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Allen, Dave [real name David Edward John Archer Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony] (1936–2005), comedian  

Dennis Barker

Allen, Dave [real name David Edward John Archer Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony] (1936–2005), comedian, was born on 6 July 1936 at Merrion House, Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, the youngest of three sons of (Gerard John) Cullen Tynan-O'Mahony (b. 1900), journalist and managing editor of the ...

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Dave Allen (1936–2005) by Trevor Leighton, 1999 Camera Press, London

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Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter  

Jason Tomes

Allen, James John [Jim] (1926–1999), playwright and scriptwriter, was born on 7 October 1926 at 31 Higher Duke Street, Miles Platting, Manchester, the second child of John (Jack) Allen, a railway labourer, and his wife, Catherine (Kitty) Lee. The family was of Irish descent. After attending local Roman Catholic schools, ...

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Arouet, François-Marie [known as Voltaire] (1694–1778), writer and philosopher  

David Williams

Arouet, François-Marie [known as Voltaire] (1694–1778), writer and philosopher, was born in Paris on 21 November 1694 according to the notice of baptism. He was the fifth of five surviving children born to François Arouet (1649–1722), lawyer and minor official, and his wife, ...

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Bentley, Charlotte Eliza (1915–1996), nurse and nursing activist  

Kevin Brown

Bentley, Charlotte Eliza (1915–1996), nurse and nursing activist, was born on 15 December 1915 at 63 Portland Court, Great Portland Street, London, the daughter of John Richard Bentley, hosier, and Charlotte Emma Redard. After education at a Swiss convent school and secretarial training ...

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor  

Diana Bickley

Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869), composer and conductor, was born on 11 December 1803 in La Côte St André, in the département of Isère, France, the first of four children of Dr Louis-Joseph Berlioz and his wife, Marie-Antoinette-Joséphine, commonly known as Joséphine, the daughter of ...

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Berlioz, (Louis) Hector (1803–1869)  

Maker: Pierre Petit

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(Louis) Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) by Pierre Petit, 1863 Getty Images

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951)  

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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor  

T. A. B. Corley

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 26 June 1877 at Carcassonne in southern France, the third son and fourth child in the family of four boys and three girls of Pierre Besse, leather merchant, and his wife, Marie Bonnafous. In failing health ...

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Billington, William (1825–1884), poet  

John Langton

Billington, William (1825–1884), poet, was born at Samlesbury in the Ribble valley, Lancashire, on 3 April 1825, when his unemployed hand-loom weaver parents, Benedict and Ann, née Bolton, were working as road navvies. He was baptized at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in ...

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Blomfield [née Ryan], Sara Louisa [Sitárih Khánum] (1859–1939), Bahء‎i promoter and philanthropist  

Philip Hainsworth

Blomfield [née Ryan], Sara Louisa [Sitárih Khánum] (1859–1939), Bahء‎i promoter and philanthropist, was born in Knockaneven, near Limerick, the daughter of Matthew John Ryan. She received a convent education in England. On 21 April 1887 she married Arthur William Blomfield (1829–1899)...

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Blomfield, Sara Louisa (1859–1939)  

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Sara Louisa Blomfield (1859–1939) by unknown photographer The Bahá'í Publishing Trust

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher  

Jason Tomes

Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958), politician and publisher, was born on 15 February 1901 at Church Street, Templemore, co. Tipperary, the second son and third of the four children of Joseph Kevin Bracken (1852–1904), builder and monumental mason, and his second wife, ...

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Bracken, Brendan Rendall, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958)  

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Brendan Rendall Bracken, Viscount Bracken (1901–1958) by unknown photographer, 1941 © reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradley, Katharine Harris [pseud. Michael Field] (1846–1914), poet  

Virginia H. Blain

Bradley, Katharine Harris [pseud. Michael Field] (1846–1914), poet, collaborated with her niece Edith Emma Cooper [pseud. Michael Field] (1862–1913) to publish verse under the pseudonym Michael Field. The aunt was born in Birmingham on 27 October 1846, the daughter of ...

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Bradshaw, John (b. 1658/9), convicted criminal  

Stephen Wright

Bradshaw, John (b. 1658/9), convicted criminal, was born in Maidstone, Kent, the son of Alban Bradshaw, an attorney. He matriculated on 23 February 1674, aged fifteen, from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was admitted as a scholar on 20 April.

It was later charged that early in the morning of 13 July 1677 ...

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Carman, George Alfred (1929–2001)  

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George Alfred Carman (1929–2001) by unknown photographer, 1971 Universal Pictorial Press

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Carman, George Alfred (1929–2001), barrister  

Michael Beloff

Carman, George Alfred (1929–2001), barrister, was born at 20 Breck Road, Blackpool, on 6 October 1929, the son of Alfred George Carman (d. 1988), an auctioneer of furniture, and his wife, Evelyn née Moylan (d. 1954), a seamstress. At eight, he was sent to board at ...

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Charlot, (Eugene) André Maurice (1882–1956), theatrical impresario  

James Ross Moore

Charlot, (Eugene) André Maurice (1882–1956), theatrical impresario, was born in Paris on 26 July 1882, the eldest of three children of Jules Charles Maurice Charlot (1858–1917), whose father, Auguste, had won the first prix Rome for composition in 1850, and his wife, Jeanne Sargine Battu (1858–1934)...

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Charlot [née Huber], Monica (1933–2005), historian and political scientist  

Jean-Claude Sergeant

Charlot [née Huber], Monica (1933–2005), historian and political scientist, was born at 6 Maitland Park Villas, St Pancras, London, on 31 May 1933, the second of three children of Joseph Jacob (Jack) Huber, consular official, and his wife, Doris May, née Fickling...