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Edwin Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Howard Armstrong
Also Known As:
Edwin H. Armstrong
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Prolific inventor of radio technology, including the wide-band FM radio. Also a new form of radar based on FM. Suicide by jumping from his 13th floor apartment to a 3rd floor balcony after an altercation with his wife. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1998.

Antony Armstrong-Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones
Also Known As:
Earl of Snowdon
Viscount Linley
Baron Armstrong-Jones
Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Nickname(s):
Tony
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Created Earl of Snowdon and Viscount Linley upon marriage to Princess Margaret.

Christopher Atkins

Real/Birth Name:
Christopher Bowman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Patented a fishing lure. Movies The Blue Lagoon, Dracula Rising, True Legends of the West

Dan Barry

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Thomas Barry
Also Known As:
Daniel T. Barry
Daniel Barry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Astronaut and medical doctor, on crew for missions STS-72 (Endeavour), STS-96 (Discovery), the first mission to dock with the ISS, and STS-105 (Discovery), with over 734 hours in space, and four spacewalks. Contestant for TV series Survivor: Panama - Exile Island

Forrest Bird

Real/Birth Name:
Forrest Morton Bird
Also Known As:
Dr. Forrest M. Bird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Biomedical engineer, created mechanical ventilators for help in breathing. National Inventors Hall of Fame 1995. Presidential Citizens Medal 2008. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2009. Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame 2008.

Tom Blake

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Edward Blake
Gender:
Male

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Built hollow surfboards of redwood. Surfing Walk of Fame 1994.

Nellie Bly

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Jane Cochran
Also Known As:
Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman
Nickname(s):
Pinky
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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As a teenager, she added an 'e' to the end of her name. During her career she claimed 1867 as her birth year, but a baptism record shows 1864. Famed for two journalism feats - traveling around the world in 72 days, and faking insanity to investigate an asylum from the inside. Died of a stroke. National Women's Hall of Fame 1998.

Paul Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Eugene Brown
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 33 days before his 83rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Founder and first coach of team Cleveland Browns, named after him. Invented the face mask. Also coached teams Ohio State, Great Lakes Navy, Cincinnati Bengals. Coached the Senior Bowl North Team multiple times. Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor 2010. Ohio State Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame 1991. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1967. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1990. Walter Camp Man of the Year 1989.

Bob Burns

Real/Birth Name:
Robin Burn
Also Known As:
Robert Burns
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Invented "bazooka" musical instrument. Movie The Arkansas Traveler. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Walter Camp

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Chauncey Camp
Nickname(s):
Father of American Football
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65, 24 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Credited with inventing the American football sytem of downs and the line of scrimmage, the snap-back from center, the 2-point safety, and the points system. Halfback, team Yale University. College Football Hall of Fame 1951 as a coach.

Wallace Carothers

Real/Birth Name:
Wallace Hume Carothers
Gender:
Male
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Death Date:
Age at Death:
41, 2 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Inventor of Nylon and neoprene at Dupont. Suicide by cyanide poisoning due to depression.

Lewis Carroll

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Gender:
Male
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Age at Death:
65, 13 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Author of books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass. Poems The Hunting of the Snark, Jabberwocky

George Washington Carver

Real/Birth Name:
George Washington Carver
Gender:
Male
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Born in the 1860s, in slavery. Botanist. Developed alternative crops to cotton. Professor at Tuskegee Insitutute. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1993. Hall of Famous Missourians 1983. Kansas Hall of Fame 2012. Missouri Wall of Fame. National Agricultural Hall of Fame 1977.

Vint Cerf

Real/Birth Name:
Vinton Gray Cerf
Also Known As:
Vinton Cerf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Last name pronounced SURF. Co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the basis of the Internet. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2005. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1997.

Arthur C. Clarke

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Charles Clarke
Gender:
Male
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Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Science fiction author. Books Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, Movies based on books 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010. Known for formulating the Three Laws of Robotics, and for suggesting communication satellites in geosynchronous orbit in a memo in 1945. Received a CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 2000. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1997. International Space Hall of Fame.

Art Clokey

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Farrington
Also Known As:
Arthur Charles Clokey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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Name changed when he was adopted. Creator of the Gumby character. TV series The Gumby Show. Movie Gumby: the Movie. Voice actor.

Harry Connick Jr.

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
51, 12 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Movies Independence Day, Hope Floats. TV series Will & Grace. Broadway musical Pajama Game. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2011.

Tom Conway

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Charles Sanders
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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older brother of
Older than George Sanders by 1 year.

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Movies in RKO's Falcon series: The Falcon and the Coeds, The Falcon's Brother. Movie Tarzan and the She-Devil Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1617 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Jacques Cousteau

Real/Birth Name:
Jacques-Ives Cousteau
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Co-developer of the aqua-lung. Known for films, books, and television under-sea photography and exploration. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1995.

Michael DeBakey

Real/Birth Name:
Michel Dabaghi
Also Known As:
Michael Ellis DeBakey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
99
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Innovator of heart surgery procedures. Invented the "roller pump." Lebanese immigrant parents, changed name to Anglicize it. National Medal of Science. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. Health Care Hall of Fame 1996. Congressional Gold Medal 2007.

John DeLorean

Real/Birth Name:
John Zachary DeLorean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Kelly Harmon by 23 years.

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Credited with inventing the first "muscle car," a Pontiac GTO. Created the DeLorean DMC-12, the time machine in movie Back to the Future

Bill Doak

Real/Birth Name:
William Leopold Doak
Nickname(s):
Spittin' Bill
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Pitcher. Teams St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Robins. Allowed to continue use of spitball after it was outlawed in 1921. Invented improved fielder's glove with lacing between the thumb and first finger.

Ray Dolby

Real/Birth Name:
Ray Milton Dolby
Also Known As:
Dr. Dolby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Engineer and physicist. Inventor of sound technology for theaters. Awarded an honorary OBE, Order of Officer of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1997. Television Hall of Fame 2014. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2004. Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 22 January 2015.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

George Eastman

Real/Birth Name:
George Eastman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Invented roll film, and the Kodak Camera. Formed the Eastman Kodak Company. Donated large amounts of money, especially to University of Rochester for a medical and dental school, and formation of the Eastman School of Music. Due to pain and depression, committed suicide with a single gunshot through the heart. His suicide note read, "To my friends, my work is done - Why wait? GE.." Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Thomas A. Edison

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Alva Edison
Nickname(s):
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Invented moving pictures (movies) - the first, in 1903, was The Great Train Robbery. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. French Legion of Honor 1881. Congressional Gold Medal 1928. Entrepreneur Walk of Fame 2011. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1975. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1989. Michigan Walk of Fame 2006. Automotive Hall of Fame 1969. Albert Medal 1892. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Douglas Engelbart

Real/Birth Name:
Douglas Carl Engelbart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Electrical engineer. Invented the computer mouse, helped in creation of hypertext. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2000.

Max Factor

Real/Birth Name:
Maksymilian Faktorowicz
Also Known As:
Max Factor Sr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65, 16 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
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Brief Facts:

Sounder of the Max Factor makeup line. Became a United States citizen in 1916. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 18 February 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Leo Fender

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Leonidas Fender
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
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Creator of a series of electronic guitars and amplifiers. Guitar Center RockWalk 1987. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Anaheim / Orange County Walk of Stars: A star for Show Business fame.

Bobby Fischer

Real/Birth Name:
Robert James Fischer
Also Known As:
Robert D. James
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Chess champion, in 1972 became the only American chessplayer to become the official World Chess Champion. His title was taken away in 1975. Lived in Hungary and Japan and Iceland, which granted him citizenship. Died in Iceland. Vocal anti-American and anti-Semitic statements. Invented a new type of digital chess clock. Books My 60 Memorable Games, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. Considered the greatest chess player who ever lived. United States Chess Hall of Fame 1985.

Robert FitzRoy

Real/Birth Name:
Robert FitzRoy
Nickname(s):
Hot Coffee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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A fourth great-grandson of Charles II of England. Entered the Royal Navy at age 14. Became commander of the HMS Beagle, travelling with Charles Darwin. Later named governor of New Zealand. Began studies of meteorology, inventing several types of barometers. Became Vice-Admiral. Suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, due to depression.

Jack Foley

Real/Birth Name:
John Donovan Foley
Nickname(s):
Jack
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Created the means of editing the soundtrack of a movie to enhance sound effects. The person who does this is called the "foley editor" in movie credits.

Dick Fosbury

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Douglas Fosbury
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Brief Facts:

Changed the way athletes did the high jump in 1968 with his style "the Fosbury Flop". United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1992. Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1981. National High School Hall of Fame 2018.

Buckminster Fuller

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nickname(s):
Bucky
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Invented geodesic dome. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1983.

Hugo Gernsback

Real/Birth Name:
Hugo Gernsbacker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 3 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

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Founded station WRNY in New York 1925. First home-use radio set. Founded first scence fiction magazine Amazing Stories in 1926. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1996.

Rube Goldberg

Real/Birth Name:
Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948. William Randolph Hearst Cartoon Hall of Fame.

Grand Wizzard Theodore

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Livingston
Also Known As:
Grand Wizard Theodore
Grand Wizard Theodore
Grand Wizard Theo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

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Inventor of "scratching" - based on the "cutting" technique. DMC Hall of Fame. Bronx Walk of Fame 2009.

Grandmaster Flash

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Saddler
Nickname(s):
Biggie Grand
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented a DJ-ing device for scratching. Albums Flash is Back, Safety First/Watch Yourself. Group Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. The first hip-hop artists in the Rock and Roll Hall. DMC Hall of Fame. Bronx Walk of Fame 2007. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.

Robert A. Heinlein

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Anson Heinlein
Also Known As:
Anson McDonald
Lyle Monroe
John Riverside
Caleb Saunders
Simon York
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
81 or 82

Brief Facts:

Noted Science fiction writer. Invented the water bed. Books made into movies: Starship Trooper, The Puppet Masters, Destination Moon, which is from book Spaceship Galileo. Books Stranger in a Strange Land, Farnham's Freehold, Space Cadet, The Cat Who Walks through Walls, The Door into Summer, Methuselah's Children. Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame 1998. Hall of Famous Missourians 2016.

Howard Hughes

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jean Peters by 20 years.

Brief Facts:

Multi-millionaire businessman. Movies, airplanes, airlines, oil exploration, medical research. Excentric and reclusive. Subject of movie The Aviator. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. Congressional Gold Medal 1939. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1996. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973.

Robert Jarvik

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Koffler Jarvik
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Marilyn vos Savant by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Inventor of the first permanently implantable artificial heart, the Jarvik-7.

Penn Jillette

Real/Birth Name:
Penn Fraser Jillette
Also Known As:
Penn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Relationships:

Descendants:

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Penn of comedy-magic group Penn & Teller. Movies Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hackers. TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Dancing with the Stars. Refer to his partner Teller. Unusual name for daughter Moxie with middle name "CrimeFighter." Nevada Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of Penn & Teller.
UNLV Entertainer/Artist Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of Penn & Teller.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with show show: Penn & Teller for live performance or theater; ceremony: 5 April 2013.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Steve Jobs

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Paul Jobs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Adopted. Last name pronounced like the plural word "jobs." With Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. Former CEO of Next Computer and Pixar Animation Studios. California Hall of Fame 2007. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1985. Entrepreneur Walk of Fame 2011.

Jack Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
John Arthur Johnson
Nickname(s):
Galveston Giant
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
68 or 69
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First black heavyweight boxing champion (1908-1915.) Invented an adjustable wrench and other inventions. Served time for Mann Act violation. International Boxing Hall of Fame. Died in a car crash. Utah Sports Hall of Fame 1970. Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Hedy Lamarr

Real/Birth Name:
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler
Also Known As:
Hedy Kiesler
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Samson and Delilah, Boom Town, Algiers, White Cargo. Invented a device to control torpedoes using frequency hopping, received a patent. Became a US citizen in 1953. Arrested for shoplifting in 1991. One year probation. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6247 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Tom Landry

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Wade Landry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach. Invented the now-popular "4-3 defense" as well as the "Flex defense." Team Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor 1993. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1990. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 1993. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 1990. Paul Brown Trophy 1987. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Federation of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions 1991. Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1988. National High School Hall of Fame 1991. Longhorn Men's Hall of Honor 1971. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013. Walter Camp Distinguished American Award 1986.

Florence Lawrence

Real/Birth Name:
Florence Annie Bridgwood
Nickname(s):
The Girl of a Thousand Faces
The First Movie Star
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 5 days before her 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
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Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Canadian. Inventor of an auto turn signal and a stop signal. First actor identified by name in a film. Silent films. Suicide by poisoning, cough syrup and ant paste.

Lotta Lawrence

Real/Birth Name:
Charlotte A. Bridgwood
Gender:
Female
Death Date:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Vaudeville actress. Invented a windshield wiper using rollers rather than blades.

Charles Lindbergh

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Most famous for his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Controversial because he had anti-Jewish beliefs. Helped the fight in the Pacific in World War II, as a civilian. French Legion of Honor. Congressional Gold Medal 1928. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1973. Missouri Walk of Fame 2013. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1991. St. Louis Walk of Fame: A star at 6519 Delmar Boulevard.

Guglielmo Marconi

Real/Birth Name:
Guglielmo Giovanni Maria Marconi
Also Known As:
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Credited as the inventor of radio, then called wireless telegraphy. Nobel Prize in Physics 1909. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1978. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1977. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009. Albert Medal 1914.

Bill Meistrell

Real/Birth Name:
William Meistrell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 5 days before his 78th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
Older than Bob Meistrell by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the Body Glove brand wet suit. Business Dive N' Surf in Redondo Beach, CA. Surfer's Walk of Fame 2004. Surfing Walk of Fame 2007.

Samuel F B Morse

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Finley Breese Morse
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Invented telegraph - first message: "What hath God Wraught?" Invented Morse code.

Elon Musk

Real/Birth Name:
Elon Reeve Musk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of businesses PayPal and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Tesla Motors. Also involved in solar power. SpaceX created the first commercial craft (Dragon) to complete a supply mission to the International Space Station. Canadian citizen through his mother. Became a US citizen in 2002.

James Naismith

Real/Birth Name:
James Naismith
Also Known As:
Dr. James Naismith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 22 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hired as a chaplain (a Presbyterian minister), invented the game of basketball as "Basket Ball" at team University of Kansas. Created the original 13 rules in 1892. Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame 1995. Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 1961. Kansas Hall of Fame 2013. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1959. National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2006. Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 1978. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 1955. Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame 1986. McGill University Sports Hall of Fame 1996. FIBA Hall of Fame 2007.

Dave Parks

Real/Birth Name:
David Wayne Parks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wide receiver/end. Teams Texas Technological College, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Southern California Sun. College Football Hall of Fame 2008. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Texas Tech Football Ring of Honor 2012. Southwest Conference Hall of Fame 2013.

Les Paul

Real/Birth Name:
Lester William Polsfuss
Also Known As:
Lester Polfuss
Rhubarb Red
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Mary Ford by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Famed guitarist. Responsible for electric guitar sound and popularity of the Les Paul Gibson guitar. Invented multi-track recording. Songs How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, Mockingbird Hill, Bye Bye, Blues, I'm Sitting on Top of the World. Band The Les Paul Trio. Often recorded with his wife, Mary Ford. Songs Vaya Con Dios, How High the Moon. Duo Les Paul and Mary Ford. Grammy Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988. National Inventors Hall of Fame. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. Guitar Center RockWalk 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. National Medal of Arts 2007. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1996. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 2006. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Music City Walk of Fame 2011. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1541 Vine Street for involvement with group group: Les Paul and Mary Ford for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Natalie Portman

Real/Birth Name:
Natalie Hershlag
Nickname(s):
Nat
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Jackie, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, The Other Boleyn Girl, Black Swan, Mars Attacks!

C.W. Post

Real/Birth Name:
Charles William Post
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Invented Postum and Grape-Nuts. Company became General Foods. Suicide 1914 after appendectomy.

George Pullman

Real/Birth Name:
George Mortimer Pullman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Inventor of the Pullman railroad sleeping car. See A. Philip Randolph for the organizer of the union for Pullman car porters.

Ed Roberts

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Edward Roberts
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Created the MITS Altair 8800, considered the first personal computer, also the first with a Basic language, which was done by Bill Gates, Paul Allen. Later became a country doctor. California Hall of Fame 2011.

Burt Rutan

Real/Birth Name:
Elbert Leander Rutan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner of Scaled Composites, which created the first non-government craft, SpaceshipOne, to send humans to the edge of space. Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame 2012. Presidential Citizens Medal 1986. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1995.

Jonas Salk

Real/Birth Name:
Jonas Edward Salk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for his discovery and development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine. Polio Hall of Fame 1958. California Hall of Fame 2007. Congressional Gold Medal 1955. Michigan Walk of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1977. Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

Abe Saperstein

Real/Birth Name:
Abraham M. Saperstein
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner of the team The Harlem Globetrotters. Invented the 3-point shot, which changed the game. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 1979. National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 2005. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1971. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for involvement with team team: The Harlem Globetrotters for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Dr. Scholl

Real/Birth Name:
William Mathias Scholl
Also Known As:
Dr. William Mathias Scholl
Nickname(s):
Billy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Podiatrist. Inventor of Dr. Scholl's shoe pads.

Raymond Scott

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Warnow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Powerhouse which was used in many cartoons. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Carroll Shelby

Real/Birth Name:
Carroll Hall Shelby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Automotive designer and racing driver. Known for the AC Motors-based Shelby American Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford Motor Company known as Mustang Cobras. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1991. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1992. Cruisin' Hall of Fame 1997. Automotive Hall of Fame 1992. Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Loyd Sigmon

Real/Birth Name:
Loyd C. Sigmon
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Executive with Gene Autry for station KPMC in Los Angeles. Invented the "SigAlert" - indicating major traffic tie-ups.

Amos Alonzo Stagg

Real/Birth Name:
Amos Alonzo Stagg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
102
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In college, an end for team Yale University. Head coach teams University of Chicago, College of the Pacific. Invented many traditions of the football game. Also baseball coach at Chicago. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. College Football Hall of Fame 1951. Los Angeles Memorial Coloseum Court of Honors 1965. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1959. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 2001.

Dummy Taylor

Real/Birth Name:
Luther Haden Taylor
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher team New York Giants. He was deaf and could not speak. Invented pitching signs. Kansas Sports Hall of Fame 2006.

They

Real/Birth Name:
Andrew Wilson
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Holds several patents. Branson, MO man changed to single word name, for fun, to resolve the common reference to "they did it."

Mark Twain

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Also Known As:
Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

wrote books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi. Texas Trail of Fame 2007. Hall of Famous Missourians 1982.

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Stirling Vanderbilt
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 2 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
son of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of
younger brother of
Younger than Consuelo Vanderbilt by 7 years.
great grandson of
nephew of
nephew of
first cousin of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
grandson of
uncle of
first cousin of
grandson of
son of
younger brother of
Younger than William K. Vanderbilt II by 6 years.
uncle of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Yachting. Invented contract bridge - new rules added to auction bridge (vulnerability, slam bonus.)

Wernher von Braun

Real/Birth Name:
Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Freiherr title is equivalent to "baron". Inventor of the V2 rocket for Germany in World War II. US citizen in 1955. Worked on ICBMs and the NASA space program. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1998. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2007. State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame 1989.

Lawrence Welk

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Lawrence Welk Show. Born in a German-speaking community, which was the origin of his accent. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Peggy Whitson

Real/Birth Name:
Peggy Annette Whitson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Earned a PhD in biochemistry. The first NASA Science Officer. Expedition 5 to the International Space Station for 6 months. The first female commander of the International Space Station, Expedition 16. Soyuz MS-03. Second time as commander of the ISS Expedition 50

Paul Winchell

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Wilchen
Nickname(s):
Winch
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Has puppets Jerry Mahoney, Knucklehead Smiff. Voice actor TV series The Smurfs. Animated cartoon movie Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day and many sequels in the voice role of Tigger. His TV show The Paul Winchell-Jerry Mahoney Show. Patented an early artificial heart. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Gar Wood

Real/Birth Name:
Garfeld Arrthur Wood
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1956. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1990.

Joseph Woodland

Real/Birth Name:
Norman Joseph Woodland
Also Known As:
N.J. Woodland
N. J. Woodland
N. Joseph Woodland
Nickname(s):
Joe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Helped design the UPC barcode while working for IBM after earlier co-inventing and patenting an earlier barcode. National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1992. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2011.

Link Wray

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Lincoln Wray Jr.
Also Known As:
F. L. Wray Sr.
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Invented the "power chord" and pioneered distorted electric guitar. Songs Rumble, Rawhide, Jack the Ripper. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Orville Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Orville Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Wilbur Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane. Albert Medal 1917. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962.

Wilbur Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Wilbur Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Orville Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane, and first pilot. Died of typhoid fever. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962.

Ed Yost

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Edward Yost
Also Known As:
Paul Yost
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 34 days before his 88th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented the modern hot-air balloon, using a propane heater. First person in the United States Ballooning Hall of Fame 2004.

Frank Zamboni

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Joseph Zamboni Jr.
Also Known As:
Frank J. Zamboni
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented the Zamboni machine, used to resurface ice rinks. Other sports facility inventions. United States Hockey Hall of Fame 2009. World Figure Skating Hall of Fame 2006. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2007.
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