• Buddy Rogers

    1904 - 1999

    Buddy Rogers (1904 - 1999)

    Buddy Rogers Buddy Rogers made his screen debut in the 1926 film ‘Fascinating Youth,’ and quickly became a star in the late silent era. He also found success as a bandleader and a musician. His signature song became “Twelfth Street Rag,” which he was able to play a few bars of on a great number […]

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  • Buffalo Soldier Monument

    1970 - 1970

    Buffalo Soldier Monument (1970 - 1970)

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  • Buford Hayse Pusser

    1937 - 1974

    Buford Hayse Pusser (1937 - 1974)

    Folk Figure. He was the Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, and subject of the movie “Walking Tall” (1973), in which his unusual methods of law enforcement brought him popular renown. Born in McNairy County, Tennessee, his father was the Adamsville, Tennessee Chief of Police. In 1956, he graduated from Adamsville High School, where he excelled […]

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  • Bugsy Siegel

    1906 - 1947

    Bugsy Siegel (1906 - 1947)

    Bugsy Siegel Has Bugsy Siegel’s killer finally been identified? According to an article in October’s Los Angeles Magazine, the killer behind the grisly 1947 murder of the feared gangster, who was instrumental in the creation of the Las Vegas Strip, wasn’t a mobster hit man. Rather, the man who reportedly pulled the trigger on Benjamin […]

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  • Bunny Summers

    1924 - 2010

    Bunny Summers (1924 - 2010)

    American Character Actress. Born Bernice Siegel, after raising three daughters in Los Angeles, she began her career as an actress that went on to span seven decades. She appeared in several notable theater productions, including the west coast premiere of John Cassavetes’ ‘Love Streams’ and starred in the musical ‘Minnie’s Boys’ in which she played […]

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  • Burl Ives

    1909 - 1995

    Burl Ives (1909 - 1995)

    Burl Ives Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers’ reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher’s College in […]

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  • Burr Caruth

    1865 - 1953

    Burr Caruth (1865 - 1953)

    Actor. Apeared in films of the 1930s and 1940s. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Burt Lancaster

    1913 - 1994

    Burt Lancaster (1913 - 1994)

    Burt Lancaster Actor. One of Hollywood’s best film actors, he initially established his career on “tough guy” roles but abandoned his “all-American” image in the late 1950s in favor of more complex and challenging roles. nominated four times for an Academy Award, he won once for his work in “Elmer Gantry.” Born Burton Stephen Lancaster, […]

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  • Burt Edward Baluk, Jr

    1970 - 1945

    Burt Edward Baluk, Jr (1970 - 1945)

    Military Figure. Seaman, 2nd Class. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in June 1945 and entered service soon after. He was the radioman on the FT-3 plane that was part of the infamous Flight 19 squadron that disappeared out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, while on a training mission, in the Bermuda Triangle.

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  • Burt Mustin

    1884 - 1977

    Burt Mustin (1884 - 1977)

    Burt Mustin Life literally began at 60 for American actor Burt Mustin, who didn’t enter show business until that age and didn’t make his film debut until Detective Story (1951), at which time he was 68. After a decade of uncredited movie roles as hillbilly patriarchs and Town’s Oldest Citizens, Mustin began getting name recognition […]

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  • Burt Reynolds

    1936 - 2018

    Burt Reynolds (1936 - 2018)

    Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, whose easy-going charms and handsome looks drew prominent roles in films such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Boogie Nights,” suffered a cardiac arrest, Eisner said. A call for an ambulance came from his estate in Martin County, Florida, 911 records show. Burt Reynolds was an iconic Hollywood sex symbol in […]

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  • Burt Reynolds

    1936 - 2018

    Burt Reynolds (1936 - 2018)

    Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds, the handsome film and television star known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” commercial hits such as “Smokey and the Bandit” and for an active off-screen love life which included relationships with Loni Anderson and Sally Field, has died at age 82. His death was confirmed Thursday by […]

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  • Burton Abbott

    1928 - 1957

    Burton Abbott (1928 - 1957)

    Burton W. Abbott (February 8, 1928 – March 15, 1957) was a University of California at Berkeley accounting student living in Alameda, California, who was tried for the rape and murder of 14-year-old Stephanie Bryan in November 1955. Although the evidence against him was entirely circumstantial, he was convicted and sentenced to death in California’s […]

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  • Burton Baskin

    1913 - 1967

    Burton Baskin (1913 - 1967)

    Business Magnate. Together with his brother-in-law, Irving Robbins, he founded the Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream chain.  In 2004, Baskin-Robbins served over 10 million customers per week around the world. (bio by: Joe Walker)

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  • Buster Brodie

    1885 - 1948

    Buster Brodie (1885 - 1948)

    Actor. He appeared in the films, “George White’s Scandals” (1945), “Hit The Hay” (1945), “Bells Of Rosarita” (1945), “Beyond The Pecos” (1945), “Crazy Knights” (1944), “Firebrands Of Arizona” (1944), “Action In Arabia” (1944), “Lady In The Dark” (1944), “Hers To Hold” (1943), “Mrs. Wiggs Of The Cabbage Patch” (1942), “Tales Of Manhattan” (1942), “Mountain Music” […]

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  • Buster Crabbe

    1908 - 1983

    Buster Crabbe (1908 - 1983)

    Raised in Hawaii, Buster Crabbe graduated from the Punahou School in Honolulu. He competed in two Olympic Games as a swimmer. In 1928 he won the bronze medal for the 1,500 meters freestyle, and in 1932 he won the gold medal for the 400 meters freestyle when he beat Jean Taris of France by a […]

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  • Buster Keaton

    1895 - 1966

    Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966)

    Buster Keaton Legendary motion picture comic actor, writer, producer, and director of the 1910s thru 1960s. Born on October 4, 1895, in Piqua, Kansas, as Joseph Francis Keaton. The oldest son of Joseph and Myra Keaton, who were stage comedians. Buster joined his family’s act at a very young age. It soon developed into a […]

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  • Buster West

    1901 - 1966

    Buster West (1901 - 1966)

    Buster West American dancer and actor who was a featured performer in vaudeville, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. West was one of those performers who was “born in a suitcase”, as his father John West and mother were both vaudeville performers and he performed with them as a child. Buster West achieved success […]

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  • Butch Cassidy

    1866 - 1908

    Butch Cassidy (1866 - 1908)

    Butch Cassidy Born Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah the eldest of Max and Anne Parker’s thirteen children. The Parker family established a ranch near Circleville, Utah in 1879, but a local Mormon bishop found against them in a land dispute, leaving the family financially pressed. Parker began dabbling in rustling under the tuition of […]

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  • Butch Trucks

    1947 - 2017

    Butch Trucks (1947 - 2017)

    One of Trucks’ first bands was local Jacksonville band The Vikings, who made one 7-inch record in 1964. Another early band was The 31st of February which formed and broke up in 1968. This group’s lineup eventually included both Duane Allman and Gregg Allman. They recorded a cover of “Morning Dew”, by 1960s folk singer […]

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  • Butler Ames

    1871 - 1954

    Butler Ames (1871 - 1954)

    Butler Ames (August 22, 1871 – November 6, 1954) was an American politician, engineer, soldier and businessman. He was the son of Adelbert Ames and grandson of Benjamin Franklin Butler, both decorated generals in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Ames attended the public schools and Phillips Exeter Academy, in […]

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  • Butterfly McQueen

    1911 - 1995

    Butterfly McQueen (1911 - 1995)

    Born Thelma McQueen in Tampa, Florida on January 7, 1911, she planned to become a nurse until a high school teacher suggested that she try acting. McQueen initially studied with Janet Collins and went on to dance with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. Around this time she acquired the nickname “Butterfly” – a tribute […]

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  • Buttermilk

    1970 - 1970

    Buttermilk (1970 - 1970)

    Show horse. When Dale Evans was signed to be the co-star of Roy Rogers, the studio was under the impression, she being from Texas, was proficient in horsemanship.  However, she had never before been in a saddle and was unable to ride.  Lessons were arranged and she became an expert rider. It was determined that […]

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  • Byron De La Beckwith

    1920 - 2001

    Byron De La Beckwith (1920 - 2001)

    White supremacist convicted of the June 12, 1963, murder of NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers in Mississippi. In 1964, Beckwith was tried twice for the murder, but both trials ended with hung juries, both juries being all-white. In 1989, at the insistence of Evers’ widow Myrlie Evers Williams, Hinds County, MS, Assistant District Attorney Bobby […]

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  • Byron Haskin

    1899 - 1984

    Byron Haskin (1899 - 1984)

    Byron Conrad Haskin (April 22, 1899 – April 16, 1984) was an American film and television director. He was born in Portland, Oregon. Byron Haskin is known for directing The War of the Worlds (1953), one of many films where he teamed with producer George Pal. In his early career, he was a special effects artist, […]

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  • Byron Kilbourn

    1801 - 1870

    Byron Kilbourn (1801 - 1870)

    Business Magnate, Milwaukee Founder and Mayor. The son of US Congressman James Kilbourne, he worked in Ohio as a surveyor and state engineer, and moved to Wisconsin in 1834. In 1837 he established Kilbourntown on 160 acres west of the Milwaukee River. There were already two new settlements in the region, Solomon Juneau’s Juneautown (east […]

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  • Byron Laflin Smith

    1853 - 1914

    Byron Laflin Smith (1853 - 1914)

    Founder of the Northern Trust Company, a major financial institution.  Family links:  Spouse:  Carrie Cornelia Stone Smith (1856 – 1929)*  Children:  Walter Byron Smith (1878 – 1945)*  Bruce Donald Smith (1885 – 1952)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Byron Nugent

    1842 - 1908

    Byron Nugent (1842 - 1908)

    Nugent founded a small company, B. Nugent & Bro. Dry Goods Company, & turned it into one of the largest operations in the midwest. (bio by: Connie Nisinger)  Family links:  Spouse:  Julia Lake Nugent (1852 – 1928)*  Children:  Edwin Nugent (1876 – 1934)*  Byron Nugent (1881 – 1906)*  Julian Lake Nugent (1893 – 1958)* *Calculated […]

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  • Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White

    1917 - 2002

    Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White (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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  • Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White

    1917 - 2002

    Byron Raymond “Whizzer” White (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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