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original human cannonball  Hugo Zacchini   member of the family act - first to be shot out of the cannon (1922)
born on 10-20-1898
expired 10-20-1975 in San Bernardino, California   age 77   cause: stroke
circus act inventor  Ildebrando Zacchini   came up with the "Human Cannonball" act idea & built first "cannon" in 1922 on Malta; fired his son (Hugo) out of it
expired 7-17-1948 in Tampa, Florida   age 79
human cannonball  Mario A. Zacchini   spent most of his life in the circus, being shot out of a cannon; also an excellent rope twirler; last of the sons of Ildebrando Zacchini who invented the act in 1922 on Malta
born on 4-6-1911
expired 1-28-1999 in Tampa, Florida   age 87
Washington Senators pitcher  Tom Zachary   threw the pitch that became Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927
expired 1-24-1969 in Graham, North Carolina   age 72
all-around athlete  Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias   won Javelin Throw and 80-meter Hurdles in 1932 Olympics; was world's leading woman's golfer
born on 6-26-1914 in Port Arthur, Texas
expired 9-27-1956 in Galveston, Texas   age 42   cause: cancer
former King of Afghanistan (1933-73)  Mohammad Zahir Shah   deposed in 1968; abdicated in 1973; after his return in 2002 he began operating a small fresh fruit kiosk outside the palace, known to the locals as the Afghanistan Bananastand
born on 10-30-1914 in Kabul, Afghanistan
expired 7-23-2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan   age 92
   Contest Selectors
2002ANG9.1%
2003ANG, RR11.1%
2004ANG5.6%
2005ANG, RR8.7%
2006ANG, RR6.7%
2007ANG, RR6.5%
   Scored 4.5500 points

AKS: Mohammed Zaher
pharmaceutical business founder  Louis Zahn
born on 9-24-1909 in Konigsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia)
expired 8-21-1977 in Chicago, Illinois   age 67   cause: cancer
jewelry chain founder  Morris Bernard Zale
born on 9-5-1901
expired 3-8-1995   age 93
inventor  Frank J. Zamboni   inventor of ice resurfacing machine
born on 1-16-1900 in Eureka, Utah
expired 7-28-1988 in Long Beach, California   age 88
opthamologist Dr.  Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof   creator of the Esperanto artificial language (1887)
¤aka: Lazar Markovitch 
born on 12-15-1859 in Byalistok, Russia
expired 4-14-1917 in Warsaw, Poland   age 57
Boston Symphony Orchetra organist  Berj Zamkochian
born on 4-20-1929 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 2-23-2004 in Methuen, Massachusetts   age 74   cause: cancer
Spanish artist  José Vela Zanetti   created mural "Mankind's Struggle for Peace" at the U.N. Headquarters
born on 5-27-1913 in Milagros, Spain
expired 1-4-1999 in Burgos, Spain   age 85
assassin  Guiseppe Zangara   killed Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak while attempting to kill president-elect Franklin Roosevelt February 15, 1933 in Miami, Florida
born on --1900 in Italy
expired 3-21-1933   age 32   cause: executed
Italian World War I hero  Tito Zaniboni   did 18 years for attempting to assassinate Mussolini in 1927
expired 12-26-1960 in Rome, Italy   age 77
producer & studio head  Darryl Francis Zanuck   co-founded 20th Century Company (1933; merged with Fox studio in 1935); had an overworked casting couch
born on 9-5-1902 in Wahoo, Nebraska
expired 12-22-1979 in Palm Springs, California   age 77   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
1980 GP

Mexican revolutionary guerilla leader  Emiliano Zapata   lead the Aqarian Movement
born on 8-8-1879 in Anenecuilco, Mexico
expired 4-10-1919 in Chinameca, Mexico   age 39
 Walter Zapp   inventor of the Minox camera (1935)
born on 9-4-1905 in Riga, Latvia
expired 7-17-2003 in Binningen, Switzerland   age 97
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in April 1993subject of 20 Questions interview in November 1982 `Playboy Magazine' wacked-out rock musician  Francis Vincent "Frank" Zappa Jr.   father of Ahmet, Diva, Dweezil and Moon Unit
born on 12-21-1940 in Baltimore, Maryland
expired 12-4-1993 in Los Angeles, California   age 52   cause: cancer
   Contest Selectors
2003KOHD

Fellini screenwriter  Bernardino Zapponi   wrote screenplays for Casanova, Satyricon and City of Women
born on --1927 in Rome, Italy
expired 2-11-2000 in Rome, Italy   age 72   cause: stroke
frame number 311 of the Zapruder film amateur movie photographer  Abraham Zapruder   took famous movie of Kennedy assassination
born on 5-15-1905 in Kovel, Russia
expired 8-30-1970 in Dallas, Texas   age 65   cause: cancer
tin pan alley lyricist  Hy Zaret   wrote the lyrics to Unchained Melody to Alex North's music for the forgotten movie Unchained (1955)
¤born: Hyman Harry Zaritsky 
born on 8-21-1907 in Manhattan, New York, New York
expired 7-2-2007 in Westport, Connecticut   age 99
former Wall Street Journal columnist  Jeffrey Lloyd Zaslow   did the Ann Landers column after Eppie Lederer; co-authored "The Last Lecture" with Randy Pausch
born on 10-6-1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-10-2012 in Elmira, Michigan   age 53   cause: auto accident
actor  Michael Zaslow   first red-shirt victim on Star Trek; Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light
born on 11-1-1944 in Inglewood, California
expired 12-6-1998 in New York, New York   age 54   cause: heart attack; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Olympic runner  Emil Zátopek   only person to win the Olympic marathon twice
born on 9-19-1922 in Koprivnice, Moravia, Czechoslovakia
expired 11-22-2000 in Prague, Czech Republic   age 78   cause: complications from stroke
AKS: Zatopek
physicist  Pieter Zeeman   shared the 1902 Nobel Physics prize
born on 5-25-1865 in Zonnemaire, Schouwen Island, Zeeland, The Netherlands
expired 10-9-1943 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands   age 78
 Carl Zeiss   founded optical equipment company (1846)
born on 9-11-1816 in Weimar, Germany
expired 12-3-1888 in Jena, Germany   age
`championship' tag-team pro wrassler  Francis E. "Frank" Zela   started career as the "Masked Destroyer"
¤aka: "Boris Volkoff
born on 5-9-1927 in Calumet City, Illinois
expired 10-15-2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada   age 76   cause: congestive heart failure
"New Wave" science fiction writer  Roger Joseph Zelazny   wrote Damnation Alley, Eye of Cat, Lord of Light, amongst others
born on 5-13-1937 in Euclid, Ohio
expired 6-14-1995 in Santa Fe, New Mexico   age 58   cause: cancer
paper company executive  Harold Lionel Zellerbach   Crown-Zellerbach president (1928-69); died while on a cruise
born on 3-25-1894 in San Francisco, California
expired 1-29-1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii   age 83
World War I veteran  William S. Zelnicker   lost a lung to a Mustard Gas attack
born on 10-2-1898 in Russia
expired 10-11-2000 in Los Angeles, California   age 102
 Zeng Jinlian   purported to have been tallest woman who ever lived at 8 feet 2 inches
born on 6-26-1964 in China
expired 1-13-1982 in Hunan, China   age 17
jazz & big band trombonist  Simon H. Zentner
born on 6-13-1917 in New York, New York
expired 2-6-2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada   age 82   cause: leukemia
German aeronaut  Ferdinand Adolf August Heinrich von Zeppelin   inventor of the rigid airship bearing his name; builder of the Graf Zeppelin; has a small city named for him (Zeppelinheim) just east of the Frankfurt-am-Main airport
born on 7-8-1838 in Konstanz, Germany
expired 3-8-1917 in Charlottenburg, Germany   age 78
prohibition-era Detroit mob boss  Joseph Zerilli
born on 12-10-1897 in Terrsini, Sicily, Italy
expired 10-30-1977 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan   age 79
Front Range Community College geography instructor  Becky Zerlentes   an amateur Golden Gloves boxer; believed to be the first woman to die in a "sanctioned" bout (a 3rd round punch to the head by opponent Heather Schmitz)
born on 7-8-1970
expired 4-3-2005 in Denver, Colorado   age 34   cause: subdural hematoma; blunt force trauma to the head
 Frederik "Frits" Zernike   was the 1953 Nobel physics laureate for coming up with the phase contrast microscope
born on 7-16-1888 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
expired 3-10-1966 in Naarden, The Netherlands   age 77
Swedish actress  Mai Elisabeth Zetterling
born on 5-24-1925 in Vasteras, Sweden
expired 3-15-1994   age 68
singer/actress  Monica Zetterlund
¤née: Nilsson 
born on 9-20-1937
expired 5-12-2005 in Stockholm, Sweden   age 67   cause: smoke inhalation; scoliosis
Excitable Boy  Warren William Zevon   rock singer and songwriter; occasionally substituted for Paul Shaffer on The Late Show with David Letterman
born on 1-24-1947 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 9-7-2003 in West Hollywood, California   age 56   cause: mesothelioma
   Contest Selectors
1979MS, SB15.4%
2003ANG, DTM, JEDS, JL, MB, PCD, RAVN, RR44.4%
   Scored 6.9195 points

biochemist & nutritionist  Zheng Ji
born on 5-6-1900 in Nanxi, Sichuan Province, China
expired 7-29-2010   age 110
   Contest Selectors
2007PUD3.2%

World War II Soviet Army Marshall  Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov   brilliant tactician; led Red Army into Berlin but dismissed by Stalin & again by Khrushchev
born on 12-2-1896 in Strelkovka, Russia (Moscow suburb)
expired 6-18-1974 in Moscow, Russia, USSR   age 77   cause: heart attack
brutal former Bulgarian Commie leader (1954-89)  Todor Zhvikov   gave orders to have exiled dissident Georgi Markov murdered
born on 9-7-1911 in Pravets, Bulgaria
expired 8-5-1998 in Sofia, Bulgaria   age 86   cause: pneumonia
Pakistani dictator  Zia al-Haq
born on 8-12-1924 in Jullunder, India
expired 8-17-1988   age 64
   Contest Selectors
1979  7.7%

commercial & movie director  Howard B. Zieff   directed Slither (1973), Private Benjamin (1980), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), The Dream Team (1989) & My Girl (1991); also was the director of the "Mamma Mia. That's a Spicy Meatball." Alka-Seltzer commercial (1970)
born on 10-21-1927 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-21-2009 in Los Angeles, California   age 81   cause: complications from Parkinson's disease
Broadway show producer  Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.   producer of the Ziegfeld Follies; married to Glinda, the Good Witch
¤"The Great Ziegfeld" 
born on 3-21-1867 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 7-22-1932 in Hollywood, California   age 65
 Karl Waldemar Ziegler   shared the 1963 Nobel prize in chemistry
born on 11-26-1898 in Helsa, Germany
expired 8-12-1973 in Mülheim, Germany   age 74
former Nixon press secretary (1968-74)  Ronald Louis Ziegler
born on 5-12-1939 in Covington, Kentucky
expired 2-10-2003 in Coronado, California   age 63   cause: heart attack
Ziff-Davis Publishing co-founder  William Bernard Ziff Sr.
expired 12-20-1953 in New York, New York   age 55
former magazine publisher  William Bernard Ziff Jr.   son of company co-founder; bought out dad's partner (1953)
born on 6-24-1930
expired 9-9-2006 in Pawling, New York   age 76   cause: prostate cancer
cymbal maker  Armand A. Zildjian
born on 2-18-1921 in Quincy, Massachusetts
expired 12-26-2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona   age 81   cause: cancer
violinist  Efrem Zimbalist Sr.
born on 4-9-1890 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia
expired 2-22-1985 in Reno, Nevada   age 94
   Contest Selectors
1979 RR7.7%
1980 BD, GP, RR18.8%

Curtis Institute of Music founder  Mary Louisa Curtis Bok Zimbalist   daughter of Cyrus H.K. Curtis; second wife of Efrem Sr.; step-mother of Efrem Jr.
born on 8-6-1876
expired 1-4-1970 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 93
Champagne Lady singer  Norma Zimmer   sang for the Welk orchestra for over 30 years
¤née: Larsen 
born on 7-13-1923 in Larson, Idaho
expired 5-10-2011 in Brea, California   age 87
innovative Sports Illustrated photographer  John G. Zimmerman
born on 10-30-1927 in Los Angeles, California
expired 8-3-2002 in Monterey, California   age 74   cause: lymphoma
Texas deth row inmate  Kevin Lee Zimmerman
born on 5-17-1961
expired 1-21-2004 in Huntsville, Texas   age 42   cause: executed; lethal injection
   Contest Selectors
2004BOD, PCD11.1%
   Scored 9.5500 points

 Joseph James Zimmermann Jr.   invented the electronic telephone answering machine (1948)
born on 8-23-1911 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
expired 3-31-2004 in Brookfield, Wisconsin   age 92
screen story author  Maurice Zimring   wrote the story for Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
¤pen name: Maurice Zimm 
born on 6-19-1909 in Waterloo, Iowa
expired 11-17-2005 in Westwood, California   age 96   cause: pneumonia
playwright  Paul Zindel   wrote The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1965); 1971 Pulitzer Drama Prize winner
born on 5-15-1936 in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York
expired 3-27-2003 in New York, New York   age 66   cause: cancer
KTRK-tv (Houston) consumer reporter (1973-2007)  Marvin Harold Zindler Sr.   early on made his bones doing an expose on the infamous LaGrange, TX "Chicken Ranch" brothel — for his efforts he got beat up by regular "ranch" patron & Fayette County Sheriff T.J. Flournoy (2 broken ribs); worse, following Larry King's 1974 Playboy article he was portrayed as a buffoon in the Broadway play and movie
born on --1921 in Houston, Texas
expired 7-22-2007 in Houston, Texas   age 85   cause: pancreatic cancer
Harold is the base of the pyramid
from pyramid bottom: Zinkin, Moe Most, Jack LaLanne, Gene Miller, at Santa Monica's muscle beach
1930s-50s weightlifter  Harold Zinkin Sr.   childhood buddy of Joe Gold; spent his time @ Santa Monica's Muscle Beach working out; won 1941 Mr. California contest; invented the Universal Gym Machine (1950s)
born on 5-11-1922 in San Francisco, California
expired 9-22-2004 in Fresno, California   age 82   cause: complications from head injuries sustained in fall
nuclear physicist Dr.  Walter H. Zinn   built the Manhattan Project's first nuclear reactor; first director of the Argonne National Laboratory
born on 12-10-1906 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
expired 2-14-2000 in Clearwater, Florida   age 93   cause: stroke
movie director  Fred Zinneman   directed High Noon (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953; oscar), A Man for All Seasons (1966; Directing & Best Picture oscars), and Julia (1977)
born on 4-29-1907 in Vienna, Austria
expired 3-14-1997 in London, England   age 89   cause: heart attack
World War II machinist mate 1st class  Gerald E. Zinser   last surviving crew member of PT-109
born on 5-31-1919 in Belleville, Illinois
expired 8-21-2001 in Orange Park, California   age 82   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease
sculptor of massive objects  Korczak Ziolkowski   worked on Mt. Rushmore; designed & started Crazy Horse monument
born on 9-6-1908 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 10-20-1982 in Sturgis, South Dakota   age 74
bank computer technologist  Alfred R. Zipf   led team that invented MICR; patented the forerunner of the ATM
born on 10-13-1917 in Buffalo, New York
expired 1-1-2000 in Oroville, California   age 82
Dr.  Gernot Zippe   while a Soviet Army P.O.W. developed the efficient uranium centrifuges for extracting the U-235 isotope (very popular with despots); it enriches the isotope from 0.7% to upwards of 5% for reactors & 90% for bombs
born on 11-??-1917 in Switzerland
expired 5-7-2008 in Vienna, Austria   age 90
   Contest Selectors
2005CSI4.3%
2006CSI3.3%
2008CSI, TWOS6.3%
2009CSI, TWOS
2010CSI, TWOS

movie producer  Laura Ellen Ziskin   worked on Murphy's Romance, Pretty Woman, The Thin Red Line, As Good As It Gets, The English Patient & the first four Spiderman movies; a co-founder of the "Stand Up To Cancer" organization
born on 3-3-1950 in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
expired 6-12-2011 in Santa Monica, California   age 61   cause: breast cancer
 Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma   last Empress of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (from 1916-1918) following the death of Franz Josef I
born on 3-9-1892 in Viareggio, Italy
expired 3-14-1989 in Zizers, Switzerland   age 97
as seen on tv 1929 UofM law school graduate  Frederick W. Ziv   had success in 1950s syndicated tv with The Cisco Kid (1950-56), Highway Patrol (1955-59), Science Fiction Theater (1955-57), Whirlybirds (1957-59), Bat Masterson (1958-61) & Sea Hunt (1958-61)
born on 8-17-1905 in Cincinnati, Ohio
expired 10-13-2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio   age 96
former Chinese Communist Party leader  Zhao Ziyang   fired by Deng Xiao-Peng for sympathizing with the Tianamen Square pro-democracy protesters; lent the last 15 years of his life under house arrest
born on 10-17-1919 in Xusheng, Hua County, Honan Province, China
expired 1-17-2005 in Beijing, China   age 85   cause: strokes; cardiopulmonary failure

Zog I Albanian King (1928-39)  Zog I   second king of modern Albania; father of Leka I (by Queen Geraldine)
¤born: Ahmed Bej Zogolli 
born on 10-8-1895 in Burgajet, Mati Province, Albania
expired 4-9-1961 in Suresnes, France   age 65
author  Émile Zola   wrote J'Accuse, questioning Alfred Dreyfus' guilt
born on 4-2-1840 in Paris, France
expired 9-28-1902 in Paris, France   age 62   cause: asphyxiation (carbon monoxide poisoning)
former corporate lawyer  Joseph Taube Zoline   developed the Telluride ski resort (1968-72); the resort first opened for the 1972-3 ski season
born on 9-5-1912 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 9-23-2004 in Beverly Hills, California   age 92
one-time Soviet U.N. Security Council representative  Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin   verbally sparred with U.S. rep. Adlai Stevenson during the Cuban Missle Crisis
born on 1-1-1902 in Novocheeckasik, Russia
expired ??-??-1986   age 84
dancer & actress  Vera Zornia   married to George Balanchine (1938-46); widow of Goddard Lieberson
¤real name: Eva Brigitta Hartwig 
born on 1-2-1917 in Berlin, Germany
expired 4-9-2003 in Santa Fe, New Mexico   age 86
religious philosopher  Zoroaster   proposed monotheistic belief system circa 575 BC (now known as Zoroastrianism) that replaced Persian polytheism
born on --628 BC in Persia
expired ??-??-551 BC   age 77
 Richard Adolf Zsigmondy   was the 1925 Nobel chemistry laureate
born on 4-1-1865 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary
expired 9-24-1929 in Göttingen, Germany   age 64
AKS: Zigmondy
retired GE research chemist  Edward George Zubler   co-developer of the halogen lamp (1959)
born on 3-12-1925 in Lacawanna, New York
expired 3-20-2004 in Cleveland, Ohio   age 79
character actor  George Zucco
born on 1-11-1886 in Manchester, England
expired 5-28-1960 in Hollywood, California   age 74
mom/character actress  Charlotte A. Zucker   mother of movie makers Jerry & David Zucker; was a jurist in Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), the lipstick lady in Airplane (1980), the judge in Ruthless People (1986), Ludwig's secretary Dominique in The Naked Gun (1988), a bank officer in Ghost (1990), the woman with programs in Brain Donors (1992), the surgery nurse in BASEketball (1998) & elderly Lucy in Rat Race (2001)
¤née: Lefstein 
born on 3-10-1921 in New York, New York
expired 9-5-2007 in Shorewood, Wisconsin   age 86   cause: cancer
former Kennedy/Johnson Air Force Secretary (1961-65)  Eugene M. Zuckert
born on 11-9-1911 in New York, New York
expired 6-5-2000 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 88   cause: pneumonia
film producer/director  Albert Zugsmith   made Sex Kittens Go To College (1960) and The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1961)
born on 4-24-1910 in Atlantic City, New Jersey
expired 10-26-1993 in Woodland Hills, California   age 83
movie pioneer  Adolph Zukor   co-founded Famous Players Film Co. (1912); merged it with Jesse Lasky's Feature Picture Play Co. to form Famous Players-Lasky; it became Paramount Pictures Co. (1927)
born on 1-7-1873 in Ricse, Austria-Hungary
expired 6-10-1976 in Century City, California   age 103
former Columbian foreign minister  Eduardo Zuletta Angel   presided over the first United Nations General Assembly meeting in London (January 10, 1946)
expired 9-26-1973 in Miami, Florida   age 74   cause: cerebral hemorrhage
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in June 1974 retired Rear Admiral  Elmo Russell Zumwalt Jr.   during the Vietnam War he ordered the use of the Agent Orange defoliant
born on 11-29-1920 in San Francisco, California
expired 1-2-2000 in Durham, North Carolina   age 79   cause: complications from tumor surgery; cancer
 Elmo Russell Zumwalt III
born on 7-30-1946 in Tulare, California
expired 8-13-1988 in Fayetteville, North Carolina   age 42   cause: lymphoma & Hodgkin's disease
former CalTech physicist & astronomer (1942-68) Dr.  Fritz Zwicky   one of the first to suggest the existence of "Dark Matter"
born on 2-14-1898 in Varna, Bulgaria
expired 2-8-1974 in Pasadena, California   age 75   cause: heart attack
tv pioneer  Vladimir Kosma Zworykin   inventor of Image Orthocon tube (nicknamed the "Immy"), from which comes the name for the Television Academy's "Emmie" award
born on 6-30-1889 in Mourom, Russia
expired 7-29-1982 in Princeton, New Jersey   age 93
AKS: Zworkin

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