famous people have surnames that are also names of cities around the world.
many can you identify from the questions below?
Israel Baline in Mogilyov, Russia, name the American composer who wrote the
scores for nineteen Broadway shows and eighteen films, including "Top
Hat" (1935), "Follow The Fleet" (1936) and "Easter
cast as the hero's sidekick or rival, name the actor, born in Carmen,
Manitoba, who appeared in the films "Mildred Pierce" (1945), "A
Star Is Born" (1954) and "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" (1958).
was the British adventurer who, in 1966-67, sailed around the world alone in a
55ft. sailing yacht, the "Gypsy Moth IV"?
was the noted American ventriloquist and radio comedian whose career in
vaudeville, radio and films spanned almost 60 years, and whose characters
included Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Effie Klinker?
was the American long jumper who, by jumping 26 feet 11.25 inches on 12 August
1960, broke by three inches the world record set by Jesse Owens 25 years
earlier, and on 16 July 1961 became the first man to jump more than 27 feet?
Communist from the age of 14, who was the Czechoslovak Undersecretary for
Foreign Affairs, arrested in January 1951 accused of espionage activities and
imprisoned in Hungary: later rehabilitated, he left Czechoslovakia in
1963 and, with his wife, Lise, wrote an account of his ordeal, "L'Aveu",
which was made into a film in 1970 by Costa-Gavras?
was the New Zealand-born English master of the short story, whose collection "The
Garden Party" (1922) includes "At The Bay", "The
Voyage", "The Stranger" and the classic "Daughters
of the Late Colonel", a subtle account of genteel frustration?
the poet, born on 30th May 1835 in Leeds, Yorkshire, who succeeded Alfred,
Lord Tennyson, as Poet Laureate.
in Richmond, Virginia, who was the American novelist whose realistic
depictions of life in her native Virginia helped direct Southern literature
away from sentimentality and nostalgia, and whose series of novels depicting
the social and political history of Virginia since 1850, began, in 1900, with "The
Voice of the People"?
four years earlier been awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his
performance in "Glory, who, in 1993, appeared opposite Julia
Roberts in "The Pelican Brief", and as small-time personal
injury lawyer, Joe Miller, in "Philadelphia"?
was the American civil-rights leader, Baptist Minister and politician, born on
8 October 1941 in Greenville, South Carolina, who became the first black
person to make a serious bid for the U.S. Presidency (in the Democratic
Party's nomination races in 1983-84 and 1987-88)?
Name the American singer
and actress whose first four albums, released between 1985 and 1992, amassed
global sales in excess of 86 million copies, and who is the cousin of singer
13. The 16th President of the United States of
America (1861-65), who was known as "The Rail-Splitter" or "The
was the English novelist, journalist, sociologist and historian, best known
for such science fiction as "The Time Machine" and "The
War of The Worlds" and comic novels, including "Tono-Bungay"?
the American comedian and master of the one-liner, who performed in vaudeville
and on radio before moving to television, where he portrayed the wisecracking
buddy on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66), and who
died on 28 October 1996.
the daughter of a blacksmith, born Amy Lyon in Great Neston, Cheshire, and
wife of the British Envoy to the Kingdom of Naples, became the mistress of the
British naval hero Admiral Horatio Nelson?
the Canadian romantic novelist, best known for "Anne of Green
Gables" (1908), a sentimentalised but often charming, story of a
spirited, unconventional orphan girl who finds a home with an elderly couple.
recipient of 1945 Nobel Prize for Peace for his part in organising the United
Nations, who was the U.S. Secretary of State (1933-44), whose initiation of
the reciprocal trade programme to lower tariffs, set in motion the mechanism
for expanded world trade in the second half of the 20th century?
was the English chronicler and Benedictine monk (c.1199-1259), noted for his
"Chronica Majora", a history of the world from the Creation
to the mid-13th century?
the drummer who, together with Scott Engel and John Maus, formed The Walker
Brothers in Los Angeles in 1964.
Emily Marie Bertelson, in Marysvale, Utah, who was the former Miss Utah, born
of Mormon parentage, whose films include "Force of Evil"
(1948), "The Narrow Margin" (1952) and "The
President of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1899 and of the British
Association six years later, who was the English astronomer, born in Downe,
Kent, who championed the theory that the Moon was once part of the Earth,
until it was pulled free to form a satellite?
was the American political activist, co-founder (with Bobby Seale) of the
Black Panther Party (originally called Black Panther Party for Self-Defense),
who was found shot dead on a street in Oakland, California in August 1989?
was the Lithuanian-born French novelist whose novels mix humour with tragedy
and faith with cynicism, and include "The Colours of the Day"
(1953) and "The Dance of Genghis Cohn" (1968)?
Nominated for an Oscar for
her touching performance as a marathon dancer in "They Shoot Horses,
Don't They?" (1971), who was the British actress who wrote a highly
successful children's tale "In Search of Unicorns"?
American male vocalist's only U.K. Top Ten hit record was "Hang On In
There, Baby" in 1974?
Who was the English
merchant who commanded the first English vessel to reach the East Indies, and
who established the first English trading post in South East Asia? In
1588 he served under Sir Francis Drake as commander of the "Edward
Bonaventure" against the Spanish Armada.
on 2 March 1769 in Little Britain, New York, who was the American political
leader who saw the potential in the proposal for a canal from Buffalo, on the
eastern shore of Lake Erie, to Albany on the upper Hudson, passing through the
gap in the mountains in the Mohawk Valley region (the Erie Canal)?
the English poet (c.1575-1635), whose "Godfrey of Bulloign or the
Recoverie of Jerusalem" (1600), was a free translation of "Gerusalemme
liberata", an epic poem by his Italian contemporary Torquato Tasso.
was the English physicist, born on 6 September 1908 in Nottingham, England,
who invented the quartz crystal ring clock and the first practical atomic
clock, these devices being capable of measuring more accurately than any
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