Davis Jr., Sammy b. December 8, 1925 d. May 16, 1990 American Entertainment Icon. Acclaimed and beloved singer, actor, and dancer. A multi-talented performer, Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded forty albums and made countless film, television and appearances in Las Vegas in his life time. He was born in Dec. of 1925 in Harlem New York to New York vaudeville star Sammy Davis, Sr., and the Puerto Rican dancer, [Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson 🖋 📚 💻) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Court of Freedom section, Garden of Honor (SouthEast garden; locked private area), Map #G28, Garden Crypt 5774 GPS coordinates: 34.1228905, -118.2358780 (hddd.dddd)
Morrison, Jim b. December 8, 1943 d. July 3, 1971 Singer, Songwriter. Born in Melbourne, Florida, the son of a naval officer, he adopted a bohemian lifestyle in California while attending UCLA while literally homeless, sleeping in any convenient place handy, friends couches, rooftops, in cars and under the pier at Venice Beach. A voracious reader of books, he started a rock band with fellow student Ray Manzarek after he graduated. They quickly found two more members, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. Dubbed with the name "The Doors" it...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 6 GPS coordinates: 48.8595543, 2.3958776 (hddd.dddd)
Stuart, Mary 'Queen of Scots' [original burial site] b. December 8, 1542 d. February 8, 1587 Scottish Monarch. French Monarch. Born the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland. James died within a week of Mary's birth and she was crowned queen of Scots. In 1548, Mary sailed to France after the Scots Parliament agreed to her marriage with Francis, heir to Henry II. In 1558, she married the Dauphin in Notre Dame Cathedral. Later that year, Mary I of England died and Henry II encouraged his daughter-in-law to assume the royal arms of England...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Executed Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Peterborough Unitary Authority, Cambridgeshire, England
Stuart, Mary 'Queen of Scots' b. December 8, 1542 d. February 8, 1587 Scottish Monarch. French Monarch. Born the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise at Linlithgow Palace, Scotland. James died within a week of Mary's birth and she was crowned queen of Scots. In 1548, Mary sailed to France after the Scots Parliament agreed to her marriage with Francis, heir to Henry II. In 1558, she married the Dauphin in Notre Dame Cathedral. Later that year, Mary I of England died and Henry II encouraged his daughter-in-law to assume the royal arms of England...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Executed Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Whitney II., Eli b. December 8, 1765 d. January 8, 1825 Inventor. Eli Whitney was born on a farm in Westborough, Massachusetts, spending most of his young life in his father's tool shop. He repaired tools and constructed many everyday useful implements. His mother died when he was eleven. At age twelve, Eli displayed a look into his future. What made his father's silver watch tick? He promptly opened the watch while removing all the parts. The thought of an angry father compelled him to reassemble the device. The watch continued to keep...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield) Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA Plot: 22 Cedar Ave.
Wilson, Flip (Clerow) b. December 8, 1933 d. November 26, 1998 Actor and Comedian. He is remembered for his NBC variety television series "The Flip Wilson Show" that aired from September 1970 until June 1974, as well as his character 'Geraldine Jones'. Born Clerow Wilson, Jr., one of ten children, his father worked as a handyman during the Great Depression. When he was seven years old, his mother abandoned the family. His father was unable to care for all the children and he was placed in and out of foster homes. At age 16 he joined the US Air Force, lying...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Liver Cancer Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Carradine, David (John Arthur) b. December 8, 1936 d. June 3, 2009 American Actor. Best known for his work in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and more recently in the movie Kill Bill. Eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine. He appeared in more than 100 feature films and was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award. He starred on Broadway in the play The Royal Hunt of the Sun, for which he won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance in 1965. He became widely known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series...[Read More] Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Lincoln Terrace, Lot 5144, Space 1 GPS coordinates: 34.1433029, -118.3187408 (hddd.dddd)
MacArthur, James Gordon b. December 8, 1937 d. October 28, 2010 Actor. He is most identified with the role of Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the long-running police drama "Hawaii Five-O" (1968 to 1979). The line "Book 'em, Danno", often used during the series' run, is one of the most memorable in television history. He was adopted as an infant by playwright Charles MacArthur and legendary stage and film actress Helen Hayes; there was little doubt he would follow them with a career in the entertainment industry. An exceptional athlete during his high...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, Rockland County, New York, USA
Thurber, James b. December 8, 1894 d. November 2, 1961 Humorist. Born James Grover Thurber to Mary Agnes Fisher and Charles L. Thurber in Columbus Ohio. A childhood accident cost him the sight in one eye and would lead to vision problems throughout the rest of his life. He attended Ohio State University, though he did not take a degree. During the First World War he worked as a code clerk for the State Department. In 1921, he took a job as columnist and critic writing for the ‘Columbus Dispatch.' In 1926 he moved to Manhattan where he wrote for the...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Stroke Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 50, Lot 1 GPS coordinates: 39.9387016, -83.0329590 (hddd.dddd)
Kinison, Samuel Burl 'Sam' b. December 8, 1953 d. April 10, 1992 Former Pentacostal preacher turned Comedian. Appeared in the movie 'Back to School' (1986) and was seen on 'Saturday Night Live'. While married to his third wife, Malika Souiri, Sam had cleaned up his life of booze and drugs. Ironically, he was killed in a car crash on his way to a show in Laughlin, Nevada. Malika was also seriously injured but survived. They were hit head on by a drunk driver. (Bio by: Phantomht) Cause of death: Automobile accident Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA Plot: Section 28, Lot 92, Space 3 GPS coordinates: 36.0881081, -95.8930054 (hddd.dddd)
Cobb, Lee (Leo Jacoby) J. b. December 8, 1911 d. February 11, 1976 Actor. Born Leo Jacoby in New York City, the son of a compositor with the Jewish Daily Forward, he had ambitions of becoming a violinist before suffering a wrist injury. He would then focus his attention toward theatre and following high school graduation, he went to California where he began an association with the Pasadena Playhouse. Not long after, he returned to New York where he studied accounting at City College Night School. In 1931, he would go back to the Pasadena Playhouse where he...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Shemot 1, Lot 421
Durant, William Crapo b. December 8, 1861 d. March 18, 1947 Industrialist, Financier. He was the founder of the General Motors Corporation. Born in Boston. Massachusetts, he quit school at 16 to work in his grandfather's Flint, Michigan, lumberyard. By 1885 he had partnered with Josiah Dallas Dort to design a two-wheeled carriage and organized the Coldwater Road Cart Company to produce it. Sales took off and Durant and Dort soon became wealthy. By 1890, Durant-Dort Carriage Company was the nation's largest, producing approximately 50,000 horse-drawn...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Claudel, Camille b. December 8, 1864 d. October 19, 1943 Sculptor. The older sister of Paul Claudel, French poet and diplomat. She had a controversial relationship with her teacher, mentor and lover, Auguste Rodin; by working as his apprentice, she had the chance to study the nude figure, an unusual opportunity for a woman in the 19th century. She modeled hands and feet for Rodin's "Burghers of Calais" and posed for figures in his "Gates of Hell". Her own sculptures are notable for their strength and refinement. From 1905 Claudel exhibited signs...[Read More] (Bio by: Andy A.) Cimetière de Montfavet, Montfavet, Departement du Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France Plot: Remains in ossuary
Méliès, Georges b. December 8, 1861 d. January 21, 1938 Motion-Picture Pioneer. The cinema's first great artist, he invented the fantasy film and was the father of motion-picture special effects. His most famous film, "A Trip to the Moon" (1902), still delights viewers with its quaint charm and humor, more than a century after it was first shown. Melies' influence on moviemaking around the world has been considerable. Born in Paris, the son of a wealthy footwear manufacturer, he was a professional magician who in the late 1880's won fame...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France Plot: Division 64 GPS coordinates: 48.8624802, 2.3903999 (hddd.dddd)
Schell, Maximilian b. December 8, 1930 d. February 1, 2014 Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer and Director. He is best remembered for his role as 'Hans Rolfe' in the 1961 film "Judgment at Nuremburg," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. His father was a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright and pharmacy owner and his mother was an actress who ran an acting school. In 1938 when he was 7 years old, his family fled Vienna, Austria after the Anschluss, when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, and they resettled in Zurich, Switzerland. He grew up...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Preitenegg Cemetery, Preitenegg, Wolfsberg Bezirk, Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria Plot: Buried near his sister Maria Schell.
Brown, John [cenotaph] b. December 8, 1826 d. March 27, 1883 Royal Servant. Born at Crathie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He served as a stable-boy on the Balmoral estate in Deeside in 1842 before it was acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as their retreat. Brown is first mentioned in the Queen's journal in 1849. In 1858 he became Prince Albert's personal attendant. After the Prince's death in 1861, Borwn was sent south to the Queen's residence at Osborne House in 1864 with her favorite Highland pony in order to tempt her into normal activity once...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Royal Burial Grounds at Frogmore, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England Plot: Cenotaph only.
Crowley, Rev Fr. John J. b. December 8, 1891 d. September, 1940 Catholic Priest, Author. Coming to America in 1903, he was a graduate Holy Cross University in Worcester, Massachusetts where he was an active writer of stories and poems along with editor of the college newspaper. His ability to write well helped in many other campaigns and adventures throughout his lifetime. He entered seminary studies in Baltimore, Maryland, and upon being ordained, he left for the west coast. His assigned parish was a scattered congregation over hundreds of miles with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Linda Davis) Holy Cross Cemetery, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
Jordan, Mack Alvin b. December 8, 1928 d. November 15, 1951 Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was killed in action.He served as a Private First Class in the United States Army in the 3rd Platoon, Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on November 15, 1951 near Kumsong, Korea. His medal was presented to his family at The Pentagon by Sec. of the Army, Frank C. Pace on January 7, 1953. (Bio by: Don Morfe) Station Creek Cemetery, Collins, Covington County, Mississippi, USA
Ross, Capt. Donald Kirby [cenotaph] b. December 8, 1910 d. May 27, 1992 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in in Beverly, Kansas, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1929 and retired a Captain in 1956. During the attack on the Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, he served as Warrant Officer onboard the battleship USS NEVADA (BB 36). When his station in the forward dynamo room became untenable due to smoke, steam and heat, he ordered his men to leave. He remained to perform all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon being...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Beverly Cemetery, Beverly, Lincoln County, Kansas, USA
Sibelius, Jean b. December 8, 1865 d. September 20, 1957 Finland's greatest composer. His "Kullervo Symphony," completed in 1892, started the period when much Finnish music was based on the legends of the national epic, "The Kalevala." As a composer, Sibelius gradually turned to more international themes and greater internalisation. The core of his musical output, which was diverse and stylistically original, were his orchestral works, notably his seven symphonies written between 1899 and 1924, and symphonic poems such as the four-part "Lemminkäinen"...[Read More] Ainola (Jean Sibelius Home), Järvenpää, Järvenpää Municipality, Uusimaa, Finland Plot: Under an apple tree