Happy 141st Birthday Mata Hari

Waldina

Today is the 141st birthday of the woman that inspired the plots of hundreds of books and films: Mata Hari. Her life reads like a far-fetched story no one would believe. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.

NAME: Mata Hari
OCCUPATION: Spy, Dancer
BIRTH DATE: August 7, 1876
DEATH DATE: October 15, 1917
EDUCATION: Teachers’ College in Leiden
PLACE OF BIRTH: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
PLACE OF DEATH: Vincennes, France
REMAINS: Other (donated to science)

BEST KNOWN FOR: Mata Hari was a professional dancer and mistress who became a spy for France during World War I. Suspected of being a double agent, she was executed in 1917.

Mata Hari was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on August 7, 1876, to father Adam Zelle, a hat merchant who…

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