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Bertorelli, Joe [Giuseppe Domenico] (1893–1994), restaurateur, was born on 10 June 1893 at Bergazzi di Bardi, Piacenza, Liguria, Italy, the youngest of the four sons of Lazzaro and Marianna Bertorelli. By the time of his birth his father and three elder brothers were already living and working in ...

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Boruwlaski, Joseph [formerly Józef Boruslawski], styled Count Boruwlaski (1739–1837), travelling performer and memoirist, was born in November 1739 near Halicz, Galicia, Poland, the third son of a lower gentry family. The principal source for his life is his own memoirs, published in several editions between 1788 and 1820. When he was nine his father died, leaving a widow with five sons and one daughter. Three sons were very tall, but three children suffered from achondroplasia, an inherited condition in which the cartilage in the bones fails to grow. ...

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Bulger, James Patrick (1990–1993), murder victim, was born in Liverpool on 16 March 1990, the first child of Ralph S. Bulger (b. 1964) and his wife, Denise Matthews (b. 1965). A younger brother was born after his death, and his parents separated in 1994. The family lived in ...

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Patrick Cotter (1760/6161–1806) by John Kay, 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cotter, Patrick [performing name Patrick O'Brien] (1760/61–1806), giant, was born at Kinsale, co. Cork. He grew to be more than 8 feet tall (accounts vary from 8 feet 3½ inches to 8 feet 7 inches), and from his late teens was exhibited in ...

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Edward V (1470–1483) stained glass, c. 1482 by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral

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Edward [Edward of Middleham], prince of Wales (1474x6–1484), was the first-born and probably only son of Richard, duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III), and his wife, Anne Neville (1456–1485). While the place of his birth is recorded by John Rous (...

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Edward V (1470–1483), king of England and lord of Ireland, the eldest son of Edward IV (1442–1483) and his queen, Elizabeth (c. 1437–1492), was born in Westminster sanctuary on 2 November 1470, during his father's exile and the readeption of Henry VI. He was baptized in the abbey, the abbot and prior of ...

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García, Manuel Patricio Rodriguez (1805–1906), singer and singing teacher, was born in Zafra, Spain, on 17 March 1805 into a prominent family of Spanish musicians. His father, Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez García (1775–1832), made a reputation as a singer, impresario, composer, and teacher of singing. His mother, ...

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Gilbert of Sempringham [St Gilbert of Sempringham] (1083–1189), monastic reformer, was the son, probably the eldest, of Jocelin, a Norman knightly tenant of Alfred of Lincoln, and an unnamed Anglo-Saxon mother, through whom his father presumably came into his estates, most of which were concentrated in ...

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Jeffery Hudson (1619–1682) by Daniel Mytens, c. 1630 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Hudson, Jeffery (1619–1682), dwarf, was born at Oakham, Rutland, the son of John Hudson, a butcher employed by the duke of Buckingham. Although both parents were of normal stature, Jeffery developed as a perfectly proportioned dwarf, who was barely 18 inches in height by about the age of eight, when his father presented him to the ...

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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Maczek, Stanisław Władysław (1892–1994), officer in the Polish army, was born on 31 March 1892 in the small town of Szczerzec in Galicia, south-eastern Poland, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, one of the twin sons of Władysław (Witold) Maczek (d. c...

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Raczyński, Count Edward Bernard Andrzej Maria (1891–1993), Polish diplomatist and president-in-exile, was born on 19 December 1891 at Zakopane, Galicia, Austria–Hungary, the younger son of Edward Aleksander Raczyński, third Count Raczyński-Raczyński (1847–1926), landowner and patron of the arts, and his second wife, Countess Róẓa Krasińska, ...

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Richard, duke of York and duke of Norfolk (1473–1483), prince, the second son of Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, was born at Shrewsbury on 17 August 1473. He was created duke of York on 28 May 1474, and knighted on 18 April 1475. He and his elder brother were made knights of the Garter a month later, on 15 May. His landed endowment was under consideration in the same year, and in March 1475 land formerly belonging to the ...