• Christopher Wilkins

    1968 - 2017

    Christopher Wilkins (1968 - 2017)

    Christopher Chubasco Wilkins (September 29, 1968 – January 11, 2017) was a Texas inmate sentenced to death and executed for a 2005 double murder. On October 27, 2005, Christopher Wilkins shot and killed Willie Freeman and Mike Silva. Freeman had allegedly cheated Wilkins in a drug deal; Silva was with Freeman at the time and […]

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  • Ernie Wilkins

    1922 - 1999

    Ernie Wilkins (1922 - 1999)

    Ernie Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In his early career he played in a military band, before joining Earl Hines‘s last big band. He worked with Count Basie from 1951 to 1955, eventually leaving to work free-lance as a jazz arranger and songwriter. His success declined in the 1960s, but revived after work with Clark Terry, […]

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  • Jess Willard

    1881 - 1968

    Jess Willard (1881 - 1968)

    Jess Willard On April 5, 1915, in Havana, Cuba, a Kansas farmer named Jess Willard became heavyweight champion of the world by defeating Jack Johnson. Willard, born in Pottawatomie County, began his professional career in 1911 at Sapulpa, Oklahoma, where he lost on a foul. Six weeks later he won over the same fighter at […]

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  • Greg Willard

    1958 - 2013

    Greg Willard (1958 - 2013)

    While attending Long Beach State University, Greg Willard officiated football as a member of the Orange County Football Officials Association and worked as a high school basketball official before advancing to the Continental Basketball Association where he spent four years. Willard also spent four years officiating basketball in college’s PCAA (now Big West) and Pac-10 […]

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  • Emma Willard

    1787 - 1870

    Emma Willard (1787 - 1870)

    In 1807, Emma Willard left Berlin and briefly worked in Westfield, Massachusetts, before accepting a job offer at a female academy in Middlebury, Vermont. She held the position of principal at the Middlebury Female Seminary from 1807 to 1809. However, she was unimpressed by the material taught there and opened a boarding school for women […]

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  • Emma Hart Willard

    1787 - 1870

    Emma Hart Willard (1787 - 1870)

    Educator, Social Reformer. A pioneer in Women’s Rights and Education, she founded the first College for women, starting in Vermont, later moving it to Troy, New York. The educational standards she introduced influenced many educators to improve their school’s curriculum and started the movement to establish co-educational institutions. (bio by: Russ Dodge)  Family links:  Spouse: […]

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  • Charles Willeford

    1919 - 1988

    Charles Willeford (1919 - 1988)

    Charles Willeford was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1919. Following the death of his father from tuberculosis in 1922, Willeford and his mother moved to the Los Angeles area. After his mother’s death in 1927, also from TB, he lived with his grandmother Mattie Lowey on Figueroa Street near Exposition Park until 1932. At […]

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  • Jennifer Willems

    1947 - 2015

    Jennifer Willems (1947 - 2015)

    Dutch Actress. Willems was an actress who was well known in film and television, particularly the children’s television series “De film van ome Willem”. She started her acting career on the television series “Bibelebons” in 1972 and would continue to act in such films and television series as “De film van ome Willem” (1974), “Naked […]

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  • Hank Williams Sr.

    1923 - 1953

    Hank Williams Sr. (1923 - 1953)

    Hank Williams Sr Williams’s parents, Elonzo Huble “Lon” Williams and Jessie Lillybelle “Lillie” Skipper married on November 12, 1916. Hank Williams was of English-American ancestry. Elonzo Williams worked as an engineer for the railroads of the W.T. Smith lumber company. He was drafted during World War I, serving from July 1918 until June 1919. He […]

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  • Robin Williams

    1951 - 2014

    Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

    Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (c. 1923 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi, whose own great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was […]

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  • Esther Williams

    1921 - 2013

    Esther Williams (1921 - 2013)

    Esther Williams Born in Inglewood, California, on August 8, 1921, Williams was the fifth and youngest child of Louis Stanton Williams (January 19, 1886 – June 10, 1968) and Bula Myrtle (née Gilpin; October 8, 1885 – December 29, 1971). Louis Williams was a sign painter and Bula Myrtle Williams was a psychologist. The two […]

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  • Camilla Williams

    1919 - 2012

    Camilla Williams (1919 - 2012)

    On October 18, 1919, Camilla Ella Williams was born in Danville, Virginia, to Fannie Carey Williams and Cornelius Booker Williams, who worked as a chauffeur. She was the youngest of four children (Mary, Helen, and Cornelius).  “My grandparents and parents were self-taught musicians; all of them sang, and there was always music in our home.” […]

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  • Andy Williams

    1927 - 2012

    Andy Williams (1927 - 2012)

    Andy Williams Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa, the son of Jay Emerson and Florence (née Finley) Williams. Williams attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; he finished high school at University High School, in West Los Angeles, because of his family’s move to California. He had three older brothers—Bob, Don, and Dick […]

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  • Clifton Williams

    1932 - 1967

    Clifton Williams (1932 - 1967)

    Williams was born on September 26, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama, to parents Clifton Curtis Williams and Gertrude (née Medicus) Williams. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Williams attended Murphy High School in Mobile, from which he graduated in 1949. He received a Bachelor […]

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  • Myrna Loy

    1905 - 1993

    Myrna Loy (1905 - 1993)

    Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana,  to Adelle Mae (née Johnson) and rancher David Franklin Williams, and raised in nearby Radersburg. Her paternal grandparents were natives of Wales, and her maternal grandparents were Swedish and Scottish. Her first name was derived from a whistle stop near Broken Bow, Nebraska, whose name her […]

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  • Willie Williams

    1956 - 2005

    Willie Williams (1956 - 2005)

    William James “Flip” Williams, Jr. (November 9, 1956 – October 25, 2005) was a mass murderer executed by lethal injection. He was convicted of the September 2, 1991 murders of three rival drug dealers and a visitor to their Youngstown, Ohio home.  Williams had returned to the neighborhood after a long absence to find that […]

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  • Stanley Williams

    1953 - 2005

    Stanley Williams (1953 - 2005)

    Stanley Williams was born December 29, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana to a 17-year old mother. His father abandoned the family when Williams was just a year old. In 1959, at the age of six, Williams moved with his mother from Rayville, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California by a Greyhound Lines bus. His mother moved into […]

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  • Sybil Christopher

    1929 - 2013

    Sybil Christopher (1929 - 2013)

    Sybil Williams was born on 27 March 1929, in Tylorstown, Mid Glamorgan. She attended the London Academy of Dramatic Arts (now LAMDA), meeting Richard Burton during the filming of The Last Days of Dolwyn (1949). After their marriage, she retired from acting, performing only a few times, and generally on stage rather than on film. […]

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  • Donald Williams

    1942 - 2016

    Donald Williams (1942 - 2016)

    Selected by NASA in January 1978, Donald Williams became an astronaut in August 1979, qualified for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews. Since then he has had various support assignments, including working at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) as a test pilot, and at the Kennedy Space Center participating in […]

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  • Afeni Shakur

    1947 - 2016

    Afeni Shakur (1947 - 2016)

    Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams; January 10, 1947 – May 3, 2016) was an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and Black Panther. She was the mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. She acted as her own criminal defense attorney after being accused of taking part in numerous bombings as a member of […]

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  • Clifton Curtis Williams, Jr

    1932 - 1967

    Clifton Curtis Williams, Jr (1932 - 1967)

    Astronaut. Born in Mobile, Alabama, he was a US Marine Corps Major, graduated from the Navy Test Pilot School and accumulated 2,500 hours flying time in jet aircraft. In October 1963, he was selected by NASA as an Astronaut serving as backup pilot for the Gemini 10 mission and worked in the areas of launch […]

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  • Clara Williams

    1888 - 1928

    Clara Williams (1888 - 1928)

    Actress. Born in Seattle, Washington, she was a popular figure of the silent film era making her screen debut in “Western Chivalry” (1910). With the success of “The Italian” (1915), in which she played the wife of an immigrant, resulted in her being typecast in roles as Latin characters. Her numerous credits included “The Man […]

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  • Kathlyn Williams

    1888 - 1960

    Kathlyn Williams (1888 - 1960)

    Actress and Screenwriter. Married to Paramount Pictures general manager Charles Eyton, Williams directed 2 films, wrote 6 screenplays and acted in 176 films. (bio by: TLS)  Family links:  Spouse:  Charles Eyton (1871 – 1941)

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  • Megan Mingyu Williams

    1956 - 2000

    Megan Mingyu Williams (1956 - 2000)

    Actress. Best known for her performances in the Australian mini series Anzacs (1985), Return to Eden (1986) and her role as Alice Sullivan in the Australian TV series the “Sullivans” (1976). Her first major role occurred in 1974 in the Australian soap opera “Class of 74.” Her other notable acting credits include “All at Sea” […]

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  • Rhoda Williams

    1930 - 2006

    Rhoda Williams (1930 - 2006)

    Voice Actress. A native of Denver, Colorado, she is best known as the voice of the evil step-sister ‘Drizella’ in the classic Disney animated film, “Cinderella” (1950). She began her career at the age of 9, and then she got the role of ‘Betty’ on the radio version of “Father Knows Best” from 1949 to […]

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  • Sigfred Ann “Siggie” Nordstrom Williams

    1893 - 1980

    Sigfred Ann “Siggie” Nordstrom Williams (1893 - 1980)

    Model, Actress, Singer, Entertainer, she started as a hat model. Named Queen of the Polar Bears when she was the first to break through the ice of Lake Michigan and was caught by the lens of an ambitious photographer in a fetching pose that appeared in the papers all across the country.  She always claimed […]

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  • Carl Williams

    1970 - 2010

    Carl Williams (1970 - 2010)

    Carl Williams (13 October 1970[2] – 19 April 2010) was an Australian convicted murderer and drug trafficker from the state of Victoria. He was the central figure in the Melbourne gangland killings. Williams attended Broadmeadows West Technical School, leaving in Year 11. Williams spent much of his childhood in Western Melbourne with his friends and older […]

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  • Billy Paul

    1934 - 2016

    Billy Paul (1934 - 2016)

    Billy Paul Billy Paul, a pioneer of the Philadelphia Sound who recorded the 1972 number one hit  “Me and Mrs. Jones,” a smoky ode to an extramarital affair, died Sunday at his home in Blackwood, N.J. He was 80. His co-manager Beverly Gray told the Associated Press that Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia, had been diagnosed […]

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  • Robert Harbin

    1908 - 1978

    Robert Harbin (1908 - 1978)

    Robert Harbin (born Ned Williams 14 February 1908 Balfour, South Africa – 12 January 1978 Westminster, London, UK) was a British magician and author. He is noted as the inventor of a number of classic illusions, including the Zig Zag Girl. He also became an authority on origami. The young Ned Williams first got interested in […]

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  • Ted Williams

    1918 - 2002

    Ted Williams (1918 - 2002)

    Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939–1942 and 1946–1960. Nicknamed “The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”, “The Thumper” and “The Greatest Hitter […]

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