Famous People Archive

Walt Disney

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He was a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, and is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during …

Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician and actor. Elvis Presley became one of the most influential cultural icons of a generation. He is commonly referred to as the “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. …

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa in about 1451 to a middle-class weaver. He learnt to sail from and early age, and later worked as a business agent, travelling around Europe to England, Ireland and later along the West coast of Africa. He …

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King. King’s legal name at …

Queen Victoria

Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London, on 24 May 1819. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. Educated at the Royal Palace by a governess, she had a gift for drawing and painting. Upon …

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘Mahatma’ (meaning ‘Great Soul’) was born in Porbandar, Gujarat, on 2nd October 1869. In May 1883, aged 13, Gandhi was married to Kasturba Makhanji. Shortly after the birth of the first of four surviving sons, 18-year-old …

Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He attended school for a very short period and was taught at home by his mother. At age 11, he showed a voracious appetite for knowledge and reading books on a …

Marie Curie

Marie Skłodowska Curie was born in Warsaw modern-day Poland, on November 7, 1867. As a child Curie, she had a bright and curious mind and excelled at school. A top student in her secondary school, Curie could not attend the men-only University of …

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, Shrewsbury, England. Darwin came from a  line of scientists. His father, Dr. R.W. Darwin, was as a medical doctor, and his grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, was a renowned botanist. In September 1818, he joined …

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. Shakespeare was born (baptised 26 April, 1564 …