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-- b.7/12/1743 d.4/30/1804 (60)Revolutionary, Entrepreneur
-- b.9/29/1943Labor Leader, PolishMisc: Solidarity founder & Nobel laureate
Charles Walgreen Jr.
-- b.3/4/1906 d.2/10/2007 (100)BusinesspersonMisc: drugstore chain
Charles Rudolph Walgreen
-- b.10/9/1873 d.12/11/1939 (66)BusinesspersonMisc: drugstore chain founder
-- b.11/12/1889 d.3/30/1981 (91)Publisher, PhilanthropistMisc: Founded Readers Digest with Lila Bell
Lila Bell Acheson Wallace
-- b.12/25/1889 d.5/8/1984 (94)Publisher, Editor, Philanthropist, CanadianMisc: Founded Readers Digest with hubby Dewitt
James L. "Bud" Walton
-- b.12/20/1921 d.3/21/1995 (73)BusinesspersonMisc: co-founded Wal-Mart with brother Sam
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton
-- b.3/29/1918 N.S. d.4/5/1992 N.S. (74)BusinesspersonNames/Places: b. in Kingfisher, OKMisc: CEO; built Wal-Mart empire in 1962
-- b.7/11/1838 d.12/12/1922 (84)Inventor, Pioneer, BusinesspersonMisc: developed deptpartment store merchandising
Dr. An Wang
-- b.2/7/1920 d.3/24/1990 (70)Engineer, Inventor, Businessperson, ChineseMisc: founded WANG computer makers; computer memory core; some say b. Feb 2
Aaron Montgomery Ward
-- b.2/17/1843 d.12/7/1913 (70)MerchantMisc: founded Montgomery Ward stores the 1st mail-order firm
-- b.7/23/1884 d.11/26/1967 (83)Businessperson, Film Executive, Movie Producer, CanadianMisc: Warner Bros. co-founder
Jack Leonard Warner
-- b.8/2/1892 d.9/9/1978 (86)Businessperson, Film Executive, CanadianMisc: He was co-founder with his brother Harry of Warner Brothers Pictures Inc.
-- b.6/22/1971Philanthropist, Sports Analyst, NFL Quarterback, College Football PlayerMisc: Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, 4x Pro Bowl; in the Iowa Barnstormers and Pro Football Halls of FameSports Teams: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Barnstormers (1995-1997) Amsterdam Admirals (1998) St. Louis Rams (1998-2003) New York Giants (2004) Arizona Cardinals (2005-2009)
-- b.8/10/1887 d.10/5/1927 (40)Businessperson, Film Executive, CanadianMisc: Warner Brothers Co. co-founder
Worcester Reed Warner
-- b.5/6/1846 d.6/25/1929 (83)Astronomer, Engineer, Inventor, PhilanthropistMisc: pioneer in the machine-tool industry, benefactor to science, and co-founder of Warner and Swasey Company
-- b.1/19/1902 d.2/7/1990 (88)Publisher, FounderMisc: Crown Publishers founder
-- b.11/18/1837 d.5/1/1901 (63)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: fountain pens
Thomas John Watson Jr.
-- b.2/17/1874 d.6/19/1956 (82)Industrialist, Computer Company ExecutiveMisc: IBM Corporation president, chariman and CEO 1914-56
Alice Faye Wattleton
-- b.7/8/1943ExecutiveMisc: of Planned Parenthood
-- b.1/16/1713 d.1/14/1786 (72)Revolutionary, Lawyer, FarmerMisc: the first President of New Hampshire 1776-1785
-- b.9/17/1916 d.4/25/1993 (76)Businessperson, RestaurateurMisc: Anthony's Fish Grotto founder
-- b.4/22/1891 d.12/29/1993 (102)Businessperson, Philanthropist
John Francis "Jack" Welch Jr.
-- b.11/19/1935Author, Engineer, Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: former General Electric CEO & chairman; wasn't he the one who refused to shake David Letterman's hand?
William F. Weld
-- b.7/31/1945Politician, Governor, Attorney, Businessperson
-- b.3/4/1932 d.4/3/1994 (62)Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: Disney CEO & president; he was responsible for the films "Pretty Woman", "Aladdin", and "Sister Act"
-- b.12/12/1805 d.12/10/1878 (72)Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: with partner William Fargo, founded Wells Fargo & Co. in 1852 and the American Express Co.; operated the pony express
-- b.5/18/1825 d.8/4/1906 (81)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: firearms; founded (Horace) Smith & Wesson Co.
-- b.9/19/1879 d.12/31/1980 (101)PhilanthropistMisc: the founder of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
-- b.10/6/1846 d.3/12/1914 (67)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: The Air Brake, founded own company, Standardized U.S. current; held 400 patents
-- b.10/29/1904 d.9/30/1970 (65)Artist, Cosmetic Executive, BritishMisc: make-up artist
-- b.5/9/1850 d.8/20/1936 (86)Inventor, Manufacturer, American, British
-- b.1/10/1917 d.8/15/2008 (91)Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, SongwriterMisc: Instrumental in popularizing soul music to white audiences. Worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and many others.
-- b.3/3/1826 d.1/11/1909 (82)Industrialist, PhilanthropistMisc: Refined Nickel
-- b.7/28/1969 N.S.Entrepreneur, Fighting FigureMisc: played a major role in the rise of the popularity of the mixed martial arts organization known as the UFC.
Marco Pierre White
-- b.12/11/1961 N.S.Author, Chef, Restaurateur, English
-- b.2/18/1957Merchant, Game Show AssistantNames/Places: RFN:Giovanna; b. in Conway, SCMisc: Dr. Dave sang "Vanna, Pick Me a Letter" in her honor; Weird Al Yankovic sang "Stuck in the Closet with Vanna White."Group Names: Wheel of Fortune (letter turner)
-- b.5/12/1941 d.9/16/2008 (67)Executive, Music Producer, SongwriterMisc: co-wrote a string of Motown classics including "War" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."
-- b.12/1/1791 d.8/??/1872Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: Railroad car wheels; b. in 1797?
-- b.4/29/1872 d.10/26/1930 (58)Financier
John Hay Whitney
-- b.8/17/1904 d.2/8/1982 (77)Publisher, Diplomat, Philanthropist, Sports Figure
-- b.8/1/1888 d.12/5/1974 (86)Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: NYSE prez 1930s
Robert C. Wian
-- b.6/15/1914 d.3/31/1992 (77)Founder, RestaurateurMisc: Bob's Big Boy
-- b.7/6/1955Writer, Entrepreneur, ActorTV Shows: Breaking Away (as Mike)Movie Titles: Iron Jawed Angels
-- b.8/24/1759 d.7/29/1833 (73)Politician, Philanthropist, Social Reformer, BritishMisc: House of Commons; campaigned successfully for the abolition of slavery (1807) in the British Empire.
Emma Hart Willard
-- b.2/23/1787 d.4/15/1870 (83)Founder, EducatorMisc: Women's Christian Temperance Union
Sir George Williams
-- b.10/11/1821 d.11/6/1905 (84)Philanthropist, BritishMisc: organized the YMCA so that the Village People could sing about it.
-- b.5/20/1751 d.5/16/1815 (63)Soldier, Engineer, Merchant
-- b.4/23/1731 d.8/2/1811 (80)Revolutionary, MerchantMisc: Declaration of Independence signer
-- b.10/25/1873 d.8/26/1935 (61)IndustrialistMisc: developed the Jeep (tm) for the military
Charles E. Wilson
-- b.7/18/1890 d.9/26/1961 (71)Businessperson, ExecutiveMisc: President of General Motors (1940-53)/Secretary of Defense (1953-57)
-- b.3/8/1913 presumed deceasedBusinessperson, British
Ralph Wilson Jr.
-- b.10/17/1918 d.3/25/2014 (95)Businessperson, NFL OwnerMisc: 2x AFL champ, 4x AFC champ; Buffalo Bills Wall of FameSports Teams: Buffalo Bills (founder and owner 1959-2014)
-- b.9/13/1766 d.7/31/1854 (87)Revolutionary, MerchantMisc: Original Uncle Sam
-- b.4/2/1862 d.5/25/1934 (72)Politician, Leader, ScotishMisc: United Mine Workers of America
-- b.11/30/1810 d.12/11/1880 (70)Industrialist, ManufacturerMisc: famous rifle maker
-- b.12/22/1943BusinesspersonMisc: former World Bank Group president
-- b.12/4/1880 d.6/19/1971 (90)Industrialist, Speedboat RacerMisc: Powerboat champion racer
-- b.2/19/1910 d.5/16/1988 (78)LeaderMisc: director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
-- b.6/24/1975 N.S.EntrepreneurMisc: GoPro high-definition camcorder company founder and head
Frank Winfield Woolworth
-- b.4/13/1852 N.S. d.4/8/1919 N.S. (66)MerchantMisc: created the 5 & 10 chain Woolworth's
-- b.11/27/1920 d.9/8/2013 (92)Businessperson, Commercial ActorMisc: Car Dealer; "Here's Cal Worthington and His Dog Spot" Go See Cal ads in Southern California
-- b.9/25/1875 d.12/28/1950 (75)FinancierMisc: breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses
-- b.6/6/1939Attorney/Lawyer, Founder, Civil Rights LeaderMisc: Children's Defense Fund president
-- b.6/13/1895 d.5/27/1986 (90)Businessperson, PhilanthropistMisc: Standard Oil president
Philip "P.K." Wrigley
-- b.12/5/1894 N.S. d.4/12/1977 N.S. (82)Businessperson, Sports Figure, MLB OwnerMisc: Wrigley Field, & Wrigley Chewing Gum ownerSports Teams: Chicago Cubs (owner 1932-77)
William Wrigley III
-- b.1/21/1933 d.3/8/1999 (66)BusinesspersonMisc: president and CEO of his chewing gum co.
William Wrigley Jr.
-- b.9/30/1861 d.1/26/1932 (70)Businessperson, Executive, Industrialist, Sports FigureNames/Places: b. in ChicagoMisc: Wrigley's chewing gum prez & founder; some say b. Sep 3Sports Teams: Chicago Cubs (founder)
Walter B. Wriston
-- b.8/3/1919 d.1/19/2005 (85)BankerMisc: former chairman and CEO of Citicorp.
-- b.5/18/1919 d.12/10/1981 (62)Labor Leader
-- b.1/31/1831 d.1/14/1914 (82)Inventor, Manufacturer, GermanMisc: the first automatic electric playing organs (Gee Dad It's a Wurlitzer!); born between Jan 30 and Feb 1