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List of famous people born in 1897, with photos when available. This list of celebrities born in 1897 is loosely ordered by popularity, so the most well-known people are at the top. All sorts of men and women are featured on this list, including actors, singers, musicians and athletes born in 1897. Various bits of information are available for these prominent people whose birth year is 1897, such as what schools they went to and where they were born. If you're looking for a particular famous person born in 1897 you can type their name into the "search" bar and it will take you right to them.

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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Born in 1897
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Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots. Earhart joined the faculty of the Purdue University aviation department in 1935 as a visiting faculty member to counsel women on careers and help inspire others with her love for aviation. She was also a member of the National Woman's Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. During an attempt to ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America

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#16 on The Greatest Pilot Characters in Film

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Joseph Goebbels is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Born in 1897
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Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devoted followers, he was known for his zealous orations and deep and virulent antisemitism, which led to his strongly supporting the extermination of the Jews when the Nazi leadership developed their "Final Solution". Goebbels came to power in 1933 after Hitler was appointed chancellor; within six weeks Hitler arranged his appointment as Propaganda Minister. One of Goebbels' first acts was to organize the burning of "decadent" books. Under Goebbels' leadership, the Propaganda Ministry quickly gained and exerted controlling ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 48 (1897-1945)

Birthplace: Rheydt, Germany

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Born in 1897
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Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-born American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified." Capra became one of America's most influential directors during the 1930s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was It Happened One Night, which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 94 (1897-1991)

Birthplace: Europe, Sicily, Eurasia, Bisacquino, Italy, + more

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Moe Howard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Born in 1897
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Moses Harry Horwitz, known professionally as Moe Howard, was an American actor and comedian best known as the de facto leader of The Three Stooges, a group that originally started out as Ted Healy and his stooges, an act that toured the vaudeville circuit, the farce comedy team who starred in motion pictures and television for four decades. His distinctive hairstyle came about when he was a boy and cut off his curls with a pair of scissors, producing a ragged shape approximating a bowl cut. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bensonhurst, New York

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