The following is a sampling of errors
contained in various editions of Funk & Wagnalls
Encyclopedia or Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia Yearbook.
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 mistakenly claim
he was born in "Waukegan, Illinois."Visit our list of errors contained in other reference books.
Correction: He was born February 14th, 1894,
at 4:04 a.m., at Mercy Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.
Visit our profile of Jack Benny for additional
William Faulkner (writer) - Some editions erroneously
report he died in "Oxford, Mississippi."
Correction: In point of
fact, he died more than 60 miles away at Wright's
Sanatarium, in Byhalia, Mississippi. Oxford certainly is
where he lived and spent most of his life, but he died
more than 60 miles away at Wright's Sanitarium, in Byhalia,
Judy Garland (actress/singer) - Some editions mistakenly
claim she was born in "Michigan."
Correction: She was born June 10th, 1922,
at Itasca Hospital, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Senator Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator) -
Some editions erroneously report his date of
Correction: This is one error that is perfectly
understandable. Not only did nearly every
reference source on the planet report the same
erroneous date of birth, but Barry Goldwater
himself reported January 1st as his date
of birth in his various autobiographies and
other books because he truly believed that it
was his actual date of birth. Late in life,
Senator Goldwater learned he was actually
born at 3 a.m., on January 2nd, 1909. For
additional information, visit our profile of
Katharine Hepburn (actress) - Some editions erroneously
report "November 8" as her date of birth.
Correction: Ms. Hepburn was born May 12th, 1907,
at 5:47 p.m., at 22 Hudson Street, in Hartford,
Connecticut. Visit our biography of Katharine Hepburn
for additional in-depth information.
Billie Holiday (singer) -
Some editions erroneously report "Eleanora Fagan"
as her real name, and "Baltimore, Md." as her
Correction: She was actually born Elinore Harris,
April 7th, 1915, at 2:30 a.m., at Philadelphia
General Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Consult Billie Holiday's profile for more information.
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.