The following is a sampling of errors
contained in various editions of the
Additional information on each error
correction can be found by clicking on
the link at the beginning and/or end
of each entry below.
Truman Capote (writer) -
Some editions erroneously report he died "Aug. 26, 1984."Visit our list of errors contained in other reference books.
Correction: He actually died August 25th, 1984,
at 12:21 p.m., at 400 St. Cloud Road, in Bel Air, Los Angeles,
California. Consult Truman Capote's profile
for more information.
William Faulkner (writer) -
Some editions mistakenly claim he died in "Oxford,
Correction: 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,
Althea Gibson (athlete) -
Collier's Encyclopedia Yearbook 1957 erroneously states
she was born in "New York City in 1928."
Correction: While Ms. Gibson was certainly raised
in Harlem, New York, she was not born there.
She was born August 25th, 1927, at 9:00 a.m.,
in Silver, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Senator Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator) -
Some editions erroneously report "Jan. 1, 1909"
as his date of birth.
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. Additional biographical data can
be found in our profile of Senator Goldwater.
Katharine Hepburn (actress) -
Some editions erroneously report "Nov. 9, 1909"
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.
Heinrich Himmler (Nazi German war criminal) -
Some editions mistakenly list "Nov. 7" as his date
Correction: Heinrich Himmler was born October 7th.
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.