Full Name: Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle]
Profession: Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Why Famous: Executed by firing squad for spying for Germany. Her guilt was debated for decades, but German documents unsealed in the 1970s proved that Mata Hari was a German agent.
- 1895-07-11 Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy Mata Hari (18) weds Dutch colonial army Captain Rudolph MacLeod in Amsterdam
- 1917-10-15 Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for Germany during WWI at Vincennes near Paris