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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling Biography Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in India. John Lockwood Kipling, his father, was a sculptor and pottery designer whereas his mother, Alice, was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. After the couple met in 1863, they courted at Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire, England, and they were so ...

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Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler Biography Johannes Kepler was born on 27 December 1571 in Well der Stadt, a small town in what is now the Stuttgart region of Germany. He was the fourth child of Heinrich Kepler, a mercenary who left the family when Johannes was only five and is thought to have died in the eighty years war. His mother, Katharina, ...

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Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage Biography Often considered the father of computing, Charles Babbage was an 18th-century polymath, meaning he was a person who had expertise in several different subject areas and possessed the ability to take the complex and create solutions from them. In Charles’ case, he was a man who modern space agencies would have loved to employ – a mechanical ...

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner Biography When Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on 24 December 1922, her family were cotton and tobacco farmers in Smithfield, North Carolina. Mary Elizabeth, who everyone knew as Mollie and Jonas Bailey Gardner had seven children with, two boys, and five girls, with Ava being the youngest. Jonas and Mollie were poor, to begin with, but they lost ...

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Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket Biography Thomas Becket was born on 21 December 1119 or as later historians would have it, 1120, in Cheapside, London. His father was Gilbert Beket who’s father was from Thierville, which is in Normandy, France. Thomas’s mother, Matilda, was also descended from Normans and it is thought that her family was from near Caen, which is also in ...

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Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel Biography Gustave Eiffel was born on 15 December 1832 in the city of Dijon, the historical capital of the Burgundy region of France. His family name is Bönickhausen and that is the name under which his birth was registered, but the family took the name Eiffel from the name of the mountains near to where they emigrated from ...

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Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. Biography Samuel George Davis Junior, who will forever be known as Sammy, was born in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA on 8 December 1925. As his name suggests, he is the son of Sammy Davis Senior, who was also an entertainer and dancer. His mother, Elvera Sanchez, was an Afro-Cuban tap dancer. They split when ...

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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson Biography Woodrow Wilson is perhaps best remembered as being the 28th president of the United States, serving two terms in office during which he guided America through World War 1 and played a large part in the creation of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. However, he is also widely recognised as one of the ...

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Paul Revere

Paul Revere

Paul Revere Biography Paul Revere is one of the most prominent figures of the American Revolution and achieved infamy thanks to his storied ‘Midnight Ride’. However, outside of his military and revolutionary history, Revere was also an important figure in the Boston community, where he worked as a silversmith and engraver whilst helping to plant the seeds of early American ...

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Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln Biography Mary Ann Todd was born into a world of social prominence and affluence.  She was well educated and as a young lady was considered attractive, witty, and intelligent.  As wife of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, Mary would become one of history’s most controversial first ladies.  Biographers, supporters and detractors have described ...

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison Biography “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake 1793 Was it the peripatetic childhood of a military brat, the nature of a reader and dreamer, the dazzling highs and lows of a hedonist whose success was wrapped in a toxic film of alcohol and drugs?  Jim Morrison ...

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