Famous People Who Died on December 9
Anthropologist, Scientist / 1913 - 1996
Mary Leakey was a paleoanthropologist who, along with husband Louis, made several prominent scientific discoveries. Skull fossils found by the Leakeys advanced our understanding of human evolution.
Civil Rights Activist, Business Leader / 1881 - 1965
Branch Rickey was an innovative baseball executive known for his groundbreaking 1945 decision to bring Jackie Robinson into the major leagues, thereby breaking the color barrier.
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profile name: Mary Leakey profile occupation: Anthropologist, Scientist
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profile name: Jenni Rivera profile occupation: Singer, Reality Television Star
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profile name: Ralph Bunche profile occupation: Diplomat
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profile name: Branch Rickey profile occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Business Leader
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profile name: Berenice Abbott profile occupation: Photographer
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profile name: Rube Foster profile occupation: Baseball Player
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