Octavia Estelle Butler was born on June 22, 1947. She received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award. NASA named the landing site of the agency’s Perseverance rover “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” after the science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Read Octavia E. Butler Biography.
If anyone embodies the archetype of the evil that was Auschwitz, it is surely Josef Mengele. Dubbed by the inmates, and survivors of the camp the “Angel of Death,” the immaculate doctor, with a slight flick of the finger, would casually select those permitted to live, and work, and those destined to die in the gas chambers. Among those he selected to live, were the subjects upon whom he conducted his infamous race-inspired medical experiments. His postwar escape to South America, and prolonged successful evasion from capture (in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil) only reinforced the fear and mystique of the man.
Edward Colston was born 2 November in 1636 and died in 1721. A significant proportion of Colson’s wealth came directly or indirectly from the slave trade. It is estimated that during Colston’s involvement with the RAC, it transported over 100,000 African men, women and children, who were branded with the company’s initials on their chest. Over 19,000 of them died on their journey to the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas due to unhygienic conditions on the ships. Designed to maximise profit and hold as many enslaved people as possible, the boats were hotbeds for dysentery, dehydration and scurvy.
BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene”, is a South Korean boyband that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally. The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook. After bringing together the seven young artists, Big Hit Entertainment’s Bang Si-hyuk first debuted BTS to the world in 2013 with their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool and lead single “No More Dream” to moderate success. They also entered the Japanese market with a Japanese-language version of their single. BTS continued to release albums in Korean and Japanese and to tour Asia over the following years, with a few stops in the U.S. in 2015 for KCON.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, born 3 March 1965. Dr Tedros elected WHO Director-General in May 2017. Dr Tedros Heads WHO to Tackle Covid-19 Pandemic. He has been praised for reforming the health sector and improving access to health care in Ethiopia, Africa’s most populous state after Nigeria. But when he was in charge, his ministry was known to discourage journalists from reporting about suspected cholera cases in the country. Tedros holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Community Health from the University of Nottingham in the UK and a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London.
Candi Staton (Canzata Maria Staton), born 13 March 1940, an American singer–songwriter, best known in the United States for her 1970 remake of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” and her 1976 disco chart-topper “Young Hearts Run Free”.
Candi Staton: “I am so blessed and thankful. There are so many of my peers that are not here to see something like this happen to them.” Here’s Candi Station Biography and Profile.
Annie Idibia (Annie Macaulay–Idibia), born 13 November 1980, in Eket, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. Annie Idibia married to 2Face Idibia. Annie Idibia won the African Entertainment Legend Awards- Fast Rising Actress and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress in the 2009 Best of Nollywood Awards. Here’s Annie Idibia Biography and Profile.
Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta (Uhuru Kenyatta), born October 1961, two years before Kenya officially got independence from Britain, his parents named him “Uhuru” — Swahili for freedom — in anticipation of the nation’s liberation from colonial rule. Here’s Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta Biography and Profile.