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Last Updated 01-01-2020

Baby Theresa Ann Pearson -- b.3/21/1992 d.3/30/1992 (0)
Misc: baby born with anencephaly, a grossly underdeveloped brain

Pyotr Bagration -- b.7/10/1765 Ju-1 d.9/24/1812 Ju-1 (47)
General, Prince, Russian

William Bainbridge -- b.5/7/1774 d.7/27/1833 (59)
Naval Officer

Mikhail Bakunin -- b.5/18/1814 Ju-1 or 5/30/1814 N.S. d.7/1/1876 (62)
Philosopher, Revolutionary, Russian

Albert Ball -- b.8/21/1896 d.5/7/1917 (20)
Hero, English
Misc: fighter ace during World War I who achieved 43 victories in air combat.

Robert Ballard -- b.6/30/1942
Author, Naval Officer, Explorer, Geologist
Misc: discovered the sunken Titanic in 1985

Elliott Barker -- b.12/25/1886 d.4/3/1988 (101)
Misc: created the character Smokey Bear.

Joshua Barney -- b.7/6/1759 d.12/1/1818 (59)
Naval Officer

Justo Rufino Barrios -- b.7/19/1835 d.4/2/1885 (49)
General, Head of State, Guatemala
Misc: President of Guatemala

John Barry -- b.3/25/1745 d.9/13/1803 (58)
Revolutionary, Military Leader
Misc: Commodore; the first American commodore to fight in the Revolutionary War and the father of the U.S. Navy

Josiah Bartlett -- b.11/21/1729 J-LD or 12/2/1979 N.S. d.5/19/1795 (65)
Revolutionary, Physician, Judge/Jurist, Statesman
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Richard Bassett -- b.4/2/1745 d.8/15/1815 (70)
Misc: Constitution signer

John B. Bayard -- b.8/11/1738 d.1/7/1807 (68)
Revolutionary, Statesman, Merchant

Pierre Beauregard -- b.5/28/1818 d.2/20/1893 (74)
Misc: Confederate

Egbert Benson -- b.6/21/1746 d.8/24/1833 (87)
Revolutionary, Scholar

Mary Ann Bickerdyke -- b.7/19/1817 d.11/8/1901 (84)
Hero, Nurse
Misc: organizer and chief of nursing, hospital and welfare services for General Grant during the Civil War, improved the medical health of Union soldiers, born in Knox County, Ohio.

Colonel Clement Biddle -- b.5/10/1740 d.7/14/1814 (74)
Revolutionary, Soldier

James Biddle -- b.2/18/1783 d.10/1/1848 (65)
Naval Officer
Misc: negotiated the first treaty between the United States and China.

Nicholas Biddle -- b.9/10/1750 d.3/7/1778 (27)
Naval Officer
Misc: Captain in the Continental Army

John Birch -- b.5/8/1918 N.S. d.8/25/1945 N.S. (27)
Military Leader
Misc: WWII hero captain

William Avery Bishop -- b.2/8/1894 d.9/11/1956 (62)
Hero, Canadian
Misc: fighter ace who shot down 72 German aircraft during World War I.

Theodorick Bland -- b.3/21/1741 d.6/1/1790 (49)
Misc: War colonel; some say b. 1742

Captain William Bligh -- b.9/9/1754 N.S. d.12/7/1817 N.S. (63)
Naval Officer, English
Misc: captain of HMS Bounty who was cast adrift by a mutinous crew

François Blondel -- b.6/15/1618 N.S. d.1/21/1686 N.S. (67)
Soldier, Engineer, Diplomat, French

Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher -- b.12/16/1742 d.9/12/1819 (76)
Army Officer, Prussian

John Wayne Bobbitt -- b.3/23/1967
Misc: had his p*n*s cut off by his wife

Simon Bolivar -- b.7/24/1783 d.12/17/1830 (47)
Revolutionary, Statesman, Venezuelan
Names/Places: b. in Caracas, Venezuela; NN:El Libertador; d. in Colombia
Misc: liberator of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, & Bolivia; Latin American revolt leader for independence from Spain; Bolivia was named for him

Benjamin Bonneville -- b.4/14/1796 N.S. d.6/12/1878 N.S. (82)
Hero, Fur Trader, French
Misc: U.S. Army Officer

Evangeline Cory Booth -- b.12/25/1865 d.7/17/1950 (84)
Author, General, Religionist, Composer
Misc: Salvation Army gen'l

William Booth -- b.4/10/1829 d.8/20/1912 (83)
General, Missionary, Preacher, Social Reformer, Humanitarian, British, English
Misc: Salvation Army founder

Cesare Borgia -- b.9/13/1475 d.3/11/1507 (31)
Soldier, Politician

James Bowdoin -- b.8/7/1726 d.11/6/1790 (64)
Misc: Political leader in Massachusetts during the era of the American Revolution (1775-83) and founder and first president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1780).

Jim Bowie -- b.4/10/1796 d.3/6/1836 (39)
Soldier, Explorer, Frontiersman

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington -- b.12/4/1912 d.1/11/1988 (75)
Military Leader
Misc: colorful World War II flying ace who shot down 28 enemy Japanese planes, organized the legendary Black Sheep Squadron in the South Pacific in 1943, and was awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor.

Edward Braddock -- b.1/??/1695 d.7/13/1755
Soldier, British

William Bradford III -- b.1/19/1719 d.9/25/1791 (72)
Revolutionary, Publisher, Founder
Misc: supported cause of liberty

William Bradford IV -- b.9/14/1755 N.S. d.8/23/1795 N.S. (39)
Revolutionary, Judge, Government Official, Lawyer
Misc: the second Attorney General

Omar Nelson Bradley -- b.2/12/1893 d.4/8/1981 (88)
Names/Places: b. in Clark, Missouri; NN:The GI's General; d. in New York
Misc: 5-star WWII; commanded the highly effective 12th Army Group, which helped ensure the Allied victory over Germany during World War II; later he served as first chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53)

Braxton Bragg -- b.3/22/1817 d.9/27/1876 (59)
Group Names: Confederates

David L. Brainard -- b.12/21/1856 d.3/22/1946 (89)
Military Leader, Explorer

John Bratton -- b.3/7/1831 d.1/12/1898 (66)
General, Physician
Misc: Old Reliable Brig General of Confederate Army

Carter Braxton -- b.9/10/1736 d.10/10/1797 (61)
Revolutionary, Statesman
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

David Brearly -- b.6/11/1745 d.8/16/1790 (45)
Revolutionary, Soldier, Judge/Jurist

John Breckinridge -- b.12/2/1760 d.12/14/1806 (46)
Policeman, Statesman, Lawyer
Names/Places: b. in Staunton, Va., d. Lexington, Ky., U.S.
Misc: Kentucky politician who sponsored Thomas Jefferson's Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions advocating a states' rights view of the Union.

Lou Brissie -- b.6/5/1924 d.11/25/2013 (89)
Hero, MLB Pitcher

Sir Isaac Brock -- b.10/6/1769 d.10/13/1812 (43)
Soldier, Canadian
Misc: administrator in Canada, popularly known as the "Hero of Upper Canada" during the War of 1812 against the United States.

Sir James Brooke -- b.4/29/1803 d.6/11/1868 (65)
Soldier, Hero, British

John Mercer Brooke -- b.12/18/1826 d.12/14/1906 (79)
Naval Officer, Scientist, Engineer, Educator

John Brooks -- b.5/4/1752 d.3/1/1825 (72)
Revolutionary, Soldier

Arthur Roy Brown -- b.12/23/1893 d.3/9/1944 (50)
Hero, Aviator, Canadian
Names/Places: aka Captain Roy Brown or Roy Brown
Misc: WWII Canadian fighter pilot who downed Germany's Baron von Richthofen; The Red Baron's nemisis; Rank: Captain; Service: Royal Naval Air Service Royal Air Force; Units: 4 Naval, 9 Naval, 11 Naval (RNAS) 209 (RAF); Victories: 10

Franklin Buchanan -- b.9/17/1800 d.5/11/1874 (73)
Naval Officer

Frank Buckles -- b.2/1/1901 d.2/27/2011 (110)
Misc: America's last surviving World War I veteran

Simon Bolivar Buckner -- b.4/1/1823 d.1/8/1914 (90)
General, Governor
Misc: Confederate general

Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. -- b.7/18/1886 d.6/18/1945 (58)
General, Governor
Misc: U.S. Army general in World War II who climaxed his career of more than 41 years by leading the successful invasion of the Japanese-held Ryukyu Islands in the Pacific Ocean (1945).

Buffalo Bill -- b.2/26/1846 d.1/10/1917 (70)
Hero, Frontiersman, Scout
Names/Places: b. in Davenport, Iowa; RN:William Frederick Cody

Nikolai Bukharin -- b.10/9/1888 N.S. or 9/27/1888 Ju-1 d.3/15/1938 N.S. (49)
Revolutionary, Economist, Russian

John Bunyan -- b.11/28/1628 J-LD d.8/31/1688 J-LD (59)
Author, Novelist, Soldier, Preacher, English
Book Titles: The Pilgrim's Progress

John Burgoyne -- b.2/24/1722 d.8/4/1792 (70)
Dramatist/Playwright, Army Officer, Politician, British

E. Michael Burke -- b.8/6/1916 N.S. d.2/5/1987 N.S. (70)
Naval Officer, TV Executive, MLB Executive, NBA Executive, NHL Executive
Names/Places: RFN: Edmund
Misc: C.I.A. agent, O.S.S. agent, President of Madison Square Garden, General Manager of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Sports Teams: New York Yankees, New York Knichs, New York Rangers
TV Shows: CBS TV (executive)

Frederick Gustavus Burnaby -- b.3/3/1842 d.1/19/1885 (42)
Soldier, Traveler, Correspondent, British
Misc: balloon pioneer

William Burns -- b.10/19/1861 d.4/14/1932 (70)
Misc: founded William J. Burns National Detective Agency

Ambrose Everett Burnside -- b.5/23/1824 d.9/13/1881 (57)
Soldier, Policeman, Inventor, Businessperson
Misc: sideburns were named after him

Captain John Burton-Hall -- b.7/30/1936
Captain, British

George H. W. Bush -- b.6/12/1924 N.S. d.11/30/2018 N.S. (94)
Naval Officer, President/Vice President, Ambassador, Golfer, Baseball Figure
Names/Places: b. in Milton, MA; MN:Herbert Walker; Barbara's hubby
Misc: Lt. Navy; WWII pilot; 43rd U.S. Vice President (1981-89); 41st U.S. President (1989-93); U.S. Ambassador to China; College baseball player; avid sportsman; played 1B on 1947 and '48 Yale baseball teams that placed second in College World Series; captain of 1948 team. In the Golf Hall of Fame

Michel-Celse-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin -- b.4/13/1618 N.S. d.4/9/1693 N.S. (74)
Writer, Soldier, Religionist, Diplomat, French

Pierce Butler -- b.7/11/1744 d.2/15/1822 (77)
Revolutionary, Politician, Irish

Smedley Darlington Butler -- b.7/30/1881 d.6/21/1940 (58)
Naval Officer

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