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  • Baum, L. Frank - (1856-1919), US writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Baumann, Johannes - (1874-1953), Swiss president
  • Baur, Ferdinand Christian - (1792-1860), theologian
  • Bautista, Danny - (born 1972), baseball player
  • Bavier, Simeon - (1825-1896), Swiss president
  • Bax, Arnold - (1883-1953), composer
  • Bax, Ernest Belfort - (1854,1926), journalist and philosopher
  • Baxter, Anne - (1923-1985), actress
  • Baxter, Charles - American author, novelist
  • Baxter, James K. - (1926-1972), poet
  • Baxter, Stephen - (born 1957), British science fiction author
  • Baxter, Warner - (1889-1951), actor
  • Bayard, James A. - (1767-1815), U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Bayard, John - (1738-1808), Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress
  • Bayer, Herbert - (1900-1985), graphic designer
  • Bayer, Johann - (1572-1625), astronomer
  • Bayes, Nora - (1880-1928) US singer, actress
  • Bayes, Thomas - (1702-1761), mathematician, statistician
  • Bayley, Barrington - British science fiction author
  • Baylor, Don - baseball player and coach
  • Baylor, Elgin - (born 1934), National Basketball Association star
  • Bazalgette, Joseph William - (1819-1891)
  • Beach, Amy - (1867-1944), composer
  • Beach, Sylvia - (born 1887), publisher
  • Beagle, Peter S. - (born 1939), US fantasy author
  • Beals, Jennifer - (born 1963) US actress
  • Beamon, Bob - (born 1946), athlete
  • Bean, Alan - (born 1932), astronaut
  • Bear, Greg - (born 1951), US science fiction author
  • Beard, Charles A. - (born 1874), historian
  • Beard, James - (1903-1985), chef, cookbook writer
  • Beard, Stephanie - Canadian radio and television personality, voice actress
  • Bearden, Milton - US spy, author
  • Bearden, Romare - (1914-1988), painter
  • Beardsley, Aubrey - (1872-1898), illustrator
  • Beardsley, Monroe - (1915-1985), U.S. philosopher
  • Beart, Emmanuelle - (born 1965), French actor
  • Beatrice, Princess of Portugal - (1372-1410), heiress to the throne and wife of John I of Castile
  • Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands - (born 1938)
  • Beatty, Alfred Chester, Sir - (1875-1968)
  • Beatty, David - (1871-1936), British
  • Beatty, John - (1828-1914), U.S. Congressman from Ohio
  • Beatty, John - (1749-1826), New Jersey delegate to Continental Congress
  • Beatty, John - (born 1961), Marvel comics illustrator
  • Beatty, Ned - (born 1937), actor
  • Beatty, Warren - (born 1937), US film director
  • Beaufort, John - 1st Earl of Somerset
  • Beaufort, Margaret - (1443-1509), mother of Henry VII of England
  • Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de - (1732-1799), comedy playwright
  • Beaumier, Colleen - Canadian politican
  • Beaumont, Charles - (died 1967), writer
  • Beaumont, Francis - (1586-1616), poet
  • Beauregard, P.G.T. - (1818-1893), general
  • Beausoleil - musician
  • Beauvoir, Simone de - (1908-1986), French author
  • Beaux, Cecilia - painter
  • Beaverbrook, Maxwell Aitken, Lord - (1879-1964), UK politician & newspaper tycoon
  • Bebel, August - (1840-1913), politician
  • Becaud, Gilbert - (died 2001), musician
  • Beccaria, Giovanni Battista - (1716-1781)
  • Bechet, Sidney - (1897-1959), jazz musician
  • Bechstein, Ludwig - (1801-1860), narrator and poet
  • Beck - (born 1970), singer-songwriter, musician
  • Beck, Aaron - psychologist
  • Beck, C.C. - (1910-1989), creator of the original Captain Marvel
  • Beck, Jeff - (born 1944), singer-songwriter, musician
  • Beck, Kimberly - (born 1956), actor
  • Beckenbauer, Franz - (born 1945), footballer
  • Becker, Boris - (born 1967), (Germany)
  • Becker, Donald - Linux programmer
  • Becker, Gary - (born 1930), economist
  • Becker, Jurek - dramatist, author
  • Beckett, Arthur William a - (died 1909), British journalist
  • Beckett, Gilbert Abbott a - (1811-1856), writer
  • Beckett, Gilbert Arthur a - (died 1891), British writer
  • Beckett, Samuel - (1906-1989), Irish-born playwright
  • Beckett, Samuel - (1906-1989), Irish-born playwright
  • Beckham, David - (born 1975), association football player
  • Beckinsale, Kate - (born 1973), actress
  • Beckman, Joshua - poet
  • Beckmann, Max - (1884-1950), painter
  • Beckwith, Alan - (born 1952)
  • Becquerel, Antoine Henri - (1852-1908), French physicist
  • Bedard, Myriam - (born 1969), Olympic Gold Medal
  • Bede - (c. 672-735 C.E.), scholastic philosopher, historian
  • Bedford, David - (born 1937), composer
  • Bee, Thomas - (1739-1812), South Carolina delegate to Continental Congress
  • Beebe, Charles William - (1877-1962), biologist
  • Beefheart, Captain - (born 1941), avant garde blues musician and painter
  • Beer, Wilhelm - (1797-1850), astronomer
  • Beerbohm, Max - (1873-1956), theater critic
  • Beery, Wallace - (1885-1949), actor
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van - (baptized 1770-1827), German-born composer
  • Beg, Ulugh - (1394-1449), astronomer
  • Beggs, James M. - (born 1926), sixth Administrator of NASA
  • Behaim, Martin - (1436-1507), cartographer
  • Behan, Brendan - (1923-1964), playwright, novelist
  • Behan, John - sculptor, Aosdána
  • Behn, Aphra - (1640-1689), poet
  • Behring, Emil Adolf von - (1854-1917), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1901
  • Beiderbecke, Bix - (1903-1931), jazz trumpeter
  • Beissel, Henry - (born 1929), Canadian writer
  • Belafonte, Harry - (born 1927), US singer
  • Belanger, Mauril - Canadian politician
  • Belasco, Lionel - (1881-1967), musician
  • Belisarius - (505-565), Roman general
  • Beliveau, Jean - ice hockey player
  • Belknap, Jeremy - (1744-1798), American clergyman and historian
  • Bell, Alexander Graham - (1847-1922), inventor
  • Bell, Chris - musician
  • Bell, Eric Temple - (1883-1960), mathematician
  • Bell, Gertrude - (1868-1926), archaeologist, writer, spy
  • Bell, Gordon - (born 1934), computer engineer
  • Bell, Jocelyn - astronomer
  • Bell, Lauralee - (born 1968), soap opera actress
  • Bell, Madison Smartt - Waiting for the End of the World (1985), and A Soldier's Joy (1989) amongst others
  • Bell, Marilyn - first person to swim Lake Ontario
  • Bell, Robert - (born 1950), bassist, singer
  • Bell, Steve - (born 1951), contemporary British political cartoonist
  • Bell, Vanessa - (1879-1961), painter
  • Bell, William - Canadian musician, writer
  • Bellairs, John - (1938-1991), author
  • Bellamy, David - (born 1933), botanist
  • Bellamy, Edward - US author
  • Bellamy, Madge - (1899-1990), US actress
  • Bellamy, Ralph - (1904-1991), actor
  • Belli, Gioconda - (born 1948), poet
  • Belli, Melvin - (1907-1996), attorney, actor
  • Bellingham, Linda - actress
  • Bellini, Gentile - (c.1429-1507), Italian painter
  • Bellini, Giovanni - (c.1430-1516), Italian painter
  • Bellini, Jacopo - (c.1400-1470), Italian painter
  • Bellini, Vincenzo - (1801-1835), Italian composer
  • Bellisario, Donald P. - (born 1936), US television producer
  • Bellman, Carl Michael - (1740-1795), Swedish musician
  • Belloc, Hilaire - poet
  • Bellocq, Ernest J. - (1873-1949), photographer
  • Bellotto, Bernardo - Polish painter
  • Bellow, Saul - (born 1915), writer
  • Belmondo, Jean Paul - (born 1933), French actor
  • Belushi, James - (born 1954), US actor
  • Belushi, John - (1949-1982), US comedian
  • Bely, Andrey - (1880-1934), poet and author
  • Belyayev, Pavel Ivanovich - (1925-1970), cosmonaut
  • Belzer, Richard - (born 1944), actor, comedian
  • Bembo, Pietro - (1470-1547), Italian cardinal
  • Benedict I, Pope - (pope 575-579)
  • Benedict II, Pope - (pope 682-683)
  • Benedict III, Pope - (pope 855-858)
  • Benedict IV, Pope - (900-903)
  • Benedict IX, Pope - (Theophylactus, c. 1012-maybe 1055 or 1065)
  • Benedict of Aniane - (died 821), monastic founder and saint
  • Benedict of Nursia - scholastic philosopher
  • Benedict V, Pope - (pope 964-965)
  • Benedict VI, Pope - (pope 972-974)
  • Benedict VII, Pope - (pope 975-983)
  • Benedict VIII, Pope - (pope 1012-1024)
  • Benedict X, Pope - (reigned 1058-1059; died c. 1073 or 1080)
  • Benedict XI, Pope - (pope 1303-1304), (possibly poisoned)
  • Benedict XII, Pope - (pope 1334-1342)
  • Benedict XIII, Antipope - ( -1424)
  • Benedict XIII, Pope - (pope 1724-1730)
  • Benedict XIV, Pope - (1740-1758)
  • Benedict XV, Pope - (1914-1922)
  • Benet, Stephen Vincent - (1898-1943), poet
  • Benford, Gregory - (born 1941), US science fiction author
  • Benigni, Roberto - (born 1952), Italian actor
  • Bening, Annette - (born 1958), US actor
  • Benitez, Clara - matriarch of famous boxing family
  • Benitez, Lucecita - singer
  • Benitez, Wilfredo - (born 1958), world champion boxer
  • Benjamin, Judah - (1811-1884), Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America
  • Benjamin, Walter - (1892-1940), literary critic and writer
  • Benn, Gottfried - (1886-1956), dramatist, author
  • Benn, Nigel - (born 1964), world champion boxer
  • Benn, Tony - (1925-), British politician
  • Bennett, Arnold - (1867-1931), English novelist
  • Bennett, Constance - (1904-1965), actress
  • Bennett, Granville - (1833-1910), Dakota Territory delegate to U.S. Congress
  • Bennett, James Gordon, Jr. - (1841-1918), publisher
  • Bennett, Joan - (1910-1990), actress
  • Bennett, Richard Bedford - (1870-1947), eleventh Prime Minister of Canada
  • Bennett, Tony - (born 1926), musician
  • Bennett, W.A.C. - (1900-1979), Canadian politician
  • Bennett, Willard - (1903-1987), American physicist
  • Bennett, William - British flautist
  • Bennett, William R. - (born 1932), Canadian politician
  • Benni, Stefano - (born 1947)
  • Bennington, Chester - (born 1976), musician
  • Benny, Jack - (1894-1974), actor, comedian
  • Benohr, Astrid - (born 1957), world record holder in various multiple ironman disciplines
  • Benoist, Robert - (1895-1944), race car driver, war hero
  • Benovsky, Moric - (1746-1786), Slovak explorer, soldier, writer, king of Madagascar
  • Benson, Edward White - (1829-1896), Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Benson, Egbert - (1746-1833), U.S. judge, Congressman from New York
  • Benson, Elmer A. - (1895-1985), U.S. Senator and Governor of Minnesota
  • Benson, George - (born 1943), musician
  • Bentham, Jeremy - (1748-1832), lawyer, eccentric, and philosopher
  • Bentine, Michael - (1922-1996)
  • Bentley, Edmund Clerihew - (1875-1956), author
  • Bentley, Robert - (died 1958), humorist, actor
  • Benton, Brook - (1931-1988), musician
  • Benton, Thomas Hart - (1889-1975), painter
  • Benvenuti, Nino - (born 1938), world boxing champion
  • Benz, Karl - (1844-1929), automotive pioneer
  • Beradino, John - (1917-1996), baseball player and soap opera actor
  • Beregovoi, Georgi - (1921-1995), astronaut
  • Berenger, Tom - (born 1949), US actor
  • Berenguela of Castile - (1180-1246), Castilian monarch
  • Beresford, Bruce - (born 1940), film director
  • Beresford, Richard - (1755-1803), South Carolina delegate to Continental Congress
  • Berg, Alan - (died 1984), radio talk show host
  • Berg, Alban - (1885,-1935), Austrian composer
  • Berg, Carol - author
  • Berg, Dave - (1920-2002), cartoonist for Mad magazine
  • Berg, Gertrude - (1899-1966), actress
  • Berg, Moe - US spy and baseball player
  • Bergen, Candice - (born 1946), actress
  • Bergen, Edgar - (1903-1978), US ventriloquist
  • Berger, Erna - (1900-1990), German singer
  • Berger, Gerhard - (born 1959), Austrian Grand Prix racing driver
  • Berger, Henri - (1844-1929), Hawaiian musician
  • Berger, Karen - comic book editor
  • Berger, Karl - jazz musician
  • Berger, Oscar - Czech cartoonist
  • Berger, Peter L. - (born 1929), Vienna-born US sociologist
  • Berger, Richard - (1894-1984), Swiss professor of design, decoration, and art history
  • Berger, Senta - (born 1941), Austrian actress
  • Bergh, Henry - (1811-1888), founder of SPCA
  • Bergier, Arnold Henry - sculptor
  • Bergkamp, Dennis - (born 1969), athlete
  • Bergman, Ingmar - (1918-), Swedish film director
  • Bergman, Ingrid - (1915-1982), Swedish-born actress
  • Bergman, Peter - (born 1953), soap opera actor
  • Bergner, Elisabeth - (died 1986), actress
  • Bergomi, Giuseppe - athlete
  • Bergonzoli, Annibale - Lieutenant-General at Bardia
  • Bergson, Henri - (1859-1941), Nobel Prize Winner
  • Bering, Vitus - (1680-1741)
  • Berio, Luciano - (1925-2003), opera composer
  • Berjer, Barbara - (1920-2002), soap opera actress
  • Berkeley, Busby - (1895-1976), film director
  • Berkeley, George - (1685-1753), philosopher
  • Berlage, Henrik Petrus - architect
  • Berle, Milton - (1908-2002), US actor, comedian
  • Berlin, Irving - (1888-1989), composer, songwriter, musician
  • Berlin, Isaiah - (1909-1997), philosopher
  • Berlin,Brigid - (born 1939) Actor and artist
  • Berliner, Emil - (1851-1929), telephone and recording pioneer
  • Berlinguer, Enrico - (1922-1984), politician
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