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Byrd(bûrd), Richard Evelyn 1888-1957.
American naval officer and explorer. He became famous in 1926 for his claim (now discredited) of having flown over the North Pole. In the first of his several Antarctic expeditions, he became the first person to fly over the South Pole (1929) and established a base for scientific discovery at Little America.
Byrd 1, William c. 1540-1623.
English composer noted for his Masses, motets, and keyboard works.
Byrd 2, William 1674-1744.
American planter and colonial official whose diaries (written in shorthand) provide a rare and humorous account of daily life in pre-Revolutionary Virginia.
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1. (Biography) Richard Evelyn. 1888–1957, US rear admiral, aviator, and polar explorer
2. (Biography) William. 1543–1623, English composer and organist, noted for his madrigals, masses, and music for virginals
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1. Richard Evelyn, 1888–1957, rear admiral in the U.S. Navy: polar explorer.
2. William, c1540–1623, English composer.
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|Noun||1.||Byrd - English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)|
|2.||Byrd - explorer and United States naval officer; led expeditions to explore Antarctica (1888-1957)|
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