Erskine Preston Caldwell (December 17, 1903 – April 11, 1987) was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South like the novels Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was deprecating the people of the region.
Walter Greenwood (17 December 1903 – 13 September 1974) was an English novelist. He was born in Salford, Lancashire. He came from a poor working class family and left the local council school in Langworthy Road at the age of 13. Greenwood did a succession of poorly paid jobs but continued to educate himself by visiting the Salford Public Library. While out of work he wrote Love On The Dole (1933).
Ray Noble (17 December 1903 – 3 April 1978) was an English bandleader, composer, arranger and actor. Noble studied music at the Royal Academy of Music and became leader of the HMV Records studio band in 1929. The band, known as the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, featured members of many of the top hotel orchestras of the day. The most popular vocalist with Noble’s studio band was Al Bowlly.
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Father Roland Guérin de Vaux OP was a French Dominican priest who led the Catholic team that initially worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Heinrich Schüler was a highly decorated Oberst der Reserve in the Wehrmacht during World War II .