The following is a sampling of errors
contained in various editions of The
Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia.
Additional information on each error
correction can be found by clicking on
the link at the beginning and/or end
of each entry below.
Jack Benny (comedian) - Some editions
erroneously report he was born in "Waukegan, IL."
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Correction: He was born February 14th, 1894,
at 4:04 a.m., at Mercy Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.
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Billie Holiday (singer) -
Some editions erroneously report her real
name as "Eleanora Fagan" and her birthplace
as "Baltimore, MD."
Correction: She was actually born Elinore Harris,
April 7th, 1915, at 2:30 a.m., at Philadelphia
General Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Buddy Holly (singer/songwriter) - Some editions misspell
his full name at birth "Charles Hardin Holly."
Correction: He was born Charles Hardin Holley.
The spelling change from Holley to Holly didn't take
place until he received his first recording contract
from Decca Records in 1956. They had inadvertently
spelled his last name "Holly" and he kept it that
way for the remainder of his career. For additional
information, visit our profile of Buddy Holly.
Soichiro Honda (automotive and motorcycle pioneer) -
Some editions mistakenly report his year of death as "1992."
Correction: He actually died of liver failure,
August 5th, 1991, at Juntendo University Hospital,
in Tokyo, Japan.
Steve McQueen (actor) - Some editions erroneously
report "Slater, MO." as his place of birth.
Correction: He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, and
later raised in Slater, Missouri.
Huey P. Newton (co-founder of the Black Panthers) -
At least one edition reports he was still alive
well into the 1990s, when he actually died in 1989.
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Rosa Parks (Civil Rights pioneer) - At least one edition claims
she died in "1977," when in fact, she was very much alive until 2005.
Sen. John Tower (U.S. Senator) - At least one edition reports
he was still alive well into the mid-1990s, when he actually died in a plane crash in 1991.
It is not our intent to denigrate this fine
publication, but merely to point out the above
inaccuracies to prevent further dissemination of
the erroneous data.