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Wangari Maathai -- b.4/1/1940 d.9/25/2011 (71)
Political Activist, Environmental Activist, Kenyan

Madonna -- b.8/16/1958
Vegetarian, Movie/Stage Actress, Producer, Dancer, Songwriter, Hip-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Bay City, NJ; RN:Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone Penn; Sean Penn's ex-wife
Misc: her "Like A Virgin" was parodied by "Weird Al" into "Like A Surgeon"
Song Titles: Everybody, Burnin' Up, Physical Attraction, Holiday, Borderline, Lucky Star, Burning Up, Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Crazy For You, Angel, Into The Groove, Dress You Up, Gambler, Live To Tell, Papa Don't Preach, True Blue, Open Your Heart, La Isla Bonita, Who's That Girl, Causing A Commotion, Like A Prayer, Erotica, Deeper and Deeper, Ray of Light
Movie Titles: Desparately Seeking Susan, Who's That Girl, Shanghai Surprise, Dick Tracy (as Breathless Mahoney), A League of Their Own, Evita, The Next Best Thing, Arthur and the Invisibles

Asa Mahan -- b.11/9/1799 d.4/4/1889 (89)
Clergyman, Educator
Misc: college administrator

Rabbi Moses Maimonides -- b.3/30/1135 d.12/13/1204 (69)
Philosopher, Physician, Jewish, Scholar, Spanish
Misc: "The Guide of the Perplexed"

Bronislaw Malinowski -- b.4/7/1884 d.5/16/1942 (58)
Author, Anthropologist, Educator, British
Misc: One of the most important anthropologists of the 20th century who is widely recognized as the founder of social anthropology and principally associated with field studies of the peoples of Oceania.

Marcello Malpighi -- b.3/10/1628 N.S. d.11/30/1694 N.S. (66)
Author, Physiologist, Educator, Italian
Names/Places: NN:The Father of Microscopic Anatomy

Nelson Mandela -- b.7/18/1918 d.12/5/2013 (95)
Civil Rights Leader, South African
Names/Places: MN:Rolihlala; Winnie's hubby
Misc: leader of African National Congress; South African Dissident; some say b. June 18 but is incorrect

Winnie Mandela -- b.9/25/1936 N.S. d.4/2/2018 N.S. (81)
Political Activist
Names/Places: RLN:Nomzamo Madikileza; Nelson's wife
Misc: South African political; b. Sep 26?

Horace Mann -- b.5/4/1796 d.8/2/1859 (63)
Author, Philanthropist, Educator
Names/Places: NN: The Father of Public Education in the U.S.

Marty Mann -- b.10/15/1904 d.7/22/1980 (75)
Author, Political Activist

Mao Tse-tung -- b.12/26/1893 d.9/9/1976 (82)
Librarian, Soldier, Head of State, Teacher, Chinese
Names/Places: MN:Zedong; d. in Beijing
Misc: Communist China Leader; Founding father of People's Republic of China in 1949, ruled 1949-76

Charlie Mariano -- b.11/12/1923 d.6/16/2009 (85)
Teacher, Flutist, Reeds, Alto-sax

Lester Markel -- b.1/9/1894 d.10/23/1977 (83)
Lecturer, Journalist, Editor, Educator
Misc: New York Times

Ellis Marsalis Jr. -- b.11/14/1934 N.S.
Educator, Jazz Pianist

Marian Marsh -- b.10/17/1913 d.11/9/2006 (93)
Environmentalist, Actress

Freddie Ray Marshall -- b.8/22/1928
Government Official, Professor

George Catlett Marshall -- b.12/31/1880 d.10/16/1959 (78)
Author, General, Statesman, Humanitarian
Misc: Marshall Plan; WWII Army chief of staff 5-star

Jose Julian Marti -- b.1/28/1853 d.5/19/1895 (42)
Author, Essayist, Poet, Revolutionary, Political Activist, Cuban
Names/Places: b. in Havana; aka Jose Marti y Perez

Fletcher Martin -- b.4/19/1904 N.S. d.5/30/1979 N.S. (75)
Illustrator, Painter, Muralist, Educator, American

Lowell Mason -- b.1/8/1833 d.8/11/1872 (39)
Educator, Composer, Organist
Misc: Boston Academy of Music founder; hymnwrtier; b. 1792?

Dakin Matthews -- b.11/7/1940
Scholar, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Drexell's Class (as Roscoe Davis)
Movie Titles: True Grit, Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, The Fabulous Baker Boys

James Brander Matthews -- b.2/21/1852 d.3/31/1929 (77)
Author, Educator, American

Jean Mayer -- b.2/19/1920 d.1/1/1993 (72)
Scientist, Nutritionist, Physiologist, Educator

Norman Mayer -- b.3/31/1916 d.12/9/1982 (66)
Political Activist

Richard Mayhew -- b.4/3/1924
Artist, Landscaper, Professor
Misc: some sources say b. in 1934

Benjamin Mays -- b.8/1/1894 d.3/28/1984 (89)

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey -- b.4/23/1947
Politician, Political Activist, Irish
Misc: Nationalist

Christa McAuliffe -- b.9/2/1948 d.1/28/1986 (37)
Astronaut, Teacher
Misc: school teacher on the Space Shuttle

Charles McBurney -- b.2/17/1845 d.11/7/1913 (68)
Surgeon, Teacher

Meghan McCain -- b.10/23/1984 N.S.
Author, Political Activist, Personality
TV Shows: The View

Eugene J. McCarthy -- b.3/29/1916 d.12/10/2005 (89)
Lecturer, Senator, Political Activist

Heather McCartney -- b.1/12/1968
Political Activist, Celebrity Spouse
Names/Places: RN:Heather Mills; Paul's ex-wife

Linda McCartney -- b.9/24/1941 d.4/17/1998 (56)
Photographer, Vegetarian, Music Producer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Paul's wife; MN:Louise Eastman
Misc: some say b. 1942
Group Names: Paul McCartney & Wings

Sir Paul McCartney -- b.6/18/1942
Executive, Vegetarian, Movie Actor, Producer, Songwriter, Bassist, Keyboardist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: b. in Liverpool; wed to Linda McCartney; FN:James
Misc: was knighted in 1997; 2x Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a member of Beatles and a soloist
Group Names: The Quarrymen, Moondogs, Silver Beatles, Beatles, Wings, soloist
Song Titles: Please Please Me, From Me to You, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Roll Over Beethoven, I Saw Her Standing There, All My Loving, Twist and Shout, Can't Buy Me Love, A Hard Day's Night, I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Yellow Submarine, Penny Lane, All You Need is Love, Hello Goodbye, Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, Get Back, The Ballad of John and Yoko, Let It Be, Yesterday, Back in the U.S.S.R., The Beatles Movie Medley (previous titles as part of The Beatles), Hi Hi Hi, My Love, Live and Let Die, Helen Wheels, Jet, Band on the Run, Jet, Junior's Farm, Listen to What the Man Said, Silly Love Songs, Let 'Em In, Maybe I'm Amazed, Mull of Kintyre, With a Little Luck, Goodnight Tonight, Getting Closer, Arrow Through Me, Spies Like Us (previous titles as part of Wings), Another Day, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Coming Up, Ebony and Ivory (with Stevie Woner), Take It Away, The Girl is Mine (with Michael Jackson), Say Say Say (with Michael Jackson), Pipes of Peace, No More Lonely Nights, Spies Like Us
Album Titles: Please Please Me, With the Beatles, Beatlemania! With the Beatles, Introducing...The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, Twist and Shout, The Beatles Second Album, The Beatles' Long Tall Sally, A Hard Day's Night, Something New, Beatles for Sale, Beatles '65, Beatles VI, Helo!, Rubber Soul, Yesterday and Today, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, Let It Be (previous titles as part of The Beatles), Wild Life, Red Rose Speedway, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, London Town, Back to the Egg (previous titles as part of Wings), McCartney, Ram, McCartney II, Tug of War, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards to Broad Street, Press to Play
Video Titles: Rockshow, Get Back, Paul is Live in Concert on the New World Tour, Standing Stone, Live at the Cavern Club
Movie Titles: Give My Regards to Broad Street

Nellie McClung -- b.10/20/1873 d.9/1/1951 (77)
Writer, Feminist, Canadian

Pellom McDaniels -- b.2/21/1968
Librarian, Professor, NFL Player
Misc: WLAF Figure

George Stanley McGovern -- b.7/19/1922 d.10/21/2012 (90)
Senator, Political Activist
Misc: presidential candidate

William Holmes McGuffey -- b.9/23/1800 N.S. d.5/4/1873 N.S. (72)
Author, Educator, Professor
Misc: remembered chiefly for his series of elementary school readers.

Charles Howard McIlwain -- b.3/15/1871 d.6/1/1968 (97)
Author, Historian, Educator

Don McKayle -- b.7/6/1930 N.S. d.4/6/2018 N.S. (87)
Writer, Teacher, Director, Choreographer, Dancer

Crystal McKellar -- b.8/16/1976
Environmentalist, TV Actress
Names/Places: Danica's sister
TV Shows: The Wonder Years (as Becky Slater)

Floyd McKissick -- b.3/9/1922 d.4/28/1991 (69)
Civil Rights Leader

Marshall McLuhan -- b.7/21/1911 d.12/31/1980 (69)
Writer, Professor, Canadian
Names/Places: FN:Herbert
Misc: Communications theorist; "The Medium Is The Message"

Russell Charles Means -- b.11/10/1939 d.10/22/2012 (72)
Civil Rights Leader, Political Activist

Mark Medoff -- b.3/18/1940 N.S. d.4/23/2019 N.S. (79)
Screenwriter, Playwright, Professor, Actor, Movie/Stage Director

George Meegen -- b.10/2/1952
Adventurer, Educator, English
Misc: walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska from 1977 to 1983.

Edwin Meese III -- b.12/2/1931
Author, Presidential Aide, Attorney, Professor
Misc: Attorney General 1985-1988

Alexander Meiklejohn -- b.2/1/1872 d.12/17/1964 (92)
Philosopher, Educator

Sanford Meisner -- b.8/31/1905 d.2/2/1997 (91)
Teacher, Movie Actor, Movie Director
Misc: Master teacher

Rigoberto Menchú -- b.1/9/1959
Humanitarian, Guatemala
Misc: Nobel Peace laureate and human rights activist

Moses Mendelssohn -- b.9/6/1729 N.S. d.1/4/1786 N.S. (56)
Philosopher, Scholar, German
Names/Places: NN:The German Socrates
Misc: b. Sep 26?

Peter Mennin -- b.5/17/1923 d.6/17/1983 (60)
Educator, Composer, Musician
Names/Places: RLN:Mennini

Dr. Karl A. Menninger -- b.7/22/1893 d.7/18/1990 (96)
Author, Lecturer, Physician, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Columnist, Social Reformer, Educator
Misc: Hospital administrator; Moralist; Conservationalist; Dean of psychiatry & co-founder of Menninger Foundation

Don Menza -- b.4/22/1936
Educator, Arranger, Composer, Tenor, Musician, Saxophonist
Misc: Jazz educator

James Meredith -- b.6/25/1933
Writer, Civil Rights Leader
Misc: first black student at Mississippi (Oxford)

R. Bruce Merrifield -- b.7/15/1921 d.5/14/2006 (84)
Biochemist, Educator

Tom Metzger -- b.4/9/1938
Political Activist
Misc: White Supremacist

Mihajlo Mihajlov -- b.9/26/1934 d.3/7/2010 (75)
Writer, Political Activist
Misc: dissident of the former Yugoslavia; d. Feb 28, 2010?

Izabella Miko -- b.1/21/1981
Environmental Activist, Actress, Producer, Dancer, Polish

Josephine Miles -- b.6/11/1911 d.5/12/1985 (73)
Poet, Educator

Elizabeth Miller -- b.9/20/1822 d.5/22/1911 (88)
Social Reformer

Perry G. Miller -- b.2/25/1905 d.12/9/1963 (58)
Historian, Professor

Steven D. Miller -- b.11/1/1957
Author, Writer, Scholar, Musician
Misc: birthdate-seeker

Kate Millett -- b.9/14/1934 d.9/6/2017 N.S. (82)
Sculptor, Author, Feminist, Civil Rights Leader, Educator, Lesbian
Misc: Sexual Politics

Jean Millington -- b.5/25/1950
Educator, Actress, Music Producer, Songwriter, Bassist, Guitarist, Phillipean
Group Names: Fanny, David Bowie (sessionist), Keith Moon (sessionist), Barbra Streisand (sessionist)

June Millington -- b.4/14/1948 N.S.
Educator, Actress, Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Phillipean
Group Names: Fanny

Hayley Mills -- b.4/18/1946 N.S.
Vegetarian, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Singer, English
Names/Places: b. in London; Disney movies; Sir John's daughter, Juliet's sister
TV Shows: Wild at Heart (as Caroline Du Plessis)
Movie Titles: That Darn Cat!, Whistle Down the Wind, Polyanna, The Parent Trap

Clarence Mitchell -- b.3/8/1911 d.3/19/1984 (73)
Civil Rights Leader

Elisha Mitchell -- b.8/19/1793 d.6/27/1857 (63)
Botanist, Geographer, Educator

Roscoe Mitchell -- b.8/3/1940
Educator, Composer, Reeds, Jazz Musician

Ernesto Teodoro Moneta -- b.9/20/1833 d.2/10/1918 (84)
Soldier, Journalist, Pacifist, Italian
Misc: Nationalist

Maria Montessori -- b.8/31/1870 d.5/6/1952 (81)
Physician, Educator, Italian

William Vaughn Moody -- b.7/8/1869 d.10/17/1910 (41)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Educator
Misc: Death of Eve, Faith Healer

Clement Clarke Moore -- b.7/15/1779 d.7/10/1863 (83)
Author, Poet, Educator
Book Titles: Twas The Night Before Christmas

Hannah More -- b.2/2/1745 d.9/7/1833 (88)
Writer, Social Reformer, English
Misc: religious

Sir Thomas More -- b.2/7/1478 J-LD d.7/6/1535 J-LD (57)
Author, Philosopher, Statesman, Attorney/Lawyer, Scholar, English
Names/Places: b. in London
Misc: coined the word Utopia; executed in England for treason, then there was less of More

Barbara Morgan -- b.11/28/1951
Astronaut, Teacher
Misc: former NASA teacher in space

Richard Brandon Morris -- b.7/24/1904 d.3/3/1989 (84)
Historian, Educator
Misc: American history

Robert Michael Morris -- b.5/6/1940 N.S. d.5/30/2017 N.S. (77)
Playwright, Teacher, Actor, Director
TV Shows: Running Wilde (as Mr. Lunt), The Comeback (as Mickey Deane)
Movie Titles: Smiley Face, Broken Blood

Toni Morrison -- b.2/18/1931
Novelist, Essayist, Editor, Professor
Names/Places: RN:Chloe Anthony Wofford
Book Titles: The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), Beloved (1987)

Mother Teresa -- b.8/27/1910 d.9/5/1997 (87)
Religious Leader, Nun, Humanitarian, Italian
Names/Places: RN:Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu; NN:Saint of the Gutters
Misc: Nobel Peace Laureate; founded Missionaries of the Charity

Constance Baker Motley -- b.9/14/1921 d.9/28/2005 (84)
Judge/Jurist, Attorney/Lawyer, Civil Rights Leader

Frank Mott -- b.4/4/1886 d.10/23/1964 (78)
Journalist, Historian, Educator

John Raleigh Mott -- b.5/25/1865 d.1/31/1955 (89)
Social Reformer
Misc: religious reformer; YMCA founder, Nobel 1946

Lucretia Mott -- b.1/3/1793 d.11/11/1880 (87)
Feminist, Social Reformer, Educator, Political Activist
Misc: Womens rights

Farley Mowat -- b.5/12/1921 d.5/6/2014 (92)
Author, Environmentalist, Canadian

Johann Georg Leopold Mozart -- b.11/14/1719 N.S. d.5/28/1787 N.S. (67)
Teacher, Composer, Violinist, German
Names/Places: Wolfgang's dad

Malcolm Muggeridge -- b.3/24/1903 d.11/14/1990 (87)
Writer, Critic, Newscaster, Journalist, Commentator, Editor, Educator, British
Names/Places: MN:Thomas
Misc: WWII spy

Jacques Muhlethaler -- b.??/??/1918 d.5/15/1994 (75)
Educator, French

John Muir -- b.4/21/1838 d.12/24/1914 (76)
Author, Explorer, Naturalist, Conservationist, Scotish
Misc: the first president of the Sierra Club

Phillip Murray -- b.5/25/1886 d.11/9/1952 (66)
Leader, Social Reformer, Scotish
Misc: founder and president of CIO & United Steel Workers of America

Boots Mussulli -- b.11/18/1917 d.9/23/1967 (49)
Teacher, Musician, Reeds

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