Reeves, James Travis 'Jim' b. August 20, 1923 d. July 31, 1964 Nicknamed "Gentleman Jim," he was one of the great voices in music. His aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player ended due to an ankle injury so he turned to singing and working as a disc jockey for KWKH, Shreveport, Louisiana, the home of the Louisiana Hayride. His breakthrough single came in 1953 with a song called Mexican Joe. That same year he officially joined the cast of the Louisiana Hayride and in 1955 he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He made the transition to...[Read More] (Bio by: Decal) Cause of death: Plane crash Jim Reeves Memorial Park, Carthage, Panola County, Texas, USA
Liszt, Franz b. October 22, 1811 d. July 31, 1886 Composer. In his early life, he was an extravagant virtuoso, the darling of the ladies, and a creator of new and adventurous music. Also in his early years, he received four minor orders through the Franciscan Order from Cardinal Hohenlohe in his private chapel at the Vatican. In his old age, he turned to the church, writing sacred music, and championing the music of a new generation. He was born in Hungary, where his father was in the employ of a wealthy family. His early talent in music was...[Read More] (Bio by: Jelena) Alter Friedhof, Bayreuth, Bayreuther Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
See, Mary b. September 16, 1854 d. July 31, 1939 Candy Maker. Born Mary Wiseman on Howe Island in Ontario, Canada, she developed her chocolate candy recipes while helping run her husband's hotel on nearby Tremont Island. Following her husband's death in 1919, she moved with her son Charles to California and settled in Los Angeles. Inspired by his mother's candy, Charles opened the first See's Candies store in 1921. With the store designed to resemble her kitchen, Mary See's portrait became the symbol of the company's quality and can be found...[Read More] (Bio by: G.Photographer) Willowbank Cemetery, Gananoque, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, Ontario, Canada
Johnson, Andrew b. December 29, 1808 d. July 31, 1875 17th United States President. He was the first president to be impeached and tried for alleged misconduct in office. After President Johnson notified Congress on February 21, 1868, that he had removed Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War and replaced him with Adjutant-General Lorenzo Thomas, it took the House of Representatives only three days to impeach him for "high crimes and misdemeanors." Meanwhile, Stanton refused to abandon his office and had Thomas arrested for attempting to exercise the...[Read More] Cause of death: Stroke Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
Maclay, William Palmer b. 1877 d. July 31, 1943 Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Private serving in Company A, 43rd United States Infantry, United States Volunteers, on May 6, 1900, at Hilongas, Leyte, Philippine Islands when he earned his Medal. His citation reads: Charged an occupied bastion, saving the life of an officer in a hand-to-hand combat and destroying the enemy. He was awarded his Medal on March 11, 1902. He later rose to the rank of First Lieutenant. (Bio by: Ugaalltheway) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 7 Lot 9008-F
Ansara, Michael b. April 15, 1922 d. July 31, 2013 Actor. He is best remembered as playing Cochise on the television series "Broken Arrow" and Klingon commander 'Kang' on three separate "Star Trek" television series. Born to American parents in a small Syrian village, he came to the US when he was two years old, residing first in Lowell, Massachusetts before the family moved to California ten years later. His initial desire was to become a doctor, but he developed a passion for becoming a performer after he began taking acting classes in...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Homeward section, Lot 4690, Space 1
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine Marie Roger de b. June 29, 1900 d. July 31, 1944 French writer and aviator. One of the most important French metaphysical writers of the interwar period. He was a humanist who sought to find moral and spiritual significance in daily activity. He is best known for his widely translated children's story, The Little Prince (1943). He disappered in a flight on a war mission near Corsica. Body lost or destroyed
Of Portugal V., João b. October 22, 1689 d. July 31, 1750 King of Portugal 1706-1750. He was the son and heir of king Pedro II and his 2nd queen Maria Sophia von Pfalz-Neuburg. One of his first acts as king was to intimate his adherence to toe Grand Alliance, which his father had joined in 1703. Accordingly his general Das Minas, along with Lord Galway, advanced into Castille, but sustained the defeat of Almanza. In October 1708 he married his maternal cousin Maria Anna von Habsburg, the daughter of the Roman emperor Leopold I of Austria and empress...[Read More] (Bio by: Benny Chordt Hansen) Sao Vicente de Fora, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Miller, Mitch b. July 4, 1911 d. July 31, 2010 Conductor, Record Producer. He shall probably be best remembered for getting a large television audience to "Sing Along With Mitch" on Friday nights in the early 1960s. Born Mitchell William Miller, he was raised in Rochester, New York and started playing the oboe in school because it was the only "free" instrument available. By age 15 he was performing with the Syracuse Symphony, followed by studies at Rochester's Eastman School of Music, from which he graduated in 1932. After a time with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Pate, Gen. Randolph McCall b. February 11, 1898 d. July 31, 1961 US Marine Corps General. He is remembered as the 21st Commandant of the US Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. After a brief tour of enlisted service with the United States Army in 1918, he entered the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, Virginia and graduated in June 1921 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The following September he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve, and in May 1922 he was commissioned in the Regular Marine Corps. He performed expeditionary duty in...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 3, Lot 2501-1 L
Sancho, Fernando b. January 7, 1918 d. July 31, 1990 Actor. One of the most popular performers in Spanish cinema. Born in Zaragoza, Sancho began acting in the theatre. After fighting in the Spanish Civil War, he entered films in 1940 and amassed over 400 credits in a career that spanned 50 years. During the 1960s and 1970s he played villains in several spaghetti westerns. His films include "Mariona Rebull" (1947), "Agustina de Aragón" (1950), Terence Young's "That Lady" (1955), Juan Antonio Bardem's "Muerte de un Ciclista" (1955), "King of...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementerio de la Almudena, Madrid, Provincia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Vidal, Gore b. October 3, 1925 d. July 31, 2012 Author, Screenwriter and Playwright. Born Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, he is known for writing the screenplays of acclaimed films, including "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Ben Hur by William Wyler. After the Second World War, he lived for a long time in Italy, where he also acted in films by Federico Fellini. The literary critics consider "The City and the Pillar" (1948) and "Myra Breckinridge" his most polemica novels against the social conformism. However, he has written and...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Plot: Section E-16
Petrarca, Frank Joseph b. July 31, 1918 d. July 31, 1943 Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.On active duty with the Medical Detachment, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Infantry Division on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, Pfc. Petrarca gave aid to 3 wounded solders in direct line of fire (27 July 1943) and rescued a wounded sergeant also in direct line of fire (29 July 1943). He was mortally wounded by enemy mortar fire while trying to rescue another wounded soldier under the same circumstances on his 25th birthday. The Medal of Honor was...[Read More] (Bio by: Joyce) Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 110 Lot 1268 Grave 3
MacIntyre, David Lowe b. June 18, 1896 d. July 31, 1967 British Victoria Cross War Medal Recipient. MacIntyre served as a Captain in The Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders, 116th Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry. He was awarded his medal for service on August 24-27, 1918. He won his VC at Croiselles, France-he was serving as a Lieutenant at the time. His father was the Reverend A.S. Macintyre and his mother was Elizabeth Lowe. David died in Edinburgh and following his cremation, the ashes were scattered in the garden of remembrance.
Young, Rodger Wilton b. April 28, 1918 d. July 31, 1943 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private in the 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division (the "Ohio Buckeyes"). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery on New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on July 31, 1943. His citation "The infantry company of which Pvt. Young was a member was ordered to make a limited withdrawal from the battle line in order to adjust the battalion's position for the night. At this time, Pvt. Young's...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Cause of death: casualty of war McPherson Cemetery, Clyde, Sandusky County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 3N, Lot 0541, Space 4
Miller, Pvt. James b. March 13, 1890 d. July 31, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Houghton, England, he served as a Private in the 7th Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, British Army. On July 31, 1916, the 7th battalion was consolidating a position after its capture by assault at Bazentin-le-Petit, France. Private Miller was ordered to take an important message under heavy fire and to bring back a reply at all costs. He crossed the open field and on leaving the trench was shot almost immediately. In spite of this, he...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dartmoor Cemetery, Bécordel-Bécourt, Becordel-Becourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: I.C.64.