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Abdur Rahman Khan Emir of Afghanistan from 1880 to 1901 (b.1844?--d.1901).
Abe Saperstein U.S. creator, owner, and promoter of the renowned basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters; born in London, England (b.1902--d.1966).
Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States (1861-1865), who was Commander-in-Chief of the Union troops during the American Civil War and who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, thus bringing an end to slavery in the United States (b.1809--d.1865).
Adam Smith a Scottish economist (b.1723--d.1790).
Adolf Hitler the Austrian-born chancellor and dictator in Nazi Germany in 1933-45 (b.1889--d.1945).
Alan Shepard U.S. astronaut, who was the first American to journey into space (b.1923--d.1998).
Albert Einstein a German physicist, U.S. citizen after 1940, who formulated the theories of relativity (b.1879--d.1955).
Albertina Sisulu South African anti-apartheid activist, who is a founding member of the Federation of South African Women and a member of the African National Congress (b.1919).
Albert Schweitzer a French physician, musician, and missionary in Africa (b.1875--d.1965).
Alexander Graham Bell U.S. inventor of the telephone (b.1847--d.1922).
Alex Haley a U.S. author celebrated for his pulitzer prize-winning work of historical fiction, Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), a publication whose subsequent television broadcast adaptation spawned a national discussion about race and race relations (b.1921--d.1992).
Alfred Nobel a Swedish engineer, industrialist, and philanthropist who invented dynamite and established the Nobel prizes (b.1833--d.1896).
Alger Hiss a lawyer and U.S. public official accused in 1948 of having acted as a Communist spy in the 1930s. Convicted in 1950 on counts of perjury related to the investigation, Hiss was sentenced to five years in prison but maintained his innocence until his death (b.1904--d.1996).
Alice Marble U.S. tennis player who won the U.S. tennis championship singles titles four times (1936, 1938-40) prior to working as a spy for U.S. intelligence (b.1913--d.1990).
Althea Gibson U.S. professional tennis player, who was the first African-American woman to win all the major world singles tennis titles (b.1927--d.2003).
Álvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca a Spanish explorer who, after landing on the cape of Florida in 1528 and being stranded in the Gulf coast region for 8 years, published an account of his survival and interaction with the native peoples under the title "La relación" (1542) (b.1490?--d.1557?).
American a person who was born in or is a naturalized citizen of the United States. [1/5 definitions]
Amerigo Vespucci an Italian navigator and explorer (b.1454--d.1512).
Anne Sullivan a U.S. educator who pioneered techniques for teaching the blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired through her work with Helen Keller (b.1866--d.1936).
Aquarius a person born under this sign, between January 21 and February 20. [1/3 definitions]
Argentine a person who was born or lives in Argentina; Argentinean. [1/2 definitions]