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Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others” – Amelia Earhart Born on 24 July 1897 at her grandfather’s home in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Mary Earhart was the daughter of Samuel Stanton Earhart, a claims officer for the Rock Island Railroad and his wife Amy. She grew ...

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Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel

“All I know is just how to make people laugh” – Stan Laurel Born on 16 June 1890 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England, Arthur Stanley Jefferson, known later to the world as Stan Laurel, was the son of a theatre manager from Bishop Auckland called Arthur Jefferson and an actress from Ulverston called Margaret. He was born in his grandparents’ house ...

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

 “Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” – Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter Biography Helen Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in West Brompton, which is in London, England. She had a relatively privileged upbringing, being born into an upper-class household. She was the daughter of Rupert William Potter ...

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Biography Bertrand Russell was one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. He was born into a life within the British aristocracy on 18 May 1872. His father was John Russell, Viscount Amberley who was a British Politician and eldest son of ...

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Billie Holiday

“I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.” – Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Biography Billie Holiday was a well-known American jazz singer who was born on 7 April 1915 as Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her prolific singing career spanned almost thirty years and what she lacked ...

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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Biography Jack Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie, was born on 31 January 1919 in Cairo, Georgia, USA. He was the last of five children born into a family of sharecroppers which meant they worked ...

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Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers

Virginia Katherine McMath, who became known as Ginger Rogers, was born in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. She was an American singer, actress, and well-known dancer. Her mother Lela Emogene was a scriptwriter, newspaper reporter, and film producer. When Ginger was born, Lela left her husband William and went away to have her daughter as in an earlier pregnancy ...

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on 8 January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a shotgun house built by his father Vernon. He had a twin brother called Jesse who was 35 minutes older than he but unfortunately was stillborn. Elvis’s mother, Gladys, who was of Scots-Irish descent, had eloped with Vernon when she was 21. She was four years older ...

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Biography Albert Einstein was born into a non-observant Ashkenazi Jewish family on 14 March 1879 in Ulm a city on the River Danube in what was then the Kingdom of Württemberg, in the German Empire. It is now in the German state of ...

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Audrey Hepburn

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium on 4 May 1929. Her father, Joseph Ruston had served as a consul to the Dutch East Indies and so she lived all over Europethroughout her childhood as his work moved him and his family from one place toanother. She ...

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Lee Marvin

Lee Marvin

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.” – Lee Marvin Lee Marvin was born on 19 February 1924 in New York City, USA to parents Lamont Waltman Marvin who was an advertising executive and Courtenay Washington who was a beauty consultant and fashion writer. One of his earliest ancestors was Matthew Marvin Sr who had emigrated to America from ...

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – 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 ...

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J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

“We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.” – J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover Biography John Edgar Hoover was born on 1 January 1895, in Washington D.C. in the United States. His mother, Anna Marie was from a Swiss-German background. There was also German, mixed with English ancestry in his father’s background too. ...

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Paul Newman

Paul Newman

“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside-down.” – Paul Newman. Paul Newman Biography Paul Leonard Newman was born on 26 January 1925 in Shaker Heights, which is on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman who was a Jewish descendant of Hungarian and Polish immigrants. His ...

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Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

“Flying a good airplane doesn’t require near as much attention as a motor car” – Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh Biography Charles Lindbergh was born on 4 February 1902 in Detroit, Michigan, USA but grew up in the Little Falls area of Minnesota and in Washington D.C. His father was Charles August Lindbergh, a Swedish immigrant who had arrived in the ...

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Oliver Hardy

Oliver Hardy

“That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” – Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy Biography Norvell Hardy was born on 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia, USA. He was the son of a civil war veteran called Oliver, who had fought and been wounded fighting for the Confederates at the Battle of Antietam. His mother was Emily Norvell who was descended ...

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