Jhumpa Lahiri Biography

Produced on July 11, 1967, in London, England, to Bengali parentage, writer Jhumpa Lahiri released her introduction in 1999, Interpreter of Maladies, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Lahiri’s 2013 novel, The Lowland, was partly inspired by real world political events. Nilanjana Sudheshna Lahiri was born on July 11, 1967, in London, England, ...

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H.H. Holmes Biography

He took over a Chicago drugstore and assembled it into an intricate labyrinth of death traps to which he enticed numerous casualties during the 1893 Columbian Exposition. He was eventually caught and hanged in 1896. Erik Larson wrote about Holmes in the novel The Devil in the White City, printed ...

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Billy the Kid Biography

Little is known of his youth, but early on he entered a life of thievery, finally heading west and joining a violent gang. Billy was caught and sentenced to death for the murder of a sheriff, but escaped after killing guards. The legend of Billy the Kid is made by ...

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Lizzie Borden Biography

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were discovered killed inside their residence. Lizzie was detained and tried for the ax murders. Shortly afterwards, Sarah Borden expired. Andrew Borden remarried three years after, to Abby Durfee Gray. The family resided nicely. Andrew Borden was successful enough in the areas of ...

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Cesar Chavez Biography

It’s thought that Chavez’s hunger strikes led to his departure on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, Arizona. Chavez dedicated his life to enhancing the treatment, pay and working conditions for farm workers. He understood all too well the hardships farm workers faced. This union joined together with the Agricultural Workers ...

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Oscar Wilde Biography

Produced on October 16, 1854 in Dublin, Irish writer Oscar Wilde is famous for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray as well as the play The Importance of Being Earnest, along with for his notorious arrest and imprisonment for being homosexual. His dad, William Wilde, was an acclaimed physician who ...

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Marco Polo Biography

Marco Polo – Complete Episode (TV14; 45:45) The complete biography of explorer Marco Polo. He stayed in China for 17 of those years. His novel Il Milione describes his journeys and encounters and affected later adventurers and retailers. Marco Polo came to be in the year 1254 into a rich Venetian ...

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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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Jim Morrison Biography

Produced on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, Jim Morrison was an American rock vocalist and songwriter. Known for his drinking and drug use and horrific stage behaviour, in 1971 Morrison left the Doors to compose poetry and moved to Paris, where he died of heart failure Vocalist and songwriter. ...

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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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