Groombridge, Stephen b. January 7, 1755 d. March 30, 1832 Astronomer. He had a successful professional career as a merchant and specialized in trade with the West Indies; but in 1815 he retired from business to study astronomy. He spent the next ten years observing the stars and correcting his data with the intention of producing a catalogue of all the known stars within fifty degrees of the North Pole. He suffered a stroke in 1827 and his work was completed by his friends and fellow scientists and published after his death as "Catalogue of the...[Read More] (Bio by: js) St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Goudhurst, Tunbridge Wells Borough, Kent, England Plot: Memorial in the nave.
Tyler, Gen. Daniel b. January 7, 1799 d. November 30, 1882 A Union Brigadier General during the American Civil War. A 1819 graduate of West Point, Tyler saw action at the battle of Corinth and held posts at Harpers Ferry,VA among others. The General resigned from the army April 6, 1864. He died in New York City on November 30, 1882 and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery in Anniston, Alabama, a town he founded. (Bio by: Stonewall) Hillside Cemetery, Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, USA Plot: On high ground. Just shy of the highest part of the cemetery.
Sullivan, Gen. Joseph P. b. January 7, 1894 d. November 30, 1977 US Army Major General. Sullivan graduated from West Point in 1917, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was then assigned to the 10th Infantry Brigade. During WWI he fought in the battles of San Mihiel and the Muesse Argonne where he was badly wounded. In 1920 he was transferred to the Coast Artillery Corps. By the end of the 1920's, now a major he returned to school and received his master's degree from Harvard Business School in 1932. Just prior to World War II he was promoted to Colonel...[Read More] (Bio by: John Schneider) Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery , Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Lawrence, John Hundale b. January 7, 1904 d. September 7, 1991 Doctor, Physicist. He is regarded as a seminal figure in nuclear medicine. Born the son of teachers in South Dakota, Lawrence graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1926 and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After serving as an instructor of medicine at Yale University, he went to California in 1935 to join his older brother, future Nobel Prize-winner Dr. Ernest Lawrence, in Berkeley to work with Ernest's newly created cyclotron. The following year he founded...[Read More] (Bio by: G.Photographer) Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
McAlwee, Benjamin Franklin b. January 7, 1838 d. June 28, 1918 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant Major in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Sergeant in Company D, 3d Maryland Infantry for action at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864. His citation reads "Picked up a shell with burning fuse and threw it over the parapet into the ditch, where it exploded; by this act he probably saved the lives of comrades at the great peril of his own." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Plot: Range 7, Site 96
Lewis, Mary b. January 7, 1900 d. December 31, 1941 Singer. Born Mary Sybil Kidd in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she began her career as a child opera singer before moving to New York City in 1921. There she made her way to grand opera, gaining stage experience through vaudeville and operetta. During the 1930s, she was popular in the Ziegfeld Follies, radio performances and made recordings for RCA Victor. She also assisted with planning of the celebration in honor of President Franklin Roosevelt's fifty-fourth birthday and went nationwide with...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Pinecrest Memorial Park, Mena, Polk County, Arkansas, USA
Hurston, Zora Neale b. January 7, 1891 d. January 28, 1960 Acclaimed author and anthropologist. The daughter of Baptist preacher/carpenter John Hurston and former schoolteacher Lucy Potts Hurston, Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7th, 1891, the fifth of eight children. Long believed to have been born in Eatonville, Florida (stated to have been the first "all black" town incorporated in the U.S.), subsequent research has shown that she was actually born in Notasulga, Alabama, although her family relocated to Eatonville when she was very young...[Read More] (Bio by: Spaceman Spiff) Garden of Heavenly Rest, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
Phelan, Shawn Michael b. January 7, 1975 d. September 27, 1998 Actor. A native of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Phelan is best known for his role as 'Derek' in the 1991 action/drama film, "Toy Soldiers." The film which also starred Keith Coogan, Wil Wheaton, and Sean Astin, tells the story of students who fight back after their prestigious prep school is taken over by terrorists. A talented child star from an early age, his other roles include the films, "Caroline?" (1990), "Miles From Nowhere" (1992), "Breaking The Rules" (1992), and "Telling Secrets" (1993)...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Cremated, Ashes scattered, His ashes were scattered in a canyon in Los Angeles, California, where he liked to go to think
Bates, Granville b. January 7, 1882 d. July 8, 1940 Actor in 88 films including: "Woman in the Dark," "The Plainsman," "They Won't Forget," "Under Suspicion," "Mannequin," "Each Dawn I Die," "Of Mice and Men," "My Favorite Wife," and "Flowing Gold." (Bio by: TLS) Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Pozo, Chano b. January 7, 1915 d. December 2, 1948 Cuban Musician, Composer. He introduced the "tumbadoras" (Cuban Drums) in jazz orchestra. He gained great success in La Habana with Miguelito Valdés and with the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. He became one of the pioneers of Afrocuban Jazz. He died in El Rio Cafe of New York, when he was shot in a fight. Among his compositions are "Manteca," "Abasi," "El Pin Pin," "Anana Boroco Tinde" and "Zarabanda". (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, Havana, La Habana, Cuba
Adams, Andrew b. January 7, 1736 d. November 26, 1797 Continental Congressman. He was a Delegate from Connecticut to the Second Continental Congress in 1778, and was a signer of the Articles of Confederation of the United States. During the Revolutionary War he fought in the Connecticut Militia with the rank of Colonel; in later years he served as a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut. (Bio by: Evening Blues) West Cemetery, Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
Webster, Henry S. b. January 7, 1845 d. July 2, 1910 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Landsman in the Union Navy. His citation reads "On board the USS Susquehanna during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. When enemy fire halted the attempt by his landing party to enter the fort and more than two-thirds of the men fell back along the open beach, Webster voluntarily remained with one of his wounded officers, under fire, until aid could be obtained to bring him to the rear." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Cedar Grove Cemetery, Fair Haven, Rutland County, Vermont, USA Plot: Section 4
Hogan, Franklin b. January 7, 1843 d. April 5, 1932 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was mustered in as a Corporal in Company A, 45th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on August 16, 1861. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery during the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia on July 30, 1864. In that battle his regiment was thrown in the huge crated caused by Union forces exploding tons of gunpowder under Confederate lines. In the Confederate counter attack, the color-bearer of the 6th Virginia Infantry attempted to...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Hutchinson Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
Kennedy, Carolyn Bessette b. January 7, 1966 d. July 16, 1999 Socialite and wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. She gained a certain notoriety herself due to public interest and attention to her husband. Born in White Plains, New York, she was the youngest daughter of Dr. William J. and Ann Messina Bessette. Her father was a surgeon and her mother an administrator in the New York public school system. She grew up in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, attending St. Mary's High School, where in her senior year, she was voted "All Around Beautiful Person." In 1988...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Plane crash Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Cremated remains scattered off the coast of Martha's Vineyard from the US Navy Ship USS Briscoe
Swanson, Gilbert b. January 7, 1906 d. March 8, 1965 Gilbert Swanson helped bring us the 'TV Dinner' which -since its invention- has become part of American Pop Culture. The idea for the TV Dinner actually came from a Swanson V.P. named Gerry Thomas who was trying to figure out what to do with an overabundance of frozen turkeys in their inventory. He brought his idea to the directors of Swanson's who quickly moved to bring the product to market. It hit the grocery store shelves in 1954 and became an instant hit with consumers. Thomas still has...[Read More] Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Miller, Stephen b. January 7, 1816 d. August 18, 1881 Civil War Union Brigadier General, Minnesota Governor. Born in Carroll, Pennsylvania, at the start of the Civil War, he enlisted as a Private in the Minnesota Volunteers and was promoted Colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry in April 1861. He served in actions during the Peninsula Campaign and was promoted Brigadier General in October 1864. He resigned his commission when elected the fourth Governor of Minnesota, serving 1864 to 1866. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Worthington Cemetery, Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, USA