Famous People

People who change the world may, or may not, be famous in their own lifetimes. Often it takes years for others to understand forward-thinking contributions. This collection introduces you to some of the world's most-famous people

Famous People Chapters

When building materials arrive at Lambarene, Albert Schweitzer designs a new hospital which incorporates its cultural setting and needs.

Albert and Helene Schweitzer arrive at Lambarene, their new home in Gambon.

Albert and Helen Schweitzer travel to Africa, reaching the country of Gabon, where the new doctor intends to help relieve the suffering of people.

With a new wife, Helene Bresslau, at his side, Albert Schweitzer leaves Europe to begin a life of service in Africa.

Interesting information about he wives of the President during the event.

Famous People Story Briefs

Eyewitnesses saw a plane land at Mili Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, during July of 1937. The country issued postage stamps, in 1987, depicting four ...

Eyewitnesses saw a plane land on Mili Atoll in July of 1937. Could it have been Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan?

An American Marine found a briefcase on Saipan containing nothing but information regarding Amelia Earhart. Was it her briefcase? If so, how did it ge...

Does a photo, maintained at the U.S. National Archives, depict Amelia Earhart after her disappearance on July 2, 1937?

Scholars of Irish Literature believe that Oliver St. John Gogarty (1878-1957) was the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in "Ulysses," by James Joyce.

Famous People Learning Tasks

Textual Evidence

Identifying Key Ideas

Analyze How Complex Characters Develop

Analyze Story Elements

Use Details to Describe a Character, Setting, or Event

Famous People Audios

Do you know the background of "Little Women?" Meet Louisa May Alcott and learn how she based her still-famous story on her real-life family.

Three days after Anne Frank told "Kitty" about an unsettling conversation with her father - that the Frank family may have to go into hiding somewhere...

Anne Frank, a Jewish girl living with her family in Amsterdam, was thirteen years old during the summer of 1942.  At the time, German forces were...

On the 8th of December, 1941 - the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed - Americans received their up-to-date news from the radio.

Churchill tried repeatedly to convince FDR to enter the war.

Famous People Audio Narrations

What are the factors leading to Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo on June 18, 1815?

It's June 13, 1935 and Jim Braddock - a 10 to 1 underdog - stuns boxing fans everywhere when he defeats the reigning champion, Max Baer.

Gone with the Wind became one of the best-selling novels and movies of all time.

Margaret Mitchell named Scarlett O'Hara after looking through books of Irish literature.

Margaret Mitchell found the title for her new book in the lines of an 1891 poem.

Famous People Documents

An American Marine found a briefcase on Saipan containing nothing but information regarding Amelia Earhart. Was it her briefcase? If so, how did it ge...

Sarah Hale wrote to President Lincoln asking that Thanksgiving be made a national holiday.

Working Girls Beware by Nellie Bly. Article that appeared in The World newspaper.

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