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Yitzhak Rabin -- b.3/1/1922 d.11/4/1995 (73)
Prime Minister, Israeli
Misc: the war hero turned political leader who fearlessly pursued peace with the Palestinians

Marc Racicot -- b.7/24/1948
Misc: 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)
Misc: 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)

Mohammad Ali Rajai -- b.6/15/1933 N.S. d.8/30/1981 N.S. (48)
Head of State, Iranian
Misc: Iran president

Mariano Rajoy -- b.3/27/1955 N.S.
Prime Minister, Spanish

Jagurvan Ram -- b.4/1/1908 d.7/6/1986 (78)
Head of State, India
Misc: President of India

Nathaniel Ramsay -- b.5/1/1741 d.10/23/1817 (76)
Revolutionary, Soldier, Lawyer
Misc: officer

Samuel J. Randall -- b.10/10/1828 d.4/13/1890 (61)

Edmund Jennings Randolph -- b.8/10/1753 d.9/12/1813 (60)
Statesman, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: 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.

Jennings Randolph -- b.3/8/1902 d.5/7/1998 (96)
Misc: authored the constitutional amendment that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote

John Randolph -- b.6/2/1773 d.5/24/1833 (59)
Congressperson, Statesman

Peyton Randolph -- b.9/10/1721 d.10/22/1775 (54)
Misc: the first President of Continental Congress

Charles Rangell -- b.6/11/1930

Jeannette Rankin -- b.6/11/1880 d.5/18/1973 (92)
Congressperson, Feminist, Social Reformer, Suffragate
Misc: the first woman elected to Congress

Arnold Raphel -- b.3/16/1943 d.8/17/1988 (45)

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum -- b.7/15/1949 N.S.
Prime Minister
Misc: Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

Anders Fogh Rasmussen -- b.1/26/1953
Prime Minister, Government Official, Danish (Denmark)
Misc: Prime Minister of Denmark 2001-2009, NATO Secretary-General 2009-2014

Walter Rathenau -- b.9/29/1867 d.6/24/1922 (54)
Statesman, Industrialist, German

Didier Ratsiraka -- b.11/4/1936
Head of State, Madascarian
Misc: President of Madagascar 1973-1993, 1997-2002

Richard Ravitch -- b.7/7/1933
Politician, Businessperson
Misc: 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, Governor
Misc: 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)
Misc: House speaker; died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.

Henry Raymond -- b.1/24/1820 d.6/18/1869 (49)
Journalist, Politician
Misc: co-founded the New York Times with George Jones

George Read -- b.9/18/1733 d.9/21/1798 (65)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Lawyer
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Nancy Reagan -- b.7/6/1921 d.3/6/2016 N.S. (94)
First Lady, Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Anne Frances Nancy Robbins Davis Reagan; Ronald's wife
Misc: She says she was born in 1923; 2 years older is correct

Ronald Reagan -- b.2/6/1911 d.6/5/2004 (93)
President, Governor, Movie Actor, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in Tampico, IL; MN:Wilson; Jane Wyman then Nancy Davis's husband
Misc: 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

Jack Reed -- b.11/12/1949

Joseph Reed -- 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 Justice
Misc: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1938-57

George Reedy -- b.8/5/1917 d.3/21/1999 (81)
Journalist, Presidential Aide
Misc: press secretary for LBJ

Della Reese -- 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 Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RN:Delloreese Patricia Early Taliaferro
Misc: some say b. 1932, but AP corrected to 1931
Group Names: Mahalia Jackson's Troupe, soloist
TV 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)

Martha Reeves -- b.7/18/1941 N.S.
Politician, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit
Group 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, Banker
Misc: Treasury Secretary

William Hubbs Rehnquist -- b.10/1/1924 d.9/3/2005 (80)
Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Misc: 16th chief justice of the United States

Robert B. Reich -- b.6/24/1946
Author, Commentator, Economist, Government Official, Professor
Misc: Labor secretary; b, June 23?

Harry Reid -- b.12/2/1939

Edwin Oldfather Reischauer -- b.10/15/1910 d.9/1/1990 (79)
Ambassador, Diplomat, Scholar
Misc: of Japan

Vladimír Remek -- b.9/26/1948
Cosmonaut, Politician, Diplomat, Czechoslovakian, Soviet
Misc: the first Czech space traveler

Janet Reno -- b.7/21/1938 d.11/7/2016 N.S. (78)
Government Official
Misc: 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 State
Misc: of Colombia 1960s

Hiram Rhodes Revels -- b.9/27/1827 d.1/16/1901 (73)
Clergyman, Senator, Educator
Misc: first black Senator on 2-25-1870

Paul Revere -- 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, Statesman
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Boston
Misc: Silversmith; Political; New England Patriot; False Teeth, Eye Glasses, Picture Frames, Surgical Tools, warned the colonists "The British Are Coming!"

Alfonso Reyes -- b.5/17/1889 d.12/27/1959 (70)
Essayist, Poet, Critic, Historian, Diplomat, Mexican

Paul Reynaud -- b.10/15/1878 d.9/21/1966 (87)
Statesman, French

Albert Reynolds -- b.11/3/1932 N.S. d.8/21/2014 N.S. (81)
Prime Minister, Irish
Misc: was Taoiseach of Ireland, serving from February 1992 to December 1994.

Quentin Reynolds -- b.4/11/1902 d.3/17/1965 (62)
Writer, Newscaster, Attorney/Lawyer, Panelist
TV Shows: It's News to Me

Syngman Rhee -- b.4/18/1875 d.7/19/1965 (90)
Statesman, South Korean
Misc: 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 African
Misc: diamond merchant

John Rhodes -- b.9/18/1916 d.8/24/2003 (86)

Abraham A. Ribicoff -- b.4/9/1910 d.2/22/1998 (87)
Senator, Attorney/Lawyer

Condoleezza Rice -- b.11/14/1954
Government Official, Diplomat
Names/Places: aka Condi Rice
Misc: Secetariat of State 2005-2009

Susan Rice -- b.11/17/1964
Ambassador, Diplomat
Misc: U.S. Amassador to the U.N.

Ann W. Richards -- b.9/1/1933 d.9/13/2006 (73)
Misc: ex-Texas gov

Elliot Lee Richardson -- b.7/20/1920 d.12/31/1999 (79)
Presidential Aide
Misc: Attorney General (1973)/Sec of Defense (1973)

William Blaine "Bill" Richardson -- b.11/15/1947
Congressperson, Governor, Ambassador
Misc: Governor of New Mexico 2003-2011

Cardinal Richelieu -- b.9/9/1585 d.12/4/1642 (57)
Clergyman, Religious Leader, Statesman, French
Names/Places: aka the Cardinal-duc de Richelieu, Armand-Jean Du Plessis; NN:Red Eminence
Misc: Louis XIII's adviser; Premier of France 1624-42

Matthew Ricketts -- b.4/3/1858 d.??/??/1917
Misc: the first Black man elected to the Nebraska State Legislature

Tom Ridge -- b.8/26/1945
Government Official
Misc: Former Homeland Security Secretary

General Matthew B. Ridgway -- b.3/3/1895 d.7/26/1993 (98)
Government Official
Misc: WWII general; Army Chief of Staff

Donald W. Riegle Jr. -- b.2/4/1938

Louis Riel -- b.10/23/1844 d.11/16/1885 (41)
Politician, Canadian
Misc: Patriot & protector of French Culture; leader of insurrection of Metis in Manitoba.

Richard Riley -- b.1/2/1933
Politician, Governor, Government Official
Misc: was the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Clinton

Bill Riordan -- b.2/8/1908 d.1/15/1973 (64)
Politician, Australian

Richard Riordan -- b.5/1/1930
Misc: of Los Angeles 1993-2001

Jim Risch -- b.5/3/1943 N.S.

David Rittenhouse -- b.4/8/1732 d.6/26/1796 (64)
Astronomer, Inventor, Mathematician, Politician
Misc: U.S. Mint Director #1; an early observer of the atmosphere of Venus

Geraldo Rivera -- b.7/4/1943 N.S.
Novelist, Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Attorney/Lawyer, TV Talk Show Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Jerry Miguel Rivers
Misc: many say b. July 3
TV Shows: 20/20, Geraldo, Now It Can Be Told

Frank Rizzo -- b.10/23/1920 d.7/16/1991 (70)
Misc: Mayor of Philadelphia

Paul Roa -- b.4/18/1907 d.7/6/1982 (75)
Politician, Diplomat, Attorney/Lawyer, Cuban
Names/Places: RN:Raul Roa Garcia

Charles "Chuck" Robb -- b.6/26/1939 N.S.
Names/Places: Lynda Bird Johnson's hubby

Joseph "Joe" Robbie -- b.7/7/1916 d.1/7/1990 (73)
Attorney/Lawyer, Executive, Sports Figure
Sports Teams: Miami Dolphins (founder, owner, & executive)

David A. Roberti -- b.5/4/1939

Barbara Roberts -- b.12/21/1936

John Glover Roberts -- b.1/27/1955
Misc: Chief Justice of the U.S.

Owen J. Roberts -- b.5/2/1875 d.5/17/1955 (80)
Supreme Court Justice
Misc: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court 1930-45

Pat Roberts -- b.4/20/1936

Joseph Taylor Robinson -- b.8/26/1872 d.7/14/1937 (64)
Politician, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: a major figure in the enactment of New Deal legislation

Happy Rockefeller -- b.6/9/1926 d.5/19/2015 (88)

John D. Rockefeller IV -- b.6/18/1937
Names/Places: MN:Jay

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller -- b.7/8/1908 d.1/26/1979 (70)
Vice President, Governor
Names/Places: d. in New York City
Misc: New York Governor, 41st U.S. Vice President 1974-77

Winthrop Rockefeller -- b.5/1/1912 d.2/22/1973 (60)
Politician, Philanthropist
Names/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, Congressperson
Misc: chaired Watergate hearings

Caesar Rodney -- b.10/7/1728 d.6/26/1784 (55)
Revolutionary, Politician, Statesman, Lawyer
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer -- b.10/4/1943 N.S.
Politician, Governor, Banker, Investor

Edith Rogers -- b.3/19/1881 d.9/10/1960 (79)

Will Rogers Jr. -- b.10/20/1911 d.7/9/1993 (81)
Humorist, Congressperson, Movie Actor, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Will's son
Misc: some say b. Oct 12, 1910 or 1912

William P. Rogers -- b.6/23/1913 d.1/2/2001 (87)
Government Official
Misc: Secretaty of State (1969-73)

Roh Tae-Woo -- b.12/4/1932
General, Head of State, Politician, South Korean
Misc: 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, Diplomat
Misc: Public Official

Christina Romer -- b.12/25/1958
Government Official
Misc: ex-Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Roy Romer -- b.10/31/1928
Misc: former governor of Colorado

George Wilcken Romney -- b.7/8/1907 d.7/26/1995 (88)
Mormon, Senator, Governor, Executive, Industrialist
Misc: American Motors head; Michigan Governor, Secretary of HUD 1969-73.

Mitt Romney -- b.3/12/1947
Misc: 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 Owner
Misc: 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 Lady
Names/Places: Theodore's wife #1

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt -- b.8/6/1861 d.9/30/1948 (87)
First Lady
Names/Places: Theodore's wife #2

Eleanor Roosevelt -- b.10/11/1884 d.11/7/1962 (78)
First Lady, Social Reformer, Humanitarian
Names/Places: b. and d. in New York City; FN:Anna; LN:Roosevelt; Franklin's wife

Elliott Roosevelt -- b.9/23/1910 d.10/27/1990 (80)
Author, General, Mayor, Announcer
Names/Places: Franklin & Eleanor's son, Theodore's great nephew; wed 5x's
Misc: WWII Air Corps

Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- b.1/30/1882 d.4/12/1945 (63)
Names/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

James Roosevelt -- b.12/23/1907 d.8/13/1991 (83)
Author, Congressperson
Names/Places: FDR's son

Theodore Roosevelt -- b.10/27/1858 d.1/6/1919 (60)
President/Vice President
Names/Places: b. in New York City; d. in Oyster Bay, NY
Misc: 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

Elihu Root -- b.2/15/1845 d.2/7/1937 (91)
Statesman, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: 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)
Misc: IRS head

William Rosecrans -- b.9/6/1819 d.3/11/1898 (78)
General, Congressperson
Misc: 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.

George Ross -- b.5/10/1730 d.7/14/1779 (49)
Revolutionary, Judge/Jurist, Politician, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

Nellie Taylor Ross -- b.11/29/1876 d.12/20/1977 (101)
Misc: the first woman governor (Wyoming)

Wilbur Ross -- b.11/28/1937 N.S.
Government Official
Misc: U.S. Commerce Secretary

Dan Rostenkowski -- b.1/2/1928 d.8/11/2010 (82)
Misc: (Rep-D-Il), House Ways & Means Committee chair.

William V. Roth Jr. -- b.7/22/1921 d.12/13/2003 (82)

Alan Rothenberg -- b.4/10/1939
Lawyer, Sports Executive, Soccer Player
Misc: president of U.S. Soccer 1990-98

Hassan Rouhani -- b.11/12/1948
President, Iranian
Misc: President of Iran

Dilma Rousseff -- b.12/14/1947
Economist, Head of State, Brazilian
Names/Places: aka Dilma Vana Rousseff

Karl Rove -- b.12/25/1950
Government Official
Misc: Former White House adviser

Carl T. Rowan -- b.8/11/1925 d.9/23/2000 (75)
Journalist, Columnist, Diplomat
Misc: USIA dir; Washington Post columnist

James Rowe Jr. -- b.6/1/1909 d.6/17/1984 (75)
Presidential Aide, Attorney/Lawyer
Misc: special adviser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Sir Peter Paul Rubens -- b.6/28/1577 d.5/30/1640 (62)
Painter, Diplomat, French

Stephen Rubin -- b.12/3/1937
Attorney/Lawyer, Manufacturer, English
Misc: Reebok, Adidas

Marco Rubio -- b.5/28/1971

William D. Ruckelshaus -- b.7/24/1932
Government Official, Attorney

Kevin Rudd -- b.9/21/1957
Head of State, Australian
Misc: 26th Prime Minister of Australia from 2007 to 2010

Warren Bruce Rudman -- b.5/18/1930 d.11/19/2012 (82)
Senator, Attorney/Lawyer

Donald Rumsfeld -- b.7/9/1932
Politician, Government Official, Businessperson

Jon Runyan -- b.11/27/1973
Politician, NFL Player

Jacob Ruppert Jr. -- b.8/5/1867 d.1/13/1939 (71)
Congressperson, Businessperson, MLB Owner
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (owned from 1915 until his death)

Bobby L. Rush -- b.11/23/1946

Dean Rusk -- b.2/9/1909 d.12/20/1994 (85)
Statesman, Government Official, Teacher
Names/Places: RN:David
Misc: Secretary of state

Lord John Russell -- b.8/18/1792 d.5/28/1878 (85)
Historian, Prime Minister, British, Irish

Marty Russo -- b.1/23/1944

Edward Rutledge -- b.11/23/1749 d.1/23/1800 (50)
Revolutionary, Congressperson, Lawyer
Misc: Declaration of Independence signer

John Rutledge -- 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 Justice
Misc: Associate Justice 1943-49

Raúl Castro Ruz -- b.6/3/1931 N.S.
Head of State, Cuban
Misc: President of Cuba 2008-2018

Paul Ryan -- b.1/29/1970

Jim Ryun -- b.4/29/1947
Congressperson, Runner, Track and Field
Misc: middle distance runner/world's outstanding athlete (1966); made the Olympic track team while in high school; broke 4 minute mile (Olympic-silver-1968)

Nikolay Ryzhkov -- b.9/28/1929
Head of State
Misc: Premier of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.

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