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10. Orville Wright and Neil Armstrong

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Orville Wright was an American Pioneer that invented and built the world’s first successful airplane, which revolutionised the way people travel. Neil Armstrong was born in 1930 and was the first person to ever walk on the moon in 1969. Armstrong was actually already 18-years-old when Orville Wright died in 1948. But despite this overlap, both of their contributions to aerospace were vastly different.

9. William Shakespeare and Pocahontas

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William Shakespeare was a well-known play-right who famously wrote numerous plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. He died in 1616 at the age of 52, leaving behind a legacy of timeless works. Pocahontas was a Native American who played a significant role in the early colonial history of the United States, and she passed away just a year after Shakespeare in 1617. It’s incredible that these 2 vastly historical figures both died at a similar time.

8. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Both Anne Frank and Martin Luther King both fought for a better future for themselves and others – and they were both born in the same year of 1929! Anne Frank is best known for her diary, which serves as a powerful reminders of the tragedies during the Holocaust in WWII. Martin Luther King Jr. was a key figure in the America Civil Rights Movement, standing up for equality and justice.

7. Charlie Chaplin and The Rock

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Charlie Chaplin was a legendary actor who rose to fame during the silent film era, he passed away in 1977, leaving behind a legacy that continued to inspire future generations in the world of cinema. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was born in 1972, making them both have a 4 year overlap. The Rock became a professional wrestler and amazing actor.

6. Helen Keller and Barack Obama

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Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer who overcame her physical struggles of being deaf and blind and became an inspiration to us all, she died at age 87 on 1968. Barack Obama was born in 1961, making him 7-years-old when Keller died. He went onto become the first African American to hold presidency and served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009-2017.

5. Joe Biden and Adolf Hitler

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Joe Biden was born in 1942 and went onto serve as the 46th president of the United States, he has announced that he is planning on running for presidency again in 2024. Adolf Hitler, on the other hand, was the leader of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s. He was responsible for the death of millions during WWII, and evidently committed suicide in 1945. Though Hitler and Biden never met, their lives did overlap for 3 years.

4. Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon Bonaparte

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Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who was the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his tragic assassination in 1865. He was regarded as a hero due to his leadership during the Civil War and commitment to ending slavery. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who conquered much of Europe. He died in 1821, when Abraham was just 12-years-old.

3. Betty White and Alexander Graham Bell

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Betty White was a renowned American actress and comedian. She was born in 1922, the same year that Alexander Graham Bell, a famous inventor who invented the telephone, passed away. Although the two never crossed paths, they were both pioneers within their own rights; Bell revolutionized communication, whilst White’s contribution to the entertainment industry has been equally significant.

2. Thomas Edison and Dr. Seuss

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Thomas Edison was an American inventor who is most known for for his numerous inventions within science, that we still use to this day! He passed away in 1931, when Dr Suess was already 27-years-old! Dr Suess was born in 1904, and he was a beloved book author who has entertained and educated children for decades, due to the likes of The Cat In The Hat and The Lorax.

1. Picasso and Eminem

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Pablo Picasso passed away in 1973, leaving behind a legacy of groundbreaking art due to him being one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His contributions to art are still celebrated to this day! Meanwhile, in 1972, Marshall Matthews (Eminem) was born. He would then go onto become the most successful and controversial rappers of all time, with his unique style and raw lyrics.