Profession: Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Why Famous: Religious leader, community organizer, and leader of the Peoples Temple, best known for the mass suicide of 909 of its members in Jonestown, Guyana. Five individuals were murdered at the nearby airstrip, including Congressman Leo Ryan.
- 1949-06-12 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin
- 1978-11-18 In Jonestown, Guyana 918 members of the Peoples Temple are murdered or commit suicide under the leadership of cult leader Jim Jones