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Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves” – Mary Shelley Mary Shelley Biography Mary Shelley was an English author who is primarily remembered for only a single work. Although Frankenstein would become her most popular work, she was a dedicated novelist and wrote many books and stories. Despite personal tragedy, she rose above the ...

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Bugsy Siegel

Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel

“Las Vegas turns women into men and men into idiots.” – Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Biography Benjamin Siegel, known to the world as Bugsy, was born on 28 February 1906 in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. His parents were poor Jewish immigrants from the town of Letychiv in what is now Western Ukraine, ...

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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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Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. ” – Vincent Van Gogh Vincent van Gogh Biography Vincent Willem van Gogh was a 19th-century Dutch post-impressionist painter known for his influences on the history of western art. He was born 30 March 1853 in the southern Netherlands. His father was a Dutch reformed church minister. As ...

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Michelangelo

Michelangelo

“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.” – Michelangelo Michelangelo Biography Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on 6 March 1475 in the village of Caprese, which is in Tuscany, Italy, approximately 100km to the east of Florence. His family was in the banking business and so while not affluent, they certainly weren’t poor. His father, ...

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

“Each person must live their life as a model for others” – Rosa Parks Rosa Parks Biography Although the Civil War had officially ended over 60 years before she was born, Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist, at a very tense time in US history when equality had not been fully achieved. She was born Rosa Louise McCauley ...

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Louis Braille

Louis Braille

“Live without seeing, but be what you are.” – Louis Braille Louis Braille Biography Born on 4 January 1809, Louis Braille was from a small town called Coupvray, which is about twenty miles to the East of Paris, France. He was the youngest of four children born to Simon-René, who was a leatherer and maker of horse tack and Monique ...

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J. R. R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien

“A pen is to me as a beak is to a hen.” – J.R.R. Tolkien. J. R. R. Tolkien Biography John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, known as J.R.R. Tolkien, was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein in what was then called the Orange Free State but which is now part of South Africa. He is best known for his high ...

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling Biography Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in India. John Lockwood Kipling, his father, was a sculptor and pottery designer whereas his mother, Alice, was the daughter of a Wesleyan Methodist minister. After the couple met ...

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Ian McCaskill

Ian McCaskill

“They’re of a certain age, these ladies [His admirers]. You know, past their procreational best.” – Ian McCaskill. Ian McCaskill Biography John Robertson McCaskill, better known as Ian was born on 28 July 1938 in Glasgow, Scotland where he went to secondary school at Queen’s Park. After school, Ian attended the University of Glasgow and studied chemistry and geology. He ...

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Hernando Cortes

Hernando Cortes

“I love to travel, but hate to arrive” – Hernando Cortes Hernando Cortes Biography Hernándo Cortés, the famous, or perhaps more accurately, the infamous explorer was born in 1485 in Medellin, Spain. The son of an upper class, yet not very wealthy family, he began life as a skinny, sickly problem child. By the age of 14, his parents had ...

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Claude Monet

Claude Monet

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” – Claude Monet Claude Monet Biography Claude Monet is one of the most famous artists of all time. Born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, France, he was artistic even as a young child. Instead of focusing on his studies, he was prone to doodling caricatures of his classmates, teachers and anyone else ...

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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” – Pablo Picasso Pablo Picasso Biography Pablo Picasso was born in Malága, Spain, on 25th October, 1881. The Picasso part of his name comes from his mother, Doña Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father Don José Ruiz Blasco, earned a modest living as an art teacher and ...

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Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche

“I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself” – Ferdinand Porsche Ferdinand Porsche Biography Roads all over the world would look very different if not for an engineer from Germany. Ferdinand Porsche was a visionary in his time, with an active hand in developing the Mercedes compressor car, the first designs of the Volkswagen, ...

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