• 1754 - 1820

    (1754 - 1820)

    U. S. Surveyor, teacher, astronomer, Quaker, mathematician, Land Agent. Born 24 January 1754 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the first of nine children of a Quaker family, he was educated in a local Quaker school by Robert Patterson. He served during the revolution as a commissioned officer in the Elk Ridge Battalion of the Maryland militia […]

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  • 1913 - 1975

    (1913 - 1975)

    Fellow of the Royal Society, Master of Sidney Sussex College (1970-1975) and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (1973-1975) (bio by: David Conway)

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  • 1887 - 1932

    (1887 - 1932)

    Motion Picture Screenwriter. A former civil engineer, he started his career as a vaudeville songwriter and later wrote plays. He began writing motion picture screenplays with Universal Studios in the mid-1910s and worked on a number of serials.  He later wrote for Fox Studios and signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1928. In all, […]

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  • 1880 - 1967

    (1880 - 1967)

    Businessman. He founded what would become the Nissan Corporation. A native of Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial Industrial University. After his graduation he joined the Shibaura Engineering Works as a probationary worker. He went to the United States to learn technologies for casting, because he found casting methods in Japan to be […]

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  • 1814 - 1900

    (1814 - 1900)

    One of the three operators of the firm Russell, Majors & Waddell, that founded and operated the Pony Express. (bio by: Bill Walker)  Family links:  Spouses:  Katherine Stalcup Majors (1820 – 1856)*  Susan Dudley Wetzel Majors (1837 – 1915)*  Children:  James Majors (1837 – 1837)*  Missouri Amanda Majors Simpson (1840 – ____)*  Benjamin Captain Majors […]

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  • 1796 - 1873

    (1796 - 1873)

    Businessman. A guitar maker, he founded the C.F. Martin and Company. He was born into a family of cabinet makers, but during the 1820’s he moved to Vienna and learned the guitar making trade from famed guitar maker Johann Stauffer. In 1833 he left Germany and opened his own luthier shop in New York City, […]

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  • 1896 - 1982

    (1896 - 1982)

    Toy Magnate. At the age of sixteen and the oldest of three, Marx had to help support the family. On a friend’s recommendation, he was hired to work full-time at the Ferdinand J. Strauss Company, a toy manufacturer that produced items for Abraham & Strauss Department Stores and a pioneer in the tin toy industry. […]

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  • 1901 - 1996

    (1901 - 1996)

    Inventor, Philanthropist. He perfected the design of the single-handed faucet in 1954.  Family links:  Parents:  Tacvor Manoogian (1877 – 1949)  Tacouhi Manoogian (1884 – 1975)  Spouse:  Marie Tatian Manoogian (1903 – 1993)

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  • 1917 - 2002

    (1917 - 2002)

    United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, Professional Football Player. Born in in Fort Collins, Colorado, he grew up in tiny Wellington, where his father was a lumber dealer and staunch Republican mayor.  White excelled in both academics and athletics.  He graduated first in his high school, college, and law school classes.  His athletic achievements included […]

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  • 1892 - 1977

    (1892 - 1977)

    Novelist. His books was often adapted to the cinema such as “Double Indemnity,” “The Postman Always Ring Twice” and “Mildred Pierce.” He also was journalist and screenwriter. Others books are “Past All Dishonour,” “Jealous Woman,” “Rainbow’s End” and “The Butterfly.”  (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)  Family links:  Spouses:  Aileen Pringle (1895 – 1989)  Florence […]

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  • 1835 - 1907

    (1835 - 1907)

    Poet, statesman, and Senator of the Italian Republic. Born in Val di Castello, Italy. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1906.

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  • 1947 - 1992

    (1947 - 1992)

    Swedish Publisher. Secretary of Information for the Swedish Department for Justice 1974-1976. Chairman of the Swedish Canoe Association since 1964. He became known to the Swedish people in connection with “Ebbe Carlsson-affären” (the “Ebbe Carlsson Affair”), a huge political scandal that shook Sweden in the summer of 1988. Ebbe Carlsson, supported by the Swedish Minister […]

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  • 1913 - 1987

    (1913 - 1987)

    Journalist. Born in Hague, Netherlands, he was a Dutch writer who became a well known public figure for his daily newspaper columns and short stories. After various editorial jobs, he became a report for The People newspaper and later was the paper’s  drama critic. Branching into writing short stories, his first collection of Kleinigheden was […]

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  • 1924 - 2003

    (1924 - 2003)

    Acclaimed Football Coach. Born Demosthenes Konstandies Andrecopoulos, he was a legend at Oregon State University where he coached the Beaver football team to some of the biggest wins in OSU history. He coached from 1965 to 1975 and then was the OSU athlectic director from 1975 until his retirement in 1985. He was known affectionately […]

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  • Abdel Hafez

    1929 - 1977

    Abdel Hafez (1929 - 1977)

    Without a doubt no living or dead entertainer has ever achieved such a tremendous amount of fame and admiration by so many people in the Arab world of music and beyond. Halim was a master oboe player, he graduated from Academy of Arab Music in 1948. However, what made Halim a superstar was the combination […]

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  • Ace Cain

    1903 - 1973

    Ace Cain (1903 - 1973)

    Actor. Born Horace Truman Cain, he played the ‘bad guy’ in 1930s B-Westerns including: “The Texas Rambler,” “Vanishing Riders” and “The Irish Gringo.” Also, he played police ‘Inspector Bull’ in the gangster film “The Shadow Of Silk Lennox,” starring Lon Chaney.

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  • Adam Francisco

    1983 - 2006

    Adam Francisco (1983 - 2006)

      Actor. A native of Lisbon, Portugal, he grew up in Runa, a village near Torres Vedras, Portugal.  A popular Portuguese young actor, he was known for his role as “Dino” in the telenovela (television series) “Morangos com Acucar,” and was also a successful model for Elite Models and On Fashion.  On Easter Sunday 2006 […]

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  • Adele Belgrade

    1866 - 2017

    Adele Belgrade (1866 - 2017)

    Stage and Motion Picture Actress. She appeared on stage and in silent films, among them the 1917 comedy/drama production of “Happiness.” Married to actor Fred J. Butler, mother of prolific director/actor David Butler.

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  • Adele Jergens

    1917 - 2002

    Adele Jergens (1917 - 2002)

    American motion picture actress. Jergens went to Hollywood from her native Brooklyn, New York, where she became a model and did some work as a chorus girl before entering “B” movies in the early 1940s. She played opposite the likes of Red Skelton and Abbott & Costello in many of those films. In 1949 she […]

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  • Adolph Caesar

    1933 - 1986

    Adolph Caesar (1933 - 1986)

    Actor. He is best remembered for his motion picture appearance as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters in the 1984 production of “A Soldier’s Story,” for which he received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Motion Picture Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He served in the USA Navy following high school, where he rose […]

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  • Agnes Ayers

    1898 - 1940

    Agnes Ayers (1898 - 1940)

    Actress. While a teenager, Agnes Ayres made her film debut at the Essanay Studios in Chicago. In 1920 she signed a contract with Paramount studios and began starring in various films, mostly under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. 1921 was a busy year for her as she acted in the films “The Affairs of […]

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  • Akim Tamiroff

    1899 - 1972

    Akim Tamiroff (1899 - 1972)

    Actor. Earthy, flamboyant character performer in Hollywood films. He was often seen in villainous or unsavory roles, and played various ethnic types despite a pronounced Slavic accent. Tamiroff received best supporting actor Oscar nominations for “The General Died at Dawn” (1936) and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (1943), and won the first Golden Globe in […]

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  • Alan Hale

    1892 - 1950

    Alan Hale (1892 - 1950)

    Actor. Born Rufus Alan McKahan in Washington, D.C. he first attempted to gain entry to the stage via opera, but his career as an operatic singer was effectively stillborn. By 1911 his attention had been diverted to Hollywood where he made his film debut in the silent film ‘The Cowboy and the Lady.’ With his […]

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  • Alberto Valentino

    1892 - 1981

    Alberto Valentino (1892 - 1981)

    Actor and studio worker. Older brother of actor Rudolph Valentino.

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  • Alejandra Boero

    1918 - 2006

    Alejandra Boero (1918 - 2006)

    Stage director and actress. Also an actor´s teacher. Born Liria Ofelia Alejandra Digiamo Viera, she was one of the pioneers of the Argentine independent stage. She founded in 1950 the Nuevo Teatro group. During her last years, she managed the Theater “Andamio 90.”

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  • Aleksandr Abdulov

    1953 - 2008

    Aleksandr Abdulov (1953 - 2008)

    Actor. Born in Tobolsk, Russia, he made his 1974 motion picture debut in “About Vitya, about Masha and the Sea Force.” In 1975 he was hired by Lenkom Theater director Mark Zakharov, and became a celebrity after appearing in “The Ordinary Miracle.” During the early 1980s he was considered a sex symbol and one of […]

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  • Alexandra Bastedo

    1946 - 2014

    Alexandra Bastedo (1946 - 2014)

    Actress. A glamorous blonde who earned numerous credits over a long career, she shall be remembered as Sharron Macready, a secret agent on the late 1960s science fiction series “The Champions”. Raised in Brighton, she wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was three but while still in her teens was ‘discovered’ and […]

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  • Alfred Laing

    1890 - 1976

    Alfred Laing (1890 - 1976)

    Actor. Appeared in silent screen films. He was featured in a comedy take-off of “Robin Hood,” produced by Universal.

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  • Alice Backes

    1923 - 2007

    Alice Backes (1923 - 2007)

    Actress. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was a character actress who appeared in numerous films and television shows from the 1940s to the 1990s. After making her debut in the 1948 film “Up in Central Park”, Backes appeared in “I Want To Live!” (1958), “It Started with a Kiss” (1959), “The Glory Guys” […]

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  • Alice Brady

    1892 - 1939

    Alice Brady (1892 - 1939)

    Actress. Born Mary Rose Brady in New York City, New York, she began her career in the theatre in 1911, at age 18. In 1914, she made her motion picture debut in the silent picture “As Ye Sow”. She appeared in 53 films in the next 10 years, all while continuing to perform on stage, […]

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