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Popstar who accrued ten US #1s as part of 'Wham!' and solo, his hits include 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go', 'Careless Whisper', 'Faith', 'One More Try', and 'Last Christmas'1963–2016
Geneticist known for her discovery of X-inactivation, the biological phenomenon of random inactivation of X-chromosomes in mammals also sometimes known as 'lyonisation'1925–2014
Twice president of Venezuela, his first term from 1974 to 1979 saw economic prosperity, and second term from 1989 to 1993 saw austerity, riots, attempted coups, and his impeachment1922–2010
Quadriplegic singer-songwriter whose songs were covered by artists including the Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and Madonna for the 'Sweet Relief II' charity compilation1964–2009
The first African-American Catwoman, branded by the CIA as a 'sadistic nymphomaniac' for opposing the Vietnam War, she is remembered today for her recording of 'Santa Baby'1927–2008
The progenitor of funk music and the Godfather of Soul, his records include 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag', 'I Got You (I Feel Good)', and 'Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud'1933–2006
Wagnerian dramatic soprano renowned for her portrayals of Isolde, Turandot, and Brünnhilde, she can these days be seen on Sweden's 500 kronor banknote1918–2005
Philosopher who conceived naturalized epistemology and New Foundations set theory, known for criticising the analytic–synthetic dichotomy in 1951 paper 'Two Dogmas of Empiricism'1908–2000
8-time winner of the World Snooker Championship between 1957 and 1968, and lead commentator on ITV snooker coverage from 1982 to 19921923–1998
Actor often cast in patriarch roles, best known for playing Uncle Jesse in all 7 seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard1920–1997
American child beauty queen known for being strangled to death at the age of 6, a murder case that remains unsolved and under investigation to the present day1990–1996
French Jewish philosopher and World War II prisoner of war whose work is characterised by espousing personal ethical responsibility to others as a primary philosophical focus1906–1995
Rat Pack crooner who recorded the best known versions of 'Ain't That a Kick in the Head', 'That's Amore', 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' and 'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!'1917–1995
Known for books such as 'One of the Family', 'Mariana', and the autobiography 'An Open Book', this English writer shares a profession and surname with her great-grandfather Charles1915–1992
The last Communist leader of Romania known for a repressive and authoritarian government, he was overthrown and executed with his wife Elena in the Romanian Revolution1918–1989
Surrealist Catalan painter and sculptor, a Barcelona museum was founded in his name in 19751893–1983
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American film and TV actress, an archetypal self-reliant wisecracking blonde, she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1951's 'The Blue Veil'1906–1979
Silent cinema icon known for his persona as 'the Tramp' in films such as 'The Kid', 'The Gold Rush', and 'City Lights'1889–1977
French aviation pioneer who gave his name to an aircraft manufacturing company and luxury automobile brand in the early 20th century1880–1973
The 1st Prime Minister and 2nd President of Turkey, his surname was taken from the Anatolian district where he commanded military forces during the Greco-Turkish War of 1919–19221884–1973
Avant-garde poet who co-founded the Dada movement, the pseudonym by which he is known in a pun in Romanian on the phrase 'sad in the country'1896–1963
German pharmacologist and co-winner of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Henry Dale for their discography of acetylcholine1873–1961
1950s R&B star of 'Pledging My Love' fame, his last words were 'It's okay! Gun's not loaded. See?'1929–1954
American comedian whose comic persona loved alcohol and misanthropy as much as he hated dogs, babies, and – aptly enough – Christmas1880–1946
Science fiction writer and 7-time Nobel Prize nominee who wrote the novel 'War with the Newts' and the play 'R.U.R.', which introduced and popularised the word 'robot'1890–1938
The 123rd Emperor of Japan from 1912 to 1926, between the reigns of Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito) and Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito)1879–1926
Russian lyric poet who wrote his final poem before his apparent suicide, 'Goodbye my friend, goodbye', in his own blood1895–1925
Inventor of the cylinder lock and founder of a lock manufacturing company, his surname is still seen on locks today1821–1868
Explorer who founded New France and Quebec City in 1608, known as 'the Father of New France'; a lake between New York and Vermont is named after him1574–1635
Spanish conquistador, 1st Royal Governer of Chile, and founder of Santiago, Concepción, and another city that bears his name1497–1553
Abbot of Cluny known for his writings on Islam; honoured as a saint though never formally canonised, his liturgical feast is on May 11 so as not to clash with Christmas1092–1156
The then-longest-reigning Pope, surviving 23 years in the role from 772 to his death in 795700–795

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