John Wayne

Marion Mitchell Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa on May 26th, 1979. He was born Marion Robert Morrison which his parents changed to Mitchell after deciding to name their next son Robert and he was better know by his stage name John Wayne.

Wayne began his working in the prop department at local film studios and moved into bit parts. Through this work he established a longtime friendship with director John Ford.

His first starring role was in “The Big Trail” in 1930. His screen name of John Wayne was decided for him by the director of “The Big Trail” and Fox Studios Chief Winfield Sheehan. The name stuck and Wayne’s salary of $75/week for bit roles was increased to $105/week once he was cast in the starring role.

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William Blake


The poet William Blake was born in London on the 28th of November 1757 to a rather bourgeoisie family in which he was the third of seven children.

He was a part of what would become known as the ‘Golden Riots’, an anti-catholic uprising in 1780 which led to the creation of the first Police Force in Britain.

He married in 1792 to Catherine Boucher.

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Mary Anne Evans


Mary Anne Evans was born in 1819 in Warwickshire and is better known under her pen name, George Eliot.

She was the daughter of a local farmer and it was his father’s importance to the Arbury Hall Estate that allowed the young novelist to gain access to the Library which greatly enhanced her education.

Mary Evans decided to publish under her pen name George Eliot so that her works would be taken seriously.

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Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens is perhaps the best known British author as his works such as Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities have obtained worldwide acclaim.

Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812, in Hampshire to John and Mary Dickens. He was the second of 8 children.

He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in April 1836 and eventually went on to father 10 children.

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Sir Isaac Newton


Born in 1643 Isaac Newton is known as one of the most influential people in history.

His best known work Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica is considered one of the greatest and most significant books in the history of science.

Many people associate Isaac Newton with the story of the apple whereby, while sitting under a tree and apple fell and hit him on the head. It is from the experience that Newton derived the Theory of Gravity.

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