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-- b.3/1/1922 d.11/4/1995 (73)Prime Minister, IsraeliMisc: the war hero turned political leader who fearlessly pursued peace with the Palestinians
-- b.7/24/1948GovernorMisc: the 21st Governor of Montana 1993-2001
Count Edward Raczynski
-- b.12/19/1891 d.7/30/1993 (101)Ambassador, Diplomat, Polish
Joseph H. Rainey
-- b.6/21/1832 d.8/2/1887 (55)CongresspersonMisc: Former American slave, the first black to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives (1870-79).
Albert McKinley Rains
-- b.3/11/1902 d.3/22/1991 (89)Congressperson
Mohammad Ali Rajai
-- b.6/15/1933 N.S. d.8/30/1981 N.S. (48)Head of State, IranianMisc: Iran president
-- b.3/27/1955 N.S.Prime Minister, Spanish
-- b.4/1/1908 d.7/6/1986 (78)Head of State, IndiaMisc: President of India
-- b.5/1/1741 d.10/23/1817 (76)Revolutionary, Soldier, LawyerMisc: officer
Samuel J. Randall
-- b.10/10/1828 d.4/13/1890 (61)Congressperson
Edmund Jennings Randolph
-- b.8/10/1753 d.9/12/1813 (60)Statesman, Attorney/LawyerMisc: played an important role in drafting and ratifying the U.S. Constitution and served as attorney general and later secretary of state in George Washington's Cabinet.
-- b.3/8/1902 d.5/7/1998 (96)SenatorMisc: authored the constitutional amendment that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote
-- b.6/2/1773 d.5/24/1833 (59)Congressperson, Statesman
-- b.9/10/1721 d.10/22/1775 (54)PoliticianMisc: the first President of Continental Congress
-- b.6/11/1880 d.5/18/1973 (92)Congressperson, Feminist, Social Reformer, SuffragateMisc: the first woman elected to Congress
-- b.3/16/1943 d.8/17/1988 (45)Ambassador
Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum
-- b.7/15/1949 N.S.Prime MinisterMisc: Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
-- b.1/26/1953Prime Minister, Government Official, Danish (Denmark)Misc: Prime Minister of Denmark 2001-2009, NATO Secretary-General 2009-2014
-- b.9/29/1867 d.6/24/1922 (54)Statesman, Industrialist, German
-- b.11/4/1936Head of State, MadascarianMisc: President of Madagascar 1973-1993, 1997-2002
-- b.7/7/1933Politician, BusinesspersonMisc: President and CEO of Major League Baseball's Player Relations Committee since 1992; rallied owners around salary cap demand that provoked 1994 players' strike.
Dixy Lee Ray
-- b.9/3/1914 d.1/2/1994 (79)Explorer, GovernorMisc: at age 12 was the youngest girl to climb Mt. Rainer in Washington
Samuel T. Rayburn
-- b.1/6/1882 d.11/16/1961 (79)CongresspersonMisc: House speaker; died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.
-- b.1/24/1820 d.6/18/1869 (49)Journalist, PoliticianMisc: co-founded the New York Times with George Jones
-- b.9/18/1733 d.9/21/1798 (65)Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, LawyerMisc: Declaration of Independence signer
-- b.7/6/1921 d.3/6/2016 N.S. (94)First Lady, Movie ActressNames/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Anne Frances Nancy Robbins Davis Reagan; Ronald's wifeMisc: She says she was born in 1923; 2 years older is correct
-- b.2/6/1911 d.6/5/2004 (93)President, Governor, Movie Actor, TV HostNames/Places: b. in Tampico, IL; MN:Wilson; Jane Wyman then Nancy Davis's husbandMisc: 40th U.S. President 1981-89; most parodied voice of the 80s; in the NAB Broadcasting and Sporscasters Halls of Fame.TV Shows: GE Theater (actor/host), Death Valley Days (host)Movie Titles: Knute Rockne-All American, Bedtime For Bonzo
-- b.8/27/1741 d.3/5/1785 (43)Revolutionary, Statesman
Stanley Forman Reed
-- b.12/31/1884 N.S. d.4/2/1980 N.S. (95)Supreme Court JusticeMisc: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1938-57
-- b.8/5/1917 d.3/21/1999 (81)Journalist, Presidential AideMisc: press secretary for LBJ
-- b.7/6/1931 N.S. d.11/19/2017 N.S. (86)Minister, Actress, TV Talk Show Hostess, Gospel Singer, Adult-Pop Singer, Rhythm and Blues SingerNames/Places: b. in Detroit; RN:Delloreese Patricia Early TaliaferroMisc: some say b. 1932, but AP corrected to 1931Group Names: Mahalia Jackson's Troupe, soloistTV Shows: Chico & the Man (as Della Rogers), The A-Team (as Mr. T's ma), It Takes Two, Charlie & Company, The Royal Family (as Victoria Royal), Touched By An Angel (as Tess)
-- b.7/18/1941 N.S.Politician, Rhythm and Blues SingerNames/Places: b. in DetroitGroup Names: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (lead)Song Titles: Nowhere to Run, Heat Wave, Jimmy Mack, Dancing in the Street
Donald T. Regan
-- b.12/21/1918 d.6/10/2003 (84)Government Official, BankerMisc: Treasury Secretary
William Hubbs Rehnquist
-- b.10/1/1924 d.9/3/2005 (80)Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court Chief JusticeMisc: 16th chief justice of the United States
Robert B. Reich
-- b.6/24/1946Author, Commentator, Economist, Government Official, ProfessorMisc: Labor secretary; b, June 23?
Edwin Oldfather Reischauer
-- b.10/15/1910 d.9/1/1990 (79)Ambassador, Diplomat, ScholarMisc: of Japan
-- b.9/26/1948Cosmonaut, Politician, Diplomat, Czechoslovakian, SovietMisc: the first Czech space traveler
-- b.7/21/1938 d.11/7/2016 N.S. (78)Government OfficialMisc: former-Attorney General; Secretary of Justice; parodied on "Saturday Night Live"
Carlos Lleras Restrepo
-- b.4/12/1908 d.9/27/1994 (86)Head of StateMisc: of Colombia 1960s
Hiram Rhodes Revels
-- b.9/27/1827 d.1/16/1901 (73)Clergyman, Senator, EducatorMisc: first black Senator on 2-25-1870
-- b.12/21/1734 J-LD or 1/1/1735 N.S. d.5/10/1818 N.S. (83)Comic Strip Cartoonist, Engraver, Revolutionary, Inventor, StatesmanNames/Places: b. in Boston; d. in BostonMisc: Silversmith; Political; New England Patriot; False Teeth, Eye Glasses, Picture Frames, Surgical Tools, warned the colonists "The British Are Coming!"
-- b.5/17/1889 d.12/27/1959 (70)Essayist, Poet, Critic, Historian, Diplomat, Mexican
-- b.10/15/1878 d.9/21/1966 (87)Statesman, French
-- b.11/3/1932 N.S. d.8/21/2014 N.S. (81)Prime Minister, IrishMisc: was Taoiseach of Ireland, serving from February 1992 to December 1994.
-- b.4/11/1902 d.3/17/1965 (62)Writer, Newscaster, Attorney/Lawyer, PanelistTV Shows: It's News to Me
-- b.4/18/1875 d.7/19/1965 (90)Statesman, South KoreanMisc: first president of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) (1948-60)
Cecil John Rhodes
-- b.7/5/1853 d.3/26/1902 (48)Statesman, Financier, South AfricanMisc: diamond merchant
-- b.9/18/1916 d.8/24/2003 (86)Congressperson
Abraham A. Ribicoff
-- b.4/9/1910 d.2/22/1998 (87)Senator, Attorney/Lawyer
-- b.11/14/1954Government Official, DiplomatNames/Places: aka Condi RiceMisc: Secetariat of State 2005-2009
-- b.11/17/1964Ambassador, DiplomatMisc: U.S. Amassador to the U.N.
Ann W. Richards
-- b.9/1/1933 d.9/13/2006 (73)GovernorMisc: ex-Texas gov
Elliot Lee Richardson
-- b.7/20/1920 d.12/31/1999 (79)Presidential AideMisc: Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)
William Blaine "Bill" Richardson
-- b.11/15/1947Congressperson, Governor, AmbassadorMisc: Governor of New Mexico 2003-2011
-- b.9/9/1585 d.12/4/1642 (57)Clergyman, Religious Leader, Statesman, FrenchNames/Places: aka the Cardinal-duc de Richelieu, Armand-Jean Du Plessis; NN:Red EminenceMisc: Louis XIII's adviser; Premier of France 1624-42
-- b.4/3/1858 d.??/??/1917PoliticianMisc: the first Black man elected to the Nebraska State Legislature
-- b.8/26/1945Government OfficialMisc: Former Homeland Security Secretary
General Matthew B. Ridgway
-- b.3/3/1895 d.7/26/1993 (98)Government OfficialMisc: WWII general; Army Chief of Staff
Donald W. Riegle Jr.
-- b.10/23/1844 d.11/16/1885 (41)Politician, CanadianMisc: Patriot & protector of French Culture; leader of insurrection of Metis in Manitoba.
-- b.1/2/1933Politician, Governor, Government OfficialMisc: was the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Clinton
-- b.2/8/1908 d.1/15/1973 (64)Politician, Australian
-- b.5/1/1930MayorMisc: of Los Angeles 1993-2001
-- b.5/3/1943 N.S.Senator
-- b.4/8/1732 d.6/26/1796 (64)Astronomer, Inventor, Mathematician, PoliticianMisc: U.S. Mint Director #1; an early observer of the atmosphere of Venus
-- b.7/4/1943 N.S.Novelist, Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Attorney/Lawyer, TV Talk Show HostNames/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Jerry Miguel RiversMisc: many say b. July 3TV Shows: 20/20, Geraldo, Now It Can Be Told
-- b.10/23/1920 d.7/16/1991 (70)MayorMisc: Mayor of Philadelphia
-- b.4/18/1907 d.7/6/1982 (75)Politician, Diplomat, Attorney/Lawyer, CubanNames/Places: RN:Raul Roa Garcia
Charles "Chuck" Robb
-- b.6/26/1939 N.S.SenatorNames/Places: Lynda Bird Johnson's hubby
Joseph "Joe" Robbie
-- b.7/7/1916 d.1/7/1990 (73)Attorney/Lawyer, Executive, Sports FigureSports Teams: Miami Dolphins (founder, owner, & executive)
David A. Roberti
John Glover Roberts
-- b.1/27/1955JudgeMisc: Chief Justice of the U.S.
Owen J. Roberts
-- b.5/2/1875 d.5/17/1955 (80)Supreme Court JusticeMisc: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1930-45
Joseph Taylor Robinson
-- b.8/26/1872 d.7/14/1937 (64)Politician, Attorney/LawyerMisc: a major figure in the enactment of New Deal legislation
-- b.6/9/1926 d.5/19/2015 (88)Politician
John D. Rockefeller IV
-- b.6/18/1937SenatorNames/Places: MN:Jay
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
-- b.7/8/1908 d.1/26/1979 (70)Vice President, GovernorNames/Places: d. in New York CityMisc: New York Governor, 41st U.S. Vice President 1974-77
-- b.5/1/1912 d.2/22/1973 (60)Politician, PhilanthropistNames/Places: second youngest of the five sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Peter W. Rodino Jr.
-- b.6/7/1909 d.5/7/2005 (95)Politician, CongresspersonMisc: chaired Watergate hearings
-- b.10/7/1728 d.6/26/1784 (55)Revolutionary, Politician, Statesman, LawyerMisc: Declaration of Independence signer
Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer
-- b.10/4/1943 N.S.Politician, Governor, Banker, Investor
-- b.3/19/1881 d.9/10/1960 (79)Congressperson
Will Rogers Jr.
-- b.10/20/1911 d.7/9/1993 (81)Humorist, Congressperson, Movie Actor, TV HostNames/Places: b. in New York City; Will's sonMisc: some say b. Oct 12, 1910 or 1912
William P. Rogers
-- b.6/23/1913 d.1/2/2001 (87)Government OfficialMisc: Secretaty of State (1969-73)
-- b.12/4/1932General, Head of State, Politician, South KoreanMisc: ex-President of South Korea (1988-93); Korean military officer and politician who as president of South Korea instituted democratic reforms.
Ruth Bryan Rohde
-- b.10/2/1885 d.7/26/1954 (68)Congressperson, DiplomatMisc: Public Official
-- b.12/25/1958Government OfficialMisc: ex-Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
-- b.10/31/1928GovernorMisc: former governor of Colorado
George Wilcken Romney
-- b.7/8/1907 d.7/26/1995 (88)Mormon, Senator, Governor, Executive, IndustrialistMisc: American Motors head; Michigan Governor, Secretary of HUD 1969-73.
-- b.3/12/1947GovernorMisc: ex-Massachusetts
Carlos P. Romulo
-- b.1/14/1899 d.12/15/1985 (86)Diplomat, Educator
Daniel Milton "Dan" Rooney
-- b.7/20/1932 N.S. d.4/13/2017 N.S. (84)Ambassador, NFL OwnerMisc: 8x AFC Champion, 6x Super Bowl champion; was a U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 2009-2012; chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers founded by his father Art.Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers (owner and chairman)
Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt
-- b.7/29/1861 d.2/14/1884 (22)First LadyNames/Places: Theodore's wife #1
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
-- b.8/6/1861 d.9/30/1948 (87)First LadyNames/Places: Theodore's wife #2
-- b.10/11/1884 d.11/7/1962 (78)First Lady, Social Reformer, HumanitarianNames/Places: b. and d. in New York City; FN:Anna; LN:Roosevelt; Franklin's wife
-- b.9/23/1910 d.10/27/1990 (80)Author, General, Mayor, AnnouncerNames/Places: Franklin & Eleanor's son, Theodore's great nephew; wed 5x'sMisc: WWII Air Corps
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
-- b.1/30/1882 d.4/12/1945 (63)PresidentNames/Places: b. at Hyde Park, New York; d. of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia.Misc: 32nd U.S. President (1933-45); on a dime
-- b.12/23/1907 d.8/13/1991 (83)Author, CongresspersonNames/Places: FDR's son
-- b.10/27/1858 d.1/6/1919 (60)President/Vice PresidentNames/Places: b. in New York City; d. in Oyster Bay, NYMisc: 26th U.S. President 1901-09; 25th U.S. Vice President; the first president to ride in an airplane, drive in a car and ride in a submarine; inspired the teddy bear
-- b.2/15/1845 d.2/7/1937 (91)Statesman, Attorney/LawyerMisc: Secretary of War; US Sec of State (1905-09)/Nobel Peace Prize (1912).
Daniel C. Roper
-- b.4/1/1867 d.4/11/1943 (76)PoliticianMisc: IRS head
-- b.9/6/1819 d.3/11/1898 (78)General, CongresspersonMisc: Union general and excellent strategist early in the American Civil War (1861-65); after his defeat in the Battle of Chickamauga (September 1863), he was relieved of his command.
-- b.5/10/1730 d.7/14/1779 (49)Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Politician, Attorney/LawyerMisc: Declaration of Independence signer
Nellie Taylor Ross
-- b.11/29/1876 d.12/20/1977 (101)GovernorMisc: the first woman governor (Wyoming)
-- b.11/28/1937 N.S.Government OfficialMisc: U.S. Commerce Secretary
-- b.1/2/1928 d.8/11/2010 (82)SenatorMisc: (Rep-D-Il), House Ways & Means Committee chair.
William V. Roth Jr.
-- b.7/22/1921 d.12/13/2003 (82)Senator
-- b.4/10/1939Lawyer, Sports Executive, Soccer PlayerMisc: president of U.S. Soccer 1990-98
-- b.11/12/1948President, IranianMisc: President of Iran
-- b.12/14/1947Economist, Head of State, BrazilianNames/Places: aka Dilma Vana Rousseff
-- b.12/25/1950Government OfficialMisc: Former White House adviser
Carl T. Rowan
-- b.8/11/1925 d.9/23/2000 (75)Journalist, Columnist, DiplomatMisc: USIA dir; Washington Post columnist
James Rowe Jr.
-- b.6/1/1909 d.6/17/1984 (75)Presidential Aide, Attorney/LawyerMisc: special adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Sir Peter Paul Rubens
-- b.6/28/1577 d.5/30/1640 (62)Painter, Diplomat, French
-- b.12/3/1937Attorney/Lawyer, Manufacturer, EnglishMisc: Reebok, Adidas
William D. Ruckelshaus
-- b.7/24/1932Government Official, Attorney
-- b.9/21/1957Head of State, AustralianMisc: 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010
Warren Bruce Rudman
-- b.5/18/1930 d.11/19/2012 (82)Senator, Attorney/Lawyer
-- b.7/9/1932Politician, Government Official, Businessperson
-- b.11/27/1973Politician, NFL Player
Jacob Ruppert Jr.
-- b.8/5/1867 d.1/13/1939 (71)Congressperson, Businessperson, MLB OwnerSports Teams: New York Yankees (owned from 1915 until his death)
Bobby L. Rush
-- b.2/9/1909 d.12/20/1994 (85)Statesman, Government Official, TeacherNames/Places: RN:DavidMisc: Secretary of state
Lord John Russell
-- b.8/18/1792 d.5/28/1878 (85)Historian, Prime Minister, British, Irish
-- b.11/23/1749 d.1/23/1800 (50)Revolutionary, Congressperson, LawyerMisc: Declaration of Independence signer
-- b.9/17/1739 d.7/23/1800 (60)Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court Chief Justice, Statesman
Wiley B. Rutledge Jr.
-- b.7/20/1894 d.9/10/1949 (55)Supreme Court JusticeMisc: Associate Justice 1943-49
Raúl Castro Ruz
-- b.6/3/1931 N.S.Head of State, CubanMisc: President of Cuba 2008-2018
-- b.4/29/1947Congressperson, Runner, Track and FieldMisc: middle distance runner/world's outstanding athlete (1966); made the Olympic track team while in high school; broke 4 minute mile (Olympic-silver-1968)
-- b.9/28/1929Head of StateMisc: Premier of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.