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Moshe Safdie -- b.7/14/1938
Architect, Educator, Israeli
Names/Places: b. in Hafia, Palestine (now Israel)

Saint Bede The Venerable -- b.5/26/673 d.??/??/735
Historian, Scholar, Educator
Misc: Briton Monk

Saint John Of Capistrano -- b.6/24/1386 O.S. d.10/23/1456 O.S. (70)
Preacher, Attorney/Lawyer, Educator, Italian
Names/Places: RN:Giovanni da Capistrano

Chas. Camille Saint Saens -- b.10/9/1835 d.12/16/1921 (86)
Teacher, Composer, French
Misc: teaches piano

Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov -- b.5/21/1921 d.12/14/1989 (68)
Scientist, Physicist, Civil Rights Leader, Political Activist, Russian
Misc: Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Soviet Human Rights & disarmament activist; Father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb

Olga Samaroff -- b.8/8/1882 d.5/17/1948 (65)
Educator, Pianist

Ernest Samuels -- b.5/19/1903 d.2/12/1996 (92)
Author, Biographer, Attorney/Lawyer, Educator

Howard Samuels -- b.12/3/1919 d.10/26/1984 (64)
Statesman, Industrialist, Philanthropist, Civil Rights Leader

Peter Samuelson -- b.10/16/1951
Educator, Actor, TV/Movie Producer, English
Movie Titles: Arlington Road, Revenge of the Nerds, The Libertine, Wilde

Sonia "Benita" Sánchez -- b.9/9/1934 N.S.
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Educator
Misc: black activism

Margaret Higgins Sanger -- b.9/14/1879 d.9/6/1966 (86)
Nurse, Founder, Feminist, Social Reformer
Misc: Planned Parenthood founder; Birth control; b. 1883 is wrong

George Santayana -- b.12/16/1863 d.9/26/1952 (88)
Author, Essayist, Poet, Philosopher, Professor, American, Spanish
Names/Places: d. in Rome
Misc: at Harvard

George Alfred Leon Sarton -- b.8/31/1884 d.3/22/1956 (71)

Michael Savage -- b.3/31/1942
Political Activist, Radio Talk Show Host

Girolamo Savonarola -- b.9/21/1452 d.5/23/1498 (45)
Religionist, Social Reformer

Giovanni Sbriglia -- b.6/23/1832 d.2/20/1916 (83)
Teacher, Opera Singer

Joseph Justus Scaliger -- b.8/5/1540 d.1/21/1609 (68)
Religious Leader, Historian, Scholar, Dutch (Netherlands), French
Misc: proposed the Julian Day system of dating

Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel -- b.??/??/1907 d.??/??/1990
Author, Theologian, Educator

Solomon Schechter -- b.12/7/1847 d.11/19/1915 (67)
Theologian, Journalist, Scholar, Romanian
Book Titles: Hebrew Jewish Encyclopedia

Robert Scheer -- b.4/4/1936
Author, Journalist, Political Activist

Felix Emmanuel Schelling -- b.9/3/1858 d.12/15/1945 (87)

Gustave Schirmer -- b.9/19/1893 d.5/1/1978 (84)
Publisher, Teacher, German
Misc: teacher of music; also a Nazi Party official.

Phyllis Stewart Schlafly -- b.8/15/1924 d.9/5/2016 N.S. (92)
Author, Leader, Political Activist
Misc: antifeminist; Eagle Forum Pres

Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. -- b.10/15/1917 d.2/28/2007 (89)
Author, Historian, Educator

Bernadette Schmitt -- b.5/19/1886 d.3/23/1969 (82)
Editor, Historian, Educator

Harrison H. "Jack" Schmitt -- b.7/3/1935 N.S.
Astronaut, Geologist, Senator, Professor
Misc: Apollo 17

Alexander "Sascha" Schneider -- b.10/21/1908 d.2/2/1993 (84)
Teacher, Composer, Violinist, Lithuanian

Rose Schneiderman -- b.4/6/1882 d.8/11/1972 (90)
Social Reformer
Misc: U.S. women's rights activist: organized 1913 strike of 25,000 women blouse makers & ILGWU; president of WTUL; only woman member of F.D.R.'s Labor Advisory Board)

Olive Schreiner -- b.3/24/1855 d.12/11/1920 (65)
Author, Feminist, South African

Gunther Schuller -- b.11/22/1925 d.6/21/2015 (89)
Author, Author, Historian, Teacher, Conductor/Composer, Horns, Jazz Musician
Misc: French hornist

William Schuman -- b.8/4/1910 d.2/15/1992 (81)
Educator, Composer
Misc: Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Book Titles: American Festival Overture, Juilliard

Albert Schweitzer -- b.1/14/1875 d.9/4/1965 (90)
Author, Philosopher, Physicist, Missionary, Theologian, Humanitarian, Musician, German
Misc: Nobel 1954

John T. Scopes -- b.8/3/1900 d.10/21/1970 (70)
Misc: Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution

Bobby Scott -- b.1/29/1937 d.11/17/2012 (75)
Teacher, Arranger, Composer, Pianist, Jazz Singer
Misc: b. 1942?
Song Titles: Chain Gang, A Taste of Honey (composed for Herb Alpert)

Dr. Gene Scott -- b.8/14/1929 d.2/21/2005 (75)
Religionist, Teacher
Misc: an American pastor and teacher who served for almost 50 years as an ordained minister and religious broadcaster in Los Angeles, California.

Bobby Seale -- b.10/22/1936 N.S.
Political Activist
Misc: founded the Black Panthers

Pete Seeger -- b.5/3/1919 d.1/28/2014 (94)
Editor, Teacher, Political Activist, Songwriter, Tenor, Banjoist, Guitarist, Folk Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; NN:America's Tuning Fork
Misc: Spark Plug player
Group Names: The Weavers, Kingston Trio, soloist

Seneca -- b.??/??/54BC d.??/??/39AD
Scholar, Roman
Misc: Latin

Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton -- b.8/28/1774 d.1/4/1821 (46)
Religious Leader, Educator
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: the first American born Saint; parochial school education; beatified 3-17-1963, canonized 9-14-75; d. in Emmitsburg, MD.

William Henry Seward -- b.5/16/1801 d.10/10/1872 (71)
Statesman, Political Activist
Misc: Secretary of State (1861-69, bought Alaska at 2 cents per acre)

Charles Seymour -- b.1/1/1885 d.8/11/1963 (78)
Historian, Educator
Misc: Yale president

Betty Shabazz -- b.5/28/1934 N.S. d.6/23/1997 N.S. (63)
Educator, TV Talk Show Hostess
Names/Places: RN: Betty Dean Sanders; Malcolm X's widow

Jessie Shambaugh -- b.6/21/1881 d.1/15/1971 (89)

Natan Sharansky -- b.1/20/1948
Political Activist, Israeli
Misc: Israeli activist

Cecil James Sharp -- b.11/22/1859 d.6/23/1924 (64) or 6/28/1924 (64)
Publisher, Editor, Teacher, Music Figure, English
Misc: Folk song collector

Zerna Sharp -- b.8/12/1889 d.6/17/1981 (91)
Author, Writer, Teacher
Book Titles: Dick & Jane

Al Sharpton -- b.10/3/1954
Civil Rights Leader
Misc: The Reverend

William Shatner -- b.3/22/1931
Novelist, Jewish, Vegetarian, TV/Movie Actor, TV Host, Game Show Host, Movie Producer/Director, Novelty Singer, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Montreal
Book Titles: TekWar (series), Quest for Tomorrow (series)
Song Titles: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Mr. Tamborine Man, Rocket Man, I Can't Get Behind That
Album Titles: The Transformed Man, Seeking Major Tom, Has Been, Ponder the Mystery
TV Shows: Star Trek (as Capt. James Tiberius Kirk, also on Star Trek: The Animated Series), Barbary Coast (as Jeff Cable), T.J. Hooker (as Sgt. T.J. Hooker), Rescue 911, Tek War, Boston Legal (as Denny Crane), Show Me The Money (host), $#*! My Dad Says (as Dr. Edison Milford Goodson III)
Movie Titles: Star Trek (series)

Roger Shattuck -- b.8/20/1923 d.12/8/2005 (82)
Writer, Educator

Dr. Anna Howard Shaw -- b.2/14/1847 d.7/2/1919 (72)

George Bernard Shaw -- b.7/26/1856 d.11/2/1950 (94)
Dramatist/Playwright, Essayist, Critic, Diarist, Satirist, Journalist, Socialist, Vegetarian, British, Irish
Names/Places: b. in Dublin
Misc: Pygmalion play author of "Youth is Wasted on the Young"

Ally Sheedy -- b.6/13/1962
Children's Author, Vegetarian, TV/Movie Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RFN:Alexandra Elizabeth; David Lansbury's wife
Movie Titles: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Breakfast Club, WarGames, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, Maid to Order

Archie Shepp -- b.5/24/1937 N.S.
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Teacher, Composer, Pianist, Tenor-sax, Bandleader, Jazz Saxophonist

Sir Charles Scott Sherrington -- b.11/27/1857 d.3/4/1952 (94)
Physician, Educator, British

Brooke Shields -- b.5/31/1965
Roman Catholic, Vegetarian, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Commercial Actress, Producer, Model
Names/Places: b. in New York, NY; RFMN:Christa Brooke Camille; Andre Agassi's ex-wife
Misc: Calvin Klein jeans ads, stage: Grease (as Betty)
TV Shows: Lipstick Jungle (as Wendy), Army Wives (as Katherine "Kat" Young), Mr. Pickles (as Mrs. Goodman), Michael J. Fox Show (as Deborah), Creative Galaxy (as Seraphina), Bob Hope (specials frequent guest), Suddenly Susan (as Susan Keane), That 70's Show (as Pamela Burkhardt, Jackie's mom), Hannah Montana (as Miley's mom)
Movie Titles: The Muppets Take Manhattan, Endless Love, The Midnight Meat, The Blue Lagoon, Brenda Starr, Pretty Baby

Sahib Shihab -- b.6/23/1925 d.10/24/1989 (64)
Teacher, Reeds

Karen Silkwood -- b.2/19/1946 d.11/13/1974 (28)
Political Activist
Misc: a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Oklahoma

Edward Sill -- b.4/29/1841 d.2/27/1887 (45)
Poet, Educator

Benjamin Silliman -- b.8/8/1779 d.11/24/1864 (85)
Scientist, Chemist, Educator, Professor

Richard Simmons -- b.7/12/1948
Author, Entrepreneur, Merchant, Teacher, Actor, TV Host, Producer, Clown, Exerciser
Names/Places: b. in New Orleans; NN: The Court jester of Health
Misc: Deal-a-Meal program; D.T. was unable to avoid meeting this guy as he stormed into his old Cox Cable job
Video Titles: Sweating to the Oldies (video series)
TV Shows: General Hospital (as himself), The Richard Simmons Show (host)

Herbert Simon -- b.6/15/1916 d.2/9/2001 (84)
Psychologist, Sociologist, Economist, Economist, Professor, Political Activist

Isaac Bashevis Singer -- b.7/14/1904 d.7/24/1991 (88)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Vegetarian, Polish
Misc: d. July 23?

Sister Helen Prejean -- b.4/21/1939
Nun, Political Activist
Misc: anti-death penalty advocate

Leonard Skinner -- b.1/11/1933 N.S. d.9/20/2010 N.S. (77)
Teacher, Baseball Coach
Misc: an American high school gym teacher, basketball coach, realtor, and bar owner from Jacksonville, Florida; he also inspired the name of the Southern rock band Lynard Skynard.

Carlos Slim -- b.1/28/1940 N.S.
Businessperson, Philanthropist, Teacher, Mexican
Misc: one of the richest person in the world in the 2010s decade

Curtis Sliwa -- b.3/26/1954
Leader, Political Activist, Radio Talk Show Host
Misc: founded the Guardian Angels

Amy Smart -- b.3/26/1976
Environmentalist, Movie Actress, Producer
Movie Titles: The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip, Rat Race, Mirrors, Crank: High Voltage

Elizabeth Smart -- b.11/3/1987 N.S.
Political Activist

Eleanor Marie Cutri Smeal -- b.7/30/1939
Feminist, Political Activist
Misc: head of NOW

Anna Deavere Smith -- b.9/18/1950
Playwright, Professor, Actress
TV Shows: The West Wing (as Nancy McNally), PhD, Nursh Jackie (as Gloria Akalitus)
Movie Titles: Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married

Margo Smith -- b.4/9/1942
Teacher, Songwriter, Singer, Country Performer

Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith -- b.8/8/1879 d.11/16/1950 (71)
Philanthropist, Social Reformer
Misc: Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder

Tommy Smith -- b.4/27/1967
Educator, Composer, Jazz Saxophonist, Scottish

Kate Douglas Smith-Wiggin -- b.9/28/1856 N.S. d.8/24/1923 N.S. (66)
Children's Author, Educator, English
Names/Places: RLN:Smith
Misc: free kindergarten founder

Mitch Snyder -- b.8/14/1943 d.7/6/1990 (46)
Political Activist
Names/Places: NN: The Voice of the Homeless; d. suicide

Steve Sohmer -- b.6/26/1941
Novelist, Scholar, Producer
Book Titles: The Way It Was

Hannah Solomon -- b.1/14/1858 d.12/7/1942 (84)
Social Reformer, Political Activist

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik -- b.2/27/1903 d.4/9/1993 (90)

Robert Solow -- b.8/23/1924
Economist, Educator

John Somerville -- b.3/13/1905 d.1/8/1994 (88)
Philosopher, Political Activist

Bahar Soomekh -- b.3/30/1975
Environmentalist, Actress, Iranian
Movie Titles: Crash, Saw III

Edward Frederick Sorin -- b.2/6/1814 d.10/31/1893 (79)
Misc: Roman Catholic priest and educator, founder and first president of the University of Notre Dame.

Arthur Spingarn -- b.3/28/1878 d.12/1/1971 (93)
Civil Rights Leader, Political Activist
Misc: NAACP founder

Dr. Benjamin Spock -- b.5/2/1903 d.3/15/1998 (94)
Author, Political Activist
Names/Places: b. in New Haven, CT
Misc: Pediatrician

Viola Spolin -- b.11/7/1906 d.11/22/1994 (88)
Educator, Actress

Reverend William Archibald Spooner -- b.7/22/1844 d.8/29/1930 (86)
Clergyman, Educator
Names/Places: b. in London, England
Misc: transposed words or syllables in his speech (Spoonerisms)

Robert G. Sproul -- b.3/16/1891 d.1/6/1975 (83)

Konstantin Stanislavsky -- b.1/17/1863 d.8/7/1938 (75)
Theorist, Teacher, Stage Actor, Stage Producer/Director, Russian
Names/Places: RN:Konstantin Sergeyevitch Alekseyev

Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- b.11/12/1815 d.10/26/1902 (86)
Feminist, Social Reformer, Suffragate, American
Names/Places: b. in Johnstown, N.Y.
Misc: Women's rights; wrote the women's version of The Bible

Mavis Staples -- b.7/10/1939
Political Activist, Actress, Gospel Singer, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: Roebuck's daughter
Group Names: The Staple Singers

Lincoln Steffens -- b.4/6/1866 d.8/9/1936 (70)
Author, Journalist, Editor, Social Reformer, American
Names/Places: FN:Joseph

Gloria Steinem -- b.3/25/1934
Lecturer, Journalist, Editor, Businessperson, Feminist, Political Activist
Names/Places: b. in Toledo, Ohio
Misc: Ms. Magazine founder

John Sterling -- b.8/6/1906 d.7/1/1985 (78)

Jimmy Stewart -- b.5/20/1908 d.7/2/1997 (89)
Protestant, Humanitarian, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: RN:James Maitland Stewart; b. in Indiana, PA; NN: Mr. Sincerity
TV Shows: The Jimmy Stewart Show (as Prof. James K. Howard), Hawkins (star)
Movie Titles: Harvey, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Anatomy of a Murder, Winchester 73, It's a Wonderful Life, Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Vertigo

Joseph Stiglitz -- b.2/9/1943
Economist, Professor

Lucy Stone -- b.8/13/1818 d.10/18/1893 (75)
Feminist, Civil Rights Leader, Suffragate, Political Activist, Murderer
Misc: women's rights pioneer

Ormond Stone -- b.1/11/1847 d.1/17/1933 (86)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Educator

Marie Stopes -- b.10/15/1880 d.10/2/1958 (77)
Scientist, Educator, Scottish
Misc: birth control advicate

Calvin Ellis Stowe -- b.4/6/1802 N.S. d.8/22/1886 N.S. (84)
Misc: Professor of biblical studies who greatly influenced the development of public education in the United States.

Lee Strasberg -- b.11/17/1901 d.2/17/1982 (80)
Teacher, Movie/Stage Actor, Stage Director
Misc: founded the Actors Studio

William Strunk Jr. -- b.7/1/1869 d.9/26/1946 (77)
Misc: A grammarian; was a professor of English at Cornell University and author of the The Elements of Style (1918), which, after being revised and enlarged by his former student E. B. White, became a highly influential guide to English usage during the late 20th century.

Dick Sudhalter -- b.12/28/1938 d.9/19/2008 (69)
Critic, Journalist, Scholar, Jazz Trumpeter
Misc: multi-instrumentalist

Anne Sullivan -- b.4/14/1866 d.10/20/1936 (70)
Names/Places: MN:Mansfield
Misc: educated Helen Keller

Colleen Sullivan -- b.??/??/???? d.2/??/1991 (40)
Author, Journalist, Attorney/Lawyer, Educator

Edith Summerskill -- b.4/19/1901 d.2/4/1980 (78)
Politician, Feminist, British
Misc: House of Commons

Henrietta Szold -- b.12/21/1860 d.2/13/1945 (84)
Nurse, Social Reformer

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