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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Biography Julius Caesar is sometimes regarded as more myth than man due to his famous, or perhaps rather notorious, place in history as the harbinger of the end of the Roman Republic and the first emperor in the Roman Empire. A brilliant tactician, politically savvy, and intellectually enlightened writer of Latin prose, Julius Caesar was the embodiment of ...

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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony Biography When people think of the rights of women, of the protection of those rights, and of those who fought most vigorously to secure them, few names come to mind swifter, in the United States at least, than that of the passionate women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony. Susan B. Anthony holds a special place of honour ...

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Biography Abraham Lincoln was a fairly simple man, and with the hindsight of history, some have judged him unfairly, attempting to hold a 19th-century man to 21st century standards. However, when viewed as a man of his times, what he said and did was revolutionary, and unlike other historical figures, Abraham Lincoln’s story is one that has continued ...

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina Simone Biography Nina Simone was a complicated woman.  Extraordinarily talented musically, she played a wide variety of styles, and although well-known and critically acclaimed, she only had one song reach the top 20 chart in the United States throughout her whole career. However, it was the combination of her powerful, passionate music along with her strong views and activist ...

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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones Biography The reputation and legacy of John Paul Jones really depends on which side of the Atlantic you are on. In Britain, he is commonly thought of as a privateer at best and a pirate at worst. Having originally served for the United Kingdom, there are even some who viewed his defection to the American cause as ...

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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII Biography King Henry VIII is probably the most well-known and most studied of English monarchs. His reign is often seen as a prelude to and the forerunner of the British empire. Certainly, without the institutional changes he brought, the wars he fought, and the religious differences he ushered into his country, England, and therefore Britain likely would ...

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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Biography Bertrand Russell was one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. He was born into a life within the British aristocracy on 18 May 1872. His father was John Russell, Viscount Amberley who was a British Politician and eldest son of ...

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John Dillinger

John Dillinger

John Dillinger Biography The Depression-era has become a somewhat romanticised time in American history, especially as the memory of it fades from the collective consciousness. It was a time when people used to think that outlaws still had a certain amount of nobility or chivalry about them. And during this period, there was no outlaw who was more famous to ...

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Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana Biography On June 19, 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey, USA Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario was born to Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, with her father, Aridio Saldaña coming from the former and her mother Asalia Nazario coming from the latter. Further back in her ancestry, she also has Haitian and Lebanese roots and she has often stated that ...

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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings Biography Waylon Jennings is a Texan legend when it comes to musical expression and songwriting. Born in Littlefield, Texas, USA on 15 June 1937, Waylon Jennings went on to have an extensive and ground-breaking career which included not only songwriting for which he received multiple awards but also saw him taking on acting work as well. Waylon Jennings ...

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Francis Crick

Francis Crick

Francis Crick Biography Francis Harry Campton Crick is one of the most influential and brilliant scientific minds of the 20th century. Dabbling in various fields but specifically in physics and microbiology, Francis Crick was a specialist in a highly specialised field. Born 8 June 1916 Francis Crick’s family was certainly no stranger to a high scientific pedigree. His grandfather was ...

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Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski

“The female body is a beautiful thing, and it should be embraced and celebrated.” – Emily Ratajkowski Emily Ratajkowski Biography Emily Ratajkowski shot to fame in 2013 after the model and actress featured in the video for the biggest song of the year, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. Most of Emily’s career though has been about modeling and she has ...

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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Biography Norma Jeane Mortensen, better known to the rest of the world as legendary Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe, was born on 1 June 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She could be considered to be born into the film industry as her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, worked at Consolidated Film Industries as a negative cutter. She was also ...

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Emily Van Camp

Emily Van Camp

Emily Van Camp Biography Born in Port Perry, Ontario, on May 12, 1986, to Cindy and Robert VanCamp, Emily Irene VanCamp is a Canadian Actress most recently known for her latest movie role in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which she played Agent 13, Also known as Sharon Carter. TV fans will know her as Emily Thorne in ...

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin Biography Born Israel Isidore Baline, Irving Berlin was a man born into a world of discrimination, hatred, and incredible poverty. However, from these ashes, Irving Berlin would rise like a phoenix in a new country to become perhaps the greatest American musician of all time. His work influenced generations of people and continues its powerful march through history ...

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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Biography Born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, California, Jessica Marie Alba is the daughter of Catherine who is of Welsh, German, Danish and French Canadian ancestry and Mark David whose parents were born in California following their parents’ arrival as immigrants from Mexico. She is not an only child and has a brother who is younger called ...

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