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Robert S. Ledley

Robert S. LedleyBorn: 1926Birthplace: New York City Diagnostic x-ray systems—Ledley developed the ACTA diagnostic x-ray scanner, the first whole-body computerized tomography (CT) machine…

George C. Scott

George C. Scott was frequently cast as a gruff-but-heroic type in his long and distinguished career on stage and screen. He started on the New York stage, moved to television in its early days, and t…

John C. Fremont

John C. Fremont was one of most famous explorers of the American West and a towering figure in the history of California's 19th century gold rush. Among the second rank of explorers to follow Lewis &…

S. S. Kresge Biography

S. S. Kresge(Sebastian Spering Kresge) merchant, philanthropistBorn: 7/31/1867Birthplace: Bald Mount, Pa. With a newly minted business degree in hand, Kresge worked as a traveling tinware sale…

Harry S. Truman Biography

Harry S. TrumanBorn: 5/8/1884Birthplace: Lamar, Mo. Harry S. Truman was born on a farm near Lamar, Mo., on May 8, 1884. During World War I, he served in France as a captain with the 129th Fiel…

Pearl S. Buck

Name at birth: Pearl Comfort SydenstrickerPearl S. Buck became an international celebrity with her runaway bestseller The Good Earth, a tale of Chinese peasants that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Sh…

Bulat S. Okudzhava Biography

Bulat S. OkudzhavaAge: 73 Russian poet whose works helped create important literature of dissent in Soviet Union in 1950s and '60s. Died: June 12, 1997.Laura Nyro1997 DeathsStanford Opotowsky …

V. S. Pritchett Biography

V. S. PritchettAge: 96 versatile British writer, famous for more than six decades for works in fiction, nonfiction, biography, and literary criticism. Died: March 20, 1997.Eleanor Prescott 199…