• James William Lochridge

    1842 - 1909

    James William Lochridge (1842 - 1909)

    Rancher, Businessman. He discovered the first oil field in North Texas while drilling for water on his land three miles southeast of the site of present day Petrolia, Texas. Not being thrilled with the discovery he used the oil for dipping cattle to rid them of parasites, and on April 10, 1903 he formed the […]

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  • James Wilson Rouse

    1914 - 1996

    James Wilson Rouse (1914 - 1996)

    Developer James W. Rouse  was the founder of Columbia, Maryland, one of the best known and most successful new towns built in the U.S. after World War II. Columbia now has more than 83,000 residents and 2,500 businesses and industries. After retiring from the Rouse Company in 1981, Rouse devoted his time to the Enterprise […]

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  • James Wordie

    1889 - 1962

    James Wordie (1889 - 1962)

    James Wordie was born at Partick, Glasgow, the son of John Wordie, a carting contractor, and Jane Catherine Mann. He studied at The Glasgow Academy and obtained a BSc in geology from University of Glasgow. He graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge as an advanced student in 1912, and began research work. His occupation brought […]

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  • Jamey Rodemeyer

    1997 - 2011

    Jamey Rodemeyer (1997 - 2011)

    Jamey Rodemeyer (March 21, 1997 – September 18, 2011) was a bisexual teenager, known for his activism against homophobia and his videos on YouTube to help victims of homophobic bullying. His suicide was attributed to constant bullying, and led to the proposal of new cyberbullying legislation. Jamey Rodemeyer lived with his parents, Tim and Tracy Rodemeyer, […]

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  • Jamie Coots

    1971 - 2014

    Jamie Coots (1971 - 2014)

    Coots grew up in Middlesboro, Ky. He was a third-generation snake handler. He was the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, a church founded by his grandfather, Tommy Coots, in 1978. He began handling snakes at age 23. His son, Cody “Little Cody” Coots, is also active in his father’s church. Coots primarily […]

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  • Jamie Gillis

    1943 - 2010

    Jamie Gillis (1943 - 2010)

    Gillis was born into a Jewish family and named Jamey Ira Gurman in New York City and graduated from Columbia University. His parents named him Jamie after the Tyrone Power character in the film The Black Swan (1942), and he took the name Gillis from the girlfriend he was living with when he made his […]

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  • Jan Amos Komensky

    1592 - 1670

    Jan Amos Komensky (1592 - 1670)

    Philosopher. He was a theologian and cartographer, but most considered as the first modern educationalist. His book ‘Orbis Pictus’ was the the first picture book for teaching children and remained a standard text in Europe (and in America) for over 200 years. Born in Moravia, (now in the Czech Republic), he died in Amsterdam in […]

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  • Jan Arvan

    1913 - 1979

    Jan Arvan (1913 - 1979)

    Actor. Born Jan Arvanitas in Wisconsin, he was most noted as a popular character performer on many television shows from the 1950s to 1970s. His credits included “Biff Baker, U.S.A”, “Fireside Theatre”, “Studio 57”, “Zorro”, “Sea Hunt”, “Mannix”, “Bonanza”, “Family” and “The Paper Chase”. For feature films, he appeared in “The Robe” (1954), “Istanbul” (1957), […]

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  • Jan Clayton

    1917 - 1983

    Jan Clayton (1917 - 1983)

    American motion picture and television actress. Played the part of Ellen Miller, the mother on the “Lassie” TV series, from 1954 to 1957. Died of cancer in 1983. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Parents:  Gessie Verner Clayton (1890 – 1965)  Vera Willie Carter Clayton (1891 – 1985)  Spouses:  Russell Hayden (1912 – 1981)*  Robert […]

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  • Jan Crouch

    1938 - 2016

    Jan Crouch (1938 - 2016)

    Jan Crouch was the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Edgar W. Bethany, and grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Her father served as a pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination, and was the founding president of Southeastern University (Florida). While attending Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, Crouch met Paul F. Crouch. They married in 1957, […]

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  • Jan Groover

    1943 - 2012

    Jan Groover (1943 - 2012)

    Photographer. She used her old-style camera to turn common household objects into works of art. Raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, she originally studied painting and after earning her undergraduate degree from New York’s Pratt Institute in 1965 worked as an art teacher in her hometown before receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State […]

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  • Jan Hooks

    1957 - 2014

    Jan Hooks (1957 - 2014)

    Jan Hooks Janet Vivian “Jan” Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986-91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons […]

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  • Jan Miner

    1917 - 2004

    Jan Miner (1917 - 2004)

    Jan Miner, the daughter of a dentist and a painter, whose siblings included three brothers, Sheldon, Donald and Lyndsey, studied at the Vesper George School of Art in her native Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to study acting with Lee Strasberg and others before making her stage debut in 1945, in a Boston production of […]

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  • Jan Němec

    1936 - 2016

    Jan Němec (1936 - 2016)

    Němec’s career as a filmmaker started in the late 1950s when he attended FAMU, the most prestigious institution for film training in Czechoslovakia. At that time, Czechoslovakia was a communist state subservient to the USSR, and artistic and public expression was subject to censorship and government review. However, thanks largely to the failure of purely […]

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  • Jan Pen

    1921 - 2010

    Jan Pen (1921 - 2010)

    Jan Pen studied at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where in 1950 he received his PhD with a thesis concerning the theory of collective wage negotiations. He was Director General Economic Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In 1956 he was appointed professor of political economy and the theory of public finance at the Faculty […]

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  • Jan Potocki

    1761 - 1815

    Jan Potocki (1761 - 1815)

    Jan Potocki (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjan pɔˈtɔt͡skʲi]; 8 March 1761 – 23 December 1815) was a Polish nobleman, Polish Army Captain of Engineers, ethnologist, Egyptologist, linguist, traveler, adventurer and popular author of the Enlightenment period, whose life and exploits made him a legendary figure in his homeland. Outside Poland he is known chiefly for his novel, […]

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  • Jan Stenbeck

    1942 - 2002

    Jan Stenbeck (1942 - 2002)

    Business Magnate. A Harvard Business School graduate, he was chairman of the board for Kinnevik, a leading Swedish combine in IT, telecom and media. Tele2, TV3, Radio Rix and Metro International, were some of the companies that helped him building an empire estimated to more than 10 billion dollars. He was a self-willing, highly efficient […]

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  • Jan Sterling

    1921 - 2004

    Jan Sterling (1921 - 2004)

    Movie and Stage Actress. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in “The High and the Mighty” (1954). She also won the National Board of Review Award for Billy Wilder’s “Ace in the Hole” (1951). She appeared in several Film Noir dramas. Among other films she appeared in “Johnny Belinda” […]

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  • Jan Tinbergen

    1903 - 1994

    Jan Tinbergen (1903 - 1994)

    Jan Tinbergen was the eldest of five children of Dirk Cornelis Tinbergen and Jeannette van Eek. His brother Nikolaas “Niko” Tinbergen would also win a Nobel Prize (for physiology, during 1973) for his work in ethology, while his youngest brother Luuk would become a famous ornithologist. Between 1921 and 1925, Tinbergen studied mathematics and physics […]

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  • Jan Werich

    1905 - 1980

    Jan Werich (1905 - 1980)

    Between 1916 and 1924, Jan Werich attended “reálné gymnasium” (equivalent to high school) in Křemencová Street in Prague (where his future partner, Jiří Voskovec, also studied). He studied law at the Charles University Law School from 1924 to 1927, from which he made an early departure to begin his artistic career and forge one of […]

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  • Jana Rybarova

    1936 - 1957

    Jana Rybarova (1936 - 1957)

    Czech Actress. She appeared in the films “Legend o’ Lasce” (1957), “Labakan” (1956), and “Stribrny Vitr” (1954). (bio by: K)

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  • Jane “Punky” O’Brien Dart

    1918 - 2009

    Jane “Punky” O’Brien Dart (1918 - 2009)

    Actress. She appeared in around twenty movies in the late 1930s, then later helped persuade her friend Ronald Reagan to enter politics. Raised in Los Angeles, she was signed to a Warner Brothers contract in 1936, and performed in the 1937 “Marked Woman”; her most acclaimed role was as Paul Muni’s doomed mistress in the […]

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  • Jane “Punky” O’Brien Dart

    1918 - 2009

    Jane “Punky” O’Brien Dart (1918 - 2009)

    Actress. She appeared in around twenty movies in the late 1930s, then later helped persuade her friend Ronald Reagan to enter politics. Raised in Los Angeles, she was signed to a Warner Brothers contract in 1936, and performed in the 1937 “Marked Woman”; her most acclaimed role was as Paul Muni’s doomed mistress in the […]

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  • Jane Ace

    1897 - 1974

    Jane Ace (1897 - 1974)

    Radio Actress. Born Jane Epstein in Kansas City, Missouri, together with her husband Goodman Ace, they were one of the most popular novelty teams during radio’s golden era. In 1930, when circumstances forced Goodman Ace to continue broadcasting after his show had finished on KMBC Radio Kansas City, he brought his wife Jane in for […]

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  • Jane Adams

    1921 - 2014

    Jane Adams (1921 - 2014)

    Jane Adams was born in San Antonio, Texas and received a full scholarship to Juilliard, which she turned down to spend years studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre and then with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency, where she was given her nickname “Poni”. (This was supposedly […]

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  • Jane Aiken Hodge

    1917 - 2009

    Jane Aiken Hodge (1917 - 2009)

    Jane Aiken Hodge (December 4, 1917 – June 17, 2009) was an American-born British writer. Born near Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second child of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Conrad Aiken and his first wife, the writer Jessie McDonald. Jane Hodge was 3 years old when her family moved to Great Britain, settling in Rye, East Sussex where […]

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  • Jane Appleton Pierce

    1806 - 1863

    Jane Appleton Pierce (1806 - 1863)

    Born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the daughter of Reverend Jesse Appleton, a Congregationalist minister, and Elizabeth Means-Appleton, Jane was a petite, frail, shy, melancholy figure. After the death of her father, who had served as president of Bowdoin College not long before Franklin enrolled there, she moved at age 13 into the mansion of her […]

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  • Jane Austen

    1775 - 1817

    Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

    Austen’s parents, George Austen (1731–1805), and his wife Cassandra (1739–1827), were members of substantial gentry families. George was descended from a family of woollen manufacturers, which had risen through the professions to the lower ranks of the landed gentry. Cassandra was a member of the prominent Leigh family. They married on 26 April 1764 at […]

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  • Jane Avril

    1868 - 1943

    Jane Avril (1868 - 1943)

    Dancer. Famed for dancing the “Can-Can”. She was painted by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.

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  • Jane Bowles

    1917 - 1973

    Jane Bowles (1917 - 1973)

    Writer. She was born in New York (United States) and died in Málaga (Andalucia, Spain). Her first novel La Phaeton Hypocrite  was printed privately and no copies survive. Despite of her lesbianism, she married the gay writer Paul Bowles in 1938, who remain her husband until her death in 1973. Her health declined and in […]

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