Births and Deaths 1

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The following quiz questions are all concerning the birth and death of famous people:

1. Which famous pop star died three days before Groucho Marx?

2. Which famous actor was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10th, 1932?

3. The Scottish chemist who invented and then patented a waterproof fabric died on the 25th of July, 1843. Who was he?

4. Which democratically elected President of Chile was overthrown and commited suicide on September the 11th, 1973?

5. In which city was Charlie Chaplin born on April 16th, 1889?

6. By what name was Canadian business woman born Florence Nightingale Graham, renowned for her beauty salons and cosmetics range, better known?

7. Which revolting slave, whos body was never found, was killed in Rome in 70BC?

8. Who was killed in "Bluebird" on Coniston Water on the 4th of January, 1967 whilst trying to break the land-speed record?

9. Who was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie?

10. Which child star was born Joseph Yule Jnr in 1920?


1. Elvis Presley.Groucho Marx died 19th of August 1977 and Elvis Presley died on the 16th of August 1977.

2. Omar Sharif

3. Charles Macintosh.(December 29, 1766 - July 25, 1843) The Mackintosh raincoat is named after him. Macintosh was born in Glasgow, where he was first employed as a clerk. He devoted all his spare time to science, particularly chemistry, and before he was twenty resigned his clerkship to take up the manufacture of chemicals. In this he was highly successful, inventing various new processes. His experiments with one of the by-products of tar, naphtha, led to his invention of waterproof fabrics, the essence of his patent being the cementing of two thicknesses of India-rubber together, the India-rubber being made soluble by the action of the naphtha. For his various chemical discoveries he was, in 1823, elected a fellow of the Royal Society.

4. Salvador AllendeSalvador Allende Gossens (July 26, 1908 - September 11, 1973) was President of Chile from November 1970 until his death. Allende's career in Chilean government spanned nearly forty years. As a Socialist Party and Marxist politician, he became a senator, deputy, cabinet minister and after failing in the 1952, 1958, and 1964 presidential elections was elected President in 1970. Just prior to the capture of La Moneda (the Presidential Palace), with gunfire and explosions clearly audible in the background, Allende made what would become a famous farewell speech to Chileans on live radio, speaking of himself in the past tense, of his love for Chile and of his deep faith in its future. He stated that his commitment to Chile did not allow him to take an easy way out and be used as a propaganda tool by those he called "traitors", clearly implying he intended to fight to the end. Shortly afterwards, he was dead. An announcement declared that he had committed suicide with an automatic rifle, purportedly the AK-47 assault rifle given to him as a gift by Fidel Castro, which bore a golden plate engraved "To my good friend Salvador from Fidel, who by different means tries to achieve the same goals."

5. London, England.Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Jr. KBE (April 16, 1889 - December 25, 1977), better known as Charlie Chaplin, was an English comedy actor, becoming one of the most famous street performers in the early to mid Hollywood cinema era, and also a notable director and musician. He is considered to be one of the finest mimes and clowns caught on film and has greatly influenced performers in this field.

6. Elizabeth Arden. Arden was born Florence Nightingale Graham in Woodbridge, Ontario, where she lived until she was twenty-four years old. Joining her elder brother in New York City, she briefly worked as a bookkeeper for the E.R. Squibb Pharmaceuticals Company. While working there, she spent hours in their lab, learning about skincare. She then worked for Eleanor Adair, an early beauty culturist, as a "treatment girl." In 1909, Arden formed a partnership with Elizabeth Hubbard, another culturist. When the partnership dissolved, she coined the business name "Elizabeth Arden" from her former partner and from Tennyson's poem "Enoch Arden."

7. Spartacus.Spartacus (ca. 120 BC - ca. 70 BC, at the end of the Third Servile War), according to Roman historians, was a gladiator-slave who became the alleged leader of an unsuccessful slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Little is known about Spartacus beyond the events of the Third Servile War, and the historical accounts that survive of the war are sketchy and often contradictory. Spartacus' struggle, often perceived as the struggle of an oppressed people fighting for their freedom against a large powerful State, has found new meaning for modern writers since the 19th century. The figure of Spartacus, and his rebellion, has become an inspiration to many modern literary and political writers, who have made the character of Spartacus an ancient/modern folk hero.

8. Donald Campbell.Donald Malcolm Campbell C.B.E.(March 23, 1921 - January 4, 1967) was a British car and motorboat racer who broke eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s. He remains the only person to set both land and water speed records in the same year (1964). On January 4, 1967, Campbell was killed when Bluebird K7 flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph. Bluebird had completed a perfect north-south run at an average of 297.6 mph, and Campbell used a new water brake to slow K7 from her peak speed of 315mph. Instead of waiting for the wash of this run to subside and refueling, as had been pre-arranged, Campbell decided to make the return run immediately. The second run was faster; as K7 passed the start of the measured km, she was travelling at over 320mph. However her stability had begun to break down as she travelled over the rough water, and the boat started tramping from sponson to sponson. 150 yards from the end of the measured mile, Bluebird lifted from the surface and took off at a 45-degree angle. She somersaulted and plunged back into the lake, nose first. The boat then cartwheeled across the water before coming to rest. The impact broke Bluebird forward of the air intakes (where Donald was sitting) and the main hull sank shortly afterwards. Campbell had been killed instantly. Campbell's last words on his final run were, via radio intercom: "Pitching a bit down here...Probably from my own wash...Straightening up now on track...Rather close to Peel Island...Tramping like Full power...Tramping like hell here... I can't see much... and the water's very bad indeed...I can't get over the top... I'm getting a lot of bloody row in here... I can't see anything... I've got the bows up... I've gone...oh...."

9. Lulu.Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, OBE, (born 3 November 1948 in Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, actor, model, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through the 2000s.

10. Mickey Rooney.Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr., September 23, 1920), is a legendary American film actor whose career began in 1922 as a 17 month-old and has continued through 2007.

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