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Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to ever achieve a bachelor of arts degree. A prolific author, she surmounted all obstacles and odds to become a leader in the field of literature, a lecturer and perhaps most importantly a political activist for women’s rights, and for people with disabilities. Born in Alabama on 27 June 1880, Keller was a healthy child until the age of 19 months, when she was overcome by, what is now believed to have been scarlet fever. The ordeal left her both deaf and blind. However, she reinvented her ability to communicate over time, by developing signs with...
He’s the subject of what many call ‘the most famous photograph in the world’: a symbol of leftist radicalism and hero of anti-imperialism… but who was this brooding, beret-wearing character, and what exactly did he stand for? Ernesto (Ché) Guevara was, amongst other things, an Argentinian Marxist revolutionary, who played a pivotal role in the overthrow of Batista’s dictatorship of Cuba. Through strong personal will and tenacity he became second in command of the Castro regime and fought for human rights, freedom and equality. Born on June 14 th 1928 in Argentina, Che applied himself to...
“The ship struck, and remained immovable, except by the heaving of the surge that beat her against the crags of the rock upon which she lay. … we had too much reason to conclude that we were upon rock of coral, which is more fatal than any other, because the points of it are sharp, and every part of the surface so rough, as to grind away whatever is rubbed against it, even with the gentlest motion.” And with that diary entry, Captain James Cook explains how he haphazardly discovered one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Rock of coral indeed; He had, in reality, dry docked ‘The...
Converting Adversity to Victory - Lessons from Amazing People by Dr Charles Margerison Why do some people succeed, despite facing difficulties? Why do others, with more advantages, not do so? A Case In Point Michael Marks arrived in England as a refugee from Slonim, Belarus, in 1882. He certainly faced adversity, as he had no job, no qualifications, no money, no friends, no family and could not speak English. He had walked 1425 miles across Europe. If he averaged 5 miles a day, it would have taken him nearly a year. Have you ever been to a Marks and Spencer shop? It was founded by Michael...
Would you like to be part of culture change in schools and raise aspirations? If so, have a look at how Meridian High School has seen AMAZING results, by watching this short video - AMAZING PEOPLE at MERIDIAN SCHOOL . They discovered just how much Amazing People can help their students. Interested? Email our education team to gain access to our free no-obligation pilot for your school education@amazingpeopleworldwide.com BRING THESE AMAZING PEOPLE FACE TO FACE WITH YOUR STUDENTS Our interactions with teachers and students around the world are increasing, as we bring amazing people into more...
On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart made history as the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic, in an aeroplane piloted by Wilhem Schultz. If you could meet Amelia Earhart, what would you ask her? What first inspired her to fly? How did she transcend the prejudices of the day to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic? What was she like as a child? Who touched her life? – Find out everything you want to know in this fascinating life story, told from Amelia Earhart’s own perspective. Let her guide you through her incredible life as a high achiever, breaking altitude records and hearts...
SMALLPOX! Rash and blisters, contortions and it was often a death sentence for those who tended the infected. The pox did not respect rich or poor. It attacked Mozart, Elizabeth I, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Dr Edward Jenner feared for the life of his family! He was resolved to find a better way of protection against this dreaded disease! He called it, ‘The Speckled Monster.’ Doctors were powerless, as they had no cure, yet the solution was already known to some village people. How? His story explains how this came about. Dr Jenner took a great risk when, on May 14 th 1796, he...
What is World Book Day? 'World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days ) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. (In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March). 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died...
Many admirers and fans of the works of the amazing William Shakespeare , celebrate National Shakespeare Day on April 23 each year. April 23 is also the United Nations’ World Book and Copyright Day , which was a natural choice to pay a worldwide tribute to writers such as Shakespeare. His actual date of birth may not be known, however, the people in Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate his birthday on the 23rd of April. What we do know is that he was baptized on 26th April, 1564 and is one of the world's greatest writers. Little did we know that the birth of William Shakespeare would bring us so many...
In April 1770, Captain James Cook became the first European to make contact with the Eastern coastline of Australia. Students can gain a new insight into what his 'everyday' life looked like, as they discover new worlds with this adventurous explorer. Cook started out as an apprentice shopkeeper aged 17, but the call of the sea was not far away. Students can journey with Captain James Cook from his birthplace in Yorkshire, to the frontiers of his explorations, to the vast Pacific Ocean and beyond. His skill as an explorer and his articulate mapping skills whilst exploring the Pacific, New...

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