Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered this speech in support of the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968.
Amelia Earhart was an American aircraft pilot who set numerous records, including being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She disappeared mysteriously in the Pacific during a pioneering flight around the world.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, is considered by many readers and critics to be the foremost poet of the Latin American world in the twentieth century. His poetry, which often taps into the deepest, most elementary aspects of nature and existence, has been tremendously influential.
What caused him to change his name?
"Pablo Neruda." Dictionary of Hispanic Biography. Gale, 1996. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 15 Feb. 2011.
Celebrated former U.S. slave Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson on the $20 banknote, the first time an African-American has been featured on US money
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, visits the courthouse of her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1965. In the acclaimed novel, Lee used Monroeville as the model for the fictional town of Maycomb.
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It is the first time the honor has gone to a musician. In its citation, the Swedish Academy credited Mr. Dylan with “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804) helped write The Federalist, a powerful series of essays favoring the Constitution, and led the ratification struggle in New York State. As the first secretary of the treasury (1789–1795), inspector general of the army (1798–1800), and a leader of the Federalist party, he remained a central figure in national politics, fighting for a strong federal government.