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John Adams

John Adams

“A government of laws, and not of men” – John Adams John Adams Biography John Adams is known as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, the second president, and the first vice president. He was a statesman, political theorist, and a lawyer who helped lead the American Revolution which created independence from Great Britain. John ...

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Biography Lee Jun-fan (Bruce Lee was his professional name) was born on 27 November 1940 in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, USA. He was the fourth of five children born to father Lee Hoi-chuen who was a leading actor in Cantonese opera and his mother wealthy mother Grace Ho. His siblings were two sisters called Phoebe and ...

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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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Ulysses S Grant

Ulysses S Grant

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.” – Ulysses S Grant Ulysses S. Grant Biography Born on 27 April 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, Hiram Ulysses Grant was a United States general and commander during the American Civil War for the Union armies and later became the 18th president of the United States. His father was ...

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching” – Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Biography Born on 13 April 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia in what would later become the United States of America, few people could imagine all that would be accomplished by Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson had no true ties to nobility although he was ...

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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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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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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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David Niven

David Niven

“You can count on Errol Flynn, he’ll always let you down.” – David Niven David Niven Biography James David Graham Niven was born on 1 March 1910 in Belgrave Mansions, London and was given the second name David because he was born on St. David’s Day. His father, William Niven was Scottish and served in the Berkshire Yeomanry during the ...

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie Marie Curie Biography Maria Sklodowska Curie was born in Warsaw, which was then known as the Russian partition of Poland, on 7 November 1867. Maria was the youngest of five children ...

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Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

“A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.” – Alexander Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton Biography Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. He was heavily involved in promoting the US Constitution in addition to founding the nation’s financial system, The US Coast Guard, and the New York ...

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Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln

“If you keep making jokes like that, someone is going to shoot you, father” – Mary Todd Lincoln Mary Todd Lincoln Biography Mary Ann Todd was born into a world of social prominence and affluence.  She was well educated and as a young lady was considered attractive, witty, and intelligent.  As wife of the 16th president of the United States, ...

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors” – Jim Morrison Jim Morrison Biography “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” William Blake 1793 Was it the peripatetic childhood of a military brat, the nature of a reader and dreamer, the dazzling highs and lows of ...

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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know” – Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Biography Considered the most important improviser in jazz, Louis Armstrong taught the world to swing. Fondly known as “Satchmo” which was short for “Satchelmouth,” referring to the size of his mouth, or “Pops,” Armstrong was an unassuming jazz master whose sense of humor and ...

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