Dalai Lama born 6 July 1935, Taktser, Tibet (now People’s Republic of China). The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1950, at 16, His Holiness was called upon to assume full political power as Head of State and Government when Tibet was threatened by the might of China. In 1959 he was forced into exile in India after the Chinese military occupation of Tibet. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Lhamo Thondup Biography and Profile.
Joshua Wong, political activist and politician, was born 13 October 1996 in Hong Kong to middle-class Christian parents Grace and Roger Wong, eight months before control of Hong Kong was handed over from the UK to China. His major influence on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement resulted in his inclusion in TIME magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and nomination for its Person of the Year 2014, recognition by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015, and, in 2017, plans for nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Joshua Wong Biography and Profile.
Greta Thunberg was born on 3 January 2003 in Sweden to her mother Malenda Ernman. Thunberg’s main goal is for governments to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C over pre-industrial levels. She’s a quiet, socially awkward girl, seen as different. Greta Thunberg Biography and Profile.
Emma Goldman, Anarchist and activist, was born June 27, 1869, Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania). She immigrated to the U.S. in 1885, where she worked in clothing factories. Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement. Emma Goldman criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. Emma Goldman Biography and Profile.
Willie Nelson, country singer and songwriter, born April 29, 1933, in Texas in 1933 rose to prominence at the end of the 1960s and contributed to the “outlaw country” subgenre, which challenged the conservatism of Nashville. Willie Nelson wrote some of the most popular and memorable country songs of all time. Willie Nelson Biography and Profile.
Leymah Roberta Gbowee born in central Liberia February 1, 1972, is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war in 2003. Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Leymah Roberta Gbowee Biography and Profile.
Frederick Douglass was born around 14 February 1818 into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. In 1881, Douglass published Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892. He taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Frederick Douglass married Anna Murray and they had five children. Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey biography and profile.
For decades George Habash was one of the most important Palestinian militant leaders. In 1967 he founded the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) – at one time the most notorious of the many Palestinian factions. The group and its leader pioneered the tactic of hijacking aeroplanes, to try to achieve political objectives. For many years the PFLP was very influential within the PLO, second only to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement. George Habash was born into a Christian family in Lydda (present-day Lod) in Palestine around 1926. His family fled their home in 1948, when Israel was founded.
Bobi Wine born 12 February 1982, a musician from Uganda who began his music career in the early 2000s. In July, Bobi Wine locked arms with activists and marched on the streets of the capital, Kampala, to protest against a social media tax introduced ostensibly to boost state revenue and to end what Mr Museveni called “gossip” on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu biography and profile.
Colin Kaepernick was born on 3 November 1987. Kaepernick attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he set several school and college records. The San Francisco 49ers drafted Kaepernick in 2011, and he led the club to Super Bowl XLVII. In 2016, Kaepernick drew attention for refusing to stand for the national anthem, a form of protest that was adopted by other players and became a hot-button political topic. Colin Kaepernick biography and profile.