Hoffa, Portland b. January 25, 1905 d. December 25, 1990 Comedienne and Actress. Named for her birthplace, she was raised in New York City, and her siblings included the equally unusual "birthplace" names Lebanon, Cortland and Harlem. (The youngest was named "Lastone", for "Last One", and pronounced "Last 'Un.") Portland Hoffa started appearing in vaudeville as a teenager, and in 1922 she met Fred Allen and began working in his act. They...[Read More] (Bio by: Bill McKern) Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, Westchester County, New York, USA Plot: Buried with her first husband, Fred Allen
McKay, Charles W. b. January 25, 1847 d. August 25, 1912 Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Captain in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Sergeant in Company C, 154th New York Infantry for action on May 8, 1864 at Dug Gap, Georgia. His citation reads "Voluntarily risked his life in rescuing under the fire of the enemy a wounded comrade who was lying between the lines." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, USA
Groza, Lou 'The Toe' b. January 25, 1924 d. November 29, 2000 Hall of Fame Professional Football Player. For 21 years he was the Cleveland Browns kicker from 1946-67 helping them win 13 championships. Six times he was an all-pro. He never had a long term contract with the Browns, but signed 21 consecutive one year contracts. The Browns training facility is located on Lou Groza Blvd. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. (Bio by: Ron Moody) Cause of death: Heart Attack Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 35, Lot 541, Grave 1
Morris, John b. January 25, 1855 Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He entered the US Marine Corps at New York. He served as a Corporal. His citation reads "For leaping overboard from the US Flagship Lancaster, at Villefranche, France 25 December 1881, and rescuing from drowning Robert Blizzard, ordinary seaman, a prisoner, who had jumped overboard". (Bio by: Don Morfe) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Vysotsky, Vladimir b. January 25, 1938 d. July 23, 1980 Actor, singer and icon. He is Russia's Bob Dylan and more. A major anti-establishment figure throughout the 60's and 70's, his songs which were never officially published during the communist era were, and are, known to every Russian. His grave is the site of a major pilgrimage on the anniversary of his death in July. The horses on his monument refer to one of his most famous songs. Vagan'kovskoe Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Nixon, Gary b. January 25, 1941 d. August 5, 2011 Professional Motorcycle Racer. In 1958, he began his racing career as a teenager and in his rookie season at the A.M.A. National level in 1960, he took a seventh-place finish at the Springfield Mile in Illinois. Riding his Triumph, he won his first A.M.A. national road race at Windber, Pennsylvania, on August 4, 1963 and three weeks later he won a short-track national race at Santa Fe Park Hinsdale, Illinois. He went on to win the Daytona 200 in 1967, plus was the first rider to win back to...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Hyland (Gentner), Diana b. January 25, 1936 d. March 27, 1977 Actress. She worked primarily in television and is probably best remembered for her role as the original mother in the ABC comedy-drama series "Eight is Enough, that ran from March 1977 until August 1981. Born Diana Gentner in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her acting debut in 1955, in an episode of the NBC television drama series "Robert Montgomery Presents." In 1959 she originated the Broadway role of 'Heavenly Finley' in Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" with Geraldine Page and Paul...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Cancer Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Golden, Emma Isabella 'Bella' b. January 25, 1842 d. April 12, 1919 Entertainer. She was a member of the Golden Troupe, a repertory company that toured from 1875-1890. Operating out of New Harmony, Indiana this famous band of actors and musicians toured the United States visiting such diverse locations as San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Fort Scott, Kansas and anywhere in-between. They logged up to seven states and 80 or 90 towns every season. No small operation, they also had their own 15 piece brass band, "The Superb Silver Band" along to "drum" up business. The...[Read More] Maple Hill Cemetery, New Harmony, Posey County, Indiana, USA
Mills, Florence b. January 25, 1895 d. November 1, 1927 Vaudeville performer and singer who was a child star by age 4 and a touring vaudeville performer by age 7. Her career was stopped short by illness. But in her few years as a headliner in vaudeville and revue Florence Mills won over mainstream critics with her impish manner, clever dancing and her clear high soprano voice. She starred in some of the best remembered "black and tan" revues of the 1920's: Shuffle Along, Dixie to Broadway and Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1926. Her rendition of "I'm...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Cause of death: appendicitis Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Alexanderson, Dr. Ernst F.W. b. January 25, 1878 d. May 14, 1975 Inventor, Engineer. He is best remembered as a pioneer in the field of television and voice radio broadcasting. He was born Ernst Frederick Werner Alexanderson in Uppsala, Sweden, the son of a judge and professor of Greek. He received his education at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and did his post-graduate studies at the Technische Hochschule (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany. While there, he became interested in alternating current phenomena after reading a...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Vale Cemetery, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
Starr, Sally b. January 25, 1923 d. January 27, 2013 Television Hostess, Singer, Actress. Her career started at the young age of 12, when she and her sister Mildred debuted on the CBS radio program "Blush Creek Follies," as the "Little Missouri Maids." Later, she donned a flashy red cowgirl outfit decorated with fringes and shiny silver stars, a cowgirl hat, boots, guns with holsters and became the hostess of the children's cartoon show "Popeye Theatre" which ran from the 1950's to 1971. She was also the hostess of "Starr Theater" which aired...[Read More] (Bio by: Whispers From The Grave) Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Fisher, John Arbuthnot b. January 25, 1841 d. July 10, 1920 British Royal Navy Admiral. Born in Ceylon, Sri Lanka, he began his Naval career on the HMS Calcutta in 1854 and was a Midshipman on the HMS Highflyer during the 2nd Opium War (1856-60). Appointed Gunnery Lieutenant in 1863, he was promoted Commander on the HMS Donegal in 1869 and served in the Crimean War. In 1877, he was promoted Captain, commanding various ships in combat in the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and the Baltic Sea until 1889. He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1890 and was Admiral...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) St Andrew Churchyard, Kilverstone, Breckland Borough, Norfolk, England
Davis, Harry Lyman b. January 25, 1878 d. May 21, 1950 Governor of Ohio, Mayor of Cleveland. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of a Welsh immigrant and left school when he was 13 years old to work in a steel mill. He attended night school and business college until his father was elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives in 1897. Davis was appointed by his father as a page to run errands for him and other house members. In 1899, he founded the Davis Rate Adjustment Company and sold telephone securities until he founded the Harry L...[Read More] (Bio by: K Guy) Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA Plot: Section 31, Lot 298. Behind Sayle's monument. GPS coordinates: 41.5126610, -81.5866013 (hddd.dddd)
Colgate, William b. January 25, 1783 d. March 25, 1857 Businessman. He became successful in the manufacture of soap, founding what today has become the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Colgate University in Hamilton, Madison County, New York was re-named in 1890 from Madison University for him and his family after they had been involved with the school for a number of decades. Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA Plot: Section 49, Lot 2150
Spicely, William Thomas b. January 25, 1823 d. February 15, 1884 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Served during the Civil War as Colonel and commander of the 24th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 26, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services during the campaign agianst the city of Mobile and its defenses". (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Green Hill Cemetery, Orleans, Orange County, Indiana, USA
Caunitz, William Jerome b. January 25, 1933 d. July 21, 1996 Author. A New York City Police Officer for 30 years, after he retired he began to write mystery novels based on his experience. He was the author of One Police Plaza (1984), Suspects (1986), Black Sand (1989), Exceptional Clearance (1991), Cleopatra's Gold (1993), Pigtown (1995) and Chains Of Command which was published posthumously in 1999. (Bio by: Erik Lander) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend