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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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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

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 a child in an upper-middle-class family, Van Gogh enjoyed drawing and was quite thoughtful and serious. His ...

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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

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 Post. Hamilton was born on 11 January 1757 in the British West Indies in the Caribbean, on the ...

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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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Mary Todd Lincoln

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, Abraham Lincoln, Mary would become one of history’s most controversial first ladies.  Biographers, supporters and detractors have described ...

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Jim Morrison

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 a hedonist whose success was wrapped in a toxic film of alcohol and drugs?  Jim Morrison ...

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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 Welcome to the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, episode 1 – Louis Armstrong 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 ...

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