Bushell, Roger Joyce b. August 30, 1910 d. March 29, 1944 World War II British Royal Air Force Officer. He was the central figure in the escape of Allied prisoners of war during World War II from the German Stalag Luft III, which was later portrayed in the book and motion picture "The Great Escape". Born in 1910 in Springs, Transvaal, South Africa, his family lived in Mossel River, Cape Province. He studied law Pembroke College, Cambridge, England, and became an adventurer during the 1930s, becoming fluent in German and French. At the outbreak of...[Read More] (Bio by: Elsie Celestino) Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland Plot: Collective Grave 9A
Macy, Rowland Hussey b. August 30, 1822 d. March 29, 1877 Businessman. He was the founder of the R.H. Macy and Company department store chain. Born into a Quaker family, his father worked as a shopkeeper. When he was 15 years old he worked on the whaling ship, the Emily Morgan, and had a red star tattooed on his forearm that would later become part of the Macy's logo. At age 19 he started working as a printer's apprentice in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1843, with the financial backing from one of his brothers, he opened his first retail dry goods store...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Scott, Robert Falcon b. June 6, 1868 d. March 29, 1912 Explorer. He and the other four members of his team reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had arrived about a month earlier. On the return trip, all five perished. After becoming trapped and tent-bound by a blizzard, Scott, Lt. Henry R. "Birdy" Bowers, Royal Marines, and Dr. Edward Adrian Wilson died from starvation and exposure on the Ross Ice Shelf. They were 11 miles from a supply depot. They were discovered on November 12, 1912. Their bodies were...[Read More] Cause of death: Froze to death on an expedition Body lost or destroyed, Body frozen near the South Pole
Keneman, Fyodor b. April 8, 1873 d. March 29, 1937 Pianist, Composer. His 1922 arrangement of "The Song of the Volga Boatmen", written for singer Fyodor Chaliapin, made the old Russian folk tune internationally famous. American bandleader Glenn Miller recorded a chart-topping jazz version in 1941, and in Hollywood films of that decade its dolorous melody was used to underscore scenes of heavy manual labor, often for comic effect. It is still a favorite recital piece for bass vocalists. Fyodor Fyodorovich Keneman was born in Moscow. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Pyatnitskoye Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Rowdy, Y. B. d. March 29, 1893 Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born a Yuma Arizona tribesman, he served as a Army Sergeant Scout in Company A, US Cavalry. During engagements with hostile Apache Indians in Arizona Territory, March 7, 1890, Sergeant Rowdy showed continuing courage in locating the enemy and relaying the information to his command. For bravery in action, he and three other scouts were awarded the Medal of Honor. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA Plot: Section A, Grave 894
Peña, Luis b. June 20, 1918 d. March 29, 1977 Spanish Stage and Screen Actor. He began his career in the cinema in 1930, but he triumphed in the 1950s in films such as "Surcos" (1951), "Calle Mayor" (1956), and "Amanecer en Puerta Oscura" (1957). On stage he appeared in "El Accidente" and "Equus." He was the brother of actress Pastora Peña, husband of actress Luchy Soto and son-in-law of actress Guadalupe Muñoz Sampedro. (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementerio de la Almudena, Madrid, Provincia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain Plot: Zona Adultos, Sección 24A, Nº 39, Fila 2, Cuerpo 1
Wilson, Harold Edward 'Speedy' b. December 5, 1921 d. March 29, 1998 Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Technical Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 3d Platoon, Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 23-24, 1951. His citation in part reads "Dazed and suffering from concussion, he still refused medical aid and, despite weakness from loss of blood, moved from foxhole to foxhole, directing fire, resuppplying ammunition, rendering first aid...[Read More] Woodridge Memorial Park, Lexington, Lexington County, South Carolina, USA Plot: Section: Summit 2, Lot 191
Wesley Sr., Charles b. December 18, 1707 d. March 29, 1788 Religious Composer and Leader. A prolific hymn writer, he wrote over 6,000 hymns, many of which are still widely popular today. The son of Anglican rector Samuel Wesley, he received his early education at home before attending the Westminster School in London, England and Christ Church, Oxford, England. After graduating with a Master's Degree in classical languages and literature, he followed his father and brother into the Anglican church in 1735. In October of that year he travelled to...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) East Finchley Cemetery and Crematorium, East Finchley, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England Plot: Buried behind Marlybone Chapel in London across from famous Wax Museum.
Collins, Thomas b. 1732 d. March 29, 1789 Delaware Governor. He served as Sheriff of Kent County, Delaware and in the Delaware House of Representatives as the Speaker of the House. During the Revolutionary War he was a Brigader General of the Delaware Militia. Served as Delaware's 8th President (Governor) from October 28, 1786 until his death on March 29, 1789. He was the first Governor of Delaware to die in office. (Bio by: Russ Pickett) Saint Peter's Cemetery, Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Astor, John Jacob b. July 17, 1763 d. March 29, 1848 Businessman, Merchant, Investor. He became the first multi-millionaire and creator of the first trust in the United States as a result of his fur business, the American Fur Company. Born Johann Jakob Astor in what is now known as Waldorf, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, he began working as an assistant in his father's dairy business. In 1779, he emigrated to London, England, where he worked for an older brother, George Astor, who manufactured musical instruments. While there, he...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Trinity Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Iams, Ross Lindsey b. April 5, 1881 d. March 29, 1952 Haitian Campaign Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, attached to U.S.S. Connecticut. On November 17, 1915, his Marine detachment was part of a concentrated attack on Caco bandits at Fort Riviere, Haiti. Approaching a breach entrance in the wall to the fort, Sergeant Iams was the first to jump through inside. Despite constant fire from the Cacos, he engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured. For extreme courage...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Section P Grave 2930 GPS coordinates: 32.4110107, -117.1467209 (hddd.dddd)
Orff, Carl b. July 10, 1895 d. March 29, 1982 Composer. His style often combined medieval-sounding modes with modern techniques He is best-known for "Carmina Burana" (1937), a "scenic cantata" set to 13th Century verse. Its simple, memorable tunes and pulsing rhythms have made it internationally popular. Critics have chided Orff for his reductive use of harmony and other tools of his craft, but his best music has undeniable vitality. Orff was born in Munich, Germany, where he lived nearly all his life, and studied at the Academy...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Klosterkirche Andechs, Andechs, Starnberger Landkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany Plot: Schmerzhafte Kapelle (Chapel of Sorrows)
Moore, William Wilcy b. May 20, 1897 d. March 29, 1963 Major League Baseball Player. Tthe son of a cotton farmer, his claim to fame in the Major League was as the highly effective relief pitcher for the 1927 New York Yankees 'Murderers Row' team. Born in Bonita, Texas, he started his baseball career pitching semipro until signed to a professional contract by Fort Worth of the Texas League in July of 1921. Forth Worth then sent him to Paris of the Texas-Oklahoma League for seasoning. Over the next three seasons he slowly advanced through the minors...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank Russo) Fairmount Cemetery, Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma, USA
Newton, William Ellis b. June 8, 1919 d. March 29, 1943 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Flight Lieutenant in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Leading an air attack at Salamauoa, New Guinea, March 16, 1943, Flight Lieutenant Newton flew through heavy enemy fire and was hit repeatedly. In spite of this he continued dropping bombs from low level on buildings and fuel dumps and managed to get his damaged aircraft back to base. On March 18, 1943, he returned to the target, bombed a single building, his aircraft...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Lae War Cemetery and Memorial, Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Haymes, Dick (Richard Benjamin) b. September 13, 1918 d. March 29, 1980 Actor, Entertainer. A baritone singer, he became a vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood, on radio and films, and was one of the most popular vocalist of the 1940s and 1950s. Born Richard Benjamin Haymes to Scottish/Irish parents in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he came to the US with his family as an infant. His mother became a vocal coach and instructor in order to provide a living. A music gig in 1931 caught the eye of a local band leader and he started to move up, but it was...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Cancer Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in the Hollywood Hills of Southern California.
Hopkins, Mark b. September 1, 1813 d. March 29, 1878 Businessman. He was a 19th Century railroad tycoon, best known as a founding partner and Treasurer of the Central Pacific Railroad. Born in Henderson, New York to a family of Puritan roots, he started his career in the mercantile trade at the age of 16, first as a clerk in Niagara County, New York and then at Lockport as a leading partner in Hopkins & Hughes. He began studying law in 1837, but he gave it up to join the California Gold Rush. He opened a general merchandise store in Placerville...[Read More] (Bio by: Edward Parsons) Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Swift, Gustavus Franklin b. June 24, 1839 d. March 29, 1903 Businessman, Meat Packing Magnate. He is credited with the development of the first practical ice-cooled railroad car which allowed his company to ship dressed meats to all parts of the country and even abroad. He was born the 2nd son of a farmer where they raised and butchered cattle, hogs, and sheep. He took little interest in a formal education and left school after the 8th grade and began working at his older brother's butcher shop. In 1855, at the age of 16, he started a butcher business...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Mount Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Verde Rubio, Ricardo b. July 23, 1876 d. March 29, 1954 Artist. He was born in Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana. In 1906, he moved to London and Paris, during three months, where he painted "Le Moulin de la Gallete," "Panneau de Paris," "Zola" and "El Soplo de las Musas." During Spanish Civil War, he was member of the Alliance of Antifascist Intelectuals, and he participated in the International Exhibition of Paris in 1937, with his works "Retrato de Manuel Azaña" and "España Victoria." After the war, he suffered the repression of Franco's...[Read More] (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cementeri de Valencia, Valencia, Provincia de València, Valenciana, Spain Plot: Section 7-Right. Niche 377. Row 4.