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Carl Michael Bellman

bornactivedied
1740, Feb 41768-17911795, Feb 11
a Swedish songwriter, composer, musician, poet and entertainer. He is a central figure in the Swedish song tradition and remains a powerful influence in Swedish music, as well as in Scandinavian literature, to this day. He has been compared to Shakespeare, Beethoven, Mozart, and Hogarth, but his gift, using elegantly rococo classical references in comic cont...
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Charles Blondin

aka: Jean François Gravelet
borndied
1824, Feb 281897, Feb 22
a French tightrope walker and acrobat. At the age of five he was sent to the École de Gymnase at Lyon and, after six months training as an acrobat, made his first public appearance as "The boy Wonder". His superior skill and grace, as well as the originality of the settings of his acts, made him a popular favourite. He first married Marie Blancherie, and at...
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Joseph Bologne

aka: Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
borndied
1745, Dec 251799, Jun 10
a champion fencer, a virtuoso violinist and conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. Born in Guadeloupe, he was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy planter, and Nanon, his African slave. During the French Revolution, Saint-Georges was colonel of the 'Légion St.-Georges,' the first all-black regiment in Europe, fighting on the ...
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Barton Booth

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16821733, May 10
one of the most famous dramatic actors of the first part of the 18th century. Booth was the son of The Hon and Very Revd Dr Robert Booth and was educated at Westminster School, where his success in the Latin play Andria gave him an inclination for the stage. He was intended for the church, and to attend Trinity College, Cambridge; but in 1698 he ran away and...
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Cornelis Boscoop

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unknown1573
a Dutch organist, singer, and composer. Little is known about Boscoop's life. He was organist at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam in the middle of the 16th century. The only surviving work of Boscoop's is the Fifty Psalms of David (1562).
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Dion Boucicault

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1820/22, Dec 261834-18851890, Sep 18
an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. His first play, A Legend of the Devil's Dyke, opened in Brighton in 1838. Three years later he found immediate success as a dramatist with London Assurance. He rapidly followed this with a number of other plays, among the most successful of the early ones being The Bastile [sic], an "after-piece" (1842)...
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Antoine Bournonville

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1760, May 191843, Jan 11
a French ballet dancer, actor, singer and a choreographer, active in the Royal Swedish Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet and eventually ballet master in the latter. He is considered to have played a great role in the development of the ballet in Scandinavia. He was the father of August Bournonville. Bournonville was premier dancer and ballet instructor at t...
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August Bournonville

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1805, Aug 211879, Nov 30
a Danish ballet master and choreographer. He was the son of Antoine Bournonville, a dancer and choreographer trained under the French choreographer, Jean Georges Noverre, and the nephew of Julie Alix de la Fay, née Bournonville, of the Royal Swedish Ballet. Bournonville was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, where his father had settled. He trained with his fathe...
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Jack Broughton

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1704, Jul 51789, Jan 8
an English bare-knuckle boxer. He was the first person to codify a set of rules to be used in such contests; prior to this the "rules" that existed were very loosely defined and tended to vary from contest to contest. His seven rules of how boxing would be conducted at his amphitheatre (the largest and most influential at that time) evolved later into the Lo...
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Matthias Buchinger

aka: Matthew Buckinger
borndied
1674, Jun 21740, Jan 17
a German artist, magician, calligrapher, and performer who was born without hands or feet and was 29 in (74 cm) tall. Buchinger was especially noted for his micrography, in which illustrations consist of very small text. Buchinger was born in Ansbach, Germany, without hands or lower legs. An artist and performer, he "traveled all over Northern Europe to ente...
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Chang and Eng Bunker

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1811, May 111874, Jan 17
Thai-American conjoined twin brothers whose condition and birthplace became the basis for the term "Siamese twins". In 1829, Robert Hunter, a Scottish merchant who lived in Bangkok, saw the twins swimming and realized their potential. He paid their parents to permit him to exhibit their sons as a curiosity on a world tour. When their contract with Hunter was...
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James Burbage

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1530/351597, Feb 2
an English actor, theatre impresario, joiner, and theatre builder in the English Renaissance theatre. He built The Theatre, the first permanent dedicated theatre built in England since Roman times. Burbage took up acting and was the leader of Leicester's Men by 1572. Burbage had various talents, e.g. an actor, builder, and theatre owner; he was heavily invol...
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Barnet Burns

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1805, Nov1860, Dec 26
an English sailor, trader, and showman who became one of the first Europeans to live as a Pakeha Maori and to receive the full M?ori facial tattoo. He travelled to Australia and found employment as a trader of flax in New Zealand in the 1830s. Burns returned to Europe in 1835 and spent most of his remaining years as a showman giving lectures, where he descri...
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