• R. Buckminster Fuller

    1895 - 1983

    R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983)

    Inventor, architect, engineer, mathematician, poet and cosmologist. He was awarded 25 U.S. patents, authored 28 books, received 47 honorary doctorates in the arts, science, engineering and the humanities. He received dozens of major architectural and design awards including, among many others, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects and the Gold Medal of […]

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  • R. G. Armstrong

    1917 - 2012

    R. G. Armstrong (1917 - 2012)

    R. G. Armstrong R. G. Armstrong Jr., a rough-hewed character actor known for playing sheriffs, outlaws and other macho roles, died on Friday at his home in Studio City, Calif. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his daughter Robbie Armstrong-Dunham. Mr. Armstrong’s five-decade career took off with guest spots on virtually all the […]

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  • R. J. Adams

    1942 - 2015

    R. J. Adams (1942 - 2015)

    R. J. Adams was born in St. Catharines, Ontario where he spent his early childhood until his family headed across the border to Niagara Falls, New York. Known to his friends as Bob Adams, the aspiring actor/radio D.J. spent just a couple of years attending Bishop Duffy High school before dropping out and moving to […]

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  • R.G. Armstrong

    1917 - 2012

    R.G. Armstrong (1917 - 2012)

    Actor. Robert Golden Armstrong was born in the deep South to parents who were practitioners of Fundamentalism, they had aspirations of their son one day becoming a pastor. He had other plans and pursued his desire of becoming an entertainer. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he attained a Masters degree in […]

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  • Raaj Kumar

    1926 - 1996

    Raaj Kumar (1926 - 1996)

    Raaj Kumar was born in Loralai, Balochistan, Pakistan in a Kashmiri Pandit family. In the late 1940s he moved to Mumbai, India where he became Sub-inspector of the Mumbai Police. He married Jennifer, an Anglo-Indian, whom he met on a flight where she was the airhostess. She later changed her name to Gayatri per Hindu […]

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  • Rabbi Judah Monis

    1683 - 1764

    Rabbi Judah Monis (1683 - 1764)

    America’s first Hebrew instructor. He taught at Harvard University for 38 years, from 1722-1760. He was one of the earlist Jewish converts to Christianity in the United States. In 1735, he published the first Hebrew grammar textbook in North America. (bio by: Rich H.)  Family links:  Spouse:  Abigail Marrett Monis (1701 – 1760)* *Calculated relationship […]

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  • Rabbi Menachem Froman

    1945 - 2013

    Rabbi Menachem Froman (1945 - 2013)

    Israeli Orthodox rabbi, educator and negotiator. He was one of the few Israelis who spoke with Palestinian Islamists of Hamas and  thought that was  possible peace with this movement that advocates the destruction of Israel. He was the rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of the occupied West Bank Border, that believed that […]

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  • Rabindranath Tagore

    1861 - 1941

    Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

    Rabindranath Tagore (Listeni/rəˈbindrəˈnɑːt ˈtɑːɡɔr/; Bengali pronunciation: [robind̪ro nat̪ʰ ʈʰakur]), also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941),γ[›] sobriquet Gurudev,δ[›] was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, […]

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  • Rachel Carson

    1907 - 1964

    Rachel Carson (1907 - 1964)

    Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Rachel Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in […]

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  • Rachel Félix

    1828 - 1851

    Rachel Félix (1828 - 1851)

    Actress. Born in Switzerland, she became the most famous tragic actress of her day.

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  • Rachel Jackson

    1767 - 1828

    Rachel Jackson (1767 - 1828)

    Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, born Rachel Donelson, (June 15, 1767 – December 22, 1828) was the wife of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. She lived with him at their home at The Hermitage, but died before his inauguration in 1829, and therefore was never First Lady. Rachel Donelson was born near […]

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  • Rachel Louise Carson

    1907 - 1964

    Rachel Louise Carson (1907 - 1964)

    Biologist, Writer, Ecologist. The youngest of three children, Rachel grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, where she credits her mother for instilling and nurturing a passion for nature. She graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania College for Women in 1929, and received her Masters in Marine Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932. After […]

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  • Rachel Roberts

    1927 - 1980

    Rachel Roberts (1927 - 1980)

    Rachel Roberts was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. After a Baptist upbringing (against which she rebelled), followed by study at the University of Wales and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she began working with a repertory company in Swansea in 1950. She made her film debut in the Welsh-set comedy Valley of Song (1953), […]

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  • Rachel Scott

    1981 - 1999

    Rachel Scott (1981 - 1999)

    Rachel Scott was born on August 5, 1981, in Denver, Colorado, the third of five children of Darrell Scott (1949 – ) and Beth Nimmo (1953 – ). Her older sisters are Bethanee (1975 – ) and Dana (1976 – ) and her two younger brothers are Craig (1983 – ) and Mike (1984 – […]

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  • Rae Brown

    1970 - 2000

    Rae Brown (1970 - 2000)

    Rae Brown is probably best remembered for her portrayal of down-to-earth, warm-hearted Molly, the owner of Molly’s Reach Cafe in the long-running Beachcombers series which was shot on location in Gibsons, B.C.  Rae Brown is probably best remembered for her portrayal of down-to-earth, warm-hearted Molly, the owner of Molly’s Reach Cafe in the long-running Beachcombers […]

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  • Raf Vallone

    1916 - 2002

    Raf Vallone (1916 - 2002)

    Raffaele “Raf” Vallone (17 February 1916 – 31 October 2002) was an Italian footballer, actor and an international film star. Born in Tropea, Calabria, the son of a lawyer, Vallone attended Liceo classico Cavour in Turin, and studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Turin and entered his father’s law firm. He played professional Football […]

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  • Rafael Alberti

    1902 - 1999

    Rafael Alberti (1902 - 1999)

    Poet. Born in Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain, hw founded the revolutionary magazine “Octubre” and fought against the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. He is best remembered for his books “Marinero en tierra” (1924), “Sobre los ángeles” (1928), and “Entre el clavel y la espada” (1939). He was cremated and his ashes scattered in […]

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  • Rafael Alonso

    1920 - 1998

    Rafael Alonso (1920 - 1998)

    Actor. He is best known for his roles in the motion pictures “Cómicos”, “El Baile,” and “El Abuelo”.

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  • Rafael Bardem

    1889 - 1972

    Rafael Bardem (1889 - 1972)

    Actor. He was born in Barcelona (Catalunya) and died in Madrid. He began his career on stage at the age of 20 in the company of Rosario Pino and became one of the legendary spanish stage actors of the Twentieth Century. On stage, he worked in “Un Espíritu Burlon” (1946), “El Caso de la Mujer […]

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  • Rafael Barradas

    1890 - 1929

    Rafael Barradas (1890 - 1929)

    Painter. Born of Spanish parents in Montevideo, Uruguay,  he moved to Barcelona in 1913, where he would spend most of his career. He worked as illustrator for the magazine “Alfar”,  and with Jorge Luis Borges for “Tableros.” Barradas became a leader of the avant-garde in Spanish painting. Among his works are “Los Emigrantes”, “García Lorca […]

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  • Rafael Campos, Jr

    1936 - 1985

    Rafael Campos, Jr (1936 - 1985)

    Actor. He is best remembered for his role as ‘Ramon Diaz Jr.’ on the “Rhoda” television series from 1977 to 1978. Among his films are, “The Return Of Josey Wales” (1986), “Fever Pitch” (1985), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1984), “Heartbreaker” (1983), “V” (1983), “The Return Of Frank Cannon” (1980), “Where The Buffalo Roam” (1980), “The […]

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  • Rafael Guastavino

    1842 - 1908

    Rafael Guastavino (1842 - 1908)

    Builder and architect who created Grant’s Tomb, the Great Hall at Ellis Island, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, and Biltmore, among many others.  (bio by: S. Donaldson)  Family links:  Children:  Rafael Guastavino Expósito (1872 – 1950)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Rafaela Aparicio

    1906 - 1996

    Rafaela Aparicio (1906 - 1996)

    Actress. A poplar theater and motion picture actress, he is best remembered for her films “Atraco a las Tres” (1962), “Sor Citroen” (1967), “El Extraño Viaje” (1967), “La Casa de los Martínez” (1971), “Mamá Cumple 100 Años” (1979), “El Sur” (1982), “El Mar y el Tiempo” (1989), “Mala Yerba” (1991), and “Oh, Cielos” (1994), which […]

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  • Rafaela Ottiano

    1888 - 1942

    Rafaela Ottiano (1888 - 1942)

    Actress. The severe-looking character actress from stage and film, will probably best be remembered as Greta Garbo’s overly protective caretaker, Suzette, in the 1932 classic ‘Grand Hotel’. Ottiano established herself as a stage actress in Europe before appearing on Broadway in ‘Sweeney Todd’ (1924), ‘Diamond Lil’ (1928), and the play version of ‘Grand Hotel’ (1930). […]

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  • Rainey Bethea

    1909 - 1936

    Rainey Bethea (1909 - 1936)

    Criminal. He was the last person to be publicly executed in America.  Born ca. 1909-1913 in Roanoke, Virginia, Bethea, a young African-American, moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, in order to find work in the tobacco fields.  Local police charged him with various petty offenses, but in 1935, he was convicted of stealing a purse and sentenced […]

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  • Raita Fujiyama

    1970 - 1970

    Raita Fujiyama (1970 - 1970)

    Entrepeneur and business leader. He founded the “Fujiyama” business enterprises. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Raleigh Bond

    1935 - 1989

    Raleigh Bond (1935 - 1989)

    Actor. He appeared in “The Onion Field” (1979), “Pennies from Heaven” (1981), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), and as ‘Raleigh’ on the television series “Alice”(1979 to 1981).

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  • Raleigh Bond

    1935 - 1989

    Raleigh Bond (1935 - 1989)

    Actor. He appeared in “The Onion Field” (1979), “Pennies from Heaven” (1981), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), and as ‘Raleigh’ on the television series “Alice”(1979 to 1981). (bio by: Ginny M)

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  • Ralf Belmont

    1882 - 1964

    Ralf Belmont (1882 - 1964)

    Actor. American stage figure of the 1920s through the 1960s. Died instantly when he and friend/actor Percy Kilbride were struck by a car while out walking. (bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Struck by automobile

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  • Ralph Adams Cram

    1863 - 1942

    Ralph Adams Cram (1863 - 1942)

    Architect, Author. Inspired by the influential English critic John Ruskin, he became an ardent advocate of and authority on English and French Gothic styles. He produced many collegiate and ecclesiastical works in a neo-Gothic style. Winning the West Point competition brought national attention to him and in 1907 Cram was appointed Campus Architect, a position […]

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