People

John Law (economist)

April 21st, 1671 - March 21st, 1729

John Law was a Scottish-French economist who distinguished money, a means of exchange, from national wealth dependent on trade. He served as Controller General of Finances under the Duke of Orleans, who was regent for the juvenile Louis XV of France. In 1716, Law set up a private Banque Générale in France. A year later it was nationalised at his request and renamed as Banque Royale. The private bank had been funded mainly by John Law and Louis XV; three-quarters of its capital consisted of government bills and government-accepted notes, effectively making it the nation's first central bank. Backed only partially by silver, it was a fractional reserve bank. Law also set up and directed the Mississippi Company, funded by the Banque Royale. Its chaotic collapse has been compared to the 17th-century tulip mania parable in Holland. The Mississippi bubble coincided with the South Sea bubble in England, which allegedly took ideas from it. Law was a gambler who would win card games by mentally...

John Law (sociologist)

born May 16th, 1946

John Law, is a sociologist and science and technology studies scholar, currently on the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. Law coined the term Actor-Network Theory (ANT) in 1992 when synthesising work done with colleagues at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation.

John Le Mesurier

born April 5th, 1912

John Le Mesurier was an English actor. He is probably best remembered for his comedic role as Sergeant Arthur Wilson in the BBC television situation comedy Dad's Army (1968–1977). A self-confessed "jobbing actor", Le Mesurier appeared in more than 120 films across a range of genres, normally in smaller supporting parts.

John Leake (NAAFI manager)

died February 13th, 2000

John Steven Leake was an English recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal whilst working for the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI), one of only twelve to be issued to the British forces during the Falklands War. Prior to working for the NAAFI, he worked in private security and was a soldier in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment of the British Army.

John Lee (placekicker)

born May 19th, 1964

John Lee is a Korean former American football placekicker. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a two-time All-American. Lee was selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 32nd overall pick. He played one season with the Cardinals and was the first Korean to play in the NFL. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

John Legend

born December 28th, 1978

John Roger Stephens, known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, and actor. He began his musical career working behind the scenes for other artists, playing piano on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," and making uncredited guest appearances on Jay-Z's "Encore" and Alicia Keys's "You Don't Know My Name". He was the first artist signed to Kanye West's GOOD Music, through which he released his debut album, Get Lifted (2004). The album reached the top ten on the Billboard 200, received double platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and included his first hit song, "Ordinary People."

John Leggett

died January 25th, 2015

John Ward Leggett was an American writer who served as the third director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop from 1970 to 1987.

John Leland (antiquary)

died April 18th, 1552

John Leland or Leyland was an English poet and antiquary.

John Leverett

died March 16th, 1679

John Leverett was an English colonial magistrate, merchant, soldier and the penultimate governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Born in England, he migrated to Massachusetts as a teenager. He was a leading merchant in the colony, and served in its military. In the 1640s he went back to England to fight in the English Civil War.

John Leverett the Younger

died May 3rd, 1724

John Leverett was an early Anglo-American lawyer, politician, educator, and President of Harvard College.

John Leveson

born March 21st, 1555

Sir John Leveson was an English politician. He was instrumental in putting down the Essex rebellion of 8 February 1601.

John Levy (musician)

April 11th, 1912 - January 20th, 2012

John Levy was an American jazz double-bassist and businessman.

John Lewis

born February 21st, 1940

John Robert Lewis was an American politician and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He participated in the 1960 Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966, and was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Fulfilling many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States, in 1965 Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where, in an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked Lewis and the other marchers.

John Lewis (pianist)

born May 3rd, 1920

John Aaron Lewis was an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger, best known as the founder and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

John Lightfoot

born March 29th, 1602

John Lightfoot was an English churchman, rabbinical scholar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

John Lilley

born March 3rd, 1954

John Lilley is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known for being a member of rock band the Hooters.

John Lindsay

died December 19th, 2000

John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician and lawyer. During his political career, Lindsay was a U.S. congressman, mayor of New York City, and candidate for U.S. president. He was also a regular guest host of Good Morning America. Lindsay served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from January 1959 to December 1965 and as mayor of New York City from January 1966 to December 1973.

John Lions

born January 19th, 1937

John Lions was an Australian computer scientist. He is best known as the author of Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition, with Source Code, commonly known as the Lions Book.

John List (murderer)

died March 21st, 2008

John Emil List was an American mass murderer and long-time fugitive. On November 9, 1971, he killed his wife, mother, and three children at their home in Westfield, New Jersey, and then disappeared. He had planned the murders so meticulously that nearly a month passed before anyone suspected that anything was amiss.

John Lithgow

born October 19th, 1945

John Arthur Lithgow (/ˈlɪθɡoʊ/ LITH-goh; born October 19, 1945) is an American actor. Lithgow studied at Harvard University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before becoming known for his work on the stage and screen. He has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards, six Primetime Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Tony Awards. He has also received nominations for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA Award, and four Grammy Awards. Lithgow has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

John Little

May 3rd, 1947 - July 9th, 1997

John D. Little Jr. (May 3, 1947 – July 9, 1997) was an American football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets, the Houston Oilers, and the Buffalo Bills. Little played college football at Oklahoma State University.

John Littlejohn (preacher)

died May 13th, 1836

John Littlejohn was an English-born American tradesman, Methodist preacher and politician. Born in Penrith, Cumberland, he briefly attended trade school in London before returning to Penrith. When Littlejohn was around twelve years old, he immigrated to British America to pursue various apprenticeships under tradesmen in Virginia and Maryland. While not particularly religious as a youth, he was inspired by Methodist revivalist sermons and began service as a circuit rider in 1776, after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War.

John Lloyd (journalist)

born April 15th, 1946

John Nicol Fortune Lloyd is a British journalist who is currently contributing editor at the Financial Times and an Associate Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.

John Lloyd Young

born July 4th, 1975

John Lloyd Mills Young (born July 4, 1975) is an American actor and singer. In 2006, he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys. He is the only American actor to date to have received a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award for a Broadway debut. Young sang lead vocals on the Grammy Award-winning Jersey Boys cast album, certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Young reprised his role as Frankie Valli in Warner Brothers' film adaptation of Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood and released June 20, 2014.

John Lowenstein

born January 27th, 1947

John Lee Lowenstein (born January 27, 1947) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles.

John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley

died April 11th, 1609

John Lumley, 1st Baron Lumley, KB was an English aristocrat, who is remembered as one of the greatest collectors of art and books of his age.

John Luther Adams

born January 23rd, 1953

John Luther Adams is an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes of Alaska, where he lived from 1978 to 2014. His orchestral work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

John Lydon

born January 31st, 1956

John Joseph Lydon, also known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English-American singer and songwriter. He was the lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Sex Pistols, which was active from 1975 to 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also the lead vocalist of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again since 2009.

John Lynch (actor)

born December 26th, 1961

John Lynch is an actor and novelist from Northern Ireland. He won the AFI (AACTA) Award for Best Actor for the 1995 film Angel Baby. His other film appearances include Cal (1984), The Secret Garden (1993), In the Name of the Father (1993), Sliding Doors (1998), The Fall (2013–2016), Medici (2019), The Head (2020), and The Banishing (2021) and Blue Lights (2023)

John Lynn

born December 19th, 1956

Johnnie Ross Lynn (born December 19, 1956) is an American football coach and former player. He was a defensive back who played for the New York Jets for seven seasons from 1979 to 1986. He became a secondary coach after his playing career ended. He coached for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1994 to 1995, the San Francisco 49ers in 1996, the New York Giants from 1997 to 2003 (where he was defensive coordinator from 2002 to 2003), the Baltimore Ravens from 2004 to 2005, the 49ers again from 2006 to 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, the Oakland Raiders from 2012 to 2014, and most recently for the Denver Broncos in 2017.

John M. Allegro

died February 17th, 1988

John Marco Allegro was an English archaeologist and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. He was a populariser of the Dead Sea Scrolls through his books and radio broadcasts. He was the editor of some of the most famous and controversial scrolls published, the pesharim. A number of Allegro's later books, including The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, brought him both popular fame and notoriety, and also complicated his career.

John M. Belk

born March 29th, 1920

John Montgomery Belk was head of the Belk, Inc. department store chain and member of the Democratic Party, he served as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina for four terms (1969–1977). He was the son of William Henry Belk, who founded the first Belk store in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1888.
Affiliate Disclaimer: This website may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on a product or service link and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. The decision to purchase through an affiliate link is entirely up to you. Your support through these links helps us maintain and improve our website to provide you with valuable content. Thank you for your support!