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Aaron Copland
   lifespan was   
1900-1990
American composer
Albert Einstein
   lifespan was   
1879-1955
German-born theoretical physicist, best known for his theory of relativity
Albert Schweitzer
   lifespan was   
1875-1965
Alsatian physician, musician, philosopher and theologian; winner of the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize
Albrecht Dürer
   lifespan was   
1471-1528
German painter and mathematician
Aldous Huxley
   lifespan was   
1894-1963
English writer
Alexander Pope
   lifespan was   
1688-1744
English writer and satirist
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
   lifespan was   
1809-1883
English poet
Allen Ginsberg
   lifespan was   
1926-1997
American "beat" poet
Andrew Barton Paterson
   lifespan was   
1864-1941
Commonly known as Banjo Paterson. A famous Australian bush poet, journalist and author.
Andy Gibb
   lifespan was   
1958-1988
Youngest brother of the Bee Gees. Had hits with I Just Want To Be Your Everything 1977 and others. Died from an Inflammatory heart disease caused by cocaine abuse.
Andy Warhol
   lifespan was   
1928-1987
Famous in the 70’s for his Flamboyancy. Many admired paintings including Campbells Soup Cans. Died from complications from surgery
Anna Nicole Smith
   lifespan was   
1967-2007
Model for Guess Jeans and Playboy. Died from an accidental drug overdose
Antonin Dvorak
   lifespan was   
1841-1904
Czech composer
Arthur Conan Doyle
   lifespan was   
1859-1930
A Scottish author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.
Arthur Rubinstein
   lifespan was   
1887-1982
Polish-American pianist; widely considered one of the greatest of the 20th century
Arthur Sullivan
   lifespan was   
1842-1900
English composer best known for his operatic collaborations with librettist W. S. Gilbert.
Babe Ruth
   lifespan was   
1895-1948
Born George Herman Ruth; icon of American baseball
Barney Martin
   lifespan was   
1923-2005
Played Morty Seinfeld in Seinfeld.
Bertrand Russell
   lifespan was   
1872-1970
British philosopher and mathematician; winner of Nobel Prize for Literature, 1950
Billie Burke
   lifespan was   
1885-1970
Played Glinda the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz. Full name Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke.
Blaise Pascal
   lifespan was   
1623-1662
French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher
Bon Scott
   lifespan was   
1946-1980
A Scottish born Australian rock musician, most well-known for being the lead singer and co-lyricist of hard rock band AC/DC.
Captain James Cook
   lifespan was   
1728-1779
English explorer, navigator and cartographer.
Carl Sandburg
   lifespan was   
1878-1967
American poet
Carolyne Jones
   lifespan was   
1929-1983
Played Morticia Adams in the Adams Family. Died of Colan Cancer
Cary Grant
   lifespan was   
1904-1986
Born Archibald Alec Leach. An English film actor with a distinctive Mid-Atlantic accent.
Catherine of Aragon
   lifespan was   
1485-1536
First wife of Henry VIII
Catullus
   lifespan was   
C.84-C.54 BC
Roman poet; Gaius Valerius Catullus
Charles Baudelaire
   lifespan was   
1821-1867
An influential nineteenth century French poet, critic, and acclaimed translator.
Charles Bukowski
   lifespan was   
1920-1994
Hard-drinking prolific and popular poet from Los Angeles
Charles Darwin
   lifespan was   
1809-1882
English naturalist.
Charles Ives
   lifespan was   
1874-1954
American composer and insurance broker
Charles Reznikoff
   lifespan was   
1894-1976
American poet
Che Guevara
   lifespan was   
1928-1967
Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary; executed in Bolivia
Chief Joseph
   lifespan was   
1840-1904
Chief of the Nez Perce peoples; "I will fight no more forever"
Claude Debussy
   lifespan was   
1862-1918
French composer
Claude Monet
   lifespan was   
1840-1926
French impressionist painter
Colette
   lifespan was   
1872-1954
French writer; Sidone-Gabrielle Colette
César Franck
   lifespan was   
1822-1890
French composer
Dag Hammarskjold
   lifespan was   
1905-1961
Secretary General of the UN from 1953 until his death in airplane crash.
Dale Earnhardt
   lifespan was   
1951-2001
Nicknamed the Intimidator. 7 time NASCAR winner. Died in a racing crash
Dante Alighieri
   lifespan was   
1265-1321
One of the most distinguished literary artists of all time
David Niven
   lifespan was   
1910-1983
English actor
Diego Rivera
   lifespan was   
1886-1957
Mexican artist
Dmitri Shostakovich
   lifespan was   
1906-1975
Russian composer
Don Adams
   lifespan was   
1923-2005
Played Maxwell Smart in Get Smart. Died from a lung infection
Don Ameche
   lifespan was   
1908–1993
An Academy Award-winning American actor and director.
Don Knotts
   lifespan was   
1924-2006
Played Deputy Barney Fife in The Andy Griffiths Show. Died from lung problems
Doris Grau
   lifespan was   
1924-1995
Voice of Lunch lady Doris. Died from lung disease
Dorothy Stratten
   lifespan was   
1960-1980
Glamour Model. Playboy Playmate of the month 1979. Shot by her husband in a murder suicide.
Earl Hindman
   lifespan was   
1942-2003
Played Wilson in Home Improvements. Died of lung cancer
Edmund Halley
   lifespan was   
1656-1742
Astronomer who calculated the orbit of the great comet of 1682
Edvard Munch
   lifespan was   
1863-1944
Norwegian painter
Edward the Confessor
   lifespan was   
1004-1066
King Edward III of England, saint of the Catholic Church
Emily Dickenson
   lifespan was   
1830-1886
American poet
Emperess Catherine II
   lifespan was   
1735-1822
Known as Catherine the Great, this former German princess, came to power by deposing her husband, PeterIII. Her reign significantly changed the appearance of the Large Palace which henceforth became known as Catherine Palace. It was rebuilt with a new park and pavillions including the Cameron Gallery, Cold Bath, Agate Room. Alexander Palace was constructed.
Emperor Alexander I
   lifespan was   
1777-1825
Married to German Princess Luisa Maria Augusta of Baden-Baden
Emperor Alexander II
   lifespan was   
1818-1881
Eldest son of Emperor Nicholas and Empress Fyordorovna. Activist, reformer, diplomat. Had 8 children including the future Emperor Alexander III. Was killed by bomb thrown into his carriage by Revolutionary terrorist.
Emperor Alexander III
   lifespan was   
1845-1894
Married Danish princess who bore six children including future Emperor Nicholas II
Emperor Ivan VI
   lifespan was   
1740-1764
Placed on the throne by his great aunt, Anna Ivanovovna, his mother Anna Leopoldovna declared herself sovereign of Russia which resulted in a coup by Crown Princess Elizabeth(1706-1761)
Emperor Nicholas I
   lifespan was   
1754-1801
Had 7 children including the future Emperor Alexander II
Emperor Nicholas II Alexandrovich
   lifespan was   
1868-1918
He and his family were murdered by revolutionary government after having been under house arrest in Alexander Palace. Obviously, the last Russian emperor.
Emperor Peter the Great
   lifespan was   
1672-1725
Nearly 7 feet tall, he was active in affairs of state, military campaigns, diplomacy and founded the city of St. Petersburg, Russia
Emperor Peter II
   lifespan was   
1715-1730
Enlarged the wings of the Large(Catherine) Palace and improved waterways
Emperor Peter III
   lifespan was   
1728-1762
Founder of the Holstein-Gottorp line of the Romanov House which held the throne until 1917
Empress Anna Ivanovovna
   lifespan was   
1693-1740
Aunt of Peter II, crowned in 1730
Empress Catherine I
   lifespan was   
1684-1727
Ascended Russian throne following death of her husband, Peter the Great.
Empress Elizabeth I
   lifespan was   
1706-1761
Following her coronation, Elizabeth ordered extensive renovation and exspansion of the Large Palace and the construction of the Hermitage ond Grotto Park pavillons
Erik Satie
   lifespan was   
1866-1925
French modernist composer
Ernest Hemingway
   lifespan was   
1899-1961
American writer
Ezra Pound
   lifespan was   
1885-1972
American poet; spent most of his life in Europe
Florence Griffith-Joyner
   lifespan was   
1959-1998
Track Athlete won 3 Olympic gold medals and hold the world record for 100m and 200m dash. Died from heart failure
Francis Bacon
   lifespan was   
1561-1626
English philosopher
Francisco Goya
   lifespan was   
1746-1828
Spanish painter
Francis Dodd
   lifespan was   
1874-1949
Notable British portrait and landscape artist and print-maker.
Francis Poulenc
   lifespan was   
1899-1963
French composer
Frank Sinatra
   lifespan was   
1915-1998
An American jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor.
Frank Zappa
   lifespan was   
1940-1993
Hits include Valley Girl 1982 and Muffin Man. Died from cancer
François Rabelais
   lifespan was   
1493-1553
French author
Franz Joseph Haydn
   lifespan was   
1732-1809
Austrian composer of the classical period; "father" of the symphony and the string quartet
Fred Astaire
   lifespan was   
1899-1987
American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor.
Freddie Mercury
   lifespan was   
1946-1991
Legend Singer song writer and musician of Queen. Died from AIDS
Frederic Remington
   lifespan was   
1861-1909
American painter
Fyodor Dostoevsky
   lifespan was   
1821-1881
A Russian novelist and writer of fiction.
George Orwell
   lifespan was   
1903-1950
English writer; author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm
Georges Bizet
   lifespan was   
1838-1875
French composer; best known for his opera, Carmen
George S. Patton
   lifespan was   
1885-1945
US Army General known for his toughness. Commanded in Europe during WWII.
Gertrude Stein
   lifespan was   
1874-1946
American writer
Giacomo Casanova
   lifespan was   
1725-1798
Famous lover
Giacomo Puccini
   lifespan was   
1858-1924
Italian opera composer
Gilda Radner
   lifespan was   
1946 -1989
An American comedienne and actress.
Giovanni Verrazano
   lifespan was   
1485-1528
Italian navigator explores the east coast of the new world
Giuseppe Verdi
   lifespan was   
1813-1901
Italian opera composer
Glenn Gould
   lifespan was   
1932-1982
Canadian pianist
Grigori Rasputin
   lifespan was   
1869-1916
"The Mad Monk" Russian peasant mystic from Siberia who had great influence in the Royal court of Nicholas II whose son's haemophiia seemed to respond to his "treatments". Tsaritsa Alexsandra relied heavily upon him for help with the heir apparent.
Gustav Mahler
   lifespan was   
1860-1911
Austrian composer and conductor of the NY Philharmonic
Hans Christian Andersen
   lifespan was   
1805-1875
Danish writer
Harold Bennet
   lifespan was   
1899-1981
Played young Mr Grace in Are You Being Served. Died from a heart attack
Henry David Thoreau
   lifespan was   
1817-1862
Henry Lawson
   lifespan was   
1867-1922
An Australian writer and poet. "The Loaded Dog" is a favourite often read to Australian school children.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
   lifespan was   
1807-1882
An American poet.
Hermann Hesse
   lifespan was   
1877-1962
German writer; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1946
Hernando De Soto
   lifespan was   
C.1496-1542
Spanish explorer and conquistador
Herodotus
   lifespan was   
484BC-430BC
Called "The Father of History"
Ho Chi Minh
   lifespan was   
1890-1969
Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman
Humphrey Bogart
   lifespan was   
1899-1957
An American actor.
Ian Curtis
   lifespan was   
1956-1980
Lead singer with Joy Division. The remaining band members then formed New Order.
Ian Dury
   lifespan was   
1942-2000
Biggest Hit was Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick 1977. Died from cancer
Isaac Asimov
   lifespan was   
1920-1992
Russian-born American writer of science fiction and popular science
Jack Kerouac
   lifespan was   
1922-1969
American writer; author of "On the Road"; icon of the Beat Generation
Jack Lemmon
   lifespan was   
1925-2001
Two-time Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian
Jackson Pollock
   lifespan was   
1912-1956
American painter
Jacques Cousteau
   lifespan was   
1910-1997
Oceanographer and marine life expert. Died from a Heart attack
James Cagney
   lifespan was   
1899-1986
Academy Award-winning American film actor.
Janis Joplin
   lifespan was   
1943-1970
Died from a heroin overdose. An American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
   lifespan was   
1712-1778
Swiss philosopher of the Enlightenment
Jean-Paul Sartre
   lifespan was   
1905-1980
French existentialist philosopher
Jeffrey Dahmer
   lifespan was   
1960-1994
Serial Killer. Murdered 17 boys and men aged between 14 - 36. His Murders included necrophilia dismemberment and cannibalism. He was beaten to death by another prisoner.
Jesse Owens
   lifespan was   
1913-1980
American track and field athlete; won 4 gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
Jimi Hendrix
   lifespan was   
1942-1970
An American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Aspirated after taking sleeping pills.
J. M. W. Turner
   lifespan was   
1775-1851
English painter
Johann Sebastian Bach
   lifespan was   
1685-1750
Prolific German composer
John Calvin
   lifespan was   
1509-1564
Founder of Calvinism
John Coogan
   lifespan was   
1914-1984
Played Uncle Fester in the Adams Family. Died of Heart disease.
John F. Kennedy
   lifespan was   
1917-1963
35th President of the United States.
John Inman
   lifespan was   
1935-2007
Played Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served.
John Keats
   lifespan was   
1795-1821
English poet of the Romantic period; buried in Rome
John Lennon
   lifespan was   
1940-1980
English songwriter, singer, musician, graphic artist, author and peace activist who gained fame as one of the founders of The Beatles.
John Spencer
   lifespan was   
1946-2005
Played Leo McGarry in The West Wing. Died from a heart attack
John Wayne Gacy
   lifespan was   
1942-1994
Serial Killer. Confessed to murdering 33 boys and young men aged 9- 20. Buried 28 of his victims under the crawl space of his house. Death by lethal injection
Jonathan Swift
   lifespan was   
1667-1745
Author of Gulliver's Travels
Jon Bonham
   lifespan was   
1948-1980
Legend rocker and drummer for Led Zep. Died from asphyxiation cause by choking on his own vomit while passed out drunk.
Joan of Arc
   lifespan was   
1412-1431
French heroine; burned at the stake at 19 for heresy; made a saint in 1920
Jorge Luis Borges
   lifespan was   
1899-1986
Argentinian writer
Joseph Heller
   lifespan was   
1923-1999
American writer; author of Catch-22
José Ortega Y Gasset
   lifespan was   
1883-1955
Spanish writer and philosopher
Karen Carpenter
   lifespan was   
1950-1983
Big hits in the 70’s include Rainy days and Monday 1971 and Close to you 1970. Died from heart complications cause by Anorexia Nervosa
Kateri Tekawitha
   lifespan was   
1656-1680
Algonquin Indian known as the Lilly of the Mohawks; first person born in North America to be beatified
Katharine Hepburn
   lifespan was   
1907-2003
Iconic American actress of film, television and stage.
Ken Caminiti
   lifespan was   
1963-2004
Third baseman for Houston Astros and San Diego Padras. Died from drug intoxication.
Kenneth Rexroth
   lifespan was   
1905-1982
American poet
Kerry Packer
   lifespan was   
1937-2005
Australian publishing, media and gaming tycoon who owned the Nine Network.
Laura Brannigan
   lifespan was   
1957-2004
Biggest hit in 1982 "Gloria". Died from a brain aneurysm.
Leonard Bernstein
   lifespan was   
1918-1990
American composer and conductor
Leos Janacek
   lifespan was   
1854-1928
Czech composer
Lou Gehrig
   lifespan was   
1903-1941
American baseball player; known as the "Ironman"; died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
Louis Armstrong
   lifespan was   
1901-1971
An American jazz musician.
Louis Hebert
   lifespan was   
1575-1627
First European colonist in Canada
Luciano Pavarotti
   lifespan was   
1935-2007
Tenor
Ludwig Von Beethoven
   lifespan was   
1770-1827
Greatest of all classical composers
Mae West
   lifespan was   
1893–1980
American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol.
Mahalia Jackson
   lifespan was   
1911-1972
An American gospel singer.
Marcus Antonius
   lifespan was   
83 BC- 30 BC
Roman politician and general
Marcus Tullius Cicero
   lifespan was   
106BC-43BC
Roman statesman and orator
Maria Callas
   lifespan was   
1923-1977
Greek dramatic coloratura soprano; one of the best known opera singers of all time
Marilyn Monroe
   lifespan was   
1926-1962
American film actress
Mark Twain
   lifespan was   
1835-1910
American writer, author of Tom Sawyer, born Samuel Longhorne Clemens
Marlon Brando
   lifespan was   
1924-2004
Academy Award-winning American actor
Martin Luther
   lifespan was   
1483-1546
German religious reformer
Martin Luther King
   lifespan was   
1929-1968
Assassinated American civil rights leader; winner, Nobel Peace Prize, 1964
Matthew Arnold
   lifespan was   
1822-1888
English poet
Maurice Gibb
   lifespan was   
1949-2003
Wrote many of the hit songs for the BeeGees. Died from a heart attack.
Maynard Ferguson
   lifespan was   
1928-2006
Canadian jazz trumpet player and bandleader
Michael Hutchence
   lifespan was   
1960-1997
Original lead singer of the Australian rock band INXS.
Michel Nostradamus
   lifespan was   
1503-1566
French publisher of a book of world prophecies
Molière
   lifespan was   
1622-1673
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Mother Teresa
   lifespan was   
1910-1997
Albanian nun who worked with Indian poor until her death.
Ned Kelly
   lifespan was   
1855-1880
Australia's most famous bushranger.
Nicolaus Copernicus
   lifespan was   
1473-1543
Developed heliocentric model of the solar system using scientific methods
Norman Mailer
   lifespan was   
1923-2007
An American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director.
Octavio Paz
   lifespan was   
1914-1998
Mexican poet
Oscar Wilde
   lifespan was   
1854-1900
An Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories.
Pablo Neruda
   lifespan was   
1904-1973
Chilean poet
Pablo Picasso
   lifespan was   
1881-1973
Spanish painter and sculptor
Paul Gauguin
   lifespan was   
1848-1903
French painter
Paul Muni
   lifespan was   
1895–1967
An Academy Award-winning and Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor
Payne Stewart
   lifespan was   
1957-1999
Golfer. Won 18 tournaments including three Majors. Died in a private jet crash
Percy Bysshe Shelley
   lifespan was   
1792-1822
English poet
Peter Paul Rubens
   lifespan was   
1577-1640
Flemish painter; did most of his work in France
Petrarch
   lifespan was   
1303-1374
Italian scholar and poet; Francesco Petrarca
Phil Hartman
   lifespan was   
1948-1998
Voices of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz in The Simpsons. Shot dead by his wife.
Philo Farnsworth
   lifespan was   
1906-1971
An American inventor who invented cathode ray tube. Died from ephysema/alcoholism.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
   lifespan was   
1841-1919
French painter
Plutarch
   lifespan was   
46-120
Biographer of the ancient world
Pocahontas
   lifespan was   
1595-1617
Algonquin princess who befriended the English settlers in 1607
Pope John XXIII
   lifespan was   
1881-1963
Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli; presided over the Second Vatican Council
Queen Victoria
   lifespan was   
1819-1901
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until her death in 1901.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
   lifespan was   
1872-1958
British composer
Rembrandt Van Rijn
   lifespan was   
1606-1669
Dutch painter and etcher
Rene Descartes
   lifespan was   
1596-1650
Richard Strauss
   lifespan was   
1864-1949
German composer of orchestral and operatic works; best known for his "tone poems"
Rita Hayworth
   lifespan was   
1918-1987
Born Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino. An American actress who was one the 1940s leading sex symbols.
Robert Browning
   lifespan was   
1812-1889
English poet
Robert F Kennedy
   lifespan was   
1925-1968
Assassinated American Presidential candidate
Robert Frost
   lifespan was   
1874-1963
An American poet whose work frequently drew inspiration from rural life in New England. Frost was highly honored during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes.
Robert Louis Stevenson
   lifespan was   
1850-1894
A Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature.
Robert Palmer
   lifespan was   
1949-2003
Big Hits in the 80’s with Simply Irresistible 1988. Died from a heart attack
Rocky Marciano
   lifespan was   
1923-1969
Boxing heavyweight champion. Retired with 49 wins 40 KO’s. Died in a plane crash
Ronald W. Reagan
   lifespan was   
1911-2004
40th President of US, survived an assassination attempt after just 69 days in office.
Saddam Hussein
   lifespan was   
1937–2006
The 5th President of Iraq and Chairman of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council from 1979 until his overthrow by US forces in 2003.
Salvador Dalì
   lifespan was   
1904-1989
Surrealist painter, works include The Limp Watches (correct title: The Persistence of Memory) 1931.
Sammy Davis Jr.
   lifespan was   
1925-1990
Huge hit in 1972 with The Candy Man. Died from throat cancer
Samuel De Champlain
   lifespan was   
1570-1635
Explorer of North America, founder of Quebec City; died on Christmas Day
Sergei Prokofiev
   lifespan was   
1891-1953
Russian composer
Sidney Nolan
   lifespan was   
1917-1992
Was one of Australia's best-known painters and printmakers, probably best known for his works of Ned Kelly, the Australian bush ranger.
Sigmund Freud
   lifespan was   
1856-1939
Father of psychoanalysis
Sir Edward Elgar
   lifespan was   
1857-1934
British composer
Sir Isaac Newton
   lifespan was   
1642-1727
English physicist, astronomer, mathematician, natural philosopher, and alchemist
Sir Thomas More
   lifespan was   
1478-1535
English author, advisor to Henry VIII, beheaded by Henry VIII, canonized saint in 1935
Sir Walter Ralegh
   lifespan was   
1552-1618
English explorer, poet and historian
Sonny Liston
   lifespan was   
1932-1970
Boxing heavyweight champion. Died from a drug overdose
Spencer Tracy
   lifespan was   
1900-1967
Two-time Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor
St Augustine of Hippo
   lifespan was   
354-430
Father of the Church
St. Bernadette Soubirous
   lifespan was   
1844-1879
Catholic saint of Lourdes
Steve Irwin
   lifespan was   
1962-2006
"The Crocodile Hunter". Was an Australian wildlife expert and television personality.
St Francis of Assisi
   lifespan was   
1182-1226
Founder of the Franciscan Order and icon of the simple life close to nature
St Francis Xavier
   lifespan was   
1506-1552
His body is still preserved in Goa, India
St Ignatius Loyola
   lifespan was   
1491-1556
Founder of the Jesuits
St Juan Diego
   lifespan was   
1474-1548
Simple, humble Indian originally called Cuauhtlatohuac
St Thomas Aquinas
   lifespan was   
1225-1274
Catholic philosopher and generally considered the greatest theologian of the church
Tammy Wynette
   lifespan was   
1942-1998
Big Hit in 1968 with Stand By your Man. Died from a pulmonary blood clot.
Ted Bundy
   lifespan was   
1946-1989
Serial Killer. Murdered 30 women in the USA. Died by electrocution.
Ted Cassidy
   lifespan was   
1932-1979
Played Lurch in the Adams Family. Died from complications due to heart surgery.
T.E. Lawrence
   lifespan was   
1888-1935
"Lawrence of Arabia".
Thomas Paine
   lifespan was   
1737-1809
English political philosopher; author of The Rights of Man
T.S. Eliot
   lifespan was   
1888-1965
"high modernist" poet
Tug McGraw
   lifespan was   
1944-2004
Pitcher for the Mets and the Phillies. Died from brain cancer
Vasco Da Gama
   lifespan was   
1469-1524
Portuguese navigator; first to sail around the Cape of Good Hope
Vincent Van Gogh
   lifespan was   
1853-1890
Dutch painter doing much of his work in the south of France
Virgil “Gus” Grissom
   lifespan was   
1926-1967
One of the original Mercury 7 Astronauts. Was Commander of the Apollo 1 mission. Died Apollo 1 Launch pad fire.
Voltaire
   lifespan was   
1694-1778
French Enlightenment writer, philosopher, essayist; François-Marie Arouet
Walt Whitman
   lifespan was   
1819-1892
American poet
Washington Irving
   lifespan was   
1783-1859
American author of the early 19th century, best known for his short stories The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle.
W.H. Auden
   lifespan was   
1907-1973
English poet
Wilfred Owen
   lifespan was   
1893-1918
English poet; killed in WWI
William Blake
   lifespan was   
1757-1827
English artist and poet
William Butler Yeats
   lifespan was   
1865-1939
Irish poet
William Carlos Williams
   lifespan was   
1883-1963
American poet and medical doctor
William Herschel
   lifespan was   
1738-1822
German-born British astronomer; discoverer of Uranus
William Morris
   lifespan was   
1834-1896
An English artist, writer, socialist and activist. He was one of the principal founders of the British arts and crafts movement.
William Murphy
   lifespan was   
1892-1987
American physician. Shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1934 with George Richards Minot and George Hoyt Whipple for their combined work in devising and treating macrocytic anaemia.
William Shakespeare
   lifespan was   
1564-1616
English poet and playwright. 1564 is actually baptism date.
William Wordsworth
   lifespan was   
1770-1850
English poet
Winston Churchill
   lifespan was   
1874-1965
British politician, soldier in the British Army, orator, and strategist.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
   lifespan was   
1756-1791
Prolific and influential composer


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