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  1. Lilyan Tashman

    Lilyan Tashman


    Lilyan Tashman (October 23, 1896 – March 21, 1934) was a Brooklyn-born vaudeville, Broadway, and film actress. Tashman was best known for her supporting roles as tongue-in-cheek villainesses and the vindictive "other woman". She made sixty-six films over the course of her Hollywood career and although never obtained superstar status, her cinematic performances are "sharp, clever and have aged little over the decades."

  2. John Dillinger

    John Dillinger


    John Herbert Dillinger (dɪlɪnər; June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank robber in the Depression-era United States. His gang robbed twenty-four banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice; he was also charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. It was Dillinger's only homicide charge.

  3. Dorothy Dell

    Dorothy Dell


    Dorothy Dell (January 30, 1915 – June 8, 1934) was an American film actress.

  4. Russ Columbo

    Russ Columbo


    Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo (January 14, 1908 – September 2, 1934), known as Russ Columbo, was an American singer, violinist and actor, most famous for his signature tune "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", his compositions "Prisoner of Love" and "Too Beautiful For Words", and the legend surrounding his early death.

  5. Marie Dressler

    Marie Dressler


    Marie Dressler (November 9, 1868 – July 28, 1934) was a Canadian American stage and screen actress and early silent film and Depression-era film star. Successful on stage in vaudeville and comic operas, she was also successful in film. In 1914, she was in the first full-length film comedy and later won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1931.

  6. Charles Spencer-churchill, 9th Duke Of Marlborough

    Charles Spencer-churchill, 9th Duke Of Marlborough


    Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, KG, PC (13 November 1871 – 30 June 1934), styled Earl of Sunderland until 1883 and Marquess of Blandford between 1883 and 1892, was a British soldier and Conservative politician. He was often known as "Sunny" Marlborough after his courtesy title of Earl of Sunderland.

  7. Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar


    Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet, (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.

  8. Lowell Sherman

    Lowell Sherman


    Lowell J. Sherman (October 11, 1885 – December 28, 1934) was an American actor and film director. At a time when it was highly unusual, he was both the actor and director on several films in the early 1930s, before completely transitioning to the role of director. At the height of his career, after scoring huge successes with his directing the films She Done Him Wrong and Morning Glory (which introduced Mae West, and won the first Academy Award for Katharine Hepburn, respectively), he succumbed to pneumonia after a brief illness.

  9. Emma Bardac

    Emma Bardac


    Emma Bardac (1862–1934), née Moyse, was the mutual love interest of both Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy. Of Jewish descent, Emma married, aged 17, Parisian banker Sigismond Bardac, by whom she had two children, Raoul, and Hélène (later Madame Gaston de Tinan (1892–1985)). Emma was an accomplished singer and brilliant conversationalist. Fauré wrote his Dolly Suite in the 1890s for Hélène and La bonne chanson for Emma herself.

  10. Karl Dane

    Karl Dane


    Karl Dane (born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb, 12 October 1886 – 14 April 1934) was a Danish-American comedian and actor known for his work in American films, mainly of the silent film era. He became a star after co-starring in one of the most successful silent films of all time, The Big Parade (1925), directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert.

  11. Prince Randian

    Prince Randian


    Prince Randian (sometimes misspelled Rardion or Randion; October 12, 1874 – December 19, 1934), also known as The Snake Man, The Living Torso, The Human Caterpillar and a variety of other names, was an Guyanese American performer with tetra-amelia syndrome and a famous limbless sideshow performer of the early 1900s, best known for his ability to roll cigarettes with his lips. He was reportedly brought to the United States by P.T. Barnum in 1889 and was a popular carnival and circus attraction for 45 years. Prince Randian can be seen in the 1932 film Freaks.

  12. Alma Tell

    Alma Tell


    Alma Tell (March 27, 1898 - December 29, 1937) was an American stage and motion picture actress whose career in cinema began in 1915 and lasted into the talkie era of the early 1930s.

  13. Gustav Holst

    Gustav Holst


    Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst; 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss being most crucial early in his development. The subsequent inspiration of the English folksong revival of the early 20th century, and the example of such rising modern composers as Maurice Ravel, led Holst to develop and refine an individual style.

  14. Lew Cody

    Lew Cody


    Lew Cody (February 22, 1884 – May 31, 1934) was an American stage and film actor whose career spanned the silent film and early sound film age.

  15. Lou Tellegen

    Lou Tellegen


    Lou Tellegen (November 26, 1881 – October 29, 1934) was a Dutch-born silent film and stage actor, director and screenwriter.

  16. Baby Face Nelson

    Baby Face Nelson


    Lester Joseph Gillis (December 6, 1908 – November 27, 1934), known under the pseudonym George Nelson, was a bank robber and murderer in the 1930s. Gillis was better known as Baby Face Nelson, a name given to him due to his youthful appearance and small stature. Usually referred to by criminal associates as "Jimmy", Nelson entered into a partnership with John Dillinger, helping him escape from prison in the famed Crown Point, Indiana Jail escape, and was later labeled along with the remaining gang members as public enemy number one.

  17. Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild

    Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild


    Charlotte Béatrice de Rothschild (14 September 1864 - 7 April 1934) was a French socialite, art collector, and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family of France.

  18. Marie Curie

    Marie Curie


    Marie Skłodowska-Curie (ˈkjʊri, kjʊˈri; 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.

  19. Winsor McCay

    Winsor McCay


    Zenas Winsor McCay (c. – July 26, 1934) was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo (1905–14; 1924–26) and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). For contractual reasons, he worked under the pen name Silas on the comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

  20. Charley Patton

    Charley Patton


    Charley Patton (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the "Father of the Delta Blues", and is credited with creating an enduring body of American music and personally inspiring just about every Delta blues man (Palmer, 1995). Musicologist Robert Palmer considers him among the most important musicians that America produced in the twentieth century. Many sources, including musical releases and his gravestone, spell his name "Charley" even though the musician himself spelled his name "Charlie".

  21. Edwin Binney

    Edwin Binney


    Edwin Binney (1866–1934) is best known for his invention (along with his cousin C. Harold Smith) of the Crayola crayon.

  22. Alice Liddell

    Alice Liddell


    Alice Pleasance Liddell (ˈlɪdəl; 4 May 1852 – 16 November 1934) inspired the children's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), when she asked him to tell her a story on a boating trip in Oxford. The character of the fictional Alice may not be based on her, however—it's a controversial question. Relations between the Liddell family and Dodgson continue to provoke speculation—including, in late twentieth century biography, allegations that Dodgson took a sexual interest in the child, which was later proved to be untrue, seeing as her older sister, Lorina (Ina), made it up in an interview.

  23. Ernst Röhm

    Ernst Röhm


    Ernst Julius Günther Röhm (28 November 1887 – 1 July 1934), sometimes spelt in English language works Roehm, was a German officer in the Bavarian Army and later an early Nazi leader. He was a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Storm Battalion"), the Nazi Party militia, and later was its commander. In 1934, as part of the Night of the Long Knives, he was executed on Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's orders as a potential rival.

  24. Francelia Billington

    Francelia Billington


    Francelia Billington (1 February 1895 – 24 November 1934) was an early American silent-screen actress, and an accomplished camera operator.

  25. Paul von Hindenburg

    Paul von Hindenburg


    Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg (  ), known universally as Paul von Hindenburg (2 October 1847 – 2 August 1934) was a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second President of Germany (1925–34).

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