• Ugo Tognazzi

    1922 - 1990

    Ugo Tognazzi (1922 - 1990)

    Ugo Tognazzi was born in Cremona, in northern Italy but spent his youth in various localities as his father was a traveller clerk for an insurance company. After his return to his native city in 1936, he worked in a salami production plant. During World War II, he was inducted into the Army and returned home […]

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  • Ulysses S Grant

    1822 - 1885

    Ulysses S Grant (1822 - 1885)

    Ulysses S Grant 18th United States President, Civil War Union Lieutenant General. He was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio. His birth name was  Hiram Ulysses Grant. At seventeen, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduation, his first assignment was service in a border war with Mexico. After eleven years he resigned […]

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  • Una Merkel

    1903 - 1986

    Una Merkel (1903 - 1986)

    Una Merkel was born in Covington, Kentucky, and grew up in Philadelphia and New York City. Merkel, who bore a resemblance to actress Lillian Gish, began her career as a stand-in for Gish, most notably in the 1928 classic The Wind, a late silent film. Merkel appeared in a few films during the silent era, including […]

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  • Uncle Dave Macon

    1870 - 1952

    Uncle Dave Macon (1870 - 1952)

    Uncle Dave Macon Born David Harrison Macon in Smartt Station in middle Tennessee’s Warren County, he was the son of a Confederate officer who owned a large farm. Macon heard the folk music of the area when he was young, but he was also a product of the urban South: after the family moved to […]

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  • Uncle Jimmy Thompson

    1970 - 1970

    Uncle Jimmy Thompson (1970 - 1970)

    Uncle Jimmy Thompson In 1925, the National Life and Accident Insurance Company established WSM, the first radio station in Nashville that could reach a regional audience. In September of that year, WSM began airing rural musicians from the Nashville area, namely Humphrey Bate, Sid Harkreader, and Uncle Dave Macon. Realizing the popularity of old-time music, […]

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  • Uta Hagen

    1919 - 2004

    Uta Hagen (1919 - 2004)

    Born in Göttingen, Germany, the daughter of Thyra A. (née Leisner) and Oskar Frank Leonard Hagen, Hagen and her family emigrated to the United States in 1924, when her father received a position at Cornell University. She was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She appeared in productions of the University of Wisconsin High School and in […]

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