Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shropshire in the 12th February 1809, he was the fifth of 6 children to Robert and Susannah Darwin.

He originally became an apprentice Doctor to follow in his father’s footsteps however his interest in natural history soon prevailed.

Darwin is best known for this Theory of Evolution which was published in 1859.

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George Julian Harney

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George Julian Harney was a leader of the Chartist movement formed in 19th century Britain.

He was born in Deptford in south-east London to the son of a seaman and his working class roots would go a long way to forging his political activism.

Harney was the editor of a publication entitled The Poor Man’s Guardian and was imprisoned on three separate occasions for selling this paper.

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan.

After dropping out of the University of Arizona in 1970 he began his career as an advertising copywriter.  His first foray into comedy writing had him selling jokes to comics like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.

Inspired by early family vacations he wrote a story called “Vacation ‘58” which gained him entry to the staff of National Lampoon Magazine.  “Vacation ‘58” was also the basis for the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” which was released in 1983.

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Elvis Presley

Twins Elvis Aaron (Aron) and Jesse Garon Presley were born on January 8th, 1935 in East Tupelo. Unfortunately, Jesse Garon Presley was still born.

On October 3rd, 1945 Elvis made his first public appearance. He entered a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show and placed fifth.

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Dick York

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Richard Allen “Dick” York was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 4th, 1928.

His career began on the CBS radio program “That Brewster Boy” at age 15.

He was best known for his role as “Darrin Stephens” in the TV series “Bewitched” which he received an Emmy nomination for in 1968.

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