Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, born 1 December 1896. He was conscripted into the Russian Imperial Army in 1915. From 1918 to 1920, he fought for the Red Army in the Russian Civil War. Stalin regarded Zhukov as a threat and demoted him to command the Odessa military district, far away from Moscow. After Stalin’s death, Zhukov returned to favour. Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov Biography and Profile.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangki born 25 November 1978, a Thai politician, political activist and former Vice President of the Thai Summit Group. Thanathorn received a joint-honours Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Thammasat University and the University of Nottingham. Read Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit Biography and Profile.
Emperor Akihito was born December 23, 1933, as the eldest son of the late Emperor Showa. In June 1953, His Majesty the Emperor, the then Crown Prince, representing Japan at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, made his first overseas trip. In April 1959, he married Michiko Shoda, the eldest daughter of former Nisshin Seifun President Hidesaburo Shoda, two years after she graduated from the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. Read Emperor Akihito Biography and Profile.
Princess Masako of Japan was born Masako Owada on December 9, 1963, in Tokyo, Japan, to Ambassador Hisashi Owada and Yumiko Owada. Princess Masako is the crown princess of Japan. At a reception for Spain’s Princess Elena in Tokyo in 1986, Masako was introduced to the Crown Prince Naruhito. He became immediately enamored and began courting her. She is best known for her independent nature before she joined the royal family. Read Crown Princess Masako Biography and Profile.
Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist, and the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, a social news network. Maria has more than 25 years of journalism under her belt, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). In 2018, she was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” and won the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA). Read Maria A. Ressa biography and profile.
Pol Pot (Saloth Sar, better known by his nom de guerre Pol Pot) was born Saloth Sar on May 19, 1925, in Kompong Thom Province, Cambodia. He rose to power as leader of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia’s Communist regime. During its reign, which ended in 1979, Pol Pot oversaw the deaths of an estimated one to two million people from starvation, overwork or execution. Pol Pot was arrested in 1997 and died under house arrest on April 15, 1998. Read Pol Pot Biography and Profile.
Nuon Chea (Lao Kim Lorn), born 7 July 1926, Voat Kor village, Battambang province, to a corn farmer and a seamstress, Nuon Chea was second in command to Pol Pot. He studied law at Bangkok’s prestigious Thammasat University, where he became a member of the Thai Communist Party. Nuon Chea also known as ‘Brother Number Two’, was indicted and sent to trial for crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and genocide. “I feel remorseful for the crimes that were committed intentionally or unintentionally, whether or not I had known about it or not known about it.” Read Nuon Chea Biography and Profile.
Bill Shorten, born 12 May 1967, Australian politician who has been Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labor Party. He was first elected as the Labor Member for Maribyrnong on November 24, 2007. Growing up in the suburbs, I watched as my mum made sacrifices. She saved to put my twin brother and I through school and herself through university. She made sacrifices to pay for the things that are important. Things like health, education, and a good job. Read Bill Shorten biography and profile.
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej (born 5 December 1927) also known as Rama IX. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his father was studying, and he was later educated in Switzerland. He returned there to finish his studies before returning to Thailand where he was crowned in May 1950. Even though King Bhumibol is no longer with us, millions of Thais and others who appreciate His legacy turned out to honor and show their love for him at home and abroad. Read Bhumibol Adulyadej Biography and Profile.