New Biographies: Mary Pickford And Isambard Kingdom Brunel

New biography pages of Mary Pickford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel have been added to the site and can be found by following the links below.

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New Biographies: Scott Joplin And Joseph Lister

New biography pages of Scott Joplin and Joseph Lister have been added to the site and can be found by following the links below.

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6 July 1960: Death of Aneurin Bevan, British Politician

Aneurin Bevan was born into an area of Wales where two-thirds of the male population worked underground in the mines. Throughout his career he championed the cause of the working classes and his service as Minister for Health gave the British universal healthcare through the National Health Service.

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5 July 1810: Birth of P. T. Barnum, American Showman

P. T. Barnum is remembered as the circus showman and promoter of “The Greatest Show on Earth”, but he did not start his circus venture until he was 60. In his earlier career he took on many roles, becoming a newspaper publisher, an exhibitor of curiosities, a concert promoter and a theatre owner.

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4 July 1790: Birth of George Everest, British Surveyor

George Everest was responsible for the great trigonometrical survey of India, but it is for the peak that bears his name that he is remembered. Despite this, he never saw the world’s largest mountain.

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1 July 1860: Death of Charles Goodyear, American Inventor

For Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber, life was always a struggle. But even frequent incarceration in debtors’ prisons did not stop him achieving his goal of perfecting the rubber manufacturing process. Unfortunately, he never benefited financially from his hard work.

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16 June 1890: Birth of Stan Laurel, English Comic Actor

As one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel starred in over a hundred comedy shorts and feature films. But he also had a successful acting and writing career before his partnership with Oliver Hardy.

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14 June 1811: Birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe was born into an era in which women were assigned an inferior role. But through her writing, and her most famous work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe was influential in the abolitionist cause.

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12 June 1980: Death of Billy Butlin, Holiday Camp Founder

Billy Butlin was the ultimate showman. His dream of providing affordable holiday entertainment for the British public saw his business grow from a single fairground stall to a national holiday camp and hotel empire.

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23 March 1680: Death of Nicolas Fouquet, French Minister

Nicolas Fouquet was born in Paris on 27 January 1615, the son of a royal administrator and shipowner.

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