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Pocahontas Biography

Pocahontas was a Powhatan Native American girl, born around 1595, known for her participation with English colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. In a well known historical anecdote, she saved the life of Englishman John Smith, by putting her head upon his own in the minute of his execution. Pocahontas after ...

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Mao Tse-tung Biography

Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” and the Cultural Revolution were ill conceived and had devastating results, but a lot of his targets, including stressing China’s self reliance, were usually laudable. Life was hard for a lot of Chinese citizens at that time, but Mao’s family was better off than most. His authoritarian ...

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Giovanni Giacomo Casanova Biography

The son of Venetian celebrities, Giovanni Giacomo Casanova directed to enter priesthood as a young man, studying in the Seminary of St. Cyprian in Padua. Not long after registering in the institution, he was expelled for his bawdy behaviour, so he returned to Venice, where he served a Roman Catholic ...

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Shirley Muldowney Biography

The family moved to Schenectady, Ny, where Shirley grew up with her older sister. Their mom was employed as a laundress and dad as a cab driver. Belgium was also a boxer, and is credited as instilling a feeling of stamina in his tiny daughter. Shirley fell for serious automobile racer ...

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Johnny Robinson Biography

Johnny Robinson lived in Birmingham, Alabama, in which a bomb set at the 16th Street Baptist Church killed four African American girls on September 15, 1963. Though his departure was overlooked for a long time, Robinson is now recognized as being part of the Civil Rights Movement. Produced circa 1947, Johnny ...

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Virgil Ware Biography

Produced on December 6, 1949, Virgil Ware grew up in Alabama at a period when the South was broken up by battles between supporters of racial equality and segregationists. Following a church bombing killed four girls on September 15, 1963, two white teens shot and killed Ware the exact same ...

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Jo Ann Robinson Biography

After earning a master’s degree, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to instruct at Alabama State College. She directed an effective city bus boycott that got national interest as well as the support of Martin Luther King Jr. Following her dad’s passing, 6-year old Jo Ann and her family relocated to Macon. ...

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Evelyn Boyd Granville Biography

Produced on May 1, 1924, in Washington, D.C., Evelyn Boyd Granville became just the second black woman to earn a Ph.D. in math. Granville embarked on a 30-year career as a professor in 1967, and continued to support mathematical studies after retiring in the classroom. African American mathematician and teacher ...

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Mickey Cohen Biography

Mickey Cohen was born on September 4, 1913, in Brooklyn, Ny, and grew up in La. Following a troubled youth, Cohen’s first links with top Jewish and Italian mobsters came during his teen years, through his participation in the boxing game. During the Great Depression he packaged professionally, and acted ...

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Ted Bundy Biography

In the 1970s, he raped and murdered young women in a number of states. He was linked to at least 36 homicides, but some believed he’d perpetrated one hundred or more. His appeal and wisdom made him something of a star during his trial, and his case inspired many novels ...

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