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-- b.11/17/1957Banker, Alternative Rock GuitaristGroup Names: Smithereens
Lord Robert Baden-Powell
-- b.2/22/1857 d.1/8/1941 (83)Philanthropist, BritishMisc: founded Boy Scouts & Girl Guides
James Anthony Bailey
-- b.7/4/1847 d.4/11/1906 (58)Businessperson, Entertainment FigureMisc: Circus Owner w/ P.T. Barnum, co-founded Greatest Show On Earth
Donald Henderson "Dan" Bain
-- b.2/14/1874 d.8/15/1962 (88)Merchant, NHL Center, CanadianSports Teams: Winnipeg Victorias (possibly 1894-1902)
-- b.3/27/1840 d.5/2/1931 (91)Financier
-- b.12/13/1896 d.7/??/1983Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: developed car radios
Matthias W. Baldwin
-- b.12/10/1795 d.9/7/1866 (70)Inventor, Industrialist, PhilanthropistMisc: founded Baldwin Locomotive Works
-- b.11/24/1857 d.3/19/1943 (85)ManufacturerMisc: manufactured food canning jars with brother Edward
-- b.8/24/1950BusinesspersonMisc: started the world's largest adventure travel company
Jill Elikann Barad
-- b.5/23/1951ExecutiveMisc: of Mattel
-- b.3/24/1911 d.12/18/2006 (95)Animator, Founder, ProducerNames/Places: b. in New York CityMisc: Hanna-Barbera cartoon empire co-king with William Hanna
-- b.1/28/1902 d.8/11/1989 (87)Businessperson, Sports FigureMisc: in the Motorsports Hall of Fame
Albert Coombs Barnes
-- b.1/2/1872 d.7/24/1951 (79)ManufacturerMisc: Drugs; Art Collector
Edward "Ed" Barrow
-- b.5/10/1868 N.S. d.12/15/1953 N.S. (85)Executive, MLB ManagerSports Teams: New York Yankees (president 1921-45)
Sydney Biddle Barrows
-- b.1/14/1952Businessperson, Actress
Leonora Marie Barry
-- b.8/13/1849 d.7/18/1923 (73)Labor LeaderNames/Places: aka Mother Lake
-- b.8/5/1886 d.7/5/1967 (80)ExecutiveMisc: Ad executive
Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton
-- b.12/25/1821 N.S. d.4/12/1912 N.S. (90)Nurse, Philanthropist, Social Reformer, HumanitarianNames/Places: b. in Oxford, MA; aka "The Angel of the Battlefield".Misc: American Red Cross Founder
Bernard Mannes Baruch
-- b.8/19/1870 d.6/20/1965 (94)Statesman, Financier, PhilanthropistMisc: Government adviser; A confidant of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, son of a Confederate Army surgeon, an architect of the Baruch Plan which called for international control over atomic energy after World War 2.
Burt "Butch" Baskin
-- b.12/17/1913 d.12/24/1967 (54)BusinesspersonMisc: co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain in 1946 with his partner and brother-in-law Irv Robbins.
-- b.11/11/1914 d.6/1/2006 (91)BusinesspersonMisc: Texas billionaire
-- b.9/19/1960Writer, Chef, Restaurateur, PersonalityTV Shows: Iron Chef
-- b.9/11/1901 d.5/30/1972 (70)ExecutiveMisc: of ads
-- b.6/4/1909 d.1/22/1999 (89)BusinesspersonMisc: chairman & CEO of the New York Stock Exchange 1976-84
-- b.2/23/1823 d.9/18/1901 (78)BusinesspersonMisc: founded Travelers Insurance Co., the first accident insurance company in America
-- b.10/19/1899 d.4/18/1986 (86)Merchant
-- b.9/26/1854 d.7/30/1944 (89)Inventor, BusinesspersonMisc: Optical instruments developer including the microscope; chairman Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.
John B. Bayard
-- b.8/11/1738 d.1/7/1807 (68)Revolutionary, Statesman, Merchant
-- b.1/2/1928Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: chairman and CEO of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.
Daniel Carter Beard
-- b.6/21/1850 d.6/11/1941 (90)Artist, Illustrator, Author, PhilanthropistMisc: organized the first Boy Scouts of America troop
-- b.6/16/1894 d.12/26/1993 (99)Labor LeaderMisc: Teamster leader
-- b.1/30/1891 d.11/29/1950 (59)Aviator, BusinesspersonMisc: an American pioneer
Lawrence Dale Bell
-- b.4/5/1894 d.10/20/1956 (62)BusinesspersonMisc: Bell Aircraft Co. founder; aircraft designer whose experimental X-1 rocket-propelled airplane in 1947 was the first to break the sound barrier in level flight.
-- b.11/24/1922 d.3/23/1991 (68)Chef, ManufacturerMisc: Buffalo chicken wings maker
-- b.12/8/1816 d.11/24/1890 (73)Financier, Banker, GermanNames/Places: RLN:ShoenbergMisc: Man 'O War breeder, founded the New York Jockey Club
-- b.12/12/1881 N.S. d.3/27/1945 N.S. (63)Inventor, Founder, IndustrialistMisc: Automobile self starter, Bendix Corp.
-- b.9/21/1926 d.3/20/1989 (62)Executive, Music FigureMisc: d. Mar 15?; Liberty Records founder and of the hitmaking verminous trio; Alvin the Chipmunk was named after him.
James Gordon Bennett Jr.
-- b.5/10/1841 d.5/14/1918 (77)Publisher, FinancierMisc: N.Y. Herald
-- b.5/23/1809 d.5/19/1869 (59)Pioneer, Fur TraderMisc: Sante Fe Trail trading post
-- b.9/16/1888 d.8/13/1971 (82)Designer, Manufacturer, BritishMisc: automobiles
Lloyd Bentsen Sr.
-- b.11/24/1894 d.1/17/1989 (94)ZillionaireMisc: Millionaire
Karl Friedrich Benz
-- b.11/25/1844 d.4/4/1929 (84)Inventor, Manufacturer, GermanMisc: the first internal combustion-powered car builder, forerunner of the Mercedes Benz
-- b.1/17/1971 N.S.Executive, Video Game Programmer, ScotishVideo Games: Grand Theft Auto (series)
-- b.8/7/1896 d.??/??/????Financier
-- b.8/29/1811 d.3/12/1888 (76)Philanthropist, HumanitarianMisc: ASPCA founder 1866 and the first prez
-- b.1/18/1894 d.1/28/1986 (92)ExecutiveMisc: president & CEO Hearst Corp.
-- b.11/22/1913 d.12/18/2003 (90)Linguist, PhilanthropistMisc: Berlitz Schools of Languages
-- b.8/5/1934Novelist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Poet, Farmer, Environmental ActivistMisc: cultural critic
-- b.4/23/1960Cookbook Writer, Chef, Brewer, TV/Movie Actress, TV Hostess, TV ProducerNames/Places: b. in Wilmington, DE; NN:America's cupcake; Eddie Van Halen's ex-Misc: Bertinelli wine; she was used to X-pose the X of 91X in 1987; former Jenny Craig spokesperson; the 19th Great-granddaughter to King Edward I of EnglandBook Titles: One Dish at a Time: DeliciousTV Shows: One Day At A Time (as Barbara Cooper-Royale), Sydney (as Sydney Kells), I'll Take Manhattan, Cafe Americain (as Holly Aldridge), Touched By An Angel (as Gloria 2001-03), Hot in Cleveland (as Melanie Moretti), Valerie's Home CookingMovie Titles: C*H*O*M*P*S
Sir Walter Besant
-- b.8/14/1836 d.6/9/1901 (64)Novelist, PhilanthropistMisc: describing social evils in London's East End helped set in motion movements to aid the poor.
-- b.1/8/1786 d.2/27/1844 (58)Statesman, Diplomat, Attorney/Lawyer, Financier, EducatorMisc: made 2nd Bank of US 1st effective central bank.
-- b.12/28/1929LeaderMisc: president of the United Auto Workers Union
Erastus B. Bigelow
-- b.4/2/1814 d.12/6/1879 (65)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: noted as the developer of the power carpet loom and as a founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
-- b.5/30/1925 d.11/28/2013 (88)Businessperson, Music FigureMisc: co-founder of Modern Records
Julius Jeramiah Bihari
-- b.9/9/1913 d.11/17/1984 (71)Businessperson, Music FigureMisc: co-founder of Modern Records
Lester Louis Bihari
-- b.5/12/1912 d.9/9/1983 (71)Businessperson, Music FigureMisc: co-founder of Modern Records
Saul Samuel Bihari
-- b.3/9/1918 d.2/22/1975 (56)Businessperson, Music FigureMisc: co-founder of Modern Records
-- b.12/18/1946 d.9/12/1977 (30)LeaderMisc: Black Student leader, South African anti-apartheid activist.
David "Dave" Bing
-- b.11/24/1943Baptist, Mayor, Businessperson, NBA GuardMisc: 1968 NBA scoring leader; some say b. Nov 29; Detroit Mayor 2009-2013Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1966-1975), Washington Bullets (1975-1977), Boston Celtics (1977-1978)
Sir Rudolph Bing
-- b.1/9/1902 d.9/2/1997 (95)Executive, Entertainment Figure, AustrianMisc: Opera Manager of NY Metropolitan Opera
-- b.12/9/1886 d.10/7/1956 (69)Inventor, BusinesspersonMisc: Deep Freezing food method; General Foods Corp. co-founder
-- b.8/17/1906 d.12/5/1998 (92)Inventor, Cosmetic ExecutiveMisc: non smear lipstick
-- b.8/2/1883 d.4/15/1941 (57)BusinesspersonMisc: the first electric drill company founder
-- b.6/22/1937Businessperson, Music Producer, EnglishMisc: founded Island Records
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
-- b.5/23/1922 d.3/9/1985 (62)Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, ComposerMisc: of A&R; was 66?; once headed a band that included Quincy Jones and Ray Charles. He is credited with helping to turn gospel singer Sam Cooke into a soul great; some say b. 1918
-- b.11/27/1942 N.S.BusinesspersonMisc: Footwear designer
Henry W. Bloch
-- b.7/30/1922Businessperson, PhilanthropistMisc: founder of H and R Block; wikipedia gives born on both July 22 and 30, 1922
-- b.11/16/1940 d.1/22/2001 N.S. (60)Restaurateur, Stage Producer
-- b.2/14/1942Mayor, PhilanthropistMisc: former New York City mayor
-- b.4/15/1916 d.8/23/1982 (66)ExecutiveMisc: Diner's Club credit card co. founder 1950
-- b.8/2/1922 d.7/19/2016 N.S. (93)Philanthropist, SocialiteNames/Places: Alfred S. Bloomingdale's wife
-- b.12/22/1842 d.11/21/1904 (61)MerchantMisc: founded Bloomingdale's Dept. store 1872
-- b.6/17/1873 d.5/10/1968 (94)BusinesspersonMisc: d. May 1?
-- b.9/20/1926 d.2/20/1983 (56)Businessperson, Industrialist, Film Executive, AustrianMisc: founder & chairman of Paramount
-- b.12/16/1884 d.8/2/1978 (93)Businessperson, ExecutiveNames/Places: NN:The Vitamin King
-- b.12/26/1920 d.11/15/2010 (89)BusinesspersonNames/Places: RN:Helen Francesca Stefanie Franzolin; NN:The Princess of Porcelain
-- b.10/1/1881 d.9/28/1956 (74)IndustrialistMisc: Founded Boeing Aircraft 1916; pioneer in avation technology
-- b.3/6/1937FinancierMisc: Wall St. speculator
-- b.2/3/1943 d.5/8/1982 (39)Executive, ProducerMisc: Casablanca & Boardwalk President who guided Donna Summer and the Village People, among others, to success
-- b.7/16/1944 d.5/5/2008 N.S. (63)Restaurateur, Rock & Roll DrummerNames/Places: RFN:ThomasGroup Names: The Box Tops
-- b.3/22/1930Lawyer, Leader, EducatorMisc: The former president of Harvard University
-- b.4/14/1796 N.S. d.6/12/1878 N.S. (82)Hero, Fur Trader, FrenchMisc: U.S. Army Officer
-- b.3/30/1840 d.11/23/1916 (76)Philanthropist, EnglishMisc: Social Researcher
Edwin Thomas Booth
-- b.11/13/1833 d.6/7/1893 (59)Philanthropist, Stage ActorNames/Places: John Wilkes Booth's brotherMisc: Hamlet; Players Club founder
Fred J. Borch
-- b.4/28/1910 d.3/1/1995 (84)ExecutiveMisc: was Chairman and CEO of G.E.
-- b.3/14/1928Astronaut, ExecutiveMisc: (Gemini 7/Apollo 8); Eastern airlines CEO
-- b.9/23/1861 d.3/9/1942 (80)Engineer, Industrialist, GermanMisc: invented the spark plug and magneto for automobiles
Lawrence Arthur Bossidy
-- b.3/5/1935Author, BusinesspersonMisc: AlliedSignal CEO
-- b.10/24/1971 N.S.Businessperson, Actress, Personality, Model
-- b.4/17/1889 d.3/21/1980 (90)Manufacturer, French
-- b.4/5/1901 d.5/25/1986 (85)Author, Economist, Politician, Presidential Aide, Diplomat, Businessperson
Charles Cunningham Boycott
-- b.3/12/1832 d.6/19/1897 (65)Merchant, IrishMisc: a faulty estate manager whose tenants "boycotted" him into poverty; when the crops failed and the farmers went broke, he unsympathetically gave them the choice of paying immediately or being evicted. The farmers retaliated and his staff quit. His family was isolated. This tactic gave us the word whose last name became part of the English language
W. A. "Tony" Boyle
-- b.12/1/1904 d.5/31/1985 (80)Labor LeaderMisc: United Mine Workers president
-- b.3/2/1927 d.7/11/2016 N.S. (89)Politician, Congressperson, Leader, EducatorMisc: New York University President
William Bradford III
-- b.1/19/1719 d.9/25/1791 (72)Revolutionary, Publisher, FounderMisc: supported cause of liberty
Milton (Game Pioneer) Bradley
-- b.11/8/1836 d.5/30/1911 (74)BusinesspersonMisc: launched the board game industry
"Diamond Jim" Brady
-- b.8/12/1856 d.4/13/1917 (60)Financier, PhilanthropistNames/Places: FN:James B.
-- b.12/18/1913 d.10/8/1992 (78)Politician, Leader, GermanNames/Places: FN:Herbert Ernst Karl FrahmMisc: ex-West German Chancellor
-- b.12/6/1883 d.1/10/1954 (70)BusinesspersonMisc: founder of Braniff Int'l Airways
Sir Richard Branson
-- b.7/18/1950Businessperson, EnglishMisc: Virgin Atlantic Airways chairman, founded it and Virgin Records
John A. Brashear
-- b.11/24/1840 d.4/8/1920 (79)Astronomer, Manufacturer
-- b.6/20/1658 J-LD d.5/18/1713 J-LD (54)Merchant, EducatorMisc: Harvard University treasurer
-- b.11/16/1976Cowboy, Sports FigureMisc: 5x World All-Around champion cowboy
Edward J. Breck
-- b.1/4/1907 d.7/30/1993 (86)BusinesspersonNames/Places: John H.'s sonMisc: Pharmacist; Breck Co. chairman, created the Breck Girls
John H. Breck
-- b.6/5/1877 d.2/16/1965 (87)BusinesspersonMisc: founded Breck shampoo empire
-- b.12/6/1949ExecutiveMisc: SEC boss
Kingman Brewster Jr.
-- b.6/17/1919 d.11/8/1988 (69)Ambassador, Attorney/Lawyer, Leader, EducatorMisc: Yale University president
-- b.8/14/1894 d.2/1/1984 (89)Businessperson, Restaurateur
-- b.3/17/1804 d.7/17/1881 (77)Explorer, Guide, Scout, Fur Trader
-- b.2/27/1877 d.1/17/1952 (74)Manufacturer, Sports OwnerNames/Places: NN:SpikeSports Teams: Detroit Tigers (owner over 30 years)
Alice May Brock
-- b.2/28/1941Author, Businessperson, RestaurateurMisc: owner of Alice's Restaraunt made famous by Arlo Guthrie's song
-- b.7/10/1933 N.S.Author, Entrepreneur, MagicianMisc: TV Magic Cards (renamed Svengali deck) creator; wikipedia says b. in 1934, but on Marshall's Facebook page, it suggests b. in 1933Book Titles: The Magical Life of Marshall BrodienTV Shows: WGN-TV's Bozo's Circus and The Bozo Show (as Wizzo the wizard clown 1968-1994)
-- b.6/27/1931Businessperson, Industrialist, Brewer, CanadianMisc: SeagramsSports Teams: Montreal Expos
-- b.6/20/1929 d.12/21/2013 (84)Businessperson, Executive, Brewer, CanadianMisc: Liquor brewer
-- b.1/22/1850 d.11/15/1932 (82)Philanthropist
-- b.9/27/1942 N.S. d.8/1/2017 N.S. (74)Attorney, BusinesspersonMisc: co-founder and chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation
Helen Gurley Brown
-- b.2/18/1922 d.8/13/2012 (90)Author, Editor, BusinesspersonNames/Places: b. in Green Forest, Ark.Misc: Cosmopolitan Magazine founder and former co-editor
-- b.9/7/1908 d.8/5/1991 (82)Businessperson, NFL Coach, NFL PlayerMisc: primarily as coach from 1930 onwards; founded Cleveland Browns & Cincinnatti Bengals; led Browns to 3 NFL championshipsSports Teams: Severn School (1930-1931), Massillon Washington High School (1932-1940), Ohio State University (1941-1943), Great Lakes Blue Jackets (1944-1945), Cleveland Browns (AAFC, 1946-1949), Cleveland Browns (NFL, 1950-1962) Cincinnati Bengals (1968-1975)
-- b.12/16/1955Lawyer, Businessperson, Environmentalist
-- b.6/28/1901 d.8/25/1969 (68)Philanthropist, Socialite
George Bryan "Beau" Brummell
-- b.6/7/1778 N.S. d.3/30/1840 N.S. (61)Merchant, EnglishMisc: dandy; gambler; wore trousers instead of breeches
Charles Francis Brush
-- b.3/17/1849 d.6/15/1929 (80)Inventor, IndustrialistMisc: devised an electric arc lamp and a generator that produced a variable voltage controlled by the load and a constant current.
-- b.4/21/1927Dramatist/Playwright, Stage Critic, Philanthropist, Educator, ProducerMisc: founded American Repertory Theatre
-- b.12/1/1879 d.9/26/1951 (71)Merchant
William Frank Buckley Jr.
-- b.11/24/1925 d.2/27/2008 (82)Author, Roman Catholic, Journalist, Editor, Founder, TV HostNames/Places: b. in New York CityMisc: National ReviewTV Shows: Firing Line
-- b.8/30/1930Author, Executive, Philanthropist
-- b.9/15/1881 d.8/21/1947 (65)Manufacturer, Auto Racer, French, ItalianMisc: Founder of Bugatti; in the Motorsports Hall of Fame though not a racer
-- b.9/17/1854 d.3/6/1929 (74)Businessperson, Industrialist, ScotishMisc: Buick Auto Company founder in 1902
-- b.11/6/1891 d.1/13/1979 (87)Businessperson, Italian
-- b.5/11/1894 d.9/27/1984 (90)Diplomat, Businessperson
-- b.9/8/1971Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur, Actress, TV Hostess, Producer, ModelNames/Places: aka Brooke Burke-CharvetTV Shows: Wild On (host)
David J. Burke
-- b.11/8/1948Writer, Screenwriter, Executive, Producer, DirectorTV Shows: Wiseguy, SeaQuest 2032Movie Titles: Edison, Women vs. Men
-- b.2/28/1925 d.9/28/2012 (87)BusinesspersonMisc: CEO of Johnson and Johnson 1976-1989
-- b.10/21/1891 d.6/7/1971 (79)ExecutiveMisc: of ads
Ambrose Everett Burnside
-- b.5/23/1824 d.9/13/1881 (57)Soldier, Policeman, Inventor, BusinesspersonMisc: sideburns were named after him
-- b.7/10/1839 d.10/10/1913 (74)Brewer, GermanMisc: Beer empire founder
August Anheuser Busch Jr.
-- b.3/28/1899 d.9/29/1989 (90)Brewer, MLB OwnerMisc: Sportsman; Budwiser beer magnateSports Teams: St. Louis Cardinals (owner)
August Busch III
-- b.6/16/1937BrewerMisc: former president of Amheuser-Busch Inc.
August Busch IV
-- b.6/15/1964 N.S.BrewerMisc: former CEO of Amheuser-Busch Inc.
-- b.5/6/1931BankerNames/Places: George's brother
Prescott Bush Jr.
-- b.8/10/1922 d.6/23/2010 (87)FinancierNames/Places: George's brotherMisc: Wall Street Financier
-- b.1/27/1934 d.2/18/2013 (79)Chemist, Philanthropist, NBA ExecutiveMisc: the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball intoShowtim and who led the team to 10 NBA championships.Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (majority owner)
-- b.11/26/1926Businessperson, Stage ProducerMisc: stage: Hair; JFK Advisor
-- b.11/18/1801 d.11/14/1869 (67)Mayor, BusinesspersonMisc: founded American Express Co.
-- b.3/13/1922 d.5/26/2015 N.S. (93)Executive, Sports FigureMisc: College athletics; the first executive director of NCAA, serving from 1951-88.