• Haing S. Ngor

    1940 - 1996

    Haing S. Ngor (1940 - 1996)

    Born in Samrong Young, Cambodia, Ngor trained as a surgeon and gynecologist. He was practicing in the capital, Phnom Penh, in 1975 when Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge seized control of the country and proclaimed it Democratic Kampuchea. He was compelled to conceal his education, medical skills, and even the fact that he wore glasses to […]

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  • Hal David

    1921 - 2012

    Hal David (1921 - 2012)

    David was born in New York City, a son of Austrian Jewish immigrants Lina (née Goldberg) and Gedalier David, who owned a delicatessen in Brooklyn, and younger brother of American lyricist and songwriter Mack David. He is credited with popular music lyrics, beginning in the 1940s with material written for bandleader Sammy Kaye and for […]

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  • Hal Fishman

    1931 - 2007

    Hal Fishman (1931 - 2007)

    A Brooklyn, New York native, Fishman received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University where he worked at the campus radio station. He also received a master’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1956. Planning for a career in academia, he worked as an assistant political science professor at California State University, Los Angeles for […]

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  • Hal Roach

    1892 - 1992

    Hal Roach (1892 - 1992)

    Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York, the grandson of Irish immigrants. A presentation by the great American humorist Mark Twain impressed Roach as a young grade school student.  After an adventurous youth that took him to Alaska, Hal Roach arrived in Hollywood, California in 1912 and began working as an extra in silent […]

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  • Hal Smith

    1916 - 1994

    Hal Smith (1916 - 1994)

    Smith was born in Petoskey in Emmet County in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, but he spent a significant part of his early years living in Massena, New York. He graduated from the Massena High School in 1936. His mother was a seamstress, and his father worked at the local Aluminum […]

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  • Halston

    1932 - 1990

    Halston (1932 - 1990)

    Roy Halston Frowick was born on April 23, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the second son of a Norwegian-American accountant James and his seamstress wife Hallie. Halston developed an interest in sewing from his mother, and he began creating hats and altering clothes for his mother and sister as a boy. He graduated Benjamin Bosse […]

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  • Hank Greenberg

    1911 - 1986

    Hank Greenberg (1911 - 1986)

    Hank Greenberg Just nine years after Babe Ruth’s record setting sixty home run season and long before Ford Frick would attach an asterisk to Roger Maris, Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg came within three home runs of breaking the Babe’s record in 1938. Despite Greenberg’s career being significantly shortened by military service he stands out as one […]

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  • Hank Snow

    1914 - 1999

    Hank Snow (1914 - 1999)

    Hank Snow The death of country singer Hank Snow marks the passing of a major figure in the history of popular music. Snow, who died December 20 in Nashville at age 85, played a key role in helping transform country music from a localized, largely rural musical style to an internationally popular form. In a […]

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  • Hank Williams Sr.

    1923 - 1953

    Hank Williams Sr. (1923 - 1953)

    Hank Williams Sr Williams’s parents, Elonzo Huble “Lon” Williams and Jessie Lillybelle “Lillie” Skipper married on November 12, 1916. Hank Williams was of English-American ancestry. Elonzo Williams worked as an engineer for the railroads of the W.T. Smith lumber company. He was drafted during World War I, serving from July 1918 until June 1919. He […]

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  • Hank Worden

    1901 - 1992

    Hank Worden (1901 - 1992)

    Worden was raised on a cattle ranch near Glendive, Montana and was educated at Stanford University and the University of Nevada as an engineer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army hoping to become an Army pilot, but washed out of flight school. An expert horseman, he toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc […]

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  • Hans Albers

    1891 - 1960

    Hans Albers (1891 - 1960)

    Hans Albers was born in Hamburg, the son of a butcher, and grew up in the district of St. Georg. He was seriously interested in acting by his late teens and took acting classes without the knowledge of his parents. In 1915 Albers was drafted to serve in the German Army in World War I, […]

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  • Hans Riegel

    1923 - 2013

    Hans Riegel (1923 - 2013)

    Johannes Peter “Hans” Riegel (10 March 1923 – 15 October 2013) was a German entrepreneur who owned and operated the confectioner Haribo since 1946.  Born in Bonn, he was the oldest son of the company’s founder Hans Riegel, Sr., who invented the gummy bear in 1922. After his graduation from the Jesuit boarding school Aloisiuskolleg, […]

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  • Harlan Howard

    1927 - 2002

    Harlan Howard (1927 - 2002)

    Harlan Howard Country music’s preeminent composer, Harlan Howard boasted an unparalleled body of work encompassing well over 4,000 songs; the writer behind such perennials as “I Fall to Pieces,” “Life Turned Her That Way,” and “Heartaches by the Number,” he scored major chart hits during every decade of the post war era. Born September 8, […]

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  • Harold Abrahams

    1899 - 1978

    Harold Abrahams (1899 - 1978)

    Abrahams’s father, Isaac, was a Jewish immigrant from Congress Poland. He worked as a financier, and settled in Bedford with his Welsh Jewish wife, Ester. Harold was born in Bedford, and was the younger brother of another British athlete, the Olympic long jumper Sir Sidney Abrahams. Another brother, Sir Adolphe Abrahams, became the founder of […]

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  • Harold Ackroyd

    1877 - 1917

    Harold Ackroyd (1877 - 1917)

    Harold Ackroyd was born on 18 July 1877 in Southport Lancashire the youngest son of Edward Ackroyd who ran a textile and tailoring business. Edward inherited a sizable fortune from his mother`s family in 1878 and became Chairman of the Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, a change in fortune which made a private education […]

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  • Harold Agnew

    1921 - 2013

    Harold Agnew (1921 - 2013)

    Harold Melvin Agnew was born in Denver, Colorado on March 28, 1921, the only child of a pair of stonecutters. He attended South Denver High School, and entered the University of Denver, where he majored in chemistry. He was a strong athlete who pitched for the university softball that won a championship. He left the […]

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  • Harold Arlen

    1905 - 1986

    Harold Arlen (1905 - 1986)

    Harold Arlen was born Hyman Arluck, in Buffalo, New York, United States, the child of a Jewish cantor. His twin brother died the next day. He learned the piano as a youth and formed a band as a young man. He achieved some local success as a pianist and singer and moved to New York […]

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  • Harold Bennett

    1899 - 1981

    Harold Bennett (1899 - 1981)

    Bennett was born in Hastings, Sussex. After leaving school at the age of twelve, in his early life he toured America as a clown with a circus, and later taught English at the Working Men’s College in London. During World War I he served as a courier, initially on horseback, then on motorcycle. After the […]

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  • Harold Hitz Burton

    1888 - 1964

    Harold Hitz Burton (1888 - 1964)

    Harold was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, the second son of Alfred E. Burton and Anna Gertrude Hitz. His younger brother was named Felix Arnold Burton.  Harold’s father was an engineer and the first Dean of Student Affairs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1902-1921), reporting to the president. He taught at MIT before being […]

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  • Harold J. Stone

    1913 - 2005

    Harold J. Stone (1913 - 2005)

    Harold J. Stone (March 3, 1913 – November 18, 2005) was an American stage, radio, film, and television character actor. Born Harold Hochstein to a Jewish acting family, he began his career on Broadway in 1939 and appeared in five plays in the next six years, including One Touch of Venus and Stalag 17, following which […]

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  • Harold Jackson

    1915 - 2012

    Harold Jackson (1915 - 2012)

    Jackson was born in Charleston, South Carolina and grew up in Washington, D.C. where he was educated at Howard University.  Jackson began his broadcasting career as the first African-American radio sports announcer, broadcasting Howard’s home baseball games and local Negro league baseball games.  In 1939, he became the first African American host at WINX/Washington with […]

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  • Harold Nicholas

    1921 - 2000

    Harold Nicholas (1921 - 2000)

    Nicholas was born to drummer and orchestra leader Ulysses Domonick and pianist Viola Harden in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. By the age of three, his older brother Fayard enjoyed sitting in the audience of the black vaudeville theater where his parents performed, enraptured by the great performers on stage. Immersed in show business, when the Nicholases […]

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  • Harold Pinter

    1930 - 2008

    Harold Pinter (1930 - 2008)

    Harold Pinter, CH, CBE (/ˈpɪntər/; 10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than 50 years. His best-known plays include The Birthday Party (1957), The Homecoming (1964), and Betrayal (1978), each of which […]

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  • Harold Ramis

    1944 - 2014

    Harold Ramis (1944 - 2014)

    Harold Ramis Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote both films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), […]

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  • Harold Robert Aaron

    1921 - 1980

    Harold Robert Aaron (1921 - 1980)

    United States Army General. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1943, and was assigned as a 2nd Lieutenant and company commander in the European Theatre during World War II. After the war he served in a number of various posts in Europe and the Pacific, rising in […]

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  • Harold Russell

    1914 - 2002

    Harold Russell (1914 - 2002)

    Harold Russell was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to Massachusetts with his family in 1921, after his father’s death in 1920. In 1941, he was so profoundly affected by the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor that he enlisted in the Army on the following day. While an Army instructor, and training with […]

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  • Harold Shipman

    1946 - 2004

    Harold Shipman (1946 - 2004)

    Harold Frederick Shipman was born on the Bestwood council estate in Nottingham, England, the second of the four children of Vera and Harold Shipman, a lorry driver. His working class parents were devout Methodists. Shipman was particularly close to his mother, who died of lung cancer when he was 17. Her death came in a […]

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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe

    1811 - 1896

    Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)

    Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, on June 14, 1811. She was the seventh of 13 children, born to outspoken religious leader Lyman Beecher and Roxana (Foote), a deeply religious woman who died when Stowe was only five years old. Roxana’s grandfather was General Andrew Ward of the Revolutionary War. Her notable siblings […]

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  • Harriet Lane Johnston

    1830 - 1903

    Harriet Lane Johnston (1830 - 1903)

    Harriet Lane’s family was from Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest child of Elliott Tole Lane, a merchant, and Jane Ann Buchanan Lane. She lost her mother when she was 9; when her father’s death 2 years later made her an orphan, she requested that her favorite uncle, James Buchanan, be appointed her legal […]

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  • Harriet Nelson

    1909 - 1994

    Harriet Nelson (1909 - 1994)

    She was born Peggy Louise Snyder in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Hazel Dell (née McNutt) and Roy Hilliard Snyder. She appeared on the vaudeville stage when she was three years old and made her debut on Broadway in her teens.  She frequented the Cotton Club, began smoking at age 13, was briefly married […]

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