

Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She rose to prominence as a recording artist during the Big Band era. She achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as the host of a series of variety programs for the Chevrolet automobile company.

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Deendayal Upadhyaya

First Name Deendayal
Born on September 25, 1916
Died on February 11, 1968 (aged 51)
Born in India

Deendayal Upadhyaya was an Indian politician and thinker of right-wing Hindutva ideology espoused by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and leader of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the forerunner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was also known as Panditji for appearing in the civil services examination hall wearing the traditional Indian dhoti-kurta and cap.

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Jackie Gleason

First Name Jackie
Died on June 24, 1987 (aged 17)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

John Herbert Gleason was an American actor, comedian, writer, composer, and conductor known affectionately as "The Great One." Developing a style and characters from growing up in Brooklyn, New York, he was known for his brash visual and verbal comedy, exemplified by his city-bus-driver Ralph Kramden character in the television series The Honeymooners. He also developed The Jackie Gleason Show, which maintained high ratings from the mid-1950s through 1970. After originating in New York City, filming moved to Miami Beach, Florida in 1964 after Gleason took up permanent residence there.

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