What train engineer died at this post while saving lives in 1900″?



What billionaire is known at “The Oracle of Omaha”?


Who blazed the Wilderness Road into Kentucky?


What tenor’s name, translated from Spanish, means “Peaceful Sunday”?


What Marxist revolutionary aided Fidel Castro in the overthrow of the Cuban government in 1959?


Who was knows at “The Man of a Thousand Voices”?


What Greek shipping magnet and founder of Olympic Airlines had an affair with opera diva Maria Callas?

Schacholympiade: Tal (UdSSR) gegen Fischer (USA)

At the age of 15, who was the youngest American chess Grandmaster in history?


  • Greek historian Herodotus
  • Greek biographer Plutarch
  • Greek mathematician and geometry innovator Euclid
  • Roman orator and statesman Cicero
  • Founder of the Persian Empire Cyrus the Great
  • Man who conquered the world’s largest land empire Genghis Khan
  • Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan
  • First Christian Roman emperor Constantine
  • Man crowned Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day in 800 AD Charlemagne
  • The Paladin (knight) of Charlemagne Orlando
  • Charlemagne’s father Pepin the Short
  • Pepin the Short’s father, founder of Carolingian dynasty Charles Martel
  • Founder of the Capetian dynasty in France, 987 AD Hugh Capet
  • The “Scourge of God” Attila (The Hun)
  • Carthaginian who crossed the Alps with 37 elephants Hannibal
  • First king of all the English Alfred the Great
  • Muslim defender of Jerusalem, 1189-91 Saladin
  • Crusader king who fought Saladin Richard the Lionhearted
  • “Recluse” crusader king Peter the Hermit
  • “Magnificent” Ottoman ruler Suleiman (the Magnificent)
  • Red bearded crusader Frederick Barbarossa
  • “The Maid of Orleans” Joan of Arc
  • “Magnificent” Florence dictator Lorenzo de Medici
  • Subject of T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral Thomas a’ Becket
  • Lord Chancellor beheaded by Henry VIII Sir Thomas More
  • Man who started Protestant Reformation with “95 theses” Martin Luther
  • Swiss-French reformist John Calvin
  • Scottish reformist John Knox
  • French queen regent implicated in St. Bartholomew’s day massacre Catherine de Medici
  • Italian femme fatale, accused of poisoning her enemies Lucretia Borgia
  • Lucretia Borgia’s brother Cesare Borgia
  • French mistress to Louis XV Madame de Pompadour
  • Violin maker family from Cremora, Italy Amati
  • Violin maker who learned his craft from Amati Antonio Stradivarius
  • He led the mutiny on the Bounty Fletcher Christian
  • Italian adventurer and lover Giacomo Casanova
  • French cardinal who fought the Huguenots Cardinal Richelieu
  • 16th century Italian sculptor, painter and poet Michelangelo
  • 16th century Dutch humanist Erasmus
  • 16th century French theologian John Calvin
  • 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal
  • 17th century French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes
  • 17th century English philosopher and statesman Francis Bacon
  • The Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Man who overthrew Charles I of England Oliver Cromwell
  • Zulu leader Shaka
  • “The Little Corporal” Napoleon Bonaparte
  • He defeated Napoleon at Waterloo The Duke of Wellington
  • “The Lady with the Lamp” Florence Nightingale
  • “Gentle Pirate” who aided in Battle of New Orleans Jean Lafitte
  • English pirate hung at Old Baily, 1701 Captain Kid
  • Pirate Ed Teach a.k.a. Blackbeard
  • Frederick Barbarossa Redbeard
  • Cook who led the mutiny on the Hispaniola Long John Silver
  • Famous female pirates Ann Bonnie and Mary Reed
  • South American revolutionary born in Caracas Simon Bolivar
  • Fidel Castro’s revolutionary friend Che Guevara
  • Mexican bandit who raided U.S. border towns Pancho Villa
  • Old West dentist and gunfighter Bat Masterson
  • Italian leader of the Red Shirts Garibaldi
  • First chancellor of the German Empire, 1871 Otto von Bismarck
  • Chinese provisional president, 1912 Sun Yat-Sen
  • Man who established Chinese government on Taiwan Chiang Kai-Shek
  • Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Sherpa guide Tensing Norgay
  • 19th century shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • 19th century banking magnate/philanthropist J.P (John Pierpont) Morgan
  • Late 19th-early 20th century English mathematician John Venn
  • 20th century Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis
  • Steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
  • British tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton
  • Billionaire who disappeared from his yacht in 1991 Robert Maxwell
  • Philosopher who asked, “Is man a blunder of God?” Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Cambridge mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell
  • Jean Paul Sartre’s philosopher friend Simone de Beauvoir
  • Man who first received an artificial heart Barney Clark
  • Doctor who preformed Barney Clark’s heart transplant William DeVries
  • Lawyer for the Creationists at Scopes trial William Jennings Bryan
  • Lawyer for the Darwinists at the Scopes trial Clarence Darrow
  • Female prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial Marcia Clark
  • Leopold and Loeb’s defense attorney Clarence Darrow
  • Claus von Bulow’s defense attorney Alan Dershowitz
  • He defended the Boston Strangler F. Lee Bailey
  • Charles Manson’s prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi
  • “King of Torts” who died in 1996 Melvin Belli
  • He founded DeBeers Cecil Rhodes
  • Famous oil well fire fighter Red Adair
  • He founded the American Library association Melvin Dewey
  • He planted apple trees in the Ohio Valley Johnny Appleseed
  • Famous 19th century furrier John Jacob Astor
  • 19th century American lithographers Currier and Ives
  • Scottish clock maker Seth Thomas
  • He blazed the Wilderness Road Daniel Boone
  • “Life is worth living” speaker Bishop Sheen
  • Inspiration for Citizen Kane William Randolph Hearst
  • 19th century British travel agent Thomas Cook
  • French lexicographer Pierre Larousse
  • American lexicographer Noah Webster
  • English lexicographer Samuel Johnson
  • French economist Jean Baptiste Say
  • Scottish economist Adam Smith
  • British economist, 1920’s John Maynard Keynes
  • Canadian-born American economist and Harvard Professor of Economics John Kenneth Galbraith
  • French mathematician famous for his “last theorem” Pierre de Fermat
  • The Fugitive series is based on his life Sam Sheppard
  • Man who built the Erie Canal De Witt Clinton
  • American winner of Tchaikovsky music competition, 1958 Van Cliburn
  • Scottish philanthropist and Lord Rector Andrew Carnegie
  • Late finance magazine tycoon Malcolm Forbes
  • Army surgeon who found the cause of yellow fever Walter Reed
  • Newspaper editor and South sympathizer Horace Greeley
  • President’s brother who was president of Johns Hopkins Milton Eisenhower
  • Former PLO leader Yasser Arafat
  • Spanish tenor whose name means “peaceful Sunday” Placido Domingo
  • Presidential brother who had a beer named for him Billy Carter
  • Pair who died in a light plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska Will Rogers and Wiley Post
  • Gay ‘90’s financier and philanthropist Diamond Jim Brady
  • 19th century Tennessee congressman known as “King of the Wild Frontier” Davy Crockett
  • Train engineer killed who died at his post, 1900 Casey Jones
  • Boys Town founder, 1917 Father Edward Flanagan
  • “The Concord Poet” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “The Pathfinder” John C. Freemont
  • “The Father of the Symphony” Franz Joseph Haydn
  • “The Father of Science Fiction” Jules Verne
  • “The American Leonardo” Samuel Morse
  • “The American Caesar” Douglas MacArthur
  • “America’s Handyman” Bob Vila
  • “New England Orator” Daniel Webster
  • “Virginia Orator” Thomas Paine
  • “The Lone Eagle” Charles Lindbergh
  • “The Great Profile” John Barrymore
  • “The Great Dissenter” Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “The Great Commoner” William Jennings Bryan
  • “The Great Compromiser” or “The Great Pacificator” Henry Clay
  • “The Little Flower” Fiorello La Guardia
  • “The Great Communicator” Ronald Reagan
  • “The Wizard of Menlo Park” Thomas Edison
  • “Satchmo” Louis Armstrong
  • “The King of Ragtime” Scott Joplin
  • “Yosemite Photographer” Ansel Adams
  • “The Little Tramp” Charlie Chaplin
  • “The Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney
  • “The Man of a Thousand Voices” Mel Blanc
  • “The Prince of Humbugs” P.T. Barnum
  • “Gonzo Journalist” Hunter Thompson
  • “King of the Keelboatmen” Mike Fink
  • “The Last Lion” Windston Churchill
  • “The Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra
  • “The Lord of San Simeon” William Randolph Hearst
  • “The People’s Lawyer” Ralph Nader
  • “The Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett
  • “The Sparrow” Edith Piaf
  • America’s cowboy-philosopher Will Rogers
  • Philadelphia publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg
  • Baltimore critic H. L. Mencken
  • American ornithologist John James Audubon
  • Father of American public education Horace Mann
  • He made stainless steel cars in Ireland John DeLorean
  • American chess grandmaster at age 15 Bobby Fischer
  • Pilot who landed in Ireland instead of California, 1938 “Wrong Way” Corrigan
  • He broke the sound barrier in 1947 Chuck Yeager
  • Chairs astrophysics department, Cambridge University Stephen Hawking
  • Canadian voice actor, voice of The Brain Maurice LaMarche
  • MIT linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky
  • 1960’s Harvard psychologist; recreational drug advocate Timothy Leary
  • Chinese Communist Party head who died in 1997 Deng Xiaoping
  • Yosemite photographer Ansel Adams
  • The original Siamese twins Chang and Eng
  • Man who found King Tut’s tomb Howard Carter
  • American satirical comedian imprisoned for obscenity Lenny Bruce
  • Pro clown with his own postage stamp Lou Jacobs
  • Las Vegas magicians who worked with big cats Siegfried and Roy
  • Famous tightrope walking family Wallendas
  • Canadian quintuplets Dionnes
  • American septuplets McCaugheys
  • Rat Pack members (1960s) Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,
    Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford
  • Brat Pack members Emilo Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe,
    Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Rindwald, Ally Sheedy
  • Monty Python group Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Gram Chapman,
    Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idol

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