• King Camp Gillette

    1855 - 1932

    King Camp Gillette (1855 - 1932)

    Renowned business magnate. Founder of the Gillette Corporation.  Family links:  Parents:  George Wolcott Gillette (1824 – 1903)  Fanny Lemira Camp Gillette (1828 – 1926)  Spouse:  Alanta Ella Gaines Gillette (1868 – 1951)*  Children:  King Gaines Gillette (1891 – 1955)*  Siblings:  Lina Gillette (1850 – 1926)*  George Herman Gillette (1853 – 1915)*  King Camp Gillette (1855 […]

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  • King Clancy

    1903 - 1986

    King Clancy (1903 - 1986)

    King Clancy played for junior teams in the Ottawa area and began his NHL career in his hometown playing for the Senators, where he would establish himself as among the league’s top players and help the Senators to Stanley Cup wins in 1923 and 1927. Although he was one of the smallest defencemen of his […]

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  • King George III

    1738 - 1820

    King George III (1738 - 1820)

    George was born in London at Norfolk House. He was the grandson of King George II, and the son of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. As Prince George was born two months premature and was thought unlikely to survive, he was baptised the same day by Thomas Secker, who was both Rector of St James’s and the Bishop of Oxford.  […]

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  • King George IV of the United Kingdom

    1762 - 1830

    King George IV of the United Kingdom (1762 - 1830)

    George was born at St James’s Palace, London, on 12 August 1762, the first child of King George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte. As the eldest son of a British sovereign, he automatically became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay at birth; he was created Prince of Wales and Earl of […]

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  • King George VI

    1895 - 1952

    King George VI (1895 - 1952)

    George VI was born at York Cottage, on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria. His father was Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V), the second and eldest-surviving son of the Prince and Princess of Wales (later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra). His mother was […]

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  • King Mongkut

    1804 - 1868

    King Mongkut (1804 - 1868)

    King Mongkut was indeed supported by a pro-British, Dis Bunnak, the Samuha Kalahom, or Armed Force Department’s president, the most powerful noble during the reign of Rama III. Also some British merchants who were fearful of the anti-West feeling growing during the previous reign, seeing the ‘prince monk’, Mongkut, who the ‘champion’ of European civilization […]

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  • King Vidor

    1894 - 1982

    King Vidor (1894 - 1982)

    King Vidor (pronounced “vee-dor”) was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.  A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, Vidor made his debut as a director in 1913 with The Grand Military Parade. In Hollywood from 1915, he worked as a screenwriter and as director of a series of […]

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  • Kingman Brewster, Jr

    1919 - 1988

    Kingman Brewster, Jr (1919 - 1988)

    Educator, US Diplomat. He graduated from Yale in 1941, where he was chairman of the “Yale Daily News”, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1948. After teaching at Harvard Law School from 1950 to 1960, he accepted the post of Provost at Yale, serving from 1960 to 1963. Upon the death […]

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  • Kintaro Hattori

    1860 - 1934

    Kintaro Hattori (1860 - 1934)

    Businessman and clockmaker. In 1881, he established K. Hattori & Co., Ltd., the predecessor of what became the Seiko Corporation. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Kinuyo Tanaka

    1910 - 1977

    Kinuyo Tanaka (1910 - 1977)

    Movie actor and director. Under the direction of Gosho Heinosuke, she played memorable roles in Kenji Mizoguchi’s films, including “Saikaku ichidai onna” (1952), “Ugetsu monogatari” (1953),  and “Sansho daiyu” (1954). She became the first Japanese woman to direct a film, “Koibumi,” in 1953. She also played many roles on television and earned the Best Actress […]

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  • Kirby Grant

    1911 - 1985

    Kirby Grant (1911 - 1985)

    Kirby Grant, who entertained millions as the star of the popular Sky King radio and television series, was killed in a traffic accident near Titusville Tuesday as he drove to view the launch of the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. Mr. Grant, 73, was pronounced dead on arrival at Jess Parrish Memorial Hospital in […]

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  • Kirk Alyn

    1910 - 1999

    Kirk Alyn (1910 - 1999)

    Actor. Best remembered for being the first on-screen ‘Superman.’ As the superhero, he appeared in the film serials of the 1940s and 1950s, including. “Superman” (1948) and “Atom Man VS. Superman” (1950). Born John Feggio Jr., in Oxford, New Jersey, in 1910, he began his career as a chorus boy on broadway and as an […]

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  • Kirk Kerkorian

    1917 - 2015

    Kirk Kerkorian (1917 - 2015)

    Kirk Kerkorian Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas’ biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. He was 98. He died Monday night in Beverly Hills. The reserved, unpretentious Kerkorian spent much of his life trying to stay out of […]

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  • Kirk Kerkorian

    1917 - 2015

    Kirk Kerkorian (1917 - 2015)

    American Financier, Investor, Industrialist and Philantropist. Kirk Kerkorian was a high-school dropout and onetime welterweight boxer who rose from working as a civilian transport pilot in World War II, to building a financial empire that included investments in the casinos, hotels, as well as Chrysler, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. Kerkorian was a skilled […]

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  • Kirkland B. Armour

    1854 - 1901

    Kirkland B. Armour (1854 - 1901)

    Businessman. One of 5 Armours who developed Armor and Company Meat Packing. In 1871 John Plankington and Phillip Armour opened a small slaughterhouse in Kansas City. The company already had two large packinghouses, one in Milwaukee and one in Chicago.  Born in Stockbridge, New York, Kirkland B. Armour and his brother, Charles, came to Kansas […]

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  • Kirsten Hüttemeier

    1914 - 2003

    Kirsten Hüttemeier (1914 - 2003)

    Television Personality. She was the host of the televison shows, “To Ved Et Kokkenbord” (1951-1953), and “Huttemeiers Madmagasin” (1995-1997). (bio by: K)

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  • Kisho Kurokawa

    1934 - 2007

    Kisho Kurokawa (1934 - 2007)

    Architect. Born in Nagoya, Japan,  he initially studied architecture at Kyoto University and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1959 from the University of Tokyo,  and a PhD in 1964. He was a co-founder of the Metabolist Movement, a school advocating organic, renewable architecture that could evolve through the addition of clip-on modular […]

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  • Kitty Carlisle

    1910 - 2007

    Kitty Carlisle (1910 - 2007)

    Kitty Carlisle was born as Catherine Conn (Kitty is a nickname for Catherine; the surname was pronounced Cohen) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her family was of German Jewish heritage. Her grandfather, Ben Holtzman, was the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana. A Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, Holtzman had been a gunner on the CSS […]

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  • Kitty Clive

    1711 - 1785

    Kitty Clive (1711 - 1785)

    Singer and Actress. Catherine Raftor was born in London, the daughter of an Irish lawyer from Kilkenny who had fought for King James II at the Battle of the Boyne and spent years of exile in France before being pardoned by Queen Anne. The Dictionary of National Biography says of Kitty; “Her education was of […]

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  • Kitty Kallen

    1921 - 2016

    Kitty Kallen (1921 - 2016)

    Kitty Kallen (May 25, 1921 – January 7, 2016) was an American popular singer whose career spanned from the 1930s to the 1960s,to include the Swing era of the Big Band years, the post-WWII pop scene and the early years of rock ‘n roll. She performed with some of the most popular big bands of […]

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  • Kitty McGeever

    1966 - 2015

    Kitty McGeever (1966 - 2015)

    British Actress.   McGeever, born Catherine Mitchell, became the first blind actress to be cast in a British soap opera.    She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.   McGeever appeared in the movies “Beyond Fear” and “B. Monkey”.  After her son Felix, who had been born two months early in […]

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  • Kitty Melrose

    1970 - 1912

    Kitty Melrose (1970 - 1912)

    Actress. Real name Agnes Butterfield. Vivacious star of the Edwardian stage. Her biggest hit was the musical “The Quaker Girl” (1910), which ran for 536 performances at London’s Adelphi Theatre. After an unhappy love affair,  Melrose swallowed poison. (bio by: Bobb Edwards)

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  • Kitty Wells

    1919 - 2012

    Kitty Wells (1919 - 2012)

    Kitty Wells Wells was born Ellen Muriel Deason in 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the few country singers born in Nashville. She began singing as a child, learning guitar from her father, who was a brakeman on the Tennessee Central Railroad. Her father, Charles, and his brother were musicians and her mother, Myrtle, was […]

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  • Kiyonori Konakamura

    1970 - 1970

    Kiyonori Konakamura (1970 - 1970)

    Scholar of classical Japanese during the early Meiji era. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Kiyotaka Kaburagi

    1878 - 1972

    Kiyotaka Kaburagi (1878 - 1972)

    Japanese-style painter. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Kiyotaka Kaburagi

    1878 - 1972

    Kiyotaka Kaburagi (1878 - 1972)

    Japanese-style painter. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Klari Tolnay

    1914 - 1998

    Klari Tolnay (1914 - 1998)

    Actress. One of Hungary’s most popular film and theatre stars. Born in Budapest, she made her acting debut in 1934 and quickly won screen idol status with “Car of Dreams” (1934), which sparked an Eastern European vogue for sophisticated comedies. Tolnay’s cover girl looks and breezy style made her a natural for the genre and […]

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  • Klaus Kinski

    1926 - 1991

    Klaus Kinski (1926 - 1991)

    Klaus Kinski was born to German nationals in Zoppot in what was, under League of Nations supervision, the Free City of Danzig from 1920-1939. (It is now Sopot, Poland). His father, Bruno Nakszynski, a German of Polish descent, was a failed opera singer turned pharmacist; his mother, Susanne (née Lutze), was a nurse and the […]

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  • Knud Rasmussen

    1879 - 1933

    Knud Rasmussen (1879 - 1933)

    Knud Rasmussen was born in Jakobshavn (now Ilulissat), Greenland, the son of a Danish missionary, the vicar Christian Rasmussen, and an Inuit- Danish mother, Lovise Rasmussen (née Fleischer). He had two siblings, including a brother, Peter Lim. Rasmussen spent his early years in Greenland among the Kalaallit (Inuit) where he learned from an early age […]

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  • Kocho Baba

    1970 - 1970

    Kocho Baba (1970 - 1970)

    Scholar of English literature. Younger brother of politician Tatsui Baba. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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