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Pierre Curie


15 May 1859 – 19 April 1906 (Aged 46)

Born in Paris, France. Died in Paris, France.

Pierre Curie was a French physicist, considered a founding father of modern physics.

He is most famous for the work he and his wife, Marie, carried out in radioactive studies, for which they won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903.

Pierre passed away at the tender age of 46, following an accident in Paris, when he slipped crossing the street and fell beneath the wheels of a horse-drawn vehicle, and suffered a fractured skull.

Susan B. Anthony

(Civil/Women’s Rights Activist)

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15 February 1820 – 13 March 1906 (Aged 86)

Born in Adams, Massachusetts. Died in Rochester, New York.

Anthony was a renowned American suffragist and abolitionist.

Along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she led the women’s voting rights movement and served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

In 1878, Anthony and Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote, which later became known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment.

It was ratified as the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

Anthony died at the age of 86 of heart failure and pneumonia in her New York home. In 1979, she became the first female U.S. citizen to be depicted on coinage when her portrait appeared on the dollar coin.

Paul Cézanne


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19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906 (Aged 67)

Born in Aix-en-Provence, France. Died in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Cézanne was a French Post-Impressionist painter, who was known to use an extremely varied painting style, which greatly influenced 20th-century abstract art.  

In his earlier years, Cézanne’s works were rejected numerous times by the official Salon in Paris and ridiculed by art critics.

However, in his later years, Cézanne’s paintings became greatly sought after and a new generation of painters hailed him as a master of his craft.

Henrik Ibsen


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20 March 1929 – 23 May 1906 (Aged 77)

Born in Skien, Norway. Died in Kristiana (Oslo), Norway.

Ibsen was a renowned Norwegian playwright, whose influential works include A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler.

He lived much of his adult life as a recluse in central Europe, before returning to his homeland in his later years, finally comfortable with his fame.