Famous People Story Briefs

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

Abe Lincoln lived at Knob Creek Farm, in Hodgenville, Kentucky, until he was nearly eight years old.

In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November would be Thanksgiving Day. He issued a turkey reprieve - which we would call a pardo...

Abigail Adams, in many ways, was a woman ahead of her time. When her husband, John, served as America's 2nd president, critics referred to Abigail as ...

When Abraham Lincoln did not like the way a photographer had smoothed his hair, the future President ran his fingers through it - just before the pict...

Born on the 12th of February, in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president. For many people, this man with humble beginnings was the greatest...

Abu Bakr al Baghdadi leads insurgents called ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and/or IS (Islamic State). Does his name have a special meaning?

To help provide for his growing family, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol over a period of three weeks in 1843.

On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson confronts Soviet Ambassador Zorin in the United Nations. The US, says Stevenson, is prepared to "wait until hell ...

Shepard was the first American in space when he blasted off in a Redstone rocket on May 5, 1961.

With his parents urging him to focus on whatever would help him succeed in Britain's public school system, Alan Turing followed his own desire to stud...

Featured in "The Imitation Game," where he is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Turing remains one of the towering geniuses of the 20th Century....

In 1952, Einstein was asked about his role in making atomic bombs. He responded with a short essay, entitled "On My Participation In The Atom Bomb Pro...

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