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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peter Abelard
Philosopher
1079 21-Apr-1142 French scholastic philosopher
Niceto Alcalá-Zamora
Government
6-Jul-1877 18-Feb-1949 1st President of the Second Spanish Republic
Yasser Arafat
Politician
24-Aug-1929 10-Nov-2004 Palestinian leader, former terrorist
Jacobo Arbenz
Head of State
14-Sep-1913 27-Jan-1971 President of Guatemala, 1951-54
St. Athanasius
Religion
298 AD 2-May-373 AD Patriarch of Alexandria, 328-373 AD
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
Military
15-Feb-1519 17-Sep-1574 Founder of St. Augustine, Florida
Ludwig van Beethoven
Composer
17-Dec-1770 26-Mar-1827 Prominent composer
Simón Bolívar
Military
24-Jul-1783 17-Dec-1830 El Libertador
Daniel Boone
Military
22-Oct-1734 26-Sep-1820 Legendary frontiersman
John Wilkes Booth
Assassin
10-May-1838 26-Apr-1865 Abraham Lincoln's assassin
The Big Bopper
Musician
24-Oct-1930 3-Feb-1959 Chantilly Lace
Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
14-Dec-1546 24-Oct-1601 Copper-nosed Danish astronomer
Louis Braille
Inventor
4-Jan-1809 6-Jan-1852 Reading system for the blind
Eva Braun
First Lady
6-Feb-1912 30-Apr-1945 Adolf Hitler's mistress, then wife
David C. Broderick
Politician
4-Feb-1820 16-Sep-1859 US Senator from California, 1857-59
Charles Bulfinch
Architect
8-Aug-1763 15-Apr-1844 Architect of the U.S. Capitol
Joseph R. Burton
Politician
16-Nov-1852 27-Feb-1923 US Senator from Kansas, 1901-06
Robin Bush
Relative
20-Dec-1949 11-Oct-1953 George W. Bush sister, died at age four
Caligula
Royalty
31-Aug-12 AD 24-Jan-41 AD Roman Emperor, 37-41 AD
Roberto Calvi
Business
13-Apr-1920 17-Jun-1982 Vatican banker who died mysteriously
Al Capone
Criminal
17-Jan-1899 25-Jan-1947 Scarface
Girolamo Cardano
Doctor
24-Sep-1501 21-Sep-1576 De Subtilitate
Martine Carol
Actor
16-May-1920 6-Feb-1967 Lola Montès
Karen Carpenter
Singer
2-Mar-1950 4-Feb-1983 The Carpenters
Edith Cavell
Victim
4-Dec-1865 12-Oct-1915 British nurse, shot by the Germans
Nicolae Ceausescu
Head of State
26-Jan-1918 25-Dec-1989 Dictator of Romania
Charlie Chaplin
Actor
16-Apr-1889 25-Dec-1977 Silent film comedian
Charlemagne
Royalty
c. 747 AD 28-Jan-814 AD Holy Roman Emperor
George Rogers Clark
Military
19-Nov-1752 13-Feb-1818 Kentucky frontier military leader
De Witt Clinton
Politician
2-Mar-1769 11-Feb-1828 Twice Governor of New York
Christopher Columbus
Explorer
1451 20-May-1506 Rediscovered the New World
Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer
19-Feb-1473 24-May-1543 Heliocentrist, De revolutionibus
Oliver Cromwell
Government
25-Apr-1599 3-Sep-1658 Lord Protector of England 1653-58
Marie Curie
Chemist
7-Nov-1867 4-Jul-1934 Early nuclear chemist
Pierre Curie
Physicist
15-May-1859 19-Apr-1906 Early investigator of radiation
George Armstrong Custer
Military
5-Dec-1839 25-Jun-1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn
Vasco da Gama
Explorer
c. 1469 24-Dec-1524 Portuguese explorer, conqueror, privateer
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Singer
8-Dec-1925 16-May-1990 Coolest hepcat in the Rat Pack
Juan Bautista de Anza
Explorer
Jul-1736 19-Dec-1788 Spanish explorer
Stephen Decatur
Military
5-Jan-1779 22-Mar-1820 US Naval commander, fought at Tripoli
Albert DeSalvo
Criminal
3-Sep-1931 25-Nov-1973 Rapist, confessed Boston Strangler
George Dewey
Military
26-Dec-1837 16-Jan-1917 Sank the Spanish fleet at Manila
Alexandre Dumas père
Novelist
24-Jul-1802 5-Dec-1870 The Three Musketeers
François Duvalier
Head of State
14-Apr-1907 21-Apr-1971 Ruthless "President for Life" of Haiti
Medgar Evers
Activist
2-Jul-1925 12-Jun-1963 Civil rights activist murdered in 1963
Dodi al-Fayed
Business
15-Apr-1955 31-Aug-1997 Princess Diana's last boyfriend
Bobby Fischer
Chess Player
9-Mar-1943 18-Jan-2008 Eccentric chess grandmaster
Pope Formosus
Religion
c. 816 AD 4-Apr-896 AD Roman Catholic Pope, 891-896
Frederick the Great
Royalty
24-Jan-1712 17-Aug-1786 King of Prussia 1740-86
George Gipp
Football
18-Feb-1895 14-Dec-1920 Win one for the Gipper
Che Guevara
Activist
14-Jun-1928 9-Oct-1967 Revolutionary icon
Samuel Hahnemann
Doctor
10-Apr-1755 2-Jul-1843 Founder of homeopathy
Harold Harefoot
Royalty
c. 1016 17-Mar-1040 King of England 1037-40
Lord Haw-Haw
Radio Personality
24-Apr-1906 3-Jan-1946 WWII propagandist hanged in England
King Henry IV
Royalty
3-Apr-1367 20-Mar-1413 King of England, 1399-1413
Theodor Herzl
Activist
2-May-1860 3-Jul-1904 Lead Zionist
Rudolf Hess
Government
26-Apr-1894 17-Jul-1987 Deputy Fuhrer flew unauthorized to Scotland
A. P. Hill
Military
9-Nov-1825 2-Apr-1865 Confederate General
Benny Hill
Comic
21-Jan-1924 19-Apr-1992 The Benny Hill Show
Adolf Hitler
Head of State
20-Apr-1889 30-Apr-1945 Chancellor of Germany, 1933-45
Andreas Hofer
Military
22-Nov-1767 20-Feb-1810 Tirolese patriot, insurgent
John Hunter
Doctor
13-Feb-1728 16-Oct-1793 English pathologist
Ze'ev Jabotinsky
Military
18-Oct-1880 4-Aug-1940 Founder of the Jewish Legion
Jesse James
Criminal
5-Sep-1847 3-Apr-1882 Bank robber, with James Gang
Pope John Paul II
Religion
18-May-1920 2-Apr-2005 Roman Catholic Pontiff, 1978-2005
Pope John XXIII
Religion
25-Nov-1881 3-Jun-1963 Roman Catholic Pontiff, 1958-63
Albert Sidney Johnston
Military
3-Feb-1803 6-Apr-1862 Confederate General felled at Shiloh
John Paul Jones
Military
6-Jul-1747 18-Jul-1792 Has not yet begun to fight
John W. Kern
Politician
20-Dec-1849 17-Aug-1917 US Senator from Indiana, 1911-17
Robert S. Kerr
Politician
11-Sep-1896 1-Jan-1963 Governor and Senator from Oklahoma
Francis Scott Key
Poet
1-Aug-1779 11-Jan-1843 The Star-Spangled Banner
Thomas Starr King
Religion
17-Dec-1824 4-Mar-1864 Saved California to the Union
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Architect
2-Aug-1754 14-Jun-1825 Designed Washington, DC
William Laud
Religion
7-Oct-1573 10-Jan-1645 Archbishop of Canterbury, 1633-45
John Laurens
Military
28-Oct-1754 27-Aug-1782 Military aide to George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Head of State
12-Feb-1809 15-Apr-1865 16th US President, 1861-65
Louis XVI
Royalty
23-Aug-1754 21-Jan-1793 King of France, 1774-91
Cyril Lucaris
Religion
13-Nov-1572 27-Jun-1638 Greek church reformer
Joseph Magliocco
Criminal
29-Jun-1898 28-Dec-1963 Colombo Family Boss, 1962-63
Marie Antoinette
Royalty
2-Nov-1755 16-Oct-1793 Cake proponent
Mary I of Scotland
Royalty
8-Dec-1542 8-Feb-1587 Mary, Queen of Scots
Thomas May
Poet
1595 13-Nov-1650 The History of the Long Parliament
Josef Mengele
Doctor
16-Mar-1911 7-Feb-1979 The Angel of Death
Molière
Playwright
15-Jan-1622 17-Feb-1673 Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope
Michel de Montaigne
Essayist
28-Feb-1533 23-Sep-1592 Essays
Yves Montand
Actor
13-Oct-1921 9-Nov-1991 Let's Make Love
Jean Moulin
Government
20-Jun-1899 8-Jul-1943 Martyr of the French Resistance
Imre Nagy
Head of State
7-Jun-1896 16-Jun-1958 Twice Prime Minister of Hungary
Thomas Nast
Cartoonist
27-Sep-1840 7-Dec-1902 American political caricaturist
Pablo Neruda
Poet
12-Jul-1904 23-Sep-1973 Residencia en la Tierra
Isaac Newton
Physicist
4-Jan-1643 31-Mar-1727 Father of the clockwork universe
Tsar Nicholas II
Royalty
18-May-1868 17-Jul-1918 Last of the Russian Tsars
Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Religion
13-Apr-1919 Sep-1995 Atheist spokeswoman
Lee Harvey Oswald
Assassin
18-Oct-1939 24-Nov-1963 Assassin of John F. Kennedy
Thomas Paine
Activist
29-Jan-1737 8-Jun-1809 Common Sense
Andrea Palladio
Architect
30-Nov-1518 19-Aug-1580 The Four Books of Architecture
Tassos Papadopoulos
Head of State
7-Jan-1934 12-Dec-2008 President of Cyprus, 2003-08
Enver Pasha
Government
22-Nov-1881 4-Aug-1922 Young Turk leader, persecuted ethnic minorities
George Peabody
Business
18-Feb-1795 4-Nov-1869 American businessman, philanthropist
Pedro II
Royalty
2-Dec-1825 5-Dec-1891 Emperor of Brazil, 1831-89
Evita Peron
First Lady
7-May-1919 26-Jul-1952 Don't cry for her
Juan Peron
Head of State
8-Oct-1895 1-Jul-1974 Twice President of Argentina
Clara Petacci
Relative
28-Feb-1912 28-Apr-1945 Mussolini's mistress
Albert Pike
Military
29-Dec-1809 2-Apr-1891 Confederate general, Freemason
Pope Pius X
Religion
2-Jun-1835 20-Aug-1914 Roman Catholic Pontiff, 1903-14
Leonidas Polk
Military
10-Apr-1806 14-Jun-1864 Confederate general
Elvis Presley
Singer
8-Jan-1935 16-Aug-1977 Rock and roll icon
William Quantrill
Criminal
31-Jul-1837 6-Jun-1865 Quantrill's Raiders
Ludwig Quidde
Activist
23-Mar-1858 4-Mar-1941 German pacifist, Nobel Prize recipient
Jean Racine
Playwright
20-Dec-1639 21-Apr-1699 Phèdre
John Randolph of Roanoke
Politician
2-Jun-1773 24-May-1833 US Senator from Virginia, 1825-27
Peyton Randolph
Politician
1721 23-Oct-1775 First President of the Continental Congress
Will Rogers
Comic
04-Nov-1879 15-Aug-1935 American Cowboy, Entertainer, Humorist
William S. Rosecrans
Military
6-Sep-1819 11-Mar-1898 Union Army General
Edmond de Rothschild
Philanthropist
19-Aug-1845 2-Nov-1934 Father of the Yishuv
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Philosopher
28-Jun-1712 2-Jul-1778 Conceptualized the Social Contract
Friedrich von Schiller
Playwright
10-Nov-1759 9-May-1805 Wallenstein
Haile Selassie
Royalty
23-Jul-1892 27-Aug-1975 Last Emperor of Ethiopia
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poet
4-Aug-1792 8-Jul-1822 Prometheus Unbound
Sitting Bull
Military
c. 1831 15-Dec-1890 Warrior Chief of the Sioux
Alexander Hamilton Stephens
Politician
11-Feb-1812 4-Mar-1883 Confederate Vice President
Laurence Sterne
Novelist
24-Nov-1713 18-Mar-1768 Tristram Shandy
William Strode
Politician
1598 9-Sep-1645 Opponent of King Charles I
Tamerlane
Royalty
9-Apr-1336 19-Feb-1405 Conquered Hindustan
Giuseppe Tartini
Violinist
8-Apr-1692 26-Feb-1770 Trillo del Diavolo
Zachary Taylor
Head of State
24-Nov-1784 9-Jul-1850 12th President of the United States
Henry David Thoreau
Author
12-Jul-1817 6-May-1862 Walden
Emmett Till
Victim
25-Jul-1941 28-Aug-1955 Black boy, murdered brutally in Mississippi
Tintoretto
Painter
c. 1518 31-May-1594 Venetian Renaissance painter
Torquemada
Religion
1420 16-Sep-1498 Grand Inquisitor
Dick Turpin
Criminal
1706 7-Apr-1739 English highwayman
Abel P. Upshur
Attorney
17-Jun-1790 28-Feb-1844 US Secretary of the Navy, 1841-43
Voltaire
Author
21-Nov-1694 30-May-1778 Candide
Claus von Stauffenberg
Military
15-Nov-1907 20-Jul-1944 Tried to kill Hitler in 1944
Albrecht von Wallenstein
Military
24-Sep-1583 25-Feb-1634 Attempted to unite Germany
Anthony Wayne
Military
1-Jan-1745 15-Dec-1796 Revolutionary War general
Jackie Wilson
Singer
9-Jun-1934 21-Jan-1984 Lonely Teardrops
James Wilson
Judge
14-Sep-1742 28-Aug-1798 US Supreme Court Justice, 1789-98
William Wirt
Attorney
8-Nov-1772 18-Feb-1834 US Attorney General, 1817-29
Mary Wollstonecraft
Author
27-Apr-1759 10-Sep-1797 Vindication of the Rights of Women
William Jenkins Worth
Military
1-Mar-1794 7-May-1849 Namesake of Fort Worth, TX
William Wrigley, Jr.
Business
30-Sep-1861 26-Jan-1932 Chewing gum magnate
Tammy Wynette
Country Musician
5-May-1942 6-Apr-1998 Stand By Your Man
Archibald Yell
Politician
9-Aug-1797 23-Feb-1847 Congressman and Governor of Arkansas


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