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Alphabetical Notable Historical People Name Game

 
 
firefly
 
Reply Thu 7 Nov, 2013 03:18 pm
This is an alphabetical historical names game--based on the first letter of the person's last name.

The names selected should be of people no longer living.

So we can all learn a little something, give us the dates of the person's birth and death, and a little information about their claim to fame.

I'll start it off...

Michelangelo Antonioni (September 29, 1912 – July 30,2007).

An Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. Best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its discontents"—L'Avventura (1960), La Notte (1961), and Eclipse (1962)—Antonioni "redefined the concept of narrative cinema" and challenged traditional approaches to storytelling, realism, drama, and the world at large. He produced "enigmatic and intricate mood pieces" and rejected action in favor of contemplation, focusing on image and design over character and story. His films defined a "cinema of possibilities".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_Antonioni

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Dutchy
 
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Reply Thu 7 Nov, 2013 04:37 pm
@firefly,
Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedian, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy, and was one of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime. Ball had one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television. In the 1930s and 1940s she started as an RKO girl, doing bit roles as a chorus girl or as such parts, and she became a television star during the 1950s. She continued making films in the 1960s and 1970s
firefly
 
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Reply Thu 7 Nov, 2013 04:58 pm
@Dutchy,
Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi or Amerighi da Caravaggio (September 29, 1571? – 18 July 18? 1610).

An Italian artist active in Rome, Naples, Malta, and Sicily between 1592 (1595?) and 1610. His paintings, which combine a realistic observation of the human state, both physical and emotional, with a dramatic use of lighting, had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravaggio

http://www.allartclassic.com/img/Caravaggio_CAM025.jpg
St. Hieronymous Writing (1605-1606)
Galleria Borghese, Rome
hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 7 Nov, 2013 08:02 pm
@firefly,
Jacques Derrida


July 15, 1930 – October 9, 2004) was a French philosopher, born in French Algeria. Derrida is best known for developing a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. He is one of the major figures associated with post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/44/Derrida_main.jpg/220px-Derrida_main.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Derrida
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firefly
 
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Reply Thu 7 Nov, 2013 10:48 pm
Desiderius Erasmus--(27 October 1466 – 12 July 1536).

Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderius_Erasmus

http://www.equalparenting-bc.ca/images-3/headst_erasmus-1523-w220.jpg
Daisy Ryder
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2013 09:49 am
@firefly,
Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender 
(August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991) was an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or "Fender" for short. 

The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still relevant: the Fender Telecaster (1950) was the first mass-produced solid body electric guitar; 
the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars; 
the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars, and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular enough in its own right, became the basis for later amplifiers (notably by Marshall and Mesa Boogie) that dominated rock and roll music. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

(cool thread firefly)
firefly
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2013 12:03 pm
@Daisy Ryder,
Giuseppe Garibaldi

Giuseppe Garibaldi July 4, 1807 – June 2, 1882) was an Italian general and politician. He is considered, with Camillo Cavour, Victor Emmanuel II and Giuseppe Mazzini, as one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland".
Garibaldi was a central figure in the Italian Risorgimento, since he personally commanded and fought in many military campaigns that led eventually to the formation of a unified Italy.
He has been called the "Hero of Two Worlds" because of his military enterprises in Brazil, Uruguay and Europe. These earned him a considerable reputation in Italy and abroad, aided by exceptional international media coverage at the time. Many of the greatest intellectuals of his time, such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and George Sand showered him with admiration.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Garibaldi

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ac/Risorgimento,_Giuseppe_Garibaldi.jpg/220px-Risorgimento,_Giuseppe_Garibaldi.jpg
Dutchy
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2013 01:46 pm
@firefly,
HANNIBAL

Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca[n 1] (247 – 183/182/181 BC)[n 2] was a Punic Carthaginian military commander, generally considered one of the greatest military commanders in history.

Hannibal lived during a period of great tension in the Mediterranean, when the Roman Republic established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage, the Hellenistic kingdoms of Macedon, Syracuse, and the Seleucid empire. One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War, when he marched an army, which included war elephants, from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories—Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae.
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firefly
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2013 02:40 pm
Eugène Ionesco

Eugène Ionesco (born Eugen Ionescu), (26 November 1909 – 28 March 1994) was a Romanian playwright who wrote mostly in French, and one of the foremost figures of the Theatre of the Absurd. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco's plays depict in a tangible way the solitude and insignificance of human existence.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Ionesco
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 08:18 am
@firefly,
Lyndon Baines Johnson

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963). He is one of only four people[1] who served in all four elected federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President, and President.[2] Johnson, a Democrat from Texas, served as a United States Representative from 1937 to 1949 and as a Senator from 1949 to 1961, including six years as United States Senate Majority Leader, two as Senate Minority Leader and two as Senate Majority Whip. After campaigning unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 1960, Johnson was asked by John F. Kennedy to be his running mate for the 1960 presidential election.

Johnson succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, completed Kennedy's term and was elected President in his own right, winning by a large margin over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election. Johnson was greatly supported by the Democratic Party and as President, he was responsible for designing the "Great Society" legislation that included laws that upheld civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, aid to education, and his "War on Poverty." Johnson was renowned for his domineering personality and the "Johnson treatment," his coercion of powerful politicians in order to advance legislation.


spendius
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 08:23 am
@Dutchy,
Kali--the less said about her the better.
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:18 am
@spendius,
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck (1 August 1744 – 18 December 1829), often known simply as Lamarck, was a French naturalist. He was a soldier, biologist, academic, and an early proponent of the idea that evolution occurred and proceeded in accordance with natural laws. He gave the term biology a broader meaning by coining the term for special sciences, chemistry, meteorology, geology, and botany-zoology.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Baptiste_Lamarck

http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/teaching/math19b_2011/exhibits/darwinlamarck/lamarck.jpg
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:25 am
@firefly,
Madonna who is famous for the Dance of the Five Veils.
vonny
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:30 am
@spendius,
Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was noted for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. Of his several victories, the best known and most notable was the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was shot and killed.
spendius
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:35 am
@vonny,
Olive Oil--Popeye's squeeze.
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:40 am
@spendius,
spendius, stop fooling around.

This game thread is about notable people--not goddesses, cartoon figures, etc.--who are no longer living. And replies require more annotation than you are giving.

Surely you can manage that...
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:41 am
@vonny,
Carroll O'Connor

was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. A life-member of The Actors Studio, O'Connor first attracted attention as Major General Colt in the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes. The following year he found fame as the bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the 1970s CBS television sitcoms All in the Family (1971 to 1979) and Archie Bunker's Place (1979 to 1983). O'Connor later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama In the Heat of the Night from 1988 to 1995, where he played the role of southern Police Chief William (Bill) Gillespie. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played the father of Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) on Mad About You.

In 1996, O'Connor was ranked #38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.
firefly
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 10:45 am
@Rockhead,
Rosa Ponselle

Rosa Ponselle (January 22, 1897 – May 25, 1981), was an American operatic soprano with a large, opulent voice. She sang mainly at the New York Metropolitan Opera and is generally considered by music critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the past 100 years.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Ponselle

http://arago.si.edu/media/000/027/309/27309_xm.jpg
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Dutchy
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 11:16 am
@spendius,
Spendi for heavens sake play by the rules as laid down on page one by Firefly! You don't seem to want to put amy effort into your posts. The originator of this game wants more than just a name!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2013 12:36 pm
Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester
Saer de Quincy's immediate background was in the Scottish kingdom: his father, Robert de Quincy, was a knight in the service of king William the Lion, and his mother Orabilis was the heiress of the lordship of Leuchars in Fife (see below). His rise to prominence in England came through his marriage to Margaret, the younger sister of Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester: but it is probably no coincidence that her other brother was the de Quincys' powerful Fife neighbour, Roger de Beaumont, Bishop of St Andrews. In 1204, Earl Robert died, leaving Margaret as co-heiress to the vast earldom along with her elder sister. The estate was split in half, and after the final division was ratified in 1207, de Quincy was made Earl of Winchester.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saer_de_Quincy,_1st_Earl_of_Winchester
 

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