• Saddam Hussein

    1937 - 2006

    Saddam Hussein (1937 - 2006)

    Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Maǧīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based […]

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  • Saeed Jaffrey

    1929 - 2015

    Saeed Jaffrey (1929 - 2015)

    Saeed Jaffrey, OBE (Punjabi: ਸਈਦ ਜਾਫ਼ਰੀ, Urdu: سعید جعفری; Hindi: सईद जाफ़री; 8 January 1929 – 15 November 2015) was an Indian-born British actor whose versatility and fluency in multiple languages allowed him to straddle radio, stage, television and film in a career that spanned over six decades and more than a hundred and fifty […]

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  • Sahara Davenport

    1984 - 2012

    Sahara Davenport (1984 - 2012)

    A native of Dallas, Davenport began his drag career while attending Southern Methodist University. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, he relocated to New York City, where he began performing regularly at many gay bars and nightclubs throughout the city.  Davenport has been seen on television on A&E Network’s 15 Films about […]

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  • Saint Alberto Hurtado

    1901 - 1952

    Saint Alberto Hurtado (1901 - 1952)

    Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga was born in Viña del Mar, Chile, on 22 January 1901; he was orphaned when he was four years old by the death of his father. His mother had to sell, at a loss, their modest property in order to pay the family’s debts. As a further consequence, Alberto and his brother […]

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  • Saint André Bessette

    1845 - 1937

    Saint André Bessette (1845 - 1937)

    He was born Alfred Bessette in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Quebec, a small town situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Montreal. Bessette was the eighth of 12 children (four of whom died in infancy). He was so frail when he was born that the curé baptized him “conditionally” the following day, completing an emergency ritual performed at […]

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  • Saint Bernadette Soubirous

    1844 - 1879

    Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1844 - 1879)

    Bernadette (the sobriquet by which she was universally known) was the daughter of François Soubirous (Francés Sobirós in Occitan) (1807–1871), a miller, and Louise (Loïsa Casteròt in Occitan) (1825–1866), a laundress. She was the eldest of nine children—Bernadette, Jean (born and died 1845), Toinette (1846–1892), Jean-Marie (1848–1851), Jean-Marie (1851–1919), Justin (1855–1865), Pierre (1859–1931), Jean (born […]

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  • Saint George Preca

    1880 - 1962

    Saint George Preca (1880 - 1962)

    Preca first came to the attention of the Ordinary Congregation of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for Causes of Saints, which examined the scientifically unexplainable healing of Charles Zammit Endrich in 1964. Zammit Endrich had suffered from a detached retina of the left eye. The healing was declared as miraculous, and was attributed […]

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  • Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

    1922 - 1962

    Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (1922 - 1962)

    Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta in Italy. She was the tenth of thirteen children in her family, only nine of whom survived to adulthood. When she was three, her family moved to Bergamo, and she grew up in the Lombardy region of Italy.  In 1942, Gianna began her study of medicine in Milan. […]

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  • Saint Mary MacKillop

    1842 - 1909

    Saint Mary MacKillop (1842 - 1909)

    Mary Helen MacKillop was born on 15 January 1842 in what is now the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria (at the time part of an area called Newtown in the then British colony of New South Wales) to Alexander MacKillop and Flora MacDonald. Although she continued to be known as “Mary”, when she was baptised […]

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  • Sal Mineo

    1939 - 1976

    Sal Mineo (1939 - 1976)

    Mineo was born in the Bronx, the son of coffin makers Josephine (née Alvisi) and Salvatore Mineo, Sr. He was of Sicilian descent; his father was born in Italy and his mother, of Italian origin, was born in the United States. His mother enrolled him in dancing and acting school at an early age. He […]

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  • Sally Benson

    1897 - 1972

    Sally Benson (1897 - 1972)

    Sally Benson, the daughter of Alonzo Redway and Anna Prophater Smith, moved with her family from her birthplace of St. Louis to New York, where she attended the Horace Mann School, studied dance and then started working when she was 17 years old. At age 19, she married Reynolds Benson. The couple had a daughter […]

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  • Sally Blane

    1910 - 1997

    Sally Blane (1910 - 1997)

    Blane was born in Salida, Colorado. She was the sister of actresses Polly Ann and Loretta Young, and half-sister of actress Georgiana Young. Blane had her film debut at the age of seven when she appeared in Sirens of the Sea in 1917. She returned to the film business as an adult in the 1920s, playing […]

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  • Sally Eilers

    1908 - 1978

    Sally Eilers (1908 - 1978)

    Dorothea Sally Eilers was born on December 11, 1908 in New York City to a Jewish-American mother, Paula (née Schoenberger), and an Irish-American father, Hio Peter Eilers (who was an inventor). She was educated in Los Angeles, California and went into films because so many of her friends were in pictures. She studied for the […]

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  • Sally Forrest

    1928 - 2015

    Sally Forrest (1928 - 2015)

    Born in San Diego, Sally Forrest studied dance from a young age and shortly out of high school was signed to a contract by MGM. to Michael and Marguerite (née Ellicott) Feeney. Her father was a U.S. Navy career officer, who moved his family to various naval bases, finally settling in San Diego. He and […]

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  • Sally Rand

    1904 - 1979

    Sally Rand (1904 - 1979)

    Hattie Helen Gould Beck was born in the village of Elkton, Hickory County, Missouri. Her father, William Beck, was a West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army colonel, while her mother, Nettie (Grove) Beck, was a school teacher and part-time newspaper correspondent. The family moved to Jackson County, Missouri while she was still in grade […]

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  • Sally Ride

    1951 - 2012

    Sally Ride (1951 - 2012)

    The elder child of Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce (née Anderson), Ride was born in Los Angeles, California. She had one sibling, Karen “Bear” Ride, who is a Presbyterian minister. Both parents were elders in the Presbyterian Church. Ride’s mother had worked as a volunteer counselor at a women’s correctional facility. Her father had […]

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  • Salmon Portland Chase

    1808 - 1873

    Salmon Portland Chase (1808 - 1873)

    Chase was born in Cornish, New Hampshire, to Janet Ralston and Ithamar Chase, who died in 1817 when Salmon was nine years old. His mother was left with ten children and few resources, and so Salmon lived from 1820 to 1824 in Ohio with his uncle Bishop Philander Chase, a leading figure in the Protestant […]

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  • Salvador Dali

    1904 - 1989

    Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on May 11, 1904, at 8:45 am GMT in the town of Figueres, in the Empordà region, close to the French border in Catalonia, Spain. Dalí’s older brother, also named Salvador (born October 12, 1901), had died of gastroenteritis nine months earlier, on August 1, 1903. His father, Salvador Dalí i Cusí, was a middle-class lawyer and notary whose strict disciplinary […]

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  • Salvador Sánchez

    1959 - 1982

    Salvador Sánchez (1959 - 1982)

    Salvador Sánchez Mexican boxer born in the town of Santiago Tianguistenco, Estado de México. Sanchez was the World Boxing Council featherweight champion from 1980 to 1982. Many of his contemporaries as well as boxing writers believe that, had it not been for his premature death, Sanchez could have gone on to become the greatest Featherweight […]

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  • Salvatore Catalanotte

    1894 - 1930

    Salvatore Catalanotte (1894 - 1930)

    Organized Crime Figure. The first unified boss of the Detroit underworld, he was born in Seleni, Trapani, Sicily on February 15, 1894. He arrived in Detroit in 1905, and was a popular figure who held tremendous influence in the Italian community due largely in part to charitable donations and his standing as the head of […]

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  • Salvatore D’Aquila

    1878 - 1928

    Salvatore D’Aquila (1878 - 1928)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was the first head of what is now called the Gambino Organized Crime Family. He was shot and killed at the corner of Avenue A and 13th Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York.

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  • Salvatore Maranzano

    1886 - 1931

    Salvatore Maranzano (1886 - 1931)

    Organized Crime Figure. He instigated the 1929 to 1931 “Castellammarese War” amongst New York City, New York organized crime factions. He was briefly the undisputed leader of the entire mafia organizations in New York until he was murdered on the orders of younger crime figures like Meyer Lansky and Charles “Lucky” Luciano.

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  • Sam Battaglia

    1908 - 1973

    Sam Battaglia (1908 - 1973)

    Sam Battaglia Chicago Gangster. He was the middle of three brothers who dominated the Chicago mob for nearly four decades before falling from power. He broke into the mob after spending time with the street gang 42, founded by his brother Paul. Sam, a burglar and muscle man, was a huge, good looking youngster when […]

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  • Sam Bottoms

    1955 - 2008

    Sam Bottoms (1955 - 2008)

    Samuel John “Sam” Bottoms (October 17, 1955 – December 16, 2008) was an American actor and producer. Bottoms was born in Santa Barbara, California, the third son of James “Bud” Bottoms (a sculptor and art teacher) and Betty (Chapman), both of whom survive him. He was the brother of actors Timothy Bottoms (born 1951), Joseph Bottoms […]

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  • Sam Cooke

    1931 - 1964

    Sam Cooke (1931 - 1964)

    Sam Cooke Singer, Gospel, Blues, Soul and Pop, Songwriter. Sam Cooke is considered the father of soul music and was immensely popular in both the black and white communities. This intelligent performer was not only the overseer and manager of the business side of his own career but founded his own record label and publishing […]

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  • Sam DeStefano

    1909 - 1973

    Sam DeStefano (1909 - 1973)

    Gangster. Sam DeStefano, a.k.a. “Mad Sam,” was the most violent loanshark in Chicago’s history. He grew up in Little Italy and fell in with the infamous 42er Gang. He served three years in prison for rape and eleven in Wisconsin for bank robbery. He was known as a “six for five” juice man in Chicago, […]

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  • Sam Drapkin

    2020 - 1965

    Sam Drapkin (2020 - 1965)

    Organized crime Figure. Member of Detroit’s Purple Gang. Known throughout the city’s underworld as leading a “charmed life.” He survived a total of nine gunshot wounds, stemming from a machine-gun attack along Oakland Avenue in July 1927 and another murder attempt in February 1932, when Drapkin became one of a small handful of gangsters to […]

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  • Sam Genna

    1970 - 1951

    Sam Genna (1970 - 1951)

    Gangster. Fled to Sicily with Jim and Peter after their brothers’ murders. They returned to Chicago, and divorced themselves from the rackets to run an olive oil importing firm.

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  • Sam Giancana

    1908 - 1975

    Sam Giancana (1908 - 1975)

    Gangster. Boss of the Chicago outfit. He was murdered in his kitchen while cooking Italian sausages.

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  • Sam Kinison

    1953 - 1992

    Sam Kinison (1953 - 1992)

    Sam Kinison Kinison acquired much of his material from his difficult first two marriages, to Patricia Adkins (1975-1980) and Terry Marze (1981-1989). Kinison began a relationship with dancer Malika Souiri towards the end of his marriage with Marze. In 1990, Souiri alleged she was raped by a man Kinison hired as a bodyguard that same […]

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