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  • Bracken, Thomas - (1843-1898), NZ poet, author and politician
  • Brackett, Leigh - (1915-1978), U.S. science fiction author
  • Bradbury, Ray - (born 1920), US Science Fiction author
  • Braddock, Edward - (1695?-1755), 18th century British General
  • Braddon, Mary Elizabeth - (1837-1915), English novelist
  • Bradford, Andrew - (1686-1742), American colonial printer
  • Bradford, Barbara Taylor - (born 1933), author
  • Bradford, Karleen - Canadian writer
  • Bradford, William - (1590-1657) Leader of Plymouth Colony
  • Bradlee, Benjamin - (born 1921), journalist
  • Bradley, Bill - (born 1943), basketball player, US Senator
  • Bradley, Ed - (born 1941), journalist, 60 Minutes correspondent
  • Bradley, F. H. - philosopher
  • Bradley, Henry - editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
  • Bradley, James - (1693-1762), astronomer
  • Bradley, Marion Zimmer - (1930-1999), U.S. fantasy writer
  • Bradley, Milton - (1836-1911), maufacturer, lithographer, game maker
  • Bradley, Omar - (1893-1981), WW2 U.S. general
  • Bradley, Tom - (1917-1998), mayor of Los Angeles, California
  • Bradley, Tom - author
  • Bradman, Sir Donald - (1908-2001), cricket player
  • Bradshaw, John - psychologist
  • Bradshaw, Terry - (born 1948), football quarterback
  • Bradshaw, Tiny - (1905-1958), musician
  • Bradwardine, Thomas - (c. 1290-1349), philosopher, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Brady, Charles - astronaut
  • Braeden, Eric - (born 1941), soap opera actor
  • Bragg, Billy - (born 1957), composer, singer-songwriter, musician
  • Bragg, Braxton - (1817-1876), Confederate general
  • Bragg, Melvyn - television presenter
  • Brahe, Nils - (1604-1632)
  • Brahe, Nils Magnus - (1790-1844), Swedish politician
  • Brahe, Per - (1602-1680), Swedish politician
  • Brahe, Tycho - (1546-1601), Danish-born astronomer
  • Brahms, Johannes - (1833-1897), German composer
  • Braille, Louis - (1809-1852), inventor
  • Brain, Dennis - (1922-1957), French horn player
  • Braine, John - author of Room at the Top and The Jealous God
  • Brakhage, Stan - (1933-2003), filmmaker
  • Bramante, Donato - (1444-1514), Italian architect
  • Bramble, Livingstone - (born 1960), St. Kitts world champion boxer
  • Branagh, Kenneth - (born 1960), film director, actor
  • Brancati, Vitaliano - novelist
  • Brancusi, Constantin - (1876-1957), sculptor
  • Brand, Dionne - Canadian writer
  • Brand, Elton - NBA basketball player
  • Brand, Jo - British stand-up comedian
  • Brand, Max - (1893-1944), author
  • Brand, Neville - (1920-1992), actor
  • Brand, Vance - astronaut
  • Brandeis, Louis - (born 1856), U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Branden, Nathaniel - (born 1930), psychologist, philosopher, Ayn Rand fan
  • Brandenstein, Daniel - astronaut
  • Brandis, Jonathan - (1976-2003) U.S. actor
  • Brando, Marlon - (born 1924), U.S. actor
  • Brandoli, Anna - (born 1945), Italian illustrator
  • Brandstrom, Elsa - (born 1888), "The Angel of Siberia"
  • Brandt, Bill - (1904-1983), photographer
  • Brandt, Di - (born 1952), Manitoba poet and literary critic
  • Brandt, Karl - (1904-1948)
  • Branson, Richard - (born 1950)
  • Branting, Hjalmar - (1860-1925), politician
  • Braque, Georges - (1882-1963), sculptor
  • Brassai - (1899-1984), photographer
  • Brasseur de Bourbourg, Charles Etienne - (1814-1874), ethnographer
  • Brassova, Princess - (1880-1952)
  • Brattain, Walter Houser - (born 1902), transistor co-inventor
  • Braud, Wellman - (1891-1966), jazz string-bass musician
  • Braudel, Ferdinand - historian
  • Brault, Jacques - (born 1933), Canadian writer
  • Braun, Carl Ferdinand - physicist
  • Braun, Karl Ferdinand - (1850-1918), 1909 Nobel Prize in physics
  • Braun, Lily - (1865-1916), writer
  • Braun, Wernher von - (1912-1977), German rocket scientist
  • Brautigan, Richard - (1935-1984), U.S. novelist, poet
  • Brawley Hughes, Josephine - (1839-1926), American women's right and alcohol abolition supporter
  • Braxton, Anthony - alto
  • Braxton, Toni - (born 1968), U.S. musician
  • Brazier, Arthur M. - Minister, community activist, civil rights leader
  • Breashears, David - (fl. 1990s), American mountaineer and filmmaker
  • Breathed, Berke - U.S. Cartoonist and creator of Bloom County
  • Breau, Lenny - musician
  • Brecht, Bertolt - (1898-1956), German Three-penny Opera lyricist
  • Breckinridge, John C. - (died 1875), Vice President of the United States
  • Bree, Andrew - Irish Swimmer
  • Breen, Joseph - (born 1958), soap opera actor
  • Bregovic, Goran - composer
  • Breguet, Abraham Louis - (1747-1823), watchmaker
  • Brehm, Alfred - (1829-1884), zoologist
  • Breitner, Paul - athlete
  • Brel, Jacques - (1929-1978), actor, composer, director, writer
  • Bremer, Fredrika - (1801-1865), Swedish writer
  • Bremner, Billy - athlete
  • Bremner, Rory - (born 1961), British comedian
  • Brendan, Saint - Irish abbot who allegedly sailed the Atlantic Ocean
  • Brennan, Christopher - (1870-1932) Australian poet
  • Brennan, Walter - (1894-1974), Academy Award winning actor
  • Brenner, Ernst - (1856-1911), Swiss president
  • Brentano, Clemens - (1778-1842), poet
  • Brentano, Franz - (1853-1920), philosopher
  • Breslin, Jimmy - (born 1930), writer
  • Bresslaw, Bernard - (1934-1993), British comedian
  • Bresson, Robert - (1907-1999), French film director
  • Bretislav I - (1035-1055), Bohemian aristocrat
  • Bretnor, Reginald - (1911-1992), author
  • Breton, Nicholas - (1542-1626), poet
  • Brett, Brian - Canadian writer
  • Brett, Jeremy - (1933-1995), actor
  • Brett, Simon - (born 1945), (whodunnits)
  • Breuer, Jim - comedian
  • Brewer, Teresa - (born 1931), singer
  • Brewster, David - (1781-1868), Scottish physicist
  • Brewster, Harlan Carey - 1916 November 23 - 1918 March 1
  • Brewster, Henry P. - (1816-1884), Texas lawyer, soldier, and Attorney General
  • Breytenbach, Breyten - (born 1939), South African poet, writer and painter
  • Brezina, Thomas - (born 1968), author
  • Briand, Aristide - (1915-1917), French Prime Minister
  • Brice, Fanny - (1891-1951), singer, comedienne, actress
  • Bricklin, Dan - co-creator of VisiCalc, the first personal spreadsheet program
  • Bricusse, Leslie - songwriter
  • Bridge, Frank - (1879-1941), composer
  • Bridger, Jim - (1804-1881), pioneer
  • Bridges, Jeff - (born 1949), U.S. actor
  • Bridges, Lloyd - (1913-1998), U.S. actor
  • Bridges, Robert - (1844-1930), poet
  • Bridges, Roy - astronaut
  • Brier, Kathy - (born 1975), soap opera and Broadway actress
  • Briggs, Henry - (1556-1630), English mathematician
  • Brightman, Sarah - (born 1960), U.S. singer
  • Brigid, Saint - Irish saint and bishop
  • Brigode, Ace - ( d. 1960), U.S. bandleader
  • Brilliart, Julie - (1751 - 1816), Roman Catholic nun, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
  • Brimley, Wilford - (born 1934), actor
  • Brin, David - (born 1950), U.S. science fiction writer
  • Brinch Hansen, Per - Dutch computer scientist (concurrency theory)
  • Brindley, James - (1716-1772), canals, watermills
  • Bringhurst, Robert - Canadian writer
  • Brinkley, Christie - (born 1954), U.S. model
  • Brinkley, David - (1920-2003), broadcast journalist
  • Briscoe, Andrew - (1810-1849), Leader in the Texas Revolution
  • Briscoe, Dolph - (1973-1979), Governor of Texas
  • Brissaud, Pierre - (1885-1964), French illustrator, painter
  • Bristol, Arthur L. - (1886-1942), U.S. Navy admiral
  • Britten, Benjamin - (1913-1976), composer, opera composer
  • Broadbent, Jim - (born 1949), actor
  • Broca, Paul - (born 1824), anthropologist
  • Brock, Isaac - (1769-1813)
  • Brock, Lou - (born 1939), baseball star
  • Brockhouse, Bertram - designed the Triple-Axis Neutron Spectroscope
  • Brocquy, Louis le - (born 1916), Saoi of Aosdána, painter
  • Brod, Max - (1884-1968), author
  • Brodsky, Joseph - (1940-1996), poet
  • Brody, Adrien - (born 1973), actor
  • Brody, Bruiser - (1946-1988), wrestler
  • Brokaw, Tom - (born 1940), U.S. TV news anchorman
  • Brolin, James - (born 1940), actor
  • Bromige, David - Canadian writer
  • Bron, Eleanor - British comedian
  • Bronfman, Charles - (born 1931), industrialist
  • Bronfman, Samuel - "Seagrams" distillery founder
  • Bronson, Charles - (born 1921), U.S.-born actor
  • Bronson, Rick - Former Coca-cola employee
  • Bronsted, Johannes Nicolaus - (1879-1947), physical chemist
  • Bronstein, David - (born 1924), chess player
  • Brood, Herman - (1946-2001), rock musician and artist
  • Brook, Peter - (born 1925), theatre director
  • Brooke, Alan - (1883-1963), British Field Marshal
  • Brooke, Edward William, III - (born 1919), U.S. politician
  • Brooke, Rupert - (1887-1925), English poet
  • Brookes, Noel - British bookseller
  • Brookmeyer, Bob - musician
  • Brookner, Anita - English novelist
  • Brooks, Albert - (born 1947), comedian
  • Brooks, Avery - (born 1948), U.S. actor
  • Brooks, Cleanth - (1906-1994), U.S. literary critic
  • Brooks, Garth - (born 1962), U.S. country musician
  • Brooks, Gwendolyn - (born 1917), poet
  • Brooks, Hadda - (1916-2002), musician
  • Brooks, James L. - (born 1940), producer, writer
  • Brooks, Louise - (1906-1985), actor
  • Brooks, Mel - (born 1926), U.S. comedian
  • Brooks, Meredith - U.S. musician
  • Brooks, Overton - (1897-1961), U.S. Congressman
  • Brooks, Shelton - (1886-1975), songwriter
  • Brooks, Terry - (born 1944), U.S. fantasy author
  • Broom, Robert - (1866-1951), paleontologist
  • Broonzy, Big Bill - (born 1893), musician
  • Brosnan, Pierce - (born 1953), Irish-born James Bond Actor
  • Brossard, Nicole - (born 1943), formalist poet
  • Brossolette, Pierre - French Resistance activist
  • Brotzmann, Peter - (alto, tenor, bass)
  • Broughton, Rhoda - (1840-1920), novelist
  • Brouwer, Luitzen Egbertus Jan - (1881-1966), mathematician
  • Brovina, Flora - poet
  • Broward, Napoleon Bonaparte - US Governor of Florida
  • Brown, Alton - (born 1962), U.S. TV Chef
  • Brown, Arthur - (born 1944), British rock and roll singer
  • Brown, B. Gratz - governor
  • Brown, Bobby - (born 1969), singer
  • Brown, Capability - (1716-1783), English landscape architect/gardener
  • Brown, Charles - (1922-1999), U.S. blues singer
  • Brown, Charles Brockden - US novelist
  • Brown, Clarence - (1890-1987), U.S. film director
  • Brown, Clifford - (1930-1956), U.S. jazz trumpeter
  • Brown, Curtis - astronaut
  • Brown, David - (1904-1993), British entrepreneur
  • Brown, David M. - (1956-2003), U.S. astronaut
  • Brown, Dee - (1908-2002), U.S. novelist & historian
  • Brown, Derren - (born 1971), British psychological illusionist
  • Brown, Edmund G. - (died 1996), Governor of California
  • Brown, Eric - (born 1960), science fiction author
  • Brown, Ford Madox - (1821-1893), English painter
  • Brown, Fredric - (1906-1972), science fiction and mystery author
  • Brown, George Spencer - or Brown, G. Spencer, British mathematician
  • Brown, Gordon - (born 1951), Labour-Party Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Brown, Guillermo E. - musician
  • Brown, Isaac N. - (1817-1889), U.S. and Confederate Naval Officer
  • Brown, James - (born 1928), U.S. soul singer ("Soul Brother Number One")
  • Brown, Jim - (born 1936), American football star
  • Brown, John doctor - (1735-1788), Scottish physician who developed his own medical "system"
  • Brown, John physician - (1810-1882), Scottish physician and essayist
  • Brown, John pioneer - (1737-1812), pioneer and statesman from North Carolina
  • Brown, John theologian - (1722-1787), Scottish clergyman and Biblical commentator
  • Brown, Julie - U.S. actress and singer
  • Brown, Junior - U.S. country singer
  • Brown, Les - (1912-2001), [[big band|big-band] leader
  • Brown, Lew - U.S. lyricist
  • Brown, Margaret - Titanic survivor aka Molly Brown
  • Brown, Mark - astronaut
  • Brown, Melanie - British singer aka Scary Spice
  • Brown, Michael - painter
  • Brown, Milton - musician
  • Brown, Nacio Herb - (1896-1964) US songwriter
  • Brown, Panama Al - (1902-1951), first hispanic world boxing champion
  • Brown, Paul - (1908-1991), National Football League coach
  • Brown, Peter - singer (including in Paper Doll)
  • Brown, Ray - (died 2002), musician
  • Brown, Red - (full name Tom "Red" Brown), (1888-1958), New Orleans jazz trombonist and bandleader
  • Brown, Ron - (1941-1996), US Dem. Nat'l Comm. chair and Secretary of Commerce
  • Brown, Rosemary - claimed musical medium
  • Brown, Ruth - (born 1928), U.S. singer
  • Brown, Sir George - British military officer of the 19th century
  • Brown, Steve - (1890-1965) U.S. jazz bass player
  • Brown, Theo Wade - British designer and eccentric
  • Brown, Thomas - (fl. 18th century) Scottish philosopher
  • Brown, Thomas Edward - (1830-1897), poet
  • Brown, Thomas Townsend - (1905-1985), scientist
  • Brown, Tom - (fl. 17th century), satirical writer
  • Brown, Willie - (born 1934), mayor of San Francisco, California -2003
  • Browne, Charles Farrar - (1834-1867), (Artemus Ward)
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