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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roy Acuff
Country Musician
15-Sep-1903 23-Nov-1992 Country music pioneer
Joan Vollmer Adams
Victim
1924 6-Sep-1951 Common-law wife of William S. Burroughs
Rodney Alcala
Criminal
23-Aug-1943   The Dating Game killer
Antonin Artaud
Playwright
4-Sep-1896 4-Mar-1948 Theater of Cruelty
Mary Astor
Actor
3-May-1906 25-Sep-1987 The Maltese Falcon
Delia Bacon
Author
2-Feb-1811 2-Sep-1859 Shakespeare-Bacon conspiracist
Syd Barrett
Musician
6-Jan-1946 7-Jul-2006 Pink Floyd
John Barrymore
Actor
15-Feb-1882 29-May-1942 Romeo and Juliet
Clara Barton
Activist
25-Dec-1821 12-Apr-1912 Co-Founder of the American Red Cross
Jeff Beck
Guitarist
24-Jun-1944   Exceptional rock guitarist
Ingmar Bergman
Film Director
14-Jul-1918 30-Jul-2007 Scenes from a Marriage
Honor Blackman
Actor
12-Dec-1926   Cathy Gale on The Avengers
Max Born
Physicist
11-Dec-1882 5-Jan-1970 Pioneer of quantum mechanics
Clara Bow
Actor
29-Jul-1905 26-Sep-1965 Schizophrenic actress, Wings
Emanuel Bronner
Business
1-Feb-1908 7-Mar-1997 Soap label philosopher
Anton Bruckner
Composer
4-Sep-1824 11-Oct-1896 Mass in D Minor
Bebe Buell
Model
14-Jul-1953   Liv Tyler's mom
Dorothy Burgess
Actor
4-Mar-1907 20-Aug-1961 Hold Your Man
William S. Burroughs, Jr.
Relative
21-Jul-1947 3-Mar-1981 Son of William S. Burroughs
Smedley Butler
Military
30-Jul-1881 21-Jun-1940 Exposed the 1933 coup plot
Juanita Bynum
Religion
16-Jan-1959   Pentecostal televangelist
Pat Califia
Author
8-Mar-1954   FTM transgendered sex writer
Maria Callas
Singer
2-Dec-1923 16-Sep-1977 Operatic Soprano
Neve Campbell
Actor
3-Oct-1973   Phantom of the Opera
Georg Cantor
Mathematician
3-Mar-1845 6-Jan-1918 Founder of set theory
Mariah Carey
Singer/Songwriter
27-Mar-1969   Diva with eighteen #1 hits
Leonora Carrington
Painter
6-Apr-1917 25-May-2011 Last surviving Surrealist
Hayden Carruth
Poet
3-Aug-1921 29-Sep-2008 Brothers, I Loved You All
G. Harrold Carswell
Judge
22-Dec-1919 31-Jul-1992 Failed US Supreme Court nominee
Enrico Caruso
Singer
25-Feb-1873 2-Aug-1921 Operatic tenor nonpareil
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
Politician
18-Jun-1769 12-Aug-1822 Architected Napoleon's defeat
G. K. Chesterton
Author
29-May-1874 14-Jun-1936 The Man Who Was Thursday
Kate Chopin
Novelist
8-Feb-1851 22-Aug-1904 The Awakening
Agatha Christie
Novelist
15-Sep-1890 12-Jan-1976 Mystery novelist
Rosemary Clooney
Singer
23-May-1928 29-Jun-2002 Come On-a My House
Ty Cobb
Baseball
18-Dec-1886 17-Jul-1961 Legendary Detroit Tigers hitter
Jarvis Cocker
Singer/Songwriter
19-Sep-1963   Frontman, Pulp
Paula Cole
Singer/Songwriter
5-Apr-1968   Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?
Pat Collins
TV Personality
7-May-1935 31-May-1997 The Hip Hypnotist
Noel Coward
Playwright
16-Dec-1899 26-Mar-1973 Design for Living
Leon Czolgosz
Assassin
1873 29-Oct-1901 President McKinley's assassin
Evan Dando
Musician
4-Mar-1967   Lemonheads frontman
Doris Day
Actor
3-Apr-1924   The Man Who Knew Too Much
Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor
29-Apr-1957   My Left Foot
Eamon de Valera
Head of State
14-Oct-1882 29-Aug-1975 President of Ireland, 1959-73
Joan Didion
Author
5-Dec-1934   Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Rudolf Diesel
Inventor
18-Mar-1858 30-Sep-1913 Inventor of the diesel engine
Nick Drake
Singer/Songwriter
19-Jun-1948 25-Nov-1974 Pink Moon
Theodore Dreiser
Novelist
27-Aug-1871 28-Dec-1945 An American Tragedy
Thomas Eagleton
Politician
4-Sep-1929 4-Mar-2007 US Senator from Missouri, 1969-87
Sergei Eisenstein
Film Director
23-Jan-1898 11-Feb-1948 Alexander Nevsky
Brian Eno
Music Producer
15-May-1948   Here Come The Warm Jets
Richard R. Ernst
Chemist
14-Aug-1933   NMR spectroscopy
Philo Farnsworth
Inventor
19-Aug-1906 11-Mar-1971 Inventor of electronic television
Enzo Ferrari
Business
18-Feb-1898 14-Aug-1988 Legendary automobile maker
Marshall Field IV
Business
15-Jun-1916 18-Sep-1965 Owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, 1956-65
Joseph W. Folk
Politician
29-Oct-1869 29-May-1923 Governor of Missouri, 1905-09
Betty Friedan
Activist
4-Feb-1921 4-Feb-2006 Rights for women spokesperson
William Friedman
Scientist
24-Sep-1891 12-Nov-1969 Cryptography pioneer
Judy Garland
Singer
10-Jun-1922 22-Jun-1969 Dorothy in Wizard of Oz
Eric Gill
Typographer
22-Feb-1882 17-Nov-1940 Typographer, Gill Sans
Kurt Gödel
Mathematician
28-Apr-1906 14-Jan-1978 Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems
Philip L. Graham
Publisher
18-Jul-1915 3-Aug-1963 Washington Post publisher, 1947-63
Graham Greene
Novelist
2-Oct-1904 3-Apr-1991 The Third Man
Ivor Gurney
Poet
28-Aug-1890 26-Dec-1937 War's Embers
Edwin Hall
Physicist
7-Nov-1855 20-Nov-1938 Discovered the Hall Effect
Warren G. Harding
Head of State
2-Nov-1865 2-Aug-1923 29th US President, 1921-23
Moss Hart
Playwright
24-Oct-1904 20-Dec-1961 You Can't Take It With You
H. D.
Poet
10-Sep-1886 27-Sep-1961 Imagist poet, Sea Garden
Anthony Hecht
Poet
16-Jan-1923 20-Oct-2004 The Hard Hours
Martin Heidegger
Philosopher
26-Sep-1889 26-May-1976 Being and Time
David Helfgott
Musician
19-May-1947   Subject of the biopic Shine
King Henry VI
Royalty
6-Dec-1421 21-May-1471 King of England, 1422-61
Hergé
Cartoonist
23-May-1907 3-Mar-1983 Tintin
John Herschel
Astronomer
7-Mar-1792 11-May-1871 Discovered many moons of Saturn
Hermann Hesse
Author
2-Jul-1877 9-Aug-1962 Siddhartha
Jack Horkheimer
Astronomer
11-Jun-1938 20-Aug-2010 Naked-eye astronomer
Bob Hoskins
Actor
26-Oct-1942   Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Howard Hughes
Business
24-Sep-1905 5-Apr-1976 Insane billionaire
David Hume
Philosopher
7-May-1711 25-Aug-1776 Empiricist nonpareil
Betty Hutton
Actor
26-Feb-1921 11-Mar-2007 Incendiary Blonde
Walter W. Jenkins
Government
23-Mar-1918 23-Nov-1985 LBJ assistant, outed in gay sex scandal
Daniel Johnston
Singer/Songwriter
22-Jan-1961   Hi How Are You?
Margot Kidder
Actor
17-Oct-1948   Lois Lane in Superman
Jani Lane
Singer
1-Feb-1964 11-Aug-2011 Lead singer of Warrant
Jane Lapotaire
Actor
26-Dec-1944   English character actress
Benjamin Latrobe
Architect
1-May-1764 3-Sep-1820 Designed the US Capitol
Larry Lea
Religion
1951   Disgraced televangelist
Vivien Leigh
Actor
5-Nov-1913 8-Jul-1967 Gone With The Wind
Annie Lennox
Singer/Songwriter
25-Dec-1954   Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of These)
Speed Levitch
Actor
9-Jul-1970   The Cruise
Abraham Lincoln
Head of State
12-Feb-1809 15-Apr-1865 16th US President, 1861-65
Mary Todd Lincoln
First Lady
13-Dec-1818 16-Jul-1882 Wife of US President Abraham Lincoln
Emily Lloyd
Actor
29-Sep-1970   Wish You Were Here
Earl Long
Politician
26-Aug-1895 5-Sep-1960 Three-time Governor of Louisiana
H. P. Lovecraft
Author
20-Aug-1890 15-Mar-1937 The Call of Cthulhu
Clare Boothe Luce
Politician
10-Apr-1903 9-Oct-1987 Congresswoman, wife of Henry R. Luce
Ida Lupino
Actor
4-Feb-1918 3-Aug-1995 The Man I Love
Ross Macdonald
Novelist
13-Dec-1915 11-Jul-1983 Creator of P.I. Lew Archer
Edward MacDowell
Composer
18-Dec-1860 23-Jan-1908 American piano composer
Donald Maclean
Spy
25-May-1913 6-Mar-1983 Spy for Moscow, Cambridge Five
Imelda Marcos
First Lady
2-Jul-1929   Former First Lady of the Philippines
F. O. Matthiessen
Critic
19-Feb-1902 1-Apr-1950 American Renaissance
Brian May
Guitarist
19-Jul-1947   Guitarist for Queen
Karl May
Author
25-May-1842 30-Mar-1912 Bestselling German novelist
Carson McCullers
Author
19-Feb-1917 29-Sep-1967 The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Michael McDermott
Criminal
4-Sep-1958   Mucko killed seven coworkers
John McGeoch
Musician
28-May-1955 4-Mar-2004 Siouxsie and the Banshees guitarist
Kristy McNichol
Actor
11-Sep-1962   1970s girl teen idol
Aimee Semple McPherson
Religion
9-Oct-1890 27-Sep-1944 Evangelist, faith healer
Empress Michiko
Royalty
20-Oct-1934   Empress of Japan
Bette Midler
Singer
1-Dec-1945   Ol' Red Hair
John Stuart Mill
Philosopher
20-May-1806 8-May-1873 Liberal philosopher and essayist
Spike Milligan
Comic
16-Apr-1918 27-Feb-2002 The Goon Show
Carmen Miranda
Dancer
9-Feb-1909 5-Aug-1955 The lady in the tutti-frutti hat
Joan Miró
Painter
20-Apr-1893 25-Dec-1983 The most surrealist of them all
Peter Mitchell
Chemist
29-Sep-1920 10-Apr-1992 ADP to ATP conversion in mitochondria
Marilyn Monroe
Actor
1-Jun-1926 5-Aug-1962 Some Like It Hot
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Novelist
30-Nov-1874 24-Apr-1942 Anne of Green Gables
Edvard Munch
Painter
12-Dec-1863 23-Jan-1944 Scream
Carrie Nation
Activist
25-Nov-1846 9-Jun-1911 Temperance crusader
Isaac Newton
Physicist
4-Jan-1643 31-Mar-1727 Father of the clockwork universe
Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher
15-Oct-1844 25-Aug-1900 God is dead
Florence Nightingale
Activist
12-May-1820 13-Aug-1910 Established nursing as a profession
Oliver North
Military
7-Oct-1943   Perjuring Iran-Contra figure
Emperor Norton
Royalty
14-Feb-1819 8-Jan-1880 Emperor of the United States, Protector of Mexico
John Humphrey Noyes
Religion
3-Sep-1811 13-Apr-1886 Oneida Community founder
Johnny O'Keefe
Musician
6-Jan-1935 6-Oct-1978 King of Australian rock and roll
Deborah Jeane Palfrey
Criminal
18-Mar-1956 1-May-2008 The DC Madam
Charlie Parker
Jazz Musician
29-Aug-1920 12-Mar-1955 Be-bop jazz musician
Colonel Tom Parker
Business
26-Jun-1909 21-Jan-1997 Elvis Presley's manager
Maxfield Parrish
Artist
25-Jul-1870 10-Mar-1966 American book and magazine illustrator
Andy Partridge
Musician
11-Nov-1953   XTC singer/songwriter
Mervyn Peake
Novelist
9-Jul-1911 17-Nov-1968 Titus Groan
Kim Philby
Spy
1-Jan-1912 11-May-1988 One of the Cambridge Five in MI6
Dave Pirner
Musician
16-Apr-1964   Frontman for Soul Asylum
Robert Pirsig
Author
6-Sep-1928   Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Sylvia Plath
Poet
27-Oct-1932 11-Feb-1963 Daddy
Jackson Pollock
Painter
28-Jan-1912 11-Aug-1956 Abstract expressionist
C. W. Post
Business
26-Oct-1854 9-May-1914 Invented Postum and Grape-Nuts
Olive Higgins Prouty
Novelist
10-Jan-1882 24-Mar-1974 Stella Dallas
Sergei Rachmaninov
Composer
20-Mar-1873 28-Mar-1943 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Susan Richardson
Actor
11-Mar-1952   Susan Bradford on Eight Is Enough
Charles Richter
Scientist
26-Apr-1900 30-Sep-1985 Groundbreaking seismologist
Julia Roberts
Actor
28-Oct-1967   Pretty Woman
Aesop Rock
Rapper
5-Jun-1976   Labor Days
Theodore Roethke
Poet
25-May-1908 1-Aug-1963 The Waking
Philip Roth
Novelist
19-Mar-1933   Portnoy's Complaint
Henry Royce
Engineer
27-Mar-1863 22-Apr-1933 Designed the first Rolls-Royce
Michael Rumaker
Author
5-Mar-1932   Beat author, The Butterfly
Yves Saint Laurent
Fashion Designer
1-Aug-1936 1-Jun-2008 Christian Dior protege
J. D. Salinger
Novelist
1-Jan-1919 27-Jan-2010 The Catcher in the Rye
Jessica Savitch
Journalist
1-Feb-1947 24-Oct-1983 Newscaster drowned with VP of NY Post
Maria Schneider
Actor
27-Mar-1952 3-Feb-2011 Last Tango in Paris
Robert Schumann
Composer
8-Jun-1810 29-Jul-1856 Toccata
Ignaz Semmelweis
Doctor
1-Jul-1818 13-Aug-1865 Pioneer of antiseptics
Anne Sexton
Poet
9-Nov-1928 4-Oct-1974 Live or Die
Craig Sheffer
Actor
23-Apr-1960   A River Runs Through It
Mary Shelley
Novelist
30-Aug-1797 1-Feb-1851 Frankenstein
William T. Sherman
Military
8-Feb-1820 14-Feb-1891 Marched to the Sea
Dave Sim
Cartoonist
17-May-1956   Cerebus
Jeffrey Skilling
Business
25-Nov-1953   Disgraced former CEO of Enron
Betty Smith
Novelist
15-Dec-1896 17-Jan-1972 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
David Hyrum Smith
Relative
17-Nov-1844 29-Aug-1904 Son of Joseph Smith
Oswald Spengler
Historian
29-May-1880 8-May-1936 The Decline of the West
Art Spiegelman
Cartoonist
15-Feb-1948   Maus
Dusty Springfield
Singer
16-Apr-1939 2-Mar-1999 Son of a Preacher Man
Jean Stafford
Novelist
1-Jul-1915 26-Mar-1979 The Catherine Wheel
Cary Stayner
Criminal
12-Aug-1961   Yosemite killer
Karrine Steffans
Model
24-Aug-1978   Confessions of a Video Vixen
Nikola Tesla
Inventor
10-Jul-1856 7-Jan-1943 Invented alternating current
Jim Thompson
Novelist
27-Sep-1906 7-Apr-1977 Heed the Thunder
Pete Townshend
Guitarist
19-May-1945   Lead guitarist for The Who
François Truffaut
Film Director
6-Feb-1932 21-Oct-1984 Last Metro
Mona Van Duyn
Poet
9-May-1921 1-Dec-2004 To See, To Take
Vincent van Gogh
Painter
30-Mar-1853 29-Jul-1890 Troubled and brilliant painter
Vivian Vance
Actor
26-Jul-1909 17-Aug-1979 Ethel on I Love Lucy
Diane Varsi
Actor
23-Feb-1938 19-Nov-1992 Peyton Place
Daniel Vasella
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Novartis
Andy Warhol
Artist
6-Aug-1928 22-Feb-1987 Pop Art movement
Ruth Warrick
Actor
29-Jun-1915 15-Jan-2005 Phoebe Tyler on All My Children
Max Weber
Sociologist
21-Apr-1864 14-Jun-1920 The Protestant Ethic
Denise Welch
Actor
22-May-1958   British TV soap actress
Tuesday Weld
Actor
27-Aug-1943   Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Roland West
Film Director
20-Feb-1885 31-Mar-1952 The Bat Whispers
Pearl White
Actor
4-Mar-1889 4-Aug-1938 Heroine of silent serial films
Rev. Cecil Williams
Religion
22-Sep-1929   Glide Memorial Church
Tennessee Williams
Playwright
26-Mar-1911 25-Feb-1983 The Glass Menagerie
Angus Wilson
Novelist
11-Aug-1913 31-May-1991 Hemlock and After
Brian Wilson
Singer/Songwriter
20-Jun-1942   Troubled Beach Boy
Jonathan Winters
Comic
11-Nov-1925 11-Apr-2013 Mearth, son of Mork
Howlin' Wolf
Singer/Songwriter
10-Jun-1910 10-Jan-1976 Blues guitarist
Virginia Woolf
Novelist
25-Jan-1882 28-Mar-1941 Suicidal English novelist
James Wright
Poet
13-Dec-1927 25-Mar-1980 The Branch Will Not Break
Francis Parker Yockey
Author
18-Sep-1917 16-Jun-1960 Imperium
Marion A. Zioncheck
Politician
5-Dec-1901 7-Aug-1936 Congressman, committed suicide


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