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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.

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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:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Patented a fishing lure. Movies The Blue Lagoon, Dracula Rising, True Legends of the West

Oleg Atkov

Real/Birth Name:
Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov
Also Known As:
Оле́г Ю́рьевич Атько́в
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Cosmonaut. Cardiologist. Time in space 236d 22h 49m.

Space Missions:

Soyuz T-10 - Launch only
Soyuz T-11 - Return only

Dan Barry

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Thomas Barry
Also Known As:
Daniel T. Barry
Daniel Barry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

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Astronaut and medical doctor, the first mission to dock with the ISS. Over 734 hours in space, four spacewalks. Contestant for TV series Survivor: Panama - Exile Island

Space Missions:

STS-105
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 10, 2001

Duration: 11d 21h.
STS-72
Shuttle Endeavour, launched January 11, 1996

Duration: 8d 22h.
STS-96 (1999)
Shuttle Discovery, launched May 27, 1999

Duration: 9d 19h. The first shuttle flight to dock with the ISS. Discovery shuttle

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.

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Tom Blake

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Edward Blake
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Built hollow surfboards of redwood.

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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
Birth Place:

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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.

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Jim Bouton

Real/Birth Name:
James Alan Bouton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Pitcher. Teams New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves. Book Ball Four. TV series Ball Four

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.

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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
Birth Place:

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Invented "bazooka" musical instrument. Movie The Arkansas Traveler

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio .
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry .

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 as a coach.

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Wallace Carothers

Real/Birth Name:
Wallace Hume Carothers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
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
Birth Date:
Death Date:
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
Death Date:
Birth Place:

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Born in the 1860s, in slavery. Botanist. Developed alternative crops to cotton. Professor at Tuskegee Insitutute.

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Vint Cerf

Real/Birth Name:
Vinton Gray Cerf
Also Known As:
Vinton Cerf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Last name pronounced SURF. Co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol that forms the basis of the Internet.

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Arthur Chevrolet

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Chevrolet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 9 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Gaston Chevrolet by 8 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Louis Chevrolet by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

In 1911, he competed in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 but had to drop out after 30 laps. Patented overhead valve engine in 1930. Committed suicide by hanging due to depression.

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Arthur C. Clarke

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Charles Clarke
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:

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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.

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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
Birth Place:

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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:
52, 31 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Independence Day, Hope Floats. TV series Will & Grace. Broadway musical Pajama Game

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry, ceremony date: 24 October 2019 .

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
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than George Sanders by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Movies in RKO's Falcon series: The Falcon and the Coeds, The Falcon's Brother. Movie Tarzan and the She-Devil

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1617 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry .

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.

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Max Crook

Real/Birth Name:
Maxfield Doyle Crook
Also Known As:
Maximilian
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Keyboardist on song Runaway by Del Shannon using his invention.

Glenn Curtiss

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Hammond Curtiss
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

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Motorcycle racer, early world record speed. Pioneer aviator.

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Michael DeBakey

Real/Birth Name:
Michel Dabaghi
Also Known As:
Michael Ellis DeBakey
Michael E. DeBakey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
99
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

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Innovator of heart surgery procedures. Invented the "roller pump." Lebanese immigrant parents, changed name to Anglicize it.

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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
Birth Place:

Relationships:

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

Brief Facts:

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
Birth Place:

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

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.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 22 January 2015 .

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
Birth Place:

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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.."

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry .

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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented moving pictures (movies) - the first, in 1903, was The Great Train Robbery in 1881.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry .

Buddy Emmons

Real/Birth Name:
Buddie Gene Emmons
Nickname(s):
Big E
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pedal steel guitarist.

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Electrical engineer. Invented the computer mouse, helped in creation of hypertext.

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sounder of the Max Factor makeup line. Became a United States citizen in 1916.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 18 February 1981 .

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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Creator of a series of electronic guitars and amplifiers.

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

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.

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

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:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Changed the way athletes did the high jump in 1968 with his style "the Fosbury Flop."

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Buckminster Fuller

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

Brief Facts:

Invented geodesic dome.

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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:

Brief Facts:

Founded station WRNY in New York 1925. First home-use radio set. Founded first science fiction magazine Amazing Stories in 1926.

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Robert Goddard

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Hutchings Goddard
Also Known As:
Robert H. Goddard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented the liquid-fueled rocket.

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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
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pulitzer Prize for his political cartooning in 1948.

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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:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Inventor of "scratching" - based on the "cutting" technique.

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Grandmaster Flash

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Saddler
Nickname(s):
Biggie Grand
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
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 and The Furious Five. The first hip-hop artists in the Rock and Roll Hall.

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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

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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
Birth Place:

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

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Robert Jarvik

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Koffler Jarvik
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
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:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

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."

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance or theater, ceremony date: 5 April 2013 as a group member of Penn & Teller.

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.

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Clarence Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Leonard Johnson
Also Known As:
Kelly Johnson
Nickname(s):
Kelly
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aeronautical engineer. Primary designer of the Lockheed U2 and the SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. Before that, the P-38 Lightning and F-104 Starfighter.

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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. Died in a car crash.

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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.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6247 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry .

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

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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
Birth Place:

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.

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St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6519 Delmar Boulevard .

Juliette Low

Real/Birth Name:
Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon
Also Known As:
Juliette Gordon Low
Nickname(s):
Daisy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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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.

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Bruce McLaren

Real/Birth Name:
Bruce Leslie McLaren
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula One racing champion, also CanAm sports car racing with 56 wins, 3 wins at the Indianapolis 500 and more. Died in a crash, testing his car.

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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.

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John Joseph Montgomery

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Montgomery
Also Known As:
John J. Montgomery
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Professor. Early experiments and inventions in fixed-wing glider flying. Tried wing warping and flaps for control. Died when he crashed in a flight from a hot air balloon.

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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:
49
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.

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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.

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David M. Nelson

Real/Birth Name:
David Moir Nelson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 7 inches (170.18 cm)

Brief Facts:

Specialist on game rules. Halfback, team University of Michigan. Coach, teams Hillsdale College, University of Maine, University of Delaware. Invented the Wing-T formation. Book The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men Who Made the Game

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Ellen Ochoa

Real/Birth Name:
Ellen O. Ochoa
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Former Director of the Johnson Space Center. First female Hispanic astronaut.

Space Missions:

STS-110
Shuttle Atlantis, launched April 08, 2002

Duration: 10d 19h.
STS-56
Shuttle Discovery, launched April 08, 1993

Duration: 9d 6h.
STS-66
Shuttle Atlantis, launched November 03, 1994

Duration: 10d 22h.
STS-96 (1999)
Shuttle Discovery, launched May 27, 1999

Duration: 9d 19h. The first shuttle flight to dock with the ISS. Discovery shuttle

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Dave Parks

Real/Birth Name:
David Wayne Parks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
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

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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. Duo Les Paul and Mary Ford

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry as a group member of Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Auguste Piccard

Real/Birth Name:
Auguste Antoine Piccard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
The same age as Jean Piccard.

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Invented the bathyscaphe. Known for helium-filled balloon flights.

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Jean Piccard

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Felix Piccard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

twin brother of
The same age as Auguste Piccard.
husband of
Jeannette Piccard, until he died.
Older than Jeannette Piccard by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

High altitude balloonist. Invented the plastic balloon.

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Jeannette Piccard

Real/Birth Name:
Jeannette Ridlon
Also Known As:
Jeannette Ridlon Piccard
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Jean Piccard, until his earlier death.
Younger than Jean Piccard by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

High altitude balloonist. The first licensed female balloon pilot in the U.S.; the first woman to fly to the stratosphere; co-inventor of the plastic balloon; the first woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest in the U.S.

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Natalie Portman

Real/Birth Name:
Natalie Hershlag
Nickname(s):
Nat
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Anywhere But Here, 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.

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Burt Rutan

Real/Birth Name:
Elbert Leander Rutan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
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.

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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.

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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.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry as a team member of The Harlem Globetrotters.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
first cousin once removed 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.

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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.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry .
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry .

Peggy Whitson

Real/Birth Name:
Peggy Annette Whitson
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
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. International Space Station for 6 months. The first female commander of the International Space Station. Second time as commander of the ISS.

Space Missions:

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.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry .
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio .

Tex Winter

Real/Birth Name:
Morice Fredrick Winter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Innovator of the triangle offense. Teams Oregon State University, University of Soutern California. As coach, teams Marquette University, Kansas State University, University of Washington, Houston Rockets, Northwestern University, Long Beach State University

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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:

Held the world water speed record on several occasions. He was the first man to travel over 100 miles per hour on water.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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