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Test pilot in the US Air Force. In 1947, he became the first pilot to (officially) travel faster than sound
American photographer and environmentalist. Especially know for his black-and-white landscape photographs of Yosemite National Park
One of the most decorated American combat soldiers of WW2, and acted in a number of movies after war most notably 'To Hell and Back'
Polish jewish composer portrayed in the film 'The Pianist' in 2002
American scientist discovered ten transuranium elements, most famously Plutonium in 1941
American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army from 1941, and oversaw the occupation of Japan 1945-51
Pope 1939-58. Although officially neutral during WW2 he maintained links to the German Resistance, but was also criticized for inaction
British army commander during World War II, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Middle East Theatre but was relieved of the post in 1942
British Army officer who during the WW2 commanded the 8th Army until the final Allied victory in Tunisia
Chilean poet who was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945
SS-Obergruppenf├╝hrer who chaired the 1942 Wannsee Conference. Assassinated in Prague in 1942
Italian physicist who is best known for his work on the first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1
German inventor most famous for the world's first functional program-controlled Turing-complete computer, the Z3 in 1941
American five star general. From Normandie landings till the end of WW2 he commanded all U.S. ground forces, 1,3 million men
Non-communist Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia 1940-48. Rumoured to have been murdered by communists prior to the coup in 1948
High-profile member of the French Resistance during WW2, remembered for unifying the French resistance under de Gaulle and his death at the hands of the Gestapo
Regent of Hungary 1920-44, after a coup. Allied with Germany during WW2, but were imprisoned when he tried to withdraw
Inventor of the modern frequency modulation (FM) radio transmission in 1941, and called 'the most prolific and influential inventor in radio history'
This french ocean explorer invents the Aqua-lung together with Emily Gagnan
German army officer and aristocrat who was one of the leading members of the failed 20 July plot of 1944 to assassinate Adolf Hitler
Hindu nationalist sentenced to death for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948
He was the last president of the Third French Republic (1932-40), and was replaced by the Vichy-government
British computer scientist, widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and AI. Prosecuted for homosexuality and committed suicide 41 years old
The longest-serving Prime Minister in Canadian history with 22 years 1921-30, 1935-48. Had a major role in building the Canadian welfare state
The first president of South Korea 1948-60. An authoritarian dictator he led South Korea through the Koran War
American voice actor nicknamed 'The Man of a Thousand Voices', most famously Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig
Austrian philosopher who coined the term 'critical rationalism', to find a method whereby science and non-sciences could be distinguished
American big band musician and bandleader in the swing era. The best-selling recording artist 1939-1943. His aircraft disappeared over the English Channel in 1944
Russian American aviation pioneer who designed the world's first mass-produced helicopter in 1944
The last King of Italy, reigning for slightly over a month in 1946

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