Biographies

Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Dr. Sally Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012), a 32-year-old physicist and astronaut, became the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983, when she flew a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger. To this day, …[Continue]

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was just thirteen-years old when she and her family went into hiding behind the Amsterdam office of her father to avoid persecution by Hitler’s Nazis. One of her dearest possessions was the diary she had just received as …[Continue]

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born in 1880 with sight and hearing, but an illness at eighteen months left her deaf, blind, and mute. Keller overcame these disabilities to became an international spokesperson championing the causes of education, research and opportunity for …[Continue]

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley (August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter with a starring role in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. Her fame cemented her position as America’s first female star. Oakley is also known for promoting the …[Continue]

George Washington

George Washington

George Washington, born in Virginia on February 22, 1732, was the triumphant Commander in Chief of the American Revolution, and the first President of the United States. He was also an entrepreneur, farmer, and the only slaveholder among the Founding …[Continue]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was …[Continue]

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) is one of the greatest composers in history. His work marked a turning point for composers, who had previously written primarily for religious services, to teach, or to entertain at social functions. But Beethoven’s …[Continue]

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was a U.S. Naval officer and a pioneering computer programmer. Among other accomplishments, Admiral Hopper was instrumental in the development of the computer programming language COBOL. Here’s another fun …[Continue]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was a South African freedom fighter who became South Africa’s first democratically elected President (1994 to 1999). His leadership was fundamental in dismantling apartheid, and he won the Nobel Peace Prize …[Continue]

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 8,1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist recognized after his death for his use of colors and as a forerunner of the Symbolist movement. He was contemporary of Vincent Van Gogh, and his work …[Continue]