Gardner, Lieut. James Alton b. February 7, 1943 d. February 7, 1966 Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Gardner's platoon was advancing to relieve a company of the 1st Battalion that had been pinned down for several hours by a numerically superior enemy force in the village of...[Read More] Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg, Dyer County, Tennessee, USA GPS coordinates: 36.0459518, -89.3720474 (hddd.dddd)
DaCosta, Jacob Mendez b. February 7, 1833 d. September 11, 1900 Medical Pioneer. He was the first to identify what has become known as "post traumatic stress disorder". He studied at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received postgraduate education in Paris, France and Vienna, Austria. Returning from Europe, he began practicing and teaching in Philadelphia. During the Civil War, he served as assistant surgeon in the Union Army. He studied what he called "irritable heart" in soldiers; the research was profound in clinical medicine...[Read More] (Bio by: rjschatz) Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
King, Earl b. February 7, 1934 d. April 17, 2003 Musician. A R&B singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he was born Earl Silas Johnson IV, in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1934. In 1953 he met Guitar Slim at the Club Tijuana where the two became good friends. Also that year he signed on with the Wax Record Label and released the song, "Have You Gone Crazy" for Savoy. In 1954 on the advice of his record promoter he changed his name to Earl King, and signed with the Specialty Record Label the same year and released, "A Mother's Love." He began being...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Saint Louis Cemetery Number 2, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Lobaugh, Donald Ronald b. February 7, 1925 d. July 22, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.
He served as a Private in the United States Army in the 127th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on July 22, 1944 near Afua, New Guinea.
Ousley, Curtis 'King' b. February 7, 1934 d. August 13, 1971 R & B Musician. A saxophonist, he was one of the most popular session musicians of the 1950s and 1960s, playing with many Rock and Roll Hall of Famers including Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, The Coasters, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and Duane Allman. He wass known as the "King of R&B Saxophone". He played the famous sax solos on The Coasters "Yakety-Yak" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect". He had hits under his own name also, "Soul Twist" (1961), "Soul Serenade" (1964), and "Memphis...[Read More] Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA Plot: Mausoleum, West Gallery of Forsythia Court
Markham, Tommy 'Porkchop' b. February 7, 1941 d. April 16, 1993 Musician. Born in Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, he was a drummer best known for being country singer Conway Twitty's drummer for 31 years. In 1962, he left teacher's school to join up with Conway Twitty's band and went on to also co-write the lyrics for some of Conway Twitty's most popular songs. He died in Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee from complications of diabetes at age 52. (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Complications of diabetes Oak Grove Cemetery, Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
Littlejohn, DeWitt Clinton b. February 7, 1818 d. October 27, 1892 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, US Congressman. Served in the Civil War as Colonel and commander of the 110th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1965 for "valuable services during the war". He was elected to represent New York's 22nd District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1863 to 1865. (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Riverside Cemetery, Oswego, Oswego County, New York, USA Plot: Section Q, Lot 3
Irie, Takako b. February 7, 1911 d. January 12, 1995 Actress. Born as "Hideko Tobojo," she first worked under director Kenji Mizoguchi, then worked independently with a variety of directors thereafter. Known for her exceptional beauty, she was nicknamed "Neko(the cat)." Her movies include "Kokyo"(1923), "Tokyo March"(1929), and "Sanjuro"(1962). (Bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) Tama Reien Cemetery (Fuchu City), Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan Plot: 13-1-45-20
Cooper, Wilma Lee b. February 7, 1921 d. September 13, 2011 Musician. Called the "First Lady of Bluegrass", she was a longtime star of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Raised in central West Virginia, she took to music early and was a part of her family's gospel group The Leary Family from her teens. Following her 1939 marriage to Dale "Stoney" Cooper she toured as 'Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper' performing both country and Christian songs while simultaneously earning a degree from Davis and Elkins College. In 1947 the pair began appearing on WWVA, Wheeling...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Babcock, John Breckinridge b. February 7, 1847 d. April 26, 1909 Indian Campaigns Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His true name was John Breckenridge. He served as a Brigadier General in the US Volunteers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a First Lieutenant in the 5th US Cavalry for action on May 16, 1869 at Spring Creek, Nebraska. His citation reads "While serving with a scouting column this officer's troop was attacked by a vastly superior force of Indians. Advancing to high ground, he dismounted his men, remaining mounted himself to...[Read More] (Bio by: Don Morfe) Evergreen Cemetery, Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, USA Plot: Grave 924
Stewart, Anita (Anna M.) b. February 7, 1902 d. May 4, 1961 Silent film actress for Vitagraph. She signed with LB Mayer before her contract with Vitagraph expired resulting in a landmark lawsuit. She began her career in motion pictures at Edison's Vitagraph Studio on Long Island . She later moved to Hollywood as the premier star in Louis B. Mayer's company. Breaking her contract with Vitagraph to move to Hollywood resulted in a landmark court case that colored studio-star relationships for years. Her older sister Lucille Lee Stewart and younger brother...[Read More] Cause of death: Heart attack Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Liberty
St. John, Mark b. February 7, 1956 d. April 5, 2007 Guitarist. Born Mark Leslie Norton, he is best known for his stint with the rock band KISS. He was featured on their album "Animalize", which was recorded in 1984. During its production St. John developed Reiter's Syndrome, which caused his hands and arms to swell, and he was unable to perform live as a member of KISS except for three shows during the follow-up tour. He did appear in the video for the album's hit single "Heaven's on Fire". St. John went on to form the band White Tiger...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Greenwood Gardens, sec. 2, lot 4523, grave 3
Nevada, Emma b. February 7, 1859 d. June 20, 1940 Opera Singer. A leading coloratura soprano of the late 19th Century, she earned particular praise for interpreting the "bel canto" roles of Bellini and Donizetti. Born Emma Wixom in the Alpha mining camp where her physician father was working, she was raised in Nevada City, California. At age five she started singing in the Baptist Church, and in a local camp where, according to legend, the miners showered her with gold coins. In 1868, Emma moved to Austin, Nevada, when her family followed the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Crosby, Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England
Romanova, Anna Ivanovna b. February 7, 1693 d. October 28, 1740 Empress of Russia. According to the old Julian calendar still in use in Russia at the time, her date of birth was January 28, 1693; by the modern Gregorian calendar it was February 7. Anna was the fourth-born daughter of the feeble-minded Tsar Ivan V, Peter the Great's older halfbrother, and his wife Praskoviya Fyodorovna Saltykova. They had five children in total, all daughters. Growing up she lived in Ismailovo, a village near Moscow, with her mother and four sisters. In November 1710...[Read More] (Bio by: Carrie-Anne) St. Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg Federal City, Russian Federation
Mackintosh, Lieut. Donald b. February 7, 1896 d. April 11, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he served as a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, British Army. On April 11, 1917, Lieutenant Mackintosh was leading his men in an advance on a German position north of Fampoux, France. He was shot through the right leg, but although crippled, continued to lead his men and captured the trench. He then collected men from another company, who he led in a counter-attack, when he was again wounded. Nevertheless...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Browns Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: II.C.49.
Sanders, William Edward b. February 7, 1883 d. August 14, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. On April 30, 1917, Lieutenant Commander was in command of the HMS Prize when she was attacked by the German submarine U-93 in the Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland. Badly damaged by shellfire with the ship appearing to be sinking, the U-boat approached to within 80 yards of her port quarter, when Lieutenant Commander Sanders ordered opened fire. Within minutes the submarine was on fire...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Body lost at sea
Muzio, Claudia b. February 7, 1889 d. May 24, 1936 Opera Singer. A soprano who sang lyric and dramatic roles in the world's leading opera houses, she became particularly known as the tragic courtesan Violetta of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata". The child of an operatic stage manager, she was raised in several large cities and exposed to opera early, becoming fluent in English during an extended stay in London. Returning to Italy at 16 she studied voice in Turin with Annetta Casaloni and made her operatic debut January 15, 1910, at Arezzo as the...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy