Personalities (people) of our countries.
Personalities of our Countries
Please put a picture and other references (Spanih and English) of any personality (politicians, artists, etc.) of your country at any time.
You can put as many pictures as you want...
My example: Pablo Neruda (Chile)
Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 September 23, 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the great Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. With his works translated into many languages, Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century.
Pablo Neruda era el seudónimo y posteriormente nombre legal del gran escritor y político chileno Neftalí Reyes Basoalto. Con su trabajo traducido a muchos idiomas, Pablo Neruda es considerado como uno de los más grandes e influyentes poetas del siglo 20.
Luis Companys i Jover.He was born 21 June 1882-14 October1940.President of Catalonia from 1934 and during the Spanish Civil War.Companys is the only incumbent president of a region in Europe to have been executed. Presidente de Cataluña desde 1934 y durante la Guerra Civil Española.Companys es el único presidente democratico de Europa asesinado.
Don Francisco (Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld on December 28, 1940 in Talca, Chile) is a Chilean television personality, and is now a popular television personality on the Univision network reaching Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States. He is best known for hosting the variety shows Sábado Gigante and Don Francisco Presenta.
Don Francisco es una personalidad de la television chilena, y ahora es una personalidad en la cadena Univisión llegando a los hispano-hablantes en los Estados Unidos. Él es conocido por ser el anfitrión de los show de variedades en Sábado Gigante y Don Francisco Presenta.
Ninoska named Jaime Escalante earlier in this thread.
Below is the sad announcement of his death.
Another hero leaves us with a better world.
The Californian maths teacher who inspired the film Stand And Deliver, Jaime Escalante, has died aged 79. Escalante, a Bolivian immigrant, transformed a tough high school in Los Angeles by motivating struggling students to excel at maths and science. The school had more students studying advanced calculus than all but three other state schools in the US. Escalante died in Reno, Nevada, where he was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer, AP news agency reported. Edward James Olmos played Escalante in the 1988 film Stand And Deliver. Olmos said Escalante had proved that inner city students were able to perform at the highest level, and left an important legacy for American education, AP said.
President Barack Obama
Polish President Lech Kaczynski 1949-2010
I am sorry that I don't have any facts to add here but I thought it would be appropriate to mention his name in such a tragic time. Perhaps Issabela or Bomberapolac can offer more at some time.
Famous Dutch people:
Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius)
Famous legal expert and author (1538-1645). Has written several important books. His most famous ones are "De iure belli at pacis" (About the law of war and peace), which is to date the foundation of modern international law and Mare librum (The free see) which is still of great influence on marine law.
Hugo de Groot was a lawyer, historian, philosopher, diplomat and theologist. Because his ideology posed a threat to the political regime he was captured and sentenced to life in prison. He was allowed to continue his studies and write more books, which he did. Eventually he escaped from prison in a bookcase and fled to Paris.
Teenager (1929-1945) who wrote a journal about her life as a jew in hiding in Amsterdam during the second world war. Eventually she was captured and deported to a concentration camp where she died. Her journal was found after the war and publicised in many languages. She had always wanted to become an author...
Rembrandt van Rijn
Famous paintor (1606-1669), who painted The Nightwatch. His paintings (about 300) are known for their stark light-dark (clair-obscur) contrasts which make them very lively and realistic.
Two more Filipinos: Cory Aquino and Lea Salonga
- Maria Corazon "Cory" Sumúlong Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 August 1, 2009) was the 11th President of the Philippines and the first woman to hold that office. Aquino was also the first popularly and democratically-elected female president and head of state in Asia. She is best remembered for leading the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, which toppled the authoritarian regime of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. "Tita (Auntie) Cory", as she is affectionately known, is considered and revered by many Filipinos as an icon of Democracy, and has been hailed by TIME Magazine as the "Saint of Democracy," due to her well-known spiritual life and strong adherence to non-violence and democracy. (source: Wikipedia)
- Lea Salonga-Chien (born on February 22, 1971 in the Philippines) is a Filipina singer and actress best known for her musical role in Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Theatre World Awards, the first to win various international awards for a single role.
She was the first Asian to play Éponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. and was the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (1992) and Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II in 1998/2004. (source: Wikipedia)
I know I have taken up a lot of space already but I hope you won't mind if I show you the people voted as the 100 best Britons at the turn of the Millenium.
They are in numerical order.
They are not my personal list however.
There is also a list of the 100 "worst Britons" - let me know if you want to see that. The ones below with an * and a number like (*3) are also in that position on the worst Britons list.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1940-1945 and 1951-1955, statesman, soldier and author.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (18061859), engineer, creator of Great Western Railway and other significant works
Diana, Princess of Wales (19611997), first wife of HRH Charles, Prince of Wales (19811996) and mother of Princes William and Harry of Wales.
Charles Darwin (18091882), naturist, originator of the theory of evolution through natural selection and author of The Origin of Species.
William Shakespeare (15641616), English poet and playwright, thought of by many as the greatest of all writers in the English language.
Sir Isaac Newton (16431727), physicist
Queen Elizabeth I of England (15331603), monarch, (reigned 15581603)
- John Lennon (19401980), musician with The Beatles
- Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (17581805), naval commander
- Oliver Cromwell (15991658), Lord Protector
- Sir Ernest Shackleton (18741922), polar explorer
- Captain James Cook (17281779), explorer
- Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (18571941), founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
Alfred the Great (849?899), King of Wessex, (reigned 871899)
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (17691852), military commander and statesman
- Margaret Thatcher (*3) (born 1925), Prime Minister (19791990)
- Michael Crawford (born 1942), actor
- Queen Victoria (18191901), monarch (reigned 18371901)
- Sir Paul McCartney (born 1942), musician with The Beatles
- Sir Alexander Fleming (18811955), pharmaceutical innovator
- Alan Turing (19121954), pioneer of computing
- Michael Faraday (17911867), scientist
- Owain Glynd?r (13591416), Prince of Wales
- Queen Elizabeth II (*10) (born 1926), reigning monarch (1952present)
- Professor Stephen Hawking (born 1942), theoretical physicist
- William Tyndale (14941536), English translator of the Bible
- Emmeline Pankhurst (18581928), suffragette
- William Wilberforce (17591833), humanitarian
- David Bowie (born 1947), musician
- Guy Fawkes (15701606), English revolutionary
- Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire (19171992), aviator and charity organiser
- Eric Morecambe (19261984), comedian
- David Beckham (*91) (born 1975), footballer
- Thomas Paine (17371809), political philosopher
- Boudica (died c.60), leader of Celtic resistance to the Roman Empire
- Sir Steve Redgrave (born 1962), Olympic rower
- Sir Thomas More (14781535), English lawyer and politician
- William Blake (17571827), author and printer
- John Harrison (16931776), clock designer
- King Henry VIII of England (14911547), monarch (reigned 15091547)
- Charles Dickens (18121870), author
- Sir Frank Whittle (19071996), jet engine inventor
- John Peel (19392004), broadcaster
- John Logie Baird (18881946), television pioneer
- Aneurin Bevan (18971960), politician
- Boy George (born 1961), musician with Culture Club
- Sir Douglas Bader (19101982), aviator and charity campaigner
- Sir William Wallace (c.12701305), Guardian of Scotland
- Sir Francis Drake (c.15401596), English naval commander
- John Wesley (17031791), Methodist leader
- King Arthur, legendary Celtic monarch
- Florence Nightingale (18201910), nurse and charity campaigner
- T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) (18881935), Arabist and soldier
- Sir Robert Falcon Scott (18681912), polar explorer
- Enoch Powell (19121998), politician
- Sir Cliff Richard (*29) (born 1940), musician
- Alexander Graham Bell (18471922), telephone pioneer, # 9 on the Canadian version
- Freddie Mercury (19461991), musician with Queen
- Dame Julie Andrews (born 1935), actress and singer
- Sir Edward Elgar (18571934), composer
- Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (19002002), Queen consort
- George Harrison (19432001), musician with The Beatles
- Sir David Attenborough (born 1926), broadcaster
- James Connolly (18681916), Irish revolutionary
- George Stephenson (17811848), railway pioneer
- Sir Charlie Chaplin (18891977), comic actor
- Tony Blair (*1) (born 1953), Prime Minister (1997-present)
- William Caxton (c.1415~1422c.1492), English printer
- Bobby Moore (19411993), Footballer and Captain of England 1966 World Cup winning team
- Jane Austen (17751817), author
- William Booth (18291912), founder of the Salvation Army
- King Henry V of England (13871422), monarch (reigned 14131422)
- Aleister Crowley (18751947), occultist, writer, and social provocateur; founder of Thelema
- Robert the Bruce (12741329), King of Scots
- Bob Geldof (born 1951), Irish musician
- The Unknown Warrior, soldier of the Great War
- Robbie Williams (*17) (born 1974), musician and former member of Take That
- Edward Jenner (17491823), pioneer of vaccination
- David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd George (18631945), prime minister (19161922)
- Charles Babbage (17911871), mathematician and pioneer of computing
- Geoffrey Chaucer (c.13431400), English author
- King Richard III of England (14521485), monarch (reigned 14831485)
- J.K. Rowling (born 1965), author
- James Watt (17361819), developer of the steam engine
- Sir Richard Branson (*86) (born 1950), businessman and adventurer
- Bono (born 1960), musician- Singer of Rock Band U2, philanthropist.
- John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (born 1956), musician
- Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (18871976), military commander
- Donald Campbell (19211967), water speed world record challenger
- King Henry II of England (11331189), monarch (reigned 11541189)
- James Clerk Maxwell (18311879), physicist
- J.R.R. Tolkien (18921973), author and philologist (Born in South Africa)
- Sir Walter Raleigh (15521618), English explorer
- King Edward I of England (12391307), monarch (reigned 12721307)
- Sir Barnes Wallis (18871979), aviation technology pioneer
- Richard Burton (19251984), actor
- Tony Benn (born 1925), politician
- David Livingstone (18131873), missionary and explorer
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee (born 1955), Internet pioneer and Inventor of the World Wide Web
- Marie Stopes (18801958), promoter of birth control
Hola Carlos, oye...vale Raúl??
This to ask if anyone wanted to add some more "favourite" people.
I find it fascinating reading.