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Al Lopez
   was a   
Baseball Manager
D.Oct 29th 2005 - Led the Chicago White Sox in 1959 to the American League Pennant and into the World Series before losing to the LA Dodgers.
Anne Bancroft
   was an   
Actor
D. Jun 6th 2005 - Mrs Robinson in the movie The Graduate
Arthur Miller
   was an   
Author
D. February 10th 2005
Arthur Miller
   was a   
Playwright
D. February 10th 2005
Barbara Bel Geddes
   was an   
Actor
D. Aug 8th 2005 - Miss Ellie Ewing on Dallas
Bob Denver
   was an   
Actor
D. September 2nd 2005. In Gilligan’s Island.
Brigit Nilsson
   was a   
Musician
Brigit Nilsson
   was a   
Soprano
1918-2005; leading Wagnerian opera singer of her time, singing at the great houses and festivals of the world.
Brock Peters
   was an   
Actor
D. Aug 23rd 2005 - played Tom Robinson in To Kill A Mockingbird
Charles Rocket
   was an   
Actor
Charles Rocket
   was a   
Comedian
D. Oct 7th 2005 - cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Live -- 1980-1981
Dana Elcar
   was an   
Actor
D. Jun 6th 2005 - Pete Thornton on MacGyver
Dave Allen
   was a   
Comedian
D. March 10th 2005
David Lange
   was a   
Politician
1942-2005; New Zealand Prime Minister from 1984-1989.
Debralee Scott
   was an   
Actor
D. Apr 5th - Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Welcome Back Kotter, Police Academy
Dick Weber
   was a   
Bowler
D. Feb 13th - a founding member of the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association -- first to win a PBA title in 6 different decades
Don Adams
   was an   
Actor
D. Sept 25th 2005 - Maxwell Smart
Eddie Albert
   was an   
Actor
D. May 26th 2005 - Green Acres
Edward Heath
   was a   
Politician
D. July 17th 2005 - British Prime Minister
Eugene McCarthy
   was a   
Politician
D. Dec 10th 2005 - Unsuccessful candidate for Presidential nomination in 1968. Lost the nomination to Hubert Humphrey.
Frank Gorshin
   was an   
Actor
D. May 17th 2005
Frank Gorshin
   was a   
Comedian
D. May 17th 2005
George Best
   was a   
Football Player
D. November 25th 2005
George Mikan
   was a   
Basketball Player
D. Jun 1st 2005 - NBA's first big man in 1950's with Minneapolis Lakers (now Los Angeles Lakers)
Gordon Gould
   was a   
Scientist
D. Sept 16th 2005 -- Inventor of the Laser
Gretchen Franklin
   was an   
Actor
D. July 11th 2005. former star of Eastenders
Hank Stram
   was a   
NFL Coach
Jd. ul 4th 2005 -- Coached the Kansas City Chiefs to victory in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings.
Harry Simeone
   was a   
Musician
D. Feb 22nd 2005 -- arranger, conductor and composer. Led the Harry Simeone Choral. Credited with arranging The Little Drummer Boy in 1958
Howard Morris
   was an   
Actor
D. May 21st 2005 -- played Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show
Hunter S. Thompson
   was an   
Author
B. 1937; author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Ismail Merchant
   was a   
Film Director
1936-2005; Indian-born film director and producer; two of his most famous films are 'A Room With A View' and 'The Remains of the Day'.
Jack Slipper
   was a   
Policeman
D. August 24th 2005 - spent years attempting to bring Ronnie Biggs to justice
James Callaghan
   was a   
Politician
D. March 26th 2005 - British Prime Minister
James Doohan
   was an   
Actor
D. July 20th 2005 -- "Scotty" in Star Trek
James Stockdale
   was an   
US Navy Officer
D. Jul 5th 2005 -- Ran as Vice Presidential Candidate with Ross Perot 1992. Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
John DeLorean
   was an   
Entrepreneur
D. Mar 19th 2005 - Founder of DeLorean Motor Co. His car was featured in the Back To The Future movies.
John Diebold
   was a   
Computer Specialist
D. Dec 26th 2005 -- founder of Diebold Group which offered computer solutions to banking industry that led to ATMs
John Fowles
   was an   
Author
English, b. 1926
John Mills
   was an   
Actor
D. April 23rd 2005 -- father of actresses Juliet Mills and Hayley Mills. Starred in Ryan's Daughter
Johnnie Cochran
   was a   
Lawyer
D. Mar 29th 2005 -- Defense Attorney who represented OJ Simpson in 1995.
Johnny Carson
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. January 23rd 2005
Johnny Carson
   was a   
Comedian
D. Jan 23rd 2005 - Host of The Tonight Show 1962 to 1992
John Spencer
   was an   
Actor
D. December 16th 2005. The West Wing.
John Tyndall
   was a   
Politician
D. July 19th 2005 - Leader of the National Front
Karol Wojtyla
   was a   
Pope
D. April 2nd 2005. Pope John Paul II
Keith Knudsen
   was a   
Musician
D. Feb 8th 2005 -- drummer for the Doobie Brothers
King Fahd
   was a   
Monarch
D. Aug 1st 2005 -- One of thirty-seven sons of Saudi founder Ibn Saud, and the fourth of his five sons who have ruled the Kingdom (Saud, Faisal, Khalid, Fahd, and Abdullah). Ruled 1982-2005.
Leon Askin
   was an   
Actor
D. Jun 3rd 2005 -- played General Burkhalter on Hogan's Heroes
Long John Baldry
   was a   
Musician
D. July 21st 2005. Singer. Discovered Rod Stewart.
Louis Nye
   was an   
Actor
D. Oct 9th 2005 -- played Sonny Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies television show
Luther Vandross
   was a   
Musician
D. July 1st 2005. singer.
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson
   was a   
Musician
D. Nov 1st 2005. Composer, conductor, bandleader. Lyle Russell Cedric "Skitch" Henderson -- Worked with Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson
Mason Adams
   was an   
Actor
D. Apr 26th 2005 -- Charlie Hume in The Lou Grant Show
Max Schmelling
   was a   
Boxer
D. Feb 2nd 2005. heavyweight boxing champion. German boxer and principal opponent of Joe Louis.
Milton Obote
   was a   
Politician
D. October 10th 2005 - Ugandan President
Mo Mowlam
   was a   
Politician
D. August 19th 2005 - Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Myron Floren
   was a   
Musician
D. Jul 23rd 2005-- Accordionist on The Lawrence Welk Show
Nipsey Russell
   was a   
Comedian
D. Oct 2nd 2005
Ossie Davis
   was an   
Actor
D. Feb 4th 2005 -- black activist, actor, director, poet, playwright and husband of actress Ruby Dee
Pat Morita
   was an   
Actor
D. Nov 24th 2005 -- Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid
Paul Winchell
   was a   
Ventriloquist
D. Jun 24th 2005 -- Voice behind the dummy Jerry Mahoney and the voice of "Tigger" in the Disney Winnie The Pooh animated movies.
Paul Winchell
   was a   
Voiceover Artist
D. Jun 24th 2005 -- Voice behind the dummy Jerry Mahoney and the voice of "Tigger" in the Disney Winnie The Pooh animated movies.
Peter Jennings
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. Aug 7th 2005 -- Host of ABC's World News Tonight 1983-2005.
Prince Rainier III
   was a   
Monarch
D. Apr 6th 2005 -- Husband of Princess Grace (Grace Kelly). Ruler of Monaco 1949 to 2005.
Ralph Edwards
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. Nov 16th 2005 -- Host Of This Is Your Life and Truth Or Consequences
Richard Pryor
   was an   
Actor
D. December 10th 2005 - born in Peoria, Illinois. Starred in Brewster's Millions, Lady Sings the Blues, Uptown Saturday Night, Silver Streak, Car Wash, The Toy, Superman III, Stir Crazy. He also wrote for Sanford and Son, The Flip Wilson Show.
Richard Whiteley
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. June 26th 2005. First person seen on Channel 4
Robert Creeley
   was a   
Poet
B. 1926
Robert Moog
   was an   
Inventor
D. August 22nd 2005 - Invented the synthesizer
Robert Wise
   was a   
Film Director
D. Sept 14 2005 -- Directed The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Andromeda Strain, I Want To Live!, The Hindenburg.
Robin Cook
   was a   
Politician
D. August 6th 2005 - Leader of the House of Commons and one time cabinet member
Ronnie Barker
   was a   
Comedian
D. October 4th 2005. Comedy actor who often wrote under the pen name of Gerald Wiley
Rosa Parks
   was an   
Activist
D. Oct 24th 2005 -- Famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey, bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
Sandra Dee
   was an   
Actor
D. Feb 20th 2005-- played the first Gidget, married to Bobby Darin
Saul Bellow
   was an   
Author
D. Apr 5th 2005 -- Winner of Nobel Prize For Literature 1976. Author of The Adventures of Augie March.
Shelby Foote
   was an   
Author
Historian and novelist, b. 1916
Shirley Chisholm
   was a   
Politician
D. Jan 1st 2005 - US Congresswoman
Simon Wiesenthal
   was a   
Holocaust Survivor
D. September 20th 2005
Simon Wiesenthal
   was a   
Nazi Hunter
D. September 20th 2005
Teresa Wright
   was an   
Actor
D. Mar 6th 2005 -- Mrs Miniver, The Pride Of The Yankees, The Best Years Of Our Lives
Thurl Ravenscroft
   was a   
Voiceover Artist
D. May 22nd -- Voice of "Tony The Tiger" and Voice on the animated "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"
William Proxmire
   was a   
Politician
D. Dec 15th 2005 -- U.S. Senator. Creator of the Golden Fleece Awards identifying wasteful government spending.
William Rehnquist
   was an   
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice
D. Sep 3rd 2005
William Westmoreland
   was an   
U.S. Army General
D. Jul 18th 2005 -- Commander of US forces in Vietnam 1964-1968.
Zhao Ziyang
   was a   
Politician
1919-2005; Chinese Prime Minister best known for introducing radical market-oriented rural reforms.


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Allan R. Matthes








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