John Fitzgerald Kennedy (John F. Kennedy, U.S. President, U.S. Representative, Civil Rights Activist) was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. On November 21, 1963, President Kennedy flew to Texas to give several political speeches. The next day, as his car drove slowly past cheering crowds in Dallas, shots rang out. Kennedy was seriously wounded and died a short time later. Read John Fitzgerald Kennedy Biography and Profile.
Born in Cairo in 1929, Yasser Arafat was named chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization 40 years later. Arafat signed a self-governing pact with Israel in 1991, at the Madrid Conference, and together with Israeli leaders made several attempts at lasting peace soon after, notably through the Oslo Accords (1993) and the Camp David Summit of 2000. Arafat and Israel’s Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, but the terms were never implemented. Arafat ceded his PLO chairman post in 2003, and died in Paris in 2004. Read Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat Biography and Profile.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika was born on 2 March 1937. He won his spurs in the eight-year war of liberation against the French. Abdelaziz Bouteflika was Sectional Secretary-General of the General Union of Algerian Moslem Students (UGEMA). Just five months after he took office, he won overwhelming endorsement for a reconciliation plan that granted amnesty to thousands of Islamists. Read Abdelaziz Bouteflika Full Biography and Profile.
Rodrigo Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte to Vicente Duterte and Soledad Roa who were both civil servants. His mother was a public school teacher while his father was a government worker. Duterte traces his roots to the Visayas. He spent his early years in Danao, Cebu, the hometown of his father. But his lineage has also direct ties from Mindanao as his mother hails from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte while his paternal grandmother was a Maranao. Read Rodrigo Roa Duterte Biography and Profile.
Benigno Aquino was born November 27, 1932, a Filipino politician who served as a Senator of the Philippines and governor of the province of Tarlac. He was the husband of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and father of former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Read Benigno Aquino Biography and Profile.
Maria Corazon Aquino was born January 25, 1933, Philippines. Her husband, Benigno Aquino, had been an opponent of Ferdinand Marcos. When Marcos called for elections in 1986, Corazon Aquino became the unified opposition’s presidential candidate. She took office after Marcos fled the country, and served as president, with mixed results, until 1992. Read Maria Corazon Aquino Biography and Profile.
Ferdinand E. Marcos, born on September 11, 1917. He was Philippines former President and prime Minister, statesman, war hero, author, poet and parliamentarian. Marcos went on exile in Hawaii, where he died on September 28, 1989. Read Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. Biography and Profile.
Born in Nkandla, South Africa, on April 12, 1942, Jacob Zuma joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1959. After serving time in prison for his involvement with a militant wing, he rose in the party’s ranks and became its president in 2007, two years before his election as president of South Africa. Continue reading Jacob Zuma Biography and Profile.