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.
Karl Marx was born in Prussia on May 5, 1818. A hugely influential revolutionary thinker and philosopher, Marx did not live to see his ideas carried out in his own lifetime, but his writings formed the theoretical base for modern international communism. In 1836, as he was becoming more politically zealous, Marx was secretly engaged to Jenny von Westphalen, a sought-after woman from a respected family in Trier who was four years his senior. Paris was the political heart of Europe in 1843. There, along with Arnold Ruge, Marx founded a political journal titled Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher (German-French Annals). Karl Heinrich Marx biography and profile.
Anthony Bourdain was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City. Bourdain eventually attended Vassar College for two years and then graduated from the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in 1978. In 2002, Bourdain started his two-season run on the Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour, a series featuring Bourdain traveling the world seeking culinary adventures. Anthony Bourdain Biography and Profile.
Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine, to Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts. Stephen Edwin King Biography and Profile.
Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820 into into a wealthy family, Nightingale was determined to enter nursing despite its low status at this time. In 1854 she left for the Crimea with 38 nurses and sisters. Her major achievement in the Crimea was to organise the barracks hospital at Scutari, introducing proper discipline among the nurses and better sanitation. She became known as ‘the lady of the lamp’. Florence Nightingale biography and profile.
Peter Tabichi (Peter Mokaya Tabichi), born 1982, is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at the Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village. Peter Tabichi is the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize. Peter Tabichi is a science teacher who gives away 80% of his monthly income to help the poor. Peter Mokaya Tabichi 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.
Justin Trudeau, Author, Teacher, born December 25, 1971, Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. He was first elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2008. In 2013, Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal Party. He and his party won an impressive victory in 2015 with Trudeau becoming the country’s second youngest prime minister. Read Justin Trudeau Biography and Profile.
Anne McLellan was born on 31 August 1950. She served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Honourable Anne McLellan will serve as a Special Advisor to examine these questions and provide independent recommendations to the Prime Minister by June 30, 2019. Read Anne McLellan Biography and Profile.
Olga Ladyzhenskaya, a mathematician, born March 7, 1922, Russia, and spent her early years being inspired with a love of mathematics by her father, Aleksandr, who taught the subject. After earning her Ph.D., Ladyzhenskaya went on to lead the Laboratory of Mathematical Physics at the Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow and to write more than 250 papers. Ladyzhenskaya’s contributions to the field earned her the Lomonosov Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2002. She died on Jan. 12, 2004, at the age of 81. Read Olga Ladyzhenskaya Biography and Profile.