• George Charles Aid

    1872 - 1938

    George Charles Aid (1872 - 1938)

    Artist. Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. He received his primary art education at the St. Louis School of Fine Art. George worked as a staff artist for the St. Louis newspapers before moving to France in 1899. Once he arrived in France he began his studies at the Academie Julian in Paris with renowned […]

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  • Setsuko Hara

    1920 - 2015

    Setsuko Hara (1920 - 2015)

    Setsuko Hara was born Masae Aida (会田 昌江 Aida Masae?) in what is now Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama in a family with three sons and five daughters. Her elder sister was married to film director Hisatora Kumagai, which gave her an entry into the world of the cinema and she went to work for Nikkatsu Studios in […]

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  • Charles Aidman

    1925 - 1993

    Charles Aidman (1925 - 1993)

    Aidman was born in Frankfort in Clinton County, Indiana. After graduating from Frankfort High School he served in the United States Navy from 1946-1948 attending officer’s training at DePauw University. He attended Indiana University in Indianapolis.  Among his many television credits, Aidman guest starred on NBC’s The Virginian (in the episode “The Devil’s Children”), and […]

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  • Giuseppe “Joe” Aiello

    1970 - 1930

    Giuseppe “Joe” Aiello (1970 - 1930)

    Organized Crime Figure. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, he immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin around 1912. He and his family eventually settled on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, where he became in volved in liquor bootlegging, and where he eventually came into a conflict with crime boss Al Capone. After several years and many […]

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  • Mireille Darc

    1938 - 2017

    Mireille Darc (1938 - 2017)

    Mireille Darc (French: [miʁɛj daʁk]; 15 May 1938 – 28 August 2017) was a French model and actress. She was Alain Delon’s longtime co-star and companion. She appeared as a lead character in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film Week End. Darc is a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur and Commandeur of the Ordre national du Mérite. Born Mireille […]

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  • Eddie Aikau

    1946 - 1978

    Eddie Aikau (1946 - 1978)

    Born in Kahului, Maui, Aikau was the third child of Solomon and Henrietta Aikau. Aikau first learned how to surf at Kahului Harbor on its shorebreak. He moved to Oʻahu with his family in 1959, and at the age of 16 left school and started working at the Dole pineapple cannery; The paycheck allowed Aikau […]

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  • Yoshisuke Aikawa

    1880 - 1967

    Yoshisuke Aikawa (1880 - 1967)

    Aikawa was born in what is now part of Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi prefecture. His mother was the niece of Meiji period genrō Inoue Kaoru. He graduated from the engineering department of Tokyo Imperial University in 1903 and went to work for Shibaura Seisakusho, the forerunner of Toshiba. Although his pay was very low, Aikawa managed […]

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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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  • Frederick Aiken

    1832 - 1878

    Frederick Aiken (1832 - 1878)

    Information on Aiken’s early life is largely unknown; his date of birth, city of birth, and even his full name varies depending on source. His official birth records, as well as the 1840 and 1850 census records, indicate that he was born Frederick Augustus Aiken on September 20, 1832, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Susan (née […]

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  • Moms Mabley

    1894 - 1975

    Moms Mabley (1894 - 1975)

    Loretta Mary Aiken was born in Brevard, North Carolina on March 19, 1894 to James Aiken and Mary Smith, who married on May 21, 1891, in Transylvania County, North Carolina  Moms Mabley was one of a family of 16 children. Her father owned and operated several businesses, while her mother kept house and took in […]

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  • Frederick Argyle Aiken

    1832 - 1878

    Frederick Argyle Aiken (1832 - 1878)

    Lincoln Assassination Trial Attorney. A Massachusetts native he moved with his parents to Hardwick, Vermont when he was ten years old. As a young man he studied at Middlebury College from 1855 to 1857. Drawn to journalism he became the editor of the “Burlington Sentinel”. After he married Sarah Olivia Weston (1846-1900), daughter of Judge […]

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  • George L. Aiken

    1830 - 1876

    George L. Aiken (1830 - 1876)

    Playwright, Actor. He is best known for his dramatizing Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” for the theater. He acted in its first performance at Troy, New York on September 27, 1852, and made numerous appearances in the play in the pre-Civil War era.

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  • Conrad Aiken

    1889 - 1973

    Conrad Aiken (1889 - 1973)

    Author, Editor. His writings often deal with identity and changing perceptions, reflecting his profound interest in psychology. He won the 1930 Pulitzer Prize for his “Selected Poems” (1929) and the National Book Award for “Collected Poems” (1953). Conrad Potter Aiken was born in Savannah, Georgia. When he was 11 his father killed his mother and […]

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  • Joan Aiken

    1924 - 2004

    Joan Aiken (1924 - 2004)

    Joan Aiken produced more than a hundred books, including more than a dozen collections of fantasy stories, plays and poems, and modern and historical novels for adults and children. She was a lifelong fan of ghost stories, particularly those of M. R. James, Fitz James O’Brien and Nugent Barker. Some of her books focus on […]

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  • Alvin Ailey Jr

    1931 - 1989

    Alvin Ailey Jr (1931 - 1989)

    Alvin Ailey Jr Ailey was born to his 17-year-old mother, Lula Elizabeth Ailey, in Rogers, Texas. His father, also named Alvin, abandoned the family when Alvin was only six months old. Like many African Americans living in Texas during the Great Depression, Ailey and his mother moved often and had a hard time finding work. […]

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  • Alvin Ailey, Jr

    1931 - 1989

    Alvin Ailey, Jr (1931 - 1989)

    Dancer, Choreographer. Born in Rogers, Texas, he was the founder of the renown dance company the “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”.  Starting in 1949, he studied with influential choreographer Lester Horton in Los Angeles, California. When Horton died in 1953, Alvin Ailey took over the Lester Horton Dance Theater and became the director and resident […]

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  • Alfred Ainger

    1837 - 1904

    Alfred Ainger (1837 - 1904)

    Author, Religious Leader.  Born in London, England in the family of an architect, he was educated , at King’s College, where he experienced the influence of John Frederick Denison Maurice, one of the principal theologians of his time.  The sudden death of his father made it imperative that he enter a profession in which he […]

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  • Alfred Ainger

    1837 - 1904

    Alfred Ainger (1837 - 1904)

    Author, Religious Leader.  Born in London, England in the family of an architect, he was educated , at King’s College, where he experienced the influence of John Frederick Denison Maurice, one of the principal theologians of his time.  The sudden death of his father made it imperative that he enter a profession in which he […]

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  • Anthony Ainley

    1932 - 2004

    Anthony Ainley (1932 - 2004)

    British Actor. He was most famous for portraying the longest recurring roll as “The Master” on the long running “Doctor Who” sci-fi television series. He was born into an acting family, being the son of actor Henry Ainley and brother of actor Richard Ainley. His many movie and TV credits include “The Land That Time […]

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  • Henry Ainley

    1879 - 1945

    Henry Ainley (1879 - 1945)

    Actor. Born to Richard and Ada Ainley in Morley, West Yorkshire, England. He made his professional stage debut for F.R. Benson’s company of actors and later joined Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s company. His first stage role was as a messenger in “Macbeth”. He also appeared as Glo’ster in “Henry V” at the Lyceum in London and […]

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  • Helen Ainsworth

    1901 - 1961

    Helen Ainsworth (1901 - 1961)

    Actress, Entertainment Agent. Known as “Cupid Ainsworth”, she appeared in thirteen motion pictures in the 1930s and early 1940s, most notably “The Big Broadcast of 1937” (1936) and “Gold Mine in the Sky” (1938). She became an agent after her film career, and was instrumental in launching the careers of Hollywood figures such as Marilyn […]

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  • Charles Sydney Ainsworth

    1873 - 1922

    Charles Sydney Ainsworth (1873 - 1922)

    Actor. Born Charles Sydney Ainsworth in England (he used his middle name as his first name throughout his life), he came to the United States in 1877. During the Spanish-American War, he enlisted in the United States Army, and served as a Private in Company G, 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. After serving in Cuba, he […]

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  • Harrison Ainsworth

    1805 - 1882

    Harrison Ainsworth (1805 - 1882)

    Author.  Born on King Street, Manchester, he was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and, at the age of sixteen, was articled to a solicitor. In 1824 his father died, and he went to London to study at the Inner Temple. In 1826 he married daughter of a publisher who was also the Manager of […]

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  • Harrison Ainsworth

    1805 - 1882

    Harrison Ainsworth (1805 - 1882)

    Author.  Born on King Street, Manchester, he was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and, at the age of sixteen, was articled to a solicitor. In 1824 his father died, and he went to London to study at the Inner Temple. In 1826 he married daughter of a publisher who was also the Manager of […]

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  • George Biddell Airy

    1801 - 1892

    George Biddell Airy (1801 - 1892)

    Airy was born at Alnwick, one of a long line of Airys who traced their descent back to a family of the same name residing at Kentmere, in Westmorland, in the 14th century. The branch to which he belonged, having suffered in the English Civil War, moved to Lincolnshire and became farmers. Airy was educated […]

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  • Harry E. Aitken

    1877 - 1956

    Harry E. Aitken (1877 - 1956)

    Motion Picture Executive.  A movie industry pioneer, he was one of the first to produce movies independent of Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Patents Company. Along with his brother Roy, he founded a number of early motion picture production and distribution companies, most notable being the Mutual Film Corporation, the Epoch Producing Corporation, and […]

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  • Roy E. Aitken

    1882 - 1976

    Roy E. Aitken (1882 - 1976)

    Motion Picture Executive.  A movie industry pioneer, he was one of the first to produce movies independent of Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Patents Company. Along with his brother Harry, he founded a number of early motion picture production and distribution companies, most notable being the Mutual Film Corporation, the Epoch Producing Corporation, and […]

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  • Spottiswoode Aitken

    1868 - 1933

    Spottiswoode Aitken (1868 - 1933)

    Actor. Born Frank Spottiswoode Aitken in Edinburgh, Scotland, he made his theater stage debut at age 13 and spent nearly 20 years touring the United States in stock companies.  During a 1907 road production of “Pocahontas” he met actor and future director  D.W. Griffith,  who later invited him to join the Biograph studio.  Onscreen Aitken […]

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  • Joseph Aiuppa

    1907 - 1997

    Joseph Aiuppa (1907 - 1997)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a long time power in the Chicago, Illinois Mafia syndicate known as “The Outfit”. He began his criminal career as a muscleman and hired gun for Al Capone in 1935; by 1970 he had risen high in the Chicago mob. Though he controlled the mob’s operations in Cicero and the […]

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  • Joseph “Doves” Aiuppa

    1907 - 1997

    Joseph “Doves” Aiuppa (1907 - 1997)

    Organized Crime Figure.  He was a long time power in the Chicago, Illinois Mafia syndicate known as “The Outfit”. He began his criminal career as a muscleman and hired gun for Al Capone in 1935; by 1970 he had risen high in the Chicago mob. Though he controlled the mob’s operations in Cicero and the […]

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