Born in 1532 in Plymouth, England, John Hawkins established himself as a merchant and slave trader, eventually having hostile encounters with Spanish naval forces. John Hawkins was England’s first slave trader. In 1562 he sailed from The Barbican in Plymouth with three ships and violently kidnapped about 400 Africans in Guinea, later trading them in the West Indies. Between 1562 and 1567 Hawkins and his cousin Francis Drake made three voyages to Guinea and Sierra Leone and enslaved between 1,200 and 1,400 Africans. Read John Hawkins Biography and Profile.
Desmond Doss was born 7 February 1919. Desmond Doss was credited with saving 75 soldiers during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II without carrying a weapon. The battle at Hacksaw Ridge, Okinawa, was a close combat fight with heavy weaponry. Thousands of American and Japanese soldiers were killed. Read Desmond Thomas Doss Biography and Profile.
Che Guevara was born into a middle-class family on June 14, 1928, Argentina. Guevara became disillusioned with the Soviet Union, attacking Moscow in every international forum. A photograph taken by Alberto Korda in March 1960 soon became one of the century’s most recognizable images. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna Biography and Profile.