Filtering by: Historical Figure

Jun
12
3:30 AM03:30

Anne Frank

Annelies Marie Frank was a German-born diarist and writer. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, which documents her life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II, is one of the world's most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

The Frank family moved from Germany to Amsterdam in the early 1930s when the Nazis gained control over Germany. As persecutions of the Jewish population increased during WWII, the family went into hiding in some concealed rooms behind a bookcase in the building where Anne's father worked. 

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Oct
11
3:00 PM15:00

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly her stance on racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.

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Oct
2
12:00 AM00:00

Mahatma Ghandi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable")—applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. His birthday is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

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Aug
7
to Aug 8

Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopediaWikipedia, and the for-profit Wikia web hosting company.

Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001 and consists of more than 38 million articles in more than 250 different languages and as of February 2014, it had 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors each month.

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Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Edward Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without prior authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments and have fueled debates over mass surveillancegovernment secrecy, and the balance between national securityand information privacy.

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Jun
14
3:00 PM15:00

Che Guevara

Ernesto "CheGuevara was a Marxist revolutionaryphysician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

Guevara remains both a revered and reviled historical figure, polarized in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, memoirs, essays, documentaries, songs, and films. As a result of his perceived martyrdom, poetic invocations for class struggle, and desire to create the consciousness of a "new man" driven by moral rather than material incentives, he has evolved into a quintessential icon of various leftist-inspired movements. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, while an Alberto Korda photograph of him, titled Guerrillero Heroico, was cited by the Maryland Institute College of Art as "the most famous photograph in the world."

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