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Charles Martel

Charles Martel was a Frankish ruler whose military successes were a foundation of the Carolingian dynasty, who ruled what is now France until the tenth century. The illegitimate son of Mayor of the P…

King Charles I

Charles I was the king of Great Britain and Ireland from 1625 until he was executed for treason in 1649. The second son of King James I and Anne of Denmark, Charles became heir to the throne at the a…

Ray Charles

Ray Charles is famous for soulful pop hits like "Georgia On My Mind," "Hit the Road, Jack," and "I Can't Stop Loving You." Blind from the age of seven, Charles was a gifted pianist and saxophonist wh…

Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts (1851-74) who was active in the movement to abolish slavery and give equal rights to black Americans before and after the Civil War. Charles Sumne…

Charles Lindbergh

Name at birth: Charles Augustus LindberghCharles Lindbergh made the first-ever solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He left Roosevelt Field in New York on 20 May 1927, piloting a plane name…

Charles Rocket

Name at birth: Charles ClaverieCharles Rocket is remembered for his brief stint on Saturday Night Live, from which he was fired for uttering an obscenity during a live broadcast. Charles Rocket entere…

Charles Atlas

Name at birth: Angelo Siciliano For much of the 20th century Charles Atlas was America's most famous muscle man. Atlas immigrated from Italy as a boy, and in his teens he built up his physique using …

Charles Richter

Name at birth: Charles Francis KinsingerCharles Richter was a physicist and seismologist who created a system of measuring earthquake magnitudes now known as the Richter Scale. Raised first in Ohio an…

Charles Manson

Name at birth: Charles Milles MansonCharles Manson was the most notorious mass murderer of the 1960s. His followers murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, in a killing spree on the …

Charles Barkley

Outspoken and outrageous, Charles Barkley was one of the National Basketball Association's most colorful characters during his 16-year career. A 6' 6" forward, Barkley entered the NBA in 1984, signing…