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Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles - Diplomat and Adventurer

(May 28, 2007)  Born the son of a ship’s cook, Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles is best known for the founding of Singapore, although another achievement of his, little known by most other than historians, is that he almost won Java for the British. Although he started work for the British East India Company as ..

Irineu Evangelista de Sousa, Baron of Maua

(May 28, 2007)  Irineu Evangelista de Sousa was an entrepreneur born in 1813, on 28th December, and after the death of his father was sent to Rio de Janeiro with his uncle in order to prevent a confrontation with his mother’s new husband. He began work at nine years old, and at the age of 15 he was working ..

Short History of Macau

(May 28, 2007)  Situated 60 kilometers west of Hong Kong on the Chinese mainland, Macau was colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and the Portuguese influence is evident to this day. In fact it was in 1553 that Portugal established a trading post in Macau, as a center for trading with China, Japan and ..

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

(May 28, 2007)  Born on 6th July 1781, Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles is best known among ordinary people for Raffles Hotel in Singapore that was named after him. Had it not been, it is doubtful that anyone other than historians would have been aware of the person who founded Singapore. There are only two people ..

The Reforms of Deng Xiaoping

(May 28, 2007)  After the downfall of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, China was crying out in need of a leader who could take it into the 20th century. That person was Deng Xiaoping, who stated leaders to be men, not gods. When the ten year Cultural Revolution came to an end in 1976, China entered into a new ..

Lee Kuan Yew

(May 28, 2007)  Lee Kuan Yew was prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, and when he resigned in 1990 he was then the longest serving prime minister of any country. He was educated in England, graduating in law from Cambridge University. He returned to Singapore and in 1954 founded the People’s Action .

A Short Biography of Andrew Carnegie

(May 28, 2007)  Andrew Carnegie came to America from Scotland with his parents in 1848. Born in Dunfermline on 25 November 1835, his first job was in a cotton mill threading bobbins, then he found a job as a telegraph messenger with Western Union. He was soon promoted to telegraph operator before joining the ..

A History of New York City - The Dutch Period and Before (Pa ...

(May 25, 2007)  The first European to visit what was to become New York city was Florentine Giovanni Da Verrazzano, after whom the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is named. Verrazzano left from France in 1524 and made landfall near Cape Fear. He sailed North and made contact with the Lenape people at what came to be ..

A History of New York - British Rule to the American Revolut ...

(May 25, 2007)  After the British took the New Netherlands colony from the Dutch, first in 1664 and again in 1674, New York as it was now known was in British hands for over one hundred years. Certain actions by the British, and also a growing desire on behalf of the colonists to forge their own future and make ..

A History of New York to 1939 – The Revolution and Beyond ...

(May 25, 2007)  After the first shots were fired at Lexington, the British fought a fruitless campaign in Boston, and withdrew North towards New York city. After landing at Staten island on July 3rd 1776, the British took the city after a tactical blunder by General George Washington in dividing his troops into ..

Bill Gates - Businessman Extraordinaire

(May 25, 2007)  Born on 28th October 1955 in Seattle, Bill Gates demonstrated his technological ability at an early age when he was able to program computers at the age of thirteen. In fact, along with his friend Paul Allen, his grades suffered through the time he spent on the computer. Keep in mind that this was .


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