Weird History Which Historical Figures Share Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?  

Carly Silver
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The legend of the Chinese zodiac dictates that the gods assigned 12 animals to a cycle of 12 different years, a tradition that has carried down through the centuries. Chinese astrology can tell you all about yourself - but it doesn't end there. The Western zodiac signs of historical figures can reveal a great deal about how astrological signs function and coexist with one another, and the Chinese zodiac can do much the same. Not only will it teach you about you, but in turn you can see which historical figures you'd get along with; maybe you'd vibe with Leonardo da Vinci, born under the Year of the Monkey, or perhaps align better with Queen Victoria, who lived up to her reputation of being a Rabbit in more ways than one. 

P.S. In the Chinese zodiac, every new year begins with the arrival of the New Moon between January 16 and February 20, so depending on when your birthday falls you might in fact have been born under the Chinese astrological sign of the year before. 

Year Of The Rat


Rat (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Historical Figures Share Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
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1. Characteristics of Those Born in the Year of the Rat:

  • Positive: Optimistic, attractive, good-natured
  • Negative: Overly cautious, narrow-minded
  • Behavior: Wanting to be the center of attention, assuming leadership

2. Who Shares It?:

  • George Washington (February 22, 1732)
  • Mata Hari (August 7, 1876)
  • Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816)
  • Wolfgang Mozart (January 27, 1756)

Years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Year Of The Ox


Ox (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Historical Figures Share Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
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1. Characteristics of Those Born in the Year of the Ox:

2. Who Shares It?:

  • Napoleon Bonaparte (born August 15, 1769)
  • Vincent Van Gogh (born March 30, 1853)
  • Diana, Princess of Wales (born July 1, 1961)
  • Hans Christian Anderson (born April 2, 1805)

Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Year Of The Tiger


Tiger (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Historical Figures Share Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
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1. Characteristics of Those Born in the Year of the Tiger:

  • Positive: Courageous, lucky, independent
  • Negative: Egocentric, cocky, undisciplined
  • Behavior: Argumentative, managerial

2. Who Shares It?:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven (born December, 1770)
  • Emily Dickinson (born December 10, 1830)
  • Karl Marx (born May 5, 1818)
  • Beatrix Potter (born July 28, 1866)

Years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Year Of The Rabbit


Rabbit (Zodiac) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Historical Figures Share Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?
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1. Characteristics of Those Born in the Year of the Rabbit:

  • Positive: Sensitive, romantic, ambitious
  • Negative: Standoffish, quick-tempered, private
  • Behavior: Daydreamers, keep to themselves

2. Who Shares It?: 

  • Queen Victoria (born May 24, 1819)
  • Albert Einstein (born March 14, 1879)
  • Coretta Scott King (born April 27, 1927)
  • Ayatollah Khomeini (born September 24, 1902)

Years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023