List of Famous people who born in 1918

Nelson Mandela

Rolihlahla Mandela
First Name Nelson
Last Name Mandela
Born on July 18, 1918
Died on December 5, 2013 (aged 95)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

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Ken Miles

First Name Ken
Last Name Miles
Born on November 1, 1918
Died on August 17, 1966 (aged 47)

Kenneth Henry Miles was a British sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the US and with American teams on the international scene. He is an inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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Bruce Kingsbury

First Name Bruce
Last Name Kingsbury
Born on January 8, 1918
Died on August 29, 1942 (aged 24)
Born in Australia, Victoria

Bruce Steel Kingsbury, VC was an Australian soldier of the Second World War. Serving initially in the Middle East, he later gained renown for his actions during the Battle of Isurava, one of many battles forming the Kokoda Track Campaign in the south-east of the island of New Guinea, then part of the Australian Territory of Papua. His bravery during the battle was recognised with the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. The first serviceman to receive the VC for actions on Australian territory, Kingsbury was a member of the 2/14th Infantry Battalion.

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Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt
First Name Helmut
Born on December 23, 1918
Died on November 10, 2015 (aged 96)
Born in Germany

Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt was a German politician and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982.

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Katherine Johnson

Creola Katherine Coleman
First Name Katherine
Born on August 26, 1918
Died on February 24, 2020 (aged 101)

Creola Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights. During her 35-year career at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her "historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist".

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Rosemary Kennedy

First Name Rosemary
Born on September 13, 1918
Died on January 7, 2005 (aged 86)

Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy was the eldest daughter born to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She was a sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. and Ted Kennedy.

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Robert Wadlow

Robert Pershing Wadlow
First Name Robert
Last Name Wadlow
Born on February 22, 1918
Died on July 15, 1940 (aged 22)
Height 272 cm | 8'11

Robert Pershing Wadlow, also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, was an American man who was the tallest person in recorded history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He was born and raised in Alton, Illinois, a small city near St. Louis, Missouri.

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Billy Graham

William Franklin Graham
First Name Billy
Last Name Graham
Born on November 7, 1918
Died on February 21, 2018 (aged 99)

William Franklin Graham Jr. was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century.

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B. K. S. Iyengar

First Name B.
Last Name Iyengar
Born on December 14, 1918
Died on August 20, 2014 (aged 95)
Born in India

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of yoga as exercise known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. He was the author of many books on yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as "the father of modern yoga". He has been credited with popularizing yoga, first in India and then around the world.

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Shankar Dayal Sharma

First Name Shankar
Last Name Sharma
Born on August 19, 1918
Died on December 26, 1999 (aged 81)
Born in India

Shankar Dayal Sharma pronunciation  was the ninth President of India, serving from 1992 to 1997. Prior to his presidency, Sharma had been the eighth Vice President of India, serving under R. Venkataraman. He was also the Chief Minister (1952–1956) of Bhopal State, and Cabinet Minister (1956–1967), holding the portfolios of Education, Law, Public Works, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Separate Revenue. He was the President of the Indian National Congress in 1972–1974 and returned to the Government as Union Minister for Communications from 1974 to 1977.

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