Max Weber Biography

Produced in Germany in 1864, Max Weber was a precocious youngster. In 1905 he published his most renowned work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. He’s considered the father of contemporary sociology. His dad, Max Weber Sr., was a politically active attorney with a penchant for “earthly happiness,” while ...

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Tommy Dorsey Biography

Famous trombonist and bandleader Tommy Dorsey was born on November 19, 1905, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Dorsey came from a musical family and, as a kid, learned to play the trumpet and trombone. With brother Jimmy, Tommy played in a number of groups growing up. They have success before the mid-1930s. ...

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Molly Pitcher Biography

Throughout the American Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth, she carried pitchers of water to soldiers, thus earning her nickname. After her husband fell during the conflict, she took on the operation of his cannon. Honored in 1822 for her bravery, she expired in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on January 22, 1832. Mary ...

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Dottie West Biography

Dottie West had her first Top 40 hit with “Let Me Off in the Corner” around the country charts in 1963. Another year, her hit song “Here Comes My Baby” won the Grammy for The Best Female Country & Western Vocal Performance, the very first woman to receive this prize. ...

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Jim Croce Biography

Jim Croce was born on January 10, 1943, in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began playing the accordion at age 5, and by his 20s, was touring in multiple folk groups. He released five studio albums and 11 singles. He perished in a terrible plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana on September ...

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Clint Hill Biography

Produced in North Dakota in 1932, Clint Hill joined the Secret Service in 1958, just a couple of years from school. When the president was shot in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, Hill jumped to the presidential limousine and protected the Kennedys from any additional gunfire. “I had an excellent ...

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Jack Ruby Biography

Produced Jacob Rubenstein in Chicago, Illinois, on April 25, 1911. Ruby finished the 8th grade in 1927, but it’s not likely that his schooling extended into high school. Once out of school, Ruby turned to illegally scalping tickets to sporting events along with similar actions to support himself. He became a ...

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Nelson Rockefeller Biography

After working in company and government, in 1958, Nelson Rockefeller was elected governor of New York, serving four terms. Afterwards, in 1974, he was named vice president of America by President Gerald Ford. An avid art collector and patron, Nelson Rockefeller died in Nyc in 1979. A wing of New ...

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Jacques Marquette Biography

Jacques Marquette was born in Laon, France, on June 1, 1637. He founded missions in present day Michigan and afterwards joined explorer Louis Joliet on an expedition to find and map the Mississippi River. Frenchman Jacques Marquette became an explorer in the mid-1600s, not only due to his fascination with journey ...

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Strom Thurmond Biography

Strom Thurmond was born on December 5, 1902, in Edgefield, South Carolina. After fighting in the Second World War, he was elected South Carolina governor. Named to the Senate in 1954 as a Democrat, he later changed to the Republican Party and was known for his stand against integration, though ...

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